Always Full of Inspiration

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I have many layouts that I’ve created over the years that have Lauren’s products on them. Her products cnotinue to be some of my favorites. I love her whimisical and edgy style; her great color combinations; and her custom doodles that she creates herself. I am beyond excited to have La back with us in The Digi Files this month! Let’s take a closer look at “Always” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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! Here are some layouts created using Lauren Grier’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Always by Lauren Grier; Fonts: CK Becky & Bad King.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Always by Lauren Grier; Fonts: Typewriter.

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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Always by Lauren Grier; Fonts: Museo.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Always by Lauren Grier; Foxy Boxy by Connie Prince.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Always by Lauren Grier; Staple by One Little Bird Designs; Date Stamp by Splendid Fiins; Font: Pea Johanna Script.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Hi! My name is Lauren Grier. I’ve been designing digital scrapbooking products since 2005. You can find my work at my solo shop Scrapfastic Designs and at Sweet Shoppe Designs. Designing has been a great outlet for me over the past few years. Sometimes, I just draw something silly for my kiddo.. but other times- everything just pours out of you when you create. It’s a wonderful feeling.. a weight lifting off of you as you scribble out little bits and bobs. Designing is my job.. but it’s also my own little version of self therapy. It’s an amazing avenue of self expression, and one I’m very lucky to have.

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I’ve had this weird obsession with doodling wings lately, so it started there and grew. I knew I wanted a wing doodle element & that just lead to a sweet cutsie love themed kit. Light and fluffy and full of pink.

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I started designing in 2005, just wanted to poke around and see what this digital scrapbooking thing was all about. Put together a couple of kits and poof.. Here I am today. Ok, there was a bit more than a poof, but that’s the jist of it. I’ve never paper scrapped, and hadn’t even digi scrapped yet when I designed my first kit. I was just looking for something new and fun!

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Everything. That’s the easy answer right? My moods greatly dictate what and how I’m going to design. Music. Life. My kid. Everything.

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Computer: I am using Windows 7 with 8gb of ram
Program: I use Photoshop & Illustrator CS6
Camera: A very sad old Canon Powershoot.. but it’s amazing really for what it is.
Anything Else: I doodle with pen and paper, and scan with my handy dandy epson scanner. I also use a Wacom Tablet that is currently missing. Hah.
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Tell your story. That is ALL that is important. Don’t worry about impressing anyone, or getting onto creative teams. Scrap for yourself and to document your memories. In 20 years when your grandkids are looking at your scrapbooks they’re not going to care who’s creative team you got on, or which calls you received the dreaded rejection email from. Not one bit. So scrap away. Love what you do and it will shine right through your pages.

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My favourite kit changes constantly.. but right now, it’s this one. One in seven billion! I sat down one day and just started doodling a full page doodle spread. I knew right away what I wanted to do.. Primarily grey & white with accent colours. Adding teal was easy.. I put it in 85% of my kits, then all I needed was a bit of navy and yellow and I was absolutely in love! I always adore the kits that I’ve doodled every single paper out for. They just feel extra special to me!

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My Layered up in You series has been a fan favourite for years now. These are my babies and I am so happy everyone loves them!
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Here are some of my favorite products by Lauren Grier:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Lauren Grier’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Save 35% off with coupon code LALOVESYOU (expires 1/31/14, valid only at Lauren’s Sweet Shoppe store).

Go have a look in Lauren Grier’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Lauren Grier

The following layouts were created using “Always” by Lauren Grier and included in The Digi Files during January, 2014:

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Always by Lauren Grier; Template by FayETTE; Fonts: Cafe Rojo, Pea Amy G.

Layout by Sula. Supplies: Always by Lauren Grier; Font: Traveling Typewriter.

Layout by Anne. Supplies: Always by Lauren Grier; Template by Peeps & Miloa; Font: Soymilk.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Always by Lauren Grier; Fonts: CK Becky & Bad King.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Always by Lauren Grier; Fonts: Typewriter.

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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Always by Lauren Grier; Fonts: Museo.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Always by Lauren Grier; Foxy Boxy by Connie Prince.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Always by Lauren Grier; Staple by One Little Bird Designs; Date Stamp by Splendid Fiins; Font: Pea Johanna Script.

Snow Isn’t Blue

Ah…it is the time of year for…BLUE SNOW.

Oh wait. Snow isn’t blue.

However, that’s not what Facebook shows me. Apparently, the world is full of blue snow.

Without going into too much detail about how cameras work, I’l just explain that cameras have a hard time figuring out that we like our snow nice and white. It’s all about the way your camera sees color, and you can read some good information on blue snow right here.

White correcting your white balance in camera is a great way to keep the smurfs out of your fresh powder, I know that there is often not time or know-how to fix the problem before you click.

Instead, I am going to show you a ten second edit in Photoshop Elements. I’m using version 10, but the same steps will work in both 11 and 12.

I pulled this photo from Wikipedia Commons. It’s a perfect example of what I mean by blue now. At first glance, you might not even notice it. That’s because our eyes and brain work together. Our eyes see blue, but our brain sees snow and it knows that snow is white. It ignores your eyes and tells you that you are seeing nice white snow. That’s fine and dandy until you tell your brain to stop talking. Ask your eyes again. Is that really white?

The good news is that this is a simple fix.

In Photoshop Elements, go to Enhance > Adjust Color > Remove Color Cast.

The Remove Color Cast dialogue box will appear. Your curser will turn into an eye dropper. Simply choose a place on your photo that is supposed to be white (I picked the large patch of snow between the back wheels of the two bikes), and then click OK.

This is the result. However, the result is a little grey. We’ll fix that next. At least it’s not blue!



Next, in your layers palette, click the little half white/half black adjustment layer icon. When the dialogue box appears, click on levels.

See that little white triangle on the right? You need to to scoot it to the left until it is at the base of the black “mountain.”

Merge your two layers and DONE!



What a different 10 seconds of editing makes!


A few more examples from my friend Clarissa who is from Alaska. I grabbed these right off her Facebook account (with her permission, of course!)


So how about it? Do you have any snow photos that need some de-smurfing?


If you do want to learn more about while balance and getting it right in camera, check out these posts:

White Balance with Katrina Kennedy

Working with White Balance

Four Common Photography Frustrations and How to Solve Them

A New Start for a New Year

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I am so excited to be welcoming Jen C Designs to The Digi Files this month! I love Jen’s designs that have are modern with a shabby edge. She has some really fun themes and color combinations. It was so much fun for me to visit with Jen about her life as a Canadian living in Ireland, how she started digi scrapping and designing and her contribution to The Digi Files this month. I know you will enjoy hearing her (and her fun accent) in the Digest:

Let’s take a closer look at “New Start New Year” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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! Here are some layouts created using Jen C Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: New Start New Year by Jen C Designs; Nov 11, 2013 (template) by Sahlin Studio; Fonts-Bariol, Bebas.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: New Start New Year by Jen C Designs; Fonts: Serendipity by CD Muckosky.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: New Start New Year by Jen C Designs; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: New Start New Year by Jen C Designs; Fonts: Typewriter and CK Ali’s Hand.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My name is Jen – but I design under the name Jen C Designs. I live in Belfast with my husband and our two kids. I started designing 3 and a half years ago while we were still living in Canada. When I’m not designing you can find me, playing with the kids, at work, or just generally making memories! I currently sell at my own personal store, Pickleberry Pop and Gotta Pixel – and love it!

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I created this layout as a memory of a fabulous day we spent at the Halloween Carnival last year. My kids loved it! Even though the weather was cold, they had a great time on the rides and with the carnival games!

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I started as a paper scrapbooker when I was a child. I always loved taking photos, collecting them into albums and creating keepsakes. In 2010, I went digital because with two small children, time to be creative was at a premium! Never mind the fact that most children make enough mess, it was hard to have my hobby be a messy event as well! At the same time I was creating blogs for friends of mine and literally stumbled into digital scrapbooking websites! I was immediately hooked and haven’t turned back! I am very thankful to the owners of the two sites I work at – Pickleberry Pop (Faye) and Gotta Pixel (Stacy). These ladies have been fabulous inspirations and tremendous mentors to me. This industry is incredibly creative and competitive. I am deeply grateful for all they have taught me.

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I love looking at magazines, Pinterest pages, colour swatches, anything! Many times on of my creative team members will have a photo they want to scrap with and so I create a scrap kit around it! Obviously with some of my stores, we have coordinating product events – so in those situations, it’s all about being inspired by the colour first and then the theme comes from it.

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Computer: I’m a Mac girl through and through. I have a Mac Book Pro and it’s my third baby!
Program: I use Adobe CS 5 – Photoshop and Illustrator mostly!
Camera: I have a regular and old point and shoot camera. The camera does what it needs to for me – and to dress photos up, there are loads of resources available to produce actions and special effects for your memories.
Anything Else: I use a Wacom tablet – this is one area I’m desperate to upgrade soon! I love being able to draw and extract with a tablet – it’s much easier than with a tracker pad (I don’t use a mouse with my Mac).
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My number one tip would be to not compare yourself to other designers, photographers or scrappers. By all means, look for inspiration from others – but never feel intimidated by what others do.

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My Story January was my first in a whole series of collections I created in 2013. Essentially, I wanted to help people tell their own story throughout the year. So many kits are very themey. And while, there are themed pieces in each month, my goal was to create a versatile palette that would work across geographic boundaries.
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One More Day seems to have really struck a powerful chord with my fans. It was created at a time when things weren’t the greatest. It was inspired by the need to push on just one more day when things get tough. Now, the colours themselves were for a coordinating palettes event, but they really spoke to me and encouraged me to design about the difficult times in life.
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Here are some of my favorite products by Jen C Designs:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Jen C Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Jen C Designs’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Jen C Designs

The following layouts were created using “New Start New Year” by Jen C Designs and included in
The Digi Files during January, 2014:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: New Start New Year by Jen C Designs; Template by BellaGypsy; String by Veronica Spriggs; Fonts: Can’t Write Quickly In Winter, DJB Gonna Share My Story, Century Schoolbook.

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Layout by Poki. Supplies: New Start New Year by Jen C Designs.

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Layout by Jessica. Supplies: New Start New Year by Jen C Designs.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: New Start New Year by Jen C Designs; Nov 11, 2013 (template) by Sahlin Studio; Fonts-Bariol, Bebas.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: New Start New Year by Jen C Designs; Fonts: Serendipity by CD Muckosky.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: New Start New Year by Jen C Designs; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: New Start New Year by Jen C Designs; Fonts: Typewriter and CK Ali’s Hand.

All In One Place

The recent Christmas break gave me a chance to do one of my favorite things: look through old layouts. Flipping through my albums, reading the stories of our life, and seeing my children grow right before my eyes…there is just nothing like it.

As I go through my pages, I find myself drawn to certain pages. I think that one of my favorite types of layouts, the kind that keeps me scrapping instead of just throwing my photos in an album, is the layout that brings moments from different times and different places together and tells a whole new story.

I like seeing my photos all in one place.

The layout above is a prime example. A lot changes between turning one and turning two! I looked through my photos and chose one from each month to see my daughter grow throughout her second year. Putting them together on a page tells a beautiful story that none of them could do individually.

Recently, I was talking with a friend. We were talking about how we had been dwelling on the fact that life isn’t made up of big and momentous occasions. But rather, a life is built by thousands and thousands of little moments that come together to create something beautiful. Taking a few of those moments and putting them on a page does wonders for the heart and soul!

My heart is happy when I see pages like these:

(In case you can’t tell, these pictures are of my first four kids…all swimming for the first time in the same hat. I need to redo the layout and out all six together!)



So what about you? Have you done any of this kind of layout? What do you enjoy most about them?

Affordable and Easy Custom Wedding Guest Book – DIY

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about the DIY photo booth I created for a friend’s wedding. I also created a guest book (guestbook) for that wedding that I thought I would share.

My friend’s daughter wanted a guest book with photos of her and the groom, but lines for guests to sign their names on. I knew that AdoramaPix would be the perfect solution. AdoramaPix’s photo books have super thick pages (almost a thin chipboard). Here are some previous posts we’ve done about AdoramaPix books quality:

They sent me a bunch of photos to choose from and I got to work. I was able to complete the whole book, from start to finish in 1-2 hours. The most difficult part was selecting the photos I wanted to use.

The first thing I did was select one of the premade guest book templates at AdoramaPix. I used the default size (26 pages, I believe). I figured out how many photos I would need, based on the photo spots in the template, selected the photos, uploaded them, then started dragging and dropping photos into the template.

After the photos were placed, I worked on making the book work with the bride and groom’s colors. The default colors of the book were black and cream. The wedding colors for this wedding were navy blue, emerald green, and cream. I grabbed hex codes from the blue and green I had used on the photo cards for the photo booth and was easily able to change the colors. (Note: if you are visiting for the first time and are unsure of what a hex code is, don’t worry about it, you can just use the color picker tool in AdoramaPix’s book builder).

It was super slick, and best of all, painless for me!

I let the bride choose the color of pen that their guests used to sign the book and she chose green:

I selected the option to have the photo book shipped in a keepsake box and this is what it looked like:

The total cost of the book, the box, and extra fast shipping (I had procrastinated just a wee bit) came to $54, not bad at all, especially considering the high quality of AdoramPix books!

Here are some more photos of the book:

Are you planning a wedding? Are you going to give AdoramaPix a try?

Documenting Life with Smart Phone Screenshots

More and more we are seeing scrappers using smartphone and smart device screenshots on their layouts to help tell their stories and document their lives. As technology becomes so integrated into our daily lives, it only makes sense that it would be difficult to document large parts of our days, without a few screenshots.

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I know as digital scrappers, we are usually pretty tech savvy, but I’m sure there are readers that might not know how to take a screenshot. This is for YOU <3

On any iDevice, you just push the power button and the home button at the same time. If your sound is turned on, you will hear the camera shutter sound when the screen has been captured. The screen capture can then be found in your Photos.

Android Devices

Android is more tricky as it’s different based on which OS you are running and sometimes, the phone. I found some tutorials for you though:

How to take a screenshot on Android phones: including Galaxy S3/S4, Xperia Z, HTC One and Nexus 4

How to take a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy, or any other Android device

If your Android device isn’t there, I would suggest Googling “screenshot” along with your phone model. You should be able to easily find instructions that way.

How You Use Screenshots

From weather, to text coversations, schedules, games, apps you love, and how you use them; you are including it all on your layouts through screenshots. Here are some fun examples I found from around Digiland (all layouts are linked to original location

Were you a winner? We are doing it again!

It’s been a busy, busy week around here!

The Winners Are…

Melissa D (she has been contacted) was our Grand Prize winner, winning an annual subscription to The Digi Files and coupons from all of the contributors listed on the image.

Debbie W, Michele F, and Jacquellyn B all won an annual subscription to The Digi Files!

All winners have been contacted.

The party continues this week as we giveaway over
$580 in prizes again!

There are ways for you to enter EVERY DAY, which increases your chances of winning! We will take entries through Thursday night (Rafflecopter is set to close at 10pm ET). This week, I added the option to leave a comment in this post to get you an entry as well.

Here is what you can win this week:

Thanks so much to these designers and stores that are participating in this fun event:

Sweet Shoppe Designs

Persnickety Prints

AdoramaPix.com

ScrapOrchard

The Digi Chick

Studio Girls Collectives at Scrapbook Graphics

Oscraps

Digital Project Life

Just Jaimee

Yin Designs

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Snips and Snails Designs

Jennifer Labre

Bella Gypsy

Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

Chelle’s Creations

Studio Wendy

SuzyQ Sraps

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brand NEW Digi Show! Chari from Persnickety Prints joins the discussion as we all share trends we saw in digital scrapbooking during 2013, trends we are seeing now, what we think will be hot during 2014, and what we fear or hope won’t become trends.

Here are some of the fun goodies we found from around digiland!

Bella Gypsy:

A kind heart and brave spirit, that’s all you need to have a happy path in this life. This fresh digital scrapbook collection by Bella Gypsy at Scrap Orchard is perfect for scrapping the bravest moments in your life. Bold, fresh colors work perfectly for boy or girl pages, any time of year!

Chelle’s Creations: Whether it’s in the backyard, at the gym, or at a trampoline park, kids of all ages just want to jump for joy.

Cilenia Curtis:

A very neutral kit that can be used for any occasion!

Clever Monkey Designs:

This is one totally awesome kit, perfect for all turtle loving memories!

Crossbone Cuts Designs:

Do you love taking photos on your cell phone? Are you obsessed with
Instagram and other photo apps? Then this is the bundle for you!!

Darcy Baldwin:

Add a bit of “Flaire” to your journaling or title work with this darling font.

Down This Road Designs:

Jumpstart your creativity with this quick and easy to use digital scrapbooking template set.

Erica Zane:

Show Me the Money by Erica Zane at SSD is perfect for the budget conscious. Whether you’re thrifty or not, the fun colors and versatile elements in this value sized kit will work for all sorts of pages!

Heather T.:

This fun collection is all about the human spirit lifted in fun and laughter to enjoy life!

Jennifer Labre:

Celebrate the new year with this fun new kit from Jennifer Labre. Grab New Beginnings for 20% off through Sunday!

Just Jaimee
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This digital kit was created in co-ordination with my December Storyteller 2013 collection.

Kimeric Kreations:

Blue Jean Kinda Girl is brand new from Kimeric Kreations

Kristin Aagard:

Sporty: Volleyball includes a variety of elements and papers to create fun volleyball themed scrapbook pages and projects.

Libby Pritchett:

Until The End Of Time was designed with the love of your life in mind.
With beautiful golds and just the perfect touch of shimmer, you’re bound
to fall in love all over again.

Meredith Cardall:

CU Splatters 2 is a fun way to add mists and paint to your digital scrapbook kits

mleCard:

This Year Bundle is perfect to create pages abount all those everyday moments by mle Card.

Pink Reptile Designs:

The perfect element pack to scrap your dinner date, dinner with friends and/or family dinner[s]!

Quirky Twerp:

Six whimsical hearts in layered files and eight gorgeous coordinating papers.

River Rose (retired):

Sausan Designs:

Cloud 7 is a cutesy and whimsical kit with wonderful papers in pastel colors with a dreamy touch, handdrawn doodle elements and 3 different types of alphas….pure sweetness to scrap!

Scrapbook Lady

Katie the Scrapbook Lady has a brand new set of templates this week to help you get your digital scrapbooking done in a snap! Quickly fill each page with oodles of photos, or use fun papers and designer cards to jazz things up. Super quick and fun!

Snips and Snails Designs:

The View from up here is amazing! This travel themed collection will make your layouts soar.

Southern Serenity Designs:

Free Bird is a beautiful set of templates with perfectly placed elements and paper layers.

Studio Angelclaud Artroom:

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is my artsy template series. It’s a template with a lot of brushwork to
create a more mixed media/blended/artsy type of style. You can simply
clip papers to the smears or replace them with smears/elements from
scrapbooking kits.

Blagovesta Gosheva

Blagovesta Gosheva has a new winter kit in her Studio at Scrapbookgraphics. It’s on early bird sale this week! If you buy the kit, you will get also a pack of made to match Word bits for free!

Studio Sherwood:

Whether you are
family royalty, or just love bling, Royal is the way to celebrate! A
bit tongue-in-cheek, this colorful kit is surprisingly versatile, and
always fun.

SuzyQ Scraps

Visit The Archive Attic at Scrapbookgraphics — revalued items but not retired!

Studio Rosey Posey:

The perfect little bitsy brushes for your Art Journal, Mixed Media LifeStory,

Project Life & Digital Scrapbooking!

Studio ViVa Artistry:

From an ancient story known the whole world over and documented in
various forms. These images of land and water create a stunning kit in a
collection about the beginning of time. It can be used for scrapping
memories of the beach or sea, or it can be used for mixed media
creations, even art journaling.

Sugary Fancy:

For all camera and instant photos app lovers!

Tracy Martin Designs

Something pretty special this week is Documented, for all those daily
memories!

Vinnie Pearce:

The Journalink Collection is the perfect kit when you have a lot to say!