Sunday, March 14, 2010

Bringing you Early Spring on the DSC Blog Train!

Can you believe how fast this year is going? We were just celebrating New Year the other day and next thing you know it's already the middle the 3rd month! Urrgghh! I won't even start about how much of the New Year Resolutions I get done. Ha! (So don't ask. LOL!)

In Thailand, it's now time for the children to celebrate. School is over for the academic year and the long summer break has started. We are taking this opportunity to go for a looooooong vacation in Lebanon!

Yes, I and my son Neill will be visiting my DH for 2 months! (Sounds a bit like a mini-relocation than a vacation, huh?) My stepson, Michael, will also take time off from work and fly to join us for 2 weeks. Woohoo! Chris said it's nice and cool there now so I'm glad to stay away from Thailand's heat (temperature wise or political wise!) for a little while.

I probably won't be blogging or even scrapping so often during these 2 months. Not only because we'll be having great fun there (fingers crossed), I also heard that the internet connection and electricity in Lebanon is not very stable. I won't know for sure until we get there if I still can download kits (especially big ones) to scrap. Will keep you posted on this.

Anyway, even if I can't scrap, I'll definitely take a whole lot of pictures there! My DSLR camera is safely packed, along with all of its accesories and even a tripod! I hope my EHD has enough space for all the pics to come!!! Wish me luck please. :)

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Okay, now.. the Blog Train! Spring has finally come to a lot of you who have endured the coldness of winter! It's so nice to see Spring kits everywhere in this little scrapping world. So refreshing! The fabulous designers of Digital Scrap Cafe have this fantastic collab kit for you to celebrate your Early Spring as well!

I'm telling you, this kit is HUGE!!! It has 69 papers, 122 elements, 1 set of glitter styles, and 4 layered (and png) templates. You can scrap with it all spring long. LOL! But for now, we'll whet your appetite with all these brag book pages on the blog train!

If you love 6x4 brag book, you'll absolutely enjoy this DSC Early Spring blog train. Some of you must have followed the train here from Di's blog? Well here are my pages:

Just click on the image or click here to download. And you know I'd love it so much if you leave some comment, right? :)

Waiting for you at the next stop is Isabelle (Zibr1). Please tell her I say Hi!!

If you get lost along the way, check the DSC blog here to see where all the stops are. :)

Don't worry if all the blogs are not ready or updated yet when you first visit. Just go back after a few hours. We're all living in different time zones around this beautiful world after all.

#Edited to add: Sorry! This post is supposed to go live on March 15, the date we set for the Blog Train. I was going to draft it and schedule it to publish later. But I accidentally hit Publish Post button instead of Save as Draft. Silly me! Now you just have to wait a while longer until other ladies are ready. LOL!#

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Hope you enjoy the blog train. If you like the stuff we're giving, there are a lot more at the DSC forum. And why not participate in some great challenges we have there too? Great prizes are to be had at all time.

See ya!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Something to lift, something to give

Sorry for the disappearing act!! I lost my blogging mojo for a while but life in other aspects goes on as usual. I have so many layouts that I should be showing here but I'm afraid it's going to be later (again.)

Today I'm just gonna blog quickly so that I can go and prepare Neill for his end of semester final exam tomorrow. He's not very happy about that, let me tell ya. LOL! The only thing that keeps him going is the fact that summer break starts right after the exam!

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I'm hosting the Scraplift Challenge at Digital Scrap Cafe forum from now to March 13! This time I choose a stunning LO by Jasje for us to lift. It’s called Dream.

The layout is so nice and clean and has an amazing composition that just inspires you to get creative and do fantastic things with it.

Of course I created my version to kick off the challenge. I used a beautiful and delicate new kit by Sabrina's Creations My Little One for it.

So, let your imagination free and have fun scraplifting Jasje's great page!! Great prizes are waiting too. The winner will get $4 coupon to Sabrina’s store. All participants will earn 5 digibytes each, plus one extra if using DSC stuff!

Let's go to the Scraplift Challenge thread and scrap away!

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Now, something to give.

In January I made this page (called 50 per cent) to document a personal difficult situation. Before I started, I had a clear picture of it in my head and I knew exactly which kit I was going to use. I didn't have a suitable photo for it though, so I went and took one. I came back with the memory card and started scrapping, then finished the page in just about an hour -- which is much less than what I usually do. It tells exactly how I felt at that time.

Well, in short, I made a template out of the page. I don't know if anyone else would like it too, as this is not a stunning or meticulously crafted layout in a conventional way. But I don't recall having seen free templates with a light source and many different layers of lights and shadows before. So I'm hoping it's different and interesting enough to some who might like stranger things. LOL!

I call this template Dazed and Confused, to reflect my mood when I created the page. If you think it can be useful to you, be my guest. Click on the preview image or here to download. Please consider leaving some comments too if you like it. Thanks!!