This is my entry for the latest template challenge. Nancy, how fitting and how perfect that you chose to honor our dear Pattie by selecting one of her Speed Byte templates for the challenge.

Pattie's sudden passing shocked and saddened me. It seemed inexplicable that someone so vibrant and energetic and so much larger than life could be taken so quickly. We'd never met in real life, but like so many of you, through her classes, her own pages, her comments on my pages and in our all-too-infrequent email exchanges, I felt I'd made a friend. The tribute pages made by the CT Members and the comments left for her in the forum brought tears to my eyes and an ache to my heart. She was one of a kind and I will miss her sparkling presence here at DD.

The page story is this...

In making a page for the template challenge, I wanted to find a way to highlight some of what Pattie taught me in her classes. One of my all-time favorite classes of hers was the Digital Techniques for Art Journaling series, and one of my favorite lessons in that series was how to use Photoshop filters to give a photo a cartoon-like appearance. I've used that particular technique over and over again, especially if I have a photo that I like but whose, um, qualities (yeah, that's what we'll call them...) might be lacking in some way (blurry, overexposed, etc.) Such is the photo on this page, a photo I took while in New York City some years ago. A friend and I were in NYC on holiday, away from family and jobs for six whole days. It was glorious! Smile (Mr. Squeak, if you are reading this, I meant that in the best possible way! Smile ) On our first full day of sightseeing we went to the American Natural History Museum, and one of our favorite exhibits there was the dinosaur exhibit. We collected the usual sorts of photos of us with the dinosaurs, but when I saw these two young girls standing in front of a T. Rex, waiting for their daddy to take their picture, I couldn't get my camera out fast enough. Seriously, is this not the cutest pose ever? Smile You can't see it at all in the picture, but Rexie (as he is known to his nearest and dearest friends--yeah, he and I are tight like that!) was enclosed in a glass case, so his chompers were not as close to the girls as they appear here. Because they were young children, I knew they wouldn't stand still for long, so I just started clicking away and managed to get one half-way decent shot. The subject matter lends itself well to Pattie's cartoon technique, and so here we are.

Journaling on the page reads:
"The dinosaur exhibit at the AMNH was just so much fun. We took several pictures of ourselves, of couse, posing with those fantastical creatures, but one of my favorite shots was of these two little girls standing in front of a T. Rex. From our perspective it looked as though the girls were mere seconds away from becoming a dino snack! After seeing how cute this photo turned out (the wonders of digital photography that we could look at it immediately!) we ran to catch up with the girls and their parents, to see if they might like a copy. Alas, we lost them in the crowd...or maybe the dinosaur finally caught up with them!"

Cassie Jones
How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows
Laying It All Out No. 04: Extractions with Dimension

Pattie Knox
Absolutely Acrylic Chevrons
Brad Bonanza No. 01: Digital Fasteners
Speed Byte No. 024 (dinosaur head in the page title)
Speed Byte No. 098
Sunshine and Summertime Kit
Tropical Christmas Mini Kit

Katie Pertiet
Grungy Ledger Grids Brushes and Stamps

Mindy Terasawa
STOMP! Stickers

Fonts: Criticize (cartoon caption on photo), VT Portable Remington (journaling), Wicked Scary Movie (page title)

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