Monday, April 1, 2013

PSApril13 Birds and Bees Blog Hop


Welcome.  I pray you enjoy.

I'm trying my hand at sharing my digital graphics for scrapbooking.  It is a lot of work, especially on my old laptop, and with the free software GIMP.  My daughter regularly complains about how slow my computer is.  It's around 9 years old, so I just keep babying it.  But slowly, I've been able to make some items I wanted to share with you.

I've been involved with Pixel Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking for several months now, and have actually gotten some digital scrapbooking done, because of encouragement and their challenges there.  It is a community for both those starting out in digital scrapping and those that are designers, or want-to-be's.  It's run by a wonderful, giving couple, Marisa and Jordan.

I thought about participating in their February Blog Train; Retro Kitchen, but wasn't really ready yet.  So I've been playing with designing more, and have made a few designs I'll share with you, during their April Blog Train; the Birds and the Bees.

I'm still learning how to do all of this, from the digital designing to the composing and working with a Blog, setting up e-mail accounts, and sites to host the files....so please be patient with me.  I've also tried to separate the elements and papers so that Google Drive will allow the files to be scanned for you before you download...hopefully this all has worked.

Well, I've continued to battle with my computer this week, trying to get things ready for April 1.  I experienced all sorts of trouble when zipping the files, like having the names truncated.  But I think I've gotten at least most of the bugs out.

I've tried to tag my files in Picasa for you as well, but apparently it isn't working on the main 12x12 paper's zip.

Don't miss any of the pieces, be sure you get all 3, either from the photos or the links below.

To download click on the photos, and if you are directed to another page it should have the NAME of the ZIP file, on the new page.  Just under that name, you should find FILE...click
FILE > DOWNLOAD, if you don't get a direct download.



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If clicking on the photos above doesn't take you to the download page, you can click on these links.  In my testing it was asking for the user to log into Google...if this happens and you don't have an account, please let me know and I'll try adjusting things again.


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Since it's my first time designing for others, I'd love it if you would please leave a comment here or in Pixel Scrapper forums, about what you enjoyed about them, or anything that you had trouble with.

The Blog Train can be found here.  There are many others with some wonderful contributions, so you'll end up with a MEGA kit!  You don't need to join the community there to enjoy the blog train contributions, but we'd love to have you.  So browse a little after collecting from the other blog trains.

You might also enjoy my other blog.  I have some tutorials and other musings there.  Enjoy your goodies!
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Editted: April 4, 2013 @ 6pm US Central time zone to include dropbox downloads for those that can't get the above links to work.

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Sorry for the inconvenience.


29 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing. I love the journal cards. Sweet and simple!

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    1. Thanks, glad you enjoyed them. It was fun designing.

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  2. Love love love the cards Laura, they are outstanding. So different, I love them.

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    1. Thanks, pray you enjoy them, and put them to good use!

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  3. Your kit is lovely! I especially like the cards. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Lou Anne, this has been a fun blog train to be a part of.

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  4. ooo, the swan is such a great idea!!
    Have a great week~
    Christine Smith || Owner
    CUDigitals.com

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    1. Thanks Christine. After starting with the embossed papers, I thought a swan would go well.

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    1. Thanks Michelle, it reminded me of walks at the park ponds.

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  6. Laura, great job. I like what you did with the cards and the way you used photos to help create them.

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    1. Thanks Brooke, I may revisit the journal cards, adding some smaller ones with just the corner accent.

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  7. Very talented you are! Love the swan you drew.

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  8. I love this color palette, very spring! Thank you very much for your part! :)

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  9. nicely done - thanks so much!

    tina
    littlebitsandpieces.net

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  10. Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous kit!

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  11. Thank you Laura, your journal cards are really pretty!

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  12. Hi Laura, Thanks for the kit, it's an interesting mix, love the cards.
    I did download these some time ago and I have finally unzipped them. I couldn't get the Papers to unzip correctly. Everything in the folder unzipped except the actual papers.So I visited the Docs link again and tried downloading the individual papers one by one. Surprise! the papers with long file names didn't download for me, so I had a lightbulb moment and downloaded the whole file again to my desktop (could have just cut & paste the file to my desktop but the lightbulb wasn't that bright). Everything unzipped fine. So my conclusion is, your long folder/file names combined with where I was downloading to (Computer/user/Downloads/Scrapbooking/BlogTrain_Birds And Bees) was the culprit (In other words, the combined file name was too long for the computer to handle). If anyone else has trouble like I did then you could point them to try this out.

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    1. Hi,back again.
      Just playing around with the zip and I discovered that it doesn't matter where on my computer the file is downloaded to, so long as your zip file name was shortened I could unzip it.
      Thus I shortened my copy to PSApril13_PlavnickWellinghoff_Birds&Bees-Papers
      And everything unzipped perfectly. It could even be shortened further.

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    2. I'm sorry you've had so much trouble.

      Do you have an older computer? What's your operating system? I was having troubles also @ times with the long file names...trying to figure out how long was to long for my 9 year old PC's running Windows XP. Was it the actual files "after" the unzipping that were truncated and therefore not showing properly? or the fact that you couldn't get the zipped files to unzip at all? I've been able to unzip, but the files names were truncated and therefore didn't have the jpg or png extensions. At times I was able to move them to another folder and rename with the proper extension.

      I'm going to upload some zip files that will be for those that are having trouble with the longer file names, same items just with shortening file names.

      And thanks for commenting with your problems so I can work to correct things.

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