Sunday, January 30, 2011

Wish I Were There

This week is CHA week. I wish I was there in sunny LA, but alas I am here in the Pittsburgh area reading the many posts that are out there reviewing the show. I am super excited by some of the products that are coming out and will hopefully have some updates as to what is going to be ordered for Art-Tech.

I have fallen off of the Project 365 has fallen apart these last two weeks. I am determined to get back on and start taking pictures again. Next week I will have updates to my Project 365.

Still going strong with digital scrapbooking. Finished Jessica Sprague's Now We're Rockin and now on to Digi: In Deep. Trying to get through this in a week because Digi: In Deeper starts on February 7th. Here is the first project for Digi: In Deep.

I have joined my friend K. Andrew's blog hop across all 50 states. I have been chosen to blog for Pennsylvania! There will be give-a-ways for each blog...that is 50 give-a-ways. Also if you finish the hop then you will be entered for some really big prizes. The hop will be held February 11 - 13. I am so looking forward to it.

Have a great week.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I Love Digital!

I think I have fallen in love...again. First it was paper scrapbooking, then hybrid scrapbooking (alter photos and use traditional scrapbook supplies) now it is digital scrapbooking. Don't get me wrong, I still love to cut up paper, get down and dirty with inks and pain; but there is something about sitting with your family downstairs and completing a page. Best of all?!? No clean up. Plus...I love free stuff. There are tons of digital freebies out there. Everything from fonts, to Photoshop brushes and best of all paper and embellishments.

I am still rockin' with Jessica Sprague's Now We're Rockin' Photoshop class. I am trying to hurry up and get finished with this one and Digi in Deep so that I can be ready for the Digi in Deeper class that starts in February. This week's assignment for Rockin' is to do a layout about something that makes you happy. Around here it is music. Both my husband and oldest son play the guitar so there is always music playing. I got some really great shots the other day while my DH was playing.

I also have been a bit lazy when it comes to the Project 365. However, I am bound and determined to get caught up. Here are my latest photos. Day 7 ended the first week's theme 'Family and Friends'. Days 8 - 14 feature 'Things We Use'. Since I am so far behind for this week I am going to just wing the next few days. Next week and the up coming weeks I am going to be featuring each person. They are going to love that (hee hee).


Jamie + Guitar

Jake Baked a Cake

Nightly Tea

My "Work" Space

Now I am off to play catch up today. Have a great week.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I Did It!

I can't believe it I am back and a week hasn't even gone by yet. I am still going strong on the Project 365 (one photo a day). I thought I would go with a theme for each week (and yes, I am making them up as I go along) just to keep me interested and look at people and things differently. Last week's theme is family and friends. This weeks is things we use. I also have been playing with the settings on the camera and have learned a lot. Here are the first few days of the year:

Jacob and Alex off to a Penn State party.

Jacob with his new iTouch he got for Christmas.

Back to school...finally.

Home sick :(

Solutions to "I'm bored".

Watching the snow.

I am still working on the Jessica Sprague's Now We're Rocking Digital Scrapbooking Class. The first  Start to Finish assignment of this class was: Today. I like this class because not only is there a video led layout where you learn a ton of techniques, but also 'homework' where you do a layout on your own from start to finish using the techniques you learned. So here is my take on the theme "Today". It was really simplistic as far as the layout goes, but the idea is to journal on photos and use various brushes.

Well, that is it for this week.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Oh Boy

How have nine month's gone by? Now it is the first week of January and I am hoping, no I WILL post at least once a week. Currently, I have been busy doing digital scrapbooking. I have recently discovered Jessica Sprague's website and started with her basic digital class Up and Running. I took a Photoshop class waaaayyy back in 1996. I have been fiddling around with my current Photoshop Elements 8 lately and decided that too much has changed and thought I would take the class as a refresher. Oh boy, I have been missing out on another world. Now, I am currently taking Now We're Rocking and signed up to take the next two Digi in Deeper classes. I am obsessed. The best part is I can sit here on the sofa with the rest of the family in the evenings and still be able to scrapbook on my laptop. I used to feel guilty going up to my scrap room and everyone else is downstairs. I now have the best of both worlds. Here is the first page I made for the Up and Running class:

Up and Running Layout #1

I also have been doing the Project 365 and I WILL take at least one photo a day for a year. Last fall at Chastity's crop at St. Peter's School in Somerset I won Becky Higgins' Project Life kit. This kit is perfect for the Project 365. It has a place for each photo and journaling cards for each day. I have this sitting downstairs next to my camera so that I have no excuse not to keep up. I also am going to take an idea from Jessica Sprague's website and also digitally scrapbook each photo on a single layout. Look for this layout next week.

Classes at Art-Tech have been slowly, but surely, been going on this last quarter. I just submitted some new classes last week to Cecilia. Hopefully, the schedule will be available next week. Here is a taste of what you missed from the last quarter:

Everything Handmade

Gift of Giving
Some upcoming classes are going to be Calendar Creations (1/19), Quilling Basics (1/26), Sweet Decor (2/2), Seasonal Scrapping (2/16), Altered Dry Erase Board (3/2), and Photo Transfer Scrapbook (3/30).

Looking forward to everything coming up this year. Oh yes...I almost forgot! I was touched this week. I finally got myself an iTouch. Now off to the apps store.

Have a great week.
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