Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My Special Guy

My honey hubby is so special!  Here are just a few of his marvelous character traits.  I failed to mention he is also patient; he is always willing to pose for me!  See the twinkle in his eye?

Angela Blanchard: Cowboy Up! Embellishments Biggie (leather tag, modified); 
Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wooden Biggie Special (limited time freebie); 
Fonts: Chiselscript, Yesteryear

I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Tuesday 3/25 Freebie Challenge.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kids or Cars?

Did Dad take a picture of his adorable little girls or his brand new 1959 Ford Fairlane? When I asked him, he said both.  Really?  Which looks most prominent in the photo?

Brandy Murry: Chambray Embellishment Biggie (frame); Font: Century

I submitted this page to the Monday 3/17 Oddball Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking to create a layout about a favorite mode of transportation that also included the color green. Since I go almost everywhere by car, it must be my favorite mode of transportation, right? Not! However, I immediately thought of this photo of adorable me with my older sister next to my Dad’s brand new 1959 Ford Fairlane. 

This was a very blurry photo that I sharpened using the Unsharp filter, a copy of the original with the High Pass filter (35 pixels, overlay, 35% opacity) and the Graphic Novel filter. It looks kind of artsy now, but it is clear enough to scrap, so I'm happy!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Something Old, Something Blue

It may not look like it from this old wedding photo, but my grandma’s wedding dress was blue, not white, so she could wear it on other occasions as well. The background photo is the wedding picture of my grandparents, while my lovely daughter-in-law is seated in front, modeling Grandma's wedding dress.

Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Chic Blender Layout Masks; Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: Brush Set: Chic Blenders; Brandy Murry: Blue Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Circlets Biggie; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Metals III Rust 8501 Biggie; Cindy Rohrbough: Treasured Heirlooms Embellishments Mini: Frames and Journaling; Doris Castle: Casual Romance Collection; Jan Ransley: French Provincial Collection Biggie; Paula Wright: Attic Treasures Collection; Fonts: Journal, Seqoe Script, Times New Roman

I submitted this page to the Thursday 3/20 Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking.  The challenge was to make a layout about family using a quote. This is definitely a layout about family, and the title is part of a well-known phrase, "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue". I know that's stretching the rules, but I already had this layout done and it seemed to kinda sorta fit!


From This Day Forward

A wedding is much more than a big party; it is the start of a marriage from that day forward.  Here is the first day of Kristine and John's marriage.

Brandy Murry: Petals Collection Biggie ; Brandy Murry: Love Honor and Cherish Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Shabby Blanc Embellishments Biggie; Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: White Linen Collection Mini; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fusion Masks; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools – Actions: Magical Photos PSE; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools – Aged Metals II 8501 Biggie; Font: Great Vibes; Photo by Brittany Laeger of Beautiful Era Photography; I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Saturday 3/23 Color Challenge to create a page that was mostly white.


P.S.  This layout was picked as a gallery standout at Digi-Shop Talk!  What an honor!  That's a HUGE website for digital scrapbooking!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Down in the Dumps from Mumps

Everyone sang, “Happy Birthday!” to me, but I could have sung the song, “It’s My Party, and I’ll Cry If I Want To!” I had to watch all the kids having fun outside at my own party as I sat just inside behind the screen door. Do you see my chubby cheeks? I had mumps!

This page is a redo of one of my first digi-scrap pages.  Check out Birthday Blues here, and see how much my style has changed.

Brandy Murry: One Yellow Paper Collection Biggie (background, journal tag strip); Brandy Murry: Shabby Chic Embellishment Biggie (lifted frame); Cherise Oleson: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Pennant Banners; Armi Custodio: Flutter Embellishment Biggie (ribbons, re-colored); Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Emboss and Engrave Super Biggie; Brandy Murry: Dyanmic Brush Set: Art Diary; Brandy Murry: Dyanmic Brush Set: Markers Biggie 8501; Brandy Murry: Dyanmic Brush Set: Markers - Special (freebie-expired); Cajoline: CU Balloon; Fonts: AR BLANCA, Postino Standard, Journal; I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking 3/19 High Noon Chat and Scrap to produce a page with spring colors.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Reality Squared

During our vacation in 2010, we visited the Minneapolis Sculpture Gardens. The Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture is located there and I wanted to see it in person since I'd seen so many pictures of it.  We discovered many other interesting sculptures, too, like the one in the layout below.

You can read in the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking newsletter here about one technique I used on this page.  To see other pages using photos from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, click here for Garden of Art and here for Minneapolis, City of Lakes.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Photoshop: Before and After

This page is totally for fun! The Monday Oddball Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking was to base a layout on the cover of a book. The design of this page is very similar to the design of the cover of the book I am currently reading. I just poked a bit of fun at myself, too!

Angie Briggs: Count the Ways Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Cottage Rose Collection Biggie; I submitted this page to the Monday 3/10/14 Oddball Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking.  Below you can see the book upon which my layout is based.

Tee hee!


Children at Play

John (3) and David (5) had a blast playing with all the Tonka trucks in the huge sandbox at Uncle Paul and Aunt Joni’s house after their cousin Gabe’s birthday party.  Can you tell it was out in the country?

I liked the action in this photo, with John going, "vroooommmm!" and David pouring sand, but it isn't a very well composed shot, so I had never turned it into a scrapbook page until now.  For greater interest, I decided to slice the photo in half so each boy was on a separate piece, and make the two parts look like they were curled and lifted.  All the trucks, signs and tools in Ginny Whitcomb's kit together with my adorable boys (naturally!) made this a fun page to create.

For those of you with boys, Ginny Whitcomb's Under Construction Collection Biggie is a cute kit to have in your stash.  I especially like all the different elements.  You can see here another page I created with this kit, this time with my big boys.  Click here to check out Ginny's kit at the Scrap Girls Boutique.


Friday, March 7, 2014

Caution: Boys at Play

Photo 1: “Hey, Steven! Try this on!”
              “Okay, John!”

Photo 2: “Wow, you’re light, Steven!”
              “John!! Let me OUT!!!”

Photo 3: “I said I was sorry, Steven!”
              “Steven? Steven?? STEVEN!?!”

Ginny Whitcomb: Under Construction Collection Biggie; ; PSE 11 Graphic Novel Filter;
Fonts: Tondu, Square721 BT, Estrangelo Edessa

This is a remake of a portion of an earlier page that you can see here. I decided it deserved a whole page to itself. These photos make me chuckle and shake my head at the antics of my sons!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

An Artist Reborn

My mom used to paint, knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint, crewel work and many other crafts before she developed Alzheimer’s. She cannot do any of those things anymore on her own, but with the help of Larry Homan of Art without Boundaries or Art 4 All (his business Facebook page), she can now paint again. This layout shows one of her sessions with Larry.

Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: Absolutely Blended; Brandy Murry: Menagerie Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Menagerie Paper Super Mini 1; Syndee Nuckles: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Paint Palette; Fonts: WetPaint, Nirmala UI Bold


My mom has severe Alzheimer’s and cannot paint on her own as she used to, but with the help of Larry Homan of Art without Boundaries or Art 4 All (his business Facebook page), she can now paint again. Larry uses Mneme therapy, a therapy for those with brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s that incorporates song, movement, and painting to help improve the function of the individual client. I have seen Mom’s ability to complete simple tasks increase after a session with Larry and she really enjoys the time.

Here is how a painting session with Larry goes.
1. Mom looks through a notebook to select a painting. Larry has all the other materials set out ahead of time.
2. As Larry holds Mom’s right hand, he applies dots of acrylic paint to the paper in various colors and amounts.
3. Larry places his left arm on the table blocking Mom’s left arm and guides her right hand in simple motions with verbal directions like “left and right” to create one portion of the scene.
4. In the same way, working from the background to the foreground, they complete the painting. It is amazing to see what the two of them can create in just one hour. Mom loves it!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Family Day

Sunday was a fun family day, complete with fixing a car (guys), measuring for tuxes (guys), finding a bridesmaid's dress (gals), eating pizza, watching Frozen and taking a family photo!

Syndee Nuckles: Picturesque Collection Biggie; Kerry Veale: Intaglio Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Emboss and Engrave Super Biggie; Font: Estrangelo Edessa

I submitted this page to the Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking 3/4/14 Monday Oddball Challenge to create a page based in some way upon a shampoo bottle.  This sounded like such fun I had to try it!  You can see my shampoo bottle below.

Here are the similarities:

1. The roof on the house reminds one of the cover on the bottle.
2. The green color and embossed lines in the background hint at the color and sides of the bottle.
3. The two-ring oval frame is similar to the round image with an off-center glow on the bottle.
4. The “Fun Day” in a different color is like the “New” on the bottle.
5. Finally, the centered journaling with bullet points at the bottom is like the writing on the bottle.

I actually did something like this before.  Click here to see a layout based on a hand lotion bottle.  Inspiration comes from many places!