Monday, August 31, 2009

It's Elementary Alpha & WordArt

I feel like it has been so long since we released a full kit that I had a hard time keeping straight what needed to be released today--LOL!! Luckily I figured it out. Today we have our alpha & wordart available for download. The alpha includes the capital and lowercase letters along with numbers and punctuation. The wordart includes 11 different sayings all about school and teachers. Although there are two previews there is only one download. Come back on Thursday to pick up the quick layouts. Scroll down below the previews and click on the link to download. Enjoy!!!

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Designer Spotlight

This week not only are Scraps 'n Pieces releasing there newest kit Eternity but they are also the Stuff to Scrap Desinger Spotlight of the week. What does that mean for you? All week long their entire store is 30% off. Click on the flyer to be taken over to the store to check out all of their kits.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It's Elementary Elements

I am so excited to release another portion of this kit (fyi if you downloaded the paper and ended up with two sets of background paper the link is corrected). The elements in this kit are adorable. Everything has a crayon look from the words to the kids. With all the different elements there should definitly be something that everyone will like. It should be no surprise that there are two downloads for the elements so scroll down on below the preview and click on the link to download each one. Enjoy!!

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Pool Party Quick Layout

With Scraps 'n Pieces being the spotlight designer at f.o.r.e.v.e.r free downloads we had a couple of kits to make pages out of this week. We figured as long as we were making the kits we may as well give away the quick layout. So here you go. Scroll down below the previews and click on the link to download.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

On Safari and a Freebie

Scrap 'n Pieces has once again come out with another great kit. On Safari includes 19 papers, 38 elements and a full alpha. As you can tell from my page they have adorable cardboard animals that really make the kit. As always the kit is on sale for $2.50 for the first week. Click on the preview to be taken over to the store to pick it up. . .but first scroll down below and you can pick up the quick layout of my page.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

f.o.r.e.v.e.r free and Scraps 'n Pieces

This week Scraps 'n Pieces are the spotlight designers at f.o.r.e.v.e.r free downloads. They made a FREE cute very bright colored water kit. You can pick up the papers today (whenever the link gets fixed), elements on Wednesday and alpha on Friday. Plus, there shoul be some quick pages available on their site on Tuesday and Thursday. Click on the kit preveiw to head on over to f.o.r.e.v.e.r free website to pick it up!

$2 Tuesdays at Stuff to Scrap

So it's about that time again--$2 Tuesdays at Stuff to Scrap. This week Scraps 'n Pieces will be putting in a set of their Quit Buggin Me quicklayouts. Click on the flyer to be directed to the store to pick them up, but remember they will only be on sale on Tuesday.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tips & Tutorials #2

Selecting and Deselecting Items in PSE

One of our early frustrations when learning Photoshop was trying to get the "marching ants" selection box off of items that were selected. We were so grateful when we finally came across the answer that we thought we would share it here.

1. Deselecting Items - When you get the selection box (marching ants) around an item on your page and want to get rid of it hold CTRL and hit D and the box will disappear.

2. Selecting Items - When you want to select an item on the page (put the marching ants around it) hold down the CTRL key and click on that layer over on the side in the Layers Palette.

Hope you find this useful!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Template #3

Going with our theme of offering one template a week we have another template avaible today. This template has quite a few pictures (11 between the two pages) however they could easily be filled in with paper if you didn't need that many pictures. The paper used in the preview is from Scraps 'n Pieces On My Honor kit. Starting next week we will have our newest kit available--it's gonna be super cute so come back on Tuesday to take a look and pick up the paper. Scroll down below the previews and click on the link to download. Enjoy!!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

$2 Tuesdays and Back to School Sale at Stuff to Scrap

There are a couple different sales going on at Stuff to Scrap right now. First of all they have a back to school sale where everything in the store is on sale for 30% off for this week. Also the $2 bin is now only available on Tuesdays. This week Scraps n Pieces has a set of At The Fair quickpages. Click on the flyers to head over to the store and check all the sales out!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

On My Honor

So Scraps 'n Pieces has come out with their newest kit called 'On My Honor'. I was having a hard time figuring out what kind of a page I wanted to make with the kit--while I do have 3 boys none of them are old enough to be into scouts. Once it occurred to me that I had old camping pictures to use I was set--I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors in this kit and there was good paper and elements that could be used for anything. The kit is on sale for the next week so click on the preview to head over to pick it up.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Tips and Tutorials #1

We've had a few people who have asked questions and we have been wanting to share some of our knowledge so we thought we would start a Tips & Tutorials post. Whenever we think of something that we feel would be helpful to others we will post a little tip or write out a tutorial for it. If you have questions about how we do something or why, please feel free to email it to us. We know what it is like to be confused and lost when you first try digital scrapbooking and we are more than willing to help out however we can.

Why Photoshop?
One of the questions we have been asked is what program is best for digital scrapbooking. Well, we can only speak from our own experience. As paper scrapbookers we originally had no interest in getting into digital scrapbooking. When we started to discover all of the freebies that were available we thought we would give it a try. We had always used the graphics program CorelDraw when we designed stuff for ourselves so our early attempts at digital scrapbooking were in Corel. That was actually what got us to try it originally. We had no desire to learn a new program, but when we realized we could use a program we already knew we were excited. However, it didn't take us long to realize that we were limited with what we could do in CorelDraw. So much of what is created - like quick pages - is made in and only works in Photoshop. We also knew we would eventually want to design our own kits and it looked like we would need to use Photoshop to do that.
So, we went to the Adobe website and downloaded the free trial version of Photoshop Elements 7. It was good for 30 days and we figured that would give us a chance to decide if we wanted to buy it for real. I will admit that at the beginning we were VERY frustrated. We didn't know how to do even the most simple things. We found some good websites with helpful tutorials - some for free and some that we had to buy. We learned a lot through trial and error, and after about a month we had a pretty good grasp on it and there was no looking back. In fact, we have trouble using CorelDraw now because we spend so much time in Photoshop.
SO (sorry I am so long-winded), if you already have a digital scrapbooking program that you use and you like it, great - you should probably stay with it. If you are looking for something to get you started I would recommend PSE7. There are other versions of Photoshop (CS2 or CS3) but our experience was they were more confusing and not really necessary for anything we wanted to be able to do. Once you get the program, you are going to want to find some tutorials. The ones we found that were the most helpful were at Scrapgirls (purchased some video tutorials), Misty Cato's website ( - she is a great help!), and Jessica Sprague's website ( We have also randomly searched the web for help, but much of what you find is more geared to the photo editing side of things rather than digital scrapbooking.

Actions & Brushes are the two main things that made us choose Photoshop. An action is a set of steps that are put together for you and do all kinds of cool things. They can make an element look plastic or metal, make your paper look torn, sanded or distressed, turn something into wood or felt - the possibilities are endless. Photoshop comes with a few actions but you can find more online. Our very most favorite site for actions is Atomic Cupcake ( They are awesome!! They give away a freebie action every week and they run great deals on the ones they sell so you can buy them pretty inexpensively. We will do a tutorial sometime on how to install actions into your program but they do come with instructions on how to do it. Brushes are another great tool when it comes to designing your own stuff. I think of brushes like all my old stamp sets. You can get all kinds of brushes - flowers, lines, grunge stuff, Christmas, birthday, etc. There are lots of free brushes available at Deviant Art ( I am sure there are lots of other great sites that we haven't talked about or don't know about but it is time for this post to end. Hope some of you find all this rambling helpful!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Template #2

In an effort to expand our freebie offers we once again have a template available for download today. Make sure to come back Thursday to pick up some new never seen Splash quick pages. Scroll down below the previews and click on the link to download. Enjoy!!!

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Cause for Celebration Add On

To continue on with our add on week today we have the Cause for Celebration add on. The add on includes 7 papers, 13 elements and an alpha. Make sure to come back next week to pick up some quick layouts done with the add ons released this week. The following week we will be back with a new kit (just needed a small break while we get kids back in school). Scroll down below the preview and click on the link to download. Enjoy!!

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Just Dance with a new kind of Freebie

Scraps 'n Pieces has released their newest kit Just Dance which includes 23 papers, 51 elements/wordart and a full alpha. Although the kit is made more for ballet/dance photos Tami was able to make a great volleyball page out of it. Just Dance is on sale for $2.50 this week so click on the on the kit preview to pick it up.
Now for our new kind of freebie. . .to go along with this post we have our very first template available. This template is great to be able to fit tons of pictures, but could also be changed around to have some of the pictures spots used for journaling. Scroll down below all the previews and click on the link to pick it up!!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Splash Add On

As with most of our kits our Splash kit ended up being a little bit bigger then we had expected--the result was the perfect sized add on. This add on includes 4 papers and 22 elements ranging from more cute of the cute kids to water splats. Scroll down below the preview and click on the link to download it.

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$2 Tuesdays

This week Scraps 'n Pieces has added a 9 page quick page set. The pages are perfect for anytype of water or summer picture. The set holds 44 pictures total so make sure to head on over to the Stuff to Scrap store to pick them up.