Sunday, September 16, 2012


My poor son. I don't make many scrapbook pages for him. I have a lot of pictures of him when he was little, but recently he just doesn't like to slow down long enough for me to snap new photos of him. He's definitely an occasion poser. By that I mean, he won't just sit for me and let me take portrait style pictures. He would much rather be out on the soccer field running around while I snap away on my camera. When I do ask him to pose for me, the poor little man obviously feels  uncomfortable in front of the lens. I guess the only real solution to this problem is to have him sit down and pose for me more - to build up his confidence. Practice makes perfect as it were. Like I said, my poor son.

All of my pages these last few weeks have used photos of my daughter. Who for some strange reason is starting to feel more aversion to having her photos taken as well! I just don't understand kids these days. It makes me feel like a real mamarazzi just trying to get some pictures to scrap.

The photo on this first page is actually a self-portrait of my girl. I just happened to be sitting next to her on the sofa one evening while she was playing with a purikura app on her smart phone. She had taken this lovely photo of herself, I caught a glimpse of it and asked her to send it to me.

I just happened to catch a glimpse of you while you were looking at photos on your cell phone. You were playing with one of those photo editing applications that add decoration to your pictures. You were working on this picture. This picture. So beautiful. Its just a snapshot of your face, but I love how its cropped. For some reason I love that you are not smiling for the camera. I love that it shows your eyes so lightly. This is you. The real you. Not posing, not trying to make someone else happy. You enjoying your own beauty. This. Is just a glimpse of your true beauty.

background paper and most elements from Miss Personality by Jenn Barrette
torn frame and small blue flower from Love You More Than Ice Cream also by Jenn Barrette
lace doily from With All My Heart by Ju Kneipp
painted alpha is Free Spirit by CD Muckosky
font is Marcia Print from Marcia Marcia, by Darcy Baldwin {fontology}
page template is from Solos Part 10 by Busy Bee Designs
These next several pages use photos that she actually posed for me. I wasn't planning on snapping any pictures and she was in a bit of a hurry. But she had just gotten her hair styled and wanted some picts to remember it by. So even though they are rushed and blurry, they are pictures of my beautiful daughter and I love them.

Dear Wonderful Girl,
It might surprise you to know, if you asked the people who love you most why they think you are so beautiful... that it has nothing to do with the way that you look, or the way that you dress, or the color of your hair or your eyes or your skin (even though those things are very beautiful too). But that what is most beautiful about you is that sparkle in your eyes that comes straight from the light of your soul.
So remember, beautiful girl, that the best beauty secret, one that you can take with you until you are very very very old, is to never let anything blow out that beautiful little light that makes you sparkle. Keep shining, lovely you. You are such a gift to the world.
You are so very very loved.

all papers and elements from Penmanship Collection by Studio ViVa Artistry
font is Jellyka Saint Andrews Queen
quote is from A Little Butterfly Told Me by Brave Girls Club

There will be a lot of things that come along in life that will make you want to stop, to quit. Beautiful girl, just keep going. We must always pick ourselves up and keep going. You can do it. You are courageous and wonderful and your heart is pure. You are meant to go to beautiful and wonderful and meaningful places in your life. So don't let anything stop you. You are so very loved.

journaling is from A Little Butterfly Told Me by the Brave Girls' Club
all papers and elements from By the Light of the Moon by Etc by Danyale
light green flower is from Renewal, also by Etc by Danyale
page template is from Summer Flavors: Strawberry Shortcake by Busy Bee Designs
font is Hugs and Kisses by Darcy Baldwin {fontology}

This lovely little dog belongs to my parents and he is more than happy to sit still and let me take as many photos of him as I want. My daughter is just happy to be with him, so the two of them being happy together make for some wonderful, happy pictures.

all papers and elements from Kashmir by Etc. by Danyale and Sweet Digi Scraps
page template is by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

This last page is a photo of my family, I've already made another page with this same photo last year. But when I was asked by the Artisan Notebook to make a page about The Perfect Summer Day, I knew it had to be of a day spent with family. And since summer is the only time I get to be with my own family, this was the perfect photo for that perfect day.

Summer is the only time I get to go home to Colorado. Summer is the only time I get to see my family. So for me, a perfect summer day is when all my family comes from near and far just so we can all be together. A perfect summer day is spent surrounded by my sisters and their husbands, my niece, her husband and her babes, my nephews and their families, and of course my parents. A perfect summer day for me is spent sharing stories, taking pictures and just enjoying each other and God's blessings in our lives.

papers and most elements from Ancienne Natural by Quirky Twerp
font for title is A Fresh Start by Darcy Baldwin
font for journaling is Walkway
page template is by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs
As seen in the August 2012 Artisan Notebook

Finally, have you seen the Challenges over at The Digichick? Yes, I'm still in charge of them and I have a wonderful Challenge Chicks team. I'd love it if you would come and join us for a fun challenge or two. One of TDC's staff members, LuAnn, came up with a wonderful impromptu challenge idea - making new forum signatures. I'd been meaning to remake my siggy, so this was just the motivation I needed!

everything here from Love in the Park by eNKay Design

I think my goal over the next few weeks will be to make some pages for my boy. Old photos, new photos, I guess it doesn't matter. Its all about the memories.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the web. Please come again soon.


Fanny Harms said...

I was investigating about a japanese scrapstyle (does this exist?)when I found your page. I really like your way to design! Hugs from Spain, Fanny

Fanny Harms said...

I was investigating about a japanese scrapstyle (does this exist?)when I found your page. I really like your way to design! Hugs from Spain, Fanny

Holly in Japan said...

Hi Fanny! Thank you for your sweet comment. I'm not sure how to reply directly to you, so will try to do it here. From what I can tell, there is no distinct Japanese style of scrapbooking since most scrappers tend to follow American designers and styles. When "we" scrap a traditional Japanese page, most of us try to use some kind of Asian flavored papers and elements. A lot of the older Basic Grey has a lovely Asian Feel and Bo Bunny has the new Serenity Line - one of the papers is even named after a Japanese scrapper, Tomoko, who is on their CT.
Hugs from Tokyo to you.