Friday, December 28, 2012


I would have to say that this month has been my iPhone month! Taking Jessica Sprague's Motography Class opened up a whole new world for me regarding picture sharing and picture apps. I learned a lot about Instagram and love seeing photos that other Instagramers post especially the "artsy" ones. The hashtags also make it easier to find and figure out what other apps are out there. Here are some examples of pictures I have played with using Diptic, Phonto, Bokehful and others. I now take more pictures with my iPhone than any other camera and I love how easy it is to share them! Will keep trying to blog more of what I am doing with them! 

Monday, November 12, 2012


After doing Melodie's slideshow, I decided I better work on Vanessa and Danielle's! I'm still working with Aperture learning a little more every time. I like how easy it is to just use the pictures I've already rated to quickly set this up,  but think I'm going to keep trying different platforms to do this. The text on the slides was pretty touchy and I had to keep trying to make them line up right.

Have to admit, it sure brings back good memories to be working with these pictures! Weddings are such a time of joy, love and fun. They celebrate not only the couple getting married, but the community that they belong to. It was so wonderful to have out of town guests, family, friends and even teachers come to Vanessa's wedding. I am always so grateful for everyone that comes, they truly have been a wonderful influence on my family in one way or another. So even though weddings are a lot of work, they are so worth it in the end. This video is made from the stupendous wedding pictures that Russell and Jennifer McCue took!  I plan on putting together another one of the actual reception because I don't want them to be too long.

So, this is for my Vanessa and thankful for these two!!

Monday, November 05, 2012


I'm working with Aperture's slideshow feature and was really happy with how this slideshow of Kevin and Melodie's wedding turned out. These pictures by Carol Kerfoot of KaceyJane Photography were so stupendous. We loved them and were so amazed by them. Carol did a fabulous job!

This is Kevin and Melodie's wedding song, "Forever and Ever, Amen" by Randy Travis.

Next will be pictures of the reception....

Thursday, November 01, 2012


Well it was certainly a quiet Halloween last night at our house although we had a record number of kids at the door! Mitchell had decided not to go trick or treating to my surprise! So he stayed home with me and let me answer the door, even though it was often a group of cute girls hoping to catch a glimpse of him! Thank goodness Melodie stopped by and told him to come trick or treating with her. So he quickly threw on a pink cowboy hat, pink bandana and his BB gun and off they went. I think Melodie was glad she grabbed this wig because it made it hard to guess how old she was...apparently she hadn't been trick or treating in about 8 years. He came home a happy boy with a bag full of treats, just enough to be fun but not so much to be sick!

So there you go Mitchell....I know it's hard to have 4 sisters, but they do come in handy sometimes.

By the way, I couldn't post the pink...a cowboy needs to be country, in sepia...

Thursday, October 25, 2012


I found this template challenge at Designer's Digitals and knew I wanted to use it for this story. Don and Mitchell were wrestling one day and when Mitchell said this, we all laughed. The other funny part of this picture is that Everett was on the floor crying because he was scared of the fighting! I'm pretty sure he will be joining them soon.

Thought I would show you one of the pictures I started with:

 The black and white pictures were done using Coffee Shop's Coconut BW action, one of my favourites. 

I had fun with this page, but have to admit the angling was really challenging and probably makes the journaling harder to read, but I still love how it turned out! I also wanted to give this a cartoon feel, thus the word bubbles from eNKay Designs, Comic Kit found at the DigiChick.  This page makes me happy and I'm grateful to be able to document these memories. I'm thankful that Don has one son that he can wrestle with, play soccer with, eat pizza with and love!! These days are going so fast, he's almost as tall as his Dad....

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


So happy to sit down last night and scrap again. I haven't actually done a page in awhile... I read lots and study lots but sometimes just need to sit down and do it. I need to learn to quit working on every detail as well. This is for my Melodie! So happy that her and Kevin live in town now and that we can see them more!

I saw this template on my Jessica Sprague Digi in Deeper in Deeper class and decided to give it a try. It was fun to go back and look at new techniques. I used some of her ideas but made the page my own.
There's not as much journaling as I usually like but it was still fun. I made the brackets into stickers, the main picture into a graph and tried clustering again. The fun script font is CK Legacy.

I'm looking forward to another class being offered by Jessica Sprague called Motography being offered in November! It's another iPhone class that's supposed to "rock your camera phone!" Should be fun!

Here's my new layout:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


I've been wanting to scrap this page after seeing Hannah Clark's Shabby Melody kit, just had to find the right pictures. Although all of my kids have played piano, Vanessa was the one who practised without being asked or told to... and who went the farthest in lessons. I really do love to hear the piano, no matter what stage they are at. I know some people wince at the "plunk, plunk" of the new little ones but I always loved listening to them. My favourite time of the day was making supper while one of my kids was practising piano in the made everything right in the world!

My advice, start them early, not too early but once they are teenagers too many other things take precedence and the piano gets forgotten. During the elementary years, piano music makes your house a home!

Scrapbooking Notes:

HClark Shabby Melody Kit
KPertiet Starglows No1
Fonts: Impact, Century Gothic

Not sure I would fill the word again if I have a blended photo...thinking it looks too busy. I loved Hannah's frame and was happy with how it framed Vanessa. I'm using Cathy Zieske's Tips for Better Types when I journal which has helped a lot.

Saturday, September 08, 2012


 This was one of my favourite pictures of Don and Melodie that I was able to take when we were visiting Mel in Peru! We had so much fun and were amazed at the beautiful Peruvian architecture. I thought this  watercolour technique would do this picture justice and bring it to life. This brings back wonderful memories of seeing our missionary daughter, Hermana Mathieson for the first time in 18 was an amazing, joyful trip!!

Lynn Grieveson In Distress Papers
KPertiet Defining Words No4
KPertiet Starglow No1
LMurphy Discovery Elements
SPCom Festival Village Frame
WWC Malihini Solid Papers
Fonts: Impact, Georgia, Beautiful ES, Century Gothic

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


I took this picture of my Mitchell and Rebecca at the park and love how it turned out. What was even better is that Rebecca liked it!

Using a tutorial, I decided to boost the colour and contrast and add an embossed stroke with a drop shadow. I think it really emphasizes how much they look alike! Funny to see how these last two (the tallest in the family), who used to fight all the time are good friends and they talk and hang out together. Makes all the time outs, go to your rooms and "quit bugging each other rants" almost worthwhile. It also makes me wonder what the future will last 2 babies!

Sunday, August 19, 2012


A friend of Don's sent him a picture of the new movie ad for Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand" and said it reminded him of Don. It made me laugh but as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make this page! It took some work and a couple of tries but I am happy with the end result.

This is a picture I took of Don years ago in our living room and I had fun extracting it and putting in on a new manly background. As the father of 4 girls, 3 of them married, he's fighting a losing battle but he still keeps trying! I have a feeling his 3 sons-in-law are going to just laugh at this picture....

Lynn Grieveson In Distress Paper
Fonts: Century Copperplate Light, Century Gothic

Tuesday, August 07, 2012


I'm in a scrapbooking mood lately and have been working on more projects than I have in a while. I found this picture today and had to laugh when I saw it....knew it would make a fun layout! I used some of Hannah Clark's new kit, Shabby Melody and then added some embellishments from some other digital supplies that I have from Katie Pertiet (using her "Painting in Progress tutorial) , the Ettes and LMurphy. I struggled with some aspects of this page but eventually decided that I had spent enough time on it and I like it the way it is. My cute grandson, who is not very happy in this picture...I think it was because he was tired of Grandma taking pictures!!!

 I'm trying to increase my Blog membership, feel free to join my site!

Monday, August 06, 2012


I was so happy to have this picture even though it was taken accidentally! I wanted some shots of the kids boarding in the ocean while we were in Oregon, but because the sun was behind them the pictures came out really dark! I decided to try and make them silhouettes and they turned out wonderful. So I decided to scrap them! I've been wanting to use Hannah Clark's scrapbooking kits that she has recently designed and her Butterfly Bliss kit had some beautiful colours that fit perfectly! Thanks Hannah....

I thought you might like to see the original picture....

Here is the layout I made. I made my own template using 8 rectangles and moved them apart. I then clipped the same picture to each one and put a drop shadow on the rectangle. When I added the paper behind I reduced the opacity and I loved how it turned out! I added some embellishments from Hannah's kit, a starglow from Katie Pertiet and now I have a page that makes me happy. It really was a memorable vacation.... have any of you visited Oregon? Any favourite memories out there....

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


As the mother of three brides, with 2 weddings to go, I would like to point out that as wonderful as weddings are, they are also the most stressful parties I have ever put together! Let me give you a few reasons why:

 1         First of all, you are trying to make sure the bride and groom are happy which is no small task because they really have no idea of what this whole wedding entails.  They are in “la-la- in love fairyland”. Don’t believe them when they say: “All we want are chips and carrots and a dance!”

      There are tons of flowers to find and put together, for centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages. Not only that but they will be forgotten somewhere by someone and no matter how beautiful they are, they will be missing from the pictures, sigh….

      There are all kinds of decisions to make about food: Sit down dinner or appetizers, friend’s help or catered? I haven’t been to a wedding yet that ran out of food, but that is always the big worry especially when you see someone’s runaway child scarfing down 10 desserts!

Wedding invitations have to be sent out early, which means engagement pictures and reception details. No matter how many you make, your children will remember 50 more friends that they should have sent invitations too, 2 weeks before the wedding!

 Do your bride and groom want bridesmaids and groomsmen? This means finding dresses in the right colour that everybody likes! Be prepared to hunt every store in a 200 mile radius, to be one the internet for hours and to buy at least 8 different dresses that need to be returned. Do yourself a favour, don’t let the bride pick her colours until you have the bridesmaids dresses!

     You will have to start looking for decorating ideas right from the start especially if you are decorating a gym or hall… be on the hunt for tulle, greenery, flowers, lights, trees and don’t let your kids talk you into live goldfish on the tables! You’ll regret it, believe me, when you’re hunting for that slippery fish on the floor because the bowl has been tipped over!

     Will you be having a dance because if you are, you will need to find a DJ and music! Are you including a program and who will be speaking? Are you prepared to be in the spotlight as a blubbering mess because for sure they will want you to speak?

What kind of pictures do you want? A professional photographer or your friends snapshots of the events? Try not to wince when you find out the cost, after all this is all you will have left when the whole shindig is over…PICTURES!

 Of the 300 people you invite, 100 will tell you they’re not coming but the 200 that come won’t tell you that….be prepared to be set up extra tables and chairs and tell the kitchen help to add more carrots to the vegetable tray!!

 Nevertheless, the BEST part of the night is looking around at all your friends and family who have come with love, gifts and best wishes to celebrate your child’s marriage…AND that makes it all WONDERFUL!!

      Lastly, the best thing you can do as a friend is to SHOW UP…there is nothing worse than putting on a big party for your child and no one comes. I have loved and appreciated every family member and friend who has made an effort to be with us on that special day! What a treasure they are to me!

So what do you think? What is your favourite part of a wedding reception? What do you remember the most? I would really love your feedback, you can let me know in my comments! 

Monday, July 30, 2012


Here is another slideshow of some of the pictures I took at Mikael and Emma Lamb's wedding! I was so happy to be there.... what do you remember most about weddings? I would love to know....

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


JULY 18, 2012

Congratulations to Mike Lamb and Emma Dudley who will be getting married in the CARDSTON, ALBERTA, TEMPLE this Friday, July 20! We are so happy for them and their families. We have known the Lambs for years, in fact our kids pretty much grew up together! This is the invitation I made a few weeks ago and I was so happy with how it turned out. They used a template that I already had which made it easier. 

We are looking forward to their wedding reception here in Kamloops on July 28... it will be fun to see the whole Lamb family!

Monday, July 16, 2012


Vanessa asked me to take some first year anniversary pictures of her and Scott and I was able to get some while we were in Oregon. I had fun with them and they were both pretty patient while I took lots of pictures....these are my favourites. Put some PW actions on some of them to boost the colour.
So glad these two are so happy and living two streets away! Trying a slide show today.....

Friday, July 13, 2012


Well here is another update from our vacation last week! Now that I'm home it's been a little busier, but I really wanted to scrap a few pages of our fun day quadding. Of course, that took longer than I expected what with working, painting, and driving Mitchell to basketball camp. Just don't take a close look at my yard, it is seriously getting forgotten.....

I still enjoy using Tiffany Tillman's Modern Master Template Collection and continue to use Jana Morton's Blending and Extraction techniques. Happy to have these....

If anyone out there has good memories of Oregon, would love to hear about them! Just leave a note in my comments.....

Saturday, July 07, 2012


A picture down Memory Lane on Thursday....this was the school Danielle and Melodie went to in Forest Grove, Oregon. They went to kindergarten, Grade 1, 2 and 3 here at Harvey Clarke Elementary...they still remember some of their fun teachers....

Had to take a picture of the townhouses we lived in 20 years ago...I was so grateful to be able to get into this townhouse B! The rent was subsidized and made such a difference in our expenses, considering the horrendous tuition to Optometry School! We moved into Forest Grove with our 3 little girls...not too many of the other students had kids, forget 3 so our three were pretty special and were always made much of by Don's classmates!

Don's optometry school in Forest Grove!

I'm not in this picture when Don graduated because I was at home in Canada on bed rest with a baby! Bittersweet moment for me because I was so upset that I missed his graduation....
The Portland Shopping Crowd....notice that we now have Kevin amongst and look how happy Melodie is!!! We picked him up from the airport!

Vanessa's cute chauffeur!!

We were happy to meet up with some old friends from optometry school! Don went to Pacific with Lorne and Roz Yudcovitch and they were able to meet up with us at Applebees in fun to exchange stories! Friends from long ago always seem to remember stories that you have forgotten!

Long but happy day!

Friday, July 06, 2012


Enjoying the 4th of July parade here in Rockaway Beach...we all had to laugh when the policeman directing traffic told the girls...."since I'm old enough to be your Grandpa, I think I can safely say, you girls are all drop dead pretty!!" Lots of red faces.... 
 Everett trying to hold up his thumb like Uncle Scott is teaching him, tricky things thumbs!

One of several floats in the parade...surprisingly this small town had streets lined up with people gathered together for the parade. We wondered where they all came from...lots of cars, trucks and not many decorations unless you count all the red, white and blue flags! I think they spent their budget on the fireworks which were stupendous!!!
A few horses and beautiful cowgirls....

Everett's favourite float, which Melodie had to stop him to keep him from going out and riding this one!!


Mitchell spending time crabbing with the other men, one of his favourite past times this trip.....the catching crabs kind not the complaining kind, lol!!

The shivering cheerleaders...the wind off the ocean was cold!!! But they still look good, even cold, not sure how much crabbing was going on is this corner though!

Happy, happy crabcatcher...learned all kinds of things about crabs Don did...the size, the kinds, the gender, what to use to catch them with and lots of other useful knowledge to a guy who wants to catch them and not just buy them in the store. He also learned that his wife refuses to toss them into a pot of boiling water and that's another one of his "he-man" job if he wants to eat fresh crab!!!

The happy "one year" married couple who really should live by the ocean because Scott would fill his plate every night with what he's caught from the ocean that morning! Good luck MOM!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012


We've certainly enjoyed being here in Oregon! We arrived Sunday night and found this house we had rented...this is the back view. The inside was nice and big with lots of room, good thing since there are 10 of us, 11 if Kevin can make it Thursday.

 The kids were happy to find a volleyball net in the backyard and they've been out there keeping busy! Here is Mitchell showing his sweet volleyball skills....

Hopefully Everett is having fun as well  with all these aunts and uncles....

One of our must visits on Tuesday, the Tillamook Cheese Factory! We visited this years ago when we just had the three girls and still remember it! Seriously, cheese heaven....and for us Canadians, the cheese is sooo cheap!!!!

Silly cheese pictures....what a cute couple!!

Pretty crazy all the work that goes into making cheese, this is the packaging area!!

Can you tell who LOVES ice cream?

Drinking good stuff... notice the difference in size of containers!

We also took a quick hike up Munson the pouring rain.

So happy to have Michelle Edis with us...

Family Pictures...just missing Kevin and Tim!!

to be continued....


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