Sunday, October 31, 2010

Gnatalie the Gnome

Oh how it made my day when these photos popped onto my phone.

Gnatalie the gnome, with Grandma...how fun!

Natalie Gnome

Friday, October 29, 2010

Playing with my Woodland Creatures kit from Kitschy Digitals, I took a photo of Shroombob and Wimwalter and blended it into a background and added a few 'shrooms, a deer and my cutout gnome.
Also gave me the opportunity to practice typing on a curve...had to go back and review my lesson from Jessica Sprague...tricky.
Wouldn't it be fun to make a story book with pages like this!  Ah yes, so many ideas for books, so little ...


After much searching, I finally found the reference for the background...Eena's Creations.   Thank goodness for google image search.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Remodel...After

Here we are, exactly 2 weeks later, and remarkably, it is done!
Decorative molding defines a large space on the ceiling, helping to define the formerly too-open space. A similar micro molding creates 3 frames on the wall.
New lighting along the edges complement the chandelier, now hung at the correct height.
Egg & dart crown molding are stopped by custom fluted pilasters.
French Country blue on the ceiling, French Sonnet on the wall, high gloss white on all the trim.
Gorgeous!
And all designed by yours truly!

Dining Room Remodel

Next...we work on the furniture.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October Backyard Fantasy

Gnome in Oct

The fastest digital scrapbook page I have ever made...just wanted to use my Kitschy Digitals Woodland Die Cuts kit that I got for $1 today from Jessica Sprague and Kitschy Digitals!
The photo is a random one from the yard that I took last week while I was out grabbing sky shots in the rain, one photo overlaid onto another with some masks and blending modes.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Molly & Lily Meet Shabby Princess

The Easy-as-Pie template challenge,  sponsored by the Shabby Princess, sounded simple enough...use this template, and mostly Shabby Princess products.  Well, I love Shabby Princess products, and I like playing with templates.  Should be easy-as-pie, right?
But I need pictures!

Thankfully Amy is a steady source of pictures of the girls, and how adorable they are!  And this set of 3 pictures was perfect (I just needed to flip the big one...note the mirror imaged "P").


For some reason I struggled with this...it was hard to find just the right yellow and blue papers and elements to match their outfits, so made good use of adjustment layers...(papers and alpha are from the Sweet Serenity and Moody Blues collections)...too many elements, too many colors, then too much open space...I just needed to stop.  I do like the block brushes I created at the bottom edge.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Challenging Monday

Mondays are always a challenge for me...have always been, will likely always be. But because I know that, I can often ignore the things that are challenging me, figuring they will lessen with the passing of 24 hours.

This has little to nothing to do with what I did with my creative time today...which was to answer a challenge.

This was a blueprint challenge, and the requirements are to use:
1 photo with rounded corners
1 border
2 solid papers
1 patterned paper
1 shaped mask or tag
1 alpha or journaling text

I've been thinking about this for a while...one photo...what one unused photo do I have that I can use. And then I remembered the pic I took of Curly when I went to guest feed him a couple of weeks ago.

Curly Scrapbook Page

I liked the spooky paper by Jen Alyson of Design House Digital because it reminded me of Curly's color.  The alpha is from Christina Renee.  Tag from Jessica Sprague, with bubbles added by changing the size of a round brush for subsequent stamps.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

It's Time...

One thing I will say about the "winter"...there is interesting weather. I captured these photos within a 24-hour period,
Sunrise on the clouds, fog hanging in the valley, and a rainbow!
October Weather Scrapbook Page

Template from Jessica Sprague.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Kirkwood "Scraplift"

So I am enamored with "scraplift" challenges right now. They are a good test of my new digital scrapbook skills...can I make shapes and masks and adapt pages to my own unique style??

I think I can!

I am not keen on single-photo layouts...I want to see pictures, not just papers, so I replicated a portion of the photo and blended it into a background.

I had to scrounge around for one recent photo that has not yet been the subject of a scrapbook page, then found this picture from our August trip to Kirkwood. Even though I have a goofy smile, I love the picture.

The most interesting aspect of the original layout was some great brushwork. I love brushed! It's like rubber stamping without the mess! I especially love that I know how to make my own brushes!

Kirkwood August Scraplift

The scraplift was sponsored by Design House Digital. Key to this layout working was the beautiful background paper from Nanly. The vintage photo frame is from Kitschy Digitals. The big and fabulous brushes are from Mary Ann Wise.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Spring Back

Yes, I know it's fall, but I have been taking and featuring so many fall pictures...and not that I am tired of them, but in response to a challenge which was going to require me to use multiple small photos, I thought of Daffodil Hill.

Why was I surprised when I saw the dates on the photos? It couldn't have been this year, since we were spending all our energies moving into the new house this spring.

It was last year!
But how fresh the memories are of the lovely place that is Daffodil Hill.

Daffodil Hill

This was my first "scraplift". 
I just read the other day how to scraplift a template. Basically just look at it and make the same shapes. I used some grid lines to help me out. And I used lots and lots of the tricks recently learned in my Jessica Sprague Photoshop class...rounded corner masks, quick duplicating of masks and elements, how to line them all up, etc.
The challenge was sponsored by Scrappers Guide.
And the pretty yellow papers and some elements are from Shabby Princess.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sunrise Doodling

Remember those ruffles and ridges photos I took earlier this week?

Well, they have made their way into, what else, but a scrapbook page!

Sunrise Doodle Scrapbook Page

As hard as it is, I really like making my own layouts. This page features a mini-kit I snagged in a blog train this week, from Dodie. Thank you, Dodie, for the beautiful colors!
When I first saw the kit, I recognized the colors immediately and knew they would be perfect with this week's photos from the garden.  But doodling is not really my style, or so I thought :-)
I love the juxtaposition of the super-real photos with the playful doodles!

The awesome "I" font is called "Never Writes Back", and I just yesterday learned how to fill closed fonts with color or paper.  The journaling fonts are One Fell Swoop and Pristina.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Aloha Friday

Remember casual Friday? You got to wear jeans and a Hawaiian shirt to work. I think it was an 80's or 90's thing.

My Friday, not so casual, with a ton of work to do, the dining room under noisy construction, a rush to be done before the start of the Yankee game, and lots of other little distractions.

But I always find time to stop and smell the flowers.

Aloha Scrapbook Page


The beautiful background paper, butterfly, border and tag are from One Dog, Loads of Craft.
Template from Jessica Sprague, another lesson of Photoshop Friday, in which I learned to fill chunky text with patterned paper.   Background blended floral dotted papers are from Earl.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Remodel...Before

Pay no attention to the men behind that curtain...they are busy transforming a weird and awkward space into a real dining room! How long will it take? Why, 2 weeks of course :-)

Dining Room Remodel

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ruffles & Ridges

It's sometimes a little hard for me to get work done in the morning, for I love the morning light, and look what the morning light brings me...

Ruffles...
Ruffled Rose

and Ridges...
October Sunrise

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

More on Little Celebrations

Pretty bad pictures taken with my cell phone in bad lighting, but still fun memories.

Megan at Chevys

Monday, October 11, 2010

Give a Hoot, Get a Hoot

Late last night, and again this morning, I heard the owl hooting. There is something so interesting and fascinating about the owl hooting, and I find the sound so soothing and comforting...I seek it out, and it makes me smile.

And so this is for the hoot owl that is entertaining me in the dark.

Hoot Owls

All paper and elements are from Shabby Princess, the Shabby Fall kit.  
The layout is original.  The idea is silly, also original.
The owl and stamps are from, where else, Owl Tree Studio.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Little Celebrations

It's important to celebrate accomplishments, successes, milestones...
Dear Megan, we are very proud of you, now our working girl!


Background paper and ribbon from the Shabby Princess.  Frame from LivEDesigns via Jessica Sprague.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Stuck on Orange

I don't think I have ever answered the question, "What's your favorite color?", with the response "Orange", but, looking at all the creative work I have done in the last several weeks, you wouldn't know it.

Here's more orange!

Fall View Scrapbook Page
Template is from Jessica Sprague, Photoshop Friday Episode #21. Papers are from Shabby Princess and Katie Pertiet.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Amsterdam Revisited

Ever since I saw this great paper with row houses on it, I wanted to use it in a layout about Amsterdam.
It's funny that I don't seem to have the best pictures of Amsterdam, but I have a few to capture the spirit, a spirit that I love!

Amsterdam Scrapbook Layout
The paper is from Jessica Sprague, used in my Now We're Rockin' class, and the template is from Scrapper's Guide. 
Photos are from our trip in April 2008.

Here is a closer look at the pages:

Amsterdam Scrapbook Layout Lf

Amsterdam Scrapbook Layout Lf

Thursday, October 7, 2010

More Fall Color...Completed

I completed my first progressive scrap challenge, albeit a day late.

For the final day (which I missed because I was watching the Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins in the ALD playoff game 1), we had to add a rose and a ribbon, and a title.


Progressive Scrap Challenge
 
Credits once again to Digital Design Den.
Hmmm, now that I followed the rules of the challenge, should I go ahead and tweak it??

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

More Fall Color...WIP

I am participating in a progressive scrap challenge.
On day 1 we were given 2 papers. On day 2 we were instructed to use 3 photos, relatively close together, and frame them, and add two bows and a circular ribbon. On day 3 we added journaling and a couple of brads.

Now on day 4, we added some ivy and sequins.

So this is where I am so far, showing off more beautiful fall floral colors.

Fall Colors Scrapbook

All materials are courtesy of Digital Design Den.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Falling for Color!!

The picture kind of says it all!
At CVS yesterday there were the obligatory bins of pumpkins out front. I love pumpkins! I especially love the color of pumpkins, and so I had to buy a few. 
Luckily, Tod knew where to find our fake fall leaves, so I set up a little vignette on the front steps.
And Megan brought home flowers left over from the photo shoot, which included some beautiful sunflowers.
 Fall Colors Scrapbook

I combined the photos with some wonderfully colorful papers from Sara Shmutz and Katie Pertiet.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Orange you glad?

I love orange this time of year...

gorgeous sunsets...

Sunset

warm home-made pizza...

Pizza

and Pumpkins!
Pizza

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Plumerial Progress

The intense heat has moved on, so the opening of the plumeria has slowed, but still it is lovely, and has that wonderful plumeria scent!

Plumeria

Friday, October 1, 2010

Photoshop Friday...Playing with Brady

It's October!
And the theme for October blogging is "Play".

So how appropriate that just in time for October, Molly gets a dog, and I get to work with some pictures of Molly and her new dog.

Molly & Brady Scrapbook Page

Template from Jessica Sprague, Photoshop Friday episode #20.