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Friday, January 27, 2012


I'm back as hoped with a new QUICK PAGE FREEBIE for you all. It's my contribution to the monthly QP contest held at Cool Scraps Digital. This month we got to work with the awesome kit by Cocotounette called "Oh My!".  It has some lovely colors in it. My QP is a 12 x 12", 300 dpi page but could easily be resized down to an 8x8 if desired. This is a png file, so it will work in different programs.  If you would like to collect all the pages for a matching album, just check into the Quick Page Contest thread in the forum at Cool Scraps Digital, or check out the Quick Page Contest Gallery there.  Each contestant has direct download links posted so you can easily pick up their page to add to your collection.  This contest is always awesome and showcases so much talent by various digital scrapping folks!  Here is a preview of the "Oh My!" kit and the QP I made with it . . .

And here is a closer look at my Quick Page . . .


I'm providing two different download sites for your convenience and so this will always be available when you are visiting my blog.  I hope you enjoy this page and can use it in your scrapping needs!  It's always a fun contest, so think about getting involved over at CSD.

We had my little grandson's 6th birthday party Wed. evening, cake and ice cream and opening of his gifts at an oceanfront pub where there is a huge arcade for all the kids to play in indoors while the adults snacked on a flavorful feast of wings since it was $0.35 wing night!  I tried two different kinds and ended up loving the one called "Golden" and need now to figure out what's in the grilling sauce so I can make it at home!  Mason had a blast playing with his friends and opening some very cool presents.  I took a ton of pictures as usual.  He has always loved birthdays, both his own and attending others.  He loves to sing the birthday son, taste the icing on the cake with his finger, make a wish, blow out candles, and rip into gifts.  This little guy is reading like a wizard for his age, and he does take time to open and read each birthday card before he tears into that gift; good training by his daddy there!  I made it through the party with my emotions intact but had my moments of tears after I returned home pondering how much I missed his mommy being there to see him turn six.  She would be so proud of her son.  Time does fly by, it's true.  But losing her still seems like yesterday and is still so fresh for me though a little over three years has passed.  I struggle, but I am making it, and I do make myself get through everything.

I'm going to jump off here now and get busy with household chores, but I will return soon with more free templates for you and some really neat word art coming up in February!  Please drop back by often to see what's new in my world of digital design attempts.  I'm also going to show you what I've worked on so far in my ongoing Digital Art Journaling class.  I only wish I had more free time to devote to that.  It's so enjoyable and so different.  Oh well, that is what we like about self-paced classes, right?  You can work on them anytime when you can spare the time!

Have a great day, and I'll chat again soon!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012


HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY! Can't believe it's actually 2012 already. I can remember being a pup and the anticipation I had to see the time come in my life when the year would roll to 2000. Well now, that's been awhile back already! Hope you had great holidays! I've taken a short break from everything and just kicked back and enjoyed a bit of winter laziness around the homefront. However, in front of the computer, I've still been busy as a bee! I've got some awesome new word art designs coming at you as freebies during February, so do check in often here. Hopefully, I'll post a new quick page freebie tomorrow. And, I know I'm late in the month, but at least I made it with my January Paper Pack. I didn't want to miss getting it to you, so better late than not at all.

I've been knee-deep in classes and digital projects for the last two months solid. I don't know what possessed me to take on simultaneous advanced classes, but I loved the learning and find myself homesick (so-to-speak) when not in a digi-scrap class of some sort. LOL! It's so addictive, really!

I'm working right now trying to finish 40 Christmas layouts in 12x12" format for my 2011 holiday album which I'm actually going to print by the end of this month. It's been so exciting and was part of the Tiffany Tillman's Holiday Templates 2011 class. We each designed our own custom album cover and ordered it from Persnickety Prints. I'm so thrilled with mine that I can't stop talking about how great the quality is. Designing that was a first for me, and I'm so pleased it turned out absolutely perfect! Yeah for me! I will show you my entire album, cover and all, as soon as I complete the project and am happy with all the layouts. It will most likely be in a February post.

The other thing I fell ga-ga over lately is the Digital Art Journaling class I'm in right now over at Jessica Sprague! If you don't know what that hot new trend is all about, jump over to her website and browse through the Digital Art Journaling Class Gallery. You may need to register with her site for that gallery to show up, I don't know for sure. There are literally thousands of samples to gaze through. The art journaling is a pleasant change of pace from normal digi-scrapping because it's more introspective and a lot more loose and free-style. Anything and everything goes, like no rules. It's sort of reminds me of when we had art classes in elementary school and you were used to cutting loose with plenty of imagination at that age. This sort of takes you back there to those days! Very cool.

My youngest grandson has a birthday today! My little extreme preemie is turning a big 6 years old. Hard to think how time has flown so quickly! My daughter would be so proud of him if she were here. I'll be having cake and ice cream with him this evening, along with all his little croanies and his cousins! Looking forward to what? Another great photo opportunity!

I've got a Vet appointment with my Pixie today also! She is holding stable with all of her health issues for now. Some days are good, some not so good. This is a recheck visit and to refill the meds. I've gotten swell at shooting Insulin!

I will also get back on posting the rest of my free templates for you very soon. I got swamped as Christmas neared and didn't get to finish the daily download of them like I had intended. But we will get back to it soon.

By the way, check out my Etsy shop to see my handcrafts. The link is at the top of my blog where the Etsy showcase gadget is. There's usually a discount coupon for my Etsy shop in each digi-freebie download. The shop is picking up speed now, so I'm feeling good about the time I've devoted to it.

Okay, on to your FREEBIE of my JANUARY PAPER PACK. This is a collection of 7 papers which are 12x12", 300 dpi, jpgs. I'm not fond of winter, especially the grayness of January and February and can remember it well from the first half of my life spent in the North. Luckily now, my winters are mild and mostly sunny here in the South. The robins returned here yesterday! Today was a warm, almost balmy type day; no jacket required! Yeah! Anywho, I created these papers thinking back on the Northern winters and starting off with the idea behind this monthly project, the January text paper shown here . . .

Here's the preview of the whole pack . . .


I'm still providing you a choice of download sites, box or 4shared.  I'm always afraid of running out of bandwidth at one or the other.

I hope you enjoy these papers.  Leave some love if you download.  It helps to spur on the freebie flow from me.  I had to take down my chat widget from the side column as I see it's not free anymore.  So, what else is new these days?!  Postage is up, service is worse.  Don't even get me started!  I vow to not speak of politics or religion here.  LOL!

Be back soon (hopefully tomorrow with a free quick page), so check back often!