Digital scrapbooking templates make scrapping so easy. Just drag your photo onto the page, then "clip" them to the photo spot and add any different papers or elements you want. All the fun and creativity without the stress of starting a design from scratch.
How do you quickly recolor elements in digital scrapbooking? If it has a white or pale cream background it's usually as easy as using the hue/saturation sliders (found by using the image-adjustments drop down menu or the Ctrl-U or Command-U (Mac) keyboard shortcut)
I recolored the dandelions even quicker by slapping a color overlay onto them.
1. Daughter-Two is back at school following the Easter holidays and the excitement of her birthday. She keeps trying to act like a teenager but can't keep it up for long.
2. Immediately after the holidays came ANZAC weekend (with Monday as a public holiday) and The Husband decided we had to take her out of school again for a day on the Friday so we could travel to Australia to celebrate his mother's birthday. Fortunately the school replied "of course: grandmothers are important"!
Daughter-One had given The Husband a painting for her grandmother as a present, but he left it on the kitchen table when we caught the crack-of-dawn taxi to the airport. So, after checking in, he caught another taxi home to collect it, leaving Daughter-Two and I nervously checking the time as the flight was called. He made it back in plenty of time, but that pretty much set the tone for the whole weekend.
3. For various reasons it turned into a more expensive weekend than planned, but not because I hit the Melbourne shops to take advantage of the NZ dollar being higher than it has ever been against the Aussie dollar.
Because of it being ANZAC weekend (when we commemorate the Gallipoli landings 100 years ago when the Australian and New Zealand troops travelled literally halfway around the globe to launch a suicidal assault on the Turkish forces) the shops were shut most of the time.
In fact, I did not step foot in a single shop other than the supermarkets, where we made multiple visits for food to cater for the two birthday parties we hosted.
On Saturday morning we had a free hour and ended up walking around Prahran, which was always a pretty bustling, alternative area but has now seems to have tipped back over the curve to down-at-heel (especially on a wet, dreary weekend morning with no shops open).
It's the sort of area where even the shop mannequins have neck tats:
You'd have to ask yourself: if they are putting this tattoo onto plastic mannequins is it still a cool idea to get one? (hint: the answer is probably 'no')
Daughter-One, a true Wellingtonian now, looked around Melbourne and said "every one of these buildings would have an earthquake warning sticker on it in Wellington".
4. I couldn't meet up with everyone I wanted to, but we did manage an afternoon tea with a school friend I haven't seen for nearly 20 years and that was very special.
And, on Sunday, we drove to Bendigo and had a really fun day with Esther from the Designer Digitals team who took us on the restored trams and down a gold mine! Coming from the north of England nearly all my ancestors ended up down the mines and I now have a renewed respect for them.
And then, to top it off, we saw hundreds of kangaroos on the drive back to Melbourne. Nothing like a roo by the side of the road to make it clear you are in Oz.