Friday, October 30, 2009

Me and A Poem

Me and a Poem

I have this really great kit for a designer that I CT for called Daybreak that I LOVE! The colors, the details and how it all goes together. Last night I was looking at the yummy papers and wanted to do something really special with it - so I did two double page layouts (getting all of these digital pages printed is going to require some planning!)...hope you enjoy. If you want Daybreak, go to Jaya Prem's Hangout and visit her store at Scrapable.

Okay, as promised here are the two 'stories' that go with the pages.


I was invited, and honoured, to speak to a group regarding my work with animal emergencies. I was, however, unprepared for some of the 'add-on's' to the task such as photo, bio and brief of my presentation. It wasn't just because I was asked on short notice, it is that I never have thought about what I had to say as having enough import for me to need such things as a photo, bio and a presentation brief. That night I scrambled and surfed around to find a headshot that would work...I did settle on one but it wasn't great. Most of my pictures have Luke, a dog, a truck or a Farm Girl cap (not that any of those things are not awesome, of course) but I knew I needed a head shot that showed confidence and a wee bit of personality. The other night I took my camera in the sunroom and took some photos. I am so thankful they turned out (in part to a great haircut by Margaret at Hair in the City, Winnipeg) and wanted to do a page of just 'me'. I didn't even feel too selfish ;-) about having a page of me photos.

"Daybreak Warning"
You know the old saying, "Red sky in morning, sailor's warning, red sky at night, sailor's delight"? Well we know it is so true, red sky in the morning can lead to a very windy day ahead, so when I took the photos of our wonderful sunrise I was actually thinking of what might blow away! When I started playing with the Daybreak papers and swirls I thought of the windy day and the sunrise photos - and wow it worked! I came up with a quick little poem and 'taa daa' I did another layout with just one photo and a few simple elements.

I still have to post my photos of my other paper pages from Shanley's awesome C.M. Croptoberfest last weekend (I tied in a layout contest with Kimberly!) and I promised a freebie wordart this weekend...but for now it's back to work.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Two boys = Lots of Fun!

Luke worked so hard, and was missing Aunty Shelly and Evan lots, and we finally got a day when we all could get together! The two boys were so excited to see each other, and little man Zachary got in on the action too! They ran and played, and ran and played and then took it outside for some serious 'big boy' fun with an excavator, a play structure and a dog named Daisy.

I had to do two layouts (and will have a couple more!) as soon as I could...the photos turned out super.

The above layout was done using Scrapgirls' Work Zone kit - you gotta check it out! It's AWESOME stuff!

This next layout was done using Jaya Prem's 'Boys Will Be Boys' kit - there is an alpha, elements and papers...great for cool (or as Luke says, "BAD") boy layouts. Click on the kit to go to her store for the kit, you'll love it!

I loved the bottle cap that I used to put my favorite photo of the day - somehow I was able to get both smiling faces to pause for just a shutter's breath and 'gotcha'! They were having so much fun, as you can see, and it was a great fall day for two best pals to spend together.

I've had some nice comments on my little freebie from the previous post, hope to hear from more of you and see some layouts! I'm working on a little word art for us farm and country folks who love old barns...look for it over the weekend. Go check out the kits and have a super night.

Bright blessings, always and in all ways...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fall & Harvest

Although it is hard to say 'farewell' to summer fall does offer it's share of wonders. Migrating birds, the painter's box of colored leaves and grasses. Our animals getting their winter coats, getting shaggy and long. The days can be warm with no bugs, they can be chilly without being cold. The snow comes to visit and then leaves us with a freshly washed fall yard.

To celebrate fall I've decided to share a mini kit I made for scrapbooking. Share some love with your comments, use as much as you want, personal or commercial no worries. My only request is to share some of those pages that you've made! Would love to see what you do...after all it's that kind of encouragement that might motivate me to do another set of bits for this kit or make a new one :-) Click here for the files. If that doesn't work let me know and we'll get it to you another way!

The weather is so nice today we might have a fall cookout over the open fire tonight - hot dogs and chips! Sounds yummy...nice fire, warm fall night. Will get some photos, and one of these days I'll do some more pages.

I was a home handiwoman today, and that felt pretty good to fix something on my own. And it worked too! Which is an added bonus. Gotta get some work done though and post this so my Farm Girl friends and other friends can grab their fall treat! brightly blessed, always and in all ways!