Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek of the Hummies' World Collab coming to the Boomerang Thursday, Nov 1.

Here is the LO I did with it:  (I went back 10 years for this one....Hi there baby Harrison!)
Then I just had to do another of Harrison's Dad as a little boy

Saturday, October 27, 2012

School Pictures

I recently re-joined a scrapbooking community called Digital Scrapper.  For a monthly fee you get a big kit with extras and great tutorials.  The kit for October was all about cameras and photos and here is the page I made from the kit. The kit is Photographie by JoanneBrisebois Designs. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Passport to Inspiration Vol. 4

Hummies' World's Passport to Inspiration Vol. 4 is up on the site.  It is full of sample layouts done with the latest kits in the store, including a few by Nanscraps (me).  To take a look, go to this link.  Then visit the store to buy some of the kits and make your own layouts!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Are You Ready for Halloween?

Maybe this will get you in the mood. 

an old photo taken while we were in Germany, and the magic of Photoshop Elements turned it spooky!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Backing Up is Hard to Do

My desktop was set to backup to an external hard drive once a week.  Automatically.  Well, now I have a laptop and hubby has taken it upon himself to do a weekly backup.  Oh, my, the aggravation.  For weeks he has done one on DVD discs.  Do you know how many bad discs you get in a package?  Too many to count.  So he switched to an external hard drive we had and it kept turning itself off.

While he was out running errands and hitting the driving range with his golf clubs, I had an epiphany.  My computer has no financial records on it.  I keep my email online.  The ONLY thing of importance to me on this laptop is the layouts I make and the kits I download, and the photos I scan or download.  Period.  And the only thing that changes is I make new layouts each week and get new kits and scan new get the idea.  So why not zip these files and put them onto CD discs.  And add new files, layouts, pics, as I get them.  Great idea!!!

Oh, my can we say slooooooooooow.  It is a great idea, and I am in the process of doing it.  Thumb drive would be faster, but I had a partial box of unused CDRWs.  No use for them.  I also had plain CDRs.  I used those first.  They formatted fast.  Burning to the CD was a very long process, though.  And each CD holds 3-5 kits.  Do not ask me how many I have!!!

I used up all the CDRs and started on CDRWs.  They take a very long time to format.  Grrrr.  I did zip and put all my LOs on a thumb drive.  But the thumb drive is so tiny (translation: easy to lose) and the CDs come in a nice holder that takes up space and is harder to lose.  So CDs it is.  Although when all these CDRWs I have around the house are gone, I will move on to DVDRs.  So they will hold more than 3 kits.  And some of my zipped kits are even too big for a CDR.  Who knew?

So as I continue to do layouts, download freebies, and buy kits, I will be catching up with the long backload of kits I already have, zipping them and putting them onto CDs. New kit zips will go directly to CD as I download them.

So, here I go...zipping and burning, zipping and burning.  But I only gotta do each kit ONCE.  No weekly backup, thank you very much.  Yay.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Another LO with Griff

I participated in the Bird Cage Challenge at Scrappity-Doo-Dah and made this page; the kit called for a boy pic and I happened to have this older professional portrait of our cute grandson Griff.

Saturday, October 06, 2012


This is for the October Quote Challenge at Hummies World, sponsored by LeeBenkersDesigns.

Reach for the Sky and let your Light Shine.....find your path.:

We are each gifted in a unique and 
important way. It is our privilege
 and our adventure to discover our
 own special light.  ~Evelyn Dunbar

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Family Memories

Learning a PSE filter technique called underpainting; you cannot tell it, but the black and white portion of the mountain has got oil painting like strokes.

This was our family on our first winter ski week with the International School in Germany.  School closed for a week in February so everybody could go skiing. The school arranged lodging and tour buses for anyone who wanted to sign up.  This was one of our first trips out of Germany and I did not pack too well.  Jenni has never forgiven me for not packing all her clothes.  She had to (gasp) wear the same dress every night to dinner.  Aaaagh.  I did not make the mistake again for sure.

All of us took ski lessons and we have videos of the kids, now on DVD.  I sort of learned to ski, thanks to our delightful friends.  The gentleman, an Australian with the Embassy, was determined I learn.  After having watching me have a  major mishap on an intermediate slope, he would not let me put up my skis until I learned to make my skis turn.  He was patient and would not let me give up, bless him. I did it.

As to the major mishap, I am coming down the intermediate slope with our two families, knowing I should NOT be on that slope, since all I had learned was to snowplow in my class and they even had to clip the tips of my skis together for me to manage that. I would not admit to it though, and pretended I knew how and went out with our friends and my kids and hubby to an intermediate slope one day after classes.  I KNEW I should not do it, but was somewhat pushed into it.   I took a tumble and lost my skis, boots, hat, scarf, mittens.  As I am lying in the snow, Larry is howling with laughter as my Jenni and the two little girl twins from the other family are gathering up my belongings and helping me get dressed again.  Now at that time,  Jenni was FIVE and the twins were SIX.  Oh my red face!!!

And believe me, that ski outfit I was wearing was high style at the time. At least you could find me on the slopes.  I probably still have it in a box somewhere.  Not that I could fit into it.  LOL.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012


This is a pretty photo taken in a formal garden somewhere.  I love it and decided to scrap it today.  Colors chosen from the photo itself.

Font: AdineKirnberg...

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Good Place for a Meeting

I guess if you gotta have a morning meeting, this is surely the best place to do it.  Go birds!

I used a variety of digi stuff and changed some of the colors.

28 days later, MVBoli were my fonts. The shell by AliSarah, the ribbon I recolored was by awall, one of the flowers and the word art was by Blueflowerart_seasideholiday.  For the photo I used a PSE technique from a tutorial on ScrappingwithLiz blog.