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The Early Years

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Having children is no easy task. Personally, I am merely an auntie and I wondered at times how I would survive. During the first few weeks we  think: how cute, we want to hold them all the time, hearing them cry breaks our heart, we dote and dote and dote. Unfortunately those feelings won’t last long, they wear off quicker than you’d imagine. Instead our thoughts become: when will they become more independent, we long for the day when they will sleep through the night, we no longer want to hold them all the time – we need time to continue with our daily tasks, when will they use the potty – cleaning diapers is torture. You might think yourself to be bad parents for having these thoughts but kids are challenging.

During these times, time keeps on ticking. It never stops and those innocent babies grow; growing happens quickly; sooner than you think they are little characters of they own. It is only when this happens that you take a moment to reflect. It’s at this time you begin to wonder where did the time go? If only you could have those earlier days back. If you think twice about it however, it’s really not what you want at all.

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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Babies


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Transformation Thursday: Grandpa’s Lil Angel

Theme: Grandpa’s Lil Angel
Type: Digital Design
Size: 12×12 Template
Sketch Inspiration: Scrapbook Idea Book – Volume 10. Sketch posted 10/15/2011
Materials: 4 photos
Paper: 4 – 4 patterns, 1 date tag, 1 journaling tag
Font: Word Art – Pxl Cafe Digital Kit
Main Colors: Green, Orange
Supporting Colors: Pink
Embellishments: Faux flowers, worm, swirls, alpha set, brads, hanging hearts, buttons, beaded string
Tools: Adobe Photoshop
Sources: Pxl Cafe Digital Kits: Happy Days, Angie’s Journal It, It’s Elementary
Tips: Capture the rare moments. Grandpa Wayne is not one to smile often. He’s usually more serious and sometimes intimidating. The design aims to capture the rare moment when he finally decided to smile. Kids will bring out the best in you everytime.

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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Family


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Template Tuesday – Featured Template: Grandpa’s Lil Angel

Inspiration Source: Scrapbook Idea Book – Volume 10
Basic Materials: 12×12 design template, 11 Elements – 4 photos, 4 papers: 4 patterns, 1 date tag, 1 journaling tag, photo corners
Supporting Materials: Color swatch
Tools: Adobe Photoshop
Upcoming: Check back 10/17/2011 for the final design

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Posted by on November 15, 2011 in Family


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Design Thursday – Featured Design: True Love

No one wants to work at love, but the reality is love takes work. Like everything else in life that’s important – the maintenance phase is mandatory. I believe true love that will lasts forever is possible if as a couple we grow together.

For some reason I find myself thinking about love a great deal lately. What is true love, how do you know when love dies, how do you make love grow? These thoughts plague my mind. The poem in the design stemmed in part from those thoughts. Yes, call me a sucker for love.

True Love is a design entered in a contest. The elements of the design can be purchased from – keyword: LiveFully.

The photo was extracted from a photo of my best friends wedding, and the design was created with loads of layer mode blending and opacity adjustments in Photoshop.

My challenge is remembering to Live Fully, Laugh Frequently and Love Forever!

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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Contests


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