Happy 1st Birthday Carter

I have seen this little girl grow up so fast…She has a big hearted family that loves her so much and we only want what is best for her. Her Aunt Michele with her kids put together Carter’s first birthday party. And invited us to her home. They had the whole house decorated with pink and purple streamers, butterflies all around, and had a lovely table/high chair decorated.

I wanted to make sure I had a “Turning One” picture so I had Max, Carter’s Uncle & my husband, to help me set up a photoshoot. I made paper banners, and cutout butterflies for the backdrop. And since I wasn’t sure what she would be wearing I quickly made a tutu with butterflies gems and cutout a paper crown for her to wear.

It definitely took everyone to get her to sit-still and look pretty. Thank you for sharing this moment with us. Take a look at at Flickr for more process pictures.

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Party Supplies

Max polaridPart of my real work I get to do fun stuff like help coordinate events, workshops, and take pictures. I’ve been recently working on a program called CREME. CREME is a project that demonstrates culturally responsive pedagogy and practices in elementary mathematics and evaluate their role in improving mathematical achievements of minority children. For their celebration, I was in charge of Photobooth and Button Making workshop.

Created: banners by using card-stock numbers & letters, photo-props: card-stock & scissors, Made Polaroid backdrop: made of cardboard & white paint, Table decor/labels: Painted Jars, Straws, Pencils, and paper signs, Printed flyers, posters and signs.




DIY Backdrop

Creating a simple backdrop:

1. Build a PVC backdrop stand and with two heavy duty clamps to hold a backdrop. You will need: (3) 10-foot lengths of 1-inch, (2) 90-degree, slip-in elbows, (8) T-Shape slip-in connectors and (8) Slip-in end caps (make sure you get the right size).  Take a look at Dandelions on the Wall blog they have great directions on how to build it. You an always downsize and not make your PVC backdrop so big.

2. DIY backdrop, get creative and build your own colorful layout. I used cardstock paper, but you can use anything. For example: plastic tablecloths, dollies, book paper, fabric, balloons & streamers, pattern wrapping paper, etc. Like you can see on the pictures below I hung strings on the PVC Pipe backdrop to hot glue my paper bunnies and triangles.


Janice’s Wedding Scrapbook

IMG_9902I was invited to a small wedding at the court house in Astoria. A witness, the father to give her away, her sister that lived near her, and me. I wanted to make sure I captured her special moment for her to share with her kids. I took over 300+ pictures and you can only frame so many. So I decided I would make her a scrapbook she could treasure with little gems on every page.

I used many stickers, borders, rub-on, brads, and more:

  • Me&My Big Ideas, Mambi Stickers,
  • Jolee’s Boutique,  Wedding Words,
  • Imaginisce, Rub-ons

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Family Portrait Ideas

The M'FamilyDebbie is a great photographer and very creative with her composition & layouts. These memories will  lasts a lifetime for the family.

I can’t wait to see the digital cards she’ll end up making.

Thanks Marilyn!  My daughter’s sister-in-law got married this past weekend and then Sunday, they had a family reunion of sorts.  I was asked to come and take photos for each of the family groups at their winery on Chehalem Mountain.  With the family’s 1940’s tractor as our centerpiece, we were able to capture some beautiful photos.


Capturing Moments


I was so excited when this –> came through the mail today. I designed my own cover using my iphone pictures. I added black & white borders around each picture to give them more of a dimension.  I know it seems like all the images are of me, but I’m with my sisters, my nephew, my friend Debbie, and other great people. -Marilyn