Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Hannah was always one of the cutest little girls ever, as seen in this photo of her when she was 5 years old.
This is a more recent photo of her - growing into a beautiful young lady. Happy Birthday dear Hannah! I hope your day was as special as you are!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
- Joanne needs a raise! (I wonder who I could talk to about that!)
- Joanne needs more character development. She is gorgeous and has been in the background far too long. (Amen! Someone has finally noticed!)
- Joanne needs another ‘you can do it speech’ (we all need a little encouragement from time to time, don’t we?)
- Joanne needs scientific evidence or support of things (like how is it even possible for that many clothes to end up on my son’s bedroom floor?)
- Joanne needs space (yes, lots and lots of space for all my scrapbooking stuff!!!)
- Joanne needs intellectual stimulation and companionship (sounds like a lonely hearts club ad!)
- Joanne needs help (I have been saying that for a long time!)
- Joanne needs a holiday (I definitely will by the time Carolyn returns!!!)
- Joanne needs an extra star (can’t have too many of those!)
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I also used Tim Holtz Journaling Tickets and Adage Tickets, Tim Holtz Washers, Jenni Bowlin Calendar Cards, Prima Crystal Swirls and Adornit Tiny Alphabet Stickers.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I first fell in love with Martha years ago when I was a stay at home mom who totally loved the whole ideal that Martha portrayed. I loved the fantasy and hope of living like Martha some day; living on a small farm with dogs and horses, surrounded by beautiful antiques, gorgeous linens, wonderful collectibles… spending my days enjoying housework, doing crafts, baking with my friends and growing my own vegetables to use in preparing company pleasing meals. (sigh)
While I have not bought Martha Stewart Living in a long, long time, I actually picked up a copy of the most recent issue. In reading it, I was once again taken into that wonderful world of homemaking and entertaining, where everything seems easy and carefree. I actually read how to make scrumptious citrus marmalades, how to create different flower arrangement for each month of the year, how to cleverly organize my closets and how to knit fingerless mittens! I am sure Martha does all of these things in a single day, whereas I will probably not do any of them in the next year! But some day when I am living on my hobby farm, with my color coordinated mixing bowls that I acquired during my latest travels and the beautiful balls of yarn sitting in the perfect basket that I found at an out-of-the-way antique store, I am sure I will!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Proper lighting is the most important thing to consider when taking your photo. I always prefer to take my photos in natural light whenever possible. You don’t want direct sunlight on your layout, but a good, indirect, natural light is best. If that is not possible, I turn on as many lights in the room as I can to get good indirect lighting on my layout.
Next, I always lay my page on the floor and stand over top of it to take my photo. The page lays nice and flat and I can get a birds-eye-view. I zoom in until I am leaving just a small border of the floor around my layout. Then I literally hold my breath (so the camera is as still as possible) and take the picture.
If there are photos on the layout, I turn off my flash so I don’t get a reflection. This is where good indirect lighting is important. Take a couple of pictures so you can pick the best one.
For a close-up detail shot of the elements on your page, you will want to place your layout on a table and take the picture at a side angle to show the dimension of your items. You will have to practice with a couple of different shots to see which angle is best. Get as close to your page as possible for the detail shots. You might need to put your camera setting to ‘macro’ which allows you to take a very close picture that will still be clear.
When you are finished taking your pictures, upload them to your computer. Then you can use whatever photo editing software you have to crop and resize your pictures. I crop the photo right to the edges of my layout so there is nothing else in the picture. Then I resize the photo to less than 600 pixels. This seems to be a good size. The other thing you can do is to do an ‘auto correct’ on your photo to brighten the colors. Or you can play with the brightness levels, etc. until you like the look of your photo. Then save your photo and you are all set!
I hope this little tutorial helps and I hope to see many of your layouts on the Two Scrapbook Friends Layout Gallery!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I think Jacob enjoyed the food more than the game!
Lots of action on the court.
The Grizzlies mascot, who my dh thought looked more like a teddy bear than a grizzly bear!
Spencer enjoying a burger after the game! It was almost as much fun watching him try to eat a 1-pound burger as it was watching the basketball game!!!
Thanks Brian for organizing a great afternoon!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I gave my layout this title because when I was growing up our home had a fireplace in the main family room. It was always a focal point of the room, whether we had a fire going or not, and when we did have a fire it seemed to magicaly transform the room into a warm, glowing place that we all loved to gather in.
When we had our home built a few years ago, we did not put in a fireplace at that time. I really missed not having one and when we finally designed and installed one a couple of years ago, I felt like our home was complete.
Friday, January 9, 2009
I am supposed to pass this award to other bloggers, so I am passing this award on to Carolyn, Janet and Rosanne. Love your blogs ladies!!
The second award I received from my friend Karan!
For this award I am supposed to list 5 addictions and nominate 5 blogs.
My addictions are:
I can only think of one blog to nominate and it is Christine's blog. She is a wonderful friend who inspires me in my faith and creativity! Love your blog Christine and thank you for who you are!!!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Here is what you need:
- 1 box brownie mix, plus the extra ingredients called for on the box
- 1 box (4 serving size) chocolate fudge instant pudding
- 2 cups cold milk
- 1 bag toffee bits
- 1 large container frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Begin by heating the oven to 350ºF. Grease bottom only of pan with shortening or cooking spray.
Make brownie mix as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs. Spread batter in pan. Bake as directed on box. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
Cut brownies into 1-inch squares. Place half of the squares in bottom of 3-quart glass bowl. Make pudding mix as directed on box using 2 cups milk. Pour half of the pudding over brownies in bowl. Top with half each of the toffee bits and whipped topping. Repeat with remaining brownies, pudding, toffee bits and whipped topping.
Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
Now, I like to cheat a little and use the Two-Bite Brownies that are available in most stores. This way I don't have to use my oven and it is really quick to make. Also, I have a friend who made this once using chocolate cake and it was a bit lighter and just as good. Enjoy!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Today I will not eat chocolate… who was I kidding?