Friday, May 23, 2008


Yesterday, Stephanie allowed me to publish her layout on my blog. I asked her if she had any element suggestions she might like to see created, and she asked me if I could possibly make ‘writing in sand’ or some writing OF sand – so I decided to experiment and managed to make the latter. I hope you enjoy it! I love hearing your suggestions and ideas – and as you can see, sometimes it pays off to let me know!

Whew! It’s been a blur lately. I’ve been on a totally creative streak and have been trying to ‘capture it on (digi) paper’ before this phase is over. I’ve got a big poster to design and In-Laws coming for a 10 day visit, so you ladies all know how this changes the picture. A ton of preperations – I’m even sorting out a few cupboards and closets, as they need to be done anyways.

Tilin' Smile!

I’ve had opportunity to catch up to my good friend Becky – it has been three weeks since we had a coffee, and she’s looking so radiant and her belly is sweeeeeeeeeeelling! We had a whip-creamy coffee and caught up on our lives.

Miles and I won't have to eat for another week, as we were invited to dinner last night at our dear friends Italia and John’s for some good Italian food. She laid on a banquet that would be the rival of any 5 star restaurant. Thank you for having us over Italia and John – next time, our place!

click photo to view larger!
BAD BAD ME - forgot to credit my Dear Friend
Adriana Lunette aka Amy for the cool tag!
- get yours HERE!

SO yummy -
fresh tomatoe sauce,
Italia's secret, low fat 'crepe' noodles & veal parmesan with eggplant
italian sausage and fresh asparagus!

Succulent papaya wrapped with prosciutti,
blueberry stuffed crepes
topped with chocolate sauce and
Italia's 'fake' whip cream made with blended pears and cashews.

Here are some random thoughts and scriptures I’d like to share with you:

Sorrow is a fruit:

God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.

- Victor Hugo

Set your troubled heart at rest. Trust in God always, trust also in me. There are many dwelling places in my Father’s house; if it were not so I would have told you; for I am going there on purpose to prepare a place for you.

- John 14:1-2

There’s always a burst of sunshine,

After a shower of rain,

There’s always a time of happiness

After a time of pain;

May the guardian angel watch you

With vigil not in vain,

For the great outdoors is waiting

To welcome you again.

~ unknown


I thought the following two websites were of interest:

Tech Crunch has an intersting article on a new technology called DimP, which is Direct Manipulation Video. It basically is the concept you could move parts of a video by using your mouse. Check it HERE.

This second one, perhaps could earn you some income. I hear of so many talented people out there (Valinda, I think of your daughter Cristy right away!) through this site! If you have a talent or something to teach you will want to check this out:

Make money teaching people. Really. Sclipo allows all users to share their knowledge - but this time with a monetary twist. For example, viewers are able to tip the author of a video via Paypal, and you can teach personal classes - live - to people anywhere on the globe via webcam, and charge for it. Just click HERE.


  1. Good Evening again Barb:)
    Seems I am always sneaking in at the last minute lately.LOL
    Thank you so much for sharing your cool sand alpha with me.I love it!:)
    Thank you also for the info for Christy.That would be an easy way for her to make a little money huh?:)Maybe enough to buy more polymer clay.:)
    Your Italian dinner looks scrumptious!mmmmm. Can I borrow your friends?LOL What are you making for them when it's your turn to cook?
    I am getting ready to get reaquainted with my pillow.:) I am sooo sleepy.hehe

    Rest well!


  2. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today.

  3. Dear Barb, thanks so much for the sand alpha, it's fantastic! How did you do that, you're incredibly talented! We're leaving for a beach vacation in 2 weeks so this will come in so great.. thanks so much

  4. Barb - as you are one of my very favourite designers, I've tagged you ! If you are too busy designing to play the game, I'll understand - it may be a dubious honour, but an honour nonetheless !

    Hugs and Best wishes

    Mandy (

  5. My goodness, I was more in awe of you posting my layout than feeling I was allowing you to put it up, but thank you so much! I just downloaded the Sand Alpha. You are so fast with your creativity, it must have been bubbling under the surface all along ;-) Thank you again for your generosity!! And lastly, you crack me up having taken along your camera to the dinner. I understand shots of friends but the food, I thought only I did stuff like that LOL!

  6. awesome dinner there Barb ...Italia is always spoiling you and Miles ...she loves you two the poem ..thanks for always founding those things that always picks a person up the sand alpha ..have a great weekend .

  7. AnonymousMay 24, 2008

    Hi there Mrs.Miles...that food looks real got my mouth
    Love the Alpha...thank you for sharing...have a nice weekend!!!
    HUGS Silvia

  8. I love how those of us who love scrapping have one major thing in common, we take our cameras everywhere and photograph EVERYTHING!! lol

    Thanks for the alpha, so completely perfect for all those beach layouts. Love it

  9. thanks for the alpha, it's very nice :)

  10. This Sand Alpha is sooo wonderful and so much needed. I haven't seen anything like this yet and since I just love the sea, the alpha is what I was looking for for so long (even without knowing it). Thanks a lot for your talent and your generousity. Cody, Germany

  11. Sorry...I had to tag you. Come have a look.

  12. AnonymousMay 25, 2008

    Do you still rememeber me? renaen***. I was forced to take down my blog due to a terrible year. I don't want to be found by my previous family (still by law family - but they are not my family). I have an explanation in my new blog:
    I have missed you and your optisism! You would have been a source of great inspiration, but of course I just went into my shell and withdrew. Thank goodness for my granddaughter or I don't think I would have survived this one.

    I hope you remember me.....Thanks, Renae (aka (now) justrenae)

  13. Bonjour et Merci!

    Back from a wonderful time in Paris. Thanks for the great alpha - perfect for some of my photos from the beach.

  14. LOVE the alpha and thank you ever soo much for sharing!! :D
    another FUN & interesting entry with the luscious dinner and beautiful scriptures! ALWAYS love the links too! Thank you for sharing!! HUGS! :D

  15. Thanks so much for the alpha! It'll be great on some beack pages I plan to work on soon!

  16. Ok that is NOT FAIR!! You're playing hardball with my stomach here! OH MY GOSH- that crepe looks to die for!! Didn't see much else on the plates once that baby came into view!! My mouth is watering! LOL
    Thanks so much for the Alpha! WOOHOOO
    Sending hugs

  17. AnonymousMay 30, 2008

    LOVE the sand alpha! Thank you!

  18. Thank you for the sand alpha!
    AND for still having it as a freebie to download! :)
    I saw it used on a LO ("crab" by spanielmom, DSO gallery) she made it with a kit of mine, and I just loved how the alpha looked on it. So I've gone searching for it, and wow, it's a freebie, and I could still download it too! Thank you!!!


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