Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Where do I start?

Where do I start? My family is continuing to be ill. DD2 came down with Pinkeye & an ear infection last Friday. DH still has nasty cold. Both girls seem to have caught new colds. To top it off, I went to the emergency room yesterday with appendicitis! I had surgery last evening to have it removed.

I'm actually back at home now, resting. I'm pretty sore, it's sorta uncomfortable to move around a lot. I don't imagine I'll be getting to do my lists for the next few days, but we'll see. I'm just popping in to let you know about it, because I know if I don't post for a few days, I get emails checking to make sure I'm okay :-)

Hope everyone is doing well. As always, please feel free to post your freebies in my Cbox (on side bar). I noticed there are a few there already.


Saturday, November 24, 2007


I did some Black Friday Shopping and got some really good deals. My best deal was on a NEW COMPUTER!!! I am so, so, so happy to have gotten this. Mine current HD is 96% full. I don't think I'll even have room to put any pictures on it from Christmas this year. So, the timing is great. We got a new Acer computer with 160G HD, new monitor, and printer, virus software & router for $229!

I do have to say, I'll never try this again. Here's what happened. I saw the ad for it in Thursday's paper. I decided that I'd go wait at Circuit City at 1:00am Friday to get it. (I'm sure they only had 7-15 of them). Then I went to my moms' that afternoon. My Uncle - who is the king of Black Friday Shopping told me if I really wanted it, I'd better be there by 9:00pm Thursday. So, my mother and I went at 8:15 to get in line. I was #7 - great shot at getting that PC!

So, we're sitting there, chatting with the folks in line, freezing - yes, it was snowing pretty good. and at about 10:15, the mall's security company came around and told us we could not wait there, we were trespassing and had to leave. We couldn't come back until 4:00 am. We told him that the store would be handing out vouchers at 3:00. He told us if we did not leave he'd call the police. We couldn't wait in the parking lot, we'd have to move our cars off the mall property. Or, we could go sit in the bar that was right next to Circuit City, until they closed at 2:00, then we'd have to leave. We didn't leave, police came, said we'd be arrested - umm ARRESTED?? - we went to the bar.

So now, we're in the bar, drinking Pepsi, all bundled up for the snow - boy didn't I look cute in my Dad's Carhart Jacket & my mom's snow pants, and sisters winter boots (I left from my folks house & borrowed gear), sitting in this bar! LOL! :-) We'd made some friends in line, and sat with them in the bar. More folks piled in all evening. People were getting drunk. The news channels came, my mother got interviewed twice. The whole time I'm thinking I'm never going to beat these people in the mad dash to the door to get that computer, I should just go home. But someone always convinced me to stay.

At 2:30 the bar kicked everyone out. We were told to wait in our cars, because 1.) They didn't want the drunk people to drive, and 2.) it was now a bit icy, and they were afraid that if they made us leave, there would be alot of accidents at 4:00 as cars raced to get the door. They also decided we could line up at 3:00. At 2:50 the mad dash began. I was smooshed up by the door with a group of about 80 people - the other couple hundred lined up behind us on the sidewalk. 2 people were throwing up (they were in the bar too - yuck!)

At 4:00 the police & security people backed the line of people up and started pulling people out of the group by tens and lining us up. People in the back of the group ended up in the back of the line. I think I was about 75th in line now and so sad, certain I'd not have a shot at that computer.

But, 2 of the people we'd met in the original line had remembered what it was that I had wanted and GOT ME A VOUCHER FOR IT!!! Isn't that amazing??? I am so thankful for these kind hearted strangers. I literally cried. I got my computer! I was shocked & overjoyed.

I know that we could not have afforded to buy a more expensive computer right now, or in the near future. So this was the only way I'd get one unless my folks bought me one for Christmas - which I don't think would have happened.

After Circuit City, I was dead tired, so mom & I went to Starbucks for breakfast then decided to go to Toys R Us. Got a bunch of shopping done there and went to Target. I've not stayed up all night in quite a few years. I was dead tired! So, we called it a day and went home to bed.

Did you go shopping on Black Friday?? What kind of deals did you get??

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Humor

My DH sent these to me - so I thought I'd share the laughs :-) BTW, I posted a list early this am, so scroll down to the next post to check it out ...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a wonderful Turkey Day. My family will be traveling for the day. We'll be going to my SIL's house for dinner, and then over to my folks house for dessert. They only live a few minutes apart, so it's working out really well this year. I've only got to make a salad & a dessert - I can so handle that :-)

I'm also deciding if I'm going to get my butt out of bed early (3am ish) to do some Black Friday shopping - It's so early, but you can get some wonderful deals. For those of you who don't know about Black Friday, here's the scoop. Every year the day after Thanksgiving stores open up at the crack of dawn & folks line up hours before that with the hopes that they will be able to get their hands on an amazing sale item before it sells out. It's really crazy. One year I waited in line at a toy store for an hour and a half just to pay for the toy! Like I said, crazy - but great deals. It's called black friday because it is the day that stores hope that the extra profits from these sales will bring their bottom line out of the red and into black. Or maybe it's because it's still pitch black out when all of us crazy loons start lining up! :-)

Speaking of Black Friday, ScrapMatters is having a huge sale...

Most of the designers will be having a huge sale. I'm so sorry to say that I'm not sure that I'll have a grab bag ready. My kids have been sick for the last few weeks, which has left me with almost no time to scrap or design. And, to top it off, I just realized today that my hard drive is 96% full! It's only a 40G. I knew it was up there, and have been cleaning it up like crazy - deleting old files & programs, but there's not much left I can toss. All of my kits & stuff are on my external HD, so it won't even help to toss some of those. Guess what I'll be asking Santa for this Christmas??? It's running so ssssssllllllloooooooowwwwwwwww!

Speaking of Designers we've got a new one at Scrapmatters! I'll give you a hint, it's someone regularly on this list & that you all love! Come see who it is here...

Here's your list!

Free Digital Scrapbook Kits & Paper Packs: Vintage Christmas Boo’s got 4 Add on Freebies here – check them out! Tickle Add on Pumpkin Spice Paper Pack Crowzie Sampler Papers Freebie 01 Overlay Paper Pack Happy Birthday Harmony Two Paper Packs here! Brown Bag Sampler Christmas Surprise Angel In my Arms Give thanks Name that Kit Moody Merry Holidays Sampler

Free Layered Templates:

Freebie Quick Pages:

Free PSP & Photoshop Tutorials, Tips & Tricks:

Tools of the Trade:

CT Calls:

Other Fab Freebie Finds: Christmas Tags on a Ribbon Alpha Bead Happy Christmas Cookie Winter Mint Christmas Card Circle Cardboard Thanksgiving Salsa Frames & Ribbon Word Art Place Cards Snowman Stickers Frame Christmas Mouse

Have a wonderful & safe Thanksgiving - and don't eat too much turkey! :-)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Check this out!

Check this out…

Scrap Girls is having a huge sale! 21.7% off almost everything! Check out Scrap Girls now!

This is one of my all time favorite scrap purchases (yes even freebie hunters make a few now and then, LOL):
Learn to do advanced scrapbooking tricks in Photoshop Elements with More Scrapbooking Software Secrets Revealed for PSE

I learned so much about scrapping & my software, I was really amazed! They've also got other versions for beginners, pros, & other types of software programs. Click the link above and navigate to their shop to find more.

Also, I know I talk about this a LOT – but it's something that I think is really important – Backing up your stuff! As I am searching for my blog freebies, I regularly ( at lease once a week) read about someone losing their pictures & scrapbook stuff.

If you are putting it off please don't – I don't want to read about you losing your kids baby pictures, grandmas 100th birthday celebration, everything you've ever designed … you get the idea. Once it's gone, it's gone – and it can happen to anyone.

Since I read about it so much, I went searching for another option for myself. I do back up my pictures on CD's, but they don't last forever, and although I mean to make copies to store at my moms (incase of flood or fire here), I've not actually done it yet. So, I found another option called Carbonite. It's an online back up system that is fairly inexpensive (5 bucks a month!) and does the backing up for you- automatically! How cool is that??? Right now, they are offering a FREE 15 day trial so you can test it out (okay, you really have no excuses now…)

We actually had a brown out here yesterday which sent me running to my PC almost in tears, praying please don't fry, please don't fry… It was OK this time, but I'm going to sign up for Carbonite. I've heard that their customer service is wonderful. They are working on a version for MAC users & a version that backs up external hard drives.

Let me know what you think if you try it out. I'll post some more info once I sign up.

Here's your list!

Free Digital Scrapbook Kits & Paper Packs: Serenity Snow Blue Peace & Joy Harmony Harmony's Dress Merry Christmas All that Glitters Hoh Oho Pastel Pixels It's X-mas time Grandmas' Keepsake Christmas Surprise Guilded Green Sas-y Mega Kit Freebie Pop Rock Winter Sand Baby Things Free for All Floral Delights Pumpkin Pie & Pilgrims Winterberries Blog Freebies

Free Layered Templates: Scrapbook an Ornament Template

Freebie Quick Pages:

Free PSP & Photoshop Tutorials, Tips & Tricks: Filter Friday Cutout How to Custom Resize frames Making Word Art Create a Seamless Pattern in Illustrator

Tools of the Trade: Christmas Preset Shapes Brushes – CUOK (Commercial Use OK) Journaling Tag Templates - CUOK

CT Calls:

Other Fab Freebie Finds: Old Christmas Time Thankful for Stamps Frame Alpha Calendar Christmas Glitter Word Art Gold Bow Christmas Bows Princess Charm Beautiful Moments

Thursday, November 15, 2007


Did you ever have one of those DUH! moments? You know, the why didn't I think of that sooner moments. Today, I was trolling the web looking for some fun brushes and had one of those DUH moments!


Anyone who collects brushes knows it can be a pain to find just the right one when you need it. I have a brush viewer, but am not really impressed by it. I was thinking that I would take each of my brush sets and create a jpg file with each brush in the set so I could easily view it. But, ummm….I've got a LOT of brushes and the thought of actually completing this task didn't rank high on my to do list.


So today, as I 'm adding to my brush collection (here comes the DUH moment) I realized that I don't have to make this file myself. In most cases the designer of the brushes offers up a preview of the brushes. I just needed to right click on the preview and save it in the same folder as the abr (brush) file. So, before I load my brush into photoshop, I can view the preview at any size, zoom in, whatever. Now, I've just got to find those brushes again to get the previews :-)


Something else I've been doing lately? I've been organizing my layered templates. My scrapping process is first, find the pictures I want to scrap, then arrange them on the page, and add papers & elements. Pretty simple. I've been a bit pressed for time lately, so I've been looking for templates to help me get those creative juices flowing. I've got over 100 templates (I know, if you read this blog regularly, you know this file could be MUCH larger, lol). Here's where the trouble comes in. I've got 2 pictures to scrap, and have to look through over 100 templates to find just the right one – pain in the keester!


So, I've been sorting my templates into smaller folders. I'm organizing them by the number of photos each template can hold.

I've got folders for :

  • 1 photo
  • 2-3 photos
  • 4-5 photos
  • 6 or more photos (yup there's a few out there!)
  • 2 page LO's
  • Card Templates


Is this a bit obsessive?? Maybe, but, I'm hoping it will help me scrap faster :-)


Okay now for another update on my family… I'm about to put us into quarantine, LOL! We are still sick, and not really seeing and immediate end to it. I've been obsessive about hand washing & sanitizer, but it's not helping. In the past 3 weeks, we've ALL had colds, I've had a stomach virus, DD2 had Croup, DD1 now has pink eye & a double ear infection. Doc says DD2 will most likely get the pink eye, and 80% of kids under 5 who have pink eye will get an ear infection – wonderful! My kids have been absolute troopers with all the sickness. Thanks so much to everyone who has posted or emailed me to wish us all a speedy recovery – it's really appreciated.



I also want to thank everyone who left me wonderful comments about my free quick pages and Little Pumpkin Kit. I'm working on another kit, but my vision of it and my ability to actually make it look that way don't quite match – so it's taking me a while to figure it out. I'm sure al the designers out there can think remember this from when they first started out! :-)


Since this is the longest post I've had in weeks, I'll stop now, and post the project I've been working on next time…


Okay I'll stop talking now, and give you that list! Have a great day, and don't forget to leave some love!



Free Digital Scrapbook Kits & Paper Packs: Ingeborg's Garden Elements Secret Garden Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend Papers and Autumn Squares Modern Girl Element Pack Falling for You Just for Fun 2 & 3 Touch of Glitter The Season Add on Home My Love to Paris Mini Kit It's X-mas Time! Grandmas Keepsake Christmas Freebie Give Thanks Collection Cinnamon Apples Jolly X Mas Papers Floral Delights Feeling Peachy All Boy Gingerbread Christmas Sampler & Winterberries Inspiration Tattered Love Letters Kit


Free Layered Templates:



Freebie Quick Pages: Floral Delights


Free PSP & Photoshop Tutorials, Tips & Tricks:


Tools of the Trade: Christmas Shapes


CT Calls:



Other Fab Freebie Finds: Alpha Glitter Wings Word Art Paper Flowers Word Art & a really good laugh – poor Bunny -We've all had days like this (kinda…) Hee hee! Alpha Funky Buttons Doodle Frames Frame Desktop

Monday, November 12, 2007

LO Share

Just wanted to share a LO of my girls. I actually made the LO for a Heritage Challenge over at well, it was too late to enter the contest, but I still made it anyhow :-)


One of our members has shared tons of information & sources with us about genealogy. So, if it's something you are interested in, stop over and check out the links :-)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

I’ve been MIA!

It has been quite a week here. My family has gone from one illness to the next, but it appears that everyone is once again (knock on wood…) recovering. We've had colds and stomach viruses, and my DD2 came down with Croup on Friday night.


So, I'm sure you can all understand why I've been MIA! But, I'm back, and I've brought a list with me :-) It's short, but SWEET! Enjoy


BTW, please leave some love for these folks who work so hard to give you these fab gifts for free. I'm sure it takes them hours to do this, so a few seconds of your time while you're waiting for your download isn't too much to ask, is it?


Free Digital Scrapbook Kits & Paper Packs: You are Beautiful Mini Kit Paper Pack Helen O Mini Kit
Gardenia Kit Another Christmas Piece Baby's First Year Boy Oh Boy! Pain D'epice Dream Trip Daily Download Grandmothers China Dreamery Ventrans Day Kit


Free Layered Templates:



Freebie Quick Pages:



Free PSP & Photoshop Tutorials, Tips & Tricks: Formatting Text


Tools of the Trade:


CT Calls: Designer Call


Other Fab Freebie Finds: Element Freebie & Commercial Use Paper / texture Freebie Alpha Tag Word Art Ribbon Freebie

Thursday, November 8, 2007

I lost 7 lbs in the first week!

" I lost 7 lbs in the first week"! Have you seen these "diet commercials" on TV, you know the ones where they don't really look like the same before and after pictures? Well, I can actually say this – I'm one of those people…. well, not exactly one of those people… I had a NASTY stomach bug this past Sunday, and I lost 7 lbs in 6 hours! Ha, I've got those commercial girls beat! Hahaha! I'll spare you the details other than to say, I'm glad it's over & that the rest of my family did not get it. Oh yeah, about 3 of the 7 lbs found its way back, LOL – oh well, at least I can laugh about it!


So, between the BUG, and a cold that's kicking my butt, I've been completely wiped out. I've actually been in bed the last few nights around 9:00 (GASP – completely unheard of for a digi scrapper – I know, head is hanging low in shame…) But, I'm starting to feel much better now – and I've got a new list for ya! My goodness there have been some BUSY designers out there – fab list tonight – ENJOY!


Free Digital Scrapbook Kits & Paper Packs: Winter Wonderland Note This Color Challenge Dreamy Winter Whispers Pumpkin Spice Mini Snowy Wintery Kit He Scores Carving Memories Kit Modern Girl Little Monkey Be Natural Harvest Christmas Sampler Sampler Sampler Flannel papers Sampler Warmest Regards More of Island Girl Sunburst Papers Bright Pastels Baby's first Year Always Asia & Crystal Skies Christmas in Peace add on Cinnamon Apples Remembrance Day Kit & Veterans Day Kit Daily Download Visions of Sugarplums add on Inspiration Paper Blog Freebie


Free Layered Templates:


Freebie Quick Pages:



Free PSP & Photoshop Tutorials, Tips & Tricks: Go on Blend it!


Tools of the Trade:


CT Calls: CT & Designer Designer Call



Other Fab Freebie Finds: Flowers Victorian Christmas Frame Weekly Verse Cardboard Halloween Sequins Tags Alpha Weathered Steele Eyelets Word Art Frame Cluster Jingle Bells Tag Cell Phone Photo Frame Recipe Cards Free Accents Cluster Frame Word Art Stitched Labels

Monday, November 5, 2007

Challenge & a List

We’ve got some fun new challenges going on over at Andrea (Andilynn Designs) is holding a Heritage Challenge, Brittney (Britt-ish Desings) is running a cool Digi Journal Challenge & I’ve gota a template challenge to get those creative juices flowing. There will be some great LO's to check out, participation gifts, voting for your favorite, & a prize for the big winner. So, stop over the forum and check it out!

Here's the card template I made as a participation gift for the Template Challenge:

If you’d like the template, come join the challenge (it’s so easy!) and I’ll pm you the template. You can add your favorite digi kits and email or print for a fab card, OR, you can use the PNG files to print each layer individually, cut them out and assemble with some extra touches (think brads or ribbons) for the ultimate hand made card that your friends will just love!


Free Digital Scrapbook Kits & Paper Packs: Midnight Add on Friday Funk Paper Pack Sucre Vanille 3 Kits here: Twilight Garden, October Kit & Mini Halloween Jack Frost Kit Snowscapes Hint of Fall November Color Challenge Paper Pack Rose Handmade Christmas Sampler Full of Thanks Add on Glittery Background Seaglass Mini Kit Blues Baby’s First Year Autumn Splendor Candy Land Daily Download Halloween Crop Kit Sugarplum Inspiration Part 4 Blog Freebie

Free Layered Templates: Happy Birthday Kim! - 3 Freebies Listed here

Freebie Quick Pages:

Free PSP & Photoshop Tutorials, Tips & Tricks:

Tools of the Trade: PSP Preset Shapes

CT Calls: Design Team & CT

Other Fab Freebie Finds: Alpha Grab Bag Alpha Alpha Cardboard Flowers Autumn Doodles Frames Alpha Frame Flower Tag

Thursday, November 1, 2007

An Announcement and some FREEBIES!

I'm so excited (& nervous) to tell you that I have designed my first kit! It's called "Little Pumpkin" It will be great for all of those wonderful fall photos you are taking now.

Here is a preview (click to see the details better):
Gather up your photos and a cuppa hot cocoa for this warm, richly textured autumn kit. With 6 cardstock papers and 4 patterned papers you will be able to create dozens of layout combinations. The embellished journaling blocks and frames will simplify your scrapping, allowing you to create pages very quickly and beautifully. A variety of button sizes and patterns combined with the fibers and ribbons will add the perfect accents to your pages. Each item is completely resizable to help you make the perfect keepsake.

· 6 – 12x12 Textured Cardstock Papers
· 4 - 12x12 Textured Patterned Papers
· 3 - Alphas (full contact sheets & individual png files)
· 4 - Bows (one not included in preview)
· 7 - Buttons
· 3 - Embellished Journaling Blocks
· 2 - Embellished Frames (one not included in preview)
· 1 - Twelve inch Fuzzy Fiber
· 1 - Stitched Fuzzy Fiber Cluster
· 2 – Chipboard Elements

All products have been created at 300 dpi. All papers are saved as jpg format, and embellishments are saved as png format. Drop shadows are not included in kit and have only been used for the preview.

* Special thanks to Atomic Cupcake, Stephanie Shimerdla and Cindy Doerksen for assistance in creating some of these designs.

It's available exclusively at my shop at ScrapMatters.

And as a special gift to all of my wonderful, faithful blog readers, I've got 2 FREE quickpages to share!
Here's what I did with the first one:
You can pick it up here. Password is happy ... sorry, cute kid not included :-)

Here is how I used the second one.

You can pick it up in the Forums at . Look in the "Scrapmatters Freebies Forum".
If you like what you see in the freebie, stop by my shop and pick up the full kit.

Happy Scrapping!

Did you see it???

Do ya see anything new around here? I'll be back soon with some big news!