Summer Update

I have a little life update for you today, as Jordan and I are moving into some new territory in the next couple of months. You may have seen that we recently promoted our favorite intern Thani to Junior Webmaster. He is a very welcome addition to the team, as Jordan will soon be following a dream this fall and enrolling in a master of fine arts program in digital media (but don't worry: he'll still be staying on as Pixel Scrapper webmaster!). Jordan will be attending the Digital Arts and New Media program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, which means we'll soon be Californians! We're getting ready to pack things up here in Oregon and move down the coast, where we're looking forward to moving into on-campus family housing at UCSC. I have not been to Santa Cruz, since I make it a point never to visit anywhere before moving there (or at least it always seems to work out that way!), but it sounds like a very beautiful place, with both redwoods and a beach. So I don't expect us to suffer too much. :)

Jordan has taken a long break from his interest in digital art to start up and help me run Pixel Scrapper, so I'm very happy that at this point we have the flexibility (and help from Thani) that will allow him to continue on as webmaster while also getting back to something he's had to put to the side for a few years. He has done enough digital art work in the past to earn a full ride for his master's program, and I'm quite excited to see what he gets up to! You can check out his past work here, and don't be put off if computer games seem too technical for you: most of his require pushing the space bar and not much else.

A new location is not the only thing on our horizons. We're also expecting a new member for our family at the end of November! It's a baby! I feel like I should write a bit more about it, since I just spent two paragraphs on Jordan, but I don't know what to say. (Insert feelings of amazement and wonder here.) So we have our hands full of new possibilities and opportunities. We're doing our best not to feel too overwhelmed and to focus instead on all the wonderful blessings that have come our way!

Of course with all these changes on the horizon, we don't want you to think we'll forget about Pixel Scrapper! Both Jordan and I are deeply committed to the continued growth and development of Pixel Scrapper, and that's not going to be changing any time soon. We may have a few extra things on our plates soon, but we're not going anywhere, and we feel confident that with Thani's help (and of course the ongoing support of our great community) Pixel Scrapper is only going to keep getting better!


Recent Comments

Barbara Ann
Barbara Ann Mon, 11/27/2017 - 09:00

Oh my gosh! Many congrats and happy wishes for a whole new universe of life and love that lies ahead of you!

Cintia dhariana
Cintia dhariana Sun, 09/24/2017 - 14:01

Congratulations Marisa and Jordan!!! Both are exciting news!

denise turner
denise turner Sun, 09/24/2017 - 12:52

How wonderful congratulations to you both. ahh sleepless nights, dirty nappies, bath time, so much to look forward to

Joy Anzalone
Joy Anzalone Sun, 07/09/2017 - 18:47

Congratulations!!! What wonderful news, both Jordan following his dream and the new addition to the family! Blessings to you, Joy

Jeanne quilter
Jeanne quilter Sun, 06/25/2017 - 21:56

How wonderful for both of your. Yay! Jordan, your dream continues. Double yay both of you as life as you know it ceases to exist, but becomes a whole new exciting, unpredictable experiences and wonderful things to scrap.

Beatrice Loren
Beatrice Loren Fri, 06/16/2017 - 03:49

Oh my goodness. I am so far behind. Heartfelt congratulations to you both! Such awesome news.

Mary Treusch
Mary Treusch Mon, 06/12/2017 - 21:15

How did I miss this?? Congratulations!!!!

Stef Mohrmann
Stef Mohrmann Wed, 06/07/2017 - 08:01

Congrats from me as well, wonderful news on all counts!

Mary Geller
Mary Geller Tue, 06/06/2017 - 20:18

Warmest Congratulations to both of you. thanks for sharing the GREAT news!

Lyn Montes
Lyn Montes Sun, 06/04/2017 - 19:07

Congratulations, that is awesome. So happy for you

Pamela Richardson
Pamela Richardson Sat, 06/03/2017 - 23:55

Wow oh wow! What fabulous news! I love your announcement photo, and the look on your face is so delightful! I hope that Jordan really enjoys his courses at university. Good luck with your move to California!

Meg Bertapelle
Meg Bertapelle Fri, 06/02/2017 - 17:20

oh congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOO Exciting!!!!!!!! :D

Shawna Adkerson
Shawna Adkerson Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:45

Wow!!! How exciting... so many new adventures you are headed toward. Congratulations to Jordan... and to y'all. :D

Katherine Neilley
Katherine Neilley Fri, 06/02/2017 - 07:24

Congratulations on your new adventures!! I love the announcement photo :) You thought you scrapped before, you'll be wanting to scrap every baby moment. LOL.

Nighti Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:01

Much joy with all the new, exciting adventures waiting for you; I think it could be worse than being in California...hap time and all the best for you and Jordan

Lisel Rice
Lisel Rice Tue, 05/30/2017 - 23:11

I know I commented before, but I just have to say I think the photo you shared to announce that you were expecting is perfect, and very original, and I love the expressions on your faces! Congratulations, again!

Catie Palmer
Catie Palmer Tue, 05/30/2017 - 22:37

congratulations. what wonderful news for both of you. some exciting times on the horizon. lots to scrapbook too!!

Meredith Crochet
Meredith Crochet Tue, 05/30/2017 - 17:14

Forgot to tell Jordan congratulations! Actually, congratulations to both of you as you make this monumental move. I wish you all the best!

Meredith Crochet
Meredith Crochet Tue, 05/30/2017 - 17:12

"Are You My Mother" is my oldest daughter's all-time favorite book! When she was little (is now 35) she would recite the entire thing as I read it to her.

Lizanne Killian
Lizanne Killian Tue, 05/30/2017 - 14:35

Wow, it looks like you two have a lot going on on several fronts - congratulations! You must be very excited....but at the same time will miss Oregon & your grandmother's house?

Lisa Geerman
Lisa Geerman Mon, 05/29/2017 - 14:54

Congratulations on your baby as well as everything else!

Denise Houser
Denise Houser Mon, 05/29/2017 - 12:49

Fantastic news on Jordan and what a blessing to have a free ride too boot!! Plus a new baby!! Double blessings!

Poodle Dabbert
Poodle Dabbert Sun, 05/28/2017 - 22:11

A new baby.... that exciting news.. CONGRATS and enjoy.

Mary Krus
Mary Krus Sun, 05/28/2017 - 18:48

Amazing big changes for both of you! What an adventure you will have for sure. Congratulations, and good wishes for lots of energy and love!

Sandy taggard
Sandy taggard Sun, 05/28/2017 - 16:57

So exciting -- congrats to both of you. Portland will miss you (I live her as well) but sounds like a great adventure!

Renee Diprose
Renee Diprose Sun, 05/28/2017 - 12:52

Oh, my this is all so exciting! Congratulations and best wishes for all that is happening in your life.

Tina Smedegaard
Tina Smedegaard Sun, 05/28/2017 - 11:22

Congratulations and good luck to both of you!

Lois Duckworth
Lois Duckworth Sun, 05/28/2017 - 10:22

Congratulations to the both of you.

Sonya Robinson
Sonya Robinson Sun, 05/28/2017 - 10:14

Congratulations and good luck to you both.
Jordan, 'It is never to late'. I went back at age 60 and there was another 70 year old lady there at the same time.
Marisa, I am so excited for you both and the future pictures and kits you are going to donate. Get plenty of rest and not stress.

Katrina Layer
Katrina Layer Sun, 05/28/2017 - 09:12

Congratulations to you both!! Wishing you the best in all the exiting happenings that is, well, happening! *heart*

physioscrapper - Nancy
physioscrapper - Nancy Sun, 05/28/2017 - 08:55

Congratulations! That is so so so exciting! The schooling, your move and your new baby! I pray and hope your pregnancy and move is smooth sailing! Very glad you got someone to help you through these uncharted times. Congrats Thani of your new position! I KNOW you'll be even more of an integral part of this site, as things progress this coming year. Thank you for stepping up to that challenge! ♥

Deanna Patterson
Deanna Patterson Sun, 05/28/2017 - 06:26

Congratulations on the baby! That is sure a lot of new things on your plate. Hope the move goes smoothly and that Jordan's schooling goes well. And thank you for making sure that Pixel Scrapper is going to stay running smoothly (Thani).

BethAnn Shepherd
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Tina Campanale
Tina Campanale Sat, 05/27/2017 - 22:00

Congratulations! Wishing you both the best of happiness.

Marcela Cocco
Marcela Cocco Sat, 05/27/2017 - 20:34

Congrats to you both!
I am also living with my husband this moment of the arrival of our first child. Really a very special moment.
God bless!

Lisel Rice
Lisel Rice Sat, 05/27/2017 - 20:02

I'm so happy for you! Wow!

Ruth Ayres
Ruth Ayres Sat, 05/27/2017 - 18:13

I am so happy for both of you!! A baby is the best news! Loved the choice of books for your *heart* I hope everything continues to be positive. Best wishes Jordan and Marisa!!

Elif Şahin
Elif Şahin Sat, 05/27/2017 - 05:17

I can't believe! Congratulations to both of you. I hope life throws more great goodness in your way :)

Kim Legerdemain
Kim Legerdemain Fri, 05/26/2017 - 14:23

Congratulations and the very best wishes!

Olga Pisarenko
Olga Pisarenko Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:41

Congratulations to you both! Great news!
Wishing you all the best!

Laura Wellinghoff
Laura Wellinghoff Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:27

Oh WOW!!!!! Congratulations on all this news. One of my favorite sayings for a long time, and it has taken on new meaning for us this April is "When it rains, it Pours!" That apparently is the same in your family too! Congrats and when time allows we look forward to updates on the blog about everything!

Cheryl McMillan
Cheryl McMillan Fri, 05/26/2017 - 09:07

Wow! Congratulations on the baby and the move. Very exciting times for you and I wish you the best!

Megan Pawlik
Megan Pawlik Fri, 05/26/2017 - 07:57

That's so incredible! Congratulations and best wishes with the growth of the site and the growth of your family!

Marlyn Ramirez 👩‍⚖️
Marlyn Ramirez 👩‍⚖️ Fri, 05/26/2017 - 07:02

wonderful news! congratulations to the both of you!

Marcia Cumming
Marcia Cumming Fri, 05/26/2017 - 06:03

Congratulations! Lots of great new adventures in your future.

Vanessa Sutherland
Vanessa Sutherland Fri, 05/26/2017 - 00:57

Congratulations to you both!

Paddy Wolf
Paddy Wolf Thu, 05/25/2017 - 23:56

oh, such happy news! congrats to both of you, my darlings! wishing you a smooth transition and fun all the way *muah*

JoAnn stringer
JoAnn stringer Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:03

Congratulations on EVERYTHING! Santa Cruz is a wonderful, laid back town. (Just stay off Highway 17 over the mountains to San Jose.) The weather is great, the ocean is very cold. You'll find lots of inspiration.

Rachel Martin
Rachel Martin Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:58

Oh wow!!! Congrats on EVERYTHING! *heart*

Bina Greene
Bina Greene Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:57

Congratulations to all of you! I am so happy for you. You will love being parents and I second Melanie Nutile! Children are the best. Santa Cruz, Monterey, you will love all the (was it 'half moon'?) bay, I had the best tamales there. Good on ya and make it a safe trip.. xoxoxo

Diana Lee
Diana Lee Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:42

Congrats!!! So very happy for you! =)

Melanie Nutile
Melanie Nutile Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:25

So exciting!! My children are the best thing that has ever happened to me (besides my hubby)! You will have so much fun!!

Jan Clark
Jan Clark Wed, 05/24/2017 - 23:29

Congratulations and very best wishes to you both.

Diana Smet
Diana Smet Wed, 05/24/2017 - 23:24

Congratulations to both of you on all your happy news!

Julie Cowan
Julie Cowan Wed, 05/24/2017 - 22:44

Aw, warm fuzzies all the way around! So happy for you two! Congratulations!

Edina Molnar-Csorba
Edina Molnar-Csorba Wed, 05/24/2017 - 21:34

Congratulations to both of you. It's really great to see how God is blessing you in all areas of your lives. Wishing you all the best!!!!!!!

Ann Roos
Ann Roos Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:38

Congratulations to you both!! Great news of the move and the baby. Good luck to Jordan on his new venture.

Joanne Graham
Joanne Graham Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:38

Congratulations, very exciting news

Mersija (Mer-see-ya) Simon
Mersija (Mer-see-ya) Simon Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:37

Happy for Jordan Marisa!!
You guys are secret American Missionaries......aren't you?
LOL!!...wondering where you two will go next,Oh,that's right your secret American Missionaries,if you tell me,then you'd have to kill me.....Right?
I am soooooo very happy for your awesome,most amazing new family member.You guys are gonna be soooooo Blessed,children are truly a gift from God.
Congratulations on everything that's going on in your lives.
May all the Blessing of the Lord be upon you both and everything you do.
Love & Blessings!!

Carrie Barron
Carrie Barron Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:01

That's so awesome! Can't wait to see layouts of your little one! And that's exciting news about Jordan and your move, too.

Catherine Olson
Catherine Olson Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:32

Congratulations to you guys, on both accounts! I'm so excited for you!! And we'll practically be neighbors, haha. :-D

christy cole
christy cole Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:19

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! So many new and wonderful things happening!!! I finally made it to Santa Cruz a few years ago and think that if I ever moved back to California, that's exactly where I'd live.

Wishing you all the best!!!!

Gina Day
Gina Day Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:56

hooray for all the new and exciting adventures!!! I grew in San Jose CA (just about an hour jaunt over the mountains from Santa Cruz :) make sure you plan a day trip up to Half Moon Bay (amazing views and GREAT food). The tide pools all over the place along the beach are great for little eyes and hands in a couple years, and of course the boardwalk is beautiful all lit up at night :) ah, now I am getting homesick! :P :P

Melo Vrijhof
Melo Vrijhof Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:38

Great news! All of it :D You have a lot on your plate, but I'm sure you are both up to the task(s) ahead. Keep us posted on your progress at school Jordan, I would love to see what else you come up with: just scanned your website briefly and played a game or two (can't play the older ones on my Mac though) - they are very compelling and dark (and a little scary, since I'm all alone in the dark here, haha!).

I wish you both good luck and for you especially Marisa, good health. I hope you are one of the lucky people (like I was) to have a troublesome pregnancy!

Holly Wolf
Holly Wolf Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:10

Yep, seconding Rose's comment about sleep...and to enable that, if someone reasonably trustworthy offers to babysit for a few hours or make dinner or do some laundry or clean the house so that you can catch a nap, take them up on it!!

Rose Thorn
Rose Thorn Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:03

Wow; all awesome news; congratulations!
My advice to you both is, get as much sleep as you can, whenever you can, both before and after the new family member arrives!

Dia Will
Dia Will Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:54

I love California. I am sure you will love living there as much as I did! Congrats to Jordan on the schooling. and to both of you on the move and most of all on the baby! Very exciting!

Holly Wolf
Holly Wolf Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:52

Wow! Fantastic news, Marisa!! Congrats to you both--it's going to turn your world upside down with moving and a little one, but it's a wonderful ride! Enjoy it and take lots of photos!

Michelle Haynes
Michelle Haynes Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:33