Sunday, February 24, 2008

2.25.08 - Still Sick, but a new freebie anyway!


Wow, I'm still not feeling well, and the family has finally convinced me that it may be more than just the stomach flu so I'll see the doctor this week...

In addition, I'm a bit sad. It appears that some of my freebie fans found access to my 4Shared account and downloaded other files that I had there.  Files from my store to be exact and shared them with others on the net :( 

It makes me so sad that I spent so much time creating freebies for everyone to have and then spend some time creating kits and such to generate a small bit of income for my family only to have those stolen and given away for free as well.  I'm going to have to make some changes because of that, but I'll fill everyone in when I'm a bit better.

In the meantime I've changed all of my links for my store and I am going to password protect my freebies (of course I'll give you the passwords LOL) but it will stop people from simply searching for my files on 4Shared and then getting access to my entire account.

Just a couple of journal spots for you guys today...enjoy! The password is behappy.

Click HERE to download your freebie!

Click HERE to visit me at Digital Candy

23 comments:

Shannon said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you were pirated - it's heartbreaking and sad to see such nastiness! Sending you (((HUGS)))!

AngieS said...

I am really surprised that anyone would steal from you when you have been so generous with your time and creativity. I have only been at this for a few months and already have more freebies on my hard drive than I can ever hope to use, and the few things that I have bought have hardly broken the bank. Why anyone would see the need to steal is beyond me. But I guess, as with anything, there is always someone who can't play by the rules. And it seems there is quite a bit of that sort of thing going around the digital scrapbooking community at the moment. It's a real shame...

Jody said...

Seems there are a few pirates at work the past couple of weeks. Such a shame, it just leaves a bad taste in the mouth for sure. I really feel for you - your hard work should not be stolen.

Unfortunately there will always be people with nothing better to do than to try and break into other peoples goods - be it a large corporation or some hardworking scrappers. Would be nice if they had a real job instead.

Just remember, there are so many of us that love your work and do appreciate what you have to offer and come to your blog each day. Hopefully you have now plugged the "hole" that allowed the scoundrels in.

And, for goodness sakes, please get to a doctor and get to the bottom of why you are not feeling so well. I know there are a lot of people sick with some nasty flus, but it is best to check it out.

My prayers are with you and also a big hug! I know you will have the courage to keep on going.

Crystal said...

Wow, what is up with people lately?!?! I'm so sorry that someone felt the need to take advantage of you like that. Some people really have way to time on thier hands, I suppose.

I hope that you start to feel better soon. PLEASE go to the doctor ASAP though! My dad thought he just had a bug last week and he ended up in the hospital for going on 6 days now...three spent in ICU. They exactly aren't sure what's wrong with him, but they're leaning towards a strain of the flu that the vaccine doesn't cover. Thankfully he's getting better now, and may be coming home today!

I'm not trying to freak you out, just trying to say that it's not something to brush off these days! Take care of yourself, first and formost! We love the freebies, but we'll survive without them while your getting better!!

Take care!!! You will be in my thoughts and prayers! (((HUGS)))

Joy said...

Sorry to hear about people taking advantage of you!!
Please don't let a few bad apples ruin your good nature and giving out to the rest!!!

Thank you for all you do & freebies,

Joy

Jill said...

I am sorry that you still aren't feeling well. I am sorry (and a bit upset) that there are people stealing from you. Even if you never gave another freebie away, I would be grateful. You have taught me much. Thank you for your willingness to share.

Karen said...

Shauna, I am so outraged that someone would not only download all your stuff, but have the nerve to SHARE it on the 'net! I'm so sorry that people are so mean, but please don't let them deter you from doing what you love. Taking precautions is a good thing to do, so you do what you feel is necessary. I can't thank you often enough for the beautiful things you share.

And please get well soon so that your outlook will improve.

Scrapping Mom of 5 said...

So sorry you are sick. I hope you feel better soon. And the whole stealing thing is just incredible. People can be so heartless. Thanks for continuing to give things away. Using a password is no problem and I'm glad it gives you a way of protecting yourself.

The Harlan Family said...

I am so sorry this has happened to you! It's just awful! I am also sorry that you are still sick. I hope you feel better soon. Thank you so much for your hard work; we all really appreciate it. :)

LilSeed said...

Absolutely outrageous that people would steal from you - you've given away so many freebies, plus the costs to purchase your Digital Candy items is not too taxing on the budget. This certainly cannot be helping your health!

If you need to take a break from the blogging/freebies to get back to a healthy state we would all understand - do what you need to do to get better and take care of your family.

Wishing you a very speedy recovery from your illness as well as the internet baddies!

Fani said...

Cowards! Like one person said above, they need to get a JOB!!! I'm sorry for all your troubles, especially on top of being sick! This has been a NASTY virus year. Look forward to hearing what the doctor has to say.... Oh! and thanks for the freebie!

Sheila said...

Oh, I'm so SO sorry to hear about your thieves and their piracy. There seems to have been an AWFUL lot of that lately. And it seems the people hit the worst are the ones that give and share the most.
Please know that your generosity is so very appreciated! I visit every day as much to read your blog as to see what you share with us.
That you so much for these lovely journal items.

Lisa said...

Oh, Shauna!! It makes me so sad to hear about piracy going on, when you are so incredibly generous with your freebies! That is so disappointing!
I also hope you fel better soon! Hang in there, girl!

Laura said...

Wow, I hope the Dr. can help you feel better soon! Boy the internet sure can bring out the worst in people. Would these same folks walk into a store and take stuff? Just goes to show you that for some right and wrong only applies if you can't get caught, so sad. Bring on the passwords.

PhyLLis said...

I'm glad to hear your family has talked you into seeing the doctor - sometimes you have to just bite the bullet to get over some of this crud!

I'm a firm believer in divine retribution, so rest assured that those @#$% thieves will get theirs in the end. I wonder how they'd feel if someone broke into their home, stole a bunch of their possessions, and then just drove around throwing them out the car window for just anyone to pick up...bet they wouldn't think it was funny! They've violated your trust, and it really infuriates me - GRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

kim said...

I just came across your blog a few days ago and love your work and appreciate your generosity...I am so sorry that people have taken advantage of that. Thanks again for continuing to do what you do.

KrisG said...

I'm sooooo sorry to hear someone (or someONES) stole some of your awesome giveaways... and store creations!!! Some people, I swear, are out to totally contaminate the scrapping world with ignorance. Thank you for still sharing (I don't know what I would do). The grateful kit is FABULOUS!!!!!

Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever said...

Dearest Shauna,

I had written you a short novel back when you posted about the "mean-spirited" designers attacking you for sharing tutorials and for some reason it never posted. LOL! Perhaps my novel was just a tad too long for Blogger to process!!! Anyhoo, I was a bit pressed for time and did not have the time to repost.

I am SO hoping that you get to feeling better ASAP and I do hope that all of the "drama" is not contributing to it.

As a fellow designer, I would like to once again (first time failed doggone it!) like to let you know that your designs ROCK and you are a MOST generous person in ALL that you are doing for ALL of us out here in SCRAPLAND girl!!!

I'm always a day late, a dollar short and THE LAST to know and had NO idea about all of this "piracy" going on this past week.

I am SOOOOOO sorry that this has affected you personally and that you will now have to go to even MORE work to stop those without scruples from "stealing" from you.

Here is to your continued SUCCESS as a FABULOUS designer and contributer to the DIGI-SCRAPPING world!!!

BIG HUGS,
Linda (Bon Scrapatit Designs)

HarleyGirl said...

You know it just makes me so mad when I hear about your guys stuff getting pirated. What is wrong with people. so many things are free and the designs in the store are minimal cost. You know how when you go into 4shared the big banner at the top for advertising?
Wouldn't it be cool to post the person's name there who did it...
thanks for the new additon to Grateful and please know that for the one person who steals, there are hundreds of us who love your work and appreciate you for all that do. Now get to that doctor and get to feeling better...lol

Jessica said...

my stomach literally aches after reading about your 4shared account. I cannot believe people can sleep at night knowing that they have outright STOLEN FROM YOU! i hope all of their computers crash and everything is erased. hmph. i am thinking about you and i am SO grateful for YOU! God Bless YOU!

Colleen E Chi-Girl said...

so sorry to hear about the 4-share account - that stinks big time.

holly at dittersfreedoodles said...

I combatted the 4shared file searchers by not sharing the folder. You still get download links that you can post on the blog. I had ideas people were sharing links in yahoo groups and using 4shared's search option so I put passwords to verify it. All of the sudden, people who NEVER leave a thank you were sending me emails to an account I use for 4shared but don't have published on my blog and asked for the password. Had they read my blog they would know it. So I either chose to ignore them or I had sent them to my blog to read for themselves. I never emailed them a password. What's funny is that I had uploaded a bogus file that was about a meg for a bogus alpha. In it was not an alpha but an image saying to the downloader how bad they were for not using my blog. But as far as your store zips, don't share the folder. I tried the search option for my raggedy ann files and couldn't find them days in a row. Their folder was unshared.

TexasPatterson said...

The world of passwords and stealing is just too much sometimes, but I am glad you are choosing to protect yourself/your work! I actually thought the password was hilarious/adorable. I'm so glad you have so many beautiful things for us. Good luck on your move - are you still going to be Pineapple Plantation? Do they even have those where you are moving to? I love the name, just thought it sounds funny coming from someone who is going to live in the NE US.