Friday, August 28, 2009

You Are Back

This is a very special layout for documents a great accomplishment for my oldest son. Jacob was in a major automobile accident back in late December 2008. He broke his right femur clean through and had to undergo surgery to implant a rod inside the femur. Much to our delight, recovery went faster and better than expected and this layout tells the story of how far he has come.
Here are a few close up photos...

I used this weeks sketch @ 52 Sketches 52 Weeks to help create my layout. They have a tremendous sponsor this week as well - Noel Mignon.

Morning kisses are what make my life so sweet

Here's hoping your day is filled with kisses!
God Bless and Happy Creating.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Guilty Pleasure

Is it really true - August is almost gone?! Where has the summer gone? I just happened to catch on the news tonight that the sun now sets @ 8:01 p.m. EST - sniff, sniff! I'm already missing those looonnnnggg summer nights. Well, to help my family out with the 'end of summer sadness', my hubby and I took the kids out to Sonic for dinner. 'Sonic' home of the absolute best slushies ever!

• Me - Lemon-Berry Fruit Slushie
• Hubby - Strawberry-Banana Smoothie
• Ethan - Orange Cream Slushie
• Matthew - Blue Power Aide Slushie

Nothing brings a smile to my family's faces (or a nasty freeze to their brains) faster than a delicious Sonic Slushie!
Get out there and enjoy what's left of your summer!
God Bless.

Friday, August 21, 2009

End of Summer GIVEAWAY

Okay I know summer is not 'officially' ending, but sadly it is drawing to a close. My kids have only 2 weeks now before that school bell starts ringing and Labor Day is just a distant memory. Well, instead of feeling sad about summers end, I thought I'd celebrate it with a
Take a look at this...

It's loaded with major brand name products.
Names like:
• Making Memories
• We R Memory Keepers
• Prima
• Maya Road
• Jenni Bowlin
• American Craft
Plus, some extras not even pictured! All you need to do is leave a comment. THAT'S IT! Now if you want to link this post to your blog, website, Facebook or message board - FANTASTIC and THANK YOU, but it is not necessary to win. Comments will be excepted now through August 30th. I will pick a name from those who commented on Sept. 1st and post the winner here.
US addresses only
Thanks in advance to all of you and Happy Creating!

Exclusive PageMap Sketch @ Let's Scrap

Hey gals! Just a heads up if you are scrapping away this week......

Becky at Page Maps is allowing Let's Scrap to feature one of her sketches for the month of September! We will draw one winner on October 1st for a HUGE RAK of Scarlet Lime "Rock & Roll Project Kit" Click here to view goodies!! You may do one or both sides to this sketch. Please upload it to the album PAGEMAPS in the gallery .....have fun!
Here is a layout I just completed using the 'page 1' of Becky's sketch:
"My Precious Boy"

Because I had a long story to tell about this photo, I used hidden journaling. I also sprinkled white paint on the background cardstock by using an old toothbrush. I loaded the brush with paint and gently rolled by thumb over the bristles therefore giving the background a soft white "snowy" feel.

Close Ups...

I can't wait to see what you come up with.
God Bless and Happy Creating!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Family, Friend, Sister

The moment I saw this weeks sketch at 'The Scrappiest', I knew it had this photo of my sister, Kelly, and I written all over it. Plus, I rarely get to scrap anything girly so this was an added bonus. Wahoo.
"Family, Friend, Sister"

• I used mulberry paper to cover the flower petals
• I splattered light & dark blue paint on the white background cardstock for added character

Here is a look at Sketch 26 if you are interested in giving it a whirl as well.

God Bless & Happy Creating!

Monday, August 17, 2009

I Am Blessed

I'd like to start off by saying, "I am truly blessed". Don't you just love those moments - or weekends - in your life that help to put it all into perspective. Well, this past weekend was filled with life's special moments. First, we celebrated my baby's 9th birthday - and let me tell you - when your baby turns 9, you reflect =) Where did the days, weeks, months and years go?

Then on Sunday my band, 'Frontline' was invited to lead worship @ New Highland Baptist Church. And can I just say, "any day I get to start off by singing my heart out for the King is a GOOD day!"

Then, if that weren't enough, I received an email stating that I had been selected as one of the new 'Let's Scrap' design team members. What an honor! Let's Scrap is a weekly sketch based site. So be on the look out for loads of new sketches, challenges, prizes and layouts. If you've never visited 'Let's Scrap', click on over and check us out...

God Bless and Happy Creating!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fun With Photos Tutorial

Color Cutout Photos can be so much fun and very eye catching. They can make a very bright and busy photo easier to use and/or it can help you emphasis a specific element in your photo.

Steps: Using Photoshop Elements
1. Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer (making a background layer) The original layer is locked and you will be working with the background photo.
2. Select the background layer and then go to Image > Magic Extractor (Magic Extractor allows you to select part of an image so that you may alter the photo without changing that part.)
3. Click on the tool called the Foreground Brush tool. This tool allows you to select the portion of the photo that you will want to cut out, the part you want to “stay the same”. You do not need to make a solid line just put dots around the image. This will tell Photoshop that this is the part you want to cut out.
4. Next click the Background Brush tool. This allows you to select the portion of the photo you would like to “change” (in my examples, the portion of the photo that is black/white).
5. When step 4 is complete, select the preview button. This step may take a minute or two depending on the speed of your computer. If you are satisfied with the outlined object click complete. If not click cancel and start again.
6. Final step, select the original photo and adjust the color (I often change mine to black/white).

These are a few layouts I have done using this technique:
"Pink" the new Blue

For You Mom

If you love the effect you get from the above technique but don’t have photo software, never fear…I have another way to do it.

Steps: Using 2 Photos
1. Purchase or print 2 of the same picture – one in color and one in black/white. Sidenote: Walmart and Target have the photo machines that will allow you to choice b/w.
2. Take the color photo and carefully cutout the object you want to emphasize. Sand edges very gently, trying not to remove the color.
3. Next, adhere pop dots to the back of the colored image you just cut out.
4. Very carefully take the color image and adhere it on top of the black/white photo, trying your best to line up the image as exact as possible.

These are a few layouts I have done using this technique:
"LD (Lee-Davis High School) Pride"

OR, for a slightly different illusion you can adhere the color image off just a bit. I feel this gives the image a "movement" feel.
"Wild Thing"

I truly hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and have fun using these techniques on an upcoming layout of your own!
God Bless and Happy Creating!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Teen Essentials

I had a great time making this layout of my son Adam. He is such a typical 'teenager' and this photo proves it! If you look closely you'll see all the items listed in this one photo. 1. Video game: by his head, 2. Cell phone: laying on sofa, 3. Land line: on sofa as well 4. American Eagle: belt, 5. Aero: shirt, 6. Unlimted texting: goes without saying, 7. Sleep: only when not texting!
My layout is based on Sketch #20 from 'The Scrappiest'.

A few close up detail photos...

God Bless and Happy Creating!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Happiness Together

My son, Ethan, just happened to snap this photo of hubby and I as we were heading out for an evening stroll. It just amazes me how one simple photo can speak volumes.
My layout is based on sketch #016 from 'Ready, Set, Scrap'.

A few close ups...

Life is short, take a walk with the one you love.
Happy Trails To You, Until We Meet Again!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Our Summer Moments

I really enjoyed creating this layout. It was a fun way to showcase just a few of our families favorite summer moments. The layout is based off Sketch #87 from the 'Got Sketch?' blog. The products I used were from the 'Transparent Touches & Tags' August #3 Kit.

Here are a few detail photos...

God Bless & Happy Creating!