Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Digital Scrapbooking on CNN

Nice to see Digital Scrapbooking getting some good press! Check out the story on

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


donating scrapbook supplies

I used to be a Creative Memories Consultant and I still have quite a bit of my old inventory left. CM is very picky about you trying to sell the stuff after you have quit being a consultant! I was happy to find a great new home for some of my supplies. I am donating these to the Chili Open Golf Tournament for a silent auction dinner fundraiser. The proceeds will benefit children with autism.

I am donating 2 Creative Memories Premiere Albums, 2 sets of white page refills, 50 sheets of 10x12 cardstock and 10 limited edition (and no longer available) sticker and die cut packs. This is about $120 worth of scrapbooking supplies! Hopefully this will make someone happy and help raise money for a great cause!

Do you have scrapbook supplies you aren't using? Donate them to a worthy cause! Here are a few links to give you some ideas:

Dontate your scraps

Crop for a cause

Picture Me

It felt so good to do this, I may just work on cleaning out my stash and finding new homes for a lot of stuff I will never use.

Happy donating!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


just a little reminder about email safety - off topic

I'm always amazed that crooks have so much time on their hands to come up with stupid schemes. I got an email that looked like it was from amazon asking me to confirm my account because

your bank has contacted us regarding some attempts of charges from your credit card via the Amazon system. We have reasons to believe that you changed your registration information or that someone else has unauthorized access to your Amazon account Due to recent activity, including possible unauthorized listings placed on your account, we will require a second confirmation of your identity with us in order to allow us to investigate this matter further. Your account is not suspended, but if in 48 hours after you receive this message your account is not confirmed we reserve the right to suspend your Amazon registration. If you received this notice and you are not the authorized account holder, please be aware that it is in violation of Amazon policy to represent oneself as another Amazon user. Such action may also be in violation of local, national, and/or international law. Amazon is committed to assist law enforcement with any inquires related to attempts to misappropriate personal information with the intent to commit fraud or theft. Information will be provided at the request of law enforcement agencies to ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Well it is a fraud - read their page on emails and be aware of clicking on any link in an email asking you to confirm your account anywhere! Legit sites never ask this!

Not a scrapbook related entry, but a good reminder for all my online friends.

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


what is a typical day? Self Portrait Tuesday

I am not sure if I have ever had a "typical" day! Each day is very different for me but they are always full! I have never included a schedule or journal entry of a typical day for me in a scrapbook. I think this would be the perfect Self Portrait Tuesday project for this week. November's theme is supposed to be self-identity and I guess a big part of who I am is what I do, so this should work for that theme. There is no way I could do this on a regular basis, but I thought it might be fun for today.

Here is a picture of me from a few weeks ago in my car. I spend A LOT of time in my car! I drove an older jeep cherokee for 6 years and this year I finally gave in and got a mini-van. I resisted for a long time because I only have 2 kids and didn't think I needed all that space (I do!) and I also didn't want to fit the image of the typical mini-van mom. Well, I got over it! I'm glad I did because I love my van.

not a great picture, but one that reflects what I spend a lot of time doing.

Today is a day at home for the most part. I will still make my afternoon journey to pick up my son, but other than that I am trying to get things done around here. I was supposed to be getting my new washer and dryer set today but our salesman didn't update our address on the invoice and they were on the way to deliver it to my old house when they called! At least they will be here tomorrow. We are getting a Bosch Nexxt washer and dryer set and it didn't come cheap! But we had a Bosch dishwasher in our last house and we loved it! Great German engineering and it uses the least amount of water out of any washer out there.

So here's what I have been working on today:

Spent 3 hours working on school newsletter for my son's school. Always takes me longer than I plan on, but it turned out really good. I was sure to make a backup copy since my husband lost his entire hard drive the other day. He hadn't been backing up regularly so it was a good reminder to me. I am usually pretty good about that, but I need some improvement.

My daughter is home today because she goes to year round school and she is "off-track" right now. She watched "Elf" while I worked which is funny because if anyone is like Buddy, it is her! She is full of Christmas spirit and she would be happy to spend her days like Buddy ...I thought maybe we could make ginger bread houses, and eat cookie dough, and go ice skating, and maybe even hold hands... Then she played with play dough and with Barbies that I got for her from downstairs. She wouldn't go downstairs on her own because she thought she saw a mouse. Yep, we have mice! We found another one in a trap on Sunday night and it looks like it had been enjoying the dog food for quite some time because it was a fatty! That makes 4 that have been caught in our basement in the last month. Can't figure out how they are getting in but we live in an area with lots of new construction and I guess they all have taken refuge indoors now that it is cold. Several of my neighbors are also going through rodent issues.

Called and made appointments for both of my children to see the doctor who manages their medications.

Ironed a new table runner from Target that I bought yesterday and arranged pictures and Christmas decorations. I started decorating on Sunday night and I'm determined to have the house back in order by this evening since we are having our home teachers over tonight. I also hung a few pictures to spiffy the place up a little. After staying at my parent's house last week, I've been feeling like our house is a little drab and needed some more decor.

Time for a lunch break. My daughter wanted to have teddy bear picnic on the living room floor. I thought it was a great idea since my kitchen table is piled so high with stuff I am moving around during the holiday decorating extravaganza. We ate lunch and played Guess Who and Guess Where which are two of her favorite games.

Checked my emails and some news sites briefly before heading out to Target. Yes, I love Target and I won't admit here how often I go there! I did find this cool blog the other day called "Slave to Target" which makes me smile.

Target was a bit of a let down today. I went there to get March of the Penguins and all they had was the widescreen edition. I really prefer full screen and I wish they would just include them in the same release. I know they can do it because I have DVDs that have it both ways. So I figured I would pick up Polar Express instead since I missed it last week. Again, only in widescreen! And another issue I have to complain about - Polar Express comes in "regular" and "special edition" just like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory did. Looks like now if you want any extra features you have to fork out a few extra bucks for the "special" edition! I guess the studio wasn't making enough profit off of the DVDs that cost 30 cents to burn. I know, I know... there are other costs, but still it irks me!

Ok, so I'm done with my DVD ranting. Pretty small problem in the grand scheme of things. I bought a bow for a wreath and a few ornaments for my daughter's Christmas tree. I also bought a National Geographic Kids Animal Holidays DVD for only $5.99 for my daughter.

After Target, I went to the bus stop to pick up my son and there had been a major mix up on buses. Went through a bit of panic and cell phone calling (thank goodness I have one!) but it all worked out in the end. Told you I never have a typical day!

Once we arrived home both kids made a mad dash for the mailbox. They seem to both believe that there will be some great mail for them there. I think my son is anxious for his next issue of Mental Floss and/or Disney Adventures. Funny combination right? I don't know what my daughter is expecting. The only mail we did get was junk and some grocery store ads. Pretty disappointing mail day.

Spent some time cleaning the kitchen and trying to figure out what on earth to make for dinner. I still haven't gotten around to grocery shopping yet this week which is very bad since we were out of town most of last week. We are officially in pathetic mode! My daughter watched her new DVD which turned out to be quite cute and educational.

My mom called and I talked to her for about 10 or 15 minutes. I talk to her on the phone almost every day. I'm 36 years old and still a mama's girl I guess, but I'm grateful to have her as my friend. She lives far away but at least with phone and internet we stay connected. She is having surgery tomorrow so I will be worrying about her.

Hubby came home while I was talking to my mom. He pulled out his back this past weekend to he walked in the house crooked style. He's a patient man though because we had frozen pizza again (last of my stash in the freezer) for the umpteenth time! It was all we had though so we made the best of it. Dinner was eaten on a half full table because I never did get all the "stuff" put away. When the home teacher came, the house was pretty clean but I fell short of my goal of being totally finished with the decorating. Oh well.

After sorting through last week's mail (which included a Creating Keepsakes, a Martha Stewart Kids Magazine, hospital bills, and lots of big utility bills) I announced to the family that I needed a few hours to work on the disability week project I am doing for my daughter's school. Hubby played a few rounds of Mario Baseball with the kids and then he put them to bed. That is almost always my job but he was kind enough to fill in for me tonight. Because the kids stayed up playing video games and I was too busy, they didn't get read to. I read out loud to them almost every night - even my son who is an avid reader loves this. I'm a big believer in reading to kids, but with my head surgery a few weeks ago (removal of golf ball size cysts - totally benign!) and our trip to New Mexico for Thanksgiving, I admit that they haven't been read to very much recently. I will have to get back on track!

Kids all tucked in bed and husband tuckered out on the couch meant that I had a few hours of quiet time to get this project done. It took me almost 3 hours because I read the curriculum of Express Diversity and ended up finding some great resources to post on my autism blog. But I got it all done and here is my autism blog post if you want to see what I came up with.

Suddenly it is almost past Tuesday... only 30 more minutes left in the day. I never seem to get it all done, but then that's life. Better get to bed because I'm up at 6 to get everyone going. I am going to have to somehow get stuff put away before 7:30 a.m. because my 2 year old nephew will be here while his mom gets an ultrasound. She is expecting twins in February! Then it is on with another "typical" day!

Have you ever journaled a day in your life? Have you included it in a scrapbook or journal to share? I bet someday it will be of great interest to someone you care about. I challenge you to document your life. Any format will do, just take some time to write about how you spend your time.

Happy journaling!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Monday, November 28, 2005

A week of gratitude! Freebies!

My final entry for my week of gratitude. I have really enjoyed taking time to document the many things I am grateful for and it has been fun to have a theme to follow for my blog. I have some ideas for some different themes in the months to come so stay tuned!

It would be silly for Katie the Scrapbook Lady to not pay homage to her favorite hobby of scrapbooking on a gratitude list! Of course I am grateful for scrapbooking and for all the wonderful resources available now to scrapbookers everywhere. I am going to add a list of my favorite scrapbooking links to my blog - the ones I visit all the time.

I'm especially grateful for freebies, those wonderful little goodies that designers give away to give you a taste of their talents. It works for me because when I sample something I love, I go back to buy more! Here are a few current freebies for you to enjoy:

Whitney Bushman has 2 wonderful freebies on her blog at

Melany Violette has a beautiful new freebie for November at

Katie Pertiet has some great challenge freebies up at Designer Digitals

Deb F has an awesome Christmas Freebie up on her blog so be sure to check it out! - just a warning though - the Mega Upload site does have some nasty pop ups so be careful. I have downloaded from that site before and it works, but you do have to hurry and close the pop ups and clear your history after.

More freebies at Scrapartist including the great Mission Impossible Freebie from their recent contest! Some great paper packs also!

Freebie brushes from Holly McCraig.

Happy Downloading!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Sunday, November 27, 2005

A week of gratitude! Thanksgiving Vacation

Our family was lucky enough to have a vacation this Thanksgiving weekend! We traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to be with my parents and brothers and we had a wonderful time. I am truly grateful for the time I was able to spend with my family and for the fun things we were able to do together. It is hard to have my family so far away, but it is also wonderful when we get to see each other!

Some great memories from our trip:

Seeing the Luminarias and lit chili pepper ristras
It is great to see a place with so much local flavor!

Going for a walk and enjoying the amazing scenery and wonderful weather!

Visiting the Albuquerque Balloon Museum

Looking through idea books and my mom's latest scrapbooking purchases.
She has more purchasing power than I do so I always love to see her latest finds. It works out great for me because I can browse through the newest idea books and decide which ones I want the most. I decided that I want to purchase the magazine Scrapbook Answers and that I can't wait any longer for Autumn Leaves Designing with Digital and Renee Pearson's Digital Scrapbooking! I also drooled over her Jen Wilson cd collection!
I guess I better add that one to my Christmas list!

I also love all these paper flowers and leaves she has collected!

Tons of great food!

Turkey, Steak, Lasagna! We were spoiled!

We also played Scattergories, watched Everybody Loves Raymond, and spent lots of time visiting.

All in all, a great vacation! Grateful for the opportunity to travel and the chance to spend time with my family.

What are you grateful for? Be sure to include your feelings of gratitude in yoru scrapbooks!

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Saturday, November 26, 2005

A week of gratitude - talents

Everyone has talents, and it is important to recognize them and be grateful. I am surrounded by talented people in my own life. I am happiest when I am working on developing my own strengths and abilities which is one of the many reasons why scrapbooking is such a rewarding activity for me.

I'm going to take a minute and brag about my kids developing their own talents.

My son is just starting to learn to play the piano.

My daughter is an amazing artist.

Of course I plan to do some scrapbook layouts for my children's albums celebrating these talents. I want them to know how important it is that they try new things and also how much I appreciate their unique skills and abilities.

Make sure you document talents in your scrapbooks (and don't forget to include yourself!)

Happy Scrapbooking!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Friday, November 25, 2005

A week of gratitude! Nature


(written by George Weiss / Bob Thiele)

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shakin' hands, sayin' "How do you do?"
They're really saying "I love you"

I hear babies cryin', I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world

I am constantly astounded by the beauty that is in nature. I am so lucky to live in a place where I can enjoy so much natural beauty. Some of my favorites:

any kind of flower...they are all amazing!

The Ocean. Vast, mysterious, and beautiful!

Mountains. Majestic and powerful!

Clear Blue Sky - there is nothing like it! I also love big, fluffy white clouds!

It truly is a wonderful world!

Remember to scrapbook the natural wonders of nature.

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Wednesday, November 23, 2005

A week of gratitude! Seeing through a camera

I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it.
~Author Unknown

My love of scrapbooking has led me to an intense love of photography. While I am no Ansel Adams, I have improved a lot with practice over the years. I don't have a fancy camera, but I have a very nice Sony Digital Camera that has brought me more enjoyment than I could have ever imagined. I love the flexibility of shooting digital pictures and more than anything, I love how easy they are to share.

I try to always have my camera in my purse so I remember to capture life and truly enjoy it! Each time I take a photograph, that person, object, or moment in time becomes closer and more important to me.

Some random pictures that make me happy:

My first and only time at a flea market. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Scrub Oak in September on Mount Olympus. Salt Lake City, Utah.

A magical place called Goblin Valley! Near Green River, Utah.

My daughter looking at the ocean on our Disney Cruise.

My son with puppets. (He used to be sooooo afraid of them!)

Each and every one of these photos represents an amazing memory. There is a story to each one that only I can tell. A magical moment that I captured and can relive each time I look at it.

Remember to use your camera to truly see the world around you!

Happy picture taking!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

A week of gratitude! My computer

Throughout this week of Thanksgiving, I will be posting random bits of gratitude. Little things that I am truly grateful for. Some will be material, some are less tangible. All are a part of my life and therefore should be a part of my scrapbooks.

Today, I am grateful for my computer.

Some may think that this would be a trivial or much too materialistic thing to be grateful for, but it really is something that has improved my overall quality of life.

Sure, it is neat to be able to order "stuff" online, or even look up any bit of information that I might be interested in. More than anything though, I love that it is my connection to people all over the world.

I write letters and send emails about important issues to members of Congress, the local media, friends, family, and sometimes even complete strangers. I have corresponded with people from many countries about topics that are important to me like autism or scrapbooking. With an internet connection, many boundaries are erased.

I have created websites and blogs that people visit and read. I send out newsletters to subscribers. I answer emails from loyal visitors. I answer questions and sometimes I am able to truly help someone. What a feeling this is!

By participating in boards and chats in the scrapbooking community, I feel like I have gained many friends and a great group of cheering supporters. Even the smallest comment on a layout I have created makes me feel wonderful! I can't wait to log on each day and see what masterpieces my friends have created!

Now that I have discovered Digital Scrapbooking, my computer is used for much more than journaling or the occasional photo edit. I can create entire layouts, share them online, and even send them to a photo lab to print if I wish.

Without my computer, my family would feel so far away. They are far away geographically, but I can chat, email, blog, and send pictures as much as I want. They see my son's piano lesson, my daughter's art projects, and my scrapbook layouts through the magic of the internet. They are involved in our day to day lives because of this wonderful technology.

Really, there is no way to summarize my gratitude for this little machine in front of me right now. But without it, you wouldn't be reading this entry and we would have never "met," so I am truly grateful for my computer!

What piece of technology has made your life better?
Write a journal entry about it and feel free to include it in your scrapbook. It will be meaningful for you and for others who look at your albums now and in the future.

Happy Gratitude!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Monday, November 21, 2005

A good day already!

posted at 2peas and digichick

My daughter was roaming around the house this morning in her pjs and her new winter hat and gloves - doesn't everyone do that? LOL! So I had to take a picture of her.

I found the perfect papers to go with the picture - Andie Smith Shabby Winter from digichick designs, and Voila! a layout was done! (and all before 8:30 a.m.!)

Looks like we are off to a good start today! :)

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


so many talented scrapbookers out there!

I found this thread at 2Peas this morning asking to name your favorite digi scrappers. There is so much talent out there so you might enjoy browsing through some of the galleries of these artists.

I would love to see a thread like this on the paper scrapping board also. I'm sure there has been one.

Do you have a gallery somewhere with posted layouts? If you do, send me the link at

I'm going to put something about this in my next newsletter also. I want to feature some scrapbookers on my blog so stay tuned for more info!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Quirks of Art - cool site!

Isn't this the most amazing rubber stamp? You can find it at Quirks of Art.

Isn't that the cutest name for a site?
They have thousands of great scrapbooking and rubber stamping supplies!

Happy Shopping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Saturday, November 19, 2005

doodles and other freebies

I'm loving these! Free doodles for digi scrapping from Angie Briggs in the Scrap Artist Freebie Forum.

This week's Friday Freebie is a horse themed kit. I actually have the perfect photos to go with this!

Happy Downloading!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Friday, November 18, 2005

Martha's Way vs. Maxine's Way

Ok, so I must be in a silly mood tonight because I don't usually post this type of stuff to my blog, but this is worth a read!

My mom sent me this one and it just made me laugh!

Martha and Maxine Cookoff

Hope you get a smile out of this! :)


From the Turkey... I will survive!

My dad sent me this cute little Thanksgiving e-card and the kids and I had to watch it a few times because we enjoyed it so much! Of course, now we can't stop singing it!

Thanks for the smile Grandpa!


silly quizzes

You are Franklin!

Which Peanuts Character are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

Alice Result

Which DISNEY character are you most like?
brought to you by Quizilla

just some goofy quizzes - don't know how accurate they are. I don't even know who Franklin is and truthfully, I don't really like the Peanuts. Charlie Brown is such a downer!

Alice is ok though but she doesn't learn very quickly! LOL! Little tidbit for you: I can pretty much recite the entire Disney movie of Alice in Wonderland from memory because my younger brother watched it so much! Then my son went through a time where he was also obsessed with it. I can even do the whole story of the Carpenter, Walrus and the little oysters. The only time this talent has ever come in handy was when I play Disney Trival Pursuit. I can pretty much win that game every time since I have seen so many Disney movies!

Want to know my top ten favorite Disney movies?

I'm not going to include Pixar movies on this list because they would basically take up most of the list! Pixar has the most amazing talent in the movie business in my opinion and Disney should do everything in their power to keep Pixar a part of their empire!

1. Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite. All my life I waited for Disney to create a brown haired, brown eyed, book loving heroine and they finally did it with Belle! My favorite part is that she doesn't fall all over Beast when he turns into a human - she looks into his eyes to make sure it is really him first.

2. The Lion King has to be right at the top. Still one of the most amazing movies of all time!

3. Hercules is sharp and funny. Great villain and fantastic songs!

4. Mulan. She is strong, independent and she can kick some major Hun Butt! Love Eddie Murphy as the dragon also.

5. Aristocats was my favorite Disney movie as a child. If they would have had DVDs back then, I would have watched it all the time!

6. The Sword in the Stone. A cute adaptation of the Arthur legend and it has always been a favorite of mine.

7. The Emperor's New Groove is so witty and it just makes me laugh. Kronk is my favorite!

8. The Little Mermaid brought Disney animation to a whole new level. Wonderful story

9. Robin Hood is another old time favorite of mine. Cute animal characters make this classic tale come to life. Or I really thought about putting Lady and the Tramp here because I love that one too.

10. 101 Dalmatians (original animated version) - I will always have a soft spot for this movie because I have probably seen it more than any other movie in my whole life. My son was completely obsessed with this movie from the age of about 20 -28 months. I can quote Alice in Wonderland with the best of them, but I can literally channel Cruella DeVille! I don't care for the live action versions or the sequels they have made.

In fact, I wish Disney would quit making direct to video movies like Cinderella 2 and
Lion King 1 & 1/2. I think they are a travesty!

Just one lady's opinion!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Thursday, November 17, 2005

All Spruced Up! -- Posing for Christmas Cards

Layout posted at 2Peas and Scrapartist

I have now completed all 3 missions in the Mission Impossible Contest at Scrapartist! Mission #3 was to design your own papers and elements for a layout. I had so much fun designing these that I put them in a kit called "All Spruced Up!" It is only $2 in my design shop!

If you haven't been participating in the Mission Impossible Challenge, there is still time. You can do all 3 challenges before Sunday. I have to share this little tidbit about my son. He was sitting next to me reading a book while I was digi scrapping at the computer and he saw the details of the contest. Every day since then (and I'm not kidding about this!) when he comes home from school he asks me "have you done the missions yet?" He loves a good contest more than anything and he truly has been the motivating factor behind me getting this done! LOL!

I hope you will check out my new kit "All Spruced Up!"

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Genuine Love - Caught on Film

I've posted this layout at 2Peas and at Scrap Artist.

This is one of my most precious photos so I wanted this to be a meaningful layout.

journaling reads:

We were hiking behind you on a mountain trail, when Dad said “Quick, hand me the camera!” He saw this magical moment and knew it should be captured and treasured.

This picture hangs in our bedroom to remind us of your deep love and caring for each other. It is one of my very favorite photos, especially because it was not posed for.

How lucky you are to have such a pure and genuine love between you. Very few siblings have the strong bond that you share.

The papers and elements are all from Nancie's Mary Jane Kit at Scrap Artist. The zig zag stitching is from Gina Cabrera's Delightful Kit. The font is Garamond. The layout design is sort of a lift from Brenda Mae-Teo's layout on page 38 of Nov/Dec 2005 Scrapbooks Etc.

Thanks for looking!

Have you scrapbooked your precious photos? The journaling that goes with them is a priceless gift to share with your loved ones!

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


My Christmas Wish List!

Do you want to know what Katie the Scrapbook Lady wants for Christmas? Consider this my open letter to Santa! :)

What I want the very most! (I've been a very good girl this year Santa!)

Wacom tablet & pen has it for only 59.88 and it is usually $99.95!

Step Up Your Scrapbooking by Lisa Brown Caveney has it for only $13.57

Love Your Handwriting by Heidi Swapp has it for only $19.77

The Big Book of Typographics by Roger Walton has it for only $24.98

Dover Clip Art Decorative Ornaments has it for only 10.17

and I would love to finish off my Friends DVD collection.
I need Season 8, Season 9, and Season 10 and then I will have them all!

What is on your wish list to Santa? Feel free to post your comment here and share your list with me. :)

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Digital Freebies

4 AMAZING freebies from PiNG Designs

I LOVE this fall freebie from

Beautiful fall sampler freebie from Amy Knepper

Happy Downloading!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Big News from Stacy Julian!

K, I'm way excited about this! Not even sure exactly what her BIG project is yet, but I know I'm in! I'm a big Stacy Julian fan anyway and this looks awesome. Sign up here
then download the pdf files here - now I'm off to read mine!

I posted a thread about this on the 2Peas digital scrapbooking board.

Stacy Julian's blog is going to have this book for only $13.57!

Scrapbook...because life is worth remembering!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Shabby Princess Fall 2004 Kit freebie - limited time only

The Shabby Princess has put her Fall 2004 kit back up on her site for a limited time only freebie. Love her generosity!

Happy Downloading!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

pumpkin heads - my daughter helped on this one!

posted at 2Peas and Scrapkitchen

My 9 year old daughter has been itching to try digital scrapbooking so I let her help me with this one. She picked all the papers and elements and I helped her put it all together. She wanted to add a lot more clip art so I had to explain the "less is more" theory to her - LOL!

It was fun to work on this together. I'm sure someday her skills will far surpass my own!

Papers & ribbons are from Scrap Kitchen Haunted Kit. Clip art is from Dover Publications. Fonts are Batik and Chatterbox Trumpet.

Be sure to share scrapbooking with someone special in your life!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Design Team Member - Lindsay

Hi, I'm Lindsay and I'm a 28-year-old working mother of two little boys. I've been married to my husband for 4 years and we live outside of Wichita, Kansas. I've been a scrapbooker for two years, but started digital scrapping just after the birth of my second son nine months ago. As soon as I started, I was hooked! I love all of the features that digital has to offer and am currently scrapping both paper and digital layouts.

So happy to have you as part of my design team Lindsay!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Design Team Member - Lynn

I live in Georgia with my husband of 12 years, and my two children, Noah (6) and Cooper (18 months). I have been scrapping for about 3 years. I had become a font fanatic and was searching the web for fonts and scrapping ideas, when I came across one of the large digi-scrapping sites and that was the moment my addiction began. The discovery of digital scrapping has completely rocked my world!

I don't know that I have a "scrapping style". I just scrap what I like and what I feel at the time. My main goal with every page I create is to capture a moment in time for my children. I know that I am creating something for them that will preserve their childhood and I hope that when they look at the pages, they will feel the incredible amount of love that went into every layout.

I am thrilled and honored to be invited to join Katie's design team!


I'm so happy to have Lynn on my design team! Be sure to visit her blog at
I have also added it to my list of scrapblog links on the right hand side of this blog.

See Lynn's cute layout using my new Christmas kit "All Spruced Up!"

Lynn has created a darling layout using my black & white designs kit. See it here

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Design Team Member - Cindy

I am a 43 year old single woman without children, and I was a teacher until I became disabled. I began scrapbooking, both paper and digital, about one year ago when I decided to chronicle the life of my now 12 year old nephew/godchild. I completed his first 11 years (paper scrapping), discovered digital scrapping in the interim, and I became addicted! I am a Creative Design Team Member for several scrapbooking sites and spend most of my spare time creating layouts using several talented designer's kits/designs.

My other interests include reading, writing, arts & crafts (including crocheting and ceramics), walking, using my pc for multiple tasks, spending time with my family, esp. my parents and my four nephews (ages 13, 12, 9, and 7), and playing/cuddling with my two furr-babies, Foxie (a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, 11 years old), and Peanut (a smooth, red Dachshund, 2 years old).

I am so excited to have Cindy on my design team!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Design Team Member - Tracy

I am 30 year old mom of 3, engaged to a wonderful man
who is a great dad to my kids. I work at a local
college in the Public Relations and Marketing Office.
I am also working on a degree in teaching and a degree
in digital media arts. I love to scrapbook both
traditionally with paper and digitally. I have taught
several classes at my local scrapbook store on both
paper and digital scrapping. I am very happy to be a
member of Katie's Design Team and I cannot wait to get
started using her wonderful kits!

I am very happy to have Tracy as a member of my design team!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Sunday, November 13, 2005

a message of hope - in the form of a scrapbook layout

Layout by Becky Troxel aka webchyk

One of my favorite things about having a blog and a website is the opportunity it provides for me to "meet" some amazing people online. This layout was sent to me from a 2Peas digital scrapbooker who sent me the link to this layout after reading my blog.

I was so touched by the journaling and the message of her layout that I emailed her back and asked if I could share it here and also on my autism blog. She responded with a wonderful "Absolutely! I want to give other moms hope. Our son is 16 now
and doing so well. It is a miracle in our minds--a miracle of therapy,
prayer and hope. Thanks for sharing it with others! "

Scrapbooking touches lives. It connects us to others and gives us a sense of shared experiences and community that we could not find anywhere else. One layout can bring people closer together and literally change lives for the better.

Be sure to share your layouts with others!

Scrapbook...because life is worth remembering!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


digi freebies update

Angie Briggs has a darling tomboy kit up in the member forum at scrapartist.

Melany Violette has 2 new great freebis up at her site Simply Clean Digi Scraps

Turtlemama has fun Halloween freebie at Turtlemama Designs

I've blogged about spaceraven before, but I just found these great metal freebies on her site so I wanted to share her wonderful resource with you again!

Scrap Outside the Box has several pages of freebies to download.

Happy Downloading!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Saturday, November 12, 2005

Space Invader - a short lived costume

We always have interesting Halloween experiences! This was quite the costume, but it didn't last very long! This is a very digital looking layout and I usually do more of a traditional look. But the photo called for some special effects!

My son was determined to be this space invader for Halloween (he saw the idea in a Martha Stewart Magazine LOL!) I didn't think about how other kids with autism would react to this costume though! You think I would have thought that one through a little more!

The journaling reads:
A short lived costume:

Good thing we took pictures at school, because the costume didn’t last very long.

Alex found this idea in a Martha Stewart magazine and he knew this was the costume for him. We put a lot of work into making him over as a super cool space invader using common materials such as styrofoam cups, egg cartons, and duct tape. It wasn’t comfortable, but he was thrilled with the results!

For some reason it never dawned on me how the other kids in his class would react. Some of the kids have much more serious sensory issues than Alex does and it turns out that one boy was taught to crush styrofoam cups as part of his occupational therapy. After a few minutes in the classroom, it looked like our space invader had been hit by an asteroid. Needless to say, he was not a happy guy! He did still go through the Halloween parade, but that was the end of the costume wearing for that day.

Thankfully, I took pictures first!

Font is X-files which I thought was pretty appropriate for the layout!

I also posted this layout at 2 Peas

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Friday, November 11, 2005

Tonsils out - a layout

I got a few layouts done today which is pretty good considering the way I have felt all day! This one had some difficult journaling so I'm especially proud of getting it done.

I posted it on 2Peas and Scrapartist.

Here's the details:
My dd had her tonsils out this year on April 1st. It was a very hard surgery for her since they were so big!

journaling reads: This was no April Fool’s joke, you really needed those tonsils to come out! They were huge and you were constantly coming down with strep throat. This picture was taken right before you went in to surgery. You were so brave. When you woke up, it hurt like nothing you had ever experienced. Unfortunately, you inherited my bad reaction to anethesia and pain killers and you spent the next few days throwing up. It was a miserable experience for you and you lost 7 pounds from being so sick! It was heartbreaking to see you go through so much!

Font is 2Peas Sailboat. Mary Jane Kit & embellishments are from Nancy Rowe Janitz at

Scrapbook...because life is worth remembering!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Last reminder for Design Team Call!

Today's the last day to submit your applications for my design team. It's easy, fun, and you will get lots of free digi stuff to play with!

Here's the scoop:

Are you a member of at least 1 online digital scrapbooking community where you regularly post comments and share layouts?

Do you want to receive free digital scrapbooking kits?

Would you like to be on my new Design Team?

If you answered yes to the above questions you should apply to be part of the new Katie the Scrapbook Lady Design Team!

I am looking for up to 5 digital scrapbookers to be part of this design team. I'm very flexible to work with and I don't mind if you are on other design teams at the same time, as long as you are willing to fulfill your commitment to me.

What I am asking:

For each free kit you receive from me I ask that you post either 2 layouts on 1 site or 1 layout on 2 different sites. Let me know where you will be posting.

If you have a blog or a website I ask that you post a small banner (I will provide this) or a text link that says you are a current member of my design team.

Please post the layouts within 2 weeks of receiving your free kit.

I am flexible on how long the design team position can last. If it is working for both of us, no reason to end after a certain time period.

To apply:

send me an email at with a links to any online galleries that feature your layouts. Please include a brief paragraph telling me about yourself and why you would like to be on my design team.

Deadline for applications is Friday November 11th
Design Team will be announced by November 14th

I have received some wonderful applications so far but the team isn't full yet, so don't pass up this opportunity!

Happy applying!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


a day for digi scrappin...sort of!

Thought I would try and work on some digital layouts today. Truthfully, I'm not up to much else and I'm not even sure how long I can sit at my 'puter today. I had surgery on my head yesterday to remove 2 golf ball size cysts from my scalp! (Gross!) No one had any idea they were that big, including me! I guess the good news is that with all that stuff gone from my head, there should be lots more room for ideas now! LOL!

So I decided that rather than sit around in pain (and there is a lot of that!) that I would get my creative juices flowing and do something fun.

I've been looking for digital kits that would work well with my Disney Cruise pictures and I found one in an unexpected place... Andie Smith's Funky Fall Kit. Despite the name and the wonderful fall accents included, this kit is actually perfect for Disney themes because of the bright red and yellow.

Here's my layout and I also posted it at 2Peas and the Digi Chick.

So remember that even when you feel lousy, have some fun when you can! :)

Scrapbook... because life is worth remembering!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


One Scrappy Site - amazing font resource!

Just 2 of the 1108 downloads available at one scrappy site!

One Scrappy Site has an amazing collection of font resources. I love the way that Angie Pedersen has organized them into themes and categories. I am going to be busy downloading fonts today!

Happy Downloading!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Express Yourself - layout

A picture of my daughter while we were out to lunch one day this summer. I originally started this layout with a different idea, but when I found the word art in the kit that said "Express yourself" it really gave me a direction for journaling. Does that happen to anyone else?

Diva kit by Daniela Peuss and is in the scrapartist freebie forum. I mixed fonts on the journaling which is a little different for me, but I wanted this to have a more funky feel. I used 2Peas Tokyo Girl, 2Peas Red Velvet Cake, and 2Peas Well Behaved.

journaling reads:
You are filled with ideas and I love that you share them so freely with me. I feel blessed to have your creative spirit in my life. I hope you will always consider me your sounding board for your big plans in life!

I posted this on 2Peas and on Scrapartist

Scrapbook...because life is worth remembering!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Monday, November 07, 2005

New Digital Memories Magazine is fantastic!

Download the first issue for free ! It also comes with an amazing freebie!

I read through the magazine (on a screen is not quite the same as flipping pages, but it was amazing to see!) and I was very impressed. Great article from the Shabby Princess on piracy and etiquette. Lots of font resources, layout ideas, and articles to inspire. If you haven't seen this yet, go check it out!

Happy Digital Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


8 is great! - Layout

I'm so pleased to announce that I am part of Andie Smith's design team! She is a very talented designer at the Digi Chick and as you can see from the layout above, I have been having a lot of fun with her designs!

This layout uses her cute Shopping kit which I thought was a perfect match for this photo. I also added an art stroke to the edges using Digital Image Pro. The font is Garamond, but the number 8 came with the alphabet in the kit.

journaling reads:
You are enjoying so many things in life at this age. We live in a neighborhood where you have many friends and lots of places to play. Your reading skills are blossoming, and you seem to be literally filled with talents. Everyone agrees that you are a complete delight to be around!

I posted this layout at 2Peas and at The Digi Chick

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady