Sunday, December 27, 2009

End Of Year Sale!! Woot!

YAY I just got an email today that the entire Stuff To Scrap store is on sale (except retiring items which are already $1).



So - your first stop is my store (of course LOL) and don't forget my design team Red Genius Enterprises and my partner in crime Little Red Scraps. If you haven't blown your budget, check out the rest of the Stuff To Scrap store. (Yes, I know I am a brat LOL)


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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Celebration - Day 5 and Merry Christmas!!

Wow - Christmas Eve! My boys are on fire with excitement and I am on fire with so much left to DO lol. I haven't even started wrapping. Its going to be a late night! I hope you are all enjoying your holiday celebrations - whichever holiday you celebrate, wherever you live.

Today is the last day of Celebration. I am glad you guys loved this kit - I am super happy with how it came out. Today we have lots of goodies for you - so I'll get right to it.

First, here is a 12 by 12 QP I made for you:


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Next, here is a QP and a set of 4 BB pages made by Shel Belle's CT member, Sandra.



You can get the QP here.



You can get the BBs here.

Now - head over to Janie's blog to snag this quick page:



I believe that Lorry has also done a QP from the layout she made that I showed you the other day - so head to her blog to get it.

Check out Shel Belles blog, she will link you up to some of her CT member's freebies.

As far as I know that's all of them, but I may have missed some. Check out my CY members blogs linked on the right just to see what treats may be there.

Thanks again for coming by - Merry Christmas - and I'll chat with you all again soon!








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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Celebration - Day 4

Well today I feel totally invigorated and inspired and I am so thankful you all took the time to leave me such wonderful comments.

Today we haven't he alpha for the Celebration kit. I'll show you the kit preview again but you can't see the alpha very well so you'll have to just download and see what you think:)



Here are a couple more CT Layouts I have to share:

From Lorry:


From Jodi:


Don't those ROCK? I have a couple more that Shel Belle's CT member Sandra did -and she made hers into QPs so com eback tomorrow to snag them for free:)

Here is the link to snag the alpha from 4sahred:

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And don't forget to go see Shel Belle for her alpha too. Don't forget to thank her for her awesome kit!

Tomorrow will be a QP and various CT freebies - see you then!




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You guys ROCK - thank you!!

WOW everyone! What an amazing flood off comments to wake up to! Thank you all so very much! They have totally overshadowed that grumpy-guss moment and I am just wearing a HUGE smile. Thank you sooo much!

About my comment to people who don't always say thank you - I know that sometimes you are in a hurry, and I know that it can be confusing. I didn't mean to make anyone feel bad for not saying thank you all the time - I know that would be impossible. I love that so many of you take the time to say thank you when you do. I love giving away my freebies, I love seeing my blog followers numbers go up and my dwonload numbers go up. That tells me people like what I do - which encourages me to keep doing it:) So it's not just the comments that help, please don't feel bad if you can't/haven't commented. Thank you for coming to my blog, following me, linking me in your blog roll, and just coming by regularly to see what I've got - all of it!

I'll be back this evening with the alpha (which I think you will LOVE by the way!) but wanted to let you guys know that I am absolutely gob-smacked by the wonderful comments, thank you all SO much for taking the time it totally and completely made my day!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Sad Note and Celebration Day 3

Hi everyone - I'm feeling glum right now because someone left me a horrible comment on my blog. It was about the Stuff To Scrap blog train. Here is what the commenter (who hid behind 'anonymous') wrote:

Christmas is on Dec 25 - why would you enter a blog train and take it out early??? What a shame! I have purchased many items from different bloggers as I collected the pieces - I will NEVER buy from someone like you

The Stuff To Scrap blog train has always been officially running from the 1st until the 15th. Some people leave their links up, but the train is over on the 15th. My links came down around the 20th - which is not actually pulling the freebie down early, it is leaving it up longer than necessary. This was never a Christmas train, it was just our monthly blog train that had a Christmas theme this month.

I do at least one free FULL kit per month on my blog and usually I also do the Stuff To Scrap blog train which is a mini kit. Many designers no longer give free kits once they start selling in a store, because they feel it hurts their sales. The chatter in designer forums is to give 'samplers' from kits. However, I am a scrapper too, and it wasn't that long ago that I was looking for freebies too. I found samplers to be really hard to use because ... well ... there isn't enough stuff! So I decided one free kit - a good kit too, not just something I pump out as fast as I can because its free - each month would be how I would still give to people who can't afford to buy, give a useful kit, and still have kits that go straight to the store for sales.

I recently was participating in a designer discussion about freebies, where several designers gave up on regular freebies because people would get upset if they weren't posted long enough, or if they were late posting them, or other things that freebie hunters found 'unfair' about the posting. If I was getting regular rude comments like today's I think I would give up on freebies too.

I am happy to say that most of you are great! Some post nice thank you's and I feel very appreciated by you. Many of you just download and go (you know who you are!) and I would like to encourage you to comment - not just for me, but for all the designers who are giving you freebies...if you haven't tried your hand at designing, maybe give it a go so you can see how many hours of work it takes to make a kit. Then you'll understand why its a drag to see several hundred people have taken your freebie and only 10% or so say thank you. However, even a download without comment is better than the attitude of entitlement shown by anonymous today. It completely took the wind out of my sails, and I am not really feeling enthusiastic about anything.

Here is today's download link. It is to the elements of the kit. I'll post more CT layouts tomorrow when I'm feeling better.

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Don't forget to swing by Shel Belles blog too, for her elements.





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Monday, December 21, 2009

Celebration - Day 2

I'm so glad you are loving this kit as much as I do:) Thanks for all your comments it really warms my heart :)

I have a couple of CT layouts to show you today.

From Janie:


From Jodi:


Aren't they pretty? I love how the two kits work together so well. And I love my CT - thanks ladies!

Today you get the second papers link:

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Don't forget to go to Shel Belle's blog to get her second set of papers too!

Thanks again - see you tomorrow for a couple more CT layouts and the elements!






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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Celebration - Day 1

It's here! My new freebie kit in collaboration with Shel Belle! I'm so excited.

Here is the full kit reveal:



Isn't that awesome? I have been wanting to do a black and white kit for some time, and the idea of New Years and the bling made it seem like a perfect time. I don't have any LOs to show you yet, as everyone is super busy at this time of year, so just imagine all that black and white and shiny goodness with your upcoming New Years photos, or other celebrations:)

So, there aren't as many solids as patterns, so instead of doing one solid day and one patterned day, I just split the papers into two groups of six - you get one group today, and one tomorrow.

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And then go check out Shel Belles blog to get her goodies!

Come on back tomorrow for more papers.


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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Download links and snot

Ohhhh Emmm Gee - I have tears pouring down my face! I always have been bad for typos, and I rely heavily on my spell checker - but when I make a typo that is still a word, my spell checker doesn't flag it ... which is why I had no IDEA my snow layout said ' we don't have snot yet this year'. Thankfully we never get snot falling from the sky!! Thanks J9 for pointing that out to me - my husband and I had a great laugh.

There's been a couple of comments about people missing download links - I am very sorry for that! I have left each of them up for a bit extra, not held strictly to the 24 hours, because I know sometimes it can be herd to get back in on time. I'm sorry if you missed the links. Normally I don't reactivate links once they've expired. But, it's Christmas and I don't feel like being scroogy, so here's a deal - come back Friday, and I'll reactivate all the links for Friday only

In the meantime - you can still sang the elements, the alpha - and be sure to check out the Red Genius Enterprises blog for the daily download!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Speed Scrap!!

I'm hosting a Speed Scrap at Stuff To Scrap on Thursday evening, the 19th, at 7 PM Pacific time.



Here is the participation prize a made - its a mixed case alpha (lower and upper case mixed in) with numbers and symbols, and a bonus of 8 matching snowflakes.



Come join me in the forum and in the chatroom at 7 :)



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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New Release - Pretty Cozy!

I started making this kit for last months colour challenge at DSDI, and I just could not stop - the colours are so pretty! So I present you with the full kit: Pretty Cozy!



I got totally wrapped up in glitter, swirls, and flowers and couldn't stop creating - but I love it! There are 12 papers, 27 elements, and a complete alpha. You can pick it up for 20% off this week only at Stuff To Scrap.

Here is a layout I did with it:



And I thought - well, since I lie it so much, maybe YOU will too, so I made a Quick Page for you!




You can pick it up for free on 4shared for one week. then look fo rit int a quick page pack in store:)

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Stuff To Scrap Forum Blog Train!

*oops - the scheduled post didn't work - sorry to be late posting!**

It's time for another beautiful Stuff To Scrap forum blog train. This is a blog train anyone can join from month to month - just drop by the forum and sign up. We take all designers, not just ones who sell in the store. Not a designer? You can make QPs from other designers pieces. Swing by the forum to see what Decembers colours are.

This month I made you a basics paper pack, with solids and worn solids in each of the six colours.



Pick it up on 4shared - it will be free for two weeks, then it will go into my store.

Here is your list of blog stops to pick up more. Remember to thank people along the way! Have fun, and thanks for dropping by today!

Scrap Like Crazy
Manda's Scrappin' Creations
Rainamoon Scraps
Becky aka SAHM Scrapper
Scrappin' Serenity
Life Is Not A Cereal
light's digiscrapworld
Christin's Creations
Scraps 'n Pieces
Midnight Scrapping
Kori's Scraps
Desertgirl Designs
Farrah Smith Designs
Little Red Scraps
Always Be Neighbors Designs
Ányi + a digitális scrapbooking
Grandmas Templates
The Scrappy Kat
Digi-Scrapz by Christi
Jensen Motley Crew Designs
Ginger's House
StashHappy Designs
My Scrappy Heart
Dream Big Designs
Shel Belle Scraps
Adriana's Cafe
Mommy Me Time Scrapper
Mom's World of Unique Possibilities
A Fish Design
Nibbles Skribbles
A valóság tükre (Osli's blog)
Knittinjen
Borsmustár
Saphira's Scrapdesign
CityGurlCreations
ThisLittleMissy
Let Me Scrapbook!
scrapattack
Crafting at Your Special Delivery
Flower Scraps
Every EverAfter Moment
Nita's Things
Craft With Me
Mad Genius Designs
The Latest Scoop, Too
ABC Scraps
JW DigiScraps






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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fall Into Fall - Day 5 - Quick Pages

Wow - this week went fast! I am so glad you all are loving the kit as much as you are.

Today you get QPs. And its looking like a LOT of them with myself, Jane, and various CT members. I'm excited!

Here is my preview:



Pick this up on 4shared.

I am just going to link you to the other blogs for QPs rather than post previews because otherwise this post will get really long LOL. So here you go:

Janes Blog
Always Be Neighbours Designs Blog
MadScrapper Designs
Adriana's Cafe
Altered Sea

Hope you enjoy - and remember to thank all these kind ladies!


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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Speed scrap is a-comin!

I had scheduled myself to host s speed scrap tomorrownight and I was really looking forward to it until I put my two calendars side by side (family one and work one) and realized DOH thats my brother's birthday dinner! He is turning 19 - this is a celebration that can't be missed.

I am happy to say that Jodi, one of my CT members, stepped up and is hosting for me. Thank you so much Jodi!



You can join the thread in the forum for details and instructions and fun!


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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Stuff To Scrap Forum Blog Train!

Its time for another amazing blog train from the Stuff To Scrap blog! This month we have a very pretty color palette, and the name is 'Afternoon Delight'.

If you want to participate in the blog train in future months, you can - anyone can! Just drop by the forum and see the new colout palette and sign up :)

Here is my contribution:



You can pick it up for free on 4shared for two weeks - then it goes into my store.

And here is the list of all the participating designers so you can go get more goodies! Enjoy, and don't forget to thank these ladies as you collect :)

Digi-designs by Nicole
Life Is Not a Cereal
Stuff To Scrap
Becky aka SAHM Scrapper
Scraps N Pieces
Grandmas Templates
Desertgirl Designs
Shel Belle Scraps
Tonisha's Playground
Ginger's House
Ányi + a digitális scrapbooking
Seal Scraps
Craft With Me
Midnight Scrapping
Tricia's Treasures
Always Be Neighbors Designs
Jensen Motley Crew Designs
Dream Big Designs
a thousand words by Brooke
Adriana's Cafe
Digi-Scrapz by Christi
The Scrappy Kat
moms unique possibilities
Chubby Bird Blog
This Little Missy
Borsmustár
Saphira's Scrapdesign
A valóság tükre (Osli's blog)
StashHappy Designs
light's digiscrapworld
Citygurl Creations
Lovin' My Scrappy Life
nitasthings
JW-DigiScraps
The Latest Scoop, Too
Let Me Scrapbook!
Little Red Scraps
StrawBearyDesigns
Mad Genius Designs < -- YOU ARE HERE



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Monday, September 21, 2009

A Sale Is A Comin

It's the first day of fall this week, and we are celebrating with a sale at Stuff To scrap!



So mark your calendars - tomorrow it starts! Head to the store and start your wishlist:)


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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

NSBR = Non Scrapbook Related

You may or may not know this, but this blog originally started out having nothing at all to do with digital scrapbooking. I used it to update family on things in our life, vent, whine, gloat, you name it.

I have decide that I will include those 'life' posts again. I'll always put 'NSBR' in the title, so if you are here looking for my scrapbooking goodies, you can ignore them. And if you are here looking to read about my life, just click the NSBR label and you'll get just my life posts:)

So, to start off posting abotu just my life LOL...Today is back to school. I cannot possible say YAY loud enough to capture how relieved I am. This summer has been by far the most trying summer in my life as a parent. For the three previous summers, Coram has been in a summer long day program. This helps him because he really needs the structure and routine. However, after my back injury last year and the circumstances around it, the program decided that they no longer felt they could keep Coram safe this year. So I spent the months coming up to summer trying to secure summer care.

And this is what I encountered:

  • - There are 4 community centers in the city that offer 'inclusive' programs.
  • - There are way more kids than there are spots
  • - Because of this mis-match, each child can only be given 2 weeks at each center
  • - The supportive staff at these centers are primarily volunteers, from late high school or early university, who are enthusiastic and willing but completely untrained

And these are the results:

  • - Volunteers are awkward and unsure when they first meet Coram, two to three days are spent getting over that
  • - Two to three days need to be spend building a rapport with Coram, then they maybe have one good day
  • - the weekend comes, and the break intrudes on the rapport
  • - In the second week, Coram becomes aware that he is leaving that center, gets anxious about that, and starts acting up


We only kept this up for a couple of different centers, because it just wasn't worth the stress. I would get until maybe noon at the latest before I was called to go pick him up. I wasn't getting any work done, he wasn't getting the structure, and we were all stressed. So I just kept him home the rest of the summer.

Now, I love my kids, but after several weeks of this, I was about to lose my mind. I am just so very thankful that school is back in session.

Now, in a few weeks I may feel differently, when the slogg of getting Coram out of bed for his 7:34 bus pick up and packing lunch and dealign with school issues gets me down. But for today, I am content.






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Monday, September 07, 2009

Testing Siggy

Here's hoping for a perfect siggy on this my fourth try ...


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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Labour Day Sale - Don't Miss It!

So much as I love my kids, the fact that they are going back to school on Tuesday is very much a reason to celebrate! So...



Everything is on sale - even these two new beautiful quick page sets my CT member Jane and I just made. We started out doing a bracket album, but decided that we'd also offer them on square pages for people who prefer pages that way.





Head to my store now - the sale is over end of Monday!

Thanks to Jane for making the awesome ad for me:)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Why I LOOOOVE working for Kodak




Oh how I love my job and I loooove fall when everyone is gearing up for the bug holiday selling season - I get goodies!

The boys are happily playing with the Zi6 and the Zx1 - sooo much fun!

And I of course am just LOVING my ESP7 it has an awesome scanner (If you are interested, here is a fairly technical but thorough document about the difference between CCD and CIS - this one is CIS)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Free Photoshop Course

I just signed up for a fee 6 month photoshop course. I am excited! Anyways I thought I'd share the link in case any of you want to sign up too. It starts next week.

CreativeTechs free Photoshop Course

Maybe I'll see you there!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Speed Scrap at STS - be there!

Ok so I was supposed to be hosting a speed scrap tomorrow night (Wed) but my sister went into labour today! Woot! I actually just got the call, and she had her baby this evening at 8:27. My mom is coming to town and we'll all be doing some baby lovin' over at the hospital tomorrow, so I asked for help form the STS designers, and I was so happy that Kathy from the Latest Scoop, Too, stepped in. Thanks so much Kathy!!



Head on over to Stuff To Scrap and have fun!

Market Mommy Labour Day Blog Party Coming!

I just love facebook sometimes - especially when I get to hear about cool things like the upcoming Market Mommy Labour Day Blog Party. Here are the details (copied from the Market Mommy blog)

As a tribute to all hard-working moms, Market Mommy:: The Blog is hosting a blog party the week of Labor Day (September 7 – 12). Each day (Monday – Saturday) will feature at least one mom-owned business and giveaway. It is going to be a very exciting week!

Not only will there be AT LEAST 6 great prizes to win, there will also be some great information. Mom business owners, just like yourself, will be sharing information about their companies and how they balance their business with raising their family at the same time.


I am offering a prize for his cool party - fun, hey? So head to the Market Mommy blog and pre-register(by commenting on the post) for even more changes to win:)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Blog Award? for MEEEEEE?

I've never been given a blog award before, so a million thanks to cherie for this super cute cupcake award:



The rules of this award are I choose 15 blogs to pass it on to - so here they are:) I went through those that I have bookmarked or favourited and randomly chose some because I have waaay more than 15 that I looove!

Little Red Scraps
I Am Simply Sarah
Stolen Moments
Sweet Digi Scraps
The Scrappin Cop
Designs By the Polka Dot Chicks
Inkin and Thinkin
JayaPrem's Hangout
Miss Erin's Scraps
Ramona The Pest
Flutterbye Faery
Scrappin Daisies
Punky Princess Designs
Dreamers Magic Designs
Snuggle Berry Pie Designs

Ok that's 15 - there are so many other blogs I love. Some day (soon I hope) I'll update my blog roll.

Thanks for droppin by!

Friday, August 14, 2009

A note about comments...

So I was just reading my 4shared comments and my blog comments and I wanted to say to you all - THANK YOU! It warms my heart to hear from you guys, and I love all the appreciation for my goodies. I love doing what I do, and I am so glad you guys like it too. So thanks to all of you!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Six Word Saturday




The cats peed on my bed





Saturday, August 01, 2009

Stuff To Scrap Forum Blog Train - Summer Camp

**It's a 4 blog train day - make sure you snag them all**

I so love the colours and theme of this summers forum blog train from Stuff To Scrap - summer camp! My boys are at summer camp right now (back Saturday morning) and I know there will be loads of cool pictures to scrap.

Here is my preview:



*download expired* you can now find this mini in my Stuff To Scrap store.

Hey - you can join in on this train too if you like! You can design a mini kit, or make QPs with another designers mini. Check it out and sign up for September in our forum.

Here are all the other stops on the train - so many awesome mini kits! Have fun snagging them all, and remember to say thank you along the way!


Nibbles Skribbles
Always Be Neighbors Designs
Elegantly Funky Designs
Scrappin' Serenity
Scraps by Andrea
Ginger's House
Seal Scraps
Saphira's World Scrapdesign
Scrap Attack
Let Me Scrapbook!
Shel Belle Scraps
Scrapping Rainbow
Noelle's Little Corner in Scrap Land
Strawbeary Designs
Nita's Things
Mommy Me Time Scrapper
JW Digi-Scraps
3s_enough
Flower Scraps
The Scrappy Kat
Tonisha's Playground
Digital Scrap Fun
Digi-designs by Nicole
Rants N Random Ramblings
Designs By Mel
Samantha Scraps
A valóság tükre
Serenity Scrapping
Scrap in a Can
Stuff to Scrap
My Digaddiction
Mad Genius Designs
A Whittle Whimsy

September Blog Train from The Blog Train Blog - WOOO WOO!

**It's a 4 blog train day - make sure you snag them all**

OK so here we are, August already, and I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking of back to school. So how cool is it that The Blog Train Blog did a back to school theme this year!

I'm so sorry - I can't get the big preview slide show to work - so after you snag my part, you can find the preview on the Blog Train Blog.

And here is my preview:



You can snag this for *LINKS EXPIRED - SORRY* for the whole month. I'm working on a full kit for this that should be in my store soon - I loved the colours :)

Your next stop is DesignZ by DeDe

To find the list of all the other participating designers, head on back to The Blog Train Blog. Have fun and remember to say your thanks along the way!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sale and a Freebie Woot!

So it's $2 Tuesdays at Stuff To Scrap, and I have put these two full kits on sale for $2 this week:



Snag them at my store - this week only!

And to celebrate, my wonderful CT JaneAgain has made you two free quick pages! You can get one here and the other on her blog.

I have for you this awesome one made with Dunkadelic:



Pick it up on 4shared.

Then snag this one from Jane:



Don't forget to leave her love - she made both of these for me AND this is her very first freebie on her own blog! Wooot! Thanks Jane - love ya!

Remember, these two awesome kits are only $2 this week only at my store.

Have an AWESOME day!!