January 31, 2014

Week 4 & Journal Card Freebie #4

Daily Life Templates 1 by Scrapping with Liz
Little Things by Forever Joy Designs
Sticker Bits Alpha by Tracie Stroud Designs
I'm definitely getting into the groove of my Daily Life Project. This week's page came together very quickly. I don't know if it was the template or the beautiful kit.

Journaling on Left Page:
This Week: You would find Kyla doing her school work by the glass sliding door because Lu Moo was resting there. You would also find Lydia doing her "Bible Study"...that’s what she called it. Although I’m pretty sure she was reciting "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See" while she was studying it. You would also find Lydia roller skating for the very first time at our homeschool co-op night. Daddy & I got a good work out that night trying to help her. You would also find a not so common sight of me having a day to work. Daddy gave me a day off so that I could get caught up on digi-business....I’m pretty sure he had a ton of fun doing school with the girls. Then you would find us having a nice, relaxing Saturday breakfast with Lydia sitting at the counter, also a first. She’s growing up. She now has a place at the counter. Then we had a movie night on Saturday and watched Mary Poppins. Why have we waited so long to watch this movie with the girls? It was a huge hit and brought back a ton of memories for me.

Here's this week's journal card freebie. I hope you are enjoying them. Just click the image to download.

Have you been keeping up with your 2014 scrapping goals?

January 30, 2014

Daily Life 2, Letters U - Z, Storewide FWP & FREEBIES!

Before I begin I want to make sure that you know that Scrap Orchard is having a storewide Free with Purchase Sale. Spend $10 and you'll get an awesome kit from the SO Designers. Spend $15 and you'll get all the extras! It's a perfect time to stock up on some new templates!

And there's also an awesome Facebook Train that coordinates with the kit above. Follow the train and grab some freebies to add to your Birds of a Feather Kit! You can start on my facebook page with this template and then follow the arrows to the rest of the freebies. When you go to my facebook page make sure you click on the Facebook Train Freebie Tab.

Now to the new products!

Today brings the second installment in the Daily Life series and letters U-Z in the Letter Templates. All are 20% off through February 6, 2014.

Daily Life Templates 2 are 2-page spreads with about 7-10 photo spots. You can scrap your week without the requirement of a photo-a-day. Just scrap the photos that you have! These are more minimally embellished to keep your project easy. 

And here are the last letters in the alphabet in the Letter Templates.

And the winner of Monday's sneak peek & giveaway (which includes all 7 new template packs) is *drumroll please*....April! She's already been sent an email. Make sure you all come back tomorrow. I'll be showing off my new Daily Life Page and giving you a free journal card template. Then come back again on Monday for another sneak peek and giveaway.

January 29, 2014

Just a Recap: Other Pages

It's about that time of the month where I show you my latest scrapbook pages. This is always a fun post for me because it helps me see what I have accomplished over the last month or so....when I often feel so behind.

These are in addition to my Daily Life pages that I've been scrapping every week. With those and these I have scrapped over 15 pages this month. Not too bad.

I've been working really hard to finish up my 2012 book. So all of these pages are pictures from October and November of 2012. Ummm....I just took a look at my 2012 scrapbook page folder, and I have 21 pages for October 2012! I'm going to attribute it to the fact that it was Lydia's first month home with us, and we did take a trip to Florida. I usually try to pick out just my favorite pictures but it was just so hard! So many great memories made that first month home.

This first one here is a monthly review I said I just had too many photos from that first month home to scrap.
Multi Mini Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Love Grows by Chelle's Creations

Photo Strip Fun Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Falling by Bella Gypsy

SO News Templates (sent out in the Scrap Orchard Newsletter - available in store soon)
Miss Priss by Megan Turnidge (no longer available)

Make a Wish Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Birthday Bash by mle Card

Double Monthly Challenge Templates 11 by Scrapping with Liz
A Thankful Heart by Tracie Stroud Designs

Journal Card Inspired Templates 1 by Scrapping with Liz
Splash Zone by Dream Big Designs

Keepin' It Real Double Templates 2 by scrapping with Liz
Beauty from Within by Megan Turnidge Designs
Storytelling: Alpha 2 by Amanda Heimann Designs

Journal Card Inspired Templates 1 by Scrapping with Liz
Chinese Takeout by mle Card Designs

Journal Card Inspired Templates 1 by Scrapping with Liz
Birthday Bash by mle Card Designs
There you have it. My goal for February is to get November and December 2012 scrapped. I'll let you know at the end of next month if that has happened.


January 27, 2014

It's Monday! Sneak Peek & Giveaway Time

Ah, Monday. It's all good though because I have a sneak peek and giveaway for you. Can you guess what these might be? It's a new series I'm releasing throughout this year to help you (and me) scrap some double pages. I've scrapped with the whole first set, and I can't wait to get to these goodies.

I'm also releasing the rest of my Alphabet set this week too. So you have a chance to win the set pictured above plus 6 more alphabet sets! Just enter the giveaway below, and I'll announce the winner on Thursday's blog post.

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January 24, 2014

Daily Life: Week 3 & FREE Journal Card Template

Daily Life Templates 1 by Scrapping with Liz
Sweet Home by Forever Joy Designs
Texas Blue - The Alpha by WM Squared Designs
I've been doing pretty good about setting aside Saturday night (after the kids are in bed) to scrap. I try to avoid my email and internet. This week I didn't do so good on the no internet rule, but I had fun chatting with some DSF (my hubbies new name for my digital scrapbooking friends). I stayed up way too late finishing this page, but I did get it done and I LOVE it. I managed to remember to take my camera with me (most places) and took some pictures out and about. Even though we homeschool we don't necessarily spend all of our time at home. We do, occasionally, get out of the house. ;)

Read the journaling below (if you so desire), and then go grab this week's journal card template freebie.

Journaling Left Page:
Let’s see if I can recap this week in one short paragraph. Lydia had her first ever gymnastics class. Adorable! Her and I are doing a Mommy and Me Class. It’s great to have 45 minutes just with her. Her sisters get to watch on the side lines. They were supposed to do some school work and then eat their lunch....not sure that much school work got done as they wanted to watch Lydia’s every move. She was just too cute not to watch. I don’t blame them. Then we had gym day at the rec center with our co-op group. Lots of kids = lots of fun!   Just for the record I snapped a picture of what our living room typically looks like while we are doing “schoolwork”. You can imagine with a 3 year old how it can quickly get messy. I got a break from the mess & Shawn and I got to go out on a date Saturday night. All I had was my phone, and all I got was this picture of Shawn conversing with his piece of least that’s what the picture looks like. Actually, I’m pretty sure he was just telling me to hurry up and take a picture!

Journaling Right Page:
I usually read a story to Lydia right before bedtime, but she wanted to read to me. She has several books memorized. She’s a smarty. We recently acquired a Matryoshka doll. It is THE most popular toy in our house. All, except the oldest (I think maybe she’s too cool), love to play with it. I’ve had to put it away several times due to fights over it. Then this last picture was taken at game night at church. Look at all of those “grown up” kids...surely two of them can’t be mine.

As you can see I didn't include this journal card on my page...although with all of that journaling I probably could have fit it on there somewhere. Just click on the image to download the freebie.

How are you all doing on your weekly/daily/monthly challenges?

January 23, 2014

Folded Templates and New Letters

It's new release time! All of the following new products are 20% off through January 30, 2014.

First up is Folded Templates. These are multi-photo templates, and several of the paper clipping masks have folded over corners and edges. They are a fun way to add dimension to your page. You will also find that each template has a date tag, so you don't forget that all important date. If you have any of the Double Monthly Challenge Templates, I think these will pair up with those very nicely.

And next up are letters P-T in these Letter Templates. They are perfect for alphabet books or all-about-me pages.

Now it's time to announce Monday's winner, but first I wanted to thank you all for sharing your favorite SwL template products with me. I have noted everything that was mentioned, and I'll be working on making more of what you like! As for the's Robyn Scrapbookcrazy! She won all the new template sets mentioned above. Hope you enjoy them Robyn. 

January 22, 2014

Printing Digital Scrapbook Pages

A few of you have asked me how I print my digital scrapbook pages. I print a few different ways. I've printed individual pages and slid the pages into traditional scrapbook albums. I've printed lay flat books, and then I've printed just a typical scrapbook photo album. I use Persnickety Prints for my individual pages. I use AdoramaPix for my lay flat books and I use Blurb for my typical scrapbook. I really love all of these options, and I've chosen different books for different reasons. I don't think I could choose a favorite!

I'm going to quickly go over each.

Here's one of the Blurb books I had printed. It's a 12x12 book with over 100 pages. Look how slim it is! It fits nicely on my bookshelf without taking up lots of space.

Here's what the inside looks like. I choose to have the white border around each page so I don't have to worry about losing anything (with bleed and trimming) on the edges of my scrapbook pages.

Here's a review on my first Blurb book.

This is a  lay flat book from AdoramaPix. This was a 10x10 book with about 27 pages. It's definitely a little bit bulkier than the Blurb book. It's tougher than the Blurb book, and it will definitely stand up to some wear and tear. I've printed two lay flat books. I usually save them for smaller, more special albums since they are a little bulkier and a little bit more expensive. Plus the page limit on these lay flat books doesn't usually fit my 100+ page yearly albums.

And since I don't typically plan ahead for bleed and trimming (the edge around your page that could get cut off in the printing process). Sometimes the edges of my page gets cut off. You can see in this image that it cut a little too close to my title. If you plan to do a lay flat book you definitely need to plan for bleed and trimming. *look for a tip below

Since it's a lay flat book you don't have to worry about losing anything in the gutter (where the fold/middle meets). I think lay flat books are great for double pagers where you want a seamless meeting in the middle.

One of the first ways I ever printed my pages was individual 12x12 pages. I would print them and just slide them into a traditional scrapbook album. I still do that with some of my albums. I use Persnickety Prints to print my individual pages so I do not need to worry about bleed and trimming at all (that's what's nice about Persnickety's individual pages!). I will lose none of digital scrapbook page in the printing and cutting process. Plus if I want to add a page later (maybe I forgot some pics) it's easy to remove and arrange your pages. Well, maybe not so easy, but it can be done, unlike a printed book.

Here are some 8x8 printed pages from Persnickety Prints.

And I've never done a full review on my individual 12x12 albums, but here are some pics I took today of some of my "traditional" digital scrapbook albums.

No worries about gutter, bleed or trimming.

And look at that detail. It almost looks real!

The Digi Files has also comprised a great list of Photo Album Reviews. If you are researching what kind of album to print this might be a good place to start.

I just learned that Shutterfly now has a lay flat book that can hold over 100 pages. I *might* try this for my 2014 Daily Life Project Album. I think I'll have to start saving my pennies now. I know it will be quite expensive to print it as a lay flat book, but I know it will be worth it in the long run.

*Here's the Tip:
Since I'm thinking about trying the lay flat book for my 2014 album, I've been setting guides on my 2014 pages to make sure I don't lose any important journaling, titles or photos. Jenn wrote up a little tutorial on how to do that here. I'm also going to be putting together a little video tutorial soon to show you how I'm doing it on my end. Look for that soon!

I hope this helps you decide how to print those precious scrapbook pages. If you've never printed them I highly recommend it. My girls just LOVE to look at our albums. It's just so much better than looking at them on a computer screen.

*This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are 100% my own.

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