Tuesday, January 29, 2008


This pic is from last year and is done with Anna Aspens gradient masks. It was fun and easy!

here's a video of my younger daughter's cheer team Desert Cheer Xtreme. She's the one on the team with the big black brace on her knee. Makes it easier to pick her out of the crowd.

The video is about 2 minutes long.


Monday, January 28, 2008

Updating layouts

Credit - paper Liv's Boy oh Boy
Alpha - K. Pertiet Grunged Alpha

Orton Effect

Original photo

Ok I've been getting nagged on the chat at Jessica Sprague to upload the picture I did using the tutorial the Kimi posted on her blog. It's call Orton Effect. It makes the photo kind of look like a painting.

We have been having so much fun with the chat room. I haven't gotten very much done because of it. Oh well. That's life. The laundry isn't going anywhere.

I'll be trying to put up the video tomorrow from you tube of a cheer competition that my daughter competed in. She should be home to help me - you know how techie teenagers can be.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Chat Room

We have a chat room at Jessica Sprague!!! The chat room opened up this morning and I was on for over 4 hours, and finally had to retire to get some real life things done. (Fold the laundry, eat breakfast and lunch, etc...) We were having so much fun. Liv finally had to leave after several hours to get to sleep. She's in the Philippines and hadn't even been to bed when I got on a 8am!! It was almost 11 am when she finally left to get some sleep. We all know she doesn't really sleep. Just does incredible things on No Sleep. 
I got another lo done for the load project - hum, it's the 21st and I only have 9 los done. Oh well, 9 is better than none.
Hop on over and play on the chat room and I'll talk to you soon!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

More Photos

Just wanted to add a couple of layout that I finally got completed. One is a quickie page that is from the Jan. kit with Scrappers guide and the 2nd is the Photoshop Friday at Jessica Sprague - the diffuse glow tut. Had a lot of fun with that one. If you go to her web site it's on her blog. Very easy to follow directions!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

7 Random Facts

I've been tagged. It's taken me a really long time to get to this and by now everyone has been tagged so I guess it ends with me. I was tagged by 3 people Liv, Dawn, and Angela. check their blogs for some incredible layouts and freebies.
The Rules of the game are 1) Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog. 2) Share 7 random facts about yourself on your blog - we all want to know them. 3) Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. 4) Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a message on their blog.

Ok for my 7 random facts
  1. I collect Disney antenna balls. I have enough to change the antenna ball of my car every week for over a year without repeating.
  2. I love trashy novels. The trashier the better. The latest phase has been trashy vampire novels, but any will do.
  3. I cry at sad/emotional movies, books, commercials. If it has a sad part in it, I'm crying. My kids told me to watch the movie "The Notebook" with a box of tissues, so I still haven't seen watched it as my family makes fun of me when I cry.
  4. I have nephews and nieces that are older than I am. When I was in high school one of my nephews would introduce me to his friends as Auntie Lisa. We had a class together and the teacher kept trying to tell me that I was his cousin not his aunt (his mom & I are sisters - a 20 yr age difference)
  5. I took ballet, tap and hula lessons when I was young. We would perform for the retirement centers around our area. I wanted to be a ballerina until I discovered gymnastics (and grew boobs). 
  6. When I was young I had to take piano lessons. No one knew I couldn't read music until one day one of my sisters asked my mom who was playing piano and she said  I was. My sister said that couldn't be right as I was playing music she normally played (claire de lune) - remember i was about 7. She came out to see who was playing and started yelling when she saw that I had the wrong music on the piano. I hated piano after that.
  7. I was on the Art Linkletter Houseparty TV Show when I was in the 4th grade (1966). There were 8 kids picked from my school. For being on the show we received a hair dryer and a croquette set as prizes.
I hope these are different enough to make you to laugh :)

If you are reading this and haven't been tagged - well, you're it now!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Just a short update. I haven't been feeling very good lately, so I haven't done anything on the computer except lurk on the Jessica Sprague message board. No scrapbooking, no posting, just boring sitting on the bed watching tv. Went to the Dr's yesterday to have them check the peg feeding tube as it's starting to get a little clogged up. This would be very very bad if it got completely clogged as this is how I get most of my food. If it gets too clogged up they will have to change it. Not something I want to look forward to. I don't know if it's something I would have to have surgery to have it replaced like when they first put it in. The next big challenge is to get my weight up. I was supposed to be up to 80 lbs by Jan. but I can't seem to get past the 77 lb mark. I eat fattening snacks like ice cream and pudding, but I guess not enough to make a big difference. When I was chunky all I wanted to be was skinny, and I'm way tooo skinny and all I want is to put on weight. Better watch out for what you wish for. Now the next pain is that I finally found a gastro dr. that I really liked and knew what he was doing, and he ups and moves on me. I would follow him if he only went to California, but noooo he has to move to Florida!! Just a little too far to travel for dr. appts. The physician's assistant I saw yesterday was very nice so I guess I'll just stay with the same office and see someone else in the practice.

I got tagged from several girls on the JS message board. I did a 7 facts post on the thread the Veevs made on the no tagging thread, but hopefully later today or tomorrow I'll do one here, maybe even with a layout. I think everyone has been tagged, but I'll see if anyone got left out.

Thanks for listening. 

Thursday, January 10, 2008

More Load LO

Here are 2 more layouts for the LOAD project. I'm behind but I'm pleased with getting more layouts done than I would have without doing this class. Currently I'm doing layouts that Jessica Sprague did a tutorial on in the Creating Keepsakes magazine. It's fun and I did 2 of the same technique to get a little more practice. 

Credits: Golf - Katie Pertiet Frame, You are Beautiful by Verona Karolyi Paper
Madison - Katie Pertiet Frame, DMI Naturals by Diane Miler paper


Saturday, January 5, 2008

USS Arizona

Here's the next page for the load challenge. This lo was when Jessica and I went to Hawaii for a gymnastics competition. We stayed in Honolulu. One of the places I really wanted to see was Pearl Harbor. The trip to the Arizona was incredible. I was really moved by the memorial and tributes to all our heros who served in our armed forces for WWII. This is one page of the album from our trip. I'll have to keep working on this so I have a whole album.

Friday, January 4, 2008


I've been creating layouts for the Lay Out A Day at Big Picture Scrapbooking. I've been using templates so it's much easier than trying to think up a design - I'm so not creative like that. Give me directions on exactly how to do something and I'm good, otherwise it's boring straight lines and blocks. Oh well, do what you can do. I need to make resolutions about trying to expand my design skills to incorporate new styles. Try to go "outside the box". There are so many styles of my friends that I would love to emulate - Liv, (Lisa) Lexicam, Kimi-boo. These ladies are so creative and stylish. It makes me green with envy. I love to see their layouts because they are so good. Lisa (Lexicam) is now on a design team, Kimi makes tutorials so we can learn how to do things better, and Liv - what can I say. She creates. She makes freebies - papers, elements, you name it. She made a shutter plopper for everyone to use. If you like it please visit her blog - see my sidebar and pick it up. She's incredible and so generous. 
Alot of us girls over on Jessica Sprague's mb had a chat last night. What fun that was. I had to leave after 3 hrs as the battery on my laptop was dying, but others stayed for 6 hrs!! We started at 7:30 pm PST. Veevs joined us from England -she had to set her alarm to wake up at 3:30 am to get in the chat. That's what happens when you live half way around the world.
Here are a couple of layouts for the LOAD class.

The top layout is of my daughter Krystin and I at Disneyland, the bottom photo is of my younger daughter Jessica and her friend Danielle.


Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy New Year

I can't believe it's 2008 already. It seems as if 2007 just flew by. I guess it's ok as it wasn't such a great year for me. I'm looking forward to 2008 being better. I signed up for a class at Big Picture Scrapbooking for LOAD (lay out a day) for the month of Jan. I'm already behind and it's only the 2nd of Jan. Oh well, I'll just have to keep trying to catch up.

I scanned a bunch of pictures of a trip Jessica and I took to Hawaii for a gymnastics competition in Jan 2004. As soon as I finished scanning all the photos, I checked in the back of the album I had them in, and lo and behold what did I find? I had the film developed and also put on a cd. I guess every once in a while I think ahead. At least it makes it easier to put the pics on my laptop and not have to copy everything to a disk and then to the laptop.

Here is the layout for my 1st day of the LOAD class. It's of the Rose Parade. The photos of the floats and band are pics I took of the tv. The Rose Parade logo I copied from the Pasadena City Web site. I used it as the background and also on the lo itself. I kind of miss not being in So Cal for the parade. You could watch the parade all day long on several different channels. You don't get to do that here in Vegas. It's only on a couple of channels and if you snooze, you lose part of the parade.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and have a great 2008.