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.

wall of travel

wall of photos-1The long expanse of white wall was just boring. It needed something, but what? And then it came to me, I take thousands of photos and we’ve gone to some really cool places, what if I combined the two!

After much research, I found the right company Canvas 4 Life.  I purchased a canvas with the same image from various companies until I found the company that had what I wanted. Canvas 4 Life had a large selection of sizes and I was impressed with the canvas’s texture and vibrancy of color. Another bonus was the fact that I could chose my own custom color for the edges.

I searched for photos of us with iconic images of places we’ve been (and some of the photos were just special to us). Since all the photos were from different times and places, I knew I needed to create a sense of continuity so I chose to keep them all the same size and cropped my photos accordingly and ended up purchasing eighteen 10″x10″ canvases. Once the canvases arrived, I placed them in various spots until the colors seemed to balance each other.

Now that blank wall of blah became our wall of fabulous, colorful memories.

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