"Wake every day with a WINGED HEART and give thanks for another day of LOVING." (Khalil Gibran)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Thanks, a request, and I'm going to a concert...OH, MY!!

Hey there, everyone.  Just wanted to catch up and make a request of all you wonderful people.  First, thanks to everyone for the thanks on my latest kit!  Maggie, I'm really happy to know it brought back pleasant memories for you!  Holly , thanks for taking time to stop by and leave a comment.  Regarding those "actual instruments" you mentioned, I had almost an impossible task trying to find images of real instruments (not clip art) to use for "The Music of My Life" kit that were okay to use.  If any of you have an instrument around your household, I'd really appreciate it if you would consider taking a photograph of it against a solid background (like a wall or rug), sending it to me, and allowing me to use it for subsequent update kits.  I would be so very grateful and you'd then be able to scrap an actual page with your's or your kid's actual instrument!

I've decided to start, once again, selling a kit here or there to help with the financial end of acquiring images, programs, etc.  As most of you know, I'm on disability and Social Security only goes so far.  I've also decided the first kit I sell will be heritage and genealogy themed, as this has been requested a number of times.  Hopefully, this will happen in January or February.  Also, I had a request in the comments for the music kit to do a friendship theme and I think that would be a fantastic idea.  Not sure if it will be a freebie or a paid kit.  Thanks, JASPER1, not just for your suggestion, but for always leaving me a sweet comment.  Don't worry everyone, even if I do PTU kits, I'll never stop making FTU kits for all of you!  It gives me great pleasure.

Speaking of finances, I giving myself a Christmas gift this year!  On the 7th of December I'm going to a Cleveland radio station's holiday concert with my fave, the uber-talented Adam Lambert (and also Echosmith of "Cool Kids" fame).  My stented and bypassed, little heart is bursting with joy and anticipation.  I saw him back in 2011 right before I ended up in the nursing home.  It is a highlight of my concert-going past, and I've been to everything from high opera to heavy metal!  So few artists are as good in person as they are recorded...and Adam is even BETTER!  I've been a Glambert since the American Idol days back in 2009...in fact I'm officially Glambert #3945 so you know I was an early fan! LOL  It's a perfect logistical situation for me.  In December, as in 2009, he's performing at Playhouse Square.  The Greyhound bus station is only two blocks away and the hotel is right on the Square.  Makes wheelchair travel as easy as it could ever be!  Yippee! Well, I've gushed enough but I could go on and on!

Hope all of you are having a wonderful week.  I'm off now to try and put together something small for Pixel Scrapper's November blog train.  Yikes...I only have three or four days!


Friday, October 23, 2015

I hear music!!!!

Well, I finally hear the music around these parts!!!  I've finished "The Music of My Life" base kit at long last.  There's a bit of everything:  some more modern, some more vintage, hopefully something for everyone.  It's a huge one!  I'm almost finished with the first era/genre add-on kit...classical.  However, that will have to wait until I create my contribution to Pixel Scrapper's November blog train, Thankful Harvest.  I'm going back to my Victorian roots for that one.  The color palette is a real beauty.  Check it out:

I'd give you a preview, but first I have to design something!  Funny how that works.  LOL

BTW, on the TOU's for the music kit, you can see a REALLY old picture of me from my Freshman year of high school (1966-67).  I played violin in the orchestra.  Don't laugh now, we all get old sooner or later if we're lucky!  It's a scan of a partial paper-scrapped page that is part of an entire album I made about my high school, my family who also went there, the famous alumni, and President William McKinley who the school is named after.  You'll have to enlarge it to see it very well.  Oh, what the heck...here it is:

Okay, here are the previews for "The Music of My Life" base kit:

Here are some layouts for inspiration from my Flight Crew Member, Patti.  Her Aunt Lucille celebrated her 95th birthday last weekend!

Lucille likes to talk about how she still exercises and can put her foot up by her head.  I Photoshopped a special picture for Patti to give her that is a hoot, if I say so myself. Take a look:

Patti said everyone got a "real kick" out of it!  Pun intended...ROFLMBO.

And now, without further ado, here are the links you've been waiting for:

TOU and Credits

I hope you enjoy and find it to be worth the wait!  I'd love to hear from you and see what you create with it.  Please remember to check back on the 1st for Thankful Harvest and shortly thereafter for the Classical Add-On.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Why I go to Pixel Scrapper

As you all know, I participate in the blog trains at Pixel Scrapper.  This site is much more than a typical scrapbook site...it is a community of scrappers, designers, digital artists, etc.  When I say a "community," I mean it.  You can always find tons of freebies, yes, but more than that...you will find know-how, encouragement, kind words, and friends.  Marisa Lerin, the site creator, has posted a Pixel Scrapper manifesto and I want you all to read it, please.  It will explain just what I am trying to say.  Here's the link:

Pixel Scrapper Manifesto

Whether you are looking for a new scrapbook home or not, this is one great neighborhood to be in!

Thanks, and hope to see you around Pixel Scrapper.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Teenage Firsts

Links are now working!  Thanks to my faithful blog readers who let me know they weren't.  I just forgot to link them.  So sorry for the lapse of memory.  LOL

Hi everyone.  Hope all of you are well, happy, and thriving!  Today I'm sharing my portion of Pixel Scrapper's October Blog Train, That Teenage Life.  My part is a paper pack commemorating some teenage firsts.  I've had a rough month health-wise with a gut bug, UTI and sinus infection, which all impacted by blood pressure and diabetes, so a paper pack was all I was able to get finished.  It is the first cartoon'y and cutesy thing I've created...and probably the last!  LOL  I'm not thrilled with it and went back and forth on whether to even share or not, however, I put a lot of work into the designs so I decided to offer the pack anyway.  Hopefully some of you will find a purpose for it.

Here's the previews (don't forget you can click on them for a larger view):

Here are the Dropbox links:

Previews and TOU
Papers 01
Papers 02
Papers 03

I'm still working on the music kit and the base portion of it, plus a classical add-on, should be finished in the next week.  Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I'm really struggling to stay upright!

Blessings to you and to yours,