Saturday, August 25, 2012

Are you a Warrior?

Well, I Survived Warrior Dash...

...and loved almost every minute of it!  Warrior Dash claims it's "the craziest frickin' day of your life!"  Pretty darn close to it!  It is "3.2 Hellish Miles" up Windham Mountain, New York.  I am much more familiar with skiing down those runs rather than running up them.  Every half hour 600 runners (YES! SIX-HUNDRED) take off, through the flaming gates and up the mountain.  The Warrior Dash folks set up 14 obstacles at this Windham race.    
Check out the little "Battleground" photos at

You'll notice a theme of crawling, barbed wire, mud, climbing, mud and barbed wire!
Our group of seven had bright neon orange shirts.  No problem spotting each other!  My group pretty much left me in the dust (a.k.a. mud) right from the beginning.  That first 1 1/2 miles was pretty much up hill.  I quickly got
tired and, along with most everyone else, ended up walking up.  Even that was quite strenuous! Jim was a sweetheart and stayed with me.   :)  There were a few that were able to run it.  Maybe next year ~ I'll have to do more mountain training!

Even so, I did ALL of these obstacles!  Actually, there was no Capsized
Catamaran as the pond was too low.  Instead, we had to trudge through thigh high water and MUD!  I think some people lost their sneakers in the mud.  I was really worried about the walls we had to climb, but I had no problem with them at all.  All the running and weight training definitely helped in that respect.  I think I found the jump over the fire (Warrior Roast) the most intimidating.

My official time was 1:39:30.15.  Not too great, but no matter.  And that included a lot of waiting time in there for several of the obstacles.
I got my sister Barbara to take lots and lots of photos of everyone.  Having those bright shirts really helped!  I took a disposable waterproof camera along with me and tucked it in my clothes when doing the obstacles.  There were professional photographers ( at several locations along the course.  Some excellent shots from them!

If interested, photos (taken by my sister Barbara and myself) are at

Several days before the race I made up some scrapbook pages where I could just plug in a photo once I had one.  So here, you can just see how easy digital scrapbooking makes it to produce multiple pages quickly.  Once you have a basic template, just move the photos you want into the layout. 
Here's a few examples:

[using Scrapgirls papers and elements]

Diane and Jim at the finish line
Kelly at the finish line

 [using Creative Victorian Designs "Inner Storm"]
Bill enters the Mud

Jim on the Great Warrior Wall

[using Scrapgirls papers and elements]
Colleen the Warrior

Warriors Eric, Bill and Marc

[using Creative Victorian Design "Inner Fire"]
Jim leaps over the Warrior Roast

Kelly does a Dive Roll over the Warrior Roast

These last two weren't exact photo replacements, but I still had a basic template to use, so it was very quick to rotate and alter slightly.  I made some up for everyone and was able to print them and provide everyone with digital files.  Love Digital!!

Warrior Diane

Monday, August 6, 2012

Pre- Warrior Dash

Sometimes, you don't have to have photos on your Scrapbook page.  That's a very difficult concept for me.  However, I don't have any pictures of the Warrior Dash  - it hasn't happened yet ;)
Here is a page with just journaling and a few elements.  Since this race is going to be a dirty, grungy type of race up a Mountain (Windham Mountain...where I usually ski DOWN!) and over obstacles, I chose a grungy paper, and grungy, scratchy type overlay.  I made a copy of the Warrior Dash image and made it into a "sticker".

We are in the Sunday, August 12, 11:30am time slot.  Approx. 600 runners start out every half hour!  Insane!!   I will NOT be running with a camera.  I'm hoping my sister, Barbara, will get some good photos so I can create a page or two.  Stay tuned for more pages and race results!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer Heat

It has been SOOoooo HOT!  But, then, it IS summer, so it's supposed to be
hot. I can't say I'm a big fan of humidity, though.  Every time I move, I feel like a need to take a cool shower.  Unfortunately, we have no central air.  We have ceiling fans, window fans, table top fans, an attic fan and an A/C unit in one bedroom and our family room.  The family room only cools down slightly (it's a fairly large room), so I tend to just stand in front of the unit.  Thank heaven for the one in the bedroom, we can get a good night's sleep at least! 

I have been trying to go kayaking these last couple of weeks.  It's been too hot, though.  You would think it's cooler on the water, but not so much.  Sometimes there is a slight breeze, but generally there is NO shade on the lake or rivers.  By 9am, it's hot already and too late to go out .  We'll try again when it cools down to the 80's!  At least the kayaks are now "de-spider-fied".  Definitely need to get a cap so we don't have to deal with the spider stress every year! (Although, I'm sure the neighbors will miss my yearly spider dance in the back yard!  Haha!)
Here is a scrapbook page I did from a kayak excursion my daughter and I did two years ago on the Rondout.  It was a nice trip to the Lighthouse and the Hudson River, then back. 
With traditional scrapbooking, I used to like to tear vellum paper and
layer them on top of each other, tucking photos between layers.  I have a ScrapGirls Photoshop Elements action that performs paper tears, so gave it a try digitally.  I was happy with the outcome.

Stay cool everyone and enjoy the summer.  Winter will be here before you know it!  :)   


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Bunny's Basket

Bunny is a handful!  I have to wait until he's sleeping before I can get on the computer.  Before, he would just bite my feet. Now, he can jump up onto my chair and he tries to lick my chin while I type.  He is very slowly starting to learn the word "NO!", just not quite fast enough for me!  It seems every minute of the day that he is awake it's PLAYTIME!!

With the weather getting to be a bit nicer (although somewhat rainy lately), I've been able to get out on my bike.  I am so lucky to be 5 minutes from the Walkway over the Hudson and the Hudson Valley Rail Trail.  Just LOVE that path!  I am also only about 15 minutes from the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, and 20 from the Dutchess Rail Trail.  Life is good!! :)

I didn't want to leave Bunny home alone while I was out riding, so started a search for a basket to attach to the bike that he could sit in.  I found quite a few online.  Most did not have very good ratings when dogs were over 10lbs.  Bunny is now 5 months and is nearly 12 lbs.  I then came upon  The basket looked nice and I decided to take a chance.  I'm so glad I did!!  It's an EXCELLENT basket, very high quality, sturdy and so very easy to attach/detach from the bike's handlebars.  Most of all, Bunny LOVES it! 

We've been out several times now.  Each time, he creates quite a sensation.  The children we pass by usually point and yell "Look, a doggy in a basket!".  With adults I get either the Wizard of Oz tune, dum de dum de dum dum, dum de dum de dum dum...  or someone will pipe up with "I'll get you my pretty!"  Haha!   There are also a lot of comments about how Bunny has "a dog's life" and gets to ride comfortably in a basket.  

Here's a scrap layout I did where I was trying to create a cluster with an assortment of digital embellishments.  These digital elements are from Creative Victorian Designs.

Here's another page.  I cut him out and tried to do more journaling than I usually do.  The paper has a crinkled look so I made the text look like it bends with the paper.  Love these ScrapGirls actions and styles for PSE! 
Can you tell Bunny just got groomed?  We are so next-door neighbor has a Dog Grooming business!  YES!  
"Tails A Wagging Dog Grooming".  Joanne did a terrific job (don't know how she got him to be still!).  

Have fun everyone!  Summer is nearly here!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


It's Easter!  How I used to LOVE seeing that basket first thing Easter Sunday!  Marshmallow PEEPS (Yes!), jelly beans, malted milk ball robin's eggs, oh and Cadbury Eggs, and don't forget that big chocolate Rabbit!  That bunny chocolate is the best!  Don't we all eat the ears first? Haha!

Fast forward 30 years, and it's MY children that hop out of bed to find
their baskets first thing Easter Sunday morning.  And they are still filled with the same goodies as they were "back in the day".  They used to love the little Easter egg hunts we had - outdoors when we lived in Tampa, FL, and indoors up here in New York when the weather didn't cooperate.  It was always a challenge finding hiding places indoors!

This year it just won't be the same.  :(  
Kyle is visiting friends for a week or so in Asheville, NC.  Kelly has a track meet the day before Easter and won't be able to come home from college.  We won't be going out to visit with family as Jim is "on call" all weekend.  It will just be the two of us, celebrating a very quiet Easter. 

Here's a scrapbook page I did a year or so ago.  I was learning how to use the opacity option.  I cropped myself out of the original photo, enlarged it and changed the opacity to about 30 percent so it blended better into the page.  I just loved this particular kit from Scrap Girls.

The photo is from Easter 1967.  Me, Mom and Dad, the twins, Barbara
and Beverly, and Craig.  All in our new clothes, and of course, the Easter bonnets!

We may not have all the goodies we've enjoyed in past years, or family to spend the day with, but...we still certainly celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our savior! 

Easter Blessings,

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Puppy Kisses

We've got a new addition!  Bunny, our baby Norwich Terrier.  What a
I had a dog growing up, and Jim had several, but since we've been married (29 years), we've only had cats.  But our kitties passed on several years ago and I still really miss them.  We've been talking for some time about having a dog this time.  As much as we love large dogs (I'd love a Retriever or even a Newfoundland!), with us both working, we thought maybe something a bit smaller. 
After some searching, Jim found the Norwich Terriers.  And, then I did some searching and found a breeder in New York about two hours north of us.  There was one little pup still available in their last litter, born on January 16.
Jim wanted to name a puppy "Bunny".  Too funny!  The only pup available
was a male, but he's still "Bunny"!!  Kind of like "A boy named Sue",
He cried and barked and put up a fuss for the first 30 mins or so of the ride home, but then settled down.  He's been out a few times since and is starting to get used to the carrier and the car. 

The day before he came home was spent trying to get ready.  PETCO was soooo overwhelming!  Rather than a hard case or wire crate, we got a wire pen for him.  Although he'd rather hang out with us, he does like his pen.  Plenty of room for his carrier, potty patch, food/water and toys.
He's sleeping the whole night.  Probably because he plays so hard!  I know I'm getting my exercise running around with him and playing tug of war with toys!  He loves his little stuffed ferret.  Oh, and our sneakers.  We're working on breaking that habit.

Now I've got something new to Scrapbook!!!  So, my first BUNNY page.
I used a Scrap Girls template and added the photos.  I did a bit more journaling than I usually do.  The slight brick texture on the background paper was done with a digital brush.  I found a clip and a tag from my stash of elements.  To make it look more realistic, the clip and tag are shadowed to give them depth.
I layered the tag on top of the clip, then erased a small portion to make it look like the tag is hanging from the clip.  Same thing with the clip and the frame.  I placed the clip on top of the frame and then erased a small portion of the top of the clip to make it look like it was hanging from it.  Make sense?

I'm sure there will be more Bunny to come!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March Birthday

Kyle's birthday is Sunday.  I absolutely cannot believe I am old enough to have a 24 year old son!  Haha, I still have vivid memories of that pregnancy and delivery.  He came 5 weeks early, so when the contractions started, I wasn't quite sure if that's what they truly were.  Jim and I had only gone to 2 Lamaze classes.  After a quick call to the Dr. it was off to the hospital during the early morning rush hour traffic.  No worries, the contractions were still about 5 minutes apart. :)   Once there...he was born just over an hour later.  Very time for drugs.  He was so tiny, 5lbs 11oz.  Beautiful reddish blonde fuzzy hair and gorgeous blue eyes.
When he was still very young, I decided I did not want years and years of bad pictures.  I had my Canon Ae-1 and took a photography class.  One of the best things I ever did!  Of course, now most photography is digital and that's much easier.  And, it's so easy to just select "AUTO" and start shooting.  I have to force myself to choose "MANUAL" and work with aperture and shutter speed.  Well worth the effort, though! 
Here's one page I did from photos when the kids were a bit younger.  We were all at the Capital District Scottish Games near Albany, NY.  An annual favorite!   Here I was learning how to color paper templates and use metal styles.

Love the red in this one!  Kyle is with Reese Roper from the band "Five Iron Frenzy", a big favorite back then!
And here is a preview of the cover of a book I am in the process of doing for him with a mix of photos and scrapbook pages.  My Mom took Kyle to England as a graduation gift and I'm just now working with all the photos. Here's another double layout.  No seam in this one like I had in my wedding layout.  I have been working with using photo masking to get the photos in the block letters, and have learned how to get a dimensional look on the letters - more fun techniques!

I suspect this book will take quite some time to finish!

Happy Spring everyone!