After finding a copper vessel for my dearly departed dog Red's ashes last week, I ventured out to Collage (1639 NE Alberta St., 249-2190, collageonalberta.com) for supplies. This tiny store is pure crafting madness. It's hard to remain focused when inspiration hits you like a truck, but I managed to get the job done. I decided to use images of Red in a collage/paper-quilt situation and somehow incorporate her tag. I loaded my basket with an assortment of crafty stuff: Diamond Glaze (water-based dimensional adhesive), acrylic gel, buttons, paper, paint, brushes, metal brads, a hole-punchy thing, ribbons, and, of course, glitter.
The first step: Selecting images. It took an hour to rifle through photo albums and compile a stack of photographs dating back to puppy-hood. I initially selected 75 photos, knowing I would have to veto most of my picks in the end. I shuffled through the stack a second time, trying to capture every aspect of Red's personality in an array of her favorite places. I ended up with 34 snapshots, each in need of some serious photo-shopping.
My friend Kathy was happy to lend her fancy computer and scanner to this end. Being considerably green in the realm of computer technology, I planned on emailing myself the files. Once she stopped laughing, Kathy lent me her "thumb-drive"— a portable hard-drive, basically, for computer twits like me that enables you to send huge files without killing your computer. It took an hour to scan the images and prepare them for transport.
Back at home I plugged the "thumb-drive" into my "usb port" (not as sexy as it sounds) and the images magically appeared on my desktop. It took three hours to crop, re-size, and print the photos. I made them each between 1" and 2.5" in either direction. The downfall of not knowing much about Photoshop is that I couldn't prevent each tiny image from printing on a full sheet of paper. This was incredibly wasteful – what would Al Gore say? It took another hour to trim the photos using a straightedge and rotary-blade.
Armed with a stack of tiny images (of the sweetest dog in the world), a toolbox of crafting paraphernalia, and a copper can, I was ready to build Red's final sanctuary.
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