Monday, May 30, 2011

Giveaway Monday: Memorial Day

I hope you're all enjoying your long Memorial Day weekend, and that you've spent a few minutes remembering military members who have lost their lives in their service. For Giveaway Monday I have a freebie template and journaling cluster for you, perfect for patriotic layouts (or use the cluster on any bright-colored layout, and jot down some summertime memories!).

Click image to download, or DOWNLOAD HERE

I used the template and cluster for this red-white-and-blue layout, with He's My Valentine, I Scream, Black & Blue, Lob-STAH, Serendipity, Summer Storm, and Alpha-Bits:

Enjoy, and happy Memorial Day!

Friday, May 27, 2011

New Release: Plum Simple Masks

I'm going to make this short and sweet. Today is little Kent's 1st birthday and we are headed to the zoo! I've got a sweet little tool to help you with blending photos and papers this week. Plum Simple Masks...

Remember new releases 
are 20% off through Sunday!

Have a lovely holiday weekend for those of you in the US!! And happy Friday to those of you who aren't!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sneak Peek!

Look what's coming this Friday to Plum Dumpling Designs' store at ScrapMatters!

Come back Friday for the full reveal!


Monday, May 23, 2011

Give Away Monday!!

Happy Monday everyone! Angela(Shmooangel) here with this weeks Monday freebie. I used Mary's great kit called "Don't Rush" to create a little cluster frame for you. If you haven't already picked up this great kit, you really should, it's perfect for all those fishing layouts!Link

You can download your cluster frame HERE or by clicking on the image.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Throwback Thursday!!

Hello Fellow Scrappers! Heidi here to highlight one of Mary's older kits, her Adventures in Reading!! I love the fun colors and elements found in this kit!Nikki put together this darling LO using this kit, and also using He's My Valentine, I Scream, Basically Black Alpha, and she used this week's template from the Tuesday Template Challenge over at ScrapMatters!
Thanks Nikki for this super LO! We hope to find some new LOs in Plum Dumpling Designs' Gallery soon using this fun kit! Have a super Thursday!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Getting Ready...

Welcome to another Inspiration Wednesday!

I'm not sure about you, but around our house, we have one more month of school left, and you know what that means, right? TRAVELING! We have 2 getaways scheduled for this summer. The key to surviving these vacations/ getaways is planning ahead! I personally think this pertains to our DigiScrapping too! I love to collect kits that I know will help me in scrapping all my fun vacation photos! And I would rather start collecting them before we go, than waiting until we get back to start shopping! I want to be able to scrap all those fabulous memories as soon as we get back (and are unpacked, laundry done, etc). One way to do this, is to think of what fun things you'll see, and places you'll go. Will you be going to a museum? a canoe trip? the beach? Or just staying around your own home? Whatever your plans, it's fun to start dreaming about your vacation or staycation ahead of time, and planning your kits too!

Mary has some fabulous kits to help you plan ahead (digi-wise) for your next vacation:

You can find these kits and more, in Mary's Store Plum Dumpling Designs at
Have a great Wednesday! Dawn

Monday, May 16, 2011

It's A Give Away Monday!

Hi, y'all! This is Tiffany, one of the newest members of the Plum Dumpling team here with a give away for this Monday.

Today I have this sweet little matte and elements cluster made with the kit "Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow." What an awesome kit! I find myself going back to it all the time! This matte can be used for journaling or a picture.

Here's a sneak peek and you can download the .png file HERE

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Grab Bag Reveal & New Releases!

Lots of new stuff to show you, so let's get right to it! First the Grab Bag Reveal!

And now some New Releases for this week - these are 20% off through Sunday!

In case you weren't able to get that first level ScrapAThon prize, here it is...

And my Speed Scrap Participation Prize is in the shop this weekend too!

And finally...the former freebie...

Here's some inspiration from the CT

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Inspiration Wednesday

Last year after Queen of Scrap I was SO burnt out on scrapbooking.  I seriously struggled to complete 1-2 layouts a month for several months after.  I wondered if I would EVER love it again, like I did before and during the competition.  This year, I joined another competition - ASDR (a digital scrap race)  Although it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for, it did give me the motivation, the inspiration to start again.  Guess what?  I am now completing 15+ layouts a month and I love it more than ever.  So . . . here is some inspiration.  Try out a competition, even if it is just one challenge.  You can look at other's examples, use Mary's products and getting in a scrapping groove once again.  Here are some examples of challenges  happening over at Scrapmatters.

The May Stack Exchange is using Mary's "I Scream" product to create a stack or a cluster.  In the process you will receive stacks and clusters from everyone else who participates! (plus, the kit is 30% off through the month . . . how can you NOT get it now!!)
Here's one you will receive!

My favorite challenge is the Tuesday Template Challenge.  Here are the 2 templates you could work on for this month.

*The Everyday magic is asking for layouts about your love of books

*In Living Color you can do a LO with yellows, browns and greens.  The challenge specifically mentions Mary's "A walk in the woods" to complete this. 

*You can be helped along in your calendar toppers in "I'll pencil you" in challenge

*You can also make a one word title to describe your life for the "Word Up" challenge. 

I am so thankful for these challenges that help me stretch and grow as a scrapper and also, keep me going when I am in a slump.  You can find more challenges and speed scrap schedules at scrapmatters.  Keep scrapping! 

Thursday - Sneak Peek

Take a look at what's coming to the Plum Dumpling Designs Store at ScrapMatters tomorrow.

May 13 2011 sneak peek

Have a great day and keepscrappin'.

- Kayla

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day Speed Scrap!!

DH said it's MY day, so I said I'm doing a Speed Scrap! I hope you can join me!!

Here's what you'll be playing for...

See you then!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Choo Choo! ScrapMatters iNSD 2011 Blog Train

Welcome to the ScrapMatters' 2011 iNSD Blog Train! You may have arrived here from Haynay's blog. If you get lost along the way or if the train gets derailed, please visit the ScrapMatters' blog for the full list of stops.

Our theme for this iNSD is "vintage, feminine, romantic, trendy." Uhhh...I struggled with what to share!! But I did come up with something. Each year we go on a flea market, craft show weekend in October. We travel along the Spoon River Drive here in IL and find all sorts of treasures.

One of my very favorite purchases from these trips (ok, my parents bought it...I was in high school!) is my antique brass bed. They found it at The Barn, the BandB that they stayed at. My mom was so excited to bring it home for me. It was a little tarnished, but we both knew that it would be spectacular with a little TLC!

So I set to work restoring my bed. I spent several evenings in the garage. Sometimes with help, sometimes alone. But I got that brass to shine like the top of the Chrysler building! There are so many things I loved about my bed. I loved the brass, of course. I loved the antique springs and the way it would bounce! I loved all the work that I put into it. I've always thought that I would love to pass it on to my daughter if I ever have one. If not, I guess I'll just have to wait and see if I have a granddaughter! For now it will remain in our extra bedroom for guests.

This LO was created using the new ScrapMatters' Collab, Timeless. It's free with purchase for iNSD, so be sure to hop on over and check out all the new goodies at incredible sale prices!

And now onto my freebie! Look familiar, hehe!

Link will only be valid until May 14, 2011 (8am PST). After that, you'll be able to grab the goodies from the shop though if you missed it!!

Next stop: Jeanine DeOre Design Studio

Enjoy and Happy iNSD!

Friday, May 6, 2011

ScrapMatters' iNSD Master Schedule

Isn't this awesome?

Happy iNSD! Great Outdoors Grab Bag!!

Happy iNSD!! Woo hoo! I hope you're having fun, grabbing some great deals and scrapping your little heart out! I know I am! Be sure to check out all the fun things going on at ScrapMatters this weekend.

I have a grab bag for you today! There is a full reveal in the shop, so be sure to check out all the fun stuff that you'll get for this great price! Act fast though...this deal won't last long!

Plum Dumpling Designs' iNSD 2011 Grab Bag

Here's a LO that I created using the grab bag! I created this kit for all of our many canoe trips!!

And check out what the CT created...

Everything else in my shop is on sale too! Hop on over and pick up whatever might be on your wish list!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sneak Peek

Here's a sneak peek at what Mary has in her Grab Bag tomorrow...just a little taste of what's inside! Make sure you stop on over at the Scrap Matters store for Mary's Grab Bag! You will love it! It's chock full with a full kit, templates and a date element!! Don't miss it!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Happy Wednesday everyone! I love Wednesdays, but I'm even more excited this week because we're only two more days away from iNSD! Woot, woot! Be sure to check out all the fun going on at Scrap Matters to celebrate.

This week is also fun because it's Teacher Appreciation Week for many schools. I don't have any children in school yet, so I decided I wanted to scrap about one of my favorite teachers. She was my first grade teacher, and actually taught my three siblings too! We all loved her, and actually went back to visit her when I graduated high school (I'm the oldest). I've had these pictures lying around for ages and decided it was time to scrap them! I had to scan the pics, so the resolution isn't the best, but it's better than nothing.

So, for this weeks inspiration, why not think about one of your favorite teachers and scrap a page in their honor? Maybe you only have a picture of them from your yearbook-so scan it! And maybe you don't have a picture at all. But that's okay; sometimes the best pages have no pictures. Be creative, have fun, and think about what it was about that teacher that made them your favorite. Did they inspire you to dream? Encourage you to try? Saw potential in you that others didn't see? Whatever it is, scrap it! And maybe it's not a school teacher, maybe just a mentor or even a teacher from your church. Teachers give so much to shape and help us, and I feel it's important to remember them. I'll be doing a couple of more pages this week about some other teachers I had too, but here's one with my siblings and I and our first grade teacher.

Be sure to include a link to your page in the comments!

I used Plum Dumpling Designs kit, "Serendipity" for this. I loved the bright colors! And the cute alpha is her "Basically Black Alpha" which is perfect for school themed pages!


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