Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sleep Tight (Wherever You Are)

Here's my English assignment for Jen Wilson's challenges:) We had to include "lots" of journaling, make it interesting with highlights, different sizes, fonts, etc, and use a "fastener" on at least one photo.
Template by Yin
JW: English background paper, geography blue paper (recolored), fabric tape
Mellissa Ann: moon elements, shoelace corners
Brandy Hackman: Persian Breeze numbers
"wet brush 60 pixels" brush for paint behind journaling (natural brushes 2, I think Adobe defaults)
Digs My Hart, Suzie's hand, and Tempus Sans ITC fonts
What mother doesn’t like to watch her sleeping child? I’m no exception! Michael is completely adorable, I can study his face without him moving away, he is peaceful, angelic, and best of all, he cannot possibly get in trouble while he’s asleep! I was struck by the sheer number of photos we had taken of sleeping Michael in the span of just a few months. Too bad I never had a camera with me at the grocery store in the “truck” cart!
1. on the way home from owl lecture
2. at the DM Science Center
3. in the high chair during a meal
4. on the guest bed (instead of his own)
5. Science Center
6. on kitchen floor during his BD party
7. on the chair at bedtime
8. on chair for nap
9. at the St. Paul Children’s Museum
10. on Reuben’s dog pillow at bedtime


Monday, September 29, 2008

Wordless (or nearly so)

Just a brief note: Many of you fellow bloggers participate in "Wordless Wednesday," but since I am actually getting around to blogging this now, you get it on Monday night! :-P)

(Des Moines Science Center) Do you think they really ever sold this stuff?!?!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Another good one...

Yes, I have an endless supply of completely amusing pictures of my children...rarely does a day go by without at least one of them doing something wild and crazy!

I completed this one for the "chemistry assignment" at Jen Wilson Designs. Objectives were to alter at least one photo with a treatment or blending mode (the large picture is blended into the background so you can see the periodic table peeking through, and also has a gradient applied to the top portion so it blends gradually into the background) and to write the journaling as if it were a scientific procedure.
JW: Chemistry paper, sandcastle, Being collection " live out loud"
Katie Pertiet: vintage curled frame
Brandy Hackman: "it's the face that keeps me out of trouble"
Chatterbox Anex font
Journaling: Hypothesis: I bet I can get really dirty and not make Mom & Dad mad.
Experiment: Go on a nice long hike at Ledges State Park. Wade through the creek, get wet up to the shorts, drink a bunch of Kook-Aid, then roll in the sand (face and all). Wash it all off (except the KA moustache) in the waterfall at the edge of the footbridge. Head home in just a diaper.
Conclusion: Objective met, hypothesis proved. Mom & Dad laughed, no
one yelled, we all had fun! Oh yeah, and I even got hot
chocolate at home! Must, must do this again sometime.

This was a fun one! Btw, if you look close at the "bigified" (word coined and borrowed from Janet Petersma) version, you can actually see the sand demarcation lines on the sides of Michael's head, lol!!


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Christopher Always CRACKS Me Up!

I hope I did it justice, lol!! I'm going to hide all the journaling (see HERE) behind the page. I didn't want to detract from the photo;)

Anyway, Jen Wilson has "assignments" to go along with her new Academy line of products. The biology assignment was to scrapbook a layout about change or growth (well, if you use your imagination, he's learning about anatomy, heehee) and to turn a picture into a scientific diagram. In case you cannot read the tiny print coming out from the diagram: "future proctologist?" (Fonda's idea), "the most fabulous grin," "gluteal cleft: the featured area of anatomy"

Many thanks to all who contributed all the fabulous title ideas, for without you, this layout would suck (haha!)
Jen Wilson:
Academy: Biology paper
Being "Be yourself" was the model by which I made, from scratch using various JW solids (academy, spoon-dipped, laundry line), my "This Butt's for you"
Delighted buttons and circular word art
Picknics admit one: ticket
Creative Fortune jewels circle
500ml.org frames and brushes: frame brush
butterbrotpapier and Chatterbox chippy circles fonts
Ariadna Wiczling (Scrap Girls) date stamp


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Country School

A challenge from Jen Wilson Designs pushed me to do this layout. Paper scrappers may recognize her style from My Mind's Eye papers such as Laundry Line
Supplies (all from Jen Wilson unless otherwise stated):
My mom and the country school she attended through 6th grade.
Academy: orientation papers
sandcastle frame
Little Agendas calendar strip
Journal Hot Spots quotations
My Playroom alpha (circular letter)
Laundry Line letter tabs
Americana BT and SchoolScript fonts
Journaling: United Township #7 Crossroads School (photo taken in the 1980s) was home to Kenneth, Carol, & Bruce, as well as their mother and her 4 siblings years before.
Pictured with Carol and Bruce are Ruth, a cousin, and Myron, the boy who once kissed Carol on the mouth behind the schoolhouse! Carol doesn’t remember if she liked it or if she told him to get lost.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Friend Survey (along with some NEWS!)

Even if you don't normally read these things, you HAVE to read #24!!!!

1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:15am

2. Diamonds or Pearls? Diamonds

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Wall-E

4. What is your favorite TV show? Chuck (about the only one I watch)

5. What do you usually have for breakfast? Breakfast sandwich or toast with PB

6. What is your middle name? Lynn

7. What food do you dislike? Brussels sprouts

8. What is your favorite CD (song) at the moment? Anything by 3 Nickleback or Aerosmith

9. What kind of car do you drive? 2006 Toyota Sienna LE

10. Favorite sandwich? Jimmie John’s #9

11. What characteristic do you despise? Hypocrisy

12. Favorite item of clothing? Jeans

13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Italy, among 7000 other places I want to go/go back to

14. Are you an organized person? Depends…

15. Where would you like to retire to? Somewhere scenic, but depends on where family lives also.

16. What was your most memorable birthday? ? Maybe 16, when my friends drug me out of bed and hauled me off to McDonald’s in my pajamas and glasses (ie. they didn’t let me put my contacts in)…not sure if that is a fond memory or not;)

17. What are you going to do when you finish this? Put Michael down for a nap.

18. Furthest place you are sending this to? ??

19. Person you expect to send it back first? ??

20. When is your birthday? May 29

21. Morning person or night person? Night

22. What is your shoe size? 7.5

23. Pets? Daisy the beagle

24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? We are expecting our third child in January!

25. What did you want to be when you were little? Author

26. How are you today? Great

27. What is your favorite flower? Blue hydrangeas for looks, lilacs for scent (and looks)

28. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? ?

29. What are you listening to right now? Michael’s Scooby Doo show

30. What was the last thing you ate? Pasta and chicken

31. Do you wish on stars? Not in recent decades

32. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Purple or lime green

33. How is the weather right now? Sunny and beautiful

34. Last person I spoke to on the phone? Mom

35. Favorite soft drink? Coke Zero

36. Favorite restaurant? HuHot Mongolian Grill

37. Hair color? red

38. What was your favorite toy as a child? Strawberry Shortcake and friends

39. Summer or Winter? All 4 seasons, thank you very much

40. Chocolate or Vanilla? Softserve…vanilla. GOOD quality hard ice cream…chocolate!

41. Coffee or tea? Neither…good “unknown” fact about me: cannot stand the taste of either

42. Do you want your friends to email you back? Yes, or share on their blogs

43. When was the last time you cried? Last week

44. What is under your bed? A big fat nothing…not even dust (thank you Jeff for Roomba, among its many other attributes, the darn thing fits right under the bed to vacuum!)

45. What did you do last night? Read my book.

46. What are you afraid of? Fire at my house.

47. Salty or sweet? Usually sweet, but I won’t turn down a good chip!

48. How many keys on your key ring? 2

49. How many years at your current job? Free clinic: 6.5, motherhood: 5.5, Fast Track: 1.5

50. Favorite day of the week? any

51. Do you make friends easily? Depends on the situation

52. Do you like finding out all this stuff about your friends? Yes

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Peekaboo from the Hayloft

Supplies: Kristin Aagard -Oink Cluck Moo (Plain Digital Wrapper)
Diane Miller -Typo Embellishment templates (curve shape) (Scrap Girls)
Chatterbox Wednesday font (from the hayloft)

I think you can read the journaling; let me know if not!
This one is a bit different from my usual style (assuming I have one, I'm so eclectic)...the unusual pics demanded something different:) The barn drop shadow is skewed using a tutorial I found online.

PS: Kindergarten is still "long" but he tells more stories each day. Today they had a substitute teacher in the am b/c his teacher's child was ill. Assumedly the dad watched the child in the pm b/c Mrs. Fisher was back. Anyway, he didn't seem freaked out about this at all (yay), but that may be b/c Grandma Pauline is a substitute teacher and he therefore knew all about it.