September 26, 2014

Daily Life Week 38: Lots of Celebrating!

Daily Life Templates 10 by Scrapping with Liz
In Real Life Day to Day Collection by Bella Gypsy Designs
We did a lot of celebrating this week. My oldest daughter turned 12, we celebrated 2 years with Lydia, and my 7 year old lost a tooth! In the life of a 7 year old losing a tooth is very exciting. We also helped with our local fair and ran a 5k to help support a local Pregnancy Care Center. It was a full week.

What you see on my Daily Life page is just sort of a summary. I do hope to go back and scrap more of the photos I took, but I'm glad to have this summary page done....because it's probably going to take me forever to get the rest of the pictures scrapped. That's what I love about this Daily Life Project. I can scrap a good over all look into our lives and then go and scrap more of the details later.

You can take a closer look below and don't forget to grab the free journal card template.

   This week we celebrated Ashlyn’s 12th birthday and 2 years with Lydia. Ashlyn made cupcakes and we had family over to celebrate. All the cousins got to play together in the backyard. Their favorite thing to do is ride the tricycle down the big hill.

   It was also fair time. Our co-op had a bake sale and helped with the big kids tent. Ashlyn and Emmie volunteered to help. I think Ashlyn’s favorite person to help is her little sister!

   Since we had to go to Asheville for an audiologist appointment, we decided to let Ashlyn choose the place for lunch, after all it was her birthday. She chose Olive Garden. It was a special treat that we all enjoyed.
   Kyla lost one of her front teeth. I love her just shows how excited she was to lose that tooth. 
   Our whole family went out to support SMPCC Cullowhee. Some of us ran the 5k and some of us did the 1 mile walk.

Here's the freebie:


September 24, 2014

Loving and Learning Flickr

I joined Flickr over a year ago...and I love it! I still have a lot to learn, and I'm hoping you all can help me out. I wanted to share a few things I love about it and maybe get some input on some of the other things I should be using it for.  I know there's a whole lot more I probably could be doing.

The #1 reason Flickr is my favorite photo sharing (or in my case digital scrapbook sharing) site is because of the way my pages look and can be organized. It just looks so pretty! Take a peek at my Flickr page. It's just so pretty took look at with all those big, crisp pages. Take a look at how I have my albums organized. It's so organized. I love it! And it's super easy to share with others.

The #2 reason I love Flickr is because of the ease of uploading and sharing my photos to other digital scrapbooking groups. I can upload as many pages as I want, add the title and description, easily add the individual pages to whatever album I want to and then, with a simple click of the mouse, share those pages with other groups.....I don't have to upload to each individual group.

Here's a screen shot of what the upload screen looks like. After I add the title and description, I can click on each page (notice the 'With Matthew' page has a pink box around it) and choose which album I want it to be a part of.

Then if I want to add them to the different groups I belong to I can highlight all of my pages (just hold down 'Ctrl' as you click them all), and I can check the groups I want to share them with.

You can also change the privacy settings on your photos when you upload them. Some people also use Flickr as kind of a back up for their full-size digital scrapbook pages. I haven't gotten into that, but I definitely need to check it out.

The #3 reason I love Flickr is being able to follow others. I can follow friends and fellow digital scrapbookers and see their beautiful pages.

Now, I know there must be more to Flickr. Please share with me any tips I just need to know!

September 18, 2014

Photo Mats and Calendar Templates

Liz has a variety of products for you today: two calendar options and some photo mats. All are 20% off through September 25, 2014.

Calendar Starter Template is a single calendar page that you can use repeatedly to build a cohesive calendar, scrap a monthly summary, or display your photo-a-day project.

Perpetual Calendar Template is a year at a glance - use it to list all the birthdays, anniversaries, and other annual events, use it to scrap a busy year, or use it creatively for other kinds of lists you want to scrap.

Finally, Photo Mats 2 is a fun take on the photo strip idea. Each piece has three or more photo clipping spots in collage style with a geometric boundary. Really modern and cool!

And the winner from Monday's giveaway is.....Sandra G. Congrats!

September 16, 2014

GSO Winner!

Please join me and congratulating Helen (winipeg1) on winning this month’s GSO!

She competed against some wonderful competition but her garden baby layout took home the roses. We love this layout using the Big Photo Templates for its journaling that uses images for words and besides babies playing in the dirt are the cutest!

Visit Helen's gallery to leave her some 'love' on this adorable layout.

We had a chance to ask Helen some questions about her scrapping and this what she had to say...

What layout are you currently working on or planning to start next?
I'm just about to start working on a CT layout for Chelle's Creations which will be pie chart themed.

When did you start scrapping and who or what got you started? 
I started scrapping in 2009 when I typed in to google Disney scrapbooking. I wanted to make a 'pretty' photobook for my then 5 month old so she could look back on her 1st trip to Disneyland Paris. I found a Disney Digital Scrapbooking oriented forum and it went from there.

What is your favorite layout you created using a Scrapping with Liz product?
ACK! thats like trying to pick a favourite child :) I would have to pick this one - pip. Because I'm a sucker for large photo templates and this layout is one of those I hope my daughter will appreciate when she is older. This teddy sleeps with her EVERY night and I want that documenting as I couldn't tell you about any of my childhood comforts.

Thank you to all you voters! Random-dot-org selected number 2, robinsismai, as the winner of $5 to Liz's store in the Vote and Win drawing!

September 14, 2014

Daily Life: Week 37

Daily Life Templates 10 by Scrapping with Liz
Inspired Life Kit by Createwings Designs
Background Paper from Everyday Snippets Issue#3 by Createwings Designs
I did so bad this week with taking photos. I don't know what my problem was. Two of the photos on my page were taken with my dslr, the rest were taken with a phone...most of them by my hubby. Oh well, the page is done, and I still captured our week. I will do better next week!

Here's just a little reminder that these templates are super easy to rearrange. I had to rotate part of the second side of this template to work with my photos. I just rotated the photo and journaling spots and it was perfect for my portrait photos. I have a bunch of template tutorials here that will help you rearrange and work with templates.

Make the templates work for you!

If you are interested in my week just take a closer look below, and don't forget to grab the free journal card template.

Journaling: A little bit from this week.....We always have some kind of cutting activity with school, Matthew loves it. Shawn and I were able to sneak out for a date, the kids played in the rain and of course we’ve been training for our 5k. 

Journaling:   We went to Ashlyn’s 3rd volleyball game. She even had some of her cousins cheering her on this time. She’s improved so much!
   Kyla is excited to be added to the dinner clean up rotation. She’s actually quite good at it. I wonder how long the excitement will last?
   On Saturday we went to the Winston-Salem Air Show. It was sort of an impromptu trip. We found out about it a few days before and decided to go because we knew Matthew would love it. Airplanes are his favorite!

And here's your free journal card.


September 11, 2014

Daily Life 10 and Summer Rewind Templates

Liz has two new products today - a new set for the Daily Life series, and a "recycled" set of Summer templates.

Daily Life Double Templates 10 is for scrapping a double page weekly summary. Each page has about 6-7 photo spots, plenty of room for journaling, a weekly title, and simple embellishment to keep this project fresh and do-able all year long. These are also great templates to have on hand for all of your scrapping. Daily Life Double Templates 10 is 20% off through September 18, 2014.

Summer Rewind Templates is a smaller set of 2 multi-photo templates. This is a fun set featuring some paper layering, arrows and scatters. Summer Rewind Templates are 20% off through September 18, 2014.

And...the winner of Monday's Giveaway is....Patty Rm. Congrats Patty!

You all aren't going to want to miss next Monday's Sneak Peek and Giveaway. So make sure you come back by to enter.

September 9, 2014

GSO - Vote and Win!

Tracy here and it's time for the August GSO! We have selected four of our favorites and we have a wide variety this month from babies (two and four legs) to holidays! So get ready to squeeze some virtual cheeks and pick your favorite from our favorites. Make sure to vote by Friday, September 12th, 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 four nominees are...

Layout: Cute As A Bug by Winipeg1
Template: Big Photo Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Reason CTM Loves: I love the journaling using images for words and babies playing in dirt are the cutest!

Layout: Happy Halloween by Zippyoh
Template: Wavy Templates
Reason CTM Loves: This layout has great work with patterned paper - building an energetic background that isn't overwhelming. She has really fun clustering around the photo - with costumed Halloween people around the edge. And I love the title work with that black alpha.

Layout: Pixie's Adoption by Cjoy2Day
Template: Double Temps - Mini Set 1 (retired)
Reason CTM Loves:  I love the warm and homey feel of this layout. I'm a sucker for dog pages.

Layout: Week 27 by Alohacowgirl
Template: Weekly Project Templates
Reason CTM Loves:  Her weekly pages have been catching my eye in the gallery. I always love the color combos she chooses for her pages, and they all have the perfect amount of elements so that you still focus on the pictures and journaling. They are very inspiring.

September 6, 2014

Daily Life Week 36: So Blessed!

Daily Life Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Summer's End Kit by SO Designers
CU Transparent Epoxy Styles by Chelle's Creations
I just love looking over my photos at the end of the week. After a long, hard week it is just what I need. Looking back at my pictures make me realize how blessed I am: 5 kids that wake up loving me every morning even though I don't deserve it, delicious food on my table 3x a day (well, mostly delicious), a home where we are making lots of memories, a God who loves me and a husband who makes me laugh (although I didn't even include him in this page!). Every Saturday night I look through my photos of the week and I'm reminded of why I do what I do. Look at those faces. Every hard moment is totally worth it.

Now a note on my actual scrapping. With this template I actually added an extra photo spot and adjusted a few photo spots to fit my photos (really, it's okay to do that!). I even used some not-so-great phone photos because they really showed a big part of our life (the B&W photos you see there). I made those photo spots a little smaller and made my photos B&W because the quality was pretty bad....but hey, they look okay on my page. Don't you think? You would think that since it's such a big part of our life that I would take better pictures. Sometimes you are just in the moment with your kids and you ask your husband to snap a photo with his phone. No time to go get the big would ruin the moment and then you would lose the photo and the moment. And you don't want to do that.

I'll stop chatting and let you take a look at my pages. Don't forget to grab the free journal template below.

Journaling:  On this page we have Lydia and Kyla playing a homemade game while Emmie does Lydia’s hair.     Emmie made a delicious meal for us. I got my camera out to snap a photo of the stuffed shells that she made, and I ended up forgetting about snapping a photo of the food and started snapping photos of us around the table....and Kyla photo bombed this one.    The picture to the right was just a few brief moments in our van. We stuffed 9 kids in the van to drive about 500 feet on a back-road so that we wouldn’t  have to trek up the mountain.

Journaling:  Matthew loves to build things with his Legos, especially airplanes.    The 2 black and white photos were of some of our night time activities. Reading and playing ASL games.    Emmie brought the Ukulele to co-op for a demonstration in the history class.    And Lydia being silly while she ate her lunch (a very common site)...and it looks like Emmie is photo bombing this pic.

Just click the image to download.


September 4, 2014

Background Starters - Templates

Liz has a fun new release for you today! Background Starters - Templates are layered backgrounds to build a fun foundation for your page. You can use them with another template, or you can put a photo and embellishment on top. These have lots of chevrons and triangles, so they are super trendy. Background Starters - Templates are 20% off through September 11, 2014.

A little behind the scenes peek: these were a request from me - I wanted some geometric backgrounds for working with solid papers. Now I know patterned papers are a lot of fun, think about solids too. Two past team members Dagi and Lenka used to make amazing pages just working with the solid papers in kits. Give it a try! Now, here are some inspiration pages.

The winner from Monday's Giveaway is.....Anne F. Congrats Anne! There will be another giveaway next week so make sure you stop by to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by!

September 3, 2014

Make Your Own: Simple, Easy & Cheap Announcements

As you may know I recently brought my son home from China. The other night I sat down and decided that my family and friends should have some kind of photo announcement of our new family. It's only been 7 weeks. I think it's about time!

Since I needed something cheap and easy I decided to make my own. I also knew that I couldn't spend a lot of time on it.

Here's how I quickly made my own announcement:

1. I opened up a recent family photo in Photoshop. It was most definitely not a professional picture, just a random photo taken after our first Sunday at church. Again, I needed something quick and easy. No time or $$$ for professional pictures right now.  

2. After I opened my photo I added a new layer.

3. I drew a rectangle shape on the bottom of my photo with the Rectangle Marquee Tool.

4. Then I used the paint bucket tool to paint the rectangle white.

5. After I painted the rectangle white I played with the opacity of the rectangle layer. I think I set it to around 50%.

6. After that it's all about adding the text. I chose to keep it nice and simple. I used 3 different colors for his name and 2 different fonts. I'm not really going to give you a lot of typography tips because I'm definitely no expert. But I do have a lot of free fonts pinned on my Font Pinterest Board, and there are even some tutorials pinned there on how to combine fonts. 

7. I saved it as a .jpg and then uploaded it to Wal-mart (since I wanted cheap and quick). I ordered 5x7's. Did you know that Wal-mart will also give you envelopes? Cha-ching.

Here's my finished version with an edited name spot. 

See, not a professional photo. Those are random clothes and funky hair. What can I say?

And a 2nd version just for fun. I made this one with a circle instead of a rectangle. I also added a little heart stamp to it.

There ya go. 

September 2, 2014

September Blog Challenge - Template Revisited #27

Happy September!  I hope those of you in the US had a great Labor Day weekend.  Our house was busy busy busy with homework, housework and family fun time.  I even found a little time to shop my favorite digi-stores and do a little scrapping.
Liz's blog challenge this month features a fabulous big photo spot.  This one looks great all by itself as a single page or is the perfect opposite in a double pager with lots of photos or a lot of journaling.  I've used it both ways and like it equally well in both situations.


by Christine
using Boyhood Bundle by Createwings Designs and mle Card
by Donna
using Tough Times by WM[squared]

by Shari
using Beach Memories by Createwings Designs

by Kimberley
using Academic by Kristin Aagard

So that's our September template and some of the inspiration pages from Liz's CT.  For those of you new to the blog challenges.  Simply download the template and use it to create a layout you love.  Feel free to modify it to make it your own so long as we can still recognize it as the original.  Upload it to your favorite photosharing site or gallery and then leave us a comment linking your layout.  Finally, enter the Rafflecopter survey to be eligible a prize.  One lucky winner receives $5 to Liz's store.

Speaking of Rafflecopter, our winner for the August is (drumroll).....Michele. Congratulations!

If you want to be entered into our drawing, you must use the Rafflecopter survey.  All winners are selected by Rafflecopter!  You can't win if you don't enter.  :)  Even if you don't enter, we LOVE seeing your pages so keep 'em coming!  

Happy Scrapping,


  • Use the featured template (above) to create a layout or hybrid project.  Feel free to modify the template but make certain we can still recognize it as a version of the original.  
  • Upload your completed layout to a gallery or  photo sharing site of your choice. 
  • If uploading to the ScrapPin gallery at Scrap Orchard please include the following in addition to your other hashtags:  #swlblogseptember2014 (feel free to copy and past this hashtag)
  • Come back to this blog post and leave a comment with a link to your completed layout by September 30, 2014 and ENTER the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win. Winners must provide a layout link in the comments section AND enter supply an email address in the Rafflecopter survey.  We never share your information.  
  • Winner of the $5 coupon will be chosen and announced the first Tuesday in October 2014!  Non-winning participants will receive a participation prize so remember to leave us a way to reach you when you link your layouts.  Don't forget to watch your coupon expiration dates!

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