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Monday, April 22, 2013

Saying goodbye

It is time to say goodbye to my beloved blog and start a new site. *Did ya think I was leaving you for good? - NO WAY! I love this too much. Tee hee.
It is my birthday month and we have a fun birthday blog train for you. It starts at my brand new blog here. Enjoy the goodies and have a wonderful April.
See ya at the new site.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Tutorial-Creating a Fun Font Title

There are so many fun fonts out there and I use them for titles often. However, sometimes they need a little extra something to add some interest. Here's a fun way to add some fun to your font titles (I'm using Photoshop Elements).

First, choose your font and create your title. Then, simplify the layer (click on the title in the layers palette, right click, and select "Simplify Layer" from the drop-down).
 Next, go to Edit<Stroke and choose a color and size for your stroke.I started with a white stroke at size 8.
 Then, continue adding strokes until you're satisfied. Use the dropper tool to match your font colors to the ones on your layout. 
 Strokes of blue, white, and orange in sizes 10, 8, and 6 px. Play around with it to get the look that you want.

 Next, add a bevel effect from the layer styles to the title.You can adjust the lighting and the size by right clicking the fx button in the layers palette. I chose to keep my size down but add just enough bevel to give it some dimension. Next, add it to your layout and enjoy!!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

April Giveaway!

Hello! Who wants to win $5 to Cheri's store??? All you have to do to enter is fill out the form below! A random winner will be announced next weekend. Good luck!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Layout Highlights

Another week has come and gone and here we are taking another glimpse into the beautiful gallery. Let's take a peek at what caught my eye this week. 

I love this layout with the cute groups of clusters and the great cut-outs in the background. Plus, the little girl is such a doll!
By mayofthemoon using "A Charming Party"

This one has a great horizontal grouping. And I love the bridge!! So darling!
By karen132 using "Down By the Banks"

I always love hybrid and this fun doorhanger caught my eye. 
By sunflowersbaby using "The Primary Bundle".

Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday Freebie

It's Monday again and that means it's time for another freebie.  This week's freebie is brought to you by Britt (aka stowell14).  She's made you this adorable cluster frame using Some Bunny Bundle.  If you haven't already started scrapbooking your Easter photos, this will make a great starter for you.

Click on the image above or click HERE to download it.

Here's a closer look at the bundle.

Be sure to upload your layouts to Scrap Pin (gallery at SO) and hashtag #dreambig so we can see your beautiful work and leave you some love.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Feed those ducks

This kit has been one I wanted to create for a long time. We have a BIG pond by our house that stocks fish and has a ton of birds that live nearby. Duck and geese are some of the constant dwellers, but we also get Canadian Geese, and Coots.
I love looking at birds and my kids love feeding them. I always keep the crust of our bread and save them in the freezer for when we make a trip to the pond. To highlight those fun moments I created Down by the Banks. It is 20% off this week only in my shop. If you purchase the bundle, you save even more.
Down by the Banks

Dream Team Inspiration


Other News

I also have a new freebie up for you on FB. Make sure to like my page and grab a new freebie each month.
Have a wonderful week!

A little Peek

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tuesday - Layout Highlights

Hi there,

it's tuesday again and finally spring arrived here in Germany at the weekend *yeah*. But now I'm really feeling sleepy, going directly from winter sleep to spring tiredness :o)

But OK, let's talk about this weeks gorgeous pages which I found at the Scraporchard gallery.

Let's start with this amazing page by digicheryl:

I'm totally in love with thisgreat idea, love thes speech bubble und mostly I love the journaling! Cheryl used the Heroes {Super Bundle} by Chelle's Creations and Dream Big Designs:

This weeks second page is made by our CT member angiepangie:

I really love all the big and little stars and the pics are totally stunning. She used the Discover Space Bundle by Cheri:

Do you also want to be features on this blog? Just go on,be creative and post your work at the Scraporchard Pin Board and perhaps one of us will post it here!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday Freebie

Happy Monday!  It's been a while since we posted a Monday Freebie, but that is going to change.  We'll be back on schedule with a new freebie everyone Monday.  This week we are featuring Harbor Bay.  This adorable kit works perfect for trips to the ocean, the aquariums or even every day events.  And to help you get started with your next layout, here's a cluster for you.

click on the image above or click HERE to download.

And here's a closer look at the kit.

We would love to see your layouts.  Post it is the gallery at Scrap Orchard and we'll leave you some love.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sunday Tutorial-Using Digital For Home Decor

I love using my digital stash for home decor. It makes it personalized, it's cheaper, and has endless options for customizing it to fit your needs. My second son just turned one and we had the cutest pictures taken. We already have a bunch of pictures around in frames so I held off on printing any of them. The same thing happened with my oldest son too (he's almost four). Anyway, I decided to create two collages of their one year old pictures. And rather than turn them into prints, I'm getting them printed into pillow cushion cases. 

 My new one year old. I created this using Dream Big Designs "Birthday Boy" digital kit and a template by Scrapping With Liz.

I haven't received the cases yet, because they are coming from China, but I'm so excited! I'm going to use these pillows in their toy room. We're revamping the toy room and part of it includes a little reading nook. I thought some cute personalized pillows would look perfect in their room! I will be sure to update with pictures once I have received them. If you're curious to know what company is printing them, I'm using a company called Artscow (be sure to like them on Facebook to get the deals). They have an assortment of photo gifts and amazing prices. They had a deal on these cases ($14.99 for two with free shipping) and I couldn't pass it up. 

I hope this helped inspire to bust out your digital stash and get decorating! Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Layout Highlights

Hi ya'll! I'm back with some more eye candy from the gallery at Scrap Orchard. First up, a fun hybrid project by enjoyyourpix. I don't have kids in school yet (just preshcool), but this is a very clever idea.

By enjoyyourpix

 And this is the kit used-"Such A Smarty Pants" Kit:

This is a fun page by keepscrappin! I really loved the title work.

Kit used- "Fish Bowl" Mini Kit:

And here's a cute baby layout by prettypeaches. I really loved all the white space and the cute clustering and layering.

She used this fabulous bundle- "Expecting Bundle"! 

Have a great week!