Saturday, May 17, 2008

A laugh at my expense and some free boy stuff


LMAO – if that is not the worst preview EVER. I did tell you I wasn’t artistic LOL. Anyway – you can laugh some more at me for this one. When I saw Pam’s last set of Run Elements I was **SO** excited. I adore the pewter dozer, it is one of my favourites (I give up trying to have a single favourite from the ABC kits, I love all of it). The reason I was so excited was I remembered I had some piccies of my son from a few years ago playing in the sand with his tractors. I had a rough idea of the sort of layout I wanted to do and without checking the photos first I decided to make an overlay / brush of tyre tracks. So the kids thought it was great this afternoon that we could pick through the toy car bucket and pull out some with interesting tyre textures, roll them in ink and roll them on the paper. Then we scanned them and extracted them, and created brushes and .png files for those that can’t use PSE brushes. So I was all set, I opened up the photos files and ducked and dived into each month, I knew it was winter 05. Mmmmmm he wasn’t playing with his tractors in those photos, he was playing with his castle moulds. SIGH. Remember it is all about the photos LOL. I normally open them first, but no I was so sure on this one. Anyway, the fruits of *our* labour (it was a group effort) are in the three .png files or abr file you can download here. Thanks to the curly wirly twirly girly and the noisy woisy boy-zy for their assistance. I really hope someone can use them so it was not all in vain – maybe a clever designer type could create a good paper with them (hint hint anyone ? they are shared under my freebie friendly TOU). At least my sister in law should be able to use them, my nephew is a car-a-holic. To add insult to injury my son did this great page with lots of tracks all over it that I was carefully cleaning up for an overlay. I went to check something leaving child unattended next to computer with unsaved file. Mmmm you can do the maths on that one LOL. Will redo it and post when I have stopped kicking myself.
BTW I am so glad Pam’s ice cream talk had other’s salivating. I will have to force my husband and children to have choc chip cookies in the house and I will give the cookie paper a go. I have no shame LOL. I was trying to scan in curtain hooks the other day because I thought they would make interesting hook / danglers for scrap book pages - that's another story LOL. I think I need a holiday LOL.
Best wishes,
Erika

6 comments:

Christelle said...

:D I can just picture your efforts.. Thanx for the laugh and aaaaall your trouble! I will definitely look for some pics to use the brush you worked so hard on..

Jeanie said...

Erika - You crack me up! I've never heard of "LMAO" before, but I think I have a clue what you mean...
I love the tracks, and especially I love the way your creative mind works. I can just imagine you and your kids running the toy vehicles over the ink and paper - what fun! I can tell you're going to be a major inspiration for me! Since you joked about the looks of your preview, I made you a little something in hopes you might like it - I put your tracks together with my own dirt paper and played with embossing, etc. I'm e-mailing it to you in a moment...Have a GREAT weekend!
Lots of hugs, Jeanie

Vicki said...

You are so funny Erika - mind playing tricks eh? Must be getting older!! ;o)
Hugs x

LVMommy22 said...

hey, these are fun! we used to do this with paint when i taught preschool! i'm dying to see jeanie's paper, too.

Maria said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today.

Sassy Pumpkins said...

Just found your blog and love it! Thanks so much for sharing your creations, they are fantastic and I just adore this brush...now I know you were thinking little boys, but I'm thinking big boys too...hubby just bought a new car and this is perfect to create a beatiful paper for his pics of said new vehicle! This would also be great for vacations when you use a dunebuggy, go 4wheeling, just going for a drive, mudding, oh the list just goes on and on lol. Heck, even for when I'm messing about in the mud with my wheelchair :o) heeheehee. So this is going to get used a lot by me, and I'll make sure to send you the papers and a pic of my finished lo's. Thanks again! xx