Friday, 30 March 2007
Thursday, 29 March 2007
Looking forward to seeing your pages!
Tuesday, 27 March 2007
It was a fabulous vacation!
This is paper Ralna ordered right from Hawaii - so it is really Hawaiian. :) The sunsets and sunrises (yes I got up for a few) were breathtaking. I came home with well over 500 photos -and those were the ones I didn't delete.
We spent the day and evening at the Polynesian Cultural Center. It was lots of fun, we learned so much and we laughed a whole bunch. This layout to the left was the presentation on the people of the Island of Samoa - they are known as the happy people and this guy was down right hilarious!
Another meal near the ocean - we had such fun together!
This is a photo Mark took of Honolulu late at night. If you double click on it you can get a closer look - it is really a great picture.
I have uploaded some of my Hawaii pictures. Click here if you want to take a look.
Thanks for visiting!
Sunday, 25 March 2007
Well I turned 50 last week. I thought I would take it fairly well, practical, down to earth person that I am. I have so much to be thankful for - a wonderful husband and four children almost all launched and on their way. No Grandchildren yet. But I think I found it a little harder than expected to move into a new decade on the other side closer to 100!
I was sitting in my tiny den/office/library/srcapboook/computer room feeling sorry for myself (isn't it so easy to do that even when we know we are blessed). I was thinking how uninspiring, crowded, messy, cluttered and downright dirty the room was - wish I had some photos to show you just how cluttered it was. It had marked up green walls, old dirty and smelly carpet and just way too much stuff in it. The dumping ground for the whole house. I was blaming my self centered 'feel sorry for myself' thoughts on the room and I decided I needed a pick-me-up, so I just started taking EVERYTHING out of the room! It took the whole day - what a workout - three huge bookshelves full of books, all my computer and photography paraphenalia AND all my scrapbook supplies. Was it ever nice to pull that old carpet out of there! The family room, diningroom and hallway were full of all the stuff now - a dilema I would deal with later.
Off to J&H builders for two hours and I had the paint, two new lighting fixtures and new laminate flooring purchased (all on sale - this was meant to be!). I painted all evening and the next day - was up at 4am to finish the painting (had to work that day) and my son then installed the flooring. Spent my lunch hours and any off time looking for the perfect desk - found a floor model discounted and came in on budget!! Umm...but I won't be buying myself that new wideangle lens for my 50th! haha. I'll keep dreaming. Here are the after pictures - you can only imaging the before pictures! This is a small room but I made it work! I love my new bold wall colour and photos on my wall!
I love my new work room - it is better than I imagined but this reno stuff is really interferring with my scrapbooking. I really have to set some time aside to get more pages done - so many photos waiting for their spot on the page!
Thanks for looking!
Monday, 12 March 2007
.....................a layout that is NOT from the wedding album.
Here are a few of my favorite layouts.
This is my son Mark - Cpl Cortens - in Gari Dupatta,Pakistan. He was serving as as Signals Operator with the DART (Disaster Assistance Response Team) there in November 2005 after their huge earthquake. This page and the two following it were published in summer 2006 Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine. ....my only claim to fame!
And another heritage page - I love doing heritage pages - this one tells the story of my Dad's training and experience in the Canadian Armed Forces. I sent the pictures to him by e-mail a couple of years ago and asked him to tell me about his experiences. I was so blessed with all he wrote and placed it word for word on this page. You never know when your parents or Grandparents will be leaving this world, so find time to sit down with them, go through the family photos and either write down or record all they have to say, getting all the interesting little stories - when they are gone, all those interesting details will be gone as well - forever!
Sunday, 11 March 2007
This page was very easy. The paper is beautifully embossed with the words "dearly beloved" and "forever yours" in silver. I added silver photo corners, flowers and the hearts - and a little bling in the center of the flowers.
Thanks for looking!
Saturday, 10 March 2007
Sunday, 4 March 2007
This page has their wedding vows on it - I put them on in Photoshop before printing the photo. The P&A are a little hard to see. I used alcohol inks on plastic letters to get the color I wanted. Alcohol inks are fun!
This page is pretty simple. Love to use bling! especially for wedding pages.
Thanks for looking!