Oscraps: A Running Commentary

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I’m excited to welcome Oscraps to The Digi Files this month! Several of my favorite designers call the O their home. Their contribution this month includes bits from each desginer at the O. It’s a beautiful, artsy collection and our team had a lot of fun scrapping with it! Let’s take a closer look at “Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month!

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Here are some layouts created using Oscraps’ contribution:

LO1Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab by Oscraps.
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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab by Oscraps.
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Layout by Heather. Supplies: Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab by Oscraps; Fonts: Memorabilia (template) by Studio Jen D; Font: The Liana by Heather Hess. Shadowing Styles by Sahlin Studio.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab by Oscraps; Font: Traveling Typewriter.
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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab by Oscraps.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.

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My name is Clara and I’m an army wife and mom to two rambunctious kids (three if you count my husband!) and also the Oscraps Cheery-O Team leader (site CT). I am proud to call Oscraps my digi-hOme. While I have only been there for 4 years the O (as we like to call it) has been open for 6 years. Vicki Stegall is the owner of this site and has created an amazing, laid back community where members can find a fantastic balance of all things scrap related and real life. We currently have over 20 talented designers in the shop that create a wide variety of products to include Traditional, Clean & Simple, Artsy, and even some Fantasy products. The site is newly upgraded and has some fun new features.  We are now able to link our favorite products to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+. We have an active blog with posts several times a week, highlighting kits, members, challenges and even some tips and tricks.  Of course, I always love our monthly challenges. We offer 6 challenges a month that can enter you to win one of 6 designer coupons each month. Most months we also offer an opportunity to win our next months collab before it has even been released. Between these things and the regular stream of new releases our designers put out there is always something going on at Oscraps.

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Oscraps started as a blog where Vicki gave away freebies. She never imagined how well loved her products would be and before long her blog morphed into the store you see now, she told me it pretty much happened over night. It wasn’t long before designers were flocking to sell their products alongside hers and now there are always at least 20 designers selling products at any given time. The store has now been open for more than 6 years. Like I mentioned above I have been an active member of Oscraps for 4 years. At the time I started participating in the forums there were several ladies that were planning a vacation together in Mexico. I was blown away that some people who met online wanted to go on vacation together and very quickly found out why. Oscraps’ laid back atmosphere and desire to provide not just a store but a community has created an amazing group of loyal, caring people who are not just scrappers but real friends. I hope to always be a part of this group.

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Vicki says refine your style, be who you are, design what you love not what you think is popular, connect with customers and learn everything there is to learn about marketing online.

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To pick just one kit as a favorite is nearly impossible. I have several favorites. The great thing about Oscraps Collabs is they are ever evolving because our designers grow and change. But since I have to pick just one…I would have to say that our current collab, Dandelion Days, is one of my very favorite kits. We wanted a kit with clean colors and it became an amazing summer kit. A kit to remind you of all those everyday summer memories. Eating watermelon in the heat, playing in the sprinkler, drinking lemonade on the porch. I think this kit captured that beautifully.

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Parisian Holiday was definitely inspired by Christmas and the holiday season but nobody wanted to go in the direction of just another traditional Christmas kit. I believe during the discussions “Please no candy canes” was a specific request. Both the designers and the Cheery-O’s agreed that glamorous was the way to go and what better way to go glam than adding Paris into the mix. This is one of our most versatile collabs we have created. When discussing a collab you come up with a theme and color scheme you think will work well but until it is all packaged and a preview is created you just don’t know what the end result will be, but this kit was definitely a masterpiece and I go back to it often.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Oscraps:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Oscraps’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Oscraps June collab will be 50% off for TDD readers with code O-DANDELION50%.

Go have a look in Oscraps’ store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!