2014, flowers, heartwork, introvert, May 2014, photo heart connection, still life, texture

Looking back over my shots for May I am surprised by the number that are still life.  A year ago there would have been a lot less.  Certainly I am taking far more photographs, but I am using my images to tell a story and of course you can control your surroundings more if you are in charge of the subject.  I take immense time to create a still life and feel that creative contemplative photographs are now my goal.

Linking with Kat Sloma on Photoheart Connection


2014, flowers, friday finds, heartwork, journal, kim klassen, May 2014, Start2finish

My find this week is part of the courses I’m participating in, Kim’s Be Still 52 and her Start to Finish Round 2 classes. I have always been perfectly content with my Panasonic ‘bridge’ camera it only has one lens but can go from wide angle to zoom ( and a pretty impressive zoom) f2.8 to f8 as well. But I have always hankered after a Nikon so when Mark and I walked past our local secondhand techy shop and I saw a Nikon it was love at first sight and such a good price. It has has hardly been used but it’s not full of all the new features, but it is sturdy and I love it….

I only have the kit lens but that is ok it will be good for me to have the restriction. It takes great photos and is so accurate….

Immediately I started a shoot for Kim’s Start to finish ‘ On the Hook’. I used my clothes airer and pegged my favourite linen tea towel to it.
On the Hook
I needed to make very few adjustments in Lightroom it all flowed…..

Then today I was finally able to cut my Peonies and I carried them dripping into my sunroom and played…….
And finally remembering the towering influence of Maya Angelou who died this week……..

                                                                Kim Klassen dot Com


2014, heartwork, kim klassen, leaves, May 2014, texture tuesday

Continuing the theme of contemplative photography I am finding that I am thinking much more before I press the shutter, I have always loved the simple and am an ‘outside of the box’ photographer and thanks to Kim’s tutorials have learnt that less is more. So here is my image I processed it in Lightroom I desaturated then I used the split tone of blue mostly with a touch of yellow I used 2 layers of Kim’s new texture rainy day on multiply and soft light in Photoshop. I particularly like this font it has crisp lines but gives that handwritten look, it is called Halo Handletter I got it from DaFont.

That’s exactly what I am trying to do……



2014, app happy, Iphoneography, May 2014
it’s App Happy Wednesday with Barb.
I took the photo with Pro Camera

Popped it into Vintique to give it a matt look.

Then into Letter Glow to add some text
over into Image Blender to add some text.

Finally into Distressed FX for some grunging I love the effect.

I then imported them into lightroom to create a photo booth effect …..

Hope you like my take on some of my favourite apps take a look and see what everyone else is talking about….

Keeping With The Times


2014, family, holidays, kim klassen, May 2014, texture tuesday
Black and white is the theme for this week’s Texture Tuesday
Lots of magic texture with some colour brushed back in….
And because I so love this cup and am on a bright colours kick at the moment here is a colour image (you might have to put some sunglasses on) BTW the orange was delicious !
Have a  bright and sunshiny Tuesday
Oh and for those lovely people who have supported me in my angst over Jo being over the other side of the world she is having a whale of a time…..
This is where she spent last Sunday Wailheke Island near Auckland.



2014, blog hop, digital scrapping, link ups, May 2014

Welcome to my virtual blog posting, I was invited by Dotti to take part here is my take on the questions….

What am I working on ?

I can be working more than one thing at a time, usually it is a digital scrapping or journal piece and also a photographic project prompted by a tutorial. I have neglected my journaling type pieces recently but I really love the challenge of creating a piece collaged with ephemera and other elements. I relish the challenge of creating from scratch a piece using all my own elements in my work whether it is brushes or papers.

How does my work differ from others of it’s genre ?

I think it is so difficult to describe what you do and also most artists would probably say that they are influenced by other artists to some degree.  All I know is I’m quirky with a romantic side but also I love to mix up what I do. I always like to add a little twist somewhere either a quote or flourish and in my digital scrapping I sometimes like the gothic…

Why do I write/create what I do ?

Because I have to, it’s my therapy – my safe, level place.  When I’m creating everything is calm I can lose myself in my work. All my life I have wanted to be creative and I tried various hobbies.  but photography and journaling stuck.

How does your creativity process work ?

It can be anything really that sparks my imagination. I think of photography as telling a story, sometimes a colour and very often words. I love to use quotes or lyrics from a favourite song. I trained as a History teacher and will often use words from a folk song to illustrate my art journaling pages.  I use my photography and scrapping pages to tell our family history as well. I will take a long time deciding which images from a photo outing then choose the type of page I want to make mixing and matching colours and elements.

I’m not very disciplined so I don’t think I could ever be a professional but I love what I do and that is enough for me, I have favourite designers that I always go to, it’s very like pulling out paper and glue and ribbon and trying them for size on a piece of paper only it’s all digital and you can delete if you don’t like it !!

Supplies by Anna Aspnes

Hope you have enjoyed a trip through my creative process, next week three of my favourite creatives will be posting their thoughts they are:-

Helen Whitaker  At  A Flash of Inspiration 

I’m based in the north-west of England and blog about my passion for photography.  In particular I enjoy exploring all things vintage and heritage related. I’m also addicted to seeking out beauty in the unexpected from grimy neglected buildings to fading flowers. I make a point of getting out each weekend into the city or countryside with my camera and share my discoveries on my feature “Weekend Walks”

Diana Foster at Studio 56

 Is a lifestyle photographer and card designer living and creating in Kansas City.  She is wife to one, mother of two, sister to many, a musician, blog addict, and a hopeless dreamer.  Her days are spent romancing ordinary life and everyday stories.  Lovely images captured by Diana have been published in Life Images and Kansas

Roxi Hardegree at Creating Beyond the Layers

Has a passion for photography. Her photographic art includes still life, nature photography and random things that catch her eye. However she also believes that variety adds spice to life and enjoys the challenges of capturing life as it happens, or happened as the case may be.

Hop along and check out these wonderful artists, thanks for visiting….


2014, app happy, flowers, Friday, friday finds, Iphoneography, kim klassen, May 2014

Ok so I said to Jo ‘I will back up all your NZ photos on dropbox and on my external hard drive’. Now I’m beginning to think I have taken on a mammoth task the photos are flying over and I am swamped already but never mind the photos are fantastic…

Onto Friday Finds. I have decided to post 5 photos illustrating my feelings this week….Very much a mixture of highs and lows but always with me my trusty picture taking equipment. I am finding that I’m using my phone a lot at the moment, my only wish a zoom but hey we can’t have everything .

# 1 Finding and loving more iPhone apps and sharing with Barb at Keeping with the Times for her app happy Wednesday link up. Here I used Distressed FX and Letter Glow
# 2 Seeking the simple I have embarked on a journey with Kim Klassen on her Be Still 52 I am loving this already. Registration is still open.
#3 Looking at beauty everywhere this is my neighbour’s wisteria it drapes itself so beautifully over the hedge at the bottom of the garden and the scent …..
# 4 I have had so much benefit from Jo’s leaving bouquet finally I have had to admit defeat and throw it away not before one last photo session. The soap is from  Anthropologie I bought it for the paper and it smells divine.
Using Kim’s canvasback texture.
# 5 Finally back to another app, I took this photo using the wonderful Hipstamatic app. I used Tejas lens and Dreamcanvas film my favourite combination….
Two other things that I am very interested in are connected to the World War One commemorations that will begin this August . Firstly the Imperial War museum have opened an archive called Lives of the First World War here you can read about and take part part in remembering the lives of the fallen. Also my friends Show of Hands are releasing a CD in June called Centenary: Words and Music of the Great War the narration is by Jim Carter Mr Carson, Downton Abbey) and Imelda Staunton ( Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility) 

Anyway back to the sorting of photos have a great weekend……

                                                       Kim Klassen dot Com


2014, heartwork, Iphoneography, link ups, May 2014
Welcome to another edition of ‘App Happy Wednesday’ hosted by Barb at ‘Keeping With the Times’
One of my most favourite apps and one of the very first apps I bought back in the early days of my obsession with iPhoneography is Hipstamatic. I cannot tell you how much I love this app.
I know it has faults but some of the films and lenses are so much fun to play with.
I know many people don’t like that you have to use the camera to take the shot and you have to depend on the finished result, but it reminds me of playing with a Poloroid.

Using Tejas lens and DreamCanvas film
And of course you can order prints directly from the app which I have done and they are great quality.
Not content with just using Hipstamatic I played around with.


Distressed FX
Bracelet by Liz Lamoreux

Oh I so love apps …..

Keeping With The Times


2014, family, journal, kim klassen, lightroom, link ups, May 2014, texture, texture tuesday

As some of my blogging friends know my daughter Jo has left on her big adventure to New Zealand. For the month before her departure she gave up her flat and moved back in with us to save money.  This of course threw routines out of the window, another person to use the bathroom, meals to be cooked for 3 not 2 and so on. I loved having her with us but of course it made the parting worse as I miss her a lot.  My blogging and digital scrapping has suffered and I’m finding it quite difficult getting back in the swing, So new routines have to be made slowly but surely.

So to Texture Tuesday, the theme is yellow and I had a mini shoot with sunflowers taken from Jo’s thank you bouquet from her work colleagues. I had to let them decay slightly of course !!!!

Here is the original photo SOOC.
After processing in Lightroom.

The finished photograph.

 I added two layers of Kim’s Waterfront 18 one at soft light 78% and one at multiply 70 %.


2014, family, heartwork, journal, May 2014
As I sit here looking out of the window on an early Sunday morning, I see the birch swaying in the breeze, the filaments dance lightly then heavily as more wind catches the leaves. Sunlight flickers through the blinds, it peeps out and disappears as clouds race by.
  All is quiet in the house, only two of us now, the birds have flown, one in his own house,
the other far away on the other side of the world.
Jo, Theo and Tom.
Today I begin to see that’ small is important’… As Lao-Tzu writes “make much of little”.  Life goes on time to stop standing still and to take an active part, to stop sleepwalking.
‘Care’ will be a new mantra along with ‘explore’
Today I begin to care……