Sunday, March 29, 2009

Trying Some New Things

Here's my first layout from the beach photo shoot with Kimberly's family. I wanted to keep it kind of simple, but I also wanted to try a couple of new things.
I recently purchased the Quickutz Silhouette. I haven't had a lot of time to play with it until this weekend. I found out that I could actually draw my design and then cut it out with the Silhouette! LOVIN' this new toy! I really wanted palm trees for this layout, so I FINALLY got them sketched in the "robo-master" program and saved it as a .gsd file. Let me tell you....I've really learned a LOT this weekend! I made a few mistakes, some things that I'll know not to do the next time.
The sea grass is just very thin strips of paper cut at an angle and adhered to the back of the "sand" base. The sea oats I also cut and then doodled the "oats" on the tips. The that was a lot of fun. I cut my cardstock in the shape that I wanted, then inked the sand drifts. Then, covered the entire piece with VERY sticky double sided tape. After removing the top of the double sided tape, I coated it with micro beads. Give it an awesome "sand" look! I cut slots for the palm trees to slide into the sand.
The title letters are a font from my computer that I cut at 1/2 inch. I added the journaling strip "between our toes" and finally glued down a few shells.
The clouds were another fun thing I wanted to try. I rounded the end of a makeup sponge, coated it with white ink and just "dabbed" the blue background cardstock for my clouds. The birds are another Silhouette item that I designed. Very simple, but I like the way they turned out.
I really enjoyed putting this together and actually learned a lot in the process. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them.
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Friday, March 27, 2009

Check it out!

Last weekend, my daughter and her family came down for the weekend. She had arranged with out friend(and family photographer), Tim Ludvigsen, to have family photos taken out at Pensacola Beach. Of course, I trailed along with my trusty Rebel XTi in hand, hoping to gain a little more practice and lots more advice from Tim! It should come a no surprise to anyone, but Tim's pics are so incredibly awesome...while mine are...ummmm...okay. Take a minute and check out Tim's awesome blog (and he posted some of his pics of my gorgeous grandchildren!) Tim Ludvigsen's Photography And...for your viewing pleasure, here's a few of the photos I snagged.

Katie is just so photogenic! I love that I caught her in midair! Ah....the sweet innocence of this handsome young man! The surf was absolutely gorgeous on Saturday....and the kids REALLY wanted to get in the water! 100% pure handsome, adorable boy! I think my flash wasn't set properly for this shot....I'm working on it!

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

I Wish.....

When I was a child, every time I said "....I wish", one of my parents would always say..."don't wish your life away". I guess I didn't understand it then, but now when I think about those words, I believe they were trying to tell me to live in this moment and enjoy myself in the here and now. That's a tough concept for a child, and it's still a tough concept for me now. Sometimes during the week (especially a stressful week) I find myself wishing for the weekend. Then when the weekend gets here, I find myself wishing it would last longer. For all the times I said "I wish I was older"....I take it back! Being older just means more responsibility not necessarily more fun! And why is it that you have to get "older" before you understand that concept? With that said...if you had the knowledge you have now when you were a teenager...what (if anything)would you have done differently? it to late to do it? I'd love to hear your SHARE! Hugs! Susan

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