Love Song Photography

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When we think about photography and pictures, I think most of us first think about capturing the big, happy, wonderful moments of life.  Weddings, new babies, birthdays, first days of school and exciting milestones.

But as we all know, life isn’t always wonderful.  I stumbled across a photographer named Lindsey Villatoro , from California, when some photographs of hers were featured in an article about a couple who had lost a child.

She captures beautiful images that you’d expect to see on any photographer’s website, like weddings and babies.  But she also has an amazing gift and a gracious heart that lead her to take photographs of difficult situations.  She photographs children and adults fighting cancer and other illnesses.  She photographs funerals and memorial services.  She has a unique service called “Forever Loved” to capture priceless images of situations that require more empathy and delicateness than many of us may be able to provide.

Not only does she provide this experience and these priceless images to these families going through unthinkable difficult times at no charge, her Facebook page and website also offer the families a platform to share their stories.  Awareness is raised, fundraisers are shared, people are registering to donate organs and be blood and marrow donors,  prayers are lifted up, friendships are formed.  Lindsay has created a truly amazing thing.

Her website is LoveSongPhotography.com

She also has a Facebook page where she shares amazing images and stories.

You can see some of her videos on Vimeo as well as YouTube

There was a fundraising campaign in December to help Lindsay cover her costs as she provides these services to families free of charge, but it has unfortunately ended.  I encourage you to bookmark her website, follow her Facebook page, and get the word out to your friends and family about this amazing woman.  I will surely be donating and sharing on my blog when she has another fundraising event.  Please do consider sharing this post or her links on your social media platforms.

Note- some of the images on the Love Song Photography website and Facebook page may be upsetting or considered graphic to some people (such as babies who have passed away). I have no affiliation with Lindsay or Love Song Photography, and do not benefit financially by sharing this information.  I share these links for the sole purpose of sharing Love Song Photography with others, and the hope that it will reach someone who can be helped by her services, as well as fundraising and awareness for both Love Song and the families that Lindsey serves. 

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Sale-A-Bration Product Ideas

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I can’t stop talking about Sale-A-Bration, but it’s such a good deal I can’t keep it to myself! Are you wondering which of the products you should choose with your order (one product for every $50 spent pre-tax & shipping)? Do you already have some of the products and are looking for ways to use them? You’re in luck, because Stampin’ Up! has created a Pinterest board just for the 2015 Sale-A-Bration products! You can find that board by clicking here.

While you’re on Pinterest, you can check out ALL the awesome boards Stampin’ Up! has here, and if you’re interested, you can check out my Pinterest boards, many of which are paper crafting focused, by clicking here.

Looking for more ideas? Stampin’ Up! also has a YouTube channel, and some of the recent videos feature Sale-A-Bration products! I’m also posting ideas and more links on my Blackbird Scraps Facebook Page for the rest of the Sale-A-Bration season, which continues through March 31, 2015.

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or if I can help you with your paper crafting! Happy stampin’ and scrappin’!

A FREE Papercrafting magazine? Um, yes please.

I was tickled today to stumble across Jot magazine.  It’s an Australia based e-magazine and website for the paper crafter. I opened up their  birthday issue, Issue 6, on my iPhone and have been flipping through the pages as I have time.  This issue features one of my idols, Becky Higgins, the creator of Project Life. Swoon.

Image copyright jot magazine.com

Image copyright jot magazine.com

One thing I love about e-magazines is when I see a project I want to CASE (Copy And Share Everything-also known as ‘scrap lifting’) I just take a screen shot as I’m reading the issue on my phone. I later will move those photos into an album I have stored in my iCloud. I have one album for Project Life ideas, another for greeting cards, you get the idea. When I’m working and stumped for an idea, I’ll just pick up my phone and browse through ideas.

I’m all about inspiration and sharing ideas, so I encourage you to check out their website. I’m excited to check out their social media sites and maybe participate in one of their challenges soon.  The only “problem” (and it’s not really fair to call it that) I’ve encountered so far is that the site is based in Australia so some of the products and shops they link up are not available to me in the United States.

What are your favorite online sources of inspiration?