Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Finally Getting Caught Up!

Ta-Da! I finally got that book for my daughter finished at 3:40pm yesterday (Monday). I worked on it 2 solid days and part of a third day. If I'd known it was going to take so much time I don't think I would have done it, at least not right now. But it's done now and I got a confirmation email indicating it has been printed and will be shipped to me soon :-) Here's the cover...
If I'd been using all digital photos that had been tagged, this project would have been completed in a fraction of the time. But I had to dig through hundreds of lose photos to find the ones I wanted, and then scan them, and then edit them and optimize them (they had to be jpgs), and then upload them. The most time consuming part of the editing was dealing with Circe's eyes. Is anyone ever going to come out with the equivalent of a red-eye tool for animal eyes? With my dog I can just make the eye dark brown and be done with it. But cat eyes have those pointed oblong pupils and you just can't get away with making them a solid color. Even in small photos the eyes look weird if you don't at least attempt to put the detailing in to them. Well, the book is done and hopefully it will look good when I get it.

The calendars have all been printed :-)

The Christmas cards have been proofed and will be printed this week.

The ornaments came in the mail and they look terrific! Yeah!

The COG got published on time :-)

In my pursuit of getting the Christmas projects done in the last few days I neglected to write a post about a couple of items of note on the blogs of footnoteMaven. The first was the publication of the 7th edition of the carnival, Smile For the Camera. The word prompt for that edition was "Oh, Baby!" and a cuter bunch of baby pictures you'll never see! Head on over and check them out. You'll be making those "awww" and "oooo" sounds for sure!

The other item you might want to check out is my innaugural post of Captured Moments, a monthly weekend feature column on the Shades of the Departed blog. My first article was, Elements of a Great Scrapbooking Page. There's more to creating an attractive and meaningful scrapbook page than just throwing some photos and decorative elements on a page. If you'd like some tips, head on over and see if you can't learn a thing or two. Let me know what you think of my first article and while you're at it if you have any suggestions for future articles on the subject of digital scrapbooking let me know those too!


  1. All those Christmas gifts done before Thanksgiving! I think we'd avoid half the projects we take on if we knew how long they are really going to take but your daughter will be well pleased with the gift.

  2. Wow, wonder woman you certainly are! I loved your article on scrapbooking! For my oldest daughter's college graduation, I made her a scrapbook of her "precious moments" and although it was hard work, I thought it turned out cute. But now, with digital scrapbooking I wish I had the time- I would love to start another "project" like that. Thank you for sharing. I just love your blog!

  3. I love the book cover. I'm impressed at how you get everything done.

  4. Jasia,

    You sorta make me sick with all the gifts you have done. ;-) I mean that as a compliment, of course. I can't even think about it until December. By then, it's too late to do the really creative things unless I make myself crazy. Naturally, I make myself crazy......