Saturday, May 29, 2010

Picture Perfect?

This series of pictures is really fun. Shot in 2004, it gives a few different views of our family of five. I love the vivid green background with all the greenery in the pictures.

“Grow”, Mel Hains of Mel’s Lightbulb Moments; Template 45 (modified), Meridith Tiede of Moriginals; slide frame (modified), Gunhild Storheide; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Fonts: Boopee Bold, Sans

Journaling: Taking a good family photo is a lot of work. You need to find a good location, get someone to take the picture and have everyone in nice clothes. In the summer of 2004, we were already dressed for a photo shoot for my parent's 50th anniversary, so we tried and tried for the perfect pose. We came up with a lot of variations.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

God's Country

My sister and her husband enjoy both hiking and traveling, so hiking in Derbyshire, England was very special. Using the timer on their camera, Liz and Jim took this beautiful photo as they savored the view over Edale, Hope Valley. They just squeezed this hike in before torrential rains chased them inside later that day. (June 2009)

“Tendresse” (papers, bridge), happy-scrap; cloud by Gwenn from “Un Peu de Verdure”; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Font: Scriptina, Sans

I submitted this layout to the May DSO Altered Photo Challenge. I wanted to adjust this gorgeous but slightly hazy photo so the viewer would feel they could step into the picture and join Liz and Jim. Using “Levels”, I increased the contrast and made the colors richer.

You, too, can take a walk in "God's Country". It's all around us, no matter where you are.


A Work in Progress

For the May DSO Scraplift Challenge, I had to make a layout that looked unfinished. I decided to start with one of my favorite pictures of my parents. As I worked on the page, I repeated asked my family members if my layout looked like I was still working on it. After many answers like “I don’t get it,” and “What does that mean?” and “It must be something only scrapbookers understand,” I finally came up with this finished "unfinished" page. What do you think?


“Summer Come Early”, Stacey’s Scraps and Mel’s Lightbulb Moments; CU sticky notes, string heart, Gunhild; CU ribbon, Redju; “School Days” – scissors, Sweet Blossom Designs; pushpins by me; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Fonts: Journal, Mistral
I submitted this layout to the DSO May Scraplift Challenge.

Friday, May 21, 2010


When my sister, Nancy, came for a visit, she had a blast playing with Riley, the new puppy at Liz's house. Riley decided he'd found a new playmate, too!


Template 35 (modified), Holley Berry Designs; May 2010 DSO Color Challenge kits: Dinphy (pink dotted paper); Vicki Acreman/txbubbles as Bubbles Babbles (string, modified, beads); Fanfan-Rue des Anges (pink flower); Greenfield Original (pale gray flower); Designs by Kristine (leaves, frame); Marjorie Mikesell as Mrs Mikes (brad); Jodiann Cates (background patterned pink paper); Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Font: Minya Nouvelle Bold
I submitted this layout to the May DSO Color Challenge.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thanks, Mom!

I had a wonderful Mothers' Day! All four of my guys were home, and each of them gave me a gift. Their thoughtfulness made the day very special.


“Grosgrain Girl”, Mel’s Light Bulb Moments and Scrappy Weiss Designs; alpha blocks and M&M alpha by Gunhild Storheide; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Font: Rockwell

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Everyday Dresses

Yes, there was a time long, long ago when little girls wore dresses everyday.

“Wistful”, Di @ Legacy4Life; Template, The 80s Me; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Font: Sans

I made this layout using "Wistful" by Di @ Legacy4Life. Click here or on the preview below to buy this lovely kit at her store.

More layouts coming soon!


I'm Back!

I'm finally back on the internet! We moved at the end of April and had a very hard time setting up our home internet. Since we don't have a laptop, that meant I was unable to post. Today my son, John, figured out the problem, so I'm back online. YAY!

I'm really behind in showing you layouts from the gorgeous kits by Di @ Legacy4Life. Here's a page I made using her kit, "Wistful". The pastel pinks and greens go well with so many layouts!

Journaling: It was a very proud day when both my sister, Liz, and her daughter, Ruth, graduated from Northwestern College. Liz earned a master's degree and Ruth earned a bachelor's degree.

Click here or on the preview below to purchase "Wistful" at Di's store.

Stay tuned for more layouts!