Friday, April 11, 2014

Brooklyn Beauty

Angelica, affectionately known as Cissy, lived in a number of different places throughout her life, but she never lost her Brooklyn accent. She passed away in 2014, and we miss her.

Ginny Whitcomb: Softly Spoken Collection Biggie; Fonts: Bookman Old Style, Arabella

I created this page for Ginny Whitcomb's new kit, Softly Spoken Collection Biggie.  The soft pinks and blues along with the vintage-style elements make this kit perfect for memory pages.  Ginny also created border and cluster embellishment sets to go along with her lovely kit.  Pick up Value Pack: Softly Spoken and receive all three sets for one low price!  All of these sets are 30% off at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking for just today and tomorrow, 4/11/14 and 4/12/14.  Click on the links or images below to check them out!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blessings Overflowing

You may ask, "Where in the world did this layout come from?" Good question! If you look at Nomad Patterns, a collection of sculptures by Livia Marin, you'll get your answer. Click through the photos and be amazed!

Inspired by Nomad Patterns sculpture by Livia Marin; Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: Cherished Collection Mini (floor paper); Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: So Elementary Embellishment Biggie (chain); Brandy Murry: Petals Embellishment Biggie (flowers);Brandy Murry: Countryside Embellishment Biggie (scalloped tag, leaves); Brandy Murry: Cottage Christmas Paper 2 (door used to create wooden frame); Syndee Nuckles: Flea Market Paper Biggie (paper for wallpaper recolored); Water drops by Gunhild Storeide; Coffee cup by Corinne Boulet from My Crush (collab); Font: Marriage-Script

I submitted this page to the Thursday 4/10 Art Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking to create a page inspired by either of these two sculptures, Sculpture 1 or Sculpture 2.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Big Baby Blues

I have always loved this photos of David at two with his little sippy cup because of his earnest expression and his big blue eyes. Wasn't he adorable? He's still cute, too, just in a different way. Hey, I'm his mom, so I can call my adult son cute!

Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: Life Montage Paper Biggie (paper recolored); Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie; Brandy Murry: Brush Set Erosion; Fonts: Great Vibes, Trebuchet MS.  I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking 4/5 Saturday Color Challenge.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Split Rock Stained Glass

Last August we visited Split Rock State Park, one of the most beautiful and well-known state parks in Minnesota. The lighthouse was decomissioned in the 1960's but you can still tour both the lighthouse itself and a lighthouse keeper's home. In addition to taking the tour and watching a movie on the lighthouse's history, we hiked on surrounding trails and took pictures. John thought the anchor from the 1905 shipwreck of the Madeira tasted especially delicious.

I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Friday 4/4 Challenge to create a page inspired by a card. When I looked at Nica's lovely Fathers' Day card, I thought of a stained glass window. I created a template based on an image of a stained glass window, and came up with this page.  The other things I used were my photos, a PSE bevel action, and a marble paper from Brandy Murry's Shabby Blanc (used as an overlay).


Friday, April 4, 2014

Ahoy, Maties!

Last August, as our family explored the Grand Marais breakwater, we spotted a large sailing ship leaving the harbor. Since it was so close, I immediately thought of taking a family photo with the ship in the background. The others were willing to pose, although they did get tired after a couple dozen shots. This is one of the photos I captured that day.

Scraplift of “Surf’s Up” by Joyce Schardt; Jo Corne: No. 1 Son Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Coastal Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fusion Masks; Font: Miserably Lose, Veteran Typewriter

I submitted this page to the Monday 3/31 Oddball Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking to create a page inspired by the first beverage you drink in the morning. Since the first thing I drink in the morning is a glass of water, I scrapped a page about water ... Lake Superior!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Okinawan Lion Dog

Everywhere we went in Okinawa we saw lion dogs, called “shii-saa” in Okinawan. Most homes had a pair of these guardian dogs on their gateposts to ward off evil spirits and keep in good spirits. This large shisa sculpture was by the boys’ school.  That is John standing at the base of the sculpture.

Brandy Murry: Value Pack: Asian Beauty; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates – Grunge Block; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools – Actions: Color Isolation 8501; Fonts: Karate, Trebuchet MS

I submitted this page to the Thursday 4/3 Art Inspiration Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking.  The challenge was to create a page inspired by two vessels selected by Nica. The first one by Jennifer McCurdy, shown here, inspired me to use white branches on my page. The second one by Mary O’Malley, shown here, inspired the cream, red-orange and gold color palette.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cubic Giraffe

This page is totally for fun!  When looking up cubism online for a Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Challenge, I found paintings like this one by Picasso.  I also found photos that had been altered to incoporate rectangular shapes.  You can see some of them here.  The idea struck me as so funny that I decided to give it a try. What do you think?

The template is by me, and the giraffe is a stock photo. All other materials are expired freebies from Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking. BHA_SSPaper_CitySlick_SPEC_LampIllum; BMU_BasilCo_Special; BMU_Menagerie_Special1_Arrow; ATR_CrazyRetroDay_paper_SPECIAL; SNU_FleaMkt_PprSPEC_Collage; BMU_CottageCookbook_Special; EBA_PalmSunday_Paper_Special; EBA_ElephantsFly_Paper_Special; SNU_FleaMkt_PprSPEC_Collage; SNU_AlteredLife_YellowPpr_SPEC; JSM_dD-Everyday-Jun_Paper_Bricks-2; EBA_Papercutting_Paper_Special ACA_OppAttract_Paper_Special-Green-AngCampbell; ATR_GrannysAttic_Paper_pink-green; ATR_CrazyRetroDay_PaperMini_SPECIAL; SNU_BrooksideManor_PprSPEC; ABR_YoursTruly_PaperSpec-Swirl; BMU_DynBrush_Bokeh_Special; JRE_PirateCode_PaperSpec; JRE_Wanted_Paper_Hearts_Drawn; ABL_WesternRodeo_Paper_Special; PJO_SweetRomance_Paper_Special; KME_ButterflyFX_Paper_Special-Fern; KME_CupidsArrow_Paper_Special-Tapestry; ABR_SSPaper_ArtJourney_Spec; EBA_AlteredBooks_Paper_Special; DEB_SSPaper85x11_Wetlands_SPC; ABR_YoursTruly_PaperSpec-Swirl; AFT_Beachcomber_Paper_Spcl; BMU_Countryside_Paper-4; STI_SSPaper_Admirer_Special_News; EBA_Papercutting_Paper_Special; CED_AdventureLand_Paper_SPECIAL; GWH_StrawberryDelight_Paper_Yellow-Dot; ACA_AngCampbell_OppAttract_Paper_Special-Black; Font: Square721 BT 

I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking 4/1 Tuesday Freebie Challenge to create a page using only freebies.