Good News and Not So Good

I guess I will start with the not so good. I was really liking Windows Live Writer, BUT…I can’t upload my photos from where I have them. And I am NOT going to move my Blog to another place just so I can do that. I need to be able to add pictures. Then here is the next problem I am having. I am not finding the answers I need to even work properly in this blog. Which I am sure will eventually be fixed, as I talk to people or cruise the site more. It is just frustrating not being able to do the things I want to do, right NOW, lol. I just tried to add a picture of the layout from my last post in here, using the link to an URL. Well, that was all fine and well, but when I went to look at it, it is not where I want it to be. Which brings to my next problem…I can’t figure out how to edit a post in here. I read the directions, I tried it, and I am just missing something I guess, because I can’t edit. OK, enough of that, onto the good news.

Oh, but first, let me put the LO from the last post here, and for credits read below.

I will say again, I had such fun doing this layout. Really took me outside my box.

I read in one of my groups that the new mag, The Ultimate Guide to Digital Scrapbooking was really good and had a good tut on how to make a wave on your LO. I have wanted to learn this for a couple weeks now, and no one had really explained how to do it so I could understand exactly what I needed to do. Someone telling me “oh, I use such and such tool for that”, was not much help. For most people it would be sufficient, but for someone who is just learning to use the program, I need detailed instructions. But, I digress. I finally picked up the mag, which looks great. But when I went to do the wave part, I just could not get it to work like they showed in it. And believe me, I played around with it for a while.

Hummie had mentioned that she also had a tut on her blog (see the side bar for link) on how to make a wave template, so that is where I went next. And glory be…I DID IT! Her instructions were clear, concise, and easy to follow, and she explained what all those sliders where for and the basics of setting it up and what to play with and what not to play with. I have to say that all of her tuts are like that, and I know I will be going back to see what else she has. So a big thanks to Hummie for sharing her knowledge with everyone! And I now have 1 template that I can use again and again to make wave shapes with my paper. And I am sure I will make some more. Now if someone could point me in the direction of learning how to make a page template, I would be eternally happy.

And in case I haven’t mentioned it yet, make sure you check out Scrappin HillBilly’s Blog for her awesome cover ups she created! They are just too funny and great for when you want to post a LO online, but can’t show other people’s kids or for whatever reason. Instead of blurring them out, try one of these! And she has put them on her blog as freebies, so make sure you leave some lovin’ (comments) if you download them. (again, the link is on the side.)

This next LO took me forever to finish last night, and I am not sure I will try it again for a while. At least not on something so difficult. I wanted to put the one picture of Niki and me way up in the sky…well, way up, alone, in my layout. I tried using the magic selection brush tool, but it was just too hard. I don’t know if I was doing something wrong or if it was just a difficult picture to use it on. So what I ended up doing was erasing the background manually. And let me tell you, on this it wasn’t easy. I had to zoom in, and change brush sizes many, many times. On the layout it looks pretty good, but if you zoom in…UGH! In the end, it was worth it tho, and I do like how it turned out. What do you think?

All supplies for this layout are from Jennifer M. Trippetti at SBB.

I used items from her Photoframe Basics kit
Clusters Summer kit
and her Washed Up, and Rub a Dub Tubby kit.

And I guess that is it for today. I have a couple things I need to get done, like making a page using Gina’s kit, and I am going to make myself not exactly a blinkie, but a little tag I guess, to put in my siggys so I can link to my blog. That could take a while since I want to create all my own stuff for it. So, I had better get going! Catch ya later.

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