Explanation of My Absence

Has it really been 1.5 months since I posted?  Where does time go?  Actually, I’ve had a lot of time but “Old Man Winter” has not allowed me to spend much of it here in the dungeon.  It has been soooooo cold in NYC this winter.  Brrrrrrr!  I can’t remember a winter that has been this cold since we moved here 22.5 years ago.

If you have been a blog follower for a while, you know that my computer is in our basement, which I affectionately refer to as “the dungeon” because it’s dark and cold.  We have a portable electric heater that I could use, but because the electric service is so old in our house, I’m afraid to use it.  Most times I just stay upstairs where it is at least a bit warmer — although, I think that we have swiss cheese windows because it’s cold up there too!

You may remember that I took the summer off.  Well, it ended up being more than the summer.  This fall was rough.  We’ve been dealing with some issues at the house (it had gotten so bad we had to call Terminix), we had a car accident at the end of our week long celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary and ended up getting a new to us car (with only 1 week to do it), we took a trip to Virginia to get said car and that was all in October.  I won’t bore you with the rest of the fall and beginning of winter.  Suffice it to say, I was burnt out.

But I’m back with new kit ideas.  In fact, my newest kit, “Be Still My Heart” is now in the MyMemories store and will be added to my personal store very shortly.  Here is the preview.

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In addition to the main kit, there are two additional packs of backgrounds.  The first is a set of 10 polka dot backgrounds.

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The next is a set of 20 plaids.

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My wonderful CT has stuck with me all this time.  A few of them are currently working with this kit and I can’t wait to see what they come up with.  I’ll be sure to post the layouts when they do.

I hope that you have stuck with me too!  I hope to be posting more regularly and also hoping to offer some freebies for your patience with me.

As always, please share your layouts with me if you use any of my kits.  I really do want to see what you do!!

Keep scrappin’,




New Kit and a Freebie QP

My newest kit, Release the Butterflies, is now available in my stores.  It is a commissioned kit from one of my CT members.  Here’s the description and preview:

Release the Butterflies is about letting go of our preconceived notions and allowing our kids to break out of their cocoons.
All kids. Let’s appreciate their uniqueness and embrace who they really are.
All kids need to be seen as individuals, not as a collection of strengths and weaknesses.


It can be found here at MyMemories or at my personal store here.  There are also two add-on packs of backgrounds that are available separately.

Kim decided that she wanted to work with this kit.  She made two beautiful layouts and one she made into a QP for you.  You will have to head over to her blog to snag it!


The layout above is the one that she made into a QP for you.  It’s only available until May 29, so don’t miss out.  Be sure to leave your thanks!


I hope that you are able to get a lot of scrapping done.  It’s so important to get your family’s memories recorded in some format and scrapping is a great way!!

Keep scrappin’,


New Album Templates at MMS

I promised you a look at the additional new products that are in my MyMemories store.  Today I’m showcasing my album templates.  These are like QP’s except that you can only use them with the My Memories software.  Actually they are a whole lot better than QP’s because they are complete customizable.  You can rearrange embellishments and change the background.  You can subtract or add photos and move them around, too.  They are a great way to get started scrapping.  Here are a couple of previews for you.

April Showers album template

Bring May Flowers album template

God’s Fall Paintbox Revisited album template

God’s Fall Paintbox album template

I really hope that these album templates inspire you to continue scrapping.  If you don’t have the MyMemories software, you don’t know what you are missing.  Click on the banner at the top of my blog and use my code (STMMMS2601) to receive $10 off your purchase of the best digital scrapbooking software out there!

I think it’s time for a Freebie Friday.  Come back tomorrow.  I just might have something for you!

Keep scrappin’,