My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #829: Building Pattern Packets

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-25-2012 10:48 AM 1556 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally got my wish. When I awoke this morning, it was crisp and cool outside. Just how I like it.

It seems that finally the autumn season has arrived here in Nova Scotia, and for that I am very happy. Perhaps the stickiness and humidity of this weekend was the last song of summer, and from now on these cool temperatures would be the norm. At least for a while.

As I sit here and write this morning, I have a blanket AND a kitty on my lap (Pancakes) and I believe we are both very content. I know I am and he certainly seems to be too. It has been a while since we have been able to snuggle like this and I admit that I have missed it. I find a great deal of comfort in having a purring kitty nearby. It is calming and very pleasant.

I spent the day yesterday doing a variety of things and working on the new patterns. It was time for me to sort through my many paints and finishes and so some organizing. Some of the bottles that I had were items that DecoArt had discontinued and I wanted to be certain to pull them out of my regular stock. In the past, I have accidentally used colors or products that were no longer available and you could probably imagine the confusion that it caused. I try to cross check things every once in a while just to make sure that I am keeping up and no longer recommending a product that is not being made. DecoArt is a large company, and it is introducing new products all the time. It is understandable that as they bring in new items, they drop items that are not selling well. This is just part of good business. But with all the new products that I am experimenting with, I want to be sure that what I am using is current, and I found that it is best to check. I want to be sure that my customers can obtain what I am recommending in my patterns.

I also worked quite a bit on the current pattern packets for the new designs. While doing this, I found myself on YouTube watching several tutorials for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. I use Illustrator for all the line work and drawing of my patterns, and Photoshop for the presentation and photographs used. It always fascinates me how deep and involved those programs can be, and their capabilities are amazing. I often find myself on YouTube looking for an answer to just one question, and then getting ‘sucked in’ as other tutorials are suggested. I LOVE learning that kind of stuff and the improvements that are made with using the techniques on my pattern packets are amazing. It is definitely a good part of the process. But it does take time and it is difficult not to go off on a tangent. (But is learning something new ever really bad? I think not!)

So today will be a continuation of the process. I had much positive feedback regarding the project I featured in yesterday’s post and I will also be working on the packet for that so I can get it up on the site. Many times writing the instruction packet takes much longer than creating the project itself, as I try to be a thorough as possible. I try however to make very detailed instructions so that all levels of skill can enjoy the projects. It just takes time.

So my post here is a bit short today, and I fear not very interesting. But soon there will be more new designs and hopefully some good things to come. I have lots in the works and can’t wait to share them with you.

Until then, I wish you a happy day. Enjoy the season.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 09-25-2012 11:14 AM

Yes, I love those cool mornings also.

I use a number of programs like photo shop, or dreamweaver on a regular basis.

We maintain a subscription to a company called I think it’s about 30.00 a month, but they have professionals tutorials on just about every program you coiuld think of. And they are very good. I think there was like 12 housr of dreamweaver videos, just in one series.

For anyone that needs to learn a program in depth, not just scratch the surface, but to master it, they really help.

Have a good day.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-25-2012 11:31 AM

Yes, these tutorials are really a help. I don’t think I will ever live long enough to master even a fraction of Photoshop and Illustrator. They are so full and deep and are quite amazing. But we do know the basics, and from there, you can build in any direction you choose, to suit your needs. I enjoy learning so much with these. It is a great accomplishment to see the results of these lessons come to be and real world application of the processes they teach. I suppose I will never stop being a student!

I wish you a great day Lee! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 09-25-2012 03:24 PM

youtube is a horrible time sync for me… any link there means at least half an hour beyond the linked video!

lovely autumn ‘tiles’!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 09-25-2012 03:27 PM

Tell me about it Ned! Keith and I both call it a “sink hole” because we go there for one thing and two hours later we are trying to remember why we were there in the first place! Too much temptation to stay on track sometimes! ;)

Have a good one!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 09-25-2012 08:47 PM

yaa the autumn seems to have arived here too with the usual rain .. rain .. rain … and rain :-(
not the best time of the year to use a scraber and sandpaper outside on a wooden house
wet sandpaper glogg up faster than I can reniew a piece ….but an ordre is an ordre
and I have something to spend the time with even though its feeling freezing cold
when the wind comes in from the baltic sea with 15 m / s …... and no help from going inside
to get a cup of coffee …. the house ain´t with any heat source …... Brrrrrr :-(
yaa maybee a little negative sound on my comment today …. but I have found muscles
I didn´t knew I had in my arms …... LOL
they finely managed to use the handyman …. LOL …. its nice to feel being needed by some :-)
and oh boy do that wooden house need to be repainted yesterday
I hope I can be fast enoff with the sandpaper and scaper so I have time to reneiw the parts
that have got rotten the windows need a big make over but that have to wait to spring
I consider to use a few weekends of my sparetime at that time to help them out with it
at this moment the house looks a little werd since I have had to chance sanding area
all the time depending on how the rain comes with the springing wind :-)

it will takes 4 -6 weeks before we can begin to see the leafs fade to colours here

enjoy your walkings in the forrest … I know how much you like the colours :-)

take care

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#6 posted 09-26-2012 03:31 AM

A beautiful warm Fall day here in BC. Our Maples are going to be spectacular colour this year if this sunshine keeps up.
I’m with you Sheila on the time spent on the Adobe tutorials! That is one of my Winter projects – learn more on Illustrator!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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