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ShanKnits

Shan knits, and does a lot of other stuff too.

25 minute layout and a really cool thing.

June4

So, first, the cool thing. Audrey Neal, a digital scrapbooking designer who I really, really admire writes a column on writing. Her column this week uses a page that I created as a (positive) example. I am so excited! You can read it here:

http://wearestorytellers.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/06/writers-notebook-3-tips-creativity-by-shanknits.html

Yesterday I had an interview for a temp job. It’s a new thing for me, being interviewed for a 2-day temp job, but it sounds like a really interesting one, so I’ll play along. I needed to do all of the pre-interview grooming (mostly body hair management-type stuff) but I also was waiting for an important call and couldn’t get into the shower until that was done.I calculated that I had 15 minutes and decided to see if I could get a layout done in that time. The actual time ended up being 22 minutes, and then the computer froze up on minute 23, so I wasn’t able to save the page until last night. But, here it is:

22 minute layout

The kit used is Maybell by the aforementioned Audrey Neal of Audacious Designs. The template is a Page in a Pinch tempalte by Red Leaf DigiScrapping. The font on the title is A Truer Blue from kevin and amada.com. The photos were taken with my iPhone while I was running errands the other day, walking across downtown Salt Lake.

Digital scrapbooking resources, take 1

April18

Hello All!  Happpy weekend!  I have every intention of going someplace fun and doing the fun thing they have there, but I realized that I told Kristina that I would give her a web site address or two and I haven’t done so yet, so blog first, party later.

As I’ve gotten into digital scrapbooking I’ve found a few websites that have been enormously helpful to me. Here’s a random list

Stuff:
http://digifree.blogspot.com/ – The digital scrapbooking freebie search engine. Here you can find freebies of all kinds all over the web, rounded up for you in 5-10 easy to navigate pages. Do be aware that if you see a kit pictured the freebie is often not actually the kit, but a quickpage or preview from that kit.

http://shabbyprincess.com/ – A site with some gorgeous free kits

http://www.pclayers.com/ -  Probably my favorite site for purchasing kits. They are paper-style kits, meaning that the kits largely contain the same things that you’d get in a physical paper kit.

http://twopeasinabucket.com/ – I think that you can buy pretty much anything, digital or physical, that you would need for scrapbooking here.

Inspiration:
http://www.simplescrapper.com/ – An online digital scrapbooking magazine style-blog with a great, clean design and simple, real-life hints and inspiration.

The Two Peas in a Bucket Digital Gallery – Just tons and tons of examples and ideas.

Tools:
http://kuler.adobe.com/ – Incredible site for creating color pallettes for Photoshop. You can choose a color and then have  it make you a pallette based on complimentary colors, monochromatic colors, or shades of that color. You can also upload a photo and have it build you a palette of colors that are in that color.

Here is a page that I made using kuler to get the colors in the photo, so that I could make paper with matching colors:
prado-in-the-rain-w-title

Okay, I’m off to… the fun. Whatever it might be.

Ummm…. hi?

April15

Hello! It’s me. Thought I stopped blogging? If so you’re obviously new around here. I blog psoradically at best. I keep telling myself that I should do it, but I’ve been so distracted/focused between work, playing DS, and getting a eweb site set up for our new business, that I haven’t even read anyone else’s blog for… a while now.

I keep thinking about changing the address of this blog to shancreates, but I figured that 2 URL changes in as many months might be a pain to follow, so for now the name stays the same.

Fact of the matter is that I’ve hardly knit for a few weeks now. I did finish one LONG project, but more on that after it’s blocked, and maybe dyed. When I started this blog it existed almost exclusively for knitting projects and participating in a community of knit bloggers. And while I would still love to do so, knitting has taken its place among a few other passions lately, each and everyone I feel I couldmaybe devote an entire blog to, were I the kind of blogger that did that kind of thing.

That I, to quote Paul Gross, have the attention span of a gnat, is not news. I’ve been crocheting, knitting, spinning, scrapbooking, making cards, and doing… you know, other stuff, all together. And now, we add to the pile, digital scrapbooking.

I intend to tell you more about that and share some things that have helped me, but it’s well past bedtime and I’ve just remembered that my client is calling in the morning, so I leave you a page I made digitally for your amusement. The photos are from the Japanese Garden in the Montreal Botanical garden. The papers are from Summer Driggs’s Limeade Kit.

Japanese garden in Montreal

Japanese garden in Montreal

I Hearby Grant You Permission

January11

Hi everybody! Happy New Year!

I trying to finish up the Christmas projects I gave myself permission to not worry about blogging. And then Christmas ended and I decided to give myself permission to not worry about it through the holidays. Then I decided to count everything through January 6, Epiphany, as Christmas, as it is the last day of the 12 days of Christmas. So I gave… you see where this is going. The Christmas tree came down yesterday, so it’s official. It’s not the holidays, except for being the hallowed month of 2 weeks of keeping resolutions, January.

Now, I, realizing that the fire of New Year’s resolutions lasts about 3 days, and then leads to feelings of failure, and going to give myself the rest of the month to try to set some realistic goals and policies. I’d ask for suggestions, but you’re all too nice to be honest with me.

But something has come to mind repeatedly in the last few days. It was cemented talking to a friend who is one of those crafting genius people, like to the extent of making a living with her crafty knowledge. She had mentioned that she felt like she should be scrapbooking, but just wasn’t motivated.

So, here’s the thing. Yes, I could easily buy a lot of what I knit far more cheaply, quickly, and casually, than I knit it. But it makes me happy. I could go to Michael’s and buy coasters for a dollar or I can try to felt them for 6 dollars yarn, two runs of the washing machine, and a good 6 hours between knitting and felting and changing the plan once again.

On the other hand, I have little to no interest in ribbon embroidery, sewing another purse anytime soon, applique, or crocheting toilet paper cozies. I love seeing what other people do, but the idea of doing those things right now makes me twitchy. (I am afraid that the crocheted toilet paper cozy may be becoming a lost art. And does toilet paper really need to be cozier? )

So, in honor of the fact that we are all gloriously different people, and intentionally so, so here it is:

I, Shannon, who assumes this responsibility because no one might have told you this, hearby grant you permission to no longer, or never, as you desire, pursue any craft, art, or hobby, the thought of which doesn’t make you gloriously happy and more excited about life. You do not have to scrapbook, knit, ballroom dance, or fly fish, if you don’t want to, no matter how many of your friends are doing it or how many times you’ve thought “Well.. I probably should…”

Just thought you should know.