Monday, 27 October 2008
Sadly it was VERY windy last night and in every single shot you can tell the fireworks are being blown to the left by the wind. However for a first attempt it's not too bad and I got a couple of useable shots and know what I'll do differently next time.
I like this one as if you look closely you can see the outline of trees and houses silhouetted with the light of the firework. I haven't altered this one at all, this is just how I took it and while not perfect I do like it. The first picture has only been cropped.
I don't like altering too much at this stage, I guess I'm still at a point where I feel I should be learning to do things differently in the camera and not simply change it afterwards in Photoshop. Don't get me wrong I think Photoshop has it's place and can be very useful and fun to use but in my opinion I need to learn the basics first and learn how to take a good photo in the camera!
Oh and as I missed it when she actually hosted it a few weeks ago I'm taking part in Ali Edwards "A Week In The Life" this week so will be spending the week with my camera glued to me!
Sunday, 26 October 2008
I've also signed up for a free class by the fantastically talented Jessica Sprague called Stories in Hand. It's all aimed at collecting stories from our lives and others to help improve our journalling and best of all it's free. Why not sign up too and play along, after all you've got nothing to loose as it's completely free and the supplies needed really are minimal.
I've been doing some scrapping over the last few days but haven't had a chance to photograph it (a combination of being busy and the awful weather we've had recently) so hopefully I'll get a chance to upload it tomorrow and share my latest pages with you.
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
It started off as a bog standard lets take a photo of me taking a photo in the mirror. Everyone's done and it to be honest in amongst the chores I wasn't feeling all that creative.
However, when I started shooting I noticed that the flowers I have in a vase on the fireplace were also reflected in the mirror and I thought focusing on the reflection of those but still getting me in the mirror would give the standard photo of yourself in the mirror a bit of an interesting twist.
So I guess the lesson learnt today is that even the most standard or typical of photos can be made a little bit different and more interesting if you try!
No layouts to share today I'm afraid but after my chores and errands are done I'm going to get some scrapping done this afternoon. I already have one particular design going round in my head that I just have to get down on paper.
Monday, 20 October 2008
I've used Bazzill card stock and inked the edges with two different shades of pink and then hand stitched a border. The journalling card is from the Making Memories noteworthy range and little pink women are hand cut from Bazzill Bling using a Maya road chipboard embellishment for a template.
The little flower embellishment I made from a circle cut from a mesh fabric, a chipboard flower I've had in my stash for ages, a pink Prima flower, a polka dot button and some pink pearl pins.
Saturday, 18 October 2008
He still comes to say hello most days if he sees me out in the garden and runs in the house at any given opportunity (which is kinda annoying as it means doors have to be kept shut most of the time but as the weather is definately getting colder it's actually not that bad) but he's so lovely I just had to do this page to remember the story!
This is also my entry for Challenge Four over at the fantastic challenge blog The CrEative TyPe, to create your own type... I hand drew and hand cut the word George from some vintage sheet music and although I don't normally really like my hand writing I'm actually quite impressed with these letters and will definately be doing it again.
I've used PP from Imagination Project, American Crafts, October Afternoon and KI Memories and some October Afternoon diecuts as well as lots of other bits and pieces from my stash
The little fabric embellishments I made frm circles of fabric that I sewed into rosettes and finished off with a button. The instructions for how to make these can be found on Heather Baileys blog.
Ok so what is this HSMSHS (Her Space, My Space, His Space) thing all about that I keep seeing on people's blogs... I finally decided to investigate and it's a photography challenge blog run by the oh so talented Anita Mundt. I'll definately be taking part in this when I can.
Anyway, thought I'd have a go at todays prompt which is SPS (Someone's Portrait Saturday) and here's my entry...
Mark sat on the front of the boat on the canal, just love this shot of him. Taken on my Canon EOS 450D f5.6, ISO 200, shutter speed 1/250 and focal length 55mm.
I was very impressed this morning as yesterday I decided I wanted a Dymo Omega label writer as I was sick of seeing everyone using the cool journalling strips on their LO's and not being able to do it myself. Anyone, I read on UKS that Lidl had in the past had them on offer for £4.99 (they are normally about £10) so I popped into my local Lidl on the off chance but not expecting anything and luckily they had just one left in in this big box of past offers!
Oh and I've also ordered some very cool woodgrain tape from Katy, check it out you can buy it for £1.55 a roll on her blog!
Also, check out Linda's Stampin Up blog (better known as Gadget Monkey on UKS!), she's a superb Stampin Up demonstrator who I use and she's giving away some gorgeous blog candy that she made herself to promote the latest items out of the new catalogue. Check it out, not only is the candy just stunning but she has some great inspirational projects on there too.
And, (as if that wasn't enough!) there's yet more blog candy to be had in the form of a £20 voucher for Joanne Sheen's shop, just check out Edna's blog for details of how to win... such a fab blog candy give away and so generous of Edna.
Friday, 17 October 2008
Removed for publication - will be back shortly!
For anyone struggling to read the journalling which I applied directly onto the photo in Photoshop CS3 before printing it reads...
But I see your True Colours shining through. Your True Colours, True Colours are beautiful like a rainbow.
That fab font is Ali Edwards official font that is available to download free from her blog.
I was sat here and on the TV was the current advert promoting HD on sky, you know the one with Captain Jack Sparrow in slow mo to the Song "True Colours". Well I was sat there humming away to myself when I realised that would make a great subject for a page.
I've been trying to be a lot more positive about myself recently, I've never had very good self esteem but I'm trying to focus on the good points not the bad so I decided to do one about my "True Colours" as it's the person that I am is just fine, I don't need to pretend to be anyone else!
Friday, 10 October 2008
The journalling reads... "If I see another woman wearing a pair of fabulous high heels I'm always envious, I want them! When I wear these do they envy me?"
The little birdie is a stamp from Autumn Leaves, the little Rhonna Farrer birdie. I stamped it on the LO and used this as a template to prick my holes and then stitched the design.
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Was loads of fun doing this. I downloaded the font Rough Typewriter from Dafont and played about with it in Word using a repeated quote to create the background which was totally inspired by this lush layout by the Guest Designer Zina for the Third Prompt on the challenge site The CrEative TyPe.
That gorgeous green, black and white swirley paper is by American Crafts, how lush is that? Have used various other bits and pieces from my stash and all in all had great fun putting this together!
I did another LO as well but will save that as it's one of a pair and I'll upload them together, hopefully tonight or maybe tomorrow.
Monday, 6 October 2008
This first photo was taken specifically for my portfolio on my City & Guilds to show Linear Perspective... Doesn't that sound posh! One of many formal elements we learnt about last week and I've been taking some photos to illustrate some of them for my portfolio. Still, it's pretty funky and incase you're wondering it's the life boat jetty in Lytham.
Next up some pretty cool old abandoned boats. I didn't dare get very close to them as I was on my own and there were big warning signs up telling you about the dangers on this part of the beach and that there was no rescue service here so on your own head be it. Well it didn't actually say that but you get my drift... So I stayed on the promenade and took the best photos I could from there. This is where I really wish I had a zoom lens already.
And then a little bit further down the coast in St Annes some pictures of the pier. Apparently this is one of the few piers you can get behind on the beach because it's so short. The end was demolished due to repeated fires so it's a little tiny pier but makes for some great shots.
I've not photoshopped these at all, these are straight off the camera not edited in anyway. I'll probably have a play about when I get chance but I'm fairly happy with them as they are, I must be learning something on that course!