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Christmas Heart Hybrid Inspiration

Oh boy, I’m SO EXCITED! I have teamed up with the super talented hybrid genius, Kelleigh Ratzlaff to offer you these new printable projects :)! Kelleigh has a whole store over at The Digi Chick filled with fab hybrid templates, and I am thrilled that she has agreed to use her craft creating skills to make these fun projects with my designs.

Aren’t they beautiful? I think they would be PERFECT for filling with candy :). Maybe for a teacher gift, or to give to your favorite neighbor :)? Can’t wait to make one!

UPDATE: These are now available as freebies :)! *Click Here*

Christmas Heart Printables

I also put together a quick page set using Christmas Heart, which is now in the store:

Christmas Heart Quick Pages

Here’s a close-up view , so you can see the details:Christmas Heart Quick Pages Details

Besides Kelleigh’s awesome boxes, I have also been wanting to share some other hybrid projects created by my Christmas Heart “One-Kit-CT”. I never asked them to make something hybrid, so imagine my surprise and delight when I saw these :)!!!!

Brooke made a really sweet card – love the quote on this one :)!

Brooke - In Oregon

Brooke - In Oregon

And Wendy made a whole bracket album – isn’t it fantastic?? I really enjoyed looking at all of her wonderful family photos :)!

Wendy

Wendy

Have you made any Christmas-y hybrid projects? I love to see them, so please share!

Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Hybrid Christmas Star Ornament  Merry Christmas :)! You will be hearing that a lot from me this month, because this is one of the happiest times of year for me, and I like to really enjoy it and spread the joy as much as I can :)! I noticed that the Christmas Edition of The Daily Scrapper is up – check it out, you don’t want to miss this one!! As you may know, The Daily Scrapper is a FREE online newspaper filled with great articles, tutorials, inspiration and more. This month’s special edition includes two tutorials by me :). There are actually five tuts in there this month plus lots more ideas for hybrid gifts and cards. One of my tutorials shows how you can make a 3D star-shaped Christmas Tree ornament using the Golden Star Mini Album (on sale for only $1.50 right now) plus chipboard stars. If you’re feeling really creative, you could make your own star-shaped digital pages and use them with cardboard or heavy card stock if you want to just use supplies you have on hand :). Click HERE to see the full tutorial :)!

P.S. Another great reason to check out the Christmas Edition of TDS is the huge Christmas Bazaar section which is packed with special coupons, sales and of course feebies :)!!!

Christmas Heart Inspiration!

I love love love the GORGEOUS pages my “One Kit CT” have sent me!! These ladies are so talented and inspiring :)! Here are the pages they created using the new Christmas Heart kit available at sunshinestudioscraps.com:

Amber LaBau

Amber LaBau

Brooke - in Oregon

Brooke - in Oregon

Jenni

Jenni

Jennifer

Jennifer

kenziescraps aka Karen

kenziescraps aka Karen

Lime

Lime

Lime 2

Lime 2

Melinda

Melinda

Sandra

Sandra

Wendy

Wendy

Wendy 2

Wendy 2

Beautiful! Didn’t they do a great job? Thanks ladies!!!! And that’s not all – there will be another Christmas Heart inspiration post coming soon – HYBRID style :)!!!!

Color Theory: Olive Inspiration

Wow, thanks soooo much everybody for your amazing response to my little call! I am so blessed by all your support :). And I loooooove all of the pages you talented ladies have been making with my first kit – it’s really neat to see how people are using my designs :)!! Here are some of the gorgeous pages that were created by my “One-Kit-CT”, plus the awesome site creative team at CRD. Please click on the images to see the blogs or galleries of the artists – and don’t forget to leave some love :)!

~Color Theory: Olive, available at Christina Renee Designs~

Ruth

Jennifer

Sandra

Sandra

Jenni

Lime

Lime

Lime 2

Lime 2

Melinda

JoAnn

Elodie

Teresa

Teresa

Jan

Amber

Amber

Rachel

Cheryl

Wendy

Wendy

Wendy 2

Wendy 2

I was also super excited to see the freebie quick page in use on Jamie’s blog and Jennie’s too :)! Have you used the quick page or Olive kit? I’d love to see what you made :)!

My First Digi Kit for Sale (plus a new freebie)!

The block party at Christina Renee Designs is still going strong, and this week’s release includes an awesomely HUGE collection of kits called The Color Theory. Each participating designer chose one color to create a monochromatic kit from :)! Of course my favorite color is PINK, but I couldn’t claim that color for myself because the pink kit is a wonderful collaboration from ALL the designers, and all of the proceeds from that kit will go to the Susan G Komen foundation in honor of Breast Cancer awareness month. I was so honored to be able to contribute to such a worthy cause :)!

Here’s a preview of the pink charity kit (click here to purchase).

In addition to making a few items for the pink collaboration kit, I also created my very first digital scrapbooking kit for sale! At first I didn’t have the courage to join in and try to make a whole kit, but in the last minute I decide to just go for it :)! By that time the only two colors left open where burgundy or olive green. I decided on green, since I love the pink/green color combo, and I was already making some pink things for the charity kit.  So, without further ado, here’s my kit, Color Theory: Olive!

(click here to purchase – it’s on sale today!)

The olive color reminds me of vintage/retro things (remember those olive green household appliances and furnishings of yesteryear?), so I made some retro style papers and embellishments for this kit. I also put in a few treasures from this summer’s antiquing trips; including an old worn page from a 1920’s hymnal I found in a local antiques store. The hymn “This is my Father’s World” was the inspiration for several of the other items in the kit, you’ll see what I mean if you read the lyrics:

This is my Father’s world,
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
his hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world,
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white,
declare their maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world:
he shines in all that’s fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass;
he speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world.
O let me ne’er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!

Isn’t that last stanza encouraging? I love old hymns like that one :)!

Here’s a layout I made using the Color Theory: Olive kit, plus a few of my things from Color Theory: Pink. It was such fun to create a digital page completely using my own designs :). I will be back soon with pages made by my “one-kit-CT” :)!

I also made a quick page with some of the items from Color Theory: Olive. If you like it, feel free to grab it – it’s a free gift from me to you :)!

*Click Here to Download*

Hope you’re having a nice day, and don’t forget to include a link to your blog when you comment, so I can come visit you too :)!

September Bella Scraps Magazine!

Wow, I love the latest issue of Bella Scraps! I can’t believe how much scrappy goodness can be crammed into just 97 pages! This issue is filled with gorgeous layouts, tons of articles and tutorials and there were lots of extra downloads in there too, in addition to the two free featured designer kits :). I especially {heart} the letter press stamps by Bren Boone! Here’s the magazine preview (click to purchase):

I am also sooooo super excited to announce that Holley has invited me to be a regular contibuter!! My first article for Bella Scraps appeared in this issue (on pages 52 & 53) – woohoo :)!! Also, I just wanted to point out that I somehow forgot to give Holley the layout credits for the images that go with the article. So here they are: Photo Books by Shutterfly; Ultimate baby Album – Prince (piece-a-cake page) and elements from Our Little Prince by Shabby Princess (first image); storyboard (slightly modified) by Lanne and Cherrywood Farm paper by Shabby Miss Jenn (second image).

Here’s a page I made with Ben Boone’s downloads from this issue:

I love these photos of Gabe with his Grandma (“Nina”), they had so much fun exploring together this summer :)! Hope you’re having a great week :).

Featured Scrapper: April Rieff (Sorashell)

Today I’m happy to introduce another inspiring scrapper, April Rieff! If you’re a digi scrapper, you might know her by her screen name, “sorashell”. Now, I have been a fan of April’s work for quite awhile, but it wasn’t until I interviewed her for this feature recently that I discovered the meaning behind her screen name. Click here to find out the real story (I think most ladies who have been pregnant can relate). And all this time I had been calling her “sora shell” in my head LOL! Anyway, let’s get to the good stuff, shall we? I emailed April several interview questions, and in response she has shared a wealth of her scrapbooking secrets and experiences – I think you’ll enjoy reading this! Here’s the scoop from April:

I’m 39 years old and a SAHM/WAHM to Sophie (6) and Aiden (4) and wife to Chris. Today is actually our 9th anniversary [August 21st]! I live in Southern California, about 5 minutes from Disneyland and am “mom” to Rocky the dog, two cats (Rocky and Shawty) and a Ball python named Valentina. As you can probably tell, I love kids and animals… When I was a newer mom I was passionate about Attachment Parenting (and still am) but the kids are getting a bit big for breastfeeding and carrying in a sling, so most of my online time is now spent pursuing my digital hobbies. :)

I also love photography and am the proud owner of a 5D and some great lenses, and I’m surprised my kids actually know what I look like without the camera in front of my face. Besides photography, I also love traveling and being outside and reading when I get the chance. I make my traveling and camera $ by making quick pages for Jen Wilson Designs and selling templates and elements I make on her site.

I started playing around with digital in March 2004 and got started by noticing all of the amazing “signatures” on the mommy message boards I was seeing. I was using Arc Soft Photoworks at the time and it took me about a six months to figure out how to use Photoshop. My first layout was posted December 2004 at Scrapbook Bytes. I remember trying to use EVERYTHING in the kit I was working with (Chain Gang Vintage Christmas kit) and being so frustrated that it all wouldn’t fit! Still to this day I have a real problem with “clean and simple”…

I started off as a paper scrapper back in 1998 with using Creative Memories, but didn’t get too many pages done. I felt really guilty that I didn’t have a baby book for Sophie like all of my friends did for their kids. :p When I finally went digital it was awesome because there was no mess and I could just pick at a layout all day if I needed to, in between housework and mommy’ing. At first I printed things out 10×10 and paper scrapped them into my 12×12 albums, but pretty soon I gave up on that and just started doing 8×8 Shutterfly books. I absolutely LOVE these books and usually have one in my purse that I can whip out and show off if the occasion arises. :p

I use Photoshop CS3 for both my digital scrapbooking and my photography, and I’m in love with this program. There’s so much you can do in it and it’s a blast trying to figure out how to do things. I never get tired of tutorials and especially love the “warp” tool for shadows.

My main subject is my family and I’m always inspired there, but when I need scrapbooking technique inspiration there are a few galleries that I’ve always gone to. The main one is Krash’s…that girl has unknowingly taught me so much, just by me trying to copy her. :p For brush work I have always loved Emmem’s on Scrapbook-Bytes and I’d love to shadow like Tyting. The gallery that humbles me the most, though, is Nevache’s. Gerarda just has a way with putting the whole page together that makes perfect sense to me. Her stories are amazing, her photography is stunning and her composition and innovation really just blow me away. Other than galleries, products really have a way of inspiring me. Jen Wilson’s stuff always makes me want to scrap and I was so happy when I made her team so many years ago. Templates inspire me too, because they’re like decorating without having to worry about a pleasing composition.

Some of my favorite layouts, and the ones I’m proudest of are “perspective” layouts or scenes from an imaginary room. I love blending digital and reality so I end up taking pictures and mixing them with digital elements to create a kind of tableau. My kids have gotten really used to being asked to pose a certain way and my 6 year old has gotten quite adept and handling the 5D with a heavy lens and flash mounted so she can take pics of my hands in certain poses. Thank God for neck straps! With these kinds of layouts, it’s really all about two things- shadowing and Edit>Transform in Photoshop. Remember, Transform is your friend!

I have two favorite scrapbooking techniques and it’s hard to find a layout of mine without one or the other…or both! Extraction and Blending. I’ve been called the Extraction Queen for many years because I just can’t seem to not do it. Extractions (especially complicated ones) really just make the page so much more interesting to me. Here’s a good example of one I’m proud of ~ Monkey See/Monkey Do …and here’s an example of how I like to shadow and extract and blend, lol ~

 

Wow, thanks April -I have enjoyed learning so many new things about you :)!

My favorite pages of April’s are the ones that have that 3D, realistic look  – well, maybe some are sur-realistic lol! Here are a few of my favs (click images for credits):

The more I look at these, the more amazing they are! Here’s some more information about this talented lady:

Creative Teams (Present and Past)
Jen Wilson Designs
Carrie Stephens
Jen Caputo
Nancy Comelab
Michelle Pearson
Shabby Miss Jenn (Summer Girl)
Amanda Heimann
Anne Dejong
Birgit Kerr
Weeds & Wildflowers

Awards
SBB Star Award and DST 2007 Scrappers Choice Award

Publications
April has been published in Digital Artist Magazine (DAM), as well as in a few e-zines and newsletters.

April doesn’t have a website or blog, but she does have lots of great items for sale at Jen Wilson Designs: Click here to check them out :)!

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

Featured Scrapper: Irene Tan (Scrapperlicious)!

Irene Tan It has been soooo long since my last featured scrapper interview, so I am excited jump back into doing these!

Today I am so happy to feature Irene Tan, also known as Scrapperlicious :)! I stumbled upon Irene’s blog one day when I saw her link in a scrapbooking forum. I was totally amazed by her work, and I have been a fan of hers ever since. She has the ability to turn each and every scrapbooking project into a complete work of art using all kinds of creative means, and the best part of it all is that she explains her techniques in detail on her blog, so we can all try them out too :)! At first glance her work is fantastic, but it is even more amazing when you take a closer look and realize that the majority of the colors and patterns on her pages are created by hand using inks and other artistic methods.

I wanted to know more about Irene and the inspirations behind her art, so I have asked her a few questions and she was willing to give us an inside look:

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

Well, I’m a mom to two miracle blessings and a wife to a wonderful husband.

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

As most other scrappers, my first motive of scrapping is to document down the milestones of my son. During then, I didn’t know that scrapbooking had grown into such depth and fun in other countries till I visited the States in 2004. Therefore, my first scrapping with sb products was around end of 2005. I did took a year off in 2006 with some pregnancy complications and only got back to it in 2007.

Are you a 100% paper scrapper, or do you do digital scrapping as well?

I started off at a paper scrapper and later down the road, I’ve tried some digital scrapping on my son’s projects (while he’s on the Reggio programme with me). But when I start scrapping again in 2007, I’ve found myself having lots of fun with all the different kinds of art mediums and interesting new products for crafting and scrapping.

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

Most of the time my inspiration came directly from the photos. Each photos has it’s story and I tried to interpret or read that story. That’s what normally inspire me. I do occasionally scrap using sketches but still implement other elements using this inspiration. ie. colours, embellies, textures and overall presentation. It’s more of, putting my expressions and thoughts through my work and hoping others would see that too. My family is my first and most important reason to scrap. Besides that, I always find the need to scrap when I have an idea of a technique or simply to play with some fun products.

Your scrapbook pages have so much intricate detail – are they difficult or time consuming to create?

This actually depends on each individual. To me, it’s not considered difficult at all or time consuming at all. First of all, in May, Style’s The Word had organized a challenge on using my techniques to create layouts and I could see that most of the players had no problem at all using those techniques and all entries are just amazing. Secondly, I wouldn’t consider it time consuming if one is really enjoying the process.

Do you have any advice for other scrappers who would like to make pages like yours?


As most of you might have known, my most favourite words are “Scrap with your heart and don’t forget to have fun too!’ These words will carry you far if you stick to it. Everyone has their own styles and preferences. The most important thing is to enjoy and be proud of it!

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

This is a rather hard question for me as I love all kinds of techniques. I’m always trying to find new techniques to do things and have fun. But I must say that till to-date, my passion towards ink is still irreplaceable.

Thanks so much, Irene, for sharing with us :)!!!

OK, Ready to see some of Irene’s work? Here are a few samples from her blog – be sure to click on the images to see more detailed photos and descriptions of each project on her blog :).

Wow – pretty inspiring, huh? If you’d like to learn more about Irene Tan (Scrapperlicious), check out the links below:

Scrapperlicious Resume

Gallery at Scrapbook.com

Scrapperlicious.blogspot.com

Inspiration from Inspire Company

Inspire Company

Sometimes it’s a good idea to look outside the immediate circle of your scrapbooking world to find some great inspiration! I have been a fan of Inspire Company for years, and have read Amy’s blog almost since the very beginning. I’ve always loved how creative she is, and that she manages to share so many of her creative ideas with others. I don’t know how she has found the time to make so many delightful pieces of art, and still run her charming online shop, plus sell even more of her beautiful creations at The Cottage, which I was lucky enough to visit last time I was in Virginia (photo at left), AND have time to blog about everything and design the prettiest little magazine to spark all kinds of creativity in others too! On top of all of this, she and her husband have also recently become foster parents – what a wonderfully generous soul :)! OK, now that you know how much I {heart} Inspire Company – let’s get on to the actual inspiration, shall we? A while back, I showed you my new inspiration journal, but I didn’t tell you what motivated me to make it – Amy’s new *FREE* online magazine: Inspired Ideas. She has released three issues so far, and each one contains a new project for your creativity journal. There are other projects in the magazine too – in fact, the whole thing is just a wealth of bright ideas! Here are some of the Inspired Ideas projects I’ve made so far:

From Volume 1, No. 1: Make a Cake

Ribbon Cake Card

*Click Here For Credits*

From Volume 1, No. 2: May Day! May Day!

Mar Day Vase

*Click Here For Credits*

From Volume 1, No. 2: Flower Girls

Flower Girls

Flower Girls Details

*Click Here For Credits*

From Volume 1, No. 2: Princess and the Pea

Princess and the Pea Bed

(Credits: Lots of scraps from all over my scraproom LOL! Just ask if you’re dying to know where I got something, OK?)

See what I mean? Inspiration galore! Amy provides detailed instructions for all of these projects in the magazine, which I followed pretty closely, except that I printed the May Day vase decorations and the Princess and the Pea bed on ink jet transparencies to make my life a tad bit easier :). Anyway, I hope you’ll check Inspire Company out, if you haven’t already. You won’t be disappointed!!

P.S. Amy, if you’re reading this – I’m ready for the next edition of Inspired Ideas now ;)!!

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