Friday, July 28, 2006

Guess who is my new HERO???

I just spent five whole hours hanging out and chatting with.....Ms. ALI EDWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guys, she is SOOO awesome. So laid back and carefree. It was hard to remember that we haven't been best buds forever. Actually everyone I met while volunteering at CKU-Atlanta was so awesome! I got all the big ones to sign my book. Ali, Cathy Z, Becky Higgins, Tim Holtz , Ginger from Gin-X, and some others I don't recognize right off the bat.

I was kinda fretting that I wouldn't be getting any goodies as a TA because the morning lagged on with nothing being mentioned. But come 1 PM I am informed I get a FREE catered lunch, here is my FREE Ali Edwards lanyard and FREE Cropper Hoppper Stand Up Case and FREE Page Planner 5 packs.

Lunch was a yummy taco bar. Then I was TA for Magic Scraps two elective classes. Emily Adams turned out to be fun to work with too! I hadn't known her before. By the end she gave me BOTH of her class kits and a name for a gal looking for a digi designer!! AS I signed out, I got more goodies. A FREE jewelry case and a FREE bag of goodies with tons of stuff!!

Long but incredibly wonderful day!!

Other pictures from the day:

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Inspiration - how to create your own texture

How funny that inspiration comes from the unlikeliest of places. I recently took a class at a Scrapbook Expo here in Atlanta on digi scrapping and got more out of just chatting with the instructors than what they were teaching. I picked up a few tips, but most of it I already knew. The biggest thing I learned was that in order to create wonderfully textured background papers in my scrapbook kits, I had to go out and take pictures of TEXTURE!!

Texture can be anything from your favorite pair of jeans, to your mother's heirloom lace, to your hair, and to all things found on the ground. Yep, there is wonderful texture on the ground. That rock bed surrounding your begonias. The wood chips lining your walkway. The very grass itself!!

Go outside right now and take a picture of anything that has a bumpy, lumpy, gritty feel to it. Upload it to your Editor and open the picture.

Save it as a .psd file to Program Files > Adobe> Adobe Photoshop > Presets > Textures.

Now you can use it to give your papers a unique feel.

Open up the file you'd like to add texture to. Click on Filter > Texture and then in the far right next to the textures name there's a little right pointing arrow. Click it to find the option to Load Texture.

Manuever to your newly saved file in the Presets folder and VOILA! Instant texture.

Here's one I did with woodchips:

I'm so bad at this thing.

I thought it would be so cool to join the ever growing population of bloggers. I like to talk. I like to share my views with others.

Why can't I commit to blogging???

Maybe I just need to challenge myself and start a new topic each day. Here I go...