Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 - Facebook Preview

I joined facebook in 2009. They have this really cool thing where you can pick your statuses from the year and make a page. Go here. This is what I generated on facebook.

I took the journaling from above and created a digital scrapbook page below:


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Deco Pages - Coming Soon

Coming in January - DAD: No, it’s not your dad…it’s Download A Day and it’s new at Join us daily for a new piece that will complete a kit a month created by the talented designers. January 1, 2010 starts the DAD and is free for our community membership.

Toys For Tots Chairty Kit

Please purchase this kit so that we can buy shopping carts FULL of toys to give to the Marines Toys For Tots Program.

To Purchase this kit go here:

Picture in your mind the joy on the faces of these children who otherwise might not have had such a happy day. Together we can make a difference!

Thank you so much for helping out! Please see detail images to see all the wonderful contributions to this kit from our Design Team here at Deco-Pages.

All proceeds from the sale of this kit will go toward toys for the Marines Toys for Tots Program.

We will go shopping on Dec. 19th for Christmas 2009.
Any kits sold after that date will apply for the 2010 contribution.

Happy Holidays From All Of Us At!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Day 7 - Free Templates

For all my digital friends who like to use template go over to Scrappity-Doo-Dah as they are giving away 7 free templates on day 7 of their Christmas party.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Day 5 Freebie at SDD

Come over to Scrappity Doo Dah to receive day 5 freebie.

Girl Scouts - Flag and Kaper Chart

Since our troop is a new troop and we don't have existing funds to purchase a troop flag that cost $25 I decided to take out my sewing machine and again use my quilting skills to make our troop flag. I used my sizzex to cut out the numbers. The numbers and the green girl scout emblem I embroidered by hand. Who would have known those quilting skills I learned over 12 years ago would come in handy again so soon.

I have researched Kaper charts and was going to do a daisy type craft with close pins but I think this idea would work out better. I searched on line for a daisy image and I found this one here. I then edited it and changed the words to add the girls names in our troop. I punched it out with my hand circle punch. I then laminated it. Again took out my hot glue gun and glued it to close pins. I made additional blank ones for when we get assigned more girls.

Here is my daughters up close to show you what it looks like.

I found this idea on line here. We will do "Do it, Done It" We will have 2 bowls they are zip lock snack bowls, "Do It" and "Done It". Each girl had a clothespin that I made above with their name on it. All pins start out in the "Do It" bowl. My co-leader or I will draw a pin out for the first that we need done. The person who is drawn, draws for the next job. Her pin goes into the "Done It" bowl, etc. When all pins have been selected, they get dumped back in the "Do It" bowl and we start over! Doing it this way minimized the disappointment when having set jobs that you didn't always need at each meeting - more flexibility!

This is what it will look like at the meeting. The pins inside the bowl are extras made for girls that haven't been assigned yet.

The best part about this is there is a lid for the bowl and all the pins fit inside so it will be easy to transport to each meeting plus the empty bowl will stack underneath.

Girl Scouts - Swap Banner

The other day I made those daisy pins for a Girl Scout swap. Well, Friday night my girls swapped all their pins and got lots of pins in exchange. What to do with all the swap pins. I came up with this idea to make a pin banner. Actually I have one already in my craft room that is filled with pins that I have collected in the past 10 years or more. So I made these banners for my girls to display all their pins.

The first one is Naomi's. She wanted ribbon on the entire outside of border of hers. She picked out matching fabric for me to applique an N on the top. The one she is holding started to bulge out when I hung it one the wall so a bit of more sewing was involved to make it lay straight on the wall.

After sewing some of the ribbon more on the back just leaving a little pit of a look to hang it up it did lie flat against the wall. Here is her finished banner along with the pins that she received from the swap.

Now my other daughter Victoria I decided since her fabric that she choose was lighter than Naomi's for her initial I'd try to hand applique it on. Okay, it looks nice but I will never attempt that again. The felt was too hard to push through so I had to use a thimble which took me way longer to complete than Naomi's where I used the sewing machine.

Victoria only wanted ribbon on the top and bottom of hers. Here's her finished banner.

Toys For Tots Chairty Kit

Please purchase this kit so that we can buy shopping carts FULL of toys to give to the Marines Toys For Tots Program.
To Purchase this kit go here:
Picture in your mind the joy on the faces of these children who otherwise might not have had such a happy day. Together we can make a difference!
Thank you so much for helping out! Please see detail images to see all the wonderful contributions to this kit from our Design Team here at Deco-Pages.
All proceeds from the sale of this kit will go toward toys for the Marines Toys for Tots Program.
We will go shopping on Dec. 19th for Christmas 2009.
Any kits sold after that date will apply for the 2010 contribution.
Happy Holidays From All Of Us At!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

I am a GIrl Scout Leader Poem

Where have I been? Training to be a daisy girl scout leader. I've been searching on line for various things to include in our meetings. I was a girl scout when I was little, but at that time there was no daisy. I was a brownie and girl scout. I remember the crafts and swaps very well.

Being a Girl Scout Leader is one of the most rewarding opportunities you can take on. It can't be measured in points scored or points on a test, but it does make a difference in a girl's life!

Today I made some pins for the girls to swap with other troops when we go Christmas caroling tomorrow. These are the pins that I made. Aren't they pretty. I hope the girls like them.

I made 35 of them. Look how pretty.

Now, this poem I just found fits perfect for my life as my fingers are all swollen from the hot glue gun which I haven't used in years to make those pins.

Poem Written by Barb Hunter.

I am a Girl Scout leader, I own a hot glue gun,
A 3-ring notebook, an American flag, and a seven-passenger van.
I know all about Safety-Wise, permission slips, and registration forms.
I save bits of string, scraps of fabric, old tin cans,
And a whole garage full of recyclables.
I am a Girl Scout leader.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Mega Kit at SDD

Check out the new mega kit at Scrappity-Doo-Dah this month. You can purchase it here.

It's Starting to Look like Christmas at SDD

Well December is here and all of the wonderful designers at Scrappity-Doo-Dah are decking the halls. Check out there Christmas Forum to see all of the games, challenges, and gifts they have to offer. I promise you won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Days Gone By - Bonnie van Esch Designs

Bonnie van Esch has a new kit called Days Gone By. You can purchase it from her blog here.

39 Elements, 10 papers and a alpha too!
the paper can buy it separately (10 papers)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Freebie - November Color Challenge Kit

Bet you thought I left the face of the earth. Boy, the past couple of months have been extremely hectic. The kids started Kindergarten in September and I volunteered to help out in the classroom. Then my girls joined the daisy girl scouts in October. Well, guess who volunteered to be their leader? You got it, ME! So I've been attending meetings and classes to start up the troop. I even became CPR/First Aid certified. Yes, I've been scrapping as well but it certainly has been a while since I made a kit. Since I'm still actively taking my daily Project 365 photos I decided to make a project 365 kit. Over at Enchanted Studios Scraps they are having a mini kit color challenge. Here is the preview of what I made

You can download here.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Learning to Crochet

This week I was supposed to go to a crocheting lesson at the library but it was cancelled. So I took out this book called 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton and attempted to relearn how to crochet on my own. When I was a teenager I learned how to crochet but haven't touched it in many many years.

I had some yarn left over from knitting Naomi's leg warmers and I already had some needles which I acquired for my knitting projects. Well, the saying it's like learning how to bicycle. It certainly is true.

The first granny square that I attempted from the book above is called Tiny Textures. I used the same yarn I had left over from Naomi's leg warmers. Here's a photo of my finished block. It is only 6 inches but not bad for my first attempt.

Then while reading my various blogs I came across a crochet blog that had some halloween type crochet patterns. So while dinner was cooking I sat on the couch and crocheted this skull. I'm sure I made an error on this but here is my first attempt. Crocheting takes a bit more concentration as you have to count stitches and while watching tv it is a bit difficult doing this while looking back and forth at directions. I think that's probably why I like knitting as there is no counting involved.

This week I received my tote bag from Thirty-One. I got this tote for $5 after spending $30. It's the customer special for October. I just had to have this bag. It is perfect for my yarns and needles. It's even big enough to carry the book which I think I may have to buy. It's a great reference book.

Halloween Craft

We did a fun project. We made a skeleton for our front door. Got the pattern from here. First we placed them on the floor to see how big they would be.

Then we transferred it to black paper.

Glue it down.

Hang it on the front door and pose for the photo of the day.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Received My First ATC Card

Surprise came in the mail today from Bonnie from Scrapping till the cows come home. She made me 2 tags and my very first ATC card. Thank you Bonnie for thinking of me.

Sewing: Hemming Girls Halloween Costume

Wow, you wouldn't believe it but yes, the tutorial that I took the other day to hem my pants really came in handy again. The girls Halloween costumes were too long. So much so that I had to sew it about 4 or 5 inches. I did not want to cut it because the costume if for size 4-6. They may get another year out of it so I just folded it and sewn it 2 times. The black part was also fraying since they wore it already so I did a hem there

You can't really tell that I sewn it. I'm sure I didn't do it correctly but at least now they won't step on it and trip.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Limited Time Collaboration Kit

Inspired by The French Country Style, Deb Ammerman & Rose Made Designs present to you a Weekend at the Chateau, A Collaboration Kit. For a Limited Time Only, this kit is available to you as a complete package at a fantastic price! This kit will only be available for sale as a bundle until November 1st, 2009. The Weekend at the Chateau Bundle contains 38 background papers, 3 alphas, 122 elements, 12 quick pages and 12 Abby hybrid pages. Get all of this for a special bundle price of just $8.99!

You can find this wonderful kit here:

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sewing - Hemming My Jeans

I owe it all to Valerie from Frugal Family Fun Blog that I took my sewing machine out again this month. I did not finish my 13 days of workshop yet. Still need to do the grocery bag final step.

However, yesterday I bought a new pair of jeans in size 4 (my prepregnancy size). I was wearing size 8. My friends told me they were too big. I had a belt holding them up as they were big around the waste. Anyway, I didn't realize the jeans I bought were too long until I wore them today. All day I had them turned up so I wouldn't step on them.

Tonight I did a search on you tube on how to sew jeans. There were many different versions. Some made you cut the pants which I was not too fond of. I wound up following pathu32's directions. Here are my results.

Tada. I now have jeans 2 inches smaller.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Girl Scouts - Daisies

Last week, the girls and I attended the Girl Scout recruitment meeting in my town. We learned that there is only one Daisy troop in our area and it meets at 1:30 pm. This does not work for us since we have afternoon kindergarten. So it's official I volunteered to be a troop leader. My paperwork is all filled out and ready to be mailed tomorrow. Once registered my girls will be members of the Girl Scouts of America. When I was a kid, we started with Brownies in first grade. Not anymore. Now, Girl Scouts begin earlier, in Kindergarten. These pre-Brownies are called Daisies.

Instead of badges like the older girls earn, they will earn a total of 10 petals to complete the large daisy on the middle of their tunic. . Their uniform is really more like a cobbler smock, in a bright cheery blue, with an American Flag on the right shoulder, troop numbers on the front, just under the flag, and a large daisy centered in the middle. I can't wait to see them all dressed in their uniforms and ready for their first meeting.

Of course, first I need to be approved and then attend some leadership training classes. My new adventure has just begun.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Happenings at Deco-Pages

It's A Jungle Out There!

Fall is upon us already and the leaves are changing fast bringing with it brisker, cooler air and lots of photo opportunities begging to be scrapped. Leaf raking and with it comes piles of wonderful leaves for kid-diving. We also find pumpkin picking, hay rides and all kinds of activities we identify with fall. has the perfect kits to preserve those memories and help you to always remember. Just check out some of what's new....

October Club Deco Kit:
It's A Jungl
e Out There! The team really went wild with this kit! There are so many wonderful elements and papers to add to your digital scrapbooking pages! We can't wait to see the pages you create with this awesome kit! If you aren't a club member it's easy and affordable to join. For just $7.99 a month or $15.00 for 3 months you get a monstrous mega kit with contributions from many of the talented designers often totalling over 1 GB in size. It's a steal for all you get. You can sign up in the forum today. Visit us at: more information.

Fruity Tooty by Dream Catchers Scrapping
A little fruity with war
m colors perfect for your fall pages as well as bright birthdays and any other occasion, this kit is a bit retro and a lot perfect! It has 10 papers, 2 journal tags, 6 painted flowers, 6 ribbons, 12 doodle stickers, 7 flower stickers, 5 fruit textured frames, and a whole lot of fun! You can find this kit here: and for more of Dream Catchers Scrapping talented designs you can visit her store here:

Overlays - Nature Pack 1by Cautcha Lookin Images
Floral, earthy and all
natural; this pack of overlays is perfect for your outdoor pages. With 6 jpg 12x12 @ 300 ppi - grayscale overlays (floral, textured, foliage) you will use them again and again. Commercial use okay for these. You can find this overlay pack here:

Simple Templates by Cautcha Looking Images Got to come up with something fast and simple for your photos...want to give them away for a gift? This template pack is perfect....Just drag your photos into it and Walla! You're ready to roll! There are 5 psd. 12x12 @ 300 ppi - templates just ready for you! You can find these inspirational pages here:

Sweet Dreams of You by Cautcha Lookin Images Using rainbow pastel colors that are extremely versatile for any occasion this huge mega-kit should contain everything you need to make a multitude of pages for the whole family. Personal and S4H (flattened images) only. Kit Includes: 116 jpg 12x12 @300ppi - Papers (grunge, patterns, plain, floral, crumpled, textured, multi-colored, rainbow pastels, oil paints, photos, ripped/torn, squares, circles, plaid, clouds, pathways, swing, trees, water, romantic, land) 8 png - Alpha (patterned, multi-colored, floral, circles, plaids) 7 png - Borders (corners, full-length, pathway), 48 png - Frames (bracket, ribbon, square, rectangle, circular, paper, clustered, hanging, patterned, textured, floral, glass, stamps, star, ripped, masks, corners, doodles, bling), 3 png - Overlays (realistic, fantasy, hills/land), 27 png - Wordart (multi-colors), 300 png - Elements (realistic, patterns, textures, glass, fantasy, romance, outdoors, doodles, floral, etc.) 1 – Beanstalk, 2 – Benches, 3 – Bikes, 1 - Bird feeder, 5 – Birds, 9 – Bling, 22 – Bows, 2 - Brick Walls, 1 – Bubbles, 1 - Bumble Bee, 7 – Butterflies, 1 – Campfire, 1 – Castle, 3 – Caterpillar, Doodles, 9 – Clouds, 3 – Crayons, 10 - Doodles, 1 – Dragonfly, 1 – Duck, 1 – Fairy, 12 - Floral Doodles, 6 – Glitter, 1 – Gnome, 1 – Grass, 2 – Hats, 5 – Hearts, 2 – Horses, 3 - Hot Air Balloons, 1 – House, 3 - Jean Pockets, 6 - Journal Mats, 4 - Ladybug Doodles, 1 - Lawn Chair, 1 - Lawn Patio, 1 – Moon, 1 – Mushrooms, 2 - Music Sheet, 3 - Outside Lights, 1 - Paint Roller, 1 – Rainbow, 1 - Realistic Bush, 2 - Realistic Female Dolls, 61 - Realistic Floral, 10 - Realistic Leaves, 4 - Realistic Trees, 13 – Ribbons, 8 – Sequins, 3 – Spirals, 7 – Stars, 1 – Stitches, 7 – String, 2 – Sun, 1 – Sunflowers, 5 – Swings, 17 – Tags, 2 – Trees, 1 – Unicorn, 1 – Waterfalls, 6 – Wings, and 7 – Wraps. This kit is huge! You can find it here: and for more of Cautcha Lookin Images talented designs; visit her store here:

Witchy Halloween by Cornelia Designs
I have a new kit in my store, it’s a Halloween kit "Witchy Halloween", and perfect for all your spooktacular pictures. Also 2 WA Packs, each with 10 spooky Wordarts and I have a special for all of you. Buy all toget
her, for only $ 5.99. You can find the Witchy Halloween kit here: , Word Art Pack 1 here: , Word Art Pack 2 here: and the whole kit here: and for more of Cornelia Designs talented kits visit her store here:

Dark and Frightful by Paris Designs
Do you l
ike the dark side of Halloween? Have a macabre sense of humor? Paris Designs Dark and Frightful has the dark side you want, with a touch of light heartedness thrown in. This kit has 27 backgrounds, 1 overlay and 54 assorted elements all set to make the Dark Side come out in your pages!! A special thank you to Dover Publications, Country Clip Art/Trina Clark and friends, Rose Li, Debra Pas and Cida Merola. You can find this frightful kit in their store here:

Trick or Treat by Paris Designs
A fun kit for fall or Halloween with just about everything you need to create lots of f
un pages. This kit has a variety of 21 backgrounds and 47 assorted elements. Made with oranges, browns, greens, yellows, purples and hints of other bits of color, ghosts, including a "ghost rider", tags, and frames just to name some. Fall is one of my favorite times of year and I wanted to give you a nice variety in a fun kit for the Halloween/fall season! You can find this kit here: and for more of Paris Designs talented kits visit their store here: sort_direction=1&page=1

Teatime Treat by Retro Designs
For young and old cupc
akes are everyone´s favorite teatime and party treat. You´ll find many of them in this kit along with matching table napkins, plates, cups and even a cupcake shaped teapot. There are also tiny tea sets for tiny tots´ pretend tea parties. And the edible looking jelly and cream alpha is the perfect finishing touch. A delicious kit for parties and, best of all, you won´t have to count the calories! Kit includes: 10 backgrounds 12 x 12, 44 misc. Embellishments, 4 brads, 8 frames, 3 page borders, Jelly And Cream Alpha: all upper case letters, all numbers, 8 symbols. A sweet treat of a kit, high in fun but surprisingly low in calories and you can find it here: and for more of Retro Designs you can visit her store here: sort_direction=1&page=1

Need Inspiration for your pages? Let our creative challenges stretch your imagination in preserving those memories that will help you to always remember! Here are just a few of the challenges offered this month:

Greeting Card Challenge hosted by Lori Staton
This challenge offers a wonderful starter kit in the store for $2.00 or is free for club deco members. You get one Card Template, 4 Papers, 1 Flower, 1 Tag, 8 Elements, and 3 Brads in the starter kit! What an awesome way to send greetings to the loved ones with this inspiration to get the creative juices flowing! You can find more information on this challenge here:

Template Challenge hosted by Michaele Burkhart
Perfect for those quick scrap pages that take little time to put together. You just add the papers, elements and photos easy as 1, 2, 3... Best of all, this challenge template is free. For more details on this challenge visit the forum here:

Do you like to gain inspiration from looking at what others are doing? So do we and we choose one page per day that really reaches out and speaks to us! Check out what’s been chosen for Layout of the Day at recently:

My Dad by Retro Designs – Helen Weber

Exchange of Rings by Casey1

Autumn by Marilyng

Help Wanted ! Sunshine Team Members : Are you of sunny disposition, enjoy being on your computer and being involved? We would like to invite you to join our Sunshine Team! We currently have ope
nings. It’s easy to apply, just send a PM to PatinParis with a bit about yourself and why you would like to be on the team. It’s simple really. Just spend 30 minutes a day on the site or equivalent each week, taking part in the challenges, games, posting in the forums and gallery. Just having fun, making friends and helping Deco-Pages spread sunshine and love all around! We also ask that you help us promote Club Deco. Create LO’s using the kits and post them in the gallery and on your blogs showing off the talent of yourself as well as the design team. There are lots of benefits! Meeting new friends, getting to know everyone better around the site and you get the Club Deco for Free! If you are already a subscription member, your subscription will be extended for the amount of time you have left when you leave the team. We would love to have you join us!

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