Hello Newsletter Subscribers,

Hello Everybody!

Well, first of all, I need to apologize for not sending a News Letter last week.  I knew that it wouldn’t get on Friday or Saturday because I was at a crop all weekend long.  I had planned on getting it out on Monday along with all of the new files….but took ill due to my allergy to dairy.  You can read about it in the “My Life” blog on the website:  I even have a video clip next to the blog, of Meg Ryan in “French Kiss” demonstrating what a person with allergies goes through….love that movie!  It’s a good laugh!

The weekend retreat was nice.  I met some nice people up in Jacksonville, Florida.  I had a great time hanging out with friends.  I had to leave earlier on Sunday because of a previous engagement.  While on the road, I encountered a truck driver with road rage.  I was his target.  Without having to go into a great deal of detail, I want to tell you about the mistakes that I made that could have maybe been avoided.  When you are alone on a highway and think that someone is showing hostility towards you…don’t try to reason it away.  God gave you instincts for a reason.  I found myself making excuses for the other person.  Maybe I did this or maybe I did that…and made them mad….maybe they are having a bad day…maybe they were on a cell phone and didn’t see me…maybe…maybe…maybe!  Or maybe my instincts were right in the first place!  In this case, my instincts were right on the money.  I may never know why I was the target…but I was.  The worst of it was that he was driving a semi trailer.  When I finally succumbed to the fact that I knew that I was dealing with an enraged driver, I picked up my cell phone and dialed 911.  He was so close to me at that point in time…his cab was practically touching my car…he saw what I was doing and he immediately backed off.  I was then connected with the state police who talked me through the incident and got me out of harm’s way.  My message to you is this….you only have one life and what I learned from the police was this:  Enraged drivers share something in common with rapists:  They are not really into the moment of the action taking place…whether rape or harming you in your car…they are into the thrill and rage of control over your life.  Usually there is something in their life that lacks control and they seek it elsewhere at any cost.  So, the next time that you are on the road and there appears to be an enraged driver after you or someone else…think of rape.  Don’t take it lightly.  Do something.  Call the police.  If they are doing it to you…chances are there will be other victims further down the road.  Trust your instincts.

Obviously, I am okay as I sit here writing this…but this past Sunday, I was in tears as I tried to escape this lunatic.  I had to deal with him for about 30 minutes.  I should have called 911…twenty-nine minutes earlier. I didn’t trust my instincts.  Learn from me and trust yours!

Also, in the Izzaboutchu Yahoo Group….I have a request:

Please start a list of the types of files that you are looking for.  Lately, I have been focusing on holidays.  I know that we all need holiday files…but what other themes are you looking for in sports, holidays, religion, etc.  What is it that you want?  Please list them in the Yahoo Group.  I have only heard from a few people as to what they are interested in for future files.  I don’t think that I heard from you!  In last week’s email that I sent out, I had a list of ideas for you to add to.   Please take a moment and fill in your ideas and list them either to the Yahoo Group or send them to me at with FILE IDEA listed in the subject area.

The files were miscellaneous this week.    If your interests are not being represented, then write to me at and voice your opinion.


My Life:  I am lactose intolerant.  If you have a relative or a friend who shares this allergy, this is a “must read” for you!

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:  I have been making videos throughout the week.  I have not had the chance to post them to the website yet though.  You can see them if you search OPAL777 on You Tube though. 

Gallery:  nothing new this week

I would like to see some of your work that you have made using the files listed in the IzzaBoutChu! Site.  Please share!

Some of you shared your photos at the Izzaboutchu! Yahoo Group site!  It warmed my heart!  Thank you for sharing your projects!  Please continue to do so. 

These are the FREE files that I added last week:
New Files:

Animals:  angel bear, cardinal, eagle, humming bird, mallard duck, penguins

Aquariums/Ocean life/Beaches  nothing new this week.

Audition Layouts:  nothing new this week

Borders, & Corners:  Nothing new this week.

Bugs and Critters  nothing new this week 

Cards & Envelopes:  wavy lace topper (shown as Valentine…but doesn’t have to be), curling hearts (easier if you layer the hearts first before curling with a wooden skewer or round skinny utensil like a pencil) 

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:  Nothing new this week

Flowers  paper pansies w/ video 

Food:  nothing new this week


       Valentine’s Day:   arrow, girl holding heart, heart banner with slots for ribbon, heart egg (frame), Love (subway art), Soccer Valentine Bear, curling hearts (easier if you layer the hearts first before curling with a wooden skewer or round skinny utensil like a pencil).

Journaling Tags & Office Supplies: Baggage Tag, hand-held note, jagged arrow, paper clipped note, push pinned note, sign post, spiral notebook, tag w string, torn paper, chalk board, loose leaf paper, notebook, swirl journaling frame, swirl journaling frame vertical, swirl tag4, swirl tag4 vert.

Paper and files:  nothing new this week.

Party Things:  Nothing new this week. 

Mats & Overlays:  cogs

People & Their Belongings:  baby boy (or girl..with the right colors), girl holding heart (can switch out heart for tag, etc.), girl jumping rope, little girl (snip off the pigtails for a boy), ball.

Shared Files:  Diane Kayess:

Sports:  Soccer Bear

Steampunk/Antique/Vintage:  nothing new this week

Things Around the House:  ball

Transportation:  nothing new this week

Vacation/Travel: nothing new this week.

Weather:  snowflakes #’s 1,2,3,4, & 5, sledding down the hill.

Weddings & Proms:  nothing new this week

3-D:  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!