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