Saturday, January 22, 2011

Aloha & Mahalo Hawaii

Sadly our two weeks in Kailua-Kona (or Paradise as I like to call it) has come to an end and in just a few hours we will be on the plane heading back to reality!

For any of you who have this hot spot listed on your “bucket list” I suggest you move it to the top of the list. This place is simply amazing; from its warm friendly hospitality and laid back lifestyle to the freshness of the local markets, sun sand and sea. There are not enough hours in a day to experience everything that this island has to offer, but we made the best of it. My top three things would have to be; whale watching on the “Body Glove” tour boat, watching the sun set every day at 6pm from our bedroom lanai and the many different and beautiful flowers.
I had my camera around my neck and was prepared for every shot, I didn’t want to miss a thing. So if you decide on a vacation to the Big Island, remember your camera ‘cause the only bad photograph is the one you didn't take!
Hawaii's beauty is so unusual that everyone takes pictures, but not everyone takes good photos. Here are some tips to take the kind of shots anyone could take!

Keep your camera handy - and the battery charged
Remember your favorite spots
Be in the photo
Use your camera's scene modes
Get up close
Go panoramic
Fun shots
Dive underwater
Print your photos

Here are a few of my favourite shots…..

‘Til next time, Enjoy!


Thursday, January 6, 2011


For the past month I have been eyeing the new Tim Holtz Configurations boxes in my local scrapbooking store, wondering what could I do with these.... and I finally purchased one, gathered all of my mini trinkets together and decided how to configure the mini shadow boxes.  For any of you that are interested in making one of these treasures; here is a brief description of what I did:
Measure, cut and glue paper to outside edges of the box window frame.
Wrap tissue tape around edges of window frame.
Move around and configure boxes as desired.
Wrap tissue tape around the mini boxes to secure them together.
Trim paper to fit inside boxes and adhere.
Punch a hole in top of cover and screw in knob.
Arrange all of your mini trinkets inside the various boxes (this is the fun part).
Place cover on box and cover any exposed edges using tissue tape.
I added a rub-on to the front of my acetate just for effect.

I filled my boxes with a few of my favorite things and my favorite memories:  dance, Christmas, photography, sewing, #7, travel, reading, time flies, life.
 I submitted this project for Getting Cricky's Challenge.
Always remember...... a good snapshot stops a moment from running away.
Til next time, Enjoy!