Sparkle and Magic

dogs, humor, photography

Reindogs at the ready

Fayston, Vermont. With all the year in review images and best of the decade stories, I admit to feeling a bit less. We all know someone who asks how your weekend was only to tell you about how awesome his or hers was. Monday is synonymous with deflated.

I have a solution: Just add “Switzerland.” So when I say that I went shopping and skiing, I add “in Switzerland.” (If you’re already in Switzerland, your dinner and dancing was a pig roast luau and your hike was “in Hawaii.”) Photo editing apps make it easy to back up your story, so all you need is your smartphone to tell your tale.

Step one: Search for a stock photo of your dream destination. Save it. Just google “free stock photo Switzerland” or wherever to find one. I found the shot I used below on Pixabay.

Step two: Take a selfie. It doesn’t have to be good. But you should smile!

Step three: Open a photo editing and collage app like PicsArt or Photoshop Mix. Upload your selfie and follow the tutorial to remove the background. In PicsArt, you’ll be making a sticker; in Photoshop Mix, you’re working on a layer. Upload your destination photo as a background and there you are!

Lucy in Switzerland via Photoshop Mix

If you’re not feeling like jet-setting this weekend, then unplug. Literally. Close your device and put it down. Do not put it in your pocket – simply leave it on the counter. Grab the leash(es) and hook up your dog(s). Open the door. And go outside. See how the snow sparkles in the sunlight? So will you.

Here’s to a new year – and a new decade – of sparkle and magic.

Ps: If you create a layered shot, please send it to me. I’ll put it in my next post.

One thought on “Sparkle and Magic

  1. Looks like Lucy is enjoying the Matterhorn! Have a Merry Christmas! Loved your post!

    Sent from my iPad❄️🎁😇🌲🎄🎅🏼☃️

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