Monday, November 17, 2008

Well, 4shared deleted all my files because I haven't uploaded anything new in 30 days... nice, huh? Oh well. I will revamp this blog soon, I will probably just concentrate on WordArt which is my passion.

I upload all my scrapbook pages HERE if anyone wants to take a peek.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Here's a new FREEBIE brown mini-kit for you. It comes with 2 patterned papers, a ribbon and two buttons. You may download it here:


This is what I did with it!



Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Here's a preview of the FREE QuickPage that I've made today.


This is the page I did with it!



Tuesday, August 26, 2008

FREE GREEN MINI-KIT for you today! To get it CLICK HERE!
It includes two pages, a matching button and a matching ribbon.

Also today, a Free Word-Art as well...


And here's the page I made with my elements! My sweet boy!




Thursday, August 21, 2008

Here's some purple elements... matching paper, ribbon and button you can make a page with. To download this FREEBIE, CLICK BELOW!

Here's what I did with it... pictures of my sister and her husband through the years. COOL!


Monday, August 11, 2008

I am still learning, but here's 3 FREE coordinated matching buttons for ya.

Here's the page I used these buttons on that I made using PSP without any elements per se, just the word art!


Saturday, August 02, 2008

Okay, this is my very first attempt at a quick page!!! Please be kind, LOL.

Here's what I did with it. My sweet boy was only 10 months old in this picture! Awww...


Thursday, July 31, 2008

Here's my newest WordArt Freebie!

And here's the page I made using this word art. I may have been only 6 years old in 1970, but I do remember this vacation my family took rather well... hard to believe that was... GASP... almost 40 years ago? I used a Quick Page for this one as well.


Thursday, July 24, 2008

This is my newest WordArt Freebie, "Brotherly Love".

Here's a page I made using this, my boys!!! I used a QuickPage.


Saturday, July 19, 2008

Since my SD just graduated High School and I was working on a page, I thought this was appropriate!


This is the page I made using this Word Art. I used background papers and elements coming from 4 different graduation kits I have, I even changed their colors to match my SD's gown, LOL. I think the page came out cute!


Friday, July 18, 2008

It's only fair that I gave equal time to GRANDMAs here! To download this FREE WordArt, click below:


Here's a page I made using this WordArt... sweet or what? It's my mom with my niece last year when I went to Italy to visit during my parent's 50th Anniversary! I used a quickpage and I added some elements to it as well.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Here's a page I made using the Word Art I created. The great thing about the word 'grandpas' being 'grey' is that you can use the hue/saturation feature in PSP or Photoshop and change the color of it to fit your page's needs. Cool or what? I made this page with photos of my dad playing with my son Nicky. Very cute! I used a background page with just a couple of elements, I mainly used a mask to create the effect around the photos.


This second image is a vintage picture of my dad when he was 23 years old! Oh... the handsome devil! I used a quickpage for this one.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Something new today... a FREEBIE to top it off! It's my FIRST one, and it will be the first of many, for sure.

I was looking at a picture of my dad with my niece and nephew and my heart just melted. My dad is such a special, amazing GRANDPA! I am so sad he's not there for my kids, it truly breaks my heart. My dad is and will always be a little kid at heart, so that's the reason for this WORD ART!

It won't be available forever, so hurry!


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wow! Has it been this long since I last posted? That's what happens when life takes over I guess, LOL.
This first page is a QP of course, I have no time to do pages in any other way lately. This picture was taken in 1998 when I went to visit my aunt Marisa (my mom's sister, which just happens to be my GodMother, my middle name is Marisa after her) in Aosta, in northern Italy with Nicky and my dad. My mom took this beautiful picture!


This second page is three pictures from our summer visit to the beach of my family in 1968. GASP-40 years ago! Yet another QP.


Monday, June 16, 2008

Here's a page I made of Nicky with his daddy, it's another Winni Scrapbooking lesson. This was the last lesson per se, and I am amazed how much I learned. Now I will be learning how to make scrapbook elements, look for my results here in my blog!


Second page I've done with Nicky's help! It came out real cute I think, this was Connor's FIRST birthday!


Thursday, June 12, 2008

These new pages today I did with Nicky's help! He picked the QuickPage and the pictures to use.

The first one was a trick we saw on the Scrapbook Memories TV show, he watched it and wanted me to do it, LOL.


The second one Nicky just decided to do a page from old Camp pictures, so, voila'.


Sunday, June 08, 2008

I talked to mom yesterday and she keeps wowing about these pages, so that entices me to keep it up. I've been thinking how to approach this. I guess what I need to do is go back to ALL my photos that I have lying around. My 11 year old told me he would help me :-). I will start by making piles of photos by decade. I will then tackle the oldest photos and scrap those the old fashioned way, BUT, the best ones I will scan and digiscrap. Once I have a certain amount of pages I will start scrapping either by person or, more likely, by year, or both I guess! I will start in July when we come back from CAMP. It should be a HUGE undertaking. I already scrapped all my baby pictures, but Nicky's... I stopped scrapping for lack of time in 1998, so I have 10 years worth of pictures that are just 'everywhere'. I feel bad about it, but at least I am starting now!

This first page... awww... it's some of my favorite pics. Connor was just a peanut. A quickpage from somewhere. Wish I knew where! Sorry!

Second page is my peanut once again, a few months later. Another QP...


Friday, June 06, 2008

If this page would have a title, I would call it 'The last time I saw you'.
Paola was one of my best friends growing up. While I did not meet her until my teen years, we became fast friends. We had so much in common it was scary. We liked the same music, liked the same guys, we watched the same shows (CHiPs was our 'drug' of choice, kind of ironic, since I just bought season 2 on DVD today! I waited 30 years for this!) and I could go on. She was the niece of a fellow DJ at the local radio station in Italy where I used to do the 'dedication' show on Sundays. Yes, I was a DJ, did I ever mention that? It was eons ago. After I moved to the US we use to write each other every week for years and years.

At any rate... Christmas 2001 was the last time I saw her on one of my trips to Italy. About a year later she went to the doctor because she could not get rid of her headaches. The doctors found a malignant tumor in her brain, and she died on February 29th, 2004, about a year after her diagnose, just a few months shy of her 39th birthday. Heartbreaking? I can't describe, really. If it would not have been a 'leap' year, she would have died March 1st, which is my Alex's anniversary of his birth/death. What about her daughter? Yes, the little girl in the picture, the one that took her 8 years to have after infertilty treatments and two IVFs that didn't work? Her little girl is being raised by her husband's parents, which is also ironic, since she herself was raised by her grandparents after her mother abandoned her.

While admittedly we weren't very close in her last years, I will never forget her sweet smile and how she brightened my life. I will miss you forever PAOLA!!!

Page was made from a kit called "Floral Frenzy" by Linda Walton of Her BLOG is here: I did use a couple of other elements (the alpha set and the tripleframe) from other unknown sources.

BIGGER VERSION of this page is here:

Thursday, June 05, 2008

I did a couple of new pages today. This first one is a Winni Scrapbooking lesson-it's my sister Lorena with my dad on her wedding day in 1984. This is a rare occasion, my sister is a typical tomboy, so to see her with make-up and a dress on... all I can say is WOWIE!


Second photo... I was in my favorite city in Italy, Firenze, in 1998. Hard to believe it's been 10 years! BOO!


Friday, May 30, 2008

After a while without doing anything, I got the bug today. I have mucho things to do, but no gauze so I have some extra time.


This is my grandma, or, as I call her, NONNA Rina. This photo was taken in 1978 I believe, she was 75 years old. She lived to be 101!

Used a quickpage for this one, no time to do it in a more creative way today.


My mom Laura on her honeymoon in Venice with the pidgeons! Love this one. Another quickpage...


Greg and I in Italy this past summer. My mommy actually took this photo, I love it! Yet another quickpage. So many ideas... so little time, what can I say?


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Having one of those months... some days are so bad I feel like driving myself into a lake! AARGHHH. This is the first day this whole month that I do not have a sore throat and I have nausea if I spend too much time on the computer, but I am so behind on my stuff, how can I? Nicky has been home most of the month, no break from the little yellow bus for me. Thankfully hubby is there for me... he's the BEST.

This picture was taken in the summer of 1970-my sister and I with my grandparents (my mom's parents). Hard to believe they were both younger than my parents are now in this picture and both died just a few years later. I miss them, especially my grandma.
I followed a Winni scrapbooking tutorial for this one, BIGGER VERSION here:

Monday, May 19, 2008

Two more pages tonight. Not that I had time to do them, but I feel so crappy... I've had this sore throat now for a month. I am ready to go to the doctor!

This first page is my BEAUTIFUL Mom Laura. This was just before she got pregnant with me! Summer 1963. This is a quickpage by SnowsMoons Designs.
Bigger version here:

This second page was a LOT of fun to make. First, I ran across to this 'Great Guy Spotted' frame by Cherswitz... so cute... and so true! Greg is the love of my life hands down. I knew it from the first time I saw him on a November day in 1984. I always felt he was MINE. My only regret is that it took so darn long for us to get together! We only got married in 2002, but, as far as I am concerned, it was meant to me. For us to survive divorces, kids and to find each other and be as strong as we are... it's nothing short of remarkable. Nothing will ever pull us apart. This fall will mark the 10 year anniversary of us re-starting our relationship after a 14 year hiatus.
I put this page together using a kit from Shabby Princess (Urban Kiwi Kit).

Bigger version here:

I am in the middle of doing these cute royal dollies, but I needed 2 minutes to relax, so here's the page I whipped out. Of course, a quickpage! Nicky and Connor, too darn cute in this pic, were 9 and nearly 2 here. Awww... brotherly love!

Bigger version here:

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Nicky's been home since his "accident". Sigh. He'll go back to school on Monday, he was in just too much pain. I am just about to go play Mario Kart for the WII with him as soon as I am done with this!
Isn't this picture amazing? I was 2 years old and I am in my grandfather's arms. He's my mom's dad. It's a RARE photo with him, I only have a handful. He died when I was 13 of liver failure. In this photo with us are my sister Lorena below us and to the side my cousins Esther, Elena and Ivo. I am probably closer to Elena right now, she's a sweetheart, she lives close to my parents so I always get news from her family. She just recently became a grandmother, imagine that! My cousin Esther's son Sabino lives and works in Australia, the handsome devil. I hear from Ivo's wife every now and again.

Bigger version of this picture here:

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Awww... my sweet boy! Connor here is almost 4 months old. Too cute!!! Cute Scrap kit courtesy of Lisa at

BIGGER Version here:

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I must admit... I feel pretty awful today. I was doing fine until the school called. Some girl, who obviously was not paying attention to where she was going, came around a corner skipping and tripped over Nicky's feet rest of his chair and fell right on TOP OF HIM!!!! The result... was skin off of Nicky's cheecks and a busted lip. Nicky is miserable. I made sure he was confortable and even though I was done on the computer for the day, I felt nostalgic and wanted to cheer up so I wanted to scan my senior pictures. Unfortunately the pictures I have are old and discolored or ruined. However, I found two in my Senior Year scrapbook that looked still quite decent, so even though they were wallet-sized, I scanned them at HIGH resolution, cleaned them up digitally from all the debris and speckles and made a page out of them. I will see if I can order some 8x10 of them too at Fotki.

So... that's the page I made using a QuickPage today. Pretty cute!
BIG Version is here:

Monday, May 12, 2008

Yes! One more new one for today. I haven't made many pages of the 90s (not a great decade for me by far) so I looked for some cute pics and found these. Nicky was 9 months old, adorable!!! I used a quickpage for this one... cheated again!

Bigger version is here:

Sometimes I should never steer away from the computer. Just when I think my life is good, something happens that reminds me of the past and the 15 years I wasted rowing a sinking boat... but that's another story for another day. This new page is lesson 32 in my Winni Scrap lessons. It was meant to show how to use frames. Pretty cool. I learned a lot from these lessons. I am almost done and then I will learn how to actually MAKE digital scrapbooking elements. How cool. I can't wait.

Bigger version is here:
The kids at camp... so cute!!! Connor was 2!

Friday, May 09, 2008

I don't feel quite as creative today... so, this page I made out of a ready-made quickpage. The pictures were really small that's why I opted for them to be smallish on the page as well. One of the pics it's actually a bit blurred even, but still, these two pics were taken the same day on December 11th 1972. Gosh... so long ago... and... what the heck was I wearing? MOM??? LOL. Oh yeah... it was the seventies, I forgot! LOL!!!
Bigger version is here:
It's been a strange day. I worked this AM and then my ex came to get Nicky and it's so strange not having to worry about Nicky for a couple of days. This is a new thing. Nicky's dad only moved to this area late last year and until a couple of months ago he would come and visit and stay with us. Tomorrow should be a fun filled day... we're all going to a Walkathon for Fybromyalgia Awareness and will try to raise EB Awareness at a booth. One of the other EB moms is in charge of the whole thing and a few other moms I know will be there as well, should be pretty fun. I just hope that my voice comes back full force and that my coughs goes away!
I am listening to Clay's new album... LOVE IT! Yey!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Someday my Ship will come...

I saw this layout on the August 2007 issue of Digital Scrapbooking magazine, the one I took to Italy with us. On one of the advertisements there was the back of this little boy, maybe 2 years old, looking at the school bus and the layout simply stated 'someday *my* bus will come'. I thought it was cute and thought nothing of it until one of our days in Venice, when we were having dinner by the Rialto bridge and Connor just stood there for a while, looking at the boats go by and though of doing a page of him waiting for a ship the moment I snapped this pics! So... all this time later, there they are!

Bigger version of this page is here:

The papers and elements I used to make this page are from Elisa's Bits