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.