Saturday, January 31, 2009

Project 365 Week 5 Layout

Digital scrapbook layout for Week 5. Credits: template by Katy Larson and background papers from Kristen Rice.

Well Loved - 31/365

This was my husband's as a child. It was strange when I first saw it because I had one just like this when I was young. I don't know what happened to mine. I don't have any of my childhood toys. I know some of them were "lost" when I chose to stay with my grandparents. I really didn't have very many toys and I suppose they weren't important to anyone else once I left home for college. I really don't know.

Well, I did it! I took photos everyday this month and posted at least one everyday! I also blogged almost everyday (I made up for the days I missed by posting the next day). I'm still waiting for warmer weather though so I can shoot more outdoors.

Friday, January 30, 2009


Grandpa was singing silly songs to him. He was just giggling away to hear Grandpa singing such silly, silly songs!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Newborn - 29/365

It's lambing time. So far we have 2 sets of twins with 7 more ewes left to lamb. This little girl had just been born and her sister was on her way. They are so cute. In a few days they will be running and hopping all over the place.

On the road again...28/365

Each Wednesday I take Emily (and sometimes Eli) to Awana. This is the road to their house tonight. It is nice that it is not completely dark when I pick them up. The days are getting longer and for that I am grateful.

Not Transparent - 27/365

Not Transparent - 27/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

This is Little Guy sitting on my desk in front of my monitor. Apparently he thinks he's transparent. Definitely not a good shot but trust me it looks waaaaay better in BW than in color.

Little Guy (aka Runt Boy) loves to jump up on my computer table for a little attention. I was trying to take this shot without flash. He doesn't stay still very long so its hard to get a clear shot. I love it anyway since it is so him!

This was Tuesday's photo.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sleepy Monster - 26/365

Sleepy Monster - 26/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

Kittens are born with their eyes shut. They open them in about six days, take a look around, then close them again for the better part of their lives. - Stephen Baker

Monster was sleeping on my camera bag. He is so sweet when he sleeps. Not much going on today. I went to the doctor this a.m for some routine blood work and meds check. A few snow flurries today. Pretty quiet day.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Project365Week4 - layout

Project365Week4 - layout, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

Here is the layout for last week. This one was much easier than last weeks. I found the template easier to use and decided to just keep it simple.

To answer a comment/question on an earlier post - Am I finding this hard to do? Not really. I think the winter is/will be the hardest for me since I don't go out nearly as much. But it will also get me to think outside the box on what/how to shoot. I really am enjoying it. My niece, Emily, is doing it also and that is an encouragement.

Over or under? - 25/365

Over or under? - 25/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

I guess this is a really big deal to some people. I prefer it over but don't get too concerned if its the other way - I just change it! Probably a dumb thing to take a photo of but I'm trying to do a couple of things with this project. I want to improve my skills AND I want to document my "everyday." How much more "everyday" can you get than this??

And I had a "duh" moment today. Sometimes I get frustrated that my some of my photos are blurry (when I don't want them to be). Well, I think I know why. I try to take some photos without my glasses because I don't always have them on when I'm in the house. So I guess unless I'm using auto-exposure, I should make sure I have my glasses on.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Here... - 24/365

Here... - 24/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

have an apple! Not a particularly good shot but I like it! Edited in Lightroom before posting.

Love My Jeep - 23/365

Love My Jeep - 23/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

Love my Jeep! Also love shooting in RAW - I forgot to change my white balance before I shot outside. This was so easy to fix using the RAW file!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Nose Knows - 22/365

The Nose Knows - 22/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

It was warm today - above freezing. I ventured outside and took a bunch of photos. Ultimately, this was my favorite. This is Shoes. He was soaking of the sun on top of Duane's Jeep. I was holding my camera above my head. Only his nose was in the frame. I did crop it a little on the sides and bottom.

The other "big" event of the day was that Monster purred for me! Finally! Sunny and Little Guy were nowhere around so it was just for me. I've never had a kitten/cat that didn't purr right away. We haven't made a decision yet whether he will be going back outside in the Spring. We'll just have to wait and see.

Test Tube Alien - 20/365

Test Tube Alien - 20/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

Tuesday's photo. Guess I forgot to post this one also!

Friends - 21/365

Friends - 21/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

Emily and Madeline (her BFF) at Awana last night. They have so much fun together. They have been friends for 6 years. I played around with Rita's CoffeeShop Barista PS Action on this one. I was trying to compensate for the flash. Sort of successful.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sentimental - 19/365

Sentimental - 19/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

Just a couple of things hanging next to my desk. Emily made the heart for me and the two necklaces were Bethany's. I wore the cross on my wedding day.

ClayPot - 18/365

ClayPot - 18/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

Sunday's photo - a clay pot made for Duane by our friend Jack. Jack is the art teacher at one of the local high schools. We love to get these pottery gifts from him.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


365Week3, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

This layout was challenging since the one photo was so bright in comparison to the others. I wanted a background that didn't overwhelm the more subdued photos and yet complement the brighter photo. I tried several before I found the perfect one! I also struggled with this template. I use a lot of template but I found this one to be very frustrating. The layers were not in order of the photos nor were they numbered the same as the template preview indicated. I generally make some modifications to the templates that I use but this one needed a major overhaul.

Skiing Lesson - 17/365

Skiing Lesson - 17/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

We went to Seven Oaks near Boone to ski on Saturday. We were guests of Don & Sue. The Griffioens (except Kristine) also went. Sue & I didn't ski but everyone else did - including Joe! This was the first time Presten had ever been skiing. He really enjoyed it!

In the Bag - 16/365

In the Bag - 16/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

Friday's photo.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Blue Eyes

Blue Eyes, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

Some more messing around in Photoshop. I used Nichole Van's Urban action & textures on this one. James has beautiful eyes!

Glasses - 15/365

Glasses - 15/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

Today's photo. I need to wear glasses all the time but I have found that I do better on the computer without them. So they are usually sitting on my desk in front of my monitor. It was a rather boring photo so I messed around with it in Photoshop.

Another "snow" day today. It was because it was so cold. It was -26° F this morning without factoring in the wind chill. The high today was -11° F. It is supposed to be a little warmer tomorrow with a high around 12° F above zero!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Snow Day - Before&After

Snow Day - Before&After, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

We had another snow day! This is the 5th one so far this year. Some schools have already canceled for tomorrow because it is supposed to be so cold tonight and tomorrow. So far, our school is only delayed. Anyway I braved the cold today to get some outdoor snow shots. Presten had a blast playing in the snow - crawling, jumping and "swimming" in it. The snow was halfway up Buddy's chest but he just plowed right through it. The camera didn't really like the cold after awhile so I came in. The "after" shot has Pioneer Woman's seventies action applied to it. I like both but I posted the "after" one as my Project 365 shot.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Lace - 13/365

Lace - 13/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

Curtain above the kitchen sink. I'm a little frustrated this evening. I've been trying to use my "Nifty Fifty" lens. Most of the shots come out really crappy. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I think some of it may have to do with the lack of light in our house (especially this time of year). I may put it away until I can go outside more. This lens is supposed to be good for low light situations. I'll try again tomorrow.

On another note - it is snowing - AGAIN!

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Others - 12/365

The Others - 12/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

I LOVE how this one turned out! I used Something Blue Studio's Image Transfer action on this (after converting to B&W). I have had that action for a looooong time and never used it until now. I love it! I will most definitely be using it again!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

11/365 - Goofy Smile

11/365 - Goofy Smile, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

I took Presten to Cub Scouts tonight since Grandpa wasn't home. I took a bunch of shots but I like this one best. It's a goofy smile, but it is his smile!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Project 365 - Week2

Project 365 - Week2, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

Here is this week's page. It was challenging to fit all 7 photos into one layout and still have space to journal just a bit. I do like how it came out, though.

Groceries - 10/365

Groceries - 10/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

This week's grocery shopping. We went in to just get a few things and ended up with a full cart. Funny how that happens!

I'm back to using the "post this" function on Flickr. I misunderstood how the Flickr plug-in for Live Writer was supposed to work. I was under the impression that any photos IN the blog post would be upload to Flickr. They aren't. You can upload to Flickr from LiveWriter but it didn't work for me. This way is probably easier (for now anyway).

Friday, January 9, 2009

Trying something different

I’ve been posting my Project 365 photos on Flickr and then using the “Blog This” function there to get them here. I’m going to try it the opposite way. There is a new plug-in for Windows Live Writer that is supposed to allow uploads to Flickr from blog posts. So here goes:

9/365 – My Newest Time Waster


Thursday, January 8, 2009

Pepsi - 8/365

Pepsi - 8/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

Diet Pepsi is my choice of carbonated beverages. I used to drink a lot more than I do now. Now I drink more coffee and water. I have always preferred Pepsi over Coke. The only time that I drank Coke was when Vanilla Coke first came out. After drinking it for a couple of months, I started breaking out in hives and was advised to stop drinking it. So I did and just went back to Diet Pepsi. I have tried Vanilla Pepsi (is it still available?) but I didn't drink it very much. I prefer bottles and I could only find it in cans. So regular Diet Pepsi it is!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

EM - 7/365

EM - 7/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

Words cannot express how much I love this girl. When she hurts, I hurt. Brothers can be such a pain and so hurtful sometimes. I don't always know how to help but I hope spending time with her today did help. The words are not coming easily tonight but she knows what I'm talking about and how I feel.

On a happier note, I am so excited that she is going to be doing Project 365 also. I love it that we share so many of the same interests.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Reading - 6/365

Reading - 6/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

Snapped a shot of Presten reading to Grandpa tonight. He read to me this morning before school. He is doing so well with his reading. I am very proud of the progress he has made!

365Week1 Layout

365Week1, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

I am planning to scrap (digitally, of course) my Project 365 photos. Here is the layout for week 1. I am very pleased with how this came out. I'm planning to use a variety of layouts and kits. This will allow me to have more creative flexibility. Sometimes I will journal and sometimes I won't. I want this to stay fun and challenging. Wish me luck!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Monster Awake

Monster Awake, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

And here is one of him awake. I wish I could have got a shot with both eyes open but this will have to do. He is a little sweetie - even if he doesn't purr!

Sleeping Monster - 5/365

Sleeping Monster - 5/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

Here's my (not so) little (anymore) Monster. It is hard to get good photos of him because he moves around so much. The little stinker still won't purr for me!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

No Nonsense

No Nonsense, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

My journaling from the Flickr post: The words on my socks pretty much describe me. It took me a long time to find socks that I like. Most socks are either too big, too small or too tight at the top. These are comfortable without being any of those things. Sort of like me - I'm comfortable being "no nonsense."

Also I figured out how to modify my post setting so that when I post from Flickr I don't need to manually edit the photo size!! When I was posting my Journal Your Christmas layouts I was able to use a "fixed" size but that wasn't working for non-square things. I want to learn more coding tricks so that I can keep things looking good and modify my blog with confidence!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Little Guy - 3/365

Little Guy, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

I was actually trying to get a photo of Monster. Little Guy was lying nearby and didn't like the flash so he covered up his eyes. He actually sleeps like this a lot.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Project 365 - 2/365

Project 365 - 2/365, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

An "everyday" type of photo for today. This is a photo of the copier at church. It is part of my weekly routine to prepare the bulletin for church.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

1/365 Patches

1/365 Patches, originally uploaded by yellowsunnybear.

I've decided to participate in a Project 365. This means I take a photo a day. At least one photo each day. I will be posting them to Flickr and also here. I will definitely need to get in the habit of taking a camera with me wherever I go. I'm don't go outside too much in the winter so it will be a challenge to find stuff to photograph inside.