November 27, 2013

$350 Prize Giveaway for Digi Scrappers, $1 SALE & FREEBIE!

Unless you’re passionate about digital scrapbooking finding the perfect gift for a digital scrapbooker can be challenging.  To help, I’ve put together a list of potential gifts that just about any digital scrapbooker would love to receive.

Do you know how sometimes a small idea grows?  That’s what happened to me while making this list.  In talking to my CT and other scrappers, an idea emerged, what about a digital scrapbookers giveaway?  Well, guess what?!  I’ve compiled an AWESOME giveaway that includes several of the items from the list!  By awesome I mean, over $350 of digital scrapbooking joy that my CT would love to win but can’t because this is just for you!

In no particular order:

Prints: Most digital scrapbookers want to print their pages. A Persnickety Prints gift voucher would be a perfect gift for the digital scrapbooker in your family. It's where I do all of my individual scrapbook page printing. They offer several sizes of individual prints as well as photobooks. The most common size for individual prints is 12x12, by they offer so many options, you're sure to find exactly what your scrapper prefers. I'm certain a digital scrapbooker would love $$$ to print their pages. Did I mention that they have phenomenal prices and quality? The giveaway includes $25 to their shop!

Photography Classes: Photographs are at the heart of digital scrapbooking and I'm confident that any scrapbooker would love to learn how to take better pictures or even learn their camera better. In fact, I just got finished taking a photography class from Katrina Kennedy. I loved it! Here's a little info on her upcoming class:

Have you moved your camera to manual mode? Do you "kind of" get it, but really wonder what else you need to know to improve your skills? 

Join Katrina Kennedy for her popular class, Exposure. Improve your understanding of manual mode and grasp the art of exposure, from correct to creative.  Katrina will teach you how to take beautiful photos in a variety of situations, both  everyday and in challenging lighting conditions. Class is best suited for those with a dSLR and some understanding of manual mode.

Cost: Save $10 off the regular registration of $124 at this link.
Class Begins: January 6th 

It's perfect for digital scrapbookers and this class is included in the giveaway!

Photo Books: Not into printing individual pages? Do you love the look of a bound book? Adoramapix prints beautiful lay-flat photo books. They are truly gorgeous. My creative team and I have printed several books with them.  You can check out my review here. Adoramapix has generously donated a 26 page 10x10 book! Wow! That's a $70 value.

Daily Digi: The Daily Digi is a great resource for every digital scrapbooker. Not only do they have great tips and tutorial on their blog they also have something call the Digi Files. Each month the Digi Files include over $50 worth of product from top digital designers all over digi-land all for $7.50 a month. It's a great way to try out new designers and stock up on digi products at a very low price. I'm certain that most digital scrapbookers would love to have a subscription to the Digi Files. Steph is including 4 months of the Digi Files in this giveaway!

Camera Accessories: How about a little bling? I'm thinking fun and functional. A digital scrapbooker has to use a camera, right? Why not get them something snazzy to dress up their camera like a fancy camera strap from Something Strappy? Kimberley, one of my creative team members, told me about them. She loves hers and highly recommends them. These straps are designed to replace your current black one...a whole new comfy strap that's pretty to boot! Check them out, they are really cute. And Something Strappy is generously donating $25 to her Something Strappy Etsy shop in my giveaway. You may also like to stay connected with Something Strappy through her Twitter feed.

Digital Scrapbook Classes: Every digital scrapbooker has an area they would like to improve or learn about. It may be basic composition or shadowing techniques. Others may be interested clustering techniques or blending styles. Tamara, over at Scrap Orchard, offers some great digital scrapping classes. She's graciously offered to include one of her classes in my giveaway! Be sure to check her out on facebook as well. She's sure to link you up to great freebies and sales.

Digi Gift Cards: Whether new to digital scrapbooking or a seasoned pro, nearly every digital scrapbooker would love to add to their digi-scrap stash. Why not get them a gift card to their favorite store? It's no secret that my favorite is Scrap Orchard. Who wouldn't want to win a $25 gift card to Scrap Orchard? What about $10 coupons to Amber Shaw, AH Designs, WM Squared Designs? This giveaway has them all! Don't forget to check out their stores this week because you can grab lots of fantastic goodies for only $1.00 each!

Lastly, I'm including a $25 coupon to my store as well!

All of the above items are included in the giveaway! That's over $350 worth of digital happiness in one giveaway!

So go ahead and enter the giveaway below. I'll be announcing the winner, here on my blog, on December 2nd.

Want a few more gift ideas? Here are a few that I'm certain would be a hit:

RadLab - This is a great photo editing software.

Newer version of their favorite scrapbooking software - Or maybe a switch from the software they are using to the one they've been dreaming about?

Silhouette Cameo - Many digital scrapbookers do a mix of traditional and digital scrapbooking. Does your digi-scrapper love the look of hybrid projects but isn't very scissor savvy? This would be the perfect gift for them! It's actually on my wishlist.

External Hard Drive - If there is one thing we digi-scrappers ALWAYS need, it's more space to store our digi-stash..

Tripod - If the digital scrapbooker in your family doesn't have a tripod I'm sure they would love one. I use mine quite a bit.

An On-Line Back-Up Service: The digital scrapbook forums are riddled with discussions about hard drive failures and crashes. Those discussions inevitably morph into on-line back up recommendations. While I don't have one to recommend, I've heard that I really should get one! Maybe I should add it to my wish list.

Coupon to the Photojojo Store: They have some awesome phone accessories. This is perfect for any family member who takes a lot of photos with their phone because that's what they specialize in! They have some really cool and fun ideas.

Hopefully, I have given you some great gift ideas for the digital scrapbooker in your life. If you are the scrapbooker you might want to pass this along to friends and family....they might just take the hint (wink, wink)!

Before you leave I just want to make sure you all know that it's the big $1.00 sale over at Scrap Orchard. I have over 30 products on sale for just $1.00 each, including 4 new template packs! Make sure you check it out after you enter the giveaway!

Oh, and make sure you head on over to my facebook page to grab this free template.
Have I mentioned how thankful I am for each and every one of you!


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November 23, 2013

Thanksgiving Chalkboard

While I'm sitting here (not really sitting....I stay quite busy with 4 kids, homeschooling, and running my own business...but you know what I mean) waiting for our immigration paperwork (yes, it seems like it's taking forever), I thought I would share a little something I made for Thanksgiving on my DIY chalkboard. A couple of weeks ago I wrote out Be Thankful on my board, and each week the family has been writing what we are thankful for on it. By Thanksgiving it will be so full of things we are thankful for. I know I'm going to love reading back over it with the family around the dinner table. I think I'm even going to scrap a page with the list of things that are written on the board. Wouldn't that be a cool thing to do each year?


*Note for next year: No one is allowed to write something already written on the board.
I think that will allow for more creative thinking and thankfulness. 

November 16, 2013

I Love Matthew

Double Monthly Challenge Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Thankful by mle Card and Tracie Stroud Designs
Journaling: Kyla has written this sign out multiple times in the last few day...all on her own. She’s so proud that she can write his name without any help....but mostly, I think she’s proud that she has a little brother.

We are still just sitting here waiting for immigration approval. In the meantime I'm just taking photos and scrapping pages for him.


November 13, 2013

Gifts with Photos

I don't know if it's the digital scrapbook in me but I love making gifts that include photos. Since it's almost that time of year I thought I would share a few ideas for photo gifts.

I saw this on the Persnickety Blog a couple of weeks ago, and I instantly fell in love (no pun intended...well, maybe). These would make such a fun gift. There's even a free download for the template. Just put in your photos and order your calendar!
I just received a little Shutterfly flyer in the mail this week, and I browsed through it to see if there might be any gifts I could make for family members. The notebook, I-phone cases and little note pad stood out to me. I'm tempted to get the notebook myself. They have a lot of other photo gifts but those were my faves. 

 Isn't the notepad so cute?
This is actually a gift I made last year (with the help of my SIL and sister). My SIL had seen this idea on pinterest, and we thought it would be perfect for Grandma. Make a t-shirt with a number for each of the grandchildren (each color represents one family), line them up and take a picture. It sounds so simple doesn't it? Well, with 11 kids you can imagine how much work it took to get this photo! I also took individual pics of each of the sets of grandchildren, and then I framed those along with this shot. It ended up being really cute, and my mom loved it.

Two years ago I made some poster prints for a few family members. Here's one of the posters. Click the photo to read more about how I made them.

Here is the template set I made to make the above poster. Make sure you check out my store to see the other poster templates I offer.

Hopefully this will give you some ideas for Christmas this year.

November 6, 2013

1 Photo - Multiple Photo Spots

There are so many tricks to using a template. Today I'm going to show you how to use one photo in multiple photo spots. I have a tutorial here showing you how to combine photo layers to make one big photo mat. That works most of the time, but sometimes you want to use one photo, have the freedom to move it around, and re-size each photo layer around individually. When you combine the layers you can't do that.'s another way to easy use one photo on multiple layers (using Photoshop CS3). Oh, and you'll also get a quick tip on how to flip a template!

 Here's my finished page.
Wavy Templates 1
Storytime by Kristin Aagard Designs

Since I also have a lot of SBC Creative Memories, Leslie and Lori (thanks girls!) are going to share a quick tip on how to accomplish this same technique in the Creative Memories software:
Easy way: insert the photo into each of the spots and eyeball it for zoom and location.
More precise but more difficult way: 1) Flatten the photo spots you want to put your photo into across multiple photo spots. 2) Insert a new photo spot and size it to match the grouped photo spots by using the SBC resizing tools. 3) Insert your picture into the empty photo frame that that you just made. 4) Manipulate and zoom the photo as desired. 5) Save the photo using Right Mouse - Save Selection - Export to Image File as a jpg and highest quality. Save the photo into a location you can find easily in the next step. 6) Now go to Photos - Get Photos and navigate to the location new photo was saved. 7) Select the photo spots you flattened in step #1. Fill this with your photo by going to Photos - Right Mouse - Fill the Selected Element with this Photo. 8)Delete or hide the photo spot you made in step #2.
Here is some inspiration from my team on how to use multiple photo spots for one photo. They have used both techniques (combining layers and copying photos).

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 3
Mother is a Verb by Krystal Hartley
Lions, Tigers and Bears Alpha - Sugarplum Paperie

Recyclables 25 by Scrapping with Liz
Great Escape: Alaska - The Kit by WM Squared

A Piece of Me Templates
Good Morning Love by Amanda Heimann

I hope that helps a bit and you get a little bit of inspiration from the pages.

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