Wednesday, March 30, 2011


When Greg posted this photo on Flickr, it reminded me of the poem for parents about hand prints. Something about the hand prints getting higher and higher and then disappearing. I won't dwell on the fleeting moments of childhood as Greg continues to share his photos, his thoughts and opinions. That makes me happy. Photo taken at the Minnesota Zoo. March 2011

I made the word block--very easy to do in photoshop by choosing the black background color, choosing white type and adjusting the font size to fit the image size.

Digital Journaling Block (Echo Park Jessica Sprague)

Monday, March 28, 2011


My birthday is just three weeks after Valentine's Day and Bob gave me flowers on both occasions. He was pleased the roses lasted for two weeks. I am pleased, the photos will last even longer.


Digital Elements (2 Peas in a Bucket Holly Brooke Jones "Romantic Love Frames")

Inspired by my friends Natasha and Cheryl, I thought I'd try my hand at lacing!

Saturday, March 26, 2011


For several years after we built the house we got rooted evergreen trees for Christmas until we ran out of space. These trees have grown and provide cover and sap for the birds. The pine branches are especially pretty in the snow. Photo of boys 1996.

Digital Element (2 Peas in a Bucket "Feed the Birds" Paper Flakes")

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Right Chemistry

They've been a couple for eight years but work and studies sometimes had them in different places. Seven months after his joining her in Minneapolis, Greg and Michelle are engaged! We are thrilled.

The photo in this layout was made Christmas of 2006. Greg still had his long hair and Michelle wears the Lord of the Rings necklace he gave her.

I'm unsure if they had the same chemistry class, but they had the same teacher and together they make the right chemistry. Bob says they're both over achievers, yet laid back. They know how to relax with travel, gaming, music, reading and each other.


Sunday, March 20, 2011


In the year 1770, Patrick Mullan, who was born and lived in the City of Armagh, Province of Ulster, Ireland, left his native land and came to Maryland. He was my Great Great Great Grandfather. Mary E. Parcell Given was born in 1855 in Ireland and came to America, settling in West Virginia. She was Bob's Great Grandmother. These portraits are the oldest I have in these family lines. (Pictured left: James A. Mullan (1868-1954) (Pictured right: Biddie Given Gay (1881-1944) Scenic photo made by Greg on his trip to Ireland.

The title of the layout is an Irish Lullaby my mother sang to me and my siblings. "Just a simple little ditty, in her good ould Irish way. . . oft in dreams I wander to that cot again."

Digital frames (Cottage Arts "Lorri Barnhurst Soft & Sweet" "Main Street")

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Uncle Dick

My Uncle Dick is being honored this weekend at a surprise 80th birthday party given by his daughters. I've been recently connected with these cousins via Facebook and was thrilled when they posted this picture of him with his mother.

Uncle Dick is my Dad's younger brother. Their mother, Mae Kathryn Whetzel Reeves, died shortly after this photo was taken. She was only 34 years old and I'd only seen one photo of her prior to this one.

This page is an 8 X 8 inch layout I'll give to him Saturday. It will be great to see the family, many of whom I haven't seen since they were little girls.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011


One of my staff members sheepishly told me that someone had nicknamed me "Gecko". Could it have been because I wore green shoes and lots of clothing in this my favorite color? My purse, my wallet, my car are all green. I love any green vegetable. So I didn't take offense. Like in the song Vegetable Car, "the one thing my heart requires is that you admire me!"


Digital Elements (Cottage Arts Embroidery Pack 2 "Stitches") (Journal Paper (K Lewis "2benoteworthy")

Monday, March 14, 2011

Pi Day (3.14)

When I posted the Square Root Day layout on, I received a comment from "papermouse" asking if I was going to make a Pi Day layout. When she told me what it was, and I did a little more research I was challenged. The group on Kitchen Keepsakes took this on as a group challenge.

"Pi Day is a holiday that commemorates the mathematical constant pi. It is celebrated in March since 3, 1 and 4 are the three most significant digits of pi in decimal form. There are many ways to celebrate Pi Day. Some of them include eating pie (pi and pie being homophones).

In 2015, Pi Day will reflect five digits of pi (3.1415) as 3/14/15 in month/day/year date format!"

My layout features my favorite Pizza "Pie", Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, Tomato on Whole Wheat Crust.

Pi Day Detail

I received this packing sheet in the mail in a small package. I sponged acrylic paints onto the bubble parts, then stamped the paint onto my plain background paper. More fun than finger painting and I avoided the mess!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Measuring Up at 58 (Cosmo Cricket)

"58 years old; married 35 years; getting the youngest ready for college; 108 pounds; eats only healthy foods; walks, walks, walks; 0 days of work missed; blood pressure goes up and down (a result of my occupation . . . or is it too much caffeine?); I don't get enough sleep; I scrap during most (all) of my free time (I do clean house once a week and I make dinner and do dishes most days of the week); age spots (too much sun in my younger days); wrinkles (wish I could say they were from smiles); wish I could say I was gracious."

This layout was made for a Cosmo Cricket/Scrapbook Trends challenge.

Digital Frames (Cottage Arts Personal Frames 8)

March 8, 2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Fab 5

They call themselves "family"-Chris and four Morgantown friends who get together every weekend at Greg's house. Here they are ready to enjoy a home made dinner by candle light. Soon Chris, Greg and Brian will move into their first apartment.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mirror: Reflection of Love

I was the lucky recipient of a Tara Orr giveaway. This layout features some of those papers, flower, gathered satin and a signature Tara doily. I added many layers in hopes of designing a page "Tara" style.

The little squares across the top are actual mirrors.

Mirror: Reflection of Love (Detail)

Once a month I travel to Maryland to visit my Mom and Dad, when they make a pancake breakfast for my sister and I. After breakfast we take a short walk. These photos were taken in November. The gazebo reflection photo was made on the trip over when I stopped near a Deep Creek Lake Bed and Breakfast to take the beautiful shot. The photo of my Mom and Dad was made on the railroad tracks behind our house.

My Mom and Dad are not mirror images of each other yet they so reflect the meaning of true love. They were married in 1946, nearly 65 years ago.