Friday, January 28, 2011

More Digital Journal Pages

Here are two more creations from the online class Digital Journal Magic. The first is following along with the lesson and using images provided by Marie. The second one is my loose interpretation of the things taught in the lesson.

Credits: bird on right from
dried flower, silk flower, button, fabric, fern from Manu at
Tree brush is from Shadowhouse

Friday, January 21, 2011

Another Photoshop Elements page

This is my latest digital journal page. I am really enjoying this.

Credits: bird and metal medallion by CRenee at
glasses from Rosey Posey at
ribbon from Maureen Zimmermann at
blue swirl brush from LivEdesigns
flower brush from Paula Kesselring

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Something New

As I mentioned in my last posting I am learning Photoshop Elements 8 and I am taking an online class called Digital Journal Magic taught by Marie Otero. I am familiar with what we are doing but never really did any digital journal pages before.

The first one pretty much follows what Marie taught in the first lesson. The other two I was playing around with on my own using some of the things she showed us.

Credits: all basic images provided by Marie Otero

Credits: background is from ShadowHouse Creations
crown by CRenee at
splattergraffiti borders by studio tangie at
postcard, journal tag and lace by Manuela Zimmermann at
dirty grid by ThinkDesign

Credits: background TextureKing at flickr
tree, bird, rose by Manuela Zimmermann at
statue from Marie Otero
rust curlique by Ztampf at
all other images from my personal collection

This is all I have been able to do art-wise the past few weeks. Over the weekend I was printing some images to play around with when I started having trouble with the printer and getting the ink colors to print. I had just replaced three of the ink cartridges and by the time it was all over with the brand new black was nearly empty, the blue which had been half full was almost gone and the new red and yellow cartridges were down by a quarter. I hadn't even gotten anything printed during this. AND it is still not printing the red or yellow. I have had this printer for nearly four years and I do a LOT of printing. I just don't understand why every time you change a cartridge it has to use a big part of the ink just to get started printing again. Ink is not cheap! I suppose the printhead could be getting worn out. I just hate to think I have to go out and buy a new printer again and end up with the same situation each time a cartridge has to be changed.

I suppose I could do like the lady who wrote a review for a printer I was researching (the all-in-one printer only cost $32 at a well-known chain store). She said it was a good printer and did a good job, easy to get set up etc. Then she remarked about the cost of ink. She said that for what it cost to buy new ink cartridges (this model uses 4 individual ones) it was just cheaper to go and buy a new printer which included the ink whenever she ran out of ink for that printer! No wonder the landfills are so full of our crap!

Friday, January 07, 2011

One Week Down

Here it is a week into the new year and I have yet to journal or create any new art or anything. It's not because I haven't wanted to or like I don't have anything to inspire me. I am following along on three different groups who are working in journals/sketchbooks and I have an online class starting up next week that I really need to participate in (paid class).

What have I been doing with my time? I got a new desktop computer for Christmas and I have slowly (read as all day and half the night, not to mention the phone calls) been getting it set up and manually transferring things from the old computer to the new one. This has been a pain because the old computer has Windows XP and the new one has Windows 7. Not everything is compatible and there has been one thing after another giving me fits.

But I am making headway and hopefully I can begin to start again making some art of one sort or another. There are soooo many things going on out there and my fingers are itching to start something.

I'll leave you with a little something I created a short while back. I am learning Photoshop Elements.

Monday, January 03, 2011

The Beginning-part 2

**for some reason these 2 posts are backwards**

These are the tags that are throughout the book.

The Beginning-part 1

I know I am late with these, but I just got around to scanning all of this. I recently took a class over on Joggles from Sarah Whitmire. It was a fun class and this is the Christmas Treasure Book I created. It is hard to tell that there are a number of three-dimensional embellishments on the pages. It is so much better in person.

Click on the photos for a better image.

There is more to see in part 2.