Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Winter time!

So, I'm still in the process of backing up files. I had to slow down a bit because life happened. Have to clean the house, have to take care of the kids, have to sleep ... you know, the usual stuff :)

But, it's a horrid day outside. Cold and icy - so I finally took the time to create something. I love digital and being able to do it on my computer! I can work a little bit, take a break for the kids and come back to it ...

This is what I did today:

My inspiration was from Paisley Press Designs which is available at She had a wonderful design template download, but I can't use it because I don't have Photoshop. However, it was rather simple to recreate the design myself in Macromedia Fireworks. At first, I was going for the simple look - just like all the examples ... but it kind of took off on me. It probably all started when I dropped the frilly frame in the background (not sure if I like the placement, either). I changed the color scheme three times, added all sorts of swirls and extra elements ... I don't know if I like it better or not, but it is what it is.
I created the paper myself by layering boxes of different colors and textures. The black just seemed to work with pictures, but I've second guessed myself a million times during this process so I don't know...
The white frilly frame in the background and the blue swirled frame are both from Rhonna Farrer's Color My World kit.
The bow and pink swirly graphic (behind the two smaller photos) are from the Oscraps - Designers collaboration Love Letter kit. I changed the hue and saturation of the bow to turn it from a salmon pink to the turquoise color you see.
Fonts: Adler, CK_Alis_Writing, Lassus, and SA Inkspot.

Too bad the picture of me isn't that good. It's really the only picture of my belly (out of three pregnancies) that I have. I kept putting it off and then towards the end I didn't feel like it and then the baby was born! Yikes! And to think, I thought I looked good that day. Why can't my 'good days' translate on film?
So, I don't know if I like it. I would love any and all input!


Someone commented that you can't click to view the above graphic in a larger size. So, I've uploaded my digital graphics to my gallery and you can view them (in two sizes) here :)


Danae said...

Jessica,you are radiant.I love this layout! I was dissapointed i couldnt click on it to see it bigger though to view the details clearer-but still it is an awesome design and picture!Was this with Justin?

Liz said...

this is gorgeous!!!!!

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