Friday, October 31, 2008

Some Tips For Organizing a Desk For Scrapbooking

Having a separate desk for scrapbooking is an excellent idea and a good investment when you really love this hobby and indulge in it often. Since there are so many small items you use for making scrapbooks, and because you need to keep the pages and paper nice and neat and free of damage, it is a good idea to have a separate area for your supplies. To really make the most of your desk for scrapbooking there are some things you should consider.

For one thing you should always keep everything on your desk for scrapbooking neat and organized. It's easy to let the small page elements and scrapbooking supplies get mixed up with one another but this can cause frustration when you're ready to actually make up some new page layouts. There are many containers and organizers you can buy that are specially made for scrapbooking organization, but remember that you can use just about anything to keep your items separate and organized. Egg cartons, paper cups, and even the plastic lids to things like hairspray can all keep those tiny embellishments organized (wash them out first of course!).

You should also consider keeping a trash bin near your desk for scrapbooking so that you can easily get rid of scrap paper, tape, and other discarded items so they don't get mixed in with necessary supplies. A separate cup or drawer for basic scrapbooking tools like scissors and paper cutters can keep things organized and neat as well; nothing is more frustrating than hunting around for the scissors or die cutter when your desk is covered in cardstock and other page elements.

Paper organizers are very inexpensive and can really help keep your desk for scrapbooking organized as well. These paper sorters are like stacked slots for different colored paper and will keep them from being bent or marked up. They also allow you to sort your paper by color and by pattern or theme.

Remember that when you have a desk for scrapbooking you don't need to keep everything right on the surface of the desk. Put a corkboard up on the wall in front of the desk; you can pin binder clips to it and use the clips to hold papers so that you don't need to use a pushpin with them. You can also pin envelopes to the corkboard and use these envelopes to keep small embellishments and stickers neat and organized. Clear plastic sandwich bags also work well allowing you to see exactly what is inside. Be sure to use the space under your desk for scrapbooking as well; a small cart with drawers is usually affordable and can easily stay next to or under your desk for easy storage access.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Try a Few Simple Beginner Scrapbooking Techniques - this is great for anyone new to scrapbooking

  • Matting: Double or triple mat your focal point photo to place more emphasis on it.
  • Paper Tearing: Hold the top of a piece of cardstock with both hands and pull towards you with your right hand. Paper tearing adds texture to your pages.
  • Journaling: Use bullets and lists for journaling instead of long paragraphs.
  • Borders: Create top, bottom or side borders on your page. A coordinating strip of paper and just a few embellishments are all it takes
  • Brads and Staples: These are inexpensive ways to creatively adhere elements to your page. Brads and staples work especially well with ribbons and vellum

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Good at Footlocker, Lady Footlocker, or Kids Footlocker stores in the US or online at The 10% and 15% coupons can be combined for 25% discount.
Redeem by 12/31/08.
Non-Sale items only.
25% off:
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Three Things

Three things in life that, once gone, never come back

Three things in life that may never be lost

Three things in life that are most valuable
Self - Confidence

Three things in life that are never certain

Monday, October 27, 2008

Stop Paying Two Phone Bills: Make Your Cell Phone Your Primary Line
by: Syd Johnson

If you find a good service and affordable features, or spend a lot of time away from home, then consider going totally wireless.

Many cell phone customers are now using their cell phone as their primary phone line. As the number of cell phone subscriber continues to rise, the monthly fee for basic cell phone service are falling. If you spend a lot of time away from home or constantly have business phone calls forwarded to your cell phone, you can make your cell phone your primary phone line.

As more Americans go wireless, the wireless industry has responded with more choices and lower prices for basic plans. You can send email, text messages, surf the web, listen to music and even take pictures with your cell phone. You can keep in touch and entertain yourself with your cell phone. Free nights and weekends, free long distance and of course, going from two phone bills to one, make this a very attractive option.

If you are ready to make the leap to wireless only, there are many, many opportunities in the cellular market for you. Before you make the leap, here are the three most common things that you want to consider to minimize your cell phone bill and maximize your usage and enjoyment.


Spend a few more dollars per month if necessary, but get the best service that you can afford. Customers and family members will not tolerate spotty service, dropped calls and interference on a daily basis. Figure out where you spend the majority of your time, indoors, outdoors, rural areas, dense urban areas or away on business trips. Make sure that your cell phone service is compatible with your geography and lifestyle.


Basic service plans are comparable to the average landline phone bill. However, the major billing sore points for cell phone customers are roaming charges and over the minutes charges. The average customer has really gotten used to 5 cents, 7 cents and 10 cents per minutes charges on their landline long distance bills. Cell phone carriers can charge 35 cents or 45 cents each minute over your anytime allowance. It's always better to have too many cell phone minutes rather than too few. The extra $10 or $20 for a plan with more anytime minutes is a much better option than a $180 cell phone bill at the end of the month.

Also, see if there is a plan available that minimizes roaming charges. Roaming charges in some areas can be as high as 65 cents per minute. You can minimize your roaming charges in one of two ways:

Get a plan with no roaming charges. Another option is to get plan that alerts you when you are roaming and gives you the option to not send or receive calls. If you are Sprint PCS customer, you will receive an alert on your cell phone when you receive a call and you are roaming. Change your plan if needed, but get one that maximizes your usage time and minimizes your extra costs.

If you get a great service, minimize your extra charges and avoid roaming fees, making the switch from a landline to a cellular phone is a great option.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

More Christmas GIft Ideas

Here's a few of my favorite inexpensive gift ideas...
1. Gourmet coffees with a personal coffee cup
2. Pound of pistachios
3. Child's artwork, framed
4. Journal with special inscription inside
5. Teacup with box of herbal tea
6. Deck of cards and book of card game rules
7. Homemade cocoa mix in a pretty jar
8. Collage of special photos
9. Gel pens and pretty stationary
10. Bottle of sparkling cider
11. Home baked bread, include recipe
12. Disposable camera or rolls of film
13. Basket filled with deli cheese and fruit
14. Craft supplies
15. Holiday serving bowl or platter
16. Pretty basket filled with special jams or mustards
17. Decorative napkins and napkin rings
18. Fancy chocolate bars tied with a ribbon
19. Gardening gloves with a plant or flower seeds
20. Photo album, hand decorated is even better
21. Makeup tote
22. Prepaid photo developing envelopes
23. Homemade cookie mix with instructions for baking
24. Variety of bread mixes
25. Special coffee cup filled with candy
26. Fancy magazines tied together with a pretty ribbon
27. Gourmet popcorn and flavored oil
28. Locally made barbeque or steak sauce with basting brush
29. Pancake or waffle mix and a bottle of real maple syrup
30. Movie theater gift certificates
31. Board games
32. Jar of sourwood or pure honey with biscuit mix
33. Note cards and book of stamps
34. Picture frames, buy them on sale!
35. Specialty cookbook
36. Pretty glass jar filled with candy
37. Collectible sports cards
38. Muffin mixes with muffin pan
39. Books, there are still a few for under $10
40. Set of dish towels and dish cloths
41. Nail polish kit
42. Pretty night shirt
43. Basket filled with kitchen gadgets
44. Video rental gift certificates
45. Pepper mill and fresh peppercorns
46. Handwritten copies of your favorite recipes
47. For the pets, gourmet dog biscuits or cat treats
48. Baking pans and supplies
49. Prepaid long distance phone cards
50. Small clock or radio
51. Pretty box for keepsakes
52. Colorful Post-It notepads
53. Address book
54. Christmas ornaments

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Anoying emails

I received this email does this man think I am that stupid to fall for this ?

Hello, I saw your ads on a job site and i will be willing to offer you a part-time job , i will need a responsible sincere and trustworthy person for this position(Book keeper/Accountant officer).Money will never be a problem if you can be trusted and you are reliable.This will not affect your present state of work in anyway. What it only entails is that you have the knowledge of the computer and printing idea.This Job has been developed in a way that your job will not be affected(if you have any)nor bring you any form of stress,but would help boost your earnings.Now,with the large number of customers i do business with in the united state,i would be needing(urgently)the services of a PAYMENT Dispatcher Representative in the states who would monitor and print out checks to individuals and companies..Below is a brief description of what your Job is all about:
2.Download them on your system and the instructions will be given to you on how to use them
3.Print checks to individuals and companies from the company's numerous account.
4 Put each check in a different envelope.
5.creat the fedex or ups label for each envelope SALARY: $1,200 PER MONTH

get back to me with your resumes and the information below
I await your response
Paul Hunter+447024033674

Friday, October 24, 2008

Great Article on Credit Cards- Check this out great info

11 Things You Should Know About Your Credit Cards

It’s no news that Americans love their plastic. But with the holiday season coming fast—and as banks raise interest rates in a shaky economy—it’s good to know the ins and outs of credit cards. Like: What should you do if you know a payment is going to be late? The best strategy, of course, is always to pay your bill on time and in full. But when that’s not possible, call your bank to say that your payment will be delayed. Sometimes it will waive a late fee for a good customer. And if you have even a day or so before your bill is due, pay by phone or overnight a check: The cost will probably be less than the late fee. Experts address 10 more common questions about credit cards here:,21861,1697911-1684343,00.html?xid=weeklynews.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

User names

Many websites, from social networking sites to eBay, require you to register before you can get started. But picking out a username that's not already in use by someone else - and is easy for people to remember - can be tricky.
For a one-stop solution, go to This free service will check a variety of registration sites to see if your desired username is available.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

How to use a video as wallpaper on your desktop

1. Install VLC media player after downloading it from here :

2. Run VLC media player

3. Go to Settings->preferences->Interface->Main interfaces, then click on wxWidgets

4. Remove the tick from "Taskbar" and put a tick on "Systray icon".

5. Go to Video->Output Modules->DirectX..

6. On the bottom right put a tick on advanced options check u will see some options. Put a tick on "Enable Wallpaper Mode "

7. Select playlist and put a tick on "Repeat current item"

8.: Click on Save button.

9. Restart your player.

10. Then play any video you would like to set as Wallpaper.

11. Right click on the video and click on "Wallpaper".

Monday, October 20, 2008


Free Pumpkin Carving Templates

Free Cappuccino from Barnes and Noble

Free Sample Orville Redenbacher's Minismart Cakes

Free Sample Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift

Free Sample Prilosec OTC

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Homemade Air Fresheners:
Place a couple of drops of essential oil on a folded paper towel or on cotton balls. Place in a margarine container, poke holes in the lid, then place in an out-of-sight area in the room, such as behind furniture. Make the scents seasonal – for instance, use peppermint or cinnamon at the holidays and lavender in the spring. Note: Be sure to keep away from small children and animals.

Scented Storage Areas: Your storage and "work" areas don’t need to smell musty. Place a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball or cosmetic pad. Place the cotton ball or pad inside a plastic bag, poke a few air holes in it, then bend a paper clip to hang. Certain oils work better for certain spaces: Closet: lavender, bergamot or almond Garage: cinnamon, eucalyptus, clove Cupboard: orange, cinnamon, peppermint Laundry room: lavender, almond, peppermint Attic/basement: bergamot, orange and peppermint

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pesky Junk Mail

We all have that never ending mailbox full of junk mail that will never stop so here is some thrifty ideas that you can do with this junk mail.

1. Envelopes - Payment envelopes are inserted in almost every bill or account statement. While this used to be a necessary item, online payments and automatic bank drafts are quickly doing away with the need for payment envelopes.
However, don't be too quick to deem these envelopes useless. Save yourself some money and add these envelopes to your stash of store-bought envelopes. After all, an envelope is an envelope. Occasionally a company will place its return address or logo on the outside of the payment envelope, thus foiling your efforts, but with a little creativity, even these envelopes can be put to good use. How about using them to organize your grocery coupons or the seeds you gather from your garden at the end of the growing season? Nobody said envelopes used for these purposes had to be pretty. One cautionary note: be sure to black out any barcodes on the envelope. They could cause mail sorting equipment to ignore the address you've written on it.

2.CD Tins/DVD Cases - How many times have you received a CD in the mail encouraging you to sign-up for the latest version of an Internet service?
While the CD inside may be of little interest to you, the case it came in is often worth a second look, especially if you have a teenager in your life. With a little craftiness, you can turn that case into the perfect place for his or her latest burned CD.
For CD tins, simply rough up the existing paint with a piece of sandpaper, and apply a new color with a can of spray paint. Then, once it's dry, the tin can be decorated with stickers or other decorations. DVD cases are even easier to transform. Simply remove the paper liner from inside the case and replace it with one of your own design.

3.Flyers - All of the flyers and other non-glossy, one-sided advertisements that come in the mail can be put to a variety of uses. If you have kids in the house, the backsides make excellent coloring paper, or they can even be transformed into high-flying paper airplanes.
Another great use is to cut up advertisements into small pieces that can be used for scratch paper to jot down phone numbers and other important notes.
Or, if you always find yourself running out of computer paper, you may find this use is better suited to your needs. Save all 8.5 by 11-inch pages that come in the mail for use in the printer. Many printing tasks, such as printing a recipe off of the Internet, do not require a fresh sheet of paper. Reserve new paper for the tasks that require it and you'll cut down your spending on office supplies.

4.Glossy Advertisements - While it may not seem like it at first, glossy or two-sided advertisements can also be repurposed with great effect. Simply run them through the paper shredder, and you have instant packing material. After you try this solution, you'll forget all about those messy packing peanuts.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Kibbles recipe for your cat

Here is a great Kibbles recipe:

3 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups soy flour
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup nonfat dry milk
1/2 cup brewer's yeast
1 (15 ounce) can mackerel
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon cod liver oil
2 cups of water or as needed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl, mash the mackerel into small pieces. Mix in the oil and water. Add the mackerel mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. The dough is tough, so use your hands. Roll dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 1/4-inch bits, using a knife or pizza cutter. Mound the bits onto greased cookie sheets and bake for 25 minutes. During baking, occasionally toss the bits with two wooden spoons, so they brown evenly. Turn the heat off and allow the treats to cool thoroughly before removing. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This recipe freezes very well for longer storage.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

How to speed up Windows Vista

  1. Delete programs you never use
  2. Limit how many programs load at startup
  3. Defragment your hard drive
  4. Clean up your hard disk
  5. Run fewer programs at the same time
  6. Turn off visual effects
  7. Check for viruses and spyware
  8. Disable services you don’t need
  9. Check for updates from the manufacturer

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Make your kids homemade slime

1 tsp. liquid starch
1tsp. white school glue
food coloring

With a spoon, mix starch, glue and food coloring of choice into the center of a 12 inch square of wax paper. Keep stirring until mixture seperates from the paper. Allow to stand on paper for 3-4 minutes. Roll into a ball and kneed for 1 minute.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Christmas is coming up and here are some great gift basket ideas you may want to think about.

  • "Pamper Me" Bath Basket - Fill a basket with some homemade bath salts, lotions, etc. (visit the Formulas page for bath recipes...), along with lufa, scented candle, and a cardboard note to hang on the door that says "Pampering, Do Not Disturb".
  • Tea Time Basket - Include some interesting teas, and a small jar of honey. Add homemade jams or jellies with crackers or a small loaf of homemade bread and a copy of If Teacups Could Talk. Decorate with ribbon and an interesting kitchen utinsel attached to the handle
  • Gardener's Basket - For the gardener, fill the basket with packets of seeds, garden hand tools, gloves, plant markers
  • Coffee Lover's Basket - Get a bunch of the small packets of flavored coffees for the coffee lover to sample. Add some chocolate dipped cinnamon sticks, butter cookies, a special coffee cup, a jar of homemade Hot Chocolate Mix. Dip a spoon in melted chocolate - allow it to harden, wrap in cellophane and tied w/ a pretty ribbon. Attach the spoon to the handle
  • The Baker's Basket: A recipe for something that you made that someone liked, along with all the premeasured ingredients (within reason) and a pack of recipe cards

Monday, October 13, 2008

This works great on fleas short term and cost effective

Natural Flea Control: Oil of lavender is said to be effective and safe as a way to get rid of fleas and keep them away for the short term. Using a dog brush as the guide, cut a piece of fabric (like an old towel, cotton material or even several layers of old panty hose) larger than the "head" of the brush. Dab on several drops of oil of lavender and then scrunch the fabric together to spread the oil around on the cloth. Put this over the brush head and press into the bristles. Brush over your dog’s coat, rinsing the brush in clear water if necessary. This is a nice way to "freshen" the coat and help de-flea at the same time.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Chicken Dog Biscuts for your best friend

3 1/2 cups flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rye flour
2 cups cornmeal
2 cups cracked wheat
1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
4 teaspoons salt
1 package dry yeast
1 pint warmed chicken stock
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk

Dissolve yeast into warm chicken stock
Mix flours, cornmeal, wheat, milk, salt, and yeast together.
Knead about 3 minutes, working it into a stiff dough.
Roll out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.
Cut into shapes, place on cookie sheet
Mix egg and milk together
Brush egg mixture on to biscuits
Bake at 300 F for 45 minutes
Turn the heat off and leave the biscuits in the oven overnight.
They should be hard and dry.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Making your own dog shampoo

4 ounces glycerin
2 cups mild liquid dish soap, such as Ivory, Dove, or Palmolive
2 cups water
2 cups apple cider vinegar

Mix this up really well. If it seems too thick, you can thin it down with more water. Make sure you shake it up before using each time.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Energy Tip

Reducing your energy bill can be as simple as changing the time of day you do things around your house. Contact your energy company to find out their off-peak hours. Then simply make sure that you run major appliances such as your washer, dryer, oven and dishwasher whenever possible during these times to significantly reduce your energy bill.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Cheap Cleaners

1. Scouring Powder - use straight baking soda.
2. Soft Scrubber - combine 1/4 cup baking soda and enough detergent to make a frosting texture.
3. Window Cleaner - 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 cups water, and 1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent in a spray bottle.
4. Oven Cleaner - Cover bottom of stove with 1/4 inch of baking soda. Sprinkle or spray water over the baking soda to keep it moist. Let it sit overnight and then clean out with a sponge.
5. Furniture Cleaner - 1/4 cup of vinegar in a bowl and then add a 3-5 drops of vegetable oil.
6. Drain Cleaner - 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 3 cups of boiling water.
7. All Purpose Cleaner - 1/2 teaspoon of washing soda with 2 cups of hot water in a spray bottle.
8. Antibacterial Spray - 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Halloween Decorations

Crumple up a piece of tissue paper into a ball. Place it into the center of a flat piece of tissue paper. Pick up the corners of the flat tissue and twist it around the ball. Tie a twist tie or a piece of string around the ghosts's neck. Draw a face with a felt pen. You can hang them up all over the house! You can also glue on yarn, and make a black hat and cape from colored paper to make a witch!

Monster Footprints
With a magic marker, draw a footprint in a big sponge. Cut out the footprint. Pour washable paint in an 1/8 inch aluminum pan. Press the sponge in the paint and sponge footsteps up your sidewalk to your front door for trick-or-treaters to follow, or around the side of your dark, spooky house. Flip the sponge upside down to stamp the other foot.

A graveyard near your front walk is a creepy and creative touch to the Halloween spirit. We used scrap pieces of plywood and siding and cut them into rectangles with the tops rounded, like a gravestone. We first painted them gray, then washed over them with a watery white paint for age and spook factor. We used black paint to add amusing names and epitaphs, such as "I.M. Gone" or "Ben Dismembered". Screw a wooded stake to the back and pound into the ground. I like to group them together on an area of grass, then rope them off with chains, add a few pumpkins .

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Secret Shopper Scams

This is a popular work from home scam that is listed all over the internet. I found a great article on

To read more on this scam check out -

Monday, October 6, 2008

Interesting Facts

  • When you walk down a steep hill, the pressure on your knees is equal to three times your body weight.
  • Americans will spend more on cat food this year than baby food.
  • Each year, 30,000 people are seriously injured by exercise equipment.
  • Heineken beer is designed to 'foam' for exactly five minutes.
  • 80% of Publishers' Clearing House $10 million winners did not purchase any magazine subscriptions!
  • The average coach airline meal costs the airline $4.00. The average first class meal: $50.
  • Wearing yellow makes you look bigger on camera; green, smaller.
  • Contrary to popular beliefs, chocolate does not cause acne.
  • Surgeons who listen to music during operations perform better than those who don't .

Sunday, October 5, 2008


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Make your own sports drink

Basic Sport Drink Recipe:

1 package unsweetened fruit drink mix (flavoraide, koolaide, etc.)
2/3 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 quarts of water

Dissolve the salt and soda in a cup of the water. Put in mixing vessel. Add the flavor mix, sugar and the rest of the water. Mix thoroughly.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Tips and Tricks

Polish Chrome with Baby Oil

Polishing chrome. Apply a dab to a cotton cloth and use it to shine every-thing from faucets to hubcaps.

Remove Grease Stains with Cornmeal

Absorbing grease stains on light-colored fabric or upholstery. Pour on enough to cover the soiled area and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes. Vacuum to remove the grains.

Buff Scratched CDs with Toothpaste

Buffing scratches from CDs that skip. Apply a small dot of toothpaste (not gel) to a cotton pad. Rub in a straight line from the center of the CD outward and over the scratch. Rinse off the toothpaste with water.

Friday, October 3, 2008


Dissolve 1 milk of magnesia tablet in 1 quart of club soda.
Let stand overnight
Stir well and pour into a shallow pan
Lay newspaper clipping flat in pan and soak for 1 to 2 hours
Carefully remove and place on soft towel to dry
The clipping will remain preserved for several decades. *Note: always test procedure on a test page first.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Make your own Baby Wipes

You will need:
10 cup container (ex: rubbermaid, w/lid)
1/2 roll of Bounty paper towels
2 tbls of baby oil
2 tbls of baby bath
2 cups of water
Cut roll of paper towells in half, remove center cardboard, mix liquid ingredients, pour on top of paper towels, pull first towel up. Each roll of towels makes 2 containers of wipes, which lasts aprx. 3 weeks.
I have found that if I let them sit for about 1 hour all the liquid has enough time to absorb the entire 1/2 roll. I also have tried several brands of heavy duty paper towels, and have found that Bounty expands when wet and the others seem to shrivel up. Remember do not shake the liquid, it will foam up.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Interesting Facts

  • There is no tipping at restaurants in Japan.
  • The streets of Victor, Colorado, once a gold rush town, are paved with low-grade gold.
  • Most tropical marine fish could survive in a tank filled with human blood.
  • A hardboiled egg will spin. An uncooked or softboiled egg will not.
  • Half of all identity thieves are either relatives, friends, or neighbors of their victims.
  • There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
  • Sheryl Crow's two front teeth are fake.
  • 85% of movie actors earn less than $5,000 a year from acting!
  • The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.