Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Simply Digi

I did it! I finally went {digi}... well, just a little. I'm taking Jessica Sprague's Up and Running with Photo Shop class and I just made my first Digital scrapbook page. I'm not going to become a Digi scrapper now... I like to play with paper too much. I am looking forward to making some hybrid layouts though.
here it is~

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

and the teacher is...

I have been working on the School Days albums for Aubrey. I love this page of Aubrey checking the mail for her teacher assignment. I love the little file tab I placed in the corner and the way the photos are arranged to look like a file folder. I love the faded lined notebook paper look of the background paper and I love the doodling. Most of all I loved the journaling... it makes me smile.


"No matter where you live or in which decade you grow up some things are the same for all of us. Checking the mail for teacher assignments in the last few weeks of summer vacation is one of those things. Watching you brought back so many memories of my childhood, the same memories you are making now. In many ways your childhood is so different from mine. Not only did I not have the Internet but there were only 5 channels on TV & no remote. It makes me happy that we have this part of our childhoods in common:)"

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

{It was a happy Easter at our home this morning}

I can't believe Easter is here already. I have a little confession to make. Easter pages really challenge me. I don't know if it is all of the pastel colors or what but I just have the hardest time with Easter pages. I have never designed an Easter page that I really like.

Here is an example of what I have come up with in the past

I love that picture of Aubrey wearing that hat with the dress I designed for her. I should have taken a picture of the ribbon detail. I did lattice work with the ribbon {just like the top of my cherry pie} it was really cute. And the floppy hat was just the icing on the cake. I have to say Cullen's argyle sweater vest and matching argyle socks were just too precious.

I love the memories this page brings back...I just don't like the design very much.

I took this one photo this morning of the kids that inspired me. Instead of taking a photo of them from the floor I climbed up on a stool and got this shot looking down on them with the goodies from their baskets all over the floor. I think it might just turn into a layout I like. I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Christmas Past

I'm a scrapbooker so it is perfectly reasonable to be blogging about Christmas during the week of Easter. Anyway, here are a few of my favorite layouts of Christmas past. {enjoy}

Cookie Connoisseur

Reindeer Food

I used this stuff called Snow Tex in the lower right corner to give the effect of snow.
Aubrey used 1 part Oatmeal to 2 parts red glitter to make the reindeer food {yum}

A Yummy Tradition

I used a textured paper at the top and cut it out to look like icing.

The photo of the Gingerbread House opens up to show more picks. The photo is held shut by a piece of green embroidery tread wrapped around two red brads.

Pictures with Santa

The sleigh and reindeer I used to embellish the frame are on the Christmas Cheer cartridge by Cricut.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Are you a Photogragher?

So it has been a while since I blogged. I promise I have not given up on scrapbooking. I have been taking Candice Stringham's photography class, "Oh Shoot!" Is that the cutest class title or what. I met Candice at the Creative Photography Retreat in the Fall. She taught this amazing class on lighting that was so inspiring. She is just as cute as her class title.
I feel so lucky to have my digital SLR. I can capture these fleeting moments and appreciate them for years to come. Here is an example of photos I absolutely charish... its a page I designed maybe a year ago. Check out my little guy~
Isn't he just the cutest?

I am so happy I am taking this class. I am becoming a better photographer... anyone who knows me knows how much I love PROGRESS. I can deal with imperfection as long as there is progress.

Here is why I titled this post "Are you a Photographer?":
The other day I was photographing one of the kids {I'll admit it, I'm a total Momarrazi} and someone asked if I am a photographer. My response was "Of coarse I am...I'm a mom."

I am so blessed to be a MOM:)