September 26, 2012

Same Pics, Different Scrappers, Different Styles

Back in August my team and I played a little game. It was called the CT Match Game. We had a lot of fun behind the scenes scrapping the same pictures. I loved how all the pages turned out so lovely but I especially  loved how each page showed the page maker's own personal design style. So I thought I would do a little recap showing them all to you.

I gave my CT some pics from a hike that my family had taken back in May and they were free to scrap them however they wanted to.

So here goes. Before you click on the link to see full credits can you guess who scrapped what? The creative team members who played along were Kimberley (greenmother), Jenn (jk703), Lenka, Tiff,  Rebecca (aurian) Tracy (tpbuffy), and yours truly.

So, what do you think? I hope you aren't sick of the photos of my family.

I seriously love all of these pages and I want to print them all for my scrapbook. I loved seeing my photos scrapped in different ways and to know that my team took their time to design such lovely pages with my photos makes me a happy person. If you ever get in a funk maybe try switching up your photos with  a fellow digital scrapbooker and see what you can come up with.


September 19, 2012

8x8 to 12x12

Last week I released my new 8x8 Album Templates. When I designed these I wanted to focus on photo sizes and journaling spots that would work for the smaller digital scrapbook page.

But I also want you to know that these are great for the 12x12 scrapper as well because they are easy to convert to 12x12's. There are a few different ways you can use these if you want to get a full 12x12 page out of them.

So I just did this quick little video tutorial showing you how you can use them. I think I'm coming down with a please forgive the little sniffles.

Here is the double page layout I made with these. I converted the original 8x8 template to a 12x12 (by adjusting the image size) and scrapped the left page. Then I took the same template, converted it again and rotated it 90 degrees and scrapped the right side and then put it together into this double pager.

8x8 Album Templates
Hey Sweetie by Ziggle Designs and Lyndsay Riches

And here's a page Tracy made demonstrating how you can take the 8x8 template and make the canvas size 12x12 and just delete that 8x8 background. Pretty cool, huh?

Pumpkin Patch by Suzy Q

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to use these templates.


September 17, 2012

September GSO Winner!

Please join me and congratulating Ronnie (Ronnie_Texas) on winning this month’s GSO!  Ronnie competed against some tough competition of beautiful layouts but her's shined the brightest for you the voters! We love this layout using the 3's A Charm - Journaling Templates because it tells about a real-life struggle and hope; Ronnie's use of hand-writting font with highlighted and underlined words really expresses the emotion of the journaling. Perfectly Stated!

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

How long have you been digi-scrapping?
I started dabbling in digi at the start of 2010 and in October 2010 I decided to only do digi at a scrapbook retreat and haven't look back since!

What is your favorite thing to scrap? My daughter says its my children! I don't think I really have a favorite subject I love to scrapbook full stop!

What is your favorite Liz product? 
The mix and match double templates - I love scrapbooking two page layouts and these offer so many options.

What element is a kit incomplete without?
Golly that's hard - my first response would be paper but you don't mean that as all kits have paper. In terms of elements I really like small tags to add dates to my layouts.

What layout are you working on now or plan to start? 
I'm working on completing a trip album to Italy from 2001. I was a paper scrapper back then and decided to start scrapbooking current pictures and skipped a year so I'm busy trying to fill this year in. While also staying up to date on current family activities.

Thank you to all you voters! Random-dot-org selected number 25, Spudgeon, as the winner of $5 to Liz's store in the Vote and Win drawing!

Click HERE to leave some love for Ronnie on this stunning layout!

September 14, 2012

8x8 Album Templates

Liz's new release this week is a customer request!  We know that a lot of the scrapbooking community prints pages in the 8x8 inch size, even if they work in a 12x12 canvas. Liz's new 8x8 Album Templates are already 8x8 inches.  The photo spots are sized nicely on the page - not too big and not too small. You will find seven multi-photo and one single photo design with simple decorations of banners, ribbons, scallops and small clusters. They have a traditional blocked style with just a bit of decoration to give your memories a beautiful presentation. And they are on sale 20% off through 9/20.

If you like these designs but want to keep to the 12x12 size, keep watching the blog.  Liz will share some great tips for using these templates in 12x12. And let me tell you, the team loved these, whether working in 8x8 or converting to 12x12! Here is some inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!

September 12, 2012

DIY Travel Journal - Digital Scrapbook Style

By the time you all will be reading this blog post I'll be in the sky headed to China to pick up our little girl! I can't believe it is actually happening. We have waited 19 months for this moment.....well, for this moment and many more to come in the next few days. I can't wait to be able to tell you all about them but in the mean time let me show you a little book I made to take with me so I can remember all these precious moments while we are there.

I wanted to take some sort of travel journal with me to keep track of my thoughts/feelings. Plus I wanted it to be able to hold papers, brochures, tickets, etc...that we might pick up along the way. Believe me, I WILL be scrapping a book for her but this is something I can do along the way to keep track of certain things I might not want to forget and then I can add some of the stuff from the travel journal to her scrapbook pages.

I searched all over our small town for something I could take with me and I couldn't find anything suitable. Then I began searching on-line at some of my favorite places....pinterest, etsy, google images and I began seeing some DIY journals and I thought, "I guess I could just make my own." So that's what I did and this is how I did it.

Since I'm a digital scrapbooker I went through my stash and gathered some papers and elements that I thought might look cool in a travel journal. 

I used digital scrapbook products from these kits:
Leaving on a Jet Plane by Laura Banasiak and Jenn Barrette
I'm Outta Here by Captivated Visions
Great Escape the Bundle by WM Squared
Delightful by Design by Megan Turnidge

I took the different elements and papers and put them on a 8.5x11 canvas in photoshop and printed them and cut them out.

Then I took 3 - 6x9 inch manila envelopes and folded them in half.

Then I took a cereal box and cut two pieces out just the size of half of the envelope.....

...and slid the two pieces into the front envelope so that it would fold nicely and have a sturdy cover.

Then I cut card stock just the right size to put in between each of the envelopes.

Then my husband came in and decided to be "helpful" and start snapping some photos. Lovely. Now you can see the true out shorts, sweaty (because I had just gotten off the treadmill), pony tail. Yup, that's me pretty much all the time. My kids each made a travel journal too. Although they aren't coming with us, I thought it might be nice if they could journal a little and keep track of what they do while we are traveling.

In this photo I'm punching wholes in my envelopes and card stock.  I punched a whole in the top part of the crease and in the bottom.

Nice. Another photo.

Now my husband is actually being helpful. He took a picture of me tying by book together with twine. I threaded some twine through the holes and tied my book together.

Then I took my book and glued some of those different papers and elements I printed inside of it.

Then I took all those extra elements and stuck them inside one of the envelopes in my book to be able to use later as I journal in my book. I can take the pieces out and glue them wherever and whenever I please.

The front cover.

We are coming to get you Lydia!


September 11, 2012

September GSO -- Vote and Win!!

It's Tracy here and it is time to pick the September GSO! Make sure to vote, HERE, by this Friday the 14th 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!! August had some beautiful layouts full of family, summer fun, and back-to-school but here are our top seven!

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

Back 2 School 2 Rock 4th Grade by Mom2My2Monkeys
We love this layout using Recyclables 11 Templates for its cute and fun photos, mixed word tag/alpha title, paper layering with fun patterned papers and school page perfect use of the paper clip and typed date. A++

Growing Up by Ophelia (navaja77)
We love this layout using the Photo Blend Templates for the large, blended, black and white photo, the overall brightness of the layout and that the story of the photos was included.  The color pop of the elements and smaller photos along the left are the perfect balance to the larger photo. Adorable!

Super Heros by SnipsNSnails
This happy layout, using the A Little Variety Templates, was chosen for the placement of the city skyline along the template curve, frames around elements vs photos and the placement of arrows that draws your eye to the photos and journaling.  Leaps-and-Bounds Awesome!

When by Ronnie (ronnie_texas)
This unique subject layout using the 3's The Charm Journaling Templates really stands out. We love that Ronnie scrapped about real-life; her use of hand-writting font with highlighted and underlined words really expresses the emotion of the journaling. Perfectly Stated!

Back To School by ProudTXMom
This layout celebrates the annual trip back to school using the Blocks, Blocks, Blocks Templates.  We love how the template was used for two children (the same but different), the fun school patterned papers and clean design. Making the Grade!

Cherish the Memory by Ronnie (Ronnie_Texas)
This sweet summer in Italy layout, using the Tile Templates, lets the photos shine with it perfectly colored elements with fantastic titling; they both add to the layout with detracting from the photos.  Photo-tastic!
Mother's Day by Kiss1080
We love this layout of Mother's Day, using the Template Revisited #2 Blog Challenge, for its large photo split over multiple photo blocks, element placement and gorgeous purple palette perfect for Mother's Day. Mom Approved!

*restriction apply

September 10, 2012

Sneak Peek......

Oh no! There's no "giveaway" on the end of my post title. Yup, that's right. There will be no giveaway this week because............I'm going to China this week to bring home Lydia! I'll be taking a few weeks off  BUT I do still have this new release that will be in my store on 9/13.

And besides, there's already a winner. Amanda sent me an email suggesting I make some templates like these and I thought it was a great idea so she gets them for free! You'll have to see what's so special about these templates when you see them on Thursday.

I might be be able to update you all a little bit while in China but I just don't know what our internet connection will be like or if I'll even have time on my computer. My team will still be around doing some fun stuff on my blog and facebook. I even have some blog posts all ready to go so you don't have to miss me too much. My freebies that I do for the template challenge and blog over at Scrap Orchard will still be around for the month so make sure you check those out too.

Can't wait to introduce you to Lydia!

September 7, 2012

Fun with Chevron Templates- Free With Purchase

Liz's new Fun with Chevron templates are full of bold showy chevron clipping masks. Decorated with scattered word strips and embellishments, these templates truly are playful and fun. They are 20% off through 9/13, but if you purchase during that time you will also receive the Chevron Masks for free!

Receive Chevron Masks free with purchase of the templates (through 9/13).

And there is one other new release. Recyclables 13 is a collection of past freebies and a great sampler filled with a variety of templates.  If you missed any of these, or if they are brand new to you, you can still grab them at a great price. Recyclables are priced a little lower than regular sets, plus they are also 20% off through 9/13.

Here is some inspiration with the new chevron templates and masks.

September 5, 2012

Organizing.....papers, art, tickets, etc....

Do you have a bunch of random papers laying around your house like me? Art projects, birthday cards, brochures, concert tickets, etc... I've just recently started organizing them in this expandable pocket organizer from wal-mart. 

It has 18 labels by month. So as I start getting piles around the house. I'll pick them up and file them away according to month.

My goal here is to have quick access to all the stuff I might want to include in my digital scrapbook pages. I have always had these grand ideas of taking pictures of or scanning in papers to include on my pages....but when they aren't organized and the stuff is hard to find I don't even want to try. I'm hoping this will make it a lot easier for me to include all this misc. stuff on my scrapbook pages.

We'll see how it goes. I'll keep you posted.

September 4, 2012

September Blog Challenge: #44 gets Revisted, Revised and Refreshed!

Can you believe it's September already?  Summer was a blur and with the kids back in school I'm looking forward to some uninterrupted scrap time!  Liz has been hard at work revisiting, refreshing and revising templates and I have another gem for this month's challenge.

Before we jump into the new template, we need to announce our August winner!  The random generator selected #3 making our big winner..... gwtwred!  Congratulations! 

And now to this month's challenge.  Do any of you remember #44?  Is this beauty tucked away in your digi-stash?  Although I have many, I didn't have this one and I am thrilled to have the 3R version.  Here's what it looked like when it first released. Super cute, right?

And here's what it looks like now!

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Wowser!  I LOVE what Liz did with this one.  The changes aren't monumental but they definitely make a difference.  Moving the journaling and title onto a tag give you the choice to let the focus be on your words or not.  Leaving a little more background and adding the tucked and top embellishments  emphasizes all the great layers and gives fantastic depth.  

You know we CTs couldn't wait to play with this one.  For your digi-enjoyment - hope you like them!

By Tracy:
using The Ties That Bind {Bundle} by SuzyQ Scraps

by Shari:
 using Moments Like This by Captivated Visions and Micheline Martin and Leaves by Happy Scrap Girl

by Kimberley (that's me)
using Christmas Whimsy {Bundle} by SuzyQ Scraps

The Blog Challenge Rules (and fine print!):  
  1. 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.  
  2. 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 either the Scrapping with Liz gallery or someplace such as Photobucket or TinyPic to host your layout)
  3. Come back to this blog post and leave a comment with a link to your completed layout BY September 30, 2012.
  4. Winner of the $5 coupon will be chosen and announced the first Tuesday in October!  Non-winning participants will receive a participation prize so remember to leave us a way to reach you when you link your layouts!

Happy Scrapping - 
(aka greenmother throughout digi-land) 
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