Monday, April 12, 2010

A long overdue project...



Ok, I have to admit, that I do have something else that I have been working on. My mom's website http://www.paulaomurphy.com/ for her fantasy art dolls and other endeavors. I have been working on it, here and there, for almost a year. It has been a long haul, as I have been trying to create the site and assets from scratch, while teaching myself all the new fangled ways to do things and how to use a suite of Adobe CS4 products. I was still a little old school, coding direct in html with table layouts and later with FrontPage until sometime in late 2008 when my hubby purchased Adobe Design Premium CS4 for me. Sorry this has taken sooo long mom. :(


Anyways, it still has a lot more work. It currently is a bunch of holding pages, but at least the backbone is there. Content, here I come!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Finally, a post!!

Ok, so trying to motivate myself to do little art projects or anything creative for that matter, by creating a blog journal hasn't been so successful. I've started a few projects, but haven't finished anything that I was comfortable sharing... till today. :)

Since I'm new to this whole blogging thing, I figured this post can also serve as a trial on how photos link, load, display, auto-thumbnail and re-size etc., here on blogger.

Anyways, I wanted to investigate further how to make a simple baby announcement to email, maybe print for those family members who really want something tangible. By the way, I'm about 34 weeks pregnant, thus the interest in a baby announcement. I've done a little web and print work, so I've got the basics, but what I really wanted was something scrapbooky with cute little graphics and textures that I didn't have to build from scratch.


What did I find? The world of Digital Scrapbooking. Wow, I knew people did it, but had no idea there was an entire community, industry and a market selling digital papers, elements and components. Of course I wanted to try it free and maybe a quick tutorial on how "it's done". When trying anything new, I like to get a general idea of the common or best practices. That's my... *anal*ytical side. :)

Here is what I found... drum roll for credits and a sincere thank you, please:

Scrapbook Gal's blog with this tutorial (to try at a later date), which then lead me to a wonderful selection of free for private use "kits" from ShabbyPrincess.com, which then lead me to their own tutorials. I chose to try out this one, since I could follow along very closely with freebies from their own site. I even used some of the fonts suggested from abecdarienne.com.


So, here it is, my long overdue first artsy posting and quick project:




I thought it would be a small work of traditional art, but hey, Pepe is a well deserving, extremely loved little dog. So I guess it is fitting that he is the center of my first posted project.