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!