Creating Cherished Memories and Capturing them Creatively.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Been away...but I am back! All Aboard!!

Hi all,
Due to computer issues last month and then more fun with some Trojan virus' this month you are probably wondering where I have been...LOL! I am still here, just was away for a bit on a FORCED vacation from the computer! The 10 Weeks Before Christmas Challenge is still going on over at KjoiStudios...and this week is Holiday Parties and Dinner Parties. Go check it out...but first keep reading for more FUN!

Also, DigiScrapStation has been doing an Ornamental Express...where there is a freebie ornament each day of the month! And the even better news is that they will stay up until mid-January, so if you have missed the previous days...not to worry, you can still go snag them! And when you see todays you really will want least if you want the whole set of my hybrid train ornaments! I had a BLAST creating these from scratch...but with my train loving kids it really wasn't too difficult...LOL! Anyway, enough blabbering from me...the info for each days ornament can be found on the DSS blog. And here is what we have done for you so far:

But for a better look at today's here is what I have in store for you:

And because I know by now that you are just going crazy for the link...simply click on the preview above for the download. If for any reason that isn't working...then try this one HERE. It comes with a tutorial on how to put it together! I would love to see how yours turns feel free to post a picture in the gallery at DSS!! Enjoy!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

SUB for Santa Tradition...and Internet "FUN"!

Shortened Sub for Santa Story:

When I was about 7 yrs old, my family was blessed when another family did the 12 days before Christmas for my family. We enjoyed this so much that we decided to use our talents to raise the money to do this for other families. My mom made homemade ornaments and we sold them door to door to raise enough money.

Then my little sister died in early Dec. one year, and we were unable to do it. However,others who knew of our own need did a Sub for Santa for us. We were each given a gift for under our tree, a blanket, and the food for our Christmas meal. This touched my family so much that we went out the next year and sold enough to do both a 12 days and a Sub for Santa project. This tradition continued until we all left home.

I am now hoping to restart this tradition with my own children. My oldest suggested I use my talents the way my mom used hers. In my case this means digi. I am hosting a Ten Weeks of Christmas Challenge at KjoiStudios. After the freebies for the week have been available for 2 weeks to those participating in the challenge, they will be available for sell at $1-$2 depending on the size of that week's freebie. There are already 2 weeks worth to sell in the store…Calendars and Gift Lists.

I am donating every single penny of my proceeds from these items to the Sub for Santa project. It will go to a family connected with New Beginnings for Women and Children. An organization that helps women get the jobs, education, and housing they need to get back on their feet again so they are able to care for their children like they want to. If I get enough I will do multiple families…there are 80 in need just with this charity organization alone. Thanks for any help you send me with helping these families and keeping my family tradition alive!!


I have been having internet trouble, and have been unable to post on my blogs...the 10 Weeks before Christmas challenge is still going...I would LOVE to have you join me!! I am unable to post previews as it takes more time than my internet connection allows right now.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Okay...Week #2 is here!!

Hi all,
I am having so much fun with this new challenge! Not to mention making the digital freebies to go with it! Here is a preview of Week #2's freebie. You will find it in the 10 Weeks Before Christmas Challenge at KjoiStudios!

This weeks challenge is about making those dreaded gift lists...and making it FUN to check them twice!! Here's an about scrapbooking them!! More on this in the Challenge forum!! Come share fun family gifting traditions with us!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Week #1 - Kjoi Chat!! Come join me!

What to know that the whole deal is REALLY with this fabulous challenge?? Well, come see what you can find out tonight at the KjoiStudios Chatroom...where I will be hanging out from 11 EST to 12 EST and will have more details to share!!

I am VERY come join me!! You must be registered in the forum to get into the be sure to get that done beforehand! I look forward to seeing you there!! Oh...and I might just have a heads up for you on the supplies needed for weeks 4-6 of the challenge!

Here is the FORUM!!

And have I mentioned that things are starting to brew for DSD at DigiScrapStation...hmmmm...well they are, be ready to hear what on Nov. 1st!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Week #1 Challenge

Hi all...the first challenge is up in the KjoiStudios forum!! Go check it out! Here is the freebie template you get there to help you along:

That is if you need to have help...we don't all need it, but I know sometimes I want it!! You can get it and more in the Challenge thread!!

And here is my first months calendar(made using mostly my week 4 entry from the contest):

AND...IF you are silly and forgot that today is when registration starts for Jessica Sprague's new class...GO SIGN UP!! LOL!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

10 Weeks Before Christmas Challenge!!

I am already busy at work at Kjoi!! LOL! I am having a blast!!

Those that know me in RL...know how MUCH...I LOVE CHRISTMAS! I generally prepare MONTHS in advance, starting in June...but this year I am WAY behind. So, I got to do I catch up with my Christmas to do's and still digi-design and have FUN!! Well, at KjoiStudios I am putting my answer(here is my ad):

I had a LOT of FUN coming up with the poem...and only used a little piece of it for this ad!! The whole version is up in the Kjoi forum. I will probably be doing a weekly chat, but haven't nailed down the exact time yet!! And here is a run down of what we will be doing:

Week #1: Calendars...for family or the either way!

Week #2: Gift Lists...this will be a TON more FUN than it sounds...LOL! Come prepared to post family gifting traditions you either do or would like to do!!

Week #3: Christmas Cards...with a LOVELY surprise to help them along!!

Weeks #4, #5, and #6: We will be doing fun Photo Craft or Scrapping related Gifts for those on our Gift Lists...or ourselves...LOL!

Weeks #7 and #8: Ornaments for our trees...every year I make one for my family with a story. I will have a fun Christmas story to go with these two as well!

Week #9: Time to Wrap some gifts! We will have some ideas for FUN gift tags, or dressing up gift bags and wrapped presents!

Week #10: This is when we reward our hard...but FUN work!! I am REALLY excited for this week!! Stay around and you will find out why!!

Now...just in case any of you may have forgotten...Jessica Sprague starts her newest class Registration TOMORROW at 9 EST! DON'T MISS THIS!! There is NO ONE that explains PS as well as she, and this is a class you don't even have to be a scrapper to attend!! It is called Stories In the Hand...and is like it says...ALL about getting our stories in our hands rather than just in our minds...which, LOL, we all know can be faulty with stress or time!!

Now on to Challenge #2...hmmm, no not yet, LOL! You will just have to check out DigiScrapStation in a few weeks for this one. I want to make sure it is FABULOUS first!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Kjoi's New Designers are Announced!!

I MADE IT!!! YAY!! All of the hard work over the past 2 1/2 months has paid off and I am now one of the KjoiStudios Designers!! My things are already up in the store there!!

I am still going to be selling at DigiScrapStation as well...I have made a LOT of great friends there and the environment is GREAT!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Joi De Vivre-Kjoi Blog Hop!!

Okay, so you made it to my blog!! YAY! Here is a little about me...

I am a 29 yr. old, SAHM of 4 young children, and I am married to my best friend and biggest supporter. I have been traditional scrapbooking for nearly 12 years...some years more so than others. I have been playing with digital scrapbooking for about 2 1/2 years, but have REALLY found it beginning of this year...thanks to Jessica Sprague and my great friend Janei (who introduced me both to digi and to Jessica). I have wanted to get into the designing aspect ever since I started playing with digi!! I LOVE creating, a smile on someone's face, almost any craft, more projects for myself...LOL! Creating things is what makes my heart sing with joy...that is ME!!

Now...enough about me, here is what I created for the contest:

And here are the various Avatars that I used:

...can you tell I LOVE Unicorns??:

And finally, last...but most definitely NOT least!!...what you all have been waiting for...My Blog Hop Freebie:

Click on the preview to download

Announcements...and more coming tomorrow!!

Hi all, I just wanted to say really quick...I know I haven't posted many LO's lately and some are missing my lovely young family...but there is a reason for that!! I have been doing the Kjoi contest for the past few months and in order to keep my identity secret, most of my recent LO's needed to remain hidden from public viewing. But here comes the first Announcement!!

Kjoi is having their BIG BIRTHDAY BASH tomorrow and the rest of this weekend, this means that the identities will be REVEALED and the new Designers ANNOUNCED!!! I am so excited, and nervous, and well...a whole gammit of emotions from one minute to the next!

I can hardly wait...BUT OH...THERE IS SO MUCH MORE!! Some of us designer contestants have gotten together to do a Blog Hop with the MORE FREEBIES!!! YAY!! And there are even more that will be found at Kjoi tomorrow!!

Not to mention the HUGE SALE or the Challenges with Prizes!! It is seriously NOT a party to be missed!

And I do promise more LO's next week after the Party RUSH calms down a bit!! Oh...I have more for you too...

I have designed some more Corner Brushes...these ones are MUCH more Elegant, so I am naming them...LOL...Elegant Corner Brushes! I know...I know...SUCH very creative naming! Anyway, here is what they look like:

I will be putting them in my store today, so hang in there one day more and then you can be sure to:

-pick them up from the store,
-swing by Kjoi for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT and Birthday Bash
-Find out both here or at Kjoi where the Blog Hop is starting and "HOP" along with all of the FUN!!

Oh, and to all those that may have missed my lovely addition to my sidebar...JESSICA SPRAGUE IS DOING A NEW CLASS!! It is FREE and SHE IS FANTASTIC!!! AND...registration starts on MONDAY!! DON'T MISS IT!! She gives you access to the videos and class info from the class FOREVER! So, if you are wondering if you have time to do this...YOU DO!!

Now, I just KNOW I am missing I will probably come back and post more in a bit, but this gives you enough to chew on for now!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Calendar Tutorials as promised...with freebie.

There are two routes that you can use to make a calendar grid in PS. You can make one using Microsoft Excel, save it as a pdf file with a PDF Writer like Ghostscript, and then open it with PS and use it as you need. Or you can simply use your line tool in PS to make a grid and use that as you need for your calendar. For example purposes I am leaving off a spot in the grid for the month...I figure that can be added creatively later!! Here is the tutorial for making it in Microsoft Excel first(scroll down for version 2):

I was able to use PDF Writer (Ghostscript) to convert my Excel file into a pdf. PSE and CS are both able to open and manipulate pdf files. I find this software through my print screen when I go to print. I will have to check with my DH to see how we got this software on our computer, but I am pretty sure that it was a free download. Anyway, when you go to File>Print then a screen comes up that gives you an option of choosing where to print to. I select PDF Writer (Ghostscript) in place of my printer and it prints it to a pdf file on my are able to save it somewhere else when you save it. This is probably the EASIEST way to convert it to workable in PSE or CS. It does print it a brown shade, but that is easy to fix in PS.

For the example grid above, I highlighted 7 cells across by 6 cells down. Then I right clicked and selected format cells. Next put a border around the cells. I left a blank borderless row of cells on the top so there would be room for the name of the Month. Depending on what you want to do with the days of the week you may not need 6 bordered cells down, just 5 will do, but be sure to leave room for you to add them if you want to.

Here is how I set up my example: The first row of cells(blank for the month) I put at a row height of 40. The next row (first bordered-for the days of the week) I put at the typical row height of may want to play with that depending on fonts. The last 5 rows (for the calendar body itself) I put at a row height of 66. Then all 7 of the columns are at a column width of 12.

I did add a little more decorative border around the days of the week row and the whole outside...but you can play with the borders as you like in your own. Also, If you like mine can go ahead and use it. Just right click and select Open with Adobe Photoshop....etc. Hope this helps you. Let me know if you have any other questions.

And now for version to make a grid in PS (whichever version you have):

My example this time is a 12x12 one, open a new 12x12 file, white background, and 300ppi. Next click on your line tool to make sure that is the tool you are using. Next, if you don't have the grid showing, go to View and click on Grid so that a checkmark shows up next to it. While you are in there make sure that Rulers also has a checkmark next to it.

Now for the example above this is what I did...

In the top option bar for the line tool click on the weight box and type in a weight of 10 px. (This sets how wide your line will be.) Now click on the calendar screen to set it and it will give you a plus sign in place of an arrow. Place the plus sign at 1" on the top ruler and 2" on the side ruler using the grid to line it up. Click and Drag while pressing Shift until the "plus" sign lines up with the 11" mark on the top ruler and then let go. This will give you your top line. Now do the exact same thing only move down to the 11" mark on the side ruler, again click-shift and drag it from the 1" mark to the 11" mark on the top ruler. This gives you your bottom line.

Most calendars have at the most a need for 5 rows down for the body of the calendar...with just a few exceptions (that is when they add a slash through the the bottom rows first one or two "boxes"), but you can decide if you prefer another row or to slash them. For my example I am just sticking with the 5 rows and no slashes as this will be fine for majority of the time.

So, the next step is to right click on either the top line layer or the bottom line layer and duplicate this over again until you have duplicated it 4 times. This will give you a total of 6 lines. Click on the move tool, and uncheck Auto Select Layer. (Make sure to recheck this when you are done.) Now move the 4 duplicate line layers so that they are space out...IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE PERFECTLY SPACED!!...just make sure that they are between the top and bottom lines.
Now click on the top of the line layers in the stack to highlight it in the layer palette, then hold down shift and click on the bottom of the line layers in the stack. This will highlight all of your line layers. While still on the move tool, go Distribute on the top tool option bar. Click on Vertical Centers. This is really COOL!! It will perfectly space your lines for you!!

Now, while they are all still highlighted, is the time that if your lines got a little out of line...LOL!...then you can line them up. Go to Align, and Horizontal Centers. You should find that you now have all of the horizontal lines you need for your calendar, and they are spaced just right. The next steps are easy, you basically are doing the same thing only dragging from top to bottom instead of from left to right. And you will need more duplicate line layers as there are 7 days in a week, meaning you need 7 columns. So, here goes...Go back to the line tool and place the "plus" sign back on 2" on the side ruler and 1" on the top ruler. Click-Shift, and Drag it down to 11" on the side ruler and then let go. Again, using your grid helps. Now you have your left grid line and your grid is starting to look more like a box or grid then just a bunch of lines. Place your your plus sign at 11" on the top ruler, and 2" on the side ruler. Do the same thing: Click-Shift, and Drag your line down to the 11" mark on the side ruler. This gives you your right grid line. You are ready for Duplication. This time you want 6 Duplicate line layers. Space them apart, again NOT PERFECTLY. Click the move tool, Distribute, and this time you want Horizontal Centers. Again, while highlighted still, if needed you can go to Align and this time pick Vertical Centers.

You should now see a very nicely spaced grid. However, if you are picky like me, you might be looking at the corners of your grid and saying...WHY AREN"T THEY MATCHED UP??? Well, not to fear...mine didn't either. So, now for the final touches.

You should still be on the move tool...if not, click on it. Now I want you to simplify/rasterize all of the vertical line layers (if you are like me...LOL!...that means the ones from top to bottom!). Highlight all of the simplified/rasterized layers in your layer palette and watch for the transform box. Then I made the lines much longer by using the "mini" boxes on the top and bottom in the center. (Let me know if I lost you there!) This doesn't change the width of your lines so it still looks fine.

The final step is to take your Rectangular Marque tool and select a rectangular area around the extra pieces of vertical line on the top of the grid, click on each of the vertical line layers in turn and hit the delete button on your keyboard. Now do the same thing only select a rectangular area around the extra on the bottom of the grid.

This should make it so that when you are done your grid now looks like a box with smaller boxes inside...or a GRID! Now pat yourself on the have a calendar grid perfect for making your family calendars!!

I didn't leave much room for Decorating, just for adding Month and Days, in my example. But you can easily resize your grid to a smaller size for you to have embellishing room. One other option for making it a bit more decorative is to do the same thing as described above, only with the brush tool. If you like the dashed or dotted line look this might work better for you. Just be sure to hold shift so your lines are straight, skip the simplify/rasterize steps, and create a new layer everytime you draw a new line. That will make it easier to play later with matched up corners and edges. Hope this helps you! If you have any questions or I just simply lost you let me know and I will do my best to answer the questions and reword the step I lost you on.

Now for the FREEBIE!!!! I went and made some calendar grid brushes...both landscape and portrait directions for an 8.5x11, and then my 12x12. You can get them by clicking here. Enjoy!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

New Class with Jessica Sprague!!

I am so very excited about Jessica's announcement today, that she will be doing one more class this year. It is called Stories in Hand and is all about capturing your stories...whether you have pictures for the story or not!! This is a FREE class good for the scrapper and the non-scrapper alike, great for beginners and very advanced learners in scrapping as well!! Check out the flyer she made up for this!!

Click on the image to be taken to her FABULOUS site!! She is all about helping others learn how to capture their stories...whether in the scrapbook page, on the page of a journal, or now it sounds like even on our blogs!! YAY!! THANKS JESS!!

If you have never taken one of Jessica's classes this is a great time to find out exactly why she has made so many friends in the scrapping world with her classes and her site!! This is a great way to find out if the way she teaches her classes will work for you!! And Heather P., email me if you want to do this...I am taking it too!!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Freebie Template and Tutorial...

...but it isn't the calendar one yet! Yesterday I got to playing with a template design after I saw a video on making a Journaling Card Page from traditional supplies at They have a few different videos, so feel free to check them out. Now I thought to myself, I wonder if I can create something similar in digi...and so I had a LOT of FUN doing it!! Here is what I came up with...

This peaked my interest as I just finished the Type+Write Class at that focuses on fun ways to add truly meaningful journaling to you LO's. IT WAS FANTASTIC!!! And Jess had put together some INCREDIBLE templates for us to use, that also had me wondering...can I figure out how to do THAT too??!! So, there are some added fun layers to this template that you won't need to touch...unless you don't like what I did with it. It still isn't quite up to Jessica's caliber...but it is getting closer!

Now in the cool tutorial video they took tags and made them into flaps that they could put photos under. I have included a template without a shadow behind the cards for this purpose, this is what you will use. Anyway, here is a little tutorial for you on how to do something similar:

Go ahead and clip on your papers like you would with any other template...if by chance you don't yet know how to do this with PSE or CS, not to worry, check out a FABULOUS video tutorial by Jess done for CKM at The Spraground Free Tutorial Area . You might need to be logged in to see it. It comes with a Freebie too!

Take your page once everything is added and it has been printed, and grab a cutting tool...I will be using an exacto knife.

( I hope I don't lose anyone by adding this here, but if you want the BACK of your tags to have a color or patterned paper on them when they are open you will need to adhere the paper of your choice to the back of your printed layout BEFORE you cut!}

Next cut along the edges of the "cards"...BUT BE SURE TO LEAVE ONE SIDE ATTACHED. You have flexibility here, you don't have to choose to leave the top attached on all of them, but you can go that route if it is your preference.

Use something to score along that remaining side, this makes it easier to fold. If you don't have any traditional scrapping supplies to do this you can use a pair of scissors. Open them and VERY GENTLY run the blade along where you want to fold. (If this isn't done carefully then you will cut through again BE GENTLE if you go this route.)

After you have done this to any of the 11you want photos under, than you want to have a way to put the photos underneath your card "flaps", but not to fear there are a few ways to do this:

1. I have created a template...simple though it be...for that too, just adhere it under your journaling card layout.

2. Just glue/adhere them under after you have made the flaps.

3. Take a piece of 12X12 cardstock and adhere them to that then attach the two.

You should then have a completed page with both Journaling and Photos. The project that I took the inspiration for this from used this as a month there is one thought for you. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. If you remember too...I know I forget things often...please post back here with a link to your finished layout! I only created the templates yesterday, so I have not yet had time to do an example for you...but I will be posting it here when I have it finished.

You can download the zip of the templates by clicking on the preview here:

(This will only be a freebie on my blog for one week...then it will be able to be found in my store at .)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sale Time!! Just because I LOVE you!!

Okay I put all of my previously displayed items at DSS on sale 50% off yesterday for 2 weeks! I figure it has been quite a while since I had a sale, and I am feeling in a generous sale time it is!

Also, I have a new item offered in my store! LO services are now offered through the store. I am REALLY looking forward to offering this! You can find it in my store by clicking on the preview image.

I have a LOT of fun doing LO's and this gives me an opportunity to mix my designing with my scrapping! If there is a desire to increase this aspect to card services...especially with Christmas around the corner...then email me at and I can see about adding a card service as well!

And for more good has their store back up on a newer LARGER server, so the Design contest is back in full swing. There are 4 weeks worth of freebies up, and voting can be done on their forum for week 3 and week 4 through October 5th! Don't forget to comment on your favorites in their gallery either as those count toward their scores!

And for those of you from the Spraground waiting for the calendar tutorial...stay close by as that is on my plate for the next day or two. (Depending on what my children will allow me to do while on their school break! LOL!)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Good news and Bad news!

I always start with the bad news when I have both. I find that way you leave on a happy note, and the other person knows after getting the bad news that things can only get better! Anyway, the Bad news is that Kjoistudios grew so fast that the bandwidth usage was more than their servers could hold. So, the contest is on temporary hold, and their site is TEMPORARILY down...although last I looked the blog was still working. All of my things for the rest of the contest are turned in, so I am simply on hold waiting for it to get back up to find out how I did.

The Good news is I have a little time on my hands I didn't think I would yet! Which is fabulous when it happens to be your anniversary!! YAY!! It has been nine fantastic years with my wonderful honey! I can honestly say that I happier with that decision than I am with any other I have made in my life! He truly makes me happy. We met and married in 6 months time...but it is obvious to those who know us that it was right for us! LOL!

Now the other good news is that I have finally after a 2 month break got something new in my store!! The irony is that it is a mini kit with a baby theme...LOL!

This IS NOT an announcement...but since our first child was somewhat of a honeymoon baby, it fits! LOL! Also, my dear sister is due anyday now with her you could say that is the reason that it was on my mind! So, here is a glimpse of it.

Here is the mini kit.

And here is a matching alpha!

You can purchase them in my store at DigiScrapStation! I would LOVE to see your LO's when you finish them...feel free to leave me a link to them in the comments!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Wow...thought you were done?? Here is week 3!!

Simply amazing!! Now I could post more info here...but I REALLY need to go work on my week 4 entry!! So, go download(at, and vote (the gallery and forum at !! Then make LO's...just because it is FUN!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Kjoi Studios Week 2 Designer entries are up!!

This is the color scheme and theme that all of us designers created from! And I do have to say that there are some FANTASTIC FREEBIES over at Kjoi. Now due to us overpowering her site...she has them posted and the downloads linked all on the new Kjoi Blog!! Check it out at: and then be sure to swing by the forum to vote for your top 4 favorite entries!! Good luck narrowing it down to 4 out of the 34 contestants...because these entries truly are "knock your socks off" STUNNING!! Don't forget to comment in the gallery on your favorites either as comments, anc downloads count towards our overall weekly scores!

Here is the blinkie showing all of them:

And NO...I won't tell you which one is mine...weeeellll...not yet anyway! LOL!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Kjoi Studios Designer Contest Week 1 Freebies!!

They are up...go check them all out! This is going to be one TOUGH competition as they have all turned out FABULOUS!! There are around 40 Freebies for the capture...but PLEASE stick around and Vote on your top four favorites!! Downloads and Comments are also counted for the contestants (like me!!) so be sure to comment on your favorite ones!! I would post examples...but then that might give mine away, or narrow it down for the guessers! So...just know this-the theme for this weeks entries was Vintage, Heritage, and Grunge! And the color scheme was this:

Someone put together a blinkie of all the entries in the we were given approval to put it on our blogs!! So, here they ALL are...

Go snag them at ...then be sure and comment and vote for your FAVORITES (up to 4 of them!!).

Saturday, August 9, 2008

My First Creative Team Call!!

Okay, it is LONG past time for me to do a CT call! I am in need of 2 DigiScrapStation Store CT members. They would be represent me at DigiScrapStation, which means that they would use one of my kits each month and then be free to choose from any at the store for the other layouts they do. The store has many talented designers, so that gives you a wide range of digi-kits, templates, overlays, and more to choose from. I am also looking for CT members just for me!!

If any of my dear friends that visit me here are wanting to help me with this...just email me at And if anyone is new to my blog, but still interested, email me...I LOVE making new friends! Here is the call that includes several designers from DigiScrapStation:

Chooo Choooo...the train is BOARDING!! Are you on it?
We need new CT members for our growing team at DigiScrapStation!
We have several CT positions open for different designers. Apply today! Don't wait!!
Work for one designer and for the whole the same time!!
We currently have 30 designers and more joining us weekly!
We are a fun-loving team and are willing to work with YOU!
You will be assigned to begin each month with one designer's kits. After completing one kit, you can choose your second kit from ANY designer in our store to work with. Complete that kit and go back to choosing a kit from your designer...and so on. There are NO limits on the number of kits you can work with, but you must complete the requirements for one kit before you can go onto the next one.
ONE kit
TWO layouts
THREE postings to galleries (one of course being DigiScrapStation)
And other assignments as needed...possibly make Quick Pages or Brag Book Pages from various kits, or the sites collab kits...all which you get for FREE!
Send us a link to your gallery and a little about yourself:
Email address:
Experience (not required):
Style (if any):
Designer I would like to work with (see list below):
List of designers seeking Creative Team members:
(please contact them personally if an email address is next to their name)

April Dawn Creations
Denise, Designs by Crazy Diamond
Jen, Jen's Designz
Julie, Share Your Moments
Kelly, Late Night Scraps
Mari, Lovely Scraps marilovelyscraps@
Sandi, Lioness3Legacies
Shannon, Simply-Digiscrap shannon@simply- digiscrap. com
Sherry Williams, Sherry's Scraps
Stacey Crossley Designs
Tiffany Berman, Inspired by Dominic

To find the designer's items, go to DigiScrapStation. com's store and scroll down, looking on the left side of your screen. Under Manufacturers, click on the designer's name and you can view her whole store.
For all others, or for more information, contact our CT Coordinator, Kathy, at ctadmin@digiscrapst
Thank you and hope to be working with you soon!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Vacation, Layouts, and Contest Buzz with Freebies!!

Okay, a few have wondered where I have been and why I have been so quiet. So, here is an update for you! My younger brother got married the end of last month to a very lovely young lady. I am thrilled to have a new sister and my kids already love their new aunt!! But that took a good amount of my time. We drove at least 4 hours for 5 days in a row, and some of them we drove around 12 hours. So, I have had a REAL FUN time getting back into the creative swing of things since then. Although, while on the trip, I came up with some fabulous things that you can look forward to seeing in the store this next month!!

I did get time to scrap a 2 pager before I left though, so here is my latest pages:

Credits: I did both of these using mostly things from the kit Totally Yummy from DesignsBySassy. I did add the white background paper for the journaling and the pink mat paper for the photos by creating my own. Oh, and I created the alpha for my LO using paper from Totally Yummy as well.

Now, after a lot of debating with myself as to whether or not I had the
time or energy to put into this. I decided that with them telling us how they were scoring upfront, and keeping all the contestants anonymous by using contestant numbers and threatening disqualification if it is revealed who you are by you, that I just couldn't pass up an opportunity to get a true idea of how good or "bad" my designs are!

So, I can tell you that I am participating in this contest. I can tell you that I would love for you to head over to the site to vote...starting August 13th. And I can tell you that there will be tons of freebies from the designers participating in this contest. I can't tell you which one is mine, or what my number is...nor do I want to!

But PLEASE, if you like me and/or freebies at all, GO VOTE and Download and Comment on your favorites. These all count toward the designer points at the end. No one is eliminated until the it will be a true fun ride for 4 weeks!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Fan Blinkies...Grab it here!!

I am so very thrilled to have found a tutorial that tells you how to animate things in PSE! I had previously thought this only possible in CS or greater versions of photoshop...but a fellow designer informed me that it was do-able, so I went looking and found some good directions here. So for those that might be interested in that tutorial, ENJOY, I sure did!

Now for the fan blinkie, that you can grab by clicking on the blinkie, if I did this correctly. It looks like this:

ADC Fan Blinkie

It was fun to create, and I can now add one more thing to my education in the digi-scrapping world. Stay tuned for a new look to the blog next month as I am working on that as well.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Freedom on the 4th!!

It has been a little bit, and there is nothing new in my store. This is due to Real Life jumping in on us big time. We discovered a beehive in our attic, one that had apparently been there for several weeks. There turned out to be about 13 gallons of bees, honey, and honeycomb up there. So, we are just so very grateful that none of our children, or ourselves, were stung or attacked in the time they were here. We are so glad to "bee" free of them!!

I also wanted to do something to celebrate the fourth in the digi-scrapping, I have a coupon for my blog visitors! This will give you $4.00 off anything in my is a one time use, and you must get $4.00 worth of my items in order to use it. The coupon code is: adc4freedom. So, enjoy the fourth, and the HUGE blessing that freedom brings, and visit to find my store and use the coupon. This coupon is good through the 10th...just to be sure all can have the freedom to enjoy it!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Just thought I would pop in to let you all know that for this whole week everything in my store is 33% of in honor of my dear grandmother's 91st birthday this week!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA!! This is a woman who was widowed when she was pregnant with her fourth child, due to grandpa's heart condition. This is a woman who took her situation, and got the best of it.

She raised all 4 children to be wonderful members of their community. She taught school to put food on the table and because she enjoyed it. She had a garden every year, and journaled nearly every night. She weeded, and planted, and harvested, and canned. She sewed, and cooked, and cleaned, and taught. She continues to teach all of us about the importance of family and good friends, and being a good neighbor and friend yourself.

In all reality...she is the Rosebud in the Garden to me...only she has most definitely bloomed into the most wonderous and beautiful Rose one could ever behold! And that design of mine was inspired by her, her love to garden, and my love for her. She is in every sense of the word...GRANDMA!

I would just like to leave you with this quote from her, when asked how she has made it and what advice she would give the young ones, she said: "It doesn't matter what life throws your way, you just keep going. If you have to climb over just keep going. If you have to move just keep going. If you have to plow through it, you just keep going."

The words might be slightly is quoted from memory, but that is my Grandma and the strength she exudes and has through all 91 of her years and will continue to do as long as she..."just keeps going"! I LOVE YOU, GRANDMA!!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Been a little bit...but I am back with more goodies!

Hi all, I have so much going on lately so I have been a little too silent here...but it is time for an update! There is so much that I don't know quite where to start. I guess with the new guest designer position!

That's right I am a guest designer for the month of July at Benevolent Boutique. This is a non-profit store, devoted to serving others. June's Charity has been the Make A Wish Foundation. So, all proceeds from the June items sold go there, and there is even a place to simply donate if you would like to. I am truly thrilled about this as it is a store that fits me, just wish I could do this always...I might have to work on that. There are so many that need help out there, I am always wishing I could do more. But it feels absolutely fabulous to be able to share my time and talents to help.

Now for the latest on my store in DigiScrapStation...I have a new kit up, and I think it is my best yet! Rosebud comes as a kit, or can be bought as a paper pack, an element pack, or an alpha.

DigiScrapStation just started up a store blog this week, and it is looking fabulous! You can check it out here. And be sure that you do...because I felt that it had been far to long without a freebie for my friends! So, Friday's Freebie is from me, and goes fabulously with my new Rosebud Garden Kit!! Check this out:

I am so thrilled! I truly hope that you enjoy this! You can find it on the store blog, just click on the awesome train download button at the bottom of my post there and this beauty is yours!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Happy Happy Birthday!! All Around!

As I have posted previously this weekend is my DS, L.J.'s 8th birthday. And in celebration of this fact, I am including in my store a mini kit, inspired by one of his most favorite things/people

It has 8 papers and 8 elements, and just for fun we threw in 4 buttons. This is also my eighth item in the store, following my new alpha...also inspired by my DS!

And which is included free, WITH the purchase of the kit for a limited time-offer expires June 30th. Just buy the kit the link for the alpha is already included. Click on the previews and it will take you to where they are in the store. And starting tomorrow both of these will be on sale, along with the gift card holder set, for 20% off. This will last through midnight on Monday the 9th.

Now with birthday's in favorite online place to be, The SPRAGROUND, is having it's one year birthday today!! And in honor of its fabulous birthday, party going on right now, and the FABULOUS teacher that Jessica has been for me and so many others and continues to be daily, I am offering the sample I made of my Teacher Appreciation Gift Card Holder FREE!! You can see an example of it below...labeled sample in the preview, only the freebie doesn't have the message for the Teacher...that is yours to add! Thank you Jessica for sharing your knowledge so generously with anyone wanting to know how to use Photoshop to scrap their most treasured memories! You can snag it here!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

More Designing and CT fun!!

Okay, it has been a little bit, so I thought you due an update!! I am excited to announce the newest item in my store...Life Events Gift Card Holders! The idea credit must go to my friend Heather (from Spraground).

This is a pack of 7 Card Holders, with 300ppi layered templates for the outsides and for the insides. So that makes a total of 14 templates! This set covers baby, birthday, graduation, wedding, housewarming, teacher appreciation/school, and condolances. Here is what one looks like when completed:
This is a hybrid project so you will have to find your own ribbon, but everything else (except adhesive) can be printed out. I am planning another set to include holidays, and seasons...which should be in the store within the next 2 weeks as well! And I have a special surprise kit and alpha that I will be releasing this next week...but that is another post altogether!!

And great news, our store has been given ad space in 's newsletter...and it comes complete with a coupon for digiscrapstation (us)!! So, if you like a bargain...go check it out! Now for LO's, as I was a scrapper (and still am) before I was a designer. Here are my latest LO's for my CT's:

Credits: Autumn Days Kit from DesignsBySassy.

I am still on the CT for her...and loving it! She is so fun to work with, and just had a new little baby boy...CONGRATS! You can check out here designs at This LO was of a trip we made to a tried and true pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins a few years ago. The baby in the picture is now 3!! Hard to believe! Here is another LO, a really long overdue one:

Credits: The 2 of Us Kit from NatalieBirdDesigns.

This is of my wedding night...I was crazy enough to sing to my best friend and husband at our wedding reception. And while I can carry a tune, nerves and emotions got the better of me and my vocal cords that night! Our poor guests...but all in all it was a beautiful day and night, and I am shamed to admit I would probably do it (sing at my wedding reception) all again in a minute if I were to go back in time and do our day over again. Now for another almost equally overdue LO:

Credits: Spring Magic Kit from NatalieBirdDesigns.

This is of my son that is turning 8 this next week. He was thrilled to see so many bright colored eggs, but so VERY disappointed when he couldn't eat them! And he wasn't too excited to see the Easter Bunny either. He still has the bunny that was as big as him he got that day! Can my baby really be turning 8?? Okay, well, I have to go hug him some more...before grows up to much to want me to do that anymore!!