Thursday, May 05, 2011

Digital Scraping

I enjoy digital scrapbooking. A few years ago I learned how to digiscrap using PSE (photoshop elements) and made many wonderful scrap pages. As fun as it was, it still seemed to be too time consuming, I spent too much time in the design (which I love doing) and lately I haven't been doing anything.

I just found out about scrapbooking with Picasa, free online from google, and it has been so easy to do. I completed the above four pages in a short amount of time, this gives me hope to be able to get more of my pictures off my computer and into books where the kids can look at them.

At the top of my blog there are tabs, one is labeled "Digi Scrap" and I have listed in there links where I found out how to use Picasa for digiscrap and also links for free supplies. Digital scrapbooking can be completely free, except printing the pages out. I have never paid for any of my supplies, I just look for the free stuff.

The key to using picasa is layering. Make a mosaic collage of photos then create a new collage with multiple papers and the photo collage. Then add the words and viola a completed page.

The hardest part for me is to get an idea, I usually look for other people who have the design style I like and use their stuff for inspiration. The two blogs that I learned how to use picasa (clover lane and persnickity) had wonderful examples of their scrap pages andI looked to their stuff for inspiration.

For anybody who has been intimidated by digital scrapbooking because it seems to hard, complicated, intimidating, time consuming, costly or whatever other excuse, you no longer have an excuse.

Go for it

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

My Fairy Tale Wedding

 It was a beautiful wedding, the marriage of Kate and Prince William, a real life version of a fairytale. Everything was so beautiful and well put together. The wedding dress was stunning, the bride was beautiful, and the Prince was very handsome in his regal uniform. I loved that they rode away in a horse drawn carriage.

The thing that struck me the most was the high contrast between this "perfect" wedding and my very simple wedding -- they spoke the words "till death do us part" whereas my wedding included the covenant of "eternal marriage" that death cannot break.

A family is forever

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, of which I am a member, Christ's priesthood has been restored with all the blessings and ordinances, including the ordinance of eternal marriage which takes place in a Temple.

This life is the time to prepare to meet God. God has a plan for us and part of that plan is for us to be happy here on earth and also in the eternities. My family is my joy and the covenants I've made bind me to God and to my husband and my children. They are a reminder of what is most important so I don't get distracted by the lies the world teaches.

My fairytale wedding didn't exist in the details of the wedding, my fairytale wedding exists in the covenant that I made and that I truly will live "happily ever after".