I found a few free photoshop actions that you might want to try on your photos to get that vintage/ dreamy look. There are several I really love but they're out of my budget range for now so I think these are pretty cool and might work just as well. Check them out:
I'm not a bag-lady nor a fa-shoe-nista. The highs I get when I get some sort of branded stuff pale in comparison whenever I have a tech gadget I really need and/or want. When I saw this little baby I just had to blog about it. MAJOR MAJOR GEEK CRUSH!!!
Check out this gear on the left. I love photography and I have yet to find the perfect camera bag out there and somehow nothing out there has pricked my interest and maybe eventually pocket so much as this one. It's called the
The perfect synergy between free movement and anchored stability. The BodyLink™ Telephoto pack bridges the gap between hand-held and tripod mounted setups. It easily stabilizes large, heavy lenses while providing a comfortable way to carry your gear on the go. The aluminum frame transfers weight to your body while waiting at-the-ready for the perfect shot, then gives you a supported shot when the shutter releases. Video? Pan with your body and get steady-cam results.
• Patent pending BodyLink™ frame mounts to any ball head (sold separately) providing a solid anchor against your body, while allowing freedom of movement
• Frame offers 7″ of height adjustability and varied angle options.
• Padded camera bay protects pro-body SLR cameras with battery grip and lenses up to 8.5² long (70-200mm f/2.8)
• Opens away from your body to create an effective workstation, internal dividers adjust for smaller setups with multiple lenses
• Two external pockets provide organization for data cards, cables, batteries and other essential carry-along items
• Unique harness system converts from backpack to chest for comfortable transport and quick access to gear
• Easy access to pack contents even with gear mounted on frame
• Comfort-molded rear panel resists snow and dirt, vents heat and moisture
• Ruggedized construction: Hypalon reinforced, fully lined and taped, beefy zippers, 1680D ballistic, and 420D high-tenacity nylon fabrics
I would love to have one of these but have to save up for it or figure out a way to earn $200 or so. Ouch! Anyway, definitely, in my wishlist it goes!
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I was revisiting old accounts I had with different sites that I signed up with a long time ago when I discovered SocialSpark! If you are one of those who do sponsored posts you might want to check them out. I am particularly excited about the variety of opportunities available to blog about and at the same time earn from. Sign up was easy. (Yes, I did sign up!) The interface and the site, as a whole, make it easy to figure out what to do. Not only that, SocialSpark is powered by IZEA. IZEA has been around since 2006 and is one of the leading players in the social media marketing arena with companies like FOX, VOLVO etc. under its belt. With high quality advertisers like these and high paying opportunities to sink your teeth into, it's a win-win situation.
I am already excited and looking forward to what's in store for me at SocialSpark. There are many companies out there who offer money-making opportunities for bloggers but a lot of them are wanting in terms of transparency and plain old business ethics. Check out SocialSpark's Code of Ethics to find out for yourself if you want to be identified with them. And if you do, then Sign up for SocialSpark right away. It just might be what you are looking for.
It's been a long while since I updated this blog because of so many commitments last year. Anyway, happy new year to all. It's a time to get rid of the old bad practices and bring in the new. It's like seeing things with a new pair of glasses and curing our myopic vision. Let me tell you a little story.
I used to wear glasses, 11 years ago more or less. I was nearsighted growing up and I couldn't really excel in whatever I wanted to do because I was hampered by my inability to see well. I dreaded sports because I was scared that I would get hit by a ball or something and break my glasses. Contact lenses were troublesome too because of the constant cleaning and protein buildup in the lenses even if you clean it as best as you could. There was no sign of hope for nearsighted people like me until I heard of laser surgery in the late 1990's. I thought this was finally the answer to my prayer and so I saved up enough money to afford the surgery. Compared to today the cost of laser eye surgery costs much less. I asked my doctor brother for advice but he was a bit hesitant because the technology was still fairly new. He asked me to wait 5 years to see how it would fare. But I was determined to live without glasses because I wanted to see the stars and everything around me without the thick weight of eyeglasses on my nose. And so I had my surgery done.
The surgery itself was more or less painless but it was the healing time after that was soooooooo painful. I had to wear sunglasses for days and I had a slew of medications and drops for my eyes. Today, you can have Lasik probably with better post-operation experiences. I've read that Lasik vision recovery can be as little as a few hours and you can see well in about a day or two. They say Lasik normally has no pain and best of all, you can reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. If you are in the US you can probably check out the Stahl Eye Center and have your eyes checked if you qualify for Lasik surgery. Their doctors are graduates from top universities such as UCLA, John Hopkins and Yale.
After that operation, I'd have to say that I've been able to do things I would never have done if I had remained myopic. I think it's the same in real life. Without vision, people perish. We need to have vision or we will simply exist. This new year, I'm looking forward to doing so many new things and attempt to do what I dare not do. It will be exciting and it will be full.
Here are some the freebie finds that I found today. I'm going to be posting only freebie faves I really like and those I would most likely use somehow, somewhere, sometime in the future. If you like them too just click on the links below to visit the designer's page to download. (Please take note that some of these freebies might be available for a certain time period only and are subject to the discretion of the designer). Enjoy!
I have a few tools that I have in mind that are on my wishlist.
Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissor (Model # TO-817 ) - P580.00
These Non-stick Micro Serrated Scissors by Tim Holtz by Tonic Studios are perfect for scrapbooking and paper projects. Resistant to rust and corrosion. Non-stick coating minimizes adhesive build up. Extra large Kushgrip Handles for comfort and less fatigue. Micro serrated edge great for detail cutting. Protective plastic cap for sharp pointed blade. Excellent cutting on all types of material including sheet rubber, vinyl and adhesive backed papers.
I first saw this on Merry Jane's site (Rekindled Moments) and since I lost my Fiskars micro scissors two years ago, I think this one is a good replacement.
JustRite Stamp Set : Times New Roman Font
And this one:
The Paper Gator Corner Rounder
So that's my little wishlist for now. How about you?
We are pleased to announce a brand new issue of The Daily Scapper! The them for this issue is Autumn/Fall. Be sure to check it out:
Some of the highlights:
-Designer Interview with Ruby Rynne
-Guest Layout Artist interview with Cindy S. (aka cindys732003)
And a freebie just for TDS readers:
Here are the layouts I made for the Product Highlights Section in this issue:
Title: Take Time
Description: There's something so calming about being on a swing... makes one want to just stop and let time pass and not worry about the next to-do task on your list. These are my kids enjoying themselves on a swing.
Credits: Autumn Colors by Heaven Dreams
Title: He Said, She Said
Description: One of the bloopie moments between ds and dd that I managed to write down.
Credits: Designer Stash by MK Designs
Font: Pointy, CK Anecdote
Title: Subtle Fall Mini Paper Pack
Description: Trying my hand at designing, I used Kim B.'s Tears and Folds template and I came up with this mini paper pack that can be used for different occasions.
Credits: Tears and Folds Template by Kim B.
Thanks for looking! Don't forget to read designer Ruby Rynne's interview and snag the FREE awesome kit just for TDS readers.
At long last, an update! I have neglected this blog for months now because I got so busy doing so many other things but now that I finally found a template I liked, my blogging mojo has returned. So here are some of the layouts I've done that have been featured in The Daily Scrapper Issue 14.
TDS Issue 14
Title: Little Picasso
Credits: Crafty Madness by Cinnamon Designs
Font: Pablo, CK Anecdote
Description: My dd loves to doodle and draw and will take every opportunity just to do so. She uses anything she can get her hands on - used envelopes from bills, brown paper bags, even the tape receipts issued from the supermarket.
TDS Issue 14
Title: Keep those pencils moving
Credits: At the Bus Stop and Layered up page template freebie by Lauren Grier
Font: CK Anecdote:
Description: Keep your pencil moving is what Kumon teachers say to their students when they start getting tired of doing the worksheets. Here's my son during the Kumon Advanced Students Honor Roll Awards 2008. It was the first time I missed this event because dd was sick during this time.
TDS Issue 14
Title: Farewell to Summer
Credits: Redju CU Watercolor Textures, Llabarca grunge photo mask 04, brown paper texture dld from the net, Katie Pertiet summer overlay freebie, KFredricks tranquility sea star
Font: CK Summer Camp
Description: This is my ds on the beach at Samal Island in Davao
TDS Issue 12
Title: The Sea
Credits: Sea Magic by Mimilou
Fonts: Old Script, Bookman old style
Description: This is dd starfish hunting with ds in Samal Island Davao. She found this cute little starfish.
TDS Issue 12
Title: Little Mermaids
Credits: Wordarts 2Mini Kit by K Studio, Nikki Beaudreau's Backyard Beach
Description: My two sisters on the left and my two nieces on the right and my brother and nephews way out there behind them during a family reunion April 2009 at Dreamwaves in Bulacan.
You can find these layouts online at The Daily Scrapper dot com.