Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ready, ... Set, ... GO!!

Who said Easter egg hunts were just for little kids? On Easter Sunday, 2009, our big kids and their friends had fun hunting eggs, too! I love the way this series of photos shows each person’s unique way of hunting eggs. The one in the red shirt jumping out of the large photo is my son, John. He was trying to get ahead of everyone else, and I think it worked. He sure collected a lot of eggs!

The real reason behind the Easter celebration is symbolized by the Easter egg, namely the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Just as a seemingly dead egg hatches into a baby chick, Jesus rose from the dead that first Easter morning. In the midst of the fun and family gatherings, Easter egg hunts and chocolate eggs, let us remember the empty tomb.

Have a blessed Easter!


DSO March 2010 Color Challenge Kits: “Happy Easter” (glitter border, hanging eggs, eggs for frames, papers, some parts modified and/or re-colored) by LouCee Creations; “Sunrise” (purple string) by Di @ Legacy4Life; “Spring is Coming” (papers) by Dinphy; flower cluster by Vicki of Bubbles Babbles; scraplifted from the February blog train template by JZDesigns; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Fonts: Times New Yorker, Stamp Act
I submitted this layout for the March DSO Color Challenge.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Little Brother, Big Sister

At our nephew's graduation open house in 2005, I spotted Harry's dad, Papou, chatting with his older sister, Diana, so I snapped this photo. Both of them have passed away now, but it's nice to glance back at this memory.

“Garden Party”, Di @ Legacy4Life; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Fonts: Tahoma Bold, Arial Bold, Minya Nouvelle Bold

To make this layout, I used "Garden Party", a new kit from Di @ Legacy4Life. Click on the preview below to pick up this gorgeous kit at her store. To receive a coordinating freebie, stop by Di's blog by clicking here, and sign up for her newsletter.

For another page created using Di's beautiful kit, go to "Spanning Three Decades", my last post.

See you soon!


Spanning Three Decades

My sister, Liz, completed her masters degree in May of last year. What a proud day! Liz took her first post-graduate class in 1982, so her studies spanned three decades! This is the layout I made to honor her achievement.

“Garden Party”, Di @ Legacy4Life; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Font: Rockwell

To create this page, I used "Garden Party", the new kit from Di @ Legacy4Life. The oranges and greens go perfectly with Liz's bright bouquet. Di's kit is at a discounted price for just a few days, so click here or on the preview below to hurry over to her store.

To see another page using this lovely kit, go to "Little Brother, Big Sister", my next post.


Friday, March 19, 2010

We Rhyme

I love the colors for “We Rhyme”, the new kit from Di @ Legacy4Life. This combination of blues, grays and greens is gorgeous! Click here or on the preview below to check out this kit at Di’s store.The price will be discounted until Monday, March 22.

These colors brought to mind a picture of my niece, Sarah, when she was a baby. In this adorable photo, my sister, Liz, is smiling in the background at her daughter.

“We Rhyme” by Di @ Legacy4Life; Scraplifted from layout from Z’avez Dit Scrap; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Font: Fiolex Girls

“We Rhyme” also contains some musical elements: notes and a treble clef. We have lots of musicians in our family, so I had many photos from which to choose. I picked some fun photos of my niece, Becca, who plays tuba (sousaphone) in the marching band at the University of Minnesota.

In addition to marching, all the tuba players in the band work together as a synchronized group to do dips, spins, turns, twists, and lifts. Since a tuba weighs 50 pounds, these special moves require strength as well as precision. When the home team scores, each tuba player bench presses his/her tuba as many times as the total number of points. If the score gets high, this is very impressive! Imagine lifting 50 pounds of tuba 35 times!

“We Rhyme”, Di @ Legacy4Life; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Fonts: Shadowed Serif; Arial Bold

If you like this kit, be sure to stop by Di's blog and sign up for her newsletter. She's giving away this darling freebie to her subscribers.

See you next time!


Monday, March 8, 2010

Pizza: A Major Food Group

Our family likes pizza; we usually have it every Friday night. When our sons are all home from college, we go through a LOT of pizza.

One Friday in January, we were out of this major food group, so we had to go out to buy more. Shortly after I had the boys pose with this prodigious pizza purchase, five of the eight were gone.


March 2010 PDW Color Challenge Kit by Vicki at Bubbles Babbles; Tag 2, Template 2 (modified) from Rachel's Scraps; stock photo of pizza slice; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Font: Minya Nouvelle Bold

Friday, March 5, 2010

Rain or Shine

For our small church in Okinawa, the best place to have an adult baptism was at the beach. A little drizzle only meant it was time to put up the umbrellas. Afterward, we had grilled yakisoba. Yummy!


Template by me, inspired by light fixture at nearby mall; “One Day I’ll Fly Away”, collab by Digi-Designs by Nicole and Cheri Robinson at Dream Big Designs; sun by me; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Font: Sans

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

At Dusk

At dusk, a pair of Canadian geese glided smoothly across the still lake. As I quietly took photos of them, the female started softly honking. Suddenly, with a flurry of wings, she took flight. Moments later, her mate joined her in the air. However, I was able to capture the special moment with these pictures.


Scraplifted from “Precious Minutes” by Hutchie; CU Overlay by Southern Creek Designs; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Fonts: Monotype Corsiva Italic, Arial
I submitted this layout to the March DSO Altered Photo and Scraplift Challenges.