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More Huugs to Feature!

Posted in Featured, Knit & Crochet , on July 31, 2008 ,

A few months ago I designed a free pattern for a knitted stuffed monster that I dubbed Huug the Hug Monster©. Since then several people have made their own version, and I love featuring them! Sophia Dembling recently made a Huug of her own, which turned into a hilarious ordeal involving her Huug’s face. I love it when I see the way others create something, because no two Huugs are ever the same! Sophia did a little experimentation on her Huug’s face which turned into what she calls a disaster, but I call cute! Though I do have to agree with her — the face and the Huug body separate were adorable. Together… well… not so much ;) This photo is copyright to Sophia and her permission was given to share the picture.

Emma also wrote me to tell me about a Huug she made for her boyfriend because they were going to be apart for awhile. She told me that having a Huug to give her boyfriend helped make that time where they were unable to be together more bearable. Stories like this warm my heart and inspire me to make more freebies such as free knitting patterns and digital scrapbooking freebies to share. I’m glad to know that something that took shape in my mind and turned into a fun little knitting project brought joy to someone else. Be sure to check out these fabulous knitters and a big special THANK YOU for your emails :)

Retro Teal Freebie

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on July 30, 2008 ,

A new freebie, yay! While it’s obvious that pink is my favourite colour, I’m pretty passionate about certain shades of teal or sea green. It just seems like a summery colour (and even goes well with pink & brown!) — I may have to come up with a set that uses all three of these colours, but for today I have a little mini kit for you that I’ve dubbed “Retro Teal.” It comes with 6 papers and 15 elements in several various shades of yummy sea green. Just the refreshing kick you need to supplement or complement your digital scrapbooking this week.

Download it HERE. Don’t forget to read the TOU, personal use only, blah blah blah, all that normal stuff. Enjoy! :)


Back With a Knitting Project in Progress

Posted in Knit & Crochet , on July 29, 2008 ,

©Weeeee’re back! We’ve returned from our family trip to beautiful Penticton in British Columbia, and we had a blast! We spent most of the day Friday soaking up the sun at Okanagan Lake in the newly fenced in and designated off-leash doggie beach with Oliver and Winston. Oliver was happy to be free to swim without the burden of his leash and really enjoyed fetching his floating orange chew toy. Winston was quick to chase after Ollie, even into the water, until he realized he could no longer touch the bottom. Though his rear end sank like a brick, his doggie instincts prompted him to paddle as fast as his little front legs could and he was an absolute riot. Once he got used to the idea of the ground disappearing from beneath him he would make short trips out into the lake after us, as long as we weren’t too far. Once he reached us we’d pick him up (more like he’d climb up our legs) to give him a break before sending him between us or back to shore. He loved it! They both did. Towards the end of our swim you could tell Oliver was exhausted but he just couldn’t resist the urge to swim out and back a few more times. You can see all of our exciting photos HERE! There are some really good ones :) AAAAND I put together a little video of our adventures that you can watch HERE.

And what would an 8 hour drive between Penticton and Calgary be without something crafty?! We hit a Zellers in Penticton for a few items and they had some Bernat Soft/Boucle yarn skeins on sale for half off and I just couldn’t resist. Especially since Lucas’ grandmother had brought along her sweater project and had shown me her method of knitting. I realized that she knits continental style while I was taught and currently knit english style. It was interesting to see the difference and she seemed to fly through her project. After reading up on it, it seems most agree continental is faster. Thanks to the fine folks over at KnittingHelp.com (my knitting bible), I’m going to try and pick up continental knitting. I’d like to see if picking up continental will be easier or harder for me than being taught english style by Lucas’ mom last summer. I really enjoy english style knitting, but it’d be nice to find which method is the fastest for me in the end. I have a few ambitious knitting projects on the horizon in time for the holidays this year planned already, and I’d like to find which way will help me get the projects done in the most efficient manner. Plus I hear if you’re fluent in both methods, doing colour work via “stranding” is easier down the road, something else I’d like to learn. Anyway, I picked up two skeins of yarn — one in Burgundy stripes and one in The Big Purple. I started a scarf for myself from the burgundy skein on the ride home and if all goes well (which it is so far!) I’ll make my mom a similar scarf from the purple skein since that’s her favourite colour. I’m using nice, big 10mm/US 15 needles and knitting loosely and I think casting on 20 stitches might be a bit too wide. I think for my mom’s scarf I’ll only cast on 15 stitches. I’m not sure how long the finished scarf will be — so far my burgundy one is at 50 inches and I just plan to go until I run out of yarn or until it seems to lay comfortably and suitably on me length-wise. I have a knitted scarf that I received from a student several years ago and it’s beautiful, but it’s 100 inches long and drags too much on short little me, so I plan to make the scarf long enough, but not too long… whatever that means ;) So I guess I’m shooting for a finished length of around 75 inches… in between where I am now and “too long.”
That’s about all for this update — but I’ve got a little digital scrapbooking freebie planned that I’ll have ready to give away sometime this week that I can’t wait to share with you :) I also really need to spend some time doing some digi scrapping of my own to show off some of the fab photos from our trip! And I’ve got some updates and photos from a few other knitters out there who have taken advantage of my free Huug the Hug Monster© pattern. All of this and more coming later this week! Thanks for reading :)

A Day at the Beach Freebie

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on July 21, 2008 ,

I am so excited — Lucas and I are packing up the boys (our dogs, Oliver & Winston) and taking a road trip to Penticton, British Columbia later this week to spend some time with friends and visit with Lucas’ family. We try to hit Penticton at least once or twice a year, and this weekend seems to be the last chance that we’ll have to make a summer trip with a new busy season starting at work soon for Lucas. Not to mention a new school year is quickly approaching and teachers go back August 28. So we’ll be spending Thursday – Monday soaking up the sun!

The last two times we’ve gone to Penticton were either in the fall or spring. It’s been 2 years since we were able to time our trip to enjoy the best part of being in Penticton: the beaches in the summer! When we went in the spring and fall of 2007 it was a bit too chilly for Lucas and I to do any real swimming, but Oliver sure enjoyed chasing the waves and experiencing the beach for the first time. He did some swimming, but we weren’t really prepared. We’ve been looking forward to going out when the weather was kind enough that the lake would be an enjoyable temperature for the whole family, and that’s our plan for this week. Even more exciting is that now it will be little Winston’s first trip to the beach. We’re hoping for some really memorable photo opportunities as he touches sand for the first time or comes in contact with his first wave. We’re sure Winston will be fearless once he sees his big brother swimming. Aren’t we a little sad? We’re getting all camera crazy and excited about our dog experiencing the beach for the first time. Can you imagine how we’ll be when we have actual kids?! Haha.

Anyway, in honour of our upcoming trip I’ve made a little mini kit freebie for you all called “A Day at the Beach” … because we’ll be spending several entire days at the beaches of Penticton this weekend! The kit includes a 3600 x 3600 pixel 300 dpi overlay “frame” for your photograph with “A Day at the Beach” written around it. Layer this onto a great beach photo and enjoy the effect of the letters cut out onto your picture! In the preview image above I used a photo of Oliver checking out the beach at Lake Skaha in Penticton in the spring of 2007, just to give you an idea of the effect you can get from the overlay when you use your own photos. Along with the giant overlay comes 4 elements: two sand-filled glass brads (square and circle), a sand button and a starfish object. I’ve included a little how to for using the overlay in case anyone has any questions. You can download the mini kit HERE, and be sure to leave me some blog comment love if you do :) Enjoy the freebie and enjoy your week! <3


New Freebie: Bubbles!

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

TWO freebies in one day?! Be sure to read the post just before this one to also grab the “My First Tattoo” minikit! :)

With teaching done for the summer, I’ve picked up an office job to keep me busy during my “off season” so I’ve not posted in a bit. But what do I do in my spare time at work? Plan out freebie kits I want to design when I get home! And that’s where “Bubbles” comes in.

My newest freebie is my biggest one yet, and even includes my very first alpha! Everything is made in 300 dpi and the background papers are 3600 x 3600 pixels. “Bubbles” includes 4 background papers, 1 glassy blue capital letter alpha, and 27 elements total! And what kind of elements are we talking about? Well, let’s see… brads, bubble frames, seahorse metal frames, doodle swirls, scalloped journaling paper, seahorse buttons galore, and several ribbons… too many things to list and picture in the preview image, that’s for sure! All in a cool summery blue palette (with a hint of lime!) that will make you wish you were lounging beach-side someplace exotic.

Give “Bubbles” a try and see what you think! If you download, please give me some blog comment love and feel free to leave me feedback so I can make even better freebies in the future. As always, everything is completely free* for personal use to thank those out there who so freely share their own designs, knowledge and kindness with the digital scrapbooking community… thank you for being my inspiration! Download here and enjoy!

* Don’t forget to read the TOU included with all freebies. Everything is free for personal, non-commercial use, but do not redistribute the files or claim them as your own! Don’t forget to give credit where credit is due if you make something with this kit and post it somewhere. Full TOU can be found zipped up inside the kit. If you have any questions about it, don’t hesitate to ask. :) Thanks!


Freebie: My First Tattoo

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

In honour of my real first tattoo, I made a mini digital scrapbooking kit! With this being a first in my life, I wanted to of course scrapbook the event, but I couldn’t seem to find much in terms of kits about tattoos that sparked my interest. When all else fails, make your own, right? So that’s what I did. I got my tattoo last weekend (it’s just smaller than a quarter and in a discreet location, for those that know me personally hehe, nothing major or something you’re going to notice!) and have been putting this together bit by bit as the week has gone on. I need to get my layout together using it, but I thought I’d put this out there in case someone else could find a use for it or even just some of the elements for their own scrapbooking endeavours :)

“My First Tattoo” is made in 300 dpi with the background papers measuring in at 3600 x 3600 pixels. The mini kit includes 6 background papers and 21 elements. Stay tuned — with all of these freebies I need to take some time to actually put together the layout ideas I have in mind for them and scrap my own stuff to share. If you make any cool layouts with any of my freebies please do share by sending me an email or commenting and linking me… I’d love to show them off here, too! The download can be found HERE (zip file), and a note when you nab it here on my blog would be great :) Thanks and enjoy!

P.S. … I’ve got another freebie to give away today, too! Stay tuned for “Bubbles” ….


Two New Freebies: Fabric Brads & Summer String Doodles

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on July 6, 2008 ,

I think I’ve become obsessed with creating digital scrapbooking elements. It’s all I’m doing in my spare time! I’ve been working through the various tutorials over at Scrap Stuff with PSP and I can’t get enough of Shawna’s knowledge. Today I have two mini freebie element packs to give away: fabric brads and summery string doodles :) Lucky you, you guys will get all of the things I’m making as I learn, haha. That could be good or bad considering I’m doing better at some things than others lol.

The fabric brads element pack includes 20 fabric brads in all various shades of colours. It’s the perfect complement to any page! Summer string doodles are just that: doodles made from arranging string into summery shapes. I imagine them adding a little spunk to a child’s layout perhaps. I was test driving Shawna’s string tutorial and somehow ended up with these. I guess summer is on my mind! And it’s no surprise — the weather has been beautiful lately :) Both element packs created in 300dpi. Snag the fabric brads HERE (zip file) and the string doodles HERE (also zip). Enjoy! Hope you like them :)

133 people (117 rar/16 zip) have downloaded the Neapolitan minikit I gave away in my last post, which blows me away! I’m glad that so many have given it a go, and the positive comments I’ve received here and on the files at 4shared make me glow with happiness. Thank you! Sheila has created her own layout using it and isn’t it fab? Her layout is fantastic! (And I’m not just saying that because my husband is one of the subjects of her photos, lol). She is patiently and eagerly awaiting her own ordered copy of My Memories Suite … my goal is to convert everyone, it’s such awesome software for creating digital scrapbooks! One day, My Memories Suite and I will take over the world. Ok maybe not. But I better tear myself away from creating digital elements… these wedding thank you cards won’t make themselves!


My First Digi Scrapping Freebie: Neapolitan

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on July 4, 2008 ,

Woooo, I’m proud to release my very first freebie for all of you digi scrappers out there: Neapolitan, inspired by my favourite ice cream (which just so happens to be my favourite colour combination as well — can’t you tell?)

I’d be nowhere without the magic of Shawna over at Scrap Stuff with PSP Tutorials, though. She is the inspiration and reason this freebie was made possible. I just started learning how to make my very own digital scrapbooking elements today, and because of her amazingly generous tutorials I’m starting to get the hang of it! Thank you, Shawna, for sharing your PSP knowledge so freely and giving so much to the community. I can’t wait to work on more of her tutorials and to learn even more tips and tricks to creating great freebies so that I can give back to the digi scrapping community.

The Neapolitan minikit contains three background papers and twelve elements. Everything is done in 300 dpi, and the backgrounds are 2400×2400. Everything was created in Paint Shop Pro 8. Please be kind as it’s only my first freebie. I know I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m confident I’ll only get better from here :)

Download Neapolitan HERE! (.rar file) — if you prefer .zip, click HERE instead. :) If you download, please give me some blog comment love! I’m completely and totally open to any comments, suggestions or other constructive criticism… it will help me learn :) If you have any problems with any of the files, just let me know. I hope to be able to put together some other freebies in the near future, so stay tuned! Thanks for all of your support and enjoy! <3


Our Digital Wedding Scrapbook

Posted in Scrapbooking , on June 29, 2008 ,

An entirely new digital scrapbook to share, a complete new blog design AND two posts in the span of the same weekend? Look at me go!

That’s right! Even though I mentioned in my last post that I wasn’t sure I’d find the time… I sat down and made myself focus on our digital wedding scrapbook this weekend, and 40 pages later… voila! Of course I used My Memories Suite by Polaroid (Can I possibly rave enough about that software? I think not.) and I am proud to say that I’m an old pro at it now; every single one of the 40 pages I personally designed and built from scratch myself. It was actually hard to stop at 40… there are SO many fabulous pictures from our wedding weekend that I was sure I would be sitting at my computer for weeks. Thankfully the creative juices were flowing this weekend!

So where can you find the full 1200×1200 digital pages? We’ve created a new page on our personal website just for our scrapbook albums, so head on over to Our Wedding album to view them all now! :) You can also see them either in my digital scrapbook Flickr set or in my scrapbook.com Wedding Album. If that link doesn’t work for you, head on over to my scrapbook.com profile, then navigate to my gallery from there and look for “Our Wedding.” If you’re going the Flickr route, the first page of the wedding album series starts here; just click forward from there. Enjoy! And please be sure to let me know what you think :) Thanks to Lucas being a web coding genius, you can always see all of our digital scrapbooking albums on our new page: Lucas and Lesley’s Digital Scrapbook gallery.


Just Married! And a Few Changes Around Here

Posted in Scrapbooking, Sewing , on June 27, 2008 ,

Hi!

We’re back from our fabulous wedding weekend in Las Vegas, and it’s time to update my blogs and show off all of the crafty things that were part of the celebrations. I am most proud of the wedding gift I made for Lucas — a scrapbook. And if you’ve read any of my more recent posts, you know I mean a digital scrapbook made with My Memories Suite software. I showed off a Christmas album I made and an album I made of our two dogs… but for the wedding gift album I took it one step further and had Polaroid, the company that makes My Memories Suite, do the professional printing and binding of the digital scrapbook pages and ship it to me as a physical scrapbook. The result was amazing! I was worried that the print quality or the book quality wouldn’t be as good as I was hoping for, but it was just as good if not better than I was expecting, and I will definitely be turning future digital scrapbooks into real life book creations this way. Kudos to Polaroid! I did my best to take some photos of the actual book once it arrived (see right), but you just gotta see it in person to do the quality justice. You can see the full digital version in my scrapbook.com wedding gift album. If that link doesn’t get you there, head over to my scrapbook.com profile and navigate to my gallery and then to the Wedding Gift Album.

Our favours were a lot of fun. We didn’t do anything too terribly crafty, but we did order photo coaster sets and personalized shot glasses. The photo coasters came in sets of two, and we put a 2″x2″ photo of us (seen here) in one of the coasters, and printed text with our names and the wedding date for the second coaster. They turned out really well. We put them in little pink paper bags and stamped the little bride and groom design that we used for our invites on the front of the bags. We used some cute brown and pink polka dotted ribbon to close up the bags, and I made little personalized tags to string up with the ribbon. The tags sported little pink poker chips with our name and the date on them plus the words “thank you” scrolled around the outside of the chip. While it wasn’t much, seeing all of the finished favours together made us proud of our efforts.

There was one other little thing I made for Lucas to go along with his album: a little stuffed ball and chain! As a joke I sewed a little stuffed ball and added a keychain chain to it to finish it off. He really liked the gesture and we got a good laugh out of it. Now my crafty efforts are focused on building an actual wedding scrapbook album now, showcasing photos from our wonderful wedding weekend and all of the fun we had with friends and family. I’m also trying to figure out what I want to do for a summer job since I’m done teaching this school year, so stay tuned for that wedding scrapbook as I have time to devote to working on it. If you want to see all of our wedding photos, we’ve got them posted HERE. I can’t wait to creatively collect those into a digital album! All of the photos really turned out well.

You may have noticed that my posting name has changed slightly, the actual name of the blog is a bit different, and that my profile isn’t quite the same — due to my name change I needed to change my email address that was linked to my blogger account. I managed to shift this blog over to my new gmail account, so the profile is still me, just on my new email. It’s all mostly the same, though! I also decided to give the blog a bit of a face lift since I was starting “fresh” with my new profile, and now more than ever, this blog’s subject matter spand across many various types of craftd instead of just knitting or sewing… especially with my latest obsession with digital scrapbooking. Hope you like the changes, and thanks for reading!