As you know, this week, one of you will have a chance to take home the new Gossamer Blue kit.
If you would like to be considered, please leave a comment here and on each and any other post this week. For your comment today, please finish this phrase for us.
One lucky number will be drawn at random and posted on Monday morning. Please check back as it is your responsibility to claim your number before end of day Wednesday. Please also take a minute to stop by Gossamer Blue and thank them for sponsoring our team this week.
Today is give.away.day! All week we have been encouraging you to leave comments so that you could have an opportunity to take home these lovely goodies from American Crafts.
One lucky number will receive the same paper and products that Cari and Ewa received. Which means you, too, could create a minialbum as beautiful as theirs!
If you would like a chance to be our lucky number, just leave a comment below telling us your favorite American Crafts product and why. Then stop by each of the other days from this week and leave a comment there, too, responding to the post of the day. All comments left before midnight Sunday will be considered for the giveaway. One lucky number will be drawn at random and announced on Monday morning. This number must be claimed by email Wednesday morning at 8:00 am EST. Please also stop by American Crafts and thank them for making such lovely products for us to use and adore.
Whether you are a paper scrapper or a digital scrapper, kits are a great way to scrap faster. They give you a variety of embellishments and papers that match; basically removing some choices from the scrapbooking process. However, in order for kits to be a good deal you have to USE them and for more than one page! My focus as a digital scrapper will be on digital kits for this post, but paper scrappers can apply some of the same principals. Oh and make your way through this post, it's sponsored by Amber LaBau of Stolen Moments Designs at the Lilypad. She is amazing! There might be a goodie and a coupon - just saying!
BEFORE HITTING THAT BUY BUTTON
Complete digital kits range in price from $5-8. If you only make one page with a kit and print the page, the cost per page can be really high, almost ten dollars in some cases. When you buy a kit, you should try and maximize its use to get the most bang for your buck.
Here are some things to think about before you hit the purchase button:
1. Is the kit your style? After all these years scrapping I know what styles of kits I enjoy scrapping with. I tend to like full colorful kits with great patterns, buttons, ephemera, and interesting embellishments. i don't buy a lot of artsy kits as I have a hard time working with them. You have to buy kits that match your style!
2. Do the colors speak to you? Maybe you aren't a neon person or maybe like me there are fewer opportunities to scrap pink. Maybe you just never can get purple to work. Take these color preferences into account when you are thinking of hitting the buy button. Chances are if you struggled with neon before, it will not be easy the next time you try!
3. Consider generic instead of themed. You can always take a generic kit and add themed elements to it. A lot of times themed kits are so themed that it is hard to scrap any stories except for their intended purpose. Just something to consider if you are trying to stretch your dollar. Another way to save is to buy the themed embellishments and shop your stash for generic papers to go with them!
4. Can you think of three pages you could make with the kit? Make a quick mental list. If you can't think of three pages you could make with the kit. You might seriously want to consider passing.
SHOPPER'S REMORSE NO MORE!
The first thing I do when I open a kit is give it a quick scan to see if there are any basics in it that I may want to reuse. No one says you have to use the whole kit more than once. Some of you might tag using Lightroom, ACDSee or some other system. Tag those basics right up! As for me, I keep a folder called Basics with subfolders like buttons, flair, stitching, etc. I copy elements I think I might reuse into those folders. It makes finding things later easier and I spend the time I would be tagging scrapbooking instead.
Next, make a bigger list of pages you think you can use the kit for. Type up that list and save the list in the kit folder. You could even go one step further and put photos with the kit OR if you tag your photos you could tag them with the name of the kit! This will ensure that when you go to scrap, you will remember that you have the kit to work with and what you were thinking when you bought it.
The last step is the hardest! Challenge yourself to make as many pages as you can with the kit. If you don't want the pages close together in your book, then jump around through time and then the pages will be further apart in your books.
STOLEN MOMENTS DESIGNS
The lovelyAmber LaBau of Stolen Moments Designsis offering all of you a coupon for 20% off in her store! Amber is an amazing designer and a digital scrapbooker too. I always find the best designers are scrapbookers themselves. They get it, they know what to include in their kits, and they tend to innovate since they know how we all love new products!
Here's a quote from Amber: "I love bold colors and patterns, full pages with lots of (and sometimes just a little) journaling. I love paints and mess, stitches, strings and pocket cards. As a mom of two young boys I don’t use too many “soft and pretty” products, but that doesn’t mean I love them any less."
Her products really reflect her love of color and pattern. A gal after my own heart! Swoon!
Another treat! One lucky person will win a $10 gift certificate to her store. Read on for more information about how to enter to win!
I figured I should challenge myself since that was the advice I was giving you. I asked Amber to sponsor because I love that her kits are so full, colorful and versatile. I knew I'd get some great patterns, a little ephemera and some interesting embellishments. I then proceeded to break my own rules and bought this very themed kit from Stolen Moments Designs called O Captain. Isn't it lovely? I couldn't help it she had me at the sequined ahoy! This kit cost $7. If I only do one page with this kit, that’s my cost per page! Yikes!
The first thing I thought of when I saw this kit was pages about our Cape Cod excursions. Then I remembered that I also had a photo of my niece driving a boat for the first time. I knew I could eke out a couple boat and water themed photos from this kit easily. I set a goal of creating four pages. I knew I wanted to do a couple pages on theme, mix the kit with another kit, and then try for one more page!
My first page used this photo from my niece. This kit couldn't be any more perfect for this photo. I really love that sparkly ahoy and the banner here! It came together quickly.
Here the only additions are that I clipped one of the ephemera in the kit to my title, then used a style to create the fun epoxy effect. The background is a real map of the area they were fishing in. I thought it added a little authenticity to the page.
I could have stayed on theme a lot longer. I have loads of fishing, beach and lake photos that I need to get in my books, but I wanted to take the challenge one step further. I thought maybe I could stretch the kit by mixing it with another. I chose to mix it with Amber’s collaboration with Little Butterfly Wings called From Scratch. I knew the reds and teal blues would play nicely together! I also thought of all that great seafood we ate on the Cape this summer!
Lobster! Perfect! The red of the lobster with this kit is just fabulous. The nautical elements go with the lobster and that pot reminds me of a lobster pot. Voila!
Then with the anchors in the kit, I thought I could do a page about my husband. He truly anchors me and I just don’t know how I’d do it all without him! The tongue photo was a gag photo for my niece, he's always willing to ham for the camera that guy.
Now my cost per page before printing is only $1.75 much more reasonable, don't you think? I will most likely break out this kit again and use it for some other pages. I think the kit will mix nicely with other nuatical themed kits in my stash as well. I need to dig in and see what I can find.
Now I challenge you to break out a kit that you've bought and haven't used. Then make a list of pages you could create using it. Then challenge yourself to make at least three pages with the kit. It's an interesting way to scrap for sure!
HOW TO WIN
Okay, so you want to win a gift certificate? Simply head on over to Amber’s store Stolen Moments Designs at the Lilypad and look around. Let me know what kit you can not live without. We’ll draw a lucky winner for a ten dollar gift certificate on Saturday. Be sure to leave your name and a way to contact you! We'll post the winner right in this thread!
Keep on scrappin',
EDITED TO ADD...
We have a winner!
Shoot me an email at celestefsmith AT gmail DOT com to claim your prize!
Are the kids back in school? Are you ready to sit down and do some power scrapping?
Today I've got a stamp set to give away, the very fun and versatile Geotags stamp set designed by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday.
Just leave a comment on this thread and let me know what your favorite types of stamps are to use on your layouts. I will do a random draw and come back and announce the winner on this thread on Sunday the 7th.
eta the winner is #34 Melinda Wilson
I love to have non-specific stamps that are not "themed" to a specific holiday or event so I can get lots of use out of them on my layouts and cards.
Thanks, everyone! I will be back with more goodies in the near future!
Hey there! It's my birthday! Okay well technically it isn't until tomorrow, but I didn't think the big boss lady would take kindly to me highjacking her Sketch Saturday post!
In honor of my birthday I'd like to share the joy a bit. Please leave five comments on Write.Click.Scrapbook posts from the past week or so. Then come back here and let me know you done did it. Make sure we have a way of getting in touch with you. Then I will enter your name in a drawing for a $20 gift certificate to the online store of your choice. Doesn't even have to be a scrapbook store. Whatever you like!
What are you waiting for? Go leave some love for my teammates! I'll have Marnie draw a name on Monday.
EDITED TO ADD: The giveaway is now closed. The giveaway lucky number was Margaret who posted on August 15, 2014 at 12:55pm. Margaret, please email us at writeclickscrapbook at gmail dot com at your earliest convenience. Thank you!
Today is July 4th, Independence Day in the USA. A day for cookouts, fireworks, and parades. Whatever you're doing, wherever you are, I hope you are having a great day!
For today's post I thought I'd do a stamp giveaway. I have a brand new Technique Tuesday Fun in the Sun stamp set designed by Ali Edwards to give away to 1 lucky commenter.
These stamps are so great for summertime layouts!
If you would like to be considered for this giveaway, just leave a comment from now until Sunday, July 6th. I will post the lucky number holder here on this post on Monday morning. Please remember to check back to see if yours was the number chosen!
eta Stacie D is the winner of the stamps: Love, love, love, AE stamps! These would be perfect for my kids' albums I am working on right now!
I have emailed Stacie to let her know she won. Thanks so much for the comments, I will come back more often with stamp goodies!
I am excited to share some amazing layouts using four photos today. I feel like using four photos is all about balance, which is a bit of a struggle for me, so if I'm using four photos I tend to stick to a grid-style with my design. Here are a couple of layouts from me using four photos.
These from Jennifer are amazing, I love how her photos are different sizes.
Laura also created a grid-based four photo layout, along with another one that has a ton of white space, which I love.
I adore this grid-style layout from Lisa.
Celeste created this layout, which shows off her amazing design skills.
I love, LOVE this layout from Stephanie using four photos.
I am in awe of Diane's interpretation of a grid-design. Amazing!
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, don't forget today is the last day to enter to win an amazing kit from Paper Camellia. You can get all the details here.
Hi everyone, it's Amy here with you this week on the blog. This week's theme was an idea that one of my very talented WCS teammates came up with, so let's all thank Stephanie Bryan for the great idea!
This week is all about the number of photos, and we're starting out today with single photo layouts. There are times where you have an amazing photo that you want to highlight, and I just love all the creative space that you are given when you only have one photo.
Here are a few of my favorite single photo layouts.
Sue sent along this amazing single photo layout.
I love this layout from Laura, she does such a great job using a large photo.
Then this one with all the white space, LOVE!
Jennifer created this fabulous layout using a large photo, too.
Diane also sent over some amazing single photo layouts.
I love the design of this page Diane created.
Lisa created some adorable single photo layouts as well.
Now that's some amazing inspiration, isn't it? I also have a giveaway for this week. Paper Camellia, one of my favorite monthly kit clubs, has generously offered this amazing giveaway for you this week.
All you have to do is leave a comment here with your email address on this post by Thursday, April 3rd, and you will be entered to win.
I am excited about sharing this week with you! Make sure to stop by tomorrow for our April gallery, it's going to be amazing.