Welcome to my little world of digital scrapbooking. I hope you enjoy these freebies as much as I enjoyed making them and that during your brief visit you will receive a sense of satisfaction and well-being. Come back and visit again real soon and have a God-filled day.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A few layouts and a freebie

I found this cool template challenge at Scrapbook Elements so decided to give it a whirl.  You have to use one of their kits in order to receive the posting bonus so I found a patriotic kit (never can have enough of those LOL).  I used Americana by Christina Bartholomew and scrapped some of my son’s pictures from Iraq.  The pictures are from his first tour back in 2005.  He is there now on his 2nd tour but he hasn’t sent any pictures yet so far.  (Hint, hint Travis)



I go to a Bible Study class on Tuesday at the home of my Pastor & his wife.  They have a painting on their wall that I just love.  The background is just a swirl of black and red and a part of 1Corinthians 13:13 is written out in gold lettering.  So of course I had to try to recreate it as a scrapbook page, and I think it came out pretty good.  This is my youngest granddaughter Randy and our dog Sam.  She will tell you in no uncertain terms that Sammy loves her.

But the greatest of these is love 2 web


I liked it so much I decided to make a QP for you and here it is.

MHALL_But the Greatest of These is Love QP web


You can download here.  I hope you enjoy it and have a God-filled day.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Freebie Template #1

I have been rather silent here lately as I have been working on my shutterfly tribute to my sister and brother.  I lost my brother in Jan 2008 and my sister in Sep 2009 and I wanted to do something special for them.  Last month was the second anniversary of my brother’s passing and his 53rd birthday and this week was my sister’s 58th birthday. I gave my brother’s book to my SIL and my sister’s book to my niece.  Here are a few layouts from the books.

These were the front title pages for each of their books and were quickpages by Victorian Rose at Heritage Scrap found here and here.

01 Front Cover    Quick Page by Victorian Rose Designs


This is my brother’s birth page.  I used Double Template #52 from Midnight Scrapping (you can find that template here). She has the most wonderful templates and I used several in making these books. The kit is Baby Love by Jean Daugherty at Heritage Scrap (found here).

02 Birth 01    03 Birth 02


For my sister’s birth pages, I used Lynn Griffin’s Baby Robin Pagekit found here at Heritage Scrap.

Kit used is Baby Robin PageKit by Lynn Griffin.  Font is Andy  Kit used is Baby Robin PageKit by Lynn Griffin.  Font is Andy

I designed the layout and then made a template.  I was so inspired by Midnight Scrapping’s templates, that I decided to have a go at it.  Here is the preview.



You can download it here (MediaFire) or here (4Shared).  Hope you enjoy it and have a God-filled day.


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Valentine’s Day Freebie

Valentine’s Day is not really my favorite holiday.  But I have four young granddaughters so I bought them little stuffed animals and a box of chocolates.  So my two daughters and I took three of them (one had to go out of town), along with my sister’s only granddaughter to lunch and then the mall.  We had an all-girls day.  Except that my 10-year old great-nephew decided to go too.  He liked the idea of the lunch, but then got stuck with the mall.

So one of the stores we went into was Bath & Body Works, an absolutely fantastic store.  And they had all kinds of coupons and sales, so we loaded up.  One of the items we bought was a marvelous room air freshener you plugged in.  Before throwing the instructions away, I glanced at them and was amazed at what they said.

“If you are using the unit for the first time, remove from box.”  SAY WHAT?  I can’t plug it in while it is still in the box?  I am glad they told me that, because I would have never been able to get it to work.  Makes you wonder if they had to put that in their instructions because someone didn’t know to take it out of the box first.

My youngest granddaughter had to go to the eye doctor because her teacher said you couldn’t see the blackboard.  So now she has to wear glasses.  When she came home with the glasses the first day, she tried to get a complete list of where she didn’t have to wear them.  After a long discussion with her mother, she was left with not having to wear them to bed.  It is tough being a six-year old.

Here is Randy with her new glasses.


I made the frame to show off her picture and this is your freebie, along with a stripped paper and two Valentine overlays. 


You can download here.  Hope you enjoy it and have a God-filled day.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Moon and stars inspiration & Freebie

Inspiration can come to you in many different ways.  For example, my post from yesterday received a comment from Kathi at All Things Digital Scrapbooking that she was posting my freebie at her site.  Now this was a new one for me so I had to go look of course and was very pleasantly surprised.  She only posts about 45-50 freebies that she personally finds on various different blogs without using a computer-generated list.  (You can find her HERE.)

So I had a few minutes this morning while I was waiting for the kids to get ready for church and I found a lovely paper with the moon and stars on it so went to that blog and downloaded it.  Then I went to church and one of the songs our worship team sang was Cannons by Phil Wickham.  I was singing along and really enjoying myself when it dawned on me that the lyrics said “the moon and the stars declare who you are.”  That’s when I got distracted (shame on me!) and starting thinking about putting the lyrics on the moon and stars paper I had just downloaded.  Here’s what it looks like.

Lyrics to Cannons by Phil Wickham.  Moon Papers by Pixel Scrapbooking at  http://heart-scrapbooking.blogspot.com.  Fonts used are Orange LET and Beautiful ES.

I can’t give you the paper but you can download it from Pixel Scrapbooking HERE.  I can, however, give you the lyrics that I put together.  Here’s the preview for that.


I am giving you the psd file so you can change the verse color as well as the extra words.  You can download HERE.  Hope you enjoy it and have a God-filled day.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Wintr’y Wonder Add-On Freebie

We have a dog Sam who is mostly Lab and does not realize that he is a big dog.  He thinks he is Randy’s playmate.  He also thinks my recliner is his and does not appreciate it when I make him move.  When the kids go outside, he has to be with them or he stands at the door and barks.  When they are jumping on the trampoline, we put him on his lead so he can be outside, but all he does is bark because he can’t actually be next to the kids.  And when Randy sleeps on the couch, this is where Sam sleeps. 


What caused us to get the camera was that Sam had his head laying on Randy’s head and his left paw on her face.  But by the time we got back with the camera he had moved.  He likes being where she is.

I decided it was time to take down my Christmas blog layout and replace it with a different one.  I like the color palette of the Wintr’y Wonder Kit I did earlier this month so decided to use that.  We are still having lots of cold weather here, so the colors suit.  When I got to the header, I needed more elements, so I created more to add to the kit.  So then I decided to let you have the additional elements as an Add-on to the kit. 


You can download here.  Enjoy and have a God-filled day.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Wintr’y Wonder Freebie

I do not have a creative bone in my body.  But God, in his infinite wisdom (or should I say humor), gave me the talent to do creative things.  So consequently, I can do, I just can’t think of things to do.  When I was a teenager, I started oil painting and was fairly decent.  There are still family members who have some of those paintings hanging on their walls still.  But I had to have a teacher or a picture to do it from.  Then years later, when I had teenagers of my own, I got into painting ceramics.  But again, I had to have a picture or a teacher to tell me what colors to paint it.  I couldn’t “see” it in color.  My daughter Brandi could do that.  She would look at a piece of white bisque and see it in color so would know what it would look like if she painted it those colors.  I would look at it and see just a white piece of bisque.  Very frustrating.

Well, now my creative side is into digital scrapbooking.  And again, I have that creative problem.  I love creating new things and would love to design new kits, but for the life of me, have no idea what to put into them other than papers, frames and bows.  Every time I look at a kit, I think “Wow, that’s cool.  Wish I had thought of that.”  But I didn’t and I can’t.

Over at Hummie’s World, I am part of a Designing Class, which has been quite fun.  She has started the class of with teaching about blogs and how to start one, creating Terms of Use, kit previews and zipping, etc, etc.  You learn something new with every class she teaches.   Anyway, occasionally she also does a color challenge and this month I decided to participate in that.  So here is my kit of….papers, frames and bows.  And I added a Quick Page too.  There are 10 papers, 3 frames, 5 bows, 3 ribbons, one tag and one scripture.

MHALL_Wintr'y Wonder

Here is the free Quick Page included in the zip file

MHALL_Wintr'y Wonder_ QuickPage

         Download the papers

         Download the elements

Hope you enjoy the kit and have a God-filled day.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Pattern Tutorial & a Freebie

Wow! I sure hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  We had our family Christmas on Saturday at my older daughter’s house and it was fun watching all the grownups play Mario Cart on the Wii.  They sure are competitive!  Too bad the grandkids kept demanding to play with their game.

Today, I want to talk about patterns.  As I was visiting the digital stores with all their Christmas sales, I saw lots of papers with designs like Santas, candy canes, bears, etc.  So I want to show you an easy way to make those patterns.  I am using Photoshop CS3, but you should be able to adapt to other programs.

Open a new document 12 x 12 with a white background.  Create a new layer above the white background and make it your active layer.  Set your Grid preferences by going to Edit > Preferences > Grid and make sure the Grid is set to Gridline every 1 inch and Subdivisions: 2.  Go to View > Show > Grid to turn your Grid on. 


Zoom in on your Grid area so you have a good clear place to work.  Using your custom shape tool, create the shape you want.  I am using the heart shape.  Draw the shape out in the center of your 1-inch square.  You will see the darker lines that create the 1-inch and the lighter lines that intersect are at 1/2-inch.  Draw the shape and center it exactly in the middle of the square.  Rasterize the shape (Layer > Rasterize).  Make it any size you want but not too big as you need to add more to the square.  Now duplicate that layer (Ctrl-J) and move it to the top left of the square.  Duplicate again and move to the top right, then again to the two bottom squares as shown on the picture below.



Once you have them all centered, click on all the 5 shape layers and merge them into one (Layers > Merge Layers) or Ctrl-E.  Now click off the eye on the white background layer so the background is transparent.  Go to View > Snap To > Grid then use the Rectangular Marquee Tool and select the 1-inch square.  The selection will snap to the grids.


Now all you have to do is define the pattern (Edit > Define Pattern) and give it a name.  I named mine Hearts.

Now there are two ways to  fill your pattern.  You can close all that out and open a new document, 12 x 12.  Fill your background with your chosen color.  Create a new layer and to to Edit > Fill and chose this newly-created pattern and you have your heart paper.  By putting them on a new layer above your solid color, you can Ctrl-Click on the thumbnail of the hearts and fill them with a different color.

The second way to fill the pattern is if you want the pattern to be a different size.  This time create a new layer above your solid background and click on the “Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer” icon.


The instant you click on pattern, your background will be filled with your pattern.  Click on the little arrow key and  then use the slider back and forth to fill the pattern larger or smaller.


To change the color of the pattern needs to be done a different way this time.  Create a new layer above this and fill with your color of choice for the pattern.  With the color layer active, go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask or Alt+Ctrl+G.  You now have the pattern in a new color.

You can experiment with where and how you place the shapes on the 1-inch square to get different patterns.  Just see what you like.

Now after sitting through this long tutorial, I do have a freebie for you.  I am giving you a pattern file with eight patterns for you.  But try the tutorial and see how easy it is for you to make your own patterns for overlays.



The pattern file has two polka dots, shamrock, hearts, spiral, crown, witch and snowman.  Hope you enjoy them and have a God-filled day.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Joy Freebie

I think I said on my last post that I was going to make some Christmas cards to match my Christmas tags.  Well, that didn’t happen.  I don’t even have my Christmas cards mailed yet, and I couldn’t get the matching cards to look right, so I gave up. 

Instead I decided to make a little Christmas mini kit.  It has 3 papers and 10 elements.  When my kids were young, I used to love decorating for Christmas.  The day after Thanksgiving my son and husband put the outside lights on and then that evening we would decorate the tree.  My kids always looked forward to that; my husband not so much. 

Here’s the preview for the kit.



I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas filled with the love and peace of our Lord Savior, Jesus Christ.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Tags Freebie

It has been over a month since I last posted something.  There has been so much going on in my life.  As some of you may know, I lost my step-father in July and then quite suddenly & unexpectedly, I lost my sister the end of September.  We had already lost my brother last year, and all of a sudden, in the space of two months, my mother was left with only me.  This has necessitated her move to Texas from California, where she has lived for the past 60 years.  It has not been easy on her to lose so much and then leave her home too. 

And in the middle of all this, my son Travis has been preparing to deploy to Iraq for his second tour.  We all were together for a fabulous, wonderful Thanksgiving and then he left the country Friday on his Dad’s birthday.  I hope that everyone in this country takes a few moments during this upcoming holiday season to remember all our troops overseas.

I have had so many ideas rolling around in my head to create, but have just not had the time.  So today, I finally was able to spend some time on my computer.  These are Christmas tags that can be used in your layouts, but can also be printed out and used on presents for those special people in your life.  The download includes eight different tags in png format as well as a png sheet of all tags that can be printed on a 8-1/2 x 11 cardstock for cutting.


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After you cut them out, you can use a hole punch to punch a hole for attaching a ribbon or string, or just tape the tags to the present.  Now I want to work on a matching set of Christmas cards.  Hope you all have a God-filled day.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

More Styles Freebies

All of my files are posted on MediaFire but sometimes there are problems with downloading.  I don’t quite know what the problem is but sometimes it seems like MediaFire just hangs there and the file never downloads.  I had an email from someone trying to download my Calendar Template and it wouldn’t work.  So I have decided to start offering two download options, one on MediaFire and one on 4shared.  Hopefully that should help if one of them has a problem.  I have added the 4shared link to the Calendar Template for anyone who might have had issues with it.  If there are any previous files that can’t be downloaded, just let me know and I will add them to 4shared also.

Here are my other two styles that I created. One is Leather and the other is Wood.  Remember to follow the tips I mentioned on my earlier post on the styles tutorial.  Due to the size of the files, I have had to break them into 3 files each.  My source file for the styles are large and I prefer to keep them that way so the image can be moved around to give the best possible choices of the style.  If you wish to put them all back into one file, just load each of the styles (make sure that the 3 files are the only styles showing on the style palette) then save as a new file.


Leather Styles 1    Download MediaFire  or  4shared

Leather Styles 2    Download MediaFire  or  4shared

Leather Styles 3    Download MediaFire  or  4shared


Wood Styles 1    Download MediaFire  or  4shared

Wood Styles 2    Download MediaFire  or  4shared

Wood Styles 3    Download MediaFire  or  4shared

Hope you enjoy the new styles and have a God-filled day.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Styles Tutorial & Freebie

I want to talk about styles. There are tons of free styles that you can download off the net, as well as lots of styles you can buy. Just Google Photoshop styles or visit any digital site and you’ll know what I mean. And I have tons and tons of styles, but I always had a problem with most of the styles. Most of them just didn’t seem to make my elements look the way I wanted. And I couldn’t figure out how to make styles from texture photos. It took me awhile to figure it out, and I only stumbled upon it by accident. Some things are just not quite so obvious to me. So I thought I would write a tutorial to help others with styles.

One of the first things you should do is create your Blank Style Set. Photoshop comes with a default set of styles and there is no way to delete all the styles except one by one. The default set of styles includes a white circle with a red line through it.

Picture 01

Put your cursor over the first style after that white box. Hold down your ALT key and you will see the cursor change to scissors. Keep holding the ALT key while you left click your mouse and the style will be deleted. Keep deleting until all styles are deleted and you are left with only the white box with the arrow on it. (By the way, this is also the way to delete shapes from your loaded shapes palette.)

Now click on the little drop-down arrow as shown on the image and this will bring up your Styles choices.

Picture 01A

Click on Save Styles and name it “A Master Style Set”.

Picture 01B

I use this name because it keeps it on the top of the list of all my styles. Now each time you wish to create a new set of styles, you will not have to delete all the styles in your styles palette. Just Load Styles (from the same Styles Choice Box) and load the Master Style Sheet.

Open any texture photo you might have. One of my favorite sites is CG Textures. Or you can take pictures of various different textures. I am using a metal texture. Open the texture picture, and choose Image > Duplicate. Name your duplicate image and close the original.

Go to Filter > Other > Offset

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Choose the settings as shown below and click OK.

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Go to Edit > Define Pattern and name your pattern. Click OK and close your duplicated texture photo. You do not have to save the duplicate.

Now create a new document (any size you wish). I usually start with a 5 x 5 inch, 300 pixels document. Choose your rectangle tool (bottom arrow) and make sure the shape layers selection is selected (top arrow).

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Draw out a rectangle; it doesn’t matter what color you use. Then go to Layer > Rasterize > Shape. You now have an element to create your style with.

See the little FX on your layers palette?

Picture 4

Click on that to bring up your Layer Style and click on Blending Options.

You can now choose all the elements of your new style.

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Double Click on Pattern Overlay and you will now see the Pattern Box (top arrow). Click on the little drop down arrow and all your patterns can now be seen. Go to the bottom of the list and the last pattern will be the one you just created. Double click on that but DO NOT click OK yet.

You will see that your pattern has now filled your rectangle. But here comes the most important part.

Underneath the Pattern box is a scale with a slider and a %.

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If you slide that slider back and forth, you will see the texture photo change. It increases or decreases the image. Just keep sliding until you get the desired effect you want on your rectangle. If you want a bevel to your style, click on the Bevel and Emboss and change the Depth and Size as you desire. Again DO NOT click OK.

Under your blending options, you can add any other effects you wish: Drop & Inner Shadow, Outer and Inner Glow, Stroke, etc. When you have your desired style on the rectangle, then it is time to save your new style.

Click on New Style and then name your style whatever you wish.

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You will see your new style appear in the Styles Palette. You can continue making several different styles in this style set. For example, if you are making metal styles, like I am, then you might want to make several different types of metal styles using different metal texture pictures. Or wood styles, or cardstock styles, etc, etc.

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Once you have all the styles finished in this set, then Save Styles like you did earlier when you saved your Master Style Set. You now have your new Style set.

The important thing to remember is that anytime you use a style, whether it is one you made, purchased, or downloaded as a freebie, always bring up the Blending Options and make any changes you wish. After you have applied the style of your choice to your element, you can then double click on the style effects (see the red arrow below) and make any changes to that style you wish to make your element or paper look how you want it to look.  Just as you used the slider to change the image when you created the style, you can also use the slider again on ANY style after you have applied it.

Picture 9B

Sometimes a style will look good on a large tag but that same style will not look good on an alpha or some other element. You have to go into the blending options and make adjustments. This is the key that I never understood. I would use the purchased style (or one I had downloaded as a freebie) and it would just not look right. It never occurred to me that I could change the settings of any style because I did not truly understand how to create one.

So I hope that this helps in understanding layer styles and how to use them. And as my freebie, here is my set of metal styles I made for this tutorial. 

Metal Styles preview


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Hope you enjoy it and may you have a God-filled day.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Calendar Template Freebie

This is a calendar template I have been working on.  I want to do a family calendar this Christmas, so I had to devise a template to do each month.  It is in a psd format and has all the months already set up for the upcoming 2010. The psd is an 11x17 size which you can have one of the online companies like Shutterfly print for you.  Or you can separate it and print the top and bottom as separate 8 1/2 x 11 pieces and spiral-bind it at the center.

I have done an example for January and February to show you how you can utilize the template.  January uses the date area as one mat that you can clip another paper or color to and have one solid area.  Here is my example:

Hall Calendar - January web

I’ve set six separate weeks up on their own layer that you can hide and use only the monthly background like I did for January.  Or you can use the separate weeks like I did for February below:

Hall Calendar - February web

I used a background and clipped it to the individual gray squares and left the white ones alone.  This way you can also clip a picture on an individual day like I did of my son for his birthday.  This is what the template looks like.

Calendar Template web

It is a multi-layered psd file that you can download here on MediaFire or here on 4shared.  If you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to let me know by leaving a comment. 

I am working on some styles that I will post this weekend, as well as a tutorial on how to use and create your own styles.  Have a God-filled day.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Weekly Scripture Freebie

I have to apologize for the length of my absence for anyone following my weekly scriptures. But on September 22, my sister died very suddenly and unexpectedly. She was only 57 years old, and to some of you that may sound old, but for many of us, that is still young. How do you prepare for the death of a loved one? With a sudden death, you have to deal not only with the grief and loss, but the shock as well. Last January, I lost my brother to pancreatic cancer. We had a year to prepare for that, but no amount of time could really prepare you for the pain of losing someone you love.

It just so happened that today was my first day back to church after losing my sister, and the sermon was on Heaven. Our pastor talked about the certainty life after death and knowing that Heaven exists. When we have faith in Jesus Christ, there is no fear of death. I know for my sister and brother, they are in Heaven. They were both saved and believers of Christ. There is joy knowing that they are in a better place and that they are now without pain. But the grief and pain I now suffer is in the loss of my siblings and my shared heritage. They were my only siblings; I am the last one left. That is a hard thing to come to terms with. I remember when my grandmother lost her last sister and how it devastated her. But she was 84 years old when her sister died and my grandmother had been the youngest of all the children. I am the oldest and never thought to lose both my siblings so young. The sad part is that my mother also lost her husband, my step-father, in July. In less than two years, she lost a husband and two children.

In honor of my brother and sister, I have scrapped a page for each of them. I used kits by Cari Lopez for these pages and made them 8x10 so they could be framed.


My brother Mike Mason. He was only 51 years old and left a wife, three children, three grandchildren plus one more on the way.


My sister Terri Simpson. She was 57 years old and left four children and eight grandchildren.

The following page is one I did for my mother and me.


The scripture for the week is simply done, I hope you enjoy it. Have a God-filled day.

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You can download here. Be sure to check back again soon. I am working on a calendar template for 2010.