8.31.2007

Week 2 of Digital Scrapping class

OK here is week 2 layout from Jessica Sprague's Up & Running with Photoshop class. I am very much enjoying the lessons and have learned some cool things about PSE that I did not know. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who is interested in digital scrapping and wants to learn to do more things with PSE. From taking Renee Pearson's class and reading all the online tutorials I knew the basics, but Jessica's class is showing me all the extra little things and lots of shortcuts.

8.25.2007

Another Digital Layout

Jessica's class so far has been interesting. Love that she sends out daily emails! On Thursday she sent us on a "digital field trip" to Designer Digitals and she mentioned their challenge section. It looks like they have lots of freebies connected with the challenges. Anyway thought I would try one of the Ad Challenges and here is what I came up with:

Background Paper: Made by me using the patterns in PSE.
Journaling Strip: Designer Digital Ad Challenge Freebie by Kellie Mize
Font: Lucinda Sans Typewriter

8.23.2007

I'm back and...

busier than a one armed paper hanger in a wind storm. I mentioned in an earlier post that I had signed up to start a Medical Transcriptionist course. Well, I also signed up to take Jessica Sprague's class called Up & Running with Photoshop. My mom flew home yesterday after being here for a week and I am in the process of trying to get our lives more organized.

I did get to do a little studying for my MT course today while Matthew was in school and I finally got to start on the assignments for Jessica's class. It was so good to see my mom & get to spend time with her, but I don't usually get anything much done when she is visiting because we spend so much time shopping. I did get a family cleaning chart completed & just need to get some thing to laminate it with to hang on the refrigerator.

Anyway here is my first 2 digital layouts for Jessica's class


8.18.2007

Today I am 40!


Happy Birthday to Me and my son who turned 14 today. Yes I was in labor on my birthday. Believe it or not I do not have a problem turning 40 now 50 might be another story, but 40 is ok. Now if I just didn't feel like I look 40!

8.12.2007

Digital Organization

Since I am getting ready to start studying my Medical Transcription stuff and will be limited on time to create I really wanted to make sure my digital scrapbook stuff was organized and easier to use.

I have PSE Organizer, but never was thrilled with that and have read that when it gets full it bogs the program down. Anyone who has used PSE knows that it is slow enough as it is. I also tried the free trial of ACDsee. It is an OK program and lots of peop
le rave about it. I just did not want to buy another program when I don't even utilize all my current programs to their fullest potential.


Well one day while using Windows search for something else I had an epiphany! Why not use it for scrapbook stuff too. So I started doing a search at a number of different websites. I finally got my digital supplies organized!! Here are some screen shots of how it looks. (click on the images for a better view of them)


These are the folders that are in a main folder called Scrapbooking. The little green folder fronts I created using PSE 4 and named them folder.jpg so that they would show up on the folder fronts. I got this idea from Gina Miller's blog.









Here is the Kits-Full folder open: I went through all my digital files and renamed each item using this format: designername_kitname_itemname (i.e. brad, eyelet, paper, etc) I also added pattern or color names to the papers. And I renamed the preview folders to folder so that they would show up on the folder fronts. This way I can just scroll through the thumbnails if I'm trying to pick out a kit to use.





Here I did a Windows search for striped paper in my scrapbooking folder; as you can see it pulled up all my striped paper. When I named the paper files I used this format:
designername_kitname_paper_striped (or color name, floral, etc).


Hopefully this helps someone else who is struggling to organize their digital stuff and do it cheaply.

8.04.2007

One Word Blog Meme

You. Can. Only. Type. One. Word. No. Explanations.
WARNING: This is not as easy as it looks.
1. Yourself? happy
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend? nope
3. Your hair? gray
4. Your mother? friend
5. Your Father? dead
6. Your Favorite Item: computer
7. Your dream last night: none
8. Your Favorite drink: tea
9. Your Dream Car? Camaro
10. The room you are in: bonus
11. Your Ex: blond
12. Your fear: loss
13. What you want to be in 10 years: retired
14. What You’re NOT? rich
15. Muffins: blueberry
16: One of Your Wish List Items: laptop
18: Time: day
19. The Last Thing You Did: errands
20. What You Are Wearing: sundress
21. Your Favorite Weather: sunny
22. Your Favorite Book: Gone with the Wind
23. The last thing you ate: sandwich
24. Your Life: blessed
25. Your Mood: content
26. Your friends: few
27. What are you thinking about right now? school
28. Your cellphone: black
29. What are you doing at the moment? typing
30. Your summer: scorching
31. Your relationship status: married
32. What is on your tv? game
33. What is the weather like? hot
34. When is the last time you laughed? yesterday
35. What do you do when you can’t sleep? read

8.02.2007

Why does cleaning out make my heart pound so?!?!

I'm trying to sort through all my pattern paper & cardstock. Good grief! Where did all this paper come from? Is it reproducing itself during the night while we sleep? I haven't counted it, but I am positive that there has to be at least 3000 sheets of paper in my craft corner. And since there is so much of it why does the thought of sorting it and getting rid of some of it make my heart pound so. I had to take a break from sorting it because it is literally making me feel faint to think about getting rid of some of it. I obviously have a serious addiction to this stuff. Even if I started making cards with all this paper right this minute there is no way I could make enough cards to put a dent in it anytime in the near future. I have enough for years of card making! Note to self: STOP BUYING PAPER!!!!!!!