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Monday, August 17, 2009


Hi ya'll! Can't believe that summer has flown by so fast and the children in my area are preparing to return to school already! Yikes! My 7-yr. old grandson LOVES school and looks forward to returning. He gets very attached to his teachers each year and dislikes the move from one grade to another and having to get used to new people and locations, but he always loves going to school. He's a smart little fella and loves to read, learn, do math, and play sports. We can only hope his younger sister who is almost 4 yrs. old will follow his studious ways. She is the more out-going of the two and the more likely to get into trouble because she is never quiet.

Okay, to celebrate the time of year, the design team at DK Designs has a brand new colorful kit for you called "Back To School" available at iscrapbook. It's chocked full of creative school themed elements and great papers and is so easy to work with. Here's the kit preview:

Isn't it just too cute! I'm a granny, so I love kits that I can use to scrap up my grandbabies!! The gals even have designed a matching Quick Page Album for those with less time to leisurely enjoy scrapping. Take a look:

Adorable, right?!! Hurry over the iscrapbook and pick up yours! Here's what our talented CT has done with this kit so far:

By Amanda . . .

By Anjanette . . .
By Brandy . . . And by me . . .
We celebrated Dee's last day of 1st grade at my house with one of those large cookies by Mrs. Fields from one of the local malls. Just so happens that my youngest daughter is "Mrs. Fields" by marriage, so the cookie guy who waited on us was cracking up and fearful that she was the real Mrs. Fields there to check up on them! It was a riot! Dee achieved all kinds of school awards such as winning a spelling bee, no days absent, perfect report card, and math shark award. So, we felt he deserved a slight celebration in his honor. He really enjoys participating in school, and I just hope it stays that way for him. I'm sure it makes learning a lot easier, not to mention being a good student makes it nicer for the teachers, too! We have lots of schools in our area, and; since he will be in the second grade now, he will move to a completely new location which will take him a little getting used to before he is totally comfortable again.

Well, I have a busy day tomorrow and need to make this a shorter post so I can get some decent sleep tonight. I am so guilty of staying up until the wee hours because it is so peaceful and I consider it "my time" to think straight. But tomorrow I must give of myself to others, so I think decent sleep is in order tonight.

Do check back by soon. I'm working on some beach themed freebies for my followers here and hope to be posting more of them soon! I believe they will be useful in scrapping up your vacation photos if you took a trip to the shore.

Until I return, Happy Scrapping!


Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Hi everybody! I've got to show you a new kit by DK Designs that's especially good for scrapping up your boy shots! My BFF is the mother of three boys and grandma to one boy so far, so as with her, lots of scrappers are looking for less flowery kits more in tune with rough little guys! This one is perfect if you're the mom or grandmom of males!! It's called "SNIPS, SNAILS & PUPPY DOG TAILS", and it's adorable! Have a look:

The gals have even made a set of Quick Pages from this kit for those with less time to scrap! Visit iscrapbook to get these great creations for yourself!

Here's what our CT has done with this new kit:

From Amanda . . .

From Anjanette . . .From Brandi . . .
From Cynthia . . .
and, two from me . . .

You can feel the little guy masculinity, right? Notice what a great alpha is included in this kit! Just love it! I have two little grandboys, so I had to make a LO of each one!

Next, just have to show you this LO because it turned out so well, at least I think, anyway. See what you think . . .

He's my little 3-yr. old preemie grandson "in motion" at the ocean! This was made from a gorgeous mini kit called "OCEANSIDE" by Genia Beana Scraps of Scrapable which was used in a class in the forums there. We are urging her to expand this kit and release it for sale. Don't you think so, too? Take a look at the kit preview:

I just love the colors, the coconut palm trees, the sandy frame, the shell elements, and I could go on and on!! Drop by Valerie's blog and let her know you'd like to have this kit!

I was horrified recently to find that the website Designs in Digital had been the victim of a hacker attack and the gallery, etc. was completely lost. I had most of my layouts posted there and have always found it to be such a fun site to use. I participate in a lot of the monthly challenges in their forum to gain digital scrapping experience because participation in the challenges makes you think outside of your norm. I'm pleased to tell you that the administrators at DID have a new secure server and are rebuilding the site for us, and it will be much safer in the longrun! Poor dears! That's a lot of hard work! We all had to reregister with them and start over. However, I vow to repost all of my LO's there again as I get time to work on the credits, etc. for each one. Whew! Let me show you a few of this month's challenge layouts I've completed so far:

Above is a printable digital card for the DID August Card Making Challenge. I scrapped my card using the "Friends Forever" kit by Gabby Palmer Digitals for NDIDDS. I had no idea what kind of dimensions to make my card for printing purposes, so I decided large was best and did an 8x10" to fold in the middle and fit a large envelope. Afterall, high resolution can always be scaled down easier than vice-versa, right? This can be printed also at 6 x 8 or 4 x 6 easily. Yipee, see you learn as you go!

This was my LO for the DID August Mission Digital Challenge, where we had to use at least 8 photos in the page. This one is titled "Car Wash Day", and I used DID kit "A Friendship Blooms" by Day's Digi Designs for NDIDDS to create it.

This one is titled "Deep Thoughts", and I made it for the DID August "O is for Out of Bounds" Challenge which taught us to think outside the box and place our photo and elements slightly off the page. See, this is good for me because I tend to naturally stay too symmetrical with my things. For this one I used DID kit "Cutie Pie" by Scrappy Sasha Designs for NDIDDS.

I totally got way deep into this layout. I named it "Testament of Love". This was made for the DID August "P is for Photo Mask" Challenge, and we were given a wonderful set of masks called "Messed Up" photo masks by the challenge host, Green Elephant Designs, to use. I chose the DID kit "Believe" by Mrs JayBob Designs for NDIDDS to scrap it up with. It had just the right colors for me (my favs) and wonderful spiral elements and perfect word art, not to mention the hummingbird! Just happy with the way this one turned out. It was a very special moment in time for this couple who are the parents of my DH. The photos of this event are even more beloved now as Pop has passed since this shot was taken. He was the kind of person everybody knew and loved; a humble hard-working man who loved his life, family, home, state and country. He was strong, spoke softly, had a tongue in cheek dry sense of humor that you didn't want to miss a word of, and he left such a presence behind that others try to emulate.

As you can see, my DH is doing a good job following in his dad's footsteps, just a younger version with more gab and larger humor but all the same essential values that one finds so important. This LO was for the DID August "Word Art" Challenge, and we were given a nice sampler of word art by Day's Digi Designs to use for this. I made my background paper from a photo I'd taken of the ocean in July and I used my very own texture overlay on it, and well, taadah! Not bad at all. I hope you can read that word art. . . it says "A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in". Aaah, yes! Living at the beach almost feels like a vacation every day. Teehee!

Okay, above is the last DID challenge LO I'm showing you tonight. I titled it "Spring Season" and made it for the DID August "Photography" Challenge. We had to scrap photos of sports. Easy for "mimi" since I have a 7-yr. old ambitious baseball fiend grandson! I went to almost every game he had this season, camera in hand. I used DID kit "Dunkadelic" by Mad Genius Designs for NDIDDS. This is actually a basketball theme kit, but I was able to convert pieces of it to my baseball idea. The acrylic frames, which I doubled layered are from DID designer, Page Frocks. Love her stuff!!

My point here being this: Don't be shy! Boldly LEAP into participating in the great forum challenges hosted each month at any of our wonderful digital scrapbooking websites! They are truly fun, and you will surely learn a lot as you go! It doesn't matter how newbie you are at scrappin', just jump in and get 'er done! You'll be so proud of yourself, and there are lots of freebies and rewards involved aside from all the knowledge you gain by participation!!

Alrighty, then! If you've stayed with me for this long post, you certainly deserve a nice FREEBIE! So, here you are! I've begun designing from scratch a new series of Quick Pages called "MY BEACH", and I'm giving you #15 right now! These will be great to scrap up your seashore vacation photos, etc! The background paper is fashioned from a photo I took recently, and I've added a highly textured overlay of my own making. As always with me, it's a 12 x 12", high resolution suitable for printing. Here's the preview:


Leave your comments here or at 4Shared if you download. The love goes a long way to spur one on to design more freebies! Most of all, enjoy!

Hopefully, I'll be back soon with lots more for you. Do pop back in often!


Saturday, August 1, 2009


Our cool CT at Genia Beana Scraps is having a Blog Train to celebrate the release of Valerie's newest kit, "HAPPY GO LUCKY" which you can pick up at Scrapable!! It's huge, colorful, and downright awesome; and to beat all, this blog train will give you a lot of ingeniously designed freebies to go along with the new kit! Get your cup of coffee and get ready to have some fun as you visit each site listed below! But first, I know you want to see the new kit preview:

I can hear the oohs and aahs! It's really such a neato kit (as we used to say back in my day)! Now here's a preview of the 12 x 12", 300 dpi Quick Page freebie I created as my contribution to our blog train! Hope you like, can use, and most of all enjoy slipping your photo into and journaling on! I "luv" making quick pages!!


This kit has lots of groovy retro elements that I adore! It's such fun to play with! Be sure to visit all the sites listed below to gather up all kinds of teriffic free goodies to add to your scrapping stash that will coordinate with the Happy Go Lucky Kit!!! Plus, you're going to visit some GREAT blogs, so I know you'll want to bookmark them to your favorites list and return to visit these gals quite often in the future! They are talented designers and always giving things away on their blogs! Have a blast! You'll be cyber-traveling all over the country! I've seen all their previews, and I'm too excited for you!! Yipee!!


Janytime <-----------you are here

Genia Beana Scraps








This is my first time participating in a blog train, and I'm having a ball enjoying myself! If any of my links to the sites above don't work for you, please leave me a message here so I can fix them pronto for you! And please, leave the gals some love; they've all worked very hard on their designs for you. We hope you'll visit Scrapable and snag up that new kit for yourself to cherish. And, sshhh, I believe there's something special for you in one of our downloads, so be sure to visit everybody so you don't miss out! You'll be so pleased with everything you get on this train! Choo-Choo!!

See ya soon with more news and more goodies! Until then, HAPPY SCRAPPIN'!!