My daughter Lyssa and I were sitting here today, trying to decide on some non-traditional colors for a Christmas palette. After a few hours of brainstorming, Magical Holidays was born.
I hope that it brings you some inspiration
Everyone hates it when your hard drive fails, right? And most people know to back up their important files, correct? In the digital scrapbooking community, especially as a designer, it can’t be stressed enough.
And having to me in the past, and feeling devastated by it, I always backed up my files to another hard drive.
So I was in the middle of doing a back up when my hard drive froze. I was a little concerned, as the backup was not 100% complete yet, but almost. So the most I could have lost would have been just a few files.
Then the unthinkable happens . . .
Somehow, without any type of power surge, virus, or anything, BOTH hard drives have failed. My 3rd backup is just some family photo’s and some of my scrapbooking stuff that I put onto another portable drive so I could work on my laptop. Now I felt like giving up, but dear hubby talked some sense into me, and I started to call around for file recovery. The consensus was that it was probably just a bad boot sector, though no one had ever heard of it seeming to jump from one drive to another. So we took it in to a local shop that can handle things like that.
I tried to tell myself that I was just cautiously optimistic, but I will be honest, I was really optimistic! When I got the call I felt like crying . . . the only way to get my files back was going to be sending it away to a clean room and having hard drives taken apart. Sounds good, still hope, right? Well, to have that done usually runs anywhere from $500 to upwards of $2000.
I have my completed layouts, though only in 600×600, 72p .jpg, but it is better than nothing. I somehow lost all of my photo’s from 2008 and everything from our Sea World trip for Christmas of 2012.
But from a designer standpoint, I have lost pretty much everything I have created. I have the final products for any kits I created that were already completed, but none of the original files. None of the templates I designed by hand (or would that be by mouse?? lol). I was working on a few different kits, the most important to me was the one for my daughters, “Wild Child”.
So that is what brings me to trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces and go on designing.
The most important thing to take from this story though, is to make sure you back up all your files frequently, and if possible, back up to multiple sources, as you never know when data tragedy will strike!!!
Okay Okay, I will admit it, I am a font-a-holic!!
If you are like me, though, most of your fonts are used only in Photoshop (or Illustrator). I have a few extra fonts installed on my system that I use in MS Office, but I didn’t want to have to scroll through the hundreds I use for my scrapbooking. So I went looking for a solution and found one, YAY!!!
You can install fonts to be used in Photoshop and any of your other Adobe programs, and here is how:
Since I am always finding new and exciting fonts, I keep a shortcut to this folder on my desktop.
My Star Spangled freebie comes to you in 2 parts . . .
While you are here grab the Sampler that I have created for you
Then head over to my Facebook Page to grab the matching
Exclusive Fan Freebie previewed below
I also have the matching Full Kit and Alpha, previewed below, available at my Etsy store
The PixelScrapper community has put together their first collaboration and it is amazing!!
It is also HUGE, close to 100 papers, about 100 elements, 16 wordart, 2 alphas and 2 templates . . . from some very talented ladies!
Here is a preview of the whole collection . . .
Please visit Pixel Scrapper “Sweet Things” Collaboration by clicking on one of the previews above for the complete listing of all of the tasty contributions.
And here are my segments, click on the preview for a larger view . . . I hope you enjoy your treats :)