I love January. I am one of those people who really benefit from the automatic "fresh start" January signals. I actually enjoy everyone evaluating their lives and setting goals to make changes. It is all very hopeful, and very refreshing. That same starting anew mood spreads to my scrapbooking. This new year, I want to hopefully focus on the changes I can make for my future scrapbooking success. In 2012, I became a bit picture swarmed. With all the technological advances affecting photos, I am lost in a sea of pictures. So this is my successful scrapbooking plan for 2013 photos: Quick Pages. There is nothing quite so fulfilling as sitting down to your computer, dragging and dropping a couple of photos and having gorgeous scrapbook pages your friends will envy. Quick Pages make it so easy, I may even have time for that afternoon nap... So bring it on 2013!

Here are a few of our amazing artists' cold season contributions. Just looking at them starts to warm your creative soul, right?

You'll find the following in this issue:
Please enjoy this month's newsletter!
Quick Quotes
The perfect page requires the perfect words, whether a title or a quote. Here are a few that match the chill outside with the warmth within.

  • "Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home." — Edith Sitwell
  • "A Snowflake is winter's butterfly." — Unknown
  • "All that glitters is snow." — Unknown
  • "In the winter we lead a more inward life. Our hearts are warm and cheery, like cottages under drifts…" — Henry David Thoreau
  • "Every mile is two in winter." — Unknown
  • "One kind word can warm three winter months." — Unknown
  • "Winter is a time to gather golden moments and enjoy every idle hour." — Unknown
  • "Sweater, n: Garment worn by a child when it's mother is feeling chilly. — Unknown
  Sensational Colors
January's color scheme comes from the hope I feel for the new year. The cold temperatures outside don't have to mean your winter photos can only go with blue. To me these color reflect the temperature outside and the enthusiasm for future success all in one! Give them a try. It may just take the chill out of the room.
Artists' Corner
Instead of highlighting just one artist this month, I wanted to show off the beautiful Quick Pages available to you from all our artists. Need a birthday page, a Christmas page or a walk on the beach page done with minimal effort and maximum results? Quick pages are the just the tool. The hardest part is choosing the photo! Then you just drag and drop the photo and it's magic! Your page is done! While this is just a sampling, has hundreds of Quick Pages available.

  Fantastic Freebie
One of our accomplished artists, Roberta Taron, has provided us with the freebie for the month. She too noticed recently how important scrapbooking is while looking through old binders with her daughter. Hard as we try, we cannot get those years back with our kids. We need the memories kept alive by scrapbooking. Roberta, a mother and grandmother, knows life is a mad rush, so she thought you could use a couple Quick Pages to start the new year off right.

Awe-Inspiring Layouts
Winter photos don't necessarily have to be cold! Warm them up with a layout that will bring the warmth right out!

Tips & Tricks
Continuing with last months' newsletter focus on tips and tricks to take better pictures, we have three more for you.

1. Move Closer. Before snapping that shot, ask yourself, "Does what I want to take a picture of, fill the viewfinder?" If it doesn't, MOVE! Don't just snap it anyway. Get close. That cute little boy deserves to be the star of the photo, not the pool cement or the cluttered table. You can even use your zoom to get even closer! Both methods are fine, just make sure your photo has a star!

2. Use your Zoom! Besides getting close to provide a star, using your zoom has other magical qualities. Without getting too technical on you, your zoom changes your focal length (how close you are to the subject you want sharp). Zooming to 200 mm will blur the background and make your star subject pop out in sharp contrast. Plus, you don't have to worry sooo much about bad backgrounds, they will be blurry anyway, not distracting.

3. Turn off your camera flash! Those shine spots are awful! And the light is too harsh. Get to know your camera's capabilities. Often you can manipulate the settings in order to get the picture without the flash.

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