Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Trio: noun

a group or set of three

Picture of my messy desk! That must mean it WOYWW! Time for our weekly visit between friends, you know the type of friends that you don't have to clean house for? The ones that really understand you and what your about...yeah, WOYWW friends! The best kind!

My Altered Book Lesson 5: Design Principals ( part 1 )

Jellyfish and peanut butter
 mermaid sense of humor

( I love that Elizabeth also showed a way to tie unity and emphasis together on her page! )
 I also combined unity, emphasis along with harmony. With unity I used both color and shape to work together to establish a cohesive whole. I repeated the green color throughout along with the shapes of the jellyfish.
 The emphasis is placed on the brown peanut butter jar, by making the color brown it draws the eye to it making it a focal point.
And I included harmony along with this page as it has a theme. Jellyfish and peanut butter....get it? lol I'm using related elements, hopefully bringing the composition together . To quote Elizabeth, I think "it plays well together."
And just FYI, the green sparkly material was what my Easter flowers came wrapped in!!
Cricut cartridge - Art Nouveau ( jellyfish )
Don Juan cartridge - letters
peanut butter jar and hook - made by me
stickles, inks and H20's
gesso used as glue for material, ( I just love this stuff! lol )
Now for my photography gals! My instructor told us that if we didn't have a polarizing lens ( and I don't ) that we could use our sunglasses. So you take a picture through your sunglass lens when you have too much glare, like I did off the water.
So :
without sunglasses
 with sunglasses!
 without sunglasses
 with sunglasses!
pretty cool little trick, huh?

If your interested in seeing my latest pictures from the Biltmore estate, then go to this post, it's their Festival of Flowers time! I wish you could smell the lilacs...oh my!


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

OK, I'm laughing so hard I can barely sit right now. YEP, I get the jellyfish and peanut butter humor. And your use of color really puts this spread over the top. Color is so, so powerful. It can definitely be used to make a statement or for effect. I love what you made, and look forward to seeing more soon. Have a super WOYWW from # 9, but you know, since you've already visited!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Me again. That's a pretty clever trick to use sunglasses for a polarizing lens. Wish I had sunglasses, but my regular glasses turn dark, so I've never owned a pair.

HeARTworks said...

Hi sandee! If I ever became a teacher, I'd want a student like you! Wonderful AB page! And yes the camera trick is great! Patsy from

Terrie said...

Hey - lots of creative chaos goin' on on that desk! Love seeing the progress on your AB - I'm working on mine & will post in a couple days. AND that is a great photo trick -I've used it myself before. Sure makes a difference, huh? Terrie #62

Julia Dunnit said...

You have so much going on gal! And you're right - no need to ever clean up for me! Loving the bunting in progress. Your AB is really coming n a's marvellous. Am behind, but not in a panic, just looking forward to the lessons as I get to them, wonderful course, huh!
Love the sunglasses trick on the camera do you avoid dropping the whole shebang?

Neet said...

That photography sure is a cool little trick! Thanks. Of course now I need sunshine to try it!!
Your desk 'aint mucky it is pretty tidy.
Thanks for sharing - and your comment on my blog - I always seem to be playing "catch up". Thanks for the number too - makes it so much easier. Hugs, Neeet #10 again xx

Polly Polkadot said...

I have to admit the PNB threw me for a moment - but then I hate PNB. Bleugh! But once I got over that, I loved it, a really good twist. #99

Astrid Maclean said...

Your altered book project looks fantastic!!! And yes, those friends you mention, THEY ARE THE BEST!!

Have a great week! #32

Mary Pat Siehl said...

what a cool tip from your class!!! love the photos!!

your desk looks fun!

Mari K. said...

You're right, friends we don't have to clean house for are the best! That's a really neat trick for taking photos, might have to give that one a try. Your altered book is looking really good this week too! Have a lovely week -Mari #38

CraftygasheadZo said...

Fab pics - and what a trick with the sunglasses. Will remember that! AB coming along nicely too. Take care, enjoy WOYWW snooping! Love Zo xx 75

kay said...

hi,what a clever trick re the sunglasses and your AB is looking good,mine has come to a standstill
have a fab crafty week and
happy woyww

Shoshi said...

Lovely messy desk, Sandee, and fun pages! As for the photos, that's an amazing result from such a simple tip! Worth remembering.

As far as my blog background is concerned, I am aware that the purple colour isn't brilliant, but as I pointed out, it's a work in progress and hopefully it will all be sorted in a day or two. Please bear with me!!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #18

Sherry said...

Hi Sandee, thanks for visiting me over Easter - I hope you had a lovely time too x

Your AB is looking FAB! I'm so far behind on mine, I have done a little more - like making the tags, but just haven't blogged them yet. The next part sounds interesting from your post, you've inspired me to push on with it!

Great photography tips too - tfs xx

Lisa Richards said...

You're having so much fun at your WOYWW desk! I love what you're doing on you AB. I've gotta get into that lesson, but I think I'll be lagging behind the class. Oh well, what's the hurry? Keep having fun!

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Great picture of your desk. Looks there is a lot going on. This altered book pages are so lovely. The colours combined perfect. And about your pics of the water... I'm using a polarizing lens for years and it give your photo's much more deep colours. Especially when the sun is shining - try them, for example, on leaves of a plant or tree and see the difference :-). Thanks for sharing and have a crafty week. xFranka #11

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Thanks for sharing that great tip about the sunglasses, such a difference. I wonder if it would work with my photo-chromic UV filter glasses. A little test to be done there. I use my camcorder for all my stills as well as they are so good. I will let you know what happens. Thanks for your visit today. I don't think there are many horse drawn boats still in general use on the waterways, just a few for tourists. Have a good week. xx Maggie #2

Lunch Lady Jan said...

LOLOL - that mermaid sure has a wicked sense of humour!! As do you - I think we'd get on very well in 'real life' you know. It's interesting that you can tell from blogs who you'd like to get to know and who you're happy to keep on blog level :)
Hugs, LLJ #3
PS Don't clean up for me either!!

Craftychris said...

Such a busy desk, loving your book pages and your photo's are gorgeous! Thanks for visiting my desk - my scissors are Tim Holtz xx

Unknown said...

lovely workspace and I only see inspiration and creativity!!! no mess!!! I love the camera tip....amazing how this changes each photo!!!! thank you for sharing this with us!!!

Happy WOYWW!!!!

elle said...

Great page and the peanut butter is indeed the emphasis! Cool trick. I'll try to remember it!

trisha too said...

Okay, now you have me seeing that ridiculous Julian Smith jellyfish video . . . it's on youtube, so ridiculous, but I bought some jellyfish just to mess with my silly kids after they showed it to me!

Happy woyww!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Peanut butter and jellyfish! I love it! My new wallet is a PB&J sandwich.... uh, that makes no sense. It is fabric, two pieces of bread stitched together on a hinge. Each piece of bread zips open. On the inside one side is printed PB and the other side printed jelly. A little magnet holds it closed. When you pull it out of your purse, you get looks cuz it looks like a slightly squished sandwich. Anyway... no harmony there, but there is HUMOR and that has to count for something. LOVE the jellyfish. Well, really love the whole page. The sunglasses trick is neat but I suspect prescription sunglasses would just make a mess of things!!!!! Pee no Bee and Jay

Miriam said...

Lovely book!! - thanks for sharing.


May said...

Fabulous page Sandee... peanut butter and jelly fish.... busy bee desk... love the trick with the sunglasses for the pics what a great idea, Hugs May x x x No15

Darnell J Knauss said...

What a tremendous imagination you have, coupled with the ability to execute it! Awesome. Thanks for the tip about the sunglasses. I'll have to try it, but I wonder, like Princess, if it will matter if they are prescription sunglasses ...? Have a great week! #43

Craftymoose Crafts said...

What a neat trick with the sunglasses! Peanut butter and jelly fish still has me laughing--you are so creative! I love watching your book progress.

My name is Cindy said...

Neat trick with the sunglasses! Love your bunting and your AB page but I don't get it. The jellyfish are cool! Thanks for stopping by to see me. Cindy

fairy thoughts said...

your AB is looking fab, love the peanut butter and Jelly (fish) joke very clever and the finished page is amazing. I am so far behind with mine
janet #19

505whimsygirl said...

Hee hee. Jellyfish and peanut butter! I had that for dinner one night last weekend (benefits of being single)! Your page is perfect!!

And thanks for sharing that tip about the sunglasses. Interesting!

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. I knitted the baby blanket with small needles so that's why the stitches are tiny. Use a bulkier yarn with larger needles and the pattern will be bigger. Maybe I'll do a little comparison knitting in a future post.

I'm getting back in the groove this week. Thanks for keeping me in your thoughts.


peggy aplSEEDS said...

lots going on in your desk this week. i loved the line about the kind of friends you don't have to clean up for. definitely! happy WOYWW, happy Easter season and thanks for sharing!
blessings and hugs from #23
peggy aplSEEDS

okienurse said...

too cute. Jelly fish and PB! ROFL! I think the sun glasses trick is awesome and wear over size lens so that should work! Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my desk this week. Have a great week. Vickie @106

BJ said...

Hi sandee,
Thanks for your comments on my tags. You are such a tease saying I'm going to get a mention especially due to the time difference as I don't really know when your tomorrow is - LOL.
Your desk sure is messy but the Home,sweet, home banner is lovely. As for your AB pages they are adorable. Love the soft green and sparkly backing paper from your flowers. I have heard those "over the pond" eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I think your jelly is jam to us. Obviously too much thought required to make me laugh though! Still a lovely page. BJ the intrigued #42

Unknown said...

I love your pages. Great tip with the sunglasses too.
Thanks for stopping by.Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

"Friends you don't have to clean hous for" I love it! I love your waterlilly pics, you have talent ma'am! happy woyww!

Unknown said...

That is a lovely busy desk! Love what you've done with it too!
Loving the photography trick too - I'll have to try that sometime, although I have prescription sunglasses so the end result could be interesting! lol!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!
And happy (belated) WOYWW!


April said...

Your desk is looking busy! Loving the altered book! I like the tip on using sunglasses for better photos, think i'll need to pinch my boyfriends though as mine are prescription ones so dread to think how the piccies would turn out :oD x April #126

SophieNewton said...

Awesome altered book, I love it!
Sophie x

RosC said...

Hi Sandee,
The jellyfish and peanut butter pages are a scream. Good examples of the polarising effect too. I love using mine.
Warm and sunny day down-under with washing on the line.

Helen said...

Great art! all of it. you have helped me get lesson 5 into focus, now I may be able to do mine. Your photos are great - love the sunglasses trick.