Sunday, August 9, 2015

Still Surviving on Survivor

I love a challenge!

No, really, I simply love a good challenge, like it is a secret to unlock and something new to learn. It is one of the reasons that I have fallen in love with Digital Scrapbooking.  This month, Gingerscraps has been hosting it's Survivor Challenge.
The competition started July 19th and runs every week until September 1.  Just like the TV show, we have alliances (I started a Disney lovers one of course), we have immunity challenges, weekly challenges and tribal council to vote some off the island.
This year's Survivor theme is Lost At Sea.  It is all themed around having our scrapping ship taken over by pirates.
Week 1's challenge was for us to disguise ourselves as pirates to blend in with the mauraders
Here is how mine turned out.
I actually took my kids to the park with a box of pirate gear and dressed up to take photos.  Many of the contestants used app or photo shop to change themselves into Pirates

Week 2's challenge was send a "message in a bottle" to someone to ask for help.
I sent my plea to the only Pirate that I can think - Captain Jack Sparrow.

Now, this week's challenge was to show off what you treasured.  This was a little harder
I went with a quote from Walt and my love of learning and books.

Go check out all the other Survivor Layouts and be amazed!
Survivor Gallery

Friday, July 3, 2015

Going back in time

Have you ever had a memory that you needed time before you could "handle" it?

While I scrapbook all the time, I just recently realized that I had skipped certain memories because I just need time.  My step-father, John, passed away 5 years ago in January 2010.  2010 became the year that I didn't scrap (which included the pictures of my newborn son, who arrived in April).  I had also skipped the last trip to Disneyland that my father took with us - 2008. I had scrapper 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, etc, but not 2008.
Finally, I am scrapping these memories and it feels so great to relive the fun memories, scrap the sorrow, remember them all!

LJS Designs - On the Boardwalk 
also uses Dear Friends Designs - Double Trouble V4 (from Buffet) 
Monthly Mix - Family Ties
Magical Scraps Galore's #selfie template from the site MEGA collab
Boomers Girl Designs - Nighty Night
Dandelion Dust Designs - Out of This World
Dagi's Temp-tations - Oh Boy Templates
Dear Friends Designs - Never Too Many Template
Connie Prince - Adventure Time
Just Because Studio - Leap of Faith Grungy Papers
Just Because Studio - Leap of Faith Solids & Ombre Papers
Just Because Studio - Leap of Faith Splatters
Just Because Studio - Incredible Life 3 templates 
LJS Designs - Sweet Child of Mine 
Blue Heart Scraps Good Life Papers & Smatters Little Rad Trio's Missing You Bundle Dear Friends Designs Framed Templates
Clever Monkey Graphics & Joyful Heart Designs Easter! Bundle
Simply Tiffany Windows Template

and the one that started this journey . . .
Little Rad Trio's Swing Batter Kit
and also uses Little Rad Trio February Template Challenge, which is now recycled in Play It Again V1
I encourage you to look and see if there is anything in your past that you may have not scrapped - even if you have no photos and create a page to remember them by!

Friday, June 19, 2015

May & June Busy-ness

Somehow May got away from me!  It is like I blink and months go by.  Does that happen to you?  While I am still super busy, I am happy that the kids are out of school now.  For us the month of May includes so very many end of school activities, that my head is spinning.  We had multiple field trips, award ceremonies, graduations, field days, creating end of year teacher presents and more! Finally May ended and we took a family trip to Disneyland.  Yay!

With all of that, you would think that I had no time to scrapbook - but no way, of course I fit in time for that!

To start, I had to highlight what has become my favorite treat - caramel apples.  I used this kit from LJS Designs called Silly Willy Nilly and a template from Dear Friends Designs called Pile It On
Since it almost State Fair time again, Next, here is a double page of previous Fair trip using Ponytails County Fair Carnival  and her template Double Double
Because I have been working to recover some old photos, I have running across these old pictures from when my little guy was born and just can't resist creating some loveliness with them using LJS Sweet Child of Mine and JB Studio's Incredible Life template
One of our favorite trips every year, is to visit Yosemite.  We love to raft down the Merced River, hike, visit the Indian Village and just hang out.  Dagi's Temp-tations comes out with these wonderful Day by Day templates that make getting a ton of photos onto a page.  I used Nature Boy by North Meets South Designs which was a free daily download from Gingerscraps!  You can buy it now, but every month you can download a new kit if you check the blog every day!
Next, one of my favorite animals at the zoo - the Red Panda!!  I just love this.  I had to do a double page using Magical Scraps Galore's Panda-monium and Dear Friends Chock Full (psst, Chock Full is on sale for $1 until June 30th)

Another fun event each month at Gingerscraps, is the Buffet.  They one color palette and the designers all create pieces that coordinate together.  It is a great way to get multiple kits that can work  together.  It is amazing to see.  Here I used Connie Prince's Adventuretime, Leap of Faith papers and splatters and Dear Friends Never Too Many .  This page is when I first took my son to Yosemite at 2 weeks old.
This month, LJS came out with a fun Around the fire kit, which of course means another Yosemite layout ;)  I am so ready to go again!! For the template, I used this free template from Dear Friends.  It is part of the Template Challenge at Gingerscraps.  There are 2 free templates every month that you can download and create with!  Check it out.

For April and May, I was the Guest Creative Team Member for Hat of Bunny over at Scrap Orchard.  Her kits are so bright and fun.  For many of them, I "see" my Riley.  She is so full of life that it is hard not to think of her.
Hat of Bunny is the featured designer for June and all of these pieces are free at different events.  It is called Stranger Than Fiction

This is part of her Life's Little Moments June series.  It is so full of fun items.  I just love how this bright page turned out!

For the beginning of May, Scrap Orchard hosted it's Farmer's Market when hundreds of items (new and old) are only $1.  Of course, now, this fun Pajama Party kit is more, but still tons of fun.

Life's Little Moments - May is perfect for End of School Year fun

Life's Little Moments March is practically Riley's theme kit!

So, you see - I have been busy!  The best part is that I feel like my scrapbook style is improving and really coming together.  I have learned so much this year.  I am loving my pages and am proud to show them all off!  I hope you are all staying busy and having a great summer.  I hope to be back soon with more fun.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Scrapping Like Crazy!

It is amazing the difference between 1 year and the the next.  Last year, I was offered my first (small) CT and did a few guest spots here and there.  Now, I am kept super busy and get to "play" with tons of designer kits as a full-time site Creative Team member of Gingerscraps and also for Clever Monkey Graphics - on top of the Guest spots that I still do - like for Hat of Bunny this month and next.
I have gotten 17 pages done this month and 46 last month.  And still more to come!!

Here's is a peek of some of the fun items that I got to work on:
For Gingerscraps Brush Challenge - Connie Prince's Celebrate America & Four or More Templates 7

If you spend $10 this month at Gingerscraps, you get this great collab called Let it Rain which was perfect for my puddle stomper!  I also used Dagi's Template - Put A Spring in Your Step

For something completely different, I used Dagi's same template set and Connie Prince's Better Together kit to do this fun layout of Conner and his Best Buddy

I did a double page spread as my first layout for a 2 month guest spot for Hat of Bunny over at Scrap Orchard.  Her Life's Little Moments April was HUGE and so perfect for these pictures of Daffodil Hill.  

This month, I was paired with Pixelily and created this cute Spring card for the Gingerscraps Hybrid spring card challenge.  I kinda went crazy with my Silhouette!  Making cards lots of fun!  Showers to Flowers is part of this month's buffet from Pixelily

Just this week, I got to scrap last year's Mother's Day pictures using 2 new kits - All About Mom by Little Rad Trio and Day by Day 4 templates by Dagi's Temp-tations.  I just love how they turned out!  

Every month, Gingerscraps has 2 free templates as part of their template challenge!  This was template 1 by Pretty in Green and using Ponytail Designs Birthday Bliss.  Loved all the triangles

For Clever Monkey Graphics, I used one her older kit - Turtle Power to both create a card and make a layout of it.  So cute.  I love that burst and all the TMNT with their weapons.  Quite a blast from the past!  The birthday boy loved his card, too!  Best yet, I was able to use this layout for the Template Challenge!!  If you do 10 challenges - you get a free Mega Kit!!

Have you been getting the free parts of Gingerscraps Daily Download?  This month, it is hosted by Connie Prince & Trixie Scraps (also known as North Meets South Studios) and it is called Nature Boy.  It is so cute.  I was able to do this fun page with it and  Everyday Moments Singles template by Dagi's Temp-tations.  If you missed any pieces of the DD, you can buy the whole kit after the end of the month

When I saw Hat of Bunny's March Life's Little Moments, I immediately thought of my daughter, Riley.  She IS this kit.  I think it was designed just for her.  The kit made these somewhat boring pictures of her birthday dinner so vibrant and fun.  

Dear Friends has been creating templates like mad and the best news is that they asked me to convert all their templates to the .page format for them!!  Boy, have they kept me busy.  This is one set that they release last week called Off the Grid.  I did these 2 pages of our Zoo Member Day for the font challenge and using Pixelily's Safari Trip kit.
So, as you can see - I have been busy!  Can't wait to create more loveliness!  I have learned so much and grown so much in my ability in the last year.  I can't wait to see what this next year brings.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Enjoy the Ride - New from Kellybell

I was so excited to see this beautiful kit from Kellybell Designs.  I just loved the colors of it and all the pretty horses, ribbons and more.  It is so perfect for pictures of Carousel rides or even for your favorite horse lover.  Check it out (and then see below for a Freebie just for you)

There's something special about a merry-go-round that brings out the kid in all of us.  Maybe it's the carousel music, maybe it's the smell of cotton candy in the air, or maybe it's the joy ofpicking out that special horse to ride.  Most everyone can close their eyes and come up with a precious memory of riding on the merry-go-round.  Kelly's new collection today is perfect for scrapping those special carousel memories.  Take a look.

Inside this lovely kit you'll find a carousel, carousel horses, flags, banners, pennants, sprays, cotton candy, balloons, buttons, clouds, lace, flowers, ribbons, maypole, hearts, frames and more.  There are 15 papers in sweet patterns and colors.  Plus, you'll get a full white alpha in a regal font.

You can also get the word art pack filled with 5 amazing titles.  Or you might like the colorful journal cards.

For premade packs, you can choose from the page starters or the layered paper stacks.  Both get you expert clustered items to jump start your scrapping.

You can find this collection inside Kellybell Designs Store  for 25% off this weekend only.  It's a beautiful kit and all the coordinating accessories are so pretty so make sure to load up your cart and purchase them at a discount this weekend.

Want to see some amazing layouts with this collection? You can view all the pretty CT layouts at Kelly's Blog or Kelly's Facebook page
When I went to grab my pictures, I saw that we are always riding King Triton's Carousel, so Kellybell's Kiss the Girl kit was a natural blend with Enjoy the Ride to add that little sea flair.
Here is the page that I created with this fun kit

You've made it to the bottom of the post, now it's time to find out who's got the freebies today.  Kelly's CT gals have some extra special goodies to share with you today.  You can find them at the links below.  Have a great weekend and have fun shopping and scrapping!

Jessica's Blog -

Lisa's Blog -

Meagan's Blog - ME :D

I needed a title to really set off this page and thought that maybe you would like one, too!  This uses the Enjoy the Ride alpha, flowers, ribbons and more and adds the shells, alpha and of course - Triton of Kiss the Girl.  I hope you like it!

Friday, February 27, 2015

February Fun Layouts!

I have to say how wonderful it has been this month getting to play with so many different designers digital scrapbooking kits.
The best part is that some of these collide!  So, this week, not only did I get to do a Fresh Baked Layout as part of my Guest CT spot at Gingerscraps, I also was able to use Clever Monkey Graphics new kit Children's Museum!

So, first - it's the beginning of the week and I check the forum for what new goodies I get to pick from at Gingerscraps and what do I see, but a Book kit!!!!! Yay for me.  Cornelia Designs has created a Book-a-holic Collection.  There are so many different ways I could have gone with this - I am such a book get.  I have pictures of me at Book Conventions, getting Author autographs, pictures of my books, pictures of my kids reading, pictures of me reading - I could go on and on.  Here is the kit - Great right!!??
I decided to go with a combination of one of my favorite authors.  I was able to meet him twice - years apart and I brought the photo of him and I back in 1996 for him to sign.  So, it's a photo within a photo!
I will definitely be using this again and again!

I was able to use the FREE template from the Gingerscraps February Template Challenge to do this with, too!

So, on top of that, Tracey created this huge, super cute, Children's Museum kit!  It is so perfect.  It has over 170 elements that can be used for more than just visiting a Children's Museum.  You could also make pages of Science Fairs, Dinosaurs, Legos, Dental Visits, Music, Art, Bugs, Park days, Movies, Bubbles, and so much more!

We have visited quite a few museums, but one of my favorites was when we got to the Grand Opening of this Children's Museum.  It was sooo fun  I got carried away and have already done 2 layouts of it!

So cute, right!
But, the month isn't even over and I may have more to share ;)

Later Gator ~