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Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Greetings my peeps, and happy middle of November already! Turkey Day is almost here, the stores are brimming with the flood of Christmas merchandise, and my DH is drooling as he watches TV commercials that show roasted turkey. He did tell me that he would settle for nothing but plenty of pumpkin pie though! LOL! This year we will cook. I've gotten in the habit of alternating years of cooking at home, dining out, and traveling to enjoy the holiday with relatives. This is also a month of mega birthdays in our family, so bringing all the loose ends together is an intricate affair.

I received an invitation from Addie over at Cool Scraps Digital to join this month's Quick Page Contest, so I jumped in and worked up my QP layout yesterday.  We used the kit, HORIZON, by Mariscrap; and here is a preview of the kit . . .

This is a huge kit, the papers are beautiful, it's loaded with elements to play with which I don't believe are all contained in this preview.  If you hop over to the forum at CSD and check out the Quick Page Contest thread or the Quick Page Contest Gallery, you'll be able to collect all the QPs from all the participants right there by direct download links.  This is a great way to collect enough pages for one or two complete albums that match!!  There are usually over 40 participants monthly in this CSD contest, so it's well worth your time to grab a cup of java and visit their site!!

I've made my QP in two sizes, an 8x8" and a 12x12" which are both included in my download.  I got totally hooked on the little boat cluster element and built my whole page around featuring that element!  I had no clue what I was going to do when I started, but that element was my inspiration for this page, and here's how it turned out . . .


I'm providing two download sites in case I run out of bandwidth at one.  Participants in this contest have until Nov. 20th to get their QPs uploaded at CSD, so check back after that date to be sure you collected all of them.  They are usually available to download for the entire following month after the contest ends (i.e., these should be available through December).  A poll will also go up in the forum after Nov. 20th so you can vote for your favorite QP.  The winner gets a prize!!  It's a really neat contest, I love the way it works, and we ultimately are all winners for getting to play with a beautiful kit!  It doesn't get much better than that when you love to scrap!!

Leave some love if you download, it spurs me on to make more for you!  Also, unzip promptly to find a special time dated discount coupon from me to you, good at my Etsy shop online, where I feature my handmade items.  Do come by there for a visit too, especially if you're shopping for something unique for someone special, even a pet! 

Thanks for stopping by!  Talk again soon!


Monday, November 7, 2011


Lord knows I should celebrate "Digital Scrapbooking Day" since over the years it's become such a main hobby in my life!  I'll try to make this short as my day seems to be slipping away quickly, and I have a long "to-do" list yet to go!

We'll jump right into the FREEBIE I have for you!  It's my paper pack for NOVEMBER!  As with my previous monthly paper packs, there are 9 papers, 12x12", 300 dpi, and focused around my chosen color scheme for this month; blends of brown, beige, rust.  Very Fall-ish for your scrapping.  Once again, here is the paper with text that sparked the entire pack . . .

Yeah, I get kind of crazy during my late night design sessions!  I never know what's going to come off my brain.  Here's the preview of the whole paper pack . . .


Again, I'm providing two sites for downloading since I may run out of bandwidth due to popularity.  I try very hard to keep all my freebie links working and active at all times. 

Next up, I'll simply and hopefully give you some inspiration through showing you what I've scrapped just recently.  I travel with my kids and grandkids on Halloween for the candy gathering, and we have one great huge neighborhood we always go to for that every year.  I'm the designated picture taker, and below is just a small smathering of what I took.  I got hooked on doing the pumpkin templates this year, love them!

Above shows my precious preemie grandson as "Spiderman" (top left).  He didn't want to wear the mask, so his daddy painted an awesome Spiderman face on his with makeup, etc.  Very artistic with web and lots of color!  My other two grandkids are "Skeledono" and "Draculeena", you can also see Amy Winehouse and Damon Wayans, a second adult change on my DD in the bottom, and the pumpkins carved.  An oh yeah, that's me up in the stem!  This template was free from the Template Tuesday Challenges at Jessica Sprague.  I used actual photos of the kid's candy dumped on the floor for my background paper.  Paper and elements used from kits available at Jessica Sprague and also one called Halloween Fun by Scrap N Sassy at Go Digital Scrapbooking.

Above shows a pumpkin filled with the 5 years of Halloweening done by my preemie grandson, Mason.  This is how scrapping can help one to heal from the pain of loss.  I found an old photo of Mason's mommy (my oldest DD) who only lived long enough to see  three of Mason's Halloweens.  I loved the photo of her in the witch's hat as she hosted Halloween festivities at her home one year, so I extracted her from that photo and placed her in this layout as if she were watching over her son.  I think Mason will be pleased with this page when he gets it from me someday as a man.  The whole purpose of digital scrapbooking is leaving something for posterity.  This template was purchased from GDS.

I did this last layout last night as I ran across a great free template at Gotta Pixel in their Project 52 category in their forum.  I could visualize this one as I looked at the template, it just was already in my head, perfect!  Yes, I'm just like you, love to gather the freebies to work with!  However, I've purchased my fair share over time, and this year I added a giant Halloween kit to my paid-for stash!  Just needed some new things to work with that make me happy!

And, to end, I will advise you that I have signed up today for Tiffany Tillman's upcoming class at Renee Pearson called "Holiday Templates 2011", a 25 day class chocked full of 24 templates, a mega holiday kit, and plenty of daily video lessons.  You can just never stop learning, and this will be an awesome class (i.e., Christmas gift to myself)!!  You should check it out, today is the last day for a discount off the registration cost.  You have until midnight to get that!

Okay, I'm off to hit my chore list for the rest of this day!  Thanks for stopping by.  Leave some love if you download.  And don't forget to unzip my freebies ASAP, I have special timely coupons in there for you!!