Thursday, November 6, 2008

Out with the old. In with the new.

Howdy kids.

So - the dreaded clean out and clean up has begun. It started with the outside - have to hunker down for the winter which will eventually come upon us. Ya know - packing stuff away; taking down the patio stuff; gettin' the Christmas lights up now so I dont have to do it in a blizzard. All that.

Then - because I needed space in the engine room to pack everything away - the clean out and clean up continued there. Argh.

But - whilst rummaging - I came across a few scrappy layouts that we had packed away. These are additional ones that are all trashed because of the fire. (New readers - the wife and I lost our house and everything in it to fire a while back. Everyone made it out alright - but surprisingly... it has taken pretty much this long to get 'round to really going through a few boxes of stuff that we managed to salvage out of it all. Weird, huh)

Anyway - the layouts. Right. That's what I was talkin' about. So - we have these layouts that are bent, mouldy, mucky - basically trash. But, there they are. So - I have been working on a few of them and making them into digital layouts. Kewl, huh. I'm scanning the photos - doing a little Photoshop magic to clean them up, then taking the look of the layout and redoing them digitally. Tons'o'fun - gotta tell ya.

So - that first pic up there is the scanned image. I didn't scan the whole 12x12 - suffice to say, black border, steelish grey paper, screw head stickers - yadda yadda yadda. But, you can see the watermarks on it, brads missing etc. In this case, I even took the original TOOL TIME cutout title and used the letters - cleaned them up, made a new border etc.

And - voila - the digital redo.

I have a bunch more of them that I am going to work on as well. Will preserve what I can and say CYA LATER to the rest.

Ahhhh - it's all kinda therapuetic in a way, isn't it?

One awesome last note - one of the pics was the wife's and my engagement picture. Thought that was a gonner.

Will keep ya'll posted.

Here's the comparison

Strippers, Pizza and Beer. Welcome to MY world.

A Yellow Finch - in November??!! Yes - it's true. Told ya it was beeeuteeeful 'round these parts, didn't I?

So, it's no secret that I have adult ADHD. My attention span is - well, non existent. If there's somethin' shiny - whoops... hey look at that! Know what I mean?

Every now and then, I think to myself - "I think I am done with this digital scrappin' thing. It was fun. But, time to move on." Then, yesterday, I went to the local cheap print place 'cause they have a great sale on printing 8x10's right now for 49 cents. Ya - .49! I went and had some of my fav digi layouts that I have done printed off in 8x8 so I'd have somethin pretty to look at when on the potty. Oh gawd - did I just say that out loud. Where's that delete key? Anyway - GEEZ - they are way kewl! It's awesome seein' them actually printed off. So - my interest level has gone way up again. LOL! It's not like I am short of supplies or anything - the 'ol external drive is just 'a burstin' at the electronic seams with shtuff. So - time to double click on that Photoshop thing and do a few more. Strike while the iron is hot, right?

Hey - speaking of this weekend (yesterday's post. c'mon, keep up) - Scrubbie's a bachelor. And, 'cause the kid's on his God overnight thing - I gots Friday night all to my lonesome! Woo-frackin'-hoo! LOL. What's a fella to do. Hmmmmm - strippers? Party? Wings, pizza and beer in my jockey shorts that I turned inside out to get an extra few days wear? Let's get real here kids - Scrubbie's gonna flop in front of the tube for a couple hours and go to be early. I'm over 40 and I'm a dad. It is what I do.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Heeee's Back

Evening boys & girls. Scrubbie's back. I know - it's only been a couple 'a days - and I know some of ya'll are goin' through withdrawl - but not to worry - I am still here! *grin

So - there is so much to say! Let's get right to it then.

1. To my neighbours south of the border - CONGRATS on your elections! Who am I? Ahhhh - basically a nobody, but I am glad you shouted out to have President Elect Obama as captain of the ship. Seems like a reasonable fella. And history was made. There have been so many outstanding quotes over the last 24 hours - but one that I particularly liked was in our national newspaper here in the Great White. It read "Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run. Obama ran so our children could fly." (or something to that effect). Ya - I think that shouts volumes.

2. The pic there - it's the kid and Scrubbie's mommy. Ain't they just the pair?

3. Weather (it's what we Canucks talk about - get used to it). Holy geez - it's been 20 degrees here the last two days and we get another tomorrow! Not 100% sure what that is in fluff'n'height - but suffice to say it's T-shirt weather. Sunny and warm! WooHoo!

4. It's Wednesday and you know what that means! KNIGHT RIDER! Oh ya baby.

5. The kid is taking off on Friday for an overnight thingy with this youth group he hangs with. Wednesday nights he goes to a youth program and they are doing an all nighter even this weekend. It is a whole lot of games, some football, some swimming, pizza and bevvies, little bit of God thrown in here and there. Should be good. The problem is - Saturday morning when the little fart comes home - he's gonna be tired, cranky. Hopefully - the lad will sleep.

6. And finally - the news came out today that it appears that the body of a teen found earlier today is that of Brandon Crisp. You might recall a few entries ago - I did a small "Scrubbie Aside" hoping that this young fella might stumble across it. I was so hoping that the story would have a happy ending. It does appear that this is not the case. Words cannot express the sorrow that the wife and I feel for the Crisp family. Mr & Mrs Crisp - if you are reading: THIS IS NOT YOUR FAULT. Places traded, the wife and I would have done and would still do the EXACT SAME THING. We hope you find peace in the days, weeks, months and years to come.

I know readers - doesn't that just suck.