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Happy Digital Scrapbook Day!

dsd2014_650Happy Digital Scrapbook Day! Okay, okay, I know it’s not *officially* DSD until Saturday, but at P&Co, we’ve kicked things off early. We’ve got a sitewide sale (save as much as 50% off your order!), plus lots of fun contests, challenges, and games going all weekend long. Hopefully you’ve made your way here by following along on the blog hop, because you definitely want some of this:

pco_northofordinary_previewBut, before I send you on your way with the final letter to your code, I’ve got a couple of things to share with you!

First up, I have a little tip for you: Invest in Mtn Dew, because seriously… I’m singlehandedly keeping the company in business right now. (In other words, I’m sorry I don’t have a tutorial for you today, but instead, I’d like to link you to this easy recoloring tutorial – with an accompanying freebie – that I did a few months ago.)

Secondly, I have a couple of brand-new collabs in the shop, and I’d love to have you check them out! First up is Handmade, with the über-talented Jen Allyson, featuring lots of unique papers, doodles, and elements for a totally handcrafted feel:gbja_handmade_previewAmanda Yi Designs and I also put together a fun one called Now Trending, full of bright colors and trendy motifs: aydgb_nowtrending_previewI also have two great build-your-own Grab Bags for you, in both Boystache (medium) and Manstache (large) sizes. Just list the kits you want (from my store) in the “customer notes” section when placing your order, and I’ll send you a coupon code to download them within 48 hours!

Alright, that brings us to the end of our regularly-scheduled program. Here’s my portion of North of Ordinary:Gen600And, here’s a little tidbit of trivia for you: Two years ago, almost to the day, I was in the process of planning a store. The very first step – before you start planning a website, or designing a logo – is to come up with a name, and it’s also one of the most difficult. I had quite a few of my fabulous friends and colleagues helping brainstorm, and we came up with (what we thought was) the perfect name for the new store. Unfortunately, when I went to buy the domain, North of Ordinary was already taken. We went back to the drawing board, and ended up with the Pixels and Company that you are familiar with today, but the name (and concept) of North of Ordinary has stuck with us, and is what inspired this P&Co collab. True Story.

Once again, here’s the list of participants:

Scooty’s Designs
Amanda Yi Designs
Mari Koegelenberg
Dawn by Design
Digital Scrapbook Ingredients
Sabrina’s Creations
Scotty Girl Design
KimB’s Designs
Celeste Knight
Jen Allyson
Sugarplum Paperie
Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs
Robyn Meierotto
Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage
Anita Designs
Deena Rutter
Karla Dudley
Gennifer Bursett <– You are HERE!

And with my letter (below), you should have a grand total of 20 characters. You’ll want to add North of Ordinary to your cart, and then enter the code – all uppercase, with no spaces – in the “coupon code” redemption field, and then check out as normal. Have fun!


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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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DSC June Blog Train Freebie + Giveaway

I’m super excited to be participating in the June Blog Train, coordinated by Digi Scrap Connect. This was my first time participating, and it was a blast putting together a mini kit for you. Here’s my contribution:

What good is a preview without seeing the kit in action? I’ve got twelve gorgeous layouts to share with you, from some super talented ladies I know!

Layout by Rachel Alles

Layout by Missy Backues

Layout by Jeryn Carlisi

Layout by Jen Papadimitriou

Layout by Carey Bridges

Layout by Arielle Gordon

Layout by Kelly Mobley

Layout by Gwen LaFleur

Layout by Kate Christensen

Layout by Michelle Huegel

Layout by Kate Christensen

Layout by Kym Tsukamoto

And you thought I was exaggerating when I said gorgeous, huh? Before I give you the link though, I’ve got a few things to tell you about:

  • First, if you’re new to my designs, I invite you to check out my shop at Design House Digital. My entire shop will be on sale for 25% off this weekend, so it’s a great time to snag a few kits at a discounted rate. Some of my kits will be priced at only a buck, and one of my kits will even be free, but they all go back to regular price on Monday.
  • Second, I’ll be hosting a chat with Celeste Knight on Saturday night at 7 PM (MST), so feel free to stop on by the DHD chat room!

So, how about a giveaway? Comment here, and answer this:

Are you a gardener?

I’ll be back on Monday to choose one winner (via random.org) for a $15 gift certificate to my shop at Design House Digital. Comments must be posted by 11:59 PM (MST) to be eligible.

And now, back to our blog train. To grab my mini kit, click here: In The Garden. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope you enjoy what I put together for you.

If you get lost along the way, here’s a link to the other blogs… check them all out, because there are some real beauties in there!

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[inter] National Scrapbook Day – Blog Hop Freebie!

You know, I’ve decided something. Any hobby that celebrates its own craftiness is freakin’ awesome.

This weekend is [inter] National Scrapbook Day, and as part of the hoopla at Design House Digital, we’ve got an awesome collaboration kit from the Design House Digital designers, called Retrospect:

Did you know that you can grab it for free? FREE! And, to make it even easier, you don’t have to download eleventy billion little pieces, or mess with any of the file-sharing websites and their ridiculously slow timers. It’s right in the shop at DHD, and all you have to do is follow along on the blog hop to grab the coupon code, and then download at your convenience. Pretty darn awesome, huh? So, if you wandered in to my blog first, you need to stop (collaborate and listen!) right now and head back to the beginning.

I’d like to share a little bit today about layouts, and what to do AFTER they are finished. Just like with so many other aspects of digital scrapbooking, the possibilities are many, so we’ll touch on a few, and discuss the pros and cons of each.

Don’t print it. No one says you HAVE to print your layouts. (I have a friend who has never printed a single one, because she likes the way they look in her monitor!) Display them in a digital frame, post them to your blog, or carry them around on your iPad or cell phone. What a great way to show off some pictures of your loved ones, right? Cons: You definitely want to back them up, because if you lose your device (or it crashes) you are out of luck, since most of these will be displaying low-res versions.

Print it yourself. This one is pretty obvious, I know, but there is a benefit to printing at home, namely instant gratification. Unless you have a wide-format printer, though, your sizes are limited, and if you do have a wide-format printer, ink cartridges and paper aren’t super easy to find. (At least not for me!) There’s also probably a bit of waste involved, because usually your layouts need to be trimmed.

Have it printed, by page. Obviously, a nice feature of our digital age, and the fact that our layouts are already on the computer. You can upload, have it printed, and shipped right to your door – perfect for those hectic times when we get a bit behind. Or those lazy times, when you’re vegging in your pajamas all day. You do need to allow time for shipping, and not all companies do common scrapbook sizes like 8×8 and 12×12.

Have it printed, by the book. You can upload all of your pages and have them printed in a single, bound book. How cool is that? Again, delivery to home is a nice benefit. There are a few cons, though: Formatting them can be a beast, since you really do need to allow extra room along the spine. Also, you can’t have your books too full, or the stitching doesn’t hold. (Don’t ask me how I know.)

So, out of all these options, I’ve got to throw the one I like the most at you. Are you ready?

Have it developed. The one biggest con to the above three printing options is that they are printed, and not developed. That means fading, scratching, and water damage are all real possibilities. Plus, the visual difference between a layout where the ink is sitting on top and one where the image is actually developed into the paper are astoundingly different. Don’t believe me? Take a look.

The one on the left was done using a photographic print process (aka developed) by Persnickety Prints, and the one on the right was printed by me. (Excuse the winter layout… I’m out of ink and have to buy it online. A serious con.)

It’s hard to really demonstrate it on screen, but the difference is crazy. Here’s a closer look:

Don’t tell my husband, but it looks like the super-expensive wide-format photo printer I [used to] use just isn’t cutting it. The detail of the background paper is lost in the home print, but shows up nicely in the developed version. The whole thing is just richer and more vibrant, and my shadows look amazingly realistic!

I’m going to do a more extensive blog post soon showing you the differences (and discussing the speed, because HOLY COW! they were fast!), but trust me, the appearance alone was enough to change my mind… the rest of it is just icing on the persnickety cake!

Bottom line, though? We work so hard at preserving our photos, so let’s make sure we’ve preserved them all the way. Computers fail, external hard drives fail, our favorite sites (and their online galleries) have bugs or even go offline. Don’t take a chance with your memories.

And now, on to some fun stuff! I’m having a little contest here, and the winner will get a $50 gift certificate to my Design House Digital shop!

Comment here, and link a product from my shop that you like.

That’s it! Want more chances? Post a link to that same product on your own blog, Facebook, or Twitter, let me know once you’ve done it (one comment for each), and you will be entered into a drawing.  You can enter daily, and every comment posted between now and 11:59 PM (MST) on Tuesday, May 8 will be eligible.

Don’t forget to grab your letter, because you’ll need that to get the amazing Retrospect kit free! Your letter is:

If you’re doing our Layout Challenge, my challenge is to rotate your title sideways.

Now, head over to Tiffany Bodily’s blog, where you can see what she’s thinking today: Tiffany’s Thoughts.

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New Release: Office Space (a collaboration) + A FREEBIE

One of my favorite things about Design House Digital are the designer collaborations. I enjoy getting the chance to brainstorm with another designer, and I love to see two kits that work together seamlessly, while still managing to stay true to each designer’s aesthetic.

This collab was no exception. I got to work with the amazing Erica Coombs, and she is truly fantastic! My portion, Office Space – Part 2 is pictured here:

It’s got a bit of a vintage feel to it, plus a few references to one of my all-time favorite movies Office Space. (If you haven’t seen it, you really should! It’s available for instant streaming at both Netflix and Amazon.) In the meantime, here are some lovely layouts by my creative team (and guest creative team!) showing off their mad skillz.

By Kym Tsukamoto (2):

By Gwen Lefleur:

By Sarah Sullivan:

By Jennifer Barksdale:

By Michelle Huegel:

All of these layouts are using just my portion, and they are killer, aren’t they? Here are some using both parts of the collab:

By Anna Drozd:

By Celeste Smith:

By Shannon Dombkowski:

Be sure to check out the 1 Kit, 4 Ways feature at Design House Digital to see even more layouts using the entire collab, and don’t forget to comment on the post for your chance to snag the whole thing free!

I’ve also got a coordinating set of journaling cards (Office Space Journalers), so be sure to check them out. There’s pdf files included, so you can print them out and use them on your traditional layouts, too!

Do stop by DHD this weekend, because my entire shop will be on sale. I will have a free kit and a few dollar kits, so it’s your chance to score some great deals… don’t delay, because they’ll go back to regular price on Monday.

So, what do I have here for you? Comment here for your chance to win BOTH of my Office Space products (contest closes Sunday, 4/22 at 11:59 PM MST). Also, just for you, I’ve got a little freebie. Two bonus journaling cards (png and pdf) that coordinate with Office Space, and you can grab them here. Have fun!

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