I am finding it hard to believe just how quickly this month is flying by, and that we'll be in December in less than two weeks! The Year 12 students have just finished school here in Australia, and are heading to various places to celebrate "Schoolies" week. I'm so glad that my own daughter is well past her high school days, because I would be dreading her wanting to go off to the Gold or Sunshine Coasts for Schoolies. There's always a lot of trouble at these events - mainly the result of alcohol and drugs - an absolute nightmare for parents. (For those who don't know, Australia's school year runs from late January to mid December.)
But you didn't come here for all that, so here are today's downloads:
Wow! Half-way through November already! At this rate, Christmas will be here before we know it. And then we will be starting a brand new year - 2018! How long has the Christmas stock been in stores where you live? Ours started before Halloween! (Which I really think is a bit too early!)
NOTE: The files on Dropbox & Google Drive are .zip files as usual, but for some reason, I could not get the .zip file uploaded to Jumpshare. I tried at least 6 times, but eventually gave up in the end; so the Jumpshare download is a regular folder, and NOT a .zip file.
There will be two more kits for you to download tomorrow!
Today's download is the third Mini Word Cards kit - this time the purple version - and there are two more colourways to go after this one (green and brown). I like to give you different colour options for things - I always imagine a scrapbooker saying: 'I wish she'd made that in a different colour'! Anyway, here it is:
I have just added a new bundle to the Member Request album at Scrap Twist Free4All! Every month the members make suggestions as to what we design for them, and everybody votes for their favourite. November's winner was "Rocky Mountains", a place I have always wanted to visit - so, I took a virtual trip there over the last few days! The previews below show what I came up with:
No download links here, though, you have to be a member of Scrap Twist Free4All to get these kits! If you're not already a F4A member, don't worry, it's so easy: all you have to do is go HERE, ask to become a member (it's free to join). Once you've been accepted, just click on Photos, then Albums, and head to the Member Request Freebies, where you can download all the designer's extra freebies. Or go directly from THIS LINK.
Welcome back for more downloads! Today I have another two kits for you to download, some journal cards and another paper pack, but before we get to them, I wanted to ask if you have joined Scrap Twist Free4All yet? We have a real treat coming up for you this month, because the Member Request for November is "Rocky Mountains". I have been working on a medium-sized bundle for this, consisting of 7 element kits and 4 paper kits, and it should be ready to post on the F4A page sometime within the next few days. Something to look forward to!
Yes, I'm still here! I had Days 1-5 pre-posted here, and I'm now uploading more kits, although very slowly! Now, I'm going to have a big 'whinge' here, so feel free to skim over the next few paragraphs if you're not in the mood to read my rant!
START OF RANT
As I'm sure you will understand, my internet is driving me insane right now, and I am definitely going to change my provider once my contract ends with this one.
Australia is changing over to the supposedly "reliable, super-fast" National Broadband Network (NBN) -- ha, ha! When the NBN was first proposed, it was supposed to be Fibre to every premises in the country, but that was downgraded to fibre to some premises (mostly in the big cities), with the rest of us having fibre to the node, then the existing copper-wire phone lines from the node to our premises. Once the NBN is available in your area, you have 18 months to sign up, and then your old phone and internet is cut off, leaving the NBN as the one and only!
(Personally, I always thought that having the phone only available through the internet was a big mistake, but that's what we now have. Your internet is off? Tough, you don't have a phone now, either!)
Anyway, I signed up to the NBN in April 2016, pretty much as soon as it was available in my area, and I was supremely happy with it for the first 12 months or so, but I've been having no end of trouble since then! Connection drop-outs, dismally low download & upload speeds, countless phone calls to my ISP (from my mobile phone, as the landline wasn't working because, gosh, the internet's not working!)
Oh, and don't get me started on ringing the ISP! First of all, you have to put up with the 'robot lady' who answers your call instead of a real human. (And the options 'she' gives you very often don't actually fit your problem, anyway!) Then, and this is the really fun part, you get directed to a call centre in another country - and you never get a native English speaker! I don't know about anyone else, but I have a real problem with accents over the phone. I'm OK if I'm talking to someone in person, but not on the phone. So it's very hard for me to understand the person, and for them to understand me. I believe that, if you're in Australia, you should have a call centre in Australia, and the phones should be answered by an Australian. Same goes for any country in the world, in my view.
So, you're trying to tell your problem to someone who can't understand you, and you can't understand them, and then they just 'fob you off' with whatever they've been told to say -- well, let's just say that the frustration levels get very high!
I do have brilliant computer tech guys that I've been going to for years, and I finally found out from them what the real problem is: The ISPs have to buy 'blocks' or 'units' of (whatever the internet comes in), and my cheapskate ISP, Telstra, didn't buy enough of them for everyone who would need to use it. So, for the first 12 months, when there weren't many of us connected, the amount was adequate, and speeds were great; now, when more of us are connected, we have to share that same amount, therefore, everyone's speeds are lower.
Just to illustrate, the maximum speeds for my type of connection are 25 Mbps Download and 5 Mbps Upload. When I tested the speeds the other day, both upload and download speeds were LESS THAN 0.2 Mbps!!!! So you can understand why I posted that warning message...
END OF RANT
OK, now to get to the reason you came here today - the daily download! Today's kit is a pink version of the Mini Word Cards you downloaded in Day 01:
How are you enjoying the downloads so far? I have another two kits for you today; firstly, some bows, and secondly, some soft grunge papers. I really love the texture on these papers, hopefully you will too. This paper kit is part 1 of 2 (I split the kit because I thought the size was getting a bit large.) So, here are the downloads:
I'm just letting you all know in advance: My internet is shockingly slow right now (less than 0.20 Mbps, both upload and download), so as you can imagine, I am having a LOT of trouble uploading the Inspire Me bundle. If you come here and the day's kit and download links have NOT been posted - don't worry, you will definitely be able to collect every single kit in this bundle! I will upload and post as soon as I possibly can, and, as always, everything will be available indefinitely.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
Hello, everyone! Welcome back for Day 2's downloads! Have you had a chance to check out the kits from all the other designers yet? Haven't they done a wonderful job this month! Hopefully, you will also enjoy the kits that I have made for you, too! I have two kits for you to download today (links are below the previews):
Welcome back for another month of daily downloads! I just can't seem to stop myself from making these big bundles, can I? I chose this month's theme, palette and twist. Below, you can see the palette our designers used (the twists are featured on the palette):
I think most of us would have "words we live by". These can be quotes by famous people, passages from favourite books, Bible verses - even something that a loved one has said to us. The point is, it really doesn't matter where the words came from originally... what matters is what those words mean to us. Words can inspire and comfort us in dark times. They can let us know we are loved and appreciated at any time. So, words are what this month's blog train is all about - and words are also the focus of today's download:
Hello, everyone! As it's almost time for the November Scrap Twist Blog Train, I thought that I would give you a look at what will be coming your way:
** The "Inspire Me : Words To Live By" Mega Bundle **
Yes, once again, I have made so much that it's going to take a month to give it all away! During the month of November, you will be able to collect a total of 2 alpha kits, 27 element kits, and 20 paper kits.
Welcome back for October's Scrap Twist Blog Train! We have such a fun theme for you this month, and I know you're going to love what our designers have created for you! 😍
But, before we get into the blog train, I wanted to let you know about our new Facebook page - Scrap Twist Free4All. This new page will allow you to talk directly to our designers, and see what we are all up to apart from the blog train - PLUS, when you join the group, you will be able to tell us what YOU want us to design next, vote on suggestions from other group members, and download exclusive kits that you won't find anywhere else! For example, one of our members asked for an elegant remembrance kit, so that's just what some of our designers have been working on! I didn't do a kit for this one, but I did make a poem page that you can download, print and frame.
Now for the reason you came here : the Scrap Twist Blog Train. Tammy from Songbird Scraps chose our theme, palette and twist this month. The theme she chose was 70's Flashback, and our twist was to make 2 music elements, and 2 music papers. (Tammy is a big music fan, and even sings in a band.) I made 3 kits for you this time - Alpha, Elements & Papers: