My three grandchildren have returned to school after the Labor Day holiday weekend of fun at my house, the last hurrah of summer. The oldest, who is 10 and a 5th grader, loves school and always looks forward to starting back each fall. However, the two younger ones, who are both 6 and first graders, have already prompted notes and phone calls home by the teachers. Seems they are both having a hard time settling back into the school saddle and giving up the summer fun. I hope they can get adjusted and settled in soon to the daily school drill. If not, coming to Mimi's house could be nipped in the bud, as coming here is considered one of their privileges. Yikes!! Poor little tikes!
Our southern beach weather could not have been lovelier over the weekend, and it continues beautiful this week. I'm sure we will be having a long Indian summer here at the beach. The nasty humidity of July and August will abate now, and the days will be warm, crisp and clear. Last evening at sunset I saw the most gorgeous cloud on the horizon with a silver-pink lining. It was just breath-takingly beautiful, and me without the camera in hand.
One of my BFFs is having her gallbladder removed today via laparoscopy hopefully. I will be waiting for her hubby to call and let me know it's over and she's doing okay in recovery. It had been kicking up causing her quite a lot of pain lately, and the doc said it was full of large stones. I'm hoping she will feel her old self once this is over. My mom is 84 and hers gives her bouts of pain in the spring and fall, but she still keeps it. My daughter is just 36 now, and hers is starting to give her fits of pain depending on her dietary intake. I know she will not let it annoy her long before she decides to have it out. She won't want the pain to slow her down.
Today I have another FREE QUICK PAGE for you. I joined in the September QP Game over at Digi Scrap Station where the featured kit is "FARMER'S MARKET" by Scrappy Cats. The kit is free for committing to design one 8 x 8" QP and post it during this month. Here is a preview of the full kit . . .
I made my page in both the 8-inch size, as required by the DSS forum contest, and also in the 12-inch size in case you like to scrap in that size as I do. You can take your pick, or take both sizes. Here is the preview of the page I designed . . .
and here is a sample layout using it . . .
8-inch QP, HERE or HERE
12-inch QP, HERE or HERE
If you would like to collect all the QPs from the September game, just visit that forum thread at DSS. Direct download links are provided within each post by all of the contestants in the game. Everybody has until the last day of the month to get their page made and posted, and then the links are good for 30 days beyond that. It's a great way to get premade pages for an album! The kick I get is getting to see how varied all the pages are though we are using the same kit.
I'll show you one more layout for inspiration. I scrapped my sibling set of grandkids going to the first day of school with my PhotoShop Friday Series, Lesson 34 template and technique. We learned to use text in a decorative masking technique to help decorate our page with typography. Note the journaling above the photo in the layout below . . .
I was pleased with how that turned out when I finished up. The PhotoShop Friday 2012 series is available at Jessica Sprague by subscription or individually. My background paper is from one of my favorite JS kits, Fleuriste by Cosmo Cricket. The kids were color-coordinated. Isn't that cute!
Alrightly then, I'm off to start my daily grind. Be back soon with more new goodies for you, so stay tuned. Thanks to all who are leaving me comments! I read and appreciate them all. Chat soon!