Tuesday, 1 September 2015

September Feature Collection

This month will start a series of Feature Collections that you can only only see here on the blog. Not only do we get to see some popular kits and collection from the past, but you can also grab it at a saving this month!

My first collection featured for September will be the "Classmates Collection". Appropriate for this time of year as our kiddos get back to the ole classroom. The Classmates digital scrapbooking Collection is a modern styled school collection. This collection covers a wide range from just starting school thru high school.
You can save on either the Classmates Collection Biggie OR the Value Pack: Classmates.

Value Pack: Classmates
 Orig $21.27 NOW $13.82
You'll find this value pack jammed with all of the Classmates digital scrapbooking products. Included are: Classmates Collection Biggie, Classmates Overlays Paper Mini, Periodic Table Alpha Biggie & a Jif Album of 5 pre-made 12x12 digital scrapbooking layouts ready to take on your photos.

Classmates Collection Biggie
 Orig $9.99 NOW $6.49

 This layout is on of the pre-made JIFFY templates included in the Value Pack. Just add your photos and text and you are done in a Jiffy!

 Some fun embellishments in this collection are the semi transparent circles, they have texture like vellum and can be used as shown above or as photo-masks like in the layout below of Lilly at Dance School.
 This layout shows off both alpha sets included in the collection Biggie and Value Pack. One is an outline wire alpha in off white, while the other is a pressed alpha in fuchsia. By "pressed" I mean that it is indented to look like it is pressed into the paper underneath. You will find this effect in all of the large word art titles as well.

 Here is the sample of using those circles as photo-masks. I just set the blending mode to overlay and the pink showed through. Then I also clipped one of the overlays from the paper mini on top of the photo and lowered the opacity.

 The collection includes a blackboard paper. I intentionally didn't make it too "chalky" so you have a cleaner version of a very popular background.  I did the "Back to School" to mimic chalk to give you an idea of some of the fun things you can do with this paper.

 This sample is from the Jiffy Album, but the pie chart is included in the Collection as well. Even though they may seem smaller in the Marketing Graphic for the Embellishments, don't let that fool you. (I was running out of space lol) They are actually fairly large. The pie charts in the collection and embellishment biggie come with photo-masks (where you see Wes & the Journaling) while in the Jiffy Album, each pc of the chart is separate so you can use it as a template for other types of layouts.

 This is one of the layout samples for the 12x12 Jiffy Album. Each pc is separate so you can use it as as-is or as a template for other types of layouts. One thing I like about it is that the triangles are separated slightly allowing your background to show through if needed. Or as in the layout above, the white gives it a nice clean look. This is great for all the "extra" photos you have left over or small phone pictures.

 This layout shows one of the alpha type overlays. These are in an off white that matches the collection, but you could change it to black before overlaying for a darker effect. I kept them in white because it looks nice against the papers in the collection. For this one, I just lowered the opacity of the overlay and cut it off to match the edge of this half and half paper.

 This layout shows the diagonal stripe overlay which I kept wanting to use over and over again. I had to stop myself, LOL. It adds a fun graphic effect to any photo or just added over a solid color like above. This layout used one of the Jiffy Album templates (or one of the papers you can cut out yourself) I duplicated the layout and added it to a new document, decreasing the size to get this squared off effect.

While this is a sample for the Periodic Table Alpha Biggie, It is also included in the Jiffy Album. Like the triangles, it offers a clean graphic layout. Each pc is separate like the others so you can have fun.

Check Out Layouts from the ScrapGirls Gallery

Layout by Joyce S at Scrap Girls
Layout by Melanie C at Scrap Girls
Layout by Melanie C at Scrap Girls
Layout by Carla S at Scrap Girls

Well I better get back to work so thanks for popping in and have a great week!

Saturday, 29 August 2015

A Lavender State of Mind

You know how you get into a color mood? You go through phases of enjoying a certain hue. No? LOL OK....maybe it is just me. I love lavender in all shades, from periwinkle to plum. I even have my bedroom painted a dusty lavender, it's so relaxing. I saw a photo of these beautiful hyacinths and I just loved it. It became the inspiration for the Idyllic Collection.

So thank you "don terase" from Pixabay for the lovely inspiration! I love how that black really makes the colors stand out.

Idyllic Collection
Idyllic Papers
Idyllic Embellishments

You can see more details of this collection in my shop at Scrap Girls.
Catch it while it's on sale this weekend at the introductory price!


Here are some layout ideas using the Idyllic Collection:

 There are a few good papers in the set for blendy type
layouts such as this adorable "relaxed kitty".

 Black and white photos stand out with this color 
 combo and are great for all kinds of layouts.

 This is my favorite paper in the collection (the layered book pages).
I can also see it used for some great art journaling type layouts.

This layout shows the 2 floral papers in the collection, which actually you would "think" do not go together at all. I even contemplated not including one because the styling was so different. But in some strange way they go when accented the right way and some of the other papers brought in for balance. I often envy those designers who can throw in an odd piece that makes a collection quirky. So I forced myself to let it go, so it's not a perfect match.... such is life. ;)

If you've been in a "color mood" lately, please post a comment! I like hearing what is inspiring you these days.


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Breaking Down the Layout #9 + Retiring Products

Today I have a couple of things for you.... I finally have the requested tutorial on how to do the blinking lights with Junkyard Marquee. PLUS, I wanted to let you all know that it is that time of year to retire some older products in order to make room for new things in the store.


You have until the Aug 27th to grab anything out of that category you want before it's gone baby gone! Now, I will warn you, there are lots of products retiring. I, myself have close to 50. So let me give you a tip on going thru that long list....


If you would like to see only a certain designer's retiring products, go to the "Advanced Search" at the top right hand of the store. Click on it and a search window pops up. Where it says "Search in Category" Click on the drop down box and choose "Last Chance" it will be at the top of the list. Then you can choose which designer's products you want to see. You can even choose more than one by hold down the shift key and selecting the next designer. It will highlight in blue so you know you have chosen it.

OK, so now on to the tutorial I promised.... You can watch it here or CLICK HERE to watch it on my YouTube Channel. We'll be breaking down the effects of the following layout:

Breaking Down the Layout #9 Junkyard Marquee Blinking Lights

Have a fab week my friends!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Brick Blenders + ScrapSimple Junkyard Marquee

Hello friends, as promised in last weeks blog post.. this week I have the ScrapSimple version of Junkyard Marquee that includes a commercial license for those wanting to make their own signage PLUS I have the new Brick Blenders Effects Kit.

Brick Blenders Effects Kit

  • 3 Assorted Brick Backgrounds
  • 8 Special Brick Blending Photoshop Styles
  • PLUS a Tips & Tricks Video Tutorial (WMV & QT Formats)
Note: Because of the special blending styles, this only works in Photoshop & Photoshop Elements.

 What is really fun about this set, is that are no "actions". You just add your photo or art on top and click on the style to have it adhere itself to the brick backgrounds. There are some little tricks to make some things stand out even better, so I included a "Tips & Tricks" video tutorial.


Make your own fun wall art using your own photos!
  How to get this effect is included in the video tutorial included in the Brick Blenders Effects Kit.
Mascots are painted on school building all over the country, you can now make your own.
Create beautiful blending effects using nature photos.
Perfect for Back to School Pages & Design Projects.
Photograph some cool art or graffiti? This is a great way to show it off!
Use it to create inspired photobook covers featuring your pages. Garden? Cookbook?

Get it now over the weekend while it is on SALE at it's intro price!

I also have the ScrapSimple version of the Junkyard Marquee Value Pack.  Make your own fun letters and sign using your own textures. (This set is available in PU/S4H & CU Licenses)

Value Pack: ScrapSimple Junkyard Marquee
There are lots of great fun metal textures on the web, try your hand at creating your own Junkyard Marquee set!

As with the original rust version this set includes:
  •  Mixed Alphabet (Letters A to Z)
  • Mixed Numbers & Some Punctuation (0-9)
  • 3 Lighting Photoshop Styles
  • 7 Assorted Signage Embellishments

These elements come in PSD & PNG file formats. Each one comes with separate bulbs so you can add whichever lighting style you'd like or leave them simple. They also come with separate shadows. In the PSD files, the bulbs are also separate and ready to take one of the styles. Each letter or number is approximately 2 inches at 300 DPI.


Great for carnival pages.
Interior design pages & projects. (I actually have that phrase in my house..LOL)
Leave them grey scale.
Change the sign & light colors.

Great for wedding pages too!

Go bold with your color!

Don't miss it at it's SALE  intro price!

   OK, so that is all for this week, I hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful weekend playing and creating new fun things. Until next time....