Welcome to Print Week // Printing Gift Cards

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Welcome to print week! As promised, we are going to give you some ideas on how to get those photos (or lettering, now that you know how to digitize), off of your computer and into your hands. We’ll try to keep it easy and approachable, and we hope you’ll chime in if you have any questions. Keep an eye out for some diy gift ideas along the way, since the holidays are now approaching at lightning speed!

I always like to have a few small gift cards on hand, in case a gift-worthy occasion pops up unexpectedly, or simply to save me from spending way too much time picking out cards, since I have to look at every single card in a shop before choosing one. In fact, I bet most people would like to have a few gift cards handy, so why not consider turning your favorite Instagram photos into gift cards then package a few up to give as gifts themselves? That photo of your sweet pup, adorable kiddo, or the nature scene that made you pull the car over, is much more personal than a card of someone else’s design, and there’s likely a story behind it so it’s already more interesting.

Instagram photos to gift tags via besotted blog photo by michelle p

These gift cards were ordered through the Print Studio app by Social Print Studio. It’s well-integrated with Instagram and a piece of cake to use. Just download the app, select a product (gift cards are called tiny cards), choose the photos you’d like to print (and how many of each), then place your order. That’s it! My cards arrived in just over a week, but they can take a bit longer than that so make sure to plan ahead if you’d like to use them for holiday.

Tiny cards via besotted blog

As for quality, the card stock is much sturdier than I expected, the kraft envelopes were a pleasant surprise, and the blacks printed beautifully. My lighter photos with pale backgrounds arrived with some grain, but I don’t mind it for such petite cards. Tristan likes that there’s only a small heart logo on the back of the cards instead of tons of text and clutter.

Including tax, the cards ring in at just under $1.00 each. Not bad for a custom printed product on decent card stock. So take a peek at your Instagram stream, could a few of those photos dress up your next thoughtful gift? If you end up printing some let us know, we’d love to see!

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, designer and co-professor for Souvenir Foto School. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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REVIEW: A WORKSHOP WITH LUISA BRIMBLE AND ARAN GOYOAGA

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Next to my desk, I have a post-it note (it’s actually a cute Kate Spade sticky note if you are wondering) with a short list of photographers whose work I admire, along with a couple of words to articulate just what it is about their work or process that strikes a chord. Luisa Brimble’s name is there with the words: community / joyful. Luisa’s signature table spreads, shot from above with hands interacting with the food or each other make me feel like she’s inviting me to the party, and her portraits with a solitary figure cradling giant bundles of flowers feel (to me anyway) like a beautiful celebration of the individual. After having met her, I can tell you that the words community and joyful, not only describe her work, but the person too!

When I jumped to sign up for this workshop, I had no idea if Luisa was a good teacher (my gut said she was, but I had no evidence to back that up), all I knew was that I was dying to see her in action and to have the chance to pepper her with a few questions about both photography and her magazine Alphabet Family Journal. Well, those things did happen, but the rest of the experience blew any expectations I had out of the water. [Read more…]

Sunday Suppers by Karen Mordechai book release!

sunday suppers photos by karen mordechai

I was beside myself giddy when I found out that the Sunday Suppers book was finally available!  I am a HUGE fan of Karen Mordechai, I am on the Sunday Suppers mailing list,  I follow their Instagram feed, I stalk their site. One of my bucket list desires is to be able to join in one of her worskshops (just follow their Instagram feed and I dare you not to want to add it to your bucket list too).

What is Sunday Suppers beside complete and utter gorgeousness? According to their site it is a communal cooking center; even that snippet feels warm + inviting and not pretentious, I love a casual vibe when I am cooking (and dining), you? If you are as obsessed as we are with beautiful photos, styling, design and of course food then you’ll need to pick up a copy (or two) of the new Sunday Suppers book pronto.

Enjoy your weekend friends! I’ll be of course waiting with bated breath to hear (and hopefully see) Michelle’s report on her Luisa Brimble class, I am so envious!

photos by karen mordechai

VSCOCAM TUTORIAL | Get the glow

 

How to get the glow with your camera phone via besottedblog.com

There’s just as much emotion to be had in the glow as there is in the dark and dramatic. Maybe it’s my overactive imagination, but I like to think of an ethereal glow as a subject’s inherent light from within bursting out for all to see. I think that’s what make the images from The Glow so appealing. It’s such flattering light for portraits, edges are softened, and the effect of a slight haze can take your imagery out of the ordinary and into the realm of art.

As promised, here is how to capture this bright, glowing light right on your phone! It’s really just taking what you’ve already learned in the Dark & Dramatic tutorial, and flipping it on it’s head. Instead of tricking the app into underexposing to create dramatic shadows, we are going to trick it into overexposing in order to maximize the light in your image.

5 easy steps (if you read the Dark & Dramatic tutorial, these may sound familiar). [Read more…]

Peach & Basil Crostini

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Last week, I hosted a (greatly inspiring) lunch meeting on my patio, and if you follow our lovely Tristan on Instagram, you may have noticed that the crostini we served up were a huge hit! They look good on the table, are exceedingly delicious, and deceptively easy to make (my favorite combination).

If you are like me, you want to eek out every last drop of summer goodness this weekend. Serving up peaches with fresh basil is an excellent place to start. You’ll need something to go with that rosé, right?

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// Peach & Basil Crostini //

Ingredients

Yellow Peaches

Fresh Basil

Mascarpone Cheese

Fresh baguette

Balsamic Glaze (this stuff is awesome)

Black Pepper

Honey

Olive Oil

 

Turn oven to broil.

Peel, pit, and slice peaches into long thin slices and place into a bowl. Drizzle with honey. Stir.

Thinly slice (chiffonade) your fresh basil so it’s ready to go.

Slice baguette into roughly ¼” slices. Arrange on cookie sheet and lightly brush with olive oil. Toast under broiler. Repeat for other side.

Spread just shy of 1 teaspoon of mascarpone onto each of your crostini. Dust with cracked black pepper. Add 2 peach slices to each crostini. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. Finish with fresh basil.

If you want to step it up a notch, you can even make your own balsamic glaze (easy) or mascarpone (a little more involved) from scratch.

Happy weekend everyone!
Photos shot with a Canon 6D using a 50mm f/1.8 lens.

 

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, designer and co-professor for Souvenir Foto School. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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