Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Play Cards

Mom and Dad loved to play cards. They taught their kids and grandkids to enjoy them, too.

Ginny Whitcomb: Value Pack: Time to Play; Fonts: Tabitha, Veteran Typewriter

I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Weekend Challenge.


Monday, November 23, 2015


Harebells are tough little flowers that love cool summers and freezing winters. They need water but few nutrients to grow, bloom and thrive. They even compete against tall grasses. They can grow in cracks and crevices in walls or cliff faces. Are you as strong and tenacious as a harebell?

Syndee Nuckles: ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Geometric; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Cast Shadow Frames 2; Brandy Murry: Captured Collection; Font: Arial

I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Monday 11/23 Random Challenge to create a page using more than one template.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

No Dream Cruise

When we moved from Osaka, Japan to Naha, 400 miles south on the island of Okinawa, we took a three-day ferry ride. We really didn’t know what we were getting into. The biggest surprise was the sleeping conditions. We discovered we were going to be sharing one huge room with about 200 of our soon-to-be close personal friends.

There were three carpeted low platforms, each capable of bedding down 50 to 75 people. Each person was given a vinyl-covered foam block, a light combination towel and blanket, and a 20” by 5‘8” sleeping pad. Our oldest son was 5’ 10“! Each person then claimed a space for their carry-ons and their bedding on a sleeping platform. Because it was the absolute peak of the vacation season, almost every spot was taken.

Some things were lost in the translation. We thought we would be able to get into our van freely, but that was not the case. Since all my medications were in the van, they allowed us to go there to get them. While we were there we picked up the other things we needed, too. Phew! I was relieved because I had worn a dress! It all worked out in the end, and we reached our tropical paradise, but it was definitely no dream cruise.

Laurel Lakey: ScrapSimple Brush Set: Cruising Biggie; Laurel Lakey: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Luggage Tags; Laurel Lakey: ScrapSimple Word Art Templates: Travel Badges; Cindy Rohrbough: Maritime Mile Collection Mini; Cindy Rohrbough: Maritime Mile Paper Super Mini. This layout was published in the Scrap Girls digital Scrapbooking newsletter.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Fishing with Toddlers

Looking at this photo, I wondered how my dad caught anything with my young sons along. I asked him, and he said he fished first, then later took the boys for a boat ride. They all still had fun!

Ginny Whitcomb: Dad’s Tackle Box; Ginny Whitcomb: World’s Best Dad Paper Biggie; Fonts: Brush Script Std, Franklin Gothic Medium


Friday, November 20, 2015

Pretty as a Picture?

There were no retakes for this birthday photo! Whenever my mom saw this picture in later years, she would say, “Susan! Such a face!”

Veronica Spriggs: Value Pack: Color My World; Emily Abramson: Brush Set: Gelli Grunge 1; Creativeqube Design: Dynamic Brush Set: Watercolor Aztec Biggie; Brandy Murry: XOX Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: XOX Designer Mix Paper Mini

This page was posted in the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking newsletter here.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

50s Chic

After they got married, my parents lived in Fargo, North Dakota, for a couple of years so Dad could finish his degree in Civil Engineering. While they were there, Mom took a sewing class and got her picture in the paper modeling the dress she made. She went on to sew many, many things for herself, her three daughters and her ten grandchildren.

The flashing lights on the sign on this page are similar to those used on signs in the 50s.

Cindy Rohrbough and Syndee Nuckles: Value Pack: So Retro; Syndee Nuckles: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Kitschy Shapes; Brandy Murry: Value Pack: ScrapSimple Junkyard Marquee; Syndee Nuckles: Snapshot Nano Collection; Fonts: Times New Roman, Tiza

I have lots more layouts to share --- Coming soon to a blog near you!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Big Boy Under Construction

Little boys like to build things, but they themselves are under construction. They are becoming big boys.

Ginny Whitcomb: Under Construction Collection Biggie; Angela Blanchard: Industrial Strength Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Metals II 8501 Biggie; Triangular template by me

I submitted this page to the 10/15 Thursday Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking to create a page using a photo shape one doesn't usually use.  In this case, I chose a triangular template.