Thursday, June 19, 2008

Summer Mini

As promised, here is the mini I made this week. The inspiration was 100% old lady, both her style and her cool new Challenge blog called The Art is Found. I decided to try these challenges out because they were fun and different. The first prompt (I'm starting at the beginning baby!) was to use Packaging, which to me could mean any sort of recycled materials. So I took some currogated (sp?) cardboard from our bedframe packaging and some Toast catalogue pages and made this mini about the summer (the cover page was my starting point, I loved the surf picture that said "High summer 2008"). I also used old buttons from clothes, old packaging from an Etsy purchase, lots of white paint (heart) and some misc. scrapping stuff.

I'm also submitting this to the Scrapjack Challenge, which works out well because they jacked Kara this time! The jack was of a mini she made for Art class at school, and had lyrics in it. I'm not sure if I did the jack right, because I didn't make my mini about lyrics in particular, but I did include lyrics in my mini, and the mini itself was inspired by hers. So I'll submit it and see what the girls say :)

Ok, 'nough babblin', here it is (I scanned in the pages, since it seemed the best way to show it, but minis are hard to show online, it's so much cooler in real life!)

As you can see it's quite messy and random and fun, which is the direction I want to take, I don't want to take this too seriously, I think that was myproblem before, I thought that everything had to be perfect, so I just couldn't bring myself to do anything, but now that the pressure is off, I can have some fun and just create.

Creating leads to messes like this one. But I love it.

Well I guess that's it for now. Not sure where I'll go from here, probably attempt another page, I still have to print some pictures, that's holding me up a bit I think. the OLW is Strong, which is cool, I'll see what I can do with that. Challenges are awesome, for reals, I thrive on them.

Heading to Sussex this weekend to see my sister's new puppy Quincy and to visit my little nephew Hayden, who I haven't met yet, so lots of new family to meet (and pictures to take)!

**Speaking of pictures, can anyone recommend a good, easy-to-read book about Adobe Photoshop? I tried some stuff and boy, it's hard! I see how people process their pics and I love it, but it seems like you need a degree in computer science and photography to be able to do anything to them! How do I get my pics to look like hers?? Kinda green-ish tint, or a light tint, or "urban action", whatever that means? Any help?? Please??

Out (and back to work!)


Kara said...

Ooooh, Gen. You are such a sweetie-pie. Love your mini, made me smile. I think you interpreted the Jack perfectly.

I don't know about books, but email me if you have specific questions about Photoshop.

Anonymous said...

All the pics attached except the first one , are attractive

Breanne Crawford said...

what an AWESOME mini. love it!