Thursday, May 31, 2012

Challenge Thursday - Scraplift Challenge

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Hi all, Shauna here…are you ready for a challenge. Since this is the 5th Thursday, I can pick any type of challenge and I love a scraplift challenge.

I searched through the gallery here at Trixie Scraps and wow, I found tons that I would like to lift (and will probably lift them at some point).  But I finally decided on one by my fellow Star, twinsies aka Carrin and the layout is called Still&Calm and it is simply beautiful.  Here is the layout

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I love the angled papers and the great clustering…this girl has talent!!!!  Here is what I came up with using  Rejuvenation.

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And my fellow Stars came up with these

From Stacy using If The Slipper Fits

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And here our fearless leader Ms. Trixie herself, show how to take a scraplift and make it your own.  She used Mr. & Mrs. Mouse

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So now you need to get scrapping, then save and upload your layout to Trixie Scraps Gallery. By creating a layout using Trixie Scraps products, and uploading it to Trixie's Gallery,  your layout will be included in our weekly Show Off slide show, and you'll get a prize! Life is good!!!!





All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * My Memories * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * PickleBerryPop

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

June Desktop Freebie

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Hi, everyone!  Just giving you our June Desktop Freebie made from Trixie Scraps' kit, Just One Kiss.  Enjoy!!!






All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * My Memories * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * PickleBerryPop

Wednesday Wrap-up - Saying Good-bye to May

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May is almost done. Summer is officially being kicked off as kids get out of school here in the U.S. I know in other parts of the world you're deep in the the throes of winter. Either way, 2012 is almost half over! Can you believe it?!?

I don't want you all to miss a thing, so here's this week's round-up from the blog -

In Challenge Thursday, Lori provided a perfect page recipe. Be sure to stop by and play along. You can cook up a great page, post it in the gallery and be a show-off!

Friday we all got treated to the Roll With It collab release (another great new kit from North Meets South Studios), the arrival of lots more products into all of the Trixie Scraps stores and a sweet page starter freebie!

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It was double, double inspiration in Saturday with the Stars as we looked at great pages made with Just One Kiss and Roll With It!

On Monday, Trixie Scraps announced a great sale and reminded everyone that this week is the last chance for the May Templatetopia! Be sure to grab it before it disappears from stores....

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Tips, Trends, and Techniques Tuesday was a great post about blending photos into your background! If you've ever wanted to try this, but haven't known how to get that look be sure to check out Stacy's post.

June rolls in this Friday and is bringing a brand new Templatetopia for all your digi-scrapping template needs. Be on the lookout for a post showing off the template goodness later this week!

Have a great week!



All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * My Memories * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * PickleBerryPop

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

TTT: Blending a Photo into your Background Paper

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Hello scrapping friends!  I want to share one of my favorite techniques with you today.  I will be using PSE 5, but this can be re-created in other editing programs as well.

Blending photos into a background paper is one of my favorite ways to create a unique background.  You can fill an entire background, or just part of the page.  And it is simple to do.  This is a great way to use those photos that turned out a bit blurry, but that were too important to delete.  I'm not the only one who has had that happen, am I?  

First, you will want to drag the photo that you want to use onto your background paper.  A solid paper or a tone-on-tone paper works best...strong patterns can make it very difficult to really see the photo that  you are working with.  Enlarge your photo until it fills the background.  



Next, you will change the blending mode of your photo layer.  Different modes will create different effects, and some might work better than others.  On this page, I liked how the 'multiply' effect turned out.  When I use this technique on portraits, I often use 'overlay', 'soft light', or 'hard light'...each layout will be different depending upon the photo and paper you are using.  



Finally, you can choose to adjust the opacity of your photo layer until it is the paper looks the way you want it to look...that's all there is to it!



If you only want the photo to cover up a portion of the background, use a soft round erase to remove the areas of the photo that you don't want to see.  I often use this technique when I'm putting a photo of my daughter on the background, but want to remove the cluttered things in the background.



You may choose to just build your layout right on top of the layered background (which is what I personally do); or you can choose to save this new background paper...just be sure to rename it so that you don't overwrite the original kit paper!  



Here is my finished page, using the Make a Difference collab kit by North Meets South Studios.



Thanks for stopping by, Trixie fans, and happy scrapping!




All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * My Memories * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * PickleBerryPop

Catching up... plus Must Have Monday!

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Hi everyone! Please accept my personal apologies that our regularly scheduled blog columns have not appeared on time the past couple of days. It seems we have some wires crossed, or some T's not crossed and I's not dotted, I suppose! In any event, I'm playing a bit of catch-up and tidying up the joint...

First up... for our bi-weekly Show-Off participants, I want to apologize for the length of time it is taking for you to get the coupons you've earned from the last several posts. I promise you, they are coming soon! It is completely my fault that I've gotten so behind and I will catch up on this task this week.  Also, for those who were disappointed not to see a slideshow this past Sunday, please accept my apologies, once again. Bree and her family were moving to a new home this past weekend and we neglected to get coverage for her usual posting day... annddd.... it was my birthday, and I decided to be kind to myself, give myself a whole entire day off, and not get on my computer at all for 24 hours (believe me, I'm as shocked as the next gal! lol). So, in any event, I did not realize until today that the post was missed. Rest assured we have taken note of your layouts and they will appear in the NEXT Sunday Show-Off post on June 10th.  Thank you for your patience!


OK, and finally.... Must Have Monday got missed, too! Jeez, I don't know what's up with this joint! Sometimes I feel like I swim with all my might and yet my head keeps going under... I'm sorry y'all! Good news is I DO have the sale turned on now and it's good all week (through Friday).... so, if you have some birthday photos waiting to be scrapped, get ready to run to the shop and pick up this week's awesome deals! Both of my "Birthday Bash" kits are on sale for just $2 each... that's more than 50% off and it's a certain steal and a must have, too!  Grab the girl version here or the boy version here. (Note, this sale is active in each of my stores linked below!)


One final quick reminder: if you haven't picked up the May Templatetopia set, make sure you do that by Thursday night because this month's collection will be removed from the stores on Friday. Click the preview to jump right to it (or find it at Gotta Pixel or Scrapbook-Bytes, too).  WHEW... that was a brain dump! Once again, thanks for being so patient with our recent gaffs... we'll get our stuff together, I promise! Y'all are the best, thanks for being such awesome customers!!  <3 Trixie





All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * My Memories * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * PickleBerryPop

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday With The Stars - Double the Inspiration!

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There were two great new releases this week, and I couldn't choose which one to spotlight, so I did them BOTH! Let us bask in the inspiration...

Just One Kiss

Do you have any little princesses running around your castle? Have you seen the breath-taking kit, Just One Kiss? It's absolutely perfect for all of your princess pictures.

The Stars have been creating some amazing layouts with this kit.

Look at this one from Stacy. I am in love with the border she created with the leaves and flowers. So pretty!

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Lori used mostly soft colors to match the muted tones of her photo and kept the elements simple. A gorgeous inspiration piece!

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Shauna used a monochromatic color scheme to really highlight a great picture that's not quite what you expect from a princess page!

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This page by stacy uses lots of pattern papers to highlight the active feel of the pictures and document her daughters best friend relationships.

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Roll With It

North Meets South Studios released a one-of-a-kind collection celebrating the awesomeness of the skating rink, Roll With It.

Of course, it's not just for skating pictures. Check out this gorgeous example of how to mix lots of pattern paper by Beth.

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This split page design Carrin used works so well because the yellow really pops against the mostly pink background.

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I just love pages that pair a dark background and bright colors. This page by Stacey does that beautifully!

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This page by Shauna uses repeating circles throughout to make a dramatic statement.

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Hope you found lots of inspiration this week - see you next week with another round of gorgeous layouts!





All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * My Memories * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * PickleBerryPop

New Releases for May 25th, plus a freebie AND a birthday coupon!

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Hi everyone! I'm stopping in to show you everything that I added to my stores this weekend... and there's a lot to show you (plus, a special coupon and a freebie at the end), so let's get right to it!
All my releases can be found on sale this weekend at the following stores:


First of all, I'm so excited to be releasing the newest kit from North Meets South Studios, Roll With It. This bright, happy kit is perfect for scrapping rollerskating moments, party photos, and just about everything else! Grab it this weekend for 30% off! *Please note, this kit will not available for sale at Pickleberrypop, but you will find it in all my other stores listed above!


I'm also releasing two full collections this weekend! The first is You Raise Me Up. This was part of my Grab a Byte sale earlier this month at Scrapbook Bytes, but is now available in each of my stores. The collection includes the kit, cardstock, glitter papers, krafty plaids, element clusters, wordart clusters, journal cards, and quickpages. They are all on sale this weekend for 20% off!


 

The next collection coming your way this week is Just One Kiss. This was previously part of the Pickle Barrel Sale at PickleBerryPop, but now it's available in each of my stores. Grab it this weekend, and you'll get 20% off! The pieces of this collection include the kit, cardstock, glitter papers, sunburst papers, element clusters, wordart clusters, and a bonus alpha.




Now, before I go... I have an extra little surprise!  It's my birthday on Sunday and of course, I have to pass on some fun to all of you, right? I'm turning 36, so I decided to share a coupon with all of you for 36% off! It's good for just ONE use in one of my stores and it expires Sunday night. You may use this on everything in my store EXCEPT for bundles... so have fun shopping at a discount this weekend!



Finally, I have a great new freebie for you, too! Mary Kate was nice enough to make this Page Starter for us from my Just One Kiss collection - isn't it pretty? Click on the preview below to download it and have a great weekend! I'll be here busily working on moving over all my essential files to my BRAND NEW laptop that my husband bought me for my birthday... he's the best!! :)




All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * My Memories * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * PickleBerryPop

Thursday, May 24, 2012

5/24 Recipe Challenge Thursday

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Hi all, Lori here and it is time for another Challenge Thursday.  This week we have a recipe challenge.  I have a fun recipe for you and I can’t wait to see your layouts.  I love seeing how people can use the recipe and come up with such a variety of layouts.  

1 solid paper
2 patterned papers
3 ribbons and/or strings
3 photos
5 additional elements
Frame 2 of the 3 photos
Title using an alphabet
Journaling

Here is my page using Great Wilderness Lodge kit



Bree our CT manager also played along and I just loved the happiness in the layout! It makes me smile! She used Trixie's kit - You Raise Me Up.



Shauna created such a great layout using Master Chef. I love how the journaling tells the story of the fun photos!



Make sure to upload your layout to Trixie Scraps Gallery. By creating a layout using Trixie Scraps products, and uploading it to Trixie's Gallery, your layout will be included in our weekly Show Off slide show, and you'll get a prize!




All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * My Memories * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * PickleBerryPop