Have I lost my touch? Trying something new, then!

12 Oct

Why do I have a blog?  Hmmmm?  Well, I think mostly it is because, I look at it as a friend to talk to?  Who else could I share ideas, things with?  There is no one REAL around me that calls me for advice, or says hey, show me what you did today?  My husband has more pressing things to worry about, I bore my kids, but hey, My Blog?  No complaining or whining whatsoever.  But, do I need a new direction here?  I would love to appeal to more people!  I am going to start on a new path.  Not leaving my old one, NO WAY!

My new path?  I am becoming a Jessica Sprague groupie.  I had purchased some classes through her EONS ago and never got around to actually doing them!  Well she just recently had a SALE and I was able to get some tutorials at a great price.  I have always been a COREL PSP X2 girl, but I was getting frustrated converting things over to use in Corel, since most things are geared towards Adobe.  So what’s a Corel girl to do?

I don’t have the answer to that, but I have decided to at least stop being so ANTI-ADOBE and start learning it after all.  This weekend, I proudly did MANY of my JESSICA classes.  I am going to share with you what I learned.  OH, and I have something AMAZING, to show you at the end of this blog post, so stay with me to the end!

Here is my 1st Digi project:



Pretty cool, huh?  Ok YEAH it is a TEMPLATE, but STILL!!!  I did it!  This was actually a FREE online class the Template came along with the lesson.  I even had to expand my horizons a bit because I did not have a picture of the hubby and me that would fit in that BIG picture space, so I had to add the POLKA DOT paper in the back!  Figured that one out all by my little self!

Here is another finished TEMPLATE.  They are sooooo easy!  This was another FREE tutorial on Jessica Sprague.com.



I love this one!  I made NO MESS doing this page.  Ok, that is definitely a digital scrapping PLUS!!  I went out of the box with this one also.  All the elements(fruity stuff) were added by me! Not part of the lesson!  Sooooo, how did I do???

Drumroll please!  I have had these ABC things forever and could not for the life of me get them to work on COREL.  After my lessons with Jessica, I decided to try.  I almost THREW the laptop out the window after one failure after another last night.  But seriously, last night in a dream, I figured out HOW to do it.  So without further ado, here is something I am very PROUD of.

Proud that I figured out how to do it, without relying on my 19 year old to figure it out for me!

I did it all on my own!


Well?  What do you think?  Let me know 🙂   I am so excited about these ABC letters!  The possibilities are ENDLESS.  If I can generate enough interest, could this work into a small business for me?   Who knows??

I will offer a freebie here.   If you really like my ALPHABET creation, here is my idea!

I will create as my GIVEAWAY one (1) letter of your choice.

Think, your child’s inital, your first name initial, your last name initial, and if you are my RANDOMLY drawn as my winner from this post, I will create one 4 x 4 letter, with random pictures of your choice.(But, my choosing of placement)

I will prepare your letter to be framed, or placed in a scrapbook, with the colors of your choosing!

How does that sound for my VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!   The more of my challenges you complete, the more times your name gets put in for the drawing!

Here are the challenges:

1) Subscribe to my Blog (Top of my blog column, first item. Says “DOT ME IN!”)

2) Put my Blog Badge on your blog. (If you have one) You can find this one the blog under the heading “GRAB MY BADGE”

3) Become a “friend” on FACEBOOK. (Look for link on the blog)

4) Refer a friend! For a friend, even more than one, that leaves a comment saying you sent them, you both get a BONUS entry into the Giveaway!

5) If you are a FISKATEER, let me know your FISKA # for an extra entry!


I will keep this open for one week. The prize winner will be announced on my BLOG POST next Monday, October 18, 2010. I will take all entries up to NOON October 18, 2010, Pacific Standard Time.

This will be a great way for me to see if this is something that sparks people’s interest enough to pursue it!

So, I thank you in advance for your help, participation enthusiasm, cheerleading, etc!

Remember, for me, to make this for you, you have to be comfortable emailing me pics and allowing me to mail you the finished product to an address of your choice!

Good luck, if you really, really like this, I hope you are the winner!!!!  I can’t wait to create something for the LUCKY WINNER!!!!


When you complete all the challenges that you are able to do, please leave a comment telling me how many challenges you did, so I know how many times to enter your name!!

Honesty is the best policy, so please, well you know….be honest:)


Have a great rest of your MONDAY!!


8 Responses to “Have I lost my touch? Trying something new, then!”

  1. Jancie October 12, 2010 at 1:18 am #

    I am a fiskateer and i really love it to go on there and spend the time with all my wonderful friends so you have a wonderful week ahead of you and Gods riches blessings to you and your family 🙂


    • Jamie October 12, 2010 at 9:26 am #

      I have never tried Corel, but Adobe eats all my laptop resources and drives me mad! I just got a new software called My Memory Suite (I’ll be doing a write up soon) it is amazing!

      I love your layouts! The one of you and hubby looks like a traditional page! Well done! 😀

  2. Kerri October 12, 2010 at 4:13 am #

    How cute is your blog? another fiskateer stopping by & adorable giveaway 🙂

  3. Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue October 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    I subscribe to your blog 😉

  4. Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue October 12, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    I sent you a friend request

  5. colleen F October 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    Hi, okay, what I would love to know is how to learn the corel program? My computer came with it several years ago. I have tried to play around with it, but am having a hard time. Can you recommend a good tutorial or place to go? Thanks

    By the way I am already a follower and fiskateer # 2970

  6. Donna Woods October 13, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    Cute blog Jeannie. I signed up, I posted you on Facebook, I am your friend on Facebook and I am Fiskateer 6036!

  7. Sandy #1781 October 13, 2010 at 11:55 pm #

    Wow! You’re really moving fast in learning Adobe. I was an avid user clear back when it was version 6 and cost over $500. Now, I don’t have a clue how to use it, but that’s ok, ‘cuz I don’t have it either.

    I love what you are doing and the letters are fantastic! I’d love to win! Thanks for the give away.

    I subscribed as a follower and am a Fiskateer #1781

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