Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Birthplace of a River

Ever been to the headwaters of the Mississippi? That important river begins as a small creek flowing from Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota. There you can actually wade across the Mississippi in just a few short steps!

The sign at the site reads, "Here [at Lake Itasca], 1475 ft above the ocean, the mighty Mississippi begins to flow on its winding way 2552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico."

Mom and Dad took us to see the headwaters one day in 1965. It turned out Liz, center, had a raging fever when this photo was taken, so I don't think she appreciated the educational experience very much.

My Father’s Eyes by Jen Reed; DSO June Template Challenge template by Bunny; Golden Vintage photo action from The CoffeeShop Blog; Fonts: PreludeFLF Bold, Veteran Typewriter
I submitted this layout to the June DSO Template Challenge.
**chosen as a gallery standout by Bunny**


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers' Day!

My dad has played many roles through the years, but one thing has remained constant: his character. He is kind, loving, considerate, faithful, and godly. He has a great sense of humor and an even greater sense of integrity. He has always been there for me, ready to step in to help in any way. He is a very special person, and I am proud that he is my dad.

My Father’s Eyes by Jen Reed; Font: Sans, Segoe Script, Special Type Italic
** selected as a gallery standout by Joni **


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Story of a Wedding

What do you do with great Facebook photos you'd like to use in a layout, but are too small to be blown up to large photos? That was my problem with a number of the photos from my niece's wedding. I solved the problem by leaving the photos small and creating this collage of some my favorites.

Jun 2011 DSO Color Challenge kits by: dhariana (blue paper); Maureen as makeyesup (pink paper) Faith Amadio (flower); Tiggconn’s Scrap Designs (crinkled ribbon, little leaf); Phlox Dragon Designs (bigger leaves); LSW (bead scatter); enamel action by Atomic Cupcake; photos by my sister, Liz, my niece, Becca, and me; Template by me; Font: Old Script
I submitted this layout to the June DSO Color Challenge.
**selected as a gallery standout by Bunny**

The bride's father, my brother-in-law, was diagnosed with brain cancer a few months ago, so Liz and Doug moved their wedding date up a year so her dad, Bill, could be there. Bill cannot move on his left side, so he is in a wheelchair. Bill’s son pushed him as he "walked" Liz down the aisle.

Turn lemons into lemonade, or in this case, brain cancer into a wedding celebration!


Thursday, June 2, 2011

I, Robot

I really had a blast making a robot for the church float, an entry in the Fourth of July parade. The boys weren't much help except for lending their Duplos for the robot's features, but they liked the end result. They also enjoyed the parade, especially when they got candy and ice cream.

2010 October DSO Color Challenge kits by: Joni Gray (tag, blue); Tiggconn’s Scrap Designs (flat screw, tag - cut using Joni Gray's tag as a template); Dinphy (piece of hardware); Deatles (measuring device, 3D screw); Designs by Kristine (sunburst background paper); Designs by Moni (red background paper); Jan C (green background paper); Fonts: Eurostile, Impact Label; Fonts: Eurostile, Impact Label
I submitted this layout to the DSO June Surprise Challenge.
**selected as a GSO by Kamá**