Monthly Archives: December 2016

Christmas Eve Eve Tradition!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! This is an important day for my family. We’ve celebrated Christmas Eve Eve ever since I was little. It’s a day I would always look forward to as a kid, and now I get to share the same traditions with my daughter Gracie!

When we were little, I would always go over to my cousin Rachel’s house on Christmas Eve Eve. Rachel is just about the same age as me, so we always loved being together! On Christmas Eve Eve every year, we would drink hot chocolate and my Aunt Sharon – who I called Auntie Shar – would read us the BEST Christmas books. She had the greatest reading voice and I can still remember it to this day. Sadly, my Auntie Shar passed away a little more than 10 years ago. So every year on Christmas Eve Eve, I take time to remember her and the¬†lasting effects she had on my life!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!
Christmas Eve Eve Traditions! Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!
Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!
Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

This year, I got a package in the mail from my Uncle Gary and the Kershner Family (THANK YOU!!!!!). Inside was a bunch of hot chocolate packages and a book all wrapped up with the words “Don’t Open until Christmas Eve Eve”. I was SO excited to receive this gift. Honestly, it was one of the most heartfelt gifts I ever got! The card inside said “to help keep the tradition”. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do! Every year on Christmas Eve Eve, I will read a book with my Gracie girl about the true meaning of Christmas while we drink hot chocolate! & I will always think of my Auntie Shar ūüôā

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

How to Make a Stop Motion Video

How to make stop motion videos!

A guide to making those amazing stop motion videos! Awesome post! Gracefulmommy.com

I’m obsessed with stop motion videos. You may have seen one or two of them on my instagram. They are so fun to make, instantly engage people, and help sell your brand! Making stop motion videos is tricky at first, but once you learn a few tips and tricks- they become a bit easier! In this post, I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite stop motion videos and I’ll share a few tips with you on how to make one of your own!

I’m currently working on an e-course that will go WAYYY in depth on making these fun videos. If you want to sign up to be on the¬†Stop-Motion¬†e-course VIP list, click the button below. Until my course goes live, you can keep reading to learn a few of the steps I’ll be teaching in my course!

 

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What is a stop motion video?

Basically, stop motion videos are a series of PHOTOS that combine to make an awesome video. In these types of vids, the objects look like they are moving on their own- making them extremely fun + engaging to watch.

EXAMPLES:

Here are a few of my favorite stop motion videos I have made with some of favorite brands.

BRANDS

So many huge brands use stop motion videos on their instagram accounts. These videos are the perfect way to sell a product, but in a fun + fast way. Let’s face it, some people don’t want to watch a minute long video. These short stop motion videos are like MICRO ADVERTISEMENTS. People love them. And people remember them. If your a brand- you need to be using stop motion videos. And if your not a brand… well, you need to learn how to make these FOR brands. Some of my favorite brands that use stop motion videos are: Old Navy, Urban Outfitters, and Chobani! Once you start learning about stop motion videos, you will see them EVERY.WHERE.

BASICS

To make your own stop motion, you only need a few things. A tripod, a camera, and a remote. A stop motion video, is actually not really a video. It’s a series of photos of something moving. When you take all of those photos and put them together- you make a movie!

The reason for the remote + tripod is because to make a great stop motion video- you CANNOT TOUCH THE CAMERA. This really separates your videos + will make them WAY more professional.

SETTING UP

Set up your tripod. Make sure your remote is connected to your camera (tip*- lots of cameras now have an APP on your phone the you can use as a remote!). And find an awesome spot to shoot the video. In my E-Course (coming soon!), I will walk you step by step how to set up for your stop motion video. I’ll show you the best settings on your camera, to setting up the remote, and how to choose a good spot for your video. If you want to be on ¬†my VIP waitlist for my Stop Motion E-Course, click the button below to sign up. I will go into a LOT more detail than this post.

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SHOOTING

So remember, your not shooting a video, your actually just taking LOTSSSSS of photos. Before you start taking a photo, think about your video. You might even want to sketch it out. I like to think of a theme before I start. I also think of the exact movements I will make. You want to know where your objects are going. Think about how you want your video to start and end. And try to come up with one thing that will really make your video POP! In my Stop Motion E-Course, I will share some of my insider tips on coming up with a great theme. I will also teach you some great ways to make your objects move! Sign up to be on the VIP waitlist to be the first to know when the course is live!

To do the stop motion video, you have to move your objects or outfit one tiny movement at a time. So take a photo, move your objects, take another photo, move your objects, take another photo, move your objects. OVER. AND OVER. The more photos you take, the better your video will be. You learn to get really fast at this (if you planned out your movie ahead of time). I’ll show you EXACTLY how I do this in my E-Course!

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EDITING

This tends to be the step that stresses most people out. But, really it’s SO easy once¬†you just learn how to do it once. First, you need to import all the photos you took into a video editing program on ¬†your computer. You can use Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Wondershare Filmora, or any other program. Load all the photos into the program IN ORDER.¬†Then, change the duration of all clips to be super short. I’m talking like 1/10 of a second. Sometimes, you’ll need to play with this number depending on your video, and how many photos you take. Once you shorten the clips, you can add music if you want. Then export your movie!

If you are more of a visual learner, you’re in luck. I’m sharing a complete video of how I edit my stop motion videos from START TO FINISH¬†in my Stop Motion E-Course. I’ll walk you through some of the problems you may run into, as well as teach you how to export your video to your phone. I’ll also be sharing some advanced tips like adding your logo to the end and adding effects. If this sounds like something you would love, make sure to sign up for the VIP waitlist to be the first to know when the course goes live! You’ll also get the course for an exclusive members-only price!

WORKING WITH BRANDS

I now make pretty great money making videos for different brands. I get messages all the time on Instagram for Stop Motion Video work. I’m telling you- people LOVE these videos. And brands need them for advertising! If you want to start making money making videos, then my Stop Motion E-Course is totally for you. I’ll teach you how to connect with brands, how to price your videos, get noticed on Instagram, and more.

E-COURSE

As I’ve mentioned in this post, I’ve been working hard on my Stop Motion E-Course. I wanted to create a course just for you. I get questions ALLLLL the time, asking how I make my stop motion videos. Your answers, my friend, are coming! Hopefully this blog post helped teach you the basics of making an awesome stop motion video. But if your left wanting more, sign up for my E-Course. It’s going to be WAY more detailed. Full of videos and bonus content. You’ll be able to watch me make a stop motion video from START TO FINISH. When you finish the course, you’ll know exactly how to make one, and also how to make money making them too!

Here are some of the great things I’ll be teaching in my Stop Motion E-Course:

+How to set up your camera, tripod + remote

+ Tips for making a great story/theme

+ How to make your stop motion videos stand out + get noticed

+A detailed step by step tutorial on editing your video

+ How to find and choose awesome music (and how to understand the copyright laws)

+Advanced editing tricks

+How to save your video and upload to instagram

+How to get noticed by your favorite brands

+How to make a stop motion video using ONLY YOUR iPHONE!

+How to make money making stop motion videos

+AND SOOOOO MUCH MORE!

If this sounds like something you would love, I encourage you to sign up for my Stop Motion VIP waitlist! By signing up, you’ll be the first to know when my course goes live. You’ll also get the course for an exclusive price- reserved for members only. Also, as a member, you’ll get access to my FREE LIBRARY, where I have a free stop motion video guide! I’m so excited to teach you!

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Annual Cookie Bake-A-Thon

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

I’m so excited to share some photos from our Annual Cookie Bake-A-Thon! Every year, we come together as a family to celebrate a day full of cookies and fun. Ever since I was a kid, and I think even since my mom was a kid, we’ve been baking Christmas cookies. We still use one recipe that my grandma used to make: the chocolate chip. Now that Gracie is old enough to participate (and even try the cookies!), this tradition takes on a whole new meaning for me! We had so much fun!

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

Here are Gracie’s Grandmas hard at work scooping chocolate chip cookies onto the pans!
Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

Auntie Kaity (Gracie called her tata) has also been adopted into the annual cookie baking day! See those peppermints and hershey kisses in front of us? Every year we have a race to see who can open them the fastest! So fun. Kaity won the peppermint challenge. I won the hershey kiss one.

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

It takes a lot of supplies on our cookie day.

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

Here’s my mom and I in our christmas aprons! I’m so thankful for my mom (+ dad!) for always having traditions growing up. They made every season so much fun. Now I have things that I’m passing down to Gracie and it just makes life SO sweet!

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

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Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

We baked ALLLLLL day. From 1 to like 6, I think. When we finally finished our recipes, it was dark outside! It truly is an all day event.

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

OUR RECIPES:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Scotchies

Peppermint Blondies

Peanut Butter Blossoms

What traditions does your family celebrate during the holidays? Comment below! I’d love to hear.

Here’s a behind the scenes look at our cookie Bake-A-Thon!