Friday, December 31, 2010

Ice Maiden

Dream within a dream br Laitha Designs
Brushed Alpha by Birgit Kerr
Little Black Dress Alpha by Christine Haskell (retired)
Photo by Lady Pandacat

Spirit of Christmas

Blueprints set8 by Studio True Blue
Holiday Cheer Element Pack by Veronica Spriggs
Holiday Cheer Pack Vol.3 by Veronica Spriggs
Holiday Cheer Pack Vol.2 by Veronica Spriggs
Holiday Cheer Pack Vol.1 by Veronica Spriggs
Photo by Kim Anderson

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Magic of Christmas

Something about the Christmas season that opens our hearts to giving. My desire this year is to keep the Christmas Magic throughout the year......

North Pole Trip Santa's City by SussieM Designs
Merry Christmas (wordart) by Natali Designs
Apple Girl by Lisi Martin


A little bit of magic at Christmas!
Believe Mini by Studio Gypsy
Photo from istockphoto

Friday, December 24, 2010


I love these beach pictures of my grandson, in fact I have
them arranged in my house and see them always
reminds me of the poem "Footprints"
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints.
Other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life
When I was suffering from anguish, sorrow, or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord, "You promised me, Lord,
That if I followed you, you would walk with me always.
But I noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
There have only been one set of prints in the sand.
Why, When I have needed you most, you have not been there for me?"
The Lord replied,
"The times when you have seen only one set of footprints
Is when I carried you."
Island Christmas Bundle by Rosey Posey
Island Allure by Rosey Posey

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Dreams

My granddaughter Syndey!

Paper Petals Vol 1 by Buttercup
Holiday Cheer Element Pack by Veronica Spriggs
Holiday Cheer Pack Vol.3 by Veronica Spriggs
Holiday Cheer Pack Vol.1 by Veronica Spriggs

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Dear Santa

I love being around the little one during the Christmas season, they have such a gift of looking at the season and expecting magic to happen! All my grandchildren have written their letters to Santa and are awaiting with much excitement for him to deliver all the goodies they were wanting......

For the layout below I used Susans kit Homespun Christmas, except for the stitches which are from another source.

Here's a freebie cluster for you created with Susan's kit.

Download HERE
Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Past

Field Notes Winter by Tangie Baxter
Parcel 50 by Tangie Baxter
Holly and ivy (bow) by Rebecca Mcmeen
Christmas Wordart Bundle by Bethany

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Visions of Sugar-Plums

I just discovered Susan's kits and couldn't wait to created something with them. They are so jam packed with goodies it's hard to decide which ones to use first.

For the layout below I used Susan's kit "Plum Pudding", it made me think of the poem "Twas the Night before Christmas" and all I could think of was the part of the poem that said "visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads...".

So hopefully I have illustrated for you the vision I had of sugar-plums dancing in my head.
Plum Pudding element set by Raspberry Road Designs
Plum Pudding Paper set by Raspberry Road Designs
Plum Pudding Add on by Raspberry Road Designs
21 Christmas Wordart Bundle Elegant wordart by Bethany
Photo courtesy of Bouncing Pelican

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Toot! Toot! Your Next Blogtrain Stop Is Here!

The designers and crew at Scrapbookgraphics are having a 25 day blog train!
There are Mini kits, Quick pages, word art, templates, alphas and who knows what else?   So, I know you were wondering what my part is in all this well, here is my little contribution  for today:

I hope you enjoy my QP!  Click HERE for link.  Check out Courtney's blog HERE,  for another goodie today!

And here are your next stops for tomorrow:
for you December 9th goodies!

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Picture taken years ago before digital, so it's not a clear picture. But I just had to scrap this one. My daughter as one of the angels in a childrens Christmas play.

Nativity by Dawn Inskip
Page Maks - Winter Volume2 by Birgit Kerr

Monday, November 22, 2010


My son Aaron during his "Toy Story" phase.....
Honky Tonk the Collection by Rosey Posey
Blueprints Set 4 by True Blue

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Magical Time of the Year

There is just something magical about the Christmas season. I love
watching my grandkids as they have this look of wonder throughout the

Basic Buds Vol 1 by Studio Buttercup
Un Peu Plus De Paix by Rosey Posey

Drum Stick 2007

Aaron's favorite part of the turkey is the you can see he totally enjoys it!
Basic Buds Vol 1 by Studio Buttercup
Everyday 365 Kits Collection- November Kit by Baers Garten

Snow Bunny

Blue Prints Set5 by True Blue
Snowfall by Rosey Posey


My youngest grandson Eli modeling his hat....
Blue Prints Set5 by True Blue
Denim Blue Reloaded Bundle by Flergs


Autumn Splendor templates collab between Buttercup and Blue Studio
Oma's Garden by Studio Q

Comfort for Me

Impressions of Comfort at Home by The Studio Girls


Autumn Splendor templates collab between Buttercup and Blue Studio template #4
Fragments 119 by Rosie Posie
Frivolous a fall mini by Rosie Posie
Dragonsend (paper) by Lori Davison
Drifting Snow (paper) by Lori Davison
Autumn Mist (ribbon) by Gypsy


Simple Buds Vol 1 by Studio Buttercup
Casual Attraction by Flergs and MGL


My youngest granddaughter, Sydney, after a nap....
Basic Buds Vol 1 by Studio Buttercup
Shabby Summer Collection


Punched Petals Vol 1 by Studio Buttercup
Confessions of a digi scrapper (paper)
I got you babe
Home Sweet Home
Casual attraction (Ribbon)Flergs

Pumpkin Patch

Clustered 1_4 by The Lab
Trick or Treat by Baers Garten

Corn Dog

Aaron enjoying a CORN DOG at the fair.....
Harvest kit by Dawn Inskip
Stamp It action by Studio Wendy

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I read this in the Scrapgirls newsletter this morning it has a wonderful message in I thought I would share....

Be Brave and Tug!It was always there - itching and burning and bothering me. I didn't know why this particular incision was taking so much longer to heal than I expected it to. I also didn't know why I couldn't stop catching every virus that came into the vicinity. Maybe I was just being impatient, but after two months of feeling lousy, I wanted to feel better so I could move on. I finally decided to go to an acupuncturist to see if she could help.After describing my pain to her, she asked to look at my incision. As soon as she saw it, she exclaimed, "You still have a stitch in there!"Shocked, I asked, "Are you sure? Maybe it is a scar."She shook her head. "No, I'm looking at a black thread with a knot in it."I couldn't believe my ears. This was the second time a stitch was found since the doctor had "removed" the stitches after a recent surgery. The first stray stitch was discovered when my husband and I had been trying to determine why the wound wasn't healing properly and why I had an infection. Gary pulled it out and the site got well. But we overlooked this second stitch because we hadn't looked hard at the other side of the wound and missed it.I asked the acupuncturist to pull it out for me, and to her credit, she tried. But it didn't want to slip out easily, and as she didn't want to hurt me, she stopped. I didn't know what to do as I was away from home on business, and my husband wasn't available to help.The acupuncturist finished inserting the needles for the treatment and then left me in the room to rest. I did what anyone would do under such circumstances; I fell asleep.I began to dream about the bicycle I had received for Christmas when I was eight. It was a purple banana-seat wonder and came complete with streamers and a basket. I loved my bike and rode it everywhere.The dream started out wonderfully. I could feel the wind on my face as I rode. I could see my old neighborhood. I could hear the sound of the gravel crunch under my wheels as I streaked up the street. Suddenly, I remembered why I had scars on my knees. One day, I hit a big patch of gravel and tumbled over, getting rocks inside the skin over my kneecaps.When I came crying at the front door, my mother and grandmother consulted together and determined that someone would have to remove the rocks. (In those days, children didn’t go to doctors for such events. Instead, the closest adult to the child administered first aid.) My mother tried to remove them, but I screamed and wiggled away. Next, my grandmother attempted to remove them, but after she saw that she, too, would fail, she announced that I would have to take them out myself. I took the tweezers willingly, reasoning that at least I could feel where the skin ended and the kneecap began. After my fishing expedition was over, a small mound of gravel sat on the table.My grandmother beamed at me. “You are so tough," she said. "I don't think I've seen a child as brave as you are."I felt so proud of myself. I had done something hard and had succeeded.As soon as this memory ran through my dream, I knew what I needed to do. I needed to pull the stitch out myself.After I went back to my room, I collected my tweezers and fingernail clippers and went to work. It wasn't easy as the skin had partially grown over the knot. I almost gave up partway through the procedure, thinking that I might have to give up and find a doctor to help me.But then, my grandmother's voice came to me. "You're tough. You can do this."I nodded. Yes, I could do it. It was only one stitch.I grunted and stretched and squirmed. I poked and prodded and pulled. I gritted my teeth and, at last, the foreign object came out. I was free!Life is like that sometimes. We occasionally find that we have something or someone to remove from our lives. We must remove the stitch or the sore will continue to hurt and ooze. Removing it isn't easy, but once we've finished, we feel relief and pride in ourselves that we were brave enough to do it. We are free to heal. We are free to start over again. We are simply free.- Ro P.S. This is a Best of Ro Muse, written in 2009.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Every Little Bit Counts

The season of giving, gratitude and joy upon us. It is also often a very busy and hectic time of the year, creating a challenge for those of us with lengthy To-Do lists. However, no matter how busy we all get, it really is important to remember that when it comes to charity, Every Little Bit Counts.

To demonstrate this simple truth, a call went out across the digital community to designers everywhere inviting them each to contribute only one element to a charity collaboration for the Sick Kids Foundation.

The end result is an eclectic collection of unique elements, ranging from classic to quirky and everything in between.

TheEvery Little Bit Counts collection will only be available until the last week of December. 100% of the profits will then be donated to the Sick Kids Hospital Foundation.

Find out how you can receive this very special collection for only $5 and let your little bit count towards this very worthy cause.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pumpkin Patch 2006

My grandson Aaron picking out his pumpkin in the pumpkin patch....
Harvest Kit by Dawn Inskip

Scary Night

My granddaughter Kaitlyn a couple of years ago.
Scary Night by SussieM Designs

The Purse

Kaitlyn playing with Nana's old purse.
PreFABs #29 by The Lab
What's in your handbag by Dawn Inskip

This is ME

This is me most of the time. I'm usually a quiet, serioustype of person. But When people look beyond the
seriousness they see I do have a dry sense of  humor, which not everyone understands. They can see
I'm a deep thinker and tend to look at things from all sides and hopefully am fair in my observations.  I like to
think that people know I care about them, Although I don't often say it.  This is me, this is who I am!

Scraps By Number: Just Call Me Sara by Stolen Moments
Second spring by Captivated visions and Stolen Moments


Stef with her cat, we are having a little disagreement on the cat's name, she saids it was called Putter, I say it was called Smokey......LOL

Sketch Collection 28 (modified) by Jen Caputo
Falloween by Rosie Posie
Falloween Stacked Papers by Rosie Posie
Here and Now a collaberation between Rosey Posey and Stolen Moments

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My Turning Point

I have scrapped about this Turning Point in my life before, but when Dawn let the crew know what the up and coming challenge was I just knew I had

to scrap this again. Mainly because I wasn't happy with my layout originally and have learned so much about design since then, I felt it deserved
to be presented a bit better. So here is my layout along with the journaling.
Check out the challenge here.


Adrian, my first husband of 28 years, a man that was and is respected, honored and loved by all. Then why did our marriage end? Mainly because of the accumulation of little wrongs that eventually grew into bigger wrongs.

October 2, 1970, the beginning of the end. I was 16 and running away from a “mother” I grew to dislike. Adrian was 19 at the time. We were married at his sister’s house with his father officiating at our wedding. I thought at the time it would last a lifetime because, even though I was running away from my mother I still had feelings for him, love, respect, and I was thankful to have him and his family in my life.

Sad to say I didn’t know what love was at that age, I didn’t come from a nurturing background. As a child growing up I learned just the opposite, to stifle my feelings and not share my thoughts with anyone, because of the abuse I went through at an early age. The lack of communication skills was to become a great obstacle in our shared life together.

Early in our marriage, Adrian and I were inseparable, we did most things together. Looking back we did things Adrian wanted to do, not what I wanted to do. To be fair I do have to say I was not vocal in expressing my wants and desires, nor did I have a clear sense of what I wanted, what 16 years does. It didn’t help when after the first year, we moved in with his mother to help support her, since her own husband of 40 yrs decided to leave her. At first it was wonderful, I loved his mother, she was more of a mother to me then my own was. But living with ones parents does not help your marriage to grow and mature. In fact it opens another set of problems to deal with. I started to feel even more insecure and not needed by Adrian. What I lacked in doing, his mother would do. I felt like a failure as a wife. I started in small ways to resent his mother in our lives. Did I ever communicate this to Adrian or his mother, no, I didn’t want to hurt their feelings, so I kept all of my hurts and frustrations bottled up inside. One of the things I always lived by and still do to a certain degree is this philosophy of mine “Don’t say anything you will regret later, you can never take back words that are spoken out in anger.”

During those years my lack of self worth was so overpowering. Adrian without realizing it crushed my individuality and spirit every time he said things like “I wish you were more like so and so”, “What do you want me to do about it, she’s my "mother”, “So and so does it this way, why can’t you”….talk about making you feel like a failure….it did. I started thinking I would never please him no matter what I did. I felt like I was constantly walking on egg shells, stress was a part of my every waking moment.

I started thinking about leaving him, since I couldn’t seem to please him anyway. But one of the things that was stopping me was hope, hope that someway we could get our lives on track and learn to love each other as husband and wife. I would look at the couples we hung out with and envy their close companionship. That is what I wanted in a marriage…I wanted us to be best friends to be able to share anything. The good things as well as the bad. I wanted a companion not a big brother. I loved him as an individual, I tried to always be there for him, to lift him up when he was down, to encourage him in pursuing things he would not try normally. I failed miserably in the wifely duties and that over shadowed any good I could have done. I believe it was his frustration in this area that made him so critical of me in other areas. When a man is satisfied and his needs met, all is well with the world. When he is not, nothing on this earth can make him happy. (Fran’s observation).

In 1999, I remember that year well, it was a turning point in our marriage, it was the year it ended after much counseling and soul searching. That Summer I went to see the movie Titanic while out of town killing time while my daughter and her boyfriend went sightseeing. I will never forget my emotional reaction to that movie, I think I cried through the whole thing. I saw how the characters fell in love and how that love grew to be a forever love. I wanted that so much, I wanted to be loved for me, the I’ll die for you kinda love. I knew in my mind that was an unrealistic view of what love really is, but my heart was so hungry for it.

I went home with a heavy heart, I knew then love would never be a part of my life. I had an emotional breakdown, I went into a deep depression, self doubt and misery were a part of my life for a couple of months, I cried all the time and couldn’t explain why, I didn’t know myself. I struggled with the idea of divorce. It wasn’t an easy decision for me, I truly believe once you say I do, you have made a vow to God and your spouse to love, honor and cherish for the rest of your life, through the good parts as well as the bad, till death do us part. I was afraid of losing my adopted family, Adrians’ sisters, all the nieces and nephews, our friends. I was worried about my daughter how would she react? Could I make it on my own. Should I turn by back on 28 years of marriage. So many things to think about! Finally I had made a decision I would give Adrian his freedom to pursue his happiness, my thought process was, I couldn’t make him happy maybe someone else could.

I found an apartment and for the first time in my life was on my own. During the year that followed I did a lot of soul searching. I addressed my abuse as a child and finally came to terms with it. I started to practice sharing my feelings with others and found acceptance. My self worth grew and I found that I am good at something. I am an encourager, that is what I am and do best. I believe in building up and not tearing down a person. Each individual has enormous worth to themselves and others. Do I still have doubts about myself, yes, but I continue to work through it. I don’t let things build up anymore, my dear husband of 9 yrs. (should have been 10), has heard me express by feelings, concerns and loves me for me….how great is that! Together we have built a love that is eternal, till death do us part…..

The Poets Keepsakes by Lorie Davison
Brush Alpha by Birgit Kerr
Tear and Roses by Em-ka
Discovery by Rosie Posie
ticket to dragons end storybook by Lorie Davison
Flitting Fall Faeries (lace) by Lorie Davison

God are YOU listening

Yesterday was not a good day for me, everything seemed to come crashing down at one time.
I cryed and prayed most of the day for some release of my tension, stress and disappoints.
Like must people, when things just aren't going right my first gut reaction is to question whether God
really is listening! I know He is, but just for a little while it seemed like I was
all alone and sort of was feeling sorry for myself. I can report that today was a much better day,
but I felt the need to scrap my cry for help, thus this layout was born. I think if I balanced my life
a bit better it wouldn't all come crashing down on me all at one time...
This is dedicated to ALL of you that go through those difficult times and just can't seem to take it
another minute.

God are you listening?
Do You really care!
I cry out, but no one is
there I’m feeling so
abandoned. I know that
You promised You wouldn’t
give us anything we
couldn’t handle, well God.
I’m there! I can’t handle
anymore. I’m wore out
and broken.
God are you listening,
Do You really care!
It’s me Fran, I need You!
I lay broken before You!
Crying out for Your mercy,
Your love. I need to feel
Your presence once more!
God are you listening, do
You really care!
It’s me Fran,
God You are listening!

Glass Negative by Cristina Renee
Stark Raven by Veronica Spriggs
Awaken by Birgit Kerr
Femme by Birgit Kerr
Texture Brush Set2 by Amanda Rockwell
The poets keepsakes by Lorie Davison
Photo from iStock

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

My granddaughter Sydney in 2008 enjoying a day at the pumpkin patch.
Pumpkin Tagbook no. 10 by Dutchie
Leaf it to me by studio flergs and eva kipler
Impressions of Fright by Studiogirls

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Dutchie templates are once again available at Scrapbookgraphics under the label "The Lab".  I'm so excited that we still get to work with her stuff.....check out her latest pre-fab leaf template.....

Before the first snow
Flitting Fall Fairies
The Poets Keepsakes
Apple Time Natalie
Book Pressed Foliage by Christina Renee
Calendar 2011 Overlays by Natali

She walks in Beauty

My mom as a young woman, wasn't she beautiful!
The Poet's Keepsakes by Lorie Davison

Colors of Autumn

My granddaughter Kaitlyn about 3yrs ago.....
Frivolous by Rosie Posie
Fragment #119
mosaic tutorial by Julie Mead

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Everyday Opulence

Veronica and Miki's latest collab is just perfect for the couple of layouts I did of my granddaughter and my night out with Jim.....

Everyday Opulence Bundle by veronica Spriggs and Microferk Designs

Friday, October 1, 2010

Say Yes to the Dress

This was created for From the Heart Challenge over at SBG, go check it out HERE!
One of my favorite showsto watch is "Say Yes to the Dress". I'm such a dreamer and with not ever having a true wedding dress I watch the show and dream along with the girls looking for that perfect wedding dress.

Without by Rosie Posie
Angel Alpha by Rosie Posie
XL Photo And Page Masks - Vol V by Birgit Kerr
Worn Overlays3 by Studio Manu

Just for fun - Templates

I have a Just for Fun series started over at SBG, this time it's all about showing off your layouts using templates.  Check it out HERE!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

God are you there

Another layout using one of my favorite people to scrap other then my grandkids.  Emma Sage is a star once again in my calendar layout.  This pose made me think of someone looking up into the heavens and crying out to God and wondering if He was there.  Of course he is, don't you see Him everyday in the miracles of nature, don't you hear Him in the voices of his children.  Oh He is there, everyday I see Him in His glory.
CalendarMaker1 by Wendyzine
Autumn Mist by Studio Gypsy
XL Photo and Page Masks Fall by Birgit Kerr
Photo by Annikaleigh

Monday, September 20, 2010

Eli and Mom

My grandson and his mom....

Thankd by Rosie Posie

Saturday, September 18, 2010

New Challenge Coming

Today I am here to tell you all about our new Blog Challenge, Studio Sparks – Let Us Ignite Your Creativity. We are so excited to be here to help you get some scrapping done, especially on those occasions when your mojo seems to have left the building.
SO, how will this work you ask? It couldn’t be easier! Every other week we will post a challenge here on the blog, sometimes it will be a template, or maybe a quote to get you going or a journaling prompt, or something totally out of the ordinary! You just never know what kind of challenge we will be bringing you! When you complete a page for the blog challenge and link us up in the comments you will be entered to win a coupon to The Designer of the Week’s store.

Then on the opposite weeks, we will be spotlighting the forum challenges, and posting some of the layouts we have seen created for those and the blog challenges. Each week I will post the rules and what you could win. The best thing with this is that not only do you have a chance to win in the forum on those challenges, but each layout you complete for that week and post in the blog comments along with posting in the forum, will get you another way to win! How awesome is that?

Mark your calendars and be sure to stop by next Friday when we will have the very first Studio Sparks Challenge posted! Can’t wait!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Kitchen Remodel

Pictures on the bottom are the old kitchen and the main one is my kitchen after the remodel....

New Home Bundle by Studio Manu available at Scrapbookgraphics
Fonts: Papyrus-Regular
Credit Tracker Version 1.0 by Anna Forrest Designs

First Ever Open Digital Designer Call at Scrapbookgraphics

Scrapbookgraphics is opening the doors to creative, talented, business minded artists and designers who are seeking a professional environment to cultivate their businesses and support their artistic goals.

We require our designers to:
- be committed to Scrapbookgraphics exclusively.
- create new product regularly and keep an active and relevant studio.
- be active daily inour designers’ lists and forums.
- maintain excellent communication with staff and teams.
- participate in collaborative projects, events and promotions.
- be self-disciplined and independent.
- be excellent self-promoters.
- be cooperative, friendly and respectful team players.
- provide the highest quality original products.

We are looking for both a digital scrapbooking kit designer and also a template designer whose primary focus is creating personal use digital scrapbooking products. We are not seeking commercial use designers at this time.

My Computer Adventure

The Studio Girls have done it again and created a fun kit to use for all of your adventures in life.
I chose to use it to show how I use my laptop to go on some amazing adventures.....

Impressions of Adventure by The Studio Girls

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


My grandson Quentin is obsessed with cars. He will play with them for hours at a time.

Boy Zone by SussieM Designs
New Home (blankets) MKDesigns