Instant Photo Booth Printer Hack

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I thought this would be a fun  idea for a holiday party or birthday party….an instant photo booth set up to print the photos immediately.  I use the photo booth app Pocketbooth for my 4-photo snaps.


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First I take the 4 photos. Anyone else get unnecessary anxiety in photo booths?


Photo booth app via


To maximize paper I cut 2.5″ wide pieces of cardstock.  I used popsicle sticks as the new tray guides because most printer trays do not shrink small enough.  The strips of paper slide right in to their new tray: [Read more…]

How to Make Simple DVD Labels and Case Covers (with free templates)


Home Movies 101: How to Make Simple DVD Labels and Case Covers (with free templates)


A follow up to my last home movie post….this is how I label all my home movie DVDs.  I print them all in black and white so that they all look the same and use the same template over and over:

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Every disk is labeled and not at risk of being thrown away or misplaced:

how to make a CD or DVD label on a Mac via


I attached my templates at the bottom of the post so you can download them. Here’s the steps I go through when making my labels and covers plus a few extra tips and ideas:


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How To Organize And Backup Your Home Movies (with Checklist Download)

Tips for how to organize, burn, and backup home movies via


This might be one of the most overwhelming posts I’ve ever started because there’s too much information to share! I decided to break it up into a series of posts to make it easier to follow. I thought I’d start with a few overall tips and then add additional posts with templates for covers, details on importing VHS tapes and other types of media into iMovie, etc. Most of the technical parts of the series will be from a Apple/iPhoto/iMovie point of view since that’s what I prefer to use.

I recently started catching up on burning our home movies to DVD. Every so often I will take an old VHS tape and import the videos, edit and re-burn them to DVDs.  I’ve found that the trick is to do it gradually. It’s not something that can be done in a day!

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The most important thing I’ve learned (to stay SANE through home movie editing) is to walk away when the computer is doing its thing. There is a lot of down time where you will sit staring at the computer while it thinks and formats and spins its little insides over and over and over.


Tip #1: Start with the easiest movies first. via

I call this the “Home Movie Snowball”….just like the debt snowball theory. Chip away at the easiest ones first to get them out of the way and off your hard drive. Plus you’ll get more satisfaction at seeing your shelf fill up quickly with movies…..

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Importing Home Movies into iMovie ’09 and ’11

What do to if HDD video camera isn't recognized by iMovie via


Okay, I’m a pretty patient person, but this video camera thing was almost the end of me. I think I read every single Mac Forum for months on the subject and nothing ever seemed to work.  The recommendations were always too complicated or required me to buy special software to convert my files etc.  The camera USED to work with my super old iMac from 2006 and with the older versions of iMovie….but everytime I upgraded I seemed to lose more compatibility.  I was about ready to just send my video camera off to a company to extract everything…..but today I decided to give it one more shot….and it worked.  Here’s how I did it:

First of all, in many of the tech support boards I read there were a few recommendations to try that actually made a difference: [Read more…]

How To Add Effects To Instagram Photos

Lil Blue Boo is on Instagram now! Find me at @lilblueboo. Here are some of my favorite apps for adding effects to photos like bokeh, text and collages. Enjoy!

How to add effects to instagram photos #photography #instagram via iDarkroom for iPhone
(couldn’t find one for Android but let me know!)

Click read more to see the rest of the effects!

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Easy File and Photo Backup Organization

Easy File and Photo Backup Organization tutorial via

I’m a little obsessive about photo and file backup…especially since I’m really bad at sending photos to be printed in a timely manner. I use Mozy to back up my computer, but once I’m done printing photos I remove the photos for storage. I also like to backup old files that don’t necessarily need to be on my computer anymore and that I might want again down the road.

I have a quick system that makes it easy to find files again:

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Pinterest Analytics

I finally started something I should have done a long time ago….a Pinterest board to pin projects you’ve done from Lil Blue Boo tutorials! I’ve got a bunch to catch up on! WordPress notifies me of backlinks so that’s really the only way I can find you unless you tag me on Pinterest with @lilblueboo.

I spent the afternoon tracking down a few projects to pin onto my new Sharing the DIY Love board:

So I’m just going to assume everyone knows what Pinterest is……

Want to see what people are pinning from your website onto Pinterest? Type in the following:

Want to see what people are repinning from your pins? is a good resource!


A few tips for Pinterest:

1. Send some traffic to the original source. One issue I have with Pinterest is that it is one step removed from original source.  Something to think about when you create the photos for your posts:  If you use a big collage with every step of a tutorial, and the entire tutorial shows up on Pinterest, there is no incentive for pinners and repinners to click through to the original source.  I try not to spend a ton of time on Pinterest, but when I find something I like: I click all the way through to the original author… send them some traffic….even if it’s just one visitor.

2. Weed out the spammers. Spammers like to take popular photos and repost them with their own spam link. Before repinning photo, take a half a second to make sure you are able to click through to the original source…..and that it is a legit source.


That’s all I’ve got for today….short and sweet!