Our Spring Break is now a road trip

We went to a Panther’s hockey game.  We went to Legoland Florida with the in-laws.  Then… off to St. Augustine.  ROAD TRIP!  Actually it is not that far… only a 4 to 5 hour drive.  Once we got there, we went to so many places.  The Old Jail, the Old School House, Fort Menednez, the Museum, the Castle and just all the sites you see as you walk around kept us busy.  I decided this time to show the two pages side by side like you would see in the book.

 

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font: Goudy Old Style
paper: IndigoDesigns_WildWest

 

As the weeks progress, hopefully so will my pages for you to view.  I did this one over the last week.  It took longer than I thought it would.  While I have already decided which pictures I want to use, it is not so easy deciding how to lay it out, which papers and what to write on it.  I also changed my pictures to sepia in color because I thought it looked better.

And yes, I forgot to credit Wikipedia for the History information I used in my layout.  Wikipedia wasn’t the only place I looked but actually had the nicest write up.

Thoughts?  Where do you get your information if you forget to write it down while you are there?  How do you scrap your road trips?

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Humor for Friday

Ads for Seniors found in a Florida Newspaper. You can say what you want about Florida  but you never hear of anyone retiring and moving north. These are actual ads seen in ”The Villages” Florida newspaper.
(Who says seniors don’t have a sense of humor?)
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FOXY LADY: Sexy, fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty. 80’s, slim, 5’4′ (used to be 5’6′), searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion. Matching white shoes and belt a plus.
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LONG-TERM COMMITMENT: Recent widow who has just buried fourth husband, Looking for someone to round out a six-unit plot. Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath not a problem.
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SERENITY NOW: I am into solitude, long walks, sunrises, the ocean, yoga and meditation. If you are the silent type, let’s get together, Take our hearing aids out and enjoy quiet times.
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WINNING SMILE: Active grandmother with original teeth seeking a dedicated flossier to share rare steaks, corn on the cob and caramel candy.
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BEATLES OR STONES? I still like to rock, still like to cruise in my Camaro on Saturday nights and still like to play the guitar. If you were a groovy chick, or are now a groovy hen, let’s get together and listen to my eight-track tapes.
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MEMORIES: I can usually remember Monday through Thursday. If you can remember Friday,Saturday and Sunday, let’s put our two heads together.
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My favorite…
MINT CONDITION:
Male, 1932 model, high mileage, good condition, some hair, many new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves. Isn’t in running condition, but walks well.
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A few more Spring Break scrapbook pages done

As I continue to watch what is going on in my life, I will continue to chip away at the spring break scrapbook pages.  Nov 4th, the boys had no school.  I was frustrated as I really need to go to work and earn some money… but the school system does not agree with me.  Though it turned out pretty nice.  The boys made pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast.  Fixed their own lunches and have been fairly good helping around the house.  Wish we had more days like this.  Until then, here is another set of pages from my spring break…

 

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AmandaMcGee_BuildBlock_Legos background
Aprilisa_BricksAndBlocks elements
font MS Jheng Hei
Header Incised 901 Bden BT

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The boys enjoyed this and went on it multiple times.  It amazes me what they end up liking.  Never showed any interest in it before and POOF… it is the coolest thing ever.

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Scrapping is not fast for me…

That’s right.  We just had Halloween and the pictures sit nicely on my hard drive.  Part of me says I should do it right away… as I have some scout pictures over 2 years old that need to be done because I did not do them right away!  Instead of doing the scrapping right away, I waited.  Now I’m waiting again to do my Spring Break and Scouting and Halloween… why?  Because I entered a contest at Gotta Pixel for Master Scrapper!  Here is the scrap page I did for the first week’s challenge:

elements: aprilisa_HarvestOfMemories

elements: aprilisa_HarvestOfMemories

You had to use items from the Harvest of Memories kit only.  Had to have six pictures.  I did mine on the boys from Christmas in 2007.  It was so much fun making those cookies.  As much fun as we had this Halloween making dry ice bubbles!  You can’t eat the bubbles so maybe the cookies was a bit better. :-)

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Friday Humor

Ok, I can’t always come up with a post about scrapping. And having hit the BIG 50…  a little humor to get us started for the weekend!

Colonoscopy Journal:

I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy.

A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a colour diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis.

Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner.

I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn’t really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, ‘HE’S GOING TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR BEHIND!’

I left Andy’s office with some written instructions, and a prescription for a product called ‘MoviPrep,’ which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven. I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of America ‘s enemies.

I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous.

Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my preparation. In accordance with my instructions, I didn’t eat any solid food that day; all I had was chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less flavour.

Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two packets of powder together in a one-litre plastic jug, then you fill it with lukewarm water. (For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a litre is about 32 gallons). Then you have to drink the whole jug. This takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes – and here I am being kind – like a mixture of goat spit and urinal cleanser, with just a hint of lemon.

The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great sense of humour, state that after you drink it, ‘a loose, watery bowel movement may result.’

This is kind of like saying that after you jump off your roof, you may experience contact with the ground.

MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don’t want to be too graphic, here, but, have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch? This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the commode had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined to the bathroom, spurting violently.  You eliminate everything. And then, when you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink another litre of MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel into the future and start eliminating food that you have not even eaten yet.

After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep.

The next morning my wife drove me to the clinic. I was very nervous. Not only was I worried about the procedure, but I had been experiencing occasional return bouts of MoviPrep spurtage. I was thinking, ‘What if I spurt on Andy?’ How do you apologize to a friend for something like that? Flowers would not be enough.

At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I understood and totally agreed with whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led me to a room full of other colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little curtained space and took off my clothes and put on one of those hospital garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind that, when you put it on, makes you feel even more naked than when you are actually naked.

Then a nurse named Eddie put a little needle in a vein in my left hand. Ordinarily I would have fainted, but Eddie was very good, and I was already lying down. Eddie also told me that some people put vodka in their MoviPrep.

At first I was ticked off that I hadn’t thought of this, but then I pondered what would happen if you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the bathroom, so you were staggering around in full Fire Hose Mode. You would have no choice but to burn your house.

When everything was ready, Eddie wheeled me into the procedure room, where Andy was waiting with a nurse and an anesthesiologist. I did not see the 17,000-foot tube, but I knew Andy had it hidden around there somewhere. I was seriously nervous at this point.

Andy had me roll over on my left side, and the anesthesiologist began hooking something up to the needle in my hand.

There was music playing in the room, and I realized that the song was ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA. I remarked to Andy that, of all the songs that could be playing during this particular procedure, ‘Dancing Queen’ had to be the least appropriate.

‘You want me to turn it up?’ said Andy, from somewhere behind me…

‘Ha ha,’ I said. And then it was time, the moment I had been dreading for more than a decade. If you are squeamish, prepare yourself, because I am going to tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was like.

I have no idea. Really. I slept through it. One moment, ABBA was yelling ‘Dancing Queen, feel the beat of the tambourine,’ and the next moment, I was back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood.

Andy was looking down at me and asking me how I felt. I felt excellent. I felt even more excellent when Andy told me that It was all over, and that my colon had passed with flying colours. I have never been prouder of an internal organ.

On the subject of Colonoscopies…
Colonoscopies are no joke, but these comments during the exam were quite humorous. A physician claimed that the following are actual comments made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies:

1. Take it easy Doc. You’re boldly going where no man has gone before.

2. ‘Find Amelia Earhart yet?’

3. ‘Can you hear me NOW?’

4. ‘Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?’

5. ‘You know, in Arkansas , we’re now legally married.’

6. ‘Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?’

7. ‘You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out…’

8. ‘Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!’

9. ‘If your hand doesn’t fit, you must quit!’

10. ‘Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity.’

11. ‘You used to be an executive at Enron, didn’t you?’

And the best one of all:
12.  ‘Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?’

 

 

 

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Making a come back!

Yep.  Nothing like taking some time off to get your rip raring ready to go.  I started some pages for our spring vacation and then… stopped.  D’oh.  I have so many things on my plate I wasn’t focusing on any one thing.  Time to get organized again. Scary but I know I can do it.  Here is my first couple of pages.  Hope you enjoy them.  If you have any comments on how I can improve them, I would love to hear it.  I am still learning so much and trying to make a come back!!

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yin_template204 LindsayJ Ice Hockey font: Porkys for the title Microsoft JhengHei for the text

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LindsayJ Ice Hockey
font: Porkys for the title
Microsoft JhengHei for the text

 

 

 

 

 

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Do you have a problem with your photos when you enlarge them?

Do you have a problem with your photos when you enlarge them? Do they appear fuzzy and out of focus? No doubt you have run into this from time to time. But what do you do when you need to enlarge your photo for a full page (12×12) photo or when you change the dpi and the photo becomes to small to be usable?

When I attended a Photoshop seminar many moons ago, I was told that you can actually enlarge a photo but only do so in 10% increments. i.e. take a:

The photo is 3.986×6.653″ at 72 dpi(original)

Do you have a problem with your photos when you enlarge them?

Do you have a problem with your photos when you enlarge them?

To use it on my layout I would need to resize to 100% at 300 dpi makes the photo considerable smaller at .957″x1.597″

Resized to 300 dpi at 100% reduces print size to .957x1.597"

Resized to 300 dpi at 100% reduces print size to .957×1.597″

But in order to make it large enough to use I would need to open the resize dialogue box change the pixel dimensions to percent 110. As you can see the new photo size will be 1.052×1.756″. (Just make sure your Resampling is set to Bicubic. To see it better just right click on photo and open in new window or tab. To learn more on Bicubic resampling in PSP take a look at About.com

Dialogue box shows new size when enlarging by 110%

Dialogue box shows new size when enlarging by 110%

I would suggest that you only do this a maximun of 5x as the photo will start looking fuzzy the more you enlarge it. The image below shows how Suzaan looks after increasing her five times (1.543×2.573″). And after adding unsharp mask which can help bring her back into focus.

Increasing at 110% 5 times and adding unsharp mask

Increasing at 110% 5 times and adding unsharp mask

Ten times with unsharp mask (2.487×4.143″). At this point adding the unsharp mask helps some, but not much.

Increased 10x at 110% with unsharp mask

Increased 10x at 110% with unsharp mask

If the photo you want to use cannot be enlarged by this method for a sharp, clean photo, then I suggest you enlarge it to the size you need and use a blending mode on it when you place it on your page. As in this case where I used two blending modes: Burn and Luminance. This technique also works well with out of focus pictures that you really want to use. Check out wikiHow for more blending tips.

Using Blending modes

Using Blending modes

Can you think of other ways you can use the resize and blend modes?

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World Showcase: A Journey Into Variety

World Showcase: A Journey Into Variety

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World Showcase: A Journey Into Variety is what my heart desires. I love the different types of food available throughout the world and there is no place closer for trying them out than at the World Showcase. My favorite will always be the Katsura Grill in the Japanese Showcase. And while throughout the U.S., they are called hibachi, in actuality they are teppan tables. Then the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Showcase holds a special spot in my heart as the Princess kept telling Pan he needed to drink more of the Water of Life, LOL.

Now onto scrapbooking. What I really love about this layout is the white space. And to quote Alex White, The Elements of Graphic Design, “Active white space is carefully considered emptiness.” White space can add drama to your layout; it can bring focus to what is most important. To learn more when and how to use white space, I recommend the following articles:

Improve scrapbook page design with white space: 1 layout 3 ways by Debbie Hodge

Designing Your Memories & White Space at The Daily Digi

Embrace the White Space:: A Scrapbooking Tutorial by Els Bestamped

TIP: An over abundance of elements is not necessary. A few well-placed pieces can convey a lot.

Can you see where white space can be a benefit in any of your layouts?

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On Using Paintshop Pro To Age Photos

On using Paintshop Pro to age photos, I will show you four ways to use PSP’s built in plug-ins to age photos.

Before we start please refer to New Photos to Old with Plug-Ins for links to plug-ins and textures, if you have not downloaded them already.

Just like we did in the above referenced post we are going to first start with opening your photo of choice and duplicate it (control+d). Close the original

New Photo to Old with Plug-ins

Original

Make the necessary corrections to the photo, i.e. curves, levels, make-over, etc. Then duplicate the layer (Layers>Duplicate or right click on layer and chose duplicate).

New Photo to Old with Plug-ins

Corrected

First up is the Time Machine which is in Photo Effects. I chose the Platinum preset and lowered the opacity to 80%. Next I open Scratch and Frame Box Overlays psd. Click on the scratches layer you want to use (I chose Scratches 4). Select all (Control+a) and copy (control+c). Make a new top layer on origingal, edit>paste into selection. I changed blending mode to overlay and left opacity at 100%. I added one more layer, opening Andrea Gold’s Photo Intensity Textures #01, following same instructions for the scratched. I changed the blend mode to multiply and opacity to 38%

On Using Paintshop Pro To Age Photos

The Time Machine

In the second example, I used Sepia Toning under Photo Effects set to Slight Age. Lowered the opacity to 80%. Using Scratches 2 from the Scratch and Frame Box Overlays psd, I selected all and copied. Then on the original I made a new top layer, selected all and edit>paste into selection. But instead of changing the blending mode I decided to just lower the opacity to 71%. Then on making another top layer and following previous instructions, I used Scratches 1 and used the soft light blending mode.

On Using Paintshop Pro To Age Photos

Sepia Toning

The third example is using the Infrared Film in the Photo Effects, with Strenght at 70; Flare at 30 and grain at 30. And once again lowering the opacity to 80%. Using Scratches 3 from the Scratch and Frame Box Overlays psd, I selected all and copied. Then on the original I made a new top layer, selected all and edit>paste into selection. No changes made to this layer. For top layer I used the Scratched and Foggy Film from Scratch and Frame Box Overlays psd, I selected all and copied. Then on the original I made a new top layer, selected all and edit>paste into selection. I then applied the hard light mode and reduced the opacity to 24%.

On Using Paintshop Pro To Age Photos

Infrared Effect

The last example uses the Aged Newspaper under Effects>Artistic Effects, with the aging set to 5. And once again lowering the opacity to 80%. Next I used a commercial use paper overlay by Created by Jill. I selected all and copied. Then on the original I made a new top layer, selected all and edit>paste into selection. Changed the move to Overlay and the opacity to 59%. But instead of using any Scratches from the Scratch and Frame Box Overlays psd, I tried out the Aged Film 2, then I selected all and copied. Then on the original I made a new top layer, selected all and edit>paste into selection. I did change the blending mode to overlay. I think I have to admit, I’m kind of favoring this one

On Using Paintshop Pro To Age Photos

Using Aged Newspaper effect

Tips and Tricks:You know what you want the opacity to be but are tired of trying to get it with the slider? Double click on the layer and its dialogue box will open up and you can change it just by typing in the number.

If you want to make repairs to older photos, you might want to check out Scratch My Back and On the straight path.

Now that we have tried out various techniques to age photos, I am here to remind you, that all is flexible. Move the layers around. Use different settings. Use different opacities (I have been using the same photo throughout and 80% just works, it will probably be different for you.) Go on the web and search for free overlays and textures. The sites I had links to were only just a few of the many that are out there. Play, have fun. Which one is your favorite technique?

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New Photo to Old with Plug-ins

New photo to old with plug-ins is my favored way of altering a photo. Next time I’ll demonstrate how to do it from PSP. But for now onto making that photo look antique.

I used the following plug-in and textures, just click on them to be taken to site:

VirtualPhotographer by Optikverve Labs (a free plug-in)

Scratch and Frame Box Overlays by Shadowhouse Creations. Free textures and overlays. Please note this is a large psd file. All of the scratches and overlays are on separate layers within the file.

Andrea Gold’s Photo Intensity Textures #01 which I purchased from GoDigital Scrapbooking.

Following the tutorial will be a list of other sites where overlays and textures can be obtained. I have not used any of the other plug-ins so cannot tell you how good they are. Also most require that you purchase it. I have indicated if it is a free product.

First start with opening your photo of choice and duplicate it (control+d). Close the original

New Photo to Old with Plug-ins

Original

Make the necessary corrections to the photo, i.e. curves, levels, make-over, etc. Then duplicate the layer (Layers>Duplicate or right click on layer and chose duplicate).

New Photo to Old with Plug-ins

Corrected

Make sure top layer is chosen and run VirtualPhotographer. I chose Black and White with the parchment preset. But they have over 200 presets to choose from so go ahead and experiment. You can even make your own and save them. Reduce the opacity. I think I went about 80%. Then merge.

Add new layer.

New Photo to Old with Plug-ins

Virtual Photographer with layer opacity reduced

Open Scratch and Frame Box Overlays. Click on the scratches layer you want to use (I chose Scratches 1). Select all (Control+a) and copy (control+c).

Return to your image and on the new blank layer, select all (control+a) then paste into selection (edit>paste into selection or control+shift+l).

On layers palette change blending mode. I usually stick with multipy, overlay, soft light and burn; but do try out the others as you may find one that works better for you. Here I used overlay with an opacity of 100%.

New Photo to Old with Plug-ins

Scratches added

OPTIONAL: Add another layer and repeat from “Open Scratch and Frame…”; instead add a textured overlay instead of scratches (or chose a different scratch overlay). I used one from Andrea Gold’s Photo Intensity Textures #01. I changed the blend mode to multiply and opacity to 38%.

New Photo to Old with Plug-ins

Texture added

More OPTIONALS:

Apply a selective focus (Photo Effects>Selective Focus)

New Photo to Old with Plug-ins

Selective Focus

Apply a vignette (Photo Effects>Vignette)

New Photo to Old with Plug-ins

Vignette

Apply daguerreotype frame (Image>Picture Frame>Daguerreotype>

New Photo to Old with Plug-ins

Daguerreotype frame

If you have an older version of PSP you can also find a photobook type frame.

New Photo to Old with Plug-ins

Photobook frame

Plug-in Links:

Alien Skin Exposure 5 plug-in

Imagenoic Realgrain plug-in

Mister Retro Machine Wash Deluxe plug-in (adds scratches as well)

Red Giant Vintage Film for Looks

onOne Software Perfect Effects 4 Free plug-in (free)

Overlay/Texture Links:

Insight Designs (free)

D Sharon Pruitt aka Pink Sherbert Photography free textures for layers

123RF overlay stock photos and images (free)

Now that you have a start, what effects can you achieve on your aged photos?

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