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Real Standouts – November 22nd

November 22, 2014 in Real Standouts

Real Standouts

Hey Everyone!

Are you in the midst of Thanksgiving preparations like I am?  This is my family’s big holiday and we tend to go overboard every year.  My brother and his family are coming to town and my sister, mom and I are shopping, baking and cleaning this weekend.  It will be great to see them, but I for one will be glad when the prep work is over and celebrating begins.  It was nice to sit down and take a few minutes away from all the work to choose some gorgeous layouts to share with you all.

First up is a beauty by Ella:

Joy by Ella

While I think the photos are fabulous and the birds are adorable, what I like best about this layout is her bold use of prints!  I am not sure I could have pulled it off myself, but Ella definitely combines the two background papers in a completely pleasing manner that stands out in the gallery.  The addition of the red polka dot is the little touch that pulls the entire palette and layout together.  Wonderful work Ella!


Next is a wonderful page from Gaelle.

New Book by Gaelle

I adore those sweet photos and the effect she used to match them perfectly to the page.  I love the page composition, the bold striped paper and that wonderful stitching.  I am also happy that she was not afraid to use the pink and a bit of glitter on a boy page as they are the perfect accents for the blue.  This page sparkles and shines from the gallery.  Beautifully done Gaelle!


My third pick is this gorgeous layout from Carmel:

Aussie Rural by Carmel

What a stunning photo!  I love how it is blended into the background and lifted from it as well.  The hanger and the doodle are wonderful accents as are the tags and flair.  My favorite part though is the sheep stamp.  It looks so darn touchable that I want to reach out, poke it and watch green sheep scatter across the page!  Absolutely awesome Carmel!


Up next is a layout from Jill Williams

Mom by Jill Williams

I love heritage pages!  That photo is priceless and it has found a fitting home in this lovely layout!  The pink, cream and green palette with the touch of black is perfect with the photo and I love Jill’s amazing cluster.   It has just the right amount of sweet and sass for this precious photo.  This layout is a truly a treasure Jill!


Here is another amazing page from LindyShay.

Snow Day by LindyShay


While I am not a fan of winter, I am a big fan of this layout!  I adore the color combination and how the pops of red are perfectly placed to draw your eye to the photo.  I also think the perspective on the photo is awesome.  I love all the layers and the fabulous brushwork and how the repeating circular elements, the big snowflakes, the doily and the scribble, tie everything together while creating motion.   Snow impressive LindyShay!

One more pick and then it is back to my holiday prep!   I still have a ton to do and my son is hungry, again.  LOL


My final layout is a two page Project Life one from Maribel.

Thanksgiving 08 Left by Maribel

Thanksgiving 08 Right by Maribel

This two pager has me raring to go back to my holiday prep with a smile on my face!  I think Maribel is my favorite PL scrapper; I just love all her pages.  She takes the best everyday photos I have ever seen, bright, light and always engaging.  I love all her little touches and journaling bits and it looks like she is a great cook too!  Thanks for such a wonderful layout Maribel.  It has put me back into the Thanksgiving spirit.

My thanks to the rest of our standouts as well and to you for stopping by to take a look at my picks.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday full of good food, good memories and the people you love.  Happy Thanksgiving a bit early Everyone!

Remember:  Live the moment.   Scrap the memory!



Funday Friday – November 21st

November 21, 2014 in Funday Fridays

Funday Fridays

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Friday post, but it was great to have an excuse to go shopping, uh, I mean check out the new finds for the week! ;) Here we go…

With Thanksgiving less than a week away here in the U.S., lots of designers are focusing on the upcoming Christmas holidays! However, let’s at least enjoy a little excitement over Thanksgiving first, shall we? I love A Happy Family: Around the Table, a collab from Shawna Clingerman and Traci Reed.

A HappyFamily: Around the Table from Shawna Clingerman & Traci Reed

If you’d like to go a little more vintage for your Thanksgiving-themed creations, look no further than Paula Kesselring’s Thankful {Bundle}!

Thankful {Bundle} by Paula Kesselring

And, if you just want your photos to shine, grab the Double Page Templates with Mask Vol.42 pack from Indigo Designs.  There are even some fall leaves to accent your photos!

Double Page Templates with Masks Vol. 42 by Indigo Designs

Over at The Lilypad, you’ll find lots of goodies to Document Your December!

The Lilypad Document Your December ad

You’ll also find some holiday goodies at a great price at the Pickleberry Pop Pickle Barrel!

Pickle Barrel Sale at Pickleberry Pop

Vicki Stegall and Maya de Groot have a holiday collab called A December to Remember in blacks, whites, gold, and glitter! (P.S. There’s a bundle if you’d like to save and get the whole shebang!)

A December to Remember by Vicki Stegall and Maya de Groot

Ho Ho Ho by Bella Gypsy is a traditional Christmas kit, sure to please, with a mix of old and new.


I love the red and white of Studio Natali’s Christmas Delights kit.

Christma sDelights by Studio Natali

I’ll admit I am not a pink person, but the pink in December Memories collab from France M Designs and Designed by Soco caught my eye!

December Memories from France M Designs and Designed by Soco

However, if you don’t want to think about the holidays yet, here are a few of my favorite new items that aren’t necessarily holiday-related.

Jimbo Jambo Designs’ Needle in Haystack template kit lets you create an eye-catching page in minutes. I love all the white space and the dusting of ink splatters!

Needle in Haystack by Jimbo Jambo Designs


Painterly by Studio Romy includes lots of beautiful elements to frame your masterpieces or even create a masterpiece!

Painterly by Studio Romy

Take a perfect (or not-so-perfect) photo and add one of Design by Heather T.’s Dream Fragments 2 with nature brushwork to create something awe-inspiring!

Dream Fragments 2 by Design by Heather T.

Word art is always fun, and the new Once Upon a Time: Oz by Studio Unica is definitely in that category! (There’s also a special pack for Robin Hood fans – Once Upon a Time: Robin Hood.)

Once Upon a Time: Oz by Studio Unica

Timeless by Kimeric Kreations has beautiful colors and accents to create any page.

Timeless by Kimeric Kreations

Here’s to a wonderful Thanksgiving to you and yours. Thank you for joining us for another Funday Friday and don’t miss next week’s special edition to celebrate Black Friday!  Be sure to submit your goodies for next week’s post! Have a super weekend!


Get Real Challenge 2014 – #22

November 19, 2014 in General Announcements, Get Real Challenges

Welcome back to another Get Real Challenge! This challenge is sponsored by Simple Pleasure Designs, and the topic is “reason” – all you need to do for this challenge is take our prompt and participate in any way that the prompt inspires you — a layout, a little journaling, a photo — anything relevant to the prompt goes! We just want you to be inspired to create something. Read on to find out how to participate…

The Prompt

Get Real Scrapping Challenge Reason

The Holiday Season is in full swing, all kinds of seasonal decorations are hanging in shopping centers and homes. For those in the US, Thanksgiving is only a week away – after that it’s Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, and more! Do you have a reason to celebrate this holiday season?

For myself, the reason we’ll be celebrating this Thanksgiving is we’re thankful for being very blessed even though we’ve had a lot thrown at us in the last few months. We’re not big on the food or the shopping – but we enjoy getting together with our loved ones and remembering the reasons we’re so blessed.

The Prize

Quick Pages by Simple Pleasure Designs

To Participate:

  • Simply let yourself be led by the prompt to create anything — a scrapbooking page, a paragraph (or more!) of journaling, a photo collage or photo, etc. It doesn’t matter what you do, but that you do it!
  • Link us up directly to your page, photo, blog post, etc. in the comments on this blog post! If you just want to write some journaling, leave it in a comment! Any entry counts!
  • Please upload pages and/or photos to the Real Life Scrapped gallery, as outside gallery links often get caught in our spam checker. Just copy and paste the URL from your web browser bar – no need to do html coding in the comments.
  • Make sure you’re logged into your RLS account when leaving your comment, so we can send you your prize via PM.
  • To receive the participation prize, your response must be submitted by December 3rd at 10 pm PST.


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by Natasha

Real Standouts – November 15th

November 15, 2014 in Real Standouts

Real Standouts

Hello, as autumn is beginning to draw to a close I thought it would be nice to catch up on some autumn layouts before attentions are turned to snowy days and winter. Luckily no snow where I am but it sounds like snow has started elsewhere or is soon to descend. Today is a misty November day for me. The leaves are nearly all gone from the oak trees and the hornbeam in my garden has just in the last couple of days turned to a beautiful golden yellow colour. Anyway, onward with today’s post, so what layouts are in store today? Read on to find out :)

I love gourds in photos and Judy has captured a great still life here, it just says autumn to me :) She has framed her masked photo beautifully with papers and embellishments to create a wonderful page.

Fall Still Life by Judy

Schnuerchen has created the sweetest page here with her brilliant hedgehog photo, which she has beautifully framed. I just love the whole effect :)

Falling by Schnuerchen

I love Janedee’s use of colour in her layout, it really captures the autumn palette. I love all the blending and “stuff” going on in the background. It’s created a great canvas for showing off a lovely autumn photo.

Fall Colour by Janedee

Next is a great traditional style scrap page by Nancy. Great framing and use of embellishments pulls this layout together to display her lovely photos. I love how the photo colours have been reflected with the kit colours.

Autumn by Nancy

Staying with the more traditional scrapbook theme is this lovely layout by Robin. I love who she has framed her great photo with lots of little clusters. A lovely way to remember the season.

Glorious Autumn by Robin

And Finally by AJM a scrap page packed full of lovely autumn photos, finished off with a little bit of journaling. I love the mix of papers, clusters and captured events of the season that make up her layout. A great way to end today’s post :)

Sweater Weather by AJM

I love the colours of autumn and the gallery has lots of great layouts showing of the season. So don’t forget to head on over to the gallery and take a look at all the other lovely pages that have been lovingly created too. I’ll be back soon with some more Real Standouts. Until then I hope that everyone has a great creative time. Bye for now :)


Funday Friday – November 14th

November 14, 2014 in Funday Fridays

Funday Fridays

I’m pretty excited this week! I’m feeling creative again and can’t wait to reveal some big changes to you all! But before then, we have to talk about what’s happening in the digiscrap stores this weekend :)


Our current Get Real Challenge ends this Wednesday, participate and get this mini kit from The Urban Fairy for free!


If you missed the Get Real Challenge for “Broken” with Pretty Dutch Designs, you can now buy the kit for 20% off through Sunday!


There’s only a couple days left to participate in the Designer Spotlight at Oscraps!


Studio Unica is treating her newsletter subscribers to a full-sized freebie next week, are you subscribed?


These journalers would are great for Thanksgiving “thankful” activities – have guests write what they’re thankful for on the cards, and scrap them with photos from the day!


Another great – and completely different style – for scrapping what you’re thankful for is this new collection from Jen Maddocks!


jopkedesigns is starting a new series of products, the first is this lovely rose colored kit, “Sister Mathilda.”


I’m totally crazy for these new ombre glitter styles from Mommyish!


I’m a sucker for autumn kits and tribal inspired papers – so of course I’m totally grabbing this kit! You can’t resist those cute pictures of Allison’s rescue squirrel!


Are you being buried under snow this weekend? Scrap about it with this fun collection! The colors would also go great for scrapping pages about the “Frozen” princesses!

Thank you for joining us for another Funday Friday!  It’s a little late, time for me to wrap things up. Be sure to submit your goodies for next week’s post! Have a terrific weekend!