Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year & a Freebie for YOU!

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Well the end of 2008 is here and a new year is about to begin! I am looking forward to new things to come in 2009 and hope you are too!

My Mom, who has traced her Indian heritage, become an official member of an Indian Clan and has been given her Indian name, sent an email tonight that really spoke to me and I want to share it with all of you! But before I do that, I want to preface this with a bit of background information about me. I will try to make it short because honestly, I never thought that I would share information this personal about myself.

About a year and a half ago (the summer of 2007), I started to have panic attacks. I didn’t realize that this is what was happening to me until this last summer (2008) when I was finally diagnosed with Panic/Anxiety Attacks and Agoraphobia. I have a great doctor and she has spent a lot of time with me to find out what was going on. She said recently that I am over analyzing it and that I need to “stop trying to figure out the whys and the triggers because she believes that there aren’t any. It just happens.” I do attempt to go out and about and when I do, I prefer to have someone with me just incase, but Eric is always my first choice, whether it is to a place like Target or even a grocery store. I am able to go to and from work usually without issue, but on occasion have had a panic attack or two while at work. Within the last few months or so, not only have the number of panic attacks increased for me but the intensity has become so overwhelming that I become physically ill usually while the attack is happening and it seems to drain me of all of my energy afterwards. (Even as I type this, I am beginning to feel an attack coming on. I am dripping with sweat, my breathing has increased, my stomach hurts, and my hands are shaky and tingling.)

So when I read the email tonight, I felt that it was speaking to me and thought to myself, that I know that I am not the only person in this world that is dealing with something like this. The quote that she sent to me gave me hope and I am printing it out and I am going to hang it o my bathroom mirror so that I see it every day as a reminder. Be sure to read that last line, it’s a doozy!

Below is a quote from book: A Cherokee Feast of Days, Daily Meditations by Joyce Sequichie Hifler: It expresses my feelings/prayers on this day looking forward to 2009:

If, like a Cherokee warrior, I can look at the New Year as an opportunity to stand on new ground, then strength and courage are on my side.

If I have waited a long time for everything to be perfect—and there have been moments, brief as they were, that filled my expectations—then I can face the challenges.

I will remember that things do work out, bodies do heal, relationships mend—not because I said it, but because I believe it. But it is time to make things right, to stay on the path.

As water runs fresh and free from the woodland spring, so new life and meaning will bubble up from my own inner source.

I will be still and steady, because there is nothing to be gained by showing fear in chaotic world.

I can turn from ignorance and prejudice toward a light that never goes out.

“The death of fear is in doing what you fear to do.” ~ Sequichie ComingDeer

Something to think about as we all move into this New Year, 2009! I will overcome this fear! I have to! I really want to be able to go grocery shopping or go out and about without having tag-a-longs all of the time. When my daughter graduates high school in 2010, I want to be able to attend the ceremony! There are a lot of things that I am missing out on right now, that I really want to be doing and just haven’t been able to. So instead of making new year’s resolutions, which I normally don’t make anyways because I would usually break them when I did, I will just set a small goal to attempt to go out and about, to a place other than my job, once a week. Now honestly, that scares me just thinking about it and if that just ends up being too much, then I will attempt it every other week and just try to build up from there. I used to be on the go constantly and I was living! I want to get back to really living outside of the walls of this house again!

Speaking of making realistic goals! Stop by Rina’s blog to read what Denise has to say about making short term/realistic goals and of course be sure to pick up the fab-U-lous freebie which is a gorgeous January 2009 Desktop. I think our Royal Court Muse, Denise was speaking to me also and just didn’t know it!

Before you go, feel free to download the new Blog Wear freebie that I have for you also! I used my Snowmen Kit to create it!

Snowmen Blog Wear

Download here and Enjoy!!!!
If you make your blog super cute using my Blog Wear, link me up! I'd love to see it!!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

A new week with new releases & a new freebie but NO snow!

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Ahhhh! A new week and there is NO snow!!!! Yeah!! It is pretty to look at but I just dont like it! I can't dive in it and it almost always ends up with ice! Today was the first day in the last two weeks that I drove myself to and from work! I was actually excited about driving myself! LOL (I am easily amused, obviously! ROFL) My better half, Eric, had been driving me back and forth to work. He is such a wonderful man! He was also driving my Mom to and from work also. We had her stay with us during the last two weeks because of all of the snow and such!

Well, with a new week, comes new product releases at Scrapbook-Elements,
plus this week until January 3rd there is a 30% off Customer Appreciation Sale going on!

Brand spanking new this week to SBE:

Little Penguins - the Kit
Little Penguins

Little Penguins

Some oldies but goodies that I am bringing to SBE at special request:

XOXO - the Collection
Each of these items can be purchased separately, but you save $$ plus get the bonus pack,
that you can not get anywhere else, with the Collection!
Go to my store and check them out!
XOXO - the Collection

Warmth - the Kit

Warmth - the Alpha

80s Attitude - the Kit

80s Attitude - the Alpha

Thank you to those of you that have contacted me and reqested that I add certain kits into my SBE store,
like the 80's Attitude and the XOXO sets!
There are there now, be sure to grab them while they are on sale!!!!

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For stopping by, one of our Royal Court Muses, Bonnie,
has made an adorable word art using my Little Penguins Kit!

12/29/08 Little Penguins Word Art by Bon

Download here & please leave Bonnie some luvin'!
(no password needed)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The thaw begins with a freebie for YOU!

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I hope that you all had a very nice Christmas! We are finally starting to thaw up here in the Pacific Northwest! We had about 2 feet of snow covering everything and it was the powdery snow! This Actic Blast is very unusual for this area at this time of year and has lasted for 2 weeks! Usually, we might get a bit of wet snow that turns into ice during January and only lasts for a couple of days, so this was a BIG change for all of us! My kids and dogs have had a great time sledding and playing in this stuff but I think that we are all ready to see it melt! Jack & Daisy (our dogs) love the snow and seem to think that it is one big treat for them to eat and play in! LOL

One of our Royal Court Muses, Bonnie, has created a wonderful quick page for all of you!
She used my "I See Stars" kit which you can find here and on sale!
In fact, all of SBE is on sale at 30% off until January 3rd, 2009!
So stop by and stock up while the sale is going on!

I See Stars QP by Bonnie

Download here
Enjoy & be sure to leave some love for Ms Bonnie!
(no password is needed)

Friday, December 26, 2008

SBE Customer Appreciation Days SALE & GIFT

We would like to thank you for being a part of Scrapbook-Elements this past year and
give you a little gift to help you scrap your 2008 memories.

Cathy Krenek has created this 2 page template, both in psd and individual png format, for you.

Just add this item to your cart and during the checkout process,
add the coupon code SBE-CA-Gift-08 to subtract the cost of the template.

This is the only way you can receive this template, so be sure to add it to your cart prior to checkout and
enter the coupon code with any purchase.

Keep in mind that ALL of my products are SCRAP4OTHER friendly!
So stock up now while they are on sale!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

*NEW* Snowmen Kit arrives with Freebies for YOU!

New Release

12/21 Snowmen Kit AD

Arriving with this Arctic Blast of Weather that everyone here in the US appears to be getting, is my Snowman Kit! This page set has been created with a bit of a whimsy, country feel and filled to the brim with fantastic textures including a lot of felt, glitter and smooth pearl. This kit is perfect for all of your winter and holiday fun photos for layouts and or your craft/hybrid projects!

Snowmen Kit

Snowmen Kit

Included in this page set you will receive the following: 15 – 12x12 inch background papers, 1 curvy text with glittery saying “Let it snow!”, 1 pearl eyelet, 4 felt gift packages, 2 felt hats, 3 various jewels, 1 large felt journal mat, 1 string of Christmas lights, 2 snow overlays (not shown in preview), 5 - 1 inch pom pons, 2 ribbons, 1 ric rac, 1 scarf frame wrap, 1 frame, 1 simple felt frame, 10 glitter, pearl and crystal snowflakes, 1 snowflake dangle, 6 adorable felt snowmen, 2 staples, 1 length of line stitches, 1 length of X stitches, 2 simple stitch stars, 2 curled strings, 2 strings with brad anchors, 5 tags in various shapes and sizes and 2 felt Christmas trees.

All elements are created at 300 ppi for superior quality printing. Drop shadows are only included where needed for added realism. Sized 12x12 inches the papers can easily be resized or cropped to suit your needs.

*This product is SCRAP4OTHERS friendly as are ALL of my products! *

*Also available separately for your convenience as individual sets: Snowmen Element Set and Snowmen Paper Pack.

Also blowing in this weekend are some more favorite products!

I See Stars

I See Stars I See Stars
Don't forget! ALL new items are on sale on Sundays & Mondays at Scrapbook-Elements!
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Now that you have made it to the end here, how about a freebie or two for YOU?!
Our Royal Court Muses, Bonnie and Denise have put together a couple of goodies for you using my Snowman Kit!
One is a large patchwork like frame and the other is a 4x6 Brag Book Frame!
12/21/08 Snowmen Kit Freebies
We hope that you all are staying warm and safe during this holiday season!
Be sure to leave the ladies some love! :)
Download here
(no password is needed)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Coming This Weekend

12/19 Best Gift AD

New Releases coming this weekend!
Don't miss a minute of scrapping time with these new kits!
Four new releases will be available Sunday, December 21, 2008.
A Christmas card creation was made with 2 of them and turned into an ad to intrigue you;
"I See Stars" and "Snowmen" were used.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Snow Folks, Penguins & Polar Bears Oh My! (& a freebie for YOU too!)

New Release

Snowmen, Penguins & Polar Bears Oh My!

Have you seen them yet? They are all so cute! It's becoming a zoo in there!!! LOL A few new kits are in the store today!

Be sure to check them out!

ALL New Releases are priced at 20% Off Sunday and Monday Only, so grab them now while they are on sale!

Also, dont forget that all of my products are S4H/S4O FRIENDLY!

Polar Bears Kit
Polar Bears Page Kit

Playful Penguins Kit
Playful Penguins Kit

Let's not forget about the rest of the them!

Here are a few more that have been recently added to my store at Scrapbook-Elements!

Simple Snow Folks
Simple Snow Folks Page Kit

Beary Christmas
Beary Christmas

Snow Friends

A Moose is a Moose

How about some inspiration?!

One of our Royal Muses, Denise, created these wonderful layouts using my Polar Bears Kit and my Playful Penguins Kit!

How cute is this Snow Baby?!

This is Denise's daughter when she was 2 years old. She also used trees from A Moose is a Moose kit on her layout here.

And take a peek at Otis!

Denise said "This is my dog Otis. He loves the snow and can be seen rolling in it even at the age of 10. Additional credit goes to TADA for the Rain Jewels in her Chalet Kit"


Denise has also crafter a sweet frame cluster freebie using elements from the Playful Penguins kit for you while creating these wonderful layouts!

Playful Penguins freebie by Denise

Download here
Please leave Denise some love and enjoy the freebie!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas kits & 2 FREE Quick Pages

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Christmas Kit AD

Stop by my Scrapbook-Elements store and pick up that special Christmas kit that you need to preserve those fond holiday events! Maybe you are needing to get caught up on past Christmas photos? Well, there are plenty of holiday kits waiting for you! To help you with scrapping those snapshots, our Royal Muse, Bon has created 2 - 10x10 inch quick pages for you!

Download here
Enjoy and please leave Bon a little love! :)

Beary Good News & a Freebie too!!!

New Release

This week there is a brand new Christmas kit in the store at Scrapbook Elements as well as a continued re-release of older kits.

New ths week is Beary Christmas. This Christmas kit is packed full of amusing, charismatic and entertaining teddy bears ready to decorate for the holidays and will be perfect on your layouts and craft projects. Created with a mix of traditional and non traditional Christmas colors so that it is more versatile and will mix and match with many other holiday items.

Beary Christmas

Beary Christmas

Here's a peek at the papers.

Beary Christmas

Items being re-relased include Ladybugs & Daisies, Out of this World, and Sunshine on My Shoulders.

Ladybugs & Daisies



And here are the Alphabet sets that are available separately:



Out of This World

Out of this World Kit

Here's a peek at the papers.


Sunshine On My Shoulders


Here's a peek at the papers:


and the bracket album and alphabet sets too.



All of these products are ScrapForOthers Friendly!!!

Inspiration Station

Here are a few pages that the CT did using these products.

Kabra created these two pages using Beary Christmas.

Sandy used Sunshine On My Shoulders to scrap this darling page of her daughter.


Finally, you have made it this far, here is a little blog freebie that Kabra made using Beary Christmas!!!

Beary Christmas - 4x6 Brag Book Page by Kabra

Download here & enjoy!