Thursday, June 30, 2011

surprise peek!

Since I had a new kit last week, you probably weren't expecting another one this week, were you?? Well, SURPRISE. I have a REALLY EXCITING new kit coming out tomorrow. I think you're going to love it.

Until then, here's a little peek!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

(almost) Wordless Wednesday

I decided it was time for another Wordless Wednesday (ok, almost Worldless).

These photos were taken on our Feb. '09 trip to Disneyland. (As always, click to enlarge the pics.)

Have a happy Wednesday everyone!! And if you wanna see other people's Wordless Wednesday, click on the icon below!

Focused on the Magic

Friday, June 24, 2011

scrap in the backyard

Well, I haven't scrapped in my backyard yet. But that's what's great about digi-scrap if you have a laptop. You actually can scrap ANYWHERE. Ok - on to my new release.

"Backyard Bliss"

and . . .

"Date Flags"

There's an add-on freebie at the end of the post, so make sure you grab it!

Here's what I scrapped with the new stuff (and yes, these photos and this moment did inspire the kit):

and from the britt girls

Alright - let's enjoy this week's Show Off Slideshow.

Ok - last item of business! Your add-on freebie:


Enjoy! And have a VERY happy weekend!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

quick peek

I've got a new kit coming tomorrow! YAY!

I'll see you tomorrow for the release!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

A fun blog I recently discovered does a Wordless Wednesdays post. She posts photos from around Disneyland and lets the photos do the talkin'. I thought that sounded like a LOT of fun, and I never feel like I share enough of my Disney photos here on the blog.

So here goes my first Wordless Wednesday. (these photos were all taken by either me or Josh on a quick 1-day visit to Disneyland that we were able to go on back in July of 2008. Josh's sister Tami, Josh and I flew out to wish Josh's grandpa a happy 90th birthday and of course we had to squeeze in a quick visit to the mouse. We had just gotten our new SLR camera and were so excited to test it out at the BEST place to take photos ever! Our plane landed at 8 am and by 9 we were in the park!! - wow its hard to be wordless!)

The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

I'll be better at the "wordless" part next time!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

i've been a bad blogger!

Oh my goodness. I had no idea it had been so long since my last post. Bad blogger!

I just thought I'd pop in today and show you some pages I've scrapped recently.

This one I did this afternoon while the babe was napping! I probably should have been cleaning or something, but I just felt like a scrap.

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Here's one I did with a really crazy mix of Sahlin Studio products. This is Scarlett when she was just a few weeks old and her cousin who is just 3 months older than Scarlett. They are besties already.

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Another page using Sahlin Studio products. This is the same cousin as in the layout above. These photos were taken the morning she was born.

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Wow - apparently I'm in a cousin scrapping mood. This page is Scarlett with her oldest cousin Eden. Remember when Eden was just a tiny baby!?! Now she's 4 years old and holding MY tiny baby!!

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Hope you've enjoyed these scraps!! Have an excellent evening.

Monday, June 13, 2011

quick challenge reminder

Hi! Just popping in to remind you that tomorrow (June 14th) is the last day to enter my Scraplift Challenge at MouseScrappers that I blogged about a couple weeks ago. :)

Don't forget!

Friday, June 10, 2011

who's ready to rock?

Hi there folks! It's FRIDAY and it's time for a new release. Put on your coolest shades and let's . . .

"Rock Out"

I was inspired by a certain roller coaster that so totally rocks! Plus, this kit is PERFECT for Rock Band, Guitar Hero, concerts, teenage boys, and SO MUCH MORE!! Just WAIT until you see what my team scrapped!

But the rockin' doesn't end there. I have a little companion kit as well!

"My Dad Rocks"

I've even bundled them together at a discounted price!!

"Big Rockin' Bundle"

And I do have a little add-on freebie for you at the end of this post, so make sure to read to the end to get it!

I also have a really cute alpha, that just happens to coordinate with the rest of the new kits!

"Jot It Down"

Here's the page I scrapped (click to enlarge):

and from the Britt Girls (click to enlarge) . . .

Alrighty - it's time to enjoy some SHOW OFFS!!!!!

Everyone who Showed Off this week is getting my new "Jot It Down" alpha. Watch those email inboxes!!

If you'd like to Show Off and get gifts too, read this post to find out all the details. The next Show Off slideshow will be June 24th!

Well, I guess that just leaves the freebie add-on! So here you go.



Have a terrific weekend everybody. Ta ta for now.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

sneeky peek

I've got something NEW and totally RAD coming out tomorrow. GET EXCITED!

And if you're on Facebook, head on over to my page and enter yourself in a little drawing I'm having to give one lucky winner a new kit for free!

Friday, June 3, 2011

tips from britt: recoloring

Hi there! The Britt Girls informed me this past week that they used to really love the "Tips from Britt" articles I used to write for the ScrapMatters' newsletter back in the day. So I decided that I'd start writing them again on the blog!! Once a month (or maybe more) I'll post a Tip from Britt!

Today's tip is about RECOLORING. I wrote about recoloring in January of 2009, but I've learned a lot since then, so while I repeat a little of what I wrote back then, I'll also give you a couple new tips!

I don't know about you guys, but money always seems to be a little tight! And, not that I want to discourage you from shopping at Britt-ish Designs (hahah!) BUT I do want to show you how your digital products can go a long way, making your dollar stretch! Because face it, times our tough these days and we are all being a little more careful. Aren't we?

Recoloring is one of my very favorite things about digital scrapbooking. You can make your favorite papers and elements match in a snap! There are MANY ways to recolor, but I'm just going to share one quick tip so you can use your papers & elements again and again.

(My tips are all related to Photoshop CS3 since that's the program I use. But I know you can do similar things in Photoshop Elements and other programs too!)

"Colorizing". Say I have a patterned paper. I LOVE the pattern, but the color simply will not work for the page I'm creating. Most of you know to try recoloring by playing with the hue & saturation sliders. But sometimes, if your patterned paper has a lot of colors, that just doesn't make it match! Here's one solution - I select the color I'm trying to match (using the eyedropper tool - ctrl + I - makes it super easy to match exact colors in my photo) as my "foreground" color or what you might call your "brush color".

Then I go to the paper I want to recolor and make a duplicate of the paper (we don't want to edit the original paper and accidentally save over it or anything!!). So go to Image > Duplicate Image. Then close the original. With the copy paper open, select, Image > Adjustments > Hue & Saturation. Then on the little window that opens check the "colorize" box.
Before "colorizing":

After "colorizing":

Your paper will recolor itself all in shades of the color you picked. Its not always perfect, I almost always have to turn up the saturation, so play with the settings to get it looking right. And ta-da! You have a new paper that matches your new layout!!

To make the color match even better on this page after I colorized, I turned the saturation up, darkened it a bit, and turned the brightness down (Image > Adjustments > Brightness & Contrast).

Colorizing works great for ribbons, flowers, alphas all kinds of embellishments!

Hope this tip helped!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

scarlett's birth announcement

My friends and family have all received their birth announcements in the mail (like 2 weeks ago) so I can finally post Scarlett's birth announcement here to show all my online friends without ruining the surprise.

Before you ask - NO! I did NOT Photoshop her into the tea cup!! So many people have asked that!! It's a real life giant tea cup. I found it at WalMart in the garden center back in February. It's actually a planter. You'll definitely see it in more pictures of Scarlett because I totally LOVE IT!

Anyway - we had to be very patient to get this shot of her. And let me tell you we really only ended up with ONE that was perfect! Whew. We took this just a few days after she came home from the hospital.

Isn't she just the cutest?! We sure love her lots.

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