Hello Newsletter Subscribers,

Think Green!  I wish you all the Luck of the Irish!  You will find leprechauns, shamrocks, and glass type files this week.  I made the glass items per request when I was polling our Yahoo group about what files they would like to see.  I would like to make more…but this is what I was able to get done for now.  Also, remember that with the “jar” file, you could “fill” it with “sugar” or “bugs”.  Just draw the jar instead of just cutting it….and place your “critter” inside of the jar.  You could also cut it with acetate or vellum and then place something behind it.

When you look at “strips to weave” you will think…how ugly.  Well, what you see isn’t what you will get.  I love the designs of Anna Griffin and love to weave papers for pretty backgrounds.  Usually, I just cut a bunch of paper strips and then trim them as I lay them out and it can turn into a mess.  So, I decided to make the strips with the cutter. However, when you look at it, you will see diagonal strips…which is the way that they should be laid out.  But, when you go to open the file, you will see them vertically or horizontally so that you can cut the strips.  Now, the longest diagonal is going to be longer than the 12” papers or mats allow.  I did this so that I could get the look that I want…but I usually paper piece and tuck the ends in.  What I do is lay out one side and tape the strips to a background paper.  Then I weave the other side and THEN tape the other side down.  That allows for wiggle room.  I love to mix prints with plaids when I do this.  You can also “tuck” photos in with this method.  It can be done to be very feminine with flowers bordering the photos in a collage-like manner…or if you pick darker or brighter colors…you can make it masculine and tuck footballs etc into the folds.  This is one of my favorite ways to make wedding layouts…in different prints of whites.  I hope that you will embrace this method.

In my blog, “My Life” I discuss Face Book and the ramifications for making posts that others disagree with.  I had my own personal experience with this last week.  It became very heated and my husband “unfriended” an individual…which made the individual even more hot under the collar.  I have set up a place for you to voice your views on my topics.  And right now, let’s all agree to disagree from time to time.  Sometimes, that is the only way that we can get along when we don’t agree with other’s views!  I am a very opinionated individual and use this “agree to disagree” a lot in my life.

I made a series of 8 videos this week to correspond with the paper doll that I made last week.  Last week, the paper doll only had 2 outfits.  Well, there was a method to my madness.  These videos use that doll to show you how to make outfits for the doll.  You will learn how to draw pants, a fitter shirt, a looser shirt, a dress, shoes, hair, and Internet ideas for faces.  Be sure to visit:   Making Doll Clothes parts 1-8.  My advice is to watch  one video and then try it before moving on to the next video.  If you watch all 8 at the same time, you will not remember what was taught in the beginning by the time that you get to the end.  So, watch the first one…do it.  Then move onto the second one.  Now, I am using the Pazzles Inspiration Studio Pro…but I am using basic art tools that are in most programs.

I also made another video series in 3 parts showing how to save and retrieve your cutting files.  For those of you who are intermediate or higher….these are not for you.  I had made these for a newbie who was asking about saving files in the Pazzles Craft Room.  This is a good series for anyone who is just getting started with computer files.  Saving WPC Files PT 1-3

By the time that you read this, I hope that I will have posted yet another video series on how to save your files online.  When my computer crashed, in the past, I was livid that I hadn’t backed up all of my files.  How crazy was that?!  I was a Newbie with cutting files and learned the hard way that I am not the kind of person who saves onto discs regularly.  At the time, they didn’t have the un-bulky portable hard drives like they do today.  So, I used a flash drive.  Well guess what?  I misplaced it…mistake number two.  So, I then bought another one and placed it on a lanyard.  But, one time when I went to erase something and realized that I erased the wrong file…I also realized that I couldn’t retrieve it once deleted from the flash drive.  I then decided to save online…which started to cost money.  I am all about being cheap…if you haven’t ascertained that already….when it comes to my hobbies.  So, that is when I decided to make the website and to start sharing my files.  Well, there was someone in the IzzaBoutChu! Yahoo Group who just had a computer crash and is trying to get started again.  Having “been there” and “done that”…..I asked if she and others would like a video on how to save your files on an online website like mine.  I will teach you step by step on how to set up your account…and make a website of your own.

So by now, you might be thinking…I don’t want to share all of my files.  Well, that is fine…you just don’t publish the website….but it is still there.  You can keep your pages hidden…while publishing whatever you want to be seen.  You can give the web address only to family members so that they can see your family photos, etc.  You don’t have to share with the whole world.  You can stay in control…and it is free.  I use Yolasite.  All of the files that are on there right now are taking up about 1/3 of the memory allotted for a free site.  So, I still have 2/3 memory left for that site…but they allow you to have 5 of these sites for free.  That way, you can store your things without paying for them!  For those of you who already know how to do this….no big deal.  But I am sure that there are those among you who have no idea of where to begin.  Well…I will lead you step by step. 

Also, this past week, I have been studying the legalities of using Public Domain clipart and it is a very gray area.  I was doing this because of the sites that I had been visiting that have Victorian public domain clipart.  Up until now, I had been designing generic types of layouts…and I wasn’t being true to myself.  I do this as an outlet and decided that I needed a Victorian “fix”!   I wrote to various people who hosted the sites because they were charging for their clip arts…which are public domain…and got some quick responses.  Some admitted that it was public domain and that they felt that they altered the clip art by “cleaning up” the design.  They then felt that they deserved a copy right.  According to law, this does not constitute a copyright because the image needs to be “altered” and “cleaning up” images or “changing the colors” does not fall within the perimeters of the copyright law.  This is because they are using the image exactly “as it”…so they remain public domain.  Another person said that she charges for these images on her website …to paraphrase…for finder’s fees.  That is what Dover Publications does too.  These cases can be fought in court because those do not qualify either.  However, there was a case in the past where someone had their site shut down by the Yahoo provider because Yahoo didn’t want a lawsuit and reserve the right to shut down any site at any time.  But, the lawyers pointed out that it could have been defeated in court….but a nobody like we designers don’t want to spend our money fighting a case in court.  They did point out that if the individual had opened their own website separate from a Yahoo site….they could still have legally published their images.  But, from what I understand…Google owns everything on the Internet.  They basically run the world via the Internet…a scary thought and a separate topic!  So, I am trying to be judicious one what images I use for the new website.  If you have the chance, please go to the Yahoo Group…go to Photos…Victorian Album..and vote on what you think you would want to use to best enhance your photos.  I especially would like my Victorian fans, Anna Griffin fans….people who like that era and that look…to vote.  I am trying to see what would be acceptable aside from using the original artwork.  Click on this link to get there:  There is a post “Angel Wings Prototype” where you can vote.


If  you have prayer requests, please send them to this address: 

In the subject area, type PRAYER REQUEST.  Do not send last names.  Only first names and brief descriptions of the situation.  God knows what is going on! :-)  I will add them to my prayer list!  I also ask that if the prayer is answered that you let me know so that we can give Him Praise!

ORDERS for WPC , PDF, SVG, and MTC files:  This feature is for those of you who need a special file.  I charge for these kinds of files.  The price would be determined by the complexity of the file. 

Also, from here on in, I am listing all free files as pdf and wpc.  If you want a svg or mtc, let me know....but I will be charging $1/file.  Most programs accept pdfs.  If I list all file formats on my website, it takes way too long and takes away from the quantity and quality of the designs that I want to post in the future.  This will encourage you to learn how to import pdf if you don't already know how.  One person said that she didn't know how to use pdf for svg.....well....I made a tutorial on how to do this and it is listed on the site under VIDEOS.

Videos:  Be sure to subscribe to Opal777 on You Tube:

Videos:  Be sure to watch :  How to Make Your Own Border Punches 1 & 2 & Snipping Tool.  Just click on the underlined number or Title.

New Files:

Animals:  Nothing new this week

Aquariums/Ocean life/Beaches   nothing new this week.

Audition Layouts:  nothing new this week.

Bugs and Critters  nothing new this week.


Cards & Envelopes:  Scroll down to WINDOW CARDS: 3 window cards/mats

Christian or Jewish:  nothing new this week.

Country/Rodeo:  Nothing new this week.

Decorations, Swirls, & Such:  nothing new this week.

Dinosaurs:  Nothing new this week

Fantasy:  tooth fairy

Flowers  nothing new this week

Food:  Cooking Accessories: Beverages: coffee set, coffee to go2, French press, tea cup, tea pot, beer

            Cooking Accessories: Glassware, Bottles, &  Jars:  bottles, jar, mug, wine glass

Holidays/Seasonal:  Scroll to bottom of page and click on St. Patrick’s Day:  Celtic knot 2, green beer 2, heart shamrock, shamrock grid, shamrock card topper, leprechauns, St. Patty banner.

Journaling Tags & Office Supplies: nothing new this week

Lace, Borders, & Corners  Scroll to the bottom of the page: tear drop border

Paper and files:  nothing new this week.

Party Things:  Nothing new this week.

Mats & Overlays:  scroll to bottom: strips to weave

People & Their Belongings

Babies:  Father w Baby (would be great for a “New Father” card)

Body Parts: Heads: Girl’s Head & Boy’s Head (looks like Alfalfa)

Clothing: Hats, Scarves & Gloves:  Hat & Mittens

Teens & Adults:  Doll Cutout

Toys: Wagon  (place a bear or a child sitting in wagon and a bear or person pulling the wagon)

Rhinestone Patterns:  nothing new this week.

Shared Files:   nothing new this week.

Sports nothing new this week

Steampunk/Antique/Vintage:  nothing new this week.

Things Around the House:  nothing new this week.

Transportation:  nothing new this week.

Vacation/Travel:  nothing new this week

Weather:  Scroll to bottom of page:  Melting Snowman

Weddings & Proms:  nothing new this week.

3-D:  nothing new this week.

Guest Designers:

KID SCRAPS Creating Fun:  Bucking Bull, roping kid, roping & saddle up

Phillip Martin:  nothing new this week

Teacher Tools:  nothing new this week

If you have any ideas for files, please let me know!  I love to design and your suggestions let me know that I am not doing this in vain.  If you have an idea, just send an email with IDEA in the subject area.
Please send ALL correspondence to the  email address.  My Opal777 email address is a personal one.  I have an elderly mother who ails from time to time...and I need that one kept open for personal communication.  Thank you for understanding in advance.  :-)

HAPPY SCRAPPING!!  See you next week!