Funday Friday – Digital Scrapbooking Day 2014!

October 31, 2014 in Funday Fridays

Funday Fridays

I’m not a fan of how early Digital Scrapbooking Day arrived this year, but I’m definitely a fan of all the sales and general AWESOMENESS that’s happening this weekend! Here’s our annual DSD shop sales round-up post, make sure your paypal is ready before you start scrolling through these ads!














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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 – October 30th

October 30, 2014 in Real Standouts

Hello there!! Yep! It’s me, Nini!! I’m posting for the Real Standouts for the first time today!!! Actually if you think about the time here in Japan I AM LATE lol But it is still the 30th somewhere in the world, right? All is good lol

As always, it is not easy to pick pages when you see so many gorgeous pages in the Real Life Scrapped gallery, but here are my picks! I hope they will inspire you as much as they inspire me. Enjoy!

The Awakening (of a sleeping giant) by lovelymisskait – Look at those colors!!! I love the photo with the mask and that complicated and gorgeous flower cluster all around, and also that flare in the sky. The flow in this page is wonderful! Love the big title peeking under the big flowers and leaves too. Gorgeous work of art!


Golden Afternoon by bcgal00 - Love the clean look here and the gorgeous fall colors. All those little leaves, whether it’s real leaves, paper leaves or even the brush in the back, it all looks wonderful. I could almost feel the a fall wind blowing on the page. Perfect little accents to this beautiful photo.

Beautiful Mess by mimisgirl - IT IS definitely a beautiful mess! I love the angle in this page. Not only the overall angle but also the angle of the photos and the use of 2 squares for 1 photo for example. Or the crop selfie photo. all those colorful and artsy brushes in the back make the white and black picture stand out very nicely. Great job!

Shine by mother-bear - Look at this darling page! I love the soft newspaper style background and the brush work with those beautiful colors. All stands out so beautifully. And those shadows! Awesome or what?! Wonderful flower clusters who are present without taking the spotlight to the cute photos. Love it all!

I Am My Story by scrappinrae - What a fun page!! So colorful and cheery! The effect on the portrait is really cool! Love the super artsy and cute look of this page!

Cute by geekgirl – Back to something more clean and simple. Love the big bold stripes of the background paper and the stitches at the bottom. Beautiful colors and darling pictures! Really love those stitched papers/ Looks like real paper scrap. Yum!

Joy by immaculeah - Here is another super cheerful page! Look at thos sweet colors!! No need to say how adorable the pictures are ;) I really love the paint splatters in the back and the colorful patterns. ADORABLE!!

Happy Birthday by EllenT - Last but not least another super cute page! I’m not usually going for primary colors, very bright colors, but this page is just too much fun! Love the big stitched title and the amazing frame cluster. I think the fact that all is concentrated in the bottom / right corner with a light background make up for the bold elements and colors. Gorgeous and fun work!



Kimeric Kreations – Colorful with a Splash of Shabby!

October 28, 2014 in Designer Focus, Featured Posts


Today we’re sitting down with Kimeric Kreations from The Digi Chick. Kim has been around longer than most designers, and for good reason – her design style has stood the test of time and trends! Her designs are full of great color combinations, keep on reading to get to know Kim and her designs – plus grab an exclusive freebie!

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kimeric_biopicTell us about yourself!
I have 4 grown kiddo’s, one granddaughter…happily residing in beautiful southwest Wisconsin near the Mississippi River and loving every minute of it! My better half, Eric and I have two crazy cats, Sunshine and Hosanna. In my free time, when I can find some – I garden every moment I can. Veggies and perennial gardens take up most of the yard :) I craft, quilt, make candles….and love to cook!

What do your family and friends think about your artistic side? Are they also artistic – or are you the lone artsy one?
My mother would say “I always knew she had talent!”….but my biggest supporter is Eric, who is so very creative and talented in so many area’s himself! His opinion matters most to me, and he fully supports all that I do.

Aside from scrapbooking, what really fulfills you? What else is it that you absolutely love to spend your time doing?
Creating anything – food, crafting, sewing; working in the yard, making nature just a bit more lovely!

What’s one random fact about yourself that most people don’t know?
hmmm. I drove an ambulance for 20 years :) (emt-p)

How did you get started in scrapbooking? How did you stumble upon digiscrap?
I was making ads for a local company in 2008, and was looking for some new background images online – and stumbled upon a scrapbooking shop…..became completely hooked…and the rest is history!

What is one tool of the trade that you can’t live without?
That would be my main program – Paint Shop Pro. I’m old school, lol – and while I do have PSE11, I only use it for styles/actions. I love my PSP – and use version 9, which in my opinion is/was the best they ever came out with. When you know a program as well as I know this one….stick with it!

Do you have advice for anyone wanting to start digiscrapping?
Simple – - learn your program!!! Know it inside and out. Pay attention to quality issues…and strive for great color combinations…dare to be different!

What got you into designing? Did someone urge you to start designing, or did you decide to take the plunge yourself?
Did it on my own, after discovering it online.

What inspires your products?
COLOR. Because I just plain LOVE COLOR.

What do you love most about designing and/or digiscrapping?
the freedom of it all – - and the ability to use my imagination in ways that not only show who I am thru my products, but also allow me to experiment and try new things all the time.

What is your favorite thing to design or make?
Papers – because the possibilities are endless.

Tell us about your workspace! What do you love about it? What would you change?
I would love more room…and maybe an extra EHD or two! But other than that…I love my space!

What’s one of your favorite products?
I love Scrap Therapy – its an older one….but at the time – it expressed my joy of the craft, from both a scrapping and designing frame of mind.

Scrap Therapy Digiscrap Collection by Kimeric Kreations

Ready for some more eye candy with Kim’s designs?

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Time for the freebie!! Remember to thank Kim for her awesome interview and contribution, and don’t forget to check out her store! :)


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Real Standouts – October 25th

October 25, 2014 in Real Standouts

Real Standouts

Hi Everyone!  Lorie of LJS Digital Designs here with my first post as a “gallery stalker” for the Real Life Scrapped team.  I love gallery stalking and could spend hours at it discovering creative gems, seeing the latest trends in action and marveling over the rampant creativity that fills our community.  Just take a look at these beauties!

My first pick, Adventure by LindyShay, jumped at me from the Real Life Scrapped gallery.

Adventure by LindyShay

Being that I am a more traditional scrapper, I am always in awe of people who are able to blend and use brushes in such an eye catching manner.   I also love the juxtaposition of the message, have an adventure, with the laid back feel of the photo.  To me it says take time to relax and enjoy this adventure we call life.  Wonderful page LindyShay!

Next up is a fabulous fall page by Jenn MrCabe.

Loving This Season by Jenn McCabe

Fall is one of my two favorite seasons, so my eye is naturally drawn to this gorgeous photo, but what really stand out for me is the richness of the colored paper pieces against the stark  white background; such a great contrast.  Also I love that blue mixed in with the more traditional autumn tones.  So pretty and fresh!  Great job Jenn!


Take a look at this pretty page by Kerstin called More Amazing.

More Amazing by Kerstin

It seems only right that the photo is in the center of the page because to me it is the star attraction and everything else plays to it.  I love the use of purple to bring out the color of her eyes, how the paint and doodle create a mat to frame her face and how the darkness of the bird and butterfly reflect her dark hair.  Fabulously done Kerstin!


Here is another fabulous fall page by Rachel (seatrout):

October by Rachel (seatrout)

Rachel has been one of my favorite scrappers for years now.  She has a way with a cluster that just makes me swoon and is in evidence on this layout as well.  But I think my favorite thing about this page, besides her beautiful grand daughter, is the softness of the fall colors.  All the tones are there but the hombre effect on the background makes the entire page feel soft and misty.  Perhaps a bit like Wales in October?  Fantastic page Rachel!


Next up is a page called My Guy by another scrapper who knows her way around a cluster, Simone,

My Guy by Simone (TwoTinyTurtles)


I love when a cluster is balanced by a lot of white space, something that Simone does exceptionally well.  The black and white photo looks great against all those pops of blue and orange, while those pops of color look fabulous against the white background.  Everything just goes together and plays off each other so well.  Wonderfully done Simone.


I love a page that touches me on a personal level, even though it has nothing to do with me.  That is what this page, Hope by Margje, does.

Hope by Margje

What a fabulous photo and an equally fabulous cluster to show it off.  I love how the vertical elements all follow the line of the railway and are very linear and how the horizontal elements mimic the span of her arm and encompass the greater message of hope.  The bingo layered near the word hope popped right out at me as well, beautifully enforcing my own personal belief and  “bingo” moment, when I fully realized that with hope anything is possible.  Gorgeous page Margje.


This next page, Joyful by Carmel, is simply beautiful.

Joyful by Carmel

What a gorgeous photo!   I love how Carmel allows the serenity of the photo to shine through by not over complicating the layout with a lot of elements.  (True praise from someone who loves to use everything in a kit on her page.)  The soft brush work, stitching and doodled flowers are the perfect accompaniment to the photo and her word art message.  This page is joyful and thoughtfully done Carmel.  Thanks for sharing it!


Last but not least, is this fabulous masterpiece by Julie (mother-bear):

Love You by Julie (mother-bear)

Again, great photos, (for me great photos are a must I guess) and a simply gorgeous cluster to display them!  The shadow work here is exquisite and I love how each element serves a purpose.  (Did you notice how well the string, stitching and doilies move your eye through the page?)  But, I think the thing I love best about this page is the light.  Everything feels soft, bright and happy and I can’t help but smile when I look at this one.  Great job Julie!

That’s it for my first round of gallery stalking.  I really enjoyed it and I hope you enjoyed my choices.  Take a little time and do some stalking of your own.   I promise, you won’t regret it!

Until next time, you know what I always say.  Live the moment.  Scrap the memory.



Funday Friday – October 24th

October 24, 2014 in Funday Fridays

Funday Fridays

It is Friday once again, and Danica here bringing you today’s Funday Friday post.  I am still not over this respiratory bug that I have come down with, so I am going to get right to today’s picks!  Autumn is in the air, and with it brings many autumn themed scrapbook kits.  This weekend’s releases have some pretty gorgeous ones!

Etc by Danyale’s kit called October Sky with a free with purchase offer this weekend. Love all the gorgeous elements that she included in it.  So many pretty florals!

etc_dan_octobersky_adJB Studio Designs monthly series Tell Your Story is out with its October edition.  Love the rich jewel tones she used.

jbs_TYSOct_AWith the weather getting colder, one will definitely have some cold weather photos to scrap. This kit Stay Warm by River~Rose designs would be a great one to use.  Love the fox and owl elements included in it.

riverrose-StayWarm-FpvI adore this release from Red Ivy Designs called Chilly Nights and Warm Blankets.  It reminds me of a mug of hot cocoa! And if you buy the bundle, there is a coupon code for some free bonus papers!

10734029_10152875986239994_5670070872093238386_nFrance M Designs has teamed up with Valorie Wibbens and what a fun kit this one is.  Sweater Weather is chock full of all things cozy!

_FMD_VW_kitPrevHow about some Halloween Magic from Amanda Yi Designs? Love those little felt embellishments! So cute!

ayd_halloweenmagic_kitpreview600It’s fourth Friday time at Oscraps and there is a great mix of product there at a great price!  Mix and match to make a kit all your own.

10-24_10The Good Stuff by Digital Scrapbook Ingredients and Amber Shaw is chock full of well the good stuff!!

ashawDSI-thegoodstuff-preview-webMy husband and I were fortunate to travel to Asia.  When I saw this kit from Viva Artistry, Moon Festival, it made me remember the beauty of the orient.  This kit is beautiful!

I love templates.  I really do!  I am always over the moon when I find templates that focus on a larger photos! (Primarily because I have to listen to my husband ask, why are your pictures so small?) For that reason, I adore these from Fiddle Dee Dee! And what makes them better, you can get two sets for the price of one this weekend with the free with purchase.

fdd_ffCOA3_pvwThese templates from LIttle Bit Shoppe designs called Rainy Day are pretty awesome too.  I especially love the one that has spots for journal cards, because who doesn’t have a ton of journal cards in their stash, right?


Christmas is coming, Christmas is coming.  I thought these calendar templates from Little Butterfly Wings would make some really cute brag books that can be made into gifts!


Thank you for joining us for another Funday Friday!  Be sure to submit your goodies for next week’s post! Have a terrific weekend!