Sunday, December 20, 2015

Advent Calendar Freebies


Did you notice my Advent Calendar with freebies every day until Christmas? These will remain online through December 31st. After that you may see some or all of these in my store, but they won't be free...

Monday, November 30, 2015

"Let's Get Festive": December 2015 Blog Train at Pixel Scrapper

PLEASE NOTE: THESE FREEBIES HAVE EXPIRED. To be notified of future freebies please subscribe to my Newsletter here.

Merry Blog Train Christmas! The Pixel Scrapper blog train is here...and I'm so excited. There are tons of adorable things for you to download this time.

Here are the previews of my portions:

These "stencil" alphas and Christmas shapes will be sent to all of my newsletter subscribers during the month of December. If you are already on my list, check your email on December 1st for your download link. If you haven't subscribed yet, subscribe here any time during the month of December 2015 and you will receive the link by email.

The elements (parts 1 & 2) are "free with purchase" at my online store ($1 minimum purchase). Offer valid for December 2015 only. Starting in January they will be offered for sale, individually.

I will be giving away MORE FREEBIES every day until Christmas. These will be shared on my social network pages. Be sure to follow me and "like" my pages so you receive the latest updates.

Facebook Page (after you "like" the page, look at the top of my Facebook page and click the arrow that points down, next to "liked". Choose the notifications you want to receive - this way Facebook will let you know when there is something new on my page - otherwise it may or may not show you my updates because they want page owners to spend money for ads!)

Twitter is an easy way to follow my daily updates. Please follow me, and I will follow you back!

G+ is another way you can find out about my updates and daily freebies that I'll be offering during the month of December. Add me to your circles, and I'll add you to mine.

Marcy Coate

PS: if you have any problems with your downloads or need customer support, send me an email to

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Happy DSD (Digital Scrapbooking Day) - How to Grab Everything in My Store for FREE!

Today is Digital Scrapbooking Day. All of the stores and designers are having sales, freebies, challenges, and more.

I decided to do something a little different, that lasts for the rest of the month. You see, 16 November is my birthday, and towards the end of the month we have Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Digital Monday. I'm a one-person operation, so it's difficult for me to handle multiple promotions in a single here's what I decided to do:

Starting today, and for the rest of November you can submit a layout using any of my digital creations (freebies and/or paid products) and get $1 off anything in my store (applies only to products created by me - promoted products from Etsy not included).

There is NO LIMIT to how many layouts you can submit, and you can combine your points to get whole bundles for free! In other words, you could literally grab everything I've created so far, for free, if you have the time to make layouts.

Your layouts must be based mainly on my creations, but you CAN use elements from other designers, if you need more embellishments. Please see below for full details and all of the rules and instructions on how to submit your layouts.

By the way, I'm also having a special drawing on 1 December. The winner will receive a special code that allows unlimited free downloads of anything in my store (products from Etsy not included) and this code will be good through the end of January 2016.

That means it even includes future creations that I'll upload before the end of January! (Lots of pretty things coming in December...just think about it!) Each layout you submit before 1 December will give you one chance in the drawing.

I'll be sharing some quick tips in a day or two, so even if you've never done a digital scrapbook layout before, I think you'll be able to come up with something for this challenge. I've found a free online program that just about anyone should be able to use, to make easy layouts. I'll be telling you about that soon...possibly later today...or at least within the next few days. This way even folks without Photoshop or other software will be able to participate.

OK, so be sure to read these rules, and send me an email (address below) if you have any questions.

Digital Scrapbooking Day - Layout Rules
  1. Your layout must be based on my creations. It can include elements from other designers if you need extra embellishments, but the layout should be clearly based on my designs.
  2. You can combine multiple kits/themes that I've created. For example, some of the items from Bohemian Breeze might coordinate well with items from my Autumn 2015 Collection. (Please list which products you used, when you submit your layouts.)
  3. You can accumulate "points". For example, if you want to get the Spring 2015 Bundle for free, you'll need to submit 4 layouts (it costs $4). There is no limit, and you have until midnight Pacific Time on November 30th to submit your layouts. So if you want to do 4 layouts using my freebies and grab the Spring Bundle, then use the Spring Bundle to create more layouts so you can get another bundle for free...please do! (This is just one example - use your own imagination and creativity - I suggest you go for the bundles first, because that way you get more things for free.)
  4. Maybe you just started following me, and you don't have many of my freebies in order to make layouts. Well, ALL of my freebies that I have made so far are still available. Just browse back through all of the older posts on this blog, and you will find lots of freebies. You can still download everything that I have made, as far back as March 2015. Please send me an email if you have any problems with downloading.
  5. You agree to allow me to post your layouts on my websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other web venues and galleries. I want to credit you for your lovely work, so please tell me what name you want me to use (for example "by Jane Doe"? or just "by Jane D." - whichever you prefer). If you want me to link to your website, blog or gallery post, please let me know that, too.
  6. Please submit JPG files only, in the highest quality you can manage. The finished size of your layout should be AT LEAST 600x600 pixels (if you use the Pixel Scrapper gallery, the largest size they will show after you upload is a bit less than 600x660, but that's OK). If your layout is not square, that's OK too - 8.5x11 inches is fine (or A4 international paper size). When you submit it, just make sure that the shortest side of the finished JPG is at least 600 pixels.
  7. Post your layout to your blog or website and send me the link. You can also send it to my by email, if your mail program will allow sending large file sizes. (I believe Gmail allows up to 25MB, for attachments.)
  8. If you don't have a blog or website and you can't email me the file, here are some ideas for where you can post your layouts (and then send me the link):
  •   Pixel Scrapper gallery (if you have one)
  •   Google Drive
  •   Dropbox
  •   Photobucket
  •   Flickr
  •   Tumblr
When you submit your layout(s), be sure to send me an email saying which product(s) you want discounted or free, and I will send you the offer code so you can get them. If you're accumulating your points, send me an email when you're done so that I know where you want your discount applied (which products).

Any questions? Something not clear? Need help with anything? Please send me an email:

I hope you'll have time to do all of the layouts you need in order to grab any of my products that are on your wish list. Good luck in the drawing, and Happy Scrapping!

Marcy Coate

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Thankful Harvest - PixelScrapper November 2015 Blog Train


This month's Pixel Scrapper Blog Train them is "Thankful Harvest". My contributions may seem a bit unusual for that theme, so I'll explain. In September I released my Autumn 2015 Collection and it includes Autumn and Thanksgiving items, so I didn't want to do repeats of that.

I really wanted to do something in a Tuscan style, which I think goes along quite well with a harvest theme since it typically has a lot of elaborate motifs (roosters, olive trees, grape clusters) but I ran into a snag that I just couldn't seem to get around: this palette doesn't have any greens or browns in it, and I felt I couldn't do full justice to the Tuscan style without greens and browns.

I suppose I could have tried for a different idea, but it was getting too close to the November 1st deadline by that point, so I decided to just post the papers I have made so far, and later on I will do some kits based on this work and use an extended palette, and offer them at my store. If you want to be notified when the Tuscan sets are completed, you can sign up here for my newsletter.


I hope you will still be able to make good use of these papers in your projects. Terms of use are CU and PU (commercial and personal use - please read the TOU file included in the downloads for full details).

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Friday, October 2, 2015

October 2015 Blog Train: Pixel Scrapper (That Teenage Life)


Happy October! It's Blog Train time again.

This month's theme is "That Teenage Life". We were encouraged to submit designs that are appropriate for teen and pre-teen boys, and I know several of you will be happy about that, because there were several requests for "boy stuff" in my recent survey.

As usual I have 3 kits this month, and all of them are OK for both personal and COMMERCIAL use.

If you are a member of my newsletter mailing list, check your inbox because these links have already been sent to  you! If you didn't receive it, check your junk mail folder. If you are not receiving your emails, please contact me using the blue "Contact Us" tab at my digiscrap store:

PROBLEMS WITH DOWNLOADS? The dowloads this month are at Gumroad, the platform where the files from my online store are hosted. When you are at the product page on Gumroad, click the purple "I want this" button. A box will pop up. The amount will show as 0+ and you need to enter the number 0 in that box, then hit "enter". A new box will pop up and ask you for your email. You should be good to go after that. If you have any problems please use the blue "Contact Us" form at

Thanks so much to all of you who answered my survey. Your feedback will help me design things that people actually want. LOL! Thank you also for all the nice compliments and comments! It's nice to be appreciated.

If you haven't filled out my survey yet, be sure you do it before midnight on Sunday, October 4th, because the drawing for the "Win All My Store for 2015" pass will take place on Monday morning the 5th. Everyone who replies receives a $5 gift code, as my way of thanking you for your time.

Happy Scrapping!
Marcy Coate

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Freebies Are Here! My contributions to September blog train at Pixel Scrapper


Well, I'm a few days late but I'm finally READY! You can now grab my portions of the Pixel Scrapper blog train!!!

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are a subscriber to my newsletter, check your email now! Each month I will email you ALL of my freebie links (for as long as you stay subscribed to my mailing list). That's great news because you'll automatically get my blog train portions the minute the links are up, without having to go 3 different places to find all the links. They will be delivered straight to your mailbox (yay!)

If you're not a subscriber yet, you can sign up here.

If you'd rather not subscribe, here are the previews of the various sets and the links where you can find the downloads.

Here are the previews of the portions that are reserved for my newsletter subscribers only:

I've also created some add-on sets which are available for purchase on my new site Each add-on set is only $1 and the full bundle of 9 sets is only $4.50.

I would have loved to give all of them to my subscribers, but some of the products I purchased do not allow me to use them to create freebies. Here's a preview of the full bundle:

bohemian breeze bundle

I especially love the bottles and the birdcages, and I hope you will too! Please take a moment to visit even if you don't plan to buy anything. The site is brand new, and I'd really appreciate your comments and feedback, and of course your design requests!

Have fun scrapping!
Marcy Coate

Sunday, August 2, 2015

August Freebies: My Contributions to Pixel Scrapper's Blog Train


This month started out really busy, but the good news is that things are slowing down and I should have a lot more time for designing. Keep your fingers crossed!

The palette is really pretty this month, don't you think?

I'll admit I was not crazy about designing bugs, because insects are really not my thing...but then I realized that butterflies and dragonflies are insects too, so that got me inspired and I ended up with 3 different sets. ALL SETS have CU and PU rights (commercial and personal use).

TO DOWNLOAD ALL 3 SETS IMMEDIATELY without visiting Facebook, just sign up for my newsletter here and you will receive an email with links to all 3 sets.

Set One includes ten 3x4 pocket cards and one 4x6 card,
plus all of the elements are included as separate files, too.

Set Two includes five 4x6 cards with and without textures (total of 10 cards),
6 glitter butterflies, 3 glitter paisleys, and 3 glitter patterns for Photoshop.

Set Three includes 9 papers, 3 more cards and 15 elements.

I hope you enjoy my contributions. Here's the link back to Pixel Scrapper for all of the lovely designs from all of your favorite designers and several new designers this month, too! Be sure to leave comments and "likes" if you download from anyone's blog or FB page - it's always appreciated so much! :-)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Digiscrap Freebies for July 2015: Pixel Scrapper Blog Train


This month's blog train at Pixelscrapper is "Summer Splash". The colors are vibrant and just right for Summer at the beach or by the pool.

I felt really bad about missing last month (too many hours at the office) and since this month I'm late for the very same reason, my kits are not that huge. Oh well, I really like how the papers and the pocket cards turned out, and I hope you like them, too!

Part 1: Papers & Elements
These all have CU (commercial use) rights, so you can use them for almost anything. Be sure to read the TOU file, for full details. Everything is 300 dpi and no textures, so they'll print out perfectly. If you want textures, feel free to add your own.

Part 2: Pocket Cards & Elements
I love the fancy, fruity colored beverages, don't you? Due to the TOU on the source files I used, I can only give PU/S4O/S4H on this set....oh well!

By the way, the elements are not only on the cards, but also separate (as stickers) so you can put them anywhere you like, on your layouts. Everything is 300 dpi and no textures, so they'll print out perfectly. If you want textures, feel free to add your own.

Here is the link back to PixelScrapper, where you will find tons of other lovely kits!

PS: Please be sure to LIKE and COMMENT on everyone's blogs/pages if you download. All the designers work very hard to bring you these freebies each month.

Friday, May 1, 2015

May Blog Train (Pixel Scrapper) from Marcy Coate


Happy May! It's Blog Train time again!

Here are my contributions to the Pixel Scrapper Blog Train for May 2015. This month's theme is "Renewal".

The following items are included in Part 1:
  •  8 papers (JPG, 12 x 12 inch, 300 dpi)
  •  8 flower stickers (PNG)
  •  8 leafy branch stickers(PNG)
  •  2 heart lockets (PNG)
  •  1 large word art card (JPG)

The following items are included in Part 2:

JPG + PSD files:
  • one 4x6 inch card
  • ten 3x4 inch cards
PNG + PSD files:
  • bicycle
  • binoculars
  • camera

PSD files (Photoshop) include all layers

Please remember to "like" and comment when you download from everyone's blogs or Facebook pages. All of the designers work very hard each month to bring you their lovely freebies!


For more freebies please sign up for my newsletter here.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Blog Link Up: Pick A Favorite Kit

The theme for this month's blog linkup at Pixel Scrapper is "pick a favorite kit".

Wow! That's difficult. I have so many favorites, and every time something new and wonderful is released, boom! New favorite! LOL

My favorite this month is "Already There" by Violet Irisovna at Pixel Scrapper.

I love the copper and mint together, and if I had to choose just one kit from this bundle as my favorite, it'd have to be the elements kit:

The bunting, the citrus slices, and the adorable Vespa scooter. Be still, my heart!

This bundle is going to be so much fun to scrap, as soon as I get caught up with my own design work. So many deadlines, so little time!

I had set this aside as a little reward, to keep myself motivated. (If I don't do that, I get lazy and just do a bunch of layouts with other people's kits.) Thanks to Marisa's blog linkup, I had the perfect excuse to do just ONE little layout with Violet's bundle. So here it you like it?

I chose a couple of photos from my 1999 trip to Spoleto, Italy
to go with the "Almost There" bundle by Violet Irisovna. The
photo of me with my fiance (now hubby) has that dark terra-
cotta tile in the background, and it goes so nicely with Violet's
copper confetti and the copper wire of the paper clips and the
beautiful copper wire alphas. I want to scrap more with this kit!

The colors from this palette go with almost any season, so we have zillions of options, and Violet has included everything I could possibly think of, such as templates, alphas, washi tapes, and tons of other essentials.

Well, that's it for today. I have to get back to uploading my Spring 2015 Collection to my store. No more doorbells or telephones ringing, please! (as if!!! LOL)

Happy Scrapping!

go here to see the other blogs in this linkup

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Romantic Reflections: My Freebie for the April Blog Train at Pixel Scrapper


romantic reflections digiscrap freebie

April's Pixel Scrapper Blog Train theme is "Reflections". It was left up to each of us to choose our specific theme. I decided on "Romantic Reflections" and went with a floral them for Part 1 (here on my blog) and a "Venice" theme for Part 2 (visit my Facebook page to download Part 2).

Comments are appreciated! All of the designers work very hard to make these freebies, so be sure and leave some "love".

Part 1 includes:

12x12 inch backgrounds/papers JPG: 7 floral papers, 1 art journal style paper, 1 shabby white wood background (all backgrounds/papers have textures already applied - if you require ones without textures please leave a comment below and a way to contact you).

buttons PNG: 8 flat flower buttons in the colors of the theme, 2 round flower buttons, 2 round scallop buttons, 2 rose buttons

flowers PNG: 1 silk rose, 1 eyelet lace yoyo, 3 silk flowers with crystal centers

ribbons & ricrac PNG: 2 tied ribbon bows, 4 ricrac, 2 folded ribbons

Here's a preview of Part 2:

Included in Part 2:

misc. items PNG: round flourish, gondola with gondolier

pocket cards with rounded edges PNG: 4x3 inch Ponte Rialto cards (3 colors), 4x6  inch Venetian Mask cards (3 colors), 3x4 inch Lamp Post & Gondola cards (3 colors), 3x4 inch grey-on-white Flourishes cards (2 different designs), 3x4 inch Heart Confetti card, 4x6 inch Venice Panorama cards (3 colors)

word art PNG & PSD: I give you both PNG and PSD files so you can change the colors and/or fonts on the word art if you prefer. Words included: Venezia, Italia, Arrivederci, Amore, piazza, gondola and palazzo. (A txt file is included with a list of the fonts that were used and where you can download or purchase them.)

All cards in this kit have textures already applied - if you require ones without textures please leave a comment below and a way to contact you.

I hope you enjoy these freebies. Happy Scrapping!
Marcy Coate

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"Jeanspiration" (Inspiration Check In - Blog LinkUp)

I'm participating in another Pixel Scrapper blog link-up. This time our assignment is to write about what is inspiring us, creatively. Specifically, we're supposed to talk about our current design style or focus, and where the ideas come from, such as a particular designer or design trend.

My problem is that I am not often sure exactly where I get my inspiration, but I'll try to figure it out as I'm writing this.

At the moment I'm fixated on denim. Not much of a surprise to people who know me, because I wear jeans about 99% of the time, unless I'm in bed.

Jeans are comfortable, and they go with anything. I can dress them up or down. I can clean house in them, go to the grocery store, run all kinds of errands, go to appointments with doctors and teachers and other up with friends for lunch or dinner or a coffee...I have even been known to wear jeans to church (with a pretty sweater or blouse and a nice blazer).

You can do tons of crafts and sewing projects with denim, too. I never throw away an old pair of jeans. They get turned into purses or quilts or pillows or they get used to cover and decorate storage containers or anything else that gets between me and my glue gun or sewing machine.

Jeans are one of the best inventions ever, really. So what's not to like? I started putting denim into my digiscrap designs, and now I'm fixated. LOL! I can't stop!

Here is a collage of things I've made or am working on, along with some of the things that I believe have inspired me to go in the direction I've been going with my designs, lately:

Yes, quite a bit of what inspires me at the moment is "vintage" to many people. Fortunately denim goes well with most everything, and it never goes out of style. :-)

Here's the link where you can see what's inspiring the other participants in this blog LinkUp.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Gypsy Sea: My Freebie for the March Blog Train at Pixel Scrapper


I hope you'll enjoy my digital scrapbooking freebie kit entitled "Gypsy Sea".

There are lots of lovely kits this month. You'll find the full list here.

I'd love to read your comments, and please share your layouts on my FB page, if you like! :-)

Happy Scrapping!
Marcy Coate

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Friday, February 27, 2015

First Freebie Coming Soon! (Sneak Peek)

My first digital scrapbook freebie (which is also my first digi scrap kit ever) will be right here at Happy Rain Or Shine starting on Sunday, March 1, 2015.

It's part of the Pixel Scrapper monthly blog train, and I'm so excited! Trying very hard to resist the temptation to post how about some layouts? That way you get a taste of what's in store...

These layouts were made with my Gypsy Sea kits. One kit will be available for free download here on my blog, and the other freebie kit will be available on my Facebook page.

Of course there will be lots of other stops on the blog train, so make sure you save some space on your hard drives. I've seen several really yummy previews by other talented stay tuned!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

How I Got Started Scrapbooking

At Pixelscrapper, a digital scrapbooking community that I belong to, we were asked to blog about how we got started scrapping.

I haven't really been doing digital scrapbooking for very long, and I can't remember exactly what got me started. Most likely I was looking for a background or clipart and stumbled across some digital scrap kits. It's so easy to get hooked! LOL

By the way, I have never done paper scrapbooking, but I do several types of paper crafts including decoupage. I've been doing graphic design and web design for several years. My husband is a graphic designer and web designer, so I learned a lot of what I know from him, and whenever I've wanted to learn something that is not exactly in his line of work, or when he doesn't have time, I learn from forums, web tutorials and YouTube.

Doing layouts of family photos is enjoyable for me, but I have not really had a chance to do very many yet. Mostly I have been downloading lots and lots of kits and templates!

Recently I made the decision to start creating my own designs, and that is why I created this blog, as a showcase for my work.

My first freebie kit will be ready for downloading at the beginning of March 2015, and it is part of the Pixelscrapper Blog Train.

Happy Scrapping!
Marcy Coate

PS: Here is the link to the Pixelscrapper Blog Linkup with other members who also wrote about how they got started with scrapbooking.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Welcome to "Happy Rain Or Shine" Digital Scrapbooking

Thank you for visiting Happy Rain Or Shine, the Digital Scrapbooking blog that will soon bring you lots of wonderful digital scraps, digital papers and clipart freebies! Some of them will even be created by yours truly!

This is the very first post on my new blog, so it'll be a short one, but I want to say "congratulations to me" for taking this step forward. I'm studying very hard and learning lots of new techniques, and within the next few days and weeks I look forward to sharing not only my creations but also some of the behind-the-scenes activities and daily challenges.

In case you're wondering about the title "Happy Rain Or Shine", it has to do with my personal philosophy of always trying to stay in a happy state of mind, no matter what challenges come my way. I know that's often easier said than done, but I'm committed to keep on trying, and to be proactive about it (rather than letting people or situations get me down).

I designed and drew my logo, and the happy little sun among the clouds is there to remind me of my choice to be happy.

Sincere regards,
Marcy Coate