Monday, May 31, 2010

Modern Elegance by Scrappin’ Serenity

I was fortunate to get to make some layouts with Scrappin’ Serenity’s new kit Modern Elegance. The colors are lovely and I love all the swirls and sparkle and the girly-ness!

CDSS_Modern Elegance

There is also a set of matching cardstock and quick pages.

I have made two layouts so far – this first was for a speed scrap. I loved picking a definition for the journaling - a great idea that I have used again since. I’ve seen definitions in word art but never just made one for myself so that was fun. This is the mister’s granny – she was 97 when she passed away! I am not sure if that is the mister’s dad or his aunt though. It is a cool picture – how many housewives look like that anymore??

Scrappin' Serenity - Modern Elegance #1 300

Here is my second – I loved showing off a bunch of the great papers.

Scrappin' Serenity - Modern Elegance #2 300

Make sure to head to the Stuff to Scrap store today as everything is on sale – the last day of the month long birthday sales. And hit the forum in the morning for all new June challenges!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day Sales

Well, Memorial Day looks to be a great day to shop in the digi world. First up, Jewel of Mad Genius Designs and Jane of Little Red Scraps, as well as their collaboration Red Genius Enterprises, are having a 30% off everything sale - just on May 31 so go there quick!

Also, Tracy of Growing Pains Scrapped is having 50% off everything in her store - including her newest kit Ahhh's, Ouchies and Boo-boo's! and some awesome templates. You don't want to miss this sale!

And almost everything is on sale at Gotta Pixel and Scrapbook-Bytes in A+ Design's stores. I love her templates and they are all on sale! Go check it out. Don't forget to check out the amazing "buy my store" deal she has now - May 31 is the last day!

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Speed Scrap today at Stuff to Scrap

Tracy from Growing Pains Scrapped is hosting a speed scrap today over at Stuff to Scrap. Check out the flyer to calculate the time where you are!

Check out the participation prize - I love templates so I hope I can wrangle the mister into watching the boys! If you can't make it, head to the store and get them - image is linked. They are on sale right now!

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sharp Dressed by Little Red Scraps and a freebie desktop

Little Red Scraps has a fabulous new kit out this week called Sharp Dressed and it is 25% this week. It is perfect for all the proms and other formals that are going on right now but also good for other stuff because the colors are great. I think that every prom dress my sister wore is covered by this kit though! And for a limited time you get Prom Word Art for free. I used one on my prom layout below.


My first layout was me from my senior prom – wearing pink!!

Little Red Scraps - Sharp Dressed #1 - Page 001

And here is another page for J1’s album – see, not a prom dress in sight!

Sharp Dressed #2

I also made a desktop that is posted over on A+ Design’s blog – go pick it up.

June 1440 x 900  Desktop - Page 001

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Ahhh’s! Ouchies, and Booboos! – a new kit and a freebie

Growing Pains Scrapped has a new kit in the store this week called Ahhh’s! Ouchies & Booboos – it is a great kit and so appropriate for me since J1 had so many medical issues for the first two years of his life.

GPS_AOB_Full preview

I actually got three layouts done with this kit – just a few more of J1’s album and then one for a speed scrap.

These are when J1 had to stay overnight in the hospital due to dehydration. We were in the ER for many hours but since he was dehydrated, he was very lethargic so it wasn’t too bad. If he had been feeling well, it would have been a nightmare. Sort of a mixed blessing I guess but since we had to be there, better he wasn’t causing mayhem!

Ahhhs Ouchies BooBoos #1 300

Ahhhs Ouchies BooBoos #2 300

This was his first time needing the nebulizer – he had bronchitis. It turned out to be sort of a blessing since, because of that sickness, we found out he had a thyroglossal duct cyst (thanks D – she noticed it one day at lunch) and were able to start the steps towards getting it removed. He has needed the nebulizer many times since and actually, J2 recently had croup and used it and the mister and I both had some sort of lung problem and we both used it. It is well loved in our house!

Ahhhs Ouchies and BooBoos #3

Make sure you also head to Tracy’s blog and get her quick page and links to the rest of her CT for their quick pages!

Here is my preview

Ahhh's! Ouchies & Booboos Preview

The mister and I were in Roseburg (without kids) this weekend enjoying a wine tour so I am a bit behind on scrapping. I have a week left so I’ll be going full force the next couple of days. Friday J2 turns two and the mister’s birthday is Wednesday. He wants lasagna – homemade. I was hoping for the frozen kind but no go! Hooray.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I {heart} Animals A to Z!

Scrapalicious Cereal has a fabulous new kit out called Animals A to Z and I just love it! First off, the kit is just huge - more than 180 elements, 40 papers and an alpha plus a to z brads. There are 26 different animals – one for each letter of the alphabet. And each one comes in 4 different styles - epoxy, crayon drawings, painted wooden elements and transparent stickers and they all are awesome. We all got to vote on what style of animals we preferred on her facebook fan page - and some people got the kit for free - so go become a fan if you aren’t already. Here is the preview:


Lovely colors huh? Here is a close up of just the papers – there are fun patterns plus great textured cardstock.


One of the best thing about things about this kit is that it has every type of element you could ever want – and a good selection of each. I love that. Anyway, here is my first layout – that’s a crayon drawing monkey. I loved using the monkey since the mister was being so goofy – he hates getting his picture taken!

Animals #1 300

and my 2nd – actual zoo pictures. This is the new Predators of the Serengeti exhibit here at the Oregon Zoo and it is just stunning to see. I used the painted wood version of the lion in this one. And I am just in love with that alpha – it is a bit transparent so some of the background shows through. It doesn’t look like it in my layouts since the background behind both of them is the same color but it is really neat.

Scrapalicious Cereal - Animals A to Z #2 300 - Page 001

Anyway, I highly suggest you pick up this wonderful kit and don’t forget, everything is on sale every day to celebrate Stuff to Scrap’s first birthday so you always get a good deal!

Phew, I am getting caught up – only one more kit for STS and Growing Pains Scrapped has a new one coming up and I have just the series of pictures so look for both of those soon!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Midnight in the Garden – new kit and freebie!

Growing Pains Scrapped and The Scrappy Kat have a new collab kit out today. Midnight in the Garden was inspired by the book and movie which is about a murder that takes place in Savannah, Georgia. It is a rich, dark, garden-y kit with a southern feel. Check out the previews:

GPS_MITG_Full preview


I did a layout with Tracy’s portion only. This is the mister and his buddies at his 40th birthday. We had a big party complete with gambling (for gift cards!) and tons of food and fun. It was really a blast.

GPS - Midnight in the Garden 300

So you can pick up my quick page today and check Tracy’s blog tomorrow for her quick page and the links to the rest of her CT’s pages too. Kat has links up today for her CT so head to her blog and get those also.

Midnight in the Garden QP Preview

Thanks for reading and make sure to leave some love for everyone!

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Shabby Kitchen by Designs by Christi

Christi is a new designer at Stuff to Scrap and she has a new kit out called Shabby Kitchen. I love all the kitchen elements – and I hope to have some actual cooking pictures to scrap with it soon. J1 and I used to cook something nearly once a week – we did cookies, different breads, pretzels – but now J2 is old enough to want to help but not old enough to actually help. I am hoping we can get back to it fairly soon. Anyway, check out the kit – isn’t the color scheme great? There is also a set of cardstock and a set of quick pages available so you may as well get them all.


My first layout was done for the scraplift challenge – it was a really fun one this month! I loved this hat but it was never the right season for J1 to wear it when it actually fit so I just staged a photo shoot.

Shabby Kitchen #1 300

And this one I did for the {My Life} challenge – which is the yearly project challenge. Each week you get a prompt that will help you finish your year long project – P365 or P52 or whatever. We took a walk around the block last week and J1 was wanting to pose for pictures – sort of out of character for him so I happily agreed. For some reason the exposure was bad on the close up shot – don’t know why because I definitely didn’t use a flash. Oh well – it’s cute picture anyway. And for anyone who notices and/or cares, that coat was a hand-me-down and I’m not even positive the sport it relates to let alone the team so just deal!

Designs by Christi - Shabby Kitchen 300

See, no kitchen pictures - and the kit still works great so head to the store right now to pick it up!

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

May Flowers are blooming

And Becky Young Designs has a beautiful new kit to match called May Flowers. I love Becky’s designs and this one is no exception. The color scheme is just perfect for spring photos but it also works for anything else as you will see. I love the papers because they have great texture and patterns and I also love all the flowers – such a great variety!


There is also a matching cardstock pack which I also used in my layouts. I love paper cardstock and, I guess not surprisingly, I love digital cardstock as well!


I did this layout for the speed scrap at Stuff to Scrap this morning. Lori of Scraps ‘N Pieces hosted and gave us great instructions – they were quite challenging. And if you want to do it and get the great participation prize – a cute little mini kit - there is still time. She extended the deadline to midnight MST – so hurry over and get a layout done!

Becky Young Designs - May Flowers 300

And this was done for the recipe challenge – it’s my son and his first friend. See, it works great for these photos too. This was in the baby class we attended weekly. It was fabulous for a new mother to be able to get help from the lady who ran the class – she was a lactation consultant – and the other moms who had babies around the same age. I didn’t form any long term friendships because the hospital was about 25 minutes away but it was still helpful.

May Flowers #2 300

I hope you’ll head to the Stuff to Scrap forum and join in the month-long birthday celebration by doing some challenges and head to the store to take advantage of the month-long sales!

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Friday, May 14, 2010

A new daily download and a blog CT call

Digi Scraps Drive-in is having a May daily download – and it is another must-have! It starts tomorrow (May 15th) and goes for 10 days. The download information will be in the Drive-by Freebies section of the forum so go check it out! It is called Rainbow Connection (I miss Kermit!!) and is by DigiDesigns by Denise (you might head to her blog and see the awesome bundle sale she has on now) and Melly Scraps. Here is a sneak and a couple of layouts I did with it.


More of J1’s album – I think it will be about 75 pages when done!

Rainbow Connection 300

I couldn’t believe how perfect these colors were for his toys!

Rainbow Connection #2

Also, A+ Designs is having a blog team call – if you like to blog and enable, this is an awesome way to get your hand’s on Mel’s excellent product! Mel is a great designer to “work” for so go apply now – what are you waiting for??


And, I posted a quick page over there this morning using this layout so go get it!

KT Wonder of it All QP

Thanks for reading! I’m a bit behind on layouts so look for a bunch of posts soon.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tractor Trouble by SAHM Scrapper

SAHM Scrapper has a great new kit this week called Tractor Trouble. I was very excited to get my hands on this kit since I have endless pictures of J1 on tractors – he loves them! The colors are just perfect for all the tractor pictures I have too – I think tractors only come in these colors!


My favorite things in this kit are the circles with stars and the mud splats. There are great ribbons and buttons plus an awesome arrow too!

There is also an add-on and quick page set. A little birdie told me if you check out SAHM Scrapper’s blog there might be some gifties and maybe a coupon related to this kit!



My first layout was done for a speed scrap at Stuff to Scrap that included selective coloring – that made it a bit more of a challenge to get done on time. At least you have an extra hour after the instructions to complete your layout. I love doing selective coloring but it is a bit time consuming. There is probably a better way to do it but the way I do it works and I only have to Google the instructions about every other time. :) Maybe if I used PSE more often I would remember. The is J1 at the Baker County Fair last summer when we were visiting the mister’s family. There was a huge row of tractors on display and he had to ride and drive each one. Good pictures though.

SAHM Scrapper - Tractor Trouble 300 - Page 001

I did this one for the template challenge as Stuff to Scrap this month – you get a great template from Growing Pains Scrapped and then get to see how each person starts at the same place and ends up somewhere so different.

SAHM Scrapper - Tractor Trouble #2 300

Thanks for reading! Oh, and if you haven’t signed up for the scrapping competition at Stuff to Scrap called This Scrapper’s Got Talent you’d better hurry because they are quickly approaching the maximum number of players.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Digi Scraps Drive-In happenings

For iNSD we had a scrap-a-thon over at DSDI and I got 10 layouts done. Many of them were for J1’s album – I should be done with his first year soon. I even printed everything I had done last Tuesday – Persnickety Prints had a 25% off sale so I jumped on that.

Also, in the midst of all the sites being down, DSDI is still up so come check us out while waiting for the other sites to come back up. Hopefully that will be soon because it is hard for everyone when sites are down. If you were wondering what is going on check out this thread at Digi Shop Talk. Sounds like a nightmare.

Check out what I got done:

John's scrapbook - year 1 - Page 028

This was a recipe challenge and I used Strawberry Fields by Little Red Scraps and I also made this layout for the iNSD speed scrap using the same kit.

Little Red Scraps - Strawberry Fields - Page 001

Here is a preview of this lovely kit:


This was a scraplift challenge and I used Boy’s Club by Mad Genius Enterprises. Poor J1 and his allergy problems.

John's scrapbook - year 1 - Page 040

Here is the kit – isn’t it fun?


This was a selective coloring challenge.


I used the DSDI collab called Outback – perfect for all your boy layouts.


We had to do a challenge inspired by the word twist. Well, the main thing that comes to mind when I think that word is this awesome store in Portland so here it is


I used this lovely kit Fall Into Fall by Red Genius Enterprises. I love the colors in this kit and all the leaves!

RGE FallIntoFall Preview

I did this layout for the regular recipe challenge for April using the same kit. That mat is actually a journaling strip but I was supposed to mat my photo with something not generally used for a mat.

John's scrapbook 300 - Page 041

Okay, I just realized that I post all my layout and kits this will be really long so I’ll split it into a few days. Thanks for stopping by. Tomorrow I should have some fun tractor layouts to show you.

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