June 30, 2014

Some Time Off

But don't worry. It's only for a month!

Two days from today I'll be flying with my hubby and our two oldest girls to China to bring my son home.

I think I should take some time off. Don't you? 

While I won't be designing or releasing any new products during July I will have some fun stuff going on on my blog thanks to some of my creative team members. Keep your eye out for freebies, challenges and prizes.

I'm still hoping to scrap my Daily Life Pages each week, and I'll be sharing those here on my blog along with the weekly Daily Life Journal Card Freebie. By the way, I can't wait to have Matthew in my Daily Life Scrapbook Pages! I'm also hoping to share some of our journey to China. You all have played a big roll in being able to bring our son home without going into debt, and I want to share the journey with you.

The next time you see me blogging I'll probably be on the other side of the world!

P.S. I'm so incredibly thankful for you guys. 

June 29, 2014

Daily Life Week 26: Around the House and Birthday Celebrations!

Daily Life Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz
Document Everything by Bella Gypsy
Fall Splendor the Bonus Alpha by WMSquared
I don't think I could say this week was normal, but there were a lot of normal things that went on...coloring, hide and seek, reading, etc... We also celebrated a little girl's 7th birthday. Say it ain't so! I remember the day she was born like it was yesterday. We've also been spending a lot of time preparing for our trip to China to bring Matthew home. I didn't take any pictures of that (oops). Maybe I'm afraid to show you the room where I've thrown everything that needs to be packed.

Can you tell I used a lot of phone pictures in this first page? I love the ease of using my phone, but I love the quality of my dslr. But when it comes down to it, I just want to document our everyday...if it's a phone picture or a nicer dslr shot it doesn't really matter. So, that's my tip for you this week. Use what you have to document your life.

You can read more about our week below in the journaling.
Daily Life Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz
Document Everything by Bella Gypsy
Fall Splendor the Bonus Alpha by WMSquared

Daily Life Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz
Document Everything by Bella Gypsy
Fall Splendor the Bonus Alpha by WMSquared

Journaling: The photos on the left page show some things that happened around the house this week. Hiding in the dryer, coloring, story-time with Emmie and skyping with our friends in California. Then later in the week we celebrated Kyla’s 7th birthday. Joe’s birthday (her cousin) is just a day after her birthday. So we had a family gathering with cake, ice cream and presents. We also went for a bike ride with all the cousins on her birthday. On Saturday we let her choose a family outing and she chose roller skating. When we got to the rollerskating rink it was closed. She was happy to go to the Factory instead. There’s also a picture there with her new umbrella. On Saturday afternoon we went to a birthday party for a friend, and I snapped that picture of Ashlyn holding her two favorite nephews. She loves those boys!

Here's your journal card freebie for this week. I'm hoping you can use it for some July 4th pictures.

You might notice that I'm posting a little early this week. I'm heading out on Wednesday (more about that tomorrow), and since I got my page done last night I thought I would post it now. I hope to share my Daily Life pages and journal card freebies with you each week while in China, and I hope to post some updates for you all. Eeeek!!!


June 27, 2014

Week 25: Pool, Pool & More Pool!

Daily Life Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz
Pool Rules by Dream Big Designs
Another week has flown by, and I've captured it in my Week 25 Daily Life page. It's like second nature scrapping these pages each week. I love looking at my finished Daily Life pages and knowing that I'm caught up with 2014. I'll let you read about our week below in the journaling.

No tips this week...just enjoy your scrapping time!

Daily Life Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz
Pool Rules by Dream Big Designs
 Journaling: This week we spent some time at the pool. Sunday afternoon Daddy took a few of the girls up to swim. Emmie and I stayed home because Emmie had a bad cough. Her and I had some quality time watching a movie and making brownies.  I love that Shawn took a picture of Ashlyn and himself while they were there. Friday night we went to the pool with church friends and cousins. We waited for a quite a while because of the thunder. In the end the kids did get to swim for a little while. I took some pictures while we were waiting. I captured that goofy picture of Lydia. She’s become quite the show off.
Daily Life Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz
Pool Rules by Dream Big Designs
 Journaling: Tuesday night my sweet friends held a little shower for Matthew. I didn’t get any pics of the shower so I took a picture after the fact with Ashlyn and the gifts! Joe came over one day to play. I was impressed with their fort. Out came the camera! Then I saw the three girls at the counter all doing melty beads together. So sweet! Lydia loves to help me make muffins. She also likes to lick the batter. :) 

Here's your Daily Life Journal Card for the week as well. You could put a photo in that spot or use it for some journaling. Just click the image to download.

June 26, 2014

Over 50 Retiring Products - 50% OFF!

There are no new products this week because Liz is participating in the Scrap Orchard Retiring Sale. She has over 50 products retiring, and they are all 50% off through June 30, 2014. After they are retired, they will no longer be available.

Please note: some of the older products may not have .page files in the downloads. Please read the descriptions carefully before buying.


Here is a complete list of retiring products:

4x6 & 5x7 Templates 
Hybrid Banner Templates 
Recipe Card Template 
Double Templates II 
Big Title Templates 
Zine Style Templates 
Shapes and Colors Flashcards 
Preschool Flashcards Make Your Own 
Practice Print Cards 
Painted Layers 
Page Edger Templates 
Tree and Present Templates 
Ornament and Stocking Templates 
Photo Frame Template 
Spring Brag Book Templates 
Cut Out Templates 
Christmas Recyclables 
Mini Hybrid Banner Templates 
Broken Templates 
Canada Templates 
USA Templates
Fancy Trims 
Sketched Frames 
Doodled Frames 
When You Smile Templates 
Iron Scrapper Templates 
Simple Album Templates 
Double Temps Mini Set 1 
Envelope Templates 
Calendar Poster Temps 
Christmas Card Templates 
Blogwear Templates 
Simple Album Templates II 
Time Table Templates 
Journaling Mats and Masks 
Splatter Masks 
iNSD Templates 2012 
Fan Templates 
Big Banner Templates 
Multi Photo Fun Templates 
Speech and Doodle Masks 
Iron Scrapper 2012 Templates 
Heart Doodles and Masks 
12x12 Background Masks and Outlines 
Circle Masks and Outlines 
Square and Rectangle Masks Outlines
Chevron Masks 
Mixed Fruit Mega Recycled 1 
Mixed Fruit Mega Recycled 2 
Mixed Fruit Mega Recycled 3 
Mixed Fruit Mega Recycled 4 
Sample Templates 
Christmas Tree Templates 
Heartilicious Templates 
Roots and Leaves Templates 

I hope you find some great buys in the retiring sale! Happy shopping!

June 23, 2014

Scrap-lift July 2014

Hi! - Tracy here, do you know the old saying about mice playing while the cat's away? Well, that's kind of what we'll be doing in July. If you've been following this blog, you know that the Albers are adopting a son from China and July is the big month. If you are new to this blog, welcome! Make sure to visit often because this blog is full of awesomeness. Back to the mice playing..... 

Starting July 4th, we'll be having a weekly scrap-lift challenge. Liz has chosen four of her favorite layouts. Each week your challenge will be to scrap-lift the selected layout using one of the options given. We'll have a random weekly winner drawn from all qualifying layouts for a prize of $5 to Liz's store. At the end of the four weeks of challenges, for those participants that had a qualifying layout in each of the four weeks, they will be entered into a grand prize competition where Liz will select the participant whom she feels best met the weekly challenges. The lucky winner will receive $25 to Liz's Store - that's $45 in prizes overall!! 

 Come back on July 4th for the first challenge - see you there!

Upcoming: 50% OFF Retiring Products Sale!

I have no new products releasing this week, but I do have an upcoming Retiring Product sale going on. It starts June 26 and runs through June 30th. I'll have over 50 products that you can grab at 50% OFF. And once they are gone from the store, they are GONE!

So get ready!

June 20, 2014

Daily Life Week 24: Popsicles, School and Camping!

Daily Life Templates 6 by Scrapping with Liz
Life's a Beautiful Ride by Tickled Pink Studio
It was another summer filled week here with homemade popsicles, outdoor play, a little bit of school work and a camping trip! What says summer more than a camping trip? You can read all about it below.

This week's tip is to remember to take pics of all your kids, especially the older ones. I tend to take more pictures of the littles just because they are easier to photograph and just so cute! When they get older they tend to shy away from the camera more. I realized after putting this page together that I definitely included more pictures of the 2 littlest. I did include a picture of Ashlyn's cookies. At least that tells a little bit of what she's been up to. My goal for next week is to try and include more of the older girls....if they'll let me!

Daily Life Templates 6 by Scrapping with Liz
Life's a Beautiful Ride by Tickled Pink Studio
Journaling: Another week of a lot of summer fun. I did take a picture of Kyla doing her math just to prove that we are doing some school work. We made homemade popsicles. Ashlyn made us some
yummy  cookies. Kyla put on her chef hat and helped me scramble eggs for breakfast.

Daily Life Templates 6 by Scrapping with Liz
Life's a Beautiful Ride by Tickled Pink Studio
Journaling:    We went on our 2nd annual church camping trip. We had a lot of fun tubing, swimming, hiking and just sitting around the fire. There were a lot more pictures taken, but I think I might have to make another page for them!    Earlier in the week we did more sidewalk chalk. It seems like we’ve been doing that a lot lately. The neighbor kid and cousin joined us for that. Ashlyn made some roads with tape and the little girls had a lot of fun pushing their trains and cars around the “city”. We also had fun doing some blindfold coloring.

And here's your Daily Life Journal Card freebie for this week. Just click the image to download.

June 19, 2014

Daily Life Templates 7 and 8

Liz is releasing two new sets of Daily Life Templates. These are designed as 2-page spreads with a week of photos on each page - not necessarily a photo a day, but whatever photos you took in the week. They are great for a year long project, but you'll also find them perfectly suited as regular multi-photo pages. Daily Life Templates 7 and Daily Life Templates 8 are 20% off through June 26, 2014.

The winner from Monday's Giveaway is.....Sacha! She won both of my new Daily Life Template sets!

June 18, 2014

A Typical Week Using Daily Life List Templates

A while ago I released these Daily Life List Templates. When I was designing them I knew I wanted to use them. I especially wanted to have a page that documented the time frame of our day. The first template in the set was perfect.

I finally got around to scrapping it, and this is what a typical week looks like for me and my kids.
Daily Life List Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Snippets Issue #3 by Createwings Designs
Here are a couple of tips when using this template:

1. Take your time. This layout actually took me a couple weeks to finish up. I scrapped it, added my journaling, and then had to take some pictures during the week. Actually, you could totally eliminate the photo spots and just do text.

2. You'll want to play with the leading and tracking of the text. It'll help you fit your text on the lines. If you aren't sure about all the ways to play with the text check out this little bit of info. It'll help you a ton.

I think I'm going to add this page to my Daily Life Album that I've been working on during the year. After all, it shows what 2014 has looked like so far. I'm sure the second half of 2014 is going to look a little different....I might have to do another page at the end of the year to compare!

The next template I'm going to use in this set is the Lists page. I want to ask my kids what some of their favorite things are, and it'll be the perfect template since we'll have 5 kids soon! Hmmm, maybe I planned it that way. ;) Of course, you could easily adjust it to fit any size family. When I get my Lists page done I'll be sure to share it with you.


June 17, 2014

GSO Winner!

Please join me and congratulating Karen (zippyoh) on winning this month’s GSO!

Karen competed against some awesome competition but her Tigger layout had us so happy we were bouncing! We love this layout using the Recyclables 9 because of Karen's creativity in using a St Patty's Day kit and rotating the template to create the perfect Tigger layout. Extra kudos for weaving the string through the title!

Visit Karen's gallery to leave her some 'love' on her amazing layout.

We got a chance to ask Karen about herself and this is what she said...

What layout are you currently working on or planning to start next?
Right now, I'm working on a layout with some pics from a trip to Washington DC a few years ago. And I'd also like to start an album with a family vacation that we took last month.

When did you start scrapping and who or what got you started?
I first started with paper scrapping in the 90's after I had found some scrapbooking kits at our local craft store. I had always liked taking pictures and putting them in albums and saving memorabilia. I first started digi scrapping in 2007 after I read about it in a scrapbooking magazine. So I downloaded a few freebies, took a few classes online, and have been mostly doing digi since!

What is your favorite layout you created using a Scrapping with Liz product?
This was from a trip I took to visit my cousin in Washington and made with one of Liz's Label Templates. I love that I could feature a big photo of the Seattle skyline that I took from the ferry.

Thank you to all you voters! Random-dot-org selected number 15, Zanthia122, as the winner of $5 to Liz's store in the Vote and Win drawing!


June 13, 2014

Daily Life Week 23: Summer Fun

Daily Life Templates 6 by Scrapping with Liz#soselfie by mle Card Designs#soselfie by Kristin Aagard#soselfie by Meredith Cardall#soselfie Papers by Meredith Cardall
Week 23 of 2014. We are almost half way done. I can't believe it. In some ways this year has just flown by and in others, it has gone at a snail's pace. One thing for sure is that I'm loving summer. We've been taking it a little easier around here. We are just doing a tiny bit of school work (although my kids might make you think it's a bunch), and we are doing lots of summer things. You can read all about it below.

I have no extra tips for you this week, except to make sure you scroll through the rest of my Daily Life posts. You'll get lots of tips, inspiration and the Daily Life Journal Card Freebies. I'm hoping these templates, journal cards, and posts are helping you scrap your photos.

Daily Life Templates 6 by Scrapping with Liz#soselfie by mle Card Designs#soselfie by Kristin Aagard#soselfie by Meredith Cardall#soselfie Papers by Meredith Cardall
Journaling: Monday we went to Cherokee to celebrate Zach’s 10th birthday by playing in the creek and having a picnic. Apparently Kyla was excited about the cupcakes. Tuesday night we went for a walk on the Greenway. Lydia thought we were racing and said, “Ready, Set, Go!” So we all lined up for a little race. I think Kyla won. Friends came over on Wednesday, and there was lots of playing outside, including some sidewalk chalk.

Daily Life Templates 6 by Scrapping with Liz
#soselfie by mle Card Designs#soselfie by Kristin Aagard#soselfie by Meredith Cardall#soselfie Papers by Meredith Cardall
 Journaling: Thursday night we built a “city” out of Legos, Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys. It took over our whole living room. We also had ice cream Sundaes with cousins. We went for a bike ride on the Greenway on Friday night. Lydia can finally pedal the little tricycle! We are all very happy about that. The girls and I also went to Camp Living Water for a homeschool day. Lydia enjoyed swinging while the older girls went off to do all the fun camp stuff. It was a summer filled week!

Here's your Daily Life Journal Card 23. I think this can make a really fun journal card. You can add a photo in the speech bubble, or use it for journaling. Take all the layers and add it to an already made template and see what you come up with. Click on the image to download, and make sure you haven't missed any from the previous weeks. They are all still available.


June 12, 2014

Fun Layer Templates, Bug Town, and Fabulous 50's

Liz has three new releases in the Market - one is brand new, and two are pieces from past promotional collaborations at Scrap Orchard. Let's take a look! These new releases are 20% off through June 19, 2014.

Fun Layer Templates is a varied set with fun geometric shapes - chevrons, stripes and cut-outs.

Bug Town Templates also have a geometric inspiration - triangles this time. These are simple, but have a lot of impact.

Fabulous 50s Templates are great for heritage scrapping, themed parties, or your love of all things vintage.

And the winner from Monday's Sneak Peek and Giveaway is.....Myda!

Make sure you all come back tomorrow for my Daily Life Page and freebie, and stop back by on Monday for another sneak peek and giveaway!


June 11, 2014

Birthday Scrapbook Inspiration

I released these Number Templates a while back. I saw Brandy post the project she's working on with these in my SwL Facebook Group (you should join if you haven't - there are freebies and lots of inspiration). I loved her project so much that I thought I would share it with you.

She's making Birthday Albums for her kids. Each number page will showcase pictures of her children when they were that age. Genius, isn't it? Below are pages from her son's album. You can check out her gallery here to see more pages and to get full credits. She told me that she's already shared the pages with her kids and they love them. She plans on going as high as her kids will let her take pictures of them. The numbers could be easily combined to go as high as you like. Here's a tutorial I wrote (a looooong time ago) to show you how to combine templates. I think I need to update it. Those templates aren't even available anymore.

I just love seeing how the child changes and grows through the ages. 

She's going to use my Alphabet Templates for the front cover, using their first initial. I just love it! By the way, you can purchase the individual letters or the bundle.

I'm totally adding this to my scrapping to do list for my kids.

June 9, 2014

GSO - Vote and Win!

Tracy here and it's time for the May GSO! Like most months whether it's about holidays, vacations, or everyday events, the gallery is full of layouts celebrating family.  We have selected five of our favorites and you guessed it, they are all about family - beautiful families.  Now it is time for you to pick your favorite.  Make sure to vote by Friday, May 13th, 11:59 pm EST for your favorite HERE. Just for voting 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 five nominees are...

Template: Recyclables 16
Reason CTM Loves: The clustering and shadowing is beautifully done and I love how the clustering connects the two sections of journaling. Egg-cellent!
Reason CTM Loves: I like the way Gina has used predominantly black and white with the papers on her layout and little pops of colour. It is really effective and, in conjunction with the chosen template, keeps the focus on the pictures.
Template: Social Templates
Reason CTM Loves: I love how she captured the everyday. I especially love the little bits of journaling and the fact that she included herself in the pics. Way to go mom!
Template: Recyclables 9
Reason CTM Loves: Using a St. Patrick's Day kit for a Tigger layout? I wouldn't have thought of it, and yet it creates a perfect layout. I love that she rotated the template (yay for stretching her stash!) and the string weaving through her title too.
Template: Song Bird Templates
Reason CTM Loves: I love the silly pictures and the patterned papers are beautifully placed together.

June 7, 2014

Travel Approval & Coming Home!

I have news! We received our travel approval earlier this week, and we leave in 25 days to bring our son home. 30 days until we meet him. 40 days until we are home together.

During our last adoption I had this feeling. I couldn't really pinpoint it. It was kind of an anxious/depressed/nervous/excited feeling. I could feel it building every day…since the first day we saw our daughter's face. 7 months. This time is no exception, except that I think it's worse. It's been over 10 months since we've seen our son's face. He's older. He's been in an orphanage longer. More of his story is unknown. He's been asking when we are going to come bring him home. He's a boy! What am I going to do with a boy?

I also remember the feeling I had when we were finally home with Lydia. When we pulled into the driveway with all four of our kids in tow. Safe and sound…and home together. It was like an immediate burden was lifted from my shoulders. I didn't realize what I was carrying around with me for 7 months. No wonder I was sort of grumpy (just ask my Dad). I've tried to be better this time, understanding a little more of what is going on. Clinging to the Lord and his promises a little more. But let me tell you, I can't wait for that moment when we pull into our driveway, and we are home together.

This is the page I scrapped about the moment we were home with her. I can't wait to scrap about the moment we are home with our son.

Artsy Journal Templates 4 by Scrapping with Liz
Tracie Stroud Kit - no longer available
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