Thursday, November 15, 2007

Christmas Layout

I just LOVE the Christmas Magic Kit by Holliewood Studios and Paint the Moon.
This is a picture of Shelby with Santa in 2005!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Stand up and Scrap wk 2

Challenge #2: Life Is Sweet
Inspirational Focus:
"That it shall never come again is what makes life so sweet" - Emily Dickinson
What makes your life sweet?
Where do you find sweetness in your everyday life?
What about today do you want to remember for a lifetime?
What happened yesterday that found you standing there
with a smile on your face, or a tear in your eye?
It can be as simple as an 'I love you',
whispered across the room. It can be life altering;
the birth of a baby, a brand new home. This week,
we want you to tell us about your sweetest moments.

Big wet kisses and a toothless grin,
kissing chubby cheeks.....oh how SWEET it is!!!

Papers~ Brown background and 5 patteren papers Shabby Fall Garden
by Gina Marie Huff & Gina Miller
Painted Flowers~ Shabby Fall Garden by Gina Marie Huff & Gina Miller
Alpha~ Shabby Fall Garden by Gina Marie Huff & Gina Miller
Curled wire~ Shabby Fall Garden by Gina Marie Huff & Gina Miller
Brads~ Shabby Fall Garden by Gina Marie Huff & Gina Miller
Wire flowers~ Shabby Fall Garden by Gina Marie Huff & Gina Miller
Paint Strokes~ Shabby Fall Garden by Gina Marie Huff & Gina Miller
Ribbons~ Skinny Minis (re-colored) by Christina Renee
Frames~ Stand up and Scrap Vintage Frames by Christina Renee
Flourishes~ Flourish2 by Jen Wilson masked with Shabby Fall Garden papers
Fonts~ Everytime I miss you & Oh (photo) Shoot

Monday, November 12, 2007

Stand up and Scrap wk 6

Challenge #6: What Will You Do Next?

"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi
You've spent several weeks thinking about the world around you,
your dreams, loves and motivations.
You've invoked powerful emotions through photography, the use of color and design.
You've looked outside your typical places to find inspiration.
You've done an amazing job. Now, we want you to tell us - "What are you going to do next? What are you going to do to make this world a better place?"

Here is my final LO for the SUAS contest,
I have grown in so many ways from this experience.
From the moment I opened my SUAS kit I fell in love with this quote.
It's so perfect, so I decided to use it as inspiration for my final LO,
use only the items from the SUAS kit and to create my first "no photo" LO.

Everything is from the "Stand Up and Scrap Mega Kit"

Ainsley's First Halloween

A Good friend of mine had her first baby Last month.
When she emailed me this cute pic of her little one dressed
up like a pumpkin surround by pumpkins.......
I just HAD to scrap her.
Isn't she the cutest "Lil' Pumpkin" ! I can't wait to meet her.

Paper~ A Funky Halloween by Corina Nielsen
Leaves~ Candy Coated Collab Kit by NBraxton
Swirls~ Cardboard Swirls by ONdesign (I added glitter)
Alpha~ Alpha No. 8 by ONdesign
Brads and Staples by CRD
Label~ Funky Halloween by Corina Nielsen
Font~ LargeMime, (glittered by me)

Travis brought home a new cow (due to have her first calf in Mar)
We named her Ms. Kitty because she is the Granddaughter to Skat Kat
And a new Bull! He's a registered 2 yr old and ready to
compete this coming yr.
That brings our herd up to 11 head.
Come spring we should have 16!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Stand up and Scrap wk 5

SUAS week 5

Challenge #5: A picture says 1000 words
Inspirational Focus:"A true photograph need not to be explained,
nor can it be contained in words." - Ansel Adams
Many times a photograph says everything without a single word.
It can capture a moment in time perfectly,
express an emotion that will bring a tear to your eye,
or bring a distant memory back to life as vividly as if it had happened yesterday.
Often times, photos express what our words cannot and this week we want you to prove it!


The picture of me holding and saying goodbye to my Daughter
brings back such emotion, it touches each of my senses.
No words can explain my feelings and thoughts of my time with Belle.
But they can be seen and felt by looking at her pictures.

Paper~ Wishing on a Star by Weeds and Wildflowers
Frame~ Worn frames(altered) by Linda GB
Star overlay~ Shooting Stars by CRD
Ribbon~ Skinny Minis by CRD
Flowers~ Dried flowers(altered) by CRD
Brush~ CS3 Butterfly Brush
Text~ Date: Every time I miss you
Goodbye: KiraLynn

Stand up and Scrap wk 3

Challenge #3: Let the Music Move You

Inspirational Focus:"Where words fail, music speaks"
- Hans Christian Andersen
Music ah, the sweet notes, the poignant lyrics, the melodies.
There are times when a song or lyric captures exactly what we have on our minds.
It can be the soundtrack that plays consistently through our lives.
It can give us comfort when we are lonely, respite when we are tired.
Music can convey so many feeling and thoughts.
Music and lyrics can transport you back in time and invoke memories.
Lyrics can also be a magical inspiration for creating amazingly powerful layouts.
Our challenge to you is to let music be your muse -
Use a lyric of a song to create a layout that is meaningful to you and the people you love.

How Can I Help You Say Goodbye?

This picture of my oldest Daughter holding her baby Sister's hand,
at her viewing always pulls at my heartstrings.
The emotion on her face shows just how much the loss of her Sister effected her.
Many times the chorus of this song
"How can I help you say goodbye" by Patty Loveless
came to mind as I tried to help her understand this loss at such a tender age.
The challenge this week gave me the inspiration and push to put this page together.

How can I help you say goodbye?
Mama whispered softly, Time will ease your pain
Life's about changing, nothing ever stays the same
And she said, How can I help you to say goodbye?
It's OK to hurt, and it's OK to cry
Come, let me hold you and I will try
How can I help you say goodbye?

Papers~ All organic by Kay Miller
Frames~ All Organic by Kay Miller
Ribbon~ All Organic by Kay Miller
Flourish~ Flourished Swirls by Jen Wilson
Word Flourish~ Sparkly Swirly words by Lauren Reid
Butterfly brush
Fonts~ Teardrop, Hurricane, Symphony in ABC

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Stand up and Scrap wk 1

I was a contestant in the Stand Up and Scrap contest.
(complete the layout challenge each week for 6 wks)

It was such a great learning experience,
the challenges really pushed me out of my comfort zone,
and I have 6 great LOs that I owe to SUAS!
Be warned, 4 out of the 6 wks I was inspired to scrap some very emotional LO's.
While it was hard, it was very good therapy, much needed and long over due.

SUAS week 1
Challenge #1: Dream Big
Inspirational Focus:
If you could have one dream come true what would it be?
What does your dream say about you?
Be creative and design a page that is meaningful to YOU
and shares with the world a dream that you hope will come true someday.
Design Focus: Brushwork -
We think brushes have the ability to take an ordinary layout
extraordinary places and want to challenge you to use brushes to bring
the inspirational focus of your page to life.
Brushes can add whimsy, grunge, beauty and so much more to a page
so use them to create a mood to suit the dream you are sharing.

I Dream of You

Journaling reads:

My little Angel, I Dream of you

The nine months that I carried you were simply not enough.
I dreamed of all the years we’d have, the joy of watching you grow.
I dreamed of watching you with your siblings,
the love and laughter you would share.
But never in my dreams, did I picture you not here.
I held your perfect body, and kissed your silent lips,
I never dreamed I’d have to say good-bye before we ever met.
Not a day goes by that my heart doesn’t ache.
I may not have you in my arms, but I have you in my heart.
My sweet baby I still dream of holding you, but in another place.....
I Dream of you in Heaven surrounded by your family.
Your Mommy and your Daddy, your Brothers and Sisters too.
We will all be there together the way we were ment to be.

Paper~ Bella Backdrop overlay by Nancie Rowe Janitz
Floral stamp~ Unrepeated Miralcle stamp by Melgen Design
Flourish frame~ Boho Flourishing brushes by Michelle Coleman
Floral brush~ Doodle Ditties Whimsy by Michelle Coleman
Beauty Butterfly~ Taken from I Was Framed by Lauren Reid
Stars~ Shooting Stars by Christina Renee
Font~ Pea Christine

The journaling was the hardest part. My thoughts and feelings,
written in my own words.


Dennis and Alison raved about this book when I was down in Vegas.
I read the first chapter down there.
Wow, I'm more than half way through, and it's so hard to put down!
So thanks for recommending it! But also "thanks" for the sleep I'm loosing out on!
If anyone needs a good read, this is it!
But be warned it is addicting and this is just the first book in the series.


I've been having alot of fun learning to blend in CS3.
Here's a LO I did of Chloe playing in the creek at Cottonwood
this summer, she loves the water!

Every child is born a naturalist.
Her eyes are, by nature, open to the glories of the stars,
the beauty of the flowers, and the mystery of life.

Paper~ Be kind2 by Corina
Wildflowers by Christina Renee
Flower and stem doodle~ A little Pizzazz by Sande Krieger
Painted stem and leaves~ Candy Coated Collab Kit Braxton/Miller
Stitched butterfly trail by Christina Renee
Silver Sparkle trail by BK
Font~ Pea Daisy Doodles


Wow! Life has been busy, I'm not doing so good with the blogging, LOL!
I did manage to scrap a quick page of Wacey and Chloe ~Trunk or Treating~
Shelby and Brock were off doing the "Big Kid" thing.

A funky Halloween by Corina Nielson
Bat re-colored, Spider I added a glitter style
Glitter tree branches~
Falling for you Glitter Elements by Holliewood Studios
Font~ El&font Gothic

I finished my Blog Header! This is the one I didn't TRASH,
I had many "rough drafts"
Can't decide if I love it, so it might change.