My idea for this first pillow came from the fact that my nephew, Brady, is so young and doesn't get to see me but maybe once a year. When he was little he LOVED Reese and would climb all over her and just laugh and laugh when she licked him. When I went down last April, he was a little nervous about Reese at first. So I wanted to make him this pillow so he could always have his Aunt Jenn-Jenn and Reese nearby.
I put the images together in Photoshop Elements and printed it out on printable fabric for Inkjet printers. I purchased mine from Amazon, but then it turned out I already had some... go figure. I added some fabric around the image for a border and used an airplane print on the back. I made sure to use a section that had my plane on it! I hope to go down for a visit soon and I can't wait to see if he likes it.
This next pillow started out as kind of a joke. My brother has been a little down lately and.. well... I have A LOT of cute photos of Reese. I know I may be biased, but she's so cute sometimes it is hard to feel sad when she is smiling at you. So it was with that in mind that I made this pillow for my bro, Jesse:
This one turned out so much better than I anticipated. I used an instagram photo and then backed it with some fabric I've had for years. The printable fabric is very easy to sew on the sewing machine or you can iron it on if you don't want to sew it. I choose to just sew the whole piece as printed and I have to tell you that slip stitching the top closed was rather difficult. It was however, totally worth the effort in the end. That pillow is just so darn cute! I wrapped up the gift and wrote that it was from Reese. My brother loved it, he was cracking up as he opened it.
I just saw this posted on Furbish (not only a blog, but a ridiculously awesome store in Raleigh, NC).
I took Reese with me runing errands tonight. We hit up Petsmart so she could wander, sniff, and get everone in the store to pet her!
I need to figure out how to rig my camera to get that angle that Keith got.. This is my best shot at it from back in April on our way to visit Kerry:
I also have many cute shots of her out the window. Sometimes I think she misses the VW bug... it had the perfect head rest for looking and hanging out the window.
This week I did a lot of walking with Reese. I took her along with to do some fieldwork on Monday and I've been regularly taking her walking after my runs. She isn't much on running. Slows me down a little. No way I'm gonna make it to a 7.5 minute mile if I have her holding me up. So... I run and then I grab Reese for the walk.
Recently I've been saying that I wanted to start back up with yoga, but there isn't a place nearby and I haven't been much into it since my dear friend and yoga instructor moved out of town years ago. Then this Friday she sent me a message on Facebook saying she was subbing at her old studio. I was so excited, not only to see my friend, but it was perfect timing. I don't know if I'll keep going to the studio, but I will definitely be working in more yoga into my workouts.
Last week I told you about the workout challenge I have begun. I am keeping up ok. Last week I did miss a day of the pushups, situps and squats. I'm already 1/2 through week 3 and.... well.... let's just say it's harder to motivate myself when I am actually at home. Here I am surrounded by a gazillion things I need/want to do. I'm pressing on though and the weather here is cooler, so that is making it easier to hit the pavement.
Just before I went out of town on my work trip I took Reese to the vet and he said that she needs to loose some weight. She has bad hips and carrying extra weight is not good, so I am trying to incorporate her into my fitness routine as well. I think she's excited about it. Twice this week she grabbed her leash and drug it out the door.
It is fun to incorporate different activities and it certainly keeps me from getting bored. This is going to be a challenge when winter hits. I am still keeping track in my planner and it is helping with the motivation. The Nike+ app is still working well for me. I like how when I run outside I can see the route on a map and it shows where my pace got slower and where I was running faster.
I've decided to keep my miles at 2 max for now because I have set a personal goal of scoring a 100% on my physical fitness test that is due by the middle of November. Today I looked up what I will need to get this score, and I have some work to do. Especially in the running department. Here is what I need to get a 100%:
I have never ran a mile that fast. That is a 7.5 minute mile!!! I was pretty shocked when I figured that out. I am not going to let that deter me. I'm sticking to the goal of 100%. Today I ran a little under a 9.5 minute mile so I definitely have some work to do. Wish me luck!
So I quit doing homework so I could take advantage of a free 8x8 Shutterfly photobook that I was offered. I meant to upload some photos to make a book earlier in the week, but I totally forgot until tonight at about 11:45pm. The offer expired today (Wed). I had been wanting to try a new photobook created by the memory keeping GENIUS Ali Edwards. A while back she blogged about a couple of new photobooks that she designed for use on Shutterfly, on of which is called "Top 10".
The photobook features her modern simple designs as well as some of her handwritten elements. I decided to use Reese as the subject of my Top 10 photos. Reese and I are always together, which means I take a LOT of photos of her. I can't help it. She is just so darn cute. Here are a couple screen shots of my photobook.
If you look closely you'll see the little caution triangles. Those are there because I used iPhone photos and photos from instagram, so Shutterfly is warning me of low resolution. The caution triangles over the words are because I like to use words that Shutterfly thinks aren't real words. I'm not worried about the photo resolution because it's a free book and because I have gone ahead with those warnings before and was satisfied with the resolution. I mean they are iPhone pics... I'm not expecting perfection. I am expecting a cute and fun book of my Reese-dogg and I think that with Ali's photobook design I will probably end up with more than I'm expecting. I will share better quality photos once the book arrives.
You can see the whole book here on my shutterfly share site.
As you may, or may not, remember I had set up my desk with all kinds of fun papers, stamps, markers, and stickers to do my week in the life album. I had printed 59 of the 166 photos before running out of printer ink, and even picked up some fresh cartridges to print the rest of the photos. I sat down, and started cutting. And cutting. And then my fingers started getting a little sore, so I started putting pages together. As I was moving a long at a snails pace I thought of how Ali Edwards put hers together. It was a simple formula for each day and I really liked how hers turned out. I also thought about how she mentioned doing the next one entirely digitally and decided that it was going to take me WAAAAY too long to finish up at my current pace. I felt like her, I just wanted it to be finished.
So I put down the scissors and opened up my laptop. I debated between using iPhoto and Shutterfly to print a digital book, but both were giving me fits trying to use the square photos. Note to online album designs: get with the times and have SQUARE photo options, thank you. To solve the problem I opened up Photoshop Elements and made a canvas the approximate size as my album pages (I decided to stick with iPhoto and my album was an 81/2 by 11). I then arranged photos on the photoshop canvas how I wanted them, saved as a single .jpg, and then uploaded that into the "single photo" template in my iPhoto album. For my camping photos I had a bunch that were not cropped to a square plus a couple of panoramic shots, so I just plugged those directly into iPhoto's multipage layouts.
I do have a small amount of emphera (flight plans, movie stub, maps) that I colledted throughout the week, so I left some blank spots throughout the album to go back and add these things. For the words, I simply cut and pasted from the blog posts (Again channeling Ali - why would I want to re-do something?!). I may go back and add some extra stuff in the blank areas around the photos, or I may not. So instead of my original plan, I'm going to have a mostly digital album with some extra embellishments added in later.
Here are some of my page layouts made using a combination of iPhoto's "Picture Book" theme and Photoshop Elements.
First page - You can see where I left the photo place-holder blank to add in my own stuff. When printed it will show as white space. For the words to the right I really liked how Ali Edwards ended her album, and this is nearly a direct copy of that. The iPhoto templates don't allow for you to put anything on the backside of the cover page, so that will be white.
Each day starts out with the day of the week, the date, and then the blog entry that I posted for the day. You can see the two instagram photos I put together on the right page. I placed them on a canvas in photoshop and then saved that as a .jpg. Then I set the place holder in iPhoto for one photo that took up the entire page.
This page uses three different images I created in Photoshop Elements. I like how it gave me the freedom to arrange the photos how I wanted and to adjust the size. The page on the left uses iPhoto's 2 photo layout with the images being horizontal. It did allow me to adjust the size of the photos even more... I think I made them each just a little bigger.
This page used the "spread" template in iPhoto. I love how I got my panoramic image to spread across the two pages. I did this twice in the album.
There were a couple of days where I had a lot of text. In this case I opted to enlarge the quote and re-color it to make it stand out. Then I put the rest of the blog post on the right page.
I ordered the album last night/wee hours this morning. I will share the additions I make in part 2. Now I just need to figure out what to do with the 59 photos I already printed out. I'm thinking some coasters perhaps?!? Any ideas or suggestions on what to do with a bunch of 4x4 instagram prints?
Love Dog Plaque via Patina
She's full of quirks and crazy cuteness.. I love my Reese-dogg
Schew.... I did it! I managed to keep up. Now the true task is if I can get it into something tangible!
using AutoStitch Panorama app
I really enjoyed this week in the life project. Focusing on those little, daily things that usually don't get documented, was actually really fun. Now it's time to print photos and get to mini book making.
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure." -Helen Keller