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My sister waited a long time to have children.  When she finally had a child, she was ready to devote herself to that child.


I found this photo tonight and was immediately struck by the love shown.  This was taken about a year after Kristie was born, when she and Kitty came to visit us in Ohio.  I remember that visit because Kitty was so happy.

I created this page using a Template from Digital Designers.  I wasn’t fond of the color, so I blended another paper on top of the original to give it a yellow tint to match the color in Kristie’s clothing.  I thought it would bring the green and blue of the template together.


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As you know, I signed up for A Year of ArtPlay from Anna Aspnes.  There is a closed FaceBook group where we can display our layouts and receive ideas, critiques and just fun responses.  Anna is always there and chimes in with her opinions and suggestions.


16640591_10155089712350086_6603613047176655869_nThis layout is my last for our first lesson.  The photo came from June, 2010, when James and I took a drive through Northern Ohio.  It really is a beautiful state!  James has a thing for barns and bridges, so we stopped a lot to take photos.  I’m going to have to have to take the boys and drive through Northern Florida sometime.


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Being Me

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ve been crazy busy at work.  I know I’m tired when I get home, sit down to create and end up just staring at the screen.  Also, I’m a bit behind on taking photos.

be-youThis photo of me was taken while I was at a Board meeting in Ft. Lauderdale a couple of weeks ago.  I loved it the moment I saw it.  He really captured me at that moment.  I tried several different “looks” for the layout (artsy, traditional) and finally settled on Anna Aspnes blended look.  Oscraps was running a color challenge and I decided to use this photo for it.  I think it came out beautifully!

Anna Aspnes Artsy Template No. 203
Paper: ArtPlay SunFun SolidPaper and ArtPlayPalette Joyful SolidPaper Blended
ArtPlayPalette Simplicity Word Transfers
Repeat Word ART Mix
ArtPlayPalette Vitality FotoGlow
ArtPlayPalette Joyful Splatter
WordArt: NBK BePink
Assorted NBK Styles


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My Little Ray of Sunshine


I have been thinking a lot about my boys when they were younger.  I guess all mothers do this, and I expect that’s why grandchildren are so loved.  But, I came across some photos that I took when we went to visit my father back in 2007.  We had such a good time!  The boys love the water and they had a lot of fun playing.  I especially love this photo of Stephen – that little smile.  Hard to think of him as a little one without a smile coming to my face.  Enjoy!

Journaling: Before the boys and I moved to Florida, we used to go down to visit my father, who still lived in the house in which I grew up.  A visit to Grandpa meant beach, boat and motorcycle!
I have always loved the sunshine, the beach, boating – anything to do with water.  And my boys certainly take after me in that regard.  Stephen, who in this photo was 7 years old, LOVES the water.  The sand -well, he can take it or leave it.  But the water is another matter.  He would charge into the water, chasing the waves and pretending they were enemies of the realm and he was there to defend us and save the world.
Those were good times.
Stephen has always been my smiler.  From the moment he wakes up, until the moment he falls asleep, he is smiling.
He will always be my little ray of sunshine.
Ft. Myers Beach – July 21, 2007

Anna Aspnes Beach Template Album No. 1a
Ann Aspnes Sun Fun ArtPalatte

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Me & My Sister


Several of the scrapbook sites I frequent have weekly designer challenges. This week, Anna Aspnes had her usual AnnaLift challenge and this is the layout that I was inspired to create.  I’ve been thinking a lot about my sister, probably because she just spent a week here and I really loved having her around.  We are different, but we love each other very much.

I used a lot of blending and styles in this layout.  I’ve been experimenting a lot with styles and blending and the more I play, the better I’m getting.  I hope you enjoy!

Paper: Anna Aspnes ArtPlay Metro Graffiti
Anna Aspnes Artsy Layered Template No. 22
NBK Designs BeMerryBeBright Styles, ArtANDJournal PaintStyles