Easter Sunday in the Keys

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Key Largo, Florida to be exact!  What a beautiful day and a fun way to start it! I decided to get started on my memory book pages while riding in the car during this trip … this is the first page for the Easter Egg Hunt section of the book:

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It’s all about … the HUNT!

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Emily had soooooo much fun hunting for the eggs … especially once she discovered that there were sweet treats inside the eggs! She would find an egg … crack it open … eat the treats (or hand them to anyone nearby once she’d had a few) … then quickly run to find another! We had so much fun watching her joy in the process! Some traditions are truly excellent, ay?

Love Heart Prison

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My last day with the grandchildren was bitter sweet (as it always is). On the way to taking Savannah to school “Mama” decided to take everyone to Santa Barbara instead. This was a hugely popular idea and spirits were high, until … Mama broke the news that this would be Grama’s last day. Quiet settled over the children and then the tears began to fall … no sounds … just tears. Well, it didn’t take long before Mama and Grama were having trouble with tears too. A stop for mid-morning snacks helped calm everyone down and soon talk of the beach lifted everyone’s spirits!

When we arrived at the Santa Monica beach we were surprised to see the damage the recent tsunami in Japan had caused on the coast of California! No longer a long, smooth transition from the grassy knoll to the water’s edge, the sand now had a 4′ drop about 6 feet from the edge of the grass. The children found it an added “bonus” … fun to slide down and even more fun to try and climb.  We romped and played for several hours, writing our names in the wet sand, using found objects as light reflectors to send secret messages to the pirates on the ships floating in nearby water (for surely they were pirate ships, the children insisted), and chasing the water.

As the morning drew to a close and bellies began to grumble Mama helped us find a nearby Chipotle’s Mexican Restaurant where we ate till we were full. Then, after a nice walk (which included some ‘exploration’ along the side streets of Santa Monica) the children were all buckled into their car seats and we began our journey back home. As the children slept, we enjoyed some quiet adult conversation and made plans for the remaining hours of my visit. The last day is always a challenge … trying to make the best use of our time and working hard to avoid thinking about the inevitable.

Layout inspired by Simply Yin (template #89)

Background a composite of images in my photo collection and the application of a color gradient.

It’s Fall!

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Time for the annual pumpkin patch visits, piles of brightly colored leaves, and the sound of after-school activities on Friday nights!  Apple Pie! Pumpkin bread! Campfires in the evening.  What’s not to like about Fall?

One of the things I’ve come to look forward to every fall is the new stash of photos my sweet daughter sends me from their annual visit to The Underwood Family Farms. Today I was working on some tutorials for our upcoming retreat (details at http://www.TheMaskMasters.com . . .  c’mon! Join the fun! There’s always room for another digital scrapbooking friend at the table!) and decided to take a break and finish this layout from this years pictures.

Font:  Cheryl

Kit:  Farm Life by Catia Cunha

Thinking about DigiChick Retreat

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Things have been crazy busy this summer! The Iowa acreage sold. We had the auction. We bought a place in Alabama. We moved in the day before our children began arriving! Then we had a houseful of guests for 2 weeks. What fun we had too!

Now that things are slowing down a bit, I’ve begun to think about the upcoming fall retreats for The MaskMasters. The first weekend is in October and will be our standard weekend filled with training for beginners in the digital scrapbooking world.  The second weekend is in November and will be for our more advanced DigiChicks (as we like to call them!)

One of the lessons we’ll be covering is how to make your own Photo Cuts like this:

Once I had the promotional ad done, I decided to use the technique in a layout.

 

So? What do you think? This could be a fun new skill to have? Spice up those memory book pages a wee bit, maybe?

Spring is in the air!

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Even though we are busy with our auction, shopping for a new home in Alabama, and packing up 15 years of memories and stuff (what’s left after the big sale anyway!) I’m finding time here and there to create pages with the photos Tara has been sharing! I love getting new photos of the grandkids in the mail!

Warm spring weather gives our daughter a welcome opportunity to capture the children doing what they love to do . . . Explore!  They love turning over rocks to see what kinds of critters they’ll find hiding there, climbing trees and rocks, or digging around in holes found in the woods.  There is no fear . . . only wonder!

Fonts:  CKs Ali’s Writing and Century Schoolbook

Kit:  Falling into Grace by Linda Jacobson (me!)