Monday, August 25, 2008

Back to School, anyone?

My oldest went to meet his teacher today. He is excited about going to school. I hope he stays that way.

I turned the layout I did of this milestone day into a quickpage for you. Be sure to check out Julie's store for this fun Back2School Kit and her blog for the add-on/coordinating mini.
Enjoy! Here is a link to download on a site besides 4Shared.

If you have used one of my quickpages, I would love to see! Feel free to leave a comment on my blog with a link or you can find my e-mail in my TOU.

Friday, August 22, 2008

How 'bout a quickpage?

I really liked how this page using Oh Boy by Julie. It Is. turned out so I asked her for permission to turn it into a quickpage for you. Link Expired.

Don't forget to stop by her blog and pick up the mini that coordinates with the Oh Boy kit.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Lovin' the designs by Julie. It is.

I finished two more pages in my nature album.

I took this picture at an outlet mall. The faded background is the original picture with lowered opacity. The smaller one is the same photo but I was playing with Virtual Photographer and really liked how the dreamy effect softened the photo. The elements for this are from Sultry Summer by Julie. It is.

For this one I used Canyon by Julie. It is. and a frame from the Country Roads Freebie by SKrapper Digitals. I actually took this picture quite by accident. I have been trying (rather unsuccessfully) to get some good mountain range pictures so had my camera out in the car while we were returning from my family reunion in WV. We were sitting in traffic (yes, traffic in WV, what's up with that???), and this is what I saw.

This next one was another one of those layouts I had been trying to get done for a while. It was the next chronological page in my son's baby book I needed to scrap. My husband took these photos when we first got our digital camera and was playing with the black and white setting so I had no choice but to have black and white photos. Usually, if I scrap in black and white I have a specific reason for doing so, so I was struggling with finding something that worked with these black and white photos but was still boyish enough for a children's layout. Then Julie released her new kit today, Oh Boy, and I had this layout done in no time. She's got a freebie mini kit which coordinates with the rest of the full kit on her blog tonight so be sure to check that out. It looks like the full kit is on sale right now for $2.00 too.

My Scrap Shop News:
For all those budding designers out there, My Scrap Shop made an announcement today you may want to check out.

Up for one more layout? I did this one last night. It was for a Template Challenge by Sine at Scrap Orchard I heard about it in the away challenges thread over at Hummie's World. I love mulit-photo layouts so I thought I would try my hand at this. I had to recreate the template in Memory Mixer because the psd files don't work in it. That really wasn't that hard though.

However, I found using a template for the first time to be a challenge actually. I kept thinking "I thought this was supposed to be quicker". I am sure it is for most people - so don't let me discourage you because there are some amazing templates out there. I personally love to admire all of them by Simply Sarah Designs and while I haven't used an entire template before this, have been inspired by some of Sarah's amazing photo arrangements and tried my hand at recreating them once or twice in my layouts. I personally found that I felt locked in and a little creatively limited with the use of a template. I kept going from feeling my layout was too plain to being too busy and felt like I spent three times as much time on the layout as I would have.

BUT this was a really great template (and my stressing was, I am sure, really just my quirky need-to-do-my-own-thing personality trait) so I would encourage you to give it a try yourself and see what you can come up.

I used Blossom's Welcome Kit by Booland Designs for this one.

Happy Scrapping.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My Scrap Shop News

Eirene over at My Scrap Shop made me an awesome blinkie which is now proudly displayed on my sidebar. How cool is that?? She is such a sweetheart. It is so amazing to me to receive a gift from some kind soul oceans away from me. Thanks, Eirene!

She is having a sale all this month so be sure to stop by and check out her store.

Speaking of My Scrap Shop - they have been expanding and just announced their second site Creative Team Call.

For my CT Kit for this month, I got to pick what kit I wanted to work with. I chose Jaxon by Michelle Herron. I was in the mood for some fun colors and this certainly fit the bill.

I don't have a freebie for you today. :( Been a little overwhelmed with work and life in general and really haven't felt that creative.

However, you should check out the Back2School Freebie from Julie. It is.

It coordinates with her new kit, which is on sale now for $3.49.

My oldest starts school next week so I have it all ready to get those photos scrapped.

Since I didn't have any back to school photos to use and really wanted to play with all the fun elements in this cool kit, I found another perfect use for it.

Hope you are having a happy scrapping week!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Turtle Time Quickpage

Have you seen the cute new kit FishinmomDesigns just released? This is Turtle Time. Isn't it fun?

Here are a couple of layouts I made with it.

I turned the beach one into a quickpage for you.

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

I took this picture in April for a nature album I started. I have been scrapping all around this page but just couldn't find the perfect kit for this particular photo.
But today I got a really cool kit from a brand new designer (and I got it on sale too!). This is Canyon by Julie. It is. Isn't it just grand?
You can grab this kit and check out all of Julie's other wonderful creations over at her new store at Plain Digital Wrapper. Currently everything there is 30 percent off too so what are you waiting for?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

At the Beach - Textured Papers

I made a few textured solid papers to coordinate with the At the Beach papers and button pack from two weeks ago, which are also still available.
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I also have my August Quote Challenge up at Hummie's World. This month we are going to try something a little different. I have provided a theme for your quote, all you have to do is complete a layout using that theme. (Don't worry if you can't think of a quote, I have several suggestions in the thread.) I used the quickpage posting bonus that you will receive for completing the challenge to do my layout. The theme is Grandpa. I chose the quote "Grandpa, tell me about the good old days" from the song by The Judds.
(Credits: Hummie's Heritage Kit)
Happy Saturday!