Monday, March 31, 2008

Spring Break

I'm probably the only person who enjoyed the snow, cold temps, hail, rain etc. for Spring Break ... since I spent most of my week on the couch with a sinus infection ... blah! The highlight of my week was sewing with Michelle. What a cute dress we made for Calleigh. It was fun to sew again after a 12-year break ... other than to mend.
After starting another round of antibiotics I felt well enough Saturday for a Germer-Dehaze Game Day.
What fun it was to play board games, eat yummy snacks and pizza, and enjoy great laughs all afternoon/evening. It was a JOY to spend time with Matt & Cindy on her last day here. For those who don't know ... she was our special surprise guest last week. I had fun putting a digital layout together of several pictures we took of them : )
I'm back to work and feeling better ....

Template: Chris Greiser Template 2007-6
Font: CkAlis_Writing, Milk & Cereal
Paper: Lindsay Jane Design -Soft Grunge BG02,
Leslie Hasenkamp Designs -mis_creame_paper1

Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter JOY

Spring has been a tough one on our family this year. Seems like each family member has dealt with ailments ranging from pneumonia to sinus infections. It was nice to have the opportunity to get together to celebrate Easter.
After worshiping at Potter's Hands we enjoyed family time before dinner and even had a surprise out-of-town guest stop by .... maybe more on that later : ) We had fun trying out the new camera -- "Look out Colin and Calleigh -- Grandpa can now take more pictures per second than before and can even zoom in and take them without you ever knowing it!"
Today is the first day of Spring Break and it was fun to go through the pictures and try out a new template to capture the JOY in our celebration.

Template: Zakirah SMspotlight1
Paper/Flowers/Egg: Easter Egg Hunt Kit-Devine Designs
Border: ALP Whispering Softly Elements
Fonts: CKAlishandwriting, Milk & Cereal, American Typewriter

Friday, March 14, 2008

Calleigh & Matt

Despite a sinus infection this week, I have been determined to put a digi layout together of Calleigh and Matt. I think I made at least 6 attempts with all of them going in the "trash." For some reason the templates I used didn't look right with the photos so I finally decided to wing it on my own and I was pleased with the results. It's simple, clean and conveys the fun they have together. Now that Calleigh is crawling all over the house she follows Uncle Matt around ... he always has something fun to do that makes her smile.
I am feeling so much better thanks to antibiotics -- I haven't had a sinus infection for over five years. I had forgotten how miserable they are!

Paper and Heart: Kim Hill Feb 2008 Sampler
Frame:1875 Photo Frame by Coralee Evans
Font: CKAlis Writing, American Typewriter

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Daylight Savings Time

I spent the afternoon working on a digi layout for Tim and Rae. They spent Fall of '07 in the Bay Area while Tim worked down there. They enjoyed the weekends exploring ... this particular weekend was at Half Moon Bay and picking out pumpkins. What a beautiful Fall day!
Hope you aren't too tired from the time change. I'm glad I had Friday off to rest up for it : )

Font: American Typewriter, Handwriting-Dakota
Paper Strips: Autumn's Kiss-Anita Designs/Nana's Attic,
Kathy Brandt/kathysscraps Run Paper02,
KMyers Paper Dots,
Make It Scrappy Summerlove bgb04
Background Paper: Britt-ish Designs-lyrical paper
Wordart: Explore-Lindsay Jane Design,
Fall-Pam Lefors Desings Autumn Rhapsody Word Art
To-Do List-Tara Sroke Designs
Staples: LB Creations-Sophisticated Chocolate Paper 08
Template: Racketty Scrappety #44

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Our Snow Angel

What a delight to find snow falling while opening gifts on Christmas morning. It's what you always envision Christmas to be. We couldn't resist taking Calleigh out to experience her first snowfall. She was decked out in a new outfit ... a gift from Uncle Tim and Aunt Rae ... and it seemed perfect for the occasion. Calleigh loved the snow ... gave it a taste ... and displayed a big smile of approval.
Note: My mind tells me I should be organizing cupboards, closets, drawers ... my heart wants to create and I was drawn in by these precious photos. Oh well, everything else can wait til Spring Break : ) For right now I am lovin' digital scrapbooking!
Lindsay Jane Design Pretty Pink Paper
Trish Heffner, Templates-N-More T93
Jessica Dixon Wordart 44
Cafe Digi LJ Paper 3b
Lindsay Jane Design Iced Berry Snowflake
Font: Almagro and Krungthep

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Digital Scrapbooking Sites

Many times I'm asked which blog sites I subscribe to for great digi/hybrid ideas and freebies. Here's a list of my favorites:

Ali Edwards
Rebecca Sower
Faith Sisters
Tracy's Scraps
Lindsay Jane Designs
Shandy Vogt Designs
Scrapping with IkeaGoddess
One Little Word
Melanie's Digital Creations
Di Hickman
Sketch me if you can!

If you have any suggestions / additions to this list, please let me know.

A New Look

I have been wanting to design a header for my blog since October. Determination finally paid off ... that and having the time to be creative.
I used another blogger's header as an example, opened Photoshop Elements and started creating -- using some of the 8 GB of free digi downloads. I watched a tutorial on uploading it to Blogger, upgraded my template, and within minutes I had the header I've wanted for so long. I think the results were worth the persistence and I've gained new skills in the process!

Design credits:
font: CK_alis_writing, Ali Edwards
font: American Typewriter
heart: Scrappy Pony Designs
journal page: Tracy Drane
typekeys: Janosch Designs
deco border: Jenna Desai
paper: petit moineaux