When you’ve completed a piece, or even perhaps a work-in-progress, do you photograph any of it? Do you have a shadow box (light box?) where you can professionally manage it? What’s your secret. My craft room has one window which faces west- somewhat irrelevant since I’m often crafting in the evening or dead of night. I have a lovely wee light that is supposed to simulate sunlight, but my cards can look drastically different- so much so that I have recently started posting with-and-without-flash photos of the same card side by side. Iridescence, for example, shows extremely different under those circumstances. Do you photograph head-on, or at an angle? Do you crop your photo to show only the card/item (or perhaps use software to make everything BUT the item in question out-of-focus)?

Focus on the card, blur the background Side by side pics of the same card- without and with flash. The silver embossing hardly shows without flash. Side by side pics of the same card- without and with flash Side by side pics of the same card- without and with flash. Iridescent glitter doesn’t show without the flash!

So life-bleeding-over-into-business, a new medication I’m on is educating me on the joys of insomnia. I’m learning to give up staring at the ceiling, and will wander into my craft room somewhere between 11pm and 1am.

What do you do?

No really, I would love to hear everyone’s input! In the meantime, here’s my mindless tasks (some ideas stolen from Saskya) when I’m too exhausted to find inspiration to create cards.

1. I’ll cut 5 1/4 x 4 cardstock so that I have a nice stack ready to pull from after I’m rested up.

2. I’ll cut/score/fold base cardstock.

Look at all those pretty colors!

3. I’ll organize my craft space (so far I’ve built boxes to hold my ink refills, created a box with divider for mini glitter bottles, taken a Stampin’ Up! wood-mounted stamp holder and created dividers in which I’m storing my little finger sponge daubers, created a notebook of all my ink colors and all my stamps, crafted boxes to hold my ever growing stack of completed cards…)
All the cards! So unruly though. Ahh, organized. Much better Yes! Yes! Organize!

Let me know how you cope!

June 2015~MeHello, is this thing on? 

So I've moved the entire website (only took me three months. what?) to another webhost and *hopefully* restored everything. Hopefully uninstalled VirtueMart and will go back to the drawing board to determine the best online shopping experience, knowing now that I can't afford a static IP at the moment, nor my own private SSL certificate. PayPal may be the interim solution.

The good news is, I've been managing to keep up with updating the business page I created over on Facebook/celtcards so if you're dying to see my latest, check it out over there. The bad news is, it seems to take me forever to make time to work on *this* site. I was actually up until 4am this morning and had to give up because (1) I was getting a migraine and (2) I was simply banging my head against the wall. For hours.

Anyway, feedback is welcome as always. Make yourself comfy. Hot cocoa, tea, lemonade, and water are all available in the kitchen. Just remember, the beanbag chair is mine! :)

So I'm totally going to plagiarize from myself and use some content I'd written for a friend's blog. No point in reinventing the wheel, plus I wrote it, so it's not actual plagiarism. Try saying *that* three times quickly! So off we go:

Lessons Learned

So even though I can't currently afford to have my own nifty Stampin' Up! website, you can still shop with me as your demonstrator. Once you create an account you can edit it and add me as your demonstrator- I'm ID# 2138008. Or see if this link will work for you! --

Jen Demonstrator 2138008