August 31, 2014

Week 35: Volleyball, Marshmallows, Running and More!

Daily Life Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life August Bonus Alpha by Juno Designs
Everyday Life August Stickers by Juno Designs
Everyday Life August by Juno Designs 
Everyday Life June Stickers

Week 35 is finished. Can you believe it's almost September? We have about 17-18 weeks left of 2014. As I was scrapping I was thinking about how much I can't wait to print this album. I'm going to love that at the end of 2014 I'll already have a book finished for 2014. Only 18 weeks (plus a couple for printing) before I have this Daily Life Album in my hands.

You can read the journaling from this week below and make sure you grab the free journal card template. Don't mind the grammar on the's sort of haphazard. 

Journaling: In no particular order....Fabulous Lydia in the new fairy wings she got for her Birthday from Miss Kira. Ashlyn’s first volleyball game and her cheering section. She did great! Roasting marshmallows on Saturday night.

Journaling: Macon GEMS went to Care Net and donated the money that we earned earlier in the year. There’s a picture of Ashlyn and Lydia snuggling while watching a movie on Friday night. There’s my running crew. The older 3 girls are training for a 5k. Lydia and Matthew tag along and ride bikes. Perler beads, I have a love-hate relationship with them. They are a great activity for the kids....practicing following patterns, fine motor skills, etc... BUT those little pesky beads get everywhere. Matthew is a master at these things!

And here's your card for this week....kind of an artsy journal type card. Hope you like it. Just click the image to download.


August 29, 2014

I'm On the Daily Digi Digest!

I was on the Daily Digi Digest!!! It was such a priviledge to talk with Steph about my scrapping and how I took it on the road to China. You can listen below or download here.

If you all have some great tips on your scrapping workflow please share. I'm always looking for ways to improve my scrapping time.


August 28, 2014

Fun Circles, Bold Doubles, Summer Sale & FWP!

Sale Time! If you missed any products over the summer, you've got a second chance at them at 20% OFF! And there's this awesome FWP. Purchase $10 store-wide and you'll get this beautiful kit for free!

If you spend $15 you'll get the add-on as well! So make sure to check out the Summer Rewind Sale! Sale ends September 1st!

Liz also has two new products today, and both are very bold! First is Circles are Fun Templates. These are really fun, in that geometric style that is so popular right now. These have text on circular paths, circular clipping masks, and lots of artsy edge work. This is a great set, and each templates has its own feel. Circles are Fun Templates are 20% off through September 4, 2014.

Next is Bold Double Templates 2. I love this style that Liz makes with the photo collages. They are great for photography inspired pages and have a modern feel to them. These are also 20% off through September 4, 2014.

The winner from Monday's Giveaway is....April S. Congrats, April! There will be another sneak peek and giveaway on Monday! Be sure to stop by and enter.


August 27, 2014

My Pages: The Last Couple Months

Life has been crazy these days. 5 kids. Just home from China. Starting school. Getting back into the swing of things. Need I say more? That hasn't left a whole lot of time for scrapping. Most of the pages I'm showing you today were scrapped back in June, before the craziness ensued.

I'm trying to finish my 2013 album. I have quite a ways to go, but I'm not giving up. The first four pages you see here have pictures from January 2013. I think I can check that month off the list! Only 11 months to go.

The last two pages you'll see here I just scrapped last week. I'm also trying to work on Matthew's album. These are the first pages I've scrapped of our journey to him. 

No more chit-chat. Just browse my pages and enjoy...maybe get some inspiration.

Recyclables 32 by Scrapping with Liz
Handywoman by Kristin Aagard

Recyclables 32 by Scrapping with Liz
Document Everything by Bella Gypsy

Artsy Journal Templates 6 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Joy by Forever Joy Designs

Clean and Simple Templates by Scrapping with Liz
A Day Out by Scrap Orchard Designers

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Frequent Flyer by Kristin Aagard

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Frequent Flyer by Kristin Aagard

August 24, 2014

Week 34 Daily Life Page and FREE Journal Card

Daily Life Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Snippets Issue #3 by Createwings Designs
I don't have many words today so I think I'm just going to have you take a look at my Daily Life pages and let you grab the free digital journal card below. Enjoy!

Daily Life Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Snippets Issue #3 by Createwings Designs

Journaling: Here are just some snapshots of our week. Playing Blokus. Time at the pool. Silly time on the bed. Eating out after our very long audiologist appointment in Asheville.

Daily Life Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Snippets Issue #3 by Createwings Designs

Journaling: The two littlest riding their bikes while the three older run in preparation for an upcoming 5k. Playing in a blanket tent. Finally celebrating Lydia’s 4th birthday with family....we had to postpone last week due to sickness.

And just click the image to download.


August 21, 2014

Artsy Journal Templates 6 and Big Photo Templates 2

Liz has two new releases, very different from each other, but both very fun. Artsy Journal Templates 6 and Big Photo Templates 2 are both 20% off through August 28, 2014.

Artsy Journal Templates 6 are designed for making fun and playful pages. You'll find stamp and paint work, fun title work, journal strips, and a date tab on every template.

Big Photo Templates 2 have a single large photo spot on each template, edged with a variety of scallops, paper pieces and journal strips.

And the winner from Monday's giveaway is......Sharon R. Congratulations! Come back Monday for another sneak peek and giveaway!

August 20, 2014

Photo Spots with Paper

Just because a digital scrapbook template might have a bunch of photo spots doesn't mean you have to use them for photo spots. You know me, I love a ton of photos on a page. 1. I love looking at all the photos. 2. I feel like I get more accomplished when I put a bunch of photos on a page. But sometimes you just have a couple of photos for an event, or you just want to focus on a photo or two, or maybe you just want to tell a story through journaling. 

You can use those extra photo spots on the template to show off some of those pretty digital papers you have. If you are anything like me you love a good digi-paper. I thought I would show you some of my pages where I use digi-paper in those extra photo spots.

This was a month in review page. I picked the template because I knew I had quite a few photos that I wanted to share from January, but I ended up not filling on the spots with photos. In came the beautiful stash of papers that came with the kit. I love all the patterns. Here's another little tip: If I end up using a lot of bright colors and patterns on my page I also tend to turn a couple photos B&W to kind of balance it out. I get the best of both worlds here: lots of photos and lots of pretty patterned paper.

Recyclables 32 by Scrapping with Liz
Document Everything by Bella Gypsy Designs

With this page I used no photos. I cute story happened with my little girl, but I hadn't taken any photos of the event. I wanted to tell the story, so I why not tell it through a scrapbook page. All of the photo spots on this page were filled with journaling or patterned paper. Did you know you can turn almost any template into a photoless page? Just simply add paper and journaling to the photo spots.

Celebrate Double Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Apple Dapple by mle Card

With this page I only had two photos I wanted to highlight. I added some pretty Christmasy papers to the page to give it a more festive feel.

Winter Woodland Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Christmas Jammies by Down this Road Designs

And this page was just begging for some pretty blocks to be added. I think the floral paper blocks give it a nice spring feel. It would have looked great with all photos, but this gives it a nice spring feel.

List Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Kit no longer available.

The paper blocks on this page help balance out the photos....I think. On a side note those pictures are over 3 years old. My how my children have grown. *sigh*

Recyclables 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Kit no longer available.

Next time you are looking for that perfect template for your photos make sure you visualize a paper in that extra photo might work out perfectly.

August 19, 2014

GSO - Winner!

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

She competed against some gorgeous competition but her Snorkeling layout caught the big one! We love this layout using Recyclables 27 for its perfectly chosen kit for the photos and the mix of close and far photos is perfect; it really tells the story of the adventure.

Visit Karen's gallery to leave her some 'love' on this fabulous, fun layout.

Thank you to all you voters! Random-dot-org selected number 25, MsCarolina, as the winner of $5 to Liz's store in the Vote and Win drawing!

August 17, 2014

Week 33: Play, Food, Birthday, School, Sick

Daily Life Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life August Bonus Alpha by Juno Designs
Everyday Life August Stickers by Juno Designs
Everyday Life August by Juno Designs
One thing I love about these Daily Life pictures is looking over my pictures at the end of every week. Even after a week of multiple frustrations (mainly dealing with doctors, cancelled appointments, and feeling like we are getting nowhere) I can see how, in the grand scheme of things, those things don't really matter. We'll eventually get everything figured out, but what matters is how we handle our day to day life. Seeing the pictures reminds me that my children are growing, learning, loving, serving, playing, and happy! So, even if you aren't doing this Daily Life Challenge go look at your pictures from this past week and find the joy in them.

You can read my journaling below. I was quite chatty this week. Maybe because I've been stuck at home the past few days with sick kids.

Journaling: This week started off with Church on Sunday morning, and after nap time we were off to the pool. Notice Matthew and Lydia in their swimsuits hanging on to Ashlyn? They were ready for her to go! On Monday night Ashlyn cooked us a delicious dinner. Cheese Ravioli with a creamy mushroom and spinach sauce. Yum! She’s getting quite good at this whole cooking thing. I might let her take it over!

I snapped this random photo of Kyla playing with her horses. She’s always playing with her horses, and they are strategically placed all over our house. On Thursday we went for a bike ride/run/picnic lunch with the cousins.

Journaling: On Wednesday we celebrated Lydia’s 4th birthday. She had her choice of breakfast (cereal!), and she opened gifts. There were a lot of homemade gifts from her sisters. It was so sweet!  For lunch we went to Asian King. Her favorite. They brought her a piece of cake with some fruit art around it and sang Happy Birthday to her. 

At the end of the week Lydia came down with a high fever and a headache. So she snuggled a lot with her new Olaf (that she got for her birthday). That’s how we spent most of the day on Friday and Saturday. The picture from the left was a random picture I took one day while the kids were doing school work. Lydia and Matthew take turns on the computer doing their alphabet work (basically so I can focus with the other girls!). They make a cute team.

Here's the free Daily Life Journal Card. I had some fun making washi tape for this card. Just clip some digital scrapbook paper to the different tape layers or use them as is. Totally customizable.


August 16, 2014

Scrap-lift 2014 Grand Prize Winner!

Please join me in congratulating Michele (michelelynne) in winning Scrap-lift 2014's Grand Prize!  Michele competed against some beautiful layouts but her's take home the blue ribbon. This is what Liz had to say about entries:

"Wow! So many beautiful pages. It's really tough to pick just one person. You guys all did fabulous. I'm going to pick MicheleLynne because I just love the variety of her pages. She did great using multiple photos, she did great with big photos, I love her tent page (especially the title), and then the pictureless page is great. Thank you all for participating. It was fun going back over all your pages and looking at them."

 Join us in congratulating Michele and leave some layout love (Michele's Gallery)!



August 14, 2014

Daily Life Templates 9 and Date Seals

Today Liz brings you Daily Life Templates 9, a new set of double-page weekly summary templates. Each page has about 7-10 photo spots, a weekly title, and room for journaling. They are beautiful templates all around - great for any scrapping you do, whether for an ongoing series or not. Daily Life Templates 9 are 20% off through August 21, 2014.

Liz has had several requests to re-release her Date Seals. She has updated them a little with a few more border designs. Mix and match the borders and the date centers for a custom label on your page. Date Seals are 20% off through August 21, 2014.

And the sneak peek winner from Monday's giveaway is....Dolores M. Congrats, Dolores! Hope you can do some fun scrapping with these templates! 

Come back next week for another fun giveaway!

August 11, 2014

GSO - Vote and Win!

Tracy here and it's time for the July GSO! We have selected five of our favorites and we have a wide variety of activities this month from snorkeling to sleeping baby - I love living vicariously through your pages! :) Now it is time for you to pick your favorite from our favorites.  Make sure to vote by Friday, August 14th, 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...

Layout: Snorkeling by Zippyoh
Template: Recyclables 27
Reason CTM Loves:  I love the kit chosen for the photos - the perfect colors. The mix of close and far photos is perfect, and really tells the story of the adventure.

Layout: You Can Do It by Missyc77
Template: Paper Piecing Templates
Reason CTM Loves: This is a really intimidating template, but she took the challenge and made an absolutely stunning page. The colors are gorgeous and pop against the craft background. The "believe" word-art breaks the strong lines of the photos for a really playful feel. And the bubbly stamps add movement and lightness. It's amazing.

Layout: Movie Days by Htew
Template: Traditional Temps 1
Reason CTM Loves: I love how the background paper plays right into the dark ambiance of the photo. It really gives the feeling of being right there in the theater. She chose a solid to journal on, and it really balances the cluster the way it is opposite the heavy clustering at the bottom.

Layout: Lullaby by Shunnstergirl
Template: Recyclables 28
Reason CTM Loves: This simple layout really lets the photo shine! I love how she chose a dark background to make the photo pop. The special elements on the borders carry the theme through, and the journaling is oh-so-sweet.

Layout: Declan's New Ride by MrWagnerAK
Template: Recyclables 33
Reason CTM Loves: I love how she chose to use a pattern paper for the cut out strips. It gives it a really cool effect. I think her addition of just a few elements is great mixed with the pattern paper, and her editing of the B&W photos is amazing.
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