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Longing for Canyon Country

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

I was gathering my latest layouts to post them here, and suddenly I realized that they are all from the desert. Methinks my brain is telling me we need another Southwest vacation soon… :D The first three are for Cathy Zielske’s Design Your Life class – most of the assignments are perfect for hiking layouts because there’s room for so many photos while still maintaining a good focal point. Now that’s my kind of scrapbooking!

This one happened because a) I had some leftover photos from our two trips to Zion that I wanted to use, and b) because I wanted to put them in our Places We Go album. There are plenty of layouts from Zion in my old 11×8.5 hiking album and in the Southwest Road Trip album, but nothing in my main albums. Since Zion is our favorite National Park (so far – I have high hopes for Yosemite!), it needed some lovin’ there.

Zion National Park

Egads – no patterned paper! Can’t remember the last time I did that.

Valley of Fire

I never thought I would end up scrapbooking this photo of me looking, ehm, FLABulous and overheated in a COWBOY HAT, but it really does the job of conveying the absolute horribleness of being out of shape and running out of water on the way out of a canyon. So here you go:

The long way home

This one is a non-Cathy layout from Havasu Falls. Yeah, we’re pretty much going to have to go back there as well. Hopefully it will be back to its beautiful self once it gets cleaned up from the flash flood. The chipboard tree and leaves are from the same CK Kit of the Month as those transparent elements I love so much.


I am still sick (and tomorrow JK is going hiking without me – hrmf), but we had a good Thanksgiving anyway. We made a tasty little feast (including the yam soufflĂ© I’ve been dreaming about since last year) and snuggled up together on the couch with Bobby to watch Dan in Real Life. Love that movie. I hope you all had a great long weekend with your friends and families!

Thanksgiving on a 6x4

A bunch of layouts

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Nothing much to say, just wanted to upload some of the pages I’ve been making. The best part about Library of Memories is that it really makes me want to scrapbook again after months and months of couldn’t-give-a-crap.

This one is for Cathy Zielske’s Design Your Life class – the hellish part was hiking up in the absolutely intense heat (Norwegian blog readers may not know that on the other side of the Cascade Mountains it is basically all desert country – not like rainy Seattle at all!), the heavenly part was cooling off in Ingalls Lake. Aaaah…

Heaven & Hell

Last Tuesday, JK and Mark got up stupid early to hike up a mountain before work. I stayed at home since I wouldn’t be able to keep up with them for more than two minutes…anyway, Snoqualmie Mountain is the highest peak in the Snoqualmie Pass area, so the views were pretty much perfect. At least I got to see the photos! Speaking of photos, the enlargement plus the silhouette of JK were taken by Mark and stolen by me.

I’m not completely happy with this one; it looks too angular. Maybe I’ll have to sneak some rounded corners in there somewhere. The little rising sun is an old flower die from Quickutz.

Dawn Patrol

This is a lift of a layout by Cathy Zielske. I’ve been wanting to use that title forever!

Not all those who wander are lost

Finally, an old layout I found as I was sorting my albums:


Right. I seriously have nothing interesting to say (do I ever?), so there you go.

If you are an American citizen, please go out and vote tomorrow – it is so important. Think of all us poor little resident aliens who don’t have that right! :o)

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I’ve never been big on Halloween, basically because a) I wasn’t raised in the U.S. and b) we don’t have kids yet. I’m sure that gene will kick in once I have a tiny little human I can dress up. I could dress Bobby up, but I try to save his costume humiliation for Christmas… :D

Nevertheless, here is a Halloween layout and an Autumn layout. ‘Cause it’s just that time of year.


This one is for a color challenge in Cathy Zielske’s Design Your Life class, and I blatantly stole Nichol Magouirk’s embellishment idea:


Mucusless and fever free

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

I finally kicked the flu! Huzzah! We’re looking forward to finally getting out on a hike this weekend even though it will most likely feel horrible after weeks of lardy sofa spudness.

Anyway, until anything more interesting happens, here is the first of my layouts for week two of Design Your Life. I have to say, I have never spent this much time on a layout before. All that cropping and aligning (all in vain; my paper trimmer is officially crooked as one of Bobby’s hind legs) took forever. Not to mention the fact that a double 12×12 spread is freakin’ huge.

It looks better in real life since the silvery shimmer in the cardstock reflected weirdly in the photo and you can’t really see the transparent embellishments (I love those things, they’re from the September CK Kit of the Month). Oh, and I had a brain fart and forgot that it is called a reception in English, not a party. Bah. Alright, enough excuses:

The party


A clarification about fixing older layouts, like I mentioned in my last post: I’m talking about the layouts I made quite a few of when I was just starting out, following what was in style back then…one photo of something random, a bunch of paper flowers and no journaling or anything that would tell the person looking through the album what the page was about. I’m either adding something (mostly journaling that would help the page make sense), removing something (embellishments that take the focus away from the photos – this sometimes happened when I was on product-specific design teams), or, in the really grim cases, moving the entire layout into an album in my closet that I’m calling a crapbook. Hah.

The designing part of scrapbooking is just for me, to enjoy it right now. Just because it’s fun. Otherwise I would just use a regular photo album. But I want to be able to look back on my albums when I’m old and grey and rather have fewer albums with more substance than shelves full of layouts that don’t mean anything to me.

Oh, and the hiking pages? I’ve decided that since it is such an important hobby *cough*obsession*cough* for us, it should permeate all the album categories. Easy dayhikes and trails we do over and over again = things we do. Backpacking trips = places we go. Pages about overcoming some sort of hiking-related challenge or why we love doing it = all about us.

Alright, enough about that already. Sorry that I’m rambling on about this again, but when I’m down in the dumps and feel like I can’t control what’s going on in my life, I tend to react by microorganizing something like this. It makes me feel much, much better. :)

Design Your Life

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

No hiking this weekend (shock! horror!), and I actually don’t mind (more shock! more horror!) – we’ve done all sorts of snuggly, lazy, autumny inside things while listening to the rain outside. Can’t really complain about watching movies, eating homemade chocolate almond brittle (mmm, homemade chocolate almond brittle…) and spending time with JK and Bobs!

This downtime also enabled me to get started on my first assignments for Design Your Life – you can register until October 8 if you still want to join. The first one is from Park Butte, the day after we slept in the lookout tower. Please excuse the lame title, I just couldn’t help myself (for Norwegians: tarn = tjern).

So tarn beautiful

This one is from that horrifying hike down to Mooney Falls. I struggled with how to embellish this one; my usual flowers and butterflies somehow didn’t seem to go with the whole DOOOOM-theme…so I finally got to use one of the cool Quickutz state dies to cut out a tiny little Arizona.

Descent of DOOOM

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