Come Join In – Seven Will Win


Elise’s Pieces
Fizzy Pop Designs
Jennifer Barrette Deigns
Kristin Aagard
Karah Fredricks
ksharonk Designs

Today is the last day to grab the contents of THE DIGI FILES #18 for a total of $5!!  After today, these products will be sold at full retail value!  You can see detailed views of everything included here.

We want to say a big THANK YOU to the designers that contributed to THE DIGI FILES this month!  It is the designers that contribute to THE DIGI FILES each month and those customers that purchase them that make THE DAILY DIGI possible!  The Daily Digi is a completely advertising free site.  None of the designers pay to contribute to THE DIGI FILES or for the features we post about them.  We choose the designers based on their quality designs and reputations in the community.

THE DIGI FILES is a win-win-win for everyone!  The designers contribute their designs and let us sell them for one month as part of THE DIGI FILES, you (our readers and customers) get to purchase a whole bunch of supplies for hardly anything, you also get to try new-to-you designers at a very low risk (even if you only love a couple of the kits, you still win), you also support this site and help us continue doing what we do (did you know each time you read The Daily Digi, even if it’s in a reader, it costs us money?).  Since the designers do not pay to be part of THE DIGI FILES, every designer has an equal chance at being a contributor (being able to afford it or not is not an issue).  At the end of one calendar month, the designers take their contributions and add them to their stores…they don’t have to give us exclusivity.

I love building long-lasting relationships with the designers in this community.  I also LOVE getting to know our readers through the comments, emails, and survey responses.  We read every single one of them!

Today, we would love for you to leave a comment sharing what you enjoyed during June.  Seven random comments will each win $10 in product from one of the contributors to THE DIGI FILES #18.  Comments must be posted by 11p.m. ET, June 30th to be valid.  Participation is void where prohibited by law (my attorney made me say that 😉 ).

A Printable/Hybrid Holiday Project

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Cindy from Skip To My Lou and I teamed up again to bring you a fun holiday project! 🙂 I really enjoy working with Cindy on these little projects and I think you probably like them too.  Now, before I go on, please remember that these always come with a printable version AND layered templates, so if you aren’t in the U.S., you can customize these for any holiday you want!  I’m planning on using them for an upcoming birthday party! 😉

In this download, we have some really fun tags for your straws, tags for some sparklers (think party favors), and a design for you to print out on goodie bags.  The bag is designed for a bag sized roughly 5”x8”, but will work on many different sizes.  Each download includes a printable PDF, jpeg, as well as a layered psd file that you can customize to your liking.

If you want some white paper bags, Cindy has some and if you order by 4pm CST, they will ship TODAY (not an affiliate link).

I hope you enjoy this little gift from Cindy and I and enjoy your holiday!!

National Pride (USA, CA, & AUS)


Layout by Karen, supplies: Leora Sanford

Here in the US this week, we will be celebrating the 4th of July (a.k.a. Independence Day).  Our neighbors to the north in Canada, will also be celebrating Canada Day!  I thought it would be fun to share some ideas for scrapping our national pride!  Keeping in mind that outside of the US, our next big chunk of readers are in Canada AND Australia, I thought I would include those countries too.  I know it’s not exactly the right time of year for Australia Day, but maybe you have some photos left from January (your summer) that you haven’t scrapped yet (this makes me wish I could find a good meat pie 🙂 😉 ).

Images below without credits are linked to originals.


Layout by Jenn, supplies: Sing Freedom by JenLin Designs (retired), Dreaming Angels by Kasia Designs, Designfruit geometric brushes, On The Front Porch by Plum Dumpling Designs, Explore, Learn, Grow by Sahlin Studio
Font: Conrad Veidt, Designer Notes (information for creating this layout is included in The Daily Digi Playbook – June 2010)






Layout by Katie, supplies: Kaye Winiecki template, Traci Reed American Spirit kit. Traveling Typewriter font.


Layout by Melissa L, supplies: Dani Mogstad True Blue kit, Cindy Schneider template (set 9), Font is CK Elusive




Here are some 4th of July, Canada Day, and Australia Day products to help scrapping these events:

















The Lily Pad will have a new BYOC (Build Your Own Collection) with a large portion being patriotic themed on July 2nd 🙂



All photos in this post from

When I (Katie) was at a blog conference  last month, I overheard some ladies talking in the parking lot. They were saying things like “she used to live in Los Angeles,” “she married a cowboy,” “she takes pictures of cows and horses,” and “she just wrote a cookbook.” I totally knew who they were talking about and I was honestly surprised when 2 of the ladies there had never heard of her. I thought EVERYONE knew about The Pioneer Woman! 🙂

If you have somehow missed Ree Drummond (her real name) online, now is the perfect chance for me to introduce you to her.

CONFESSIONS The Pioneer Woman’s original blog where she shares her love story, ranch happenings, cowboys in chaps, and the adventures of Charlie. Always something fun and interesting to read!



COOKING – If you are on a diet, you might want to stay away from this section. She uses butter, A LOT of butter! Yum! She posts step by step instructions and amazing photographs for every recipe. You will drool over her food photography! And as if her recipes weren’t enough, she went ahead and started up an amazing cooking site called “Tasty Kitchen” full of fabulous recipes from contributors all over the world.



PHOTOGRAPHY – One of my favorite parts of PW’s site is her beautiful photos. She is prolific and very skilled with her camera. She posts tips, free photoshop actions, and even hosts photography assignments. Sometimes she even shares some of her photos for free downloads. I actually had one printed to frame in my home. She has a few contributing writers who help out with her photography posts and they are all amazing!  I can’t get enough of her photography section!



HOME AND GARDEN – I’m sure you will also enjoy the Home and Garden section. I love that she isn’t afraid to show us the real life of a cowboy’s wife. I can’t even imagine the laundry!



HOMESCHOOLING _ Homeschoolers (and educators) will love the Homeschooling portion of her site. She homeschools all 4 of her children and posts some fun ideas and resources. There are also some guest contributors in this area of her blog and it’s nice to see several different methods and approaches with homeschooling.



I have no idea how she does it all, but I’m glad she is willing to share the journey with all of us online. Thanks for making the internet fun P-Dub!


Newsletters worth subscribing to


Newspaper  created with newspaper generator.

With blogs, facebook pages, and twitter feeds, it might seem like newsletters would be a fading trend. However, I (Katie) have found that I subscribe to more newsletters than ever these days! Even for stores and designers that use social media, newsletters are still very valuable tools to keep in touch with customers. Why should you subscribe to newsletters? It is certainly a matter of choice, and some people really hate in-box clutter. If you are one of those, then you might not enjoy them. If you like feeling “in the loop” regarding your favorite digi sites, newsletters can definitely be your friend!

The best suggestion I can give you for deciding what newsletters to subscribe to is simply this; think about where you shop and the designers you love and subscribe to those. It’s a great way to keep updated on their sales and new releases. Here are some of my favorite newsletters (all free!) along with the reasons why I find them to be worth my time.

The Daily Digi: I’m sure you are not surprised that I like this one! 🙂 The Daily Digi sends out newsletters to announce The Digi Files each month and other special events and news. You will be the FIRST to know about what’s new! (Like when we released the free PDF “Playbook” – newsletter subscribers got it a day early.)  You can subscribe by clicking the sidebar link image.

CatScrap: Like many multiple-designer stores Catscrap includes previews of new releases from their designers, making it easier to keep track of what is going at the site. I like that they also include layouts for inspiration and information about their challenges. You can sign up for the newsletter by registering at the site.

Designer Digitals: They send out a very brief email news alert every Thursday to announce their “Thrifty Thursday” sale items. I would never remember to check out these deals without the reminder! Each Saturday night, an email newsletter is sent out to announce the new products hitting the virtual shelves of the store. A featured layout is always shared, along with links to the products used. My favorite part is the Photoshop or Photoshop Elements tip given at the bottom of each newsletter. I’ve really learned a lot from these! You can subscribe to the newsletter by creating an account at the site. You can also read past issues here.

Digi Scrap Addicts: A pdf format newsletter that has layout ideas, product and designer features, coupons from sponsors, challenges, and an exclusive freebie to download. You can subscribe by following this link where you can also browse through past issues.

Digi Shop Talk: A downloadable pdf format magazine/newsletter that is free to all registered members of the site. Each month includes articles, designer and product features, projects, and sponsor coupons. Subscribe by following the link on the index page.

MScraps: This multi-designer site sends out regular newsletters to announce new releases and sales. There is a designer feature included (often with a sale or discount coupon code) and my of the newsletters have an exclusive freebie to download. Subscribe here.

O Scraps: Plenty of previews from multiple designers to announce the new releases as well as some “sneak peeks” of what is coming soon. Newsletter sent out to all registered customers so be sure to create an account.

Pickleberry Pop: A really fun newsletter with a wide variety of information including sales, gallery layouts, and free downloads. I love the articles, and how they include current photography and template challenges right in the newsletter. My favorite feature is the “fabulous font find” where they feature and link to a fun and free font to download. Sign up here and/or read back issues.

The Sweet Shoppe: For a store with so many designers, this is the best way for me to check out the new goodies in the shoppe each week. I like being able to see a thumbnail image of the new releases. Newsletter sent out to registered customers so be sure to create an account in the shoppe.

I subscribe to many more newsletters as well, but I picked these examples to illustrate the variety of benefits that come with newsletter subscriptions. We would love to hear what newsletters you subscribe to and why you like them.


Funtastic Fridays – We’re Sharing Our secrets


We are starting a new feature on THE DAILY DIGI today called, Funtastic Fridays.  We will share with you great resources, tutorials, sales, freebies, and products that we’ve found in digiland.  It will be a little bit unpredictable, but it will be FUNTASTIC each time!

Today, we are sharing our secrets!!  Have you ever seen a layout here at THE DAILY DIGI and wondered how a look was achieved? We trade secrets in our team forum, but I thought maybe our readers would like that information too!  We put together a FREE e-book for you with techniques, tips, tutorials (and links to even more tutorials and resources) so you can achieve a similar look.  Shadows, masks, blending, warping, and hybrid layouts are all covered in this free 24 page guide.  Download your copy of The Daily Digi Playbook and get a play-by-play of many of the layouts you have seen on the site during June.

We sent the download links for The Daily Digi Playbook to our newsletter subscribers yesterday, if you aren’t getting our newsletters in your inbox, be sure to sign up.  We always have exciting things in the works!




This episode of the Paperclipping Digi Show, we have the very entertaining Pattie Knox and Amy Edwards discussing everything from why there aren’t more 8.5×11 supplies to Photoshop being a body part (and everything in-between).  Come join us for a walk down memory lane and some good laughs!!

P.S. Michelle is the random winner from yesterday’s post this is what she had to say about [ksharonk]:  This designer is new to me, but I am excited to be introduced to her by the daily digi!! I went to her store and I loved the “Commercial Use collections [notepapers 1]“. Those are great papers to journal on, I think i’ll have to head back over there and pick them up if I don’t win! Thanks for the chance. =]

Michelle won $10 in product from Karen’s store!  THANKS to everyone that commented!



Sharon is one of the designers that I have known for a long time (we’ve been on creative teams together in the past and started out in digiland at the same site) and I’m so happy to have her in THE DIGI FILES this month.  Sharon is one of our “down-under designers” and if you haven’t discovered her yet, let me introduce you!  Let’s start by taking a closer look at her contribution to THE DIGI FILES this month:

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I love the soft patterns and textures in her papers. There are also TWO QUICKPAGES included!!  This collection is one of SEVEN you get for only $5 when you purchase THE DIGI FILES!!  It’s a great way to try out some new-to-you designers AND such an AMAZING deal since just ONE of these collections would cost more than the $5 you would spend!  Here are some layouts created using butterfly breeze:

Layout by Carol (Sharon’s CT)
Layout by Jodie (Sharon’s CT)
Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Creashens Torn Bits; Anne DeJong scribbles; Cathy Zielske word art
Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Additional Credits: Botanical Garden Vol. 11 by Redju, You Define Me wordart by Chelle’s Creations, Pea Christen Font
Layout by Kristi B (a reader)

You can see even more inspirational layouts by readers and Sharon’s team members on our Team Inspiration Page!  We love seeing our readers layouts!



My name in the scrapping world is ksharonk, but you can call me Sharon. 😉 I live just north of Sydney, in Australia.





Credits: Butterfly Breeze minikit, by [ksharonkdesigns] at twolittlepixels. Fond: DJB AmandaG.

Credits: Butterfly Breeze minikit, by [ksharonkdesigns] at twolittlepixels. Fond: DJB AmandaG


Share what you have done … It is such a shame to spend so much time creating art, and then not sharing what we do with those around us. We save our work on our computers and safely back it up, and often don’t share it with our families and friends.

Each year, I have all the layouts I have created during that year made into a coffee table book/photo book. This means I have a permanent record of my creativity for that year, and my family enjoys seeing themselves in print, and seeing what I have done.

Of course, I also create photo books for special occasions, for gifts and birthdays etc., as well. I have used for many years and have always been more than satisfied with how easy the process is, the service I get and the value for money.


I started paper scrapping over ten years ago, when I was invited to join a group of girls from work who met each week to scrap … and I was instantly in love with the whole idea. I was surfing one day in October 2003, and came across Scrapbook-Bytes, and realized that this way of scrapping was very appealing to me. I packed all my paper products up, installed Photoshop on my computer, and I was off and running. I still scrapped with my girlfriends, but I took my laptop instead of paper products. Now almost all the paper scrapping girls have ‘turned’ digi!

In June of 2006, I thought I would like to start designing, so I began to work through all the tutorials I could find in the digi-world, and offered little freebies on my blog, which proved to be quite popular. Then pickleberrypop offered me a position as a designer, and I began my ‘career’ as a digital designer at the end of 2006.


Everything around me … I love ads, and magazines, digital/paper online galleries, blogs … everything in the design world and around me I find helps me in my creative.


I’ve been a PC girl since the beginning, but at this year I treated myself to a 27’ screen MAC and 8 GIG of RAM, and wow! I’m a MAC girl now!

I use PS CS4, Illustrator and Dreamweaver.

I have a Canon 450D, and adore it.

I have a Wacom tablet, but I’m not very good at using it.


I love creating papers, and this is such a pretty pack … I often use it.



My Simple Sets are my best sellers, and this one would probably top the list …



Here are some of my favorite products by Sharon

Alina QuickAlbum

paper pack [maree]

paper pack [crackleberry]

Simple Sets #67

Simple Sets - PAD Week 5-8


Here’s some inspirational layouts using Sharon’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.







Go have a look in Sharon’s Store and come back and tell her what you like, we will randomly select a winner from those comments to win $10 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST tonight to qualify)!

Inspiration – Butterfly Breeze -[ksharonk]


Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: Sketch; Lisa Swift, brush: Scrapgirls, Font: CK Fashion


Layout by Alissa (Sharon’s CT)


Layout by Cheryl (Sharon’s CT)

Layout by Carol (Sharon’s CT)
Layout by Jodie (Sharon’s CT)
Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Creashens Torn Bits; Anne DeJong scribbles; Cathy Zielske word art
Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Additional Credits: Botanical Garden Vol. 11 by Redju, You Define Me wordart by Chelle’s Creations, Pea Christen Font
Layout by Kristi B (a reader)

Get Inspired from your own archives


Have you ever sat down to scrap and just couldn’t get the creativity flowing? I’ve had that happen a lot lately for some reason. Maybe because it is summer and my mind is on other things? Sometimes I just get lost in the process and worry about making the “perfect” layout using the latest techniques. Whatever the reason, I had a big time creative block hit me earlier this week. (AKA “losing my mojo”) I decided to look back through some of the pages I have created in hopes of sparking something to get me going again. As I browsed through my own archives, I realized that was a great activity to inspire myself creatively!

I thought I would share some of the things I learned from this exercise and encourage you to take a look back through some of the layouts you have scrapped. You can (and should) inspire yourself!


This is one of my early digital scrapbook layouts. I didn’t know anything about shadowing, and my photo editing skills were not top notch either. I love the layout though, because I expressed my love to my children through my journaling. That never goes out of style.

A favorite tip from this layout: Sign your journaling. Just a simple “Love, Mom” lets my children know that I wrote this especially for them.

Layout by Katie. Papers by Mindy Terasawa. Font unknown.


Here’s a page I created all about a funny thing my daughter would say when she was little. She called Simon and Garfunkel “Simon and Bullwinkle”. We still call them that to this day! 🙂

Favorite tips from this layout: You don’t have to have a picture of the actual person or event you are scrapping about. It’s ok to use related photos and if you don’t have one, Wikipedia is always a great resource!

Layout by Katie. Paper by Meredith Fenwick, White notepaper by Katie Pertiet,  Staples by Tracy Murphy, Fonts are Hootie and CK Good Day Pictures from Wikipedia.


Here’s a layout that came together simply because I decided to document a moment in time. I grabbed my camera one day and took some very random photographs of my kids. I sat down in front of my computer that very night and put together this page and wrote about what their lives were like at that moment in time. I need to do this more often!

Favorite tips from this layout: Templates are my friend! They make the scrapping process go so much faster so that I can focus on telling the story and capturing the memory. Also, be sure to date your journaling!

Layout by Katie. Ali Edwards template (Songbird Avenue Bloom and Grow kit April 2009)
Jen Wilson papers


This layout took me several hours to put together because I hunted through all my photo files for the year 2007 to find just the right ones to represent our year together as a family. I printed the layout off to include in our scrapbook albums, and I also framed a 12×12 version to display in our family room, where it still resides today.

Favorite tips from this layout: This is a great way to use photos that might not make it into your scrapbook albums otherwise. After doing this page, I decided to put together an end of year collage to finish off each calendar year in our scrapbooks. This has become a fun tradition for me and I usually send copies of these creations to some relatives and friends with a short recap of our year.

Layout by Katie. Template by Heather Ann.


Yes, I really scrapbooked about the contents of my refrigerator! That might seem silly, but I actually love looking back on this page to see how our eating habits have changed (or not) and I think this kind of information will be really interesting to my kids throughout their lives.

A favorite tip from this layout: The everyday details of life are interesting and worth documenting.


Layout by Katie. Arial font. Paper designed by Katie.


I did this layout for a challenge in a digital scrapbooking store forum. I went through a time period where I really enjoyed doing a lot of different challenges, and when I look back on those pages, they are still some of my favorites.

Some favorite tips from this layouts: Challenges and prompts are a great way to get the mojo going again. It is also fun to let some of your page elements go off the page – it makes for interesting design. Photograph a collection and then explain why you were motivated to collect those things.

Layout by Katie. Template No. 6 by Ali Edwards. Aaron Solid Papers by Michelle Martin. Basic Paper Alpha Beige Caps by Katie Pertiet. Calibri font.


This layout is still very precious to me. I documented my son’s struggle to tie his own shoes. He has some fine motor skill difficulties related to his autism and he still has a difficult time tying his own shoes today (at age 16). We had worked really hard with him during the school year of 2006 and he finally was able to tie his own shoes. It was a big accomplishment and I’m so glad I scrapped it!

Some favorite tips from this layout: Write down your feelings and celebrate the little (which are really big) accomplishments in life! It doesn’t matter if the page is worthy of magazine publication, the words and photos are what matter most!

Layout by Katie. Fonts are Ali’s hand and Hootie. Papers and label unknown.


As you can see, none of my pages are super fancy, but they all have special meaning to me and my family. Taking a moment to realize and appreciate the importance of these memories has inspired me to scrap some more. I already feel my “mojo” rushing back! Whether you have scrapped 1 page or 500, I encourage you to take a look back through your own archives to see what stands out to you. You might even be surprised to see what matters to you and what doesn’t after some time has passed from the time you made the layouts.

If you are just getting started with digital scrabooking, browse through any paper layouts, blog posts, journal entries, or photographs you might have for the same type of exercise. You will be so inspired!


Freebie 411 and some links to share


One of the best things about starting out in digital scrapbooking is that there are so many freebies out there! It’s nice that you can try digi scrapping out using free supplies so you don’t have to make a big price commitment up front. I (Katie) started out with freebies from 2Peas and from The Shabby Princess and I quickly became a paying customer at both sites. Even after years of digital scrapbooking, I still love and appreciate free goodies, but I have found that I’m much more selective now about what I download.

A “freebie” in the digi world is something (usually supplies) you can download to your own computer for free. Designers and stores give away free stuff in order to attract new customers, reward current customers, and generate new traffic and interest in their designs. It takes a lot of effort to put together anything to share online, so no matter how big or small the gift is, the designer invested valuable time in creating and posting it.

Customers love freebies because they get to try out new designers without any risk. If they don’t like the free gift, they don’t have to download it – or they can later delete it from their files. Many times a free gift is an add on to something a customer might have purchased from the designer. Quick pages, extra embellishments, or matching word art can be a fun reward for a customer who purchased a full kit.


  • COST: As a former designer, I have been on both sides of the freebie. I have given away my own creations as well as downloading countless gifts from other designers. The saying “nothing in life is free” also applies to the digital scrapbook community. The freebie costs the designer time (money) and even bandwidth costs in some cases (if the designer hosts it on their own server instead of uploading to a file sharing site, each time the item is downloaded, it costs the designer money). The freebie also costs the consumer time to unzip, use, and file the gift. If your storage space is at a premium, the free download also costs precious gigs on your hard drive.
  • PIRACY: Even free things can be stolen. If a designer or store is offering a free gift to attract sales and traffic, then they should receive at least one of those things in return. The majority of scrappers who download a free gift, might not go on to purchase something from the designer or store who offered the freebie. Visiting the blog or site where the gift is offered does increase their visibility and might result in future sales or more customer loyalty. Only download freebies from the original source and don’t give them away or share them with others (send them to the original source).
  • QUALITY: The great thing about the internet is that anyone can create and share something. The bad thing about the internet is that anyone can create and share something. There is no “quality control” like you will find in a well-established online store. If the freebie creator isn’t selling somewhere established, they might be just starting out. I know plenty of designers who began their careers by offering freebies. It could also be that the designs are not high quality enough to sell anywhere. Even though the price is free, the “buyer” (downloader) should beware. One thing I hear from those who use only freebies is that they can’t tell the difference and they are sure they are getting good quality supplies. I would encourage you to consider the source and to pay attention to detail. Zoom in on the embellishments and look for jagged edges and stray pixels. Compare quality to a kit from a respected designer and see if you can tell the difference. You are spending precious time putting these elements onto pages with your pictures and special memories. Be sure they look good!


  • Sunghee – I used to collect them so much when I first started digi scrapbooking, but ended up deleting most of them. Those were the files that I download just because it was free regardless whether I liked the style or not. Now, I only download the ones that I like and if I already don’t have the similar ones. I love the quality of the freebies that the well-known digi stores and designers give out. For me, I don’t know how one can only use the freebies and not be tempted to buy all the gorgeous digi kits!
  • Melissa S. – I went through the crazy freebie hunter stage. Though I used freebies a lot in my first year of scrapping I then narrowed down to only downloading stuff I loved. Now I still DL freebies but only from my fave designers.
  • Jenny B. – I love freebies, but as my stash has grown, I’ve become more selective.  I only download stuff I really like now.  I think it’s a great way to get started, though.  When I first started, I got all the freebies I could from Shabby Princess, and slowly started buying kits from the Shabby Shoppe.  At first, I was very loyal to that store, and couldn’t understand why anyone would use anything else. Smiley I slowly started branching out, though, and trying new designers.  I like to try out a designer with a freebie, and then if I like the quality and the style suits me, I’ll go back and buy something.  I think it’s OK to rely solely on freebies, but you have to realize that you’re limiting yourself.  I get most of my freebies from designers’ blogs and stores.  I sign up for their newsletters so I know when to go grab a freebie.  I also follow Digital Daisy’s Hand Picked Freebies blog, but I never download everything she posts.  Even if I liked all of it, I don’t want to spend that much time downloading, unzipping, and filing.


We here at The Daily Digi love a good freebie just as much as anyone else, but we also pride ourselves in recommending quality products to our readers. Whether we are posting on the page on the site where we recommend freebies, in twitter, or on facebook, we are always careful to only link to freebies from designers/stores that we know the quality of and trust. Our enabling posts are not just about supporting the designers who contribute to the Digi Files (although we LOVE them!), but we also point out products of good quality that we find and love, no matter who designed them. Freebies are no different than a purchased kit in our mind because they both take up valuable time and space in your digi stash.



Some frames by Ange


Happy Downloading!


P.S.  Jennifer A was the random winner from Karah’s post yesterday!  She won $25 in product from Karah’s store!  THANKS to everyone that took time to post!  Jennifer, check your inbox.