Saturday, October 13, 2007

Plan, Protect, Preserve - Scrap Back Up Day!

It you learn something from this blog today, let it be BACK UP YOUR STUFF. Photos, kits, freebies...if you took the time to download, take the time to back it up.

To make it easier for you, the fabulous Studio Crew at Scrapbook-Graphics has a whole series of articles and advice. What are you waiting for, get out of here...go check it out.

Saturday Freebies

Wow, I love the 3d look of these elements...fabulous! Halloween by J3

Wow, I am in LOVE with these Halloweenies. Aren't they fab!


Template by cute! 933

Friday, October 12, 2007


This is my layout for Studio Start 63 at Scrapbook-Graphics. Isn't this orange bg. ppr. amazing? And those flowers are to die for. Love, love, looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove orange.

Font: CS Tootsie by Carrie Stephens/SBG
Smile wordart (recolored) by Gina Marie Huff from Weeds and Wildflowers
Fun and Fresh Template from October Grab bag-Supersized by Janet Phillips/SBG
Floral Bg. and White bg. from The Secret Smile by Bren Boone/SBG
*Note The flowers were extracted from a floral ppr. in the kit)
Orange bg. ppr. from The Peacock Lady page set by Bren Boone/SBG

If you'd like to see it, click on the gallery links on the upper right hand side of the blog.

Frolicking in the Fallen Leaves

We have 2 trees in our front yard that are shedding their leaves like crazy. The kids love it!

Same Examples, but Bigger!

Final version of the photo...I played with the levels and hue/saturation layers

Photograph subsequent to Action (no adjustments made)

Original Version
Blogger cooperated with me afterall! Here are the bigger versions of my previous sample.

Want to See a Sample?

Remember that little action I was telling you about...the one from CottageArts? Well, I had a chance to use it and here are my results.

I started with what I thought was a good photo. Then I ran the action and what you see in the middle is exactly how it came out after the action.

The last photo on the right is the same one after the action, but I played with the levels and hue/saturation levels. I think I went a bit oversaturated in this sample, but if I tone it down just a tiny bit, his face won't be so pinkish and I will have a great photo.

I wi sh I could show you the bigger versions, but Blogger is having problems at the moment and I can't upload them. Oh well, even if this is small, it is better than no samples at all.


Adobe Lightroom Presets by Tabby Lewis.
She has other presets and freebies available there, too.

Tied Ribbons by Natalie Malan

Template by Crystal

Adobe Lightroom Presets by Bren

Template by Andrea Gold

KSharonK also has a quickpage available. Click on the link on my blogroll. 897

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Are You Lacking Inspiration?

Have you found yourself doing the same type of pages over and over again?

If so, stop over at Scrapbook-Graphics! There, you will find weekly challenges, as well as bi-weekly and monthly challenges.
Frameworthy -
Scraplift (hosted by yours truly) -
Reality Scraps
Studio Starts

And here is a link to the forums for all of the challenges, including the bi-weekly and monthly challenges:

How about you try one of the'll never know which one will become your favorite, if you don't try it out!

Got to go pick up the kids from school. Ciao!

Did You Hear the News?

Sylvie Wagner/Sausan Designs just opened her very own shop! Now you have your pick of places where to find her designs!

She has a blog where her creative team posts challenges. So what are you waiting for, run over there and join her challenges!

Looking for some ACTION?

Did I get your attention? :)

The kind of action I am TALKING about is a PHOTOSHOP ACTION. Michelle Shefveland from Cottage Arts created a DIGITAL DARKROOM ACTION: Lighten and Pop, which link will appear in tomorrow's edition of the CottageArts newsletter.

What did you say? You are not a newsletter subscriber yet? How about you register now so you don't miss out?!

Weeds and Wildflowers is Looking for You!

Hello Friends,

Just a word to let you know that the awesome designers at Weeds and Wildflowers are looking for cts for their team. Could that be you?

Read all about it HERE.

Thursday Freebies

How do you like these papers? Fire engine red and floral..aren't they fab? Get them here.

Bug-In Sampler 2 by Kim B
Here is a link to the kit, if you want to purchase it: BUG-IN

Bug-In Sampler 1 by KimB


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Cancer Awareness and a template

Andrea Gold has another those flowers!

The Girls at FunkyPlayground have issued a challenge at their blog. They also provided 3 fabulous ssamplers to use...check them out! 842

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Template by LovelyMissKait

Just a little something to make your scrapping easier...TOO LATE. LINK EXPIRED.
Happy scrapping!

Tuesday Freebies

Template by Andrea Gold
Andrea has lots of templates at her store...if you lack inspiration, templates are the way to go.

Scrapbook-Graphics has a ton of templates, as well - 18 PAGES full of templates to be exact...have you seen them? if not, click here. Below are links to individual designers
Traci Reed, Jen Caputo, Bree Clarkson, Janet Phillips Trish Jones

Autumn Leaves by Wetfish Designs

QuickPage Album by ON Designs
The quickpages are fab, but don't forget to check out their store at Scrapbook-Graphics!

Dolls by Newlife
Peggy has a wonderful Halloween kit up for grabs, as well as a ton of other stuff.

Whimsical Halloween by Maria LaFrance
If you like this add-on, check out her full kit at the store (on sale for $4.55) is the cutest!

Did You Hear a Crash Last Night?

Did you hear a loud, crashing noise last night at about 9:30 p.m.? If you did, that was me! I hadn't been feeling well at all all day. I had a freaking headache when I got up in the morning and even after taking medication, it was lingering. These headaches last ALL FREAKING DAY, sometimes for 2 or 3 days at a time. So needless to say, I am not a happy camper.

After supper, I just sat on the couch with the kids and felt like I was going to explode. I had a sickening feeling on the pit of my stomach and couldn't even stand myself?

So, I did something I haven't done in ages - I was in bed by 9:30 p.m. I slept through the night and am feeling better this morning.

It is a warm day here in South Jersey...we are having an Indian Summer.

Oh, yes, before I forget, Liam was good in school today! Nothing like the promise of a water ice at the end of the week to make a greedy little boy behave in school! LOL

Monday, October 08, 2007

New L/O: Searching for the Perfect Pumpkin

Yesterday was such a lovely day...perfect for going to the farm to pick out pumpkins. Kaylie was overwhelmed by the variety...she ended up taking home three. 10-07-2007

Supplies: Staple from Growth Spurts @ CottageArts
Fonts: Century Gothic and FG Script Elegant

Golden Autumn Pak at CottageArts. net

Scallop edge frame from Study Buddy page set here at CottageArts.
Sketch (modified) by Rachael Giallongo.
Pumpkin title rub on done with an action by Brianna/Atomic Cupcake.
Arrow template by Janet Phillips at Scrapbook-Graphics from her October Supersized grab bag.

Monday Freebies

Linday Jane made elements to match the papers she gave away the other day.

NBK has some beautiful butterflies for us. Aren't they great?

Need calendars? Annette has some for you.

Quick Pages by Misty Cato

If you like these, be sure to check out the rest of the collection. They are fab!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Kaylie and Mommy Day

I made it a point to go out with Kaylie, just the two of us. While dh and Liam went grocery shopping. I had invited Liam to come with us, but he didn't want to come.

I took Kaylie to a farm so she could pick out her pumpkins and then took her to the playground. Here are a few of the pictures I took.