Thursday, July 30, 2009
The people over at Lettering Delights have been putting in a lot of long hours. They have totally revamped their website with all sorts of new features and products. I think one of my favorite new things is that the site remembers everything I've ever purchased from my account, and I can access it anytime, and save individual images from the "Try Me Now tool." No more downloading! And it will be WAY easier to search on their site than through my messy folders full of other folders of scrapbooking paraphernalia.
One of their divine new collections is the Oriental Garden Collection. I made this from it:
Well, on behalf of Lettering Delights, I am offering $20 worth of product for free to one lucky person! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog and tell me your favorite scrapbooking/crafting tool or supply. (Mine would have to be papers or fonts. I'm totally a sucker for cool digital or printed papers.) Leave your comment by Sunday, August 2nd at 10:00 pm Mountain time, and a winner will be randomly selected and posted on Monday. Happy commenting!
Posted by itta Britta at 2:19 PM
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
In most of my scrapbook layouts, I think it crucial to mark the date. I'm all about the historical documentation. Maybe it makes me feel more important, I don't know. For about a year now, my favorite way to mark the date was with the Post Stamps. Love them! They easily were winning the race in the dating game.
My personal favorite was the middle "Good times" stamp with LD Post. It's irresistible!
But now there's another competitor in the field...
It may take a few more layouts, but I think DB Captured Calendar is trying to usurp the title of Favorite Date Marker. It's pretty close...
What do you think?
Posted by itta Britta at 9:14 PM
Friday, July 24, 2009
I love taking pictures that tell a story. So often, it feels automatic to put the subject of a photo in the center of the frame. I've learned that you can add drama and make photos a lot more artistically interesting by putting the subject of your photo off center.
Imagine your frame is cut into thirds vertically, like a tic-tac-toe board. Take the photo so the subject of your photo is in the middle of one of those lines that are cutting the frame into thirds.
If you use automatic focus, put your subject in the center of the frame of the camera, then hold the button down part-way, until it focuses. Then, while maintaining the part-way push of the button, shift the camera so the subject is off-center, then click the button all the way to take the picture.
Posted by itta Britta at 11:30 AM
Thursday, July 16, 2009
So during the week of the Parade of Products, I posted a blog about how American it is to celebrate food. Well, the next day I saw this pie baking competition for my city's Independence Day celebrations and thinking about how American I would be (and how fun it would be), I decided to try it! I toiled and cooked, and made pie crust from scratch (gasp!) but it was all for naught! I missed the deadline! I was so pleased with how my pies turned out, I decided to scrap about it.
When I found out our city hosted an apple pie contest for the 4th of July, I was super excited. I ran to the library and got an apple pie cookbook, then to the store to get all the ingredients. I found out about the contest just a day before the deadline, but I thought I had plenty of time. I started working on the two yummy Cherry Apple pies for my submission the day of the contest. When I was half way through, I realized I had badly misjudged how long it took to make a pie. Holy cow, it took me three and a half hours! So, I missed the contest deadline. On the up side, I had two delicious pies all to myself!
Other credits: Cherrylicious collection, JDT Heartland Pride and JD Flag Post from LetteringDelights.com, background paper is In Living color from allthingsvisual.biz
Posted by ScrapNgal at 7:55 AM
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I know there are oodles and oodles of creativity out there just itching to get out. Let those creative juices run free! In honor of our first ever layout challenge, ScrapNfonts is offering you DB Geo Deco - Solid for free, but we want to see what you can make from it. Any and all projects using this DoodleBat are welcome! Please post them to the ScrapNfonts idea gallery by Monday, July 13th for a chance to win a gift certificate to ScrapNfonts.
I thought I'd take a stab at this challenge myself and this is what I came up with.
I started with the background paper. I used Geo Deco "s" and "y" to make the repeating damask background. Then I used "r" for the little circle frame. I had a lot of fun with it!
Posted by ScrapNgal at 9:53 PM
Friday, July 3, 2009
The Fourth of July is classified as a time to celebrate with bells and whistles, lights and explosions, fanfare of all kinds, and it sure is fun! There's always something to look forward to on a holiday like this.
When the holiday is over and I go back to the daily grind, I tend to get into ruts and only look forward to the next "big celebration" as a time for fun. Lately I've been re-evaluating and realizing how many little things every day I have to celebrate: when I try a new recipe and it turns out better than expected, waking up in the morning and realizing I can lay in bed for another half hour, seeing the sweet moments between my husband and daughter, my health, my freedom... The list could go on and on.
The layouts featured today celebrate those little moments. The first is by Jaleese, using SNF Jasper Hand, in the Parade of Products today.
The next layout is by Rani and it uses LDJ Go All Out and DB Brush Bursts, also both in the Parade today.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
What's a fourth of July without a good barbecue, or some cold popsicles? Boy, am I glad that so many holidays are defined by the food we eat. I look forward to certain holidays just for the food! They say that some people eat to live and some live to eat. Well, I'm definitely one of the "live to eat" kind, and perhaps that's a quality that many consider patriotic. As American as apple pie? Yes, please!
Keela Fox is the design team member featured today with this great layout about one of my favorite topics: food! Not just any kind of food, but ice cream!
The ScrapNfonts products she used are on sale today during the Parade of Products (all food related, I might add). They are: LD Kiss the Cook, TXT Soda Shoppe, DB Picnic Party and DB Food Fun.
Other credits: By Miss Mint at Peppermint Creative--Sk8r Boy Papers/Elements, Curled Frames, Wild Weekend Coordinated Kit and Rainbow Joy Elements