Thursday, June 13, 2013

Spotlight on Dad

Dad was raised on a farm, and learned the value of hard work early in life.  He was very skilled at many jobs.  He built a wooden playhouse for us girls, turned a closet into a bathroom, and added a room onto a trailer home.  He even grew nine-foot tall tomato plants! 

While in the Air Force, Dad dreamed of building air strips, which led to his degree in civil engineering.  Instead of air strips, though, he designed bridges, becoming Chief Bridge Engineer for Hennepin County.  He used a slide rule before the move to calculators and finally computers.

Dad married Mom in 1954.  Their enduring love and commitment to each other has been a shining example to all around them.  

In our house, Dad was the quiet voice of reason amidst the clamor of four women.  Dad always kept track of everything important using his pocket calendar and files.  My favorite family times were the summer vacations he planned to sights all around the northern U.S. and Canada.

In later years, Dad began new hobbies: painting carving and piano playing.  However, his wife and family are his greatest joys.  I am so blessed he is my dad!

Ang Campbell: Design Pack: Lots of Shots; Brandy Murry: Junk in the Trunk Collection Biggie, From the Desk Of Collection Biggie, Countryside Collection Biggie, From the Desk Of Word Art Mini, Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: From the Desk Of; Angela Blanchard: Home Canning Embellishments Biggie, Industrial Strength Collection Biggie; All available at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking.
In addition: Copyright-free images of adding machine, bridge blueprints, slide rule; CU piano; Extracted eagle my dad carved (sitting in front of painting he painted); Vacation photos: extracted photo of US Capitol Building; Babe the Big Blue Ox at Paul Bunyan Land, Brainerd, MN; Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. To go along with this layout, I wrote a tutorial on navigating in PSE. You can read it here.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Artistic Rocks

The breakwater at Grand Marais is one of my favorite spots on the North Shore. It has been painted and photographed so much that it is called "Artists' Point". Besides taking pictures of them, Harry and I like to climb on the rocks, too. For some strange reason, Harry didn't want to hold that "push-up" pose very long. Hmmm ...

Scraplifted from Make a Wish by Elisha Barnett; Elisha Barnett: Value Pack: Homebody; Thao Cosgrove: Naturescape Collection Biggie and Naturescape Solids Paper Mini; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders 4; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Emboss and Engrave Super Biggie; All available at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking.
CU rock textures; Fonts: Ben Krush, DJB Scratched Notes, Times and Times Again.   I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls 6/7 Friday Challenge to scraplift a layout by Elisha Barnett.  All available at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking.


It's a Guy Thing!

When I ask the boys for a silly pose, these are the types of photos I often get.  It must be a guy thing.

Jo Corne: No. 1 Son Collection Biggie, No. 1 Son Embellishment Mini: Borders; Available at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking. Jo Corne used my page for marketing here.


Time for Love

John and Kristine met at a Christian college and vowed to remain pure until marriage.  On their wedding day, exactly four years after their first date, the two kissed each other for the first time.  It was time for love.

I am very proud of my son, John and his wife, Kristine, for staying true to their belief of what the Lord wanted for them.  I know they will be blessed because they waited for God's timing.

Jo Corne: ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Love Me Do Mini; Syndee Nuckles: Value Pack: UnforgettableAmanda Fraijo-Tobin: Cherished Collection Mini; Brandy Murry: 19 Hearts Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Emboss and Engrave Super Biggie; ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Floral Mask Cluster, Photo by Brittany Laeger of Beautiful Era Photography and Design.  You can read here in a Scrap Girls newsletter about one technique I used on this page.


Friday, June 7, 2013

Just Chillin'

With a pair of shades and a baseball cap, Steven morphed into one cool dude!  This is another of Steven's "tough guy" photos from high school.  See the first layout here.

Jo Corne: No. 1 Son Collection Biggie

This is a page I made for Jo Corne to advertise her No.1 Son products.  You can see my page in the Scrap Girls boutique here.  It floats my boat!


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Breaking Out the Bubbly

At Matt and Maia’s wedding reception, they broke out the bubbly right away and gave some to everyone, even little kids!  When the newlyweds walked in, we all blew bubbles at the happy couple to welcome them.  Our big kids enjoyed playing with the bubbles afterwards.  Harry and I acted like big kids, too!

Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Absolutely Blended and Cherished Collection Mini; Brandy Murry: Dynamic Brush Set: Background Blenders; CU bubble; Fonts: Century Gothic, Edwardian Script ITC.  I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls 6/5 High Noon Challenge to use two patterned papers.

Take time out every day to play!


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Make My Day!

When he was in high school, Steven took a series of photos of himself posing as a tough guy.  This is one of my favorites.  He thinks this layout is pretty silly, but isn't that the point?


The Big Box

To 21-month-old Rory, the box from his Aunt Becca's comforter was made just for him!  He could sit in it, hide in it, and be dragged around in it. He could even put it on top of Mommy! The big box was so much fun!

I submitted this page to the 5/29 Speed Scrap at Scrap Girls.