Monthly Archives: May 2009

Inspirational Sundays

Good Morning Everyone. I hope you are able to enjoy a wonderful and leisure Sunday morning. My mom is in town from Hawaii and she brings me the best goodies. This time, she brought me sweetbread. It is very ‘ono (delicious). This morning, I made my a family a special treat: French toast using the sweetbread. Let me tell you, if you’ve never tried it, you absolutely should. It is divine.

Now that I’m energized from my high sugary breakfast, I can bring you some inspiration from one of our creative geniuses. This morning, I’m featuring Ms. Sophie aka yossarian.

I love this girl’s designs. She embodies everything I strive for (but don’t always achieve) in creating a layout. Her compositions are simple, yet artistic. She does a great job in showcasing the magical moments through of the photo into the layout. She’s also really good at clustering her elements so that they compliment the story of the page, without being overbearing. I could stare at this gal’s gallery for hours.

Here is what she has to share about her inspirations…

Please share with us what inspires you creatively.
Mainly Ava. Sometimes quotes or songs. I really love music. Sometimes even adverts on TV. Anything really. When the sun’s shining, I seem to feel more creative.

Please share with us some of your favorite layouts.

A Love Like No Other


Somewhere beyond the Sea


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Could you share with us a gallery of someone who inspires you?
My friend Sheri …
What magazines do you read?
None. LOL. How awful is that? The rare chances I get to read I usually sneak off to the bath with a good book.

How do you find time to create?
Good question. I usually just play when my daughter is napping or in bed. I only work part time so my free time is usually scrapping time.
What products and designers do you love?
Tangie obviously LOL, Gypsy Couture, AnnaBV, Martenjca, Edeline, K Studio, Natali, Jofia, Holly, Kitty, AmyH… and about 15 thousand others.

And lastly, what is your favorite movie of all time?
Ohhh good one. Now most of the time, I say Dead Poets Society or Garden State. But if I’m honest, the movies I watch most often are About a Boy and Home Alone LOL. I also love superhero movies and I’m so excited about the new Terminator.

Thanks for tuning in this morning to read my post. I hope you get to enjoy the rest of your Sunday and don’t forget to check in tomorrow’s post to see what’s new at Studio Tangie!

Photo Fixation: From The Hip.

Hey everyone! Today I want to invite you to try something a bit unusual with your photography.

My friend Jill introduced me to “shooting from the hip”…basically just enjoy the moment and shoot to see what you get. Don’t use the viewfinder. Just point. And. Shoot. You can see my favorite “from the hip” shot of Jill’s here.

I love this idea and it is so liberating. I spend a lot of time looking through my camera, waiting and shooting, hoping for that one perfect shot. Each time I have decided to switch to shooting from the hip, I have fallen in love with at least one of the images. Every single time I have gotten something special that I adore. Every time I get something full of feeling. And that is what I love about this method.

Basically shooting from the hip changes your perspective in the photo, and it changes your focus as the photographer. You stop being outside of the action, just documenting it. Suddenly you are a part of it. And it feels really fresh. And that is why I love it.

Some of my favorites of shooting from the hip…

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*They were jumping on the trampoline. I probably took 25 or 30 shots and loved this one.

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*I was laying under the trampoline for this one. Love the focus and the perspective of his great big foot!

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*I had my youngest son balancing on my legs as I laid on the floor and shot up at him.

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*My favorite run of shooting from the hip. I would have never shot photos like this naturally…but my son laid on my lap, I held my camera up and just shot…I tickled him and goofed around with him, and I seriously LOVE these images. Some of my all-time favorites.

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*This one is not necessarily “from the hip” it’s actually from my 5-year-old. Another way to get a different perspective and to see details that you wouldn’t normally is to get your kids involved. My point and shoot camera has a strap on it. Every now and then I tighten the strap on one of my kids’ wrists and away they go. Most of their photos are not great, but once again, there’s always one or two that are just so special.

So there you have it…something new. See what you get! One more awesome thing about digital photography~ you can shoot and trash the ones that don’t turn out! I hope that you get a chance to do this sometime and see what you are able to come up with; it’s really so much fun.

I Googled shooting from the hip, and found some other great inspiration, in case you are interested…

Scott Strazzante
Light Scrape, landscape from the hip
Melissa Beach, street photos from the hip
Shoot From the Hip, by Bob Krist

with love, onehm

Altered Artspiration #13


The original Altered Artspiration #13 post can be found {
Here} in the challenge forum at scrapbookgraphics.com.

I hope everyone has had a great week! I’ve been working hard on my studio in real life and can’t wait to show you pictures! This week’s challenge is going back to the very altered roots from which this challenge was inspired.

Art Journaling. I would love to start a whole “challenge” on just doing an Art Journal if anyone is up for it let me know (each week we’d complete a page for our art journals)! But we’ll start with one this week so everyone can get a feel for it!

Our specific focus this week is:

“Altered Art Journal Page
I would reccomend starting with your favorite quote and deciding what size you would like your art journal to be (or if this is the only page you are doing you might want to keep it 12×12).

Check out Teesha Moore who easily could be called the queen of art journals. I can’t believe it but SherrieJD and I are going to Journalfest this year! I’m so excited! I’m sure when I get back I’ll have all kinds of altered art ideas to share with you!

The basic guidelines for this Artspiration Challenge are:

1. Create an altered are journal page of any size, it may be an idea to use your favorite quote to get you started.
2. It needs to be a new project & please upload it to our new challenge gallery {here} then link us up in this thread so we can leave you some love, and know who participated (I give the coupons from here not from the gallery so please make sure you let us know you played)!

Everyone that participates in the Artspiration Challenges each week get a $2 coupon to Studio Tangie and my team will pick one person at random to win a $10 coupon! We want to help you build up your altered art stash of supplies. You are of course welcome to use any products you wish on this challenge!
Some of Teesha’s Pages all work ©Teesha Moore

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Photo Fixation: Landscapes

Today, as you can well see, the topic I chose to discuss is landscapes. I started doing online research into this topic and honestly got a little overwhelmed. I then took a few days off to just ponder what I had read and learned. Then Friday morning it hit me – I feel in over my head because most all the tutorials out there were for those that own and shoot with a SLR camera!!

If you have read any of my past posts, you are probably aware that I am still saving my $$ to get a DSLR and am currently using a little point and shoot. Therefore, changing shutter speed and the aperture setting are 2 main things that I cannot do.

So, what can a point & shooter do to take some great landscape pics?

I think the most important is to follow the rule of thirds. Simply put that you want your focus or focal point a third of the way in from an edge or edges. Taking this a step further, quite a few sites talked about how the best landscape photos have the focus a third up from the bottom of the photo.
If you were to draw an imaginary line, one third of they way up from the bottom, in my photo below, the grass line would follow it quite well.

You can also look for leading lines that can bring the focus into the photo. Here the leading line is a fence. Some other leading lines that I have seen used are train tracks, a road, curb or branch.Now, just how much “WOW” do you think you could get if you had a shot utilizing both rule of thirds & leading lines?! Sorry to disappoint you, but this next shot does not fall into the category.
This photo, from Yosemite, is decent, but I keep thinking about how it would look had I been able to change the aperture & shutter speeds. This would be a neat situation to decrease the amount of light & lengthen my exposure time to increase my field of depth. Well, I guess I’ll have to keep dreaming a little longer . . . Have a wonderful holiday (in the states) weekend!

Altered Artspiration #12

happy memorial day weekend! I don’t know about you but i’m so excited that school is out, that it’s a holiday weekend and that my hubby is going to be home for a few days to help me get my studio set up! So it’s not too shocking that studios have been on my mind are the theme for this weeks challenge!

Our specific focus this week is:
“Studio Inspiration
Someone just handed you $25,000 (we can dram right?) Create your dream art studio (or any smaller/concentrated view such as the desk, a wall, your supplies cabinet, etc) any size you wish (ATC, 12×12 etc) You could even do an “inspiration” board of “ideas” that you want your studio to look like! Honestly anything studio related will do! Don’t over think it and just have fun creating your own space.

Check out my blog {here} and {here} for some fun ideas. Also check out this {search} on Studios and this one on {Flikr}.

The basic guidelines for this Artspiration Challenge are:
1. Create a project of any size of your dream “Studio” workspace.
2. It needs to be a new project & please upload it to our new challenge gallery {here} then link us up in this thread so we can leave you some love, and know who participated (I give the coupons from here not from the gallery so please make sure you let us know you played)!

Everyone that participates in the Artspiration Challenges each week get a $2 coupon to Studio Tangie and my team will pick one person at random to win a $10 coupon! We want to help you build up your altered art stash of supplies.
You are of course welcome to use any products you wish on this challenge!

That’s Some Pig! Freebie Thursday!

I completely forgot about this kit when I moved over to Scrapbookgraphics.com it was in my Mystery Case almost a year ago and never ended up in the store after that. I have a deep love for pigs and the name is inspired of course by Charlotte’s web ;) The cutest part of this kit is the alpha which I didn’t even preview for some reason!

Well instead of packaging it up and updating it to my current styles/standards I thought I’d share it with all my faithful blog readers!

So here ya go available for a limited time only! That’s Some Pig!

Hot off the Press 5.18.09

Check out our newest additions to the Store this week (images linked). To see all the LO’s that our team has done with this kit and others, be sure to check out the team gallery at
www.tangiebaxter.com/gallery.

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Inspirational Sundays

I hope you are having another wonderful Sunday morning. I’ve been trying to catch up on scrapping layouts, so I’m very eager to get some inspiration from this interview. Today, I am featuring our youngest creative genius, Ms. Olivia (Livybug). Her layouts are fun, youthful, and definitely inspirational.

Please share what inspires you creatively. 
Sometimes a kit can inspire me or something that I’ve seen in the galleries.

Please share your favorite layouts with us. 

Show with us a gallery of someone who inspires you.
I just LOVE Sarahh! Her work is BEAUTIFUL! It just amazes me! I am always trying to have more clustering because of her, LOL! 
What magazines do you read?
I usually don’t read magazines but I sometimes read my old Brio magazines.

How do you find time to create?

I usually scrap on the weekend, in the early morning (I mean EARLY), and in the afternoon.

What products and designers do you love? 

Of course Tangie! I also LOVE Lily Designs. Lorie Davison is just amazing and so is Newlife Dreams. There is just so much out there, it’s so hard to choose!

And lastly, how would you describe the style of your LOs? 

I do anything really! Some LO’s are very open and free, while others are packed with elements! It usually just depends on what mood I’m in.
Thank you so much for tuning in for today’s inspiration. Make sure to check in tomorrow to see what’s Hot Off the Press.

Photo Fixation: B&W Love.

One of my favorite treatments on photos is black and white. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE COLOR! But there is something really special and wonderfully dramatic about black and white.
I personally have a number of B&W conversion actions that I use. I love them, and I am familiar enough with each of them to know what I will get with each one. I have found a bunch of free ones, if you’d like to try them out! I also found numerous tutorials on photoshopsupport.com that tell different ways to convert your color images to black and white. I found one more on one of my favorite blogs as well. Check them out! There’s so much information out there!
One other thing that I found interesting were these Five Black and White Photography Tips. They share information about format, ISO as well as composition to think about when you are going to be shooting b&w photos.
I figured I’d share some of my personal favorites in my black and white photos…

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While these are all portraits that I’ve taken, I also wanted to share a snapshot that I also converted to b&w that I love. The drama created is really wonderful!

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I also have listed a few photographers that I love that I wanted to share here, many of their photos are in black and white and can serve as inspiration for you. Hope you get a chance to play with black and white this week!!

Tara Whitney
The Image is Found
Jonathan Canlas
Justin Hackworth

Altered Artspiration #11

I’ve got the most fantstic party tonight, I’m just SO excited about it! I’ve been out shopping all day for the “perfect outfit” finally just had to make do but nonetheless thrilled to be going! It’s a Vintage Bohemian Market! If you want more details you can check out my blog!

Our specific focus this week is:
“Bohemia Market Soiree
Create a Bohemian style altered art project any size you wish (ATC, 12×12 etc) Think gypsies, Moulin Rouge, Vintage Flea Market all wrapped in one lovely package!
Check out this {search} and this {search} for more ideas!

The basic guidelines for this Artspiration Challenge are:

1. Create a project of any size (LO size, dvd, storybook, stamp, atc…etc) Bohemia Style!

2. It needs to be a new project & please upload it to our new challenge gallery {here} then link us up in this thread so we can leave you some love, and know who participated (I give the coupons from here not from the gallery so please make sure you let us know you played)!

Everyone that participates in the Artspiration Challenges each week get a $2 coupon to Studio Tangie and my team will pick one person at random to win a $10 coupon! We want to help you build up your altered art stash

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