Saturday, April 28, 2007


Sometimes, I am literally moved to tears, just by looking at my son. I wanted to scrap some of my favorite photos all in one place to try and capture those moments.

  • Journaling: "All in the eyes of a boy - Beautiful beautiful beautiful, beautiful boy - I saw you smile, and my mind could not erase the beauty of your face - You are so beautiful to me - In the eyes of a child, there is joy, there is laughter. There is hope, there is trust, a chance to shape the future."
  • Font is Arial
  • Papers from Primary Papers by Misty Cato, a blog freebie
  • Based on a template by AmyW, a blog freebie
  • Completed April 28, 2007


  • Wednesday, April 25, 2007


    A great shot I snapped of Luke yesterday in our back yard. I used the digital version of the Orton technique to get the slightly hazy/dreamy effect.

  • Journaling: "Reach - We can learn a lot from trees: they're always grounded but never stop reaching heavenward. -Everett Mamor; April 2007"
  • Font is Font is Penshurst
  • Papers, alpha, and stitching from Outer Banks Add-On and Outer Banks Friday Freebie by Eva Kipler at Digital Freebies
  • Ribbon from Love Notes by Jan Hosford at Digital Freebies
  • Bent photo frame by Traci Sims at Your Digital Dream
  • Template by ConnyB, a blog freebie
  • Completed April 25, 2007


  • Monday, April 23, 2007

    A Love Note to Shadow

    Certainly not the most artistic layout or anything, but that wasn't really the point of it. It was just time. I know the journaling is almost impossible to read at this scale and level of compression, so I have it listed below with the credits as well.

    A Love Note to Shadow
  • Font is Guttenberg MF
  • Everything except large swirl flourishes from Half Past Midnight by Misty Cato at Scrapbook Elements
  • Large swirl flourishes from Starting in Style by Misty Cato at Scrapbook-Bytes
  • Completed April 23, 2007
  • Journaling reads:

    "A Love Note to Shadow

    Dear Baby Girl,

    We had no idea we would lose you so early. You were with us for almost 9 years, our faithful companion, The Good Kitty. We saved you from the pet store in September after we got married. You were sick, though we didn't know it, and it took $1000 worth of care to save you. Your sister was sadly not so fortunate. We still miss Gypsy. I can't imagine how long we will miss you. You slept on our pillows, you climbed the Christmas tree. You got lost in the shadows your first night with us, earning your name. You ate an entire Arby's roast beef sandwich all by yourself when you were just a kitten. You faithfully served as a fantasy baseball GM, Wall Spirit Shaman, Dragon Ninja, and President of the Kitty Financial Committee. You took on two new kittens in your domain with virtually no protest, and you all became fast friends, though there was no denying that you were Queen Bee of the house, keeping both "the kittens" and the new Orange Kitty in check. Without you, Bengal and Tigger would never have accepted Cleo as a member of the team. You also paved the way for The Red Kitty's acceptance. You worried about him and guarded him as an infant, and you generally tolerated him as a toddler, even after he snatched your tail right out of mid-air during a jump. You sure loved your milk and your Blizzards, and your mind powers were amazing, because just by staring, you knew you would get at least a sip or a bite. I had never heard the term "pastel tortoise shell calico" before we had you. All we knew was that you were beautiful. Your bright green eyes, your tiny head, your cute little black nose, and your too-long tail that wrapped around your paws as you sat.

    Goodbye, Baby Girl. Thank you for being with us. We miss you terribly.

    With love always,
    Steve, Erin, Luke, Bengal, Tigger, and Cleo"

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  • In Memory of Miles

    A great kit in memory of a very special little boy. Yours free, as long as you abide by the very simple terms: leave a nice comment, pay it forward, and cherish every day you have on this earth with your loved ones. You can find the parts below. (No affiliation, blah blah.)


    Sunday, April 22, 2007

    Kylie - Prom 2007

    My best bud's daughter, who is attending her first prom at this very moment.

    Kylie - Prom 2007
  • Photo by Annette Wright, used with permission
  • Everything but alpha from Classy by Misty Cato at Scrapbook-Bytes
  • Alpha from the Classy Add-On, a Misty Cato blog freebie
  • Template by wendyzine, from the Brag Book Template Challenge at Scrapbook Graphics
  • Completed April 21, 2007


  • Thursday, April 12, 2007

    Luke - Portrait, Age 2

    I still can't believe how well these portraits turned out of him, particularly for school portraits. And nothing like the promise of a freebie to prompt me to scrap it! LOL

    Luke - Portrait, Age 2
  • Everything except heart swirl doodle from Through the Years by Sunfire (Verena Horlebein), a blog freebie
  • Heart swirl doodle from Beautiful Mess by Lisa Whitney at ScrapArtist
  • Template by Andrea Gold, a blog freebie
  • Completed April 12, 2007


  • Monday, April 09, 2007

    Finally started scrapping again

    I got the urge to start scrapping BIL's wedding. After seeing such good reviews of the bound Shutterfly books, I think I will go that route in 8x8. Even if I can print the pages cheaper than $1 each (which would be difficult), once you add in the cost of a scrapbook and page protectors, it would be as much as a Shutterfly book. Plus, how cool is it to have an honest to goodness *bound* book all about you?! Well, them, but you get my point.

    So, here are my first two pages. And no one go getting excited; I didn't do hardly anything. The LOVE element was pre-made; I just desaturated some of the "mother of pearl" type coloring it had. And the curves on the cover came like that, pearls and all. I just popped in the photo and added the text. Still, I think they look pretty spiffy! Now, I just need to bug the happy couple for all the photos everyone took so I can start on the inside. I have lots of photos, but not quite enough of the right kinds or the right people.

    Mike and Jennifer - Front Cover
    * Font is CygnetRound
    * Everything from Black and White Wedding by DSP Designers at Digital Scrapbook Place
    * Completed April 9, 2007

    Mike and Jennifer - Back Cover
    * Font is CygnetRound
    * LOVE symbol from Black and White Wedding 2 by DSP Designers at Digital Scrapbook Place
    * Background paper from Festive Mini Freebie by Misty Cato, a blog freebie
    * Completed April 9, 2007


    Sunday, April 08, 2007

    Roberta D'Achille on sale!

    No affiliation, blah blah.

    Roberta D'Achille of Rendered Memories has a zillion things in the clearance category. It is mostly old stuff from when she was still at other sites (she is now exclusive to Rendered Memories, IIRC), but some items I had been admiring for quite some time. And everything in the category is $0.50-$1.50. Hard to beat! I bought mumble, mumble ten mumble, mumble. Just thought I'd pass along my good fortune. Here's what I got (photos not linked to the items this time (it is way late!); everything from Clearance section):

    I also shopped the Divine Digital grab bag sale, but I was rather disappointed in all three of those purchases. That $6 could have gone elsewhere with far better results. Ah well. I did pretty well with my first few grab bags from various digiscrap sites. No more for me, I'm afraid, unless it is a designer I just totally love and adore (I can think of a few). Perhaps this is the universe's way of telling me I've spent too much on digiscrapping lately (I really have). Maybe I should do more scrapping than shopping!!

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    Monday, April 02, 2007

    Disney 2007 - Castle

    Okay, okay, I can't take the guilt! I whipped this up, just to have something to show from our trip. Scroll down for the sale bargains I've found this week (no affiliation, just a happy customer).

    And if you are really desperate for more Disney pictures, you can either read my trip write up at my regular blog (link to Chapter 1), or you can check out my Webshots album (containing 120 of the almost 600 photos we took).

    Disney 2007 - Castle
    * Fonts are Walter and Wild Ride
    * Everything from the Dream Trip Freebie Collection by Chris Beasley at Seebee's Freebies
    * Completed April 2, 2007

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    Some good April sales!

    Since I have nothing else to share with you at the moment (I haven't scrapped a thing since like February), I'll share some of my recent purchases instead. There have been a lot more than this in the last three months, but these are some current bargains running right now.

    From Digital Scrap Spirit (everything 40% off):

    From Blue Flombingo (all Karah Fredricks 30% off):

    From Scrapbook-Bytes (50% off all Jen Trippetti with her blog coupon; larger preview because tiny one would be useless):

    Happy shopping!

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