Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New store COMING SOON!!

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I'm thrilled to announce that I will soon be opening a brand new store. How soon? Where? You'll have to follow along this week as I reveal hints about my grand opening! Can you guess where it will be? Leave a comment here for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to my brand new store. A winner will be chosen/announced on grand opening day and she'll be picked from all the comments on my blog from now until then!



Don't forget - check back all this week as I reveal hints about the grand opening!

Tips, Trends and Techniques Tuesday: Working With Whitespace!

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Hey everyone! Tanya here with my first blog post as a member of Trixie's Scraps Stars!! Yay!

For today I have a quick little White Space tip for ya. I am by no means an expert on "white space" layouts, but I have been working on my own way of perfecting them that works for me. I feel that when it comes to these type of layouts, it is all about the placement. For this tutorial I am using the awesome Sunday Afternoon by Trixie Scraps and Designs by Sarah Bennett. I will usually start by placing my photo(s) right in the middle of my page. My background papers are already in place because I usually do them first. Then I cluster all my elements, my title and anything else I want around the photo. Once all that is done, I select every layer in my layers pallet EXCEPT the background papers:



With all those layers selected, click the bounding box around your photo(s) and drag the whole cluster around your page. Change the size, placement and even the angle until you find a spot for it that you love! Here are some examples:







Maybe in the process of doing this, you decide that your layout looks better with the photo(s) and clustering taking up most of the page, nothing wrong with that!



This is a fun way to play and try new ways of placing your photo(s) that you might now have thought of before!

Here is the placement that I ended up using for my layout:


Monday, August 30, 2010

Make It Hybrid Monday

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Welcome back to another installment of Make It Hybrid Monday. Can you believe that the school year is here? What better way to celebrate the back to school season then create a few hybrid projects? Smiley Trixie Scraps has so many fun kits that are just perfect for back to school gifts.

At the beginning of the month, Sandy showed us how to create a cute nail kit using Saffron Blues. Using the same kit, I made backpacks for both a boy and a girl and filled it with back to school goodies like crayons and a bag of snacks for an easy surprise on the first day of school!







I started with the Backpack Template from Krisi's Kreations and decorated it using the Saffron Blues kit. Once printed and assembled, I adhered a button with ribbon and added Glossy Accents to the name on the boy backpack and added flowers and brads onto the girl backpack. I used some ribbon from my stash of ribbons and strung them through the back and up through the top so that they can hang on the door or on a peg. Both backpacks were closed with velcro dot enclosures found in the sewing section in your local craft store.

A totally easy and cute project to surprise your special student! What other projects do you do to celebrate the back to school season? Link us up here so that we can make sure to showcase it in the next Make It Hybrid Monday! Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Thank you August Guest Stars & Welcome September Guests!

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Trixie Scraps breaking in!! I just wanted to post here and thank my Guest Scrap Stars from August - Janine, Leilani, and Melissa. All three of these girls were wonderful additions to the Scrap Stars team this month. I have LOVED having them around!

From the bottom of my heart, girls - thanks for all your hard work this month! We're going to miss you!

In case you've missed any of their fabulous work this month, I've included my favorite layout here from each of them... and I've linked the layouts to their galleries. Please leave them some love - they are all very talented and deserve it!

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My favorite layout from Leilani was made with Love My Guy


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My favorite layout from Melissa was made with Partini in Paradise


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My favorite layout from Janine was made with Hot for Teacher


In September, we are welcoming Kiki and Leilanie as our Guest Scrap Stars! I'm looking forward to seeing their beautiful layouts this month. Welcome to the team, girls!




Scroll down to the next post for September's desktop freebie. And, you might want to check out my blog today for information about a 3-day kit retirement sale happening now! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! :)

3-Day Kit Retirement Sale!

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Hello and happy Sunday! I hope you are having a great day today!

I'm just dropping in to quickly let you know about a 3-day product retirement sale currently running in all my stores. I am retiring all of my collabs with simply.scraps and for 3 days only, you can get them for 50% off! Hurry because when September 1st arrives, these products are gone forever!! All three collab kits, plus the Hot for Teacher mini, and the Gotta Hug glitter styles are on sale. (Note: Me and My Teddy can only be found in my personal shop, at this time)

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September Desktop Goodness!

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With the ending of August, it means and ending to summer, and the start of new things like a new school year and lots of fun books to read! I have a desktop freebie for you today in 2 sizes, featuring the brand new kit Take Me Away from Trixie Scraps and Connie Prince! I loved using this kit so much that I had to share a bit of goodness with you! Here's the preview! Click on the second image to download!





Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out the fabulous kit in Trixie's and Connie's shops!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Special Request Saturday/Saturday Wrap Up

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Hello Trixie Fans!! Welcome to another Special Request Saturday! WOOHOO! Before we get to the Special Request part let's talk about our fantastic week!!!

Sunday Bree showed us some of the fantastic layouts by you Trixie's favorite fans! Weren't they fantastic!

Manic Monday brought us a HUGE sale! You were able to get Trixie's Hot For Teacher kit at all of her stores for only $3.50! Make sure you come back for our next Manic Monday, with prices like this you won't want to miss it!

Tuesday's techniques by Amy was about how to Emboss Titles. I just love learning new things!

On Who Are You Wednesday Trista interviewed Janine. Wasn't that an interesting interview?

Challenge Thursday Jen challenged us to the template she made. We all had a great time playing along. Did you?

Last but not least, Lindsey showed everyone all the new stuff Trixie has been working on. You will definitely want to see what she has made! Those two kits are just spectacular!!

Now for the Special Request!! Take a look through Trixie's store at either Scrap Matters or Gotta Pixel and find a kit that you just must have. Come back here and let us know which one and why! Make sure you leave your email address and one lucky person will win their choice!!!!

Enjoy your day and Good luck!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Feature Friday & a Freebie!

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It's been another busy week here at Trixie Scraps. There are lots of incredible products for you this week. Check out the details on today's Trixie Scraps blog post. There might even be a FREEBIE over there, too. The Scrap Stars have created some really incredible pages this week. But then, what else is new? Smiley

This first group of pages was made with Trixie Scraps new kit, Tea Time with Teddy.




Next up, we've got some great inspiration using Trixie Scraps new collab collection, Take Me Away. This is a collab with Connie Prince and features an entirely new bundle of goodies!




Both these products, plus a few more new ones are available at Trixie Scraps stores:

Trixie Scraps Designs ScrapMatters Gotta Pixel

And how about a freebie for today?? Jenn made an extra Quickpage sample using Tea Time with Teddy just for the readers of our Scrap Stars blog! Click on the preview or the link below to download - her quickpages are awesome, so please remember to say thank you!


New Releases - August 27th, 2010

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Hi everyone! It's been another BUSY week around here and I'm so excited to show you all the fun goodies I've got for you this week. But first, I wanted to remind you all about my End of Summer Giveaway! I'm keeping track of your purchases... and I'm so excited to pick a winner on September 1st! I have a freebie for you today, too! My thanks for reading all the way through this LONG post! LOL



Don't forget, this giveaway is for any of my shops - so no matter where you shop, if you spend $15, you are in the running!


Now, on to new release business! Find them at my stores here:



The first new item for you all this week is Tea Time with Teddy. I loved the idea of a tea party with all the accompanying sweets and stuffed animals for guests, of course! And I incorporated some brown and blue so hopefully you might even find a use for this kit if you have little boys! The full kit has 12 papers, 40 elements, and 1 complete alpha in four different colors so you can create amazing mix-n-match titles! The matching quickpage set comes with six amazing 12x12 quickpages and makes scrapping with this collection a breeze! If you like both, consider purchasing them from Gotta Pixel where I have them on sale for 20% off when you buy them together!










Here are just a few of the awesome pages my CT cooked up for this. They made a bunch more, too! Make sure to check out their blog today to see the rest!





Next up, I teamed up with my amazing friend Connie Prince again - LOVE working with her! We're bringing you a rich, warm and inviting new collab this week called Take Me Away. This kit is all about taking time, as an adult, to escape into a good book. Of course, we have so much fun together that we like to make whole bundles of good stuff for you to enjoy! This week, we have the kit, coordinating word art, extra shabby papers, and some accompanying templates all available together in a bundle or in separate pieces. Best of all, each piece is 30% off through the end of the month!

If you act fast and purchase the bundle from my ScrapMatters store prior to August 31st, you can use this coupon to save an additional dollar on the bundle price - it's over 40% off the price of the individual pieces alone! Here is the coupon code: tmab$1off

So, here is a look at everything! First, the Take Me Away Bundle:


You can also get the pieces of this bundle individually:

The Kit





The Templates



The Word Art



The Shabby Papers



Here's a few layouts from the Scrap Stars. Once again, to see the rest of their layouts, check out their blog!



Now, before we finish up, I've got some new blogwear to show off. Carrin's been hard at work this week and we've got 3 brand new sets to debut. These are really beautiful... she is just the best, isn't she?

First, we have Take Me Away Blogwear:




Next, Partini in Paradise Blogwear:




And finally, Love My Guy Blogwear:




WOW! What a week it has been. But, you can't hold a good girl down and I've got more new goodies already in the works for next week. PLUS, I'll be opening a brand new store, too! Wish me luck that I find enough hours to get it all done! I hope you have a fabulous weekend filled with sunshine and some good scrap time! Thank you for shopping with me!!


I almost forgot your freebie! JUST KIDDING!!! Here it is... a few extra pieces to add on to my new collab with Connie. Hope you like them! If you were here and you snag them, I'd love it if you said hello. OK, so here it is - ENJOY!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday Challenge

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Hi everyone! Jen here, bringing you this weeks challenge. Last week Lisa had an awesome photo template challenge for you...perfect for scrapping your back to school pages! Here's our winning layout by Cath, using Sunday Afternoon, Trixie's collab with Sarah Bennett...



Congratulations, Cath! Be sure to check your email for your prize!

And now, for this weeks challenge, I made a template for you. Just use this template with any of Trixie's fabulous kits, and share your LO's with us! (Just click the preview below to download).

As of 11:15pm EST the download link via 4shared was unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope it becomes available soon. Thank you for understanding and we hope you keep trying back.



Here's a little inspiration for you:

Now, these first two layouts offer you a little sneak peek at what Trixie has coming your way soon! Be sure to stop by the blog tomorrow to see the full reveal! ;)

Here's an adorable layout by Carrin--love how she rotated it for a different look!



And here's my layout...the inspiration behind the template.



Here's a cute one by Candy using Sunday Afternoon.



A super cute page by Gail, using You're A Star



An awesome page by Theresa, using Love My Guy...



Another cute page by Carolyn...her pictures go perfectly with Partini In Paradise!



And here's a fun page by Amy, using Nature Girl (one of my favorite kits!)



Here's a beautiful page by Erica--that photo is amazing, isn't it? (And once again...a little sneak peek at something coming soon!)



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 who will receive a FREE kit of their 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!