My Hubs is very generous with me! One of the things he got me for Christmas was digiscrap lessons @ JessicaSprague.com (check it out – she’s having some great sales)!

And, a gift to myself is to actually scrapbook each week.  Since I started my new responsibilities at work, I’ve just been blindsided.  But I’m starting to realize, the work will always be there.  There will always be someone who needs me and my time.  But I need to be renewing myself or I will burn out!  I have had a standing appointment with myself every Saturday morning to scrapbook – and I’m really going to do my best to keep it!

I started my first class this week and here is my results for lesson 2

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Right now I’m just following the lesson – not real creativity but I’m learning so much!  Can’t wait to make some pages of my own based on what I’m learning!

I finally broke down and bought Adobe Photoshop Elements.  I have been wanting it for a looong time and it was on sale, the money was in the account…and it was done! But now I’m trying to learn how to use it!

Today I did a free lesson from JessicaSprague.com on photo editing and here are my results:

The original snapshot

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cropping and color adjustment

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turning the photo black and white

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I’m doing the Project365 and also making a scrapbook page for each month.  I use the StoryBook Creator Plus 3.0 program from Creative Memories and I love it.  But I found making these Project365 pages pretty hard.  Then Bobcatshaven posted a template which I could use – and I created January’s page (you can see that here).

But today, the CM Project Center blog posted a tutorial and I realized the software I’m using already makes it VERY easy to do calendars.  I’m hoping to use this tutorial for February’s layout.  Saving the link here to help me remember!