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Because I LOVE Dr. Seuss-

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It's no secret I truly adore Dr. Seuss!  I have written quite a few posts about it and collected them here and even themed my son's graduation party around a "Oh the Places You'll Go!" Seuss theme. You can see some of the ideas and peeks at the party on my Pinboard here 
Just a shameless 40+ year infatuation with the serious silliness he brought to this world- he taught wonderful lessons with a colorful smile- and honestly- I can't get through the "Places You'll Go" book without tearing up a little.  Each year, on March 2nd, we pull out the striped hats and celebrate his birthday.  Sometimes with green deviled eggs- though no one eats them- they can't seem to get past the green! So, most times, I'll pull out the striped hats and we will read a book or two together.  It's one of my favorite ways to brighten up the cold grey days of march- and really- love of Seuss aside- that's what these little celebrations are all about. Adding a little bit of fun to the everyday- finding something to celebrate and then making a little bit of a big thing about it. It's like I tell the boys everyday when I drop them off at school- don't have a good day- make one!  

This week, I am highlighting the ForeverJoy FUNTASTICAL collection  that I designed heavy with Seuss inspiration- fun out loud colors play perfectly with soft krafts and florals- and the word art is filled with heartfelt sentiments that have become some on my favorite designs. (You can see them in action in the video below!) I hope you get to spend a few months March 2nd enjoying a little silliness in honor of the great Doctor!



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Now in the Shoppe | Tandem Journal Cards

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So many of you emailed me requesting a set of Journal Cards to match the TANDEM page kit- I had to fire up the drawing board and design a 
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Tutorial | Make Your Own Pocket Page Pockets!

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Hello Everyone! My name is Wendy, Also known as Wendy85. Can you believe that we are in the second month of the year already? Time is going so fast this year. It´s time for a fun tutorial, and since this is my first post for Forever Joy I’m enormously excited about it.

In today´s tutorial we will make our own cute little pockets for our pocket pages.
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How to happily cope with being "behind" in Project Life

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Hi guys! Kinjal here again. This month we're talking about creating joy on the Forever Joy blog, and filling your bucket. I'm going to admit something to you, a secret between just you and me.
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Now in the Shoppe | TANDEM

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It's Valentines Day! To celebrate- I created a design that celebrates the joy of the ride- the joy of TWO and the joy of that special someone who completes you- with focus on, what else- but a bicycle built for two!  TANDEM is filled with sweet stickers, felt banners, cork and vellum and over 20 beautifully patterned papers!












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Tutorial | Correcting Exposure for Snow

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Hi, Kelly again, back for another lesson to help you get the most out of your photos and scrapping! This month here at ForeverJoy Designs we are focusing on creating joy - or as we say #JOYCREATED. 

For me several things come to mind when I think about what makes me joyful... a good book, baking cookies with my girls, a day of pampering. Those are all good options, right? But honestly, at the top of my personal list for being joyful is scrapping photographs of my family and documenting our lives.  That makes me happy!

Last week, I did just that, I created some joy for myself by pulling out these old photos and reliving an awesome memory. This is my #JOYCREATED. What's yours? We hope you share!

For starters I began with one of ForeverJoy's newest kits - Mix Tape. Additionally I used Amy Martin's -  Helper Grids v.4 and Almost Typed Font. All of which can found in the store at the Lilypad. I was immediately drawn to the bright and vivid colors of this kit.  Bright colors are happy! So as I browsed through my photos in Lightroom. I knew I was hunting for pictures that would compliment the colorful palette of the kit as well as have a playful vibe. Small sidebar - have you looked at this kit? The word art is to die for!!! #SOFUN

When I stumbled on these old snow pictures, I knew immediately I could make something magical happen with this fun event and ForeverJoy's Mix Tape. But before I could move ahead with my layout, I had to rescue these old pictures so they could be showcased in the possible light! So let's get started! Let's Fix the Exposure in 3 easy steps!

Step 1. Auto Adjust


After opening Lightroom and selecting my images, I go to the Develop mode and click on the “Auto” button under the Basic panel.


You won’t always like the results that Auto gives you, but the beauty of Lightroom is that:
  1. Your actions are reversible and
  2. Your edits are nondestructive, meaning you’re not actually making changes to the image itself, but are saving the changes you want to Lightroom’s Catalog.
After clicking “Auto,” you’ll want to check out your image. Does it look better to you or worse? If better, leave it. If not, simply click “Reset” or Ctrl + Z to undo.

Step 2. Adjust the Exposure Slider

The next step is to use the Exposure slider, which is just below the “Auto” button.I like to play with this while looking at the Histogram. The Histogram will give you a visual representation of how the image was exposed. In other words if you’re captured a lot of dark, light or in between tones.

Often an image is underexposed. This is represented in the histogram when most of the by peaks are more prominent on the left side of the graph. Just as an overexposed image will more than always have peaks that are prominent on the right side. The shape of the Histogram doesn’t matter so much (meaning you don’t always have to get a bell-shaped curve), but you usually don’t want spikes on the far left or right side, because then you’re losing details.

Looking at the Histogram in my image above, you’ll see that the peaks are more distributed on the right side of the graph. Which should mean that my picture is overexposed. However, you may also be able to identify that my daughter is underexposed. Since I shoot this picture in the "Program Setting" of my camera, the camera did the best it could to balance the lights and darks. But as you can see, the  the snow won and the exposure balance is off. LOTS of white and lots of light in this setting, I should have shoot this in manual and exposed for my daughter! But we can rescue this picture and preserve this memory!

I need to move the Exposure slider to the right to brighten up the image - specifically my daughter. And afterwards I can bring down the exposure of the background with a vignette or an exposure brush.



In doing this simple adjustment my image is looking better and brighter already! However, my adjustment has also caused the blacks to appear a bit washed out. So let's fix that too.

Step 3. Adjust the Highlights, Shadows, Whites & Blacks Sliders

The next step in my process is to fine tune the exposure by adjusting the sliders directly below Exposure and Contrast until the image looks good to me. These are the sliders I play with:

  1. Highlights
  2. Shadows
  3. Whites
  4. Blacks
In general, I tend to edit my images by increasing the Highlights & Whites just a little and decreasing the Shadows and Blacks. Have fun with these sliders. You should find that less is more and a little adjusting goes a long way! I love the bit of pop and definition they can add. Below I have included some before and after edits for you to review. Isn't amazing the difference these little tweaks can make!!


Before editing:



After editing:


Before editing:


After editing:




So what makes you joyful? What do you do to find your inner happiness and fill up your "happy tank!"?  If it's creating joy with your photos please share them with us! We would love to see happiness in the making!

Thanks for stopping by! We are looking forward to seeing what you create!

Kelly
connect with Kelly HERE on her blog 

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