October 6, 2015

October Template Challenge

It's October!  October start my favorite time of the year.  I absolutely LOVE autumn.  Even though we don't get a traditional fall here in the desert, I still love it.  Something changes in the air and I'm so very happy when it does.

I'm hoping this month's challenge template makes you happy as it did me.  I loved it at first sight! The square photo spots and angled papers were so much fun to play with.  So, here it is!


From the team....

by Katya
using You Smile, I Smile by Bella Gypsy

by Donna
using Into the Woods by LJS Designs (fonts are Grinched and Shadows into Light

by Kimberley
using Frequent Flyer by Kristin Aagard (fonts are Splendid 66 and Darcy Baldwin's Miss Molly Brown)

by Wendy
using Like A Rockstar by Libby Pritchett & Life is Bittersweet by Amanda Yi

Here's how the monthly challenge works. Download the template from the link above then scrap it any way you like.  You can change it up if you want just be sure we can tell it's the same template.  Post your layout to your favorite online gallery or image server then leave a link to it in the comments below.  Once you've done that, don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter drawing below.  One random winner will receive a $10 coupon to Liz's store.  Everyone else with receive a discount coupon.  Pretty cool!  An awesome free template and a coupon!  Coupons will be sent out within a week.  

And now for the winner from the September challenge........Berniek!  Congratulations!  Great big thanks to everyone who played along in September.  We're looking forward to seeing what you create in October. 

Happy Scrapping, 


  • Use the featured template (above) to create a layout or hybrid project.  Feel free to modify the template but make certain we can still recognize it as a version of the original.  
  • Upload your completed layout to a gallery or  photo sharing site of your choice. 
  • If uploading to the ScrapPin gallery at Scrap Orchard please include the following in addition to your other hashtags:  #swlblogsoctober2015   (feel free to copy and past this hashtag)
  • Come back to this blog post and leave a comment with a link to your completed layout by October 31, 2015 and ENTER the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win. Winners must provide a layout link in the comments section AND enter supply an email address in the Rafflecopter survey.  We never share your information.  
  • Only those entrants who leave a link to their eligible layout in the comments section will be included in the drawing.  All other entries will be disqualified.  
  • Winner of the $10 coupon will be chosen and announced the first Tuesday in November 2015!  Non-winning participants will receive a participation prize so remember to leave us a way to reach you when you link your layouts.  Don't forget to watch your coupon expiration dates!

October 5, 2015


Hi, it's Tiffany here, and I have an inspirational technique post for you. It's all about titles.

Liz is one of my favorite scrappers. Her pages are embellished but clean. She picks kits that complement her photos. And one of the things I've noticed lately is that she often uses all capital letters in her titles - both in her pages and in her templates.

Using all caps does not come naturally to me, which is why I noticed the trend in her templates. I asked Liz if she uses any guidelines for her title work. She admitted that she doesn't put much conscious thought into it but goes with what looks the most pleasing. However, we both looked through her templates and found some patterns, and I think they are great guidelines for title work.

Capital letters have straight lines and line up easily. They work well with page designs that also have strong lines. Here are two examples from Recyclables 40. Both pages have strong angled lines and the titles line up with the arrows.

Lowercase letters have a lot of curve and flow. They work well with page designs that have a lot of curves, or are more playful and clustered. Here are two examples from Recyclables 28. When I looked through all Liz's templates, I noticed that in templates with strong circular elements, she almost always uses lowercase titles.

Uppercase Letters are thick and bold. They work well when you want a title to stand out or provide a strong textual element to your page. Here are two examples from Recyclables 41. In both templates the title work plays a strong visual role in the design, and is the first element that draws my eye.

Lowercase letters, with their thinner size, will not compete with your photos. They can work well with large photo designs or pages with several blocked photos. Here are two examples from Keepin' It Real Double Templates.

These guidelines for using uppercase and lowercase titles are not hard and fast rules that you always have to follow. I think they give us some ideas about how titles work with the rest of a page. Sometimes we want our titles to be bold and stand out. Sometimes we will want our titles to take a lesser role so the photos are the star. And of course, if you ware working with alphas instead of fonts, you might be limited in what is available.

I want to leave you with some eye candy - that is, some of Liz's pages using uppercase and lowercase titles. First, here is a page with several blocked photos, which definitely are the focus of the page. The lowercase title stands out in the corner with its contrasting color work, but it doesn't distract from the photos.
Simple Journal Card Inspired Templates 1 by Scrapping with Liz; Chinese Takeout by mle Card

The following page uses an Artsy Journal template. Those designs are usually very playful and random, but this particular one has several photos in rows on the right hand side. The photos make for strong lines, and the all caps title work emphasizes those lines.
Artsy Journal Templates 4 by Scrapping with Liz; Merry and Bright by Bella Gypsy

Here is a page with a bold wavy line across the page, and the lowercase title work nicely flows along that curved edge.
Wavy Templates 1 by Scrapping with Liz; Storytime by Kristin Aagard

This page uses a bold uppercase title which quickly, and efficiently, tells you the topic of the page.
Recyclables 27 by Scrapping with Liz; All Organic by Sugary Fancy Designs

Keep these ideas in mind the next time you want to build a title that works well with your page design. Happy scrapping!

October 2, 2015

2015 Week 38: Pretty Normal

Everyday Life September '15 by Juno Designs
My Life Templates 10 by Scrapping with Liz
A pretty normal week around here: working on the new house, school work, co-op, volleyball, etc... A few highlights included a special trip to Asheville to do some baby shower shopping and the porch getting done on our new house. I love it! Only a few more weeks until the big move in date!

Everyday Life September '15 by Juno Designs
My Life Templates 10 by Scrapping with Liz
 I'm so excited that Juno Designs came out with a new September kit. I loved working with it.

Everyday Life September '15 by Juno Designs
My Life Templates 10 by Scrapping with Liz
Have a great weekend!

October 1, 2015

Swirl Templates and October Calendar

Liz has two new products in The Market - some fun swirl templates and your October calendar page. These new releases are 20% off through October 8, 2015.

Swirl Templates have some cool custom clipping masks that look like wavy swirly shapes. They remind me of waves on the ocean or water flowing in a stream. One of them makes me think of a shutter device on a camera.

2016 Calendar Template 10 is your October calendar page. Are you scrapping your calendar each month? I think I'm a couple months behind! But I am inspired to get caught up because I know it will be great to have all the work done when I'm ready to order my calendar.

Here is a little head's up: Tracy will be hosting a Make It Snappy this Saturday, October 3rd, at 7pm eastern time in the Designer Challenges Forum at Scrap Orchard. I haven't seen the participation prize yet, but I'm sure it is awesome.

And the winner from Monday's giveaway is....Anna F! (I'll be e-mailing you later today!)

And thanks for all your sickness tips. Rest and water is usually what helps me, but rest is sometimes hard with kids. Thankfully I'm feeling better. Another one of my kids got it, but I think we might be through it all by now. At least that's what I'm hoping.
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