LOAD #3

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I went classic style for today’s Layout a Day!  The challenge was to focus on photography and create a layout with a photo that tells the story…no journaling!  As I’m in a bit of a journaling mood, this was actually a real challenge.  Yet, once I remembered this photo…I’ve been wanting to scrapbook it since 2008…it was easy.  The photo and the title say it all!  I’m a little bummed that the weather is so crappy today, because this layout (including the photo) are much more vibrant in real life.  My picture doesn’t do it justice.  This layout was inspired by a layout in the Summer 2009 Idea Book.  I used Daydream Level 2, Blush ink, Fresh Shapes DE, Booksmart DE, Clear & Bitty Sparkles.

This is a little note to myself to remind me that I don’t have to complete all of Lain’s daily challenges for LOAD 2010.  I had a great time doing it this weekend, but my time is at a premium during the week, so that’s when I’ll go back to completing some of my partially created layouts.  I have so many that I want to finish, so that is my personal challenge this month.  Anything extra is simply a bonus.


1st Order as a Studio J Member!

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I’m so excited about my Studio J Membership!  I just ordered four layouts (8 pages total) for 1/2 off with FREE shipping, FREE page protectors, and FREE JPG files for the web and for printing.  Studio J membership seriously rocks!

Although one of the main goals of Studio J is to do layouts quickly, I actually spent a lot of time on these two layouts about Kit.  After losing her a week ago, I needed to scrapbook her stories to process my grief.  I wanted to take the time to make sure these layouts honored her and expressed my love for her.  I think they are pretty amazing…just like my sweet Kit!

I also took a bit of time with this layout earlier in the summer, because I was trying to figure out how to make my own B&T paper with text.  This is a direct scraplift from the Studio J website!  I posted a screen shot of it earlier, but now you can see the details.

Now, this layout is what Studio J is all about!  I modified my old, out of focus photos in Studio J.  I used the embellishments that came preloaded on the page and simply added a few My Stickease as a title and to cover up a Diet Pepsi can…LOL!  This layout took me less than 1/2 hour and most of that time was spent editing my photos.
If you want some of this scrappy goodness for yourself, let me know and I’ll hook you up with a Studio J membership!  I’m going to demonstrate it at the THS FBLA Scrapbooking Crop on October 23rd; I can’t wait to share Studio J with everyone I know!

Family Photos

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We had a fantastic family photo shoot in Moscow at the end of July, and the CD with all the photos arrived today! I’ve been having fun playing with Photoshop and then importing the photos into Studio J. My 12-month Studio J membership starts next month, and you can be sure that I’m going to take full advantage of all the member benefits…such as FREE shipping once a month! I can’t wait! My goal is scrapbook at least one Studio J layout a week since they are so quick and easy…assuming I don’t spend a ton of time in Photoshop first. These quick layouts will (1) allow me to capture memories I don’t ever want to forget, (2) help me to scrapbook more frequently, and (3) motivate me to use my classic supplies since I’ll be in a scrapbooking groove.

In case you don’t know, Studio J is FREE! That’s right…FREE! Log in through my website and try it for yourself. You can test your photos against different paper packets and sketches before scrapbooking with your classic supplies. You don’t pay a thing unless you want to purchase the layouts you created. If you love it as much as I do, let me know and I’ll share the membership options with you.


More Studio J Layouts

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I completed another batch of Studio J layouts and they are waiting to be filed away into albums. I love how quick and easy each layout comes together. The quality of the photos I used on the “Love Story” layout were really bad–complete user error–but the layout still looks great. I did journal about the fact that the photos are blurry so that anyone looking at the layout will know that they were used intentionally. My favorite LO is “Enjoy” which is a CTMH scraplift!








Zippidee-Doo-Da!

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I finally had a chance to sit down and scrapbook some of my spring break photos this weekend! My sister and I took our mom to Disneyland in April, so I couldn’t wait to use the new Zippidee Workshop on the Go!








I wanted to make this a more traditional Disney layout, so I covered the Indian Corn Blue stripes with strips of black cardstock!


I also had fun layering my journaling stamps using the masking technique.


Live Out Loud!

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We had such an incredible time doing this photo shoot in Seattle in July of 2006! I made poor Katie jump in front of the Space Needle over and over again until I got the perfect shot. I would have preferred if she had been slightly to the right in the photo, but I wasn’t going to make her do it again. Fun times!

Again, this is a sketch from Design Your Life at BPS and I’m using You Rock papers.


Celebrating Christmas

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I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing holiday! I certainly did. Neal and I had a leisurely day at home with our little old fur babies. Thanks to our moms, we did have gifts to unwrap, so that was nice! My gift to Neal is doing the litter all week and cleaning up after the cats…not a pleasant job, but it’s better than the alternative of putting them down. Anyway, I’ve been using my holiday from school to catch up on photographing my club projects and uploading them to my CTMH art page. I’ll share a few of the projects here over the next couple of days. Be sure to check back on the 1st for a special announcement!


Christmas 2008 in Boise—Neal and I were snowed in at home and weren’t able to make it down for this celebration. I was so disappointed. Christmas didn’t feel like Christmas last year.


I absolutely love this photo of my mom and sister! They are looking at photos from the Disney cruise we took that summer.


Photos of the whole family…minus me and Neal. 🙁


Here are a few detail shots. I used textured cardstock so the ink coverage on the stamped packages isn’t as clear as the one below. I love the look of the textured cardstock and try to use it as often as possible.


These Twinkle Brads make me so happy…I have 3 packages of them! LOL! The other thing that I really like about this LO is the use of the Dimensional Elements On Target. The large scalloped circle is fantastic! My crop buddies make fun of me because I’m so particular about filing off the “nubbies” on the chipboard before inking. When inking, I used the back of the large gift stamp to get lots of ink on the chipboard. I let it dry and then when back with a sponge dauber to even out the ink coverage. It’s a fairly time consuming process, but I love deep, vivid color it produces. I also like that the chipboard is easy to cut so I’m able to use partial circles or make my circles cover two pages.


The WOTG directions say to stamp the title onto white cardstock and then sponge ink onto the letters. It also suggests stamping each letter with the zigzag stamp. I chose to stamp my letters onto B&T paper and adhered them using foam tape. I love this paper!


Wolf Haven

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Our second day trip with Kyle was a quick visit to Wolf Haven. We arrived a few minutes prior to the tour, so it was perfect timing. Wolf Haven is a sanctuary for many wolves but only 14 are on the guided tour. We didn’t get to see all of them, but the ones that were out were absolutely beautiful. They gave us a special treat about half way through the tour…wolves started howling on one end of the sanctuary and each of the wolves returned the call. It was breathtaking! According to the Wolf Haven website, “Vocal communication among wolves consists of howls, whines, growls and barks. Although all the functions of howling are not known, scientists think that one of the main reasons wolves howl is to assemble the pack. Another possible function of howling is to claim territory. Some experts think that wolves can identify other wolves through their howls.” I don’t know what they were trying to communicate, but I’m so glad that I witnessed it!




I’m aware that the title “High Adventure” makes no sense for this LO, but I was doing a direct scraplift from page 17 of the Summer 2009 Idea Book, and I couldn’t deviate from the design! LOL! All supplies are CTMH: Back Country kit, pewter brads, Adventure Dimensional Elements, natural hemp, sanding kit, and My Legacy Writers.


Mt. Rainier Hike

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I thought I was being kind by letting the boys sleep in, but it ended up being a bad move. By the time we got up to the mountain, the parking lot was full. I couldn’t believe how packed it was during the middle of the week; I would hate to see what it is like there on the weekend. Anyway, we ended up parking a couple miles down the road and hiking back up to the visitor station. We only had a couple hours to spend on the mountain since I needed to get home for the mobile vet visit. We ate a quick lunch and then walked the Skyline Trail to Myrtle Falls and down the 4th Crossing Trail right to our car; it was almost like we planned it that way! It was a really easy, relaxing walk. I’m looking forward to going back and trying some of the more challenging trails.

All supplies are CTMH: Bella WOTG sketch, Back Country, Campin’ Fever, pewter brads and photo hangers, Adventure Dimensional Elements, natural hemp,sanding kit, and My Legacy Writers.

I absolutely love this Back Country kit! I added Barn Red textured cardstock and I’m now wishing I would have used a different color. I had already sanded it, so I wasn’t going to start over. The Bella sketch has the title under the photo, but I placed the title on the photo, so I’m wondering if I need anything under the picture.

Don’t get me started about that picture! I used a great grunge mask from the jessicasprague.com Photoshop class. After I uploaded the photo to Wal-Mart, I checked their print preview option and it looked just like it does here. Well, when I picked up my photos yesterday, most of the top and left borders have been cut off. It looks hideous now, so I adhered it with removable adhesive and am going to print it out at Costco this week. Ugh!


This is a Graduation Trip?

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When Katie graduated from high school, I took her to Disneyland. We had a wonderful time, and I knew that I would do the same for Kyle when he graduated. Well, fast forward six years to Kyle’s graduation…he doesn’t want to go to Disneyland! Not want to go to Disneyland? I couldn’t believe it. So, I tried to think of other fun trips we could take that he would enjoy. Perhaps to a Dude Ranch or the Nascar driving school. Nothing appealed to him. He even admits that he doesn’t like to try new things even though he knows that he will probably end up liking it in the end (our Disney cruise last summer taught him that). Alas, we ended up giving him money for graduation and decided he would visit us for a few days this summer.

I knew I would be in California for the CTMH Leadership conference near my sister’s birthday, so I called Kyle to see if he wanted to come up the following week. Since he did, I flew from LA to Boise to spend the day with my sister and then Kyle drove me home. The nine hour road trip provided us with more opportunity to chat about life than had we gone on a big vacation, so this really worked out in the end. We did end up taking a couple day trips to Mt. Rainier and Wolf Haven, and I had a great time scrapbooking those events today.


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