Saturday, May 31, 2014

At This Moment | 3 Way Challenge at Pixels & Company

I created this page as a sample layout for a 3 Way Digi Scrap challenge over at Pixels & Company. I, along with 2 other CT members, created layouts using Anita Designs' This Moment kit.

The challenge, if you choose to participate, is to either (1) scrap a page using the This Moment kit, (2) scrap a page lifting either my page or one of the other two sample pages using two of Creashen's kits. That's it! Easy peasy, right?!

Here's my page (I love this photo of my son!):

Click here to get more details about the challenge, see the other other two sample layouts and to learn about the prizes for participating. Have fun digi scrapping!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

You Bring Sunshine to My World

I don't get nearly as many photos of my son as I do my daughter so I love when I get a chance a scrap a "Grant" page!

Materials used:
Minted Collection & About a Boy kit by Mye De Leon; Stitched Down Vol. 4 by Wishing Well Creations

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

My 2013 Family Albums (yes albums!) are off to print at Blurb!

I did it! I got my 2013 family albums sent off to print at Blurb a few days ago! I'm so excited! I had planned on printing 2013 in just one book, but it turns out that when printing using the premium papers that Blurb has a 240 page limit. Oh well! I've got close to 300 pages for 2013 and I couldn't bear the thought of cutting 50 pages of memories from my album that I worked so hard to create that I decided to break it up into two books. Besides, I like Blurb's premium papers. Anyway ... now the waiting begins! For now I thought I'd share my album covers with you!

One more thing I want to share with you. I've been in contact with Blurb a couple of times with questions about my book (completely my issues, not theirs). I can't tell you how simply AMAZING Blurb's customer service has been. I'm completely in awe actually. They are truly the only place I will print my books. I highly recommend them!

Anyway ... here are my album covers. I'll post again with photos of the books when they arrive in the next few days!

Materials used:
Book Cover - 2013 Family Album #1 (Jan-June)
Materials used:
Simply Adore You collaboration by Gennifer Bursett & Jennifer Labre
Stitched Down Vol. 3 templates by Laura Passage/Wishing Well Creations
Noted alphas by Celeste Knight/Sweet Caroline Studios

Book Cover - 2013 Family Album #2 (July-December)
Simply Adore You collaboration by Gennifer Bursett & Jennifer Labre
Stitched Down Vol. 3 templates by Laura Passage/Wishing Well Creations
Noted alphas by Celeste Knight/Sweet Caroline Studios

Raw Sugar Journal Cards by Deena Rutter

Monday, May 26, 2014

Anyone else scrap in the car? (Sports Pages for my kiddos)

So, does anyone else use their time in the car (long car rides, not trips to the grocery store of course! LOL!) to catch up on some digi scrapping? I do and I love it. Thankfully my husband does the driving on our long car rides, which leaves mean I can scrap if I want to. It makes me feel so productive!

Yup. These pages are both pretty much the same. I took Jana Morton's Inspired Images class and decided a sports page was in order for each of my kids. They'll be the same design in the book, but I figured if I were to buy prints from one of those sports places they'd offer similar designs to so what the heck! These were super fun pages to put together!

Materials used:
Bold Statement Alpha by Julia Makotinsky
Life 365 Stamp Sheet (awesome you) by Karla Dudley
Preschool Superstar (metal star) by Misty Cato
Graphic Pop Edgers No. 2 (brush) by Katie Pertiet
Take Stock Mod Pop Cardstock (blue paper) by Robyn Meierotto
Competitive Spirit (basketball) by Audacious Designs
Points of View Vol. 1 (doodle arrow) by LivE Designs
Game Time (basketball) by Lori Barnhurst
Ashbee (brush) by Karla Dudley Design
A Little Pizzaz (doodle star) by 2 Peas

This Year 2014 Spring Alpha by Scotty Girl Designs
Irresistible button (Love This) by Karla Dudley Design
Competitive Spirit (volleyball) by Audacious Designs
Picture This (paint spatter) by Anita Designs
At the Office Graph Brushes by Splendid Fiins

Graphically Scrolled by Katie Pertiet

Friday, May 23, 2014

Einstein?! (my awesome uncle!) New Release from Wishing Well Creations

Good morning and happy Friday! It's new release day at Pixels & Company and I used a newly released template set (Stitched Down Vol. 4) by Wishing Well Creations for this page. I just took a peek at the four different Stitched Down template sets Laura has released and it looks like I've used several from each set. They're without a doubt some of my favorite templates!

As for these fun photos ... my Uncle Andreas is an awesome guy and I could simply not pass up scrapping this hilarious (at least to me!) Einstein photo! He's so funny and knowledgeable and an all around entertaining guy!

Materials used from Pixels & Company:
Wishing Well Creations:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Project Life | Week 20 (Real Life in Pockets - iCaptured)

It's been a busy week and I was slower than normal getting started creating my project life pages for the week. I just got Mommyish & Just Jaimee's RealLife in Pockets - iCaptured kit. OMG, could a kit possibly even be more fun? All the fun photography word art and journal cards and papers - it's just awesome! Right up my alley. Show me a kit with photography stuff and I've simply GOT to have it! LOL!

Materials Used (Pixels & Company & The Lillypad):
Mommyish & Just Jaimee: Real Life in Pockets - iCaptured

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Our Mother Daughter Mediterranean Cruise

I thought I was finished with my 2013 album today and then I took one last look through the pages I created for the year and decided I wanted another page with photos of my mom, sisters and me on our Mediterranean Cruise this fall. I went with a design and used techniques from Jana Morton's Inspired Images class. This page was a lot of fun to create! (And do you know what? The cruise was a lot of fun too!)

Art House Textures 1 by Jodi Lee
Thrift Store Grab Bag (wood frame) by Kitschy Digitals
All American Summer (wood paper) by Design by Dani
Happiness Lies Within Smears by Mye De Leon
Family Matters Elements (ruler border) by Pink Paislee
Holiday Word Strips (Family Time) by Katie Pertiet
Stamped Brushes by Carina Gardner
Simply Adore You (flag) by Gennifer Bursett

Sunday, May 18, 2014

My Heart is Happy (Worms, Germany)

Me again ... I'm sitting here tonight watching a little TV with my daughter and scrapping! Life is good! 

(Using more Pixels & Company goodies!)

Materials Used:
Wishing Well Creations | Tiny Paper Bits
Scotty Girl Designs | 

Routine & everyday happenings

What a beautiful spring day! I got to enjoy the weather and I got to scrap a bit too. It was a good day!

Materials used:
Wishing Well Creations/Laura Passage Stitched Down Templates Vol. 1 and Vol. 2; Karla Dudley Sup? (papers & washi); Karla Dudley Life 365 Buttons; Karla Dudley Lime You Lots (everyday you tag)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Travel the world; come back home for love

This page was a lot of fun to create! I used lots of "this and that" from various kits to put it together. It all started with the awesome notebook-type PNG. I love when I find really cool, realistic looking book pages to start a page! This came from CIlenia Curtis' January 2012 Follow Your Art Book Pages kit available at

Materials used:
Cilenia Curtis Follow Your Art January 2012 papers, stitches, book pages, transfers & fasteners
Mye De Leon Digi Basics Neutral Smears
Katie Pertiet Defined Clippings No. 6 (travel definition)
Anna Aspnes Art Play Palette Transfer
Simply Tiffany Studios Tear Set 1
Audacious Designs Flight Path Elements
Basic Grey Clippings (green ticket)

Celeste Knight Noted Elements (envelope)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

High School Registration | Guide To Shadowing Class at Scrapaneers

I'm playing in Photoshop tonight. I'm taking Tiffany Tillman's Digi Scrap School Guide to Shadowing class at Scrapaneers. Click here if you want to check out the class. What fun! While I felt like I knew a fair bit of the ins and outs of shadowing ... this week's lessons were really packed with things I hadn't thought of and hadn't done before. I love learning new things in Photoshop! Yup, I might be kind of a computer geek! (And I'm proud of it! LOL!)

Materials used:
Get Schooled by Mommyish
Happiness Lies Within Smear by Mye De Leon
Chalkboard Journal Cards by Karen Funk
Template by Simply Tiffany Studios for her Guide to Shadowing Class at Scrapaneers

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Project Life | Week 19 + a graduation party

I had lots of photos from this week. Correction, I didn't have many photos of the "regular" week, but I had a ton of photos from the weekend and a big family graduation party we went to. When we have big family events I like to include additional pages in my project life album so that I can have more family photos I can look at and reminisce over over the years. So, for this week I've got two 2-page spreads.

Want to check out the video of the polar plunge? You can click here.

Materials used:
Project Life | Week 19
Just Jaimee |  May 2013 Storyteller Collection

Project Life | Week 19 | Graduation Party
Wishing Well Creations | Happy Days
Jennifer Valencia Photography | Photo Journal Cards Zen

Karla Dudley Design | Pause Sentiment Cards

Thursday, May 8, 2014

So very close ... back album cover to 2013 family album

I'm getting SO.VERY.CLOSE! I wanted to share the back cover image I created for my 2013 family album. It's  really similar to the front cover I created a month or so ago because I want it all to coordinate!

I used (all products available at Pixels & Company)
Adore You collaboration by Gennifer Bursett & Jennifer Labre; Stitched Down Vol. 3 templates by Laura Passage/Wishing Well Creations; Noted alpha by Celeste Knight/Sweet Caroline Studios

Beautiful Music

Yay ... I finally had a chance to play with the iNSD collab kit from Pixels & Company!

Materials used:
Bermuda Triangle a collaboration by Pixels & Company designers and Stitched Down Vol. 3 by Wishing Well Creations
I also used bits and pieces from the following: Painted Overlays by Mary Ann Wise and music wordart from Start the Music by Julia Makotinsky

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Snapshot of a Moment in Time | Inspired Images Class

This was another fun page to put together! I created this page using techniques I learned in Jana Morton's Inspired Images class.

Materials used:
Katie Pertiet | Bracketed Sentiments (snapshot wordart)
Katie Pertiet | A Bit of Grunge 2 (papers)
Karla Dudley | Lime You (I adore you tag)
Jana Morton | Painters Pack (background paper)
Michelle Coleman | Metal Brads
Anna Aspnes | Sketchy LoopDaLoop

MScraps | Happy Birthday kit (dotty paint)

Inspired Images | RipStik Chick

I made this fun page for this week's lesson in Jana Morton's Inspired Images class. I made my photos into sketches, used lots of filters and textures and blending. It was lots of fun! I love digi!

Materials Used:
paper: Shabby Princess Harvest
polaroid: Splendid Fiins Evidence

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Project Life | Week 18

I'm really enjoying Mye De Leon's Frolic collection. I tend to change up the kits I use for my project life pages every week, but this week I felt compelled to use Frolic again. It's just so darn fun!

Materials used:
Mye De Leon's Frolic Collection

Saturday, May 3, 2014

FREEBIES ANYONE?! Pixels & Company iNSD CT Blog Hop!

Happy International Scrapbooking Day/Weekend everyone and welcome to my blog! It's a big weekend in the scrapping community! The first thing I want to share with you is my Pixels & Company CT Blog Hop freebie and information on how to grab the rest of the CT's freebies! I've got lots of other fun stuff to share with you today as well so grab a cup of coffee, click some links for freebies and games, and have some fun!


I've got the good fortune of being on the creative team at the amazing Pixels & Company and in honor of iNSD I've created two FREEBIE journaling cards (horizontal and vertical format cards) that I'd like to share with you. My cards coordinate with P&Co.'s free iNSD Bermuda Triangle kit.

Many of us on the P&Co. CT have created freebies for you that coordinate with the Bermuda Triangle kit, so definitely check it out and follow along on our blog hop! You can download my cards by clicking HERE (or you can click on my preview image).

Here are links to the CT blog hop:

1.   P&Co Blog
2.   Lynnette
3.   Amy
4.   Jenn
5.   Linda
6.   Laura
7.   Barbara <--- YOU ARE HERE!
8.   Anna
9.   Kelly
10. Mandi
11. Jen H.
12. Erin
14. Carey
15. Kat
16. Rachel
17. Nettie
18. Becca
19. Final Stop: P&Co. Forum

You'll want to follow along in order so you don't miss anything, so your next stop is Anna's blog HERE

Quick personal note ... the CT blog hop doesn't officially start until 8:00 MST. I'm posting a little early for you because I'm heading out for a volleyball tournament to cheer on my daughter and her team and there's no internet access for me all day long! (Better to get you the info early than late, right?!)

After you've downloaded all the goodies on the CT blog hop, there is LOTS more going on at P&Co. for iNSD that I still want to share with you … 

Freebie Kit (Bermuda Triangle) |P&Co. Designer Blog Hop

If you haven't nabbed the Bermuda Triangle kit yet, be sure to follow along the P&Co. designer blog hop to get the code to nab it. It's free. It's cute. So why not?! Click HERE to go to the P&Co. blog and read all about it and start the hop!  If you've got the code already and haven't downloaded the kit yet, click HERE to download the kit.

Here's a preview image of the Bermuda Triangle kit. Isn't it pretty?!

More iNSD fun at P&Co.!

So … do you have some time this weekend to play? In addition to the CT and Designer blog hops, there is TONS happening at Pixels & Company! Here's a brief overview of some of the fun stuff going on:
  • There's a site-wide sale and you can earn as much as 50% off!
  • The Big Payoff contest (they're refunding one random order daily!) is running daily Thursday through Sunday
  • The Dream Cart contest runs Thursday through Sunday (1 winner)
  • Speed Scraps (Saturday at noon and Saturday at 8pm - MDT)
  • There are chats, games and challenges going on all weekend long in the DigiTalk forum with lots of prizes!
Here is a LINK to a forum post that will link you up to EVERYTHING going on at P&Co. this weekend!

Facebook | Barbara's Digital Designs

Want to see more? I've got a Facebook page (Barbara's Digital Designs) where I share all my digi creations along with lots of stuff I find out in digi land about digi & photography tutorials, great sales, things going on in the digi community, etc! Click HERE if you want to visit me on Facebook and click LIKE if you want to follow me!

And finally, the most important thing about iNSD is to be sure to HAVE FUN and get those creative juices flowing!

I hope you have an awesome weekend!