Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Never Say Never... or, The Return of the Freebies!

Four long years ago, I decided to delete all of the files I had posted here. You can read for yourself the why's and wherefore's of that decision in my previous post, right down... there...

Well, fast forward to September, 2016... and I am going to once again start giving away Disney-esque digital scrapbooking freebies, but this time, with a new twist. All of the freebies will be in the "pocket style"... in other words, usable in Project Life® (and other "pocket" scrapping formats.) I really enjoy the look, and especially the ease of use, of the pocket style of scrapbooking, and I have just recently started designing again, primarily using my iPad/iPod instead of my laptop. (I have had far too many hours away from home - until recently - chauffeuring our daughters to and from dance classes, theatre rehearsals, etc., where lugging a laptop around has just been nigh onto impossible!) You should be able to print them out or use them directly as digital files, in whatever program or app you desire.

Another reason for the change from my previous designs to the pocket style is that I have developed some medical issues that are affecting my eyesight and have required me to make some changes to how I do things. Whether it was caused by an extreme case of high blood pressure (we're talking I should have been dead, or at the very least I should have been in the midst of a massive stroke - all the medical staff kept asking me "Are you feeling okay???" with really, really, REALLY concerned expressions... I felt absolutely fine...) but this past June I suffered a vitreous hemorrhage in my left eye, which also resulted in a retinal tear. Scary for anyone, but especially scary for an artist.

I had corrective surgery for the tear and hemorrhage, as well as a repair to some "latticing" on my retina, which resulted in a small "blind spot" in my eye. This is normal after this type of surgery; I'm not complaining about that in the least; in fact, currently the blind spot is not really all that noticeable... and my retinal surgeon is a wonderful doctor - if you're in the northern Indiana area and require this or any eye surgery, by all means, contact me and I will get you his office's contact information; they do only take referrals from eye doctors, however, just fyi.

About a month post surgery, I started to notice a distortion to the vision in my left eye... it was like looking in a midway Fun House mirror... you know, the ones that make you either really tall and skinny or short and squatty? Yeah... a complication that was not caused by anything I did or didn't do post surgery, I was just one of the "lucky ones" (or rather, unlucky) to have a membrane start growing on my retina, and it has been stretching/pulling/twisting the retina out of shape. So, I have another surgery scheduled in early October. Without surgery, my doctor said that eventually I would probably lose my sight in that eye. Not an option, as far as I'm concerned. Hopefully this time there will be no further complications, but at this point in time, I felt I needed to start doing something creative that would not only take my mind off of my current medical situation, but that would allow me to make a lot of folks happy while also (hopefully) making a little bit extra cash from the advertising on this blog.

So... long story not-so-short, but shorter than it could be, I have started to design again, and within the next few days, I plan to start posting freebies once again! I am going to experiment at first by just posting the freebies directly here on the blog, where you should be able to simply right-click (on a computer) and save the image. (Not exactly sure how it will work with mobile devices, but it should be able to be accomplished.) And no more using 4Shared or the like... I just don't trust them anymore!

Thank you (in advance) for your patience and thanks, as well, to everyone who left me so many kind words over the years for my work!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

All files removed from 4Shared

I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but I have removed all of my digital scrapping files posted here on the blog from 4Shared.

They emailed me that my account has been repeatedly reported to offer unlicensed copies of, or been engaged in other unauthorized activities relating to copyrighted works. The files they notified me about were 2 striped 12x12 papers. Stripes. Get real. While my husband wanted me to fight them, I just don't want to be involved in such negative energy. I'm no longer creating digital scrapping items and haven't added anything here in a dog's age... so, since 4Shared also said that this would be my last warning (2 notices of abuse?) and that any further violations would lead to permanent blocking of my account, I decided to pull everything off. If stripes (seriously? Stripes?) are an infringement of copyright, then it was just a matter of time until the person accusing me decided to go after everything, lock, stock & barrel, perhaps even suing me. (I gave this stuff away for free... and never have gotten to the $100 minimum limit with the Monetizing... I can't afford to be sued, trust me.)

I'm sorry if people have been downloading these files, all this time, even though I haven't added any more... I'm certainly amazed if that has been the case... but for the foreseeable future, there will be no further downloads available.

Thanks in advance for your understanding, and please don't send me hate mail... I just don't want negative energy to suck out everything positive from my life.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Thanks for the recent comments!

I know, it's been a month since I've uploaded anything... and I feel so guilty about it and do apologize. But since I've had a few questions about if I'm coming back, I thought I'd better respond in some way.

I'm chalking this recent "quietness" up to my trying to figure out what direction my life should take right now. I've been doing a lot of "soul searching" of late, and just haven't really felt like designing a whole lot.

Also, to be honest, our financial situation, while not as bad as some folks' in this area, is not the greatest and it hasn't been for the past 10 years, and we're trying to rectify that.

While I'm thankful that whatever we've needed has always been provided when we need it, I'm also realistic enough to realize that we need to better ourselves, financially... I'm not saying I expect us to some day retire in the lap of luxury... far from it. In fact, at this point, I don't ever see either myself or Brian "retiring"... at the rate we're going, we're going to be working until the day we drop, or just can't anymore. :-(

All that being said, it's been extremely difficult for me to just go out and find a job, for several reasons. #1, our area was hit extremely hard by the recent financial downturn - our county here in northern Indiana used to be the RV manufacturing capital of the world... and most of the companies either went under or drastically reduced their work forces... so any good-paying jobs are pretty much non-existent, or so it appears. #2, while I do have a bachelor's degree, since I was a stay-at-home Mom for the majority of my adult working life, I'm either under-qualified or "over age" for a lot of the computer graphics positions I do see available (and again, in this area... they're just not there, for the most part.) Also, relocating to a better job market just isn't feasible for us at this time... I'd love to move to Nashville, but the earliest I see that happening is in at least a year's time.

So, basically, I'm not really sure what I'm going to do. I do enjoy the digi scrap designing, but lately, my heart just hasn't been in it. Heck, I'm not even having WDW-withdrawal like I usually do, and we don't have another trip planned... at all! We spent a long weekend in Nashville a month ago (prior to the flooding, which has just been heartbreaking to me, too!) and I'm finding myself listening more to country music than Disney music! (Never thought that would happen!)

So, like I said... I'm just not sure what's up, nor what's going to be going on with my freebies. I will, however, leave everything up online for downloading, so that anyone who happens to stumble upon this blog can get the freebies... I'm just not sure when I'll be posting any new ones, unfortunately.

Don't completely count me out, though. Who knows what will come around the corner next week, or next month!

Again, I do want to apologize to all of you... and I am so very thankful for all of the kind words you've left me here throughout this whole time! You're great! :-)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

This week's freebies will be split over 2 weeks

Hi everyone!

I want to let y'all know that the freebies for this week will actually be split over this week and next week. I have some obligations that will prevent me from posting every day during the next two weeks, but I should be able to split it up so that you get one full set of 5 freebies for All-Star Movies spread out over this week and next.

Have a great couple of weeks! I'm going to be playing the proverbial chicken for awhile... cluck cluck... ba-caaaaawk! ;-)

Thanks for your patience! 8(:-D

Monday, April 12, 2010

This week - All Star Movies!

And today's Disney-inspired digital scrapbooking freebie is a clapboard element that you can personalize with your own information from your stay at Disney's All-Star Movies Resort!

This element is approximately 3x3 inches at 300 dpi, and you can download the zipped PNG file from here. The file you'll download will not have any shadows applied to it, just the sample shown above.

That's it for today; until tomorrow, remember:

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible!"


Friday, April 9, 2010

And for all you Country fans...

... the final Disney-inspired digital scrapbooking freebie for the All-Star Music resort will let you kick up your heels... or at least dosey-do in a line dance or two! ;-)

This puffy cowboy boot is approximately 2 x 3 inches at 300 dpi, and you can download the zipped PNG file from here. The file you'll download will not have any shadows applied, just the sample shown above.

That's it for today, and since it's Friday... that's it for this week, too! Be sure to come by next week to see what I'll have in store for you then! Until then, remember:

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible!"


Thursday, April 8, 2010

What else would you expect with music?

... but a treble clef embellishment inspired by Disney's All-Star Music Resort?

This black puffy embellishment is approximately 5 x 2 inches at 300 dpi, and you can download the zipped PNG file from here. The file you'll download will not be shadowed at all, just the sample shown above.

That's it for today; until tomorrow, remember:

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible!"