this+that: spring

March 31st, 2011|digital kits, this and that|

I do declare!

Spring has finally arrived!

And I ain’t just talkin’ about the kit either. Beeeaautiful day here in the land of “Sprinter”. ;) Suppose to even get up to 70 for the weekend. Of course, it is the “warm before the storm” as it drops to a whoppin’ 47 on Sunday. Ugh. Typical. Oh well, I’ll enjoy it while it’s here!

Okay, enough about the weather . . . here’s the This & That: Spring kit!

Here are a few tips about the kit.

First, I never have much of a reason to go buy anything after being in this business for so many years. So when I wanted to buy some monochromatic Bazill, imagine my disbelief in seeing first hand that the stores don’t carry that beautiful rainbow of ultra delicious colors otherwise known as Bazzill.


I can’t tell you how disappointed I was.

So just FYI, the two greens I used to match the kit . . . the lighter one is from American Crafts (wish I could remember the color name) and the other was from Echo Park called Juneberry/Grass. It’s purple on one side and green on the other.

Okay, onto the squares . . .

There are three layers to the peas: the front and back of the pea pod, which are cut in the darker green and the peas themselves, which are cut in the lighter green.

Tie a ribbon to the top of a paperclip and attach to the receipt.

Adhere the trunk of the tree and leave the branch free so that you can tuck a couple of the leaves under the branch to give it some added dimension.

It’s funny how things come about. I’d planned on adhering this flat, however, when I went to pull it from the white cardstock sheet that I’d cut and sat aside, the wings had bent at the body. I thought, “Hmm. Let’s pop dot them up.” So there ya go, add a couple little pop dots to the inner part of the wing and adhere the body to the background.

BINGO card.
My intent was to use an aqua-ish flower, but I didn’t have one, so I used a green flower instead.

Adhere the blue outline to the solid white background umbrella. Adhere the colored pieces inside the outline. As long as your keep your lines pretty straight, it fits like a puzzle. Tie a ribbon in a knot, trim the ends and adhere to the umbrella.

Adhere your flower first so that you know where to start with your “bloom” title. Start with the “M” and work backwards. I kind of wanted the flower to slightly overlap the “M”. Staple a couple of the letters.

Assemble the four colored pieces of the kite using the solid white kite as a background. Adhere the white “dowel” piece. Tie a knot in the end of a string and adhere it to the center of the “dowel”. (I used a piece of a glue dot.) When you adhere the kite bows, that will secure the rest of the string.

I preferred to adhere the leaf and diamonds to the “Grow” flashcard before adhering to background so that I could wrap a ribbon around just the “Grow” card. To do this:

  1. Add a tiny bit of adhesive along the right tips of the leaves (if you’re looking at the backside, it will be on your left though).
  2. Place along the left edge of the Grow card.
  3. Add adhesive to the last four diamonds and place on card.
  4. Wrap ribbon around card and tie in a knot.
  5. Adhere to background. The left edge of the diamonds should align with the left edge of your background.
Note: When I designed this piece, I designed it with a 1/4″ ribbon in mind. However, I didn’t happen to have that shade in that size–only had 3/8″. So maybe keep that in mind when you make yours.

Gather an assortment of buttons and arrange on the button card. Wrap some string around the top and slide a needle or fancy pin through it. My buttons range from 5/16″-5/8″.

Use a 1/8″ hole punch to punch a hole at the top in the designated spot.

Flowers file folder.
Adhere the blue smaller file folder piece to the green larger file folder piece. Tie a narrow ribbon around the file folders. Adhere to background. Add flower and button.

All preorders will go out this evening. The “break it down” will be up tomorrow.

P.S. The colors are a little off in the photos, particularly with the darker green–and even more so, on the flowers. It’s not really as dark as it is showing.

food for thought

March 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Busy, busy, busy trying to wrap up this Spring kit. In the meantime, I thought I’d leave you with these little golden nuggets of contemplation.

Is it counter-productive to be sweeping the leaves off your driveway on a very windy day?
(yes, I some guy doing this yesterday)

Is it wrong to be jealous of your cat sleeping on your bed all day long?

Is putting all the layers of crud on your desk–that’s been taking up three feet of space–into one, nicely piled little box to put somewhere else until you can really take care of it considered cleaning?

Is it wrong to excitedly shout YAHOO with hands waving in the air when someone runs a red light and a cop is finally around to see it?

Is Spring really Spring when it keeps snowing???
(I guess in Utah?)

Thus endeth the thoughts in my head.
(and you think I’m speaking figuratively too)

feeling a little A.D.D.

March 25th, 2011|freebies, photo templates, photography|

today’s topics:  sneak peak | friday freebie | warning

(see what I mean about a.d.d.?)

Wow. I certainly have had an interesting week. I think with the stress of everything going on, it’s causing a focusing problem. lol  I’m flitting from one project to another, trying to work on it all or work on things while I’m in the mood for it–or while I’m inspired or on a roll for it.

the sneak peak

This little bout of ADD has caused me to not be able to focus on creating the next This & That kit in my normal manner. I am all over the place–I just can’t decide on things. lol Therefore, since it’s all still a work in progress, rather sharing some complete squares, I thought I’d share some of the fun elements of the kit. At least you’ll get the flav-ah.

love the lace design. and love the subway art. two of my faves.

This kit is more spring related with a hint of Easter. I debated over making it a full-on Easter kit, but thought mixing Easter-type elements into a Spring theme would be more universal. Sometimes Easter happens in March. And this year, Easter is the last week of April. So since it’s all over the place (as it appears I am too), I thought this route would be more fun. :)

The color scheme was totally inspired by a Pier 1 Imports flyer that came in the mail!

Loooved the aqua, green and yellow combination.


The kit will be up later next week.

the friday freebie

With all the photo mask stuff going on, I thought that having a photo mask Friday Freebie might help those of you who are on the fence about trying these out. :)

This one freebie can do either of these 4×6 photo choices.

When you pull up the file, it looks like this below. Look at the Layers palette and you’ll see three layers: Solid Mask, Distressed Mask and Title.

Decide which look you want–distressed or plain–and click the “eye” of the layer on the one that you don’t want. For my example, I’m going to use the Distressed Mask, so you can see that I clicked on the “eye” next to Solid Mask, thereby “hiding” that particular mask. I’ve also brought in the photo that I want to use.

Just like the other masks, move your photo just above the layer that you want, hover your mouse over the line between the two layers that you are going to mask, press the Alt key (see the “bumble bee”), then click your mouse, so that it now looks like this.

(For more details on using Masks, refer to THIS POST.)

The “love this” title is on its own layer and can be removed as well.

It’s also set to an Opacity of 75% for a different look, but you can control that as well by changing the Opacity at the top the Layers palette.

This would be cool for a blog post or for digital scrapping.

While you can save it as a JPG or PNG, saving it as  PNG will keep the background with a transparent look. If you save it as a JPG, it will save it with a white background.

I saved my examples as PNGs.

So there ya go. Give this freebie a whirl and see just how easy–AND FUN–it is to use a mask. These are Photoshop files that can be used in Photoshop, PS Elements, and Corel (I believe).

You can download this mask for free HERE.

Have fun with it! :)

the warning

I debated posting about this story, but then thought, “I have a voice. Maybe this will help someone else. I should tell people.” Because I had never heard of this.

We had a very scary incident this week. My in-laws were an inch away from being scammed out of a great deal of money. And when I say “an inch”, I mean, they had actually wired the money but were able to get it back almost immediately after sending it. Beyond lucky.

The somewhat short version of this story is someone called them, claiming to be Zach (who had a cold), and told them that he was in jail. “The mission president” had allowed “Zach” to attend the funeral of a Canadian companion’s family, who had been killed in a horrible car accident. A ride to lunch with a couple of the guys, a speeding incident, and finding marijuana in the car had led “Zach” to jail. Even though he was innocent, the very kind “sheriff” told them bail money was still needed to get him out.

“Zach” asked them not to tell us because he didn’t want to get in trouble, so they weren’t allowed to tell anyone. Well, of course if we had heard this story we would have totally known otherwise for many various reasons.

They had wired the money and she called me once for something else and then within five minutes called back to see if I’d heard from Zach that day. How lucky was it that it was an emailing day and we’d just started emailings–and he was quite late in emailing too.

She realized that she’d been scammed. She called and had the money wire cancelled immediately.

Now, this woman is incredibly intelligent. All she could think was, “I never thought it would happen to me.”

Apparently this scam is common among grandparents of college students. After talking with the mission president (the real one), he said he hadn’t really heard about it happening with missionaries though, but after passing the incident along to the higher ups in the church, they informed him that this happens 2-3 times a week!

The crazy thing is, these people knew “enough” about missionaries and I don’t know if they guessed that Zach had had a Canadian mission companion or knew he had. But my in-laws knew he had. It all sounded so convincing. And how did they know that they had a missionary grandson?

On top of that, they called the following morning at 6 a.m. asking if they were going to send the money! They didn’t give up!

Dan says, “There should be a special place in hell for these people.”

We’ve had lots of questions, ‘what if’s, and ‘how did they know’s.

So I just want everyone who hears this story to pass it along to someone else and tell them to pass it along. 


I want to do my part and get the word on this scam out to everyone so that it will happen less and less and discourage these scam artists. Especially tell the grandparents who have older grandchildren in college or on a mission. Because like I say, my incredibly intelligent mother-in-law never thought it would happen to her.

And I just want to add that as I was typing all this up, Zach’s mission president allowed him to call home this morning and we got to talk for about 15 minutes. So that was just a super fun surprise! I haven’t heard his voice since Christmas. We’re officially at “less than three weeks” now for him to come home.

Can’t wait. :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

borderlines #1

March 23rd, 2011|digital kits|

Do you ever have thoughts rolling around in your head for a few days–kind of fuzzy but you know they are there. Then one morning you wake up doing an Arnold Horshack going “Oooh! Oooh!”
(Okay, did I just date myself by mentioning Arnold Horshack?
My daughter was asking me this morning who Elizabeth Taylor was.)
So yeah, I had one of those “Oooh! Oooh!” mornings and felt compelled to put this baby together.
(Comes in SVG/STUDIO/DXF/AIv8 and JPG/PNG)

Price: $7

I am so in love with the giant flower to use as a full side border along a page. Tried it in two different ways and thought, “Huh. Let’s just do both!” :) And speaking of “both”, I just had to do two versions of the alphas and numeros because you never know which side you’ll want it on, right?
Okay, now back to work on next month’s kit. :)

storyboard #2 & the winners!

March 21st, 2011|photo templates, photography|

Alright, alright. I know I said I was done with the storyboards for a while . . . but I can’t stop myself! :)
It’s madness, I tell you!
Here’s another fun set for you to play with,
including one new style with frames and shadows!
(I was feeling saucy.)
Price: $7
So if you’ve been playing with my storyboard templates (aka clipping masks),
you’ll be familiar with using all of them except this one style:

(I added an additional composite outside border and shadow just for visual sake here on the ol’ blog.)
It kind of has a magazine feel to it.
The concept with this one, however, is still the same.
It’s just looks a little different.
Here’s what it looks like when you pull it up.

Take a look at the Layers palette and you’ll notice a few extra things going on.

  1. The Layers are named by position within the template, rather than “Layer 1” etc.
  2. Some of the Layers have a ‘Border’ layer too. This keeps your border–and shadow (if included)–separate from the layer you will clip your photo to.
  3. The Border Layers have been Locked just to keep it from accidentally being used (indicated on the layer with a padlock image). You can easily unlock a Layer by clicking on that Layer in the palette and then clicking on the padlock image at the top of the Layers palette.
  4. The shadow is indicated by the “fx” letters on that particular layer.

So when I add all my photos, here’s what it looks like:

Take a close look at the Layers palette and how the images are clipped. The image is only clipped to the grey square. The border for any square has been left untouched.

Now I just have to say that I am not a Photoshop master. I know there may be another way or two to do this, but this is what made sense to me and what seemed the easiest for y’all to work with.

Okay, so now I’m-a thinkin’ y’all are wondering who the winners are from the Lucky You contest. Well, let’s get to it then!

The winner of the $50 Spending Moola is:
amsynicole said…

This giveaway ROCKS! I feel lucky for my sweet family and to see the smiles on my boys faces everyday! Also lucky to have the chance to win this!!


March 17, 2011 11:12 AM


The winner of the year’s worth of This & That kits is:
Susan said…

Feeling very lucky to be a mom to two wonderful sons, living here in the US where we are so very blessed, and best of all enjoying the blessings of the gospel in our lives!


(Thanks for sharing yourself with us.)


SusanMarch 18, 2011 4:33 PM 

Congratulations! Email me at and I will get those prizes to you!

And I just have to say, I loved reading all your comments . . . loved. So many touching words about health, new employment, stay-at-home moms, spending time with family, appreciating simple moments, great dads . . .  you all have an amazing perspective and positive attitude! Love it!

I particularly loved Cassie’s comment about how her husband got to call from Afghanistan that day. Sooooo exciting! I can kind of relate with not being able to talk to my son but twice a year. It’s tough.

Anyway, thank you for sharing all your wonderful thoughts!

Also I just want to say stay tuned for a sneak peek at next month’s kit in the next couple days!

you’ll never look at marshmallows . . .

March 18th, 2011|Uncategorized|

. . . the same way again.
(normally i don’t post these kinds of things, but my cousin tia (the photographer) shared this
and i think i laugh harder every time i see it. had to share.)

Don’t forget to enter the Lucky You contest in yesterday’s post below!

P.S. I somehow missed grabbing the SVG file when zipping up the freebie yesterday,
so if you needed that file format, you can download it again and it will be there. Whoops. :)

lucky you!

March 17th, 2011|freebies|

I’m in touch with my inner Irish today.I mean, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, so we all should be, right?
Okay, so maybe I’m not Irish, but I’m part Scottish and it’s in the vicinity. And my husband’s family is Irish–and therefore my kids are, so we’re all good there, right? And besides, I’m eating mint green frosted brownies, so I must be in touch with my inner-green.
So, with that being said, 

Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
with a giveaway!
Just leave a comment in today’s post telling me why you feel so Lucky (or blessed :) )
and I’ll draw a winner for each prize on Monday!
(and just to clarify–that “spending moola” is used towards kits here ;) )
But wait, there’s more!
(i love saying that)
Continuing on with theLucky You theme, here’s a freebie for today.

You can download it for free HERE.

It’s also a two-piecer . . . one complete shape and its complementary color shape.

And now I shall leave you with one of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day songs.
Okay, so maybe it’s not technically a St. Patrick’s Day song (I’m not technically Irish either),
but it’s called St. Patrick’s Day . . . by John Mayer.
Close enough, isn’t it?

(love him singing in his 3/4 time.)

I just want to add, I am very lucky for all the friends and fans I have made here.
You guys brighten my life every day.
Thank you.

on the edge

March 15th, 2011|digital shapes|

Okay, first off, is this Freudian or something that I made a kit called this???
Price: $5
(comes in SVG/AIv8/STUDIO/DXF, but no PNG/JPG)

This kit is designed to work in conjunction with any shape you’d like–
rectangle, square, rounded rectangle, circle, etc.

There are three sets of edges: circles, squares and rectangles.
Each set has a short and a long edge as well as a distressed combination.

Also, each set has one with no lines, a single line, or a cut out line.
You all know how I like variety.
I never can decide, so choice is veddy veddy good.

There’s also one distressed edge to use without some kind of “hole” edge.

Here’s how to use them.

First, in your cutting software, pull up the set of edges you want to work with
and delete all but the one you want to use. (Or move to a new screen.)

Next, draw the needed shape.
In my example I used a rounded rectangle and copied it twice.
Place the edge within the shape so that the holes line up evenly within the shape.

After that, cut them out of whatever paper you want to use.
(I kind of roughed up the edges so you could see them.)

In my example, I’ve used plain ol’ notebook paper.
Ledger paper would be cool too!

Cut several at a time and keep them on hand for journaling blocks on your page.

You can resize the edge to fit your project–making them small or large . . . or just “as is.” :)

Now, somebody better tell me if I’m all Freudian with this kit.

On second thought, maybe you better not tell me.
I don’t think I wanna know.

a quick note

March 12th, 2011|Uncategorized|

If you haven’t been over to the uber talented Jennifer McGuire’s blog to see her brand-new look, 
you might should go check out this amazing chick’s site today! 
She just might be giving away something . . . 
(as well as other FABulous stuff this past week!)