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adventures in video blogshop

Poketo Video Blogshop Los Angeles

a few weeks ago, i grabbed my iPhone and canon DSLR and boogied downtown to cross a lingering item off of my to-do list: "learn how to shoot and edit video."

sure, i've fooled around with iMovie, but the most i ever did was set music to a 10-second video of a baby otter. needless to say, formal training was in order.

the first day of class was held at the land of all things awesome -- poketo. the instructors were the lovely and creative bri of blogshop and her talented (and patient) videographer boyfriend, arian of modshift. we learned how to pan, zoom and track (and more) using handheld camera techniques and a lot of "what would wes anderson do?" thought processes. 

we shot everything from facial expressions to sidewalk splatters, keeping in mind we would assemble our digital madness into an award-winning edited video the following day.

Notice of filming Los Angeles

IPhone video Blogshop

Poketo Orange bike bells

Blogshop Los Angeles Balloons Bri and Arian

the next day was a photoshop wonderland of video editing.

yes, the latest version of photoshop CS6 has video editing capabilities! being the photoshop groupie that i am, i knew this would be right up my alley.

bri and angela skillfully guided us through the steps and tricks to lay out video tracks, add music, use overlays, add fades, and use good ol' photoshop adjustment layers, masks, and effects. they even used videos they had created as examples and provided us with extremely helpful exercise files.

Video Blogshop class Los Angeles

and of course, there was a fabulous photo booth. behold, our glorious instructors!

Blogshop Los Angeles Photo Booth

and last, but not least, MY FIRST VIDEO!

cobbled together using the footage shot during our workshop at poketo, it's pretty silly, but was very fun to make. oh, and blogshop is holding a little contest, so if my video gets picked, i score a shiny new copy of CS6! i am currently on a trial version that expires in 12 days, so wish me luck.

finally, a big thank you to video blogshop, all of the other students, and poketo. new skills, new friends, and new inspiration -- who could ask for anything more?

photography by whorange.
Masked Ma'am

Halloween masks on vintage portraits by Danielle Thompson

make a masquerade mask for your favorite vintage miss, mrs., ma'am, or madam.

originally used as a DIY for halloween decorating, i think this treatment is fine for every day --especially when paired with a blonde bouffant.

DIY halloween masks on vintage portraits by Danielle Thompson

{learn how-to at design sponge.} {via tiffany mcleain.}

Turn IKEA Into I-CANDY with panyl



stick-and-play vinyl, decal-like panels from panyl bring a little pretty to your plain IKEA. panyl's got your swedish staples covered from the expedit and framstå to your ekby järpen and bestå tombo.

you can cut 'em up and get crafty, too. hackers, welcome.

{see all of the options at panyl's website.} {via babble.}

Turn IKEA Into I-CANDY with contact paper




the multi-talented jonathan lo of happy mundane transformed the IKEA enetri shelf (craigslist) and micke desk (69.00) into delicious I-CANDY by swathing them in faux-walnut contact paper.

see how he did it (and how you can, too!) here.

pants off, art up


when i'm not hanging my pants, i can hang my art.

get the skinny on pant poster hanger options at the desinger pad.




get crafty and lit!

learn how to turn a vintage toy camera into a nightlight here thanks to jayfish.

{via sodapop girl's pinterest.}

portrait packagin'




i'm truly digging this packaging -- photocopies of vintage peeps folded and taped around your presents.  tie it up with a string and pour yourself a cocktail.

easy to do thanks to something's hiding in here and miss martha stewart.

{via decor8.}

stripes and fluff



wrap it up stripey and decorate it fluffy.  learn how to do it here (bonus points if you read french!)

{via poppytalk.}

holiday craftastic



a wreath crafted from vintage velvet and owl ornaments forged from toilet paper rolls.

because you can...that's why.

{wreath via the always divine decor8.}

two words:



cupcake donuts.

that is all.

{learn how to make them at always with butter.}

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