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My first commercially available scrapbook kit!

Well, we seem to have another day where by the time I sit down to blog, I’m just too darn brain-beat to do much.  LOL  So I hope you’ll forgive me if I just share a little news.  🙂

I spent most of yesterday and today finishing up and packaging my first scrapbooking kit to be released at Polka Dot Plum.  Yep.  I’m on my way to becoming a designer.  I don’t have a launch date to share just yet, but it won’t be long.  And I’ll be launching with two, possibly three digital scrapbook kits.  So it’s a little nerdy, I can’t help it.  I’m excited about it.

I started in the design apprentice program at the Plum back in the Spring.  It took longer than initially planned to get through it as I ended up having to go on hiatus when business got a little crazy.  So this has been something I’ve been looking forward to for almost a year, which is why I hope you’ll forgive the dorky excitement.

Want a peek?  Here’s what one of the kits looks like (and the preview doesn’t include all of the scrapbook elements):

Velvet Dresses, a digital scrapbook kit by Strawberry Scraps

Click on the image to see it full size, and to get a good feel for the very real textures.  So yeah!  Keep an eye on my blog and at the Plum:  http://www.polkadotplum.com/  I’ll be sure to let ya’ll know when I’ve launched, and I promise to have a goodie or special of some kind just for those of you who read my blog.  🙂

Scrapbooking and Dog Shows

Hmmm…  I guess I should blog tonight.  LOL

Very honestly my brain is a little pile of mushy barley just now.  I’ve been working on a scrapbooking kit that I’ve been in the middle of for months.  I figure I should get it finished up.  It’s just not inspiring me at the moment, so it’s slow going.  But I need to get it finished and get my store launched at the Plum.  I’ve got another kit that’s been done and ready for months (finished it before starting this one) but want to make sure I’ve got a few products ready to go for when I open.  No fun just having one kit sitting there all by it’s lonesome.  😉

Well, I suppose one thing I could blog about tonight is my dog show schedule.  I haven’t decided for sure which shows we’ll be attending, but this is how it’s looking tentatively:

March 2-4, Prince Albert SK

April 13-15, Battleford SK

May 4-6, here at home in Saskatoon

May 19-21, Regina SK

June 1-4, Edmonton AB

July 13-15, Springbank AB

August 3-6, Calgary AB

September 1-3, here at home in Saskatoon

It’s not set in stone yet, but these are the shows we’re considering and will likely be hitting.  More may be added as their information becomes available, or changes made as other things come up.  But if you’ve got someone you’d like to send out with us (we do have a couple spots that may be available for the right Chihuahua, Havanese, Pomeranian, or other small dog) let us know.  🙂  Hmmm…  just realized I haven’t updated my handling site in an embarrassingly long time.  Yikes!  Well.  LOL  The link is in the side bar, just the same.

Breaking the Silence, part two… Scraptastic Saturdays

Today was the Breaking the Silence conference.  It was great!  I only spoke for a little while, but I earned a few laughs, and got the chance to talk with lots of great folks afterwards.  I’d share more… but right now?  I am exhausted.  LOL  And I have to get ready for a photo shoot out in the snow tomorrow.  Besides, today is supposed to be Scraptastic Saturday.  And this post has NOTHING to do with scrapbooking.  😉  To that end, here’s a little poll.

I’m deciding on a name for my scrapbook design company.  I’ve narrowed it down to a few options, but could use some outside opinions.  So I hope you’ll weigh in.  Either with just a vote, or with a comment too.

For those who don’t know…  I call the wee girlie “my little strawberry”.  So that’s where the name choices come from.  🙂

Scraptastic Saturdays – it’s been a while

Okay…  so I realize it’s been a little while since I did a scraptastic saturday post.  Honestly?  My life hasn’t left me much time for hobbies lately.  LOL  And scrapbooking is definitely a hobby.  One I really enjoy, but a hobby just the same.  So when life goes crazy, it’s the first thing to go.

Thankfully, I was able to make a little time for it this week.  I didn’t get much done…  but it did feel nice to be back at it, even for what little time I was.

As many of you know, I’m apprenticing at Polka Dot Plum.  Yes, I’ve already designed a few kits… but I am new to designing, and I’m sure I have a lot to learn.  And the apprentice program has already been a huge help.  I am loving creating papers from scratch.  Creating my own textures, creating my own photoshop brushes, and “painting” the digital papers.  🙂  Love it!  It’s honestly such a zen activity for me.  The rest of the world just disappears and I lose myself within it.  Definitely worth finding the time for.   Yay me!

Scraptastic Saturdays – “Sew Storm”

A new scrapbooking achievement for me to share.  🙂

I finished my first kit that will be available, not as a freebie, but for sale.  Sure, it’s not available anywhere YET.  But it will be.  I promise.  Just keep watching the blog, details will follow.

Anyway…

I’m super excited about this one.  It took almost three weeks to create.  It involved several stock photography shoots, lots of extraction work in photoshop, on top of the regular work that’s involved in designing.  It contains EIGHTEEN (18) completely original elements that are unique to this kit, and 45 total elements.  So add that to the 18 papers, and you’ve got a big versatile kit.  Can’t wait to hear what you think!

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