2014-09-18

Project Life 2014 – Week 17 | right side

Repeating from my last post, here is my two-page spread for Week 17 of my Project Life/pocket page album:
digital kit: Eternal Sunshine by Paislee Press.

My last post was about the left side of Week 17. Here is the right side:

Top row – left spot:
Super cool reflection photo on the left!

Top row – right spot:

Pause to send a huge thank you to Elisabeth, my daughter-in-law and the mother of Peter and Evelyn. She couldn’t be better about sending me photos and videos of these two grandkids of mine. All the ones of them on these two pages are from her. Since they live a zillion miles away (at least it seems like it), the photos are a tangible connection with them.

Middle row – first & second spots:

These two spots have nothing to do with each other, but I put them together to shorten this post.

See the lens flare on the photo labeled “SUNSHINE”? This was a naturally occurring lens flare. In the past when this happened on my photos, I thought the photo was worthless. I had no idea lens flares are cool until I noticed several photo-editing apps have a feature specifically for adding a lens flare. 

Middle row – third & fourth spots:

These two spots do go together. As I said on the card, the story of the trashed dolls continues. It seems they resurrected from the trash.

Observe the “about us” card. Is that the plainest thing I’ve ever done? I started to punch it up a bit, but then I thought, STOP! In fact, I further heeded my brain to cool it on the overkill when I got to the bottom right photo on this page. You'll notice plainness there, too.

Bottom row – left spot:

Such a beautiful child! 

The crossed arrows are from Rhonna Designs, but they're not from the app. Did you know you can buy her designs from her online store? The arrows are in the InstaSNAP set available here. When you buy a set, you get the elements as an .abr brush, as a dingbat font, and as individual pngs. Each format works with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Bottom row – right spot:

Such a big nose on the dog! Wow. I never noticed her bottom teeth are a little funny. We knew a beagle who wore braces, but I don’t think Ellie Mae will need that. However, perhaps she could use caps on those two little teeth . . .. Just kidding, Peter!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog!

2014-09-17

Project Life 2014 – Week 17 | left side

Here is my two-page spread for Week 17 of my Project Life/pocket page album:
digital kit: Eternal Sunshine by Paislee Press.

Here is the left side of Week 17:

Top row – left spot:
“week” stamp: Ali Edwards; “seventeen” stamp: Ali Edwards; date stamps: Digital Design Essentials (Gina Cabrera)

Top row – right spot:
“Adorable”: Penny Springmann

I didn’t have a photo of Evie to go with the video (linked with the QR code), so I stopped the video and did a screen shot. It took a few tries.

Middle row – first spot:
word art: Rhonna Designs app (Check out Rhonna’s latest app – RD Magic. It’s a companion to Rhonna Designs. Here is an explanation of the difference between the two apps and how they work together. And here is a detailed video tutorial about the features of RD Magic.)

Middle row – second & third spots:
word art: freebie from Persnickety Prints

Each of the 4x6 and 3x4 spots on my pages has a small drop shadow, so they’ll stand off the background and look more like a physical scrapbook page. (The drop shadow is included on the Becky Higgins Project Life Templates I use.)

Sometimes I add drop shadows on elements on my pages so they’ll stand above the photos. You have to be really careful with drop shadows, or things can look very phony.

The drop shadows on the banner and on the doily were enhanced with the Warp Tool. That might sound complicated, but it only took a minute or so to do these warped shadows. Here is a tutorial from The Lilypad. By the way, doilies are super cool in scrapping now. Our grandmothers would be proud.

Middle row – fourth spot:

Pause to observe Evelyn’s look of shock and awe.

Bottom row – left spot:

This musical was fantastic. We sat right up front, and when we stood (and leaned over), we could see into the orchestra pit. There were a lot of stuff and people in there!

Bottom row – right spot:

Sometimes I take photos (or screen shots) of words, such as the ones shown above. If you, too, would like to receive email from The Universe, go here. It was a bit odd the first few times I saw the universe in my Inbox.

Well, I went a little link crazy this week. I hope I’ve linked some helpful websites.

Next post: Details about and close-ups from the right side of Week 17. See you soon!

2014-09-12

Project Life 2014 – Week 16

Here is my two-page spread for Week 16 of my Project Life/pocket page album:
digital kit: Life Is Good by Quirky Heart. This kit was a bit quirky, for sure, and even intimidating to use, but I love it!

My last few posts have been rather wordy, so I’m going to make this one a bit shorter.

Here is a closer look at the left side of Week 16:

Top pocket, left side:
One day it was winter; the next day everything turned green. (And now in real life it’s almost winter again. Sigh.)

Top pocket, right side:
FINALLY! A use for allllll those stickers I’ve collected. (For other former sticker enthusiasts, yes, these are from Stickopotamus.)

Middle row, first and second pockets:
(To shorten this post I’m showing the smaller pockets in sets of two, instead of one by one.) I’m so thankful my kids send me photos. I’m not so thankful about Conrad’s neighborhood.

Middle row, third and fourth pockets:
Some of my kids were just this excited when they got to sleep in the “big bed.” Some of my kids were excited about going through a car wash when they were little, while others hated it. Memories . . .

Bottom pocket, left side:
I’ve always enjoyed writing haikus, probably because they follow an exact formula – five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables that are spread over three lines. They are totally consistent with my OCDness.

Want to see some more haikus (and who wouldn’t?)? Go here to see some from The New York Times. Those haikuists are talented! (I made up haikuist. It is very needed in our language.)

Bottom pocket, right side:
What are the chances of all three animals seeking out the sun in the same week?

Here is a closer look at the right side of Week 16:

Top pocket, left side:

Top pocket, right side:

Middle row, first and second pockets:
Here are two of my favorite pockets of this week. I love the journaling card, and I LOVE Evie’s huge eyes.

Middle row, third and fourth pockets:
The blue Easter basket Peter is carrying was make by Peter (his grandfather) for Blake (his father) when Blake was 3 or 4 years old. Yes, it’s macramé, so you know that was quite a while ago.

Bottom pocket, left side:

Bottom pocket, right side:
My son Blake, his wife Elisabeth, and their children Peter and Evie – such a handsome family! This photo and some of the ones above it were taken by Elisabeth’s sister Sarah, an excellent  professional photographer in Jacksonville.

In additional to the Life Is Good kit, I used elements from the following: Ali Edwards, Becky Higgins, Digital Design Essentials, Kerri Bradord Studio, Rhonna Designs, Tracy Larsen, and VRSLY

And that was Week 16. Thank you for visiting my blog!

2014-09-04

Project Life 2014 – Week 15

Here is my two-page spread for Week 15 of my Project Life/pocket page album:
digital kit: Project Life: April Collection by Traci Reed

I was out of town for about three weeks, so I got a bit behind on being behind on my Project Life pages. Some scrappers stress about being behind. In fact, they won’t even use the word behind.

Yeah, well, I say if it quacks, it’s a duck. That reminds me of The Addams Family, the musical we saw the other night. One of the characters came on stage holding a (fake) dead duck with an arrow through it. When asked where she got it, she said, “I shot it downtown.” The audience roared with laughter.

That would only be funny to Memphians. In downtown Memphis we have the Peabody Hotel with the world-famous, trained Peabody ducks, living in the lobby fountain. See! Anything, even ducks, can make me lose my PL focus.    

This week I resolved to make simpler pages. Scroll back up to the top for a quick look at Week 15 and tell me how I did! I totally failed at simplicity, right? I tried. I used about 10 less photos this week. Oh, I know some people don’t even use 10 photos total on a two-page spread.

Fewer photos did not result in simplicity for me. What it did was give me more spaces to fill up with stuff. I don’t know why I do that. I don’t like a lot of stuff all over the place in my real life.

However, I did come up with one new idea for simplification. To date, my simplifying ideas have included the following:
  • Use only one kit per week, although I sometimes include a bit of word art from other kits.
  • Use Template A for each page of each week. (I broke that rule on the right page of this spread.)
  • Use the same format for each week card, that is, landscape photo + “week” and the week number spelled out, using words by Ali Edwards + date stamps from Gina Cabrera.

This week I came up with a new way to make scrapping the weekly pages easier! I always put my photos on the templates before anything else. However, in the past my next step was to look over the kit I was using and stew over which 3x4 and 4x6 cards to put under the photos and on the unfilled pocket spaces.

This time I used solid papers for the background of all those places. See all the solids (each is cleverly labeled "solid"):

I’ll still use some pre-made 3x4s and 4x6s from the kits, like I did on the right page (last spot of middle row and last spot of bottom row), but I’m going to reply more on solids. And now I have four labor-saving methods.

Backing up a bit one more time, after I added the photos and the solid papers on the templates for the two pages, I sat back and looked at them. They were so naked. So, I thought, what the heck? And I proceeded to cover them up with all sorts of stuff from this week’s kit. I’m hopeless.

Here’s a closer look at the left side of Week 15:

So envious of Conrad’s trip to Hawaii!
So amused by that dog and his tap-dancing tail. (Use your QR reader to see his tail in action.)

Look at this:
At first when this space only had the two photo things and the big label on the pink background, it looked bare. So, on the right side I added a transparency, one with big yellow dots, from the kit. I love Traci’s transparency overlays!

I also used transparency overlays in other places, such as here:
One overlay above has a red rectangular border and a white border with a red heart on a purple tab. The row of hearts on the bottom is another overlay.

Last pocket from this page:
Peter and I will never forget this night at the theatre, . . . actually two nights – one at home and the other at the theatre. I really can’t believe they called us to see where we were on the first night. The guy on the phone asked how far away we were, implying he would hold up the play for us to get there. Mind you, it was quite full; they weren’t short of attendees. I guess they just love us.

Here is a closer look at the right side of Week 15:
This is one of the few times when I didn’t use Template A for both pages. For this page I used Template Y, and I modified it.

Pause to admire my Florida grandkids:

Pause to admire Peter’s herb garden:
Uh, oh. I just remembered that Peter also planted mint. I’ll be making a little change on this page before it’s printed. I love digital! Edited to add: It's changed on the page now, just not in this photo.)

Pause for a moment with the soup kitchen where I volunteer:

Every other month the soup kitchen distributes a newsletter. The April-May edition featured Theddy, one of our regular recipients. Theddy writes poetry. (What I’ve shown here is only a small part of this poem.) You never know who you will meet in a soup kitchen.

So ends Week 14. Thank you for visiting my blog! Now let's all have a hearty laugh about the thought of ME simplifying! =)

2014-08-12

Project Life 2014 – Week 14

Here is my two-page spread for Week 14 of my Project Life/pocket page album:

I’m currently in Destin, Florida. I’ve learned that being behind on PL and being out of town and trying to scrap on an ordinary laptop (instead of my usual big honkin’ dual monitors) is not a good combo for moving forward in my PL journey.

In addition to the problems listed above, I have yet another problem. My real life is getting in the way of scrapping about my life. Each day right now I’m thinking, do I want to be working on PL or out on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world? Surprise! The beach is winning every day.

Here’s a closer look at the left side of Week 14:

Here’s a closer look at the right side of Week 14:

On these two pages I used several things/techniques I love.

First, I LOVE my 2014 week cards! I have conquered the Pesky Week Card! Oh, how I stewed over that card every single week of 2013. No more! Now I always use a landscape photo taken by me or a family member.
Then I always add the week number with brushes/stamps from Ali Edwards. And I always add the dates with brushes/stamps from Digital Design Essentials.

I love to use templates! They allow me to get lots of photos on each page in an orderly fashion. On these pages I used a bunch of templates, most by Tracy Larsen (some have been modified). Here are some examples:





(Ellie Mae and Mister Bucky know how to chill.) Templates can be used in 3x4 spaces, as well as 4x6 ones.

I love to use QR codes! I used one on each page. See the eighth photo above and this one:

Side note: This week I saw a PL page done by my friend Niki who lives in Italy. On the page was a QR code, linking to a video of her and her daughter surprising Niki’s mom in Canada. I got to see all three of them and hear their cute accents. So cool! I love Project Life and QR codes!

I love stuff stacked up on top of other stuff; I stacked stuff all over both pages, like here:
That's an Ali Edwards brush and a newspaper article title on top of a photo I took with the InstaWeatherPro app.

Stacked stuff and the use of drop shadows on the stacked stuff give dimension to a digital page.

I love to use more than photos to tell my story! For example, I used a clip from Facebook on top of the three-photo collage of my daughter Graham. I used the scanned title of an article from our local newspaper on the spot above that included “HEY APR.” And I used a screen shot from my Fitbit:

I love photos edited on my phone, like this one:
I took the photo above of clothing while I was shopping. Later, using the Rhonna Designs app on my phone, I added 1) the birthday cake with "Celebrate" above it and 2) the text "What to do when..." and "Go home and eat cake!" I used that edited photo on Instagram and here on my PL page.

I love patterned papers, like this one I used as the base of the 4x6 spot:
These two pages include a number of patterns. I hope I won’t look back in the years to come and wonder, What was I thinking to use all these patterns?!

I love gold:
I need to use more of it.

I love to use text on photos:
If the text gets lost on the photo, I put a white strip (or black strip if the text is white) under the text, and reduce the opacity of the strip so the photo shows through.

And, last, but not least, I love words that look as if it were done with a brush:

Kit used to make these pages: Piazza by Mye De Leon

Additional elements from the following: Just Jaimee, Lori Whitlock, Miss Mint, Penny Springmann, Rhonna Designs, and Tracy Larsen

That’s it for Week 14. By the way, I love my blog readers, too. I appreciate you!