Friday, April 27, 2012

Photoshop Friday x TWO

Two more layouts have been added to my "to be printed" folder.  Last week's Photoshop Friday featured a fun technique on typography - using three different fonts within your journaling to make your ideas pop!  Here's my little girl in her first soccer game.  She really rocked it!

Today's Photoshop Friday featured a technique of using a map as part of your layout.  This was from a few years ago when we went to DisneyWorld right before Christmas.  We told my youngest that we were visiting Gramma - which we did, but we had a surpise detour.  We thought it would be that magical moment you see on tv, where the kids are surprised and over-excited to be in the Magic Kingdom.  Um....NOT.  All she could say at the airport was..."Where's Gramma?"  She did get over the initial disappointment and had a fabulous time.  And yes, when our stay at DisneyWorld had reached it's end, we hopped on a train (another surprise) and headed to Gramma's house.

If you are looking for fun digital scrapbooking templates that you can use in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, cool techniques and a quick way to add layouts to your own "to be printed" folder, then head on over to and check out PhotoShop Fridays.

It's Friday!  (I know this is a favorite day of the week for many of my friends) the Shore!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Project 366 ~ Week 16

A little bit later than usual - but done!

Almost time to send a batch of layouts to Persnickety Prints for printing! 

Have a great the Shore.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Amazing Digi Scrap Race 7

The Amazing Digital Scrap Race 7 is just around the corner.

Behind the scenes at Natural Designs in Scrapbooking we have been ever so busy preparing for this fun digital scrapbooking event.  Not exactly sure what ADSR7 is?  Go here for details. Register now!

Hope you have had a wonderful week.  I have been super busy working on the yearbook for my daughter's elementary school.  It is truly a labor of love - but well worth it.  I simply adore all of the precious faces that are gracing the pages.  The smiles are worth their weight in gold.

Enjoy the weekend - hope you find a spot of the Shore!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Project 366 - Week 15

Another week - and another set of pages in my "to be printed" folder - Life is Good.

It's a great feeling knowing that Project 366 for 2012 is current.

Enjoy the day...wherever you may for me, I am wishing I could take a quick the Shore.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Photo Flow Class

There's a new class at that I am totally excited about - Finding your Photo Flow. It begins tomorrow (4/16) and is a self-paced class.

Here is a short excerpt from the site (the full course description is here)

Start your journey from overwhelmed to organized. In this class you will learn the theory and principles behind Finding Photo Flow™, empowering you to create a consistent and simple process that puts you in control of your photos. You will also learn the secrets to protecting and preserving your photos for future generations along with how to save time with technology by choosing the right software program for your journey. This class is the foundation for future advanced Finding Photo Flow™ classes in specific software programs.

I am constantly taking photographs and really need to develop a good system to manage these photos. And now that I am in the process of moving my camera from automatic to manual - there has never been a better time to 'get it together'.

The class is currently on sale for $29 - though I am sure that price will not last for long.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Here in Colorado, Spring is back in full swing (which means you could be wearing flip flops one day and snow boots the next) And yes, I am ready for the Shore.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Photoshop Friday 4/13

Another Photoshop Friday - another layout in my "to be printed" folder ....
I love Photoshop Friday as I know that I will have at least one new layout for my albums. The templates are fun and so versatile. I get a refresher on a photoshop technique. And I complete a layout quickly! If you have not checked out the Photoshop Friday classes at, I encourage you to take a peek - you will be glad that you did.
I have been 'absent' from my blog this past week - busy working on the yearbook for my daughter's elementary school (a true labor of love) and busy taking lots of photographs. 2 weeks ago I began a great new class - "Oh Shoot", taught by Candice Stringham. I am determined to take my DSLR - a Canon T3i - off automatic and make the leap to manual. I am loving this class and am really learning the basics. Candice has a wonderful way of teaching photography - it is easy to understand and very comprehensive. I already have her next class on my radar - Portraiture!
I hope you have had a wonderful week and are looking forward to a great weekend.
Enjoy the blessings that surround the Shore.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Photoshop Friday 4/6

The 4/6/12 Photoshop Friday class at was on selective recoloring. This is a technique that always looks wonderful - and yet I often forget that it is an option. This is why I love Photoshop Friday, it is a wonderful refresher for me - and for those that are new to digi, it is a great opportunity to learn new techniques.

These are papers I have had in my digi stash for quite some time - DHD Pink Lemonade by Carina and Jen. The template is provided as part of the Photoshop Friday class. This is an older picture (from 2005) and is one of my favorites of my daughter when she discovers that she LOVES playing at the beach and in the ocean. know the best part....I add another layout into my "to be printed" folder. And that makes me happy!

Have a blessed the Shore.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Week 14 - Project 366

Week 14 was filled with so many wonderful memories and special blessings. Many of these will be featured in my scrapbook layouts for the family album. A Communion project presentation for my youngest daughter on Tuesday, a special Seder Meal and her First Communion on Thursday, we started swim season for Special Olympics and so much more. Here is a little glimpse into our life during this fourteenth week of 2012.
Today we celebrated the Risen Lord. After church, we enjoyed a long walk through Garden of the Gods (an incredibly beautiful park here in Colorado Springs); a fabulous dinner with friends at PF Changs (an Easter tradition) and frozen yogurt at iTopit, a local shoppe that is wonderful.
I pray that today you were blessed with the fellowship of family and friends and that you too were able to respond to "He is Risen"....with a resounding "He is Risen Indeed Hallelujah!"
Have a great the Shore

Monday, April 2, 2012

Week 13 - Project 366

Good Morning! 13 weeks ~ 1/4 of the year ~ and I am CURRENT on my project 366

Our Spring Break is over - and we have a busy week ahead of us. My youngest daughter has her First Communion project presentation on Tuesday and First Communion will be on Maundy Thursday. I am blessed beyond measure - and am thankful for each of those blessings.

Have a wonderful the Shore.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Layouts and More

I hope you were able to stop by in March and download the freebies I had for you. Keep your eyes open for more free digital goodness in the near future- both here and on facebook.
I have been having fun the past few days - working on challenges and layouts. Too much digital happiness!
Here is a layout I completed for this week's Art Journaling Prompt at The prompt was "tomorrow". I find myself using music as the focal point in these layouts. I truly enjoy the process of Art Journaling - painting, stamping, chalking, inking - digitally of course.

This layout was part of a speedscrap on Thursday night at A new 'requirement' was posted every 10 minutes. At the end of the hour you were done - you had a little bit of time to put those finishing touches on an load your layout to the gallery. I love speed scraps as you never know what will come next. Here were the requirements for this scrap....1) choose one photo that covers entire background - grab a few extra photos 2) get messy - digitally 3) add something with stripes 4) add stars! 5) use an element 3 times 6) use an office supply item 7)use the word YES in the journaling or title....

This was one of the weekly challenges at The basic idea was to use a series of photos with the focus on the inanimate objects and not the person (though I could not resist including this one bigger pic of my daughter)

This layout was from Photoshop Friday 3-30-12 - again at The template was provided as part of the 'lesson'. I chose the papers for Creativy by Crystal -RainbowSherbet. I love the bright playful colors.
And finally - this is my second project of a class I recently took at ~ It's Elemental - taught by Tiffany Tillman. The focus of the class was on the use of elements - specifically on clustering (yes, I am cluster challenged) I love the way this one turned out. The paper and elements are from a kit by Creashens.

I am putting the finishing touches on week 13 of Project 366! I'll share that with you tomorrow.

A beautiful day here in was spectacular....hope you had a great day in your corner of the world. Till the Shore.

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