Sunday, December 28, 2008

Making Christmas Cookies

One of our family’s holiday traditions is to make Christmas cookies. This year for the first time, Steven made the gingerbread cookie dough from start to finish. Apparently I did not give him enough instruction and guidance in the kitchen, so he had a few problems. However, in the end we had wonderful gingerbread cookies.

Enjoy the holiday season!


Programs: GIMP; PSE 6; actions from Atomic Cupcake
Papers: “And Winter Came”, Bon Scrapatit
Alpha: "Ginger Bread Alpha", Gunhild
Cookies: extracted from my photos

I submitted this two-page layout for the DSO December Recipe Challenge.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Remembering Okinawa

As I look out on a snowy landscape, I think back to the three years our family spent in Okinawa. There is never any snow on that subtropical island. In December, plants are lush, green, and growing. These photos bring back wonderful memories of the time we spent there, and the gracious, loving people we met.

Whether you are staying warm or keeping cool this Christmas, may you and yours have a Merry Christmas as we remember the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


Programs: GIMP; PSE 6; actions from Atomic Cupcake
Template: Bracket Template, JZ Designs
Papers: "Dizzy", Andrea Dickinson
Fan: "Fleur de Lis", Joni Gray Designs
Cherry blossoms: "White Blossom" - extracted, stock.xchng, Sanja Gjenero (user Lusi)

I submitted this layout for the DSO December Color Challenge.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


With today’s blizzard conditions here in Minnesota, it’s nice to take out a memory from a lovely summer day. My sisters and I were able to spend some time last summer rambling around the north shore of Lake Superior. We stopped at two small but beautiful waterfalls.

We had slightly differing ideas about how to spend our time. My sisters wanted to walk and talk more while I wanted to spend more time taking pictures. In the end, we compromised. However, along the way they took some funny pictures behind my back --- literally. We all had a good laugh about it. You can see their humorous photos in the “film strip” on the left side of the first layout page below.

Like some of the other pages I’ve posted on this blog, I submitted this two-page layout for a challenge at DSO. For each DSO challenge, you are given specific guidelines to follow for your layout, so you need to think creatively. My results are usually different and better than I what I would have produced on my own. It stretches me to improve as a scrapbooker. No one “wins” or “loses”, and participants are helpful and encouraging. It’s really fun!

Smiling in the snow,

Program: GIMP
Template: “2008 December Template Challenge” template, Teriann Hanks
Materials: “Daddy’s Day” collaboration kit, Mickey B Designs and JenLin Designs, "Negative Film Frames" (adjusted), Gunhild

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Sunday Best

When my sisters and I were growing up, getting ready for church began the night before. Mom put our hair up in curlers, then we endured the agony of sleeping on those lumpy things all night. Oh, what we women do in the name of beauty!

On Sunday we put on our good dresses and "church" shoes. Liz and I wore anklets, but because she was older, Nancy got to wear nylons. I was jealous.

These days I'm happy when I don't have to wear nylons. Times change!

Time also flies! I did this layout for the DSO November Color Challenge. Yes, I know it's December now. I'll try to be on time with the December challenges, but with Christmas coming up, ...

Until later!

Programs: GIMP and PSE 6
Template: Designs by Sine
Alpha: "Silver Twilight" (re-colored), Amber Gray Designs
Other Materials: "Christmas Star", "Flower", "November 2008 DSO Color Challenge Kit", Joni Gray

Heavenly Lights

Did you see what I saw? A star, a star, shining in the night,... No, it was Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon unusually close together in the sky. Those of us Minnesota (and probably other places around the world) will have to wait 44 years to see these planets and the moon lined up this way again. It was a truly awesome sight to behold, reminding me of the great God who created everything. Below is a closeup I took. Venus is brighter and lower down, while Jupiter is less bright and on the right.Here the Christmas lights help show the relative size of the grouping in the sky.
Have a blessed day. Think on the Lord, creator of all the lights in the heavens and creator of all of us, too.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Do I HAVE To Share?

This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving photos. Eight-month-old Nancy looks like she is ready to "chow down" on a HUGE turkey using a HUGE fork. I love her wide-eyed gaze.

However, the original photo posed a number of challenges. A black rotary-dial phone was right behind the fork, distracting the viewer. White Venetian blinds, white dishes, and a white dishtowel-bib filled most of the picture, making everything look washed-out. I had fun sprucing up the photo by ruthlessly cropping it, "painting" over the phone, and extracting key parts. Now the picture just features Nancy, the turkey and the fork.

It took me a long time to finish this layout, but I'm really pleased with the end result. What do you think?

Even though it's December, I did this for a November challenge at DSO. Better late than never, right?

Seen any turkeys lately? I mean birds, not people. (Hahahaha...)


Programs: GIMP & PSE 6
Materials: "It's Falling", Bon Scrapatit (background paper; glitter leaves - recolored; frame - resized; journal paper); "Cornucopia", Joni Gray ("tablecloth" paper - skewed; apple basket); pumpkin pie extracted from "Pumpkin Pie 4", Mike Johnson (user mikecco), stock.xchng vi; turkey extracted from "Thanksgiving turkey, white background", David Lat (user davidlat), stock.xchng vi