October 30, 2015

Week 42: Pumpkinfest, Fall Festival....

My Life Templates 11 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life October by Juno Designs
We are in the middle of a move so just a quick post today (more pics of the move in next week's post). I'm just going to copy and paste the journaling below.

My Life Templates 11 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life October by Juno Designs
Journaling: It was everything fall this week. From the Pumpkinfest in downtown Franklin to a Fall Festival with our church. There was also a lot of everyday things thrown in....from smoothies, to reading and a horse eating her cereal. And not so everyday, our house is finally ready to move into!!!

My Life Templates 11 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life October by Juno Designs
Have a great weekend!

October 29, 2015

Focal Point and October Review Templates

Liz has some fun new templates in The Market! As always, the "Fresh Fruit" new releases are 20% off for their introductory week - discount valid through November 5, 2015.

I asked Liz for some templates I could use for scrapping things like nature hikes or museum visits - something with a feature photo and some smaller photo spots off to the side. She did not disappoint! Focal Point Templates all have a large masked photo surrounded by some smaller photos, as well as as some simple flower embellishments and layered paper backgrounds.

And here are your October in Review Templates - perfect for scrapping a quick look at your month, an event, or even daily life.

And the winner from Monday's Giveaway is....Cindy J. Congratulations! Make sure you all come back next week. You won't want to miss the giveaway!

October 27, 2015

Scattering Scatters

Hi Everyone! This is Jenn, jk703. I hope you are all doing well. It's October, and the beginning of fall here - leaves are changing, some cooler temperatures have arrived, and there seems to be pumpkin everywhere! I am not a huge pumpkin fan, but we do head out to the pumpkin patch every year.

While working on a layout from our pumpkin patch visit, I found a fun tidbit that I find myself doing when creating layouts, and using scatters. So, I'm here to share!

Liz has some perfect scatters that you can use for any kit you are working with - and they will match perfectly! LOL! Especially since it is a template! Check out the Scatter Starters - perfect and fun shaped. For my layout, I used these - in the arrow shape. For my example images, I've also used the Forever Joy Hello Fall kit.

Here is my layout... with some scatters under the image. Liz's scatters came with three layers, I just turned off one layer.

I have my green arrows selected in the layers palette, and I'm going to use the Rectangular Marquee tool. 

Note that if your scatter is really close to other pieces of the scatter, or you want to move multiple parts of the scatter, your best bet tool wise is the Polygonal Lasso Tool (the one right below the Rectangular  Marquee Tool on the Left Tool Menu).

Here, you can see I used the Marquee Tool to make a square around the one green arrow. All you have to do is click, drag your box, and then let go.

My box of marching ants overlaps the yellow arrow, but I only have the green layers arrows selected in my layers palette - this means the yellow  arrow will not move.

Next, choose the Move Tool. Here are my settings:

After clicking the move too, you will get transform controls around your box, then once you use the mouse or keyboard arrows to move the scatter, the box will become smaller - to the bounds of the shape it is moving.

I moved my green arrow down to the bottom. I you wanted to, you could also remove it altogether, by pressing delete. So, if there is ever a pesky scatter too far out or in the way, just surround the area, and then delete. Be careful of surrounding scatters! :)

I decided to move some of the yellow scatters as well, and here is what I have after moving them around a little bit.

And my final layout. I also decided to delete some of the arrows of the scatters that were peeking out from under the photo. You might not notice it, but I did with a smidgen of corners, or darker shadows. This version is just a bit cleaner.

Hope you learned something new! Have a great time scrapping!
Jenn Marione | jk703

October 23, 2015

2015 Week 41: It'sFall & Some Extra Pages!

My Life Templates 11 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life October by Juno Designs

I wasn't sure about using a fall colored kit for my weekly page (since my photos aren't all fall themed), but I think it worked really nicely with the photos I had. Plus when I flip through my finished album I'll instantly know these photos must be from October.  Don't you just love the fall colors?

My Life Templates 11 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life October by Juno Designs

Here's the journaling I have on my page.

A few pictures of our co-op corn maze trip & some sight seeing photos. 

My Life Templates 11 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life October by Juno Designs

  • Nana and Grandpa Ralph came for a visit this week. We took them to Wayah Bald and up the Highlands Road to see all the waterfalls.
  • We took a trip to the corn maze with our co-op group.
  • Ashlyn had her last Volleyball game.
  • Matthew climbed to the top of the rope in gymnastics and drew some awesome pics!
  • We got the final inspection on our house! (no pics)

Before y'all leave I'll share another 2 pages I scrapped this week. This is for my mom's 2016 Calendar page. Only 2 more pages to go and I'll be able to print her calendar. This has been the best project and hopefully a great gift. I can't wait to see what it looks like printed out.

2016 Calendar Template 10 by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life October by Juno Designs

And here's one more for Matthew's album. My scrapping has been pretty limited lately since we are trying to finish our house and move in. Every spare minute has been spent working on that, but sometimes you just have to take a break and scrap a fun page. That's what this was.

Big Photo Templates 3 by Scrapping with Liz
Starting Fresh by Red Ivy Designs


October 22, 2015

Shutter Templates and Brushes

Liz has some fun photography inspired designs for us this week! The following templates and brushes are both 20% off through October 29, 2015.

Shutter Templates is a set of multi-photo designs that are also full of clipping masks that look like the shutter or aperture mechanics on a camera. These are really fun!

Shutter Brushes is a set of coordinating brush shapes. There are two main shapes that come in 5 styles each. These are great for scrappers who want to add additional artwork to your pages, and also for designers to use in their kits. (Almost all of Liz's designs are Commercial Use and Scrap for Hire friendly).

The winner from Monday's giveaway is....Karen R! Congratulations!

October 21, 2015

September 2015 Standout!

Please join us in congratulating the September 2015 STANDOUT! - Kaleena Farmer's my beautiful roses.

Kaleena made the perfect choice with her kit and her template, the Recyclables 39 Templates, to showcase her roses! The layout is just so pretty with is soft colors, layering and feminine touches.  The roses in the background look like they came from the bouquet.  The title already says it, but this layout is BEAUTIFUL!

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 September layouts in the October 2015 SWL Member Layouts Album.  We can't wait to see what you create!

October 16, 2015

2015 Week 40: All Over the Place

Everyday Life September '15 by Juno Designs
My Life Templates 10 by Scrapping with Liz
Last week worked so well with me just sharing my journaling that I thought I would do the same this week. This week the journaling is just kind of all over the place....which is kind of how this week was. Take a look below.

Everyday Life September '15 by Juno Designs
My Life Templates 10 by Scrapping with Liz

  • We celebrated Katie’s b-day at the Factory.
  • Kyla got to ride with Grandpa to the rock quarry to get rock for our driveway.
  • We may have a new kitten already living at the new house.
  • The kitchen is coming together.

Everyday Life September '15 by Juno Designs
My Life Templates 10 by Scrapping with Liz

  • How did this happen? All 5 kids just happened to be sitting together & I snapped this picture.
  • Playing at the new park while Ashlyn is at her piano lessons.
  • At the Library. Can't wait to get home to read the new book she picked out.
  • Being goofy at Lowe's....we've been here way too much this week.

October 15, 2015

My Life, Recyclables 42, Big Screen Templates

New products are in The Market once again. This week Liz has both old and brand new goodies. All three sets are 20% off through October 22, 2015.

My Life Templates 11 is a new set of double page pocket style templates for scrapping daily life. I love how the digital medium allows for such variety in the pocket style: Liz has all kinds of different photo sizes and shapes. This set looks like it would work for some amazing single page designs too.

The Big Screen Templates is a set of 2 templates that were part of a Scrap Orchard store promotion a while back, so check your stash before you buy. These have some fun angled designs.

Recyclables 42 is a collection of past freebies and challenge prizes. This set has a lot of variety with both clean and playful designs, and there is even a double page template in the mix.

The winner from Monday's Sneak Peek is.....Jane M. Congratulations! I'll be sending you your coupon code later today.

October 9, 2015

Week 39: A Shower, Gymnastics, Sickness & More

Everyday Life September '15 by Juno Designs
My Life Templates 10 by Scrapping with Liz
I'm just going to share the journaling from each page for today's blog post. It tells the story anyway.

Everyday Life September '15 by Juno Designs
My Life Templates 10 by Scrapping with Liz
Left Page: Josh putting in some special woodwork on the new house. Emmie holding Daisy. What we found when we came home from a date.

Everyday Life September '15 by Juno Designs
My Life Templates 10 by Scrapping with Liz
Right Page: This week was filled to the brim. I hosted a baby shower for my sister. We had open gym at gymnastics. We had the stomach bug. And all of this along with our regular school work, speech and AV therapies, and working on the new house.     

A little note about the pics above.

Top left: Lydia always puts our hands together while we are sitting in church. It makes her so happy.

Middle: Matthew after speech therapy. He gets to play with the trains afterwards, it makes him happy.

Top right: Ashlyn getting the littles brkfst after I was up all night with Kyla. Having a teenager has it's perks.

What a week. I'm excited to see what next week will hold. Hopefully no illness!


October 6, 2015

October Template Challenge

It's October!  October start my favorite time of the year.  I absolutely LOVE autumn.  Even though we don't get a traditional fall here in the desert, I still love it.  Something changes in the air and I'm so very happy when it does.

I'm hoping this month's challenge template makes you happy as it did me.  I loved it at first sight! The square photo spots and angled papers were so much fun to play with.  So, here it is!


From the team....

by Katya
using You Smile, I Smile by Bella Gypsy

by Donna
using Into the Woods by LJS Designs (fonts are Grinched and Shadows into Light

by Kimberley
using Frequent Flyer by Kristin Aagard (fonts are Splendid 66 and Darcy Baldwin's Miss Molly Brown)

by Wendy
using Like A Rockstar by Libby Pritchett & Life is Bittersweet by Amanda Yi

Here's how the monthly challenge works. Download the template from the link above then scrap it any way you like.  You can change it up if you want just be sure we can tell it's the same template.  Post your layout to your favorite online gallery or image server then leave a link to it in the comments below.  Once you've done that, don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter drawing below.  One random winner will receive a $10 coupon to Liz's store.  Everyone else with receive a discount coupon.  Pretty cool!  An awesome free template and a coupon!  Coupons will be sent out within a week.  

And now for the winner from the September challenge........Berniek!  Congratulations!  Great big thanks to everyone who played along in September.  We're looking forward to seeing what you create in October. 

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:  #swlblogsoctober2015   (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 October 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.  
  • Only those entrants who leave a link to their eligible layout in the comments section will be included in the drawing.  All other entries will be disqualified.  
  • Winner of the $10 coupon will be chosen and announced the first Tuesday in November 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!

October 5, 2015


Hi, it's Tiffany here, and I have an inspirational technique post for you. It's all about titles.

Liz is one of my favorite scrappers. Her pages are embellished but clean. She picks kits that complement her photos. And one of the things I've noticed lately is that she often uses all capital letters in her titles - both in her pages and in her templates.

Using all caps does not come naturally to me, which is why I noticed the trend in her templates. I asked Liz if she uses any guidelines for her title work. She admitted that she doesn't put much conscious thought into it but goes with what looks the most pleasing. However, we both looked through her templates and found some patterns, and I think they are great guidelines for title work.

Capital letters have straight lines and line up easily. They work well with page designs that also have strong lines. Here are two examples from Recyclables 40. Both pages have strong angled lines and the titles line up with the arrows.

Lowercase letters have a lot of curve and flow. They work well with page designs that have a lot of curves, or are more playful and clustered. Here are two examples from Recyclables 28. When I looked through all Liz's templates, I noticed that in templates with strong circular elements, she almost always uses lowercase titles.

Uppercase Letters are thick and bold. They work well when you want a title to stand out or provide a strong textual element to your page. Here are two examples from Recyclables 41. In both templates the title work plays a strong visual role in the design, and is the first element that draws my eye.

Lowercase letters, with their thinner size, will not compete with your photos. They can work well with large photo designs or pages with several blocked photos. Here are two examples from Keepin' It Real Double Templates.

These guidelines for using uppercase and lowercase titles are not hard and fast rules that you always have to follow. I think they give us some ideas about how titles work with the rest of a page. Sometimes we want our titles to be bold and stand out. Sometimes we will want our titles to take a lesser role so the photos are the star. And of course, if you ware working with alphas instead of fonts, you might be limited in what is available.

I want to leave you with some eye candy - that is, some of Liz's pages using uppercase and lowercase titles. First, here is a page with several blocked photos, which definitely are the focus of the page. The lowercase title stands out in the corner with its contrasting color work, but it doesn't distract from the photos.
Simple Journal Card Inspired Templates 1 by Scrapping with Liz; Chinese Takeout by mle Card

The following page uses an Artsy Journal template. Those designs are usually very playful and random, but this particular one has several photos in rows on the right hand side. The photos make for strong lines, and the all caps title work emphasizes those lines.
Artsy Journal Templates 4 by Scrapping with Liz; Merry and Bright by Bella Gypsy

Here is a page with a bold wavy line across the page, and the lowercase title work nicely flows along that curved edge.
Wavy Templates 1 by Scrapping with Liz; Storytime by Kristin Aagard

This page uses a bold uppercase title which quickly, and efficiently, tells you the topic of the page.
Recyclables 27 by Scrapping with Liz; All Organic by Sugary Fancy Designs

Keep these ideas in mind the next time you want to build a title that works well with your page design. Happy scrapping!
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