Saturday, August 28, 2021

70% Off Sale Reminder

Hello there, I just wanted to pop in with a quick reminder that there are only a few days left of my store closing sale at MyMemories. Thank you so much to all of you who have already shopped! 🌺 I have selected a local men's homeless shelter to support with this month's donation. They also run a weekly food pantry there, so that's awesome! (I have already donated to a women's/children's shelter recently.)

In case you have missed any of the past blog train gifts, you will find them all marked free again, along with many other former freebies. There are a total of 22, plus this month's blog train gift (which is only accessible by using the link in the post prior to this one). So that's a lot of goodies for you to enjoy! You can find them most easily by sorting the display of products by price, low to high. As always, your best value for purchases is the bundles, but you can get great deals if you just want to add a bit here and there to the parts of a collection that you already have, too. It really makes me smile to look through my store and remember all of the fun I had creating each item. I hope that you'll enjoy using anything and everything that takes your fancy time and time again, and thanks again for your support! 🌼

Monday, August 16, 2021

MyMemories August 2021 Blog Train & My Store Closing Sale

Hi there, thanks for stopping by my blog! I have good news and bad news for you today. The good news is that everything in my store is 70% off now through the end of the month. 😊 The bad news is that it's because I've decided not to renew my contract at MyMemories. 😟

As much as I love designing, I began to realize about six months into my contract year that it was just too much sitting for my good health when I began to experience side effects of it. (You may have heard of the saying, "Sitting is the new smoking," which means that it's that bad for you!) I was sitting at my computer for around 60 hours per week. Over the next few months, I tried to streamline my work process and also get more exercise while away from my desk. Unfortunately, it just didn't help enough. So despite wanting to make the most of this fun and rewarding experience, I eventually decided that I could not continue on after the year was up. I want to sincerely thank all of you who have supported me both with your purchases and your kind comments and encouragement. It has meant so much to me.

You may be interested to know that charitable donations were made using almost all of my earnings from this venture, including one full cleft palette surgery for a child, plus support to a Milwaukee homeless shelter (they also do Bible studies, vocational training, teach parenting skills, etc. to help residents succeed), a local refuge for abused women and their children, an orphanage in Bulgaria for disabled children, and a local girl's heart surgery fund, just to name some of them. In choosing charities, I tried to make sure that they were mostly smaller organizations that could really use the funds to do good rather than giant ones where my relatively small contributions wouldn't matter much. These donations were only possible because of you, the digital scrapbooking community.

My whole point in designing was to do what my name says, have a giving heart. 💜 I am so grateful to have been a small part of your circle during the past year - what a blessing! My designs were a way of serving God, but I know that there are so many ways to do that. Since this one has negative effects on my health, then it's just time to find a different way.

Thanks for bearing with me through all of that! Now for my last MyMemories blog train!

Click on the image below to download my August gift:

Your next stop in the blog train is Karen Schulz Designs.  If you get lost, just go to the MyMemories blog here and you'll find your way again in no time!

A Giving Heart Studio <<YOU ARE HERE>>

I hope you have a wonderful time on your blog train trip today, and have fun shopping if you decide to take advantage of my store closing sale! While you're browsing, you may find many former freebies have gone back to being free again for those who missed them. ;) Once again, thank you for all of your support this past year! I wish you all the best in the future! Blessings to each and every one of you and your families. ❤

Friday, July 16, 2021

MyMemories July 2021 Blog Train

Welcome to my stop on the July MyMemories Blog Train! I haven't made a coordinating collection this month, so we'll just get right down to it! Click on the preview below to go to my gift:

Here are the rest of the links in the train. Your next stop is Scrap de Yas.  If you get lost, just go to the MyMemories blog here and you'll find your way again in no time!

A Giving Heart Studio <<YOU ARE HERE>>

Before you go on to the next stop, have you tried the easy-to-use, award-winning My Memories Suite software yet? If you'd like to, you can get a free trial. If you do like it, you can save $10 on your purchase by using my code: STMMMS39100 And new last month, you can also get 10% off your print orders by using this code! Woohoo!!

I hope you have a wonderful time on your blog train trip today! Be sure to check back next month around this time for August's train!

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Awesome $2 Tuesday Deal!!

Hi everyone! I'm back already with another fantastic deal for you. 😊 This ice cream-themed collection is just what the beautiful summer weather calls for, don't you agree? If you're wondering why this is called an "add-on," the original kit was only available to Design Club members (I think), and is not yet for sale in my store. However, you can get this fun add-on for only $2 and the other pack in the collection (except for that main kit I mentioned) for only $1 each from now until July 20 - woohoo!!

Here is a quick look at each pack in this collection.

Here are some super fun sample pages!

That's the whole SCOOP! (Pun intended!!) Thank you so much for reading. I hope your summer has been just wonderful so far. 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Celebrate Freedom 50% Off Sale!

Just a quick heads up that if you have your eye on anything in my store, now is the time to grab it! 😏

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

$2 Tuesday Deal!

Hey there, everyone! I have some exciting news today! I'm participating in $2 Tuesday at MyMemories this week with my For Love of Country collection. And the best part is that not only is the kit only $2 through July 6, but the coordinating packs are only $1 each! That includes the new packs that I've made specially for this occasion, but does not include the Add-On packs. The Add-On is actually free with any $20 design shop purchase at MyMemories (mix and match from any of the designers) this week.

**ALSO please see my note at the bottom of this post if you happened to have purchased any of these items in June at full price before the sale. (This also applies to purchases made at up to 50% off within a few days of, or even earlier in the day of this special sale event beginning.)

Please note that although this collection contains some specifically American-themed elements and papers, I have included alternate color schemes on most of them so that the vast majority of it will be useful to anyone (and even more so if your country's flag colors include red, white and blue). There's plenty to use for picnics, baseball, general childhood and everyday layouts. 😊

Plus, I made these BRAND NEW coordinating packs that are included in the $1 extra pack sale!

In case anyone missed any of these former limited time freebies, the whole pack is set to FREE through July 6 as well. You get two wordarts, one quickpage, one paper and one layered stacked paper. I just realized (VERY belatedly) that a line was left out of the nursery rhyme on the moon/stars wordart, so that has been fixed now. If you want to re-download the whole set, by all means do! (If you have already gotten the set from the store, then it will allow you to re-download it from your account without "re-purchasing" it in order to get the repaired wordart file. I hope that makes sense!)

And finally, you can get the Add-On (including elements, papers and 2 alphas) FREE with any $20 purchase in the MyMemories design shop this week (through July 4).

Add-On Kit:

Add-On Elements:

Add-On Papers:

Add-On Alphas:

Here are a bunch of brand new pages made with the newer parts of this collection, starting with these two patriotic layouts made by Lidia (even though she resides in our friendly neighbor to the north, which is Canada - isn't she the best?!) She used a cluster frame with additional elements from the kit/add-on and some wood papers for this one:

And the add-on papers and elements for this one:

Wordart, cardstock, cluster and kit papers & ribbon:

This next one uses a wood paper, cluster frame and cardstock:

Cluster frame and cardstock:

Kit, add-on, pennant, cardstock:

Wood paper, cluster frame, cardstock and wordart:

Wood paper, cluster, wordart and cardstock:

Wordart and main kit:

Wood paper, cardstock, journal card, cluster, elements of the kit and add-on:

Wood papers, cardstock, wordart, cluster and extra elements from the kit/add-on:

Wood paper, cardstock, cluster, cluster frame:

Wood papers, wordart, cardstock, kit/add-on elements:

Wood paper, cardstock, cluster frame and add-on paper:

Wordart, cardstock, add-on papers, kit elements:

And here are the layouts made last year with the original collection (kit including the alphas, cardstock and add-on):

This last page is made with the layered stacked paper included in the variety pack of extras:

**If you happened to have purchased any of the above sale items in June at full price before the sale began, I would like to offer you something to make up for your missing out on this BIG sale. I am unable to offer refunds or coupons, but I could send you the direct download link to something from my store of comparable value to the discount that you would have gotten. If this situation applies to you, please leave me a comment below with your email address so that I can contact you directly. (This offer also applies to purchases made at up to 50% off within a few days of, or even earlier in the day of this special sale event beginning.)

One last heads up. If you're signed up for my newsletter, the second alpha set freebie expires on June 30, so if you haven't gotten it yet, please be sure to do that soon. It seems as though many of my newsletters might be going into the spam folder, because only about 1/4 of the subscribers have clicked on the link. There was a little glitch from June 26 to June 28 where the $0 price reverted to $2.49 by accident, but that has been repaired. So if that problem affected you, please try again. So sorry about that!

So that's it for today. As always, thanks for reading, and have a great rest of your week! Stay FREE!