October 31, 2012

My October Pages

What a whirlwind of a month! We've been enjoying our first month with our newest little girl. Plus we took a quick trip to Florida for a family wedding. As you can imagine I have LOTS of photos to scrap. I did manage to get a little scrapping in between all the memory making....but I'm definitely not caught up on my 2012 goals, but that's okay, because I did get a few really meaningful pages scrapped.

I'll go ahead and get to it and show you what I scrapped. I started with some pages about our adoption journey. This one is about the changes we saw in Lydia in just one week.

I used Art and Soul Bundle by Tracie Stroud
You'll be seeing this page made into a template very soon. Look for it in November!
This was our second day with Lydia. See that cute little smirk on her face? It's like she knew she officially belonged to us!
Up Close and Personal Templates
and Perfect to Me by Bella Gypsy
A China page.

Up Close and Personal Templates
and Leavin' On a Jet Plane by Laura Banasiak and Jenn Barrette
and Great Escape by WMSquared.
 Here's a page about the BEST part of our whole 19 month long adoption process. Being home. Together.
Art and Soul Bundle by Tracie Stroud (I LOVE this kit!)
I'm including this page for you all. My 10 year old scrapped this one just a week after we were home. She also took the photos!
Art and Soul Bundle by Tracie Stroud
and you'll also be seeing this template soon!
 Here's a page I scrapped of the girls playing in our backyard. They were enjoying all the fallen leaves.
Using Roots and Leaves by the Scrap Orchard Designers
This template is included in the kit!
Here's one from my daughter's 10th birthday.She wanted to go bowling with her friends. I got some cute poses of her.
This template is an oldie but a goodie. I revised it a little and it'll be FREE as part of my November Template Challenge on my blog! So keep your eyes out for that.
Using Lucky Lanes by Ziggle Designs
Here are a few pages from the wedding we went to in Florida. I had a lot of fun scrapping these pictures I took.

Using Fancy Templates
and Beauty from Within by Megan Turnidge
Here's a bunch of pictures that my sister-in-law took and we discovered them as we were looking at our pictures after the wedding. We thought it was funny that there were so many with me in the background snapping photos.

Using Miscellaneous Templates II
Click by Scrap Orchard Designers
Beauty from Within by Megan Turnidge
And finally, here's a beach page I scrapped this weekend. It's one of my faves!
Using Recyclables 4
and Encinitas by mle Card, Tracie Stroud and Krystal Hartley

That's it for this month. I'm pretty happy with the variety of pages I scrapped. What did you scrap?

October 29, 2012

DSD Sneak Peek & Giveaway: New Products, Sales, Freebies & More!

Woohoo! It's the happiest time of the year (for digital scrapbookers)!  I'm here to give you a little sneak peek of what I have going on during DSD weekend, which starts November 1 and will run through November 4th.

I'll start with the sneak peek of my new products. There's a little something for everyone! Take a peek and then go to the end of the post to enter to win all my new DSD stuff.

Now onto the Scrap Orchard sale, which includes all of my products, including my new DSD releases. Look at the savings you can score! 

You definitely won't want to miss out on the Scrap Orchard DSD block party

There will also be some great challenges going on in the Scrap Orchard forums. You'll want to make sure to check out my 1pm Make It Snappy Template Challenge. If you participate you'll get two templates from me!

Plus Tracy will be hosting a Template Make it Snappy in the Scrap Orchard forum and on my facebook page. You'll want to keep up with that because there will be a FREE template for all participants, plus a way to get an extra little freebie!
Here's a sneak peek of a few of the freebies you can snag this weekend......and this doesn't even show all of them! Keep up on my facebook page because I'll be reminding you of all that's going on and I'll try to make sure you don't miss anything. You might want to check my facebook page out, hover over the like button, and make sure you have "show in news feed" clicked so that my updates (hopefully) will be posted on your wall.

Oh, and you'll want to be subscribed to my newsletter. I have a little extra CU freebie this week for all my subscribers.

Okay, that's it for now....I'm sure I forgot something! I'll let you know if I did.

Now time for the giveaway. If you would like to win all of my DSD releases then just enter the giveaway below. If I get over 100 entries 2 people will win! I'll be announcing the winner/s early on Thursday morning when all the fun begins.

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October 24, 2012

Worksheets - Digital Scrapbook Style

I homeschool and since I love digital scrapbooking I try to incorporate some of my photoshop skills and digital scrapbook products into my homeschooling (it just makes it a little bit more fun!).

Have you ever incorporated your digital scrapbook products and know-how to make something for your every day life? If you haven't, you should. It's fun!

Here are some worksheets I made for my girls. I needed to get our homeschool schedule more organized so I decided to make check-off worksheets for my girls. That way they can look at the list and know what they have to get done every week. Plus it gives me a quick glance to see what we still need to work on each day. I've been using them for over a month now and they are great.

I made an original template for each of the girls and then I saved the .psd file and I just edit it each week and update what they need to do. To make it more personalized I'll go through my digital scrapbook kits and find some cute little things to put on the pages for the girls. They always like to see what kind of message or pretty things they might find on their pages. It makes planning their school week a little bit more fun.

Here's the first worksheet I made for my daughter who loves horses.
I used the felt horse from Chelle's Cowgirl Up Kit.

For my older daughters I try to make a more personalized note.
I've found that Word Art packs are the best place to find some nice things to put on the worksheets.

I hope this encourages you to use some of your digital scrapbook skills to every day use. If you have any projects like this I would love to see them. I'm always looking for new ideas to incorporate my digital scrapbooking kits into every day life. If you are wondering what this whole digital scrapbooking thing is then head on over to my blog post called What is Digital Scrapbooking and then after you've decided to try this whole digital scrapbooking thing then check out my tutorials section.


October 22, 2012

That's So Me!

The family and I went to Florida this past weekend for a beach side wedding. Thus no sneak peek, giveaway or new products this coming week. Don't worry though, next week I'll have some brand new stuff for you! 

Two of my girls were flower girls in the wedding. It was beautiful.  Needless to say I got a bunch of photos that I can't wait to scrap.  My SIL and I were browsing our photos from the day and she came across these:

Using Miscellaneous Templates II
Click by Scrap Orchard Designers
Beauty from Within by Megan Turnidge

There were a few, (okay, a bunch!) of me in the background snapping away. We both laughed. It was too funny not to scrap. It totally shows who I am and why you can hardly ever find me in a photo.


October 19, 2012

Up Close and Personal Templates & CU 25% OFF Sale!

Liz has some brand new digital scrapbooking page templates in the Market. They are fabulous, if I do say so myself. Up Close and Personal Templates all have big clipping masks. There are several options for these - use them as a bold showcase of your photos, or use them with papers for a photo-less layout, or use them as background starters and stack smaller photos on the top. They are beautiful with all the elements peeking out and the pretty scallops and banners, and each one has space already dedicated to journaling. I know you will love these templates. They are 20% off through 10/25. Image is linked for you.

And there's a special 25% off sale on select CU items this weekend.
I have 30 products in the sale so make sure you check it out.

And here are some stunners from the team.

Every single one is amazing!  I'm sure this will be a set that you come back to time and time again.

October 17, 2012


Using Other Side of Crazy and This Side of Crazy by Amanda Heimann
Fonts used: Josephina Slab, Lobster 2 and Caviar Dreams
I edited the original announcement for this blog post.

I made an announcement for our newest addition. I thought I would share it with you since you all played a big roll in helping us fund our adoption. I have a little confession to make. As I sat down to write this blog post I was editing the original to leave off some personal info and I realized I completely made a huge typo. It was too late. I had already ordered my prints, addressed the envelopes, put stamps on and put them in the mailbox. Oh well....I'm sure it's something that Lydia and I will laugh over in the years to come.

I ordered 4x6 prints on pearl cardstock from Persnickety Prints. With the 4x6 card package you also get envelopes. Perfect!

I also turned this into a  little template FREEBIE for you. Just click the image to download the 4x6 announcement template in .psd, .tiff, .png and; .page file (for SBC+3, SBC 4.0 and Artisan Software). You can replace the China mask (my wonderful hubby made it for me) with an element or photo.....or you can use it!

And I thought I would share a few pages that I made about our adoption journey and Lydia. The journaling on these took me awhile because I had a hard time not crying as I was typing. 

Art and Soul Bundle by Tracie Stroud

Art and Soul Bundle by Tracie Stroud
I'll be turning these into templates soon!
I was so inspired by Tracie's kit that I wanted to start with a blank slate.
So far life is good with 4 little girls....a little busier but definitely good.

October 16, 2012

October GSO Winner!

Please join me and congratulating Ophelia (navaja77) on winning this month’s GSO!  Ophelia competed against some stunning competition but her's shined the brightest for you the voters! We love this layout using the Multi Photo Fun Templates for its photos from different angles, the journaling directly on the photo, the combination alpha-word tag alpha and the coordination of kit to subject matter. Definitely a layout worthy of picked GSO!

Thank you to all you voters! Random-dot-org selected number 31, Chippi, as the winner of $5 to Liz's store in the Vote and Win drawing!

Click HERE to leave some love for Ophelia on this sweet and adorable layout!

October 15, 2012

Sneak Peek - Something Brand New!

Woohoo! I finally have something brand new for you this week. In the sneak peek you can see a lot of grey.....hmmm, wonder what that could mean? Well, if you think these look fun go ahead and enter the giveaway below. I'll be announcing my winner early Thursday morning.

Just a little heads-up. Along with my brand new set of templates that I'll be releasing this weekend, I'll also be having a sale on some of my non-template Commercial Use items. It's king of a pre-DSD sale to help you designers get ready for digital scrapbook day. Yay! It'll be starting 10/18  and running through 10/21. Oh, and speaking of DSD, which is November 3rd in case you were wondering, it's going to be super awesome. I already have a few freebies ready for you and there will be some awesome challenges and a sale going on! In the meantime, enter the giveaway and look out for the sale!

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October 12, 2012

Recyclables 14 and 15

Liz's new products this week are Recyclables 14 and Recyclables 15. Recyclables are templates that were past freebies on the Facebook page, here on the blog, or at Scrap Orchard. They are great sampler sets if you are new to Liz's templates because you will get a lot of variety and they are priced lower than brand new sets. These two Recyclables are really fun. In fact, Liz said she has scrapped with every single template in #14!  The team really loved these too, and you can see their creations below.  As always, new releases are on sale for the first week; these are 20% off through 10/18.  Images are linked for you.

The team made some beautiful pages with these templates.

Thanks for stopping by!

October 10, 2012

Travel Journal - Finished!

Remember the travel journal I made before I left for China?

I thought I would show you my finished book now that we are back.

You can see that I filled up the pockets with lots of memorabilia.

The only problem is that one of the little tabs broke because I opened and closed it so often. I'll need to figure out something to keep it closed.

I have a little confession to make. I glued on some of the extra elements once we got home. I took a glue stick with me but lost it somewhere along the way!

But as you can see I did a lot of journaling. Some days I journaled a lot and some days I just  wrote down the basics of what we did. I figure either way it will give me some good starting points for future digital scrapbook pages.

There you have it! I loved carrying my little book around in my purse and adding to it as I wanted to and then with the pockets it was so easy to add the memorabilia that I wanted to keep. I know I will cherish it for years to come and I know it will be a priceless gift for my daughter one day.


October 8, 2012

October GSO -- Vote and Win!

It's Tracy here and it is time to pick the October GSO! Make sure to vote, HERE, by this Friday the 12th 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!! September had some beautiful layouts full of family and daily life 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)

Picking Apples by Ophelia (navaja77)
We love this layout using Multi Photo Fun Templates for its photos from different angles, the journaling directly on the photo, the combination alpha-word tag alpha and the coordination of kit to subject matter. Sweet!

Cute by Ronnie (Ronnie_Texas)
We are drawn to this layout using the Fairly Simple Templates by its gorgeous cluster work and colors of the kit, as well as the lovely shadow work. The big alpha used in the title has a lot of impact. Adorable!

Count Your Blessings -- 1, 2, 3 by Lynette (LRaeWoo)
This endearing layout, using the Fancy Templates, was chosen for the photos from different years and the central rich cluster. Great choice of the background paper, too. Lovely!

2012 Drought by thekkrewmom
This unique subject layout using the State (Wisconsin) Templates stands out. We love that they documented an everyday life situation and the simplicity of the layout. Well Documented!

You + Me by Alyna (shunnstergirl)
This layout celebrates love using the Recyclables 13 Templates.  The coloring brought us in for a closer look and we love the paper choices with the pattern that doesn't overwhelm. Plus - she scrapped herself; we all need to do that. Love!

Escape to Las Cruces by Jen (irish_eyes22)
This getaway layout, using the Spring Templates, shines with its mix of fonts as well as title placement, the adorable little clusters and warm colors of the kit, reminding us of warm sunny weather. Trip-tastic!
Safe & Sound by Molly (gwtwred)
We love this heart-tugging layout, using the Celebrate Journaling Templates, for its intended purpose to offer comfort to her son, the photos chosen from a happy time and the color palette selected - homey, comforting and reassuring. Heartwarming!

Sneak Peek Time!

It's that time again! I have two releases this week. They aren't brand new. It's another two sets of recyclables. Go ahead and enter the giveaway anyway just in case you didn't catch some of these while they were freebies. They will still be a steal of a deal. I promise that next week I'll have something brand new for you!

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October 5, 2012

Mixed Fruit Megas Recycled 1-4

Liz's new digital scrapbook templates this week are designs that were included in old Scrap Orchard Mixed Fruit Mega collaborations (that are now retired).  But they are beautiful templates, and I'm glad she brought them back. You will find plenty of multi-photo 2-page designs in these sets as well as banners, faded masks, scallops and paper strips. All are 20% off through 10/11. The images are linked for you.

Here is some inspiration from the team.

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