Thursday, December 1, 2011

November Gingerscrapstreet Article - Its Not Easy Being Green

This is my final article for Gingerscrapstreet Magazine...
I was due to write an article for December, but due to a breakdown in communication, it didn't happen.
It was fun on this team, I enjoyed exercising the creative thinking part of my brain and putting my personality on paper.
Thank you to Dora and the crew at Gingerscrapstreet for having me on the team for the last 12 months! Was totally fun!

It’s Not Easy Being Green
Jodi Dolbel
“It’s not easy being Green; having to spend each day the colour of the leaves. When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold or something much more colourful like that. It's not easy being green; it seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things, and people tend to pass you over 'cause you're not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water or stars in the sky. But green's the colour of Spring, and green can be cool and friendly-like and green can be big like an ocean, or important like a mountain, or tall like a tree. When green is all there is to be it could make you wonder why, but why wonder why wonder, I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful and I think it's what I want to be.”
If you grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, you would recall this song from “The Muppets” by Kermit the Frog.

Okke by Nanette van der Veen
Digital Supplies: Element: With a Russian-Dutch Heart, A splash in the Pond, (, Software: Photoshop Elements 6, Fonts: Stacey’s Scraps, A little Fruity, Font: lucida handwriting.
Journaling: My son Okke, welcome to the world, August 1, 2011.

Discover Nature by Heather Hines
Digital Supplies: Kit: In My Backyard Value Collection by Elizabeth Weaver (digitalscrapbookplace), Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Fonts: Rat Infested Mailbox.
Design Notes: The photo matched the products so well that all I had to do is add the elements directly to the photo to create this fantasy scene.
Journaling: Connor August 2001  

Elina By Ulla-May Berndtsson
Digital Supplies: Kit: In Your Face Collection by Dawn Inskip (Scrapbookgraphics), Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4, Fonts: Typewriter- Font Royal (200).
Journaling: Lilleby July 10th, 2006.

I can still see Kermit sitting in his pond on his lily pad singing this song. It describes Green perfectly. I sometimes wonder if it’s because of Kermit’s song, that green is my all time favourite colour. I wonder if in my child’s mind I thought “I will love Green too Kermit, so you’re not alone”.
How can one not love Green though? When I think of Green, I think of spring and all the new fresh green sprouts shooting through, I think of lovely fresh Granny Smith Apples or a beautiful big green lawn where it just invites you to relax and unwind with drinks and canapés . Green smells fresh; the smell of freshly cut lawn to me is Green and reminds me of summer days spent cooling down under the sprinkler.

Flower Girl by Heather Prins
Digital Supplies: Element: Renewed Spirit - Agnes Biro/Yellow Butterfly Collab, Software: CS5, Fonts: Handwriting Dakota, Halo Handletter.
Design Notes: I loved layering all the different stamps (I used 4)! The lace was a perfect compliment to the kit and having it just peek out from under my photos made me smile. I recoloured the butterfly to better suit my photos and the glittered hearts finished the whole look off.
Journaling: Chloe in her element- a field full of flowers! She loves to collect flowers in the lot across the street.

Mallory & Reagan by Jill Dinkel
Digital Supplies: Element: Boho Chic by Kristin Cronin-Barrow (Sweet Shoppe Designs)’ Go Large template by Misty Cato (Sweet Shoppe Designs), Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Fonts: AdineKirnberg-Script.
Journaling: Mallory & Reagan June 2011.

Summer in Branson by Susan Thormahlen
Digital Supplies: Kit: HunnyBee Designs Watermelon Papers, Elements by Scrapbookgraphics, Creative Memories and HunnyBee Designs, Software: Storybook Creator 3.0 by Creative Memories.
Design Notes: When creating this page I was designing a layout for a How Much is too Much challenge being hosted by Two Peas in a Bucket. I am fairly new to digital scrapbooking and only started doing digital since January. I do go online and check out other layouts for inspiration. I also have found that you can pretty much do the same layouts whether they are paper (traditional) or digital. It seems to take me about the same amount of time because I'm very picky about how everything looks.
Journaling: When I took this picture while in Branson on vacation I didn't realize that a butterfly the same color as the flower was in the centre.

Green is also a great colour for scrapping. I know when I was searching for layouts, more than any other colour, it was Green that jumped out off the page at me. Maybe it was just because it is my favourite colour? But when perusing layouts in the galleries I felt refreshed and content looking at Green. How can a colour trigger those kinds of emotions just by looking at it? With that thought it mind, I went in search for the “meaning of Green” and this is what I found.
“Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money. Green has great healing power. It is the most restful color for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance. Sometimes green denotes lack of experience; for example, a 'greenhorn' is a novice. In heraldry, green indicates growth and hope. Green, as opposed to red, means safety; it is the color of free passage in road traffic.” (
Isn’t that interesting? That explains it then. I think we should all look at Green everyday and we will feel better for the exercise!

4th Grade Picnic by Jennifer Schmitt
Digital Supplies: Kit: Playful by Jennifer Schmitt (Sunshine Studio Scraps) and East Meets West Templates by Chrissy W. (Two Peas In A Bucket), Software: Photoshop 7, Fonts: Pea Katie.
Journaling: Kyle and Mr. King at the 4th grade class picnic. Enjoying the last few days of school.

Love Music by Keela
Digital Supplies: Kit: Rainbow Joy Papers & Elements, Headphones and Musical Notes: iRock, Frame: Curled Frames by Miss Mint (Peppermint Creative), Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Fonts: A Truer Blue (kevinandamanda)
Design Notes: This layout was created for a font challenge (using the A Truer Blue). I used the elements from Miss Mint's kit to help form the 'saying'. As for the font, I typed out the words and then changed it to "overlay" on the Layers Palette.
Journaling: love music play it always sing loudly always be you.

Up, Up and Away by Melissa Cahill
Digital Supplies: Kit: License to Drive by Mandymade, Software: PSE 9.0.
Design Notes: Overlapping actions photos is a great way to create movement in your layout.

1 comment:

lindy said...

All the pages look great Jodes...the shop looks awesome love to come down one day
lindy xo


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