Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Superior Weekend

Here are the rest of the pages I made of our weekend on Lake Superior in 2005. This was a fun trip and a special memory. The first photo is a unique view of my youngest son, Steven. The other photos were taken just as the sun was setting on a beautiful fall day.

Programs: All pages were made using GIMP for graphics and Photoshop Elements for photo editing.
Materials for “Steven” - Copyright-free photo from Image After.
Materials for “Walk Home” - All materials from A Work in Progress; papers from “Cherry Cheesecake”; re-colored stitching from “Land & Sea”; re-colored staple from “The Great Outdoors”.
Materials for “Lake Superior Sunset” - “Memory Lane” from Stone Accents

Happy fall!


Saturday, August 23, 2008

An Unexpected Award

On August 7th, I was honored to receive a wonderful award from Delicious Scraps. Click on her name visit her wonderful blog. She gives away many beautiful digital scrapbooking materials that can be used commercially.

According to the rules for this award, the winner:
- may put the logo on her blog.
- should create a link on her blog back to the person who gave them the award.
- may nominate at least 7 other blogs for the award and put links to those blogs on hers.
- should leave messages on the blogs of those nominated.

I nominate the following excellent digital scrapbooking blogs:

1. Click Photo: Designs by Lien – gives away wonderful templates, kits, and other materials, and is also an award-winning photographer with many lovely layouts on her blog
2. Joni Gray Digiscrap Freebies – creates huge, coordinated kits as freebies
3. Irene Alexeeva Digital Designs – produces ornate, elegant kits as freebies (size: 2400 x 2400)
4. Pam Lefors Designs – gives away rich, detailed papers, minikits and “odd and ends” as well as selling her designs in her store
5. Stone Accents – also gives away some of her wonderful designs on her blog as well as selling them in her store
6. Scrapping with Ikea Goddess – posts previews and links for fabulous freebies
7. Ginger Scraps – another wonderful resource for finding great freebies

Enjoy your visits to these marvelous blogs!


Monday, August 18, 2008

Casually Dressed Photos

Just like the last post, the photos in this layout are from the weekend we spent on the north shore of Lake Superior in fall, 2005. Since the blue color went well with the blues in the pictures, I decided to use a scan of my son’s jeans as a photo backdrop. I really had fun with this layout, especially using my husband’s idea to make the title look like a brand-name tag. All materials in the layout are of my own design.

More photos of Lake Superior are on the way!


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Superior Views

One gorgeous fall weekend in October, 2005, my husband, Harry, our son, Steven and I were invited to my sister and brother-in-law’s cabin on the north shore of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. These photos are from that special weekend. I think the “rusty” fall leaves, the blue lake and the green pine trees make a fantastic color combination.

I used actions by Atomic Cupcake to make the title, Photoshop Elements for photo editing, and GIMP for graphic design. The papers and the journaling spot are my own creation, aided by copyright-free photos from Image After.

Enjoy the end of summer. Fall is coming soon!


Saturday, August 9, 2008

Keeping Cool

What is the most fun way to keep cool in the summer? Take a swim in a pool? Go jump in a lake? When my sisters and I were young, we put on our swim suits and ran through the lawn sprinkler.

But in order to have curls on Sunday for church, we had to have our hair in curlers on Saturday. Remember, this was before electric curling irons. So what did we do? We ran through the sprinkler with our hair in curlers.

I used papers from “A Spring Thing” Add-On by Dinphy, photo editing from Photoshop Elements, and the free graphics program GIMP.

Stay cool! Chill out!


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Birthday Blues

My fifth birthday was very memorable. Just before my birthday party, I posed for the camera next to the beautiful cake my mom had made. Then I had to go inside and watch my party through the big picture window in the living room. I couldn’t attend my own birthday party because I was sick.

We can all laugh about it now, but at the time I felt pretty sorry for myself. Did you notice my chubby cheeks? I was “down in the dumps” from mumps.

For this page I used papers from the cute kit "Inspiration" by Simply Sweet Designs. I wrote the title using using actions from Atomic Cupcake. I also used Photoshop Elements and the free graphics program GIMP.

See you next time!


Saturday, August 2, 2008

Ten Cousins

My sister has a tradition of visiting the Como Conservatory every spring during their flower show and taking pictures of her three girls. One year my other sister and I brought our kids along on the photo expedition. We posed the 10 cousins in various spots, but were hampered in taking photos by the reflection pool in the center of the area. I like this picture because it shows the individual personality of each child. My three sons are in the middle row.

I used the wonderful kit “Just Adorable” by Sweet Scraps, Aren’t the butterflies and butterfly trails fun? I "made" the background paper by colorizing a free photo from Image After, a website that allows free use of the photos in their archives.

I also used the lovely silver alpha from “Urban Kiwi” at Shabby Princess, My free graphics program was GIMP, available at

Next time: a trip into MY childhood (long, long, long ago).

See you then!