Friday, February 17, 2012

Getting over iMovie fears!

Under Our Willow Tree

My fearlessness does not just apply to resin and power tools, it could also apply to software. We have an older version of iMovie and I can not say that it is easy to use! I wanted to take photos from my first Ice Resin photo tutorial and turn it into a slideshow with music. I thought it would be easy but getting timing right... Ugh! But, here is it:

I did it! My back hated every second of it but I did it. Learning software with a project in mind is the only way for me to learn. It keeps me focused and kind of gives me a deadline.

Finished Ice Resin Skull Pendant
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So even though my purple resin skull is not perfect, I did add some Pearl Ex powdered pigment, a purply one, to the surface which really brought out the back purple colour and created this stunning sheen. Then I varnished it and will be turning it into a necklace for myself today.

I have decided that I would like every day to be a little crafty. Once a week just isn't enough. Crafting this like this is helping me break through anxiety issues I have, makes me smile and laugh (which in February is quite the feat) and... I just love it. It is so much fun.

Every time I wear this pendant, it will remind me to not let fear keep me small.


Amanda said...

Girl you Rock! That's the only way I can learn something too, practical application.

Must-Have-Those-Skulls...I know just the girls to make those/buy those for. One of them gave me a scarf that color with silver scull & crossbones woven in.

How many can you make at one time and how much would you charge me for them?

Jamie Ridler Studios said...

Awesome!! Suzie, you really are a fearless crafter - I'd even say a fearless creator!

I'm curious. What does the skull feel like? Is it smooth? Rubbery?

I loved watching your video. I learn through doing projects as well. You're inspiring me to get on YouTube!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Your video is great! Love the song too.

Suzie Ridler said...

Thank you so much Amanda! I really appreciate the encouragement and I am getting closer to re-opening my Etsy store. :) I could probably make five at a time and I would charge $15 each + a flat shipping charge of $5. Let me know what you think!

Thanks Jamie! I'm trying to be fearless all the time. The skull is a hard plastic when it is done, not rubbery at all, quite smooth and with the varnish, nice and shiney.

You can totally do YouTube Jamie! The hard part is getting over the intimidation of being "out there" I suppose.

So glad you like it Debra! I just knew I had to use that song, I love it.

AvaDJ said...

It looks like the making of both your pendant and video took alot of patience and talent. Both turned out magically beautiful! The song is just so perfect, it's really you Suzie!

Suzie Ridler said...

Oh thank you so much Ava! :) I'm glad you like both. I have to give Jamie credit, she gave me that CD for Christmas and the other one I have. The Weepies are keeping me sane, a kind of musical therapy if you will to go along with my crafts therapy, LOL.

Olivia said...

I'm so glad you persisted with the purple skull, Suzie. It came out great!

I like your video of combining pictures with video, too.

I too find it really hard to learn new software--really stress-inducing--but OHSOGOOD when you finally get it! xoO

Suzie Ridler said...

Olivia, thank you so much and I'm very glad I didn't give up on the pendant too. I am just in the middle of finishing it and should have a necklace by tomorrow, just for me! :) Glad you enjoyed the video, I tried to keep it simple and clear (no pun intended). Oh yes, learning software can be so brutal. I kept reminding myself that I felt the same way about Photoshop and now I'm totally OK with it. That helped and it's nice to know I am not alone with this challenge!