I just take a pic of the LO, laying it flat, in natural lighting, standing directly over it. Then I use just an old, cheap editing program and crop out the background and maybe adjust the lighting if need be.
I scan my layouts in. Since I have been scrapbooking, I have been through 3 scanners, all of them Epson. The first one lasted about 8 years, the second was cheap and only lasted a couple. The one I have now wasn't too expensive but is almost like the first one I had. I love it!!
I don't have a scanner that's big enough to scan 12x12 LO's, do they make them that big now? I just take pics with a digital camera and if it's not raining (live in Seattle) I take pics outside in natural light. But having a semi decent camera helps. I keep losing or breaking my cameras so I just tell the guys a the store what I use it for and theyve always been good at helping me find a camera for about $100.
I just stand mine up next to a window and take a picture. Sunlight is the best light. Then I use the free editing program Picasa to crop it down to show just the layout, maybe adjust a little and it's done. I've tried a lot of different ways but this one seems to be the quickest and easiest with the best outcome for me.
I photograph my cards a little differently. I created a little light box that I use for those with artificial lighting. I'm able to stage them nicely that way with a coordinating background (12x12 paper).
Edited by olleharr on 01-04-14 06:53 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.