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Free Template at the Shabby Shoppe Blog!

I can’t believe the Shabby Shoppe blog is already on template challenge number 20 and I this is the first time I’m joining in! They have the BEST templates, seriously! Plus, there is a randomly chosen winner who will get a $25 gift card to the Shabby Shoppe :). He’s what I made using their free template, plus the free Happy Go Lucky kit and the Smarshmallows kit from the Shabby Shoppe! (fonts: Rockwell and Marketing Script)

Don’t you love these cute t-shirts Uncle Michael and Auntie Tanya gave the kids for Christmas? They sure know how to butter us up ;). There were some for Chris and me too, which you can see in our February family photo. LOL!

Today’s Inspiration: Pink, Shabby Chic and Roses

My family is on their way to visit so I should be getting the house ready, not procrastinating at the computer right now, but when I saw today’s challenge at shimelle.com I just had to join in :).

I am a huge fan of Shabby Chic style decor, so the guest bedroom in our house is just as pink and pretty as you can imagine :). I realized this morning that now is a great time to take some photos in there, because soon that room will be transformed into the new baby’s nursery (OK, so it will still be very Shabby Chic, but it will not look the same as it has for the past 5 years).

These photos make me want to pull out my lovely pink scrapping supplies and finish some more of my wedding pages :). I am totally inspired by all flowers – especially roses and of course, by any shade of PINK!
Shabby Chic Decorations
Shabby Chic Bedding
Shabby Chic Details
Quilt with Rose Embroidery
Quilt with Pink Roses
Pink Rosey Books

P.S. Here’s a fun fact for you: The search engine term “Shabby Chic” is one of the top ten searches that lead people to this site, and it’s the only one in the top ten that is not scrapbooking related. As of right now, it has lead to over 7,524 visits!

Double Page Layout

The Prima design team members were challenged to create two-page layouts recently, here’s what I came up with – a couple of pages for my wedding scrapbook (yes, I’m still slooooowly working on it 5 years later LOL)! I guess these also qualify as faithbook pages because of the Bible verse I have included, which was incorporated into our wedding ceremony.

True Love Double Page Layout
True Love Double Page Layout - Page 1

True Love Double Page Layout - Page 2

Details

True Love Hybrid Scrapbooking Detail

Here’s a close-up of a hybrid scrapbooking technique I used on page one. I had printed out an 8.5″x11″ page with a Loft 18 Silhouette, merged with one of the Beautiful Day papers, and my Bible verse typed out along the side. Then, I used chalks and colored pencils to color it in, and added the Loft 18 flower to the coordinating spot on the Silhouette.

True Love Hybrid Scrapbooking Detail 2

I used another hybrid technique on page 2: after printing out one of the So Flirty quick pages, I cut out one of the designs with a silhouette for a chipboard heart and added a bit of glitter glue to it. Then, in Photoshop, I added the word “Love” to one of the coordinating stickers from the So Flirty kit, printed it out onto the RFH sticker sheet, added it to the matching chipboard, and placed the matching epoxy sticker on top. Lastly, I placed my custom “Love” sticker right onto the spot on the silhouette!

Digital Supplies: Available at PrimaHybrid.com (Left Side) Loft 18 Silhouettes (SKU19842), Beautiful Day Papers (SKU19837); (Right Side: IOD Flirty Album (SKU 19840)

Physical Supplies: Coquette Collection papers (#602017, #601997), Whispered Words (#812010), Loft 18 (#520045), Belle Fleur (#520960), The Bitty Bag (#506988), The Bigger Bag (#516703), Center Kisses (520700), Say it in Crystals (# 517328), Mulberry Paper Leaves (#170684), Clear Stamps (#830687) and Build-a-Frame stamps (#517731), Say it in Studs (#811389), Die-Cut Chipboard (#400026), Clear Epoxy Stickers (#400002), RFH Sticker Sheet

Another Fun Challenge!

*Click Here For Page Credits*

This page makes me so happy! Not just because of the bright colors and fun photo of my sister and me, but because it is the very first page I have scrapped about her miraculous life transformation - and I am soooooo proud of her and all that she has accomplished, now that she has Jesus in her life :)!!! Of course, there is a long personal story behind this page, but let’s just say that she once was lost, and now she’s found and we have a LOT to celebrate :). I was so excited to see her during my vacation, and we had the most fun together that we’ve had in the past 10+ years!

Oh yeah, the challenge -  that’s what I meant to come here and tell you about lol! I made this page for the super fun challenge going on as part of the Weeds and Wildflowers Birthday Party Bash. Everyone who enters will get a freebie and have a chance to win the new W&W Collab kit (which I used for this page), plus the challenge winner will win a $10 gift card to the shoppe! *Click here for more details* Hope you join in!

P.S. I posted some more photos from my vacation here :).

Featured Scrapper: Michelle Filo (Mushy)!

Michelle Filo

I am so excited to bring you today’s featured scrapper because I’m such a big fan of her HYBRID work: Please give a warm welcome to Michelle Filo :)!!! When I first stumbled upon Michelle’s blog, I noticed her awesome digital pages, especially a Shutterfly album she made with Shabby Miss Jenn’s yummy Flea Market Baskets kit. But over time, Michelle has been heading more and more in the direction of hybrid and paper scrapbooking (just like ME!), and I have sooo enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful projects she has been making. I find myself studying every detail of her work so that I can try to learn as much as possible from this super talented gal!!! The awesome thing about Michelle is that she not only creates GORGEOUS hybrid projects, but she makes it easy for others to follow in her footsteps. She shares lots of tips and tricks on her blog, and you can even purchase her hybrid album templates at her Little Dreamer Designs Shop (she just released an adorable butterfly album template recently).

And you know what else? She is a real sweetheart too :)! Michelle agreed to answer a few questions about herself and her scrapping.  

First of all, is there anything about yourself and your family that you’d like to share with other scrappers?

I’m a Brazilian girl who migrated to Australia in 2000. I have had my two boys and although it is hard to be far from my family, we think it is a blessing to call Australia home.

When did you start scrapbooking? What first made you interested in scrapbooking?

A friend gave me some stationary on my birthday in Dec’04. I didn’t quite like the pink for my stationary and decided to go to the store to get another color. It was a Scrapbooking store. I went inside and was mesmerized by all the papers, buttons, ribbons and other bits and pieces. It was love at first sight. I mentioned it to a friend at work and she took me on the voyage. I spent the next six months madly creating gifts to give to my family on my trip to Brazil. I confess I got all “scrapped out” (wow, was that really possible?). I left my supplies aside until 2008, when my recently acquired love of digital scrapbooking and hybrid projects got me to venture into the world of glue and real buttons again.

Where do you get inspiration and ideas for scrapbooking? What inspires you to scrap?

I am boring, I am inspired by the products and the photos. I either come up with a project because of some yummy themed papers I saw, a car shaped album for a road trip ;) etc. Or I search for the perfect supplies for my favorite photos. Design of pages and element placement are things I play a lot with. I just place things in the page and move them around until I am pleased with the result. I change my mind a lot :) I also love templates, nothing better to get me out of the scrapper’s block.

Do you have any favorite books, magazines or websites that are especially helpful?

I love Creating Keepsakes, DSM and DAM. I also love to browse the design team galleries of my favorite stores for inspiration. There are so many talented scrappers out there.

What are some tips you can share about how to make great hybrid projects?

I would say you can save money with embellishments, you can save money with cheap chipboard (or no chipboard at all) you can save money with many things but just please don’t try to save money in paper and printing, it is not worth it. Some people print on cheap paper and then wonder they the glue thy used smudged the ink, and then blame it on the quality of the glue. I recommend you spend a few extra bucks with really good paper (premium photographic paper) and it will save heaps when your project is finished without mishaps :) ALWAYS print drafts on crappy paper before printing on your good paper. It is essential to print drafts when dealing with shaped albums to see if they are the right size.

You take such beautiful photos, what type of camera and photo editing software do you use? Do you have any photography secrets you can share with the rest of us?

Oh, that is too kind of you! Unfortunately I am no good as a photographer, but maybe I do a decent job editing my photos in Lightroom :) I bought my first DSLR in January. It is a Canon EOS 400D, known as Rebel xti in the US. I am in love with the possibilities, but also now I am aware you can still take crappy photos with a great camera LOL Only not so secret tip I love and would like to share is when taking pictures, try different angles and go down to your subjects eye level or below, especially when taking photos of children.

What favorite scrapbooking tip, trick or technique do you use most often?

I love to use the distort>wave filter to make things imperfect on my digital pages. I think it adds a lot of realism and I love it! I had a tutorial about this published at DSM *Click Here to See Tutorial*

Thanks so much Michelle!! I have listed some more fun facts about Michelle at the end of this post. But first, wanna see some of those gorgeous hybrid projects I was telling you about? I have picked a few of my favorites to share below – be sure to click the images to see even more photos and information about each one on Michelle’s blog!

Wings Album by Michelle Filo

Wings Album by Michelle Filo

Freestyle Album by Michelle Filo

Hybrid Car Album by Michelle Filo

And this last one is for a challenge Michelle has going on at the LDD blog, complete with instuctions and a free template – how fun!!

Hybrid Challenge Album with Free Template by Michelle Filo

As promised, here are a few more details about Michelle: 

Current Creative Teams: Little Dreamer Designs and Fancy Pants Designs.

After going back to work full time and accepting a position at Fancy Pants, Michelle felt she needed to slow down a bit. Her previous CTs include: ScrapArtist, The Digichick, Oscraps (challenge team), Sue Cummings, Dunia, Mitia Assef, Dani Mogstad, Traci Reed, Amanda Heimann, Lisa Whitney, Designs by Lili and she was also a guest for Shabby Miss Jenn a couple of times.

She has been published at Scrapbooking Memories (Australian Mag), Digital Scrapbooking magazine (DSM) and Digital Artist Magazine (DAM). She has also won a few challenges and awards, including the DST best hybrid project of 2008 (nominated), but has never participated in any major competitions for lack of time. Whew – I can see why she needed to slow down a bit :)!!!

Last but not least, be sure to check these links out!

Michelle’s Gallery   Her Blog   Her Shop at Little Dreamer Designs

More New Stuff and some Freebies :)!

Happy Fourth of July to all my American friends!!! I am so excited to spend time with my family today enjoying the festivities :). But before I head out, I just wanted to pop in to let you know about ALL KINDS of fun new stuff from Shabby Miss Jenn and Weeds and Wildflowers!

Shabby Miss Jenn has a bunch of new stuff in the store including three more AWESOME kits :)!!! And it is all on sale (don’t you love all the sales going on right now?) for a limited time. Here are a few things I made with her new kits:

Island Girl

Credits: Little Kahunas kit, by Shabby Miss Jenn.

Exploring Nature

Credits: Nature Guide Kit, by Shabby Miss Jenn

She also has another great new kit, Summer Posies, but I am going to blog about the project I made with that kit in another post (you can see it now if you click here). And of course she also has some albums and blog packs to go with these new kits. SMJ also has some great new freebies (see below)! How does she do it all???

And there’s a FANTASTIC new collaboration by Heidi and Gina available at Weeds and Wildflowers Design! It’s called Doodly Patterns – Flowers, isn’t it sooo cool? I have so many ideas for this one :)!!!

Doodly Patterns - Flowers, by Weeds and Wildflowers

Here’s a card I made using this kit (plus some goodies from primahybrid.com)!

Hello CardHello Card, Open

Phew, didn’t I tell you I had a lot to show you? Now for the freebies!!

From Shabby Miss Jenn: A July desktop and a mint tin album!

From Shabby Princess: An adorable July desktop!

From Weeds and Wildflowers: A fun template (and challenge)!

And from Christina Renee: This SUPER cute Fourth of July Freebie :)!

Fourth of July Freebie at Authentic Artistry

Have a wonderful weekend everyone :)!

National Scrapbook Day Recap

Well, I hope your day has been as lovely as mine has, there’s nothing like a whole day to celebrate SCRAPBOOKING :)! I know I was only able to see a tiny portion of the events going on in the scrapbooking world – but I almost prefer it that way, it can be a bit overwhelming to see SO many sales, and SO many freebies, challenges, chats, prizes etc! Phew!

Speaking of which, I’m sorry if I have overwhelmed you by posting so many times today (especially you, email subscribers)! I don’t usually do that, but I haven’t had a chance to blog in so long, and my husband was soooooo sweet to watch Gabe for me today while I helped host the Prima Hybrid Crop, surfed a few other events, shared tons of my most recent projects, and of course, got some scrapbooking done!!! (Thanks Babe)!!!

Anyway, in case you missed some (or all) of my NSD postings in all the excitement, here’s a little recap for you. If you are reading this on Saturday night or Sunday, you might still be able to catch some of these :)!

Prima Hybrid Flower Girl Blog Party: Click here to grab my free template and blog hop to find lots more too!

Shabby Miss Jenn: Big sale with tons of super adorable kits for $1 each!!!

Weeds and Wildflowers: Click to learn more about the huge sale and my NEW quick Album :)! Also, I shared a mini review of Heidi’s revised kit.

Prima Hybrid NSD Crop Party: Click to read about my Layout Challenge ALSO Click to read about my Prima Flower Challenge, they end Sunday night :).

And here are a few other things I came across today that should be noted:

1) A fun and funky FREE kit by Emily Powers can be found here.

2) ScrapArtist is selling a super-sized collab kit for only $3.33 (for their 3rd Birthday :)!

3) If you are STILL looking for more, I’m sure you can find all you need at the DigiShop Talk {I}NSD Forum!

Wow, I blogged eight times today! That has to be my all-time record :)! Hmmm, how shall I celebrate? Leave me a comment on any of today’s (May 3rd’s) blog posts telling me your favorite thing about National Scrapbook Day, and perhaps I will choose one or two people to send a little gift too ;)!

 

 

My Prima Flowers Challenge!

*ARE YOU HERE FOR THE BLOG PARTY FREEBIE?* Scroll down to the first post of the day, I’ve been blogging a lot today :)!!!

Have you SEEN all the awesome challenges going on at Prima Hybrid?? I have learned a lot and I’m filled with ideas I want to try now :)! If you want to get in on the fun, and possibly win some prizes, go check it out – the deadline for all the challenges is tomorrow evening :).

Here’s my second challenge (of two) for the Prima Hybrid crop: Prima Flowers Challenge!

OK, so this one is even easier than my first one (IF you like flowers as much as I do, that is)! Remember: each challenge has a winner, so with 17 challenges, your chances of winning some Prima Hybrid prizes are pretty good :)!!! Please check it out, I love seeing your projects!!

And here’s my layout for the Prima flower challenge :)….

 So In Love

*Click Here For Credits*

My Layout Challenge at Prima Hybrid!

*LOOKING FOR THE BLOG PARTY FREEBIE?* Scroll down a few posts, I’ve been blogging a lot today :)!!!

Wow, there are already TEN challenges going on at Prima Hybrid right now! They are such beautiful and inspiring projects – I want to try them ALL :).

Here’s my first one (of two): Hybrid Layout Challenge: Grow!!

Trust me, it’s an easy one! And each challenge has a winner, so your chances of winning some Prima Hybrid digital AND physical goodies are very high :)!!! Please check it out, I’m so excited to see what you make!!

Here’s my layout for the challenge:

Growing Like A Weed

*Click Here For Credits*

 

 

Shabby Miss Jenn Challenge

Even though I’m not playing for a prize (since I’m on her creative team), I still wanted to make a page for Shabby Miss Jenn’s Challenge – I LOVE the freebie she made for it!!!

Click here for the challenge details (but hurry, it ends soon)!

Here’s the challenge freebie (you can still grab it, even if you don’t participate):

Shabby Miss Jenn Freebie

And here’s the page I made for the challenge:

Love of Flowers

Credits: Challenge Freebie, Weeds & Daisies, Spring Junk Pile, Fallin’ Blooms, Autumn TidBits – All by Shabby Miss Jenn; Letters from the Patio by Dianne Rigdon. Font: Jane Austen.

Journaling:

because they reveal God’s
glory and remind me of
how awesome a creator he
is, because they appeal to
the hopeless romantic in
me, because they remind
me of so many happy
times in my life – and
sad ones too – not soon to
be forgotten, because of the
gardens my mother has
always lovingly cared for
and taught me about, and
the wonderful memories
of visiting the botanical
gardens with my mom,
grandma and family -
because of countless little
reasons, I have such a deep
love of flowers
 

Photoshop Tip: I love to use photoshop blend modes, and I’m always experimenting with the different effects I can get with them. On this page, I enlarged a flower photo, and placed it over the shabby brown background from the freebie above. Then, in the layers palette, I changed the photo’s blend mode to “Color Burn”. When I added my text, I used an off-white color and placed the text UNDER the photo layer. I really liked the pretty color variation the blended photo gave the text and background!

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