Thursday, April 29, 2010

interNational Scrapbook Day - May 1!

This weekend is a big one for scrappers of all kinds, and pretty much every digi scrap site out there has a lineup of celebrations! There will be fun events and contests, freebies and SALES!

I'll be hosting my first ever Speed Scrap on Sunday afternoon at Go Digital Scrapbooking, where I am on the Supreme Team, and I'm already making a list of all the great deals I don't want to miss all over the digi-scrap world! :)

It's going to be a great weekend! Here's the flyer for the events at GoDigitalScrapbooking, stop by and say hello!

Monday, April 26, 2010

I love being an aunt | May 21, 2009

My (totally adorable) nephew has been the subject of several of my layouts, but I've decided I want to be deliberate about creating a series of layouts featuring the little guy. For now, I plan to feature my favorite photo from each month, and do multi-photo layouts, but since this is one of my favorites, it got it's own page. I will probably create an opposite page using the same basic layout to coordinate with it. This is one of my favorite photos because our outfits "matched" (completely unplanned, of course, and don't tell his dad!) and as someone pointed out when I posted this photo on F*cebook, our eyes match, too. Awwww!!!!

Credits: Gigglerific by geniaBeana Scraps
Font: CK Mini


One of the cool things about digital scrapbooking is that the ideas and inspiration online is essentially endless. I can easily spend an hour browsing through galleries enjoying the amazing creativity of others. One of the sites I hang out at frequently is and they host a challenge there called "Grand Theft Layout" in which the entire point is to create a layout inspired by someone else. The layout below is called "ooh boo" and is by Sarah Bennett, who is a designer and scrapper. (Click here to visit the ScrapMatters Gallery and see credits for this layout!) See any similarities with my layout above? ;)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Published! Scrapbook News & Review

Another one of my layouts has been published! The magazine requests an exclusive for 30 days, so I can't repost the layout here, but here's a little peek of "Sweet Susannah." She'll be back on the blog in a few weeks. :)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Disney Album | 2009

I've decided to make a small album of my year of adventures at the Disneyland Resort, so I've completed a few pages in the last week or so. This album is going to be 8x8 pages instead of the full size 12x12.

This one will be the cover page of the album:

Credits: Miss Kitty Add On and Mouse in the House by Brittish Designs, Mouse House by Dreams Fulfilled, Tag It 2 by Erica Zane. Font: Waltograph, Batik Regular. Template: Trixie Scraps Designs

This page will immediately follow that one, telling the story of how the obsession started....!

Credits: Mickey Christmas by Brittish Designs, Mouse House by Dreams Fulfilled. Font: Century Gothic.
Template by Eva Kipler/Eva's Divas.

This 2-page spread will be somewhere in the album, documenting the crazy cheesy Jungle Cruise ride:

Credits: Safari Park by Shien Designs, template by Andrea Gold (adapted), photo of Jungle Cruise entrance by SolarSurfer (public Domain). Font: JungleFever

Hawaii | January 2007

Oh, Hawaii... I never get tired of looking at these photos! I did this page for a challenge to scrap phots using my favorite color, and these were an obvious choice since my favorite color is blue!

Credits: Euphoria by Andrea Gold, Template by Laura/Simply.Scraps
Font: Mistral

Monday, April 12, 2010

Keeping track of Credits in PSE7

I read this tip somewhere recently, and have started using it on all my layouts, so thought I'd pass it on! When creating a scrapbook page, I often use art elements from multiple designers. At the very least, I have art elements plus a font, and sometimes a template. Sometimes, the art elements come from ALL OVER and if I don't keep track along the way, it can take a long time at the end to reconstruct the credits. Since most galleries require credits for posting, it makes sense to keep track, and here's a great way to do it.

Ready? It's not rocket science! HOW TO KEEP TRACK OF CREDITS:

Create a new text layer in PSE, and place it as the top layer of your document. As you add elements, make a list in this text layer. At the end... HIDE it before saving your document to print or post. Anytime you need the credits, they are right there embedded in the document.

For example, the layout I posted yesterday, I Miss Lilacs, was pretty simple and had a pretty short credits list. Here's the layout:
Here's a copy of the layout showing my text layer:

That one was pretty simple, but here's a more complex layout I posted last week, Not Giving Up on My Dreams:

In this layout, nearly every element was from a different designer, so the list was longer. For purposes of this blog post, I moved the credits to a blank area of my page and used formatting so it would look good on-screen, but normally, it's just up in the top left corner like in the image above.

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I Miss Lilacs

I did this page for a couple of challenges this month. The Journaling Challenge at for April required a page that contained the words, "I miss." Over at ScrapMatters, the Saturday Special challenge was to create a monochromatic page. When I put those together, I thought of these photos of lilacs that were taken by my friend Sarah, because I LOVE lilacs, and I MISS them, since they don't grow locally.

The Journaling on this page reads:
Oh, how I love lilacs. When I lived in Michigan, I waited every year for the lilacs to bloom.They bloom for such a short time, I could never get enough of them. I love the perfect color, the delicate blossoms, but most of all, I love the intoxicating fragrance, and oh, how I miss it!

Credits: "Because I'm a Woman" by the Scrapmatters Design Team, Template by Katie Pertiet
Fonts: CK Becky 
Photos: Sharp Images Custom Photography (used with permission)

Baby Announcement and Baby Shower Invitation

More baby stuff! The same scrap kit I used for Waiting for Charlie has some nice elements in it for more traditional baby projects, and I thought it would be perfect for Baby Announcements or Baby Shower Invitations. I think the best part is that nearly every element in the kit comes in pink and blue, as well as many of them also in green, yellow and/or white, so one kit is useful for any baby project.


 "Waiting for You" by Majula Designs
Fonts, Baby Announcement: Century Gothic, Scriptina
Fonts, Baby Shower Invite: Century Gothic, 3 Hour Tour
Baby photo: Public Domain

Friday, April 9, 2010

Waiting for Charlie | October 2008

I got an assignment from GoDigitalScrapbooking to create a page using a baby-themed scrapbook kit. The blue color in the kit coordinated with the colors we chose for our last family portraits, so I thought it would be fun to use some of those photos, since my sister-in-law at the time was expecting. My page is themed on the kit title, "Waiting for you." I was REALLY excited with how this turned out!

Credits: "Waiting for You" by Majula Designs
Font: Funny Bunny
Photo actions: Pioneer Woman
Photos: Sara Goetz Photography

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Not giving up on my dreams

A friend of mind and fellow scrap addict described this page perfectly: Scrapbooking Therapy.

Journaling on this page reads: I love this photo. I knew when I clicked, it was going to be cool. The sky was perfect blue, and the puffy white clouds were amazing. The surreal reflection of nothing but sky on Cloud Gate spoke to me of infinite opportunity, dreams of a future full of possibility. Time has passed, and today this image reminds me it’s all still true, but I can’t let go of my dream just because it hasn’t yet come true.

Credits: "Dream Big" JAB Digital Designs, "Fresh Mini" by Mistica Designs, "Splendid Mini" by Christy Skaggs, "Earth Day" by the GDS Design Team & Shien Designs, "Dipsy Doodles" by Dancing Princess Designs and Dylabel Designs. Some design elements are my own. Layout design inspired by Janet Phillips. Font: Batik Regular

Monday, April 5, 2010

Beautiful Belize | July 2006

When I think about Belize, I think about this photo. On our last work day there, we finished early, and had some time to just sit and enjoy the view. This is that view.

Credits: Earth Day Collab Kit by the Design Team at
Font: Mistral

Thursday, April 1, 2010

My Favorite Things 2010

I know a lot of scrappers that are doing "All About Me" challenges, and I thought it would be fun to do a few pages like that for myself. This is my first one, and it documents a few of my current favorite things, and my current favorite photo of myself. Thanks LeAnn for the photo!

Credits: Best Friends by Doreen Stolz
Fonts: Caribbean, CK Becky, CK Mini