Monday, July 31, 2006

Purple Turtle

This was another hard one to name, but I'm under a deadline!

Purple Turtle
  • Everything from Summer SUNsations Mega Kit at Scrapdish, specifically:
    * Diamond paper by Jeanine Baechtold
    * Floral paper by Jen Reed
    * Ribbon by Krista Mettler
    * Square brads by Jen Reed
    * Word brads by Krista Mettler
  • Inspiration Sketch #27 by Ginger Thibodeau at R U Square
  • Completed July 31, 2006


  • Sunday, July 30, 2006

    First "Real" Halloween

    First "Real" Halloween
    Journaling reads: "First 'Real' Halloween - Because Luke was born in October, we didn't do much for his first Halloween since he was only 3 weeks old. 2005 was his first costume, his first trip trick or treating, and his first taste of chocolate. He also had his first kid's meal while we were there, from Chik-Fil-A."
  • Fonts are Pea Nancy from Fonts for Peas and Curlz MT
  • Everything from the Halloween Category at Free Digital Scrapbooking
  • Inspiration sketch by Jenn Olson
  • Created for the Synchronized Swimming Anniversary Challenge at Scrap Artist
  • Completed July 30, 2006

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  • Flower Child

    Naming these things is getting harder and harder. I couldn't think of anything witty for this one, and once this title occurred to me, I could not get it out of my head! It is unlikely I will ever name one this again (unless he goes through a hippy phase as a teenager), so maybe I'm safe. This is the first one I have named more for the kit used than the photos or subject.

    Flower Child
  • Font is Curlz MT
  • Everything from Summer Garden by Marcie Reckinger, the July 2006 Scrapping Garden Daily Download (some alterations by me)
  • Inspiration sketch #1 by Ginger Thibodeau at R U Square
  • Created for the July 2006 Daily Download Challenge
  • Completed July 29, 2006


  • Wednesday, July 26, 2006

    4 Things - Movies

    I attended a "night owl chat" this past weekend at RAK Scraps, and while we were there, Robin challenged us to make a layout using one (or all) of the topics going around in the "Four Things" meme. I chose "Four movies you would watch over and over." (Gee, go figure)

    4 Things - Movies
  • Fonts are Arial and Movieboard
  • Background paper from Cheer Paper Pack by Misty Cato
  • Filmstrip by Karah Fredricks from RAK Scraps, altered by me
    * Scraplifted from My Trip to the Zoo by Honeysmom
    * Created for the 7-23 Night Owl Four Things Impromptu Challenge at RAK Scraps
    * Completed July 26, 2006


  • Rough Day

    This photo of my cat Bengal (one of four feline family members) has always amused me. The challenge was to make a monochromatic layout, and while I know this one isn't *truly* monochromatic, it is pretty darn close.

    Rough Day
    * Font is Juliet
    * Everything from German Chocolate by Michelle Pearson from (some recoloring by me; kit no longer available)
    * Based on a sketch by Jen Caputo
    * Created for the July 2006 Monochromatic Spontaneous Challenge at The Scrap Habit
    * Completed July 26, 2006


    Fraser River

    This is the Fraser River in Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

    Fraser River
    Journaling: "Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. -Marcus Aurelius"
  • Photo Taken by Dan Seibel (as seen on Christine's blog), used with permission
  • Font is LainieDaySH from Abstract Fonts
  • Everything from Pleasures from the Eclectic Bytes CD Collection at Scrapbook-Bytes, specifically:
  • Background paper by Ali Folendore (recolored by me)
  • Papers used for the "waves" by Jeri Ingalls, Meredith Fenwick, Kim Christensen, Dana Zarling, and Dawn Stocstill
  • Wave shapes taken from a Jen Caputo sketch
  • Created for the July 2006 Font Challenge at The Scrap Habit
  • Completed July 25, 2006


  • Monday, July 24, 2006

    Birthday Clicky Finger

    Well, thanks to some birthday funds provided by my parents and a *whopping* gift certificate from my best friend Connie, I went on quite the spending spree for my 30th birthday today. Wanna see what I got? Of course you do! LOL Sorry they're so small, but it was either these, or gigantic ones that are too wide for my main column (and it is way too late to be resizing), so this will have to do.

    Each pic is linked to where you can purchase it, in case you are interested. Psst... Simply Snowflake and Fresh & Funky are only $1 each! (No affiliation, just a happy customer, blah blah....) Enjoy!


    Sunday, July 23, 2006

    Nature Boy

    Nature Boy
  • Font is SouciSans
  • Everything from Leapin Lizards by Brenda Kempf at Scrapbook-Bytes
  • Scraplifted from Circle of Friends by craftyaunt
  • Created for the July 2006 RAK Newsletter Scraplift Challenge at RAK Scraps
  • Completed July 23, 2006


  • Ghosts of the Past

    This layout was done for a challenge in which you had to use a black and white photo. I don't have any filters yet, so I have to rely basically on automatic settings to convert my color photos to black and white, and I'm not very good at picking photos that will convert well, so this was *quite* a challenge for me. But when I saw this photo, I knew it was the right one, and I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. I know it is an extremely simple layout, but sometimes, less is more, and I am thrilled with it.

    Even though it is a photo of the Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC, it is my tribute to all the amazing men and women of the United States Armed Forces, past and present, including (but not limited to) my cousin Joe Coleman, my brother in law Michael Gaston, family friend Lamar Crawford (survivor of the USS Arizona Pearl Harbor), and both of my amazing grandfathers, Robert Coleman and Rufus Warren.

    Ghosts of the Past
  • Photo by Rita Warren, used with permission, altered by me
  • Font is Westsac
  • Background paper (altered by me) by Erika Tenney from June 2006 RAK Mega Kit at RAK Scraps
  • Created for Maria's Weekly Challenge for July 17-23, 2006
  • Completed July 23, 2006
  • Friday, July 21, 2006

    Mouse Ears

    After posting All Star, I remembered that I had another charity kit that will also no longer be available after July 31, so I wanted to whip up a quick layout using it to show you. This one is Kaleidoscope of Hope by Guardian Peas. Everything sold there (not just this kit) has proceeds going to the three families listed, and it will all be discontinued July 31, so check it out.

    Mouse Ears
    Everything from Kaleidoscope of Hope by Guardian Peas, specifically:
    * Plaid paper by Jasbeanie
    * Polka dot paper by SaraAmarie
    * Swirl paper by Lie Fhung
    * Printed paper by Deb Manis
    * Striped paper by Amanda Lacey
    * Tag by SaraAmarie
    * Brad by AMS DigiScraps
    * Fonts are Walter and Wild Ride
    * Inspiration Sketch #26 by Ginger Thibodeau at R U Square
    * Completed July 21, 2006


    All Star

    Please note that the kit used to make this layout, Ethan's Hope Charity Kit, will only be available for purchase through July 31, so if you want it, get it now. It has a zillion things in it and is totally worth the $13 (156 papers, 338 elements of various types, 4 quick pages, and 4 alphas), plus the money goes to a good cause. (No affiliation, just a happy customer, etc.)

    Well, I'm not totally thrilled with this one, but it was due today by midnight (I posted it at 11:52 PM), and this is my third try at it, so it will have to do for now. I may try tinkering with it again later when I have more time and creative energy. I'm feeling a little dry in that department at the moment.

    All Star
    Everything except paper tear from Ethan's Hope Charity Kit, specifically
    * Orange background paper by Brenda Kempf
    * Plaid paper (rotated by me) by Ali Kat Creations
    * Blue polka dot paper by Paula Duncan
    * Blue speckled paper and brown paper by Mindy Terasawa
    * Round and square brads by Amanda Rockwell
    * Flower Brad by Melany Violette
    * Star and Square charms by Eve Recinella
    * Beaded wire by Rebecca Gold
    * Alpha by Theresa Hernandez
    * Paper Tear 3 Inch Freebie by Stephanie Krush from Digital Paper Tearing
    * Inspiration Sketch by Gina Miller
    * Created for Subscribers Only Sketch Challenge #17 at Scrapbook-Bytes
    * Completed July 20, 2006


    Monday, July 17, 2006

    Together in May 2004

    Getting together with DH's family is not something that happens often, but we actually managed it for his brother's wedding. Unfortunately, BIL and his wife are no longer together, but these photos are still special to me. (And before it comes up, that is his mom, but that is not his dad.) And you'd better enjoy it, because you won't see me scrapping myself very often! I just happen to like this photo (which even includes Luke, since I was about 4 months pregnant). I am also extremely proud of myself for learning how to do text in a circle. Go me!

    Together in May 2004
    * Font is Inky Dinky
    * Everything from Optimism by Eva Kipler at Digital Freebies
    * Scraplifted from "I get to play with papa" by Sherlylynn at The Scrap Habit
    * Created for the July 2006 Scraplift Challenge at The Scrap Habit
    * Completed July 17, 2006

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    Sunday, July 16, 2006

    Playground Tunnel

    Luke's first time in the tunnel at the playground. April 2006

    Playground Tunnel
  • Font is Gallery
  • Everything from Carefree Add-On by SaraAmarie at RAKScraps
  • Inspiration Sketch #5 by Ginger Thibodeau at R U Square
  • Created for the July 2006 Designer Spotlight Impromptu Challenge at RAKScraps
  • Completed July 16, 2006


  • Friday, July 14, 2006

    The Breakfast Club

    Since my first 80s layout was so lame in the design department, I decided to do a second one. And it doesn't get much more 80s than this movie. Here is a link to a larger version (400K), if you are interested.

    The Breakfast Club
  • Journaling:

    Dear Mr. Vernon,

    We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you're crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us...
    is a brain...
    and an athlete...
    and a basket case...
    a princess...
    and a criminal...

    Does that answer your question?

    Sincerely yours,
    The Breakfast Club

  • Fonts are Pea Bethany, Pea Sarahloo, Pea Melanie, Pea Sara Script, Pea Monica, from Fonts For Peas, and Paddington
  • All papers except the notebook paper from 80s Wham by Jeanine Beachtold (some recolored by me), a freebie from her blog
  • Notebook paper, paper fragment, and staple from Girl Notes by Lauren Grier, a Friday Freebie at Digital Freebies


  • Thursday, July 13, 2006

    The Venetian

    When I was flipping through the photos that my friend Sandi took on her recent trip to Las Vegas, I absolutely fell in love with this photo of the lobby fountain. She graciously allowed me to borrow it, though I am not sure this layout does it justice.

    The Venetian
    * Photo by Sandi Engiles, used with permission
    * Font is ALS Script
    * Everything except photo corners from Cafe Society by Tracy Collins at Digital Freebies
    * Photo corners from Optimism by Eva Kipler at Digital Freebies
    * Inspiration Sketch #25 by Ginger Thibodeau at R U Square
    * Created for Maria's Weekly Layout Challenge at Digital Freebies


    Wednesday, July 12, 2006

    I {heart} 80s Cartoons

    Okay, not my most stellar work, design wise, but she asked us to post a layout about the 80s, and once I started thinking of cartoons, I couldn't stop! She said she wanted us to make her smile, and what better way to smile than to remember cartoons that you haven't thought of in *years.* I hope she likes it.

    I guess you know you are really a *child* of the 80s when your fondest memories are of cartoons. These are not all of them by any means, or even all of the ones I wanted, but I couldn't find good pictures to use for some. I know they are hard to see (here is a somewhat bigger version; it is 400K), so I will list them, left to right, moving down each column before shifting to the next (make sense?):
  • Top: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Fraggle Rock, Pac-Man, Muppet Babies, Gummi Bears, Alvin and the Chipmunks, DuckTales, Shirt Tales, Mickey's Christmas Carol, My Little Pony
  • Bottom: Smurfs, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Thundercats, Rainbow Brite, Danger Mouse, Care Bears, He-Man, She-Ra, Inspector Gadget, Jem and the Holograms, Popples, Richie Rich

    I {heart} 80s Cartoons
  • Font is Alba Super
  • All images found using Google Image Search
  • Papers (background and font fill) from 80s Wham by Jeanine Baechtold, a freebie from her blog
  • Created for Jeanine's Impromptu "80s Challenge" at RAK Scraps


  • Saturday, July 08, 2006

    Hack and Slash (and Justin)

    Hack and Slash (and Justin)
    These photos (taken by me) are of my friend Ginny's husband, Justin, who was "volunteered" to participate at the Hack and Slash show at the Georgia Renaissance Festival this year.
  • Text: "Hack and Slash - The Volunteer, The Weapon, The Paperwork, The Panic, The Finale; GA Ren Fest 2006"
  • Fonts are Erasmus Inline, Knights Quest, and Wingdings (the "dots")
  • Inspiration Sketch by Misty Cato
  • Created for the July 2006 Sketch Challenge at The Scrap Habit
  • Completed July 8, 2006


  • Friends Forever

    Friends Forever
    Journaling: "Friends are the family you choose"
  • Fonts are Arial and Freebooter Script
  • Photos by Mark Warren, Ina Bachmann, and Cyndi Combee
  • Everything from Hidden Treasure by Misty Cato (not currently available for purchase)
  • Inspiration Sketch #19 by Ginger Thibodeau at R U Square
  • Created for the grand opening of The Scrap Habit
  • Completed July 8, 2006


  • A Dream Come True

    A Dream Come True
    Journaling: "A dream come true - For many many years, I watched The Boston Pops do their annual 4th of July concert on television. As a child, I always dreamed that one day, I would spend Independence Day on the Esplanade. When Steve and I set our wedding date for July 4, 1998, I told him then that one day, someday, we would spend our anniversary there. Someday came in 2003, for our 5th wedding anniversary. This trip was also a dream come true for my husand. He was finally able to see the Red Sox play at Fenway Park."
  • Fonts are Garton and ILS Script
  • Dark blue circle paper from Red, Bright, and Blue Paper Pack by Christine Nash at Scrap Outside the Box
  • Everything else from the June 2006 RAK Scraps Mega Kit, specifically:
  • Background paper by V. Kim Smith
  • Red Freedom paper by Jane A
  • Striped star paper by Cindy Wyckoff
  • Circular paper and metal bar (used for frame) by Mrs.Schmuck
  • Star ribbon and striped ribbon by Audra Little
  • Silver star rivet by Kim Jensen
  • 4th of July star charm by Corinne Fragata
  • Inspiration sketch by Gina Miller
  • Created for the Scrapbook-Bytes Subscribers Only Sketch Challenge #16
  • Completed July 8, 2006

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  • Friday, July 07, 2006


  • Fonts are Freebooter Script and Garton
  • Photo by Sandi Engiles, used with permission
  • Everything from the June CT MegaKit at RAK Scraps, specifically:
  • Star paper by Jan Bolton
  • Red paper by Cindy Wyckoff
  • Matte by Sarah Barber
  • Photo corners by V. Kim Smith
  • Blue ribbon by Corinne Fragata
  • Star ribbon by Mrs.Schmuck
  • Created in honor of Alyssa Engiles receiving the Congressional Award Gold Medal for 2006. Before reaching the Gold Medal level, the participant earns the Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates, and Bronze and Silver medals. To finish all 6 levels, they complete a total of 880 hours of Public Service, 440 hours of Physical fitness, 440 hours of Personal Development and 70 hours of venture activity with at least 7 days in a tent or shelter.
  • Scraplifted from A Different Point of View by KimJ at RAK Scraps for the June 2006 Newsletter Scraplift Challenge


  • Thursday, July 06, 2006

    Great Freebie Alert!!

    Melany of Simply Clean Digi Scraps is offering one full kit for download every day! Scroll down just under the calendar to find the kit being offered. Sorry I'm a little late posting this, but you still have 9 days (i.e. kits!) left. Enjoy!