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Heather created a wonderful and romantic new kit recently. The name of the kit means “little shepherdess”.  I am always inspired when I get a hold of her new stuff. Get it at Mscraps

“Little Lady” was also featured at The Digi Lovely blog.


I just was accepted to be a part of a wonderful template designer’s creative team.  Suzanne creates for Two Little Pixels and also a new shop that is soon to open.  Here is her announcement. And here is the first layout I’ve made featuring my youngest and her recent Crazy Hair that she wore to Awana club.

You may have noticed a lull in the blogging around here. It’s because my main computer decided not to work last Tuesday. It was working just fine in the morning, but then when I went to turn on the computer in the afternoon it would not boot up–only the dreaded DOS screen with an error message. After researching this further, it became apparent to me that I had another hard drive failure. I am grateful that I am good a backing things up and didn’t loose much information and nothing critical or precious. That left me with the older laptop that was not loaded with any scrapping stuff. So I spent a few days getting the laptop up to speed so I could get back to scrapping. I really missed my creative outlet. Lesson 10 took me a long time to complete going from one computer to another, but I am happy to say that I completed it today! Only 2 more lessons to finish the class.

This is just another time that my youngest, Elinor, decided to get dressed up and even put a flower in her hair to complete her “look”.

“My 4 children, youngest to oldest

someday they will walk away from my home

but they will never leave my heart.”

This is my favorite photograph I have of all my kids together. I love how they are all lined up perfectly, I love their backsides, I love their purpose. It was taken on a family hike last summer in Lake Itasca State Park famous for being the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River. We manage to get there at least every other year since it’s only about at 45 minute drive from Papa’s Cabin.

Continuing with the shabby and ornate theme of the week, this lesson had us using watercolor brushes to create a dreamy look to our main photo, extracting lots of textural and dimensional  items and using fabric scans on our page. After all that extracting practice, I think I’m beginning to understand it! I guess that’s what practice is for.

I featured my hubby and I vacationing along Minnesota’s North Shore last summer. It was “One Perfect Weekend”.

Lesson 7 started a new week highlighting Shabby and Ornate type of layouts.

“This romantic style features lovely soft imagery, brushwork, a painterly style, and revels in richness and intricacy while keeping things light and airy color-wise.” (

Anna and I had a special night out at the “Go Red” Dessert Gala Awards that was a part of the UPA competition a few weeks ago.  Anna looked simply stunning in her pink halter dress and heels. How did my little girl get so grown up all of a sudden?

A while back I collected the “momisms” I heard growing up. I’ve updated the layout I made to add more details in the typography and more recent photos of us. This is for you Mom. I do love you!

This was the Featured Layout of the Day (March 8th) at the Two Peas site:

“Big sister Anna helped Ellie get ready for her first Valentine’s Day at school by giving her a special pink streak in her hair to celebrate the day. It was darn cute and Ellie loved it.”

Slowly I am making progress catching up with my class at Jessica Sprague. This one was bittersweet for me to work on. Not because of the technical challenges of this layout but because Jessica featured Spraguefest #1 on her sample layout. I was one of the 18 gals to attend this first event in Chicago in 2008 and it was one of the best weekends of my life. All the ladies I enjoyed chatting with on-line were even more wonderful in real life. It took me a while to stroll down memory lane as I searched through my photographs of that weekend for a few to use in my layout. I just had to make a similar layout of Spraguefest #1 for my lesson (it would be my first layout of that trip!). We sure crammed a lot into one weekend: shopping, hiking downtown, eating, sight seeing, boat tour, the American Girl store, cab rides, and just hanging out talking at all hours of the day or night. My photograph selection had to be tempered by the fact that we were going to cross-process the photographs. Jessica had indicated in her lesson that sunglasses make a good cross-processed look so I just happened to have a photo of the two of us in our sunglasses (how awesome is that!). I also choose a photo of my friend Veeves from England and myself at the Bean–figuring the distortions of the reflections might give a cool cross-processed effect. The final photo I selected my favorite building photo.

Thanks for the memories evoked during this lesson. I haven’t been able to attend the subsequent “Spraguefest” events, but a gal can dream!

My oh my! Heather has been a creative gal lately! And her newest creation, “A Little Birdie Told Me” at Mscraps is another great kit, full of beautifully textured papers and darling elements drawn by Heather.

I love the photograph of Ellie I took at the park last fall. It was my first photo shoot with my then newest camera (Jolene’s hand-me-down Canon D20).