Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My Guy

I like these fun photos of my favorite guy and husband of 29 years, Harry.


Scraplifted from “Panshanger” by jkcantwell; screw from The Scrappin Cop; chicken wire by Gunhild Storeide; other papers and materials created by me from stock photos and my photos; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Font: Old Newspaper Types Medium
I submitted this layout to the DSO June Scraplift Challenge.

Friday, June 18, 2010


When I saw my son, Steven, playing with a little friend last Thanksgiving, I had to take pictures. Here are a few of them. Don’t they look like they’re having fun?


“Boys’ World” (parts modified), Sweet Blossom Designs; My Guy Alpha, Lina Dragani of LDrag Designs; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Font: Minya Nouvelle

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Island Beauty Revisited

One of my very first digital-scrapbooking layouts was of a gorgeous bay on Ike ("ee-kay") Island, Okinawa, Japan. Unfortunately, I didn't know how to properly save the file, so I cannot print a 12x12 page, the size I usually use for my scrapbooking.

However, the colors of the picture go perfectly with this month's DSO Color Challenge, so I decided to make a new layout. You can find my first attempt here. Which do you like better?


Beachy Keen”, Sky’s the Limit Scraps; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Fonts: Porcelain, Verdana; I submitted this page to both the June DSO Color Challenge and the June DSO Font Challenge.

This sparkling bay on Ike ("ee-kay") Island in Okinawa, Japan, was even more breath-taking in person than this photo portrays. The view from the road above was free, but view from the private beach below was not.

Since we didn't plan to swim that day, we parked at a spot half-way up, then hiked the rest of the way up to the cliff-top and took this picture of one of the most beautiful places we visited in Japan. (Spring 2002)

Monday, June 14, 2010


I love the picture my son, David, took of the huge campfire the boys made on our vacation last summer, so I decided to make another layout using it. The fire represents the boys’ literal interpretation of "a fire no bigger than the fire ring". David, John and Steven hurried to build up the fire, take pictures and let the fire burn down before I came out of the cabin.


CU textures from Lost and Taken; title made using a photo of the coals left by the fire; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Large photo by David Maravelas, Marvelous Lens Photography; FONT: Teen Bold

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Isn’t this a fun picture? Liz and Marie really enjoyed celebrating Liz's birthday in May, 2009. I think it was the party hats that made them act so crazy!

“Touch Of Terracotta”, Di @ Legacy4Life; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Fonts: Stamp Act Jumbled, Rockwell Bold

This is the second page I've made with “Touch Of Terracotta”, the latest kit from Di @ Legacy4Life. This kit is 25% off through Monday, June 14. You can click on the preview below to pick it up at her store.

What are you going to celebrate? Have fun!


Friday, June 11, 2010

King of the Playground

While strolling around one day, Harry and I came across a very unusual drinking fountain. Who do you think is "King of the Playground", Harry or the lion? (May 2009)

“Touch Of Terracotta”, Di @ Legacy4Life; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Fonts: Oldgate Lane Outline, Verdana

For this page, I used “Touch Of Terracotta”, the latest kit by Di @ Legacy4Life. Click on the preview below to purchase it at her store.

More layouts coming soon!


Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Superior Vacation

These are some of my favorite photos from our 2009 vacation on the north shore of Lake Superior.


“Famboisine” (papers modified), Latham’Scrap and Lya Design; Programs: GIMP and PSE 6

Thursday, June 3, 2010

End of the Road?

This is part two of the saga of my parents' trip west over fifty years ago, an important piece of family lore. I already posted page one; click here to see it again and read the journaling. (Note: I revised the first page design to match the second.)

I really like big photo of my dad tying the 300-pound sack of rocks onto the car bumper. Doesn't it look like the road ends? The big drop-off, the large rocks, and the scraggly weeds all give the picture a deserted feel.

DSO April Color Challenge kits from JK Creations (papers, ribbons, key, flower, frame, ornament), Joni Gray Digiscrap Freebies (leaves, background paper), and The Urban Fairy (ribbon flower); road sign by me; Programs: GIMP, PSE 6; Font: Veteran Typewriter

Mom and Dad said good-bye to Grandpa, Grandma, and the dog, and started on their long journey. On the way through Fargo, North Dakota, they briefly met Dad's brother, Richard, and Richard's wife, Esther.

Dad was having trouble steering because the trailer raised the front of the car up too much. He said it felt like the front wheels left the ground sometimes when the trailer bounced.

Dad found a gravel pit near Fargo and filled up a gunnysack with about 300 pounds of rocks. Then he tied the sack to the front bumper with rope to help lower the front end of the car.

The rocks didn’t totally solve the problem, but Mom and Dad were able to pull the trailer all the way to Montana. Dad said they must have had angels watching over them.

Have a good journey today!


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Grandpa's Smile

I love this picture because it shows Grandpa smiling. I rarely saw him smile, but as he holds his first two grandchildren, Terri and Bobby, he has a big grin on his face.

You can see part of his small dairy herd in the background. Grandpa was strong enough to hoist two full ten-gallon, hundred-pound milk cans up onto the milk truck, one in each hand.

This also shows Grandpa wearing overalls, his daily “uniform” for working on the farm. When the button for Grandpa’s overall strap broke, sometimes he used a nail to replace it.

“Granny’s Trunk”, Vicki Acreman/Bubbles Bits/Bubbles Babbles; “Harvest Spice” alpha, Shabby Princess Designs; nail, The Scrappin Cop

To scrap this page, I used “Granny’s Trunk”, a kit by Vicki Acreman/Bubbles Bits, guest designer at Plain Digital Wrapper. I received this kit as a prize for writing a comment on Vicki's blog, Bubbles Babbles. I was thrilled! Click on either of the previews below to visit her store.

I'll be back soon to post another heritage page!