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Let me take a second to blow your mind...Minority Report that pre-crazy-couch-jumping-Tom-Cruise movie that featured swiping technology and futuristic advertisements that recognized you, that movie came out 12 years ago. It really seems like yesterday. What is even crazier is that technology has evolved to match and surpass the futuristic technology shown in the movie.

I was lucky enough to partner with HP on their new computer launch of the HP Sprout. This computer (the very one I am typing this post on now) feels like something straight out of the future. It features a huge touchscreen display that is awesome for editing photos (and watching movies from my bed, shhhhhh)

Perhaps the most exciting part of the computer is the Sprout program and touch mat. The computer comes with a touch mat that responds to touch and gestures. You can even place objects onto the pad and it will scan them into your computer. It is perfect for creative projects.

When I got the computer my head was spinning with all the possible projects. I narrowed it down to just a few to share with you. As you probably know, I went to Sonoma over Thanksgiving. I decided to put together a few scrapbook pages from my trip. The best part is that you aren't limited to only photos when telling the story of your trip. I picked up leaves, moss-covered sticks and kept a few corks. I was able to scan them in and add them to my collage. I think that it really makes the pages come to life.

It was pretty easy putting the project together...

Launch the program (side note: touching the screen takes a little getting used to but when you do, you will find yourself trying to do the same with your other computers, which is especially awkward at work)

Lay the object on the mat and push the camera button. (note: my camera and the display weren't getting along so there is a crazy rainbow glow, sorry!)

Wait for the computer to scan and then remove your object. Your scan is left behind on the mat. It seriously is like magic.

Once you scan everything in, you can arrange the scrapbook page. I couldn't stop scanning. Everything from succulents to nail polish bottles was added to my Sprout library. Then you can resize the objects, multiply and rotate them with your fingers.

Here are the finished products. I love the textures that I scanned in for the background. For the second one, I even used a pillow from my couch to give it a cozy feel. I love how these turned out. They definitely capture the trip and bring back wonderful memories from our time spent in wine country.

Stay tuned for next week for a fun design project with the Sprout!!

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