Thursday, May 13, 2010

Painting Backgrounds

Today is a public holliday in Finland and I have tried to make most of it already. I have been painting backgrounds for my doodling. I put them all together here in one photo. The colors look great I think.

Here is a couple of finished doodling made recently.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Doodling at Creative Doodles

I am attending Traci Bautista's online course called Creative Doodles. The picture shows my first weeks exercises. This course is so much fun! Filled with videos and colorful ground material for the exercises.

I have been a big fan of Traci since her book "Collage Unleashed" was published. Her style is something I can really relate to. The book is one of the most inspirational books I have ever seen. If you haven't got it yet, I really recommend it!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Text, Photos and Scrapping

A scrapbook page "April in Pictures".

In April I participated Picture Spring course organized by Big Picture Scrapbooking. I think it was more about stretching the creativity by completing the assignments than really learning about photography. I do not recommend this kind of course for someone who does not know much about how to adjust the camera as the course was merely a daily challenge than anything educational. Luckily I was familiar with all the basic settings of my SLR camera so that was not a big problem for me. And, I got few really nice photos during April and I am pretty pleased with the result. I really put a lot of effort for taking photos and shoot thousands of photos (really!) during April. My daily picks can be found in my Flickr folder.

Now I am taking part of another course, Textuality. It focuses on writing and is just wonderful. Very educational and full of instructions and examples. Here's one of the exercises I have completed, it's about our kitchen and it is filled with text! The photo has been taken in April - I have so much photos now to use on the layouts!

A scrapbook page "Our Kitchen and How We Would Change It"

I especially like the colors of this layout.

I am taking part of this week's Inspiroidu challenge with these two layouts as I also made them to match this week's theme: using a big alpahabet in the beginning of the title.

A scrapbook page "Why I Love Peonies".

Above is the first layout I made for Textuality - and a bit of the mess I make when I scrap! I have always enjoyed writing but have not really realized the opportunities to use a lot of journaling for scrapping. I intend to improve my layouts not only by taking better photos but also by adding more text and meaning for them.