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Editing film as complex math + becoming friendly with 40

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Many of you know I am editing video tutorials for DIY Lounge these days and  I’ve decided that editing film is like complex math.  In math, you must learn all the basic math and be pretty good at it to be able to execute complex math problems.  Video editing is the same.  I took a Final Cut class at PCM last year.  The class covered all the basics in terms of the editing software itself, but we never imported film or cataloged the videos, so as I’ve been editing videos, I keep running into the brick wall of how to capture and manage the video in the first place.  Last week I got a lesson in how to do this.  It was so obvious once I was shown, but totally impossible prior to the lesson.  Math used to have this same affect on me.

When I was younger obstacles like not understanding how to import and manage video content would have been a deal breaker.  I would have given up and thrown in the towel, but as I’ve grown older I have become aware of my own impatience with myself and the act of learning something new.  I hate to be a beginner, yet as I am growing older I see that if you are going to continue to learn you must be a novice, no matter how uncomfortable it is.

“Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.”  Chamfort

This quote is a good reminder to me that we’re all novices throughout our lives. I just recently turned 40, which I’m liking so far.  As you age you get less focused on what others think and live your life for yourself.  I was always my own person.  Meaning, I really always knew who I was on many levels.  I always wanted to be a mom, craft business person and a witch.  OK, I’m not a witch, but I do wear a lot of black with wild black hair and pale skin, which is sorta witchy.  It’s pretty awesome to be able to go after what you want and not care who is looking and judging, that is, if anyone is a all.  Confidence and self-assuredness comes with age . . . now back to video editing.


This cake was made for my husband and me for our 40th Birthdays by our friend Jocelyn of Bakery Bar.

by: jen

Day 3: 31 Day Challenge – Free Art Calendar

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

It’s the first work day of the new year and I thought a great way to start would be to print out a free calendar.  I have been wanting to find the time to print out this calendar, from Owl Barn, which is so cool.  It features many artist’s work, along with a free calendar.   I looked at the template and realized that it wouldn’t work for me as it was.  I need a calendar that I can write in and the way this one is design it isn’t possible to do this.  So I decided to download all of the images they have available and then plug them into a calendar that was more suited to my needs.  I found this free calendar online, which is the type that you can write in.   Owl Barn actually offers something like 30 cool owl images so, I was able to pick and choose the ones that I liked best. I uploaded each of the images into the free calendar template that I liked and selected each month, which then created pdfs.  I printed each month out and then bound together with my Zutter, but you could easily create another binding mechanism with a hole punch and twine or a binding ring.

Day 3: Free Art Calendar

Now all I need to do is write all of my family’s upcoming events on the calendar and hang it on the wall.

In case you didn’t read my first blog post about this project . . . this post is part of a 31 day challenge I am doing to bring more creativity, stories and solutions to my life.  I have been using my creativity almost exclusively for work in the recent past and for the month of January I will creating things for my personal life, talking about them and taking pictures.  I would love input from readers as to which project you enjoy the most and if I get enough comments on one particular project I’ll turn it into a tutorial after the 31 day challenge of crafting, stories and solutions is over.  So please let me know what you like!

by:jen

31 Day Challenge: Crafting, Stories and Solutions

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

I started my first small business 9 years ago called, Knot Ugly Designs and then DIY Lounge, 6 years ago.  Both businesses came out of a need for me to share my creativity or support other people’s creativity.  Long before I was a professional artist/crafter I was a super crafty kid.  I was the type who always received craft kits for every Birthday and Christmas.  I rarely followed the instructions or patterns.  I regularly skipped school to sew on my mother’s sewing machine, while she was at work and I was a self taught knitter and crocheter by the age of 8 years old.  My creativity was always a source of fulfillment, excitement and at particular times in my life it’s been very grounding to me.

Ironically, I spend very little time making things that aren’t for work these days.  I was thinking about this for a good portion of last year, “Why don’t I make more things for myself and for my family anymore?”  I have the skills, but lack the time as well as not seeing creating for myself as a priority. This is why I am doing this project.  For the month of January I am “sticking with the one who brung me” (an old saying my Grandpa used to say).    31 days of crafting, stories and solutions.

Why crafting stories and solutions?  Well, when I think of the root or the beginning of my sense of myself as a creative person I think of my Grandmother.  She always supported my creativity.  When I was 9 I started making these dolls and stuffed animals with clothing, painted eyes, hand stitched noses and generally they were very detailed.  My Grandmother would freak out about my skills and creative ideas, as no two creations were the same.  She would even pay me to make dolls and would give them to friends, family, etc.  She loved to tell stories and to this day I think she is one of the best story tellers I’ve ever heard – funny, dramatic, expressive and totally entertaining.  When I think of my youth, I think of making things with and for my Grandmother, while she told stories.  Those were good times.

The solutions piece has been a mainstay throughout my life.  I have always needed creative solutions.  My family was extremely poor when I was a child.  We didn’t own a car.  I didn’t always get new school clothes or other essentials.  If I needed something I made it myself or made something to sell and bought it myself.   When I was 12 and my best friend got a new bedroom set: blanket, sheets, curtains and fancy pillows.  I wanted one too so I asked for 3 flat sheets and one fitted sheet for my Birthday.  I made an entire bedroom set out of these, recovering my own blanket and it turned out beautiful.  I didn’t have batting for the decorative pillows so my Grandmother, who was a product of the depression, gave me the cotton from hundreds of pill bottles that she had saved for years.  Sure, the pillows were a little bumpy, but I had something I wouldn’t have had otherwise.

Fast forward to now, I have these skills that I have had for most of my life, which I’m not using in my personal life anymore, so for this month I will be making 1 thing per day that is a creative solution in my life, taking a picture of it, talking about it, telling a story if I have one and living inside my crafting rather than putting my crafting outside of my personal life only using it for work.  There are so many projects that I have been wanting to sink my teeth into and now, finally I am making the time.  Some projects will be straight up craft projects and others will be more in the vein of creative organization solutions.

I would love input from readers as to which project you enjoy the most and if I get enough comments on one particular project I’ll turn it into a tutorial after the 31 day challenge of crafting, stories and solutions is over.  So please let me know what you like!

January 1st, 2010: Image Transfer Cards

Here are some cards that I made that I can give to friends and family on upcoming Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc.  It’s a photo transfer process that you can make with your home inkjet printer, inkjet transparencies, gel medium and a brayer.  There are tons of other transfer processes out there, but I like this one for it’s antiqued look.

by: jen