Sunday, June 01, 2008

The Blog Store is Up!

Yes, I finally got it up and running, check it out here: YinDesigns Thanks for visiting!

Made lots of layouts and templates for the store, phew! I'm half wondering if I can keep it up :P
But first, I was tagged, twice actually, last week! By Cyndi of Wetfish designs, and Michelle from Digitalfunplace.blogspot, thanks for getting me to join the fun, ladies. So instead of talking about my kids it shall me about me this week for a change, :)

First here are the rules:
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

OK, let's see, 7 facts that you probably don't know about me:

1. well, I fell and broke my left arm when I was 7 and a half months pregnant with Ryan. Yep, I did, the doctors decided not to operate due to risk to the pregnancy and I now have a slightly crooked arm but it's totally functional, so no worries. It was tough delivering the baby with the arm in a L shaped cast from shoulder to fingers though!!

2. I can't drive, don't have a licence, our city is so small, and public transport is super, and it just did not come up onto my agenda in life, at least not so far!

3. I am blessed with a great metabolic rate or something that allows me to eat anything I want and not put on weight. I've been underweight most of my life... I know, shoot me :)

4. I don't have an engagement ring - we were engaged on the night dh got a his first job offer after graduation and we were broke. We both wore a dollar stainless steel ring instead! hhmm, stuff for a layout, don't you think?

5. Dh got me my "replacement diamond engagement" ring on the valentines' day after our 7th anniversary. I chose a tiny marquise. It's special, to say the least.

6. My all time favourite novel is "Gone with the Wind". I read the book before I saw the movie, and cried and laughed through both.. it was wonderful everytime.

7. I've always wanted to be a mom, and always wanted daughters. Well, now I honestly think sons are great fun too, and I play lightsaber duels instead of bake cookies with them, but God knows best, and I know I am blessed.

These are who I'll like to Tag, not sure if you've already been tagged, if not, join in the fun!

Shawna (shawnyrvr)
Jazzmint (jazzmint, i'm having difficulty leaving a comment on your blog, I'll try again later)

And here's all the layouts I've made for the one day Monument Tour in DC. Although we are not American, we have read so much about these great men, and it was almost surreal to be actually there, the monuments were so beautiful and solemn and respectful to their memories. I found it a great challenge to make the layouts equally grand, solemn and respectful!

The templates for these layouts are the ones up in my store here: YinDesigns

Credits: Paper from MiraDesigns' Spring Garden, stamp by Marianne, flower and dots by Catscraps, stitches by Kperrien, Alpha by Misty Casto, font is PegsannaHMK

Credits: Paper from Michelle Coleman's Hullabuloo, patterned paper from easy going by Jackie Eckles, medallions and brads by Lisa Sisneros, wordart by JBurkhart, tag by Stephanie Orgre

Credits: orange paper by Mira designs, brown paper by C Kaye, buttons by Tara Dunstan, ribbon by Carole N at PBP, doodle dates by Scarletheels.

Credits: Paper from Blossomshine by LaurenReid, newpaper swilrs from Creating Beauty by Weeds and Wildflowers, vintage label by Gina Cabrera, staples by ksharonk, rose button by Jessica Bolton, pin by Vicki from Digiscrapshak, id plate by Chris Turnbull

And these are photos from our visit to the Gemstone gallery of the Natural History Museum. Totally unbelievable, jaw-dropping time I had there!
Credits: Papers - I blended papers by Leah Riordan from her Bloggidy kit, and Janosh Designs' sampler, lace from Mary ScrapGallerie, stamp alpha and beads by Michelle Coleman, and swirl by Scrappinic.
This is now available as a set in the store here


  1. Thank you for the template. I had a look at your store, and it really looks interesting. Nice templates as always, and good pricing, I will definately shop there soon! :)

  2. AnonymousJune 02, 2008

    Thanks for the great template.

    I always love your double templates and your store is great. I'm glad to support you.

  3. AnonymousJune 02, 2008

    Thanks very much for the template. Great layouts of your trip to DC!

  4. I just wanted to say thanks for all of your inspiration and templates you have shared with us! We took a trip to DC two years ago and I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing how you have scrapped all of your photos, many of which are very similar to ones I have and have yet to scrap ;) Your templates are wonderful, and I have enjoyed using quite a few of them. I am happy to 'give back' a little and shop in your store!

    What program do you use to scrap with and make your templates? there is a quicker way in PSE and PS to clip your photos and papers to the template pieces, and it has the added benefit of still being able to adjust and resize them as you wish too. I have a tutorial I can share with you on how to do this. Just shoot me a note at mmbbcstaley at gmail dot com and I'll get it to you.

  5. Thank you for a beautiful template and it was very sweet to tag me, thanks.

  6. Thank you for sharing your template! I *love* your templates and your DC layouts. I look forward to shopping in your store.

  7. Your layouts are awesome. Thank you for the template. I am going to use it for some of our Christmas photos. I'm off to visit your store.

  8. It's me again. I bought a set of your templates; I have always enjoyed your templates and what you do with them. Congratulations on your first store, and thank you for all the templates you have shared.

  9. AnonymousJune 02, 2008

    Your templates are absolutely the BEST! Thanks for another great one. I'll definitely be visiting your store in the future as budget permits.

  10. Thanks so much Yin. Your DC layouts are wonderful! Thanks for another fantastic template and I too will also be visiting your store soon.

  11. Thanks so much for your templates! I enjoy them so much, I got one in your store. I'm looking forward to more!

  12. AnonymousJune 02, 2008

    As always, a great template. Thank you.

  13. I hereby give notice that I know I have been tagged :) Will work on it just a little later this week. Loads of work to catch up on and get ahead on.... I love your pages, but the Lincoln one is above the crowd. How truly marvelous it it.

    It is always nice to hear about you. Oh hearing about the boys is grand, but I still like to know all about you. Just between us, Pan gave me his ex-fiance's ring. LOL.

  14. Thanks so much for the template!

  15. Thank you - this is great!

  16. Terrific layouts -- love all the pictures and the way the text is incorporated! Thanks for the template, too.

  17. got ur tag :). thanks, will try to do that when I'm back from break. My blog has comment moderation, that's why cant see the comment appear till i get it approved :)

    congrats on your store opening ;)

  18. AnonymousJune 02, 2008

    I Love your templates! Thank you for sharing! I look forward to using them. Congratulations on opening the store too.

    Ferndale, WA, USA


  19. I'm excited you have your shop up and running. I LOVE your double templates and will be buying some shortly. And to answer your question, of course you can use the LO's I did using your templates. I'd be honored!

    Thanks for tagging me, I'll be posting that soon. I've kindof been slacking on blogging lately so this will be great for getting me back into the groove of things ;)

    Liked getting to know a bit more about you. You are SO lucky with that metabolism thing and I LOVED the sweet story of your precious ring.

  20. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today.

  21. AnonymousJune 03, 2008

    thanks i love the way you can use lots of pictures on one page.
    great job.

  22. AnonymousJune 03, 2008

    dear Yin, I found your LOs of the Mall and the national monuments very impressive and moving. I think you captured the dignity and solemnity of it all beautifully. Thank you for sharing these.


  23. Thank you for your templates! They look great!

  24. I love all your templates.
    Congrats on the new store.
    Thanks and hugs!

  25. Thank you so much for the template. Your layouts are FANTASTIC. I hope that you are planning to print and bind all the pages from your trip. What a wonderful coffee table book it'll be.

    THanks again!

  26. I love your templates! Thanks so much for sharing!

  27. AnonymousJune 03, 2008

    Thanks for the template. Your blog is an inspiration. Thanks for that too.

  28. AnonymousJune 03, 2008

    love your templates, layouts, and your blog! Thanks so much!

  29. love your templates! so excited to visit your store! thank you!

  30. Yin - Your pages on your visit to Washington are really wonderful! What a nice job you did! Great template - thank you for this very nice gift!

  31. AnonymousJune 04, 2008

    Thanks Yin!

  32. AnonymousJune 04, 2008

    Wonderful layouts! Thank you for the great template! Loved finding out more about you from your answers to the questions! :)

  33. AnonymousJune 04, 2008

    Cool! Thanks so much! I love templates!--Emily

  34. Congrats on your new store. It looks great.

    I am a huge fan of your templates and hope it goes well for you.

  35. I’m always amazed at the stuff you designers create and then offer up for free no less. Someday I hope I will be able to give back also to the digiscrapping community. For now I say thanks for sharing, and also give you a little “Link Love” over on my blog. Stay sweet. :)

  36. Love your elegant designs. Thanks so much for sharing.

  37. thanks for the free template. Love the new blog store and your double page templates.. I bought both sets and everything worked smoothly and quickly!

  38. Yin, I just love the way you scrapbook. I love all your templates - thank you so much for sharing! I am on my way to your store now!

  39. AnonymousJune 06, 2008

    I just LOVE your multi-photo templates! Thank you so much!

  40. Yeah - just bought my first template from you Yin..thanks so much for the freebie too!!!

  41. AnonymousJune 07, 2008

    Merci beaucoup :D

  42. Yin: I just got your tag today girl!!! I have been so busy and a bit out of touch lately. We are moving to South Carolina in Mid July and I have my 20 year High School reunion this month (in Hot Springs, AR) and between packing the house, cars acting up, life and all the other blah blah blah, lol

    I did my tag from you on my blog tonight. It's probably boring... but it's "some little things" about me... hee hee.

    I just still love seeing your layouts from while you all were here in the states. It seems so wild that you and me have almost the exact photos from when I went there for the first time every in my life when I was around 33 yrs old. I found all the same things facinating as you did. It makes me feel kind of close to you even though you are 1000's of miles across the world.

    Thanks for being my internet friend! I think your are truly an amazing, Godly woman, wife, and mom and feel it a privilege to know you even from a distance.

    God Bless and stay safe!

  43. I just found your site from a friend. Love your templates!!! I'll be back for more! THANKS!!!

  44. AnonymousJune 12, 2008

    Thank you for another wonderful template Yin!

  45. AnonymousJune 19, 2008

    Ces pages sont superbes !!! Bravo

    Merci pour ce template

  46. AnonymousJune 22, 2008

    thanks, your templates always look great!

  47. Thanks so much for your wonderful templates!

  48. What is the measurement of the brown squares to place the pictures in? Please e-mail me at



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