Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hike to a Glacier

Every year when I was young, my parents would take us on a vacation somewhere in the US.  We would drive... and drive... and drive... ,  usually camping along the way, until we reached the sights we wanted to see.

Our most amazing vacation was one out west to the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park and Banff National Park in Canada.  Here are some photos from a memorable hike we took up to a glacier in Glacier National Park.

Reflections Of The Heart Value Pack (frames,modified; berries, fastener, leaves, paper mini 3 used as background overlay) by Jen Reed; Swim Like A Fish Paper Biggie (paper 15 used as background overlay) by Jen Reed; Butterfly Kisses (both alphas, gold paper behind title alpha) by Jen Reed; copyright-free background photo of Glacier National Park; Fonts: Desyrel, Bookman Old Style Semi-Bold, Arial, Arial Bold; I submitted this page to the SG High Noon Chat.

(1) As we drove past the gorgeous scenery on Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park,
(2) we didn’t stop very often to take pictures because we had a long hike planned that day.
(3) With each of us carrying part of our lunch, we set out. Dad was in the back, taking pictures of our behinds. When Mom complained about the unflattering perspective, he moved to the front.
(4) I was nervous whenever we crossed small streamlets.
(5) We hiked past three lakes, always climbing up.

(6) The path grew narrow at times, with steep drop-offs.
(7) We went past many small waterfalls, and hours after we had started, finally saw Grinnel glacier, which was slowly melting.
(8) When we looked back, we were awed by the lovely view of the three lakes by which we had climbed. It was such an amazing experience that Harry and I took our three boys back years later so they could share in the memory, too.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Brotherly Love

Whenever the boys dressed up, I naturally had to take their pictures. On this day, I thought David and John looked so cute I asked them to give each other a hug. They gave me this adorable pose.

A New Day by Jen Reed; Fonts: Veteran Typewriter, Pea Luv-2-Scrapbook; I submitted this page to the SG Monday 8/13 Challenge to make a page with all the photos on the left.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Doodle Portrait: Beach Babe

I saw a tutorial here on how to make a doodle portrait and thought, "That's kinda cool!  I'd like to try that!"  Here is the result.  You can see the original photo in this layout, Birthday Balloons.

Coastal by Brandy Murry; Shabby Shores (shingle background) by Cindy Rohrbough; inspired by Tutorial: Doodle Portrait based on Summer Breeze by MommaHarvey; Font: CK Ali's Hand


Monday, August 13, 2012

Flower Power!

One gorgeous August afternoon, Harry and I strolled through Munsinger and Clemens Gardens in St Cloud. Although Munsinger was shaded by huge trees and Clemens was totally out in the sun, both gardens were lovely. It was a great way to recharge our batteries and make a beautiful memory.

Reflections of the Heart by Jen Reed; Here Comes the Sun Alphas by Jen Reed; Template Revisited 2 and Multi-Page Sample Template (modified) by Scrapping with Liz; PSE Simple Emboss action; Font: Marketing Script


Friday, August 3, 2012

Minneapolis, City of Lakes

I made this postcard of Minneapolis for a Scrap Girls Challenge, so I thought I would share it with you. Clockwise from the upper left, the photos are: Spoonbridge and Cherry, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden; Minnehaha Falls; Stone Arch Bridge; Lake Harriet facing the band shell. The bottom two photos are copyright-free from Wikimedia Commons.

Isn't Minneapolis a beautiful city?


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Here Comes the Bride Doll

When Liz told someone to have the camera ready because she was going to give me something she knew I would love, I had no idea what was coming. She came around the corner with my Bonnie the Beautiful Bride doll from when I was a little girl. She had kept it safe while our family was living in Japan and then found it again recently and gave it back to me. Nancy was there, too, so we all laughed over this "blast from the past"!

I made this layout for a challenge to create a page outside my comfort zone. This is definitely different than what I usually create, but I like it anyway.

A New Day (frame modified, some papers used as overlays) by Jen Reed; Come One Come All (alpha 1) by Jen Reed; Butterfly Kiss (alpha 2) by Jen Reed; The Messenger (notebook paper, tape, re-colored) by Jen Reed; Messy Paint Frames Brush Set by Jen Reed; Play the Net (picture photo mask) by Jen Reed; plain feathered photo masks for papers using GIMP; Fonts: Gourdie Cursive, Desyrel, Croissant, Gourdie Cursive, Elephant, Great Vibes, Kristen ITC Semi-Expanded, Harrington, Showcard Gothic, Stamp Act, Pea Katie, WC ROUGHTRAD Bta, Waterfalls, Vivaldi Italic Condensed, Calvin and Hobbes, bulkyRefuse Type; I submitted this page to the SG 8/1 High Noon Challenge.

Journaling: Liz surprised me one day with my old bride doll that she had stored for years while we lived I Japan. I was completely flabbergasted!
Tags: Giggly Girls; 3 times the Fun; Blast from the Past; What a HOOT!; Playing Dolls