Sunday, April 26, 2009

Geting Messy

Would you pay money and travel over 2500 miles by van (four days total travel time) for the privilege of getting messy?

In 2007, my niece Marie and son Steven were a part of a group of adults and young people who did just that. The youth group from Marie’s church went from Minnesota to a small church school in Mexico just south of the border and helped with various building and fix-it projects around the school. Steven was part of the crew putting sealant on the roof of a building. There was lots of fun along with the hard work, making this a wonderful experience.


Materials: Template #24, Midnight Scrapping (altered); “P” template, Scrapping with Liz (paint splotch shape); Boys’ World and Boys Club, Sweet Blossom Designs (papers, chickenwire and screw); hammer, wrench and paintbrush, The Scrappin Cop
Programs: GIMP; PSE 6, action from Atomic Cupcake
Font: Painty Paint, Arial Bold
I submitted this layout to the DSO April Font Challenge.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Two Soon

It’s so hard to wait when you are two! Mom had worked hard baking goodies, decorating a cake, making our dresses, curling our hair, getting us ready and setting up tables for my birthday party, but I started eating a cookie too soon. At three years old, my sister Nancy knew better, so she scolded me!


Template: Template 7, Denise Beatty Originals
Materials: April DSO Color Challenge Kit, Bubbles Babbles (papers & flower, blue flower re-colored); “Basic Boy”, Joni Gray Digi Scrap Freebies (ribbon)
Fonts: Tahoma, Arial Bold
Programs: GIMP, PSE 6
I submitted this layout to the April DSO Color Challenge.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


On Easter Sunday, I wanted to take a photo of my three sons, but Steven was sleeping on the couch. John immediately came up with a simple solution to this problem, and both David and John piled onto Steven. Steven was a good sport about being squished. He even smiled (and groaned) through a number of shots. This was not exactly the photo I had in mind, but it is fun nevertheless.


Materials: partial quick page and mini kit, “Colorblast”, Livia Yamada; doodle alpha, Scrapping Cop
Program: GIMP
I submitted this page to the DSO “Finishing Touch” Challenge.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Hot Wheels

In 1965, five-year-old Liz got a special birthday present. As the youngest of three girls, she usually received hand-me-downs from my sister and me. But that year her gift was a big, new, bright, shiny blue trike. Even though I was older, I envied Liz for her HOT wheels!


Inspiration: Manda K. (Nibbles Skribbles), Speed Scrap #15, Stuff to Scrap Forum
Materials: “Flitter Flutter”, Melanie Ann Designs, Digi Scrap Obsession
Programs: GIMP and PSE 6
I submitted this to the April DSO “Great Exchange” Challenge.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

My Three Sons

I love my three sons. Aren’t they cute? Okay, I’m a mom, so I’m supposed to feel that way, right? But more importantly, these three are very special on the inside: godly, considerate, caring, helpful, dependable, … You get the idea. I’m so proud of them!

The Mom (Sue)

Inspiration: “Chelly” layout by Livia
Materials: “The First”, Poupoune; Grab Bag “1”, Nanine (black paper with white design; black grungy paper for frame); Gunhild (string for tag)
Program: GIMP
Fonts: Huxtable, Segoe Script Bold, Tahoma
I submitted this layout to the April DSO Scraplift Challenge.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Forever Family

This is a fun photo from a rare get-together of the four women in our family: my mom, my sisters Liz and Nancy, and me.


Inspiration: Speed Scrap #14 by Deanna - Flower Scraps, Stuff to Scrap Forum
Materials: “Sunrise, Sunset”, Bon Scrapatit; Gunhild (velvet ribbon)
Program: GIMP
Fonts: Vivaldi Italic Condensed, Monotype Corsiva Italic, Rockwell Bold

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sand, Surf and Sun

Mix sun and sand with some wonderful friends and you get a fabulous day at the beach! When I look at these photos I can almost taste the salty sea spray in the air, feel the gritty sand beneath my bare feet, and hear the excited laughter of the kids. We all really enjoyed playing in the surf that day in 2002 at the church camp in Okinawa.


Materials: Lakehouse Template and “Lakehouse” kit, Joni Gray Digiscrap Freebies; “Catch of the Day”, Pressed Petals (net); “Homespun”, Sunflowers (bubbles); background paper made using my own photo and an overlay of jean paper from Gunhild; shell and starfish extracted from my own photo
Programs: GIMP, PSE 6

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Spring is Here at Last!

Seeing ducks swimming in the reflection pool made from the hockey rink's melted ice really made me feel like spring was here at last! The contrast between the cold, dark hockey rink and the bright, warmer reflection pool is striking. Aren't these fun photos? Hooray for spring!


Photographers: Sue (hockey rink, 2/19/09), Harry (ducks, 3/21/09)
Materials: “Hello Easter” collaboration, Digi-designs by Nicole (orange paper) and Nibbles Skribbles (“Spring” word art); “Spring Blossoms” collaboration, Foxy Designs (“Spring is Here” word art)
Programs: GIMP, PSE 6
I submitted this layout for the April DSO lyric challenge.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Pizza Pie in the Sky

Ever eat pizza on the top of a mountain? We did! In 2004 we went with the young people from our church up to a restaurant at the top of a mountain. What a gorgeous place --- a traditional Japanese building with a glorious view situated in a lush green forest. The sliding shoji doors were wide open, seating was on the floor, and menus were written on fans. We all had a great time relaxing, eating, chatting and enjoying the scenery. This page brings back memories of that fun day.


Stock photos: Dan Price and Mateusz Atroszko
Programs: GIMP and PSE 6
I submitted this layout to the DSO April Photo Op Challenge.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Trek to the Falls

The route was up and down over steep mountain ridges. Some parts of the rugged trail seemed to go almost straight up! Our sons ran ahead as Harry and I lagged behind. They occasionally yelled back, "Come on! What's taking you so long?" Teenagers now, they had quickly forgotten the years where we went at their slower pace.

After a two-hour hike, we finally arrived at the falls. What a gorgeous view! You can see below the sights along the way as well as our final destination, Hiji Falls, a waterfall in west central Okinawa. It was worth the trek.


Programs: GIMP
Inspiration: Speed Scrap #12 instructions by CT member "Loaner", Stuff to Scrap
Materials: "Behind the Reeds", Collaboration by Le Scrap de Gwen, Digiscrap de Manue, Symphonie Designs, & Tinette Designs; zigzag stitches by Gunhild
Fonts: Kristen ITC Semi-Expanded, Arial Italic, Arial Narrow Bold Condensed