1.) Cole and his fabulous junior year in life and in ultimate.
2.) How amazing a sport ultimate is in general.
3.) How amazing renting big assed lenses can be.
4.) How much I love my new printer.
First, let’s look at the page:
There is nothing I love more than a simple scrapbook page. I think you probably have picked this up by now, yes? One glorious photo (and yes, if you click back to this blog post, you’ll notice I magically erased that mystery woman in the background using Photoshop CC’s nearly magic Content Aware fill feature.)
Notice the three gatherings of stars on the page? This creates a nice repetition across the page, leading the eye and adding a bit of energy to the simple design. I cut those stars and the title using my Silhouette Cameo. But the coolest thing about this page—and yes, I’m about to reference glitter as being cool, so please hold me—the Wink of Stella pen brushed over the title and stars to add a bit of shimmer! This answers two questions, the first being 1.) Can you use glitter on a boy-themed page, and 2.) Has Cathy lost her glitter-fearing mind? The answers? Yes, and oh HELL NO!
The coolest thing about Wink of Stella is that is that once it dries, there is no glitter falling off whatever you brushed it onto. I love the subtle sheen it gives the yellow stuff on this page. It’s hard to see in the shot, but trust me, it shimmers. Proof:
The good folks at Epson America recently sent me a PM-400 photo printer. This came on the heels of me posting about not loving my big mama printer, the Epson SuerColor P400, only because I have not been able to get accurate color since I purchased it over a year ago. The good news is that tomorrow, I have a phone date with an Epson tech dude named Eddie Murphy (true story) and he’s going to help me troubleshoot. I will post in the coming weeks to share whether or not it was a user error that has been making my photos look so dark on that particular printer.
In the mean time, I have a one word review for the Epson PM-400: love.
I took it out of the box and was printing wirelessly within just under 8 minutes. I only tell you that because I have never successfully gotten any printer to work wirelessly and this one was up and running in a snap. Many of you may or may not know, but I’ve been using a Picture Mate Charm or a number of years and have loved that little printer, too. I use it for almost all my scrapbooking these days. But the fact that the PM-400 prints 5 x 7s as well makes it a really great all-around model. As a scrapbooker whose primary page size is 8.5 x 11, that’s the perfect enlargement size for me, and I can also create 5 x 7 collages, too.
For my layout, I’m using the 5 x 7 Ultra Premium Glossy paper and I have to say, for a girl who doesn’t use a lot of glossy paper, I was really happy with how it printed.
So for now, this will be my main photo printer and I’m looking forward to giving it a major workout in the next few weeks because I’m working feverishly on…
Design Your Life 2.0, my brand new e-course dedicated to teaching scrapbookers how to create beautifully designed layouts through the use of core graphic design principles, is coming soon to CZ Classes! I’m knee deep in the hoopla of getting all the materials and videos ready for this class, so watch your email for details on when registration opens.(Not a subscriber? Click here!) Note: if you took the original Design Your Life course back in 2008, I will be offering an alumni discount! Unfortunately for me, I do not own the email lists from that course, so I’ll be asking my alumni to email me directly when registration opens for a special registration link. So if that is you and you’re thinking of taking this new course (and it is a brand new class with new assignments!), all you’ll need is some proof that you took the class. Again, details are coming soon! I’m hoping to open registration at the end of this month. This will be a live class, in that new content will be delivered each week. That said, you will still have access to the materials after the four-week class period ends, and I’m planning to run it again in late Fall. Again, details and registration information will be coming in the next few weeks!