Friday, December 17, 2010

Naturally Sisters

My sisters and I spent a glorious day in June at the Arboretum. Here are some of the photos from that day.

Spring Alpha by Delicious Scraps;
stamp frame (modified) by Gunhild; various CU textures


Monday, December 13, 2010

Snowy Giants and a Giant Snow

Here is a wintry layout made from last year's photos, perfect for this time of year (in the northern hemisphere, anyway).

DSO December 2010 Color Challenge kit by Joni Gray (glitter overlay created from glitter in kit); snowy alpha by Scrappin Cop; Font: Segoe Script
I submitted this layout to the DSO December Color Challenge.

In my last post, I talked about the big blizzard that hit our area. It ended up as the fifth biggest snow storm of all time based on the official record at the airport of 17+ inches of snow.

We only had about 14 inches here, but the snow drifted to 3-4 feet in some places. One of those big drifts was at the bottom of our driveway.

Our very kind neighbor saved us hours of shoveling by bringing over his huge snow blower to clear the driveway. Here are some photos.

With temperatures around 0 degrees F and strong winds, the wind chill was -20 to -30 degrees on the day after the storm. Understandably, Harry didn't want to pose too long with the yardstick.

Keep warm!


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Warm Memories

I am looking out at the biggest blizzard in this area since 1991. Brrrrrr! The snow is 20+ inches (51 cm) in some places and the winds are over 30 mph (54 km per hour). The international airport is closed and the plows were pulled off the city streets in Hennepin County – Minneapolis and suburbs. I can’t remember the last time that happened. It was probably in the 1991 Halloween snow storm. Even the University of Minnesota is closed and it NEVER closes!

This photo from my Dad's 80th birthday party last spring reminds me that snow and cold don't last forever.

Grosgrain Girl by mel_h designs and Scrappyweiss Designs; stitching (re-colored) from Make Believe by Scrappyweiss Designs; Font: AB Nirvana*
I submitted this layout to the December DSO Font Challenge


Friday, December 10, 2010

Happy 80th Birthday, Dad!

My dad turned 80 years old this year, so we threw a big party to honor him. All the kids and most of the grandkids came. Dad almost set the smoke detectors off when he blew out his 80 candles!

My dad is a kind, caring, considerate, fun-loving, generous and godly man. I'm so blessed that he is my dad!

Grosgrain Girl by mel_h designs and Scrappyweiss Designs; balloons by Kristin Aagard Designs; birthday cake and candles by Gunhild; word art (re-colored) by Elegant Word Art; December 2010 Jelly of the Month Freebie Alpha by Libby Pritchett Designs; curled ribbons by Scrappin Cop; Happy Birthday To Me - CU party hat by Malily; star and diamond shapes by me

I submitted this layout to the December IL Playing with Numbers Challenge. The requirements were to use 4 pictures plus a minimum of 6 papers, 1 ric rac, 1 alpha, 2 shapes and 6 elements. I planned to scrapbook these photos anyway, but this challenge helped me make the page more interesting as I searched for ways to fulfill the guidelines.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Best Time of the Year

Why is Christmas the best time of the year? There are decorations everywhere, parties galore, and special gatherings of family and friends, but these things aren’t what make Christmas so special.

Christmas is the time we remember the birth of Jesus Christ, God made man. This tiny baby grew to adulthood in a small country, never becoming rich and powerful, never traveling far from home, yet he changed the world by dying on the cross for the sins of all.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (KJ)

In the midst of the hustle and bustle, let us remember that Jesus is the reason for the season!

Christmas First by KimB Designs
Font: Matilde, Blue Highway Bold, Gabrielle
I submitted this layout to the DSO December Quote Challenge
and the IL Fontastic Fun Challenge.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Photo Facelift

Don't you hate it when a special photo turns out too dark or too light or off-color? It doesn't happen as much with digital photography these days, but way back in the olden days before there were digital cameras, there were more problems.

Now, using photo editing programs or layering programs, you can fix those old photos and make them look MUCH better. I edit almost all the photos I use in my layouts these days, especially to fix the lighting.

Here is an old photo of my middle son, John, at his first Christmas. The original photo turned out very dark and muddy, but I improved it using a free program GIMP. Doesn't it look better?

This particular photo change I submitted to the DSO December Photography Challenge. It's fun to make such a major improvement on an important photo like this one. Wasn't John adorable? I just want to pinch his little cheek!

Sue, John's mom (Can you tell?)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Orange Sentinels

While vacationing on the North Shore, Harry and I spotted these lichen-covered fence posts lining a drop-off by Lake Superior. I thought they looked like orange soldiers guarding the shoreline. (Gooseberry State Park, July 2010)

Outdoor Treasures by Dinphy
Fonts: Square 721 BT, Arial Bold
I submitted this layout to the November Frame-It Challenge.

What unique sights will you see today?