Sunday, September 30, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Miss Moss is so Clever

Yes, anyone of us familiar with digital software could have done this, but SHE did! Dolce and Gabbanna dress with a vintage poster. Take a look at the rest of the combos and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Yes, PSE 11 is Here

Even as the stores put out the Christmas decorations before Halloween, we know that Adobe has new versions of PSE and probably CS waiting on the horizon. It can be a lot of expense to upgrade each year, so when I got an email from Digital Scrapper, I thought I'd share the link. Click here.

Linda Sattgast really has a great base of knowledge, and shares it clearly. Will I buy this one? Well, having JUST written the xml for about 10 new styles, I can only sigh... What I will probably do is wait for this version to be sold at Costco, at a discount price, with the wonderful dvd Linda prepares for each version. That image makes me wonder if it's going to be available immediately as opposed to later in the release time as is usual?

However, right now my mind is on Lightroom and one new program a time is enough for me!

Monday, September 24, 2012

AAM - Playing With the iPhone Camera

There was a chat at Designer Digitals over the weekend that was all about using the iPhone as a camera. Now, I don't use any other camera, other than my iPhone 4. I've debating getting the iPhone 5 or just the 4S as my contract is up for renewal. The camera is the big draw on the phone for me. I'm quite serious that I carry a camera that also receives phone calls. Seriously.

But this is the layout I made for the challenge. Free template that day that was just right for the challenge.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Serenade: Maybe Next Month

I don't know that the season will really hit til October with our increasingly warm weather. When it does, this sounds like a good place to be. Thanks Sarah! I hope I'll get there.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

And Then I Went Here

Continuing the saga of the Southwest trip, we left New Mexico and headed west to Tucson. There at Bookmans I sold some Somerset magazines that had weighted down my luggage!  Of course my $23 went very quickly with new purchases of used books. That's the way it's supposed to be!

From Tucson, we headed up to the Phoenix area where we have family - including a new granddaughter.  It's been a while since either of us held a baby!  I'm certainly reminded of how much energy it takes to raise little ones. I'm glad I did that back in my 20s!

Then we flew home to take a few days before we headed west again! We joked that it might have been easier just to stay and drive on to California. Seriously.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Flashback Friday: It Was His Birthday

I am not one who makes a big deal of the birthday of a deceased person or the date of their death. Most of the time, those dates come and go with barely a recollection. I think some of it is that my own parents didn't mention those times and they themselves died at relatively young ages. My father died at age 53 of ALS and my mother died at age 61 of cancer.  By age 35, I no longer had living parents, and I am an only child. Family ties were mostly gone.

Here is my father in 1944, the year I was born, looking so very very young out in Washington State. Until his Army training he had never been outside of Pennsylvania. So much changed in a year when he went to Europe in the mop up after Normandy. I wish I had had a chance to know that happier young man.

Today would have been my father's 92nd birthday. It comes to mind more often now as I see the obituary of one more of his fellow WWII veterans.  Bit by bit they are leaving us, and even my father's records were destroyed in the fire at the VA records center in St. Louis. On our recent trip to CA, a priest mentioned that he was at the wake of one of these men, and very very few of his peers were still living.  This is almost 40 years since my father died. He missed so much of his life and I missed so much of him.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Places I Go

September has so far included a lot of family related travel. Great to do but I do need a home breather right now.  I like my routine and I love my home. After a lifetime of travel, moving hither and yon, I'm quite happy to be a homebody most of the time. Going is fun but home is oh so comfortable.

The month started out with a trip to New Mexico to buy chiles. That was a birthday trip for me! We both like the Big Jim chiles and usually buy enough to last us a year or two.  Take a little cooler and they come home with us as luggage. Yes, it's always hot at that time of year in the SW but at least it doesn't have Maryland's humidity.

It was a lot of fun scrapping this trip because I have had these papers around for a while and use them most of the time we head out to this part of the country.  Lively and colorful like the local culture.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: PSE Text Overlays for Photos

This is something I learned long ago, but saw again as I was clearing out some of my printed tutorials. Ok, when I first started digital scrapping, there were almost no video tutorials, so whatever I found, I printed out. That's when the fun began as I tried to fathom what the tutorial meant with my Mac PSE4. Yes, version 4 when the rest of the PC PSE world was using version 6. It took Adobe a frickin' long time to realize there were a lot of us Mac users, and today, the two versions come in the same box so you could switch platforms.

Sorry, that was a deep rabbit hole. But this is my blog and I do get a place to rant a bit here.

Ok, back to the making of a that overlay. Many many designers make these and sell them and if it's quick and easy you want...just buy them. They really are worth it. However, there comes a time when you want something NOW and don't want to hunt through the shops for the specific wording you want or you want a special font or you want to use your own handwriting which you've made into a font.  So you do it yourself.

Cathy Zielske has both a video AND a print out to share with you.  Click HERE.  Cathy is super generous and oh so clear in her instructions. Mwahaha!

I played along just to be sure I DID remember this way.

my basic photo - about 6"

now we have that inner frame

now we have the Text Overlay up on the top
I used one layer for Hello (Archer font) and another layer for los angeles (Yevida font).  I then veered off... This is what I did and why.

Lots of times you see a text overlay like this inserted into the frame overlay.  Here's how.  If you are really satisfied with your text, use the move tool, and drag the text OVER the frame overlay. If you have more than one font layer, link those two layers with the Link tool (looks like a chain link fence).

Once you have the text OVER the part of the frame outline you want to remove, click on the frame outline layer. Be sure you are on this layer!! Go to your erase tool, (just check again that you're on the frame overlay layer) and erase the part of the frame you want.  If you goof, there is always Ctrl (CMD on a Mac) -Z.  God bless undo.

I moved my text down, and erased. I'm letting you see what could be better. If I had made my frame overlay further (farther?) away from the edge of my photo, I could have done this and still seen that great base of the letter L. Oh well, it just shows that it's practice, practice, practice.

Again, thanks to Cathy Zielske for such great tutorials, and thanks Cathy for being on a Mac!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Travel West, then Westward Some More

These have been two hectic weeks, going from Maryland to New Mexico to Arizona, then back to Maryland. Just enough I like to say to read a few newspapers and do about 3 or 4 batches of laundry. Try to connect with a bit of our regular life and then get back on an airplane.

This time to Los Angeles with a flying trip down to San Diego and back. It could have been an easier trip to San Diego but the freeways were pretty jammed and this lead to a lot of herky jerky driving. The driver got cranky and the two passengers were not so amused either. However, on this short trip our grandson saw the colleges he wanted to see, and having seen them is pretty sure he is not a SoCal man. It's good to see and feel the vibe of an area and know that while it's nice for a visit, it's not what you want for four years or a lifetime.

My one friend said that the East Coast has a lot of granite in it's makeup. In the soil, and in the makeup of people. CA's land is shifting constantly and that is reflected in the easier way of life. Sometimes you just need to know what fits you.

We two grandparents and one grandson's a beautiful place to visit (despite the record breaking temperatures we had over the weekend) but in reality, it's not really us. East Coasters? yep that's us. But we did have some fun in the California sun!

Not the greatest of photos with my iPhone but definitely some great memories for me.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Flashback Friday: A Day at the Beach

One of the most beautiful places in the United States I think. I'm glad to have a chance to share this one with a special grandson pretty soon.  No one can quite prepare you for the Pacific.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Life's a Circus

Well, mine is a bit of a circus right now and I'm enjoying it! Hope you have a bit of excitement in your life too!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Adding a B&W Background in PSE

I thought this video showed quite a few good techniques in PSE, so I picked this one to share with you. She also shows how to correct a selection that may need a bit of touch up. Have fun with this and tell me if it helped you.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Why Didn't I Think of This

Would you believe I just threw some of these dvd lids out into the recycling bin Just the Week before I saw this on Facebook?  Of course you'd believe it because that's so typical, isn't it...

Now, I rarely carry bagels around but never know when you might need one of these totes.  I'm halfway there since I still have two bases!

Sorry but I couldn't find a good link to the original of this one. Thank God for screen saves!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday Serenade: You Had to be There

If you were there in the  60s and 70s, this will bring a smile to your face. Classic, just classic Harry Nilsson. If you weren't there, ask your parents. ;)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Flashback Friday: AZ Then & Now

I just returned from a quick trip to New Mexico and Arizona.  We bought chiles in New Mexico and saw family in Arizona. I wish my family lived in New Mexico but that's not going to happen. The ones that have settled there like Arizona and will probably be there forever. The one who just moved there can't wait to leave. It isn't the physical climate; it's the political climate.

But for a flashback memory, here's a photo of people waiting for the train out in Mesa. Some parts of the drive out there didn't look much different. Lots of dirt and then more dirt.  Brown houses and more brown houses. You cannot mistake the desert.

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