Monday, October 19, 2015

Big Boy Under Construction

Little boys like to build things, but they themselves are under construction. They are becoming big boys.

Ginny Whitcomb: Under Construction Collection Biggie; Angela Blanchard: Industrial Strength Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Metals II 8501 Biggie; Triangular template by me

I submitted this page to the 10/15 Thursday Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking to create a page using a photo shape one doesn't usually use.  In this case, I chose a triangular template.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cherish These Moments

Between the innocence of babyhood and the dignity of manhood,
we find a delightful creature of a boy.
~ Anonymous 

I think it's important to cherish the moments you can spend with little ones because sooner than you think they will be all grown up.

Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: Cherished Collection Mini; Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Classy Neutrals 6401 Super Biggie; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 11x17 Blenders 2016 (background paper clipping mask); Lindsay Jane Designs: Shape Masks 16 (photo clipping mask); Fonts: Missed Your Exit, Bookman Old Style

I submitted this page to the 10/17/15 Weekend Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking to create a layout where the photo was sliced or cut into pieces.


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Lupine in Northern Minnesota

One day on our vacation as we drove along the north shore, we noticed some lovely stands of various colors of lupine. The following day we made time to take a few (hundred) photos. Here are a couple of them.

Brandy Murry: Botanical Collection Biggie; Brandy Murry: Botanical Torn Paper Super Mini (re-colored); Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Cast Shadow Frames 2BMU-Cast Shadow Frames; Fonts: Trajan Pro, Sophomore Yearbook, Arial

 I submitted this page to the 10/16/15 Thursday Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking to create a layout using a photo shape you don’t usually use.  In my case, I don't usually place photos in tall, skinny rectangular shapes.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Dad Can Do It All!

My dad could do it all.  He would go to work early so he could be done early and we could eat early.  We would sometimes eat at 4:30 pm! Then he would do tons of work around the house: mowing, fixing, building, ... he kept busy.  On nice weekends we would often go camping or up to the cabin and fish.  Yup, Dad did it all!


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Catch on Fire!

Catch on fire and people will come for miles to see you burn.
~ John Wesley

John Wesley (1703-1791) was a preacher from England who was truly “on fire” for the Lord. He had a passion to share the good news of Jesus Christ with people who would not normally enter a church, so he began preaching in fields. People literally did come for miles to hear him. Although he personally felt strongly about staying in the Church of England, his beliefs were used as a foundation to create the Methodist Church.

Syndee Nuckles: ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Geometric; Angie Briggs: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Nature Walk; Brandy Murry: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Lighting Effects; Font: Mufferaw

I created this page for the 10/13/15 Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Newsletter Challenge to create a layout with blocks of color. The photo is of my son John silhouetted behind a huge fire my boys built while we were on vacation. For more information on how to create this look, check the explanation below my layout here at Scrap Girls.


Friday, October 9, 2015


These gorgeous peonies were in full bloom when we visited Liz and Jim's cabin this past July.  They smelled even more sweet because they brought back memories of my mom's and grandma's gardens.


Ginny Whitcomb: Softly Spoken Collection Biggie (lace, re-colored); Brandy Murry: Shabby Bakery Collection Biggie (ribbon, re-colored); Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: Antique Edges Paper Biggie; Fonts: Champignon, Arial


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Do-It-Yourself Dad

When I was growing up, I thought my dad could do just about anything, and he almost could! Along with all the raking, mowing, tilling and all-around fix-up work around the house, Dad found time and did the following:

   * Added a 20 foot by 7 foot room addition behind the garage in Roseville
   * Made concrete steps
   * Poured concrete for blocks to create a 10 foot by 20 foot patio in Roseville
   * Built three pine shelves
   * Built a wooden playhouse
   * Installed a bathroom in a closet for the master bedroom
   * Made a clothes chute
   * Planned and completed a basement remodel that included making shelving and walls from existing paneling, and moving an old kitchen from upstairs to downstairs
   * Built a huge deck
   * Planned and built an extra bedroom downstairs
   * At age 63, excavated by hand shovelful by shovelful a 6 feet by 5 feet by 4 feet hole for a basement egress window for the new bedroom
   * Built an extra room onto their stationary vacation trailer
   * Drafted precise blueprints for a basement remodel for our home (see journaling mat)

Now Dad is working on a memory book about both his wife and himself.  The end product will probably be 250-300 pages long!  I truly have an amazing dad!

Ginny Whitcomb: Tool Time Collection Mini; Ginny Whitcomb: World’s Best Dad Word Art and Alpha Biggie;  Ginny Whitcomb: Dads Tackle Box Paper; Template by me