no pattern except for the notes i've jot down for my own reference from the original ones i made. lots of sushi (california rolls, avocado roll, tamago, ebi, rice balls), and fruits (mr. fuji apple, his wife ms. mandarin orange, and their adopted child, baby nana!)
my hands are tired, but looking at them makes me so happy! lol.
with my canon, and i know with my dad's camera too (he has a digital slr, nikon brand).. when you use the macro setting, there are two things you need to remember:
1) you can not use your zoom feature on your camera. if you were zoomed in, zoom allll the way out. the reason for having a macro setting is to allow you to actually get up close to the object and capture details, rather than zooming in on something. 2) you need to get up close to the object. how close, or rather how far, really depends on your camera model & brand. my camera -- canon powershot s400 -- allows me to be a little less than 2 cm. close to an object. usually if i'm even maybe 2-5 inches away, i can use the macro setting, but it will choose to focus on whatever it wants to. vary your distance to be able to have sharpness & the blurring in the distance.
if you use a lot of creativity and basic materials, you really won't use up a lot of money. i bought like 300 sheets of cardstock for less than $10, wayyyy more than i needed, but they were on sale and i figured i'd stock up. using those, photoshop, and a printer, i've made a ton of valentines & stationery already (up on my site).
you can also buy paper punches with the shape of a heart for maybe $5 or less (if you have a michael's and a 50% off coupon, then awesome!) and punch away. plus, the excess can be used as confetti. ribbon is cheap too, about .44/spool at michael's.
oh, and plus.. even though i'm a parked domain, everything on my site is www.mmm-fruit.com and makes no reference to any of his own domains. it's not like hosting on a free website like geocities or tripod or something.