Pam, Jennifer & the Girls


Pam is married to my brother Dave.  She is from Granity City, IL.  The Dawdy's were our neighbors at our cabin on the Illinois River in Nutwood, IL.  We have some great memories of our time spent on Pecan Grove.  The flood of '93 wiped out all of those cabins when the levy broke. 


Jennifer is Dave & Pam's oldest daughter who lives in Witchita, Kansas.  I sure wish she lived closer so that we could see her more. 


My great-neice Abi is Jennifer's oldest daughter.  She gets prettier everytime I see her.  The photo used in this layout was taken at her 11th birthday party.  The icing on the cake is the infamous Aunt Polly's icing that is loved by all of our family.


Dani is also my great-neice and Jennifer's youngest daughter.  Based on what I heard coming out of the bathroom this week, I believe she will be an opera singer.  She is a hoot!

Posted on : Jul 06 2010
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Carolyn & Jessica


This is my sister-in-law Carolyn Graves. She was hand-picked by me. That is, I introduced her to my brother Bill, during our senior year in high school. She has been around the world with him during his career as an Air Force chaplain. They now reside in Red Bud, IL where Bill is the pastor of the United Church of Christ. 

Carolyn is also teaches the violin.  Her violin students perform at many functions including playing the National Anthem at a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game annually.

Bill & Caroyn have two (now adult) children, Jessica and Joel.  Jessica lives in DuPage Conty, Illinois and Joel is a Marine captain stationed in San Diego.


My niece Jessica lives with her 3 dogs and several cats.  As told in her journaling, she is a vet. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a master’s degree in parasitological and a DVM.  I am so proud of her. 

I just love the Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie color combination and it works beautifully with this pattern. Those embossed butterflies are just too cute. 

Posted on : Jun 13 2010
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Welcome to the Family

Over the next few weeks I will be publishing the pages from a scrapbook my cousin Tammy and I made for the newest member of our family, Mrs. Jenna Graves.  My nephew Chad and Jenna were married yesterday in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.  Chad and Jenna live in Oklahoma City and their work schedules kept them from coming to St. Louis for a wedding shower.  Tammy suggested that we make a scrapbook of all the girls in our family so that Jenna could meet us.  Each girl sent us a photo and wrote their own journaling.  We tucked gift cards here & there.  We had a blast doing this and hope that Jenna will feel loved and welcomed into our family.

We used the Island Oasis Designer Paper from Stampin’ UP! along with a palate of Tempting Turquoise, Rose Red, Old Olive and So Safron cardstock, ribbon and brads.  You’ll see a few other colors here and there.  Each scrapbook page is 8 x 8.  We made all of the embellishments from Sizzix dies and Stampin’ UP! punches.  

I used the My Design Studio software from Stampin’ UP! to create a few digital pages and some of the journaling.  I am really pleased at how this software makes it a breeze at getting multiple photographs on a page.  It’s practically a no-brainer.  And using the stamps and punches as icons added a special touch to the journaling. 

By this time Jenna will have received this book and I can now publish the pages without ruining the surprise.  If you have any specific questions on any of the pages, please ask and I will be happy to share.  At the same time, let me introduce you to my wonderful family.

Tammy Miller

This is Tammy who was my creative partner in making this scrapbook.  She is my first cousin.  Here mom and my mom were sisters.  We get together often and make little gifts for the girls in our family.  It's so much fun and you should see the mess we make.  Tools, paper, trimmers, adhesives, ribbons, punches galore.  It appears to be a disaster.  We really have to watch the clock too because before you know it, it will be 1:00AM.

Posted on : Jun 09 2010
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