Monday, June 30, 2008

Valjs QP 6-29-08

Here is a layout I did yesterday of my middle grand daughter,Alexis.She was posing this Easter (2008) for me by leaning on the dining room table with her arms crossed.She looked so cute..I just had to snap a pic of her.:) She finally got some front teeth.hehe. I don't do a lot of preparation for taking photos like some people do.I take them as I see them. Isn't she cute?!!

Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments you have left for me.I am sooo glad you like the shiny metal stars.You are most welcome.:)

Not a whole lot going on today..cept cleaning the house and doing laundry cause I pretty much let it go over the weekend.:) Dh was off of work yesterday and we went shopping with Christy(she was off too).I got some more scrapbook albums.Three 8x8 and two 12x12.They had a fresh supply and I took advantage of it.:) Okay..I seriously have to stop going to Big Lots.LOL We grilled hamburgers just before the storms came through.Then I made this layout and thought you might like to have it for your collection. make the photo stand out from the page,be sure to add a shadow to the page before you merge it.:)

Here it is:
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  • Friday, June 27, 2008

    Valjs Shiny Metal Stars

    Here are four Shiny Metal Stars I made for you to use on your pages. They just might come in handy real soon for those Independence Day Layouts.:) The small preview doesn't do them if you would like a better on the preview. For some reason blogger doesn't care for red that much. It distorts it.:(

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

    Christy (DD) is finally able to tell everyone she got a promotion.She was told by the Veterinarian (owner) over a week ago that he wanted her to take over as Senior Veterinarian Assistant. She is a tiny bit nervous about it but I know she will do great! She is smart and was an Assistant Manager for Blockbuster for around eight and 1/2 years. She has wanted to work as a Veterinarian Asst. for quite a while now and she has been working for over a year at this office.She is really good with the animals.:) Her promotion will involve doing inventory and ordering the medications so they will be on hand when needed.Taking blood, urine and fecal samples and reading them.Cleaning the animals teeth.Doing xrays and assisting in surgeries when needed.Some of these she is already doing.Just not the inventory and ordering. On the weekends she has to go in and walk the dogs..feed ..water and give them baths...then go back later in the afternoon to walk them again and refill their food and water bowls. She gets one weekend a month off so that makes it nice.:) Anyway.. I just had to let you know about her promotion.I am sooo proud of her.:)

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  • Wednesday, June 25, 2008

    Valjs Girly Elements 6-24-08

    Here are a few elements I made yesterday for our girly layouts. The shadows are just for the preview. You can click on the preview for a closer look if you like.Hope you can use them.:)

    I wanted to let you know that these are on the same page...but don't panic!!! There are instructions in the folder to tell you how to get them off of the page individually.:) And I plan to tell you on here too.I did this once before but it has been a while and there are always newbies who may not know how to do that yet. It is soo much easier for me if you can do it this way. If you have a problem with them..let me know.:)

    To get the .png elements off of the page individually, just make sure they have the "running ants" on them.(have been highlighted) then using your selection tool or lasso choose the one you want.Copy and then paste it into the page you want it on.It's really easy once you know what to do.:)

    Dh and I were pretty busy yesterday.We got up early...went to McDonalds for sausage biscuits and took them to Mom's and had breakfast with her.Then we had to go shoe shopping for Jim.He has an extremely wide foot with a high arch and we can't find shoes for him at the regular stores without them hurting his feet all the time. So..we were told there was a special store that carries extra wide shoes.We hit pay dirt!!LOL He got a pair that he loves and they feel good on his feet.Yay! We won't eat for a week..but hey..that's okay.LOL Just kidding.hehe Special made shoes come at special made prices. Sure hope they last a while.:) Then we went grocery shopping and our son and his family met us up there and came back to the house and spent the evening with us. We made Meat ball sandwiches and hot roast beef with swiss cheese sandwiches for supper.We used my toaster oven so the house wouldn't get too hot.I definitely didn't want to turn the oven on.:) Then we played a trivia game that DS brought over.It uses the dvd and a game board too.Wish I could remember the name of it.:) I won the first game! It was an easy question though.It showed a picture of a black sports car and asked what the name of the show was...can you guess?LOL

    Thank you all 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!!

    Here's the link:

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  • Monday, June 23, 2008

    Valjs Pretty QP 6-22-08

    I have been really busy the last few days and didn't have much time to design. I would get a few minutes here and there to browse a little but that was about all.I thought I would see if I could come up with something for you today.Click on the preview for a closer look if you would like. This is one of my favorite colors. Hope you like it too!!:)

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

    I am probably going to be sporatic in my blogging for a little while. At least until I get my eyes checked.I need glasses or contacts or something. I use reading glasses but now I need something to see further away. Like two feet.hehe Everything is getting blurry out there. I thought it was from looking at the monitor too much or too much close up work in designing...but my Mom informed me that it is my age.LOL Thanks Mom!!hehe Anyway...hopefully the eye doctor can help me some. :) Just keep checking back to see if I have something for you.It won't be every day like it has been the last year and a half or so. I will probably just be offering you what I have made for myself. :) Besides bottom is starting to take the shape of my office chair.LOL I need to get up and move around more.

    Here's the link for the freebie:
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  • Friday, June 20, 2008

    Okay..I had to completely redo the post that I had... giving the Easter Basket QP away. The link messed up and no matter what I did on kept giving me an error. I was going to fix some links in the archive today..but I think I will wait a couple of days to see if blogger cooperates with me a little better.LOL
    Be sure to scroll down and see my Scrapbook Cabinet Jim finished yesterday.I posted it last night.:) I LOVE it!!!
    I know I am a couple of months late getting my Easter layouts done.:) I had a few minutes while waiting on Jim to finish the ribbon part of my Cabinet. I thought some of you may want to use the bottom QP (the one with Destiny's mouth stuffed with candy).LOL
    This QP was done in 12x12 instead of the 24x24 that I have been doing lately.It will do an 8x8 layout just fine.:) I made this one for myself and when I do them for myself I make my pages 12x12 and then print them out on photo paper at 8x8. I just thought there may be some of you who would like to use it.:)
    Here is the link...hope it works this time.hehe

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  • Thursday, June 19, 2008

    My Scrapbook Cabinet...YAY!!! :)

    Here is a pic of my new Scrapbook Cabinet that Jim (DH) just finished building for me. I LOVE IT !! I had Jim take the pic before I realized the drawers needed cleaned from him putting the knobs on. Oh well..pretend it's clean.LOL I will clean it later after I get it loaded up the rest of the way.:) I told you there was no room to expand.hehe Would you believe I still had to use a set of my 3 stack plastic drawers??? I have the stencils and extra paper pieces etc in them. Oh..I had Jim add a small drawer under the ribbons for the ribbons that come wrapped around a piece of cardboard.KWIM? You can't tell by looking at this pic..but on top of the cabinet (from right to left) I have a glass cookie jar that is filled with markers and pencils...then another glass container that is holding those glass colored rocks that are flat on one side...then a glass vase that has a bunch of different silk flowers in various colors for my scrap pages. I will just pull the flower off of the stem on the one I need and replace the bunch when I need more.:) If you could see how many I have in will know..I won't need more for a while...hehe

    If you are interested in the dimensions of my cabinet.Jim said it is 5' x 5' x 1' deep. Those are 12" x 12" papers on the right side in the slats...and they just fit.We had to keep the depth at this size cause the dining table has to fit in there too.:)'s bedtime for me now. I worked hard today!!!LOL freebie in the morning..I'm sleeping in.:)


    Tuesday, June 17, 2008

    Valjs Woodshop Background Papers

    I am going to be busy the next couple of days so I thought I would offer the background papers for the Woodshop QP's. That way you will be able to do a whole album if you would like.There are two papers.One wood with screws and one peg board.Remember...the pegboard is made to represent pegboard.LOL It works for me anyway.hehe

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

    I am gonna take a couple of days off of the blog again.Dh has my scrapbook cabinet ready to move upstairs in the morning and I have been preparing the place for it.He has to finish painting the drawers and put knobs on them...but the main part of the cabinet has been painted and ready for use.YAY!! :) From the looks of my scrapbook supplies..I need him to start another one for me.LORL.:) I forgot to take a before pic and my DS helped me move all the stuff from the old place to the dining table etc. I refused to put it back just for a pic.LOL Just believe was a mess.!!! Anyway... I want to get that organized and I won't have time to design.That is why I am giving you the woodshop papers.You won't have to wait on me.:) Christy is off today and Jim is off I am sure this place will be hopping.Probably more from me with my foot and all.hehe

    See ya in a couple of days.....


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  • Monday, June 16, 2008

    Cintia Z is back with her own store.:)

    I don't have a freebie today.I was soooo busy yesterday that I didn't have time to make one.:) We had a great day with our family get together.We grilled and watched a movie and some TV etc.The things everyone does when they get together with their loved ones.:) Hope you had a wonderful day too.:)

    I wanted to let you know I fixed the link to Cintia's blog in my side bar.( Cintia Z ) She has a new store now and several really cool kits. She has commercial free actions for PS. etc. I have been her friend for a couple of years now.She took a long vacation but is back now.:)


    Sunday, June 15, 2008

    Valjs Dad QP 4


    Here is the last of my Dad QP's. If I decide to do any more can be sure I will be offering them to you.:) It took a little while to figure out how to make the saw blade cut through that piece of wood...but I think I did okay.:) Hope you like it and can use it.!!
    Thank you ALL so much for the fantastic comments you have left for me.I sure appreciate your taking the time to do that.You are most welcome.!
    I don't know what plans we will be making.We want to grill out today but we haven't checked the weather yet.Time will tell!!:)
    I lost my Daddy almost seven years ago.He had a horrible cancer that took his life.:( I miss him soo much. I am comforted though with the knowledge that I will be seeing him again one day... because he knew the Lord.!:) A couple of years before he passed..he and my Mom were in the car driving when he heard the song "Butterfly Kisses". He told Mom that he wanted to get my sister and I that song.They bought a CD for both of us and to this day..I can't hear that song without thinking of him...and crying.

    This isn't the video I wanted to put on here..but they wouldn't let us do that one.At least you will be able to hear the song.:)

    Here's the one I was wanting to put on here:
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  • Saturday, June 14, 2008

    We will miss you Conny!! :(

    For those of you who have been around in the digi scrapping world for a probably know Conny B. She has become a wonderful friend to me in the last couple of years. Such a sweet and generous lady.I have soo many of her wonderful designs.:) She has decided to quit digi scrapping altogether and is going to take her blog down at the end of this month.:( She has a new interest in photography and is going to pursue that instead.
    Please stop by her blog (link in my sidebar) to wish her well.:) She also has a present for those who stop by.Seeeee...such a giving person..the last thing she wanted to do is give something to us.:)


    I am soo glad I have your email address.hehe.

    Valjs Dad QP 3

    Here's the third Dad Qp. The background is suppose to represent peg board.I tried to take a few pics of the ones Jim has in his shop..but they looked terrible when I tried to use them on the page.So....I did the best I could to make one that would "represent' peg board.LOL I'm happy with it anyway.hehe When I use this page...probably today...I will be putting Jim's name on the handle of the hammer. There's room for wordart too on the side panel.Hope you like this one too and can use it.:)

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments you left for me.I sure appreciate your taking the time to do that.I know it is rush rush these it is even more appreciated when you have taken the time to say hi.:)

    Christy made a video of her cat and my dog.I posted it last night on my scroll down if you have a minute and take a peek.It's cute!:)

    Christy has this weekend off so I have no idea how much I will get done today.Jim has tomorrow I may not get back to making another page until Monday.We'll see what happens.It's not like you're gonna miss anything on my blog.hehe

    Here's the link:
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  • Friday, June 13, 2008

    Valjs Dad QP 2

    Here is the second QP I made for my scrapbook cabinet memories.:) Just keep in mind...I am not a professional.!!LOL I make pages I like and offer them to you for freebies if you would like them too.:)

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments you left me for yesterday's QP.I wasn't sure how many of you would want a carpenter's page ..but evidently there are several of you who have builders in your families.:) That's great!! Glad you could use it.:)

    Not much happening I will let you get right to the freebie.:)

    Here it is:
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  • Wednesday, June 11, 2008

    Valjs Dad QP 1

    I am making a few QP's to put Jim's (DH) pics in when he gets finished with my scrapbook cabinet.I will probably have a couple before and after ones. I don't know if many of you will have a use for these "carpenter" ones but that is what I am offering there ya go.LOL Hope you like it. I will have another one tomorrow if I get the chance to complete it today.:)

    Thank you ALL so much for the fantastic comments you leave for me.I am sooo glad you like my stuff.:) You are most welcome!! Enjoy!

    I was able to get a few things done the last couple of days since I didn't blog.We went shopping for a new DVD/RW disk drive for me.My other CD drive was making funny noises and it was time to find one that wouldn't protest so loudly.LOL I was able to actually open and transfer some files to my other drive too..COOL! DH bought a new drive for himself and gave his other one to me since I wanted one that would be inside my tower instead of on the desk.:) So much for resting my eyes.LOL But I did back off that has to help..right?:)

    Jim is off of work today and is planning to work on my scrapbook cabinet again.He has the first coat of paint on it and is going to put the second coat on today.He still has the ribbon area with the dowel rods to make but that shouldn't take long.:) I will have to take a before and after pic of my scrap area too.LOL It will be so cool to finally get rid of those plastic drawers!!:)That's about all there is to tell for now.Have a fantastic day!!

    Here is the link:
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  • Saturday, June 07, 2008

    Last of the Retro Kit -Flower Elements

    I's a mixed up jumble of flower thingys.LOL I made a preview real fast so I could get these up here this evening.(Saturday). My Dh asked me if I wanted to get up early in the morning to go out for breakfast. Now..would you have said "No"? hehe There are two for png and one for psd. These are the flowers and centers I used on the Floral Retro page.I put them in the folders individually so you can mix and match as you please...just resize them for the center elements for the flowers.:)

    Thank you ALL so much for the fantastic comments you have left me for my new Retro Kit.I am soo pleased you are having fun with it and I hope you continue to do so.As you can see..there are sooooo many different ways of using this kit.:) I would love to see anything you have done with please leave a link in the comment section for me.:) Thanks!

    I will be taking a few days off to recoop from all the designing I have been doing lately.My eyes need the break.:)

    Here are the links:

    Retro Flower Elements-png:

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  • Valjs Retro Brads

    Here are the brads.:) I changed them a little from the preview yesterday.I like these a lot better.:) Hope you do too.!

    Thank you ALL so much for the fantastic comments you have left me for this kit.I am sooo glad you like it.You are most welcome! Enjoy.:)

    I mostly cleaned my house and did laundry yesterday and then last night I worked on these brads.I had to get up this morning to make the preview for them.:) Not much else to tell so will get right to the freebie.:)

    There are two for png and one for psd.:

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  • Friday, June 06, 2008

    Valjs Retro Rings and Brads-PLEASE READ :)

    Today you get the rings.I am putting them in two separate folders.One for png and one for psd.The "brads" ARE NOT included in today's dwnlds. I noticed when I did the frames this way ..some of you missed the second part to the frames. That is why I said to please read.:) So...if you want some brads to go with the will need to come back tomorrow to get them.

    These rings I made are for tags and journal strips.You know the ring that goes around the hole in the tags etc? That would be these.:)

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments you left me for yesterday's QP and the scrapbook cabinet Jim is making for me.I am so glad you like them.:)

    I slept in this morning again.I played most of yesterday with my scrapbooking. I get into moods where I will do that for days and then not do it for a while. Right now..I am loving it.!! :)

    Here are the links:

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  • Thursday, June 05, 2008

    Update on Scrapbook Cabinet

    I just wanted to show you how far Jim has gotten with the scrapbook cabinet he is building for me.:) I will explain it again for those of you who may be seeing it for the first time.:) The slats on the top right and left are for storing my scrap papers.The slats on the top left are for 81/2 x 11 papers and the slats on the top right are for my 12x12 papers. The verticle slats in the middle are for my craft scissor cases.I have about four. The cubby hole to the right of the verticle slats will hold a box with dowel rods for storing my ribbons on.All I will have to do is roll off what I want and cut it.:) The bookshelves in the center are to store my scrapbooks in and the drawers on both sides are for storing all my scrapbook supplies. I LOVE it and can't wait to get it up here where I can fill it up.LOL Jim told me last night after sanding on it for days..that he is ready to paint it now.He was wanting to stain it but the lumber he used was difficult to find matching pieces.Some of the pieces had green wood in them.So we opted to paint it.Now I have to decide what color I want it it to be.:) I would like to have it a color that would go with any room I moved it in to. We use every inch of our house to live in with our two oldest kids still living at I have all of my scrapbook supplies in the dining room.It comes in handy with the table in there to work on too.:) With such a gorgeous will look great!:)

    Thanks for looking !!


    Valjs Retro QP 5 Merged

    I didn't have another page for you this I reached back into my files and found this page I had started and didn't finish.I finished it this morning for you.:) It's merged..all you have to do is put your pic in the frame and add tags etc. Hope you can use it.:)

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments you have left for me.I sure appreciate your taking the time to do that.I know I say it every day..but I mean it just as much today as all the other times I say it.:) Thank you!

    I spent yesterday cleaning the house and playing with my hybrid scrapbooking supplies.I also printed out cutout elements to put on them.(you wouldn't believe how many digital elements I have that I can print out and decorate my pages with).hehe If you layer them..they can be soo cute! Example..cut out two or three of the same element and put a popup sticky in between them.I can't think of the name for them.It's too early in the morning and I am still half asleep.LOL makes them raise up above the page some. I made several pages by putting the frames on my pics digitally and then printed them on photo paper and cut them out and pasted them to the page.I don't put the elements on photo paper when I do hybrid scrapping.Just the photo/photos with the frame/frames I have chosen. If you add a shadow to your frame before you merge,print and cut it out.It looks 3D even when you cut the photo frame close to the outside edges.I just cut the outside shadow off.:) Well..I know what I am trying to say anyway.LOL It makes a much nicer page if you ask me.:) If you think ahead of time you won't waste photo paper.Just put as many of your pics on the same page as you can fit.I even arrange them in the clusters that I want and print them out.:) I just thought some of you may not have tried these before.Let me know how it works for you.:)

    It's getting later by the here is the link:

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  • Wednesday, June 04, 2008

    Valjs Retro QP 3 without frames

    Here is the "MERGED" page I am offering today. I put the layout of my niece Nicole back on here (see below) this morning to show you which one it is and what I have done with the page. :)You will be able to use any of the frames from the retro kit on it...and use your own title or journaling.Enjoy!!

    Yesterday was a really busy day hopefully today will be a restful one.:) I spent the first part of the day shopping with Christy (DD). We started out with breakfast at McDonalds.hehe We had both been wanting a sausage,egg, and cheese biscuit for a while now.I know I have been wanting one for over a month.LOL Then we went to Big Lots.(we have several within a few miles of each other) Christy wanted to see if another,other than our usual,had anything different.One thing they had different was..they didn't have the French Vanilla Coffee they got me hooked on.LOL I tried a new brand of it a while back and am almost I wanted to get some more.I love it.It has a rich flavor that the International coffees don't have.It is sugar free and decaf too.Yay! Anyway...I was disappointed when I couldn't find one single can on their shelf.:( So..we drove the few miles to the next Big Lots and they had five cans and I bought them all.LOL That may sound mean..but when you have to eat sugar free stuff..and you find something really good.You stock up on I said..there are several Big Lots within a few miles of each other.:) Hopefully they have more of it..but I will stay away from them.hehe I am the same way with tennis shoes.When I find a pair that my tennis shoe brace will fit in and the shoe fits my foot..I buy two pair.I put a pair back until the other wears out.:) I spend lots of hours and days just trying to find a shoe that will fit the brace and not be too big for my foot.:) I promise..I don't have two sets of the same clothing..purses..etc.LOL
    Back to yesterday...:) After Big Lots..Christy and I went to Dollar General.Got a few necessary things and then back to the house.:) Jim (DH) and I met my Mom at Cici's Pizza for supper and then went to Mom's to uninstall a program on her puter that had been upgraded and to reinstall the older version that she was use to. SOOOO ...there was no time to design.:) Oh..Jim mowed the yard when we got back home so he wouldn't have to do it in the sun today.:) Okay..that was my idea.LOL The whole front yard is shaded in the late afternoon.:) He is off today and is gonna work some more on my scrapbook cabinet...but that is another story....:)
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  • Tuesday, June 03, 2008

    Valjs Retro QP 7 without frame

    Here is a page I made in one of my layouts a few posts back.It is merged.Anything you put on it will have to be to the front of everything that is there already.I just thought someone may like it.:) You can place any of the frames in the kit on it and the round tags too if you like.:) Let me know if you like this one..cause I have a few more :)

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments you have left me for this kit.I am soo glad you like it.:) You are most welcome!!

    Christy has today off and Jim's (DH) Tuesday Morning store is having it's monthly sale today too.Hmmm..wonder if she wants to go check it out.:) Other than that..not much going I will get right to the freebie.:)

    Here it is:
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  • Monday, June 02, 2008

    Valjs Retro Circle Tags 3

    Here's the last of the circle tags for my new Retro Kit. I tried to do the black but there was too much black in some of the frames.It didn't look good to me. If you would like to try your own..just use the circle frames and the black cloth paper from the kit.:) Hope you have enjoyed these.:)

    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!!:)

    Dh and I spent a little while yesterday cleaning the garage out some again.:) That seems to be the place where everything lands when we can't find a place inside the house for it. There were several boxes we had saved to make sure the product was gonna work before tossing them. They got tossed !!:) My old desk chair that broke when I leaned back in tossed too.That is the reason I fell backwards the other day.:) It broke at the top part of the pedestal where it meets the bottom of the seat. It was a cheap chair.That'll learn us!!hehe Other than cleaning the garage..we just relaxed most of the rest of the day.:)

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  • Sunday, June 01, 2008

    Valjs Retro Circle Tags pt.2

    Here are the red and yellow circle tags for my new Retro Kit.:) Hope you like these too !

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

    My youngest son and family surprised me yesterday morning by showing up in my driveway.LOL They spent the whole day with us and we ended up having a cookout.:) DH grilled chicken and we all watched movies etc.The whole family was together until my oldest DS had to go to work at six.It was really nice having them all here.:) Glad I had these circle tags done already.hehe

    Here they are:
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