Monday, January 29, 2007

The Thanksgiving Lemon?



The Thanksgiving Lemon?
Journaling: "The Thanksgiving Lemon? - You were so funny. Nana's friend Judith had given her some lemons for Thanksgiving. Nana brought them home to serve as a centerpiece. She had them arranged in a bowl on the dining room table. And as soon as you saw them, you absolutely had to have one. We didn't know why, but we gave you one anyway. And you carried it around all weekend. It even had to go to Waycross to visit your great-grandfather, though we did manage to convince you to leave it in the car. It was battered and bruised by the end of the weekend, but it made the trip back to Atlanta, where it later disappeared."
  • Fonts are AdineKimberg and Blown Deadline
  • Everything from Enchanted Evening Add-On by Jan Hosford, a Friday Freebie at Digital Freebies
  • Launch Pad Template by Bree Clarkson at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Created for the Launch Pad Challenge - January 2007 Part 2 at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Completed January 28, 2007

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  • Saturday, January 27, 2007

    Carefree Childhood Days

    I don't think I've ever scrapped a photo this close to when it was taken in my life! I took this picture around 3:30 this afternoon (Jan 27, 2007), and here it is scrapped barely 8 hours later.



    Carefree Childhood Days
  • Font is BlackJack
  • Everything from His Table by Kim Christensen
  • Template by Jenn V at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Created for the Brag Book Challenge - Week 4 at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Completed January 27, 2007

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  • You Are My Son*shine



    You Are My Son*Shine
  • Fonts are BlackJack and SundingsJL (lower right corner sun symbol)
  • Everything from Rock Star by Krista Mettler at Digiscrapz
  • Template by Jenn V at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Created for the Brag Book Challenge - Week 4 at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Completed January 27, 2007

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  • Friday, January 26, 2007

    First Haircut

    I've been waiting to scrap these photos forever! I'm not completely thrilled with this one, so I may do another one with these same pictures, but I think it looks fine for the challenge. I've also had that first font (called Wake and Bake) forever as well, with absolutely no idea what to do with it! I think this was the perfect thing, even if I do say so myself.



    First Haircut
    Journaling: "First Haircut - You didn't get your first haircut until you were over a year old. I wanted you to look like a baby for just a little longer, and I refused to get it cut before your first birthday. I remember what it was like when your uncle used to get his hair cut. Much screaming was involved, and I expected the worst with you. Much to my surprise, you did great! I took you to a salon just for children, and even they were surprised by how well you did. Such a big boy! -November 2005"
  • Fonts are Wake and Bake and NoodleScript
  • Everything from A Beautiful Mess by Lisa Whitney at ScrapArtist
  • Template by Jenn V at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Created for the Brag Book Challenge - Week 4 at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Completed January 25, 2007

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  • Thursday, January 25, 2007

    Dear Canada



    Dear Canada
    Journaling: "Dear Canada, I had a most excellent trip, even if it did rain the whole time. Visiting with my friends was great, and Niagra Falls was amazing. I look forward to visiting you again someday to make even more memories!"
  • Font is Pea Beth from Fonts for Peas
  • Everything from the July 2006 RAK Scraps Mega Kit, specifically
  • Everything except maple leaf paper by Jane A
  • Maple leaf paper by Ginger Thibodeau
  • Template by Jenn V at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Created for the Brag Book Challenge - Week 2 at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Completed January 25, 2007

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  • She Loved Flowers



    She Loved Flowers
  • Fonts are Wellsley and Flower Garden
  • Everything from Antique Chic by Willowfaery Designs
  • Template by Jenn V at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Created for the Brag Book Challenge - Week 2 at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Completed January 25, 2007

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  • Walt Disney World 2005

    Yes, I know this is the third time I have used the "ears" photo of Luke. I just love it so much!!



    Walt Disney World 2005
  • Font is Walter
  • Everything from Dream Trip by Seebee's Freebies
  • Template by Wendyzine at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Created for the Scrapbook Graphics Brag Book Challenge - Week 1
  • Completed January 25, 2007

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  • Wednesday, January 24, 2007

    Spanish Moss

    Be looking for at least 5 more 4x6 layouts from me in the next several days. The original challenge said that if you did one layout from each week's set of three, you would then get the next week's set. They added something, and I only just found out today: do all 12 (four sets of 3), and you get an extra set of templates, plus an extra bonus. Plus I have another 12x12 template challenge due by the end of the month, IIRC. I'd better get scrapping!



    Spanish Moss
    Journaling: "Spanish Moss - Brunswick, GA - Nov 2006"
  • Font is Bridgnorth
  • Everything except floral doodle from Portobello by Carrie Stephens
  • Floral Doodle by Fernlili
  • Template by Wendyzine at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Created for the Scrapbook Graphics Brag Book Challenge - Week 1
  • Completed January 24, 2007

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  • Thanksgiving 2006



    Thanksgiving 2006
  • Font is A Yummy Apology
  • Everything from Holiday Punch by Meredith Fenwick, a newsletter freebie
  • Template by Wendyzine at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Created for the Scrapbook Graphics Brag Book Challenge - Week 3
  • Completed January 24, 2007

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  • Brothers

    My husband (right, both pictures) with his older brother.



    Brothers
  • Font is Harrington
  • Everything from Warm Spiced Mocha Sampler, by Eva Kipler at Scrapbook-Bytes
  • Template by Wendyzine at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Created for the Scrapbook Graphics Brag Book Challenge - Week 3
  • Completed January 24, 2007

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  • Tuesday, January 23, 2007

    Birthday Balloons



    Birthday Balloons
    Journaling: "Birthday Balloons - I think this was your absolute favorite part of your birthday this year. You had been very sick, so you didn't enjoy the food or even the gifts all that much. But the balloons never failed to bring a smile to your face. Oct 2006"
  • Fonts are Spacearella and Ziggy Zoe
  • Everything from Rainbow by Misty Cato
  • Template by Melinda Staley, a Night Owl Crop freebie at RAK Scraps
  • Created for the Night Owl Crop Challenge 01/21/2007 at RAK Scraps
  • Completed January 23, 2007

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  • Sunday, January 21, 2007

    Outdoor Antics

    I was busy today! Did three entire layouts from start to finish, all in about 5 hours. That's really good for me. Hope you enjoy!



    Outdoor Antics
  • Font is PayzantPen
  • Everything from Envy by Lori Wiley at Scraptastics
  • Template by Wendyzine at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Created for the Scrapbook Graphics Brag Book Challenge - Week 3
  • Completed January 20, 2007

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  • Dream Big



    Dream Big
  • Everything from Live Your Dreams by Jan Hosford at Digital Freebies
  • Sketch by Tracy Blankenship at Digital Freebies
  • Created for the January 2007 Part 2 Double Trouble Sketch Challenge at Digital Freebies
  • Completed January 20, 2007

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  • Roxy

    Yes, my brother now has a dog.



    Roxy
  • Font is AnAkronism
  • Everything from Diesel Mini Kit, a freebie by Laura White
  • Template by Faith True
  • Completed Jan 20, 2007

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  • Tuesday, January 16, 2007

    Luke Gaston Age 002

    Sometimes simple is most effective.



    Luke Gaston Age 002
  • Font is Heather
  • Chrome Alpha by Jennifer M. Trippetti from Scrapbook-Bytes
  • Completed January 16, 2006

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  • Sunday, January 14, 2007

    Christmas Train

    Busy tonight! This is the second one I've cracked out in the past 4 hours.



    Christmas Train
  • Font is Galathea
  • All papers from Dec 2006 RAK Scraps Mega Kit, specifically
  • Plaid paper by Jan Bolton
  • Red paper by Stacie Harp
  • Green paper by Audra Little
  • Glitter Star by Robin Cabana, and RAK Scraps participation gift
  • Stitching from On The Border Curves 4 by Lisa Carter at Digital Scrapbook Place
  • Template by Jenn V at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Created for the Brag Book Challenge - Week 2 at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Completed January 14, 2007

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  • My Men



    My Men
  • Font is Ziggy Zoe
  • Papers and Alpha both Misty Cato blog freebies
  • Stitching by Mindy Wade
  • Template by Ginger Thibodeau of R U Square
  • Completed January 14, 2007

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  • Saturday, January 13, 2007

    I am officially impressed

    I've been hearing so many people talk about PhotoBlast Actions (no affiliation), that when they went on sale (through the end of the day today at DigiScrapShak; no affiliation, just a happy customer), I decided I had to try them out. And I am officially impressed. I now see what everyone is talking about! Here are three versions of the same photo.

    Before (straight out of camera):


    After the Warm Up action:


    Then applying the ContraPop to the warmed photo:


    Isn't that amazing? What had been a cool and semi-lifeless photo is now dazzling! I am so very impressed. And these are just the stand-alone basic actions, not the fancy "WOW" (their term) or Pro versions. I know people can do great things with those, and maybe when I get the hang of these, I'll try those, but presently those are too much money. But the ones I bought, to fix my three biggest photo problems (Over-Exposed Fix, Under-Exposed Fix, and Warm-Up), plus one to help pop the colors (ContraPop), will do just fine for me. Perhaps when I decide that I am doing more with monochrome photos, I'll invest in the "Black and White" set (which does sepia, midnight blue, and all sorts of other colors), but for now, these are just fine. I just wanted to share that I have tried a few of them, and I really do like them. Guess PhotoShop Elements will be getting used for more than just red-eye removal from now on! LOL

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    Wednesday, January 10, 2007

    Carved in Stone

    Some beautiful stone sculptures from Zimbabwe, found in the lower levels of the concourses at the Atlanta Airport. Most of the photos didn't turn out (not enough light, and me not holding the camera still enough), but a couple did. Expect to see one or two more of these in the future (sometime).



    Carved in Stone
  • Journaling: "Generation Pyramid, by Gedion Nyanhongo of Nyanga, Zimbabwe"
  • Font is Pea Tracy from Fonts for Peas
  • Everything except beads from Tribal Inspirations by Carole Neale at Digi Scrap Shak
  • Beads by Krista Mettler, a Skye Scrapz blog freebie
  • Launch Pad Template by Bree Clarkson, a Scrapbook Graphics challenge freebie
  • Created for the Launch Pads Sketch Challenge #1 at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Completed January 10, 2007

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  • Monday, January 08, 2007

    2006 Review

    I really liked this sketch, so I decided to participate in this challenge this month.



    2006 Review
  • Journaling: "2006: What a wild year! So much fun, so much new, so much unexpected. Luke slept at his grandparents' house without his parents. Jacob got his Ph.D. Luke discovered the playground. Steve and Erin turned 30, Luke turned 2. Erin rejoined the workforce, which meant Luke started daycare. Granny passed away. Mike got engaged. Erin visited Canada for the first time. Luke was diagnosed with a hearing problem. Joy, sadness, surprises, and fun, but most of all, full of family and love."
  • Font is Radaem
  • Everything from Life Is Good by Eva Kipler at Digital Freebies
  • Metal Clip Alpha by Misty Cato, a blog freebie
  • Sketch Template by Tracy Blankenship at Digital Freebies
  • Created for the January 2007 Part 1 Double Trouble Sketch Challenge at Digital Freebies
  • Completed January 8, 2007

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  • A Child's Delight

    No one faint! Yes, I am actually scrapping again. I hope to do at least one layout every two weeks, if not one a week, but we'll have to see how things go. Here is the first layout of 2007:



    A Child's Delight
  • Everything from Bundles From Santa by Jeanelle Paige at Sweet Digi Creations
  • Template by Wendyzine at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Created for the Brag Book Challenge - Week 1 at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Completed January 7, 2007

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  • Monday, January 01, 2007

    Happy 2007: The Big Reveal

    Remember me assuring you that I was scrapping a few weeks ago, but I couldn't tell you what? Well, here it is: I made a CD Case Calendar for my family using pictures of Luke. So far, everyone has absolutely loved them! I even used them as my own self-made quick pages and popped in some photos of M for Shalini, then some of my BIL and soon-to-be SIL as personal gifts for them. A very big hit, I must say.

    Now, don't go being all impressed. Each of these is either a quick page with the month added, or it was made using a template. Credits noted below each page (except the cover sheet). Enjoy!





    Calendar - January
  • Everything except alpha from Simply Snowflake Mini Kit by Meredith Fenwick
  • Silver Jeweled Alpha from RAK Scraps (no TOU with file)
  • Layout Template by Shelle Pukas
  • Casual CD Calendar Template by Stacey Truman at 1HourScrap



    Calendar - February
  • Intensity Quick Page by Lauren Grier
  • Alpha (recolored) from Optomism by Eva Kipler at Digital Freebies
  • Casual CD Calendar Template by Stacey Truman at 1HourScrap



    Calendar - March
  • Quick Page by Lie Fhung from Kaleidoscope of Hope at Guardian Peas
  • Alpha by Monica McLain also from Kaleidoscope of Hope at Guardian Peas
  • Casual CD Calendar Template by Stacey Truman at 1HourScrap



    Calendar - April
  • Font is Smorgasbord NF
  • Everything from Carefree Add-On by SaraAmarie, an RAK Scraps Newsletter Freebie
  • Floral Template by Kim Smith Designs, an RAKabration Template Chat Freebie from RAK Scraps
  • Casual CD Calendar Template by Stacey Truman at 1HourScrap



    Calendar - May
  • Font (the word May) is Springtime Flourish
  • Sunshine Frame It (altered) by Lynnie Smith at YouniquePhotos.com
  • Silver Bead Line from Lavender Fields by Melany Violette at Simply Clean Digiscraps
  • Casual CD Calendar Template by Stacey Truman at 1HourScrap



    Calendar - June
  • Font is Academy
  • Everything from Cheer by Misty Cato
  • Quick Fix Template by Alma Townsend, a blog freebie
  • Casual CD Calendar Template by Stacey Truman at 1HourScrap



    Calendar - July
  • Font is Starlight Sans JL
  • Background paper from Stars and Stripes Freebie by Roberta D’Achille
  • Patriotic frame freeibe also by Roberta D’Achille
  • Casual CD Calendar Template by Stacey Truman at 1HourScrap



    Calendar - August
  • Everything from Lush by Tracy Collins at Digital Freebies
  • Template by Michelle Swadling from Gotta Pixel
  • Casual CD Calendar Template by Stacey Truman at 1HourScrap



    Calendar - September
  • Father's Day Quick Page by Lynnie Smith at YouniquePhotos.com
  • Silver Gel Alpha from Free Digital Scrapbooking
  • Casual CD Calendar Template by Stacey Truman at 1HourScrap



    Calendar - October
  • Font is Matador
  • Everything from the RAK September 2006 Mega Kit, specifically:
  • Background paper by Shelly Chua
  • Frame papers by Gwenevere Dupus
  • Black ric-rac by Kim Jensen
  • Trick or Treat tag by VeroNica Peralta
  • Based on a Daily Freebie Sketch Template by Lori Amel at Digitals
  • Casual CD Calendar Template by Stacey Truman at 1HourScrap



    Calendar - November
  • Font is MA Sexy
  • Vintage Quick Page by Lynnie Smith at YouniquePhotos.com
  • Corner decoration by Linda Monthei from the October 2006 Group Kit at Gotta Pixel
  • Casual CD Calendar Template by Stacey Truman at 1HourScrap



    Calendar - December
  • Font is Freebooter Script
  • Christmas in July Mini Album Quick Page by Jamie Rousselle at Digital Scrapbook Place
  • Ornament and eyelet from Old Fashioned Chrismtas by Kelly Meaux and Jamie Rousselle at Digital Scrapbook Place
  • Casual CD Calendar Template by Stacey Truman at 1HourScrap

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