Friday, April 26, 2013

Been on a College Bound Trip

Well, it's been a very busy week.  Getting things done, trying to get things ready.  My Son for a College Bound Trip, and my daughter for an international foreign Mission Trip.

They are both the finishing they junior years, one in High School and one @ University.  Both are spying out where they will be continuing their education after graduations.  My daughter for her where to get her Masters and my son for where to start, and then continue to his Masters.  What a busy time!  Walking the campuses again, I'm glad to say that I'm past this time in life.  I just can't walk that much, especially on a hilly campus!  But I know they both have exciting days ahead!

On our travels I've found that my old laptop, is working much faster on the hotel internet then on the high speed at our home.  May have to call our service provider and have them check out WHY!

One of the glitches I found the other day, but didn't realize...kit items WERE there, I just needed to scroll over to the left, even in a wide screen browser.  I'm confident that Jordan will have things tweeked in no time though, and if you scroll over to the right, the items are still there to browse through.  Check out the website, and consider SUPPORTING them.  I've not found any other digital scrapping site that has their high level of quality items and variety AND you get a caring, and connected community as well!

Digital Scrapbooking at Pixel Scrapper

Some screen shots to help a few of us navigate around a couple of kits what seems to have a glitch.  When looking to download the kit, You can see the individual below the kit preview.  The SEE MORE button takes you to a screen with individual downloads.  But temporarily, a few kits might have what seemed to this sleep deprived mom missing the individual pictures....BUT NO...after a good nights rest and a fun day of campus tours...I found the scroll right bar at the bottom and low and BEHOLD ....there they were! ...

Larger pictures, that you can click through to see the individual items.  But Why not download the ENTIRE KIT....and come and join the community!  It really is a top notch site!

And please just choke up any typos or grammatical mistakes to one sleepy, time-zone challenged, college searching MOM!  (And yes that goes for my always proof-reading ;) ...but you can notice that I got all my links working properly!)


UPDATE: Jordan's got this fixed, early this morning!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Shortened zip file names of PSApril13_LPW_Birds&Bees

Hello again.  I've not been able to watch for troubles as diligently as I would have liked to recently.  We have been busy with "college bound" trips, last weekend and another coming up.  I've also been working to learn a few new programs for creating fonts.  Hopefully more to come along those lines.  ;)

Some have had troubles with the long file names, and I'm assuming it's those of us with the older operating systems.  So I've shorten file names and am uploading some zip files that have the same papers and elements, but have shorter file names.  Hopefully if you've had troubles these will work for you.

I apologize to any that have had problems.  Please let me know if you had troubles with the older files, but these new shortened files are working for you.  Also if you could let me know what type of a system you are running on, so that hopefully I can find a fix for the future.

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Enjoy your scrapping, and if you'd like to share anything you've made with my elements, give a holler!  I'd love to see it.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

River Boats

Another older painting...

This one was a watercolor.  It reminds me of reading Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.  It would be years after reading these works of Samuel Clemens, before I took brush in hand to paint these river boats.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sunset and Waterskiing

I wanted to share another airbrushing from the past.  

I remember taking a series of photos, used in the study for this project.  It was a fun time, visiting my brother and his wife.  The BSU group went to this lake for waterskiing  most summers.  Unfortunately, the week before, I had my wisdom teeth taken out and was on orders from the oral surgeon NOT to get on the boards.  For that matter, NOT to participate in any other contact sports - including volleyball, for at least 6 months.  Despite that, I had a wonderful time, from snapping a few photos to visiting around the camp fire enjoying some excellent marshmallows that seemed roasted to perfection!

I also remember the joy of taking the rubber cement masking off of the sunset reflections.  It was a great feeling to see something that looked dark and muddy, turn into a focal point in the project!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Ballerina airbrushed

This is a detailed airbrushing that I did, way back in the Fall '85.  I just recently photographed it. I wasn't able to get a good photo of it matted, so I cropped out the mat, and added one within Gimp.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Added another download option with dropbox for PSApril13 Birds & Bees.

Just wanted to make sure everyone notices that I've added another download option in addition to the Google Drive downloads.  The same 3 files have been added to a public folder at, because someone commented that they had troubles getting the pages at Google Drive to fully load.  I thought about having a second option available, but thought I'd monitor how things went first, and I wanted to be up and ready April 1.  So I'm now offering another avenue for those who can't get the first ones to work.

Please scroll down the blog to find them or go directly to the blog post @ PSApril13 Birds and Bees Blog Hop IF you need them. They are listed at the bottom of that post.  I've been told that can reach a limit on bandwidth though, so I orginally only went with the Google Drive for downloading.

Sorry for any inconvience this might have caused people.  I have had troubles with others downloads during the last few months, so I know it happens.  Actually I still can't get "Box" pages to load properly.  I get the download buttons but they aren't clickable.  I figure if one took the time to mention it, it's probably happened to several others as well.  Again sorry.  Please if you have troubles, downloading or with the files when you unzip them, let me know.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Feed back on Birds and Bees Kit

Thanks so much to those that have already left comments on the website about my kit.  It's always nice to know what folks like and are drawn to.

I've been busy trying to go around and process through all the other kits in the Blog I've not done much yet in commenting on their kits yet.

I did want to post about the journal cards and the swan though.  I lean towards realistic art, Norman Rockwell was one of the artists that I enjoyed studying. So as I was getting ready and thinking on the theme, I was surfing the net looking for inspiration.  I came across some neat photos, and since I don't like bees, BUT love their honey, I knew that I didn't want to study them long enough to draw them in GIMP.  So when I found royalty free photos, I knew they would be a great option for me to add bees to my portion.  Muting their look with monotone was a plus, so journaling cards were a great fit.  I'm big on telling a story, even if short in any scrapbooking or artwork.

The swan, I decided it might be fast if I sketched on "old-fashioned" paper.  I then scanned it in, and isolated it within GIMP.  I actually made a few version of it, toying around with just the out-lining, and then a few texturing techniques.

I knew some of GIMP before starting the work on this kit, but I've learned a lot more.  Look for more from me, hopefully in the near future.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Downloading Zip Files from Google Drive

Hello.  I've had some folks saying that they don't see how to download a Zip file from Google Drive.  Since I'm using Google Drive I thought I'd make a pictoral tutorial to help anyone out.

If you are taken to a page that looks like this, with the File name.ZIP then the area below listing the files inside the zip, but you want to download the ENTIRE ZIP file.
(To get the green highlighted area you need to have clicked on the File at the top.)
This SHOULD download the entire ZIP file.

If you'd like help with this problem, and this is NOT what you are seeing, please Shift>Print Screen while on the window.  This will capture your screen onto your clipboard, and you should be able to paste it into whatever program you use.  Crtl-V if you are on a PC will paste.  You could send me a picture of it, and I'll try to help figure out how you can get the entire zip file.

PSApril13 Birds and Bees Blog Hop

Welcome.  I pray you enjoy.

I'm trying my hand at sharing my digital graphics for scrapbooking.  It is a lot of work, especially on my old laptop, and with the free software GIMP.  My daughter regularly complains about how slow my computer is.  It's around 9 years old, so I just keep babying it.  But slowly, I've been able to make some items I wanted to share with you.

I've been involved with Pixel Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking for several months now, and have actually gotten some digital scrapbooking done, because of encouragement and their challenges there.  It is a community for both those starting out in digital scrapping and those that are designers, or want-to-be's.  It's run by a wonderful, giving couple, Marisa and Jordan.

I thought about participating in their February Blog Train; Retro Kitchen, but wasn't really ready yet.  So I've been playing with designing more, and have made a few designs I'll share with you, during their April Blog Train; the Birds and the Bees.

I'm still learning how to do all of this, from the digital designing to the composing and working with a Blog, setting up e-mail accounts, and sites to host the please be patient with me.  I've also tried to separate the elements and papers so that Google Drive will allow the files to be scanned for you before you download...hopefully this all has worked.

Well, I've continued to battle with my computer this week, trying to get things ready for April 1.  I experienced all sorts of trouble when zipping the files, like having the names truncated.  But I think I've gotten at least most of the bugs out.

I've tried to tag my files in Picasa for you as well, but apparently it isn't working on the main 12x12 paper's zip.

Don't miss any of the pieces, be sure you get all 3, either from the photos or the links below.

To download click on the photos, and if you are directed to another page it should have the NAME of the ZIP file, on the new page.  Just under that name, you should find
FILE > DOWNLOAD, if you don't get a direct download.



If clicking on the photos above doesn't take you to the download page, you can click on these links.  In my testing it was asking for the user to log into Google...if this happens and you don't have an account, please let me know and I'll try adjusting things again.

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Since it's my first time designing for others, I'd love it if you would please leave a comment here or in Pixel Scrapper forums, about what you enjoyed about them, or anything that you had trouble with.

The Blog Train can be found here.  There are many others with some wonderful contributions, so you'll end up with a MEGA kit!  You don't need to join the community there to enjoy the blog train contributions, but we'd love to have you.  So browse a little after collecting from the other blog trains.

You might also enjoy my other blog.  I have some tutorials and other musings there.  Enjoy your goodies!
Editted: April 4, 2013 @ 6pm US Central time zone to include dropbox downloads for those that can't get the above links to work.

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Sorry for the inconvenience.