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Monday, May 25, 2009

Layout: Another Year Older

This is Abigail's layout for her 10th birthday - hard to believe! I used a brand new digital kit by Shanmomto4 Designs called (what else?) - "Another Year Older"!

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Layout: Easter Fun (Gabriel)

Here's another layout I did "scraplifting" the layout I used for Abigail's Easter page (below). I just changed out the paper and elements and then I had a totally new look - more funky and boyish! I used a digital collab kit called "Hello Easter" by Scrappy Cocoa, Nibble Scribbles and Digi Designs by Nicole. The bright non-traditional colors are great since I have several little men to do pages for!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Layout: "Monkey Boy"

This is Thurman's 21 month layout for his album. He is definitely a clown and love attention! I used a brand new kit by Un_Leash_ed Scraps called "Monkeying Around". I love the colors and the embellishments - especially the adorable ornery looking monkeys!

NOTE: All of the digital layouts on this blog that were posted prior to this layout - and including this layout - were produced using FotoFusion scrapbooking software by LumaPix. While this software is super easy to learn and use and while it has the capability of creating fantastic layouts, most digital scrappers will find themselves becoming frustrated with its lack of features after a short time (it took me 4 months). I would recommend this software only if you are brand new at digital scrapbooking and you want a software program this is simple and that you can jump right into. Otherwise, I would recommend Digital Scrapbook Artist by Serif (which all of my layouts starting with the next one are made with). It takes a bit more effort to learn, but has a TON of great features! And it's still a lot easier than PhotoShop (which I tried on several occasions, but it's over my head - and I don't have the time or patience to learn it). DSA also has a great, active forum where you can post questions (and get REAL answers promptly)! And I even found a trick for creating 2-page spreads with this program (e-mail me if you want to know)!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Layout: "This Moment"

This is something completely different for me. I "always" do 2-page layouts with lots of pictures and journaling. But I've been seeing all these layouts being done with just one photo, lots of embellishing and little to no journaling. They may not tell a story (which is why I do scrapbooking), but they are beautiful. I love this photo of my mom and Thurman so I wanted to do something special with it. I think the page turned out nicely if I do say so myself. I doubt I'll be making many pages like this (too many photos I want to use and too much to say - LOL), but it was fun and different!

I used a kit called "My Mother's Garden" by Shanmomto4 Designs. The colors are gorgeous!

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Layout: "A Day with Duane"

Abigail had a field trip to go on and she invited Duane to go with her. It was nice that they had some "bonding" time together and Abigail was thrilled with the extra attention. For this layout, I used a brand new kit by Un_Leash_ed Scraps called "Uplifting". I love the colors - pinks, blues and greens with a hint of black.

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Layout: "Fun"

We entered the new century and finally got a Wii! Surprisingly all of us love it (including Duane - who HATED the very idea of it). I had to do a layout to commemorate something we can finally all enjoy together. Of course, there are no pics of me as usual. Although I don't like having my picture taken and usually hate my pictures, I often feel left out because I am virtually nonexistant in my scrapbooks.

Okay, now that I've had my little whine for the day, I'll let you know about the gorgeous kit I used for this layout. It's called "Girlfriend" and it's by Shanmomto4 Designs. The colors are so unique together which is what I love about it. I also love the fabulous wordart and element selection.

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