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.


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). 


Grandparent Mix-up

Look at the sweet little baby in the lacy dress! I’m sure that youngster in the overalls could do some mischief! When I first saw these childhood photos of my grandparents, I was surprised to learn that my grandpa was wearing the dress and my grandma was in overalls.  They are much more recognizable in their wedding photo.

Brandy Murry: Hello Baby Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Rustic Wedding Collection Biggie; Cindy Rohrbough: Treasured Heirlooms Embellishments Mini: Frames and Journaling; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Rustic Super Biggie; Syndee Nuckles: ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Burlap and Lace; Syndee Nuckles: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Burlap and Lace

You can read here about how I created my title in a Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Newsletter.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Garden Wedding

No, Sara and Steven didn't get married here, but Munsinger Gardens did provide a beautiful backdrop for their wedding photos. Aren't they a lovely couple?

Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Bracket Labels; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Gold 8501; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Lighting Effects; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Lighting Effects 2 Biggie; Sarayane: A Small Feeling of Warmth (paper); Font: Arabella; Photos by Zahler Photography.

I submitted this page to the Monday 8/4 Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking to create a layout that used at least one ScrapSimple Embellishment Template.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Enjoy Every Moment! Brrrrrr!!!

It may have been June, but Lake Superior was still very cold. These fearless five met the challenge to stay in a steamy sauna as long as they could and then hop into the icy lake Brrrrrr! They smiled as their lips turned blue.

Enjoy your moments!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Balloon Mania!

When cleaning up after a wedding shower, one definitely must play with the leftover balloons!

Hope this made you smile!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Lunch is in the Eye of the Beholder

Lunch is in the eye of the beholder. Jaz (short for Jasmine) wasn’t really eyeing a bird, though. She was entranced by a toy Harry was using to distract her so I could take this photo. Isn’t she cute?

Jaz is Sara’s rescue cat we are watching for a bit, a long-haired rag doll cat that was in terrible condition after being abused by her former owner. She looks great now! She was having trouble taking care of her fur, though, probably because of the abuse, so she got a trimmed like a lion, except without as big a “mane”.