I think we are finally all over the holiday viruses that had set in on us. Yucky! We have taken down the holiday decor and tucked it away for another year; and last week I finished up the shipments of gifts that didn't make it on time. Don't know if I've ever been that late before, but hey, there is a first for everything! From what I've heard, the UPS, USPS, and FedEx were running behind themselves, so I shouldn't feel so badly. I can now say it's officially over for another year.
I'm having to spend an enormous amount of time organizing and moving digital files from internal drives to external drives in preparation of getting a new desktop soon. Mine has had some glitches since August, so being that it is close to 7 years old, I'm up for a new system and hubby will take this one and wipe it clean and use it until it dies. I'm not looking forward to giving up "the familiar" and taking on "the unfamiliar", but gaining more RAM, better processor, and more storage always sound good to me.
I've squeezed in a little personal scrapping and made a challenge Quick Page on my days off. I miss having time to design more, but my fulltime job has limited what I get done with the hours I have. To begin our new year, I've participated in the QP challenge over at Ivy Scraps using the kit, "Yesterday's Memories" by Waite for the Moment Designs. Visit the forum there under the January QP Challenge thread to gather up all the free Quick Pages, and you'll have a nice album ready to scrap. Or better yet, consider participating in the challenge and practice making Quick Pages with us to share with everyone! Get involved! There's a great group of gals that hang out there all the time, and we all chat and help each other. Here is the kit preview . . .
and here is the FREE QUICK PAGE made by yours truly in png format, 12 x 12-inch, 300 dpi, ready to slip a couple of photos underneath . . .
DOWNLOAD HERE or HERE
I hope you can use my freebies in your digi-scrapping! Leave some love if you download, I need to know you've stopped by and wish me to continue making freebies.
One pleasant gift we received during the holidays came from a neighbor gal a few doors down, and she gave us the recipe as well. In the photo below, you can see I hopped all over it, making some of my own. The recipe is simple and quick; just my style! I used parchment paper on my cookie sheets to prevent sticking. (1) Fill up a cookie sheet with Snyder's mini pretzels. (2) Set a Rolo candy on top of each pretzel. (3) Place in a 350 degree oven for 4 minutes. (4) Remove from oven and top with a pecan half. Easy-peasy! I cooled mine in the freezer for a couple of minutes, then placed in an air-tight jar for later snacking. I also experimented with different types of caramel filled chocolate candy to see which would work best. Stick with the Rolo candy; the melting temperature of it is more perfect and the caramel does not escape it so easy. These are yummy and similar to "turtles".
Here is a glance at some of my recent scrapping for inspiration . . .
Above is a pre-made QP I just slipped a photo under and added some journaling. Below is a template by Wendy Tunison Designs whom I follow on Facebook and got all her preChristmas freebies from there . . .
The above page was inspired by the simple white stamp-style frame cluster I wanted to use, so I built the page around that. Below, my page features a challenge mask by Happy Scrap Arts who hosts a mask challenge each month at both Ivy Scraps and Digi Scrap Station. I adore using different types of masks, and they are fun to collect just like templates!
The supplies above are from a sampler by Atrias Creations called "From the Sea" (Ivy Scraps), and the word art is freebie from Digital Scrapper back in June.
That's enough from me for the moment! Take care, stay busy, and stay warm! I'll be back with more goodies, so drop in again soon!