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I am always inspired when Heather has completed a new kit and always excited because I get to play with it first! Her latest is called “In Your Own World” and it has lots of fabulous stuff. Get it at Mscraps right now for 20% off.

The top layout is one of the first pictures I took using my new camera I got from Christmas–a Canon D60. I’m loving learning how to use all its wonderful features. The bottom layout features photos I took of Ellie on our photowalk through the arboretum last August. We had a blast taking pictures together. Can’t wait until it warms up a bit so we can get out on another walk together.


Ellie takes a weekly dance class that teaches both ballet and jazz styles on Saturday mornings. Her teacher had a fun surprise for the girls last Saturday when she showed them that their recital costumes were in and they got to try them on.

I think she likes it. (Note: they won’t be wearing their leotards under the costume and they will have tan colored tights–not black.)

Gotta love that sharply pointed toe!

It’s been a Funky Minds tradition for the past four years to celebrate the love with all the folks at our local senior citizen center. We missed the first year, but have been regular attenders ever since. The highlights are always the chocolate fountain, getting dressed up and the dancing.

Ellie made a special card for “grandpa Bill” (everyone’s favorite grandpa and a Funky Mind’s fixture). He was thrilled to get his card:

The Queen of Hearts greeted all those entering the ball:

The kids made the chocolate fountain their first stop:

It was a good thing Ellie’s dress had “chocolate” spots on it already since she added a few more:

Then was was lots of dancing:

And you can’t have a ball without a King and Queen ruling over it:

King Beau and Queen Katie (Katie was the Funky Mind’s Americorps Volunteer last year and is now a first grade teacher).

It was a wonderful event.  I even got to dance with my hubby and both my girls.

It’s the start of a new week in class and this week we are focusing on “freestyle” type layouts. Cool techniques on this one: masking with adjustment layers, halftones and painting. These recent photographs of Ellie modeling her sparkly hat were perfect for this layout. I think she’s a “freestyle” kind of girl.


Whew! I finally made it through the first week of assignments. Loving all the new tricks and tips (just hope I remember them to use them again). Here is Lesson 3 where I learned some tricks to tipping things on an angle:

Most Fridays, Ellie writes us a letter in her journal and brings it home for us. It’s a way to both help her practice her new writing skills and to keep us informed about what our first-grader is working on in school. This week I was surprised to see part of our letter written in Spanish!

I loved Lesson 2 of Digi In Deeper. Lots more brush work and learning about text masking and making clipping masks.

My digi-friend and designer, Heather T has a fun new kit called “Flower Bomb” available at The Digi Chick

It’s quite “girly” so I made a layout for each of my girls:

Don’t ya just love it!

I was a beta-girl for the first three of Jessica Sprague’s digital scrapbooking classes and even attended the first ever Spraguefest in Chicago held in 2008. Ever since that time when Jessica told us of her ideas for the next class while sitting around the hotel lobby late one night, I’ve been anxiously awaiting more in the series. OK, there were other classes in the meantime, but this is the one I’ve been waiting for. And it started this week. It’s good to be back in class. Here is the first lesson with lots of brush work and masking: