Thursday, May 31, 2012

Project 366 - Week 21

It has been a whirlwind week - end of the school year for my fifth grader (who is tickled she is now a sixth grader); a high school graduation and grad party for my older daughter; family visiting and helping my daughter prepare for a 3 week tour in Bulgaria/Istanbul with the Youth Symphony.  Great times, great memories!  So...better late than never....presenting week 21 of Project 366! 

My feet are kicked up, taking a few moments to the Shore!  (Happy Thursday)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

4 More Days of "Seven Days in May"

I have had such a blast adding a total of SEVEN layouts into my "to be printed" folder.  Seven Days in May at was a great week of fun and creativity! 

Day Four
(repeat something at least three times and use the paint"brushes" provided)

Day 5
(Used color palette provided)

Day 6
(use template provided - page needs to be about "you")

Day 7
Art Journaling - I forgot just how therapeutic Art Journaling can be!

We are officially on summer break!  My high school senior has graduated - I now have a freshman (college) and a sixth grader.  Where have the years gone?  Give your little ones a big hug - they grow up way too quickly.  Till next the Shore.

Friday, May 25, 2012


Come help me celebrate with a "sale-abration" - here

Wishing you a safe and happy Memorial Day the Shore.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Week 20 ~ Project 366

20 Weeks of 2012 behind us and 32 to look forward to!  Life is Good!

These quick pages are super easy - and make staying current a breeze. 

Enjoy May! by the Shore

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Seven Days of May (1st 3 days)

Over at there's a party going on -The Seven Days of May. For seven days (which began on Monday), you can find a new challenge in the general forum - along with a cool freebie. 

Here are my layouts for the first three days.  I love a good challenge and you know I love (wink wink) adding a layout or two or seven to my "to be printed" folder. Can't wait to see what day 4 brings.  If you hurry, you still have time to participate in day 3 - you just need to download the freebie before day four is posted. 

Hope you are enjoying the month of May.  In addition to these very fun challenges - we are winding up the school year for my fifth grader - and preparing for a High School Graduation & Celebration for my Senior.  Hug your little ones - they grow up way too quick. 
Have a super the Shore. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Project 366 - Weeks 18 and 19

Wow - time is certainly flying this Spring.   A bit late, but I wanted to make sure I shared the latest layouts of Project 366 - weeks 18 and 19! 

We are in the final few weeks of school and are busy with all of the activities that those last few weeks brings.  My fifth grader will be participating in a Revolutionary War Reenactment tomorrow and has class parties next week.  And my high school senior has officially completed her last day of school - anything from this point forward includes BBQs, Senior Breakfasts, Capping Ceremonies.....Where have the years gone?

Wishing you beautiful weather and good times with your loved ones. 

Enjoy every the Shore.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Loving Life in Manual

I just completed a great six week class offered by Candice Stringham at jessicasprague.comOhShoot helped me turn the dial from automatic to manual.  The journey through digital photography is amazing and I am really starting to understand the language and terminology, which at times can be foreign and confusing.  Candice does a fabulous job of teaching the basics (and beyond) - and her two teaching assistants, Nancy and Kimber have been there every step of the way sharing their knowledge and expertise.  (And I understand that the class may be offered again later this year if you are interested)

I have just signed up for Candice's next photography class - Portraiture.  Starts next Monday ~ and I can't wait! (Now to find a few willing victims - er....models.  My kids are running in the other direction every time they see camera in my hand.)  Looks like there still might be some openings for this class if you care to join me.  (update: I just checked and this session is already sold out)

And, I thought I would share a peek at my Mother's Day gift.  My family really is supporting my new passion for photography.  For Mother's Day, I received a camera bag from JoTotes.  (And a few photography books - and least I forget a beautiful bouquet of flowers and starbucks card from my daughter Shannon)  Here is a glimpse of my new camera bag - isn't it beautiful.    I have the camera body with lens, two additional lens -and a little more room for another lens and a flash.  I can also toss in my wallet and cell phone and I am good to go!  I've got the best family ever!

On another note - I am working on a new digital kit for you that should be released in the next few days.

Have a fabulous week - by the Shore.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Recipe for Adventure!

Welcome to by the Shore designs…whether you are participating in ADSR7 (the Amazing Digital Scrap Race) and are on a detour or are simply stopping by to say hello – I’m glad you’re here. The Amazing Digital Scrap Race is hosted by Natural Designs in Scrapbooking and we are all having a blast.  I just love all of the layouts that are showing up in the gallery so far! 
Are you ready for a digital scrapbooking challenge? I decided to serve you a Recipe Challenge as you need to stay nourished on this journey. One of my favorite recipes is a Three Bean Casserole. My favorite aunt, Bonnie, shared this recipe with me years ago and I hope she's okay that I spread the love. It’s easy to make and is a real crowd pleaser. (Check the end of this post for the recipe) OK, back to the detour! This ADSR7 detour is a layout challenge – A Recipe for Adventure. Make sure you use all 7 “ingredients” and create a layout following the recipe directions. The most important part is to have fun!


1. One cool beverage

2. Facebook Freebie from by the Shore designs - link to facebook on my sidebar

3. Two Patterned Papers (minimum – add more if desired)

4. Two Solid Papers (minimum – add more, if desired)

5. Three photographs

6. Three different elements (you can use these elements multiple times if desired)

7. Two favorite fonts

Grab your favorite beverage (see ingredient one) and enjoy! It’s important to stay hydrated on your adventure!

The word ADVENTURE must appear somewhere on your layout. Head over to my facebook page, ‘like’ me, and download my ADSR7 Freebie. At least one item from this freebie must be added to your layout.

Add the remaining ingredients (special note: ingredient one should NOT be added to your page) You may always add more to your layout, but the required ingredients listed above must be included. Mix well, season to taste.

When you have completed your layout – head on over to NDISB and upload it to our Challenge and Contest gallery.  Make sure you tell us in the comments what beverage you were enjoying (ingredient one) For the record, I am currently enjoying a cold diet caffeine free Dr. Pepper.

For everyone that successfully completes this detour and posts their layout in the gallery no later than May 17th, I will send a discount coupon to my store at NDISB (will be a private message on your NDISB account)   Note: even if you are not an ADSR7 participant, if you complete the detour challenge as indicated and upload your layout to the NDISB Challenge and Contest gallery - I will send you a discount coupon too.
It’s that easy!

And speaking of easy – here is the recipe for Three Bean Casserole.

(The recipe 'card' was created using my Shades of Gray Collection) I hope you have enjoyed this detour. Make sure to come back and visit me…by the Shore

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

May 4th - Photoshop Friday

Another layout in my "to be printed" folder. Photoshop Friday at for May 4th featured this lovely template and the technique for creating a "dreamy photo".  Super cool.

And speaking of my "to be printed" folder,  Persnickety Prints is having their semi-annual sale through May 6th.  I am purchasing credits so that I am stocked up and ready to print my layouts throughout the year.  Head on over there now! (click on the image below or on the Persnickety Prints logo on the side bar)  Checkout with code: bigsale25

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful the Shore.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Busy Busy

Wow - what a week.  I have been busy putting the finishing touches on our elementary school yearbook.  Uploaded it to our printer on Wednesday night and simply waiting on the hard copy proof.  A labor of love - and one that I love doing.
Here is the cover (school name removed) 

And I just finished week 17 of Project 366. 

With the bulk of the yearbook behind me, I am tickled to be able to get back to designing a few new digital kits.  In the meantime, to celebrate interNational Scrapbook Day - all of my products at Natural Designs in Scrapbooking are on sale - 50% off, through Saturday May 5th.  This includes quickpages, templates, collections and kits!  Head on over now ~ let the shopping begin!

It is wonderfully warm here in Colorado - and I love all of the GREEN that spring brings.  Have a fabulous the Shore.
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