Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's Blogger for me! New kit and freebie too.

All over the digiscrap world, there is talk about Wordpress and how great it is and so much better than Blogger. I went, I tried, I deleted. Simple as that. It's not that Wordpress is complicated. It was a lot of things I couldn't do that Blogger lets me do. For example, when you start a blog, you cannot keep it hidden until you have it completed and ready to go. It's online from the moment you start. Blogger allows me to have hidden blogs, that only the administrators can see or just people the admin selects to see the blog. I once set up a blog for my CT way back when I had one. Can't do that in Wordpress.

Customize your Wordpress blog? Not much, you can't. Once you pick your template, there is very little that can be customized. Well, unless you are willing to shell out about $100 a year. Then you get some space to play. More customization. Why should I pay them $100 to do what Blogger lets me do for free. (Don't get any ideas, Google, about charging, please.) I found I didn't like Wordpress setup, layout, customizing, or templates much at all. I will remain with Blogger. I'm used to Blogger. I can customize to my heart's content (which I need to get busy on.)

On to other things. I have released at new kit on Etsy. This is a kit that I originally made as a freebie here on the blog called Parting of the Ways. But as time has passed, I saw things I wanted to change, add, subtract and redo. It is now bigger with a new name, The Last Goodbye, but still retains the same character as the original. The Last Goodbye is about painful loss. It may be a divorce or the end of a friendship. It's about the pain that no one wants to suffer but everyone has. The colors are dark and somber, the elements and papers provide a background for a layout that tells the story of the hurt. Among the 65 unique elements you will find flowers, and buttons, and branches. The 12 papers offer the right backdrop for showing the photos and/or journaling for your story. There are raindrops, for into every life some rain must fall, but rain makes the flowers grow. Even in the midst of pain, we can find hope.

The kit, The Last Goodbye available at Etsy.

The papers.

The freebie is a quick page. Click here or on the preview to download.

PS, when you grab the freebie, take a few seconds to answer the poll. It will let me know what kinds of freebie you prefer. Thanks.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


I'm reviving my newsletter. Today I found that I still have my YMLP account, and have sent a note to all who were still on my list. But it is just a note stating I am reviving the newsletter, for there may be some who don't want to receive any more newsletters from me, and I wanted to give them an opportunity to unsubscribe. If you receive the newsletter note being sent today (July 20), and wish to continue to be on my mailing list, you will not need to sign up again. For new subscribers, I have added a newsletter sign up to my sidebar. It is a 2-step process in that you will receive an email with a link that you will need to click to confirm your subscription.

I have new kits and renewed, updated kits in my quay plus some freebies to go along with them. I'll be getting to that later today. I also decided to get more involved in the Pixel Scrapper forum and will be participating in the August blog train, so keep looking for that. I am adding a poll to my side bar that I hope you will take the time to participate in as it will help me know what kind of freebies you like. Thank you all.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Kit at Etsy and a freebie

(Warning, I'm borrowing the advertising tactics of other digidesigners. LOL.)  I still love color challenges, especially at the Studio, and July's cc was appealing to me. So much so that I made a big kit out of it, plus a mini to give away. First the big kit (remember, I warned you, LOL). Sweet Music is filled with many things musical. The colors lent themselves so well to the theme that I didn't even have in mind when I started. But the more I added, the more it kept singing, music, music so music it became. You can find it in my Etsy shop.

Of course, having been around the digiscrap world for a few years, you came here to collect the free mini of Sweet Music. I'll keep you waiting no longer. Click on the preview to download or download here.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Some changes made, more to be made

I'm not happy with my header and background. I'm going to have to think about what I want and change it. I've done some updating to my FB page, which reminds me, as I write this, I haven't added a link to FB or Pinterest. Will do that when I finish typing this.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

More kits uploaded to my Etsy store

Just a short note to get up to day. I've added fine more kits to Etsy. What I really like is that I am not feeling rushed to sell, sell, sell. I am still working on kits and bags. In the near future I plan to open a second store at Etsy selling purses and bags I design and make. Since I prefer cross-body bags with lots of pockets, most of my bags are after that order. But not all. I'm stockpiling bags now to have enough to put into a shop. I also need to get busy and get them photographed. I sew in the mornings and design scrapbooks in the afternoon. I'm really busy these days but that is good for me.

This old blog is in bad need of an update. A couple of weeks ago I tried making some changes, and it would do it. So I will try again. I will also be working to update my FB page, and I just added a new board on Pinterest with my kits.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I DID IT! I DID IT! I've Opened My Shop at Etsy!

I really, really did it!!! My new shop is open on Etsy. There's not much in it at the moment, but of the five kits that are listed three are newly redone, even to changing color palettes. The original kits all dated back to my Tirza's Treasures days as a designer. The other two kits are brand new. And one of them is the full kit, I Dream of Summer. So grab the mini freebie here, (it's in the previous post and will be available until July 1), then go over to my Etsy shop, and buy the complete kit. Over the next several days, I will be uploaded more kits, some new, some redone, but all of them great for whatever layouts that are just begging to be made.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New mini kit and a bit of news

Another color challenge at the Studio. This time I'm giving a mini kit that also includes a quick page. I have a large kit made, but I'll be putting that on sale, I think, at least that's my current plan. I have set up an account at Etsy because I plan to sell the bags I'm making there. Well, why not sell my kits in an Etsy store as well. I know that a number of digiscrap designers are selling at Etsy. It's different selling there than in a digi store, but I think I would prefer that to a regular store. Right now, I don't have a lot of time to give to forums and such that's generally required in a digi store. At Etsy I can do at my own pace. I don't have to churn out a certain number of kits per month or sell a certain amount, as is the case in some stores. A year or so ago, my jaw dropped when I saw how much ($$$) one particular store required its designers to sell each month. I understood that if they don't meet that quota, they are asked to go to another store. Wow! No wonder some of them are such aggressive marketers. I just don't have that in me.

I've always liked blog trains and color challenges, but I see that some stores that allow anyone to take part are now drawing some very narrow stipulations about the size of what you can do. It leaves me scratching my head especially when one blog train has very few selling designers in it. It's mostly newbies and non-sellers.  Needless to say, I've elected not to take part in them. I'm glad that the Studio has not implemented any such stipulations for their color challenge.

The QP is in the same zip file with the minikit. Download at Mediafire or at 4shared.