Being connected

I spend a lot of time on Facebook, I admit it. I like connecting with my friends and family there. I like seeing the inspirational messages I find, and I follow many of my favorite designers, watching for their newest creations, so I don’t have to go searching around too much, or miss something. I LOVE what popped up yesterday, from The Digital Press! A great introductory price, and now I have the perfect kit for some of the screen grabs I might want to include on a layout!

Get Connected

What about the great spring look of this kit, Time for a Change? I love the collabs Amanda does, and this is no exception – its feeling like spring time!Time For A Change | Collab by Amanda Yi Designs and Digital Scrapbook Ingredients

I’ve been scrapping with Amanda’s kit, Enjoy Today. This is just one link from her CT, but look through to find all the pieces, SO much fun!

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We’d love to see what you do with all the goodness here! Link us up in the comments, and make sure you visit Amanda’s Facebook page, for inspiration, and to share your own creations!

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Sometimes you just have to stay HAPPY

Life isn’t always sunshine and roses. The good thing is that often times the difficult pieces and the shiny pretty parts can happen so close together.

I have had one of “those weeks.”

Instead of letting the yucko part keep me down, I chose to focus much more on the positive part.

 

I’ve been seeing these wonderful typography pages, and used that to inspire my layout.

Sometimes just finding a cool font inspires me to create, as with these famous fonts you might recognize. Grabbing more fonts always brings a little sunshine to my day!

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And how perfect is this?!?! Pursue your Happiness Color challenge on The Digital Press!  I think that might just be the ticket to a bit of mojo I need right now.

 

Whether your winter is just stretching on too long, or maybe something not so great has you down right now, find a bit of happiness wherever you can.

Have a good week!

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Stretching your stash

Is it Monday again already? I need more time. Just like I need more digi supplies right? Well, actually, I know I really don’t NEED more digi supplies.  90GB of templates and 572GB of digikits should honesty last me forever and ever. But hey, designers keep coming out with cool new stuff! Still, there are lots of ways we might not have thought about to maximize our goodies.

Even when I KNOW I have plenty of ‘stuff’ there seem to be times when I wish there were just, something, to make that page really pop. It turns out if I think about what I DO have in a bigger way, I already have everything I need! Check these out:

Snickerdoodles wrote a great article on using premade borders in 6 different ways. SIX! Some of these hadn’t even occurred to me, and now I have more ways to play!

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And then there are multiple ways to add titles, including this FANTASTIC and incredible one by Karen Grunberg, in this article,

10 Ways To Put a Title on Your Scrapbook Page

It has me drooling!

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And here is what I use as a mantra when I’m making clusters – number 1 here in Julie Southern’s blog post

The Devil’s in the Details – 5 Simple Ways to Take Your Scrapping to New Levels.

 

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Open a kit you love, use it, and then find new ways to use pieces of it, making it look like there are even more goodies in there! I’d love to see what you create – you can feel free to add links to your layouts in the comments!

Now, if I could just find more time as easily…..

 

Happy Scrapping!

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Gosh, I just LOVE freebies!

Why it is so many designers seem to bring out all this COOLIO stuff when I’m trying to NOT shop?!?!  It seems like I see ALL these wonderful templates and kits, and I **NEED** them!

Thank goodness we have the blog hops and FREEBIES that we can collect up, giving us a whole huge set of goodies with NO money involved! WHEW! What a lifesaver!   Winking smile

It’s LIVE – the February Digiscrap Parade!

Just this piece of the Digiscrap Parade has me super excited to follow the whole thing! It is called “Cherished” and the colors are so perfect for all those loving layouts you might be making this month.

This is our very own Amanda Yi’s part, look at the painted and messy big words and embellies –  FUN!  I’m looking so forward to gathering up all the goodies along the way!

 

You can find the whole parade here, with all the links. I really like this Pinterest set up they have with the links, NICE to see the previews, and the links.  What a super way to have it all laid out, so perfect! I’m also going to find it easy to thank each of the contributors this way, without having to worry about getting lost along the way. Three cheers for the Pinterest board!

Digiscrap Parade

Thank you to all the designers, and there are a TON. An absolute treasure trove of goodies here. Who needs to shop with a HUGE bunch of mini kits and templates and goodness that all coordinate, giving us all some great stuff to scrap with in the month of love? I’m going to go download and drool as I open all the sweet goodness here. I’d love to see what you do with these excellent freebies! I’ll be in scrapping heaven myself!

 

Happy Scrapping!

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Snowstorms and rescheduling

Perhaps the best part of a Nor’easter (especially when I don’t LIVE where it is hitting, and merely trying to get there for work and out) is that it is an unexpected halt of all normal activity. A chance to snuggle up and recharge, perhaps. Maybe not every time, and mostly it is a lot of inconvenience, but sometimes we just get to stop everything ‘normal’ and figure out what the day will actually bring.

Today and tomorrow I get a bit of time at home I didn’t expect, and although I still have to work, I’m not dealing with airports and cancelled flights, as I would have if there weren’t a big storm hitting the east coast this evening. I’ll take some time to scrapbook, as that is my happy place.

I also enjoy searching around for inspiration when I have some unexpected time. I’d been holding onto this link for awhile, for Art, Create & Grangerizing.  I don’t know what that all means, and the words aren’t in English, but photos speak volumes, and hers are so fun to look at! I could wander through here getting ideas for a long while.

Then we have sites like this one called Simple Stories, and there is so much to browse through. I love this layout. There are so free downloads too, if you click through them.

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My very favorite thing at this site is the wreath. I REALLY want to make one. I NEED to. Maybe for next year. Isn’t it gorgeous?

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So many places to click and explore, like The Digital Press, where you’ll find great layouts like this one, by Melissa Marti.

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Whatever you choose to do when you have a ‘snow day’ – or any time to just relax and veg a bit, it’s a good time. So relax, enjoy, and don’t spend every single minute on Pinterest!   Winking smile

 

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Sketches and scraplifting

I’ve likely mentioned my love of (addiction to) templates. If not, take this as fair warning.

Many scrappers never use templates, instead creating wonderful works of art with just their ideas and the elements of a kit. I wish I could do that regularly, and turn out pages that are different and awesome. While it might work once in awhile for me, I need a starting point, or all my layouts would look too similar to one another.

But, templates themselves are not necessarily required when starting a page, as there are also many sketches out there that can be used for the bones of a layout. Sketches are universal, and can be just a simple outline of where to put the photos, or can give you a detailed picture to use as your instructions for placement of everything, as this one does.

Take a look at this fantastic and fun sketch from Basic Grey. I can follow this guide, and either stick pretty true, or make my own modifications, and either way I’ll have created a super cool page.

BasicGrey Scrapbook Sketch | Valerie Salmon - cute & I already have in my head the second page...

Then there is this page I just made the other day. It features an adorable kit that is COMING SOON! by Simple Pleasure Designs, called Crazy for You.

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I saw a layout using that pinwheel look in back (thanks to Anita!) and replicated it myself.

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Only after that I realized, since it was a bit difficult to replicate well, this was a template by Cindy Schneider, so I went shopping! Yes, even though I scraplifted, I *NEEDED* that template!

Cindy's Layered Templates - Set 189 by Cindy Schneider

And now I have more cool templates to play with. 

Do you have a favorite place to find sketches or ideas to scraplift? I’d love to hear about them in the comments. We can all use inspiration to keep our layouts fresh and new!

 

Have a wonderful day, I’ll see you next Monday!

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Creating….

It’s another Monday! Okay, I’m not super enthused about Mondays, but in the grand scheme of things I like to look at it as another day of possibilities, a start to a bright new week, the day when I can see Friday only 4 days away…..  well, what can I say? Eternal optimist here.

 

In my quest to bring motivating moments to your Monday, this popped up on my Facebook feed. I don’t use PS/E myself for scrapping, but I know most of you do. Regardless, this is perfectly illustrated for ANY scrapping program user – and will even translate perfectly to traditional papers and items! I love a tutorial that crosses all borders. Check out ForeverJoy and her excellent layering instructions here.

 

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Also in the spirit of creating something, I want to create more interest in my journaling. This is a fun way to do it. I go to Journaling Prompts, I pick a day, and I click randomly. See the prompt that popped up? I can choose to use it, or perhaps not, or not right now, but can write it down for a future layout. Whatever it takes to be successful. It motivates me.

 

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We can create with words, or with images, with bits of paper, or just with our attitudes. How do you plan to create YOUR day?

 

Happy Scrapping!

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