Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Still Pulling Myself Together

I know Christmas is over, but I still can't face the day to day regular routine of my life. I guess you could say I'm in denial? So, instead of a step-by-step party instruction (coming soon by the way) here is a cute picture from Christmas eve with my kids and their cousins. Aren't they cute?

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas to All!

Have a wonderful day and I will "see" you in the new year!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Family Holiday Card

About three seconds ago, I clicked the "order now" button from Kodak Gallery's website. I feel as though a weight has finally lifted from my shoulders!

To make this card, I purchased several yards of saturated green felt from the fabric store (on sale!) and taped it high on the wall. Three of my family members posed in front of it while my trusty tripod took several photos (before the felt succombed to gravity). Meanwhile, my daughter decorated her gingerbread house. She had such a good time!

Then it was all about the photoshop. I found a tutorial, online, for removing the "green screen" from the background - using a green fabric just makes it fairly simple to "cut" the people out of the background. I had to play around with the coloring of both photographs, the "gingerbread" photo was red in comparison to the "family portrait" photo. I also had to put shadows in behind the "family portrait" photo to make it look as though we had the same lighting as the other photo.

And voila! Sillyness ensues.

"green screen" portrait

Autumn's gingerbread masterpiece

Final combo photograph

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Giveaway from See Jack Draw

I saw this one with my own two eyes! See Jack Draw is giving away one of their most popular collages. A nine square, 12"x12" photo collage of your child's artwork - a $70 value - could be yours!

all they ask is...
  1. enter the contest before Midnight PST on Sunday, December 7th
  2. just make a comment on See Jack Draw, one comment per person
  3. for an additional chance to win, post about their contest on your blog
  4. one winner will be randomly picked and announced Monday, December 8th