Are you feeling like I have this month, like it's been crazy busy, and the days are slipping away as fast as water through a cracked glass? I suppose part of that feeling is that so often we take on to much and then hurry hurry to meet those obligations, deadlines and timeframes.
I know I am guilty of thinking I can do it all. It's not that I have a problem saying no. Oh yes, I can most definitely say no. :-) And have. And do. For me I think it is more that I tend to think some jobs won't take as long as they end up taking, or I put to much of my time, and of me, into some jobs that truly don't need all that effort. I suppose that is the perfectionist side of me.
One item on my forever, ever long, to do list was a new digital class. And I finished it yesterday. Yay!
Opens May 16
If you saw this image on my blog this winter and liked it, let me show what it looked like
I'm sure we all have photos like this
but isn't THIS more interesting?
Or what about this one?
It's ok right?
But now we've elevated it to art.
Would you like to put photos like these on YOUR blog?
Do you create cards, scrapbook, create altered art in it's many forms? I imagine you have oodles of inspiration right in your own photo stash you thought you couldn't use. Now you can learn to create your own grungy, distressed and textured masterpieces!
You might think twice before discarding future photos.
Learn to work with layers and blending modes. You'll learn to texture using just one or two layers and you'll learn to texture with lots of layers. I'll show you how to use a simple grunge mask to for a quick and easy way to grunge the edges of a photo, like Mama Cardinal above.
Learn an easy way to lighten your photos without losing details and an easy way to watermark your photos for publishing to the 'net.
So if you've ever wished you knew how to give a plain, even boring photo some PIZAZZ this is a good class for you! You can wing on over to Shabby Cottage Studio for all the details of Down and Dirty the Digital Way.
I'm teaching this class with Photoshop Elements 9 but if you have PSE 5, 6, 7 or 8, this class will work for you.
I also want to share some new information about Artful Gathering.
We have been using Blogger for our information and Registration site but have never been happy with it. We felt it was a tad cumbersome and we couldn't lay out the information in the way we really wanted . So I've been working on a new site and I was able to cross THAT off my to do list this weekend!
We have added a link to the new site on the Artful Gathering blog. You will find us at artfulgathering.com. Eventually we will close the old blog. Please come check out the new site.
We now have all the Workshop descriptions up and most of them have photos and prices.
Check out the Artwork page to see videos of each teachers artwork. It is awesome!
And since this is an invitaiton only event don't forget to Register Now!
The event site opens June 25 and at that time Registered guests will be able to start purchasing classes.
You've got plenty of time left to save your pennies for this new and exciting online video event!
Check out Monica Zuniga and Pam Carriker Preview workshop videos!
Visit everyone at artfulgathering.com
So now my lovlies, you know what I've been up to this month. What's happening with you?!