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ADSR4 – Challenge 6

This challenge was a little bit confusing, but I think that I did it right.

Inspiration Lane ROAD BLOCK:

Welcome to Inspiration Lane, the next stop on the Amazing DigiScrap Race. This leg of the race is a ROAD BLOCK which means only 1 person can particpate. You must choose a layout from your partners gallery and scraplift it using the following direction:

Take your chosen layout from your partners gallery and flip it either horizontally or vertically.
Now take the layout and rotate it 45 degrees.
You must use this “new” version as the sketch for your layout.
When creating your layout you must use the EXACT same number of items that your partner used in the original layout, no more, no less.

Here is my layout

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Amazing Digiscrapping Race #4

So I joined the ADSR #4. I am teamed up with a partner. Her name is Kathi. She’s the best partner ever. Her layouts are fantastic and she’s very fast. Our team blog

Challenge# 1 – The moment everyone had been waiting for has been done. The first challenge of the Amazing Didi Scrap Race 4 has been posted.

1) Rip and tear a photo into three or more pieces! (that’s a photo, not papers!)
2) Use journaling on your layout (something I stress is SO important).

This is a challenge to be completed by both racers.

Here is my layout. It took me forever to tear the photo.

Challenge #2
ADSR – Stop#2 – Intersection!
Here was the challenge:

Cabin Fever
(interpret this as you will, but it must be evident that this is the thought/theme behind your page!)

Must include:
3 photos
4 papers only (no more or less)
8 different elements – at least 1 must be acrylic
2 different fonts
Must have a title, and journaling (which must be visible – if it is not readable, please include in your description)

Between us partners we came up with our interpretation of the theme. We decided to go with what could be a cure for cabin fever. I started us out with a fabulous template and provided the photos. I started the layout by placing the photos and papers. Kathi, my partner finished it off with the elements, journaling and title. I think that it turned out so cute.

Here is our layout:

Challenge #3
This is a regular stop, which means that both racers will need to do their own layout.

Your challenge is simple.

Find the first layout you created that is still uploaded to a gallery and scraplift it using techniques, trends and concepts that you have learned since you did that original layout.

You can…

* You can use a different kit, elements, papers, brushes, shapes, etc.
* You can add and remove elements, papers, etc.
* You can use a different sized canvas.
* You can move things around and change the overall sketch of the layout.
* You can use the first layout uploaded to any gallery. This does not necessarily mean that it’s the first layout you ever did.When you view your gallery, at whichever site it is at, it needs to be the first layout uploaded to that gallery.
You can not…

* You can not add additional photos to the layout.
* You can not remove any photos from the layout.
* You can not add additional text to the layout; journaling, alphas that spell out a word, word art, journaling. The only text that appears on the layout must be identical in verbiage to what it was originally. You can change the font, you can convert text into an alpha. If your layout previously used an alpha or wordart, you can convert that alpha/wordart to text or use a new alpha/wordart to spell the same thing. When you are done though, you must have the same words that were on the old layout, on the new layout.

Here is my layout:

Challenge #4
The Art and Soul Challenge!
You both must complete this challenge! However, this is a FAST FORWARD challenge which means that the first team done can SKIP the January 18th challenge if they wish!

1. The Art of it: Your LO must have artistic flair! Literally! Your LO must have at least 3 things “artsy” and/or “altered” on it–(such as but not limited to: paint splatters, a paintbrush, paint spills, crayon doodles, goopy glitter, watercolors, canvas AND/OR altered art items such as wings on photos, art dolls, vintage doodads, ephemera, etc). Really stretch yourself and try something “artsy” that you haven’t tried before!

2. The Soul of it: You must journal something from your Soul. Something positive, heartfelt and meaningful to you in your life! Something you’ve learned, something you’ve gleaned from your life experience. Perhaps something you would want to pass on to the next generation! (It can even be your favorite quote and why it touches/inspires you) Uplift us, make us smile–inspire us! You must share your journaling with us-if it’s hard to read or blended into the background-part of the challenge is to share your journaling in your description.

This was a really hard challenge, but I think that my layout turned out ok.

Challenge #5:
Your challenge for this stop is to create a layout that has no photos on it, but includes at least 3 different and separate photo frames.
Sometimes we have special thoughts, feelings and/or memories about a person or place or event or pet or whatever, but no photos. OR, we could be missing someone who has passed on or something that is no longer in our lives and would dearly love to be able to express that on a page.

Because scrapbooking is all about recording our life journey and that of our family we can still create a page to record and preserve those special thoughts, feelings and/or memories with a little thought and planning and with the creative use of photo frames and journaling (although journaling is not required for this challenge).

Here is my layout for #5:

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Family Update

Here is a really brief update of what’s been happening since my surgery:


Surgery July 14th
Left the hospital July 18th
My parents were here to help me and my family for about a month. Thanks mom and dad!!! We couldn’t have made it without you.
We didn’t really celebrate Lauren’s birthday. She turned 9. We need to make it up to her big time.
Ric and my parents went to the church pioneer day celebration breakfast.
July is pretty much a blur. I spent most of my days and nights in bed, since it was so hard to get up for very long periods of time. Sleeping was another big thing. Trying to get comfortable sitting up sleeping, is not really able to be done.
While Ric and I were both recovering, our church was amazing they drove my kids around, sent in meals, mowed our lawn, and took care of our pool.
My really good friend Christy took my kids overnight for about a week so that Ric and I didn’t have to worry about them. The girls had a great time with her girls. (did I mention that with my girls and her girls together that makes 9 girls)


August 6th the girls started school. Wow! I can’t believe that school has started already. This year is Aidrin’s first year. She is going to all day kindergarten. She was very excited that there were some kids from the kids care at the gym that are in her class.

Here are a few photos:

First day of school (Terran left before I got out of bed – so no picture)

From the Laurels

From the Beehives:

Some flowers that I received (Lauren took the photos – not too bad)

Photos of where Ric was at when he fell of the ladder. You can see his finger prints going down the window, from when he fell. He was actually standing above the window when he fell. I think the official measurements were 18 feet.

New layouts with All Star Kit:

(template by Michelle Filo)

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My Day

I’m so excited. We have a brand new Costco that just opened today. So I’ve been driving the kids back and forth a million times a day to swim team and lessons, the past few days. Well, maybe not a million times, but sure feels like it. I actually made Terran stay at swim team practice today, until I dropped off Camryn and Lauren for their practices. Anyway, where I was going with the whole driving, was that I looked down at my gas, and it said that like I only had about 60 miles left of gas. I kind of freak at under 70. So the first thing that pops into my head is Costco. So after Aidrin’s lessons we headed off to the new Costco.
And there it was, with a gas station, and with gas @ $3.93. Can you say yes. When I usually fill the gas tank, it’s alway in the $100 price range. I felt like I hit the lottery. Anyway, I filled up. $98. I was chatting with the Costco gas attendant and commented on how big the Costco looked. She stated that our Costco is the biggest one in the whole United States. And it looks pretty too. I might just have to take a piture of it. I also think that maybe, these other gas stations are doing something to the gas. When I fill up, usually my mileage will be around 370, but today after filling it full, the mileage was 420.

At Aidrin’s swim team practice this morning, she kept chatting with all the coaches, as she was suppose to be swimming in her lane. She also, started trying to turn over and over as she was swimming. She would be doing freestyle, then turn over and do backstroke, then back to freestyle. She did this all the way down the lane (25 yards). She’s a nut.

I also did a new layout last night. Scrap Orchard and The Sunshine Girls are having a scavenger hunt between the two sites. After you hunt, you find all the clues and there is a coupon code, for a free kit. So that’s two kits that coordinate together. They are both awesome. I couldn’t wait to try them out. So here is a picture that I took yesterday of two of my girls as they were walking by me at swimming lessons. The kit is Scrap Orchards SO SUNny Collab.

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Swim Team

We officially began practices for the girl’s swim teams yesterday. Terran has 5:30 practices. She actually did great getting up yesterday morning. Me, not so good. I really wanted to sleep in, but what’s a mom to do. All of the girls are on a team this year. This is Aidrin’s first year, and she’s sooooo….. excited. She couldn’t wait to leave the house. She kept asking like every two minutes. “Is it time to go to swim team?” In addition to swim team, Aidrin is also taking swim lessons, and Terran, will be busy volunteering her time as a junior life guard again this year. Last summer she volunteered 102 hours.

Last night we had family night. We played clue. Aidrin and Dad were a team. The game was pretty long. We all came to the same conclusion at the same time, but getting to the room was another story. Lauren ended up as the winner. Yeah Lauren, because mom’s always the winner. After we were done with clue, everyone went to bed, and I mean everyone went to bed. They were all so tired after swim practices. I didn’t hear one word about somebody doing something and somebody else won’t go to bed. It was just nice and peaceful. When they all go to bed and no one complains, it somehow makes getting up at 5:15 am worth while.

Some swim pictures from Monday:

Here are a couple of layouts that I did for some challenges. Credits are at my gallery at those sites.

Apple Cart challenge #1 at Scrap Orchard

Candy Jar challenge #16 at Digital Candy

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Krispy Kreme

Tuesday Krispy Kreme opened back up for business. The kids are so excited. The store closed about 20 months ago. Aidrin doesn’t even remember going to get hot doughnuts. Lauren had been asking since Tuesday if we could go and get some Krispy Kremes. We drove by Tuesday and the line was huge, and the parking lot was even a bigger mess. There was like a traffic jam on Superstition Springs. So we left and told the girls we’d try the next day. So we tried again last night. Smaller line, but still had to wait 20 minutes. The girls had a great time watching the doughnuts being made, and even a better time eating hot fresh doughnuts. We left with 2 dozen. So we are a happy family. You don’t really know how good you have it, until something gets taken from you.

Here are a few layouts that I have completed recently. Credits can be found by clicking on my gallery link.

Scrap Orchard gallery. This is a layout using my kit Falling Star that you can download by clicking freebie.

Digital Candy Gallery


Elemental Scraps

Snap and Scrap

Scrappers Guide

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A lot to write about

We have a 5 year old, and the 5 year old couldn’t be happier. The day she turned 5, that morning she asked if she was going to go to kindergarten today. (So cute). Sadly, I had to break the no news to her.

Aidrin and I were talking, and I was telling her that I was going to be sad that we had no more 4 year olds. Aidrin told me that having a 5 year old would be good. I told her that I would miss the cuteness factor (we have been talking a lot about grumpy teenagers, and Aidrin having a cuteness factor). Aidrin promised that she would still have the cuteness factor, at least until she turned 6. So I then told her, ok you can be 5. So, she’s very happy that she gets to be 5. Grandpa, not suppose to tell you this, but somebody grew. Aidrin is hoping that you aren’t going to be too mad.

Thursday we went to Activity Day Recognition Night for Camryn and Lauren. The Theme was “Come Out and See the Stars”.

The handout each girl received – “Just as He has numbered the ‘STARS’ in the heavens, our Heavenly Father knows each one of us. He is there to help us fulfill our purpose in this life!”

They highlighted each of the girls talents and what makes each one of them shine. Anyway, it was kind of funny, because one of Camryn’s friends was being spotlighted and they were telling all the amazing things about her friend and then at the end they say that she is in a band with Camryn. We were not expecting that at all. Yes, Camryn does have a band. I think they have 5 or 6 members. So far all they do is have meetings, planning fundraisers, and price shopping for band equipment. I admire Camryn’s leadership abilities. I believe one time they did bring instruments. One girl brought one of those toy guitars. It was very cute.

Saturday we went to the mall with the girls. Aidrin received a spotted pony webkinz from her dad for her birthday. We went to the mall for the purpose of seeing a cheap movie. I think $2.00, if I’m not mistaken. The girls wanted to see The National Treasure movie. I really liked the movie. Anyway, we tried to leave the pony in the car, but Aidrin looks at us with those big blue eyes and says, “What will I cuddle with?” Ok, dad heard and saw and headed right back to the car and retrieved the pony. So she cuddled, and then eventually was on my lap for the rest of the movie.

Monday, April 21st we all attended Camryn’s Golden Scholar Award Night for our family home evening. Terran wasn’t too thrilled that we dragged her along. I think she was really irritated that she has never received the award, since moving here. There were a lot of kids from our ward that were also receiving awards. Lauren’s shooting for the award next year. You have to be in 4th grade and above to receive the award. You also have to have all A’s and can only have 1 B during the school year, to get the award. We are so proud of Camryn. She is a hard worker and quite the perfectionist. Go Camryn!

I think that I have posted a lot for today. I need to keep up on this, so my posts aren’t so long.

Here are a few layouts that I have done recently. I found a new site Elemental Scraps and love the challenges that I found there.

All credits listed in Elemental Scraps gallery