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Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Gardening With a Twist

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a terrific holiday weekend. I certainly did! I love it when we get a Monday holiday, it makes the rest of the week seem nice and short.

The sun was actually shining all day Saturday and for part of Sunday and Monday. That's the most sun we've had all year so far and no..I'm not joking. So, it seemed the ideal time to start to tame our garden again. I mowed grass, trimmed paths, planted some things and in general cleared away the last evidence of the garden's winter sleep.

My camera was out and each new flower, bee or butterfly set the shutter clicking. I had a great time and added lots of photos to my stash. I remarked to my DH that I was always behind the camera and I really needed to start getting someone to take the odd photograph of me. I am fast becoming the missing link in our family albums. In a few generations they'll start to believe that I was a myth or mystery due to my absence from the pages.

I instantly regretted it! "No time like the present" DH said and then it was like having a stalker around the garden. Me in my gardening clothes, trying to look natural..not posed. It wasn't a great success and after a while I sarcastically asked him if he wanted me to pose in Lilly's bird Bath...we have so many of Lilly there.

He thought it was a brilliant idea...he would!! So, anything to get the photos over with and I could return to my gardening in earnest....you know me....I  obliged. Now here comes the BUT folks.......I forgot the bird bath had been moved for the mowing and I hadn't put it back properly. I had thought I would fix it later (that'll teach me to do it there and then). The result was, I sat...the bird bath didn't!! It was a bit like Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, except there were no kings men to the rescue!! Needless to say my DH couldn't stop laughing, he really howled...after he had got his "action shots" that it is. My dignity was a little bruised but after the initial bang no harm was done...and after all it's just about on par with the chaos I normally cause. So nothing new there either!

Have look for yourself...it's not one of my finest moments!!

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Going, going

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Gone!

My photographs just seem to pile up, so I set to work adding to Lilly's album. I wanted to use some other designers stuff that I have collected instead of making everything myself. I trawled through my stash and decided to use a photo mask by Carjazi Designs as the base of the page. In fact I enjoyed playing with the masks so much that I made a few of my own too. The picture is one of a sleepy Lilly, she was really tired and just about to have her bath and go to bed....note the soother in her mouth.  

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Credits: Background Paper from Get Doggy by Irene Alexeeva, Photomask by Carjazi Designs, Sheep, Sheep Paper and word art by me, Font Mistral.

 

Before I go, today's little gift is a mask to cut your photo's into shape. It's easy to use as a clipping mask to "cut the photo to the shape of the mask. I use Photoshop CS2 and this is how I do it:

1. In photo shop open the mask and the photograph you want to use.

2. Move them into a new file (or the file you are working with). Make sure the mask is on the layer below the photograph.

3. Make the photograph layer the active one by clicking on it and then press Alt+Ctrl+G for the clipping mask.

And there you have it!! You can move the photograph layer around until you have it just how you want. Have fun!! You can use the mask for personal/S4H and CU.

 

 

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You can download the mask here on 4shared

or here on Media Fire

Take care and have a great week!!!

37 comments:

Ann said...

LOL as always, love your story. At least when you were being captured for future generations, you landed gracefully.

Your mask is absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great photo mask. Glad the bird bath didn't get the better of you!

Mac's Wifey said...

I hated all the rain we got in Germany. I felt like it would never end (Kinda like right now in Floriday LOL).

You story was great.. and the pic to go along with it made it funnier!

PJ said...

hehehe, now i wouldn't be laughing here if you would've got hurt. thank goodness that you didn't. great job with lilly's page!

Leaonna said...

ROFLMBO!!!
Im so glad your ok...could have been much worse I will have to day that you did land pretty gracefully at least you didnt land bottoms up ...teehee....LOVE this story & Lily's page...Beautiful..I am having a really bad life the last 2 weeks and sitting here in tears and I really did laugh out loud while reading your story...I too am missing from photos lately....everyone here thinks Im insane well tell me something I dont know!!!LOL
thanks so much for the story the laugh and the mask...xoxoxoxoxox

Michele said...

ROFL!!!!!!! Once again another hilarious story, sorry you had a little spill though! lol :-)

I LOVE the page you did, I really like the way you put the two little pieces of paper behind the pic. I am going to have to scraplift that idea! :-)

Thanks for the mask! I have never used one before, guess that is another one of those no time like the present! lol :-) Thanks!

Over The Top Aprons said...

Fun to check in with you and read your stories. Lilly is absolutely adorable!!

Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 26 May [LA 07:00pm, NY 09:00pm] - 27 May [UK 02:00am, OZ 12:00pm] ).

Amberpony Creates said...

OK so you are Human and DH is also. LOL
Love your Lilly Memory Page!
Thank You For the Pretty Photo Mask.
Hop on over to my blog for my First Mini Kit and then follow the Blog Train

Mhar's Display said...

I hope you were okay.

angelfaye said...

what a great story and a great layout! And thanks for a great mask!!!

Sharon aka Scrapcat4914 said...

Good morning Sweety!!!!!!!!!!!
Cute pics!!!!!!!!!
Hope your feeling better today after the tumble!!!!!!!!!!!
TY so very much for the AWESOME mask!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HUGE HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lilysgramma said...

LOL! Not to be mean, but those pic's are hilarious because it's something I would do! I'm glad you weren't injured in the fall. Thanks for the great story and for swallowing your pride to share it. :)

vanilla said...

WOw! definitely a Kodak moment! Thank God you are fine :)

eilajean said...

Hello June,

OK, so thank you for providing a wonderful belly laugh! I am so glad no bones were broken. And thanks for the layer mask. I was making and using them before I even really know what they were.

You are such a treat!

hugs!

eila

A.Marie said...

Oh my...I'm glad that you survived your birdbath spill! :)

I found your blog while "doing the drop" with Entrecard, and I am now your newest follower! You have got a terrific blog, and I can't wait to try the mask that you shared. AWESOME!! :)

Barbara said...

Thanks for the great mask!

CreativeBusyHands-Scrapbook Freebies Search said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Template(s), Overlay(s), Photo Mask(s) post on May. 27, 2009. Thanks again.

karen(karooch from scraps of mind) said...

What great action shots June. No offence, but congratulations to your husband on having the presence of mind to keep clicking. Even though your dignity took a hit, with your sense of humour you'll be glad he managed to capture the moment.

terilew said...

I'm glad you weren't hurt :-) they are great pictures though.
Thanks for the photo mask, and the explanation on how to use it

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the gorgeous mask and tutorial. Sounds easy enough to handle!! Love it and look forward to using it.

Mira said...

I must say your dh was a good photographer with a very quick finger. He captured your fall beautifully, lol, not that I'm making fun of you. But yeah you still look great even after the fall. Your post really made me smile, thanks.

BK said...

Glad that you were alright. It was a good weekend wasn't it? :)

Split Rock Ranch said...

Great action shots! At least you weren't hurt in the tumble. I can totally relate to the tumble - I do it all the time around here!

Latte' Dah said...

You are adorable. The pictures are keepers! :)

Judy said...

The judge from Ohio gives you an 8.5

Keryn said...

Thanks June for sharing this mask with us and your story. I'm just glad to hear that nothing was broken. Enjoy the wonderful days and I hope they continue for you.

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Designed by K said...

I couldn't have picked a better day to come by and visit your blog..I had to take a break from the ice cream to keep from feeding it to the monitor ROFL! Bless your heart dear June, of course the men are always gonna get the last laugh at our expense. I LOVED loved the stored about the future generations, I guess I need to give DH or DD the camera so I too don't become a myth lol! HUGE HUGS for your day..xoxo K

Beltran Studios said...

That's quite an "action" shot!!! It's only funny, because you didnt get hurt..so I dont mind laughing so hard...LOL

The page of Lilly is awesome!!!

Dorothy said...

LOL I'm glad your alright now I'm not feeling alone...

Blessings and nice pictures beautiful baby..

Dorothy from grammology
grammology.com

Glynis said...

I was just thinking...I am like June, never in the photographs. Now I am thinking, mmm remind me not to be!! LOL that was so funny June, I am sorry but I laughed :)

Anna said...

Thank you for the mask. I like your designs.

xashee's corner said...

those photos may not have been fun to actually get, but will make a GREAT layout! and i am soooooooo GLAD you didn't really hurt yourself!
Thank you for sharing this WONDERFUL mask! Have a MARVELOUS day!! :)
btw, is the bird bath set on right now? hehe :)

Jane said...

Thanks for the photo mask. It's very cute!

Anonymous said...

Many Thanks

Anonymous said...

Many Thanks