BrendaT

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About BrendaT

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  1. Haha, glad to see I'm not the only one who has bought a kit just to get that one really cool embellishment or alpha that I can imagine a use for . . . I think the color palette draws me first. You designers are great at giving us a mix of patterns and solids/mostly solids that we can play with. I like to have those busier patterns peeking out from behind something else instead of using them as background, but they all work together so well. I also really love having a variety of embellishments in a "big" collection - different styles of flowers and buttons and bows are great, but I also like flairs (with designs instead of words) and things that are more "flat" (chipboard, paper strips, tags, journaling cards/ strips/tags, cameras, frames/masks, leaves, charms, flat brads, staples, string, stitching, washi tape, ribbons, border strips, etc.).
  2. This caught my eye in the Gallery - it is so lovely. Perfect collection for the beautiful photos and vows.
  3. I'll try 10, 21 and 28.
  4. Woops, sorry they turned out so large. They looked like thumbnails in the comment box. [I deleted the humongous pictures and put in thumbnails, but I can't figure out how to delete this post. Still with a red face ]
  5. I actually used effects on all the photos. I adjusted the levels on the photos of Karen, and used Brandy's spotlight (reversed and flipped) to brighten up her face, which was in shadow. The two of Karen and the one of the water were all taken the same day, and they were very gray, so I wanted to warm them up to go with the yellow paper. I used the Creamy Pop of Color to warm those up. Then I used the spotlight on the one of the dunes to add the white to it so it would go with the other pictures that had so much white in them. (I used overlay and soft light blending modes with the effects, and adjusted the opacity.) I think I added the spotlight to the water, too, just to give it some more pop. It probably takes me way too long to build a layout, but I love to try things and just see how it looks! Here are the original photos:
  6. This. Is. Gorgeous!!! Beautiful photograph and perfect balance with the background, titlework and edgers. Love it!
  7. Here's my Jersey Shore/beach layout: Good Times/Spring Breakin' I will be sorry for this month to end - it's been so much fun cruisin' with you crazy girls! When this holiday weekend is done and I can slow down, I am going to take my time and go through the Gallery - it looks SO amazing - and leave you all some special love!
  8. I love Brandy's Lighting Effects and Angie's Pop of Color for my photos – just what I need sometimes to brighten up and warm up some overly dark or grey pics. BMI Sweet Summer BMU Lighting Effects/Lighting Effects 2 ABR Pop of Color Mommyish – Stylin' #109 Glossy Flair Styles Scrapping with Liz – Focal Point (template) Fonts: Janda Snickerdoodle Serif Italic, KG Sorry Not Sorry Regular, Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon, Janda Stylish Script Regular
  9. Wow - my boss told me I could go on "vacation" for a month-long cruise only if I took along my lap-top and still got my work done each day! So I've been spending way too much time in my stateroom - bummer! Gonna take a break down by the pool with you girls tonight and enjoy the sights and a cool drink (hello, Cabana Boy), and later join you at the Captain's table for dinner! Valerie, I am way behind on my tasks, and you are a jewel for keeping up with all of us. So far I've packed, booked a room, done a profile cover, and toured the Grand Canyon. Just now I have completed my Brandenburg/Heritage Layout: Easter 1961 and my Taj Mahal/Reflections layout: Reflections of Lillie
  10. I used the neutrals in the Taj Mahal as a color inspiration and photos of my sweet Aunt Lillie reflected in a mirror. ABR Charlotte Grace ABR Simplify BMU Serenity BMU Sweet Summer JZI Harvest Spice Anna Aspnes – ArtPlay Solids Gather C. Schneider – Half Pack 181: Photo Focus 82 (layout template) Fonts: Respective Regular, Cardo
  11. Lynn Grieveson – Read with Mother Mini-Kit Lynn Grieveson – Life in Pictures 3 (template) Fonts: Magnolia Italic, Cardo Regular, Adobe Caslon Pro Regular
  12. I love having the alphas, too. I don't always use them but for some layouts they are the perfect coordinating touch. True confession time: Words and fonts and letters are kind of my thing, and IMHO they make or break a layout. I'm currently scrapping on a laptop while I'm staying as a caregiver with my older sister. My computer at home has a ton of fonts (and all my awesome stash of supplies ), but I'm slowly adding to my laptop (and gradually choking it to death, poor thing). There are so many pretty fonts out there, but someone with a simple PSE program like me can't use the ones with ligatures. It might be nice to have some capital alphas with some of those neat flourishes along with lower case ones so we could put them together. For those who have trouble lining them up, maybe another tutorial on the blog . . . I do love using word art when it works for my layouts - love, love using quotes from literature or songs and that sort of thing. Right now I'm thinking of using this song from "Beauty and the Beast" at the beginning of a book of old family photos - lines from this song would make some great word art, although there are probably copyrights to it: How does a moment last forever?How can a story never die?It is love we must hold ontoNever easy, but we trySometimes our happiness is capturedSomehow, our time and place stand stillLove lives on inside our hearts and always will
  13. Wow, this is so cute! Love the out-of-bounds on the photo!
  14. This is beautiful! I just checked in on a break from work and saw it in the gallery and had to leave some love!
  15. Just finished The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg the other day - really good, she always makes me laugh! One of my favorite series is the Lord Peter Wimsey novels by Dorothy L. Sayers. Anybody else love Lord Peter? If you want to ever see a really good film adaptation, the Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries: Harriet Vane Collection (Strong Poison / Have His Carcase / Gaudy Night) starring Edward Petherbridge is the best, IMHO