Europe scrapbook = done and ordered

Finally.  All 100 pages of the digital scrapbook I have been working on since our trip in September 2012 are completed, uploaded, and ordered.  I did about half those pages in the past few weeks!  I am a little bit procrastinator, but mostly just a perfectionist.  I’ve already found things I wish I had done better…

Usually, I like to make my own page layouts for scrapbooks, but with my time crunch I had to fall back on pre-designed page templates (I use Creative Memories software and artwork for digital).  I spent soooo much time sorting photos and deciding which ones I wanted to used (we took ~2000 photos in Europe) that I didn’t have enough time to be really creative with the actual pages.  But I’m still pretty pleased with the result.  Here’s a few sample pages from the book:

Mother’s Day 2013

It's a Boy!

Here’s a card I made recently for a friend–she will soon be a mom for the first time.  I made it using the really adorable It’s a Boy cardstock and the new puzzle piece shape maker.

I sent my mom a Star Wars ecard.  There are lots of them for all different occasions at

My mom was understandably instrumental in cultivating my nerdiness–she read to me all the time and bought me lots of B-O-O-K-S.  She also used words like “impish” and “strategic.”  With a first grader.  She put me to work writing obits at her newspaper in elementary school.  She also taught me to sew and bake (although nowadays I do a lot more baking than sewing).  And she reads my blog all the time. Thanks, Mom! ❤

New look: Jedi By Knight

Hey guys, you probably noticed the new header for my blog I put up last weekend.  Now by blog has a little more personality!

The header was really easy to make using Storybook Creator 4 software from Creative Memories and 3 screenshots taken from the SWTOR game: a loading screen, a preview of my Jedi character, and a panorama of Nar Shaddaa from the taxi pad at the spaceport.

From the loading screen image, I used the wand tool to isolate the gold brackets at the top and bottom.  I cropped down the buildings on the Nar Shaddaa image, and then used Adjust Hue to add a blue overtone so it would match the blog’s background color.  Then I cropped out my character Beile Tir, added a blue glow around her, and placed her on top.  The armor she’s wearing is the Jedi Knight armor from the character customization menus that you can buy in the Cartel market (she’s actually a consular, but you can put the armor on anyone).

Here are the screenshots I started with:

I went through a bunch of successive attempts before I finally got a version that I liked and fit the header.