Digital Layouts: Footprints & One Month

I have been spending so much time learning digital scrapbooking that I’m forgetting to cook for my family…kidding. But, seriously I’ve literally been eating, breathing, and sleeping digitial scrapbooking.  I have never in my life used Photoshop the way I am now.  I’d say, within the last couple of weeks, I went from being okay at Photoshop to a wiz.  Okay, I’m not really near a wiz at all but I can now say, I’m pretty good at it.  I’m still learning though, and that will never end.

I recently got Illustrator installed and OMG.  It is a different beast.  You’d think knowing Photoshop would make things easier with Illustrator but Illustrator is completely different.  It’s like comparing a house to a car.  The car would be Illustrator.  I’m ashamed to admit that the only thing I know how to do in Illustrator is to create a brush by using trace.  I know…I’ve got a looooooong way to go.

In the mean time, I’m proud to say that one of my digi layout (the one titled “Unique”) was chosen as a Gallery Stand Out (GSO) by the Scrap Orchard Facebook.  You can view it by clicking here.  You’ll have to scroll through their wall to find it.

And, here are a couple more digi layouts for a couple of challenges at Scrap Orchard.

This layout was created for a font challenge.  Below is the sketch template for this layout.  I don’t always sketch my templates but this one was just asking to be sketched and digiscrapped.

Sometimes, sketches take forever to come to mind and in that case, I’ll go looking for a template.  Templates could be anything from a magazine ad to a card template and even a paper scrapbooking template.  It’s whatever I see that inspires something from within.

Here’s a layout I created for a template challenge at Scrap Orchard.

Credits: “Footprints” was created using the free kit, NER, by Irene Alexeeva Designs.  “One Month” was created using the kit, Family Ties, by Tracie Stroud.  ♥

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Digital Layouts: Sweet & Unique

Credits:  “Sweet Kylie” layout was created using the Sprightly Spring kit from AnnaBV.  “Unique Kida” layout was created for the Anything Goes challenge at Scrap Orchard using the Bohemian Spirit kit from Captivated Visions.  ♥

Frozen

You only see what your eyes want to see.  How can life be what you want it to be?  You’re frozen, when your heart’s not open.  You’re so consumed with how much you get.  You waste your time with hate and regret.  You’re broken, when your heart’s not open. “Frozen” by Madonna

The special effects in this video is outrageous.  ♥

Digital Layouts: Sisters, Blue Glow, Bright Colors, and Lemon Tree

This one was created for the Scrap Orchard “Color” challenge.

This one was created for the Digital Whisper’s “Lemon Tree” challenge.  To see how I was able to achieve the sheep and for other credits, go to creationsbyhli.com.

Credits:  Bg and elements for “Sisters” by AnnaBV, bg and elements for “Blue Glow” by Irene Alexeeva, and kit used for “Bright Colors” was Pinky Promise by Laura Banasiak. ♥

Backyard Landscape And More Front Yard Greens

It’s that time for husband and I to start on our backyard landscaping.  Husband has sketched out what we want it to look like.  He researched bushes, flowers, trees, and rocks putting into consideration our neighbor’s view of the mountains.  There were a couple of Japanese blossoms we liked.  One would grow to about 30/35 feet high.  The other one would grow to over 50 feet high.  We’re going with the 30/35 feet one.  In the sketch below, we plan to put the tree on the left where that big circle with the smaller circle inside is.

We learned that because our house is between two other houses, we needed to get their (the neighbor’s on each side of us) approval on the sketch.  They are pretty cool neighbors and approved it.  I’m sure they can’t wait for us to get our yard landscaped.  I can’t wait myself.  It will take about 3 weeks for our HOA (Home Owner’s Association) to approve it.  In the meantime, husband has already decided that he’s going to pick up some rocks and stones in preparation even before HOA approves it.

Front Yard Greens

Last spring we had planted a Tiger Lilly plant and it was eaten up quickly by either rabbits or deers.  It was such a beautiful plant with a few orange spotted  blooms.  The whole thing was eaten up all the way to the ground and looked as if we never even planted it.  To our surprise just within the last week, we noticed it was growing again.  I’m worried that it will get eaten again and want to put a little fence around it.  I don’t think it will look right though.  I read that putting human hair on it will keep deers and rabbits from eating it.  Maybe I’ll try this.

There are actually three of these Tiger Lilly petals growing.  The third one is a bit off to the left.

I noticed earlier this week that there were a different kind of petal growing along with the tulips.  I’m not sure if they are Dutch irises or daffodils.

Here’s a sage.  I’m not sure what kind of sage but they bloom tiny lavender color flowers.

All that wood mulch to the right and above the sage should be growing tulips but nothing has come through.

And last, this is not one of the front yard plants, but two tropical plants on the path to their demise.  I loved these two but I just didn’t know how to keep them alive.  Last summer we had them next to the pillars by the front door.  We brought them in for the winter.  They were doing fine until earlier this year when their leaves started browning.  Now, there’s not much left of them.

Prepackaged Hot Udon Noodles

I love quick and easy noodles soups and I love it from anywhere: restaurants, friend’s house, prepackaged, etc.  I’m not picky about the type of noodles either.  Any type of noodle will work, even spaghetti noodles.  What matters to me is flavor.  I won’t eat it if I can’t stand the flavor no matter how good the noodle soup might look.

This prepackaged hot udon noodle soup was tempting.  The image on that package looked so enticing and flavorful.

The directions were easy breezy and quick!

The contents came well sealed and were generous: Two packets of udon noodles, two powdered soup pouch, and one dried flakes of veggies and fish flakes (there was only one fish flake in my packet).  I ended up making both the packets but I didn’t have to.  I realized that after I had already started boiling the udon noodles.

This soup would have been perfect if the flavoring wasn’t so fishy smelling.  I nearly gagged.  Everything else was perfect.  ♥

Signs of Spring and Orchids Update

Wish we would get more rainfalls in this part of the state.  It’s been so dry.  It snowed a couple of days ago but melted way too quickly.  I’m happy to see signs of spring popping up slowly around here though.  Just a tiny bit of green makes me smile.  Here’s what I found in our front yard this afternoon.

As you can see, more tulips decided they wanted to see the sun.  I hope more decide to join them.

Kylie loves the spring air and came out with me to frolic while I took photos and waited for husband to return from Lowe’s with fertilizer for the grass.

While husband fertilized the grass, the girls and I planted some Dutch irises and daffodils that we weren’t able to get to last fall.  We put them into pots instead of the yard.  I’m sure it’s too late to try to have them grow but we’re trying anyway.  The little green parts had already begun to grow from their buds.

Update on Orchids

The white orchid has accomplished its goal with all ten of its buds bloomed.

This last photo of the white orchid was taken last week when the last bud was just getting ready to bloom.

The spotted pink orchid looks like it has finished blooming too but I’m not quite sure because a few of the buds have not completely opened to their fullest.  Every time I look at this orchid I can’t help but laugh at how unshapely it is.  It is completely deformed and got this way because a budding branch had grown where a tiny clip was holding the stem to the bamboo stick and caused the branch to twist around the clip.  I removed the clip, placing it lower on the stem, but it was already too late.

I talked about a sideways orchid flower that I would post a photo of but as I waited more appeared.  Here’s what it looks like:

See that orchid at the very top?  Doesn’t she look like a snake head?  Here’s another one.

The other white orchid, I’ll call her W, is slowly growing buds.  I talked about W on this post(at bottom).  I’ll need to re-pot her soon.