August 30, 2013

Recyclables 23 and 24 FWP + Summer Sale

Are you familiar with Liz's Recyclables sets? They are collections of past freebies or challenge prizes that are now for sale in the Market. They always have a lot of variety but they have all the great features of regular template sets - faded masks, fancy shapes, custom text boxes and paths. And the are always priced a little lower, per template, so they are a great way to try out Liz's products.

This week Liz has two sets of Recyclables offered as a Free With Purchase Offer. When you place Recyclables 23 into your cart, Recyclables 24 will be added automatically for free.  And the normal 20% introductory discount applies too. That's less than 30 cents per template!  The 20% discount and the Free with Purchase offer are valid through 9/5/2013. Here they are.

All of the past summer releases at Scrap Orchard are on sale this weekend with the Summer Rewind Sale. You can grab anything you missed in the summer for 20% off. If you spend $10 you will get a special Be Kind Rewind kit for free! If you spend $15 you can get an Add-On free too. The Summer Rewind Sale runs through 9/2/2013.

I will leave you with inspiration with the two new Recyclables.

August 29, 2013

Week 33 - My Girls

Weekly Project Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz and various Capture Life Products by Tracie Stroud Designs
As I look at my Week 34 page I realize that all of my pictures are of my girls. This is my life though and I love it. Almost every waking moment is filled with these beautiful girls that God has given me. Naturally it's what I take pictures of. Next week maybe I'll try to take pictures of the other stuff in my life....but they are so cute and really, moments with them are what I want to remember.


August 28, 2013

BOLD August Pages?

As I was uploading my digital scrapbook pages for this blog post I noticed a trend in my pages. They all contain really bright, bold patterns. I never thought of myself as being a bright, bold pattern type of digital scrapbooker but maybe that's what I'm turning into. Or maybe it's just a phase and next month I'll go back to nice and simple. I guess we'll see.

Most of the pages I'm showing you today were scrapped late July and early August. I only have five to show you today but I've actually scrapped many more. I just can't show you them yet because the templates haven't released.

Let's get started. The first three pages were some last minute pages I made to add to Lydia's Album. The first page you see here is a timeline of important dates/times of her adoption process.

This template will be available tomorrow in a FWP deal from SO!
Happy Travels by Tinkled Pink Studio

Just a simple page of Daddy and Lydia playing in the hotel room in China.

This was a template given away at my August MIS. It will be available soon in the store.
In Real Life: Day to Day Kit by Bella Gypsy Designs

The LOA (letter of approval) is one of the most important documents you get when going through a China adoption. We waited and waited and waited. We were SOOOO happy they day it finally came. I had to make a page about it.

August Template Challenge Template over at Scrap Orchard
In Real Life: Day to Day Collection by Bella Gypsy Designs

These are pics from Lydia's first time tasting cake. We had been home just a couple weeks and it was time to celebrate a cousin's birthday. This page will most likely go in her first year home album.

Using my August Challenge Template - Revisited #14 (available FREE only for a few more days!)
Birthday Bash by mle Card Designs

Then here is a page with some current pictures. I scrapped during a Live Crop over at Scrap Orchard. I snapped these during one of our first week's of schoolwork. Don't my two older girls look thrilled? I used a little sarcasm on my page. Do you see it?

Using Double Monthly Challenge Templates 8
and School Files by Bella Gypsy Designs

I can't wait to show you the rest of the pages I scrapped this month but I guess that will have to wait until next month!


August 23, 2013

Title Page Templates and CU Fun Fold Overlays

Liz has new Title Page Templates and Fun Folds Overlays this week. Like all Fresh Fruit, they are 20% off through 8/29/2013.

Title Page Templates are simply styled templates with a geometric flair for making title pages for your albums. If you've ever struggled with creating a title page, these will be perfect for you. They work great as white-space layouts too, if you want to use them that way.

Fun Folds Overlays are for clipping to papers in your layouts (and applying a blending mode). The shading gives your papers the illusion of creased lines and adds instant depth and drama to your page. They are really fun!

Here are some examples from the team.

Thanks for stopping by!

August 22, 2013

Week 33!

Before I begin today I want to announce the winner of Monday's Giveaway. Meagan is the winner of my new Fun Fold Overlays and Title Templates. Yay!

Weekly Project Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz and various Capture Life Products by Tracie Stroud Designs.
I only have about 20 weeks left! Can you believe this year is going by so fast?

This week we are finally getting into a routine (and yes, that includes laying on the front porch doing our school work). We also celebrated Lydia's 3rd birthday. The girls tried to convince me that since it was her birthday we didn't need to do schoolwork but I was determined to stick to our newly established routine. We did end up going out for a nice family dinner to celebrate. We hiked Silers Bald on Saturday. Yes, I know I spelled it incorrectly on the photo, blame it on being homeschooled.  I was able to put Lydia's hair in pigtails (too cute) and the co-op chess club started. My two oldest have really enjoyed playing chess lately and I'm hoping they'll learn some more stragery from the club....because they are most definitely NOT going to learn it from me.

It was a great week with pretty normal stuff but that's always my favorite kind of week.

August 21, 2013

Lydia's Printed Album

This front cover was made with my new release tomorrow.
I also used Happy Travels by Tickled Pink Studio.

I think I've mentioned to you all that I finished up Lydia's album. My original plan was to make digital scrapbook pages of our trip to China and her first year home with us and then get them printed in an album. Well, after about 65 pages of just China pictures I just couldn't wait to get them printed. Plus I knew it would probably be a long while before I got through her first year home pictures. I decided it would be good to print our trip to China and then print her first year home in a separate album. AND I was able to have her China album at her 3rd birthday party last week. It was so great to have it there for people to look through....I'm pretty sure I saw a few tears as people read through it. Oh wait, maybe that was just me.

I chose to use Blurb for the printing of this album. I've used them before and I thought it was the best, most cost effective option for the 70 pages I was printing.

While the pages were super easy to upload and organize I had a little problem with the spine. I could not figure out how to get my digital scrapbook paper to go on the spine of the album. So I left the spine white but it kind of blends in with the front cover. I'm sure it was user error as it was late at night and I was tired.

I converted this page to a template that you'll see soon!
I also used Happy Travels by Tickled Pink Studio.

I not only included pics of our trip to China but I included our whole journey to adopt Lydia. This very first page shows the timeline of when we started the adoption process all the way through to the day we came home. I kept note of special events, like her referral, our Letter of Approval and other paperwork that was very important to her adoption process. I've scrapped all those, as well as some very personal journaling pages.

Recyclables 18 by Scrapping with Liz and Perfect to Me by Bella Gypsy Designs

About 1/3 of the pages in her album are double page spreads like the one above and the one below.

Big Photo Fun Templates by Scrapping with Liz and Leavin' On a Jet Plane by Laura Banasiak and Jenn Barrette

The double page above is one of my favorites. I think I like the really big photos and how it seems to all kind of blend together.

Left page made with Journal Card Inspired Templates 1 by Scrapping with Liz and You Rock by Kristin Aagard
Right page made with Recyclables 22 by Scrapping with Liz and Leavin' On a Jet Plane by Laura Banasiak and Jenn Barrette.

The page above shows what some of the single page layouts look like side by side. I kind of like the contrast. Proof that you don't always have to use double page, matching pages side by side in an album.

Artsy Journal Templates by Scrapping with Liz and Art and Soul by Tracie Stroud Designs.

Then this is what the last page looks like, the binding and what the album looks like when opened.

I was very happy with my Blurb book, as I was last time. I really love that Lydia has her own, special album sitting on our bookshelf right next to my other girls' baby albums. Now to work on her first year home, finish up our 2012 family album and begin to work on our 2013 family album. Shwew!

*This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are 100% my own.

August 20, 2013

GSO Winner!

Please join me and congratulating Linda (larkd) on winning this month’s GSO with her beautiful layout, Eilean Donan Castle. Using Mix and Match Double Templates 2, you voter's loved her layout with its gorgeous large photo spanning the page and earthy tones in the kit that complement the photo to perfection. Linda's layout makes you want to explore all the wonders of Scotland - boidheach!

Thank you to all you voters! Random-dot-org selected number 57, Chippi, as the winner of $5 to Liz's store in the Vote and Win drawing!

Click HERE to leave some love for Linda!

August 19, 2013

Sneak Peek & Giveaway - LOVE This Week!

I am so in love with this week's releases. Am I allowed to say that about my own product? Seriously, I love these. They were a lot of fun to make and they are a lot of fun to scrap with. And it's not just digital scrapbook templates releasing this week. There's something else special that's releasing that I just love and they are going to be a great addition to your stash! So, if you want a chance to win these two new products just enter the giveaway below. This week I'll remember the Rafflecopter widget!

-Liz a Rafflecopter giveaway

August 16, 2013

New Project Templates - Free With Purchase Offer

It is time for the next installment of weekly and monthly project templates. Liz is offering these new releases as a Free With Purchase Offer - when you place Double Monthly Challenge Templates 8 in your cart, Weekly Project Templates 9 will be added automatically for free.  That is on top of the normal 20% fresh fruit discount.  Offers available through 8/22/2013.

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 8 were designed with the 2-page monthly summary page in mind, but they can be used in a variety of pages and as singles.

Weekly Project Templates 9 are for your photo-a-day project, and have daily journaling spots. They are also fun for list and summary layouts.

Here are some examples from the team.

Thanks for stopping by!

August 15, 2013

Week 32 Is Here!

Weekly Project Templates 8 by Scrapping with Liz, A variety of Capture Life Items by Tracie Stroud Designs
and Krafty Papers by Happy Scrap Girl
I actually photos with my camera every day this week! That's two weeks in a row, folks. It made putting together this page a breeze.

Last week was a bit crazy. We had lots of sickness in our house, we attempted to start school and I had two parties to plan and execute. Thankfully this week is a little more low key. No sickies, no parties and no place really to go. Yay! So we've been doing school work and just hanging out together. It's really been nice compared to last week.

How's your week going?

August 14, 2013

Modifying a Digital Scrapbook Template

Have you ever changed up a template to help it fit your photos? Well, if you haven't you really need to. It will help you stretch your stash and help you look at digital scrapbook templates in a whole new way. Jenn, one of my Creative Team members, always does an awesome job of modifying templates to work with her photos. I'm going to share a few of her pages with you today.

The first one here comes from my 2 in 1 Templates.

She took that top left template and rotated it to the right. You can check out a video tutorial here on how to do this. I think it looks great this way and works perfectly with her photos.

Two view full credits please click on the images.

She took the top right Template from That's So Retro and rotated it to the left.

It works great for her landscape photos.

Rotating isn't the only way to change up a template. Jenn took the top right template of my IS - East 2 set and grabbed all the template shapes and moved them down. An easy way to grab all the shapes easily is to go to your Layer Palette and grab the bottom layer, hold down your shift key and grab the top layer. Then you can move those layers around as you wish.

She then added a big photo to the background using some fun filters and blends for her big photo.

Then one of Jenn's favorite things to do is to re-size the template shapes so that she has a border around her page. She does this mainly for printing purposes but I also love the look it gives her pages. In this example she used a template from my Double It Up Set.

She used the bottom left template. She took the right part of that template and grabbed the 9 squares and re-sized them. She also made her page even more simple than the template which I really love.

To re-size shapes on a template just grab the parts of the template you want to re-size (just like you did above to move the shapes) and then use your Move Tool to re-size them all at the same time. You can she used this technique for both sides of the template and it will end up being a lovely double page spread in her printed album.

So, take a look at your template stash and see how far you can take it....not that I want you to stop purchasing templates but I do want you to get the most for your money!

What's your favorite way to change up a template?


August 13, 2013

Vote and Win!

It's Tracy here and its time for the July GSO!  The fun times of summer are filling the gallery with beautiful layouts of lazy days and vacation get-aways.  We have a wide range of layouts to choose from this month, see if you can pick just one! Make sure to vote for your favorite, HERE, by this Friday the 16th. 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! Drum roll please, the six nominees are...

Layout: Explore by Natasha (alohacowgirl)

Template: Iron Scrapper Week 2 Templates - EAST 

Reasons CTM Loves: "LOVE the blended photo as the background paper with its splatter-stamp overlays. All the arrows paired with the diamond shapes of the template work beautifully and add motion to the layout that perfectly expresses the activity of a little girl exploring."

Layout: Swallowtail by Meagan (meagan43)

Template:Photo Blends Templates

Reasons CTM Loves: "The butterfly photo are gorgeous. The blending is perfectly done." 

Layout: Silly in September by Kimberly (enjoyyourpix)

Template: Remember That Templates 2

Reasons CTM Loves: "I love the subtle colors, simple elements and how she fit a month full of memories on one page."

Layout: Big Sweetie by Conny

Template: Fan Templates

Reasons CTM Loves: "These photos are bright and adorable. They really pop in contrast to the papers and elements chosen. Fantastic quote! Who doesn't LOVE cute pup pics!"

Layout: Love Her by Cheryl (DigiCheryl)

Template: Chopped Paper Templates

Reasons CTM Loves: "Colors popped off the wood background - and I have a sweet spot for pups! "

Layout: Eilean Donan Castle by Linda (larkd)

Template: Mix and Match Double Templates 2

Reasons CTM Loves: "The large photo spanning the page is gorgeous. The earthy tones she picked in the kit complement the photo to perfection. It's an asymmetric design, but balanced perfectly."

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