I know, I know, it's almost been a month since my last post. I've been a busy scrapper and a busy momma. My DH turned 32 last weekend and I had to clean the house before everyone came over. I know you all understand EXACTLY what that means.
I also started a photoshop class on Tuesday nights. Let me explain, see my sweetheart got me PSE8 for Christmas 2009. Yes, 2009. Our PC was incredibly outdated and old but I was going to see if I could load the program anyway. At this point it was February 2010. After 5 hours of frustration and loading and reloading software I pick up the box and inspect it thoroughly for approximately the 100th time and realize...the side of the box says MAC OS. I thought this was a photoshop thing originally but for whatever reason, at 12:30 AM on a Sunday night the realization hits that I am holding software for a MAC!!! Yes girls, the blonde is real...just not natural. I also realize that my PC will not run this software due to the lack of a decent graphics card. By the end of March I had my new iMac and PSE8 was loaded and ready to go;) I was so excited. I will not regale the hours of clicking and searching, nor the tears and colorful words that followed, but suffice to say that I was ready to give Adobe a piece of my mind. It was now Winter again and I couldn't even figure out how to pull a photo in. Once I got that down I could not figure out how to keep my tool bars. You may be thinking that I am an idiot. Wait, I'm not done. My sister sat here with me over Christmas one afternoon and taught me some basics. (she is a graphic design artist) Even she was getting frustrated but by the end but I felt a little more comfortable. After New Year's I sat down alone once again to give it a try and was back to tears. I had no tabs on the upper right! Forget the tutorials online, half my stuff was missing and could not be found in the menus so the tutorials were useless. I couldn't figure out what they were talking about. I called Adobe who told me it would cost me $40 for help with this. I sighed in frustration and told the man, "answer me this. Should I consistently have tabs on the right side of my screen?" His answer was "yes, you should always have the 'create' and 'share' tabs on the right side of your screen. I then made the executive decision to completely uninstall the software and reinstall it. In Ozzy's own words "No more tears" :)
I thought about purchasing a notebook for the class but instead decided to make my own. This is the cover. It's done in K and Co Que Sera pattern. I used the Tattered Angels glimmer mists and mask for the gate. I used perfect pearls with a pattern stamp by Prima on the letters down the left.
I went to an all day crop on Saturday. This page has been in progress since the beginning of February. At the crop on Saturday I decided enough was enough and this page was finito!
This is a stamp that I colored with Copic markers and trailed with iridescent seed beads. I was really happy with the way this turned out. The stamping on the photo is done with a transparency and Stazon ink.
Ok, can I just say that I adore bottle caps?! My GF at the crop asked me if it was a kit from Michael's. I flipped it over to show her the Killian's label!! I had my DH save a bunch for me a long time ago and they have been sitting in my scrap room. I loved the little red wagon but with just a touch of liquid glass you have an ADORABLE accent for your page. Don't forget to hammer the edges down and flatten it just a tad.
And now for the grand finale!!!