ponderings

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Once Upon A Time

GDS has released a fabulous Collaboration Kit called Once Upon A Time, that is sold in individual pieces by each designer. So many styles and goodies to choose from. I used Dancing Princess Designs' portion of Once Upon A Time to create this page.


Not too long ago we watched Prince Caspian, the second movie in the Chronicles of Narnia series.
I wonder if book three is in the works? I was actually starting to like the characters in Prince Caspian -- so much more than in the first of the series, the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Anyway, there was a song played in the movie that I just loved. I watched to the end for the credits and found it was The Call. The lyrics are quite sad, but the song begins:

It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word

And then that word grew louder and louder
'Til it was a battle cry

I knew I wanted to scrap a page with these lyrics. Once Upon A Time provided the perfect opportunity. I thought that the lyrics (although taken out of context of the song) described a mother's love and how I felt when I first learned I was having Little Miss -- a feeling, then a hope, an array of feelings, until a love that was "louder and louder" and then a love that would do anything for a child. So now you know how my mind works....

This is what I came up with



and here is Once Upon A Time by Dancing Princess Designs available at GoDigitalScrapbooking



While you are there, check out the other pieces too. Here are a few that I have on my WishList
(and there are lots more....)



Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Comfort and Joy

GDS is having a month long event, Christmas in July.
Not only are all the items in the "Christmas in July" section 50% off for the entire month of July (how cool is that -- all winter holiday kits!) but Dancing Princess Designs is also offering a huge promotional offer. Why not head on over and take a peek



I had to get in on the holiday spirit and finally scrap a favorite photo from last year. Little Miss and I had gone to the garden center to buy PUMPKINS, and to my dismay, all the pumpkins were gone, in SEPTEMBER. Instead we find a massive holiday display and a forest of sort, complete with lighted Christmas trees, winding path, and little white house with a wrap around porch, perfect for little ones to peek in and see all the holiday splendor inside. Since I was planning on getting some photos for a Halloween card, I had my camera with me and couldn't resist getting some Christmas photos, just a bit early.

This page uses my favorite photo from that day, Little Miss standing on the porch, peeking into the little decorated house with eyes beaming wonderment. Comfort and Joy by Dancing Princess Designs was the perfect kit for me. As soon as I saw the background paper with pine boughs along the edges, I knew what I wanted to do -- extract the paper and nestle my photo beneath the pine. What do you think? The extracting was timely, but I think it was worth it



Comfort and Joy is one of Dancing Princess Designs latest kits available at GoDigitalScrapbooking. Check out the coordinating alpha and holiday card kit too

Sunday, July 12, 2009

believe

Kathryn Estry has a fantastic new kit out, so fun, whimsical and so very dreamy. I knew I had to scrap with it. Just An Ordinary Day -- anything but an ordinary kit



I am so happy with this page. I extracted Little Miss from the green grass in the background. I tried several clipping masks, but the green was just over powering.
I spent some time with the shadow work to try to get some sense of dimension. I am so happy with my final page.




I was pretty stuck on the journaling. I had an idea to journal inside a path and make it the shape of a road, starting at the bottom of the page and having the text go up each line, almost as if walking up steps. No matter what I did, I just couldn't get the image I had in my mind. So, I thought about the feeling I was trying to convey, and one word came to mind "believe". Little Miss's stance, the wind blowing her hair. I thought if I was looking at her, maybe her eyes were closed and she might be dreaming about all the possibilities.
We were actually at her favorite park, and the entrance to woods was a few hundred miles away. Little Miss has such an imagination, and each time we visit, she "feeds" her "horse" (a fallen down tree) pine cones, acorns, dried leaves, and flowers. I imagined Little Miss dreaming of fairies and sprites, the grumpy old troll who guards the bridge in the woods beyond. Believe seemed fitting.
I used Kathryn Estry's Words of Faith, Set2


Gallery Standouts

I am so excited to have one of my pages featured on the Gallery Standouts Blog.
I visit the blog often for inspiration and to see all the gorgeous pages in the Fingerpointing section.
It is such a great honor for me.

I made Reawakenings for the All About Me Challenge hosted by Dani Alencar at GoDigitalScrapbooking. I dont usually scrap about myself, but I thought I would give it a go.
After all, Little Miss has pages and pages about herself, so "maybe" one day she would like to look back and see what things were like for me