Monday, June 28, 2010

it’s going to be a fruitfull summer

My Dad’s garden is full of the signs of fruit to come

fruitfull garden web

Gooseberries, blueberries raspberries (big picture), tomatoes (big picture), blackcurrants, apples.

Had some camera fun on Sunday getting real close to the fruit and using low angles, getting the camera in under the plants.

If you want to see more photo mosaics, check out Mosaic Monday at Little Red House

Saturday, June 26, 2010

photo a day week 25

more signs of summer and the continuing sunny weather

photo a day25

1. bunting up in town for the festival

2. child’s jumper I knitted for charity that send them to a Zambian orphanage

3. red shoes for every occasion

4. lunch in Princes’ St in Edinburgh, along with lots of other people

5. moving a stunned fledgling nuthatch

6. collecting elderflowers to make syrup and sorbet

7. still life of salad ingredients

Friday, June 25, 2010

colour in my new bedroom

I have to decorate in every room of my new flat so I’ve been thinking about colour schemes a lot.  Purple is my favourite, probably signature, colour so that is what I’ve decided to use.  I found  a nice striped fabric in John Lewis which I will use to cover the bedhead and as the basis of the colour scheme.

The stripes are actually straight – the fabric is draped in the photo.  The ceiling will be in the cream, the floor and furniture will be in the 2nd down (birch veneer).  One wall will be in the deep purple and the other 3 walls in one of the other 2 purples.

I think the creams balance the purples well and I love the deep colour for the feature wall.

Using cream and fawn makes this a classic contrast colour scheme as yellow is opposite purple on the colour wheel – fun to be using all my colour knowledge on such a big scale.

Trying to photograph fabrics in the shop made me realise how much the camera can change the colours I see with me eyes.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

have you done a photowalk ?

I recently discovered the annual world photo walk which happens on 24th July.  There is  a map which shows all the places where walks are being organised and more venues are being added all the time.  Edinburgh has just been added so I’ll be joining in.  The idea is that a group has a walk and takes lots of photos on the way.  The Edinburgh one then goes to a bar to share shots and stories.  Sounds like fun.

Have you ever been on a photowalk?  Is there one near you on the 24th?

Can’t post without a photo so here is one I took a year ago today – on Niue, a very small island in the Pacific Ocean – it rained heavily all day.

niue 2 21 005

Monday, June 21, 2010

how to display 365 photos?

Since the start of the year, while taking a photo a day, I have been thinking about how I will display them all at the end of the year.  I knew that I wanted to keep them in 7 day blocks but started the project with no other plans.

Over the last few weeks I’ve decided to make a photobook and I also designed the display in Photoshop Elements.  I’ve made all the pages for the year so far.  Here is an example of two facing pages from earlier in the year



The photobook will be square (8x8).  I’m using a different shade in the background for each double page and changing the colour of the buttons with the date too.  The month date stamps are by  Lil’s Little Luxury Creations (they have 2010 in the middle which I covered with the button so I could put in the dates)

Pleased with how they look as a pair and relieved to have a plan. 

Sunday, June 20, 2010

photo a day week 24

a week dominated by planning for my new home and enjoying the sunshine.

photo a day24

1. working on kitchen planning

2. fabulous large poppies in the garden

3. sorting through old photos

4. day in Carlisle with Christine visiting from NZ

5. season final of Glee – enjoy its fun spirit

6. sunny weather means bare feet, and daisies

7. planning the bathroom

Thursday, June 17, 2010

smooth operator

day 12 smooth 2

the prompt was ‘smooth’  - I thought of many things including ice, smoothies, chrome and polish.  Then I remembered the Sade song ‘smooth operator’ and paired it with a photo of the magnificent male tiger at Auckland zoo and added a few Photoshop Element effects.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

playing with overlays


Hush ….

my first real play with overlays and blend modes.  Didn’t quite get the look I had in mind but stuck to my rule of playing with these prompts for only an hour.  I will definitely be experimenting with overlays more.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

full bodied

More PhotosShop Elements fun with a photo for the ‘full bodied’ prompt – I gave body to a shadow photo using lots of bevel.  The idea of shadows being full-bodied conjures up lots of interesting ideas.

For the assiduous Creativity Bootcamp watchers out there – I didn’t  do the ‘drizzle’ prompt due to lack of inspiration during the 2 hours I was near my computer (and therefore chosen medium).

I’m going to miss the daily prompt to play

Sunday, June 13, 2010

photo a day week 23

a busy week and some colourful photos

photo a day23

1. a rack full of socks drying – good pairs to odd sock ratio this time

2. first strawberries from the garden

3. heavy rain stayed on the leaves

4. looking at bedroom furniture in IKEA

5. I bought a flat – my new home

6. 8am, contemplating the day

7. visiting a bathroom showroom

ornaments @ bootcamp

day 7 ornament

Used the ‘ornament’ prompt to play with the range of bevel effects in Photoshop Elements and discovered some that I will definitely use again.  The background of stapled swatches comes from K Pertiet at Designer e Digitals.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

brought to you by the letter ‘F’

The word prompt from Creativity Bootcamp today is ‘fly’ and yesterday’s was ‘fluid’.  Enjoying using the tools available inside Photoshop Elements to get different looks.  Happy with how the bootcamp is leading me to play with different techniques and looks each day. Two responses in this post.

First up playing with the prompt ‘fluid’.  Used just fonts, including a dingbat, and the bevel tool. 

day 5 fluid

And a totally different look for today’s prompt ‘fly’.  Mostly using the magic selector and opacity again.  The photo of the bird was supplied by my bird watching Dad and I had the other two in my photo library.  The sentiment was something I was talking to my Mum about earlier this week – so another ‘F’ – family comes into play too.

day 6 fly

Really enjoying the word prompts and seeing the range of ways that people respond.  I haven’t been doing the journaling prompts at all but feel that what I am doing is enough for a daily activity.

Friday, June 11, 2010

my big new project

I just bought a flat.  Just over a year ago I packed up my stuff and set of for some travelling before moving back to Scotland.  I am staying with my sister and parents and have been house hunting near Edinburgh.  On Tuesday I made an offer on a flat which was accepted – under Scottish law that agreement is binding so the flat is mine.  Very excited.

The flat needs new kitchen and bathroom and every room needs decorating – yeah – a big project to keep me busy.  I have piles of brochures that I am looking through and a book of graph paper for plotting room design.

I’m also thinking colour palettes for each room.  I love colour so have been thinking about this a lot and gathering inspiration.

june 4th (1)For the room that will be my office/crafting room and the guest room I am using this fabric as the inspiration




I used the fantastic colour site, kuler, to create some palettes. The site has lots of created colour schemes but it will also create them from a photo on your computer (or on flikr).  You can choose bright, deep and so on and also customise your own.  

laundry bag palettes

Here are four that I made from this photo. I’ll be playing some more and using them while looking at some materials before deciding which version to use.

Love this aspect of kuler.  I’ve been collecting other images as possible basics for colour range for other rooms.  I’ll share them as I work on them.

And expect regular postings on aspects of home decoration over the coming months.




Thursday, June 10, 2010

recognise your age

today’s prompt in creativity bootcamp was ‘grow’ and the journaling prompt started by thinking of music from your youth.  My thinking about the concept of ‘grow’ went along the path of  ‘growing up’ and soon merged with music from my early teens which by then I was signing. 

This is what I made


for those of you who remember the song

and for those of you who were not watching Top of the Pops on the BBC every Thursday evening in 1974

here is the song in all its seventies glamrock splendour – good memories. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


day 3 of bootcamp and the prompt was ‘multilayered’.  Now as my chosen medium is photoshop elements I could have done pretty much anything because the real magic and reason for its popularity is the manipulation of multiple layers.  So I thought more broadly about layers – cake, rock, personality – that last one seemed a goer.

I used 27 photos of myself taken in 2nd half of last year. I ran the Pioneer Woman action called soft and faded over each one then cut a zagged oval and reduced opacity, mostly to some where in the 30-40% range.  And then I piled them all up, pretty haphazard. 

day 3 image multilayered

It is interesting, different, something I have not done before and totally multilayered.

Monday, June 7, 2010

creativity bootcamp – prompt 2

for this bootcamp we are asked to choose one medium to use for all prompts during the fortnight.  I’m going with photoshop elements – not always including a photo.  I want to play with the techniques and enjoy the journey rather than focus on the end result.  I am also putting a one hour time limit on the play and not allowing myself to go back and start again once I have started responding. So I will not be sharing all of my images.

The 2nd prompt was picnic and here is the result of my play.

day 2 impage

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Photo a day week 22

Most days this week the only photo that I’ve taken has been for this project.  Think I need to do an 8 on the 8th or something similar to get the camera clicking again.

photo a day22

1. bluetit on one of the many birdfeeders

2. picking rhubarb – made chutney and crumble and stewed the rest

3. Chakra the cat being cute and playful

4. still light at 9.30pm

5. an overcast day by the Firth of Forth

6. self portrait from an unusual angle

tomato plants covering the window sill