• Hello & Welcome!

    My name is Corina Nielsen and I am so happy you stopped by. I provide custom photography services in San Diego, Ca., mainly specializing in newborn portraiture and I also run a separate graphic design business helping photographers define their business identity. You can see samples of all my work right here on my blog... both of my photography and design portfolio's are located right in the above menu! Please take a look and if you are interested in either booking a session or getting on my design wait list, you can use the contact form to get in touch! I look forward to talking with you soon!

A Month RE-Cap!!!!

Holy cow!  I cannot even believe it has been a whole month since I last opened up my typepad account!  It has been a huge whirlwind and I don’t even know where to start!!!!  How about some vacay stuff?

Last month, Blake and I took a trip to Hawaii:)  It was technically supposed to be all 4 of us, but Joe couldn’t get the time off of work at the last minute, so I didn’t want Blake to miss out on being with the rest of the family, and it ended up just being him and I unfortunately.  It was sooooo hard being away from Joe and the baby.  I am guaranteed to NEVER do that again!  The whole time I was just sad because they weren’t there!  I tried to make the most of it, but certainly could NOT wait to get home!  I did manage to get a few pics though:

Blake and I in front of our hotel:

Blake boogie boarding:

My sister, her man, and the kiddos at the luau:


My sisters and I at the luau:

One of the waterfalls we went to in Hana:


My niece and nephew in Makena Beach:



Those are pretty much the highlights of the week lol!  To tell you the truth, most mornings and all of the nights, I was in the hotel room WORKING!!!!  Right before we left for the trip, literally 2 days before I think, I received a HUGE offer to work on a very special project:)  When I actually got the offer, I was completely in tears and sooooo excited!  Scared and overwhelmed for sure, but so ready for this! 

Looks like yours truly has landed a paper deal:)  I’m not going to go into specifics at the moment, but this is a very big deal to me and feel so honored and proud to have been asked to do this.  The majority of my time on that trip and ever since I have been back, has been spent working for this company!  Hopefully soon I will be able to share the details… I still feel like it isn’t happening lol!  I’m just waiting for the rug to get pulled out from under me!  But hopefully all things will go well!!!!  I have felt completely terrible that I have done very little work at the store, but I think I’m over the hard part and can finally get some other stuff done!  It was hard inititially to balance everything because ALL of my time was spent working on the project/s, but now things have settled down and I can get back into a routine… hopefully anyways!!!

On a yucky note for the month… Joe was injured at work:(  When I got the call, of course your mind races since he is a police officer right?  But fortunately, in the grand scheme of cop stuff, this is nothing lol!  While on a foot pursuit, he ended up running out of his car (probably before it was even stopped) and twisted his ankle, BAD!  At first we thought it was broken for sure.  When he came home from the doctors, it was already completely black and blue and SWOLLEN!  The doctor took xrays and didn’t find any breaks, but we had to go back a few days after that to have it rechecked.  OMG, he was in soooo much pain and all that doc gave him was Tylenol… wth?  We went back and he was told that he probably had a torn ligament so an MRI was ordered…. of course as it turns out he has 2 completely torn and detached ligaments bleh!  Best case scenario is that he is out for 8-12 weeks and at that time they will determine whether or not he has to have surgery to correct it.  Apparently, ligament tears are much worse than breaks, more painful, worse recovery, etc.  So needless to say it has NOT been fun in our household lol!  Between the kids, him, the store, AND the new paper stuff I’m doing…. I have been so stressed out and on the edge lol!  He should be home at least until next Monday, so we will see what the doc says then about it.  Joe is NOT one to take any meds, even Tylenol for a headache, so when he is ASKING me for the pain medication, I know he is just about dying from the pain… poor guy:(  I’d post the pics I took of his ankle, but I promised I wouldn’t lol!

OK, what next?  Oh, I did manage to get a new product in the store this week:)

And here are some layouts with it:

By Kellie:

By Laura:

By Julie:

By Angie:


Aren’t they purty?  I have a whole new kit coming next week… here is a preview for ya:

OK gals, time to get out of pajama’s and start my day!  Hopefully I will be back again soon and NOT after a whole month…. BUT I make no guarantees lol!!! 


ETA: for those that are interested, here is a preview of my september bucket:


Jenni - September 12, 2007 - 11:02 am

Welcome back Corina!!! I missed ya!!! :)

Cindy_lee - September 12, 2007 - 11:23 am

Im sorry you had been sad the whole time.But great that you did the trip anyways because of Blake!
Great photos! Pretty Sister!
And sorry again for Joe’s ankle!
I love your new Alpha! Just like your new Kit.So beautiful!
Awesome Layouts!!!

Angi Smith - September 12, 2007 - 12:10 pm

Joe needs to get a second opinion from an orthopedist. My son had to have ligaments sewn back together this spring because ligaments do not heal back. They stay apart and leave the ankle weaker and more apt to injury. Please have him rechecked.

KirstyB - September 12, 2007 - 1:06 pm

Wow, Corina!! A paper deal…thats HUGE!! How exciting for you!! Congrats!! I can’t imagine how much work you have piled on your plate right now with that and the store…and Joe!! Hopefully his recovery is speedy!!
Your new kit is BEAUTIFUL!!! And that alpha is totally fab!! :)

Rona - September 12, 2007 - 5:53 pm

COngratulations on the paper deal!!!

Karen (makabe) - September 12, 2007 - 6:01 pm

Awesome news about the paper deal… The new kit looks amazing!! Hope Joe feels better…

AmberLV - September 12, 2007 - 6:53 pm

Congrats on the new gig! That is so awesome! I’m going to have to hang on to some of the emails that you have sent me so that I can claim you as a friend when you are even more famous. If I mail you one with a stamped envelope included, will you autograph it for me?
I’m sorry that Joe was hurt and that you had to leave him and the baby at home!

MaryE - September 12, 2007 - 7:03 pm

Nice to hear from you :) Can’t wait to hear about the paper deal….”Paper scrapper” here from way back LOL. Love the new kit can’t wait to get me hands on that too hehehe

sharitas - September 12, 2007 - 8:29 pm

Congrats on yr paper deal :) WTG
Hope yr man is on the mend super quick!
Good to see you back at yr blog:0
XX Sharon

Nancy Comelab - September 12, 2007 - 9:16 pm

I am SO excited for you and your paper deal! Congratulations, Corina, that is totally awesome!
I loved the photos of you and your beautiful family, thank you so much for sharing these!
Your new kit is absolutely STUNNING.
And so are you.
Miss you, girl!

melrio - September 13, 2007 - 12:44 pm

Girl, I understand about trying to stay current with the blog. Life Happens! Love your new kit and the beautiful combination of colors.

Gen - September 14, 2007 - 4:58 am

Hawaii looked beautiful…so sorry that Joe & the baby girl couldn’t go…I would’ve been miserable, too w/o my husband & half of my kids! Congrats on your paper deal…how cool is that!?! I’m loving the new kit…I’ll be w/o internet for a week, so I’ll have to pick it up when I get back…I’m on the prowl for some new, pretty autumn kits & this definitely fits the bill :D Oh btw, I hope Joe heals quickly!!

Kirsty - September 14, 2007 - 5:08 pm

Welcome back Corina! Its great to see you back blogging again! we have missed you!! Those photos of your trip to Hawaii look gorgeous, thats sad that Joe and your daughter couldnt go. Congrats on the paper deal cant wait to see them! Have a great weekend :)

Kelly - September 14, 2007 - 6:13 pm

Yeah! A new post :P The Hawaii pics are beautiful and it looks like you guys still managed to have some fun despite hubby and the baby not making it. Congrats on the paper deal (AWESOME!!) and that new kit is gorgeous!

Christine - ccouch - September 14, 2007 - 9:16 pm

Corina, that’s such awesome news about the paper deal! I hope great things happen for you! I am loving the Awakening kit – just gorgeous!!

Kirstiegai - September 18, 2007 - 6:38 pm

yay Corina’s back, missed reading your blog! You’ve got some great photos from your trip and I’ve got to say that I just love that new kit and stamped alpha. Congrats on the paper deal too!

Julie - September 19, 2007 - 7:29 pm

Yippee you are back… I was wondering about you….. was going to send out the troops for ya…. Tee hee…
Loving all the new goodies…. OH MAN…
And by they way I am so jealous of your time in HAWAII….. I so want to be there right now
Great to have you back.

Diane E - September 23, 2007 - 9:41 am

Congratulations on the paper deal Corina! Can’t wait to see who you are working for! It’s ABOUT time! lol. You are an amazing girl with HUGE talents and I’m glad they finally realized that! How exciting for you and your family! I hope more great opportunities and things come your way, you deserve it! Sorry to hear about your husband but glad that like you said in the grand scheme of things that was all it was! I can’t imagine how crazy your life is right now but I look forward to seeing all the amazing stuff that you will be showing us soon I’m sure! I know I’ve been a lurker on your blog but wanted to drop a line and say that it’s good to see you back!

Molly - October 4, 2007 - 10:08 pm

Rock on, woman! congrats on the paper deal! I love all of your creations and this is a wonderful blessing for your family.

Logan - April 9, 2013 - 9:00 pm

I saw your advert in the paper diflucan pill standards which are necessary for the operation of a hospital pharmacy.

Be Kind… Again!!!

Let’s see… where is the best place to start?  I think I may need to start with some fluffy stuff, then get to the better part lol!!!  Let’s talk shopping shall we?

Well, before I went digi about a year ago, I was a paper scrapper for like 8 years.  I have sooo many albums sitting around the house!!!  My scrapping this year has all been digi, but I have totally missed getting dirty and sticky with glue all over my hands and desk:)  So I thought the best thing to do was just do some altered albums like I did last week to take the "itch" off.  BUT, what I thought would be even better was to go Hybrid!  The only thing that has stopped me was a really bad printer that NEVER wanted to print color lol!  So, Joe talked me into spending a little cashola on this guy:


Its the HP 6180 or something close to that lol!  This thing is seriously AWESOME!  It’s an all in one printer, fax, scanner, copier deal.  I printed out papers from my new kit on it and fell in LOVE!  BUT that’s not even the super cool part of it…. its freaking wireless!!!!!  Its sitting down in my office downstairs and while I am upstairs in my bedroom with my laptop which is SOOOO far away and all the way up the stairs, all I have to do is hit PRINT and it goes directly to it DOWNSTAIRS!  How cool is that?  Joe even had a little fun with it and while I was in the office checking site emails in the office, he sent over a picture of a monkey butt to me… nice huh?  Anyways, I’m going to have a lot of fun with this printer… I can already tell!  I actually went to my LSS and bought 4-5 board books for me to make some real hybrid stuff with my goodies!  Those I will be giving away as well because I do NOT need anymore mini albums around the house lol!!!

I also bought a few things for Makena yesterday… Joe and I LOVE how kids looks in PJ’s and since she already has almost every one that Baby Gap makes… thought we’d stock up at Old Navy:



So cute and so adorable:)  I also got her some jeans and myself some awesome undies… but I wont show ya those lol!  Then today at Target, I got her a cute little top:


Target actually has such cute clothes for little girls!  LOVE most of what they have there:)

OK… lets talk NEW PRODUCTS!!!  I don’t have much this week!!!!  Just these goodies:


And I got a special request for some more frames…. I did the horizontal ones, but they didn’t go vertical very well with the shadows and all, so I redid them this way:



I’m going to have them as a bundle in the store, but you can check out all of the new products here !!!

Check out the layouts some of my girls did with the new kit…. heaven I tell you!  I think I had a tear or 2 when I saw them lol!  I’m so lucky to have such awesome scrappers and people around me!!!

By Sari:


By Julie:


By Darla:


By Laurie:


By Beth:


Aren’t my girls HAWT?:)

Next… let’s talk about WINNERS for the "matties" challenge!!!!  I am very surprised at the amount of entires I had!  Everyone does such beautiful work, it just doesn’t seem right picking who gets the prizes!  I wish everyone could get an album I made, but thats not possible now is it lol?  Anywho…. here are the chosen layouts:

By Shannon:


And from Melinda:


Just amazing huh????   I’m ALWAYS in awe when people use my stuff…. normally when I put it out, I don’t like it very much, BUT when I see it in action by so many amazing scrappers…. I cant help but LOVE what I see!  Thanks to everyone who played along! 

And last, but not least….

It seems as though there are some very UN kind things going on in digiland recently.  I had a whole paragraph typed just now, but I’m just going to leave it short and sweet…. please be nice people!  I’m not sure what people get out of talking bad about someone or singling people out just to be mean, but being on that other end SUCKS.  Some people may show a "rough" exterior, but I assure you at some point that exterior will begin to break down and their feelings will be hurt.  Is it really ever nice to watch someone be hurt?  I hate it regardless of the circumstance, but obviously there people who don’t see that my way lol!

So in light of the events I have been occurring, I figured it was time for another "Be Kind" freebie:)  The last time I did one was when my car was broken into and about $650 worth of MY stuff was taken. Making the few things in this little kit definitely helped me lose the negativity I was feelin towards people, just like it did last time did last time!  So here it is:


Just a few papers, a frame element, and some word art that I fell in love with…. "open you heart, open it wide…. someone is standing outside".  All I ask is if you d/l this set of stuff, is try and be nice/do something nice… even if its just a hug or a hello to someone who isn’t expecting it!!!  I guarantee they’ll like it and you just might make them smile… even if it’s on the inside!  I promise it will feel good:) 

Feels a lot better to be nice than to be a poopy head right?   

Here is the linky:

Be Kind II

Have a GREAT week and BE nice lol!!!

Sharitas - August 12, 2007 - 11:26 pm

Thankyou for another “Be Kind” &
PMSL at MR C for the “Monkey Butt”pic :
Ha Ha Ha:)
XX Sharon

Sylvia - August 13, 2007 - 12:23 am

Thanks SO much, Corina – and I will be nice, I promise LOL!!!

Edhish - August 13, 2007 - 1:13 am

Thank you so much for the freebie..
those are amazing kit you have there ..

joelsgirl_Kellie - August 13, 2007 - 1:18 am

Everything is gorgeous, Corina! I’m just glad your Be Kind give-away wasn’t motivated by, oh say, someone stealing your cool new printer!

Kirstiegai - August 13, 2007 - 1:32 am

love the new kit
the download link at 4shared isn’t working for me, anyone else?

Dia - August 13, 2007 - 1:33 am


Jayne - August 13, 2007 - 4:04 am

Thanks so much for this gorgeous freebie but more for the be kind reminder. I know a lot of people who don’t bother sharing their layouts any longer because of mean stuff. It does suck, what’s wrong with people? You’re great to get things going in the other direction :)

MelissaL88 - August 13, 2007 - 4:44 am

Thanks, Corina! The papers are gorgeous. And thanks for the reminder. We just all need to remember that the other girls have feelings too! :)

Mandy - August 13, 2007 - 5:33 am

Thanks so much for the papers. Sorry to hear things were so crappy you needed to do this.

Cindy_lee - August 13, 2007 - 5:51 am

Congrats on your new printer.We bought one 2 month ago.I wanne try some hyprid too.Havent tryed it yet.But i have something in mind i wanne do real bad.
I love those PJ’s you got for Makena,esp the second one!Love your new stuff! Awesome Kit!Some great Layous the girls done with it! And so cool with the horizontal frames!
Thanks for the freebie! Love it!!!

Amanda - August 13, 2007 - 6:01 am

i’m jealous of your new printer! t hats whats holding me back from doing hyrid too. my printer sucks! love the pjs. they are so cute! love the new kit too! thanks for the freebie! so nice of you. love the frame!

Sari - August 13, 2007 - 6:33 am

Oh, I sooo need that HP printer!! I have to sit on the floor and hook up my laptop anytime I need to print something. Wireless is a MUST!! I’m gonna have to check this out.
Love the new kit and the freebie. So very generous of you. :)

lesliereid - August 13, 2007 - 7:00 am

Thanks for the gorgeous designs, Corina, and boo hiss to mean, ugly poopy heads!!

Melinda - August 13, 2007 - 7:05 am

What a beautiful set of papers, Corina! Thank you. Have fun with your new printer- mine is showing signs of its age with all of the printing I do for hybrid projects. Hybrid is definitley the way to go, but I can’t seem to give up my mounds of paper stuff either ;)
I’m glad you enjoyed my back to school LO- I’m so glad they are back!!! LOL Now, if I can just survive the birthday/slumber party for the twins this next weekend, then things might start to settle down a bit at my house (one can hope anyway!).

Michelle Adams - August 13, 2007 - 7:06 am

It’s Beautiful, Corina! You rock! Thank you for sharing with us! :)

marsha - August 13, 2007 - 7:33 am

Thank you so much for the Beautiful new Be Kind Part II. You are such a sweetie!! Your CT girls rocked your new kit!! Those LO’s are sooo gorgeous!! Your new kit is Beautiful!!

Angela Green - August 13, 2007 - 7:39 am

What a great big heart you have, Corina! Thanks. :)

KimJ - August 13, 2007 - 7:45 am

The new products are gorgeous, as always, Corina! Thanks so much for the beautiful freebie. I definitely promise to be extra nice and not to be a poopy head! ROTFL!!!!

Kelly - August 13, 2007 - 8:23 am

Oooooh pretty!!! Thank you for the freebie!! You are so sweet! MWAH!!!

Kathy Austin - August 13, 2007 - 8:35 am

Thanks for the gorgeous freebie! It DOES suck when people are mean & hurtful! Gorgeous new kit too…I’m on my way to pick it up now! :)

Wendy - August 13, 2007 - 8:44 am

Congrats on the new printer!And the monkey butt, well, what can I say,LOL! Thanks bunches for the gorgeous papers hunny!

Stephanie - August 13, 2007 - 8:50 am

Corina – you have such a great heart! Thanks for your encouragement for all of us to be kind and to look outside ourselves to others! Have a wonderful Monday!

Mary S - August 13, 2007 - 8:50 am

Corina, your “Illusive” kit is fantastic! I just love it!! Thank you so much for Be Kind II, a beautiful surprise from one of the kindest ladies I know!

Noelle - August 13, 2007 - 8:54 am

Thanks for sharing both the sentiment and the beautiful gift!

Laura - August 13, 2007 - 10:30 am

Wow!! Those are some knockout layouts with your new kit!!!
Thanks for Be Kind 2. I hope you don’t feel the need for Be Kind 3, but if you do, I can’t wait to see it!

Chris - August 13, 2007 - 10:59 am

So beautiful, thank you!

Amanda Resende - August 13, 2007 - 11:39 am

Love it Corina, soo beautiful, as usual!
Thanks a lot!

Donna - August 13, 2007 - 11:52 am

Thank you so much for the be kind… again freebie. I promise I’ll be nice.
Absolutely love your Designs!!!

Kirstiegai - August 13, 2007 - 12:56 pm

yay the download is now working for me, thanks Corina. I also just grabbed your new kit which is gorgeous.

Laura - August 13, 2007 - 1:28 pm

Thanks again for your generosity! Such beautiful colors!

katrina - August 13, 2007 - 1:57 pm

Thanks Corina!!!! Gorgeous papers and you know i had to buy that kit as soon as i saw it!

MichelleWA - August 13, 2007 - 2:31 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing these beauties w/ us!

Kathy Austin - August 13, 2007 - 2:36 pm

Congrats on the new printer & enjoy! Love those new pj’s & clothes for the baby! I did a LO with your new kit & thought I’d share:

Julie Lopez - August 13, 2007 - 2:41 pm

Thanks for the freebie, girlfriend!
The stuffs for Makena are SO cute!!
So what’s the fax number? I wanna send ya sumthin! LOL

tape - August 13, 2007 - 3:07 pm

Thank you, love the newsprint paper!

Michelle aka PlumTuckered - August 13, 2007 - 3:11 pm

Gorgeous!! Thank you so much :-)

Julie - August 13, 2007 - 3:24 pm

What a lovely freebie and I totally love the “Be kind” sentiment. I often say it when I drop my son off at school and farewell his father off to work.

BettyJoR - August 13, 2007 - 3:30 pm

What a great sentiment!!! Thank you for being kind and passing it on!!! Such beautiful papers and frame and I love the new kit! Your team did such a great job of making fantastic LO’s with it!!!!

Tanya - August 13, 2007 - 3:31 pm

Thank you Corina this is beautiful!!

Laurie - August 13, 2007 - 3:43 pm

Thank you so much for the gift, sweets!! Seriously, I could scrap with your papers all day long and be haaaaapppy!! You’re amazing girl!! Aren’t jammies sooooo much fun for kiddos? I go crazy on jammies for Libby and Old Navy is my most favorite place to get them – no matter what season!! I am so loving that new printer combo too!! I’d be doing lots more hybrid stuff with that!! If only ink weren’t so expensive!! Have a wonderful day and thanks again!! P.S. How exciting to see my page on your bloggy!! I’m in Heaven scrapping for you this month!! Okay wrapping up the novel now, lol!!

IkeaGoddess - August 13, 2007 - 4:09 pm

Thank you for this beautiful grungy kit. My favorite is the painted cream newspaper – brilliant. Have a great week.

Bretta - August 13, 2007 - 4:13 pm

Well, I felt like a poopy head until your post cheered me up. Now I’m gonna’ be a nice girl. Thanks, Corina! Hugs!

Cassie - August 13, 2007 - 4:20 pm

Have fun with all your wonderful hybrid projects – gotta love wireless!! And thanks for the fabulous reminder and gift… :)

MishSpar - August 13, 2007 - 4:35 pm

Ultra cool, and well said.
Good luck with the new printer. I want to throw my new one out the window! (not the same as yours though, not to worry!)

Laurie Garza - August 13, 2007 - 4:37 pm

Thanks for the goodie Corina- so sweet of you!!! Your new kit is gorgeous too!
I love that Target top BTW- looks like a great kit! ;)
I hope nobody’s been a poopy head to you lately! :)
God bless!

Heidi Dillon - August 13, 2007 - 4:38 pm

Thanks so much for the gift… I must say, I don’t participate much in digi land anymore, except for buying. :) There’s just too much negativity, I have better things to do with my time!
I’m sorry though if things are making you feel bad. It’s not nice or fair.
Thanks again.

twoboyz00 - August 13, 2007 - 4:40 pm

Thank you so much for the wonderful papers! Those jammies you bought are too cute!

Renee - August 13, 2007 - 4:51 pm

Thank-you for being kind! Love the kit. Have a great day.

Sharon aka Scrapcat4914 - August 13, 2007 - 5:08 pm

TY so very much!!!!!!!!

Amanda H - August 13, 2007 - 5:43 pm

Thanks girl! It is beautiful!

Julie - August 13, 2007 - 5:58 pm

Thanks so much for another awesome freebie, Corina. You are so generous to us, your blog readers. Have a great week!

Lynn - August 13, 2007 - 6:01 pm

Stunning! Thank you so much.

jamie - August 13, 2007 - 6:25 pm

I LOVE these Corina!!! I get amazed by your work everyday!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!!

cherylzyx - August 13, 2007 - 6:44 pm

Thank you and I appreciate the sentiment behind it too!

Paula - August 13, 2007 - 6:45 pm

Thanks for the papers Corina. They’re gorgeous! So is your new kit Illusive!

Chrystin/Lilaclady - August 13, 2007 - 6:59 pm

Thank you so much for these GORGEOUS papers! These are really lovely and you are a sweet little darling to share such wonderful work with us.
Hubby and I are taking the kids to our city’s annual fun fair tomorrow. We call it the Exhibition …or Ekka…in Aussie language…
so I will make sure I smile and be very patient when I am milling around the hordes of people tomorrow. I will be kind and smile and not be a grumpy bum…just for you tomorrow :-)
Thanks again, Have a nice night :-)

kris - August 13, 2007 - 7:04 pm

thanks so very much for this, it is beautiful!!!

kris - August 13, 2007 - 7:05 pm

thanks so very much for this, it is beautiful!!!

yin - August 13, 2007 - 7:27 pm

Your work is amazing!! I’m going to check out your store, thank you for Be Kind 2, you’re so kind!

MichelleMyBelle - August 13, 2007 - 7:46 pm

Thank you Corina, you are so kind. Love the new kit also, off to purchase it. Have fun with your new printer.

Nancy - August 13, 2007 - 7:49 pm

Corina, thank you so much for the gorgeous freebie! It is awesome! Thank you also for the reminder that we need to be kind and consider others. You have a beautiful heart, a generous spirit and amazing talent! Thanks again!

Jana aka sweetpolly - August 13, 2007 - 8:12 pm

I love that quote Corina. You have such a gentle heart, that I bet is often open to those waiting outside. Thank you so much for the beautiful gift.
Have fun getting messy with your hybrid projects.

HeatherB - August 13, 2007 - 8:20 pm

Thank you for this gorgeous kit. What a wonderful quote, and beautiful papers! :-)

Kristy - August 13, 2007 - 8:43 pm

Corina! You are so sweet. You new stuff is just gorgeous. I just picked up your Bucket of Fun and OH MY! that thing was just jammed packed of yummy things. It was awesome. And thanks so much for this beautiful gift on your blog.

Sharon-shutterbug - August 13, 2007 - 8:49 pm

Well, I’m happy to say that I haven’t seen or heard about the negativity you are referring to (then again, I’m often out in la-la-land, oblivious to what’s going on around me!!). However, I have no doubt it’s out there – unfortunately there are jerks everywhere, even in our feel-good little scrapping community. So thanks for the reminder to Be Nice, and for the WONDERFUL freebie to help us remember!!

Redju - August 13, 2007 - 8:51 pm

Thank you so much!

novita - August 13, 2007 - 8:51 pm

Thank you so much for the freebie, it’s so GORGEOUS!! So is your new goodies! :)

Katrina - August 13, 2007 - 9:12 pm

I just wanted to say thank you and I hope that the situation you are in that caused you to make such a nice freebie is resolved and you don’t get any more hurt. ((Cyber HUG))

TerryN - August 13, 2007 - 9:27 pm

These are so gorgeous, thank you!

TerryN - August 13, 2007 - 9:27 pm

These are so gorgeous, thank you!

emilymomto3boys - August 13, 2007 - 10:02 pm

Let’s see – good luck with hybrid! Love the jammies – I’m a sucker for those, and the boys are almost too big for them!! LOVE the – bought it this morning! I’m sorry people hurt your feelings. THANK YOU for the freebie, it’s gorgeous!

JulieBee - August 13, 2007 - 10:03 pm

Thank you for these beautiful papers, Corina. I love those jammies, too. I miss having little ones to dress. They’re 18 and 15 yrs old so they just plain won’t let me do it anymore! Sob. I’m hoping to lose enough weight to buy clothes like you buy for yourself sometime in the next year or so, too. That would be GREAT! Thanks again! :)

Connie - August 13, 2007 - 10:11 pm

So pretty – so kind of you! thanks!

Jen - August 13, 2007 - 10:20 pm

I LOVE this. Thank you so much for sharing.

Rona - August 13, 2007 - 10:34 pm

Thanks for the papers, Corina! Hope everything works out in the end and we can all live peacefully in digiland. Yes, I know, too optimistic, but it is good to hope, right? :) {{{HUGS}}}

Joyce - August 13, 2007 - 11:00 pm

Thanks Corina!! The giftie is incredible, and actually mixes well with your new release from today (or is it yesterday already???) But better than the schtuff is the message~ Mwah!

miss j - August 13, 2007 - 11:16 pm

Thanks bunches. I think I am on my way to purchase your “bucket”….

PixieMegh - August 13, 2007 - 11:30 pm

Thank you! And thanks for the sentiments behind it too. :D

Natalie - August 13, 2007 - 11:42 pm

I love Target’s kid clothes, too. :) What a pretty kit, and what a rockin’ cool printer! Wireless? Ah, what a wonderful word. ;) Thanks so much for the giftie; I’ll do my best to PIF and if I remember, I’ll post back here again. ;)

momtoanangel - August 13, 2007 - 11:57 pm

Thanks for the BEAUTIFUL papers! Love your kind heart. I too have felt bad for the those on the “hurtin” end of all the meaness at DST :(
Love the pink and brown “I love Mommy” jammies!!!! I just bought them for my little Chloe (she is wearing them tonight) LOL! you have great taste ;)

Ally S - August 14, 2007 - 12:15 am

This is as gorgeous as the first!!! Thanks so much!!

Lela - August 14, 2007 - 1:46 am

Man I’m so jealous!! I’ve been wanting an awesome printer! And WIRELESS!!! Lucky woman you!! Adorable lil jammies too I’m thinkin’ a trip to Old Navy is gonna have to happen soon! Thanks for the awesome gifty!!

Victoria - August 14, 2007 - 4:13 am

WOW! Gorgeous papers, Corina! Thank you so much for your generosity!

Karina - August 14, 2007 - 4:29 am

Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful Papers … Love and Light Rina

Claudi - August 14, 2007 - 4:42 am

wow, thanks sooo much for this great freebie! I love your new kit! it looks so pretty and as soon as I have the money I will buy it for sure!!! its on the top of my wishlist ;-)

jan - August 14, 2007 - 6:11 am

corina, you just plain rock! i blogged about you and i hope you get lots more love! :)

sheryl - August 14, 2007 - 6:56 am

so cool…love the grunge! thanks.

Cinda - August 14, 2007 - 8:41 am

Thank you for the unique/artsy/grunge freebie! I has been featured today at artyouspecial.blogspot.com.

Patty - August 14, 2007 - 9:23 am

Wow, first things first….Thank you soo much for the awesome freebie Corina!! Just as in the first “Be Kind” freebie, only you could take a negative and turn it into a positive like this. This is a fab reminder that there *is* still some goodness left in the world, so again thanks for sharing your awesome talent with us all….do I have to say that I just love the papers??…why, yes I do!!….the papers are gorgeous!! I just love your stuff!! :) That new kit Illusive kit is just yummy!!!!! As soon as my paypal recovers from my Vegas trip….I’ll *have* to pick it up!! And congrats on the new printer!!!!

donna - August 14, 2007 - 9:42 am

I love thias kit–(Be kind). but I just found your site recently and missed the first part of the kit- I found it and the link is nolonger active. Is there anyway to still get the first part?
Thank you very much

HilaryG - August 14, 2007 - 12:06 pm

Thanks for the great freebie. It is great to see someone encouraging kindness! So, thanks again for the gift but more importantly for the inspiration to be generous and kind to others :)

coleflower - August 14, 2007 - 12:24 pm

hi there thanks for the freebie very kind of you! hugs from australia

coleflower - August 14, 2007 - 12:24 pm

hi there thanks for the freebie very kind of you! hugs from australia

scrpmnga - August 14, 2007 - 12:43 pm

Corina, First, thanks for a beautiful kit. Second, so sorry that it had to come fr. s’one being nasty. In this world of digi-freebies there are sooooooooo many nice, generous & gracious people. Why can’t they just get w/ the program? It is so gracious of you to reverse the nastiness into s’thing wonderful. Blessings to you.

Katka - August 14, 2007 - 1:23 pm

Beautiful papers!!!! Thank you so much!

Laura - August 14, 2007 - 3:29 pm

really a nice kit..you’re so kind for doing this for others. I’m sorry other’s have been so mean.

cynthia - August 14, 2007 - 4:02 pm

You are an amazing woman. Don’t know how you do it. You are always so sweet and find time to return every comment I leave. We could all take lessons from you on being kind.
It really disturbs me too to see ANY meanness in this community. Usually, everyone is so loving & even disagreements are totally civil.
Thanks for the awesome little gift to help us remember to “be kind”

Mary - August 14, 2007 - 4:12 pm

Thanks so much ;)

Time for change - August 14, 2007 - 4:56 pm

Aww Corina…I love the ‘Be Kind 2′! Thank you! I’m proud of you for taking the high road. ANYBODY can be a “poopy head” but a strong person takes the high road. Good for you! Don’t let the poopy heads of the world steal your joy :) Hope the rest of the week is good to you.
Take care~

Marcia - August 14, 2007 - 8:46 pm

Once again, you show what caring really is about, thanks for the goodies!!! I will never understand what people gain by being mean….it’s such a waist of time! I’d rather be scrapping or shopping, laughing all the way!

barbara - August 14, 2007 - 8:55 pm

Your posting and free kit touched me deeply.
Here’s a layout I made with it.

Paula - August 14, 2007 - 9:18 pm

Thanks for this great kit! It is beautiful.

WendyW - August 14, 2007 - 11:28 pm

Thank you!!!

netty - August 15, 2007 - 3:47 am

thank you so much…

Olga - August 15, 2007 - 5:38 am

Not sure what exactly has happened but the reminder is very good. Thanks so much for it. :)
The PJs you bought for Makena are great, but the top is gorgeous. :)
Thanks so much for the freebie, and I hope you have a great time doing hybrid albums. :)
Best wishes. :O)

~Julie~ - August 15, 2007 - 7:27 am

That top at Target is beautiful! We got both my daughters the dress that looks exactly like that for pictures that we got taken!
Thank you so much for this awesome freebie Corina!! Your CT LO’s are awesome!!

Ila - August 15, 2007 - 9:54 am

You are amazingly kin! And you are extraordinarily talented, too. What an awesome duo! Thank you for your precious reminder of a post, and for this beautiful gift.
Best wishes:)

Garynka - August 15, 2007 - 11:27 am

Corina, you are such a sweet person! Thank you for your reminder, the world around us is sometimes crazy but there are still a lot of kind people. You are one of them!
Thank you for your gorgeous freebie!
Have a wonderful day!

MvM-Scrapdesigns - August 15, 2007 - 11:57 am

Hi, thank for these gorgeous papers !!!
Hugs Marleen ;)

Crystal - August 15, 2007 - 11:58 am

Beautiful Corina, Thanks for sharing Hugs Crystal xx

Cheryl - August 15, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Thank you Corina! It’s great that you can turn your hurt and frustration over the bad stuff into something good and beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing!
God bless!

ladynred - August 15, 2007 - 3:06 pm

Thank you very much for this beautiful freebies. You are such a generous person and kind.
I have a LO of your Be kind 1 if you want to see it.
Thank You!

ladynred - August 15, 2007 - 3:09 pm

Thank you very much for this beautiful freebies. You are such a generous person and kind.
I have a LO of your Be kind 1 if you want to see it.
Thank You!

deb - August 15, 2007 - 5:31 pm

yer the bestest, mama!
Thank you so much!

deb - August 15, 2007 - 5:31 pm

yer the bestest, mama!
Thank you so much!

deb - August 15, 2007 - 5:31 pm

yer the bestest, mama!
Thank you so much!

deb - August 15, 2007 - 5:32 pm

yer the bestest, mama!
Thank you so much!

deb - August 15, 2007 - 5:32 pm

yer the bestest, mama!
Thank you so much!

deb - August 15, 2007 - 5:32 pm

yer the bestest, mama!
Thank you so much!

Carol - August 15, 2007 - 5:45 pm

So so beautiful, thank you very very much.

Gina - August 16, 2007 - 6:19 am

Thanks for the beautiful kit and the much-needed reminder to spread a little kindness.

fannie - August 16, 2007 - 9:11 am

Oh Corina!!! These are just gorgeous. Thank you SO much for sharing!!! :)

MiYon - August 16, 2007 - 8:32 pm

I LOVE all of your stuff. Thank you so much for this wonderful freebie. I’ll be sure to do or say something nice. You sound like an amazing person!

mrshobbes - August 17, 2007 - 3:18 am

hi corina, thanks for the freebie (I remember the other gorgeous one you released after your whole theft incident). I’m sorry for all of us actually who have had to deal with online nastiness at one point or another. Let’s just say that any medium (even the virtual one) attracts all kinds of people. *shrug* The best we can do is yes, be kind! And treasure those who treasure us :)
More power to you! You’re so creative! :)

Aly in GA - August 17, 2007 - 8:05 am

Totally amazing. I found you through MyScrapWorks blog, and I’m glad I did! Thanks so much.

Mara - August 17, 2007 - 3:08 pm

Oh Corina, I do so much remember your last be kind, when I admired your reaction to the bad things, that happened.
I come as often to your blog as possible (love your blog) and found your be kind part 2 today.
I love your stil to deal with the unfriendly people, I guess, you bring some people to do some nice because of your words and gift (people cannot resist, when someone is nice to them they normally give it to someone else).
As I saw the downloads, there must have been some nice days in digiland recently :-)
You let the hearts smile.
I download now and take the be kind with me tomorrow, when everybody has on saturday no time to do shopping and is agressive and under pressure :-)
Thank you very much

jan - August 18, 2007 - 7:57 pm

aw, thanks for spreading the good energy! we sure need more of it in the world! :-)

MJB - August 19, 2007 - 3:44 am

thanks you so much !

Jas - August 19, 2007 - 2:30 pm

do you still like your new printer? I was just recently checking it out and I just love the wireless feature. Does it print borderless 8.5 x 11 ?? Print quality ? What do they say about how long the prints will hold up and not fade? Please let me know.

Karen (makabe) - August 19, 2007 - 5:07 pm

This is such a great sentiment and always a good reminder… THANKS for the gorgeous little kit. I can’t wait to use it!

Anja - August 19, 2007 - 11:19 pm

Thank you :)

SarahG - August 20, 2007 - 10:44 am

Those Jammies are too Cute!! Your new printer sounds Awesome…I need to get one of those ;) Gorgeous new kit you have made!!
And Thank You So much for this Beautiful Freebie and For being such a Positive Peer in the Digi Community :)
Have a Wonderful Week!

Muka - August 22, 2007 - 3:14 pm

thanks Corina! you are SUCH a sweetie pie!

Suzie - August 23, 2007 - 2:08 am

Beautiful freebie.. thank you..

Fe Alves - August 23, 2007 - 3:35 pm

wow, these papers are soooo gorgeous, thanks a lot for your generosity!
and good luck with your new “toy”, hope you play a lot with it!!! lol!!!

Serena - August 24, 2007 - 11:27 am

Thank you so very very much! I remember when your car got broken into, I was sad about that. :( Hope things have been going better for you! Mean people suck. Bleh!
Take care and hugs hugs!!

Serena - August 25, 2007 - 8:27 am

ps: I -totally- want the Illusive kit!! That’s gorgeous!

Megan (meganmecrazy) - August 25, 2007 - 8:35 am

I just LOVE the new kit and already had it in my kaboodle! Thanks so much for the part 2! :)

Julie K in Taiwan - August 26, 2007 - 10:49 pm

Gorgeous papers, and the sentiment behind is wonderful. Unfortunately, 4shared isn’t working well for Taiwan right now so I won’t be able to download, but I still wanted to thank you for being kind!

Kopretinka - August 28, 2007 - 10:12 am

Thanks a lot, I just love it

Robin - August 28, 2007 - 10:41 am

Thanks Corina. Those papers are so scrumptious. YOU are so kind. Thanks for the reminder to PIF with a little positive energy giftee.

RoseAddict - August 29, 2007 - 11:22 am

Lovely papers! Thank you so much!

Jen Ulasiewicz - September 9, 2007 - 11:53 am

Our printer is wireless too, I love being able to print from the laptop. I love your new designs! I just love all your stuff :) Those LO’s are beautiful! TFS! :)

MamaDuck - September 13, 2007 - 1:33 am

Whew…I am outta breath lookin’ for the end of these comments! LOL! Thanks so much for the beautiful gift!

Kathy - September 13, 2007 - 4:57 pm

Great freebie! thank-you

Pepper - October 2, 2007 - 3:56 pm

I downloaded this paper pack some time ago and love it so much I wanted to thank you again for sharing it. I especially love the white(ish) background but love them all.

Kimberly - October 7, 2007 - 9:45 am

Wow – thak you – it’s beautiful!!

Lots O Stuff!!!

I know I said it before, but I seriously can’t believe it’s Monday ALREADY!  Where the heck did the week go?  Mine was spent finishing up some products, dealing with some personal stuff, getting Blake to and from play dates, altering some albums I will show ya in a minute, and getting my house cleaned for family that is visiting tomorrow for a couple of days!  I’m actually QUITE excited about them coming and I’m planning on taking them to La Jolla and some touristy spots here in San Diego, so I should get some good pics and can FINALLY have something to scrap with lol!!!

Lemme get this mumbo jumbo out of the way…. my dear friend and partner in crime felt it was her duty to TAG me today… as if I don’t have enough going on these days, Traci must have known I wanted to answer a bunch of silly questions lol!  So here goes:

A – Attached or Single: Attached

B – Best Friend: Mr Corina, Lizette, and my sister

C – Cake or Pie:  Pie – Dutch Apple A la MODE

D- Drink of Choice:  Dasani water ( yes it HAS to be Dasani….. so there )

E – Essential Item:  cell phone

F – Favorite Color:  pink or red

G – Gummi Bears or Worms: worms

H – Hometown: Los Angeles

I – Indulgence(s): shopping, Starbucks Iced Chai Latte, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies

J – January or July: January

K – Kids: Blake and Makena

L – Life is incomplete without: family

M – Marriage Date:  November 05

N – Number of Siblings: 3 sisters, 1 brother

O – Oranges or Apples: Apples

P – Phobias/Fears:  animals that swim

Q – Favorite Quote: I saw this one the other day: Life is too short to be taken seriously

R – Reason to smile:  watching Mr Corina take care of the baby, then clean the house, and then cook for us… lay off ladies, he’s MINE!!!

S – Season: Winter…. Mr Corina likes to cuddle when it’s raining and cold:)

T- Tag Three: I tag… Kate, Kylie, and Laurie

U – Unknown Fact About Me:  was a cheerleader in high schoool

V – Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animals:  Vegetarians are just, um, strange lol…. me needs my STEAKS!!!

W – Worst Habit: thinking TOO much about stupid stuff

X – X-rays or Ultrasounds: Ultrasounds (and yes I agree with T on this.. weird question!)

Y – Your Favorite Foods: chicken and rice (I’m half Filipino… you expected something different?)

Z- Zodiac: Aries

Whew… ok thats DONE!!!!  Once again, THANKS a TON Mrs. Murphy for the lovely TAG!!!!

Now, lemme show you my albums that Im giving away for my next challenge, made with my own little two, messy GLUE-Y hands:)




This week I’m giving away  2 gift certificate’s to the store PLUS each of my 2 winners will get one of my altered mini albums!  Whoever participates in the challenge and posts their link to their layout first will be able to choose WHICH album they want…. gotta keep that fair lol!!!  So…. the challenge… it’s an easy one:)


Since a few handfuls of people have purchased my "Matties" and I don’t get a chance to visit galleries that often, I’d LOVE to see some using the product… extra bonus points of you use MORE of my own stuff lol!!! 

#1 you must make a NEW layout using any of the mats in the MATTIES BUNDLE (NEW layout must have been uploaded to your gallery between  August 5 and August 12)


#2 you must post the link to the layout on THIS blog entry between 8-5 and 8-12.

Winners will be chosen on Sunday night and announced on Monday!  Winners will receive their mini albums within a few days after your snail mail addy’s are given to me!!!  Easy peasy huh????

OK, and last but not least…. new products and a couple of layouts:)


This is a really BIG "grab bag" of sorts!  Approximately 150 MB’s and 81 pieces… for $4.50, you can’t go wrong (I hope anyways lol)!!! Here are some layouts that use the items included in the bucket:


AND…. I also have these 12 x 12 definition overlays which I really think are pretty whimsical and cool:


a layout using the "love" one:


I ONLY used 4 products on this layout…. my background paper, the overlay, new ribbon coming next week, and a stapled tab!  Scrapping does NOT get easier than that:)

And just because I was on a roll scrapping this week…. here is another layout I did with the bucket:


I got quite a bit accomplished huh???  Ok  everyone!  Have a great week!  Hopefully a few of you will be able to do the challenge and win some stuff!!!

Meghan - August 5, 2007 - 4:36 pm

wow love those definition overlays!! You are in Cali right? You are a day ahead woman! Slow down it’s still Sunday lol

Cindy_lee - August 5, 2007 - 5:01 pm

Awesome Albums!!! Love me some BG and Crate. :)
Cant wait until tomorrow! Need your bucket and those overlays!:)Well…over here its allready monday…but in the middle of the night!Those Layouts are awesome! Love that one photo,where Makena’s tiny feet are peeking
out under the curtain! Sweet!
Wish ya’ alot of fun with the family!

Sara - August 5, 2007 - 5:16 pm

Corinaaaaaaaaaa…. you need to keep the grab bag up after the 15th for those people who are doing the scrap your stash challenge!! I’m dying here!!!!

Julie - August 5, 2007 - 10:28 pm

Hey girl-
You know I adore those altered books! I’m still trying to figure out how to bribe you into making me a brag book for the boys! LOL
I’m so bummed you have family next week since we can’t see you, but I’m glad you’ll have them around!!
Call me so we can hang after you’re free again!!

Kirstiegai - August 6, 2007 - 2:13 am

boy oh boy, so much happens when I go away for a few days vacation. A site CT, wow, that’s so awesome. The moment I saw that bucket og your goodies I knew I had to grab it too.

Jenni - August 6, 2007 - 8:46 am

Wow! Beautiful stuff Corina!! I grabbed your bucket of goodies last night…can’t wait to see what’s inside!!! I guess I’ll find after work!! Thanks girl! Love your stuff!!

Lynette - August 6, 2007 - 2:11 pm

Love those altered book… very cool! I got a layout done with those mats (and a few other things I picked up today…)

Jenni - August 6, 2007 - 3:08 pm

Girl! That grabbag is fantabulous!!!!! Love it love it love it!!!! thanks!!!

Cindy_lee - August 6, 2007 - 5:15 pm

I love this bag! So glad i got it!!!

katrina - August 7, 2007 - 10:36 am

That bag is so awesome! I love those books you made, you rock at everything you do hey! Oh and the mats look fantabulous too :)

Marsha a/k/a Aunti M - August 7, 2007 - 1:47 pm

Those altered books are so Fabulous!! You do such nice work!
I need to go shopping again!! These gals are making me so curious as to whats in the grab bag!! LOL!
I did a LO …and here it is!! http://www.scrapbook-bytes.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=247646&cat=500&ppuser=9963
(I’m not too happy the way the tape looks on the alpha after I recolored it…If anybody knows of a cool alpha I could use on this..please pm me!! Thanks!)

Jen Ulasiewicz - August 7, 2007 - 2:05 pm

Love the new challenge, sounds like fun and those prizes are amazing!!!!! :)
I have so much of your stuff in my kaboodle list, I’m gonna have to go shopping soon *hugs* :)

Jenn - August 7, 2007 - 4:40 pm

I got your email and here is a layout I did with your matties :) I loved how this turned out. I hope to make more with them soon.

Kim Johnson - August 7, 2007 - 5:20 pm

Love the altered books, love your matties and LOVE LOVE your new GB Bucket! You RAWK girl! Here’s my matties challenge LO: http://www.treasurestoscrap.com/galleryshowimage.asp?image=14567 DST is down, but will post it later there as well. Hope I did everything justice! :)

Brandi - August 7, 2007 - 5:45 pm

Hey there! Really strange that you posted this b/c I was actually in the middle of doing a layout with one of your Matties anyways :) What are the odds!!!
Here’s mine:
Normally I share my layouts from DST, but they are down at the moment.

MARY - August 7, 2007 - 5:47 pm

Here is my layout for the challenge. Everything I used is from Corina.

MARY - August 7, 2007 - 5:49 pm

I LOVE the bucket of fun!!! What a FABULOUS DEAL!!!!!

debbie - August 7, 2007 - 9:14 pm

I loved all the goodies in the Bucket and couldn’t resist this challenge :) Here’s my LO: http://www.digiscrapdivas.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=42475&cat=500&ppuser=763

Shawna (aka: shawnyrvr) - August 8, 2007 - 1:29 am

Those definition overlays are just fabulous looking… I’m gonna have to add them to my NEED list… uh’umm I mean “want” list, lol… Wonder when dh will refill my blow category???? Oh huuun’ie… in my sweetest, eye batting voice…
Great NEW on the cutting edge IDEA!!! LOVE IT!!!
Blessings, Shawna

Indah - August 8, 2007 - 6:35 am

Those albums look gorgeous!!
I just bought your “matties” this weekend and already i did all of my recent layouts with it! I am so addicted to it!!
Here are a few of my LOs (with youe ever-so-creative matties, of course!):
TFL! And keep creating gorgeous stuff!

Bridgitt (aka mamamenz) - August 8, 2007 - 9:54 am

Thanks for posting a challenge, my scrap mojo has been missing the past few days. I’m loving the bucket, such fun stuff!
Here’s my LO:

ZaCola3/Shannon - August 8, 2007 - 1:30 pm

Ohhh Corina, LOVE your pages…and your bucket of FUN!
I tried to fit as much Corina goodness as I could in this LO!
Here it is!

Megan - August 8, 2007 - 2:42 pm
Tania - August 8, 2007 - 2:53 pm

Oh I love love love the mattie borders! Thanks for the fun challenge and the great bucket of fun!
Here’s my layout!

Lela Fleetwood - August 8, 2007 - 4:47 pm

I LOVED your bucket of fun!! Can’t wait til you do another :D
Here’s my layout

Lela Fleetwood - August 8, 2007 - 4:47 pm

I LOVED your bucket of fun!! Can’t wait til you do another :D
Here’s my layout

Lela Fleetwood - August 8, 2007 - 4:48 pm

I LOVED your bucket of fun!! Can’t wait til you do another :D
Here’s my layout

Jamie (newfiemountiewife) - August 8, 2007 - 6:36 pm

Hey Corina!
I loved the bucket of fun also, it was awesome! Here is a link to my LO with your matties :)

MelissaL88 - August 8, 2007 - 9:12 pm

Love your bucket, Corina! Here’s my matties link:
Here’s one with a bunch of Funky stuff…

Marcia - August 8, 2007 - 9:33 pm

love the goodies in the bucket, what a bargain!!!! also love the brag books, they look adorable….here’s my newest layout with the circle mats.

Melinda - August 8, 2007 - 10:22 pm

Here’s my LO with the bucket of fun goodies and the matties: http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=160349&cat=500&ppuser=1831

Nel - August 9, 2007 - 8:47 am

Hi Corina, I love all your stuff, and the grabbucket contained great goodies! I made this layout with one of your matties:

Biancka - August 9, 2007 - 9:08 am

I had to buy your Matties just for this challenge !! I used the border matties on my layout :)

Kalli - August 9, 2007 - 10:01 am

I couldn’t resist picking up those mats and the bucket, and I’m so glad I did!
Here’s my LO with your rockin’ stuff: http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=160674&cat=all&ppuser=4065

Joyce - August 9, 2007 - 11:47 am

I’ve had the matties set for awhile now & LOVE ‘EM!! Here’s my most recent LO using them…

Ulla-May - August 9, 2007 - 11:57 pm
Michelle - August 10, 2007 - 9:49 am

You have some REALLY pretty stuff!! I love the definition overlays!!! This is the third challenge that I have tried to find time to participate in, and I FINALLY broke down and pushed a few things aside!
So… here is my layout using BOTH the Sassy Pants Kit and your matties…

Sheana - August 10, 2007 - 5:30 pm
Renee - August 10, 2007 - 6:11 pm

Awesome challenge Corina… here’s my entry:

Joyce - August 10, 2007 - 11:06 pm

Here’s another (and better IMO) LO using your matties!!

Brandy - August 10, 2007 - 11:29 pm
Laura - August 11, 2007 - 3:48 am

You know I love ya girl.
I had to play along, here’s my LO

Kalli - August 11, 2007 - 2:50 pm
Kirstiegai - August 11, 2007 - 4:15 pm
Kalli - August 12, 2007 - 6:17 am

Time, Time, Time

Where does it go I ask you?  The summer is absolutely FLYING by and I don’t even know if I have done anything worthwhile lol!  I hate that feeling where you feel life is just passing you by, where you feel like you should be doing "more", something of siginificance?  Deep huh?  lol… enough of that!

New Products

Got just a couple of new things in the store today:) 




And here is a FAB layout by my girl Dia using the frames and buds:


FPD has also put out it’s HUGE and AWESOME August collab as well….

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


And check out these totally beautiful layouts the funky girl crew did with it:






There were so many more, but I only have a little time before Makena wakes up from her nap lol!!!  Seriously though, when the CT gals cranked these out over the past week, I wanted to cry!  I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such talent…. designer wise and CT wise!  The site continues to grow and grow AND sometime in the VERY near future, Traci and I have decided that we will be doing a CT call for FPD itself!  SSHHHH, don’t tell Traci I told you that though…. it’s a secret:)hehe Actually, we are getting ready to get XCART for the store and have also decided that it would be GREAT for our designers and the site as a whole, to add a gallery AND a CT to the rest of the BIG family we got going on!!!! 

And while I am spilling secrets over here…. I’m also going to be expanding my CT AND will be looking for someone to give ALLLLLL my products to so that she can help me out doing previews and stuff.  I find that it takes me forever to do this and it would increase my PS time if I didn’t have to rock previews every week lol!  And because we are getting Xcart soon, I’m going to have to RE upload EVERYTHING into the store again and would love to MATCH lol!  I hate mis matched stuff:)

Anywho, have a great week everyone!  Make sure you keep checking back for my CT thang!  I don’t think I will be doing an official "call", but just asking a few peeps to join band camp!!!!

OH… and FYI, if you get the kit, make sure you check out FPD’s new bloggy !  We put up our first challenge and its super easy… use the kit and a free font and send it to us!!!!

Cindy_lee - August 1, 2007 - 12:00 pm

Beautiful new stuff! Im just downloading both collabs! Summer Sass and the Playgound crew one! Cant wait to get started!!!
Oh my…what a breathtaking secret!!!!!!BUT…ssshhhh! :)
Oh and you can bet i’ll check back for your CT thang!!!!! :)

Kathy Austin - August 1, 2007 - 12:14 pm

Great new stuff!!! I wonder too where summer went???? And I’ll be checking back for the CT thang for sure!!! There’s not much I’d love any better than to get on your CT!!!! :)

Chantal - August 1, 2007 - 2:10 pm

Hi Corina,
as always beautiful new stuff! I really love that Collab Kit and I made 2 Layouts with it!
CT for you or FPD…what a dream! I am a (mostly) daily visitor of your Blog, can´´t wait for this call!!!

joelsgirl_Kellie - August 1, 2007 - 2:43 pm

Amazing new stuff, Corina! I’m SO excited about a gallery, too!! You and Traci have a really rockin shop.

jenn7 - August 1, 2007 - 5:59 pm

Corina!!! I love love love the new scrunchy goodies!!!! So fabulous!! And I would love to be a part of your team again and the FPD team – what a great opportunity!!!

Brandy - August 2, 2007 - 6:17 am

I’m so glad you decided to put up a gallery and a CT for the FPD! That will be awesome. Great new products! Heading over to the bloggy now. ;)
Brandy aka Mamasita

Tara - August 2, 2007 - 6:33 am

Did I hear,, you need an addition to your CT??? Would sooo love that,, my gallery at DST is TaraP if you want to see my work,, just finished a Guest CT spot with Mizz Gina Miller for July, had a blast and would LOVE to work on a CT again.
Challenge,, new blog,, going there right……… NOW!

Gen - August 2, 2007 - 6:43 am

Oh my, you’ve been busy! I love those frames & that new collab! I’m hoping to go pick something up today…I have to be careful with my dollars–the budget is a bit tight right now…I know that no matter what i chose I’ll be making a great decision though…thanks, Corina!

Emilie - August 2, 2007 - 7:52 am

Woohoo!! You’re going to have a bunch of girls begging you to be on your team! The new girls will be so lucky! :) I seriously miss the bandcamp… *sniff* ;)
Your new stuff is amazing! I love the frames. :)
Good luck with the CT thing! And if you need a Guest CT, I’m here! LOL

Jaime - August 2, 2007 - 12:12 pm

wowowow great new products! ohhh I’ll be watching for the ct thang. :)

Amanda Resende - August 2, 2007 - 12:51 pm

Love love the new collabs, as usual, I’d had bought them! CT CALL, oh my, it sounds like a dream!I’ll be watching for it!

Dia - August 2, 2007 - 3:59 pm

Oh my look at all the love in here!
*kiss*kiss* ;)

Tania - August 3, 2007 - 5:06 pm

Oh please tell me you take bribes!! Or don’t get turned off by begging. Hmmm, what other cheezy things could I possibly say to make sure you know where I’m coming from over here, LOL! What a dream gig ;)
Sounds like FPD is really growing and that is so cool!

KirstyB - August 5, 2007 - 1:29 pm

Wow girly…you are full of secrets aren’t you!! :) An FPD CT will be awesome…and all that talent on one gallery…even better!!!
Good luck with your CT call (of sorts)…what a dream spot for some lucky gals!! :)

Laura - August 5, 2007 - 1:52 pm

Ok, so yet again, I’m a few days late BUT, I just had to say OMGOMGOMGOMG, my LO’s on your blog!!! Anywho, I love that you spill the beans, and I CAN NOT wait for your CT call….I’m SOOO there, I already own 90% of your stuff anyway!! ROFL! :o )

KellieP - August 5, 2007 - 2:04 pm

Wow!! What a great secret!!! I would love to be a FPD girl!

Sari - August 5, 2007 - 2:37 pm

Ooh, a FPD CT would be so fun!! That sounds great. Love the new goodies and have used them a couple of times already.

Edeline - August 5, 2007 - 11:34 pm

Waaa a call? it would be awesome..
Always been a fan of yours .. but didn’t get a chance before.. hiks

kittychen - August 17, 2007 - 10:48 pm

Another person who wants to be your CT! LOL!
My gallery at DST is:
and of course I will check back for the CT call too.. ;)

Short and Sweet

This is gonna be a quickie since I have a kit to finish up and exactly 30 minutes left until the baby wakes up from her nap!!!!  It’s really a shame that I only get about 2 hours on the computer a day, plus the occasional 5-10 minutes here are there to check site emails:(  My kids do NOT like me on this thing and even MORE so, Joe HATES the computers in the house (and my phone for that matter) lol!  I almost can’t wait for him to go to 3rd watch in a couple of months so he can have weekends off AND be out of my hair ALLLLLLLL night!!!!  But that has to wait until September:)  Anywho….

First, I have a PSA….. ladies, please, please, please BACK up your digital goodies including your scrapping stuff, layouts, AND most importantly, your PICTURES!!!!  I’m not sure what is going on, but I kid you NOT, within the past month, I have received at LEAST 15 people asking for their links in the store to be reset due to failed hard drives and crashed computers.  It’s so sad hearing the stories from these ladies.  All I wanna do is reach through the computer and give them a hug lol!  I could NOT imagine how I would feel if I lost my pictures!  That’s one thing bad about this whole digital thing…. you HAVE to back up your files where as with regular prints, you’d at least have negatives just in case KWIM? 

So, this weekend I decided that instead on burning a billion DVD’s with my stuff, I’d just spend a little bit of money on another EHD.   I already have 1 Western Digital with 160 GB’s that I bought about a year ago and even with ALL my purchased stuff I bought AND all my own crap, it’s only about 1/2 way full (which I am quite shocked at actually).  Today at Best Buy, I found and Western Digital for $129 and has 320 GB space….


I may end up grabbing the 500 GB, but I need to think about that!  A girl can never have enough space right?????  ETA…. as Kelly has pushed me to do…. back up with DVD’s also!  You can never be too sure!  better safe than sorry!  Again, I wouldn’t have thought to do this, but with so many people having their EHD’s and computers die, just spend some time and money to have the peace of mind!!!!

OK, next order of business…. lookie at the new kit Anne Dejong and I have in the store TODAY!!!!


Ain’t it purty and totally funky?  Here are some layouts using it:

By Beth:



By Julie:


By Darla:


By Dia:


Anne and I decided that it would be fun to do a challenge using the kit also, so here is the ad for that:   


Pretty easy huh????  The winner will also receive another couple of goodies, so make sure you get your layouts in this week for the challenge!!!  You can pick the kit up here in the store !!!!  It will be on sale this week only also:)  It’s packed full of goodies and includes the following:

  • 11 papers
  • 2 cardboard flowers
  • 1 journal strip
  • 2 index journaling cards
  • 1 multi colored sequin border
  • 1 paper dotted border
  • 1 circle stitch
  • 3 flower stickers
  • 2 paper flowers
  • 1 scalloped border
  • 1 scalloped frame
  • 1 premade cluster frame
  • 2 folded paper strips
  • 5 stitched sequins
  • 1 floral/swirly doodle
  • 1 jewelry tag
  • 1 alpha set (letters a-z)
  • 1 # set (numbers 0-9)

Makena has officially woken up a bit early now, so I guess my time is DONE here!!!!  Happy Monday everyone!!!!

Kelly - July 29, 2007 - 7:11 pm

Ok Corina~ take my word for it… you MUST burn to DVD also!! I had 2 EHDs… one 250GB and the other 500GB and they BOTH crapped out on me… We guess it was some power surge, and we have a “Monster” surge protector that covers up to $250,000 in “damages” but they only cover the cost of my hard drive, NOT what was on it (and that was pretty much priceless anyway) and getting the data recovered off the 250GB was $1600… I didn’t even take my 500GB after that… :( DON’T STOP BURNING DISCS!!!!
And I LOVE those colors in the kit! The purple and orange… with black too! Ooooh! It’s beautiful!!!

Amanda Resende - July 29, 2007 - 8:29 pm

oh Corina I love the new kit!

Jenna (Sweeet) - July 30, 2007 - 7:44 am

ITA with Kelly…you still gotta back with DVD/RWs for all the matter. I got a 500 GB Wetern Digital EHD at an unbelievable price, but still backing up with DVDs…ugh I hate hearing about all the sad stories too!
FABulicious kit, C..you two worked that baby, love those colors and great challenge to boot! I’m sure you’ll get alot of hits with that! Good luck choosing a weiner!
Sorry to hear about the 2 hours a day…that’s the way it is for me now that I’m back to work and 3.5 mth old baby LOL! I did manage to squeak in some LOs this weekend though, TY babycakes!
Have a great day C..miss ya tons!

Cindy_lee - July 30, 2007 - 7:47 am

I allready had this really really bad problem,that i lost everything i had on my computer.I was lucky though,that i had my brother.Since he found a programm and recovered almost everything! But since then im doind my back ups. :) No more tears!
I just LOVE the Collab!!! Awesome colors…WOW! I NEED this Kit! :) You girls done a great job! Great challenge too!

Jenni - July 30, 2007 - 9:51 am

That is one BEAUTIFUL kit!!! Congrats :)

denali - July 30, 2007 - 10:31 am

Been there, done that. Lost 2 years of photographs. I still feel dreadful when I think about it. I’ve been lax in burning to disc (I need a DVD burner, for Pete’s sake, must get on that!), but I’ve been backing up my photos on two other hard drives AND on line. Digi stuff gets saved both at work and at home. But I cringe with every thunderstorm!
LOVE LOVE LOVE the new kit!

Carin - July 31, 2007 - 12:40 pm

love the new kit and contest, and yes a girl needs space, lots of it! I can not imagine losing my goodies

Jennifer (Jennilyn) - August 5, 2007 - 2:52 pm

Well crap…I bought the kit to do the contest and forgot the due date was Saturday night…was away then so I never got it done. :( Oh well! Congrats to the girls who rock this challenge! :)