Saturday, July 9, 2011

Heritage Fun

We've had some gorgeous new kits come available at NDISB in the last couple of weeks. I fell in love with the wonderful papers in Happy Day from AneczkaW Designs. Anna has such a unique style and her kits are always fun to work with. This one jumped into my hands screaming "You need to do a heritage page with me!" I know, a lot of people subscribe to the theory heritage pages should be all in neutrals. I'm not one of those people. Our ancestors didn't live in a neutral-colored world. Their world, like ours, was in living color. So I use a LOT of color in the heritage pages I make to preserve my genealogy research. There's every reason to make beautiful, interesting pages. Genealogy should be fun, not boring and humdrum! Our ancestors were living people, many of whom led very interesting, often intriguing lives.

Anyway, I was a little surprised at the thought of heritage with this kit, because as soon as I saw it I thought of the thousands of happy hours my boys spent learning with Blue on "Blue's Clues" and I fully intended to scrap some of those memories. However, it not only works for heritage, it works well! But, you be the judge!

Here's the kit preview.

Here's my layout. Florence and Annie Todd were my 1st cousins, three times removed. Their mother was my great grandfather's oldest sibling, Anna (also called Annie). There was a 20 year span between Anna's birth and Thomas Winter's birth, Annie being the oldest of the 12 Winter children and Thomas being the youngest.

Page credits: Kits: Happy Day from Aneczkaw Alpha: Time In A Bottle (re-colored) a Guild Encore Kit Template: Breakthrough 2 by Helena Jole Font: Harabarahand

I discovered something very interesting when I accidentally filled the shadow layer for the top center curled edge. Shadow layers filled with papers make wonderful shadows. The extra flourish under the curl is not from the paper background. I inadvertently filled the shadow layer, thinking I had clicked the paper curl layer with the beautiful black paper from the kit. It made such a neat shadow, I decided to leave it alone and just fill the paper layer. It's a really neat technique I think I'll use again.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Well...It's My Anniversary Here - Again!

I don't think I need to say much. I'm such a bad blogger! No promises, but I'm trying to get better at this. It just takes a lot of time.

This visit will be brief, though. I wanted to take a minute and let all you digital scrapbookers know we're having a Creative Team call for Natural Designs in Scrapbooking - NDISB. It's my digi getaway home, so I'm biased, but I think it's the best home in cyberspace.

This announcement was created with "Through The Looking Glass" the June NDISB Customer Appreciation Kit. You can grab it free for two weeks with an $8.00 purchase from 15 Jun 2011. Just click the link in the title. You can, of course, purchase it, too after 1 July!

Site CT Requirements:
- You'll be randomly matched with 2-3 designers each month.
- Create at least 1 layout for each designer and post at NDISB and two other open galleries.
- You're welcome to create more layouts as long as you also complete layouts for your assigned designers.
- Be active in the forums and/or host a monthly challenge.

Interested in joining our team? Send me an email ( or PM before 24 June 2011 with the following:
- A link to your primary gallery.
- A link to your favorite layout you've made and tell me why it's your favorite.
-A short bio and why you want to CT for NDISB.
- Your user name at DST and/or NDISB

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Not Again!

Yeah - again! It's been a whole year since I've been here. And I couldn't tell you where it's all gone. Well, yeah, I can. Some of it at any rate. I started a full-time job at Murray State University last fall and it's really taken it's toll. I just can't quite get in the swing of it. I'm good at finance and accounting, but my brain aches by the time I get home. My brain, not my head, and it just wipes me out! Still, I am grateful and more for a decent job in this tiny town. So I smile every day and thank God for his goodness and providential care!

I think I'm going to take a different direction with my blog posts, too. There will still be scrapbooking here, but there will be a lot more genealogy - and there will be a marriage of the two. So, if you're a heritage scrapper, stay tuned. If you're a genealogist or family historian, stay tuned. If you want an interesting and beautiful way to present and publish your genealogy come in and set a spell. My Scrapbook Genealogy classes will be going back up at NDISB in the near future. Some of them will be revised. I've found some better ways to handle some really boring, grunt work kind of record keeping. There will be new classes coming along in the not too distant future, too. If you're a digital scrapper, register at NDISB and start an album in the gallery for your heritage book. If you complete the challenges, there will be gifts that will increase your stash for heritage layouts. If you're a paper scrapper, join the site and open a gallery. You can take photos of the pages you complete. Many of the kits we use in digi can be printed and used for paper and hybrid, too. And maybe I can convert you! Digital supplies can be reused and you're not out $20 for a page if you make a goof - or find new information that cause you to change your genealogy! Plus, I hope you'll learn to conduct your research the right way and fall in love with the two together. There's nothing worse than reading the begats unless, of course, you want
to fall asleep. So come learn how to make a treasured chronicle from your precious and treasured research!

While we're talking about heritage scrapbooking, let me introduce you to a kit I am just going to HAVE to get. It is so perfect, I don't even know where to start. Many of you know I write the monthly column LifeLines for The Artisan Notebook, the monthly publication of The Digital Scrapbook Artisan's Guild. If you've read LifeLines, you'll know I believe firmly the elements on a heritage page should reflect the times and life of the people being chronicled. Doing this helps others understand our ancestors and know a little more about them - it helps make them real, but without words. The human brain is amazing and automatically makes those conenctions, so be careful what you scrap! How many times have I wanted one or more of the elements in this kit to do just that only to find NO ONE had them? I can't begin to count. So I made some of my own and, I assure you, I am no designer. Good enough for my own book, but not good enough to give to others.

So without further ado, here is Olde Tyme Junque from Cari Cruse, owner of Cari Created Designs.
The kit is available form Sunshine Studio Scraps.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


If you've been to NDISB recently, you'll know there have been some problems in the gallery and the forum. There are some awfully mean, destructive people in this world - people who hurt other people just because they can. You'd think their parents might have taught them better! Anyway, some of those unscrupulous people - or maybe it was just one - got hold of NDISB again. First they hacked the gallery like they did during the ADSR, then they hit the forums. I guess maybe it makes them feel powerful. Maybe makes them feel intelligent that they can do this. I have news for them - it makes them look ignorant, small-minded and petty. I hope Ernie and Theresa will take some legal action and turn it over to the state attorney general. Hackers think no one can catch them, but guess what? They're wrong. It might take awhile, but they'll get caught. Then I hope someone jerks their heads bald!

So don't lose faith. T & E are working hard to get the site restored and onto a new version that isn't vulnerable to this kind of attack. While you're waiting, why not have a look at the store? That's operating properly and man do we have a LOAD of new designers. It seems like I counted 18 new friends and family from all around the globe. And their designs are to die for! Here's a sneak peek:

Monday, June 15, 2009

NDISB June Blog Train

Oh, I did it AGAIN! But at least I've only been gone a few weeks, not months - or years! I've been on a real life roller coaster ride that's kind of had me tied up in knots - my father-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer and we've been a little scattered. Things are looking pretty good for him right now, the chemo has shrunk the tumor, but he will be 80 next year and you just never know what variables age will introduce. Still we love him and are all hanging in there with him.

Now for the fun stuff! Natural Designs in Scrapbooking is having another BLOG TRAIN! The last one was so much fun! The kit was great, all the quick pages and word art were fun and loads of people had a great time. I hope you'll join us again this month.

This is another really fun kit. Many of us that scrapbook have children - most are human, but many of us also have fur babies that are as precious to us a human child! This kit is just for you. Entitled Child's Play, it is chock-a-block FULL of fun goodies. It's HUGE, it's fun - it's FREE!

You can find out all about it at the NDISB Blog.

And here's my little freebie for you:

I'm sorry - it's gone. Thanks for looking!

Make sure you visit Karen for the next stop: Fortlady

Now if you happen to get lost, here's the entire schedule:

starting point NDISB Blog
1- Blind Sight Designs
2- BGDesmet
3- Barb Speck
4- s3js
5- Fortlady
6- Tahera
7- wvsandy
8- Design Dispositions
9- Nadine
10- Maz -
11- Little Dragon Designs Look for more than one here!12- Mom_of_5
13- Hot Flash Designs
14- Maggie - Sandersmr
15- Cre8tvlyYrs Designz by Gina Arzaga
16- AmySueWho
17- Heather Manning
18- Crecia27
19- Samceline
20- Bunnynose
21- Charlize Creation
22- Phil4v4
23- Little Bit's Dzynz/Laura Mundy
24- Bebimora
25- NDISB Blog

Most of all - HAVE FUN!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Dawn Inskip

I'm sad. Dawn Inskip will be closing her shop at Natural Designs in Scrapbooking on the 20th of this month. I've really only just gotten comfortable working with her kits. And that's not because of the kits. They are absolutely wonderful and I have admired them for a long time - and the layouts others have done with them. It's just I'm not very good with the quirky, fun, hand-drawn art and not very good with fantasy and storybook type layouts. I've had to learn some new things and it's way outside my comfort zone. But I learned and they are SO FUN! So I am sad that Dawn is leaving NDISB. Now, if you're a fan don't panic. You will still be able to get her work at The Digi Chick and Pickleberry Pop, just not as NDISB. Sniff! Sniff! But, do hurry over and grab some of her sale items. There are loads of them (about 40) on sale for half price. So get 'em while you can.

Here's a page I did with A Brand New Day

Click HERE to go to Dawn's store.

Friday, May 1, 2009

(Inter) National Scrapbook Day is tomorrow

Wow! This has grown into such a huge celebration! And from National to International by acclamation. I just love it. Here's some of what's going on.

My good friend Bonnie Van Esch is having a 50% off sale. Bonnie has beautiful kits - some very realistic, some whimsical, all great to work with and just plain fun! This includes all of the regular kits but not her Commercial Use products. Here's the newest of her products

There's more to see at Bonnie's store.

Remember: All products EXCEPT Bonnie's Cu products are 50% off 1 May until the 4th May. Please make a note that all discounts will be taken off at check out.