Thursday, June 13, 2013

Photo Editing and Restoration

Hi everyone, have been playing in Photoshop the last few days and had watched a very good video on you tube for masking and touch up for photos. So I had to put this new knowledge to use. This is a photo I had edited before, but it was one I had scanned in for repair, so I used it again. WOW, I have to say that I have learned a lot since the last time I edited and repaired it before. What you think? In stage one was the touching up and repairing using PSCS5 newer tools I learned in my Digital Photo Class. Stage 2 I did some blending, masking (from the video I watched) and in the final stage I had lessened the saturation and lightened it up just a little bit. It all took me about 2 1/2 hours.

First time                    This time

 I have been working on the organization of my printed photo's still for Project Life and designing a few core cards for the older photo's I have been working with as my story is starting when I was born. I did get one page together but have not go the journaling complete yet. I am trying hard to take my time and do this for the final time. I have had my photo's in albums, old school magnetic photo albums, but they were falling part, so Project Life has it's own meaning to me....started way back in the day first to tell a story of my life and family.

Here is a look at my first stage of page one, the photo is not very good, but you get the idea....Until next time....Happy Scrapping!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day....Walking down memory lane.

I hope this finds everyone having a great weekend and feeling as Grateful and Thankful as I am on this MEMORIAL DAY....all my brothers served our country and so very thankful and proud of them for doing so and that they are all very proud AMERICANS. Thoughts and prayers to those whom were not as fortunate as our family is to have them home with us.

I have spent the weekend walking down memory lane, sorting through my old paper photos. I was actually finishing up the organizing job I had started a year or so ago. Just about got it all filed. I will be so glad to start the storytelling part of this Project Life. I am trying hard to get the paper photo's arranged and start my album with them. I have about 35 years of paper photo's until I changed over to digital....I have so much going through my head about this project but my main purpose is telling my life story with all these captured memories. Hoping to leave my kids with a story to go along with shoe boxes of photographs I have collected over the last 55 years. 

All of that said to say, getting a page finished to share is a larger order than I had expected...I have my goals set on what I want it to say, but actually getting, what I want it to look like is something a bit overwhelming faced with too many options to go with. One thing that is been a challenge is that during the 60's and 70's there were so many different size photo's, so they have to be trimmed and mounted or wait til that size page protects are made. I know I could start in the middle where the photo's get more standard in sizes. What is a girl to do? Paper scrapping has always been a challenge. No second chances once you undo button like I have used a lot in PS.

I could go on and on about the things I have been coming up against but it is a start and just sitting here looking through them has brought me a wonderful stand in time looking at all the blessing I have to cherish. So I will carry on and update you with the progress as it gets started in the right direction.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Project Life-Book One "Days Gone By"

Project Life-Book One "Days Gone By"

     Good afternoon everyone. A couple of weeks ago I ordered Becky Higgins, Project Life album, different size pocketed page sleeves and a few other things to start scrapping my paper photos. I got everything out (as you can see above) and took pictures of my new goodies, dug out the organized photos which my family helped by put into what we think is by the year, then event where we could. WOW, I have lots of paper photos too. So I asked myself, where do I start and what do I want this album's theme to be since I have so many they will not all fit into one album. Trying my hardest to stay focused on the task at hand, a flood of ideas started swimming in my head. So I stepped back, grabbed a bundle of photos that was labeled "ERVIN STREET-Scan to edit". That was a starting point, I guess. . . . or a distraction from not knowing WHERE to begin....Laugh Out Loud!!! (*WINK, BFF*)

     Needless to say I haven't been back to the scrapping table yet this weekend. But all is not lost...I did work on some scanning and editing which I shared with family and friends on FaceBook to get some feedback to start or add to my journal for these photos. I had some good laughs from what comments I did get back in return, so I was a good thing. But as I was scanning and trying to edit, I am having a couple of light bulb moments. I know once I do get a direction in mind and start, I will have no problem telling my family's photo Story. Any suggestion, please feel free to pass them along in the comment area, PLEASE!!!! 

     The first was, I sure don't know what I was thinking when I took these pictures. 110 Instamatic and can't remember the other, but the flash washed out everyone's face. (laughing because after taking a couple of classes and ALL my digital friends out there, I know better now). And the second was I sure should of SLOWED down to focus and frame the images much better. BUT I tell myself now, at least I have the moments and memories even if they are hard to make what they should be like. I love working with restoration but there are just some that are beyond help...LOL. 

    So now I have some cleaned up photos I printed, more importantly correct journaling for them and now my weekend is almost over. So I will share a few I got ready for my first few pages. Wish me luck, I am going to get more photos ready during the week so that I can spend next weekend, SCRAPPING!!!! 
Photo's (edited) from 1976-1980

Saturday, May 04, 2013

iNational Scrapbooking Day 2013

     "Friday Fun" at the park

I hope this finds everyone enjoying all the goodies and special deals out in SCRAPLAND today (this weekend). I have exams this week for my Spring classes I took, so I should be studying but I can't miss all that is going on in Scrapland today. This is the time of year I start digi-scrapping back in ???? (it has been a long time, but I think it was 2003 or 2004.) F.O.R.E.V.E.R! But always love telling the story and getting our family memories documented for future generations.

I have been surfing the web for inspiration in Project Life, W.O.W. there is alot of awesome ideas out there, that's for sure. I am trying real hard to focus on my school stuff as these tests are going to be real hard for me, but I keep telling myself that the reward is getting to scrap and start my Project Life. (I can do this, I can do this!!!)

I have started editing photos and printed a few so that as soon as next week is over I will start cutting and putting together my first pages...I will share them as I get them finished. I have been playing with Instagram as well as I have tons of photos on my phone I would love to get printed and add to my book.

Well I hope everyone ENJOYS the day and be back soon.

Happy iNational Scrapbooking Day!!!!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Back and Excited about Project Life!

Hello EVERYONE!!!!!

Surprise, I am still ALIVE...just finishing up my Spring College coarse and have missed playing in Photoshop and got into my PS this weekend. Mainly as I have found something I would really like to do, Becky Higgins's PROJECT LIFE. After 2 more weeks of classes, I am going to get started on my first album for ME and my family to work on together.

Fill you in more about that later.Just wanted to stop in and say HELLO and that I will be back and sharing my project as we get started and working through my thousands of photos I have been hoarding. I love this idea of simple scrapping and getting my photos from my computer to an album to share with family and friends. I am really hoping on dragging my daughters and granddaughter into doing this together.

Exams are next week, wish me luck and really excited in getting started on sharing our memories for all our futures GENERATIONS!