Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bunny Trail Freebie Brag Book Pages

Manda’s Scrappin’ Creations has a fabulous new kit called Bunny Trail – an Easter kit of course! The colors are wonderful – bright pastels but not at all obnoxious – just perfect. Check it out – the image is linked to her shop at ESS but it is also available at Fairy Tale Scraps.


I used this kit for the speed scrap at Stuff to Scrap last night and this is what I came up with. This is my niece GG and her dad, my brother-in-law.

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I have to say, I really like these blocked template layouts – they just add a lot of interest and are a great place to showcase elements and a bunch of different papers.

Anyway, Manda’s CT put together a great brag book blog train – this is a real treat! When you are done you will have 26 pages – isn’t that amazing?

Here are my pages:

Bunny Trail Preview

Here is the blog train in case you didn’t start at Manda’s blog or you get lost. Make sure to leave everyone some love – we all appreciate hearing from you.

Manda's Scrappin' Creations
Adriana's Cafe
Super Scrappin' Mom
Scrappingirl's Scraps
Every EverAfter Moment
Kerry's Scraps <~~~~~ you are here
Sweet Creations
Christie's Digi World
Rainamoon Scraps
The Daily Blog Post

Oh, and I gave you the link for Fairy Tale Scraps, Manda’s new store, but I didn’t mention that she is having a 30% off grand opening sale – until April 14th!!


Head there to get some goodies and get in on the ground floor of a new site!

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Moorland Morning by Seal Scraps

The color scheme of A Moorland Morning by Seal Scraps caught my eye the first time I saw it and it has been on my wish list ever since. Well I finally got it and made some fun layouts – I especially love the brown paper with the scroll work on the side and the bird and the butterfly. There are also some great metal swirls which I am always a sucker for!

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My first layout was done for the Word of the Week challenge at Stuff to Scrap and I used mostly the purple parts of the kit and check out that metal swirl – just awesome! This was my MIL’s birthday which sometimes coincides with Easter which is why you can see Easter decorations. I made the cake with my fancy daisy pan – it holds a regular cake recipe and when you turn it out, there are daisies on the cake – super cute. Not too great for frosting though so that is a problem! Oh well, the powered sugar was good too.

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This was some pictures I took of J1 – he collected 3 worms on a walk and wanted to put them in our raised bed garden to live. He said there was a Daddy, a Mommy and a son. Poor J2!! I did this for the quote challenge at Stuff to Scrap and focused on the brown in the kit. It was fun create completely different looks with just one great kit!

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Come back soon as I will have some more kit highlights from A+ Designs and Mad Genius Designs too. I imagine Tracy from Growing Pains Scrapped will have a new kit as well. I also got to work with the April Build a Kit from Stuff to Scrap so I’ll be posting about those soon. You will love the color palette – it is great! I am desperately trying to get caught up on my P52 – I am officially 6 weeks behind but I have done lots of legwork for those weeks and just need a bit of time to actually make the layouts. Until later…

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Apple Blossom Time & QP Freebie

Apple Blossom Time is a lovely new kit by Little Red Scraps. I used this kit the other night to do a speed scrap over at Digi Scraps Drive-In, one of my favorite sites! Check out the kit – I love the colors and, as usual, Jane's elements are wonderful!


Jewel of Mad Genius Designs was running the speed scrap and was torturing me with seven, yes seven, pictures required! It was tough but I like what I came up with. This is J1 and I am thinking of doing another with J2!

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The kit is 25% off until April 2nd and you get this cardstock for free until then.


Make sure to head to Jane’s blog too – there is a free add on and links to CT members' blogs who have free quick pages! I also made this quick page for your scrapping enjoyment.

Apple Blossom Time QP Preview

**this download has expired - most of the other freebies are still available**

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A+ Designs – new kits and a great sale

I have been meaning to post about some of the great new kits Mel of A+ Designs has been making and time just seems to go by! Anyway, there have been so many great ones and I just don’t know where to start. I guess I’ll highlight the ones from March and my favorite February kit and then make another post about February’s releases. I’ll try to keep up better from here on out!

The latest kit out just this past Friday was called Spring Spray. Check it out:


There are also matching cluster frames and a bundle which includes the full kit, the cluster frames, work papers and a set of word art. DJ made a great luggage tag album which you can get at the A+ Designs blog.

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Last week was Pretty in Pink – I absolutely love this kit even though it is hard to find pictures in my boy-centric stash to use with it. You can get a freebie quick page made by Jan over at the A+ Designs blog right now.

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There are also matching worn papers.

Rainshine is another beautiful kit – I especially love that tree. Good boy colors in this kit too and perfect for us in the rainy Pacific NW.

Rainshine Preview

There are also coordinating templates and glitter available. Lauramarie made a beautiful quick page – check it out here.

Gotta Pixel Scrapbook-Bytes

And my favorite kit of late – Bloom’s Symphony. Isn’t it lovely? I think it is the combination of the rich pinks and greens that draw me in. There are great swirly elements and lots of great flowers too.


Olivia made a beautiful quick page - get it here.

I don’t know how long these freebies will be available so get them quick!

I have made freebies for all these kits – mainly word art with a few brag book pages thrown in. I’ll talk with Mel to see if I can give them away here too but you need to sign up for the A+ Designs newsletter to get your weekly freebies!

And finally, Tuesdays at Gotta Pixel there are $1.00 Pixels – a chance to get some awesome kits at a steal! Mel has 4 items today – go pick them up. There are some CU items too!

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Welcome Spring

And I am so in the mood for spring! Here in the Pacific NW we are going back and forth from rainy and gloomy to clear skies and a bit of sun – it is hard to keep up with. Since I am so ready for Spring to come and stay I was happy to use this cute new kit Welcome Spring by Designs by Ashlee. The colors are so fun and all the elements are really great. I especially love the birds and trees – anyone who knows me isn’t surprised about the trees – I have a thing for leaves which apparently carries over into trees.

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I made a couple of layouts that I just love. This is J2 one day last Spring – what you can’t see in the black and white is his face covered in strawberry juice – just the beginning of his love affair with fruit. I did this for a speed scrap this weekend at Stuff to Scrap. I love these colors with the black and white photo.

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This is J1 back in the day – Gramma got this awesome photo! I love this picture, with his serious, deep look, and the song this month in the STS song lyric challenge seemed perfect for it. One thing I really like about these two layouts is that I used a bit of pink on both but they still seem boy-ish – gotta like that!

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Are you a Stuff to Scrap Facebook fan? There is a fun game called “word art riddle round up” happening on Facebook to help introduce the new designers – go check it out! You could win a kit – and we all love free stuff right?

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

A fabulous girly kit – Guinevere’s Beauty

I have been coveting this kit, Guinevere’s Beauty by Scraps of Ellay, for months but never had a good reason to buy it - it is pretty girly and I have my two sweet boys. I know that *I* am a girl but I don’t scrap many photos of myself plus I am trying to finish the boys’ first year books. Well, I decided to get it anyway and use it to do some of the challenges at Stuff to Scrap and something for my P52. Isn’t it lovely? The colors are fab and, as always, LA's elements are beautiful and unique. I especially love the papers with sparkle and the ones with flowers - neither of which works well for the boys but I need to get pretty kits sometimes darn it!


And there is this wonderful add on kit that is a must have - I have this on my wish list too as I hate to not have all parts of a particular kit - lucky for the designers - lol.


My first layout was for the Word of the Week challenge at Stuff to Scrap – the word was Treasure. I did a layout about my birthdays (fairly non-exciting with a few bright spots) and my hopes for the boys’ birthdays (also low key but with traditions that they will hopefully remember and appreciate like I remember and appreciate the tradition of picking my cake and dinner).

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This one was done for the Theme Challenge at Stuff to Scrap– the theme is Romantic Comedies – you should see the beautiful and creative ideas people have come up with! I love all these girl movies even though the mister can't stand them. He loves westerns which I can't stand so luckily we have more than one tv and lots of tolerance. :)

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Next up will be one of the new designers at Stuff to Scrap - Designs by Ashlee. Since she is just getting started, it is either a spring kit or a green froggy kit - I haven't decided yet as they are both really cute. Jane of Little Red Scraps also has a new kit coming and it is just lovely. Hopefully I'll have time to get some stuff done with that kit as well.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

ATTN: Manda’s Scrappin’ Creations Fans (and that’s everyone right??)

I have been a bad blogger for the last month and, honestly, I don’t expect to get better for at least another month but I’ll try to sneak some in here and there. Manda’s Scrappin’ Creations has had a couple new kits and she now has some CU templates in her Enchanted Studio Scraps store. Also, Manda is trying to get more facebook fans – head over and become a fan!

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This kit, Cookie Monsters, came out last month but it is wonderful – the colors are perfect for all my boy pictures!


Here is my layout

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She also made this little gem called Sweet and Juicy.


Isn’t it just the cutest kit ever? Perfect for those summer watermelon pictures and trips to parks and having picnics!

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Check out these CU friendly templates – they are on sale right now too! These are perfect for making quick pages and you can’t beat the price so head over toESS and pick them up!



If I can get my act together I'll make you a quick page freebie using these templates and either Manda's new collab kit Best Friends or maybe one of her older kits as a treat!

Glad you stopped by! I’ll have another spotlight of a kit from Scraps of Ellay later this week (hopefully) – see you then!

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Bunnies and Bows – a new kit and a freebie!

Growing Pains Scrapped has a new kit in her store today called Bunnies and Bows – it is just perfect for Easter egg hunts or Easter baskets or any other layout with these fun colors!! There is also a set of matching cardstock and worn papers so make sure to pick those up too. These will both be on sale for 30% off this week so now is the time to get them!

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I made a layout for the recipe challenge at Stuff to Scrap – another hard one since we were limited to four elements! This is my niece GG – I love the picture of her looking up for the egg that she couldn’t possibly see from where she stood. I am sure her dad told her to look up!

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Here is your quick page – if you didn’t come here from Tracy’s blog make sure to head there because there are many other quick pages for you!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, March 8, 2010

A Passion for Paisley

The first kit I got to work with this month was A Passion for Paisley by Scraps ‘n Pieces – and I couldn’t be happier. I have been eyeing this kit since it came out and I am so pleased to have it. I love this shade of green and paired with the black – just fabulous!! Check it out:


Aren’t the colors lovely? The papers are so awesome – a great mix of patterns and slightly grungy solids - and I have to say, the wire and flower element is just awesome! And the very best thing about this kit?? It will be in the $2 Tuesday bin tomorrow – make sure you go pick it up!! These colors match so many of my boys’ clothes that I think I’ll be using it a lot. Also, if you are a fan of Scraps 'n Pieces (and of course you are!) head over to Facebook and become a fan right now! If they make it to 200 fans by the end of March, we all get a free kit - and we all love a free kit right??

I am still working on my 2010 goal of getting J1’s first year album done – he hasn’t been 4 for that long! I need to get 5 – 6 more done before the end of the month because I have another coupon for Persnickety Prints and it expires 3/31. If I have at least 10, the price is comparable to Costco and I like the prints better. Plus I am hoping to get caught back up on my P52 – some good layouts to come for that one. Anyway, I digress. Here are a couple layouts that I also combined with the fun challenges over in the Stuff to Scrap forums. This one I did for the speed scrap last week – I love seeing how everyone interprets the instructions! Come join us – the next one is scheduled for the 11th – check out the schedule here.

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I did this layout for the scraplift challenge – it also uses a template by one of our new designers Designs by Sweet Mesquite. If you have never done any scraplifting, you should really give it a try. I was hesitant because I figured my layout would be so close to the original that it wasn’t really my work. It is actually great though because it is another way to stretch your scrapping muscles and try new things. I frequently mark layouts in the gallery as “favorites” so I can scraplift them later! These are just some random pics of J1 when he was, well, three months old. I love the picture of me and him walking – I don’t have many pictures of myself with him.

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If you haven’t been to the Stuff to Scrap forum lately, head over and check it out – it is new and improved and, frankly, just awesome!

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Hurry Up Spring Quick Page Freebie

Well, as promised, here is your quick page freebie. Check out the kit again:

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If you haven’t picked it up yet, head over to Tracy’s blog today and get it!

Here is my quick page – click on the preview to download!

Hurry Up Spring QP Preview

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll have some more layouts in the next few days. I am hoping to have some more of my P52 pages done and my STS CT duties have started again – I have 4 designers this month, two of them are new Designer Darlings so that is exciting! I’m fairly busy so it will be a tough month but I’ll get it all done!

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Hurry Up Spring – a great new kit from Growing Pains Scrapped

Tracy over at Growing Pains Scrapped is back with a vengeance! She has a new kit this week called Hurry Up Spring – it is super cute! And the best part is that it is free on her blog this week!! Check out the preview:

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I did two layouts and an Easter card.

This one was done for the template challenge at Stuff to Scrap – isn’t it cool? Head over to the forums to get it and play along.

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This one was for the font challenge – isn’t it a cool font?

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Here is the card I made for the speed scrap we had on the opening day of the new Stuff to Scrap forum. That’s right – a brand new forum. You will have to re-register but it is so worth it!

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The release schedule is as follows:

Thursday: plain papers
Friday: patterned papers
Saturday: elements
Sunday: alpha
Monday: quick pages

So on Monday I’ll have the middle layout as a quick page and I may make the greeting card into one as well! See you then.

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