Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Travel With Them Tuesday: Off to Alaska

This is a trip that I did not go on but rather my dh took my granddaughter to Alaska. Getting to Alaska from the east coast of the US takes more to-ing and fro-ing than I'm up to.  This trip is best left to those who want to see Alaska and/or are interested in fishing for halibut. I've done the former and have no interest in the latter.

This was the 2nd trip my husband made with a grandchild. I'm not sure who enjoys it more! I was also testing out my ability to use a Lightroom Print Template. I finally got it but until I have both my digi supplies and my photos in the same catalog it doesn't save me much time.

I have a good bit to learn about using these templates.

Monday, September 15, 2014

AAM Monday: Project Life and All That Jazz

When August ends and September comes I know we're on the downward slope of the year. Yes, I know that really occurs in the summer but summer always feels like a suspended time to me. I try to keep that time free and easy, though it doesn't always work out that way.

Week 32 was still in the glory days of summer. My son and family went to the beach and I dogsat for them. The weather was delicious and not the horrible heat and humidity that August usually brings. Temperatures in the 80s are great; the 90s gets me feeling cranky.

It was a good week with enough scrapping, enough Netflix, enough fresh food from the Farmers' Market, and enough chocolate. Oh yes, and a new 3T EHD waiting for me at home. Woot Woot!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Scrapping Blog Tour

This may be a first for me - a blog tour post. I have done a lot of weekly meme posts in the past and 'met' a lot of wonderful Australian crafters. However, what that did do was make me pretty sure I was going to be a strictly digital scrapper/artist. I never paper scrapped but I do like to play with the toys of the trade. Thus my studio is almost always a mess with things that I can't bear to get rid of. I suspect a kindergarten group could have a field day in here!

But tidy Esther asked me to join this blog tour and if you look at her neat workspace and layouts, you'll see what I still aspire to even if I know it's not going to happen.

1. What am I working on right now - Almost all of my scrapping is made up of Project Life style pages of our daily lives and layouts/books of our travels. For those PL pages, I've often made page one in PL style and page two as a layout with a short story.

I recently finished up a 2008 trip to Spain and Portugal and was fairly disciplined about that. I'd say it was a good month or so to get that done. It helped that I blogged daily about the trip while on it so I had words to go with the images.

On the horizon is scrapping a trip to Italy, mainly Turin, that we took in March of this year. If a trip is just about a week, I'll often put those pages in my Project Life binders which I think will happen with this one. Also on the back burner is a book from a River Cruise we took in 2012.  Other pages happen randomly but not terribly often.

2. How long does it take to create a project - A project? Well when you consider that I lived outside the US for twenty years, and have made 25+ major trips with my 2nd husband in the past thirteen years, I'd say it takes me a loooong time.  For a Project Life week, it's about half a day, once I start with laundry, cooking etc also in that time. While I could sit for hours, I try to get up from the computer a lot - and move.

3. What are my fave things I love to create with at the moment - I'm strictly an iPhone 4s photographer tho I have older images taken with a Nikon Coolpix, and other images taken back in the day with a 35mm. Those and slides are being scanned very slowly by me.

I have supplies from many stores and sources but the majority came from Designer Digitals and Oscraps.  It took me a while to learn to use Anna Aspnes products but I like to mix them with the items I have from Katie Pertiet. I will usually use a plain paper with a patterned one and the patterned one definitely takes 2nd place.

I'm not interested in trendy and it's easier for me to say what I don't use...flowers, wood items, anything 'cute', alphas... I love masks, blendables, transfers and word art to name some things. I learned scrapping with Ali Edwards' templates and I still use templates, but I mainly I now buy ones from Katie or Anna for a good selection of interesting elements that I might not buy in quantity.

Of course, I couldn't do any of this without my beloved 27" iMac, my trinity of EHDs, and my software. I use PSE10 on the iMac and PSE11 on a ancient MacBookPro. Both of them also have Lightroom 5 in which I organize my photos AND my supplies. Lightroom has been a real godsend imho. I think I will be learning more about both of these Adobe products for the rest of my life.
 There's sooo much to each program!

4. How does my writing/creating process work - A lot of the work is done automatically by the auto import of  my iPhone images into iPhoto where they are sorted, automatically (thank you Cathy Zielske!) by week into Smart Albums, and later exported to Lightroom for culling and editing. The edited images go back into folders that I have set up ready for scrapping. Having this basic system of folders set up helps a great deal and I usually add folders in iPhoto and on my computer quarterly so I have them ready to use. Yes, I really like organization in place so when I'm ready to make something I can play with the pretty stuff.

If it's a trip, I'll look over all the images and get an idea of how I want the look, often with a color scheme in mind.  Some time ago, I took Anna Aspnes Album Magic class and it really helped me in getting a visual idea of what I wanted as an end product. A lot of that info can be found in this post of Anna's. Making pages that reflect what I felt and experienced on a trip is what I like to show. I use a lot of photos and if the page then doesn't have enough space for what I want to say I'll make a long journaler as an insert. I've also made some of my own with a mask image on top and journaling below.

That way I can have the best of both worlds. Words are not usually a problem for me; my old journalism training comes back so my journaling will probably be more factual than emotional and I accept that.

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired  - Since most of my pages are from trips, I know I'll be busy for a lot of years! However, I have to feel like doing it so some trips sit for a while til I get in the right mood for them.  If I don't feel inspired, I stick to my Project Life pages which keeps me busy and still involved. I also get inspiration from learning new techniques. I love software!

6. What is my signature style - I often think this is better answered by others rather than me. What I can say is I have no desire to make pages heavy with product. You may never see a flower on a page of mine and I rarely use alphas. But do I keep them from products I buy? of course!! Things I like on a page are images; I rarely make a one photo page. I used to think I liked clean and simple the most but I realized that I'm not primarily a photographer. For me,  photos are best used with some product around them but not a lot. You can see all my layouts in including albums in my gallery.

Finally, I'll tag a woman who's wending her way across The Pond right now in a big international move. I know she won't have time for a while but she is a wonderful artist in many mediums.  Catherine, Photocat....it's all yours now.

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