Friday, December 25, 2009

Blizzard of 2009

For the first time in a long time we had a white Christmas in Oklahoma! The blizzard of 2009 won't soon be forgotten! Our family had planned to travel to Nebraska for Christmas with Kim's family. Early in the week we changed our plans because we could tell from the weather forecasts that, while we would have no trouble getting there, we were likely to have weather issues trying to get back home. Kristin was scheduled to fly back to Detroit on December 26th (a scheduling error that we tried to undo earlier but that would have cost us more than the price of the original ticket to change). ANYWAY . . . long story short - thankfully we decided to stay home for Christmas this year which turned out to be a good decision because the mid-west got walloped with a huge winter storm. In Oklahoma City we had 14 inches of snow, 35 mph sustained winds with gusts up to 60 mph (causing the snow to come down horizontally) and extremely low temperatures and wind chills. Power was out in some areas of the city, snow drifted on the highways causing trucks to overturn and jackknife and there were hundreds of accidents (including a 50-car pileup in one area). Cars were stuck in snowdrifts on the highways and had to be abandoned, and eventually all the interstates were closed leaving hundreds of unlucky people stranded in stores and cars all across the city. We felt so fortunate to be spending a quiet Christmas Eve snug in our warm house with our power on, eating a dinner of yummy Mandarin Chicken, and enjoying a quiet family night playing cards while watching the non-stop weather coverage on local television. The best part of the whole deal for us was that flights were so disrupted that the airlines were allowing people to change their flights at no charge so we get to have Kristin home until next week after all! Today Kim ventured out to shovel the driveway and clean the snow off Jenna's car and a guy from NBC news stopped to interview him. He appeared on the national news for about one second and he's totally enjoying his moment of fame! Ha!
What a Christmas Eve this was!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Creative-Scrappers Sketch No. 75

This is my last page as a Design Team member at Creative-Scrappers. I've enjoyed it. Thank you for the opportunity Kristine!

We used Sketch No. 75 by Allison Cope:

I used pictures of Kristin and her friends taken on their club's retreat near Charlevoix, Michigan:

Monday, October 19, 2009

October Challenge

The October 1-15 challenge at Creative-Scrappers was to use a transparency on your layout. The biggest challenge for me was trying to find the transparencies I knew I had bought but never used! Once I found the two I had, the page was quick, easy and fun to do. This is a picture of Kristin and the girls in her club taken at a weekend retreat at a cabin in Northern Michigan.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Click Here to Check Out Tam's Giveaway!

Go to Tam's blog for a big chipboard giveaway! And while you're there I'm sure you'll be impressed with the beautiful things she made this weekend! Her creations are so bright and fun with just the right amount of "whimsical" thrown in! Enjoy!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Creative-Scrappers Sketch No. 73

Today was another reveal day at Creative-Scrappers! We used Sketch No.73 by Lady Grace. I really enjoyed working with this one!

This is what I did with it. The pictures were taken by Jenna and her friends at a park in Vienna.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Abbey Road Layout

I've started working on a scrapbook for Jenna's semester in Europe - hopefully I can get it together to give to her at Christmas. This is one of the first layouts I've finished. The pictures were taken during the first week of their trip when they were in London.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Creative Scrappers Sketch No. 71

Sketch No. 71 has been posted at Creative-Scrappers. It's a great sketch by Karen Gerber that I'll definitely use again. Here's the sketch, and my take on it. Thanks Karen for giving us a great one to work with!

"When you come to the end of a perfect day and you sit alone with your thought; While the chimes ring out with a carol gay for the joy that the day has brought. Do you think what the end of a perfect day can mean to a tired heart? When the sun goes down with a flaming ray and the dear hearts have to part? Well, this is the end of a perfect day, near the end of a journey too. But it leaves a thought that is big and strong, with a wish that is kind and true. For mem'ry has painted this perfect day with colors that never fade, and we find at the end of a perfect day, the soul of a friend we've made." (Carrie Jacobs-Bond)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sketch No. 69

Today was the reveal of Sketch No. 69 by (Deb Harter)at Creative-Scrappers:

I made two layouts using this fun sketch:

The first is of Kristin and some friends in Italy:

Pisa Memories:

And the second is some Glamour Shots of Jenna - a big OU Fan - wearing an OU jersey:

Friday, September 4, 2009

Ugly Paper Challenge

This week it was my turn to host a challenge at I challenged anyone who wanted to play along (as well as myself) to use an ugly piece of paper that you've had in your stash for awhile. This is the paper I used - I cannot even imagine why I bought it in the first place! I've kept it around for several years and decided it was finally time to try to do something with it.

I started out by cutting and weaving papers through it; distressing it with paint; sewing on it and finally by spraying it with two different colors of Glimmer Mist (which doesn’t show up in the scan, but leaves a slight shimmer on the page).

Here is the finished page I made out of it:

(Journaling: Common sense told me it wouldn't always be this way. I knew that there would eventually be some sibling rivalry, squabbling and fighting. But we were off to a good start and common sense told me to enjoy every minute of the sweetness while it lasted. Quote: To have a loving relationship with a sister is not simply to have a buddy or confidant - it is to have a soulmate for life (Victoria Secanda).

If you'd like to participate in the challenge, post your ugly paper and your finished layout in the gallery at Post a note in the "Our Designer Challenges" section of the forum so we will know that you're playing along. Layouts posted by September 15th will be entered into a drawing for a RAK from me. I can't wait to see your creations!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Creative Scrappers Sketch No. 67

Today was the reveal of Sketch No. 67 at Creative-Scrappers:

I used an old picture of my dad and his cousin Marie that was taken in the Spring of 1943 when he came home to visit on leave. He had just finished basic training and "tank school" and was home to visit before shipping off to England. I enjoyed listening to him talk about what he remembered about the picture. He said he remembered how good it was to be home. For him, the hardest part of being in the Army was being away from his family.

Here is the page I made with it.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sketch No. 66 at Creative-Scrappers

This week Sketch No. 66 (by Karan Gerber) was posted at Creative-Scrappers. This is one of my favorites and I'm sure I'll be using it again!

And here's what I did with it:

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bruce Tallon

For the second time this summer I've unexpectedly lost a friend to a heart attack. Sunday evening my daughter called and asked me if I'd heard that Bruce died. She had received a text from a friend asking for prayers for her friend Zach because his dad had died. I made a few calls to mutual friends, but nobody else had heard about it either, so I began to hope that it was a strange rumor or a silly prank between the kids. It couldn’t be true - he was too healthy and too young to have died. Besides, I had seen Bruce that morning. He made a funny comment before leading the closing prayer at church and it seemed too impossible and too awful to be true. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. Bruce had a massive heart attack Sunday afternoon. He had been rushed to the heart hospital, but the doctors were unable to save his life.

Bruce truly made the world a better place. I first remember him in college - the handsome jock who was dating the cute cheerleader. I got to know Bruce and Terry personally after college when we all attended the same church, worshiping and raising our families together, and more recently when he was our Bible school class chairman. He was a fixture - always there; always smiling; always contributing. Through the years, and the struggles I grew to appreciate Bruce and Terry. Just like the rest of us, they had challenges, but they were courageous enough to take off their masks and be real and I always enjoyed talking to both of them when I had the chance. We live in the same neighborhood and our paths seemed to cross a lot - they were coming as we were going or vice versa. Bruce would smile and wave; always taking the time to reach out, to smile, to make people feel welcomed and included.
He was good.
He was an encourager.
Tomorrow is Bruce’s funeral service and I will be there with literally hundreds of other people whose lives he touched in the same way.
He will be missed.
The world needs more Bruces.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sketch No. 65

Today, Sketch No. 65 by Deb Harter was revealed at Creative-Scrappers. This is the page I did with it. Jenna and her friend Kyle spent an afternoon walking around taking pictures of each other in downtown Oklahoma City. This was one of the pictures Kyle took of Jenna acting silly, but I liked it anyway. The background papers were done by stamping with clear ink on white paper and embossing the stamped image with clear embossing powder. I then rubbed the paper with green and blue pigment ink. The embossed images resist the ink and create a cool looking patterned paper.

Friday, August 7, 2009

In Search of One Decent Smile

This is a layout I made of Jenna and her friend Ryan goofing off with the camera. They realized it's almost impossible to get a picture of Ryan where he's smiling AND keeping his eyes open at the same time. This one was made with lots of scraps - no new papers.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Counting Piggies With Grandma

Today was my first design team reveal at Creative-Scrappers. The Design Team used this awesome sketch created by Karan Gerber:

This is the page I did using Karan's sketch. It's a picture of my mom and Kristin when she was little. They're cuddling in the chase lounge at the cottage, counting piggies. I used some of my favorite papers from Prima and Creative Imaginations.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

25 Roses for 25 Years

Yesterday Kim and I celebrated our 25th anniversary! On one hand I feel like that was a VERY long time ago, and yet on the other hand it could have been yesterday. We've done a lot of living since then - not always fun, but altogether very rewarding and I can say without hesitation that I would do it all over again. In the 25 years Kim and I have been married, we've loved and squabbled; raised two beautiful daughters; said goodbye to one mother and one father, 4 grandparents, numerous aunts and uncles and a few friends. We've been rich and we've been poor; we've changed sizes, jobs and houses; we've traveled - more before the kids and less after they were born; We've loved and lost pets; supported each other through surgeries and illnesses; worshiped together and fought with each other. We've shared friendships, fears, hopes, dreams and tears, and through all of that we've built a life and a history together that cannot be replaced by anyone else on Earth. Thank you Kim, for being a wonderful husband and daddy. It hasn't always been easy, but it's been such a worthwhile adventure! I'm looking forward to the next 25 with you!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Creative Scrappers Design Team!

I'm so excited to be on the Creative Scrappers Design Team for the months of August through October! I love their sketches and hopefully this will give me the motivation I need to get back to my scrap table. Thanks for the opportunity Kristine! This is the layout I used as my DT Application Sketch:

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Creative-Scrappers Design Team Call

Creative Scrappers, a truly inspiring sketch website that I love, is having a new Design Team Call and anyone is welcome to enter! Kristine is looking for eight new designers! If you are a sketch-lover who is looking for a home, you really need to check it out. The details for entering an application are listed on the Creative Scrappers Blog. (Even if you don't want to try out, you need to check out the website!) Submissions for the Design Team will be open until July 8th.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


This layout was done as a challenge at Backporch Memories, as well as a sketch challenge at Creative-Scrappers. we were challenged to make a layout using the word "Today". I did this wedding page in honor of our 25th anniversary later this summer. I used the lyrics from an old John Denver song: "Today" (A million tomorrows shall all pass away, ere I forget all the joy that is mine today.) In all honesty, I didn't particularly enjoy my wedding day. I was very unhappy with how my wedding gown looked on me after it was altered. (I thought it made me look fat - Ha. I wore a size 4 so I probably looked like I was a huge size 6!). I also had a bad hair day, wasn't happy with the flowers and was embarrassed to be the center of attention. But in spite of all that, there was true joy to be marrying Kim and excitement at the thought of starting our new life together!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Happy Daddy's Day!

I was lucky to be able to see my father this year on Father's Day! Kim and I took a vacation to visit family in Michigan and were able to join the rest of my siblings and Momma Nell in celebrating dad and Father's Day together. Thank you dad, for all the sacrifices you made for us, for being a wonderful daddy, a good provider and a great example to all of us. We love you!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

This layout was done for a Backporch Memories challenge honoring one of the men in our life (for Father's Day). It made me realize that I don't scrap pages of Kim or myself often enough - partially because I don't have very many pictures of us. I really enjoyed doing this one though, and I'm definitely going to start taking a few more pics of both of us!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Summertime reminds me of the cottage. Growing up, the family always met there on Memorial Day weekend to start the summer season and I will always miss those wonderful weekends with my aunts, uncles and cousins - playing in the lake, taking walks in the woods, eating wonderful food, the men playing horseshoes and everyone sitting around the kitchen table playing cards in the evening. Some of my favorite childhood memories took place there and part of me will always miss it. These pictures are of some of my siblings and me at the cottage in June, 1966.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Making Clipboards

A couple of people have asked me for directions on how to make the clipboards I made last year as gifts for the Seniors. Here's a brief How-To:

These clipboards were a fun project and were easy and inexpensive to make. The kids seemed to like them but of course, I’m sure they appreciated the check under the clamp more than the clipboard itself! A couple of the kids have told me that they actually used them a lot when they were doing their homework in bed.

The clipboards I used were from Walmart and cost 85¢ each. They measure 13½ inches by 10 inches. Last year when I made so many, I did them assembly-line style and it was a big timesaver.


Cover the metal clip with masking tape to protect it from the paint.

Spray paint the clipboard. Once the paint has dried, flip it over and spray paint the back side. I used black paint, but any color will work.

Now the fun part! Decorate the clipboard using anything that doesn’t have much texture to it so that the writing surface remains smooth enough to write on. I used crackle paint, patterned paper (glued on with Mod Podge), stamps and embossing powder, stickers, stencils, paint, distressing ink and rub-ons. You’re limited only by your imagination!

(TIP: Since I used patterned paper on most of mine, I made a template out of notebook paper so that I could use it as a pattern to cut the patterned paper out.)

To Use Crackle Paint:
After the base coat of paint has dried, crackle the front of the clipboard to gave it a distressed look. You can find crackle mediums at craft stores. To use it, apply the crackle medium over the base coat of paint using a foam brush and let it dry. Once the crackle has dried, paint a contrasting paint color over the crackle medium. As the top coat dries, it will crack and cause the bottom color to show through the cracks. The brands I used are “Plaid” FolkArt Crackle Medium or Delta Ceramcoat “Crackle”. Both work equally well. You can use any colors that appeal to you. On most of my clipboards I used patterned paper cut to fit the center of the clipboard with crackled paint around the edges.

I tried to personalize each clipboard by using patterned papers that represented the person’s interests (soccer, basketball, music, ballet, etc.) I also used rub-ons or stickers to spell out their name.

Once I had the clipboard decorated, I used a clear spray to seal and protect it. I didn't even bother wrapping the clipboards - I just put a card with a check in it under the clamp.

Feminine Finishing Touch:
On the boards I made for the girls, I tied an assortment of ribbons around the clamp.

Here are pictures of some of the clipboards that I made:

Thursday, May 28, 2009

You Just Never Know

Last weekend I was shocked and saddened to hear the news that a great guy that I've known for over 30 years had suddenly passed away. I met Nick in college. He was one of those guys who was really handsome but didn't seem to know it. He treated everyone so nice. After college we attended the same church and we had several mutual friends so I've seen him off and on through the years at various events and parties. It was always great to see him and his wife. They are such fun and sweet people - the kind of people you just enjoy being with. Last Thursday night Nick and Rhonda went to see the Lion King. It was late when they got home, so Nick went to bed. Everything seemed normal until Rhonda couldn't wake him at 5:30 Friday morning. The cause of Nick's death has yet to be determined. He was only 50 years old and he was gone so quickly and so unexpectedly. Tuesday was Nick's funeral. It was huge and everyone there seemed to be in a state of shock. It was one of the saddest funerals I've ever attended. Nick leaves behind a beautiful family and many friends who will never forget how wonderful he was. It was obviously apparent that he was highly respected and loved by everyone he knew and he will be missed by all who crossed his path.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Our New Little Fur Baby!

Kim surprised me with this little sweetie on Friday! He had a friend who had adopted her earlier this year, but found out the hard way that his little girl was extremely allergic to cats! She's been declawed and spayed and needed a good home. She's really little and really playful and has spent the weekend tormenting Gizmo and Riley. They are not happy campers at this point, but hopefully will accept her soon. We've had a hard time finding a name that everyone likes, but I think we've settled on "Mona". We'll have to see if it fits.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

What a busy week! We've had company coming and going and in-between Jenna moving home from the dorm, work, doctor appointments, shopping, and cooking and cleaning getting ready for company, I've been trying to do some of the Creative-Scrappers Birthday Bash challenges. It was fun, but I didn't get a lot accomplished. Here are the sketches I managed to squeeze in:

One Hour Challenge:
In the interests of full disclosure, I finished my page, but didn't like it and went back to change things so this actually took about an hour and a half to finish up. The picture is of Jenna and some friends at her graduation open house almost exactly a year ago:

Spring Is In The Air Challenge: (using butterflies in our layout)

Jenna took these pictures when she was doing "quiet time" at Quartz Mountain camp this past summer. The journaling is from one of my favorite hymns: "This is my Father's World and to my listening ears all nature sings and round me rings the music of the spheres:

Use Something Non-Scrapbook Related:

The Converse tag was taken off of a Coverse shirt Jenna bought. I retrieved it from the garbage when I was empting waste baskets. A friend of hers took the picture and I thought it was really cool!:

Three Picture Challenge:
These pictures were taken many years ago while we were enjoying a warm winter day hiking at Martin Nature Park: