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How are you doing on your photo project? Do you find that it's getting easier or harder now that another month has passed? Wishing you much success with your Project 365s!
Design You Life class is just flying by! Week 8 started on Thursday and this weekend I'm working on the layouts from weeks 7 and 8. When my best friend came over on Friday night, we looked over the pages I've completed for DYL and she confirmed what I had been thinking in the back of my mind... she said, "These pages don't look like you." And she's right. I've been trying to add a bit of me to the DYL layouts, but they are undeniably Cathy Zielske sketches. Don't get me wrong! I'm enjoying this class and I have learned a lot about graphic design principles. So while the layouts aren't always a direct reflection of my style, I still love what I'm learning and it always feel good to get another story recorded. So on that note, here is sketch 2 from week 6...
For the rest of week 6, the layout posted here is sketch 1 and this layout was the Real World Color sketch.
Have you ever taken a class where you were asked to copy sketches? Do you try to infuse your own style into the sketches?
Tonight, we are having our good friends over for appetizers and a Dexter marathon.
Our friends haven't seen this show before, and we are so excited to watch it with them and see what they think.
Before I had seen Dexter myself, I was very skeptical. A show about a Miami PD blood spatter analyst who is also a serial killer? Seriously? And is it going to be super gory? After watching the first episode, though, I was completely hooked. It's actually a really funny show and it's not entirely gruesome. We don't have Showtime, so we haven't seen the latest season and are anxiously awaiting it on DVD.
Do you watch Dexter? Or are there any TV series you could watch over and over?
My digital photo library is out of control. Maybe you can relate? As a scrapbooker, I take and save more pictures than an average person might. And I love this. But in order to find and use my best photos, I have found that I need more structure in my photo storage process. This is a big reason why I'm taking Library of Memories.
If you've heard of LOM before, then you probably know that a whole lot goes into using this approach to storing your photos, as well as your layouts. But on the most basic level, there were two things I knew I absolutely needed to do, with or without LOM.
First is purging. As my last five years of photos on my computer surpassed 17,000 pictures, it was clear that I was saving far too many images. I was saving pictures just in case, for "some day." But really, what kind of "some day" calls for that many pictures? It's too many to even enjoy. So I reviewed all my images and purged the ones I no longer need. Think you might need to do this, too? Here's how I decided which images to delete:
The second thing I knew I needed to do - use organizing software. As your digital photo library grows, it can become increasingly difficult to find the one photo you're looking for and very easy to forget what images you have. Although I had my photos stored in monthly photos by year, I was still spending a lot of time browsing through folders, reviewing image after image to find what I was looking for.
So this is where the organizer comes in. I have decided to use the organizer tool that comes with Photoshop Elements 8. I was resisting using an organizer, knowing it would take some effort up-front to get myself set up. But now that I've started this process, I'm already finding that the time investment will pay off in a big way. It's such a great browsing experience to have all my images in one spot to view. And by using an organizer, my photos can be tagged with the "who," "where" and "what" that will help me find pictures and make connections in the future. I haven't gotten as far as using ratings or setting up albums, but even these initial steps are helping me to find and enjoy my best images. If you're thinking about using an organizer but don't already have software on your computer, you can check out the free Picasa software for Windows.
I'd love to continue gathering ideas for how to stay in control of digital pictures. So what's your favorite tip or strategy? What's your method for managing all of your pictures?
Wishing you all a very happy Valentine's Day!
I'll be spending today with this guy :) We are going to brunch at a cute nearby restaurant to enjoy fancy coffee drinks, yummy breakfast food we can't make at home, and each other's good company. It's a guilty pleasure of mine to read restaurant menus in advance and obsess about what to order... so as of right now, I'm thinking of the eggs benedict. Mmmmm. Who knows what else the day will hold. But since it's time spent with the hubby, I'm sure it will be good!
And in the world of blogging, there was a cute post the other day on the Typepad blog about showing some blogger love this Valentine's day. There are so many fabulous blogs to read, so don't forget that you can show some love to other bloggers with these four ideas: leave a comment, favorite a post, reblog, or follow someone new.
Thanks to all of you fabulous bloggers and readers who have taken time to show me some love on my blog! I hope that you all have a lovely day and get to spend some time with the ones you love!