Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Christmas in Japan

Although you can't tell by the photo, we were in Japan for this 1995 Christmas.  The boys didn't understand much Japanese, but they had to sit quietly through the Christmas Eve service in Japanese anyway.  This photo was taken afterwards. It was Christmas, so they were all excited.  John and David managed nice smiles, but Steven got silly.  Oh, well, boys will be boys!

Flea Market Frame Special by Syndee NucklesCottage Christmas Collection Biggie by Brandy MurryCottage Christmas Paper 2 by Brandy MurryScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Tags 8301 Biggie by Cherise Oleson; Fonts: Arial Bold, French Script MT; I submitted this page to the Tuesday 10/30 Scrap Girls Freebie Challenge.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Better Than Chocolate

Being with Harry for his birthday was definitely better than the chocolate dessert we shared.

Golden Vanity Heritage Collection by Jen Reed; Homebody Collection Biggie – Alpha by Elisha Barnett; Dynamic Brush Set: Background Blenders by Brandy Murry; Scraplifted from Deon by KimB; Fonts: Terminal Greek 737 (437G); Veteran Typewriter; Top Secret; I submitted this page to the  Scrap Girls 10/29 Challenge to make a page about chocolate.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Eyes All Aglow

No, I didn't do a layout about vampires.  Do you remember "The Christmas Song" by Lionel Richie?  Part of it goes:

"Tiny tots, with their eyes all aglow, will find it hard to sleep tonight. They know that Santa's on his way..."

On Christmas, 1962, we three girls weren't very tiny, but you can tell by the excitement in our eyes that we knew Santa was on his way!

Did you notice that the wreath is made entirely of blue leaves, corks on a rope, an Air Force button, a purple ribbon, and a chain frame? That's because this is my Mess or Masterpiece layout from a Scrap Girls challenge.  The challenge leaders gave directions for each participant to blindly select materials from their digital scrapbooking stash by counting folders and items.  Here is my final mix of "ingredients":

Life Montage - Paper - Special Freebie (frame/mat for picture)
Coastal Collection Biggie by Brandy Murry (plank background paper)
The Messenger Collection Biggie by Jen Reed (notebook paper)
Blue Collection Biggie by Brandy Murry (blue leaves)
Shabby Shores Collection Mini by Cindy Rohrbough (cork and rope)
My Father's Eyes Collection by Jen Reed (chain frame)
Military: Airmans' Creed Collection Mini by Jen Reed (button)
Eat Cake Birthday Boy Collection Biggie by Jen Reed (ribbon)
A New Day Collection Mini Alpha by Jen Reed (title) 
Brush Set:Artists Toolbox by Syndee Nuckles (gray smear under names on photo)

I wanted to create a masterpiece instead of a mess.  I ended up using almost 200 different layers (including shadows), and I think I succeeded!


Friday, October 12, 2012

I'm a Scrap Girls Layout Artist!

Have any of you noticed the new button I've been sporting on the sidebar? I've been chosen as a Scrap Girls Layout Artist!  I'm so excited!!

What does it mean to be a Scrap Girls Layout Artist ?  

1.  I write articles that appear in the Scrap Girls newsletter from time to time.  To read my first article, click on the link here, then scroll down to "Value Packs: What a Deal!"

2.  I submit layouts to various scrapbooking magazines or e-zines (online magazines) corresponding with submission calls for a certain type of page.  I cannot reveal the layouts until they are published or rejected, but I'll be sure to let you know if I get published!

3.  If a Scrap Girl designer requests and I agree, I make layouts using the designer's new kit(s) to advertise the new product.  Again, I have to wait to post those layouts until they have been first shown in the newsletter.

4. As one of the Scrap Girls team, I have a page about me that you can check out here.  Pretty cool, huh?

During this time when I haven't posted much, I've actually been busy behind-the-scenes creating layouts that will be posted later.

I can now show you the layout that appeared in my first article.  I've done a page with this photo before that you can check out here, but since this is one of my favorite photos of the boys when they were little, I decided to use it for my very first SG Layout Artist layout. Oooooo, it still gives me chills to say that I'm a Layout Artist!!

Journaling: How did my garden grow? With David (3) and John (2) and Steven (8 mo) all in a row.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Thinking of You

I thought you might enjoy seeing a card I created for the Scrap Girls Card Sketch Chat yesterday. I took the picture while hiking in the Superior National Forest in 2009. Here is another layout I made of the gorgeous wildflowers we saw then.

Design inspired by sketch by Cheri Thieleke; Fade to Gray (papers) by Durin EberhartVellum Fancy Collection Mini (vellum) by Amanda Fraijo-TobinButterfly Kisses (stitching) by Jen Reed; I created this card for the 10/6 Scrap Girls Card Sketch Chat.