Thursday, October 30, 2008

Winners winners winners

Hi, sorry I am a couple of hours late with this, but last night I literally passed out at 8PM. Totally unusual for me, but I was just really tired. So, that ate away at my scrapping time and “everything else” time.

I am so happy with the response to the Kaisercraft giveaway post, really surprised by everyone’s choices, I am totally going to work on the albums mentioned, thank you!!! The Skull Album is ready and at the store (more about that tomorrow) and the Fancy Flower Album is going into the store this weekend. And next I will be working on the House album :)

After so many replies I felt really bad to give just one album away. So, I am going to change the giveaway slightly. I randomly picked two winners and they will get their pick of favourite albums instead of the castle albums.

And the winners are (drum roll)

Chirstina (haloe)
I am assuming it is Christina, not Chirstina hehehe
She will get a Wings Album and a 10 dollar coupon to my store.


Jessica (justJess)
She will get a Train Album and a 10 dollar coupon to my store.

Can you please e-mail me at michelle(at)familiafilo(dot)com with your shipping info?

I REALLY wish I could afford the postage to send everyone an album, but the postage is a killer from here in Australia. Thanks so much for the kind words and comments; it keeps me willing to share my stuff around :)

I am thinking about organizing myself to sell these albums on my blog and help out people that have no access to them whatsoever. It will probably work out more expensive than buying from Cherry On Top, but I am not sure if everyone can buy from them. Thoughts on this are appreciated :)

health update

My CAT Scan was super quick, but I have no idea what the results mean. The doctor told me not to come back unless I feel pain again AFTER I finish the antibiotics, my third course of antibiotics... I am almost hoping my headache comes back just so I can go see a specialist and sort this out.

I have sinusitis every year, before and after winter, something to do with the change of weather. It knocks me for at least two weeks each time. I would love to not have to worry about it. They gave me some nasal sprays that might help. I remember a doctor in Brazil once told me 10 years ago that if I used the nasal sprays every day for the rest of my life I would be fine. Since I moved to Australia I kinda forgot about it, so I guess in the end, it is all my fault LOL

Anyway, thanks so much for your messages and thoughts. I am feeling MUCH better, just hoping my stomach survives the medication :)

Talk soon!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Pencil Lines Sketch 108

Sketch 108 is up, and here is this week's free template:

Pencil Lines 108 FREE TEMPLATE

(click on image for download link)

Reminder: if you do use the template above, don't forget to post a link to your page at the Pencil Lines blog for a chance to win great prizes from our sponsors :)

Here is the page I created inspired by this week's sketch:

autumn breeze

and another one inspired by the DigiDare this week (note I said "inspired by", not "for" the digi dare because I went completely off the dare flair):

Family time

I love to create matching pages, I know it will look better on my 2008 Album :)


On other news, I have had a headache on and off for weeks, and I am getting tired of just ignoring it. It is sinusitis, but I am on my third course of antibiotics and still it hasn't cleared up. So tomorrow I am going to do a CAT scan to check if everything is all right, wish me luck!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Retiring products - Fancy Pants

Fancy Pants is retiring two paper lines, Crush and Holly Jolly. I LOVE love love love these lines. So if you like them, don't forget to pick them up before they become a rarity :)

Here are some of my pages with Holly Jolly:
teddy bear bubbles
sisterly love love

This last one was used on the advertising for the sale :) hehehe so proud!
and I also have another page, that one will apear on the December issue of Scrapbooking Memories, which I think is the next one (Vol.10, No.09)

and here are my pages with Crush, the first paper pages I have done after my two year break, felt great :)

valentine kissed my soul
Be mine Be my valentine mini album
the last one is a mini book I already showed here on this post.

Have a great weekend! Don't forget to enter the draw in the previous post and to come back tomorrow for another free template for Pencil Lines.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Kaisercraft Album Giveaway

How's everyone? First, let me give my American friends some GREAT news. I hear Kaisercraft will be available at Now everyone can get their hands on those beautiful Off the Page albums by Kaisercraft.

If you still can't get it the albums, there is another way :) All you have to do for me is have a look at the Kaisercraft website (feel free to look in all categories) and post back here which album is your favorite. That simple.

I will randomly pick a winner by the end of the month. The winner will receive one of these two Kaisercraft albums:

Castle Album


Fairy Castle Album

AND a 10 dollar coupon to my store at Little Dreamer Designs where they will be able to get the templates for these albums :)

Hybrid Magic 08 - Castle Album Hybrid Magic 09 - Fairy Castle Album

Come on, it is a nice giveaway isn't it? Now tell me your favorite Off the Page Album :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fairy Castle Album

I have titled this project "Magic Kingdom", it is all about Lucas and his time in our home (and how it can be a magic kingdom). I have been doing too many projects with Mateus so I thought I should make an effort to include Lucas LOL. Mateus did love it too, but complained that there were no photos of him in the album... oops. It is easy to get this little one jealous :) Anyway, here is my Fairy Castle Album:

Fairy Castle

Fairy Castle

Fairy Castle

Fairy Castle

Fairy Castle

Finally found the time to finish this off last week. It took me a while to decide what I wanted to do with this album, but once I decided, it was quick. I really like the colours and you can see in this project how much I loooove buttons :) You can click on the images to go to flickr for credits, and there are more close ups posted there.

As usual, the template is available at Little Dreamer Designs.: Hybrid Scrapbooking Magic No 09.

Hybrid Magic 09 - Fairy Castle Album

I am very proud of this template, I faded each photo mask by hand so it has a nice vintage/ blended look to the background, just like the old story books used to have, love it!

I also have a giveaway I am posting soon. Check back later :)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Pencil Lines Sketch 107 is out

Check out the amazing inspiration on the Pencil Lines blog. Here is the page I created with Fancy Pants goodies and inspired by the sketch by Anna.

happy baby boy

and here is this weeks free template:

Pencil Lines 107 FREE TEMPLATE

(click on image for download link)

Just a reminder, if you do use the template abouve don't forget to post a link to your page at the Pencil Lines blog for a chance to win great prizes from our sponsors :)

I have five half finished projects that are driving me crazy. Fingers crossed I will get them done this month, I don't think so... LOL


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fairy Castle Sneak Peek

coming soon ;)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Butterfly Album

I have something to share that maybe most of you have seen :) It was on the August edition of the Digital Artist Magazine:






Isn't she a cutie? Gemma is my friend's daughter and has just turned one. I am so happy her mom allowed me to publish this :) I used my butterfly template for it. Here are the credits:

Hybrid Magic 06 template by Michelle Filo @ Little Dreamer Designs.
Hello Sugar Papers and Vintage Summer Papers by Michelle Coleman @ Little Dreamer Designs.
Font: Peach Fuzz

Butterfly album and pearls by Kaisercraft
Ribbons by Making Memories
Chipboard alphas by American Crafts
Assorted buttons and ribbons
Mod Podge
Kodak Premium Paper
Epson printer

Thanks for stopping by and having a look!

Have a great weekend :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Want to win 10 dollars?

Want to win 10 dollars to my shoppe? Well, all you have to do is use my stuff LOL. I noticed Nikki (also known as nikkiARNGwife in the galleries). Have been creating beautiful pieces of art with my templates and I decided to RAK her with 10 dollars worth of my goodies at the Little Dreamer Designs Store :) Have a look at her beautiful work:



These were created with my Playing with Paper - Set 01 and Set 02.
Thanks so much Nikki!
If you don't post at DigiShopTalk you can leave me a link on my blog or e-mail me at michelle (at) familiafilo (dot) com. Otherwise I always check DST for stuff with my name on it hehehe :D

off for tonight!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

quick reminder

if you use the freebie template I have created for Pencil Lines by the end of the month, please don't forget to post back at the Pencil Lines site for a chance to awesome prizes :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Pencil Lines + exclusive freebie

Toot! Do you remember this post about how inspired I was by Pencil Lines and One Little Word? Well, it was really really true. I really love the pages I have created inspired by their sketches and prompts. So the good news arrived last week when I got an e-mail I was selected the winner of the July reader's gallery for this page:

don't laugh

Cool isn't it? By the way, I already received my RAK from Riff Raff Designs and I can’t wait to use it.

I was pretty impressed and over the moon with that when I get a second e-mail from the Pencil Lines team. This time with an invite, an invite to join their creative team... my jaw dropped. I mean, did I mention how much I am inspired by these ladies? Off course I said YES!

So, yesterday was my debut, and it was extra special. Not only it was my debut but Pencil Lines is celebrating 2 years of creative goodness. To top it off, they joined with my next favourite inspiration blog, One Little Word, to create the pages for Sketch 106. See the inspiration, read all about it, check out my intro: HERE.

Here is my page for sketch 106 and the word KEEP:


And to finish with a bang, what is my favourite kind of freebie? TEMPLATE! So whenever possible I will be creating templates for the sketches at Pencil Lines, Keep you eyes peeled for free templates almost every week. I don't want to hear any more excuses from you digi girls lurking out there :) Come play along!

Here is the FREE exclusive template based on Anna's sketch:

Pencil Lines 106 TEMPLATE

(Click on the image for download link)

Have a GREAT week!!! Mine is a promising one :)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Scrapbooking Memories Toot

Way back in February, before I ever thought about designing or that I would ever be with the Little Dreamer Designs amazing team, I got an e-mail from Scrapbooking Memories inviting me to design their free paper and alpha for the month of September. It was quite a shock. I have being published in the magazine a couple of times but never thought myself capable of designing anything (still don't, LOL); so I went hard at work to design something suitable. My first attempt was a disgrace, my second attempt was too simple and subtle, and they wanted something really flowery and colorful. So my third attempt was ok, but they asked me twice to include more flowers... well, I kinda like it except that many flowers are not my cup of coffee, but I was ever so proud to finally see it in print (the colors are a bit weird in the photo).

me and free paper

If you have access to the Magazine, it was Vol.10 No.06.

me and mag

I have another super toot I am dieing to share, but only tomorrow :)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Back to school challenge

Thanks for the comments on my previous post. I do keep my family first, and I guess that is why the scrapping time is limited. I guess the main reason I posted about this again is that now that I HAVE found a balance between family time and my own time (scrapping) I am so tired with work that it is interfering with everything. But I have a feeling things at work will slow down a bit and I might get my energy back :)

Just a reminder before I go.... 7 days until the end of the Back to School Challenge at The Little Dreamer Designs Blog. I am drawing a winner on the 17. Play along for a chance to win a gift card to the shoppe :)
Here is what I created:

notebook cover


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

busy working mom

Floriade 08

Work has been unbelievable. It is go go go all the time. No time to check my forums, no time to visit galleries, sometimes no time for lunch... I am taking care of 59 publications. I have to "be there" from start to finish and sort out any problems, especially the ones that surprise us in the finish line. Since the reorganization here at work the new motto is "no surprises", but it has been hard to avoid them. It seens we always find something wrong on the last minute and then it is crazy to try and fix it before the advertised release date. The world is not going to end if people find out late how many bottles of wine were sold in a determined state.... but it sure feels like the world is going to end if we get it wrong. We are serious about statistics. Then again, the world might end if we get the consumer price index wrong and send our economy broke because of wrong decisions made based on the numbers we provide. If you got curious about where I work, check out our website here:

Why do I do it? Well, I didn't say I am not happy, I am just busy! I actually love when there is a meltdown and I can "save the day", love it! Friends, recognition and praise, I think that is why I work!

I am talking about work, 1. just so you know my life is not only kids and scrapbooking LOL, and 2. because I am trying to justify why I have dropped off the face of the Earth in the forums and galleries.

After I get home from work? First, take care of the kids. Pick them up from care, feed them, entertain them until daddy gets home, give them a bath (with hubby's help thank God) and get them to bed. Second, we have to get the house sorted, cleaning up dishes and the mess I usually make cooking dinner (that is why I love take away, less mess to clean up) Sometimes I have to do the laundry, but I like to leave those kind of chores to weekends. Third, hubby and me time, lets not give you too much info on this, LOL, but it has been quiet, usually means sitting together in front of the TV. Sometimes the kids still haven't settled, so it is more work to get them to sleep.

Lastly, scrapbooking, when hubby goes to sleep and I should go to bed get some sleep, I go play with scrapbooking instead. I try to fit it in whenever I can, the hard part is that I try to dedicate weekends to family time, so you can see there is not much scrapbooking time on my schedule...

So, tell me, WHEN do YOU scrapbook? I might get some ideas :)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Templates round up

Hi everyone

I am always blown away by the creativity of the scrappers out there and I wanted to show everyone what was created with my templates. But it has become too much and too time consuming so unfortunately this will be the last of the free templates round ups. Now I have to start chasing the ones people bought at the shoppe :)

So, check out the amazing talent:

trplayround Bougies summertime50 Beauty166 splishsplash15
pijama-web glamour_chick_v2 always-learning1 daddys_helper3 Splish_Splash_web
my-girls21 Cali_Cryma_233_Template_Mushy ben6 DVD_watching_web happy5bday_sm
2007-10_alice_in_wonderland_copy daddysboy_sm SPIN_ME_DADDY sweet_smile_ana dream-in-colour
Play162 zoo71 Myfaces_Leon_500 first-haircut-4web Digi_Dare_101
mf_myboytemplate2 SCHOOLL_copy lovemonster1 leafhunting1 hoot-600
MyPrince_LO600 362_dans_son_bain_copie julka4 ah2pro_web2 bibliophile
Ferris-Wheel1 beforetheycan like_no_other2 sun_150 ondesigns19_zm
Too-Cool9 cinn-pes mf_myboytemplate1 Beautiful-web1 Traci_CPBrian_web
Pepe1ano_600 differentfaces_small FALL78 ella12 aug24spotlight_web
CELEBRATE45 summer-fun221 bb070908web1 Nancy-_-Kris-web test_drive
cool-summer your_many_faces1 7th-Month-Raegan-_L_ 7th-Month-Rogan-_R_ love412
Hope you are having a great week :)