ponderings

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holly Jolly Blog Train -- stop here


Welcome to the Holly Jolly Blog Train.
You should have arrived here from Jayne's blog.

Is everyone all ready for Christmas? Are you in the mood for some Christmas freebies? I put this wintery Quick Page together using Marshmella Design's Holly Jolly Bundle available HERE at Gingerscraps.



It's 41% off until Dec 26th. Please be sure to download this now because this freebie will no longer be available after December 22nd.



Sorry. The link is now expired.

and here is my inspiration page



Your next stop on the Holly Jolly Blog Train is
here with Lone
Happy Scrapping!


And be sure you leave a comment on Marshmella Designs blog for a chance to win the Holly Jolly Bundle!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Can you say "SALE"

Marshmella Designs at GDS is having an amazing sale,
just because...



why not stop on over and
check out some amazing
products in Marshmella's shoppe




I made this page using



Tuesday, May 4, 2010

a 50% off SALE!

Marshmella Designs is having a 50% off SALE
tomorrow May 5th!
Check out some of the great kits in the shoppe
at GoDigitalScrapbooking













Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Days 3 and 4- 12 Days of Christmas at Digiscrapaganza

If you haven't already stopped by Digiscrapaganza this week,
you are going to want to head on over there now. For 12 days
Digiscrapaganza is giving away a piece a day of the fantastic,
warm and cozy Collab kit called Coco Latte

Here is Day 3's portion from Queen Pamedalah
Enjoy!



Click HERE to pick up Day 3 of Coco Latte

Monday, December 14, 2009

12 Days of Christmas at Digiscrapaganza

Here is Day 2 of Digiscrapaganza's 12 Days of Christmas giveaway



stop by Digiscrapaganza HERE to pick up these gorgeous papers
Be sure to stop by tomorrow too for another piece of Coco Latte

And here is another page I made using CocoLatte

Friday, November 13, 2009

duckie days


One of the very first words that Little Miss spoke was
the "duckie sound" -- not "quack quack" but a sound
like the ducks made. We would walk along the duck
pond quite a lot, and always stop to watch the ducks.
While we play at other parks with playgrounds now,
we still stop by several times just to feed the ducks,
and smell the flowers



I made this page using Painted Dreams & Imaginative Things
by Holly Designs.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Speed Scrap Anyone?


I love Speed Scraps, probably because I am such a slow scrapper and they force me to make a decision and stick with it. Usually, I love my SS pages and I can't believe that I can actually scrap that quickly. The prompts do help, but each SS takes on a life of it's own. Here are a few of my recent SS pages



I used the Endearing series by Dancing Princess Designs
for the above page. Tons of goodies in the collection, and I dont have to think about trying to coordinate anything. It is already done for me.
My favorite were the glossy plastic styles -- I just love the flexibility
and ease of using styles, and being able to add some fun touches,
quickly!





I made this next SS page tonight at a Speed Scrap hosted by
Val of geniaBeana Designs. I have been waiting to scrap
with the Hoo's My Girl Collab (Little Miss loves owls!)
by geniaBeana Designs and Kimi's Creations!






Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pumpkin Patch


Little Miss was so excited to go to her very first field trip with school.
The wagon ride to the pumpkin patch was a hit, with scarecrows scattered all along the way. We were allowed to pick any pumpkin, as long as we could carry it. Our first pumpkin was a little white one. Our second was an orange one, a bit bigger. When we got back to the wagon, others had massive pumpkins, I felt like I should have let her pick a big one, but I had no idea they were going to drop us off in the parking lot to bring the pumpkins to the car. Live and Learn. Evenso, the farm was a hit.







Sunday, October 11, 2009

Spookalicious Collab

October is well underway and Halloween is fast approaching.
We have finally narrowed down our costume search between
two outfits. But Little Miss sure has had fun trying on the
masks, wigs, outfits and assorted trick or treat bags

The Spookalicous Collab at Digiscrapaganza has been
perfect for our fall activities






Here are a few pages I have made using Spookalicious






And,
I have a fun template to giveaway




To pick up the Spookalicious template,
simply click HERE

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Be Inspired ~ Be Silly

Here is a sneaky peek of September's Be Inspired posting bonus, be silly

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Wonderful Day

Little Miss was quite the character yesterday. She was so excited to be going to the park, that she broke into song. When we came in from walking the dog, I wrote down her lyrics

It’s a wonderful day
to go to the park
in the fresh air and play.

Oh, can’t you see
twirl, twirl, twirl)
It’s a beautiful day.
It’s a beautiful day

It’s a smiley day!

I was playing around in Photoshop with some gradients and styles I picked up at GDS, by Tricia Curtis Designs. Oh, what fun and so addictive. These were the first gradients I have bought, but they sure are easy to use, and a great way to add some fun to your pages

I first changed my photo to b&w.
Then I applied a gradient overlay, adjusted the opacity a bit
and transformed my photo to this






I have been waiting for the weather to be cool enough
to put this gorgeous sweater on Little Miss. It was a gift
from my sister, and yesterday was perfect fall-ish weathter.

Here is what I used in the page
I see lots more time spent playing around with the styles and gradients




I have been trying to get in lots of outdoor activities and outings while the weather is warm, and before Little Miss starts school next week. We have been going to her favorite parks and playgrounds. She loves the Spillway and has as much fun in the little patch of sand as she does at the beach. On the way back to the car, we cross a long bridge. There is a small, relatively shallow area where one can walk on the rocks to get across. Little Miss was thrilled to sit down on the rocks with the water trickling over her toes.




And I used Bumblebears by Kathryn Estry




Saturday, September 12, 2009

An Amazing Artist

Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who just won Ukraine's version of "America's Got Talent." She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and "sand painting" skills to interpret Germany's invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII.

If you have a few minutes, watch the video
Kseniya Simonava's Sand Painting

There is a point in the video where a man is speaking in the background,
the audience is in tears while she creates the scene in sand. I only wish
I knew what was being said. Evenso, I found myself transfixed, just
watching. It is so worth seeing these amazing scenes unfold.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Kitten's Garden

Little Miss has had mixed feelings about starting PreSchool next week. When we drive by her school, she just has to point it out to everyone else in the car. We have been reminding her all summer long about school starting. Sometimes she just listens, other times she will say that she isn't going, that she will be staying home with me instead. She will go when she is five. I am not really sure how the first day next week will go. Since she starts in the afternoon, we are both going to take her to a special lunch beforehand and go in all together for the meet and greet. I have been thinking of having her write out Little Miss's First Day of School on a piece of paper, so that we can use her own little writing in the First Day of School photo.

I just couldn't wait to scrap a pre-preschool page today when Little Miss informed me that next week she is going to Kitten'sGarden. I thought it would be fun for her to look back at some of the mixed feelings about school. The Journaling Challenge at Digiscrapaganza was perfect, and this month one of the fonts is a fun kid-like crayonish font, called Ermanita. It was perfect to quote her Kitten'sGarden comment. Here is what I came up with --



I used a great school kit available at Digiscrapaganza.
School Daze Collab. I also used one of the templates in
the collab kit as a starting point



and here is another page I made using School Daze.
The art supplies were perfect for this page about my
Little Artist in the Making.
For this page, I used the second template in the
collab kit, by Designs by Tami




My Speed Scrap Fix





Here's what I used







Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Only You



Only you would be rolling down a hill, holding a pinecone so that
it could take a ride too!



Sunday, August 30, 2009

Whispers and Wishes



ScrapShana has a new, dreamy kit in the shoppe at
Digiscrapaganza called Earth Angel.
I fell in love with this kit as soon as I saw it...
soft, muted earth tones and a touch of whimsy.

(I think this kit was made for scrapping Little Miss)




take a look at a few of the pages I have made using
Earth Angel








Head on over to Digiscrapaganza and check out
Earth Angel while it is on SALE



Thursday, August 27, 2009

August Be Inspired Challenge at GDS

I have finally finished up with August's posting bonus for participating in
the Be Inspired Challenge at GoDigitalScrapbooking.

To find out how to snag this goodie, read about the challenge HERE



Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Anatomy of a Page: Only You

I love Speed Scraps, and to be honest they are the only pages I make in two hours.
Most of the time I spend at least twice as much as that on a page, and if I journal, that can take me forever.

I tried a few things out on this page, with drop shadows, inner and outer glow and adjusting opacity levels. Someone asked how I did this, so here is an attempt to walk through some of the different effects I tried out.



Step One:
  • Choose a photo. (I loved this photo and the confident attitude of my daughter)


I really like the photo, but I wanted to soften it -- there was too much green from the grass.
I also wanted the photo to be more subdued to match the kit I was planning on using.
So I duplicated my photo layer, and changed the layer to black and white.


I then changed the b&w layer (make sure this is on top of the color layer) to "color"
Then I adjusted the opacity layer down (to 65%), allowing some of the original photo to show through. The photo below is the end result.


The important thing to do is play around with the adjustment modes, experiment until you get a look you like. There is no right and wrong.

Step Two:
  • Choose a background paper
I chose a paper from Dancing Princess Design's kit Dance In The RainII, the AddOn


layered another paper from Dance In The Rain above the floral paper


and changed the blending mode to luminosity, to get this result


Step Three:
  • Create a layered background, sort of like creating a mat, or a page border
I duplicated my grey paper that I changed to "luminosity" in the step above
And decreased the size to 96% of the original, and centered it. This is the result


Step Four:
  • Create a mat for the photo and place on the page

Step Five:
  • Add Wings
This has several steps.
I used swirls from Dance In The RainII, the AddOn
I duplicated the wings, and placed them as if they were attached to Little Miss's back, keeping the wings layers above my photo to be able to place them
I linked these two wings together, and duplicated them (there will be four wings layers)
The duplicated wings layers (and linked all four wings), were then moved behind my photo, but above the photo mat
I did some erasing on the wings layers that are above my photo
(I used the lasso tool and the magic wand to select the area of her body, and then erased those areas)


If you look closely to the wings, you will see a soft bluish halo
I got this effect by adding a soft drop shadow, and here is the fun
an "outerglow"
I changed the color of the "outerglow" to a dark blue
I got this color directly from my background paper, using the color picker too
(that is an easy way to get the colors from the elements you are using)
For those of you who want to try this out, my outerglow was set to
"soft light"
opacity 34%
0 noise

Elements:
softer
spread 64
size 72

color of the outer glow is: 1c454b


Step 6:
  • Add my journaling
Part of the Speed Scraps rules called for journaling
I was running out of time, so I chose to use some words and put the text on a path
I chose a fun font, TK Doodle that has a whimsical flowing feel

I used the selection tool to create a circular shape
I filled this with the paint bucket and moved the circle around the photo until I liked the placement
I then selected the circle and created a path based on this shape
Next I chose my font, with the path active, and started to journaling words and feelings

(I will save Texts On A Path for another time, but it sure gets addicting)
Once I was happy with the placement of everything, I deselected my circular shape
so that I could use it later


Step Seven:
  • Embellish
I added the other elements to my page and a little bit of journaling
based on the Speed Scrap instructions, hardware, strings, wrapped ribbon


Step Eight:
  • Some finishing touches
I used the embroidered heart from Chase the Blues Away by Dancing Princess Designs
I wanted a little bit more behind my photo, but soft and subtle
Something that didn't jump out and grab you, but added a little something
I layered the embroidered heart blending my photo and photo mat layers

Here is what it looks like


It is a soft effect, but adds just a little bit of interest
And here is how I achieved that softness
I used the embroidered heart as a "clipping mask"
I duplicated my bluish grey background paper and clipped this paper to the embroidered heart element
At first it will seem that there is nothing there since I used the same paper and the same positioning of the paper.

To have it stand out, I added an "Outer Glow" to the embroidered heart element
I chose color #a2664f an orange, based on the colors in the page
Here are the outerglow settings I used:
"soft light"
opacity 57%
0 noise

Elements:
softer
spread 79
size 19


Step Nine:
  • My last detail -- draw attention to the photo
I went back and forth with the step and wasn't sure
The rules of the speed scrap called for a circular shape, and while I journaled along a circular path, I thought I needed to define the circle a bit more.

For this I did use an acrylic style. Some day I will figure out how to do this one on my won, but I have fallen in love with the Clearly Styled Acrylic Styles by Bec's Bits. I love being able to click one button and get some neat style that would take me hours to get on my own.

Remember that circular shape I used to journaling along?
I moved this layer above my photo, and applied an acrylic style
I wanted a little definition, but not alot
Here is what the final page looks like



And that is how this page was created.
The page doesn't have many embellishments, but I used some fun effects
Play around with your scrapping software
See what you can do with it
Try out a few new techniques
You might find something that you like to do, and
the more you use a technique or effect, the easier it will be to duplicate