Kristi Yamaguchi held on again last night to continue her run toward the championship of ABC's Dancing With the Stars.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Kristi Yamaguchi held on again last night to continue her run toward the championship of ABC's Dancing With the Stars.
If you have seen a couple of the posts I entered using layouts that other people have made from my templates then you may be wondering exactly what a "tag" is.
I asked Deborah over at Misfit Princess for an explaination of what a tag is and why someone would make them instead of a layout. Here is her reply:
A tag is just a smaller version of a something such as a layout that allows
someone to enter into an email a cute short little sized (sometimes larger than
some like) personalized graphic. They usually have the senders name on them.
There are tons of tag groupsout there (in yahoo and other groups) and they use a
lot of the layouts just resize them to be anywhere like 3 inches or smaller in
height and width.
Deborah has a tag group called The Princess Pad if this is something you might be interested in following up on. Imagine being able to put your best layout as a signature on your email or your forum page!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Over at Creative Genealogy, Jasia has used my Poland Template to create a very striking layout. She moved some of the elements around to make it fit her needs. Please feel free to do what you need to do for a template to be just what you want it to be. I don't mind at all.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Today's digital scrapbokking freebie download is another template in the Countries of the World Template Series. Here is the Poland Template.
If you go back to the March 17th post you will see that the Wisconsin template from the State Template Series has an overlay that has polka dancers on it. You can highlight that layer and copy it to another layout if you would like.
The doll used in today's Polish design came from Dolls of India. Ok, who knew that if you Googled "polish lady" that a website with the word India would come up! LOL Use a lot of patience and a little bit of "tolerance" on your paint bucket tool to fill in the doll.
You can always use the trick I try when working with a photo that has been grayscaled: I go to effects>texture effects> sculpture and then choose a pattern to create a "super imposed" image on the layout. Check out my Japan template layout and you'll see the effect.
The flower on the template to represent the "O" in Poland is the poppie. It is the official flower of Poland.
Friday, April 25, 2008
I found some US State Maps from a site called Scrapbook Design Down Under . These would be great to go along with my State Template Series.
I also saw a map for Canada so you could also get some stuff for my Countires of the World Template Series. Enjoy using these to add to your layouts.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
WOW! Deborah at the Misfit Princess has been very busy using my templates from the State Template Series. She has made some very cool and colorful tags with them. For more about her tag group on Yahoo, go to The Princess Pad.
Look at what she has done:
Thanks again, Deborah, for using my templates and showing them off on your blog. I would like to email you a sneak peak of the USA Template that is part of the Countries of the World Template Series. It isn't due to be offered for about a week and a half. You have certainly earned it!!! Please email me with your email address!
(Sorry about the gap between the photos...this Blogger makes me crazy sometimes!)
Ok, this may not have just come out, but I only heard about it this afternoon. Tony Stewart is rumored to be in talks with Haas CNC Racing. Would love to hear from some #20 fans on this one. At least us Dale Jr. fans knew the saga behind Jr.'s decision to leave DEI. This Stewart move is a little less "soap opera." I knew he had not signed his extension over the off season, but that there was also still time left...unlike Jr. who went past his signing deadline with no compromise from Teresa.
Looks like Tony is looking for a new challenge in his career. And who knows, Joe Gibbs isn't getting any younger. This should make for interesting media this weekend at Talladega!
One of my cycling, Pilates reformer and Pilates mat clients, Gilbert Ramirez, has a new CD that I think you might like. The name of the CD is With & Without Words and it, acording to Gilbert, consists of "songs that blend Latin rhythms with western-American melodies."
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I have added a new widget on my blog that pulls up free ebooks. It is called Project Gutenberg. I have had a little trouble getting the widget to do what I want so I linked the title to the original webpage.
For you, love is serious business. You don't take dating lightly.And even
if you haven't met the right person, getting married is something you expect to
do soon.Your ideal Valentine's Day date: a romantic picnic in the park. Your
flirting style: subtle and calculating. What turns you off: short term flings. Why
you're hot: you're a hopeless romantic with each new relationship.
Hmmmm, I wouldn't have guessed THAT, but it does have a ring of truth about it...maybe the "hot" part. LOL
Actually my candy heart REALLY says this:
LOL. Hmmm, maybe there is a connection there! I'm sure Jr. would love someone old enoungh to be his...hmmm...VERY older sister! LOLGo to this link and have FUN!!!
Today's template (along with the Turkey and the Israel templates offered a few days ago and the Afghanistan template coming tomorrow) was requested by someone to use for military stationed in those areas. I elected not to use military symbols or themes in these templates because those things can be added when you do your own personal layouts.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
For the second straight year, eight players will be representing Carolina
at the IIHF World Championships, located this year in the Canadian cities of
Quebec City and Halifax. The games begin on May 2 and run until the gold
medal game on May 18.Canadians Eric Staal and Cam Ward will be joined by Ray
Whitney as they attempt to defend their gold medals from last year’s tournament. Also playing in the event are Tim Gleason (United States), Tuomo Ruutu (Finland), Niclas Wallin (Sweden), Dennis Seidenberg (Germany) and goaltending prospect Daniel Manzato (Switzerland). ~Carolina Hurricanes.com
My dad passed along one of those email "jokes" to me. I thought this one was very thought provoking. I wonder how accurate the numbers are? I am sure they are in the "ball park." The Price of Gas Vs Printer Ink Compared with Gasoline: Diet Snapple 16 oz $1.29 ... $10.32 per gallon Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz $1.19 ..........$9.52 per gallon Gatorade 20 oz $1.59 ..... $10.17 per gallon Ocean Spray 16 oz $1.25 ....... $10.00 per gallon Brake Fluid 12 oz $3.15 .... $33.60 per gallon Vick's Nyquil 6 oz $8.35 ... $178.13 per gallon Pepto Bismol 4 oz $3.85 ... $123.20 per gallon Whiteout 7 oz $1.39 ....... . $25.42 per gallon Scope 1.5 oz $0.99 .....$84.48 per gallon Evian water 9 oz 1.49... $21.19 per gallon Ever wonder why printers are so cheap? So they have you hooked for the ink. Someone calculated the cost of the ink at...............(you won't believe it....but it is true........)$5,200 a gal. (five thousand two hundred dollars)
Think a gallon of gas is expensive?This makes one think, and also puts things in perspective. These examples do NOT imply that gasoline is cheap; it just illustrates how outrageous some prices are.... You will be really shocked by the last one!(At least, I was...)
The Price of Gas Vs Printer Ink
Compared with Gasoline:
Diet Snapple 16 oz $1.29 ... $10.32 per gallon
Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz $1.19 ..........$9.52 per gallon
Gatorade 20 oz $1.59 ..... $10.17 per gallon
Ocean Spray 16 oz $1.25 ....... $10.00 per gallon
Brake Fluid 12 oz $3.15 .... $33.60 per gallon
Vick's Nyquil 6 oz $8.35 ... $178.13 per gallon
Pepto Bismol 4 oz $3.85 ... $123.20 per gallon
Whiteout 7 oz $1.39 ....... . $25.42 per gallon
Scope 1.5 oz $0.99 .....$84.48 per gallon
Evian water 9 oz 1.49... $21.19 per gallon
Ever wonder why printers are so cheap? So they have you hooked for the ink. Someone calculated the cost of the ink at...............(you won't believe it....but it is true........)$5,200 a gal. (five thousand two hundred dollars)
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Sometimes a designer makes something and it seems to be much better than to them than anything else they have made. This next template comes close for me.
I'm always trying to find a new way to display the countries on the templates because counting the State Template Series I have already designed 84 of these kinds of templates (with 10 more to do AND THEN the Major Cities of the World Series.)
Monday, April 21, 2008
Today I have another Countries of the World Template Series installment, but this can also go right along with my Passover template from last Friday. This is the Israel Template.
The ribbons on this template came from The Ephemeral Victorian. It appears that website has finaly shut down. What a crying shame! Anyway, the ribbons have a special texture to them so you'll need to be patient when you go to fill them in.
I used the Israeli symbols of the dove and the olive branch and the Israeli flag so that everyone living there could use the template and not just one group of countrymen. I used national symbols and not somehing I made up or thought I knew what I was doing.
It is my goal to make these templates as uncontroversial as possible while still making them creative and interesting. This effort will be especially evident when I get to the Iraq and Afghanistan templates that were requested. Look for those in a few days.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Dale Jr. launched a new candy bar not too long ago called "Big Mo." They are offering a sweepstakes that is going on right now where you have the opportunity to win a VIP weekend with NASCAR hottie Dale Jr. Here's what Jr. has to say about it on his Infield Parking blog:
I wanted to remind everyone about the Big Mo Sweepstakes we have cookin’.
Time is almost up for you to win a VIP weekend here in North Carolina during
Charlotte Race Weeks, which includes lunch at my shop with me and my team. There is still time to enter, so go out and buy box-loads of Big Mo, or visit http://www.bigmo-ment.com/eng-us/default.aspx. I’m really proud of my candy bar, and I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from the fans. Remember, just a few weeks left in the Big Mo-ment Sweepstakes!
~Dale Earnhardt Jr.
If you do not have a code to enter, there is a link to the right (under that gorgeous picture) where you can click to enter anyway. There is one grand prize winner and that person gets to invite 3 guests. I am available that week if you only have 2 other friends! You must enter by April 30th.
Aaaarrrggghhh!!! I just spent almost 45 minutes trying to figure out why my text was converting to Hindu. I hadn't changed a single setting and then boom, Hindu. Well anyway, here it is in good old English. It helps to be able to read what you have written!
Today and tomorrow I have another 2 day Pilates workshop. This time it is on the EXO chair. If you are in the Orlando area you should contact me to get your free Plates class. It is an awesome workout! Just email me and we can set it up. I'm serious here. I can see on my blog where the traffic comes from and I know how much of it is from this area!
Anyway, here is the digital scrapbooking freebie of the day at Scrapping 'Til Dawn: the Greece Template.
Today is the first day of Passover so don't forget to pick up the Passover template from yesterday. As of this morning it had been dowloaded 8 times. Wow. You can always delete something after you download it. I love seeing the numbers go up on 4 Shared when something is downloaded. Humor me! It helps keep the creative juices flowing! LOL
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
There is a website called Just for Redheads that sells hair care products and cosmetics for all different shades of redheads. For those of us too fair to use regular products...like brown/black mascara, there are lighter shades like auburn eyebrow pencils and mascara.
I LOVE their shampoo and conditioner with natrual henna in it. It doesn't color my hair, but rather brings out my natrual highlights. I have a lot of blonde streaks in my red hair. People are always asking me who colors my hair, but it is all natural. I am very lucky. I consider my hair to be my best "asset" when it comes to "beauty." It maybe the only one! LOL
The conditioner is a spray on, leave in conditioner and I like it way more than the kind you put on in the shower. It doesn't weigh your hair down.
The henna works on natural highlights for brunettes too. Sometimes they have some red in their hair.
Kristi again gave the best dance and for the first time managed to be not
just technically precise but genuinely expressive in her routine. The
in-training scenes of her family's visit with her two young daughters were sweet
and touching, so, fine. She's still unfairly advantaged in this amateur
competition... DWTS: Halfway TomMaurstad
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Well, it IS happy to those of us who have already filed AND spent our tax refunds! LOL But here is a little something to make the day a little happier for everyone, regardless of your tax status...
Walgreens is offering 15 FREE prints from their online photo processing center. You can have them mailed to you or you can pick them up at your local neighborhood store.
So go ahead and order your prints today only! This is a godsend for paper scrappers who are trying to save some money on picture printing!
Today I'm continuing the Countries of the World Template Series. You may wonder why I say that every post. Well, it is one of the tricks to getting as many hits as you can on your blog. The more something is said, the easier Google picks up on it. That's why I say it is your "digital scrapbooking freebie" alot. It may sound stilted, but it is effective. LOL
The symbol I chose to use today for the Portugal Template is the Barcelos Rooster. It stands for "The winning of justice when you fight for it".
I have gotten a few more countries added to the template list and the requests for specific cities are coming in as well. Now is the tme to get your favorites on the list! Once I close out a series I'd like for it to be complete in case there are some of you who are trying to collect everything.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Today's Countries of the World Template Series goes half way around the world to offer the Japan Template.
In 1989 my cousin Allan married a beautiful Japaneese girl, Keiko. Allan was living in Japan at the time and was studying veterinary medicine. He had graduated form Alburn Veterinary School in 1983 and had been in Japan for awhile.
Allan and Keiko have their own clinic in Hickory, NC. It is , among other things, an after hours emergency clinc. Here is the information if you ever need it:
Unifour Veterinary Referrals
126 US Highway 321 Southwest
Hickory, NC, 28602
P: (828) 328-6697
Allan, a veterinary surgeon, is the best there is in his area. He has even treated the famous bear at Grandfather Mountain. Imagine giving an MRI to a bear!