I’ve been absent from blogging so long and for the next few months postings would be less. I hope I’d be forgiven..
Main reason for my laziness and blogging absence? I’m expecting a baby!! And right now, I’m on my end of my last trimester and it has been a roller coaster journey for me. Mostly journey to the bathroom with my nausea and incontinence.
So I kinda prepping up my foam cushions for the next few months and taking it easy. Of course, I will still occasionally blog but not as often as before.
Wish me luck! And a safe pregnancy!!
I know I’ve been such a slacker in the blogging and designing for scrapbooking front. I’m was simply swamped with work so no time to play and be creative.
However, by the end of this week, I’m going to be getting a lot more free time. Woohoooo!!! And I’m soo looking forward to designing again and hopefully we’ll be having our regular freebies here.
As for now, I’m featuring an awesome resource for scrapbookers!!! If you’re like me, and you are obsessed with cute scrapbooking fonts, you’d love this – Miss Tiina’s free fonts and dingbats!!
Gorgeous, aren’t they? I LOVE handwriting fonts, they add a stunning, personal and handmade touch to a scrap design.
They are free for Personal Use only. Be mindful of the designers TOR, if you want to use it for commercial use, then check out other licenses. She also have a lovely collection for ‘Pay Fonts’
I know I’ve been rather lacking in scrapbooking freebies lately. I’ve been doing a web host move for my websites and also has been focusing on designing websites. So let’s just say I’ve been rather up to my neck with things to do. So yeah, no time for me to play around, not even to look for great yamaha snare carrier at wwbw. But such is the life of a freelancer.
I’ve also mentioned a few posts ago that I’ve started my own graphic and web design studio Azure Studio, so I’ve been preoccupied much. Anyway, while I was making mock up and PSD designs for web, I’ve been looking out for really sleek and subtle patterns. Either I make it myself or find a good resource where I could download some. I was really hoping to find a nice resource site because this will cut down a lot of work to do.
And thankfully, I found Subtle Patterns. And yeah, I fell headlong into love with their massive collection of really subtle and clean patterns that is simply perfect for web design. They are also fabulous for overlaying scrapbooking elements to achieve a subtle grunge or paper look.
Check them out. Patterns are free so have fun. This is one free design resource that I would recommend to be bookmarked.
The options for validating your Fusion skills and knowledge through Oracle are extensive. In fact, there are nine separate exams for documenting your expertise in working with this platform. Fusion Financials, Procurement, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Human Capital Management (HRM), and Supply Chain Management (SCM) are all among the modules in which Oracle certification is available.
In the Financials area, you can test in receivables, payables, and GL, but completing the 1Z0-506, 1Z0-507, and 1Z0-508 exams. Each of these exams is associated with an Implementation Specialist Certification and is also applicable to the Oracle Partner Network Specialist level certification program.
Other exams associated with Fusion include the following:
- 1Z0-470 – Procurement 11g Essentials
- 1Z0-456 – CRM 11g Sales Essentials
- 1Z0-472 – CRM 11g Incentive Compensation Essentials
- 1Z0-584 – HCM 11g HR Essentials
- 1Z0-585 – HCM 11g Talent Management Essentials
- 1Z0-469 – Distribution Order Orchestration 11g Essentials
Regardless of which are of the Fusion platform certifications you determine will serve your professional development best, you want to ensure you are successful in undertaking your Oracle certification exam(s). Preparation for testing is the only way to accomplish your goals. Even if you are familiar with the platform from working in the field, you will still want to hone your skills and ensure you are fully versed in the testing subject matter before registering for and sitting for your exam(s).
Self study activities and online tutorials are beneficial components of your exam preparation plans. So are exam engine resources and practice tests made available through sites like examtrace.com (click here). Oracle offers some formal training opportunities, but these are only typically available to Oracle Partner Network (OPN) members, and many still decide to balance their studies by employing the use of additional learning programs and study initiatives as well.
I blog a lot. Not just on this blog but I have a multitude of blogs. And among those number of blogs I have a photo blog (JustLui) and also a personal travel/lifestyle blog (LuiinPenh). And these blogs require me to do my fair bit of photo editing.
Truly, photos add much more to even the simplest blog post. Especially on a travel site, people would of course, like to see, what you saw. So sharing photographs is one way of engaging your readers.
The downside to this is that photo editing can be time consuming, especially if you have a series of posts to do. Believe me, sometimes I think I would prefer counting rivet nut by the hundreds than doing photo edits. I don’t like batch editing, I prefer to look at each and see what edits I need to do.
Anyway, to cut short my time for basic editing, I’ve been making action sets. These are just really simple edits like sharpening and defining, softening the tone, a bit of blur and some color overlays.
Here’s the my first PS Photo Enhance Action Set.
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This is free to use. Personal or commercial. No need to credit me if you use it. I only ask you to please don’t redistribute this on other website. If you want to share this freebie, please send your friends over here to download.
Designing for me all started just out of curiosity. Since I was in college, I had been fascinated with designing using computer and software, but I also stopped myself from trying it because I thought you’d need to study designing in school to be good at it.
BUT that belief was shattered when I started blogging and needed a few graphics for the sites I was making. I decided to learn using Photoshop and Illustrator by reading ‘guide books’ with not much success at all. Halfway through those books, I gave up and decided I’ll just wing it. So I opened the computer programs and commenced playing. And what do you know, the more you play, experiment, the more you learn. Now I simply turn to the books and tutorials when I find some things that are challenging.
Some friends suggested I turn this into a business but I was hesitant coz I fear I’m not that good yet. But when will I ever be good enough? So I decided to take the plunge, after all I’ve been taking on some graphic design work for friends for a few years now.
Anyhow, I’m forming my own design studio, its going to be called Azure Studio. Azure because I like the color, and the word sounds like an assurance of a competent job and Studio because I also fancy the word. It’s still a baby, I don’t even a website yet, or a portfolio. But I intend to publish more freebies there like banners, logo designs, templates for flyers and more. And of course, I’ll be open for custom graphics work.
Right now, I’m dipping my toes on freelance design work and I’m trying out Freelancer.com and I’m enjoying the challenge of bidding and joining contests there. The latest contest I joined was a whimsical logo for a yogurt company and here’s my entry. It was rejected (hahaha!) but I quite enjoyed the process of making it.
Anyway, if you know anyone looking for a graphic artist, please send them my way. I can be reached using the contact form in this site. <3
Things had been pretty hectic for me the past few weeks. Mostly work and travel all crammed in my limited time. Also have some visitors and of course, I’m obliged to show them around the city. Thankfully, most of them just want to see normal sights and no one wants to buy pricey guitars like last time when I had a visitor who was looking for something like affordable line 6 keyboard at guitar center. That would be pretty hard on moi, right?
So now, I’m all shopped and traveled out. I never thought I’d see the day I’d say, time out from shopping and going around. But seriously I need a break. I’m so so behind my work schedules, some writing gigs have expired and I lost track of where I am now in some of the web projects I was working on prior to all this brouhaha.
Today, I scheduled a visit to the spa and had an hour and a half foot reflexology. It was heaven, and the therapist was marveling at how rock hard my calf muscles were. Lol. I also did a 40 minute session of power yoga and boy! did it feel so good. It’s really just so nice to set aside some time to take care of one self, right?
So tomorrow, I’m pretty sure I’m all ready to catch up and make up for the lost time.