Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sneak peeks and iNSD news!! Chance to win my new kit!

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Can you hear that buzz in the air? I can!! And I'm so excited because it means {inter}National Scrapbook Day is JUST around the corner... ooooooh, its going to be so much fun, I can hardly stand it!!! May 1st kicks off a REALLY big month of fun and surprises here at Trixie Scraps Designs... here's a breakdown of EVERYTHING! Sneak peeks, a Daily Download, sale info and MORE!

First up, let's do the sneak peek, right? I have three new products coming out this week - two grab bags at ScrapMatters AND a new kit releasing May 1st at my guest location for this month. Can you guess where it is?? Leave a comment here on my blog with your guess about where I'm guesting in May - I'll choose one person from among all the guesses to win my brand new kit (you don't have to get it right to win!)

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Did someone say Daily Download??? You bet I did!! The Scrap Stars will be hosting their very own (and very first) Daily Download the entire month of May AND it starts on May 1st. They'll be giving away pieces of ANOTHER brand new kit throughout the month - you won't want to miss it!

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Did you know my birthday is in May? Well, now you do!! And to celebrate, I am putting my entire personal store on sale for the entire month! (click the preview below or click on "Store" in the header above - note, this sale does not apply to my SM or guest store, only to my personal Trixie Scraps Designs store!)

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And how about more sale goodness?? ScrapMatters is doing iNSD up BIG time. Check out our sale info, schedule of events and more!

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Here's a look at the BEAUTIFUL ScrapMatters team collab you can earn for FREE when you place a $20 order at ScrapMatters this week! (Or, place a $30 order and get both the kit AND the hybrid goodies, too!) PLUS!! You don't want to miss the HUGE 50+ stop BLOG TRAIN that our fantastic team is hosting this Saturday - you'll receive fantastic pieces that coordinate with this kit. It's a "DON'T MISS" for sure!

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And oh my gosh, there is MORE!!! Did you know Queen of Scrap starts on May 1st, too?? Make sure to look for the QOS section to open in the ScrapMatters forum and get signed up to participate - there are SO many amazing prizes this year, you won't be disappointed!

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This year, we are hosting some special Queen of Scrap Challenges EACH week. I will be the challenge sponsor for week one - check out this info PLUS a peek at my participation prize - again, you don't want to miss this!!!

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WHEW!!! I *think* that is everything I wanted to tell you about today - hopefully I didn't forget anything! It's going to be a crazy fun weekend - heck, a crazy fun month!! Thank you for being an amazing fan and customer - I hope you have an AMAZING time this weekend and that you scrap lots and lots of pages for iNSD and Queen of Scrap!

Challenge Thursday

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Hello there everyone!! I am Rachel, and welcome to another Challenge Thursday. This week we are doing a little 'Seek & Find' game in Tracy's store!!

So, how does it work? Well, I put together a little graphic with some close-up shots of some products in the Trixie Scraps' store! You go a'seeking in the shop and figure out what products are in the graphic!!!Ready to see it??? Ok... here it is!
This is a good time to be checking out the store too, because she has some phenomenal sales going on .....

First at TrixieScraps.com .... A BIRTHDAY SALE for the entire month of May!!!
And, be sure to check out all the {iNSD} events going on over at Scrap Matters this weekend! This is fixing to be a great time!
So, for Challenge Thursday, your mission.... should you choose to accept it, is to identify what eight products I have captured in the graphic above and email me your list 1 through 8 ! You can email your answers to mailto:%20rachnmaddie@yahoo.com and then we'll select one winner next Thursday among those entries who get all the answers correct. Winner will receive a Gift Certificate to Tracy's store!!! How cool is that??

The winner of last weeks' template challenge is Andrea. She rocked the template with a twist of her own using A Mothers Love !! Congrats Andrea! Watch your email for your 'winnings' :)
Stay tuned...... big stuff is happening on the CT Blog in May including a Daily Download beginning May 1st, and you won't want to miss it!!!

Psssttt.....

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Bree sneaking in again letting you know that you'll wanna stay tuned to this blog!!!



Daily Download all month long! Get a fantastic kit from Trixie Scraps by the end of May!!!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Scrapbooking Heritage Photos

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Welcome to another Tips, Trends and Techniques Tuesday! Today I'm going to give you some tips on how to preserve your family history and keep it alive for future generations through digital scrapbooking.

Have you ever found an old family photo that you thought would make a great layout or a shoebox full of old photos that you'd like to put together in an album for yourself or for a special occasion for a relative? Then you're ready to get organized to make heritage layouts.

Getting Started

If you already have your photo(s) in digital format, you're ready to start. If you're still organizing and gathering your photos, there are a few things to think about:
Most old photos will need to be scanned in order to use them. If you're only using a few photos, this won't be a problem - you to scan them yourself. However, if you have a shoebox (or more) full of photos, you may want to send them to a scanning service company. They can scan your photos, slides, and negatives in bulk for a fixed price.

Remember the APS (Advanced Photo System) cameras from a few years back? I have many, many of those cartridges that are impossible to scan yourself and I plan on sending them off to be scanned. Then I'll be able to share those photos with my family and use them in layouts.

Old slides can be scanned, too. I scanned about 300 of those slides that my father took years ago and I've been able to share those scans with my brother.

Some of your photos may be in pretty sad shape with rips, tears, creases or spots. You can restore your photos with photo editing software.

This is a photo of my great-great-great grandfather that a "cousin" I found online shared with me. It was probably taken about 1840. Here's a before and after of the photo, although I still need to do more work on it.

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Finding Information for Your Layout

Gather as much information as you can about your photos and your family history. Talk to relatives to find out names, dates, locations and stories about your photos. I so wish I had done this years ago when my parents and grandparents were still around. I now have too many photos with no names or no dates.

Let this be a reminder for you to date your own photos so generations to come will have this information. You can add a caption or additional notes to the photos you've scanned or edited. Most photo editing software has the option to embed a caption within the header, allowing it to be transferred directly with the photo. This info is stored with the photo and can be accessed under the photo's properties. If your photo-editing software can do this, it will be found under "add caption" or "File --> Info".

Prepare Your Photos for Your Layout

To crop or not to crop, that is the question. My suggestion would be to not ruin the integrity of the photo. Remember that there are things of interest in your photos other than the people. There can be relevant background for historical reference such as cars, clothes, furniture, wallpaper, etc.

Here's a layout I did of my father and me when we lived in an apartment in the hotel that he managed. Note the patterned wallpaper from that time period, my father's shoes and the piano in the corner that my mother played. Those are all important to the photo and the layout.

Layout made with Icy Days Mini Kit (retired) and Foam-abet Basic Black (retired) by Trixie Scraps Designs.

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Adding Ephemera and Memorabilia

Remember that there are other items that you can add to your layout. You can scan documents and momentos such as wedding invitations, birth/baptismal/marriage/death certificates. Also, military records, letters, family Bible registers, immigration records, maps, newspaper articles and postcards.
I found several postcards from my birthplace and hometown on Ebay. You can also search census records online and include the family's or person's census sheet in the layout. You can find pictures of the ships that brought your relatives to the United States.

You may have things in a relative's own handwriting, like recipes. I have recipes from both grandmothers and my great-grandmother that I will use in layouts someday. Here's a layout that includes scans of letters (V-Mail) that my father sent to my mother in WW II.

Layout made with Carly (retired) and Solid Gold Classic Alpha (retired) by Trixie Scraps Designs.

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Choosing Supplies

Now that your photos and momentos are scanned and ready, it's time to start your layout. What colors should you use? What elements should you use?

When I think of heritage layouts, I think of elegance and simplicity. Less is more so the focus can remain on your photo. I like the tasteful conservative look of heritage layouts. Most older photos will be black & white, mixes grays or sepia-toned. Your layout colors should complement your photos and not overwhelm or compete with them.

Softer, muted colors work best with older photos, but a bold could work depending on the photo. Try to stay away from bright neon or fluorescent colors and cutesy embellishments that may be just a passing fad today. You could also scan or photograph family heirlooms to use as a background such as your grandmother's wedding dress or a quilt made by your mother.

Here are some layouts that I think show the simplicity of a heritage layout. The first is of my grandmother and her sister. The second one is of my mother and her sister.

Layout made with Lovey Days Mini Kit (retired) by Trixie Scraps Designs.
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Layout made with Lovey Days Mini Kit (retired) by Trixie Scraps Designs.

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With the following layout, I had to restore the photo of my grandparents with my mother. I also used an action on the photo to give it a soft sepia tone, but still tried not to change the photo much from the original. The papers and elements I used complemented the photo perfectly.

Layout made with Sunday Afternoon by Trixie Scraps Designs & Sarah Bennett and A Mother's Love (retired) by Trixie Scraps Designs & Litabells Designs.

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This layout uses a patterned paper, but it reminded me of patterns used during that time period.

Layout made with A Mother's Love (retired) by Trixie Scraps Designs & Litabells Designs.

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Telling Your Story

A very important part of a heritage layout is the journaling. I still need to add journaling to many of my layouts shown. Think about adding the information for the questions..."who, what, when, where and why." You may wonder about the question "why?" Was the photo taken for a wedding, for a birthday or something not so obvious. There's a photo of me (age 4) standing beside my brother who was in his playpen. Why was that photo taken? I had just cut his hair when my mother wasn't looking! Be descriptive with your journaling and add stories that have been handed down that may get lost if they're not documented. Be sure to use a readable font for your journaling. You may also want to use the same font throughout all of your heritage layouts.

A heritage layout doesn't have to have old photos. Not everything about your family was captured on film. It can just have journaling or it can have photos, but photos of momentos or scans of documents.

This layout has photos that I took of a pocket watch that belonged to my great-grandmother with the story of the pocket watch.

Layout made with A Mother's Love (retired) by Trixie Scraps Designs and Litabells Designs.

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I'm sure your family will cherish the heritage layouts you'll make. I hope I've given you some tips that will help you scrap your heritage layouts. We don't want our family history to become lost to future generations.

**Special Thanks to former team member Pamela Meeker, the original author of this article, who also contributed the fabulous family heritage photos within.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Makeover Monday!

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Good morning all and welcome to another addition of Makeover Monday! This is Carrin and I will be your challenge host for this week. Just to refresh your memory, here's how things work. Every two weeks, we'll be challenging you to makeover a layout with us. We encourage you to make a new layout using the same photos and at least 75% Trixie Scraps Designs products. Then, come here to our blog and post two links for us - one to the old layout and one to the new one! Every two weeks, we'll choose one person who will win a FREE kit from Trixie's shop. Now, here's the spot where I would congratulate our winner, but sadly, it appears as if no one is interested in FREE stuff (shocking, right!?!) since no one played along!! Hopefully, we'll get a better response this time around and we will happily get to name a winner NEXT time!

For this week, I decided to makeover a layout that was originally done with Trixie's products. I love the layout and the journaling, but the minute I saw the uber awesome collab kit Cops and Robbers by Trixie Scraps and Melissa Bennett (only available at Scrap Matters), I knew that I just had to dig out these photos again and redo it:

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Here is the brand new layout! What do you think? I absolutely love the hand-drawn people included in this kit! So cute!!!!



Check out some awesome inspiration by some of my fellow Scrap Stars.

Fran was also inspired by the Cops and Robbers kit and came up with this redo.





Please join us in the makeover challenge - you never know, you might just win a free kit from Trixie Scraps! Have fun!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Feature Friday

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This week, Trixie Scraps has an incredible new kit for you. I may be slightly biased, because she created this kit after I requested a cutesy police kit. It's adorable, if I do say so myself. :) Now, without further ado, your new release for this week:

Hi everyone and Happy New Release Friday! I hope you've all had a great week and that you're getting excited for NSD - its just a week away now!! So, I'll get to my news quickly so I can get back to work on all the goodies I'm making for next weekend. Lately, my collab cup has been overflowing (happily!) and this week is no exception because I've got yet another incredible collab for you! I teamed up with the ScrapMatters April guest designer Melissa Bennett for this one. It started as a special request from one of my CT Members and I think it turned out way cute. Best of all, this collab is super unique because it will be exclusive to my stores and will never be sold elsewhere! So, you can only buy it from me and, if you are one of the very savvy shoppers who subscribe to my newsletter, you can get 25% off this kit, this weekend only! Check your newsletter in your inbox for the coupon code!

Cops and Robbers is filled with fun doodles and police-themed papers and elements. It is the perfect kit for the little trouble-makers in your life... and the law-abiding ones, too!! The kit contains 20 papers, 45 elements and 2 full alphas, too!



Here's a closer look:





And check out these LO's from my awesome CT - they used the kit in such fun ways!!



And that's all the news worth printing this week!! Have a great weekend, everyone! Smiley

New Release for April 23rd, 2010

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Hi everyone and Happy New Release Friday! I hope you've all had a great week and that you're getting excited for NSD - its just a week away now!! So, I'll get to my news quickly so I can get back to work on all the goodies I'm making for next weekend. Lately, my collab cup has been overflowing (happily!) and this week is no exception because I've got yet another incredible collab for you! I teamed up with the ScrapMatters April guest designer Melissa Bennett for this one. It started as a special request from one of my CT Members and I think it turned out way cute. Best of all, this collab is super unique because it will be exclusive to my stores and will never be sold elsewhere! So, you can only buy it from me and, if you are one of the very savvy shoppers who subscribe to my newsletter, you can get 25% off this kit, this weekend only! Check your newsletter in your inbox for the coupon code!

Cops and Robbers is filled with fun doodles and police-themed papers and elements. It is the perfect kit for the little trouble-makers in your life... and the law-abiding ones, too!! The kit contains 20 papers, 45 elements and 2 full alphas, too!



Here's a closer look:





And check out these LO's from my awesome CT - they used the kit in such fun ways!!



One more quick note! Thanks to all the gals who posted a guess yesterday about who my collab partner might have been this week. They were all good guesses, and a couple of you even guessed it was Melissa! I put everyone's name in a hat and the lucky winner is Christie!! Congrats, Christie - I will PM you a coupon code to snag the kit for free! And thanks again to everyone who played along and left a comment!

And that's all the news worth printing this week!! Have a great weekend, everyone! Smiley

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sneaky Peeky Thursday!

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Hey everyone, Bree sneaking in here with a peek at Trixie Scraps new collab kit coming out tomorrow that is just super, super cute!! Want a sneak peek?? You're in luck, I have one for you!!



Would you like a chance to win this kit? All you need to do is visit Trixie's blog and guess who she collabed with on this adorable kit. Leave a comment with your guess and your email address and Trixie will randomly choose a winner tomorrow. Also, don't forget today is Challenge Thursday on the Trixie Scraps Stars blog - you can download a freebie template from Pam and play along with our challenge. PLUS! Trixie played along with the challenge this week and used her new kit for the layout - so you'll get another advance sneak peek if you head on over and check it out! Happy Scrapping!

4/23 Release Sneak Peek plus a chance to win!

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Hey everyone! Happy Thursday to you! Just stopping in quick to let you know that I have a new collab kit coming out tomorrow that is just super, super cute!! Want a sneak peek?? You're in luck, I have one for you!!



Would you like a chance to win this kit? All you need to do is guess who I collabed with on this adorable kit. Leave a comment with your guess and your email address and I will randomly choose a winner tomorrow. Also, don't forget today is Challenge Thursday on the Trixie Scraps Stars blog - you can download a freebie template from Pam and play along with our challenge. PLUS! I even found time to play along with the challenge this week I used my new kit for the layout - so you'll get another advance sneak peek if you head on over and check it out! Happy Scrapping - see you tomorrow with the new release and the name of the winner!

Challenge Thursday!

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Happy Thursday, everyone! It's Pam with another Challenge Thursday. We had some beautiful layouts submitted for Jen's template challenge last Thursday. They were all absolutely wonderful, but we had to pick a winner and that honor goes to:                                                        
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Congratulations, Amy! Watch your inbox for an email from Trixie for a gift certificate for a free kit of your choice from her store. Enjoy!

This week we have another template challenge. I'm sure there are many of you who are always looking for multi-photo templates to take advantage of  all those great photos you take. This week we have one for you! All you have to do is download the template and use products from Trixie Scraps Designs to make your layout. Have fun and we're anxious to see what you create!

Click on the preview to download the template.

Here's a layout I did for this challenge using Trixie's Gotta Hug.
Here are some layouts from Trixie's CT who played along for this challenge. Aren't they fantastic?

by Erica, using Defining Me and Gotta Hug.

by Carrin, using Daisy Crazy, a collab with Madame Wing.

by Bethany, using Cute Lil' Punkin'.

by Kris, using Defining Me.

...and here's one from Trixie with a super special SNEAK PEEK of her new collab kit coming out tomorrow, Friday April 23.

You have one week to complete this challenge. Please leave a comment on this post with a link to your finished layout! Next week we'll choose a winner from among the completed layouts. The winner will receive a FREE kit of her/his choice from Trixie's store! The winner will be announced next week, along with our next challenge. See you then and have fun playing along!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Let's meet Bree!

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Stacy here bringing you our next installment of Who Are You Wednesdays! This week, I am SOOO thrilled to be able to introduce you to our super sweet and slightly wacky creative team leader, Bree!


Q: Give us 5 words that describe yourself.
A: Insecure, Nutty, Loveable, Outgoing, Mommy

Q: Tell us a bit about your scrapping background. How long have you been scrapping? How did you discover digi?
A: I've been scrapping since I was 16. {those pages make me cringe!} and I eventually moved into signature tag making. When my daughter turned 3 I wanted to move to digital and made her page up and I had to find freebies. I knew they were out there, because I used them on my tags! But when I got into the digi-galleries I just died because I loved it. I have been hooked since!

Q: How long have you been CT'ing for Trixie Scraps?
A: I got my acceptance email on December 6th 2008. It was my first CT call I put in for, and I was SOOO nervous! I wanted to make the team, and I'm so glad I did! I've made best friends with an awesome designer and I work with an amazing Creative Team that I love and adore! I'm so glad I applied!

Q: Could you share with us some of your favorite layouts?

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Q: What inspires your layouts?
A: Well, since 90% of my layouts are of my sweet kiddos, I'd have to say them.
But also, when I see a kit, it usually speaks to me and reminds me of so many pictures that i have stashed away!


Q: What are your favorite scrapping elements?
A: Right now I'm in a stitch frenzy. I love me a good set of stitches along with ribbons! And don't forget the flowers with greenery! If it's real, even better!
Dangit, I love ALL OF IT!

Q: What is your favorite color?
A: Why limit yourself to just one color? Really, I say I love pink, but if you look at me and the things I own or scrap with, it's blue. lol

Q: What are you generally listening to while you scrap?
A: Usually it's whatever the kiddos are doing in the background. Right now they are playing nicely {GASP!} at the kitchen table

Q: What are your other hobbies or interests?
A: There's other things to do?!!! Okay, kidding aside, I love to cook, and read, and the outdoors. I'm not much of a camper but I WANT to be, so eventually, we'll get there. Right now my thing to do outdoors is to walk. I love walking! Someday I also want to build my own 1959 Corvette.

Q: What's your biggest pet peeve?
A: People who talk with their mouth full of food on the phone. And high pitch screaming.

Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island for a year, what 3 things would you have to have with you?
A: Laptop with lifetime battery supply {and all my scrappy stuff}, my iphone {it's got my music!}, and my family. I'd die from loneliness!

Q: Who would play you in a movie about your life?
A: I really like Jennifer Garner, and I think we look alike a bit. Okay, so just the brown hair, but I'll take it!

Q: What is your all-time favorite movie? And what is the worst movie that you've ever seen?
A: Favorite? With Honors
Worst?! The Good Shepherd {seriously, got 30 minutes in and couldn't tolerate it anymore!}

Q: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
A: God.

I hope you all have enjoyed getting to know Bree a little bit better! Have a wonderful week, and happy scrapping!!