Saturday, November 17, 2007

Okay, I think this new page looks much better next to the Kiersten page...even if it's still not exactly a two-page spread.

Drum Page
Fonts: Title is LDJ Rock It font (my little joke); journaling is Century Gothic
Background: Papers are all from Kellie Mize's freebie kit for the Ad Challenge 11/11/07
Layout scraplifted from Bree at ScrapMaps. (I went back today to take a better look around. Definitely a great site!)

Kiersten Page (again)
Fonts: Title and background in photos is LD Letterpress; journaling is Century Gothic
Background: Red paper from Lisa Whitney's freebie Christmas collection; Brown paper from ComputerScrapbook (designed by Kristine Bents and Jessica Safty). It was part of their Romantic Rose pack but I'm not sure which one because I bought both packs. But this background is called Deep Violet. (I added the red tones to it.)
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Yippee, I just downloaded a background kit that goes perfectly with my "Kiersten" page so that's going to be a two page spread now. Woo hoo! Well, the second page will be about something else but it will look good next to my Kiersten page. I got the paper from Designer Digitals' Gallery. It's from one of their ad challenges (which I think is an awesome idea).

*Ad Challenge: They find an ad for inspiration and then create backgrounds based on the colors/designs of the ad. I remember seeing a bedding set in...hmm...a Pottery Barn catalog that I LOVED. If I ever see that ad again, I'll definitely try to create some matching backgrounds.


I have a hard enough time keeping track of all the different elements that I use - to give proper credit - let alone the brushes. But I have brushes from:

Amber Clegg (ScrapArtist)
Jan Hicks (ScrapGirls)
Katie Pertiet (Designer Digitals)
Lisa Whitney (ScrapArtist)
Lori Cook (ScrapGirls)
Mandy Steward (ScrapGirls)
Melany Violette
Nancie Rowe Janitz (ScrapArtist)
Shalae Tippetts (ScrapGirls)

If you'd like more specific information, please e-mail me and I'd be happy to help you out.

Scrap Maps

Found a link to this site at Lisa Whitney's site. It's called Scrap Maps. Haven't had a chance to really check it out yet but looks pretty cool at first glance.

Friday, November 16, 2007


Found another cool site: Fontologie. You can make your own fonts. Plus they have freebies for you to download.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Well, not a two page layout but these are the two pages that will go next to each other. Scraplifted my new page from Sprellen's Little Lamb layout. Background is Durin Eberhart's Watercolor paper, font is SBC Courtneys Journal and used Amber Clegg's Stamped Hearts.
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Well...I tried bookplates and staples and different colors...all kinds of things but this is where I've ended up for now. I'm going to stop tinkering with it unless I come up with some great idea. Here's what the journaling says, by the way:

Kiersten keeps me on my toes! She’s quick to get into mischief. I frequently find her sitting on the kitchen floor with the contents of a box of cereal spread around her. She loves to sit in the bathroom sink. One day she got up onto the counter and was pouring out maple syrup. Another day she shattered our glass bathroom scale and while I was trying to clean up that mess, she got herself stuck on top of my dresser. She loves to hide very quietly in our closet. This little girl is a character! But we can’t help but love her.
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This is an effect that I read about in my beloved BHG mag so I gave it a shot. Maybe this wasn't the right photo for it but I think it's a cool effect. I like what I ended up doing much better (see below). I actually really like the brown and red combo so I need to figure out how to make my layout work. I think I'm going to try making the circle smaller. I was looking at Chey's ScrapArtist Gallery for inpsiration.
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I couldn't find a layout to scraplift so I ventured out on my own...and realize I don't have a clue what I'm doing. *sigh* I'll have to post a picture of the cool effect that I tried doing (Dwight told me it looked like an Old West Wanted poster). Anyway, I used a red background from Lisa Whitney (the red paper) that was in her freebie Christmas collection and I used a background that I got today from ComputerScrapbook (designed by Kristine Bents and Jessica Safty). It was part of their Romantic Rose pack but I'm not sure which one because I bought both packs. But this one is called Deep Violet...although I added the red tones to it. (One of the papers from the Romantic Roses pack is available for free at ComputerScrapbook...such a clever marketing ploy. *hehe*) Fonts are LD Letterpress and Century Gothic. If anyone has suggestions for how I might make something out of this, shoot away!
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Have I already mentioned Designer Digitals? That's another good site. They nice freebies too.

busy, busy, busy

Okay, background papers are ones I bought when I was paper scrapping (and then scanned the other day): Kiwi Flower, Kiwi Stripe, Tangerine Medley and Tangerine Stripe. The paper under the pictures is Gillian Hurst's Rustic Crush Special (I lightened up the color a little by putting a white and fairly opaque layer over top). There's a smidge of one of Durin Eberhart's green Watercolor papers showing. The swirls are from a Swirls brush set by Jan Hicks. Scraplifted the design from one in my handy dandy BHG mag (by Kim Haynes). The font is Courier new. I think that about covers it.

I'm hoping that I'm learning some things with all this scraplifting that I'm doing. If not, I guess I'll just be scraplifting ideas 'til eternity. :)

[2/2/08 edit: just redid the design. I need to add a credit for the font LDJ Mother's Typewriter because I changed the font on the left.]

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Today I've been all over the place downloading freebie digital scrapping supplies. There is tons of stuff to be had. Of course that means I've also done a little shopping but the good thing is that digital scrapbook supplies are not very expensive so I haven't even spent $20...and I've done a fair bit of shopping.

But let's get back to the freebies. I think I've already mentioned that I started at BHG's site. I like their digital scrapbooking section. Presumably there's a link there somewhere to take you to their freebies. But no matter what, they have tutorials, layout ideas, tips, and lots of useful information.

The next site I found was ScrapGirls. The have a big freebie kit plus I signed up for their newsletter which has a freebie everyday. I enjoy looking at the newsletter. It has layout ideas and there's always a little tutorial. Plus *I* think their designers are pretty good.

ScrapArtist is another site that I like and they have freebies too.

Somehow I ended up at ScrapNFonts. I signed up for newsletter and they gave me 3 free fonts for doing that (I'm getting a little addicted to fonts). I never realized that fonts can actually be fairly cheap. ScrapNFonts had a sale over the weekend and practially every font was $1 so I bought a couple. Then today I picked up a few more at ComputerScrapbook ranging from $.75 to $.99.

I stumbled onto those because Computer Scrapbook is another site with some freebies enticing you to sample their supplies.

You can get freebies from various individual blogs like Eclectic Thoughts or Simply Clean Digi Scraps or Scrapper's Muse et cetera.

And here's a site with various different lists including the best places for freebies. Haven't checked out all their sites but it looks like they actually have a lot of good info.

Anyway, the way I got started today was just by googling "scrapbook freebies" and that pulled up tons of stuff. It's crazy. Right now I'm actually choosing to stop looking around because there's just too much stuff. I'm tired of organizing all the stuff I downloaded. Plus in some of the kits I downloaded, I got some stuff that I'm not sure I would even use. I'm either going to delete it outright, or maybe just stick it in a category called "Not My Style" and then if I don't use it in like a month, out it goes. (I'm using ACDSee of course so my stuff is all categorized and cross referenced. Much handier than working with paper supplies!)

Oh yeah, I should upload my latest layout. I have to restart my computer to do that though because Picasa is acting squirly. So let me go do that. Actually, I'll do it tomorrow. Right now I'm going to bed.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

I added a second page. The design for page 2 was scraplifted from a design by Susan Cyrus in my BHG magazine again. I used the same heart embellishments and the same background paper. The striped paper is from Durin Eberhart at ScrapGirls. It's part of their freebie Refresh Collection. The font is AMC_Cute from Amanda McGee at Scrap Girls.
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Saturday, November 10, 2007


I just finished taking inventory of my fonts. :) I pulled up my list of fonts in Windows Explorer and then typed up the list in Word. And then I changed each one to be it's own font, of course. So now I have a handy dandy reference guide to put on the magnetic board behind my computer monitor. (Because that's one thing Photoshop doesn't do, which is very annoying. I like that Word lets you preview each of the fonts right from the menu.)

scrapNfonts was having a sale and their fonts were all only $1 (as opposed to $3). So I got a couple of new fonts. I'm so excited! (Which is kinda weird...excited about fonts...)
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Scraplifted this page from a design by Kim Crothers in BHG's The Ultimate Guide to Digital Scrapbooking.

Font: LD Letterpress, JW ChalkRubons from Jen Wilson Designs

Digital Elements: Stamped Hearts from ScrapArtist

Paper: Erica Hite's Bump in the Night collection (changed the paper to grayscale)
Lisa Whitney's Cotton Pink
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Friday, November 09, 2007

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Scraplifted the essence of the design from Beth Johnson's "Fall 2007" which was posted at this cool site. The striped paper and alphabet are from Durin Eberhart at Scrapgirls. Flowers from Sande Krieger at BHG. I changed the color but background paper was from Lisa Whitney's site. These are all still freebies but I think tonight I'm actually going to place my first order at Scrapgirls. I'm going to buy torn edges...and a couple of other things. I think it's going to cost something like $2.5o for the torn edges so figured that it's probably more cost-effective to purchase the kit as opposed to trying to do it myself (and my grand total is a little over $10 so a shopping spree but not TOO crazy).
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Friday, November 02, 2007