Thursday, October 30, 2008

Christmas Around the World info

This is from Kimberly about this year's Christmas Around the World. Please remove the space between the @ sign and gmail when replying to her or your message will bounce:

Hi all!

Sorry this is going out a bit later than I had planned on, I've been very ill but I figured this can't wait any longer so I'm sending it now!!

It's time once again for the Christmas Around The World freebie collab kit!!!
Last year was an incredible success! It was amazing to see all the designers participate in this huge kit and besides sending 4shared into a state of shock for a day or two it went off without a hitch!

From the feedback I received everyone seemed extremely happy about the increase in traffic to their sites and most expressed and interest in participating again this year!

So if you're a digital designer and you'd like to get in on The Christmas Around The World Freebie Kit - just send an email to fishinmomdesigns@ and I'll send you out the information and color swatch for this years kit! This is open to all designers whether you've been established for years or are brand new to the amazing world of digital scrapbooking! Digital scrapbook site owners - if you'd like to include your store/designers please just email me!

For the rest of you keep your eyes open!! The Christmas Around The World Event starts December 12th!!! Make sure you have lots of hard drive space on you computers because if it is anything like last year this freebie kit is going to be HUGE!!!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New CT member for Adelina's Designs...ME!

It's official ~ I've been asked to be a Creative Team member for Adelina's Designs (Adelina Biswas)! I'm honored to be given this opportunity to scrap with her gorgeous creations. You may have already noticed some of the layouts I've done for her already in the blog posts below. Keep an eye out for lots more to follow.

Adelina currently sells her kits at Digital Arts Cafe and Do It Digi. Hurry on over and check out what she has created for YOU.

Thanks, Adelina, for having me on your team! I'm so excited!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Treat Bags & Brag Book...Hybrid Projects

Want to get step-by-step instructions on how to create your own spooktacular Halloween treat bags & brag book like these? Just visit K-Joi Studios Hybrid Treat Bag and Boo Brag Book today!


We Love Disney

Template: jasjul template for Oct 2008
Natalka kit by AneczkaW (Anna Wierzbicka), Destiny kit by AneczkaW (elements), Swan Princess kit by AneczkaW (element), Treasure kit -Lovely Day by AneczkaW (elements)


Monday, October 27, 2008

U Make Me Smile

Kits: Club Deco Full of Emotions - Michaele Burkhart (background paper), Lori Staton (background paper), Paris Designs (background paper), Jennifer Rassi (ribbon), Sherry Scraps (Word Art); A Pocket Full of Posies by Retro Designs (stapes, pocket, brad, heart); and Majestic Alpha by Jennifer Rassi
Majestic Majestic Alpha by Jennifer Rassi, Kidprint

Sunday, October 26, 2008

M is for Mom

Template: Rose McDigital Designs' October 2008 Template Challenge template
Kits: Magical Vol 2 The Garden by Aimee (butterflies), 22596D Week 2 (fairies, toadstools, bird), 21630C Week 3 (background paper), 21687C Week 2 (background paper - clipped for ribbon), BVT Welcome kit (frame, stitching - recolored, and pink swirls and ribbon),
Fonts: Just Another Font, Kidprint

Home on the Range

Kit: Rustic Trail by Jen Hanson
Font: Jugend

Saturday, October 25, 2008

With Autumn Comes Change

October Harvest by RoseMade Designs (ric rac recolored)
Coffee Tin MF, Cooper Md BT


October Harvest by RoseMade Designs, A Pocket Full of Posies by Retro Designs (sunflowers and zigzag stitches), Club Deco April Surprise by Michaele Burkhart (background papers), Club Deco Sept 2008 Farewell to Summer by Deb Ammerman (fun clips), Club Deco October 2008 Full of Emotions by Jennifer Rassi (sunflower swirly), Club Deco Sept 2008 Farewell to Summer by ParisDesigns (background paper - recolored), Club Deco Sept 2008 Farewell to Summer by Lori Staton (background paper - recolored), Club Deco October 2008 Full of Emotions by RoseMade Designs (alpha)

'Big Jim' the Cowboy

Kits: October Harvest by RoseMade Designs, All in a Tumble by Ilona Hamp (background paper used as journaling tag), Banana Mango by RoseMade Designs (background papers), Tough as Nails QP by Jen Hanson (used as a small element)
Fonts: Folkard, Arial Narrow
Upon his retirement, my Great Uncle Jim created "Big Jim" because he was passionate about the Old West -- he loved reading books by Louis L'Amour -- even though he had never been farther west than St. Louis. With an artisan's attention to detail, it took him more than a year to craft the 20-foot tall, 3 1/2-ton sculpture, which shows the cowboy with a cocked, long-barreled six-shooter in his right hand and a flintlock muzzle-loader along his left side. His neckerchief is made of a yard-wide swath of steel, hand-formed to resemble folds of cloth and hand-cut fringe borders on his buckskin jacket and on his wide-brimmed 10-gallon hat with its turned up edges, and a watch fob made from a recycled antique stove. He also has glass eyes. Metal "rawhide" fastens the jacket in place of buttons. The sculpture was put into place with a crane in 1978 amid much fanfare and publicity and it immediately turned into a head-turning landmark. Since Uncle Jim passed away, his family decided to donate him to Charleroi. Ultimately, he was moved to nearby Bentleyville where he is on display in front of the Best Western hotel.

10 Weeks Before Christmas Challenge

10 Weeks Before Christmas Challenge
Twas 10 weeks before Christmas when all through the store,
All the scrappers were sighing from birthday freebies galore.

The new designers were uploading to Zen cart with care,
In hopes that their products soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of layouts danced in their Mom's heads.

With our spiffy chat room and a fancy new blog,
we were ready to settle down when away went the fog.

Up on the boards there arose such a clatter,
we all came rushing to see what was the matter.

We sprang to the forum with our internet so fast,
clicked on all the challenges, and let out a gasp.

The computer glow on the K-Joi forum
gave us hope that ALL would come.

For what to our wondering eyes should appear
but a brand new challenge to relieve all fear!

With a little known designer, cheerful and FUN,
All knew that the host would be April Dawn.

Quick to the rescue of Christmas she came,
and listed the many challenges by name...

The Calendars! The Gift Lists! The Ornaments! The Cards!
Digi Gifts, Hybrid Gifts, Wrapping, and Rewards!!
To prepare us for Christmas, To prepare us ALL!
Now scrap away, scrap away, SCRAP AWAY ALL!!!

Christmas has sneaked up on us again, but not to fear... K-Joi Studios has a challenge each week from now until Christmas to get us prepared!! It starts October 20th...Monday, and goes through Christmas itself! And it ends with a BIG BANG...stay tuned!! Here is a brief summary of what we will be doing:

Week #1: Calendars...for family or the either way!
Week #2: Gift Lists...this will be a TON more FUN than it sounds...LOL! Come prepared to post family gifting traditions you either do or would like to do!!
Week #3: Christmas Cards...with a LOVELY surprise to help them along!!
Weeks #4, #5, and #6: We will be doing a fun Photo Craft or scrapping related gifts for those on our Gift Lists...or ourselves...LOL!
Weeks #7 and #8: Ornaments for our trees...every year April makes one for her family with a story. She will have a fun Christmas story to go with these two as well!
Week #9: Time to wrap some gifts! We will have some ideas for FUN gift tags, or dressing up gift bags and wrapped presents!
Week #10: This is when we reward our hard...but FUN work!! This is bound to be REALLY exciting!!! Stay around and you will find out why!!
Find out more here:,197.0.html

Weekly Chats at K-Joi Studios

Cartoon Chat
While the kids (and hubby) are watching cartoons on Saturday morning, or at soccer practice, or sleeping in... join fellow scrappers for a fun, relaxing chat, with one of K-Joi's newest designers, KatLen!

It starts at 10:00 am US Central time and ends... whenever we stop chatting - we carried on for a while last week!

This week's topics include:
* Digital Scrapbooking Day
* What are you making for Christmas?
but we will chat about anything that is fun!

Cheeky Chat

This is for all our friends who are usually sleeping during US chat times (and those night owls who like to stay up late chatting!)
The chat starts at 2:00 am US central time and will go on as long as you can keep chatting.
Here's a note from your hostess, Liz "Seeing as though it is nearly Halloween, I was thinking of giving you all a challenge to fact why not? I have almost completed a very special kit that you can use to dress up your pets.. So, I have decided to put a sampling of the elements into a freebie for a limited time for all of you to play with...oh and a bonus background of a theatre and spotlight will have heaps of fun doing this with hats and wigs, sunglasses and even a mustache.
For participating in this chat you get a link to the kit I mentioned and then I will ask you to scrap a page with your little furry darlings by Halloween. Then I will put a poll up and we will vote on our most favorite and the winner there will get a prize from the prize vault....this sounds so exciting so please come to the chat. If you can't make it to the chat, post on this thread to participate in the challenge
Also check this thread for links to the chat room right before the chat!"

10 Weeks Before Christmas Chat
K-Joi Studios is having a weekly challenge to help get us ready for Christmas and will have a chat to discuss each weeks challenge. There is a poll going right now to decide a time that's best for everyone, please take a moment to vote in the poll and then join us in the fun challenge.
Read all about the challenge here:

Friday, October 24, 2008


Adelina has some gorgeous QPs on her blog for you. These QPs were created by Elena from Adelina's "Queen of Roses" kit. This is just an example of what treasures you will find there.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Butterflies Are Free to Fly

K-Joi contestant 20713A (background paper), 'Expecting' K-Joi Studios July Collaboration kit (lace), Treasured Times Add-on by Mitsybelle (frame), Grungy Cardboard Flower Corners by mlwCustom Designs-Mique Walcutt
Fiolex Girls
(Excerpt from I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor) I will survive Oh, as long as I know how to love I know I'll stay alive I've got all my life to live I've got all my love to give And I'll survive I will survive

AneczkaW's Blog FREEBIE...

October 2008
Anna's Element challenge and Freebie

Hi everybody! Anna is a little late with her challenge this month, but she was sick and her computer was broken; so she just didn't have the access to the Internet. But now she is back, and I hope you are ready for the October challenge. This month 4 people will receive their favorite Word Art from Anna's Divine Digital Store.


MUST use Anna's Clustered Freebie Frame, which you will find on her blog. (Link is listed below)
2. You can use any kits you want from any designer.
Post your work into Anna's Element Challenge Gallery and link back here to receive a point towards Divine Rewards!
You have time until the end of October 2008.

Okay, now go and get your FREEBIE here:

Who Done It?

Miss Marple by BooLand Designs
Fabulous 50s
Who Done It?

Challenge Thread Link

Gallery Link

Get it right now while it's FREE!
Product Link

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Pear

Flower Power by Jen Hanson
Mom took this photo of the pear from the tree in the back yard that Dad and I tied up and supported the branches because of the size of the pears. 2007

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New England Clam Chowder

Kit: Ocean Breeze by Adelina
Font(s): Bahaus MD BT, BD Merced


1/2 pound bacon
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup leek, leeks
1/4 teaspoon garlic, choppped (I minced 1 large garlic clove)
2 tablespoons flour
1 quart milk
1 cup minced clams with juice
2 cups potatoes, diced
1 tablespoon salt (start with less)
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup heavy cream


1. Brown the bacon in a large dutch-oven sized pan. Remove bacon and chop into small pieces. 2. In a soup pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, celery, leeks and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes stirring often. 3. Add flour; mixing well. 4. Add milk and whisk vigorously. 5. Drain clams - adding juice to soup. 6. Slowly bring to a boil. mixing often. Reduce heat to a simmer. 7. Add potatoes and seasonings, simmer 10 minutes. 8. Add bacon. 9. Add clams and simmer 5-8 minutes. 10 Add heavy cream. 11. Heat through and serve. Optional serving suggestion: Serve in a hard-crusted, large loaf of bread with the top cut off.

Tribute to My Hero, Todd

Emozioni by Adelina


These are photos taken along my recent journey across the USA. As I relish in the glorious morning skies, and go throughout each day, and find peace in each sunset, my thoughts are often of family and friends. This is a tribute to my friend; Todd Bishop of Interlachen, Florida; who was wounded in Iraq and has had both of his legs amputated. Todd, YOU are my hero!

(Excerpt from the lyrics to "Hero" by Mariah Carey)
There's a hero if you look inside your heart
You don't have to be afraid of what you are There's an answer if you reach into your soul And the sorrow that you know will melt away And then a hero comes along with the strength to carry on And you cast your fears aside and you know you can survive So when you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong And you'll finally see the truth, that a hero lies in you

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Pandas at Play

Kit: Because You Are Beautiful (Combo Pack) by Lynn Griffin
Easter Parade, Busorama MD BT
May your home be a place where friends meet, family gathers and love grows Home is where you hang your memories.

Challenge Thread Link

Gallery Link

Product Link


Kit: Just Halloween by Darhena
Spooky Magic

Not only is he a sharp dresser, but he also knows that two heads are better than one, as he carries a spare skull with him!

Challenge Thread Link
Want to leave me some luvin'?
Gallery Link Product Link

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Last Chance Canal, Soda Springs, Idaho

Kit(s): Doodle Grunge by Susan Blanton, Grab bag 1 by Micha Zink of Heckenwerge Designs (frames - recolored)), Forever Friends by Aimee (swirl elements)
Font(s): Thirteen O clock, Acroterion JF
Journaling: Last Chance Canal, Soda Springs, Idaho. When we visited the canal while on my road trip, my brother, Rich, found a rotting cougar carcass. He dragged it up to the top of the rocks so we could get a good look (and not so good smell), whipped out his trusty pocket knife when I declared the jaw bone, and cut away the remaining unpleasantly aromatic tissue from it and handed it to me. (Hey, what are little brothers for? LOL) I shipped this item home via the U.S. Postal Service with many other items. However, this was one of the boxes that arrived damaged and no cougar jaw bone was to be found.

Challenge Thread Link

Would you like to leave me some luvin? ~~ Gallery Link
Product Links:
Doodle Grunge
Grab bag 1
Forever Friends

Beautiful Bouquet

Kit: Flower Power Starter Kit by Jen Hanson
When my friend, Butch, passed away, Aunt Doris & Uncle Bruce sent me this beautiful bouquet. April 2008
Challenge Thread Link

Want to leave me some luvin' ? ~~ Gallery Link

Product Link

Friday, October 17, 2008

Little Kenny's birth

Natalka and My Boy Word Art by AneczkaW (Anna Wierzbicka)
Font: Amsterdam Graffiti
Journaling: Little Kenny's birth January 8, 2005 at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Virginia

Product Links:
Divine Digital:
My Boy Word Art
Natalka kit
Stone Accents Studio:
My Boy Word Art
Natalka kit

On SALE Now! "Farewell to Summer" - Club Deco October 2008


Come on over to K-Joi Studios and celebrate! Lots of FUN, challenges, chats, sales, prizes, and so much more...


Friday, October 3, 2008

October 2008 Designer's Choice Award Contest

We are starting up the Designer's Choice Awards Contest again!!!

Here is a review of how this program works:

You have until October 21st to submit your pages.
Post your layout in the gallery here: Designer's Choice Award Gallery
You must use new pages created just for this contest. You may not double up and use the same page for more than this challenge.
Your pages must be created using a kit or freebie from a Deco-Pages Designer.
You must give full credit for the kit(s), materials and fonts you use for your layout. A link to the kit in the Deco-Pages store would be nice, too.
Please post a link to your layout in the October 2008 Designer's Choice Award Contest forum so we can leave some love.

Marcee of RoseMade Designs will choose the 3 pages she thinks are the most fabulous that have been uploaded to our Designer's Choice Award Gallery on/about October 22nd, 2008.
A poll will be set up here in the forum, and you will all be asked to come and vote to select the winner out of the three.

The two runner's up will receive a surprise gift from RoseMade Designs. I promise you will love it!
The winner of the poll will receive their choice of either the Brag Book of the month created by the Deco-Pages Design Team or a free month of Club Deco!

As always, we want everyone to feel like a winner here at Deco-Pages, so everyone that submits a page and/or votes for the winner will get a prize.

Click to go to the contest forum ---> October 2008 Designer's Choice Award Contest