Sunday, August 28, 2011

Creative Inspirations

I love to look at other people's layouts and projects to see how creative they have been. I figure that most scrapbookers are like me and that's why I provide you with layouts from my CT's and from me. When a designer creates a paper or embellishment, I wonder how they were planning on using it in their own scrapbooking.

Here's a look at 3 more layouts using my latest kit - Go Play in the Yard.

This one was done by my CT, Brandi, showing her little girl on a climbing wall. She took the alphabet that came with the kit to do her main title.

This one of mine shows off the play house my dad built for my 3 kids when they were little. It was the inspiration for this kit.

Using a photo from my teenage years, I created this page to document one of the dates my husband and I went on when we were still in high school! I did this one for myself and for my kids to give them a glimpse of what we were like back then!

I hope these layouts will strike a chord with you and get you motivated to scrapbook some of your older photos as well as the current day ones.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Layouts from Go Play...

Brandi, one of my CT members, made this fun layout using my latest kit "Go Play In The Yard". I love the bright colors for summer photos.

If you look closely, you will see that she used a pre-made cluster for her photos. The cluster is shown below and is free to all my newsletter subscribers. All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter that comes out 2 times per month and you can get fun freebies just like this one.

Watch for more layouts coming this weekend!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Go Play In The Yard - New Kit Available Today!

Summer is coming to an end and the kids are heading back to school. Now is your time to scrapbook! I have a new kit available today that can help you get some of those photos out of your camera, on to your computer and made into a layout to share with family and friends. Recapture those fun summer days with this kit!

Check my store and grab this kit today!

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you will receive this photo cluster as part of my exclusives for newsletter subscribers.  (To subscribe, just go to the link here on my blog at the top of the column to the right.)

If you are already a subscriber, look for this in your email box!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Scraplift Challenge at Scrapable...

For the Scraplift Challenge at Scrapable this month, this layout is the one you copy and put your own twist on it. Just use clustering, a blended photo background and some layers of paper and you are on your way to completing this Scraplift Challenge.

When your layout is complete, just upload it in the appropriate gallery and link it into the forum. For all the details on rules and prizes, just click on Scraplift Challenge.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Font Challenge at Scrapable...

If you love fonts, then sign in at Scrapable on their challenge forum to take the Font Challenge. Here's the font you will be using in the challenge...

To get all the information on how to enter and the prizes you may win, just click Font Challenge.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Coupon for my store...

I don't have any new products coming out this week so I have a coupon code for you that allows you to take 20% off any of the products in my store. Just fill your cart with my kits and then enter the code to get your 20% discount.

Have fun shopping!!!

Coupon Code: AUG2011
This coupon is good until August 24th.

Choose from these kits:

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mega Kit Challenge!!!

Here's our August Mega Kit at Scrapable. It is filled with goodies to help you design your "End of the Summer" layouts. You can purchase this huge kit with 100 Elements, 57 Patterned Papers, 16 Solid Papers, 6 Word Art, and 2 Alphas all for the low price of $5!!! The challenge comes from you creating a page using items only from this kit and then uploading it at Scrapable. To get all the details, just go to this forum.

Here's a page from our own Miss Mis Designs:

Hope to see your layout soon!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

More Layouts with Travel Destination: Hawaii

These layouts were created by my CT Brianna.  I love the open space on this fist layout as well as the clustering she did. Isn't fun to see the different layouts made from one kit?

In this second layout, Brandi used the Surfboard Alpha for her title. She also used one of the layered photo frames for her pictures. Great job, Brandi!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tutorial from the Scrapable Blog by Lacey Bittner

I have copied this post from the Scrapable blog to give you an idea of the kinds of tutorials you will find there on Thursdays. Be sure to visit the Scrapable blog every week to learn a new way to create in Photoshop!

Hey everyone! Lacey here today with a tutorial. Hope you are having a fabulous week so far! I am going to share with you today how to create a scalloped border using your shape tools and brush tool! I LOVE the look of scallops and you can easily create your own in any size you like- it is a breeze! So let’s get started!
First of all, open a new document. I made mine 12 inches x 12 inches at 300 dpi. I like to do all my elements on a 12×12 doc so I can see what size they will be on the actual layout. Start a new layer and grab your brush tool. Select a hard round brush and use these settings: Diameter 200 px, hardness 100%, and spacing 100%.  My brush color is set to black.
Next you start at the top of your page and holding down the shift key, create a straight row of round brushes down the page.
Go ahead and start a new layer and grab your rectangle tool or rectangular marquee tool, either works for this. If you are using your rectangular marquee tool, just be sure to use paintbucket tool to fill the shape. Next make a thin rectangle the same length of your circle border.
The next step is to move the rectangle on top of the circles to have a straight edge on one side like so:
You can now merge the two layers by going to Layer-Merge Down or by deleting your background layer or hiding it and then going to Layer-Merge Visible. Make sure you do not flatten image with the white background. Your next step is to crop the image so it is a little more manageable.
Your last step is to go ahead and save it as a png file so you can use it over and over again! You can recolor it, clip a solid paper to it, clip a patterned paper to it. The possibilities are endless! Now you can go make your own scalloped border to add to your stash! Play around with different sizes of brushes to make a larger scallop or smaller scallop! Feel free to ask me any questions! You can always contact me at! Have a great day!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Layouts with Travel Destination: Hawaii

Many times the kits I create are designed to fill a need I have in my own scrapbooking stash. This Travel Destinations series is one of them. It's only natural then that I have used my own kit to design page layouts. Here's a couple I would like to share with you.

Bi-Templates Set 4 by Kristmess Designs

At our hotel, they had strung hammocks between palm trees all over the property. We took advantage of that and created a "photo shoot" with the hammock right outside our room.

  Single Page Layout Templates Set2 by Kristmess Designs

The gorgeous hibiscus flowers that you find in Hawaii are some of my favorite flowers. That's why they are the main element on this page. I loved using the little postcard and postage stamp as a journaling spot!

I hope these pages have given you some ideas for your Hawaiian layouts.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Today's New Release...Travel Destination: Hawaii

This week I am releasing the second kit in my Travel Destination series and this one takes you to Hawaii. You will find lots of papers, embellishments, word art and alphas all geared toward making your Hawaiian pages special. If you have photos from Hawaii, then this is the kit for you!!!

As you can see, there are lots of goodies in this kit so head over to my shop to scoop it up!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

August Template Challenge at Scrapable...

Now is the time to get some scrapbooking done and work towards a gift certificate to Scrapable. If you haven't checked out the challenges in the forum there, head on over to see what is happening.
This month Alison will be hosting the Template Challenge so I thought I would give you a peek at the template and hopefully entice you to play along!!
Click HERE and it will take you to the challenge thread to read the rules and download your template.
If you haven’t visited the forum before you will be asked to register but don’t worry, it’s quick and easy.
I created this page using the template and our August Mega Collab  Summer’s End.  (Which is only $5.00 in store)
I look forward to seeing what you create!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Quick Page Exclusive...

Yesterday you saw the layout Brandi, my CT, made from my latest release Summer Heat. Today, I have a surprise for you! Head over to Brandi's blog to pick up a free Quick Page of that layout. She is displaying her layout and then this Quick Page right below it for you to download for free!

Don't delay, click blog to get your Quick Page now!