photography and digital scrapbooking


The Versatile Blogger Award

The new year is less than a month away and it feels like the right time to tie up some loose ends. It has been a difficult year. One unwelcome event in particular will always define this year for me. I plan to share this information with you, but that can wait for another time. Positive events took place this year as well, one being the Versatile Blogger award which I received in September. At the time, I was only following a few blogs, so my ability to pass on the award was limited. I now follow several bloggers, including some who have received the Versatile Blogger award once or twice. For this post, I decided to single out those who will be first time recipients.

The rules for recipients are simple. First, they are asked to thank the blogger who awarded the honor. I am happy to say, “Thank you, Tricia Booker“. I am truly honored that you passed the award to me. I love your photos and your writing style. I see your work as beyond professional, incorporating a down-to-earth warmth that always touches my heart or makes me laugh.

Second, the recipients are asked to share seven details that are not readily known about him or herself. Third, the recipients pass the award to 15 other bloggers. The point is for recipients to champion blogs they enjoy on a regular basis, even if the total is less than 15. The fourth step is to notify the bloggers who are receiving the award.

Now, for the seven details about myself:

1. I am Mom to a son and daughter, both adults with careers they love. Nathan is an environmental attorney in Portland, Oregon and Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Raleigh, North Carolina. Larry has been my husband for 24 years. He shares my love of nature and animals and always agrees to carry extra lenses or my tripod on photo shoots!

2. I grew up in Northern Ohio. We lived on a large Brown Swiss dairy farm operated by my father and grandparents. I did not have regular chores like most farm kids. Instead, I was expected to learn household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and sewing. I often cooked for the family and occasionally made clothing for myself. I am glad to have learned those skills at an early age and still enjoy cooking.

3. I love dogs for the way they make human lives happier and healthier just by being companions. I love other animals as well and often think about emotions and intelligence I have observed in domestic and wild animals.

4. As a natural extension of #3, I only enjoy vegetarian and occasional fish meals. This has been my preference for about three decades.

5. The most influential person in my life was my paternal grandmother. I have many happy memories of her kindness and unconditional love. She was always delighted to see her three grandchildren. Fortunately, we lived within walking distance to her house and I was able to learn many things from her example. My grandfather was a kind, hard-working man with a great sense of humor. I am so lucky to have known my grandparents.

6. I was a majorette in high school. The marching band, football games, and a fun group of fellow majorettes were the basis for many fond memories and lasting friendships. To this day, I have never had so much fun!

7. I am a serious homebody. My love of photography has inspired me to go out and about more often these days, but basically I only like adventure in small doses!

The recipients of The Versatile Blogger award:

I hope you will click on each recipient’s link and spend some time enjoying posts by these talented bloggers.

Tita Bud’s Blog Tita Buds focuses on life, leisure, travel, food, and fun. I greatly admire her writing ability and lovely photos. Her sense of humor and creative writing make her blog absolutely delightful! (pronounce “buds” like “goods”)

Channeling Contessa Clara is an exceptional young food blogger. Her recipes and beautiful photos always interest me and her enthusiasm for cooking is inspirational. You will find a lot to love about her friendly, easy-going style.

WhatiPic David’s photography caught my eye several months ago. I enjoy his compositions and his image processing is always beautiful. In addition, his writing style is natural and sometimes a bit self-deprecating. I can often relate to his thoughts and dilemmas!

Tripsfor2 Hadi Dadashian and Kathleen Kenna offer a wonderful escape into the world of travel. Their beautiful photos and details about destinations are entertaining and informative. If you are looking for romantic travel destinations, this blog has it all. For me it is just about the dream of someday seeing the most beautiful places in the world. Dreaming is fun too!

Avian 101 H.J. is an avid photographer and bird watcher. He often posts interesting essays on common and exotic birds accompanied by his colorful photos from all over the world. H.J.’s blog and website has valuable information if you need details to help identify birds or simply want to learn more about the habits of birds.

Artful Explorations in Nature Tara has created a thought-provoking blog. Her eclectic posts and photos often explore ideas for incorporating nature in education. In Tara’s words, “A collage of ideas, tips, and conversations to inspire artistic explorations in the natural environment.”

Outdoor Guy Photography I discovered Dan’s blog recently and enjoy it immensely. His photos of midwestern landscapes and vintage buildings (and more) are beautifully composed and processed. I love these subjects and the midwestern locations appeal to me.

Murphy’s Test Kitchen Sarah is a busy young wife and science teacher. She posts delicious recipes for all types of foods including detailed instructions and photos. There is something for everyone!


Doing What I Love

It all started with a magazine. I had recently discovered scrapbooking and adored creating layouts of all types with paper and adhesive. I was eagerly reading everything I could find on the subject and happened to spot information about digital scrapbooking. The layouts amazed me. The embellishments looked dimensional and I saw photo techniques I never imagined. I barely knew how to use my old computer, but wanted to do what was necessary to take my creativity in this direction. Working in Photoshop, I taught myself the skills I needed. Almost six years later, I am still learning new techniques and have upgraded my computer, camera, and Photoshop. Over the years, I created hundreds of layouts and have been fortunate to have some accepted for print and online publication.

Recently my life has happily changed due to a new venture in digital scrapbook product design. I have been warmly welcomed as part of the talented design team at Happy to Create. Working intently over the past six weeks, I now have five new products offered in the Happy To Create store.

My blog, Visioning, will be as important to me as ever. My work is essentially about photos, so I will continue my photo shoots and post here, as always. Blogging has allowed me to become online friends with many kind, talented people. I greatly appreciate those of you who view my photos and comment. And I love reading your stories and seeing your wonderful photos.

On this Thanksgiving weekend, I’m feeling thankful for friends near and far and for my new opportunity to do what I love! I hope you are also doing what you love and will share some of the ways you have found happiness through work and hobbies.

My new layouts and products shown below. Happy To Create products used for my layouts listed under the gallery.

“Delicious Autumn” digital scrapbooking layout uses: Eclectic Autumn Maxi Kit; Chalk Talk Font

“Autumn Exercise” digital scrapbooking layout uses: Eclectic Autumn Maxi Kit; ScrapHappy Brushes Maxi: Paint Mess

“Young Visitor” digital scrapbooking layout uses: ScrapHappy Paper Templates: Grunge Patterns; Eclectic Autumn Maxi Kit; ScrapHappy Shapes: Centers MA01; ScrapHappy Shapes: Flowers MA02; SH_Shapes: Flowers MA03

“Meeting Mallory” digital scrapbooking layout uses: Maxi Embellishments Botanicals Autumn1; Maxi Embellishments Botanicals Autumn3; Maxi Embellishments: BotanicalsAutumn2; American Quilt Maxi Kit; Eclectic Autumn Maxi Kit; ScrapHappy Paper Templates: Woven Textures; Font Quirky

“Colorful Autumn” digital scrapbooking layout uses: Maxi Embellishments: Botanicals Autumn 2; Eclectic Autumn Maxi Kit;  Maxi Embellishments: BotanicalsAutumn1; Maxi Embellishments: Botanicals Autumn 3; ScrapHappy Dynamic Brushes Midi: Leaves VR01; ScrapHappy Brushes Mini: Bees; ScrapHappy Brushes Maxi: Colors Of Fall 2; Font Friendly

“Mr & Mrs” digital scrapbooking layout uses: Maxi Embellishments: Botanicals Autumn 3; Maxi Embellishments: Botanicals Autumn1; Maxi Embellishments: Botanicals Autumn 2; ScrapHappy Paper Templates: Grunge Patterns; EclecticAutumn Maxi Kit; Midi Embellishments: Just Frames