Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Don't Forget Your Friend's Feed

We take many photos a day using our digital cameras and phones. With all those photos, it may never occur to us to use our friend's social media feeds as a means of acquiring a different perspective. More than likely, they have a whole different side of the story even though you may have been to the same event. Or, it's an opportunity to capture some of their photos so that you can create a surprise gift album for them.

I have been working on a gift album for my best friend. I captured this image of her daughter from a social media feed. It was a simple matter of saving the photo to my computer then printing it as I usually would any photo.

Glamour Girl by Christy Strickler Supplies| Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages; Alphas: 7 Gypsies, unknown; Flowers: Making Memories, Imaginesce, Webster's Pages; Mist: homemade; Digital stamp; Brad: Pink Paislee; Other: pearls, stencil; as seen in Scrapbook News and Review Magazine- January 2013

You do need to take into consideration that the quality of the photos you get from a social media feed may not be the best. That was the case with the photo on this layout. it's very pixelated and grainy. However, this is one of those photos that I might never have captured in person. That makes it worth it's weight in gold, in my opinion. You can try to edit the photo in PSE. Worst comes to worst, convert the image to black and white. It may look a little more clear.

Keeping an eye on your friend's feeds is a wonderful way to supplement the photos you take. You are likely to find some hidden gems that you missed or were not present for. Keep them in mind, and you can even make a small gift album for your friend. Get into the habit of saving photos from their social media feeds while you are checking their updates. After all, you are already looking at the photos as they share them with's not hard to save a copy for yourself.

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  1. Great idea, Christy! Great LO, too! Loving the colors.

  2. This is an awesome page and awesome idea, Christy! Love the fun layering behind the photo and the mix of Pink and Black!

  3. Great idea Christy. I'd have never thought of that. LOVE the layers you've got going on in this gorgeous layout!