Saturday, December 26, 2009

Baby Brontosaurus

On Christmas Day, we had over a foot of new snow that packed very well, perfect for making sculptures out of snow. My four big boys (including my husband) went out and built a snowman that was 7 feet tall. That wasn't ambitious enough, so they decided to make something more challenging: a baby brontosaurus. Using a ladder, they ended up with an impressive specimen about 11 feet tall (3.4 meters). Naturally, I had to take pictures of this amazing feat.

People driving by would stop to ask what my guys were making. One lady even took pictures. Not everyone can claim they have a dinosaur in their front yard.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009


One of Steven's favorite Christmas presents in 2008 was a set of big inflatable boxing gloves. John, Kristine and Harry thought this gave them an opportunity to beat up Steven, but Steven defended himself most courageously and won in the end.


Scraplifted from “Christmas Cats 2007” by Nani
Materials: DSO December Color Challenge Kits: “Shades of Joy” (papers), Di at Legacy 4 Life; “Warm Wishes” (papers, stitching), Dinphy; “Paper Patterns” (rickrack), mslee
Programs: GIMP and PSE 6
Fonts: Shark Random Funnyness, Arial
I submitted this layout to both the DSO December Scraplift Challenge and the December Color Challenge.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I'm a Creative Team Member!

It’s true! Di at Legacy for Life saw my layouts at Digital Scrap Obsession and asked me to join her creative team! I thought being a CT member was too lofty a goal for me, so I never applied to join any team. To my surprise and delight, Di actually tapped me on the shoulder herself! What an honor! I’m so excited!

Some of you may not know what a CT (creative team) member does. It’s actually a win-win situation for both the designer and her CT. The designer gives her kits to her creative team members for free, and in return they make layouts out of those kits which they post at various sites. I’ll be posting my layouts here on my blog, at Digital Scrap Obsession (DSO), Digishop Talk (DST), and DigiScrap Addicts (DSA). These sites sound like alphabet soup, but they are all digital scrapbooking forums where enthusiasts go to get ideas, chat with other members, and post their work. It should be fun!

Do you see the new blinkie on my blog? That also advertises that I am on the creative team for Di.

So be looking for new layouts from me featuring Di’s beautiful kits!

Have a Merry Christmas celebrating Jesus’ birth!


Loving Through the Years

My parents have been happily married for 55 years. This layout is a tribute to them.


Jan 09 DSO Color Challenge Kits: “Soft Fushia” – rose mat paper, LouCee Creations; “Sweet Love of Mine” – green paper, Designs by Luisa; rose paper - Chaos Lounge; “Rose Fest” – rose (modified), Crops2Dawn
Other Materials: Gunhild Storheide (ivy, lace, ribbon); Delicious Scraps (pearl heart frame)
Layout inspired by Template 34, Just 2 More Things Design
Font: Monotype Corsiva Italic
Programs: GIMP, PSE 6

Monday, December 21, 2009

Our Family Tree

This page required a lot of work, but it was a labor of love. I hope the more detailed version with all the names and dates that I will pass on to my children will make their family heritage more “real” to them.


Jan 09 DSO Color Challenge Kits: “Sweet Love of Mine” (papers), Designs by Luisa; “Love Birds” (stitching), Joni Gray Digiscrap Freebies; “Simply Livia” (butterfly), Chelly Scrapbooking
Other materials: tree (modified) from “Picnic”, Joni Gray Digiscrap Freebies; ivy (re-colored) by Gunhild Storheide
Fonts: Monotype Corsiva Italic, Arial
Programs: GIMP, PSE 6

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Past

At Christmastime, we celebrate the birth of our Savior. In the midst of the busyness, it's important to remember "the reason for the season". Without Jesus, there would be no CHRISTmas. Go tell it on the mountain: Jesus Christ is born! God is with us.

I have many happy memories from this time of year. This layout recalls some of those times, going back as far as 50 years. Just like back then, grandparents enjoy their grandkids, only nowadays it is acceptable for grandparents to smile along with the kids, too!

Merry Christmas!


Materials: “Famboisine”, Latham’Scrap and Lya Design
Programs: GIMP and PSE 6
Fonts: French Script MT
I submitted this layout to the DSO Altered Photo Challenge.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Another Try

I really like the photos I used for "The Bridge That Grandpa Built", but I wasn't quite satisfied with my first layout. Using the same kit, this is what I made on my second try. I like it much better. What do you think?


Materials: “Rumble”, Dinphy; notebook page shape, Gunhild Storeide; navy background mine
Photograph of boys on bridge: Brittany Dengerud
Programs: GIMP, PSE 6
Font: Amienne Bold

One summer evening in 2008, as they rambled through the downtown with their friends, David, Steven and John posed on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. Grandpa oversaw the building of this bridge when he was chief bridge engineer for the county.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Simply Sisters

I really like this photo of my sisters and me. Unfortunately, the original colored version was really washed out, but with the help of a photographer friend, Brittany Dengerud, the black-and-white/sepia version is much more clear and detailed. Weren't we cute?


Materials: "Flower Candy", Dinphy; Bubbles Babbles (flower bouquet); Mrs. Mikes (purple paper)
Photo editing assistance: Brittany Dengerud
Programs: GIMP, PSE 6
Font: French Script MT
I submitted this layout for the DSO November Color Challenge.