Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Two weeks ago the temperature hit an all-time high and the BMX bikers were out in full force. Here are a few shots of their amazing aerial acrobatics.

papers from stock textures; photo masks and brushes from Bunny Cates; hangars from Rachael's Scraps; chain and biker extracted from stock photos; I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls March Forum Game.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Artists in Training

David painted with watercolors while his younger brothers drew with chalk, but all the boys enjoyed creating their masterpieces.

ScrapSimple Paper Template: My Art Canvas Special (background) by Angie Briggs; The Messenger (frame) by Jen Reed; Child’s Life (art elements) by Elo Designs; Photo mask created from CU watercolor masks by Gunhild Storeide; Fonts: PaintyPaint, Top Secret Bold, Pea Katie Jo; I submitted this page to the Tuesday 3/20 Challenge at Scrap Girls.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My Extraordinary Sisters

I am very blessed to have two extraordinary sisters, Nancy and Liz. These pages are tributes to them.

Be Yourself by Delph Designs; Template by Bunny Cates; Fruit of the Spirit Alpha by Connie Prince; Fonts: Chiselscript, Freebooter Script, Juice ITC, KaterRino Medium, AdineKirnberg-Script, Book Antiqua, akaFrivolity, Corporate HQ, English Thin, Quadranta, Minya Nouvelle Bold, Fiolex Girls, Scriptina, Misproject¸ Bookman Old Style Light

My sister, Liz: Godly, Caring, Intuitive, Generous, Compassionate, Intelligent, Fun, Faithful, Gracious, Organized, Helpful, Loving, Sister, Confidante, Friend

Be Yourself by Delph Designs; Photo mask by Scrapping with Liz; Fonts: Selfish, Verdana, Segoe Script

Nancy has had many, many different roles in her life: daughter, sister, student, nurse, wife, mother, teacher, mother-in-law, grandma and more. She has handled them all with great aplomb. In 2011, after taking care of her wheel-chair-bound husband for five months as he battled brain cancer, she was given another role: widow. I admire her for how she has handled this very hard time, and pray for the Lord to hold her in the palm of his hand, guiding, protecting and comforting her as she travels this new path.


Monday, March 19, 2012

Stitches of Love

Mom sewed so many things for our family over the years that she was able to make this enormous quilt just from the leftover scraps of fabric. Isn't this amazing?

I don't know what she did when the three of us girls were little, but when the ten grandchildren started coming, my mom bought a serger and went into big production mode. She once showed me the calendar on which she kept records of measurements for each grandchild. She also attached fabric scraps and notes about what she'd made for who so she could keep track, not duplicate and be fair. It was pretty incredible!

Now Mom has Alzheimer's and doesn't remember anything she sewed or even how to sew. This layout is a tribute to her lifelong service for others.

Fresh Blossom by Jen Reed (parts re-colored); Fonts: Patchwork Letter filled with fabric from quilt, Segoe Print Bold; I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls 3/16 Friday Challenge.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring Fever

Where is it more fun to play, a playground, or a shallow puddle of muddy water? These kids decided on the latter. I had a ton of fun taking pictures of them as they enjoyed the snow-melt "pond". Note the difference in the way the girls and boys played. Having raised three sons, I wasn't surprised at which group ended up more wet and dirty.

Here Comes the Sun by Jen Reed; Font: Walkway Black; I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls March Forum Game, Week Two.

Journaling: March 14, 2012 - Record-high temperatures caused a huge shallow puddle to form next to the playground. The girls gingerly waded around and tried to catch water bugs while the boys got as wet and dirty as possible. After all, why walk through muddy water when you can run?


Thursday, March 15, 2012


It was so romantic! John secretly stashed his guitar and a blanket in a nearby park, and then brought Kristine there. After he sang her a song he had written himself, he took out the ring and popped the question. Guess what she said!

Photos by Rebekah Dugan; Reflections of the Heart by Jen Reed (BG paper - two papers blended); template by C. Lyle – Mama Bee; painted metal action by Atomic Cupcake; Fonts: Tahoma, Old Script; I submitted this layout to the Scrap Girls March 2012 Forum Game.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

February Swap Crop

I thought you might enjoy seeing layouts from the "Swap Crop" challenge I joined last month at Scrap Girls. Each participant gave a photo(s) to one person, received a photo(s) from another, and made a layout with the photo(s) they received. I ended up making a page for Sara that I'll show you in a bit, while Jody made a lovely page for me. In order to really appreciate what Jody did, you have to see the original photo.

This was supposedly a family portrait, but ended up being a great shot of Harry and me. I tried many times to do a page using this photo before, but ran into problems with the busy background. Here is how Jody beautifully solved the problem. Thanks, Jody!

Credits listed by Scrap Girls Designers' initials: ASO_SSTools_Glitter Sparks; BMU_Dotty Swirls; CVW_Supply Tracker; TLP_VV_amyjaz_paper3; TLP_VV_gmiller-vday prompts-2; TLP_VV_sgleason_hearts copy; mdl_patchwork of love_hearts pink; tstroud-edged out-01

Here is the page I made for Sara using photos from a rafting trip. The trip was the "Groom's Treat" for a wedding where the groom's name was Wild --- thus a "Wild Wedding"!

Reflections of the Heart by Jen Reed; wave shape from Swim Like Fish by Jen Reed; cloud shape from Here Comes the Sun by Jen Reed; sun by me; oars extracted by me from stock photo

Wasn't this a fun idea?


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Christmas Nostalgia

These are two pages I made about Christmas in 2010. The memories are very special because our whole clan was able to get together, which doesn't happen often, and, unbeknownst to us at the time, this was our last Christmas with my brother-in-law, Bill. Bill died of a brain tumor in September 2011; we all miss him.

Inspired by ad selected by Jen Reed; hexagon template made by me; Kit: Noël d'antan by Lilas Digiscrap; painted metal action by Atomic Cupcake; Fonts (including those used for titles): Arial, Monotype Corsiva Italic, Arial Bold, Engravers MT Bold Expanded, Baveuse, Quadranta Bold, Bosshole, Calvin and Hobbes, Earwig Factory, GiovanniITCTT, Gorilla Heavy, Kristen ITC Semi-Expanded

At Christmastime, our family often plays a game with inexpensive, wrapped gag gifts. At the end of the game, each person opens their presents, and we all laugh at the odd combinations: David, tiny purse; Dad, huge sunglasses; Mom, stuffed caterpillar; Marie, huge foam hand; John, clown nose and hat, posing with Dad's sunglasses; Russ, dancing marshmallow man; Bill, tiara.

Front: John, Liz (my niece), David; Couch: Nancy, Mom, Dad, Liz (my sister); Sides and behind couch: Sam, Becca, Marie, Sue, Harry, Ruth, Billy; Back: Steven, Bill, Mary Russ, Sarah, Jim


Some of you may recognize "Christmas Craziness" since I already posted that page here and here using a couple of different kits. I keep changing my mind!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Natural Clown

John’s “white elephant” present fit his personality perfectly. (Christmas 2010)

A Little Love by 2am designs by Monica Aguirre (background papers modified); scraplifted from Recyclables 9 template (modified) by Scrapping with Liz; Fonts: Gorilla Heavy, Verdana; designed using GIMP; photo edited using PSE 6
This page was submitted to the February Surprise Challenge by Monica Aguirre at Bunny Cates’ forum.