July 07, 2008

roll call

yep I'm still scrapping, but not as much as I'd like to. Life has been crazy busy. Hasn't the year just flown by?
It's encouraging to see that there are still a few 'die-hards' that visit my poorly neglected blog on a regular basis. Now that is commitment! Thank you, whoever you are. Can I call all you lurkers out of the shadows and do a roll call? Please leave a comment. I'd love to know who hasn't given up on me yet. :-).

Scrapping. Hmmm, other than my Buzz and Bloom assignments nothing much has been coming out of my hands lately. Which is a shame really as I do love creating so much. But a new venture has been taking up the little spare time that I have. More later.
I really love my latest Buzz and Bloom projects. Can't show you the most recent ones on my blog. You'll have to go here to see all my entries to the blog. But I can post projects from the last few months so here you go. (flood alert)
style folio to keep clipping in of things that inspire me and clock for my study:
couple of layouts:
reversed canvas (like a shadow box really) and a wall hanging:
guestbook I made for a work collegue's weekend house and layout about her orchard there.

Now for my new venture.
I have been a photo enthousiast for many years. There were times that the camera sat forgotten in a drawer but it would always find a way back into my hands again. I used to have a film SLR many years ago. Then the digital camera's came along and after saving for it I bought myself a "high-end" point and shoot that allowed some manual settings. But eventhough the picture quality was great I very quickly got frustrated with the enormous shutter delay on it, especially when using manual settings. For my 38th birthday I bought myself my first digital SLR, a Nikon D80, on a 3 years interest free deal. Yes I am still paying for it. The remaining balance is about the same as that camera now costs new... but that's the way it goes with electronics.
My interest in and passion for photography bloomed again and I started reading - LOTS. Oh how I love the internet. And I practised what I'd learned. And from there the idea of going 'pro' popped up again. An idea I'd toyed with, but never seriously persued, when still at uni.
I have just taken the first step towards my dream. I am portfolio building! I am exited and nervous at the same time. I have invested some money and endless hours of my time in this. I bought a pro lens second hand and the photographer I bought it from practically gifted me her old Fuji S3 Pro with it. And opportunity too good to pass up. Even my dad has pitched in an gifted me a flash. Thanks dad!
My new venture can be found here. Not totally sold on the name yet, Kaleidoscope Images, but without a name I couldn't move forward. The blogsite is a work in progress and I'll work on it to make it 'mine'. In due time I'll have to get a proper website but for now the free blog option will have to do. Tell me what you think okay?


At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

woohoo you go Marieke and good on you following your dream too!
I love your photos (and your LOs even more lol)

At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Beverley said...

Congrats on the new venture ... I'm sure you'll do great ... love your photos.

At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Angel Gurl said...

I check in from time to time go you on following your dream thats awesome!!

At 12:20 AM, Anonymous Kris said...

WTG with the new venture Marieke! I love your work.

At 12:03 AM, Blogger Charmaine said...

Hi there...i pop in now and again too:)
Fantastic on the photography....id love to do that too:)
off to check out your other blog

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Patrice~ said...

hey, Marieke.
just stopping by.
glad to see you're blogging!
you go girl with
your photography adventure!

At 10:54 PM, Blogger Mel said...

Fantastic, Marieke, I hope it is really successful. Good on you for chasing your dream!

At 11:40 PM, Blogger Miss Marple said...

Hallo Marieke

Hmmm...Dutch name...Jip en Janneke in your LOs? Are you dutch?

I am a dutch girl living in Germany...and stumbled over your blog...wish you all the best for your new venture!

Sunny regards - Irma

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good on you Marieke. Your photos are amazing. I check in every now and then too. Can't wait to follow your new photo blog. - Naomi

At 3:52 PM, Blogger nic said...

HI Marieke.
I've just visited the Marieke B site - gorgeous. That pic of Anabelle in the header is just amazing. Let me know if you are up this way, I'd love a photo shoot.
nice to catch up via your blog!

At 8:41 AM, Blogger Angela said...

Oooh, me too, I have you on my list of blogs from way back in Scrapcamp days! Your photos are amazing, I'm please to see you have gone 'pro', you'll do well. I'll have to make sure I catch up for a shoot if we are down that way.

At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Lynda said...

Marieke your layouts are awesome as usual!!!I hope you are having great school holidays.

At 5:04 AM, Anonymous sarah said...

wow! fantastic job on all of your work!

will def be coming back to check up on your blog. :)



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