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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #895: Picture This

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-04-2012 11:41 AM 840 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 894: Simple Variations Part 895 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 896: 'Tis the Season »

Well, I didn’t get as far as I wanted to yesterday. It was one of those days where I blinked and before I knew it, it was over. I am hoping by the end of today I will feel as if I was a little bit more productive.

I spent the bulk of the day trying to get proper photographs of the recent pattern set. While that sounds like an easy task, it turned out to be more challenging than I had anticipated.

Since the word ornaments were not in a bulky font, I found that they were getting ‘lost’ in the backgrounds that I was choosing. I spent a great deal of time taking individual pictures, only to find that the ornaments looked very small on the white background and to me anyway looked quite ‘unimpressive.’

As a result, I picked around for most of the day, trying different things to make them look nice for the patterns and also for the website, as these were the places that needed to attract attention to them and make them look like something that others would want. I don’t know why, but I was not entirely happy with the results. I finally settled on what I deemed as ‘acceptable’, but by that time it was after 7:30 and I was tired. As I look at the pictures this morning, they are good, but I don’t know if they really show how nice these ornaments look in person. But I have to move on, as people are waiting for the packets to be posted on the site.

Am I being obsessive? Or just thorough? Sometimes there is a fine line between the two.

But time is ticking and I need to move on and write today. I know people are waiting and there comes a time when I have to know I did my best and continue ahead.

So I will keep things short today, and get on with my task. I want to do some writing before the rest of the world is awake and while it is quiet here.

For those of you who are waiting, the site should be updated by today and the new items posted. Thanks so much for your patience.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 12-04-2012 12:27 PM

if it doesn’t feel right then you will always be disappointed in it.
did you try a bright yellow background? Something “hopeful” “cheery” and “jolly”??

and wouldn’t these look lovely as brooches?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 12-04-2012 12:33 PM

Hi, Debbie:
I did try lighter backgrounds, but the names seemed to be lost in them, as they are not really dark wood. Especially the little gold charms on the natural colored set. I did put them in the light box, and the result was OK for the single pieces, but showing a dozen on the web site (plus – both versions) is really too many pictures. I am going to have a single picture along with the sets on the site to show the potential of the pieces.

I have to watch the amount of detail shown too because (believe it or not!) some people like to trace the designs and would rather spend hours doing that than purchasing the pattern! It is a slippery slope of showing enough detail, but not too much!

I think they would make nice brooches! Perhaps on an oval background for additional strength. :) Great idea!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Roger

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#3 posted 12-04-2012 03:05 PM

Your creativity never ceases to amaze.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 12-04-2012 04:26 PM

Sheila if I saw them in a shop I would definitely

buy them If there were no price I would assume

that they would be expensive. The font is also very

good and you have used the open space wonderfully.

Jamie

PS Did I mention I love them? :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 12-04-2012 04:32 PM

Am I being obsessive? Or just thorough?

Sheila in a word “No”

You have a standard that speaks volumes.

I bought one of your patterns and I was very impressed

with what I received. The quality of pictures drawings and

instructions was super. It also made me feel confident that if

I followed your example and were patient that I could make

the same as in the pictures

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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grizzman

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#6 posted 12-04-2012 04:39 PM

well even if the pictures dont turn out so great, i know the hands making them are skilled and that your not happy but with the best…...so i know they are, and i agree with jamie…they are beautiful, and you cut the font just right, if you ask me i think that both of you are some wonderfully talented people and if anyone was going to seek scroll saw designs, this is where they will find quality and even the help they might need, as i know your always on top of customers needs….i hope keith is feeling better, you both have a great day…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 12-04-2012 05:05 PM

Thanks, guys! I sometimes wonder if I am just being too picky for my own good. The “font” is actually my own handwriting this time. I thought I would try it that way for a change. I am glad you like them though and know that I just need to ‘relax’ sometimes. :)

Keith is better and it looks like I dodged a bullet and didn’t get sick! :D The power or positive thinking!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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MrsN

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#8 posted 12-04-2012 09:22 PM

wether you call it obsessive or thorough or something else, It is the reason that I love your patterns. The extra time and effort in all of your patterns shows, and I know that I am getting something worth while.
Thanks!

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 12-04-2012 10:46 PM

don´t worry so much if you can´t find the right way to take “the right picture ”
in ten minuts …... even the real proffessionel advertising photographer can use
several days … sometimes weeks before they found the right idea and light setting
and with multiple items in the frame just multiply the troubles

take care
Dennis

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BertFlores58

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#10 posted 12-04-2012 11:07 PM

Hi Sheila,
As for me, nothing can be compared to anyone like you in the LJ. Individual taste differ. I noticed that there are different persons (new) who are amazed with the different projects’ design and outcome I posted. However, in business we need to think of the clients’ satisfaction. What we are targeting is the user who sometimes becomes monotonous in their likes and wants some variety. Actually, what I see in you is that you are so original and always comes with new direction that most of us always admire. Keep it going whether or not there are some emotional feelings because that is how we keep our lives rolling.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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Celticscroller

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#11 posted 12-05-2012 01:40 AM

Good evening Sheila. The ornaments look great and they photographed really well! Just a thought – do you have a macro setting on your camera? I find if I use the macro setting, the details on the item pop out whether a dark or light background.
I agree with Debbie – these would look great as a brooch.
Enjoy the rest of your day.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 12-05-2012 11:57 AM

Thank you all again. I do try to allow for individual tastes and preferences. That is again where having a partner really helps. It is funny that Keith and I differ so much in what we like, but in a way, that is really good for the business. It gives a wider perspective for our customers. I suppose the most frustrating part is when things just seem to take longer than they should. But with me, that happens frequently. One day I will learn to properly estimate my time!

I do use the macro setting on the camera Anna. It is pretty cool because it automatically moves into a macro setting when the focus is needed. The new camera does help, as there are far less adjustments than were necessary with my other one.

One step at a time! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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