Posted in: Design on Thursday August 13, 2009


That’s my beautiful daughter Hanna Lee in the buffalo cloud.     The buildings are part of a town called RATTLESNAKE JUNCTION..  a wild and wooley cowboy town which will be included in another kit I’m working on called “A Cowboy Song.”    All other elements and scene paper are from “A Pioneer Story”  sold at scrapbookgraphics.com


Posted in: Design on Thursday August 13, 2009

To grandmothers house we go.

To grandmothers house we go.

The lucky ducks taking a covered wagon ride are Hanna my daughter and Tommy and Eleanor my awesome grandchildren.   Elements and scene paper from “A Pioneer Story”  created by Lorie Davison and myself.   Eleanor holds the sweet doll that Lori made,  and what’s  that in Tommys lap?   oh my,. its a big ol lizard!   It’s  Gizzy who will be making his appearance in a future kit I”m working on called  “A Cowboy Song”.


Posted in: Design on Thursday August 13, 2009

Baby Pilgrim

Baby Pilgrim

This  sweet little sugar dumpling is my  grandson Cohen.     All elements and scene paper from  “A Pioneer Story” .

It's about stinkin time.

Posted in: Design on Monday August 10, 2009

I knew immediately that I wanted my first kit to be an invitation into Clementine’s rustic outdoorsy western world. It’s my life, it’s what I love. I had a million ideas but, never having done this before, I was pretty scattered in my thinking. Finally I decided that Pioneers came before Cowboys. I put “A Cowboy Song” on the back burner so Lorie and I could settle our focus on a covered wagon theme. And voila! We created “A Pioneer Story.” I like it a lot. I’m also very anxious to get back and finish the Cowboy Song. It’s going to be cool.

I have a keen interest in the whole saga of the westward migration, and in fact my great grandparents had traveled to Oregon in a covered wagon. A couple summers ago I went on a road trip to follow the Oregon trail, visiting landmarks along the way. You can imagine how thrilled I was to discover the name ‘HOWELL’ carved into Independence Rock.

I’m pretty sure the real pioneer story was not a walk in the park and a picnic along the way. For one thing most all of the 500 thousand people who made that journey walked the entire way – a couple thousand miles. They would have been footsore. They ate dust daily. They suffered hardship. They died from accidents and sickness. And still they persevered in pursuit of a new life. I am in awe of all who have come before us in this world. No matter what race we are, what country we live in, our ancestors paved the way for us.


I wonder who these people are. and I wonder where *exactly* on the trail they are. One man. one little boy. Two women and four girls. Their faces look bronzed by the sun. they seem weary. the children are barefoot. Can you imagine such a journey? I wish I could walk right into this photo and speak with them.

Gently Down the Stream

Posted in: Design on Friday August 7, 2009

gently down the stream

This is the first fun thing I did with Photoshop – on a dinky laptop.  I knew nothing when I created this scene.   It was all an experiment, and I know now that everything was done the hard way.    It was while I was playing around with this that I thought.. . hmmm… maybe I *can* design scrapbook kits like Lori suggested. 

 The image is somewhat disturbing,   but that’s how I wanted it to be.  This is the Lochsa river, which I photographed on my way to Montana.  These are my grandchildren.  Elly was trying to comfort her brother Tommy on the floor of my living room.  I was moved by her love and concern for him; that’s why I took the shot.  Life is precarious.   Life is dangerous.   Life is an adventure.  Life is fun.  The children get to decide how they will view this experience.   The Eyeball creature and her incubating babies may or may not be dangerous.  The tribe of  “little fellers”  are certainly curious, and may or may not be friendly.    The dark wolfish beast looking out from the shadows is kind of scary.    And that oversized  snake..?  Well as  (The Crocodile Hunter)  Steve Erwin might have said ..  “Krikey!  she’s a beauty!”    I miss Steve Irwin.

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