Saturday, June 30, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I used the same process to produce both altered versions (using Photoshop Elements 4):
- Open photo in Photoshop
- Right click on the photo in the layers palette (on the right)
- Select ‘Duplicate Layer’, name your layer and click ‘OK’
- Select your new duplicate layer
- Pull down the ‘Create Adjustment Layer’ menu and select ‘Hue/Saturation’
- Adjust the saturation to -100, click ‘OK’
- Click on the ‘Zoom’ tool in the left sidebar and zoom in on your photo so that you can easily see your edges
- Click on the ‘Eraser’ tool in the left sidebar
- In the bar just above your photo, choose your brush type and size (totally depends on the level of detail in your photo and the degree you zoomed in on your photo – choose levels you are comfortable with)
- Start ‘erasing…you should see you color copy (the background) begin to show through
- When you are finished, pull down the ‘Layer’ menu and select ‘Flatten Image’
Monday, June 25, 2007
The only adjustment I made was to glue the lids to the bands with some clear adhesive so that they would stay together when open. Then, I just divided my buttons by color and I'm set...they are just so 'cute'!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
There are so many topics/themes that could be considered for a layout:
*traditions/holidays specific to your heritage
*facts about the 'home country' - past and/or present
*physical or personality traits of those of your nationality
This is just the tip of the iceberg!
I am 100% Czech...and for individuals my age in America, it is quite rare to be 100% anything. So, this is definitely something that makes me feel somewhat unique. When I was in college (we won't talk about how long ago that was), I did a family history project and found the following excerpt describing Czechs:
This description was written in 1794 by Jos. Ant. Riegger, a knight, German by birth but otherwise an authority on things Czech. Is it a generalization? Sure. Is it still interesting (at least for someone who is Czech)? Definitely! It is interesting to me to here how my ancestors would be described before they ever even set foot on American soil, let alone made a home in the Midwest. It is interesting (and somewhat amazing) to me how much of this description I can still recognize in my family members and myself.
“As regards their physiological features, the Czechs are of middle height, not fat but muscular, resilient, firm and strong. Their build is excellent, and they are possessed of much sensual agility. The Czechs’ spiritual nature is generally good. Their heart is tender and gentle. A generally prevailing passion which might have Czechs in its grip is not in evidence. Their mental gifts are certainly excellent. Their aptitude for various sciences and art is tremendous. They are well-endowed with natural intelligence. They share their, practically innate, predisposition for music with other Slav nations. As regards their morals, the Czechs are generally religious, often even superstitious, they are devoted to the religion of their fathers, the old monarchy-based system of government, and their old customs and habits; they are industrious and perseverant, they face courageously all adversity, even war, but remain peace-loving, always in good spirits, understanding, charitable, honest, and faithful; in their outward behaviour they are direct, dry, and typically display less refinement. That is the basic nature of Czechs, where it remained pure and untouched…”
With my daughter, I have broken the chain by marrying a 'DIG' (Dutch, Irish & German) boy, but she is STILL 50% Czech. by gosh, and I certainly hope she we retain all the best of what the nationality has to offer.
Friday, June 22, 2007
If I had had more time (in other words, not come up with a slogan and decided to put her in only the day before!), I could have done a little more. All I really had time for was the signs...wish we could have added some streamers or balloons or something to her bike. Oh well, there's always next year (because now that she's done it once, she's certainly not going to let me off the hook next year!).
It was a LONG, HOT wait for the parade to get underway and Kaitlin was getting a little crabby, but once she got the 'OKAY' to peddle and experienced the excitement of her cheering and 'aww'ing (as in, 'How cute is she?!') onlookers, she was all smiles. She rang her little heart out on her bicycle bell all the way through the parade (our slogan makes a little more sense now, doesn't it?).
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Aesli Grandi is a Tabor native (and was crowned the Czech Days Queen in 1997) now works for a production company in California and brought a film crew with her to Czech Days this year. It is not yet determined what will come of the 40 or so hours of film coverage they took over the weekend and the days leading up to the event, but it sure added an element of excitement to the festivities this year!
To read more of the details:
Sioux Falls Argus Leader Article
Yankton Press & Dakotan Article
Monday, June 18, 2007
Then, Kaitlin & I went out for a late lunch with my parents, brother (Lee) and sister (Lynn) and stopped in to visit my grandparents for awhile afterward. It was a nice afternoon. By the time we got home in early evening, all we wanted to do was watch a movie, so we watched "The Greatest Game Ever Played." It's strange...I don't really get into sports IRL, but I always seem to really enjoy sports movies. It was really good.
So, on to those pictures I promised...
Czech Days was a little extra special this year - lots of firsts for both Kaitlin and me. Thursday night we attended the Tabor Bluebirds baseball game with the fireworks afterwards. They actually added this event last year, but we didn't make it. It was a lot of fun...they won the game and the fireworks show was really good - better than I had expected for such a small town. They really put on a great show. I didn't take my tripod along, so firework pictures weren't going to happen.
One of the definite highlights of this years Czech Days was when Kaitlin and Jamison (her cousin) entered a Polka dance contest in the 6 and under category...and WON! Yes, there were only 3 other 'couples' in their age group, but it was still darn cute!!
Here are a couple of my favorite pics from the slideshow above:
Do you think she's having fun?? Look at her beaming smile!!
There's two proud little peacocks! For winning, they each received a Czech Days piggy bank...the Grandma & Grandpa Pechous and Great-Grandma & Grandpa Pechous were quick to make contributions to their winnings!
I have much more from Czech Days to share, but we'll have to save some for another post. Stay tuned!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
However, I do hope to be sharing a pictures from Czech Days later today if I can keep my eyes open long enough!! I do expect this to be a truly LAZY Sunday!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
It's my hometown celebration and it's a BIG deal...especially for someone who is 100% Czech! Tonight they start off with a baseball game and fireworks and the next two days are filled with parades, games and carnival rides, authentic costumes, craft shows, and dumplings and sauerkraut (mmmm!).
Growing up, Czech Days was always great fun!! We definitely looked forward to it each and every year! In my 20's, I have to admit there was a period where it wained a bit...it just wasn't quite as fun as it once was, but I have to say, now that I have a child of my own, it's kind of like experiencing the fun of Czech Days all over again. This will be Kaitlin's 6th Czech Days. She actually attended her first when she was only 5 days old...in full costume no less!! Here's the layout I did of Kaitlin's first Czech Days:
Do you think she'll ever forgive me for that big, frilly hat?? The children at the bottom are her cousins Nick, Rachel and Emily. Oh, how Kaitlin has grown (and my scrapbooking ability, too, thank goodness!!) in five fast years. Here is my favorite photo of her from last year's Czech Days:
And here's the layout:
Hopefully, I'll have some more great pictures to share with you from this year's celebration soon!
There has always the big parade on Friday at 1 p.m., but there is also a Kiddie Parade on Saturday morning where young kids can go through in costumes with gimmicky little slogans - like a little girl walking through with a plate of kolaces and a sign on her back that says "I'd walk a thousand miles to Czech Days for the Kolaces!!" Some get more elaborate than that, but you get the idea.
Well, I've never put Kaitlin in the Kiddie Parade, but I'm getting the feeling that it's about time. I got to do it when I was little...now it's her turn. I've always hesitated 'cause I'm just not good at coming up with the gimmick...at least not one I liked...but I think I might just have something this year. I'm going to keep you in suspense though as to whether or not it's going to happen. If it does, I promise I'll share a picture or two!
And, if you're in the area already or feeling like a road trip this weekend, I definitely recommend 'checking' out Czech Days!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
So, I probably won't have much time to post until after I get home again, but stayed tuned...
Sunday, June 10, 2007
One of my layouts, entitled "roses," also made it into the final judging for the June Layout Contest.
Details on this layout:If you like them, please go to Serendipity Kits and vote for me. You do NOT need to be a member or log in or anything to be able to vote, so would definitely appreciate anyone's vote!! However, voting ends tomorrow (June 11th) at midnight EST, so visit soon.
Cardstock – Bazzill
Patterned Paper – American Crafts
Glittery Flower Stickers – EK Success
Chipboard – Scenic Route
Font – Albemarle Swash
A life with love will have some thorns, but a life without love will have no...roses.
Comments & Techniques:
I loved the unique color combination of the pinkish-peach on the teal mat and green background. I cut the PP into a curve to compliment the curve of the petals and added glittered flowers along the curve…even the font I chose compliments the theme as it has a ‘viney’ feel.
Allison Tyler Jones Photography
Amanda Keeys Photography
Audrey Woulard Photography
Jinky Art Photography
Kim Heffington Photography
Leslie Autumn Photography
Teri Fode Photography
You can also visit my Inspiration & Resources page for more more photography sites.
Friday, June 8, 2007
Amazon Description:MY REVIEW:
This magazine is directed at the woman crafter seeking excellent original design, full-size patterns and complete accurate instructions for how-to projects in general crafts, needle crafts and floral. Its included instructions will guide readers through trendy and traditional techniques. The project ideas and designs are supplemented by columns and special features to help the reader become a well informed crafter.
This magazine primarily focuses on the art of card crafting and is a beautiful source of inspiration. Every time I go to Wal-Mart and spend $3.49 on a card, I'm thinking, "Boy, I should be making this myself!!" Although, I have made a few for various occasions, I always seem to remember 'card required' events at the last minute, so end up buying them anyway. One of these days, I'll get better about that. Despite my personal faults, this magazine is beautiful and I have actually used many of the ideas I've gathered from them on my scrapbook pages, so the ideas can (and do)definitely 'cross over'.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
I think Kaitlin thought I was a little off-my-rocker when I actually told her to go walking around in the tall, WET grass.
It's all in the name of a good picture, right! Recognize this one?? It's my new header pic! This is definitely one of my favorites. Love the sprinkling of purple in there.
Another favorite...love the composition of this shot!
Yup...I even got those 'flowers' (Who cares if they're really weeds? Not me!) and they graced our kitchen table for a few days.
Time to go home...and put on some dry socks and pants!!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
and you might catch a cute shot of them in play...
or a sweet smile in an all-too-brief moment at rest...