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Monday, July 19, 2010


Are we burning up from the hot humid summer weather yet?  The absolute most unbearably hot months of the year here are July and August, the latter of which is usually more rainy.  Thank goodness for the "cement pond" and the local rivers.  DH and I took the grandkids to the riverbanks last weekend with the canoe, lifejackets, and a picnic in hand.  Mind you, this is two 4-yr. olds and an 8-yr. old; and even though I've been trying since they were born, this was the first time I got all three of them in one of our watercrafts at the same time!  They did just great!  I think they had the greatest fun though right on the sandy riverbanks, running downhill at break-neck speed and flopping into the water.  There were several labradors there all afternoon playing among my grandkids.  I'm always amazed how that breed of dog just adores the water.  They were fun to watch.  I took a ton of photos!  By the end of summer I'll be way behind already on my personal scrapping again!  Whew!

I practiced last night following a short tutorial in PSE and then went off and did some of my own designing.  I came up with some neat rounded-corner rectangular frames which I'll be sharing with you over time.  For your FREEBIE today, I took one and made some frame clusters or, as I'm going to refer to them, GroupEz!  There are three "GroupEz" in this pack plus a single bonus frame for ya!  I hope you'll be able to use these.  Sometimes when we are pressed for time, as I know my BFF always is, reaching for a frame cluster can speed up the making of a layout page.  These can be resized easily and are 300 dpi pngs, as usual.  Here's the preview:

If you like this type of thing, leave some love and I'll make more.  I always read all the comments.  

This week in my PhotoShop Friday lesson from Jessica Sprague, I learned how to "stitch" in different ways.  I did a layout using examples of my stitching techniques, but the stitches are so small I doubt if you will be able to see them in this . . .
Pretty blossom of mine, hey?  The template and everything you see above (except my flower photo) was provided from JS in the lesson download.  Awesome!!  We also just finished up a great free 2-week class called "Computer Tricks for Cards", and it was great fun!! 

I like to check in on the monthly challenges going on in all the forums where I hang out.  I completed a Quick Page for the July exchange at Stuff To Scrap and can't wait to get all the other QP's at the end of this month!  Yipee!  They are gorgeous!  I always check on the card making, font, quote, and template challenges.  Yes, I'm a template freak!  Love them!  Come back by tomorrow, I'll likely have one for you of my own.  I'm also going to compile the full resolution cards I've designed and put them into the Mason Jar for anyone interested. 

Divine Digital is back up and running!  Yeah!  Missed you guys something fierce!!  The forum is up, and I'm amazed they were able to retrieve and restore so much info.  They are still working on the boutique, but at least we can all communicate again!

I simply have to mention a new collab kit by Angel Hartline and JW-DigiScraps called "CLICK" which is available at Digital Scrapbooking Studio where Janis Ward has joined as a designer.  It's a huge kit and so colorful!  Will be wonderful for so many things and seasons, etc.  Check it out!
My only neice got married Saturday!  Congratulations Jessica Nicole!!

Be back soon!  TOOTLES! 


CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 2 post on Jul. 19, 2010. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [19 Jul 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

lwlittlebit said...

Thanks so much for the great frames! Love the name you gave them! Also, I love the music playing on your blog...one of my favorite songs and your instrumental version is really nice.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the neat frames.

bj said...

thank you!!