Sunday, December 27, 2009

Layered Images, Layers of Thoughts



Remember that box of letters from the late 1800's that I found at the flea market in November? Well, I started playing with my new printer (my birthday/Christmas present from Santa Baby and layered a few other photos over one of the old letters...



I am such a novice at photography and my free photoshop program...
but it is fun to be a little creative...and I think they look interesting...kind of pretty...
...what do you think...are you laughing at me?



Perhaps if I print them out...I could use them for backgrounds for other art projects...
...you know all those projects I'm going to get to in 2010!
Any suggestions?

I have a lot to learn and hope to take some art classes and learn new skills this coming year!
...yes, I hope to do that and also I hope to get more organized...to clean out, get rid of stuff ...
...and also...I am determined to live healthier, to start exercising faithfully...to lose 20 pounds...
...and I hope to be a better listener, a better wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend....

Just a few things I'm hoping to accomplish in 2010...
...thought I'd mention that.

47 comments:

alice said...

Laura,
When you figure out HOW to really do it all let me know! I love your new layering. It looks great! Sounds like Santa Baby did you proud!
Happy New Year!
smiles, alice

GardenDesigner said...

I think they are awesome!!!! I am so jealous of them!
Really! They could be used for tons of ideas! ....maybe even a free download to your blogging friends? hee hee?

Love your list of to-do's .... I need to clean out the art studio for sure.... This week! .... and the 20 lbs is more like 50 for me! oh well! Im up for it!

Happy holidays!
Vanessa!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Your work is beautiful! You have an artistic eye and what a great idea to layer beauty on your old letters! Genious!

trash talk said...

What a cool printer...I can't even get mine to print anything when I want it too!
I think your list for 2010 is perfect and absolutely doable!
Debbie

Anonymous said...

They are very nice prints. Go to any paper shop and one would pay a pretty penny for these. Such talent you have. Terri

MARY PERNULA said...

I love what you did, can you tell me what you did, I would like to try it also. I think Santa Baby was kind to you. Good luck on your list for 2010. XO MARY

Bonjour Madame said...

They are suitable for framing. I really like how these turned out! If you can duplicate them or enlarge them you could wrap gifts with the paper.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Laura
What a great idea to layer these images... The first one is is just gorgeous. I've become quite addicted to scanning everything I can get my hands on and making wrapping paper etc from the results, but this is even better..

I think in 2010 I will be buying myself Photoshop.. it so frustrating wanting to do certain things and not having the tools....I also think I will join you on the losing lbs, exercising etc and de-cluttering... Now if only I had an artist's studio!!! hehe

Have fun this week ... sounds like your in a planning mood!!! xxx Julie

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Your new printer can do this? Wow, I'm impressed!

north pal said...

i need to do actually what you are planning. the weight thing and it is always better to improve ourselves, better moms,daughter,wife. but, i badly want to simplify my collection of things. clean them out and put in a sale and keep actually the items i truly love. so,good luck to you and myself and anyone else that wants to jump in clean up. Bestest,Denise

Sammy Girl said...

Wowie! I'm on my way back home (love wi-fi in the hotel!) and got caught back up with your posts. Some WONDERFUL stuff goin' on girl! Beautiful images with the vintage letters behind ... doing a GREAT job!
Hugs and have a Happy New Year (even with all those resolutions!)
Betty :)

Lemondrop Marie said...

What loveliness! I have lots of new year plans, I started TRYING to clean today and got almost no where. I'll try again tomorrow. Sigh.
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Florence said...

I love your layered art work, that is something I have not really done is playing with photo shop or any of those programs. Have fun! Florence

Andy's Attic said...

The layering looks super!! I need a new printer....can Santa send me one too? Good grief, I can't even figure out photoshop :~(
Annette

texasdaisey said...

Very cool effect.
Debbie

Bettyann said...

I love how you have placed the images and letters together..never would we laugh at you..take care..

Linda K. said...

Not laughing at all here, Laura. These are gentle, muted reminders of years gone by. Love the layered look with the love letters in the background.

Linda
Robin's Egg Blue

jade said...

Oh Laura, that looks sooooo wonderful - you´r a great artist......and i´m so sad, that a cant describe (in English) why i love this pictures so much!!!!!!! What a sweet Santa Baby to bring you such a wonderful present!!!!!! Hope to see more of this pictures in the future.......thank you for this great inspiration......and thank you soooo much for your lovely words on my blog (it makes me so proud;)!!!!!!
Have a wonderful week,
Hugs Jade

Pearl said...

Totally awesome! Love the pictures oh I'm so anxious to see what more you learn, your off to a good start! Great goals you have, good luck, carma, and God bless. Pearl

Rostrose said...

Wo-wo-wow...-wo-nderful!!!
Hugs, Traude

Les Cotrions said...

I like your work Laura! You can make lots of creative things with your printer! Interesting list for the new year...I always make one too, but I usually never do what I wanted! Good luck for you!
Vale

Lululiz said...

I think they work really well and would make awesome backgrounds for all sorts of projects. Actually, just looking at them again, they would make rather lovely postcards...
I just adore the beautiful handwriting, such a shame that most of us have lost that skill.

Mokzan said...

They are beatiful, I like the pale look and colours, I have many years practice of Photoshop but I have never made anythng like this. Now I am inspired to try.... =)

Theresa said...

NO ma'am I am NOT laughing at you! I love the idea and my favorite is the one with the lavender:) My daughter just bought photoshop but I don't think it is even out of the box yet! I have to learn to use my embroidery machine before I do anything else! Many of the things on your list are also on mine, you go first... hehe. Love to all from Georgia! Blessings abundant are wished for your new year.

Ange said...

Laura I too love the layering - and Julie's idea of wrapping paper is great too! Before you try to be a better mother/wife/friend ... check that you really need to be. It seems to me that you are just wonderful as you are - maybe the others think so already too. And perhaps just finding the time for your creative outlets and looking after yourself a bit more will have the natural result of you being 'better' all round. When we find time for ourselves, we often give more freely to others, don't you think?
Will wish you a happy new year soon - in the mean time, looking forward to more of your wonderful artwork!!
Ange
xx

cheryl kuhn said...

You are so creative!! I love the faded quality they have!

Brenda @Just a Bed of Roses said...

I'm in love with your new paper designs, you are going to have so much fun playing with your new Christmas present.
Santa baby brought me a more high tech camera...so that's entertaining me a little too much!

tales from an oc cottage said...

That looks amazing!!! So intriguing!!!!!


m ^..^

Anne~fiona and twig said...

I think that I would love to figure out how to use one of those images as my blog background. They are just that good.

Anne

manon 21 said...

j'aime beaucoup

bonne fin d'année à toi et ta famille

Manon

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Laughing at you...more like in awe...they look fabulous.

belle-blanc said...

Don't know why you think we should laugh at you?! Love the images. You can use them also as wraping paper for presents... my favorites the first picture and the lavande-letter image. Just beautiful!

My Grama's Soul said...

I'm telling you - you have one of the most eye appealing blogs out there. Your creative eye is amazing. It is always a pleasure to visit.

Blessings to you in the New Year,

Jo

Isabel said...

These are just FAB! What a great idea! I always think of trying out my photoshop program but I never seem to find time. This is just what I needed to inspire me.

Best Wishes for your new year!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

They are great!!!! Very professional looking. You must be a natural.
~Debra
Capers of the vintage vixens

linnea-maria said...

What nice pictures! I'm a novis as well but slowly learning. Have a wonderful holiday /linne-maria

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Laura,
You've done such a fabulous job with this, they all look great. I'l still stumbling through the basics of Photoshop.
Glad you had a wonderful, are you ready to ring in the New Year!

lottens vita och gröna said...

hallo laura, sooo beautiful, print them out and put them up!!!
i wish you a happy new year, see you soon! warm hug lotten

Rosemary said...

Wow!
See how much I know, I didn't even know you could do that. I love the way they look.
I just got the new Somerset, and I am about to read your article!
Congrats again on that!
Happy New Year! Enjoy your new printer.
Rosemary

FILIGREE MOON said...

Beautiful creations. Really! Have fun with that new printer, looks like you are off to a great start. Happy new year ~ Angela

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Laura....your so funny.....you are a great friend and listener! about that printer...I'm so impressed. Mine does nothing like that..well that I know of. Most of the time I'm just yelling at the thing....maybe that's my problem:)))
xo,
Carole

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

OK, if you made these into note cards I'd buy them all.....especially the Lavender one. I write lots of thank you's and note and random cards so these would be lovely! Let me know if that might happen!
Thanks Santa, a gift that keeps on giving!

T's Daily Treasures said...

The layering is absolutely gorgeous and could be used in so many ways. I would never even have thought to do that. Santa baby also brought me a new printer with scanner -- and I've yet to figure it all out. Will be fun to play around with. And yes, for 2010, clearing out, organizing and new crafting are all on my list of definite do's! Wishing you the best for 2010! Blessings Tammy

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Laura,
I got a printer for Christmas as well. I thought I was the only person in the world who would be excited about getting a printer for Christmas. I love the combo of the beautiful pictures and letters together. What a great idea! Did you use a scanner to achieve this effect?
Happy New Year!
Sincerely,
Melinda

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Those are just beautiful!

KarenB said...

Okay, those are beautiful! You need to share what kind of printer Santa brought you. I would think this could be done on my computer, but not my printer. Very fun! Your resolutions are right in line with my own. I'm thinking about taking a digital photography class, organize, lose 15 pounds, etc. . .
Happy New Year,
Karen @ Elderberry Street

KarenB said...

I forgot, congratulations on the great Somerset article!