Harder than I thought

I have been trying to do the self portrait and photo a day. While I have been taking some photos…I am not doing so great at the every day thing…sigh. Posting them every day I also have been lax on. But, it is a work in progress, so I am not giving up. I think I will just give myself permission to just do what I can and not stress over what I can’t. SO in that vein, here is what I have done so far. Now I warn you, the photos are not the greatest, and they are not all fashion pics. I am going with what I want to record and remember, and they will end up in my journal or my calendar. And I have had no time to really play with them in photoshop yet except to crop. So without further ado…here are some of the ones I have taken so far.

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Not eating like I should, lol.                               I turned 45

IMG_4239 copy4x6 Reading up on my camera

IMG_4267 copy Doing the measure thing..started walking..woo hoo!

IMG_4260 copy I was going to take this down since Niki is home now…I don’t have to, and in the end I decided not to yet. I kind of like the silhouette affect of this one.

IMG_4278 copy One of the pics from my photo shoot. Not the best, but I liked this one.


And that is all I am going to bore you with today. Hope your day is a good one!


My new Mantra

As I was out and about today, constantly thinking of pictures to take for both groups I joined at Flickr, and constantly debating with myself on whether or not I should take this pic or this one, etc., I suddenly realized one thing. Just take the darn picture! So that is my mantra now, just take it! I can always delete it, but I can never get the same thing I saw when I was debating with myself on whether or no to take it. Such a simple thing, you would think wouldn’t be a problem, but today it was.

Here are my 2 photos today. The first is the self portrait as I sat in the car before heading back in from errand running. Who would have thought it would be so hard to take a photo of yourself in the mirror? My hope is that in a month or 2 I will be better at taking the darn things. Or at least start liking them, lol. I was so enjoying the sun today. I miss the sun during the winter when it decides to hide for days on end. One of the places I stopped today was the camera store. I needed new batteries for my remote control and since I was there, I picked up a couple lens covers, since I had mis-placed them. I take them off to use the camera and they just seem to disappear. She also looked at my camera because I was wondering if maybe it needed a cleaning, which it didn’t! And to find out how to clean the lens that got soda on it…ugh! Luckily it was determined that I didn’t have to send it in and pay upwards of $60.00 to clean it. I can do it myself at home.

This next one is for the photo a day group at Flickr. I wasn’t sure I wanted to join this group until I read the tips on how to get started and ideas on what to take. One of the ideas was to snap a photo of something about the day that will remind you of it. And since that fit into my journaling goal perfectly, I decided I might as well give that one a go too. Now, I have no idea exactly why I decided on this photo, except that it shows a partial collection of shoes, and which ones I wear more this time of year. A lot of the ones out will be put away once the weather gets warmer again. When I print the photo to put on my calendar (my visual journal goal) I will most likely crop it to just show my new winter boots I got this year…which I love! Again, something my daughter laughed at when she saw them, lol. We have such completely different tastes in things. It’s just a good thing I don’t get offended when she laughs at me and the things I wear! As I have told her as she grew up….it doesn’t matter what other people think, as long as you like it, that’s all that matters. She just loves to tease me. Now, see this is a wonderful example of what a photo can do. It brings out thoughts and memories.

Lastly, here is layout I did using Di Hickman’s template. Check out her blog for more examples and to find the template. She also has some wonderful card templates! I am hoping this year to get my daughter’s album complete of her time in Iraq.

Alien Invasion!!!

Where to start??
I have been added to the crew at World Scrapping Tour! Woo Hoo! It is a wonderful site that ‘flies’ around the world showcasing designers. And this month we have been invaded by aliens (Tracy and Wendi from Treasures to Scrap)! You can find all the info for both sites here and here.

Through the month of January there will be challenges and fun galore at TTS. We are giving away the Jan. Treasure Chest this month for participating in the challenges. The more you do, more pieces of the kit you get! How cool is that? We can do that because we have taken over the forums there this month..hehehe.

Lets see, what else? Oh yes! I am going to try very hard to get a self portrait a day done this year! And so here is my first one. I am doing something new this year, One Little Word, which I will get to in a bit. But here I am working on the page I am going to post at my desk about the word I chose. I seriously need to learn more about Photoshop Elements, so I can truly make great photos. I was trying to get the yellow from the lamp out of the photo, and I ended up with a blue cast to it. Not a photo I will ever be choosing as a favorite, but a nice start none the less! Hmmm, another goal for the year? Find a class to take in Photoshop. As good as any of the others I have thought of.

One Little Word. What is that? Check it out here and here. The first link takes you to Ali Edwards where she tells you about the concept. The second link takes you to the current entry she has made in her blog about her word for the year. And I have to say thanks to Emily Powers for sharing this and bringing this to my attention.

After some thought, and reading through some of the posts on this, my choice just kind of popped out at me from someone who went with a different word. My word is Consciousness.

This is my goal this year, to be aware of what is going around me, making conscious choices about what I do and don’t do. I think this will be paramount in getting all the things I want to do this year, done! To be aware of time, and what I am doing with it. No more wasting it! When I get the page done, I will post it here too.

I leave you with a layout I did for the Treasures to Scrap newsletter coming out soon. I hope everyone has a wonderful year!