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by Meg Bateman


Sad Announcement – Site Closing

December 8, 2014 in General Announcements

In the last few years, I have loved getting to know so many amazing people through running Real Life Scrapped. People that I hope will be life-long friends, because it already feels like we’ve known each other for forever!

But, it’s come time for me to close Real Life Scrapped. The last few months I’ve been considering the future of the site, and while I’d like to keep it going – and bring more and better content to everyone – my heart just isn’t in it anymore. My year for 2014 was “forward” and while I was contemplating my word for 2015, focus, I was hit with a mental-ton-of-bricks. I just don’t have the drive, the focus, to keep up RLS anymore. It’s been A LONG TIME since I’ve even been able to scrap – and too much time stressing out over managing RLS. I have a great team behind me, but there’s still plenty of day-to-day operations I had to handle myself. Since my husband’s layoff (that crazy story is over here,) I’m working even more now and can’t take the time to train someone else to give them the site.

So, as of 12/31/2014 I’ll turn off the gallery uploads and on 03/15/2015 – it will most likely go offline for good. I want to leave things up long enough for people to move their uploads to other galleries, but I can’t keep paying for the server indefinitely. Who knows, maybe during that time – I might have the time to rework the site into a less-stressful format, but it will most likely be a blog and not a community. I really wish I could just hand over the site to someone else with the time to give it the attention it needs, but I really don’t have the time to train anyone right now – and I don’t know if I will before the March deadline.

I feel horrible ‘pulling the plug’ after how much so many others have invested in the site, but it’s the first idea in the last several months that has given me peace and not more anxiety. Combined with my recent computer crash and, basically Murphy’s Law – I haven’t been able to handle customer service much at all, which makes me feel horrible – just a two hour delay in taking care of a problem makes me feel like the worst person ever. The computer crash was really the last nail in the coffin – I had to ignore RLS completely to catch up on work the last few weeks. This decision has taken several months – my friends, RLS team, and husband have tossed around several ideas – but this really is the only option that has given me some peace.

If you’re a designer and would like to trade coupons as part of a “thank you” to the RLS team, I’ll be more than glad to! They deserve all the thanks in the world for posting all our features and coordinating so much!

Thanks again for being a part of Real Life Scrapped – sharing a passion for scrapbooking with this community has meant a lot to me! I hope to continue to see everyone around other digiscrap communities.


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by Natasha

Real Standouts – December 13th

December 13, 2014 in Real Standouts

Real Standouts

Hi, it’s Natasha here saying goodbye with my last post for Real Life Scrapped :( It’s been really great being part of the team over the last year and a half and I really appreciate the hard work that has gone into the site, thanks Meg and everyone else who has been part of it :) I’ve loved checking out the gallery and looking at all your stunning layouts, it’s great that you chose to be a part of RLS, and I’ve also enjoyed catching up with all those amazing kits that have been used to create them with :)  I will still be blogging on my own blogs and on other sites but I will miss being here too. Thank you to everyone who has read my posts and commented on them and also looked and commented on my layouts in the gallery, it’s been great reading your replies :)

Now as you all know I just love birds and wildlife so I couldn’t resist starting today’s post with this amazing page by Vera. I’ve never seen a kingfisher for real so I am quite jealous! I love how Vera has incorporated her photo into her page and how she has highlighted the kingfisher. Beautifully laid out :)

True Grit by Vera

Lynette has created a lovely layout for which to remember snowy days by. I love the snowy border and cluster that just finishes off the page.

Snow Fun by Lynette

I love this arty page by Renee. A lovely contrast to traditional style Christmas pages, created using lots of great layering with brushes and elements.

All I Want by Renee

Renee Diprose in comparison has created this lovely traditional Christmas page. I love all the clusters dotted around and the layering of the photo too.

Christmas by Renee Diprose

An interesting arty page by Gaelle is next. Love all that layering and how she has built up her page. It all creates a brilliant effect.

Gourmand by Gaelle

I love the space on this page by Manuela because it centres your focus  on the little display of London in the middle. And lovely use of elements keeps the page simple yet sophisticated looking too :)

Tea Time by Manuela

This page by Ulla-May captured my attention. Arty and traditional all in one! Love the way this all fits together with its collage style.

Christmas 2014 by Ulla-May

And what better way to end today’s post but with a bit of humor on this wonderful layout by Dawn, I just love it! I don’t think I have to say anything more :)

What do you mean? by Dawn

That is it from me, I hope to see everyone around the scrapping world in the future :) Have a good time over the holiday season, keep scrapping and having fun! It’s goodbye from me and all the best, Natasha.


Real Standouts – December 11

December 11, 2014 in Real Standouts

Hi everyone. I know you all got the sad news about Real Life Scrapped closing down. I’m sorry about it but I thought we could go in style right up until the end and share some beautiful pages while we still can. Thank you all by the way for posting everyday those pages and making this gallery feel alive. It has been a great pleasure to pick my favs in the gallery even if it has been for a short time. I hope you’ll enjoy the pages I picked today.

Let It Snow by thimbleberrie - I love the crafty feel of this page. The brushes/paint splatters accents on the borders of the page, the cute little sequins, ribbons and birdie around the photo. Beautiful photo too of course.

Ho Ho Ho by chaos-lounge - Love the cropped photos here and what a beautiful cat, may I say! the brushes in the back and the stitches are yummy. Love the big title and the bright and bold cluster against the natural paper. Great design.

Believe by hekas – What a cute Xmas card! I love the little Santa peeking behind the torn paper and the design all on the right side of the page like this.

Christmas Shopping by jetjeZ - Very fun photo series and colorful page. I love the paper strips in the back and, as usual, the brushes here and there behind the photos. Sweet cluster with a nice flow to it too!

Mom’s OPrnaments by roboliver - What a cool design!! Bold, colorful, creative! Love the big numbers and the paper strips for each circle photos to showcase the explanation for each ornament! Super cool and fun!



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by Natasha

Real Standouts – December 6th

December 6, 2014 in Real Standouts

Real Standouts

Hello and here we are in December :) A lovely frost this morning, to remind me that it really is winter! The birds in the garden are all very, very hungry today. I put out bird food, I got home from a quick trip to the shops to stock up on more bird food and they’d eaten most of it! So they’ve had an extra special top up today :) As you might guess, we are starting with some seasonal layouts but then moving on to some with a more autumnal feel.

Today we are starting with Corrin’s great page all about choosing the tree. I love that on this page journaling has taken the staring spot along with a few well chosen elements to complement the words.

Choosing the Tree by Corrin

I love the blending on this page by Geraldine. A beautifully layered up background creates a great base and highlighting the ponies really makes them the focus point in the page.

Winter Wonderland by Geraldine

Scrapdolly has created a rustic wintry page here to show off this beautiful snow leopard. I love all the layering and how she has attached the photo to the page using the staples.

Ranjan by Scrapdolly

I love this journal page by Vera, beautifully laid out and I just love those little bird elements dotted around, they really finish it off! Check out Vera’s gallery for a translation.

December day 3 by Vera

Today’s post isn’t all about December and we are moving on to those last autumnal layouts. Let’s start with Kabra’s lovely page and photo. I love the clustering of flowers around this frame, it “holds” it in place and the background layers add depth to the layout.

Nursing School by Kabra

I love how Carmel has used this photo on the page, the mask gives it the perfect finish. The delicate use of embellishments just adds the final touches to create a great page :)

Sunrise by Carmel

And I’m ending today’s post with a visit to the the winery with cfile’s lovely page. Great use of the  photo and journaling on this page, I love how she has laid it out, with the extra embellishments to give it structure. Brilliant.

The Winery by cfile

That’s it from me today, catch up again next week with more great layouts. Bye for now, Natasha :)


Funday Friday – December 5th

December 5, 2014 in Funday Fridays

Funday Fridays

TGIF!!! While I usually love Fridays, it’s even better after a reallllyy long week. :D So here’s to a great weekend! Before I head off to go do something fun and/or relaxing, I’ve got a few great releases for you to see!

Lauren Grier’s Rainbow Joy kit is a bright and cheery collection that radiates positivity to me!

Rainbow Joy by Lauren Grier

From Pretty Dutch Designs is a new collection, Winter Wonderland, that will have you yearning for the cold and snow!

Winter Wonderland by Pretty Dutch Designs

Another snowy treat, is the Snow Much Fun Word Art from Little Rad Trio. I especially love the melting snowman!

Snow Much Fun Word Art by Little Rad Trio

I love Christmas, and I spotted a holiday kit that just might find its way into my collection – Gilded, a collab from Anita Designs and Karla Dudley.

Gilded Grab Bag from Anita Designs and Karla Dudley Designs

Are you a fan of Christmas movies? Then check out this collection of Christmas Movies Journaling Cards from Digital Design Essentials! You’ll find quotes from some of the classic Christmas movies, both old and new!

Christmas Movies Journaling Cards by Digital Design Essentials

I’ve struggled with art journaling pages in the past, and I always appreciate a little help since all my efforts sometimes look jumbled. At my fingertips – Amber’s Mixed Media Templates Bundle Vol. 1-3 from Crafty Button Designs! How much easier can art journaling get?

Amber's Mixed Media Templates Bundle Vol. 1-3 by Crafty Button Designs

Another art journaling goodie - Be Merry And Bright Art Cards 1 By Angie Young. A little retro, a little kitschy, and a lot of fun!

Be Merry And Bright Art Cards 1 by Angie Young

The December Memory Mix is still going on at MScraps! You can create your own collection with products ranging from $1-$2! Here are a few of my favorites:

Tea In London by ninigoesdigi

Midvinter Night Paper 2 by Design de Wild

Seasons Greetings by lisete scrap

Festivities: Templates from Design by Heather T

And be sure to hop on over to The Lilypad, where the December BYOC is now in progress! Some of my faves from this collection…

There's Something About Merry by One Little Bird

Sprinkles Vol. 3 by Valorie Wibbens

Messy Marvin Papers by Amy Wolff

The Best Year Yet by Little Butterfly Wings

Yikes! Is it really that close to 2015 already? Thank you for joining us for another Funday Friday!  Be sure to submit your goodies for next week’s post! Have a great weekend!