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>> Monday, January 28, 2008

My eldest son is becoming interested in Photoshop, he is only eleven, but I am encouraging him to play around with it. It all started with this layout above. We were looking at a layout of a child with butterfly wings, commenting on how cute it was. So I asked him if he wanted me to give him wings in a layout I would make. We chose the picture together, it is a picture of him and his younger brother which I love so much, this picture was just taken using my cellphone so the quality is not tops, but it is a picture I love nonetheless.

From there I worked my way into producing the layout. I currently LOVE the altered art look and so that is what I gave my layout. First off, I wanted to use a really cute freebie by Mabelle Santiago-Rubia from her My Treasures from the Attic kit (love the work she has done here, her papers are so detailed!), do check out her blog, mydigistyle.com, I love it so much! Then I worked my way using a lot of elements from another new favorite artist, Poetique Piquture designs by Lorie Davison, her work is also known as Studio Lorie at scrapbookgraphics.com. The wings are by JoanneBrisebois Designs, check out her altered art papers too, they are gorgeous! I just had to get them. Ephemerals by Jofia Devoe Designs at the Digichick.com.

My son, who got my predisposition for creativity is now intrigued and wants to do some cropping work on our beloved Shih-tzus picture! So we have now scheduled a weekend for me to guide him..this child will pick up anything to do with computers so fast, I would not be surprised if he eventually becomes better than I am. I am curious to see what kind of work he will produce for his first layout, haha, I can't wait for the weekend.

I have another layout to share, I discovered this blog lazy-kitty.blogspot.com and so loved her pixie dust kit which she was giving away if you submitted an entry for the color challenge. Now, I haven't really gotten my hands wet designing and creating papers and elements, but I decided to give this a try, making my own papers and elements to use for this layout using the color-scheme provided. I used some brushes by vanilla-dreams.net to create the papers. There are some other brushes I used but could not find the creators since I had loaded the brushes into my computer some time ago, sorry, please do let me know if you recognize your work so I can give proper credit. Thanks also to Ephemeral Victorian for the use of the ribbon designer tool.

Here's my layout, let me know what you think.

I had so much fun making the papers and experimenting with the brushes, I thought I'd give them away to anyone that wants them, although I warn you, I am not that good at this yet, so bear with me. I will post them in my next post since I am still figuring out how to do that, LOL!

Hope you all have a good day!


Mabelle February 1, 2008 at 11:00 AM  

Dear Sweetie,

It was a very pleasant surprise to see your new layout and to see your first kit! I am so proud of you! Your FIRST looks a thousand times better than mine! LOL!

You a crazy, whimsy style all your own. Its VERY apparent. Nurture that. Run away with it. That's what I did when I explored my own designs that some people said will NEVER be commercial. LOL! Had the opposite effect on me. Instead of dumping my style in favor of more "commercial approaches" I embraced my own design "path." Its a good thing there were also some "crazies" out there (just like you) who figured NONCOMMERCIAL is just as "beautiful." Haha!

Nurture your kids interest in designing. I am not talking about just PS. I am talking about creativity. Art would be the best way to "talk" and I bet you, you will be such a great "listener."

Thank you for the kind words with regards to my designs and my blog. Truly appreciate it.

I hope to get in touch with you soon because I just got a "request" to coordinate a HUGE wedding and I would need just the "right" people to pull it off! LOL! Knowing what your previous work was, I know you'll be great! Besides, it would be the best way to finally get to sit down and talk!

Email you soon!

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All about me, my musings, ramblings, fancies, quirks and dreams; the blessings in my life - the kids and their growing years; and my love for digital scrapbooking/design and graphic arts; and my eternal quest to keep learning something new each day and give back in my little way.

This blog used to be 3 blogs which I decided to merge together, my scrapping blog (Pandoras Box of Thought), the blog about my kids (Beyond the Four Walls) and my cooking/recipe blog (Cooking Mama) - all the old posts are still up but I've decided to just post everything in the future in one forum, with all the things I'm doing, I'd like to keep everything in one neat container :)

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