Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I found this picture of Angi and Derik in amongst the Christmas ones for 2003. The photo was cool but Angi's face was too dark and I couldn't get the colors right. I started playing with the blending modes and ended up with the one called Hard Mix. I love the effect. I'm going to try it again for a large photo for above Angis sofa, as soon as she finds what she wants, then we'll print and frame it and see what the reactions are. Boy the possibilities are limitless with Photoshop!
I used two kits from Maddy Fernandez (at Digitals) Rock & Roll and Funky Farmer.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Here's the page I made with it, this is my Mom and Dad and the small photos are my big sissy, Carol and big brother, George. The other photos are places from out home when the folks still had cows and picks and fields of hay.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Glenda Ketchum shared an album she just finished and I loved how she wrote the pages from the baby's perspective. When I went to do this page of Mom and Evie I thought I'd try it and was really happy with the way it turned out, besides documenting this trip they took.
Here's the Journaling:
My sister Alyssa and I (my name is Evie) live in Virginia with my Mom and Dad. Daddy is in the Navy and he has to go out on the ship, sometimes for weeks at a time so then it’s just us three girls that get to play together.
Mommy and Daddy decided we should make this big trip across the
United States to see my Grandma and Grandpa Johnson. After we broke in their house and scattered all our stuff around they took us to Longview where our Great Grandma and Grandpa Mahnke live. Wow all these Grandmas with all these hugs and kisses. I’m a really big star here in Washington, well Alyssa is too, but I’m the newest one in the family so I’ve really been getting a lot of attention.
After we played with Sparky, Great Grandmas fluffy little bundle of dog, they decided we should all go see another Grandma, how many can a girl have I wonder? This time it was to see Great Great Grandma Coulter, sure are a lot of Greats in her name! My Grandma always calls her Granny Goose and I think I kinda like that name too, so from now on she’s going to be my Granny Goose who lives in Washington. They say Granny is old, she’s 96 but I don’t think she looks old. She can still hold me in her lap and hug me and play with me, so that’s not old, I don’t think they know what they’re talking about.
We sure do have a BIG family in Washington, my Auntie Krysta that’s my Mommy’s sister) still lives in Vancouver with Grandma and Grandpa. Then there all these other Uncles and Aunts and they all have that Great name in front of theirs again, it’s so confusing for someone my age.
I think I’ve decided I like them all and they all seemed to like me too!
This was done with Maddy Fernandez's Sugar n Spice kit and her Frilly Border Templates & Doodles (this is a cool kit with endless possibilities, you should check it out!). You can find all of Maddy's things at Digitals.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
This page was done with Spellweaver's Old Fashioned Halloween kit available only at Digitals.
Pyper's page was done with a group of kits all available at CottageArts.net. I just love these new Power Borders by Julie Mead, who is now also selling at Cottage Arts. I just merged a paper into the scrolled border and this was the result, pretty cool!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The new Overlay section is now online in the members area at Action FX! If you aren't a member you should check it out. Al's site is an absolutely fabulous site for Photoshop resources. One yearly fee can buy you access to the WHOLE site! Brushes, actions, shapes, styles, video tutorials etc etc etc! (Besides the site check out his two Yahoo groups, he has a fabulous new scrapbooking Yahoo group and is always around to help with your questions or perhaps your scrapbooking wish list!)
There are 34 new 12x12 inch overlays, sized to match your digital scrapbooking pages. Multiple cloth patterns, lace and leather... plenty to choose from, add to your designs or manipulate as you see fit. Members can download them all immediately! Check out the examples on the main page:
- 34 Custom Overlays/Transparencies
- Multiple cloth and texture overlays
- 12 in x 12 in
- 300 PPI
- .PNG Format (zipped for easy download)
- Transparent Background
Monday, October 29, 2007
|Created with Michelle Shefveland and Doris Castle's Scrap Frames 2 - Michelle Shefveland, Julie Mead and Doris Castle Bountiful Blessings Page Pak both these are available at CottageArts.Net |
The font is 2 Peas YoYo
Sunday, October 28, 2007
More photos found and scanned this weekend. I love this photo of Mom and Dad together.
Mom and Dad, had five children, one who passed early in life. They worked hard, in the early years raising pigs, chickens and cows. They had huge gardens to provide food for the year, milk and cream from the cows and chickens well I can still remember the block for the chickens demise in the back yard, icky! Hard working people who cared for their family with all they had and cared for each other with a special kind of love that lasted over 50 years.
Again everything here created with Beth Rimmer's It's Raining Men! Collection at Digitals.
Check it out here.
My brother is 9 years my senior, as a child he was this towering giant who made me quiver when he was around, as I grew older I saw the softer inside side that he doesn't show a lot. But he can still get me with this serious note to his voice and tell me some wild tale that I'm just about to believe until I see his eyebrow quiver. The one tell tale sign he's pulling my leg yet again!
This is made with Beth Rimmer's - It's Raining Men Collection at Digitals. I love these kits, they just put themselves together for you!
Check it out:
Beth Rimmer's new Collection -
It's Raining Men! available at Digitals.
She's kindly decided to offer it to you all for Free. Click here to get it. (If you have a moment I'd love to hear how you like the QP's!)
You might want to check out her newest addition to this Collection -
It's Raining Men! Backpack
Saturday, October 20, 2007
(leave a little love if you have a moment)
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I love working with Lori's things, she is just so artistic. This time I used one of her overlays, it was black and didn't work with the page, so I took this beautiful background paper she'd made that had some reds and greens in it and merged it with the overlay. Wow unbelievable effect. There is just so much you can do with PS I wish I knew it all, lol!
Friday, October 12, 2007
We took Tour One since we’d never visited the castle before. This was Casa Grande which houses 38 bedrooms 41 bathrooms and has over 60,000 square feet. I loved the ornate ceiling in this one bedroom and the wonderful antiques. The whole place was absolutely amazing as was the guest list of who’s who that stayed in these very rooms, Winston Churchill, Lindberg, Greta Garbo to name just a few.
I also discovered that PS CS2 has a built in photo-merge. I'd probably heard about it before but there is just so much stuff to learn and glean that I was surprised and delighted when
I stumbled upon it doing this page. I had taken this photo in one of the bedrooms. I originally took the lower part of the room because I couldn't get an angle to get the whole thing. But then upon looking up was so taken with the ceiling that I decided I must have a photo of that as well. When I started to scrap them I discovered neither really showed enough of the other to show what I wanted. That's when I started looking for a filter or something and discovered the photo-merge. I opened photo-merge, the two photos, said go and here is the end result, pretty cool huh? I left the funny edges because it just added character to the page.
Joyce deJonge just created this great kit for Fall called Joyce's Fall Garden, sorry Joyce I did it again. I'm sure she didn't have this in mind but the colors of her papers are so rich that they were the perfect choice for these photos. I also took her lariats from her Joyce's Mini Elements. Now that was an absolutely perfect find. Great kits, I'm sure I'll be using lots of the other stuff in them. Check out Joyce's designs at Digitals you'll sure be glad you did.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Don't you just love this kit? I was hunting for something that had crayons in it and stumbled across Kindergarten Kisses by Kathryn Estry at Digitals.
Perfect, perfect perfect.
While walking in a toy store
The day before today,
I over heard a Crayon Box
With many things to say.
"I don't like red!" said Yellow.
And Green said, "Nor do I !
And no one here likes Orange,
But no one knows quite why."
"We are a box of crayons
that really doesn't get along,"
Said Blue to all the others.
"Something here is wrong!
Well, I bought that box of crayons
And took it home with me
And laid out all the crayons
So the crayons could all see
They watched me as I colored
With Red and Blue and Green
And Black and White and Orange
And every color in between
They watched as Green became the grass
And Blue became the sky.
The Yellow sun was shining bright
On White clouds drifting by.
Colors changing as they touched,
Becoming something new.
They watched me as I colored.
They watched till I was through.
And when I'd finally finished,
I began to walk away.
And as I did the Crayon box
Had something more to say........
"I do like Red !" said the Yellow
And Green said, "So do I !"
And Blue you are terrific!
So high up in the sky."
"We are a Box of Crayons
Each of us unique,
But when we get together
The picture is complete"
---- Unknown ---
scoffing down the s'mores.
Nothing like a little dirt, dust and leaves to make things yummy!
or perhaps the perfect hiding spot or fantasy get away.
Wouldn't you love to peek inside
that little mind and know what's going on?
Well maybe not! lol
These pages are made with Michelle Shefveland's - Boys will be Boys ScrapOver Duo - at Cottage Arts
Friday, October 05, 2007
Here you are Pyper with Mommy holding your hand off to school
for your very first day of Kindergarten.
I love this look on your face, like “It’s ok I’m ready to go!”
What fun you’ll have now learning all these new things,
making friends and gathering a little more independence.
It’s hard to see you this big because right now you’re our baby
and we’d like to keep you that way for a little longer.
But, no matter what we want you’re ready, ready to learn all you can.
You’re such a smart little whip that I’m sure school will be a fun time for you.
I love to listen to you tell me all about your day when I call you on the phone because you sound so grown up for a five year old. Don’t change too fast little one, we aren't ready for it yet, even if you are!
I'm on Sue Jones CT team for the Digitals Store for the month of October. Wow I feel like a kid in the candy store! Sue does wonderful word art, which is something I really love to use. This one from her Children's Wordart which was perfect for this picture of Pyper. I really liked the shades of pink in her Tatiana Papers and Elements kits. These are all available at Digitals if you're interested.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
I used Doris Castle's Go Team! PagePak w/Sports Card Scrap Overs at Cottage Arts
I learned how to do something new this time! I learned how to make a pattern. The photo I extracted Zoie from had the grass around her, I took a piece of it made it into a pattern then filled the Go Girl with it. Now if I can just remember how I did it for next time!
Monday, October 01, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
I snapped a shot of this gorgeous tree overhanging water, this feeds into Lake McClur which is what the smaller photo is. I loved the way the rock had been piled around the Bagby monument and was so tickled when I got home to discover you could read the whole plaque. A great 'get out of the house' day.
I hope there are hundreds more of these that lie ahead of us, just waiting to be discovered.
I used the Destinations Pak - and the frame for my photo from the Destinations Album - both from Cottage Arts by - Doris Castle. I love these paks, they have so much neat stuff in them it was just a cinch to put the page together. Oh gotta use them again!
We were traveling from Washington to Southern Utah in the summer of 2004. North of Salt Lake City we stopped at a cool rest stop that had this wonderful Visitor Center. The volunteer there told us we "Must" see Antelope Island State Park. We were told about all the antelope, bison and other animals that inhabited the Island. We were sold it was a 'must see'. Antelope Island is the largest of the Great Salt Lake's 10 islands. By going on the causeway you cross the lake to the Island, it seemed to stretch forever. Now mind you this was late July, the lake was low and the scenery not as lush as I'm sure it would have been had we stopped in the fall months.
Well needless to say this guy here in the photo was about the only almost-live animal we saw! I can't say I regret going because I'd never seen the Great Salt Lake and it was amazing to me to think that it could be so big, be actually saltwater and be totally surrounded by land.
We found this bison with the hands painted on him and were both in hysterics posing with him. You can't see it in this picture but right next to him was a sign that said 'The Road to Nowhere'. Well I think they got that one just about right.
RICH TAPESTRY MEMORIES
Beth Rimmer is to be the featured designer at Digitals October 5-19 and you will be able to download a few pieces of this fabulous kit each day. It is sooooo worth it. I just love the colors and elements.
Friday, September 28, 2007
War time separated my Grandma from her youngest, my Uncle Bill.
He enlisted before he was of legal age, skirting through the system because we were in such urgent need of prepared young men ready to go if we went to War.
How hard it must have been to see her youngest enlist and be gone. Grandma is so very young here, as is Uncle Bill. Grandma had saved these war ration books, some still intact with stamps.
My children and grandchildren have no idea what they were for. Hopefully they never will and I can only wish that some day they
and those that come after will not have to suffer the pain and anxiety of having their youngest go off to war.
I used a new kit by Michelle Shefveland at Cottage Arts - Scrap.Edges Brushes & Overlays 6. For the background I used this wonderful paper, also from Michelle at Cottage Arts, called Naturals 4 Paper Pak
The war coupon books were ones Grandma had stuck back in amongst her photos.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Oh Eddie I remember when your Mommy and I took this picture you were just learning how to discover things and trying to reach out and ‘touch’. Mommy loved you in the bare and wanted a picture to remember all your little dimples. I’m sure the older you get the more you won't appreciate us snapping you in your birthday suit, but you have to admit you certainly were the cutest little ‘all natural’ baby boy.
Dimples and toes,
That’s what you were
Little Eddie Spaghetti
We all love you so!
This is the page I made with my Gift from Heather Manning for being a Tailgater Party Winner at Hummie's Tailgate Party. This is Heather's My Teddy and Me which she sells at Digital Scrapbooking.org
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Mom said they came around one day and took photos of everyone in the park. These were good times for the folks, they enjoyed being down south, and in the company of their friends. this photo was in color but when I scanned it in it had so many blotches on it that I decided what it would look like B/W. I actually like it a lot better.
I used a new kit of Beth Rimmer's for this. It's called Markesh Express and has wonderful colors, papers and elements in it. You can pick it up at Digitals.
I recently got a new laptop which has Vista on it, and with it are so many fonts I hadn't used before. I used Freestyle Script and Segoe Script on this page and really like how it looks like handwriting.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
This is a photo of our family home on Bunker Hill. The only home I knew growing up. It's just a single photo and a thousand memories. I called Momma last night and read her the journaling and took her back with my memories to a simpler time, well simpler for me but I'm sure a much more physical, demanding time in her life.
This was created with a new kit from Maddy Fernandez called Nuts About You at Digitals. It's a great fall kit, if you haven't used Maddy's things there is no time like the present to check them out and see what you've been missing.
What is this you ask, a photo of a house? No it’s a photo filled with so many memories I don’t know where to begin. This is our home, the only one I ever knew, on Bunker Hill in the Southwestern part of Washington State.
When Mom and Dad moved here it was a small 3 room house with no running water, no indoor plumbing except in the kitchen and a trek from Longview, the closest town. With determination, inner strength and a love for one another they built it into the home you see before you. And it was a home, not a house, but a home, filled with laughter, huge family dinners and always people. Friends came on vacation from California that knew the folks when they lived there, neighbors from the hill or town, family from near or far. Everyone came to see the folks, visit, laugh and enjoy the newest baked goods coming from Mom’s oven. California visitors relished in the spring water that flowed year round to our home and for many years my Uncles as well on up the road. Nothing will ever compare to that wonderfully clear, very cold water we always took for granted.
When you look at the picture you see these beautiful Maple trees. Dad had a spike in the one by the driveway for years trying to glean the sap like the NE trees. The big oil truck would come to feed the oil drum for the oil furnace in the living room, It had a little door that swung open to light it, and it’s warmth drew our little turtles we had one year, but that wasn’t a good thing for them.
To the right of the picture, not in the view but in my mind were the holly trees. We had several different kinds of holly. Mom would pick them along with fir boughs and send them to our relatives down south so they could have a little piece of us with them through the Christmas Holiday.
It never seemed a big place, just lots of wide open space, clean fresh air and trees everywhere you looked. So much of nature surrounded this home, walnut trees, blackberries, huckleberries along the culverts up the road, apples crisp and sweet their flesh as white as could be except for the pink blush in the middle. Necterberries that grew under the clothesline that stretched down the back yard, bing cherries that turned your lips deep purple and your hands to match, how wonderful to sit in the fork of the cherry tree and just eat to your hearts content.
This picture is way back before Daddy planted the laurel hedge that edged the driveway and across the front. But it’s so wonderful to gaze at the porch and see yourself there a hundreds times, coming and going. It’s always a joy to go ‘Out Home’ even though now I must do it in my heart and in my soul.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Besides the two great kits above Heather has let me pick anything from her store. Having little grandchildren I fell in love with the 'Me and My Teddy' kit So big fuzzy thank-yous to Hummie for always dreaming up these great things to do and for Heather for her generosity in sharing her creations with me. I hope you'll take a moment and check her stuff out. Check back later to see my pages created with her gifts.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
I did this for the Picture It Challenge for September at Digitals. You were to scrap any learning experience. It was perfect for these pictures of Zoie and Pyper learning how to plant their seeds, just like Mommy does.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
It is free with any purchase of $8.00 or more. This is the Monthly Kit for September at Digtial Scrapn.
There are (13) 12 x 12 brushed backgrounds and 5 solid pages. Lots of old fashioned elements such as glasses, an hour glass, tin can, feathered pen & ink, old frames, a magnifying glass along with much more.
Now I'm off to see what I can create with all this great stuff! Better go check it out for yourself!
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Since Heritage is my passion lately and I've accumulated hundreds upon hundreds of Heritage photos this summer I decided to enter this newest one I did of my Grandma. Take a look and see what you think... and get those pages in for the Party!
Read here to join the party.
I've never been very good about doing very many of the store challenges around the digital world but since becoming more involved on the Digital stores CT team I've given it a go. What I learned was it made me step out of my comfort zone and try things differently. This is a real good thing, you tend to get 'set in your ways', lol. A little nudge in different directions is a good thing!
I did this page for the September Font Free4All Challenge. This is a super simple one this month, pick your favorite font(s), explain why you like them and where they can be gotten from.
I used Adorable and Angelina both from daFonts and both free downloads. BEWARE! if you've not visited a free font site before, grab that cup of coffee and get comfy, because you may be there a while. It's like a digital kid in a digital candy store.
I wanted to scrap a variety of photos of this period of my Grandma, again, as I've said before I was amazed to see my father's face reflected in this young version of Grandma. Perhaps I'm hiding in there somewhere, nope, I think I got her disposition instead, which some would say was good, others might tend to differ.
Notepaper reads: Photos of Elsie Ann Debus Coulter. Dates are from 1918-1919 and would have been in and around Los Angeles, California Top left photo is taken with sister Lillian.
I used Maddy Fernandez Funky Farmer kit again, I love the colors in this kit it works so well with this age of photos. It's a Digitals, check it out, if it doesn't suit what you need Maddy has a ton of others that will!
I played with one of the flourishes in Maddy's kit. The Photo Dividers were done by duplicating, flipping and merging Maddy's flourish, adding an Action FX style, duplicating again and changing one to horizontal and one to vertical and then resizing to fit. It's so fun to try something new this way and see how much more versatile you can make a kit, and how you can best fit it to your scrapping needs. Try it you'll like it! Just don't forget if you post it to a gallery or online group, note the changes and don't take credit for designing - remember to give credit where credit is due to the talented designer you got the kit from! (By posting your changes you not only note that what you've created is not what they will get in the kit but also give someone an idea or solution of how to accomplish what you've done.)
Oh yes the quote, appropriate I thought. My sister sends out Thoughts for Today to a multitude of people around the world. If you're interested on getting on the list email her at Carols-Thought-for-Todayfirstname.lastname@example.org. There is no spam just a wonderful little quote each day in your email to get you going. Today's was this quote, it came from a church billboard. So look everywhere, there is inspiration to be found where ever you are.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I was just notified that my page was picked as Layout - of the Day at 3Scrapateers!
This one was about the most fun I've had creating a page. I had asked Bryan and Amber to take some pictures when they went to the fair. They'd just gotten a new Nikon camera. So when the photos came in my email I was so excited. And what did I get?? The little guys in the filmstrip above, a bunny, a chicken and a mean old rooster!
Well being the Momma I am I just couldn't do a page of just animals, so I borrowed a couple of famous people and decapitated them then I took the heads off a couple of pictures of the kids and poof, just like digital magic I now had them appropriately dressed and at the fair.
You've heard the saying don't fool with Mother Nature, well it's not nice to fool with your Mother-in-Law either, lol, (my son-in-law thinks I'm evil but he still loves me!)
The kit is a great new one by Maddy Fernandez and is available at Digitals. It's called Funky Farmer. Maddy has another one she did just before this called Calico Farm they work great together. I hope you'll take time to check her stuff out, it's fabulous.
It's so fun to work with Photo Shop and all this digital stuff. Thanks for stopping.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
I love this kit! It just worked so well for both pages with such a different look to both. The boys had gone with the family to Dad's work picnic weekend. Dad was hoping to win a big B-B-Q but had to settle for all these great pics of my Grandsons!
The page of Eddie I did for a Font Free 4 All Challenge for August at Digitals.
You had your choice of three fonts give and you could use one or more in your page. I chose Kids First Print in this, perfect for Eddie.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Momma is now 96. She recently took a ride to visit my Aunt Hulda and while their her nieces, Renie and Donna Lee, showed her vintage photos that they were scrapping. Momma looked at this picture and instantly said "I told them I didn't want my picture taken" so they "got a pout". Isn't it amazing what 90 plus years later the mind remembers?
Last evening while chatting on the phone I told her "I have this wonderful photo of you Renie sent me after you left yesterday". Her response, "Oh yes me sitting on the stoop, and my pout, well that's what they got". You gotta love her!
Momma has never like her picture taken. I have lots of side views, hands over face, downward casts but I didn't realize it went clear back to childhood. And I wonder why someone so pretty would not want their picture taken!
I used Maddy Fernandez's Treasure Chest another perfect match to go with Mom's picture. It's a great kit with lots of vintage items like these chests and rich warm browns. I love it.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
For my page I used a kit by Joyce deJonge My Little Star which is available at Digitals. I changed Joyce's kit by using the hue saturation to change the colors of the flowers to match the photo and page and changed the reeds and one set of flowers to blend mode of overlay to give the golden cast.
The font is Italianate
Now about the photo itself, it's another of my Heritage photos from my Grandma Coulter's collection. The Journaling reads:
Daddy was born in 1911 and he doesn't look more than a year or so old so that dates this photo and puts Grandma at around 16 or 17. How young and absolutely beautiful she was at that time. And I love that Daddy didn't want his picture taken, even then he had a mind of his own!
The hat is what makes this photo so priceless, Grandma has several photos from this era with these huge hats.