Wednesday, March 23, 2011

pauses and procrast... (I'll finish the title later)

In approximately 24 hours I will be landing in California.

A little pause from my Macon, Georgia life.

But currently, I have four loads of laundry in baskets that have to be done before I leave (or it will drive me crazy while I'm gone). And did I mention I've yet to start packing? I wasn't too stressed out this little minor detail... until my sweet little brother (who I'm going to visit) kindly sent this week's forecast.

It's going to be in the 50's & 60's, people. Not exactly flip flop, tank top weather like I was dreaming of. And now I'm back to square one. And now that I'm thinking about it, I don't even know if I have a suitcase to pack my stuff in. oh goodness...

But all this to say, who cares. I'm going to Cali-FOR-n-i-aaaaah (said just like Ah-nuld would say it) with Dad, Mom and Ruthie to see my little brother Caleeeeeb.

Maybe we will get sun, maybe we won't. But we will have fun.

And I will be sure to dance to this song while we explore a new place.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

recent projects...

Remember when I was absent for all of January? Well I explained a little bit about my absence here but another reason I was away from the bloggy-blog was because I was working busily behind a camera and photoshop for a few special people.

I don't claim to be a photographer (and actually would LOVE to take some classes), but I will say with a good camera and iPhoto or other software that allows you to edit pictures, I think anyone can be an amateur and get a few good shots, you know, out of a hundred or so. =)

So with my camera in tow one Saturday morning, I first visited my sweet little nephew that was born in December. I had done a newborn announcement for his big sister Lois shortly after she was born so Jessie asked me to take some of this little sweet little boy.

Taking pictures of babies is not easy. If they are asleep that is one thing, but when they are awake, squirming around I start getting a littttle bit nervous. All this to say, his photos were much more candid like this:

And of course, a few funny pictures. What is it with babies being cross eyed and photos?

A few weeks later I was able to finish his sweet little announcement. We chose to do a flat 4x6 postcard, with a light blue stripe (did I mention I L-O-V-E, love stripes?) on the back side. Since the stripes were light enough, Jessie was also able to use a few of these as Thank You notes. Below is the final proof (which I'm pretty sure is obvious since it reads PROOF.) I loved the way they turned out.

My next project (which was actually done in between taking Shep's pictures and printing his announcement) was for my friends Tiffany & Todd who are getting married in July. I told her whenever she got engaged to let me know what things she needed help with. (note: When my sisters got married, Tiff and her family went above and beyond to throw them showers and help on their wedding days so I was excited to return that favor to her.) When she asked me to do her save the dates, I began to work on a few ideas to see what she would like. After I sent her a few, I could tell she wasn't really crazy about any of them and I wanted her to loooove them.

But one Sunday, she visited a bridal show and she saw a SavetheDate that was in front of an old theatre with the words changed to announce their date. I could tell this was an idea that she REALLY liked, so I said let's go for it! Luckily for us, we have several theatres here in Macon so finding a location wasn't too hard. I like Cox Capitol's sign the best so that was the one I suggested. We were able to get a few quick shots one afternoon and I knew they would be perfect for their announcement.

But next came the hard part, especially for an ocd person like me. I knew what the text should say, but making it look like it was really on the sign... well let's just say that I spent quite a few hours on this. I took a couple of photoshop classes in college, but for some reason I could not for the life of me figure out this little bit. First I tried clone stamping the original sign so that it looked as close to the real sign as possible. Well that didn't work. So after many searches on google, I decided to try something different and overlay a new box, basically start from scratch. One of the main things I had trouble with was the angle of the sign. Since it wasn't a straight on shot, you couldn't just simply lay a box over, but rather it had to be rotated and stretched at a different angled. Once I got the angle of the box, the rest was easy - and I was even able to find a font that looked close to the lettering you would see on a sign! Oh happy day!

Next up was ordering these from the printer. The printer that we used only gave the option to order 100, 250, 500, etc., and because the cost for 500 wasn't too much different from ordering 250, Tiff decided to go with 500. I have to say, I held my breath (ok, I took a couple of quick breaths) until these came in the mail, but when they did, I was happy to see that they were just as pretty on the computer as they were on paper.

So those are a couple of fun projects that I was able to do recently. What about you? Have you had any fun projects lately?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011