Memories on a Swing

Grandma Kc wrote this on July 11th, 2012 10 Replies

Early this year my blog buddy Lisa over at Grandmas Briefs did a post about looking forward to 2012 and posing the question…

“What’s the one word you hope defines 2012?”

You should read it, it will really make you think. My word was “Rewound”. I wanted to go back to doing all the things that I used to love to do and that until recently I haven’t had the time to do or at least that was the excuse I kept giving myself.

As I told Lisa, I desperately wanted to go back to being more like the person I was 5 years ago. I needed to get out of my rut and get back to being the old me. The me who reads, who learns, who keeps a cleaner home, who walks, who plays in her garden… so many things. I wanted to rewind me and seven months into 2012, I think I am getting there.

One of the things I really wanted to do was spend more time playing with Photoshop! When Amara was little I spent hours using Photoshop to play with pictures of her. I used to love to do things like make her hair purple! One of my favorite Amara/Photoshop projects was “Memories on a Swing”. There are two versions and it incorporated lots of pictures of Amara and all of them taken by me on her swing set. Making them was fun and I just love that Jenna has framed them and has them hanging in her entryway on her wall of photos!

Be sure to click on the pictures and make them larger so that you can be truly overcome by her cuteness!

Memories on a Swing

These are the two I did in August of 2006

Memories on a Swing

So when I decided I wanted to do something cool in Photoshop, I thought it would be really fun to create a current “Memories on a Swing” project — before she completely outgrows that swing set. In the originals, all of the photos were taken on her old swing set before she turned three. This project would cover the next 5 years of pictures on her new swing set — the one we got for her 3rd birthday! Best investment ever!

It took me days just to go through all of my photos of Amara. I loved all the memories going through those pictures brought me but it was very difficult to choose. My only criteria was that I took them on her swings so there were a ton of really cute ones! Finally I picked out 25 of my favorites from each year. I couldn’t narrow it down any further. I decided to just do three different versions and include them all! I had a blast and here are the end results! Don’t forget to click and make them bigger!

Memories on a Swing

Memories on a Swing

Memories on a Swing

Just had to share! Isn’t she gorgeous?

This post has been linked to Mosaic Monday.

10 thoughts on “Memories on a Swing

  1. Judy

    What a great remembrance of a beautiful young lady, and congratulations for a photoshop project well done. There are lots of us grandmas who take pictures but probably very few can work magic with photoshop. Pat yourself on the back and put it in the positive column of your rewind project. My daughter can use photoshop but I can’t because of no experience with it. Now, if we lived closer, you could teach me and maybe I have some skill I could share.

  2. Joyce

    Well I basically agree with Judy….”if we lived closer, you could teach me”!!! – even though I did learn the linking process from far away with your scholarly tutorials! Anyway, all I do now with Photoshop is admire those who can make it work, and you are an excellent example of someone who can do that! Your library of memories on the swing with Amara is so beautiful, not only because SHE is, of course, but because of your presentation. You have showcased her beauty and the way she has grown up so gracefully in a lovely way. Everytime I read one of your posts I am always left with the feeling that if every child had the love that Amara does, this would be a different world – it would truly be “heaven on earth”.

  3. Kimberly

    Good for you! We do get in a rut sometimes don’t we. I fear I stop being much fun and I don’t like that. I haven’t ever tried Photoshop, but that is such a wonderful way to be able to put some favorites on one page. Like you, I have so very many favorites. And I’m with you, I couldn’t pick among the cuteness.

  4. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    You are so incredible, Kc! I envy your ability to pick up on Photoshop and all things techy. I *love* the project and all the swing photos. Such a great idea…and such a sweet and beautiful subject.

    Thank you so much for the shout out. (And thank you for directing me here when I’ve really stunk at my rounds again!)


  5. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    Oh, I forgot to tell you: You inspired me to get on to I asked for a subscription for my birthday and one of my daughters provided a month’s worth of learning. I plan to learn to be better with my camera and better with Photoshop in that month. Now I just need to find the time for all that self improvement! 🙂

  6. Sandy

    I’m so glad you are able to slow down and do all those things you love doing. I need to do more of that myself!

    You really do have an amazing gift for photography and I’m glad you’re sharing it with us!! I love love love that photo of Amara where everything is black and white, except for her beautiful blue eyes. Gorgeous!!

  7. Debra

    NOT ONLY is she gorgeous but the photos are too. I would love to learn to do this in photoshop one day. I don’t HAVE photoshop and have wondered off and on about getting it at some point…you should post some of this on Mosaic Monday, where your story must have a mosaic or collage. I just fool around in picasa to make mine real quick but this is ART…everyone will be drooling!

  8. Connie

    Oh my goodness such beautiful pictures! Yes, I’m with the other grandmas and I’m jealous because I just don’t ‘get’ Photoshop. Even took a class and still I don’t get it. We need to be bumped out of our ruts from time to time, and being creative is so satisfying isn’t it?


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