This is an open letter to our students, partners and friends from Renee Pearson. Warning! Long post ahead.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but ReneePearson.com has been a little quiet since the first of the year. That’s because my husband, soul mate and business partner, Kent, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on January 5th. In plain language, that’s called a stroke.
On January 5th, my whole world turned upside down. Kent was healthy and fit…much more in charge of his health than I was of mine. He was out running errands that morning and visiting a sick aunt in a small regional hospital. He wanted to get everything done to make it home in time to relax and watch the NFL Playoffs.
Kent survived thanks to God’s hand in providing quick action by gifted surgeons, physicians and nurses. (I think of them as angels.) I have never felt so blessed, and we will never be able to thank the medical professionals enough. When it comes to strokes, time is everything and their swiftness meant not only Kent’s life but his ability to achieve full recovery with very little visible damage.
Today being Halloween and all, I know that many of you creative types take special liberties incorporating dripping blood and other gore into your creative pursuits this time of year. And while zombies are gaining in popularity, Vampires are still sexy, scary, and often a bit funny. As a person who spends way too much time playing Vampire Wars on Facebook, I know this for a fact.
Recently inspiredology.com Design Inspiration Lab put together a collection of 10 great examples where vampires were used to make an exciting marketing campaign. The banner above comes from their selections. I think you might get some creative inspiration from them … read more.
Happy Halloween from all of us here at reneepearson.com!
Hello! It’s Marnie from Write. Click. Scrapbook. I am so very excited to be back with you today! I hope you had fun last month building a layout with a three part challenge. I hope, too, that you were able to click over and see the amazing talent on our site. Did you fall in love with anyone? Everyone? Perfect.
This week I am putting the finishing touches on three Halloween costumes. For me, costumes mark the beginning of the madness that is the holidays. This is the time of the year that I take that last deep breath and then dive headfirst into holiday mode. Do you feel it? Halloween to Thanksgiving to the Christmas/Holiday season. Somewhere in there we decorate with ghosts, then take them down and replace them with turkeys. Then the gobblers are replaced by trees and wreaths. Orange and brown make way for blue and silver or red and green. Somewhere in the decorating craziness, we also create, write, and send cards, cook meals for more than our tables hold, and get ready for holiday gift giving. Phew! Just thinking about it makes me tired …
With the chaos of the season, I often find my scrapbooking must take a back seat. But I also know that I am a kinder, better person when my creativity is being engaged. So, rather than leave my scrapbooking behind, I look for shortcuts. We wanted to offer you all a bit of time-saving scrapbooking, too, so this month, we are again going to look to a three-part challenge. Though this time we are starting with the photo. (more…)
The winner of the Creating Keepsakes magazine subscription from Tuesday is CarolS, commenter #5, who wrote “OOOOh! I love this! Thanks so much for the great tutorial, I’m going to use it for some of the kids’ Halloween photos.” Congratulations, CarolS! Please email us to claim your prize.
One of the things I love about the internet is that I can always find lots of design inspiration there.
I type in a few keywords, sit back and get comfortable. Google quickly presents me with a plethora of places to begin. From there, I wander around clicking links and discovering all sorts of gems. That’s how I found dribbble…the show and tell for creatives.
At dribbble (yes, there are three b’s in their name), you can sign up as a “player” or a “spectator.”
A player is a member at Dribbble who can post shots and comments. Players are drafted (invited) by current members.
A spectator is a member who can follow and discover shots and people on Dribbble, but cannot post shots and comments. Anyone can sign up as a spectator to follow the work and people on Dribbble.
A prospect is simply a spectator who has indicated (in their account settings) that he/she would like to be drafted as a player. There is a prospects list to help find these members.
If you just want to see what design creatives are up to, like I do, then signing up as a spectator is sufficient.
Graphic design blog You the Designer is featuring the best free 3D Wallpapers from some of the most popular wallpaper designers on the Internet.
Hurry over to their site to check them out, and be sure to download your favorites while you’re there. You’re going to love them.
iShot That Starts Today
iShot That, the Art of iPhone Photography class with Jim & Molly Newman starts today. It’s not too late to register.
with Write. Click. Scrapbook.
Hi! I’m Marnie Flores, one of the co-founders of Write. Click. Scrapbook. I’m so very excited to be with you today—hopefully it will be the first of many dates. (I promise your parents will approve!!)
Write. Click. Scrapbook. began more than two years ago as an online inspiration site where we work to help make your scrapbooking life more fun. Every day of the week we have fresh content which strives to help develop your journaling (Write.), your photography (Click.), and your scrapbooking (Scrapbook.). Here is the message we hope you see throughout our site:
- We believe in telling stories.
- We believe that understanding photography and design make scrapbooking a little more fun.
- We believe in the power of color. We also believe in the power of Kraft, black, and white.
- We believe that scrapbooking should be fun and guilt-free.
- We believe that there is no one right way to scrapbook.
So with that, let’s dive right in to something fun. (more…)