I've come to reconsider where I stand on the whole copyright issue, in regards to work that appears on my blog. If you happen to see art that I've created on this blog and it inspires you, by all means go ahead and appropriate it. If you want to modify it, scraplift it, use only parts of it or copy it outright, you have my permission to do so here. If you want to give me credit, fine. If you don't, that's okay too. I've been inspired by countless other people in all walks of life and I believe that generosity of spirit is much greater than any personal pride or glory I could achieve from claiming to be the first or the best to do anything. The sole exception to this would be photos of my family, to protect their privacy.
The vintage images that appear in this blog are digitally altered and colored by scrapologie. Feel free to use them for your personal use, however you like!
I hope. We're headed to Florida on Tuesday for a few days at Disney. Back the following Monday. In case I don't get to post between now and then, have a wonderful week and a happy halloween! Here are a few vintage summery images - I'll start sharing holiday images when I return!
Have you checked out Deviant Art? It's a great site for free downloadable brushes and lots of other artistic resources for Photoshop. I was puttering around with some photoshop brushes and some vintage images and combined them to create some modern/vintage holiday tags/cards to share with you. You can resize them and print them out in the size you'd like (*personal use only please*)! I used the following brush sets with my vintage images:
Alekha agreed to submit to my pleas for a photo shoot yesterday - it had been a long time since I had gotten some really beautiful photos of her and I wanted to try and start early on Christmas card photos. I had to bribe her with a new Barbie Doll, but I was very happy with how they turned out. Also broke out some of my stock of my fave photoshop brushes just so I could play a bit. She is growing up so quickly...
Played around in PS with this last one - I applied some artistic filters before using the brushes. My favorite brushes are from Sande Krieger and Rhonna Farrer at Two Peas. I think most of the ones I used can be found there!
And here's a few vintage images to share as well, hope you had a great weekend!
Some lovely vintage snow white/wicked queen images to share with you today. Is it too soon for me to start posting Christmas/holiday images? There are some I am just dying to share and I know I didn't start those last year until December. Christmas comes earlier every year, sigh -- I guess all the retail displays are starting to take effect on me! I am forcing myself to wait until Halloween is over, but I could be persuaded otherwise, if you promise not to roll your eyes when you see Christmas images popping up here in October, lol!
Most likely, it's not your birthday today - I'll take my chances, after all, the chance that I'm wrong is just one in 365, right? ;)
A friend and I are going to spend Friday with our little girls at a real teahouse here in Columbus. The girls are going to get dressed up and we're going to have a genuine tea party. It probably won't be as unusual as the one that Alice had with the March Hare and the Mad Hatter, but we're excited about the opportunity to introduce our little girls to tea. In preparation, Alekha and I have been reading Alice in Wonderland and especially the tea party scene where un-birthdays are celebrated.
So, in celebration of not growing older, I am sharing with you this article written by Regina Brett of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She actually wrote this piece in celebration of turning 50, but I think it's fitting even for an un-birthday. Enjoy!
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
45. The best is yet to come.
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
48. If you don't ask, you don't get.
50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
I am back from Cleveland and glad to be home. It was a long week! While I was gone, Bobby took Alekha to the Miley Cyrus concert here last Wednesday (against my better judgment on a school night) but I have to admit that it was great for some daddy-daughter bonding time. She'll remember it for months to come and is still chattering about it daily.
I am hosting a small halloween party for a few of my closest friends and their children and created a digital image to use as the basis of my invitation. Feel free to print it out and use it if you like, (personal use only please!) I have included two versions - one for a spooky party and one for a not so spooky party. And I was happily able to work in a silhouette image of a Pierrot/Columbine. I am hoping to have a real old fashioned halloween party, with the exception of bobbing for apples -- with the flu going around I don't think that would be such a great idea, but maybe I can figure out a version of the game where the kids won't have to share germs. I am planning to order these edible wafers from Fancy Flours so that I can turn out some gorgeous sugar cookies like these:
I haven't had a chance to post design work from last month's JBS kit either - so sharing a few with you as well, today. I think they are almost sold out of this month's kit! Check out the gallery for the rest of my projects as well as those from the rest of the team. The last project is from this month's project kit - I used it to showcase photos of my sister, her new baby and her family.