Thursday, January 28, 2010

Time-Saver Tools!

My goodness, my blog is a bit neglected! My poor family has been passing around all kinds of fun germs. I'll spare you the details, but I'm so glad everyone is healthy again! I'm still working on my goals for this year, but some have seemed to slide a tad. I'm still keeping up with P365 (well, I've missed an occasional day, but I think that is ok :-) ) And I'm starting to work out to help with my weight loss goals. I haven't lost any more weight, but at least I haven't gained any either. With everyone sick it's a bit of a miracle, lol!

I've finally had some time to finish up some design projects that I've had in the works. They were actually pretty fun projects to make.

Every designer and scrapper I know is looking for ways to save time in their creation process. Time-Saver Tool: Instant Previews is a FAST and easy way to do just that!

Just open 4 product previews, ads, or layouts (any size) - then click the action button. In an instant, all 4 images are resized onto one 600 x 600 pixel layered preview! Customize with packaging, shadows, text, rearrange, or remove an image for just the look you need.

Perfect for bundled products, ads, CT layouts or for posting to your blog!

Action ~ Time-Saver Tool: Instant Previews by Happy Scrap Girl Designs 20% off!

This action has been tested in PSCS2.0-4.0 and PSE 5.0 - 8.0.

I've included a step by step instruction sheet on how to use this action. Also included are one action (atn file), and 64x64 pixel thumb files for PSE users.

I've also made a new set of Page Edgers. Included in this kit are 5 transparent, png, page edgers overlays. They were created by hand for a realistic look and scanned in at a high resolution. All overlays are provided in black and can easily be changed to any color you would like. They can even be used as a mask to clip two papers together.

Page Edgers ~ Vol. 1 by Happy Scrap Girl Designs 20% off!

They coordinate perfectly with my Photo Edgers...

I've also made a little freebie sampler of my Page Edgers... click here

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 8, 2010

P365, goals and a Freebie!

I'm proud to say that I'm working really hard on my goals (umm.. resolutions, lol). I've lost 6 lbs on Weight Watchers!!! (2 weeks) My house is definitely cleaner than it was last week too! My family has spent a lot of time playing together this week. Santa brought us a Wii for Christmas and we are having some fun playing the games together. The girls crack me up when they play it. I'll have to try to get some pictures of it tonight. We are going to play the Wii Sing Disney (I think II?). The girls are really excited about it. Both are really in to Hannah Montana and Taylor Swift so this should be fun :-)

And I'm also working on my P365 still. I managed to get a picture a day and today I'm planning to scrap them. I'm really excited to do this. My sister moved out of state a year ago, and the project is a great way for her to keep up to date with our everyday lives. She loves to see pictures of them and read about what they are doing too.

I actually made another set of templates this week (part of my design goals) for P365. The first set was such a big hit that I decided to make another set of them.

P365 = Everyday Life Template Set 2 by Happy Scrap Girl Designs

And, I bundled up both Sets 1 & 2 to make a combo pack. Buying both templates in the combo pack will save you 20%- NICE!!

P365 = Everyday Life Template Sets 1 & 2 by Happy Scrap Girl Designs - save 20%!

Here is some CT inspiration for you. They made some really beautiful pages!

I LOVE that Mary took the template and flipped it around to make this a 2 page LO! They really work well for those of us who like multiple pics on their pages.

And I've also got a little freebie for you - a free template that coordinates with both of my P365 = everyday life Template sets...

Ok -I've got a closet to tackle today and a page to scrap! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Monday, January 4, 2010

Manic Monday.. really it is!

My new year is off to a great start - I'm working on getting my home in order and I have started weight watchers again - and it's going well so far. I've also managed to get a pic a day for P365.

It has been a really crazy day here though. It started with a phone call that I had to make to DD1's school principal. I had to leave a message and I'm still waiting for him to call me back. I'm so not good at confrontation, so I'm not looking forward to this conversation, but I really have to do this.

Right before Christmas, DD1 came home from school. She had purchases lunch that day (which she doesn't normally do) so it was one of the first things I asked her about.

Me: "How was lunch today"
DD1: "I didn't eat it"
Me: "No? Why not? You liked everything on the menu today.
DD1: "Mrs. M (the teaching assistant in her class) came to lunch today and SHE said that we shouldn't eat ham. She said it comes from a pig and it's dirty and we should not eat ham."
Me: "WHAT?????"

This lead to conversations about her not wanting to eat animals, it's gross, why don't they wash the ham, etc. Great - now I have to explain all of these things to my kindergartner - one who already struggles to eat a tiny bit of any kind of meat. ACK!!!! Why on earth would this person say that to such a young child? Why on earth would they think that they could make that sort of comment about a meal that the school (and her mother) decided was acceptable? It was on the menu for weeks, if she had a religious issue about it, she should have stayed out of the cafeteria that day. Ditto if she's a vegetarian. Now I can't get my DD to eat any kind of meat at all.

So, now I'm calmly waiting for the school principal to call me back to discuss it with him. I'm not really sure what I expect to gain from this conversation, other than letting them know. It won't change the fact that I now have this issue with my child. I don't really want this person to apologize to my DD, for fear that something else will be said that I'll have to fix.

Don't get me wrong. I don't think it's inappropriate for a child to know where their food comes from. BUT I think that while they are eating it is NOT appropriate. And I think the child needs to be mature enough to handle it and it needs to be explained, not just spat out there like that.

So now I'm just waiting for the phone to ring - eek!

I also found something horrible today! Ok, maybe not earth shattering, but man it shook me up! I was sitting in the car and looked in the mirror and what to my horror, did I see? Oh my gosh - it was a (gasp) grey hair! I couldn't believe it. It's not that I'm super young, I just don't feel old, lol! So tomorrow I need to call my hair dresser to make an appointment for some color! I haven't done that since I was expecting DD1 - I'm sure DH will be SO excited to get those bills again, lol!

I guess I really need to focus on the positive things right now, lol! I'm down 3 lbs!! YIPEE!!!

Ok to celebrate my Manic Monday, I've got this product added to SM's Manic Monday sale (like how I slid that in here, lol?)

The Key to Happiness by Happy Scrap Girl Designs

Grab it fast it's only on sale TODAY!!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!! I think I'm still recovering from the holiday, lol! We spend the night at my parents house and had a huge, fancy diner played games and hung out in the hot tub. We do this every year, and it is just so much fun. This year we had a new addition to the party, my neice! We were all shocked how well she did for the party. She went to bed around 7:30 and slept through all of the noise we made, lol! I have been watching her 1 1/2 days a week since the fall, but it was such a joy to spend so much time with her this weekend. She's just the cutest little thing.

Did anyone make an new resolutions this year? I do every year, and never stick to them! So this year I'm going to try something a bit different. I'm going to make goals insead - OK - maybe it's not all that different, but I need something that I can stick to. So I'm going to make a list of them and post them in a few place in my house (um right next to my PC will get seen most, lol!). Here are some of the things I want to work towards this year.

Weight loss (I REALLY need this one!)
Spend more time PLAYING with my kids (not just watching them play)
Grow my relationship with God
Being a better house keeper (OK - I don't really WANT to do this one, but my family would appeciate it - and it is a good lesson for my children)
Continue to grow my business
Work on P365 (I know I won't be able to commit to EVERY picture/EVERY day, but I just want to have a better record of our everyday life. I think that it can really help me focus on the things I am thankful for and the blessings in my life.)

Some lofty goals, don't you think? But they are all do-able if I focus on them!

SM is going to help me with one of my goals! My friend Maria (ScrapMuss Designs) kicked off a new Challenge this week - called Project 365! It's a 2x's per month challenge where you will get inspiration & motivation - not to mention Matter of Scrap Points & a FREE Template, lol!

I acutually have a couple of brand new products out this week as well. The first is a template set - perfect for those P365 projects! They have spots for 7 pics and actually work great for all kinds of LO's - especially events where you just can't pick just one picture for you page, lol!

P365 = Everyday Life ~ Template Set 1 by Happy Scrap Girl Designs

My CT was wonderful (as always) and managed to fit in some scrap time during the busy holiday season! Check out these AMAZING LO's that they made with my new template set...

Are you noticing a trend yet - I think they all REALLY liked the same template, lol! Here's some more...

I also have a new alpha out this week...

So Flakey Vellum Alpha by Happy Scrap Girl Designs

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!