Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Digital Shamrock to share

I had a very busy day Tuesday and I have just a quick post for Wednesday morning.  There may be more later in the day if things are calmer around here!  Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day and if you live in certain parts of the country it is a big holiday (in other parts, not so much...).

I mentioned that last Saturday we had the Senior Citizen's St. Patrick's Luncheon at our local high school.  There is a long standing tradition for the high school students to organize a Thanksgiving luncheon (junior class) and a St. Patrick's Day luncheon (senior class) and many parents and students participate.  These are very nice events and give the senior citizens a chance to see the high school and to meet some of the young people who volunteer to serve lunch.


The cafeteria is decorated with holiday themed items and the tables this year had shamrock plants with leprechauns and lottery tickets tucked inside for the centerpieces.

Our neighbor played the bagpipes to get thing started.  The room is large enough that the sound was not too overwhelming!  You may see some familiar looking shamrocks on the glass windows - another neighbor cut those with her Cricut.

My husband's a cappella singing group also performed before lunch was served.

After lunch (corned beef and cabbage), a large group from an Irish Step Dancing school performed.  The older girls had these lovely costumes and the incredibly curly wigs.  When they dance the curls really bounce!

The tinsel shamrocks hanging from the ceiling caught my attention and I snapped a few quick photos.  I used my Creative Memories StoryBook Creator Plus 3.0 software to turn this into a digital embellishment.  This is easy to do and a great way to really personalize your projects.  I often make digital "stickers" from photos I have taken and I particularly enjoy doing this with flower photos.  The pansies in the header on my blog are digital embellishments I made from a photo of pansies in the back yard I took a few years ago.

I want to let you know that the download version of Storybook Creator Plus 3.0 is on sale this month for $20 off the regular price.  You can buy this for just $44.95 until the end of March.  I use this program all of the time for so much more than just digital books.  It is one of my favorite crafting tools - I even used it for the page layout that I made for the Cricket Cruise contest (it was a "hybrid" page).

I use the PC version of the software.  There is now a new Mac version called sbcStudio and it is also on sale for $44.95 ($20 off).  I have not used this version yet but there is a lot of information available about it on my CM Personal Website.  You can click on the name of the program to go directly to the correct page.

The images above are low resolution screen shots just to show you how I was able to eliminate the background and leave only the shamrock.  When you create digital embellishments they are generally saved as png files so they have a transparent background and can be placed on top of other digital papers and photos. You can then create borders and other designs with your saved items.

I have a little St. Patrick's Day gift for any of my blog followers who love digital scrapbooking and crafting.  You can download the png file for the tinsel shamrock HERE.  This is an ad free instant download.

(If you are wondering - I haven't forgotten about the blogoversary celebration - I actually have  a few more items that will be part of the giveaways and just haven't had a chance to reorganize things...but it will be worth the wait!)

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  1. What a fun school tradition and great way to bring generations together! Thanks for the pics! Your shamrocks are perfect! I would LOVE to be able to turn some of my photos into embellishments! Thanks for the info!

  2. Looks like a fun time for everyone. I really like the idea of getting the seniors and kids together. That just doesn't happen enough anymore.

  3. Thanks for the digi. It looks like a great event for the seniors and I'm sure it's great for the high schoolers to do. Many families just don't live that close to to all their members or don't have an older generation. It's good for them to get some time together.

  4. Really fun community activity. Thanks for the cute element.

  5. It looks like this was fun. TFS

  6. Thank you for the Shamrock Diane. It's so nice to see your family volunteering. I work at the high school all the time and they are so grateful for the volunteers.
    Mary Ann

  7. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [17 Mar 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  8. What a great tradition and a way for high schoolers to giveback to the community.

  9. Great tradition. Our community college has a Senior Fest where for a nominal fee $5 or $6, we get breakfast, lunch, entertainment, local vendors with information for seniors and two classes from a wide variety of choices - dance, quilting, painting, medicare for seniors, etc. I think there were 20 or so choices. I love it when the community remembers us senors.

    Now, when are you going to do a tutorial on how to create digital embelishments from photos? I have taken lots of photos that could be used in a similar fashion.


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