Sunday, May 30, 2010
As long as I arrive back and can get all of my stuff ready, keep my blog bookmarked for some great stuff! Flower Scraps and Nibbles Skribbles are having a CT Blog Train and you'll get all sorts of freebies...I even made my very first QP (Quick Page!). The June BAK will be going live at Stuff to Scrap, and a new kit is coming up soon from Jenasis Design! A big week for all of us, yay!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
So the Week 1 challenge was to create a layout with only 1 or 2 photographs, as well as lines of text, but no complete sentences or journaling paragraphs. The words "I Am" had to be somewhere on your layout, essentially talking about yourself. Ironically, I completed a similar layout to explain why I started digital scrapbooking for the "My Life" challenge a few weeks ago in a similar fashion, which can be seen HERE.
So here's what I came up with.
I freakin' LOVE how this turned out. Seriously. I'm proud of myself. I guess that's the point of this competition! I used a kit called Fresh Air Adventures by a designer named Scrapalicious Cereal, which is available at Stuff to Scrap. The kit is amazing, lots of wonderful colors in my favs (blues and greens) and I think I can use the kit quite often.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Here's my layout. The kit seriously has great embellishments, lots of frames for photos and extra bits that make a page so special. LOVE IT!!
I'll be working more with this kit in the next few days, so keep a lookout for more goodies. Also have tons of other things I'm going to hopefully finish this week. Lots of challenges on various websites I'm trying to finish, as well as the new competition at Stuff to Scrap called "This Scrapper's Got Talent" which starts the last week of the month. It is essentially like any reality competition you see on tv: we get a set of directions, complete them, and each week people are removed from the competition. Every week we go further we get goodies, and the grand prize winner apparently wins some good stuff. :) I'm just hoping to make it through week one!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
But I digress! Here's the kit!
And here are two layouts I made with it. Lots of great embellishments, as well as a full alpha. Great kit!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Here is what I created. Yep, actually did a page without my son in it. How exciting! You just can't do a pink page for a little boy. I've already done purple with him, I simply couldn't do pink. :)
For once I decided NOT to journal. I wanted the simplicity of the picture and the elements to speak for themselves. Its my wedding day, do you guys need a play-by-play? Nope. :)
Sunday, May 9, 2010
One thing I simply cannot do is leave a scrap page without journaling. I'm a journaling psycho. Seriously! I always feel a story needs to be told. Yes, my pages might be slightly busy, or seem off-center because of journaling, but I always want there to be a story that my son can look back on 20 years from now and completely understand the point of the picture. So while this might not look as pretty as it would without the journaling, its MINE and I like it. :)
So now that I'm apparently "rockin" in Photoshop, the tasks are getting more intricate and involved. We learned how to erase today. WOOHOO! I thought that was funny. But the big thing we learned, which honestly if you asked me to replicate without directions, I so could NOT do it, was how to take a photo in sepia tone, then pull color from the original photograph. See below to see what I'm talking about, I pulled the color of the flowers behind Cameron. Pretty cool...takes for.ev.er. Not kidding.
So this layout pretty much took me all day. I kept getting interrupted. Damn husband and son for trying to spend time with me on Mother's Day! Sheesh. :) So I got interrupted right as I was trying to get the major template positioned. Bsically we were given a template with the ripped paper, and we were supposed to position it slightly higher than what I did. But because Cameron woke up from his nap and we needed to go to the store, I sorta just stopped. And then about 30 steps later, I realized WHY it needed to be higher...and I couldn't go back and redo the whole damn thing again.
In any case, I've learned how to flip pictures and brushes, install brushes, work with sepia tone, finally remembered again how to fiddle with shadows, and various other things. I'm seriously exhausted after this lesson. :)
Friday, May 7, 2010
This first challenge is called "Use It Or Lose It". You download a mini kit, and you have to use everything in the kit. You can add things that you already have, but you MUST use everything in the kit. I admit, this is not my style. Its too romantic and floral...I don't mind flowers, but I'm more of the type that likes flower buds, not leaves and baby's breath and all that mumbo jumbo. Just give me the flower. I like tulips, they are easy. :)
In any case, I'm proud of myself for going outside my comfort level to tackle this challenge. I thought the picture of Jason with Cameron was appropriate, because Jason is looking at our son with unconditional love and support in his eyes, while Cameron is looking at me with bright-eyed enthusiasm and innocence. Love this picture!!
The only thing I added was the alphabet (title), and that was from a Team Divine Mega Kit called Bless Our Nest. Seriously a HUGE kit, with like 5 alphas and countless embellishments and papers. I bought it on sale the other day for 3 bucks!!! Totally worth it! Ironically, I just tried to find it on the DD website so I could link it here...and it is miraculously gone. I don't know if they've deleted it, or if its being revamped...who knows. If I see it again, I'll post it on here. Cuz its an awesome kit!
This next layout was for a "Font Challenge". They choose the font, you have to use it. Some fonts are very big and bold, which may be used for titles and dates. This font was more flowy, so I chose to use it in journaling. Its slightly hard to read, but its fine when its on your computer screen in PSE.
Everything from this kit came from Bless This Nest. Great kit. Seriously.
So I posted this pic on Divine Digital...and I got a very long email from someone else on the forums who essentially critiqued my layout and told me what to do differently. WTH?!?! I was very taken aback by this! I have never done that to another crafter. While I may not agree with what someone does, it is there perogative and their page! If someone ASKS for my opinion, I'm likely to give it to them, but in a constructive criticism way. I never say "Wow, that sucks. You really shouldn't have done it that way."
I will say this woman was very clear in stating she was not a designer, she just felt that the journaling was hard to read and that I should change my page to put the font as the title, then a different font as the journaling (in order to still qualify for the challenge, I have to use the font somewhere). I think she felt odd emailing me about it, and she said she just felt that I deserve to know a way I could make my layout better and more appealing to an audience.
Is it wrong of me to feel slightly angry about this? I really don't know. I haven't responded to her...I've just never had anything happen to me like this before. Weird.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The title is actually made using a font, which was for the May font challenge over at Stuff to Scrap. It is appropriately called "Rebekah's Birthday", as STS is celebrating their birthday in May. I love this font because it can be used as a regular font, or as a title. The journaling font is from Creating Keepsakes, also a freebie, and is Ali Edward's handwriting font. The kit I used is Bliss of Both by Jenasis Design.
I really have nothing else to post. :( This week has been chaotic so far, as I've been really busy, started a new workout program that is completely whipping my butt (literally and figuratively!), and my son has been less than thrilled with our hectic schedule. He has been downright awful at times, even surprising his physical therapist with his tantrums today (then he wouldn't let her go, wouldn't come to me...she HAD to hold him. He screamed when she got there, screamed during the session, then screamed because she left. Gotta love toddlers!). So I'm hopeful both of us get a good nights rest tonight, because we have another crazy busy day tomorrow!
I'm hoping to have a lot of time to scrap this weekend, and a new release is coming up on Monday for Flower Scraps! Be sure to stick around for that... :)
Sunday, May 2, 2010
A speed scrap consists of a specific time limit with set directions. Jac, our hostess, was "easy", as she put it, and wasn't too concerned about the directions. So I may have deviated from her specifications slightly, but not too much. Of course, twice I read the directions incorrectly and basically had to completely redo my layout. Who would have thought that I could somehow read the word "right" and interpret it as "left"? I can't even blame dyslexia on that one...that's just plain stupidity right there!
Anyway, I used the kit Summer Garden by Flower Scraps. I just love these colors!! So cheerful. I have to admit I forgot to put a date on it, so I'll have to edit it and resave to ensure I have that to remember. I like this kit because it came with not one but TWO alphabets to match. I'm seriously matchy-matchy that way! I got into a discussion with Colleen, who is Pretty Pixel Designs, about alphabets recently. She explained how difficult they were to create, which makes a lot of sense. So I have made it my goal this week to download some more cool fonts that I can use instead of relying on alphabets. I downloaded a couple of free journaling fonts off Creating Keepsakes today, but I need more block-y style fonts that can be used for titles. So that is my goal.
I grabbed a few of the freebies for the STS blog train yesterday, did you? Check out two of my designers, Pretty Pixel Designs and Flower Scraps for their submissions. Great colors this time! I've also grabbed the Jenasis Design freebie she created for the STS May Color Challenge, which is also free. Ahhh, freebies. Gotta love 'em!
Lots of new things coming out this month, keep an eye out! I'm going to be busy creating!! :)