Digital Scrapbooking en-us Tue, 30 Jun 2015 03:34:33 +0000 PhotoPost Pro 8.0 60 30MM MasterPiece--Lucky Me! <a href=";title=30mm-masterpiece-lucky-me-21&amp;cat=947"><img class="imgborder" title="LuckyMe3.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="LuckyMe3.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Ugh! Every month I say to myself &quot;This is the month I won't panic when I do the 30MM!&quot; and every month I panic! ETA: You guys are giving me waaaaay too much credit here! I used Studio DD's [u][b][url=]Layer Works No. 449[/url][/b][/u] and that's how I was able to get so much on the page in 30 minutes. My secret weapon for completing a 30MM Challenge in, you know, 30 minutes is Kayleigh! :) I'll try to get back here later with the rest of the credits.<br /><br />9 comments Sat, 14 Mar 2015 19:51:15 +0000 Boldly Go <a href=";title=boldly-go&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="BoldlyGo.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="BoldlyGo.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: OK, true story here: I got up early today and slugged down some caffeine, getting ready for today's 30MM Challenge, which I [i]thought[/i] started at 8:00 a.m. Pacific DST. I waited and waited for Linda to start the thread, getting more and more nervous as each moment passed and still no sign of her. At about 8:15 a.m.Pacific DST, 15 minutes after I thought the challenge was supposed to start, I finally had the bright idea of checking the calendar, and it was then I discovered I was 4 hours early. Sigh. Not one to waste some good scrapping momentum, I started working on a page I'd been thinking of making ever since I learned of Leonard Nimoy's passing. The story is this... Those of you who know me through my pages will not be at all surprised to learn I was a huge fan of Leonard Nimoy the actor and an even bigger fan of the television character that made him famous--Mr. Spock. The original &quot;Star Trek&quot; television show, especially by today's standards, seems cheesy and overwrought, but to a science nerd growing up in the 1960's it was heaven on the small screen. The character of Mr. Spock, as played by Leonard Nimoy, was especially captivating to me. A science officer? On a star ship? Why, that had to be the coolest job in the whole universe! I would have gone on to study science anyway, but it was this character that planted the notion in my noggin that scientists are not only smart (and yes, they are nerdy), but they could also be cool. The character of Mr. Spock was definitely a role model for me, and I was sad to learn of Mr. Nimoy's passing. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement, Mr. Nimoy! Boldly go on to your next adventure! (For those of you who are not familiar with this tv show, the line &quot;to boldly go where no man has gone before&quot; was one of the lines voiced at the beginning of every episode. My English teacher [i]hated[/i] this line, since she was already having difficultly teaching us why splitting an infinitive was a big no-no! :) ) And Linda, I will see you soon for this month's 30MM! :) (Note to self: check the DD calendar more often...and then make a note of the contest time!!!) Credits Grunge Source [u][b][url=]Sylt Paper Pack[/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=]Research Laboratory Overlays[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Urban Naturalist Blendable Layers No. 01[/url][/b][/u] (recolored a bit) [u][b][url=]Watery Words Colored Transfers + BONUS Brushes No. 03[/url][/b][/u] (altered) Cathy Zielske [u][b][url=]Cathy Zielske's Page Frames No. 02[/url][/b][/u] (altered) Photo: Internet download Fonts: Arrivals and Departures, Impact, Arial Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />8 comments Sat, 14 Mar 2015 18:42:39 +0000 Paiting Pages Challenge--A Nod Is As Good As A Wink <a href=";title=paiting-pages-challenge-a-nod-is-as-good-as-a-wink&amp;cat=2714"><img class="imgborder" title="wink2.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="wink2.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: This is my page for Katie's [u][b][url=]1st Quarterly Sale Painting Pages[/url][/b][/u] challenge. (Yes, once again I am late to the party--I think this challenge ended two days ago!) I had photos that would have been better choices for this challenge, but I've been scrapping the pages for a friend's birthday party I recently attended and I wanted to finish off those pages, so I picked a photo from that event. The photo here is one of those lucky shots one gets when one is simply randomly clicking away. My friend would probably not characterize this picture of her as a &quot;lucky shot&quot; but it is soooooo her! She tilts her head a bit to one side and closes one eye when she is thinking of something, so yeah, it's a lucky shot and it had to be scrapped. (Thanks for letting me post this, H! Love you! Mean it!) I was not crazy mad about the background in this photo so rather than have it spill out of the frame, as suggested in Katie's tutorial, I opted to hide the background with brushwork. Credits Maplebrook Studio [u][b][url=]Finer Things No. 01 Slate Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet Painting Pages Challenge freebie (brushes) [u][b][url=]Bridle Creek Horse Scrapbooking Collection[/url][/b][/u] (frame) [u][b][url=]Edge Overlays No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Pebbled Thoughts No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Twisted Dots No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Watery Photo Masks No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Studio Double-D [u][b][url=]Readymade Borders: Everyday No. 01[/url][/b][/u] (slightly recolored) Font: An Unfortunate Event Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />11 comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:48:14 +0000 30MM MasterPiece--I Heart You Guys <a href=";title=30mm-masterpiece-i-heart-you-guys&amp;cat=947"><img class="imgborder" title="IHeartYouGuys.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="IHeartYouGuys.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Ugh! Excuse me while I take a few moments to breathe into a paper bag.... The photo is of a group of friends and I celebrating one of our gang's birthday. We'd given her one of those &quot;selfie sticks&quot;--a device you can attach your smart phone to so that you can hold the phone out away from you and take selfies. We were having tons of fun with this! Great challenge, Linda! See you next month! ...and we are back with the credits. Maplebrook Studio [u][b][url=]Finer Things No. 01 Slate Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Patterned Palette Super Pack No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet 30MM Challenge freebie (polka dot paper, stick pin, hearts border brush) [u][b][url=]Catching Rainbows Scrapbooking Collection[/url][/b][/u] (arrow, bottle cap) [u][b][url=]Edge Overlays No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Painted Love No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Watery Photo Masks No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Studio Double-D [u][b][url=]Layer Works Little Hearts No. 04[/url][/b][/u] (altered a bit) Fonts: CK_Allison_Regular, Gretoon Regular Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />12 comments Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:55:32 +0000 FlashChallenge <a href=";title=flashchallenge&amp;cat=1759"><img class="imgborder" title="FlashChallenge.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="FlashChallenge.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: There is certainly no snow where I live (in fact, California is entering the 4th year of its worst drought in decades, but I digress...), but it was either participate in Katie's Flash Challenge for the snowbound or keep singing &quot;99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.&quot; (Sorry, Carol, I had to take a break! :) ) This will all make much more sense when you check out [u][b][url=]Sandy's post[/url][/b][/u] in the forum and then Katie's reply, and then Carol's reply, and then Susan's reply... Well, [i]maybe[/i] it will make more sense... Journaling reads: &quot;If Home is where the heart is Then may your Home be blessed A shelter from the storms of Life A place of rest, And when each day is over And toil put in its place Your Home's dear warmth Will bring its smile To light the saddest face! --John McLeod&quot; Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Kohi Kit[/url][/b][/u] (green sprig behind little girl) [u][b][url=]Vintage Youngsters[/url][/b][/u] Maplebrook Studio [u][b][url=]Colbie Solids Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet Flash Challenge Freebie [u][b][url=]Bead Scatterings No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Stamped Stitches No. 01 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=] Twisted Dots No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Time Clusters No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Watery Photo Masks No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Vintage Postage Stamps[/url][/b][/u] Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />11 comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:11:14 +0000 The Tuna Eclipse <a href=";title=the-tuna-eclipse&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="TunaEclipse.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="TunaEclipse.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: I have no earthly idea what the point of this page is or why I am posting it or why I have spent the [i]entire morning[/i] working on it, but here we are. How did I get here? The story is this... I've been cleaning off my computer desktop recently, trying to get the number of folders there (and their number is legion!) under control. Most of the folders, as I'm sure my fellow digi scrappers will not be surprised to learn, are of pages or projects I've started but for one reason or another I have not completed. This page started off as such a one. Last year (2014) there was a lunar eclipse on April 15th. Mr. Squeak and I watched it from our backyard, accompanied by a couple of our cats. The eclipse itself was glorious! Besides seeing the moon covered in the earth's shadow, the planet Mars and the star Spica (alpha star of the constellation Virgo) were also visible. The three objects together made for some awesome photos. When it came time to scrap those photos, however, I had no inspiration. Nothing. Nada. Nyet. No go. Bupkis. Zip. Zilch. Goose egg. Big fat zero. I could go on, but I think you get the idea! So, I put that project away only to stumble upon it this morning. Still not inspired to do anything with the photos of the actual eclipse, I nevertheless fired up Photoshop in the hopes that something would come to me. While dragging this and masking that (the equivalent of pushing my brussels sprouts around on my plate in the hopes they will just go away!) I was remembering the actual night of the eclipse and how I had a cat in my lap for the hour or so Peter and I were hanging out on the patio watching the moon grow redder and redder, and I began wondering what a cat might think of such an event and how beautiful the night sky was and didn't the stars look like they were swimming through the clouds and I wish I could tell you it was a straight line from those thoughts to this page but it really wasn't. I really, [i]seriously[/i] need to get out more! Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Silly Billy Alphabet[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Cloudscape Brushes and Stamps No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Grassy Edgers Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Spooky Trees No. 01 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Watery Fish Brushes and Stamps No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Studio Double-D [u][b][url=]DoubleD Doodles: Critters No. 01 Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] Moon photo: downloaded from NASA website Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />14 comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 21:02:06 +0000 Captured <a href=";title=captured&amp;cat=500"><img class="imgborder" title="Captured15.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Captured15.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: This page was inspired by Mel's latest iTunes challenge, but I ended up making a different page for that challenge. Found this on my desktop this morning when I was doing a rare computer desktop clean-up (OMG I really need to do that more often! What a mess, but I digress...) and decided to post it. The story is this... A couple of years ago Mr. Squeak and I went to Chicago for a vacation. Among other sites we visited, we saw the sculpture that everyone calls &quot;The Bean.&quot; It's a 110-ton elliptical sculpture with a decidedly bean shape, forged from a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates. The reflections from this sculpture are amazing! Like many people there, Peter lay down underneath the sculpture and photographed his reflection, and that's the photo on this page. 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=]Outlined and Scripted Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />15 comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:54:19 +0000 iTunes Inspiration--Call the Doctor <a href=";title=itunes-inspiration-call-the-doctor&amp;cat=1218"><img class="imgborder" title="Dr_Who_iTunesChallenge.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Dr_Who_iTunesChallenge.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Okay, where to start on this one... I'm a huge Dr. Who fan. I've been following this classic BBC television series since the days of Tom Baker, the 4th Doctor ('cause who doesn't love a 12-foot scarf? But I digress...) The show was cancelled back in 1989 but then brought back in 2005 and I could not have been more delighted. Waaaaaay back when the show first started, the writers came up with the most glorious idea for what to do when the actor playing the Doctor wanted to move on from the show. They gave the character of the Doctor the power to regenerate--the character could take on a whole new appearance and personality! Sheer genius! That has allowed the show to remain in production (well, except for those 16 years between 1989-2005, but I'm not bitter...) since it was first broadcast in 1963. Last summer a new Doctor, played by the Scottish actor Peter Capaldi, was introduced. (Mr. Capaldi apparently had a clause written into his contract that he be allowed to use his Scottish accent in his portrayal of the Doctor, and those of you who remember David Tennat's turn as the Doctor will know why this is a big deal. &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; Please tell me there are some Dr. Who fans at this site!) Mr. Capaldi would be Doctor No. 12 (or No. 13, depending on whether or not one counts the War Doctor, and you do [i]not[/i] want to wade into that controversy, but I digress again...does all of this sound like gobbledygook? :) ). The first episode of No. 12's tenure aired at a local movie theater last August, and some fellow fans and I attended this movie. I made a scrapbook page about our movie night and have been wondering what I might make as a companion page ('cause everyone knows the Doctor needs a companion...that's a bit of Dr. Who I hear the crickets chirping louder out there? :) ). Mel's most recent [u][b][url=]iTunes challenge[/u][/b][/url] gave me the inspiration I needed to make the perfect companion page. Thanks, Mel, for such a fun challenge! Oh, and you can tell from the page which side of the No. 12/No. 13 controversy I fall. :) Credits Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]All White Now Paper Pack No. 02[/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] Maplebrook Studio [u][b][url=]Jelly Alphabet No. 30[/url][/b][/u] Katie Pertiet [u][b][url=]Autumn Ice Tonal Stripes Value Paper Pack[/url][/b][/u] Fonts: Old Block (big title); Iskoola Pota Bold Photo: internet download Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />18 comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:46:01 +0000 30MM (+24 Hours!) <a href=";title=30mm-2b24-hours-21&amp;cat=947"><img class="imgborder" title="NewYear_sEve2014.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="NewYear_sEve2014.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Squeak<br /><br />Description}: Wait! You mean the 30MM Challenge was [i]yesterday[/i]?!? I'm a day late and a dollar short?!? Bummer! OK, OK, just kidding. I was away on Saturday and not able to participate in this month's 30MM challenge when it was happening live, but I really wanted to give it a go so this morning I set alarms on my watch and did the challenge, all the while thinking to myself, &quot;What would Linda be saying right about now? Oh, yeah, she'd say, &quot;15 minutes, Ladies!' &quot; :) So, two things I learned by doing the challenge this way: (1) it is much more fun to do it when I know there are other people doing it at the same time (there really is something to that old saying that misery loves company!); (2) I still hyperventilate at having only 30 minutes to make a page even when there is nothing at stake, even when the time limit is self-imposed! (I'm sure there are issues there worth exploring, but perhaps another time...) Some of the rules for this month's challenge suggested a New Year's Eve or New Year's Day photo to me, and once I had that in my head I couldn't get it out so I had to make it work with the rest of the rules. Fortunately Lynn's Scrap Express template had most of the other stuff I needed already on the template--a circle, brushwork behind the photo and even the flowers! You'd think with most of the work already done for me that making the page would be easy but noooooooo! I still had to decide on papers and find some gold stuff (no, wait--maybe I want the silver stuff no I think I should use the gold but the silver is so pretty oh crud maybe I should just use both oh look! bronze! akk but that's not one of the rules and no wonder it takes me so long to do one of these pages!) and did I mention the cats were feeling particularly cat-like this morning and kept jumping up on my computer keyboard? As I always do, I struggled with where to put everything, and the flowers were giving me fits for some reason. I finally decided to turn the rub-on flowers that came with the template into streamers coming out of my noisemaker. Not sure they still count as flowers but hey, when you faced with a time limit you do what you must. Note: we really are wearing those goofy glasses (I extracted them so they'd show up outside the photo frame) and the glasses really are for 2015. The &quot;1&quot; is a bit hard to make out, since they came with an eye hole in the &quot;1&quot;! I plan on wearing these same glasses at my niece's high school graduation in June. I know she will be so pleased! :) Mr. Squeak looks thrilled to bits in this photo, n'est-ce pas? He asked me if I was really going to make him wear a silly hat and glasses just so I could get a photo for my scrapbook. &lt;sound of crickets chirping&gt; Geeze Louise, Sweetie, have we even met? Linda, thanks for another fun challenge. I hope next month I will be able to participate live. Credits Ali Edwards [u][b][url=]Happy New Year Brushes and Stamps[/url][/b][/u] Lynn Grieveson [u][b][url=]Scrap Express No. 172[/url][/b][/u] (altered a bit) [u][b][url=]Season of Magic Kit[/url][/b][/u] (recolored the paper and clipped it to paint brushes in template) [u][b][url=]Winterberry Kit[/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 30MM Freebie 2015_01 (Twisted Dots No1) [u][b][url=]Artsy Layered Paints No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Edge Overlays No. 01[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Be Golden Clusters No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Golden Basics Paper Pack No. 02[/url][/b][/u] [u][b][url=]Shimmer Splatters No. 01[/url][/b][/u] Thanks for stopping by!<br /><br />16 comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 17:44:55 +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 />11 comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:50:02 +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 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 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 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