Okay, so I’ve been making time to scrap but finding time to update the old blog is rough. Anyway, here’s a LO that is close to my heart. It was somewhat difficult to do because I miss my mother very much.

I love the Having Hope collection by Thao Cosgrove at ScrapGirls. I had to have it. As soon as I saw it, I thought of the concept for this page. Mostly because I used Beth Nixon’s Choosing Hope kit for a layout about my mother’s victory over breast cancer. She had gone into remission but the cancer returned so aggressively within only 3 months or so–even the oncologist was surprised.

Well, without further ado, my tribute to my beautiful mother:

She Is Loved, a  12×12 page created with Adobe Photoshop CS3 by capriMOM0625.


B*day G*rl, originally uploaded by capriMOM0625.

I had a lot of fun with the January ScrapGirls kit by Trish Yochum. The colors were perfect for this page about my lil sis’s bday!
The design was inspired by a sketch in Scrapbooks Etc Page Planner. I’m so glad they did a 2nd printing. It is loaded w/inspiration!

Photo A Day #2, originally uploaded by capriMOM0625.

Photo a Day #1, originally uploaded by capriMOM0625.

I’m going to try this photo a day challenge at SG. I created a template that I will use to help me get the photos off my camera and here into my blog. Some of the photos will end up in their own layouts but I hope I’ll have a nice 365 page album at the end of the year.

I am a member of ScrapGirls Monthly Club and this LO features the November 2008 featured kit–Character Collection Biggie by Durin Eberhart. It wasn’t love at first sight with this kit, but the previews just didn’t do it justice! As I unzipped and tagged the files, I just knew I couldn’t resist the urge to scrap with it. My favorites from this selection include the alpha, the rich jewel tones, and the exquisite detail and textures of the papers.

A Good Man, 12×12 page created w/Adobe Photoshop CS3 originally uploaded by capriMOM0625.

I am glad I was able to find some time 2 scrap this weekend. My next few projects will be holiday oriented and also, I have the sad duty of sending gratitude cards to friends and family who supported my family during our time of loss. Oh yeah, and I want to dress up my blog and change my message board siggy! So much to do…so little time!

I’m so happy to be scrapping again! I lost my mojo for quite awhile but this sketch I found on a MySpace group really inspired me to try making a LO with a lot of white space. It was fun to push myself out of my box by trying a new scrapping style. Since there is so much white space, I had to be careful in choosing my materials because there is such a tight focus to the page. Every element has so much impact and that’s what I love about this one.

Love the Art in Yourself, 12×12 page created w/Adobe Photoshop CS3 originally uploaded by capriMOM0625.

i had a very productive scrap week thanks to my dsu 110 class, beginnings with bethy challenge (more on that later) & scrapgirls freebie challenge and saturday color challenge. all that scrapping has left me with little time to do much else lol. here are my most recent layouts:

“scrap me? why not?”
credits: scrapping me page kit by beth nixon; fonts:artistamp, blackladder itc, 1942 report, eminenz, bickham script pro

this one is for beginnings with bethy which is a monthly challenge at digitalscrapbookplace.com. every month she provides kits and if you make a layout using the kit you will earn a posting bonus which is usually an add-on to the kit for the challenge. i participated in the scrapping me challenge using the kit of the same name. it is a lovely kit with it’s deep browns, teals, creams and blues. also, there are fun elements like the flowers and beads you see here along with a nice frame that can be used as more than a frame. (i used it as a brush for my background).

plaid smoky pattern background (border on left) & swirl smoky background (small photo mat)
by emma powell for dsu; fonts: batik regular, eminenz, later on, browalia new

this layout is my homework for lesson 3 of dsu 110 which is making a paper-style page. it was full of wonderful info–like using textures to make your own custom backgrounds and other great tips. also learned some new ways to use the program which is what the class is all about.

“beware the ides of march”
credits: photo:syllabus of richard leach of indiana university (google image search); scrap simple paper template beautiful distress rough(background) by thao cosgrove; avalon circle corners by valerie randall (parentheses around ‘ides’ & cut small circles for brads on ‘et tu’ tag);avalon tan journaling tag by valerie randall (et tu brute tag);avalon nouveau pattern purple paper (ides); avalon green floral nouveau pattern paper (March); assemble your own avalon buff ribbon (tabs behind alphas;recolored green; done before I realized already had a green tab);layer your won worn seals date tag by brandie valenzuela freebie; avalon alphas by valerie randall (beware title); beautiful distress brush set edge grunge & scratches by thao cosgrove; fonts: popular, giddy up std, trajan pro, eras demi light, bookman old style

this layout is for 2 challenges over at scrapgirls.com: weekly freebie challenge & saturday color challenge. the freebie for this week was the save this date stamp & the color challenge was to use green &purple together in a layout in honor of st urho. i thought the ides of march was a great layout for this challenge. purple being the color of royalty &green associated w/the month of march &march 15 being a date to keep in mind (perfect for that brush). had a lot of fun with this one.

that’s all for this week…now i’m off to do something else until inspiration strikes me again.

i’m taking a dsu 110:introduction to scrapping with adobe photoshop at digitalscrapbookplace.com. it’s a 4 week class with a new lesson introduced every week. along with the lessons, you get some cool, basic kits. right now, we’re on week 2 & so far it’s going really well. i’m learning new and better ways to use cs3 the way i want to use it for scrapbooking. emma powell is the instructor and she’s very good. the lessons are very detailed with lots of written, visual, and even video explanations. because i usually learn by reading instructions, i haven’t checked out the videos but i heard they were great.

here are my layouts from the class so far:

lesson one
credits: dsu intro kit vines

lesson two
credits: dsu intro kit braided edges

i’m really enjoying scrapping. i even brought an idea journal and i actually plan to alter the cover. woo hooo–something to look forward to perhaps lol

credits: Sports Fan page kit by DSP designers/Lisa Carter; Fonts–title:century gothic, cooper standard, fiolex girls; journaling: segoe script; tiny date caption: Daun Penh; program: Adobe Photoshop CS3

using another IOTW kit at DSP, i created this layout in honor of jenelle’s godfather will. it is also a very heavy scraplift of “2 months” by cheryl manz from the book find your groove: a guide to discovering your scrapbook style by Kitty Foster and Wendy McKeehan.

i really love the kit, which is sport’s fan by dsp designers/lisa carter. it is really designed with sports in mind but as you can tell, it can be used for other purposes. i liked the masculinity of the sports theme and i had the idea for a page about will and jenelle for a very long time, so when i saw this kit, i knew i would use these photos. all in all, i’m really enjoying the IOTWs. again, you just cant beat the price at $0.99 and the kits can be used for so many different types of layouts. i’m sure you’ll be seeing more layouts featuring the IOTW from me.

well i am LOVING my new laptop! It definitely made creating this layout for digital scrapbook place’s (dsp) item of the week (iotw) challenge!credits: Heart’s Delight kit by Tina Chambers of DSP; fonts: segoe print, segoe script, &georgia

i haven’t completed an actual layout in so long & i stayed up entirely too long last night working on this one. for this layout, i used heart’s delight kit by tina chambers of dsp. it was a delight working with the nice papers &patterns with deep reds, creams &silver accents. amazingly, i only paid $0.99 for this kit because it was chosen to be the IOTW! when i first started scrapping i couldn’t really afford to buy any scrapbooking materials &the beauty of digi-scrapping is that you don’t have to pay for anything with the amazing world of freebies. but $1 a week for a new kit is not bad at all, in fact it’s great. have i found a new addiction? i think so!

oh for some backstory on the actual LO. my boyfriend &i celebrated our 1st anniversary on valentine’s day (he’s so romantic)! i wanted to do something to commemorate our special milestone and when i saw tina’s kit as IOTW i knew i’d found the perfect kit to go with what i had in mind!