15 April 2010

Original, Mini-Scrap Kit Designs by JE McManus

NOTE: All my freebie downloads are provided on via my Rapidshare account in file sizes specifically created to accomodate both
FREE & Premium (Paid) users.
You DO NOT have to have a paid
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Hi All:

Here you will find the results of many hours of tinkering with a variety of graphic programs I use. On this blog, you will find both custom created, Commercial Use & Personal Use designer resources as well as complete, free, mini-scrap kits that are for personal or non-profit use only. Commercial use guidelines are listed in the TOU (Terms of Use) document provided in each kit (TOU varies from kit to kit).

My mini-scrap kits are comprised exclusively of custom created images originating from FTU templates, heavily altered, public domain images or Creative Commons images requiring a share and share alike copyright upon alteration, and occasionally, FTU CU elements I have picked up from other blogger sites.

What exactly is a mini-scrap kit?

There are probably numerous opinions floating around regarding the correct answer to this question. Since you are on my blog, I will offer up my thoughts on the term since it applies to materials you are about to download.

My kits are upsized tagger sized kits or downsized, industry standard size kits. Confused yet? Let me make it simple. All the papers and elements you might find in a full size kit are included in my free offerings. The difference is, at this time, I simply do not have the PC "horsepower" needed to create the standard sized, 3600 x 3600 pixel kits. Kit sizes vary from 1200 x 1200 to 1600 x 1600 pixels - 300 dpi. Keep in mind that industry standard digi-scraps are 3600 x 3600 pixels @300 DPI --the equivalent of a 12 x 12 printed page. Since my kits are scaled smaller, creating a scrap page with one of my kits for screen viewing on a CD or your desktop will offer you plenty of "real estate" space; however, best results on a printed page will only be around the equivalent of a 5 x 5 photograph. In other words, working with my materials is BEST SUITED for on-screen viewing!

One thing I must stress - I advocate Yahoo & other group sharing efforts with respect to my kits. The kits are free and were made to be shared with all. I DO ask that you do not re-upload my kits in order to share them: Instead, please provide my rapidshare download link along with the kit preview. Checking my download statistics is the only way I can gauge whether there is an active interest in my work. Please respect that!

Of course, it would be nice if you added a link to my blog. I will try to post a new freebie each week.

I hope you like my work and return frequently in order to take advantage of upcoming, free downloads.

I just opened up this blog in order to meet the requirements of various ygroups I belong to that do not permit the posting of direct, rapidshare links. Over time, I will add to and enhance this blog. For now, here are the scrap kits and previews! Enjoy and feel free to leave comments!


  1. Your work is gorgeous! I have been trying forever to get scrapbooks made for my children and keep getting sidetracked, but these are very pretty and should inspire me. I love your style. I am so glad you decided to put them online so they can be seen and appreciated. Thank you so much. I am downloading as I write this!! I'll be back for sure.

  2. Thanks for pointing me to the right download.
    And YES, after I wrote my comment I was reading about your "size problem".
    Sorry for not reading everything before commenting.

    Thanks and hugs

  3. Polly:

    Thank you for the compliment! I just altered this post (my intro to the site) to clarify how my kits are best used. Since they are mini-kits, they are best suited for online viewing (please read "What is a Mini-Scrap?" explanation on first blog post/intro). --Joy

  4. Ever since you posted your last kit on the Yahoo group, I have been hoping you would set up a "home" spot. I love your designs! You do things with the designs that I don't see very often on scrapbook sites.

    I tried to "follow" your blog (on the right), but, somehow, I got myself listed as a bunch of letters and numbers. lol I'm Su. I look forward to seeing more of your creations - 5x5, or otherwise. LOL


  5. I had found a website that perhaps you would be interested. It is:


    I appreciate your style and hope you enjoy.


  6. Arrived on your blog for the first time & definitely not for the last! Your kits are just amazing, love them loads, they´re exactly what I´ve been looking for! So THANK YOU for sharing your adorable stuff! ~Delia~ probably hanging around here for some more time since rapidshare lets me download these beauties just once in a while

  7. Hello!Joy! My name is Jackson. I'm from Brazil, and I made some graphics for free downloads. I divulgated some weeks ago some of your scrapbooking works, because I liked all. I just showed the main link to your blog and some previews. I forgot of ask you for this, sorry! They're all amazing, in my opinion. I hope that you understand me, because my English isn't enough good. Thank you dor you commment in my blog too. I want to know if I can make a frame for photo 15X10 cm with some of your kits and share in my blog. I will make mention of the author. Thank you for your attention!

  8. Thanks so much for your kind words. It made my day!!! I hope I will be able to bring more and more traffic to your blog in the future. You work is just gorgeous. Thanks so much. -luiza

  9. Thank You for the great looking overlays.
    Ole Grandma

  10. Thank you for sharing you work!! I know that a lot of time and effort goes into making things, and even more so if you have pc limitations. Your overlays are great, and i can't wait to see what i can make with them!

  11. HI Jen

    What a brilliant site you have! I'm delighted you found my freebie useful - you're very welcome to incorporate it (or any others) into one of your digikits! I'll certainly be having a go with some of your elements. Your work is excellent,and I love your vision too.


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