Brand new today: pretty, soft-hued Sanctuary Papers and Vintage Bits! You still have time to enter my Facebook giveaway (visit my page and enter by commenting under each image) but if you simply can’t wait, they are 20% off through the end of the weekend as well.

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Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking Project Life

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking Project Life

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Hi all!

Well, since Facebook has been making it near-impossible to reach my fan base lately (they will show an image to UNDER 200 people out of over 3800 people who like the page, which is absurd), I am going to try to keep my Blog updated more often with peeks and samples for potential clients. :)  I really post a LOT of content on my Instagram feed so look for me there (drop me a line if you need my username).

March has been a very busy baby month!

I just sent off baby Cole’s gallery, who was 8 days new when he came to see me. Here are a few peeks… (and if you check my Instagram feed later today, I’ll have a little photo sampling of my favorites of him up there as well).

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Newborn Photographer

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Newborn Photographer

Christopher’s gallery (17 days new ~ a preemie hence the older age for the shoot) was finished up a few weeks ago. I put together this little spread for Instagram of my favorite shots. His mommy went on to place a very nice print order and allowed me to pick all of the shots, which was awesome. I felt like I was decorating somebody’s living room and planning out their gallery wall. ;)

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Newborn Photographer

I really liked this cute Superman shot so here it is a little larger…

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Newborn Photographer

Right after I finished that gallery, I wrapped-up Abigael’s. She was adorable and tiny at 8 days new. Her finished gallery was so pretty and girly and then we did the Islanders shot for Dad who is a hockey goalie. Loved the finished product! (Its not everyday you fit comfortably in a goalie mitt). ;)

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Newborn Photographer

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Newborn Photographer

Currently, I have three other newborn galleries in the works. Check out little Rosario, 5 bitty days new!  The first shot is the one I shared on Instagram right after the session ended. Unedited and straight off the back of my camera…

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Newborn Photographer

And then the edited finished product. :)

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Newborn Photographer

And sweet little Avery, 8 days new.  Here is one of her unedited, back-of-camera post-session peeks, and a pretty finished edit, complete with rosebud halo.

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Newborn Photographer

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Newborn Photographer

Lastly, pretty little Sofia who came for her visit last week.  We did lots of creams and golds, which I realize you can’t appreciate in my b&w back-of-camera peek. ;) But check out that beautiful, lacy blue!

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Newborn Photographer

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Newborn Photographer

Interested in booking your own newborn session with me?

I currently have openings in September and beyond. Contact me today, since I only take a limited number of newborns each month. I look forward to meeting you. :)

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Last day to save! Here are my three new releases for this weekend. A bunch of basics that are the perfect addition to any scrap stash. :)

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Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking Selfie

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking Selfie

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking Selfie

Also, re-released earlier this week (so, longer on sale, but still pretty cool *wink*), was my Rubber Stamp Alpha 1.

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking Selfie

Enjoy the rest of the weekend! Snow just started to fall here in New York…

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Before I start with my actual entry, I just wanted to say here that I gave up my personal Facebook for Lent (woohoo!) and it is going swimmingly. :)  I still pop-on here and there because I have two business pages to run. Before I left, I started with “Everyone’s Lenten journey is unique” and then explained how I was *not* de-activating my account (it would totally mess up GRMP and GMD) and that certain things, i.e. this Blog, my Goodreads, etc. would still automatically post. That does NOT mean I am using FB. I actually went and deleted the apps from my phone and iPad because I was wasting sooooo much time checking them all day. It was totally mindless too. I would be sitting in the car, waiting for my oldest to come out from school and check FB. I would be in the Target check out line and check FB. Out to eat? Check-in via FB. It has been a pretty freeing past 6 1/2 days. :)

Anyway, I am just re-iterating what part of my Lenten journey is because some people see stuff automatically post to my wall and are all “Ah ha! You couldn’t stay away!” Um no. Please read my entire “Farewell until Easter” Facebook message before further commenting. :P

Moving along…

It is no secret that I love to read. I also love to play around on Goodreads looking for my next book, checking out which books are highly rated by my friends, reading dozens upon dozens of reviews and writing my own as well.  Here are my book reviews for books read so far in 2015.  **No spoilers ahead!** If you’d like to leave your thoughts in the comments, by all means!

(You can click all book titles to check them out for yourself at Amazon).

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

5 / 5

Gina Rae Miller Photography Landline Rainbow Rowell

(My rating may be a tad higher here than most, but I just really fell in love with the idea of this story).

Gina Rae Miller Photography Landline Rainbow Rowell

1) I really, really like Rainbow Rowell.

2) I am absolutely giving a book about a magic phone 5 stars. =P

I loved all of the characters. I thought they were engaging and well-written.  This book leaves you happy & hopeful and really contemplating your own marriage at the end (this is billed as adult fiction, not YA, fyi).  I felt like I was left with a fresh, new jolt of wanting to work harder.

This book left me teary-eyed mid-way through. I was easily whisked back into the past when I started dating my husband and I too, was wishing I had a nifty yellow landline phone to call him on.  ;) Sometimes, don’t you just want to be a fly on the wall of your old life? I know I do. <3

Note: I did a combo book read / audio book and I really enjoyed the narrator’s voice (Rebecca Lowman).  She was very easy to listen to.

p.s. Landline inspired my latest manicure.

Gina Rae Miller Photography Landline Rainbow Rowell Manicure

 

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The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy

4.5 / 5

Gina Rae Miller Photography The Baker's Daughter Book Review

Let me just start out by saying that I simply do not understand the 1 and 2-star reviews that appear toward the top of the Goodreads reviews.  Cannot comprehend. This book was wonderful.

I seem to really, really enjoy books that center around WWII.  I think a lot of it has to do with not enjoying history at all while in school, and finding it fascinating now.  I am older, can appreciate more, and have always done better learning things when I want to learn them, not when someone tells me to. {stubborn}

My favorite parts were the ones set in 1940s Garmisch, Germany as opposed to present-day Texas, but even they worked nicely. You will fall in love with Elsie.

The descriptions here are extremely well thought and colorful, so much so that the bäckerei comes to life and you can almost smell the fresh breads and pastries.  You are treated to delicious-sounding German recipes at the end of the book too, which was a pleasant surprise.

Gina Rae Miller Photography The Baker's Daughter Book Review

p.s. The ending was perfect. <3

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Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

4 / 5

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Nerdy love. Very sweet. I did a combo read / audiobook and really enjoyed both of the narrator’s voices. This was a quick, light read packed with both memorable & witty quotes. One of my favorites:

“The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There’s no getting over that.”

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The End Of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

4 / 5

End of Your Life Book Club

This is the story of a grown man and his dying mother, and the book club they form (membership: 2) and continue as she battles pancreatic cancer.

At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about this story. I listened to the audiobook and I will say, I did not care for the narrator’s voice at all (when he voiced the mother, it was almost laughable). But as the chapters drew on, I found myself enjoying it more and more.

As for the “book club” itself, I had hardly read any of the selections, so the content of the specific book choices did nothing for me. I didn’t really retain any distinct info on these books (books within a book, if you will). That is besides the point because book title aside, this is not a story about book club selections at the core. Rather, this is a lovely tribute from one son to his dying mother.

I’ll add, I am in no rush to ‘go’. =P But if I had a choice and could choose to die with creativity, respect, my family close by, surrounded by love, well, I’d choose to live out my remaining days exactly as Mary Anne Schwalbe had.

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I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

3.5 / 5

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This book was cute enough. It is the story between a twin brother & sister and it waffles back and forth between ages 13 and 16.  As children, they were very close and then a series of events happen and they drift very far apart.  By telling us the story in two voices between two different time periods, we get to hear each side of the story and see how each sibling dealt with the hand given to them and why they were so very angry at the other.

It was good, but it doesn’t earn a spot on my favorites shelf.  There were some parts I didn’t care for, mainly the mother’s storyline. Parts of this book were sad, and parts were happy. Would I recommend it to a friend? Eh.

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The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

3.5 / 5

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Well, boo. I was seriously expecting something great from The Girl On The Train. The synopsis drew me right in and I immediately requested a copy from my e-library. A “Hitchcockian thriller?” I’m in!

I enjoyed the fast-pace of the story and plowed right through chapter after chapter told in three different voices (I won’t go into character specifics. You can read the many reviews on Goodreads that have already done that).

I updated my Goodreads status around page 200 saying that I still hadn’t figured out the twist. I was excited by this! Suspense novels are amongst some of my favorites. I couldn’t see the twist coming? This was going to be epic.

Until…

…the twist was revealed and I was like:

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Seriously? I didn’t find anything “twisty” about it. Ugh.  I was so let down. Correct me if I am wrong but this entire book is a whodunit. Up until the end, we don’t know who committed the crime which is what makes it fun. So the twist wasn’t anything Earth-shattering or remarkable. “Whodunit” could have been exactly who it was… we just didn’t get there yet. By the time the big reveal happened, I was so ready for the whole thing to just be over already.

Darn. Maybe I did see the twist coming after all, and just tried really hard to make this book a 5-star masterpiece instead. I hoped for more. I ended on a flat, disappointing note.

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Us by David Nicholls

2.8 / 5

US (10/28/14) By David Nicholls

Yep. Under 3 stars and right on my “didn’t finish” shelf. What can I say? There was nothing likeable about any of these characters.

This is the story of Douglas: a dry, science-y kind of nerd (if anything, he was the most likeable (and I use that term loosely). I did not read a good chunk of this book though so I can’t speak for his character development as a whole) and Connie: artist, wild child, free spirit, etc. They are married 20 years and their grown son Albie is leaving for college (such a brat. A rude one at that. Did not like his character whatsoever). Connie wakes Douglas up at 4am one random night with a “Surprise! I think our marriage is over!”  Ooooo-kayyyy.

Now the story is told is very teeny tiny chapters that waffle back and forth between their courtship and present day, when they embark upon their last family trip through Europe. One final “Hurrah!” if you will.

I just found this story sad and depressing. I fully embrace my cheesiness in enjoying the happy endings. I don’t willingly embrace depressed and sad. I certainly am not going to continue to subject myself to it when I read for fun. What’s the point?

I did something I never, ever do: I skipped ahead to the last chapter. I just had to see how the story wrapped-up.  And I was *so* annoyed! The outcome (I won’t give anything away) is, to use the same basic word: SAD. Ugh. Dismal. Melancholy. Blue. I couldn’t relate to this story and hope I never, ever will.

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If you enjoyed these book reviews, leave me a comment here. I’ll do another post when I have a fresh batch of books read!

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New this weekend…. the Selfie collection! My 11 year old helped me name this one. ;) I had the color palette opened in Photoshop and asked her what she thought. Once she came up with Selfie (that doesn’t scream “inside a tween mind”, does it?!), the sticker pack was a natural.

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Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking Selfie

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking Selfie

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking Templates

I stayed up late Thursday night tweaking a new rubber stamped alpha I am working on. Here’s a little peek into my workflow and the stages of distressing. I was pretty meticulous about just how much stamping would go into the end product. Pretty happy with my results!

If you are on Instagram, you’ve already seen this. If not, enjoy!

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking Rubber Stamp

Thinking about coming back shortly with some book reviews. Thoughts? I love reading and love, love, love Goodreads. I thought this would be a good place to collect my book reviews too. Stay tuned…

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Three re-releases on this Something Old, Something New Wednesday and all are 50% off! I originally released these products in 2010 and five years later, they are still some of my favorites. Grab the kit today for only $3 and each brush pack for $1.50!

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Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking Photoshop Brushes

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking Photoshop Brushes

 

Happy Wednesday!

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Its Friday and that means, its new product day at the Pad! (Look at me on a roll…. until all of my March newborns are born and I fall behind in Photoshop once again). ;)

Today I have released a brand new Valentine’s collection that’s perfect for girls and boys (i.e. its not too pink!)

As always, all 3 of my new products are 20% off through the end of the weekend. Oh annnnnd, I am still hosting a few giveaways on my Facebook fan page!

–> Click here for Gina Miller Designs on Facebook!

If you don’t already follow me there, you should. ;) I frequently post sneak peeks and do product giveaways for my new releases. Today, you still have time to enter to win each of these products. Just go look on my Timeline or click the Photos tab under the top banner and check for each of these images. Comment under each one for your chance to win. Winners will be selected by 4pm EST tonight (Fri).

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Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking Project Life

Happy Friday!

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I know I’ve been Blogging for years and all of my scrap friends know what the BYOC is but in case you are brand new and stumble upon me somehow, someway via the interwebs (*waves* helloooo!), I am here to tell you what it stands for. ;)

The LilyPad’s BYOC was started many years ago. It’s an acronym that stands for Build Your Own Collab (meaning, collaborative kit). All of us designers get together every month and create from the same color palette. You as a consumer get to pick and choose which pieces appeal to you and essentially, build your own kit from different designer’s shops. A hard feat considering there are usually multiple pages of offerings every month.

This month’s BYOC palette was extra-pretty. I really had fun using it. You can check out the entire line HERENavies, pinks, orangey-yellows… I of course took some liberty and added pops of gold to mine…  ;) It’s perfect for so many digital projects!

As always, all BYOC pieces are 20% off through the end of the weekend!

Here are my offerings, along with a handy dandy link to my store: CLICK HERE FOR EVERYTHING GMD!

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking Project Life

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking

Enjoy the remainder of the weekend!

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I’ve been continuing with my macro series every Monday. I haven’t been consistent week-to-week but it *is* a project I’ve stuck with for over a year now! I love doing it. Sometimes I really have to dig around for what will make an interesting photo at a super-close level and sometimes, the idea just smacks me in the face. This past Monday, us North Easteners experienced Winter Storm Linus which was snowy and icy. Needless to say, this was a #macromonday where the subject content just smacked me right upside the head. ;)

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Photographer Macro Snowflake

I printed out a few copies and let me kids take them to school. They really love showing off Mom’s macro shots and I get great joy from having kids especially ooh and ahh over stuff like this. I was on the phone with my Mom soon after I posted these on Facebook and asked if she saw them. She thought they were Winter decorations…!? Really Mom? I said “Um, no no. No plastic decoration. That snowflake was literally the size of a pencil mark on a paper”. (Ok, maybe a smidgeon bigger). I would say the biggest reaction to these snowflake macros is “I never knew snowflakes actually looked like that!”

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Photographer Macro Snowflake

It is true. It would seem that no two are alike. :) Just like the paper cut-outs that children make, these flakes are all different. I really liked this one because while it wasn’t as intricate with its webbing inside, how cool is the crystal edging all around it?

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Photographer Macro Snowflake

This shot I just thought was fun because it shows off a bunch of pretty, dainty edges all in a row.

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Photographer Macro Snowflake

I told my husband “I’m going out in the field!” when I went into the backyard for an hour to capture these. I was trying to sound cool, like I was a National Geographic photographer or something. (Side note: I told him that when my kids are grown, I’d love to follow wild animals and become a NG photographer. That, or a fire-chaser and capture the FDNY at work. He nixed that idea ASAP soooooo, National Geographic it is! ;)

Anyhow, my “field work” consisted of being pelted with ice pellets and probably running the risk of coming down with pneumonia any day now, my paper blowing away every time I went to manually zoom-in and try to capture a different flake and my dog eating snow chunks under my feet. But I think it was all worth it!

My greatest pleasure would be if you (yes, you!) called your kids over to the computer right now and showed them just how awesome the little things in life can be. Share these images with them. Thank you!

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Photographer Macro Snowflake

 

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Hey friends! I have a new product in my shop today and it’s 50% off! Who else loves to read? If so (and you’re a scrapbooker), check out my Project Life-inspired card pack.

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking

CLICK HERE FOR MY SHOP!

Last week I released these two products and since I never did Blog about them, I am sharing them here as well.

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking

Gina Miller Designs Digital Scrapbooking

Stay tuned for three brand new BYOC products being released this Friday. I absolutely LOVED working with this color palette! Think hearts, pinks and gold foils… :)

Enjoy your day!

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