christy and i will be hosting an online crop all day friday at get it scrapped! feel free to join us! i've also found quite a few new blogs to explore. i've been collecting them for so long that i've forgotten what all they are. i will be rediscovering them this week, as well. enjoy! and hope you're having a great week! :)
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
i'll be chatting with debbie hodge tonight at 7pm cst/8pm est. you're all invited! the topic is one that is near and dear to my heart, nature photography and scrapbooking. read more about it HERE.
diy shop knock off kit. this time, instead of using my glitter box of tags and such, i added in some bits from my october oh dear me embellishment kit.
design: can you believe i knocked out a SIX photo layout with a HUGE journaling block?! awesome! i think this worked well because i stuck to with softer tone on tone patterns with slivers of brights around the edges.
technique: these photos were taken with my iphone 5s. i used the pictapgo app to brighten them and then used the diptic app to create the grid of 2x2 photos and also to edit the focal photo into a 3x4.
photos: taken this october just as fall was hitting. the trees look golden, but it was just a trick of early evening sunlight. they were actually still 95% green.
Monday, November 24, 2014
this is me one day last week taking a sixty second break with my first grader (you know the one). she wanted to teach me a new game. "thumbs up, dumbs up" the object is to get your thumb down before the other person's slicing hand hits it. i am, apparently, terrible at this game. now, if laughing was the object, i'd win the prize. that's me with the ending snort in the slow motion video reenactment below. ha!
happy day, all! i hope you find many reasons to feel blessed this holiday season!
joining in with the delightful sian fair and her "me on monday" meme. you're welcome to join in, too! we'd love to hear what you've been up to. :)
Sunday, November 23, 2014
let's give it a whirl . . .
design: i've been into playing with patterned paper mixes lately. this has been especially fun when working with patterned papers that I've pulled from my own stash (as opposed to working with a kit that has been mailed to me aka chosen by someone else).
technique: the cards on the right were originally manila colored. i used an ink pad and blender tool to color them. i then decided to add a few splats. i guess it's been a while since I've splatted. my first attempt was with my reinkers and a few strong blows. that went totally wrong. i then remembered that perfet splats are achieved with the dabber tips of distress stains. i used this method plus some well placed sequins to hide my distressing splats. good save, doris.
story: while the photo is from my cousin's wedding, my journaling is mostly about my personality. i was a very serious child back then. i was often perceived to have a frown on my face, but in actuality i was just a very deep thinker. i still am, but i've learned to relax the facial muscles so as to be less intimidating. ;)
american crafts diy shop paper pad. i actually had so much fun pulling these together that i added an extra row or so. so far, I've made three layouts with this kit that all look completely different even though they use some of the same papers (you can see another i posted from this kit HERE). i plan to do at least one project life page with it as well before i disband it.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
it's quite a bit science preach-y in places. i enjoyed that, but it's not for everyone i guess. except taking care of our environment really is a group effort.
really, i thought it did a lovely job of marrying science with a fictional storyline. i was particularly pulled in by the character development of the protagonist and her mother-in-law.
save the monarchs!
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
if you've visited here a time or two, you've probably noticed that i thrive on sunlight. the winter months are difficult for me, to put it mildly. i'm trying my best to stay positive about snowbird this year (even though he's had the nerve to show up early).