September 30, 2011

Spark Templates

Liz has a beautiful set of new digital scrapbook templates in the market.  It was inspired by a gorgeous kit by Faith True called Spark, which celebrates the difference we can make in our world. The templates are licensed for CU/S4H use, and all new releases at Scrap Orchard are 20% off for the first week.
Spark Templates are a unique mix of elegant details, strong geometric lines and modest decoration. Taking from the vintage elements of Faith's kit, the script fonts and oval framing lend an elegant feel to these templates.  The simple cluster work keeps the focus on your photos and storytelling.
Spark Templates

And here is Faith's Spark kit:

Thanks for stopping by!

September 27, 2011

Photography & My Weekend

I just finished a photography class over at Big Picture Classes, Mastering Manual Mode by Elisha Snow. I don't think it's being offered right now but they may offer it again. I just finished up the 8 week class & I've been practicing my photography skills over the last 8 weeks. So I thought I would share with you some pics I took this weekend...on manual mode! I can't wait to scap some of these photos!

Our church had a family camping trip. This is a photo I took at dusk. 

Another one. What's camping without playing in the fire.

By the campfire. There is no way I could have gotten
a shot like this in auto mode. 

This is my brother & sister-in-law & their 3 little boys.
We did a "photoshoot" downtown.
I wanted to practice :)
(I'm trying out this pin it button, we'll see if it works!)

Aren't they adorable & there's a nother little boy on the way!
I just had to add the caption in the blank was just asking for it. 

Another one. I think this was the fave.
I used a free action from My4Hens Photography to spruce up this photo a bit.

And then me & my hubby went hiking this weekend. All by ourselves!
I never get pics of just me & my hubby so I brought along the
tripod & set the self timer so that I could remember our hike.

 This is my hubby....always being goofy.

But I do love him, very much! Trudging my camera bag all around for me.

Anyway, there's a lot more I want to learn but I think I'm off to a good start....after all, I've had my DSLR for 3 years now, it's about time!

September 23, 2011

Photo Blends and Cupcake Wrappers (freebie too!)

A fun and simple hybrid project and a beautiful new set of digital scrapbook templates are now in the market. These new releases are CU/S4H friendly and are 20% off through 9/29.

Photo Blends Templates feature large faded masks paired with traditional photo spots.  The faded masks are perfect for blending large accent photos into the background.  Adorned with scallops, foliage and  flower clustering, these templates have a feminine feel, but can be used just as easily for masculine pages.
Photo Blends Templates
Give your cupcakes an extra special touch with these Cupcake Wrapper Templates! Using digital, get the look of layered scallops without cutting by hand or the need of a cutting machine. Three different scallop styles are included, as well as one version with a text path along the top of the wrapper.
Cupcake Wrapper Templates
Your freebie is a set of hybrid Cake Pop and Cupcake Toppers.  Enjoy!

September 19, 2011

Sneak Peek Monday & Giveaway

I had a fun weekend with my family. We spent a few days at a cabin with all of my siblings, their spouses, my nieces & nephews, & my parents. We had a lot of fun but I'm glad to be back to my own home & INTERNET!

So I'm back to my routine & it's the normal Monday Sneak Peek & Giveaway today. I have two new releases for you. One is pretty standard (but still fun) & the other is something hybrid. Can you guess what it is?
Now for the giveaway. Just leave a comment here on the blog telling me a fun thing you did this weekend. You have until 9/21 at 12am EST. Then I'll announce the winner in the comments here & on my facebook page after midnight on 9/21.

As usual here is some fun stuff going on at the Orchard.
Make it Snappy with prizes by Laura Banasiak on Wednesday at 10pm in the Scrap Orchard Challenge Forum.

And if you are going to Digiscrapapalooza you don't want to miss out on your chance to get a free digiscrapapalooza hotel room! Click on photo for more details.

That's it for now folks. Now back to the regular craziness that is Monday.

September 16, 2011

Strips & Photo Templates, Inspiration Starters

There are two new releases in the market. These were made for a guest spot over at Log Your Memory & are now being released at Scrap Orchard.  These releases are CU/S4H friendly and are 20% off through 9/22.

Inspiration Starters is a set of scrapping basics. It includes matted photo spots with paired journaling, pie charts, time lines, two circular text paths and a faded mask. You'll also find word-art and an alphabet that are based around the journey of personal growth. Whether the word-art inspires you to scrap about your own growth, or the journalers or time-line templates help you organize your layout, you will find these tools to be useful time and time again.

Inspiration Starters

Strips & Photo Templates were inspired by paper pieces, strips and ribbons.  The overall design is built on blocked arrangements, but the strips and angles makes these pages very playful.  This is a fun set with a mix of full page design and white space.  There are spots for large and small photos, and there is ample space devoted to storytelling.

Strips & Photo Templates

Using Inspiration Starters
Using Strips & Photo Templates

Thanks for stopping by!

September 13, 2011

Sneak Peek Tuesday?!?

I'm mixin' things up a bit this week & doing my sneak peek today instead of yesterday. Maybe it has something to do with procrastination, I don't know, or maybe it's because I just need to change things up every once in awhile. Either way, here it is for you today. It's actually something I put together for my guest spot over at Log Your Memory. You can go on over to their blog today & enter to win one of the sets (*hint, hint* If you go on over to Log Your Memory you can see a full preview of one of the sets) but just in case you don't win it over there you'll be able to grab both sets in my store on Thursday. Plus there's a chance to win them, right here, on my blog. Just leave me a comment & I'll choose a winner tomorrow night (Wednesday 9/14 at 12am EST).

And don't forget this week's Make it Snappy over at Scrap Orchard.
You can win prizes from Ziggle Designs!

I also wanted to tell you that the Scrap Orchard Blog is really happening lately. They have a few new features including:
Short 'n' Sweet Sunday
Mixed Media Monday
Tuesday Tutorial
Word Art Wednesdays
Template Thursday
Find it Friday
iSpy Saturday
You should really check these posts out.....especially last week's Template Thursday. Just sayin' you might find something FREE from me! Happy Tuesday!

September 12, 2011

How to Change a Template - Video Tutorial

I know it's supposed to be Sneak Peek Monday but I decided to switch things up a bit. Don't worry, you'll still get a sneak peek & chance to win my new products but you'll have to wait until tomorrow.

I decided to make a really quick video tutorial to show you how to edit a digital scrapbook template. You know how sometimes you have a template you really want to use but there are too many photo spots or maybe the photo spots are too small & you need to change it up a little bit? This little video will help you do that. I realize, after already making the video & uploading it to YouTube, that I totally forgot to show you how to add photo spots....that will have to wait for another post (very soon) but this should help you a little bit for now.

I'm using a template that I made for a new feature on the Scrap Orchard blog called Template Thursday. You can go grab the template now (for a limited time) & try this tutorial out if you want to or if this tutorial is easy peasy for you & you already know how to do this then you can just go on over & grab the template & totally ignore this post. :)

I've finally learned the proper way to upload videos to YouTube & I'm going to work on uploading some of my older video tutorials to YouTube so that they will be better quality....yay! Just to warn you, if you check out my YouTube channel, my other videos out there are of my kids. There is absolutely nothing to do with digital scrapbooking in them.....but some of them are cute! There are also a couple of videos I did for a Scrap Orchard 'Get to know you' thing that we did in the forum, just in case you were wondering why me & my kids are answering a bunch of unimportant questions.

That's it for now folks. See you tomorrow for the sneak peek.

September 8, 2011

New Double Temps & Fun Fades & Freebie

The winner from Monday's Sneak Peek was MandaK. Congrats Amanda, hope you have fun playing with the templates and masks.

A mini set of double-page templates and some new faded masks are in the market. Both of these new products are CU/S4H and CT friendly, priced at 20% off through 9/15.

Double Temps - Mini Set 1 has large photos with classic paper-style matting behind the photos and paper. They're prettied up with bold banners and cute element clusters. Plenty of space is reserved for your storytelling, if you so desire.
Double Temps - Mini Set 1

Fun Fades - Masks is a new addition to the line of faded masks.  These masks are large (some of the files are 10 inches across).  The faded edges are overlaid with the silhouettes of star patterns, flowers, paint sprays or brush strokes.  There are so many ways you can use these - simply as a clipping mask for your photo, or you can layer them under your photo with color fills, glitter or paper.
Fun Fades - Masks

Using Fun Fades - Masks

Your freebie is an additional Fun Fade mask to add to your set.  Enjoy!

Update! I made a big blunder in my newsletter this week and  mixed up the freebies sooooo I'm posting them both here for anybody who might have missed them. This is the one that was supposed to be in my newsletter. Hope you'll forgive me!
The links have been updated correctly even though they have the wrong names!

September 6, 2011

My Pinterest Projects

If you've never heard of Pinterest it's about time you did! It's a great place to get inspiration for everything from organization, recipes, decorating projects, personal style, kid projects, hair styles, scrapbooking, and the list goes on! Steph over at the Daily Digi did a great post on describing Pinterest. I'll let you read that if you aren't sure what it is but right now I want to show you some of the projects I've done this summer inspired by things I found on pinterest.

Here's the first one:
I saw a this painted stenciled wall on pinterest & 'pinned' it to my 'Home Ideas' board. I knew I wanted a painted stenciled wall somewhere in my house but I wasn't sure where. After thinking about it for a couple of months & realizing that there was NO WAY my hubby would let me paint that pattern in our living room I decided to try a small wall in the my girls' bedroom. After I convinced my hubby that I wasn't crazy for wanting to stencil & paint that pattern on the wall I started the only took me a week to complete it (can you sense the sarcasm)! I was a little nervous about it, wondering if it would look horrible & thinking that I was going to have to repaint the wall, but I think it turned out looking really good. What's best of all is that my girls LOVE it! Go on over to Trial & Style to see where the idea originally came from & to get instructions on how to do it....if you are crazy enough!

Here's the next project:
Hanging Book Display

My littlest girl was feeling a little left out after I had repainted the older girls' bedroom so I wanted to do something special for her in her bedroom. She has a stack of books she likes to look through every night & so I thought it might be nice for her to have a bookshelf right next to her bed. So what did I do? I went to pinterest and searched for 'bookshelves' & I found a tutorial for a hanging book display. It was perfect for her bedroom & cute! I let my daughter pick out some fabric (with a little guidance from me), had my mom sew it for me (since I don't sew, AT ALL) & then I went to our local hardware store & bought the rest of the supplies. It cost me less the $10 for the whole bookshelf. You can go to Penny Carnival to get the full tutorial on how to make it.

And so that project led to this project:
I loved the bookshelf that I made for my youngest daughter's room that I thought it would be cool for my older girls to have their own bookshelves by their beds too. I didn't really pick out one 'pin' for this project. I just searched for bookshelves & saw the different images & told my hubby what I wanted & he figured it out! So I can't really give you specifics on this project but I'm sure if you went to pinterest & searched you could find a specific tutorial to show you how to make it. Anyway, I love the idea of them each having their own little space where they can put their books, cards, papers, journals, etc...

Another thing that pinterest has is ideas for hair styles. I kept seeing these beautiful, different french braids being 'pinned' by my friends. So I knew I was going to have to try some of these on my girls (and eventually myself, if I can figure out how to braid my own hair!) This is my first attempt at the waterfall french braid on my oldest daughter....I still need a little bit of practice. I discovered this blog: The Story of A Princess & Her Hair during my pinterest searching for french braids. I think my girls are going to become my new test subjects. I don't think they will mind too much. :)

You can also find awesome recipes on pinterest. Here are a few that I've pinned and actually tried. I don't have any pictures of these myself because I forgot to take pics as I was cooking & baking. So I'm just going to show you the pics that I have 'pinned' on my 'Recipe board'. The pics are linked so you can go to the different blogs to find the recipes.

Yum!!! These were REALLY good. I mean, hello, cheesecake & cookie dough, you can't go wrong there.
The only thing about these is that you need to make them a day ahead of time.

These were delicious and so easy!

So now you know my newest favorite thing.
So if you aren't on pinterest yet go get a friend to invite you, now!
& Feel free to follow my boards if you want to.
Happy pinning!

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