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Saturday, August 1, 2015


Happy 1st day of AUGUST, everyone! Wow! Can you believe how fast the summer is flying away?! Some of you, no doubt, look forward to the return of the school bell and schedule; then others do not. Those that have children are busy gathering in the supplies, freshening up the little munchkins' wardrobes, and packing in the last bit of the family fun for the summer season. Here at the beach we will have more tourists during the month of August than we had as school let out in June. We that live here have to be extremely cautious while just driving to do our daily chores for the tourists get caught up in gazing at the sites we take for granted and do not know our roads as well. One more last holiday at the front of September, and all will quieten down!

I've been purging files on my four internal hard drives to free up room for more digi goodness!  I want to pass on a helpful tip I recently discovered quite by accident on a digi instructional site I visited. Some of us save psd files, some save our work as tiff files, and some save both types. I always read in forums of people complaining that tiff files take up too much room and were larger than their psd files. If that's the case on your computer, something is wrong with the way you are saving them, or the person you downloaded from did not know this tip either. Believe me, I have found an extreme number of boo-boos in my own stash, including my own. I am pretty much self-taught from the get-go, then did take some classes to help me learn my software and techniques, but nobody covered this handy tip. Your saved tiff file should always be smaller in size than your original psd file. There's a way to adjust your "save tiff" settings to make sure of this.  It works every time! I had it wrong, was doing it wrong, and I've been scrapping since 2008. So imagine how many files I can fix now the right way and free up valuable room!! Here is an image that shows the correct settings to get a quality layered tiff file in the smallest finished size . . .

I hope you can see that clearly enough to copy it or save it for your own knowledge!! Valuable thing to know!!

Allrighty then, I don't want to talk your ears off today, so I'll jump right into today's FREEBIE. I was in a creative mood after all the page scrapping I've done lately, so I made some papers for you. I ran across some old but wonderful overlays as I was purging files, so I had to stop and play. I found a beautiful color in my PSE which I chose to work with and call "Buttercup" in its original state. As I added overlays and played with the blend modes, colors began to change a bit. However, this is a great color for summer backgrounds and can also be carried into fall harvest themes, etc. I hope you'll find it useful. As I worked, I developed three slightly different sets of the same three patterns I was using, so I am going to upload all 3 sets for you to snag. I recommend downloading all of them, and I've named the papers so that you can put them all in the same folder and they will fall automatically into place. At that point, you'll be able to see the texture differences if you have a good eye. You may not be able to see the differences here; but, trust me, each set has subtle variations. You'll want them all. These are all jpg format, 12x12", 300 dpi. Here we go with previews and download links below each set: This is Version 1, Grunged & Plain,


This is Version 2, Grunged & Plain with Texture,


And last is Version 3, Grunged & Plain, with Texture and Wrinkles,


Please leave me some love if you like freebies and download, otherwise I never know you were here and am not inspired to make free goodies for your stash. Rather I could offer my work through my Etsy store. A simple "thanks" goes a long way in a person's mind.

That's all for today, peeps!

Have a great last month of summer vacation ya'll, and I'll see you back here very soon!



Sunday, July 19, 2015

My Yummy Greek Salad

Just popping in to let you know I posted a new recipe for my easy Greek salad, and you can find it under the "Recipes" tab which is under the Etsy gadget that shows pictures of my crafts for sale, at the top of this home page.  This is a good, hearty salad for summer eating!  Enjoy!


Saturday, July 18, 2015


Happy middle of July and summer everybody!  Isn't it flying by too fast!! Hope you had a grand Independence Day celebration with your loved ones!

We are having intense heat here at the beach, but it is that time of year for two months.  So much of the country is having immense rain that's amazing.  And I saw fires on the news in California.  Yikes! So different everywhere.

Jumping right into my FREEBIE for you, a QUICK PAGE designed from the kit "Bluebird" by Jemima's Digital Boutique over at Ivy Scraps. Hop over to the forum there if you want to collect from all the other monthly contestants in the QP contest so you'll have a nice ready made album again this month. It's always interesting to see how we can all use the same kit and come up with so many different looking pages. Very cool. This QP is in png format, 12x12-inches, 300 dpi. Here are the kit previews followed by a sample layout I completed and the QP I designed. Download links are below that, so snag it up!


Leave me some love if you download so I know you stopped by. If you have time to look around, I posted 60-some pages of a vacation album I'm working on, so click on "My Layouts" tab at the top of this home page to go see that. I also posted a new dessert recipe which is so yummy and simple, see that under the "Recipe" tab. If you make it, you'll want to eventually try different flavors as I've suggested. Your family will thank you! We are trying to lose weight, eat smaller portions, get more exercise and all that; but I keep bumping into delicious recipes. Since I'm retired now, I have time to play in the kitchen like I never could when working so many jobs, so I can't resist making different dishes for fun. I feed my neighbors when I overdo it in my kitchen!

Be back soon with some more goodies! I'm trying to design some new templates! Drop back by!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Happy Summer, everyone! Today we say goodbye to June 2015!  Sorry so long between posts, but my home-front has been really busy this summer. I'm keeping one of my grandsons because his female parental unit is working an evening shift at a local hospital. He is happy here with us, so I'd rather he be here than anywhere else. He can swim, play, ride his bike, and love on my dog; so all that is good. Besides, there are no two people any more fun than Pawpa and Mimi! His eyes sparkle and he is full of 9 yr. old giggles when he's around us, so I know he's happy.

I jumped on here to post my FREE Quick Page for June for you. This comes, as usual, from my participation in the monthly Quick Page Challenge over at Ivy Scraps. We normally have at least 12 or so participants, so if you're interested in collecting all the free Quick Pages, just hop over there to the forum and look under the "Monthly Challenges" section, locate the June 2015 Quick Page Challenge thread, and each participant will have his/her direct download link posted in that thread, just scroll through it to find them all. Easy-peezy! It will be enough pages to have a nice little free album, and the sizes are always 12 x 12-inches, but you can easily reduce them to 8 x 8-inches if you prefer that size. This month we got to play with the kit, Have Fun, by Happy Scrap Arts, and below is are the previews.  Our pages come to you in PNG format, 300 dpi (for excellent print quality), so all you need do is slip your photos underneath the page.

Here is my finished layout using the page I designed

Below is the blank Quick Page preview followed by the download links.


I took time just recently and made a new template, so I hope to be back soon to post that for you as soon as I can get it packaged up correctly.

I had a weeks vacation during the first of this month, so I took a ton of photos since the trip included getting to see and spend time with my parents who are 92 and 87 years of age! I've spent a good deal of time scrapping those up so I can get an album to them soon. I will freely admit that I used most other designers' free Quick Pages to get them done rapidly. At their ages, I am always feeling pressure to hurry with everything. QPs just make it happen so much faster since I am the sort that can spend hours on one page when designing from scratch. If you want a tip: Since early spring of this year, I rediscovered Ginger Scraps! I suggest you do the same! What an awesome site, so lively with friendly people that are so giving. I have a huge stash already and most of it has been free! They have a "Welcome Wagon" in their forum, so when you register there you can visit the Welcome Wagon and get a couple of free things from each designer! Then you can visit each designer's blog and Facebook pages and get more free things. I usually participate in their monthly challenges because they are so fun and well run, and when you complete 10 each month you receive another whole free kit!! Is that not awesome!??!! All the designers there are very knowledgeable and willing to help you anytime with questions you may have. I was with them through this year's National Scrapbooking Day celebration, and I won so many wonderful things, even a $100 shopping spree to the store! As if that hasn't been enough, for my birthday they gave me another free kit!! It was such a nice surprise!! If you are a digi-scrapper, VISIT THERE!! I cannot stress that strongly enough!  

I'm going to start uploading my current scrapbook pages of my June trip for you to see, so if you're interested, they will be under the "layout" tab toward the top of my blog page. Credit for the QP designs go to the Gingerbread Ladies over at Ginger Scraps. You'll get a good idea of what I've collected from them so far; and remember, it's only a small portion of my stash. Of course, I do buy supplies from them too, but these gals are so generous it's just almost unreal.

Hope you will leave me some love if you download my freebies. Do stop back by for the template coming soon!


Thursday, May 21, 2015


Hello, my friends! May is flying by, school will soon be out and summer upon us. Here where I live it means a lot of heat, pool and beach time trying to stay cool. We tend to eat a lot of salads and cook everything else outside, either grill or the new smoker (which we love I'm afraid more than the grill).

I'm wondering if everyone is Facebooking more and blogging less these days. What do you think? I still like trying to maintain a blog because it gives me a sense of having a specific place to keep things sorted.

I am currently doing a 30-day trail of PhotoShop Elements 13 so I can decide if I like the newer changes enough to purchase it or wait for #14 to come out this fall. I'm using version 11, but I do like the larger interface of #13 on my screen. I do not like that they have done away with the magic wand tool, as I use that for so much and it helps me do things; lost without that. I will probably end up keeping two different versions loaded on my computer so I can go back and forth for the old functions that I don't wish to give up.

Today I have a FREE QUICK PAGE for you made from the kit, "Wishing For Summer" by Jan Waite of Waite For The Moment Designs over at Ivy Scraps. Their monthly QP challenge is in progress, so you can gather free QPs from all the participants by visiting the May 2015 QP challenge thread in the forum there. My page (and all others) are 12 x 12-inch, png format, 300 dpi for excellent print quality. If you prefer, you can easily reduce these to 8 x 8-inch page for easy home printing.

Here is a look at the kit preview, and below that is my QP and the download links.

Here is my Quick Page . . . 


I'm always hoping to find more time to design, but I seem to stay fairly busy helping out with my grandchildren these days. This month has been full with gymnastic competitions, lots of birthday celebrations, our famous annual Blue Crab Festival, and trying to finalize some travel plans as well as the mundane routine daily chores.  

Leave me some love if you download, and stop back by from time to time.


Saturday, April 18, 2015


Greetings, my friends.  Happy Easter, happy Spring, and so much more in my house. We always are having lots of birthdays in my extended family. At the beginning of April my folks celebrated 68 years of marriage, and my dad just turned 92 years young! Mom was 87 in February, too. I live a long way from them, and luckily they are quite independent and still have good mentation. What a milestone to be married for 68 years to the same person! Wow! I racked my brain to figure out something novel for my dad's birthday that he would like, you know, really like. Lately, I've gotten in the habit of sending them precooked food from some great websites. I figure that will help them out not to have to drag it in from the stores and then cook it. It arrives ready to eat! Dad commented recently that he feels he is "living large" getting those kinds of gifts. I've sent them their favorite kinds of wine from my favorite winery over the Christmas holidays. For dad's birthday, I finally realized they had never experienced one of those fruit arrangements from Edible Arrangements. So, I went online once again and poured over the many different styles until I landed on just the right one for their first experience. It had everything in it and was beautiful, and I ordered a small which was still huge for two people. My only hurdle was that the store was 1-1/2 hrs. from where my folks live, and they don't deliver out that far. Lucky for me, I have an old high school girlfriend and former neighbor living in the same city as the Edible store, and she offered to drive the gift over to my folks! Now how many of you have friends who would extend themselves like that??? Needless to say, it was a big hit and we visited during its arrival and consumption via phone. Very cool indeed! I gave my mom a cell phone last summer and taught her just the basics in a few days I spent with her. She can get texts and photos, has email, and can carry it with her and call people. I put dropbox on her phone, so her cell phone camera photos that she takes get uploaded automatically to online storage, and since I set that up for her, I can get in and see all the pictures she takes. I got to see the fruit arrangement and all her pictures by the next morning. Not too shabby, hey? She thinks all this technology is like magic!! I tried to get them started on a laptop when they were in their 60's, but it just didn't happen, so the cell phone is as far as I've been able to bring them up-to-date.

I've been helping out babysitting after school for my gkids, and we are doing a thing called "photo-a-day" so we can text it to the great-grandparents. Plus, it gives me a lot of scrapping material, too! They like the idea also and are regular hams these days! Can't believe how fast they are growing up!

I have a FREE QUICK PAGE for you, my monthly participation in the Ivy Scraps Quick Page Contest. For April we are playing with "Dotty" by Katlen. My page is a png format, 300 dpi, 12 x 12" and can easily be reduced down to an 8 x 8" if you prefer. Just slip your photos under it and add your own journaling on top. Done! Here is the kit preview, then my Quick Page preview, and the download is beneath that.


Don't forget there are plenty of contestants making these free QPs, so if you would like to collect enough to have a ready-made album to fill, just visit the April 2015 Quick Page Challenge thread in the forum over at Ivy Scraps. Each person designing a QP gives a direct download link to it in their forum post. Go snag all of them up by the end of this month. The first of each month we sign up to work with a new kit. The former month's links are up for 30 days after that month's contest closes. 

I hope to pop back in soon with more free goodies for you. I have them done, I just need to package them into zip files and get them uploaded so I can share. I have about three more alphas ready to go, some pre-made digital cards I know you'll like. Hang on with me and visit often. Leave some love if you download, so I know you like what I'm giving.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sunday, March 29, 2015


Good Day, Everyone! March has again proven to be a busy month on my home-front! I honestly don't know where the time goes, but it passes quickly. The gkids are on Spring Break this coming week, their parents are both in real estate school from 9-5 daily, so my front door is already swinging both ways. Yesterday, I gathered them in from their sporting events, we made caramel apple cupcakes, they played inside and outside, then we made my homemade spaghetti and garlic/cheese toast for dinner Pawpa treated them to chocolate chip cookies before bed. Yes, they stayed over with me, as my nick-nick name is "Mimi Fun Pants"!

Today I have a FREE QUICK PAGE for you from my monthly participation in the QP Challenge at Ivy Scraps. This month we played with a kit named "Farm Mania" courtesy of Mizfit Mania there. My page was inspired from the recent photo of my hubby's grand-nephews, so I designed around that. My page is in png format, 12 x 12" square, 300 dpi. You can simply slip your photo beneath the opening, add a little journaling text on top of the page, and your DONE! You can also resize my QP to an 8 x 8" if that's the size you like to scrap. That size allows printing at home if you desire. Remember you can collect all the FREE Quick Pages made with this kit by all the March contestants by visiting that forum thread at Ivy Scraps. Each contestant has posted their direct download link in the QP challenge forum thread for March. You may have to be registered in the forum to be able to see those links. Here is a preview of the Farm Mania Kit,

Here is my finished page with the photo of three little brothers,

Here is the blank Quick Page for you with download links below it,


I hope you enjoy the free digi-scraps I can bring you. Please leave some love if you download, so I know you were here. Return often! I have three more sets of alphas to give you soon.

Take care and  have a wonderful week! I'll be back as soon as I can squash in some "me time"!