I am married to Bob Gay, a retired photojournalist. We have 2 sons, Greg & Chris. Greg's lovely wife is Michelle. I am a Registered Dietitian, retired from my job in healthcare where I created the Healthy Cafe. I love to scrapbook and create healthy meals.
Scrapbook Etc. Better Homes & Gardens January 2009
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Summer 2011. I painted and made a few fun changes to my room.
I bought this revolving display rack at a LSS "yard sale" and Bob painted it black for me. Pretty cool, huh?
Closet for Scrapbooks
I wanted to share the renovations done to the closet in my scraproom. I had shelves installed 15 inches apart to store my scrapbooks. The closet is nearly light tight. I'm happy being able to protect my work and being able to find something.
When Greg's flight home was cancelled because of snow, he took a train. When Michelle's friend Allyson couldn't drive her to Morgantown, Michelle rented a car. They were delighted to be reunited and our Christmas was complete having all our kids home. 2012
The ribbon idea was inspired from a card published in Scrapbook Trends.
There was just enough snow on Sunday to make for pretty scenic pictures. Bob took the last of his "Days of Choice" and took this day off. We drove to nearby Fairmont, West Virginia to the Pricketts Fort State Park.
Prickett's Fort was constructed in 1774 and the Job Prickett House in 1859. Colonel Jackquill Morgan, the first West Virginia settler and Morgantown founder, is buried here.
This design is based on Jill Cornell's "Twas the Night Before Christmas" published in the December issue of Creating Keepsakes. I made the background layout yesterday before I went to work!
Every Christmas Eve, we string and hang our cards from our great room ceiling. The strung cards on my layout are scans of some of the cards. We also go to the Post (where Bob works) and pick up the Christmas edition of the paper. They have an early press run on Christmas Eve so that the staff can go home to their families. As you can see by these photos......even we can take bad ones!
I hope everyone is enjoying the gift of family. Thank you for the gifts of creativity and friendship.
Starting our drive to Maryland, Dad's 91 year old cousin Bernice said "I'm going home!". My 90 year old Dad, with macro-degeneration, and my 87 year old Mom, with severe arthritis, made a great breakfast, enjoying the gifts of family.
For the background, I added a digital texture (from the Basic Grey "Dasher" collection) to a piece of off white cardstock. I added my pictures, strips and scraps of papers, alphas, the picture "hangers" and journaling tags to complete the layout. I love hybrid scrapping!
I hope everyone is relaxing a little on this weekend before Christmas Eve. It was windy and snowy yesterday (the first day of winter) here in West Virginia, and a great day to feed the birds.
The Olde Tyme Christmas in Harper's Ferry is so much fun. This year's Santa did not have as good a beard as Bob's!
To make my banner, I typed "Welcome Santa" using a block font, then printed and cut around the words. I ran those through my Xyron sticker maker and attached to the canvas trim. I "hung" it like the actual banner which was strung across the street in Harper's Ferry.
I purchased 3 cards of the black poinsettia buttons for $2.00 at an antique shop last summer. Hope everyone has time to relax in this holiday season!
The weathered ruins are all that remain of St. John's Episcopal Church--one of Harpers Ferry's 5 earliest churches. Built in 1852, St. John's served as a hospital and barracks during the Civil War and suffered considerable damage. December, 2012
I used several techniques on this layout to add texture: I sprayed the circle chipboard with glimmermist, then added sea salt. (After drying I removed the large chunks of salt). I colored the texture paste with acrylic paint prior to icing it across the tree and fence masks. Finally, I added a piece of adhesive dry wall mesh to the bottom of the layout.
Can you believe the blue sky we had Saturday? Here's wishing you the same!
My Mother received this certificate when she was 13 1/2 for completing the advanced course in the Palmer Method of Business Writing. The Palmer Method of penmanship, popular in the early 20th century, involved muscle motion, speed and plainness. As you can see, there was nothing plain about Mom! February 23, 1939.
The handwriting at the top of the page is from the Palmer Instruction material which I found on the internet. The practice sentences said: "It is not so much the amount of practice, as the kind of practice that counts. It is the constant effort to acquire precision that leads to success in writing."
The certificate is an actual photograph of the one Mom received. The original is big and has pretty pink and blue ribbon attached to the seal.
It didn't have to be Christmas for our younger son, Chris, to have fun
with his friends. When this picture was taken at the start of the
holiday season 2010, he called it "festive." The photo was taken with a cell
phone camera and was not very sharp. The kids both wore red shirts. To
enhance it, I edited it in Photoshop by duplicating a layer in black and
white, then erasing the shirts to reveal the reds. I will demonstrate using a recent photo of my Mom (donning a Christmas sweatshirt!):
Open the photo, then duplicate it in a second layer.
Convert the second layer to grayscale. To do this click on "Image," "Mode," then "Grayscale."
Select the eraser tool.
Make the brush diameter bigger at first to erase the center of the shirt,
then smaller for the edges of the shirt.
Erase the shirts to reveal the red color:
This is the final image:
This "Digital corner" is published in the December issue of Scrapbooking.com.
The day was beautiful and the enclosed Nativity scene the same as Bob and I photographed different characters from different angles. I was looking for the right title and quote for my layout when my blogging friend Amy posted this quote on her site:
"Rise, happy morn, rise, holy morn,
Draw forth the cheerful day from night:
O Father, touch the East and light the light
That shone when Hope was born."
~Alfred Lord Tennyson
Photo from Oglebay Park 2012. I used the back of a beautiful die cut paper as a mask for my background. (I can still use the paper on another layout.....)
Over the years I've had my picture taken with the Bush Beans dog and a California Raisin. I've donned the milk mustache and sat on the throne as the Pistachio Nut Queen. This year I guess you could call me a ham when I posed for the "cover" of the Academy's Food and Nutrition publication. I chose the grain prop as I really am a whole grains star. I'm fortunate when I'm able to attend the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. 2012
My layout has some ephemera from the expo. Note the egg carton brochure cover and the pear CD cover which I kept thinking I might be able to use them someday!
Michelle's sister Christina's toast at the wedding reception: "Michelle taught me the meaning of loyalty. She's very quiet, but she's always there for you." May 2012
This layout is modeled after Lisa Dickinson's "Have Faith" layout in this month's Scrapbook Trends.
Yesterday was Greg & Michelle's 10th anniversary as a couple. Their first date was 10 years ago when they went to see the second Harry Potter movie. They celebrated with a dinner out and drinks in the "tallest bar in Minneapolis". They have made us very happy!
"There's always something to be thankful for" is a quote I saw on another scrapper's layout. Here's my list this Thanksgiving 2012:
1) Good kids. 2) Devoted husband. 3) Loving parents. 4) Sweet kitty. 5) Comfortable home. 6) My health. 7) Bills are paid. 8) Meals on wheels (for Mom & Dad) 9) Fun times with Bob.
Of course there's so much more. My siblings who take care of my parents, my lifelong friends, being able to create.........the list goes on.
This is a paper I purchased at Mom's Memories scrapbook store in Wheeling, WV on Wednesday. I also got the beach (grass) stencil there. Today is "Small Business Saturday", and I'd like to acknowledge this store that also has a branch in Washington Pa. I posted pictures last year on Small Business Saturday from the Wheeling store.
The "left arm" picture was taken last Saturday on the Caperton Rail Trail here in Morgantown. I'm thankful I live in a great place too!
For Thanksgiving this year Chris, Bob and I went to West Virginia's Oglebay Park "Festival of Lights", one of the largest light displays in the country. The weather was gorgeous and the music festive. We had a great time.
The local scrapbook store in Wheeling, Mom's Memories, is on the National Highway just a few miles from the hotel. These are the papers I purchased there, from the Authentique line. The Vintage buttons were another great find:
When we arrived home we filled the bird feeders and enjoyed our winter birds in the pretty sunlight. We do not feed in the summertime, and the chickadees and titmice started telling us it was time back in September.
Bob took this terrific picture of the titmouse hopping in mid air and also got pictures of the birds in the bird bath. His page ran in the Post a few weeks ago:
Notice I got a few Christmas lights up today and am officially in the holiday spirit. Hope your day was a happy one too!
The pictures were taken in mid September at Deep Creek Lake on my way back home from a friend's Dad's funeral. The quote was posted yesterday on Facebook by another high school friend. It is by John Eldridge:
"We need what Beauty speaks. What it says is hard to put into words. But part of its message is, all is well. All will be well."
My friends at work who see my scrapbooks say I must not do any housecleaning. But every Saturday morning I clean my house. After that Bob and I go out to lunch and do something we enjoy on our only day off together. Today we walked the rail trail:
We watched our Netflix DVD early today (WVU football on now!). While the "Most Exotic Marigold Hotel" was playing, I cut out my alphas and arranged the background for my layout. After the movie, while the fresh green beans were cooking for dinner, I printed my photos, painted the cardboard and adhered the elements. A full fun day.. . . and I have more photos for another layout! As John Eldridge said, "All is well".
On the last day of Greg and Michelle's Istanbul honeymoon, they visited the Spice Bazaar. The bazaar is the center for spice trade in Istanbul and also houses other shops. It's main entrance faces the Yeni Mosque.
Greg's pictures showed beautiful tile art:
My west coast friend Shawn sent me a package of lovely homemade tags, cards and scrapping materials. The tea canister stamps on my layout were on the envelope. Shawn (Mycupoftea) loved Greg's tea pictures from this day's adventure:
On Day 5 of their honeymoon Greg and Michelle toured the Topkapi Palace, the primary residence of the sultans for 400 years. The Topkapi is an ensemble of palaces, courtyards, chambers and collections, with a panoramic view of Istanbul. May 2012
The mosaic tiles on my layout represent beautiful tile work on some palace interiors.
I added the stamp and postmark digitally. They say: "Hold my hand".
I got tickled when reading Greg's caption with this photo from the Topkapi. "Now there's a couch I could read a book on":
I can't wait till they are home at New Year's and he can lay on our couch!
My favorite veteran is my Dad, pictured here as a young Marine in the early 1940s and (center) today. For Dad's 90th birthday earlier in the year, I asked a few of his favorite race car drivers and a few other prominent people to send him cards. One of those who sent cards was Hershel Woody Williams, West Virginia's only living Medal of Honor Winner. My Dad was in the 5th Marine Division, wounded at Iwo Jima and a Purple Heart recipient. Woody was in the 3rd Marine Division and received his Medal of Honor for his heroic service at Iwo Jima. In his card to Dad he wrote: "Life is God's gift to us. What we do with it is our gift to him. You have done well."
Woody Williams also sent me a card, saying "Thank you for giving me the chance to send the card. it was my pleasure to honor a Marine". I think Woody is my 2nd favorite Veteran!