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Winners Announced + Freebie!

Thanks so much to all who commented on my blog giveaways last week. I’ve selected two winners, using random.org.

Congrats, ladies! Please check your emails for a message from me!

Also, I’m hosting the Blueprint Challenge at Design House Digital this month, and I’ve designed a free template for you based on this layout:

Click on image for credits.

The layered template (psd files) includes the mist, stitching, and shadows, and you can grab it for free this month only: Blueprint #12. If you create a layout with it, be sure to upload it to the Blueprint Challenge Gallery for your chance to win a $5 gift certificate to DHD!

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Summer Girl Collab

(Looking for the DSC Blog Train? Scroll down!)

I was SO excited to work with the amazing Celeste Knight for a new collab that released this week. Celeste has such a way with gorgeous floral patterns, and I was super excited with the color scheme and idea we came up with. I literally could not stop designing for this kit, and trying new things I’d never done before.

I proudly give you Summer Girl Part 2:



It absolutely reminds me of faded sundresses and cowboy boots on a summer day, and did you see that embroidered leather? I SO love it, but really, I love the whole darn kit! I couldn’t resist playing with it… it’s been ages since I had time to scrap! Here’s my layout:

Layout by Gennifer Bursett

Check out that title… super cool, right? It’s another new kit I released this week, called Elemental Snippy Alphas. I totally dig it. Check out this layout that also uses Snippy, (and my super fun Washi Tags (another new release!):

Layout by Shannon Dombkowski

And here’s a look at some layouts made by my super talented creative team (and guest creative team!) members:

Layout by Michelle Huegel

That’s got one of my new mists from Toolbox – Mists Vol. 9, by the way!

Layout by Gwen LaFleur

Layout by Kate Christensen

Layout by Sarah Sullivan

Layout by Sandy Henderson

And, what would a new collab be without a giveaway? Comment here, and tell me this:

Have you ever been to Durango, Colorado?

I’ll be back on Monday to announce a winner (via random.org) from all the comments entered by 11:59 PM (MST) on Sunday. Oh, and what’s the giveaway? How about all FIVE of my newly released kits! That’s right, you’ll get Summer Girl Part 2, Summer Girl Solids, Elemental Snippy Alphas, Washi Tags, and Toolbox – Mists Vol. 9!

Be sure to stop by the DHD blog to enter there… you could with both Part 1 and Part 2 of the collab, and stop by my shop this weekend for a free kit, dollar kits, and discounts off every kit in my store! I’m also participating in a blog train, so be sure to check that out for a fun mini kit from me called In The Garden.

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Mad March Memories Blog Hop

Well, hello there! Thanks for stopping by my blog today… If you made it here from Erica’s as part of the Mad March Memories Blog Hop, you’re in the right spot.

If you stumbled directly onto my blog you are in for a treat, but you’ll want to stop now and jump right over to check out what Liz Jutila has to say on the Design House Digital blog. She’ll let you know exactly what you need to do to be entered into a drawing for a Wacom Bamboo tablet, plus how to get this amazing collab kit:

Gorgeous, isn’t it? That’s 42 papers, and 44 elements, and you can get it FREE. (Seriously… go read what Liz has to say!)

I’m super excited to be sharing with you one of my favorite things to do in digital scrapbooking: How to mix patterns in your digital layouts.

As a predominantly “paper” style scrapper, I love to recreate the look of layers and layers of patterned paper. It’s something that can be very intimidating to some people, so I’m going to share a few tricks I’ve learned. I’ll tell you which rules to break, which ones you can bend, and which ones you need to follow, and hopefully we’ll have some fun along the way.

Rule #1: Don’t mix more than 3 patterns. BREAK IT.

I’m not saying you have to use more than three, but don’t let any number be your standard: I used 17 different patterned papers here. SEVENTEEN. But, by keeping them in very small doses, and in similarly sized strips, they don’t compete with each other or overwhelm the photo.

Rule #2: Choose one base color, and make sure it is in all of your patterns. BEND IT.

I’m not going to lie, this one can be a good rule to follow, and an easy one. Each of the five patterned papers has pink in it, so they all go together. Working out of the same kit ensures that they will coordinate, and it takes the guesswork out of it. But, if you’re ready to take it to the next level…

Why not try mixing patterns and colors that don’t match? With this layout, I used multiple patterned papers with no colors in common. The eclectic mix gives it a fun and fresh vibe, but it’s kept grounded by a central design and neutral background.

Rule #3: Some patterns are solids. FOLLOW IT.

The background paper here is actually patterned. Yep… not a single solid paper was used on this layout. It’s neutral, not because of the color (although grey is obviously a neutral) but because of the very slight tonal pattern that reads as a solid.

Rule #4: Only use one multicolored pattern at a time. BREAK IT.

Yeah, I’m all up in this rule’s face. Using multiple patterned papers, with lots of different colors in them is just plain fun. How to make sure it jives? Work out of one kit. All of the patterned papers (except the neutral ledger) are from the same kit, so the colors are spot on. It can be tricky to mix strong multicolored patterns, and there’s no shame in taking the easy way!

Rule #5: Mix together a large prints, a small print, and a solid print. FOLLOW IT.

This is pretty much a way to always guarantee your patterns will work together, because they will always have enough variety to make it interesting. Wanna know something tricky, though? I’m also following #3 here, and my “solid” paper is actually the pink polka dot strip. That’s right.

Rule #6: Pair linear patterns with floral patterns. BEND IT.

While I love a good floral print, this is not a cut-and-dried rule. Here, I’ve put three very graphic prints together: the plaid, the polka dot, and the gingham from the bow. I’ve balanced out the strong lines with the scalloped paper edge and rounded label, so it still works!

Rule #7: Use shades and tints, instead of matching exactly. FOLLOW IT.

If you’re hesitant in any way about mixing patterns, this is the way to start out. It doesn’t matter how many different patterns I use because they are all in the same color family, and it allows me to play with another pattern… the stitched circle background!

Rule #8: Give your eyes a break. FOLLOW IT.

I think this is by far the most important rule there is… follow this, and you can’t really go wrong. Let’s do a quick check of our rules again, and see how this layout fares:

  1. 13 patterns total… definitely bent that rule.
  2. Nope, no base color in every pattern.
  3. Yep, the grey stripe is my neutral.
  4. 3 multicolored patterns!
  5. Large + small + solid: Yes.
  6. Linear and floral… check.
  7. Shades and tints of every color on there!

But, even with all that going on, I’ve left plenty of white space so it’s not visually jarring. It works.

One last thing I’d like to share about mixing patterns… it’s so freeing! As digital scrapbookers, we sometimes get caught up in kit scrapping. Designers are so great at giving us everything we need in one tidy folder, that we might not even venture out of it. If you can learn to look at all of your supplies, and mix and match no matter the designer, or store, or even style, you will truly be maximizing your supplies! And isn’t that one of the best things about digital, anyway?

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out my blog today! Feel free to browse around, and if you’ve been following me you might want to update your links… I’ve moved, you see. :) Before you venture on to the next blog on the list, I’ve got two more things to share with you.

First, I’ve got my own contest for you: Comment here, and I’ll put your name in a drawing for a guest spot on my Creative Team. You’ll get all of the kits I release in March, April, May, and June for free! FA-REE! Share this blog post (through Facebook, your blog, or Twitter) and “Like” my page on Facebook for even more chances… just leave an additional comment for each one here with a link, please. Contest ends Wednesday, Mar 14 at 11:59 PM MST.

Secondly, you can win a spot in Tiffany Tillman’s upcoming class, It’s Elemental. Check out all the details on the Renee Pearson blog.

Now, scurry along to Jen Allyson’s blog and see what she’s got to share with you. Don’t forget to take your secret letter… it’s

Like the supplies I used on my layouts? Click on the images for credits.

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It’s a quickie!

I decided to skip sleeping last night, and instead whipped up this layout using 25 (THAT’S RIGHT!) different kits (for credits, click on the link):

I really like Steve right now, since I haven’t seen him for a few days… so I thought I’d scrap these two photos. One is from right before we got married, and one is a few weeks ago, right before our 13th anniversary. I bet you can’t tell which is which, huh? I sure do age well. And so SKINNY!

Anyway, it’s for the March Color Swatch Challenge at Design House Digital. You know, the one where you’re supposed to choose 4-5 colors, but since I’m me I chose 8. It’s what I do.
I’d love to have you play along, whether your thing is digital, paper, or you’re biscraptually inclined. No judgements here.

In other news, I think I’ll go take a nap.

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DSD 2011 Quick Page Blog Hop FREEBIE

It’s time for another blog hop! This one is a collection of goodies (made by the Design House Decorators) from the DSD Collab kit. The Decorators are such a talented group, and we’re truly luck to have the best of the best on our team.

Each blog will have a quick page available for download in both 12×12 and 8.5×11 sizes. Hop around to the blogs, collect the goods along the way, and find some new favorites to add to your readers. At the end, you’ll have almost 30 fabulous pages! Perfect to add into your own albums, or for a theme book of its’ own, and with it’s gender- and age-neutral color scheme, it will work for anything! :)

Here’s my contribution:
To get it, click here, or on the image above: Gen’s DSD quick page. :)

Plus, you get a bonus today… Celeste Smith’s beautiful layout is here as well, due to technical difficulties (darn power outages!):

Click here, or on the image above: Celeste’s DSD quick page.

Then, hop your way along to the other 18 blogs!

Make sure to check things out at each stop, because these are a super talented group of ladies. You might find a contest or two to enter along the way! ;)

Like the look of the quick pages, and you missed the kit? Check this post out for details on how to get this entire kit, free!

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