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My youngest daughter, Ellie, has been bitten by the digi bug lately. A few times a week she has been creating layouts for herself using templates and adding papers and elements, resizing, adding shadows and using control-Z to get rid of things she doesn’t like.

Today she created a new layout using some of the wonderful things she bought for herself using her challenge winnings at Jessica Sprague.

My only helping was with the typing and showing her how to use the “align” to line up the 2-0-1-1.

As soon as we were done with that Ellie announced that she wanted to make her own paper.  So using a few commercial use items in my stash, I showed her how to add layers, using blending modes and change the opacity. She really liked the opacity slider. After she made a few papers she told me she wanted to give them away to my friends on the blog. So here is Ellie’s first try at designing papers (with a little help from Mom):

Get it HERE


Ellie’s layout, “Puppy Love”, was selected as this week’s random winner. She is so excited to shop for her own supplies with her winnings.

See the full article HERE

“Spraground Challenge

Our gal Liv hosted our challenge this week, and based her challenge on a super cool Converse ad … love that my girl has such a love for Chuck Taylors!! Her challenge was two-fold: use a red, white, and blue color scheme AND create a layout celebrating independence! There were lots of fabulous entries, but I was really excited when pulled our winner this week. Now, the username was latz, but the REAL winner was her daughter Ellie!!

Darling 6 year old Ellie had been bit by the scrapbooking bug this week and, with the help of her super talented mom, is starting to create her own pages and sharing them in our gallery!! I love that she has the confidence to share her work here, and hope she enjoys spending her $5 Spraguebucks on some goodies just for herself!!”

The highlight of the day was heading to the library to see a show put on by the Reptile and Amphibian Zoo. I was able to get some photographs of Ellie outside by the fountain that are just too darn cute for words. The show was quite interesting and the kids even got to pet a tortoise and a boa constrictor afterwards.

July 11:

By the fountain.

Ellie really liked the photographs I took of her with her friend fox and since she has been on a digi-scrapping kick, she decided she needed to make another layout. She did everything herself except for the title and date.  Now that she’s made a few layouts, the only thing she needed help with was a little recoloring of the flower element. But she knew she needed to use the “magic wand”. As she says, “if I don’t like something, there’s always control Z”.

A photo from the show:

Braver than her mom!

Happy Independence Day! Happy 4th of July!

It was just me and Ellie for most of the day. Jeff had to work.

We started out the morning by taking Brandon to the Target clinic for a rash on his leg that just wasn’t clearing up. Probably poison ivy he picked up at the cabin a few weeks ago.

Ellie and I shared an Icee while waiting for Brandon.

My friend, Gale, from church invited people out to her lake home to spend the day. Ellie immediately found a new friend in Gale’s toy room (yes there is an entire room at her house just for toys) and snuggled on the back porch swing with it.

July 4:

Relaxing on the 4th.

Other photos from the day:

Gail’s beautiful lake home.

Ellie and I spent most of the afternoon floating on the raft. Later when more kids came, it was always full.

Me on the pontoon boat.

Heading back after a tour of the lake and swimming at the beach.

After a wonderful potluck dinner and more swimming for Ellie back at Gail’s dock, we had planned on staying to watch the fireworks. As Ellie got dressed, she said that she’s never watched the fireworks without her Daddy, so we headed home. I tried calling on the way, no answer. When we got home, no Daddy and no note either. Luckily Daddy showed up about 10 minutes before we were ready to leave for the fireworks display. Just enough time to light a few sparklers.

A new challenge this week at prompted me to get a layout done already using these photos from the 4th.

Ellie has recently got into digi-scrapping too. She made this layout using a template. I did the typing, but all the words are hers. She did all the clipping of papers, selecting and resizing of the elements (she loved the paint splatters).

I love her work!