Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Vacation Over

My husband and I just returned from a much needed vacation, the first we have taken in several years. Our first stop was in San Antonio, Texas, for a church convention. It was rush and a crush, with nearly 70,000 people present on Sabbath, July 11. This gathering takes place every five years and attracts many church members where they can come to see old friends, hears stirring messages, and visit numerous exhibits for information and materials. From San Antonio we went on to Santa Fe, New Mexico to stay with a friend for a week in her mountain home. Rest, relaxation, cool, dry nights, comfortable days, and looking at the stars without any city lights to interfere. More that that, it was a spiritual blessing. We both needed time away and just relax. Coming back down to the hot and humid south hit us both like a ton of bricks. I was dragging the first day back. All I really accomplished was doing the laundry and a trip to the grocery store. Today is much better. Husband returns to work tonight. I think we both wish we could be back in the mountains.

I want to remind my readers that I will be closing my Etsy store and quitting the digital scrapbooking business for good in September. Everything in the store has been reduced. I have also posted up a lot of CU items in bundles from a small price.

Check my freebies pages. I am in the process of uploading a few old kits that had previously been prepared to upload and give away. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Dear friends of Studio Linda Renee

I will be permanently closing my Etsy store in the near future. This time I won’t be coming back. There is no time to come back. No, as far as I know, I’m not suffering from something terminal. There have been no major changes in my family or other events that is going to absorb all of my time. But there is a terminal situation that is effecting family changes as well as  absorbing my time.

Anyone who has read my blog for awhile will remember that I am a Christian. God is very important in my life; in fact His is everything. All else in my life centers around my love for my Saviour. My faith is not something that I take lightly. I don’t put it on one day a week for church, then take it off the rest of the week. I believe the Bible is meant to be the guidebook of living for Jesus and like Jesus. I believe that it is to be believed as it reads, not as I want it to read. I believe that it is an inspired book that can be fully trusted to tell the truth. I believe its prophecies, its history, its instructions and that they are as relevant for people today as when they were written. I believe that Jesus is about to keep His promise that He will come again. Before He returned to heaven, He gave us many signs that we could know that His coming was near. In the prophetic books of what we call the Old Testament, many prophecies also tell us how history would unfold and how to know His coming is soon. So to with the books of the New Testament. Nearly every prophecy in the Bible has reached fulfillment, and most of the signs of Jesus’ coming have come to pass.

As I study my Bible daily and spend time in prayer; as I see the news stories, as I watch what is unfolding in the world, I have come realize that I can not continue life as usual. I realize that there people who know, who sense that something momentous is about to occur, but they don’t know what that something is. I also realize that many don’t know but also don’t care. Evolution has long taught that man is the creator of his own destiny and that the world is going to get better and better. The evening news belies that maxim. Evolution has taught people that they came from some bacteria that somehow managed over billions of years to evolve from one life form to another until humans arrived on the scene. The evolution theory is one of hopelessness, of valuelessness. It removes any reason for a person’s existence and offers them no hope of any kind of future life beyond the grave. The atheist says you’re born, you die, that’s it. Those who follow Eastern philosophy spend their lives trying to achieve nothingness with the universe through various techniques, while believing that they are reincarnated over and over again until they achieve nirvana. Only in Christianity can one find a reason for living and hope in a future immortal life.

I believe in a fiat creation. God spoke, and it was instantly there. The land, the water, light, plants, animals, sun, moon, and finally man, a being that the Bible says God formed from the dirt. He molded the man to resemble Himself, and then gave him life by breathing into man’s nostrils. The Bible says in Genesis that God created man, male and female he created them. Adam and Eve are the parents of the human race. I know where I came from, and it wasn’t some mollusk in some primordial sea. Because I believe God’s Word, I have hope for a future in which there will be no death, no pain, no sorrow. I believe that Jesus, the Son of God, will return to this planet soon to collect all those who have put their faith and trust in Him and have followed Him and through their faith in His power, have kept His law of liberty. The Bible teaches that when Jesus returns, every one will see Him. His return will not be secret or silent. He will come with a trumpet, and a shout. There is noting quiet or secret about that. I know that many have been erroneously taught there will be a secret rapture, but the Bible does not teach it.

Just before Jesus went back to heaven, he left instructions for His followers. Go to all the world and preach the gospel, He said; teaching them to follow all the instructions He has left for us in His written word. Every follower of Jesus Christ is required to do so. I have been less than diligent in following those instructions. But now I see a need for me to move into a closer, deeper relationship with Jesus and follow His every word. That requires that I make some changes in my life. As I have prayed about what I should do, specifically praying about the digital scrapbooking design, I realized that the desire to continue it was gone. I have had no real desire to design anything. I have made a few attempts, but the results are not what I would expect from myself. I have taken this to mean that it is time to put it aside forever. It takes time that I would much rather be putting into Bible study and prayer and doing whatever God requires of me. I have also seen that most scrapbooking that is faith based does not sell well. So going in that direction, which I did consider, is not a viable option.

I'm sure that the followers of this blog have noticed that I haven't been participating in blog trains or color challenges for the last couple of months. After careful consideration, I decided to close down the store and cease all designing on or about September first of this year. I have reduced all the prices in my store to half price or less. They will remain that way until I close the store. I will also be adding a few more items that have been waiting, especially commercial use items. I will be packaging many of them into bundles which I will be selling at greatly reduced prices. I plan to have nothing priced over $3.00 for bundles which will include many more items in each bundle than the usual 5 or 6 items one usually finds and most will probably be less. After I close my store, all products, kits, CU, everything will be gone permanently. They will not be uploaded as freebies at any future date.

I will leave the Studio Linda Renee blog up for a longer period of time and the freebies that are here will continue for awhile longer. Eventually, they too, will come down but at present I have no date in mind for that. My focus will be on adding new material to my blog The Mind Is the Battlefield  and another blog or two that are in the idea stage. The afore mentioned blog contains studies I have done as I search the Bible; they are my own personal Bible studies. The Bible is a rich mine of truth and there is so much to learn. Through the years I have compared scripture with scripture to gain greater understanding in what God is telling us and have found it richly rewarding. I will now focus on sharing more of what I have learned.

In closing I will again state that I am a Christian, a Seventh-day Adventist. We believe that God’s grace is His power to save us from sin; that His death and atoning blood was shed so that we will not have to pay the penalty of death for breaking His law. He has made a way that we may have eternal life with Him. If anything I have written here has brought questions to mind that you would like to have answered, I encourage you to check the link(s) following each question below.

What about life after death?
Heaven Is for Real
Truth About Death

Are there really such things as ghosts and what are they if they are real?
Ghost Truth

If hell is real, where is it and whose in charge of it?
Hell Truth

Does God care what day of the week one worships Him on?
Sabbath Truth

What about Bible prophecy and things like 666 and the antichrist, the second coming of Jesus and all those beasts in Revelation?
Bible Prophecy Truth
666 Truth
Most Amazing Prophecies
Mary Truth
The Prophecy Code

Is there someplace I can learn more about the Bible online?
Bible Universe

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Day Late and A Dollar Short

Or it's more like a week late and several dollars short. I missed getting everything ready for NSD, so how about a post-NSD sale? Now that everything is calming down and the dust is settling, why not take a trip to my store and check out my new kits? You can see some of them in the Etsy preview on the sidebar. Etsy has a little quirk. You can't have a sale, as in setting everything to 50% off. No way that I've found to put something temporarily on sale. But they do have coupons. Coupons work. And I have one for you. Starting right now! It's good on every product in my store— that includes all the new kits I uploaded today and anything else I may add in the next week. I can tell you I've got some CU goodies to put up. So keep checking. I'm not sure when I'll get things packaged up. You see, I bought some cut oriental lilies that my husband likes so well. They are beautiful, but I have learned they don't like me. They were still buds when I got them, but they soon started opening up. And my head started stopping up. Allergic to the pollen. The flowers are gone, but my sinuses are stilled rebelling. It will take a few days yet. From now on, DH will have to enjoy the lilies outside.


But that's not all. I also have a mini kit for you to download. Appropriately it is called Late spring. LOL


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Time to board the Paris to New York blog train…

…because Spring Has Sprung. For those of us here in the South, spring flowers are blooming, dogwoods, azaleas, and fruit trees. The trees are leafing out, and the temps are warm. Instead of getting spring fever, I am starting to gear up for National Scrapbooking Day. Since I am a Sabbath keeper, I will not be posting anything special on that Saturday, but beginning the next day, and through the entire following week, I plan to have some special deals along with a few other things up my sleeve. I just realized last night that it's only three weeks away. So I have to get busy. I already have new kits waiting, some a bit different from what you usually see from me. LOL. Don't worry, I'll never go too far afield. I'm too much as stick-in-the-mud to change too much.

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Here are the other stops on this train.

KapiScrap & Art
Winsor Digi-Designs
EmJay Scraps
Touched by a Butterfly
Caroline B.
Sugarbutt Designs
Honeysuckle Lane Designs
Studio Linda Renee
Scrapbookingdom
Shuckclod's Stuff

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New tabs for freebies

Update: I just realized that I have to manually make the files on Google+ public. A couple of people hadn't been able to download them. I have taken care of that, and made the kits and QPs/templates public. Hopefully, no more problems.

I was asked this week about the use of my freebies for a particular project which made me take a good look at the freebies I have for download here on my blog. I also have quite a few (mostly mini) kits that I will not be updating and putting up for sale at Etsy, and I will be uploading some of them for download. So look for the tabs, one for kits, and the other for QPs and the few templates that I make. The download links are found below each preview. I had a request come in from some one in Slovakia about download links. I assume she didn't look in the right place for the links. But they are there. BTW, you'll notice that I don't have a freebie for the PS color challenge this month. First, the color palette is not an easy one for me to work with. Second, there has been some fuss over there about kits not being named in a particular way. Well, call me stubborn, but I have been naming my kits in a certain way for years, and I'm refusing to change. If I should decide to put the kit up for sale afterward, I would have to rename everything, and I don't want to go to the trouble. That doesn't mean I'll never make another kit with the month's color palette, it just won't be an "official" part of the blog train. There is a little Easter kit on the top of the free kits tab. Hope you like it. If I ever had it up on the blog, and I don't think I did, it was a few years ago. I'm not into the pagan aspects of Easter with all the fertility symbols of bunnies and chicks. I focus on the resurrection of Jesus and what that means for our salvation.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Two days in a row

I'm actually posting two days in a row. Trying to push through my stubbornness. I wonder sometimes what I will write, so I don't. Not good, right? Yet there are lots of things that go through my mind. Today, though, I got my mini kit for the Studio color challenge uploaded. That means a freebie for you. But first, oh, yes, there's a "but first." LOL. Thanks to all those who took part in the poll. That information is helpful to me. I'm actually glad that most who replied don't usually but bundles. I'm not much of a bundle maker. I do like to do quick pages, and clusters, but not much else. I've been working on two more kits for my Everyday Life series. Take a look at my previous post to learn about more about the series.

We're nearly through with winter, at least where I live in the south. Warmer weather is finally prevailing. I'll soon be releasing a hot new kit for hot weather, one of the first that will also be have a set of quick pages, sold separately. I love the colors. I've even got a little teaser for you. I'll release it next week at Etsy.

I know, you're really here for the freebie. I didn't take too much of your time with that little spiel. Diane, of ABDesigns who runs the color challenge called it Joyful, but I chose a slightly different name. Her palette and name kept the music, Ode to Joy, going through my brain, so that's what I named my kit.

https://copy.com/OK9a7d2SCOSAqCdm
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Good morning out there. I've been telling myself I have to blog, I have to blog. Feelings aside, I have to blog. It's not like I'm sick or such, it's just that I don't often feel that I have something to say unless I am posting a freebie or such. Well, there is a freebie coming, but not in this post. Actually, I've been busy with a new volunteer position at church and haven't even spent much time designing. Though, I do go through spells of little mojo to designs, then I'll get in a flurry of activity and do several kits in a few days. I just need to time their release better.

I've also been working on my bags and purses sporadically. I made my daughter a bag for her crochet for Christmas. I drew up a pattern, made it with lots of pockets and compartments especially for crochet supplies. She loves it. I have gotten one made to post in my other Etsy store, Bags by Linda Renee (which I have on vacation at the moment), with more cut out to sew, including a bag especially for knitters. In my Studio Linda Renee shop, I've released a few new kits plus a set of templates. I'm not a big template maker; it seems that there are so many already, but when I got started on these, I liked them and made a whole set. The templates are CU, PU, and S4H.

I have started a new series called Everyday Life. Isn't that what most of our scrapped pages are about? Our everyday lives? Just released today is Everyday Life: Masculine and Everyday Life: Feminine.

Everyday Life: Masculine is geared toward the working man. He's a normal guy. He goes to work and works hard. It may be manual labor like construction or it might be in an office but when he is home, he can relax. He can pull on his old plaid shirt, his baseball cap, and work in the yard. He can tinker under the hood of the car. He might enjoy recreation like riding a bike or some sports activity. It's his everyday life. Everyday Life: Masculine has 12 papers, one mesh overlay, 63 unique elements to record the activities of the men in your life. With it's leather jacket, plaids, and outdoor gear, it especially good for the hands on type of guy.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/221132095/everyday-life-masculine?ref=shop_home_active_2




Everyday Life: Feminine is really feminine, celebrating the woman who likes being a lady, at least some of the time. Everyday Life is about the ordinary, often the mundane, but even in the normal everyday life women are feminine. The want to be pretty and attractive. They like pretty things, and even if its inexpensive, the will have something lovely to look at. This kit celebrates the everyday life and women with it's shades of pink, minty greens contrasted with brown. This kit is also good for Mother's Day, and other holidays and celebrations of and for the mothers/daughters/sisters in your life. 15 papers and 50 unique elements.



https://www.etsy.com/listing/221129813/everyday-life-feminine?ref=shop_home_active_1


I've had a few people at Etsy ask me if they can use my kits or a specific kit to make cards, etc. Unfortunately, I'm had to say now, because of the cu items I use. Because CU terms are all over the place, it is quite maddening at times to sort them all out. I already have a separate folder for the no freebies CU, but it looks like I may need to break it down further into those who allow CU for S4H. That way, I can know whose items I can use to make kits that others can use in their small business. It's just too bad the designers can't all get on the same page.

All the kits in this post are S4H and the templates are CU as well.