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May 30, 2016

Monday Highlight: Family Forever by Kayla

Recyclables 47 by Scrapping with Liz
Eternal Blush by Dream Big Designs and Melissa Bennett
Isn't this page just gorgeous! I saw it in my SwL Facebook group a couple nights ago. I love the big photo and the amazing job Kayla did with her clustering. I'm also a sucker for Gold title work.

This page is this week's highlight!
-Liz

May 26, 2016

May Project Templates

As May comes to a close, Liz has new installments in her monthly product lines. There are two types of monthly reviews and a new calendar set. These new releases are 20% off through Sunday, May 29, 2016.

May in Review Template is a double page spread for scrapping a monthly summary or any event with multiple photos.
http://the-lilypad.com/store/May-Month-in-Review-Digital-Scrapbook-Template.html

May Insta Review Template is another double page design for scrapping 24 phone snapshots.
http://the-lilypad.com/store/May-Insta-Review-Digital-Scrapbook-Template.html

And 2017 May Templates is a set of May calendars/toppers in different sizes.
http://the-lilypad.com/store/2017-May-Calendar-Digital-Scrapbook-Templates.html

Katya scrapped a travel page with May in Review Templates.

Amanda used the May Insta Review Template to scrap a series of photos.

Dagi used the 12x12 option from 2017 May Templates to scrap an adorable everyday page.

Have fun shopping!

*The winner from Wednesday's giveaway is Christie C. Congratulations!

Week 19 and 20: Catching Up

Weekly Life Templates 5 by Scrapping with Liz
I actually got behind last week. We were gone to a camp for deaf/hoh families. I left my laptop at home for 3 beautiful days. It meant a lot of catching up to do when I got home, but it was worth it. I was able to scrap both Week 19 and Week 20 this past weekend.

Weekly Life Templates 5 by Scrapping with Liz
 Week 19 was filled with lots of fun extra things: Cue Camp, Mother's Day, Dollywood....

Weekly Life Templates 5 by Scrapping with Liz
 Week 20 was more normal: School, games, and music.

Weekly Life Templates 5 by Scrapping with Liz

Weekly Life Templates 5 by Scrapping with Liz

Weekly Life Templates 5 by Scrapping with Liz
I actually liked working on these pages back to back. I think I scrapped faster than normal. Maybe it was because I knew I was behind. Either way I'm glad to be caught up.

-Liz

May 25, 2016

50% Off: A Sweet Album, Edges, and Big Photo Templates

Today I have three older template sets in our Something Old Something New sale: A regular set of templates, a 20-page album, and some edge clusters.  Enjoy the 50% SOSN discount on these products today only, May 25, 2016.

And don't miss the sneak peek and giveawy below!

Simple and Sweet Album Templates 2 is an old favorite. Use these as a fantastic stash to pull from, or use them to create a cohesive album.



Edge Templates is a great set of clusters (paper pieces, stamps and scribbles, scatters, and tabs) to add to the edges and corners of your pages. They also work great for building a layered foundation under a photo.


Finally, Big Photo Templates 2 is a set of templates featuring large photo spots that almost fill the page. You will also find journaling on paper strips, stamp work, and paint.


Donna paired up matching templates from Simple and Sweet Album Templates 2 to make a 2-pager.


Rebecca also used Simple and Sweet Album Templates 2 to show off some family art work.


Polly Shivani made this stunning page with Big Photo Templates 2. I love how she made the big photo B and W.


Polly Sucalli highlighted this page with the Edge Templates.


And last but not least here's the sneak peeek for this week. I have my May Review and Calendars releasing this week. If you want a chance to win them enter the giveaway below. I'll announce the winner on Friday's blog post.


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May 24, 2016

Resizing a Template for Paper Scrapping

Hey there!  It's Katrina (that paper/hybrid scrapper girl), from Paper, Scissors and Glue on the blog today to share with you how I used one of Liz's templates on a traditional layout and resized the shapes to make them work with my photo size.  Also, look at templates in different ways as you will see!

Confession, I was going to do a tutorial about patterns, importing and organizing them into the Silhouette Studio software.  But, I updated my software and it sent me to the cloud version!  I haven't had time to play around yet, so I thought I would do something that anyone with a Silhouette (or similar) cutting machine would be able to try!

Supplies
Pattern Paper, Washi Tape, Acrylic Shapes, Journaling Tag, Chipboard, Letters-American Crafts
Flair-A Flair for Buttons (Etsy)
Sequins-Jillibean Soup
Twine-May Arts
Bird, Butterfly-Crate Paper
Star Pins-Maya Road
Adhesive-Therm O Web
Silhouette Cameo with Studio Software

I used the Recyclables 43 template for my layout.  It's a great set of templates and there are lots of possibilities with it.  Most people see a "house" in the "Love Lives Here" template, but I saw a doghouse!  And how cute would this be with a four picture collage to make it look like windows?!  



I started by opening all the PNG's that I wanted to use in my Silhouette software.  Once I had them opened, I traced and then filled them with similar colors like the template and moved all of them to one mat.  I closed out the PNGS once I had done this, because they seem to slow down the software if you get too many things open.  

Once I had them on one mat, I then arranged them according to the template.



I had already printed my picture and it was smaller than the picture area (grey box). I grouped all my shapes together by selecting the arrow (aka pointer tool) and then drawing a box around all my shaped.  You can see the grey box around all the shape below.  Once you have the box around everything, right click and select "GROUP".  That will group everything you have selected together so you can move it around or in my case resize!  It's so easy to resize an entire template all at once!  


Once I had everything grouped together, I moved all the pieces up to the ruler at the top of my screen and resized until I had the picture area (grey box) approximately the size of my printed picture.  This kept everything in proportion within the template.  You can see my picture was around 4.25 inches, the template picture area was over 5 inches.  I didn't look, because I knew I was going to shrink it!


Once I resized, I right clicked and ungrouped everything so that I could cut out the pieces in different pattern papers.  Yes, I could have just wrote down the measurements of the basic pieces, but I am horribly with a ruler and it was easier just to cut with my Silhouette since I already had the shapes!  And make sure you have all shapes off of your mat, except the one you are wanting to cut.  I have a terrible habit of forgetting that!  


I cut the roof border twice, so that I could have a layered effect!  I love how it turned out.  I used foam adhesive on both layers to give it dimension and some fun. 

As I started putting it together, I realized that I wanted another layer for the background.  I took the pink shape I had made and just created an offset for it.  This way I knew it would be in proportion to the entire template.


I subbed the journaling area with a journaling card from the collection I was working with.  I have a ton of these and never know how to use them, but this gives me ideas now!


Let me know what you would like to see me do with Liz's templates or what you would like to learn. Or if there is a specific template you want me to work with.  Also, would you like me to use more digital collections printed out, etc?  Just leave me a comment!!  This is new for me to, but so exciting and I love learning and sharing.  Have a great week!







May 23, 2016

Monday's Highlight: Not a Gator by Brenda

Folded Templates by Scrapping with Liz
As I was browsing the SwL Facebook Gallery last night this page stood out to me. I think it's the combination of the natural elements along with the gorgeous nature photos. It all goes great together. I love how the 'folded' part of the paper looks old and worn, I love the wood background (a fave lately), and I love the stitched down title.

Brenda did a great job of grabbing random stuff from her stash to make this gorgeous, natural looking page.

-Liz

May 21, 2016

Artisan 5 Tutorials

Lori is on my creative team and she knows all about Artisan 5. She recently did some video tutorials using some of my products and giving tips on how to make them work for you in Artisan 5, for all of you Artisan 5 users. She has some other great video tutorials on her youtube page as well that you might want to check out.

The first tutorial she did was using these Big Pieced Alpha Templates that I recently released.


She'll show you how to add them to a scrapbook page!

Click on image to watch tutorial.

And the next one is a tutorial she wrote up showing how to use this template (by the way it's still FREE if you haven't grabbed it yet!) for a cover page.


Click on image to watch tutorial.
Doesn't she do great tutorials? I hope these help you.
-Liz

May 20, 2016

Weekly Life Templates 6 and Recyclables 48

Froggy Friday is here again, and Liz has two new releases for us: a new set of Weekly Life Templates, and a new set of Recyclables. Recyclables are past freebies and challenge prizes. Since Liz is always making more freebies, the old ones go into the store at a great price. New releases are 20% off through Sunday, May 22, 2016.

Weekly Life Templates 6 comprises four double-page spreads with 7 photos each. They are perfect for scrapping your daily life, but are also ideal for any ol' page you want to make. This set has a speech bubble and quotation mark theme.
http://the-lilypad.com/store/Weekly-Life-6-Digital-Scrapbook-Templates.html

Recyclables 48 has lots of shapes: circles, triangles, wavy shapes, and text boxes and text paths that match those shapes.
http://the-lilypad.com/store/Recyclables-48-Digital-Scrapbook-Templates.html


Here is an elegant page Donna made with Recyclables 48.

And here is a 2-pager Jenn put together with Weekly Life Templates 6.

And the winner from Wednesday's giveaway is Robin. Congratulations!

May 18, 2016

50% Off One Day Only: All About the Frames Templates 1 and 2...AND Sneak Peek and Giveaway!

Today I have two "oldies" for you in our weekly Something Old Something New sale: two sets of multi-photo templates with lots of photos and lots of frames. Clip paper to the them, add layer styles, or replace them with frames in your kit. However you use the frames will be a lot of fun. Enjoy the 50% SOSN discount on these products today only, May 18, 2016.

*And before you leave take a peek at the sneak peek and giveaway I have going on below.

All About the Frames Templates 1 has a bit more traditional style with everything lined up nice and straight and includes some frames with oval openings.



All About the Frames Templates 2 is a bit more playful and artsy with tilted photo spots, paint splatters, and journaling on strips.


Here is Christine's page with All About the Frames Templates 1. She clipped papers and used layer styles on her frames, and I think they look fantastic.


Amanda used All About the Frames Templates 2, and she switched out some of the paper frames with beautiful ornate frames from her kit.


It's been a few weeks since I've had a sneak peek and giveaway for you. I'm really loving the set of weekly templates I have coming out on Friday. There's also a set of Recyclables (in case you've missed any previous freebies) releasing as well. Enter the giveaway below, and you could win both sets!




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May 17, 2016

Little Details: Matching Up

Hi Everyone! This is Jenn, jk703, here to bring you a post today! Woo Hoo! It's getting nice out, and iNSD just passed! I hope you got a LOT of scrap goodies!!

I was scrapping before iNSD last week, and I thought of a small tidbit to share. It's a super small detail, but one that I think can really make a difference when creating your albums. I jump between single layout and double layouts, but I prefer double layouts for my printed bound albums. Just my preference. I was working on this layout, where I'm using Liz's Weekly Life 5 Templates  and the collab from Pink Reptile Designs and Just Jaimee - Oh Boy!


Obviously, you weren't there, so you don't know how many times I changed out the background until I chose this one! SO many times! lol! I just couldn't decide, and then I realized that sometimes, not always, it's because I like my pages to flow into each other - mainly when I look at the pattern. This is MY preference, and you do not need to scrap this way at all. This might be super useful if you plan on printing lay flat albums. It had just never dawned on me, in the last 6 years of scrapping, that I change and move the papers so the patterns match up nicely or at least don't fight with each other! lol!

Here is a close up of the middle of the page from above:




As you can see, the pattern lines up pretty well. To get that look I have to use the Edit > Transform to flip and turn until they match up nicely.

Here is another time when the pattern lined up after a bit of twisting and flipping. You can see that before, I had some of the orange flowing into the greens and blues. It looks nice, but since I notice it, I tried to flip and match the patterns a little. Here is what I ended up with:

Looking at that pattern, sometimes they do make for some odd combined shapes, but I didn't think it looked bad. It wasn't the backgrounds that I ended up choosing, but I liked it better when the colors flowed nicely.

Before:

After:
Some papers line up pretty easily, while some others just don't line up at all. It really depends on the patterns and how it's set up on the paper. For me, ones that don't line up USUALLY become used on other parts of the double layout,  just not the BG. Not always, and remember you can scrap any way you like! 

An easy line up, literally - haha:



Here is a background that doesn't totally line up, but could still be used! It's just my preference to use something that works together. Again, this is my preference. 

Center close up, remember some never will line up and words are especially hard: 

This is just something to take a peek at when scrapping and printing albums. I wouldn't want you to print an album, and then notice you don't like how the background papers flow - match or don't match! No matter with all the little details of scrapping, and all the tips and tutorials, YOU have to like your creation!

Now, get scrapping with all those recent goodies you got!
Have fun and thanks for stopping by!

Jenn | jk703





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