April 30, 2015

$1 iNSD Sale with 11 Brand New Products

Yay! interNational Scrapbook Day is upon us, which means lots of sales and plenty of fun activities and prizes.

The Farmer's Market $1 sale is live, which includes both new and older products for only $1!! (Liz has 11 brand new products for us!)  And in the Scrap Orchard forum you will find the 2015 DigiScrap Olympics - challenges and chats all day on Saturday! I will also be hosting a quirky template challenge over in the SwL Facebook Group this weekend.

Now, let me get on to those brand new $1 Sale items. But don't forget, Liz has over 25 $1 products in all. Find them all here:  Scrapping with Liz $1 Farmer's Market.

2015 Graduation Card Templates is a cute set for making your own custom graduation announcements.

2016 Calendar Template 5 is a May calendar - scrap each month so the work will be done by holiday gift giving time.

All About the Frame Templates 2 is a fun set with lots of photos and bold title work.

In Quotes Templates is a unique set for scrapping conversations, catch phrases and the funny things kids say.

Crazy Shapes Templates are multi-photo designs with quirky wavy lines and matching text paths.

April in Review Templates has two double page spreads for monthly summaries.

Arrows is a set of arrow shapes - for scrappers or kit designers!

Big Alpha Masks is a set of large uppercase letters - perfect for scrapping names, travel through the states, or for an ABC project.

Big Number Masks is the coordinating set of numbers and punctuation. Use these to scrap birthdays or school years.

Alpha Scatters is a set of lowercase alphabet letter in three styles. Scrapper can use them to add texture and dimension to your pages, and designers can use them for making cute scatters for your kits.

And finally, Number Scatters is the coordinating set of numbers.

Now for some inspiration.

The winner from Monday's giveaway is Crystal H. Congratulations!

April 24, 2015

2015 Week 15: CI Week!

My Life Templates 4 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life April Bundle by Juno Designs
Everyday Life March Alpha by Juno Designs
When you look at my page this week you definitely know what was going on. It consumed our week. Matthew had his Cochlear implant surgery on April 14th (a very long awaited day). The surgery went great, but that first day was rough. The anaesthesia did a number on him. But it only took him a few days to get back to normal. I don't even think he'll have a scar. May 11th is the big day where we'll get the external processor and they'll turn it on.

Here's a little more info on his hearing if you are interested, if not just skip all this babbling and take a peek at my page below. He wasn't getting any benefit from hearing aids in his right ear (the ear they implanted). With a hearing aid in his left ear he's in the moderate to severe range, but he's still picking up and understanding some English, which is quite amazing for what he's getting in just one ear. We are really hoping and thinking that getting some sound into that right ear is going to do some amazing things for this little boy. I'm excited to see what the next few months will bring for him.

And on a sweet little note (which deserves it's own page), when Matthew was in the midst of being sick he rolled over grabbed my hand and gave me the biggest smile ever. He really is the sweetest little boy ever.

My Life Templates 4 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life April Bundle by Juno Designs
Everyday Life March Alpha by Juno Designs

My Life Templates 4 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life April Bundle by Juno Designs
Everyday Life March Alpha by Juno Designs
Oh and I thought I would show you this. I finished theis April page for the 2016 Calendar I'm making for my mom (minus the missing picture from my sis). I'm loving this challenge over at Scrap Orchard. By the end of the year I'll have a calendar ready to print. Check out the challenge here.

2016 Calendar Template 4 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life April Bundle by Juno Designs


April 23, 2015

Simple and Sweet Album Templates IV and My Life Templates 5

Liz has some fun new products for us today, after a little spring break last week. These Fresh Fruit new releases are 20% off through April 30, 2015.

My Life Templates 5 is a new set of 4 double page spreads for scrapping your daily life in the pocket-style. These have weekly titles and about 12-15 photo/card spots on each spread.

Simple and Sweet Album Templates IV has 20 single page templates for building a nice big album in a cohesive style. These are perfect for scrapping vacation/travel albums.

The winner from Monday's giveaway is....Danka! Congratulations. I hope you have fun with all of those templates.

April 21, 2015

GSO - Winner!

Please join me and congratulating Victory on winning this month’s GSO!

She competed against some amazing competition but her Favorite Porridge layout was the cream of the crop! We love this layout using the Recyclables 38 for truly capturing the moment in the photos; you can just see how much the little girl loves the porridge. Also, the mix of papers for the frames and the yellow background blends beautifully with the color in the pictures.

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

Thank you to all you voters! Random-dot-org selected number 14, keepscrappin as the winner of $5 to Liz's store in the Vote and Win drawing!

April 17, 2015

2015 Week 14: Lots of Outside

My Life Templates 4 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life April Bundle by Juno Designs
This week contained more bike rides, walks, and runs. It's been so nice here. We are enjoying getting outside as much as possible. I think it shows on my page.

You may have noticed, but I've been getting even simpler with my pages. I think maybe it reflects just not having as much time to scrap as I normally would, but I'm totally dedicated to doing these weekly pages that if I have to do them simple then that's what I'm going to do. I've also been sticking to one kit a month. It also makes for easier and quicker scrapping. Right now I'm all about getting these pages done. One day I know I'll have more time to scrap but for now this is how I'm getting it done.

My Life Templates 4 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life April Bundle by Juno Designs

My Life Templates 4 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life April Bundle by Juno Designs

April 14, 2015

GSO - Vote and Win!

Tracy here and it's time for the March GSO! We have some adorable smiles this month along with one majestic tree for you to choose from.  So scroll on down and tell us the best because we just can't decide!  Make sure to vote by Friday, April 17th, 11:59 pm ET 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: Favorite Porridge by Victory
Template: Recyclables 38
Reason CTM Loves: I love the pictures she captured. You can just see how much she loves the porrige. Then she scrapped them beautifully with the mix of papers for the frames and the yellow background blends beautifully with the color in the pictures. It stands out all around.

Layout: Watch Our Family Grow by Chippi
Template: Template Revisited 33
Reason CTM Loves: I love how this page celebrates family, growth, and change. The whole page feels happy with bright pretty colors and delicate clustering.

Layout: Our Vacation by QuiltyMom
Template: Recyclables 38
Reason CTM Loves: The browns, greens and blues are great colors to show off the beautiful nature photography. I love the little cluster in the middle. And I love that these are photos from several years ago - great inspiration for scrapping older stories.

Layout: Little Heart Throb by Shazzabess
Template: Double Monthly Challenge Templates 10
Reason CTM Loves: I love the more monochromatic color scheme of blues and greens with little pops of white and yellow. The photos are adorable, and the layering is super fun.

April 10, 2015

2015 Week 13

My Life Templates 4 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life April Bundle by Juno Designs
We enjoyed our first week of April. We spent a lot of time outside (let's just say our rental is small ad we need to get out a lot!) going for walks and bike rides. Thankfully the weather has been gorgeous. We'll be staying here for a few months and we are trying to make the most of it.

You can take a closer look below.

My Life Templates 4 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life April Bundle by Juno Designs
I did rotate this side of the template because I had more more vertical photos that I wanted to include on this page. Here's a tutorial on how to rotate a template. Don't be afraid to make the template work for the photos you have.

My Life Templates 4 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life April Bundle by Juno Designs

April 9, 2015

Artsy Journal Templates 7 and 8

Liz has two new Artsy Journal template sets for us today.  This is a very popular product line that is artsy (playful designs with lots of doodles, paint, tape and bold titles) and journal-y (with lots of text that often wraps around your photos). They are super fun to play with. And you can even turn off the text layers and they still look amazing, so these are great sets to have on hand for any occasion. Both of the Fresh Fruit new releases below are 20% off through April 16, 2015.

Artsy Journal Templates 7

Artsy Journal Templates 8

And the winner from Monday's Giveaway is....Sandy G. Congratulations!

April 8, 2015

Hidden Tool Tutorial

Hello from New Jersey! This is Jenn, jk703, here today to bring you a fun tutorial, one that I consider a bit hidden! We are going to learn to use the Puppet Warp. There are so many tools, and features to Photoshop, but I found this one was surprisingly easy.

Puppet warp allows you to transform a layer and manipulate and distort images. With that in mind, you might be wondering how it will be useful in scrapbooking. This feature can be used on text, photos, flowers and best of all, strings or ribbons. Even stitching. This is something you will use again and again. I originally was shown and then learned of this little feature when completing a challenge for the Month of Challenges at The Lilypad. I couldn't believe how easy it was, and how I never heard about it! Talk about underutilized!

Here is the layout that I am working on. I've used Liz's Just Photo Templates. I've used a mixture of items from Chelle's Creations - Master Builders, Master Builder Friendly, and Doctor's Orders. My fonts are Wanderlust and KG Something to Believe In.

See that string, I'm going to show you how to move it off of my journaling, and at the same time, make it look natural and not distorted.

Here is the string up close. Nice and curly. :) 

Choose your string layer in the Layers Palette. Next, choose Edit > Puppet Warp. 

Right after you click on the Puppet Warp, your chosen element will have almost a "covering" over it. Photoshop calls it Mesh, which is actually a perfect name. Here is what it looks like: 

Now, click on all the parts of the string that you want to stay in place. You are leaving anchors, aka the little yellow circles. I usually stick to the areas nearest to the part that I am moving. I play on grabbing the end of the string, so I will leave a little leeway for the movement and change that will occur. 

 One tiny note - see the last yellow anchor. It has a black dot inside. This is the "Active" anchor. That just means that is the one that will move if you click and drag using that anchor. 

I've decided I have enough anchor points, and have clicked on the end of the string too add and anchor. Without letting go, drag the end where you would like it to go. I felt it might naturally curl in more, so I brought it lower than the other part of the string. 

Then, I continued... as the string was working with me. Sometimes, it creates drinks and funny bumps. I kept curling and this is what I came up with. I noticed a bit of a drink forming where I left off - where the black dotted anchor is. 

Here is the crink in the string. (I clicked the checkmark so I could show you.) :)

The great thing is, you can do as many Puppet Warps as you can. So, I followed the same steps again, and decided to try to remove the crink. Here is my string, and I nudge it a little. Then I click the check mark again. 

If at first you don't succeed, undo and re-try, or just give the Puppet Warp a second go around. :) 

Here is a close up of my un-crinked string. What do you think? Not too bad, right!?

My final layout/left side:

And my double: 

Now, I have an extra special treat, lol! I was scrapping with Liz's ever so versatile Recyclables 36, and Chelle's newest kit for tonight.... and it is gorgeous. I used this same technique on some lace. Here is the piece of lace that I wanted to straighten out... yes, I'm odd. It bothered me. :)

So, I used the Puppet Warp to straighten it out! Perfecto! Just a little thing can make me happy, and I did it so fast too! 

Thanks for visiting and I hope you love this little hidden gem too! Have fun! 

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