Snickerdoodle Designs – realistic digi-treats!

October 20, 2014 in Designer Focus, Featured Posts


Today we’re sitting down with Karen of Snickerdoodle Designs, she also sells at theStudio. Karen designs realistic PU kits and CU goodies with a vintage feel, they’re absolutely sweet – like her design name. She also teaches at the National Association of Digital Scrapbookers, click here to get a free three-day trial membership to check out their classes. NAODS classes are geared towards PSE, but they easily translate to Photoshop. As if teaching at NAODS wasn’t enough, Karen posts a new tutorial every Saturday on theStudio blog! Keep on reading to get to know Karen and her designs, plus pick up a coupon and TWO freebies!

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KarenSchulz_SnickerdoodleDesignsTell us about yourself!
My design name is SnickerdoodleDesigns, and my “real” name is Karen. My husband and I have been married for 43 years! We have 2 grown children, and 3 grandchildren! I have lived in Southern California my entire life; but in July of this year my husband and I made the BIG decision to move to a tiny town just a few miles from Yosemite. We love the natural environment, the slower pace of life, and the beauty that we are experiencing here.

We love to travel and have been fortunate enough to visit Germany, Ireland, China, England, Canada, and the Galapagos Islands over the past 7 years. I used to watch Jacque Costeau television specials in high school, and dreamed of going to the Galapagos Islands one day, so that was a very unique and special trip for me. One of my favorite memories of that trip is the sea lion who would come up out of the ocean around 6 am every single day and claim a chaise lounge chair for the rest of the day. If anyone got too close to him, he would let them know he wasn’t happy about it. We took our picture near him, but stayed as far away as possible so we wouldn’t upset him.

What do your family and friends think about your artistic side? Are they also artistic – or are you the lone artsy one?
My husband loves my artistic side! Although sometimes he questions things I want to do, like rearranging furniture or choosing certain paint colors, once a project is completed, he is likely to say, “You were right.” I love that about him! He is unfamiliar with Photoshop, so he thinks anything I design is amazing. LOL! I love that about him too! He will give honest critique when asked though, and I appreciate that as well.

Aside from scrapbooking, what really fulfills you? What else is it that you absolutely love to spend your time doing?
There are a lot of things I love, like traveling, reading, and hiking. Those things bring me joy. But the types of things that “fulfill” me, the types of things that excite me and keep me talking about them way longer than anyone probably wants to hear me talking about them, is anything creative. Anything that lets me express feelings and emotions. It could be painting, designing, quilting, or planting a new flower garden. The common factor is “expression.”

What’s one random fact about yourself that most people don’t know?
When I was 5 years old, at my school recess, I put a foxtail in my mouth because I thought it was really soft. (I was enamored by textures even then!). The foxtail pieces came off the stalk and stuck to the roof of my mouth, but I was afraid to tell my teacher about it. I kept getting up to get drinks of water until she told me I couldn’t get out of my seat anymore. I don’t remember what happened after that. I guess I swallowed the little stickers. Yikes!

How did you get started in scrapbooking? How did you stumble upon digiscrap?
I started keeping a written journal when I became pregnant with my first child, in 1974. At that time, the term “scrapbookers” hadn’t been coined yet, and anyone who kept a scrapbook was using glue and tape to attach their pictures to non-archival safe papers! I kept up my journaling after our daughter was born, and then one day I decided to add a photograph to a journal page. I liked that effect so well, I ran to the store and bought a real “scrapbook.” There were no scrapbooking supplies to decorate pages with, but I was happy that I could keep my journaling and photographs together in a nice large book.

In the 1980’s the scrapbooking craft exploded, and I was obsessed with purchasing every scrapbooking element, ribbon, paper and gadget there was on the market! As time went on, I heard about “digital scrapbookers” but wasn’t interested in that avenue of creativity. Being a tactile person, I wanted to feel the paper in my hand, peel the glue off my fingertips, and sweep up the glitter spills off my counter. But in 1998, while looking for a way to create a scrapbook for my 7-year old grandson, a book he could read every day if he wanted, without worrying about ruining it, I took another look at digital scrapping. I realized I could create one book, and get it printed as many times as I wanted. I downloaded a lot of “freebies,” purchased a few kits, then created my first digital scrapbook! I had 3 copies printed: 1 for our grandson to handle as much as he wanted, 1 for our daughter to be kept in good condition, and 1 for me. When I held that first printed book in my hand, I knew my paper-scrapping days were over!

What is one tool of the trade that you can’t live without?
The “tool” I could not live without is Photoshop. Although I have been using the program for 7 years now, I am continually learning new things about it. I say that Photoshop is the “gift that keeps giving,” because there is just always something new and exciting to learn.

Do you have advice for anyone wanting to start digiscrapping?
When I started digiscrapping, the hardest thing for me to do was to take my time and learn my software program, at least moderately well, prior to scrapping. I wanted to create my first page NOW, but without understanding my software (PSE3 back then!), it just led to frustration that could have been avoided. My advice for anyone wanting to learn to Digiscrap is to invest a little time in learning your software before jumping into creating pages. There are tons of tutorial sites, both paid and free, that can help!

What got you into designing? Did someone urge you to start designing, or did you decide to take the plunge yourself?
I became friends with a designer whom I had purchased a kit from (Just So Scrappy). After about six months of scrapping, she asked if I would like to create Word Art to accompany her kits. I did that for approximately 6 months, but during that time, I had a growing need to create my own designs. In January 2010 I was invited to become a designer at a store, and was over-the-moon-happy to accept.

What inspires your products?
Like most designers, there are many and varied things that will inspire me. There isn’t just one thing. But, in general, the 3 things that inspire me most are music, quotes, or feelings. Here are some examples:

  • Forever Friends,” was inspired by a song of that name, by Sandi Patti, and is a tribute to my best friend, Mary, whom I met in college.
  • Heartsong” was inspired by the quote/question: “What makes your heart sing?”
  • Rocky Mountain Dreams” was inspired by our move from Orange County to Yosemite.

What do you love most about designing and/or digiscrapping?
I love being able to get an idea from my head onto my computer screen, and then into the hands of digital scrapbookers. I’m sure it sounds trite, but it is so satisfying to have my designs utilized by others to create scrapbook pages, to record memories, and to hopefully, have those scrapbooks handed down for many generations.

What is your favorite thing to design or make?
I really love to create papers! Again.. it’s the texture-lover in me! I am fascinated by color and texture, so love to incorporate both into papers that are beautiful, but don’t complete with a kits elements or a scrappers photographs.

Who would be your dream designer to collab with right now?
Oh, gosh, I can’t answer this question. There are way too many, and I wouldn’t want to leave any of my favorites off such a list!

Tell us about your workspace! What do you love about it? What would you change?
In our new house, I have 2 rooms that are “mine.” One room is my office, and one room is a craft and sewing room. My office has a window that looks out into the front yard, and a side door, which is glass, which gives me a clear view of the mountainside. In our previous house, my office was upstairs, and I didn’t have any views, other than of the tops of trees and telephone lines. I absolutely LOVE that I can have the window open here and feel a breeze, or look out the window and see deer in my yard, or look out the glass door and see the mountains.

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What’s one of your favorite products?
One of my favorite products is my Border Buddies. These come with a CU license, but are also extremely helpful for the PU scrapper. I love detailed, intricate scrapbook pages, pages that just cause my eye to roam all over, lingering on gorgeous elements and beautiful background papers. But when I scrap, I tend to want “lean” pages, that are quick and easy to put together, and put the emphasis on my photographs. Border Buddies allow me to do that. I can be quick and simple, or I can dress embellish them as much as I like. I love the versatility they offer as well as I love their simplicity.


 Border Buddies Set 10, Heartsong Collection, and Crumpled Papers Set 2

Border Buddies Set 10, Heartsong Collection, and Crumpled Papers Set 2

Click here for a tutorial on how to use Border Buddies effectively.

Let’s take a peek at some goodies from Karen’s gallery!

Cool Beans Collection & Page Kit

Cool Beans Collection & Page Kit

Tell Me Again Collab by Snickerdoodle Designs and ADB Designs

Tell Me Again Collab by Snickerdoodle Designs and ADB Designs

Ready for TWO freebies from Karen? Grab them now by clicking on the previews to download, as with all our Designer Focus freebies – links expire after a couple weeks!



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Real Standouts – October 18th

October 18, 2014 in Real Standouts

Real Standouts

Hi there :) Autumn is really here, my garden is full of leaves and my acer has turned a beautiful shade of red, that looks stunning when the sun catches it (but not today though!). Today’s post starts and ends on autumn themes and I am loving the autumn kits around at the moment with their lovely yellows, oranges and reds.

Let’s get started! Today’s first layout is by Tracy. I love how she has masked her photo and just added a touch here and there of elements. Beautifully laid out.

Fairview Canyon by Tracy

I love this layout by Sonja, it’s a real eye catcher! The arty effect with her photo, it just works and the framing really finishes off the page :)

Rotterdam by Sonja

Jopke’s layout is making me remember warm sunny days! I love her use of the photo as the background for the whole page. Subtle overlays and a touch of arty elements all work together to create this brilliant page.

Inspire by Jopke

It’s nice to see the use of different page sizes and Margje has used this to her advantage in her layout. I love the clustered point of focus, with it’s splash of colour and word art with the white space around, lovely.

What dreams may come by Margje

I love the big cluster on Denise’s layout. It’s a great frame for her photo and the tag is a great way to label the page. Lovely layering too with the curled paper.

NC Zoo – Handsome Fellas by Denise

Jen has been busy journaling :) I love her mix of photos and words and all the layered papers, a great colour scheme too!

Garden Dog by Jen

I love this more traditional scrap layout by France. It’s a great mix of photos, journaling and clusters, which work great with the different papers for the background. Great page.

Winnie and Lulu in Nepal by France

And to end with is this beautiful autumn layout by Zanthia. Lovely framing of the photo using the mask and the cluster. I just love the whole effect.

Autumn Spirit by Zanthia

As you know I write RSO posts so Monday was an exciting day for me with the posting of my first Designer Focus, with Lynne Anzelc Designs. If you didn’t catch it don’t forget to take a look! There is also a gorgeous freebie from Lynne too :)  Image this, digital that… with Lynne Anzelc Designs. And don’t forget to catch up with all the other great posts this week too :)


Funday Friday – October 17th

October 17, 2014 in Funday Fridays

Funday Fridays

Happy Friday! It’s been an interesting week for me, to say the least!! The same for a lot of us at RLS, but we always perk up when it’s new release day! There’s lots of new Halloween goodies this week, plus some pre-iDSD fun!


It’s time for another Designer Spotlight at Oscraps, and LJS Designs is in the hot-seat!


Studio Unica has FOUR new packs made with vintage advertisements, perfect for embellishing any style of page!


The Daily Digi is having a party, and you’re invited! Have you RSVP’d yet?


Ninigoesdigi is back from hiatus with this very sweet kit!


Do you still hold a place in your heart for snail mail? Check out this amazing collab!


I’m lucky to live in an area that has a lot of farmers markets, I never thought to scrap about them before! I love the tea kettle and cast iron stamps!


Holy Bundle Batman! Studio Berna has a huge collection, perfect for scrapping all about your dreams!

On to the Halloween treats!


Here’s one mega collection pocket scrappers don’t want to miss this month – the latest installment of the Real Life series by Mommyish and Just Jaimee!


Don’t need a mega collection, or you aren’t a pocket scrapper? Then this Halloween kit is for you!

That’s it for me this week… it’s almost 10pm, whoops! Thank you for joining us for another Funday Friday!  Be sure to submit your goodies for next week’s post! Have a terrific weekend!


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Real Standouts – October 16th-

October 16, 2014 in Real Standouts, Templates

Real Standouts

Hello, hello!!! Hope you are all well! Is already the 17th here in London- I have some visitors from Brazil staying this week, a couple of friends, we have known each other on the virtual photography world for almost 10 years, but this is the first time we meet in person!!!! Hence my not being around all that much in general, plus we are getting ready for a trip ourselves….anyway, I was thinking on coming and making a quick post (which I think every time I need to post….and never happens!!!!!) but it is impossible to just go fast…so many amazing pages!!!!!!! So here are some that really, really rock my world, heart, eyes, mind……

I have to say: I always have a look at the previous post as I reckon we should be fair and try to feature a variety of styles and people…so I would not pick someone who has been featured in the past couple of posts….but in this case…well… I know she was featured at Danica’s post which is the last one….but these double pager is too great NOT to share with you- The talented artist is Erin, known to most of us as mimisgirl- A girl who can scrap any style and make the pages a master piece…and in this one….well, it combines my love for her work, her amazing talent on putting things into paper not only as a memory keeper but also as an art journaler…. a teller of her story in the finest way, in this double pager she is giving life to the work of another love of mine: ViVa Artistry- The girls at ViVas are so hugely talented & the Record Your World Project is just one incredibly superb thing, whether you are an art journaler or just want to make something for your grandchildren and great grand children to remember you, see who you are/were….. and most of us have gotten emotional…. The story behind these pages is certainly charged with the strongest of emotion, the art work superb…..and I’ll just shut up now and show you the pages :)

To carry on the artsy side of scrapping, I have two pages by another one of my most favorite ladies and designers…… the artist is Linda/Nana or maybe you know her better as hondachicc- but whatever we call her…she is an un-doubtely talented lady with some intense pages, and honestly, I couldn’t choose in between these two- Both pages are with kits by two absolutely wonderful, equally talented designers whom I admire hugely:  First page is called Pieces of Life- an amazing page remind us what I find most important on scrapping: tell your story- This is a page so beautiful, so charged of emotion too…and with lots of awesomeness from the hand of great Blagovesta Gosheva…. a super Real Stand Out!!!!

Linda’s next page is called Art is in the Soul, and it couldn’t have been better represented…. the page is full of soul, amazing blending/art work, love the combination of word art and the paper drawing the whole thing has…all from the hand of another superb, incredible designer like Vicki Robinson- most definitely an artful page, with an amazingly well deserved here- another Real Stand Out!!!!!

Another super stand out in the galleries is this next page by Margje: Pure- The whole thing screams purity, love the subtle colors, amazing photo, spectacular blending and shadows….I think the page speaks for itself…love her pages always and this is just pure joy!!!!!!

Last but not least is a page from another of my most favorite scrappers of all times: Jen or JustJen- though I rarely get to feature her as it has been rare me coming across her pages…so I was delighted when I found this!!!!!! This girl is beautiful inside and out, an amazing woman and super powered mum!!!!!! Her pages always combine the very best of tecnics and feeling + art work… her photography here is captivating and every little bit makes this page into a wonderful work of art!!!!

Hope you enjoyed these…I’m just amazed with all the talent and beauty….hope you are too! If you can spare a minute, click on either the page or the name & author to get to their galleries!!!! Have a great weekend!!!!!





Real Standouts – October 14th

October 14, 2014 in Real Standouts

Real Standouts

It has been a cool, rainy autumn day today.  I got my errands done early, and I spent most of the day at home scrapping! So for some inspiration, I meandered through the gallery here at Real Life Scrapped, and here are my picks for today’s standouts!

Oh Snap! is right on!!! How can you not love this page? Look at the little cutie! I love how Erin left her pics black and white, combining them with the primary colors of the kit. Her shadowing is awesome too! I just wanted to reach in and pull that thread!

Next up is Jan with her layout called Gift. I love the messy stitches/sequin embellishments she used to frame her round photos! A simple page that’s simply terrific!

Ellen scrapped a wonderful tribute page for her furry friend Jackson. Jackson passed away the other day, and I have to admit, I totally choked up when I saw her page. I am so sorry for your loss Ellen.  I know Jackson was a dear member of your family and will truly be missed.

I experienced a wide range of emotions as I looked through the gallery.  I have to admit I laughed out loud when I saw this layout from Shelby. What a fun memory to capture of your son.  I am sure that we all go through this with our children from time to time.  Love the grungy background combined with the very masculine clusters! Awesome!

And rounding out my five today is this layout by Tracy called Cute! And yes it is a super cute layout! She took a basically boy themed kit and made it gender neutral.  It was an excellent choice for her photo.  I also love the block style design.

Great pages everyone!  Until next time, keep those layouts coming, and who knows, you may just have your page highlighted on the blog!