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Scraptastic Saturdays – OH DEAR!

Well, it’s official.  I’m addicted to designing.  Today I’ve got another freebie for you.  A mini-kit I call “Oh Dear”.

My first kit mainly contained commercial use (CU) items from other designers that I’d coloured or retooled…  just to kinda test the waters.  But with Oh Dear, I built several elements from scratch.  Now that the design bug has bit, I’ll likely be looking for a shop soon, where I can bring you kits on a regular basis.  So stay tuned for that.  🙂  But until then, here’s “Oh Dear”.  Just click to download.  And enjoy!

If you are up for a challenge, check out the Plum.  I’ve got a mini-kit challenge posted there, featuring Oh Dear.  You only have until Tuesday at midnight to play though, so you better hurry.  The challenge is posted here:  http://www.polkadotplum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4915

Enjoy a freebie or two?  Then you’ll want to check out Sugar Pie Scrap’s blog come the ninth.  There’ll be an four seasons blog train rolling through that day in honour of Enchanted Studio Scraps birthday.  Crystals kit is really lovely, so you won’t want to miss it.  Just head on over to http://sugarpiescrapping.blogspot.com/ to check it out and download it.  She’s also released a new kit this week called A Fresh Start that is really something.  The embossed papers in it are absolutely fabulous.

That’s it today.  Take care everyone, and HAPPY SCRAPPIN’!

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Today’s Joy

Wanna know where I found today’s joy?  It was in something unexpected, that I’ll admit started out as a chore.

I host scrapbooking challenges at both PDP and ESS, and I normally love creating things for them.  But the date kinda snuck up on me, and this afternoon I suddenly realized that I needed to have a wordart piece finished, uploaded, a layout built around it, and all of it posted by tomorrow.  ACK!  That’s more stress than fun.  And seeing how my focus is “personal joy”, stress is rather contrary to that in most every possible way.

With this stress hanging over my head I began looking through my photographs hoping for some inspiration to strike.  I find it nearly impossible to create anything worthwhile when it’s forced.  Muse is essential for me in the creative process.

Stumbling upon a series of images I took at the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo back in September, everything started rolling.  And soon I had created, not only a wordart, but an ENTIRE mini-kit.  Even better?  This mini-kit (unlike my first kit) is almost completely created using original elements.  Items created from scratch, by me.  Only a button and a bow were designed using CU products from other designers.  Not too shabby for my second kit.

I have to admit, I’m super excited about this one.  I really do think it’s beautiful.

With my first kit I had a lot of trepidation, and I was concerned about whether anyone would like it, download it, or use it.  This time?  I KNOW it’s a good kit.  I’m very proud of it…  and it all centers around my photography.  This kit was created with heart.  I can’t wait until tomorrow when I can share it with the world.  Until then?  We have to make due with one of the photos that inspired the kit.

Sika Deer

Scraptastic Saturday – Christmas Freebie

Hey everyone!

Got a Christmas freebie for you all today.  🙂

Now, not only do I host the definition challenge at Enchanted Studio Scraps, I’m now hosting challenges at Polka Dot Plum.  This week is their first ever Word Art challenge – hosted by moi!  So click on the image to download the free image, and then play along at: http://www.polkadotplum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4757

Also, I’ve happily accepted the role as the lead CT for Sugar Pie Scraps.  That means I’m the Head Chef of the Sugar Pie Chefs…  which is something I’m quite excited about.  Think you might like to become a member of our awesome little group?  Check this out:

Scraptastic Saturdays – Word Art Freebie

Hey everyone!  Today I have another freebie for you.  It’s a scrapbook page border featuring several definitions of the word “family”.

WordArt featuring the definition of the word FAMILY

The image is linked, so just click it to download.

As a Warren at ESS I host the definition challenge each month.  So hop on over and play with us.  You can earn up to five points by playing along, and your points can earn you a free gift certificate for the store there.  As a bonus this month?  I created TWO free downloads for you.  So you can get the border that I’ve posted here, AND a frame as well (but you have to visit ESS for that one).

Play here – http://www.enchantedstudioscraps.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11348

Can’t wait to see what you do with them.

OH!  Don’t forget, in your design credits, list my WordArt as a “Scraptastic Design by TD”.  Thanks.

Scraptastic Saturday – What do you think?

Before jumping into all the scraptastic fun…  What do you think?

Do you like the new look?  Any thoughts as to what YOU’d like to see in the title image?  I realize this blog was created to allow my participating in Project 365, but it will continue into the new year.  Sharing my thoughts, rants, photos, and stories has become a regular part of my life, and it’s not something I’m going to give up just because the year has come to an end.  So I really could use some thoughts on what you’d like to see.

Okay…  Scraptastic Saturday.  🙂

I’ve been scrapping like crazy the last couple of weeks.  And this week I got to work with a bunch of new designers…  which is always a treat.  I’ve found several new favourites and I highly encourage you check them all out at Polka Dot Plum.  Lots of gorgeous kits, templates, and other goodies to be found.  And this weekend there are a ton of 50% off sales there too.  So it’s the perfect time to stock up.

There is still time left to jump over to Enchanted Studio Scraps to take part in my definition challenge for November.  The word art I’ve created centers around the word SPECIAL, and it’s perfect for scrapbooking all those wonderful holiday memories from last year.  The download link can be found at ESS in the challenge thread (just look for November’s Definition Challenge).  Hope you’ll play along.

Since Kat (of Kat’s Creations) dissolved her creative team, I’d been on the lookout for a new spot…. and I’ve found it.  When Crystal (of Sugar Pie Scraps) opened her new store at PDP I met a bunch of new scraptastic ladies who are as quirky and as fun as I like to think I am.  LOL  It was a natural fit, and I was thrilled when they accepted me as a member of their creative team.  So now, not only am I a Sugar Pie Chef, but I’m a Sugar Plum too.

I’ve been scrapping layouts featuring my siblings with Lily-Ann.  And I’m proud to say I’ll start to work on the last one on Monday.  They’ve got super smoothly, and I’m really happy with how they’ve all turned out.  I guess the key is to figure out which one to share here today.  LOL  Hmmm….

Okay, you know what?  I’m not going to share any of them.  LMAO

Here’s Lily-Ann with her cousin Eliana:

Lily-Ann and Eliana

Lily-Ann Marie and Eliana Marina

The kit is by Brine Designs and is called Tayla, General Girl.  It’s available over at PDP…  so hop on over there and check out their Black Friday sales (going on all weekend).

Take care everyone, it’s cold out there.

Be good to each other.

Scraptastic Saturdays – Special

Today I’m bringing you another Scraptastic Design by TD.  In particular, a wordart freebie.  I host the definition challenge at ESS every month, and for November I chose the word “special”.

scrapbook wordart for the definition challenge at enchanted studio scraps

You can download the wordart at http://www.mediafire.com/?m9299vt96tv6y1m.  Then, if you feel like playing along, head on over to http://www.enchantedstudioscraps.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11043 to play along.  For your layout to count towards the points awarded at ESS at least 40% of your LO (layout) must contain product from ESS designers.  But you can always play along without worrying about challenge points too….  in which case, you can upload your LO anywhere, and just share a link here so I can find it and leave you some love.  🙂

Hope you enjoy the word art.

Scraptastic Saturdays – National Scrapbook Day

Happy NDS everyone!

Lots of fun and games going on at Polka Dot Plum – http://www.polkadotplum.com – in the forum.  Just head over to the “challenges” thread.  🙂  You might also want to jump over to Enchanted Studio Scraps – http://www.enchantedstudioscraps.com – to check out the forum there.  Lots of designers giving away free kits as National Scrapbooking Day Random Acts of Kindness.

That’s all from me today.

Have a great one…  and do remember to hold your little ones tight and tell them EVERY DAY how much they mean to you.

Take care.

Scraptastic Saturdays – My Favourite Layout

Early this week I created what is my new favourite layout.  I’m really proud of this one.  It features a photograph that you’ve seen on this blog before…  but that had  a regrettable bit of negative space (specifically a garbage bin and a shovel).  Extracting the wee girlie, the snow, and the snowflakes (and duplicating the snow so that it appears on both sides) made for a much more pleasing image where nothing competes for your attention.  It is the simplest layout I’ve created, but I do think it is the most beautiful as well.  🙂

Wee girlie in the snow, a perfect, magickal moment.

This LO (short for layout) has been awarded LOTD (layout of the day) at Enchanted Studio Scraps and is now up for LOTW (layout of the week).  Wish me luck.  Voting is this weekend.

I used the Magically Pink kit by Sugar Pie Scraps.  It’s a wonderful kit that was just released last week.  It’s available for sale through ESS.  I only used two papers, and two  elements (star and wordart) from it… but I have to admit that I had a hard time limiting myself.  Lots of great stuff in the kit.  🙂

For a special Halloween treat, head on over to ESS and visit the blog.  Every day leading up to the 31st they are giving away part of a huge mega-kit.  All you have to do is visit the blog, and click the image to download…  try to get there every day, and you’ll get the entire kit for free.  🙂

Enchanted Studio Scraps Blog – http://enchantedstudioscraps.blogspot.com/

Scraptastic Saturday – Awesome Deals

Just thought I’d share a few really awesome deals I stumbled across this week.  🙂

If you’ve ever thought of trying your hand at Digiscrapping, now is definitely the time.  Totally Twisted Scraps is holding a HUGE sale in honor of the designers birthday.  This was one deal I couldn’t pass up, I’m downloading all the files as I’m writing up this post.  LOL  And no, I’m not getting anything in exchange for sharing, nor was I asked to share.  I just absolutely love all the kits that TTS has created and wanted to make sure that no-one missed out on this amazing deal.  And when I say it’s an amazing deal, I really mean it’s an amazing deal.  Her entire catalogue is worth over $190, but you can by EVERYTHING, every single kit, for one price…  $10.  So yeah.  I’d say it’s a good time to try out a new hobby.  😉

Click on the image below to head to her store.

Totally Twisted Scraps "By My Store" Sale

 

Today is the first day in over a week that I’ve actually had time that I could be devoting to doing up a scrapbook layout…  but I’m just not feeling it.  LOL  So I’ll just share some more great scraptastic stuff I found.  😉

Sugar Pie Scraps has a contest going on over at Enchanted Studio Scraps.  Just browse her store there, and add your favourite kit to your wishlist.  She’ll randomly choose someone to get their favourite kit for free…  and there is no better deal than free.  LOL

The SPS store is located here:  http://enchantedstudioscraps.com/xcart/manufacturers.php?manufacturerid=90

The last deal I’d like to share is for a mega kit that’s also available at ESS.  Four different designers collaborated on this kit, and all proceeds are being donated to the Susan B. Korman Foundation.  It is onsale for only $7.00, which is 53% off.  The kit is really lovely, and while the theme is Breast Cancer Awareness, it’s a very versatile kit.  One you won’t regret adding to your scrapping library.

You’ll find the kit here:  http://www.enchantedstudioscraps.com/xcart/product.php?productid=3301&cat=320&page=1

So that’s it for this Scraptastic Saturday.

Be good to one another, and have a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Scraptastic Saturday – I’m BACK!

Sorry everyone.  I’ve been an absentee blogger lately.  I have been taking a daily photograph, but life simply got in the way of my posting them.  I’ve been absolutely run off my feet the last while, but I am hoping everything is going to settle back down into our regular routine now.  Of course, those could end up becoming famous last words – though I hope not.  LOL

So, it’s Scraptastic Saturday.  That being the case, I’ve got a couple things to share.  🙂

As you likely read earlier in the week, “Little” was born!  YAY!  Well, “Little” now has a name:  Finn.  And it suits him perfectly.  So here’s a layout I did a little earlier in the week, when Finn was only a couple days old, featuring photos from when he was only minutes old.

Welcome Finn!

For this layout I used a kit by Sugar Pie Scraps called “My Boy”.  It is available at the Digital Scrap Cafe, here’s a direct link to the kit:  http://digitalscrapcafe.com/cafe/product.php?productid=18459&cat=0&page=1

In other scraptastic news, I am now running the Definition Challenge over at Enchanted Studio Scraps.  The whole month of October, everything has been done to reflect a spooky Halloween theme – which I just love.  🙂  This is SOOO my favourite time of year.  With that in mind, I decided to use the word “creepy” for this months challenge.  Hope you’ll decide to play along.

Creepy Definition

You can find the challenge rules, and download the wordart at:  http://enchantedstudioscraps.com/forums/showthread.php?p=113448

Well, that’s it for today.  Welcome to October everyone.  Hope it’s a spooktacular month for you.  😀  Full of the richness of the season, the warmth of the heart, and the fun of both Thanksgiving and Halloween.  Be good to one another!

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