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Wednesday
Jun112014

Everyday Ben - A Flipagram

I know I'm late to the flipagram party.... but this little flip of Ben.... actually makes me cry..... I'm so happy to have these IG images of my boy...

Have you flipagrammed? Do tell? I have a feeling this is just the beginning for me.... 

Happiest almost Thursday...... See you for Friday Finds....

xo,

music by C.C. Trubiak...... ♡

Tuesday
Jun102014

Texture Tuesday - Lilac Love

 

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Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday

Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art my friends!

This weeks theme - Free & Easy.....

Simply share a favourite  image processed with any of my textures....

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 17th

free & easy.

In fact for the month of June...maybe July too....let's make every TT a Free & Easy Tuesday.... Keeping it Simple....

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

 

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I'm so thrilled to see the lilacs...everywhere....... not to mention their heavenly scent... so Lovely.

I spent a few hours on the front porch styling different lilac scenes today... I took a ton of photos in a variety of settings...
For today... 2 of my favs.....

I'm kinda in love with the top one...... You know how every now and then 'the one' comes along.... Well... this was that.... for me.... I said a few woo-hoos.... as I found may way to it.... in Lightroom. 

I love every bit of the process... imagining a scene, hunting for the perfect drops and props.... pulling them together... click, click, click.... moving, shifting.....both my body and subject.... next into LR... Often times... back for another round...click, click... click...... then back to LR... and so it goes...

All so wondrous...Happy sigh...... 

My uptop image recipe

Auto-toned in LR.  Boosted the clarity (+30). Then dropped the saturation to -24 and the vibrance to -11.

From there I applied a a matte/hazy finish using the tone curve.... next down to split-toning were I added a hint of pink (very slight) to the highlights and a touch of lavender to the shadows.

Into Photoshop

I added a layer of waterfront 1 at soft light 54% opacity and masked about 50% off the lilacs. 

For my quote image I used pretty much the same LR recipe with a layer of Waterfront 4 (instead) at soft light 44% opacity.

Click HERE to check out the Waterfront Collection

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That's it for me..... Be sure to watch your email.... I will be opending my FREE Lightroom Catalogue class registration very soon..... 

I've had a lot of interest in Be Still - 52 ....this past few days... It's not too late to sign up... Pop over HERE for all the details. 

Happy TT.... Sweet friends.....Link away....

with gratitude.....forever...always....

xo,

 

  

 

 

Friday
Jun062014

Friday Find - Wished ...and ...Delivered!


  

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

Let's celebrate what we have found, discovered..... uncovered...this past week.

If you are new to this space.... 
Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

Please say hello....share your finds below.... 

What is Friday Finds ?.... You ask....

Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives....

So many find possibilities.....unique treasures...... special moments..... life lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
Endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your find...link up to Friday Finds  (grab the button or share the link).....then pop over here to link up.

Simply put..... you are invited to post a fabulous find of any kind..... 

My wish for Friday Finds.....that we stop .... pause.....simply.... cherish life's simple pleasures......

Share the Friday Finds Button

Kim Klassen dot Com

 

 

My Friday Finds  

Hello lovelies... How are you?

So excited to share my Friday Finds today.... bursting...actually.

Check out... My new-to-me table.... I've been wishing for a vintage arborite table for some time....I imagined it on the front porch..... In fact...a few months back I looked at one but didn't buy it....

Then the other night my phone beeped.... with a text message.... and a picture of the table of my dreams... 'Kim, my Mom thought you might be interested in this table.... We can bring it by on our way home, if you like?' What??? are you kidding me... YES please...

An hour or so later it landed in my driveway!!

Thank you Bev... This might just be one of my most favourite gifts....and thank you Bruce for the delivery!! Isn't she a beauty?

I'm not sure what will work best for chairs... kinda digging my random wooden chairs with it... thinking maybe even better than metal ones? Whatchya think?


The BEST part.... that very day... for Be Still, I had written about making a list of props, drops and table tops you are wishing for........ How the act of writing it down... might surprise you....and poof.... this little lovely arrived!!

Seriously?? It works......

 

We've had a few meals at the table...It's not just for pretty pictures....

Today I enjoyed a new favourite ..... chick pea & black bean salad.... The recipe can be found HERE... It's super healthy and delic....I double the recipe and add a can of black beans. 

By the way... Dashing Dish is PACKED FULL of awesome recipes!! I even signed up for a membership.

While I was out snapping pics... I decided to take a few chair shots... along came Ben.... look where he landed..... 

Can you see my toes? Soo adorable....

In todays photos....my new to me table, last week's coffee pot (simply for the pop), the bowl, mug and linens all from Anthropologie, this beautiful book (thank you, again Cheryl)....and Benny.

Okay friends.. I must sign off.... it's been quite the day.....

The S2F connect was awesome... seriously... could do that every week, ladies!! Thank you.....so much!

Happy Friday...... Link away lovelies....

Love & Gratitude.... ♡

xo,

  

p.s. S2F students, today's photos were processed in LR with the HazyDazy preset. 

 

Tuesday
Jun032014

Texture Tuesday - Nature eDition (from my archives)

Lightroom to PS Tutorials 

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Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday

Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art my friends!

This weeks theme - Nature.

Simply share a favourite  image processed with any of my textures....centred around the theme nature.

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 10th

free & easy.

In fact for the month of June...let's make every TT a Free & Easy.... Keeping it Simple....

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

 

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Today's Image Recipe - applied to both photos.

In Lightroom....

Cropped then Auto-toned .... then applied my preset 'let there be light'. 

In Photoshop...

I added 2 layers of waterfront 28. One at color burn blend mode 59% opacity and the other at soft light 65% opacity.

 

Click HERE to download a sample version of Waterfront 28.

The script on the canola field is quickpen and the type is rough typewriter.

 

I've had a lot of emails regarding workflow from LR to PS. Below are a few video tutorials that may be helpful.

I've also had several emails asking about applying textures in LR. Unfortunately LR does not support layers. You have to use an external editor such as Elements or Photoshop. (other options such as PicMonkey and GIMP are avaialbe online, but I have not tried these).

Lightroom to Photoshop/Elements Tutorials

Intro - view on vimeo

Intro Part 2 - view on vimeo

Photoshop Tutorials

Photoshop Part 1 - preferences - view on vimeo

Photoshop Part 2 - LR to PS workflow - view on vimeo

Elements Tutorials

Elements Part 1 - Elements Preferences - view on vimeo

Elements Part 2 - LR to Elements Workflow - view on vimeo
  

Happy TT.... Sweet friends.....Link away....

with gratitude.....forever...always....

xo,

 

 

 

 

Friday
May302014

Friday Finds - Wished Then Found...

 

  

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

Let's celebrate what we have found, discovered..... uncovered...this past week.

If you are new to this space.... 
Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

Please say hello....share your finds below.... 

What is Friday Finds ?.... You ask....

Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives....

So many find possibilities.....unique treasures...... special moments..... life lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
Endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your find...link up to Friday Finds  (grab the button or share the link).....then pop over here to link up.

Simply put..... you are invited to post a fabulous find of any kind..... 

My wish for Friday Finds.....that we stop .... pause.....simply.... cherish life's simple pleasures......

Share the Friday Finds Button

Kim Klassen dot Com

 

 

My Friday Finds  

Hello lovelies... How are you?

Here we are... Friday again... my goodness.....

Here's my latest find story.....

I've been wanting a red coffee pot for awhile.... Imagine my JOY when I found this little lovely at Winners.... on clearance!! Had to have her..... Here's one I found online.

The linen tea towel is from the Hudson Bay... a runner up from last week's Hudson Bay scarf.... Love these towels.... summery.... porchy... LOVE.


Finally it's warm out!! I've been moving a lot of my picture taking outdoors...... the front porch is almost always right for light.

I took these photos on another 'find'...a new to me table..... the story of this table will come next week... It needs it's own special posting!! Sooo grateful. 

Today's lovelies...Linen tea towel from The Bay..... creamer from Stokes.... coffe pot from winners....mug from Chapters.... ceramic spoon from The Little Shop......Table... TBA. 

Happy Friday...... Link away lovelies....

Love & Gratitude.... ♡

xo,

  

 

Tuesday
May272014

Texture Tuesday - Free & Easy eDition

 

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Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday. This is #161..... Can you believe that?

Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art my friends!

This weeks theme - Free & Easy.

Simply share a favourite  image processed with any of my textures....that's it...that's all.

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 3rd.

Nature.

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

 

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textured with waterfront 28 soft light 81% opacity

Today's Uptop Image Recipe 

In Camera

I focused on the lovely porcelain spoon. My f/stop was set to f/4. Shot with my nikkor 24-70 lens. (one of my favs for still life)

In Lightroom....

Cropped then Auto-toned .... changed the camera calibration to camera neutral, a slight desaturation and finally a matte finish using the tone curve.

In Photoshop...

I added a layer of waterfront 27 at soft light 38% opacity, masked off the cup and the spoon. 

Finished it off with the type.... and that was that.

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Test Kitchen Members - this week only save 40% off the Waterfront Collection.

Sign into the site to grab your discount code.

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Happy TT.... Sweet friends.....Link away....

with gratitude.....forever...always....

xo,

 

p.s. Today's images may be a sneak peak into an upcoming S2F lesson....

Be Still - fifty-two registration is still open. Pop over here for details. 

 

 

Friday
May232014

Friday Finds - Hudson Bay Colors

and a lovely gift in the mail..... (xo Amy)

  

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

Let's celebrate what we have found, discovered..... uncovered...this past week.

If you are new to this space.... 
Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

Please say hello....share your finds below.... 

What is Friday Finds ?.... You ask....

Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives....

So many find possibilities.....unique treasures...... special moments..... life lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
Endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your find...link up to Friday Finds  (grab the button or share the link).....then pop over here to link up.

Simply put..... you are invited to post a fabulous find of any kind..... 

My wish for Friday Finds.....that we stop .... pause.....simply.... cherish life's simple pleasures......

Share the Friday Finds Button

 

Kim Klassen dot Com

 


 

My Friday Finds  

Hello lovelies... How are you?

I received the sweetest gift in the mail this week from Amy. Thank you for sending me this beautiful book, Style & Simplicity A-Z.... It's so flippity-FULL of inspiration....One of those books you can turn to...when you need a little creative direction... not sure what to do next? open it up...and BAM... endless ideas.

THANK YOU so much Amy.....


I had to show you my lovely Hudson Bay Co. scarf..... The Hudson Bay colors originated on the Hudson Bay blanket. Now you can find these lovely colors on scarves, hats, towels, linens.... and more. We stopped at the Bay while in Winnipeg and I just knew this scarf would be amazing in photos....

 

Today's lovelies.... scarf and creamer from The Bay..... teapot from Stokes.... my mug from Anthro.....chair from Lady of the Lake.....beautiful book from Amy......

Happy Friday...... Link away lovelies....

Love & Gratitude.... ♡

xo,

 

p.s. I've updated my portfolio...always a work in progress.... pop over HERE to take a peek.

p.s.s.  Be Still - Fifty-Two is still open for registration... I'd love to have you join us... It's going to be a beautiful still-filled YEAR.