Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Newlyweds in July

As I look out over our snow-covered lawn, it is nice to remember that hot day in July when my son Steven married his lovely bride Sara.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Got Cookies?

These are some of our family's favorite cookies to serve at Christmastime.  Don't they look yummy?

Ginny Whitcomb: Grandma's Kitchen Collection Biggie; Ginny Whitcomb: Grandma's Kitchen Paper Mini – Blends; Ginny Whitcomb: Grandma's Kitchen Embellishment Biggie - Recipe Cards; posted in gallery of Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking here

Family Favorites 
(shown on cookie tree from top to bottom) 
Chocolate Covered Cherries
Molasses Cookies
Russian Tea Cakes
Gingerbread Cookies
Chocolate Fudge
Peanut Butter Cookies
Frosted Sugar Cookies

I have a stack of new layouts to show you, so look for more posts soon!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014


In the 1930's, Grandpa worked construction in the summer, but he did other work in the winter to help make ends meet. Here he is with other lumberjacks, standing on the left.

This photo was taken on a hillside, with Grandpa standing lower than the rest of the men. It doesn't appear that way at first glance, but when you take into account the slant of the hill, Grandpa was significantly taller than the lumberjack on the right. He stood six feet tall, a big man in those days.

Ginny Whitcomb: Through His Eyes Embellishment Biggie; Amand Fraijo-Tobin: Rustic Shabby Embellishments Mini; Jacqui Smith: The Great Outdoors Paper; Marlene Peacock: Slightly Shabby Paper; Cherise Oleson: Chipped Paint Alpha Mini; Syndee Rogers-Nuckles: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Shadow Me 6301


Thursday, October 23, 2014

What's Smor Fun Than a Hayride?

It was a beautiful crisp night, perfect for fall frolicking. We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows over an open fire and took a hayride through the dark woods. The older kids enjoyed the freedom of running all around the farm. We ate, talked, laughed and had a great time!

Syndee Nuckles: Picturesque Collection Biggie; Syndee Nuckles: Picturesque Embellishment Mini; Kim Broedelet: Stronger Tempalte Freebie; Fonts: Caflisch Script Pro, Veteran Typewriter, Stamp Act Jumbled


Monday, October 20, 2014

1948 Suave

My dad was cool in 1948!

Ginny Whitcomb: Through His Eyes Embellishment Biggie (leaves, big metal flowers); Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: Rustic Shabby Embellishments Mini; Melissa Renfro: Wall Textures Paper Mini (paper used for frame); Jacqui Smith: The Great Outdoors Paper (Background paper); Marlene Peacock: Slightly Shabby Paper (2 Background papers); Marlene Peacock: Slightly Shabby Word Art (two tags); Sherrie Piegdon: Chronicler Embellishment Mini (flower behind date); Armi Custodio: Charm Alpha (title); Jennifer Ziegler: Assemble Your Own: Alpha Tags (date tag); Elisha Barnett: Modern Glitz Embellishments (silver flower)

I was looking for a photo that was vintage and masculine, so what better choice than my dad's high school graduation photo?

Everything I used on this page was from the Create a Collection set of coordinating products developed especially for the 10th Anniversary of Scrap Girls.  This particular layout was for the Build a Birthday Cake Challenge.  I chose to make a three-layer chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, colored frosting swirls and the number 10 on the top.  Here is what that meant for my layout:

Type: 3-layer = 1 photo
Flavor: Chocolate = 4 papers: 3 in background, 1 on frame
Frosting: Chocolate = 3 different types of elements: flowers, leaves, tags
Decorations: Colored Frosting Swirls = Metallic, wooden or plastic element: wire mesh behind photo
Topper: Number 10 = 1 alpha: used in title

Isn't this a delicious layout?


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sisters in Stillwater

My sisters and I took a fun fall trip to Stillwater, MN. We ate at a restaurant that overlooked the St. Croix River, and for our viewing pleasure, a paddleboat pulled out of dock and started its cruise right in front of our eyes. We then browsed through a few of the shops in Downtown Stillwater as we made our way to the Candy Shop. We wanted chocolate! We found a new friend sitting outside the shop. I didn't really bite off his hand. Just as the sun was setting, we visited Aamodt's Apple Farm, a large orchard and restaurant near Stillwater. It was a delightful time with my sisters.

Elisha Barnett: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Iconographic; Elisha Barnett: ScrapSimple Word Art Templates: InfoBanners; Brandy Murry: Autumn Jewel Collection Biggie; Jennifer Ziegler: Caramel Apple Embellishments; Brandy Murry: Curling Leaves Embellishment Biggie; Syndee Nuckles: Brush Set: Bubble Wrap; Fonts: Arial Bold, AR BERKLEY.

I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking 10/16 Blog Challenge to create a layout with at least 3 arrows.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When Night Falls

When sunlight fades and night falls, moonlight, candlelight and firelight all seem brighter.

Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Torn Paper Masks; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Torn Paper Masks 2; Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: Value Pack: Essential Grungy Brushes; Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Essential Grungy Masks; Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: Value Pack: Everyday Glitters; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Grungalicious Scratched Super Biggie 8501.  This page was published in the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking newsletter.