Friday Freebie #8

Wow, Friday really rolls round fast, doesn’t it?  This week I’ve been working on altered art, using vintage clipart.  I always enjoy using vintage art, it seems to me that if work is out of copyright, its neglected, no longer serving its purpose, so its a good way to honour the art and breath new life into it.  I work with these images with great care and respect.

The piece I have done for you today is a collage background and very feminine.  I think you could use it as a scrapbook page background, in a greeting card or in any craft project that required a soft girly background.  Perhaps if you are planning a project for Mothering Sunday on 3rd April you might enjoy using this paper.  This is a 300 dpi .jpg, designed at A4 size.

If you enjoy using this piece of artwork do let me know.

Walk in Beauty – Freespirit

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Spring Blessings

Spring is just around the corner.  I feel it, even though the weather is still cold I can see signs of life all around, bursting out of the ground.  The birds are flirty, chasing each other around the garden, and we see them busily carrying great piles of twigs and leaves to make their nests.  Spring is definitely in the air.

I love spring and I look forward to celebrating the spring equinox, I’ve written a little about the customs of Oestara here.  Many people in this country will be looking forward to celebrating Easter and my family always looks forward to the egg hunts that I plan for my grandchildren.  Hunting for eggs is a tradition which spans culture and spiritual belief as the egg is a well known symbol of the renewal that welcomes spring.

I am planning to make some pretty baskets for my grandchildren to use to collect their eggs in.  I shall use my new Spring Blessings background papers and embellishments for this project and when they are ready I shall post some photographs here.

Meanwhile, I have made a spring greeting card which could be used for any of the spring celebrations.

I made my card using an A5 sheet of white cardstock.   I printed page 1 first and then fed it back into the printer to print the inside pages.  Then I  folded it carefully and scored it with a ruler.  I usually ink the edges of my cards, it gives them a nice little finish.

I used two papers from the kit, one for a background for the front page and one in a shape to make the journal spot for the Spring Blessings word art, from the embellishment pack.  The embies are also from the embellishment kit and I have repeated the daffodil inside.

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Yesterday’s freebie was a quick page (QP) using the theme Cool Yule.

Never be afraid to adapt a QP or use it in ways unintended by the designer.  QPs are just starting points for your own creativity.

I didn’t have any landscape photos I wanted to use in this page.  What I did want to use was an old, square photo from back when I was a little girl. Using just a small part of the photo would have spoiled the effect.  After all, I was so proud of those suede boots and had ventured out into the snow just to have them photographed!

I rather enjoy using things in unexpected ways.  I think you’ll agree that putting the photograph behind two landscape apertures makes a nice window effect and it was so easy to do!

Just slide the photo behind two apertures and position it to its best effect, depending on the composition of the picture.  Then simply crop the photo to remove the excess.

By placing a drop shadow on the QP, I achieved a convincing 3D effect.  Notice I have deliberately kept the French window in the shot, although I could have moved it out of view.  It puts the photo into context and nicely affirms the illusion of the subject waving through a window.

I used the top apperture for some journaling to ‘tell the story’, which I placed on the paper from Freebie#5.  The page doesn’t need anything else, but I trimmed the tree with the bow from that kit, to repeat the bow on the tree.  I date stamped the page as I always assume that future generations will be interested in when a photo was taken and how old the subject was at the time.

Many blessings – Freespirit x

Freebie Friday #6

Hello again!

My, don’t the weeks go quickly?  I’ve had a real busy one this week, family stuff you know.  But here it is and its Friday again.

Anyone getting excited about the festive season yet?  I know many people will be getting ready for Thanksgiving which is coming up next week and there are so many winter festivals coming up in December, celebrations of love and light, with feasting and family visits and gifts to exchange.

I love this time of year – the lights, the shopping and the wrapping, its just my favourite time of year.  On the 21st December, I celebrate Yule – that’s my spiritual celebration.  We put out the lights and light candles.  Then we give thanks for everything good in our life and celebrate that after the longest night, the sun is ‘reborn’ and that spring will once again bring the world to life.

On the 25th we celebrate Christmas with the family and its a time of love and laughter, of exchanging gifts and being together.  I can’t wait!

This week, as its only 5 weeks to go, I’ve another festive freebie for you and this time its a quick page.

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Quick pages (QP) are so useful when you’re in a hurry.  You can literally just drop your photos onto the page, layer them behind the QP and you’re good to go.  Got 5 minutes to spare you can pop on some embies and some text, perhaps a date stamp for your photos.  Want to play around a bit and you can tint your page to match the photos.  Remember, with digital scrapping, your imagination can go wild and if you don’t like what you’ve done, you can so easily change it.

If you feel like picking up this QP to add to your collection, please help yourself.  It would be real nice if you would leave a comment, just to show me that I’m not talking to myself.  😉

To all my cousins across the pond, have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week!

Many blessings – FS xx

Freebie Friday #5

Hi y’all!

Hope you’ve had a great week.  I’ve had a strange one myself, but here I am again and I have a wee giftie for you.

I’ve been working on a new kit, Cool Yule, which will be in my shop this weekend, because its only 6 weeks until the festivities and we crafty people need to get busy.

I’ve made you a mini kit to go with Cool Yule, so if you decide to buy that then they will work very well together.  In your kit you have a background, a journal spot, a tag, a ribbon embellishment and two word arts.

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Perhaps you can use it to make some simple cards, or invitations, or some scrap pages for your gift projects.

Don’t forget if you are using Scrapbook Max you can recolour and re-texturise as I explained last week.  You can get great effects by adding shadows too.

If I find myself a few minutes, I will try to pop back with some ideas for you to try out.

Meanwhile, if you decide to download this freebie, I hope you enjoy it and PLEASE leave me a little love on the website, because we all need that, right? 😉

Blessings – Freespirit xx

Freebie Friday #4

Hi y’all

Hope you’ve all had a good week.

I had a great time on Halloween with the family and of course, I took lots of photos of the littlies enjoying Trick or Treat.

Halloween has become a popular holiday in the UK over the last decade or so, but people tend to love it or loathe it.  Personally I think its great fun for families to enjoy together, as long as we remember that not everyone wants to join in and respect their wishes.

My granddaughters had a Halloween birthday party in the afternoon, so duly dressed for the occasion my DIL and I took our precious little witches to their party where they enjoyed a magician’s show and birthday tea.  Then it was back home for some R&R before setting out for Trick or Treating.  As usual, we chose only the houses which had been decorated with pumpkins and black cats, bats and cobwebs, as that seems the best way to decide if someone is joining in or not.  Our little ones shouted Trick or Treat with great enthusiasm and seemed to enjoy themselves greatly.  Then it was back home to share out their booty before bedtime stories.

Its easy to believe that Halloween is a holiday we borrowed from our cousins in the USA, but in truth it all started way back in merry old England and Ireland with the new year feast of Samhain.  You can read my Blog about Halloween and its roots here:

Now to Freebie Friday!

Today I am giving you some bright fun elements of red and yellow, I hope you have fun playing with them.  You will find in your kit four brads and two transparent flowers.  I have made the brads large enough for you to play around with – shrink them up or keep them large to use as journal spots.

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Don’t forget that with just six embies, you can make a whole host more just using Scrapbook Max.

You can change their colours; retexture them with Effects; group them together to make new embellishments; shrink them and string together to make borders; rub out the centre with the Eraser to make frames.  Your imagination is the limit.

Here are some very simple ideas for you to try:

Enjoy your freebies!

Brightest Blessings – Freespirit x

Freebie Friday #3

Hi folks

Bet you thought I’d forgotten you!  Had a really busy day with my little granddaughter who is staying until Halloween!  We’ve done everything and I’m Freespirit @ totally exhausted!

Here is a Bewitched Mini Kit that I think you might like to finish off your Halloween collection!  Enjoy.

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I’ll pop in with lots of chat on Monday after Trick or Treat.

Happy Haunting – Freespirit xxx