A Note from Brit

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

My Secret.

Okay, so it's not really a secret. I'm pretty open about it...

I love cute things.

Puppies, kittens, pink things, fluffy things, and Lawn Fawn stamps, to name a few.

Last night was the Lawn Fawn monthly release, and I actually won one of the new sets. I found this out after I had placed my (large... hehe) order after the Twins game last night... including said Frosties stamp set. Kelly Marie was super sweet and let me switch out the one I ordered for Bannerific, a set that I've wanted for a while but have put off buying, and I was one happy stamper. So happy, in fact, that I wanted to make something right then and there with Lawn Fawn Stamps. Then I remembered that I hadn't sent out Geralyn's giveaway package yet and that I didn't have a card for her... so here we go. Perfectly cute:
 I just love this little turtle from Critters in the Sea a little bit more than I should. I kind of want to stamp 700 of him all over the place.
Supplies: Cardstock- Papertrey Ink (Kraft and Hawaiian Shores), Stamps- Lawn Fawn (Critters in the Sea), Ribbon- May Arts (via Practicing Creativity), Border Punch- Fiskars (Scalloped Sentiment), Pencils- Prismacolor, Ink- Tsukineko (Black Memento), and Pen- Copic.

Now that I actually have a card to send to her, I can ship the package off to Canada. Hope she likes it!

I have some random thoughts for you today:

1. I've been feeling very random lately.

2. I'm taking my (*@$&&*^!@) computer into the Apple store tonight for a checkup. It's making weird noises, crashing all of my Adobe programs, and has a mysterious mark on it. Apple Genius Bar guys and me, you know, we're tight. I'm trying to make it to the next MacBook update to get a new computer, but this one is driving me up the wall. Computer issues are no fun. :(

3. If you want to see what I'm doing for one of my Graphic Design classes, you can go to my class blog here. I have to update it for class, so you get to see some of the inner workings of the design and critique process.

4. I love Adobe Lightroom 3.
-I use it every day for blogging because it's SO easy to import, edit and export photos in minutes. It's seriously made me five time faster at photo editing. I love it.
-It has amazing controls for RAW files from my DSLR camera. Photoshop has some controls, but these are better.
-You never have to open and close files. You just click, edit, and the program saves (and backs up occasionally) the changes but doesn't alter your original photo. You can always go back and add, change, or get rid of edits. It's easy non-destructive editing. You don't have to re-save the file or worry about saving over the original.
-As a student, I can get it for under 100 dollars by buying an academic version. It is by FAR worth way more than that. On Amazon, it's about $275 for a copy, but that price is more than reasonable. It's something to look into!
-You can try a 30-day trial at adobe.com (just like you can for any product that Adobe makes) to see if you like it, if you'd use it, or if you think I'm crazy. Either way, it wouldn't hurt if you think you could like it.
-It works for either mac or pc and isn't as memory-intensive as Photoshop (it's actually about a five times smaller file on my computer), so it could even run on older computers.

5. You can look at the website I designed for my boss here. I've been working on it all summer, and we finally have it up and running. It's caused me a ton of issues this week and I still want to transfer it to a different server, but nevertheless it's working. Check it out. Let me know what you think. I would love some suggestions; this is the first "real" website I've ever created. Here's the home page:

Okay, random spewing of thoughts over. Thanks for stopping by, and kudos if you made it to the end of this post. Ha. You rock. :)



Christiana said...

Isn't Lawn Fawn the best?!?! I seriously have a minor crush on that company. Their images are absolutely squeal-worthy, including this little guy here. I have a thing for turtles, so I especially love him. I'm so happy that you won! I can't wait to see what you make with all your new goodies!

Thanks for the tip on the Lightroom program. I have to look into that. Editing photos is the most tedious part of blogging for me. Not something I particularly enjoy. And my husband is a student, so he can get the discount! Yay! Does the 30 day trial cost anything? I'm definitely a try-before-you-buy kinda girl. I never know what to suggest for Christmas, so this just may be it!

Joy said...

Love your sweet little Lawn Fawn card Brit, super cute!

Geralyn said...

Okay, that card is ADORABLE! I'm so excited to get it in person :) Thank you! Hope your computer issue gets resolved; I know how frustrating it is when it happens.

Elizabeth (Beth) Moore said...

Hope you don't mind me stopping by your blog to tell you about Papercraft Star (just in case you don't already know!) We'd love to have you enter some of your inspired projects in our challenges there. We're also having a DT call soon and want to tell papercrafters like you about the call! There is still time to enter our PTI gift certificate drawing too! http://papercraftstar.blogspot.com/2010/09/another-gift-certificate-give-away-at.html

Kelly said...

sheer cuteness!

~kelly marie~ said...

You are just so sweet! Big big hugs!!

I adore you card! It is just wonderful! I love the coloring on kraft! :)