I actually had something to show last week, and somehow spaced completely on the Crafty Tuesday thing. However, just in case you missed it – Arizaphale and Stacy participated without us – so make sure you stop by and offer up some (better late than never!) craft love to them.
Like I said, I DID have something finished. I made a photo album (using the HP PhotoBooks that I won, thanks Stacy!) of our Hawaii trip for my mother-in-law for her birthday.
I really like the actual books. The paper is decent and printed very nicely (even on my Canon printer!), but the software…ugh. I guess it is difficult when you do design stuff for a living and have a certain “picture” in your head about what you want it to look like, but it was difficult to customize the “scrapbook pages” in the HP software. I just wanted a simple black background, with white text on some pages and no text on other pages.
But, that is not what the software thought I should have. So I scrapped that software and just designed the book in Photoshop the way I wanted to, printed them out, and gave it to her while we were home in Michigan. I think she liked it, although I have to reprint a few pages for her – I had problems with a few photos printing too dark. And since I waited til the absolute last minute (mere hours before we needed to be at the airport) to finish it up…well, you know how that goes.
Anyhow. I was pleased how it came out and if you want to see all of the pages you can see them on our Flickr account here.
And Emma and I also created some frames for her ballet buddies. We had a photo of the four of them and some old, cheap-y IKEA frames, so we stickered ’em up really good and gave them to the girls on Saturday, their last day of dance before the summer break.
This is the photo that inspired the frames…
They are such little cuties – I love the way that Kate is wrapped around Emma and Ella.
Saturday also happened to be the day of THE RECITAL! So much drama for such a little production, but the girls did really well and I’ll post the video as soon as I can get it off of Daddy’s camera. He had to do a little hop-sneaky videoing from knee level so they wouldn’t confiscate his camera, but he got Em’s part at least pretty successfully. The dance theater wanted everyone to buy their DVD and photos…so there was no photography allowed. I did not get my fill of photos, nor very many good photos of her before she was wisked away to turn in her costume. Not that I am bitter about it or anything… (grumble…price gouging…grumble, grumble, crock of….grumble!)
In other (sort of) craft-related news, the girls and I are on our own until tomorrow, so we made a little trip to IKEA for some new organizational finds and we redid the play/craft room a bit. It feels so much larger, and more organized now, well the toy part does at least. Therefore, I am off to work on trying to organize my scrap table. Hopefully I’ll be able to create some goodies later in the week.
Have you been up to something this week? Make sure to share your creativity with the rest of us!