Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Kathi, the manager at the store, has organized a bunch of activities next month around Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness. Next month's swap will be on the themes of hope, strength, courage, love, and self esteem. If you are in the Richmond area and would like to participate in the swap CLICK HERE for more information on the swap and how to sign up!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
My plan is to buy a couple more old or oldish cameras and display them on a shelf in my scrapbook room... you know as soon as I get a scrapbook room....
It's an old photo album... not quite as excited as I am yet? Check out the inside:
Now you're jealous right? I have no idea what I am going to do with it though... the cover was pretty much destroyed... The stuffing was coming out and it was torn but the inside pages are intact and made of thick chipboard.. I was going to rip out the pages and turn them into covers to a mini book and then reuse the cloth and really cool latch in some other way... but then when I told the guy at the store my plan he told me the album was from the late 1800s (which may or may not be true) and that made me feel a bit of guilt...but the album really isn't in great shape .... any ideas on how I could use it?
And in other updates:
I am teaching my first scrapbook class tonight: A distress ink technique class at Memories Galore in the west end. I'm super excited about it and hoping it goes well. I also hope to post some pictures from how it went in the next couple of days. So look for that.
Immediately following the class, Dustin and I will be driving to Rhode Island. I'm pretty excited since I have never been to Rhode Island before. Look for a post on that soon as well with hopefully lots of pretty pictures!!
More random news: Dustin and I are house hunting. We have decided to stay in Virginia for a while which is a big deal for me since I have this crazy need to move every year or so. We will see how that goes.
And finally remember how I have kept talking about starting an etsy shop? Yeah well I haven't started that BUT my mom has started one. So you should check that out... HERE She has lots of cute mini albums and cards.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Linda made hers out of My Mind's Eye papers:
And I used my absolute favorite papers: Making Memories Spook Alley: And I'm sure Linda would be surprised to learn that I hung mine on my door as soon as I got home:
And you should definately check out Linda's blog, she most recently took paper and modge podged a purse...yeah she's that crafty: http://diaryofacraftaholic.blogspot.com/
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
We made paperbag albums together. She made a Halloween one that she is now selling in her etsy shop ( http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6488713 ). I made one with some American Crafts paper that I've had for a while and wasn't really sure what to do with.And then we worked on layouts. Mine isn't anywhere near done. But the other Melissa did finish a layout and I have to admit it's pretty awesome...even if it is covered in flowers...
Check out Melissa's blog : http://melissasamuels.typepad.com/
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
This blog is about Picasa ( http://picasa.google.com/ ) And here's why you should try it: It's free, it's super easy, and it actually lets you do some pretty cool things.
Here is the number one thing I use it for: It's retouch function. About a year ago I began the very long process of scanning all my family's old photos into the computer. I never actually finished but I did get through probably 1-2 thousand photos. And now I'm hoarding them... sorry!! But anyways. After uploading them into Picasa, they originally looked like this:
That's a picture of my mom in the second grade. She's the one posing on the desk. After using the picasa retouch function I am left with something that looks like this:
Is it perfect? No. Could Photoshop do it better? Probably. But it is easy, free, and no instruction manual necessary. Oh and it also works wonders on getting rid of zits too... my high school pictures now look like I had amazing skin....