Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Organize your Stuff Week 18 (round 5): WOYWW 145 & tools


Welcome Wednesday! It seems like you come quicker and quicker these days! If it is Wednesday, then it must be WOYWW time…AKA…What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It is the time that we share our creative spaces in all their messy glory (ok there are a few not so messy ones too) as well as what they are crafting. The always Fabulous Julia at the Stamping Ground has the links to over 100 desks throughout the world for us to sneak a peek.

Here is our desk (in the Mariott Courtyard Hotel) from this weekend at the Creating Keepsakes Convention (CKC Portland). It was a wonderful weekend with fabulous new friends and lots to learn!


Most of our learning was done on our new favorite tool- Photoshop Elements. Here OCD Me and Creative Me took copious notes and WOW! …after six hours of classes over the weekend, this is the last of the three one page layouts that we created…

Now, all of the credit goes to Patty Debowski (of http://thedigitalscrapbookteacher.com/). She took us from zero to hero (the POW is eternally thankful for Patty’s patience with all of OCD Me’s questions). Total infomercial: We recommend her to anyone wanting to learn about Photoshop elements! …and she was totally fabulous about it too. (Even posing for a photo!)

*Warning: The POW is letting you know that the rest of this post is family stuff. Scroll to the comments if not interested*

Well, as for news from the Front, Fabulous Spouse is “off the grid” this week on an off base field trip. However, he did send this “Stop” sign posted along the way. It is quite humorous in the English translation. We do not really care where he is, as long as he is safe, and brings home souvenirs!

Oldest Child might as well be of the grid, but he had two more wrestling matches. He lost the one while we were in Portland and then had a forfeit yesterday (making him 2-3 as of now). He has also discovered Xbox live…and his friends who are also on it… *sigh* The POW feels that the upside is that it is one more thing that we can take away when the grades slip….

Illusive Middle Child started soccer…in the freezing rain! ...and has his first game this weekend. We also wrapped up the basketball season at Round Table Pizza with the obligatory awards (and a pull aside by the coach that if we needed a good coach for next year to let him know because our boy has POTENTIAL!)…that makes a mom feel good…except that means more basketball games LOL!

Girl Friday missed her last basketball game this week. She did have one more Girl Scout Cookie sale down town…in the cold with her Girl Scout BFF…

Did we mention that we got Voodoo Donuts from Portland? Awesome!


Now only if we could convince Mother Nature to stop snowing… (picture from today)

39 comments:

NEEDLEWINGS said...

Oh goodness, I thought the snow was all gone. lol Well it is here in SE Ohio!
A desk at the hotel! Why of course! I could leave a mess at a hotel, never thought of that. lol Glad you had a great weekend!

Helen said...

Great post today and I love the idea of going somewhere else and making a mess, too!!

Annie said...

I do enjoy seeing all your pics each week. Thanks for sharing them.
Hugs,
A x

SueH said...

Oooo, that looks cold Amanda!
We’re having unseasonably warm weather at the moment here in the uk and we even have a hosepipe ban already because of the lack of rain through the winter.

Loving your scrapbook page. I have Photoshop 7 and Elements on my computer and don’t really know how to use either of them, just the bare minimum. Think I need to find myself a good on line course.

Happy Crafting!
Sue H #41
x

Neil said...

Great looking and creative space this week, thanks for sharing
Neil #8

May said...

Brrrrrrrrrrr that looks cold! love the Layout fabulous, Have a great week, Hugs May x x x

Mary Pat Siehl said...

looks great!!!

Peggy Cain said...

everything but the snow looks good! LOL Have a fun WOYWW.

Fifty-two pairs in 2012 said...

If I ever need inspiration to start a new project, all I need to do is start in on cleaning my workspace!
Thanks for the photos.
Rosie

Danielle said...

I am shivering just thinking about your snow. I thought it might of been done with. Glad you learned to use your Photoshop. I am still puttering around with mine.

Jingle said...

Your layout is very pretty! Sorry about the snow! We have had delightful weather this week!

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

How fun that you got to go to CKC!
And how crummy that you are still having snow.

Sharla said...

Great layout, I've been trying to learn Photoshop as well, have done some online courses and love it, I just don't work on it enough to be proficient and have to go back through my notes all the time.

Love the snow picture, I don't get much snow where I live!

Sara S. said...

Glad you are getting to know PSE better. I've used it for years for photos, digital scrapping, and designing and I love the program! All that snow looks so cold! My spring bulbs are already starting to sprout here!

MvM-design said...

Quickly watching all those lovely desks!!
Have a happy WOYWW Wednesday :)))
Watch mine too, I've an awesome announcement on my BLOG(click)
Hugs Marleen ;-)

CraftygasheadZo said...

Snow! Love seeing your pics each week. Take care, enjoy snooping around the wonderful desks & enjoy this WOYWW. Zo xx 33

Norma Gomez said...

Wow, its hard for me to believe its still snowing in some parts of the states. I guess we're spoiled here in Texas, this week has been really beautiful with temps in the low 80s. Stay warm, great blog!!!

scrappymo! said...

Lucky you at the CKC and especially for taking the PSE course.
I am so hopeless on the computer i think I would be wasting my money to try...
Your layouts look fabulous so you must be a quick learner!!!

Twiglet said...

Think I need a course like that - we have photoshop and I would love to be able to use it for my crafty activities. Have a great week. x Jo

Kathy said...

Crazy snow! It's 75 here and mostly sunny-yay!! Days and days of rain, gray clouds and yuck are gone (well hopefully for a little while anyway!) Love what you learned in the Photoshop class. CKC will in Houston in June, I want to take that class if it's offered. Have Photoshop, never used it!!!

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...lovely & neat & organised...cute snowy pics...have a fab week...Mel :)

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Another great family post - I love reading about all your exploits! Your computer artwork is impressive - I wouldn't know where to begin!!
Hugs, LLJ #26 xx

kay said...

snow always looks so pretty but a pain to live with,have a great week,x

Sophia said...

Your work space looks about as big as mine! haha :) But so loving the storage bin for your micro pens. Where did you get that? :)

Barb King said...

Nice layout. I've had PSE for several years, and just can't get the hang of it, seems like too many steps. Taking lots of photos, though. Glad you got to the CKC and have some fun, there is one in Manchester NH next month, I hope to go. Barb #90

Crisann said...

amanda - cute lo! isn't pse wonderful? lol...

Tracy said...

Wow, you are one busy mom. Makes me look like the mom that sits at home and eats chocolate all day ;)
Your layout looks so cool, how neat.

Alyssa said...

Great layout! Love how you enlarged the one photo.

sandra de said...

What a wonderful workshop and I think the snow looks gorgeous.

butlersabroad said...

No snow in Michigan, we've had hardly any in fact. 75F today, late May weather in the middle of March, hope this doesn't mean we'll top 120F in August!! Looks like you had a great time in Portland, I need some voodoo magic this morning I can tell you!

Hugs
Brenda 12

Morti said...

Thanks for the tip - I'm using PSE for Project Life. Your layout looks great!

Thanks for stopping by (and the family stuff IS entertaining!)

Lisa said...

Wow you sure sound like a busy mom. Great for you for going to ckc someday i hope to be able to achieve something with my photos!

JoZart said...

Great window on life there and it looks like you had a fab time at Creating Keepsakes. Don't envy you the snow... it's Spring here, thank goodness!
Thanks for popping by my blog,
JoZarty x

Lisa-Jane said...

Oh how I would have loved to have been there! I'm not one for digi stuff but the other stuff would have had me dribbling!

Tuire said...

I´d like to have a CKC too! Love Photoshop Elements but have learnt to use it all by myself...
And don´t worry ´bout the snow - that´s not much...
...says Tuire from Finland!
With warm hugs :)

Julia Dunnit said...

I'm incapable of doing stuff in the convention evenings..too much sensory overload, so I am impressed that you kept going! glad it was a good weekend, they have a fine reputations must say!

voodoo vixen said...

Sounds like you had a great time at the convention - I have to take notes too... otherwise it just disappears into the ether!! Hope your snow has gone by now... I'm wondering if we are going to get some tonight as the old temp gauage is dropping like a stone...

Kezzy said...

Wow great layouts, bet you had a fab time. Gorgeous family and the snow pic is beautiful. Happy woyww :-) Kezzy x

Sam said...

Voodoo donuts ey! Do you put pins in them?
I came over here last week, but I see no comment is here???
Hugs
Sam