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Round Robin: April Fools

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

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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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Custom Collection Sunday: Master Gardner

It’s time for Custom Collection Sundays. Yay! This is my favorite part of any week.

What is a Custom Collection Sundays? It is a chance for each of you to request a Custom Collection from one of our Designers. Every week one person wins their request.

This week I have a brand new Custom Collections Sunday to show off! On February 22, Sonya won her Custom Collection request from Manu Scraps:

I have been a Master Gardener for 18 years. Needless to say, I have thousands of pictures of us doing our thing as well as the flowers, plants and gardens that we work to improve. We prune, plant, weed & share our knowledge. I would love to have a kit that has all the tools we use, perhaps bags of fertilizer, a garden hose, a wheel barrel, stacks of pots, gloves and perhaps a fountain or raised beds. You might even throw in a worm or two, butterflies and of course birds.

from: Sonya

Introducing the absolutely beautiful Master Gardener:

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Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.
– Elizabeth Murray

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Save even more on the entire collection!

Master GardnerHere is a special 10% off coupon for our blog readers! Code: CCS_GARDENER (expires April 6, 2015). Coupon is valid on: Master Gardener {Page Kit} and Master Gardener {Bundle}. Sonya, check your email to get this magnificent collection FREE!

I very much appreciated the slightly less specific requests. It is easier to get those completed than once with complex, specific elements. Continue to ask me something fun! Ask me something in your favorite color! Or favorite colors! Request flowers, winter or love, and let’s see who I can make happy next. And go ahead & try with something a little more specific. I know there were some great ideas out there that can be fulfilled! Give it another go?

The bad news is, I’m not picking a new Custom Collection Sunday Winner. Until the new store is up, all my energy will be focused on this (BIG Store Announcement). However, I will be picking a winner from among the comments on all our Custom Collection Sunday new releases for the next few weeks on April 19! So please, comment away & request what you would most like to win in a custom collection.

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Creating 2-Page Digital Scrapbook Page Spreads

I love including 2-page spreads in my scrapbooks.  What is a 2-page spread?  It is the placement of 2 scrapbook pages side by side, that provide an overall cohesive look to a layout.  You might choose to use this technique to showcase a particular theme or perhaps an event, where you have multiple photos to share.

I created this 2-page spread for my son’s album back in 1998.  This is a “theme” oriented spread.  The “theme” of the page is “Cultivate good habits. The bad ones grow like weeds.” Here I was able to showcase multiple photographs of my son being both angelic and mischievous.

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Renee (CT member) used It’s A Snap to create an “event” themed 2-page spread.  This 2-page spread allowed Renee to showcase her favorite photo from this photoshoot (on the left) and include some fun out-takes on the right.

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Norma (CT member) created a traditional layout using It’s a Snap, then decided to create a second page, using the same kit.  When she put the 2 pages side by side, she realized she had a problem. The vines on page 1 and page 2 didn’t match properly.    Let’s see how we can fix that, making a seamless transition from page 1 to page 2.

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Optional but helpful:  Open the PSD of page 1.  If you are using a version of Photoshop that allows you to color-code your layers, it’s a good idea to do so. This will help identify which elements are on which page in the next steps.  To color code layers, right click on a layer, and choose a color in the pop-out window.  Or select multiple layers (select top layer, hold down Shift, select bottom layer) to color code all with just one click.

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1. Create a blank document 7200 x 3600 pixels in size.  This document size will accommodate two 3600 x 3600 pixel pages side by side.

2. Go back to Page 1. It’s not required, but can be helpful to link your papers and elements before moving them. (Select all layers and click on the chain icon at the bottom of the layers panel.)  Move page 1 onto the new 7200 x 3600 document, positioning it on the left.

3. Do the same with Page 2, positioning it on the right.

4. Unlock all of the layers so you can move elements around as you like. (Select all layers, and click on the chain icon at the bottom of the layers panel.)

5. Move the elements around on your page until you achieve a cohesive, seamless look. All Norma had to do here was move one of the branches from page 1 to page 2. You can see this move reflected in the red-color-coded element (from page 1) that is now mixed in with the yellow-color-coded elements (from page 2).

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6. Duplicate your new 2-page spread, and save the original in case you would like to make changes in the future.

7. Flatten the duplicated document.

8. We now need to divide the document in half, saving the left as Page 1 and the right as Page 2.  Use your favorite method to do so. Here are a few different ways:

  • Created a second copy of your flattened 7200 x 3600 pixel layout.  You will now have 2 copies of it.  Create a 3600 x 3600 pixel document (12 ” x 12″).  Drag the 2-page spread onto the document, aligning the left side of the 2-page spread with the left side of the blank document.  This will “cut off” the right side of the larger document.  Crop. Save.   Repeat (using the second flattened 7200 x 3600 pixel document), aligning the right sides to create Page 2.

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  • Alternatively: Duplicate your flattened image. Drag a Guideline from the left into the center of the document. It will snap into place in the middle of your document.  (Be sure your “Snap To Guides” is set:  View > Snap To > Guides.) Select the Crop Tool. Depending upon which version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements you are using, either move the crop lines to the Guide Lines or drag the crop tool across the area you would like to crop. Either way, the Crop tool should snap to the Guide Line, making it easy for you.  Once you have made your crop, save your page. Go to the duplicated document and repeat to create your second page.

You may have other page-splitting methods that work equally well; just choose your favorite method!

It’s a Snap, a collaboration between SnickerdoodleDesigns, ADBDesigns, and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes was created with the 2-page spread in mind.  How many times have you attended an event, gone on a photo shoot, or just snapped pictures in your yard, where you have come away with one spectacular shot, maybe 5-10 good shots, and then deleted the rest? I do that frequently. When that happens, I love creating 2-page spreads.  The spectacular photo gets highlighted on the 1st page, and the so-so photos that I can’t part with get highlighted on the 2nd page.   The It’s A Snap Kit and Extras are equally suitable for both traditional scrapping and pocket scrapping, but we have also included some pocket scrapping templates that make that opposing page 2 go together “in a snap!”

If you have not worked with 2-page spreads before, why not give it a try?

Here is a beautiful border, created for you by Charne (CT Member).  It can easily be incorporated into any page design, either traditional or pocket scrapping!

Just click on the image to download!

Need some ideas?  Review our tutorial on Stretching your Digi-Stash with Pre-Made Borders!

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If you would like to keep this tutorial on your computer for easy reference, you may download a PDF here.

If you are a visual learner, you can view this tutorial on SnickerdoodleDesigns YouTube Channel  and on theStudio’s YouTube Channel.

Please head over to YouTube and take a minute to Follow both channels.  Each Channel will have some exclusive videos, so by following both channels, you will be sure not to miss a thing!

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Thanks for stopping by! See you next week!

Credit: I believe the kit used in my 1998 2-page spread was a combination of elements from different Lliella Design kits. Please correct me if I am wrong anyone? Back then, when I was scrapping for myself, I didn’t understand the importance of keeping Credit Notes.

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LOTW March 20 – 26 And the winner is …

LBickford63 with her fantastic page Camp Journaling. Wow, I love this. All those letters photographed and shown in this page. The composition is awesome and so are the colors and elements. I think it a marvelous idea to scrap camp memories this way, so congrats Lbickford63 on winning this weeks LOTW!

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This stunning page was created with the beautiful Our Three Sons Page Kit by A-Manda Creations and Nibbles Skribbles.

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I fell in love with this kit the moment I saw it. Bright Outlook is a kit with such warm colours it makes me feel all cosy and safe and from that perspective I can see the world in a much more pleasant view. Bright Outlook by Laitha’s Designs is a timeless kit. It can be used over and over again for all sort of photo’s and events. Bright Outlook is a kit you must have!

Ik werd verliefd op deze kit op het moment dat ik het zag. Bright Outlook is een kit met heerlijke warme kleuren en het geeft me een gezellig en veilig gevoel en zo kan ik de wereld in een veel mooier perspectief zien. Bright Outlook van Laitha’s Designs is een tijdloze kit. Het kan keer op keer gebruikt worden voor allerlei foto’s en gebeurtenissen. Bright Outlook is een kit die je moet hebben!

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Besides the kit there are some wonderful extras. Please take a look below:

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

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Of course there is a wonderful deal for you when you want to buy all these products. Just purchase the Bright Outlook – Full Collection Bundle which is currently on sale for over 50% off!

Natuurlijk is er een geweldige aanbieding als je al deze producten wilt kopen. Kies de Bright Outlook – Full Collection Bundle die momenteel in de aanbieding is met een korting van meer dan 50%!

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I’ve made a quickpage for you with this amazing collection. Please enjoy!

Ik heb een quickpage voor jullie gemaakt met deze prachtige collectie. Veel plezier ermee!

***Download***

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Everlasting Flower by Designs by Brigit

Summer never fades away when you preserve garden blooms for year-round display.  The best flowers for drying are everlastings, a special group of annuals that can be air-dried without losing their color or form.  In Everlasting Flower  by Designs by Brigit you’ll find these garden blooms and foliage preserved with a variety of colors and texture to preserve on your  beautiful scrapping pages.

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Today I’ve got a cute little quick page for you, enjoy!!!

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Round Robin: It’s a Snap

Round Robin
It is time for  the final week of the SnickerdoodleDesigns Round Robin. This week is a collab with not one by two designers, Diane, of ADB Designs & Jill from Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes. This collection is all about photography and the add ons are amazing! 

Here is what Karen has to say about this stunning new collection:

Photography.  What would our hobby, our passion, our scrapbook pages, be without it? Well, yes, we certainly can create scrapbook pages without photographs, and sometimes we have to for a variety of reasons. But, in general, we do use photographs. How many times have you attended an event, gone on a photoshoot, or just snapped pictures in your yard where you have come away with one spectacular shot, maybe 5-10 good shots, and then deleted the rest?  I do that frequently.  When that happens, I like to combine my love of traditional scrapping with pocket scrapping.  The spectacular photo gets highlighted on a traditional page, and the so-so photos that I can’t part with get put into pockets on an opposing page.  When considering the theme of photography, I knew I had to invite Diane (ADB Designs) to collaborate with me on a traditional kit, and Jill (Jilbert’s Bits of bytes) to collaborate on the pocket scrapbooking segment.  Our efforts resulted in “It’s a Snap.”

“It’s a Snap” was designed in warm tones with a vintage flair. It is full of unique realistic elements, elements suited for pocket scrapping, authentic papers and brushes created from a 1902 Sears photography catalog, and oodles of fun design elements to choose from.

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+).

SnickerdoodleDesigns, Jilbert’s Bits of Bytles & ADB Designs have together created the beautiful It’s a Snap collection: 

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Or, check out the THREE bundle offers!

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For a limited time get this It’s a Snap Add On FREE! Just click to download & Enjoy! folder

 

 

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Woodland Wonders

It’s time for Custom Collection Sundays. Yay! This is my favorite part of any week.

What is a Custom Collection Sundays? It is a chance for each of you to request a Custom Collection from one of our Designers. Every week one person wins their request.

This week I have a brand new Custom Collections Sunday to show off! On February 1, Barbara won her Custom Collection request from  Carin Grobe Design:

3rd time a charm? I would love to see an outdoor woodland type kit with variations of green, tan, brown etc. but with blend-able colors, not the bright garish colors that stand out to much. Backgrounds blended. Masks to blend photos into the background as well softening everything out. I haven’t seen a soft blend-able colored kit in a long while. Nice trees, bushes, flowers etc. Thank you so much. Here is the site address for soft palette colors I love. Foggy tones1 done on 12/8/14.
http://design-seeds.com/index.php/home/entry/foggy-tones1

from: Barbara Christensen

Introducing the stunning new Woodland Wonders:

Woodland Wonders Page Kit

Deep in the forest ‘neath the cover of trees, a fawn grazes quietly, a butterfly floats on the breeze.  Tiny birds watch their eggs, the squirrels lighten the mood.  A beaver, a hedgehog, an owl hunting for food.  The smell of pine needles, leaves covering the ground, the sounds of Woodland Wonders are all around.

Woodland Wonders will be your choice for scrapbook pages and project where you need a soft, natural camo look – perfect for memories of outdoor days, trips to National Parks, picnics under trees, hiking, geo-caching or maybe just a walk in a park. It is filled with animals, flowers and trees and a variety of papers from gently shaded to bold stripes and patterns.

Woodland Wonders Masks
Woodland Wonders Realistic Paper Pack
Woodland Wonders Cardstock Papers

Save even more on the entire collection!

Woodland Wonders Collection

Here is a special 10% off coupon for our blog readers! Code: CCS_WOODLAND (expires Mar 31, 2015). Coupon is valid on: Woodland Wonders Collection and Woodland Wonders Page Kit. Barbara, check your email to get this magnificent collection FREE!

I very much appreciated the slightly less specific requests. It is easier to get those completed than once with complex, specific elements. Continue to ask me something fun! Ask me something in your favorite color! Or favorite colors! Request flowers, winter or love, and let’s see who I can make happy next. And go ahead & try with something a little more specific. I know there were some great ideas out there that can be fulfilled! Give it another go?

The bad news is, I’m not picking a new Custom Collection Sunday Winner.  Until the new store is up, all my energy will be focused on this (BIG Store Announcement).  However, I will be picking a winner from among the comments on all our Custom Collection Sunday new releases for the next few weeks on April 19! So please, comment away & request what you would most like to win in a custom collection.

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Stretching your Digi-Stash with Pre-made Clusters

Over the past month or so, we’ve talked about “repurposing” some of our digital supplies to expand upon their potential use.  In case you missed those posts:

Stretching your Digi-Stash with Premade Borders

Stretching your Digi-Stash with Masks, Part 2

For today’s tutorial, I will be working with Choose Joy, this week’s Round Robin collaboration between Manu Scraps and myself, SnickerdoodleDesigns. If you haven’t joined in the challenge, it’s not too late!  Find the rules here.

Many designers include pre-made clusters in their Kits or Collections.  These make creating a layout so simple and quick!  It’s easy to place a cluster on a background paper, add some journaling, a photo, and be done.  Often times, though, we might not want to reuse that same cluster, in the same way.  Today let’s look at a few different ways to use clusters, and maximize their usage potential!

1. Typical use:

For the layout pictured below, I used a cluster created by Renee, a member of my creative team. I placed the cluster on background paper, clipped a photo of my grandson, Owen, to a Choose Joy Mask, added a Label from the kit, and typed the quote pictured.  I was finished with this simple layout in under 5 minutes.

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2. Adding other elements to a cluster:

By adding other elements to a premade cluster, we can “disguise” the fact that we are using the same cluster a second time.  For this layout I added Manu’s Choose Joy Flower Frame.  This very simple addition took just seconds.  Adding other embellishments, whether just one or a dozen, is a great way to get more use out of clusters.

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3.  Add a frame to a cluster:

When you are adding other embellishments to a cluster, consider adding a frame too. In the cluster below, Renee added the cluster on top of a frame, and a border below the frame.  She also added a newsprint branch and 2 small paper flowers to the cluster.  This gave it an entirely different look!

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4. Use clusters as corner embellishments.

In the layout below, the same cluster has been used  in each corner, after being duplicated, flipped, and rotated.

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5.  Other ideas, as listed in previous tutorials (links posted at the top of this post, if you would like more complete details).

  • Blend clusters into background paper
  • Clip to tags or journaling card
  • Tuck behind frames or other larger embellishments
  • Use as a design element in a word art graphic

Experiment with your clusters to see which techniques work best for your particular needs!

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Renee has allowed me to share her cluster with you.  You can download it by clicking on the image below.

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If you would like to keep this tutorial on your computer for easy reference, you may download a PDF here.

See you next week!

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