Saturday, September 24, 2011


I love when things are free.  Every now and then, you can pick up some awesome digi-elements that are free.

I thought I would use this post to share some of the freebies from the past few issues of Scrapbooks Etc.  I really love this magazine, as it is filled with all sorts of crafty goodness.  When I say filled, I mean FILLED.  I always find at least one thing that I want to use when I get an edition of this. I have pared down a lot of my magazines, especially ones that were straying from my own personal style and into shabby chic craziness (not that there's anything wrong with that...just not me).  This is the one subscription I won't let pass.

Freebie #1 Citrus Digital

Endure a few pop ups for subscribing (or take them up on subscribing!) and click for a download of each element.  There are 28 different elements to download, including alphabet brushes, etc.

Fourteen different elements, mostly digi-patterned paper.  Very cute and generously free.

So much easier than back in the day when you had to have a great template and a steady hand for cutting!  All sorts of ways to include multiple pics into a layout.

This is what Scrapbooks Etc. is known for.  Each edition has templates for some really nice paper pieced embellishments for pages.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Scrap Challenge

A new store opened in Bloomington where the former Scrapbook Friend'Z used to be: The Scrapbooking Studio.  Of course, on day 1, it was urgent that I go over and check it out.  I didn't realize anything was going in there until the Facebook post of a fellow scrapper/stamper drew me in.  Lo, and behold, at the same moment, Karen Kelly was thinking the same thoughts...we ended up there at the same time.  As we left, we half-joked that we should challenge ourselves to use what we were buying there today.  Challenge myself I did!

This was a really hard page to take a decent photo of, because it is on embossed vellum.  I bought this vellum AGES ago at a scrapbook store in town (may have been Pocketful of Memories, for the locals).  I just love it.  The photos are from Max the Brave's climbing wall excursion at the Irish Pumpkin Festival this weekend.  I had to stand back and take pics because I think they were close to ejecting me (I crossed the "no parents" line once for fear he was going to smash himself against said wall...needed to leave it to the professionals!).

I used some of my favorite lyrics from the song "The Climb," made popular by Miley Cyrus.  I used the ever so tall Maple Thickers that I had seen on the American Crafts blog hop this weekend.  The lyrics of the refrain I scribed by hand along some of the leaves.  Not sure I am in love with the haphazard nature of how they fell on the page, but maybe that's a tie in to life's haphazard nature. Unplanned, but I am sticking to it.  I backed it with a neutral textured 12 x 12 sheet from SU!...not sure of the color.