As always busy busy busy here ;), but still attempting to get things done - lately more-so on my YouTube channel.
I finally uploaded a "channel preview" - if you're already subscribed to me on YouTube you won't have seen it - it's meant to somewhat explain what it is I DO on there to people that are totally new to me:
And something else I've been trying that I talked about on my FB page is uploading my videos as a larger file size. I always forget that a LOT of my blog readers and YouTube subscribers are not on my facebook page, so addressing things here is needed as well.
Lately I've been getting *some* "complaints" that my videos are "blurry" or they think I need to "zoom out more" b/c it's not crystal clear. Or that I need to purchase a HD or better quality camera.
Well for one thing I DO have a pretty good camera (one that cost me a pretty penny when I purchased it!), that DOES film in HD. BUT that is a MASSIVE amount of data to upload/edit/process/upload to YouTube, and not only is it the camera but my computer and my internet connection need to be top notch as well.
What a LOT of people don't realize is that I do this mostly as a hobby (AKA I'm not making near enough $$ to classify all this as a business - literally I make nothing when one figures out all the time I put into it - I do it because I enjoy it - I LOVE stamping and have learned to love making videos and sharing them with all of you). And I pay for EVERYTHING out of my own pocket. I saved up for months to buy the camera I have (and actually sold off a lot of my stamping stuff that I'd stockpiled for years), and saved up for a couple YEARS to purchase my iMac computer. I've been paying extra to my internet provider to have faster upload speeds (which sadly is being downgraded in a couple weeks b/c the bills are piling up and I won't be working as much soon!) in order to handle all the video files.
Up until recently I've been uploading all my videos as a "medium file" (it's just an option in iMovie - I honestly am not all that savvy on "tech-speak" when it comes to all this stuff - I do what I can), which isn't the "best" quality.
So after getting too many complaints I thought I'd *try* uploading a "large file" for my videos. It takes about 3x longer for my computer to process and upload to YouTube - and so far I see a tiny bit of improvement? And I haven't had any complaints recently LOL ;) ;).
I can honestly say that I have NO plans on filming and uploading in HD - at least not in the near future. It takes a LOT of time to film, then edit, upload, process, post, etc etc etc for every single video I do - and switching to HD would basically more than triple that amount of time. Time that I just don't have. And with a baby on the way I DEFINITELY won't have that much free time!
All that being said - I only thought it was time to better explain what all this is like for me. I'm not catering to the complainers (much *wink*), it was more of an experiment on my part to try something different. I've always tried to make my videos as well as possible and explain everything as simply as possible (which was the main point in my opinion), and I KNOW that you can't please everyone! It's a learning process too - my videos have come a loooonnnggg way since I first started making them - now I'm at well over 300 (hundred!) videos on my YouTube channel. And I'm sure they will keep improving as time goes on (I hope anyway).
It's also easier for me to type all this up here for y'all rather than try to explain the whole process over and over and OVER again to the people that don't understand and feel the need to criticize.
Thankfully the vast majority of my subscribers, my readers, and my Facebook fans are more than appreciative of what I do - and I appreciate all of you just as much. I also really appreciate y'all for sticking up for me when a "hater" does creep out of the woodwork, and for sticking by me when I seem to disappear for weeks on end when my "real" life tends to take over! It makes what I do on here worth it that's for sure.
And if you're still reading at this point THANK YOU ((((hugs))))
I have to head to work now (my "real" job that actually helps with the bills and puts food on the table LOL), hopefully I will have something more "creative" to post for y'all very soon!
**post #2 for today!! Be sure to scroll down and check out my review post that went up a few minutes ago (there's also a MFT discount code in the previous post!). And if you haven't checked in in a while I have a new update video as well - you can see that here <----click!**
So for today's card I went REALLY quick and simple. I've been having a hard time of it trying to come up with card ideas (prego-brain!), and not having any energy etc etc - that plus it's been forever since I've filmed a card-making video - so I thought I'd keep it simple for this one!
I hope y'all like it regardless tho ;)
To see how I made this card check out the following video:
I am really happy to be able to do a review on My Favorite Things cardstock and dye inks! I've been wanting to compare them and do a review for some time now and MFT graciously sent me some to try out (something that *rarely* happens to me - I haven't had a company send me product in a really long time - and normally that's just fine as I don't mind spending my own $$ on things like this! But with baby #3 arriving soon my stamping budget has now become somewhat non-existent LOL! So I was even MORE grateful for this opportunity).
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I can honestly say that I am VERY happy with their cardstock and inks. I was especially impressed with how the inks worked with their clear stamps (and will obviously work just as well with any brand of clear photopolymer stamps).
My life is still crazy while we deal with renovations, my daughters dance recitals and competitions and me still working full time and then having to drive to the city even more frequently for doctors appointments (so far so good on that front) - I feel like everything is in a whirlwind LOL!
THANK GOODNESS though that the weather here has FINALLY improved (to say the least - we're supposed to hit 27C today - yay!) so I've officially hung up my winter jacket (I was wearing it only a week ago!) and am now wearing sandals LOL. With the sudden (really) warm weather comes all the yardwork though - and I have NO clue how I will fit that in. My hubby's been working on the reno's in his "spare" (ha!) time and I don't expect him to fit in all the yardwork on top of it. I'm thinking it's going to be another year before we're actually are able to start doing things with our yard that need to be done and that we want to get done! Ah well one thing at a time.
It's a good thing I filmed a few cards a couple months ago before we moved all my stamp stuff and started the renovations - other than one card (which I never filmed and ended up with horrible pictures of b/c I was in a rush) I haven't stamped a thing! :( Life's just been too hectic lately.
Anywho I had made this birthday card for a friend of my daughter's and am pretty pleased with how it turned out!
With the gift card inside it (that inspired the color combo):
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