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Wednesday, May 29, 2013


I'm having my Tuesday/Wednesday "weekend", so I stole some time to bring things up-to-date a bit.  I'm back today with my MAY CALENDAR GRID TEMPLATE for you to snag.  This download contains both a jpg file and png file.  I think you'll find them useful. 


I also got some personal scrapping done, so here's a look for inspiration . . .

For this Easter photo, I used a free template from the Pixel Scrapper site and a kit from Gotta Pixel called Happy Easter by Jen C Designs which was a freebie on her blog recently.  Next up,

my oldest grandson's current baseball photos, again using a free template from Pixel Scrapper website and a mixture of kits,

I was super lucky to have about 30 minutes with all three of my grandchildren on Mother's Day and was able to capture plenty of photos in that length of time.  Here the play in one of our local recreational parks.  Again, I used a free template from the Pixel Scrapper site and a kit from Jessica Sprague.

My only granddaughter after she won "All Around Champion" in her gymnastic group's competition; I used a mini kit by Cilenia Curtis from Scrap Art Studio, and also a photo mask for more color behind that photo.

and my DD is in the middle of her monthly painting project of painting all five of her family dogs' portraits to decorate one of her home's walls.  This was her third "pet night" class, and I must say, it turned out very well; such a good likeness to the real-life Rosco!!  I used another free template from Pixel Scrapper site and did a few modifications on it and used a mini kit by Cilenia Curtis from Scrap Art Studio.

I'll stop there for today.  I should be back tomorrow with something special I designed for you with my free time today; so stop back by to snag it.

Catch ya later!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Good morning one & all!  This will be a short post to deliver my overdue FREEBIE to you; alas my April 2013 Calendar Grid Template.  This template comes to you as a jpg file with a white background, black numbers & lines, etc. and also included is a transparent png file in case you want to pop it onto your own background paper.  With either file you can write your own text in the blocks, add reminders for special events, etc. or pop your own graphics on top.  My grids are 8.5" wide by 5.5" long and fit nicely on the bottom half of an 8.5x11" sheet.  This leaves you the top part of the calendar page to decorate as you desire.  Here is my packaged up preview and the download links beneath it.


I'll post two more, May and June, before the end of this month, so stay tuned. 

I'm off to work. so


Monday, May 27, 2013


Hello, my peeps!  Hope you're having a great holiday weekend or week!  Our beach is brimming to near full capacity with a great first round of holiday vacationers packing in some fun in the sun.  Our weather is fantastic, and I can't tell you have many sunburns I've seen on folks.  I feel bad for all that tender skin that is getting blasted with full days of our intense sun rays along the oceanside after probbly not seeing this type of sun for about nine months!   OUCH!  I just want to stand somewhere and pass out #45 sunblock or some aloe vera gel.  Last week was full with our annual spring Harley rally, this week is host to Black Biker Week and Memorial Day vacationers and tourists.  Our highways are noisy with the constant buzz of ninja cycles.  Everyone is having fun grilling and catching some time with friends and relatives.  My DH and I work over weekends and have our "weekends" in the middle of the week.  It's kind of crazy to get used to, but that's how it is when you live and work in a tourist zone.  Most of the activity we are needed for occurs on weekends at our jobs.

I caught some free time last evening and worked up my Quick Page entry for the May Quick Page Game at Ivy Scraps.  We were lucky to get to work with a huge and pretty kit called "Our Wedding" by Patty B. Scraps.  She gave us the full kit as well as the add-on to play with.  Here are the kit previews,

Here is the Quick Page that I designed from all the goodies; and, as usual, it's a 12 x 12-inch, 300 dpi, png format ready to slip your photos under in whatever scrapping software you like to use.


If you would like to collect the rest of the free Quick Pages made by all the contestants in the May game, just visit the forum at Ivy Scraps under the May Quick Page Contest thread.  Each contestant will post a download link for their page there, and they should all be posted by midnight on May 31st and available for the next 30 days after that.

I've also prepared the 2013 calendar grid freebies for the months of April, May, and June so we can catch up, and I'll be posting those separately over the next few days.  Do come back and snag those.  Each contains both a jpg file as well as a transparent png file of the grid.

Leave me some love if you download, it only takes a few seconds to let me know you've stopped by; and I do so appreciate knowing that you were here.

Be back soon!


Friday, May 24, 2013


I'm back aleady with another FREE Quick Page for you!   How's that for speedy?  Actually, I worked on making this page earlier this month but hadn't stopped to get it packaged up, uploaded, etc.  This one comes from my participation in the May Color Challenge hosted by ADB Designs over at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio in the forum.  We were given a color palate and mini kit to work from, and we could make either a layout, Quick Page, mini kit, paper kit, some elements to share.  My fun time being limited these days, I chose to try to make a QP to share.  These monthly challenges are great fun and help keep one's creativity inspired.  Here's the mini preview I worked from,

and here is my FREE QUICK PAGE for you in 12 x12-inch, 300 dpi, png format,


Hope you like and can use my freebies in scrapbooking your life!  Leave me some love if you download, I enjoy reading your comments!

Be back soon with my Ivy Scraps QP for this month, so stay tuned in.



Thursday, May 23, 2013


Hope you're having a great month of May!  It seems to be flying by so quickly for me, and I can't be the only one feeling that way.  Right?  My DH had a birthday already this month, my DD's birthday was yesterday; and well, there's just a lot of real life happenings that are currently squashing my creative time.  I have a list of "gonna do's" always in front of me, but I don't seem to be checking them off very rapidly!!  You can see from the Etsy widget at the top that I haven't even found time to reload my Etsy store yet!  Where is my free time going??? 

I have managed to keep stride with making my Quick Pages for the monthly contests I enter both at Ivy Scraps and Digi Scrap Station.  I do so enjoy making QPs!  So today, I'm bringing you another QP FREEBIE from my entry at Digi Scrap Station for May.  This month's contest was a little different, using a kit by Kathy's Scraps called "Newborn Wonder".  This kit was separated into monochrome minis, and we got to choose which color we wanted to work with individually.  I chose YELLOW, as you'll see below.  Here are the mini previews of the bundle I worked from . . .

For this contest, we have to submit one 8 x 8-inch, 300 dpi png Quick Page, but I am offering my FREEBIE QP in both an 8 x 8-inch and a 12 x 12-inch size for download below.  Grab whichever you like to use (or both).  Here's what I came up with using this cute baby themed mini . . .


8 x 8-inch size HERE or HERE

12 x 12-inch size HERE or HERE

If you would like to collect a FREE QP Album of similar themed pages in various array of colors, head on over to the forum at Digi Scrap Station and browse through the QP Game for May.  All entries will be posted by the end of this month and each will have a free direct download link in their forum post.  You need to be registered in the forum to see the links, and this is free too! 

I will have another QP for you by the end of this month from my efforts with Ivy Scraps' monthly QP contest, so watch for that coming soon.

I snagged a darling mini kit this month for free by participating in May's Designer Challenge over at one of my longtime favorite hangouts, Digital Scrapbooking Studio, (aka, The Studio, as we call it).  By participating we each have a chance to win the full kit at the end of this month.  Pray I win it, I'm in love with it!  We each got the free mini kit to work up a layout to submit, and I'm totally in love with even the mini kit; it's just so pretty and so versatile!  I'll show you a preview of the mini called "It's All You" which comes from a larger collab by Mad Genius Designs and Julie C. Designs . . .

Am I right, or what??!!  I got all inspired, making not just one layout, but six!!  I had some very recent photos of my only granddaughter (7 yrs. old) playing in her first softball season, so I used this mini to total scrap them up.  I'm thrilled with each page I made, so I'm going to share them here with you.  Maybe you'll be inspired too!  Here we go . . .

I'm pleased that I squashed out some time to get a few pages finished to my satisfaction!  These were pure pleasure to work on!  I'd simply love to win that whole large kit!  I've got my fingers crossed!!

My youngest daughter treated me to an oceanfront brunch outdoors on the deck of one of our favorite Irish pubs.  I had to work that Sunday, but luckily not until the afternoon hours which gave us time to enjoy late morning hours soaking up some sun and food while gazing at a perfectly gorgeous beach on a gorgeous perfect weather day here!  All the photos we took are on our phone cameras, and since I am slow at transferring stuff to my desktop, I haven't anything to show you of that yet!  LOL! 

Mother's Day is always a hard holiday for me since the loss of my oldest daughter.  It usually sparks the beginning of a downward spiral of depression for me that can last a long time.  Last year my DH painted the entire first level of our home with bright colors to bring me out of it.  (Don't know what he has planned for this year.)  Anyway, one of her longtime male friends posted some of his personal photos of her to his FB.  I immediately snagged them since they were new to me and was so very tickled to get them of her.  I had come across some brightly colored QPs in my net surfing which I thought were pretty, so I wrapped her up in them.  After doing so, I sent her male friend the scrapped pages and asked him to add his own story to the best of his memory to each page and sign it.  He has done so and sent them back to me now.  I will set down soon and apply his text story to each page in a pretty font and sign his name on each one.  He said it took awhile and was emotional for him as he always loved her and we all still miss her so and think of her so often.  He totally understood my request though, these were his moments that he captured of her while they were having adventures back in the day.  I want her son to be able to have those stories to read someday as an adult so he will know her and her life better through all of the tons of scrapbooks I intend to leave him in the future.  That little project made me feel better this year through the annual Mother's Day syndrome I normally get.  I feel that I am improving in dealing with my sorrow.  Here's a look at these pages before the text story is applied to them . . .

These QPs are by Sweet Dreamer Designs and are available free at Ivy Scraps as a set of four titled "Spring Sings".  I was immediately inspired when I opened the zip and had my daughter's photos handy.  They just seemed to fit together well and made me feel happy.  Thank you, Sharon, for these lovelies!

Alrighty then, that's all from me until I can post again with another goodie or two.  I know I still need to get up-to-date on those 2013 calender grid freebies for you, too!  Ugh, I hate being behind where my mind is!!

Take care, enjoy your days, and try to always grab a few minutes for yourself somehow; even if it's just to put your feet up and relax a few!  Chat soon!  Thanks to those of you who leave me comments!