April 25, 2012

A Baby Shower Inspired by a Digital Scrapbook Kit

I hosted another baby shower at my home in March. You guys know how much I love baby showers and how much I love incorporating digital scrapbooking into them.  My friends planned and cooked all the food and that left me with the invites and decorations. Yay! That's my favorite part.

We didn't have a specific theme for the party. We just knew that it was going to be a baby girl. So I went to my local digital scrapbook store, Scrap Orchard, for some inspiration. ;) I found this kit from Tracie Stroud and I loved the colors.....I especially love her designs for party inspiration. If you don't believe me, then check out this post.

So I grabbed this kit and started with my invitation. Here's my 5x7 invite (with edited text). I used a few different fonts that I had and I grabbed the colors from the kit and used some paper at the bottom of the invite.

Here's the printed invite. I used Persnickety Prints. I love that you can get envelopes with your prints.

I also made up these little 4x6 printables. I thought it would be fun to have some cards that guests could fill out with either a prayer or a word of encouragement for the mom and baby.

Not the best photo but you get the picture.

And then I made these baby prediction cards. I found this idea on pinterest and just made one up to match the invite and blessing cards. I printed both the baby predictions and blessing cards out on my home printer.


Then I made these little 3x4 inch food tags. I made a whole bunch of tags, put them all on one 8.5x11 sheet in Photoshop and then printed that sheet out on my home printer. Then I cut them out and folded them in half, easy-peasy (my kind of hybrid). 

Here are a few more photos from the shower.

The little table with all the cards on them.
You can see the little banner I made below. I used my Mini Hybrid Banner Templates to make it.

Since it was spring I  got some fresh flowers that matched the invitations and put them in different sized jars all over the house.

Thanks to Nicole for coordinating all the food and for all the friends who helped prepare it. 

And a big thank you to my sister Amanda for making a beautiful cake.
If you are in the Western North Carolina area you should check her out.
Creative Confections by Amanda.

I'm sure you can find some inspiration for a party from one of your digital scrapbook kits!

April 20, 2012

Mix and Match Double Templates 20% OFF

I'm absolutely in love with Liz's new set of double templates - I scrapped three double pages with them already!! They're called Mix and Match Double Templates 1, and you can pair up all of the different templates to create dozens of combinations.  They're on sale for 20% OFF through 4/26.

As if these aren't versatile enough as 2-pagers, you can use them to make single pages too.  Look at these pages from the team!
If you love double pages, you won't be disappointed with this set of templates.  They're so much fun.

April 17, 2012

April GSO Winner!

Please join me and congratulating Christine (Carolina Scrapper) on winning this month’s GSO!  Christine competed against some stunning competition but you the voters chose her adorable layout of her son as the best. We loved this layout for it’s large photo with its dreamy look and grungy damask background paper perfect for a little boy. 

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

How long have you been digi-scrapping?
I started out scrapping digital in late 2007, after finding a program called Scrapbook Factory Deluxe at BestBuy and thought it looked neat. Then last year I broke down and got Photoshop CS4 after seeing all the awesomeness you can do with templates, photo masks and actions.

What is your favorite thing to scrap about?
Just to scrap everyday life is so fun! I love scrapping my three kids; each are so different that it gives me the chance to scrap their personalities. But I find that I scrap Logan, my youngest, more than the girls, teenage girls, they just won't let me take their photos anymore :( 

What is your favorite Liz product?
Oh gosh, how could I pick just one...LOL! I love the variety of Liz's products and have found these two that I keep going back to a lot lately, Fun Fade Masks and Photo Blend Templates

If you were any digi-scrapbook item, which one would you be?
Hmmm, hard one, I think I would be some kind of splatter/scatter, I almost always have them in my layouts, I think they make the photos stand out more. 

If you love this layout check out Liz's Photo Blends Templates and create your own gorgeousness.

April 16, 2012

Sneak Peek/Giveaway - My FAVORITE Templates EVER!

I'm not kidding when I say that these are my favorite templates EVER! Am I allowed to say that about my own stuff?  There are so many ways that you can use them. Just you wait and see! They look like plain old templates BUT there is so much more that you can do with them.

So if you want a chance to win them just leave a comment here telling me what your current favorite templates are of mine (my store) and you could win your favorite set PLUS these! I'll announce the winner here in the comments and on my facebook on 4/18 sometime after 11pm EST.

And as usual a reminder about the Make It Snappy coming up at Scrap Orchard.
It's always on Wednesday night's at 10pm EST.

That's it for now folks.
Happy Monday!

April 13, 2012

Splatter Masks 20% OFF

Liz has a new set of clipping masks this week called Splatter Masks.  Use them as an artistic clipping mask for your photos, or clip paper to them to add texture to your backgrounds.  You can even use them over a patterned paper create a journaling spot. Splatter Masks are priced 20% off through 4/19.

Here is some inspiration from the team.

Have a great weekend!

April 11, 2012

How Far I've Come

When I was in Vegas hanging out with my digital scrapbooking friends we got to talking about how far we've come as digital scrapbookers. Some of us even pulled out (on our EHD's or in our oldest galleries) some of our first pages. We talked about how we got started, where we bought stuff (or didn't), and what some of our biggest mistakes were.

I thought it might be fun to show you some of my very first pages and explain a little bit of how my digital scrapbooking has changed over the years.

This is the VERY first digital scrapbook page I EVER made! Made in the spring of 2008. I made it with freebies that I found online, no template and photoshop elements 5. Can you believe I didn't use a template? As you can see I liked double pages back then as much as I do now and I almost always added journaling to my pages. You can see my traditional scrapbook side come out in my digital pages.

I *think* these papers and elements might have been from Scrap Girls but I'm not sure.

I just slapped on the standard paper shadow that is included in photshop elements.  As you can see all of my papers, photo and elements have the same shadow. I think this is probably where I've come the farthest....shadow work is key!

Oh and not to mention my hair. I've been growing it out for four years now and I don't look anything like that photo!

Okay, this page was made about a month after that first page above. This was my first time EVER using a template. A friend had told me about them so I thought I should give them a try. This was a freebie as well...actually everything you see in my first year's pages were freebies that I found on-line. You can see I even left on some of the element placement stamps from the template!  Ack! I enjoyed using the template because it made placing my photos and paper so much easier.....but the problem I had with using someone else's template was that I LOVED laying out the page. This is when I started making my own templates.

I *think* this template was from Andrea Gold....but again I'm not quite sure.

This page was scrapped at the end of 2008. You can see my progression in just 8 months. A little better with my shadows and photo treatments. I was still using freebies! I believe I made this template?

This is where I got this kit. Good to know she's still designing.

This page was scrapped at the end of 2009 with one of my first purchased kits! I also had made this template. I think my scrapping skills stayed about the same for a year.

Chillin' out Kit from Vera Lim, Mira Designs & Mag Designs from Shabby Pickle
Circle, Circle, Circle Temps
This is at the end of 2010. I had been selling my templates at Scrap Orchard for almost a year at this point and I believe my digital scrapbooking dramatically improved in that year. I think it was from using more high quality purchased kits BUT the big thing was participating in challenges and asking questions in the forum, seeing how other people scrapped, etc... Up until I joined Scrap Orchard I hadn't "joined" a scrapbooking forum or store. I think it's a good idea to get involved somewhere where people can help you and encourage you to improve.

Dear Diary By Tracie Stroud and Vera Lim
Zine Style Templates

And this is my last page I scrapped in 2011. I've grown to LOVE frames and buttons.

Background Starter Temps
Magical Christmas by Jady Day Studio and Flergs
Some frames from My Girl by Jady Day Studio

So you can see how I've come over the last four years.  I still scrap pretty simply, I still use a lot of photos on my pages, I still love double pagers and I still include journaling. The things I've changed over the years: shadowing, BUYING kits, & finding a store to fit into to. I think all of these things have helped me become a better scrapper. Especially the store thing. I think being involved in a store and their forum and challenges will really help you become a better digital scrapbooker....and I know the perfect store if you need one.   ;)


April 10, 2012

April GSO -- Time to Vote!

March brought a lot of spring color and fresh layouts to Liz's Gallery. We have selected our favorites and now its time for you to vote and select the winner! Check out these beautiful contenders nominated by Liz and the CT Team.  Do you have a clear favorite??? Click here to vote! Then check back here on 17th to find out the winner.

AJM created this beautiful layout of spring using the Fun with Envelope Templates.  We love the bright colors, gorgeous flowers, and pretty brush work; all contrasted against the graph paper.


Christine (Carolina Scrapper) created this adorable layout of her son using the Photo Blends Templates.  We love the large photo with its dreamy look and grungy damask background paper perfect for a little boy layout. 


Shari created this fun layout of her family at Christmas using the FEB2012 Challenge Freebie.  We love the wonderful colors, happy photos and the heartfelt journaling that tells the true story behind the photos.


Carol (Iowan) created this charming layout of a too cute little fellow using the Template Thursday Freebie.  We love all the black and white with the touches of magenta and the damask patterns pair perfectly with the photo of the vintage suit.


Evie (flutterbyefaery) created this gorgeous layout of a sweet little girl using the March MIS Freebie.  We love the combination of the turquoise and red, the super sweet photos, the delicate elements and the metal word art title.


April 9, 2012

It's Monday!

....and that means it's time for a sneak peek and giveaway! This week I don't have any templates for you but I do have some fun masks. It's been a little crazy around here lately...getting back from Vegas, a baby shower, Easter, more adoption paperwork, trying to finish strong with our homeschool I took it a little easy this week and just worked on some masks. It was a fun change from the norm.

So here's the sneak peek. I had to squeeze a picture of my 4 year old in the preview...she's just too cute.

If you think you might want these fun masks then just leave a comment here letting me know if you've ever used a splatter or faded mask for a photo or paper. If you haven't then these will be great ones for you to try. Plus there will be picture instructions included with the purchased download! I'll announce the winner sometime after 11pm EST on 4/11 here in my blog comments and on my facebook page.

And as usual, here's a reminder about this week's Make It Snappy over at Scrap Orchard. This week it's sponsored by mle Card. She was my roomie in Vegas and she's SUPER sweet...and she makes some awesome digital scrapbook kits!

That's it for now!

April 6, 2012

Wall Templates 20% OFF + Free with Purchase

For designing digital scrapbook templates, Liz gets a lot of inspiration from home decorating magazines.  Her new Wall Templates were inspired by wallpaper designs!  I think they also look like the antique frames that are hung in my grandmother's kitchen. If you purchase Wall Templates in the next week, you will also receive the Ornamental Masks for free. (20% OFF introductory sale price and free with purchase available through 4/12).

Here are the free with purchase masks:

The team loved this set and created some stunning layouts.
Have a great weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.

April 4, 2012

Digiscrapapalooza Recap

It's been a week and half since I've been back from Digiscrapapalooza and I'm finally getting around to looking through some pics. I thought it might be fun to share some photos with you....besides I had a lot of fun looking through them. ;) Some of these are from others who took photos and some of them are my own. I ended up not taking a lot of photos because I was having too much fun with my friends and there were so many others taking photos that I knew there would be plenty to go around. 
It was in sunny Las Vegas again this year.
There were lots of wonderful sponsors.
There were team events on Thursday night to get things started. I was part of Team White and we rocked!
Here's a group hug.
I was privileged to help in Katrina Kennedy's photo class. She even told everyone she loves my templates.
Cheryl (from Fiddle Dee Dee Designs) and I were were traveling partners. We flew to Vegas together. She's a hoot!
Suzy Q, Cheryl and I being goofy.
A not so goofy pic of us three again.
Me, Rachel (from Captivated Visions), Suzy Q, Emily (from mle Card Designs), Cheryl (from Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs), Meredith (from Meredith Cardall Designs) and Lynsday (from Lyndsay Riches Designs).
There were so many other fabulous designers there! I couldn't believe I got to hang with them all.
Steph and I from the Daily Digi. :)
And here is a picture of the live taping of The Digi Show. I'm on the very end.

If you would like to listen just click on the image below and it will take you to The Digi Show Web page where you can listen. Disclaimer: I am not Liz Moss (bwahaha!) Inside joke.

And if you go to the Scrap Orchard forum you can see the video we made to kick of Digiscrapapalooza 2012. You'll see me in the first one...although I'm not sure I want to admit it.

I had so much fun meeting people in real life that I already felt like I knew. It was especially fun to meet the people on my team....Tracy, Kimberley, Jenn, and Judie (who I met last year)! It was really cool to hang out with people who understand this whole digital scrapbooking thing.

That's it for now. I'm hoping to scrap some of these photos soon.

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