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!


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Real Standouts – October 23rd-

October 23, 2014 in Real Standouts

Real Standouts

Hello!!!! Hope everyone is having a great day! Fridays are my most favorite- I was (I am!!!) late with posting so, as usual, I thought I come pick a few pages quick and go sleep (3:14 am here now!!!) but -again- so many amazing pages , so much talent…. I honestly cannot just pick 2 or 3….so I’m not gonna top for too long, especially as the pages, I think, speak loud and clear about all the talent we are blessed having around :)

I love love LOVE full pages!!!!!! and when they are vibrant and meaningful…well, even better. When they come from someone like this girl…it is just pure joy- As someone who has been through the ordeal…I most definitely recommend what I saw posted recently….remember is more important to mammogram your boobies than instagram them!!!!! awesome page by Anita!!!

Ellen Tucker- I know to most people I know, it is enough to mention her name and you will know the page is a master piece- This is gorgeousness in the highest class- LOVE the color scheme, and the white background…I love everything she does and this is one amazing Halloween page!!!! (I have to admit to get a bit tired of the orange…this is a breath of fresh air!!!!

We do NOT like spiders…right? we don’t, most of us- I remember my mum when I was growing up in the mountains or fisherman’s villages and even in the high parts of the hills in Rio (Brazil and in Cordoba in Argentina….my mum would confront these gigantic hairy spiders with a broom….like of she was dealing with an ant….I like them far away from me…but this page by Scrapdolly? it just works so perfect!!!!!  The piece of torn paper, the image incorporated and how the attention of the LO is in the p[photo…what an amazingly great job!!!!! The stacked papers are so well done and shadowed, I had to look a few times to see if this was digital….absolutely amazing!!!!

And here is another absolutely wonderful Halloween page by Anny-Libelle, another amazing artist. Her pages always have intensity and this one even more so! Love the darkness still allowing fun in the page!!! great job!!!!

I have changed a lot over the years, I was a summer fan, I have to admit I still don’t much like winter, but the marvel of the changes in autumn grab my heart …as it does this absolute delight of a page by Jan (Intense Magic) another woman that rocks my world each & every time!!!!!! Wonderful page the photo, the fullness of it and richness all over!!!!

Another lady with so much talent, another super amazing page of hers!!!! Julie (mother-bear) captures my eye and heart with every page- This is just superb, so soft and perfectly put together, those shadows to kill for….everything here is perfection!!!!!

Next page is another jewel, from another marvelous girl whom I admire- Roxana (as a good latina) is full one, and every page of hers is inspiring and makes me want to lift…Brown isn’t a color I deal well with, even though I love it…and here she achieves so much beauty!!!!! love the take on the template (and OH oh OH…do we miss Andrea aka Little Green Frog Designs? we do, we do!!!!!!) this page is just superb!!!!!

Last but not least…how cool is this page????!!!!!!!!!!! Not only is a sketch of hers , which is beautiful , but also that perspective and the originality of this composition has me curious and now I need to find out about how to make this!!!!! Wonderful clusters in the “crown” holding the hair…stunning page!!!!!!

Incredible, right? So many amazing ladies, so much talent….there are so much many more who also deserved to be spotlighted….I need a bit of sleep so I’m gonna leave you here- Have an amazing weekend!!!!!!





Get Real Challenge 2014 – #20

October 22, 2014 in Featured Posts, Get Real Challenges


It’s time for a new Get Real Challenge! This round, our challenge is generously sponsored by Pretty Dutch Designs (whom we featured in Designer Focus a few weeks ago)! What 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, a poem — anything relevant to the prompt goes! We just want you to be inspired to create. Read on to find out how to participate…

The Prompt:


Broken. Such a simple word with lots of meaning. Fragmented…shattered…broken. Is there a time when you ever felt broken?

For me, the first broken moment of my life was a broken heart. I honestly can’t remember how old I was exactly – maybe 13 or 14, before I knew what real love was. Yet it was painful. Of course, it was figuratively, but at the time, the heartbreak was a physical ache, one that actually hurt. My young heart was too naive to really know or understand what being “broken” really meant.

The Jumpstarts:

  • When have you felt broken?
  • Thinking of broken in another sense, have you ever broken an arm, a leg, or any other body part? How did it happen?
  • “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” – Albert Camus

And here is how the Pretty Dutch Designs CT visualized “broken”:

Broken by Lindy for Pretty Dutch Designs

by Lindy

Broken by Manu for Pretty Dutch Designs

by Manu

Broken by Chantal for Pretty Dutch Designs

by Chantal

We would love if you would share your “broken” moments!

The Participation Prize:

Chantal of Pretty Dutch Designs created the beautiful “Broken” art journal kit as the freebie for our challenge. Show us your creation about the prompt “broken,” and you will receive this participation prize!



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 November 4th at 10 pm PST.


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!



Don’t forget – we take applications for Designer Focus features! Tell your favorite designers you would love to see them featured here at Real Life Scrapped!


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by Natasha

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 :)