Sunday, March 27, 2011

Naturally You~ Quick Page Freebie

From Sally, aka KyRainbow:
Naturally You is one of my all time favorite of Kristin's kits. I've used it for several layouts since it's release, and I just love how soft and natural the kit is. It's one of my go-to kits in my stash. The qp you're getting today is based on a layout I just finished for the March SSD portfolio. I left my title off of the qp so that you can add your own or some journaling if you wish. I hope you enjoy!

Here's the original layout

and here's the qp

Thanks Sally, and here is a look at the whole kit!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Juicy~ A Cluster Freebie!

Here's a little treat made for you by Pomi (aka Majda!)
Juicy is one of my favorite kits, because it's... well, juicy. Yummy color scheme, great variety of elements, gorgeous papers - simply everything you'd expect from a summer and/or make-me-happy KCB kit. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cluster Freebie!

Days of summer....oh I wish we were in the Days of Summer LOL! Glynis has made 2 beautiful Clusters from Kristin's GORGEOUS summer kit!!

Download Here!

Stay tunned for a few more freebies from the team, and with April right around the corner we will be introducing the new members of the Blog team!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Another little treat from the Creative Team

Today I'm bringing you some fun from Sally. She does the wonderful ads that you see on the weekends on the blog. Here's her contribution:

Naturally You is one of my all time favorite of Kristin's kits. I've used it for several layouts since it's release, and I just love how soft and natural the kit is. It's one of my go-to kits in my stash. The qp you're getting today is based on a layout I just finished for the March SSD portfolio. I left my title off of the qp so that you can add your own or some journaling if you wish. I hope you enjoy!

Here's the original layout:

and here's the qp

You can download it here.

Thanks so much Sally! This is gorgeous and I know I'll be using it! Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

My Wish for her~ Sundays Freebie

Lets get back on ytrack with another Freebie!!! Thanks to Jacinda!!

My Wish For Her is a truly beautiful kit - perfect for all your girly layouts.

Have a look at what Lydia did with it:

And here's my layout, which is available as a quickpage in the link below:

Enjoy your freebie!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Freebies are the best!

Today, creative team Sarah is brining you an awesome gift for you to enjoy! I'll let her tell you all about it:

Cloud 9 is a slightly older kit of Kristin's that you really don't want to miss out on!! The color scheme is so popular right now in the crafting world and it's super versatile.

My youngest recently turned 2 and I knew exactly what I wanted to do to incorporate these colors. I'm not a hybrid scrapper at ALL, but it worked... so don't be afraid!

I took Cloud 9 and made cupcake toppers and wrappers and wanted to share them with you! The download includes 12 different toppers and 2 wrappers. The toppers would look fabulous with a scallop punch (I don't own one) but they look great as circles too.

I hope some of you can use these--or at least be inspired! Now I have the perfect kit to scrap the birthday pictures too!

Download here

Love these Sarah! They are so adorable! Hope you all enjoy this little gift! Stay tuned again tomorrow for some more fun!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursdays Freebie~ wahoo!!! Happy St. Patty's day!

This mornings freebie is brought to you by our wonderful member Lizzy!! She has made up 3 clusters for you from 3 of her beautiful Layouts!

A Fresh Start:

Sweet Caroline:


Hope you all have a great day!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wednesday Freebie - Template from Jen

Hi everyone. I have another new freebie for you today from one of the creative team members, Jen.

I don't know about you, but I know I love me a good themed kit. And one of the cutest ones I've seen is Scoop It Up - a delicious scoop (hehe) that Kristin did with Julie Billingsley! (Psst - it's in the penny candy section right now - making it 30% off!!!)

And here's a template I made from that layout.

Download here.

Stay tuned for more fun and goodies from the team this week!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday's Freebie~ Bookworm!

Another day in this fabulous week where Kristin's in the spotlight which means Another beautiful gift from  our CT member Jacinda! Bookworm is a great kit for many different kinds of layouts. Dedicated to your love of reading, the whimsical primary colors and the adorable elements in this kit will capture that first trip to library or your child's favorite story. I totally agree!

I love this kit, and found it perfect for hybrid stuff too, as the colours printed beautifully.

Don't you just love the colours? Here's your quick page for today. Great for an All About Me layout, a statistics or interview layout....or whatever takes your fancy:

Download link

Thank you (again!) Jacinda for the wonderful gift! remember stay tunned all week long for fun freebies from Kristin's team!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

It's a special week! Kristin's in the spotlight!

Have you checked out Me So Scrappy yet? Have you seen that Kristin is in the spotlight there? Well check it out and learn all about your fave designer! To celebrate, we are having a special week of activity on the blog, with creative team member contributions for you to enjoy.

First up in Jacinda:
Have you seen Kristin's Sweet Escape kit yet? It's my absolute favourite of the many KCB kits I have. The colours are gorgeous, and the elements are just stunning. It makes me feel happy just to look at it
I've used it to for a couple of pages that are dear to my heart.

And as a special gift today, I thought I'd share a quickpage of the second layout just for you. Enjoy!

Thanks for that contribution and lovely gift Jacinda! If you enjoyed this beautiful QP, be sure to let us know by posting in the comments! Check in tomorrow for another contribution from the creative team for Kristin!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

QOTW time!

Hi everyone! Kiki here again. So I thought that it might be interesting to have a question of the week occasionally! I was at my physio appointment on Tuesday and got talking about digital scrapbooking and how it differs from paper scrapbooking. And that started us down to a very interesting discussion about the digi world where scrapbooking is concerned. So it got me to thinking....why did "I" start scrapbooking digitally?

It's a good question to ponder now and then because it brings you back to what's most important, I think, and that is a sense of accomplishment in doing digital scrapbooking for the reasons that are most important to you. Oh, sure, some of us started out because it was fun, creative, and we were just fooling around with Photoshop or some other program. But when you think about it, if you've been scrapbooking digitally for any amount of time, you must have had a reason why you decided to stick with it.

I decided to stick with digital scrapbooking after I designed my own wedding invitations and thank you cards, because it was a creative outlet for me and a way for me to document our lives. You see, my husband moved here from across the country, leaving behind all his friends and family. And scrapbooking our time together doing the everyday, ordinary things, as well as special hikes and vacations, was important to me. It provided me with a way of documenting these things and not taking them for granted. It's something tangible that I can show his family when we visit together, so that they can feel that they've sort of experienced our lives too. So while we may not have children together that will have these pages as an inheritance, we are still leaving a legacy in the scrapbook pages. A living legacy that we can share with family from far away.

So why did you start digital scrapbooking? Why not scrapbook a page about that very question? Kristin has some amazing kits that are timeless for pages that don't really have a theme, but are perfect for scrapbooking your story. If you have already scrapbooked that question, or decide to now, be sure to leave a comment with a link to your layout so that we can leave you some love.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

New Gorgeousness from Kristin and Jenn!

I absolutely LOVE this new scoop from Kristin and Jennifer Barrette! It's called Create and it's a grown-up's crafting kit, perfect for expressing your love of digital scrapbooking, painting, sewing, and more. Pick it up today to get it on sale!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Spotlight on Rebecca!

Hi everyone! Kiki here, and this week I'm throwing the spotlight on Kristin's newest member of the team, Rebecca. You probably know her as MamaBee over as Sweet Shoppe Designs. I sent her some questions that I thought would help us get to know her a bit better. Very insightful... :)

How long have you been digi-scrapping? And how did you get into it?
I've been digi-scrapping since 2007 or so... I was a huge paper scrapper and never thought I would ever do digi!! Then the summer before I purchased a copy of Memory Mixer for my mom for her birthday... after six months of it sitting on the shelve, I decided to install and see what all the fuss was about. I wondered what else was out there for elements and paper and that is when I stumbled upon SSD and the rest, as they say... is history.

What program you use? and what camera?

I currently use PSElements 7... however I do have a copy of CS4 loaded on my laptop. I've been meaning to give it a go... however I always come back to Elements because I'm impatient and need to get my layouts done. I'm a Canon Girl... I have a Rebel DSLR and a Canon PowerShot that is my purse camera.

Do you print out your layouts? Have you made any photobooks?
I do print out my layouts in 8x8 format and they are put into D-ring binders. For special projects, such as Project 365, December Daily, and In the Week of; those are printed into hardcover photobooks.

What are your favourite layouts and why?
Oh my gosh... this is always the hardest question...This hybrid art just makes me happy every time I look at it. I had this pictured in my head for weeks before I sat down with put it all together... also my sweet 3 year old punched all those hearts for me.

My son simply adores this album about the little train ride we took at the zoo this past summer. Every time someone comes over, he has to bring out this book for them to "read" it with him.

This layout makes me a bit sad to see how my son has changed in the last 3 going on 4 years... but it also reconfirms why I scrapbook... it is my way to stop time because in a blink of an eye he will be out of the house with a family of his own...

What are your favourite KCB products?

Okay, I take back what I said earlier... this is the hardest question! Is there a link all button? Okay... I have to say that I love, LOVE, when KCB does a theme kit... those really are my favorites..

All Aboard
- with a train obsessed little boy in the house, this kit has been used MANY times!!

Artist Canvas - hands down this has to be one of my top 5 favorite of any designer!

Bookworm - every time I look at this kit, I just want to curl up with a good book and become lost in it's pages!

What's your favourite type of picture to scrap?
Everyday photos... as much as my life seems to be the same day to day... they are the days I want to remember forever.

What inspires you?
My son inspires me... especially in hybrid... he has such a thirst to learn that I'm constantly thinking of ways that I can make learning fun... my list is getting longer and longer... now if I can just find those extra hours in a day...

Do you have any digital scrapbooking tips and tricks you want to share?
Think about why you partaken in this hobby (or in my case, obsession)... do you do it as a creative release or as a way to capture your family's story? Once you have the answer, always keep that on the forefront in your mind. Hopefully then you will continue to enjoy scrapping and avoid that dreaded runaway mojo!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Add more journaling to your scrapbook pages!

Hi everyone. I thought I'd throw some light on different ways that you can improve your journaling or add more journaling to your scrapbooks. When you think about it, for the most part, that's why most of us create layouts in the first place. To capture memories and document them. But how many times have you gone back to a layout you've done 6 months ago, and remember some of the smaller details, like a special conversation you might have had, or the emotions you felt when you took that picture? All too often we write our journaling last after we've designed the page, rather than make the page fit the journaling. Why not try some of these ideas to improve the quality of the pages that tell your story:

  • Keep a small note book with you to record the emotions you were feeling when you took particular pictures at certain events. Capture some of the small details or record that cute conversation you had so that it is fresh in mind when you scrap the picture.
  • Try journaling the five senses. What did you see, touch, taste, hear and smell?
  • Try writing a list for your journaling. For example, if you are scrapbooking something about a birthday, try writing a list as long as the person's age, about what you like about them
  • Maybe the photo has a hidden story - try journaling about what you DON'T see in the photo.
  • Type of the journaling of the story BEFORE you start your scrapbook page
  • Try explaining the story behind the picture using only adjectives or adverbs, but not sentences.
  • Write the journaling as if the actions or event in the photo is happening RIGHT NOW. Write in the active voice, in the present, rather than describing the past and you'll find your text is more alive.
I hope that you'll incorporate some of these ideas into your scrapbook pages. You'll find that when you make journaling your first thought, and not the last, your pages will have more meaning for you, and that's really what it's all about.