Saturday, February 27, 2010

A few digital scrapbooking thoughts...

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***also a good thing to check your LO's a couple of times before you send them to print. I did this, and had to make changes to my journaling on my Wrangler LO. I put that instead of then...
I have since changed it for the LO I will send to print. :)

I've had several emails and questions lately about digital scrapbooking. I thought I would take a little time to answer them on my blog with some examples.
I have started to love to do my LO's in 8.5x11. I do not own a printer that prints LO's that are 12x12. Sometimes it is nice to just have the instant gratification of printing my LO out right away. I still send some 8.5x11 LO's to print. I like the different sizes in my scrapbooks too. It kind of mixes things up, and makes it more interesting to look at.
Also I wanted to add that I usually look for a simple background. Here lately I have tended to choose brown, grey, or light blue. We all go through stages, but sometimes if I don't think too hard about the background then I finish my LO a whole lot faster.
I also believe that less is more. I tend to let the pictures and story speak for itself. Embellishments are great, but in the past I used to focus more on picking the right embellishment than just getting the memory/story down. My focus has changed on that point for sure.
I truly believe that 10 years from now I will not care what heart/flower/button I chose to finish my LO. I will just want the story and pictures to look at. (Simply my personal opinion about my scrapbooking)

I just finished this LO, and I kept the journaling simple and short.

Have you ever included a shot on your LO that covers the entire area? This is a two page spread that I just finished.
Sometimes blurry works...and sometimes it tells the story perfectly. My 2 year old is definitely in the BLUR stage right now.

Another example of not thinking too much about my use of color and embellishments. Also don't be afraid to use something over and over again if you like it. If you notice I used the H in my LO above too. I just went with a simple, clean color scheme.

Do you notice my background? Lots of Blue lately. Don't ask me why...I am just going through a stage. :)

Perfectly Imperfect...
Try going back over old photos of your kids/spouse/pets...
I found these photos on accident the other day, and just started laughing when they started popping up on my slideshow. I loved how imperfect they were...every mother can relate to trying to capture that "perfect picture" of her children. You know the one where they are sitting perfectly and smiling at the camera. ha ha ha
I happen to love all of these imperfect photos best. It is just a slice of real life with little ones.

Friday, February 26, 2010


Rich texture that is...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Country Road

45/52 Taking pictures

Forever In Blue Jeans

My friend Jennifer took this picture of me the other day while we were out on the ranch taking pictures. I was "crouched" down trying to capture moving water. I'm also 33 weeks pregnant in this picture, and "crouching" just isn't that easy. :)
We had so much fun taking pictures together, and giving each other ideas to improve our photography.
Also a big thanks to Aunt Lisa who watched my two boys while I did this.

PS I just noticed that I was off on my picture number. I am actually on number 45! Man I need to pay more attention. :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Paying Attention to Detail...


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Ranch Life

The boys loved sitting on the saddles in Uncle JD's tack room. They were able to munch on chocolate chip cookies.

A cow broke into the area right in front of the tack room, and the boys could hear her running around.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Hope you Enjoy!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

43/52 You Are Deeply Loved...

Forever In Blue Jeans

Another Blue Eyed Beauty

More fun with black and white pictures...


A few of my layouts are featured on Jen's blog. I think she has a very informative article about digital scrapbooking. Check it out when you have a chance.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

They will never know...

how often I just sit and watch them sleep.

that even though F decided to dump his scrambled eggs all over the table or that H came walking out of the bathroom smeared with desitin cream (I think he thought it was lotion) or that they both decided to haul 3 baskets full of toys to the top of the stairs and dump them that their mother will always dearly love them.

PS The little mark of F's arm is where he was laying/lying (never know which one to use in this situation) before he decided to move.

Ordinary Beauty

A Diaper Shower

My dear friend Jen threw me a diaper shower on Saturday. Since we are having a third baby boy we already have everything we need except for diapers. We decided to do it at my house. It was good motivation for me to clean and organize. I accomplished lots of the things I wanted to before baby.

This happens to be the outfit that I plan to bring baby home in...(notice it has ORANGE in it!)

I had to include owls in the decorations.

There were ladies of all ages at the diaper shower, and it just made it extra special. We had a great time just visiting.

I have lots of diapers now!

Dixie decided that I needed to have some Tension Tamer tea and Ginseng Energy tea since I was having baby boy #3. I think she may be on to something!

Monday, February 15, 2010

A Blue Eyed Beauty

Hope you enjoy!

The Rancher's Wife's Photography

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day Hearts...

The boys and I used a punch to make our Valentine Hearts from the fingerpainting artwork the boys did a couple of days ago. They handed them out today after meeting.

Saturday, February 13, 2010