Monthly Archives: March 2011

Baby’s First Year (Month by Month) – 8.5×11 Version and a FREE template

I have converted my three latest templates into 8.5×11 versions. Two are for sale and there is also a freebie template at the end of this post. 🙂

Baby’s First Year – Digital Scrapbook Layered Template

Commemorate baby’s first year, month-by-month, with this two page (8.5×11 version) digital scrapbook layered template. Includes a space for baby’s picture for each month of their first year, including a newborn photo.
Baby's First Year (Month by Month) Template

(Currently unavailable.)


Digital Scrapbook Layered Template #67 – Room for up to 9 Photos

I love the way this one came out too. You know I love multi-photo templates! 🙂
8.5×11 Rectangle Digital Scrapbook Page
8.5x11 Digital Scrapbook Template
Room for up to 9 photos

(Currently unavailable.)

Please note that any payments are processed securely through Oronjo and Paypal. I do not receive any of the credit card information directly. After payment, you will be given a download link through my files’ host (Oronjo) so you can download instantly.

And here is a freebie for you. Thanks for making it this far. The 12×12 version of this template was originally given away and only available back in 2009 as a bonus for completing the Multi-photo challenge at GoDigitalScrapbooking.com. Here it is in the 8.5×11 version. You can click on the preview image to be brought to my page containing all of my current freebies.
Free Digital Scrapbook Template for download

Baby’s First Year (Month by Month) – 12×12 Version and a FREE template

I have long been contemplating selling some of my designs again. After much deliberation, I decided to forgo selling in an actual digital scrapbook store for now and just try my luck on my blog. This way, I can cut out the middle man (i.e. lower prices) and also I won’t feel under pressure to sell EVERYthing I create to meet a quota, since I really do like to give away free stuff and plan to continue.

So, I hope you’ll let me talk about my new templates that I have put into my new store. There’ll be a freebie at the end of the post for your trouble. 🙂

I am really excited about this first template. Last month, I was searching around for a 2 page template that would let me scrap a month-by-month comparison of my daughters’ first years. They change so much that first year! I didn’t find what I was looking for, so I created my own and this is what I came up with. I love how it came out!

Baby’s First Year – Digital Scrapbook Layered Template

Baby's First Year - A Month by Month snapshot
Commemorate baby’s first year, month-by-month, with this two page digital scrapbook layered template. Includes a space for baby’s picture for each month of their first year, including a newborn photo.

(Currently unavailable. Sorry for any inconvenience.)


Digital Scrapbook Layered Template #67 – Room for up to 9 Photos

I love the way this one came out too. You know I love multi-photo templates! 🙂

Digital Scrapbook Layered Template

Template currently available for sale in my No Reimer Reason Etsy shop here.

And here is a freebie for you. Thanks for making it this far. This template was originally given away and only available back in 2009 as a bonus for completing the Multi-photo challenge at GoDigitalScrapbooking.com. I hope you like it. You can click on the preview image to be brought to my page containing all of my current freebies.
Free Digital Scrapbook Template for download

Homeschooling and Personal History

AdriannaOne (of the many) things I love about homeschooling is the opportunity to tie history or world events to our family and personal histories. Or being able to tie them to experiences that I know Adrianna has had. Not only does it make school more real and fun, but it also helps broaden her world view so she can see how it relates to her personally.

For instance, today in History we discussed World War 2. Part of the discussion was about how the Germans began to bomb London so many of the children were sent away, for their safety, to live in the countryside. Tie in: the reason the kids in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe were in that big mysterious house in the country at the beginning of the story. I love watching the wheels turn in her mind as she puts those two pieces of information together. Another tie in in regards to the Nazis and the Holocaust that I was able to remind her of: the Twenty and Ten story we read a few weeks ago.

In Social Studies today, we had a true story about C.F. Klassen and how, right after World War 2, he helped many Russian Mennonites (who spoke Low German) immigrate to safety to Canada, the U.S. and South America. Tie in: my husband’s family has a Mennonite background, his grandparents speak Low German and his grandfather has done translation work into Low German for Low German speaking people in South America. I was very excited to be able to talk about these pieces of family history right along with our Social Studies story.

Now obviously, not every day has such obvious tie-ins but it is so nice getting a firsthand look at everything Adrianna is learning and being able to point back to school things that come up in everyday conversations. Also today, she was coloring a picture online of a castle that had a moat. I was able to remind her of the castles we learned about in History a few months ago that had moats as a form of protection from enemies and also refer to a book we read (The Magic Tree House: Knight at Dawn) that also had a moat in it. Repetition, repetition.

*If* Adrianna does make it into the charter school down the road for the next school year and *if* I decide to send her, I am going to be sorely tempted to ask the teacher for a syllabus just so I can stay actively involved in what she is learning and continue to look for opportunities to tie it to our everyday lives. (Do elementary teachers even have syllabuses?)

Free 8.5×11 Digital Scrapbook Template #66

Prior to today, all of my templates have been created from my own scrapbook layouts that I have made. Since I scrap at 12×12 (or 24×12 for those double pagers), my templates are thus created at those sizes too. But I recently had a request from Rosina, a fellow homeschooling mom, for some 8.5×11 digital scrapbook templates. How could I resist?

So I decided to look into the possibility of converting some of my 12×12 layouts into 8.5×11 layouts. I found a great and EASY tutorial by Biograffiti on resizing 12×12 layouts to 8.5×11, so without further adieu – here is my first 8.5×11 template freebie. You may recognize the layout from my most recent 12×12 freebie.

To download the template, please click on the image below. You will be brought to my download page containing all of my available scrapbook freebies.
Free 8.5x11 Digital Scrapbook Template for download

As I find time (haha) I will try to convert some of my other 12×12 templates into 8.5×11 as well. I will post each new one to the blog here so you won’t miss it. 😉