Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Scrap Street Star

I made it past Round 2 this year!! And I am so stuck on my 3rd page it isn't even funny!! lol Go figure. I know what I want to do, but I don't like the papers I have. But I don't want to go buy more. I have so much stuff as it is. UGH.

Check out the contest so far at this link. (I am anabellpepper there. lol)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Another page of my grandfather

I remember walks with him in the summertime. It was his one of his 2 favorite ways to spend time with us. He would load us up into the little red wagon, whistle for the dog, and off we would go. Down the hill and turn onto Biscoff road, or up the hill and over it to see the Kriegs or Dorchesters. We didn't really care.


Di Hickman Sketch


Remembering my grandfather

This weekend my mom called to tell me that my grandfather had passed away in his sleep. We knew that it was coming, but it doesn't make it any easier when it happens. He turned 88 last August. His obituary was in the Erie Times this morning. Reading there on the site, though just didn't seem to do his life justice.

It can be viewed at this link.

So I have sat here since she called, looking at airfares, wishing I could go home. It isn't just price of airline tickets stopping me though, especially since realizing we have a free plane ticket through our credit card right now. I also have 3 kids, my hubby is starting a new job, and I have a pair of photography commitments this week.

So instead of going, I pulled out photos and remembered him in my own way.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Amazing Digital Scrapbooking Race

Natural Designs in Scrapbooking hosted 6 weeks of challenges, called the Amazing Digital Scrapbooking race. I partnered up with Katey Green for the race and we completed 13 challenges together. Some challenges we both had to do. So only one completed, but we both pitched in ideas. Here are the pages I completed for the race.

Round #1 Hummies World -
1) Rip and tear a photo into three or more pieces! (that's a photo, not papers!)
2) Use journaling on your layout (something I stress is SO important).


Round #2 - Elemental Scraps
This challenge is an intersection. This means you need to work collaboratively on this project! 2 racers / 1 final product!
Here's the challenge:
Cabin Fever
(interpret this as you will, but it must be evident that this is the thought/theme behind your page!)
Must include:
3 photos
4 papers only (no more or less)
8 different elements - at least 1 must be acrylic
2 different fonts
Must have a title, and journaling (which must be visible - if it is not readable, please include in your description)

The final page was posted by my partner and I need to get a copy of it from her.

Challenge #3 - Gotta Pixel
Find the first layout you created that is still uploaded to a gallery and scraplift it using techniques, trends and concepts that you have learned since you did that original layout.

You can...
You can use a different kit, elements, papers, brushes, shapes, etc.
You can add and remove elements, papers, etc.
You can use a different sized canvas.
You can move things around and change the overall sketch of the layout.
You can use the first layout uploaded to any gallery. This does not necessarily mean that it's the first layout you ever did.When you view your gallery, at whichever site it is at, it needs to be the first layout uploaded to that gallery. Example: This is my gallery at Gotta Pixel (I have other galleries on other sites). If you go to the very last page, and find the very last image, that is the first layout I uploaded to Gotta Pixel. That is the layout that needs to be used.

You can not...
You can not add additional photos to the layout.
You can not remove any photos from the layout.
You can not add additional text to the layout; journaling, alphas that spell out a word, word art, journaling. The only text that appears on the layout must be identical in verbiage to what it was originally. You can change the font, you can convert text into an alpha. If your layout previously used an alpha or wordart, you can convert that alpha/wordart to text or use a new alpha/wordart to spell the same thing. When you are done though, you must have the same words that were on the old layout, on the new layout.


Challenge #4 - Tangie Baxter designs
The Art and Soul Challenge!
You both must complete this challenge! However, this is a FAST FORWARD challenge which means that the first team done can SKIP the January 18th challenge if they wish!

1. The Art of it: Your LO must have artistic flair! Literally! Your LO must have at least 3 things "artsy" and/or "altered" on it--(such as but not limited to: paint splatters, a paintbrush, paint spills, crayon doodles, goopy glitter, watercolors, canvas AND/OR altered art items such as wings on photos, art dolls, vintage doodads, ephemera, etc). Really stretch yourself and try something "artsy" that you haven't tried before!

2. The Soul of it: You must journal something from your Soul. Something positive, heartfelt and meaningful to you in your life! Something you've learned, something you've gleaned from your life experience. Perhaps something you would want to pass on to the next generation! (It can even be your favorite quote and why it touches/inspires you) Uplift us, make us smile--inspire us! You must share your journaling with us-if it's hard to read or blended into the background-part of the challenge is to share your journaling in your description.


Challenge #5 - Anita Stergiou Designs

Create a page with 3 different frames but no photos.


Challenge #6 - Inspiration Lane

Take your chosen layout from your partners gallery and flip it either horizontally or vertically.
Now take the layout and rotate it 45 degrees.
You must use this "new" version as the sketch for your layout.
When creating your layout you must use the EXACT same number of items that your partner used in the original layout, no more, no less.


Challenge #7 - Sunshine Studio Scraps

Make a layout using everything in the freebie. You may recolor, resize, etc. as long as you use it all in some way.


Challenge #8 - O'scraps
Scrapping Idol: a scrapper that amazes, inspires, awes, and/or makes you want to be able to scrap just like them.

We all have a scrapper that makes us drool over every single layout they crank out. So, your challenge begins with going to that person's gallery and choosing a layout to scraplift. Go know you want to.

1. Scraplift a layout from the gallery of your Scrapping Idol.
Flip it, twist it, turn it, do whatever you gotta do. Just make sure your layout is inspired in some way by your idol's layout. If it isn't obvious how you scraplifted the layout, be sure to explain it in your credits...we don't want those poor ADSR judges working too hard, do we?
2. Include a star somewhere on your layout.
The star can be a brush, a doodle, a sticker, an element, star paper, a star of ANY type! If you need a star, we have at least one in our freebie section of the store! Here's a link to our Freebie section!
3. Include the word DREAM somewhere on your layout.
It doesn't matter where or how, just make sure the word DREAM is somewhere on your layout. If it is the journaling, please include the journaling in your credits. The word "dream" will be accepted in any language...just please point it out for the judges.
4. Please link up to the layout you lifted in your credits.


Challenge #9 - Kb and friends
Scrap an old photo. Don't remember the details of this challenge though. There were certain elements we had to use, but I can't find the blog post for it now.


Challenge #10 - Pixel Gypsy Designs
Interview your race partner (ask at least 5 questions) and create a layout (with a photo) based on that interview. The layout must contain supplies from two designers—no more, no less, and the color scheme must consist mainly of two colors. Minor accent colors are allowed, but 2 colors must stand out most prominently.

This page was completed by my partner. She used photos I sent to her.

Challenge #11 - Scrap Orchard
You can ask any one person (dead or alive; family, friend, famous or foe) one question. Who would it be and what would you ask them
Here are some layout requirements:
1. Your layout can have only ONE photo. The photo must either be of the person to whom you are posing the question OR must represent the question you are asking.
2. You MUST include your question in your layout and your question can be the ONLY words/journaling on your layout. This means you have to tell us what your question is, but that’s it. You can’t explain the question or answer the question. I'm a big fan of “less is more”, so express yourself through just your question and your photo.


Challenge #12 - We are storytellers

This challenge is an INTERSECTION -- Players must collaborate on one project.

Pretend you and your team mate are sitting on a porch, sipping a cup of tea and chatting. You stumble upon the topic of storytelling, your eyes light up and you begin talking about why storytelling is so important to each of you.

Please create a layout that expresses what storytelling means to each of you. Why did you each choose this form (scrapbooking in general and/or digital specifically) to tell your stories? Why is storytelling important? How do you feel about storytelling (is it a creative outlet, way to express your words, document your family's experiences, etc.) Why are you a storyteller? (You don't have to answer all these questions, consider them food for thought and to give you an idea as to what we are looking for.)

Your story must include:
{we are} storytellers word-art provided (see below) -- you may alter the word-art if you would like.
At least 1/2 of the layout must be journaling, more the better
At least 5 elements/embellishements
No more than 2 pieces of paper
Only 2 small photos, 1 of each of you, placed in the bottom right hand area of your page. IF you have a photo of the two of you together, you may use it and only required to have 1 photo. The bottom line, we want to see your beautiful faces!


Bonus Challenge #13 - NDISB
For this challenge, you will work together as a team to create a single two-page layout, with each of you creating one half. Because you are each completing your own half of a two-page layout, there is no need to swap files and otherwise transfer large documents

Left Page:
Use exactly 3 papers
1 must be in a shape
Use exactly 3 photos
1 must be B & W
Use exactly 3 flowers
Use exactly 2 strings/ ribbons
Use exactly 2 staples
You may use other embellishments as needed, as long as they are not flowers, strings, ribbons, staples, papers or photos.

Journal at least 5 sentences (must include the word love).

Right Page:
Use at least 4 papers
1 must be a print, all others must be plain
Use exactly 2 photos
Crop 1 photo into a shape
Use exactly 3 staples
Use only 1 flower
Use only 1 string/ ribbon
Use exactly 1 frame
Use exactly 1 alpha

journal at least 5 sentences (must include the words heart and diverse, or diversity).

You may not use any other embellishments or items on your page.

I did the left page and my partner did the right.

Di Hickman Jan Sketch -


Page of Laura. The kit is from Elemental Scraps. It is called Spring Fling.

Go figure

I came to update my blog with new scrapbook pages I have done and can't get into Photobucket today!!

I have a bunch of new pages to share, though!! Coming soon is all I can say I guess!!