Friday, March 29, 2013

Engineer in Training

Isn't it amazing what can be built using just a few blocks?  Here is something David built when he was six years old.  I think the design hints at the engineer he would become!


Thursday, March 28, 2013


One day in October, Steven and Sara made rock people and were very silly as they strolled along the Mississippi. Here is a fun collage of that time.

Creative assistance from Sara Zahler
Scrapping with Liz Template 153
Title letters found using Spell with Flickr


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

REAL Men Wear Aprons Again!

I liked this photo of Harry, John and Steven wearing aprons and hamming it up for the camera so much I decided to create a second page using it. You can find my first layout here. I think the arms coming outside of the frame are very fun; this is called out-of-bounds in scrapbooking terms. I wrote a tutorial on how to do this out-of-bounds technique in a Scrap Girls newsletter that you can read here.



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My Cup of Love Overflows

I love this picture of my sons and their gals from Thanksgiving Day, 2012.  It's like a big group hug!  Using a photo of a cup of  "love" I took on that same day,  I came up with this page.  I am so blessed by my family!

Brandy Murry: Grandparents Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Blenders 4; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie; Fonts: English, Desyrel, Times New Roman; I submitted this page to the 3/20/13 Scrap Girls High Noon Chat and Scrap to make a page using pastels.  Isn't this kind of pastel? Remember I have boys, so you cannot expect pink! 


Monday, March 18, 2013

Irish for a Day

I didn't have any photos of my own to use for a St. Patrick's Day layout, so I found this little green guy on the web.  Do you think he is a leprechan?

Copyright-free photo from Wikimedia Commons

You can click here and scroll down to read in the Scrap Girls newsletter how to easily make a string of elements look like it goes "through" a ring using Photoshop Elements 6.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Wedding Day Finery

When you're all dressed up anyway, you may as well take a family picture, right? Here is the photo of Mom, Dad, my sisters and me at my son's wedding. We all look so good you wouldn't guess that Dad had broken his hip three weeks earlier. That meant Mom had to move to a memory care unit since she has Alzheimer’s and Dad was her sole caregiver.

 We were really glad Mom and Dad could both be at the wedding. My sisters worked out the logistics of getting our parents to both the wedding and the reception. Dad was in a wheel chair and still doing rehab, but he was able to walk short distances with a walker. Mom was very confused, but happy to see Dad and be at the wedding. I'm glad we could capture this moment.

Sweet Melody by Bella Studio and Xcenedra


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Split Rock Lighthouse

It had been years since either Harry or I had been to Split Rock, but it was still as picturesque as ever.

This is the same template I used on "Beautiful", a layout of Kristine, my son's bride.  I liked the sweeping curves with the circular photo as the focus, so I made another page with the template.

Scraplifted from "Thirsty Thursday" by Laura Louie 
Template by me 
Font: Times and Times again


Monday, March 11, 2013

With All My Heart

This is one of the gorgeous wedding photos of my son, John, and his bride, Kristine.  I love the expressions on their faces.

Lettering Delights Cursive
Click here to see my article regarding this layout in the Scrap Girls newletter.


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Celebrate Today

My sons, Steven, David, and John made a cake for my birthday but the best present was their presence.

All materials by Shalae Tippets at Scrap Girls: Comfort Of Home Collection Biggie; JIF Plus: 12x12 Comfort Of Home; Comfort Of Home Word Art Super Mini; Comfort Of Home Embellishment Mini; I wrote an article about this layout that was published in the Scrap Girls Newsletter here.