Monday, November 20, 2006

Posted 10 Layouts!

Oh My Goodness, I can't believe how neglected my blog is. Can you believe I just posted 10 layouts/cards? And I still have 12 more to upload. Time seems to get away from me. I will come back later, if not tomorrow, and finish uploading them.

Dear Son, I Will Miss You When You Are Grown

I just did a Dear Daughter, I Will Miss You When You Are Grown, so I couldn't not do one of my son, too. See layout, store links and information here:

Dear Daughter, I Will Miss You When You Grow Up

I just love this picture of dd. She looks totally adorable. See layout, links and details here:

Pumpkin Lover

Liam can be so quirky at times. We bought these small pumpkins, which he absolutely loved. He was playing with them on the couch, while watching tv. I noticed that he hid them under his blanket. When I asked him why they were there he told me that he was cold and didn’t want the pumpkins getting cold, too. What can I say, I can’t fight his logic and besides, he loves those pumpkins! 10-17-2006. See layout, links and product information here:

Picture Perfect Love

Liam and Great Grandma Sabina were sitting on the couch watching cartoons. Great-grandma is 92 years old and rueing the day that she had to leave. She will miss the kids immensely. See layout, product information and links here:

Imagination - Creative

I did a challenge at ScrapbookGraphics where we were supposed to do a layout, but weren't supposed to use a picture. Boy, was I challenged on this one. See layout information and link to products I used here:

Happy Birthday Ramona!

Happy Birthday Ramona! Wishing you lots of happiness on your birthday. I used the Cornfed Collection by Jessica Bolton. The colors are simply gorgeous. See layout, credits and link to the store here:

g Hunting - It's a Guy Thing

This is a super cute and very manly kit. For credits and link to the store see here" [URL=]Bug Hunting - It's A Guy Thing[/URL]

Happy Birthday Becky!

Happy Birthday Becky! I iwish many happy returns of the day! I used the Collaborative kit by the Studio girls. are from Maya's Dumpster Diving element pak: Stamped Antique stamps by Meredith Fenwick.

The Beauty of Fall at Smithville Lake

My beloved Smithville Lake, in its full splendorous, Autumn glory.Autumn Time page set, by Mindy Terasawa. Designer Photoshop Action – Fancy Brad Creator, by Roberta D’Achille at Rendered Memories Benguiat Bk BT, CK Vegas

B is for Beautiful Butterfly

This summer Kaylie and I discovered our love for insects, namely: butterflies. Everywhere we went, whether the playground, the lake or grandma’s house, we looked for them. Imagine our delight to be able to watch this beautiful specimen. Monarch butterflies rock our world. Cornfed page set, by Jessica Bolton, Scrapbook-Graphics Alpha: Cornfed Elements: Coloring Book for Photoshop, by Terry Maruca, Scrapbook-Bytes: TK Doodle font, Taran Conyers, SBG:, Amazing RulerInked edge around page and alpha done with an action by Atomic Cupcake.Launchpad (sketch) by Bree Clarkson, DSD.Note: You can see the actual photo I took, then the coloring page after I ran the action, and the final result printed on 8 1/2 by 11 paper with the end user coloring it in. This action is so much had fun customizing the coloring page on the computer, the kids had fun coloring it and best of all, I can print this page as many times as I want and keeps them busy. Worth every penny spent on it.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Maya is having a sale at Scrapbook-Graphics!!!

Yay! Hurray! Sound the alarm! Maya is having a sale on all her stuff. See the add here:

Don't miss out on purchasing her stuff at 50 percent off.

Monday, October 23, 2006

You Are The Reason I Am

Turkish Delight kit, by Maddy Fernandez at Digitals:
Layered template by Vickie Weers at Divine Digitals. Duo tang clip by BDerkesen. Font: Al Maningful. Word Art by Katie Pertiet, DesignerDigitals

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Cute Pumpkin freebie for you

I made a little pumpkin and a is not much but done with lots of love and dedication. Enjoy it!
(Link will be removed in a couple of days)

The "Happy Halloween" title I made with an action by Terry Maruca, see it here:
PS Action Alpha Quick

Thank You For Your Birthday Wishes!

Yesterday was my birthday and I received lots of well wishes from my "net" friends. My husband even remembered this year! I was touched by the personal notes, comments and cards. Royanna Fritschman even gave me a gift certificate for a birthday sweet and cool is that? Thank you so much Royanna! The preview is shown here and here is a link to the kit: Sundae Surprise Birthday -

Again, thank you all for your kind wishes and for been my friends. Hugs, Kait

Friday, October 20, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me! I guess...

How cool is this newsppaper clipping? I made it in 5 minutes. I will come back later and post a link to where I did it so you can try it too.
Edited: Link:


Sunday, October 15, 2006

First Layout done with my freebie template!

I am so honored that Karen Lewis used my template! She sent me a link to her gorgeous layout and I just had to share it with you all. Don't you love her attention to detail? The frayed fabric, the stitching, the pink staples, the alpha...she took the template and made it her own! Awesome layout. And her daughter is the prettiest girl ever, too.

Here is a link to her layout, if you would like to leave a comment:

Saturday, October 14, 2006


Kaylie has been a princess for 2 years in a row. I wanted her to choose a different costume this year and suggested she be a witch. She really didn’t like the idea but when we went to get her costume, the dresses were ugly. However, we did find the cutest witch outfit that she loved. The wig was the deal clencher! She looks BeWitching! October 12, 2006

Terry’s Templates Plus – Halloween Witch, Terry Maruca, SBE
Buttons on shoe done with a Fancy Brad Creator by Roberta D’Achille, RenderedMemories
Photo prongs and Title are from Taran Conyer’s BeWITCHing kit, SBG.
Spooky page set by Sausan Designs/Sylvie Wagner, SBG.
(Spider, laces and all backgrounds from Spooky kit)
Note: The glitter shoe was recolored to suit my layout.
Font: Arial


Kaylie loves eating ice cream. She especially likes “Bomb Pops.” .Yes, she likes eating the pop, but with this particular one she has an added benefit: it colors her lips red. She then pretends that it is red lipstick. I got my hands full with this little girl.

Misty’s Beautiful Journey kit, Misty Cato, SBE
Misty’s Layered Templates Set “B,”by Misty Cato, SBE
Terry’s Date Stamps – 2004 to 2009, Terry Maruca, SBE
Masking tape is from Maya’s Dumpster Diving element set.
Font: Arial, Amazing Ruler


Liam had a good time at the lake. As usual, he went to the pier to see the Blue Herons fishing for food. He also spotted this little turtle sun bathing herself. The minute she saw us, she quickly swam away. 10-05-2006.

Kay’s Tuscany page set, Kay Miller, SBE
Terry’s Text Paths Plus – TRIANGLES, by Terry Maruca, SBE
Misty’s Layered Templates Set “B,”by Misty Cato, SBE

Font: Arial

I HAVE BEEN BUSY: 4 New Layouts - Layout 1 BEAUTY

Kaylie is such a beautiful girl. But it is not her physical beauty that makes her is her inner beauty and kindness of heart and spirit.
Credits: Terry’s Beautiful Dreamer page set, by Terry Maruca, SBE.
Misty’s Layered Templates Set “B,”by Misty Cato, SBE.
Shabby Glamour Glitter Alpha, by Taran Conyers, Scrapbook-Graphics

Font: Myriad

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

My Gift to You: Layered Sketch

Hello Everybody,

Here is a layered template in jpg, tiff and psd format. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. If you download, kindly leave a comment.

I would love to see what you do with the template. Come back here and leave me a link, or email me. Anyway, I posted a preview so you can decide if you want it prior to downloading.

I almost forgot...there are 2 extra flowers not shown on the preview.

Here is the link: LINK REMOVED/EXPIRED

Kait Gonzalez

The Alluring Laundry Basket

I really don’t know what the allure of the laundry basket is for Liam. Yesterday, while I was doing laundry, Liam got all the dirty laundry out and got himself inside the basket. Of course, his blanket made the perfect accessory. He used it as a hiding place, as a bed, as a fort...the possibilities are endless for his young, creative mind. One thing is for sure, he had “loads” of fun. October 9, 2006.

Sentimental Journey page set, by Kay Eflin, E-scapeandscrap:
Layered sketch by designer Brenda Kempf. Thanks Brenda!
Inked edge done with an action by Atomic Cupcake.

Thoughtful - Sentimental Journey by Kay Eflin

Kaylie was by the lake side admiring a bunch of wildflowers. Liam knows how much she likes flowers so he reached over and pulled them with all his might. When he gave it to her, it still had a huge clump of dirt and roots attached. We had a big laugh over that one! She gave him lots of kisses to thank him for his thoughtfulness. Oct. 05, 2006.

Credits: Sentimental Journey, by Kay Eflin, E-scapeandscrap:
Doodles – Hearts, by Sausan Designs, Scrapbook-Graphics:
Doodles – Arrows, by Sausan Designs, Scrapbook-Graphics:
Altered Artistry – Stained Textile Alpha, by Sausan Designs, Scrapbook-Graphics:
Layered Template by Kimberly Geswein.

Smithville Lake - Tenda Rosse kit by Karen

My walk to the lake was amazing. The trees are so colorful and the lake is brimming with life. Autumn at its best. Oct. 9, 2006.

Tenda Rosse page set, by Karen Aicken, E-scapeandscrap:
Taran’s RibbonerieI, Taran Conyers, Scrapbook-Graphics:
Karen’s Quick Clicks (sketches), Karen Aicken, E-scapeandscrap:

Scraplift Ronna Penner Challenge at Scrapbook-Graphics

Done as part of a Studio Start Challenge #12 - scraplift challege of Ronna Penner - at Scrapbook-Graphics. I used Elegant Wedding page set, by Ronna Penner, Scrapbook-Graphics

Doodles – Arrows, by Sausan Designs, Scrapbook-Graphics

Font: Arial
Note: I recolored some of the backgrounds to suit my layout. (Orange and brown colors are not colors from the kit but from my son’s blanket)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Sunflowers For Kaylie

I found the most perfect kit for my photo! Taran Conyer's Owen's Sunflower Fairy is fabulous. I love its green/orange/brown color scheme. The Fairy graphic is so cool, too.
Credits: Owen’s Sunflower Fairy, by Taran Conyers, SBG

TK Doodle Font, by Taran Conyers, SBG
Star overlay by Doris Castle from Special Olympics charity kit at SBE
Designer PhotoshopAction- Fancy Brad Creator, by Roberta D’Achille, RenderedMemories
Launchpad (layered sketch) by Bree Clarkson, DSD; Font: LD Note Pad
Brads are not part of the kit; made with an action by Roberta D’Achille.
Raffia ribbon is from Ronna Penner’s Old School page set at SBG.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Laughter Is An Instant Vacation

You must be thinking that I take tons of photos of dd...and the truth is, yes I do. She loves having her picture take and I love taking the it works out for us. My son, on the other hand, is lik shy. I just don't like the way I look on pictures!

I just did this layout of to love her pretty smile and sparkling eyes.

I fell in love with this kit called, "Laugh at Life," by Ronna Penner, at Scrapbook-Graphics. The colors are beautiful!
Layered sketch by Ronna Penner, Oct. 2006 SBG newsletter
Warming action by Holly McCaig. Font: AL Songwriter. Staples from the Tenda Rosse kit, by Karen Aicken,

Change of Weather Has Me Feeling a Bit Down

Hi! It is Tuesday and I am wired. I took some Nyquil last night for a head cold and it kept me up all night. I went to bed around1 a.m. and got up at 6 to make coffee and lunch for dh. It is now about 9:30 a.m. and I am sleepy. I am usually a night owl anyway, so this was not such a big deal for me. But now that it is daytime and the warm sun kisses my face, I feel sleepy. Maybe I will go to bed early for a change.

DD started Kindergarten on 9/18/2006. It was an exciting day for her. I used Ronna Penner's Old School page set, at Scrapbook-Graphics.
Old School page set, by Ronna Penner, Scrapbook Graphics.
Sweetheart Script font, by Ronna Penner, Scrapbook-Graphics
White borders done with an Insta-Mat-ic Action , by Terry Maruca, SBB
Layered sketch by Traci Reed.
Font: Sweetheart font, by Ronna Penner, Scrapbook-Graphics and Small Fonts

Monday, October 02, 2006

It's Monday and Norm the Gnome Sighting

Good morning everyone!

It is finally Monday. Yay!

Let me share with you what happened last night. We had all gone to bed and had settled in for the night when we heard a big crash. I jumped out of bed and went down to the kitchen to see what had fallen, but everything was clear there.

I then heard Great-grandma, who is 92 and hard of hearing, calling me. Apparently, the shade on the fan had become loose and yes, you guessed it, fell down and crashed. After I cleaned everything up she didn't even want the fan on! LOL

On another note, I recently read at Scrapbook-Graphics that their beloved gnome, NORM, who is known to be naughty at times, has banished without a trace.

I took a really good look at him so I would be able to recognize him, in case I came across him. Well, imagine my surprise, if you can, that while I was out for a walk scoping out the local fungi population, I came across what I thought was a toy. Closer inspection revealed that it was Norm! Apparently he is interested in Mycology, just as I am! I couldn't help but to fall in love with him, but sadly, I had to return him to SBG, who were most grateful for his safe return.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Beautiful Dreamer

I love this picture of Kaylie. I don't recall what she was doing at the moment that I took the photo, but I recall liking the way the light was reflecting off of her face and the pink glow. I really wanted to keep the layout simple and focused on her. The slight sprinkle of stars overtop the photo and title and the brads are all the adornment I feel are necessary for this page to work. What do you think?
The kit I used is called, Beautiful Dreamer, by Terry Maruca, at Scrapbook-Elements. The Pixie Dust is also by Terry; also found at SBE.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

I Won A Kit from Roberta D'Achille!

I am so happy! Roberta D'Achille posted a challenge at DST that she would give her newest kit, "L’Shanah Tovah," for free to the first 5 people who e-mailed her. And for the first time in a very long time, I was lucky! This is the layout I made using the kit. Thank you, Roberta!

The kit has the most wonderful rich colors. Dark reds, deep greens, and some textured pages that are simply amazing. But don't take my work for it, check it out here:

I really like this sketch by the talented Jen Caputo. Have you seen her sketches? If not, you have to check them out. They are awesome!

Friday, September 29, 2006

Card Templates for Download at Scrapbook-Graphics

OMG, have you seen the challenges going on at Scrapbook-Graphics? If not, you HAVE to see it. We always scrap pages about our children, pets, and moments of celebration. But how often do we REALLY scrap about our dissapointments or our moments of desperation where we wish we could start over and erase that specific chapter out of our lives?

They have a challenge at the moment where you get to scrap about 10 things you wish you had known. I have to tell you that the layouts featured in the newsletter were F A N T A S T I C! These ladies poured their hearts out. I don't know them, but was so very proud of them for putting their thoughts down in paper and sharing it with the rest of us. That, my friends, takes courage. As for me, gone are the days of fluff. I will face my good days and my bad days and will scrap them equally. After all, our lives are not perfect...

Before I forget, below is a link to Scrapbook-Graphics where you can check it out; and while there, check Studio Start #11 - there is even a surprise there for you! What are you waiting for? Run! Oh yeah, here is your link:

Signing off, the always lovely, Kait

Digi Pick of the Day

My layout, "My Garden," using Ronna Penner's In The Garden was chosen as digi pick of the day on 9/21/2006. How exciting. Here is a link if you would like to see it:

Congratulations to Debbie Pearson and Doris Castle are in order, too.

Doris' kit, "My Heart's Delight" was chosen as digi-pick of the day on 9/28/2006. Here is a link to the kit if you want to see/buy it:

Debbie's kit, "Tuscany" was chosen as digi-pick of the day on 9/27/2006. Here is a link to the kit, if you want to see/buy it:

It is always a surprise and a thrill to be chosen as digi pick of the day.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

First Freebie

I don't know about any of you, but I love using COFFEE STAINS on some of my pages. If you like them as much as I do, here is a link for you to download them. Please leave a comment if you download it. They are grey, but you can recolor with your program's hue/saturation.

Thanks and enjoy!

Still trying to figure out how this works

Ok. I am not a good blogger. I am still trying to figure out how to set things up here. All I want to do is set up the blog for my layouts, my favorite designers, galleries and freebies.

I will have to work harder at making this work.