road trip

We decided to make an adventure of our long road trip from San Diego to Reno. I found this brilliant website – Roadside America – the Guide to Uniquely Odd Tourist Attractions. (They also have an app.) Our fun stops broke up our trip in just the right ways, allowing time to stretch, catching a slice of Americana, seeing areas/people we might never have seen, random art and oddities and so much more. Off we go….

The car is packed.Road Trip-1

The Muffler Man.Road Trip-2

Grape Day Park.Road Trip-3

The road trip driver.Road Trip-4

Big Gumby and Pokey.roadtrip-33

Living Ghost Town in Randsburg. We met some really neat people here.Road Trip-7 Road Trip-8 Road Trip-9 Road Trip-10 Road Trip-11 Road Trip-12 Road Trip-13 Road Trip-14 Road Trip-15 Road Trip-16 Road Trip-17 Road Trip-18 Road Trip-19

The UniRoyal Gal.roadtrip-34

The Give/Take Sculpture in Olancha.Road Trip-22 Road Trip-23 Road Trip-24

Harry gave a few Rainbow Loom bracelets he made. He looked in the take canister but decided not to take anything.roadtrip-35

“Be kind not right.”Road Trip-27 Road Trip-28 Road Trip-29

Pit stop.Road Trip-30

Nightmare rock is not so scary.Road Trip-31

A stop in Bishop.Road Trip-32

And day one is complete.

 

 

project life/ 365 – 10 (part five)

The final parts of our Costa Rican Adventures…..

Aren’t they cute when they sleeping?Costa Rica-106

The very elusive toucan.Costa Rica-109

The toucan in flight. (It is not the greatest photo technically but how neat to capture a toucan in flight).Costa Rica-110

Paddle battling before white water rafting. Costa Rica-111

That is the tiniest frog. Costa Rica-113

Enjoying a new day at our fancy hotel in Guanacoste.Costa Rica-115

The kids had an evening to themselves and they all colored shirts. This is Harry’s version.Costa Rica-116

If you are last to arrive you must dance down the aisle to “Hakuna Matata”.Costa Rica-117

Flying, spinning Devil Rays.Costa Rica-120

Off on snorkeling adventures.Costa Rica-122

He is either singing or pontificating.Costa Rica-123

And life is excellent with a virgin pina colada nearby.Costa Rica-124

Relaxing after a long day in the sun.Costa Rica-126

Enjoying my newly created mojito (from the mojito making class).Costa Rica-127

Trying to do some last minute stocking up on all things good Costa Rican – coffee and chocolate!!!Costa Rica-128

Not really ready to go home yet.Costa Rica-130

 

Thanks for coming on this journey with me.

project life/365 – 10 (part four)

The adventure continued near the Arenal Volcano….

We were so lucky to see the top of the volcano as we were told it is a rare sight.Costa Rica-87  Ready for zip lining.Costa Rica-89  Almost 2 miles of zip line. Definitely not my thing but I was very proud to have made it through.Costa Rica-91 Costa Rica-92 Harry was too little (weight wise) to go by himself, not that he didn’t want to.Costa Rica-93Love the heliconia – the vibrant color, the unique shape. Costa Rica-94 Postcards in the town of La Fortuna.Costa Rica-95 Beautiful colored sarongs enticing shoppers and giving a flavor of the  town.Costa Rica-96 Mosaics everywhere.Costa Rica-97 Painting gourds with indigenous Maleku tribe of Costa Rica. “Capy Capy” means a warm welcome.Costa Rica-98 Costa Rica-99 Lots of Marco Polo playing at the pool.MS3_5952 Sunset over the Arenal Volcano.Costa Rica-104 Enjoying the natural Hidalgo Hot Springs.Costa Rica-105

 

More to come…..

project life/365 – 10 (part three)

On to day 3 of our crazy Costa Rican Adventures by Disney…

I love butterflies and they were absolutely everywhere. Costa Rica-61 Another boat cruise through the canals. Along the way we encountered this tree full of Howler Monkeys.Costa Rica-62  And some close-ups of the Howler monkeys. Just amazing to see them in their natural environment. Swinging through the trees.Costa Rica-64 Costa Rica-66The little one holding on is just precious.Costa Rica-67 A beautiful house along the way.Costa Rica-69 A rhino beetle.Costa Rica-70It actually felt soft and fuzzy. Costa Rica-71  Enjoying the playground at our lunch restaurant.Costa Rica-72It is important to stay protected from the rain. Costa Rica-73There is something so beautiful about cemeteries.Costa Rica-74 Time for an incredibly silly, laugh your a$$ off pineapple tour. Patrick joined in the fun.PM7_0252 There is nothing like fresh pineapple from the fieldCosta Rica-78 It is imperative to enjoy floofy pineapple drinks when on a pineapple tour.Costa Rica-83 The photobomb trend was in full force on the trip and Harry couldn’t resist.Costa Rica-82 We finally saw the elusive sloth.Costa Rica-79 Costa Rica-80 Enjoying the stories along the bus journey.Costa Rica-85 I can’t resist a good fruit stand, the colors, the smell, the mouth-watering goodness.Costa Rica-86

And still more to come…

project life/365 – 10 (part two)

And the adventure continues….

Today we started off at the airport – playing “Who can stand on one leg the longest?”Costa Rica-17 Boarding our tiny airplane.Costa Rica-18 Selfie with my son.Costa Rica-19 View from the sky.Costa Rica-20 Harry’s found object collage upon landing on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.Costa Rica-21 Beautiful mosaics at the Laguna Lodge in Tortuguero.Costa Rica-22 Costa Rica-23 A boat trip through the canals of Tortuguero National Park. A lizard.Costa Rica-24  An Emerald Basilisk.Costa Rica-26  Another Emerald Basilisk.Costa Rica-28 A selfie with my hubby.Costa Rica-30 A monkey in the rainforest. We saw 3 different types of monkeys – Spider, Howler and Capuchin.Costa Rica-31 A turtle.Costa Rica-32 A family shot in the rainforest.Costa Rica-33 The next Indiana Jones?Costa Rica-34 A scary looking Cayman.Costa Rica-35 This is probably my favorite shot of the whole trip. Do you see the tiny bugs heading for a feast?Costa Rica-36  The flowers are insanely bright. Costa Rica-38 Odd trash can art in Tortuguero village.Costa Rica-39 Lots of colorful walls that make you smile.Costa Rica-40 Costa Rican gourd art.Costa Rica-41 Having a leisurely moment in the hammock back at the hotel.Costa Rica-42 Drawing some tree fruit for his Field Guide.Costa Rica-45 Loving all the specialty fruit drinks at dinner.Costa Rica-46 Time to relax and be goofy.Costa Rica-47 Dancing time with the Caribbean rhythm.Costa Rica-48 And limbo time.Costa Rica-49 Costa Rica-50 Costa Rica-51 He was so cheating.Costa Rica-52 Musical chairs.Costa Rica-53 Costa Rica-54 And then it was down to two.Costa Rica-57A small detour to look for frogs in the garden where they only come out at night. Who can resist a frog scavenger hunt?Costa Rica-58Costa Rica-60

 

Good night. More to come…..

project Life/ 365 – 10 (part one)

We were lucky enough to spend spring break in Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney so I have A LOT of photos.

We had the day free in San Jose, Costa Rica so we decided to check out the kids museum (Museo del Los Ninos). Here we are trying on traditional storytelling masks.Costa Rica-14 Like we don’t have enough earthquakes, let’s try an earthquake simulator.Costa Rica-13 My husband as a bug.Costa Rica-10 Dancing away in the disco room.Costa Rica-12 Costa Rica-4 Working on my flossing techniques.Costa Rica-9 Harry is a little obsessed with all things teeth.Costa Rica-7Playing on a giant chess board. Costa Rica-6 and of course the museum ends at the candy.Costa Rica-1 A really cool art piece outside the National Museum.Costa Rica-2 This building just makes me happy.Costa Rica-11 The artisan market.Costa Rica-15 Costa Rica-5 Just being silly.Costa Rica-16

 

More to come……

colored design

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With a trip to Hawaii, I wanted to capture, the bright colored flowers, the vibrance of the blue sky and the festive feel so this book was about color. This book measures 8.75 x 11.25 landscape, lay flat pages by My Publisher. The quality of the book and photos is outstanding. I created my pages in Adobe Photoshop using digital patterned paper with color overlays. Each page included a simple tropical border and Ali’s Hand font. Since the pages were bright, if the photos were not full page or very large, I used a black border around the smaller photos to help them stand out on the page.

A little tip: I often pick up artistic postcards on trips and use them for covers or page decoration.

Here are some of the pages from our Hawaii 2011 book:

Title page – Location and dates.hawaii book-2 The rent-a-car and arriving at the hotel.hawaii book-3  The view from the room and an activity at the hotel.hawaii book-5 Details.hawaii book-6 Water slides and snorkeling.hawaii book-7 Jacuzzi and antics in the hotel room.hawaii book-8 A new outfit.hawaii book-9 A selfie.hawaii book-10 A loose tooth and stopping at Starbucks.hawaii book-11 Details at the USS Bowfin museum.hawaii book-12 The USS Arizona Memorial.hawaii book-13 A scenic shot and thoughts about witnessing this piece of history.hawaii book-14 A Luau.hawaii book-15 More details.hawaii book-16 Dancing at the luau.hawaii book-17 Learning the hula and fire dancing.hawaii book-18 Breakfast.hawaii book-19 Paddleboarding.hawaii book-20 Enjoying the beach.hawaii book-21 Playing.hawaii book-22 More playing.hawaii book-23 He lost his first tooth.hawaii book-24 Thanksgiving dinner.hawaii book-25 Hawaiian crafts.hawaii book-26 The Nui (a little luau).hawaii book-27 Visiting the North Shore.hawaii book-28 Lunch and stories.hawaii book-29 Iconic images of the North Shore.hawaii book-30 Another sunset and details.hawaii book-31 The Art.hawaii book-32 Swimming.hawaii book-33 Leaving and heading home.hawaii book-34 A collage of all the paraphernalia – tickets, map, postcards, certificates, wristbands, brochures, receipts, etc.hawaii book-35

Don’t be afraid to use color, but I did find that the pages with a bit more muted tones worked much better than some of the bright, over powering colors.