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Using QR Codes in your Scrap Projects

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Let me start by saying… YES, I realize that this is a piece of technology that will eventually be out of date and YES, I realize that our great grandchildren will look at these pages and perhaps be frustrated because they cannot access the gems embedded in them and YES, I still think they are super coolio and serve a fun purpose for the here and now.

So there.  Whew.  That is out of the way.  Hehe… now onto a little inspiration on how to you can add multi media to your pages and make your kids think you are the most awesome-est mom ever!

QR Codes.  What are they?  I’m glad you asked.  The dictionary say they are “A square grid of smaller black and white squares containing encoded data that is designed to be optically scanned, as to provide information about a product or service.”  I say they are “Magic squares that make you feel more technologically advanced than you really are”.  Either way, they have tons of uses for memory keepers.

Practically speaking, you can embed anything that can be stored on the internet on them.  Like the school song your little angel sang or the football play your tough guy nailed.  Your favorite music, a website or a PDF.  The sky is the limit.  And once you create the little code (don’t fret, I’ll show you how), you can download it and stick it on your scrapbook pages, just like any other element.  Then anyone with a smart phone can access the information.

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First, you need to know how to create the code.  There are several websites that let you do this.  For free.  Here are a couple of sites I’ve used.  QRStuff and QRCode Generator.  Mr. Google can find you many more if you don’t like these.  I’m not picky about these at all.

Now, keep in mind that the free versions are static (which is fine for most things).  That means it points the code to a particular URL and if that URL changes (like the kitten YouTube video was taken down, for instance), the code will go nowhere fast.  There is also a dynamic code option, which you usually have pay for.  This directs you to a “middle man” URL that will THEN direct to the end URL.  So… if that kitten YouTube video is deleted, you can still go in and change the destination to another equally cute video.  Really, they are all the same anyway, hehe.  OK, enough of that.

So, go to your QR Code Generator.  Copy and Paste your destination URL and hit the DOWNLOAD button.  Voila.  The QR code is now on your hard drive, ready to be placed on your scrapbook page.  It will look like this…

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Go ahead.  It’s a funny cat video.  I know you wanna see, hehe.  Oh, you don’t know how to read it?  Hang on, I’m getting there.

Reading these is Easy Peasy.  There are several FREE QR Code Readers available for your Smart Phone, like QR Code Reader by Scan & Bakodo for iPhone or  QR Code Reader for Android.  You open one of these, point that phone at a the scrapbook page and within seconds, you are viewing or listening to any number of things.  You can even direct people to your blog, gallery, or a special video your talented fam created… directly from your Holiday Card (yep, I’m totally doing that, hehe).

You get the idea.  Here’s a page I created that includes a short video taken of my son and his friend.  It fits with this page and sweet birthday boy is amazed every times he watches it directly from my phone.

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Credits: Now Trending kit by Gennifer Bursett and Amanda Yi, Spooks alpha by Deena Rutter, Stitched Grids template by Scotty Girl, Notebook font by Karla Dudley

Told you it was fun!

Don’t get too hung up on the fact that it won’t work in 100 years.  I doubt any of our video footage will work then (hello, reel to reel… 8 tracks… VHS…  even cassette tapes).  Just enjoy for now!

Happy Scrapping.

Jen E.

November 2014 Challenges

Only 2 more months left in the year! The holidays are usually a busy time for me and a great opportunity to take lots of pictures, giving me more to scrapbook. It’s nice when things work out that way. Now on to this month’s challenges.

First up is our Photo Challenge, hosted by Tori. She challenges us to scrap a photo of something you are thankful for. Here’s her take on the prompt.

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Next up is our Journaling Challenge, hosted by Maribel. You will be journaling about a celebration, and use the word celebrate on your layout. Here’s her layout:

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Now a popular challenge and a great way to get your feet wet, our template Challenge, hosted by Lynnette. Snag the free template and jump in. Here’s her layout and the template she created.

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Kat jumped in this month to host the Recipe Challenge. She get an early start on the holidays with her layout:

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Our Color Challenge will be hosted this month by Jennifer H. She coordinated with the Company Stash making it easier than ever to play along. Here is her page:

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We usually have 3 Weekly Challenges, but this month we will have one:

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Featured Designer: Karla

Our final two challenges can be chosen from the challenges hosted by the Creative Team for Digital Scrapbooking Day

 

Join us in the forum for rules and all the details of each challenge.

Congratulations to Erin She is our Guest CT member for November. She completed all 8 Challenges in August earning her a 40% off coupon and her guest spot on the team.

2 challenges = 10% off
4 challenges = 20% off
6 challenges = 30% off
8 challenges = 40% off and a chance for a guest spot

If you complete all 8 challenges by 11:59 PM MST on the last day of the month, you will receive a coupon for 40% off, plus you will be entered to win a guest spot on the P&Co Creative Team! The first five challenges will be posted on the first of the month; the remaining challenges will be posted weekly. Each page counts for one challenge, and you cannot use one layout for multiple challenges. Challenge layouts must contain at least 25% P&Co products to be eligible for prizes.

 

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DSD 2014: Get the Details Here!

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Hello, and welcome to P&Co’s 2014 DSD Designer Blog Hop! We’re super excited to be starting off the DSD Celebration here, and I’d like to give you a quick rundown on what you can expect from us this week:


  • We’ve got a sitewide sale going on, and the more you spend, the more you save! You can earn as much as 50% off!

  • We’ll be refunding one random order daily with our Big Payoff contest!

  • Our popular Dream Cart contest has just kicked off.

  • We have 2 Speed Scraps: Saturday Noon MDT and Sunday 8 PM MDT, so everyone can have a chance to play along!

  • We’ve got games and challenges going on all weekend long in our Digi Talk forum, with loads of prizes!

Template challenge hosted by Rachel and Barbara

Rebus word game hosted by Tori and Laura

Journaling List challenge hosted by Sabrina

Photography challenge hosted by Rae

Name that Tune game hosted by Courtney

Art Journaling challenge hosted by Kat

Card making challenge hosted by Diane

Gallery Tag hosted by Lynnette

Pocket Card Challenge hosted by Jen P.

Find the Ingredients hosted by Willemijne

Scavenger Hunt hosted by Wendy C.

Lift The Person Above You hosted by Pallavi

Happy Chatty hosted by Heidi

Challenge me hosted by Anna


  • And, of course, we’ve got this fabulous mega collab to give to you:

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It’s yours FREE, and all you have to do is hop through the following blogs. You’ll be collecting a series of numbers and letters along the way, and when you get to the end, you’ll have a coupon code that will bring your price on this fantastic kit down to ZERO.  Coupon expired.

Scooty’s Designs <- Go here first!
Amanda Yi Designs
Mari Koegelenberg
Dawn by Design
Digital Scrapbook Ingredients
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Sabrina’s Creations
Scotty Girl Design
KimB’s Designs
Celeste Knight
Jen Allyson
Mommyish
Sugarplum Paperie
Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs
Robyn Meierotto
Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage
Anita Designs
Deena Rutter
Karla Dudley
Gennifer Bursett

Have fun!

Cropped! 2014 | Round 5 with Jen Gallacher and Jennifer Wilson

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We’re down to the wire with Cropped! 2014. We had some amazing layouts submitted for Round 4, and the journaling on them was phenomenal! Some made us laugh, some made us cry, and some transported us completely into the moment with their great descriptions. We narrowed the field down (as hard as it was!) and we’re excited to announce the following 10 finalists:

Amy Hoogstad | Brynn Dukes | Em Stafrace | Erin Wright | Grace Lee
Kacy Vance | Kathleen Vallejo | Kathryn Wilson | Smitha Katti | Tiffany Landry

Round Five is Dessert, and we think it’s the perfect way to finish off a great meal, and our contest. This week’s challenge is to go all out… Our contestants should make their “dessert” layout luxe, rich, decadent, sugary sweet, and over the top. Whether that’s through their subject, their journaling, their embellishments, their techniques, or all of the above, now is the time for them to go all-out. They also must include the 4 Mystery Basket Ingredients, which can be re-purposed as needed to fit the theme of the layout. PLEASE NOTE: To choose our Cropped! 2014 Champion, we will be judging both this round’s entry along with their entire body of Cropped! 2014 submissions.

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For our final round, we are joined by two guest judges: Jen Gallacher and Jennifer Wilson. They will team up with Gennifer Bursett, Sarah Hemmert, Karla Dudley, Shannon McNab, Tiffany Tillman, and Sabrina Poole to decide who will be our Cropped! 2014 Champion.

jenJen has worked in the paper crafting industry for over 17 years as a writer, editor, design team member, and teacher for companies including Karen Foster Design, Making Memories, American Crafts, Northridge Publishing, and Two Peas In a Bucket. Currently she serves as the Marketing Coordinator for Echo Park and Carta Bella Paper, which includes teaching, designing, editing, creating marketing strategies, and much, much more.

Jen enjoys all types of creative outlets and writes about it frequently on her blog.  She also shares weekly tips and tricks for crafting and memory keeping on her Youtube channel, as well as, regularly contributes to the Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine channel and EP TV channels.

As the mother of three children, she finds she has a lot to keep her occupied. When she isn’t busy designing, writing, teaching, or editing, she’s hanging out with her family because making memories is even sweeter than documenting them!

You can find Jen at the following links:

Blog | Website | YouTube | Twitter Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

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Scrapbooking educator and coach Jennifer Wilson offers guidance for uncomplicated memory keeping at Simple Scrapper. You’re invited to start simplifying today with her free quick start guide.

You can find Jennifer at the following links:

Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

October Gallery Highlights

Hi all!

Amy Kingsford here and I’m excited to share a few of my favorite layouts posted in the Pixels & Company Gallery this month.  There is never a shortage of inspiration in the galleries here at P & Co and this month was no exception.

I hope you enjoy these beauties as much as I did!

 

Tutu Cute by jessicalynn01

Tutu Cute by jessicalynn01 | Pixels and Company Gallery

I had to start with this one because it just screamed October to me! The bright colors, beautiful fall photos and the added bits of Halloween-inspired elements came together nicely!

 

Love & Laugh by Sharon-Dewi

Love & Laugh by Sharon-Dewi | Pixels & Company Gallery

I really loved the overall sentiment and feel of this page.  The scattered elements, the combination of textures and the warm tones used throughout are the perfect complement to these heart-warming photos and their story.

 

#forever by kym

#forever by kym | Pixels and Company Gallery

I immediately fell in love with the femininity of this page. The pastels paired with gold is such a great combo and I adore this sweet mix of embellishments and the soft dimension they bring to the page.

 

Stronger by christellevandyk

Stronger by christellevandyk | Pixels and Company Gallery

What’s not to love about this page!? The colors, the clusters and these photos are all amazing! However my favorite detail is how the brick pattern from the background has been used as an overlay that blends subtly over the focal photo–genius!

 

Fresh Is Best by Pamie

Fresh Is Best by Pamie | Pixels and Company Gallery

This page jumped out at me immediately! I’m not sure if it was the bright colors, the delightful mix of patterns or that adorable girl with her glistening hair, but either way this page is perfection!

 

Loving It by janedee

Loving It by janedee | Pixels and Company Gallery

I’m such a sucker for triangles! However I really love the mix of the tone-on-tone triangles paired with the triangle crops of the photos in this page.  This plays up the energy and bright colors in her photos, while softening the angles of the other two triangles just a bit.  And you can never go wrong with a few splashes of gold ;)

 

I hope you have enjoyed taking a closer look at some of my favorite pages from this month and I invite you to click on the links and leave each of these artists a little bit of love.

And a big thanks to all of you who share your layouts in the Pixels & Company gallery!  You all do such a great job of making our gallery such an inspiring place to be!

Rainy Day Photography

I don’t see a lot of photographs taken on rainy days. It’s wet, dull, and inconvenient. Soaked clothes tend to leave one running for shelter. However, weather is great at conveying moods. Weather is part of life and I love to the rainy days as much as the sunny ones.

Sometimes I’ll use an extra photo in my layout that doesn’t have to do with the subject but adds to the mood. It helps set the scene.

For this blog post, I waited for a rainy day and went outside to explore. I love capturing rain droplets on leaves. I like the contrast of textures. Slick wet surfaces on brittle ridged leaves. Puddles on asphalt.

Water droplets on leaves by Melanie Ritchie

Or raindrops hanging on to branches or objects. If my kids had been at home I would have loved to have caught a photo of a raindrop on the tip of my child’s nose.

Dandelion after the rain by Melanie Ritchie

Capture the sky right before the rain when it is heavy and dark with rain. Take photos as it begins to fall.

Capture the action. If I were in a city, I’d be trying to capture photos of people rushing around with umbrellas, or feet stepping into puddles.

At home, I’ve often captured my children dancing in the rain, jumping in puddles, or holding umbrellas.

If you’re in your car (safely stopped) take a photo of your windshield with the wipers on.

Take photos when the sun peeks back out and reflects off of droplets. See if there is a rainbow. All these different moments in a rainy day can make us feel such varying emotions. Think about how they might work into a layout.

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Water droplet on leaf by Melanie Ritchie


What does the weather look like from inside your home, office, or cottage? Do you feel cozy or bored?

Rain drops on my window by Melanie Ritchie

 

A rainy day in the fall will look much different from one in the spring or summer.  How does the sky and land look different? Rain in the spring might suggest the promise of flowers and growth. In the summer, kids are more likely to be playing in the rain. I love photographing the rain falling on the turning leaves.

Tomatoes and rain by Melanie Ritchie

 

 

How would the following photo look in black and white? Play around with your photos. I use  Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to edit my photos. Sometimes I’ll also use Radlab.

Maple Leaf on Rainy Day by Melanie Ritchie

Use the weather to frame your subject. I focused on the wet leaves so they would frame my house in the background.

My house on a rainy Day by Melanie Ritchie

 

Play around with your settings, experiment with your lighting, and see what kind of photo magic can happen on a rainy day. I had a lot of fun seeing a kinda dull gray day in a whole new way.

Rain and Greenery by Melanie Ritchie

Have fun clicking!

Cropped! 2014 | Round 4 with Debbie Hodge

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Things are getting serious in Cropped! 2014. We had 29 gorgeous layouts submitted for Round 3, and we’re excited to announce the following 18 contestants, who are moving on to Round 4:

Amie Wheeler | Amy Hoogstad | Bernadette Gerich | Brenda Smith
Brynn Dukes | Elisa Couesnon | Em Stafrace | Erin Wright | Grace Lee
Jeri Jahns | Joan Sides | Jude Toone | Kacy Vance | Kathleen Vallejo
Kathryn Wilson | Lori Fortini | Smitha Katti | Tiffany Landry

Round Four is Entrée, and many would say this is the most important part of the meal… It’s where you get your sustenance, and many times, the rest of the courses are planned out just to complement it. So, in the world of Cropped!, that can only mean one thing: JOURNALING! Whatever the subject, our contestants need to tell us all about it, in all its glory… No skimping! They must also include the 4 Mystery Basket ingredients pictured below:

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Our Round 3 Guest Judge is Debbie Hodge, who will team up with other Round 2 judges Gennifer Bursett, Sarah Hemmert, Dawn Farias, Deena Rutter, Laura Passage, and Leah Riordan of Mommyish.

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Debbie Hodge is a digital scrapbooker and the owner of GetItScrapped.com, where you can find free ideas on the blog and in-depth lessons and conversations on layout design with a membership.

Debbie started as a paper scrapbooker, publishing her layouts, writing for Scrapbook Answers and Memory Makers magazines, and then authoring Get It Scrapped with F + W Media. With an MBA concentration in operations management and 20+ years of creative writing study and practice, starting an educational website was a good match for her skills. Debbie’s interests are narrow: her family, scrapbooking and personal storytelling, developing the eBooks for Get It Scrapped, and hosting almost weekly live events for members. She’s a lucky woman for whom work is play.

You can find Debbie at the following links:

Website | Instagram | Google + | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Hello Card Mini Tutorial and September Hybrid Roundup

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Happy Saturday! Today we have a little tutorial for this gorgeous “Hello” card by CT Erin Taylor! Erin used her Sulhouette and a digital cut file to create this simple, easy card using layers color!

What you’ll need…

Process:

This image (click to enlarge) shows how Erin Set up the “hello” sentiment in the Silhouette software.

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Here you can see how she stacked the layers of the sentiment, adhering each layer together.

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And here is the finished card! She embellished it with cute little enamel hearts, matching the layer colors.

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Hybrid Projects From Our Creative Team

We’re showing off some gorgeous hybrid creations from our Creative Team members today. This is a “roundup” of hybrid projects uploaded by the CT into the hybrid gallery recently. We would LOVE to see your hybrid projects, too – please show us what you’re up to! Each project below is linked to it’s page in the gallery so you can check them out!

Mini Picnic Basket Gift by Arielle Gordon

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Magic Spells Hybrid Card by Arielle Gordon

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Hybrid Cash Envelopes by Amy Kingsford

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Hybrid Leaf Garland by Amy Kingsford

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Halloween Treat Bags by Dianne Howard

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Hybrid Pocket Pages by Maribel Rivas

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Halloween Card and Treat Box by Laura ODonnell

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Fall Clothespin Wreath by Nettie Baerwald

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3-Way Challenge Oct 11-17

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It’s Saturday, so that means we are celebrating another 3-Way Challenge!  This week, we are highlighting KimB’s DesignsMy Heart My Star Kit.

Isn’t it so cute??

Challenge Rules: Create a layout with this kit OR you can scraplift one of the example layouts below using two or more products by KimB’s Designs. Challenge layouts must contain at least 25% P&Co products to be eligible for prizes.

Don’t forget – Each page counts for one challenge and you cannot use the same layout for multiple challenges.

Participants will earn the following rewards for completing challenges:
2 challenges = 10% off
4 challenges = 20% off
6 challenges = 30% off
8 challenges = 40% off and a chance for a guest spot

This challenge must be completed by 11:59pm MST on the 17th of October.

Once you have created your layout, make sure you upload it to the Challenge Gallery. Then post it in the forum challenge thread as well as the October tracking thread in order to receive your points.

Ready to see it in action?

First up, we have a layout from Indah Permata Sari.  She says, “This kit is so cute and it’s great for scrapping either gender. It has various elements and I love reaching for this to even scrap about other themes too.”

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Next, a layout from Erin Taylor.  She shares, “The My Heart My Star collection is the perfect kit for scrapbooking little boys! I was too busy to scrapbook when my youngest was an infant and I’m slowly going back to scrap his baby pictures. I adore this photo of him, at just 10 days old, and the My Heart My Star collection worked perfectly for my layout.”

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Last, a layout from me (Rachel Alles).  “I’m a sucker for a great boy kit and this one is no exception.  I love the softness of the colors, which made me think of serenity and a sweet moment between my husband and little guy as a newborn.  This kit, with it’s many elements and word art, is perfect for so many different styles.”

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We cannot wait to see your take on the challenge this week.  Happy scrapping!

Cropped! 2014 | Round 3 with Guest Judge Amanda Padgett

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Round 2 of Cropped! 2014 is over, and we’re heading into Round 3. We had 49 beautiful layouts submitted for Round 2, and we’re excited to announce the following 30 contestants, who are moving on to Round 3:

Amie Wheeler | Amy Hoogstad | Angie Knirk | Bernadette Gerich | Brenda Smith
Brynn Dukes
| Chanell Rigterink | Elaine Uhl | Elisa Couesnon | Elisa Hubbard
Em Stafrace | Erin Wright | Gloria Angeline | Grace Lee | Hillary Bandley
Jaclyn Clayton | Jeri Jahns | Joan Sides | Jude Toone | Kacy Vance
Kathleen Vallejo | Kathryn Wilson | Krista Jensen | Lori Fortini | Mary Kate Finney
Rae Brown | Sharon-Dewi Stolp | Smitha Katti | Sophie Mazieux | Tiffany Landry

Round Three is Seafood. Similar to last year, this one is open to a little bit of interpretation. For this round, our contestants must get creative in showing us what they “see”. Whether it’s a layout about something they see every day, or where they see themselves in ten years, we can’t wait to see it, and we want them to be creative in the way they show us! This is also the one round where photography will be heavily judged. (*Please note: This does not mean that photos must be technically correct, but it does mean that the photo should really showcase the subject and/or evoke emotion with the theme.) They must also include the 4 Mystery Basket ingredients pictured below:pco_croppedrd3_preview

Our Round 3 Guest Judge is Amanda Padgett, who will team up with other Round 2 judges Gennifer Bursett, Sarah Hemmert, Celeste Knight, Mari Koegelenberg, Willemijne van der Linden of Digital Scrapbook Ingredients, Becca Dickson, and Rachel Alles.

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Amanda Padgett started blogging in July 2008, and picked up photography after the death of her father in 2009. It started as therapy to work through her grief and quickly grew into a passion. In May 2010, she created Everyday Elements, a site dedicated to teaching users to make the most of their cameras and editing programs through blog tutorials and online workshops. Amanda, an “everyday” blogger and mom, is dedicated to helping others take the best possible pictures – “everyday.”
When she is not teaching about photography and editing, she is teaching her four children, whom she homeschools. Her kids, who are in grades 10th through 3rd, keep her busy with academics and extra-curricular activities such as Boy Scouts, gymnastics, archery and more.
You can find Amanda at the following links:

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