October 31, 2014

Week 43: Pumpkin Roll, Climbing Trees and More!

Daily Life Templates 11 by Scrapping with Liz
Grateful for this Day by Bella Gypsy

It's beginning to look a lot like fall....and so are my pages! Aren't the colors gorgeous? I'm just loving all the fall kits I'm seeing around digi-land.

We enjoyed some fall things this week like our local Pumpkin festival, climbing trees and lots of playing outside (it's gorgeous here). Take a closer look below and don't forget to grab the free journal card template. Oh and don't forget about the BIG SALE going on at Scrap Orchard.

Journaling: I’m going to start backwards this week with photos. Saturday was Pumpkin Fest. We picked 5 pumpkins for 5 kids and rolled 5 pumpkins down a big hill. #fun We enjoyed all the town festivities and of course we had to get some “fair” food. You can see in the picture below Lydia’s love of popcorn. She couldn’t wait to dig in. Friday night we let all the kids sleep in the same room and they all ready books to each other. Be still my heart.

Every morning when I cook breakfast I have at least 1 or 2, maybe 3 or 4, sometimes 5 kids who want to help me. This morning I let Emmie and Kyla be my helpers. They wanted to make the pancakes all by themselves They did a pretty good job.

Journaling: See that photo at the top left? Notice the kitty cat in the background? She wandered into our yard and has become Mitten ‘the kitten’ Albers. You can see how excited Lydia is about her. The left photo is just a glimpse into our afternoon. School, blocks and more school work. In the photo above, Kyla was very determined to climb that tree. She did it! And when I grabbed my camera Matthew thought I was taking a photo of him! 

Here's your free journal card template!

Before I leave you I want to make sure you don't miss out on the amazing sales and FWP going on over at Scrap Orchard right now.

Everything is 35% OFF (even these 4 new products).

And if you spend $10 you can get this kit for free:

If you spend $15 you get this too!

You don't want to miss it!


October 30, 2014

Digital Scrapbooking Day - BIG, New Products & FWP!

Digital Scrapbooking Day is almost here! I'm so excited. Scrap Orchard is celebrating with a Store-wide sale and Free with Purchase offer, and games in the Game On Forum all day Saturday November 1st.

Here is a look at the Free with Purchase deal. It will be perfect for scrapping your holiday baking!

Spend $10 and get this kit for FREE!

Spend $15 and get this ADD-ON Too!

The 35% Off sale and the FWP offers are available from October 30 - November 3, 2014.

Liz has four new products for you, so let me get to those.

Simple Journal Templates and minimal paper style pages with just a hint of embellishment. They are dainty and beautiful!

Front Page Templates are designed for album covers, but they also work as background builders or as pages just as they are - date tabs and journaling spots already included.

Mini-Dozen Template is a cute 2-pager with lots of little spots for photos or journaling.  
Finally, CU Frame Templates is a set of 10 geometric frames with lined pattern overlays. Great for the kit designer, but I can see scrappers using these too!

Tracy will be hosting a challenge on Saturday over in the The Buzz. Win a cute template just for participating!!

Plus there are a lot of other fun challenges going on at Scrap Orchard with a chance to win $200!

And make sure you come to the 10pm Chat. I'll be there playing Yahtzee! Hope to chat with some of you all.

I can't forget the winner of Monday's Giveaway! The winner of my 4 new products is......Tammy S. Congrats Tammy, you'll be getting an e-mail shortly.

Have a great Digital Scrapbooking Day! I hope you shop and scrap a lot!

October 29, 2014

Washi Tape Tutorial: Make Your Own Washi Clipping Mask

 Using Across the Miles by Tracie Stroud and Amber Shaw with my Washi Tape clipping mask.

I love Washi Tape, in real life and in digi (especially in digi). Whenever I download a kit and it has Washi tape included I know it will be going on my page. Sometimes, though, it's not in the kit. No worries though. I easily make my own Washi Tape clipping mask where I can clip any paper from the kit onto it. What's nice about that is that I can make any size or shape that I want to! Some of my templates even have Washi clipping masks already included.

Just in case you don't have Washi Tape in the kit you are working with, or there's none on the template, I thought I would show you how you can quickly make your own Washi clipping mask. Yay!

Let's begin. By the way, I'm using Photoshop CS3. I think this would be the same in Photoshop Elements.

1. Open a new canvas (I'm using a white background so you can see the shape better) and click on the Polygonal Lasso Tool.
2. Make your desired Washi Shape tape with the tool. Go big, go small, go skinny, go fat, go long, go short, etc... See all the options! You can hold down shift to get a straight edge.

3. Use the paint bucket tool to fill your shape (any color will do).
4. Paint shape.

5. Set your layer styles by click on the layer in your layer palette.  You can see my settings above.

6. Set opacity of layer. I usually go around 80% to make it a little transparent.

7. Ta-dah! You are ready to use your clipping mask. You can drag it to the page you are working on or you could make it right on your page, just make sure you paint it on a new layer. I love clipping patterened paper to my Washi masks. I usually tweak my shadow styles after I see how the Washi mask looks with the paper clipped to it.

And yes, that tape above is a little different than the shape I made for the tutorial. It was actually already included in Artsy Journal Templates 4. See all those wonderful Washi Tape clipping masks in this set?

Now you can go make your own!


October 25, 2014

More of Matthew's Pages

Guess what? I did a little more scrapping this past weekend. Since I scrapped a few pages of Matthew's Album last week, it has made me want to really keep working on it.  I worked on these pages on and off on Sunday afternoon. I think I've decided that Sunday afternoons will be dedicated to scrapping Matthew's pages. My goal is to have it done by his 6th birthday...which is next March. Think I can do it?

The first couple pages are still of our first day in Beijing. The last one, at Tiananmen Square, is our 2nd day in Beijing.

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 10 by Scrapping with Liz
Chinese Takeout by mle Card Designs
Double Monthly Challenge Templates 4 by Scrapping with Liz
Chinese Takeout by mle Card
Double Monthly Challenge Templates 2 by Scrapping with Liz
Smile, Sparkle, Shine by Bella Gypsy
Double Monthly Challenge Templates 12 by Scrapping with Liz
Iron Scrapper - East by Scrap Orchard Designers

October 24, 2014

Week 42: Horse Class, Sleepovers, QR Codes, Photo Grid and More!

Daily Life Templates 11 by Scrapping with Liz
Hello, Autumn by Laura Banasiak
Krafty Paper Bundles by Happy Scrap Girl
A couple things about this week's page: I used 2 QR codes (seriously, I love these!). I also use an app called Photo Grid to put together collages with my phone pics (mainly to post on facebook and instagram). I made a collage this week and incorporated the collage into my page. I liked that it captured our whole day into one nice little collage, and then I was able to also include it on my Daily Life page (just plopped the pre-made collage right down on my page). I think I might do this more often.

So, take a closer look below if you want to and make sure you grab the free journal card template.

Journaling: Very quickly: This week we went to a horse riding class, we had fun with blocks, we went to a mom/daughter sleepover, we went to the corn maze, we went to Asheville for an audiologist appointment (which also included a trip to the mall), and of course there were lots of little moments around the house and often those moments include cooking in the kitchen together.

Just click on the image to download.


P.S. I had someone ask me if they thought QR codes and YouTube would stand the test of time. Not sure about that, but I don't see them going away in the foreseeable future. I imagine technology will change, but I have a feeling QR codes and YouTube will be around for awhile. I figure if they do go obsolete the QR codes don't take up that much space on my page and whoever happens to be looking at my pages will giggle at the outdated technology.

P.P.S. I did test out my QR code to make sure it wasn't too small. While it works fine at a normal size, I think through some of my resizing for the web it made the QR code not work on my blog....sorry about that! I'll try to keep them a bit bigger next time just in case you all want to see videos.

October 22, 2014

Calendar Round-Up!

It's about that time of year when some of my digital scrapbooking friends think about making custom calendars. Since I don't have any new full calendar sets for you this year (bummer!), I thought I would do a little round-up of all my past calendar sets that are still available. There's also a special little coupon for my blog readers at the end of this post. Don't miss it!

The first three sets are 8.5x11 Calendar Topper Templates. You can decorate the top with your photos and digi-stash and use Shutterfly to print them. Adoramapix, Persnickety Prints, and Arts Cow all allow for calendar printing too. You just have to watch the size.  These can easily be made into 12x12 templates in case that's the size calendar you are going for. Arts Cow, Persnickety and Adoramapix also allow for custom calendar grids on the bottom. Although, this year I have no 2015 grids for you (bummer again!).

Now, while I have no custom 2015 grids, I do have this 2014 set. I think you could easily switch around the grids to work for 2015....but that might take you extra time that you don't have. It's just a suggestion. You might also want to watch the size on these. Depending on what size calendar you want you might have to re-size them, and that's super easy to do. I have a tutorial here. These could also make a fun year in review album if you wanted to give someone a gift.

Then I have this totally customizable starter grid. You could totally make this work for 2015. And since it's a single template it's super cheap.

I have these perpetual calendar templates that are perfect for any year. Make a nice year in review album as a gift or get some pages ready to jot down those memories of next year. Remember to add in birthdays and anniversaries before you print so they are handy to remember.

Another perpetual set. These would be really cute as a gift. I made some of these a couple years ago and printed them on my home printer and they turned out really nice.

This is a single perpetual calendar template that would look great printed and hung in your house somewhere to remember those important dates.

Since it's that time of the year and you are looking for calendars and gifts to make you can grab anything in the calendar category in my store over at Scrap Orchard at 40% OFF.

Follow the linked image and it will take you directly to the Calendar category in my store.
Enter the coupon code at check-out.
If you make a calendar or a gift with any of these be sure to share with me!

October 21, 2014

GSO Winner!

Please join me and congratulating Janice (jaharvey) on winning this month’s GSO!

She competed against some awesome competition but her nature layout shined the brightest! We love this layout using the Keepin' It Real Double Templates for its beautiful nature photography that pops against a dark background and lights the page from within. Truly elegant and beautiful.

Visit Janice's gallery to leave her some 'love' on this gorgeous layout.

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

What layout are you currently working on or planning to start next?
We're actually in Maui on vacation right now, so I'm pretty sure my next bunch of pages will be vacation ones! When we get home, we'll start decorating for Halloween, so I'll be doing some seasonal pages, too. We do a lot of walks and hikes, and I am really looking forward to including some fall colours in my layouts.

When did you start scrapping and who or what got you started?
I started digi scrapping about 3 years ago, but paper scrapping a few years before that. A friend of mine was selling scrapbook supplies through home parties and got me started. Originally I intended just to rescue pre-digital photos from old albums, but then I got hooked. Ironically, I've only scrapped maybe 1/4 of the old photos so far. There's just so many new photos to keep up with. I'd like to do childhood albums for my kids before they have kids of their own. We have 25-year-old twin girls and a 27-year-old son ... I guess I'd better get going on those!

What is your favorite layout, you created using a Scrapping with Liz product? 
Hmm, so hard to choose. I've used a lot of SWL templates. I love the simple designs, as I like to focus on the photos. I'm rather partial to my Victoria day trip page, it actually includes two SWL templates: one for the page and one for a journal card.

 Thank you to all you voters! Random-dot-org selected number 11, mattcindi, as the winner of $5 to Liz's store in the Vote and Win drawing!

October 18, 2014

I've Been Busy!

I've finally scrapped some more pages of Matthew's adoption album. I thought I would share them with you and sort of share my plan of how I'm going to get this thing done!

1. I organized all my photos by date and event. That way I'm ready to grab my photos when I have time to scrap.
2. I decided to use my Double Monthly Challenge Templates (also available as individual packs) for his album. I'm using them for two reasons.  1: His album will be cohesive. 2: I don't have to go searching through my stash for a perfect template. With this set there is a sure to be a template that will work with the photos I have. 
3. I have the kits I'm going to use ready and organized.

There, that's my plan. 3 steps. Not much of a plan I suppose but I do have my photos organized, and templates and kits ready to go. 

Here's what I scrapped this weekend. Now, you might be saying, but wait, where's Matthew? These pages are all leading up to the day we met him. We did some sightseeing while in China and really got to learn more about his birth country. I also want him to know the anticipation and excitement we felt knowing we were going to meet him very soon. I'll be scrapping those pictures very soon.

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 12 by Scrapping with Liz
On the Road by Kristin Aagard
Double Monthly Challenge Templates 10 by Scrapping with Liz
On the Road by Kristin Aagard

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 2 by Scrapping with Liz
Compass by Down this Road Designs
My Everyday Alpha by Dream Big Designs

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 2 by Scrapping with Liz
Compass by Down this Road Designs
My Everyday Alpha by Dream Big Designs
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