Friday, August 31, 2007

My own version of "Friday Night Lights"

So...what happens when you work for a company that owns small newspapers, and everyone "qualified" ie trained to do sports photography is already going to one or two football games on a Friday night?

They send in the second!

So, they called me at 4 p.m. to say they needed pics at the Joplin High School vs. Waynesville High School Football game (fortunately in Joplin).

Carthage and Neosho needed Joplin pics for the Game Night coverage and for Sunday's papers (they don't have a Sat. paper). Waynesville, also a GateHouse property, needed pics for in the morning.

So, not only was I trying to get good pics of one team, I needed good pics of BOTH teams ...aka pics that show the team in good light/touchdown, etc.

250 photos and a set of batteries later, I have 22 football pics I like (and a couple of crowd shots for me lol.)

Thank goodness, I got both teams making touchdowns. It actually was fun. Sports pics are getting easier...I can take soccer ok...guess I can do football after all....

Here are my favorite shots from tonight..enjoy...
Wonder if I'll get a raise, since I'm adding to my skill set...


(Edited on Sat. Sept. 1, to make pics a bit bigger, and sort by Joplin then Waynesville Joplin pics for Carthage/Neosho papers, Waynesville for the Waynesville paper.)

Joplin Pics...
School Spirit or Crazy High School Boys, You Decide
Tackle ....I recognize this! LOL
Yeah, another tackle...

Diamond just didn't have this kind of spirit when I was in High School
Stopping a play for the end zone
Early in the game...I love the action in this shot...
Pulling away from the crowd
Tackle, aka...a pile up...
Going for a touchdown
Touchdown....I recognize this lol... I really need to learn about football.

Waynesville pics below....

Pulling away.....

Making a break for it....#12 ran like 80 yards for a touchdown...
Passing the ball....

Um action shot...not sure where the ball

Looks like a tackle...but keep watching
Nope, he's still going.....keep watching

Touchdown! One of the first Waynesville Touchdowns.
I love this shot, because it shows the crowd, the new field and action.
Touchdown....keep watching
In the end zone...
Running with the ball

Making a run for the end zone...he didn't make it this time

Wahoo! A new CT!!!!

I'm so excited...And I just can't hide it....

The lovely and talented Rachael Giallongo has asked me to join her scraptastic team!
I'm so excited...basically, I'll get to use her templates (which I already do) to scrap pages...Wahoo! What a gift. I love taking her templates and letting my muse run with them...I don't feel guilty for using templates...think of it like a quilt pattern.
I start with the "pattern" and then run with it...

Look what nice things she had to say about me...

I am excited to welcome a new member to my Creative Team- Kaylea! Not only is this gal talented, but she really has her head on her shoulders and I enjoy chatting with her! :)

Her fab store at The Digi Shoppe

Quick, somebody warn head's full of sugar right now (shh! I overdid it at lunch). I'll start again tonight...and this afternoon...1 litter of water down, several more to go...I'm going to "flush" the sugar

Anyway. I'm also starting to think of my EOL words (that's Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life in short hand).

Maybe this will be a fun "journaling" type of scrapping for me.

Have a good day.

Defining my Ordinary Life

Ok, the latest thing to "buzz" around the Digi world is to create your own Encyclopida of an Ordinary Life.
Basically, for each letter of the alphabet, you identify three or more "words" which describe you.

Interest in the project began, after the latest Simple Scrapbook Magazine came out earlier this week/late last week, which had a letter from a widower. In the letter, he told about how his wife took Cathy Z's class at a CKU, and began her book. Right after finishing it, she was diagnosed with a fast-moving cancer. He found the book after her death, and he said it helps him remember the "ordinary" things which made his wife special.

So, since Wednesday, numerous scrappers have been making a list, checking it twice and basically jumping on the EOL bandwagon.

I haven't read the pdf, which outlines the course taught by Cathy Z., at CKU, but it's based of a book by the same name.

How do I define myself? What makes me, well, me? How do I want people to remember me.
Sometimes it's easier to "scrap" about other things - Photos I take of random things, pics of my niece and nephew, pics of friends kids.
It's really hard to scrap just about me.

This sounds like an interesting concept. I'll need to let it stew in my brain for a while. My muse hasn't quite "caught on" to the idea, like some people on DigiShopTalk and other forums...but I like it.

My friend Sue Cummings, a designer at, is an amazingly generous woman.
She has this great kit (duh..I'd forgotten about it...shh...don't tell lol....) that has 150 words, from A to Z, that she came out with last year.
Because she's "revamping" the kit, she's giving the first version away to anyone taking part in the challenge.
What a gift.

I'm going to need to "Sort" thru the list tomorrow, to see what words "spark" my creativity buttons.
In the meantime, if you are looking for the freebie, I'm posting a pic of it, and the link below.
So, how would you define yourself? What do you want people to remember you by?

Sue's info here....
The link is
Sue's store at
coupon code: you can find it in the original dst post about EOL...
expires 9/30/07

Here's a link to the master list of EOL stuff at here.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

More Scrappy Layouts

A few more scrappy layouts, featuring my favorite subjects: My niece and nephew.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Mosaic - G's bday try

Here's another test post....
Trying to post pics from G's bday party...from last Saturday..

Testing a flckr add-on

I'm testing something I saw on another website. You can use this site to create different things with your flikr account. So I thought I'd experiment with a mosaic.

1. aug-2007---seek-copy, 2. July-2007---Week-11,-Ari's-, 3. July-2007---Week-18,-turtle, 4. July-2007---Week-17,-original, 5. July-2007---week-29,-fair, 6. Aug-2007---football-layer, 7. June-2007---simplicity, 8. August-2007---Fair-Friends, 9. Aug-2007---Brazil-travel, 10. Aug-2007---now-&-then, 11. June-2007---Dr-lambbie, 12. Aug-2007---30s-tractor, 13. July-2007---Relax-at-farm

I'll probably add a few more things to this I test this resource out.

Happy Birthday GiGi!

One of my favorite gals, Gigi, is turning 7 today!
Yea! I remember when you were born. I was so excited for your parents. I can't believe you are 7, and in the second grade.
I love your smile and how joy simply radiates from your eyes.
Thanks for being a part of my life. I'm glad you are an "adopted" niece.
Auntie K.

P.S. - Your card & gifty card to Hastings (what you wanted...) will come in the mail this week. Auntie K is a bit your family dinner tonight.

Credits - click here at

Credits - click here at

Some scrappy layouts...

Here's another layout from the weekend...
(Well actually last night)

CW and Tay wanted to have at least one good horse ride during their visit, and the weather finally cooperated...IE it wasn't horrendously hot...
Here's the pic...they are out on a ride with Granddad...notice CW's choice of head gear...he's "officially" graduated to his cowboy hat when he goes riding now.
He was a bit "big for his britches" with this decision...

credits here at

Saturday, August 18, 2007

My "fishies"

I haven't posted a ton in the last few weeks, because CW has been here, visiting. This past week, his sister and mom came.
Lots of family dynamics at work, but I've had fun with CW & Tay...
I hope to have rock-climbing wall pics (taken today) up soon.
Along with b-day pics for G, Denni's daughter.
A few other layouts from the visit...

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Changes, life, living in the present

I just ran into an old friend, in of all places, McDonald's.
She told me her "baby" is a senior -- started school today.
Boy, that makes me feel old. I remember being one of his VBS teachers in the preschooler/early elementary classes.
It's been months, maybe even more than a year since we saw each other.
She asked me to pray for her, because this year is full of changes. ...
....Her mom & dad have both passed away in the last year;
.....They are having to sell the "family" home (in another state).
.....Her son's a senior, and will be headed off to college soon.

This, among other things, has left her feeling as if things are "coming to an end."

How often I have felt this way. Wow.
How often I'm a "half-glass" empty, rather than "full" person.
I look toward the end, instead of looking toward the future.

I encouraged her to think of this as a new beginning. It was also a chance to live in the moment. How fun to have a senior in high school in 2007. Rather than be sad, rejoice and celebrate in all of the "firsts" which will take place this year. I mean, you only have one "senior year in high school."
It's also a chance to start "dating" her husband again. Wow...ok, since I've never been married, I'm not sure where that came from. But I know this is a chance to dive into the relationship again, not as "teenagers" in love, but as adults, with your best friend.

Oh to live in the present, rather than the past. I'm like that though. I worry about the future, and what it holds. I worry that I'm not doing what I'm supposed to, and that I don't know where I'm headed.

I get so consumed by worry about the future, I forget to celebrate in today, the present. The smile the Starbucks barista gave me, the chance meeting of a friend, the phone call with good news, winning a gifty certificate to one of my favorite scrapbook stores.

Sometimes, we need to look to the future. We need to think about what is to come.
But for now, I pray I continue to think about today, and the joy and wonder around me.
I hope I never become so jaded I do not smile when I see something beautiful. Or that I am in too much of a hurry to wish someone a "have a good day" with a smile.

Oh, to celebrate in the everyday, and not just the "big things."

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Holy Guacamole

I can't believe it.
The altered art project I turned in for Scrap Artist's challenge last week (using a mix of Scrap Artist stuff and the new altered book by Carla Gibson Designs) .....

.....won last week's altered art challenge!

They liked my

It's all because Carla (with some help from with Robyn England) introduced me to altered art. WOW.....
How fitting that Carla's stuff be central to the project...

George, do you think Carla's doing the happy dance in Heaven?
I think I could cry. I'm so stinkin' overwhellmed...just making it was winning enough.

Here it is on the SA Blog...
Wow. Wow. Wow.

I entered because the challenge pushed me out of my comfort made me become creative outside of the box.

I feel like Sally Fields...
To paraphrase badly ..."You like me, you really really like me..." (well in this case the layout.) ...anyone remember this quote?

Here's a link in the Oscraps gallery...

It's also on the blog, in the next post.

Just had to share.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

A bit of scrap therapy

For the altered art project at & for the latest one word challenge...

Both challenges revolved around seeking word of the week/month...

SA's challenge asked you to find an answer for "what is my destiny."
I've been processing lots of stuff in the past two a bit more of my ramblings...

Carla Gibson Designs -
Paper: Altered Weddings White
journal book - altered art book red
postcard, eye, girl, glasses, butterfly - altered art elements.

Weeds and Wildflower (Gina Marie Huff),
dream word art, cloud, swirl - SA_Reverie (part of the mega kit)
Seek, ?: Weed & Wildflower Doodling Days Alpha, Gina Marie Huff,
free your dreams wordart, blog freebie to coordinate with SA Reverie

Fonts: CK Darling (journaling), CK Bella (background words)
Words on the background paper...

Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.
- Isaiah 55:5-7;

And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
- Luke 11:8-10;

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
- Matthew 7:6-9;

Seeking my destiny...
The questions that
fill my life....

Seek is the word for the month in my life
What does my future hold? How do I seek out God’s will for my life?
What path should I follow?
How do I strengthen my faith?
Where am I going?What is my destiny?
How do I seek out the right path?
How do I move forward?
What is my next move?
How do I know what to do?

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

It's here...celebrating a birth of sorts

It's here...the first e-zine mag for

Genevieve and I put lots of hours into this project.
She finalized the template/design as she laid out the copy I gave her.
It looks awesome. She did a great job.

Here's the cover

If you want to see the finished project, you can download it here (you may have to cut and paste the link into your browser...

Happy Tuesday.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Sale's pitch, for a good cause

Songbird Avenue, a digi-charity site I lurk around, creates a kit each month with a featured designer.
The designer has a chance to pick a cause or charity, and the proceeds from the sale of the kit (limited edition, of course) are then donated to that charity.

This month, Songbird Avenue designers, Meredith & Jan, hooked up with designer Robin Carlton to create "Dreamsicle."

All proceeds will be directed to the Make A Wish Foundation - which of course, is an amazing charity!

Read more about it here...

Check out the preview of the kit..

Ok.....enough sales pitch....
Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Award-Winning Photos

It took some nagging ... I mean encouragement from my dad (and a few other family members), but I did it.

I entered 10 photos into the Photography competition at Ozark Empire Fair (the regional fair) in Springfield.

Even though it was my first time, I had to enter the professional division. Something about getting paid as a reporter/photographer...wouldn't you know it. (As Kim, a friend put it..."You don't want to compete against some grandma do you?" So I did it. It took lots of time, energy and of course $$ to get the entries together.

What a confidence boost. Six of the photos won ribbons. One - my photo from Mudstock 2006 - won grand-champion AND a special award. WOW. I did the Snoopy Happy Dance in front of everyone when I saw the photo and those two, giant purple ribbons. People just laughed at me.

So, here they are.. if you read this, you've seen them before. But you haven't seen them with their ribbons!

I also shot this pic of Collin, with his "twin" photo...

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