Between emails and blog comments, I end up receiving a lot of interesting questions about a wide variety of subjects. Here are a few that I thought would be fun to answer today:
The other day when I posted some of my Instagram photos, Deb commented Love your shoes (the ones where you were on the ground). They look comfortable and like something I would wear.
Those shoes are my very favorite. They are Women's Merrell Encore Eclipse and I have them in both black and brown. They are so comfy! In fact, I wore them to CHA and all over Disneyland and my feet did not get sore. They are definitely my go-to shoes!
Another question from my Instagram post was about the new Twitter app called Vine. Sabrina asked “I loved seeing these photos of your family, thank you for sharing! Are you going to try out Vine? Its an app where you share 6 second videos with your followers!”
I always try to look at new apps and social media opportunities because I am always looking for new and exciting things to share on The Digi Show. As soon as I heard about Vine, I checked into it, but I’m not convinced yet. For some reason, sharing video feels more personal to me than sharing photos. Does anyone else feel this way? Plus, if I’m going to share video, it would probably be of something longer than 6 seconds.I’m also not a huge fan of having to watch everything in video these days. When I look up a news story, I would rather just read the details because I can easily skim and find what I want. I don’t like having to watch a video to find out all the details. My hubby loves videos though and is always watching different ones from news stations and social media. Finally, the biggest reason I’m leery still is the problem they have had with some p*rn. Here’s a link to a CNN article (and video of course!) about the problem.
I’m just not sure that Vine will be able to stay around. I certainly don’t see how they can compete with YouTube either. I have heard some of my Instagram buddies talk about how they are enjoying Vine for sharing fun little memories, but I’m just going to pass on this one.
Brenda had a question from my snuggly fleece blankets post. She asked “I'm assuming you sew before cutting and tying the fringe. Is that correct?” I realized that I didn’t make that very clear in the post so I’m glad she asked about it.
I lined up the front and back fabrics with each other and trimmed off excess with an olfa cutter. Then I sewed the stitching all the way around the blanket 4 inches in from the edge. Then I did the cutting and tying. It's an extra step, but I've been happier with the blankets that I've done this way. There are plenty of people who just don't sew them though.
HOW TO USE TEMPLATES
I get some occasional emails regarding how to use my templates. For someone who is brand new to digital or never used a layered template before, it all can be a bit intimidating. Here’s a question I received:
I received your email tis morning and love your template ideas. The only problem is I don't know how to use it. If I download it, what happens? First, you need to know that I don't know how to digital scrapbook. Do I have to trim all the picture "holes"? Is it possible to get plastic templates?
When you download the templates, you will need a program like Photoshop Elements to use them. They are layered files which basically means you slip your digital photos into the photo spaces and then you're done! You can also add some digital embellishments and papers if you want. I have a couple of great resources that I'm going to point you to that should really help:
- a whole section of tutorials at The Daily Digi on using templates
- Ali Edwards video of how to use layered templates
- Simple Scrapper video of how to use layered templates
I personally love to ask and answer questions – it’s how we all learn! If you have any other questions for me, feel free to leave them in the comments or send me an email. I still have a bunch of other reader questions that I plan to answer here soon, but they are ones that will take up an entire post so I haven’t gotten to them yet.