Sunday, October 31, 2010

Here Comes the Judge

Like a judges panel of one, I love picking out my favorites as we stroll through the aisles of crafts displayed at the Minnesota State Fair.

This year, a whimsical grandma holding her teeny, tiny dog caught my eye. It won a sweepstakes prize, so the real judges must have liked it, too.

Fresh Start by Jen Reed
Fonts: Stamp Act Jumbled, Pea Katie Jo, Sans
Inspiration: October 2010 IL Scrapping U-Turn Challenge by Maya
I submitted this layout to the October 2010 IL Scrapping U-Turn Challenge.
**DSO Gallery Standout**
**Scrap Girls Layout of the Week**



One beautiful Saturday in August, another couple, Harry and I went to see a group of antique cars gathered at our local high school. The high school just happened to be a "pit stop" for a group driving antique cars (1910 or older) 75 miles from New London to New Brighton. It was so fun to see all those old cars --- and they actually ran!

The group was reenacting another journey held in England 100 years earlier. Back then, cars owners drove from London to Brighton to celebrate the repeal of a law stating cars owners needed to always have someone walking ahead of them waving a flag so the cars didn't scare the horses on the road. Can you imagine how slowly they must have traveled?

I enjoyed spotting anachronisms:
• motor oil poured into the engine of a 1908 Maxwell from a plastic quart bottle
• a plastic funnel used to help get modern-day motor oil into the engine of an old Cadillac
• a Diet Coke can used to prevent oil from spraying around the engine of a 1906 Ford

The real anachronisms, of course, were the cars themselves!

a•nach•ro•nism - something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time, esp. a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time

Ages 3 and Up (papers) by Dinphy
Fall Guy (pocket watch) by Lainey
Font: Old Newspaper Types Medium

Can you tell I like to see the fun in life?


Saturday, October 30, 2010

A New Baby!

Isn't this a fun photo? I just love Mary's BIG eyes, and I go, "Ohhhh..." with her.

Summer Fun by Jen Reed
Word Art by Binty; Font: Teen
I submitted this layout to the IL 2010 Word Art Challenge.

Four-year-old Billy smiled as he gently touched the bassinette and three-year-old Mary's eyes grew wide with wonder as the two met their baby sister, Becca, for the first time.


Friday, October 22, 2010

It's not Mickey Mouse!

It's Goofy! No, it's just goofy. LOL

When my sisters and I were at the Arboretum, I climbed down a few rocks so I could get closer to a small waterfall for a better picture. As I was climbing back up, one of my sisters wanted to take a picture from above, so naturally I made this silly face.

Fresh Start by Jen Reed
Word art by Word Art World

I submitted this layout to the October IL Techniques and Trends Challenge. The challenge was to make a minimalistic layout --- one smaller picture and just a few elements surrounded by lots of white space. This layout isn’t as minimal as some, but since I love big pictures and rarely have much white space, this was a stretch for me. What do you think?


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Isn't he cute?

I took this (cute!) photo of Harry while we were hiking around Gooseberry Falls. We have often visited the falls, but this year we hiked down to the shore of Lake Superior. It was definitely worth it!

A Quiet Place by Jen Reed
Font: Love Ya Like A Sister
I submitted this layout to the 2010 October IL Scraplift Challenge.

I know I said I'd show you more state fair shots, but I will probably throw in some other types of photos, too. So many pictures, so little time!

By the way, I love to read your comments! I've enabled anonymous comments, but I still moderate all comments to avoid posting spam.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Star Attraction

One of the star attractions for me at the Minnesota State Fair this year was “Captain Jack Sparrow”. He made some great facial expressions as he posed for pictures, and I had a blast just watching him.

Baby, You’re a Star by Jen Reed
2010 October IL Template by Binty
Fonts: Circus, Veteran Typewriter, Arial

For this layout, I used "Baby, You're a Star" by Jen Reed. Click on the link to check it out at her store.

I still have more state fair photos to share, so be watching for more layouts!


Three Sisters Through the Years

It was fun to take a trip down memory lane as I played with the old photos of my sisters and me to make this two-page layout. I originally made this only one page, but then realized we three were just TOO cute for our ADORABLE photos to be so small. LOL :D

Believe by Jen Reed
Fonts: Freebooter Script, Batik Regular, Sans

1960 - Nancy and I liked playing with dolls, so we were excited about our new baby sister, Liz.
1961 - I don't know if Nancy and I held Liz's hands to keep her standing up or to stop her from wandering off.
1964 – While we were up at the cabin, Nancy caught a small-mouth bass from shore, so it was time for a picture.

1968 - I'm sure our cat, Ming, was not thrilled about standing on a snowman.
1972 - Liz and I were right in style with our short skirts and short hair. Nancy's hot pants were "in", too.
2010 - It was a special time when just the three of us went out to lunch and then visited the Arboretum.

I made this layout for Jen Reed's October blog challenge. You can win a great kit by playing along. Check it out by clicking on the link above.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

A is for Art Car

It was a blast seeing these art cars in a parade at the Minnesota State Fair. What is an art car? It is a "vehicle that has had its appearance modified as an act of personal artistic expression". (Wikipedia) The creator of an art car is called a "cartist"! LOL

My favorite art car was the one at the top of the layout. As a shrimp conducted, the fish and other shrimp attached to the car “sang” in parts, lifting up their heads in time to the “Hallelujah Chorus”. Can you imagine a car like that driving down your street?

Fresh Start by Jen Reed
Fonts: Rockwell, Veteran Typewriter
I submitted this layout to the
October DSO ABC Album Challenge by Joni Gray.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Hilltop View

When we hiked from Gooseberry Falls down to Lake Superior last July, we saw this gorgeous view.

Frame by Dinphy, Oct 2010 Frame-It Challenge;
"Kit Pomme de reinette et Pomme d'api" par MissVivi;
Fonts: Papyrus, Arial
I submitted this layout to the October 2010 DSO Frame-It Challenge.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Rosy Outlook

Above the icy waters of Lake Superior lies a glorious rose garden. The day Harry and I visited, the roses were in full bloom. As we meandered through the colorful flower beds, I even spotted a statue of Leif Erickson! Or was that Harry?

A Quiet Place by Jen Reed
Boxed Up Template 1 by The Paper Iris
Fonts: akaFrivolity, Arial

For this layout, I used "A Quiet Place" by Jen Reed. Click here to see a preview of her kit and pick it up at her store. Here are the close-ups:

Try taking a rosy outlook on life today. It may make you smile.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Biggest Ball of Twine

“Weird Al” Yankovic wrote a song about a family vacation to this twine ball. Our three boys performed in a skit using Yankovic's song, so we decided to visit this hot tourist spot. The twine ball was enormous: 40 feet around; 17,400 pounds. Amazing! Why would anyone make a ball of twine that big?

Inspiration Lane October Mega Sampler by Jen Reed
Fonts: OldNewspaperTypes Medium, Segoe Print Bold

To make this layout, I used Jen Reed's portion of the October Mega Sampler at Inspiration Lane. You can check out a preview of her fun kit on the post below, then click here to visit Jen's store at Inspiration Lane.


A Pile of Fun

I love this photo of Jim, my brother-in-law, playing with his young daughters. The joy radiating from the girls' faces is priceless.

Inspiration Lane October Mega Sampler by Jen Reed
Fonts: Stamp Act Jumbled, Segoe Print Bold

The preview below shows the kit by Jen Reed that I used for this layout. This is part of the October Mega Sampler at Inspiration Lane. Click on the image below to visit Jen's store there.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Cool Swim

Did you know Lake Superior is the largest fresh-water lake in the world? Since it is so big, it is usually icy cold. The year-round average water temperature is 40 degrees; the water at beaches in the summer is usually around 55 degrees. I remember swimming at a beach where a sign warned swimmers to get out of the water after fifteen minutes to avoid hypothermia.

Thus Harry and I were surprised we didn't freeze when we stepped into the lake one steamy summer day. Apparently the bright sunshine, 90 degree air temperature, shallow bay, and calm winds combined with an unusually hot summer in 2010 to give us a cool swim.

A Quiet Place by Jen Reed; Fonts: TestarossaNF, Arial

We took turns taking photos of each other, proving we had actually swum in Lake Superior. In one of the photos I took of Harry, he looks big compared with the boat on the horizon, and in the other, the lake looks very shallow. What are the real facts?

A Quiet Place by Jen Reed; Fonts: TestarossaNF, Arial
REAL facts: Harry: 5’7”;
Lake Superior's deepest point: 1300 feet;
ore boat: 600-1000 feet long

Here is the full two-page layout.

For both of these pages, I used "A Quiet Place" by Jen Reed. Check it out here or click on the preview below.

See you again soon!