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Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Hope you're having a Holly-Jolly Christmas season with your loved ones! As you can see, my well-laid plans for giving a template freebie daily until Christmas went haywire about a week ago! I will make up for that by simply continuing to post my free templates as often as possible until I achieve where I wanted to be mentally with sharing my designs.

For today, I have a Quick Page FREEBIE for you! I accepted the invitation to participate again in the monthly QP contest over at Cool Scraps Digital. We were given the kit, PAPILLONS by Scrapper's Delights, to work with, and our pages are due in on Dec. 28th (tomorrow). Needless to say, with all the hub-bub of the holidays, I had to stop and focus on making my page last night. Here is a preview of the full-size kit . . .

I made my QP in both 12x12" and 8x8" sizes at 300 dpi, and you can select what you like from the download links below.  Here is my page preview . . .

Of course, the actual QP will not have the CSD logo on it that you see in the lower left corner above.


Get the 8 x 8-inch page HERE

Get the 12 x 12-inch page HERE

DOWNLOAD from 4Shared:

Both sizes in one zip HERE

If you like to collect free cohesive quick pages for an album, be sure to visit CSD and check out the Quick Page Contest Gallery for this month to view all the pages designed by the rest of the contestants.  They are available for free direct download, and the links are posted in the Quick Page Contest thread in the forum. 

Meantime, more Vet appointments revealed that my youngest Yorkie (14 yrs. old) has four different health issues going on simultaneously.  We are, of course, hoping that all of them can be dealt with and brought under control.  Our kitchen counter is loaded with her medications, and my DH and I are taking turns daily with her regimen.  She seems to have two good days, then one bad day . . . repeatedly.  We can't tell yet if we are making progress, but we are still hopeful.  Will keep you posted. 

I'll return in the next few days with more FREE TEMPLATES!  My DH is off for 5-6 days of vacation here at the house; and that, no doubt, will again throw me somewhat off my blogging schedule!

Talk soon!


Saturday, December 17, 2011


How is your Christmas schedule going? I'm sure we all realize how fast December is speeding by, and we are now only a week away from Christmas Eve!

Today I have my TEMPLATE #23 for you. I guess by now we all kind of know that I most often scrap and design in the 12 x 12-inch format, 300 dpi. This download includes a layered psd, tiff, and all pngs. I do this in hope that most everyone will be able to use my things no matter what scrapping software you work in. Here's the preview . . .


I hope you will enjoy using my collection of template designs somewhere in your future scrapping.  Don't forget to leave some love if you download.  Stated love keeps us going! 

I'm having all kinds of problems today on the "puter" with everything being way too touchy and jumpy.  Think my memory needs a boost and I need to clean a bunch of stuff off the internal drives.  Ugh, love that chore! 

Hopefully, I'll return tomorrow with another template freebie for you, so drop back by.

I took a little time toay and gathered up the Traditions collab from the Blog Train Blog.  That took a little time, but it's so cute!  Go check it out; you may want to make the rounds before they expire on Dec. 31st.


Friday, December 16, 2011


I missed posting yesterday completely. I had my mind on other things and attended "Taste Of Our Church" last evening which was their big Christmas musical production after which lots of homemade goodies were served. This goes on for an entire week each evening, and they serve probably over 2,000 folks each evening. Tons of work goes into it, and it was simply joyous to be in the congregation and soak it all in. I really enjoyed it and was moved to tears by the resounding carols sung by one female performer in particular. Wow! What talent!

Okay, today I will catch you up with two FREEBIES.    First, I have my Template #21 for you.  It's a 12 x 12 inch, 300 dpi and includes a layered psd, tiff, and all pngs.  There are two download sites for you to choose from, too.  Here's the preview . . .


Second, I have my Template #22 for you.  It also is a 12 x 12 inch, 300 dpi and includes a psd, tiff, and all pngs.  Here's the preview . . .


I hope you have fun now or later scrapping up some pages with my templates. 

I've tucked a special discount coupon in the files for you which is good at my Etsy Shop in case you need or want anything from there for Christmas.  The coupon is good through the month of December.  I've had a few sales there now, and that's encouraging! 

One of my pooches is still sick, and I'm not having a good feeling about what's going on with her.  She is 14 yrs. old, and my inner instincts are telling me what I don't want to face.  Lord, be merciful.

I'll try to post again tomorrow with another template for you.  Meantime, HAPPY HOLIDAYS and keep scrapping as your time allows.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Well, the night-owl is back with your next FREE TEMPLATE, and at least I did make it slightly before the stroke of midnight.

Without delay, I have my TEMPLATE #20 for you, a 12x12 inch, 300 dpi which includes a psd, tiff, all pngs, and even a sample layout. Here is the preview . . .


It's a rather strange bird, if I must say so myself, so see what you can do with it!  LOL!  Judging by the number of downloads, it looks like plenty of you are playing with the Christmas Tree Quick Page.  That's good!  Glad you like it!

Be back tomorrow with Template #21.  Stop back by!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Greetings! Happy Day #9 of my attempt to post a bunch of FREEBIES for the Holiday Season for you! I hope you are enjoying this!

Today I have a Christmas Tree Quick Page in 7 different colors for you! I got stuck playing with the design (which is not over yet!), and then couldn't decide what background paper I liked best! So why decide? Take them all. Seven is my personal lucky number anyway! I left it otherwise plain so you could add your own elements and journaling until you're happy with it. Here's a preview of what's in the download . . .


Have fun with that, and I'd love to see your finished pages if you want to email them back to me.  I'll post them here.

Next up is my TEMPLATE #19.  Again, it's 12 x 12", 300 dpi, and includes a psd, tiff, and all pngs so anybody can use it.  Here's the preview . . .


Again, I'm making an effort to provide two download sites so you don't go without if I run out of bandwidth at one site.

Hopefully, I'll see you here again tomorrow with another goodie!  Hope all is well in your home! 


Monday, December 12, 2011


Here I am posting in the late night again, just before midnight. Would love to get my posts up at about 6 a.m. so they are there for you all day, but I'd have to set them up on "automatic scheduled posting", and that's okay, but if I'm doing it live I sometimes just take that opportunity to talk. I took care of one of my grandsons after school today, and he literally is able to eat me out of house and home. I raised girls so am not used to the way boys can eat when they are growing and playing sports, etc! Wow! I had to scrounge and get creative to fill him up today, and that's just his after-school snack eating!

I played designing a little tonight, and if you visit back tomorrow you'll benefit from what I played with. I will have 7 Quick Pages for you!

Your FREEBIE tonight is TEMPLATE #18, a 12x12", 300 dpi, and the zip includes the psd, tiff, and all pngs. I even have a web size sample layout in there for you to see. Here's the preview . . .


Again, I'm providing downloads from Box and from 4Shared as I expect to run short of monthly bandwidth at least on one of the accounts, and don't want you to have to wait on that to renew at the first of each month.

Hope things are going well for all of you as the holidays progress.  Stay safe!  Be back tomorrow!

Please leave a little love if you download.  Your comments help to fuel the desire to give things away for free.  I did have a sweet lady send me a layout she made with one of my QPs in email today, and she expressed how much she loved everything about the vintage looking QP I had done.  I will resize her layout and maybe post it tomorrow.  It made my scrappy day!


Sunday, December 11, 2011


I'm back, later than I'd like to be, but at least I made it to my post today before midnight strikes! No matter how hard I try, I just don't get peace and quiet until the very late night. Full day, even for a Sunday. Also had my grandbabes over for dinner this evening while parents attended company Christmas parties. We got into some Christmas crafts together, and my 9-yr. old grandson loves the art of paper folding and is so precise at it. He got one of his projects completed this evening to the point that it's ready for spray glue and glitter! Aahh, another evening's project, hopefully outside on the patio in the sun! LOL!

For you, I have my TEMPLATE #17 which is a little different.  It is very simplistic but will make a good vacation page for some of you.  It's 12 x 12 inches, 300 dpi and includes a psd, tiff, pngs, plus a bonus Quick Page version and the bonus background paper which is my shot of the local ocean here.  I've included a sample of my layout with the zip too so you can see how I used it.  In the psd I have that background paper sitting at 60% opacity, but you can bump it all the way up to 100% and judge which way you like it personally.  Here's the preview . . .


I have only one download site for you to use on this one because the zip file was too large to upload to my free box account.  Hope you don't mind the waiting at 4Shared to get it.  Sorry about that and will try to keep most of these remaining templates on the smaller file size if possible.

Hope your days during the pre-Christmas are going well and you feel happy!

Be back tomorrow with Template #18 for you!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

FREE TEMPLATES #15 & #16, DAY 5 & 6

Well, I knew it would happen during the busiest month of the year! I missed posting completely yesterday, so I'll make up here today.  I have two templates for you to download today, and we won't get into any other chatty topics 'cause I have a ton of things that I have to jump on today or else!

Here is my TEMPLATE #15, a 12 x 12", 300 dpi which includes a psd, tiff, and all pngs in the zip.


Next up for you is my TEMPLATE #16, a 12 x 12", 300 dpi also including a psd, tiff and all pngs.


See, I can be brief and to the point!  LOL!

Be back bright and early tomorrow morning with another FREE TEMPLATE for you, and the next one will include a Quick Page with it!  It's kind of different.  Don't forget to leave some love if you download.  Afterall, this is the season for spreading LOVE!


Thursday, December 8, 2011


Hi all! Glad to see you back! It's DAY 4 of my template gifts already! Hope I can keep up with myself! I'm just under the wire today as it's heading toward midnight here. YIPES!

No fooling around tonight, I still have some digital class work to do yet. I had a good day; busy but good. Even talked with my girlfriend for a nice late afternoon catch-up type chat. That's always good. Fixed tacos for dinner tonight, soft and hard shell; and I put my own twist on them this time around by putting everything in the skillet with the meat to heat in the seasoning; sauce, tomatoes, cheese, (didn't use any lettuce), and used some Taco flavoring rice (from a packet) instead. This made a much heavier bunch of bulk along with my 2 pounds of burger. I have a Hungry Jack to feed daily, and he liked my Twisted Tacos this evening. All is well in the world.

Here's your GIFT, TEMPLATE #14, which is again 12x12", 300 dpi. The zip includes the psd, tiff, and all pngs so just about everybody can use it no matter what program you use to scrap. I designed these back in early 2010, and they've been sitting on my hard drive since, so I need to catch up to date. You'll note as we get deeper into this template catch-up project of freebies that the designs get a little more complex and fun. So stay tuned in here. Here's the preview . . .


Again, two different download sites to choose from.  I anticipate running out of bandwidth before December is over, so you need options, not delays.  Yes?

Okay, I'm going to show you just one layout I whipped out today for inspiration. 

I ran across this wonderful template last night in the forum at Natural Designs in Scrapbooking, and it's free if you do the December Template Challenge there.  It was designed by Scrappily Ever After and is free only until Dec. 15th if you would like to hop over there and pick it up for yourself.  I'm making a 12 x 12" album in the class I'm taking now, and wanted to include some pages about past Christmases.  Now I like it so well I'm going to do one for each member of the family capturing lots of their Christmas faces through the years.  Each will have their own tree page.  Cool, huh?

Okay, my peeps, that's all for now.  Talk again in the morning with another template!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Sorry I'm late posting today, but it was a busy day filled with unexpected things happening. I won't get into all that and promise to keep this on the brief side. Here's a short funny side story; well, funny to me. I have a brand new nickname which is "2.5" and I'm afraid it's going to hang on forever! I accompanied my DD and friends to our annual Christmas boat regatta (parade of boats on the waterway, all decked out in Christmas lights). We had to get to our chosen viewing site early because traffic for this event was hideous, naturally. We decided to view the waterway from a nice local restaurant on its shores, so we had sushi and a good chardonnay while we waited for the parade to begin. It's not news to me (who drinks very little) that wine goes a long way with me. However, I've managed to keep that secret from my kids for over 30+ years. I never get too loose in front of my own children; it's just the way I was raised I guess. Anyway, this particular evening the bar was wonderful and full of lots of folks we've known for years here, good music, good food, etc. Time seemed to stop for awhile as we tried lots of different shushi. Before the regatta got underway, I had finished two large goblets of chardonnay; and, of course, my great bartender had filled 'er up again. I consumed just a little over half of that third glass before we headed outside to the lawn along the waterway to watch the parade of decorated boats. I took lots of pictures, night shots. Later as we were walking to our vehicle leaving, words started coming off my tongue backwards, and everybody in my group got a huge kick out of me. Hence, my new nickname is "2.5", my cut-off point which they now all know and are feeling so smug about knowing. Heck, I've known that all my life!!

I do love wines though and recently have been turned on by the Moscato which has a wonderfully smooth, light, and sweet taste.  One I particularly favor is by Castillo del Poggio which I tried when dining at the Olive Garden not long ago.  There are lots of less expensive brands which are good (I've been testing them out), and so far I can highly recommend the Moscato by Barefoot which is comparable to a more expensive brand. 

Okay, onward with my FREEBIES for you for today. First, I've completed my December Paper Pack for you, inspired by my desire to create some paper with text on it (doing the months of the year right now).  Here you get 9 background papers made with the holiday season in mind.  They are 12 x 12", 300 dpi.  Here's the preview . . .

I had to divide this zip file into two parts to get it uploaded to my box file sharing account, so be sure to pick up both packs if downloading from there.  Or you can download just one larger file from 4Shared, your choice.

From box:

From 4Shared:  HERE

Next up I have another template for you in my daily effort from now till Christmas!  Here you get my TEMPLATE #13, and below is the preview and download link.  Enjoy! 


Again, providing two sites for downloading in case I run short of monthly bandwidth.

That's all I have for you, my peeps, today.  Hopefully, I'll be back earlier tomorrow with another template for you.  I'm off to do some of my own digi-scrapping right now!  Can't wait for this time of the evening!  Yeah, it's here finally . . . my time!

Talk soon!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011


I'm back already, Peeps! I'm really going to take a stab at posting a template for you every day until Christmas, so here is my second one in this current lineup. I give you my Template #12. This is a 12x12", 300 dpi, and the zip includes a layered psd file, a tiff file, and all pngs. This one is simplistic, crisp and clean. Remember, templates are just a starting idea, like a prompt to get you going. Feel free to deck them out with as much of your digi stash as your heart desires; change the template around to suit yourself, add to it, delete parts of it. For me to get one posted each day, I won't have time to make you a sample layout right now. Too much "elfing" to be done in December, and I am the HEAD ELF! Here's the preview of my Template #12 . . .


Again, I'm providing two different download sites as I expect to run out of bandwidth at one of them because of the number of FREEBIES I'll be posting and the number of downloads.   I love  using box.net for file sharing, but my free account there has some limitations on bandwidth.  When you run out of bandwidth for a particular month, you have to wait for it to renew the following month.  For that reason, I am backing you up with 4Shared, although I despise their "waiting routine" and the irritating pop-ups, etc.

I will be back in tomorrow morning early to post a great FREEBIE paper pack I made for December.  Here's a look at the one text paper I made as my December inspiration . . .

Pretty wild, right?  Hopefully I will have another template prepped and ready to post tomorrow also.  My FREEBIES don't expire, so feel free here to gather goodies until your heart is happy!  If you find any links that are not working, please leave me a note about it in the comments so I can fix it right away.  Visit often, and leave some love.

Oh, and have I mentioned I am loving my Tiffany Tillman's Holiday Template 2011 class??!!!  It's being taught at the Renee Pearson website, and we are having a blast!  So happy I got involved.  I'm getting a jump on a major project!!  Yipee!!  Also, taking some classes over at Jessica Sprague and can't say enough good things about that whole group of awesome folks!!  Check 'em out!!

Be back soon!


Monday, December 5, 2011


Alas, the busiest month of the year has arrived, good ole DECEMBER! I'm going to keep my posts short and to the point this month to save us all some time!  My brief highlights include that I've been playing nurse to my youngest Yorkie, who is 13 yrs. old and who has had a severe head cold or sinus infection since early October!!  I've always had lots of dogs all my life, but I've never had a dog get sick like this; it's been brutal, and I've felt so sorry for her.  We've had two visits to the Vet, lots of phone conversations with the Vet, lots of pills to give, and I've been running a warm steam Vicks vaporizer now for over two weeks.  The liquid Vicks Vaposteam is awesome, and the vaporizer seems to be the thing that has done my dog the most good.  It has actually produced some results by helping to break up the mucus in her head which she has been expelling over the last few days now by doing some actual doggie sneezing.  You can't begin to imagine the cleaning I've been doing, and luckily I have mostly tiled flooring!  No matter how hard I think this has been for me to play nurse-made to her around the clock, I am compassionate that this has been harder for her.  She was so clogged up that getting her air sounded like croop as she was breathing through her throat rather than her nose.  She would get so choked up that she has had several faint away episodes which scared the life out of me!  We were worried it was pneumonia or something worse in her lungs.  A good Vet check laid those fears to rest, and the rest of this has just been dealing with getting her meds in her, keeping the vaporizer going and cleaning.  It's not over yet, but it's getting better.  Darn thing is; she's a house dog so we don't know how or why she got so sick.  I am going to blame this on a new liquid floor cleaner my DH brought home and used while I was away up north for two weeks in October.  She came down sick shortly after I returned home.  I began to hunt for answers, thinking she may have an allergy to something.  When I read the back of that jug of floor cleaner, I noted that it contains bacilla and live spores and may cause respiratory irritation.  Well, that was enough for me!!  I read that to my DH and told him we were discontinuing the use of that no matter how well it cleans!  My Vet even seems perplexed by the duration and severity of this illness and said we may need to take her to a specialist.  I'm going to trust my instincts and my homeopathic type treatment.  Will give you an update post on this later as she hopefully gets completely well.

I've started my treat as of Dec. 1st, my Tiffany Tillman's class, Holiday Templates 2011, so I'm deep into that with my spare time at night!  Yeah!  We are making a 12x12 post-bound album, complete with a cover we each design.  Hope to have it completed and ready for print by early January.  We have mega discount coupons for that from Persnickety Prints, and they do have a late January expiration date, so the push is ON!!  My album will totally document this December's happenings in my immediate and extended family, as much as I can capture photos thereof.  It's already a ton of fun, and I ALWAYS take oodles of pictures anyway, so I'm all set for sure!

Also, be sure to check in over at Jessica Sprague!  She has new classes on sale now, inspiration galore, a new rewards program, a free holiday project class starting today, Free Template Tuesday every week, and just so much fun going on in the forum and throughout her blogs and entire site!!  By the way, she announced the return of PhotoShop Friday episodes starting in January 2012, available now by subscription!  I'm hoping Santa will put this in my stocking, oh yeah!!  I've loved those from the start!!

Okay, that's enough chatter from me right  now.  On to your FREEBIE!  Working with the class templates of Tiffany's inspired me to make one of my own for use with some vertical shots I wanted to use of my grandson, Mason.  I wanted to show his little body, the expressions on his face, and not so much of the background of the photos.  So here is the layout I did . . .

Supplies used in this LO are from our Tiffany's class kit, a collaboration kit called "Oh Joy" by both Creashens and Paisley Press.  From this layout, I decided to whip up the template of it to share.  This is a 12 x 12 inch, 300 dpi psd and the download includes the a tiff file and all pngs, so you can use it in just about any scrapping software.  Here is the template preview . . .


Again, I'm providing two different download sites in case I run short of bandwidth at either.  Leave some love if you download.  It means a lot to get a feedback for the time we spend creating things to share for free!

I will be back soon with a DECEMBER PAPER PACK.  I designed the focal text paper back in August, so I'm working on the rest of the papers for the pack for you!  Check back! 

I'm also thinking of bringing another effort up-to-date really quick-like this month.  I have up to 40-some templates already designed and used to post one each Tuesday ("Template Tuesdays"), but I somehow fell off the wagon on getting those posted for you.  I LOVE templates, and I'm sorry I let that run aground.  I'm a template junkie, so I should do better for you.  What say I post one each day for the next 20 days or so???  Good deal???  If so, leave some love about it; and, if there is enough interest and love, I will push to get 'er done!!  Remember, templates are just having a starting point, like a sketch to work with.  You can change anything and everything about them, so it just makes scrapping quicker and easier on occasion when you need to make the most of your time.

Have a great month and "Happy Holidays" to you and your loved ones.  I have lots to show you, so do drop back by!