Monthly Archives: May 2012

Instantly in love…

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…with Instagram.

That’s how I felt about two weeks ago when I entered the 21st century and began using my very own iPhone. One of the first things I did to make it my own was download several apps – of course Facebook, Twitter and Words With Friends were first on my list. But ever since my friends have begun adding filters to their photos on Instagram and then posting them to Facebook, I’ve been intrigued with the whole concept.

So, needless to say, the Instagram icon soon found its way to the home screen on my iPhone.

Put simply, it’s cool to see photos with different filters – “Rise,” “Sierra,” “Toaster” and “Walden” to name just a few. Instagram isn’t all about capturing photos of professional quality. It’s about the everyday spaces, places and faces we encounter and why they’re picture-worthy; why they’re worth sharing with our online friends and followers.

I’ll admit, I haven’t “Instagramed” many photos yet, but I don’t want to over-share. (In fact, I think two of the three photos I’ve posted on Instagram are pictures of cats. Surprising?) Looking ahead, when my Instagram album begins to fill up, I’ll be more interested in other uses of this app and it’s creations. I could print my photos and make a mini scrapbook. I could make a collage. I could put together some coasters with my favorite photos. I could frame them. And you could, too.

What do you like the most about Instagram? Have you tried to incorporated your filtered photos into other projects? Let me know what you’ve come up with – I’d love to hear about your ideas!

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Patterns, stamped.

completed thank you cardI didn’t waste much time between finishing classes, finals, graduating and starting a full-time job to start scrapbooking and making cards.

Lately I’ve made many cards with layered stamp patterns. It’s quick and easy to do, so it’s a convenient method for occasions that need multiple copies of cards, such as thank you notes for my recent graduation.

While it’s fun to mix and match patterned papers in scrapbook layouts and handmade cards, you can use stamps to imitate those looks in a new, yet vintage-looking, way.

Below I featured a how-to slideshow for some thank you cards I made last week. It demonstrates the stamped pattern effect I used. Enjoy!

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Transitioning

May 5, Kent State Commencement & Cinco de Mayo

They say college goes by fast.

And they weren’t kidding.

In a few short days, I’ll walk across the stage during Saturday morning’s commencement ceremony to mark the end of my unforgettable four-year experience at Kent State.

I’ll then join my family and friends for lunch and a cookout to celebrate our accomplishments – and a special holiday that happens to fall on the same day, Cinco de Mayo.

I’ll then make an appearance downtown at some point that evening. Weather permitting, maybe my fellow classmates and I will catch a glimpse of the supermoon, set to make its debut at 11:35 p.m.

So after spending a great deal of time on two high school graduation gifts this semester (with many more hours to come), I have nearly missed the opportunity to completely reflect on the fact that I’m graduating, too. (Not that I do not enjoy scrapbooking photos and memories for others!) I particularly think about my freshman and sophomore years, living in the dorms, spending meal plan money in the market on (un)healthy snacks and the occasional substantial meal. Then I reminisce about the four months I spent in England and other neighboring countries abroad as a University of Leicester student. Was that really two years ago?

Then I remember the beginning of my first internship and how little PR experience I had at that point. It’s amazing to think about all the writing and work samples I have completed within two internships since then and how that’s helped me land an entry-level position to begin later this month.

It seems like just yesterday when I anticipated moving into our apartment, decorating my new room with numerous photos of family and friends and then beginning the second half of my college career.

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PRSSA's 2011-2012 graduating senior officers

Reflecting on all the great experiences I’ve had with my three roommates, my PRKent classmates, the Kent friends I made during our semester abroad and many others, I realize I’m blessed to be surrounded by so many great people. They make me laugh, they make great travel companions, they share useful knowledge and experiences when I need advice and they’re all special to me for those reasons and more.

I’m so grateful to be where I am right now, and I have my Kent State experiences and opportunities to thank.

My parents, grandparents, professors, friends and relatives told me to enjoy these special four years of my life. And I’m confident to say that I couldn’t have asked for any better memories than what I now have to embrace for many years.

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