Go Retro>Comic Strip Creation

I just completed using some crafy-skills to help tell the story of losing the brakes while driving my 1955 Studebaker. It just so happened I was wearing a bathing suit at the time (on the way to the pool and got hot in LA traffic!) Not only that, but at one point I jumped out of my moving car – bathing suit, barefeet and all – in an attempt to stop it (don’t try that at home!) Of course my readers at GreaseGirl.com were asking for reenactment photos…

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The idea for a retro comic originally came about from this great app I have on my iPhone, Halftone. After my friend Lori took some great reenactment photos – I wasn’t quite sure how they fit together to tell the story…I didn’t just want a silly picture of me in a bathing suit!

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Beginning Digital Scrapbooking

I’ve always enjoyed putting a good scrapbook together. Usually that means waiting years for a big group of photos and then spending a couple of intense days putting it all together. My last book (covering my entire life up to that point!) was almost 10 years ago. Between the elapsed time and the fact that I’ve gotten married in the past year, I’m due for another book (or two!) I don’t remember how I ran into “digital scrapbooking” on the Internet – but I happened upon Sahlin Studios. They produce digital scrapbooking products which have a fun, vintage-y feel to them. Their freebie downloads and ready-to-go templates got me on my way.

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These are my first 3 completed layouts. Putting them together was fun – although it did take a bit of time, however I imagine with practice it would be quicker! While my real-life paper scrapbooks are fairly simple, the ease (and no-cost-ness) of adding elements to these has been a fun alternative. I won’t be doing all of my book like this, but adding in some “fancy” pages will be a nice change. One thing I like about digital scrapbooking is that everything I need is already in my laptop!

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