Summer is finally over with school starting everywhere. The past 2 weeks, harassed parents braved the rush to buy notebooks, pencils, books, papers, etc for their kids. Meanwhile, in the spirit of learning, I've decided to brush up on what little I know about Photoshop and learn some more.
Note the photo header? That was entirely done in Photoshop!! Pat on the back and applause please.
In the past I've relied heavily on Mac application Preview for all my "design" needs. If things got complicated there was always the ever reliable PowerPoint. But I couldnt rely on both forever. Especially when Ive been getting requests for Wedding Suites. I decided it was time for me swallow my fear (and confusion) and finally learn Photoshop.
Luckily, a blog I follow offered "beginner" classes online. If you're like me head on over to Lindsey Bugbee's site to enroll yourself in her class. It really is for the beginner -- such as myself-- and even has homework and quizzes you must pass in order to move forward. Don't worry, it isnt super difficult. Plus there's a 70 page e-book you can download to help you along the way. Im currently only on the 3rd lesson (of five) and feel that I've learned so much! In fact, I was able to finish my first wedding invite, and after 2 tries they liked the finished product!
Additionally, before bidding Summer farewell, Hubby and I went on our own small vacation to neighboring countries. It was all really for a reunion, H's SSEAYP class was celebrating it's 10th anniversary. So 30 (or so) Participating Youths from ASEAN countries plus family trooped to Bali for a weekend of reconnecting, fun, sun and sea.
I've never been to Bali but have read on the beauty of the Island. It didnt disappoint of course! The group had team building activities in the rice paddies --- really getting down and dirty! We also took in the culture by watching the Kechak Dance in Uluwatu. And on our free day, we both visited the waterpark where the world's longest waterslide is located. (Can you imagine the adrenaline??) Soo much fun I tell you!
As a side trip we visited Singapore as well where I hoarded on craft stuff. I was able to join in the #emboss trend by buying embossing powder and pen. Here is a piece I made last night from the craft haul. Theres a really satisfaction watching the powder melt from the heat gun. Some chemical reaction is definitely happening there!
Yesterday, was officially the last day of summer for many people and Independence Day for the Philippines. We decided to spend it doing outdoor stuff. So H & I mountain biked up Mayon Volcano. It's been a while since I last sat on the saddle so going uphill, there were times I just pushed my bike instead of pedaling. But, the highlight was the view and the downhill experience. A bit hair-raising in some parts where I almost slipped but all-in-all very enjoyable. In the late afternoon, along with the in-laws, we trooped to the Beach to beat off the heat. The waters were quite clear so we decided to free dive. I'm happy to announce Im back to free-dive form. No nasal congestion to get in the way of equalizing. Surprised myself when I was able to go down over 30 Feet in one single breath and check out the artificial reef in Bacacay Gulf. Makes me want to dive again -- SOON. hahaha
So these are the updates for now. As the quote above says "Always be Creating". :)
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