Friday, November 18, 2011

Reminiscing... I still tear up at this. =)

3.) Married? Tell us the story of how the question was popped.

Rodney was coming over but I decided to make a quick phone call to a real estate agent about a house that was built for me. Okay, that's an exaggeration but it's BLUE so it's perfect. lol. Anyway, I'm on the phone when Rodney shows up. I hand him a love note I had written for him the night before because my thoughts were racing and the only way I can sleep sometimes is to get them all out on paper. He reads it, smiles at me, then he writes his own note and leaves. The agent talks and talks then I finally get to hang up and read the note.

"Wait here. Don't leave the den. Await my text. No peeking out the window either. Love you =)"

Thank God the agent was long-winded because as most of you know, I'm a surprise spoiler. If I hadn't been on the phone, there's no way I would have had the patience to wait around for the text and I probably would have ruined the whole thing.

The text came and gave me permission to go to my car. I got to the driver's side and there was a piece of paper taped to the window with a big "C" on it that said "For Chrissy M. Lott" at the bottom. I opened it and thus began the greatest scavenger hunt and most romantic proposal of my life...

I called Rodney, as per instructed, only to realize I was going the wrong way in my excitement. The clue was leading me to a park we frequent.

When I got there, this is what I found:
This one led to Grassy Pond. By this time, I'm crying. I forgot to call until I was mostly there so Rodney starts freaking out and telling me to slow down and only drive 5 MPH. He finally gives me the go-ahead and I find this:

The swing got changed to the pier since it was empty. The pier had rose petals around a bench and another note taped to the bench.

As I was sitting, I heard Train playing from behind me. We don't just have a song. We have a band. Hey, Soul Sister gets louder and Rodney emerges with the last clue taped to his chest.
He explained how he didn't play Marry Me because he didn't think Train should ask the most important question, that he wanted to do it himself. He had a whole speech about things related to "T" such as Train and time and changing my last name and it was all super sweet but I don't remember much because we were both freaking out. (lol) Then he got down on one knee and proposed with a GORGEOUS blue topaz ring. 
(A. I hate diamonds. B. I love blue.)
It was perfect, just like him.

"Happily ever after to follow."

For his version, (including the incredible speech that I can't remember) check out our wedding website!




Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday #3 Paint.net

First of all, let me just give a shout-out to the creator of pretty much all the textures and layers I use, Jerry @ Shadowhouse Creations.
Secondly, if you don't have Paint.net already, that's what this tutorial is going to be using, so you can download it here.

Today, I'm going to show you how to make this in three layers. (Get excited!)
This is my favorite picture from our wedding day with our song lyrics imposed on top. Pretty spiffy, right?

Start out with a blank canvas. Pick your size. I'm going to do 800 x 600 pixels.


Add your image.  Optional: make your picture black and white.
(You may have to finagle it to fit your canvas.)



Next, find/type the words you want to add. I would recommend putting them in Notepad or Microsoft Word. You'll have to copy and paste lots of things and it's easier to keep it open in the background than to rewrite everything if you need the words again. (Trust me on this one!)


(I'm going to make the picture layer invisible by clicking the box beside the layer. It'll make it easier to see.)
Add a new layer by clicking on the green plus sign in your layers box. Click on the text tool. I chose Windsong size 48 for the first layer of words. Copy and paste the words into Paint.net. If it is super long, you'll have to manually add breaks or the words will run off the screen. Do this *AFTER* you choose the font you plan to use. Once you have the words set up the way you want, make them white by clicking on the color white in your color palette.



Add another layer for the smaller text. Click back on the color black and use the text tool to copy and paste your words again. This time, we're using the same font, size 14. After you set it up the way you want, make it white.
Make the background visible again by checking the box beside the layer. 
If all the words are lines up to your satisfaction, you're done.
If you need to adjust one of the layers, click on it and adjust accordingly. BE SURE that the layer you're trying to change is highlighted in blue in your layer box.

If you want to add textures, add a new layer and paste the image now. Play with the layer property by clicking on the property button in the layer box to see which one gives you the effect you want. 
(You can click on this image for the bigger version then save it to your computer to use it. Don't forget to go let Jerry know his work is AWESOME!)

I copied and pasted the above texture into a new layer, then changed it property to Color Burn, pressed 'ok' and VOILA!


Once you're done, flatten the image by going to Image then Flatten (Ctrl + Shift+ F) and save!

It seems like a lot of steps but it's really simple once you get the hang of it, promise! Experiment until you get what you want. You're not limited to a specific number of undoes with this program so have fun, go mad! I'm not expert but if you have any questions, leave me a comment or email me at ceelotyson@gmail.com and I'll do my best to help!



Because I love you guys so much, here's a little inspiration/background music while you work!
Train: Marry Me




I'd love to see what you guys come up with!!