Summer Garden Sampler Freebie

I am designing again!  Yay!  And I’ve found a home.  I’m looking for a second shop, but have decided to start designing for my mom’s shop.  She’s got a small shop, but I decided I would add my kits to her site.  Anyhow to kick off my designing again I am giving out a freebie sampler of my newest kit.  This sampler will be available for the rest of May. That should give people plenty of time to download the sampler.  I included 5 papers and all elements shown in the sampler.


Download link:

Summer Garden Sampler Digital Scrapbook Freebie

Here is a preview of the full kit.


Summer Garden kit comes with 13 papers. Elements in this kit include 4 frames, 6 scalloped papers, 3 buttons, tied cord, clothespin, watering can, tomato, carrots, seeds, 3 flowers, 2 leaves, flower swirl, ladybug, bee, worm, gardening tools, flower pot, sun, cloud, and 2 flower pot alphas.

You can purchase the full Summer Garden digital scrapbook kit here or click on the image to go to my shop.  Summer Garden kit is on sale for 50% off until May 29.

Oh yes, and I forgot a sample page I made with this kit of my beautiful daughter Megan.


Long time no blog

Sorry I have all but abandoned my blog.  I have been super busy and just haven’t been scrapping lately.  I am training for my first marathon – see my other blog if you’re interested in following that Anyhow, I am going to try and get some stuff done on this blog soon.  Maybe some more freebies.  We’ll see.  I am very sorry about some of the kits not being able to download.  I haven’t had time to look into that.  I uploaded everything to 4shared ages ago.  I will have to look and see on those.  I am going to give it my best effort to make some pages or something in the next week.  Stay tuned from me.

Some of my latest layouts

If I get some time I am going to make some type of freebie since I haven’t made one in forever, but wanted to share some of the pages that I’ve made recently.

Kay Miller Designs – All Organic
alpha – Tracy Dane CU Stone Alpha2

credits: Rebecca Lynn by Melissa Bennett
alphas – for the word just I used Brown Paper Alpha by Julie Bullock and for the word peachy I used Alpha Number 01 by Lydia Kurniawati/Silversword71

Credits: Essential by Natali Designs

Credits: Purity by Natali Designs
alpha – Notables by Dianne Rigdon

Using a template in Paint Shop Pro

I decided to write up this tutorial after seeing this question asked for the 1000th time and no really easy tutorials on it.

Step 1

Open your template.  For the sake of this tutorial I will assume it is a layered PSD file, but will discuss how to do it without a layered psd file at the end of the tutorial.

Once your template is open you will see all the various layers in your layer palette.  We are going to start with one of the elements in our template.  In my template I have a star your template may have whatever, but anyhow this is how you do it.

Make sure you selected the star layer in your layer palette and then go to the magic wand tool to select the star.

Then click on the star layer with your magic wand tool to select it.

Leave your star still selected in your template file and then open up the paper you want to use and then choose Edit > Copy to copy it and then go back to your template and choose Edit > Paste as new layer.

You should automatically be on the new layer with your paper and star still selected, but if your not just make sure you select the paper layer in the layer palette.  Then all you have to do is go to the top and choose Selections > Inverse and then hit the delete key and voila you have a star with your patterned paper!

You can then just delete the original star from the template since your done with it.  Deselect your star and repeat this process with each layer in your template.

NOTE:  As I stated above I said I’d mention what you had to do if you didn’t have a layered PSD file for your template.  If your template comes in seperate png files you will have to create a new file and Edit > Copy, then Edit > Paste to copy each layer into the new file.  You will then have to move the pieces around to get them in the right place and then follow all the rest of the steps for this tutorial.

A couple new pages from me

Busy as usual, but here are a couple pages I have made recently.  Maybe I’ll make a freebie again soon.  We’ll see.

Julie Billingsley – YesterYear Shabby Boy
Stitching from Kay Miller’s Allorganic

Credits: Chrissy Snow Birds & Butterflies

August layouts

I haven’t posted my recent layouts here so I figured I’d share them.  I haven’t had much time for designing lately, but I have done a couple pages. I did one from my vacation, but still have more vacation pics to scrap up.  Here’s my recent pages.

Credits: me- Backyard Explorer

Template: Cookie (modified)—by Missy Strand based on a LO by Mrs_jb
Credits: Cherry Blossoms by Kristin Cronin-Barrow

Alpha – Colour Your Own Alpha: Felt Tip by Zoe Pear

Credits: Melissa Bennett Marmalade

credits: Dani Mogstad Gidget

Backyard Explorer digital scrapbook

Backyard Explorer kit comes with 12 papers. Elements in this kit include 5 frames, 6 scalloped papers, 4 ribbons, stitching, clover border, twigs, magnifying glass, 5 butterflies, grass, snail, frog, and coordinating word art and alpha. Everything is designed at 300 dpi. Here’s a preview of it. Enjoy!

Backyard Explorer is no longer available as a freebie.  It can be purchased here. – Buy Backyard Explorer Digital Scrapbook Kit