Baby It’s Cold Outside: Digital Page

Hello friends!  As I sit here in my office with the sun streaming through our winter thaw is fully under way.  The birds are chirping, the snow is melting and our walks home from getting Emma at school are getting slower and slower.  Yay for spring!!!

Today I want to share a two-page spread during our “deep freeze”. (you can click on the photo to get a bigger view)

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The text along the picture set says “Emma is dropped off at school, it’s o* and I get to hang out with [this guy…] We came home, made warm drinks and cuddled on the couch.”  The photo on the left was our goody tray (Finn had hot chocolate and I had tea).  On the right is the result of messing around with my iPhone camera.  This boy does not like me taking pictures of him but if I flip the camera around and he can see himself on the phone he will ham it up.  Go figure.  I used Photoshop to play around with the look of the photos.  Even though I explored being a photographer in years past I’ll tell you the truth, I didn’t spend much time processing photos.  Part of my deal was to give all the photos to my clients so they could do with them what they pleased.  After a few weddings and senior portrait sessions I found the stress too much and moved into graphic design.  That being said I’m just now beginning to play with modifying photos beyond minor color corrections and anything I could do on “auto”.  I may have over done it but I like it.  This will be a lovely addition to our year book this year.  I can’t wait!

Products used-  Font: UglyQua.  Papers/Elements: Let It Snow Mini-Theme from Echo Park Paper, purchased from Jessica Sprague.

I will be posting more of my digital pages as I get them done.  Follow my blog via email, put me in your RSS feed or like my facebook page to make sure you don’t miss a post!

Life Documented

Hello friends!  Can you believe it is already halfway through March?  I can’t.  We had a little freak out moment when we realized how much we needed to get done before we could finish our taxes.  Arg!  But the biggest thing I am again reminded of is how blasted fast time goes.  It’s what I call the parental time warp.  The parental time warp is when every day seems to drag on and on and on with no end in sight all the while Christmas keeps appearing out of no where with a rapidity that could give you whiplash.

(you are nodding your head, aren’t you…)

So, how do we capture the moments that older and wiser mom’s/women/parents say you’ll want to capture forever?  I have no idea.  But I think I may be catching on to something.

Scrapbooking…

I know, I know, the dreaded “S” word.  At least for some of you it’s the dreaded “s” word.  We see folks create beautiful and amazing pages for their families and get inspired just to get baffled when we finally get a moment to ourselves to put something on the page.  Enter writer’s/crafter’s block.  It happens to the best of us and it drives me nuts!  But here is the idea I’ve been coming around to.  Digital scrapbooking.  I’m serious, if you love the papers and hate the clutter of traditional scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking may be fore you.

I’ve been collecting free papers and kits for awhile now and have quite a collection but I don’t really use any of them.  Wanna know why?  I didn’t know what my style or purpose was.  And now I do.  I want to tell the story more than I want to make one picture look fancy.  I also don’t have a ton of extra money lying around to by paper and embellishments that I’ll only use once.  Honestly, that gives me more crafter’s block than anything.  Only having one of something.  I want to make sure that one thing is used well and not wasted.  Not so with digital scrapbooking.  You get a file.  You can use it over and over and over again.  It doesn’t get wrinkled or crushed because you needed the storage space so you shoved that extra pack in there.

So, I’ve been learning.  I’ve been experimenting.  And I want to share my results with you!  (lucky ducks)

I, by no means, feel like I’m an expert crafter in this area.  But exploring and growing as a crafter is what this blog is all about.  It’s the journey not the destination that is important.  My goal with my digital pages is to collect them through out the year and then put them into a professional book at the end of the year or time period I decide on.  I’ve found some great options over at http://www.blurb.com but if you have other suggestions I’d love to hear them!

With out further ado, here is the page I finished tonight…

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Here is my sweet boy.  This is from inside my office looking out.  I was sort of trapped as he had just fallen asleep.  In this case I really did want to focus on the photo (most of my pages have lots and lots of photos in them).  I will likely go back and add more journaling but in my current sleepy state (it’s almost midnight and I get to volunteer in Emma’s class tomorrow) I’m happy something came together that I feel worthy enough to share.  I’m still getting used to my process and what I feel is important to convey.  Putting the date the photo was taken is a big deal to me so I put that very prominently on the page, nothing sneaky there.  And I’m learning how to use clipping masks in Photoshop more efficiently.  My files are big but I love how you can organize your page with layers in PS.  Today I’ve used papers and digital elements from the Hey Boy collection from Basic Grey purchased at Jessica Sprague.

So, how do you document life?

Homemade “Smash” Book

Hello friends!  How is the spring treating you?  Here in the Northwest it is early and lovely.  A little damp but we got our hour of daylight back and it’s like a shot of caffeine for my evenings.  I love it!

The other day I had a few minutes to kill in Tacoma so I thought I’d see if I could get a few supplies for some up coming projects I wanted to work on.  This, as it turns out, was an EPIC fail.  Did I go home empty handed though?  Nope.  I got distracted by a Smash Book display in Michael’s.  Now, I’ve seen Smash Book products here and there but thought they were a little too much for my creative brain to handle in a journal.  For some reason this display seemed to make it all click for me.  I have what seems like a billion places where I put little scraps of paper or random notes on something and I can NEVER find them when I want them.  I needed a place where I could put those things but I wanted it to be pretty and useful.  This is what I bought that day…

IMG_2331This tape gun seemed a bit over the top when I bought it but I LOVE IT!  A few folks I know recommended it and I am so glad they did.  It is now my “go to” for adhesive.  Two things I can’t get enough of right now?  Baker’s twine and paper tape or Washi tape.  Turns out Michael’s has quite a selection of Washi tape for a good price.  I’ll be back to get more I’m sure.  Then there is an assortment of Smash brand and non-Smash brand journal items.

Time to create…

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IMG_2473Today I wanted to chronicle the crazy day we had.  We got to visit the fire station with Emma’s pre-school class first thing this morning to wrap up a unit on fire safety.  Emma hasn’t been to crazy about the whole fire safety thing in the first place and a visit to the fire station about put us over the edge.  You might be able to read my note on the lower left of the second photo, Emma’s teacher helped me pry her out of our car and between the two of us we wrangled my two kiddos.  Finn LOVED the whole experience especially the fire fighter in full bunker gear.  Emma missed that part hiding behind me which is exactly what you’re not supposed to do when the firemen come to rescue you from a burning building.  Sigh…  I’m praying we aren’t slated for such an event in the near future.

Now that I have a page done I think I might be a big fan of this style of journaling/scrapbooking/recording life as it happens.  I’m using a “naked binder” that I got from Paper Source a while back, however they do still have them, and some regular old page protectors.  Something I noticed as I was hand writing my comments… paper doesn’t have spell check.  So, I guess I’m a little reliant on that tell tale red line that appears in my electronic correspondence but oh well.  Life goes on and that’s what this journal is about anyway, right?  The other thing I noticed as I was completing my page… my table isn’t a mess.  I don’t have a crafting disaster in my kitchen and when my husband got home he didn’t even notice I’d been up to anything.  This is relationship gold here!

So tell me, what are you doing to capture your life’s moments?