This Winkler Scraps

An ordinary gal scrapping ordinary pages about an extraordinary God

Alphabet Zoo May 12, 2012

Filed under: CT Shout Outs,Family,Judah,Life in Nigeria,Mommy Made This — Christie @ 11:07 pm

Mommy Made This has a new kit out, Alphabet Zoo.  The colors are so much fun!  The kit is great for zoo pics, school pics and works for boy or girl pictures and has lots of elements.  Check it out!

Cute, right?? 🙂

In honor of Grandpa and Grandma “Plane” coming to visit us next week (Yay!), here’s a page I made with the kit of The Great Lizard Hunt of 2010.  😉

Grandpa and Judah lizard hunting

Great elements and papers in the kit!  Here’s another brighter page.

The kit and cardstocks (and there are a LOT of papers in the cardstock pack!) are on sale at Stuff to Scrap and Scraps-n-Pieces through May 17, so you still have a couple more days to grab it at a reduced cost!

 

Christmas Layouts December 7, 2010

Filed under: CT Shout Outs,Family,Judah — Christie @ 2:39 am

I’ve been catching up on layouts of Christmases past….

This is from Christmas last year.

Kit used is Jingle Jangle by Jensen Motley Crew Designs.

I used Jensen Motley Crew Designs’ kit Jingle Jangle, which is part of Stuff to Scrap’s Build a Kit (which basically means you can get several different mini kits and they’ll all coordinate with each other).  I really like the colors in this kit, and the papers are quite cute!  🙂

Jingle Jangle

And the year before….

Judah's first Christmas Eve and Christmas, using Miss Kim Designs Bring Your Cheer and her template pack, My Styles

Another fun kit from Miss Kim Designs:

Bring Your Cheer

And some snow pictures.  🙂

Using Frosty the Snowman by Nibbles Skribbles

Okay, why did I think I had gotten a lot more pages done than that?!  Apparently I’m not as accomplished as I thought I was!

 

Practically Journal-less (With an Invite to Journal!) October 28, 2010

Filed under: Family,Judah,Nibbles Skribbles — Christie @ 7:46 am

Just for Cynthia, some pages with hardly any journaling.  😉 

Kit: Year to Shine, Summertime Designs

And some wedding ones:

Template: Scrapping with Liz

One of my favorites. I did this for a Speed Scrap and didn't think I'd like it because I rarely like to use one photo -- feels a little like a waste of space to me -- but once I finished it, I found that I rather like it. Kit is Year to Shine, Summertime Designs.

My most recent wedding page - which roughly translates into "only other one." Yes, that's right -- my wedding album has THREE pages in it. Kit is Mr. and Mrs. by Nibbles Skribbles.

The kit I used for the last page is Mr. and Mrs. by Nibbles Skribbles —

Mr. and Mrs. wedding kit. I like the simple designs in this one. I think too many wedding kits are overdone, no offense, and this kit allows you to highlight the pictures and story.

The other cool thing about this kit is that she actually designed some other wedding kits in different colors, so it’s pretty easy to find one to fit your wedding colors — Mr. and Mrs. in the Spring, for example.  Clever, huh?  🙂   

So anyway — these are a few of the (very few) pages I have that don’t have much journaling.  I rarely do not journal, though — I think it has to be a pretty good picture that can stand on its own, or maybe one in a series (like the wedding ones).  But why do I journal so much, anyway?  Here are a couple reasons:

  1. I’m an English major.  There’s no escaping it.  😉
  2. I’m a storyteller.  No escaping that, either.
  3. …But actually, I believe everyone has a story to tell, and if you don’t tell it, who will!?  Sure, it may seem like a boring story at first glance, but it’s YOURS. 
  4. I don’t trust myself to remember the details of yesterday, much less those that happened years ago.  Writing them down helps me remember, and often I can look back at those details and smile or laugh, or, in some cases, cry.
  5. How often have I looked at pictures of my ancestors or loved ones and wanted to know more — more about them, more about the story behind the photo?  Journaling helps.  Often I look at pages in galleries, and I wonder what else is going on in that picture — what are the details?  How were they feeling?  Sure, a name and a date gives some details, but it doesn’t give the STORY.  (Although, incidentally, don’t forget to include names and dates!  Though it’s obvious to me now that, well, of course that’s Judah in the picture, what about 10 years from now?  Will I remember that?  My friend’s mom didn’t label many pictures — probably figuring it was obvious which baby was which — and years down the road, they’re not sure whose baby pictures are whose anymore.

So those are some reasons I think journaling is Kind of a Big Deal.  A couple people have commented on all the journaling I do — some negative, some positive, some just wondering — so I’m thinking of doing some journaling tips and challenges.  Wanna play?  🙂  If I could lure you in with prizes, I would, but I got nothin’.  But hey, you’re all about intrinsic motivation anyway, right?!

…But for now — journal.  Just try it.  Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, etc. — just get your story out!  Because if you don’t, who will!?

 

Bath time! October 18, 2010

Filed under: Judah,Nibbles Skribbles — Christie @ 8:22 pm

I have been looking for a cool bath kit since my hard drive crashed and I lost the one I had, and I FINALLY found it in this great collab between Nibbles Skribbles and Flower Scraps called Bubble Bath Buddies.  Oh my goodness – I love it… the cool papers, the fun elements (and you probably can tell by some of my layouts that I tend to be rather frugal with the elements, preferring papers and journaling.  With this kit, though, I went element happy!).  There’s even a great add-on to the kit with this ultra cool bubbles alpha.  Chris actually looked up while I was working on a page using this kit and said, “Ooh, those papers are really cool.”  The papers in the add-on kit look so “real” it seriously seems like you could reach out and touch them and feel the texture.  I am totally digging this kit. 

Sometimes I just open the preview and stare at it.

...And the cool add-on

You can get the kit and add-on at ScrapAble or Digital Scrapbooking Studio.  (Links are for the main kit.  Just do a search for the add-on.)

...And here's a page I made with the kit.

I used a template by Charm City Scraps for this as part of a template challenge at Stuff to Scrap.  If you haven’t checked out any of the challenges at STS, you totally should go here and see what it’s all about.  You can even earn points for doing the challenges that can be used to get kits from their store.  I really enjoy the challenges — it helps me scrap pages more quickly than I would have otherwise, and it gets me to try new skills and styles outside my comfort zone.  Highly recommend jumping on board.  (By the way, Mom, I tried to make the page bigger for you, and it actually worked — but a little TOO well!  It made it gigantic, so if you just click on the image, it should bring up a bigger picture of it.) 

In other news, I was really excited and flattered to learn that the layout I did with Nibbles Skribbles’ fun From Apple to Zebra kit, B is for Book, was chosen as layout of the day at ScrapAble!  Did I mention that I was pretty excited?!   🙂

 

“B” is for Book (and “S” is for Sale!) October 15, 2010

Filed under: Judah,Nibbles Skribbles — Christie @ 7:55 pm

I got the chance to play with this really fun — and huge!!! — kit from Nibbles Skribbles called From Apple to Zebra.  (By the way, you should totally go check out her blog, as she has a fun freebie to go with this kit today!)  I’m digging the bright colors and the fun ABC elements (especially the flair buttons). 

Here’s a page that I made with the kit.

I'm rather digging this page, too.... 🙂

…And here’s the kit.  If you head over to Digital Scrapbooking Studio, this kit is being featured as the deal of the day, so you can get it for only $1.40 (Alas, it’s just until Saturday, though.).  There are also some really cool add-ons for the kit, like solid papers (bright and fun), alphabet paper pack (like the B background paper I used on my page), different A-Z elements and printables (My fave is the flashcards.  What fun!  I’m thinking of reducing the size to 4×6 so I can print them at Walgreens or any ol’ photo lab.  How fun would those be to work on the alphabet with Judah!?).

The kit

...And the whole sha-bang!

The little flair buttons. Just because I think they're cute.

I think these are rather cute, too.

In addition to being able to get the basic kit on sale, you can also get a 20% discount on any of the other stuff in the collection. Use code NS_AtoZ when you checkout.

I’m thinking of making an ABC book for Judah.  We’ll see if my thoughts are followed by actions, but for now I’m just content to sit and gaze at the cute little ABC elements in this kit.  😉

 

A Letter to Judah October 10, 2010

Filed under: Judah,Nibbles Skribbles,Uncategorized — Christie @ 5:21 pm

I am constantly amazed by how fast Judah is growing and learning – and by how fast the time flies. 

It's going too fast....

I made this page using Picking Perfect Pumpkins kit by Nibbles Skribbles, a lovely fall kit.  I really like the bright colors – and I was able to use it, despite the fact that neither Florida nor Nigeria is exactly the Autumn Capital of the World.  😉  I don’t say this often, but I rather like how this page turned out.  I love to be able to record not just photographic memories with scrapbooking but to be able to write things that I know I will all too soon forget — like Judah tugging my hand and pulling me into another room to so proudly show me his dinosaur window display.  (I think he might have a future in window decorating.  😉  )

Here’s a look at the full kit in all its autumn glory.

Picking Perfect Pumpkins

There's even an add-on with it....

Not to mention some cardstock. I really like the bright colors and the "texture."

I think my next page with this kit will be a Thanksgiving-y one.  We have THAT in Florida, anyway.   🙂