Sunday, September 5, 2010
Here is a layout I did using her kit 'In Dreams'.....
Digital scrap booking (also known as digi scrapping) involves the use of digital photos, clip art, graphics, textures, and various other objects you can find readily available. The ultimate purpose of preserving memories in a creative way remains the same.
Some digital scrap bookers (myself included) may combine digital elements into traditional page layouts by printing and cutting out digital photos, papers, clip art, notes, etc and adhering them together in a tangible layout. Others prefer to work completely with digital content, and share them entirely on the computer. Digital scrapbook pages can be printed and placed in an album, or they may be left as digital files which can be shared electronically via email, the web or on a disc.
Most digital scrapbookers work with a photo editing program such as Adobe Photoshop ( I use Adobe Photoshop CS4), Photoshop Elements, Corel Pain Shop Pro or Microsoft Digital Image Suite. There is even software designed specifically for digital scrap booking. Essentially, you can use any software that will allow you to work with layered objects, and supports the PNG file format. PNG files are preferred for digital scrap booking because they allow the use of transparency in a high quality, true color format.
In addition to software, most digital scrap bookers will also want to have a digital camera, scanner, and a printer.
Some of the benefits of digital scrapbooking are:
*Environmentally friendly. There is no paper involved unless you decide to print the pages you create.
*Less mess (no more table covered with papers, buttons, glues, flowers, ribbons, etc. etc.)
*Wider range of materials (papers and embellishments).
*Mistakes are easy to correct.
*Photo editing programs allow you to experiment with different papers and embellishments without being
*Very affordable digital supplies available (many freebies to be found as well)
*Easily share with friends and family by uploading your digital pages to a photo sharing website or make
your own blog in which to share.
*You can put together a page in little time.
Some of the digital scrap booking programs may take a little time to learn, but the results can be amazing! (I am completely self taught and if I can do it, so can you! )By searching the internet, you can find dozens of articles with tutorials, free pages, free kits, embellishments and text options to suit just about any need. All it takes is your imagination.
In the days to come I hope to share with you some of my pages and crafts that I create. I hope that I have given you a little nudge to try digital scrap booking for yourself!
Google certainly has the money and popularity to pull it off. The internet giant would only need to upgrade the Google profiles feature to launch but could use the combination of both Orkut and Buzz .
If Google can pay Zynga to move popular games like Farmville over to its social networking site, millions of social networking junkies would surely follow!
Would you be open to move from Facebook to Google?
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Here is a recipe I tried last….
North Carolina BBQ Sauce
1 C. White Vinegar
1 C. Apple Cider Vinegar
4 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp. Cayenne Pepper (or to taste)
1 Tbsp. Tabasco Sauce (or to taste)
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Black Pepper
Combine all well and store in a jar in refrigerator. Will keep for 2 months.
While we are on the topic of BBQ, I’ll include a recipe for a South Carolina BBQ Sauce that I also tried. SC uses a mustard base sauce and for someone from Texas it is very different indeed! But, I have to say it’s not too bad! My husband had some and although it is very different from his NC vinegar sauce said it’s pretty good.
South Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce
1 C. Prepared Yellow Mustard
½ C. Balsamic Vinegar
1/3 C. Packed Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp. Butter
1 Tbsp. Worchestshire Sauce
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper (or to taste)
Mix all in a medium saucepan and simmer over low heat about 30 mins. Stir occasionally. Store in a jar and refrigerate.
Ok…Let the BBQ’s begin! Which type of BBQ do you like prefer? Are you willing to try something different? I’d love to hear! I hope you all have a very happy and safe Labor Day Weekend!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
The Wii negatives would be more lackluster games that the advanced gamers are looking to play as well as its limitations for other home entertainment options such as Blue Ray DVD play and internet browsing with flash. Challenging online play is also a negative.
The Xbox 360 gaming unit now offers a motion bar known as Microsoft Kinect that provides game play using your body without holding onto anything. Despite the new addition, the gaming system just does not have the same appeal as the Playstation 3 which provides more of a total entertainment experience.
Just take a drive to your local Walmart and see which consoles are in the locked glass case and which have been sold out. Plenty of Xbox 360 units are ready for purchase most likely and no Playstation 3 machines to be found. The PS3 provides more family entertainment with the inclusion of a Blue Ray DVD player which also upscales the quality of regular DVD movies. Browsing the internet is a breeze as well as downloading movies and TV shows.
This post was not intended to provide a serious gamer review of machines but instead provide information to those who are looking for some family entertainment and fun on a budget. The Wii will provide hours of fun but the Playstation 3 will provide years of total family entertainment. The PS3 has much to offer whether you are a serious gamer or not. I would skip the Xbox 360.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
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I bet you have you have never written your successes. You should keep a sort of diary of things you are proud of and would like to share with others. Read the list from time to time as a reminder of your accomplishments.
Avoid negative people and people that "one up" your stories. Network with positive people who you feel may embrace your business.
You should have both a personal and a business goal or mission. If you don't have one, get one immediately! Find something you have enjoyed doing or have always wanted to accomplish.
Purchase books or motivational audio recordings that inspire you. Listening to a CD when you are feeling down can be very uplifting!
It's difficult to be motivated in a home business when you have a dirty house! How you feel about yourself, your business and your home can have a BIG impact on your daily thoughts and activities.
Always accept feedback as a way to improve your business and not as a personal attack. Failure is ok as long as you learn from it and are willing to try again.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Make sure you take your time and give thought to current trends and how you will make money.
If you want to make 40k per year, break that down as to how much you would need to make per month, per week and per day. The number can be very scary and it may very well cause you to rethink your business plan or even the type of business. While you should have a passion about the type of business, you also have to be realistic as to its potential.
There is a current trend in America to "Go Green". Perhaps give some thought as to how you could capitalize using this concept.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I spotted these gorgeous roses at an apt. complex here in Corpus Christi. Of course traffic was horrible, but I was determined to get a few shots of them! I managed to finally get to the complex and had a couple of people staring at me as I was taking photos, but....oh well! I believe these are called tea roses. Of course if someone knows differently, please feel free to leave me a comment with their correct name.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
These photos of yuccas were taken at the Mission San Jose in San Antonio. Interesting facts about the yuccas are:
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Who could resist taking a photo of this old ambulance made to look like a ghost buster's car? I know I couldn't resist. My son-in-law spotted it on our drive to San Antonio from Corpus Christi and stopped so we could get these! I think it was somewhere around Live Oak? I guess I should take notes so I don't forget the locations. :)
Friday, April 9, 2010
Sunflowers were one of my Mother's favorite flowers! I can't see a sunflower and not think about her! It never fails to amaze me how something so beautiful can grow on the side of the road, without any care other than nature! These sunflowers were growing on the side of the road just outside a subdivision where 2 of my daughters live in Brownsville.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I have to say that most times I really love the drive from Brownsville to Corpus Christi. I used to think that the drive was so boring, with nothing to look at. Maybe it's just me getting older, but now I don't feel that way at all! I've gotten to see the drive in the winter and now the spring! I have enjoyed seeing all the beautiful wildflowers and have hundreds of photos! Now, the fields are being planted and I can wonder about what crops they are!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Before moving to Corpus Christi last October I lived in a little town called Los Fresnos. It's a nice little town, just don't speed! :) I am the first to admit there is little to do there, but...there is ....Little Graceland which is located on West Highway 100 in Los Fresnos. The Museum contains a large collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia, including photos, posters, watches, and more. The owner of the Museum, Simon Vega served with Elvis in the army and after Elvis' death he started the Museum.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Photo was taken with a Nikon D5000 18-55mm lens.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
All of the photos above were taken in San Antonio at the Mission San Juan. It is a beautiful place to visit! I have many more photos of the areas to share over the coming weeks/months.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
It all started nearly 200 years ago when farmers were drawn here by South Texas valley’s rich soil, subtropical climate and plenty of water from the Rio Grande river. At one point there were five mills crushing the cane and cranking out the sugar. But labor problems and depressed prices shut them all down by 1921. Sugar cane in south Texas became just a sweet memory.
Most sugar cane is planted by hand. They are laid down in furrows and covered with topsoil. About a year later, when the stalks are fully grown, it’s time to harvest. The wind direction and weather are checked, and warnings are given out in English and Spanish to leave the fields.
Then fire trucks arrive for igniting flames, not putting them out. The torching burns away excess leaves and other debris. It’s so dry, a forty-acre field burns in 20 minutes.
After the embers cool, the harvesters move in, chopping the stalks at ground level. Trucks carry the cut cane to a conveyor where ten ton boxes are dumped into a hopper.
The cane is washed then sent through seven crushers, or mills, to squeeze out the sweet juice.
The juice is filtered, heated and evaporated until only a concentrated syrup is left. The syrup is crystallized and the crystals spun around in a high-speed centrifuge until the raw sugar is separated from molasses.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
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Sunday, March 28, 2010
Who could resist taking photos of this old police car? Not me! I felt like I was stepping back in time to a different era. One more like Mayberry! Life was so much simpler then. We weren't bombarded by so many things, always rushing from here to there, attached to our electronics. I was reminded of the times when I was young and we were allowed to play outside (not as much danger of strangers and horrible things happening as today) till dark and then would hear my Mom calling my name and I knew it was time for supper (yes, supper...not dinner). Then we would sit outside with several of the neighbors and just talk or us kids would catch fireflies in a jar or play tag, till time to go in and maybe watch a little tv before bed. How many of us do this anymore? I can only speak for myself and my family and I know we don't do this often enough! Many of us don't even know anything about our neighbors. Children rarely play outside anymore, too many video games or computer games to keep them busy. Sorry, guess seeing one old car really brought back of a flood of memories!
Friday, March 26, 2010
We just couldn't resist stopping and walking back and taking photos of this area! Thank goodness there was very little traffic on this frontage road, it allowed us plenty of access, not to mention views of roadkill up close and personal. *lol* I had to do a little research to learn a bit about Sulphur Creek and found the following: