Friday, May 31, 2013

Just a Little Dirty

One hot summer day, the boys enjoyed sliding down the slide into a kiddie-size wading pool.  As water splashed out, the ground became muddy.  Playing in the mud was almost as much fun as sliding, so David ended up just a little dirty.


Search This Blog!

I just added a search function to my blog!  You will see it on the right as you scroll down.  If you type in a name, a title, or a phrase, a list of posts containing the word(s) will appear at the top of the screen.  It's pretty cool!   Check it out!
Thanks for the idea, Sarah!


First Day Jitters

I was so excited to start kindergarten that I made up little songs about it and sang them as I rocked my kitty or played on the swing set.  However, on that first day, posing in front of the garage door with my kindermat, paint smock, curled hair and new dress, I looked really nervous.  All turned out well, though, for I ended up loving school.

All materials by Jen Reed:
Reflections of the Heart

I used Essentials 365: School Year Alpha Mega v2 by Jen Reed for this page.  Do those printed letters bring back memories?  Jen's alpha mega pack has both printed and cursive letters, each one in the three colors. Check out this fun school alpha and Jen's other goodies at her store.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

From Horses to Cars

My great grandpa was a harness maker, but by 1911, as you can see from his ledger below, he worked on leather for automobiles as well as buggies pulled by horses.  As horses were slowly replaced by cars, Great Grandpa lost more and more business, so he had to turn to logging and other jobs.  My mom said his favorite thing to do, though, was to dress nattily with spats, suit, white shirt, tie and hat.  He sure didn't look like a harness maker!

I think it's pretty cool that we still have Great Grandpa's ledger from 1911.  Previously, when I made another page on him, I was able to use his customs pass with photo attached.  You can see that layout here.  

Family Faces Mini by Jen Reed
Fonts: Gill Sans MT Bold, Gorilla Heavy

For the above page, I used the alpha mega pack by Jen Reed shown below.  Jen's new alpha packs, word art packs and templates are still marked down, but not for long, so hurry on over to her store!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My Great-Niece, Grace

Here is a quick challenge layout I did of my sweet Great-Niece Grace.  We had a family get-together to hold a wedding shower for my niece Becca and her fiance, Sam, and I took the following photo.  Isn't Grace adorable?

Cindy Rohrbough: Treasured Heirlooms Collection Mini (frame); Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Chic Blender Layout Masks; and Brush Set: Chic Blenders; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders; and ScrapSimple Club March 2013 Nano; Fonts: Tangerine, Gabriola
Journaling: Grace was all dressed up for the wedding shower for her Aunt Becca and future Uncle Sam.  I thought she looked adorable.

Here are the Challenge requirements - ALL MET, layout posted here at Scrap Girls

1. use something from your stash that you've never used before! - Brandy's Nano kit
2. use at least two background papers, (Blended, stacked or side by side is personal choice) -  I used three, some in layout masks.
3. Use at least 5 embellishments. - I used 5-6, depending if you count the plain shape mat or not.
4. Use at least one photo - one
5. Use a brush - chic blenders
6. use 3 flowers - Done
7. Use 2 ScrapSimple products (other than shadow styles) - 2 different SS paper templates.

I still have more layouts using Jen's new products to show you, so I'll be back soon with those.  See you then!


Monday, May 27, 2013

Westward Ho!

This page tells the story of my favorite family vacation when I was growing up: a trip through South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Canada to see Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, Devil's Tower, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, Banff National Park, the Columbian Ice Fields and Fort Calgary.  There was so much to see! Twenty-five years later, Harry and I took our young sons out west to re-create this same trek.  The journaling is below the layout.

All materials by Jen Reed:  Materials:
Stories 365: Jumpstart v01 Template; Essentials 365: Alpha Mega Pack v1; Essentials 365: In Review Wordart Mega; Golden Vanity Mini Kit; Fonts: Pea Walker, System

1.  DINOSAUR PARK, Rapid City, South Dakota
Of all the vacations we took when I was growing up, this was my favorite! We first visited Dinosaur Park on the bluffs above Rapid City.

2. MOUNT RUSHMORE, South Dakota
It was really awesome to see the heads of four presidents carved into the granite on Mount Rushmore.  It made me feel very small.

3. DEVIL'S TOWER, Wyoming
We pulled a trailor that was too heavy for our car, so the radiator often boiled over.  Liz didn't appreciate this view of Devil's Tower.

There was lots to see at Yellowstone, but Old Faithful was one of the most memorable.  It really did erupt right on schedule!

My favorite place on this trip was Glacier National Park.  I especially liked the hike up the mountain to the glacier.  The scenery was gorgeous!

We visited the rebuilt historical Fort Calgary.  I don't think they used lawn mowers in the olden days, but there is one in this picture.

7.  SULPHUR MOUNTAIN, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
We took a gondola up to the top of this mountain in Banff.  Mom didn't like heights, so It makes sense that she was the farthest from the edge.

8. COLUMBIAN ICEFIELDS, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
It was a hot summer day, but we had taken a combination bus/snowmobile to the top of a glacier, so Liz needed her jacket.

This layout uses more of Jen's new templates, alpha, and word art packs that I mentioned my last post.  These new designs are 20% off for a limited time only.  Check them out at her store here, listed under "New Products". Sign up for Jen's newsletter to receive a special additional discount.  Here is an example of the template pack I used.

I have still more layouts showcasing Jen's new products to show you soon!  See you then!


Saturday, May 25, 2013

My Great-Nephew, Rory

Rory, when you came into the world in August, 2011, you were so little!  You needed oxygen at first as well as your "glow worm" blanket, but quickly you got better and came home from the hospital.  With those hands, soon you'll be palming a basketball like your mommy.  It's been fun to watch you grow from a tiny precious newborn to a one-year-old little boy!

All materials by Jen Reed:  Stories 365: Jumpstart v02 TemplateEssentials 365: Baby's 1st Year Alpha Pack; Essentials 365: Babys 1st Year Wordart MegaEssentials 365: In Review Wordart Mega; Reflections of the Heart

Jen Reed designs gorgeous digital scrapbooking materials, and I am grateful to be on her creative team.  She just stocked her store with twelve new products and this layout showcases four of them.  For a short while these products will be marked down 20%, so check them out soon!  She has a coupon in her newsletter for extra discounts, too. Sign up for the newsletter on her store website on the left-hand side.

Here is the fun baby alpha set.  It's so cute!  It contains three different alphas, each in six different colors.  There are more new alpha sets, templates and word art sets at 20% off for just a few days waiting in Jen's store, so hurry over!

I'll be sharing more layouts using Jen's designs in the days to come.  See you then!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Two Tempting

At two years old, it was hard to be given a basket of candy and told not to eat any. Right after this picture was taken, I started to eat my huge chocolate egg.

Paula Wright: Bunny Baskets Collection Biggie; Angie Briggs: Being With You Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Vintage Easter Collection, Shabby Chic Collection Biggie, and Action Pack: Mega Lift PSE; Click here to read a tutorial on how to tweak colors of elements as I did with the Easter basket on this page.

This is a re-do of an earlier page you can see here.


Monday, May 13, 2013

I Love to Read

I love to read! My day doesn't seem complete unless I've read something. Reading is a brief vacation in the middle of my day. A book reaches out to you and draws you into the middle of itself to inspire you, teach you, tug at your heart or bring you a smile.

You can read a brief description here on how I adjusted a word art especially for this page.

Elisha Barnett: Value Pack: Bookshelf
Font: Veteran Typewriter

Smile today!  Read a book!


Monday, May 6, 2013