Scraps of thoughts, photos and art


This assignment from Shimelle’s class was to go to one of your favorite spots and take a bunch of photos. I tried out some of the photo taking ideas that I’ve learned from the Love Your Pictures, Love Your Pages class. Basically how to use the settings on your camera more to your advantage.

The large top photo was done using the stitch assist option on the camera. Looks pretty cool! I just love taking pictures of the sunrise at the beach – only a mile from my house. I am truly lucky to live so close, one lucky thing that I try not to take for granted. The morning was beautiful as the sun peeked above the clouds to light up the world.

The letters were done by cutting self-adhesive foam from Sizzix dies. Super easy. Buy those self-adhesive foam sheets at the craft store when they’re on sale, no matter what the color is. The blue used in this page was white originally that I painted blue to match the surfboards. Paint first then cut – works just fine!

Love Your Pictures, Love Your Pages

My Mind’s Eye paper
Donna Downey foam stamp
Ranger paint
Sizzix dies
Shimelle’s sketch

Part of the lessons with Shimelle’s class is using Photoshop to alter the pictures. I have PSE 7 but have rarely used it. I WANT to use it more for photo manipulation as I’ve done here, not necessarily for digital scrapping. I love my supplies too much to give them up and go 100% digital. 🙂

So the gorgeous lily photo is courtesy of my Aunt. She actually has this beauty growing in her garden! I added a bokeh texture to the photo giving it that sparkly type of effect.

The page actually has a lot of stamping on it, Ippity stamping to be exact! I used some of the newest kits that I’ve gotten which matched my subject matter. A white gel pen came in handy for accenting.

Ippity Stamps

Ippity Stamps

Ippity Stamps
Ranger ink
Signo white pen
My Mind’s Eye paper
Shimelle’s sketch
Sparkle Texture from Abby Lanes

Here’s another page using the techniques from Shimelle and her class, Love Your Pictures, Love Your Pages. The picture taking ideas are just fabulous! Thanks Shimelle!

I’ve been using my cheap-o sewing machine a lot lately. It’s rather easy now to take out and stitch something together or add texture. I used it to attach the transparency over the picture below.

Love Your Pictures

My Mind’s Eye paper, rub-ons and transparency
Shimelle’s sketch

Here’s another one using the techniques from Shimelle and her class, Love Your Pictures, Love Your Pages. It’s not too late to join!

I’m having a blast using up my supplies and scrapping for myself! I’ve frequently been on teams where I need to use a certain product, sketch or technique. I’m pretty lean with that commitment right now, so I’m really enjoying the change. It’s funny how you don’t realize it until a time like this.

Love Your Pictures

Scenic Route patterned paper
BasicGrey chipboard letters
Prima flowers
Ranger Distressed Stickles
Shimelle’s sketch

Here’s a new one using the techniques from Shimelle and her class, Love Your Pictures, Love Your Pages. It’s not too late to join!

I actually used this layout in the Friends with Flair Hop this past Friday. I used both Ippity & Unity Stamps! A bunch of the supplies are ones that I’ve had for awhile too, so I was proud of myself to boot. 🙂

Love Your Pictures

Ippity Stamps, IPK-120 Fall for You
Unity Stamps, June 2010 KOTM
Tsukineko ink
American Crafts letters
ATB papers and brads
Border punch

I’ve had a great first week with Shimelle and her class, Love Your Pictures, Love Your Pages. She’s right!! It’s working! 🙂

Here’s one of the first assignments from last week. My recent favorites: Ippity Stamps (of course), P K Glitz embossing powder and ribbon, any kind!

I’m working on the next page…

Love Your Pictures 1

Tinkering Ink patterned paper
Ranger Stickles
May Arts ribbon
Making Memories thread
Fiskars texture plate
Sketch by Shimelle

Have you ever taken an online class before?

I did over Christmas time, loved it but unfortunately didn’t finish it. It’s ok, I can sometime if I want or I can take those pages and put them to good use somewhere else!

I’ve signed up for another one from the same teacher, Shimelle. She’s so helpful and very good on the class material side. I heard about her from Jennifer McGuire of Hero Arts stamps late last year and have been following ever since.

The new class started today, Love Your Pictures, Love Your Pages. Check it out! Thanks Shimelle!

Love Your Pictures, Love Your Pages



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