They say all things happen for a reason. However, we dont think of that when someting goes wrong, we only look on the downside. Two weeks ago I couldn’t upload my new kit to my online digital scrapbooking store. I tried several FTP packages but gave up. Then It wouldn’t let me log in to adminster the store. “The computer said no!” I left for a few days until I received and email from a customer (I dont get many, customers that is not emails) who stated hat she had ordered items but did not receive the download link. Oh dear, there really was somethng wrong with the site and I didn’t know how to fix it.
What I did know was how to create a new site, the previous one was three years old and I must admit it had lots of unnecessary files in the back that I was unsure whether I could delete or remove. I also wanted to update the design but was unwilling to mess up a live working site. You know the old saying, “if it’s not broke dont fix it”, well not it WAS broke! I now had the perfect opportunity.
So I deleted everything from the server and set about creating a new website and online store with the clean design I was after. I soon realised it was also an opportunity to do a quality check on the products offered. I have learned an awful lot more and have moved on a notch since I first started i digital product designing. I still had a lot of old kitson offer, although they were offered for free they were still very amateurish.
Now I have finished the code and the design and I linked this Blog to the same design theme for a unified look. I quite like the simplicity, what do you think?
After all that I logged onto my ususal forums and I realised that the usual members who take part in the Kindredcreations.com forum and monthly digital collaboration kit hadn’t signed up. I was one of them as my website had taken over my time. I felt a bit guilty as it was Kindredcreations which gave my designing a boost with the free collab kits. So here is my contributionon offer.
I have just got this lovely kit from Silly Beans Scraps (www.getdigiwithit.com)and just how versatile is this little kit!
I loved the retro feel which was suitable for the old photo of my two nieces, Julie and Donna when they were children in the 70’s and still look good for a modern photo of my tow cats cuddling up. I just adore the glitter papers in here!
Designs by Angel has launched a new kit today to celebrate Autism Awareness month. As I am on the design team I got a sneak preview and the opportunity to play. The riot of bright colours and diverse elements make this kit highly useable. Two full aphas make titles easy.
The first layout is of my eldest granddaughter Amyleigh who now wants to be know as just Amy. The second brag book page is of a friend Nic on our night out to a casino. Two very different looks from one kit.
There has been a lot going on this week since we got back from wedding dress shopping in Burton. Friends and family have all been buying little gifts for our granddaughter Daisy. We have a load to take down to Lyndsdey and Gary when we visit Manchester on Saturday. I made some little Thank You cards with Daisy’s photo on as a digital page using the NewLife Dreams Oh Baby kit (its georgeous; I love the little feathers and sparkles! ) After printing the layout, I have made lots of hybrid cards with paper and ribbons so that Lyndsey and Gary can write out the cards and post them out to all who have bought for Daisy.
I also decided to sign up for the Race for Life. There are a few people at work doing it and I have never attempted it before. But as my mum is currently undergoing treatment for Breast cancer, the least I can do is try and run a bit and raise some money to support the Cancer Research. I am overjoyed at the reponse to sponsor me so far as I only set it up on 9th March. You can see all the lovely people who have sponsored me so far on the right. Thank you everyone.
The Race cant do me any harm (I think) , at least it might motivate me to get into practice of at least walking the distance! That might spur on my weight loss motivation as I need to get out and move a bit more. I was weighed at my local Weight Watcher class last night and stayed the same. I wasn’t too upset about this as I was actually surprised that I hadn’t put on any weight after my holiday and was expecting to have an unexpected ‘blip’ this week. Especially after we had been out for a curry and drinks at the weekend. Oh well must try harder…
After a weekend of waiting near the telephone for our grandchild to appear I spent most of the time loading up clothes on to ebay. These are not mine but my mothers and mother in laws who need a bit of spending money.
I was sick of ebay (and waiting!) when I saw the challenge on UK scrappers to scrap in red and black to celebrate the Chinese new year and to scrap an animal.
What a perfect colour scheme to scrap this photo of Akira, one of my daughters kittens. The journalling says:
Akira was abandoned in a box a few days old. he was named Akira after a Japanese Manga warrior. With such a name, it is sweet he stil sucks his paw when he goes to sleep.