Another Great Terri Page

Hi friends,

My great high school girlfriend/scrapping buddy Terri supplied a great and fun layout for today.  It is based on the tv show that a lot of people are into now – Dr. Who.

Terri's cool Dr. Who layout.

Terri’s cool Dr. Who layout.

She used a lot of clocks, numbers, and gears to bring out the fun.  The gears are pretty creative!  Terri didn’t have any chipboard or sticker gears so she started looking around her house.  She found an empty tape dispenser and broke it apart and wallah!  Terri was going to use the “gear” as a stamp but that didn’t work out so well.  Instead she painted it and used it on her layout.  Don’t I have an awesome friend!?!  Look at her gorgeous daughter in the background!

Hope all is well in your parts of the world!

God bless!

Imitating a Paint Strip

Hello guys!

If you have a piece of striped paper (especially if their is a white space between the stripes) it is easy to give the appearance of a paint strip.  I am using this idea on another fun birthday page.

I started with a neutral piece of cardstock (tan).  I then cut a piece of the striped paper and put it across the top of the page leaving a small strip of the tan showing above.

I matted two pictures that I had trimmed down on a piece of birthday paper.  I then attached the matted pictures to the bottom of the page leaving a tan strip showing at the bottom.  I  added  another  (unmatted) photo to the top of the page partially covering the “paint strip”.  I wrote a few notes in the blank tan spot.  I changed pen colors between each note.  I then added a mini circle punches from an extra piece of the striped paper before the notes.  I used a different circle color than ink color.  I made sure that all of the inks and circle colors were in the striped paper.  The only other thing I did was to add a number 8 that was left over from the Cricut project on the previous birthday layout.

A fun birthday party for a fun boy!

A fun birthday party for a fun boy!

That’s all for today, folks!

God bless!

A Few More Pics From the Cruise

Hi folks!

When you are on a cruise there are photographers everywhere taking your picture.  They then have them available for you to buy (at outlandish prices).  If you don’t buy them then you throw them away (a toughie).  We threw a lot away but we did buy six.  One 8″x10″ and then 5 smaller ones.

Today I scanned them in so they will be permanently stored on a cloud (strange concept).  I decided to go ahead and post them on the blog.

Getting ready to board the boat.

Getting ready to board the boat.

Our formal dining night.

Our formal dining night.

Getting ready to enter Nassau

Getting ready to enter Nassau.

 

Getting ready to enter Nassau.

Getting ready to take a nature tour of the Little Stirrup Cay.

Enjoying the beautiful waters at Little Stirrup.

Enjoying the beautiful waters at Little Stirrup.

Enjoying dinner in the Imagination Dining Room.

Enjoying dinner in the Imagination Dining Room.

No more pictures of the cruise until I scrap them.

Have a great day!

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Tips for Great Photos

Hi everyone!

I have a few more great tips from the magazine Scrapbook Etc. (2010).

* Turn off the flash.  Natural lighting is more flattering.

* Take advantage of the sun.  The best times of day to take photos are sunrise and sunset, when the sun gives everything a golden glow (too bad I’m not more of a morning person).

* When shooting indoors, find a room with a large northern window, which gives ideal light – indirect but bright.

* Use your flash when shooting in bright sunlight.  The flash lights the heavily shadowed areas under the eyes so they aren’t dark pockets.

*If you’re using a flash, pay attention to distance.  Most cameras have a 10′ limit on their built-in flash.

* Move next to a window, but not into the harsh direct light.  Position the subject just inside the edge of the shadow.

* Angle your subject toward the light to create dimension from shadows falling across her face.

* Watch for objects that appear to grow out of a person (often a railing).

* Look for a setting on your camera that reduces red-eye.  This causes the camera to give a quick flash before the real flash goes off.

* Experiment with a reflector.  Tape two sheets of white foam-core board together so they stand up, and position it to reflect light onto darker areas of your subject.

There are so many pretty papers, and stickers, and chipboard, and stamps......

There are so many pretty papers, and stickers, and chipboard, and stamps……

That is it for this Friday!  Enjoy your weekend!

God bless!

We Were Cruising!

Hi guys!

We just got back from a much needed vacation.  My hubby and I were celebrating our 30th year together even though the actual wedding was in June.  We took a CRUISE!  We had never done that before and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I will start scrapping in the next day or two but for now here are a couple of pics.

Trying to take a selfie once were were on the ship.

Trying to take a selfie before getting on the ship.

Formal dining.

Formal dining.

Arriving to the Bahamas.

Arriving to the Bahamas.

Shopping at the Straw Market.

Shopping at the Straw Market.

Had my hair braided.

Had my hair braided.

Just a few shots.  In a few weeks I hope to start a new CRUISIN’ album.

God bless all of you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Life Week 14

Hi ya!

Bringing you another week in the lives of the Turner family.  The first page is pretty silly – I think Tim and I were in a silly mood.  We had to be in Charleston on a Friday afternoon so we stopped by the mall (and Trader Joe’s) before going home.  At the mall we kept seeing silly things and things that made us stop to look twice.  I took a picture of a few of them.

One was an Easter bunny that kids were lining up to meet.  To Tim and I this bunny looked creepy.

Next, a Jesus shirt that said, “I’ll be back!”.  Just like Arnold Schwarzenegger.  I wouldn’t mind having that tee shirt.

Finally, there was a huge Snoopy stuffed animal that was sitting in a chair with a clear plastic bag tied over his head.

I  also grabbed a pic of Tim in a new shirt (clearance find) outside the mall.  He strips and changes clothes after he buys them (in a bathroom or car).

The left side of PL week 14.

The left side of PL week 14.

On the next side of the layout I put pics of what kept us busy – cleaning carpets (desperately needed done) and Brad and Tim starting a fingerboarding park.  They are getting really creative with it.  They went to Home Depot and scanned the store for ideas and  of course scanned the garage and house for things we already had.  They drew up a plan and got busy.  They still have more work to do but they got a great start on it.  Tim is excited.  There is also a pic of a few of my Gerber daisies that have bloomed.  I say my but they are only mine because we bought the house and the previous owner had already planted them.  Brad confessed to me that before they bloomed he had pulled a few because he thought they were weeds.  🙁

The right side of PL week 14.

The right side of PL week 14.

The complete layout of PL week 14.

The complete layout of PL week 14.

Go out there and make some memories!

God bless!

 

Happy Birthday Page

Hi guys!

A fun birthday layout.  There will be a few more following.  This first one is pics of my just turned eight year old son, Ben (he is almost 26 now).  As I have said in other posts, birthdays always reminds me of numbers.  In this layout I used numbers to show that he is a growing boy.  I started with the number five and went through the number eight.

I used my Cricut with this layout.  I had it cut 2″ numbers and then I used the negative from the numbers.  I put different decorative paper behind each number.  The last number, eight, I put paper that said “happy birthday all over it.  I attached this piece decorated cardstock to the side of lime green cardstock.   I then added a party hat brad to the number eight.

Sweet Ben on his 8th birthday.

Sweet Ben on his 8th birthday.

The only other thing I did was to attach the photos.  I was going to mat them but then they would cover almost all of the green cardstock and I wanted it to show.

Can’t believe my son will turn 26 in a few weeks and his son will turn 2 on the same day.

God bless!

Matting with Burlap

Hello guys!

I was at Michael’s (the only craft store in my town) and saw that all pads of paper were 50% off.  I was “ignoring” the sale quite well until right before the check out line.  There was a small shelf with really cool “papers” at 50% off.  They were really thin sheets of cork in different colors and then 4.5″x6.5″ sheets of burlap.  One pad was in four different colors (teal, pink, orange, and lime) and one was traditional brown burlap.  Normally I pass by these pads easily because they are about $9 per pad.  But at 50% off I struggled.  I ended up buying both pads of burlap and passing up the cork.

Today I used  a piece of the colored burlap to mat a photo.  The page really was quite quick.  I had an errand to run (had to go to my son’s school) so I used the quick dry adhesive and attached the burlap to the decorative cardstock that I had already chosen for my background paper.  I then used the quick dry adhesive to attach the photo to the burlap.  The rest of the layout waited until after my errand.

After I got back I used three different types of alpha stickers to create my title, “party van”.  I then journaled on a card and attached it to the page.  I added a piece of chipboard to the top of the card and decided that was all I was going to do.

We have many fond family memories in this party van.  :)

We made many fond family memories in this party van. 🙂

I really like the colored burlap.  It adds a lot of texture and depth to the layout.

God bless y’all!

More Tips for Great Photos

Hi guys!

A few more tips this fine Friday to improve on picture taking skills.  I am going to try some of these, too.  These tips are from a 2010 issue of Scrapbooks Etc.

* Before any event, make a list of the photos you want.

* To get a balanced group photo, gather everyone around an object, like a chair or couch.  Seat one or two people, then start positioning the rest.  Vary the head heights – some might have to kneel to make a great composition.

* Take a lot of photos, and then take more.  You can learn as much from the shots that don’t turn out as the ones that do.

* Position a group so everyone is touching.  The physical connection translates into an emotional connection in a photo.

* Try different angles.  Get up above the action or crouch down to capture different vantage points.  But remember  that shooting from below isn’t always flattering.

* Zoom in – either with your lens or feet – to focus the photo on your subject.

*Make your subject look as good as possible.  Slightly angle her shoulders toward the camera, and have her stand with her weight on her back foot to give the most slender appearance.  (I need to try this).

*Take candid shots.  Some of the best photos are where people are talking and interacting rather than looking at the camera.

*Don’t shoot straight on.  Instead, move to the side a bit for a more flattering angle.

* Pay attention to the background.  Try to avoid cluttered or messy spots and look for areas that won’t be distracting.

Hee hee!

Hee hee!

Well, there are 10 tips to play with over the weekend.

God bless!

 

More “X”es to Love

Hi friends,

On today’s layout I changed it up a  bit from when I made “x”es a few days ago.  Before I sewed at a diagonal, skipping a hole between diagonals.

From the first "x" layout.

From the first “x” layout.

This time I didn’t skip a hole.

The new layout where I sewed at a diagonal without leaving any spaces.

The new layout where I sewed at a diagonal without leaving any spaces.

After sewing the first diagonal I came back through and created the “x”.

Finishing up all the "x"es.

Finishing up all the “x”es.

I left a bigger space up above the “x” line so I could add some cute Easter stickers to make a title.  I matted two pictures on white cardstock and then adhered them to the page, slightly overlapping them.  I wrote on a journaling card and adhered it to the page and then added a wonderful sticker in the corner of the journaling card.  It says “He Loves me” and has a cross and a heart.  Isn’t that what Easter is really about?

Finished page of two handsome boys and a fun party van.  :)

Finished page of two handsome boys and a fun party van. 🙂

Well, that is it!  Hope you are getting in the mood for Easter because I sure am.  I am scrapping Easter layouts and getting packages for grandkids ready to mail.  🙂

God bless!