Well, the small album I made for my honey's daughter is finished!!! Yay! I've printed them out and we are gluing in them an 8 x 8 board book. I think I may add some ribbons and (of course) feathers to the final album to make it a little bit hybrid! But all the pages are completed and I've posted them in my gallery! Here's the link!
I just want to say that:
1. I am LOVE with Brandy Murry's background blender brushes! and I also think I may have a small crush on anything Brandy Murry! I love all her layouts and her blending techniques. LOL
2. This is the first album where I started with one collection the Memory Lane Collection that was included in this month's scrap girl's club and built an album around it. I picked it because I thought it went well with the colors of Erica's dress. I was so happy to see that a number of Paula's other collections and Brandy's Shabby Chic collection were a good compliment to the Memory Lane Collection.
I feel as if this album shows that I have come a long way in short period of time and I can't wait to learn more over the next years!
I just posted a layout that I worked on this morning that is going in the engagement album that I'm making for my honey's daughter. I was so blessed to be given the chance to do the engagement photos, and as you can see by some of the pictures, we had a really fun time doing them. Anyway, this morning I started working on this layout of Mike (the soon-to-be groom). I had the inspiration last night to use these particular photos in the three piece frames that came in this month's scrap girls kit the "Memory Lane Collection."
I don't know what was different this this morning but for the first time in a long time, as I worked on the layout, I felt truly inspired, energized and excited about everything I was trying, and I realized that after just over a year of discovering this site, I have learned so much!
I watched Brandy Murray's video earlier this week and decided to play with those background blender brushes that came in this month's Scrapsimple Club. I had so much fun, especially since I have recently learned how to make a "snapshot" of a layout in the history brush panel in photoshop so that if I made any mistakes, I could just start over at the point BEFORE I started brushing or erasing on my layout.
This is the first "leaf" cluster I've made, and I was so happy to have taken Anna Mansfield's cluster class earlier this year. As I created, thoughts similar to: "Get all different kinds of textures," "I need something to put the cluster 'on'," "I need to add something vertical to direct the eye," "three's a good number," "remember change sizes and directions," and most of all: "Stick to the THEME!" when I wanted so much to put this cute little Monkey on the layout which does not go at all with birds and flowers!" The class was amazing and I so enjoyed looking through my stash, picking things to add. If it looked cute, I kept it. If it didn't I dumped it. Scrap Girls has given me the education to safely experiment on my layouts while also giving me the courage to try new things and really let my creativity soar. I am truly proud of this particular layout and the ones I have been doing lately.
Here's my layout I Hope you like it! Now, on to the next one. I have about 10-12 more to do
I have spent the last year working very hard on a 50th Anniversary scrapbook album for my parents anniversary party which happened last month. I uploaded and had it printed by Blurb and it was a huge success. I finished it the beginning of July and really have not done any form of scrapbook pages since then. I did participate in an ATC hybrid swap and made a card or two, but I had just lost my scrapbooking mojo.
Some of the women here on the forums mentioned that that is often the case after a big project and I probably just needed a break. Well, hopefully that break is done. I scrapped this layout of a picture taken at the party by my daughter. It is my twin nieces who are 2 years old. They are both saying "cheese" for the camera. I used ice cream embellishments because every time I look at this photo, I smile just like every time I see a child with an ice cream cone, it makes me smile. I hope you like it.
I have Lightroom 2 and I LOVE it for importing pictures, adjusting and keeping track of my pictures, and I dutifully back it up to my external hard drive. Let me tell you what I just learned, however. My laptop power cord is not working. My BF is going to attempt to solder a few wires to get it back working, but my laptop is on its last leg so I thought it would be a good time to transfer all my data to our new house computer (no more working/chatting in bed ) anyway, lucky for me, my son's laptop cord works on my laptop so I spent two hours or more backing up all data to my ehd so I could transfer all my brushes, styles, supplies, etc. The only thing I forgot was my itunes library which I will do tonight.
Well I did a backup of my Lightroom 2 catalog and thought I would just restore from backup on the new computer. The Lightroom back up DOES NOT BACKUP PICTURES! It only backups your catalog settings, tags and change settings to photographs. You have to move your pictures over separate. It is a good thing I realized this before I had a hard drive crash. I thought I was being so responsible backing up my catalog to my ehd on a regular basis. Luckily, I have that cord so that I can go get the photos on the hard drive, and also lucky I found this out now not when it was too late.
So, if you have Lightroom, please remember to back up your picture folders too, not just the Lightroom catalog!!!
I was just reading the latest issue of Photoshop Creative (I hope its okay to reference this magazine)(Issue No. 71 - Its new here in U.S. It's a U.K. magazine and I think Barnes & Noble gets it a month later than the U.K.). It has a 7 page article on layer styles in Photoshop. I haven't gotten a chance (dang work!)to really read the article but this was a highlighted tip that I saw and thought I would share:
"Tip: Move your shadow with the drop shadow open in the Layer Style dialog box, go over to your canvas and just click and drag to move the shadow where you want it. The Angle and Distance controls update accordingly. This same trick can also easily work for the inner shadow, satin, gradient overly and pattern overly."
I had thought that you had to have the shadow on a separate layer to move it where you wanted it easily. I use the Scrap Girls shadow styles, but after applying them, I think this means I can go into the layer style dialog box and move the shadow where exactly I want it. Can't wait to try it out!