Written by Valerie Goettsch

You may have joinedrepparttar photo-sharing craze to share your family vacation photos, but have you thought about other uses for photo sharing?

Here are just a few ideas:

Scrapbooking: Show off your creative projects. You can design scrapbook pages and enhance them with clipart using software like Paint Shop Photo Album or FotoFinish and then upload them to a photo sharing site for everyone to enjoy.

Hobbies: Perhaps you belong to a cross-stitching club orrepparttar 116198 other end ofrepparttar 116199 spectrum, a motorcycle or classic car club. You can share your best cross-stitch projects or pictures of you with your Harley or ’57 Chevy with other club members.

Class Reunions: What better way to share reunion photos with former class members acrossrepparttar 116200 miles than in an online photo album, so all can view and reminisce.

Arts and Crafts Portfolio: Do you design jewelry, paint or make woodcarvings or other crafts to sell? A digital photo gallery is a great way to show off your pieces, and you can add your own captions, prices, etc.

Genealogy: If you are in charge of recording your family’s history, organize old family photos in a digital album to share with distant family members. Chances are, old photos will need some repair for cracks, fading, spots, etc. You can easily repair photos yourself using photo software like Photoshop Elements or Paint Shop Pro.

School Events: Create an online album for pictures of football or basketball games, proms, graduation parties and other school events to share with classmates.

Weddings: You can design an elegant photo album and let those who couldn’t attendrepparttar 116201 wedding seerepparttar 116202 bride walk downrepparttar 116203 aisle and “virtually” experiencerepparttar 116204 conga line atrepparttar 116205 reception. Weddings were made for photo sharing!

Rubber Stamping Designs: A photo gallery of your rubber stamp creations is a great way to showcase them for fellow stamp artists.

Okay, you getrepparttar 116206 picture. Use your imagination and you’ll find dozens of opportunities for sharing your photos.

PHOTO SHARING SITES AND SOFTWARE The next step is how do you do it? That’s easy too. Withrepparttar 116207 digital camera craze comes a proliferation of photo sharing sites and software. The top sites include Ofoto, Shutterfly and Snapfish, which give you simple, free software so you can make basic edits such as adjustrepparttar 116208 contrast, crop and remove red-eye. You can quickly upload your images to their website and put photos in different albums, namerepparttar 116209 albums and add captions. Then you just email your friendsrepparttar 116210 link to your album. The good news is it’s free;repparttar 116211 down side is that some sites limitrepparttar 116212 number of photos you can share. These sites, of course, will also print your photos for as little as 22 cents each and mail them to you; those who view your albums can also order prints.

Make it Tonight! Glowing Glass Jar Party Lights

Written by Patricia A. Ziegler

Let these festive glass jar party lights set a magical mood at your next outdoor gathering! They cost very little, last for years, and are so quick and easy to do, you'll want to make several, all in different colors.

Here's what you'll need for each:

  • empty glass jar
  • approximately 7 feet of 20-gauge copper or brass wire
  • short length of 22-gauge wire
  • electric drill
  • pliers
  • large cup hook with long shank
  • glass stain paints
  • short, fat candle
  • approx. 1/2 cup of sand
How to Do It:
  1. Looprepparttar 7-foot length of 20-gauge wire into a circle. Hookrepparttar 116197 two ends together with pliers.
  2. Bendrepparttar 116198 wire circle in half withrepparttar 116199 join centered on one long end.
  3. Placerepparttar 116200 wire circle overrepparttar 116201 neck ofrepparttar 116202 jar belowrepparttar 116203 lip, with about three feet extending on either side, andrepparttar 116204 joined area up againstrepparttar 116205 neck ofrepparttar 116206 jar.
  4. Usingrepparttar 116207 pliers, twistrepparttar 116208 left-hand loop tight againstrepparttar 116209 neck ofrepparttar 116210 jar.
  5. Insertrepparttar 116211 cup hook intorepparttar 116212 drill.
  6. Holdingrepparttar 116213 wire firmly againstrepparttar 116214 neck ofrepparttar 116215 jar, sliprepparttar 116216 right-hand loop overrepparttar 116217 cup hook. Pullingrepparttar 116218 loop taut, run drill at its lowest speed. Allowrepparttar 116219 wire to twist tightly up torepparttar 116220 neck ofrepparttar 116221 jar.
  7. Repeat with left-hand loop.
  8. Bendrepparttar 116222 two twisted loops straight up aboverepparttar 116223 jar. Takerepparttar 116224 piece of 22-gauge wire and tierepparttar 116225 loops together about 4 inches fromrepparttar 116226 ends.
  9. Use pliers to shaperepparttar 116227 4-inch ends into coils, spirals or any interesting shape. See illustration.
Get Creative:

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