Goodness, where does the time go? the end of October is sneaking up on me and I haven’t even posted my September scrapping projects yet. Needless to say, all of the kids’ activities are keeping me extremely busy!
For the one in the green frame: I had laser printable transparencies, so I printed the outline version of the one in the green frame out and started trying to color it in. Waterbased markers wouldn't dry on the transparency, half of my large-tipped sharpie pens I was planning on using were dried out (probably because I let the kids use them for an art project they wanted to do), and something about the fine-tip sharpies I had didn't agree with whatever coating was on the transparency to make it printable and the tips kept clogging up. The larger tipped pens definitely worked better. Alcohol inks worked well on it, but I was very limited in color choices and no good brushes to attempt 'painting' with so I stuck with the pens and eventually got it colored in.
The one in the blue frame: I colored in on the computer with Berna's papers and then printed on my inkjet printer. That was interesting since the transparencies weren't designed for inkjet printers. I couldn't get the printer to feed it correctly at first, so finally I stuck it to a regular piece of paper with temporary adhesive and that solved that problem. My printer didn't have a 'transparency' paper option, so I experimented with the different paper settings to get a good color application. Photo paper settings were too heavy since the transparency didn't absorb the ink after it was sprayed on- it was a very heavy ink application so the colors were running together a bit and there was quite a bit of smearing in certain spots as the paper ejected. Draft mode gave a very fine layer of ink that didn't smear, but it was a bit too light. Regular paper mode worked the best for getting a nice layer of color, but again smearing was a bit of a problem though not quite as bad. The ink layer was still wet even after sitting for 30 minutes, so I got out my clear embossing powder and coated the whole square with a layer and then sealed it with heat. This worked well, but the colors did lose a lot of their vibrancy when heated- not sure if that was a property of the type of ink, the transparency, the heat, or some combination of the former. It could be handled at this point though without ruining it, so I could finally cut it out and frame it with cardstock for hanging in the window.
credits: Divine Debris by Studio Gypsy at scrapbookgraphics; Foam Stamp alpha by Jessica Bolton (retired); Portraits by Jen Ulasiewicz Photography;
fonts: Chromosome Heavy
journaling: We were an ocean apart during most of the year of our engagement- Mark in Germany and I in Washington. We hand-wrote and mailed letters nearly every day. The best part of my day was coming home in the afternoon and finding a letter in the mailbox.
(FYI--Unfortunately the stacks of saved letters didn't survive one of our moves across the country.)
credits: Love Blooms Here by Pixel Works, Cut It Out Templates by Amy Martin; Melt My Heart by Pixel Works (I love you button, retired), letters by Vinnie Pearce
fonts: Bradley Hand ITC
journaling: You can see Monument Valley from miles away. It looms over the surrounding landscape and as you get closer to it, the colors of the desert get brighter and the desert begins to come alive right before your eyes.
credits: at scrapbookgraphics: Blooming Desert by Berna Datema, PreFABs 13-16 by Dutchie; fonts: SP Holy Guacomole
journaling: Sarah wants a pet so badly. Every dog she sees sets off a round of oohs, aahs, and isn’t he cute? I hate having to say no whenever she gets that pleading look in her eyes as I know how much having a dog of my own meant to me. We just aren’t home enough right now to take care of a pet properly. Maybe someday in the future the time will be right, Sarah.
credits: Pet Mania by Holly Griego and Kaye Winieki at MScraps; Template 13 by Akizo Designs (blog freebie)
fonts: Vaguely Repulsive, 2Peas Dear Diary, Tickets Capital Impressed
Mark thought I was nuts to take photos of the TV as we were watching the opening ceremonies for the Olympics in February LOL!
journaling: February 12, 2010 the whole family sat down to watch the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. It was an amazing show- the gorgeous effects, dancing, music, and Canadian history in a beautiful visual show. It was a fun way to learn more about our northern neighbors!
credits: by Pixel Works at The-LilyPad: I Am Canadian Papers and Elements, Blustery Day (snowflakes, retired), Wear a Flower In Your Hair Alphas (retired); September Template Challenge Freebie by Amy Martin; fonts: Typewriter
credits: at scrapbookgraphics: My Baby Girl by SussieM, PreFABs Booklet No. 3 by Dutchie; fonts: Zapf Chancery
journaling: We’ve lived many places around the world, and while we still miss the places in Washington where we grew up, we are now proud to call Colorado home. I’ve become quite attached to this beautiful state with its rugged mountains that glow in the fall with golden aspen leaves.
credits: by Pixel Works at The-Lilypad: Kitschy Fall Papers and Kitschy Stitchy Fall Doodles, Big Stampy Alphas, Irrevocably In Love (music stamp)
fonts: CK Cursive, CK Journaling Condensed
journaling: For several years Mark has wanted to hike the 14-ers in Colorado- those are the mountains that are over 14,000 ft. tall. He’s been hiking the incline and Barr Trail to get in shape. He’s been up and down Pikes Peak several times and has now started hiking some of the other nearby mountains. He has made it to the top of Mt. Shavano & Tabeguache Peak on September 4, 2010 and Mount of the Holy Cross on September 11, 2010.
Photos taken on Barr Trail and the top of Pikes Peak on September 23, 2005
credits: Impressions of Adventure by The Studio Girls at scrapbookgraphics;
fonts: TXT Scribbletti, LD Beatnik
credits: Precious Memories by Manuella Zimmermann and Laitha at scrapbookgraphics; fonts: Zapf Chancery