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Moonlight streamed through my window. As the light danced around the room, my mind traveled back in time.
I stood at my parents' car and shook the hand of a man I would not marry even though he wanted to marry me.
I missed the importance of a conversation that was held in 1976.
I felt the first movement of my oldest child as a soon-to-be mother.
I saw one of my sons tumble down the stairs.
I saw myself making a mistake that would haunt my life for ten years.
I relived the moment when I received dreadful news via a telephone call.
I saw the events of two days play over and over, as if they were stuck. I longed to pop myself on the side of my head and get them to move forward to a conclusion.
I lived and relived every joy, mistake, failure, and accident in those hours and wondered about it all.
People speak of having an event to overcome – in the singular. But there have been multiple events in my life, often occurring in rows like fields of corn. Sometimes they have crashed upon my life like waves in a stormy sea. What does it all mean?
Our society at large seems to have the misperception that it is possible to have a charmed life, and if it doesn't occur, then individuals who are experiencing trials have made dreadful, unforgivable mistakes which require public flogging. Public figures are admired (for their wealth and stature), and yet, if they slip and make an error or experience disaster, the media runs seemingly endless stories about those failures, as some sort of proof that this individual did not deserve their achievements and that they must be brought down.
I believe the sadness in the media's shark-like behavior is that it permeates the rest of our lives. We are drilled into the belief that individuals who make mistakes or have trials must be humiliated. Because we believe this, we find it hard to admit to our failures and mistakes, even to our close associates. We fear becoming shamed and isolated just when we need love and support the most.
Perhaps, this fear of sharing ourselves with each other (because we all do make errors) contributes to the depression and loneliness so many individuals feel. People who have made mistakes feel bad about themselves. They fear losing their support system by admitting what they have done.
Perhaps, this fear of sharing ourselves with each other (because we all do experience trials) contributes to the unwillingness we often exhibit to reach out to others when we are experiencing difficult times in our lives. We feel that because we have hit a rough patch, we will be looked upon by those who surround us as less than we were.
It takes courage to get through these moments in our lives. It takes courage to ask for help. It takes courage to talk about what is happening to us. Sometimes, it just takes courage to exist, to stand up and walk.
I found this poem this morning about courage, and I want to share it with you. I hope that you enjoy it.
We lead out our days in monotonous ways
The humdrum of work and of sleep.
Time slips along, no thrill in the song
Not even a reason to weep.
And then, like a flash, there comes such a crash,
We're stunned by the buffet Fate gives.
In the blackness and blur we feel the soul stir
And that is the moment one lives.
When disaster beats down, the true men are found
And cowards are marked with a brand.
They whimper and whine: they cringe and repine
And the whiplash Fate holds in her hand.
The brave men fight on though the chasm may yawn
And midnight's unlit by a star.
How you face defeat in the crisis you meet
That measures the man that you are.
All through the years there are smiles and tears,
But they, in the end, are the same.
One moment of life in the midst of the strife,
Is worth ages of watching the game.
With dismay in your heart, if you still played your part,
Though bloody and beaten and sore;
If your soul flamed white in the hopeless fight,
The world will ask for no more.
I believe that, ultimately, we have to find a source of courage greater than ourselves because when we face certain trials, there is not a source of help from humankind that is great enough. Abraham Lincoln, who often talked about the strength he received from God during his darkest hours while he dealt with the difficulty of leading a country in turmoil, said, "Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it."
Sometimes, that is all we can do - our duty. We simply must get up, face the day the best we can, and do our duty the best we can in each singular moment.
That, my friends, is courage.
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What are Dynamic Brushes?
Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 with Windows XP
How are your brushes behaving these days? Not sure? Well, if you haven't paid attention to these quiet little guys lately, take this tutorial for a spin and see what the brush brothers can do for you!
There are two main "behaviors" for brushes – traditional and dynamic – when you are working in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. While most brushes may look the same when viewed in the Brush Preset Picker (Photoshop: Brushes Palette), their behavior while painting is what sets them apart. As a digital scrapbooker, you'll find it beneficial (and fun) to know the difference between brush types. Armed with a few easy tricks at your fingertips, you'll unleash the creative power of Scrap Girls Dynamic Brush Sets in no time!
At Scrap Girls, Dynamic Brush Sets are named after the dynamic brush controls found in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. When you purchase Dynamic Brush Sets from Scrap Girls, the designer has created special behavioral characteristics for each brush. These brush tip characteristics can include any of the following:
For example, when brush Straight 50 px is selected from Dynamic Brush Set: Basic Stitching 4901 Biggie, it looks like a traditional brush in the Brush Preset Picker. It creates a nice, single line of stitching, ready to add creative edginess to your digital scrapbooking layouts and crafting projects.
Just click and drag the brush around the canvas to see its magic! Check it out:
Whether using your mouse or a Wacom pen tablet, this (and other dynamic brushes) follow your lead. While traditional brush behaviors work great as single-stamped impressions (remember the days of rubber stamps and ink pads?), dynamic controls allow for various brush tip painting effects. If you tried painting an arch (as shown above) with a non-dynamic brush, you'd wind up with a jumble of awkwardly-pointing stitch marks. However, notice the smooth transition in the above arch, and how all stitches are neatly pointing in the same direction. Martha Stewart would be proud, wouldn't she?
But wait - there's more to Dynamic Brush Sets! You can create all sorts of embellishments and texture elements for your digital scrapbooking layouts. Want to bump them up a notch? Add layer styles for more depth, texture, and realism. See what happens when ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Fibers 4901 is added to the dynamic stitching?
Scrap Girls offers a vast assortment of both traditional and dynamic brushes to lend your digital projects just the right amount of depth, texture, and panache. Whether or not you have a Wacom pen tablet, the possibilities with Dynamic Brushes from Scrap Girls are endless. Give them a try - I promise you'll love them!
Want to learn more about Dynamic Stitching or how to adjust controls for Dynamic Brush Sets with Wacom Bamboo? Watch the Scrap Girls Newsletter for the upcoming Online Classes: Bamboo Basics for PSE, Bamboo Basics for Photoshop, and Dynamic Fab 20: Stitching.
Commercial license versions of Dynamic Brush Set: Basic Stitching 4901 Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Fibers 4901, Brush Set: Time Flies, ScrapSimple Tools - Lightroom Presets: Photo Basics 10301 Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Gold 5702 are also available.
Article written by Katherine Weaver
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Layouts about Dad
Note: Tutorial written using Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5 on Windows 7
I don't know about you, but I've got one incredible dad in my life. He's not my own dad, but he's just as important. He's my husband, which makes him my kids' dad. And for Father's Day this year, I wanted to create a special digital scrapbooking layout for him to take to work and display on his desk. Unfortunately, his job requires him to travel around to different companies (or clients), so he doesn't actually have his own desk. I would not be deterred, however, from creating a gift for my hubby for his special Father's Day. Instead, I decided to create a couple of small cards that he could put in his wallet and take with him wherever he goes.
Follow along with me if you'd like to create your own!
First, create a new document in your image editing software (I'm using Photoshop CS5). In order to create a wallet-sized card, you'll want to size your new document to 3.5x2 inches. To do that, click on File> New. Set the width at 3.5 inches and the length at 2 inches.
Then simply create your card however you'd like. For my project, I wanted something I could put together really quickly, so I chose to use Amanda Fraijo-Tobin's Easy Page Pro Album: 4x6 Ponder. I'll tell you what, it was the fastest I've ever created a project before, and it was great!
First, open the PNG file in your photo editing software, select your Move Tool to click-and-drag it onto your blank 3.5x2-inch document, and then resize the Easy Page Pro until it fits inside. Then, simply open your photos, and click-and-drag them onto your card. Make sure the photo layer is underneath your Easy Page Pro layer in the Layers Palette on the right-hand side, then go to Edit> Transform to resize the photo to fit inside the frame's opening.
Once you've saved your cards as JPG files and are ready to print them out, create a new blank document the size of your photo paper. I had some 8.5x11-inch photo paper ready to go, so that's the size I chose as my new blank document.
To prepare for printing, open all your JPG files and click-and-drag them onto your letter-sized document. You can line them up or scatter them about. It doesn't matter since you'll be cutting them out. Just make sure that none of the cards are overlapping each other and that you have enough space on the edges of the document so nothing gets cut off.
Finally, print out your cards using your printer's settings for photo paper, if applicable. Then cut out your cards, and use glue or double-sided tape to adhere them back to back.
That's it, you're done!
All that's left is to enjoy your loved one's reaction as he opens up his awesome Father's Day gift.
(And yes, you'll probably notice the cards are photographed in my wallet, but that's because I wanted to keep them as a surprise for my hubby. Otherwise they'd be in a very manly wallet!)
Article written by Laurel Lakey
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Life Moments Crop & Chat
Tuesday, June 7th - 2:00PM MT
Join Pat (PBarnes) for another Life Moments Crop! This crop focuses on you, the scrapper, creating a scrapbook one layout at a time. The theme for this chat will be posted on the Message Board on the day of the chat. Hope to see you there at 2pm MT!
Creative Cards Chat
Tuesday, June 7th - 6:00PM MT
Do you use your digital supplies to make cards? Do you want to? Instead of going to the store every time you need a card, you can save money and have fun making cards with your digi stash! Make a note of any cards you might need for the upcoming month and join April (April Showers) and Theresa (tiza126) for the once-a-month Card Chat on the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm MT. Can't wait to see you there!
Project SG Chat
Tuesday, June 7th - 7:00PM MT
Join April (April Showers) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) to hear all the details about Project SG! You can win prizes for taking part in this Challenge. It is never too late to start. We'll see you in the chatroom at 7pm MT on Tuesday, June 7th!
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, June 8th - 10:00AM MT
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week. On June 8th, we'll do a font challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, and any colors - using multiple fonts - at least 3 different fonts! Mix it up! Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!
Baby Theme Crop
Wednesday, June 8th - 7:00PM MT
Join Carla (CRS) and Theresa (tiza126) for a new twist on the Baby Theme Crop at 7pm MT! This month we'll continue to work with ABC's - include something in your layout that starts with a P, Q and R! We'd love to see your layouts in the Baby Book Gallery!
June Message Board Game: Re-JUNE-venate!
We helped you jumpstart your January and now it's time to re-JUNE-venate your focus on scrapbooking! Join us on the Forum this month for "Re-JUNE-venate!" This is a Meassage Board game and challenge that focuses on taking time to scrapbook regularly despite the little speedbumps of life. When the month is over, you'll have several completed layouts and will have been challenged and treated to some fun along the way... with prize opportunities thrown in as well!
A member of the Welcoming Committee will post a mini-challenge or task each day Monday through Saturday from June 1st - 30th. The tasks will be formatted in LARGE PURPLE FONT for ease of locating them in the game thread as it grows. Some tasks will require Message Board participation, email responses or gallery posting. Read each daily task carefully to see what is required of you.
Those who complete all tasks and submit or post required participation will be entered in a drawing to win one of three $10 Gift Certificates to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Those who complete just the layouts will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $5 Gift Certificates. Those who complete just the speedbumps will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 Gift Certificates. (Those who complete all tasks will have their name entered in all three drawings!)
Join us in June for some serious scrapbooking re-JUNE-venation!
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
June Monthly Layout Contest: Father's Day is celebrated in June in the United States, but a day set aside to honor our male parent is celebrated in many countries on different dates throughout the year. For June's layout contest, we want you to do a layout honoring your father, whether he is living or not. Post your layouts in the June Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on June 30th. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. If your layout is one of the two chosen winners, you will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
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