Tuesday, July 31, 2007
We finally have a bright sunny day today. I am so glad to see clear, blue skys outside my window. I am not looking forward to the heat that comes with the sun though. I have to say that I would so tired of all the rain. The weather man said last night that it has rained 21 days during the month of July. This is just crazy for central Texas. Last year, I don't think it rained once during the whole summer. This looks like it will be a good day to take the kids swimming. Maybe that will be incentive for Andrew to get some of his work done quickly instead of playing around.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Next, I have 2 grand openings to attend. Make it Scrappy will be opening on August 1st (www.makeitscrappy.com). They are going to be giving away an awesome kit to everyone that registers for MIS before the end of August. It looks like a great kit. You can find more info about it here http://www.makeitscrappy.com/forum/showthread.php?p=785#post785 . This is Kim Cameron's home site.
Next, Digiaccents will be having their grand opening on August 1st (www.digiaccents.com). Things have been quiet over there, so I don't know much about what is going to be happening at their grand opening. Check it out though as I am sure there will be lots of fun stuff going on there. This is Kristy Oberts home site.
Purple Paper Flowers was originally suppose to have their grand opening the same day (www.purplepaperflowers.com). I am very relieved that it won't be. I am sad for them that they are having to push it back because of server problems though. I don't remember right now the exact date they are suppose to open, but I will post it here when I find out.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Here is the first element I have ever made as a budding designer. It is still a little rough, but I like the way it turned out in general. I am still learning loads. I bought a new magazine that will help me a little more. I made some brads and some book plates the other day using a template that came with the book I bought. The next lesson is on how to make them from scratch. Once I learn how to do them from scratch, then I can make them in all sorts of shapes. I may design a few templates for each shape I make so I can use those over and over again as I design more kits. I also want to learn how to add more texture to my papers so they don't look like just painted backgrounds. My goal is to have my first freebie on this blog by my birthday. My birthday is September 23, so that gives me not quite 2 months. Stan is going to have to show me how to zip everything up in a zip file. He says it is easy, but I have never done it before.
I have 2 big anniversaries this week. My 16th wedding anniversary is on Friday. I can't believe I have been married that long. It seems like just yesterday that I got married. I love Stan more than ever and I love him more each day. I have a couple of friends that are having trouble in their marriage an I am so grateful to have such a wonderful husband. I look forward to many more years to come. My other anniversary is that I have been on weight watchers for 1 year on Saturday. I have not lost as much weight as I had hoped to, but I still have lost a lot. I wanted to lose 50 pounds this first year. I am down 44 pounds right now. I didn't anticipate all the health problems I have been having. They have greatly interfered with my weight loss. One of my medications causes weight gain and I haven't been able to exercise. Because of those, I am glad that I have lost as much as I have. I want to do a layout showing the difference a year can make. I think it will help me feel better about not reaching my 1 year goal. I still have a lot of weight to lose before I reach my final goal, but each pound gone is one step closer to my goal.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
I think I need to learn a little about HTML also. I don't know how to put those blinking in or anything. I have seen a tutorial somewhere on how to make a blinkie. I ignored it when I saw it, and now I wish I would have payed more attention to it.
Now, for those designers that chose me to be on their teams. If you are reading this, don't worry. Once I get organized so I can keep things straight, this is going to be a blast. I am excited to be making layouts for all of you. I also look forward to getting to know all of you and the other gals on the teams. Thank you so much for chosing me.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Here is my first layout from Landi's kit, Wacky Weekend. I love the way it turned out. I need to do at least one more layout from this kit. That should be no problem as this kit has so many fun elements. When I first opened the zip file and looked at it, I thought of several boy layouts. It is funny that the first layout I did with it is for my daughter. Rachael really likes the layout. That is a huge compliment because she usually doesn't express much opinion about my pages.
I picked up the book Digital Designs 2 by Renee Peason yesterday. She makes the lessons so easy to follow. I made 10 papers last night in about 45 minutes. They are pretty boring papers, but it is going to be so easy to expound upon the lesson and make papers that are more my style. For the papers I did, the PSE 3.0 worked ok. However, the next lesson was about making a background paper with writing on it. It required that you make a text box first so that your writing wraped around at the end of the paper. PSE 3.0 doesn't let you make a text box first. It only makes a text box after you have entered the text and I couldn't figure out how to get it to repeat and wrap around to the next line. I made mine using multiple text boxes. It doesn't seem to flow as well. You can see that it is 4 seperate text boxes. I do at least have the concept down and I can work on it when I get the upgrade. Next, I will learn how to make words that have the pattern of the papers I previously made. The other techniques in the book are distressing papers and elements, making elements such as brads, bookplates, tags, conches, making alphas and making chipboard elements. At the end, she talks about using brushes. I am glad that is included because I havn't quite gotten the hang of using brushes in my layouts. She also teaches you how to make your own brushes. The other thing I love it that this book was written for Photoshop Elements. I was worried that it would be written for CS3 and I would have to do a lot of altering of the techniques. I am not good enough with PSE to be able to do that. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn how to make their own scrapbooking designs.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
There are going to be lots of pictures of my family on here so here is an introduction. I have been married to the most wonderful man for almost 16 years. His name is Stan. He is the love of my life and my best friend. We have 3 wonderful children. Rachael is 14 and is a typical teenager in so many ways. She doesn't have an attitude most of the time though. I have been very lucky that way. She is a dancer. She started dancing when she was 4 years old. She loves tap, jazz and ballet. Andrew is 9 years old. He is very into video games, almost too much. He is very loving and generous. He loves cub scouts and is excited to be a webelo this year. Jeremy is my 5 year old. He is the funniest kid. He always makes people around him smile. I get told all the time how fun he is. He is learning to read and loves it.
I am totally addicted to digital scrapbooking. I go through withdrawl when I can't scrap. I was recently granted a place on Landi LeRoux's creative team. I feel so honored to have been given this chance. I hope I can do well and learn a lot from the other women on the team. I am hoping I can continue to learn to do more with Photoshop Elements and eventually start designing my own stuff.
That is us in a nut shell. There will be many more posts about my family and I hope everyone enjoys reading them.