Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Standing After the Storm

We spotted these battered palm trees as scudding clouds gave way to blue skies following yet another typhoon. Although they were missing many leaves, the trees still stood tall.

Scraplifted from “Relax” by Jennifer Wright; Coastal by Brandy Murry; Beachy Keen (seagull) by Sky; Transparent Alpha by Cajoline; Fonts: Times New Yorker, Rage Italic; I submitted this page to the SG Synchronized Swim Challenge to scraplift a layout.


Monday, July 30, 2012

Sandbox Olympics

If playing in the sandbox had been an Olympic sport, my boys would have been gold medalists!

Play the Net Collection Mini by Jen Reed; Dive Clean Collection Mini (yellow herringbone and blue papers for rings); A New Day Collection Mini (red flowered paper for ring) by Jen Reed; Fonts: London Olympics 2012, Rockwell Condensed, Bold Condensed, Pea Kristy; I submitted this page to the SG 7/29 Dive Into Your Stash Challenge to use something you hadn't used before.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Slightly Shady

Liz and I thought we looked really cool in our shades.

Wanted Collection (most papers and elements) by Jen Reed; Wanted Solids Paper Mini (orange and brown papers) by Jen Reed; Wanted – Jiffy Page (orange and aqua flowers) by Jen Reed; A New Day (stitching, re-colored) by Jen Reed; Scrap Simple Embellishment – Ripped Frames –Light (orange frame) by Jen Reed; All Aboard Template by Ideas For Scrapbookers; Fonts: Rage Italic, Showcard Gothic, SF Cartoonist Hand Bold; I submitted this page to the SG 7/28 Finish Line Chat Challenge to use three ribbons.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Running by the Falls

When Steven ran the Minneapolis Marathon this past June, Harry and I decided to watch him run from a spot towards the end of the course. I was surprised to discover that we picked a place right by Minnehaha Falls. Because of recent heavy rains, the falls were more splendid than usual, so naturally I had to stop to take a few pictures. I think it's pretty cool to find a lovely falls like this one in the middle of the city.

I tried to make my photo look like a painting using various photo actions.  What do you think?

Cottage Christmas by Brandy Murry (frame and plaque created using wooden door paper); background white photo mask created using paper from Coastal by Brandy Murry; waterfalls photo mask by KimB Designs; waterfall photo altered using nine different PSE photo actions at varying modes and opacities (in other words, I just played around with my picture!); Fonts: Matura MT Script Capitals, Desyrel; I submitted this page to the SG 7/21 Color Challenge to make a layout using brown and green.

Journaling: The spot we picked to watch Steven run the Minneapolis Marathon happened to be right by Minnehaha Falls. (June 2012)


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Blast Off!

These photos that Ryan, John's new brother-in-law, posted on Facebook are so fun that I decided to make an unusual page with them. It looks like everyone had a blast!

Geometric Template 2-3 by Sandrine Laprade aka Crea Bisontine; Swim Like a Fish by Jen Reed; Splish Splash Alpha by Designs by Sarah; Font: SF Cartoonist Hand Bold

Journaling: Everyone had a blast as Ryan and John threw Ryan’s cousins into the pool. (2012)


Monday, July 23, 2012

Discoveries in Alaska

Shortly after earning her Ph.D. in environmental chemistry, my niece Sarah spent three weeks doing field work at Toolik Lake, Alaska. As she traveled by ten-seater plane and Dalton Highway shuttle, she discovered much spectacular scenery. These are some of Sarah's photos from various parts of Alaska. On the left is one of the rainbows she saw. Along with all this glorious scenery, what else will she discover in Alaska, especially through her research?

Reflections of the Heart by Jen Reed; Photos by my niece, Sarah and her colleagues; Template by me; chemistry elements extracted from stock photos; PSE wacky metal action; Fonts: Rockwell Condensed, Condensed; Mistral; Arial Bold; I submitted this page to the SG Thursday 7/19 Challenge to create a layout on the topic "New Discoveries".  I am fascinated by Sarah's experiences in Alaska, and thought her photos especially appropriate for this challenge.  You can follow Sarah on her blog, Sarah's Page O' Travels.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Running the Minneapolis Marathon

I asked Steven to write the journaling for this layout in his own words so those reading could get the full flavor of his experience. The Minneapolis Marathon runs along the parkway by the river almost the whole way, so the route is very pretty, but the phrase, "The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America", is a registered trademark of this race. LOL

Golden Vanity by Jen Reed: Fonts: Euphorigenic, Champagne & Limousines Medium, Great Vibes, Calibri Bold

Steven's Thoughts on the Marathon:
With most races you’re trying to run fast. With the marathon, I was just trying to do it. The pace was not fast or slow, it was forward.
The second half of running a marathon is you and your pain. Everything from the waist down starts to hurt.
We ran into a forest by Fort Snelling State Park. I liked the shade it provided and it was really beautiful. I didn’t really appreciate it as much as I would have under different circumstances, especially the ginormous hill that they were so kind to include just after mile 18.
There were people a lot older than me that were passing me. It was humbling. I wanted to say, “Slow down! Wait for me!”
It was fun chatting with other runners. One 40-year-old Hispanic guy and I cheered each other on as we ran together. We kept telling each other, “We are almost there, we can make this.”

 Talk Bubbles – Page 1:
1) The race began as a sea of people. It was really cool to see. There were all types of people there: old, young, tall, short, all dressed in a myriad of different colors.
 2) It made a huge difference to see my family on the sidelines cheering me on. It gave me renewed energy to keep going.
3) The race officials tracked you through a GPS chip in the tag attached to your shoe.
4) When I crossed the finish line, I was surprised to hear them say my name and hometown over the loudspeakers. It brought me back to the days in high school when they would announce my name before sporting events.
5) It felt really, really good to cross the finish line because I was done and I could stop running.

Talk Bubbles – Page 2: 
6) John met me with an Orange Julius and ran with me several miles. He was surprised I downed the drink in about 15 seconds.
7) John was also surprised at how verbal I was. My mouth was working just fine, only my legs were hurting.
8) Rocky Pose!
9) I liked finishing the marathon because I had tried one before and hadn’t finished (went 18 of the 26.2 miles).
10) It didn't matter to me how long it took to finish, it mattered that I crossed the finish line.
11) Mom, I just finished a marathon and I'm tired! Can you stop taking pictures now?!

The medal represented the accomplishment, finishing the race. Both of my brothers want to run a marathon now.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

He's Mine

This photo is so fun I decided to use it for another page. Journaling: John was torn between his brothers and his new bride.

July 2012 Template by Bunny Cates; Classique (parts modified) by Digiscrapange Designs; Classic Alpha by Delicious Scraps; Paris Dream Alpha by digiscrap.ch; photo taken by me but posed by Brittany Laeger; Font: Champagne & Limousines Medium; I submitted this page to Bunny Cates’ July Template Challenge.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Stick Your Neck Out

Well as giraffes say, you don't get no leaves unless you stick your neck out. ~Sid Waddell

Here Comes the Giraffe by Dhariana; photo mask (modified) by Lindsay Jane Designs; copyright-free stock photos; Fonts: GoodDog, Kristen ITC Semi-Expanded; I submitted this page to the SG 7/9 Monday Challenge to create a background paper by erasing the top layer lightly in spots to let the bottom, bolder layer show through; I also submitted this page to the July 2012 Nobody Out Challenge at Bunny Cates forum to use all materials in Dhariana’s free kit.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Waiting for Her

Love shown from John’s face as he waited for Kristine to come down the aisle.

Sweet Melody by Bella Studio and Xcenedra; Flown Flowers (color gradient paper) by Hakia D; Cherished Treasures – Special Word Art with frame (re-colored) by Cindy Rohrbough; ; Font: Monotype Corsiva Italic; I submitted this layout to the SG 7/10 Tuesday Freebie Challenge to use the frame and word art.


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Accordion 4th

According to the calendar it was the 4th of July, so naturally Harry, Steven and I listened to an accordion concert with Mom. We all sang along with the golden oldies and even danced the polka with Mom. Afterward, we ate red, white and blue cheesecake. Since Dad was still at a rehab facility, we brought a piece to him so he could have a slice of the celebration, too.
American Pride by Kimb’s designs; background paper and scalloped edge shape by Lindsay Jane Designs; Stars and Stripes alpha by Trixie Scraps Designs; Tall Black Alpha by Crisdam Designs; Template 101 by Scrapping with Liz; Font: Corbel Bold; I submitted this page to the SG 7/7 Color Challenge.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Presenting The NewlyWeds!

As they strolled into the reception hall, John and Kristine glowed with happiness.

Life in Blue and Pink by Sarayane Design and M Créations; photo mask (modified) by KimB Designs; Fonts: Freebooter Script, Gabriola, Segoe Print


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

New Bride, New Sister

John and Kristine's wedding was at 3pm, but pictures started around noon. Harry and I didn't get there that early, but I was able to capture a few of the posed shots. I thought these of Kristine and the boys were especially cute.

Lady in Purple (papers, flowers) by Imagine by Fran; First page scraplifted from QP by Scrap Anges and N@te; Our Wedding Day (rings, heart, lace) by Doudou’s Design; Fonts: Gabrielle, Desyrel

 Stay tuned for more wedding layouts!