Freebie Labels & Links

Happy HUMP Day, you all!  I love my new computer!  It’s so fast!  I still want  a new keyboard, but, hey!  I am not complaining.  I spent some time working on Photoshop and it takes no time now!  I can get so much more done!  Big HUGS to my PC Guy!  (notice it’s capitalized – LOL)
I have a few things for you.  I have been getting up and about a lot more.  It is a far cry better than laying around!  Sheesh!  In my catching up, I ran across a couple things to tell you.  Shall we get started?
Whilst searching for stock for a project at DW, I found a link to a website that has the most awesome ‘fantasy’ stuffs!  Bella Donna Designs is an awesome site!  To start, she, Diana Hlive, is an artist and an author.  There is her shop, with her art, of course, but, also, you can purchase lots of goodies decorated with her art.  Okay?  Then, she has her Books.  Her latest, “The Secret of the Fairies”, is a guide, a must have, for all the fairy lovers.  There is information and things you can do and make to facilitate the wee ones. But, that is not all.  She makes ‘Artist Supplies’ that are FREE.  All she asks in return is a mention.  She makes gorgeous textures and posers and stamps.  You really must see what she has there!  The things are so colorful and pretty!  Be sure, too, to check out her video page in “About Me”.  Nice!
I have been adding to my “Resources” page.  The link is at the top of the page beneath the header.  When I get more links in there, I will post an article about it.  Right now, I am in the process and there are only a few new ones.  If you’ve never gone there, give it a try.  I have it sorted into categories so you can find what you like.
I have another link for you.  I may have written on this site before, but, I’m not sure.  “World Label” has some really great labels you can download for free.  They are real in to ‘vintage’, so, look for all the sweet old tags and labels.  There is an article on old-fashioned flour labels.  At the bottom of the posts are links to download the .PDFs of the labels, in color, some in multiple color choices.  Check out these labels:
If you click on the image, you will be taken to a little project using these vintage labels.  At the bottom of the article is the download.  There are labels you can color or add your own words to, also.  Like these ‘Apothecary’ labels.:
(click on preview to go to article to download)
You could use these for journal blocks or tags.  And, lest we forget, a .PDF can be opened in Photoshop.  They are both Adobe.
That’s a gonna do it for tonight.  I am off to go play with some photo-manipulations.  LOL  I love working with stock images, tweeking them this way and that, extracting the best parts and, then, putting them together in a new fantasy image.  I’ll have to post some more of my works.
  But, before I go, I do have something for you.  I had found these labels on one of the vector sites.  They had ‘example text’ in all the blank areas where one would place their words.  So, I cleaned them up and put them in .PNG format so I could share them with you.  The colors actually match the last collaboration Miss Edna and I did for April.  Click on the preview to download.
But, that is not all!  I also made these!  Each ‘edge’ or ‘border’ is separate.  Mix and match them.  Change the colors if you like.  They look cool on a page’s side, with elements coming out from behind them.  Click on preview to download.
Now, I’m done!  I must go lay down!  LOL  Do remember to

SU CheshireCat


Final Parts of Collab Freebie

Good Monday to you all!  I trust your weekend was good.  Mine has been an adventure in electronics!  LOL  Friday evening I decided my pc needed to be dusted.  I went to town on it.  I opened up the side of my tower and, with a soft paint brush, I gently tapped around in there, brushing away dust.  There was this green plastic door-looking thing with one of the fans behind it.  I had seen it opened once before, so, I tried to open it.  Bad idea!  It opens, but, I didn’t realize it had a latching mechanism and I pulled a little too hard and it broke off.  It’s purpose it to hold in the ‘cooler’ component for the CPU on my pc.  So, with that, I was out of a computer.  Wah!  
After frantically phoning my computer guy, I found that I have to have a new tower part – the guts – ching ching.  Without going into all the finagling and dealing, I have a new one on its way.  He ordered me a new unit with all the latest storage and function, something about an i3 processor, or something.  Anyway, it will be at his house tomorrow and he will put it together for me and get it all up and running.  I should have it Wednesday.  Whew!  He was my lifesaver!  I had to find the funds for it and, with what I could borrow and scrounge up, I couldn’t replace the terminal and keyboard and stuff, but, those parts on my old one are still ‘okay’.  As far as replacing the programs on my old pc, my friend has most of them on disc, so, he’ll put them back on for me.  I put all of my ‘documents and files’ on my EHD, anyway, so, I didn’t lose any of that, but, sheesh!  There were three years of ‘goodies’ on it that I had found and accustomed myself to using.  It will take a little time.  But, at least I will be able to continue on with my things I do.  My friend is letting me borrow his laptop until mine is ready.  That was nice of him.  So, I haven’t really had to go too long without.
I am trying getting back into the routines from when I was so down in my back.  I am still in a lot of pain, but, I am dealing with it.  I can stay up for almost two hours without having to ‘rest’ it.  I am just not one to not do anything!  I laid in my bed and thought of all the stuff I needed, and wanted, to do.  Now, I can hold my breath and sit ‘just so’ and I can actually deal with it for a short time.  LOL  
Today is the final installment of May’s collaboration with Miss Edna’s Place.  We have two parts each for you of our kit, “In the Merry Month of May”.  The first parts, 2 QP’s(Pts. 1 and 2) and 2 parts(Pts. 3 and 4) of the kit, were given away over the last two weeks.  Those links are still up if you missed them.  Just scroll back to the previous posts.  For today’s parts, below are the previews.  Click on each one for the last two(2) parts.  Though they are shown as ‘elements’ and ‘papers’, one is for Pt. 5, the other for Pt. 6.  Then, click on Miss Edna’s preview to be taken to her blog for her parts.
Part 5


Part 6

Miss Edna’s Preview:

That’s a gonna do it for today.  I sure hope you enjoy this kit.  When I get all ‘computerized’ again, I’ll come back and show off, I mean, let you know.  LOL  Until then…

Blessings and Hugs, Ya’ll


SU CheshireCat

Freebie Collaboration, “In the Merry Month of May”

Another beautiful weekend has drawn to a close.  It rained cats and dogs on Saturday.  It was great!  It was thundering and lightening and the grandchildren would come running every time there was a loud crash.  I got to scoop them up, well, throw my arms around them, at least!  LOL  Free cuddles!  We do this thing where, when in Granny’s arms, all is safe and secure.  They are always welcome to get in my arms and they take advantage of it.  That’s okay, though.  That’s the whole point.  We made a blanket fort on my bed and they played for hours in there.
I don’t believe that my back is going to let up.  This has been going on for a month and no relief has come.  I’ve tried everything I know of.  Presently, I can get in an hour, maybe two, and I have to stop and go lay down.  Talk about feeling old!  LOL  But, life goes on.  If nothing else, pretending the pain doesn’t exist and going through the motions of living life is a distraction, if only momentary. 
I sat up for a while yesterday and got my parts to this month’s collaboration with Miss Edna ready for posting.  While creating “In the Merry Month of May”, I got carried away on May’s specialty, flowers.  We give moms flowers on Mothers Day.  The Kentucky Derby, known as ‘the Run for the Roses’, takes place.  May Day celebrations were traditional festivities, adorned with flowers, along with ribbons, winding around a May Pole.  Everything is about Spring and rebirth and new life, both flora and fauna.

Below are my previews.  Click on each image to go to MediaFire to download Parts Three(3) and Four(4).  Though the previews are sorted by papers and elements, our Parts are a combination of both.  So, the ‘elements’ preview will link you to Part 3 and the ‘papers’ preview will take you to Part 4.  They’re labeled accordingly.  After downloading my Parts, there is a preview of Miss Edna’s Parts.  Click on it to go to Miss Edna’s Place to collect her two Parts.  Last week, we gave away two QP’s, Parts 1 and 2.  Then, next week, we’ll give you Parts 5 and 6.  This week’s and next week’s parts are for scrapping your own layouts.  If you missed last week’s, or if you are interested in past collaborations and freebies, all of my links are still up on mine.  I’m pretty sure Miss Edna’s links are still good, too. 
Part 3:
Part 4:
And, now, click on Miss Edna’s Preview to go to her blog for her parts:
Look at all the PRETTIES!!
That’s a’gonna do it for this week!  I sure appreciate your visit.  Enjoy the goodies!  And, don’t forget…

SU CheshireCat

Hi, All!  I come back today with a few things for you and, perhaps, something from you.  Let me explain.  To me, the hardest part of digital scrapbooking is keeping track of any and all resources one uses in the production of a layout, kit or elements.  I’m not even going to go into copyright and attributes.  There are loads of articles on that.  We’re past that, time to document the sources.
Different suppliers require different guidelines to attribution.  Some are okay with their blinkie being posted on the blog where you give the item out.  Some require a mention in the items file that folks download.  Whichever way the artist wishes is not that difficult to do, as long as you keep track of everything in one place. 
I have been using Notepad.  Once I begin on a project, I simply create a Notepad doc and type the information and URL or other helpful or required material.  This doc can be added to the folder for download so that anyone using your item(s) knows exactly from whence it came.  This method actually works great!  However, in my DW group, there is a lady who does this her own way in what she refers to as her “Work in Progress”.  My friend, Rian, at Freubel-Art, has an awesome style, to begin with.  She keeps “screenshots” of the steps and resources that she uses in any project.
Here is her latest work, “Chocolate”, and her “Work in Progress” page:
Notice that she includes the URL’s of the images.  One could even add tips and techniques, like she does with this same creation, in the same post, Theme: Challenge TakeAWord / CHOCOLATE.
It came to me that there just might be a program, software or app that is designed to facilitate my own WIP (Work In Progress) page.  Rian takes screenshots of hers.  I wanted to find some way to add the images as I went that didn’t require a lot of hassle.  I had seen some templates and articles on ‘planning’ that recommend concepts that allow one to show ideas during this phase of the project.  Corporate planning can be ‘outlined’ with addresses to those sources, costs, etc.  I just wanted one that I could deal with without too much hooplah.  I mean, unlike a corporation, I don’t have to share this phase with others for their input, but, I could if I wanted.
I’m actually still testing different apps/software to see which one might be practical.  I’ve taken a couple of them for a test spin.  Some of them are extremely detailed programs, while others are simple online web pages that you can add to and save.  
Here are a couple of them:

SU CheshireCat