July 15, 2008

Say it in Scrap #5

This challenge for Say it in Scrap was to make your own challenge! I decided to distort my photos.

This is easy to do in Photoshop or other editing software with special effects. You can also distort photos manually by painting them, stamping on them, tracing them and doing your own effects, etc. I've done this manually with tracing paper before, which is much more time consuming, but worth the effort (will post the manual examples soon)!

"Five Faves"

The distortion in this photo is the "stamp" sketch filter in Photoshop CS3. This looks really good with urban photos/ cityscapes.
The pic is a beautiful self-portrait Jake did by putting the camera on the tripod and sticking the tripod in front of him. The more sophisticated version of the holding the camera out in front of you type of self-portrait, I suppose. The page is about his five fave bands for 2008, which happen to be Rancid, Sublime, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, and Men, Women, and Children . I mainly used the July's Red Velvet Kit for this page.

"96.5 the Buzz"

So....Eliza scribbled on this one, but I decided to let it be rather than fix it. As for the subject... I end up spending a lot of time with my radio station, so why not scrap it? The distortion is using HP Photosmart Edit, which came with my printer. I just messed with the edge sharpness, brightness, contrast, etc., until I had the look I wanted.

Got Mojo? Challenge #17 "Wishes"

"Wishes" is for Got Mojo? Challenge #17, which was to doodle and use Ditty Bops lyrics. I used lines from three of their songs: I stole your wishes , The weeds are winning , and Because we do .
I'm super excited because Elsie Flannigan is the guest Mojo girl this time! She is simply the most inspiring person on the planet!

July 13, 2008

All About Me Challenge#1- Your Beginning

This Layout was inspired by Juno, which reminds me of the above story. The movie is fabulous and the soundtrack is even better. You can hear it on the site. This l/o is for the challenge blog So Tell Me Your Story challenge blog. The night I was born, I was taken to an adoption agency, but my mom and grandparents came back to get me the next day :)

July 11, 2008

One Little Word #30


For One Little Word challenge #30. The challenge was inspired by the Jordan Sparks "This is My Now" song.

For the title, I used Tim Holz Grungeboard letters as a mask. The background to the journaling is a close up of a peeling, painted brick wall by Broadway Cafe in Westport. Broadway is also the setting of the pics, taken by Jake while I was working on my book.


Eliza went #2 in the potty chair for the first time today(or yesterday since it's after midnight)! She got to put a ton (okay five) stickers in her book and also called just about everyone we know to tell them. I see a future without expensive Pull-Ups near...

P.S. She also tried to ride our fat cat KiKi (pictured in scaredy cat layout) like a horse this week... he really didn't like it, but I think she'll be a good wrestler because she had him 100% pinned...

July 7, 2008

Leaning Linear

I tend to like the "kitchen sink" version of scrapbooking, with a single photo and a lot of fun things flying around, but lately I've been experimenting with a more linear and simple way of doing things. It's fun to switch it up every once in awhile.

"Are You Sad Mom?"
I was watching the The Orphanage, a wonderful movie from Spain. I loved loved loved it, but it made me cry because I'm a sucker for good movies.

Eliza woke up during the last five minutes and said, "Are You Sad Mom? Are You Crying?" I told her it was okay but she hugged me and told me to turn that "sad moony" off. Taylor (my little sister) wanted to watch it the next day, but Eliza took one look at it and said , "No! Turn that moony off! That moony makes Mommy sad!" I don't know what impressed me more, that she recognized the movie or that she cared about my feelings. But seriously, if you like thrillers that you will love this movie! I haven't seen one so original in a long time!

"Car Cart"

One of our important everyday adventures is grocery shopping. I love summertime because I actually have time to cook, and Eli loves helping find the item that we are looking for (it's sort of like i spy). But she ALWAYS has to have a car cart, or a meltdown could be near.

"I love Candy Necklaces"
I've been avoiding using this lace card stock by KI Memories. It is super pretty, but I don't like the way it looks when you cut across it. To save this I cut off part of it so that none of the flowers were cut in half.

Hidden journaling is above. The way to Eliza's heart is her stomach, and Papa has that one down with his candy necklace trick!


Eliza covered her entire room in baby powder. I didn't get a picture of her room, but I figured I'd put her mug shot in her "file" and give the journaling a detective twist.

"Eliza Hearts Abba"
Showing Eliza's relationship with her Abba. Abba is short for abolita, which means little grandmother.

"Little Train"
There's a little restored train in our county run by train lovers that mostly remind me of Shriners. It originally was a zoo train. Eliza loves it! We went with Jake's little sister Savannah.

"Piggy Tails"
I knew learning how to draw funny looking pigs in kindergarten would pay off. Jake did her hair. It's a good thing he can figure it out because I am horrible at it.

"Scardey Cat"
I thought it would be a treat for Kiki to go outside, but he HATED it. He never snuggles, but he had his face buried in my elbow the entire time we were out there.

Eliza and her Uncle Nick (Jake's brother) being silly.

"Super Hero"

We told Eliza to be a Viking, and without any prompt, this is what she did. Sure, she looks a little constipated, but it's hilarious.

"You are Comfy"

Daddy dressed her, can you tell?

July 4, 2008

Random Layouts

"You are my Sunshine"

This is a layout of Grammy (my name for my Grandma) when she was young. I miss her so much.

"His Eye is on the Sparrow"

"Holiday Jammies"

Man, I love those baby blues. I've been feeling in the mood for Christmas layout lately. I like this layout because it celebrates one of the abnormal Christmas traditions that we have- Jammies! My parents are split, so I always kept on my p.j.s for the first half of Christmas so it would feel like Christmas morning at both parent's houses. And then when I was pregnant with Eliza, I couldn't fit into anything but p.j.s, so Jake was kind enough to wear snowman p.j.s all day with me so I wouldn't feel silly in my flannel reindeer ones at the family parties. Now it's our tradition to try to stay in pajamas for as much of the day as possible!

"To Be a Daredevil, You Have to Have Courage"
This is Poppy, my Grandpa, when he was younger. How wicked cool is that jump? He raced dirt bikes for a long time, and had a ridiculously large collection of trophies, which he gave to kids that came to one of their garage sale one year. He kept the plaques off of them and a few of his favorite, but man those plaques still take up tons of space. I would have loved to see him at the top of his game. He still rides often though. He just retired and has been taking long trips on his motorcycle.

"King for a Day"
A layout that I did for Got Mojo? Challenge # 3 that, true to character, I never turned in. The picture of me was taken at NCORE 2007 (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education). The photo was a happy accident, taken through a window. The reflection of the woman in traditional African clothing looking over me was a result of her placement on the other side of the window next to Jake, the photographer.

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