Saturday, April 28, 2012

Quest For Adventure Add-Ons From Natalie

Natalie has such a creative mind and a flair for mixing colors and textures.  So when she takes a kit like 'Quest For Adventure' which I'm already in love with, and adds on a bunch of new elements and several premade frames, word arts and papers, it just totally blows my mind.

So prepare yourself for some mind blowing beauty with all these new add-ons!

You can find the 'Quest For Adventure' collection at Natalie's Little Corner of the World.
Through the end of April, you can also purchase the original 'Quest For Adventure' kit for 40% off.  So make sure you grab this entire collection!  It's just gorgeous!

I was drooling over Natalie's paper stacks!  So I knew I had to scrap a few layouts with them.  Here's how I used the paper stacks, added in a few clusters and page corners, and topped it off with a new word art.  It was so easy so scrap!

Can you tell that I just love this kit!!  Here's a freebie word art I made for you.  You can never have enough Animal Kingdom titles.  Make sure you stop by Cynthia's Blog and Lisa's blog to pick up their freebie offerings too!  Happy scrapping and have a great weekend!

Saturday Template Freebie #55

Did you ever wonder why some months seem to fly by and then others just drag on?  We're at the end of April and I swear it was just yesterday when the boys were playing April Fools Day jokes on me.  Whoosh, where did April go?  Maybe it's because we've got so much baseball going on.  Hope your spring is going well.  I'm still making sure I work on my template freebies for you.  Here's the next layout inspiration. 

It's a simple one photo layout, but you can always add to it.  Hope you have a great weekend!  
Happy scrapping!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Remember The Magic of City of Tomorrow

Fasten your seat belts folks because Kelly's got a whole bunch of exciting new creations to share with you today!  Remember The Magic is a fun way to take an existing kit and spruce up the collection with lots of new accessories.  Today our focus is Epcot and all the cool futuristic gadgets to tinker with there.  Join us as we Remember The Magic of .... 

'City of Tomorrow' was first introduced in April 2011.  You probably already have it in your Disney stash.  It's a fabulous go-to kit for so many types of Epcot pages.  Inside this kit you'll find 15 papers made with cool metallic tones and geometric patterns.  'City of Tomorrow' is filled with 45 elements, everything from a monorail, globes, gears, wires, shiny stars, screws and other metallic goodies.  The silver alpha is very contemporary and perfect for titling your Epcot pages.

This is the original set of 7 word art titles.  It's a fun mix of silver and metals mixed with blues and reds.

To celebrate Remember The Magic, the original 'City of Tomorrow' kit and word art will be on sale for 50% off this weekend only.

Now feast your eyes on this amazing new Add-On.  Don't you just love the Spaceship Earth element?  There's 7 new papers with complimentary colors along with new gears, scatters, camera, flairs, spirals and a starburst.  You can scrap everything from the entrance at Epcot, to the fountains at the Gateway entrance, and everything in Futureland to Illuminations.  This is such a versatile kit.

Kelly created 5 new word art titles.  With so much going on at Epcot, you just can't have enough word arts!

Are you addicted to Kelly's page starters yet?  They are so easy to use and quite handy for whipping up a fast and beautiful layout.

Paper Stacks.  Yup, these are addicting too!  Nowadays, it's so important to get your Disney photo books done so that you can start planning your NEXT Disney trip.  These paper stacks make it so simple to get your layouts done.  Just think of how many Epcot pages you can use these paper stacks for.

These 4 new additions are on sale for 25% off until Sunday night at  Now let's take this collection out for a test drive and see what Kelly's Creative Team has done with it.

Wow, so much excitement in today's new release!  There are so many ways to be creative with 'City Of Tomorrow' and all the new accessories in this collection. Take a look at what I scrapped from Epcot.  It's the gorgeous fountain overlooking the Spaceship Earth ride.  And make sure you check out Kellybell Designs' blog to see the entire Creative Team's inspirational layouts.

Phew, you made it through to the bottom of the blog post!  Now it's time to take a tour through Kelly's Creative Team and pick up some 'City Of Tomorrow' freebies.  Check out Jamie's Blog, October's Blog, and Roxana's Blog to see what you can find.  Happy scrapping and have a great week!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Using Stripes On Your Page

Last week we talked about using banners in your layouts.  Today we'll be chatting about using stripes.  Sometimes striped paper can be very intimidating.  The stripes can be very big and bold making it seem too overwhelming to use in your layouts. But it can be very easy to get started.   Let's take a look at how Cheri's Dream Big Design Team uses stripes in their pages.

A gentle way to ease into using stripes is to make an outer edge border like Jennifer did.  The stripes add some wonderful colors to complement page.

Or you can use just one edge of the paper like Meagan did to make a vertical striped border.

And the border doesn't always have to run the entire edge from top to bottom.  See how Roxana has the striped paper going about 3/4rds of the edge.

When you are stacking multiple papers on top of each other, a striped paper adds lots of dimension as the middle paper.  Here's how Jennifer did that.

To add even more dimension and drama to the page, you can have a larger border of stripes on top and bottom like Jennifer did.  Because stripes are bold, you want to soften the page by using a solid color in the middle.

Here's another example by Brittany.  The cream colored paper in the middle looks lovely surrounded by the bold stripes.  Because the colors of the stripes match the colors of the elements, everything blends nicely.

Check out how brave Lynnette was!  She's got a striped paper for her entire background.  But with the oversized circle photo and all the beautiful clustering, the stripes do not overpower the page.

Another neat way to use striped is to add them in as a paper strip underneath your photos.  Melissa's page looks fabulous with the striped paper tucked under the snow pictures.

And here's one from me with a larger striped paper as a background behind the photos.

And lastly, when you have several paper blocks, using striped papers adds a nice colorful touch.  Meagan's page has several bold colors, patterns and stripes for her paper blocks.

Stripes can add lots of color and drama to your pages.  It can be fun experimenting with different patterns and textures.  I hope all these layouts give you lots of inspiration for adding stripes to your layouts.
Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Saturday Template Freebie - #54

Time for another Saturday morning template.  This has been a very busy week so far.  Seems the closer we get to the end of the school year, the crazier things get.  Oh my.  So today's post is short and sweet.  Here is the inspiration for my next template.  I love having lots of outer paper borders and paper matting as well as lots of ribbons and strips behind the photos.

And now you get template #54.  Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Head Down The Rabbit Hole Today!

If you've ever read the story of Alice in Wonderland, you know that Alice has a very topsy turvy adventure throughout Wonderland.  Tumbling down a rabbit's hole, shrinking down and then growing larger in size, having a mad tea party, playing croquet, being accused of stealing the Queen's tarts -- wow, what an adventure!  There are lots of colorful characters in that story.... Alice, The Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, Playing Cards, and Cheshire Cat.  And all the colors are bold and zany.  Today, Kelly is announcing a new collection inspired by all those wonderful colors and characters called...

'Wonderland' is filled with a beautiful palette of blue, green, yellow and pink.  You'll find a teapot, teacups, door mouse, white rabbit, mad hatter hat, swirls, arrows, hearts, lanterns and the most adorable Alice doll.  The checked alpha is outlined in pink lines and so fun to create titles with.  Here are 6 premade titles that Kelly has created for you.

And Kelly's fabulous set of page starters are always filled with lots of flowers, frames and clusters.

Need a premade background to start your layout?  Kelly has 4 gorgeous paper stacks that are perfect for your Alice or teacups layout.

All of these kits are on sale this weekend only for 25% off at  Make sure you grab this awesome collection while it's on sale.

'Wonderland' is so versatile and the colors are fun to play with.  Here's a layout that I made using one of the paper stacks for our meeting with Alice at the 1900 Park Fare breakfast.

Now it's time for your adventure down the rabbit hole.  You won't find any strange creatures chasing you, but you will find 3 amazing freebies to grab.  Just follow Abby's Blog and Julie's Blog to get your treasures.  And here is my freebie border for you.  Hope you have some amazing adventures of your own this weekend!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mad For Tea By Natalie's Place Designs

Natalie's got another fabulous collection for you today that's inspired by the Mad Tea Party ride and all the fun characters from Alice in Wonderland.  This kit is fabulous for scrapping your character meetings with Alice, Queen of Hearts, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Mad Hatter and of course for capturing all the spinning fun on  the Mad Tea Party ride

Natalie's filled this kit with 21 papers, mushrooms, teacups, pocket watch, white rabbit, swirls, playing cards, door mouse, flowers, lanterns, key hole and 2 amazing alphas.  Check out this set of wonderful word art titles.

To help get your layouts started, Natalie has a set of page starters and paper stacks.

Make sure you check out this collection at Natalie's Blog Store.  You'll probably end up buying the complete set!  This kit is filled with zany patterns and fun colors.  Here's a page from the Mad Tea Party ride.

We went to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2008 and met the Queen of Hearts.  She was pretty scary looking!  This layout was made with one of the paper stacks.

And now for a fun freebie for you, I made a word art title for your Mad Tea Party ride.  Hope you like it.  You might also check in with Cynthia's Blog and Lisa's Blog to find their freebies too.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How to Use Banners

Has the spring time weather hit your part of the world?  Amazing how a little bit of sunshine and warm weather can boost your spirits!  Today we're going to talk about how to use banners in your layouts.  When I started digi-scrapping, I had no idea how to use banners.  I was very comfortable hanging birthday banners on the walls for my son's birthday parties, but that was the extent of my banner experience.  LOL!  Now I love using banners.  They're great for adding a pop of color to your pages, plus they can be used as a focal point on your page or tucked under a photo.

So let's take a look at how Cheri's Dream Big Designs Creative Team worked their magic with banners.  First let's look at Lynnette's page.  You can place the banner in the middle of the page as a center focal point.    This checkered flag banner is so bold and so universally known, it serves as a great point of emphasis on the page.

Other times you might want to angle the banner from the corners like on Heather's layout.

And don't forget that you can string two banners together, check out Lynnette's layout.  Not just to create one longer banner, but also to angle them like you're hanging them from the walls.

Now, to get a little tricker with you banners, you can start tucking them under your photos and using them in clusters like Ronda did.  Look how this banner just blends right into the clustering under these 2 photos.

Here's another example from Brittany of how the banner isn't too overpowering on the layout and it add lots of color under the photos.

Sometimes you'll want to use more than 1 banner on the page under your photos.  Here Cami  has strung together 2 banners, angled them and placed them under 2 different photo clusters.

Look at this gorgeous page from Angela.  The banner and the leaves are popping out of the envelope along with the photo.

Most times you'll need to tack down your banners by using a button, staple or clip like Roxana did with these 2 banners.

And lastly, look how Jenn has these banners coming and going from both sides of the page.  Only a very small part of the banner is showing, but it adds lots of drama to the page.

So whenever you need some inspiration about how to use an element or technique, it's always a good idea to take a walk through the galleries.  Can't wait to see all the new ways you'll be including banners into your layouts now!!  Have a great week!