Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Oh Such a Perfect Day

What we are or how we feel largely depends on the people who support us. At work when customers ask if I run the cafeteria, I always reply, "we all do", it takes us all. My happiness, my creativity, largely comes from my family and Bob. I love my time off with him when I get recharged. This was one of those days. The song is on the new Susan Boyle CD, "the Gift".

Digital Elements (Cottage Arts Scrap Edges 8) (Paislee Press Vintage Tags)

Perfect Day Lyrics

When I saw these steps in White Park, I asked Bob to take my picture on them. I envisioned adding my journaling to the steps in the photo. The lyrics to the song fit perfectly. Bob took the photo with a long lens to compress the image even more. I used a white font so the words would be easier to see on the wooden step.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Our boys had memorable teachers and for that I am thankful. Greg's first grade teacher, Mrs. Gren, became a WV Teacher of the Year. I am so thankful for our sons' successes. Photos 1993

I'm thankful for my family, my home, my livelihood and my memories. . . which comfort, fulfill and inspire me. Journaling 2010

Digital Elements (Little Dreamer Designs Jackie Estes "Walkabout Journalers")

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

That's My Boy

Chris took two girls to the Homecoming Dance this year. Jess and Sarah are both MHS graduates, now WVU students and two of his best friends. They dined, danced and hung out, having lots of fun and making lasting memories. 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Little Angels

"Christmas 1961 was the year my dad got his new Kodak Brownie 'Star Flash' camera. This was his first 'modern' camera and he put it into action early so he could get some action shots on Christmas morning. These two photos show my brother David and I garbed in our matching red sweaters and bow ties. The tree was placed in our dining room. My mom became the photographer for the second shot, which includes my dad and his aunt, Della Given, who lived in St. Albans for many years. My dad's camera took size 127 film and made 12 shots on a roll. As tight as he was about taking pictures, the roll from Christmas 1961 probably also has shots from summer vacation 1962." Journaling by Bob

Digital Elements (Michelle Coleman "Twilight in My Garden") (Cottage Arts Scrap Edges 9)

The Bo Bunny paper came in a packet with Scrapbook Magazine.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Breezing thru Boston

Boston was the site of the 2010 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. The afternoon I arrived, I headed to town to walk the Freedom Trail. The "trail" is marked with bricks that lead first time visitors like me through history. I viewed Paul Revere's House and the Old North Church where the lanterns ("Two if by Sea") heralded the beginning of the American revolutionary war. My favorite spots were the colonial burying grounds. After 2 1/2 hours into my adventure, realizing I would not be able to turn around and get to my hotel before dark, I got a little anxious. I hurriedly followed other tourists to a water shuttle which took me back through the Inner Harbor to the Wharf just a short walk from my hotel. That was the highlight of my tour. I'm shown here the next day at the "raisin breakfast" ready to begin a full day of educational sessions. November

Digital frame (Little Dreamer Designs Michelle Coleman "Hoopla")

Monday, November 15, 2010

Scrap Yourself-the Letter "B" (Boston 'Beauty')

This is my first assignment for the design team challenge "Scrap Yourself A-Z".

When team leader Chalese asked me to do the letter "B" I was in Boston. . . so I knew I could do something centered around my time there. Here's my layout:

"Queen for a day, fairy tale princess, homecoming court. What little girl doesn't dream of these? Waking up, I don't think I could have handled the spotlight. . . but in Boston, attending the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, I became Queen at the pistachio exhibit. Adorned with my sash, holding my scepter and sitting on the throne, I loved every minute of it. 2010"

Sounds like another theme in the making...scrap places you've been A-Z!

Digital frame (Two Peas in a Bucket Sande Krieger "French Laundry Fall Photo Edges")

The rest of the alphabet posts will follow on the Scrap Yourself website.

Take Your Camera

Bob kidded "you might want to take your camera" when he took us on a ride to Gerards Fort, Pa., on a fall Saturday. We viewed men pheasant hunting, a covered bridge, and a wildlife refuge area. Another pretty area just a short drive from home.

October 2010

Made with items given to me by my friend Kate.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dear One, Deer Two

Just 3 miles from home is White Park, where we walked farther than we drove. Arriving home, the deer in our yard were unafraid. Just to prove, there's no place like home. October 2010

I won the entire Fall Collection of digital kits from the talented digi artist Michelle Coleman. So as I sit on the couch watching WVU (win!) a football game, I prepared this layout.

Digital Elements (Little Dreamer Designs, Michelle Coleman: "I Heart Coffee" "Almost Autumn") (Two Peas in a Bucket, Stacy Marks: "August Borders") (Two Peas in a Bucket, Laina Lamb "Lace Borderlines")

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Scrapbook from 1964

Next week I join my friend Alia and 8 other artists on the Scrap-yourself design team. This is my bio photo shown holding scrapbooks I've made over the decades. The book I'm holding was made summer of 1964. A very wise teacher assigned us that project to do about our summer activities. I have journaling of scout camps, drawings of badges, collections of butterflies, horse show programs and a collection of paper napkins we'd stamped using carved potatoes dipped in paint! (I'll have to remake that one!) Best yet......I used my own handwriting! The book has a 29 cent price tag on the front. I think it's priceless!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Same Twinkle

I store some seasonal clothes in an old Samsonite suitcase in our closet. When I was pulling out some warmer clothes last weekend, I pulled out this keepsake sweater I wore in 1973 when Bob and I first met as young college students. The sweater is embellished with sparkly majorettes and he called me "Twinkle" when I wore it. Here are the pictures of me taken 36 years apart in that same sweater.

"After 36 years, I like that I can still fit in the same shirt and that you still bring out that same twinkle in my eyes.
1974 & 2010. Same Shirt, Same Smile, Same Sentiment"

The 1974 photo was in Bob's old portfolio and titled "Girl at Rock Concert". It was taken at a Doobie Brothers Concert at the WVU Coliseum.

Digital Frames (Basic Grey) (Cottage Arts) Journaling Block (Basic Grey)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Little City Ferry

For the trip back from Ripley we followed the Ohio River on beautiful West Virginia country roads. The colorful trees we could only see from many yards away on the Interstate were now over top us. In the small city of Sistersville, we were intriqued at the sign directing us to the Ferry. Seems the townfolk would have to travel 20 miles to and from the nearest bridge. We were thrilled when told we could hop on. What a treat, only 2 hours from home.


Digital Element (Rhonna Farrer "Sassy" journaling block)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Design Team Member

I am proud to announce that I have been asked to join a team of 10 international scrapbook artists on the Scrap Yourself Design Team.

The team members include:
Alia Mohammed

Chalese Knight (leader)









More to follow. . .