Monthly Archives: July 2008

Free Digital Scrapbook Mini-Kit

I signed up to be a part of Funky Playground Design‘s Designer Apprentice Program last week. As a part of this “Teacher’s Pet” contest, we all had to design a mini-kit with a theme and with items we consider to be “trendy”. Well, my favorite trend right now is the doodled look to paper and elements, so that is what I tried to go with here.

I am pretty excited about this program. It is a mentoring program and a contest all wrapped up into one. Everyone who doesn’t make it past the first round of the design contest can still participate and receive feedback, tips, and tutorials, which is just what I need! I am up against some very talented designers, many whose names I recognized as popular designers already, so I don’t know how far I will make it. I am glad to be along for the ride though.

This kit is in honor of my daughter’s graduation to a “big-girl bed” last weekend and also being almost potty trained. Thus the bed and potty chair being a part of the kit as well as the kit name. ๐Ÿ™‚

Click on the preview to be brought to my no-wait download page.
No Reimer Reason - Big Kid Now - Click to be taken to download page

This mini-kit contains:

  • 4 patterned papers
  • 2 solid papers
  • 1 folded and stapled ribbon
  • 1 folded gingham ribbon
  • 2 buttons
  • 2 brads
  • 2 pieces of ric rac ribbon
  • 1 Word Art – “I’m a Big Kid Now”
  • 2 pairs of “underwear” embellishments – 1 for a girl, 1 for a boy
  • 1 bed embellishment
  • 1 potty chair embellishment

I hope you like it. I know it is pretty specialized in theme, but the papers and some of the embellishments are generic, so I think overall it could be a versatile kit.

Happy Downloading!

Free Digital Scrapbook Mini-Kit

I signed up to be a part of Funky Playground Design‘s Designer Apprentice Program last week. As a part of this “Teacher’s Pet” contest, we all had to design a mini-kit with a theme and with items we consider to be “trendy”. Well, my favorite trend right now is the doodled look to paper and elements, so that is what I tried to go with here.

I am pretty excited about this program. It is a mentoring program and a contest all wrapped up into one. Everyone who doesn’t make it past the first round of the design contest can still participate and receive feedback, tips, and tutorials, which is just what I need! I am up against some very talented designers, many whose names I recognized as popular designers already, so I don’t know how far I will make it. I am glad to be along for the ride though.

This kit is in honor of my daughter’s graduation to a “big-girl bed” last weekend and also being almost potty trained. Thus the bed and potty chair being a part of the kit as well as the kit name. ๐Ÿ™‚

Click on the preview to be brought to my no-wait download page.
No Reimer Reason - Big Kid Now - Click to be taken to download page

This mini-kit contains:

  • 4 patterned papers
  • 2 solid papers
  • 1 folded and stapled ribbon
  • 1 folded gingham ribbon
  • 2 buttons
  • 2 brads
  • 2 pieces of ric rac ribbon
  • 1 Word Art – “I’m a Big Kid Now”
  • 2 pairs of “underwear” embellishments – 1 for a girl, 1 for a boy
  • 1 bed embellishment
  • 1 potty chair embellishment

I hope you like it. I know it is pretty specialized in theme, but the papers and some of the embellishments are generic, so I think overall it could be a versatile kit.

Happy Downloading!

New Deck

I have been meaning to post pictures of our new deck. We are thrilled to have it and are so thankful that it is in the shade most of the day, thanks to a large tree’s shadow in the morning and our house’s shadow in the evening. We’ve been spending more time outside these days as a result.

So here it is, along with our new grill (because you have to have a grill with a deck!)

Our new deck

Our new deck

Our new deck

New Deck

I have been meaning to post pictures of our new deck. We are thrilled to have it and are so thankful that it is in the shade most of the day, thanks to a large tree’s shadow in the morning and our house’s shadow in the evening. We’ve been spending more time outside these days as a result.

So here it is, along with our new grill (because you have to have a grill with a deck!)

Our new deck

Our new deck

Our new deck

Community

Greg and I have been doing a lot of talking about how great it would be to live in a community that was less car-focused. A community that was sustainable and where the important things, like groceries and schools, were all within walking distance. And not just within walking distance like along a busy car-filled road, but where there were intentional paths for the purpose of foot and bike travel to these areas.

We do have a Safeway within walking distance, but the two options for walking there aren’t very pleasant and I don’t feel comfortable doing the walk alone.

The first option is to follow the streets. It isn’t too bad within our little neighborhood, but the way to get there would involve walking along the major road near here and that gives me the shivers. Too many cars driving too fast. And there are some interesting characters that traverse it. [On a side note: It would be interesting to find out the story behind one entertaining man who I see quite often standing along the side of the road, actively playing air guitar.]

Our second option starts out okay with a nice path meandering behind our neighborhood and through a park. Then it cuts across an apartment parking lot and finally works its way through a large barren field (no trees, scorched earth) and the path is too rutted to be able to navigate a stroller, which is a must have with young children. We did make the walk a couple weeks ago with the intent of trying it out and also trying out the Baskin Robbins, but as luck would have it, the first time we attempted this long walk the ice cream store was closed for remodeling. Argh.

Along with a less car-focused society, I would love to live in a community where life was shared. Where everybody knows everybody; perhaps sharing a common area. I fondly remember my childhood days where we knew all of our neighbors and how safe we felt. We could count on the neighbors across the street to watch our pets while we left on vacation. We would return the favor when they were out of town. As for a common “shared” area, there were several vacant lots behind our house that became the gathering place for the entire neighborhood’s children.ย  We happily made biking trails and jumps in the fields, someone put up a large swing set, and my dad planted trees. It was our common area. Yeah, I know somebody “owned” the land, but as far as we were concerned, it wasn’t anyone we really knew.

I also miss the small town I grew up in. Not that town in particular, but the small town Midwestern USA feel in general. Running into people I knew at the grocery store, being able to greet everyone by name at church, and being known myself by others. I do bump into people I know here in the big city occasionally (even people from that very same small town!) and it is always so exciting for me. I just wish it happened more. I watch Gilmore Girls, and drool over their little town.

When thinking further on sharing, I am reminded of how many possessions we personally have that are just lying around the house, only used or needed once in great while. The lawnmower, weed-eater, steam vac, various woodworking tools and saws. All very valuable and necessary sometimes, but not all the time. I wonder what it would be like to share those types of things with others in a community. Not only would it be cheaper, but less waste and consumerism would also be a positive result. I know that someone would have to be responsible to maintain things, etc. But at the same time, I had many roommates in college and we had a system like this and overall, it worked wonderfully.

Now I am not talking about sharing EVERYthing. I still need my private space. My home. And I am also blessed to know a couple of our neighbors and have a relationship with one of them where I do feel comfortable calling her to ask to borrow a ladder, a cup of flour, or for advice. But I wish I knew more of the people here. Most of them are still strangers to me, and after 7 years of living here, that is just sad.

You know what I really want? Stars Hollow meets Vancouver or Boulder. Small, friendly, cozy and sharing life together but also progressive, techy, diverse and environmentally friendly. *sigh* Anyone know of a place like this?

Community

Greg and I have been doing a lot of talking about how great it would be to live in a community that was less car-focused. A community that was sustainable and where the important things, like groceries and schools, were all within walking distance. And not just within walking distance like along a busy car-filled road, but where there were intentional paths for the purpose of foot and bike travel to these areas.

We do have a Safeway within walking distance, but the two options for walking there aren’t very pleasant and I don’t feel comfortable doing the walk alone.

The first option is to follow the streets. It isn’t too bad within our little neighborhood, but the way to get there would involve walking along the major road near here and that gives me the shivers. Too many cars driving too fast. And there are some interesting characters that traverse it. [On a side note: It would be interesting to find out the story behind one entertaining man who I see quite often standing along the side of the road, actively playing air guitar.]

Our second option starts out okay with a nice path meandering behind our neighborhood and through a park. Then it cuts across an apartment parking lot and finally works its way through a large barren field (no trees, scorched earth) and the path is too rutted to be able to navigate a stroller, which is a must have with young children. We did make the walk a couple weeks ago with the intent of trying it out and also trying out the Baskin Robbins, but as luck would have it, the first time we attempted this long walk the ice cream store was closed for remodeling. Argh.

Along with a less car-focused society, I would love to live in a community where life was shared. Where everybody knows everybody; perhaps sharing a common area. I fondly remember my childhood days where we knew all of our neighbors and how safe we felt. We could count on the neighbors across the street to watch our pets while we left on vacation. We would return the favor when they were out of town. As for a common “shared” area, there were several vacant lots behind our house that became the gathering place for the entire neighborhood’s children.ย  We happily made biking trails and jumps in the fields, someone put up a large swing set, and my dad planted trees. It was our common area. Yeah, I know somebody “owned” the land, but as far as we were concerned, it wasn’t anyone we really knew.

I also miss the small town I grew up in. Not that town in particular, but the small town Midwestern USA feel in general. Running into people I knew at the grocery store, being able to greet everyone by name at church, and being known myself by others. I do bump into people I know here in the big city occasionally (even people from that very same small town!) and it is always so exciting for me. I just wish it happened more. I watch Gilmore Girls, and drool over their little town.

When thinking further on sharing, I am reminded of how many possessions we personally have that are just lying around the house, only used or needed once in great while. The lawnmower, weed-eater, steam vac, various woodworking tools and saws. All very valuable and necessary sometimes, but not all the time. I wonder what it would be like to share those types of things with others in a community. Not only would it be cheaper, but less waste and consumerism would also be a positive result. I know that someone would have to be responsible to maintain things, etc. But at the same time, I had many roommates in college and we had a system like this and overall, it worked wonderfully.

Now I am not talking about sharing EVERYthing. I still need my private space. My home. And I am also blessed to know a couple of our neighbors and have a relationship with one of them where I do feel comfortable calling her to ask to borrow a ladder, a cup of flour, or for advice. But I wish I knew more of the people here. Most of them are still strangers to me, and after 7 years of living here, that is just sad.

You know what I really want? Stars Hollow meets Vancouver or Boulder. Small, friendly, cozy and sharing life together but also progressive, techy, diverse and environmentally friendly. *sigh* Anyone know of a place like this?

And Then There Were Two

So now I have TWO itsy bitsy spiders, both hanging from my monitor. Maybe I need to rethink my ‘live and let live’ policy. And move my computer desk to another part of the house.

And Then There Were Two

So now I have TWO itsy bitsy spiders, both hanging from my monitor. Maybe I need to rethink my ‘live and let live’ policy. And move my computer desk to another part of the house.

Free Digital Scrapbook Template #20

Wow, I cannot believe two weeks has gone by since my last freebie! July has been a busy month for us. I am falling behind on my scrapping!

This new template can accommodate up to 7 photos.

Please click on the template preview to be taken my no-wait download page.
No Reimer Reason - Template 20 - Click to be taken to download page

Hope you enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Free Digital Scrapbook Template #20

Wow, I cannot believe two weeks has gone by since my last freebie! July has been a busy month for us. I am falling behind on my scrapping!

This new template can accommodate up to 7 photos.

Please click on the template preview to be taken my no-wait download page.
No Reimer Reason - Template 20 - Click to be taken to download page

Hope you enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Basin Picnic & Cindy’s Open House

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Our Fourth of July

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Lots of Tireds

I picked Adrianna up from childcare right after she awoke from her afternoon nap. Janette and I were praising her for the great nap she had just taken (she doesn’t always take a nap due to our later schedule than what the other kids are on). Adrianna agreed, and said, “Yeah, I was very having lots of tireds!”

Lots of Tireds

I picked Adrianna up from childcare right after she awoke from her afternoon nap. Janette and I were praising her for the great nap she had just taken (she doesn’t always take a nap due to our later schedule than what the other kids are on). Adrianna agreed, and said, “Yeah, I was very having lots of tireds!”

Move It

One of the previews before Wall-E was for Madagascar 2. It must have stuck with Adrianna, because tonight I overheard her singing in the bathroom, “I like to move it, move it. I like to move it, move it.”

I think we are going to have to rent or buy Madagascar for her. ๐Ÿ™‚