Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Layouts



I hope every one of you had a wonderful Christmas Day.:) We had a full couple of days.We went to Mom's for Christmas Eve and a get together for all of the family who were going to be going to their inlaws for Christmas.:) That way we could all celebrate it together and those who were leaving could give and receive their gifts before going.:)

I had read on one of the blogs..don't remember which..that some of you were having difficulty with the pages that have the frame in the window.hint hint.LOL Well..I wanted to show you what I had in mind for the page I made.The first one is my Mom on Christmas eve at her house and the second one is me..Christmas morning at our house.:) I got my George Foreman grill!!! and the twin size heating blanket I had asked for...cause I am tall and those lap ones will either cover me from the waist down or from the waist up.hehe I also received so many treasures from my loved ones ..and I don't have time to list them all..but am overwhelmed at the wonderful love that has been shown to me.:) Not just in the gifts but being with my family and laughing and kidding etc.It means soo much to me.!!:) I had to make snow on this page for us to have a white Christmas.LOL

I hate to rush..but we are having leftovers at Robby's tonight and I need to get ready to go.:)

Have a fantastic weekend!!

Hugs,
Valinda

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

O Holy Night




THE GREATEST GIFT!!

I have been reading a few blogs and several of the designers are taking a break through the rest of the Holidays.I have been thinking of doing that myself...and now is a good time to be able to get the things done that I have been needing to do.We will surely all be busy with our families during the Christmas Break..you read that right..it's still a Christmas Break no matter what they want to call it these days.:)We are celebrating the birth of Christ...our Savior..and Lord.What a Marvelous and Glorious gift to mankind!!! A peace offering for all who will accept it. Jesus..born to die so that we may be free!!! WOW!!!!

I wish each and every one of you the best Christmas ever!

Hugs,
Valinda

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Valjs Christmas Snow Globe

Soo sorry there isn't a preview this morning..but if you scroll down..you will see the globe in yesterday's layout. Blogger won't let me put a preview up this morning.:( This globe will work fine for your 8x8 pages or brag book pages. I made it to fit a 2400x2400.:) I put a preview of my granddaughter in the folder so you can see the snow in the globe.Hope you like it!

Christy is off of work today so we will be going off to shop some more. I HAVE to go to the post office and mail a package if I want my inlaws to get their Christmas presents...and I do!!:) I need to take a present back cause the person who said they wanted it..changed their mind. I won't say who..but it rhymes with "gym".LOL

I hope you have a WONDERFUL day!!

Here's the link to the snow globe:
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  • Monday, December 15, 2008

    Christmas Snow Globe Layout


    Here's a layout I made and just finished this morning using the Christmas Snow Globe I made the other day.:) I have different kinds of shadows..some for the pieces that are glued to the background page and others for the pieces that are standing out more towards us.:) Click on the preview for a closer look.!! This is my youngest Granddaughter Destiny with her new Bee doll from last Christmas. Soo cute! I ran out of time this morning..but if any of you are interested in having the snow globe with the poinsettias etc on it...I will try to get it on here for you in the morning.:)

    Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments you leave for me.I know time is rushed so much lately..and it is even more appreciated when I know you have taken the time out of your busy day to leave a howdy for me.:)

    Jim, Christy and I have colds again..or still..not sure which.I thought I was getting over it but here we go again..at least this time I didn't have the fever like last time and I don't feel like I am going die.:) Jim is feeling rough right now.Sinus's and all.Bummers! Sure hope everyone is feeling better by Christmas Day.:)

    I am not sure I will have time to make a post the rest of this week..after tomorrow's freebie.I am sooo far behind..I can't see the tunnel entrance..let alone the light at the end of it.LOL

    Be sure to stop back by tomorrow!!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Sunday, December 14, 2008

    Mary Did You Know-sung by Mark Lowry-Author



    If I remember correctly..Mark Lowry wrote this song and he is the one singing it on this video.Enjoy!


    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008

    Valjs Snow Globe BB Page

    Here is a new BB page I made.I finished it this morning.:) It took a while to figure out how to get the snowflakes to be the right size and spacing in the snow globe..but I think I accomplished it..finally.:) This is a picture of Jim last year on Christmas day. He was wearing his Hawaiian shirt and Santa hat.Aint he cute?LOL I have been working with BB pages so I thought I would keep doing them...and offering them to you if you want. I put the preview of Jim in the folder just so you can see the snowflakes inside the globe. :) Hope you like it!!

    Thank you so much for the wonderful comments you have left for me..I sure appreciate your taking the time to do that.You are most welcome.

    It is raining hard here right now with thunder etc..so I am gonna hurry and see if I can get this up before my electricity goes off.:)

    Here is the link:
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  • Tuesday, December 09, 2008

    Katlyns BB Album

    Here is what has been taking up my extra time.:) I made my sister a brag book album of her Granddaughter...Katlyn.(For her birthday tomorrow) Happy Birthday Tionie!!:) I already gave it to her since I won't be seeing her before then. I used a photo album from Dollar Tree that you can put the pic in the cover.Then I decorated it with a ribbon and a flower and a "K" for the flower center.I had some cute stickum stamps I had picked up from Michaels for the right side of her pic.:) I need to add the credits for them and will do that in a while.:) Next....


    I used the freebie ABC kit that Digitreats(link in sidebar) has been giving away piece by piece this whole year...and put this page and the next one down.... together with it.:) This is Tionie (sister) and Katlyn..her Granddaughter.



    This is Katlyn..How cute!!:) I LOVE the way this page turned out with all those pretties to play with.:)



    Here is one I made the papers and stitches etc for and used part of an idea from someone elses layout. Please don't ask me who...if it was you..please let me know and I will give you proper credit.:) Oh..by the way..the cute little flowers are designed by my good friend...Cintia Z. Her link is in my sidebar too.!! Thank you so much Cintia!


    And last but not least is this one. The flower is from Cintia again and the photo corners I believe are made by Nana..and I got it from one of her kits. I am just full of info this morning.NOT! LOL I guess if I am gonna do this very often ..I need to keep a log of what I am using.Hope you will forgive my memory this time. :)

    These are only a few of the pages I can show right now cause I used other designer's cute pages in the album and I don't have time to look up..who did what etc. If I can find the time to do that..I will show you more if you would like.:) I know I used Nana's in several..cause I think she does a fantastic job for the kiddie pages!!:) If I have time tomorrow I will post those.!

    If you have a minute..I would love to know what you think..and please be nice..LOL
    Hugs,
    Valinda









    Monday, December 08, 2008

    Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go by David Phelps




    Here is another of my favorites.:) Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!

    Gonna be busy the next couple of days..:)


    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Saturday, December 06, 2008

    Christmas Bulbs for BB pages and Christmas Cards


    I had a friend ask where she could get the Christmas Bulbs that I used on my blogger page...so I thought I would bring them back to the blog for those of you who would like to have them. I know there are two of each color...but if you look closely.. you will see the six on the top are slightly darker than the six below. It's been too long ago for me to remember why I did that. These were made last year and I have slept since then.LOL Keep in mind that these were made before I started doing my pages 2400 x2400.These were done for the 1200x1200 (smaller).These will do great on your brag book pages and cards that you make.I actually used these on one of my recent brag book pages.Scroll down..:) Enjoy!

    Oh..I haven't forgotten the awards that you sweet girls have given to me.I am just sooo busy right now trying to catch up on things. Thank you soo much for thinking of me.I am soo honored that you would add me to your list.!:)

    Here is the link:

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  • Friday, December 05, 2008

    Valjs Winter BB Page 2


    Here is another Winter BB page for us.You place your photo inside the window.(Thank you Grammadiane for the suggestion):) I think this one would look great with a pic of your Christmas tree or even your dinner on the table. It can also show your cozy fireplace. Hope you like it. Snowman dressed for the occasion..hehe.

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments you have left for me.You are most welcome! :) Enjoy!

    I don't have much to tell today ..so I will get right to the freebie.:)

    Here it is:
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  • Tuesday, December 02, 2008

    Valjs Winter BB Page


    Here is another Winter BB page.LOL There are soo many of these out there right now..but just in case someone might like to have it..here it is.:)

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments you have left for me.I really do appreciate it sooo much.:) You are most welcome!

    Christy is off of work today and hasn't told me of any plans she may have that would involve me going with her.It's really cold this morning ..my feet feel like ice and I have socks on.Thick ones.LOL I still have Christmas shopping to do and hope if she wants to go she will wait until after lunch when it's a little warmer outside.:)

    I got another award!! From Kyra..and as soon as I can figure out who to pass it on to..I will be sure to post it.:) Thank you soo much Kyra.I am honored to be your friend!:)

    I babysat my Great Niece(Katlyn) yesterday.It's been a while since I have watched a two year old.Whew!Was I tired.LOL I'm thinking nap time is not so much for the little ones but more for the caretakers.LOL Jimmy helped me watch her and for that I am soo thankful. He is really good with kids.:) We had her from nine until after five...then I had to cook supper and eat and pass out.LOL She really is a sweet little girl.:) She got a burst of energy after her nap and it lasted until she left to go back home.hehe Needless to say..there is a lot to do today to catch up for what didn't get done yesterday.:)

    Here is the link:
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  • Friday, November 28, 2008

    Valjs Bountiful Blessings BB page


    Here is another brag book page I made using the elements etc from a QP I had made last year.Hope you like it.I do need to credit my friend Jill (link in sidebar) for the gorgeous leaves she let me use for the page.Thank you Jill!!:)

    I will be taking this weekend off from the blog cause I will have my hands full with decorating the house for Christmas.The only thing I acomplished today towards that end was to get the tree ready to decorate.Tomorrow will be a busy day for me.I have to take all of my pretties off of the shelves and replace them with Christmas pretties.:) The kids(grown and little hehe) are gonna help decorate the tree and put the lights up outside etc. My back is bothering me tonight and I hope a restful sleep will help it some.:)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Here's the link:
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  • Valjs Turkey Time Layout

    Here is a layout I made to show the wonderful turkey my DIL made for dinner yesterday.It was soo moist the wings fell off of it.mmmmm:) I don't know about you but I ate way more than I needed yesterday.Soo glad we didn't have but the one meal.LOL We are invited back this evening to eat supper and help eat some of their wonderful cooking again and I can hardly wait!!:)

    I have so much to do today.I want to start decorating the house for Christmas.We usually do it Thanksgiving evening but this year has changed that. With the kids work schedules etc..it will be tomorrow before they are able to come decorate.I let my granddaughters decorate my Christmas tree with the bulbs...but we need to make sure the lights and garland are on it first.Now to locate the Christmas stuff in the garage and bring it upstairs.:) Where's Jimmy?LOL

    Thursday, November 27, 2008

    Thank You -Katinas




    Thank you Lord soo very much for all the wonderful things you have blessed me with.Most of all the salvation you have given to me.The close fellowship that we have...and the love and kindness you have shown.

    I am thankful for my entire family.
    The wonderful loving husband that never allows me to say a bad word about myself.
    My children who bring me soo much love I could burst with joy!
    My friends who bring a smile to my face every day.:)
    I thank you Lord for the good and the bad because that has made me who I am...someone who loves you with every fiber of my being.:)

    Love,
    Valinda

    Tuesday, November 25, 2008

    Valjs Christmas Tree BB Page

    Here is a QP I made this morning.It is featuring my sister's Christmas tree from last year..all lit up.:) I wanted the tree to shine and I hope I didn't get the background too dark for you.:) Click on the preview for a closer look. I thought this would look great with a family pic in it or you could even use it as a Christmas card if you wanted.:) Hope you like it!

    Thank you ALL sooo much for the wonderful comments you have left for me.I really enjoy reading them and knowing if you like my stuff or not.:) You are most welcome.!

    I want to wish all of you who are from the USA ...a Very Happy Thanksgiving.!! May you have a fantastic time with your family and friends!! I don't know if I will be back on here until after Thanksgiving or not.Time will tell.:) For those of you who are looking for Thanksgiving pages.I have a horn of plenty and a turkey QP in the archives. I may try to have a couple of brag book pages for the weekend too.:)

    Here is the link:
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  • Monday, November 24, 2008

    John Starns -Midnight Cry

    Here is another cute winter BB page for us. I used the snowfamily frame that is still in the archives. I really love the way this one turned out. Hope you do too!:)

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments and well wishes you have left for me. I really do appreciate your taking the time to do that. How sweet!

    I am feeling slightly better this morning.I had a fairly rough weekend though..and poor Christy has had to work while going through this and colds always hit her hard.:( I told Christy the other day that she could get another box of tissues out of the linen closet if she needed it.I buy the puffs with lotion and three pack stack at a time.She came out hugging the whole stack to her chest.LOL Between the three of us...Jim,Christy and me...we are keeping Puffs in business.hehe

    Here's the link:
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  • Thursday, November 20, 2008

    Valjs Snowman BB Page 2

    Here's another Snowman BB Page. Hope you like it!

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments you have left for me.I truly appreciate your taking the time to do that.You are most welcome! Enjoy!!:)

    Well..I thought I had caught Jim's cold the other day..but now I KNOW I have.LOL My ears are itching..nose running and throat scratchy and I ache all over.:( I spent most of today just sitting in the recliner watching TV with Jimmy....and dozing off and on. I did have a while when I didn't feel as bad ..so that is when I made this page.Now evening has come and you know how you get to feeling worse in the evenings..right? Bummers!! I think I will take a break from the blog over the weekend and see you on Monday if all goes well.:)

    Here is the link:

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  • Tuesday, November 18, 2008

    Valjs Snowman BB Page

    Here is another brag book page for us to add to our collection.Hope you like it! :)

    Thank you ALL so much for taking the time to come to my blog to leave a message.How sweet!:) You are most welcome!

    Christy is off from work today.She wants to go to Wal-mart again.hehe Oh..the last time I mentioned Wal-mart..I got spam in my comment section.I thought it was a comment and when I clicked on the ladie's name..it took me to a promotional page for Wal-mart.That's why..the dash between the letters.LOL

    Jim is off tomorrow so I don't know when I will have another page ready for us. It depends on..if he feels like going anywhere or not.I need to make another appt. with the Dentist soon. Most Dentists make appointments well in advance...so I had better call them.I'm not sure if they are taking the Thanksgiving week off or not. I was kinda putting it off cause of the economy and the uncertainty..but Jim said to get them fixed.I have to make the appointment on his day off so he can take me.:) It's nice having my own chauffeur!hehe JK. He is such a support for me.I hate going to the Dentist.Mainly because I haven't always had pleasant experiences with them. Who has?? Right? It's like pulling teeth to get me there.LOL

    Here is the link:
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  • Monday, November 17, 2008

    Valjs Santa Chair BB Page


    Some of you may recognize this from the QP last year and the year before.The QP is still in the archives if you would like to have that too.I extended the page to make it a brag book page.There's room for some journaling now.:) Hope you like it !!

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments you have left for me...and also to you who would have on 4shared.:) I try to leave a comment on 4shared now and when I sign in to leave a comment..it takes me to my file folders where I upload my stuff. Sure hope they get it figured out soon..cause that's just too wierd.LOL

    Jim has been sick with a cold...and feeling miserable.Fever,coughing etc.:( I got up yesterday feeling rough but this morning I am feeling a little better.YAY!

    Oh..I wanted to tell those of you who may not know it yet...NANA IS BACK!!!!Whoo hoo!!!:) I absolutely LOVE her designs.They are soo fun for the kiddy pages.:) I have made a couple of albums of my grand daughters using her kits and QPs. I even made some brag book pages from her designs.How fun!:) Her link is in my side bar if you would like to go say hi and welcome her back.:) I was going to her blog almost every day to see if she had come back and let me go a little while without checking and she pops up.LOL Can you tell I am thrilled?hehe

    Not much more to tell..cept I have been busy Christmas shopping and wrapping presents.Today I need to clean the house.Oh fun!!LOL

    Here is the link:
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  • Saturday, November 15, 2008

    Online Bible Study


    This is a book that my Niece ..Shelley Hendrix wrote a little while back.It's titled.."On Purpose for a Purpose".It is about the life of Esther. Christy and I read it shortly after it was written and it was really interesting.Especially how Shelley compared circumstances in her life to what Esther was going through.

    Shelley is starting an online bible study using this book..starting Nov. the 18th.I have never done an online study..so I don't know how it will go..but if you are interested in trying it.I am sure you will be blessed.:)
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  • is the link where you can sign up in the comment section for the course. There's no mention that I can find of any cost..except to buy the book so you can follow along.:)

    Shelley..I hope you don't mind me grabbing all of this off of your blogs.:)

    Looking for a new book/Bible Study?

    In a pivotal point of her life, when Esther has been challenged to come to the aid of her people, Mordecai asks the key question, “…who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Together, we’ll observe how Esther was used by God in a very significant way as she came to realize that her losses, her life experiences, her family of origin, her beauty, her personality, and even her prosperity—everything about her was on purpose for a purpose. Mordecai found this same reality to be true in his life as well. His purpose was different, but equally significant. God is sovereignly involved in doing something amazing in each and every life and wants each one of us to embrace His perspective for our lives, the good and the bad, that we might boldly live this life we’ve been given—on purpose! You can order Shelley's book through her ministry website or on Amazon.
    Both of Shelleys blogs..her personal and ministry are in my sidebar.

    Here is a video I took from the "Atlanta Encounter" blog telling a little about Shelley.:)

    Thursday, November 13, 2008

    Valjs Christmas Stocking BB Page


    You might recognize the left side of this page.It is the QP I made a couple of years ago.LOL I added the right side with the three hanging photos and the strip with the stitching so I could make it a brag book page.Hope you like it!!:)

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments you have left for me. I do appreciate the effort you take to come to my blog now that 4shared is messed up on their comments.I have been reading on several of the blogs I visit that you can't even leave a comment when you do sign in.I have had that problem myself. :) It does take a little more effort to click on the back button and leave a comment on the blogs.LOL But seriously folks...the only award some of us get for our efforts is to know what you think of our work and a little thank you.:)

    Yesterday was one of my lazy days.I get those days where it's cool in the house..I am not expecting company..and my PJ's sure feel good.KWIM? hehe Well..I got a call from my DIL after lunch and she said she and Robby were coming over to visit and watch a movie. There went my lazy day!LOL I am happy any time my kids come to see me...so even if I did have to get dressed..it was worth it.:) Jim is off today and I have no idea how he wants to spend it.More Christmas shopping needs to be done ..so we will see.:) That's pretty much all there is to tell...so I will get right to the freebie.

    Here it is:
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  • Wednesday, November 12, 2008

    Valjs Christmas Wreath BB Page

    This is another Brag Book page I made from a previous QP. Hope you like it! I left some room for journaling.:)

    Christy and I went shopping yesterday.We didn't get home until after four.Whew! was I tired.:) We did go to Big Lots and I got another 8x8 scrapbook.hehe.I couldn't resist.It was only four dollars!!! I also found a paper shredder for only twenty dollars!! That's a great price since those things have gone way up in price these days.My old one went kaput..and I have needed one for a while now.Maybe I can finally get rid of some of that junk mail!!YAY!:) Then we went to the Dollar tree and I found some really cute Christmas Ink stamps. I haven't checked them out yet to make sure they work...so I can't tell you right now if you should run right down and get yourself some.LOL We stopped at Applebee's to get lunch.Christy LOVES their Crispy Orange Chicken.Have you tried it? It is really good. It had a little bit of a bite from the spice they used in it. I don't think it was pepper..but something like that..cause it left a zing on my tongue.:) After that we went to Walmart. We just don't seem to be able to go shopping without going to Walmart before coming home.We picked up a few groceries and odds and ends that were needed and headed home. Jim's truck was in the driveway and I couldn't believe Christy and I had spent so much time shopping.LOL

    Here is the link:
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  • Tuesday, November 11, 2008

    Valjs Penguin BB Page


    We have Happy Feet!!LOL Just kidding.:) Remember this QP from last year? Well..it just became a Brag Book Page.YAY!:) I really love this one.It will be great for those pics of the kids playing in the snow..or wishing they could play in the snow.LOL Winter pics would work too.Hope you like it.:)

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments you have left for me.BTW..what is going on with 4shared??? Now you have to be a member to comment? That's gonna cut way back on the commenting huh? Guess we will have to be happy with the dwnld totals...unless you would like to come on blogger to leave a comment.They are always welcomed and I love hearing from you.:)

    Christy has today off and wants me to go shopping with her again.We will hit the Big Lots etc.:) We love bargain stores.!!LOL I am almost to the point that I have to hold my hands up to the sides of my face (like blinders on a horse) when walking by scrapbook supplies.hehe I have more than I could possibly use and no time to work with them...but if you know me...I am gonna look and find something.LOL You know that scrapbook cabinet that Jim built for me??? It HAD room to expand???NOT!!LOL If I keep going I am gonna have to take the china out of the china cabinet and start putting the supplies in there.Wonder what it would look like???:) I don't buy expensive stuff and maybe if I did..I wouldn't have so much??Hmmm..that's an idea. hehe Mom and I went to a yard sale in town the other day and I found a cute vase with a flower design on it for fifty cents.It's sitting on the dining room table with a huge question mark on it asking "where do I belong"??LOL My Mom says I get it naturally..hehe I figure..if I get rid of stuff..it will give me room for more stuff and that could cost me more money..so I don't get rid of stuff.LORL Actually..Christy and I have been thinking of having a yard sale before it gets too much colder..so if we did that... I would have the money to buy more stuff..right?LOL

    Here's the link:
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  • Monday, November 10, 2008

    Valjs Christmas Window BB page


    Does this one bring back memories?LOL I just extended the width of the page to make it a brag book page instead of a QP.I am sooo glad I save my pages in a workable mode. All I had to do was stretch the siding...add some more lights and another bush ..and ta da.!!:) Now I can add this design to my Brag Book Album.YAY!

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments you have left for me.I am soo glad you are enjoying these pages.:) You are most welcome.

    Whoo Hooo!! Jim helped me figure out how to customize my blog using my own designs.Doesn't it look festive??LOL I know ..I still say I am slow but I eventually get there.hehe

    Jim,Christy and I went Christmas shopping yesterday.I told Jim..there's only so many days he has off between now and Christmas and we had better start shopping.:) Jim made me use the electric wheel chair at Walmart. Now..it's fantastic that they offer us those wheel chairs to help make the shopping easier for those of us who can't walk for very long periods(Thank you!!) ...but....please make the aisles wide enough to go down them!! I spent more time going around an aisle..so I could come in from a different angle or backing out of an area because there was no turn around or they had left something in the aisle that I couldn't get by.I feel so bad for those who can't just get up and walk away from those things!!:( I almost did that yesterday...and would have if I hadn't been with Jim.LOL I got so frustrated that people would dart in front of me and I had to stop suddenly and it would throw me forward with a jerk. Note to self...( work on your patience).LOL We don't think of these things until we are put into a position where we HAVE to use something to help us maneuver.It sure makes us aware of what others have to go through. I know I will be more aware of allowing room and time for those unfortuate enough to have to use them...to get by me.:) See...I learned a little patience.hehe

    If you would like to use this page...

    Here's the link:
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  • Sunday, November 09, 2008

    Valjs Christmas BB Page 3


    Okay..I left room for journaling on this one.LOL It's not as fancy and full of design as the other two..but I thought I would leave that to you.:) You can fill it up with the Christmas bulbs I have given away...(still in the archives) or fill it up with journaling etc. You can make a brag book page or a rectangle page or a card with your family portrait.It's up to you. Hope you can use it.:)

    I thought I would start making some brag book pages out of some of my Christmas QP's. Remember the Christmas Window QP from last year? The one with the film strip ladder? I made a brag book page out of it and will be offering that tomorrow. I am really happy with the way it turned out.:) I am in the process of making brag book albums and I thought some of those pages would be so cute as brag book pages.I can make them for myself and let you share them too.What do you think? If you would like to have the matching QP ..it's in the archives somewhere in Nov or Dec.hehe If any of those links don't work.Please let me know in the comment section of blogger.I won't see the message on 4shared.I only check the 4shared messages in the archives once in a while.:)

    Thank you soo much for the wonderful comments you have left for me.I am so glad you like these pages and can use them.You are more than welcome! Enjoy!!

    Not much going on here at the moment..so I will get right to the freebie...

    Here it is:
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  • Saturday, November 08, 2008

    Valjs Christmas BB Page 2


    Here's another Brag Book for us for Christmas.YAY!! I made three openings since I have three Grand daughters.If you don't need all three..you can use one of the spaces for journaling or something.:) I got carried away and filled the page up...I was having so much fun!!hehe Be sure to click on the preview to get a closer look.I never like these small previews cause they don't show all the work that you put into a design. I added a shadow to the inside of the frames.The png files hold the shadow and sometimes the psd's don't.So..if you don't have a shadow on the inside of the frame when you open the file..make sure to add one.Use the option that shows the shadow to the top..and to the right.That's the way I have mine going.:)

    Jim only works until three thirty today and I need to get busy cleaning the house.Not that he would complain..but he works hard and I feel guilty if I don't.KWIM? It doesn't take much for me to feel better about it though.hehe My work starts mostly after he comes home.Close the shower curtain when he gets done taking his shower..close the cupboard doors when he gets something out of them etc...It's those little things that we do for them that make us feel needed.:) I felt totally lost without him when he went to Dallas last week.!!LOL Honestly..I wouldn't change a thing about him...if I tried..it wouldn't be him any more.:) I'm glad things are back to knowing there's someone else in the house besides myself...even if it is those little signs that show it.:)

    Here is your freebie if you want it.:

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  • Friday, November 07, 2008

    Valjs Christmas BB Page

    I thought I would start doing some Christmas Brag Book Pages for us.I know we can always use these. Click on the preview for a better look.The small preview doesn't do it justice. This page is 1800x1200..so you should be able to do the regular rectangle pages too if you want.:)

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments you leave for me.I really do appreciate it.:) You are most welcome!

    There isn't much to tell you right now.Just been working on a few things around the house...getting my files straightened out in my puter and trying to finish some brag books. You know..every day stuff.:)

    Here is the link:
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  • Tuesday, November 04, 2008

    Valjs Yawning Doll QP


    Here is another Doll QP.It's different than the last ones I had done.I have a small collection of some little dolls with different expressions and thought I could use them on some of my layouts.This layout is of Katlyn again.She was sooo tired after playing at my house with my Mom. I thought this would be the perfect pic for my yawning doll.:) I had a hard time making this QP cause every time I looked at the doll I would yawn.hehe

    Thank you ALL for the wonderful comments you have left for me.I really do appreciate your taking the time to do that.You are most welcome.!

    I had a really nice weekend with Jim. He was soo glad to be back home again.:) He had to go back to work yesterday...so back to the same ole routine.Work..eat..sleep.LOL

    Christy was off of work yesterday instead of today.She switched days with a co-worker who needed to take yesterday off. Christy took Freedom(our dog) for a walk in the park.Freedom LOVES to go for walks..but she is getting older and it doesn't take much for her to get tired. She really needs the exercise though.She needs to lose some weight. So do I...need to exercise and to lose weight.:) Time to get the ole stationary bike going again.When you can't walk well..that is about the next best thing to get your heart pumping and your legs moving. That and swimming.But since I don't have a pool..the bike will have to do.:)

    I have so many things going at the moment ..so I am gonna continue to be sporadic with my posts and freebies. I want to thank all of you who are regulars to my blog.You have become dear friends to me and I look forward to your visits.:)

    Here is the freebie :
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  • Saturday, November 01, 2008

    Yay! Jim's Back!!

    I just popped in to let you know that Jim is finally back where he belongs.! Yay! He is taking this weekend off to be with me before going back to work.How sweet!!:)

    I haven't had a chance to make a freebie..but I did make a new header out of my Turkey QP. hehe. Remember this one??:) Please don't be offended...this was done in fun! Okay..it isn't the best looking turkey..but is sure was good!LOL

    Be back Monday!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Thursday, October 30, 2008

    I have been sooo busy this week.You would think I would have had more time since Jim was gone..but that hasn't been the case.Mom came and spent the day Tuesday with me..and yesterday Robby(DS) and family came over in the afternoon to spend the evening with me. Christy has been spending more time with me watching TV or movies etc. I feel sooo loved!!:) Jim calls me in the morning..then when he takes a break for lunch..then after supper and then when he gets back to the hotel..then before bedtime.:) How cool! I love cell phones where you can talk anywhere ..anytime to each other..and it doesn't cost you extra.YAY!!

    My dear friend
  • Barb's
  • (Mrs.Miles) DH is having a birthday today and she is celebrating it with a gorgeous kit she is giving away on her blog.Please stop by and wish Mr.Miles a fantastic Bday. It would mean sooo much to her.

    I have received a couple of awards this week..one from my dear friend
  • Jill
  • ..remember her from Stuff by Jill??She has a new blog where she shares pics and tells about the area close to her.... Salem,Oregon.She has some really cool pics and friends that share with her.It's really interesting..so go take a look.:) The other is from
  • Barb
  • (Mrs.Miles)... She has a blog that is full of inspiration and love for the Lord and her family.She has lots of wonderful Pics to share too and links to share with some really interesting things.You never know what she will show you next..so it is really intriguing.Lately..she has been baking and canning up a storm.Stop by and see for yourself.

    How sweet of both of you to think of me and as soon as I get a chance I will put them up for all to see and pick my choices for the next ones to receive it.I am soo honored...and blessed! Thank you.:)

    Wednesday, October 29, 2008

    Monday, October 27, 2008

    Digitreats Recipe Exchange Box

    Here is what I have been doing that has taken a lot of my time lately.LOL
    How many of you have gone to Digitreats (link in sidebar) and downloaded the totally cool recipe exchange cards? Well..I did and I have been printing them out on 4"x6" photo paper. I went to the DollarTree and purchased these photo albums for a dollar....which you can remove the front cover paper and replace it with the recipe label cards.How cool is that?!! I didn' t buy them all at once ..cause that would be a little expensive.You can buy them a few at a time if you want...so long as they haven't sold them all to me.hehe Then I went to Big Lots and purchased a box with lid for three dollars.I used digitreats recipe paper and then some odds and ends that I had in my scrapping supplies and covered the box.I printed out the preview for the cards and placed that on the top cover.That shows what's in there.:) Look below!! yeah..down there!!hehe I LOVE it!! It's not the fancy book that is shown on digitreats ..but it works for what I wanted to do with them.:) It can get a little expensive..but you would have spent money on something else you wanted to do..right?LOL I have no idea what I put into it..with the ink etc for the cards..but I enjoyed myself and if I can get some money to buy the ingredients for the recipes..I will have it made!!LOL



    Christy and I got Jim off to the airport okay.He was there early in Atlanta and no problems whatsoever on this end.The problem started when he got to Dallas.The bus driver missed picking him up and he was stranded at the airport for a couple of hours or so.The bus driver boogied right past Jim while all the time Jim was waving his arms to stop him.Jim had the drivers cell phone # and called him..but the driver didn't answer his cell phone.So..Jim called the lady who is in charge of making sure everyone made it there okay...and SHE wasn't answering her phone either.Fortunately ..he had the hotels number and he got ahold of someone there who was in training and didn't know what to do about it.LOL She told him..she would come to get him personally if the bus driver didn't do it in another hour.Oh fun..there goes supper with the rest of them.LOL So..the bus driver showed up back at the hotel and then he told Jim he would come get him.He brought Jim back to the hotel and fortunately ..Jim was able to get something to eat.Then he went to the room..took a hot bath cause his back was bothering him from sitting so long waiting for them to come get him.Then he went to bed.Whew! I feel for him cause he has to sit for nine hours a day for the next few days and all that sitting hurts him. He just did get his back ..back into shape some.:( SO..if you all think about it and don't mind..please pray for him.:) Thank you!

    By the way..I didn't get a chance to do another doll page and I won't get a chance tomorrow cause my Mom is coming to spend the day with me.:) I will be back when I can.!!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Friday, October 24, 2008

    Destiny Doll Layout


    Here's my layout that goes with the Qp below.:) Okay..I changed the color of Destiny's shirt.hehe It was an olive green and clashed with the green in this page ..but I love the pic and wanted to use it.:) I could have picked a photo that had her staring straight ahead and smiling...posing for the pic...but I really like those unexpected shots that turn out great!:)

    Thursday, October 23, 2008

    Valjs QP 10-22-08


    Here is the next one for us.Hope you like it!

    I found out what was making my puter so slow.It had two trojan virus's on it.WOW! Twins!!!Hehe. We deleted those and hopefully things will speed up some on it for me.:) That is..if we got them all this time.

    I have been trying to catch up on a few things around the house and making some things for gifts.etc. so..I haven't blogged for a couple of days. Did you think I had forgotten you? :)

    Please read the TOU that comes in the download folder.It asks you to send your friends to my blog to get my stuff and not to upload it to a download site for your friends to get it that way.We work hard on our designs and even those of us who make freebies ..like to know how many scrappers like our stuff.Sometimes it's our only reward for the things we do ..because we don't get comments like we use to either.The downloads tell us how many liked it.Please be considerate! Thank you.:)

    Here is the link:
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  • Tuesday, October 21, 2008

    Valjs QP 10-20-08

    Here is the purple one Sharon!!! Hope you like it. I had to figure out how to use this doll in the page.It is sitting down.:) This is one of my favorite ones because it is a musical doll.I have several wind up musical what- nots....knick- knacks..what ever you call them around the house.This doll actually moves as the music is playing.:) I thought I would put the doll on a small table with a frame next to it. Can you call this a "cluster" frame?LOL The doll has a serious look on her face and I thought this pic of Lexi would be a perfect match.:) The doll also is reaching to be picked up or something..but I thought maybe some of you would like to put something in her hands and add some journaling to the page that way???

    About this picture of Lexi.. I have a garden tub in my bathroom and I was doing something at the sink when Lexi got into the tub and asked me to take her pic.LOL She LOVES to have her picture taken and I am more than willing to take it.:)

    Christy is off today and we are headed back to Walmart later.I have to pick up a few sugar free items that the grocery store we have been using lately ..doesn't carry. I think the only sugar free item that they carry is a box of Splenda packets. I know me..if I don't have something sugar free to snack on once in a while..I will be tempted to eat the regular desserts.I have a sweet tooth that needs nourishment and cries out to me if I don't find something soon.LOL That's my big plans for today..what's yours?:)

    Here's the link:
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  • Monday, October 20, 2008

    Another Doll QP :)

    Here is another doll QP.Scroll down to yesterday's post to see a finished layout. I don't know about you ..but I am having a ball with these pages. :) Hang in there Sharon..I see purple coming your way!!!!LOL

    Thank you ALL so much for the fantastic comments you have left for me.It is so encouraging to know you like these pages...and a little encouragement can go a long way.:)

    I wanted to let those of you who may be interested..that my 4shared account is filling up really fast and I am going to have to start removing some of the posts in the archives.Please be sure to grab the ones you want to keep as soon as possible.:)

    I mentioned in yesterday's post what we had planned to do for the day.Well..we did it.hehe Not much more to tell ..so I will get right to the freebie.:)

    Here it is:

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  • Sunday, October 19, 2008

    This is my middle Granddaughter Alexis.She was dressed for a program they were doing at school honoring women in the past. I thought this would be the perfect pic for this layout.:) My DIL gave me the pic a while back.I made a couple of pages in my paper scrapping to go along with her program. I am soo glad I can use this pic in this layout now.:)

    I will have this QP up for you tomorrow if all goes well.Jim wants me to go to work with him this morning cause he is training a woman for opening and closing the store and wants to be there to help her before we take the rest of the day off. He also said that his store is having a 50% off of clearance items...so I am gonna look around some. Can you blame me?LOL

    Let me know if you are getting tired of these pages yet.I still have a couple of Victorian dolls and some cute little dolls with cute expressions that I thought I might try. I have some boy dolls too..so we will see what I can come up with for you.:)

    Have a wonderful day!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Friday, October 17, 2008



    Okay..I used the same pic in the second one.LOL I just wanted to show you what the page looks like finished.:)
    What do you think? Be sweet!!:)

    Valjs QP 10-17-08

    I had a request to make more of these pages.This is another of my beautiful Victorian dolls that I keep on my dresser.Hope you like this page too.:) In case you are wondering what that is in the upper left background.It is an armoire .(tall cabinet). I thought it would help the page look more authentic with something from that period.Okay..don't look too closely.LOL Whew! It was a lot of work.I had it in the folder ready to upload to 4shared..and noticed something I hadn't done.Then ..I fixed that problem only to realize I hadn't taken the background off of the png file.So..here we go again...then I realized the inside mat for the frame was missing. I hope you like it the way it is..cause right now..that's all you get.LOL

    Thank you ALL so much for the fantastic comments you left me for the last one.I am soo glad you like it.You are most welcome.Enjoy!

    Now...I need to cut my hair and wash it and get presentable before Jim comes home.I hope you have a wonderful weekend...see you on Monday if I come up with something else.:)

    Here's the link:
  • dwnldlink
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2008


    What to do?? I like them both.LOL This is my great Niece.My Nephew's daughter. If you are one of those who have been following my blog for the last two years..you will remember Katlyn.She is the one I used for my Pretty girl QP layouts. The baby in the pic.:) Anyone remember? If you like the layouts..the freebie QP is in yesterday's post.:) Enjoy!

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments you have left for me.I really do appreciate it sooo much.:)

    Jim is off of work today and I think we are gonna work in the yard.It needs some things done before the winter sets in. With his back problems..we got behind.:( He's doing better now ..but I hope he doesn't over do.

    That's pretty much all there is. I just wanted you to see the finished layout.:) You can tell me which one you like the best if you want.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Tuesday, October 14, 2008

    Valjs QP 10-14-08

    I had another idea today and I hope you love it as much as I do.:) I recently told you that I LOVE Victorian designs...and that I have several Victorian dolls on my dresser.This is one of my favorites.I took a pic of it and extracted it as good as I could. Okay..so I am not the best extractor..he he..but I think it turned out really nice.:) It was such fun making this one.!!

    This QP is 2400x2400 dpi. It will do an 8"x8" page just fine.:) Now to find the perfect pic for it.hmmm. LOL I always do that..make the page and then see if I have something to go with it.I hope you have something in mind for it....otherwise..I did a lot of work for nothing.hehe

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments you have left for me.I really do appreciate it and thank you so much for being understanding about my sporadic blog freebies. It is so much less stressful for me to just do them as I think of them.:)

    I still need to get more links fixed but Jim was off of work Monday..Christy was today and Jim is off again tomorrow...lots to keep me busy lately.:) I will get back to them soon.

    Here is the link if you are interested:

  • dwnldlink
  • Sunday, October 12, 2008

    Three more links fixed :)




    Here are three more for you.I fixed the links on this post..the links aren't working YET for them on their regular posts.That will be corrected shortly.:) I am soo glad you were able to get the ones from yesterday.Hope you will enjoy them.

    Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments you have left for me.I really do appreciate it sooo much.You are most welcome.:)

    I also wanted to thank those of you who have offered a CT position to me.There have been a few of you and I have had to turn you down.:( Mainly ..because I don't want to have an obligation and time limits on the designs I do. I am soo busy just trying to keep up with the things I already have going.It is such an honor to be asked and I thank you so much for offering the position to me.How sweet!:)

    Here are the links in the order from top to bottom:

    Letter to Santa:
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  • Swirly Designs:
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  • Cloth Swirls:
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  • Friday, October 10, 2008

    Missing links



    I was taking some time to look back in my archives and checking to see which links aren't working.Here are three of them so far.There are several more and I will try to post the fixed links as I am able.The links in the post aren't fixed yet..so if you haven't been able to get these..the links to these three are in this post only.:) If you see a link that isn't working while browsing through the archives..please let me know ..On Blogger..not 4shared ..so I can get it fixed right away.Every link should be working if it hasn't messed up in some way.I don't disable links unless I pull the post and previews.In other words..if you can't get it..it's broke and needs to be fixed.:)

    The pages and designs I made in the year 2007 and part way through 2008 are done in 1200x1200 dpi. They do just fine for an 8x8 layout. I have several hundred at that size..and they look great in my albums.:)

    If you are interested..here are the links to these three.

  • Musical QP


  • Baby Album


  • Bowling QP 3
  • Christy and me at Ga.Aquarium


    Have you ever just been sitting there or walking through the house and an idea for a layout came to your mind? That happened to me.:) I just had to sit down and make it happen.hehe I have been wanting to do a layout with this pic of Christy and me. We were at the Georgia Aquarium and so tired we sat on a bench to rest.Christy held her camera up...facing us and took this pic.I love it! I was tired and sweaty and wearing my reading glasses so I could see to take pics with my own camera when she took it. I thought the idea of seeing the camera in the layout from someone looking through it was a cool idea. :) I am really happy with the way it turned out. I made the background pic of us a little transparent because I wanted the camera and pic inside to be the focal points. I did add a spot light to the background pic to represent the flash. Also..the pic itself was a little dark because the wall behind us was dark too.What do you think..and would you like to have your own camera?hmmmm???LOL

    Yes..I have funny looking teeth.LOL When I lost my second teeth from the middle as a child..they never grew back in. :( That made my third teeth over look pointy. Last month when I tried a new Dentist..she ground the points off of them just enough to make them look better.:) This pic is before all that. In the meantime..I am using a teeth whitening kit to get rid of the tea and coffee stains. I guess I will have great looking teeth one day if I have to get dentures.LOL

    Thursday, October 09, 2008

    Valjs QP 10-8-08

    I thought I would take a few minutes and make another Qp for us. Hope you like it and can use it.:)

    I have been busy reloading programs and transferring files since Jim reformatted my HD the other day.I was hoping things would speed up some for me..but so far I don't see a lot of difference..especially in my paint program.It's slower than slow sometimes and I think I am just gonna have to buckle down and learn PSE (which I have had for a year and a half) .LOL With PI ..I am in my comfort zone...and when I load up PSE..it's all different...and I get frustrated that I can't make the simplest of things.I go back to PI when that happens.:) Photo Impact 11 has wonderful options but can't handle the larger files very well. It bogs down and you end up praying it doesn't freeze up in the middle of making your page.I have to save my designs often while making them. That is one of the reasons I have cut back on my designing. Plus...my scanner is acting wierd.It's fairly new and I get little white spots on everything I scan and there isn't any dust on the screen.If I copy(not scan) something...it does fine..so if there was dust on the screen..wouldn't that happen when I copied too? I'm puzzled.:( I am so far behind in everything right now...so it may be a while longer before you get any more freebies from me.:) I will pop in from time to time with something for you ..but for now..I need to catch up or quit.LOL
    How many of you have gone to Digitreats and collected the recipe cards? I did and have been printing out the ones I think I will use.There are over 300 of them and soo cute too.:) Scrappers got together and made recipe cards using their favorite recipes.How cool! So far I think the dump cake will be my favorite.I like the idea of just dumping stuff in a pan and cooking it.LOL The link is in my sidebar if you would like to go collect them too.:) You will have to scroll down some.
    Not much more going on right now.I still have more things to do on my puter to get it back to where it was...hopefully without the problems.LOL

    Here is the link:

  • dwnldlink
  • Saturday, October 04, 2008

    Valjs Chipboard Tutorial

    You may already know how to do this and if so..Fantastic! There may be some of you who don't and would like to know how I did mine...so I wrote the instructions down.I don't have pics of each step..cause Jim had to reformat my puter and I am soo busy getting it back into shape and putting files where I want them etc. If there is something you don't understand..please let me know and I will try to make it more clear for you.:)

    Here is the way I did this..using Photo Impact 11.

    The paint program I use.If you are familiar with

    your paint program you will understand these

    instructions and find the options on your programs

    and figure out how to do it.

    1.Make an object in your paint program and duplicate

    it.Resize the "duplicate" to make it a little smaller

    than the original.Fill the "original" object with a

    light beige color or off white.

    2.Beginning with the original object..make your

    object active..then go to the buttons option in your

    paint program and choose a bevel that will be rounded

    enough to look like chipboard.You may need to play

    with it until it looks the way you like..then apply

    it to your object.Then go to the "texture" selection

    in your air brush or paint brush.Choose a texture you

    prefer that will make the edges look as close to

    chipboard texture as you can.Using a little darker

    color..paint the edges with that one.You are done

    with the first layer.

    3.Now to the "Duplicate" ..slightly smaller layer to

    work on.

    4.Make your obiect active.Go to the "type" option

    under "Text/Path Effects" and choose "Seal".You will

    see several options.I chose number 7 for this

    one.Apply the one you choose to the object and you

    will see rough edges and some tiny holes.
    5.Choose the background paper you are wanting to use

    for the final product and "fill" this object with

    that.
    6.Place the smaller finished object in front of the

    larger "original"(chipboard) object and adjust it to

    fit in the center.(do not add shadow to this one)

    Merge the two objects into a single object.You are

    done.All you need to do is add a shadow to the final

    object when you place it on your pages.

    Hope this was a little clearer than mud.LOL

    Have fun making them and please let me know how they

    turned out.:)


    Hugs,
    Valinda