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Just recently my husband and I traveled to New Orleans with our dear friends, Grant and Anne Barnby.  I grew up in Louisiana so New Orleans is a place I’ve frequently visited.  My husband and I have also been quite a few times but our travel partners have never seen The Crescent City. This would be quite a different place than we’ve ever traveled together to. The road trip started out different and was fun and we saw lots of rain along I-10 thru south Texas and south Louisiana.  We loved it as we don’t see much rain in north Texas.  If we could only have piped it back up to our drought stricken area.  During our trip we  had many cameras in play.  I had my trusty BIG Nikon and Grant had his Canon.  I also had a smaller waterproof Olympus camera that works well in the rain but has a bit of a lag while taking pictures (it’s almost 10 years old now).  The waterproof one came in handy at St. Louis Cemetery #3 when the sky opened up and the rain came down! Then of course all 4 of us had our phone cameras in use.  The iPhone is my camera of choice for pictures at restaurants as waiters never have to be instructed on how to use it. There’s a big difference in photo taking now too.  I use my phone all the time. It’s small and convenient and always nearby.  After having beignets and Cafe Au Lait at Cafe Du Monde, shrimp etouffee, gumbo, BBQ shrimp, creamed spinach, Crawfish Jambalaya, alligator sausage-which I’ve never had and has quite a different taste-and pralines at Aunt Salley’s we fit in tours that took us around the Garden District, French Quarter, the 9th ward where so much damage from Hurricane Katrina is still evident and the Barataria Swamp.

When I got home with all my interesting photos I started playing with layouts.  I tried different fonts as one of my favorite things on a page is the title.  Believe it or not, out of all my fonts (and I have a few thousand) I just couldn’t find one that represented the flavor of New Orleans. Oh, I found plenty I liked but none just quite right.  Then I remembered I haven’t used Alphasets in quite awhile. I started browsing thru them and realized we have a lot more alphasets now that the many talented new designers in the Panstoria Store are adding so much content.  There are over 250 choices of alphasets. I found one I like the shape of as it looked like the mood of New Orleans.  It wasn’t the color I wanted but decided to use it anyway and adjust the color  in Artisan software. The colors now match the mood of Mardi Gras and are colors seen all over the city.  Now that I’ve used this alphaset on my page I think I’ll be using more of them.  There are so many great choices and so many that already coordinate with digital kits I use. I had so much fun trying something different on my page.

I had a fantastic trip and now when I look back on those layouts I can feel the atmosphere and mood of “The Big Easy” and the special time we spent with friends.

Mary Artisan software by Panstoria digital scrapbooking laiyoutsnew orleans pixels2Pages digital scrapbooking layout Artisan by Panstoria


The layout shows the alphaset recolored and underneath is what it looked like before recoloring.  I love these colors but they didn’t work with my page.  This alphaset is from “By The Sea Add on Pak” by Cottage Arts.

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5 Responses to Blog: Try Something Different

  1. Steve Silvis says:

    One more spell check. If I may be permitted. When the church tower fell “losing it’s Spanish architecture” rather than “loosing it”. Sorry I just couldn’t resist. Great page by the way. I’ve already forgotten how to do the whole process creating the negative photo. Hope to see you next time you are here in Portland.

  2. sistersunshine says:

    Small spell check… first word… were…. should it be Where? NOL is one place I’d like to visit. *U* Kathleen

  3. gayneal says:

    Thanks for the reminder about alphasets! Great job recoloring! You kept the wonderful 3-D and jelly aspects while making it Mardi Gras colors.

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