Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday Template Freebie - #51

Happy Saturday morning again!  What do you have lined up for the weekend?  We've got baseball, baseball and more baseball.  Two games today and 2 practices on Sunday.  Too much fun.  And in the spirit of twos, I've got a 2-page template freebie for you today.  Too much fun!

It was based off my Small World layouts with Natalie's 'World of Laughter' kit.  Here's my layouts.

An now here is your Template Freebie #51.  Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Water and Ice

When you're a kid, going to the playground and sliding down the slides is something you can do over and over again.  When you add water to all those slides and call it a water park, you've created the ultimate in fun full of splashing and giddy squeals!!  Inspired by all the water fun you can have at Disneyworld's Blizzard Beach, this new kit combines splashy pool fun with cool, icy decorations.
Kelly is proud to introduce to you today...

This kit is filled with 15 papers in splashy colors and wavy patterns.  There's so many waterpark elements like a water slide, sun shine, inner tubes, floats, goggles, bathing suits, beach ball, sunglasses and flip flops.  Plus to match the icy decorations at Blizzard Beach, Kelly has included a snowman, ski chalet, skis, snow capped mountains, pine tree and snow flakes.  The full alpha is a cool icy white outlined in beachy blue.

Take a look at all the fabulous clustered items you get in the 'Water & Ice Page Starters'.  There's 3 word art title, a splashy border, 2 frame clusters and a gorgeous cluster strip.  So cool!

You'll find the 'Water & Ice' kit and page starters at for 25% off this weekend only.  

The colors in this kit are fabulous for scrapping all your fun inside the water parks and anywhere around the pools.  There's so much watery fun to scrap here!  Take a look at the page I made.  This was the pool slide at  Port Orleans French Quarter.

Now it's time to slip and slide around the Creative Team to grab some splashy goodies.  Hang on to your inner tubes while you slide around though Jenn's Blog, Jessica's Blog and  Wendy's Blog.  Give them a high five along the way and leave a little love for the girls.  Enjoy and happy scrapping!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cool Statistics Counter For Your Blog

If you have a blog, did you ever wonder how many people are looking at you, how did they get to your blog and what pages are the most popular on your blog?  Well, there's a cool tool that I use called StatCounter that tracks all that information about your blog in a very easy to read format.  StatCounter is free and easy to install.  On my blog, it was a few lines of code to add and it's all invisible to your readers.

You can check out their demo and see this main summary page that shows how many people visited your blog each day.  Pretty cool, huh?

There's lots of other information you can see about your blog.  Things like which site they came from to get to your blog, what countries they're from, how long they stayed at your site.  Lot's of neat statistics.

So if you're looking for a free tool to track your blog activity, you might want to check out StatCounter.  Hope you have a great week!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Splash of Happy From Natalie's Place Designs

Natalie's got a sunny and fresh new kit just released today called 'A Splash of Happy'.  It's a gorgeous collection of yellows, oranges and blues.  Just looking at the preview makes you think of being outside on a sunny day.  There's a fabulous sand castle, Adirondack chair, beach umbrella, flip flops, sunshine burst, sand scatter, several splashy word strips and lots more.

To coordinate with the kit, Natalie made a gorgeous set of word art titles.

And check out these cluster sets with beautiful frames.

You can find all of Natalie's gorgeous creations at her blog store at Natalie's Little Corner of the World.

I just love the color combinations in this kit.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to scrap our character breakfast at Cape May Cafe.  The beachy costumes that Minnie, Donald and Goofy wear are a perfect match for this kit.  Here's my 2 page layout.

Since I loved the colors in this kit, I made a paper stack freebie for you.  Might be a nice starter background for a pool or beach layout.  Enjoy and happy scrapping!

Template Freebie #50

Good morning!  Hope you've got a great weekend planned.  It's getting warm and sunny here which makes it mandatory to be outside!  Here's a page I made for one of the Mousescrappers Speed Scraps.  This is the inspiration for Template Freebie #50.

So here is your Saturday morning freebie, Template #50!!  Enjoy and have fun scrapping!

Friday, March 23, 2012

A Fabulous Fantasyland Kit From Kellybell Designs

Ladies and gentlemen!  Come on down to the Big Top for a thrilling view of the new Fantasyland expansion!  Just this week, several new attractions were opened at Disneyworld in Fantasyland as part of Storybook Circus including one spinner of the dueling Dumbos, Barnstormer-The Great Goofini and Fantasyland Train Station.  There's so much more planned for the next 12 months.

To celebrate the opening of the new Fantasyland expansion, Kelly has created a fabulous storybook circus kit that will rock your socks!!

Filled with 18 bright and bold circus theme papers in fun patterns, stripes and starbursts, the 'Big Top' kit is so full of energy!  The elements are so playful, there's a train car, hoop with fire, circle stand, circus tent, Dumbo, swirls, clouds, flairs, word strips, flowers, scatters, ribbons and scalloping.  It's such a gorgeous kit.

Check out the fun circus alpha in a playful white and teal.  There are 5 different word art titles that are fabulous for a Fantasyland or Dumbo layout.

Kelly's page starter clusters just keep getting better and better!  Look at all the ribbons, paper strips, swirls and elements all clustered together. 

There are 4 paper stacks to choose from.  Each featuring a different color scheme to capture all the different sights and sounds in Fantasyland.  Grab one of these papers, add in a frame cluster, top it off with a word art title and your layout is complete!

And with Kelly's new collections, you can get all 4 pieces packaged together in a bundle.

All of Kelly's new releases are 25% off this weekend only (except for bundles that are already value priced).  You'll definitely want to check these out and grab all of them at Kellybell

You can't help smiling and feeling happy when you're scrapping with this kit.  The colors are so lively and fun! Here' a page I made with the 'Big Top' collection.

Grab your box of popcorn and let's stroll through Kelly's Creative Team to grab some 'Big Top' goodies.   Here is your path today:  Jamie's Blog, October's Blog, and  Roxana's Blog.  Hope you have a Disney trip planning in the next 12 months to see all the wonderful new Fantasyland attractions!  Enjoy and have a great week!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Fun Tip About Blending Papers

I love textures and patterns!  Even on a solid paper, I love for it to have a texture to it.  The textures add a fabulous depth and richness to your pages.  When you start stacking papers together, the textures and patterns help to differentiate the colors.  Sometimes with a solid paper, I like to liven it up by blending 2 papers together.  Many times I like the color of the solid paper, but want to add a slight pattern to it.  Blending papers is such a simple task.  

So let's start with a fun and bold kit like Dream Big Designs 'Pizza Plus Games'.  And if you've ever been to Chuck E. Cheese, you know that loud, bold and noisy is the norm!!  

We'll start with this pretty solid yellow paper and find something with a pattern to blend into it.  

Looking through the papers in this kit, I like the square windows in this paper.  I also made sure that the patterned paper is somewhat coordinating in color shades.

So I place the green checkered paper in a layer above the solid yellow paper.  I change the blending mode to "Overlay" and then soften the opacity quite a bit down to 43%.

And here is the resulting blended paper.  A solid yellow paper with some square checks to it!

Let's try another example.  We'll start with this solid cardboard purple paper.

I spotted this cool paper with lots of stars on it.

I place the white star paper in a layer above the solid purple paper.  I changed the blending mode to "Soft Light" which has a slightly lighter feel than Overlay does.  And I slide the opacity way down to 39%.

And here you go.  That same purple cardboard paper but now decorated with a few stars.

Easy peasy, huh?  Give it a try sometime and experiment with different blending modes!  Blending 2 papers together gives your kit a lot more versatility!  Hope you have a fabulous week!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Your Saturday Morning Template Freebie #49

Happy Saturday morning!  We're coming to the end of our Spring Break week here with the boys.  It's been a rather rainy and gloomy week, not the best when you don't have school.  But the slower pace has been sorta nice!  I've got another template for you today.  This Cinderella parade layout was the inspiration.

And here's another one I scrapped:

Which has now become Template Freebie #49.  Enjoy!  Can't wait to see what you can scrap with this one.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Mixed Media, Frame It Up and a Rainbow Alpha From Kellybell Designs

While it's fun shopping for full sized kits in the store, it's also important to have a few element packs that you can go to over and over again.  Today Kelly has a set of 3 essentials that you'll want to add to your scrapping stash!

When you're scrapping a Disney layout, having a set of word art strips, sayings and flairs can add that adorable touch to your clusters or give a photo that perfect thought.  Take a closer look at this set of Mixed Media.


Check out these adorable frames!  They sorta look like IPod covers!  What a great assortment of frames to highlight your classic Disney photos and Animal Kingdom photos.  So versatile!


Rainbow Chrome Alpha is so shiny and sparkly!  Just imagine all the titles you can create with this alphabet.  Perfect for everything from parades to princesses and fireworks to pool play!


All 3 of these new releases will be on sale for 25% off this weekend only at  Make sure you grab them on sale!

There's so much you can do with these media tags, frames and alpha.  And it's so fun to mix and match.  Here's my creation:

The Creative Team got a chance to really mix things up with their freebies today.  Here's your assignment:  find a safari decorated frame from Lisa, a great back cover title from Julie and here's my night parade title. Enjoy picking up your freebies today and make sure you leave a comment of thanks!  Happy scrapping!

Meet The Newest Members of Kelly's Creative Team!

So excited that Kelly is adding new gals to her Creative Team.  
A big welcome to these 9 lucky ladies!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

More Intergalactic Goodness From Natalie's Place Designs!

It's no surprise how much my boys and I love Star Wars.  So when Natalie first came out with her kit called 'Intergalactic', I was beyond thrilled!  So the fact that she's releasing an add-on, word art and frame clusters that all coordinate with 'Intergalactic' had my jaw dropping followed by lots of jumping up and down!!  Seriously, you just can't have enough Star Wars kits if you're a fan and if you've ever been to Star Wars Weekends at Disneyworld!

Here is the Intergalactic Add-On kit with 8 new papers and 22 new elements:

And check out this gorgeous set of word art titles!

I now my favorite piece!  These clusters frames are just so fabulous.  They fill up your layouts with a premade cluster, just drop in your photos and your page is nearly finished!

Here's the full Intergalactic kit.  Make sure you pick it up if you don't already own it.

I was really needing to finish up some pages from Star Wars Weekends, so these add-ons sure motivated me to get busy.  The frame clusters were so wonderful and so easy to scrap with that I quickly created 3 pages!! Take a look!

I made a freebie border for you with all the fun Galactic elements and papers.  You can also check out Cynthia's Blog and Lisa's Blog to find a few other Star Wars freebies!  Enjoy and may the Force be with you today!