Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Only one more week . . . .

and I'll be at the Close To My Heart convention in sunny Orlando, FL!! I'm also juggling trying to (still) get the TBE scrapbook done, as well as get some swaps done . . . as well as some roomie gifts! I'm still debating on if I'm heading down Tuesday evening or Wednesday EARLY (like 4 am) morning . . . I'm looking forward to meeting many friends from CTMH that I've met online through our corporate website as well as through BPS (Hi Kathy, Jennifer, and Tresa)!! I'm also looking forward to spending some time with my upline again (she lives pretty far from me) and having all my meals cooked for me and no dishes to do! I guess I need to start thinking of what I'm going to wear as well . . . FUN FUN!! Do I see a shopping trip this weekend?? lol

Finding the light

Our lesson this week is on finding light . . . of course, I have been going between pools and thunderstorms so I've taken what I can get! We were to do a "garage shoot" which I turned into a "front porch shoot" just to get different locations recorded on film for me to look at.

I of course also had to be "fair" and include a photo of each of my children.

Matthew with his "cheesy" grin . . . he is the one who most wants to see his picture, but not take a nice one for me . . . no amount of bribing works with him!

Lance is the goofball! He loves getting his picture taken and will sit and try many different facial expressions, just not when I want him to do them! LOL

I moved to the front patio for my daughter - nice afternoon East light . . . of course, she hates getting her picture taken and I had to bribe her with Starbucks for the shoot!

I've got one more "assignment" to do for the next week . . . I'm loving her critiques, though I wish they were harsher, so if any of you want to critique, feel free!!! I can tell I'm loving to turn the camera to get an angle on them . . . I'll need to work on that in the coming weeks!

Friday, July 18, 2008


That's my mind these days!! The summer is quickly on it's way out the door. One month from today and all the kids are officially back in school. Of course, I've got many projects on my plate that I want and need to do and their just not coming to fruition. It's this internal battle of what needs to be done vs. what I really WANT to do . . . knowing that I could be starting work on August 11th is not helping me be less selfish with my free time that I have now.

First, I've been the school "historian" with PFA this year. Basically, I'm in charge of the school scrapbooks. Well, they were hurting. There were a few years "missing" where all we have is newspaper articles and then I needed to stay current with this year's events as well. It wasn't so bad at first. I copied all the clippings and searched for photos that I may have had (and even spoke to many teachers that were there, as well as other parents) to see if there was ANYTHING that could add some interest (to no avail) and I got busy on finishing those up. But in the spring, when I wanted to start on this years pages, I got really sick, and now I just can't seem to find the mojo to do these pages that just don't "inspire" me.

What I do want to do is work on my photography and the Have More Fun class at BPS, as well as some layouts from the already finished Baker's Dozen that are calling my name. Those classes have just been so FUN, freeing, and plain interesting and I've got all these ideas spinning in my head . . . Obviously I need to get this out of my system so my mind can work diligently on the "necessary." Hopefully that means I'll have some new pages to share soon!

In other news . . . do you see my new widget over there to the right? LOL I know, you've heard enough, right? Well, if you haven't read at least one of these books yet (if you enjoy reading) then it hasn't been enough. Just two weeks until the release . . . which means less than two weeks and I'll be in Orlando, FL at the Close To My Heart Convention (which brings up another need/want to my list: SWAPS to trade)!!! Anyhow, the publishers are releasing a quote of the day from her book to make us even more antsy . . . you should check them out as well as the NEW trailer!!!

Have a wonderful Friday!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A few photos . . .

A few people have been asking how I'm liking the Photography class I'm taking at BPS and I wanted to be sure you all knew that I think this class is worth every penny! I don't know how Barbara can keep up with everything - it almost has to become a full-time job for her. It's not just her in-depth class handouts but also the critiquing in her gallery as well as answering everyone's more specific questions regarding equipment details and care! Unbelievable!
With that in mind, last week was just our first week and our main assignment was to pull together an Inspiration Notebook and start using it as a jumping off point for our own photographs . . . yeah, I didn't necessarily post those, just because some are just not that fabulous . . . but the one of the viewer was taken at the zoo and that was completely a lift off of a friend's blog . . . I thought it was a cute play on words! The other thing I've got an issue with is a DD who hates having her picture taken, and young children who are huge HAMs for the camera . . . I just want someone to look natural for once! LOL
Anyhow, here are a few photos to share . . . nothing earth-shattering, though I loved the natural light coming into the middle one - it's still just a tad dark, but hey, it was 6:30 in the evening. I've got a blue challenge that I need to find today . . . I have lots of older photos of BLUE but I want to find something new besides the sky! LOL

Friday, July 11, 2008

Having lots of FUN!

I've been busy this summer with my kids and taking some online classes at BigPictureScrapbooking.com! I just finished up Library of Memories as a coach this past June, and now I'm on to Have More FUN! (taught by Stacy Julian) and Photography 101 (with Barbara Carroll). I know the basics of photography, but I really need something to MAKE me practice a bit more and I think it's great that Barbara will critique a couple of photos a week and give us honest feedback! I can't wait to start playing and taking some fun photos and sharing. Stacy's class is having a guest teacher for the month of July! Last week it was Marjorie from Making Memories and can you believe, they gave away a Slice?? This week, it's the Funnest Scrapbooker Ever for 2007 that was awarded by Simple Scrapbooks, Tamara Morrison! I hear we have a surprise on the way to our homes to help us have even more FUN! I'll share when it gets here! I just love BPS classes and the community that is formed!