Monday, July 4, 2011

Gingerscrapstreet - June Article by Jodi Dolbel "Boys & Their Toys"

Boys & Their Toys
Jodi Dolbel
When I thought about writing this article, I was thinking that I would like to see an article featuring the men in our lives doing what they do. We have a saying here in Australia referring to men. “He Who Dies With The Most Toys Wins” I know when I talk to my husband about his hobbies and interests, it’s certainly the quote that comes from his mouth the most often!
I put the call out there looking for layouts featuring our men and their toys. I was so surprised at the response. I had lots of gorgeous layouts featuring the “Little Men” in our lives, but very few concentrating on the Big Men. The response leads me to then question, “Why is it that we aren’t seeing Men featured in our layouts?”.

Big Boy Toys by Casey Thompson
Digital Supplies: Kit: Robotrix by Studio Charlize and Studio Flergs (Scrapbook Graphics, Staple: Captured 2.0 by Project B Designs(Funky Playground Designs), Button, String: Explore by Project B Designs (Funky Playground Designs), Flowers, Star: Leaf It To Me by Eva Kipler and Studio Flergs (Scrapbookgraphics), Leaves: Let's Explore by Valerie N Designs (Gottapixel, Ric Rac: Made Pretty Sweet by Mandymade Designs (Ginger Scraps) Stitch Border: Stitch Me Up by Project B Designs (Funky Playground Designs), Paper: My Little Artist by Creations by Rachel (Gottapixel, Template: Blog Template Challenge 6 by ShabbyShoppe, Software: Pixelmator 1.6.2, Fonts: sf Carissa, Jailbird Jenna, For the One Hundreth Time, Love Ya Like a Sister.
Design Notes: I wanted bright and bold for this layout…not my usual color pallet. The title work was fun. I used fonts that I download from the internet, duplicated each word, applied a light blur to the back 'word' layer and then clipped one of the papers that I had already used in the layout to the blurred layer. I thought it gave kind of a neon glow to the title.
Journaling: Micah is growing so fast and so is his desire for Big Boy Toys! He loves to drive his R/C Bulldozer all over the does not hurt that it plays rocking music, beeps when it backs up, and he can drive his Toy Story Alien around in it. He may follow in his Great Grandpa's footsteps and own his own excavating company. Who knows but for now we DO know...he loves his BIG BOY TOYS!

Just Like Grandad By Debbie Lawrence
Supplies: Paper: October Afternoon, Chipboard: 2 Crafty, Alphabet: Jillibean Soup, Alphabet Stickers: Jenny Bowlin, Carolee’s Creations, Flowers: Prima Marketing, Tags: October Afternoon, Jillibean Soup, Paint: Jo Sonja’s, Ink: Versa colour, Thread: Baker’s Twine, Other: buttons, ticket. Tools: Other: sewing machine.
Design Notes: Paint then doodle around chipboard elements to make them stand out. I have used the string as a frame for the photos to highlight them even more. Text printed onto cream paper then backed onto chipboard to make handmade button.
Journaling: Blake loves to ride Grandad’s tractor, Yandina March 2010.

Ride By Peg Hewitt
Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, Pattered Paper: Pink Paislee , Architectural Arch, Tickets, Ruffled Darlings, Alphabet Stickers: Pink Paislee Expressions, Specialty Ink: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Pins: Jenni Bowlin Studios, Flowers: Paper flowers, Ink: Stazon, Pens: Uniball.  Digital Supplies: Software: PS CS2, Actions: Urban Acid photoshop action by Steven Almas.
Design Notes: Alter your photos using different pre loaded actions in Photoshop to match the products you have on hand.
Journaling:  It has taken him a long time to want to ride a 2-wheeler but in the last 6 weeks he has picked it up very quickly and is now preferring the bigger bikes to his size.

Maybe we don’t see the men in our lives in front of the camera because they are just too busy out there doing their thing. I don’t know about your Men, but my Men totally LOVE their Toys. I live in a house with “Nerds” that label is used with love and respect, but Nerds they are. They love their electronics and gadgets. I have needed a new oven for a number of years now but hubby just can’t seem to make the budget spread that far, however new computers for everyone is something that happens every year!!!
Let’s not forget the new phones! Hands up those who have husbands and sons that must have the latest in phones!!! My son in 21 this year and not really the sporting type. Whenever he is home you will see him holed up in his room with his two large LCD screens playing online games with other gamers from all over the world. Apart from the fact that his hard drive has green lights and his keyboard lights up, and not to forget his awesome mouse that has lightening all through it that throbs, it’s not really something he will let me take photos off which kind of makes it hard to scrapbook!!!!

Iphone Games by Jodi Dolbel
Supplies: Paper: Create Paper, Jenny Bowlin, Cardstock: Bazzil Basics, Alphabet Stickers: Ardorn It, American Crafts Thickers, Transparency: Hambly Screen Prints, Specialty Ink: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Other: Thread. Tools: Software: Photoshop Elements 9, Actions: Actions by Trevor Dayley, Other: sewing machine.
Design Notes: Make your pages really “pop” by using dimensional tape to have embellishments lift of the page. In real life this layout is probably half an inch thick due to all the dimension. I also used an action to change the look of my photo so it would suit the papers I wanted to use.

Love of Photography By Lori Cameron
Digital Supplies: Element: Smooch Doo Page Kit by Nicole Young and Stamped With Love - Messy Machine Stitching 01 by Meryl Bartho. (Digital Scrapbook Place), Software: PS CS5, Fonts: Segoe Print.
Design Notes: I love the black and white with pops of red of Nicole's kit. The addition of her little camera tag made it the perfect choice for this photo of my son. It was taken in Key West when our cruise ship stopped there for the day.
Journaling: I am so thrilled to be able to share my (heart) of photography with you. While we were in Key West, Dad and Nathan wanted to go back to the ship, but you wanted to explore. You had your new DLSR and wanted to play. I was more than happy to go along with you. I love seeing the world through your camera’s lens. We have many wonderful photos of this trip from you and your camera.

A Man and His Guitar by Alysse McDaniel
Digital Supplies: Kit: Spontaneous Delight by Carrie Stephens, Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, Font: Princess Regular.
Journaling: A Man and his guitar.

The ways that our men spend their leisure time is as vast and varied as their wonderful selves! While some of our men love the outdoors and all that involves with camping, scouting, gardening and fishing, other men can be quite dare devils choosing to spend their leisure time doing death defying acts with their adrenaline pumping!!! How does one capture all these activities in the pages of our scrapbooks?
I love how Deanna has featured her man in his garden. It’s such a simple quaint layout, with peaceful pastel colors and it doesn’t need all the bells and whistles to pass on the serenity that Earl finds in his garden. See Shannon’s Man, what a life he enjoys. He loves his planes, both toys planes and the real thing!!! Bill spends his time exploring the skies seeing the Cascade Volcanoes or the San Juan Islands all from the air! I think by Australian Standards bearing in mind our phrase of “He who dies with the most toys wins”, I’m thinking that Bill is pretty high on the winners list during life!! Stacia’s layout is about her Man not necessarily gaining “Toys” as such, but rather life experiences. He is about to complete a Ghost Walking Tour where they walk through old cemeteries looking at headstones. As part of his Scouting he enjoys camping trips on most weekends!!

In His Element by Deanna Staley
Digital Supplies: American Honey by Modern June (, Secret Garden kit (, Hoppin Froggy by Twin Mom Scraps (Scrappity Doo Dah), Software: PSE 9, Fonts: Arial.
Journaling: Our backyard is like a big garden. Earl loves it out there. He spends hours and hours cleaning, rearranging, and trimming. He loves to just sit and watch nature happen. He cultivates his bees, his flowers, and his ponds. He keeps it fresh by planning new projects every year.

Boys & Their Toys/Got Wings by Shannon Roller
Digital Supplies: Wanderlust Kit by Valerie Foster ( and Kraft paper from Holiday Party kit by Brandy Buffington (Two Peas in a Bucket), Software: Photoshop Elements 4, Fonts: Century Gothic.
Design Notes: I love doing graphic looking grid layouts. I wanted to do a play on the “Got Milk?” commercials and the letters that came with this kit were so cool to do that with.
Journaling: Bill started taking flying lessons before we met in 1984 so we have spent our entire courtship and marriage flying. We bought into an airplane partnership a few years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Northwest by air. There is nothing like seeing the Cascade volcanoes all at once or the San Juan Islands from the air. It can also take us to where we want to go a lot faster. On this day, we flew to Ellensburg to see Tom and have lunch with him. How great to be there in an hour instead of the four hours it takes to drive there.

Life Scout by Stacia Hall
Digital Supplies: Template Designer Inspiration 001 - Relax by Cilenia Curtis (Digital Designer Shop), Relax Bundle by Cilenia Curtis (Digital Designer Shop), Fleur de Lis – It’s a Guy Thing by Teresa Digi Designs (Digital Designer Shop), Boy Scout WordART No.1 by Anna Aspnes (Designer Digitals), Jacelen Deinema Watercolor Nature Camping (Scrap Girls), Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.
Design Notes: I loved all the included elements with this layered template, but some of the details weren't perfect for my layout. So, I turned it sideways, resized the photo area and duplicated the cute acrylic tiles so that it worked for me. If you find a template you love, change it up and use it again!
Journaling: Here you are headed off to yet another scout camping trip, this one to St. Augustine, your favorite camping destination EVER! The ghost walking tour was the highlight of this trip, walking through the old cemeteries looking at the headstones. At this point in scouting you are camping sometimes two or three weekends a month. It’s a really good thing that you still like to camp!

Fishing is one of those hobbies where men can accumulate all kinds of toys. You have your boat for one, now that’s a major piece of bragging rights there!! Then you have all the different types of fishing lines and reels. If you are a really lucky fisherman there are so many opportunities for photos when the big one “Doesn’t get away”. There comes another Australian saying, “If there aren’t photos, it didn’t happen!” How many times do we hear the age old line “I caught one THIS big!”
I love how Rene has told the story about a fishing trip in her layout “Fish Tremble” and the funny story that goes along with it!! Holly has shared a layout with us that would gain more bragging rights in the shed!! Go Karts!! My Men are go cart crazy. They love to race around the track at break neck speed at every opportunity! We actually did own a Go Kart at one stage in our lives, but never got the opportunity to exercise a true addition due to lack of legal race tracks.
Holly shares that her men enjoy racing at every opportunity! What a fun way to spend time together and what perfect photo material for this wonderful layout!!! Whatever it is that the men in your lives choose to spend their leisure time on, whether its adventuring, adrenaline inducing activities, or relaxing let’s try to capture it on camera and tell the story through our layouts.

Fish Tremble by Rene Tibbets
Digital Supplies: Cherry Chocolate Value Collection by Lauren Bavin, Mad Moments Alpha by Meryl Bartho, Mad Moments Arrows by Meryl Bartho (Digital Scrapbook Place), Adobe Photoshop CS4, Fonts: DSP Willjenni by Suzanne Walker (Digital Scrapbook Place).
Journaling: Before going on the cruise, Gary and I both chose port excursions that we wanted to take. Gary’s choice was a halibut fishing trip in Juneau. I wasn’t really looking forward to it. I haven’t fished since I was a kid. In Juneau we boarded a small fishing boat with 2 other couples from our cruise and 2 guides. They took us to a couple of special spots where they had success catching halibut. Halibut live on the bottom of the ocean floor, so we had to drop our lines till they hit the bottom of the ocean and then wait. Within 5 minutes of dropping my line, I caught a halibut! Everyone on the boat caught a halibut except for Gary. After awhile the guides decided it was time to take us to another spot to fish for rockfish. They too live on the ocean floor. Once again, I immediately caught a rockfish! It was so exciting! Sadly, Gary did not catch a rockfish either! At the time I felt bad that he was the only person on our excursion who did not catch a fish, especially considering that it was his choice of excursion and he was really looking forward to it. But I’ve gotten over my guilt at having caught a 16 pound halibut and a 7 pound rockfish, and now I tease Gary that I am a better fisherman than he is! At the sound of my name, fish tremble!

Kart Adventures by Holly Takastuka
Digital Supplies: Kit: What Alice Saw by ViVa Artistry at The Digichick, Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Design Notes: Because of the subject of my photos, I knew I wanted to show motion on my page. I found this template with lots of circles and thought it would be perfect.
Journaling: One of our favourite things to do together - kart racing with Daddy! When I grow up I want to race F-1.

Speed By Ulla-May Berndtsson
Digital Supplies: Outside Collection by Erica Zwart at MScraps, Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4.
Design Notes: I used blending mode to merge the photo and paper together. I also worked a lot with highlights and shadows to get the feeling of HDR on the photo. I changed the angle of the page to get a feeling of movement. A lot of the elements are blended into the page and just a few have shadows.

Monster Jam By Angela Evans
Digital Supplies: Urban Off Road by Nicole Perry, A Nature's Walk by Mandy Mystique's, Berry Pickin by A+ Designs, Granny's Farm by Charlie's Digi Scraps, Fort Wilderness by Misty O'Brien, Software: PS7.
Journaling: This layout was done to remember the great time that we had watching the Monster Trucks at our local Arena with our son.

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