Thursday, December 9, 2010

Catching Up - New Kits and Sale

My apologies for not keeping up on the blog.  Sometimes real life takes precedence over virtual life! :-)  Because I have been neglectful, there is a lot of catching up to do!

Through the new year, I will be having a 50% off sale at both myHeritage Scrap shop and my Faith Sisters shop.   Happy shopping and scrapping!  Now for my recent kits:

Winter Song is found here (FS) and here (HS) and was designed for the December 2010 My Sweet Song Challenge - The Perfect Gift at Faith Sisters.  The kit is filled with both musical and wintery, snowy elements and backgrounds with a touch of glitter in near neutral tones.  Here are some of my layouts created with this:

This is my wonderful Hubby and me on our wedding day, almost 12 years ago.  The lyrics are from the hymn we chose for congregational singing during our wedding.

This layout features a picture of my brother and I with our Daddy during the winter of 1968.  My brother was a year old and this was his first snow!  I should also mention that the ad above was created with this kit too.

Winter Wilderness is Heritage Scrap's December Designer Collaboration kit and there are some really beautiful kits.  You can see  my portion above.  I had so much fun making that plaid background that by the time I was done, I wanted to have a blouse made out of it! :-)  Winter Wilderness is designed to work with all your outdoor winter activities as well as your indoor get togethers.  I surely miss living where I could walk out in the woods in the snow!

In the past I have put some word art and title pieces in with kits but this is my first actual word art package.  It was really fun to create and is designed to help you journal and document your family traditions and your love of family and home.  You can find it at both Faith Sisters and Heritage Scrap.

This layout uses a title from the word art package and also my Holiday Baking kit which I released last November at Heritage Scrap and just loaded into my store at Faith Sisters.  It's fun for all your holiday baking and would work well for cookbooks, recipe cards and kitchen gifts.

More updates coming soon!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Customer Appreciation Sale

My customers *literally* make my business.  I am so thankful for all your support of my designing adventure over the last year + as I've been learning and growing.  Hopefully I will be able to continue to create products that you are excited to use!  To thank you for your loyalty I have extended the usual "Black Friday" sale to run from November 24 - 30 at 50% off!

Look for my products at Heritage Scrap and Faith Sisters !  Happy Shopping and more importantly, Happy Thanksgiving to my American customers.  Even if it is not Thanksgiving in your country, gratitude is a great habit! :-D

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Kate McClellan

Happy Birthday to a great store owner (Heritage Scrap), designer, human and friend!  And many more!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Gifts For You - International Digital Scrapbooking Day Weekend

Happy International Digital Scrapbooking Day Weekend!  I'm starting early with a 50% off sale in my stores and you can read about that in the following posts here.  And to get you off to a good start, I've created two quick pages for you, which will be available through Sunday night.

The first one was created with my new faithbooking kit called Rejoice! You can download the QP here. And of course it comes without the photos of my family and the writing on the ribbon and tag.

The second quick page is full of autumn color with a slight heritage touch.  This one was created with my new kit "Thankful" which has an autumn, gratitude and Thanksgiving theme.   You can find it at  Heritage Scrap and Faith Sisters. You can download it here.

I hope you will enjoy using these pages.  I've left you a little bit of room to personalize.  Don't forget to check out the full kits in the links above.  Happy Scrapping!

International Digital Scrapbooking Day Sale - I'm an Early Bird!

The early bird doesn't get worms - just great deals!  I couldn't wait, so I began a day early!


Until I can find a reasonable program for sending graphic newsletters, I will be sending information on new releases, sales, gifts and freebies through a yahoo group.  You can sign up by email using or go to the group page.

I have it set so that I have to approve membership because of spamming, so when you sign up, send me a little note on the sign up page so I can tell you are legit!

New Kit at Heritage Scrap AND Faith Sisters

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  Partly because it has been the least corrupted by the retail industry.  But mostly because I feel it is a natural part of faith to be THANKFUL!  I have many happy childhood memories of large family Thanksgiving dinners around my Grandma Hopkins' table.  Not only did family gather, but often older widowed ladies from our various churches and friends (old and new), who happened to be passing through and/or separated from family at that time.  When I married my husband and left the Pacific Northwest for Sunny California - my family Thanksgiving dinners were what I missed most.  The scrumptious meal put together by loving and cooperative hands, Scrabble and "Kick It" (fussball) games, putting together puzzles and looking at each other's photos from the last year are all part of the great memories I store in my heart.

With all these things in mind, I created "Thankful", which can be used to scrap your Thanksgiving memories, but is also versatile for other autumn and family occasions.  Included is some bonus word art and titles including two with Scripture and some quotes.  The papers have textures of damask and leaves and I've included many photo real elements.

Thankful is available at Heritage Scrap and Faith Sisters.  Thankful will also coordinate well with my portion of the Hearth and Home Designer Collaboration Kit at Heritage Scrap and Autumn Glory which is available at both Heritage Scrap and Faith Sisters.

Today through November 8, Thankful (and the rest of my store is 50% off!). If you create something with one of these kits, please let me know!  I'd love to see your art!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Blessings - Last Day of Blog Train

Thank you everyone who has stopped by for the blog train and especially those of you who have left comments, both here and at 4shared!  It's nice to get some feedback and I hope you will come back to visit my blog again.

Today, Sunday October 31, 2010 is the last day of the Faith Sisters Blog Train.  Click on the link to take you to the post with all the information.  The layout above was made with my portion of the kit.  I hope you've enjoyed!  Blessings to you as you begin the new month... and many more!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hearth and Home November Collaboration at Heritage Scrap (BLOG TRAIN BELOW)

The November Designer Collaboration kit at Heritage Scrap is perfect for the season!  You can find my my portion here.  Hearth and Home is a beautiful collection with rich, warm colors evocative of Autumn, family gatherings, Thanksgiving and cozy days in front of the fire.  Each designer has a different take on the theme and adds their own special touches.

*****If you are looking for the Faith Sisters Blog Train - PLEASE scroll down 2 posts.  The November collaboration for Faith Sisters is called Blessings and you can receive a portion of the kit at each designer's blog until 10/31.*****

Usually I end up buying each designer's portion because we have so much fun working on these.  It's fun to see how each of us comes up with something totally different and yet the components all work together!  They will be only $2.50 for the month of November!  Below are some of the other designer portions. If you click the "Hearth and Home" link above it will take you to the page where these can be purchased.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Rejoice is the first in my new series of faithbooking kits that will be available at Faith Sisters.

Rejoice in the Lord always.  And again I say rejoice!  Philippians 4:4

I began with a word overlay of Rejoice and created it in 5 colors with coordinating solids.  There are 10 patterned papers to mix and match and the elements are created to fit both elegant and cute styles.  Be watching - I will be having a Scripture and word art addition coming soon as well as more faithbooking kits in the series.

And some good news - my entire store at Faith Sisters is 40% off through this week!

If you're here looking for the blog train, please scroll down to the next post - and thank you for coming!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Blessings - Faith Sisters Blog Train - Scrapbooking Freebies!

November is the month we Americans usually slow down to think about being thankful, so what better theme for the Faith Sisters November Designer Collaboration kit, than Blessings!  Immediately comes to mind...

Count your blessings name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one.
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done!

Okay, I'll stop singing now and give you the details!  Hopefully we will bless you with our Blessings Blog Train.  Go to each blog on the list for a free download of that designer's portion of the November collab.  Faith Sister's is the Caboose (last stop on the train).  Our train runs October 25-31.

The photo above shows my portion, which you can download here from 4shared.  (I always virus scan my files before uploading, but as with any downloading, use caution)  While you are here, I hope you'll take a look around at my new blog and book mark it to come back or use the "follow me" widget to the right.  I will be posting book reviews as well as family history, heritage scrapping and memorabilia information.  Of course there will be scrapbook pages posted as well and information on kits and sales.  Leave a comment too... It will be fun to get to know you!  You can also find me on Facebook and keep watching as the sign up for my email list is coming soon!

Visit the other designers here:

Susan Godfrey

Today's Scrap by Vicky Day

Scrapping With Angel

Simple Girl Scraps

Digital Compilations by Cinda

Circle of Life Scraps

Toucan Scraps

Lori Imel

Designs By Dede

Precepts and Promises

Ocean Wide Designs

Tirza for Major Scrapola

By The Shore Designs

Forget-Me-Nots by Theresa Lindamood    *YOU are HERE*

Latz Design

Audra's Little Scraps

Meredith Cardall

Kreative Karma

Scrap Warrior

Steadfast and Immovable

Kaboose: Faith Sisters

And last but not least, you can buy my quick page from the Blessings collab for $1 here.  Each of us has made a $1 quick page and you can find them in the Faith Sisters Store.

Thank you for dropping by - please come again!  Enjoy your Blessings!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Family Treasures

I am so excited and disappointed at the same time!  My Mom told me about all the treasures that she and my Aunt found, going through all of my Grandma's things after they had been storage for 8 years.  The disappointment comes because I'm almost 900 miles away from my Mom and can't "eyeball" them myself.  My Mom had a fantastic day with her family and the two sisters had fun remember things, laughing, tearing up and then getting back on task.

My Grandma Hopkins is a social historian's dream.  Growing up relatively poor and being a newlywed when the Great Depression hit, she learned to save everything!  It was a bane to those who had to clean out her house where she had lived about 70 years, but a boon to me - the family's historian!  So much happens in a person's life that sometimes we don't even really know what we don't know!  We don't know what questions to ask!

Some of the boxes contained slips of her hand crocheted lace, fabrics and the little "bits and bobs" that you save because you might need something some day.  A few held her costume jewelry and a little doll that is about 100 years old.  Other things were more mundane like the apple box in the layout above.  My Mom remembers that her father received a gift box of fruit every year and it was always a happy occasion when it arrived (life certainly was much simpler then, wasn't it?).  This is one of the boxes - Grandma saved and reused everything.

Other boxes hold treasures that have me salivating in anticipation.  Grandma kept her diploma from "Normal School", her life time teaching credential and every teaching contract she ever had from the 1920s to the 1960s!  These will help me fill in the blanks as I share her story.  Another treasure was a family Bible about 140 years old from the Wolcott side of my family.  Several other Bibles were found belonging to my grandparents and great grandparents.  Both my grandfather and great grandfather spent some time as pastors.  There are even some Bible study and sermon notes from my Grandpa.  Since he died before I was born, I'm anxious to read them and see if I can step into his mind a little and get to know him.

Then there is the whole wooden trunk stamped F.W. Tisdale - whose treasures are yet to be discovered.  My family historian heart grows faint in anticipation!!!

Well I'll have to be patient.  My poor mother can't scan and photograph everything in the first 24 hours now, can she?

I had to do something with my excitement so I created the layout above using Jean Daugherty's Apple Hill Kit which coordinated with that apple box.  If any of you locals are reading this, yes, it's made about our Apple Hill!  It's one of the loveliest apple kits I've ever seen and I have no hesitation in recommending it!

What unexpected treasures have you found?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Book Review and My Lifetime Story and Life Book Challenges

Anyone who sets foot in our home knows that we are a family of bibliophiles, so it only seems fitting that I should begin a series of reviews about books that may be helpful in scrapbooking, photography, digital graphics, genealogy, heritage studies and so on.

As a disclaimer, I must say that I have not actually completely read this book word for word,because it had to be returned to the library without renewing because there was a hold.  I read enough to put it on my Amazon list for future reference. Also it's not necessarily a book you read word for word, but pick up and thumb through and read sections that apply. It is a reference type book.

The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story by Linda Joy Myers, PhD a therapist and president of the National Association of Memoir Writers, presents guidelines for sharing your own story with tips on both the technical and emotional aspects of the journey.

It will probably come as no surprise to you that I highly recommend everyone sharing their own story.  People tend to think they are boring or that no one would be interested in their lives.  But, wouldn't you want to know even a little of the daily life of your great grandparents?  I know I would treasure every bit.  Many families are blessed to have letters and even some journals, but mine was not and it has left me with many questions unanswered.  I wonder what questions my grandchildren will one day have about me?  Perhaps they or others can learn from my own mistakes and avoid them.

Furthermore, there is value in telling your story whether someone else reads it or not.  As a therapist, Ms. Myers' book touches greatly on the healing aspect of telling your story.  I often think of it like this - when I share my story with someone I trust, or write it down - I am removing a part of that pain from my body.  It's almost like a surgical extraction though truly our experiences never totally leave us, but sharing can diminish the blow. She covers extensively dealing with controversial topics and writing the truth about loved ones.

In addition to the healing aspect, which some may not agree with or feel the need to address, there are many writing prompts in the form of both topics to cover and questions.  There is advice on technique, structure and even publishing!  You can read excerpts from the book here at the author's website.

So, how does this translate into scrapbooking?  Well a lot of scrapbooking is telling a story in pictures and art, though we often fall short in the words department.  About ten years or so ago, when I was still paper scrapbooking, I was on an email list with Angie Pedersen and she challenged us not to forget ourselves in our scrapbooks.  Inevitably one person is repeatedly behind the camera telling the stories of others, but everyone is left to wonder who the mysterious camera man or woman is!  Then she wrote The Book of Me and others in the series.  These are excellent guidelines.  Perhaps I will review that book next!  You can read more from Angie on her blog.

Are you already looking to scrap your story?  Faith Sisters has an excellent serial challenge called My Lifetime Story, running in 2010.  You can find some great ideas and the challenges are left up in the forum so you can start up at anytime.  If you would like to see what others are doing, you can look here in the My Lifetime Story Challenge Gallery for great ideas.

In heritage scrapbooking we are often telling the story of someone else and piecing together from photos, documents and interviews.  The person may no longer be living and this presents more challenges.  Heritage Scrap has a serial challenge called Life Book, which is currently in its 3rd round.  This is put together and run by the lovely Victorian Rose Designs!  There is a chat at 9PM Eastern each Monday where ideas are discussed and Vicki passes out wonderful digital goodies.  You can peek in the Life Book Gallery too for some awesome ideas. I should state that the Life Book format is not only for telling the story of your ancestors but works for telling your own story as well.

Sometimes it is scary to put yourself out there or to even think about these things, but they can be blessings too.  If you read this post and feel inspired, leave me a note in the comments - and better yet a link to a gallery where you have posted your work! I look forward to hearing from you!

$1 Quick Page at Faith Sisters

With each monthly collaboration kit we do at Faith Sisters, we also do a quick page.  For the So Fru Fru collaboration, I created this and you can purchase it for $1 here!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

So Fru Fru - Earn it Free at Faith Sisters

Recently I had my first adventure in designing non-heritage designs.  If you can see the ribbons with roses, about half way up... then you'll know I was only partially successful and making it non-heritage.  It was fun to stretch my wings a little and try something new. All of the designer's elements and papers are pooled together so you can't really see what was my contribution, but there is a lot in this and it's only HALF of the collaboration!

Right now you can earn this large, second portion of the collab free when you purchase $10 or more from the Faith Sisters Store.

Autumn Sales

Autumn in my favorite season and so I've decided to celebrate by continuing my Autumn Sale.  There if 40% off almost everything at my Heritage Scrap Store and 40% off of everything in my tiny new store at Faith Sisters.  Different items are available at each site.  Thank you for looking!

Under Construction

If you are dropping in - THANK YOU - but please excuse the construction mess as I redesign my blog. Thank you for your patience.

You can find my designs at Heritage Scrap and Faith Sisters - Thank you for looking!

Remember to bookmark and come back. I will be posting new information soon and at the end of October there will be a blog train!