What kind of camera do you have?
In 2010, I bought a digital SLR and went with the Canon Rebel XSi. I recently purchased a Canon 35 mm f/2 lens and have yet to take it off my camera. I highly recommend. I take a ton of photos with my iPhone 4s and upload many of those to Instagram. My username there is elisejoy.
The best trick I have to making a crappy camera take decent photos is to play around with the ISO. This will adjust the amount of light let into the camera and may improve your indoor photos. Also, avoid using the flash at all costs.
What kind of sewing machine to do you have?
A Singer Esteem II that was a bridal shower gift.
What kind of computer and photo editing software do you have?
I work on a MacBook Pro and use Photoshop Elements 9 for all graphics you see on this blog. I also use iPhoto (the photo editing software that comes free with Mac products) to do some editing. Most photos you see on the blog are (for better or worse) straight out of the camera. I hate playing around with photos, so usually, I don't.
What kind of printer do you use?
An HP PhotoSmart 2575 printer which I really love. I print many of my photos at home on Office Depot semi-gloss photo paper. I have used moo.com and overnightprints.com for printing business cards and postcards.
There is a big calendar on your wall in some photos, where is that from?
I bought it at Crate & Barrel and the brand is Stendig. I use it to map out my blog posts for the month.
What are your favorite scrapbooking supplies?
The patterned papers I use most frequently are Studio Calico and American Crafts. For pens, I use American Crafts Slick Writers or Zig millennium pens in black. For stamps, I believe in keeping it simple and even sell my own. I use Staz-on ink pads almost exclusively. I hate waiting for ink to dry.
Will you link to my interesting blog post? Share a link to this cool thing I made? Add a sponsored link to a post? Do a link exchange?
Will you donate to my silent auction, blog auction, fundraiser, giveaway, great cause, etc.?
Due to a large amount of requests, I have decided to address this in the FAQs. While my initial plan was just to donate whenever asked, it's no longer realistic for me or my small business. So at the moment, I am not giving away product for donations or fundraisers unless there are special circumstances. Thank you so much for your interest. I will make an adjustment here when this policy changes.
How did you design your blog?
My blog is hosted through Typepad and has been since the beginning. I really love the platform and don't think I'll ever switch. If you are interested in learning some simple blog design and HTML coding to fancy up your blog, I recommend this e-course that I co-taught with Elsie Larson.
Can I link to your blog and use your photos?
Yes, you can link. Yes, you can use my photos but you must provide a link back to where you found them. Common sense. Credit where credit is due. Thank you!
Can I pin your stuff on Pinterest?
Can I advertise on your blog?
At the moment no, I am not accepting blog sponsors. The "ads" that you see on the sidebar are affiliate links and images, which means if you purchase something through them, I receive a commission, but I don't make any money from them just for hosting.
Will you do a giveaway of my product on your blog?
At the moment, no. I do not do giveaways of anything but my own shop goods.
Can I send you my product to possibly mention on your blog?
Maybe. Please email and we can see if it's a good fit. Right now, I am not accepting baby items or jewelry. :)
Can I write a guest post for your blog?
How do you get people to read your blog?
I have been keeping a blog since December 2005. At first, it was just for my friends and I managed to get my parents reading. At the time, I was active on a scrapbooking message board, and some people found the blog from there.
If you are working to grow your blog, I encourage you to take pride in your work and be willing to share. Focus on creating unique content and posting often. (Here is how I develop blog content.) Ultimately though – stay true to who you are. People like honesty.
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What is your job?
I am self-employed. A big part of my job is maintaining this blog and dreaming up original and inspiring content. I also started a rubber stamp & paper shop and I teach & contribute to online workshops & e-courses. I am always and forever working on building up my "brand." I am so happy to have this flexible work schedule. This video talks a bit more about how I got from point A (college) to point B (self-employed).
Where do you print you products?
I use overnightprints.com for my business cards and additional promotion.
Who makes your rubber stamps?
When is your next workshop?
I always blog about online workshops weeks in advance of when they will run. You can also keep an eye on this page of my website. I am open to teaching crafting workshops in real life. If you are a shop owner or have a workshop space and would like to set up a live class, please email me at elise.blaha AT gmail.com.
How do you stay motivated working from home?
I wrote a pretty in-depth post on this here. :)
How do you find ideas to blog about?
Everything I do is a "can I blog about this?" moment. Seriously. Everything. I have blogged for so long that it's second nature to write posts in my head as things are happening. I am never not thinking about blogging, which sounds overwhelming, but I think it's sort of background noise at this point. :)
Tell me more about Project Life.
There is lots of information here.
What is letterpress? Can you print a single card/print/something for me?
Here is a full description of the letterpress process. I have recently moved to Southern California and do not have access to a letterpress printer and am not making anything using this method.
What is gocco printing?
How do you make those photo grids you are always sharing?
Those grids are created "by hand" in PSE. There is a video in this post that details my process. The mosaic maker by bighugelabs.com is also pretty rad. Sometimes I just take a screenshot of my camera roll on my iPhone.
Where do you live?
My husband, Paul and I just bought a 1961 single-story house in San Diego, California. You can read our home buying story here. We are so excited to living in one place for the next four years!
What San Diego restaurants do you recommend?
We love El Camino for Mexican. Pappalecco for gelato. Infux for a quick breakfast and coffee. Dark Horse for good coffee. Tractor Room, Craft & Commerce and D-bar for dinner. The Little Italy farmer's market on Saturday mornings is fun to check out (get crepes!). Yelp.com is awesome in our town and we get most of our restaurant ideas from the reviews there.
What is that paint color on your walls?
Benjamin Moore Athena
What is that by Ellerie's eye?
She has a hemangioma (often called a "strawberry mark"), a benign tumor caused by a tangle of blood vessels. It appeared when she was about 2 weeks and grew in size and darkened until about 2.5 months. Most hemangiomas resolve themselves in the first few years of childhood, and we expect Ellerie's will as well. We have seen a dermatologist and ophthalmologist to confirm there is no cause for concern. :)
Are you liking cloth diapering?
Yes! We are big fans. We have 19 of the bumGenius Elemental diapers and they are working great. I wash them every two days or so and dry them in the sun to bleach stains. Highly recommend. See all of my favorite newborn products here.
How old are you?
28. My birthday is in February.
Are you glad you did your own flowers for your wedding?
Are you happy with your Ikea kitchen?
When we bought our house the kitchen was installed and I didn't realize it was from Ikea until I saw the exact same one in a catalog. Kind of strange, but yes, I love it.
What are your favorite blogs?
What inspires you?
Everything. But you can see it all at a glance if you follow me on Pinterest.
Would you like me to send you unsolicited advice?
Thank you so much for reading.