One of my favorite parts of New Orleans was going to Lafayette Cemetery, which is locoed in the Garden District. For anyone going to New Orleans and wanting to see the St. Louis Cemetery 1 in Jackson Square, as of March 1 you have to have a tour guide and the one we inquired about was $26 a person!!! We didn’t know this until we’d walked clear over to it from Jackson Square. Being hot and a little tired, we weren’t exactly keen on searching for one and got on the Hop On Hop Off buss right there.
We really wanted to see a cemetery, and so we thought we’d research the other free ones later. As luck would have it, we chatted with a cute little family who were going to the Lafayette Cemetery the next day. When I looked it up, it was just a few blocks from our hotel!
So we opted to go at 8 a.m. the next morning and it couldn’t have been any better. We literally had the place to ourselves except a couple people. It was cool, it was shady, it was empty….sweet! The St. Louis one was crowded, no shade, mid-day….so our serendipitous trip to Lafayette was doubly delightful.
Lesson Learned (or so I hope)
But here’s the lesson I’ve learned. I have a tendency to set a low aperture number on my camera thinking I’ll get a more artistic shot that way as well as I feel like the lighting will be better in shaded spots. I need to remember to NOT do this in every situation because in a place like the cemetery, it should be more in focus across the board. If I need to, I should set a little higher ISO to compensate. And it seems like it looks good on that little screen. Ohhhh…why must I learn these things the hard way.
Let’s see if I can smack that into my brain.
Here’s one of my favorite shots…even if it isn’t 100% sharp across the board. (The middle is sharp. I am kind of kicking myself.) I played with it and got three color choices.
Which do you prefer?
I admit it. My small project of 6×8 Christmas pages is still unfinished. It’s not like it will require me to do a ton of work. But as with many of my projects, I start something and take forever to complete them.
I think that’s why I’m like ‘Go Laura’ for getting all these Christmas pages done.
Oh how I envy her drive to take on this task.
Let’s take a look.
[ Designs | Merry Everything (Under The Tree, Christmas Morning), Storyboard #2 (photo template), Life Additions: Backgrounds (circle background)
What a quick and easy way to crank through some Christmas photos!
Aaaand a teensy bit jealous that she’s done. ;)
Here’s a few words from Laura:
Back in November of last year I decided to tackle years and years worth of Christmas photos, all of which I have never taken the time to scrapbook. I can’t really explain it, but Christmas is my least favorite topic/theme to scrap. I avoid it at all costs, even though it’s one time of year that I’m guaranteed to have lots of photos. I came up with a plan to scrap years worth of Christmases, quickly and easily. Kerri’s Storyboard Templates were crucial to my plan (which I blogged about HERE. It only took me a few days to compile 6 years worth of photos, which included 6 family get-togethers and 3 Christmas morning’s with the girls. I created 16 photo collages, which included a total of 143 photos. And from those, I will end up with 6 two page layouts and 3 single page layouts. So far, I’ve created 4 of those two page layouts, and 2 of those single page layouts.
Because I really don’t enjoy scrapping Christmas, I knew I would keep these layouts simple and even a bit on the plain side. Most of them are very photo heavy, as I really wanted to get as many photos on the page as I could. So far, I’ve only adding journaling to one of the six layouts I’ve completed, and I’m totally ok with that. Most Christmases are pretty much the same for my family, so if I were to journal, it would pretty much say the same thing year after year. At one point, I started to worry a bit, as a few layouts started to look too much alike. But then I remembered what I had in mind when I started this project. My whole goal was to just get-them-done and not stress over them.
If there’s a topic/theme/event that you avoid scrapping, or just don’t enjoy scrapping, I still think it’s important to get those memories into your albums one way or another. For me, this was a way to tackle something I don’t necessarily enjoy scrapping, in a very easy and do-able way.
Okay…143 photos??? Wow!
Like I said before, Go Laura!
For my grand road trip journey, I purchased a Midori Traveler’s Notebook. I’d been eyeing them for a few months in anticipation of the trip–wanting a fun recording system, ya know.
I loved the idea of the blank pages for a very clean look, but knowing me, I would be bothered by the fact that I didn’t write straight or evenly. Then the ol’ Silhouette lightbulb went off. I could make my own journaling template in the size I needed and spacing that suited me–or suited a different mood of me.
That’s how this fun little freebie came to light!
To download–forever free–click HERE.
It comes in three different line widths: small, medium and large. You could modify it easily to include more, less, wider, narrower…whatever suits your needs. I’ve been using the medium. Gives me several lines, but my text isn’t squishy.
The lines are cut narrowly so it fits the tip of a pencil just loverly.
And your page looks like you have a great eye. :)
And on another note.
Being on the road, to me, means appreciating every moment of where I am. And this beautiful sunrise we encountered after leaving Albuquerque is no exception. Beauty at its finest. I took this with my dSLR out the front window while hubby was driving down the freeway. It may not be the sharpest photo because of that, but it doesn’t matter. It captured the moment of what we enjoyed…for a long time.
I am about to embark on another great adventure of a different kind.
I am collecting items to use along the way.
I am achieving a life-long dream of mine.
I am driving across this great country of ours.
I am ready to tell the story.
I am ready for this new adventure.
I am hoping you’ll join me for this ‘On The Road’ journey.
I am excited (just a little).
And now for the winner’s of the ‘choice of’ stamp set:
Amy (with ‘psu’ in the email name)
The winners have been notified. Congratulations ladies! And thanks everyone for playing along. It’s so fun to see your enthusiasm for the stamps….which, by the way, are back in stock and have begun shipping to all those that preordered the reorder!
If you’ve been waiting to order your stamps, now would be a great time to do just that so you won’t have to wait again. ;)
I’ve been working some really great stuff for next month, so be sure to stay tuned for those…and I daresay, maybe even some sneaks! You know how fast they sold out the last time, so be sure to follow me on FB and Instagram for all the latest ‘live’ feeds.
The feeling of spring has got me in one fabulous mood!
And that fabulous mood works to your advantage, because….
It makes me want to do a giveaway!
That’s right! Three lucky people will win a stamp set of their choice.
Contest ends midnight on Thursday, winner drawn Friday.
Here’s how you can have more chances to win!
(U.S. residents only please.)
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It seems like a lot of people I know have or are doing this lately. What makes the ocean so magical? It must be the relaxing and mesmerizing sound of the waves. Couldn’t you just sit there all day basking in the sun as the waves roll along?
mmmm…I think I could use a bit of that right now. We’re headed to a beach wedding soon. Kind of looking forward to do doing a whole lotta nuttin’.
Our Miss Layle recently went to Hawaii. Kauai is on my ‘I gotta do this again’ list…sometime soon, I hope. I tell ya, there was nothing more enjoyable than driving a convertible Mustang along the coast there in Kauai and literally going to the end of the road. Finding a beach along that road and just enjoying the beauty and the sound of the ocean…and Dan trying to learn how to surf. ;)
So in the meantime, I’m gonna live vicariously through her trip here. Take a look….can you hear the waves? The Hawaiian music playing on the radio? I can.
[ Design | Escape To The Ocean ]
The block layout of photos just adds to the contentment of the subject. Simplicity at its best. And the ‘sandy’ rainbow title? Divine.
Here’s a few words from Layle:
I’ve used Kerri’s script words on more layouts than I can count. And I always, ALWAYS cut the words out of black card stock. Ok, once I did it out of an ombre patterned paper, but I didn’t love it. It’s hard to step out of my comfort zone! But I knew I wanted the black and white stripe paper at the top and bottom of the layout to ground the photos, and black words would have been too much. So this time I cut the words out of 4 different colors of paper. Although I miss the black, I kinda like the way it turned out. To add a little ‘umph’ to the letters, I applied Platinum Stickles to the top – gives it a little added sparkle and it kinda looks like sand, fitting for the title and photos.
Now I think I’ll be off to find my own bit of ocean. ;)
Just popping in real quick to let you know that ALL stamps are available for purchase once again. They will begin shipping the latter half of next week.
They went super fast the first time….as many of you know ;)
So you might not want to wait to get yours this time.
Now I gotta go finish getting ready for the tax man.
Taxes, oh how I detest thee.
Okay, so a funny thing happened over the past couple days. In church they asked us to pray for moisture because we haven’t had any serious snow since Christmas. Maybe just a few flurries and some rain from time to time. February was very spring like.
So yesterday it was quite a surprise to get blizzard like conditions–thaaaat lasted for maybe 15 minutes. I guess not enough people prayed so we only got 15 minutes’ worth. ;) Dan mentioned he was quite disappointed that he couldn’t get a snow shovel out. It looked so promising too.
Oh well. Instead we’ll make the snow last last via paper…a little somethin’ somethin’ from Miss Nichol using the new KBS stamps too! Woo hoo!!!
[ Designs | Lovely Little Words (word strips) / This & That Winter (bundle up, snowflakes, snowflakes) / Here Comes Santa Claus (snowflake) / December Additions: The Extras (snowflake) / Letters To Santa (snowflake) / Snowflake Etc. (snowflake) / Santa’s Workshop (snowflake, circle snowflake tags, tag) / Happy Stuff (hello there). Stamps | One Fine Day (happiness, I love everything about this / Time (currently) ]
Wowza! That page has ‘fluffy white stuff’ all over it! I love all the words strips. And I love how Nichol intermixed the stamps–especially the embossed ‘Currently’ and ‘I love…’ as well as how she used ‘Happiness’ to set her journaling. And all those snowflakes? Wow!
Here’s what Nichol has to say:
I wanted to create a page that depicted the feeling of winter for this photo of my son “helping” his grandpa shovel snow several years ago. I kept the color scheme to blue + silver + white + gray/black and purposely created a a quadrant-style layout with the larger photo in the bottom left quadrant, the grouping of four snowflake embellished tags in the lower right quadrant and the title and journaling in the upper right quadrant. The scattering of snowflakes fills the upper left of the design. I love combining Kerri’s titles to make a custom title for my layouts. The mix of fonts adds a fun touch. I printed my journaling on the 12×12 patterned paper and adhered the title below it. Kerri’s new print & cut Lovely Little Words add a great finishing touch throughout the page.
This makes up for the fluffy white stuff we didn’t really get yesterday. :)
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