Tuesday, April 27, 2010

May Desktop Freebie!

Wow, Can you believe May is just right around the corner?! I have made up a little desktop freebie for you using Kristin's kit: Good Morning Sunshine! Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Double the fun with the KCB creative team!

Since we have a new team I thought it would be fun to do a double Spotlight today to get to know our girls a little better...and to show off how wonderful scrappers they are! So onto the spotlight!!

First up:

Irish_eyes22 aka JEN!

What program do you use?

I recently gave up my resistance to Photoshop and jumped in head first with CS4. It took me a few months to really feel comfortable with it, but now I can't imagine ever using anything else.

and what camera?

My camera is a Sony A100. It's a wonderful camera, and I do love it. But I'm ready to go with something else (I'm still not sure what yet, but I'm still saving money - so I have some time)

Must have items on your pages?

I love strings and ribbons and other swirly, layer-able items. They're so much fun to intertwine with each other and shadow - I always try and add them to my layouts. And if there's room, I must add journaling!

Your favorite KCB layouts (that you have made) & your favorite kits!

My favorite layout right now is my most recent one. I just LOVE how it turned out. I was having a really hard weekend, and this layout ended up being a little therapy session for me. I felt wonderful after finishing it up

your favorite kits!

You're really gonna make me choose! Can I just say "All of the Above" and call it good!?!

What inspires you?

Pages that tell a story. Tells it with photos, or with the kit, or with journaling - or a bit of everything. I'm so inspired by someone sharing a little bit of themselves for all to see. I've looked at 1000s of layouts - and it's the ones with stories that stayed with me the longest. So now, I do my best to tell a story with every layout I make.

how long have you been digicrapping?

I've dabbled with it (off an on) for around 4 years. But I didn't get serious (as in, I'm ready to see these printed, and maybe get good enough to be on a CT or two) until almost a year ago. And I never looked back

any advice or secrets tips to share??

I often still feel like I have so much more to learn myself, so if I can offer any advice - it's to do what I do -- constantly push yourself to try new things, and learn all that you can. Don't be afraid to try something new - and don't be discouraged if it doesn't turn out the way you hoped. But mostly - to never forget why you started scrapbooking in the first place: because you enjoy it

Here is a link to her gallery, Please take a look, Jen has done many beautiful, inspiring layouts! And don't forget to leave her some love!

Next we have:

Pomi aka MAJDA!

Brief Bio:
I live with my husband, our two daughters (3 and 1 yo) and our dog near Prague in Czech Republic. I'm a SAHM. I love my family, my garden, running, dancing, yoga, walking in the mountains, photography and digi scrapbooking.
What program and camera do you use?

I use Photoshop CS and Nikon D40.

Must have items on your pages?

Must have items - I'd say stitching and/or flowers. But there are pages where there isn't any of them.

Your favorite KCB layouts (that you have made) & your favorite kits!

My favorite layouts with Kristin's kits:

My favorite kits are the ones used in them - Natural Beauty (retired) and Cherry Blossoms. I also love the newest one - A Mother's Love - and Good Morning Sunshine.

What inspires you?

I have - like everyone else, I think - various sources of inspiration: sometimes it's a photo, sometimes a certain kit, a song, an artwork, an advertisement and of course the gallery and the challenges at SSD.

how long have you been digicrapping?

I started digiscrapping in 2007 when my older daughter was born.

any advice or secrets tips to share??

I am not good at Photoshop techniques and have a lot to learn yet, so no technical tips from me. So I'd just say when creating a page (or anything else), enjoy the journey, not just the destination (I'm in philosophical mood today ).

Here is a link to Pomi's gallery, absolutely stunning! Please take a gander and leave her some love!

Well, there you have it! A little info about some of the new ladies that have just recently joined the team, and very obvious as to why Kristin choose these 2 amazing scrappers! Have a great Thursday!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Hybrid Garden Journal!

Happy Earth Day everyone!!

I'm here today to share with you my latest hybrid creation - a garden journal! We bought a house last year, late spring and I left everything alone while I waited to see what plants were already here. This year I'm planting tons of new flowers, making a small veggy garden, starting a herb garden.... lots of new things that I want to record my progress with. So I made a journal with everything I wanted it to have in it. Here's what my finished Garden Journal looks like:

So the first thing I did was figure out what I wanted in my journal (garden layouts, plant info and project ideas), how many pages for each category (just a few for some, and lots for others!), and what I would use as my album base. I chose to use old file folders as my base. I then had to figure out the sizes of the individual pages once I cut the folders in half. Then I was able to design the pages in PSP (my program of choice) and print the pages out on my home printer. Once printed I was ready to assemble!

I gathered supplies and tools:

  • Printed pages, covers and labels
  • 3 file folders
  • ribbon, glue, scissors, paper cutter, hole punch, corner punch, packing tape (for "laminating covers) I also added some stickers that my DD bought me a year ago but I hadn't used yet!

Then I started cutting out the pages (I printed 2 per sheet) and cut the file folders in half. Each file folder piece gave me 4 pages in my journal. Here's everything cut out and ready to assemble:

(sorry for the poor quality photos, the sun was my nemesis all morning!)

I glued on the labels and started glueing the pages onto the file folder "pages". The sun was so hot at my kitchen table this morning, the glue was drying before I could get it onto the pages... lol (I was using a glue stick). But eventually I got all the pages glued on.

Next I glued the covers to some cardboard sheets I had saved from some packaging (I always save the flat, sturdy ones just for this kind of thing). I also used the packing tape at this time to protect the covers, at this rate I think I really need to invest in a laminator - I use packing tape for this so much that I store it with my crafting supplies.... LOL!

Then I used my Crop-a-dile (though you can use any hole punch) and punched holes in the covers and folders so that I could thread a piece of ribbon to bind it all. I kept the ribbon a bit loose when I tied it so that the pages of the journal can lay flat when open.

Here are the different page types I have in my Garden Journal:

And that is it! I bet you are wondering what KCB kit I used - well.... here it is:

It is called... My Happy Garden and is hidding in the Penny Candy section of the Sweet Shoppe - that means you can get it at 30% off!

So that is it for me today! Next time you are wanting to make an album or journal - see what materials you might already have on hand... it will keep the costs down, and use up some stuff you probably have just lying around... lol.

Have a happy scrappy day KCB fans!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Another fabulous Double Scoop

Well, were you tempted by Monique's layout to check out the store Saturday? The most gorgeous 2 Scoop came out Saturday by ScrapKitchen Designs and Kristin CB Designs. There are so many reasons to love it. It's perfectly feminine, classic and stunning! If you love purple, you have to have this kit. I can't enough about this kit. A Mother's Love is definitely my fave now.

Check it out:

Kristin's Creative Team had a blast with it too. Here's eye candy to inspire you!

by Sheana:
by emmasmommy
by Kjersti:
by LibbysMommy:

And not only is the kit perfection, but you can also get the kit bundled with word art and cards!

Just think of how easy Mother's Day will be for you now!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Mother's Love sneak peek

We have another sneak peek for you this week of a gorgeous collab kit being released tomorrow! How gorgeous is this kit? Well, I haven't scrapped in weeks (been in a slump) and this kit pulled me out of it! I downloaded it last night and got a page done first thing today!

Here's my layout:

(Stitching and needle not included - they're by Ztampf)

Get this kit first thing tomorrow morning in the Sweet Shoppe! And check out the KCB gallery at the Sweet Shoppe for many more sneak peek layouts by our faboo new CT!! (They are rockin' this kit!!)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Welcoming our new TEAM!!!

Please help us in welcoming the new KCB Creative Team!!!

I am thrilled to be working with such amazing talent, and I just want to say that if you were one of the girls who applied and didn't make it this time, plaese keep on trying! Kristin has her calls every 6 months and I know that she didn't have an easy time choosing her team with all the applicants and talent out there!
Congrats to all the ladies on the team!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Have you heard the news?

Great news for all you fans of Kristin! She's having a call!! Kristin is so great to work with, and she's always been one of my favourite designers. Her work is impeccable and so fun to play with. So get your applications in people. You don't want to miss this opportunity!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Good Morning Sunshine!

Happy Saturday to you all! Kristin has released an absolutely amazing new kit today~ Good Morning Sunshine

And here are a few layouts with it!

by me: rainydays

by: ajf9597

Make sure you head down to the shoppe today and grab it while it is one sale!
Have a great Weekend!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sneak Peek time!

Oh yah! I've got a little sneak peek for you this week! If you want the sneak peeks, new kit announcements, games and challenges with KCB product prizes, hybrid how-tos and features - be sure to subscribe to this blog's feeds (links to subscribe are at the bottom of the right hand column), or join the KCB Facebook Fan Page!

Here's the Sneak Peek ;)

Available at the Sweet Shoppe tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Just a reminder!

For those of you who love Kristin's kits and love to shop....The GOING, GOING, GONE sale is on right now at Sweet shoppe designs, and some of my favorite Kristin Kits are in there....insert sad face here....

So Head on over to the shoppe! You have until Saturday April 10th to grab your goodies!