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New Product, New Freebie, and a Designer Spotlight Challenge at Oscraps!

Hey, everybody! It’s been quite awhile since I posted. There’s been a WHOLE LOT of stuff going on in my life, and for awhile there I didn’t have much time to even sit still, let alone design. But I’m back up and running again, with a whole lot of fun for you!

First off, do you remember the Designer Spotlight Challenge at Oscraps? Basically, it’s a challenge where a designer posts a cool freebie and a challenge. You need to use 50% of the designer’s products, and 100% Oscraps products to complete the challenge. Two lucky participants of the challenge will win a $10 coupon to my store! You won’t have to purchase anything to do the challenge: I have a couple of freebies up in the store that should give you more than enough stuff to complete a layout or two. I’m so excited to be hosting the first of the new Designer Spotlight challenges! It goes live tomorrow here in the challenge forum at Oscraps, so be sure to head on down and give it a go!

Now let’s take it down a notch when we look at my new products. I will admit to you that one of the reasons that I was having such a difficult time designing there for awhile was that I was suffering from the depression and anxiety that sometimes comes with Bi-polar disorder. I didn’t even know I had this disorder until I went to a counselor in November and was diagnosed. Since then, I’ve had a lot of emotions concerning the diagnosis, but I finally arrived on the idea that it’s OKAY to suffer from depression, bi-polar, ADHD, anxiety, and any other mental illness that an individual may have. It’s not something that a person can necessarily change, the key is controlling it and I also think that part of the issue is NOT being ashamed! So I made this kit, called Dark Season, which explores some of these difficult emotions and reinforces the idea that IT IS OKAY not to have a sunny disposition all of the time! Here’s the kit:

full kit prev

I also have found lately that keeping track of my emotions, what caused them, and how I dealt with them, helps me to deal with them better in the future. When I know what causes negative emotions, then in the future I can head depression and anxiety off at the pass. So I created this printable feelings journal, which also comes with a full planner, complete with meal planning, to-do lists, contacts, etc. I’ve made this planner available at a very low price, because I want it to be affordable. I want to help.


You can also get both of these items together, in a convenient and affordable bundle!

Bundle Preview

AND there’s a freebie! Please enjoy these journal cards with my compliments! (oh, and you may want to hold on to them for the challenge tomorrow! HINT HINT)


ALSO, please be aware that all profits from the sale of this kit will go to Equilibrium, the Bi-Polar Foundation. So you can feel good about parting with a li’l bit of your cash.

Stay tuned! More information about the challenge is forthcoming tomorrow.

Also, a week from today, come back to check out Long Ago and Far Away! WOW!



Your new freebie’s here!

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I don’t know what the heck is going on this morning. I’ve tried to write this post three times now, and have had problems every time. Well, instead of being verbose, I’ll just get right to your freebie! Here it is!Mondrian 3

Click here for TIFFs and PSDs

Click here for PNGs

Six more days till my opening, one more Mondrian template to give away (at some point during the week, keep your eyes peeled!- which has always struck me as a slightly gross expression, actually)

Also Six more days to enter the “Be My Guest” giveaway! Leave a comment! The more entries, the more winners. It’s cool the way that works out, isn’t it??

Also, remember that if you make a layout with the freebie “Stuff About You” template from last week, you automatically win this sweet little alpha:

Okay, as always, thanks so much for stopping by!


Some Stuff About Me – My Layout (and a bit of a teaser)

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Here’s my layout!

The stuff, in case you can’t read it, is:

I was born in and raised in Arizona. I moved when I was 18 and I think it is FAR, FAR too hot there, but I still have friends there and I LOVE Mexican food!

I have three kids, and one adult. My oldest child is 22 and my youngest (GRR, just noticed a typo in the layout, it says “houngest” and I don’t have time to change it now. WHOOPS) is 18 months! I’m ridiculously proud of my oldest son. I talk to him every day, and consider him to be my best friend.

I learned how to crochet by myself, but kind of feel like my grandma (who’s name was Atha just like my 7 yr old daughter) is my mentor in the stars, if that makes sense.

I’m pretty nerdy, which used to embarrass me, but now I embrace it. Geeks shall inherit the earth!
I used the Summer Morning collab by the awesome designers at the Digichick. Can you guess why I would have used this particular collab for my layout? Other than because it is cool?

Stuff About You Challenge with Freebies and Prizes!

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Hey, template lovers!

I trust you haven’t forgotten my “Be My Guest” giveaway! Here’s the graphic to refresh your memory:

I’m so excited for the new gig, and I really want to share my excitement with you all! While I’ve had a lot of positive response about the promotion, I haven’t gotten many new comments. I thought, “Maybe they just need something to talk about!” And I thought that the most logical thing to do would be to make you some freebies and have a little challenge! So I did. Check it out:

Stuff About Me Challenge freebie

If this template looks somewhat familiar, it’s because I remade one of the first previews I showed you all. It got saved weird in it’s original form, and I didn’t like how it came out, so I gave it new life as this freebie! Anyhooo,


Scrap some random stuff about you. Either tell me the most important facts, or some things that are unexpected, or just, you know, surprise me! Link me back up here with the results!


1. The freebie

2. Giveaway entries as follows: one telling me you downloaded the template, one linking me up to the finished layout, one telling me you posted it somewhere. ALTERNATIVELY, just tell me something random about yourself in a comment here.




I’ll come back tomorrow and share my layout with you!

Challenge ends July 1!