Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Turning 40-OMG!

Well, today is my birthday. I'm 40, 40 years old. 40! Just saying it is weird. I don't feel 40, I don't think I look 40... and I certainly don't act 40! I'm pretty silly. Oh well, it's all what you feel inside I guess.

So, looking back, what have I accomplished in the past 40 (wow, 40) years? Well, let's see, did the normal growing up going to school thing. Then, went to art school where I met my hubby. Had a crush on him, but he had a girl friend, so we were just friends for a while, from like 1987 until 1990. He'd send me flowers for no reason, and notes. But then we went to a concert together, and instead of friends, it felt like a date. And, that was that. Moved in got married, got a house, had 2 kids and opened a business.

Wow, there you go, the past 20 years of my life in 2 sentences! I guess my obit will be short! Just a couple of more sentences, a mere blip on the radar.



Sunday, September 9, 2007

How do you scrapbook?

I just posted to this question over at CKMB. And, I find it very interesting that there are so many ways to go about doing a scrapbook page. I always begin with a sketch. It's just been pounded into me in design school, and I think it is the best way. So many times thru the years I would get a new graphic designer (I was a creative director for an agency, now I own my own), and they would try to do a brochure, and it would just be horrible. They would throw a couple of photos on a page, with the title and logo and wonder why it looked bad. So, I had to teach them what they're $50,000 worth of schooling did not. And that was, do THUMBNAILS.

Thumbnails are little sketches (not literally the size of your thumbnail, lol) of what you want your finished product to be. Every single scrapbook page I do I do a thumbnail for. The end result may be a little different from the initial sketch, but, it gave me a foundation to work from.

Think of it this way.... if you were going to build a house, would you just go to Lowes or Homedepot, buy all the stuff you need to build a house then just start building it? Of course not. You would do a sketch first, then the detailed drawings, the architectural plans and then the renderings... then you'd build the house.

I think the same principal can apply to scrapbooking. You know what pictures you have to work with. You know the papers and embellishments. Now you can do your sketch and while doing that, note the things that you want to use. Jot down title ideas and your journaling. I love to do this. It's something I can do while in the living room watching TV with the family. I can plan out some pages, with a scrap magazine in hand and my sketchbook.

I had a teacher in design school who would make us just do sketches. All the time, for a month that is all we would do. As soon as we would walk into his classroom he would say, "Put 'em up." Meaning we had to tape our sketches to the wall. If you didn't have your sketches done, I think he made you sit in the hall. (how 3rd grade, this was college!) Then we'd walk around the room and look at everyones sketches. It was fascinating how many ideas people could come up for just one assignment.

I really hated this teacher. He is the one that told me I'd never be a graphic designer. That I didn't get the graphic part. Now I look back and would like to thank him. He pushed me to become what I am today, and I think I'm pretty darn good, if I do say so myself, LOL!

So, here's a picture of a page in my sketchbook. My map, my "architectural" plan to follow to build my scrap pages.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Color Quiz

Here's another one... I'm just sooo into these. http://www.colorquiz.com/ Here's what mine says:

Your Existing Situation

Acts calmly, with the minimum of upset, in order to handle existing relationships. Likes to feel relaxed and at ease with her associates and those close to him.

Your Stress Sources

Wants to overcome a feeling of emptiness and to bridge the gap which she feels separates herself from others. Anxious to experience life in all its aspects, to explore all its possibilities, and to live it to the fullest. She therefore resents any restriction or limitation being imposed on her and insists on being free and unhampered.

Your Restrained Characteristics

Wants to broaden her fields of activity and insists that her hopes and ideas are realistic. Distressed by the fear that she may be prevented from doing what she wants; needs both peaceful conditions and quiet reassurance to restore her confidence.

Your Desired Objective

Wants to make a favorable impression and be rewarded as a special personality. Is therefore constantly on the watch to see whether she is succeeding in this and how others are reacting to her. this makes her feel that she is in control. Uses tactics cleverly in order to obtain influence and special recognition. Susceptible to the esthetic or original.

Your Actual Problem

Seeks to avoid criticism and to prevent restriction of her freedom to act, and to decide for herself by the exercise of great personal charm in her dealings with others.

Your Actual Problem #2

Has a fear that she might be prevented from achieving the things she wants. This leads her to employ great personal charm in her dealings with others, hoping that this will make it easier for her to reach her objectives.

Apparently, I'm empty and manipulative?!


Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Colorgenics

I found this site on journeyfans blog. A fellow CKMBer. It's pretty interesting. Here's the site addy:
http://www.paulgoldinresearch.com/cg/index.htm

And here's my profile. Very interesting, although some of it I don't agree with:
You are longing for some love and affection at this time - not that you have been deprived of tender loving care - but there are times when everyone needs to try something new or to go 'somewhere' else to perhaps experience that little extra 'understanding'.

You are a leader in every sense of the word. You know where you are going and you know what you need to do in order to get there. You exercise an inherent initiative in overcoming obstacles and difficulties. You either hold, or wish to achieve, a position of authority by means of which full control can be exerted over events.

You are a dreamer and you seek perfection in any relationship that you may establish. Some of your ideas and standards are over the top so it may be a good idea to review your perception of life and accept people for what they are - not for what you would like them to be.

You are being unduly influenced by the situation that is all around you. You do not like the feeling of loneliness and whatever it is that seems to separate you from others. You know that life can be wonderful and you are anxious to experience life in all its aspects, to live it to the full. You therefore resent any restriction or limitations that are being imposed on you and you insist on going it alone.

You don't like conflict and you endeavor to avoid criticism. You want to do your own thing and to be able to decide what is right for you. You have considerable personable charm - and this is used with considerable effect on those that keep your company.


Check it out... you might find out something about you that you didn't know.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Steps for Circle Text

I know that a lot of scrappers have trouble wrapping text around a path in Photoshop. It's pretty easy to do. You draw a circle path with the ellipse tool, then using your text tool, you type around it. The problem is, when it gets to the bottom of the circle your type is upside down. Ever wonder how the Starbucks logo was created? How they got the word coffee to be right side up? Well, here you go, I've got a tutorial for you.

1. The first step is to draw the type path with the ellipse tool.


2. Here's the circle.

3. Make sure you are in your paths palette. (not layers)



4. Highlight your path by using the pen tool. And select the bottom point of the circle. See how the bottom point is filled in and the others are hollow. That means it is selected. (To select while in the pen tool, hold down your command key - the key next to space bar - and your pen tool will turn into the arrowhead/pointer. I'm on a mac, so it's the command key. On PC's try the control key.)


5. Now, delete that point. It should look like this.


6. Now, go under edit > transform path > rotate 180°.



7. Next, again, go under edit > transform path > flip horizontal.




8. Now, the path will be upside down and flipped. (make sure your path is still selected) Take your text tool, (have your text chosen for center, if not, we can do that later) and click on the path with your text tool right next to the center point. (if you do it right on the point, it will jump to the upper left of the half circle.)
Now, type your text.


9. Your text will be above your path. To fix this, you will go to your text palette, select baseline shift and adjust it. I used 48 point text on 36 leading, and need to baseline shift -30. All baseline shifts will/should be negative (unless you have some wonky leading). Also, add a space after the last letter. This will help center your text, since in step 8, we had to start our text a little off center. If your type is not centered, you can center it at this time.


10. Here's what it looks like after you adjust the baseline shift.
11. And, here's what it could look like if you have type on top. The type on top will need to be on a new path. And a new layer. You will not need to do any of the steps past 2. You will just need to draw the circle and put your type on it. (yes, I purposely spelled it starBOOKS)




I know this isn't a "professional" tutorial, but hopefully it will help someone. And, I have no idea if it will work in Photoshop Elements or not.

Chris