Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Contest Submission

This is the layout i made for the Page Map layout contest! I'll let you know what comes of it.
The Challenge is you take one of her sketches, and do a layout with YOUR take on the sketch! it's really fun! i recommend all of you stopping by her site to see all her fun page maps! it's great inspiration. Especially if your in a creative slump! www.pagemaps.com

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Products I Love

I've really fallen in love with a newer paper line called October Afternoon! it has journaling cards, matching paper, rub on's, rubber label's, and stamps. it has very brilliant colors and patterns. My favorite print right now is the one with the fawns and the tree's. Just wanted to pass on some good stuff!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Camera Tricks

I've learned NOT to use auto mode on my camera or the flash anymore unless absolutly necessary. I've only got a point and shoot digital camera, but the results are well worth it. i use my MANUAL mode. i set the white balance, to what ever i need such as, daylight, cloudy, fluorescent etc. Then you need to manually change the ISO to usually something high like 400, 800, or higher. then the shutter speed and the aperture. and if you have a display screen i just hold down my picture button to let the camera zoom and it usually reads what light settings are working. then i adjust it if i need it. then i have to manually turn OFF the flash. this is best for natural light and shadow. I've taken some awesome pictures of the kids in front of our front window, inside using this method and they are DARLING. taking pictures from above your subject gives a soft effect too! try it ! you'll love your results. and don't be afraid. the more you play around with your settings you'll get a feel for it and get some AWESOME photo's !

Thursday, July 3, 2008


I've started saving all the adds that come in the mail, tags from clothes, and anything that i think MIGHT be able to be altered in some way, or used as inspiration for a card, or layout. I've even been saving candy wrappers. I'll post a picture of the layout i do with those. it should be fun. try finding inspiration all around you! any design, color combination, or visual element can inspire you and refresh your style! try getting INSPIRED today!

i liked the layout of this add. with the curvy red strip going across and the 2 circles on the right. it would be such a good place for photo's or journaling spots.

I loved these candy wrappers when i saw the kids unwrapping a treat at the parade. and i don't now why i thought to save them for a layout. but i did. the colors jumped at me for a summer layout of some kind. so see what's around you to use for inspiration.

These are clothing tags that i altered for gift tags. these were both tags from jeans. i just covered up the label's name with pattern paper or decorative tape. have fun with the things that aren't made for paper crafting. it can be very fun to be creative and think outside the box.

this is a layout i did using various "recycled" items. old playing cards, dry cleaning tags, a page from a dictionary, and paper streamers. have fun with different things that can open the doors for creativity!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Site Construction

My web site is under construction, but fully functional. I'm still linking photo's but the shopping cart works. just a little FYI. So if you see something you like you can order it at this time. if you have any questions or requests let me know!