Valentine’s Day Card Swap

I have been busy learning Final Cut Pro X and have successfully uploaded my first video after editing in this new environment. I still have a lot to learn, but I can see that it is a wonderful piece of software. Maybe it’s because I have already done some video editing work, but I did not find it hard to get started.

Anyway, the reason for this post is to show you a card I made for a swap on Swap Bot and the video shows you how I used an image from the Silhouette on-line store, adapted it to suit my needs to make my card.


Here is the final result.

You can watch my video below. Note that this video only shows you some very basic functions for changing shapes. I will post more advanced functions in the future.

Changing images in Silhouette Studio


PL photo idea for Jan 26, 2013

Take a picture of a project you would like to make.

This project was mentioned in my Cricut Craft Room Users group on Facebook at and the blog with the instructions for this adorable project is at

The Keurig box was made by Diane Zechman (as shown in the watermark) — I just want to give credit where it’s due.

I had to spend a few minutes this morning just checking out all the amazing projects. I think I will need another lifetime after mine to make all the beautiful projects I have seen (and to use up all my stuff).

PL photo idea for Jan 24, 2013

I am going to catch up on my missed posts with photo ideas. Sorry for the delay. I set up my new computer and it took a bit longer than expected, but now everything is perfect.

The idea for January 24 is to think about what your weather is today and then take a picture that represents the temperature.

On January 24, it was VERY cold in Montreal.

PL photo idea for Jan 22, 2013

Take a picture of unusual décor.

They used washtubs as hanging lights in this restaurant, among other unusual ideas for décor, such as a room divider made from tire rims. We went to this sports bar before a Rush hockey game in Rapid City. It was a fun night, especially because Rush WON!!

PL photo idea for Jan 21, 2013

Take a picture of something that will be a major project for you in 2013.

The pictures below are from what we call our “locker room”. When you live in an apartment, you usually have a locker room somewhere in which you can store all the stuff you never use, but want to keep or in which you store seasonal stuff like bicycles, tires, etc. Before we moved into our house in 1999, we had always lived in apartments so we called this storage area in our basement our locker room.

It didn’t take very long before we started just putting stuff in here without being organized about it … at all 😦

Now the room is a disaster and you can barely walk through to where the tires are kept at the end, under the stairs.

My major organization project this year will be to finally get this area organized.

This is the first area I have to clear out because we want to build shelves here so that we can store seasonal stuff in bins. I will use plastic bins labeled Christmas, camping, painting, etc. There will be more, but I will have to get started to decide on the rest of the bins.

To get this done, I will have to move all this stuff into the family room, which is where I now have a crop room set up. There won’t be any cropping when I get started on this. That will be my incentive to GET IT DONE!

I plan to make this area a work bench with a peg board for tools for my husband.

We must have about 20 paint cans under this bench. When we first moved in, we painted the entire house (6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, two floors plus a finished basement). We have since repainted the main floor and two rooms in the basement). This part is easy because we just need to pull them out and set them out on the street once I determine when hazardous waste pickup is planned for the spring. I don’t know why we kept them this long.

I will take pictures and videos of my progress (further incentive to GET IT DONE). I say this because we have been talking about it for a couple of years already, but now I have finally started getting rid of stuff from this area.

Once this is done, it will be possible to declutter and organize other areas of the house because we will have specific places for our stuff. I can’t wait to get it done.