Friday, August 1, 2014

Photo Friday- A Beautiful Little Miss

I still haven't tackled the rest of our vacation. I've been trying to enjoy these last few weeks of summer vacation before all four of my boys head back to school. It will be strange now that my baby will be in kindergarten. I'll have a lot more time for blogging then.

On to today's post. While we were on vacation my sister in law asked if I could take some 18 month photos of my niece.  We had our little photo shoot on the Fourth of July. She is such a doll!  In hindsight it wasn't the best idea to take photos outside while her dad was on a tractor, grandpa was on a tractor, and the cousins were running around.  She wanted to be riding on the tractor or playing with her cousins!  We still managed to get a few cute ones in anyway.  

I normally don't edit my photos too much but I had fun playing with a few of these.  I used a couple of photography apps ( Snapseed, PicFx, and Pic Tap Go) to create some fun creative photos. Sorry for all the photos but I just couldn't narrow it down. I love them all!  I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for stopping!








 









Friday, July 25, 2014

Photo Friday- Tractor Art

Can you believe that summer is almost over?!  Where did the time go?  All of our summer camps are over, we have one week left of swimming lessons, and we only have three more weeks and then school will be starting!  I'm ready and not ready for that at the same time.  We are trying to get as much in as we can these last few weeks before summer break is over. 

I'm not ready to post the rest of our vacation yet. The truth is I've been enjoying some good books and haven't been sorting through my photos!  That's what summer is for isn't it?  I do have a couple of photos to share today though. My parents are looking for a photo to hang in their living room and I thought maybe I could take one that they would like. Why buy art when you can create your own, right?  These are two photos I took while we visited them. I normally don't do a lot of editing but since these may or may not be hung on a wall I wanted to make them a little more artistic. So here are two of my favorite tractors photos with a few different edits of each. I hope you like them and thanks for stopping. 








Friday, July 18, 2014

Photo Friday- Zoomed in at the Zoo

know I promised more pictures from our Black Hills adventure this week but I took way more photos than I thought!  I have a lot to go through. I'll try to get more up next week. So today I'm sharing some zoo pictures that I took last week. I try to challenge myself when I go to the zoo to get different shots because I have a LOT of zoo pictures. This trip I decided to only take my 55-300mm lens. I knew I'd be able to get up close and personal with a few animals.  I also knew this lens wouldn't be great for the aquarium (I tried and failed so maybe next time). Here are my favorites and I hope you'll enjoy this zoomed in zoo trip. Thanks for stopping!













Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday Weekly- Wood Veneer, Washi, and Banners Oh My!

I'm back today with another weekly layout and this one might just be my favorite of all of the ones I've done. I'm a HUGE fan of this color combination (aqua, pale yellow, and pink). I've used this color combination on 12x12 layouts too with various shades of those colors and it always works.  I also had fun with embellishments on this spread. Wood veneer, washi tape, and some banners can really go a long way. Let me show you what I did.
I stamped my date and then added some washi, a gem, and some wood veneer pieces. This really helps my title card stand out.  I always try to create some visual triangles on my PL spreads with the embellishments I use. If you look closely you'll see that there is wood veneer in three different places, camera washi tape with a pink gem in three places, and aqua asterisk thickers in three places.  There are also a couple more visual triangles. Can you find them?  Creating the visual triangle helps your eyes go around the page and having a couple of them on these weekly layouts adds some interest too. 
Last week I shared some ombré stamping and this week I did the same thing on this layout. Repeating the hello stamp without reinking was a fun way to add a little interest to this card. 
I just LOVE this camera washi tape!  I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot more of this. These gems work great to fill in the 'flash' and add a bit of sparkle. 
Here is an embellishment cluster I created with wood veneer, washi, and a banner from my Camelot Studio Calico kit. I love the cards in the kits but the embellishments were really what I wanted to get them for. These kits are filled with trendy embellishments and it's fun to try new things and see if I like them or not. Wood veneer, washi, and banners are some of my new go to supplies. 
This filler card is one of my favorites!  The main card is from the Camelot SC kit. I cut the cross-stitch heart from a card from the Cut & Paste Mini Kit and distressed the edges. I love the little bit of dimension that gives it. Adding the banner, washi, and thicker asterisk ties this card in with the rest of the layout. 
One last little card that I altered.  More washi, a banner, and another asterisk take this card from cute to fabulous!  I love how these simple supplies really dress up the page. 
I hope you enjoyed today's Wednesday Weekly. Thanks for stopping!

Supplies:
  • Project Life- Cut & Paste Mini Kit, journaling pen (03-black), plastics (Design A and D)
  • Studio Calico PL Camelot kit
  • stamps- Basic Grey (Hello), Provo Craft
  • ink- Memento (Tuxedo Black)
  • tools- Creative Memories (Circle Cutter), Close to My Heart (Edge Distresser), Stampin' Up! (banner punch)
  • misc- Recollections (washi tape), Basic Grey (Hipster Wood Die Cuts), thread