Monday, September 30, 2013

The Joy of the Newly Engaged

John and Kristine enjoyed a special moment together, basking in the joy of the newly engaged.

Zip Kit: Whitewashed by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin; I submitted this page to the Monday 9/30 Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking to create a page using a JIF or ZIP kit.


Friday, September 27, 2013

Love Always

Dad has Parkinson’s and Mom has Alzheimer’s, so they can no longer live in the same place. Nowadays Dad walks over from his assisted living apartment to the memory care facility where Mom lives. Through all of these changes, their love for each other remains as strong as always.

Scraplifted from Li’l Poppet by Ginny Whitcomb; Angie Briggs: Being With You Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Shabby Chic Collection Biggie; Font: Goudy Old Style; I submitted this page to the 9/27 Friday Scraplift Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Nancy and I both smiled for Mom, but I also proudly showed that I could stand!

I like this photo of Nancy and me, but we were standing too far apart, so one frame around the whole photo did not look pleasing. I solved the problem by putting individual frames around each of us, making sure the frames touched each other to tie us together visually. The individual frames highlighted our cute little selves while not obstructing the view of the vintage green couch.

Elisha Barnett - Homebody Collection Biggie; Angie Briggs - Being with You Collection; Brandy Murry - ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie; Brandy Murry - Brush Set: Erosion Biggie

I submitted this page to the Monday 9/23 Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Challenge to use brushes on a layout. Using a brush, I created clipping masks for papers that I blended into the background layer. This made the background lighter with more texture while preserving the daffodil on the side.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Fall Smiles

I love this photo of my niece Liz with her 4-month-old daughter Grace!  The reds of the fall leaves provide a wonderful background, and the expressions on the faces of these two make me smile along with them.

Value Pack: Family Matters by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin; Fall Foliage Collection Mini by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin; Curling Leaves Embellishment Biggie by Brandy Murry

This layout was featured in a Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking newsletter.  You can read here how I changed the word art "all smiles" from aqua with cream letters to red-orange with brown letters.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

You Are Loved

I love this photo of my honey hubby.  I love him, too, of course!

I made this page for the Thursday challenge at Scrap Girls to create a page based on some part of a product's label. I looked around the house and found a Suave hand lotion bottle with a pattern of fading circles, so that was the inspiration for this page design. Isn't that a hoot?!! I bet you didn't guess that when you first saw the layout!

Inspiring Collection Biggie by Cherise Oleson; Inspiring Edges Paper Super Mini by Cherise Oleson; Inspiring Dates Word Art Mini by Cherise Oleson; I submitted this page to the Thursday 9/19 Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking to create a page based on a product's label.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Different Strokes for Little Folks

All the cousins loved to "putt" on the practice putting green by Grandpa and Grandma's trailer, but adult clubs were way too big. My brother-in-law Bill solved the problem by crafting kid-size wooden putters.

Out In the Yard Collection Biggie by Jacqui Smith; Value Pack: Kensington by Brandy Murry; ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders 4 by Brandy Murry; ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Pennant Banners by Cherise Oleson; Fonts: Goudy Old Style, Comic Sans MS; I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking 9/18 High Noon Crop Challenge to use a ScrapSimple Embellishment. template.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Adorable, Precious Cutie-Pie

Using the ad below as inspiration, I created a layout of my adorable grand-nephew, Calvin.  Isn't he precious?

Blue Collection Biggie by Brandy Murry
Photos by Rebecca Schreiner


Monday, September 9, 2013

By the Bay

As Liz, Nancy and I strolled around the bay at Grand Marais, we spied a tour ship that reminded me of a pirate schooner. The memory of that lovely day is a treasure no pirate can steal.

12th of Never by Jen Reed; wave shape from Swim Like a Fish by Jen Reed;
Fonts: Papyrus, MS Sans Serif


Friday, September 6, 2013

2013 State Fair Timeline Photo

Since Harry and I had so much fun at the Minnesota State Fair, I made a Facebook timeline cover photo from some of my favorite fair pictures.

Here is a closeup of the photo I edited with PSE 11.  I wanted to show how this amazing BMX trick progressed.  I extracted the biker from the set of photos I took in progression of one trick, then put them on one background photo.