Photo Phun!

Wow! Thanks to everyone who left such great love in my blog and on my 4shared site; I am sooo glad that you liked the template (more of those coming soon!).

I just realized that I am sooo behind in posting my May Photo-A-Day exploits, so why don’t we sit on this porch swing, grab a cold drink, and just let the breeze play with our hair as we sit back and have a most relaxing chat? Sounds good? πŸ™‚

Oh, and while we’re at it, maybe let’s add some music… my dear friend Linda just introduced me to this guy (who doesn’t even know she and I exist, hehe), and I looked him up on youtube and totally fell in love with this song.

A bit of an aside: since my 2 older teen sons are into music (who of their age isn’t? πŸ˜› ), I asked them if they’d heard of Jason Mraz, thinking “Wow! They’re going to find me so cool, that I know contemporary music!”

The response? “Oh yeah mom, that song has been around for some time.”

So much for being cool. πŸ˜†

So… here we go! Maestro, play your music! (And you, dear friend, press that play button). hehehe

And now for some Photo Phun πŸ˜€

May05Β ~ Do Flowers Have Faces?

May05 PAD

I couldn’t help but think Madame Florabell when I saw this on a walk around our garden grounds… Is it just me who sees the eyes and the green nose and the tuft of yellow-fuschia hair, and her ruffly collar? heehee. Sometimes nature can have such a sense of humor!

(PS. I am utterly hopeless at identifying flowers by name! All I know is that these ones are so common around here, they even grew by the side of our childhood home… and when we were kids, we’d pick them all the time! πŸ˜€ )

May06 ~ A Very Casual Love Affair

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What can I say? I’m a jeans-and-sneakers kind of girl, true and through! Gotta love them (try running after 5 sons in skirts and heels and you’ll understand why I live in jeans and sneakers~ROFL!)


Here’s a layout I did with the extra takes of the day. πŸ˜†

PSF Storyboard

Could these shoes count me in as a hybrid scrapper? πŸ˜†


MeredithFenwick-WildSide-DarkGrey paper (combined with KatiePertiet’s BlackBlack-Paper); AntiquePaperSwirls; AntiqueBits Postcard / Pieces of Me Sentimental Kit – Staple, Transparent Tape
FONTS: SxTalk69; Mom’sTypewriter

The storyboard was created using Jessica’s Photoshop Friday Tutorial. Very easy, very fun to use!

May07 ~ Urban Tears

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Urban tears = rain in the city. Ever since I was a little kid, I always thought raindrops looked like teardrops. Shot this from inside my car on my way home from another one of the daily trips I hadΒ been making to the hospital for my kids. We were on top of the bridge as I shot this, so the background is actually the tops of the buildings as we passed.

May08 ~ Iron Man Rules!

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I was going toΒ use the photo untouched, but my two older teen sons saw me playing around withΒ it using the WOW Watercolor and Linework Filter, and begged me to upload this instead. They said it fits the theme… and because *sometimes* my sons rule me, I let them have their way this time. hehe. (Guess the Comic Generation knows whereof they speak! LOL).

May09 ~ Ma, Look!

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Took this photo of my son’s hand pointing to a wooden thingie on our home grounds while he was on his (most probably) hundredth “Ma, look!”… I don’t remember seeing whatever it was he saw there (an ant?) but when the photo came out, I decided to play a bit with it, and added a little sprite! πŸ˜‰ Totally played with this! πŸ˜€

And okay, so the photo is real but I added the lights and the glow, and usedΒ Stephanie Baker-Thomas’ faery figure. πŸ™‚

May10 ~ aaaH2Ooooh

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Pure relief, and the best refreshing drink on a hot and humid day; and possibly the best elixir to take when you’re about to climb the walls because your internet router is dead and you can’t get to your favorite Spraground in the world. heh. πŸ˜›

Took this glass of water in my dining room… switched off all the lights except the corner lights and one on the right side. πŸ™‚

And okay, so there are more photos to upload, but before you doze off to sleep, I’m going to save you some energy and upload those at another time! hehehe πŸ˜†

Photo Phun Means Phreebie Phun!

And since you’ve been such wonderful friends, patiently looking at my photo exploits, here’s a little something for you! πŸ˜€

My sister, who has just completed the previous Up & Running course of Jessica a couple of months ago (and promptly GOT HOOKED, mwahahahaha), wanted to create a layout but only had 2 photos to use on it. What a dilemma, huh? I normally like using photos in groups of odd numbers (say 1 focal photo and 3 little ones)… I don’t think I’ve ever used just 2 photos on a layout.

But her dilemma got me thinking: What IF there were truly just two photos snapped? Then what?

Make a template for 2 photos! πŸ˜†

So I made her a template with two choices for the title area: One with a straight honest-to-goodness regular title, and another with a curved title path that leads into one of the photo masks.

And here’s the layout she came up with (I am so proud of this work of hers! So wonderful!)

Template Sample LO cnb


AAspnes’ Web Challenge Brushes 18May, MZimmermann’s Breeze of Elegance Paper, MZ’s Timeless Journey Paper (recolored), MFenwick’s Warm Heart Paper 6 (journal spot), MZ’s Lifetime Moments Lock & Tag and Bundled Lock & Key Elements, JBolton’s Pastiche Screw, MFenwick’s Fall Fiesta Rhinestone Circle. Fonts: Lucida Blockletter and Century Gothic.

And here is what the templates look like:

You can get this template, which has a straight, no-nonsense title πŸ˜› by clicking on the template preview. πŸ˜‰

2Photo Template with Straight Title

And if you prefer a curved title path, you can get this template here (also by clicking on the preview) πŸ˜‰

2 Photo Template with Curved Title Path

Both templates are psd files with clipping masks included. All you have to do is clip your photos and papers on to them, add whatever accents you want to, and voila!

Happy Scrapping, my dear friends! Oh, and thanks for the love you leave in my blog!

And… have a LOVELY day! I’ll see you again soon!

15 thoughts on “Photo Phun!

  1. LOVE the template, LOVE your pictures…since discovering the Spraground (& you!) I have never spent this much time on the computer!! (I think my husband’s considering an intervention!)


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  3. Hey GF….I have been out of commission for a bit but hopefully I will be back in full swing here soon……..miss ya 😦
    Love your photos…you always do such a good job of taking photos and then journaling on them or about them…..wish I had a speck of your talent…….I am so jealous πŸ™‚


  4. Liv…thanks for the templates (very cool)! I liked the song by Jason Mraz. I asked Taylor if she had heard of him and she said yes, that a friend of hers had actually seen him in concert.

    As always, love your photos!!!


  5. Thanks again for a cool template. I just completed a shutterfly album for my dad’s 70th birthday and I did 43 LO in a week! I knew I had a time crunch so I let go (Knowing I know how to do many beautiful things digi all by myself) and stuck with using only templates to speed up the process. It turned out great!I don’t think our teens ever think we are that cool–best we can hope for is a moment or too. Good thing we know what cool really is! US!


  6. You always know how to make us happy, with your super photos, the funny comments, and music to go with it all. Thanks too, for the templates. Sometimes all I have is 2 photos, so these will come in handy. Big Smooch!


  7. Great templates, Liv, I love them and I love what Carmela did with it! Her LO is so cool!!! Your photos are always fun to look at, plus you have such a great way with titles!


  8. Thanks Liv!!!! Loved the photo show! I was far from being bored and when you stopped I felt like “What!!! why are you stopping now???” GF, I could look at your photos for hours and never get bored!

    Thank you for the templates. I was able to download the first template with the straight title. But the second one (which I liked best and really wanted) wasn’t a link. It is just a jpg. I would greatly appreciate it if you could fix the link. You know I love you!!!!! Smacks & Hugs


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