Thursday, September 30, 2010

Staying Upadated and New Freebies

Hey my friends! I hope this post finds you happy and well! I wanted to make you aware of something I discovered the other day. Maybe you are all way ahead of me and know this already, but thought I would share for those of us that are in the dark!!

I recently realized that pages I 'liked' on facebook have not been showing up in my news feed. I did some searching around and found out my account, by default, was set to only show 200 friends and 'likes' in my feed! This makes no sense to me? Why would I add a friend or page if I didn't want to see them in my feed? Guess it will be one of those facebook mysteries! The other thing it made me realize is that many of you following the SpeedScraps page may not be getting updates either.

To fix the problem, go to the bottom of your facebook page and click 'edit options' (lower right) and set the 'maximum friends allowed in feed' to a higher number. It appears that 9999 is the max. I think the critical thing is to make sure the number you choose exceeds your number of friends plus the number of pages you 'like'.

Another way for you to make sure you know when there are new blog posts here at SpeedScraps is to add your email address to my 'updates'. You can find this option on the right hand side, at the bottom of the information there. It says 'receive email updates' and has a spot for you to enter your email address. This adds you to a google group I created. As part of that grou you simply get an email each time I make a blog post - nothing more - no spam or anything!!

Before I get to the great freebies I have today, I want to say that this is the last time I will be posting my freebies at DigiScrapDepot. So, if that's how you arrived here, you may want to 'like' SpeedScraps on facebook or add your email address if you want to continue to be notified of what's going on around here. DigiScrapDepot is a wonderful site, I have not had any problems there and it has been a great resource for bringing people to SpeedScraps. I am just in a process of trying to 'simplify' my own life and eliminate the extra work that is involved in bringing you some great freebies.

So, what do I have for you today? Something I think is really fun! I have created something I call 'Quick Starts'. The concept behind these collages is that they are a bit more than a sketch, but not quite a layered template. Each file is a png that can be used to create a very simple, yet stunning layout or can be used as a starting point for a more involved, embellished layout. Each set contains 20 cohesive collages. They can be used individually for a single layout, put two together to make a two page spread, or use the whole set to quickly and easily create a beautiful album!!

Here is Set 1:


And some inspiration:


"Cereal Box Fairies" digital scrapbook layout by Christy VanderWall uses:
"Play (Little Miss Independent)" digital scrapbook layout by Christy VanderWall uses:

And Set 2:


And some more inspiration:

"Everything Beautiful" digital scrapbook layout by Christy VanderWall uses:
"Park Play" digital scrapbook layout by Christy VanderWall uses:

Download Quick Start Collages 1

Download Quick Start Collages 2

Stay tuned in the week to come! I will post some tips and tricks for using these quickly and easily in PS and PSE!!

Have a great day! :) I would love to see what you create with these!

67 comments:

  1. Thanks Christy! These are such great inspiration.
    Best wishes

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  2. Christy, these are free? Thanks so much. What great templates! And I love your inspirational layouts. Thank you again.

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  3. These are wonderful Christy, thank you!

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  4. These are awesome Christy! Thanks so much!! :)

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  5. Thanks! I'm always looking for nice templates and such. They make scrapping so much easier but it's really hard to find good layouts for multiple photos. These will definitely get used lots!

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  6. Oh my, Oh my, Oh my!!!! I'm flipping out over these Christy. I think these are my new Christy favorites (well, right after your awesome scripts!)!!! YOU ROCK! Thanks once AGAIN :-)

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  7. Fantastic freebie !! Thank you very much !

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  8. omg you are AWESOME! thanks sooooo much!!

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  9. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Oct. 01, 2010. Thanks again.

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  10. Thank you very much for this Freebie, it´s great.

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  11. You are over-the-top generous Christy! Thank you so much!

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  12. These are awesome!! Thanks so much Christy! Your layouts are beautiful, as always!

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  13. Those are fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Love these inspiring Quick Start Collages, Christy! Thank you!

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  15. Thanks, Christy....I always said I wanted to be YOU when I grow up! Love the wonderful inspiration LOs!
    Karina

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  16. Love these! Thank you! I finally figured this out. Yeah!

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  17. I have made only one lo with more than three photographs, and that was in 2007. This has encourage me to branch out and try something different. Thank you for the multiple quick starts.

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  18. They are really great! Thank you very much!

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  19. Thank you very much! So beautiful!!!!

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  20. Thanks for this gorgeous template packs !

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  21. thanks so much, they are so beautiful !

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  22. Merci beaucoup pour le partage !

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  23. merci beaucoup pour ces templates......

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  24. Thanks so much! I love your sample pages so much!

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  25. Merci pour le partage ... Créativement

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  26. Thank you for these - they are fantastic

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  27. Thanks for those templates. It'll help me for some albums !

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  28. Christy I totally think these are awesome. Thanks so much for your generosity.

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  29. wow! these are sooo beautiful! Can you tell me if there is a difference btw a "template" and a "quick start"? these pages do not come in PDF format. are they designed just to give an idea?

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  30. So beautiful!!!! thanks a lot!

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  31. Thank you for the gorgeous templates. I love the inspiration layouts - beautiful! :-)

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  32. Thanks so much for these 2 great sets of templates ! The number 2 is star in the challenge consignes on the french forum le Scrap DCS http://scrapdcs.superforum.fr/forum.htm

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  33. Thank you so much for the set of templates...I am bound and determined to understand all of this!!! ~Fonnetta

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  34. Thanks for the freebies, these look fantastic! I can't wait to play!

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  35. Wow! What a generous freebie!!! I kept scrolling down to see the freebie as I was sure the quickstarts were for sale, and not just for download! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!

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  36. I had the same thought as France, thought the Freebie would be just one... so generous, thank you!!!!!!

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  37. Thank you for keeping these up- I think you will be getting more traffic as Vivre linked these up from Dady/Geraldine's layout that used one of these at Oscraps! Thanks again

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  38. this is amazing, you are so generous.
    they'll be great for making albums too

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  39. Wow, I can't believe that you are giving all this away.

    Thank you so much.

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  40. Wow! Thank you for theses great temps!

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  41. Thank you so much for these awesome quickstarts! I'm trying to figure out how to use them - if anyone sees this and can explain it, please let me know!! I really want to try these! TIA

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  42. Thank you so much, these look awesome! going to try them out tonight! - Ona :)

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  43. These are awesome, thank you so so sooooo much!!!!

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  44. Wow, what a wonderful gift! Thank you so much.

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  45. merci beaucoup, très jolis templates

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  46. Thank you so much for these awesome templates. They have been my inspiration for my own twist on Project Life. I have saved each of your Quick Starts from set 1 as individual PSD files and have tweeked your templates to make 20 or so additional layouts. Here is a link to my scrapbook so far: https://picasaweb.google.com/summertart/2008FamilyScrapbook?authuser=0&feat=directlink
    If you would like copies of the PSD files I'd be happy to send you a link. And thanks again for sharing your talents!

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    1. Julie, your album is fantastic! It looks so great! I love the colors and the cohesiveness of all the pages together. Great job!

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  47. Thank you for those beautiful templates...;-)

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  48. Thank you so much...chek my DST galerie to see how i use your fantastic freebie!!!
    TYSM
    http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=4002

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  49. I know your post is a little old but I was directed here today from Digital Scrapper for your awesome PSE actions. I loaded the Supply Tracker and it works like a charm. Thank you so much for keeping this post open and sharing them. While here I looked through all your wonderful LOs - they are beautiful. I downloaded the collages and templates as they are so unique and will help me finish up some pages. Thank you so much.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad the scripts and templates are still finding new homes - even now! :)

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