Friday, March 07, 2008

Of Music and Children

Of Music and children
Dh and I just just had our date night, and we went to watch the movie, August Rush. What a delightful movie! The soundtrack was unusual and awesome, and the sweet movie really tugged at our hearts. Long ago when I watch movies like this I'd think how wonderful if I had music genius like that, nowadays I think how wonderful if my sons had music genius like that! From the couple of years they have spent having piano lessons I know they are far from that (!) but we let them carry on, (no music exams please though) since they have never requested to stop lessons, and keep on punching those keys. It is good enough for me and dh as long as they are able to enjoy making some music when they want to, that they can appreciate and be blessed by the great genre of music that God has blessed humankind with. As the children grow, I keep trying to watch for something they totally standout in, like sports or music, for a glimpse at what they might lean towards, pursue, become great in. At this point it is not clear yet, though we can tell that Ryan is academically inclined and Jared is creatively inclined. We can't rush children nor second guess God, can we? I just now thought and feel thankful for my boys, the wonder of watching them unfold, the knowledge that God has them in His hands and the blessing of being their mom. Well! That was a lot of rambling, but I'm glad I captured some of that!


I have finally completed my next layout, it was tough! because it had all planes in our photos from the National Air and Space museum at Dulles Airport.
The journaling goes: The boys, especially daddy, was totally floored by the planes and space shuttle we came face to face with at the Udvar-Hazy Centre of the National Air & Space Museumat Dulles Airport. Daddy must have taken 20 photos of the Blackbird alone! He told the rest of us many stories, and it was totally awesome to see the Enola Gay and know it dropped that A bomb in Hiroshima that saved our families from the WWII. WoW


Credits: twine by Natalie Bird, Background Paper by April Staker, crumpled brown paper by Krizomel, stars by Sausan designs, tags and alpha by Miss Mint, compass by Island Girl.







And here's the template, hope it works for you! Thank you so much for your great feedback and especially links to your lovely layouts! Jackie had feedback asking me to collapse the layers for each photo, I've done that for the white frame layer and its shadow, and linked that and the photo layer, hope that helps! Also, Jackie, in photoshop you can still move the the photos that hang over the page into the page for your smaller 8x11 pages. Just use your move tool. I just have this thing about photos going over, haha, it kind of makes the scrap page look like it is a photo of a physical scrap page! Do feel free to move them around to suit your page. This is now available as a set in the store here

42 comments:

  1. Thank you for the wonderful template. I love your two pagers. You have inspired me to do a similar layout with pics of the Blue Angels air show that we went to back in the fall.

    Thanks again!

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  2. Love the templates, especially 2 pagers. These days I prefer to include as many photos as possible, and a 2 page layout helps relieve the overcrowding. The simplicity of your templates is just great. Thanks again.

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  3. Thank you so much for the template! I love it. I love doing 2 pagers but sometimes I lack inspiration. I do exactly what you suggested with my 2 pagers - I resize the canvas to 12x12 for the left page and save as a .jpg and then undo and do the same thing for the right side. It works perfectly in the Shutterfly book!

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  4. Once again an awesome template. Thank you.

    It's always fun to watch what kids start to excel in as they grow. The Princess has always been fasinated with oceanography and still seems to be so maybe that is the direction she will go. Though if you ask her she wants to be a restaurant manager like her mom or a salesperson like her dad. Her other grandparents are pushing her in ballet, but I think I'll just wait and watch.

    Love how your layout turned out. I have a gazillion pictures from the Naval museum we went to some months ago and will have to try something similar with them.

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  5. Another delightful template - thank you so much. I love your layouts and family stories!

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  6. ChrisA (Chreamps at DST)March 07, 2008

    Thank you for this great template! Love the large/long photo areas!

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  7. Dh and I loved the movie August Rush, too. It was a great perspective of being an orphan too.

    Thanks so much for the 2 pager again!!! These are absolutely double AWESOME. :-)

    Blessings!
    Shawna

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  8. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today.

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  9. Great job. I love your layout. It looks like you had a really great time.

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  10. Your LO is awesome! And thank you for the beautiful template:)

    MiKiko.

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  11. Thank you -- LOVE the two pagers especially. Can't wait to try this one out! :) T

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  12. Thank you - your templates are my favorite!

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  13. Thank you so much Yin! What a fantastic template & I really like the LO you did with it : )

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  14. teddyprayerMarch 08, 2008

    I love multiphoto templates. Thanks!

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  15. Thanks for the wonderful templates. I just found your blog through Shari Barnes blog. I downloaded the templates. I'll send you a link to some pages when I get some scrapping done. THANKS!!

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  16. I LOVE your 2-page templates! question though, how do you print them in two pages? HELP!

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  17. Wow, what a stunning layout. Thank you for the template.

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  18. Tammy DunlapMarch 09, 2008

    Wonderful page and thanks for the great template!

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  19. I just love your work! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Natalie from Utah

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  20. This is wonderful. I love the double templates. Thanks so much.
    mmikes

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  21. Thank you. I love all your templates.

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  22. Thank you for another wonderful tempalte.

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  23. Hi, I wanted to say thank you for the 2 page template....and I wanted to show you what I did with it....
    http://robinsdigitalscrapbooking.blogspot.com/
    Robin

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  24. I live about 20 minutes away from the Udvar-Hazy Center :) I love the page you did showing all of the planes - thanks so much for sharing the template!!

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  25. Thank you so much! This is wonderful.

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  26. Thanks for the 2-pager. I love your LO. The Blue Angels are here this week...can't wait to see them!

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  27. Thank you very much for the wonderful template.

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  28. this is wonderful! thank u very much!

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  29. what a great two page template. thanks.

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  30. oh boy oh boy..another 2 page LO template ;).

    Love the LO..simply great. btw, the word amazing, what font is that?

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  31. Hi Yin. Thank your very much for your comment about my LO with your template.
    I put another one today, I love your templates, they are perfect, with a lot or less pictures, all are wonderful.
    Thanks a lot for share your jobs and talent with us.
    I hope you like of this new LO.
    Regards

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  32. Excellent 2 page template! Thanks so much!

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  33. Love the template. Here's how I print the doubles on a HP 8750 (prints on 13x19 paper but I trim it to 12x12 and select 'borderless'.) I do the layout (PSP), go to print layout and set it up for 12x12. PSP asks if I want to scale it. I say "no" and it lays the left 12 inches of the picture down on the layout. I hit print. Then, while still in print layout, I move the picture to the left until the right side fills the print template. I print that side. In a 12x12 scrapbook, there's the gutter in the center but it still looks great. I love my HP8750 and using the photographic inks and HP's photo plus papers, they look as good as the professional ones I've had done.
    Jan

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  34. I just have to say how much I LOVE LOVE your templates!! They are really WONDERFUL. You can see where I used a couple here:

    http://sharibarnes.typepad.com/sharianderic/WindowsLiveWriter/stlouis_museum_sm.jpg

    http://sharibarnes.typepad.com/sharianderic/WindowsLiveWriter/seaworld07_sm.jpg

    THANKS AGAIN for sharing!!!

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  35. Hi - just a quick note to say a huge thank you for your wonderful templates. I used one of them on a layout I did last night and have posted it on my blog if you get the chance to check it out.
    Many thanks
    Michele

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  36. Love your templates. About the 2-page layouts, if you print out at home simply use the printdialog.

    Here is how to:
    1. Complete your 2-pagers (as one document)

    2. Choose print
    (I use Photoshop CS3)

    3. For the leftside page don´t resize, just choose "Position", undo "center" and put "0" in "left" and "top"....

    4. For the rightside page, choose "Position", undo "center" and put "0" in "top" and "-8 inch" in "left" (if you use lettersize paper)

    *I personally use A4-sized paper (it what we use in Sweden)so I indent "-21 cm" and it works perfectly for me (of course i resize the template to 2*A4 before filling it with photos)!!!

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  37. I'm lovin your 2-pager templates. One never can get enough of them. Thanks so much for sharing. cathy

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  38. Thanks so much for the wonderful template. I have made one LO with this template and here's the link u can check it out here. Once again, thanks alot :D

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  39. Thanks for dropping by my site to have a look. I am more than welcome if you want to show my LO. Thanks so much for sharing all ur template ;)

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  40. Thank you! I love your 2 pagers!!!

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  41. I just want to say... I just spent waaay too much time on your amazing blog... you must have the most incredible blog out there... love it!

    -- dalis

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