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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday Layout Highlights

Did you have a nice long holiday weekend?  Sometimes having an extra day off makes the whole weekend seem to last forever!  But now that our rest time is over, it's time to get back to business and take a look at some gorgeous creations in Cheri's Dream Big Designs gallery at ScrapOrchard.

First up is Speedy by Ellie80 made with 'Girls On Wheels'.  The pinks and purples on this page are so pretty.  Check out those 2 big clusters, they really pull your focus into a diagonal slant.  The yellow flowers and ribbon add a great pop to the page.  It's just lovely!

Next take a look at Walking Baxter by Britaneejean made with 'Bad To The Bone'.  Look how the background paper makes a fabulous edging.  I love the beige paper with the rounded edges, it blends with the framing of the dogs on the background paper.  The stitching is wonderful.  What a gorgeous page to remember taking Baxter for a walk.

Thank you ladies for sharing your creativity and inspiration with us today.  Keep those layouts coming.  I'd love to feature them here next Tuesday!  Have a great week!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!  Hope you all are enjoying some time off work, and some extra time with your families and friends!  Maybe you'll be able to sneak in some scrapping time today too~  Here's an awesome freebie created for you by CT Jenn using Submerged:

Check out the kit:

you can head on over to Jenn's blog to pick up the freebie - make sure you leave her some love!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday Helper - Cutting Photos Into Shapes

Good morning!  Hope you are enjoying a nice relaxing Memorial Day weekend.  When creating our layouts, sometimes we get stuck in a rut when placing our photos on a page.  Usually it's in a square, rectangle or circle shape.  I rarely use the cookie cutter tool, so I thought I'd investigate how that tool works and experiment with different custom shapes.  It's amazing to explore all the shapes that are loaded with your Photoshop software.  If you click on the cookie cutter button, then click on the shapes button on the top row, you'll get a listing of all the arrow shapes I've selected.  To find more shapes, click on the double black arrows and all your shapes will be displayed.  You can use these shapes to create elements or to create a mat or background shape for your photos.

Here's a photo I wanted to cut into different shapes.   First I tried the crop shapes and chose a mask.

That cut my photo like this.

Here's a puzzle shape. 
And here's a heart shape.

You can cut your photos into custom shapes using the cookie cutter tool, or you can use the custom shapes tool to first create a shape on your page then clip a photo to it.  So your homework is to go check out all the custom shapes you have preloaded in your software.  If you need more shapes, you can always do an internet search on "Photoshop custom shapes" and you'll find tons of free custom shapes to download.  Have some fun experimenting with your shapes this week.  Enjoy the long holiday weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Winner of Sneak Peek Game

It's time to announce the winner of this week's Sneak Peek game -- it's Donna Penn!!  She wrote "My daughters were competitive swimmers for 10 years. They would spend hours and hours in a pool every day. Love your kits! Thanks for the chance to win."  You've won Cheri's newest collection called 'Splash Zone'.  You're going to love it!!  Just email Cheri at and you will get a coupon code for the whole bundle! So cool! Congrats to you and thanks for all the wonderful comments. Have a great week! Stay tuned for tomorrow's full reveal of this kit and lots of CT inspiration!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sneak Peek and Chance To Win!

Get ready for a splishing and splashing adventure.  Take a look at this fun sneak peek.  Cheri's got a fabulous new kit coming out this week that you do not want to miss!  If you'd like a chance to win, leave a comment here and tell me about a fun water activity with your kids.  Maybe that's something at the beach or pool, or maybe running through a sprinkler or playing with squirt guns.  I'll be back on Thursday night to announce a winner!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday Layout Highlights

It's a sunny Tuesday here and school is winding down.  So much activity going in, so let's take a little break and admire some beautiful layouts from the Dream Big Designs gallery.  Each week brings such amazing inspiration!

First layout is from Carrie1977 using 'Mother Duck'.  I love how she used the soft green paper.  And look at the neat striped scallop border tucked under the main paper.  Her quote certainly hits home for every mother.  Such touching words!  The ducks are so adorable.  This is outstanding in every way!

The next layout is a gorgeous page by Lenushenka using 'Harbor Bay'.  The big circle paper is such a fun and bold back stop to the middle blue paper strip.  This page is just so fun and beachy, I love it!  Look how fabulous that title is and the delicate clusters.  Wow, this is beautiful!

Keep scrapping away with your favorite Dream Big Designs kits.  And we'll keep featuring them here every Tuesday.  Have a fantastic week!

Monday, May 21, 2012

FB Poster Call

I am in need of another helper to post some layout hightlights and other fun info on my Facebook page for me. Here is the ad, check it out and email me if you are interested in joining my Dream Team.

Here is what is says:

Facebook Poster needed

I need a positive. FB stalker that will make some weekly posts in my Dream Big Facebook Page.

The requirements are:
3 Posts a week
Monday - Hint/Tips
Thursday - Layout Highlight
Saturday - Layout Highlight

Once a month: Monthly Game Giveaway

You do NOT have to make layouts, but you still get my products as compensation.

If interested, please email
Let me know why you would make a great FB poster and any other team responsibilites you have. Please also send me your Scrap Orchard Forum name.

Call ends June 1st.

What a crazy week we had - I was sick all week, and you know how that goes, when Momma's sick ain't nobody happy!  lol
But it is Monday, a new day, a new week, and a new FREEBIE!  CT Brittany made this awesome cluster frame using Forest Friends:

Check out the bundle:

Pretty awesome!  You can head over to Britt's blog and pick it up - make sure you leave her some loooooove!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Winner of Sneak Peek Game

So excited to announce the sneak peek winner this week...... It's Alyna. You've won Cheri's newest collection called 'Mother Duck'.  You're going to love it!!  Just email Cheri at and you will get a coupon code for the whole bundle! So cool! Congrats to you and thanks for all the wonderful comments. Have a great week! Stay tuned for tomorrow's full reveal of this kit and lots of CT inspiration!

Mother Duck

I hope all of you Mothers had a wonderful Mother's Day. I really enjoyed myself. My kids were all so helpful and kind. And the family made me dinner. It was so relaxing. I have a darling ducky Mother's kit for you. It is a revamp of a previous kit I created. This week the kit is 20% off, and you get the Graffiti free with Purchase. Mother Duck Graffiti (free with kit purchase, one week only.)
Mother Duck

Mother Duck Graffiti

Dream Team Inspiration

I also have one more treat for you. The new CU Paper Flowers Vol. 5. They are 20% off also this week. Make sure to check them out, cause they are HUGE! They are over 5 inches, and in full color. They will for sure be useful in your kits and Digital Pages.

CU Paper Flowers Vol. 5

Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sneak Peek and Chance To Win!

Don't you love seeing a sneak peek image?  Trying to guess what type of kit is coming out, what the new collection might be called?  It's so cool getting a glimpse of what's to come.  And now here's your sneak peek of what Cheri has designed this week.  If you'd like a chance to win this bundle, then leave a comment here on the blog.  I'll be back on Thursday night to pick a winner!

This week Cheri will also have a commercial use product coming out.  Make sure you stay tuned to ScrapOrchard for all of the Dream Big Designs new releases!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tuesday Layout Highlights!

Let's hope this is the start of another fabulous week for you.  It's Tuesday again, let's snoop around the Dream Big Designs gallery for some oohs and ahhs today!  I found some fabulous girlie layouts that are just adorable.

First is Zoom Zoom by Amber565.  I love the pink grunge background paper and all the cool gears scattered on the bottom.  There's lots of motion to the page with the title placement and the triangle border element.  It's just a fun happy page!

Next is an amazing layout called Scooting Along by Clemmon03.  The white space draws so much attention to the photo cluster.  I love how her title goes above and below the clustering.  Adding in the helmet and scooter is just adorable. 

Both of these layouts were created with 'Girls On Wheels' which is available for sale at at ScrapOrchard.

I just love looking through the gallery and finding such beautiful inspiration.  Thank you ladies for sharing your pages!  Have a great week!

Monday, May 14, 2012 snuck up on me out of nowhere!   We do have a freebie today~  hooray!!  It was created by CT angie using Girls on that kit!

check it out:





You can pick up the freebie here.....make sure you leave some love --- and ENJOY!