Love In Bloom – February Buffet Goodness!

The month of love is here and the talented GingerScraps designers are more than prepared.  A new month always means a new buffet, and this month’s rich colors screamed love to my talented CT girls (who I would be lost without, half the time!) – and I was more than glad to oblige!  I’m excited to show you my newest collection, Love in Bloom.  And, thanks to the new bundle option for buffet goodies, you can grab the entire collection for just $6 between now and February 5th!

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Or, pick up any of the individual pieces while they’re on sale for 50% off:

Love In Bloom: Kit  –  Love In Bloom: Elements  –  Love In Bloom: Papers
Love In Bloom: Basics  –  Love In Bloom: Templates
Love In Bloom: Journal Cards  –  Love In Bloom: Splatters  –  Love In Bloom: Word Art

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Check out some of the GORGEOUS creative team layouts created with the new Love In Bloom Bundle:

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And while you’re at the GingerScraps site, be sure to pop into the forums and check out the great new monthly challenges.  This month, I’m hosting the Brush Challenge, and I’m excited to see what beautiful work you can create!

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One More Candle $5 Grab Bag!

Happy, Happy Friday!  The GingerScraps site is up and running again (a few minor issues with the forum/gallery, but Ginger’s working hard to get those fixed for us ASAP!), and new releases for the week have hit the store!

Even better?  It’s my birthday, and to celebrate, YOU get to save!
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That’s right – my entire store (minus a few bundles and collections) are on SALE for 40% off this week!

Another great deal?  This week’s One More Candle $5 Grab Bag:

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Bright colors, adorable elements, fun journal cards and word strips and easy to use word art (and templates, to match!) – the One More Candle $5 Grab Bag is perfect for scrapping all of your family’s birthday layouts!

This amazing Grab Bag is available for $5.00 for a limited time only and contains:

20 basic papers (plain and polka dot in all 10 kit colors)
19 Patterned Papers
12 journal cards
2 12×12 layered templates
6 layered word art (PSD, TIF, individual PNG)
45 word bits
59 elements, including:
arrow, 3 balloons, 2 banners, birthday boy/girl, beads, birthday stars, 2 buttons, cake, 2 candles, clip, 2 cupcakes, doily, 3 flairs, 6 flowers, 2 frames, 2 hats, heart, 2 leaves, 2 presents, 8 ribbon, 2 ricrac, 4 stars, 2 strings, 6 word strips

Check out some of the fabulously awesome layouts created by my CT girls and the site CT for GingerScraps:

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Sneak Peek & Chance To Win

GingerScraps’ site may be down for another day or so, but that’s ok.  I’ve got a fun new $5 grab bag uploaded and ready for release just as soon as the site maintenance is done, and I can’t WAIT for you to see it!
And, it’s perfect timing, too, because Friday is a very special day for me (which just so happens to go right along with the new grab bag’s theme)! 😉

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To enter for a chance to win a copy of this great new collab, simply leave a comment here, on this blog post, by Thursday, January 28th at midnight to be entered.

When you comment, make sure and leave your email address so that you can be contacted if you are a winner. Your comment will earn you 1 entry into the drawing. You can earn extra entries by making a post to your Facebook, Twitter or Blog encouraging others to enter for their own chance to win.  Simply leave a separate comment, with corresponding links, for each entry.  I will be back on Friday to announce the lucky winner!

Free Font Fun – Handwritten Style!

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The last round of Free Font Fun seemed to go over so well, I thought we’d give it another go!
One of my favorite parts of a beautiful layout is the journaling.  Whether it’s just a few words, or the entire layout is filled with emotional packed words — the perfect handwritten journaling font can really make your words pop.  Below are just some of my current favorite journaling worthy fonts (because, let’s me honest…there are a TON of fonts out there like that, and they are beautiful!)

(click each image for the coordinating download link)

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!frente
!coffee
!arch!Idol
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and the font I’m asked about nearly every time I use it:

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New Collab: Kindness Matters

It’s Friday! We made it! This was a rough week for me: 7 days of fever, feeling horrible, falling far behind in all I needed to get done.  Luckily, I’m feeling some better today, so the rush is on to try and get caught up (especially since today’s forecast has the boys getting out of school early – eeks!).  I have a great new collab I’m excited to share with you today, but first I wanted to pass on a site maintenance notice from GingerScraps:

GingerScraps has some exciting news! We are moving to a bigger and better server! What does that mean for you?
•    Late night on Monday, January 25 GS will be put into maintenance mode.
•    Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday, January  27, GingerScraps will remain in maintenance mode. You will not be able to access the shop, forum, gallery etc.
•    Don’t worry, if this interrupts your downloading time, for purchases made the days prior to the maintenance, I’m happy to reset and extend those for you. Simple fill out a support ticket once GS is back up and running.
•    The Daily Download on the blog will pick right up where they left off, and we will extend the download times by 2 days, so you will not miss any daily downloads.
•    GingerScraps should be back up and by Thursday, January 28th

Now, on to the good stuff!  This week’s new release is a beautiful collab with Terra of Sugar Kissed Designs.  I love the theme, LOVE how the beautiful colors blended today, and loved getting to work with an incredibly wonderful chick!  Not a bad combination :)

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Few things matter more than showing kindness, and few kits allow you to scrap the piece and happiness that goes along with being kind better than Kindness Matters.  Collab kit contains 27 beautifully textured papers (7 plain, 20 patterned) and 72 elements

Check out some of the GORGEOUS layouts created with this great new collab:

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Plus, I have a fun coordinating freebie to match today’s new collab – yah!

Freebie includes 10 coordinating word strips and 4 coordinating journal cards
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Last, but not least, I let random.org pick a Sneak Peek winner for this week — congrats, Conny!  I’m working on the email to you now! :)

I Dare You – January 21st Challenge!

Ready for another opportunity to win free money to my store?  Let’s get started!

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I dare you is an easy way to try and win $5 to my store each week.  The rules are simple:

  • Each week, I will provide you with an exclusive blog freebie.
  • You download that freebie and use it to create a new layout.
  • Upload that layout to my GingerScraps’ Designer Gallery and then LINK IT IN THE COMMENTS OF THIS BLOG POST by Tuesday, January 26th
  • One layout will be randomly selected using random.org – the person who created that layout will win $5 to my storeEasy peasy, right?!  Then let’s get to the fun part – the freebie!!!This week’s freebie should hopefully be easy enough to work with.  Use the free template with one of my products, or a product from any of your favorite designers.  Just be sure to link the layout in the comments when you’re done! :)

    Click To Download

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And, HUGE congrats to mrsdebreynolds for winning last week’s $5 coupon with this layout:

You should have an email from me in your mailbox.  If not, please let me know! :)

Sneak Peek & A Chance To Win!

Happy Hump Day!  Wednesday again?! Boy, time sure is flying by!  Today I get the pleasure of showing you a super fun sneak peek of my new kit hitting the store on Friday.  This release is a collab with the ever wonderful (and talented!) Terra of Sugar Kissed Designs.

It’s been far too long since Terra graced us with her creative talent, so the fact that one of her first dips into the creative pool was a collab with me?  Talk about feeling honored! :)

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To enter for a chance to win a copy of this great new collab, simply leave a comment here, on this blog post, by Thursday, January 21st at midnight to be entered.

When you comment, make sure and leave your email address so that you can be contacted if you are a winner. Your comment will earn you 1 entry into the drawing. You can earn extra entries by making a post to your Facebook, Twitter or Blog encouraging others to enter for their own chance to win.  Simply leave a separate comment, with corresponding links, for each entry.  I will be back on Friday to announce the lucky winner!

What’s Your Scrapping Style?

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One of my personal goals for 2016 is to focus on scrapping a bit more – or, any at all.  I’ve spent the past few years heavily focused on the designing part of this adventure, and completely ignored what brought me into this digital world to begin with.  As I’ve worked more on creating my own layouts, I’ve attempted to fit myself into a specific scrapping style…but that’s hard (unless mommy scrapper is a style – because that’s certainly what I am!)

One thing I do know is that I LOVE the look of pocket scrapping, and wish (so, so hard) that I could effectively produce layouts in that genre.  I mean, the simplistic style, the gorgeous journal cards, the beautiful way the story of the layout is told more in pictures than words…which would work well for me, because I always struggle ridiculously with the journaling aspect of a layout.  And, if you follow the process through the entire year — one of the more popular pocket scrapping approaches is to do a double page each week, or month, showing the major and minor events of the week, but could easily be built around a specific category, etc — you wind up with an easily printable book!  How much more awesome could digital scrapping be?!

Only within the past few months did I begin to create some pocket scrapping template packs, so there’s not many in my store right now:

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I do have LOTS of great journal card packs – a must when pocket scrapping, and have more packs of both cards AND templates planned for this year!

Just a few of my more recent journal card packs:

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The rest of the GingerScraps designers have a ton of templates and cards in the store.  Check out the Pocket Scrapbooking store category to see the huge selection of goodies!

I try not to set too many yearly goals or resolutions for myself (I know I’ll wind up breaking most of them anyway, lol)…and I’m already off to a late start prepping for book this year.  But, that is my hope for 2016 – to finish the year with a fully printed pocket scrapping book.  I guess we’ll look back this time next year to see if I managed to complete it or not, right? :)

If you pocket scrap (or follow along with the P52/Project Life series), do you have any fun pointers?  Any tips to make it less stressful (ok, that’s probably all in my head, lol)

Anyone willing to take the year of pocket scrapping challenge with me? :)

For the sake of this post, I did manage to get my week 1 layout done for 2016 – I may wind up regret going with a double page style…but we’ll see.  I can already tell I don’t take enough pictures, though — must take many, many more in the coming year!

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Check out some of the gorgeous pocket scrapping layouts from my GingerScraps designer gallery – fabulous examples of pocket scrapping at its finest:




Monday Freebie!

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Happy Monday Morning!  Mondays usually mean freebies around here, and today is no different!
This week’s freebie coordinates with my latest $5 Grab Bag, With A Little Help From My Friends

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Though the grab bag is stuffed full of wonderful goodies, I am a HUGE fan of word bits — probably too much of a fan. I have a tendency to use several on most (if not all) of my layouts.  So, today’s freebie is a great add-on word bit pack, sure to help you finish off a fantastic new layout!

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While you’re downloading freebies, don’t forget to check out the coordinating add-on from Thursday’s I Dare You Challenge.  Remember, download the freebie, create a layout, upload it to my GS designer gallery and link it in the comments for that blog post and YOU could win a $5 coupon to my store!

Sunday Show Me – Jan 17th

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It’s time for another Show Me Sunday, and I’m excited to not only show you the winner of last week’s game, but see what layouts you’ll link to this week!  However, I am sick with a pitifully miserable cold, so I’m going to make this short and sweet.
The winner of last week’s Show Me Game is Carla with this adorable layout (layout is linked so you can show her some love):


Congrats on winning $5 to my store, Carla!  I’ll email you later today with your coupon code!

For the rest of you, let’s see what layouts you have to show me this week! :)

Sunday Show Me is simple:

YOU show me a layout you’ve created with mostly Blue Heart Scraps products within the past two months by linking it in the comments of this blog post (be sure to leave your email address, so I can contact you if you win!)
Layouts can be created using any PURCHASED PRODUCT, BLOG FREEBIE or GINGERSCRAPS WELCOME WAGON goodie
LINKED LAYOUTS are due to the blog post by midnight CST on THURSDAY
I will let random.org pick a winner and announce it in the beginning of next week’s Sunday Show Me game.  The winner gets a $5 COUPON to my store!

Easy, right?!  Then let’s get those layouts linked already!