September 30, 2013

Bold Sneak Peek & Giveaway!

The title of this blog post will give you a little clue as to how your photos will look in these templates. I absolutely LOVE these templates. I've already used two of them and have plans to use them all, probably multiple times. If you want a chance to win them just enter the giveaway below. I'll announce the winner on Thursday's blog post. If you miss the giveaway they will be in my store on Thursday and 20% off for a whole week.

On a side note....I have a new facebook group called SwL Group. This group is a place where people can share their pages made with Scrapping with Liz Templates, participate in a monthly challenge, and just have fun with fellow SwL fans. If you would like to join just click on that link and request to join. This is different then my Scrapping with Liz Facebook Page. My page is more of a general news type page with updates on new products, freebies, fun stuff & more. The group is more for sharing pages. I'd love you to be a part of both!

Hope you have a good Monday!

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September 28, 2013

A Special Day

Template coming soon!
Be True by Tracie Stroud Designs
Last Saturday I told you I was going to be doing a regular Saturday Adoption Update post. Well, today's post isn't really an update on our current adoption but it's a post about a special day we celebrate in our household that involves adoption and a birthday. 11 years ago we welcomed our first baby girl in our arms and exactly 10 years after that (to the day and almost the exact time!) we welcomed our youngest baby girl in our arms. September 16th is a special, special day in our house! I can't imagine my life without either of these girls. What an amazing 11 years it's been!

And it just so happens that today, September 28th, 2013, marks one year that we've been home with Lydia. I haven't had a chance to scrap a page about it yet but I know I will soon. It's been an amazing year. Our seemingly quiet, shy, timid 2 year old has turned into a spunky little 3 year old who LOVES to talk, play pretend, tell stories, read and sing. She never stops! Boy has she changed over the last year. The child I brought home is not the child she is today and you know what? I'm SOOOOO happy about that. She's developing her own personality, she's comfortable around us, she's found her place in our family....everything has been so good. Not to say there haven't been tough times but this past year has been such an awesome year of growing and learning for our whole family. I thank God every day for the blessing she is to our family.

Lookie there, I already have some journaling to go on my next digital scrapbook page. Next week you just might see a page with that exact journaling on it!


September 27, 2013

Calendar Templates and Recyclables 25

Liz has two styles of Calendar Templates this week, as well as some Recyclables. Everything is 20% off through 10/3/2013.

First up, Simple Calendar Topper Templates are for making just the top side of the calendar. Most calendar printers can provide a standard date grid for you, so with these you can just have fun with the top pretty part. I love the style of these designs - just a few photo spots and a little bit of embellishment. Some of the team used these for 12x12 designs, and you can do that too. Liz has an 8x8 to 12x12 tutorial in which she shows how to increase the canvas size. The same technique would work on these.

With 2014 Calendar Templates, your design focuses more on the date side of the calendar. You can make it seasonal with the kits you use, and you can drop in pictures of your family on their birthdays and special dates.

Last, here is Recyclables 25 (a set past freebies and challenge prizes). Recyclables always have a fun mix of templates. Liz has mentioned, and I agree, that the templates in her Recyclables sets are some of her favorites. In case you missed any freebies, or if you couldn't participate in the challenges to get the prizes, Liz puts these in the Market at a great price.

Thanks for stopping by!

September 26, 2013

Week 38

Capture Life: September by Tracie Stroud Designs
Against the Grain Alphas by Tracie Stroud Designs
Weekly Project Templates 10 by Scrapping with Liz
Week 38 consisted of lots of camera practice (I've been enjoying Your Life Captured Through the Lens Class) and not many instagram photos....but that's okay because I still have a photo to represent each day. We've played and ate outside a lot this past week. It's been beautiful outside. I've said goodbye to all of my 18 month to 2T girl clothes. I don't see anymore baby girls in my future...but that's okay because I do see a little 5 year old boy. We celebrated my daughter's 11th birthday by taking our fam and her BFF on a little 2 day getaway. It's finally time for a new chalkboard. We've successfully completed everything on our bucket list...a few days past summer but that's okay. I plan on having the girls each write something they are thankful for each week, and by Thanksgiving our chalkboard should be full. So there is our week summed up.

I'm ready to move on to Week 39!

P.S. The winner from Monday's Giveaway was Sarah R. She won my new Simple Calendar Topper Templates, 2014 Calendar Templates, and Recyclables 25. You can read more about them on the blog tomorrow but you can go ahead and check them out in the store now. They are all 20% off right now.

September 25, 2013

My Pages - Monthly Re-cap

It's almost the end of the month, and it's time for my monthly digital scrapbook page re-cap. I don't know if you all enjoy these posts but I like writing them up and seeing what I've done over the last month or two. It helps me to reflect on my memories and why I scrap....and it usually makes me want to go scrap some more photos!

So, let me go ahead and begin. Since I've finished up Lydia's Album, I've been working on finishing up my 2012 photos. That is what you see here. All of these photos were from 2012.

That's a picture of my nephew marching in the July 4th parade with his cub scout troop.

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
American Made by Bella Gypsy Designs

 And my oldest daughter's 10th birthday.
We just celebrated her 11th birthday last week. Time really does fly!

Templates from September MIS (available soon!)
Birthday Bash by Megan Turnidge Designs

Oh wait, the photos from above were just this summer (2013)! Guess I just loved the photos so much I didn't want to wait to scrap them.

September Challenge at Scrap Orchard (limited time freebie)
Sandy Toes by Dream Big Designs
  Last year climbing Stone Mountain.

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
You are Here by Bella Gypsy Designs

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 9 by by Scrapping with Liz
In Real Life Day to Day Collection by Bella Gypsy Designs
A fun family day at Camp Living Water. 
Double Monthly Challenge Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
In Real Life Day to Day Collection by Bella Gypsy Designs
 And a cute picture of my two spunkiest kids.
September Blog Template by Scrapping with Liz on the SO Blog
Little Miss Sunshine by Megan Turnidge and Tickled Pink Studio
So there you have it! I've had fun scrapping photos from 2012. It brings back lots of memories.....

September 23, 2013

Something Exciting is Coming! Sneak Peek/Giveaway

I took last week off (sort of), and I'm back this week with some new products. Some really exciting new products, I might add. I get requests for these every year and I dove right in and I think I made them a little bit extra special this year. Can you guess what they might be?

I'm also releasing a set of Recyclables. If you aren't familiar with those check them out in my store here.
If you want a chance to win all of these new goodies just enter the giveaway below. I'll be announcing the winner Thursday morning on my blog.

Have a great week!

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September 21, 2013

Personal Announcement!

I have a little announcement to make and I'm going to make it with a digital scrapbook page:

Will be in a future template pack!
Mr. Little Man by Sugary Fancy Designs

Can you guess what it is? Here's the journaling on my page in case you can't read it on the re-sized version:

Emmie drew this picture a couple of months ago and handed it to me and told me she left room for another child....a boy!

We had been discussing adopting again so it was on everybody’s mind. In our minds we had intended on waiting until Lydia was home a year, but after much prayer and consideration we ended up sending in our paperwork on July 15th, honestly thinking it would take another 19 months before we brought home another child.  We got a totally unexpected phone call on August 2nd from our agency telling us about you. We told them we would look at your file.....

After a weekend of praying & looking at your file over & over again (not to mention the adorable pictures & video), we sent in our Letter of Intent on  August 5th and got our Pre-approval to adopt you just two days later. Shortly after sending in the letter of intent we picked a name for you. We knew we wanted a Bible name & when I looked up the name Matthew & saw that it meant “Gift of God” we knew that would be your name. Now we are on the paper chase to update our home study & dossier. The time frame for us to come & get you is about 9 months.....9 very long months. 

Emmie quickly updated her drawing as soon as she knew she was going to have a little brother.

There its is.  We are adopting a boy! I can't share too many details about him now but I will as soon as I can.

You all have been a big part of us being able to adopt.  If it wasn't through my little digital scrapbook business I don't know where the funds to adopt would come from. You guys are amazing fans and supporters and I'm so appreciative of that. God has truly blessed us through you. Since you guys are a big part of this process I'm going to try to keep you posted on what's going on by trying to do a regular Saturday Adoption Update post. I've decided I should document the whole process (feelings, emotions, reasons, etc...) through digital scrapbook pages. I did make a whole album for Lydia from start to finish but I failed to capture all of the emotions that I felt during the process.....and I really want to do that this time around. So that's what I plan on sharing with you on Saturdays...not every Saturday but when I have a page to share about adoption that's when I'll share it. You know me....I've got to be all organized about it!

And thank you guys again!

September 19, 2013

Week 37: Baking, County Fair & Celebrations

Capture Life: September by Tracie Stroud Designs
Against the Grain Alphas by Tracie Stroud Designs
Weekly Project Templates 10 by Scrapping with Liz

Week 37 was crazy and fun. Baking, county fair, coloring, celebrations, oh my!

I actually only posted 3 photos to Instagram during Week 37, but no fear. I actually pulled my DSLR out a bit more so I had plenty of pictures from each day this week to choose from. I'm taking a course with Katrina Kennedy called Your Life Capture Through the Lens. I'm just beginning week two and I'm loving it. It's helping me to get to know my camera more and it's also caused me to take more photos! Yay. I've been in a rut ever since I upgraded my camera several months ago to a Nikon D7000 (I got a great deal from a friend). I felt like I just couldn't get the quality of photos that I could get with my previous camera (a D40) and it frustrated me since I knew it was supposed to be a better camera. I knew my D40 in and out but I just couldn't get a handle on the D7000. So I kind of gave up for awhile but now I'm back at it. So, expect more non-instagram photos on my pages because I'm going to be practicing a lot!


P.S. Do you see the super special announcement on my Week 37 page? It's in the top right corner. Can you figure it out? I'll be posting more about that on Saturday!

September 18, 2013

Double Page Layout Inspiration

Have you ever combined templates from two different template sets to make a double page layout? If you haven't yet you really should try it. Look at these pages my creative team made using two totally different templates. I just love how they made them work.

All images are link to galleries for full credits. 

by Tiffany

by Tiffany

by Tiffany

by Tiffany

by Tiffany

by Rebecca

by Rebecca

by Donna

And here's a couple of layouts I found in the gallery over at Scrap Orchard.
by Olivia

by Jen

Give it a try. Look through your stash of templates and see which ones might go good together. Or maybe pic out some photos and see how many photo spots you need and find two templates that would work for that. Really, the possibilities are endless!


September 17, 2013

GSO Winner!

Please join me and congratulating Christelle (christellevandyk) on winning this month’s GSO with her beautiful layout, Free Ride. Using the August Blog Challenge Template, Revisited 14, you voter's loved her layout with its amazing clustering and photo blend treatment in the background. Putting a spin on the template, Christelle really made it her own!

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

1. How long have you been digi-scrapping?
I started digi-scrapping in April 2008, after a European holiday with lots of gorgeous photos. Can't believe I've been scrapping for 5 years already!

2. What is your favorite thing to scrap?
I normally scrap my two beautiful nieces or travel photos.

3. What is your favorite Liz product?
The favorites in my stash would be the background stackers - they're so versatile! One of Liz' products on my wishlist is the Iron Scrapper East templates. Spark Templates are my favorites!

4. What element is a kit incomplete without?
I really struggle without a leafy element, second would be a "flowing" element like a curly ribbon or nice piece of string.

5. What layout are you working on now or plan to start?
I always have about 4 or 5 LO's that need to be scrapped at the same time, but I'm planning on starting my 2014 Calendar - I guess that's the biggest plan I have right now.

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

Click HERE to leave some love for Christelle!

September 13, 2013

New Weekly and Monthly Project Templates + FWP Offer

Liz has new installments in her monthly and weekly template lines. They are 20% off, but as an introductory offer you can get both sets for the price of one. When you place Double Monthly Challenge Templates 9 in your cart, Weekly Project Templates 10 will be added automatically for free! Offers available through 9/19/2013.

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 9 contains pages to make double-page monthly summaries. But of course, you can use them any way you want - for doubles or singles or for pages that are not part of a special album. This product line will build two 24-page albums by the end of the year.

Weekly Project Templates 10 is for your photo-a-day project. And they also happen to be great for summaries and lists too.

Here are some amazing examples from Liz and the team.

Thanks for stopping by!

September 12, 2013

Week 36: A Confession

Before I show you this week's page, I need to announce the winner of my new template packs from Monday's Blog Post. It's Meagan! She won my new Double Monthly Challenge Templates 9 and Weekly Project Templates 10. You'll be hearing more about those tomorrow on the blog....but you can always go check them out now in the store.

Weekly Project Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz and various Capture Life Products by Tracie Stroud Designs
Let's see. This week we had our first homeschool co-op sewing class. It was a big success. I'm even learning to sew a little bit along with my daughter. There was fun with cousins, some nice (almost fall-like) walks, food (once again), some yard sale shopping with a fabulously dressed 5 year old, a fun hike with friends and then there's always the relaxing times at home (that tend to be my favorite).

I do have a confession to make. Maybe you can see it there on my page already. I didn't take any photos on Sunday but I took two on Saturday. I really wanted to include both pics from Saturday so I just skipped the Sunday pic. This is what makes doing a daily photo challenge and scrapping the pages hard for me. Sometimes I take multiple photos in one day and I want to share them all on my page and the other days I forget to take any at all. This has caused me to really think about what kind of photo/scrap challenge I want to do next year. Not that I haven't like my Weekly Instagram Challenge because I'm really loving that I'm going to have a finished 2012 album with daily (well, almost daily) photos at the end of the year. It's going to be so fun to look back on but I do think I want to do something different next year. It's giving me something to think about....and plan for!


September 11, 2013

Photoshop Quick Tip - Who Knew?

A few months ago I was doing a live crop over at Scrap Orchard. I was digital scrapbooking, people were watching and chatting, it was a lot of fun. As I was dragging my elements and paper into Photoshop (I use CS3) someone mentioned Load Files into Stack. I was like, What's That? They said it was a script written into Photoshop to load in your files all onto one document instead of just having them floating all over your page. I had to give it a try. 

I was blown away. How come I never knew about this before? I've been using Photoshop for over 5 years! So, if you use Photoshop and didn't know about it (like me) here's a little tutorial to show you how to use it.
Just a note: Photoshop Elements works different as you have a Photo Bin at the bottom of your screen where all of your elements and papers would go.

Go to File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack

A screen will pop up and you'll hit browse. You'll find your way to the digital scrapbook elements or papers that you want to use and select them. Hold down Ctrl while you select and you'll be able to select as many as you want. Then click on open.

You can see on the screen above all of the elements I have selected. (I'm selecting from Dream Big Designs Discover Space Kit). Then you'll hit OK.

Once you hit OK Photoshop will take over and load all of those files on to one document. You can see all of them to the left. The most amazing thing about this script is that it loads all your files with their names on the Layer Palette! The way I was doing it before it would rename the elements and just name them Layer 1, Layer 2, etc... Having named layers is so helpful when you are digital scrapbooking because you can easily identify different layers in case you want to move them, add layer styles, delete them, etc...

From this point you can just drag and drop your elements right on to the page you are working on. So easy.

Maybe I was living in the dark ages and you all already know about this awesome tip but just in case you didn't.....


September 10, 2013

GSO - Vote and Win!

It's Tracy here and its time for the August GSO!  With the start of school and fall approaching, the gallery is full of layouts about summer outings and new adventures.  This month you get your pick of True Love, Fun Outings and a Good Hair Day -- what more could you ask for???

Make sure to vote for your favorite, HERE, by this Friday the 13th. 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 three nominees are...

Layout: You Are My Happily Ever After by Mary (mrsashbaugh)

Template: SO August Challenge Template

Reasons CTM Loves: "The choice of background paper is so pretty and reminds me of the photo locale; its the perfect backdrop for the other colors of the layout. Its awesome that the tickets from the gondola ride were extracted and included in the layout."

Layout: Free Ride by Christelle (christellevandyk)

Template: Template Revisited 14 - 2013 August Blog Template

Reasons CTM Loves: "I love her clustering plus I love the blend and photo treatment in the background. She really took this template and added some great detail." 

Layout: 1st Pigtails by Katya (ekasyr)

Template: Double Monthly Challenge Templates 4

Reasons CTM Loves: "I love the close ups of the little girls braids and the soft colors chosen."

Layout: Picking Apples by Carissa (clittleford3)

Template: Simple Journal Card Inspired Templates 1

Reasons CTM Loves: "Great pictures. I love the chalk-like look to the title. Even though the pictures take the stage, I love how the title area really stands on its own. And finally, the colors are just beautiful."

September 9, 2013

Sneak Peek & Win!

It's that time of the month again. Can you guess what I'm releasing this week from the preview?

Enter below for a chance to win. I'll be announcing the winner on Thursday's blog post.

Have a great Monday!

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September 6, 2013

Wavy Templates 1 and 2 Free With Purchase Offer

Liz has two new sets of Wavy Templates this week. They are really fun! She recently had freebie in the same style, and it was really popular. They are great for playing with paper, and they look spectacular with nature photography. There is a mix of big and smaller photo options, and they work great for 2-pagers. I LOVE all of the CT examples below.

For a limited time you can get both sets for the price of one. When you place Wavy Templates 1 in your cart, Wavy Templates 2 will be added automatically for free. And the normal 20% discount applies as well. Offers available through 9/12/2013.

And here are those gorgeous inspiration pages.

Before I leave, let me remind you of Tracy's Make It Snappy challenge this Saturday. You participate with any Scrapping with Liz template you already have (there is a new freebie on Facebook right now), and you will receive a special free template as a prize. And the prize is really cute.  I confess, I secretly grabbed it myself and scrapped with it already!

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