July 31, 2013

July Pages - Sort Of

Many of the pages you see here were actually scrapped the last week in June. I went through a phase where I wanted to scrap without templates (shhh, don't tell anyone). Actually, I do it every once in awhile just to get a fresh perspective....and because I really want to scrap but I feel like I should be working instead (aka: making templates). So if I scrap without a template I get the best of both worlds. I get to scrap and then I can turn it into a template. Work=Scrapping, that sure does make me happy.

I usually work at least a month ahead of time. While I made these pages last month, I couldn't really share them with you because they hadn't been released yet. I guess I could have shared them but then you might have wanted to know where the template was and I wouldn't have been able to tell you. Bummer. That's why I waited.

Enough chatting. I think I've been cooped up with 4 girls way to long and just needed someone to talk to! Let's get to the pages. The first seven you see are some of my final pages of China. I haven't scrapped them in order so some of them are from the beginning of my trip and some from the end. I have officially finished Lydia's album....although I still have a few more pages to show you but those will have to wait until next month when the templates are released. Yes, I actually have all of my August products ready! Woohoo!
Again, to the  pages.

Just some scenic pictures to remember.
Made with the Iron Scrapper Week 2 Kit - The template and kit will be at Scrap Orchard soon!
First bathtime....probably ever. Just so you know (in case you don't read the journaling) she loves bathtime now.
Double Monthly Challenge Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz and Splish Splash by Kristin Aagard
Airport pictures....because I wanted to remember everything.
Made with the Iron Scrapper Week 2 Kit - The template and kit will be at Scrap Orchard soon!
Our typical lunch while in China.
Double Monthly  Challenge Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz and Chinese Takeout by mle Card
I think these next two are my fave pages of all....or maybe it's just my favorite memory. 
Monthly Challenge Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz and Moment Like This by Sugary Fancy Designs
Together, finally!
Monthly Challenge Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz and Moment Like This by Sugary Fancy Designs
This was made with my new templates releasing tomorrow. I just love all the photo spots. I did scrap this first and then turned it into a template.
Using my new templates releasing tomorrow! (consider this another sneak peek).
In Real Life Day to Day Collection by Bella Gypsy Designs
Here's the double page broken up. I just love the way it looks close up.
Using my new templates releasing tomorrow! (consider this another sneak peek).
In Real Life Day to Day Collection by Bella Gypsy Designs

Using my new templates releasing tomorrow! (consider this another sneak peek).
In Real Life Day to Day Collection by Bella Gypsy Designs
This photo was taken last year as Cheryl and I made our way to Vegas for Scrap Orchard's Convention.
Made with the Iron Scrapper Week 2 Kit - The template and kit will be at Scrap Orchard soon!
Here is my first Mother's Day with all 4 of my girls by my side.
Double Monthly Challenge Templates 6 and Iron Scrapper Kit Week 1
Such a happy day.
Double Monthly Challenge Templates 6 and Iron Scrapper Kit Week 2
And then 4th of July this year....actually, these were taken on the 6th, but who cares. We saw fireworks.
That's So Retro Templates 2 by Scrapping with Liz and American Made Collection by Bella Gypsy Designs
There they are. How is your scrapping going?

July 29, 2013

Sneak Peek & Giveaway - Double Time!

It's Monday, again! We are wrapping up our summer this week and planning to start our 2013/2014 school year next week. That means there has been lots of organizing, planning and (of course) lots of last minute summer fun going on over here. I have a LOT of summer pictures to scrap and these digital scrapbook templates are definitely going to help me with that. I made them specifically for people (like me) who like LOTS of pictures on a page....of course they would look great with a single photo and lots of pretty paper too!

If you want a chance to win these goodies leave a comment below and enter the giveaway. I'll be announcing the winner late Wednesday night after the giveaway ends.

I don't know about you but I'm going to enjoy one last week of summer time fun with my girls....and I'm sure it won't end there. Even though we are starting school early I still have some fun summer activities planned for the rest of August.

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July 26, 2013

InstaLife Templates and Cards - Free with Purchase

Liz has two new releases coming as a Free with Purchase offer this week. Or you can think of them as a "Buy One Get One Free" deal.  When you place InstaLife Inspired Templates 1 into your cart, InstaLife Card Templates will be added automatically for free.  Plus, they have the usual 20% introductory discount too!  Free with Purchase and 20% discount are available through 8/1/2013.

InstaLife Inspired Templates 1 is a set of templates designed around the concept of the square journal card. Each template has several 4x4 clipping masks. You can drop in photos in some of those spots and replace some with InstaLife journal cards. (Scrap Orchard has an entire InstaLife product line, full of 4x4 inch journal cards.)  Add a few embellishments and you'll have a beautiful page!

Use InstaLife Card Templates to make your own custom square cards to match your kit perfectly. It's a fun way to show off your pictures and journaling.

Here are some examples from the team.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

July 25, 2013

Week 29 - Better!

Weekly Project Templates 8 by Scrapping with Liz and Capture Life: July by Tracie Stroud
I did a little bit better this week than last week. I only forgot one picture but I ended up taking two on another day and one of those pictures pertained to the day I forgot to take a picture. That sentence was confusing.

I've really gotten into using Photo Grid (a droid app) to make collages out of my photos. I've used it several times this week. It's super easy to use. You just pick the photos you want to use, then the app will make a collage instantly for you and you can rearrange as needed. After you make the collage you save it on your phone as a .jpg and then you can upload that to Instagram or just save it for printing. My hubby and I went away for a couple of days to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary (woohoo!) and when I was putting together the last collage I kind of felt like I was scrapping on my phone. Cool, huh? I think that will be a fun little square to print out.

What are your favorite phone photography apps? I have a droid so I would love to hear what you use.

July 24, 2013

A Wedding - Digi Style

I have Donna here today to share with you (and me) how she used Digital Scrapbooking to help her with her daughter's wedding.  She used her digital scrapbook knowledge to really personalize her daughter's wedding and I think it turned out beautifully.

I'll let her take it away.

When my daughter Becky told us that she and Shawn were finally engaged after dating for 6 years, I knew that I would like to make her wedding invitations. But, oh my, what did I get myself into?! 

Not only did I make the invitations, I made the shower invitations and thank yous. I made the rehearsal dinner invitation. I made the reception guest book. I made banners. I made table numbers. I made labels for bubbles and the jelly jars that served as place cards and were also color coded as to what meals the guest had ordered.

That's not all. I made bridal bingo cards and book marks. I made gift tags to add to her gifts for her attendants. I made the program that was passed out at the church. I even made the card that she gave to her husband-to-be the night before the wedding. Oh, and I made her a photo book of her engagement photos that was delivered to me just in time to give it to her and Shawn at the rehearsal dinner.

And on top of all that, I also baked 200 dozen cookies. (Cookies are big thing at Pittsburgh weddings, but that's a whole other story!) Phew! No wonder I haven't slept in weeks.

The very first thing to make was the save-the-dates. Becky found a few ideas from Pinterest. In fact, she found a lot of ideas on Pinterest. All I had to do was re-create them. We found a place that prints on magnets. did a great job printing what we had created.

Next she wanted me to make a reception guest book. At that time, I was using Creative Memories sbcStudio software and they had a reception book and all I had to do was add photos and print. So we added scanned photos of her and Shawn. But then we had to change all the fonts because they apparently were not acceptable for Becky (I should mention that she is an English teacher - that would explain a lot of the changes I had to make on almost every single item).

In the meantime, I had a bright idea to make Becky some new recipe cards to give to her as part of her shower gift.

I used your Photo Starter templates for the name tag on the front of the box and your Recipe card templates and then took a picture of each of her Fiesta Ward dishes and matched the colors. These dividers and recipe cards were printed at Persnickety Prints, and are waterproof - perfect for recipe cards.

Next up were the shower invitations. Becky again searched Pinterest.
She then proceeded to tear pages out of her favorite book of Shakespeare to be used as the background. She picked her fonts and her colors.  In preparation for this, I  took Jessica Sprague's class just for making invitations and announcements. The classes were very helpful.  I also made thank you cards, bridal bingo cards (using your Bingo Card Templates), bookmarks and banners for the shower. 

Pages from a Shakespeare book, Fonts are Scriptina, Copperplate, Lobster. Brushes by Jessica Sprague. Thank you cards were printed at Invitations and bookmarks - all printed at Persnickety Prints. Photo of Becky and Shawn by Cat Pennington, Sarasota, FL. (I have the rights to all the photos that she took)

Now we needed an invitation to the rehearsal dinner. This was easy. I used your "A Little Variety Card" templates, another cute engagement photo, and A kit from the designers at Scrap Orchard called Perfect Picnic, that was free with a purchase.

Next, the wedding invitations. These were a major production, changed several times, but we both finally decided on one that Becky loved. She wanted simple. I found a piece of digital lace (sorry, it didn't have a name that I could identify it's designer by) and changed it's color to blue for part of the invitation and pink for another part of it. Becky helped design the main invitation, and an insert titled "The Story of Us," which tells the story of how they met and survived the past 8 years of dating.  Again, I had these printed at Persnickety Prints.

We used the same theme for the program that was passed out at the church.

Also, to be passed out at the church were bubbles for after the ceremony. Once again, we used your Photo Starter Templates. I found a cute circle of hearts from Connie Prince's Globetrotters kit that was perfect for this. Becky found the poem on Pinterest, of course.

A week before the wedding, I decided to finally scrap all those engagement photos. I had this printed as a 10x10 book at I love their books. I gave this to Becky and Shawn at the rehearsal dinner and they loved it.

Then Becky had an idea for a card that I need to make to give to her fiancé for their wedding. Font is Grobold. We had this printed at Walgreen's. I can send them a card and by the time I drive the mile to the store, it is done and ready to go.

Becky's future mother in law made jelly and put it into jelly jars that we used to tell each guest which table to sit at. The labels were also color coded as to which meal they had ordered. Again we used your Photo Starter circle templates, also your Date Seals "make your own" (no longer available). Fonts used were Lobster, Copperplate, Scriptina, and JFRingmaster. These were printed at home using Avery Sticker label.

I also made this banner for the reception:
by Alison Mish Photography

We made one more thing for the wedding that did not involve scrapbooking, but I'd like to share. Becky's bouquet was made out of the lace, satin and sheer fabric, and buttons that used to be my mother's wedding gown. We think it is beautiful!

Oh and of course the Thank You cards that we sent out after the wedding:
Printed at Pictures by Alison Mish Photography

The day was beautiful. We had lots of compliments on all the things we created for the wedding. My next venture will be taking all the wedding and honeymoon photos and making them a scrapbook. And then we get to start planning my other daughter's wedding!


July 22, 2013

Insta Sneak Peek & Giveaway

I'm really excited about this week's release. I think I'm most excited because it's something I really want to scrap with. I know it will be the first set of templates I go to the next time I have a chance to scrap. These will be great for showcasing pictures (even instagram pics) and they will be very quick and easy to use. Have you heard of InstaLife? Well, my new products might go along with that! ;)

If you want to win these just enter the giveaway below. I'll be picking the winner Wednesday night at midnight and announcing it here.

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July 19, 2013

New Weekly & Monthly Project Templates - FWP Offer

Liz is debuting her two new project templates with another Free With Purchase Offer. When you place Double Monthly Challenge Templates 7 into your cart, Weekly Project Templates 8 will be added automatically for free. And there is the normal Fresh Fruit 20% discount on top of that.  Discount and Free with Purchase Offer are available through 7/25/2013.

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 7 is designed with the monthly summary layout in mind, but they can also be used for individual pages or for any project that you want to build on every month. This product line will build two 24-page albums by the end of the year.

Weekly Project Templates 8 is for your photo-a-day project, but the classic grid design makes them suitable for list layouts, event scrapping, travel layouts or even a page celebrating your love of photography.

Here are some examples from Liz and the Team.

Have a great weekend!

July 18, 2013

Week 28 - Barely!

Weekly Project Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz and Capture Life: July by Tracie Stroud
Well....let's just say that I barely made it through this week with my photo taking. Two of these pictures were taken with my camera and the rest with my phone. One photo I didn't post to instagram because I wanted to keep it more personal but I still wanted to be able to remember it (hence the blurry picture).

This week was filled with some scrapping (always), blackberry picking, summer clouds, a concert, exploring and to top it all of a one on one breakfast with my 8 year old. It was a good week.


July 17, 2013

Tiff's AdoramaPix Album and Fireworks Photos

Today I'm going to link you up to a fellow digi-scrapper, friend and team member's blog. She's just posted pictures of her AdoramaPix Album and some of her fireworks photos.

I just LOVE her AdoramaPix Album. I've ordered a book through AdoramaPix too and I really love the lay flat pages.

Tiff also recently practiced her firework photography skills and I think she did a great job! Go on over to this blog post to check out what she did to get some great shots.

I admire Tiff's pages and the projects she's accomplished. Do you have any favorite digi-scrappers that you look up to?


July 16, 2013

GSO Winner!

Please join me and congratulating Katya (ekasyr) on winning this month’s GSO with her wonderful layout, The Hammock. Using Big Photo Fun Templates, you voter's loved her layout with its amazing photos that evoke nostalgic feelings of childhood and summer. Katya's layout swings right into your heart and makes you smile!

Katya told us a little about herself and this is what she said...

1. How long have you been digi-scrapping?
I created my first layout more than three years ago. My first layouts! OMG! They are so funny and no shadowing!

2. What is your favorite thing to scrap?
Most of all I like to scrap my daughter's photo taken by myself, of course, and to create her CHILDHOOD STORY: first make-up, favorite books and games, pastimes, etc. All my layouts are about my sweet little girl Alesya, my Muse and Inspirer. July 22th will be her 4th Birthday!

3. What is your favorite Liz product?
It's very difficult to name one favorite Liz product cause I love them all! I am absolutely sure that Liz is the best template designer! Her products are simple, easy to use and original. They are unique! It's great either for newcomers in digiscrap or professional ones. Ok! I'll try to choose! Spark Templates are my favs!

4. What element is a kit incomplete without?
Ribbons (especially ric rac ribbons) ant buttons are most needed elements for me. I can't scrap without the variety of them!

5. What layout are you working on now or plan to start?
Now, I am creating the cover for my daughter's album "Alesya from 3 to 4 years old". It will be a very beautiful cover!! And of course I always have so many ideas in the mind for next albums, for my CT new releases, etc.

Thank you to all you voters! Random-dot-org selected number 53, JaneAgain, as the winner of $5 to Liz's store in the Vote and Win drawing!

Click HERE to leave some love for Katya!

July 15, 2013

Sneak Peek & Giveaway Time!

It's Monday and that means it's time for another sneak peek and giveaway. Before I do that I need to announce the winner of the Capture Life: July Kit. Em is the winner from Saturday's giveaway. Congrats Em!

Now onto the sneak peek. I have two template sets releasing this week and I think if you take a close look you can figure out what template sets they are.

If you want to win them you can enter the giveaway below. I'll be picking a winner at midnight EST on Wednesday the 17th.

Hope you all have a good Monday!

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July 13, 2013

Week 26, 27 and Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I was on vacation last week so I never got around to posting my Week 26 page or the giveaway for July. I did do a little scrapping while on vacation and kept up with my weekly Instagram pages. I also finished up another HUGE album but you'll hear more about that later.

Weekly Project Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz and Capture Life: June by Tracie Stroud
The week before last was filled with lots of birthday celebartions, Dr. Who watching (any fans out there?) and then the start of our trip to Florida.

Weekly Project Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz and Capture Life: July by Tracie Stroud
Then last week consisted of finishing up our vacation and getting back to normal. I also started the Phone Photography Project (anybody else out there doing it?). You'll notice that some of my pictures go along with the challenges. It's been a super great class so far and I've already learned a lot. Notice the collages?  I also did take a few pictures straight off my camera this week (instead of my phone) since I think in the craziness of vacation I forgot to take some pictures with my phone.

I've also started using the Capture Life: July kit by Tracie Stroud. I'll be using this for the rest of my July pages. That means it's time for the Capture Life coupon and giveaway. Tracie has been generous enough to give away the Capture Life Kit each month to one of my blog followers and then give a 25% off coupon to the rest of you.

 I just love the bright colors and vintagey feel of this kit.

Here's the coupon to get Capture Life: July at 25% off:
Expires July 31, 2013

And you can enter the giveaway to win Capture Life: July below. I'll be announcing the winner on Monday's Blog post. Hope you have a great weekend.


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July 12, 2013

Double Train and Big Top Templates - FWP

Liz's new releases were both customer requests, and they are really fun. They are perfect for train and circus themed layouts, for themed birthday parties, favorite toys, or even for making some fun art for your child's room. Both have a 20% introductory discount, but for this week only, when you place Double Train Templates in your cart, Big Top Templates will be added automatically for free!  20% discount and Free with Purchase offer are available through 7/18/2013.

And here are some examples from the team.

Have a great weekend!
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