Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas 2013

At first it appeared that we wouldn’t be able to celebrate Christmas as a family until January due to conflicting schedules. That made me quite sad, so I was delighted when Harry was able to come home in the middle of his work day on Christmas Eve Day so we could have our family gathering. Wonderful and fanciful gifts were exchanged, but my favorite parts were remembering Christ’s birth as Harry read the Scriptures and enjoying our special time together.

Scraplifted from the December 2013 Scrap Girls Christmas Tree of Doom created for a newsletter game; Brandy Murry: Value Pack: Cottage Christmas; Brandy Murry: Dynamic Brush Set: Background Blenders; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Emboss and Engrave Super Biggie

I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Friday 12/27 Scraplift Challenge to scraplift a holiday layout.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  May you also enjoy the holidays with your family.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Day Red and Green

I like how Mom and Dad both ended up wearing red plaid shirts on Christmas Day, 2012.  Add a little green, and you have Christmas colors!

I submitted this page for the 12/19 High Noon Crop and Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking to create a layout using the colors I use for decorating for Christmas.  Since I mainly used red and green, I scrapped this fun photo of my parents.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gingerbread Village

Last Christmas, David and Grandpa made a gingerbread bridge. You can see it here. It looked like so much fun that I decided to make a gingerbread village. Yummy!

Elisha Barnett: Value Pack: Sugar Plum; Elisha Barnett: ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Sugar Plum Frosting; Syndee Nuckles: Value Pack: Gingerbread Kisses; Brandy Murry: Shabby Bakery Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Shabby Blanc Paper Biggie; Lettering Delights Carefree Black

This layout is featured here on the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Blog.  You can read here in a newsletter how I created the gingerbread cookie title.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Treasures of My Heart: My Sons

My sons are all grown up now, but they are still the treasures of my heart.

Brandy Murry: Autumn Jewel Collection Biggie (colored papers, flower, bow); Brandy Murry: Grandparents Collection Biggie (button re-colored); Durin Eberhart: Fade to Gray Collection Biggie (neutral papers); Shalae Tippetts: Comfort of Home Word Art Super Mini (stitches); Cindy Rohrbough: Treasured Heirlooms Collection Mini ("Treasures" re-colored); Lettering Delights Mothers Typewriter FontAmanda Fraijo-Tobin: Vellum Fancy Collection Mini (vellum); Design based on scrappy heart quilt block

I submitted these pages here and here to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Monday 12/9 Challenge to make a layout using warm colors.  We have about six inches of snow outside the window, so these pages do make me feel warmer. 


Monday, December 9, 2013

Folded Christmas Card

When I saw tri-fold photo cards advertised on one of the big photo printing sites, I thought, “I could do that!” You can, too! Let me show you what I did. First, I opened a blank 11 inch by 8.5 inch file (3300 pix by 2550 pix) to make landscape layout. To set guide lines at the folds, I clicked View > New Guide > Vertical, 1100 pix and 2200 pix (NOT inches). Alternatively, you could draw vertical fold lines at 1/3 and 2/3 down the page on a blank layer using the brush tool. After placing a plain, red paper in the background, I used the shape tool to make various sized rectangles to use as photo masks for photos and papers, adding one oval for variety. After adding my photos, a couple of papers, a few elements and other finishing touches, I had a lovely personalized photo card I can print, fold and sent out for Christmas!

Brandy Murry: Cottage Christmas Clusters (two clusters); Brandy Murry: Jingleberry Collection Biggie (background paper); Brandy Murry: Holiday Magic Collection Biggie (frame); Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Magical Photos PSE (used on oval photo); Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Classy Neutrals 6401 Super Biggie (style on “Christmas”, frame, and around rectangular photo edges); Jan Ransley: Scrap Simple Tools – Styles: Touch of Metal 12001 (style on script greetings, re-colored); Sarah Batdorf: ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Basic Shadows 6501; Font: Janda As Long As You Love Me

This layout and accompanying article was featured here in a Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Newsletter.

With warm Christmas greetings,


Friday, December 6, 2013

The Biggest Present

Our family helped decorate the church in Okinawa for Christmas in 2004, which included creating a huge wreathe and wrapping the piano like a present. However, my biggest gift that year was our son David, home on break from college in the US.

Jen Reed: All I Want For Christmas Collection Bundle; Fonts: Arial, Tiza, Brush Script Std

I created this page using Jen Reed's new bundle of goodies, All I Want Collection Bundle.  This is a newly revised version of a earlier kit, now packed full of coordinating extras.  Look at all that's included in the bundle:  All I Want Kit, All I Want Alpha Set, All I Want Extra PapersAll I Want TemplatesAll I Want Gifts & Tree Pack, All I Want Flair Set, All I Want Wordart. If you were to buy these seven items separately it would cost $21.43, but you can get the whole bundle for just $9.99. That's a savings of over 50%! Click here to buy Jen's lovely Christmas kit at her store. You can see the bundle and the main kit below.

Be sure to pick up the FREEBIE that goes along with Jen's kit, too! There are four other different freebies on her blog HERE that you can grab as well.

You can click on the links below to see some other layouts I created when Jen's All I Want was released previously: Christmas in the HospitalChristmas CraftChristmas 2008.  Below is my favorite page.  I like all the funny faces on the tree.

Did this get you into the Christmas spirit?


Thursday, December 5, 2013

North Shore Waterfalls

One of my favorite things to do on the North Shore is to visit some of the many waterfalls. In the background is Cascade Falls. The others are (A) Glen Avon Falls, (B) Temperance Falls, (C) Beaver River Falls and (D) Knife River Falls. Guess where Harry almost fell in!

Fonts: Arial, Brush Script MT