Monday, September 22, 2014

1917 Twins - Papou and Cissy

Papou, Harry's dad, and Cissy, Harry's aunt, were twins. When they were babies, Papou would finish his bottle first and then grab Cissy’s and drink hers, too.


All materials by Syndee Nuckles: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe Collection Biggie; One, Two, Buckle My Shoe Paper Mini; Value Pack: Chalkboard; ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Shadow Me 6301

This layout was posted in both the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking newsletter and on the Scrap Girls blog.

Sue

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Artistic Freedom

I created this page in order to step outside my comfort zone, and I definitely did that!


Durin Eberhart: Gesso 2 Paper; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Emboss and Engrave Super Biggie; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Lighting Effects; Free stock images; Photoshop Elements filters and styles; Fonts: Caviar Dreams, Crazy Rascals; Poem and imagination by me.

I created this page for the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Art Journal Chat and Crop to create a page about artistic freedom.

Artistic Freedom
There is no right way;
there is no wrong way. 

There is no best;
there is no worst. 

I am free to choose,
and that is right.

Sue

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Color Run

The 5K Color Run wasn't for world peace or any other "worthy" cause. You just got splattered with paint as you ran! I think Sara, Steven, John and Kristine had fun.


Doris Castle: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Swoosh
Cindy Rohrbough: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Painterly 1
Cindy Rohrbough: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Painterly 2
Scrap Girls Freebies:
   GWH_RubADubDub_Emb_Clip-YellowSpecial
   MPE_PocketLife_CM_Spec2 LLO_LoomRain_Emb_Special1_CharmSPEC
   SNU_JIF6_School_IsAHoot_PprSPEC
Photoshop Elements filters and styles
Fonts: Arial, Cooper Black

I created this page for the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking 9/19 Friday Freebie Challenge.

Sue

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Finger Lickin' Good

Calvin is so adorable in this photo taken by his Aunt Becca.  Look at those big baby blues!


Scraplifted from layout by Angie Briggs; Elisha Barnett: Homebody Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Chambray Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Back Porch Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Hello Baby Embellishment Biggie; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Emboss and Engrave Super Biggie

I created this page for the 9/16 Sketch Tuesday post here on the Scrap Girls blog.

Sue

Monday, September 15, 2014

My Favorite Teacher

“What do you need, beans to make you go?” More than three decades later, I still remember the phrase my high school band director used to encourage our band to follow his baton as he upped the tempo. Mr. Melichar was passionate about music and you had to work hard to be in his band. In addition to the daily rehearsals during school and personal practice sessions at home, there were afternoon and/or evening rehearsals added as we prepared for concerts. Band was more like a team sport than a school subject. Mr. Melichar expected excellence from his students, and we tried to make him proud.

The most memorable concerts were the POPS concerts, usually held six times over two weeks. We would perform popular music, band music, and orchestral scores rewritten for band interspersed with short humorous skits. POPS concerts also included one short musical, with band members as the cast, chorus and pit band. After each of these concerts, there would be a party, and Mr. Melichar would be there, listening to all the audio tapes with us. The next day he would give us a page or two of closely typed notes on ways we could improve at the next concert.

Looking back now, I am glad I had a teacher that pushed hard and taught me to strive to succeed. Mr. Melichar gave us lessons for life wrapped in music.


Armi Custodio: School is Cool Collection; Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: Value Pack: School Rules; Brandy Murry: Periodic Table Alpha Biggie; Elisha Barnett: Bookshelf Collection Biggie; Syndee Nuckles: Scrap Pack: Learning Curve; Julie White: Playlist Collection

Sue

Thursday, August 21, 2014

An American in Paris

As I was looking through my dad's photos from his time in the Air Force, I realized he had saved both a photo of himself in Paris and a postcard he sent home from Paris.  Here there are.  I think this is so cool!


Brandy Murry: The Bee's Knees Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Parisian Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: French Linen Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Venue Collection Biggie.  This page was featured here in a Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking newsletter.

All the materials I used in the layout above are half-price as part of the Last Chance Sale at Scrap Girls.  More than 1000 products are being retired, and you can snap them up at 50% off until 8/23.  After that, they're gone forever, so don't delay!  Check out this huge sale here or click on the image below.



Sue

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Power of a Story

As my dad read a story, two-year-old David was entranced by Dad’s words and facial expressions while three-month-old John gazed at the colorful pictures.


Laurel Lakey: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Hexies; Elisha Barnett: Daffodil Days Collection Mini; Elisha Barnett: Value Pack: Dandelion Days; Armi Custodio: Secret Garden Collection; Fonts: Love Ya Like A Sister, Gabrielle, Arial

For the background of this layout, I used one of the ScrapSimple papers from ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Hexies, replacing each color of hexagon with a different paper. I also added a blue edge to the hexagon layer using the method listed below. It was first printed in a Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking newsletter.

To make a narrow outline around any shape or group of shapes on one layer using Photoshop Elements:

  1. Select the layer containing the shapes, in my case, a layer of hexagons (hold down Ctrl and click on icon in front of the layer).
  2. Enlarge the selection by 2 pixels (Select > Modify > Expand > 2 pixels > OK).
  3. Cut this slightly enlarged layer of shapes from the background layer (click on background layer, Ctrl + J).
  4. Select the new, slightly shape layer (hold down Ctrl and click on icon in front of the new slightly enlarged shape layer).
  5. Contract the selection by 15 pixels (Select > Modify > Contract > 15 pixels > OK), and click Delete, cutting out the center of the shape(s). This makes a template for a 15 pixel frame around each shape on your layer.
  6. Clip a paper onto the layer and you're done!  (Add paper above frame layer and click Ctr + G). 

Sue