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"The Hoosier State" Freebie Part 1 of 3

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on September 3, 2008 ,

Happy Wednesday :)

This week I have three days in a row of amazing freebies for you, being kicked off today! And what’s the topic? Well by the title you’ve probably guessed — “The Hoosier State.” Most of you that have followed my blog (or notice the blog design or header) know that I’m a Hoosier girl… originally from Indiana, but now living happily ever after in Canada for over two years. I decided to create a big freebie kit dedicated to where I grew up because I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for the Hoosier state, even if I don’t technically call it “home” anymore.

I finally finished the kit last night, and together there are 8 papers and 40 different elements in this one including wordart, frames, mats, ribbons, peonies, notepaper, corn (lots of corn!), clips, buttons, bows, and even a few acrylic elements and wooden pieces such as the state flag, the state itself, and some Indy 500 items. All in a colour scheme that reminds me of Indiana. The kit was too big for one zipped file so I decided to break it up into 3 pieces and release all of the parts over the next three days. Each day contains at least two papers and a random handful of the 40 elements. This Friday’s Freebie Friday will be the final piece, and once you download all three, you’ll have the entire kit.

Don’t forget that this freebie kit is for personal, non-commercial use ONLY, as specified in the TOU included with all of my freebie downloads. Please be sure to read the TOU before using any of the items in the kit, and contact me if you have any questions about it.

Download “The Hoosier State” Part 1 of 3 HERE!

I would really love to see what you do with the kit — please send any layouts you make to me and I’d be happy to feature you here and show off your creativity. If I get around to it this week, I may release a quickpage or two. But don’t hold me to it! Be sure to check back tomorrow (and Friday) for parts 2 and 3 to complete the set! I hope you like “The Hoosier State.” Thanks for stopping by :)

Latest Layouts

Posted in Scrapbooking , on September 1, 2008 ,

First of all, HAPPY LABOUR DAY! I finally got around to some digital scrapbooking of my own today and scrapped up some memorable new photos taken in the past couple weeks. I just wanted to pop in and share them with you!

The first involves my handsome husband and I, and uses papers and elements from Summer Splash by Christine Ousley, christinescraps for BTST.

The second is a compilation of some photos with my friend Michelle. Michelle was my maid of honour in my wedding and has been my best friend since moving to Canada. We met when we were both working in the Human Resources department of Safeway. We’ve both found new jobs but do just about everything together. This page is dedicated to her friendship and uses elements from the Citrus Berry kit by Vicki at AWP (A Work in Progress).
I love Vicki over at AWP so much that I used another one of her freebie kits, Fired Earth, for this layout of Lucas and I. Aren’t we cute?
This last one I did using the Express Yourself freebie kit by RPENN. Yay for girls just wanting to have fun! This is me with Kim and Michelle. We’re hawt mamas!
The hanging date tags you see in the last two are not part of the kits mentioned but instead are from scrapmatters.com by the Golden Girls digital designs. They’re super cute! Anyway, just wanted to share what creative things I’ve been up to this holiday weekend; hope you liked the layouts! Enjoy the rest of your long weekend.

My First Crochet Handbag

Posted in Knit & Crochet , on August 31, 2008 ,

So I found a great pattern on the Lion Brand website for a Crochet Handbag, by Drew Emborsky. It’s such a gorgeous shape — I love the pleats! I decided since I had a bunch of off-white yarn hanging around that I would give it a go and see if I was a.] capable of following the pattern, and b.] I liked the end result. In the end, I love the look when it’s lying flat, but prefer it was a bit taller/deeper than the finished result, and maybe not quite as wide at the base… at least for my personal usability preferences. In my opinion the dimensions looked great flat but made for some strange interior space when the purse was in use. Full it looked a little funny but flat it looks fab! But maybe that’s just me. Check out a “full” pic below and compare it to this flat one, maybe you’ll see what I mean.

The pattern itself was super easy — all single crochet with ONE pesky row (row 15) where I had to follow the written instructions to form a pleat. And not just one pleat, but six total in that row! And then you had to do row 15 twice, because you had to make two side pieces to form the bag body. I got some help from fellow ravelers to interpret the instructions and I finally managed to get the hang of the pleat :) Yay! Beyond row 15, the rest of the pattern was super simple. My seaming isn’t all that great, but I’m learning. I’ve made some modifications that I plan to use on my next try and I hope it turns out the way I invision the perfect version of this handbag to be. Once I pick out some delicious brown yarn (after all, you can’t wear white after Labour Day, and with that coming up tomorrow, I only have one day to use this purse, LOL) for a more season-appropriate look, I’ll give the modified version a go. If that works out I’d love to post the mods for anyone else who might be interested :) As you can see, I didn’t make the little flaps (mostly because I had different handles than what the pattern called for) and I decided to add little crochet flowers as an accent. All part of the modifications, I tell ya. In the end it was a great project. I can’t wait to make another! :)

This little crochet handbag will be off to the bowling alley with us this evening for some dinner and fun with friends. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Freebie Friday: Healthy Blance (Part 2 of 2)

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on August 29, 2008 ,

Woohoo! It’s Friday! And not only that, it’s the Friday that kicks off a nice long weekend. Hooray! So let’s get down to business and share this week’s Freebie Friday goodie :)

As promised last week, I have for you part 2 of 2 of my “Healthy Balance” series. This time the freebie includes two more full-sized 1200 x 1200, 300 dpi papers, two torn papers in solid cardstock, another ribbon, a frame with a blue ribbon button and ribbon hugger, acrylic cherries, some torn notepaper (perhaps for journaling your goals on) and 5 gemmed fruit and veggie paperclips! They are soooo cute.

If you missed last week’s part 1 which included all of the full-sized gemmed fruit and veggie embellishments and the first paper and measurement tape bow by Kirsty Smith, you can grab it HERE.

Hopefully these two kits will add some healthy spunk to your layouts. I mean, who can resist cute little gemmed fruit paperclips? Not me! Download “Healthy Balance” Part 2 of 2 HERE!

Hope everyone has a safe and healthy Labour Day long weekend — take care and see you soon! I’ve got another freebie ready to go and freebie plans for next Friday already in the works :) Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back soon!

Recent Craftings

Posted in Knit & Crochet , on August 26, 2008 ,

I don’t know if “craftings” is a real word (And based on Firefox’s built-in spell checker, it isn’t.) but for today and for my blog post title, it is a word. This week I’ve finished two projects: a purple bouclé scarf for my mom for Christmas (Yes, I am ahead of the game) and a little tiny turtle for Somer. The scarf was knitted from a beautiful skein of Bernat Soft Bouclé that I picked up while in Penticton a few weeks back, in a colour called The Big Purple. What a fun name, huh? It’s 65 inches long and really soft and pretty, at least I think so. I hope my mom does, too! There’s no real pattern involved with this bad boy — I co’d 15 sts on big size US 15 / 10.0 mm needles and knit until the scarf reached my desired length of around 65 inches. I love the big loopy look to it.

The tiny turtle is from a pattern called Tiny Striped Turtle by KristieMN. It was surprisingly easy and quick to make up, and I think it turned out so cute! Somer likes turtles and she’s had a rough month or two so I thought I’d surprise her and send a tiny turtle her way to say hello. Don’t tell her yet, though… he’s so cute I haven’t mailed him off just yet hehe. I think my favourite part is his wee little tail poking out. And you probably noticed mine doesn’t have a striped shell. Well, crochet is fairly new for me and the idea of switching yarn so often on such a small item kinda intimidated me since I’m not really all that familiar with how changing yarn colour works. Instead I crocheted the entire shell one colour. I’m still on the hunt for safety eyes (Who seem to be hiding from me at Michaels.) so I cut small round eyes out of black felt and hand stitched them on with thread afterwards. He’s a cutie!

I’ve been rather busy this week and doing a little crochet in my spare time (I started on a crochet blanket last night… BIG endeavor for a newbie!) but I’ll have a digital scrapping freebie, Part 2 of 2 of the “Healthy Balance” mini kit, for you on Friday. I’ve also got a few other digi scrap items in the works, they’re just not finished and ready yet. Soon! Hope you have a great week :)

Freebie Friday: Healthy Blance (Part 1 of 2)

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on August 22, 2008 ,

Happy Freebie Friday everyone! :)

For today’s freebie I have part 1 of 2 of a new series I call “Healthy Balance.” Recently I was turned on to MyFitnessPal and I *love* the site. I was looking for a free food diary to use so I could keep track of my meals for digestive reasons and I’ve been wanting to get in better shape so I joined up and can’t get over what a difference it has made in only 5 days! It’s a really powerful thing to track your food intake and see how many calories or fat or sodium you’re consuming. It’s definitely helped me to make some healthier choices this week and stick to my goals. And wow is it motivating to keep on going and stay on track! The community is so helpful, inspiring and supportive — it’s like a little family :) Anyway, the theme for this week is tribute to a “Healthy Balance!”

This little mini kit contains 8 gemmed fruits and veggies: an asparagus, blueberry, some cherries, an apple, corn, grapes, an orange and carrot. It also contains one paper and one measurement tape ribbon/bow (a cu item courtesy of Kirsty Smith that was recoloured to be similar to the measurement tape I have :D … thanks, Kirsty!) This is part 1 of 2 like I already mentioned… next Friday I have an addition to part 1 that will include some other healthy goodies in the theme and some more paper :) It’s the perfect little mini kit to enhance digital scrapbook pages displaying your own healthy choices and improvements because those successes should be scrapped about!

Download “Healthy Balance” part 1 (embellishments, x1 paper and bow) HERE

Be sure to check back next Friday for part 2 to complete the set! And if you have suggestions for other parts/pieces to include in this set let me know and there may be more after part 2. And if you decide to try out MyFitnessPal, let me know, too :) It’s a great resource and a great community. Have a happy and healthy weekend and thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday Share

Posted in Featured, Freebies, Knit & Crochet, Scrapbooking , on August 17, 2008 ,

Hi :)

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. We’ve spent the day cleaning the house — it was really overdue! I got a wonderful email from MAKNJ, who shared how she used my “A Day at the Beach” digital scrapping overlay — aren’t the special touches that she added fab? I think the photo of her son is just wonderful, it turned out perfectly! Be sure to check out the rest of MAKNJ’s photos on Flickr HERE! Thanks so much for sharing, MAKNJ! :D

If you missed my “A Day at the Beach” overlay freebie, you can snag it here on 4shared.

And speaking of sharing… I finished up a crochet project this weekend that I thought I’d share, too! It’s a “Bitty Baby” from the pattern here (and on Ravelry here) by Hannah Kaminsky. It turned out… ok. It doesn’t look too bad, but I know where each and every imperfection is and it makes the finished project not feel quite as nice as I was hoping it’d turn out. The pattern itself was fairly easy for a newbie crocheter like myself (just taught myself last week or so) and the hardest part (in my opinion) was stitching it all together at the end — the head was such a pain to stitch to the body, and I wasn’t sure I was really stitching the arms and legs on properly. I’m not very confident that my stitching-things-together skill (yes, that’s a real skill) is very good. BUT, here it is anyway. I’ll chalk this one up to practice and perhaps try making a few more for some of our friends that have recently had a baby in the past few months or are due in a few months. I think everyone we know has had a baby in the past year or will be having one soon. No, we’re not ready yet ;)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great week <3

Freebie Friday: Buttons in Bloom!

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on August 14, 2008 ,

Summer is nearing its close, kids are getting geared up to go back to school soon (if they haven’t already), and that means we’ll be seeing less and less flowers as the weather gets prepared for the upcoming fall months. I was thinking about how great it would be if I had a green thumb and could keep pretty plants all year long successfully, and then this idea hit me. What better way to keep the spirit of summer flowers alive all year than to have some ribbon and button flowers? Ribbons and buttons never wilt or die and their colours stay fresh and vibrant forever. Plus you don’t have to remember to keep them watered. You, too can enjoy flowers as long as possible with my “Buttons in Bloom” mini element pack for this week’s Freebie Friday!

The kit comes complete with 9 different flowers — flowers in 8 different colours and 1 multi-coloured one. Plus there’s three different kinds of stems that come separately in the kit so you can build your flowers with the blooms the way you want to — with tall or short stems, etc. And if you want to add leaves, I’ve even included some felt leaves for you as an added touch.

Buttons in Bloom is chock full of flowery goodness with no green thumb requirement. Help preserve summer and download them today!

Download “Buttons in Bloom” HERE :) Enjoy them and have a great weekend <3

"Back to the Drawing Board" Freebie

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on August 12, 2008 ,

Just a quick freebie for you today inspired by the mad rush to get ready for a brand new school year. (And a new teaching school year for me!) Today is the first day of school back in my hometown of Greenwood, Indiana so I decided that this little mini pack would be perfect for the occasion. (Even though the first day of school is a couple weeks away yet for me here where I live in Canada now.) After all of the school supply shopping is done and the new clothes are bought, you’re going to want to settle down to scrap your child’s first day at school. I thought maybe a little chalk alpha would inspire you. And for added good measure and high marks, I’ve included two bonus elements! Not only does today’s freebie contain my “Back to the Drawing Board” chalk alpha, but you’ll also find a cute little knotted apple button ribbon AND chalkboard paper, all designed by yours truly and free for personal, non-commercial use. The alpha consists of lower AND uppercase letters, numbers, and some punctuation. I’ve also included a few specials such as the “#” sign, the words “grade” and “year” and then the little “st”, “nd”, and “rd” abbreviations so that you can easily use the alpha to put titles like “1st Grade” on your scrapped pages, for example. I hope you like it!

Download “Back to the Drawing Board” HERE

Good luck in the new school year! :)

Lots of You Love the Chicago Bears…

Posted in Featured, Freebies, Scrapbooking , on August 11, 2008 ,

Happy Monday! I know, I know… usually those two words don’t go anywhere near each other, let alone in the same sentence or expression! But I received some inbox goodness and it brightened my day so I just had to share it with the rest of you.

GailG used the “I Love the Chicago Bears” freebie kit I gave away yesterday and made some fab layouts! Check these out (click to make full-sized)


Aren’t they great? And what a beautiful family! (Posted with permission.) You know you want to snag your own copy of my “I Love the Chicago Bears” freebie now… so go grab the papers HERE and the elements HERE! I have a couple ideas for possible addons in the future, but I’ve been a little busy lately — I plan to get around to it sometime soon, maybe in time for the start of the regular season. Hope everyone had a nice Monday — thank you SO MUCH for all of the awesome comments on the freebie yesterday, and special thanks to GailG for sharing her talent!