Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A long time coming

I promise I've been trying to write this blog post for like, well FOREVER. It seems every time I sit down to write it all the "quietness" in the world disappears and I lose all ability to concentrate. So, right this very minute I have some quiet, so I'm going to write as much as I can!!

I know it's been forever since I've written anything...I think I'm still recovering from the Crop Out Autism event. It was so incredibly awesome and yes, really wore me out. But there are new and exciting things happening in the Snips of Time world and that's what I want to share!

I've mentioned before that I've made the decision to go back to school. Last quarter was what they call a "short quarter" where you do a quarters worth of work in 5 and a half weeks and it was an Internet class besides. LeighAnn will not be taking an Internet class again unless she absolutely HAS to. For one, it takes half the fun out of it, not being in the class room setting and being able to "share" with your classmates and instructor; but the hardest thing for me really was that because you couldn't share by talking to each other and your instructor, everything was a "written" assignment. I don't have a problem with writing assignments, but because everything was written, everything had to be cited using the MLA format...that was a minimum of 3 discussion questions, a PowerPoint presentation, and an essay every week.

But NOW I'm into the fun stuff...I'm taking classes on campus at the Art Institute of Indianapolis and am LOVING it!! This quarter (which started October 5th) I'm taking Principles of Photography, Color Theory, Fundamentals of Design and Computer Applications. Being that I'm a creativity driven person, this quarter ROCKS!! I love my instructors, and you can tell they really are passionate about what they are teaching.

I'm not going to bore you with me going on and on about how much fun I'm having, but I will post pictures from time to time of what I'm doing in photography, color theory, and design.

Here is a photo I shot for one of my photography assignments. The assignment was to shoot something with a long focal length and short depth of field (if you care about the technical stuff.) I picked it because it's the "hood ornament" from a '34 Packard V12. This is the only hood ornament that is still out there and there are only maybe 3 to 5 of these cars left. A little bit of interesting trivia about this car is that Al Capone had three of these, one of which was the same color as the car in this actual photo. Oh, the hood ornament is worth about $10,000!!
Well, that's all for today...I'll try to be better about writing and keeping you posting on all the Snips of Time "going ons." I know the news won't be as much about things I've created for scrapbooking and cardmaking as before, but hopefully things will still be interesting and creative.
Have a creative day!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Crop Out Autism Franklin 2009 crop

I have to share how incredibly AWESOME the Crop Out Autism Franklin was. We had a small turn out, but we had a BLAST!! That's Tricia Morris and Michael Strong. All I can say is, I don't know if we can top our "instructors" for next year!! I'm already brainstorming in who we can invite. Do you think Becky Higgins or someone like that is aiming too high?! To be honest, I really don't know if even she could top Michael and Tricia...what an incredible combination!!
We took a fantastic card class from Michael and Tricia taught us Assembly Line Scrapbooking. Both classes were amazing. I used to watch them both on the Scrapbook Lounge on TVWeekly, when it was still available ( a weekly webisode) and fell in love with them there. To meet them in person, well...there are no words and they both were so patient and real people!!
The croppers who came to support this worthwhile cause were very generous with each other and our charity. We raised a total of $519 for the Johnson County Autism Support Group and can't wait to set the date for the next crop...looks like April!! April is Autism Awareness month.
I have more to share about the crop...but I'll give it to you in bits and pieces as I don't want to go on and on in one long post and because it seems I can't sit still very long to write. So much always going on!!
School on campus starts for me this coming Tuesday and things will get crazy from there on!! I'm taking four classes this quarter and each class meets once a week for four hours each. I have two classes on Tuesdays, one Wednesday evenings and one Saturday mornings. I'm still working full time as well! I always like a challenge!
Well, now I really need to get off to bed. I have to be up at 6:00 as I have to be at work at 7:30 tomorrow morning!!
God Bless and happy crafting!!