Coming Up for Air…

10 Mar

… after being on a self-imposed exile for the past few days, working feverishly on getting my Round 2 Challenge submission for the Apprentice Program at Little Dreamer Designs done. Thank goodness for a very understanding hubby: “Shhh, J,” he tells our son, “Mama’s working hard…” Priceless man! 😆

And thank God for not letting me come down with the virus that hit my 5-year-old dearie 3 weeks ago and that, hopefully, is on its way out our door 2 weeks after hitting my 2-year-old honey. I lost my voice for a day and felt really sick for about three, but other than that, I’ve just been sooo grateful that I haven’t had to lie down and nurse the illies. (Totally helps that I’m also downing really strong vitamins like an addict, just to make sure I can function well enough to do all that has to be done).

Actually, I kind of feel like I could give the Energizer Bunny a run for its money. 😆

So… I just finished uploading my kit and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I make it through the next round. I’m just counting on making it through each round alive. 🙂 This sorta reminds me of the relationships I had when I was young: unlike so many of my friends who used to count (and celebrate!) anniversaries with their boyfriends by the month 😆 I always used to just look forward to just celebrating the days till they eventually turned into years. Call it crazy, but I like living each day fully, and then having the option to look back one day and say, “Wow!!! Those were some ultra-fabulous 365 days!” instead of “That was a great year!” 365 days sounds so much more than a year, right? Hmmmm. (If you haven’t noticed it in the past, by now you should be fairly certain that I have some strange ideas. 😆 )

So… anyway… it’s been an awesome week. Crazy-busy, more than ever before, with the 3rd run of my dear friend Jessica’s fab beginners’ class, Up & Running… (on the 3rd day of the course, there were 400 layouts I needed to go and leave love on… I can imagine how many masterpieces are waiting for me to marvel at!) The galleries at our Spraground are seriously ROCKIN’ too, with all the great great creations of all my Spraguemates… and WOW! Have you seen the LDD Apprentice Gallery??? Man, all (and I’m not exaggerating here, but I mean ALL) my friends who uploaded their layouts there really ROCKED the kit and the gallery!!! And I was soooo happy and proud to find that one of us, dear, dear Carol, was the very first one who won the very first $10 coupon given out by Michelle at Little Dreamer Designs (if you haven’t yet uploaded a layout using any of the apprentice freebies–hopefully, mine! 😆 — in the gallery there, go run! Michelle is giving out two $10 coupons each week for the four weeks that the apprentice program is running, and the only thing you have to do is (1) be a registered member there (it’s free!), and (2) upload a layout into the Apprentice gallery using any of the kits that are there for exclusive download.

Then there are our wonderful Spraground Weekly Challenges, which are really so much fun, especially now that everyone is playing excitedly. I can’t even begin to tell you how RICH our galleries are with inspirational materials! These girlfriends of mine are ROCKIN!!!! I AM SO PROUD OF THEM!!!! (Okay, I had to shout that out, because … the words just aren’t enough, you know??? My heart is bursting with pride and affection for each and every one of them!!!)

It’s also the end of the school year where I live, so you know what that means? Oh, just tons of final exams for each of my 3 kids who are in school. It also means that all the schools schedule as much parental-involvement activities as they can in these last few weeks (probably cramming what they can fit into the remaining few breaths of the school year)… I almost think it’s a conspiracy. 😆 End-of-the-school-year also means entrance exams for kids to enter the next level (my 3-year-old S had to take an entrance exam to enter Kinder, and my 5-year-old J has yet to take the entrance exam for Prep… and then my first two sons have to take summer review programs to prepare for the entrance exams for university and high school)… SIGH! Exams, exams, exams. Thank goodness I’m done and over with schooling! 😆

And then… summer. Kids with me, beside me, around me, by my head, by my feet, by my hips, on my lap… 24/7. Love it. I need to find some worthy activities to keep them busy so that they aren’t tempted to speak the Unspeakable: in our home, the three words that are among the most forbidden are “Mom, I’m bored.” 😆

Then there are a number of other projects as well, which I’ll surely let you know about as they come closer… and … the long-awaited DIGI IN DEEP at our Spraground in a few weeks!!! WOOHOO!!!

But so that I don’t let you suffer further with all my blah blah blah, please tell me that you forgive me for being absent for most of this past week… on the Spraground, on my porch swing here… I do peep in once in a while to say hello, but haven’t had much time to really sit and talk (and regret that GREATLY… if only I could find 48 hours in a day to do all that I want to do!) 🙂

So anyway, forgive me? Please? And let me give you all a HUGE HUG for all the warm fuzzies and the awesome layouts and the wonderful support that you’ve given to me while I am embarking on this huge design adventure of my life! I promise you I will never ever forget this incredible show of support and love: it’s written on my heart forever. And even beyond that. 😉

Speaking of design adventures, here’s the latest!

This is my submission for Little Dreamer Designs’ Apprentice Program Round 2 Challenge:

I can’t say much because it’s all private and propriety information that we get, but this much I can say: I have truly enjoyed slaving away at the challenges… it’s playing, learning, creating, sharing all in one blow… really, how much better can it get?

So here now comes the sharing part!

What you’re getting: a mini-kit of elements in what I called my ElementaLove (the love is there for you, you know. 😉 )

1 glitter foliage accent – in two versions: one without shadows and one with its own shadow… I chose to apply the preshadowing to this element because I felt it was the hardest to do a shadow on… the other elements are easier, but with this one, I did my best to apply a drop shadow so that various parts of the wildflower seem to be at different heights from the paper base

1 shiny chrome / metal photo corner – there’s one png file, but you can use it to put two on either sides of your photo or journaling block, or you can use all four, or… 😉 Just flip and rotate and have fun!

1 stitched border – a little trivia: this took me the longest to create, because I made my own new stitches and stitch holes from scratch, experimenting a bit here and there and playing around with Photoshop… I worked on the first set for roughly 48 hours. I went to sleep at 6AM, with the sun just about to rise, last night/this morning… and when I opened my kit on my compy to get ready to upload it at LDD… I took a look at the stitches and decided I didn’t like them much. So it was on to creating a new set of stitches and stitch holes from square one… experimenting some more… and this time I came up with something that I really liked. So I hope you like them too. And you know what? I have even greater appreciation for all the designers who put stitches in their kits: let me tell you, these little bits of thread are not easy to make. 😆

1 metal and glass triple-frame – I’ve included instructions in the download folder on how to work with this in the easiest way. If you’ve downloaded and used my pocket page from the first Apprentice Round Freebie submission, it’s pretty much the same technique you use… easy-peasy! 😉

All items have no shadows (except for the pre-shadowed version of the foliage accent, but you also get the shadow-free one, in case you want to apply your own)… so that you have absolute freedom in deciding where and how you put it on your layouts.

Here’s the preview, in case you haven’t seen it yet on Little Dreamer Designs (click on Apprentice Gallery Round 2 if you want to leave love… there are some awesome kits over there! Have you seen the company I’m in? Man, seasoned designers and newbies, all in one room! It’s a GREAT mini community we have going there for these next few weeks!)

Okay, enough talking! (See what happens when I don’t see you for ages? I’m unstoppable! 😆

Here’s the preview:

{ Click on image for larger view }

LivEdesigns ElementaLove LDD-AP-Wk2

And you can download it HERE.

PS. The preview paper isn’t included in this mini kit, since our challenge for the week was all about elements… but if you want it, leave me a note in the comments, and I’ll upload it here for you in the next few days. Just give me a few hours to get my lost hours of sleep back, hahaha! 😉

Thanks for passing by, and thanks for your continued support, thanks for all your warm fuzzies, thanks for keeping your fingers, toes, arms, legs, and eyes crossed that I get as far as possible in this adventure… and just, wow, a million kajillion bazillion THANKS. From. The. Bottom of my bottomless heart.

Have I told you that I love ya? I have? I’ll say it again. I do. 😉

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21 Responses to “Coming Up for Air…”

  1. Di Friday, 14 March 2008 at 4:26 am #

    Little slow getting here – but you know Ilove ya! Going to get a creation up tomorrow. Thanks for your beautiful freebies and your dedication to our playground! I agree with Lisa – you ROCK!

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  2. Catherine Wednesday, 12 March 2008 at 12:31 pm #

    You have really made a beautiful kit for this challenge! Best of luck to you – I can’t wait to see what else you come up with!

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  3. Scrap Evangel Tuesday, 11 March 2008 at 11:13 am #

    Love this! Esp the glitter foliage accent. You’re really on a roll with this Apprentice Program.

    I’ve just starting trying to design a few things. If you get a change, stop by my blog and give me some honest feedback.

    Abundant blessings to you!

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  4. tnscrappn Tuesday, 11 March 2008 at 9:48 am #

    Wow! Gorgeous!!! How DO you do it?????

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  5. Cathy Tuesday, 11 March 2008 at 9:07 am #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE those frames! Keep up the great work!

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  6. Deb P. Monday, 10 March 2008 at 9:11 pm #

    MWAH!!!! Fabulous element kit! When you are rested and revived, I would LOVE to have the background paper too. I’ve said it before … I’ll say it again! You are the most amazing woman I know. You so totally deserve all this and more! You will win! I believe in you! Love ya!

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  7. latz Monday, 10 March 2008 at 7:24 pm #

    Keep it going little bunny. Give the boys extra loving as they work their way through their exams–it can be stressful on the whole family. Thanks for the beautiful elements–good luck in this next round. When my kids say they are bored–I always respond with “I can find you something to do.” Believe me they don’t say it much anymore, since they usually don’t like the “something” that I come up with! LOL

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  8. Cheryl G Monday, 10 March 2008 at 6:12 pm #

    Thanks.

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  9. mer/marie Monday, 10 March 2008 at 11:43 am #

    Oh, Liv…I’m gushing, too. Couldn’t happen to a better person. (she says like your not working CONSTANTLY to get there) You soo deserve all you get out of this. I’d love you to win this so we’d get even more designs from you, and I’m sure we are all glad to pay for them. Proud like a new mama, and I have nothing to do with your success. Smilin!

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  10. Kari Holt Monday, 10 March 2008 at 11:28 am #

    Gushing and grinning from ear to ear for you, GF!!! I could not be more proud 🙂 Can we stop the hands of time one of these days and sneak in a chat?! I don’t think I’ll be sleeping the next few days with everything on my plate! All my love to you *MWAH*

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  11. Doris Monday, 10 March 2008 at 7:12 am #

    Hi Liv,
    Great designs. I can’t wait to try them out. I am just worried that all the little dreamer may not know your website to download the kit. Would it help to add your website addy to the description?
    Good Luck…you are awesome!!!

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  12. Veevs Monday, 10 March 2008 at 5:40 am #

    OMG Liv, every element is truly stunning and gorgeous! I cant wait to do a LO with them! You shine GF!!!

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  13. Melanie Morales Monday, 10 March 2008 at 5:31 am #

    I love your elements – and I love the preview paper, too! (I’ll let you sleep some first!) Your designs are beautiful!

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  14. Lindsan Monday, 10 March 2008 at 5:25 am #

    You are one crazy woman. Wonderful, but still crazy! LOL!

    Beautiful kit, Liv. Thanks so much!

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  15. Ljonezy Monday, 10 March 2008 at 5:12 am #

    I’m so glad you are feeling better. You rock GF!

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  16. Jeanann Monday, 10 March 2008 at 4:39 am #

    I’d love the paper when you get a chance. Can’t wait to use the elements on a layout.

    You totally rock.

    Keep up the good work. You’re doing us at Spraground proud!!! 🙂

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  17. Carol Dillon Monday, 10 March 2008 at 4:24 am #

    Liv you are doing so well over at LDD, but I always thought you should be selling your stuff and not just giving it away.
    Your elements kit is gorgeous and I am already thinking of a page to use them on.
    Thankyou for the download.
    Carol 🙂

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  18. Ann Monday, 10 March 2008 at 3:41 am #

    Liv,
    I love your new kit. I can’t wait to get home to DL it. I am at my son’s house for a few days to care for the little ‘uns, while son and wife go away for their anniversary.

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  19. Dewnie Monday, 10 March 2008 at 2:35 am #

    you are truely amazing…sick and all…glad you are feeling better!! thanks for these beautiful elements…i am so excited for you!!!!

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  20. fivesourlimit Monday, 10 March 2008 at 2:24 am #

    Liv, These elements are great! I can’t wait to mess with them. Way to go!!!! This competition is way more fun to watch than any stinkin’ reality show! 😉

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  21. Laurie Monday, 10 March 2008 at 1:04 am #

    I am the first to leave you a comment! Yay! Have I told you how proud I am of you??? I love your kit. You have such an amazing eye for design. Congratulations for making it to the second round. I am sooooooooo proud of you.

    P.S. Slow down on those vitamins, K? I don’t want you overdosing. LOL! 🙂

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