Archive for December, 2008


Design Your Life Week #8

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Week #8 of class continued the idea of Emphasis. The sketches for this week made a clear emphasis by having a large photograph. Here are my two examples:


Journaling: We loved the beauty of the two swimming pools at San Simeon.

Pattie Knox: Brad Bonanza No. 03: Digital Fasteners
Mindy Terasawa: Winter Sparkle Glitters
Jesse Edwards: Clean and Serene Solids, By the Sea Alpha
Art Warehouse: Memories Circles No.10

Designer Digitals,

Other: Vinnie Pearce Your Heart paper

The next layout is a two-page spread.


Journaling: Jennifer had a wonderful season playing for her Fall 2008 AYSO team, Red Hot Chili Peppers. They started practicing in early August and continued throughout the season practicing on Tuesday and Thursday after school. Each Saturday we had a game to attend, most often either 8:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. Their first game of the season ended in a tie. They went on to win every single games afterwards and ultimately they won the Redwood City championship.

Pattie Knox: Little Enamel Sports Accents
Ali Edwards: Remember This Title And Journal
Michelle Martin: Bergen Ribbons
Jesse Edwards: Clean and Serene Solids

Designer Digitals,

Font: Century Gothic


Monday, December 29th, 2008

Cathy Zielske pointed our class to this website,

Our challenge was to use this color generator as a way to find a good color combo for our layout using her sketch. I did one layout by finding this color combo of blue, white, cream and teal.


Design Your Life Week #7

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

For Week #7 the class emphasized the principle of EMPHASIS. That is, making something really stand out in comparison to something else. Emphasis puts attention on something. Attention can be gained by making something big or at big in comparison to something next to it. This can be done in many ways including type size and photograph size.

My two layouts here put emphasis on a photograph because it is slightly larger than the others in the layout. Placement of the photograph makes a difference as well. Another trick is to place the title or embellishments near the photograph that is being emphasized.


Journaling: After kidnapping the party guests from their homes we drove them to our secret destination – a friend’s beach house south of Santa Cruz. At the beach house Captain Jackie inspected her crew. She announced her treasure map was missing so she inspected the girls’ bags until it was found. With map in hand, they followed the path to the beach. On the beach, they discovered a treasure chest filled with gold chocolate coins and snack bags. They were apparently hungry because they all yelled, “Food! Yes!” Next, they played at the beach. Afterwards, we headed back to the beach house. After changing clothes, the girls gathered to open presents. Dinner followed with pizza, watermelon, apples and Jackie’s requested lemon cheesecake.

Fonts: Garamond and Hannibal Lecter

Jessie Edwards: Title Lines 2 and Clean and Serene Solids
Ali Edwards: 31 Days Circle Numbers
Katie Pertiet: SimplyBloom paper
All Designer Digitals,


Back on Track

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Thanksgiving, Christmas, family visits and vacation have all been wonderful this last month, but I’m ready to go back to “regular” life.

Back on track with my Cathy Z. scrapbook class….

Here’s an additional layout from week 6 on unity.


Journaling: The Storybookland Canal Boats have always been a beautiful and quiet ride among the hustle and bustle of Disneyland. On this ride, we sit in a boat that winds through miniature settings from Disney animated films. The outdoor boat ride starts by passing through Monstro’s cave. From there we pass Disney scenes landscaped with miniature trees and shrubs. The miniature settings include:

* Toad Hall from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
* The Sultan’s palace from Aladdin
* The village from Cinderella, featuring a gold-spired castle that is the highest point in Storybook Land.
* An English village including Alice’s house from Alice in Wonderland
* The pigs’ homes from The Three Little Pigs

Pattie Knox: Chat Freebie 06 11 08
Jessie Edwards: Title Lines and Clean and Serene Solids
Katie Pertiet: Decorative Scissors
Fonts: Myriad Pro and Garamond

All Designer Digitals,


Design Your Life Week ???

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Can you tell I haven’t done an update in a few weeks. Truly, I haven’t scrapped anything for this class since week #6. So, no, you haven’t missed anything. I’ve watched the videos and read the handouts (great stuff!) but I haven’t done the actual work yet. We’re on Week 9 in class. I *hope* to get to this soon…

I crossed two more things off my TO DO list!


What’s Cooking 12/2/08 and LIFE

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

LIFE has been wild around here. Jennifer has been filling our life with soccer! In the outdoor arena, her team won the Redwood City championship. That filled one weekend. Then, she decided to do an indoor soccer tournament. That was another weekend of 6 games in 3 days. These girls who had never played indoor soccer took second place in a tri-city tournament! And this weekend is the outdoor area tournament. I *think* we will get a bit of soccer break after that!

Since the girls had the entire week of Thanksgiving off, we decided to go to Disneyland Sunday-Wednesday. We had a great time. I’ve still got over 100’s of pictures to edit…

Then, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now, I am catching up, planning Girl Scouts for two troops and getting us ready for the holidays. 23 items on my TO DO list yesterday. 11 left to do today. Making progress!

Monday: Beef Stroganoff with noodles, sweet corn and grapefruit slices

Tuesday: Chicken Teriyaki with rice and peas

Wednesday: Pizza

Thursday: Penne Pasta with Italian Style Meat Sauce, bread and salad

Friday: Tater Tot Casserole, roasted beets, and glazed carrots

Saturday: Ricoh party for Mike and I; steamed potatoes with toppings for the girls

Sunday: Turkey Tetrazzini