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LOTW April 3 – 9 And the winner is …

KingsQueen with her fabulous page Rainy Day. I love how all the colors pop on the large black and white photo. The clustering is absolutely beautiful and I adore the photo’s! This is such a lovely page, so congrats KingsQueen on winning this weeks LOTW!

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This beautiful page was created with the wonderful April Showers by WendyP Designs and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes.

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Spring is bustin’ out all over and birds are singing, flowers are peeking out to embrace the sun and windows and doors are open to let the fresh breezes in. Bustin’ Out by Over The Fence Designs is an amazing kit to help you capture spring in your layouts. The beautiful elements and fabulous colors will give each page a perfect touch of spring! With Bustin’ Out by Over The Fence Designs you can scrap all kinds of photo’s from nature or your family, your kids or pets. Bustin’ Out will make each photo beautiful!

De lente komt en laat zich overal zien. Vogels zingen, bloemen richten zich voorzichtig naar de warmte van de zon en de ramen en deuren kunnen open om de heerlijke lentelucht binnen te laten. Bustin’ Out van Over The Fence Designs is een prachtige kit om de lente in je layouts te vangen. De mooie elementen en heerlijke kleuren geven elke layout een gevoel van lente! Met Bustin’ Out van Over The Fence Designs kun je allerlei foto’s scrappen van de natuur of je familie, je kinderen of je huisdieren. Bustin’ Out maakt elke foto prachtig!

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Besides the kit there are some beautiful extras. Just take a look below:

Naast de kit zijn er een aantal prachtige extra’s. Kijk maar eens hieronder:

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Of course there is a wonderful deal for you if you want to have it all. You can buy the Bustin’ Out Bundle which is currently on sale for 55% off!

Natuurlijk is er een geweldige aanbieding voor jullie. Je kunt de Bustin’ Out Bundle kopen, die momenteel in de aanbieding is met een korting van 55%!

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I really enjoyed making this quickpage for you and I hope you will like it! You can download it below:

Ik vond het erg leuk om deze quickpage voor jullie te maken en ik hoop dat jullie het ook leuk vinden. Je kunt hem hieronder downloaden:

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Retiring products at TheStudio

Next week is a big week here at theStudio, we are closing the old store and opening the new one.  It’s going to be so much fun having a new store, I got a little sneak peak a week or so ago and it looks awesome.   That being said there are a lot of retiring products that you can pick up at great prices right now since they are not moving to the new store.  Also, our policy is that all products, including retiring, are available to download for 30 days.  This time we’d be much obliged if all downloading is completed by this weekend.  Customer information & logins will transfer to the new cart, order history will not.  So please help us out by downloading your purchases right away.

Here’s just a few of the great products that you can get in the retiring bin…

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And don’t forget the Commercial Use Store too…

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And there is so much more, be sure to go take a look at all the retiring prices, grab them fast before they are no longer available.

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Round Robin: April Showers

The second week of the WendyP Designs Round Robin is starting. It is a springy, wet and beautiful collection by WendyP Designs & Jilbet’s Bits of Bytes. Here’s what they have to say about this new collection:

April showers bring May flowers is a single line poem that many children memorize a a young age, and for good reason! The poem can be thought of as a lesson in persistence, as sometimes we have to be showered with things that are not so great to enjoy the good stuff that will follow. You don’t have to wait for the good stuff though, because this April Shower from WendyP Designs and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes is already good. 

Please ask questions in the Round Robin FAQs, I will update that post with answers.

A Round Robin is One Month, One Designer, Four Collabs.

How do you come in, and more importantly, how can you save extra?
Answer: Create a LO!

The LO rules are simple:

What are the discounts:

The best news? These discounts are stackable. That means if you participate in all four Social Media venues, your final discount code will be an additional 40% on the next Round Robin Collab. How much you save is up to you!

I will PM coupons good off the next COLLECTION each week on Wednesdays. The coupons are good for one week only. The final week coupon will be for the featured Round Robin Designers personal use store.

Please post your layout in the forum thread with links to where each LO is posted (our Round Robin gallery, your pinterest, facebook & google+).

Take a closer look at the simply stunning April Showers collection:

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Save even more on the April Showers Bundled Collection (and get a little freebie to boot)!

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For a limited time get this April Showers Add On FREE! Just click to download & Enjoy!

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Saving Hard Drive Space by Deleting Extra File Formats

Hard drive space becomes a premium resource as we gather more digital products.  I know I keep seeing my available hard drive space decreasing as I add to my collection of resources.

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To determine how much hard drive space you have available, if you are using a PC:

  1.  Click on the Windows logo (lower left corner of your screen)
  2.  Click on “Computer”
  3.  Right click on the drive that you would like to explore
  4.  Go to Properties, and you will see a pop-up window, such as I have shown above.

Here you will be able to determine how much drive space you have used and how much you have available.

In past tutorials we have looked at 2 ways to save hard drive space:

  1. Saving Hard Drive Space by Deleting Hidden Layers
  2. Transparency Utilizes a Lot of Space

Today let’s look at one more way to save hard drive space, and that is by deleting extra file formats that come with a product.

Many designers include multiple file formats such as PSD, TIF, and PNG in their products.  This is typical with templates, for example, offering the consumer the opportunity to choose the file format that works best for them and the software they use.

Below is a screen capture of what is contained within one of the It’s a Snap Template folders. These templates were created by Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes.

First pictured is a folder with all of the “parts” of the template, in PNG format.  Next is the PSD format, then the TIF format.

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I am often asked if one needs to save all of these formats.  It’s a personal choice; but if you are trying to save hard drive space, deleting the file formats you do not use is one way to help achieve that goal. (Since I do not use a Mac, if _MACOSX files are included, I also delete those.)

Here are the file sizes for this template:

  1. PNG folder = 3.8 MB
  2. PSD = 13 MB
  3. TIF = 5.2 MB

Because I use Photoshop, I personally would choose to save the TIF file and delete the PNG and PSD files, saving 16.8 MG of space in just this one folder.

The entire It’s a Snap Templates product consists of 4 templates.  I did not measure each one, but if we assume they are all similar, by deleting  the PNGs and TIFs from this set, we could save 67.2 MB of space. Multiply that by how many templates you may own… and, well, I think you get the idea.

Again, it’s a matter of choice what you keep or delete, of course!  But deleting extra file formats is one option for you to consider when your hard drive space is starting to run low!

It’s a Snap is a collaboration between ADBDesigns, Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes, and myself, SnickerdoodleDesigns.

Below is a preview of the templates mentioned above. They are perfect for the Pocket Scrapper and also to be used in combination with traditional scrapping.

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There’s still time to enjoy It’s a Snap introductory pricing, thru April 7th!  Or, for the best value,  consider any one of the three Collections available!

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Here is a It’s a Snap cluster gift for you to enjoy!  Click on the image below to download!

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See you next week!

If you would like to keep this tutorial on your computer for easy reference, you may download a PDF here: Saving Hard Drive Space by Deleting Extra File Formats

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ArisaMinamoto with her fabulous page Hello You. I really love the composition here, the black and white photo’s against the colored papers and elements. I find this page a happy one, so congrats Arisaminamoto on winning this weeks LOTW!

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This wonderful page was created with the beautiful Hello You kit by WendyP Designs.

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Market Fresh Coordinated Collection

Market Fresh – ever-growing in popularity, almost every town has again brought back the old-fashioned town market/farmer’s market. Fresh grown vegetables & fruits from the farmers gardens, organic honey’s, flours and breads baked by today’s artisans, bouquets of wild flowers, handmade crafts and displays by local artisans. The return of produce stands, farmer’s markets and sales can only mean one thing: Spring has arrived! Market Fresh is a build-your-own kit.  Each designer has created stunning pieces in her style, in $1.00 packs to make your collection truly you.

Market Fresh – het groeit enorm in populariteit. In bijna elke plaats vind je de ouderwetse markten. Vers verbouwde groenten en fruit van de boeren, biologische honing, bloemen en brood gebakken door biologische bakkers, boeketten wilde bloemen, zelfgemaakte handwerken door lokale artiesten. De terugkeer is een feit, boerenmarkten en verkopen kan maar één ding betekenen: Het is lente! Market Fresh is een stel-je-eigen-kit-samen. Elke designer heeft prachtige delen gemaakt in haar eigen stijl. Allemaal in 1$ packs, zodat je zelf kunt kiezen en de collectie van jezelf kunt maken!

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I used the part from Mel Designs to create a quickpage for you, please enjoy!

Ik heb het deel van Mel Designs gebruikt om een quickpage voor jullie te maken. Veel plezier ermee!

***Download***

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Hello You by WendyP

I think most kids do like to be on the phone for a good talk with a loved one. For example grandpa or grandma loves to be on the phone with their grandchildren. My children always love to be on the phone as well. Talking about everything or nothing. For them the most important thing is that they have fun calling someone.   And what about when they get big…. Calling their friends and chatting and giggle all the time.   Hello You by WendyP Designs is inspired by the precious and funny moments that we are on the phone, playing or anything else….

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And today I’ve got this cute little cluster for you, enjoy!!!

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Round Robin: April Fools

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It is the first week of the WendyP Designs Round Robin.  Don’t let this week fool you! It may be April Fools, but it is no joke LOL! It is a fabulous, fun, colorful collection by WendyP Designs & Nibbles Skribbles!

In her own words, Wendy describes the inspiration behind this wonderful new collection:

Who doesn’t love jokes, as specially on April Fools day, I’m almost sure everyone has made a joke on that day. Even if it just a very very small one. Some make big jokes and other little jokes which doesm’t hurt. This collection is inspired by this day. A beautiful, bright colored and funny. Perfect for all joke making memories.

Please ask questions in the Round Robin FAQs, I will update that post with answers.

A Round Robin is One Month, One Designer, Four Collabs.

How do you come in, and more importantly, how can you save extra?
Answer: Create a LO!

The LO rules are simple:

What are the discounts:

The best news? These discounts are stackable. That means if you participate in all four Social Media venues, your final discount code will be an additional 40% on the next Round Robin Collab. How much you save is up to you!

I will PM coupons good off the next COLLECTION each week on Wednesdays. The coupons are good for one week only. The final week coupon will be for the featured Round Robin Designers personal use store.

Please post your layout in the forum thread with links to where each LO is posted (our Round Robin gallery, your pinterest, facebook & google+).

Take a closer look at the gorgeous April Fools collection:

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 April Fools

Save even more on the April Fools Bundled Collection (and get a little freebie to boot)!

April Fools

For a limited time get this April Fools Add On FREE! Just click to download & Enjoy!

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Scraplifting and Pocket Scrapping. What do they have in common?

Several weeks ago we talked about Stretching your Digi-Stash with Masks. One portion of that tutorial was devoted to using clipping masks in creative ways.  Norma, a member of my Creative Team, demonstrated one unique method of using a mask.  She stretched and flipped a mask, then positioned it on the left side of her background paper, using just part of the mask as a border design.  She next clipped a photograph to her newly created border-mask, and used the original mask in the body of her layout, creating this stunning page. (Kit used: Rocky Mountain Dreams).

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A few days after this tutorial was posted, a blog reader contacted me with a few questions regarding Norma’s layout.  She loved the layout so much, she wanted to practice this technique with one of her own photographs.  I asked her to share her finished layout with me once she was finished, so I could see what she accomplished.   The reader did send me her layout (which was beautiful), but also said in her email:  “But of course I won’t post this layout in any galleries because it wasn’t my original idea.”  I encouraged her to share, and to simply note in her credit the source of her inspiration (or scraplift).

So is it “stealing an idea” when we see an outstanding layout and want to use it as a source of inspiration? No. It’s not.  We are simply “embracing influence instead of running away from it.”  (Steal like an Artist.)

“What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere.  All creative work builds on what came before.”  (Steal like an Artist)

Let’s look at Pocket Scrapping, which has become so popular over the past years.  What is Pocket Scrapbooking?

 From Sahlin Studio: “Pocket scrapbooking is the process of using clear plastic page protectors divided up in a variety of size pockets designed to slip-in photographs, journaling, or memorabilia.”

But look at this from The World newspaper, June 25, 1903. 

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Pocket Scrapbooking. One hundred and twelve years ago.

I am not saying that those who popularized pocket scrapping today, “scraplifted” the idea from the year 1903.  I am sure it was an original thought today, just like it was back then.

My point is that if you see a layout and would like to scraplift it, feel the freedom to do so.   Unless you are specifically intent on duplicating a layout (or a product!) exactly, you can’t help but infuse your own personality and sense of style into your design, making it truly unique.

I came across the 1903 newsprint ad pictured above when I was working on “It’s a Snap,” a collaboration between myself (SnickerdoodleDesigns), Diane (ADBDeseigns), and Jill (Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes).  Jill created some great pocket templates, and Diane and I focused on the traditional kit.  If you haven’t tried pocket scrapping, why not give it a try?

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And just to help you remember…. scraplifting is okay!… here is the newspaper article and print ad showing you that there truly is nothing “new” under the sun!

Click to download.

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