Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Inspiration | Scrapbooking

I am working on five albums as gifts to my girlfriends - the album documents our trip to Maui for my 40th birthday. I am inspired by Ali's mini album project here and this gal - Christine Middlecamp. HOly COW! Have you been following her Embellished Paper Doily tutorials?!!! At first when I looked at them I was just in awe - amazed by 'heavily embellished style'. I knew I had to try her technique out on these gift albums...

They are embellished thick and let's talk about using up some of your stash! The only thing that I bought new were the Martha Stewart Doilys.

Lots of foam dots - I am sure you have plenty of these! This was really fun to do and I was inspired by #12 on Christine's blog. Not sure if I am going to put these on the front of the albums or on the inside. I don't think they would hold up to well on the outside.

I am in the process of prepping the albums - painting them brown so it mimics wood.

  to be continued...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cemeteries | Unlikely inspiration

A couple of days after Memorial Day I ventured down to one of the oldest cemeteries in Clark County - called the Fisher Cemetery. It happens to be very close to where I live and always remembered it growing up in the area.

Cemeteries are not one of my favorite or top places to visit - in fact I have issues/problems with death. So to find myself going down there by myself was incredibly out of character. What motivated me? Believe it or not something as simple as a prompt on a photography site. I receive their weekly emails and love their weekend assignment prompts. But I was truly moved by some of the photos that were being posted.

While I wished I would have gone earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon for better light - I think I would have been to freaked out if the light was too moody.

What I realized was that there was some amazing texture in the cemetery...

The design elements on some of the older tombstones were worn but still detailed...

Julina passed away 93 years before I was born. Then I found this grave site of twins that died on the same day...While I was taking all of these photos (over 100) my thoughts were I was going to post process them into B&W and give them an ethereal look. When I sat down to edit, I was surprised that I kept most of them in color. I really loved the different colors of gray, dark greens of the moss and yellows of the lichen.

This was the oldest grave in the cemetery...I believe Alva was only four months old.

This was totally unexpected find - humor in the cemetery. I have no idea what the story is behind this...

My photo prompt for you this week is go to the cemetery - if anything I can guarantee it will be a peaceful place and if you need some quiet time this is the place to go.

[most all of the photos were taken with my 85mm lens, 1/500, f5.0, ISO 100 except for the last photo - that was taken with my iPhone using Best Camera app]

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Summer Fun | Finally!

Last weekend was hopefully the start of summer for the Pacific NW - while I really don't count on great weather until after the 4th, this spring has been awful. More like winter than spring!

Here are a couple of blurry shots of my niece in her new pool - she loves to be thrown in the air by her dad, even when she belly flops! Remember those summer days when you stayed in the water or ran through the sprinklers until your skin wrinkled? This was one of those great summer days...

 After a day in the pool and BBQ I came home and slept for ten hours!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Busy, busy, busy week - had to just take a moment and capture the gorgeous peonies from my aunt's garden. Sometimes it's hard to remember to do this - especially while you are emptying your office, pricing things for a HUGE sale, and moving furniture up and down the stairs...not to mention we start physical therapy for Amos and Kirk has some freaky BAD infection in his hand that may need surgery. WHEW! You know - just one of those days...

So take the time and remember to stop today for five minutes, breathe and then take a photo of the first thing that makes you smile. With whatever camera you have at the moment. Then load it up somewhere and share your smiling moment with all of us! :) [post a link in your comment]

[photo taken by *me* using PS action]