Wednesday, December 17, 2008

wherever you go

I love this gorgeous Pink Paislee Vintage Moon from Allyscraps! These pictures of Mark and the boys the day he was getting ready to leave for a long business trip were too sweet not to scrap, even if a little bit heartbreaking.

In over 5 years at your job, you had never had to travel out of town. But this first one was a doozie – two weeks on the other side of the county, in Seattle! The boys knew it was coming, but I think until this morning – the day you were to leave – it hadn’t really sunk in. It made me so sad to see them so sad, knowing that it would be half a month before they would get to hug you, wrestle with you, or have you tuck the covers under their chins at bedtime. When you left, it’s like a little piece of their hearts went with you. And, I think, a little piece of your heart stayed right here with them, and helped them get through those long 14 days.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

{the} moment

This My Mind's Eye Brilliant from Allyscraps is one of all-time favorite lines! I loved it for these favorite pictures of mine, from the day we got the training wheels off Ryan's bike!

This was it. The moment. No, I mean THE moment, that first sensation of exhilaration, that realization that you were doing it, you were riding that bike with no training wheels, nobody holding you up, nothing but your own power and balance propelling you full steam ahead. That look on your face says it all – pure joy, accomplishment, the thrill of victory. It only took a few tries after Daddy took the training wheels off and tirelessly ran alongside you a few times as you tried to get the feel of it. And then, the moment; this moment, where he sensed that it was time to let go, to let you fly or fall on your own. And fly you did. Just look at you soar now!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

(it's about) the little things

Fancy Pants Daily Grind - oh my gosh, I thought this line looked cute online, but once I had it in my hands, I realized that the online pics really don't do it justice! Every pattern is just gorgeous.

I did a post on the Allyscraps blog about how I customized some of the embellishments for this page - you can check it out here! You can also find my sketch for this page here.

No tv. No computer. No Leapster.
Just a lake and a cool spring day at Cub Scout camp.
A chance to search for salamanders, frogs, bugs, rocks and anything else that interests you.
Apr 5 2008

a couple of fun cards

Both of these cards are from my Allyscraps design team work.

First is a fun birthday card for Cathy, the fabulous site owner. This was also the last mini-challenge for our October ANTS contest: make a birthday card for for Cathy with a Halloween theme (since her birthday is October 29 and Halloween is her favorite holiday!). I used the GORGEOUS My Minds Eye Nightlight, and I thought the owl from this Pink Paislee Vintage Moon set was perfect! After stamping, I colored with watercolor pencils and then cut it out.

And this one is an anniversary card for my dad and stepmom, featuring the totally fun We R Memory Keepers "Nonsense" line. They recently celebrated 10 years together! I hand-cut the branch and the cute little birds from the patterned paper.

making it real

I love the colors in this Dream Street Cookies 'n Cream from Allyscraps, and the papers are all double sided! I didn't use it for the "cooking" theme, obviously, but it's flexible enough to work for lots of things. This is my long-time online friend, who I finally got to meet in person last month. The journaling gets a little sappy at the end, LOL, but what can I say... I'm a sappy kinda gal!

Some people don’t really understand how you can develop a bond of friendship with someone via an internet forum. Even Mark used to sometimes refer to my “fake internet friends” – mostly just to irk me, I’m sure. Still, II know that he didn’t quite get it, having never been involved in that type of a community.

But when I started to mention “my friend Joodie from Washington” more and more frequently, even he came to accept that you and I had a connection. He knew that we emailed quite regularly, so perhaps he came to see you as a pen-pal of sorts.

And so after “knowing” you, first for a good year or so through various scrapbooking forums, and then more exclusively through our regular emails back and forth for the past two and a half years, there was no question in either of our minds that we should meet in person when you visited your family in northeast Ohio. And what could be more appropriate than a rendezvous at a scrapbooking store? I drove a little over an hour, and you and your mom a good two hours.

How strange it is to meet someone who you already know! But it was just like being with an old friend, and as natural as can be. We shopped and chatted for quite a while, and then enjoyed dinner together at a nearby restaurant. Sadly, just a few short hours after our hello hug, it was time to hug goodbye and head off in our separate ways. It will probably be quite some time before we are face-to-face again, but in the meantime, I will treasure the memories of our afternoon together – our chance, finally, to make it real.

happy halloween sign

Too bad I didn't get this done before Halloween, LOL, but I'll have it for next year! Used Scrapperie's October kit. I cut the house shape using a board book as a template, and then cut scrap chipboard in the same shape to "back" it and make it more sturdy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

the great pumpkin massacre of 2008

I don't usually do pages without journaling, but what is there to say? LOL! The annual pumpkin-carving pictures! I thought the picture of the pile o' pumpkin guts in the foreground with Tyler digging away in the background made a cool focal point.

Everything from Scrapperie's October kit except for the chipboard thickers and the brad. Love that pretty My Little Yellow Bicycle paper, it was just begging me to cut out the swirly-dos!

pumpkin pride

Another from the Scrapperie's October kit, Hocus Pocus! I took the glowy picture just at dusk with a long shutter exposure, and thought it turned out pretty cool. Love the picture of Ryan so proud of his pumpkin (even if I cut the face, LOL!).

Sunday, November 2, 2008

the scariest part

I took these pictures and had this layout in mind last year, but just finally got around to scrapping them with the awesome October kit from Scrapperie! It always makes me a little bit sad that Ryan doesn't get to keep a lot of his candy from trick-or-treating or school parties, because of his nut allergy. Luckily for him, though, our friends the Frachioni family traditionally come over to our house for Halloween, and Maggie and her brothers are always generous about swapping the goodies.

When you have a serious nut allergy, there is an added scary twist to Halloween. It’s simply part of our ritual now.

After we get home from trick-or-treating, Daddy or I have to go through all of the loot and pull out anything that contains nuts, may contain nuts, is made on equipment that processes nuts… or that simply isn’t labeled sufficiently for us to be confident that it is safe for you.

You have grown accustomed to it, but it can’t be fun to see as much as half of your hard-earned candy taken away.

Luckily, Maggie is always happy to make swaps with you – your Snickers for her Starbursts, your M&Ms for her Laffy Taffy, and so on. It’s a win-win for everyone.

I am always so proud of how well you accept this, and that you understand we are only doing what we must to keep you safe.

October 31, 2007

I created a sketch for this page for my sketch challenge over at the Scrapperie's Weird & Wacky Wednesday crop this week!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Wild & Wacky Wednesday Crop at Scrapperie!

Join us tomorrow (October 29) at Scrapperie for a crazy fun mid-week crop! And don't worry if the middle of the week is a bit busy for you - you'll have until Sunday evening to get the challenges done and posted! Here's the info:

Are you tired of the same old, same old every week? How about joining in on a fun little mid-week crop to boost your spirits and perk up your scrapping? Scrapperie is having a Wild & Wacky Wednesday Crop this Wednesday, October 29th from 12:01 am until late into the night! And don't worry about having to have crop projects in right away- they won't be due until 11:59pm on Sunday, November 2nd! This way, you can fully enjoy the games and activities we have scheduled without having to rush to finish all the challenges we have planned! Prizes range anywhere from a Scrapperie gift certificate, to one of many RAKs. You could even win an October kit! So, come relax and enjoy a little mid-week scrappy getaway with the Wild & Wacky Wednesday Crop at Scrapperie- you'll be glad you did!

watching you grow

This is my page for Morag's ANTS Challenge 7, which was to use a supply in a new or different way. I took the "use a supply in a different way" to a macro level, LOL, and used the gorgeous My Mind's Eye Nightlight line for a non-halloween page! I thought the orange and browns in the paper went great with the colors in Ryan's shirt. To tone down the halloween-i-ness of the papers and also pick up the green in the background of the picture, I mixed in one piece from Fancy Pants All Fall. Then, to complete the challenge on a micro level, I used the round tag from the MME die cut sheet, but instead of using it as a tag I adhered it to a Scenic Route chipboard circle and trimmed the center, to customize my journaling block.

You've always been my cute little boy but now you are growing into a handsome young man right before my eyes.

first day 2008

Oh my gosh, this Fancy Pants All Fall collection is BEYOND gorgeous! I love it all! This is for Trish's color challenge for the ANTS contest at Allyscraps.

I used borders from the rub-on sheet on the mats for the two larger photos. I created the circle embellies for "second grade" and "kindergarten" on the computer, and then added the FP rub ons in the centers.

Monday, October 13, 2008

this is just between them

This is my page for my Week 2 Challenge for Allyscraps Next Top Scrapbooker - Sketch Rewind! Here is the challenge with all the details - and the contest goes on all month long, so there is still time to get in on it! I used my most recent sketch from September 26, since it's based on one of Kary's AWESOME pages and I hadn't actually done a page from it myself! I rotated the sketch 90 degrees to the right.

This My Mind's Eye Brilliant might be just about my favorite new paper! Every pattern in the collection is GORGEOUS, and SO perfect for boy pages but could easily be used for girls as well!

When we chose the name Tyler, we didn’t expect him to go by a nickname. He is always simply “Tyler” to us. His teachers and his classmates call him Tyler. His aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends call him Tyler. There is only one exception to the all-Tyler-all-the-time rule. To Ryan, on a fairly regular basis, he is simply: Ty. It is something that came about naturally. It always brings a smile to my face, because I know that it is part of their special connection. It is something unique, and it is just between them.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

pumpkin guts a-plenty

Our Allyscraps Next Top Scrapbooker month-long contest is already in full swing! There's still plenty of time to get in on it, since all challenges are due by October 28.

This is my page for Kary's Bling it On A.N.T.S. challenge! I'm not usually a bling and glitter scrapper, but I really liked how this turned out! Love these double-sided papers in the Cosmo Cricket "Haunted" collection.

I painted the Stickles on the chipboard letters and also on the brads. I LOVE the effect! Here's a close-up:

so blessed

This is my page for our Allyscraps September DT reveal! This month Dana came up with a "recipe challenge" that we all had to follow:

1 or more photos
2 or more different fonts for your title
3 or more patterned papers
4 or more flowers
5 or more buttons

I used this gorgeous Scenic Route Sonoma and was "testing myself" a bit... I tend to always fill up the page, so I made a deliberate effort to leave a bit of white space this time, LOL! I made the buttons from scrap chipboard, using Kary's tutorial from the blog.

…a husband who is completely devoted to our family.
…two sweet, loving boys who bring delight to every day.
…wonderful friends and a happy home.
I am one lucky girl… so very blessed, indeed.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Allyscraps' Next Top Scrapbooker starts tomorrow!

We are getting geared up for a big month-long contest over at Allyscraps! There will be 4 weekly challenges times 2 (yep, that's 8 challenges... 4 biggies, 4 smaller)! Prizes, yep, all month long PLUS one awarded to AllyScraps Newest Top Scrapbooker! AND, some lucky participant may be chosen as AllyScraps newest Design Team member! So come and join us, you can check it all out in the forum!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

engagement card

My brother recently proposed to his girlfriend of five years! (YES, it IS about time! LOL!) I thought this Dream Street Fun & Games was perfect for a cute little congratulatory card.

team spirit

Here's another from Scrapperie's September kit! I thought the Love, Elsie paper with the sports words all over was a great backdrop to Tyler's team picture from t-ball this year! Used lots of ink to just distress the heck out of the papers... LOL!

Mt. Vernon T-Ball 2008
Team Blue

Saturday, September 27, 2008

the year of the coaster

I was really unsure how to scrap these pictures, because I knew I wanted to do them together, but they are from different days/places and the colors didn't really match up very well. The Scrapperie's September kit gave me just the right papers to make it work!

Both of you seemed to turn a corner this year, suddenly ready for some new adventures. First you tried the Li’l Phantom, the kiddieland coaster at Kennywood. It was a big hit, and then you were ready to try Idlewild’s classic coaster, the Rollo Coaster – which quickly became an instant favorite! I wonder what new adventures next year will bring?

I stamped on the blue tickets for a fun little added touch (stamp from Scrappy Cat Designs):

methinks he doth protest too much

I don't scrap girlie/pinks much, but the September kit from Scrapperie was perfect for these playful picture of my oldest and one of our best friends, Maggie!

he said: Hey Maggie – betcha can’t catch me!she said: Hey Ryan – betcha you’re wrong!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Could YOU be Allyscraps' Next Top Scrapbooker?

Check out the month-long October contest that we are having at Allyscraps! Starting October 1st, there will be challenges at least twice per week! Earn points for prizes, but that's not all - one contestant just might find themselves offered a spot on the Design Team! So come on over and check it out!

Monday, September 22, 2008

a quiet moment shared

I LOVE this October Afternoon Hometown from Allyscraps.... what a perfect line! It could be used for SO many things. I thought it was great for this picture of Mark and Ryan checking out the river below the bridge at the amusement park. We are NOT ALLOWED to cross that bridge without stopping for a few minutes to take in the view... LOL!

I did a blog post on the Allyscraps Blog about using stamps to dress up your page and create custom embellishments, like I did on this page.

In the middle of the hustle and bustle of a long and busy day enjoyed at Idlewild, Ryan and Daddy always stop for a quiet moment on the bridge heading into Raccoon Lagoon. Undistracted by the rest of the world, they are caught up in watching the fish and other critters in the river below.
August 1, 2008

Sunday, September 14, 2008

being brothers (is the best thing ever)

This is my first time to work with Graphics 45 papers, and I LOVE them!! Great, heavy weight, double-sided... gorgeous stuff! This is the Playtime Collection. The cute dragonfly is from Maya Road's Bugs & Butterflies collection. I painted the body and covered the wings with paper.

It isn't often that I do a page with no journaling, but I thought the sweet photo and the title sort of said it all. I added some digital effects on the photo for the aged/distressed look.

I also did a sketch for this page for the current Sketch Challenge on the Allyscraps forum! Come check it out - you could win a gift certificate to the store!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

speed racers

I was scared of Glitz for a while, but I love this Glitz Basic line... such fun, bright papers! I knew it would be perfect for some of our amusement park pics from this summer! And I even dug out the embossing powder and heat gun (for the first time in MANY months!) to use with the Kelly Panacci stamp! You can also see the sketch for this page and check out the current sketch challenge in the Allyscraps forum, for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store!

Wow, the cars really zoom around the track on the Auto Race ride at Kennywood! With Tyler driving one car and Ryan driving the other, Daddy and I were in for the rides of our lives! 7.25.08

bee at work

This is definitely a bit of a different topic for a page, LOL! For our August Design Team Reveal at Allyscraps, we did a "summer" theme. I just love these My Mind's Eye Lush Blooms papers, and I happened to catch these interesting bee pictures one morning when Mark and I were sitting on the back porch drinking our coffee.

It's fascinating to sit on the back porch and watch as a busy little bee goes about his business in the flower boxes. What a hard worker!


Here's one more from Scrapperie's August kit! I loved the colors for these pictures of hubby and Tyler at the zoo earlier this year.

You and Ryan each look forward to your turn to spend the day at the zoo with Daddy. First you took the “so you want to be a zookeeper?” class, and then spent the rest of the day enjoying the animals! 2/08

I used the chipboard circle from the Scenic Route package in the kit, covered it with paper and added the letter rub-ons (brown from the kit mixed with white from my stash). Here's a little close up:

Sunday, August 24, 2008

your 1st trophy

One more page from the great August Scrapdango kit! I had withheld this one when I posted my other pages, because I did a sketch for this page to be my sketch challenge for this weekend's online crop on the forum. You can see it here, and there's still lots of time if you want to participate in the crop! Pages for the challenges are not due until midnight NEXT Sunday, August 31!
The last day of your 1st t-ball season – you could not be more proud of the trophy coach Greg gave you! 6.28.08

we be howlin'

Pics from on a great ride at Idlewild - Tyler just discovered it this year, so now both of the boys will go on it with me! (My husband doesn't like any of the rides that require spinning around, LOL!)
It looks like The Howler at Idlewild is going to be a new favorite ride! August ‘08

{not quite} a walk in the park

The August kit from Scrapperie is so bright and fun and works great for lots of different photos/topics! This is my for a scraplift challenge, lifting this page by Beth Price. I loved her heavy tearing/distressing of the paper and her paint treatment (which she did way better than me, LOL!).

The whole school earned a field trip day to South Park, and I got my first experience as a chaperone! Your first grade class was certainly a handful but we all had a great time! 5/08

Sunday, August 17, 2008

face full of joy

Here is my first page from the Scrapperie's August kit! This was also for a "Team Spirit" Scrap-a-lympics challenge on the forum. Since I am on Team White, I had to use white as my main color, and could choose one other accent color, along with using black.

This is one of my favorite pictures of you! The look of complete joy & delight on your face makes me so happy!

salamander hunter

One more from the Scrapperie's July kit. I love how versatile this kit is! You can do so much with it - boy pages, girl pages, whatever!

Journaling:Name: Ryan
Age: 7
Notes: The best part of the cub scout overnight camping trip turned out to be hunting for salamanders in the creek!
Date: April 5, 2008

some cards from Scrapperie's July kit

Sandi's kits at Scrapperie are filled with such great combinations of papers! I really enjoyed putting together a few cards out of the July "Estate Sale" kit.

This was hubby's birthday card this year:

And this was for my stepmom. I gave my exacto knife a workout... LOL! The bird/flowers are hand-cut from the Webster's Pages paper, as is the little butterfly at the top.

A simple little general purpose card from the kit! I used green glimmer mist on the background cardstock, and also on the "hi" letters, after painting them a light green.

And here's a fun little card with some scraps from my table. I punched a hole in the edge of the scalloped circle and threaded the ribbon through it, and a hole in the punched border.

those magical eyes

I hardly ever use bling or glitter, but they worked so well with this page I just had to! I did this page for our Scraplift Chain at Allyscraps - I lifted Trish Harwick's page we're tongue rolling. This is also my page for the August 15 sketch challenge, so be sure to check it out for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store!

Tyler, it's obvious that those eyes of yours hold magical powers! They make my heart melt with just one look!

A couple of close-ups: I stamped on the KP chipboard, then covered with some diamond glaze to add dimension and a bit of sheen.

Had to add a photo to try to capture the sparkle of those pretty glitter thickers:

history right before our eyes

I love this Scenic Route Liberty collection, and it was perfect for my pictures of our recent visit to the US Air Force Museum with my dad! This is part of my Allyscraps work this month.

During our visit in Ohio where we met up with Pa-pa, we took the opportunity to visit the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton. What a great experience!

There were so many planes – from the earliest Wright Brothers’ experiments, right up to modern day marvels and even a space shuttle.

You were able to walk inside a few of the planes, and even each took a turn sitting in the cockpit of an F-4.

What a special treat it was to visit the museum with Grandpa, who not only spent several years of his career in an office that overlooked the museum location, but actually had a hand in negotiating the government contracts for some of the planes that we saw!

I am so grateful to be able to share a piece of the history of our great country with you both at such an awesome museum!

To see each side up close, click here for the left page and here for the right page.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

it's time to share my MMM 2008 entry

Well, the deadline for the Memory Makers Masters 2009 contest has come and gone, and I did not get an entry sent in this year. I had intended to, but life just got in the way. And I'm ok with that - maybe I'll start earlier, next year.

I have never posted my pages from the MMM 2008 contest, keeping them under wraps just in case I got one picked up for publication. Not looking likely at this point, LOL, so I figured it was time to share them! I look at these now and can really see how my scrapbooking style has grown and evolved over the past year; yet, these are still some of my favorite pages. I put a lot into them.

And so, without further ado....

your gentle spirit

This was one of my first tries at using a hybrid technique - adding part of the titled directly to the focal point photo. I was never completely happy with the overall page design of this one, but the pictures of Tyler "babying" his little stuffed Tigger are so cute and I really liked the simplicity in the journaling.

Journaling:“What ‘cha doing with Tigger, honey?”
“Dis isn’t Tigger, dis is a baby.”
“Oh, is that your baby?”
“Yeah. He’s tirwed. I’m wapping him in his blanket.”
“What are you doing with the bowling pin?”
“Dat’s not a bowling pin, dat’s his bottle.”
“Oh, I see. Are you feeding him his bottle?”
“Yeah. Den he’s gonna take his nap. Cute little baby.”

Tyler 2.26.07

the rollover

I figured it would be good to include an "about me" page, and since I had recently celebrated my 40th birthday, it seemed like a good topic choice. The journaling is hidden under the flap.

The Rollover. It was inevitable, I suppose. (Or at least, better than the alternative.) Am I supposed to feel different? I am no longer a thirty-something. When I fill out those forms that include a checkbox for “age range”, I’ll probably be bumped into the next highest category. I saw my first couple of gray hairs this past year. Well, at first it was just a couple, and then they seemed to bring friends to play. The “laugh lines” on my face are not all that funny to me.

But then I look at where I really am right now, and know that this is truly the best time of my life. I have two wonderful sons who are growing up much too quickly but make me so proud to be called “Mommy”. I have a husband who loves me and our children and God. I have been blessed with the opportunity to do something I love – teach. I get to scrap, my #1 love outside of my family and my faith.

So I refuse to get down about my age, and instead will delight in each day and cherish every precious moment that God has given me. The forties are not looking so bad, after all.

this is steel city

I took these great pictures of Pittsburgh when we went out to a family dinner on Mount Washington, and them merged them together to form the panoramic photo. I incorporated metallic-themed embellishments.

Pittsburgh. Steel City. Da Burgh. No matter how you say it, it means this town, this unique place that has a character and charm, a city with a personality unlike anyplace else.

So here I am, having been born and raised in Ohio. A buckeye by birth, transplanted here fourteen years ago and now with firmly planted roots. My husband is a native Pittsburgher. My children are native Pittsburghers. And I appear to be here to stay.

You won’t hear me talking about going “dahntahn”. I will say “you” instead of “yinz”. And someone slap me if I start ending my sentences with “an’at”. Still, the city has rubbed off on me, and even though I have my share of complaints, I have to admit that – all in all – it’s a pretty great place to live. And now, this is my city. This is my home.

(In bookplate at lower left: Mt. Washingon Overlook 9-9-06)

built-in best friend

This is one of my all-time favorite pages. I love the simpliciy of the design, love how the circular journaling block with the quote turned out, and the picture is positively perfect - a happy accident when I was taking some test shots with a new camera lens.

OK. So it isn’t always like this. The two of you have your share of brotherly bickering. But then, when you don’t know I’m there, I overhear… “I love you Ryan.” “I love you too, Tyler.” These are the moments I cherish. You are both so blessed to have each other.

Quote on circle embellishment reads: Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero. Marc Brown

a mom of 2 boys

And here it is, the original layout for the assigned theme, "I wish". For those of you who may not know how the MMM contest works, you have to send in color photocopies of four pages, and one original page based on the assigned "theme". That original page will never be returned, unless the magazine decides to publish it. This was my original page, so I will never have this back. It is always sad to send off a page that you have put so much heart and soul into, knowing that you may never see it again, but I try to just look at it as the "entry fee".

I really wanted the pictures to reflect the day-to-day life of being a mom to two young boys. I think this is the only pages I've ever done where the picture of my subjects intentionally doesn't include their heads, LOL! I figured that would be looked at as either very avant-garde, or really stupid! But, showing their dirty and somewhat skinned-up knees conveyed exactly what I was going for.

I used to wish that someday I would have a daughter. That was before God blessed us with our two boys.

I don’t shop for pink frilly dresses, or barrettes and hair bows, or dolls and dollhouses. I spend summer evenings at little league games instead of dance recitals. I can’t tell you the difference between a Pinkie Pie My Little Pony and a Strawberry Shortcake Honey Pie Pony.

But, I do know the difference between Imaginext’s Whip The Parasaurolophus and Ripper the Spinosaurus. I can tell you that Thomas the Tank Engine is blue, Percy is green and James is red. I’ve become an expert in patching up skinned and bruised knees, building elaborate train tracks and, naturally, all imaginable jokes related to bodily functions and gaseous emissions.

I no longer long for that daughter that I was once so sure I would someday have. Instead, I treasure the time I have wrestling and chasing and climbing and digging and catching worms and ants and spiders (yes, even spiders). Little did I know when my childhood fantasies went unfulfilled, that I would find unexpected fulfillment where I had never thought to look. For now, I have found that I am completely happy, completely satisfied, completely… complete, simply being a mom of 2 boys.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

amazing view

I thought the pretty blues/greens and pop of red in these papers from Scrapperie's July kit went great with these pictures of the awesome view from a parking lot near Laurel Caverns (here in southwestern PA). The title lettering and chipboard embellies are added from my stash. I added a bit of paint to the edges of the sheer letters to make them stand out better... love the effect!

What a breathtaking view from atop the Laurel Mountain! We stopped to enjoy it for a bit before heading into Laurel Caverns for the tour.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

my angel in the outfield

Well, this is my last Scrapdango kit as a design team member there. While I'm excited about some new opportunities, I will definitely miss it. It has been a great experience to work with Carrie and her fabulous kits, and the August kit featuring My Little Yellow Bicycle's "Zach's Life" line may just be my favorite kit yet! It was perfect for showing off these pics of Tyler, mostly goofing off in the outfield of his t-ball game! This is my favorite 2-pager that I've done in a long time. You can also check out my sketch for this page in the Scrapdango sketch gallery!

I guess when you’re four years old, and it’s your first season of t-ball, and you’re playing right field, there are a lot of things that seem more interesting than paying attention to the game.

Like your glove. Or your hat. Or the inside of your hat. Or how many different ways you can think of to wear you hat.

And of course… dirt. Dirt is always more interesting than just about anything taking place anywhere around you!

But when it counted, you put all of those other things aside, scooped up the ball, and after a bit of contemplation, threw it in the general direction of first base. Good job, Tyler! You just might be destined for the major leagues, yet!