>> Friday, February 26, 2010
Firstly, here is a simple layout I put together to introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. Ethan Buckmier! I am working on Robert’s laptop and don’t have all of my goodies to work with, therefore, I was limited to using my *Heartfully Yours* scrapkit, which just happened to have some color coordinating pieces and I did not have an opportunity to play with the photos following due to lack of Adobe Lightroom, filters, etc. LOL!
A “big” shout-out of thanks to Ethan’s mom, Nila, for not only creating an INCREDIBLE photo collage of Ethan from birth to adulthood, but also for SO generously giving of her time in copying the photos I sent up with the boys and putting them into a collage for April. I look forward to meeting Nila my next trip to Washington as we’ve already spoken on the phone several times and for several hours and I feel like I’ve known her for a very long time! SO cool …
Anyhoo, I just LOVE the tulle, lace and white lights set against a rustic wooden backdrop! A little bit country with a lot of sophistication! Love, love, LOVE it!
I snagged this photo from Facebook (permission granted) and if I try to enlarge it any further, it is horribly distorted, so I am hoping you are able to see Elizabeth’s precious little face! Priceless photo of Mother and babe! Interesting and I will make note in the event that any of you who are very visual have already done so, but when I look at this photo of my niece, she could easily pass for my daughter, April! I am going to have to get some frontal photos of Suzanne and make some comparisons. April and my older sister’s daughter favored each other considerably when I snapped photos of them together when April was 14. I am beginning to see how strong my father’s genes are in mine and my siblings female offspring!
We would love to have you join us for this month’s SPECIAL challenge! For information, click HERE. You must be registered and logged in to view the forum. You will also find our challenge information and links on the sidebar of our blogs each month, which stay until the next challenge has been posted. Deadline for layouts to be posted in our gallery HERE, is March 15th.
P.S. Stay-tuned for the departure of the Mega Blog Train, Monday, March 1st!
>> Saturday, February 20, 2010
>> Wednesday, February 10, 2010
>> Saturday, February 6, 2010
I’m going to keep this as short as possible as I became ill yesterday while doing taxes for my sons. LOL! I know what you’re thinking, doing taxes made me sick!!! ROFL! Well, actually, not! I believe I picked something up from my oldest son who camped out with us for four days and the night before last while sitting here working, I was feeling funky and mentioned a few times to him that I’d better not be getting what he has! HA! He assured me it was nothing more than a cough, which may be the case, however, he could have been the carrier of something more. I feel awful and have been in bed sleeping most of the day. I very rarely every get sick and last year I actually had contracted the flu for the first time in two decades or better, so not too shabby, eh?
My only concern at the moment is that my vitamin D levels are VERY deficient. I’ve been using Sunshine Mist, available on Dr. Mercola’s site, for three weeks now and am not knowing if that is long enough to bring my levels back up to a normal range. I tweeted him and asked when I should go back in to be retested and will check to see if he answered tomorrow as my head and eyes are too achy to sit here for long. Imagine that? *wink*
Vitamin D is a HOT topic amongst the medical profession today and Dr. Mercola has some incredible videos on his site, as well as a plethora of other information for the day and age we are living in. It was in frequenting his site that I learned of the epidemic of low vitamin D levels today, which prompted me to ask for my levels to be checked when I went in for my annual blood workup a couple of months ago. My reading was 20, which is on the borderline of being severely deficient. UGH! Dr. Mercola does a very thorough job of explaining “why” we are in such an epidemic of low vitamin D levels and what we can do to keep our levels in a normal and safe range (It is not safe to bump your levels up too high either). I encourage all of you to take a peek at Dr. Mercola’s findings.
I have hyperlinked his name directly to the main page of his site. Here is the link to several of his links to various articles on VITAMIN D. LOL! I went to his site to get the link and started reading about stress! You can spend an entire day reading his articles!
AND THE WINNER IS ...
SO ~ INKIN ~ CUTE! Congratulations Ms. Candi!
The winner was chosen from a hat by my son, John, who had just showered and hit the hay for work tomorrow! I asked him to do me the honor as Robert had already been asleep for some time and John had just turned off his light! The draw was completed in the dark, no less! So much so, that he could not read the name on the folded piece of paper. LOL! Or, perhaps it was my handwriting that was not legible, eh? *big grin*
No one actually guessed the “portion thereof”, so the draw was from those who guessed my flair logo and my “about me” image. As you can see, the above banner is taken straight from the side of the image with the camera to my eye.
However, y’all have given some COOL ideas and I may just change things up a bit as I go, but for now, this is “simple” and VERY neutral and the Bon Scrapatit font will still be familiar to y’all, I hope!
Thank you to ALL of you who posted your guess. It was SO much fun reading your comments!
Candi love, please email me: bonscrapatitdesigns (at) gmail (dot) com with the name of the store you wish to use your $5.00 gift certificate at, along with your full registered name, and I will have it to you tomorrow if I’m feeling better and if not, then on Monday. Congratulations once again girlie!
I apologize for the delay in getting the journaling strips to you, however, I’ve not been able to work on them since falling ill. I will try my hardest to get them posted no later than Monday.
Hope everyone is having a LOVELY weekend. It’s been pouring rain here, so it’s a VERY good time to spend a lot of time in bed sleeping so that I get better quickly! LOL!
Keep on scrappin’ …
Love and hugs,
>> Friday, February 5, 2010
*Heartfully Yours* Scrapkit by Bon Scrapatit Designs (free here on my blog!)
Font: Pea Eshley by Kevin and Amanda
Template: Bella Gypsy
Happy Friday y’all!!!
Somehow I missed visiting you on Thursday and as you can see by the timestamp, I am still up the wee hours of Friday morning! ROFL! Now, I am not supposed to be keeping these late hours anymore, am I? *wink*
Well, yesterday was kind of crazy in that I had a zillion distractions and my oldest son is still here! LOL! He lives about five minutes from us and decided he needed a vacation from home! ROFL! I suppose I should feel honored that he finds respite here (from a house full of guys!), however, I’m just getting back to business and cannot completely ignore him, now can I? I mean, after all, he is literally sitting directly behind me on another computer! LOL! Definitely time well-spent!
Anyhoo, I did not get Photoshop opened until nearly time to start dinner and when all was said and done, I decided I’d take care of two projects all-in-one! Now, please don’t fall off your chairs, but this is the FIRST layout I have scrapped in 2010! Why, you might ask? For a number of reason, but mostly because I am returning to my TRUE self … you know, the simple girl who likes clean lines and the focus to be on the photo! The photo I used is of my oldest, April (yes, the one getting married on the 20th!) and my grandson, Kaleb Jace who is now being called Jace by his mommy and daddy so Grandmas is following suit! I think Jace is a pretty cool name, don’t you Sharon? He, he …
My layout shows the versatility of *Heartfully Yours* and that it works well for much more than Valentine’s Day!
I’ve decided since I have 30+ years of photos to scrap that I’m needing to take a different approach than I initially set out to. I’m going to start creating photo books and I will share a bit more with you about that next week. I know that there are LOTS of options out there, however, I have found what I believe will work best for me and the goal I have in place. This is what I wish to share with y’all and then, of course, I will thoroughly enjoy getting your feedback!
Needless to say, I have been collecting LOTS of templates that I feel will work well in a photo book but, of course, they will look great in scrapbook albums too! I just LOVE versatility, don’t you? *big smile*
I see several of you are preparing yourselves for Super Bowl Sunday and, naturally, the guys will be watching here as well. I’m thinking I will be joining them as I’m really rooting for the New Orleans Saints. Why? Well, firstly, I actually had tears well-up in my eyes when they won the against the Minnesota Vikings in their final playoff game. Why? Because they have NEVER been to the Super Bowl and because I believe this will help the BEAUTIFUL city of New Orleans and surrounding areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina to REALLY put themselves back on the map, so-to-speak. I can’t help but think it will surely help to generate more business, sponsorships, etc.
I will be busy doing taxes for three out of four my sons today and I will try my hardest to finish up the journaling strips to get to you either later tonight or Saturday when I announce the WINNER of the $5.00 gift certificate to the digital scrapbooking store of THEIR choice. This is what I get for just HAVING to add twice as many words as I originally had! Oh, can’t forget this one to go with that one! HA, HA! I’m SO bad! Or, is that GOOD?
If you’ve not yet taken a guess yet as to the image, OR portion thereof, already located somewhere on my blog that I have used to create my new blog header, head on over HERE for the details on where to leave your answer for a chance to win a $5.00 GC to your FAVORITE digital scrapbooking store! The deadline is 11:59 pm EST tonight!
Have a FANTABULOUS weekend everyone and I’ll see soon!
>> Wednesday, February 3, 2010
>> Tuesday, February 2, 2010
>> Monday, February 1, 2010
HAPPY MONDAY Y’ALL!
Thank you SO much for ALL of the WONDERFUL welcome backs! It surely does feel good to be back in the designing saddle again and, hopefully, I can stay in this saddle for a while without falling off! LOL! You know the old saying about falling off the horse and getting right back up on it again! He, he …
Please bear with me in that I will be revamping my blog and hope to have a new template in place soon. I just don’t wish to mess anything up, so I’m practicing a bit on a test blog and then will try to convert it and, hopefully, not lose my widgets! Of course, I shall back this one up first! ROFL! Better make sure I’ve had a good night’s sleep too, eh? :D
I have done SO much browsing and pondering in what I wish to do with my blog and keep coming back to my love of simplicity and clean lines! Funny how we do that, isn’t it? I SO adore the creativity in others, but I cannot fight who I am! Not to say that I don’t fight with myself on occasion, but I always fall back on who I really am!
With that said, my blog is not going to look scrapbookish per se, which I like, but I find too confining unless I wish to change it around all the time and I don’t! :P And, y’all KNOW how color coordinated I am! So, what do think I’m going to do? Any guesses? I’ll give you a wee bit of a hint. My new header will sport an image, or portion thereof, that is already somewhere here on my blog and it will go with anything I post! Now, that piece of information should make your guess MUCH easier! LOL! Oh, and I’ve finally decided to go with a white background as much I love the way things POP on black! It will make it much easier for me when others snag my images and/or I don’t have to make extra previews for my own blog! ROFL!
Now, for that “chance to win”! I am offering a $5.00 gift certificate to the digital scrapbooking store of YOUR choice (check to make sure that they offer gift certificates) via a random drawing by my sweet man or random.org from those who correctly guess the image I will be using as my new blog header!
Please post your ONE guess (give specifics!) in the comment area of this blog post. Deadline for all guesses will be this Friday (2/5) at 11:59 pm PST!
I will post the winner’s name on my blog Saturday and have that person email me with the store of their choice. I will then purchase the $5.00 gift certificate and email to the winner!
Happy guessing! :D
Here are some detail images of *Heartfully Yours*:
Today’s download will consist of the patterned and solid papers. Tuesday and Wednesday I will post embellishments, Thursday I will post the journaling strips and if I come up with any extras, such as scrapatits, clusters, etc., I shall post them on Friday!
Until tomorrow, get your scrap on and don’t forget to post your guess as to the image I will be using for my new blog header!
Love and hugs,