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Friday, November 19, 2010


I don't know how your month is shaping up, but mine has turned out pretty busy so far.  November is loaded with lots of birthdays to celebrate (both family and friends), and my grandson's football activities peaked this month as his team made it into the play-offs and WON the championship!  YEAH!  Been spending some time at the field cheering him on as the evenings get darker earlier and become increasingly chilly here on the oceanfront.  I know, I shouldn't complain.  The days are still plenty warm here, but as the sun drops the ocean breeze can feel damp and cool now in November.  I am not a fan of returning to normal Eastern Standard Time as we always do at the beginning of this month.  I much prefer Daylight Savings Time so I can have my extra daylight hours in the evenings, so I am one of those who would lobby to leave it on Daylight Savings Time all year-round.  There is something about light that makes me much happier, the same as bright yellow sunshine does against a clear blue sky!

Today is my only granddaughter's 5th birthday!  My DD is giving her a Rock 'n Roll themed party for her little friends in the garage of their home this evening.  I'll be there to rock on, but first I must whip up and print out a digitally designed birthday card for her with some cute fairies on it.  I'll be sharing some party photos with you later on some scrapped pages for sure!

What are your Turkey Day plans?  Do you have that menu all worked out?  I think my plans will include something about 4 wheels and about 800 miles.  Oh me!  However, if you need some food inspiration or some new recipes, check out the November Recipe Challenges in the forums at Digital Scrapbooking Studio and Designs in Digital, or you can look in the galleries at all the recipe cards being designed and displayed.  Maurine of LetMeScrapbook always hosts the monthly recipe swap at DSS, and if you submit a recipe card you will get all of the others at the end of each month.  Fabulous!!  Santa's Digi Express is happening right now at Designs in Digital, and it's oh so much fun!  There's a long list of challenges for it posted in their forum,one of which is a recipe card swap.  I must say, both of these site challenges are going extremely well.  I have been working on each project in that challenge list, posting my completed ones each day; and today I won an entire kit!  We also received a surprise gift just for participating already, a digital Advent Calendar we can customize and print out.  My grandkids just love to use those in December, so that was really sweet!

I'm still taking my weekly PhotoShop Friday lessons from Jessica Sprague for a dollar weekly, and I can't say enough good things about those self-paced lessons to help one learn more and more about how to use all the tricks within PhotoShop, PhotoShop Elements, and the CS series.  The video tutorials are just awesome!  Jessica records those at just the perfect speed, and with the ability to stop, start, fast foward, rewind, and replay them at your heart's desire; well, there is just nothing you can't learn about your software from her!!  She's giving a totally FREE class starting Nov. 29th (see and click on my top side-bar ad), so you may want to check that out and get yourself registered for the fun coming up soon!  She always gives a free class annually this time of year!  They are self-paced, meaning you don't have to be at your computer at any certain time, the lessons are there for you whenever you have the time.  So don't be skeptical about signing up because of your schedule.  It's great to have something to do when you do have free time.

Also, FYI, Scrapper's Guide has changed their name to Digital Scrapper, and Linda just closed registration on Nov. 15th for a discounted combo class of instruction on learning the changes in PhotoShop Elements 9.  I'm a Premier subscriber annually, so I get her monthly kits, quick pages, and video tutorials.  What can I say, another fabulous and energetic digital instructor!

I believe I also read today that Digi Design Resort will be offering 24 daily classes free by video online, so I'm going to have to check that out.  It starts toward the end of this month, maybe between the 25th or 29th.  It's probably posted somewhere in their forum.

Alas, I'm about two full months behind in providing you with layout inspiration; but fear not, I've done a ton of personal scrapping so it will be forthcoming!  For now, we'll just focus on some FREEBIES!

For today's FREEBIE I've designed for you a collection of PHOTO CORNERS, 14 sets in a variety of colors (56 pieces in all).  These are png files at 300 dpi so you can resize them to suit your needs.  I think everyone needs a bunch of these in their stash!  They can always handle a photo when nothing else seems to fit.  The download is stress free from box.net, and here's the preview:


Leave a little love if you like my freebies.  I'm not quite finished with Halloween as Turkey Day fast approaches.  Therefore, I'll be back soon with a couple of freebies for each holiday.  Seems I can hardly decide what facial design I'm carving into my pumpkin as I hear TV and radio ads for "Black Friday".  Geez!  I would like a chance to enjoy one holiday at a time.  Is it me, or is the world moving too fast?  Just one of my pet peeves . . .

See ya soon!  TOOTLES!