May 3rd, 2009


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November 6, 1993 – May 2, 2009

A wonderful companion for myself and my family for 15 years.

I will always remember the uncontainable excitement and sparkle in his eyes when we played fetch.

I will always remember his willingness (and patience with me) in doing all these strange things (tracking, obedience and agility) that I asked of him.

I will always remember his desire to be with me for a walk or just lounging around the house.

To live on in our hearts and minds forever…

You are deeply missed.


Design Your Life Week #12

May 1st, 2009

This is the final week of the on-line class. No new information, but lots of encouragement to continue. The assignment from this week is to look at all the layouts that you’ve done for the class and choose your two favorites. Now, that those two layout sketches and do other pages with those same sketches. I have a few that I really enjoyed using – the ones dealing with white space in week #5 were some of my favorites.  I also really liked week #8 when we did layouts with large photographs, especially when it is contrasted with smaller photographs. I love the visual impact.


Design Your Life Week #11

April 30th, 2009

The element for week #11 is type. Cathy emphasized the idea of only really needing a few fonts. Often the same font can be used for the journaling and the title. The act of making a font bigger for the title can be enough. Additionally using size contrast on a title can be enough as well.

In one layout, we used the same font for the journaling and title. I used Helvetica here.

In another layout, we contrasted the size of the type in the title.


Self Portrait Tag

March 10th, 2009

I’ve been tagged by my dear friend Sue. The assignment is to immediately take a self-portrait. It was nighttime and I was due for a haircut the next day, but here I go…


I took this using the self-timer on my digital SLR. I propped it up on a table and leaned over on the floor to get the shot.

The rules of this tag are:

Take a picture of your self right now, no primping or preparing. Just snap a picture.
Load onto your blog.
Tag 3 people to play…remember if you are tagged on another blog we will all be heading to yours to see if you played along.

I’m tagging Ramona, Tracy and Donna


365 Project Week #5

February 1st, 2009


Another week goes by. Can you believe it’s February already?


365 Project Week #4

January 28th, 2009

Here’s the summary of last week:


Denise Gormish: Template

Jesse Edwards: Clean and Serene Solids, designerdigitals
Ali Edwards: Day + Month Labels Brushes,


The Gift Project

January 25th, 2009

Layouts done: 13

I finished my gift project. It’s being printed by Shutterfly and now I am awaiting its arrival….


Current Scrapbook Project Update

January 20th, 2009

Partially done: 6 layouts

Completely done: 6 layouts


Current Scrapbook project

January 16th, 2009

I have two weeks of class to finish, week #11 and #12. I have a basic sketch and idea for the layouts, but I have put them aside for now. I’m on a detour. Here’s why:

For Mike’s mom I made her a digital scrapbook for Christmas. It consisted on pages from our life January – June. It was not all the pages. That would have been about 100 pages. This was 25 selected pages. Well, her birthday is in February and it is my goal to give her a book with July – December done. Of coarse, I haven’t scrapped all those pages yet so I have to do some of those! I went through all my pictures and figured out which 12 (!) pages I need to do. So, I have about 3 weeks to do 12 pages. How am I doing? Well, I’ve got the photos on pages, titles and journaling done on all of them. Now, to tweak them with my wonderful Designer Digital products.

Partially done: 11 layouts

Completely done: 1 layout


Design Your Life Week #10

January 3rd, 2009

I am SO catching up here!

In week #10 Cathy Z. took a look at the huge topic of color. We have  been discussing color all along with various color combinations to try. This week, she discussed the basics of color theory but then shared her approach to color. She looks for 4 colors in her photographs that may work. She may narrow them down to 2 or 3 colors but then she looks for papers and embellishments in those colors. Next, she will work with the proportions.

We did a couple exercises of picking 4 colors from the photograph and then narrowing it down to 2 or 3 colors. I learned that I am really more comfortable with a two color plus neutral combination. I am addicted to white especially for the journaling and/or background colors. I did two layouts this way, but I won’t post the pictures because they are group shots.