Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dukes and Duchesses: A Back to School Party

Kids headed back to school? 

Looking for a fun way to help the kids meet one another and celebrate the return of school?

Here's a fun idea share by "Dukes and Duchesses" for a fun way to celebrate Back to School.

Be sure to click the link to go to the original post on the site! 

Dukes and Duchesses: A Back to School Party

Be sure to have a Picture Keeper handy to back up on those photos from the party! Visit our new online website to order yours today!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Back to School Photography Tips

It's that time of year again. The smell of new school supplies is in the air and kids have new sneakers, haircuts, and are ready to go back to school.

This is a photo opportunity you don't want to miss. Whether it's their first day of Kindergarten, entering their first year of college, or anything in between, the first day of school is special and you'll want to have your camera ready to go.
Here are some back to school photography tips to help you capture all of these precious moments.

Back to School Photos

Back To School Shopping, Shopping, Shopping
Whether you like it or not, shopping for back to school clothes, shoes, and school supplies is an annual tradition that deserves documentation. Turn what might be an arduous task for your kids into a fun experience by giving them a "photo assignment". Have them take pictures of each other's best and worst shopping moments. This might even become a new back to school tradition. Photograph them before you leave with their worn out summer sandals, unruly pool hair, and faded summer tank tops. You'll have that to start your back to school scrapbook page and contrast it with the first day of school photo.

By giving the camera to your kids for part of this day you might even end up with a funny photo of yourself frazzled from a day of shopping.

The First Day
Whether they are taking the bus, walking, or driving themselves for the first time, that goodbye photo is crucial to remember that feeling forever. They will be proud to see their independence and you can reflect on this time in their lives.

Back to School Photo Tips

Friends Forever
Getting kids together, whether it's siblings, neighbors, or classmates always helps break the ice. These photos are fun for the kids to look back on and see how much their friends have changed over the years.

Back to School Photo

Think Outside of the Box 
Kids smiling for the camera always make a nice picture, but you might like something a little out of the ordinary even better. Try photographing kids from behind. On the first day of school you will see the excited posture of their walk onto the bus or into school with their new favorite backpack they picked for this year.

Back to School Photo Tip

Back to School Photo Tips and Tricks

Get a Close-Up
Make sure you do a full head to toe photo to capture what they looked like at this time in their life. Then, zoom in close and do a few portraits to remember the features of their face at this age. They will inevitably get annoyed after a few shots so keep shooting and grab some of those funny candid moments too.

Back to School Picture

Back to School Traditions
Once they are home from the first day, do you have an annual family tradition? Homemade cookies and milk, ice cream cones... whatever the tradition, be sure to include your camera.

Link to original article:
Back to School Photography Tips | Take Great Pictures

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tips for Smart Back-to-School Shopping

It's that time of the year again!

Time to think about Back To School shopping. For many of us...a collective ugh was your response. Back to school shopping can be a pocket book breaker and the more kids you have, the worse it gets!

Here are some tips and links to help you with your BTS shopping and more!!

Unclutter your closets....

Does it seem like your child outgrows his clothes every season? Instead of tossing out the too-small tees and jeans and hitting the mall, try organizing a clothing swap with friends and neighbors, preferably those with kids of varying ages. You’ll update his wardrobe while clearing out your closets — and saving money.

Reuse and revamp what you already have....

Many school supplies can have a second life, such as backpacks, binders, folders, and even pens. If a notebook has been only lightly used, tear out the marked-up sheets of paper and have your child decorate the cover with stickers, stencils, or colorful paper to give it a fresh look. Does your child's backpack have a lifetime warranty? Some companies like Jansport will repair broken zippers or replace damaged backpacks for free.

Be a coupon clipper...

Keep an eye out for sales and deals advertised in the newspaper and online. Stores will try to lure you in with their promotions in the hopes that you'll buy everything there, discounted or not. Be sure to stick to the bargain items — if something is not on your list, just say no.

Dig into discounts at dollar stores...

Substantial savings abound at your local dollar store. Scissors, glue, erasers, rulers, crayons, and more can be purchased for far less than at chain or office supply stores. And you'll find that many of the items are the same familiar name brands.

Here is an amazing site, She Knows....that is filled with endless help for Back To School and so much more!

Back To School Clothes Shopping Tips and More!

And don't forget to pick up a Picture Keeper to back up all those back to school photos and more! Visit our new website to order yours today!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Are you Crafty? Love Halloween??

This event is a CALL OUT for creative individuals to apply to appear in a LIVE Costume Creating Challenge sponsored by Westcott Brand and Duck Tape! 

The actual LIVE challenge segments featuring the pre-selected contestants will take place at CreativeFest (http://www.csnf.com/
Fri Oct 21st 1:00 & 6:00
Sat Oct 22nd 11:00 & 5:00
Sun Oct 23rd 11:00 – Grand Prize Winner selected




Monday, August 1, 2011

Have a Wild Time at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Thinking about a trip to Walt DisneyWorld?

Love animal and plan to visit Disney's Animal Kingdom?
Backstage Safari Tour at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Then this might be just the added fun you're looking for...I know I would love to do this! Be sure if you do sign up for this opportunity to bring your camera to capture what sounds like a unique and fun experience outside of the rides and attractions!!

Click the link below to learn more about Disney's new Wild Africa Trek!

Have a Wild Time at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Friday, July 15, 2011

Please Welcome Simply Stacie!!

Stacie Vaughan is a mom of two daughters, ages 6 and 12, and currently lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. She studied business at both Algonquin College and University of New Brunswick and then went on to pursue her CGA (Certified General Accountant) designation while working full-time in a public practice accounting firm. In 2007, she left the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom and follow another path.

In 2008, she found her way into the wonderful world of blogging and started the review & giveaway site, Simply Stacie. In the past two years, her site has grown enormously and has become one of the top review & giveaway blogs in Canada. She now has four writers on her team(Kimmel!!) who review products and perform book reviews. Stacie has begun to focus more on Social Media and growing her readership and has taken an active interest in helping other bloggers achieve their goals too. Stacie has worked with numerous companies, PR and handmade businesses over the last two years on Social Media campaigns and helping them get the word out about their product or business. She has also organized many multi-blog events included the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop and the Handmade with Love Giveaway Hop where 200+ blogs participated.

My name is Kimmel and I was born in Utah but I’ve been a native to Oregon since I was twelve. I married my high school sweetheart and we’ve been married for six years. Together we have two adorable little girls and hope to add to them. My husband is in the Air Force so we will be leaving beautiful Oregon to discover new parts of the world.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a stay at home wife and mother. This gives me lots of time to read, one of my favorite things to do. I will read almost anything if the premise appeals to me, however I do tend to migrate towards Fantasy and Science Fiction. I’m also a sucker for a good love story and I enjoy the thrill of a good mystery. My favorite authors include, but are not limited to, Terry Goodkind, Orson Scott Card, Brandon Sanderson, Dean Koontz, and LaVyrle Spencer.
I have recently been developing my writing skills, my second favorite hobby. I’ve been working on a Young Adult novel that will hopefully be finished within the next two months.
Life with two little girls is hectic, but reading keeps me sane. I look forward to offering my opinions to those who love the same things I do in the hopes that they can find their next great love!

We invite you to visit Simply Stacie and Kimmel and enter to win a Picture Keeper!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Please Meet Linda with Craftaholics Anonymous!

Hi, my name is Linda and I’m a Craftaholic. After a small intervention from the hubs, I decided to face reality and deal with my addiction one craft at a time so I started a blog called Craftaholics Anonymous. I enjoy filling my blog with all kinds of crafts, tutorials, inspiration, home decor, fun finds, little bit of fashion, tips and tricks, and a good helping of giveaways!

One important thing you should know about me is, I love to share how I make things!! check out my growing tutorial list here. {I think I’ve hit 75 tutorials now}

Mrs. Craftaholics Anonymous
I’m a hopeless craft addict with a blog…. because its cheaper than therapy! haha I actually hate talking about myself. But since this is an “About Me” page, I suppose I should. Beyond crafting, I enjoy running and bakingAlthough I’m not very good at baking. I have a BA in Business. I wanted to major in Interior Decorating….but didn’t. So I play around at home and change my furniture and home decor almost weekly. Which inspired a game at our house called, “What did I change today, honey?” I love photography and pretty pictures, so I am constantly working on my photog skills. I was a bit of a neat freak before the kids came…… I used to alphabetize my food pantry…..but that went out the window when the kids came! I still love to organize closets and drawers, I find it very relaxing.

We invite you to visit Linda and her amazing site to enter to win a Picture Keeper!! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Please Welcome Becky Higgins!!

As I sit here to type this blog post I'm a bit in awe.

You see... I've been a scrapbooker for well over 12 years and Becky Higgins was a big( maybe HUGE) part of many of those years! She wrote idea books I poured over, had amazing fonts we could download and inspired endless nights of scrapbooking with her crisp, clean layouts and ideas!

For those that are not familiar with Becky, she is an incredibly talented gal who was a contributer for Creating Keepsakes Magazine. The magazine that yes...personally changed my life.

Well Becky's life has changed over the years, husband, children, moving across country, and now she has her own venture...Project Life!

I invite you to click here to learn more about her and yes of course... visit Becky's blog to enter to win a Picture Keeper!

 Thanks Becky for including Picture Keeper in your Big Week of Giveaways!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Please Welcome An Island Life

Well I don't know about you....but An Island Life would just be perfect right about now!lol

We're pleased to share with you Kalilani and her Island Life blog!

An Island Life


I'm a wife, mother, flight attendant . . . living a blessed life in Hawaii. 

At An Island Life you'll find me sharing my daily life as we raise 3 girls in paradise, showcasing some great products, and hosting a giveaway or two. 

Stop by and say Hi!

Be sure to stop by An Island Life and enter to win! Kailani is giving away a PK4!

Just click this link and you'll be able to enter!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tip Junkie Celebrates Their 4th Birthday!!

Picture Keeper is excited to announce that we are helping Tip Junkie celebrate their 4th Birthday!

Tip Junkie is one of the top websites offering idea, tips, crafts, recipes, printables, party fun, giveaways...you name it!

And Picture Keeper is excited to be apart of this special celebration!

Tip Junkie Home Birthday Parties

Be sure to visit Tip Junkie for all the fun and enter to win a PK4 and a PK PRO!

If you're not already a fan of  Tip Junkie on Facebook...be sure to "Like" them and let Tip Junkie know Picture Keeper sent you!

Happy 4th Birthday to you Tip Junkie!!

Keep up the great tips!!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Short on Cents? Visit Angie and Save a Little $$

We are a frugal family of 5 who LOVE to stretch our dollars to the fulliest. I am a married stay at home mother to 3 kiddos - 1 starting college 1 starting kindergarten and 1 in 2nd grade.   We are serious couponers (NOT EXTREME), but NEVER purchase ANYTHING without a coupon.  

Be sure to visit Short on Cents...save a few and enter to win a Picture Keeper!

You'll be glad you did!!


Monday, June 6, 2011

Please Welcome PaperCrafter's Corner!!

PaperCrafter’s Corner is a fun news & gossip blog dedicated to keeping you in the loop on all things paper crafting! PCC’s “head cheerleader” is Susan Mintmire. 

Susan & her volunteer reporters do a great job of keeping paper crafters up to date on everything from hot sneak peeks to surprise warehouse sales to event announcements.  They also provide lots of fun giveaways, editorials, reader polls and more.

My favorite part of PaperCrafter’s Corner is their LOCAL COVERAGE. 

Did you know that you can click into the details for YOUR state and find a list of upcoming crops, classes & retreats in your neighborhood? How cool is that? 

All paper crafters are invited to list their events via their free listings. What a great service! Event Listings Directory Here.

Be sure to visit PaperCrafter's Corner and enter to win a Picture Keeper! 

Then go like PaperCrafter's Corner on Facebook so you too can stay up to date on the newest products and news in the paper craft industry!

Let them know Picture Keeper sent you! 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Please Meet Becki from Infarrantly Creative!!

We've got another amazing craft blogger to share with you today! Fun website for anyone who loves crafting and repurposing found items!!

Please meet Becki from Infarrantly Creative!

Infarrantly Creative is a DIY blog ran by Beckie Farrant, the think-outside-the-box crafter.  She is most known for her Roadkill Rescue projects where she takes curbside finds and refabs them into beautiful, and usable d├ęcor.  She is queen of recycling old objects and wielding a can of spray paint. 

If you're a crafter looking to share a project or tutorial...be sure to stop by Becki's site! She would welcome your ideas!!

And we hope you'll visit her site to register to win a Picture Keeper! Becki is giving away one PK4 to a lucky fan! Visit Infarrantly Creative today! 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mod Podge Rocks....Well it Does!!

Today we'd like you to meet Amy Anderson!

Starter, creator and brilliant mind behind Mod Podge Rocks Blog!

Here's a bit about this super-fun gal who definitely ROCKS!

I am a 34-year-old transplant from Seattle living in Atlanta, Georgia. I was born from creative genes, so I'm carrying on the tradition. I have been knitting for 18 years, sewing for longer and decoupaging for just a few.

I do all of these things on a daily basis, or at least as much as I can. In addition to Mod Podge, I love the color blue, dogs, reading, cold weather, funny movies, road rallies, yogurt, garden gnomes, sock monkeys, running, tattoos, being outdoors, buttons, snuggling and apparently blogging. 

Who knew I would love it this much? 

Be sure to visit Mod Podge Rocks and enter to win a Picture Keeper!!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Please meet Lindsey with Mom & Wife!!

Hi!! I'm Lindsey, a Mother and Military Wife. 

I started momandwife.com because I wanted to write about the things I love and enjoy most in life, being a Mom and being a Wife. 

God has truly blessed me with an amazing little family. I'm also a freelance web and graphic designer. 

I own and operate Pretty Darn Cute Design Studio from wherever the Army sends us. 

We invite you to visit Lindsey and her adorable blog and enter for a chance to win a PK4!!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Please Meet Lindsey from Better After!!

Please meet Lindsey Allen from Better After!!

Lindsey started Better After in 2009 after deciding it might be fun to combine everyone's two favorite things: before and after pictures and blogging!  

Better After has been going strong ever since and now showcases over 1,000 before and afters of everything in the home decor world, from backyards to bathrooms to breadboxes.  

Lindsey lives in Arizona with her husband and three children.  

Please visit Better After (you'll thoroughly enjoy it...that I know given how long I spent looking through before and after photos of amazing projects that now I want to try!!!) and enter to win a PK4!!! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Meet Susan's Disney Family!!

Today we invite you to visit a new blog for a chance to win a PK4!

Susan's Disney Family, is a fun blog about family, traveling, trying new things, and loving Disney at the same time. {sounds like the perfect combination to us!!}

Susan's family-friendly site and mom-friendly product reviews and giveaways are often featured making it one you'll one to bookmark or follow and visit often!

Picture Keeper would like to invite you to visit Susan's Disney Family blog, read more about the Picture Keeper and enter to win!!