Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Kits from Cinda Alspaugh of Digital Compilations

I love Cinda's newest kit, Steel My Heart. Since the colors in my pictures didn't match the kit, I changed them to black and white. Sydney thought it was too many hearts since they broke up soon after the dance, but I thought they were fitting nonetheless.
I did these two pages this fall from a trip Steve and I took to Bar Harbor in October. I used Cinda's Fall Fantasy kit.  The kit was a perfect compliment to my pictures!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

School Days

I'm not back to my winter scrapping yet, but I've eeked out 2 pages with the school pictures.

I love how this page turned out, especially the picture.  I previously mentioned I ordered a Photoshop Elements book from The Digital Scrapbook Teacher.  It has some really cool things you can do and what I did with the picture is a series of strokes and layering.  I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out!! I used the Toddler Life kit from ScrapALatte Designs. 
This page was from a mini scrap challenge over at Divine Digital.  The kit is by KS Designs (part of Schooled by the Numbers full kit).

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Double Layout in Photoshop ~ Sweet Summertime

I've mentioned before that I love Persnickety Prints for printing my scrapbook pages.  About 2 weeks ago they linked to a post from the Digital Scrapbook Teacher.  Since I'm self taught on using Photoshop Elements 7 and I see so many cools things that I'm not sure how to do (or what they are called so I can research them), I scooted right over to check out the site.  I was so excited about what I saw, I ordered Patty's book and some of the tutorial CDs.  I stalked the mail person for a couple days just waiting for it!!

Now I've spent days with my head in the book and my earphones on listening to the CDs that show the step by step tutorials from the book!! How very cool!  Love it!  I would highly recommend if you are a Photoshop Elements user to go check out the Digital Scrapbook Teacher!!

So, in the book she shows how to do the 2 page layout.  I had already completed the page on the left side and knew I wanted them to somehow match up.  I'm just so excited about how this turned out!!

Papers and embellishment from the Summer Whisper kit from ScrapALatte.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Family Reunion Kit by Digital Compilations by Cinda

I'm so excited that Cinda has been working on quite a few very cool digi kits!  Her newest kit is Family Reunion, which can be found at Scrap Delicious.  I loved the word art that is an add on to the kit and when I read it, I knew which picture I would use.  The picture is of my Grandma Kitty and I just see so much of all the girls in our family in this one picture.  Below is my page with the kit:
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Crescent Beach

Papers and embellishments from the Swimming with the Fishies Kit by Saxon Holt Designs.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

No New Door Yet...

So disappointing. I was so excited... about getting my new front door. Really!  It was delivered and it was beautiful.  But. There was a little scratch on the fiberglass and while it wouldn't have been a major problem, the door was expensive and the scratch was right at eye level.  Bummer. Who gets excited about a door anyway??! 

To add insult to slight injury, the door salesman went on vacation so we had the door sitting on the garage floor for another full week.  They just picked it up yesterday. I have no idea when I'm going to get it now.

Hubby said when I finally get the door it will be anticlimatic, but frankly I'm a little sad. I was so excited.  

Sunday, August 7, 2011

New Kit from Digital Compilations by Cinda ~ Boys Roll

I've mentioned before I am on the CT for Digital Compilations by Cinda.  Lately she has been churning out some great kits, I just haven't gotten to do much scrapping.  I finally got around to doing a new page with her new kit Boys Roll.  It's so cool with great colors and has just the right amount of grunge.  LOVE it! It was just perfect to do a page for my hubby's new motorcycle!
You can find the kit here at Divine Digital.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Picking Paint Colors

Is there anyone out there that enjoys picking paint colors and picks the "right" color the first time??!  I can say with all certainty I am NOT one of them.  I am however a big fan of the little sample paints from the orange store! 

I wish I had a before picture of the door with the dozen or so little paper paint chips taped on the door.  Family and neighbors were making their picks and we had it narrowed down to 3 colors.  We were looking for just the right red to add a "pop" of color, but not be obnoxious, but match a colonial house.  We ruled out one color really quickly as it was a bit on the pinkish side and that left us with the 2 colors below:  Dozen Roses by Behr (the orange store brand) and Classic Burgandy by Benjamin Moore. 
I really wanted to love the Classic Burgandy since we have a colonial house and it just seemed like it should be the right fit (is this a good time to mention that hubby liked Dozen Roses better?), but it just seemed so dark next to the black shutters.  I left the colors up for a few days, looked at it at all times of the day, from my lawn, from the street, and from the neighbors. 
In the end, concensus was with Dozen Roses and I must admit I love the name and it makes me smile :)!  Since the Sherwin Williams paint had such great reviews, I had them do a color match on the Dozen Roses sample.  

I'm glad I did all my testing of colors on the door that will be removed.  I was going to paint the sidelights red too, but hubby thought that would be too much.  We took a ride through a neighborhood that had both painted and white sidelights and with red I liked it unpainted.  Glad we did that as it saved me some time!  I did finally paint the front door all one color and I also sanded and painted the garage door the same red. 

I am so excited to get my new door this week ~ although I'll have to paint it all over again ;)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Painting Vinyl House Shutters

The first project I'm tackling is painting the vinyl shutters black.  I read the reviews online for exterior paint on vinyl and found great reviews for Sherwin Williams Duration line.  We chose black to paint the shutters so I just got their Tricorn Black which is a basic black. 
I must say the paint is REALLY thick, but I really like. Some spots will need another coat and it is is kind of tricky to get the sides, but so far I'm loving the color and I'm happy with how great the paint looks!!  Hubby said he was surprised how great the paint looks :) 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The House

Well, since I haven't spent much doing my digi scrapping or been on the computer too much, I thought I would share some of what I have been doing.  Since we are in the Northeast, we definitely have a summer season and the weather has been wonderful! While we've been enjoying the weather, I've needed a few days in a row without rain to do some outside painting.

My projects right now revolve around the outside of the house. As you can see in the picture below, the house has yellow vinyl siding with teal shutters.  When we first bought the house 8 years ago, the door was also the color of the shutters.  We had planned on taking off the shutters, but they are installed with shutter locks and they leave a hole where all the screws were, so we've just left them for the past 8 years!

You probably can't see too much, but in the bottom right corner of the door, the moulding is rotting and it has now rotted through the door.  So, we ordered a new front door at the beginning of July that will be installed the first week of August.  This was a process because in order to decide on a door, we had to decide what we wanted to change on the house, if anything, just so it all matches.  When the door guy was out measuring, he suggested painting the shutters.  I thought it was a GREAT idea.  Hubby did NOT.  He thinks I'm crazy. What's new?!  So, I've been on a mission to get them painted without removing them. 

So, check back here to see my progress!!

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