August 28, 2015

2015 Week 33: Work, Run, Repeat

My Life Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life August by Juno Designs
If you look at my pictures you would think the only thing we did this week was run and work. It kind of feels like it! 2 5ks, and I think we were at the new house every day this week.  We did do some other school work, music practice, volleyball, game night...just not a lot of pictures to prove it.

What was your week full of?

My Life Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life August by Juno Designs

My Life Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life August by Juno Designs

August 27, 2015

Put it Together Templates, Recyclables 41, and Summer Rewind

Liz has a brand new product for us today, as well as a new Recyclable set. And the Summer Rewind Sale is also in effect - if you were busy over the summer and missed your digi shopping, now you have a second chance at those summer products at the introductory price. The new products and the Summer Rewind are 20% off through September 3, 2015. PLUS there is an awesome FREE with Purchase which not only includes an awesome kit, but you also get 2 templates from me!

Here's what I have for you this week. Put it Together Templates were a customer request to be able to scrap four separate pages for framing, so that they work together in a larger design. This set has a photo on each separate page, and a portion of a heart at the middle which brings the pieces together.

Recyclables 41 is a set of past freebies and challenge prizes. Liz offers quite a few freebies every month - in her SwL Facebook group, in the Scrap Orchard Newsletter, and on the Scrap Orchard blog. When the free period has expired, she gathers them into Recyclable sets at a great price (at the 20% discount this set is priced at 60 cents per template!). This set features a lot of geometric shapes.

The winner from Monday's giveaway is....Karla D. Congratulations!

August 22, 2015

One Page Closer

Block and Paper Strip Templates from Scrapping with Liz
So Long Summer by Bella Gypsy
I tried really hard this past weekend to scrap more of Matthew's album, but all I got done was this one page. I do have the LAST 3 pages ready to go though! The photo spots are filled, and all I have to do is scrap them. Maybe, just maybe I'll get it done next weekend.

I did take some time to scrap the 2016 August Calendar page for my mom. I know I've already told you how much I LOVE how this is turning out, but it's true, I love it so much. I mixed up a whole lot of kits for this page, which I don't typically do, but love how the colors all worked together from these different kits.

2016 Calendar Template 8 by Scrapping with Liz
True Stories by Juno Designs
Que Sera by Juno Designs
Everyday Life August by Juno Designs
That's all for this week. Hoping to be showing you the rest of Matthew's album next weekend!

August 21, 2015

2015 Week 32: LOTS of Photos

My Life Templates 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life August by Juno Designs
True Stories by Juno Designs
Wowzer, did I take a lot of photos this week. I had a really hard time choosing what photos to include on this week's page. I definitely have more pictures to scrap from this week. What to do with them? Maybe I'll make an album with random leftover pictures from the year?

I think this week's page ended up showing a good mix of what our week looked like. Take a look if you want to see what week 32 looked like for me.
My Life Templates 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life August by Juno Designs
True Stories by Juno Designs

My Life Templates 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life August by Juno Designs
True Stories by Juno Designs

August 20, 2015

August in Review and My Life Templates 9

Today Liz has new goodies in her monthly product lines. These Fresh Fruit new releases are 20% off through August 27, 2015.

August in Review Templates has two double page spreads for scrapping a monthly review, an event with lots of pictures, or maybe just some favorite photos.

My Life Templates 9 is a new set of double page pocket style pages for scrapping your daily life.

Ad the winner from Monday's Giveaway is......Robin S. Congratulations!

August 18, 2015

New Scrapping with Liz Standouts!

Hello, Tracy here, and its my pleasure to introduce you to the new Scrapping with Liz Standouts!

One of the issues with recognizing the amazing layouts created with Liz's templates is the limitations that many galleries place on posting layouts within their galleries.  Therefore, we want to move away from traditional GSOs and from store galleries to Facebook.

Each month, in the SWL Group, there will be a new album in which we ask you share your beautiful layouts.  The SWL team will be picking their favorites and one layout will be selected for that month's Standout and will win $10 to Liz's store.

If you haven't joined SWL Group on Facebook, we highly recommend it.  Become a part of the SWL community and share and chat with fellow SWL fans.  The group even has it own fun challenge to participate in.

So head on over and post your August layouts in the August 2015 SWL Member Layouts Album.  We can't wait to see what you create!

To get us started, please join us in congratulating the July 2015 SWL Group STANDOUT! - Wendy Tunison's Captured 

August 14, 2015

2015 Week 31: Non-stop!

My Life Templates 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life August by Juno Designs
This week was filled with lots of activity (aren't they all?)...working at our new house, discovering a new park (that's only a mile from our new home - woohoo!), volleyball practice, school work, playtime at the Factory, celebrating Daddy's b-day.... The list goes on.

Take a closer look below, if you want to.

My Life Templates 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life August by Juno Designs

My Life Templates 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life August by Juno Designs

August 13, 2015

Cover Templates and Blocks and Paper Strips

Liz's Fresh Fruit new releases are 20% off through August 20, 2015. She has some fun Timeline cover templates and some full page designs for scrapbooking.

Blocks and Paper Strips Templates were inspired by an older set that the team and customers loved (and asked for more templates like them). They completely fill the page with photo and paper spots, and have straight and wavy paper pieces between them.

Pajama Party Templates was the set that inspired these.

Cover Templates is a set of four different templates for Facebook timeline covers. You can mix it up each season with a new cover.

The winner from Monday's Giveaway is....Tammy D. Congratulations!

August 8, 2015

Traveling Home

Traveling the World Templates by Scrapping wit Liz
First Flight by Laura Banasiak
I came out with these new Traveling the World Templates this past week, and I just had to try them. I knew they would be perfect for scrapping our journey home with Matthew. I didn't take many pictures on our way home. I think maybe just because I was so tired and ready to be home. 

I paired up the template above with this one, and I think it will make it a nice double pager in Mathew's album.

A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping wit Liz
First Flight by Laura Banasiak

I still have one more day of our adoption journey to scrap (the day before these above) and then I'll be ready to print!

August 7, 2015

2015 Week 30: House, Friends, School, Food!

My Life Templates 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life July Bundle by Juno Designs
Alpha from Everyday Life June by Juno Designs
Just another week filled with working at our new house (this week we focused on our porch), spending time with new AWESOME friends, doing schoolwork (we do year round home schooling - it's just easier for us), food (do we really need to eat 3x a day?), and fun walks with the family.

This week I tried to use my DSLR more. Can you tell which photos were taken with my phone and which ones were taken with the DSLR?

Take a closer look below, if you will.
My Life Templates 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life July Bundle by Juno Designs
Alpha from Everyday Life June by Juno Designs

My Life Templates 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life July Bundle by Juno Designs
Alpha from Everyday Life June by Juno Designs

August 6, 2015

August Calendar and Traveling the World Templates

Liz has two new releases for us today: a calendar page and some fun travel templates. Both Fresh Fruit new releases are 20% off through August 13, 2015.

Traveling the World Templates contain some fun artsy designs for scrapping your travels, bucket list, or perhaps your friends across the world.

2016 Calendar Template 8 is a set of calendar options for the month of August.

The winner from Monday's Giveaway is.....Carolina! Congratulations. I hope you can use these templates to scrap your adventures.

August 5, 2015

Digital Scrapbooking Favorites

I thought I would share some of my "go-to" scrapbooking items. Besides templates (of course!) there are a few things I always seem to use or fall back on when I'm not sure what to use.

In no particular order here they are:

1. Kraft Paper: When all other background papers fail kraft paper always does me well. It helps those photos stand out and can really go with any color scheme. Happy Scrap Girl always had my fave Kraft Papers, but now she's retired. Do you have any favorite Kraft papers that I just HAVE to have?

2. Word Bits: I often use word bits in place of titles. Quick, easy and oh, so cute! The ones you see pictured above are from A Boy's Summer Revamped by Red Ivy Designs. She has some of the cutest word bits in her kits.

3. Gold Alphas: When I can't figure out what alpha to use lately I'll go looking for a gold alpha. It just always seems to fit. The one pictured above is from Juno Design's Everyday Life December Bonus Alpha. I also really love the gold alpha in Que Sera from Juno Designs.

4. Plastic Flowers: I just love these little plastic flowers I'm finding in kits. It's sort of has a feel of a button (which I also love). I just think they are so cute. This one is from Juno Design's Everyday Life July Kit.

5. Washi Tape: Last, but certainly not least is Washi Tape. I'm a sucker for Washi Tape. I especially love this polka dot gold sparkly one in the Everyday Life July Washi Tape by Juno Designs. I've used it on several pages. I just keep going back to it.

What are your faves right now?

August 4, 2015

August's Template Blog Challenge - Template Revisited 38

It's August!  Every month when I sit down to write this monthly challenge I'm amazed that another month has flown by.  It's really mind boggling for me:  I wonder, "where did that month go?"  In truth, I know where because I have the memories and photos to document it but it's amazing how quickly the time passes.

This month's template is fantastic!  It's a double pager with circular photo spots.  While I love double page layouts, I truly struggle with the circular photo spots. I almost always start with photos, but this time I changed it up a bit.  I decided to settle on what I wanted to journal about first.  As soon as I knew that the photos just kind of chose themselves.  I love when a layout comes together even better than you thought it would.


by Donna
using Little People by Chelle's Creations + Poppy Sunshine by Amber Shaw + Collections and LJS's Wicked as well as a random shoe that she used a glitter style to pretty.  Fonts are LillyBelle & Showdows Into Light. 
by Kimberley
using Award Winning by Kristin Cronin Barrow + Just the Basics - Acrylic Alpha by WM[squared] + Strawberry Limeade (font) by Kimberly Geswein

I hope you love your layout with this template as much as I love Donna's and mine.  To join in our challenge, simply download the template and scrap it.  Flip it or change it if you need just leave enough so we can tell it's this template.  Once you're done, leave a comment below including a link to your layout and enter the Rafflecopter drawing.  We'll announce a random winner when we post next month's challenge. 

Our random winner for July is:  Alyna!  Congratulations!  I'll send your winning coupon via email later this week.  

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:  #swlblogaugust2015   (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 August 31, 2015 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 September 2015!  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!

August 1, 2015

So Close to Being Done!

Journal That Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Family Vacay by Dream Big Designs
I did it again! I scrapped a total of 6 pages this past weekend, my weekly double pager and four more for Matthew's adoption album, and I only scrapped for a couple of hours! Practice may not make perfect around these parts, but it sure does make my scrapping go quicker. It seems like the more I scrap the quicker I get. Maybe it's because I can see the light at the end of the tunnel with Matthew's Album, and I just want to get it done. I only have 1 more full day to scrap of our adventures in China and then our day of traveling home. I'm so close!

I kept these first two simple and played around a little bit with the last two.

Journal That Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Family Vacay by Dream Big Designs

Artsy Journal Templates 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Life's Good by Red Ivy Design
Recyclables 34 by Scrapping with Liz
Life's Good by Red Ivy Design
I can't wait to get this album printed.
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