Creative Style | Journaling

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Good morning everyone! Today we are going to talk about a creative style of scrapping. Well, it isn’t really a creative style. However, I’ve had conversations with scrappers about this. Some do it & some don’t. Some do a little & some do a lot. Today we are going to talk about journaling on your layouts.

Do you journal on yours?! I’ve been known to scrap with no photos & a lot of journaling. There are very few pages that do not have a bit of journaling (or more!) on them. For the most part, we are scrapping for the future. To look back on. I’ve been surprised, when looking back on pages that I’ve not put a date or journaling on, and really cannot remember at what time in my life that took place.

Journaling is important! It helps tell the story. It also can be cathartic. Just a jot down of what is going on, how you felt, what people said, or the date. These things can help you remember in the future, your family to recall those times, and evoke feelings you felt for the day/person/so on that you scrapped.

I’ve talked to scrappers in the past. A lot of us are on Creative Teams. We might not want our personal notes and feeling advertised with the products we are creating for. Even the layouts we are not making for creative teams, or if you are not on any, some people might not want those things broadcasted in the galleries.  Don’t let that hold you back from journaling! Pop those layouts up in the galleries and then go back and journal for your own eyes. Here are some great examples of journaling that I found in the gallery. (Images are linked to their gallery post. Go leave some love!)

There are SO many options to help you get to journaling in the store. Actually, you can journal with any kit, template, and so on. Since that is the case, I am going to show you what was used for the journal pages above. Look around the store yourself. What gets those words flowing for you?!

Be-you-tiful by Just Because Stuido

 

Wings Of Hope – Kit by Connie Prince

 

Going Places Bundle by Luv Ewe Designs, Blue Heart Scraps and Dear Friends Designs

 

This Is My Story by LJS Designs

 

One Little Word – 2014 by Cornelia Designs


If you need a place to get those creative juices flowing, there is a journal challenge in the forum. You can get started with journaling on your layout & take part in a fun challenge. Do you have some journal pages?! Make sure you upload them in the gallery & link us up! We love to see what you scrap with our products.

Happy Scrapping…and journaling!

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Sneak Peeks May 21, 2015

Where has this month gone?!?!?!? The rest of the month can slow down! I hope everyone will be enjoying their three day weekend in the US. It’s the unofficial kick off of summer! Our designers have lots of goodies for us to play with over the weekend as well!

Dagi’s Temp-tations has another installment in her Day by Day series:

LJS Designs has a sweet new kit:

using new template from Jb Studios

Dear Friends Designs has some new templates:

JB Studios also has a new template pack:

Magical Scraps Galore has an adorable kit:

using new template from Deer Friends Designs

using new template from Dear Friends Designs

using new template from Dagi’s Temp-tations

Connie Prince has a great big collection:

Seatrout Scraps has a new grab bag:

Have a fun time scrapping this weekend!

 

GingerBread Girl Inspiration | emscraps

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It is that time again scrappers. Time to take a bit of inspiration from one of our very own GingerBread Girls. GringerScraps has a very talented group of ladies scrapping for us. They take all those beautiful designs our designers give us and showcase them like a boss. Today we are going to take a look at one of those ladies. Emelyn. Otherwise known as emscraps.

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You can see her gallery HERE & see what inspires you!

The first thing I noticed when I was looking around her gallery were her photos. Everyone looks like they are having so much fun. So much doing, sight seeing, & smiles. I picked a few of my favorite out to bring you today. If you are looking for inspiration, head on over to her gallery and see what talks to you. (images are linked)

Great, right?! My favorite is the one just above. The fun cut out and the photo. Everyone looks like they are having so much fun in Em’s layouts. She takes her great photos and scraps them beautifully! What are your favorite layouts brought to you by Em?

Fresh Baked: May 15, 2015

Welcome to the middle of the month! This week, the designers have cooked up some delicious goodies, from templates to amazing kit collections, and even some great combo sales!

Speaking of sales, it’s also BAKE SALE time!

Before I show you the new goodies, I have to share these gorgeous layouts using the new Buffet and this month’s monthly mix, “May Flowers”!


Created by MamaCake. I love how the photos are laid out and framed. A great way to put a lot of papers to use without looking busy!


Created by chai. I love the triangles. The cluster work is just as the word art says … Stunning!


Created by emscraps. The clusters are amazing! I love how the tag looks like it’s binder-clipped on!

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It’s Bake Sale Time

Can anyone believe it’s May 15th already? This year just seems to be flying.

Let’s see what our wonderful designers are offering in the Bake Sale this month. Remember, all of these are available for $1 each through May 20.

Just look at these goodies.

Make sure to keep an eye on the blog for the awesome new goodies being released this week in the Fresh Baked post.

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May Featured Designer – Scraps by Missy

Happy May. Did everyone have fun with iNSD? I know it was sure busy around here. I wanted to hold off on posting this until things calmed down a little. Hopefully the weather is warming up in most places. I live just outside of Charlotte, NC and we are gearing up not only for the Wells Fargo Golf Championship this week, but this is also the beginning of 10 days of NASCAR racing at the speedway. Is the rest of your May as busy as mine looks to be? I would love to hear about your plans as we prepare for SUMMER!

This month our Feature Designer is Missy from Scraps by Missy. She was gracious enough to answer some of my off the wall (but fun) questions.

What is your favorite “go-to” color palette?

I’m not sure I have a go-to palette but I love anything with pinks and purples.

What is your favorite treat to have close while designing?

Sweet tea or ice water.

Do you have job outside of designing? If so, what do you do (if you don’t mind sharing)?

I’m a stay-at-home mom, and it’s a full time job .

What is the current ringtone on your phone?

Stop, I’m Already Dead by Deadboy & the Elephantmen

If you were deserted on an island (with all water/food provided), what three things would you want to have with you?

Family, portable solar panel charger, laptop!

If you could spend the day with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?

Sam Heughan…that would be a perfect day!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Scotland

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

I love all kinds of music, I may have the weirdest soundtrack out there….lol. Country, pop, rock, 80’s and 90’s are some of my favs.

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

Welcome to the Jungle

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Caution: Wide Load!

What is one thing you will never do again?

Get married, once is enough!

What’s your favorite movie?

Gone With The Wind

Do you love or hate roller coasters?

Love

Do you believe there is intelligent life in outer space?

Yes

What was the last thing you ate?

A taco

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Purple

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Grammar!

Pirates or Ninjas?

Ninjas!

Country or City?

City!!

Morning or Night?

Night

Indoors or Outdoors?

Indoors

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate

Cats or Dogs?

Cats

Thanks to Missy for playing along.

Are you collecting the pieces for this month’s Daily Download? Make sure you grab the download from the blog each day. The fill kit will be available in the store in June.

Make sure to check out Missy’s store. She has graciously offered a coupon for this month. It’s good for $2 off any $5 purchase (sbm_ds2). Also check out her Facebook page and her blog.

Don’t forget to leave a comment about how YOUR May is shaping up.

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LET’S CELEBRATE | Mother’s Day

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I am back again today to help take the search work out of your shopping. Yesterday was Mother’s Day here in the states. Let’s be honest though…all mothers deserve their own layout page! Right?! If you didn’t know already, you can shop by holiday at GingerScraps. Mother’s Day has its very own section. We are making it even easier for you. Here are just a few of the Mother Day digital scrapbooking supplies that you can find at GingerScraps.

Best Mom Ever by Clever Monkey Graphics

Dear Mom by Magical Scraps Galore!

Mom by Neia Arantes

Mother Knows Best by Leaving a Legacy

A Mother’s Love – Kit by CathyK Designs

These are just a few of the kits I came across while searching for Mother’s Day. Also, they are themed. Don’t limit yourself to that! You can scrap those tribute page to your mother with anything in the store! If you have a page you have scrapped for Mom, link us up! As always, show it off the gallery.

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Pinspiration | Big Titles

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Happy Saturday scrappers! Are you over your iNSD hang over by now? Time to scrap all those goodies you got during the sale! I was perusing around Pinterest today looking for ideas. I stumbled upon a lovely layout (will show you below) with a big title. That got my scrappy gears moving in my brain. So, I thought I would share that inspiration with you.

So often we allow the photos or a great paper to be the focal point of our layout. We plop a title on at the very end of it all (if we do at all). Personally, I struggle with coming up with a great title. Really, as I scrap mostly my son, I feel like slapping “Isaiah” on every page. lol. I searched “scrapbook big title” on Pinterest & was inspired! Here are some great examples of making the title your focal point. Making a statement with a big title.

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The Pin | The Original Source

I really like the idea of the large number that signifies something. It works at the title as well as a great backdrop. The choice of alpha allows for the large number to blend perfectly to the layout & not over power it. Who doesn’t have a number that is significant to them. A person’s age, an anniversary, or a reunion. The next time you are scrapping a memory that has a significant number marker, think about making that your focal point. Scrap it with a big title!

 

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The Pin | The Original Source

This really is the focal point of the layout. I really like how the paper is cut around the title. I feel like when it is time for me to go to the beach, I want to yell it to everyone. Just go around yelling, “BEACH!” lol. This large titled layout really brings all the pretty and fun beach photos together. Your eyes are drawn to the large title to start with. At the same time, it is bringing your eyes to the photos around it. This would make a great title page to a vacation book too!

 

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The Pin | The Original Source

Does this title not grab your attention?! It really gets the whole theme of the layout across. Cutting the photos to go under it and frame around it really makes it all work together. You cannot help but read the title and take in the amazing photos at the same time. A great statement layout. Not one element on this layout. It isn’t needed! The great photos and the big title is all this layout needs. Could you scrap a layout without ellies? I love to cluster. It would be a struggle for me. I think I am going to give it a try though. Take this years vacation photos and scrap nothing but a big, catch your attention title, and my photos.

 

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The Pin | The Original Source

This only came last because I saw it last in looking around pinterest. It is Actually my favorite of the bunch & I am going to take this idea and scrap it. I’ve been known to tuck and hide little I’s around my layouts with my son in them. Just one letter. You could dress a layout up so much with just one letter. How would you do it?!

Are your creative juices flowing yet?!You know that GingerScraps has an entire section dedicated to just alphas, right? Here are just a few of what I came across in looking for the right alpha for my big titled layouts. (images linked)

 

I would love to see your take on the big title. Make sure you link me up!

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Fresh Baked: May 08, 2015

While this newsletter isn’t going to be as jam-packed as last week’s, I’m still suggesting a cup of coffee or something to give you some energy! I’m exhausted from a busy week celebrating iNSD! Did you enjoy it? I think the designers did, though they didn’t let them stop them from working on some new amazing things!

Before I show you the new goodies, I have to share these gorgeous layouts using the new Buffet and this month’s monthly mix, “May Flowers”!


Created by msbrad. I love the corner clusters. So wonderfully done!


Created by emscraps. I love the paper layers and the font choice for the title.


Created by Lisa. I love the two papers splitting the layout in half with the ribbon seeming to hold them down.

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Sneak Peeks May 7th, 2015

Happy Thursday! Did you have a fun INSD week? Our designers outdid themselves! And there’s more products releasing tomorrow!

Dagi’s Temp-tations has a new template pack:

 

Craft-tastrophic has a new kit:

using new template from Dagi’s Temp-tations

Dear Friends Designs has two new template sets:

Little Rad Trio has fun photo splits:

 

LJS Designs has two new kits:

with new template from Dagi’s Temp-tations

Check out the new release from Connie Prince:

Seatrout Scraps has a new kit:

Pixelily Designs has a new kit:

Have a great weekend filled with scrapping!