Sunday, February 24, 2013

Powerful Reminder

One of the wonderful ladies at Digital Scrapper posted a link to this-

So You're Feeling Too Fat to be Photographed

Really good reminders there, especially this one-

And if you’re thinking that high school friend on Facebook will say to herself (“wow she has gained weight”) then . . . newsflash you DID. You gained weight. Shed a tear. Read a book. Drink a Sweet Tea. Watch Oprah. Whatever it takes. Accept this reality . . . YOU GAINED WEIGHT. The truth is you’ve gained a lot of other things too (a career, a family, some kids, a house, a love for travel, the ability to coordinate your separetes . . . ) and that girl from high school is going to spend a lot more time hating on those things then she ever will on your double chin.

So you’re feeling too fat to be photographed? . . . Ok. But you’re the only one who notices. The rest of us are too caught up in loving you.

Go read the whole thing, it's worth your time. Now I have to figure out how to get out from BEHIND the camera so much! :)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

One last page for January!

It's becoming more frequent for me to take pictures with my phone, and sometimes I forget to check may camera and make sure I've downloaded photos!

Here's one I took of Aaryk and his dad when he was in town last month, and I got to use Jilbert's beautiful kit, Southwestern Venture for it!
Kit: Southwestern Venture by Jilbert
Fonts: Lithos Pro and Nueva Std

Looking back at this page, it's going to be amusing once I get the snowstorm photos scrapped for February! :)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A first for me!

Okay, I've done 2 page layouts before, but I've always done one page and then the other and not really worried about whether the sides lined up or anything. I generally go for the 'feel' of the kit, not exact symmetry on the opposing pages.

Tonight I wanted to try and make a 2 page layout using a single 17x11 page. I had the pictures Mom took of Dad with the Keurig we got him for his 80th birthday and came up with this-

Kit: October 2012 BTB with parts by- 3 lil Monsters, A-liya, Veronica Spriggs,
 Cabana Girl, Darlene H, Kim Jensen, Kakleid, Designs by Krista, Mad Genius Designs, 
Snuggle Berry Pie, Snips n Snails, Sugar Moon, Word Art World, 
Amanda Heimann and Charm City
Font: Gabriola

If you click on it to enlarge it you'll see a thin black line down the center of the page. That's what I used as a guide to know how close I was getting to the split for the pages. I like the sense of symmetry I got by doing the two sides at once this way. I only have one element that cuts across the page, but I didn't have to try and line it up this way.

When I was done and had saved the complete 2 page spread (a very important step!), I then used my crop tool, set to 8.5x11 and starting at the top left corner drew it out to  encompass the entire left hand page. By clicking on the green check at this point it cut off the right hand page (but we'll get it back in a sec). I saved just the left hand as page 1 and then used my Ctrl+Z to 'undo' the crop. Viola! My 2 page spread is back! I just repeated the crop from the top right corner for page 2, saved it, and I've got a nice 2 page layout that tells the story of my Dad and his first cup of coffee from his new Keurig!

Oh, I did 'hide' the line on both the 1/2 pages, I didn't know if it would show or not, but it's easy enough to either hide or delete, so that was no problem.

I know this is nothing new to many digital scrappers, but it was a first for me today and I thought I would share! I can see myself working in this format quite a bit!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Today at Mass

Every once in a while God needs to hit me upside the head with the clue by four.  Today it was in the second reading from 1 Corinthians 13:5b-
Love does not brood over injury

Let's say it again so I don't forget...


Aaryk says I could just stop at 'Love does not brood', and he's probably right!

This is a hard lesson to remember, but an important one.  Not only for my marriage, but in all my relationships. I need to learn to let go of the hurt and move on. Whether a friend or loved one is the source, and whether or not it affects the relationship in any meaningful way, I need to learn to let it go and pray. Just pray. That's the only way I will still be able to love, really love.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

What else I did in January

Here are the other pages I made in January. I was busier than I thought!

First up, the Progressive Scrap over at theStudio-

Kit: Winter Ice Mega Kit from theStudio
Day 1- Aimee Harrison Design Studio, Nibbles Skribbles, Laitha's Designs, and Snickerdoodle Designs
Day 2- Sweet Made Inc, and Laitha's Designs
Day 3- Aimee Harrison Designs and Snickerdoodle Designs
Day 4- Booland Designs and Laitha's Designs
Day 5- Created by Jill
Day 6- Nibbles Skribbles and Piggyscraps
Day 7- Julie C Designs and Sweetmade Inc
Fonts- Kirsten ITC, Geodesic, and Constantia
The rest are ones that just called to me in one way or another, either a color or pattern on the photo, or just wanting to try my hand at working with older pictures from slides. Either way, here they are~

Kit: Woodvale by Booland Designs
Font: Scrap Rhapsody
There's a story behind this photo, but I have to ask Mom about it. I had fun coloring the purse!

 Kit: Family Yearbook by Julie Mead at Digital Scrapper
Font: Berylium

Kit: Family Yearbook by Julie Mead at Digital Scrapper
Font: Berylium
Kit: An Innocent Heart Mega Collab
Font: Scrap Rhapsody
Kit: No Bones About It by Digiliscious Designs
Fonts: Nueva Std and Postino
It's been a fun start to the year!

January Scrap pages

January has been a crazy month. It's the beginning of the semester at the school I work at (I manage the copy center, mailroom, and maintain the printer fleet on campus), and that's the busiest time of the whole semester. Now that things have settled back into their normal routine, I've had time to finish working on the few photos I took last month.

I'm also taking Linda Sattgast's, Get Organized Now class over at Digital Scrapper and that's been a tremendous motivator in getting my photos and workflow organized. It's a nine week class with new videos each week. Nice thing is, I'll have access to the videos, the transcripts and the class forum FOREVER! I highly recommend this class to every digital scrapper, and even those who just have an overflowing abundance of photos that you'd like to get more organized.

So, without further ado, here's the January pages starting with my Project 12 2013 cover page for January (a monthly challenge over at Digital Scrapper)~

 Kit: Winterbloom by Booland Designs
Font: MV Boli

Kit: Inspire Me BTB
Font: Caflisch Script Pro

Kits: No Pirates Allowed BTB (bits by Designs by Mikki, The Brown Owl, Z Pink Boudoir Designs, Pardon the Mess, 
and Pixiemama Designs), and Refresh BTB (bits by Amiee Harrison Designs, Scraps by Mara, Twho Peas in a Bucket, 
Elaine Therese Digial Designs, and Cinnamon Scraps)
Font: Berylium
Kit: Auld LAng Syne Mega Kit from theStudio with part by Carin Grobe Designs, LouCee Designs, Digiliscious Designs,
 Booland Designs, Aimee Harrison Designs, Nibbles Skribbles, and Mad Genius Designs
Fonts: Rockwell Bold, Pristina, and Gill Sans Ultra Bold
Kit: Family Home Evening by DeDe Smith
Fonts: MV Boli, HP PSG, Graphite Std, and Jokerman
Kits: Camp BTB parts by Aimee Harrision Designs, Armina Designs, Created by Jill, Bon Scrapatit, 
and Millstream Cottage
Alpha: Camp BTB by Carin Grobe Designs
Photo Mask: Brother ans Friends by Manu Scraps
Font: Poplar Std
Kit: Dots of Fun by Cottage Arts
Font: Freestyle Script
Word art: Everyday Scrapwords Freebie from Cottage Arts

Kit: Dots of Fun by Cottage Arts
Fonts: Freestyle Script and Sencil Std
Kit: Dreams Come with the Night by AA Designs
Font: French Script

I wasn't able to be at Ellen's party, but I made her this page from one of the pics she posted on FB. One of the many things we share is our love of purple, so I had my choice of kits to use to match her sweater! 

Next up, the other pages I did in January that weren't from this year.