ponderings

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Dancing in the Rain

Last week before I left for the wedding, I had promised Little Miss we would go out to the field and pick daisies after the post office. We took a little too long getting ready, and it started to pour before we even got there. The little squeaky voice from the back of the car nearly broke my heart, so I stopped anyway. Little Miss had the best time and didn't seem to care that she was wet and soggy. I snapped a few photos and loved how they turned out in black and white.

I was so shocked when I got back from the wedding to see this new kit by Dancing Princess Designs called Dance in the Rain. It was perfect for my b&w photos, and what a title -- a week earlier Little Miss had been dancing in the rain. I couldn't resist. I loved the photos so much, I took Little Miss back to the same field for some shots when it wasn't raining. While she didn't have as much fun, since there were no puddles to jump in, the wind was blowing the wildflowers and the setting couldn't have been more perfect. I used Dance in the Rain for two daisy pages



And these are my sunny day photos picking daisies.
I made this page for a Speed Scrap at GDS hosted by Dancing Princess
I didn't quite fill the SS's requirements since I ran out of time and couldn't add my title, but I like how the page turned out with some photos tucked under the curve. I also added a little fun to the flowers with an acrylic style. The look reminded me of epoxy elements and the glue I bought that was supposed to give the effect, though I could never figure out how to make it work in real life. I think I used half the bottle trying to make an "epoxy" title. These flowers were much easier and quicker to make.



Here's what I used

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Preparing for Pre-School

Now that Little Miss is preparing for pre-school, I have been wondering where the time has gone. Nearly three years ago, we celebrated her first birthday. What a crazy ride, and I can honestly say that back then, I could not have imagined getting ready for pre-school.

I had it in my mind to make an album of firsts, and Little Miss's First Birthday seemed like a great place to start.



and here is what I used, the Big One by Kathryn Estry and Clipping Masks#5. I have become such a fan of clipping masks. They make it so easy to get a great effect. For this one, I duplicated the mask layer, moved it beneath the clipped photo layer, and stroked it with a blue the color of the background paper.



Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Check Out this offer and a Speed Scrap

Check out this amazing promo for the month of June with Dancing Princess Designs at GoDigitalScrapbooking. One in five, now those are some great odds. There are so many goodies in the shoppe too -- and more on the way, soon!




And, if you are a Speed Scrap junkie like me, Dancing Princess Speed Scraps are great fun.
There will be a SS at GDS this Thursday, June 11th at 9pm EST. Give it a try, you might have fun, and get a page done in the process too!


Monday, June 8, 2009

Back from California

I am back home from my trip to California.
The wedding was wonderful and the weather held out for a perfect day. Not too hot, not too cool, and not raining! The ceremony was outside, with a view from the hilltops as the backdrop. Gorgeous.

I am so happy to be back to my computer and scrapping again. I couldn't resist taking Little Miss outside. She was thrilled to have her umbrella from Hollywood and so wanted to go out and play in the rain. It rained off and on all morning, and then, ofcourse cleared up when we went outside. We will have to wait for more rain to jump in puddles and twirl umbrellas, but Little Miss had fun picking flowers and playing at a favorite park. For some reason I love taking photos of Little Miss's hair blowing in the wind. Maybe it goes back to one day she was looking up to the sky, eyes closed, tiny little smile on her face, and asked me if I felt that breeze and commented how wonderful it was. I think she was just over two. Oh well, enough of the reminiscing!

I found this picture so peaceful, I had to scrap it.



and I used a fab new kit by Dancing Princess Designs at GDS called Face The Sun and the floral clipping mask is also by Dancing Princess -- it was a posting bonus for a Speed Scrap about a month ago. I started to make my own title using a font, then realized Wow! there is a super cool alpha in the kit too. For me, that is such a great bonus as I love alphas. I dont mind making my titles with fonts, the clipping papers or stroking it -- but an alpha already made for me is the best treat.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

My Bloggity Makeover

My blog is still under construction, but I am getting little pieces here and there.
Tonight I found a fabulous tutorial and after months of trying, I have finally been able to put a divider between my posts.

I am not sure I like the divider, but I finally did it
I can't imagine how I got through school without the internet
I still remember having to search for articles, going through bound books to find a reference, then using that reference to find the microfische. Wow, how long would it have taken me to find out how to update my blog if I had to go to the library to search for tutorials?