Monthly Archives: August 2009

Summer Vacation – 2009


This summer on My Vacation … well, actually these pictures are from our daughter’s summer vacation, when she brought her two youngest children to visit us on our little acreage in the-middle-of-somewhere! Little Ms. Emily wasn’t so sure about getting in the water, but was soon enjoying herself!

Kit – Ocean Side by Genia Beana
Font – Chalkboard


What a MUG!


Noah has always loved “posing” for the camera … any camera! Someday I’m going to round up all those crazy faces and put them on one page!


Font-Adobe Caslon Pro
Kit-Fabulous 50s by Kathy Winters and Laurinda’s DigiScraps

Great-Grama’s Gown


Our son-in-law, Nathan, was baptised in the same gown as his mother … one made by his grandmother. It is beautifully made and quite a treasure! Tara has faithfully taken photos of all of her babies wearing this gown … a family tradition.


The right-hand page for this two-page layout:


Font – Adobe Caslon Pro
Kit – Sunsational by AliSarah Designs
Templates – by Doohikey Designs (freebie for the MapQuest Challenge in August @

Outshine the sun!


Today I’m working on another page for our memory book from the trip to Panama Central America in the fall of 2007 (yep…I know…I’m s-l-o-w … not to mention, behind!)


KIT: Sunsational by AliSarah
Scrap lift of Parade Ariel by Aussiegirl

In the page above, I ‘cut’ the word art that came with this kit out of one of the papers that seemed to me to be perfect for my theme as it had the nice rays in it! ┬áThe lower photo frame is recolored (I wanted to keep the color scheme to just yellows and blues) and I strung the little buttons onto the strings that came wrapped around the frames.

My 1st Baby!


Ms Scarlett got her first baby doll and is really lovin’ her!

At six months old you began to show an interest in dollies so when I saw this doll at the store I thought it would be just perfect for you. She has a soft body, no parts that could come off and choke you (very important right now because you like to put everything in your mouth!)
Once the dollie was home, both you and your sister fell in love iwth her! By the time I got back to the store to get a dollie for Savannah and a couple for back-up-lovies they were all gone.
Fortunately I know how to use eBay! After much searching, I was able to find someone selling exactly what we needed.
Now you have your dollie (the girl with the brown hair) and your big sister has her dollie (the girl with the blonde hair). Most importantly, I have two extras … just in case!

Font – Luna

Apple Blossom Branch and ribbon by Totally Twisted Scraps

Kit – Island Sampler, Scrapable’s August Store Collab

The collab kit only came with six Alpha blocks (A,B,C,1,2, and 3) so I created the extra blocks needed for the title. I used the recoloring techniques being taught in this month’s Snorkling Lessons to modify the colors of the ribbons (Part 2) as well as changing the little Alpha Blocks (Part 1). You can easily see why just retinting an alpha block wouldn’t work … I need to control each color in the block individually. The recoloring work was a SNAP using these methods.

Snorkling Lesson on Recoloring – Intro

Snorkling Lesson Part 1 – Changing only 1 color on an item with many colors

Snorkling Lesson Part 2 – Changing the color of an entire item

Princess Dreamer encore


I recently downloaded some very fun Photoshop Actions from Coffeeshop’s offerings and decided to play with them on the photos Tara had taken of Savannah. I love the antique-look they create!

web-Savannah-Ballerina2.jpg picture by 1000WordsLBJ

Here’s the same layout with a different background paper … can’t decide which I like better! What do you think?
web-Savannah-Ballerina.jpg picture by 1000WordsLBJ


Happy Summer Store Collab at

Little Princess Dreamer


One of Savannah’s favorite things to play is “Princess” … of course, it always involves the donning of a pretty and swirlie outfit and then…lots and lots of spinning (unless she has princess shoes on … everyone knows you can’t spin when you are wearing princess shoes!).

Kit is Thinking of Marietta by Minicakes Designs
Fonts include Jane Austin and Adobe Caslon Pro
Grunge overlay is made by me with a variety of brushes by Obsidian Dawn several years ago.