Get Real Challenge 2014 – #16

August 31, 2014 in Featured Posts, Get Real Challenges

Surprise! We have a special Get Real Challenge this holiday weekend! The challenge is sponsored by Sue Cummings Designs, and $$$ is up for grabs! This challenge is a little bit different from our usual challenges, as there’s an extra requirement – but the rest is the same!

The Prompt


  • Happy.Happy.Joy.Joy.
  • What or who or where makes you happy!
  • What or who or where brings you joy!
  • Define it with a picture!
  • Use the FREE kits from Sue’s favorite52 Inspirations kits this year to create your scrapbook page!

The Freebies

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The Participation Prize

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To Participate

  • You must use 52 Inspirations Week No. 9 and/or No. 11 to create you scrapbook page about being HAPPY!
  •  Register at to download the free kits!
  • LINKS to free kits:  Coupon Code: free9-RLS   Coupon Code: free11-RLS
    Note: You can only use one coupon code per shopping cart visit. So you’ll have to checkout twice!
  • Please upload your scrapbook page to the Real Life Scrapped Gallery.
  • Make sure you are logged into your RLS account when leaving your comment. Your prize will be sent via PM.
  • To receive participation prize, your response must be submitted by September 14th, at 10pm PDT.


Funday Friday – August 29th

August 29, 2014 in Funday Fridays

Funday Fridays

I can’t believe September is around the corner. It is amazing how quickly the year has gone by.  It seems like the older I get the quicker time seems to fly by.  Do you feel the same way? Well before today goes by, let’s take a look at the fun digi stuff I came across today!

First up is this outdoorsy kit by Jennifer Labre called Gone Fishing! I love the dark, natural tones in this kit!


I love butterflies! I have scrapped many pages about them.  If you ever get a chance to visit a butterfly farm, you should definitely go! We went to one in Key West and had a great time. Pretty Dutch Designs has these very butterfly embellishments and brads.  I think I am going to have to get them!

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Speaking of things that fly, Re Kneipp and Vinnie Pierce have a gorgeous new collection out called Made to Fly. It is huge!


Smile Out Loud by Meghan Mullens and Tickled Pink Studio is available at SweetShoppe Designs.  I just love the black combined with the colors they used here.  Everything just pops!


For you pocket scrappers/daily life scrappers out there, I found several products that I think you will enjoy.  AK Designs has this template set on sale over at Scraps N Pieces.


Southern Serenity Designs has a series of pocket page templates.  Her set, My Life Project March, is on sale over at the Digichick!


Scrap Stacks even has a printable pack that is dedicated to pocket scrapping. I love the collection this month, and for five dollars it is a must have!


If you are having a girls night out this weekend, be sure to grab Little Butterfly Wings new release Ladies Night, to scrap all about the good times you experienced.


Follow Your Style by JB Studio and Paty Grief is a kit that celebrates being a girl and fashion too!


I love to use masks in my layouts.  And you all know I love templates.  Naturally when I came across the templates by Angelclaud ArtRoom, I was super excited because they include two of my favorite scrapping tools.


Learn and Grow by River~Rose Designs is another school kit.  But I really like it because instead of primary colors, she went with more autumn tones.  Very cool!


France M Designs and Karla Dudley have a collaboration all about siblings that’s fun, fun, fun! Love those stick people!!



How excited was I to see this kit from Lauren Grier and Brooke Magee?  Why would i be excited?  Because there’s a ferret in there! Awesome!


Digital Scrapbook Ingredients is the featured designer over at Pixels and Co.  and her entire shop is 25% off!  In addition to the sale, she has a pocket style template bundle for $5, and a back to school themed kit, All Year Round-September, which is a new release.


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 If you like art journaling, then I think that heART Journaling may be something to take a closer look at.  It all begins on September 1st, but until then, you can check out their Facebook page!


Studio Unica is having a her first ever creative team call! Do you love Vanessa’s word arts and love to scrap! Apply today!


Well I hope everyone has a great weekend! If you are in the states, you may even have have an extra day in yours! Enjoy and be safe! Thank you for joining us for another Funday Friday!  Be sure to submit your goodies for next week’s post!


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by Cynthia

Real Standouts – August 28th-

August 28, 2014 in Real Standouts

Real Standouts

Hello!!!! Hope everyone is well!!! I have had a few busy weeks, with some good things and many challenging situations like the tax people sending me a bill of over £3000 (think over 5000 USA dollars!!!) because of sone paper work  mistake, the tricky world of the travel agents in London which seems determined to make my life difficult….anyway, you don’t want me boring you with trouble! I’m here to make our life more beautiful by sharing with you some of the most amazing artists work….and get ready as I have many today!!!!! Hope these awesome ladies inspire you as much as they inspire me…if you have a minute or two, drop them some love in their galleries!!!

Grandma’s Diary by Cindy is such a beauty!!!!! love how everything here comes together so well, those flowers are amazing and the whole thing has a retro feel and is so gorgeous!!!!!!

on a different style but as awesome as Cindy’s page is Fall Flowers by Christelle…everyone knows I love a full page, and this one is such superb composition, love the integrated photo, the amazing shadows, the trees and the fabulous split photo….love this girls pages and this one is a great example why!!!

Back to School by Melanie is such a wonderful LO!!!! LOVE this kit by Pink Reptile Designs- the way she used the elements and how elegantly the photo is framed…superb page all together!!!

Another super gorgeous page by Edna (doddiegonsalez) her perfection always has the warmth factor, gorgeous touches and the overall product is just amazing!!!!

Clouds always captivate me… and this page by Susan is sublime in every litle bit….the full page photo gives a great impact and the word arts & tittle are great…..just perfect!!!

This page by Yvonne has everything to evoque memories for me….and the most amazing detail, the great way she continued the gorgeous art work of the photograph with the kit’s elements is perfect!!!

Last but never ever least, this gorgeous page by Tracy….blank space when well done can be the most amazing thing….and this is here to rpove precisely that…..aboslute delight of a page, elegant and clean….perfection comes to mind!!!

So this is all from me today…. Hope you are inspired!!! thanks so much for sharing your pages with us!!!!!!!


Get Real Challenge 2014 – #15

August 27, 2014 in Featured Posts, Get Real Challenges

2014_GetReal_prompt_empowermentCan you believe it is Wednesday already? And that means it’s time for another Get Real Challenge! This challenge is sponsored by Studio Unica, well known for unique word art! (Did you see our Designer Focus with her earlier this month?) Vanessa selected the word “empowerment” as the challenge for this round, creating a gorgeous freebie that you’ll see below. All you need to 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. Read on to find out how to participate…

The Prompt:

Definition of Empower

Empowerment is a strong and positive word in my life. Too often, lots of us don’t feel empowerment – sometimes by circumstances, sometimes by choice. But to consider yourself empowered is a truly freeing experience. There are instances in my professional life where I feel trapped by layers of management. However, when I’m given the chance to make a decision when management is slowing the process, it is quite empowering to be able to move forward, especially when it’s a time-sensitive project.

Now, think about applying empowerment to your life. I am one of those that believes you can change your life by the choices you make. Yes, we can feel stuck, but you do have the power to change your life, no matter what the circumstance, even if it’s in a small way. Michael Jordan, the infamous basketball player has a great quote that I love:

Michael Jordan Obstacles Quote

Courtesy of The Savvy Sistah

And here are a couple of layouts (using part of the participation prize!) created by our team here at Real Life Scrapped for this challenge:

It's My Turn by Andrea

It’s My Turn by Andrea

I Can & I Will Survive by cyranoscrap

I Can & I Will Survive by cyranoscrap

The Jumpstarts:

  • When have you come across a challenge in your life? How did you approach it?
  • Is there a particular cause that you believe in? What is it and how do you help the cause?
Courtesy of Before It's News

Courtesy of Before It’s News

  • Quote: “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron
  • Quote: “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” - Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free
  • See 60 Colorful Picture Quotes to Empower Your Life, with inspiring quotes such as this one from Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Quote from Eleanor Roosevelt

    Courtesy of Addicted 2 Success

The Participation Prize:

Here is the wonderful Empowerment mini kit freebie created especially by Studio Unica that you will receive if you participate in our Get Real Challenge! Links will be sent out within 2-4 days after the end of the challenge.


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 September 9th at 10 pm PDT.


Joanne Brisebois Designs – Vintage Style Made Classic

August 25, 2014 in Designer Focus, Featured Posts


The woman behind Joanne Brisebois Designs from Oscraps visits us today! Joanne Brisebois has classic vintage designs and pieces that can be used over and over in many of your creations. Along with learning about how Joanne started designing, find out how she keeps balance in her life, what motivates her to scrap her own pages, and what one ingredient will save any dish she makes. And don’t forget to use the following coupon on a purchase in her store after you try out the freebie (see below) she’s included for RLS readers!

RLS Coupon from Joanne Brisebois

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Photo_JoanneBriseboisHi Joanne! I haven’t seen much about you anywhere. Tell us about yourself.
I am mom of two kiddos and one feline and married to my best friend.  I originally started out my career life in the field of social work, but have scaled that career path back over the years to spend more time with my family and to focus on my design work.

How did you end up in the design world?
Years ago I made a very short lived attempt at paper scrapping that involved creating a short scrapbook/wedding gift for my husband of our favorite adventures together. After we switched to a digital camera, the idea of scrapbooking continued to interest me, only now I was looking for a way to showcase my photos using my computer. Once I started to dabble with PSE 4.0, within no time my scrapping and designing began to evolve at the same time. Thanks to Vicki Stegall, I’ve been making Oscraps my designer and scrapping home since 2007.

Where do you find inspiration for your designs and how would you describe your style? Who are some of your favorite designers?
My inspiration comes from so many places – my family, traveling, art, nature, music, photos, novels – the list is endless! My style often focuses on celebrating the past with the present through retro, antique and heritage inspired designs.  I also have a very large collection of various frames, photo overlays and masks to help scrappers find unique ways to showcase their photos. Narrowing down my favorite designers is a huge challenge lol! There are so many I adore – Vicki Stegall, Maya de Groot, Sue Cummings, Amber from Crafty Button Designs – these ladies are so talented!

What do you use to design – a Mac or PC? Name the one tool you can’t live without when it comes to designing.
I use a PC for my designing. The one tool I can’t live without is my paint brush (in combination with my scanner). I love the artistic effect of paint textures on papers and painted photo masks.

What do you enjoy most about the whole design process?
Designing gives me quiet “me” time. As a mother of two little ones, these times are rare, but essential for helping me keep a sense of balance. Art has always been a part of my life in some shape or form, and designing gives me the opportunity to continue to challenge and develop my creativity and imagination.

Where does all the creating take place?
On most nights you can find me designing on a little white Ikea desk in the corner of a play area in my basement. My children inspire a great deal of my design work and are the subjects of nearly all of my layouts, so working amongst piles of their toys and art work seems a suitable fit.

Which of your products was the most fun to create?
My Still Life Collection was a lot of fun to put together. I created a ton of brushes and textures from hand painted paint strokes using a variety of paint brushes, some of which I’ve had since high school. This collection was the perfect excuse to play with my paint and brushes.

Please share several of your favorite layouts made with your products.
My gallery at Oscraps is one of my favorite places to stop by for inspiration. Here are two beautiful layouts by a very talented and creative scrapper, Alegna.

This is for me by Alegna
I love the white space she’s used in this design, and the balance she creates with her layering is just perfection. The journaling is so meaningful, it’s just such a gorgeous layout.

this is for me by Alegna

this is for me by Alegna

Captured by Alegna
I am a huge fan of photos that literally take on a centerpiece role in a design. This layout does that in such a beautiful way – the sweet photo, the film frame, the soft layers, the single word she’s used to complete the design – I could scrap lift this over and over!

captured by alegna

captured by alegna

Lots of designers spend a lot of time designing and barely have time to scrap their own pages. Is this you or can you share a favorite layout (or two!) you’ve created?
I often get caught up in the design work, eager to move onto the next idea, without taking the time to play with the work I’ve just created. I’ve tried to change that in the last year or so, making an effort to scrap with everything I design. My biggest motivation has been printing my layouts and having them in a physical album. My kids love turning the pages, seeing themselves in the layouts and I enjoy reliving the moments and memories that inspired those layouts. Here are a couple of my favorite layouts.

NYC Bday by Joanne Brisebois

NYC Bday by Joanne Brisebois

2013 by Joanne Brisebois

2013 by Joanne Brisebois

What are 5 fun facts about yourself? 
1.  I am a cat person. There is a very high probability I will end up being the neighborhood “cat lady” in the not so distant future.
2.  I love freestyle cooking and developing new recipes. My very lucky family has been “treated” to all sorts of experiments and concoctions. I have found that adding bacon (in any shape or form) to any dish tends to save it from total rejection.
3.  I love home, but I absolutely adore travelling – exploring new cites, countries, and cultures. We once took a 1 year old on 10 flights in less than four weeks. Yes, we are insane.
4.  I will watch any and every cringe worthy TV show about sharks and aliens. The cringier the better.
5.  I never ever EVER remember to return any of my (or my children’s) library books on time. I am very grateful for e-book readers and the miracle of auto “book return”.

What quote is your favorite?
“Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better, do better.” - Maya Angelou

Is there a particular kit theme you want to design, but haven’t gotten around to creating? What would it be?
I’ve always wanted to design a wedding/anniversary inspired kit or collection.

What do you love most about being a part of the scrapbooking community?
Being constantly inspired – in the forums, the galleries, the challenges – people from all over the world posting their incredible ideas and stories. I love that we’re all connected by a love of this art.

Lastly, what are you working on now? Do you have a “sneak peek” for our readers?
My next project is so top secret, at this moment even I’m not quite sure what it will be lol. :-)

Thank you Joanne, for joining us today! I appreciate the tip about bacon too! ;-)

And just for RLS readers, Joanne is offering a little freebie. Be sure to visit her Facebook fan page to leave a little love and appreciation before you use her coupon above at her shop! Just click the image below to download the freebie. (Note: This freebie will only be available for the next 3 weeks.)

Still Life Collection: Frame + Mask Freebie by Joanne Brisebois

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