Thursday, February 26, 2009

Week Four - Freebie Mini Kit and Loads of QPs

I am so excited I made it to the fourth and final round of the Pretty Scrappy Quick Page Team contest! Thanks for all your support along the way.

This week, as it is the final week, we had to do a 12 x 12 Quick Page, 2 4x6 brag books AND a Layout. They really wanted to see what we could do! They gave us an awesome kit to work with, and since I know you'll love it, here is the store link.

I spent a long time on these LOs ... I mean, I am always careful, but this time I was extra careful, trying to cluster elements to create the line of vision I was looking for, as well as layer them in ways that were interesting. I hope you like them!

Here is the 12 x 12 quick page:



download this here.

And here are the 2 brag book pages:



Download these here.

Remember, these are free for one week at the Pretty Scrappy forums. While you are there please vote, and don't forget to pick up the QPs and BB pages from the other 9 remaining contestants.

I also just finished week 3 of the Brownie Scraps designer challenge. This week we were given a colour palate, and we had to cluster elements into on bigger element. I had fun making the quilt pieces. Let me know if you like it!



You can download His Quilt on 4shared here. Comments are always appreciate:)

Don't forget you can do a layout with this or an of this weeks kits, upload it to this Brownie Scraps gallery and you could win a $5 store coupon.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Quick Post - With Freebies!!

I am doing a post and dash today, as I am about to leave for a scrapbooking retreat (woo hoo!) but I wanted to make sure I got you your freebies.

We wrapped up week two of the Brownie Scraps designer challenge. For this week, we chose our own colours (I chose a palate from colorlovers) and theme, and we had to make our own textures for the papers. I found myself using a lot of photos of my upholstery for the textures, so I made a kit about the couch - and it's constant companion, the cat. So without further ado, I give you Kitty On The Couch:



You can download at 4shared, or head to the Brownie Scraps forum and get my kit along with dozens of other kits, all for free. If you do a layout with any of this weeks kits, and upload to the Brownie Scraps forum, you could win a $5 gift certificate to the store. How cool is that?


I also have my week three quick page for the Pretty Scrappy Quick page team challenge ready. I really worked on the element clusters to keep they eyes on the photos.



You can pick this one and several other free quick pages up at Pretty Scrappy. Please don't forget to vote!

Have a great weekend everyone:) Remember - I love blog comments!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Week Two – Loads of Freebies Available

Happy Day After Valentine’s day. For me it’s a beautiful sunny afternoon, and both the kids are out of the house playing with friend s- what could be better? Well…OK maybe if he house had magically cleaned itself overnight…LOL.

So it’s week 2 of the pretty scrappy Quick Page Team challenge. This week I got to use a really fun and playful kit called Juicy Pop by Designs By Rachel. I knew right away that I wanted to do something fun and different with it, so I did a hybrid album. Here it is:




You can download this project here. While you are at it, log in to the gallery and vote for your favorite page or project. This is a vote-based contest, so every vote helps:)

For anyone new to digital scrapbooking, with this file, once you have downloaded and unzipped it, you add your photos to the page and voile – done! The photo spots are actually holes in the page, so just put our image behind the pre-done page. Then you print all three, punch holes in the side and lace with ribbon or something similar – and voila – a mini book!

Thanks for poppin' by!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Freebie for Kims Colour Challenge at DSO

I just loved the colour palate for Kims Colour challenge this month, and since I have been tinkering in designing, I decided to do a mini kit for it. I am always happy for any constructuve criticism or feedback that you have:)

Here is the preview:




You can download it here, and please leave a comment if you do.

You will find more freebies co-ordinating with this colour palate in the thread for the colour challenge at DSO.

Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, February 09, 2009

The Lowdown On A Whole Whack Of Freebies

Well, I have been a busy little bee, and it seems that once I entered one contest, I needed to enter more ... more ... more! It didn't matter that I didn't win the last one - it was all jsut too fun!

So - I entered a Quick Page Team challenge, which is all vote based. Its running at the Pretty Scrappy forum, and if you go there, you can get 26 freebies! How cool is that? And that's just week one! We'll be doing this for four weeks, so keep an eye on the forum or this blog and you'll know when the new group is up.

And, if you register there, you can vote. I'm not asking you to vote for mine, just vote for the one you like:)

Here is my quick page:



This is made from a mini kit called 'Evoke' by Just Passin' Thru.

You need to go here (the Pretty Scrappy forum) to download this QP, but that's OK because you need to go there to download all the other good stuff, too:) Here is the link to the main gallery for the week one challenge so you can see all the entries.

And next (yes, there is more!) I am doing a Designer Challenge at Brownie Scraps. This is super fun, and I have learned soooo much. There is no voting involved or anything, but you can get loads of freebie mini kits at the forum. Define 'loads' you say? There are 35 of them.

Here is my kit - this was my very first designing endeavor, and I am fairly satisfied with it. We were given a colour palate and a theme and we went from there.



You can download the papers here and the elements here. Please leave me a comment if you do, they are so encouraging :)

And don't forget to head to the Brownie Scraps forum, because you also have a chance to win a prize if you do a Layout with any of the mini kits.



I think that's enough for today LOL! I do have one other colour challenge mini kit I am finishing up and will post tomorrow or the next day.

Take care everyone !

Sunday, February 08, 2009

What is a digital kit, you ask?

So, the other day when I posted my first digital kit, Jane asked me what a digital kit is. Well, might I just say Jane, that you asked the magic question hehe.

So, for those of you who are digital scrapbookers, you probably don't need to read this post, you can just skip to my freebie. For those of you who visit my blog for other reasons (friends and family) and are curious, here is your answer.

As you probably know, I have been a paper scrapbooker since my almost 11 year old was born. Sometime last year, I got a really cool program to do 'storybooks', which are books made from my own photos and bound and printed into hardcover books. I was afraid ... I had no idea how to do it, if it would look good, etc. It tooke mw quite a few months of owning the program before I decided to try it.

When we went on our first Family Road trip, I decided this was a perfect chance to get started and do a digital storybook. And WOAH did I ever LOVE it. There is waaaay less mess when you digitcal scrapbook, no pack up after (just click 'save' and walk away) and a lot more flexibility. If I don't have the right colour, I just alter it and voila - a whole new graphic. I could cute up photos, and if I hated it I could just click 'undo' and have my original photo back (can't do that with a paper photo!).

Curious about what others were doing with their digital scrapbooks, I googled it. And WOW. I had no idea what a huge community of digital scrapbookers there are! Thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people online, in forums and on blogs, sharing the work they do, and becoming friends.

What I was amazed to find was that there is gigabytes and gigabytes of free graphics available for scrapbooking. There are designers who give away freebies to promote the sale of their designs, there are designers who are learning and give away their freebies hoping for feedback, and there are all sorts of other reasons people give away their freebies.

For me, it wasn't long before I started to wonder if I could make graphics that people would be interested in using for their own digital scrapbooking projects. Not to try to sell them, but to contribute back to, and become even more involved in, the community I am so enjoying. So I started doing a couple of challenged on forums that involved creating kits.

So, a 'kit' is a package of graphics that is used for digital scrapbooking. They usually revolve around a colour theme or other theme, and often you can find several that co-ordinate together. Kits usually involved digital 'paper' and other 'embellishments' such as 'ribbon' 'frames' 'buttons' and so on. The preview below show strips of each of the papers I created, as well as the embellishments I made (through recolouring, adding textures, etc).

What do you do with a kit? Well, download it, unzip it, and load it into a program like Photoshop and play with it! You can use the papers as backgrounds, or cut them into shapes and use them to enhance your page. Put your photos on - and you can even try trimming them, too - and voila you have a layout (LO) that celebrates those photos.

You don't need to pay for a scrapbooking program to give this a try. I believe there are free downloads of various photo editing and graphic programs that you can try, and see how it goes. If you find you are too limited by the free version, and it is something you really like, then you can purchase a program. And like I said there are endless amounts of freebies for the graphics themselves. Check out Digifree and you'll find enough to fill a hard drive (or 3).

So - I hope that answers your question: ) And Jane, I know you said you have a hard time getting enough photos - maybe you'll find a love for digital scrapbooking and that will encourage you to take more photos. I challenge you to try - plus I want to see more photos of your kids heh.