Saturday, November 30, 2013

Little Sailor Boy

John and Kristine's engagement photos were on the last post, so naturally I am doing a layout of John as a toddler.  He was a pretty cute little boy, if I do say so myself!

Scraplift of Brandy Murry's Maria; Brandy Murry: Value Pack: Petals; Cherise Oleson: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Pennant Banners; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Emboss and Engrave Super Biggie; Durin Eberhart: ScrapSimple Paper Templates 8.5 x 11: Antiquities 3; Fonts: Zallman Caps, Bookman Old Style.

I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking 11/29 Friday Scraplift Challenge to scraplift a layout of a designer.


Friday, November 29, 2013

You and Me

I think John and Kristine look very much in love in these engagement photos.

All materials by Jen Reed: 12th of Never Collection; 12th of Never Solid Papers – Addon; Templates 365: Just Scrap It v01; Photo by Rebekah Dugan; CU Painted Metal Action by Atomic Cupcake; Fonts: Old Script, Cambria


Monday, November 25, 2013


Syndee Nuckles: Picturesque Collection Biggie; Stock photos

The Monday 11/25 Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking was to scrap the first thing you thought of when you read the challenge directions.  I thought about thinking and reflection and came up with this page. I think this turned out pretty cool! What are your reflections on the subject?


Friday, November 22, 2013

All I Want For Christmas Sure Isn't This!

At Christmastime, our family plays a game with “white elephant” gifts. No one knows what will be inside their packages. Some combinations are very funny! My favorite photo from 2010 is my brother-in-law Bill with a teeny tiny pink jeweled tiara. Other gifts included huge sunglasses for Dad, a cute little purse for my son David, and a stuffed caterpillar Mom.

Ginny Whitcomb: North Pole Friends Collection; Fonts: Gabriola, Mistral.

 I created this layout for Ginny Whitcomb to advertise her new kit, North Pole Friends Collection at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking. I used photos I scrapped with before because they seemed to fit her whimsical kit. You can find the previous layouts here and here and here. I guess I really like these photos!



John (4) celebrated when he reached the top of the play equipment at the park.  (1991)

 ScuffedCollection by Jennifer Ziegler; Scuffed Collection – Paper Special by Jennifer Ziegler; (freebie available here at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking for the next two days only)


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Happy 80th Birthday, Mom!

We recently celebrated my mom's 80th birthday by giving her a memory book. Each of the kids and grandkids wrote about Mom, and then those memories were assembled together, along with accompanying photos, and printed. At the party, we read the memories to my mom, and I could tell she was touched. This was the front page of the book.

Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Absolutely Blended; Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: White Linen Collection Mini (paper); Brandy Murry: Shabby Chic Collection Biggie (paper); Durin Eberhart: ScrapSimple Paper Template: 8.5 x 11 Artsy Borders 1; Durin Eberhart: Fade to Gray Collection Biggie (frame); Syndee Nuckles: Unforgettable Collection Mini (paper, flowers, leaves); Font: Janda As Long As You Love Me


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fall On the North Shore

Last year Harry and I visited the North Short of Lake Superior in September, when the leaves were just starting to turn.  Here is the lovely view we saw of Ellingson Island.  This island is a part of Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, and is easy seen as you look south from the lighthouse.

Brandy Murry: Autumn Jewel Collection Biggie; Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: Fall Foliage Collection Mini; Brandy Hackman: Blossoms and Blooms Fall Embellishment Biggie; Brandy Murry: Curling Leaves EmbellishmentBiggie; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders 4

This layout was featured here on the Scrap Girl Digital Scapbooking blog.  This blog has lots of ideas and tips from the experts on both digital and hybrid scrapbooking.  I especially like looking in the archives for previously published tutorials. Scrapbookers, check it out!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Out Fishing with Mickey Mouse

Three-year-old John looked like a real pro with his Mickey Mouse rod and reel.

All materials by Brandy Murry: Outdoor Life Collection Biggie; Menagerie Collection Biggie; Menagerie Layered Mask EmbellishmentsJIF Plus: 12 x 12 MenagerieScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders 5

In a newsletter from Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking, I described how I made this scanned photo more clear and vibrant.  You can read about it here.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Befuddled Baby

Six-month-old Calvin looked adorably befuddled when I took his picture.  This photo was too cute not to scrap!  Calvin's mom asked for a copy of the photo, so I think it's okay with her that I posted this.  Fortunately for me, Calvin is too little to ask!

Scraplifted from Family by Durin Eberhart; Brandy Murry: Petals Collection Biggie (materials re-colored); Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Grunge Block (photo masks); Jennifer Ziegler: Scuffed Collection (materials re-colored); CoffeeShop Perfect Portrait 3 Action; Font: Kristen ITC.

I submitted this page to the 11/9 Saturday Color Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking to create a page three colors from a specific color palette you can see here.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me
the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference. 
~ Reinhold Niebuhr
(The Serenity Prayer)

Amada Fraijo-Tobin: Brush Set: Chic Blenders, Amada Fraijo-Tobin: Antique Edges Paper Biggie,  Amada Fraijo-Tobin: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Chic Blender Layout Masks, Brandy Murry: Autumn Jewel Collection Biggie (papers, butterflies), Brandy Murry: Different Strokes Paper, Brandy Murry: Dynamic Brush Set: Markers Biggie 8501 (highlights under words), Brandy Murry: Paint Sheers Embellishments (smear under title), Cindy Rohrbough: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Cherished Treasures Frames (frame), Durin Eberhart: ScrapSimple Papers: 8.5 x 11 Antiquities 2 and 3 (texture overlays, re-sized), Jacqui Smith: Out in the Yard Collection Biggie (tree trunk), Syndee Nuckles: Picturesque Collection Biggie (papers, alpha), Fonts: Times New Roman, Edwardian Script ITC, Papyrus, Charlemagne Std, French Script MT, Times New Roman Italic

I submitted this page to the 11/2/13 National Scrapbooking Day Art Journaling Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking to create an art journaling page with the word "change" somewhere on the page.


Friday, November 8, 2013

Newlywed Delight

John and Kristine looked almost ready to burst with joy and delight as they basked in the glow of their love.

Blocking idea and wedding theme scraplifted from I Love You by Angie Briggs; Photo by Brittany Laeger, Beautiful Era Photography; Amada Fraijo-Tobin: Cherished Collection Mini (papers used as overlays); Amada Fraijo-Tobin: Brush Set: Chic Blenders; Amada Fraijo-Tobin: Antique Edges Paper Biggie; Brandy Murry: One Yellow Paper Collection Biggie (embossed white paper used as overlay); Syndee Nuckles: Value Pack: Unforgettable; Fonts: Tangerine, Times New Roman. I submitted this page to the 11/1 Friday Scraplift Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Blending Textures and Photos

I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Blending Tips Challenge for National Scrapbooking Day.  I must have known this blending challenge was coming! I already had photos I’d taken especially to use as textures, so I used them for some of my blending layers on top of the main barn photo. Here are the layers I used, listed from top to bottom:

1. Barn photo: Overlay, 10%
2. Photo of silt in parking lot, changed to B&W: Overlay, 30%
3. Photo of mesh netting, changed to B&W: Multiply, 27%
4. Photo of foam insulation, changed to B&W: Soft Light, 24%
5. Photo of foam insulation, changed to B&W: Multiply, 14%
6. Photo of wispy clouds, changed to B&W: Soft Light, 31%
7. Barn with embossed style filter: Overlay, 91% (gives a more 3D look)
8. Barn photo: Normal, 100%

Journaling: As I strolled down a path near our home one crisp November day in 2009, this scene captured my eye.

Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: Fall Foliage Collection Mini; Brandy Murray: Autumn Jewel Collection Biggie

It's such fun to play around with a photo by adding texture layers like this!  If you do scrapbooking, give this method a try!

1. Take photos with general overall textures: a leaf pile, a brick wall, pebbles, sand, a grassy lawn, floor tiles, waves, clouds,...  The possibilities are endless!
2. Change your texture photo to black and white, and set this texture photo on a layer above a copy of your main photo.
3. Add a blending mode on your texture photo (I use multiply, soft light, and overlay the most), adjust the opacity, and you have your very own artsy photo with lots of depth and texture!


Monday, November 4, 2013

Before the Ceremony: Bridal Prep

Christine was a beautiful bride from the top of her head piece to the “I DO” painted on the soles of her shoes. Her heart for God showed, too, when she prayed with the gals in the wedding party before the ceremony.

Andrea Trump: Super 7 Spread by Andrea Trump; Jan Ransley: Floralicious1 Collection Biggie; Photos by Brittany Laeger, Beautiful Era Photography; I submitted page one and page two to the Quick and Easy Challenge for 2013 Digital Scrapbooking Day at ScrapGirls Digital Scrapbooking.