Monday, March 23, 2009

Moments Background

Here's a new background I made. It's a new week....time for a new desktop background. Go HERE to get it. Enjoy!
The kits I used are from Summer Driggs and Shabby Princess. Both of these sites have some great kits. And the best thing about them.....they are FREE!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Creative Easter Eggs

Are you in need of a great idea for some Easter Eggs? Go over to Inspiring Ideas and check out what Jeanne did with a few eggs and some natural dyes (which she also includes in the post). A very fun and cheap idea!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

One Pretty Thing

If you want some great crafting ideas/tips, etc, go check out One Pretty Thing.

Here is one of the projects just found....which I have actually done before. Altered Tins.

Or print off these fun Spring Labels.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Header #3...Done

Andrea wanted this one to be smaller than what I did for myself and Gina. I hope she likes it! If not, I'll be changing it later. :)

Desktop Backgrounds

If you are like me, you might want some fun/different desktop backgrounds. For the longest time I have struggled finding one that I want to use. But what's the easiest way to take find what I want? TO MAKE MY OWN!!!

Here is my current background (which you can download)...

I made a very springy one last week, but wanted to change it already. And I made this in PowerPoint, since I don't have my laptop here at work, so I couldn't use Photoshop. To find the free papers and elements, go here to find a list of great sites I use.

Have fun creating!

Dream. Create. Inspire.

I just came across this new blog today. It is great! I'm excited to see what the future holds for her. Go to her blog, and sign up to with her digital kits. I really want them!!

And go visit Kevin & Amanda to sign up to win her digital kits again!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Another Header

I just finished another header. This one for my 'little' sister. I'm hoping to make one for my older sister. Just needs some ideas first.

Nicole Leigh Header

It's done!

Go check it out.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Custom Headers

I've been attempting to make my own headers on both of my blogs. I have all these ideas in my head....but I can only do so much. (I could probably change it every day which is just crazy!)

But to get started, I have been getting many scrapbooking design kits free from various sites online. (I'll post a few at the end.) The header on this page I originally made with PowerPoint, but then used Adobe Elements to make it look better. If you go to my other site, you will definitely notice a difference in the quality. Many people suggest to go to to download their program. For some reason, I struggle trying to get the different layers and elements that I want.

Due to many people not having Elements or some other sort of program, I will do a little tutorial in how to do a header in PowerPoint.

In PowerPoint, it is best to make a box that you will add all your papers and elements to. I usually make them 4x6 in size. Then you just need to 'insert picture' from wherever you saved your design kits. Sometimes I do lots of importing of the different elements that I use. But that's life.

**If there are any items that are hanging over the edge of the box, you will notice it once you make it a picture. So be sure to 'cut' any items that are too long, or resize things to fit within the box. **

Once you have resized, aligned, positioned, and set everything like you want, you need to do a 'select all', right click on your mouse and go to 'Groupings' and 'Group' everything. Once everything is grouped, right click again and 'Save As Picture'. Before you save it to a location you will remember, with a name that fits, make sure to change the picture format of the 'Save as type:' at the bottom of the box. It is usually set at 'emf', but I always change it to 'jpeg'.

After your new header picture is saved, go to your blog layout screen and click on 'edit' button in the header box. Upload your new header, click on 'Instead of title and description' (otherwise they will all be seen), and there you go.

Hopefully this makes sense. If not, send me an email and I can help you out. I'm no professional at this, or am very good at all. I just do it for fun. So if you have a better way of doing this, please let me know!

And if you do end up making your own header, please let me know so I can check it out!!

Design Kits: No matter where you get your kits from, be sure to give credit where it is due!! And this is only a few sites. There are hundreds out there! Not all are free...but most are. (This is where I have gotten most of mine. They are great.) (These are sweet as well!)

The following 2 link you to where free kits, elements, and alphas can be found.

Most of the kits are downloaded from the site

Monday, March 9, 2009

Upward Gifts

I was a coach for Upward this year at Cornerstone Church. Last night we had our awards ceremony for all the players from both Cornerstone and First E-Free. There was a great turn out of players and parents/families. We also enjoyed a great speaker and performer, Dan Wetzel.

At the end of the night, all the players received a great little lunch cooler with the Upward logo on it. I also included a little card and a notebook with each players initial on it. I sure hope the girls like it.

Under each notebook is the card I made for each girl. It's nothing too fancy or extravagant, but it worked for me!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Picture Frame or Paper Frame?

A few weeks ago, I purchased this at a Signature HomeStyles party.

It is normally to be used as a picture frame collage. But, to add a little color to my plain walls, I decided to add some fun papers instead of pictures. I would have too hard of a time picking out which pictures....not that I didn't have a harder time picking out which papers to put up. But this is my end result. I like it. It sure brings some spring in to my apartment.

I also had this cute little bird tag, and I found a way to use it. It brings a little dimension to an otherwise flat look.

The whole piece (the background holding all 4 frames) is about 18 inches tall and wide. So it's not very big. But the same idea could be used if you had a fun variety of frames, ranging from small to something that could hold a 12x12 piece of paper.
So if you have lots of extra me....put it to some good use!
Happy Crafting!