Girl Boy Girl Designs – Inspired by Life!

July 21, 2014 in Designer Focus, Featured Posts


It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for another sit-down with a designer! Today’s featured guest is Jen of Girl Boy Girl Designs at Gingerscraps. Girl Boy Girl Designs has whimsical kits with clean lines and templates for hybrid projects. Read on to get the scoop on Jen, including her road to digital scrapping, her favorite show, and her recipe for Smore Pops! And, don’t forget to look for a sneak peek and a freebie below!

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JennBaldingHi Jen! Can you give us the “All About Jen” outside of the scrapbook world?
I just celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary last month (does that mean I’m old?) and I have 3 kids ages 12, 13, and 15. I love crafting of ALL kinds. My most recent addiction is the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich…totally hooked ;)

I have to ask about your name – Girl Boy Girl Designs. How did it come about?
I have 3 kids: a girl (Clare), a boy (Cameron), and a girl (Caitlin). Not very interesting, huh?  LOL

I heard somewhere that you started as a traditional scrapper. How did you end up going digital and designing your own products?
I actually LOVED traditional scrapbooking, I think I owned everything Creative Memories sold at one point! I was a graphic designer at the time and would make different little things to add to my own scrapbooks, then I discovered digital scrap booking and “Eureka, I have found it”…I was instantly and forever in love.

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I know people hate to hear it, but I am inspired by everything!  Music, clothes, the backyard…the list goes on.

Are you a Mac or PC girl? Name the one tool you can’t live without when it comes to designing.
PC … well I guess I’d have to say I can’t live without Photoshop – Illustrator is a close second…I use them both for every product.

What do you like best about the whole design process?
I love the total creative freedom that I have with designing, and the feeling of accomplishment I get when I finish something.

Where does all the creating take place? Can you share a photo of your workspace?
It’s a total mess right now :P

Which of your products was the most fun to create?
I love creating hybrid templates…it gives me a chance to play with paper, scissors, and glue again…and have something that I can hold.

Please share several of your favorite layouts made with your products.
Sealife by chigirl – I just love everything about this layout, I don’t even know where to begin.
Sealife by chigirl for Girl Boy Girl Designs

July 4th by scrapjrlgcp – I love how the adorable photo takes center stage in this layout.
July 4th by scrapjrlgcp for Girl Boy Girl Designs

Fire Station #28 by emscraps – I love the clustering on this layout and how everything just flows together!

Fire Station #28 by emscraps for Girl Boy Girl Designs

Being a mom, do find time to scrap pages for you? Can you share a favorite layout you’ve created?
I rarely get time to scrapbook, but I do want to spend more time doing it. I think it’s important to have those memories preserved for my family. This is a simple layout, but I love it. :)

Smore Pops by Jen

What are 5 fun facts about yourself?
Fave Show:  Castle
Fave After Five Drink:  Vodka & Coconut Water
Fave Movie:  We Bought a Zoo
Fave Food:  Mexican
Addiction:  CHOCOLATE

You’ve just been given an absolutely free day – no kids, no responsibilities. What do you do with that free time?
Without a doubt…take a nap!

If a movie was being made about you, what celebrity would you want to play you?
Wow!  Probably the hardest question I’ve ever been asked! And I have no idea!

Is there a particular kit theme you want to design, but haven’t gotten around to creating? What would it be?
I’ve never done a movie night/date night kit…but I have plans. ;)

What do you love most about being a part of the scrapbooking community?
Usually everyone is helpful and understanding….a great group of people that are willing to share their knowledge and experience, not just about scrapbooking but about almost everything else too. <3

Lastly, what are you working on now? Do you have a “sneak peek” for our readers?
Here is a peek at one of the kits I’m working on right now.

Sneak Peek from Girl Boy Girl Designs


I love the bold and bright colors of Jen’s sneak peek! Thanks so much, Jen, for chatting with me today! Now, for a little freebie from Girl Boy Girl Designs – just click on the image below to download. (Note: The freebie will only be available for 3 weeks.)  To send a little thanks, be sure to stop by the Girl Boy Girl Designs Facebook page!

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Real Standouts – July 19th

July 19, 2014 in Real Standouts

Real Standouts

Happy Saturday, today this will be short and sweet and with few photos… we are doing photoless standouts today! I saw quite a few of them and just had to share!

This is a stunning photoless layout by Kimberly. I love the lime and aqua against the charcoal, they are stunning! I love all the pretty greenery and flowers as well.

Danielle S made such a lovely, touching layout here. It is so minimal and yet it completely conveys what she wants it to. I love the sketch in such a dark color you almost miss it, with the bokeh in the background! This really is great!

Christine did a great layout! This is such a cute song and I love that she used the lyrics in a layout, that is one of my favorite things to do. This kit is so fun and perfect for this. I love the paint and patterned splotches in the background as well!

Chiara’s layout jumped right out at me! It definitely begs for closer inspection. I love the mix of words and the quote and that is an amazing and very true quote. The painted face bits are done so well and though it is not a full face it is enough to give a hint ad for you to know what is there! Well done!

I am off to spend my Saturday night catching up on OITNB and stitching… what a crazy party girl I am! Happy scrapping!



Funday Friday – July 18th

July 18, 2014 in Funday Fridays

Funday Fridays

Did everyone have a great week?  Mine was busy.  I tried to capture the “super” moon, but the sky surrounding my house was covered with a super cloud!  I saw absolutely nothing but a blanket of clouds!  I did get some shots the next day, but technically it wasn’t the super moon anymore.  Maybe I’ll catch it next month.

Well how about some digi scrapping deals and new releases?  I have worked hard again to bring some fun finds and good deals in all of digiland!  I hope you see something you like!

I have recently fallen in love with art journaling pages!  I love them because there are no rules.  First up is this gorgeous collaboration between Studio Viva Artistry and Studio Rosey Posey called Ubuntu!  I love all the bits and pieces included in the bundle which is on sale this weekend!


Next is this awesome set of mixed media brushes by Little Butterfly Wings.  I love the word brushes she included!


I have a soft spot for cats, and can you imagine how thrilled I was when I saw this kit by Jen Maddocks called Cat and Mouse?  Well, I was pretty darn excited!

23fa7a756d1ec15e88bbd8facafeb701Hat of Bunny has a new kit out called Peacocks in Love!  The colors she used are gorgeous and I just love the peacocks!


I love templates!  I think they are a great way to just make a page fast!  There are several really cool ones that I found today!  First are these from Jimbo Jambo Designs called Nitty-Gritty!


Little Bit Shoppe has two new sets out, Accomplished and Good Mood!  I always love her templates because there is always room for larger photos!

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Scouting is a rewarding activity that many boys participate in.  I found this kit from Memory Clips that would be just perfect for scouting pages!  It would also be great for non- scouting masculine pages too!


Some designers are moving around and you benefit because that usually means a sale! Jenifer Labre Designs has a new home at Pickleberrypop!


And Amanda Yi Designs is on the move…but I guess we need to wait to see where she will end up!  Until then, you can save!


I have a cutting machine and I just don’t use it as much as I used to use it!  But after coming across these travel inspired cutting files from Little Butterfly Wings, I may just have to dig it out!



I found this fabulously girly kit by Tickled Pink Studios called Hear Me Roar!  I just love the whole girl power vibe!


If you aren’t familiar with the ScrapPack, you should definitely check it out!  You get four full size kits for only $5!  If your thing is pocket scrapping, they also have a printable pack.


Real Life Scrapped is on Pinterest now!  Come follow us and have all thing Real Life Scrapped at your fingertips!  Here you will find all our standouts, tutorials, and maybe even a special offer or two!  If you are a designer, you can join one of our group boards and help promote your business!  Find out more information here!

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That’s all I have for you today!  Feel free to come back and let me know what you bought!  Thank you for joining us for another Funday Friday!  Be sure to submit your goodies for next week’s post! Have a terrific weekend!


Real Standouts – July 17th

July 17, 2014 in Real Standouts

Real Standouts

Happy Thursday to you! I had a lovely day out with two of my daugters today. We had lunch at a favorite restaurant, stalked around Ikea pretending we lived in each little room, and then headed to Trader Joe’s for the first time ever. It was a great day but now I am pretty much done! I was so looking forward to relaxing and perusing the gallery. It definitely did not disappoint! I found three beautiful layouts I want to share with you.

This gorgeous layout from Olivia is so much fun! It is so vibrant and playful! I love the youthful spin she gives to her layouts! I know she must do her mama proud with each one! I really like the fun, painty bits mixing together in the background! Her element use is great and the placement of everything is so perfect!

This layout by Julie is fabulous! The soft yellow is just amazing with her photos! The three little kids are adorable and seem to be just so full of life and joy, they are having such a wonderful time together! I love the bits of blue peeking through, giving just the right touch of color!

This last layout by Tammy Hassebrock is just truly amazing!  The photos are absolutely priceless! What a wonderful work of art to have to look back upon someday! The navy background is a great choice with those orange strips, your eyes are drawn right to the photos! Just beautiful!

Now that I am all work out, I think I am off to watch some TV in bed and undoubtedly fall asleep early tonight! Have a wonderful evening!





Get Real Challenge 2014 – #13

July 16, 2014 in Featured Posts, Get Real Challenges

Happy Wednesday! I can’t believe it’s already time for another Get Real Challenge. This challenge is sponsored by Lisa Rosa Designs, who you can read all about in our recent Designer Focus (and grab a 40% off coupon!!) The theme of this challenge is “kindness”. All you need is do 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. Also, you still have a few hours left to enter the last two challenges!

The Prompt:

Get Real Scrapbooking Challenge "Kindness"

These days, so many videos go viral when someone does a random act of kindness. Why do you think that is? Is it because we live in a world today where kindness is a rare trait? If everyone were doing random acts of kindness all the time, then it would be a common occurrence and not really worthy of going viral, right? Do people these days feel entitled to everything?

Honestly, I don’t know. I do know that there can never be enough kindness, and that we shouldn’t take kind & selfless people for granted. I also believe that kindness isn’t something we should schedule, it’s something that we should just do naturally. We also shouldn’t expect a positive “return” for our kindness, just find comfort in the fact that we did a kind act regardless of if the person responded positively or negatively. I have been on the receiving end of hate when all I did was be kind to that person… it doesn’t feel good. It’s discouraging, it makes you not want to care about helping others. But, then I remember that I was doing the right thing by going out of my way to be kind instead of ignoring a situation where I could help. Something good will come of the situation eventually!

The Jumpstarts:

  • Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness? Or the giver?
  • Do you think people practice less acts of kindness these days? Why do you think that is?
  • Put yourself out there during this challenge and do a Random Act of Kindness, then scrap about it! Involve your whole family!
  • What are some small things you can do each say to show kindness… silently!
  • Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. – Princess Diana
  • You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Kindness is loving people more than they deserve. – Joseph Joubert
  • No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. – Aesop

The Prize:

Thanks again to our challenge sponsor, Lisa Rosa Designs! Links will be sent out in the days after the end of the challenge.

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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 July 30th at 10 pm PDT.