*tap* *tap* is this thing on?

wo-ah. Life has been busy and my blog has sat idle. I am so sorry to my few readers. Then again, you live with me, so you know what is going on. :)

Halloween wasn’t too long ago was it? Here’s a layout of our fun:

Halloween 2006

“Boo” kit by Dani Mogstad, fonts: Journaling Hand, Artistamp Medium & BlackJack

Take care. …I’ll be back soon.

Fun stuff

Here are a few layouts from a couple weeks ago. One very fun date, one very happy girl. :)

B@27

Credits: August free pea kit by Tia Bennett, swirl made with Tia’s paper and Rhonna’s brush from the Pea Blossom kit. fonts: Pea Jenny Script, Porcelain

And here’s the one of our actual date – too fun!

Fairy Tale Date

Credits: Background, Hand Stamped Alpha and Graphic brushes 2 by Michelle Coleman, arrow doodles by Gina Cabrera and Dawn Stocstill, heart and sweet doodles, and glitter accents by Holly McCaig, family and dream doodles by Angie Briggs, and flower by Jen . whew. :) Fonts: Pea Jenny Script, Journaling hand, MA Sexy, Artistamp medium, and Dirty Ego.

Thank you again sweetheart!

This kid does not quit…

…seriously, Joshua cracks me up almost everyday.

A couple days ago it was, “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?  I’m thinking about something that is cold and has a popsicle stick under it?”  Of course he got a popsicle after that.

The day before that it was, “Mom, the sun got on my tongue and it is very hot.”  He got one then too.  Silly, creative guy.

Yesterday Joshua was playing with a rolly-polly bug he found behind the porch swing.  “I’m going to name it Grandma Gedeborg” he says.  That’s love – bugs and grandmas.

a quote to remember…

I love a good quote. One that makes you say “amen” right after reading it. One that you wished you had said first – lol. One that makes you think. One that makes you laugh. One that inspires. Here is one that fits many of those categories.

“Above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art.” -Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Amen.

Why I Scrap…

This contest deserves a blog entry of it’s own. :)

Scrap Artist had a contest to describe why you scrap. The prize for the contest is a free custom kit made by two of the designers at Scrap Artist, Michelle Coleman and Dianne Rigdon.

Here’s the gorgeous ad header for the contest:

Why I scrap

For the contest, we were asked to include images, color ideas and/or journaling on why we scrap. There were 80 entries and they were so fun to read through and see all the reasons that people participate in this wonderful artform.

Here’s the entry I posted:

Why I Scrap contest entry

fonts:Black Jack and SA Cinta, filter on photos: brownie by Virtual Photographer, color swatch and photos by me

I took these photos of Joshua within a minute’s time. He was just being so silly and hamming it up for the camera.

My journaling for the entry reads:
“I scrap to become more like my children.

My eye for detail and wonder of life (two of the qualitites my children possess) have grown since I began scrapbooking. I not only want to preserve my memories, I want to make my memories worth preserving.

My children teach me many lessons that I also see reflected in my scrapping. To use a few well-known scrapper’s mottos, I am able to see “the bigger picture” and “enjoy the process”. Now if only that undo button worked with parenting. :)

My children and scrapping remind me of the importance of quality play time. I also play dress-up on my pages and my imagination is free to wander.

Because of the digital scrapbooking community, I believe in friends that you cannot see.

I try to reflect my children’s expressive nature in my layouts, and it is also an outlet for me to express myself.

Scrapping helps keep me young and child-like. I am nowhere near grown up.”

Now, everyone that entered receives the kit, so I felt I had nothing to lose. I love Michelle and Dianne’s work. I have been a big fan of them and the Scrap Artist website for over a year now! However, I did not in a million years guess that I would be the grand prize winner! wahoo!

I received an email late Friday night from Michelle and I had a hard time going to sleep that night I was so thrilled. :) I also received a congratulatory email from Dianne on Saturday. I am so excited to work with these ladies.

Check out Michelle’s blog entry about it. There she says “I loved the adorable, expressive photos of her son Joshua and her included color swatch 😉 Becky has won a $20 GC to the ScrapArtist Shoppe as well as a custom kit created specially for her and Joshua, she will be given access to a private gallery where she will be able to watch her developing kit and will have input on the final product. I imagine her photos will inspire a fabulous, playful little boy kit!”

In all seriousity – I am thrilled and stoked and a tad excited. This is so cool. 😀

A contest gone … a contest won.

You can’t win them all.

I found out last night that I did not move on to the next round in the Ultimate Digi-Scrapper contest. I did make it three rounds though! :) Not too shabby. It was narrowed down from 380 to 200, then 100. My layout for Round 3 can be found here. The cut last night was to 40. Ouch. I did not make it but the challenge sounds so fun, so I might post in the “play along” gallery.

Ultimate Digi-Scrapper ad

And for kicks and giggles, in the outside world, I could sign my name, Becky, Puddle Jumper and in the top 100 Digi-Scrappers. Ah, hahahaha. Seriously though, some amazing ladies went on and some amazing ones were cut too. I can’t complain. I have three gorgeous layouts I love. And then there are some of my very favorite “layout artists” that didn’t even enter the competition.  I don’t feel it’s a tried and true way to find the “top” digi-scrapper of course, but it sure is a lot of fun.

On to more scrapping news.

I entered the Shabby Princess NSD layout contest at The Shabby Shoppe. I won third place in the “Dinner Party” contest. I scraped some pictures of Jacob when we lived in Layton. He was 2 years old and would have picnics with his stuffed puppy, Tiny, all the time. Here’s the layout:

Party of 2

Dinner Party kit by Shabby Princess and Sara Carling, 2 from Distressed Alpha by Michelle Coleman, fonts: Journaling Hand and JWoodbury

I won 10 dollars PayPal cash. How cool of a prize is that? Sweet! Now to figure out what to spend it on. I like a dilemma like this. 😉

Cookies with Michael …

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Don’t you just love holidays like this? It was just the push I needed to bake this evening. :)

I had a wonderful time baking and singing along with Michael Buble. Maybe that is why they turned out so yummy:

Cookies with Michael

flower brush by Rhonna Farrer

Warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies and Michael Buble’s “Home” song, mmmmmmmmm heaven.

I have a wonderful recipe for chocolate chip cookies from a good friend I met in college, Gavin Cox. It happens to be on a layout I made a few months ago.

Cookie Bakin' Kiddos

Sugar kit by Dani Mogstad, Template used to cut heart also by Dani, Brown heart by Amy Jo Smith, Cross stitch by Shabby Princess, fonts: JW Artists Manual Type, Artistamp Medium, Journaling Hand

Now, when is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough day? 😉

Tasty Cookie Dough

swirly brush also by Rhonna Farrer

Something new, but worn…

Nancie Rowe Janitz, a digital designer that makes gorgeous scrapbooking kits, came out with a new product. Okay, so it’s not new new, but pretty new.

Digital Distressing Kit

It is called the Digital Distressing Kit and looks to be fabulous. The description from the website says:

“This Digital Distressing Kit from ScrapArtist will help you to create wonderful accents for your digital scrapbook projects, distress a paper or two, create overlays and much, much more!

Included in the kit are 67 brushes and 19 overlays, designed to simulate distressing techniques from the real world! These brushes and overlays will help you to sand, chalk, and distress your digital creations, as well as create realistic inked edges, stamp pad effects and acrylic paint brush strokes. All brushes are included as Photoshop Brush sets (.abr) as well as .PNG files.

As a BONUS, when you purchase the Digital Distressing Kit, you’ll also get a tutorial in PDF format which will walk you through each technique by helping you create a project or two. In addition, this tutorial includes goodies so you can follow along every step of the way!”

I love the fact that it comes with a tutorial and am excited to use the chalking, inking and sanding to give some of my layouts that wonderful “worn” look. When I won a gift certificate to Scrap Artist as part of National Scrapbooking Day, I knew exactly what I wanted to purchase. It is now downloaded and I am thrilled to play.

*Review coming soon!* :)

Courage and bravery for all…

okay, so there is so going to be a layout right here.  That’s right.  It’s just still in the works.

Ack, the continuation…

Well, this time I was nursing my 2-month-old sweetheart and feel asleep before I had a chance to finish my post – ah well. :) Here it is early, early in the morning of a Thursday. And Andrew (my tiny sweetheart) is wide awake and kicking on my lap. He is giggling at something, which is a new talent. He also has big grins that just started about a week ago. So fun!

I posted my contest layout early on Wednesday. It is one of my favorite layouts. Guess that doesn’t hurt, eh? I had a fun time putting it together – and love the photos that Jim Bob took. Fun all around.

And while I’m on the subject of scrapping, I will include a layout I did of Autumn a little while ago. Her smile makes me smile. This one was for a color challenge at Scrapartist. One of my all-time favorite digital scrapbooking sites. Awesome products – and lots of inspiration and encouragement.
Exuberant

Background from Michelle’s “Tutti Frutti” paper pack. Antiquated Swirl, Distressed Alpha and Brush Stroke brushes also by Michelle Coleman. Fonts used: Journaling Hand, Artistamp Medium, Holiday Serif, Susie’s Hand, JW Artist’s Manual, Porcelain, Two Turtle Doves, SA Cinta, MA Sexy.

I will do a separate entry about my National Scrapbooking Day (I had a blast!). But I will post a pic here of my first attempt at digital paper. Well, okay, not my first attempt, but the first one I half-way liked. :) I used a tutorial by Rhonna Farrer and it was so straight forward. Love that!

My first paper

I didn’t quite get to the distressing part – will work on that soon! The day was very busy, but it was fun to learn something new too. Okay, more soon. Good night!

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