Monday, December 20, 2010

Little Shop of Sketches - Sketch #77 and #78

It's time for not one, but two sketches! These sketches are brought to you by Little Shop of Sketches guest designer, Danielle Young!

I love these sketches! They are also available as templates for all you digi designers out there ...
Here are my layouts:

I tried to stick with the holiday theme ...
I hope you like them!
Now head on over to Little Shop of Sketches to see the other ladies fabulous layouts and be sure to show us your wonderful creations!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thankful for the Little Things In Life

The kids and I go to the park quite often. I take pictures some of the time ... and come up with some great ones ... and never scrap them! So, this time, I did! We had an unseasonably warm day and we really enjoyed one of our last trips to the park this year ...

I'm thankful for these opportunities. These little things mean so much to the kids and I'm so happy to be able to do this with them.

I used two 52 Inspirations kits from Oscraps - Week 45 Template from Biografitti and Week 47 kit from Vicki Stegall (paper, wordart, button).

I hope you like it!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Time of Wonder

This is such a wonderful time of year. I love the holidays :) I love sweaters and snow ... it's such a time of wonder ...

You may have noticed this layout on the top of the stack of layouts in my recent post about printing. I finished it the day I ordered them and it was wonderful to get it printed so quickly!

I used the new Time of Wonder kit from A+ Designs.

I hope you like it!


P.S. This layout also made two Layout of the Days and is being featured in Scrappity-Doo-Dah's scraplift challenge for the beginning of January!

Monday, December 6, 2010

He's Back! Speed Scrap Layout

I participated in the Sugar Hill Co. Speed Scrap this past weekend. I love the fact that I have a completed layout in just a few hours!

Here it is:
This is the official Freedom Salute for the CT 1-169th Aviation Army National Guard unit that my husband deployed with. They've been back for a couple of months but this was the official welcome back ceremony with the governor and all ... love my hubby and so glad he's back!!!

I used Danielle Young's new kit, Holiday Twinkle. I love the non-traditional colors ... you can scrap anything with it!

I hope you like it!


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Printing Digital Layouts

I have a different kind of post for today. As you have probably noticed, I do a lot of digital scrapbook layouts. They sit on my computer for a while and then every few months I get them all printed. I've tried out quite a few photo printing sites in my day. No, I haven't tried them all, but sometimes it feels like it.

Anyway, it was time for another round of printing. I've been waiting for a while and I finally got a coupon in my email for a discount and I placed an order! I've also been hearing so many wonderful things about Persnickity Prints that I decided to try them out.

And I was blown away! I mean really speechless and almost breathless. They were wonderful! So well printed. So beautiful. Worth every extra penny!

The things that bother me about printing out my photos (printing out darker than the original and cutting off the border) are the things that they said they were better at. They were a bit more expensive, but I still tried them out for about half of my layouts. So, I got my package of 36 prints in the mail yesterday ...

And just for comparison, I pulled out some layouts from my last printing:
And maybe you can't tell, but they are noticably darker. The tell-tale sign is in the shadows - especially around people's hair and faces. It gets very dark and loses any definition. It's always bugged me so much. And now it's fixed! Like I said, worth every penny!


So, taking advantage of my excitement, I spent a few hours last night putting my layouts in page protectors and inserting them in the right places in my albums. I don't scrap my photos chronologically, but I do put them in my album that way. I also insert my normal, paper scrapbook pages along with my digital ones. Every time I go through my photos, I'm always surprised at what I've actually scrapped and which ones are great and should be scrapped, but haven't, yet. Someday ... hopefully soon :)

I had these two black embossed-leather albums from Making Memories already. However, I decided it was time to actually put a label in the label holders and front windows. I'm so happy that I was feeling energized and inspired. I just whipped up a quick label on my computer (kind of like a mini-digi-layout - with A+ Designs Sweet Serenity products) and printed it off on photo paper.

Cut them out, insert them and I was done! I had a printed rose on one and chose to put some Prima flowers on the 2010 album. Love it! And it's done! Oh, the sense of accomplishment is wonderful!