June 29, 2012

40+ Retiring Products at $1, $2 & $3!

Liz doesn't have any new releases this week because Scrap Orchard is having a big sale with everyone retiring some older products to make room for the new.

That's right - Liz has over 40 template sets retiring, and they are all priced at $1, $2 or $3 (everything at least 50% OFF).  There are so many, that the best way to show them all is to give you the Market link that takes you directly to Liz's retiring products. (Sale runs June 28 - July 1)

One important note for Liz's SBC and Artisan customers: Many of these retiring products do not have downloads in the form of .TIFFs or .page files.  If you need those files, please check the description closely before you buy.

I thought I'd point out a few items that I saw in the retiring list that are particular favorites of mine or are some great basics to have on hand.  This us just a FRACTION of the sale products, and I've linked them if you want to go directly to the product.

This set of CU Background Masks is a great basic tool to have for layering up your background with papers.  There are two sets of these in the sale, plus a third set that is all large circles with different decorative edges.

This Paint and Pencil Alpha is another great basic to have. I love the hand drawn/painted look of these.

These On the Road Temps would be so perfect for scrapping a vacation or road trip.  They have always been a favorite of mine.

Block Templates have a classic blocked design that never goes out of style, and they even have some painted brush stamps layered behind the photo masks.

Finally, Cut Up Templates are an "oldie but goodie" with TONS of playful little photo spots.  These are great for scrapping a lot of pictures or for playing with your pretty patterned papers.  Our guest CT Rebecca said these are a very favorite of hers.

So that was just five of over 40 retiring products! They are only available for a few more days, so grab them now.  Here is the link again to take you directly to the Market and see all of Liz's retiring products:

June 27, 2012

Hybrid Chore Cards & More

I've been wanting to have a more organized way of keeping track of my kid's chores. They have chores they do but I feel like I'm constantly reminding them of what they have to do and then I forget sometimes what I've already told them to was time for a much needed adjustment to our chores.

So, being a digital scrapbooker, I decided I should use some of my digital scrapbooking supplies to make some kind of chore organizational system.

I had these Journal Cards from Tracie Stroud and they were perfect for what I was thinking.

I brought them into photoshop and typed in different chores on the cards and rewards on some of the others. Then I put the cards on 8.5x11size pages in photoshop, saved them as .jpgs and printed them out on my home computer.

Then I put my daughter to work cutting them out for me. ;) Besides, she actually likes cutting, unlike myself, who prefers cutting with my keyboard.

Then I laminated them all and now I have handy dandy chore cards that I can give my kids every morning. What I've been doing is giving them each a couple of cards in the morning and by the end of the day they have to have them done.

I also made these score cards to keep track of when they complete a chore. For each chore completed they get to fill in a circle with a dry erase marker. When their cards are full they get to randomly pick a reward card. So far it's given them great motivation for filling up their cards and I'm getting a lot of work done around the house!

Here are a list of my chores just to give you some ideas (keep in mind these are for a 9, 7 & 5 year old):
- Breakfast Helper

- Lunch Helper
- Dinner Helper

- Empty Dishwasher
- Laundry: put laundry away
- Laundry: help switch out laundry and fold it
- Laundry: gather and sort laundry
- Surprise Chore (I left this one blank, for those chores that only need to be done every once in awhile)
- Vacuum: Upstairs Carpet
- Vacuum: Downstairs
- Vacuum: Upstairs Wood Floor
- Dusting: All Bedrooms
- Dusting: Dining Room and Living Room
- Dusting: Downstairs
- Care for Lucy: Check her food and litter box.
- Mom's Bathroom
- Girl's Bathrooms
- Downstairs Bathroom
- Morning Chores: Get Dressed, Make Bed, Empty Trash Can, Brush Teeth, Brush Hair (I printed out 3 of these cards - they get this one every morning)

Here is a list of the rewards I made up:
- 20 minutes extra play time before school
- get to choose your own lunch
- skip a chore of your choice (except morning chore)
- $1 to spend at dollar store
- get to choose movie/show to watch
- paint your nails
- stay up 30 minutes later with mommy and daddy
- $1 to spend on candy at gymnastics
- $1 to spend on movie of your choice from the library (with my approval, of course!)
- 1 board game of your choice with mommy or daddy (we've already used this one and it was a big hit!)
- bake/make a treat of your choice
- $1 for your bank

Now to another project!

While I was at it I decided to get my school stuff organized for next fall too. This is what I do in the summer, I get all organized....because I have no time the rest of the year to do these kinds of projects! You can see last year's project here.

I took this kit from Tracie Stroud to help myself get all ready for the 2012-2013 school year.

I took the chalkboard in the kit and took the alpha to 'write' the girl's names on it. Then I printed them out on my home printer and taped them onto individual plastic containers. Each of the girls get a box and they will have the school work they have to get done for that day in it (along with other supplies they might need - pencils, scissors, glue, etc...). Last year my 9 and 7 year old carried their school work all around the house in different rooms to complete it. I thought this would be an easy way for them to carry their schoolwork around and to be able keep track of it all. They were continually losing things. Coincidence? I think not! Now there will be no more excuses.

Then I used those journal cards & kit again and typed up a list of the different subjects the girls are working on. I'm going to stick these in each of the boxes so that I can keep track of what they are doing and what they need to get done every week.

And then since I had these cards all organized with our list of schoolwork I thought I should scrapbook them. Won't it be fun to look back and see what we did during this school year?

Using Capture Life: Journal Cards from Tracie Stroud
and Making the Grade from Tracie Stroud

I hope that gives you a little inspiration to use your digital scrapbooking products for organizational projects. It makes it so much more fun.


June 22, 2012

Perpetual Calendar 12x12 Page Templates

Liz has a fun new digital scrapbook template set out, and it is especially great for making a whole album with a uniform presentation.  Perpetual Calendar 12x12 Page Templates have blocked multi-photo clipping masks to show off a lot of photos, especially if you use the four additional photo templates to create 2-page designs.  The dates are simply labeled 1 - 31, so they aren't tied to any particular calendar year. Use these to create monthly summaries, document your travels or school activities, display your Project 365 photos, or just use them for a nice and simple multi-photo layout. This set is 20% off through 6/28.

Here's what the team did with these.

Thanks for stopping by.

June 20, 2012

Adoption Update!

I've been waiting and waiting and waiting to share an adoption update with you all....110 days to be exact! To read more about the beginning of our adoption process go here. We received a referral for a little girl back in February but I didn't share anything with you all because we had to wait for our all important letter of approval from China. Well, on Monday we got it! It was a happy day and I'm still just so excited and can't believe we'll be traveling in less then 3 months (hopefully) to bring her home!

Now that we have our LOA I can tell you all about her and show you some pictures....but I'm not just going to show you pictures, I'm going to show you some digital scrapbook pages I made about her. :) I made these pages back in February (right after we got our referral). So you can imagine how badly I've been wanting to share these with you!

Are you ready?
Here she is Lydia Jie! She'll be two in August.
We love her with all our heart!

Using Secreat Stash's Extraordinary Bundle
and Everyday Moments.
Template soon to be released in my store.

Title: Our First Glimpse of You
Journaling: Mommy, Daddy, and your sisters all stood around the computer as I opened the email with your pictures. Mommy and Daddy hugged and cried and your sisters instantly called you their little sister.

Using Secreat Stash's Extraordinary Bundle
and Everyday Moments and Days Like This Journal Cards.
Template soon to be released in my store.

Journaling is about the different things our girls said about their little sister.

Card 1:
When Ashlyn saw your pictures for the first time she asked "Can we buy her some girl clothes?"

Card 2:
When Emmie saw you she instantly said, "I love her so much!"

Card 3:
When Kyla saw your picture she said, "Awwww, she is sooooo cute!"

If you knew our girls you could picture each one of them saying these very things! So typical of who they are and the way they express themselves.

I'll keep you updated on what's going on and I even have a few more pages to show you....but not yet. I have to wait for a release of a certain special project. ;)

Thank you all so much for your support. Just reading the comments from my original adoption blog post really lifted my spirits and made me realize what great customers and supporters I have!

June 19, 2012

June GSO Winner!

Please join me and congratulating Jeri (glitterqueen) on winning this month’s GSO!  Jeri competed against some stunning layouts but you the voters chose her gorgeous layout of her daughter Lily as the best. We love this layout for its bold colors, quilt-like feel and the fun photo with stunning green eyes, quirky smile and colors that are pulled throughout the layout.

We got a chance to ask Jeri about herself and this is what she said...

How long have you been digi-scrapping?
Started looking and buying in 2007 after birth of my daughter. Started actually trying it in 2009.

What is your favorite thing to scrap?
My daughter Lily!

What is your favorite Liz product? 
I love all of her templates and have most of them, LOL, but one of my favorites has got to be the Background Starter Circle Templates, although I haven't gotten around to using it yet.

What element is a kit incomplete without? 
A kit MUST have a variety of flowers for me to enjoy working with it.

What layout are you working on now or plan to start? 
I'm not working on one right now as I just finished one. I'm not sure what I'll do as I have no CT kits to work with this week, I'll just have to go through my photos and/or my stash and see what strikes my fancy. Maybe I should try a page with those Background Starter Circles . . .

Thank you to all you voters! Random-dot-org selected number 65, Tuttle, as the winner of $5 to Liz's store in the Vote and Win drawing!

If you love this layout, watch this Blog for Freebies!  This template was the May 2012 template freebie!  Click HERE to leave some love for Jeri on this beautiful layout.

June 18, 2012

Album Sneak Peek & Giveaway

This week's new release is soooo fun! I've already used these template sets myself and I plan on using them to make a WHOLE album. There's not just 4 templates in this pack but 16!!!

Let me show you a little bit more of a sneak peek.  I'll show you what I scrapped with these!

Captivated Visions - Captivated Full Kit May 2012
Styles from Mommyish (for yellow circles) Stylin #35

Does this look like something you might want to scrap with? If it is then just fill out the form below to enter the giveaway. I'll be announcing the winner here & on my facebook page on 6/20/12, shortly after 11pm have until then to enter!

Winner Announced/Giveaway Closed!
Wow! I had 87 people enter the giveaway. I just got done reading all of your comments. Most of you have either printed your digital scrapbook pages or printed a whole book! That's wonderful. If you have never printed one of your pages you MUST try it. When you hold that digital scrapbook page in your hand you just won't believe how great it looks!

Okay, now for the winner. It's Sue! She said: Yes, I've made four different albums. I love being able to print more than one copy so I can share them with others. Congrats Sue! I'll be getting you your coupon soon.

There will be no sneak peek or giveaway next week BUT there will be some other stuff going on that you'll have to be watching out for!

June 15, 2012

Fancy Templates - with Free with Purchase offer

I was so excited when I saw the Free with Purchase offer on Liz's new templates. Through 6/21 you can get both sets of Fancy Templates for the price of one, (which also just happens to be 20% OFF as a new release).

These templates are so pretty with their large scalloped mats.  They are great for  multi-photo layouts or for showing off a single large photo.  You can match the journaling templates with the photo templates to make a two pager, or just use the journaling templates alone for narrative style layouts.

Here are the Fancy Templates.

To get the free with purchase, put the Fancy Templates in your cart, and the Fancy Journaling Templates will automatically be added.  And here they are:

The team had fun with these.  Take a look:

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend.

June 13, 2012

How to Make a Blended Mask

I've had a few of you ask me how I make my blended masks that I've been known to put on my digital scrapbook templates. It's actually quite simple, no big secrets here! This tutorial is for a very basic mask but even the very basic mask can look pretty cool!

I used Photoshop CS3 but from what I hear it's all the same steps for elements users.
So without further ado....

Here's what the finished mask looks like, since you can't see it all that great in the video.

Using a paper from Captivated Visions Pretty Little Poppy Kit.

I hope this will help you make your own blended masks to customize your digital scrapbook pages even more! If you have any question just post them here and I'll try to help!

June 12, 2012

June GSO -- Vote and Win!

It's Tracy here and it is time to pick the June GSO! This month we have added a new twist -- we are paying you to vote! That's right, everyone is a winner with this GSO. Just vote for your favorite layout, HERE, and you will receive a 30% off coupon to Liz's store* and you will be entered into a drawing, where one lucky voter will win $5 to Liz's store -- HOW COOL IS THAT!!

May saw some beautiful layouts in Liz's gallery and it was tough to pick our nominees, but without further adieu, here are Liz's and her Creative Team's top six layouts!

(and don't forget to leave the nominees some love, the titles are linked back to their gallery posts)

You Matter Most by GlitterQueen
We love this layout using SO May Blog Template for its bold colors, quilt-like feel and the fun photo with stunning green eyes, quirky smile and colors that are pulled throughout the layout. Gorgeous!

Alushta by Ekasyr
This is a fun, pretty vacation layout, using the April Challenge Template. We chose it for its slightly faded and vintage look of the photos, which really works well with the kit and the layout has so much depth, and the little bits of color really brighten the overall earthy tones.

Just Like You by Lynette (LRaeWoo)
This stunning Mother/Daughter layout, using the Background Circle Templates, was chosen for its large, close cropped photo with warm photo treatment, the heart-felt journaling and the pretty, light clustering.

Insta-Love by Rebecca (aurian)
We love this adorable little boy layout using the Fan Templates. We fell instantly in love with the variation in photo treatments that helped showcase the different moments in everyday life and the delicate, well placed clustering. And how can you not love that title!

Cherries by Ekasyr
This super cute layout of cherry eating, I mean cherry picking stole are hearts! Using the Recyclables 7 Templates, we love the clean lines and perfect colors that bring all the focus to those ADORABLE photos, exactly where it should be!

Tailgating Fun by Jennifer (jmljensen)
The double layout is double the summertime fun. Using the Mix and Match Double Templates 2, this layout stands out with its black paper, B&W photos, and with accents of red. We love that it's simple and it really gives a summertime picnic feel.

*restriction apply

June 11, 2012

Fancy Sneak Peek & Giveaway

I have something fancy and exciting coming your way. There are two brand new sets of templates coming to my store on Thursday 6/14/12. They are going to be great for a variety of things....big photos, lots of photos, double page spreads, journaling, and they all have a bit of fancy to them. You won't want to miss these.  PLUS there will be an awesome Free With Purchase.

I'm trying something new with my giveaway this week. I'm using google docs for my giveaway form. I was having a lot of difficulty contacting the winners so I thought this might make it easier for me to contact you and I know a few of you were having trouble commenting on my blog. I hope this helps! So simply fill out the form below and you'll be entered into the giveaway. It's that easy!

Winner Announced!!!
The contest is closed. I'm here to announce the winner. It was Ruth with the comment:
-Love big photos, lots of photos and double pagers - sound like it is right up my alley!

Thank you all for your comments. I had almost 90! I guess the new format worked well! Come back next Monday for another sneak peek and giveaway!


June 8, 2012

2 in 1 Templates

I love these new "2 in 1" digital scrapbook templates.  Fellow team member Leslie made a special request of some half-page templates, and I love how Liz implemented the idea.  These are perfect for scrapping a lot of little moments without taking up a whole page. They would be great for scrapping all your summer activities. I also see them as a great way to scrap the different moments that make up an event - the food, the games, the people, gifts, etc. They would even make a great format for a series of year-in-review pages. Overall, they are simply a fun way to put together a multi-photo page. The photo spots aren't too small, and there is plenty of space devoted to journaling. 

Both sets are 20% off for the first week, but if you buy together you will get 30% off (valid through 6/14). Images are linked for you.

June 6, 2012

My Very First "Scrapbook"

My mom was going through some old pictures and such and she came across a little "scrapbook" that I made of a vacation that we took when I was twelve years old. I made it in the form of a story with pictures and words. I had a blast looking through it. It was funny to look through it and see and read what I thought about our vacation. The best part though, was when my 9 year old daughter picked it up and looked through it. She read every word I wrote and looked at all the pictures more than once. She even picked up on a few of my grammar and spelling errors!

I even typed it out (on a typewriter!)...does that qualify as digital scrapbooking?

Isn't this what scrapbooking is about? Preserving our memories, not only for ourselves, but for the next generation.


June 5, 2012

Good Ol' Summertime Challenge

CT Kimberley here with a fantastic surprise for you!  Liz decided to revive the monthly blog challenges  and I'm the lucky CT who gets to bring them to you.  Squeeeee!  I really think we're going to have a lot of fun with these.

Here's how it will work:  On the first Tuesday of each month I'll post a new challenge here on Liz's blog.  The challenge will vary - it might be a journal prompt or technique challenge.  You may find a previously released template we're revisiting or perhaps an open challenge with only a theme to get you started.  You'll have until the last day of the month to complete your layout (using a Scrapping with Liz product, of course), upload it to Liz's gallery at Scrap Orchard or another photo sharing site, and post a link in the comments section of the original challenge post.  (Don't worry, I'll give you those rules again!)  At month end, Mr. Random will select a winner from those who left links with layouts meeting the challenge requirements.  The winner will receive a $5 coupon for anything (excluding collabs) in Liz's store!  How awesome is that?!  Are you ready?......

June's blog challenge is this:  Here in the U.S., kids are getting out of school for the summer and families are gearing up for vacations and summertime activities.  Using any Scrapping with Liz product, create a layout about what you'd like to or wish you could do this summer.  It can be a single activity or a whole bucket list:  the possibilities are endless and the choices are yours!  Not summer where you are?  Can't plan that far ahead?  No problem!  Scrap about something you've done in a past summer and would love to do again.  Don't already own a fabulous Liz product?  No worries!  You can pick up an awesome freebie right here on the blog!

Want a little inspiration? Check out these!

by Liz (using Fan Templates)
by Kimberley (using Recyclables 8)

by Lenka (using Recyclables 9)
by Tracy (using Journal or Not)

As promised, here are the RULES one last time:

  1. Use ANY Scrapping with Liz product
  2. Create a layout focusing on the theme provided
  3. Upload your completed layout in the Scrapping with Liz gallery at Scrap Orchard HERE or a photo sharing site of your choice. (Please do not upload to a site that will require me to register in order to view the layout.  Use wither the Scrapping with Liz gallery or someplace such as Photobucket or TinyPic to host your layout)
  4. Come back to this blog post and leave a comment with a link to your completed layout BY JUNE 30, 2012.
  5. Winner of the $5 coupon will be chosen and announced the first Tuesday in July!

June 4, 2012

2 in 1 Sneak Peek & Giveaway

I'm super excited about this week's releases. Yes, that's right. Not one template set but two new template sets! They are both super fun and are sure to help you get lots of memories scrapped.

They will be released 6/7 and if you want a chance to win them then just leave a comment here telling me how many photos you usually like to scrap on a page. I'm a multi-photo scrapper. I love fitting tons of pictures on a page. I'll announce a winner here in the comments on 6/6 after 11pm EST. You have until then to enter.

A few more things you might want to know about. First is that I'm the featured designer at Scrap Orchard during the month of June. Do you know what that means? It means you can get a lot of free stuff from me! You want to make sure you are signed up for the Scrap Orchard Newsletter because you'll get a free template from me each week. You'll also want to run on over to the Scrap Orchard facebook page and "click" on the exclusive tab and you'll be able to get another freebie!

And here's a little teaser. If you aren't familiar with the Iron Scrapper event over at Scrap Orchard then you want to make sure you don't miss it this year. Let me tell you, the prizes are AMAZING! If you are familiar with it then you know it's totally awesome. It's coming up soon so keep your eye out.

And if you guys wouldn't mind going on over to the forum and taking this survey. We are gathering info regarding what kind of photobooks you guys like....that way we can serve you better!

Have a great Monday.

June 1, 2012

Fan Templates

Liz's new set of templates is full of lots of photos ... lots of small photos in strips, and spots for big photos too! Two of the templates can be used together for a double page layout.  Fan Templates was recently given for free on Facebook, so check your stash.  It's priced at $3.60 (20% OFF) through 6/7.

Before I go, let me remind you of a fun Make It Snappy speed scrap this weekend, on Saturday, June 2nd at 7pm eastern.  It will be hosted on Liz's Facebook fan page, and everyone who participates will get a prize.  I saw the prize ... it's really good.  Have a great weekend!

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