Picking up the pieces . . .


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!!!


Trick For Installing Photoshop (or Illustrator, etc) Fonts

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:

  1. Goto C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\

  2. If you do not have a folder titled Fonts then click New folder to create a new, empty folder and name it Fonts  newfolder

  3. Drag any fonts you want into the folder and select move here or copy here    copy

  4. Voilà, your new fonts are ready to use. If your Adobe program was open, then you will need to restart to see any new fonts you have installed


Since I am always finding new and exciting fonts, I keep a shortcut to this folder on my desktop.

“Sweet Things” are here

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 . . .

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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  🙂

ColorMeScrappy Tone-on-Tone Papers Download    ColorMeScrappy Glitter Papers Download

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From the minds of two “WILD CHILD”ren

Summer vacation is almost here, and with that my girls have said that they are finally going to completely clean their room and keep it clean (I have heard that before, so we shall see).  The main thing riding on this is that they were told if they would keep their room clean then we would completely paint and re-decorate.  But that was 3 1/2 years ago and it still has the same ucky maroonish-pink color on the walls.  I even bought them some really cool  things here and there as incentives, like their favorite zebra print lamp shade, that they can’t use until it is clean.  Well, this post actually does have something to do with ColorMeScrappy, and here it is:  They picked out a color palette and I am using that palette for a new kit.