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Weeds and Wildflowers Party Extended

Just wanted to pop in to let you know that the big one year birthday celebration at Weeds & Wildflowers has been extended until tomorrow night. There was such a flood of people over the weekend that the site crashed, so they have extended the sale and all of the other festivities :). This is a great time to grab my Being Me Quick Album or In Bloom Brag Book - they’re both 25% off right now ;)! 

And I made more digital pages! This two-pager uses flowers from the third set of Grandmother’s Pressed Flowers. I’m finding this collection works so well with my photos from Savannah, I guess it’s because that city is like one big beautiful garden :)!

Two Page Layout

Iron Gates 1

Iron Gates 2

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Celebration at Weeds and Wildflowers!

I COULD go on and on about all of the awesome things happening at Weeds and Wildflowers this weekend, but instead I will just show you the ad from their forum :). HEY! Don’t run over there yet, I have some stuff to show you first – LOL!
WW Turns One
They have tons of new products in the store, one of which is a new 4×6 brag book designed by me with Heidi’s cute little In Bloom kit :)!

In Bloom Brag Book

Can you tell that I’m in love with 4×6 quick pages lately? There are just so many possibilities with these! Here is a little hybrid book I made out of it – just for fun and I’m actually keeping this one for myself :)!

 In Bloom Brag Book Cover

In Bloom Brag Book Pages

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I used cardstock from one of those Mat Stacks by DCWV for the pages and adhered wide strips of regular scrapbook paper to the insides of the pages to hold the whole thing together. Hopefully you can see what I mean from the photos – if not, let me know, I can give more detailed instuctions :).

And I am also sooooo excited about all of the other new products too! Here’s the first page I’ve made from the new Grandma’s Pressed Flowers 1. I haven’t even started playing with all of the other goodies, but if you want to see what they are, check out this post at the W&W blog – and pick up two free quick pages while you’re at it ;)!
Secret Garden

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Freebies from Weeds and Wildflowers

Do you love freebies? Do you love Weeds and Wildflowers? If yes, then you should hurry up and go sign up for the new W&W newsletter (by midnight tonight!!!) so you can hear the latest news and get lovely free gifts in your inbox! Here’s a sneak preview of the first freebie:

W&W newsletter freebie

Grand Opening Celebration at PrimaHybrid.com!

Here are the details straight from Doris Castle at the Prima Hybrid forums:

Grand Opening Celebration!

We hope you will enjoy the celebration we have planned on our Grand Opening January 31st! Here’s the scoop!:
25% Off EVERYTHING at the shoppe!
This sale runs Jan. 31st – Feb. 4th.
See new kits from your favorite designers and check out the growing selection of Physical goodies too! Don’t miss it.

  • Enjoy a chat on Jan. 31st at 10pm EST in the DigiShopTalk Chat Room to learn all about PrimaHybrid and ask questions. You might find a freebie too!
  • Participate in added challenges! Prizes of both digital and physical products.
  • In the shoppe, pick up your Free True Love Candy Wrapper from Iron Orchid Designs. This is just de-lish!

Prima Hybrid Creative Team Call!!

Are you interested in being a Flower Girl for Prima Hybrid? If so, this is YOUR chance!!! If you love mixing paper and digital scrapbooking and using awesome scrapbooking supplies from the Prima Hybrid site for FREE, plus networking with tons of creative, inspirational and helpful ladies, you won’t want to miss this opportunity!!!

**CLICK HERE for more information about the Prima Hybrid Creative Team call**

Bella Scraps Magazine

There is a brand new online scrapbooking magazine coming out this Tuesday, January 15th, called Bella Scraps! I’m looking forward to seeing the first issue for several reasons: 1) As you know, I love scrapbooking inspiration, and I think Bella Scraps will be packed with it! 2) I *believe* there will be an article in this magazine about that secret I have been dying to share with you… 3) I’m pretty sure I will be featured in this issue too :).

If you are interested in subscribing, even for just one issue, I highly suggest you do it BEFORE the first issue is released on the 15th! Everyone who subscribes early will get a special prize package of free digital scrapbooking supplies AND you will have the chance to win one of MANY prizes donated by lots of great designers like Shabby Princess, Meredith Fenwick, Shabby Miss Jenn, Heather Ann Meltzer, Gina Miller, Jofia, the list goes on! Even my Layered Shape Templates are on the prize list :)Click here for more details.

Homemade Christmas!

Wow, I can’t believe that Christmas is almost here! This has been a wonderfully busy month for me. Each time I finished a new project I had another one to start right away, but it has been soooo fun and the result is tons of handmade gifts that will (hopefully) be enjoyed by my family members throughout 2008! I am way behind with my updates here, so I hope you don’t mind if I share lots of info in one big post – stick with me to see pics of all my projects at the end (unless you are related to me – then no peeking)!

Firstly, some news. Well, if you’re one of my regular readers you already know I have had some really awesome blessings this month – I added the Shabby Princess creative team and Shabby Miss Jenn guest creative team, which have kept me happily scrapping away and I did a few guest posts at the SMJ team blog. Well, the cool scrap-related happenings didn’t stop there! Here are some more super fantastic things that have happened this month:

  • I was a winner in the contest at pcLayers!!!!! I won first place in the advanced category – the prize is Photoshop CS3 PLUS a $50 gift certificate to pcLayers!!!!! Woohoo!!!!!!!! P.S. Anyone want to teach me how to use PSCS3?
  • I had my first publication!! My Tin Album was in the December issue of the online publication, Digital Artist Magazine!! I was soooooo excited about that!!!
  • I have also been getting involved in a wonderful new magazine called Bella Scraps, I think it is going to be great and I can’t wait to see the first issue :)!
  • AND there is another BIG, SUPER EXCITING piece of news that I not allowed to share at this point. But let me tell you, it has revolutionized my scrap life!!! You are going to LOVE it!!!!! But you will just have to wait until 2008 for that one :).

OK, sorry about all of that blah blah blah :)!!! Now for all the projects I promised to share :)!

Shabby Princess CD Case Calendar

CD Case Calander

This CD case calendar is a perfect example of why I LOVE digital scrapbooking! Shabby Princess sells these beautiful pre-made calendars that are made to fit into regular CD cases (you can open the case and flip it backward to make this cute frame). It makes such a great gift – and it is quick and easy to put together. The pages are already made, you just add your favorite photos behind the template, place the dates (included with the kit) on top, print, and trim! I love that the dates come separately from the calendar pages too, so that I can reuse them in the future. I made three sets of these for gifts, and I’m totally thrilled with how they turned out! I’m going to have to make one for myself too :).

Shabby Princess Two-Page Wall Calendar

Shabby Princess 2 Page Calendar

This was actually my first time making a big two-page photo calendar like this. I have been thinking about it for a long time, but I was honestly a little intimidated by the task! But The Shabby Shoppe was to my rescue again with this wonderful pre-made one designed by Nicole (she is so talented, and designs so many of SP’s pre-made things)! The dates and month titles are included in the kit, so you can place them just the way you like them too. It was perfect that the pages are 8.5×11, because my printer can print borderless images in that size. So I just printed them on double-sided matte photo paper and had them spiral bound at my local Staples. Can you believe it only costs $3.20 to have this calendar spiral bound? And they include a clear cover, and your choice of backing too. I will definitely be making more of these in the future!

4×6 Calendars – created by me!

I bet by now you have started wondering if I got out of actually designing anything for all of these gifts! Well, not quite :). I loved the idea shared by Tricia Kennedy on the YOUR Ideas page so much that I adapted it to make several more gift calendars (THANKS Tricia)! I designed 12 4×6 calendar pages, using SP’s Painted Summer kit plus the dates from the CD Case Calendar kit. Then I just printed them borderless again (on 4×6 glossy photo paper). I made 5 sets of these and included a clear plastic desk frame and magnetic frame with the gift, so they could choose how to display them. I made one for myself too with my favorite pages from the different sets, and hung all the pages in a line above my desk so I can see all the photos for the whole year :)! Fun fun!

4×6 Calendars

Homemade Gift Wrap

I was so happy when I saw this idea for making wrapping paper on Kayla’s blog (BTW, if you don’t already know about The Legacy Lady, you need to check her out – she is FULL of great ideas)!! I never would have thought of using 12×18 paper from a sketch pad to print on. I bought a mead sketch pad at Wal-mart for a little over $5 and I was pleased to see that it has bright white paper which is acid and lignin free (not that that even matters for wrapping paper anyway)! So I used some Christmas-y supplies from Shabby Miss Jenn and Weeds and Wildflowers to design these papers and gift tags – easy peezy :)!!

Weeds and Wildflowers Gift Wrap

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SMJ Wrapping Paper

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So now you can see why I haven’t been posting much lately – LOL! But I hope to be back soon – I have lots more to share :). Hope you’re enjoying the season!!

SMJ Christmas Goodies!!!

Soooo… did you notice my new CT blinkie on my sidebar? I’m a guest creative team member for Shabby Miss Jenn for the month of December :)!!!! I know what you’re thinking – Shabby Princess CT and Shabby Miss Jenn CT both at the same time – I’m in Shabby scrapbooking HEAVEN :)!!! I told Chris the other night that I feel like Christmas already happened because of all the goodies I’ve been playing with lately :).

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that SMJ released a new MEGA kit today that is filled with awesome flea market-style decorations for your Christmas pages :)! AND for one day only, you get a free gift with your purchase :)!!

Here’s a preview of the new kit:

Here’s the page I made with this kit (I LOVE the stars!):

Christmas Lights

Oh, and I used another one of the new fonts by fontologie on the page, Howie’s Stamps!

If anyone is interested to know how I got the photo of the lights on my Christmas tree to look like that, let me know. I’ve been meaning to look for that tutorial I used last year, but I just need some extra motivation :).

Shabby Princess Gift Idea!

SALE at theshabbyshoppe.com!!!

Well, if you haven’t already guessed it, I’m on a new creative team… for one of my all time favorites…..SHABBY PRINCESS!!! YAY!! I can’t tell you how beyond thrilled I am to be working for this incredibly talented (not to mention suuuuuuuper sweet) gal!!!!!! I have been having  a blast playing with her GORGEOUS new designs - all released TODAY :)!!!!!!! She is having a great sale at the Shoppe too, so run on over to check it out (she doesn’t have sales often, so you don’t want to miss this)!!!

Here are some of the things I made with the her latest designs:

Meeting Santa

Credits: Twas the Night kit, by Shabby Princess. Evergreen branches are by Pat Christensen. Font: Jane Austen.

Wonderful Winter

Credits: Winter Wonderland kit, by Shabby Princess. The title was made using a new font by fontologie called Empty Wrapper, also new at the Shabby Shoppe!

Here’s a GREAT Stocking-Stuffer Idea!!!

Altoids Tin Album

Altoids Tin Album

Altoids Tin Album

I just LOVE this idea… I mini accordion album you can make that fits perfectly inside an empty Altoids tin! Shabby Princess has some of these pre-made album templates (created by Nicole, using SP designs) available in the shoppe. They are so easy to put together too – the digital part is practically done for you, all you need to do is add your photos (and a little text if you want). Then you print it out and follow the step-by-step instructions (included with the album) to make this sweet little project! I made this one for Chris to keep at work – he’s a proud daddy :)!! And here’s another neat thing that makes this a great gift idea, the Altoids tin is the PERFECT size box to put a gift card in, so you could slip one in there under your little album, how cool is that?

Tips and Tricks

  • I recommend printing out your album pages the night before you assemble the album. That way they will have time to dry before you start handling them.
  • I was too impatient to paint the top and bottom parts of the tin separately, so I painted the whole thing at one time and placed it open, and upside down, on top of my Mod Podge bottle to dry (the wide lid fit perfectly inside the tin to keep it from falling off).
  • There are lots of other ways to store/display this cute little album, even if you don’t have an Altoids tin on hand. Keep an eye out for some creative ideas soon to be appearing in the Shabby Artist Gallery – I especially love the magnet album idea!

Wondering what Altoids are? See the comments section of this post :)!

A Wildflower Holiday SALE!!!

Ready for some great news from Weeds and Wildflowers? They have just released a huge new kit called A Wildflower Holiday Collection! I just LOVE this collection! It is a collaboration between all three W&W designers, Heidi, Gina and Pat, so everything coordinates to make one big cheery collection. And do you want to know the best part?Everything in the W&W shoppe is 30% off this weekend!

Here are some previews, you can click on the images to see them in the shoppe.

A Wildflower Holiday

A Wildflower holiday

A Wildflower Holiday

A Wildflower Christmas

A Wildflower Holiday

A Wildflower Holiday

And if you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to pick up some of my templates or the Being Me quick album, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for, because they are all 30% off this weekend too :)!

Being Me Quick Album:

 Being Me Album

Layered Shape Templates:

Layered Shapes Bargain Pack

And the Autumn Set 

(below is a slide show of ideas for using the Autumn Set templates):

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