Thursday, November 04, 2010

Blogfiction

This is what I'm doing at the moment, if anyone is interested:

Caddie Emerging

That will take you to the very first entry. If you want to know what it's about, click on the "What the Heck is This?" tab at the top.

It's a blog, but it's fictional. I am the creator of the person writing it, although she is the "writer" (with help from her husband and the occasional guest blogger). It's not a traditional blog, more of a journal, but sorta blog-ish. Anyway, if you're interested check it out, and if not, I promise not to hate you forever. ;-) If you do like it PLEASE subscribe! You can take your time getting caught up. Really. I promise.

Still no scrapping/stamping/digiscrapping mojo. *SIGH*

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Taking a break

Okay, I think it's probably "official" that I am not scrapping right now, in any form, or stamping. I don't know exactly what's up, just that I'm burned out and my mojo has taken an extended vacation to Jupiter or somewhere.

I don't know when I'll be back in the saddle. It could be as early as tomorrow, if a burst of inspiration (and energy) seizes me. It could be a year from now. It might even be never. I just don't know. This is so typical ADD/ADHD, so I shouldn't be surprised, but I am disappointed in myself. I really loved this stuff when I was doing it, but now it just seems overwhelming to even think about.

I'm not to the point of selling my stuff yet. I still have hope that this will all come flooding back to me and I can get right back up in that loft and start again. (Even getting back to the digital stuff would make me happy -- I still have a ton of heritage photos I'd like to scrap so I can finish that book).

We just got back from two weeks in London and Norway. I logged onto Shutterfly and made a (huge) photo book from most of the photos (it has 68 pages!), because I knew I would never scrap them. I have one Norway scrapbook from ten years ago (that took four years to get to/finish), so I don't really have it in me to do another one.

So ... I don't know. If you're following the blog or get it delivered to your inbox, I'll understand if you decide to stop following or unsubscribe.

I'm hoping that, once Aidan gets back in school I'll decide I want to do this some more, but I can't promise. It's his senior year, I'm depressed about him leaving home in a year, he keeps scaring me with wanting to apply to colleges far away from home, and I am officially in menopause. So I'm struggling with depression, and maybe that's part of why I can't get the mojo going.

Okay, enough explanation. It be what it be, and I'll just have to see what happens over the next little while.

I do appreciate everyone who has been a faithful reader of this blog. I'm not shutting it down, because I'm hoping this is temporary. But I do want y'all to know I'm grateful for all the kind words about my work.

So, until next time (hopefully!) ... Happy scrapping and stamping to you all!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Baby Granny

Well, I'm back! Just two days after my last post! Try not to faint or choke on your morning latte.

As I promised in the last post, I will now reveal to you one of the other two heritage digiscrapped pages I found in my Unfinished folder. This one is of my grandmother when she was a li'l baby. I think the pictures are hilarious, not because anything particularly funny is going on, but because it's so weird to think of my grandmother, who died at the age of 95, as ever being an actual baby. I can't imagine her ever being helpless or unable to take care of herself. (With the exception of her last days in the hospital, and we won't go there.)

Granny is the one on the left in the oval photo, on the right in the other. And, actually, something funny is going on in the oval one, or was just before it was taken. Apparently Granny had a set of keys in her hand, and had reached over and bopped her cousin Ida Lou on her head! Heee!

Here are the ingredients of the layout:
Vine: Brandy Murry, “Bees Knees” (ScrapGirls)
Papers: Doris Castle, Michelle Shefveland, “Butterfly Wings” (Cottage Arts); Cheryl McCain, “June’s Cadence”; “Divine Damask” (Atomic Cupcake)
Paper template: Syndee Nuckles “On the Edge” (ScrapGirls)
Flowers: Syndee Nuckles “Noteworthy” (ScrapGirls); Michelle Stone Designs “Romantic Beauties” (Two Little Pixels)
Butterflies: Forget-me-nots Designs, “Stories to Tell” (Heritage Scrap)
Brushes: Erica Hite “Frayed Edges” (ScrapGirls)
Frame: Diana Burton “Heritage Helpers” (Digital Scrapbook Pages) – altered using Kerry Veale’s “Intaglio 7601” style (ScrapGirls)
Tags: “Guy Thing” (Atomic Cupcake), altered using Durin Eberhart’s “Antique Paper 5101” style (ScrapGirls)
Title alpha: Nini’s Notions “Shiny Copper Alpha” (Digital Scrapbook Pages); altered
Font: Lettering Delights “LDAntique”
Scatter action: Christy VanderWall, “Scatter Things PSE 11101” (ScrapGirls)
Template: Loosely based on Kristin’s Scrap Design “Template 15” set
Styles: Mandy Steward “Framed Ink 1801” (ScrapGirls); Sarah Batdorf “Basic Shadows 6501” (SG)


I might actually start another digital family heritage page today. Or try to get caught up on my Scripture words layouts. Might. Don't get too excited. I'm waaaaaay tired this morning, so it might have to be after my post-lunch nap. (Hmmmm ... wonder if I could hurry up and have lunch, even though I had breakfast an hour ago, just so I could take that nap sooner?)

Anyway, hope you enjoy looking at this layout, and that you have a simply fabulous day!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Behold, I hath scrapped!

Digitally, even! I started a page about my granddad a couple of weeks ago, but still wasn't quite ready to be digiscrapping. So yesterday I decided to take a deep breath and go for it ... and it was okay! I didn't throw up, I didn't run screaming out of the room, I actually pretty much enjoyed it!

So, without further ado: Here. Is. That. Layout!! (Have to be a fan of Larry the Cucumber/LarryBoy to get that fully.)


Wasn't he spiff?! My mother says he was the cleanest carpenter she ever saw. He also worked on his parents' farm AND taught school, but carpenter was what he eventually stayed with. I remember him always looking nice, even just to sit around the house and work crossword puzzles -- not in a suit, no, but nice pants and a clean, pressed shirt. Heck, even his pajamas were spiff!

Here are the ingredients for the layout:
Paper: Dana Zarling “Vintage Artistry” (Scrapbook Bytes)
Grunge edge overlay: Inked Edge Grungy 1 (Atomic Cupcake)
Curved paper strip: BubblyKori Designs “Autumn in Paris” (Heritage Scrap), altered using Erica Hite’s “Fabric 5401” style (ScrapGirls), Syndee Nuckles’ “Damask 6301” style (SG), and Mandy Steward’s “Inked Edges 1801” (SG), and possibly some other step I’ve forgotten.
Ribbons: Lynn Griffin “Southern Porch” (Heritage Scrap), recolored; Syndee Nuckles “November Sky” (ScrapGirls), recolored; Diana Burton “Marguerite” (Digital Scrapbook Pages), altered; Heather Roselli “Mint Chocolate” (DigiChick), recolored
Tag: Michelle Coleman “Bohemian Summer” (Memory Makers Magazine), recolored
Brad: “Shabby Mommy” (Shabby Princess)
Font: Lettering Delights “LDAunt Elizabeth” (altered on title, forgotten how)
Other Styles: Sarah Batdorf “Basic Shadows 6501” (SG)


I also found two other layouts I had finished but had not yet completed the supply lists for, and so had not moved them from the "unfinished" folder to the proper "finished" folder. I'll save those for other posts.

I still despair of ever getting into the craft loft again. I got the new Stampin' Up! catalog the other day, and really, there were only a few sets that just grabbed my attention and turned on the "WANT!" button. Some nice papers and accessories, too. Of course, the stuff I really liked would look great on heritage layouts, but I'm doing all those digi, so I can only hope that SU will create digi stamps out of those sets SOON!!! Or else buy 'em anyway and hope they spark some creativity. I hate to do that, though, when I already have ten jillion stamps sitting there unused.

Maybe one of these days I will feel better and that will be all it takes to get me up there. Really, right now I don't feel much like putting the effort in. I had a few good weeks, there, but was busy Genealogy-izing, and now I'm having problems with my head/neck and don't much want to be sitting up straight and looking down at the table for too long at a time. (I slouch when I'm on the computer, and can fix it so I don't have to bend my neck to see it.)

Ah, well. I read about a lady the other day who had been poisoned by E. coli a year ago and was still in the hospital trying to recover from what it did to her internal organs. So I'm definitely blessed not to be that bad off!

It's my Mama's birthday today (78! she can't be that "old"!), but I didn't hand-make her card (I feel so bad about that, even though she understands!). The gift I ordered for her hasn't arrived yet, either. It's a 12x12 stretched canvas version of the layout I made of her when she was 8 years old. I hope they do a good job with it. But, so, yeah, that won't be here. She says celebrating on a Tuesday is kinda silly, she'd rather celebrate on the weekend, anyway, but we'll at least do something smallish today. I have a headache and don't feel up to making her a cake (which she probably couldn't eat anyway because she's having some major digestive issues lately, along with the fact that she can't eat sugar or wheat anyway). No, we are not "normal," easy-to-party people around here. But we love and celebrate each other every day, anyway. I've always been so thankful that my Granny knew how much we loved her (because we always wrote tributes in our cards we gave her for her birthdays), and we gave her lots of flowers, we didn't wait until her funeral for that stuff. We're like that about Mom and Dad, too. I say, if you love somebody, tell 'em, dang it! Let them know what they mean to you and why. Celebrate them every day, don't wait until they're gone and can't benefit from it.

Okay, I'm rambling now. Off to do ... something (maybe a nap?). Hope you enjoyed the layout!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Quick update

Okay -- I do NOT have to have a tonsillectomy!! So the deviated septum will remain as-is. I do have lumbar arthritis, and I'm having procedures done to sort-of cauterize some of the nerves in my neck to help with headaches these nerves cause.

I haven't scrapped since my last post (maybe once). Still can't stand the thought of digi-scrapping, but it doesn't make me queasy now. I have been doing heaps of stuff with family history (mainly just finding documents and adding sources). No writing going on yet.

No huge plans for the summer, although Aidan will be attending the National Junior Classical League convention in July. It's in Fargo, ND. Whoopee. We'll probably all end up going there because I'm one of "those" moms and can't quite see letting him fly by himself. So, yeah. Fargo. Can't contain the excitement.

And, that's pretty much it. As I said in my last post, don't give up on me yet, because I'm sure I'll be back in the saddle in the craft loft one of these days. And if I should ever decide I'm done for good, I will be selling huge amounts of scrapping supplies! (But I don't see this happening.)

Until next time ...

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Oh, the irony

So last time I blogged, I went on and on about how much I love digital scrapbooking.

In the couple of weeks since then, I have crashed and burned. I am totally burnt out on it. Maybe it has to do with the looooonnnggg period of illness I had this winter/early spring. Just something about the thought of sitting down and digi-scrapping makes me queasy. And it's not just that. I'm feeling that way about family history, too. And my story -- the story I have laboured over for several years now and whose characters I dearly love -- my story isn't going anywhere, and I'm almost burnt out on it.

The only thing I have left is paper scrapping. The jury is still out on that, but I have thought about just going into the loft and sort-of cleaning it up, just to be around the stuff. Maybe that would spark something. I haven't felt up to it yet, though.

The good news is, I don't have strep anymore!! The bad news is I may still have to have a tonsillectomy AND have my deviated septum fixed at the same time.

I've been reading a book called From Fatigued to Fantastic by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum. It's for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (which I clearly have) and Fibromyalgia (which I don't think I do). LOTS of good stuff in there, but it takes months for the effects to start showing up. I may end up going to a CFS/FMS clinic in Dallas to help me get all the supplements, etc. sorted through. It's a cool book because he recognizes right off the bat that there are scores of different causes and effects in different people with CFS/FMS, so at the end of each chapter you fill out a little questionnaire, which links you to an appendix. You check off treatments in the appendix depending on how you answered the questionnaire, and by the time you finish reading the book, you should have a pretty good idea of what kind of treatment you need. Several of the things he talks about involve prescription meds, so that's one reason I think it might be worth it to go to the clinic. Of course, they don't take any kind of insurance (you can see what your insurance company will reimburse you for), so it could be expensive.

Also, my doc (PA) wants me to try a detoxification program. It sounded pretty good, and this program is the only one which actually puts immunoglobulins into your system, so I think I will try it once her office starts taking orders.

So, that's pretty much where I am right now. I hope to have SOMETHING here to show you soon. Please stick with me ... I can't stay away from being creative for long!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Time to confess

[stick with me -- there are photos in this post!]
... I love digital scrapbooking. I mean, I REALLY love it! Which totally surprises me. I'm SO not a "techie" person. If I could live in Victorian times, I would (as long as I had a couple of servants to help me with all the hard stuff! lol). This may be why I love the new Steampunk craze. I also love the "artiste" thing about being able to FEEL the materials you're working with. But digital is amazing -- you can do so many things digitally that you can't do with paper (and the reverse is also true). Plus you can reuse the stuff you buy as much as you want to, and you can alter sizes, colors, etc. with digital. There's also the plus of storage and portability. And one thing I love -- you can get the "feel" of 3-dimensional embellishments without the bulk. (You should see the uber-bulky scrapbook I made for my Grandmother a few years ago ...! Whew! I had to design non-scrapped facing pages that used BATTING to keep the embellies from smashing or ruining the page in front! Someday I'll photograph it and show you.) If you use drop shadows properly, it's often hard to tell that what you're looking at digitally is NOT real paper. At least on the computer.

I don't think I'll ever really give up paper scrapping. As soon as I get well and start to feel better I'd like to go up into the loft and give it a shot again. But for now I'm loving digi and, sadly, yes, spending too much money on it!

Oh, BTW, I would like to thank Diana Burton of Digitals for placing a link to my blog on her blog! I am VERY flattered that she considers me worthy of such an honor! I shall endeavor to continue in that worthiness!

I have so much to post and write, but I won't try to get it all into one entry. Today I'm going to show you the layout I just completed for Patter Cross' "Triple the Scraps" 2010 Scripture word challenge. The word for this week's challenge was "Perfect." As a human being I am nowhere NEAR God's standard of perfection. But thanks to the sacrifice Christ made on the cross, and His glorious resurrection (I LOVE Easter for what it means for all humanity!), I can be made perfect in Him. It's a twofold thing -- once I accept Christ as my savior, I am made perfect in His reckoning. However, I'm not actually to that point yet in my actions, behavior, thoughts, etc. So perfection is a process, as well. It's attainable only through Him. I believe we can have moments of perfection here on this earth, but being human, they don't last long! Heaven is where we will finally be "perfectly perfected." I'm glad to know there's hope!

So here is my layout, and the verse I chose to represent this word:

The background photo for this page is one my husband took of a yellow (yes, yellow) rose a few years ago. Here's the photo unaltered:

That's a stunner all by itself, isn't it!

But it was too bright for what I wanted to do with this layout. I know the layout LOOKS simple. A photo, slap some brushes on and a verse and, voila! Right? About five minutes' worth of work? Not even.

I used one of the "Moody Photo Textures" overlays from Something Blue Studios over at CatScrap on top of the photo. (This was my final choice after trying a couple of other overlays from this and other sets. Took me 30 minutes or more just to decide on this one!) This overlay is opaque, so you couldn't see the rose. I used the "Color" layer style thingy (aren't I so technical? lol) to get the effect you see here (it makes the overlay more transparent and alters the colors). Then I made a separate layer and used Durin Eberhart's "Dynamic Brush Set: Sketched Borders" (ScrapGirls) for, yes, the borders, lowered their visibilty a bit and used Sarah Batdorf's "ScrapSimple Styles: Basic Shadows" (also ScrapGirls) on them to keep the layout from being just totally flat. I wish I could tell you where I got the Decorative Alpha brush, but I've had it for over a year and didn't keep any record of the site it came from. I tried googling it with no luck, so just know I didn't create it! After making the word "Perfect" with that brush, I then added the scripture with the "Pristina" font, and had my "Perfect" layout! ;-)

So, yeah -- you can't use overlays and morph them with real paper like you can digital. Of course, you can stamp images like the borders and the title (and the verse, for that matter), and lighten things up by stamping off first. So you could do this page as a hybrid if you altered the photo first and printed it out, then stamped on it (using StazOn, I would think).

Okay, I was going to show you another of my heritage layouts, but since this post has gone a little long, I'll save that for another day.

Healthwise, I STILL have strep. I was supposed to go to an allergist/immunologist yesterday, but he got SICK, so that's been rescheduled for Monday. I also have an appointment with an Ear, Nose, Throat doc for later this month. Hopefully I can get in earlier on someone else's cancellation. My bloodwork from last time all came out just fine, and my strep isn't anything more sinister than just plain ol' Strep A, but it's been two months now and it's REALLY getting old! Please pray that I don't have to have my tonsils out -- as far as I'm concerned that is an absolutely last-resort deal. I will not have it done unless it's the only way to keep me from dying or something! (Just google Adult Tonsillectomy and you'll understand why!)

Blessings for a blessed Easter weekend! And remember -- He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Catching up

I am now in my 6th (or so) week of The Strep that Would Not Die. Yep, came back on me Monday, two days after I finished the antibiotic, just as I had predicted. My doc did the quick test, but also sent in a culture to the lab to see what strain of strep this is, and if there could be something else going on. Lah dee dah, oh the joy.

Anyway.

I have managed to catch up on the 2010 Scripture Challenge I'm doing with Patter Cross' "Triple the Scraps" blog. I did the previous one ("Follow") on Sunday, and finished the current one ("Neighbor") tonight.

So, here's the one for "Follow" (remember, both of these are 6"x6")

I had just bought this very cool mask set over at Pickleberrypop, and thought it would be fun to use the wedge-shaped mask to sort-of "reveal" a cross. (I dreamed about wedge-shaped tornadoes the other night ... wonder if it was because of this mask? lol) So that's where the idea started, and ended up with what you see above. I had the dickens of a time getting the verse to look good on here. Finally tried white for the font and it made all the difference! Here are the ingredients:
Cross: Lifesong Kreations “No Greater Love” (Faith Sisters)
Mask: Fly Pixel “New Beginnings” (Pickleberrypop)
Alpha: Erica Hernandez “Vibe” (2Peas)
Papers: Aprilmouse & Hanulienka “Summer Field” (aprilmouse.blogspot.com)
Style: Framed Ink (ScrapGirls) (you can tell I like this style because I use it A LOT!!)
Font: Colwell


And here is the current one:


I don't know why I've been so into green this week -- maybe it's because the yard has turned green here, the leaves are coming out on the trees (as well as some beautiful buds!), and Spring is definitely in the air (never mind that on the actual First Day of Spring it's supposed to be down in the 50s F for the high -- we've had 60s and 70s and even one day with low 80s lately!). Anyway, I wanted a sort of "universal" theme for this page, to indicate that everyone is my neighbor. I ended up finding these hands from the Google Images search page, and decided they would get my point across just fine!
Ingredients are:
Paper: Lorie Davison “Port au Prince” (Songbird Avenue)
Design by Schaarka “Summertime” (schaarka.blogspot.com)
Blending template: Brandy Murry “Background Blenders” (ScrapGirls)
Font: Teen
Style: Framed Ink (ScrapGirls) (again, lol!)


I was originally going to use the "love your neighbor as yourself" verse, but in searching for it at BibleGateway.com, I came across this other verse and decided I really liked the sound of it.

So, that's what I've been up to this week. I have also spent a lot of time re-organizing my digital photos through ACDSee Photo Manager 2009. I like it for organization because it's quick and easy and you can do quite a bit of editing in it, too (like adjusting levels, contrast, color, etc., as well as resizing, cropping, all the basic stuff). Of course, I totally prefer Photoshop Elements for scrapping.

Speaking of ... I heard that Close to My Heart had a new digiscrapping program out, and went to their site to check it out, but was reallllllly disappointed to find out that it's an online program, which probably means you can't download any of their elements in .png form for use in other programs. BIG mistake, IMHO. Stampin' Up! has their own program (a download), but they were smart enough to make their elements available as .png and .abr (brush) files so those of us who have other programs could still use them. If I'm wrong about the CTMH files, I would love to know, but it sounds like it's exclusive of other programs' files. It also sounded like you can't download and print your own creations from your home printer, that you had to order them through CTMH's printer. So it's too inflexible for me. Someone there should have thought about how much potential business they might lose by being so.

Well, I am officially wiped out and ready for bed. Is it just me, or is Daylight Savings harder to get over these days? I'm sorry, it's NOT 10:45, it's 9:45 as far as my body clock is concerned!

Hope you're all having a great week and looking forward to an even better weekend!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A new layout

Less than three minutes to the Louis Vuitton Trophy race (yachting) between Emirates Team New Zealand and ... somebody else, doesn't matter who, lol. They're racing in the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand, looks like an awesome day there, bit windy, but gorgeous. WISH I WAS THERE!!!

Okay, so I have a scrapbook page to show you! (Digi) After I said something the other day about not having any mojo, I decided to try anyway and it all came back!

This is a double-page layout of one of my dad's great-grandparents' family. There are a few nephews in the lefthand pic, but it was still a large family. And then look how huge they were years later, with spouses and kids adding to their number! As I mention in the journaling, these pictures are photocopies of originals that are in the Heart of West Texas Museum in Colorado City, TX. My aunt got them made a few years ago, so actually, what I have are probably photocopies of the 1st generation photocopies. Thus they are not great pics.

Here's the layout:


Of course, my direct ancestor, Una Palestine Dorn, is the one who will be just to the right of the page crack in the album (she's at the far right of the lefthand picture). I was going to copy the pic of her and put it in a little frame off on the side somewhere, but it just didn't fit.

Here's the supply list:
Butterflies – Brandy Murry “Bees Knees” (ScrapGirls)
“grunge” look on left photo: Christina Renee Designs “Glass Negatives 2” (oScraps)
Journaling block: Cheryl McCain “Spring Bonnet” (Digizines Studios)
Paper: [DDiva ?] “Floral Stamps” [store]
Ztampf “Velvetoire” (Scrapbook Graphics)
Cari Lopez “Memories in Blue” (Heritage Scrap)
Template: Page Maps
Font: ?
Styles: (all ScrapGirls): Framed Ink (Mandy Steward)
Basic Shadows (Sarah Batdorf)
Antique Paper (Durin Eberhart)

I tweaked a lot of stuff -- the butterflies (I changed them to a deeper blue -- Royal vs. Teal -- and used one of the Framed Ink styles on them); I used Framed Ink on the white/blue patterned paper; I altered the journaling block (with the torn spiral edge) using the Antique paper style, and I did the same on the bracket-edge papers, which were part of the template. I messed around with the font, too, but I don't remember exactly what I did.

I like the way it turned out! I also just finished a layout using my mom's 1st Grade class picture. I'll post it later.

Team New Zealand won -- they are now 5-0 in the round-robin portion of the competition. And that was even with a broken spinnaker pole! (They had to use their genoa/gennaker sail instead, but it wasn't a problem!)

Monday, March 08, 2010

The month that wasn't

February was ... not a good month. And I'm not sure how March will be. The strep came back a third time, I tried Ceftin, which made me sick as a dog, so now I'm back on the Amoxicillin for two weeks (one more week to go). I'm not sure I'm making a lot of progress. I felt a bit better for a couple of days last week, but didn't feel well this weekend at all, and I've got smallish white spots on my tonsils, still, that keep migrating around. So I don't know.

And as I mentioned before, Strep is NOT conducive to visual creativity. I've been able to write (on the days I haven't felt like garbage), but not scrap. I don't know when that gift will come back to me. No mojo whatsoever. And then I had to get a new computer, and I think I've lost my Photoshop Elements digiscrapping catalog, or at least the most recent version of it, which means I've lost tons of tags on tons of files, so there will be a lot of designers I won't be able to credit for certain of their creations. I'm trying to figure out where a more recent version of my catalog is, but it's not looking too hopeful.

I do, however, have a couple of layouts to show, things I finished before the Strep took over my life. Here they are:


This is my mother's maternal grandfather. She called him "DeDaddy" which is now what my son calls my dad. It occurs to me that I'm not sure I was finished with the journaling, I'll have to check that later. (I've got a nasty headache at the moment and don't really feel like doing much.) Somewhere I have a list of the elements credits, but again, don't feel like hunting it down. Suffice it to say I did not create any of the elements in this layout, just the layout itself.

And one more:

The top photo includes, again, Wilburn "DeDaddy" Reece (far right) and the bottom one has my mama's daddy Les Campbell (on left with banjo). I LOVE that we have these old photos of them with their bands (or at least with buddies they played instruments with, I don't know if they were official "bands" or not). The musical gene runs deep in my family.

So I'm still stuck with this catalog issue. I guess if I can't find a more recent one than the one that's easily accessible, I'll just have to go with it and update new stuff as I purchase/download it. I don't keep my elements in their kits after I've catalogued, them, I split the kits up and put the elements in their respective folders, like "Papers" and "Butterflies" and "Word Art." The Organizer tags are what keep track of the kits, designers and stores/sites for each piece. What a mess.

Anyway, I hope I still have a couple of readers left after my hiatus. I don't know when I'll get back to digiscrapping, since now my writing is occupying my head (and since I'm still confused about my PSE catalog), but please don't go away and give up on me. You know I'll be back!

Enjoy your week!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Scripture Challenge -- two layouts

Well! That's about all I can say ... well! Apparently Penicillin VK wasn't strong enough to knock out my strep throat and it came back to bite me in the ... tonsils! I am now on a massive, huge Amoxicillin tablet twice a day (800-something mg) that could choke a horse. Hopefully it will choke out the strep nasties and get me well soon!!!!

The worst part of this is that I haven't felt the least bit like scrapping. I haven't thought of a best part yet. I did, however, manage to scrap the Scripture challenge from Patter Cross at Triple the Scraps for last time, last week when I had that one good day between Round 1 and Round 2 of the strep. Then today I had a few lucid moments and got the new one scrapped -- on the day the challenge was announced! Not bad, that.

So here is the one for last week, the word being "Abide":

This is one of those that took ages to do because I had a concept in my head that I just couldn't make work, and my brain was fried from being sick. I wanted to use the photo (my son and hubby several years ago at Lake Travis) as the "background paper", and then do some blendy things, etc. Nothing worked. So I left it for a couple of days then came back to it and still had to fiddle awhile before I tried this overlay/template idea. I was pleased with how it turned out, so just finished it from that.

Ingredients (everything resized to fit 6"x6" where appropriate):
Overlay/template: Syndee Nuckles "Isn't it Grand" (ScrapGirls)
Paper: Ztampf Designs "Port au Prince" (Songbird Avenue -- this is a gorgeous charity kit to help with the situation in Haiti)
Photo action: Donna Rafferty -- "Toasty Burnt" from "Photo Decor" actions (Plain Digital Wrapper)
Word art template: Kim de Smet "Word Art Templates" (oScraps)
Font on "abide": Dreamer One
Other fonts: not sure ...


Then today the newest challenge word came down from Patter: "Home" As in "heaven." Now, being quite ill for the last couple of weeks, as well as knowing people who have been in terrible, life-threatening car wrecks (an 18-year-old girl who went to school with my son last year, and who is still not out of the woods), who have lost their husband in a terrible snowmobiling accident (the president of Conoco/Phillips Alaska, who was caught in an avalanche yesterday -- he is the son-in-law of one of my mother's best friends), having a member of one of my Yahoo groups lose her husband this week, reading about terrible accidents in the news ... I'm a little "nervous" about Home/Heaven coming up just now! lol Seriously, it is a HUGE comfort to know that we have an amazing, love-built home in Heaven waiting for us, I'm just not in a huge hurry to get there. All that aside, though, I had just the perfect paper for this layout -- and I just bought it this week! Perfect timing!


Papers:
Jean Daugherty "Home Sweet Home" (Digizines Studios)
Thao Cosgrove "Daily Bread Collection Mini" (ScrapGirls)
Blending template: Brandy Murry "Background Blenders" (ScrapGirls)
Layout frame: Diamante Designs "Layout Holders" (Pickleberrypop)
Alpha: Syndee Nuckles "November Sky Alpha" (ScrapGirls)
Font: Gabrielle


I was pleased how quickly this one came together. I thought the gate on the other paper was so cool to use here -- hints of Pearly Gates, all that. I decided I really liked the sort-of soft, cozy feel of the muted colors here, even though I know there'll be streets of gold, God's glory and all that going on in Heaven. To me, the seaside is the most beautiful place on earth, and I love it when it's a bit foggy and everything is muted -- colors of sand, gray, soft blue. So, yeah, I like the way everything just worked out so perfectly on this layout!

I decided I had to drop the "My Lifetime Story" challenge for now -- a new topic coming down every week, and some of them were HUGE, like "my grandparents" or "my parents." Heck, I still don't even have the journaling done for "my birth story." So while I love the concept, I was feeling overwhelmed, especially since I wanted the pages to be really special, AND I was too sick to do "special". (The two pages above are special, but small, simple, no journaling to do.) I may start on Michelle Stone's "Book of Me" challenge, but we'll have to see. Journaling when my brain isn't on full is tough.

Well, hopefully this will be a better week for EVERYONE! Please pray for Ella (the car wreck victim), for Kathy and family (family of the Conoco/Phillips exec), etc. Lots of folks needing prayer right now!!

Friday, February 05, 2010

We interrupt this program for a news update

Okay, nothing dramatic. I just wanted y'all to know I've been too sick to scrap these last few days. I always thought I could scrap sick as long as it was digital, but strep throat makes you a complete brain-zombie. I'm doing better now, so will hopefully be back to scrapping tomorrow.

I guess I could show you a page I haven't posted yet. This is of my dad's mother. This is the page I was talking about a couple of posts ago as being so difficult. I don't know if it was the pressure to make my dad's mother's page as pretty as the one I made my mom's mother (I was closer to mom's), or if I just couldn't get it to work the way I wanted to. I started with a sketch/template and had a great deal of difficulty working with it with this particular photo, so that was part of the problem. I like the way it turned out, but it was a toughie!


In all honesty, I hadn't planned on posting a pic tonight, so I don't have the list of supplies ready. I tried so blessed many different papers, then a horde of different ribbons, etc., that I can't even just remember off the top of my head who made what, although I think the metal flourish was from Jean Daugherty. And the template was a PageMaps (I think).

Anyway ... my big challenge right now is the layout for the Scripture challenge. This week's word is "abide" and I've already picked my Bible verse and the photo I want to use, but I'm trying to keep it kinda "artsy" like the other two, and I am having a very difficult time of it. I tried working on it a couple of nights ago, which was when I realized that strep just doesn't make for the ideal scrapping-brain circumstances. I'm also already VERY behind on the "My Lifetime Story" challenge. Last week we were supposed to write/scrap about our parents, one layout/page each. Well, of course being sick I was NOT up to that, especially since I want to make these pages extra special (at least journaling-wise). Well, next thing I know it's time for a new week, and the challenge is to make layouts about your grandparents. Well, that's six pages total (including my parents), or four if I were to double up the grandparents, but that's still a LOT to do when you don't want to just slap something together. *SIGH* The challenge hosts say not to worry about it, just to do what you can when you can, but that doesn't always work for me. I end up feeling completely overwhelmed by all the stuff I haven't done yet, and give up. I don't want to do that with this one, but we'll just have to see ...

Okay, that's enough for tonight. I got my hair colored today (finally -- I'd had to put it off three times because of some physical ailment or other) and went to the grocery store, so I'm sure I totally overdid it. I'll probably pay for it tomorrow -- but I sure hope not!

Blessings, grace and peace!

Monday, January 25, 2010

After three tries ...

Killer headaches and weird reactions to medications don't usually make for a very productive day of scrapping, but things seemed to go in my favor today!

Well ... after several days of trying to get this layout "right," including three different iterations of it, that is.

For some reason this layout would NOT come together easily at all. I don't know if it was just my brain fritzing or what, but I tried and struggled and struggled and tried, spent hours making a pretty cluster for it, only to realize that the horizonal orientation of the cluster wouldn't really work, so then I spent more hours making a vertical one, which I very nearly chucked until God had mercy on me and I finally made a change or two that made it work. (Thank You, God!!)

I started out with a PageMaps sketch (from July), but it ended up being very different from the sketch. I'll still give 'em credit, though, since I did use a few elements from the sketch, like the bracket mat and the stitching that goes around it.

Oh -- you wanted to actually SEE the page, huh? Silly me ... here it is:

I totally fell in love with the blue and cream background paper I used (I'm turning into my mother!) It's from Jean Daugherty's "Wedding Diary" collection (I got mine at Heritage Scrap, she may also have it at DigiZines Studios). Most of the supplies are from that kit, actually. Here are the others:
Journal tag: Jean Daugherty "The Storytellers" (HS)
Wedding rings (in cluster): Jean Daugherty "Memory Box" (Digizines Studios)
Large rose: Michelle Stone Designs "Romantic Beauties" (Gotta Pixel)
Small ribbons: Lynn Griffin "Serenity" (Heritage Scrap)
Tassel: Joey "Pelemele" (blog)
Heart scatters: Studio Flergs "Pretty Little Things" (Scrapbook Graphics)
various styles from ScrapGirls
Font: Edwardian Script (I'm using it on nearly every heritage page for consistency and for tying things together -- clever of me, no?)

So, don't know what I'll be doing the rest of this evening ... possibly more scrapping, possibly reading, maybe even writing. Just depends on what turns out to be the most fun and least brain-taxing! lol

Hope your day is wonderful!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Precious Ole Cowboy

Before I get into the above-reference cowboy topic, I'm happy to announce that Aidan is back from taking his first SAT test and he feels very good about how he did. He said there was only one math problem he just flat didn't know how to do, and he feels like he "definitely got right" at least 80% of all the questions, although he ran out of time to be able to finish his essay the way he wanted to (he had five minutes left in which to wrap it up, so he had to leave out a lot of what he wanted to say). So we'll see in ... oh, say five years or so ... whether how well he thought he did matches up with reality. (It takes ages to find out your scores on these things) Next try is in March.

So, okay, while Aidan was out taking the SAT and Bjorn was running errands, I sat myself down in front of my computer and did another layout! After the last one I did (which I haven't shown you yet, probably next time), this one came very easily, and I really, really like it.


This is my dad's maternal grandfather, T. C. ("Pa") Richardson. I don't know the horse's name, but I just love the photo. It was given to my dad and his sister by their Aunt Ida (T. C.'s daughter), and the inscription on the back says, "To Danny and Sister -- Christmas December 25, 1939 -- Isn't he a 'precious ole cowboy?' -- Aunt Ida" I think it's odd that Ida referred to my Aunt Barb as "Sister" but maybe that's what they called her back then (I'll have to ask!)

Anyway -- I used a template by PageMaps (Nov. 09), but I liked the background paper so much I didn't want to cover it up with much, so where there were spots for two other, different papers, I decided to just copy the background paper over the template's clipping masks for those two papers, then use a medium drop shadow to make those layers pop a bit. Now, the part of West Texas where Pa Richardson lived at this point does NOT have hills like the ones portrayed on the paper, but I still thought it was nice and "western" without being hokey.

Here are the ingredients:
Rename Layer and Supply Tracker scripts: Christy VanderWall -- Scrap Girls
Label: Dana Zarling -- Vintage Artistry -- Scrapbook Bytes (which I completely altered by using Durin Eberhart's Vintage Paper style -- ScrapGirls)
Fonts: FranciscoLucas Briosa (titles); Angleterre (label)
Template: PageMaps Nov 2009
Paper: Raspberry Road Design -- Frontier Days add-on -- Raspberry Road
Braided straw ribbon: Designs by Crystal -- Wild West -- Scrap it Sassy
Net/mesh; Texas medallion: Jean Daugherty -- Lone Star -- Heritage Scrap
Wheat stalks: Kristin Skjaeringrud (Kristin's Scrap Designs) -- Crisp Air -- Pickleberry Pop
Frame: for some reason I can't for the life of me find this frame in my frames folder! But it doesn't look much like the original because I altered it with the Vintage Paper style, anyway ...


Too much fun! And now I really, really need a snack and a nap! lol

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Week 2 Scripture challenge, and other goodies

Aidan has been sick since Saturday -- nothing serious (I hope!), just a bug, and he's not as sick, but still very tired. I hate that. I really hate it when he's sick, and especially when he doesn't bounce back very quickly. When he has strep he's usually better the day after he begins the antibiotic. But, of course, with a virus you can't have antibios, and it seems to take him longer. Which makes his worry-wort mother very depressed. *SIGH* I know God is taking care of him, but I'm still a mom and I still have worry tendencies (sorry, Lord!). Plus, he has to give his Junior Thesis presentation tomorrow morning, and he's in a play at school on Friday where he has heaps of speaking parts. He missed school today, but insisted on going for rehearsal after school, and he said he made it 1-1/2 times through the play before needing to sit out. He has another LONG rehearsal after school Thursday (the dress rehearsal, to which parents are invited -- they're giving the play for the elementary school kids), then the play twice on Friday, then he's taking his first round of the SAT on Saturday! God really needs to give this kid strength! (And his mother, too!)

Okay, so maybe this week's scripture challenge is very appropriate -- the word this week is "Temptation." And I am SO tempted to worry and fret and all that when Aidan is sick. There are plenty other temptations in my life every day, too, so it's good to be reminded that God will always give us a way out, and that we need to pray to keep up our temptation-sensors, as it were.

So here's my page for this week:


I really like the Bible verse about how God does not tempt us, and that when we are tempted He always provides a way out. But I chose a different verse to highlight on my page because I think it's so important to remember, as I said, that we need to be on our guard against temptation so we'll recognize it when it comes and not just capitulate straight into sin. As far as the layout goes, I kept to my semi-artistic style and also to the 6"x6" size (because it would be ridiculous to change the size, since it's all going to fit into one album). Here are the ingredients:

Gold paper (border pattern): Amanda Thorderson "Christmas Rhapsody" [Digitals]
Red paper w/ stripe: Stacey Mann -- "Morocco Meets Modern" [Digitals]
Pattern overlay: Durin Eberhart -- "Rubber Stamps" paper template [ScrapGirls]
Mask: Joyce DeJong -- "Christmas" kit [Digitals]
Font (scripture): Lettering Delights "Adornment"
Font (title): Birmingham
Supply Tracker script for PSE: Christy VanderWall [ScrapGirls]


So, today I also finished another layout! A two-pager, no less! This was inspired by a challenge at one of the sites from whom I receive a newsletter. I have no idea which site, so I guess I won't be posting this in their gallery!

Anyway, the challenge was to scrap about our obsessions. Immediately New Zealand came to mind. And, since I got this awesome digi-scrapping kit called "Aotearoa: New Zealand" by Michelle Stone from Digital Scrap Cafe. She's a New Zealander, so her kit was, of course, a must-have for me. But since I don't live there, I had to find something else to use her kit for -- and since I WISH I lived there, I thought scrapping about that wish/obsession was a fun idea.

Here is the first page:

And the second:


Everything is from Michelle's kit (LOVE the page of Kiwi slang!! Wonder if she got that from the same website where I got one of my lists of Kiwi slang? It sure looks familiar). Except the lettering for the title and the journaling -- the font for those is Blobfont. Also, I did use a number of styles and actions, and honestly, at the moment I am way too tired to go look through and remember which ones I used. WAY. My deepest apologies if any of them belong to you. I will give you credit in future layouts, I promise! And the photos all came from "teh interwebs" as they say on I Can Has Cheezburger. Since I'm not selling anything or making a profit from using them, I hope the owners of the photos will be nice and not sue me.

If you want to read the journaling, just click on the picture and you'll go to a larger version of it.

Well, everyone has gone to bed, I have to get up early and I'm very tired, so I'm going to toddle off now. I hope everyone has a great rest of the week! (And please pray for Aidan if you wouldn't mind!)

Cheers!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Maternal great-grandmother

Wow, don't I come up with exciting and imaginative titles! As I've mentioned a few times before, the Title Queen I am not.

Anyway, I spent yesterday and today working on a layout about my mother's mother's mother (heee -- isn't "maternal great-grandmother" easier to visualize?). We have some beautiful photos of her, so I thought it would be fun to make a page using those photos.

First, I hunted for a layout template to use. For some reason now that I've started using those I rarely ever just make a layout up off the top of my head. I guess I figure that someone else has done the balancing work for me, so why not use their experience, expertise and efforts? I never stick 100% to the template anyway -- it's sorta cheating to do that (in my book). So, after going through every template I have, finding one that was okay but wanting more choices, searching online for an hour, then deciding the one I had picked was just fine, I had the template settled on and was ready to go!

This is the template (PageMaps October 2009):


Except that I first had to rearrange the order of the smaller two photos. I wanted the larger photo first, rather than the smaller first as they had it. Once that was done, I set to work making the layout.

So here's the result:


The journaling says:
Nina Maud Reece must have been a very strong woman. She had many hardships in her life to make her that way. Her father was a harsh man, her mother had a nervous breakdown and died in a state hospital. Things were better after she married Wilburn F. Reece, but when two of her children died of diptheria while still very young, she had to become the strong one again. Her husband simply could not handle their deaths and he had a nervous breakdown. Maud, as she was always called, was the one who had to hold the family together, and by the grace of God she succeeded quite well. Eventually Wilburn pulled out of his funk, and they had two more children, one of whom was my grandmother, Dorothy. Maud's father asked her forgiveness in his later years, which she gave even when some of her siblings could not do so.
In the later part of her life, Maud was diagnosed with cancer, first breast,then stomach. She fought the battle bravely, but succumbed on 19 September 1937 at the age of 54 years, a great loss for all who loved her, but a wonderful gain for Heaven.


Personally, I think the journaling is lame, but it's hard to write about a person's life in such a small space! And it was also difficult because I didn't have my mother right next to me retelling her story. I've got a couple of layouts still unfinished because I'm waiting for my mother to feel like reminiscing for me, so I decided I would just write what I knew without her help this time.

The reason the journaling is lame is because the sentences can't tell the story without being expanded upon! "Her father was a harsh man" doesn't really tell that he beat the children regularly. I didn't really want to make that a point, though, since he did repent in later years, after he was rocked to the core by the suicide of his wife in the state hospital. We don't really know the story of why Maud's mother (Laura) had the breakdown -- my mother says she was a clean-freak, probably OCD by today's understanding, and we know that played a part. She was also undoubtedly profoundly angry at her husband's treatment of the children. Her obituary says she had been suicidal before being "convicted of being insane." What a horrible label to have to wear, especially since I doubt highly that she was "insane," but more likely had some mental illness (like OCD) to deal with.

So that must have been incredibly hard on Maud. And then, just when things in life must have been getting better (her husband was a very kind, loving man with a good sense of humor), she lost her second and third children within just weeks of each other from diptheria. One was 2, the other 4. Her husband really fell apart, and she had to hold everything together as well as tending to him, all while her own heart was broken to pieces. Wilburn did recover, as the journaling says, and went on to be a wonderful, caring father and grandfather -- but he could never, ever talk about his two little boys that were lost to diptheria. Nor could he visit their graves. So now we can't find where the little ones were buried, although we know where the family was living at the time (Duffau, Erath County, TX)

And, as also mentioned, Maud developed breast cancer in her 50s, which then developed into stomach cancer. I don't know exactly when. I do know that my grandmother, who was married and had my mother by then (my mother was 5 when "Meemaw" died), spent a great deal of time tending to her while she was sick.

So I couldn't tell the whole story in that journaling block. And I didn't exactly use my best writing skills, but for some reason this was the best I could do. (I promise you my fiction stories are MUCH better written!)

At any rate, I am otherwise very pleased with the layout and I think both my grandmother and her mama would be pleased, too.

Before I forget, here are the "ingredients" I used:
Papers:
Jean Daugherty -- "Memory Box" [Digizines Studios]
Teri Hanson -- "Magnolia Lane" [Heritage Scrap]
Lace:
Across top -- Cheryl McCain -- "Hint of Summer" -- recolored [Digizines Studios]
In cluster -- Diana Burton -- "Heritage Helpers" -- recolored, resized [Digitals]
Ribbons:
Brown -- Lynn Griffin -- "Southern Porch" -- resized [Heritage Helpers]
Cream -- Cheryl McCain -- "Spring Bonnet" -- recolored, resized [Digizines Studios]
Roses -- Wetfish Designs -- "Dreaming of Paris" -- recolored, used Vintage Photo action
Cameo -- Jean Daugherty -- "Family Roots" -- resized [Digizines Studios]
Swirls/flourishes -- Diana Burton -- "Helianthus" -- probably resized [Digitals]
Oval frame -- Katie Mann -- "Antique Brooch Frames" -- [Digitals]
Journaling book -- Jean Daugherty -- "Memory Box" [Digizines Studios]
Brad -- Dana Zarling -- "Vintage Artistry" -- resized [Scrapbook Bytes]
Tags -- Cheryl McCain -- "Vintage Memoirs" -- recolored, altered (bow removed, used Vintage Photo action) [Digizines Studios]
Fonts -- Edwardian Script; CK "Legacy"
Actions: Ariadna Wiczling -- "Scrap Simple Tools: Actions -- Warped PSE"
Sarah Batdorf -- "Scrap Simple Tools: Actions -- Vintage Photos 6502"
Sarah Batdorf -- "Scrap Simple Tools: Styles -- Basic Shadows 6501"
Page template -- Becky Fleck -- October 2009 PageMaps


Well, this weekend has been pretty boring. Aidan has been under the weather since yesterday, and I had a brief atrial fibrillation episode that unnerved me a few hours ago. It only lasted for about a minute or two, but now I'm worried that I'm going to have a Big Episode like I did 1-1/2 years ago when I ended up having to go to the ER. My cardio doc says I don't really need to worry unless it's gone on for four or five hours, but, um, no -- I'm not going to sit around for that long while my heart is pretending it never heard of the word "rhythm" and is going ninety-miles-a-minute. Two hours is my maximum limit before I head off for the ER! So, anyway, those two things combined have made me a bit depressed this evening. But I do know God is in control, and I can trust Him to be taking care of us.

So, off to start another layout ... after I feed the kitties and decide what to feed the sick one for dinner!

Hope you have a great week!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Poignant Pansy

I started a layout last night of a really cute photo of my mother when she was 8. I think it was a school portrait -- there are two versions, the b/w one I used in this layout, and a tinted one in a slightly different pose.

Since my mother loves pansies, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to use my new "Poignant Pansy" kit by Jean Daugherty of Digizines Studios. So I set to work. I tried using a template, and I hated the result I got -- I liked the template, but it just wasn't working with the papers (it had a bit of a grid feel to it). So I tried a different idea, using a big bracket-square for a background, but, again, it just didn't seem to work, it sorta overwhelmed the photo.

So then I was looking through the Faith Sisters "Made Ya Look Monday" blog for this week, and I found an inspiration. It had a central photo surrounded by all kinds of frufy stuff, very tastefully done, of course. Somehow I knew that would be a much better look for this photo. So I started all over again for a third time ... and, like they say, third time's the charm. Here is the finished product:


Isn't this a sweet picture! Gosh, I love my mom!

All supplies/ingredients/whatever-you-wanna-call-em are from Jean Daugherty's "Poignant Pansy" kit. I did do a little "messing around" with a few items. I extracted the white pansy from her pansy duo, then scaled it much smaller to use as a "scatter" element. I also made a copy and recolored it blue for a little variety, as well as extracting one of the other pansies from the background swag for the same purpose (making little, tiny scatter elements). And I copied a single pearl from the pearl swirl, shrank it and scattered it, too. And now that I think about it, I believe the mat behind the photo is actually a paper from one of Jean's other kits. The font is Calamity Jane.

I have the feeling I will be using this kit many more times, especially in layouts about my mom. I have such a bad habit of sticking with blue-and-white for her (her favorite colors, as I mentioned before), and using pansies, just like I use pink and butterflies for my grandmother, as those were her more notable Favorite Things (Granny also liked birds, especially hummingbirds).

So, even though this didn't take a terribly long time, I really like the look of it!

Today I got a Stampin' Up! mini catalog in the mail, and as I looked through it, I found myself wondering if I would ever take up physical, paper scrapping/stamping again. I hope I do, actually, because I have a ton of stuff up in that craft loft (and my guys worked hard a couple of years ago to fix it up for me). Maybe this summer when I feel better (I always seem to in the summertime.) Of course, it will be HOT up there in the summertime ...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Time Traveling

First, thanks so much to all of you who left such sweet comments about my Scripture page last time. You made me feel very good, and I appreciate you taking the time to say something!

So, I bought a really cool Digi kit from ScrapGirls this weekend, called "Time Traveler," and I couldn't wait to play with it (of course, that's true of most kits I buy, but I don't always get around to them right away). I thought it would be perfect to use to make the cover of the "My Lifetime Story" challenge I'll be doing this year through Faith Sisters. I feel a little guilty that I didn't use any Faith Sisters supplies on it, but, hey, it be what it be. We were supposed to do a photo collage using pictures of ourselves at various stages in life.

So here is the cover page:


I have some of my childhood photos scanned and digitized, and my more recent photos (like from mid 2000s on up), but everything in between is film print, so I had trouble finding much of me beyond high school. I already had the Paris photo scanned, but I had to scan the one of my and my guys last night. It's probably not the best photo ever of all three of us, but I was in a hurry.

So here are the ingredients:
Papers, titles and all elements: "Time Traveler" (Brandy Murry, Kerry Veale, Caroline Kaiser -- ScrapGirls)
Photo Folds template on Senior portrait: (Theresa Kavouras -- ScrapGirls)
Photo Bends PSE action (Jen Caputo -- Scrapbook Graphics)
Scallop frame on Paris photo (recolored): "Serenity" (Lynn Griffith -- Heritage Scrap)
Inked edge on last photo: Mandy Steward (Scrap Simple Tools/styles - "Framed Ink 1801" -- ScrapGirls)
Background Blenders (Brandy Murry -- ScrapGirls) (I used two different background papers and blended them using one of these templates)
Drop Shadows: Sarah Batdorf (Scrap Simple Tools/Styles "Basic Shadows 6501" -- ScrapGirls)
Font: I think it was Birmingham Titling, but I won't swear to it. I used a "stroke" PSE style to outline it in brown so it would be more visible
Scripture: New International Version, from biblegateway.com


I've spent some of today finishing up a couple of heritage layouts I still had not done. This means I have several to show you now, but I'll only do one today so I can spread them out:

This is a photo of my mother and two of her cousins Way Back When. My mom is the one on the right. The story goes that her cousins came over one afternoon, and the little girl, Glenda, was frufed out in a sweet little dress with a bow in her hair and patent leather shoes. My mom was in her playclothes, and when she kept hearing everybody going on and on about how cute Glenda was all decked out, Mom got very, very jealous. So when this photo was taken, Mom was fed up, cutting her eyes very spoiledly (is that a word?) at Glenda. It's hilarious! My mom is an only child, and she was always pulling something funny like this. She was notorious for "cutting her eyes" around at people and things that didn't behave the way she thought they should. (I think "cutting one's eyes" is an East Texas phrase ...) I will be quick to point out here that she was mostly a very sweet little girl, she just knew how the world should be run (and, ahem, she still does ;-) ). I'm happy to report that she got over her pout pretty quickly and she and Glenda always did, and still do, love each other very much.

So, I used blue as the basis for the layout because my mom's favorite colors are blue and white.
Ingredients:
Page template: PageMaps digital templates
Background paper: "Days Gone By" (Jean Daugherty -- Digizines Studio)
Large-dotted paper: "Memories in Blue" (Cari Lopez -- Heritage Scrap) -- recolored
Bracket: covered in some paper or other ... I did this on the plane going to Phoenix for Christmas, and I think I altered whatever it was, so I can't find it right now.
Ribbon strips: again, I can't find them, and I can't remember
Brads: part of the template, I just recolored them
Flowers: "Blue Willow" (Lynn Griffith -- Heritage Scrap)
Bow: "Have Faith" (Teri Hanson -- Heritage Scrap)
Fonts: No clue at the moment


Wasn't that incredibly helpful? Well, in all honesty I've got sinus pain going on here and I'm not thinking incredibly well (maybe from the 3 Extra-Strength Tylenol?). "We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause."

So, speaking of sinus pain, I'm off to bed to read for awhile then go to sleep. I've been reading a lot of Lynn Austin lately ... right now I'm reading A Woman's Place, but I think my favorites are her Civil War trilogy. She's a fantastic Christian fiction writer, and I highly recommend her books. They have romance in them, but they are NOT romance novels (I despise romance novels). The romance just happens to be part of the story, but the main gist of her stories are how people grow and change over time with hardships, extraordinary world events, etc., going on in their lives. VERY good stuff.

So, gotta run. I hope to be back soon with more of my heritage scrapping stuff!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I've actually been scrapping ... really, I have!

I just haven't posted anything in awhile. Christmas vaca was crazy ... trip to Arizona, and there we were at two different places (the in-laws' house in the Phx area, and their cabin up on the Mogollon Rim, which is at 7700ft altitude, had 1-1/2 feet or so of snow, and was freakin' cold!), decorating for Christmas, then un-decorating. We had a leak in our washing machine, which is right behind the under-stair storage closet, so we had to drag everything out of this closet (which used to be the closet we had designated as shelter in case a tornado hit, then eventually just became "the tornado closet" because it looked like one had hit it dead on! lol) -- luckily the leak had not gone through the wall -- then we decided we had to go through everything, sort, give away as much as possible (which wasn't really much, mostly just old purses and bags), then put the remainder all back in, with new Sterlite drawer units to help with organization. That took a few days!

Anyway, that's all just to let you know I HAVE EXCUSES -- uh, I mean REASONS -- for not posting anything.

I did some heritage scrapping at the in-laws' (of my family, ironic as that is), but none of those pages are 100% finished. Some of them need journaling, and for some reason it's just not coming.

But I DO have a finished page to show you. I decided I would participate in Patter Cross's 2010 Scripture Challenge this year. The first challenge is to scrap a Scripture or Scriptures that are meaningful to you about HOPE. There are tons of great verses in the Bible about hope, so I had trouble narrowing it down, but decided that this one really fit my life situation the last few years:


This is a 6"x6" digital layout. I know, it doesn't look like "real scrapbooking," but in the digital world you can do different kinds of things than you can do with paper, so I decided to go "artistic".

The photo is one we took when Bjorn and I went to Pt. Reyes in California over the summer while Aidan was at the National Junior Classical League convention in Davis. The waves weren't huge, but I loved the way they were rolling. I love the ocean more than any other of God's "scenic" natural creations, so it's always an appropriate theme for me when I think about God, my faith, etc.

As you know, the last few years have been tough for me physically. And since I tend toward depression anyway, they've definitely been a challenge as far as keeping my focus on Christ, on positive things, on HOPE. So this Psalm is incredibly meaningful for me.

Here are the ingredients for the layout:
Background "paper": Cheryl McCain "June's Cadence" -- DigiZines "The Studio"
Blending mask: Background Blenders -- Brandy Murry, ScrapGirls
Shell brush: Ronnie McCray -- "Clam Brush" -- Scrapbook-Bytes (this one is old, so I'm not sure if she was designing for them when this was made, or what)
Grunge edge overlay: Carrie Stephens -- ScrapGirls
Fonts: Bahia Script SSK; Artistamp Medium
Canvas style: Sarah Batdorf "SSStyles: Vintage Canvas" -- ScrapGirls
Drop shadow style: Sarah Batdorf "SSStyles: Basic Shadows" -- ScrapGirls


I've got two other challenges I'm participating in this year. Both are at Faith Sisters. Hopefully I'll have something to show for those in the next few days.

Hope you all have a wonderful year this year, full of God's blessings, provision, love and guidance!