Saturday, September 26, 2009

3 Column Blogger Template

I finally found a three column blogger template that I like and that I can customize with my own header -- as I did with the two column minima. I found the following site:
If you have problems with the download links, right click and choose "save target as", it worked for me!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Banned Books

Okay, I've been thinking a lot about banned books since tomorrow is the first day of Banned Books week. I had a patron ask my last night why we even carry books at the library that have been banned or even challenged. The point is that no one should have the right to tell another person what they can or can't read. I'll bet if you checked the ALA's Banned Book List you'd find at least one book that you've read and enjoyed. Now imagine what your life would be like if you had to live in a country where someone could say to you, "You can't read that because it's too racey or has foul language or is too religious." It would suck, royally. I'll admit that I haven't read enough of the books on this list, but the ones I have read are such good books that I'm thankful to live in America. I'm not usually outwardly patriotic, but the first amendment is definately one of the best things our constitution has to offer. Read a banned book today, or recommend one to someone. Remember, censorship causes blindness; celebrate the freedom to read!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Celebrate the freedom to read! Freebie!

I am working on a new display for the library. Starting Saturday, September 26th is Banned Books week. We are encouraging everyone to celebrate their freedoms, and one of the best ways is to read a book someone else wanted to censor. Here are some badges I made to spread the word. I thought they might be fun to use on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter, but post them or use them however you like!
Download here.

Busy busy, all the time...

I'm sure every last one of you can understand, I feel like I'm busy all the time! I have been making great progress with my digital scrapping projects. They MUST be done by Christmas for gifts as well as to show to the family, we see each other 2 times a year so the books help them see my kids grow. I haven't done any traditional scrapping since June, but Saturday is a scrapping retreat at the library (hosted by my good buddy Raynette) and I'm going to take a page in to do there. I think I'll also share my books so people can steal ideas if they want. I was able to make a great layout set for my Family History display, but Banned Books Week starts on Saturday, so I need a new set of layouts by Friday.
Of course I still have to do all my work here around the house and all my other little distractions. I managed to get a Monday off, so tonight I get to go to MOPs with my bestie, Becke. Hopefully I can manage to go once a month. She also convinced me to try that Lil Farm thing on FB, so I'm working on that (and other silly apps) at least once a day. And not to mention the books I need to read! I have a list a foot long hanging in my locker at work. I should have more time to read during the fall/winter, right?
Will I ever have a moment where I have nothing to do??

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Another LOTD!

Not too brag or anything, I just wanted to gush about how nice it is to have so many people compliment my work. I've remade this page 3 or 4 times trying to get it right. This time I felt that I did and it seems my fellow scrappers agree. This makes my day.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Potty Training Freebie!

I am excited to say that we are officially potty trained at our house! What was my trick you ask? Well, Lola loves, Loves, LOVES "The Little Mermaid" and one day I found some Ariel panties in her size. She wanted to wear them and I said, "not until you are potty trained." She looked at me and said, (with a little head snap that screamed TEENAGE ATTITUDE) "I potty trained, Mama!" took off her diaper, used the potty and put her new panties on. Crazy girl.
To be honest it wasn't an instant success. She has had her share of wet accidents and for some reason there was a whole week there where she pooped her pants at least once a day....*sigh*
But, the potty training freebie I promised MONTHS ago is finally here! I created a boy set (King of the Potty) and a girl set (Potty Princess) for you. These little sets include a certificate, a foil seal and a frame/seal combo. The certificate is simple, it can be printed and used in a traditional scrapbook page or inserted into a digital page. The example is from Lola's scrapbook, since she's officially diaper free! And in even better news, Lola's influence helped her best buddy (my bestie's daughter) finish potty training too. Yay! I added the shadows for example only.

Click here to download Potty Princess.

Click here to download King of the Potty.