Christmas shopping....... and some freebies.

it is almost christmas and of course time for shopping. i'm getting in the familiar panic mode not of "gift buying" but of "what do i buy for....".
our family consists of of various age groups so i make a list and add gift ideas besides each name hoping to find an ideal gift for that person & today with the internet at hand i  manage to skip some of the driving around town, the mall crowds & long lines at the stores - having them ready and all wrapped-up by mid-december or sooner, when my husband travels to el salvador taking most of the gifts with him, it's what makes it stressful.
i only have 2 more gifts to buy but i'm clueless of what to get - which means more time in the computer tonight!

i've learned that men have an easier time buying gifts. i bet my husband would go to the mall, spend a couple of hours there (or less) and get a gift for everyone on the list without torturing himself to buy those "perfect' gifts. we women, on the other hand,  want our gifts to be meaningful & tend to browse around looking at a bunch of choices here and there - men go straight for the kill!  maybe i should let him do the shopping next year while i focus on the joy, cheer and festive part of the season!

i'm glad i'm almost done so i can focus on getting all of our winter clothes & ski gear together. once in taos i can relax and enjoy the rest of december with no rush & no set routine.

ok.... enough of my thoughts on christmas shopping and back to business.
i've manage to work on a couple of freebies that i want to post here just in case i don't have enough time next week. hope you like them.

Template #3 (.psd file)

i have not had time to do much digi-scrapping lately and have only managed a few pages.
this first layout i did for sue cummings - december challenge "a letter to santa" which made me journal for a change. the other two layouts are also using her products. you can check her store here

good luck with your christmas shopping, stay safe and i'll be back with more freebies and hopefully more layouts to show you by next week.


  1. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 09 Dec [LA 02:00pm, NY 05:00pm, UK 10:00pm] - 10 Dec [OZ 09:00am]).

  2. Thank you for the great goodies.

  3. wonderful freebie Nini.

    And I am completly with you on the search of perfect gift.
    I have 2 missing still, and I so hope to have an illumination on the christmas market planned this Week end.
    Hopeyou will find the perfect one for yours, well I am sure you will.


  4. Nini, believe me, you are way ahead of me, I haven't done ANY decorating or shopping yet... The template is absolutely fabulous and so is the mask, thank you for sharing! And have fun with the rest of your shopping ;)

  5. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 5 post on Dec. 10, 2009. Thanks again.

  6. Absolutely fabulous !!!
    Thank you for the freebies !
    I LOVE your work.

  7. hahaha...yes! I love shopping with Den - he is so quick!

  8. Thank you for your lovely freebie! We have mentioned it over at our new blog, Digitally Inspired.

  9. My mojo is low at the moment, I hope your great stuff is helping me to come back on the track!

  10. Thanks for the freebies! Love the scrap pages :)

  11. Love your freebies!! They are always beautiful!! You are so awesome and generous!!! Thank you so much!!!!

  12. fab mask - tfs :) and merry christmas !

  13. thank you , your style is fabulous! yeah, after listening to me and my girlfriend's worries over chirstmas shopping, dh exclaimed that he doesn't know how women survive our lives! :)

  14. Lovely template, I used it to create this layout:
    winter view