Friday, December 31, 2010

Making Ready for the New Year and a FREEBIE

It has been a while since I made a post on here. With Tom home and all the extra things going on, it is busy, busy. If that were not enough, we have been taking care of Lucy (see below) the little blue heeler that he will take back to Barrow, AK with him. I have grumbled when her sharp teeth connect and when I have had to take her out into the freezing cold, but she owns a big corner of my heart and I am going to miss her like crazy.

Last night while Lucy was sleeping, I had a few minutes to play with Photoshop. This is a mini that I made for the December Color Challenge at Ivy Scraps. You can grab the link in the gallery. If you download, leave some love.

I'm not sure that I will get anywhere near this blog until after Tom leaves on the 3rd, so will wish each of you a safe and Happy New Year!! See you in 2011!
Hugs to all, Jan

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Baking and a Challenge too

Although I am not quite sure where I am going to find the time, it is time to start the Christmas baking! Each year I think I will do something different and by the time I make the favorites that everyone asks for we have so many cookies and candies that it takes forever for it to be eaten. We give plenty away too. Mom and Russell like the snowballs and when I saw this recipe in the Taste Of Home Holiday magazine, I thought it might be nice to try. So, when I drag out the sugar and flour, I will see how it goes.

The recipe challenge at Ivy Scraps this month is Cookies (what else? LOL!!) If you find that you have a few spare minutes, why don't you make a layout to share your favorite cookie recipe?

I used the Winter Holidays Mega Kit to create my recipe layout. There are many fun
things to work with, I just need to learn how to get the recipe in a smaller space!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Me time :)

It is cold and snowy outside, so after dinner I spent the evening working on some scrapbook pages with some recent photos. I knew exactly which kits I wanted to use and that was a major jump-start. The colors in Christmas Joy work so well with Ry and the parade photos. Christmas Magic is more traditional Christmas colors and I loved working with it too. You can find both kits by Gloria Val Verde at Ivy Scraps.

Layout using Christmas Magic

Layouts using Christmas Joy:

I have a new kit in the store too, but will save that one for another post. Happy Tuesday!! Hugs, Jan

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Life is good

We picked Tom up at the airport on Friday morning. It has been almost a year since he was home, so you can imagine all of the activity around here. It is so nice to have him here again. Ryley has been his constant little shadow and it is cute to watch them together. Poor little Ry when Uncle Tom has to return to Alaska.

Yesterday was the Christmas parade and although Pap didn't take the old truck in the parade, we did walk down to be a spectator. I got some decent photos for scrapping and need to do that before they are lost in the folders forever. I got a new kit called Christmas Joy by Gloria Val Verde that is going to work perfect with this photo.

Hugs to all, Jan

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dabbling Designers Wanted

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in a digital store? How to use Zen Cart, what it is like to work with the other designers on a team while making the monthly mega kits, etc. If so, you might want to check out the following ad. You can get a feel for what it is like without making a long term commitment.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Heritage Chat and a FREEBIE or TWO

Join us for a Heritage Chat in the Ivy Scraps Chat Room Tuesday (tomorrow) at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time and get Yesterday's Memories just for coming!! You do not need to register to use the chat room and download links for this kit will be given during chat. Use it to make a layout before the end of November and get a coupon good in the Ivy Scraps Store for Goria's Justine Kit for FREE. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so come and join us for a chat. Bring your questions about starting your family research and we will be happy to help you get started. Already working on your tree? Just come and visit, we would love to have you.

(If you missed these kits as freebies for the chat/challenges, you can now find them in the store at

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Happy DSD!!

The Ivy Scraps Heritage Challenge this month is to make a LO about a veteran family member. I chose to do Uncle Neal. He enlisted at a very young age (16), spent his first enlistment in the U.S. Navy and the re-enlisted in the Air Force and retired from there. You can tell from this LO how young he was when he went off to war!

I used Patriotic Seasons by Lightning Bug Creations

Friday, November 5, 2010

Layout share and a MEGA Sale

I have taken the time to do some scrapping this month. Since I started designing, I never seem to have time to scrap, so I've really enjoyed this.

My friend Des, at Ivy Scraps has a color challenge every month and this month's colors are so awesome!! So was her mini kit, Cinnamon Sticks. I used it for this LO of one of the cabins at Somerset Historical Center.

Once again it has been forever

I've been so busy trying to keep organized for the birthday celebration at Ivy Scraps, that the blog has taken a backseat again!! When you see all of the wonderful things going on there and the FREEBIES, maybe you will forgive me.

First, you have got to see the November Mega Kit called Thankful! It is absolutely gorgeous and perfect for not only the fall events you need to scrap, but for many other things. You can pick it up at the store for only $3.00 this month.

Next you can post in this thread for a RAK of KittenScraps beautiful kit - SPA DAY.

And last but certainly not least, there is a daily download that will amount to a huge kit when it is finished at the end of the month. You can find the DOWNLOAD LINKS HERE and below are just a couple of the previews to give you an idea of the kit contents.

While you are checking out the daily download and signing up for the RAK, be sure to check out the Mega Kit freebies and the special events and challenges going on.

Happy Birthday Ivy Scraps!!


Friday, October 29, 2010

You're Invited ...

Starting on Nov. 1st, we are having a birthday celebration at Ivy Scraps. Be sure to stop by and share in all the special things going on, as well as grabbing the daily download. November's Mega Kit is called Thankful and it is the prettiest one yet. You won't want to miss it.

We are having a speed scrap on Nov. 2 and a heritage chat on Nov. 16th. Check the forum for details on Monday. Hope we will see you there.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shame on Me

I have been such a bad blogger... Can't believe it has been almost 3 months since I have made a post on here. :( No longer do the days drag on as they did in younger years, but rather they fly right by and make one wonder just where they have gone off to.

We have taken a couple of short trips and have another long weekend planned in October. Last weekend we spent at the ADRL sponsored drag races in Norwalk, Ohio. Although I am not one to follow NASCAR, I love, love, love the drag races... the noise, the burn outs... Anywho, we had a wonderful weekend with perfect weather.

In June, we spent time at Lake Erie, and then to Niagara Falls and finally to Syracuse, NY before returning home. I had hoped that a bit of genealogy research would turn up something that has been very elusive in the family tree. No such luck was had!! Even though we did not find out when the twin babies died and are buried, it was nice to see the neighborhood where my great grandmother was born. I haven't had time to scrap any of the photos we took, but they can be found in albums on my FB page.

I promise to do a better job of posting from here on out. Watch for some news and a freebie or two. It's been forever since I created something just because I wanted to.

In the mean while, you might want to visit Ivy Scraps Blog for some lovely fall themed freebies. Hurry while you can still grab them.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Summer Fiesta on Sale And some freebies

If you haven't been by the Ivy Scraps Blog, you should head on over there. One of the store CT, Pat, has been placing some free QP's and clusters there made with the Summer Fiesta Collab kit.

You can find the freebies here. Scroll through the posts as there are several to snag.

Be sure to check out the whole Collab on sale in the shop for just $3.00.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

4th of July Sale - 50% off

I have added some new things to the store @ Ivy Scraps and you can grab them for half off during my 4th of July sale!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

New Fan Blinkie

My good friend, Carmen, of Lightening Bug Creations is having a Grand Opening Sale at Ivy Scraps. Check out the new Fan Blinkie she has created for me.

I'll be on the lookout around the forums for it. If you are the lucky one to be wearing it, you will receive a RAK.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wrapped In Love QP Freebie

Remember that chat is tomorrow evening at Moo Two Designs. I'm looking forward to seeing some of you there and to sharing our knowledge for working on our family histories.

Jan has made some Quick Pages from the chat freebie and I'll be sharing them on the blog. Download the first one HERE.

See you in chat!! Hugs, Jan