CAUTION hot mess signOkay, last time we covered what to do with the images on your disc. Hopefully, you have taken my advice and gotten busy.

Today, I want you to take a scenic walk through your house…specifically, I want you to look at your walls. Been a while since you really looked at ‘em, right? Still can’t believe you painted your family room a color called romantic sunset? Sounded so beautiful in the store. So serene. So magical. Yeah the 12 year old in the paint store said it was all the rage in the interior design magazines. Too bad he didn’t mention that it was really orange with a catchy name because who buys orange paint for any room in their house??? Walk out of that room and head somewhere else that doesn’t give you a migraine and make you feel like you need sunglasses and sunscreen just to be in it.

Living room, entry way, a bedroom, the dining room….take inventory of your wall space. What is hanging on your wall space real estate? Some candle aubras? Mirror? Clock? Cheap wall art (sorry, but you know it is – most of us are not sporting Monet’s)? What other things are littering…I mean gracing your precious wall space? Are there items that have been hanging up since you were a size 4? Are you wondering what you were thinking when you bought that extra special piece of décor?  Or, are you keeping something up on the wall because it was a gift from your mom or your mother-in-law? In the real world you would have filed that item under “hideous” and moved on, right? But you have it hanging up because it isn’t worth a holy war. I hear ya…

My point of this little exercise is to get you to take an inventory of what you have on your walls. For most, it is stuff that borders along the line of a trinket (sorry, but down deep you know I am spot on), or something old in desperate need of replacing, or a guilt object (read: mom/mother-in-law gift). The worst wall offender is the item that is hanging up simply because it filled an open slot. You couldn’t stand walking by that empty, dead space so you put whatever you could find in that gap so it would stop taunting you every time you walked by it. Cramming something into that spot stopped that feeling you had of the world being unbalanced. I know…it is a sickness many people have…you aren’t alone…

I want to challenge you on a couple of things:

#1:  For the sake of mankind and to up the resale value of your home and neighborhood, put on some sunglasses and SPF 30 and repaint that ORANGE room. Run…don’t walk to the paint store…if you bump into the 12 year old that sold you “romantic sunset”, let him know there was nothing romantic about that color and that you are on to his little sales tactics of selling orange paint to unsuspecting home owners in an effort to reduce the inventory of ugly paint.

#2:  Do you have “walls of fame” or “walls of shame”?  If you are feeling disgrace, embarrassment, mortification, or regret, you might have walls of shame. I challenge you to take down the offending pieces. Before your head starts spinning that the world will be unbalanced and your walls will start snidely talking to you in that voice that scares you, take heart…we are gonna fix those walls….

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The I Heart Faces challenge theme for this week is Hearts.

My little caped Valentine crusader…♥ Happy Valentine’s Day!

Joshua flying through the woods in his valentine

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You had a great session.

Got your disc.

Scroll down…let’s talk about that disc…

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5 Things to Do With Your CD of Images

1.)  The obvious answer is to use one of the suggested labs (eg. MPix or Unit Prints) and go ape-crazy-bananas printing. Wallpaper Grandma Edna’s living room with pictures of her grandkids, send some prints to aunts, uncles, cousins, your BFF from high school so she can see your family (insert: be green with envy), close friends, and whoever else makes your short list. Don’t forget to print for yourself too. Replace the image in your favorite picture frame that has been sitting in your entry way for three years. Pick up your jaw…yes, I knew about that…no, I am not spying on you. We all (myself included) have at least one of those golden oldies…or maybe 3…okay, I have 8! Get off my back!! Anyway, the sky is the limit really. You don’t have to be miserly with the picture sharing. After all, you can make prints for less than 3 bucks a piece. Impulse buys in the checkout line at Target cost more than $3…you can afford generous printing…

2.) After you have exhausted your “who’s who” list for printing, you could share the web sized images on your family blog. Don’t have a family blog? Now that you have super awesome images to share, isn’t it the perfect time to create one? There are tons of them for free (WordPress, Blogger) and don’t all the “cool” families have blogs highlighting how fabulous they are? Don’t deprive your children of worldwide acknowledgement of their existence…that is just wrong. Also, it would get those relatives off your back when they complain about not knowing what you are up to…you know who they are…

3.) You’ve printed…you’ve blogged…now you can share your web sized images on Facebook for your friends to admire your Nobel Peace prize ability to procreate children that are not only gorgeous (read: future models), but quite clearly geniuses (read: future rocket scientists and brain surgeons). Yes, they can see the genius-ness in the photos…apparently it is oozing from your kids’ pores. And no, I won’t enhance the ooze in Photoshop (there are Photoshop ethics)…I did sharpen it a bit just so that it wouldn’t be missed…I did that for free too. My little gift to you…you can thank me later…wink, wink…

4.) Okay, now that you have printed…blogged…facebook-ed…don’t forget scrapbooking. This can be done digitally or in print. It is your decision, but every GOOD parent scrapbooks.  You will want to use your images to tell the story of your session and show your kids as they are or maybe how you wish they were (just kidding…well, maybe) These scrapbooks will come out when relatives come to visit (scrapbooks done well will keep them busy for a while- BO-NUS!!) or when you need to go to your happy place before the chaos of your life overtakes you and you end up in a padded room. Just sayin’…

5.) So, where are we? You’ve printed…blogged…facebook-ed…scrapbooked…what’s left? Hmm…what about using the images for some holiday cards? The labs listed on your disc print up some pretty snazzy cards…Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Valentine’s Day, etc. Or…be unique and create Labor Day or Bastille Day cards. I would laugh. my.butt. off if someone sent me a Bastille Day card!

Next time we are going to talk about what your walls are saying…stay tuned…

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Joshua is my middle child…and he is his own man. He is the least shy in front of the camera and I can usually get him laughing without much effort. The trick is making it stop. 🙂 He is such a joy…funny, silly, happy, and so very sweet. He adores his older brother and tries to be a great big brother to his younger sister.

Like his outfit? He picked it out. We were out shopping for clothes for his session. I was looking at shirts and he walked up to me with the hat and tie. I kid-you-not. He found the hat and tie on his own. We decided on a simple white shirt and this “what to wear” moment was complete. This kid has so much personality…

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These last few pictures were done one evening when he and I did some exploring in the back of our neighborhood. We walked…talked…climbed on piles of rocks…waded through weeds…and had some good “boy” time. I loved every second of it…spending alone time with him doesn’t happen as often as it should…



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  • These are just fabulous. This cute sure has a lot of personality which you brought out. Excellent work!ReplyCancel

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