Thursday, November 3, 2011

Silly Siblings

Journalling reads:

I wish I could remember what set Heidi and Stefan off into fits of laughter and such silliness.

Regardless of what sparked their craziness, I'm so glad that I had the camera on hand to capture the moment.

It typifies the wonderful relationship that these two share. They are there for each other, not only for fun and crazy times, but are constantly amazing us, their teachers and our friends with their closeness, often demonstrating how supportive and
caring they are towards each other.

During the years that have passed since this day there have been countless similar moments of togetherness.

I wish you countless more!

(November 2011)

Here's a link to the template I created for this layout
that was inspired by a layout (and freebie) from Cathy Zeilske:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pumpkin Carving Retrospective

Thanks to a scrapbooking blog,, I had some great inspiration for a Halloween layout. It was so fun going back to gather 10, yes TEN, years of digital Halloween images to include.

Saturday, October 15, 2011


I created this for a Library of Memories challenge: create a layout with summer 2011 photos. Travel seemed to be a good word for Summer 2011. So many of my favourite memories involve travel; and my most favourite travel memories of all are of camping with Roland, Heidi and Stefan. I have included a link to download the Photoshop paper and templates that I created for this layout here

Friday, October 14, 2011


I created this layout as part of a Library of Memories challenge - to create a scrapbook page using photos from October 2010. The Library of Memories class is offered only once a year at here at Big Picture Classes and is taught by Stacy Julian and the page layout idea was inspired by a fun, free, Big Idea Festival 10-day series of Words to Live By. I am trying to complete my 10 pages from that festival, plus add a new word layout each week.

I'm sharing my Photoshop templates for my layout here

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fall Photographs 001-017

I've started (and hope to continue) taking a series of orangish/fall-themed photos this October. I had an "I Love ..." series back in February and a 'Glimpse of Green' series in March. My planned 'Sign of Spring' series for May didn't actually materialize. Here's the first batch of my 'Fall Photographs'.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Tuesday, August 30, 2011


As a special bonus for this first week of my 'Word of the Week Wednesday' sharing, I've created a set of Learn templates and have posted links to those files along with this image of my finished pages. Feel free to download file(s) and to share your page(s) using the Linky tool below.

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I wanted to continue my Words to Live By digital album (at a weekly rather than daily pace). You're welcome to join me by downloading template(s) below and linking in your post/photo/image of your 'paper' or digital "continue" pages.

To download one or more of the files click the links below. Please bear with my learning on sharing such files through my blog using internet file sharing program.


I participated in Big Picture Classes online free Big Idea Festival 15-26 August. A different instructor shared their 'word' along with some of their ideas about what the word means to them as well as their sample scrapbook page(s) for inspiration. I'm partially through creating my scrapbook pages using the words.
Give was the Day 4 word on Thursday 18 August.
I hope to continue this idea by introducing a 'Word of the Week Wednesday' challenge here on my blog, where I will share a Photoshop .psd file with a new word each week (on Wednesday) which will include a linky tool for others to share their creations.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Upcoming Week in the Life Project

This is my idea for the photobook that I'm planning to create following along with Ali Edwards 'Week in the Life' project. here

I have built these pages using a template here from Cathy Zielske
that I found out about from her recent blog post here

this would be my opening page

this would be the opening set of pages for each day, likely followed by one or more extras pages for that particular day

This would be an extras page(s) for a particular day.

this would be my closing page

Friday, May 27, 2011

Recipe - Blueberry Muffins

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 egg

1 cup frozen blueberries

Stir together dry ingredients.
Add frozen blueberries.
Combine egg, milk and butter together then stir gently into flour-blueberry mixture to just moisten. Do not beat.
Bake 375' for 20 minutes.

For a nice flavour, add the graded rind of one orange or lemon and while hot, dip in melted butter and sugar.

Recipe - Whole Wheat Banana-Oatmeal Muffins

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup milk

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
5 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
chocolate chips (optional)

1/2 cup margarine, melted and cooled
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups mashed bananas (4-5 medium)

Preheat oven to 375'.
Combine oats and milk. Set aside to soak.
Mix dry ingredients (flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt) together in a bowl.
To soaked mixture, add remaining ingredients and stir together
Add mixed wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring gently only until the flour is moistened.
Fill greased or muffin-cup lined tins.
Bake 20 minutes.
Makes 2 dozen medium muffins.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Shadow Shot #6 - 2011-05-06

I loved how my butterflies' shadows were dancing on the kitchen table this morning. I wish I'd had more time to play with these shadows and reflections. After uploading photo I noticed the extra butterfly reflections on patio door and the bag shadows on the kitchen floor.

Right Now #2 - 2010 05 06 - 11:07 p.m.

Heidi's ready to turn her lights out and have a quick cuddle with me. I've been reading other people's blog entries instead of writing my own. Roland and Stef are up at the cottage.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Shadow Shot #4 - 2011-04-06

When photographing Stefan playing basketball on the driveway next door, I noticed my shadow against our garage door.

Shadow Shot #3 - 2011-04-03

When taking a photo of the trophy Stefan won last night when his team won the playoffs, I noticed what a great shadow it was casting.

Shadow Shot #2 - 2011-04-02

The sun wasn't in the right place for the shadow of our chair, but I still thought it was pretty neat to see our skis and poles framing the shadow below.

Shadow Shot #1 - 2011-03-30

Just a few days after discovering Shadow Shot Sunday I was brushing my teeth in the bathroom and noticed my shadow on the wall, and the reflection of that shadow in the mirror. I wish I'd had more time to experiment with creative photos of these shadows.

Right Now #1 - 2010 04 21 - 9:20 p.m.

Right now: We're all busy using technology in different ways.

Right now: I'm updating my blogs in the basement office/spare room.

Right now: Heidi and Oma are watching an old Glee episode on her laptop in Roland's old bedroom.

Right now: Stefan is practicing yo-yo tricks in the kitchen - the how-to video playing on his laptop.

Right now: Roland's watching Montreal in the playoffs with his dad in the basement.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Welcome to Brenda's Bits and Bytes

I'm creating a blog to post photos, recipes and craft ideas. Here's my interpretation of a cute craft idea from Rebecca Cooper. Friday Craft Day