Sunday, July 26, 2009

Just a few shots

Just a few shots from the World Wide Photo Walk last weekend. The weather was spectacular!! We also had several friends living in various parts of the country who also participated in this event! I thought that was really cool!! I'm already looking forward to next years event!!

Bridge at sunset.

Doorway under bridge.

Someone's backyard located next to the bridge. They created their own private little oasis with a great green house and blue flamingo.

Public office works building and sculpture.

Cathedral arches under bridge.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Worldwide Photo Walk

Tomorrow is Scott Kelby's second annual Worldwide Photo Walk. I am so excited to be joining in the fun! Last year I couldn't participate because I had just had surgery and was in a cast and unable to walk. This year I'm still gimpin' but I'm going anyways!! Should be a blast!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Fun with Jessica Sprague

The last few days I've been playing around with some fun photo editing techniques that I've learned from the Jessica Sprague class. It is so fun & SO EASY!!! She explains each lesson in easy to understand terms for both PhotoShop & Elements. Plus each lesson comes in both written and video format! I am such a visual learned, so once I watched the video, everything made sense! Just a few clicks of the mouse and Voila!! Super simple!! I can't believe I've been knocking myself out trying to learn this stuff a book!!
Here I took two ordinary photos and grunged them up!
Layers ~ textures ~ masks~ oh my!! I feel a new addiction coming on!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Lesson 1

Jessica Sprague's Free photo editing classes started today. Our first lesson was to edit a photo using a .png file and word art. It was amazingly simple! For my first assignment I thought I'd use this photo that I took the other day. This little fawn was born last month and has almost doubled in size! They grow up so quickly!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

It's Reveal time at MCS

It' time for the big reveal over at My Creative Scrapbook! This month I had the pleasure of designing with both the Main Kit and the Limited Edition Kit.

First lets start with the Main kit which features the wonderful Traveler Collection from Little Yellow Bicycle. This kit is overflowing with goodies! The colors in this kit are fantastic and work beautifully with Craft card stock! Plus there are so many wonderful dimensional stickers and clear stickers that look like stamps and chipboard stickers! Really GOOD stuff this month! If you're a subscriber, you will absolutely love this kit once it arrives!! Be sure to check out the Design Gallery too! All of the girls created such amazing layouts and it really shows the versatility of this kit!

On a recent hike in the woods we came upon a tree that looked to us to have a face in it! Do you see it? Looks like an old man don't ya think! Reminds me of the faces in the forest in the movie, the Wizard of Oz.

We literally felt on top of the world while visiting Hurricane Ridge! I'm told it's aptly named. Guess we were lucky to see it on such a calm & beautiful day!

The Redwoods are magnificent!! You feel so tiny surrounded by the gigantic's really one of the great wonders of the world! While hiking we spied this orange fungus! It matched these papers perfectly! LOL

I had so many pictures from our trip so I decided to make a mini-book using an accordion album from Creative Imagination. I really did have a fun time creating with this kit!


Next we have the Limited Edition kit which features Graphic 45, Fashionista Collection! G - 45 is one of my all time personal favorite lines! This kit also includes a Prima Paintable (very fun), beautiful rub-ons, and lots of gorgeous trims!! This kit is so stunning!!

This layout was inspired by the gorgeous beaded trim. I made the flourish using gold paint and colored my Prima paintable using water color pencils, staying with a monochromatic scheme.

I had a ton of photos I was wanting to incorporate into my work so I decided a two page layout was the answer. It has been ages since I've done a two pager and it was much more challenging than I remembered! We recently celebrated our Anniversary with a trip to Orcas Island! It's such a beautiful place! Some day we hope to move there, but for now, we are only dreaming!

These little booklets make great gifts! Perfect for mini brag books, or an inspirational booklet filled with meaningful quotes! This is also a great way to use up your scrap pieces of paper! It's a tri-fold and opens like this~

Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by! Be sure to visit the Design Gallery for more beautiful inspiration!!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July

I can hear the fireworks going off now, but we're much too tired to go outside to watch them. It was another sizzling hot day! We started off our morning with a parade and then spent the remainder of our day filled with wonderful friends & family, good food & laughter! Here's a few shots of the day!

Everyone loves a parade.......even dogs!!! Hope your 4th was fabulous!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Scrapbooking & Beyond

The summer edition of Scrapbooking & Beyond was recently released!! I'm so exited to have another layout in there! This is my second layout for the series, 'A Flourish For Every Season'. This series was the brainchild of the uber talented Liz Qualman . The amazing talents of Gabrielle Pollacco & Robbie Herring are also contributing their beautiful creations to this project! Look for Scrapbooking & Beyond at a store near you! The magazine really is fabulous! It offers unique projects and informative articles, plus there is also an exclusive free pattern included this month!!

The summer edition focused on stitched flourishes. For mine I did a simple straight stitch combined with added French knots.

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