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August 30, 2018

Funky Photo Templates and Swim Team Cut Outs

Liz has a cool new set of templates out today: Funky Photo Templates have some mosaic-like paper piece designs that are really bold and fun. Use them to scrap lots of photos or for an interesting background design.

She also released a new set of cut-outs: Swim Team Cut-Outs is perfect for titles or accents on your competitive swimming layouts. Both of these new releases are 20% off through September 2nd.


by Amanda

by GlazeFamily

by Mrivas

By Donna
By Ophelia

August 28, 2018

Tiff's Washington DC Album

A guest post from Tiff showcasing her gorgeous Washington DC Album:

More than a year after my family's trip to Washington DC, I have finally scrapped our travels. I knew it would be a substantial album, and the scope of it was holding me back. But finally, as a summer project, I got the whole thing scrapped and printed. And it's a beautiful book! I'm so glad I got it done.

I did a 12x12 lay flat book from Shutterfly. Before this, I had only printed small Shutterfly books to give as gifts. My personal albums were always printed with Blurb. I actually started this book on Blurb, but I ran into a problem. Although Blurb offers lay flat pages, their online book creation tool did not offer a layout with one image spanning the page. Some of my pages were two-page spreads that needed to span the middle. Since the Blurb creation tool could not accommodate that, I needed to switch platforms.

I used Scrapping with Liz templates on every one of my pages. I worked mostly with


For kits, I used Allison Pennington's For The Love Of 2017 and For the Love of 2018 collections, which have very similar color palettes. I had a ton of papers and elements to choose from.

Because I used a full bleed cover, I was a little worried about parts of the image cutting off or folding around the edge. Shutterfly was giving me a little yellow caution sign about it. I tried out several different versions of the cover, with the graphics shrunk down various amounts. The cover turned out fine, and the preview I saw online matches exactly how my cover turned out.

Most of my pages were single page designs, and I could work with each page by itself. However, I quickly realized that when I made the pages, I did not pay close attention to text/photos near the edges. I had to adjust (and re-upload) several pages, and that was a pain. I wished I had been thinking ahead when I created the pages.


This page was originally two single pages, with the blue chicken "cut off" in the middle. That looked fine when I uploaded to galleries, but for the book, I realized I needed to re-design the page as an actual 2-page spread.

Several of my pages I created right from the start as 2-page spreads with images spanning the middle. This was why I needed the lay-flat pages. It is a beautiful look, but also adds substantial cost to the album. This 47 page album was similar in cost to my full-year 100+ page albums with regular binding. I still think it was worth it, though.

When I scrapbook, I'm not shy about supplementing my pages with images I find on the internet. Since I'm interested in architecture and history, I love to include old pictures (which would be impossible to create myself). I'll even use text from websites to add facts and details about the locations. The images on the left side below are all from the internet.

This spread is about half way through the book. I was getting a little bit fatigued, but I just loved how this page turned out! I was so pleased with it, it gave me a second wind to keep going. I did have to do a bit of tinkering with the far left and right edges before I felt confident about the how much would get trimmed off.

Since my photos at art galleries did not always include the artist's info, I did my best to research online so I could credit the artists for future reference. In fact, I learned so much while making the scrapbook that I want to go back again and appreciate the details I didn't know or notice the first time!

The Focal Point Templates are perfect for scraping statues and monuments!

How was the quality of this Shutterfly book, compared to my Blurb books of the past? I've always thought of Blurb as more "professional" but based on the quality of this book, I think Shutterfly is just as good. The colors are beautiful, the lay flat pages are thick and feel nice to the touch. I'm not sure if they are made with ink or made with a photographic chemical process, but the paged definitely FEEL like photographs. Following are some close ups.

My white background paper had a soft texture to it, and I wondered if that would come through in the book or get washed out. The soft texture looks perfect! For many of my extracted or masked photos, I like to apply a Multiply or Linear Burn setting to the layer so that the background texture comes through the photo.



How does the size of the 12x12 Shutterfly book compare to my Blurb books on the shelf? They are exactly the same size! They fit next to each other perfectly.

After I ordered my book, I got the email that it had shipped in two days. The estimated delivery was 1 week after the day I ordered it, and it actually came a day early! So, I was very pleased with the shipping. In my Shutterfly account I had loaded in a couple of coupon codes - one was for 40% Off, and one was for Free Shipping on orders over $39. They were both automatically applied to my cart, so that was great!

I am extremely happy with this book and will never hesitate ordering Shutterfly for my big albums again, especially if I want lay flat pages.

If you have any travel albums that you're waiting on, I hope this will encourage you to get them scrapped. And Liz has many 20-page album sets to help you!

August 27, 2018

Week 34 & a Few House Pages!

Everyday Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Memory Pockets Monthly Aug '18 Anecdote 

It was our first full week back to school, our first full day with our homeschool group and then, of course, we had all the normal daily and weekly stuff going on.
Everyday Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Memory Pockets Monthly Aug '18 Anecdote 
 I just love looking back at the week. It always reminds me of how blessed I am.
Everyday Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Memory Pockets Monthly Aug '18 Anecdote 
And I managed to squeeze in some extra scrapping time and finished three more house pages. We've lived here almost three years. I think it's about time I get this album finished.

Simple and Sweet Album Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz
Block Party by Amber LaBau
We are Moving by Paula Kesselring and Pink Reptile Designs
Home by Kristin Aagard
Model Behavior by Forever Joy Designs

Simple and Sweet Album Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz
Home Is by Soco
Home Sweet Home by Soco
Block Party by Amber LaBau (buttons)
Love Lives Here by Pink Reptile Designs (quote)
These Walls by One Little Bird Designs (word tags/title)
Irvine Park by One Little Bird Designs (background paper)

Simple and Sweet Album Templates 7 by Scrapping with Liz
Home Is by Soco
Home Sweet Home by Soco
Block Party by Amber LaBau (buttons)
Irvine Park by One Little Bird Designs (background paper)
That's it for this week!
-Liz

August 22, 2018

Simple & Sweet, Folded Square and Calendar Starter - ALL 50% OFF!

Here's what I have on sale for 50% OFF today at The Lilypad: One of my Simple and Sweet Template sets, Folded Square Templates and Calendar Starter Templates. There's a little something for everyone.










August 20, 2018

Week 33: Birthday, Summer and School!

Week 33 - Pocket Style Digital Scrapbook Page
Everyday Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Memory Pockets Monthly Aug '18 Anecdote 
I can't believe it! It's Sunday night when I'm writing this, and I'm done with my current weekly page. I've been behind this past couple of weeks that it almost feels wrong to be caught up. Did I do everything right? Am I missing something? I think I might just go scrap some more pages just for fun.

It was a fun week. We spent a couple of days way before the routine of full-time school sets in. We also celebrated Lydia's 8th birthday by swimming, hiking and playing board games. Then my oldest daughter started her first in-person dual enrollment class *sniff sniff* and the rest of us started to get back into a normal school routine. Take a closer look below if you'd like.
Everyday Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Memory Pockets Monthly Aug '18 Anecdote 

Everyday Templates 9 by Scrapping with Liz
Memory Pockets Monthly Aug '18 Anecdote 
If you are reading this on Monday we are probably knee deep in learning!
-Liz

August 17, 2018

September Planner and Everyday Templates 9



Today starts a 30% OFF storewide sale at The Lilypad. Liz's entire store is 30% off with some commercial use items being 50% OFF! Sale ends on Monday.

Included in the sale are two new packs of templates from Liz: weekly digital pocket-style templates and a September planner template. These are both great ways of scrapping your everyday life - one is a deep dive while the other is more of a summary. Whichever is more your style, they will make beautiful albums that you will cherish for years. They are also 30% OFF through the 20th.


Some of Liz's personal pages made with the Everyday Templates series.





Liz's personal planner review pages made with the 2018 Planner Series.




Don't forget the sale! It's a great time to stash some templates.

August 16, 2018

July Planner Page and Week 31 & 32!

July 2018 Planner Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Using Memory Pocket Monthly - Color July'18


After a few weeks of craziness, I'm finally caught up on my weekly and planner pages! I'll just let you take a closer look at them as I'm behind on all of the other things I need to do too!

Enjoy!

Left side (love how these are turning out!):
July 2018 Planner Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Using Memory Pocket Monthly - Color July'18
Right side:
July 2018 Planner Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Using Memory Pocket Monthly - Color July'18

Everyday 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Memory Pocket Monthly - Color  July '18

Close up of Week 31 left side:
Everyday 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Memory Pocket Monthly - Color 'July 18

 Close up of Week 31 right side:
Everyday 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Memory Pocket Monthly - Color 'July 18

Everyday 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Memory Pocket Monthly - Anecdote Aug '18

 Close up of Week 32 left side:
Everyday 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Memory Pocket Monthly - Anecdote Aug '18
 Close up of Week 32 right side:
Everyday 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Memory Pocket Monthly - Anecdote Aug '18

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