Archive for December, 2011

PostHeaderIcon New release: Puzzle Template – Year in Review

Happy Friday digiland! Why am I so perky you ask? Because¬† I have TWO whole days off work and my daughter is performing in the Nutcracker tonight! I’m super excited to watch her and enjoy my time off! I’ll keep it short and sweet today, I just have one last teensy release for you before I take a break for Christmas – a “year in review” template with a bit of a twist!

Hand drawn by me, this twisty puzzle-licious template has spots for 12 photos to show off your year in a snap! But its versatile too, my CT girls all used it for something else to show off their events at a glance. Take a look:

Available for only $1.50 this weekend!

I am pretty much off for the holidays now, I’ll “see you next year” haha! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!


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PostHeaderIcon Kit release: A Very Merry Holiday

I have a HUGE new collection for you this week!

It is all 25% off this weekend, or you can get the bundle for a savings of 35%!

Here are a few layouts from my fabulous CT and the Gingerbread Girls:

And here is your freebie, a matching set of flair buttons! This freebie will be for one week only, so make sure to download today!

Sorry this free download link has expired.  Please check my shop to purchase this item!


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PostHeaderIcon Sneak peek of this week’s release!

See you Friday!


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PostHeaderIcon Tutorial: Realistic paint splashes on your scrapbook pages

Hey there scrapping fans, I have a quick tutorial for you today!

I released this Who Village Stitches and Splats this week, and I thought you might like to know how to use them on your page effectively!

So first, we open a new layout and plop a paper and a splat on it:

Now, some people’s natural tendency is “ok, I have it on my page, now I apply drop shadows to EVERYTHING!”

Well now that just doesn’t look right, does it??? If you think about it, does ink or paint on a page actually throw a shadow in real life? Nope. Well, unless you use the amount of paint on your page that my 4 year old would, but I don’t usually let him scrapbook ;)

So, you ask, what next then?? Well next, you double click the splat layer in your layers palette and bring up a Layer Style menu that looks like this:

It defaults to the first page, the Blending menu. See that tiny little triangle button that my red arrow is pointing to? That’s the key to making your paint look real on your page! Click your mouse and hold while dragging the triangle button to the right, like this:

Notice how the splat suddenly has some “holes” where the paper underneath is starting to show through? Well, it is not quite looking right yet, but we’re getting there. Here’s the tricky part; now you hold down the ALT key while clicking and dragging the LEFT HALF of the triangle back to the right, like this:

See how the halves of the triangle button separated into two? And notice our splat – the texture of the paper now shows through our splat, looking MUCH more like real paint or ink! Neat trick hey? I discovered this trick from SuzyQ Scraps, where she describes on this Daily Digi post how to use this technique for text, so that your journaling doesn’t “float” on your page. Try it next time you use anything like text or paint that shouldn’t “float” or cast shadows, you will love the effect!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, leave me a comment if you learned something, or if there is another subject you’d like a tutorial about!


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PostHeaderIcon Kit release: Who Village – the December Buffet!

It’s Gingerscraps Buffet time again! You know what that means, all you can scrap! And as you know, get it now, because these items are only $1 each for a short time!

This month our Buffet is Who Village, inspired by The Grinch Who Stole Christmas! Here is what I have to show you!!

Get one, get two, heck, get them all! They’re only $1!!!

Here’s a couple of layouts to inspire you:


It’s also the $1 Bake Sale today, I have a few oldies but goodies in the sale this month!

Your little darling princesses will be getting all dressed up for Christmas, and what better kit to scrap their adorable photos than Dressup Darlings!

Next, speaking of holidays, this is last years template set that I created for your holiday layouts, Rockin’ the Layouts Vol 3 – Holiday Edition:

…and if we’re going to make it all formal and fancy, then you definitely need to pick up these elegant Embossed Frames:

and finally, if you are doing a December Daily project this year, these Journaling Prompts will be a perfect jumpstart to telling your holiday story!

Get these hot deals today!

P.S…..the winner of my blog template challenge in November is MamaCake with this gorgeous layout!

Thanks for playing and email me to receive your prize!

I have another template challenge for December, but this one is at Gingerscraps:

Head to the forums to download and play along with us!

Hope you all have a fantastic December, and I look forward to seeing your layouts in the gallery!

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My name is Charmaine. I'm a working mom of 3 amazing kids and wife to stay at home dad and web designer, Stephen. I started this blog to document funny stories about my life as a parent, and to share my love of capturing it all on film and scrapbooking it! I began designing early in 2009 and truly love the creative energy that it provides for me. I hope you enjoy my designs!
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