Thursday, September 30, 2010

No. 1 Guest Post- Pugly Pixel

While I'm in New York, I've asked my favorite bloggers to guest post, the first is a tutorial from Pugly Pixel.

Hi everyone!  Margaret graciously asked me to write a post while she's out of town and as a long time fan of Paper Pastries, I was delighted.
My name is Katrina and I blog at PuglyPixel where I share my snapshots and latest enthusiasms.  Lately, I've been exploring the wonders of Photoshop -- and stumbling upon new tricks and learning new techniques that can visually improve my blog.  I share all my discoveries as tutorials and free clip art.
When away from my computer, I'm usually out taking pictures, walking the pups, visiting Japantown, or fulfilling orders for my Etsy shop.

I sell pretty packaging knick knacks and  I like to make my own thank you cards to attach to every order.  The following photos show the latest incarnation of my thank you cards.  As you can see, these are a cinch to make, and I thought it would make a short and sweet DIY tutorial.
 You'll need some card stock (4 colors), glue, scissors.
You'll need a few punches, too!  I used three different punches in this tutorial.  The first is a leaf punch by Martha Stewart. The other two are oval scallop punches by Marvy Uchida.
You can use any punches, but just make sure they are two different sizes.
Step one:  punch each card stock with each of the three punches.
Step two:  Match the scallop ovals by shade (pink/red or brown/yellow) and glue those together.
Step three:  Avoid too much matchy-matchy.  Afix the brown/yellow leaves with the red/pink ovals and vice versa.
Add your personalized note and presto -- you're done!  You can staple the card onto the package, or you can use a cute circle sticker.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  And Margaret, thanks for inviting me over! :)

Thanks so much Katrina! Isn't this a great tutorial? I definitely want to make some tags when I get home.
Check out Katrina's shops, and her blog.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

LA Printer's Fair

 Thanks for everyones well wishes yesterday, I took it easy and I feel a lot better today, definitely good enough to travel to New York. Today, some photos from the weekend. Above, delicious petite mints that I can't get enough of.
 A pin, bookmark and Dee & Lala Card.
 I love their candy note card and immediately had to have this Halloween version. eyeballs 8)
The back is a hoot!
Tony got this linotype of my name made, I haven't decided where I want to keep it. I'm thinking of making it into a magnet.
Jill K. in LA new Halloween cards.
 I've loved all of Jill's cards since the moment I saw them but I still really enjoy seeing them all together. The bright colors and clean hand carved images work so well together.
 Plus she has these new adorable table top shelves, with scalloped tops.
Ellinor from Krank Press was also there with a cute new haircut. She has a really great new product, I can't share because I got it as a little gift for some friends.
 The printing museum was really cool, they have a huge variety of vintage type.
 This printing bed was set up with vintage wood type,
 and the printed poster was up. I like how they showed the process.
This was a small selection of their giant collection. Each drawer is filled with metal type and ornaments.
 There were many sections of the fair: stationery vendors, demonstrations, exhibits, and equipment sales.
 What a beauty!
These beasts were for sale, and by the time I got there (around 4pm) most of them had sold.
 They are awesome but scare me, I've heard too many horror stories from my printing teacher about people losing their arm in machines like these.
 I definitely want to go back to the museum when the crowds not so big and when it's not so hot! If you're in LA or visiting, I recommend taking a trip to Torrance. The museum is open on Saturdays from 10am-4pm, its $8 for adults, $7 for students.
 Saturday night Tony and I went to Whittier to hang out with Katie and Nat. We went to dinner at Claim Jumper's and they had this love tester.
It's accuracy is debatable :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Don't you just hate it when you feel great one day but the next you're 10 times worse than you ever were?  That's what happened to me. I have a lot of photos to edit before I can share what I did on the weekend but here's a glimpse. Above, the LA bike group (I'm sure they have a name, wolf pack or something like that) ride together the last Friday of every month. They take the subway to wilshire/western and ride south down Western. They make a lot of noise and while I was getting ready to go out to dinner, I heard them. There's also a lot of honking, they stop traffic for a good 30 minutes. It's crazy to see so many bikes in LA!
Friday night was Tony's birthday celebration dinner with all his friends. We went to the boiling shrimp, where you order seafood by the pound in buckets, then you just eat it on the table. There was a lot of juices and parts flying around, I didn't want to subject my camera to it, if you like seafood, definitely a fun place! On the way home we stopped by the urban light exhibit in front of LACMA. I have always wanted to see it up close, its street lamps from different eras. I needed to take a photo of it for a project I'm in the middle of that I'll share soon.
Sunday was unbearably hot so we stayed inside all day. At night we went to see the Town, which didn't have enough Blake Lively in it for my tastes but still exciting. There was an exhibit of vintage concert posters up, and this was my favorite one. I'd hang this in my house! "Liza with a z not Lisa with an s."
I am going to take aspirin then curl up on the couch. I have to get better! I leave for my trip tomorrow and would rather not spend 5 hours on a plane feeling miserable.

Monday, September 27, 2010

I ♥ cameras

Last week, Katrina, of Pugly Pixel shared her collection, and asked others to join in. The above photo was taken with my polaroid and expired film. The rest of these photos are taken with a canon rebel xt.
 I found this Polaroid land camera (800 model) in my favorite Santa Cruz shop, Front Street Thrift.  It has since gone out of business, but it really was the best thrift shop I've ever been to. They had so many mint condition vintage pieces at thrift store prices.
This looked as if it had never been used. The original carrying case was unscratched, still a rich color and everything inside was intact.
One of the gems inside the case was the manual.
The back of the camera had a handy guide printed right on it.

220 model of Polaroid land camera.
Kodak Pony 828.
A big selling point for me is the original case, they are so hard to find.
Yashica electro, this came without a case, strap, or lens cap.
Minolta xg7 with my dad's old camera strap. This is the camera I used most in college.
Canon FTb, another great 35mm, but so heavy that I rarely take it around with me.
Tony got me this for my birthday, fuji instax.

Polaroid one step, with 3 boxes of expired film.
Olympus half frame, only good for bright sunlight since I can't find a flash for it.
Golden half frame, also only good in bright sun light. Because of it's size its perfect to throw in your purse.
A gift from Brady, russian spy camera made to look like a book.
Fish eye with submarine case.
I got this the first time I went to Montana, it takes really fun underwater photos.
My favorite medium format camera, the Diana F+.
Diana Mini, a 35mm half frame/square format dream.
I ordered a holga off some website and got this knockoff instead. It works ok.
I'm borrowing Brady's Rolleiflex, it takes great portraits.
Oktomat, color splash, and 4 square sampler.
Mini leica digital. I think its 5 or 6 megapixels.
Go see more collections at Pugly Pixel and tell anna what you love.
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