Free Color Pop Lightroom Preset

Hello!  I've been having a lot of fun making Adobe Lightroom presets for my photos lately and I thought I would share one of the recent presets I used just a few posts back.
Here is an example of the preset in action with only one click:

free lightroom preset color pop


Free Silhouette Cameo Cut Files

Hello!  Just a quick post to share some cut files I recently made. 
I'd love to see a photo of your project if you use these.  Thanks!

(updated to add link to studio file)
free cameo cut files




There is a building I drive by every morning and it mostly goes overlooked.  I've wondered about this place for a few years now.  Wondered what it was, what it is now.  Time has worn it down quite a bit in just the last few years. 
Yesterday I stopped to take some photos before it's gone.
 Most mornings I see an older woman stopping by here to leave food out for the cats.
All the windows were boarded up and the doors were padlocked, so I was unable to see inside.

The front door used to read, "No one under 21 allowed".  The paint has been chipped away and you can barely read the words anymore.
This old truck sits out front.


Happy 2014!

A mantra for this year:

Wishing everyone the best for a happy 2014.


Project Life on Pinterest

Ok, so it's that time of year when everyone is starting to think about New Years Resolutions and projects for the upcoming year.  I prefer to keep my resolutions to myself so I'm the only one who knows about what I did and didn't do ;)  Horrible, I know.
As far as scrapping into the new year, it seems everyone is talking about Project Life for 2014.  A great resource for ideas is, of course, Pinterest.  I'd love to see your links to Project Life ideas on Pinterest so leave them in the comments if you'd like to share and I will link them in an upcoming post!
Here's mine: Project Life on Pinterest


Photography Reboot

I love photography.  I cannot remember a time in my life I didn't love it and I couldn't imagine a day of my life without it.
I've been finding myself in a slump lately and have been having a hard time getting inspired and picking up my camera.  I've made a recent decision that shooting for money is not really for me.  The pressure of having to complete a finished product for someone else just kinda' takes the fun out of it, you know?
I've been browsing around on-line the last couple of days looking at inspiring photography and came across this.  It has pretty much reaffirmed what it is that I truly love about photography.

The website is here: Humans of New York

I just thought I'd share for those of you who haven't yet seen this amazing site.


I'm now using Bloglovin to be able to keep up with all my favorite blogs out there.  You can find me there, too!

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3eb Bound!

Just a few more weeks until....
This guy!
Ahhhhh, Stephan Jenkins.
Those chin dimples get me every time.
 I will be headed to Reno with my best girl friend to see this handsome devil in person for a Third Eye Blind concert.
I can hardly contain my excitement!!!

Stephan Jenkins Third Eye Blind
Stephan Jenkins


What does the fox say?

Well, according to the song, he says a lot of things!
The kiddos have been loving this song lately and I have to say it's stuck on me, too :)
I thought it would make a cute part in our Project Life album so I created this little 3x4 card for it.
Feel free to right click and save it to your computer and use it for yourself!

And just in case you haven't seen what started the fox mania in the first place, here you go!


Happy Halloween!

Halloween is done and over by a few days now.  Every day it really does sneak up on me thought I'm not sure why since it falls on the same day every year.
Here are some quick treat bags I whipped up by using die cuts for the bags and the green glittered embellishment.  I then stuck some cute stickers on top to give them a little personality.
I hope everyone had  great Halloween!



Hello? Is anyone still out there?  It's been forever since I've posted here and I've been missing this little creative outlet quite a bit.  Life has been pretty busy since last year and I just haven't been too productive in the crafty world.
We have now entered the world of  having both kiddos in school, with field trips, helping in the classroom, activities, and all the busy time that comes with school.
Mr. Paperaddict was part of a show for the Discovery Channel with a camera crew following him around for four months.  Add that on top of 80+ hour work weeks, and I really missed him!
We are now back to Fall, my favorite time of year.  It seems to be the time of year when I get my crafty mojo back, too.  And here is a little card just to say hello!

Stamps: SU
Cardstock: SU Crumb Cake and Baja Breeze
Other: SU Chocolate Chip ribbon, Provocraft embossing folder, Martha Stewart edge punch


Stamper's First Aid

Hey y'all! I just wanted to share a little something from Papertrey's Stamp-A-Faire.  The fabulous Jessica Witty chose one of my past cards to give a little stampers first aid to. 

Here's a photo showing my card and her great re-make of it:
I love all the changes she made! 
Be sure to head on over to her blog to see her process here.


Free Printable 3x4 Chevron Journaling Cards

I have been absent from my blog for quite some time!  This time of year, with Summer coming along, I get sidetracked with a million different things and seem to have a hard time focusing on anything in particular.  Does anyone else have that problem?
Anyhow, I thought I would share a fun little printable I made to use in Project Life, mini albums, or whatever you can think up.  Here is a sheet of FREE printable 3x4 chevron patterned journaling cards for you to enjoy.  I hope you like them!



CTD183 and FM50

I had a little bit more time this week to play with a couple more of my favorite challenges!
This time I mixed two different challenges together:

I'm really loving that Really Rust color right now!

I was really excited to try these colors out together and they looked even better than I imagined.  I definitely see myself trying out this color combo a lot more.
I had some Really Rust cardstock, which I used to cut the heart border, but I didn't have matching ink.  So with a little playing around I discovered if I inked my stamp in red, then in Pumpkin Pie, it's a perfect match!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



I hope everyone had a great St. Patrick's Day weekend!  After my fill of one of my most favorite foods ever, corned beef, I had plenty of energy to get a bit crafty.

The ladies over at Freshly Made Sketches have yet another fun sketch to try out this week.  Here is the sketch:

And here is my go at it:

I've never been terribly good at following rules, so that is why I really enjoy a lot of the sketch challenges out there.  You don't have to re-create the sketch exactly, but just create something based on your interpretation of it.  I didn't change this sketch up too much but I was having a difficult time with the strip across the top so I opted to shorten the strip a bit and move it down toward the center.  Not too bad, eh?

Stamps: PTI Rosie Posie, Text Style, Mat Stack 1(sentiment)
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Rose Red, So Saffron
Paper: SU! Soft Sky, Very Vanilla.  PTI white, fine linen.


FSM23 and PDCC 120

When I'm out of mojo, I love to combine a sketch challenge with a color challenge to make the planning of a project so much easier.  With all the colors and layout picked for me, I just get to do the fun part and get inky!

This week I worked with Freshly Made Sketches #23:

And here is my take on the two challenges:

I used a cute little $5 set from PTI to bring together a really quick and easy card.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Handmade Ryan Gosling

Oh boy.  Just in case you haven't heard of it yet, or seen it, Handmade Ryan Gosling is a pretty fun site to peruse.  Photos of the gorgeous Ryan Gosling....what's not to love?!?
Here's a couple of my favorites:

(Apparently I'm not the only one.  I pinned this on Pinterest and it had almost 30 re-pins in just a few minutes.  Hee-hee!)


Blog Candy Winner

Random.org chose lucky number 5....Danielle, that's you!  Send me an email @ sarastemplates(at)yahoo(dot)com to let me know where to send your stamps.


Blog Candy!

 Hello everyone!  Today I have some blog candy up for grabs!  It is a brand new set of beautiful thank you stamps from Papertrey Ink. 
This little set is not available for purchase as it was a nice thank you gift they included in some recent orders.  I was lucky enough to get one in my December order, and one again in my January order.  Seeing how it's almost Valentine's day, I thought I'd share the love---and the stamps!
Here is a card made with the larger image from the set.  It fits perfectly on a die-cut of Mat Stack 5.  I simply adhered it with dimensional adhesive on top of a background I stamped using "Rosie Posie".

Cardstock: PTI Kraft, Stampers Select White
Stamps: PTI Rosie Posie, A Big Thank You
Ink: SU! Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette

Here is the set up for grabs:

It's a little difficult to see the actual images since the stamps are clear, but the larger image is the one featured on my card above, and also seen on the back of the package.  The smaller image can be seen as the sentiment in black on my card HERE.
All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post.  I'll use the random number generator to pick a winner next Monday, February 20th.  I'd also love for you to follow me, though it's not a requirement to win.  I'm always looking for new blogs to follow as well!


Couch to 5k

So, I'm a little late to the bandwagon because apparently this has been around a while.  But it's new to me and new to a few people who I've talked to this week who haven't heard of it.  What is it?  It's Couch to 5k!
For a while now I've known that I need to get myself in gear, get moving, and get healthy.  Now that I'm done having babies and my littlest isn't so much of a baby anymore I had to tell myself now is the time to do something.
A friend of mine who recently completed her first 5k recommended this to me and I am so grateful.  Just by looking at the outline of the program I could tell this is something I can do.  30 minutes, three times per week.  Perfect for a busy momma!

Today was day one. Overall I was pretty impressed that I kept moving and didn't stop.  I didn't plan it, but the end of my workout put me right back on my doorstep as the music was ending.  I will have to remember next time though to plan a route off the main road by our neighborhood.  I saw about 67 people I know drive by me as I was panting and wheezing.  Back roads would probably be much better for the ego!
I felt like Phobe from Friends everytime someone I knew drove by:

A good pair of shoes was in order since I haven't bought any since the academy.  Those have way too many miles on them.  I was pretty excited to find these with the added bonus of my favorite color: teal.
I also snapped a photo of the breaking-in of my new shoes for my Project Life: 

Nike Reax Rocket.  Doesn't the word 'rocket' thrown in there just sound fast?  :)

  Some good beats and a catchy tune definitely get me pumped up and ready to go.  If you Google "Couch to 5k podcast" there are several sites which offer free downloads which go along with the Couch to 5k program.  After looking around at a few I found a great set of podcasts you can download free here.    These are some great upbeat songs to keep you moving.  The voice-over telling you when you are halfway done, and how many run sessions you have left is quite helpful.  It was for me, at least!  The biggest help is that the voice-over also tells you when to run and when to walk, so you won't need a timer or stopwatch.  Just put your earphones in, turn on your mp3 player, and get going!

Something I forgot but totally needed was one of those arm bands to strap your ipod down to your arm so you don't have to hold it while you're trying to run.  I'll have to pick one up this week.  An ace bandage works in a pinch, but looks kind of funny.  Don't ask me how I know!

Is anyone else doing this program, or have you done it?  I'd love to hear your input and any tips you have to offer so be sure to leave a coment to help this girl out.  Thanks!