New Scrapping to share!

Working my way through a bunch of vacation photos in scrapping.  Luckily for me, it's the time of year where I can easily get my hands on travel related items, or make challenges into travel related layouts.  I don't think I'll ever run out of material the way we like to travel so much!

Here's my layouts for this week!

Just Jaimee - RLIP-Are We There Yet? Collab at The Lilypad

Just Jaimee - RLIP-Are We There Yet? Collab at The Lilypad

Just Jaimee - Save the Date at The Lilypad

Just Jaimee - Save the Date at The Lilypad

Scotty Girl Design - Q&A at Pixels & Co.

Scotty Girl Design - Q&A at Pixels & Co.

Anita Designs - A Story Captured Vol. 7 at Pixels & Co.

Anita Designs - A Story Captured Vol. 7 at Pixels & Co.

Anita Designs - A Story Captured Vol. 8 at Pixels &  Co.

Anita Designs - A Story Captured Vol. 8 at Pixels &  Co.

Yay! A freebie hop.

Who doesn't love a freebie?  

We all do of course.  And the wonderful Anita from Anita Designs has come up with a winner.  Her team (me included) has put together an awesome blog/FB hop that will result in a winner of a kit once you're done.  Simply follow along, and you'll score some awesome goodies designed by Anita herself and her team.

It's been great dipping my toe into the design world, and has given me a whole new respect for the designers who crank out awesome digi scrapping kits each and every week.  Hats off to you!

Click on the preview below to score my portion of the kit..."Lattice."

Or click this link...Freebie

I hope you enjoy this freebie, good luck and enjoy all the other goodies the rest of the team have in store for you.  

 

You should have arrived here from...Scooty's Designs

 

Next stop...France M. Designs

If you get lost anywhere along the way, you can get back on track at Anita's website...Anita Designs

What have I been doing this week???

Here's a gallery of the layouts I've been working on this week.  It's been really busy...finishing up my stint at The Lilypad, continuing working for Scotty Girl Designs, starting a guest stint for Just Jaimee and starting on a new team...Anita Designs.  I'm so excited to get to work with all these fabulous designers.  It's a fun time and I'm having a blast and getting a lot of scrapping done.  Not much else, but at least the scrapping is happening LOL. 

Just click on the pic and it will scroll to the next layout in the gallery.

Thanks for looking!

What Have I Been Up To Lately?

Life has been busy the past couple of weeks.  But I've managed to fit in a little scrapping time here and there.  Still guesting at TLP (The Lilypad) and having a ball.  It's seriously been a mental life saver for me these days.  

Here's a look at the layouts I've created the past couple of weeks.

Created for Scotty Girl Design - This Year 2014 Summer available at Pixels & Co.

Created for Scotty Girl Design - This Year 2014 Summer available at Pixels & Co.

The below gallery is what I've created over the past couple of weeks as a part of my stint as a Guest Polly at The Lilypad.  Click on the pictures to scroll through.

As you can tell, I've been a bit on the busy side...but I absolutely love creating these designs with my photographs.  It's an extension of my art and very enjoyable.

Holiday...Day Two

How many holidays last for more than one day?  There are a few, but none like National Scrapbook Day.  It really should be called National Scrapbook long weekend.  One has to pace themselves.  It's a marathon, not a sprint.  

Here are a few layouts created.

 

Doesn't Get Any Better

Doesn't Get Any Better

The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman

More to come....

It's a Holiday!

OK, it's not a holiday that most folks know about or celebrate...but if you're a scrapbooker, it's a major holiday.  It's National Scrapbooking Day or NSD for short!  It's the day where stores galore in digi land pull out all the stops and throw tons of product out there, run super sales and lots of fun all the way around.  It can be a bit overwhelming, but it's all fun. 

On top of this, I'm doing my one month guest stint at The Lilypad.  I've been waiting anxiously for this since I first learned I had won one of the coveted Guest Polly spots.  TLP has so many great designers and such great digital project for any style of scrapping, it's my go to haven for all things digi.

Here's a selection of the layouts I've completed so far using the new this weekend items available in the shop.   Click on any of the images to be taken to the TLP gallery to find the links to all products used to create these layouts.

Create

Create


Magic

Magic

Go, Seek, Explore

Go, Seek, Explore

So Proud

So Proud

Delicious

Delicious

Click, Crop, Create

Click, Crop, Create

Doesn't Get Any Better

Doesn't Get Any Better

Snapshots

Could there be a better theme for a digital scrapbooking kit than one that centers around my passion, my love, my photography?  Shannon at Scotty Girl Designs must have been reading my mind.  She gave me a kit that speaks to me and my art.  

My husband loves to take photos of me taking photos (sounds redundant doesn't it?).  I love that he enjoys capturing me in my element, having fun doing "my thing."  It's just sweet that he supports my artistic endeavors in any way he can, including documenting them.  He took the photo below while we were in Ireland on Inishmore at Dun Aengus exploring the beauty of this Aran Island off the coast of Ireland.  It was a beautiful day, and beautiful surroundings I wanted to capture in all their glory, even if it meant getting close to the cliffs.  No worries though, I stayed back enough because the wind was wicked up there and I didn't want to become a statistic. :-)

Click created using Scotty Girl Design's Snapshots available at Pixels & Company.

Click created using Scotty Girl Design's Snapshots available at Pixels & Company.

Spring Wildflowers

Spent Saturday running around in the woods, looking for the Spring wildflowers that can be so fleeting this time of year.   With the snow we had earlier in the week and cold temps, I was worried about there being anything worth photographing.

Luckily for me, there were plenty of blooms out or in the process of emerging. Every week it's a changing view with new flowers emerging.  I'll have to see what I capture next weekend if possible because there were plenty of flowers that were still to come out as the daffodils make their exit.  Here are a few pics, but I'm horrible with flower names so don't expect much in that department. 

Trout Lily

Trout Lily

Dutchman's Breeches

Dutchman's Breeches

I named the two that I knew, but the others...that escapes me at the moment.   Told you not to get your hopes up too much. ;-)

Community of Tomorrow

EPCOT started out as a vision by Walt Disney to be a futuristic version of our world as he hoped it would become.  EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow...although today that is not mentioned officially in the park.  Walt envisioned it more as a learning environment vs. theme park, but seeing as how it wasn't actually built until after his death, it's not a stretch to believe that liberties were taken and it strayed from it's original purpose.  

That being said, it's still a great place...full of color, vision and technology.  And that doesn't even mention the World Showcase, which I believe Walt would have really enjoyed.   Photographically, EPCOT offers so much around every corner.  Interesting architecture, sleek lines, and color abounding.  My biggest fascination is with the sphere that is Spaceship Earth.  So many angles to shoot it and so many ways to go about it...I never fail to tire of it.  The hues it takes on depending on the light can be beautiful and are amazing to capture.   

I was so pleased when I saw Scotty Girl's Community of Tomorrow kit.  It pays homage to one of the best places to photograph in all of DisneyWorld.

 

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth

Mission Space

Mission Space

Universe of Energy

Universe of Energy

I just love the crisp colors used throughout the park.  No dingy dulled colors, only bright vibrant color everywhere set off by sleek metals.  Maybe not entirely accurately futuristic like Walt imagined, but I'd say satisfying nonetheless.

At the Studios

This week, Scotty Girl is taking us to Disney's Hollywood Studios (or MGM Studios as me and other diehards like to refer) for scrapping memories.  She has a great new kit called Hollywood Magic at Pixels & Co.   MGM (Hollywood Studios) to me is the most visually beautiful of the parks at DisneyWorld.  I love the art deco, old Hollywood feel...the nostalgia.  It's the park that I could just look at everything, every detail, and be happy never setting foot on a ride or attraction. Shannon's kit takes us back to that beautiful era of art deco and gorgeous design elements with her kit.  I had a lot of fun scrapping with it.

Hollywood Tower Hotel

Hollywood Tower Hotel

In the above layout, I was going for that old Hollywood feel.  Something reminiscent of the surroundings that the Disney Imagineers worked so hard to create in this attraction.  All the details are there and they are amazing to view and admire.  I just can't get enough of it.

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios

Of course no visit to the Studios (OK, here's a happy compromise) is complete without a picture of the iconic sorcerer's hat from Disney's Fantasia.  This layout takes the elements of movie magic to give a sense of place for a photo that's been done a million times, but you never get tired of seeing.

Thanks for visiting Disney's MGM Studios (wink) with me.  Can't wait to show you another part of Disney next Friday.

Let's go to Disney!

I'm always up for a trip to Disney.  It's a sure fire way to feel like a kid, feel like you don't have a worry in the world.  I know it's not for everybody, but I really like/need that break from reality once in a while.  And it's the special little touches and experiences that can make for a truly memorable trip.  

On this particular trip, we took the behind the scenes tour at DisneyWorld.  It's the cool experience that peels back the magic and lets you see the inner workings behind the scenes.  We got to see where the parade floats are kept, behind the scenes of the shops and some rides...and best of all we got to go down into the ever famous tunnels that run beneath the Magic Kingdom.   Walt didn't want people seeing cast members from different areas in places they didn't make sense.  That would break the magic in his eyes.  So the solution to this was a series of tunnels that run beneath the Magic Kingdom to allow employees to ferry trash, food and themselves all over the park, all without breaking the illusion Walt designed.  After all, you don't want to see a cowboy from Frontierland wandering next to Space Mountain, do you?

Also a side perk of being in the park to take this particular tour...you get entry before anyone else is allowed in.  You get Main Street to yourself for a few minutes.  That in itself is heaven.  

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You'll note...no people in the shot.  This place is normally as crowded as can be since it is such an iconic area.  Getting a shot without people in it is such a treat.  

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Again...no people!  There is no way in the world to get a shot of Cinderella's castle and the Partners statue without hordes of people in it under normal circumstances.  For a photographer, this was such an iconic moment for me.   Photos I will treasure that allow the true spirit of Disney to shine through.  

The above layouts were made using Scotty Girl Design's new release "Dreams Come True" available at Pixels and Company.  http://pixelsandcompany.com/shop/Dreams-Come-True-Collection.html

Ready for Spring

It's been an extra cold, extra snowy, extra long winter (or so it seems) in  my neck of the woods. I'm ready for spring and color beside black, brown, grey and white.  Life has been lived in monotones since Christmas, and it's time for a little color infusion.  

That's why I was so happy to get my hands on Scotty  Girl's new release "This Year 2014: Spring" so I could infuse a little bit of springtime color into my surroundings...or at least onto my desktop surroundings.

Rain produces some great rainbows in the NaPali Coast on Kauai. 

Rain produces some great rainbows in the NaPali Coast on Kauai. 

Can't wait until April and the annual Zoo  Blooms beauty!

Can't wait until April and the annual Zoo  Blooms beauty!

Scotty Girl's This Year 2014: Spring is available on sale at Pixels & Company this weekend.  :-)

Ireland Calling

When I saw that Scotty Girl was going to be doing an Irish themed kit, I got very excited.  We spent 2 glorious weeks in Ireland...a place that immediately felt comfortable and like home.  I wonder why it took us so long to get there.  I didn't want to leave, that's how comfortable it had become.  The green, the scenes, the crosses, the pubs...all of it felt like putting on a comfortable old sweater.  It is truly one of my favorite places in the entire world and I hope to be able to return someday.  

Here are a few layouts I completed with the new kit "Eire."  It was perfect for my Irish themed scrapping and I'm sure it will get a workout when I do more Ireland layouts. 

 

The Dysert O'Dea Church ruins.  

The Dysert O'Dea Church ruins.

 

We stopped in Lisdoonvarna to explore a little bit and grab some lunch.  Had a delicious lunch and met these charming locals having a break in the middle of the day.  They treated us to good conversation, some joke telling and even a little bit of music.  Great lunch!

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We came across this scene at Trinity College in Dublin the first day of our trip.  It was set up perfectly for me to photograph.  

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And to expand on a theme...here's a bit of Irish Disney.  We ate at the Irish themed restaurant in Downtown Disney for the first time this past October.  The food was OK, but the entertainment took us back to good times in Ireland.  

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A New Week, Some More Layouts

Today is March 1st, which we hope means spring is on the way soon...especially in my neck of the woods where it's been an exceptionally cold and snowy winter.  March 1st also marks the day that Pixels & Co. announces it's monthly company stash of scrapbooking items.  Scotty Girl Designs has debuted their contribution, "Belle Alina".   The colors and the richness of the items screamed out to me for a layout about Italy.  This is what I came up with

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Then I decided I'd move to Russia.  After all, the beautiful palaces of St. Petersburg were perfect inspiration.  This is one of the beautiful fountains at Peterhof. 

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And finally, I knew I had some killer flower photos I thought might work well with the colors and feel of this kit.  So this layout was born.

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I had a lot of fun working with this kit and adapting it to my vision.  This along with other Company Stash items can be found at Pixels & Co.  http://pixelsandcompany.com/shop/The-Co.-Stash-Mar-14/