Monday, June 30, 2008

Why I Scrapbook for Others

This is Tito and Febee. Their photo showed up in my email inbox over the weekend. This is why I love digital scrapbooking for others. I receive photos from all over the country -- awesome photos -- of kids, pets, weddings, birthdays, holidays, and vacations. Every photo represents a precious family member, friend, pet or event in the life of one of my customers.

I am privileged to be entrusted with these memories. So, thank you, Shelley, for sharing Tito and Febee's photo with me. It's always nice to be reminded of why I scrapbook for others.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

For David -- Just Because

Sometimes I run across a photo that immediately draws me in, tells me a story, and leaves an impression on me. I saw the above photo of David on Lisa Leonard's blog. David is her son and he has Cornelia de Lange Syndrome. Any mother knows that when a child is born with health issues there are additional challenges to be faced every single day. Lisa lovingly & openly chronicles David's story on her blog, along with her other son, Mattie. Recently, she posted a series of short sentences describing the ways she "hears" David tell her he loves her. I was so inspired by this devoted mother that I asked her if I could create a digital scrapbook layout using the photo and words of her post and, can you believe it, she graciously agreed.

Above is the result. To me, it doesn't do either David or Lisa justice, but I hope she likes it. I'll be sending her a printed copy that she can frame and hang, if she is so inclined.

In case you can't read the text in the layout, here are Lisa's words:
"i hear you...

when you giggle with delight because you love being tickled

when you bang on the screen door because you want to play in the backyard

when you arch and scream in the bathtub

when you snuggle up a little closer because you are still waking up

when you fuss while i help you get dressed

when you tug on my hand and tell me to pick you up

when you knock matty's toys over with mischief in your eyes

when you smile your big smile as we drop you off at school

when you go to your chair to let me know its time to eat

when you wrap your arms around my neck and hug me tight.

You might not say it like other almost-six-year-olds, but i hear you."
Isn't it true - the seemingly ordinary moments in Life are often the most precious.

Monday, June 23, 2008

It's "Wedding Season!"

Love is in the air . . . and 'tis the season for weddings. I love weddings - of course, who doesn't? The only thing better than a wedding is scrapbooking the photos from the wedding! Here is another page from the wedding album I recently created for one of my clients.

The subject of weddings hit close to home for me this year. My oldest son, Rodrigo, married his sweetheart, Dianna, on June 14th, just over a week ago. It was a magical day and I can't even express how much I enjoyed it, and how happy I am to welcome Dianna into our family. I am so honored that they have asked me to do their wedding album! You can bet you'll see many layouts posted here on my blog as I create the album.

Jeff of Fassett Photography took the photos and will be providing them in digital form. More and more photographers are doing this so be sure to ask about this option if you are interviewing potential photographers for your own wedding. Receiving the photos in digital format saves scanning them later and also provides you the opportunity to print (or have printed) as many copies as you like, in whatever size you like, not to mention slipping them straight into digital photo album pages.

Even better -- let me do that for you! I can create one layout of your special day suitable for framing, or an entire album to preserve every detail and memory of the day. Or both! My style is clean and classy; perfect for wedding photos. Or, if you prefer, I can add all the embellishments and fancy journaling your heart desires, it's totally up to you.

Contact me now at for a special offer on wedding layouts!