Digital Scrapbooking en-us Tue, 23 Dec 2014 02:26:14 +0000 PhotoPost Pro 8.0 60 Recording December Days <a href=";title=recording-december-days&amp;cat=2685"><img class="imgborder" title="TheseAreTheDays1.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="TheseAreTheDays1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: I am supposed to be working on a presentation right now. I have to give a talk in front of my lab in just 10 short hours! However, instead of polishing up my PowerPoint presentation, I have fired up Photoshop and am making a page for Merr's [u][b][url=]Recording December Days Chat[/url][/b][/u] challenge. This was a tough challenge for me 'cause I don't do stand-alone December Daily books and I rarely make a title page for a scrapbook until after I've completed the book. Nevertheless, I don't want to work on my presentation and I do want to scrap so here we are! :) I got it in my head that the first page of my December pages should be a collection of photos of the people and events that make up my December 2014, but that's a bit of a problem since December 2014 has not happened yet! Nonetheless, I wanted to see what such a page would look like, so I just grabbed photos from Christmases of yesteryear. (I should really title this page &quot;The Ghosts of Christmas Past!&quot;) If I end up using this page for December 2014 I'll swap the old photos for new ones. Merr, thanks for a great chat and thanks for all of the great ideas! Now, I don't suppose you have any ideas for a presentation about the difficulty of making cardiac myosin protein constructs, hmmm? No? Rats! I guess I'm on my own for finishing up my lab presentation! Better get back to it! Credits Ali Edwards [u][b][url=]December Daily Template Package Vol. 02[/url][/b][/u] Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Backyard Expedition Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Candy Christmas Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Very Retro Christmas Mini-Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Worn Trees[/url][/b][/u] Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Laying It All Out No. 04: Extractions with Dimension[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Assorted Patterned Tapes: Christmas No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Banner Safety Tags No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Capped: Holidays[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Jingle Scrapbooking Collection[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Sweet St. Nicholas Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Vintage Charm Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Vintage Christmas Complete Collection[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Word Strip Labels No. 02[/url][/b][/u] Studio DD [u][b][url=]Readymade Blocks: Christmas No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Readymade Clusters: Christmas No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Cathy Zielske [u][b][url=]Merry Hipmas Paper Pack No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />9 comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:55:34 +0000 1 is the Lonliest Number <a href=";title=1-is-the-lonliest-number&amp;cat=947"><img class="imgborder" title="1106.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="1106.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Ahhhhh! Missed the deadline but had to post anyway. It's only 9am where I live. Too early for a shot of whiskey to calm my nerves after the 30MM? :) ********** ETA: The journaling is hard to read, so here is what is says... &quot;I was supposed to be hanging with my friends tonight. Instead I am stuck at work---again! I sent them this selfie of me in the lab so they could see how sad I was about being here instead of there.&quot; ********** ...and we are back with the credits. Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Maplebrook Studio [u][b][url=]Jelly Alphabet No. 27[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Assorted Tapes No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Brilliant Love Collection[/url][/b][/u] (background paper) [u][b][url=]Golden Glitter Splatters No. 1[/url][/b][/u] (recolored) Studio DD [u][b][url=]Layer Works No. 414[/url][/b][/u] (most of my page elements were taken from this template) Fonts: 28 Days Later (for part of page title); CK_Journaling (for journaling) Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />18 comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:55:08 +0000 No Scaredy Cats <a href=";title=no-scaredy-cats&amp;cat=947"><img class="imgborder" title="NoScardyCats.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="NoScardyCats.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Ugh! Head between my knees, breathing into a brown paper bag...okay, heart beat slowing now. Linda, the word &quot;Fall&quot; is in my journaling. :) (ETA: one of the challenge rules was to have the word &quot;Fall&quot; somewhere on the page.) Journaling reads: &quot;FALL is my favorite time of year, and Halloween is my favorite holiday. We go a bit crazy with the decorations (well, I go a bit crazy; Peter tolerates it). When our big calico, Baibin, jumped up on the table, something she never, ever does (hahahaha!), I couldn’t help but notice how well she fit in with the seasonal decor, so of course I had to photograph her before shooing her away.&quot; ETA: for once I am going to get the credits on my 30MM page! Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Tricksy Mini Kit[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Basic Grids Paper Pack No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Behind the Lens Layered Template No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Halloween Magic Scrapbooking Collection[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Messy Stitched Borders: White No. 01[/url][/b][/u] (recolored) [u][b][url=]Spooktacular Kit[/url][/b][/u] Studio Double-D [u][b][url=]Spooky Element Clusters No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Font: 2PeasBillboard (title); Traveling Typewriter (journaling) Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />18 comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:54:35 +0000 Summer Summary <a href=";title=summer-summary&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="summersummary.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="summersummary.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Greetings DD'ers and Happy Sunday! It's a lovely morning here, sunny with just a bit of nip in the air. We've had a heat wave in my part of the country for the past few days but mercifully the temps are supposed to drop below the 90's today. All this heat makes it hard to believe it's October! I adore autumn in the States--hands down my favorite season--and I should be getting out my Halloween decorations, but instead I find myself feeling nostalgic for the summer that just ended, and so I made a scrapbook page that highlights some of the events of my summer of 2014. Journaling reads: &quot;Monday, May 26, 2014. Memorial Day, a time to reflect on those that gave their lives for our country, is also the unofficial start of summer in the States. Monday, June 9, 2014. K starts her summer internship. She’ll mainly be working with B on the DNA orgami project. Friday, July 4, 2014. The annual neighborhood 4th of July parade. July 11 - 27, 2014. Ahhhh! At Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica! Sunday, August 17, 2014. Peter and I were there to help Jim and Anna celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Friday, August 22, 2014. Celebrating my birthday with my crazy CREW. (Note to reader: 'CREW' stands for Cadre of Rockin' Exquisite Women, and they are my bestest friends in the whole wild world.) Saturday, August 23, 2014. I hosted the lab rats for a Turkish Food Fest. The highlight was the Turkish alcohol drink Tural was pouring! Saturday, August 23, 2014. Peter Capaldi is introduced as the new Doctor. Our favorite Summer 2014 movie! (Note to reader: Guardians of the Galaxy rocked!) Monday, September 1, 2014. Labor Day is the traditional, unofficial end of summer. We hung out and did no labor! We also tried out a new burger place. Not bad!&quot; Oh, I actually finished this page about 3 days ago, but it's taken me this long to gather all of the credits! :) I really need to be better about keeping track of the supplies I'm using as I'm making a page. Sigh. Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]All White Now Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Breezy Flowers: Fancy[/url][/b][/u] Crissy Summer Paper Pack (retired?) [u][b][url=]Hey Sunshine Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Summer Bursts Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Sunshine Ahead Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Wild Weekend Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Uncle Sam Mini Kit[/url][/b][/u] Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 11: Sticker Art[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Laying It All Out No. 04: Extractions with Dimension[/url][/b][/u] Pattie Knox (retired; in memorium) Shimmer Me: Fireworks BQQ Bash Maplebrook Studio [u][b][url=]Jelly Alphabet No. 32[/url][/b][/u] (slightly recolored) Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Bead Scatterings No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Cabana Blue Striped Paper Single[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Curated Studio Mix Scrapbooking Kit No. 08[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Dolphin Cove Scrapbook Collection[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Doodledo Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Fine Lines Border Lines Brushes and Stamps No. 05[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Game Cards: Americana[/url][/b][/u] (altered; added my own text) [u][b][url=]Gator Crossing Kit[/url][/b][/u] (orange rubber band tie) [u][b][url=]Hello Autumn Complete Scrapbooking Collection[/url][/b][/u] (flag pennant, recolored) [u][b][url=]Instamatic Frames No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Musically Inclined Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Watery Pencil Line Seashore No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Wood Veneer Birthday[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Wood Veneer Geometrics[/url][/b][/u] Movie poster and TARDIS graphic: internet downloads Font: CK_Journaling Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />16 comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 16:42:14 +0000 Lab Rat in Training <a href=";title=lab-rat-in-training&amp;cat=1218"><img class="imgborder" title="KInTheLab2013.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="KInTheLab2013.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Wow! This is my fourth posted page in a week! This is the most scrapping I've done in months and months. I kinda feel like a cycling cicada swarm: underground for months or years at a time, bursting forth when the conditions are right, getting all of my living done in a short time and then retreating underground and dying off for another several months or years. I don't know how long I will be above ground this cycle so I am taking advantage of the time I do have! :) So, this page is for Mel's recent [u][b][url=]iTunes Inspiration Challenge[/url][/b][/u]. Both the inspiration piece and the freebie supplied were clean and graphic; um, I went in a different direction. The page story is this... My niece is a science geek. Has been since she was a little girl. Scientists are her rock stars; chemistry sets and telescopes are her toys. (Give me a moment while I burst with pride!) Almost as soon as she realized what I do for a living she has been after me and after me about her coming to work in the lab as a volunteer (&quot;I'll do anything! Wash glassware! Carry your backpack! Open your diet Pepsi cans for you! Anything!&quot;) Last spring she celebrated her 16th birthday (seriously, [i]where[/i] does the time go?!?) and when I asked if she was still interested in doing a summer volunteer internship in the lab, she turned from what she was doing and spun around so quickly and grabbed me and hugged me, nearly knocking me over, her boisterous and joyful &quot;YES!&quot; nearly deafening me. (Oh, to be young and enthusiastic again, but I digress...) It turned out to be a particularly brutal summer for me (see [u][b][url=;title=red-2c-white-and-pooped-21&amp;cat=500]this page[/url][/b][/u] for a few details; even when life is at its suckiest, it sucks less if you can find the time to scrap about it, but I digress again...), and she was a tremendous asset, another pair of hands to help with this big project I had to get done. Although we worked on this one big project for the majority of the summer, we found ways to introduce her to other projects and techniques, some shiny and exciting, some boring and repetitious, but she loved it all. At the end of the summer I did a sort of survey with her--what did she like, what didn't she like, is she still interested in science, etc. I completely cracked up when she said the only off-putting thing of the whole summer was that I was constantly following her around with my camera and taking pictures of her! Oh, Sweetie! Did you really think that wouldn't happen? Journaling reads: &quot;K has been asking me for years if she could work as a volunteer in the lab. This summer she was finally old enough to do so. Lucky her! She got to help me with The Great Affinity Clamp Plasmid Project of 2013! She also learned how to purify the adenovirus we use to infect the C2C12 cells to make the human cardiac myosin protein. Of course, no stint in the lab is complete until one has spent 3 hours in the Cold Room (”I can’t feel my fingers!”) making acetone powder from chicken breast! Ah, good times! Her only complaint? She said it was difficult to work sometimes, with me constantly photographing her. We’ve met, Baby Girl, right?&quot; Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Inspiration Remixed Scholarly Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Smart Cookie Kit[/url][/b][/u] Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 01: Gaining Perspective[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 11: Sticker Art[/url][/b][/u] Pattie Knox (retired products) Brad Bonanza FastenIts (screws for my homemade sign) FeltBoard Friends: School Box It's a Science Maplebrook Studios [u][b][url=]Layered Memories No. 112[/url][/b][/u] (supplied as a freebie for this challenge) Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Brielle Complete Scrapbook Collection[/url][/b][/u] (camera) [u][b][url=]Defining Words Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]On Cork Collection[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Research Laboratory Overlays[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Tailed Journalers No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Tidewater Scrapbooking Collection[/url][/b][/u] (paper for floor) Mousing Around Fonts: PaintyPaint (for words on sign), MankSans (for journaling) Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />11 comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 18:41:09 +0000 Us! In a Photo! Together! <a href=";title=us-21-in-a-photo-21-together-21&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="UsTogether.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="UsTogether.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Of the ~7000 or so photos we took on our month-long road trip a couple of years ago, only a handful of those photos have both of us in them. This is one of those photos. On this day I was completely bowled over as we hiked through these eerie, other-worldly sandstone formations near Corona Arch in Utah, but the real treasure was this photo that two strangers took of Mr. Squeak and me. Journaling reads: &quot;The most amazing thing about this photo is not the stark and haunting beauty of the umteen-million-year-old wind-and-weather-carved sandstone formations in the distance. No, the most amazing thing about this photo is that Peter and I are both in it! Together! At the same time! The story is this... We were perhaps a third of the way to our destination, the Corona Arch, and there was not another soul in site. It was so quiet! For a while the only sound we heard was that of our hiking shoes hitting the trail as we walked. When we saw these striking eroded sandstone formations we stopped to take the requisite photos. As we turned to leave we came face to face with another couple who were on their way back from Corona Arch. They were about our age, perhaps a few years older, and after some small talk about the virtues of REI’s collapsible walking stick (which they both had), he offered to take our photo with these formations in the background. We’ve only been traveling for five days and we already have tons of photos with just me in them or just Peter in them but I expect the photos of Peter and I together in the same picture will be few and far between on this trip so we happily accepted their offer. I hope we are lucky enough to meet more kind people like this on our journey!&quot; Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Late Summer Mini-Kit[/url][/b][/u] (This kit has one of my favorite ribbons ever) Grunge Source [u][b][url=]Scribbler Paper Pack No. 01[/url][/b][/u] (blended into Just Ribbed No3 paper) Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Maplebrook Studio [u][b][url=]Clear-Thru Arrows No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Just Ribbed Paper Pack No. 03[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Banner Labels No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Bit of Bokeh: Ice Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] (Blended into Just Ribbed No3 paper) [u][b][url=]Clustering Bookshelf Brushes and Stamps No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Digital Date Stamps Vol. 15[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Krafty Blank Safety Tags[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Monochromatic Overlays No1[/url][/b][/u] (blended into Just Ribbed No3 paper) [u][b][url=]Pencil Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Slide Reels No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Stamped Sentiments No. 05 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Striping Graphic Brushes and Stamps No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Taped Together Overlays No. 03[/url][/b][/u] Font: Tw Cen MT Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />11 comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:15:07 +0000 Llama Drama <a href=";title=llama-drama&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="LlamaDrama.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="LlamaDrama.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: This page started off as my entry into Katie's Finding Inspiration chat from the 3rd Quarterly Sales Events this past Saturday, the chat where Katie shared her process for scrapping random artsy pages. &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; Yeah, I know: this page doesn't look very artsy! I did get here from Katie's chat, though--honest!--so I thought I would share with you my process for getting to a page about a llama starting from a chat about artsy pages. Warning! My thought processes are not pretty! Oh, and this is a long post. You might want to get coffee! :) So, I'm sitting at my computer, reading [u][b][url=]Katie's chat[/url][/b][/u]. She shows us one of her most recent artsy pages. I'm thinking to myself, &quot;That looks amazing! Let's see if I can make something like that!&quot; I follow her advice and start looking at public domain photos, seeing if there is a photo or two that blows my skirt up. My eyes are looking at the photos, and at least for a while my brain is in lockstep with what I see. I am thinking to myself, &quot;Hey! That looks like a photo of the dam my dad worked on when I was a kid!&quot; and another photo: &quot;Love that photo of the old building store front!&quot; and finally my favorite: &quot;OMG! Is that a sketch of a glass chromatography set-up? THAT'S the one I will use!&quot; but with that last photo my thinking quickly turns to a problem I am having at my job right now (I'm a research scientist; the problem is a raging contamination of a very important cell line) and what I should be doing about it and how far behind I am and I am never going to get caught up and there is a conference I have to go to in two weeks and what am I going to present when everything is failing and is that a squirrel outside my window he sure is noisy I wonder if he is harassing my cat and...and...and... So I stop looking at photos. I move on to Katie's next tip--choose a blendable template. I adore the blendable layers freebie she provided for this chat, and I decide to check out her other blendable products. The ones that really spoke to me on this day were the ones with a beach/ocean theme, but they don't quite work with the glass chromatography sketch I want to use, but they start me thinking about the Costa Rican beach vacation I took this past summer and how peaceful it was just sitting on the beach reading trashy mystery novels and how that contrasts with the hell my work life is right now and wouldn't it be awesome just to teleport to that beach whenever I need a break and [b]WHY[/b] is that cell line still getting contaminated we've cleaned out everything and even got new cells where is this stuff coming from that splatter on that template looks just like the gunk I see when I look at these cells under the microscope and how can I possibly finish my work in time for this conference maybe I should be doing an artsy page about the drama that is my work is there a template about frustration and disappointment and why is that noisy squirrel still here is he stuck in a tree or what and...and...and... So I stop looking at templates. Katie's next step in the process is to choose some word art, perhaps a quote or a title that pulls the photo and the blendables together. By this time I've read in Katie's chat about Kelly's minor car accident and I think how something like that puts one's life in perspective and I'm so glad Kelly's okay and maybe the issues at my work are not such a big deal except they sure feel like a big deal when they bring your work to a screeching halt and why oh why are those miserable cells still contaminated after all this time what [i][b]is[/b][/i] it we are doing to cause this I am sooooo frustrated and oh yeah I am supposed to be checking out word art I wonder if Katie has any word art about anger and frustration and drama ha! ha! I have always liked the word 'drama' maybe I can go with that but how to fit that in with a photo of glass chromatography and a beach-themed template what rhymes with drama let's see, there's trauma, comma, pajama, Bahama--I would so love to go back to the Bahamas that was an amazing trip uh oh I am getting off track again back to words that rhyme with drama--llama, wait! didn't we see a llama on our 2012 road trip did I scrap that photo or not oh here it is! he's amazing and wouldn't this photo be fun to extract and wait! what happened to the squirrel I can't hear him anymore did my cat get him ewww!...and...and...and... So I stop looking at word art. I pulled the photo of the llama, found a template of Kayleigh's I liked and, well, here we are. I will make a companion page that tells the story of the llama (he was part of a small petting zoo at a roadside attraction called the Virgin Trading Post in Virgin, Utah). And yes, this is not even a remotely artsy page, but I can honestly say that Kate's chat was the inspiration that got me here! :) Credits Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Laying It All Out No. 04: Extractions with Dimension[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Collageable Puzzle Pieces No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Terra Botanica Complete Collection[/url][/b][/u] Studio DD [u][b][url=]Layer Works No. 401[/url][/b][/u] (altered) Font: SF Slapstick Comic Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />12 comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:11:06 +0000 Friends Forever <a href=";title=friends-forever&amp;cat=947"><img class="imgborder" title="FriendsForever2.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="FriendsForever2.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: ***In through the nose, out through the mouth...*** Okay, better! Just trying to slow down my heart rate! I think I got everything on the page I was supposed to have. Back later with the credits but I mainly used Katie's Catching Rainbows Collection and a few things from the 30MM freebie. ETA: I'm the one on the right, the short one. :) The other woman in the photo is a dear, dear friend of mine. She was my neighbor for about 15 years and she recently moved. I know we'll keep in touch but I miss being able to walk to her house whenever I felt like it.<br /><br />10 comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:50:02 +0000 Be Inspired -- Ahhh! <a href=";title=be-inspired-ahhh-21&amp;cat=2633"><img class="imgborder" title="Ahhhh_.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Ahhhh_.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: So I'm looking at my gallery and I realize that until today I haven't posted any new layouts since December 1, 2013! It's been a busy past few months but I don't think I was conscious of how quickly the time has flown by until I saw that date in my gallery. Ugh! It will be December again before we know it! For the first time in a loooonnnnng time I don't have anything I need to do today, I don't have anywhere I need to be, and what a happy coincidence that there is a quarterly sale and some chats going on! It's nearly noon in my part of the world and I am still in my jammies. I think I might make this a jammie-and-scrapping kind of day. Anyone else? &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; Just me, then? This page is for Katie's [u][b][url=]Be Inspired[/url][/b][/u] challenge, in which we are to &quot;get watery with it.&quot; I know Katie was referring to the use of watery brushes and masks, but I decided she must have also meant we are to use a photo with water in it. :) That's Mr. Squeak walking down Malu'aka Beach in Maui, flip flops in his hand, wet sand squishing between his toes, waves calling out to him as he passes them by. Makes me want to pack some sun tan lotion, a few trashy paperbacks and head back there! Credits Ali Edwards [u][b][url=]Remember Word Art[/url][/b][/u] Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Hint at it Urban[/url][/b][/u] Grunge Source [u][b][url=]Wash Basin Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet Choose Happiness freebie template [u][b][url=]Beachy Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]DelMar Shores Complete Scrapbooking Collection[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Sealife Memories Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Watery Fish Brushes and Stamps No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Wooden Alphabet No. 17[/url][/b][/u] (recolored) Font: Aaargh Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />7 comments Sat, 17 May 2014 20:00:35 +0000 Click Click Click <a href=";title=click-click-click&amp;cat=947"><img class="imgborder" title="ClickClickClick.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="ClickClickClick.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Ugh! Must go take a breath! Back in a while with the credits...<br /><br />11 comments Sat, 17 May 2014 15:54:06 +0000 An Absolutely Positively Real-Life True Conversation... <a href=";title=an-absolutely-positively-real-life-true-conversation&amp;cat=2482"><img class="imgborder" title="ThanksgivingMealDeal.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="ThanksgivingMealDeal.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Greetings, DD'ers and Happy 1st of December! I see tons of gorgeous December Daily layouts in the gallery already! Me, I'm still thinking about Thanksgiving and will be enjoying one more turkey sandwich today as we put away the last of the pumpkins and start putting up the Christmas decorations. Before I get too involved in all things December I thought I'd post a Thanksgiving page, a page that documents a conversation I had with my sisters regarding the Thanksgiving meal. Because of my bil's recent heart problems (understatement--two heart attacks in less than 10 days!) back in late October, I suggested we should consider heart-healthy food alternatives this year. OMG you would have thought I'd uttered the worst kind of blasphemy! In all fairness my sister and bil did consult with his physician and they were told that for a traditional holiday meal, portion control is a perfectly acceptable way to control calorie, fat and sugar intake. Thank heavens for that, 'cause if it really [i]had[/i] been a choice between the traditional meal and taking care of my bil's health, let's just say things would not have gone in his favor! :) Sheesh! This page started off as an entry for Anke's recent Artsy Challenge, the one where we were supposed to use lots of white space. Didn't quite make that goal but at least there are some bare spots on the page! :) Oh, and in re-reading the journaling, I was reminded that one of my very first pages here at DD recounts a story about Frosted Pumpkin Drops (also mentioned on this page), cookies for which my family would cheerfully and without hesitation disown me if they were not part of the Thanksgiving dessert platter. (Tough, tough crowd!) That page is part of a two-page spread and can be found [u][b][url=;title=note-to-self-right-pa&amp;cat=500]here[/url][/b][/u], if you'd like to read it...ah, memories! Journaling on this page reads: An Absolutely Positively Real-Life True Conversation in Which Health Loses Out to Tradition or: What Happens When Consideration for a Heart Problem Threatens to Get in the Way of Thanksgiving Dinner... “Because of W’s recent heart problems, I want to make a heart-healthy Thanksgiving meal this year.” said I to my sisters a few days before the big feast. &lt;sound of crickets chirping--[i][b]loudly[/b][/i]!!&gt; Their words positively tumbled over each other in their haste to reply... “Now don’t go getting all crazy!” (This from his wife!) “You [i][b]can’t[/b][/i] mess with tradition!” “We have to have the traditional turkey with stuffing!” “The one with the Grand Mainer!” “And the orange and butter basting sauce!” “And we have to have the cinnamon-walnut cranberry sauce! The one with all the sugar!” &quot;And we have to have the traditional desserts!” “What is Thanksgiving dinner without garlic mashed potatoes?” “About 300 calories lighter!” I said, but in vain; they did not hear me as they continued to list what we must have on the table. “What about the Amaretto pie!” “What about the bourbon and brown sugar sweet potatoes!” “What about the pecan pie?” “OMG what about the [i][b]frosted pumpkin drops[/b][/i]! You [i][b]have[/b][/i] to make those!&quot; “What about W?” I tried again. He’s your husband!” &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; “Okay, yes, I am fond of him, but let's not be too hasty!” “Seriously?!? You're 'fond' of him! Sheesh!” I exclaimed! “Okay, new plan...” “Maybe we'll try portion control instead!” Credits Grunge Source [u][b][url=]Heart Pieces Elements and Brushes No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet Arty Challenge Freebie Pack, 2013_11 (background paper, artsy paint) [u][b][url=]Banner Labels No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Botanical Artistry Clusters No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Cooked Complete Scrapbooking Collection[/url][/b][/u] (flair) [u][b][url=]Evergreens Element Pack[/url][/b][/u] (doily, banners) [u][b][url=]Folia Element Pack[/url][/b][/u] (tree sprig, flair) [u][b][url=]Little Pilgrims Mini Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Slide Reels No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Vintage Blendables: Harvest No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Fonts: Constantina (title); Akbar (journaling) Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />11 comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 19:00:28 +0000 It's Been Grand! <a href=";title=it-27s-been-grand-21&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="Thanks5.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Thanks5.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: November 30th already! This past month has flown by! Today is my last day as a Guest CT here at DD, and I wanted to say thanks to all of the permanent CTs and the DD designers for your friendship and encouragement this past month, thanks to my fellow guest CTs--Debbie (dfwest) and Jana (jholden)--for the camaraderie as we embarked on this journey together, and a special thanks to Katie for her incredible generosity and for the amazing opportunity at a peek behind the curtain. You guys so totally rock! Thanks, you guys! It's been grand! Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Candy Christmas Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Forecast Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Hey Sunshine Kit[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Stamped Stitched: Summer Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] Mousing Around Font: CK_Journaling Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />18 comments Sat, 30 Nov 2013 08:16:58 +0000 Happy Thanksgiving, DD! <a href=";title=happy-thanksgiving-2c-dd-21&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="Thanksgiving2013.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Thanksgiving2013.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: It's going to be a busy day--Peter and I are hosting this year's Thanksgiving Day feast--but I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone here in the States a Happy Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful holiday! Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]To the Woods Kit[/url][/b][/u] Grunge Source [u][b][url=]Meadow Glow Kit[/url][/b][/u] Sara Horton [u][b][url=]Creating Yankee-Doodled Key-Lines in Photoshop and PSE[/url][/b][/u] Pattie Knox (retired) Feltboard Friends: Thanksgiving (pilgrim hat, parts of the turkey) Maplebrook Studio [u][b][url=]Laurent Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Lolly Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Patterned Palette Super Pack No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Pica Rue Kit[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet Everyday Inspiration Freebie, 10-31-2010 (pumpkins) [u][b][url=]Golden Essentials No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Little Pilgrims Mini Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Little Woodsy Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Naturally Krafty No. 01 Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Really Big Leaves No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Really Big Leaves No. 02[/url][/b][/u] Turkey (body): Doodle Art Alley (modified) Font: Rubber Stamp, Ariel Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />19 comments Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:16:41 +0000 'Nuff Said <a href=";title=27nuff-said&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="NuffSaid.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="NuffSaid.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: So, I had a couple of hours to kill tonight (actually, I really didn't but I didn't feel like doing any of the ton of work I have sitting in front of me; don't you just LOVE scrapping as an avoidance technique? :) ) and I'd had this idea in my head for several days, so I thought I'd try to get it on a page. I was going to add a ton of text, but after looking at the page the way it is, I thought a lack of text might work better... Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Forecast Kit[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Classic Cardstock: Earthen Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Doodledo Whimsy No. 02 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Katie's Marker Font[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Life Lines Complete Scrapbooking Collection[/url][/b][/u] (umbrella, recolored) [u][b][url=]Stick Together No. 01[/url][/b][/u] (altered, like, seriously!) Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />22 comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:00:43 +0000 Wavey Gravy! <a href=";title=wavey-gravy-21&amp;cat=1236"><img class="imgborder" title="ColorChallenge6.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="ColorChallenge6.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Wonderful choice of colors for this week's [u][b][url=]Color Challenge[/url][/b][/u], Connie! The story is this... Peter and I are hosting the Thanksgiving festivities this year, and although it's still a few days off I was going through a checklist, making sure I know where everything is so as to avoid any surprises come Thanksgiving morning, 'cause with our family there is [i]always[/i] a surprise of some kind on Thanksgiving Day. (The Year of the Broken Garbage Disposal, The Year of the Broken Water Heater, and my personal favorite: The Year of the Uncalibrated Oven Temp. Bologna sandwiches for Thanksgiving, anyone? :) ) When I saw my gravy bowl I remembered that it had been involved in a Thanksgiving Day &quot;surprise,&quot; but one that had a happy ending! Journaling reads: &quot;I suppose many families have mishaps that occur on Thanksgiving Day. With our family, though, something seems to go wrong nearly every year! Sometimes it’s quite serious, sometimes it’s merely annoying. This incident hardly moves the needle on the dial, but it happened at the first Thanksgiving Peter and I hosted for our families, so it’s worth a mention. It was the fall of 1997. Peter and I had just moved into our new home and to celebrate we decided to host the family Thanksgiving dinner. This would be the first time I cooked a turkey, and everyone was coming, even my mother-in-law. Needless to say I was a bit stressed and I wanted it all to be perfect, including the tableware and the serving pieces, so I could not have been more thrilled when one day about a month before Thanksgiving I found a gravy boat to match my Thanksgiving serving pieces. This was such an extraordinary find because my particular brand of Thanksgiving servingware is no longer made. I was so thrilled that I was oblivious to J’s reaction--she was crushed at my news. L later told me J found the same gravy boat months ago, and had planned on giving it to me on Thanksgiving Day, just before dinner. It was supposed to be a surprise! Akk!!! If the goal was to surprise me, she succeeded! I quickly returned the gravy boat I’d bought and then sent J this email: [i]From: Big Sis To: Lil Sis Date: Oct. 24, 1997. 5:04 a.m. Subject: HELP!!! _________________ In a fit of concern over spiraling household costs, Peter today returned everything he deemed unnecessary and that he could fine receipts for, including MY GRAVY BOWL!!! ARGH!!! Now Thanksgiving is on its way, my mother-in-law will be here, and me with NO GRAVY BOWL!!! My only hope is that someone had the foresight to buy me one when she saw it this past summer, knowing that it would be a perfect Christmas gift for me, and that she would consider bringing it with her on Thanksgiving Day and giving it to me as an early Christmas present, thereby saving my Thanksgiving dinner. Do you know such a person? Can you help?[/i] Thanksgiving Day came, and second only to the turkey in popularity was my new gravy boat, a gift from my thoughtful little sister.&quot; Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Hint at it No. 05 Brushes[/url][/b][/u] Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Maplebrook Studio [u][b][url=]Just Linens Paper Pack No. 48[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Layered Bookshelf Overlays No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Bead Scatterings No. 04[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Scratchy Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Tag Frames No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Watery Washes Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] Studio Double-D [u][b][url=]Layer Works No. 249[/url][/b][/u] (I started with this template and then zig-zagged, but most of the elements on my page came from this template) Fonts: Tw Cen MT (title); Ariel (journaling) Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />13 comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:10:47 +0000 Sugar and Spice <a href=";title=sugar-and-spice&amp;cat=502"><img class="imgborder" title="SweetiePie.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="SweetiePie.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: LOVIN' Lynn's new [u][b][url=]Candy Christmas Kit[/url][/b][/u]! I had the perfect photo for it--my sister sent me this photo of my niece and asked if I could &quot;do something&quot; with it. &quot;Who are you talking to?&quot; I replied. &quot;I'm a scrapbooker--of course I can do something with it! Whether you'll like it is another story altogether. Oh, and I'm adding a mouse, 'cause, well, me. It's a perfectly good photo, though--why do you want something done with it?&quot; &quot;It's too Miley Cyrus,&quot; said my sister. Eeeewwwww! Thanks for putting [i][b]that[/b][/i] image into my head, Sister Dear! (Note to self: Miley Cyrus is a current pop culture, um, phenomenon (?) who likes to stick her tongue out at people. Ms. Cyrus is currently in her early 20's. My niece was 8 when this photo was taken. :) ) Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Backyard Expedition Kit[/url][/b][/u] (blue ribbon, altered) [u][b][url=]Candy Christmas Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Hint at it Urban[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Santa's Stockings Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Shiver Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Sugar and Spice Kit[/url][/b][/u] Melanie Grimes for Studio Double-D [u][b][url=]DoubleD Doodles: Critters No. 01 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Autumnal Artistry Kit[/url][/b][/u] (used the painted brushwork from this kit as a mask) [u][b][url=]My Family Genealogy Flashcard Words[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Sweet St. Nicholas Kit[/url][/b][/u] (brad at end of ribbon) [u][b][url=]Watery Photo Masks No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Slide Reels No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Woodside Jangle Kit[/url][/b][/u] (Santa hat on mouse) Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />11 comments Sun, 24 Nov 2013 21:00:52 +0000 Bucket of Gratitude (Round Chat) <a href=";title=bucket-of-gratitude-round-chat&amp;cat=1"><img class="imgborder" title="BucketOfGratitude.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="BucketOfGratitude.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Here is my entry for Katie's [u][b][url=]Random Roundabout 4th Quarter Sale Challenge[/url][/b][/u]. With Thanksgiving nearly upon us here in the States, and with some of the tragedies going on in the world I have been mindful lately of how rich and full my life is, and it seemed important to note some of the things for which I am very grateful. I'd had an idea a while ago for how to make such a page using a circle motif, and Katie's challenge gave me the push I needed to get 'er done. This is one of those pages that looked better in my head than it does on digi paper, but after fussing with the same thing for the past hour (turn off the confetti, turn on the confetti, turn off the confetti, turn on the confetti...) I have decided to call it done. Oh, and the final verdict? Turn on the confetti! :) (We've met, right? Was there ever any doubt? ;) ) Now I have to go get ready for work. Yes, I must work on a Sunday. There are times--and this is one of them--when I re-think the blessing of having this particular job! :) My gratitude list, in no particular order and by no means complete: A Family I Adore My Good Health Friends I Love and Who Love Me Back My Life Is A Happy One A Warm and Cozy Home A Job I Love (even when I have to work on a Sunday! :) ) Freedom My Favorite Hobby The Beauty of An Autumn Day Movie Nights with My Husband Credits Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Really Retro Labels No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Scholar Kit[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Bubble Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Buttoned Up[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Color Study Flair: Green[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Connected Wood Words No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]December Woods Scrapbook Kit[/url][/b][/u] (paper behind two of the homemade flairs) [u][b][url=]DelMar Shores Scrapbooking Kit[/url][/b][/u] (background paper, bucket; a Photoshop lighting effect was used on both) [u][b][url=]Fall Flair No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Letter Box Confetti No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Life Lines Confetti Layered Templates[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Littlest Farmer Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Movie Reels No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Sentiment Flairs No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Thankful Memories Kit[/url][/b][/u] (more confetti, 'cause there is no such thing as too much confetti!) Font: Rubber Stamp Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />15 comments Sun, 17 Nov 2013 21:11:11 +0000 Hello, December! <a href=";title=hello-2c-december-21&amp;cat=2574"><img class="imgborder" title="HelloDecember2013.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="HelloDecember2013.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Well, I was hoping to do something clever and creative and not-Christmasy with the [u][b][url=]Glitter and Shine 4th Quarter Sale Challenge[/url][/b][/u], but my muse kept leading me to Christmas, so here we are. If my sisters see this page I am going to get such grief from them; I have a rule about not even thinking about Christmas until after the Thanksgiving dinner plates have been washed and put away, so they will happily give me a bad time for breaking my own rule. I have no idea what I'm going to do with this page. Maybe it will end up being the first page (a chapter divider sort of page) of my December pages... ...and can you guys believe that Christmas is hurtling toward us like an out-of-control freight train? Hmmm, now [i]there's[/i] an idea for a page... :) Credits Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Hint at it No. 06 Brushes[/url][/b][/u] Melanie Grimes for Studio Double-D [u][b][url=]DoubleD Doodles: Critters No. 01 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Arctic Whites Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]ArtPack Overlays No. 2][/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Christmas Village Kit[/url][/b][/u] (hanging ornaments) [u][b][url=]Golden Essentials No. 1[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Painted Ink: December No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Woodside Jangle Kit[/url][/b][/u] (Santa hat on mouse. The hat came attached to an owl, but with the magic that is Photoshop I was able to retrieve just the hat! :) ) Cathy Zielske [u][b][url=]Cool Yule Decor Brushes and Stamps No. 1[/url][/b][/u] (slightly altered; I added the year) Font: CK_Jot Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />22 comments Sun, 17 Nov 2013 05:28:54 +0000 Thanksgiving 2012 <a href=";title=thanksgiving-2012&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="Thanksgiving20121.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Thanksgiving20121.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Mr. Squeak and I are hosting the family Thanksgiving Day festivities this year! Ugh! Less than two weeks away! I need to rush out and buy a few things, like the turkey and stuffing! :) To get myself in the mood, I decided to scrap a few pictures from last year's Thanksgiving. I know this page doesn't look like a typical Thanksgiving page (&quot;Where are the pilgrims and the pumpkins?&quot; asked Mr. Squeak), but I think I like it for that reason. I clipped a few Thanksgiving elements to the template layers, so there really are Thanksgiving ellies on the page. They're just a bit, um subtle, not normally a word that is associated with my scrapping style. :) Oh, and who's who in the photos: that's my baby sister, proudly displaying the turkey she cooked, the same sis and I blowing air kisses at each other, and my niece, looking somewhat perplexed as she normally does when she is in the company of her rowdy aunties. Okay, off to make the shopping list for the Thanksgiving meal! Credits Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Fancy Floral[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]To the Woods Kit[/url][/b][/u] (ribbon, recolored) Grunge Source [u][b][url=]Earthen Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] Maplebrook Studio [u][b][url=]Colbie Solids Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Just Linens Paper Pack No. 54[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Blendable Maps No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Fall Flair No. 1[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Lil Bit Tags No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Fine Line Twists No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Messy Stamped Alphabet No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Messy Stamped Alphabet No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Fine Line Twists No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Spring Branches No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Vintage Blendables: Harvest No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Studio Double-D [u][b][url=]Readymade Blocks: Gratitude[/url][/b][/u] Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />14 comments Sat, 16 Nov 2013 18:36:58 +0000 Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow! <a href=";title=hair-today-2c-gone-tomorrow-21&amp;cat=1098"><img class="imgborder" title="HairTodayGoneTomorrow.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="HairTodayGoneTomorrow.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Such a fun template challenge up on the blog! Thanks, Sharon! The story is this... There are some events in life that just knock you sideways, and I must say this one ranks right up there with the best of them for me. I'd never known him without his beard, so with a few strokes of a razor the man I'd known for decades suddenly looked like a stranger! In case anyone decides to scour the store for it--'cause who wouldn't want this--there is no &quot;Yowza!&quot; word art (see label above right photo). An oversight that I'm sure will be corrected soon by our awesome DD designers! ;) I started with the label that came with the template and added my own word. Oh, and I mention in the journaling that I've known Mr. Squeak for about 35 years. We met when we were children, of course... :) Journaling reads: &quot;You’ve had your beard for as long as I have known you, going on 35 years now. One day, out of the clear blue sky, you decided to shave it off and trim your hair all the way down to your scalp. I’m not sure there is anything you could have said that would have prepared me for how very different you’d look without facial hair! For months afterwards whenever we’d get ready for bed I felt like I was cheating on my husband!&quot; Credits Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]In Text Paper Pack No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Life Lines Scrapbooking Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Loved Today Layered Template[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Metal Monograms No. 02[/url][/b][/u] Studio Double-D [u][b][url=]Layer Works No. 334[/url][/b][/u] Font: Arial Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />18 comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:55:16 +0000 Torches Lighting the Way to Winter <a href=";title=torches-lighting-the-way-to-winter&amp;cat=502"><img class="imgborder" title="Autumn_sFallingLeaves.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Autumn_sFallingLeaves.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: I have written before about my fear of white space and how I must have been frightened by white space as a child, since I can't seem to master the basics of white space use on a page. I am happiest when my pages are filled from stem to stern, port to starboard, top to bottom, with all manor of color and element. Well, you can imagine I am in hog heaven with this page. :) This started off as an entry for the [u][b][url=]5 Things Challenge[/url][/b][/u], and then morphed into the [u][b][url=]1 Theme 3 Scrappers Fall Treat Challenge[/url][/b][/u], and before I knew it the page had taken on a life of its own. Now I'm not sure what it is, except one of my typical &quot;Is the pasta done?&quot; pages. (To see if the pasta is finished cooking, one throws a bit of it at a wall and see if it sticks. That is my approach to scrapbooking--throw things at the page and see if they stick. :) ) I think I'd better declare this page done, though, before it morphs into something else. Nothing worse than overcooked pasta! :) Credits Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet Five Things 11/2013 Challenge (coin holder frame, background paper) [u][b][url=]Art Time Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]DelMar Shores Complete Scrapbooking Collection[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Messy Stitched Borders: White No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Minted Wings Flairs[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Watery Fall Pencil Lines No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Watery Fall Pencil Lines No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 06[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 07[/url][/b][/u] Studio Double-D [u][b][url=]Readymade Borders: Fall No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Readymade Journalers: Minted Wings[/url][/b][/u] Font: Candara Page Title: adapted from a quote by Nova Blair. Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />14 comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:27:12 +0000 You Know What? <a href=";title=you-know-what-3f&amp;cat=502"><img class="imgborder" title="YouKnowWhat.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="YouKnowWhat.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Greetings, DD'ers and Happy Saturday! This is one of my long, rambling tales, so if you're planning on reading the whole thing you might want to go get a cup of coffee first! :) It's been a wild past several days. I received notice that I was one of the winners of the Oct. Guest CT contest last week. (Yay! Over-the-moon happy!), and promptly came down with a case of scrapper's block. (Boo! Very sad!) Then I got a phone call from my sister telling me that her husband, my b-i-l, is in the hospital with what turned out to be a heart attack, his second in two weeks, with the first one occurring during the last week of October. The treatment after the first one was supposed to be the end of it for another 10 years, so we were all terrified when he suffered another attack. And just like that &lt;snaps fingers&gt;, my scrapper's block was gone, or at least of no consequence. Nothing like a bit of harsh reality to put everything else into perspective, yes? I've spent quite a bit of time at the hospital the past couple of weeks, and those of you who have also done so know that hospital emergency rooms are by turns frightening and boring. What are some things one can do while waiting and waiting and waiting? Why, one can digi scrap, of course! The page story is this... My b-i-l was finally in recovery after having a heart procedure, and my sister had at last decided to go home to get some much-needed sleep, so I was keeping my b-i-l company. We don't often talk just the two of us, since we mainly see each other at family gatherings, so our conversation was a rare treat. To know him and to know my sister is to wonder how they [i]ever, ever[/i] got together and how they [i]ever, ever[/i] managed to make it all work. He is a quiet, introspective man, eminently practical and grounded, very different from the boys she dated in high school and college. She is carefree, almost-but-not-quite to the point of recklessness; the phrase &quot;force of nature&quot; is not large enough to encompass her. (Love you, Sis! Mean it! &lt;swack!&gt;) It was during our conversation that I was made privy to some insight about their relationship, and for me it was an &quot;Ah!&quot; moment. What else to do but to record it? Journaling reads: &quot; 'She's FUN! I want to spend time with HER!' So said my brother-in-law as he lay flat on his back, in the hospital after his most recent heart procedure. To begin at the beginning, the story is this... L and W, W and L. If ever two people are complete and utter polar opposites, it is W and L. If ever two people are unquestionably meant to be together, it is W and L. But how did this ever, ever come about?!? I think I finally know! With his quiet demeanor and thoughtful bearing, he grounds her. With her carefree, force-of-nature attitude, she taught him to fly. They seemed invincible until the brutal truth of his heart disease surfaced again after years of dormancy. Two heart attacks in two weeks! The transplanted vessels from his 18-year-old bypass were failing, and his doctors were at a loss to explain why his body was rejecting the new stents. Happily, he is better now, but for a time we thought their love affair would be ending. In those dark days it seemed important to document everything that was occurring, and so here we are, an &quot;Ah!&quot; moment for me, a simple conversation that revealed why a carefully measured man would fall so completely for an unpredictable dynamo. I visited him while he was in the hospital, and we talked of many things--work and life, love and death. When speaking of work, he recalled how he used to be like so many other people in the tech field, people who get up, go to work, come home and then get up the next morning to do it all over again to do it all over again to do it all over again... Then he met my sister. &quot;...and you know what?&quot; he said. &quot;She's FUN! I realized I didn’t want to work all the time! I want to spend time with HER!&quot; And there it is. Meeting my sister profoundly changed this man’s life! Changed it for the better, changed it in a way that even now, years later, he still speaks of her with such joy and delight, as though he was awakening again to a whole new world of possibilities, one that involved traveling through life with a whirlwind at his side. And perhaps he really was awakening again, perhaps he really was seeing her again for the very first time. How will their story end? I cannot know, but for now we all rejoice that it continues...&quot; Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Chalked and Scribbled Hearts[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Retro-Vista Template Album No. 02 Lettersize[/url][/b][/u] Grunge Source [u][b][url=]Heart Pieces Elements and Brushes No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Sara Baldwin Horton [u][b][url=]Creating Yankee Doodled Key-lines in Photoshop and PSE[/url][/b][/u] ([i]LOVE[/i] her video tips! [i]LOVE[/i] them!) Maplebrook Studios [u][b][url=]Finer Things No. 01 Paper Pack: Yellow[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Bookshelf Framers No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]DelMar Shores Scrapbooking Kit[/url][/b][/u] (tag) [u][b][url=]Enchanted Easter Kit[/url][/b][/u] (green button) [u][b][url=]Like This Scrapbooking Kit[/url][/b][/u] (frames, button) [u][b][url=]Ric Rac Basics No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Scribbling Brushes and Stamps No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Stamped Blocks No. 24 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Ticketed Sentiments No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Studio Double-D [u][b][url=]Readymade Borders: Everyday No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Fonts: CK_Ali's Hand (title), CK_Journaling (journaling) Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />19 comments Sat, 09 Nov 2013 19:47:35 +0000 Happy Halloween! <a href=";title=happy-halloween-21&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="Halloween20.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Halloween20.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: So, I'm minding my own business one recent evening, still at work, head down over my lab bench as usual, when I had occasion to look up and out the window. The window in the room where I work faces west, so I am often treated to beautiful sunsets, but on this particular evening the sky was positively ablaze with color, so much so that it literally took my breath away. When I started breathing again I remembered to grab my camera and get a photo. Although the skies were indeed lovely, the photo also included the jarring presence of the building right next to the one in which I work. Ugh! What to do, what to do? Well, this page is what I did! :) Halloween is hands down my favorite holiday, and some of my favorite Halloween art is that of prints or posters of children all dressed up in their Halloween costumes, heading out at sunset for a night of trick or treating. A bit of tinkering using Photoshop and the offending building was magically gone, replaced by some classic icons of Halloween (hey, I'm sure in some cultures a mouse figures prominently in their Halloween celebrations! :) ) I know not everyone celebrates Halloween, and not everyone that celebrate Halloween does it quite the way we do it here in the States, but Happy Halloween, DD! Don't let the ghosties and ghoulies get you tonight! Credits Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Ghoulish Ghosts Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Googly Eyes No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Grassy Edgers Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Grassy Edgers No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Haunted Twists No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Haunted Woodlands Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Which Witch Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] Mousing Around Silhouettes of Costumed Children: ClipArtOf Font: Burton's Nightmare Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />14 comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:11:38 +0000 Eewww! (Throwdown) <a href=";title=eewww-21-throwdown&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="eewww.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="eewww.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Just a little something I threw down for the throwdown. :) It's late so I'll post the credits in the morning, but it's all DD. I used the throwdown freebie (although you might have to hunt for the brown paper--I made a mask out of it), the throwdown secret ingredients and a few other things. Katie, thanks for the fun stuff!<br /><br />9 comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:11:54 +0000 Witchy Woman <a href=";title=witchy-woman&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="WitchyWoman.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="WitchyWoman.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: It's official--I am going to Hell. The story is this... There is a person in my life who is, shall we say, difficult. Our encounters, while often productive and enlightening, can also be fraught with tension. She readily acknowledges that other people have similar dealings with her, but she can't quite see that perhaps she is at least partly responsible for some of the friction. Our most recent conversation was particularly, um, challenging, and near the end I finally snapped like a dry twig, but even then I did not want to resort to name-calling. Well, [b][i]that's[/i][/b] not true but some part of my forebrain managed to wrest partial control of my mouth from my lizard brain and I did not call her the rhymes-with-witch name I was oh-so-close to calling her. Instead, what I said was, in my best sarcastic tone, &quot;So, do you drive a stick?&quot; &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; Wha...???? Okay, so that was arcane, even for me! Allow me to explain...The word &quot;stick&quot; is slang or shorthand for &quot;stick shift&quot;--a manual transmission on a car, and this year there is this Halloween card sentiment that is all the rage that makes a word play on this slang. Pictured on the card is a witch or a witch's broom and the sentiment says, &quot;Yes, I drive a stick.&quot; When you see such a card, the implication is clear, right? Right? &lt;more crickets&gt; Just me, then. I still don't know why I said this to her instead of any of the holy host of things I could have said, but the look of puzzlement on her face told me immediately she does not look at the same Halloween cards I do (hard to believe, right? :) ), and she did not pick up on where I was going with that phrase. Instead she replied, [i]extremely[/i] annoyed, [i]extremely[/i] puzzled but with total honesty and obviously thinking I had lost it, &quot;Why, yes, I do drive a stick. What does that have to do with anything?&quot; O.M.G. I couldn't help myself. I burst out laughing, which only confused her more. See? I'm going to Hell. Aaaaaaaaaanyway, the situation was diffused and we finished our business, but that whole encounter lingered with me. I had a bit of free time this morning (shock!) and instead of spending it working (shock!) I thought I would indulge in some scrap therapy, and the result is this page. Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Gothic Kit[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Ghoulish Ghosts Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] (tombstone) [u][b][url=]Grassy Edgers Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Grassy Edgers No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Haunted Woodlands Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Which Witch Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] Full Moon: internet download Font: Burton's Nightmare Page title is from an old Eagles song. Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />24 comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:35:27 +0000 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! (My Choice) <a href=";title=girls-just-wanna-have-fun-21-my-choice&amp;cat=2558"><img class="imgborder" title="Girls12.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Girls12.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: All day long I've been thinking of this page as a sort of &quot;Eat your vegetables and then you may have your dessert&quot; type of page. &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; I suppose I'm going to have to explain that now... My mom was very old-school when it came to mealtime. In particular, she was adamant that we had to try everything on our plates at least once, and we always, always had to eat our vegetables before we got dessert. &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; Wait, what? That didn't help? :) Okay, how about this... I've made no secret of the fact that participating in the October 2013 Guest CT contest has been somewhat of a challenge for me. A contest where your work is actually judged? Ugh! What if I can't think of anything to scrap? And what if I finally come up with an idea but my pages sort of suck? Scrapping on demand has been a real eye-opener, and my respect of and admiration for those of you who are on the permanent CT here at DD has increased by leaps and bounds. I really believe we grow and learn by trying new things--and ohmigosh who wouldn't want a month's worth of free DD products?!?--so, with shaking fingers as I hit the &quot;submit&quot; button, I entered the contest. And just like mealtime when I was a child, I tried everything at least once! :) So now the veggies have been consumed and I can at last have dessert, or to put it in a way that is considerably less arcane, I've completed all of the challenges and now it's time to cut loose! &lt;insert Snoopy dance of joy here!&gt; In the end, for all of my whining and moaning, this was a pretty fun contest. Win or lose, I learned a lot about scrapping and I had fun doing it, so I thought I'd make a page that celebrated all of that and that gave a shout-out to everyone who participated. Journaling reads: &quot;In October 2013 Designer Digitals held a Guest CT Contest. 22 women participated... ...22 brave, talented, awesome scrappers. For many of us this contest was a real challenge, by turns scary and exhilarating, but in the end it was just FUN! Ladies, it’s been a pleasure!&quot; To my fellow contestants: I hope it's okay that I used thumbnails of your entries on my &quot;dessert&quot; page. I wanted to acknowledge all of the creativity this contest sparked. You guys are awesome! Best of luck to you all! Okay, who's ready to sing along? Ah one and ah two... &quot;Girls they wanna have fuh-un Oh girls just wanna have fun! That's all they really waaaaaaaant Some fuuuuuuun When the working day is done Girls they wanna have fun Oh girls just wanna have fun!&quot; Credits Melaine Grimes for Studio Double-D [u][b][url=]DoubleD Doodles: Critters No. 01 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Laying It All Out No. 03: Custom Stickers and Clever Layering[/url][/b][/u] Pattie Knox Brad Bonanza (retired) Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Banner Twine Templates No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Black, White and Plum Kit[/url][/b][/u] (background paper, slightly recolored) [u][b][url=]Cheer Squad Stickers Value Pack[/url][/b][/u] (recolored) [u][b][url=]Doodledo Arrows Brushes and Stamps No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Flourished Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Letter Box Hearts Brushes and Stamps No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Lucy Lou Complete Girly Scrapbook Collection[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Twisted Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 09[/url][/b][/u] Fonts: Rebekah's Birthday, Floozy, Tuna and Hot Dogs on Rye Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />30 comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:09:10 +0000 Hello World! (3 Photos) <a href=";title=hello-world-21-3-photos&amp;cat=2558"><img class="imgborder" title="3PhotoChallenge.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="3PhotoChallenge.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: In my heart of hearts I don't believe it's possible to have too much stuff on a page. As I've mentioned before, I think I must have been frightened by white space as a child, and now I avoid it whenever possible. :) The story is this... My friend, for whom I've made this page, is my polar opposite when it comes to scrapbook pages and memory keeping. In fact, her photos, when she actually gets them off her hard drive, are mainly put into simple photo albums, so I was completely taken aback when she asked if I would scrap some photos for her, and she specifically asked me to &quot;Release the Kraken!&quot; as it were. (Um, that's a line from the cheesy movie &quot;Clash of the Titans.&quot; &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; Okay, you had to be there...) The photos are of her son, the light of her life. She has yet to put together any kind of a baby album for him, even though he is well into grade school, and she wanted me to make one of my colorful, noisy, generally brain-freezing pages as the intro page for her album. I'm still not sure why she wanted this, but you don't have to ask me twice to add things to a page! :) Since she had three photos she wanted on her page, I immediately pounced on this as my entry for the &quot;3 or more photos&quot; challenge for the Oct. 2013 Guest CT contest. The desktop of my computer is currently littered with the many, many iterations of this page, and although her page will have a bit more personal journaling on it, she is pleased with what I've done here so I am declaring it done...even though I am fairly certain I could squeeze one or ten more items on it...somewhere... :) Whew! This scrapping on demand is nerve-racking! Such drama! :) Credits Ali Edwards [u][b][url=]Hello World Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Artfully Autumn Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Geometric Hints Brushes and Stamps No. 03[/url][/b][/u] Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 18: Weaving Words[/url][/b][/u] (used to wrap umbrella handle around page title) Pattie Knox Staple Its! (retired) Maplebrook Studio [u][b][url=]Jeni Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Just Chevrons Paper Pack No. 04[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Layered Memories No. 138[/url][/b][/u] (altered: duplicated photo mats, moved brackets) Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Almost There Add-on Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Botanical Stickers No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Banner Labels No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Collection Manuscrite Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Letter Box Confetti No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Like This Complete Scrapbooking Collection[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Life Lines Scrapbooking Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Little Layette Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Tailed Journalers No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Maybe Tomorrow Kit[/url][/b][/u] (paper blended into Collections Manuscrite paper) [u][b][url=]Naturally Krafty No. 01 Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] (slightly recolored) Studio Double-D [u][b][url=]Little Baby Clusters No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=][/url][/b][/u] Fonts: Rebekah's Birthday (for &quot;I'm Here&quot;), Rubber Stamp and 215000E (I used these last two fonts to add text to the journal spot on the Readymade Border) Page design inspired by the many grid-type designs DD'ers are using for their Project Life/P365 pages. Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />29 comments Sat, 19 Oct 2013 20:32:12 +0000 For Mr. Squeak (Patterned Paper) <a href=";title=for-mr-squeak-patterned-paper&amp;cat=2558"><img class="imgborder" title="ForMrSqueak.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="ForMrSqueak.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Boy, this making pages on demand is tough! Hmmm, I suppose that is not something I should admit out loud when I am in a contest to be a guest CT, as I imagine one of the things a CT is supposed to do is to make pages on demand! :) So, where I'm going with this is that I got stuck on the &quot;one page using patterned paper&quot; challenge for the October 2013 Guest CT contest. When I look at my gallery I see that I've used patterned paper in several of my layouts so it's not like patterned paper is some sort of alien concept to me. However, sitting down in front of my computer with the sole purpose of making a page that uses patterned paper? I just froze up. An interesting psychological issue, n'est-ce pas? An issue that I shall explore the conclusion of the contest and once I've gotten through the &quot;one page using 3 or more photos&quot; challenge, where I expect I shall once again sit down in front of my computer with the sole purpose of making a page with 3 or more photos and I shall just freeze up. Sigh. Anyone else participating in this contest having this problem? &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; Just me then... I was so pleased that Katie said we could re-purpose photos we've scrapped before and that we could use retired products and freebies on our contest pages (provided said products were made by designers currently with DD). I adore the editorial freebie Katie released back in 2010 and thought it went well with Maplebrook Studio's wonderful template. Mr. Squeak has a birthday coming up soon, and our wedding anniversary is also coming up, so I thought I'd make a page that celebrates him. In the end I realized that it's always easy to scrap about something or someone you love. (Can I get an &quot;Awwwwww!&quot; :) ) Credits Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Maplebrook Studio [u][b][url=]Finer Things No. 01 Slate Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Layered Memories No. 043[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Patterned Palette Super Pack No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Patterned Palette Super Pack No. 02[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet Editorial Freebie 2010_02_28 Mousing Around [u][b][url=]Classic Embossed Cardstock: Dots No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Pattern Mix: Neutrals Paper Pack No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Stamped Words Dots: Love No. 01 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] Fonts: CK_Ali's Hand, Rubber Stamp (I used these two fonts to make the &quot;Now and Forever&quot; circle at the top of the page. Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />27 comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:51:38 +0000 Starwood and Aspen (My Choice) <a href=";title=starwood-and-aspen-my-choice&amp;cat=2558"><img class="imgborder" title="StarwoodAndAspen.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="StarwoodAndAspen.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: So, I'm having a romp through the gallery this morning, catching up on all of the awesome pages I've missed the last few days, when I came upon this [u][b][url=;title=tall-aspens&amp;cat=500]stunner[/url][/b][/u] by Joanne (jcaruth910). Her beautiful page reminded me that I, too, have several photos of aspens all dressed up in their autumn finery. I took them last year when Mr. Squeak and I were on The Great Southwest Road Trip of 2012, and since I have yet to finish that book, it gave me the most marvelous reason to cancel my Sunday chores and scrap one such photo. (Like I needed a reason to cancel chores! Ha! But seriously, who needs clean clothes or clean floors when there are photos calling out to be scrapped? :) ) This photo was taken along Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. We weren't sure we were going to see any fall colors at all, since our trip was rather early in the autumn season, so we were delighted when we discovered that the leaves were already turning. The page title, &quot;Starwood and Aspen,&quot; is the title of an old John Denver song. For pretty much our entire visit to Colorado I was singing John Denver songs at the top of my lungs. Peter was both pleased and relieved when we finally crossed the border into New Mexico and I quit singing! :) Credits Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Tricksy Mini Kit[/url][/b][/u] (leaf cluster at top of page) Grunge Source [u][b][url=]Artistry No. 03 Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] (blended with paper from Katie's Fly kit) Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Assorted Messy Stitches: Black No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Fly Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Layered Bookshelf Overlays No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Leaf Clusters No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03[/url][/b][/u] Font for title: Rubber Stamp Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />20 comments Sun, 13 Oct 2013 18:32:27 +0000 Time for a 12x12-Step Program! (My Choice) <a href=";title=time-for-a-12x12-step-program-21-my-choice&amp;cat=2558"><img class="imgborder" title="AndThisIsWhenIKnew.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="AndThisIsWhenIKnew.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: My second entry for the Oct 2013 Guest CT Challenge. Lest you think this page is political in any way, trust me when I tell you it is not. The story is this... Actually, the story is pretty well detailed in the journaling; I write about a moment when I realized how much digital scrapbooking has infiltrated my life, my thoughts. It might be time to put scrapping aside for a while. &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; Perhaps I'll consider that at the conclusion of the October 2013 Guest CT contest. Or perhaps I'll consider it when I've completed scrapping all of my projects. Or perhaps I'll consider it when...Ooohhh! Are those new goodies in the store? :) Disclaimer: Although the headline I write about was real enough, I added the &quot;Breaking&quot; to it for dramatic purposes. The article that appears in the faux newspaper was written by me and with the exception of Katie's name, is entirely fictional. Katie's name is real, though, and I got permission from her to use it before I posted this page. Thanks, Katie! Journaling reads: This is the story of a moment when I realized digital scrapbooking has taken over my life. Since I started digital scrapbook a few years ago, I have made no secret of how much I enjoy it or of how much time I devote to it, but it’s not like I am an addict, right? Right? Oh, sure, there are a few weekends here and there where I never bother to shower or change out of my pajamas because I am all but physically attached to my computer, weekends whose passing is nothing but a big (Gaussian) blur. But surely those can’t be considered Lost Weekends, right? I mean, I can quit any time I want! And it’s possible that small talk with my friends may have taken a turn for the strange. “You think climbing Half Dome at Yosemite with nothing on hand but a shoelace and a paper clip is a challenge? Wait until you have to select 3 photos, 2 pieces of patterned paper, a button and a ribbon and use it all to scrap a page in 30 minutes or less! Now THAT’S a challenge!” Still, I thought I was holding my own. I thought I had this hobby of mine under control. After all, I’m able to get up in the morning and go to work, I get home at night and have dinner with my husband, I meet up for play dates with my friends, I have other hobbies and interests that I still like doing. A fairly normal life... What finally got my attention, what finally suggested to me that my hobby might have crossed over into obsession was when I saw the following headline posted at several online news sources in late September 2013: “CNN and NBC to Scrap Projects of Hillary Clinton.” What was meant, of course, is that these two TV stations would not be making movies about Ms. Clinton. [b][i]My[/i][/b] very first thought was, “How cool that major TV stations are getting into scrapbooking!” My second thought was “Wow, I [b][i]seriously[/i][/b] need to get out more!” And even then, I still had not hit rock bottom. No, that came with my third thought: “I’ll bet I can scrap a page about this!” and then there was a fourth thought: “And I’ll bet I can write a more interesting story!” and I proceeded to spend the better part of a beautiful fall afternoon using Photoshop to make a newspaper element and then writing the story that I thought should have been written. What do you think? Is it time for a 12x12 step program? Hi. I’m Shirley and I’m a Scrapaholic. (All together now: “Hi, Shirley!”) Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Notable Blooms[/url][/b][/u] Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Maplebrook Studio [u][b][url=]Desmon Maskros Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Nora Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Patterned Palette Super Pack No. 03[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet 4th Quarterly 2012 Throwdown Challenge freebie (stuffed edge) [u][b][url=]Banner Labels No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Carte Post Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Gator Crossing Kit[/url][/b][/u] (green rubber band bow) [u][b][url=]Hey There Kit[/url][/b][/u] (doily) [u][b][url=]Katie's Marker Font[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Katie's Roughly Outlined Font[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Krafty Ledger Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Labelled Journalers No. 2][/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Ticketed Sentiments No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Wood Veneer Arrows No. 4[/url][/b][/u] Newspaper was scanned in by me and then altered, like, a lot! (There must have been an easier way to do this. Is there a newspaper template in the store?) Font: CK_Journaling Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />31 comments Tue, 08 Oct 2013 02:33:03 +0000 Be Afraid! Be Very Afraid! (My Choice) <a href=";title=be-afraid-21-be-very-afraid-21-my-choice&amp;cat=2558"><img class="imgborder" title="ScaryMonsters.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="ScaryMonsters.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: My first entry for the October 2013 Guest CT Contest. I think this will be one of my &quot;dealer's choice&quot; pages. These kinds of contests frankly scare the life out of me, but you can't win if you don't play, so I'm in! I've talked before about how my mom left me boxes and boxes of memorabilia when she passed--old photos and newspaper clippings, theater tickets and match books, pressed flowers and dance cards. Most of the pictures have stories that I will never know; she rarely wrote anything on the back of her photos, not even a date in most cases, so when I stumbled upon this gem--a photo of two of my younger sisters--I was overjoyed, as I thought I knew the story. Turns out, maybe not. Read on... Journaling reads: &quot;A Halloween tale, a secret revealed, a mother’s love. The story is this...For the Halloween of my 10th year, I got it into my head that I should put together a haunted house, complete with howling ghosts, flying bats and scary monsters. To make a haunted house, one first needs a house, but I thought I had that problem all solved. I mean, we lived in a house, right? And who could argue with living in a haunted house for Halloween? Well, I soon found out. Mom got wind of my plans (probably about the time I took her best white bedsheets to make the ghosts, or maybe it was when she found the pot of green goo I mixed up in her favorite salad bowl...) and put her foot down. There was to be no haunted house, but I could decorate the den. A haunted den? Really? That was hardly the scale I wanted, but it was a “take it or leave it” deal. Sigh. We do what we can with what we have, so off I went to make a haunted den. You two really wanted to help, but I shut the door and locked you out, saying that you could see it all when I was finished. It took me what seemed like hours, but finally I was ready for customers. The bedsheets draped over hangers were perfect as ghosts, the portable fan was giving wing to my paper mache bats, and Dad’s tape recorder was playing the appropriate scary background noises. Mom even got into the spirit of things by making spice cookies I could serve as treats. I tried so hard to be casual about it all, but I would have been utterly crestfallen if no one was frightened when they walked into the haunted den, so your reactions were perfect and priceless and had me insufferably pleased with myself for days. I hadn’t known Mom even took this picture until years later, after she had passed. I found it when I was going through the boxes of memorabilia she left me. I was so excited to show it to the two of you but when I did so you both looked at each other and laughed. Turns out Mom had told you to act frightened even if you weren’t! We all teared up, thinking how very like her that was, but even now I’d like to think that maybe you were just a little bit afraid!&quot; Credits Ali Edwards [u][b][url=]Fall and Halloween Hand Drawn Brushes[/url][/b][/u] Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Laying It All Out No. 03: Custom Stickers and Clever Layering[/url][/b][/u] Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Hallows Eve Mini-Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Transylvanian Mini-Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Worn Page Edges No. 02[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Basic Notebook Edge Masks No. 01 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Bead Scatterings No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Boo Edgers Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Roughed Up Solids: Hereford Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Frightful Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Ghoulish Ghosts Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Googly Eyes No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Grungy Ledger Grids Brushes and Stamps No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Halloween Damask Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Haunted Twists No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Haunted Woodlands Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Messy Stitched Borders: White No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Pencil Lines Words: Fall No. 01 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Photo Clusters No. 29[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Spooktacular Epoxy Add-Ons[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Spooktacular Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Words + Pictures: Halloween Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] Studio DD [u][b][url=]Readymade Banners: Halloween No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Fonts: Bloody (for &quot;EEK!&quot;), CK_Jot (for journaling) Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />38 comments Thu, 03 Oct 2013 05:27:07 +0000 Having a Wonderful Time...Sat Scraplift Challenge <a href=";title=having-a-wonderful-time-sat-scraplift-challenge&amp;cat=702"><img class="imgborder" title="GreetingsFromAranel.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="GreetingsFromAranel.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Here is my take on this week's [u][b][url=]Saturday Scraplift[/url][/b][/u]. What a great page to lift! Thanks, kmar77, for the inspiration, and thanks, Janet, for choosing that great page! The story is this... I'd recently seen a video for Photoshop technique in which a photo is made to look like a 3-D pop-up card. The effect looked really cool. Part of the technique involves extracting a portion of the photo, and the Saturday scraplift was just the kick in the keester I needed to get me started and give that technique a try. Only problem was I had no photo in mind to scrap, so I took a romp through my photo stash and dug out this moldy oldy--Mr. Squeak and I on the shores of Lake Arenal in Costa Rica. The mountain in the background is really an active volcano, Arenal. On this day we were making our way from the Monte Verde Cloud Forest to the Arenal Lodge on the other side of the lake. We made the trek by horseback, which is another story for another day...This photo was taken during our lunch break as we stretched our legs before saddling up and finishing our journey. The advantage of taking forever to finish a vacation book is that you can still add pages to it even years later! :) So, the video for the technique seemed very easy to follow but it took me two days to get this page to a point where I liked it. I had stubbornly decided that [i]this[/i] was the photo I would scrap, but I did not anticipate how difficult it would be to get the Arenal volcano in the final version of the page, and it was us in front of the volcano that I really wanted as my end product. I must have trashed the whole thing at least twice, and I certainly barked at my long-suffering husband on more than one occasion. However, lest you feel sorry for him, he gives as good as he gets. Our office at home is a room that we share, and by the end of this long process Peter joked that even he could do it! &quot;Are you [i]still[/i] working on the same page? Hit 'Control D.' Now add an adjustment mask to your layer. Save. Easy!&quot; says my husband, who does not know Photoshop at all but who had heard me muttering such phrases to myself for two solid days. &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; You are all invited to my divorce party! :) Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Mapmakers Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Ripped and Stitched: Record It[/url][/b][/u] Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]GeoLabels: Traveler No. 01 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Maybe Tomorrow Kit[/url][/b][/u] (wooden star) [u][b][url=]Photo Clusters No. 43[/url][/b][/u] (staple) [u][b][url=]Plated: Summer[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Pocket Cards: Air Mail No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Slide Reels No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Taped Together Overlays No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Wood Veneer Word Arrows No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Photoshop technique is by Blue Lightning, but there are several good 3-D pop-up technique videos out there. Background map is an internet download. Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />25 comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 04:28:45 +0000 The Not Mask Appeal Challenge Page <a href=";title=the-not-mask-appeal-challenge-page&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="OdeToFall.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="OdeToFall.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: The story is this... &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; Oh who am I kidding? There is no story! This page actually started off as my entry into the most recent mask appeal challenge, but by the time I declared the page done the mask was nearly completely obscured by all of the page bits and as for the 'appeal' part, well, I doubt it is appealing to anyone other than me! So, there is no story here. &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; Oh who am I kidding? There is a tiny story... I started this page last weekend, just as the weather changed--almost overnight--from summer to fall. Last Friday was warm and sunny, last Saturday was rainy and cold, and the weather change put me in the mood for autumn, my favorite time of the year. I didn't have a photo in mind to scrap, so I wasn't sure what to do, but what kept coming to mind were all of the things I think of when I think of autumn, so I thought to scrap a list of some of these things I think of when I think of autumn in the northern hemisphere, in the States. I had a blast going through my stash, looking for elements and word art that fit with my list, and of course since this past week was the DD 3rd Quarerly Sale, I was able to purchase anything that I did not have! :) I would have posted this page sooner, but it's taken me several days to get the credits together! :) Off to the doctor now, to get my repetitive stress syndrome dealt with! :) Credits Ali Edwards [u][b][url=]For The Love Of Circles Paper Collection[/url][/b][/u] (recolored) Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Fallen Leaves Mini Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]It's Elementary: Remix[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Stormy Weather Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]To the Woods Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Tricksy Mini Kit[/url][/b][/u] Grunge Source [u][b][url=]Meadow Glow Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Underground Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Pattie Knox FeltBoard Friends: Autumn Days (retired) Maplebrook Studios [u][b][url=]Laurent Rub Ons No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Just Linens Paper Pack No. 37[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Otis Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Patterned Palette Super Pack No. 03[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet DD_Mask Appeal Challenge Sept. 2013 freebie (background paper, mask) [u][b][url=]Clustering Bookshelf Brushes and Stamps No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Collageables No. 05[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Cut Ups: Football[/url][/b][/u] (football held by scarecrow; altered) [u][b][url=]Date Tags No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Fall Tickets[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Game Cards: Fall[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Flourishing Leaves No. 4 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Googly Eyed Halloween Stickers[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Hey There Kit[/url][/b][/u] (doilies) [u][b][url=]l'Automne Kit[/url][/b][/u] (tab word art) [u][b][url=]Leaf Charms No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Little Pilgrims Mini Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]New Growth Brushes and Stamps No. 08[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Simple Harvest Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Spooktacular Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Taped Together Overlays No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Thankful Memories Kit[/url][/b][/u] (sticker pumpkin) [u][b][url=]Twisted Dots No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Vintage Charm Kit[/url][/b][/u] (green brad) [u][b][url=]Watery Pencil Lines: Halloween No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Whimsy Words No. 05[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Wood Veneer Leaves No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Cathy Zielske [u][b][url=]Classic Colors No. 01 Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Type Sets: Falling for Fall Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] Font: Adelfy_free-version Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />21 comments Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:35:25 +0000 Balancing Act--Cathy's Type Challenge <a href=";title=balancing-act-cathy-27s-type-challenge&amp;cat=2549"><img class="imgborder" title="BalancingAct1.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="BalancingAct1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: I stink at simple pages. They intimidate me in a way that I don't understand, but if you aren't trying new things you aren't growing, so I thought I'd give Cathy's Quarterly Sale Type Challenge a go. Ugh! One photo, one template, one element, two papers and I spent [i]hours[/i] on this. Of course, I'm only listing what is on the page right now; I'm leaving off all of the things I tried to squish onto this page as I was making it. This is yet another photo from our Fall 2012 Road Trip. (Keep those challenges coming, Katie and Team! Only a few thousand more photos and I'll be done scrapping that trip! :) ) The story behind the photo is in the journaling, but I can't emphasize enough what a good sport Mr. Squeak is. I have a ton of these types of photos from this trip, all taken by my ever-patient DH. Wait 'til I get to the one of me and the World's Biggest Rocking Chair! :) Cathy, thanks for a fun chat and for the wonderful inspiration! Journaling reads: &quot;After hiking around Arches National Park for most of the afternoon, we made our way back to the park entrance as evening was coming on. We’d seen this formation, the aptly named Balanced Rock, on the way in earlier, but since it was so close to the main road that runs through the park we thought to stop and check it out as we were leaving, after we had done other hikes that were on our list. Arches is riddled with world-famous majestic rock formations, but this fine fellow is one of the most popular park attractions, and probably not because the whole balancing act is a thing of physical beauty. No, I suspect one of the reasons it is so popular is because park visitors can take pictures like the one seen here. I was amused to see several other tourists getting exactly the same photo as we did, and when I say “we” I really mean me. Peter rolled his eyes when I asked him to take this photo of me, but good sport that he is, he took several shots and he even made sure my hand was properly lined up before he snapped the pictures. I didn’t have the heart to tell him I’d probably be Photoshoping the final result anyway.&quot; Oh, and a shout-out to Connie (scullen2). On a recent [u][b][url=]page[/url][/b][/u] of hers, she strung together the wooden arrows in a way that I liked and so I, er, appropriated her idea for my page. Thanks, Connie! Credits Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Laying It All Out No. 04: Extractions with Dimension[/url][/b][/u] Maplebrook Studios [u][b][url=]Just Linens Paper Pack No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Burlap Essentials Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Wood Veneer Arrows No. o4[/url][/b][/u] Cathy Zielske [u][b][url=]Cathy Zielske's Layered Template No. 069[/url][/b][/u] Fonts: Arial (journaling), Aaargh (page title) Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />15 comments Mon, 23 Sep 2013 02:36:51 +0000 Going Geo Along the Widforss Trail <a href=";title=going-geo-along-the-widforss-trail&amp;cat=2549"><img class="imgborder" title="GeoGrand.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="GeoGrand.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: This never happens to me! No, I mean this [i]never[/i] happens to me! It only took me about a hour to do this page! I am such a slooooowwww scrapper; I seriously overthink each detail. Something about this challenge and the freebie template just clicked, I guess, 'cause the template seemed tailor-made for this photo of the Grand Canyon (well, one small part of the Grand Canyon!) we took on our Fall 2012 Road Trip. (Now I'm down to &lt;6000 photos for that trip to sort and scrap! I'll have this project done in another 10 years!) It is not called the &quot;Grand Canyon&quot; for nothin.' It is truly grand, almost too big to wrap my mind around. I was content to get glimpses of its grandeur on the several day hikes we took during our stay at the North Rim. The pictures and the story on this page are of one such hike. Journaling reads: &quot;Our second hike of the day was the Widforss Trail, a 5-mile (one-way) hike that meanders up and down through the forest and eventually opens up onto the Transept, a large tributary of Bright Angel Canyon. There are informative markers--14 of them--that end at the Sculpture Rocks, so we decided to hike that far and then turn around. What a wonderful hike! The views were breathtaking. It seemed each time we rounded a bend in the trail we were treated to the most spectacular views of the canyon gorge framed in autumnal aspens all dressed up for fall, each view more marvelous than the last. When we reached the Sculpture Rocks we made our way out to the edge of a ledge and just sat for a while, drinking it all in.&quot; Credits Katie Pertiet Going Geo Template Freebie 2013-09-22 [u][b][url=]Cut Outs: Great Outdoors[/url][/b][/u] Fonts: ImperialStd (journaling), Aaargh (page title, and how much do you love that font name?) Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />11 comments Sun, 22 Sep 2013 19:30:06 +0000 Chalk Talk: Summertime Daydream <a href=";title=chalk-talk-3a-summertime-daydream&amp;cat=2549"><img class="imgborder" title="chalkboardsummer.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="chalkboardsummer.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: To say that I had no idea where I was going with this page when I first started it would be an understatement. I just knew that I wanted to play with the chalk challenge. :) I actually began this challenge with a sort of autumn subway art page in mind, but truly that theme was not blowing my skirt up so back to the drawing board. Now don't get me wrong--I adore the fall. It is hands down my favorite time of year, and there are some wonderful examples of autumn subway art in the gallery, but I am stubbornly clinging to summer right now, since my own summer of 2013 was absolutely abysmal--24/7 work days from the middle of April until August 14th at 4:03 p.m. August 14th at 4:03 p.m. is when I completed this big (UNDERSTATEMENT!!) project that had been sucking the soul from the very marrow of my bones (UNDERSTATEMENT!!). So, project was over but summer was nearly over as well and I had not done anything that I wanted to do--no travel, no relaxing, no nothin'. I did spend quite a bit of the summer daydreaming about where I would go if I only had the time, and in remembering the daydreams that kept me going the past few months I finally had an idea for this challenge. I'm titling this page &quot;Summertime Daydream&quot; but in looking at it I see that I could also title it &quot;White Space? We Don't Need No Stinkin' White Space!&quot; :) Mer, thanks for a fun challenge and a fun chat! Credits' Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Chalked and Scribbled Hearts[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Chalk it Up: Basics No. 02 Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Chalkboard Photo Masks No. 01 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Chalkboard Summer Fun Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Chalked Alphabet No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Chalked Script Alphabet[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Doodledo Whimsy No. 02 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Scribbling Brushes and Stamps No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Scribbling Brushes and Stamps No. 03[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Stick Together No. 01[/url][/b][/u] (altered, like, seriously!) [u][b][url=]Symbology: Chalked Brushes and Stamps No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Fonts: Bitch Cakes, DK Crayon Crumble, Intaglio, KG Next to Me Sketched, Village Idiot BB, Erasure, squeaky chalk sound, Chalk Line Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />16 comments Sun, 22 Sep 2013 01:39:25 +0000 Reason to Live--Throwdown <a href=";title=reason-to-live-throwdown&amp;cat=2549"><img class="imgborder" title="ReasonToLive.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="ReasonToLive.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: So, I'm at work at 6:00 p.m. PDT on Thursday when I remember Katie is doing a throw-down at that time. I note my boss has just left for the day, so I make a run for my desk and open up my laptop so I can join in on the fun. Because I'm at work and have only my work laptop with me, my choice of photos and digi scrap products is severely limited. I solved the product problem easily enough--I went to the DD store and bought a few new things that I really, really needed. (No, I [i]really[/i] needed them! Really! And they were on sale! And I [i]really[/i] needed them!) The photo dilemma was harder to solve, though. While I was thinking about what photo I might scrap, I was sitting at my desk, staring at my laptop. I had the &quot;secret ingredient&quot; for tonight's throw down open, a beautiful set of colored triangles. At the same time I was doing this, I was also eating a bag of candy corn, as a, um, snack. Yeah, that's what we'll call it, a snack, because we sure wouldn't want to call it dinner, nosiree! Aaaaaaaaanyway, I'm sitting at my desk eating candy corn and looking at the pretty colored triangles, eating candy corn looking at colored triangles, candy corn triangles, candycorntriangles, and suddenly I knew what I wanted to scrap. Oh, and the page title? Okay, so while I'm sitting at my desk eating candy corn and staring at the pretty colored triangles, I am also listening to some '80's rock and roll music. (Don't judge me! :) ) At that moment I was listening to a song by Joe Cocker called &quot;You Can Leave Your Hat On.&quot; The words &quot;you give me reason to live&quot; are lyrics from this song. So, me at work, listening to Joe Cocker, eating candy corn, looking at the pretty colored triangles, eating candy corn and thinking to myself, &quot;Mmmm! Candy corn! How I love you so!&quot; and now I know what I want to title my page. Doncha just love it when it all comes together? :) It's late and I'm pooped so I'll be back in the morning with the credits, but everything is from DD. Night night and thanks for stopping by! ********** ...and we are back! Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Venice Beach Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Worn Tops Do-it-Yourself[/url][/b][/u] Grunge Source [u][b][url=]Meadow Glow Kit[/url][/b][/u] Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet Throwdown Freebies 2013-09-19 [u][b][url=]Artsy Paint No. 04[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]DelMar Shores Complete Scrapbooking Collection[/url][/b][/u] (background paper) [u][b][url=]Loosely Labeled Dates[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Painted Accents No. 07[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Painted Spot Dots No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Photo Clusters No. 26[/url][/b][/u] (frame and staples) [u][b][url=]Ticketed Sentiments No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Watery Pencil Lines: Halloween No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Fonts: CK_Ali'sHand, Times New Roman Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />18 comments Fri, 20 Sep 2013 08:36:31 +0000 Albequerque Old Town <a href=";title=albequerque-old-town&amp;cat=1236"><img class="imgborder" title="AlbuquerqueOldTown.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="AlbuquerqueOldTown.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Here is my take on the latest [u][b][url=]color spot challenge[/url][/b][/u]. Thanks, Melissa! This was fun! This is one of the many, many photos I took on our month-long fall 2012 road trip. I wasn't sure how to scrap it, since there is no real focal point in the photo (although in all honesty I don't usually let a little thing like poor photo quality keep me from scrapping a picture! :) ) We were exploring Albuquerque Old Town and I saw some very colorful miniature hot air balloons hanging outside a store front. As I was looking for the best angle from which to get a shot of the balloons, I noticed my best beloved across the street and my camera, almost of its own accord, swiveled around so as to include him in the photo. I did eventually get some decent pictures of the little balloons, but I like this picture the best of the ones I took, just 'cause Mr. Squeak is in it, and it's nice to have some visual proof that we were really at a certain place! Credits Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]DelMar Shores Scrapbooking Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Dictionary Blendables: Traveler No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Graphically Scrolled No. 01 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Lens Flares: Colors No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Font: Trajan Pro Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />16 comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 01:56:20 +0000 Walking the Strait and Narrow(s) <a href=";title=walking-the-strait-and-narrows&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="TheNarrows.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="TheNarrows.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Yup, I'm another one who just had to try this technique! The story is this... Yesterday (Wednesday) I should have been working. It was a work day after all! However, I found myself with a couple of minutes to kill, waiting for a buzzer to go off and tell me to move on to the next step of a lengthy experiment I was working on, so I thought I'd drop in on the DD forum and see what's new. Huge mistake--HUGE! I happened upon [u][b][url=]Lorna's query[/url][/b][/u] about the technique used to make transparent letters on a page, and, well, I just had to try it. No, I mean I [i]had[/i] to try it right then and there! It looked awesome! Experiment be damned! (Shh! Don't tell my boss I had such a heretical thought!) I eventually got both the page and the experiment completed, and I think the experiment even worked! Good thing, too, 'cause I'm fairly certain that had it failed I would not have been able to explain to my boss why I allowed that to happen! &quot;Um, well, there's a digital scrapbooking site I hang out at...&quot; &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; &quot;I was trying to figure out a cool Photoshop technique.&quot; &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; &quot;Look! See how the letters are transparent, allowing the photo underneath to show through! Pretty cool, huh?&quot; &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; Nope. No good way to say any of this. :) The photo is one Peter took of me while he and I were hiking the Narrows, a river canyon in Zion National Park. Breathtaking views, but one can feel mighty small when looking up those tall canyon walls! Lorna, thanks for getting that great discussion going and [u][b][url=;title=grand-tetons&amp;cat=500]your page[/url][/b][/u] turned out great!!! Credits Grunge Source [u][b][url=]Beneath Walls Paper Pack No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Fonts: Impact, ImperialStd Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />21 comments Fri, 13 Sep 2013 07:43:25 +0000 Still the Sears Tower to Me :) <a href=";title=still-the-sears-tower-to-me-3a&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="SearsTower.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="SearsTower.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Another page for my Chicago vacation book. The journaling tells the story of us trying to see the Sears Tower as we were walking toward it. Oh yeah, that's right--it's called the Willis Tower now. Sigh. The Willis Group, who now leases several stories in the tower, obtained the rights to re-name the tower back in 2009 but I don't think I will ever get used to the name change. Journaling reads: &quot;You wouldn’t think it would be difficult to spot a 108-story building, but as we were walking west along Adams St. from Michigan Ave. we kept looking up and couldn’t see it. A perspective thing, I suppose--our line of sight was obscured by all of the other tall buildings between us and our goal. It wasn’t until we were right at the corner of Adams and Wacker that we looked up and There. It. Was. All 108 stories of it, reaching for the clouds. Even though there are taller buildings in the world now, the Sears Tower is still quite impressive. Oops! I mean the Willis Tower. Don’t know if I will ever get used to the name change.&quot; Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]All White Now Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] Grunge Source [u][b][url=]Wash Basin Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Blendable Layered Template No. 19[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Cloudscape Brushes and Stamps No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Symbology Enamel Brads No. 01[/url][/b][/u] I also used Katie's fun [u][b][url=]Painting in Progress[/url][/b][/u] tecnique. Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />21 comments Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:39:59 +0000 Hot Fun in the SummerTime <a href=";title=hot-fun-in-the-summertime&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="SummerTime9.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="SummerTime9.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Okay, so first and foremost I should say that this page design is not mine. It is a shameless ripoff of a page I saw over at Scrap Stacks by a poster called Sharon gardnwings. I liked her page so much that I spent nearly the whole of yesterday trying to duplicate it. For a while there was much yelling and gnashing of teeth until I finally discovered the &quot;spherize&quot; filter in Photoshop. Once I'd figured that out the rest was easy. (I won't bore you with the details of everything I tried--warp transform, anybody?--but eventually I did what I should have done at the beginning--a google search for &quot;Photoshop 3D globe.&quot; A wealth of tutorials popped up and the rest, as they say, is history. What did we used to do before there was google search?...but I digress...) Having finally figured out how to add a spherical effect to a layer, now I was left with a cool effect but nothing to actually use it on. I've wanted for weeks now to scrap a page about summer, but all I've done this summer is work, work, work, so I didn't really have any subject material (um, except for the several folders of vacation photos for vacation books I've yet to finish, but I digress...) I finally decided that if I can't scrap a page about what fun things I've done this summer--since I haven't done [i]any[/i]!!--then I'll simply scrap a page that highlights some of the cute summer and travel elements here at DD, and so here we are--a page about elements I [i]would[/i] have used on a summer page...if only I'd done something even remotely summer-themed this summer! :) ETA: If you'd like to see how I made this page, I posted the technique in the forum. Click [u][b][url=]here[/url][/b][/u] to be taken to that thread. Credits Ali Edwards [u][b][url=]Oh Summer I Love You So 3x4 Cards[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Travel Memory Tags[/url][/b][/u] Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Four Seasons Tags[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Really Retro Labels[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Sunshine Ahead Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]The Fourth Mini-Kit[/url][/b][/u] Maplebrook Studio [u][b][url=]Just Linens Paper Pack No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Chipboard Buttons: Mapped No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]On the Go Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Pebbled Words: Beach No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Postcard Journalers[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Swimmies Scrapbook Collection[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Summer Tickets No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Vintage Flashcards: Summer[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Watery Pencil Line Seashore No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Twill Tabs Clean and Dirty[/url][/b][/u] Studio Double D [u][b][url=]Readymade Blocks: Go Go Go[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Readymade Circles: Summer No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Readymade Journalers: Summer No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Readymade Journalers: Today No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Summer Fun Clusters No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Summer Fun Clusters No. 02[/url][/b][/u] Cathy Zielske [u][b][url=]That's Some Summer Cards[/url][/b][/u] Fonts: Tekton Pro, Verdana Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />25 comments Sun, 04 Aug 2013 15:58:03 +0000 Red, White and Pooped! (Honoring Pattie) <a href=";title=red-2c-white-and-pooped-21-honoring-pattie&amp;cat=1574"><img class="imgborder" title="RedWhiteAndPooped.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="RedWhiteAndPooped.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Greetings, DD'ers and Happy Sunday! It's been a fairly brutal spring and summer as far as work goes, so I have not been able to scrap much. Heck, I have not been able to eat or sleep much! However, as the sale of Patti's products heads into its final days, I wanted to take time to participate in the [u][b][url=]Honoring Pattie[/url][/b][/u] challenge. One of her templates that I recently purchased was perfect for the story of this year's 4th of July. Besides space for several photos, there was plenty of space for me to tell one of my long-winded stories and actually get it on the same page as the photos! :) Oh, and I feel compelled to explain to those who may not know that the word &quot;pooped&quot; is slang for tired, although some of you might use this word in a completely different context. :) See, I was going for a kind of speech cadence here: &quot;Red, White and Blue&quot; becomes &quot;Red, White and Pooped.&quot; Get it? &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; Okay, just me then. Aaaaaaanway, my niece took one look at the title and said, &quot;Ewwww!&quot; so I thought I'd better explain myself! :) This page tells the story of why Mr. Squeak and I were not able to have a more traditional 4th of July celebration this year, and it also tells the story of why I've been so very busy. I use a bit of work place jargon in the telling, so feel free to ignore those bits. All you really need to know is that I was tasked with getting something done in 2-3 months, something that took me 2 years to do originally, and I am sooo pooped! :) Okay, back to the salt mines. See you in another couple of months! Sigh. Journaling reads: &quot;Ah, the 4th of July, a day of celebration, a day that marks the birth of our country, a day filled with cook-outs, picnics, baseball games, fireworks, music and family get-togethers. A day filled with splitting HEK cell plates, virus banding, ligations, transformations and maxi preps. Wait! Wha...?!?!? The story is this... It all started back in April. xxxx yyyy, a graduated student in the lab, reported that the anti-GFP antibody we use to attach GFP-myosin to the beads in the trap was causing the trap stage to stick, and that this sticking was particularly noticeable during oscillating stage measurements, making it difficult to separate signal from noise. After a brief discussion it was decided that all of our cardiac myosin constructs should use a different attachment system, one that used the so-called affinity clamp: a C-term peptide that binds to a directed-evolution PZD domain, and that these constucts needed either a 1x or a 2x GSG linker. It fell to me to design and construct the plasmids that would make all of this happen. When I made all of the GFP-tagged plasmids that we are currently using to make cardiac myosin protein, I took a lesiurely two years, making plasmids only as we needed them. Now I have to make all of those same plasmids only with three different attachment systems and make them all in about two months. Ugh! Since the end of April I have been working 12-hr days, 7 days a week. The spring and summer have truly sucked. I can’t remember the last time I was this exhausted. I was really, really looking forward to July 4th this year; since it fell on a Thursday I had plans to make it a 4-day weekend and go someplace--ANY place!!!--with my best beloved for a bit of RnR. Then I learned that both xxxx xxx and yyyy yyyyy would be gone that week, and someone needed to stay in town and take care of the cells. GUESS who that someone was? Sigh. After whining about it for a while, I put on my big girl panties and dealt with it. I bought some festive lights and a table decoration at the local Dollar Store and decorated my lab bench. I decided I would do only what absolutely, positively needed doing that day and not one thing more so that I could get out of the lab before dark. Rather than rush home and cook, I opted to pick up some barbecue from Armadillo Willy’s. Instead of fighting traffic to get to the local fireworks display, we walked out to the Central Expressway overpass and watched the display from there. After, we walked home and I fell into bed, asleep almost immediately. Red, white and blue? More like red, white and pooped!&quot; Credits Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]Laying It All Out No. 03: Custom Stickers and Clever Layering[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Pattie Knox [u][b][url=]Amuse Me Alphabet: Red[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Its Black and White: Felt Alpha Collection[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Hoppy Birthday Page Kit[/url][/b][/u] (alpha) [u][b][url=]Shimmer Me Tidbits: Fireworks[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Speed Byte No. 070[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Yankee Doodle Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />16 comments Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:57:30 +0000 Road Trip 2012 <a href=";title=road-trip-2012&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="RoadTripCoverPage.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="RoadTripCoverPage.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Greetings, DD'ers! It seems to get longer and longer between page uploads for me. Work has been just [i]nuts[/i] for the past few weeks (yeah, yeah, what else is new?!?). I was sooooo happy for the three-day holiday we just had here in the States, for although I had to go into the lab on Saturday and Sunday, I did not have to work at all on Monday. Memorial Day is often viewed as being the opening day of summer here, even though the calendar says summer does not start for another 3 weeks or so, and most people celebrate accordingly. So, how about me? Did I take a drive to the beach? Did I go to a barbeque or a picnic? Nope! I stayed home, feet up and sat on my keester for pretty much the entire day and did nothing but scrap! Now THAT'S a holiday! :) I have several projects in the works, one of which is a month-long road trip Mr. Squeak and I took last fall. I've completed several pages for that book but still have several more to do. I had planned on sorting the rest of the photos yesterday, but in doing so I got an idea for a cover page. Not sure if I'll use this as the cover, but I thought I'd run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes, as they say. Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Erskine Alphabet[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Worn Page Edges No. 02[/url][/b][/u] Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Pattie Knox [u][b][url=]Tack Its![/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Things That Go!: Felt[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Assorted Tapes No. 04[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Bakers Twine Assortment No. 02[/url][/b][/u] (recolored) [u][b][url=]Traveler Maps Paper Pack No. 01[/url][/b][/u] (slighly altered) Font: CK_Journaling Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />16 comments Tue, 28 May 2013 14:53:23 +0000 San Francisco Day, Part Deux <a href=";title=san-francisco-day-2c-part-deux&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="ADayWithBeadAndTomPage2.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="ADayWithBeadAndTomPage2.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: One of the coolest things about digital scrapbooking--at least for me--is that if I don't like a page I can always change it. I don't do that often (seriously, who has the time?!?) but it's so nice to have the choice! The story is this... A couple of years ago, my aunt and cousin were passing through San Francisco on their way back home to Canada, and Mr. Squeak and I spent a fun day with them touring the City. I took crudloads of photos and made a couple of pages about the day. I've been on a printing frenzy lately (gotta love print credits at Persnickety Prints) and when I was getting ready to upload the pages for this event to Persnickety, I realized that I really, really didn't like one of the pages. I mean, I [i]really[/i] didn't like it. At. All. Doesn't it just stink to spend hours making a page only to realize after it's completed that it doesn't blow your skirt up? I didn't want to spend the money to get it printed, but I didn't have any good ideas for how to make something new. I'd about resigned myself to sucking it up and printing the loathed page just to close out this project when I happened upon a layout ([u][b][url=;title=you-heart-san-francisc&amp;cat=500]You Heart San Francisco[/url][/b][/u]) by Janet (JALong) I had stashed in my inspiration folder a while back. It's a page I have long wanted to lift, and this seemed like a good time to do so. I pretty much just copied her whole layout! Janet, thanks for the amazing inspiration! The page I've posted here will be a companion page to [u][b][url=;title=san-francisco-day&amp;cat=500]this page[/url][/b][/u]; here's what they look like together: [url=;oid=104066168088979090142][img]][/img][/url] Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Summer Bursts Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] Melanie Grimes for Studio Double-D [u][b][url=]DoubleD Doodles: Summer[/url][/b][/u] Grunge Source [u][b][url=]All Heart Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]All Heart Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Streetwise Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] Cassie Jones [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 23: Fab Photo Clusters[/url][/b][/u] Maplebrook Studio [u][b][url=]Nilsine Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Artsy Paint No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Be Labeled: Harvest[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Cardstock Alphabet: Whimsy Chocolate[/url][/b][/u] (recolored) [u][b][url=]Colored Filmstrips[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Naturally Krafty No. 01 Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]On the Go Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Spot Dots Brushes and Stamps No. 08[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Stick Together No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Doodle Person Using Laptop: ShutterStock Font:CK_Journaling Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />9 comments Thu, 16 May 2013 16:35:49 +0000 CZ Challenge (Two Words: Awe. Some!) <a href=";title=cz-challenge-two-words-3a-awe-some-21&amp;cat=2501"><img class="imgborder" title="Awesome4.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Awesome4.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Greetings, DD'ers! Hope you are all having a wonderful Saturday and that you are able to participate in 2nd Quarterly Sale challenges. Work became suddenly, unexpectedly brutal about two weeks ago, so I haven't been able to scrap much lately, and honestly I ought to be working today (even though it's Saturday), but I'm giving myself the whole day to have fun in the forums. I'm having a blast! The page story is this... So, I'm getting ready to [b][i]finally[/i][/b] print out the book for a vacation Mr. Squeak and I took about 3 years ago--an 8-day trip to Maui--when I discovered to my horror that I had an uneven number of pages! I thought I'd been so careful to keep track of how many pages I'd made, but clearly not. I put the whole project aside while I decided what additional page I could make, but I just wasn't feeling it, if you know what I mean; I thought I was [b][i]done[/i][/b] with this project, right? I was totally uninspired as to what else I could scrap. Cathy's word art freebie for her 2nd Quarterly Chat challenge sparked something in my muse-challenged brain so here I am with another page about our Maui parasailing experience. Cathy, thanks for the fun freebie and the awesome chat! Journaling reads: It didn’t start off as awesome, at least not for me. I did eventually embrace this experience, though. and had a truly wonderful time. Turn the page for the full story... Credits Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Home and Garden Kit[/url][/b][/u] (background paper) [u][b][url=]Cloudscape Brushes and Stamps No. 01[/url][/b][/u][u][b][url=]Edge Overlays No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Cathy Zielske Word Art Freebie, 2013 2nd Quarterly Sale Challenge Font: Tw Cen MT Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />8 comments Sat, 11 May 2013 22:14:08 +0000 Remember When (30MM Masterpiece Challenge) <a href=";title=remember-when-30mm-masterpiece-challenge&amp;cat=947"><img class="imgborder" title="RememberWhen1.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="RememberWhen1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Heart racing, hands shaking... ********** Boy oh boy but these 30MM challenges really get the ol' heart pounding! I really need to remember to keep some smelling salts nearby! :) After the challenge was over I re-worked this page a bit, so now it looks like this: [url=][img]][/img][/url] I'm going to use the re-worked page as a companion page to [u][b][url=;title=hi-2c-five-21&amp;cat=500]this page[/url][/b][/u] that I posted last summer. Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Summer Sunset Distressed Add-on Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Summer Sunset Kit[/url][/b][/u] Pattie Knox [u][b][url=]Rainbow Chevrons Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Staple Its![/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Basic Tags No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Fine Lines Page Titles No. 07 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Little Shores Kit[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Piece of Cake Epoxy Stickers[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Watery Stars Brushes and Stamps No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Studio Double-D [u][b][url=]Layer Works No. 090[/url][/b][/u] (I re-worked the cluster so that it would better match the birthday party page theme.)<br /><br />10 comments Sat, 11 May 2013 15:58:35 +0000 Navel Gazing <a href=";title=navel-gazing&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="NavelGazing.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="NavelGazing.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Greetings, DD'ers and Happy Saturday! Hope your weekend is going well so far. Me, I am lovin' my Saturday morning, as I am doing one of my most favorite things wearing some of my most favorite clothes: I am still in my jammies and I am scrapping! Can't get any better than that! :) (sometimes I think I need to get out more, but then I open up a new Photoshop document and those feelings go away... :) ) Friday evening was certainly a wild time, so I'm glad for a quiet morning to detox. It all started with Cassie's latest 30MM challenge. It was scheduled for Friday and I really wanted to participate in it. Trouble is, I was still at work (the challenge started at 5pm my time and in my line of work the day rarely ends at 5pm), and a couple of my co-workers were trying to talk to me about, well, work stuff. Geeze, don't you just hate it when that happens? They must have seen that I was getting restless and distracted because they concluded their discussions relatively quickly, but still, by the time they left it was 5:20 p.m. Sigh. I figured I'd drop into the challenge chat anyway and see if I could catch up. Scrapping at work is rather difficult, as I have very few photos on the laptop I use for work, and I have even fewer scrapping supplies on that computer (I think my boss, Le Grande Fromage, would be surprised to learn that I have ANY scrapping supplies on my work laptop, but I, let's just keep that last bit among ourselves, 'K?) Okay, so here I am frantically searching for a photo to scrap, when I read on the chat thread that the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing has been captured and that the event is being broadcast live. So now I'm looking for a photo and at the same time I'm trying to get my page set up and trying to follow the news online when another co-worker comes in and tries to ask me a work-related question. I snapped like a dry twig. It wasn't pretty. All's well that ends well, though. I got my page posted, I apologized to my co-worker (who graciously accepted, but my guess is he won't be interrupting me anymore when I throw him that &quot;I'm BUSY!!!&quot; look!) and most importantly, the second suspect was captured. Way to go, Boston! So, I've been very grateful for a quiet, peaceful Saturday morning, a morning that I've spent scrapping. &quot;Why did you put ants on this page?&quot; asked my best beloved when he saw what I was working on. &quot;What do ants have to do with navel gazing?&quot; I'm not sure he really wanted the answer, but the story is this... I don't often re-work a page that I've posted to the gallery, but sometimes my 30MM challenge pages are the exception to that rule. :) Usually after I've posted a 30MM page I think of other stuff I'd like to add. Why oh why can't I think of that stuff during the challenge?!? Aaaaaanway... The photo on this page is of the daughter of some friends of ours. A bunch of us had gone on a picnic together at a local park. This was a few years ago, at around the same time I was &quot;discovering&quot; digital scrapbooking, and the pages I made for that event were among my first-ever digital scrapbook layouts. Looking at them now, I see they are more appropriately called &quot;lameouts.&quot; I'm not crazy mad about them and so as time permits I've been re-working those pages (because, you know, I'm all caught up on all of my other scrapping projects!); it just so happens that I had the folder of photos from that event on a flash drive that I always carry with me, and that's how I happened to pick this photo for the 30MM challenge. I decided to re-work the challenge page, adding some elements to sort of tie this page in with other pages I've made for the same event. See, for example, [u][b][url=;title=be-afraid-21-be-very-af&amp;cat=500]this page[/url][/b][/u]. The ants and some other elements that are on that page are now also on this one. &quot;Huh,&quot; says Mr. Squeak, when I concluded the story. &quot;What's for lunch?&quot; Sigh. Oh, and in case you can't read it, Ant is thinking, &quot;Sigh. If only they could stay this little for a while longer...&quot; Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Artfully White Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Never Stop Element Pack[/url][/b][/u] Cassie Jones 30MM Challenge Freebie Pack 04-19-13 [u][b][url=]How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows[/url][/b][/u] Pattie Knox [u][b][url=]A to Zoo Word Tiles Value Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]BBQ Bash Kit[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Artsy Paint No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Artsy Paint No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Banner Labels No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Dictionary Blendables: Everyday No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Grassy Edgers Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Slide Reels No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Star Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Ticketed Thoughts Brushes and Stamps MegaPak[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Twisted Dots No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Fonts: FlatBread (page title), CK_Journaling (ant's thoughts) Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />11 comments Sat, 20 Apr 2013 19:13:56 +0000 If Only... <a href=";title=if-only&amp;cat=947"><img class="imgborder" title="IfOnly4.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="IfOnly4.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Ugh! Must go find smelling salts now! I'm still at work and I just growled at a co-worker who had the nerve to try to talk to me while I was on the 30MM clock...must also go apologize. Sigh. Back later with the credits...<br /><br />15 comments Sat, 20 Apr 2013 00:57:06 +0000