I've already shown you some of the painted borders that are in my new Borderlines 4 kit (coming out May 1st) but it here are more page borders layered on each other as well as a picture frame border and the painted lines below the title are also from that kit.
The "invent yourself" striped circle at the bottom is from another new kit called Graphic Advice. Both will be available at Two Peas.
I did this layout for the digital journaling challenge this week. The challenge is to use an ad slogan as a journaling prompt. So if you get a chance, try it out and post your layout on 2 peas and link it to the 2ps2sday chat thread this Tuesday, May 1st and you might just win a 2 Peas gift certificate that you can use to get 2 Peas digi kits!
I started attending these a couple of years ago. I love altered art and playing with different mediums and Art & Soul affords me the opportunity to play and learn from some of the country's most talented altered artists.
I'm taking two soldering classes from Sally Jean. Hob Knobbing where we make these fun funky knobs for draws and cabinets.
And a two day class called House of Style.
Isn't this house the cutest thing? We even get to make the furniture!
I've taken quite a few classes from Sally over the years and am constantly amazed at the creative ideas she comes up with, plus she is just a fun person to be around!
This year I'm trying out a new medium. I'm taking a class by Stephanie Lee called Totally Plastered. I haven't ever worked with plaster before but I love her style of art.
There is such a richness of patina in her pieces that really appeals to me.
One of the things that I LOVE about Art & Soul is that the majority of the classes are all day, some are even 2 days. This really gives me the opportunity to learn something so that when I go home I can work with that medium again.
No Art & Soul experience would be complete if I didn't take a class from Claudine Hellmuth. She is such a great teacher - personable, funny and relaxed.
We are going to be making these fabulous little poppet puppets. I am totally taking some photos of Portia & Ella (our Yorkies) to make into puppets.
I'm really excited to try out some of the new features in Photoshop like smart filters, auto align layers and the updated photomerge. Plus it starts up way faster! They have also redesigned the Bridge and added some really neat features.
My flat screen monitor chose this week to give up the ghost. Figures.
It's going to seem huge since I'm now on a 15 inch OLD one that I stole from the kids computer.
Plus I ordered the Drobo system. I'm so psyched about this. I mentioned in an earlier post that it was an External Hard Drive system but it's actually internal hard drives that you put in the DROBO case which plugs into your USB port. The reason I'm so excited is the technology behind it. I will NEVER loose another file or photo or piece of data. I got 1 terrabyte of memory and I can still upgrade that. So psyched. I'll post again about it once I've got it and it's up and running. Remember if you're interested in this system, let me know because I can give you a special code that will let you get it $100 cheaper!
So off I go to do some designing to pay for all this stuff. I hope you have a great weekend!
Mike was only in the Boston area with us for a few days because he couldn't get away from his practice for longer than that.
One of the days he was with us we took a trip over to Plymouth and visited the Plimouth Plantation.
It's a recreation of a 1630's village complete with working craftsman.
This gentleman was making furniture with the tools that they had brought over from England. It was amazing what he could do.
In the village were cabins and in each cabin were actors dressed up as Pilgrims who would speak to you like you'd stopped by for a visit.
I don't have many photos from our excursion because we had promised Mick and Spencer that we would do the entire Plantation in 1 hour (if any of you have teenage boys you will understand this), so we were booking it from location to location.
We also went aboard the Mayflower II and visited Plymouth Rock.
The whole experience was a good one which I would highly recommend if you're in the area.
So we're in Boston...surrounded by rich American History...you'd think kids would be excited to see the sights!
Not so much.
I was committed to making sure the boys absorbed some of this rich history but in order to keep them from revolting like those early American did against the tyranny of the Brits, I had to keep things moving at a fast pace.
This meant limiting the number of historical sites that we actually went in and stayed at.
The Freedom Trail which runs through the heart of Boston is a brick trail that goes by several of the key places, including the Old North Church (one if by sea, two if by...) Paul Revere's house, the Commons, and many more places.
With boys, there is always the issue of who can stay on the actual brick trail without being shoved off by their sibling.
As long as there were frequent stops for food, I managed to keep some sort of peace.
But there did come a point after several hours when McKean just stopped and said..."Mom, no more museums!"
Yeah...well...you're gonna regret that buddy next year when you're studying American History!