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Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 2

I made so many different projects using the Shabby Princess Occasions – XL Collection that I will be showing them to you in separate posts instead of one super loooooong post :)! So let’s just go in chronological order, shall we?

My baby boy had his very first birthday in August, so of course I had to make a big deal out of it :)! Most of our extended family is in New England, so we took a 3 -day road trip up to CT so that we could be with all the relatives (plus we wanted to celebrate a few weddings and other important birthdays while we were in town as well). After several phone conversations with the Grandmas, the time and location of the party was decided, so I whipped up these birthday party invitations and sent them out just in time :)!


Everything I used to make these invites can be found in the Occasions – XL Collection. I think it was SUCH a great idea to include word art for invites and cards in a scrapbooking kit! We scrappers tend to plan our scrapbook pages, sometimes before the event even occurs, so I was thrilled that my mementos from Gabe’s special day where going to exactly match the pages in his book :)! Special thanks to my Stampin’ Up friend, Melissa Fisher, for helping me design these!

Tips and Tricks

  • Using Photoshop, I created an 8.5×11 document with strips of each of the papers I would be using and printed them out that way rather than printing out the whole sheets of paper. This saves ink and paper, because I only print what I will need.
  • I sized the darling cupcake “stickers” down a tiny bit so that I could easily punch them out with my Creative Memories Circle Maker (the 1.5 inch size). Thanks Amber ;).
  • With the eyedropper tool in Photoshop, I picked up colors from the digital papers to use for the text on the inside of the cards (not shown).

Technique: Simple Birthday Party Invitations


Two different colors of polka-dot papers

One piece of multi-colored patterned paper

“It’s a Party” word art and cupcake embellishment

Regular adhesive and foam adhesive (or other 3-D adhesive). 

Blank white card, with envelope


  1. If you plan to print your text on the inside of the card, do this before you adhere anything to the front! 
  2. Trim each piece of polka-dot paper to fit the full width and 1/3 of the height of your card, adhere one piece to the top edge of the card, and one to the bottom edge. 
  3. Trim the patterned paper to fit the full width and slightly larger than 1/3 of the height of your card, adhere this piece to the center of the card, overlapping the two polka-dot pieces.
  4. Using scallop-edged scissors, trim around the edges of the “It’s a Party” word art. Adhere this, at a slight angle, to the top left side corner of the patterned paper, and slightly overlapping the top polka-dot paper.
  5. Trim the cupcake embellishment into a circle shape. Adhere with foam adhesive to the bottom center edge of the patterned paper, slightly overlapping the bottom polka-dot paper.

What a quick and easy project – and I love how they came out :)! If you want to do more, you could try some stamping or distressing techniques, or add some extra embellishments. Don’t forget to experiment with different paper combinations too!

See also the other parts of this review:

Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 1

Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 3

Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 4

Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 5

Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 1

OK, my son’s birthday was a whole MONTH ago, and I have just now finished the thank-you cards – shame on me! But my excuse is that I really wanted to send hand-made cards and include a cute photo from the party, and I have only recently had time to put together all the cards. I hope that seeing Gabe’s adorable little face on these cards will make up for my tardiness :).

Anyway, now that I have that project finished, I am finally able to write this review I’ve been dying to write since June!!! The Occasions XL Collection, a digital scrapbooking kit by Shabby Princess, is SO awesome and I’ve used it SO much, I just have to tell you all about it :)!

The reason I love this kit so much, is that besides being super cute and fun, it is also very versatile! Just check out all of the projects I’ve used it for so far:

  • Birthday party invitations
  • Birthday cards
  • Party decorations
  • Thank-you cards
  • Scrapbook pages about the party

Here are the pictures to prove it :)!


Birthday Card

Party Decorations

Digital Scrapbook Page

Digital Scrapbook Page

Thank You Cards

Lest you think this kit is only suitable for boyish projects, I thought you might also like to see the kit previews; there are LOTS of pretty pinks and flowers that I haven’t even had a chance to use yet :)!

Occasions XL Collection

Occasions XL Collection

Occasions XL Collection

Wow! I have so much to say about the Occasions XL Collection that I am going to have to break this up into multiple posts :)! I can’t wait to share tips, tricks and techniques for all of these fun projects, and who knows, I may even throw in some more free templates :).

If you’d like to see more pages using this delightful kit, check out this Inspiration Gallery!

See also the other parts of this review:

Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 2

Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 3

Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 4

Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 5

Scrapbook Max!

Recently, the people from Indigo Rose Corporation contacted me to offer a free copy of their Scrapbook Max software in exchange for a review.  I have been playing around with the software, and I made a couple of pages to show you. Check it out:

A page made using Scrapbook Max with a W&W kit, Discovering You:

Happy Memories

A page made using Scrapbook Max with one of their kits, Birthday Rules: 


A page made using Scrapbook Max and one of their premade pages:


Scrapbook Max Product Review

I’ve never really written a product review before, but I thought I’d give it a shot, because I get SO many questions from my readers (not to mention my friends and family) about how to get started in digital scrapbooking. I’ve found that there are lots of scrapbookers who want to try digital scrapbooking, but are intimidated by the idea of using computers and software. The makers of Scrapbook Max claim that it is a fun and easy way to create digital scrapbooks. Here’s a quote from their website:

With an easy-to-use design space, sophisticated tools, and fabulous scrapbook content, you’ll be making spectacular layouts in no time! Then, share your scrapbook creations with friends and family in an exciting variety of high-quality print and digital formats.

For my digital and hybrid scrapbook projects, I have always used Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, and I just LOVE them!!! But I can see why people new to digi scrapping might be hesitant to jump right in with Photoshop software, due to the expense and the time commitment it takes to actually learn to use the software.

If that it is how you feel, then Scrapbook Max just might be the product you’re looking for! It is very simple to use, but it allows MUCH more creative control than some of the other “simple” digital scrapbooking software programs. In fact, I’d say the level of creative control is one of the best things about this software. Even the pre-made pages are in layered format, so that each element can be manipulated to your heart’s content.

If you have never tried digi scrapping before, you might want to start with one of the pre-made scrapbooks which have 5 already laid out pages ready for you to add photos to. A few clicks later, and your photos are added and ready to go! Then you can decide to publish your finished scrapbook to video, CD/DVD, slide shows, screen savers, share in an online gallery, email or even make high-quality prints! I love the fact that you can add music too, wouldn’t it be fun to make a DVD to share with loved ones?

After you’ve gotten used to digi scrapping you might want get even more creative with your pages. Scrapbook Max allows you to start scrapbooks with blank pages too, so you can use the scrapbook papers and elements included with the software to make your own unique layouts. Or you can even use other digi kits you find elsewhere online!

Even though this software does not have all of the tools available that Photoshop software has, it really does offer a huge range of possibilities and it handles most of the basic digi scrapping techniques. Scrapbook Max is a great choice for the beginning digi scrapper! 


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