Thursday, June 30, 2011

Take a look at what is coming in Plum Dumpling's store tomorrow at ScrapMatters!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Inspiration Wednesday!

Happy mid-week, scrappers! Nikki here with a little inspiration for your bright, summery, vacation-y, party-y layouts. I used one of Mary's Paper Pieces templates and the wonderful Thoroughly Amused kit for this (appropriately) LOUD parade layout:

I love how the paper strips add plenty of fun, and the photo arrangement is perfect for a bunch of semi-similar pics. This would be a fabulous basis for a July 4th layout (fireworks photos, anyone?), a swimming party, a ballgame, present-opening at a birthday party or baby shower... all those occasions where you may snap a bunch of great pics that all look kind of similar, but the whole bunch of them adds up to a page that really FEELS like the event. (I even used the same template with a totally different "vibe" for whalewatching photos!).

You can grab the template pack here,

and get Thoroughly Amused here

I also used Serendipity, Alpha-Bits, and the blog freebie alpha Bright & Beautiful. One little trick I pulled... the wordstrips from Serendipity were quite a bit softer than the bold colors in Thoroughly Amused. I pumped them up with a hue/saturation layer in PSE, simply pulling the "saturation" slider to the right until I was satisfied that they'd been "emboldened" enough. No need to check the "colorize" box; just pull that single slider to give soft shades some umph!

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Throwback Thursday

It's a Throwback Thursday from Jennifer in Texas. It's a Triple T! If only my name was Tiffany.

I was doing a speed scrap a while back and loved the versatility of Mary's kit Serendipity. I used it to create this page in two hours. For me, that's pretty fast! I was shooting for a very simple page design and color use since my photos had a strong pattern. The kit contains a lot of red but I was easily able to select items to use that weren't red. Quote of the day "Ya'll don't be afraid to recolor if you need to."

Here is the fantastic kit I used

Here's some other great inspiration from Mary's CT using Serendipity. I love all the versatility of this kit! Images are linked, go check out the details of these pages in the gallery and leave some love.

Kat made this sweet gem "Disney in the Rain"

Here is Scrappycharmer with "Times Like These"

Carve out a few minutes today to get some scrapbooking done and have a great weekend!

Monday, June 20, 2011

I scream, you scream, we all scream FREEBIE!

Hello! Wendy here! Today I bring you a quickpage created using Plum Dumpling Designs I Scream kit

This kit is super cute filled with yummy goodness doodles of ice cream cones, banana splits, popscicles. Oh my I better stop, Im making myself hungry!

Well you didn't come to this blog to hear me ramble about the delicious features of this kit, you came for the freebie! Today you can enjoy a 12x12 quickpage using I Scream which you can download here

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Throwback Thursday: All American Superhero

Hi everyone! Nikki here with some "oldie but goodie" inspiration for you, using Mary's fabulous photo-full templates and a classic kit--with a twist! I noticed that All American Superhero is the perfect color scheme for Disney pics, so instead of using it to scrap ___________ (Super, Bat, Spider, etc.) Man, I decided to scrap another cartoon favorite:

I used a template from the 12 Months of Fun template pack, which are fabulous for your Month in Review pages, but also ideal for any photo-heavy layout... like our many Mickey pics:

Try switching out a photo or two for a journaling block, and be sure to play with embellishments! The template I used showed about a dozen little embellies; I mixed it up using flair, sets of stitches, and even strips of ribbon in the various locations. I also embellished the background with a few swirls of string, swooshes of paint, and scatters of stars to echo the colors and themes in my pictures.

And when you're kit shopping (whether in your stash or at the store!) remember to look for kits that can serve all kinds of photos! Even though I only used one sheet of the kit's paper, the embellishments and alpha from All American Superhero gave my non-superhero layout all the theme-ing it needed... from the rope of a sorcerer's robe, to the stars of his hat, to an autograph-ish scribble, to a (not very) "hidden Mickey."

One last thought: On very photo-heavy pages like this, it can be tricky to find spots for journaling. Because my photos were taken over the course of a year and a half, I wanted to include a date for each one without adding 11 separate date tags. I simply used the type tool to add the date directly on each photo... in white on dark photos, and in black on light photos. Ah, the joys of digi! *grin*

Happy scrapping!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Father's Day Card

Hi everyone! I have some hybrid inspiration for you today. This card is very easy and takes almost no time to make. I found the template and instructions @ Little Birdie Secrets. I used Mary's Don't Rush kit, which is perfect for this!

Here's what my card looks like.

I hope you all have a wonderful Father's Day!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Give Away Monday!

Welcome to Give Away Monday! Dawn here...if you're family is anything like mine, you are super busy this summer! I hope this freebie will help speed up your scrapping of all your wonderful memories!

This freebie was made using Lob-STAH you can find the full kit at ScrapMatters:
and you can download your freebie here by clicking on the preview:

Friday, June 10, 2011

New Releases: West Egg & Art Deco

Today I have an awesome new alpha and a paper pack for all of your art deco lovers out there! Remember New Releases are 20% off through Sunday!

Here's some inspiration from the CT...

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Template Freebie for a Friend

Hi all! I have a template freebie for you today that celebrates Andi of Hot Pink Pansy's 2nd Blogoversary! You'll have to head on over to her blog to download, but here's a preview of what you'll be picking up...

Happy Blogoversary Andi!!

Sneak Peek!

Take a peek at what's coming on Friday to Plum Dumpling Designs' store at ScrapMatters!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Inspiration for this week . . .

Just a quick reminder that Father's Day is coming up!  It might be a nice tribute to make a Layout, card, or hybrid gift for Dad.  Here are some wonderful example of Father's Layouts using Mary's kits.

Here are some kits you might consider using!

For the outdoorsy-dad  Don't Rush

For the nerdy dad -Hypothesis

For the any shot of dad A walk in the woods

For the family man - Family Fun

For your sweetheart-  He's my Valentine

For your kids superhero

Happy Father's Day next Sunday, June 19th!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Give Away Monday - Cluster Freebie

Hello everyone,

Kayla here with another freebie for ya'll. Today I have a little cluster that was made with the fabulous kit - a photo a day.

Download freebie here.

Hope ya'll enjoy it. Take care and keepscrappin'!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Release: Mix A Kit Summer Style!

Happy June 1st! It's Mix A Kit time at ScrapMatters and I've got the perfect word art pack for summertime!

Remember Mix A Kit products are 20% off for the first week!!

You can use the word art and create a background paper like Nikki...

Or as part of your title like Kayla...

Or just as an element like Melanie...

Here's some more CT inspiration...

Be sure to check out the rest of the awesome Mix A Kit goodies in the shop!
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