Thursday, March 18, 2010

Catching up

I am now in my 6th (or so) week of The Strep that Would Not Die. Yep, came back on me Monday, two days after I finished the antibiotic, just as I had predicted. My doc did the quick test, but also sent in a culture to the lab to see what strain of strep this is, and if there could be something else going on. Lah dee dah, oh the joy.

Anyway.

I have managed to catch up on the 2010 Scripture Challenge I'm doing with Patter Cross' "Triple the Scraps" blog. I did the previous one ("Follow") on Sunday, and finished the current one ("Neighbor") tonight.

So, here's the one for "Follow" (remember, both of these are 6"x6")

I had just bought this very cool mask set over at Pickleberrypop, and thought it would be fun to use the wedge-shaped mask to sort-of "reveal" a cross. (I dreamed about wedge-shaped tornadoes the other night ... wonder if it was because of this mask? lol) So that's where the idea started, and ended up with what you see above. I had the dickens of a time getting the verse to look good on here. Finally tried white for the font and it made all the difference! Here are the ingredients:
Cross: Lifesong Kreations “No Greater Love” (Faith Sisters)
Mask: Fly Pixel “New Beginnings” (Pickleberrypop)
Alpha: Erica Hernandez “Vibe” (2Peas)
Papers: Aprilmouse & Hanulienka “Summer Field” (aprilmouse.blogspot.com)
Style: Framed Ink (ScrapGirls) (you can tell I like this style because I use it A LOT!!)
Font: Colwell


And here is the current one:


I don't know why I've been so into green this week -- maybe it's because the yard has turned green here, the leaves are coming out on the trees (as well as some beautiful buds!), and Spring is definitely in the air (never mind that on the actual First Day of Spring it's supposed to be down in the 50s F for the high -- we've had 60s and 70s and even one day with low 80s lately!). Anyway, I wanted a sort of "universal" theme for this page, to indicate that everyone is my neighbor. I ended up finding these hands from the Google Images search page, and decided they would get my point across just fine!
Ingredients are:
Paper: Lorie Davison “Port au Prince” (Songbird Avenue)
Design by Schaarka “Summertime” (schaarka.blogspot.com)
Blending template: Brandy Murry “Background Blenders” (ScrapGirls)
Font: Teen
Style: Framed Ink (ScrapGirls) (again, lol!)


I was originally going to use the "love your neighbor as yourself" verse, but in searching for it at BibleGateway.com, I came across this other verse and decided I really liked the sound of it.

So, that's what I've been up to this week. I have also spent a lot of time re-organizing my digital photos through ACDSee Photo Manager 2009. I like it for organization because it's quick and easy and you can do quite a bit of editing in it, too (like adjusting levels, contrast, color, etc., as well as resizing, cropping, all the basic stuff). Of course, I totally prefer Photoshop Elements for scrapping.

Speaking of ... I heard that Close to My Heart had a new digiscrapping program out, and went to their site to check it out, but was reallllllly disappointed to find out that it's an online program, which probably means you can't download any of their elements in .png form for use in other programs. BIG mistake, IMHO. Stampin' Up! has their own program (a download), but they were smart enough to make their elements available as .png and .abr (brush) files so those of us who have other programs could still use them. If I'm wrong about the CTMH files, I would love to know, but it sounds like it's exclusive of other programs' files. It also sounded like you can't download and print your own creations from your home printer, that you had to order them through CTMH's printer. So it's too inflexible for me. Someone there should have thought about how much potential business they might lose by being so.

Well, I am officially wiped out and ready for bed. Is it just me, or is Daylight Savings harder to get over these days? I'm sorry, it's NOT 10:45, it's 9:45 as far as my body clock is concerned!

Hope you're all having a great week and looking forward to an even better weekend!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A new layout

Less than three minutes to the Louis Vuitton Trophy race (yachting) between Emirates Team New Zealand and ... somebody else, doesn't matter who, lol. They're racing in the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand, looks like an awesome day there, bit windy, but gorgeous. WISH I WAS THERE!!!

Okay, so I have a scrapbook page to show you! (Digi) After I said something the other day about not having any mojo, I decided to try anyway and it all came back!

This is a double-page layout of one of my dad's great-grandparents' family. There are a few nephews in the lefthand pic, but it was still a large family. And then look how huge they were years later, with spouses and kids adding to their number! As I mention in the journaling, these pictures are photocopies of originals that are in the Heart of West Texas Museum in Colorado City, TX. My aunt got them made a few years ago, so actually, what I have are probably photocopies of the 1st generation photocopies. Thus they are not great pics.

Here's the layout:


Of course, my direct ancestor, Una Palestine Dorn, is the one who will be just to the right of the page crack in the album (she's at the far right of the lefthand picture). I was going to copy the pic of her and put it in a little frame off on the side somewhere, but it just didn't fit.

Here's the supply list:
Butterflies – Brandy Murry “Bees Knees” (ScrapGirls)
“grunge” look on left photo: Christina Renee Designs “Glass Negatives 2” (oScraps)
Journaling block: Cheryl McCain “Spring Bonnet” (Digizines Studios)
Paper: [DDiva ?] “Floral Stamps” [store]
Ztampf “Velvetoire” (Scrapbook Graphics)
Cari Lopez “Memories in Blue” (Heritage Scrap)
Template: Page Maps
Font: ?
Styles: (all ScrapGirls): Framed Ink (Mandy Steward)
Basic Shadows (Sarah Batdorf)
Antique Paper (Durin Eberhart)

I tweaked a lot of stuff -- the butterflies (I changed them to a deeper blue -- Royal vs. Teal -- and used one of the Framed Ink styles on them); I used Framed Ink on the white/blue patterned paper; I altered the journaling block (with the torn spiral edge) using the Antique paper style, and I did the same on the bracket-edge papers, which were part of the template. I messed around with the font, too, but I don't remember exactly what I did.

I like the way it turned out! I also just finished a layout using my mom's 1st Grade class picture. I'll post it later.

Team New Zealand won -- they are now 5-0 in the round-robin portion of the competition. And that was even with a broken spinnaker pole! (They had to use their genoa/gennaker sail instead, but it wasn't a problem!)

Monday, March 08, 2010

The month that wasn't

February was ... not a good month. And I'm not sure how March will be. The strep came back a third time, I tried Ceftin, which made me sick as a dog, so now I'm back on the Amoxicillin for two weeks (one more week to go). I'm not sure I'm making a lot of progress. I felt a bit better for a couple of days last week, but didn't feel well this weekend at all, and I've got smallish white spots on my tonsils, still, that keep migrating around. So I don't know.

And as I mentioned before, Strep is NOT conducive to visual creativity. I've been able to write (on the days I haven't felt like garbage), but not scrap. I don't know when that gift will come back to me. No mojo whatsoever. And then I had to get a new computer, and I think I've lost my Photoshop Elements digiscrapping catalog, or at least the most recent version of it, which means I've lost tons of tags on tons of files, so there will be a lot of designers I won't be able to credit for certain of their creations. I'm trying to figure out where a more recent version of my catalog is, but it's not looking too hopeful.

I do, however, have a couple of layouts to show, things I finished before the Strep took over my life. Here they are:


This is my mother's maternal grandfather. She called him "DeDaddy" which is now what my son calls my dad. It occurs to me that I'm not sure I was finished with the journaling, I'll have to check that later. (I've got a nasty headache at the moment and don't really feel like doing much.) Somewhere I have a list of the elements credits, but again, don't feel like hunting it down. Suffice it to say I did not create any of the elements in this layout, just the layout itself.

And one more:

The top photo includes, again, Wilburn "DeDaddy" Reece (far right) and the bottom one has my mama's daddy Les Campbell (on left with banjo). I LOVE that we have these old photos of them with their bands (or at least with buddies they played instruments with, I don't know if they were official "bands" or not). The musical gene runs deep in my family.

So I'm still stuck with this catalog issue. I guess if I can't find a more recent one than the one that's easily accessible, I'll just have to go with it and update new stuff as I purchase/download it. I don't keep my elements in their kits after I've catalogued, them, I split the kits up and put the elements in their respective folders, like "Papers" and "Butterflies" and "Word Art." The Organizer tags are what keep track of the kits, designers and stores/sites for each piece. What a mess.

Anyway, I hope I still have a couple of readers left after my hiatus. I don't know when I'll get back to digiscrapping, since now my writing is occupying my head (and since I'm still confused about my PSE catalog), but please don't go away and give up on me. You know I'll be back!

Enjoy your week!