Thursday, 29 December 2011

Christmas photos and crafts

We had a great Christmas and are still enjoying our break  - trying to do something fun everyday.

The children are delighted with their presents and so are the adults. I did buy an early present for me: RadLab, which is a photoshop plugin and very handy to edit photos.My long term aim is to take photos which need little editing, but RadLab is fun to use and can add a little something for an otherwise boring photo.

Take the photo of my son above. He was decorating a small artificial tree which was going to go in his bedroom. That how it looks in real life, taken at night with a flash.

I set the camera in manual mode, exposed for the lights. It looks a little better now.

I then cleaned a bit of the wire and played with RadLab to add a bit of glow to the photo.

I have been crafting and taking photographs, but ironically I haven't taken anIy photos of my crafty projects. I use pinterest to mark interesting things I find in the web; it a great way to have a visual catalog of them. I compiled a few Christmas projects, I'll get some photos taken but in case you want save them for next here, here are the original photos and source:

Both are relatively easy to make. The second one would be suitable for an older child. Great way to use paper scraps.

This is more time consuming, but the result is beautiful.

Made with my children and one of their friends. We used cookie cutters to make the shapes and let them colour them with markers. We didn't have much time so I let them colour before baking them. To my surprise the colours remained vivid after baking.


Grá said...

Lovely photos & great projects :)

JACKIE M said...

Elisa I love all your beautiful projects, and I wish you and your family a very happy 2012.

Jackie xxx

Sabrina said...

Lovely photos - I especially like the edited one of DS. Must show C the second ornament - it looks quite similar to an origami angel-fish he's in the middle of trying out.
(Yes, that's me in the little pedal car :D. Aged about 4, I'd say).
Happy New Year to you and all the family.

Trinh said...

Looks like you & your family had a great Christmas, Elisa! I love the Rad Lab actions on your photo. Hope you & your family have a wonderful new year!

Deirdre said...

Elisa, love your holiday photos. Thanks for sharing - Happy New Year to you and your family. Hugs, Deirdre

Maria Jordan-Lloyd said...

Love all your little projects. You are very talented. I must learn to use my camera properly - a goal for this year I think.