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 ~

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Family Remembers!

Back in August of 2012, my Grandfather left us to join my Grandmother in heaven.  I miss him very much and such a momentous occasion is sometimes difficult to scrapbook about.  We took a ton of family photos at the Memorial.  Both graveside and at the luncheon afterwards, but they just sat in my computer.
When I saw this month's Buffet at Gingerscraps and the beautiful colors, roses, and antique items, I knew if was perfect.


I used the papers from Little Rad Trio's Rose Garden

The elements from Cathy K's Love You

and the template from Queen Wild Scraps Week by Week Vol2

You should totally go check them out!  I think they were perfect!


New CT for me at Clever Monkey

My birthday month continues and the fun keeps on rolling!  I was just notified that Tracey with Clever Monkey Graphics wants me to be part of her permanent  Creative Team!  She makes so many cute kits!
I did one using her Galactic Geek of Space Mountain back in November.

But her newest kit out is called Be Mine Valentine and I got to play with it right away and pulled out these older pics from 2011 of the sweetest kisses.

Check it out over at Gingerscraps or OScraps

It has been such a fun Birthday Month!  I can't wait for the fun to continue

Thursday, February 12, 2015

My Birthday Treat Part 2!

So . . . I was already excited to be Guesting with Kellybell and no sooner does the month start, then I get an e-mail from one of my favorite Digital Scrapbooking Sites - Gingerscraps.  I had Guested for them back in December and they wanted me back for February!!

Being a Guest CT Member means that I get a work with something new from the site every week, plus "play" with some of their other specials like the Monthly Mix, Free With Purchase and Daily Download. 

One of the first kits to come out for the Fresh Baked is a template set from Queen Wild Scraps called She's My Best Friend.  I paired with North Meets South's 100 Days of Happy kit to create this:
I also got to work Blue Heart Scraps new Me+You=Love Bundle to make these wonderful Valentine Cards for my kiddos.

Then, as part of the Monthly Mix, which is all about Best Friends, I did this fun Layout of how my cats are NOT friends.  It is the only pictures that I have them in the same room.  The best part about the Monthly Mix is that if you get it this month - it is only $5.25

Can't wait to continue this special month and share all the goodies that are helping me complete my scrapping goals!!

My Birthday Treat

I was laughing back in September when I realized that I had a Scrapbooking Guest Creative Team Spot lined up for every month until May!  How awesome is that??  All of the fun of getting to "play" with designers new digital scrapbooking supplies! Since they were all different designers, I really got to try out a bunch of styles!  Fall was Connie Prince, December  was Gingerscraps, January was Connie Prince again (love me some Connie), and then February brought Kellybell Designs.  How fun to have a Disney Designer during my birthday month!!  I was SO excited!  And then, right before my birthday, I got my first kit to play with - a Mouse Memories one!  I had this hole in my 2012 Family Album to put just 3 pages of our April Disneyland trip and had NO idea how to get a whole trip into 3 pages.  As soon as I saw her new pieces, I got excited.  Her templates were perfect, too!

This new pocket collection can be used for any pocket pages as well as traditional layouts. This collection is filled with cards, tags, balloons, mouse ears, castle silhouettes, arrows, buttons, flowers, papers, ribbons and bows. There’s also a huge pack of classic colored alphas and beautiful word art titles that combine several of the alpha styles.
Also new today is another 4-pack of pocket style templates. The templates are available in several file formats – PSD, TIFF, PAGE and PNGs.

Perfect, right??

Here is what I did with it

See - it was like my birthday treat - something just for me ;)

You should go check them out at Kellybell Designs