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I pulled off the impossible…

I LOVE giving gifts.  I will search for weeks to find the perfect gift for someone I care about.  If I can’t make it, then its off to the internet to do research…

Our youngest nugget turned 7 this month.  Do you remember being 7?  Small things seemed like magic and big things…well, those were almost miracles….

Three months ago, I heard that Justin Beiber was coming to town.  My daughter(s) love the Beibs.  I have to admit, he’s even growing on me…..although I feel like a perv when I watch his newest video.  He’s just…so young
Anyhoo… I hopped on the ol’ net and found out that if I paid $30 every quarter of the year, I could sign up to join the OFFICIAL Justin Beiber fan club.  Why on earth would I do that?  Oh yeah….because you get the presale code to buy tickets before they go on sale!!! Hellloooo   Plus you get swag.  Real, official JB swag.  I was so in…. Signed, sealed, and tickets bought.

What I didn’t think about:  having to keep it a secret for three months!!  Holy shit, how was I going to pull this off???

Believe me, it was uber-hard.  There were so many times I started to say something about it and would stop myself in mid-breath. Literally.   But, we did it.  We pulled off the impossible, and this past weekend..we surprised her with her tickets AND the Justin Beiber offical fan club card and hat.

The theme for the party this year was…what else….Justin Beiber.  I ordered custom designed invites, cupcake labels, and water bottle labels from my good friend Yulia over at Sarah Hope Designs.  She does FABULOUS work and I would recommend her to anyone who asked for a designer.  Love this girl!!  Check her out here:  http://www.sarahhopedesigns.com/  or check out her FB page.

Syd had already decided she wanted to party at Skate King, so it all came together fairly easily..

And for your amusement, here are the pics:

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She still hasn’t come down from the excitement.  I gotta say…we done good….

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The love affair continues….

No, I’m not cheating on my husband….although I bet that would make for an increase in blog traffic if I said I was!!

I’m talking about my love affair with Photoshop actions. 

Holy Michael Jackson, but where have these been all my life??

I always thought I wasn’t a good enough photographer to use actions. I thought you had to actually be trained in photography to understand how to use them.  But the reality is:  actions can make a mediocre photograph become an amazing photograph.  Now, that’s not to say that if you take a picture that looks like shit…it won’t still look like shit, just with a few pretty layers on it.  There has to be the basic element of a good picture.  But with actions, a good picture is enhanced to become a great picture.

In my house, when I have down time, I make my kids dress up and do photo shoots.  My oldest kid moved out as soon as she graduated from high school, and I can’t help but think my photo shoots may have had something to do with it.  But my little nugget, the six year old, still loves dressing up and being my model.  So today, when I said she and her friend could put on their fancy dresses as long as I could take pictures, she was game.

Here is an example of one of the pictures I took:Image

and then here is the same one after using actions from Paint the Moon and Flora Bella:

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The differences can be subtle or they can be full of pop. It’s totally up to me.  And I love having that control over the end result!!!

We all know that I’m no computer guru.  But I’ve trained myself just enough on Photoshop Elements to be dangerous, and it’s been more fun learning how to use these actions. 

If you dabble in photography and have a little working knowledge of PSE, check out some of the free actions, just to get your feet wet. I promise – you will become hooked!!

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Butterfly girl

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I ain’t takin $hit from no one, baby. That was yesterday.

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Even with all of the new photo apps available, I am still addicted to IG. I love it.

I didn’t think it could get better, until I discovered Phonto. Have you seen it??? It’s an app that allows you to add text to your photos.

Oh.

Em.

Gee.

Check it out in your app store or market. You can thank me later!!

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