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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

You have reached and INTERSECTION!!!!!

How well can you work with your partner through cyber-space to create ONE layout? That is the real challenge of an intersection. While some teams are in close enough to get together to work out the layout most have to communicate through email, IM's, or forums to work out what they are going to do for this type of challenge. Stop number 10 was a fun intersection hosted by Inspiration Lane. We are all about inspiration around here - we strive to inspire you to create the best pages you can with forum challenges, blog challenges, freebies, wishes, ... so we want to know....

what inspires your inner artist?
it can be anything from kids to hubbys to other people in your lives to places you've been/live/work... you get the idea
we want to see what inspires you in your life! (it does not have to be scrap-related!)
*your layout must include 2 photos - 1 photo from each racer - that show what inspires each of you in your lives
that's it! no other requirements, just let the inspiration flow

Here is what Angi and I came up with after one day of finger flying conversation through email.
Quote: See, I have chosen..... and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, Exodus 31:2-4 (New International Version)

Credits: Digi Scrap Garden/Nov Collab Icy Elegance. Fonts: Lucida Calligraphy, inked God

Angi and I are both insprired by our families and the world around us, and we discovered that we both felt that our ability to express that inspiration came from God. We wanted to creat a layout that incorperated both the inspiration and the giver of the talent.

Finding our Color Oppisit at OScraps

Our 9th stop was at OScraps were we got have fun playing with paint and finding our color oppisits. The first step of the challenge is to look at the color wheel. You and your partner must choose opposing colors on the wheel, so for example, if you pick blue, your partner must use orange. It should be the predominant color in the layout but it does not have to be the only color used. Please use THIS color wheel to make your selections. As long as you are using opposing colors, they do not have to be in the same band.

The second step is incorporate this quote in some way.

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” - Mary Lou Cook
You can use any part of this quote as your inspiration. For example, you could make a layout about growing. You could make a layout about breaking the rules, etc. You can use any part of the quotes or words from the quote. The quote itself does NOT have to appear on your page.
The third step is to include the following:
You MUST include paint. This item is mandatory.
Then, pick 7 more from this list:
black and white photo
2 alphas
something metal
patterned paper
funky font


kit - Sept 2009 Collab kit by the designers at Designs in Digital
font - Book Antiqua and A Yummy Apology
Color - my color green opposing to red
Quote - in Book Antiqua font
Paint - red paint splatter behind quote
7 elements:
1 - black & white photo
2 - glitter photo clip
3 - funky font: A Yummy Apology
4 - swirl, underneath b&w photo
5 - metal: key under the quote
6 - patterned paper: background
7 - stitching: ribbon stitched to background & photos

Journaling: The Art Studio hosted a Monstart Party on February 6, 2010. This fun afternoon brought together parents and children, artists and the community together to create an exhibition of Monster Art. Victor, George and I went and had a wonderful time creating art as a family.

Credits: Kathryn Balint/Grandmas Stiches, Emily Powers/Beauty Mark Beautiful Mess (paint splaters, gliter splaters, brushes), DID Sept 2009 Collab, Lizard Dan Designs/Rouge (Alpha). Fonts: Fanzine, Hand of Sean.

Everyone has a "Someday" What is ours?

Elemental Scraps had a fun challenge them for this year which was to scrap our Someday. That something we alwayse keep sying we are going to do. This is their discription of the challenge:
We've all said "someday...". Whether it's "someday, I'm going to get this filing cabinet cleared" or "someday, I'm going to find happiness" or anything in between. So, we want to see your "someday".

In order to allow as much creative license as possible, we have very few stipulations about what you need to use on your layout, but of course there are a few.

- Your layout must contain journaling. Whether you choose for it to be 1 line of journaling, or an entire page of journaling, is up to you.
- Somewhere in your journaling or title it must say "someday". If you want to make the title 'Someday', that's fine. If you would rather make your title something else completely and just mention 'someday' in the journaling, that works too. Even if you happen to have a 'someday' word art you want to use, that's fine as well! As long as we can see 'someday' on your page somewhere, it counts!
- We love elements here at Elemental Scraps, so of course we would love to see some on your page. At least 10 of them! But, use your creativity! If you want to use 10 pieces of ribbon and no other elements, that's fine! If you pick one button, 3 staples, 2 flowers, 3 ribbons and a frame, that works too. If in doubt, feel free to add more.
- I am currently obsessed with tone on tone papers. So, I'd like the background of your page to be a tone on tone patterned paper. If you don't have any tone on tone papers in your stash, you can use the one below. Otherwise, tone on tone paper you already have will work.

Journaling: Going through the horrible of years of miscarriages and infertility, my life seemed so dark. like I was living in a constant nightmare.
When I was really down, only a few songs helped me feel better or that my world would not always be in darkness. “Oooh Child” by the Five Stairsteps was one of them, especially the lyrics in the title. It was a lifeline to me.
kit - March Collab kit by the designers at Designs in Digital
font: Eras Demi and Bradley Hand
Journaling: I have several albums of photos from the days before I got my first digital camera in 1999. My mom has boxes upon boxes of old family photos some dating back to before my Grandmother was born. We both know that to preserve these documents of history that they need to be scanned; and in many, cases restored. Our common mantra is that SOMEDAY we will sit down and work on scanning them. We have done this once and have we still say that SOMEDAY we will do it again.
Credits: Connie Prince We've Got Game. Fonts: DJB Leisa, MTF Loli's Handwriting.

The Bucket List

We visited Scrap Orchard for stop number 7 and they gave us a humdinger of a challenge that had me thinking for days. We had to scrap our bucket list, ya know the top 100 or in this case 50 things you want to do before you die. I had never even given this any thought let alone made a list. The only rules for this challenge was that all 50 things on your list had to be represented in your layout. Here is what Angi and I came up.

kit - Animal Crackers by Digilicious Designs

font - Papyrus
1. Visit all the Disney Parks
2. Learn to speak Polish fluently
3. Learn to read & speck French fluently.
4. Take my kids at least once to the Zoo Boo!
5. Have my family travel by train.
6. Go to Hawaii
7. See Mount Rushmore
8. Finish my kids’ scrapbooks.
9. Make a scrapbook about my husband & for him.
10. Take my daughter to a scrapbooking weekend.
11. Go ice skating
12. Breed our pet snakes.
13. Declutter my house.
14. Take my kids to Newschenstein Castle
15. Start the Parent Ambassador Program at my kids’ school.
16. Read the entire Bible.
17. Ride on Theodore Tugboat
18. Go away with my husband for a weekend w/no kids
19. Makeover my “scrap room” in the basement
20. Take my kids to Niagara Falls
21. Do “one on one” activity w/each of my kids.
22. Take my kids to an art museum
23. Lose weight & get back into my bikini
24. Have my kids volunteer at the food bank when they’re older.
25. Take my sons to a Mother-Son dance.
26. Plant a tomato garden
27. Visit England
28. Finish my Grandmother’s heritage album.
29. Make a scrapbook album to donate
30. Use up my paper scrapbooking supplies.
31. Show my girlfriend how to Speed Scrap
32. Volunteer for the dance instructor at VBC
33. Pay for my Godson’s education at our school.
34. Pay back our kids tuition to our church
35. Take my parents to Disney World with us
36. Pay forward the generousity shown us from our church members.
37. Finish the book I started to write.
38. Celebrate Chinese New Year in Chinatown
39. Have my parents attend my kids’ chapel during school
40. Decorate the outside of my house for Halloween
41. Go ice skating with my kids
42. Own a convertible (used)
43. Have a swimming pool
44. Take my kids to Storybook Garden in Canada
45. Take my kids to the Toronto Science Center
46. Visit Niagara on the Lake
47. Stay on Torch Lake
48. Stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
49. See all my kids graduate.
50. GET the 911 tape about my son’s birth


Journaling: I had never given much thought to a Bucket List. Working to come up with 50 things that I want to do or accomplish before I die was not an easy task. Looking over the things on my list really says a lot about where I am at in my life and where I want to be. A lot of the items are not things that I do once and then cross off but are more about changes in life styles, to be a better person. I hope that I can keep my Bucket List in mind as I go through every day of the rest of my life.

1. Get a PhD in Art History 2. Travel back to Germany 3. Get caught up on my son’s scrapbook 4. Go to a Disney Theme Park 5. Be debt free 6. Become a college professor 7. Go to Maine for Christmas 8. See a show on Broadway 9. Go on a cruise 10. Lose weight 11. Curate a traveling art exhibition 12. Create a page in my art journal every day 13. Deepen my relationship with God 14. Create 1 prayer shall a month 15. Go on a walk to Emmaus 16. Use my art to help others 17. Hike the Appalachian trail 18. Visit Scotland 19. Visit England 20. See the Grand Canyon 21. Visit the Red Wood Forest 22. Drive on Route 66 23. Take a train vacation across the US. 24. Have a romantic dinner with my hubby 25. Learn to make homemade pasta 26. Volunteer in a soup kitchen 27. Take my family to Tulip Time in Pella IA 28. Spend a day hiking with my family 29. Learn about edible plants in my area. 30 Learn sign language 31. Spend more time with family. 32 Write a note to my son and put it in his folder everyday 33. Write a note to my husband every day and put it in his lunch 34. Create a special memory with my son 35. Learn to drive a motorcycle 36. Bike to work 37. Live in the country 38. Start a prayer shawl ministry at my church 39. Learn Yoga 40. Go horseback riding 41. Swim in the Caribbean 42. Have a family game night once a week 43. Eat in a 5 star restaurant 44. Spend a weekend being pampered at a spa 45. Enter a photo contest 46. Become involved in local government 47. Do a good turn everyday 48. Join the district cub scout committee 49. Help a family in need 50. Read the bible with my family
Credits: Kristmess/Recyceled Fonts: MTF Mikayla, MFT Jotted

Monday, March 15, 2010

This One is for ME?

Challenge 6 took us to Scrapity Doo Dah for a ROADBLOCK. One and only one partner could complete this challenge. Angi and I had a hard time deciding who would get to do this one. Our solution was to see who got theirs posted first. The other partner would then get to do the next roadblock. The challenge required that we follow this recepe:

Papers - 2 1. Select 2 papers, solid/solid, solid/pattern, pattern/pattern.
2. Lay your first paper so that if covers the entire workspace.

3. Take the second paper insert it into your LO and decrease the size so that the paper is slightly smaller than the bottom layer.
4. Shadow the top layer.
5. Select a photo of you when you were younger and another one of you taken within the past year.
6. Photos should be 4 x 6. They can be vertical or horizontal. They can be color, sepia, or black/white.
7. Place the younger version of you in the top right quadrant of your layout.
8. Frame it.
9. Place the most recent photo of you in the lower right hand quadrant of your layout.
10. Frame it. Done Girlboheme
11. Select the following number of elements and cluster the areas around these photos.
Buttons - 4
Flowers - 4
Leaf//Leaves - 2
Heart shapes - 2 (yellow paper hearts 1 under dragonfly and 1 under upper edge of top photo)
String / Twine - 2 (purple string stapled to dragonfly charm, green peeking out from behind upper photo)
Glitter/Bling - 2 (butterfly gems)
Metals - 4 (3 staples, 1 dragonfly charm)
Ribbon - 2 (green polka dot and striped ribbons)
Flourishes - 2 (green with leaves)

Credits: Connie Prince/Full of Grace, Beki Kress Bling Gems. Fonts: Brush Script apers,

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Cookin Up a Chocolate Filled Layout

Pretty Scrappy was our host for the 5th stop on the race. They had us cooking up a wonderful page with the following requirements including chocolate.
Use at least 6 of the items listed. Since this is the month of Valentine's Day, your special challenge is to incorporate CHOCOLATE into your layout. So, 6 items in the recipe and chocolate!

* 1 ribbon * 1 tree
* 1 button * 1 staple
* 2 papers * 1 set of stitching
* 1 frame * 1 tag
* 1 flower * 1 alpha

Agni's Page

Credits: kit - Sweet Romance by AnDi Designs font - Tekton Pro

Alicia'a Page

Journaling: It is said that there is one true love for everyone, but it is up to us to find them. Sometimes it takes us a second time to recognize who that person is. Mary Ann and David dated in high school and then married other people and raised their families. Fait works in many different ways and sometimes it gives us a second chance to see what is before our eyes. A little over 30 years later they met again and are now happily married. It has been 10 years since they said I DO and they are a testament to LOVE.
Credits: Kristmess/Smitten, Dinphy/Chocolate Bits. Fonts: Freestyle Script, Fiolex Girls.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Love and Trading Cards of the Articist Type

Digitals was our next stop on this fun and exciting journay. Our challenge was to creat a total of 4 Artist Trading Cards. Each partner would create 2, one about our partner and one about something/someone we love. Then one of us had to take all 4 cards and create a single layout to showcase them. The only reqirments were that each card had to be 2.5 x 3.5. We could use anything we wanted and make them as artsy as we wanted to.

Agni's Cards
Alicia's Cards
The Final Page
Credits: Connie Prince's Beary Sweet Girl kit. The cards were made with RT Desigins' Roses are Red, DID's Feb Collab Valentine Candy,Mely Designs' Tendre Amour.

Being Selective with Color

For Challenge Three we got to visit Scrappers Online and had a fun time playing with color. The basic directions was to have a focal photo with selective coloring, at least 20 words of journaling and a date element. This is what we came up with.

Credits: Little Boy by Mely Design Frame element from Little Baby kit by StarLight Designs font - Book Antiqua

Credits: Sarah B Meyer Worn and Tron Denim Elements, Sarah B Meyer Worn and Torn Denim Papers, Sarah B Meyer Snuggle Up, Sweet Digi Scraps A Little Dirt Never Hurt, Kristmess Voyager Dates, Kristmess 911 Parmedic, Kristmess 911 Police. Fonts: Complete In Him, 28 Days Later

Saturday, February 13, 2010

5 Things I Love About.....

Our second stop on the race was at the Digital Scrapbook Guild and they had a fun challenge for us. We had to pick a subject and scrap about the 5 things we love about it using the following recipe: 5 photos, 5 fonts and or alphas in the title and 5 different elements of the same type.

Angi's layout about June 15.

Credits: February Collab kit by the designers at Designs in Digital alpha nbr from Moonbeams in a Jar kit by TLD by Lisa Jo fonts: Albertus Extra Bold, Packard clipper, Book Antiqua

Alicia's Layout about Life
Credits: Connie Prince/Beary Sweetness Boy, Connie Prince/Sweetness (I), Connie Prince/Home Made Memories (F), Connie Prince/What a Wonderful World (E). Fonts: complete in him, Mistral

Thursday, February 11, 2010

My Partner

Our first challenge was hosted by NDISB. We had to introduce our partner with a layout that included a picture of them and was a scraplift of one of their layouts. Sounds easy right? Ask a few questions, get a picture or two, look through their galleries and there you go. It is a lot harder then it sounds but Angi and I created 2 wonderful layouts for this.

Here is the one Angi did of me. The picture is of the day we brought Victor home from the hospital back in 2001.

And the layout of mine that she lifted.

Here is the one I did of Angi with a picture of her family on a Disney Vactaion with Capton Jack.
and the layout I sraplifted of hers.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Tomorrow is the Big Day!!!

And I'm not talking about football! ;) Tomorrow begins the Amazing DigiScrap Race 5!!! The first challenge will be posted at one of the host sites tomorrow (or midnight tonight). Since this is my first year doing this, I'll be relying on Alicia a LOT! ;)

Thanks to Alicia for putting up all the host sites on the side bar. What would I do without you?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

We are team 92

The Double AA's are now offically registered in ADSR. Only 8 days left before the first challenge. Let the countdown begin.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Gearing up and Ready to Go

Angi and I are pairing up for this years ADSR 5. This will be my second year to race and her first. We will be exploring the digi scraping world over 6 weeks and 12 sites and doing a challenge at stop along the way. You will be able to follow along here as we have fun creating some awsome layouts. If you are interested in joining in the race their is still time to register by going to Natural Designs in Scrapbooking (our race host). All of the rules for the race are on their site. Look for more updates as we get under way in February.