Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Good morning to you all! I am a little late posting this, but better late than never..... right? Do you have photos to scrap that just scream, "I need elegant!"? Well, here it is! While creating my contribution for the Digitals Birthday Bash 4 celebration, I, of course, over-designed again and was wondering what I was going to do with all the extra backgrounds and elements. I gathered them up and decided to give them to YOU! There are 2 shabby backgrounds, 4 crushed velvet backgrounds along with for gold-rimmed glass frames, glass swirls, organza ribbons and butterflies and 6 beautiful dahlias!
The download is almost 100MB, so it may take awhile. I have lots of errands to run today, so here is the dowload LINK. I hope you all will leave comments either here or at 4Shared and let me know how you like it. Please post your layouts in my Gallery at Digitals so I can see what you have done! I am listed there as Sharon Walden. Post elsewhere too, if you like.
Have a great week!

Sunday, November 9, 2008



I know that most of you probably don't even want to think about it, but, yes, Christmas is just around the corner. My personal Christmas tree is decorated entirely with handmade ornaments made by me or purchased at craft shows over the years. I haven't done any new ones in awhile and I wanted to incorporate my new-found love of digital scrapbooking and designing this year. So, I came up with the ABSOLUTELY PERFECT hybrid project! Sugar Cookie Ornament Frames! Baked in my digital oven with love; frosted with cherry, mint, chocolate, lemon and vanilla icing and sprinkled with sugar, these digital cookies look good enough to eat!

They are large in size (around 6" tall), so you might want to resize them smaller if you are going to hang them on your tree or use in a digital layout, or leave them large and use as window decorations! There are 30 cookie frames and 14 ribbons in this set. Of course you won't use the digital ribbons if you decide to go hybrid.

Here are some hybrid suggestions:

1. Open the cookie file of your choice, make a duplicate copy, and close the original file. Resize if desired.

2. Print a draft copy (you can use the monochrome setting on your printer for this if you like so you don't waste the color ink).

3. Cut out the shape and use it to trace the shape onto heavy cardboard and cut out your cardboard shape.

4. Choose your photo and place it in back of the ornament. Resize the photo to fit as desired and erase any photo edges that are still showing.

5. Print your ornament on photo paper of your choice. You may choose to print 2 copies (one for the front and one for the back) or make another of the same shape with a different photo for the back. Make sure they are sized the same before printing.

6. If you are going to add any hand journaling, now is the time to do that if you intend to laminate your ornaments. You do not have to laminate them, but it does help protect them from dust.

7. I like to laminate my printed copies before cutting. If I am going to use a cardboard center as described above, I will laminate them at home using Avery Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets.

8. If I am not using a cardboard center, I cut out the ornaments and adhere them back to back and take them to a local print shop and have them laminated with 10 mil laminate (about a thick as a drivers' license). If they use legal size you can fit more than one on a sheet. If you decide to use this method, be careful not to get the glue too close to the edge when adhering back to back -- the heat from the laminating machine will melt it and it may ruin your hard work.

9. If you are using a cardboard center, after you have adhered your printed copies to the cardboard, you may want to ink the edges or glue a narrow ribbon or metallic cord around the edges to give a finished look to the cardboard. If you have laminated your ornament and would like to add any "real" elements such as glitter or sequins, you should use a little piece of emery board or emery cloth to roughen the laminate slightly so that it will accept the glue. There may be some adhesives out there that are good for slick surfaces, but I am not aware of any at this time.


If you have any questions or suggestions, please post them in the comments section here on my blog. I will answer questions here.

Monday, November 3, 2008


My dear friend Sandy asked me if I would make her a new desktop calendar for November, and I thought I would share it with you all too! It was created with items from my new O, Give Thanks Bracket Album Kit. It is sized 1024 x 768 and is easily resized. Just pop in your photos, save as a .jpg and then make it your new desktop! AWESOME! I hope you like it!


Sunday, November 2, 2008


Hi Y'all! Well, here is a new freebie for you! This is made with items from my newest Do-It-Yourself kit: O, Give Thanks Bracket Album Kit. I love this kit and I think you will too! The backgrounds and elements are appropriate for both fall and Thanksgiving layouts! It includes many unique elements and several different frame options. I hope you enjoy this free gift from Nini's Notions! DOWNLOAD HERE and don't forget to leave a comment so I will know you were here!

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Sign up for the All In The Family challenge in the Digitals forum and PM me for the links to the challenge kit provided (see PREVIEW above). All of the elements are not shown in the preview. This kit fits the Cosmo Cricket "Kate's Album" that is ON SALE for 25% OFF TODAY AND TOMORROW (11/01 & 11/02) ONLY!
Sorry I haven't been able to provide any freebies for the last couple of weeks, but there will be a new one on Monday. Watch here for new freebies each week. I will be concentrating on Christmas themes and gift items for the remainder of the year.