Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Review in Photos

 The New Year is right around the corner and we have the perfect opportunity to recap the past year in a different way. Instead of the usual square grid layout most scrappers turn to when wanting to add a lot of photos to one page, this time I am pulling in the big trend of the year, triangles. This is not a totally original idea, it was inspired by a paper page posted online and then adapted to fit the retrospective theme.

 To choose the photos, I picked one from each month of the year that best represented that month to me. You could also add goals, resolutions for the coming year, or posts from your social media of choice from the previous year in place of the photos. I think this layout would make a wonderful final page in a yearly album or as a recap for friends and family in place of a standard letter. 

My version of this layout is available free for download in .PSD or .TIF formats: 

 Have a Happy New Year filled with scrapbooking adventures!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays!

December is such a fun and busy month for most of us, and I hope that whatever you are celebrating this month, you have enjoyed the season so far.  Whether you are documenting your memories now, or waiting until the new year to scrap them,  here are some holiday layouts that we hope will inspire you:

 From the Cozy Little Christmas Kit:

A Merry Little Christmas by Bea

Happy Happy Joy by Liz

From the White Christmas Kit: 

Deer Season by Tiffany

 Baby It's Cold Outside by Lorell

From the Brown Paper Packages Kit:

I "Mustache" You by Lorell

Early Snow by Liz

Thanks to all of our readers for a great 2013!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gallery Standouts!

Gallery Standouts!

There are so many beautiful layouts in the gallery using Celeste's kits especially her new releases.  Here are just a few I found.

By Linda Roos using the new release White Christmas.


A hybrid project by Laura ODonnell using Cozy Little Christmas Tags . Love the red bling she added.


Another beauty by Linda Roos using Watercolor Overlays and Cozy Little Christmas.

Celebrating Tonight

And finally this awesome photo-focus layout by Janell Nugent using Brown Paper Packages.


Friday, December 13, 2013

White Christmas New Release 12/13

Have you heard this song:


 This inspired the sweet caroline studio portion of the P&Co Advent freebie earlier this month.

It was available for free on Day 2 of the Advent Promotion. 

Celeste was still inspired, so she expanded the idea and has created a full kit, great for your holiday projects. Here's White Christmas:

It includes 9 unique patterned papers, 245 elements and 5 solid papers. I think I want to use that little polar bear tag on my christmas presents! And, this weekend only if you purchase the full kit, you will get the Advent mini for free!

free with purchase 12/13/13 - 12/15/13
As always, you will get the best deal if you buy the full kit, but if you want the separates, they are available for purchase as well.

Anna from the P&Co Creative Team created a couple projects:

also includes elements from Robyn Meierotto- Pink Trike Design

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Watercolor Your Pages | Featured Favorite 12/10

Today I have a much requested favorite, now available at Pixels and Company!
(re)Introducing the Watercolor Overlays:

If you want to make your page unique and different, and add just a hint of watercoloring, these are for you. And remember, they are 30% off Tuesday -Thursday, then they go back to regular price. Kate used them on this layout with a kit from Gennifer Bursett.

by Kate
You can modify how they look too, by adjusting the blend mode and the opacity. 

Show me your layouts using sweet caroline products, be featured on the blog and receive a gift certificate!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

How's your 'Stache (stash)?

November is over so "Mo"vember is officially over. Did you or a loved one participate? Totally off topic, but the 'stash in the logo reminded me of those who don't shave for the entire month of November in support of men's cancer awareness.

The Company Stash is a Build Your Own Kit opportunity from the designers at Pixels & Company
This month Celeste selected the color pallet that all the designers would use to create their kits. The 26 packs are available for 30% off December 1-5. Select your favorites and build the perfect kit for your stash!

Here are the sweet caroline studio products to get you started:

Cozy Little Christmas Patterns

Cozy Little Christmas Tags

Cozy Little Christmas Solids

The Creative Team has made some amazing layouts with these, take a look: 

by Celeste S.

by Anna D.

by Beatrice S.

by Liz J.

by Lorell R.

by Melanie R.

by Rae C.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday $2.00 Deals

For Black Friday, you are in for a treat! We have selected 10 products we think you'll love and put them at the rock bottom price of $2.00 each! Many will never be this low again! Check out all the designers at Pixels & Company for more deals. (click the images to shop)

Don't delay, these prices won't stick around for long!

Happy Tape Brushes
Peppermint Twist
Menagerie Elements
Chalkboard Elements
Weathered Elements

Weathered Elements - School

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Let's Scrap More Photos!

It's no secret that single photo scrapbook pages are all the rage right now.  And, while I admire that style, I also think that scrapping with multiple photos has its place, too.  Other people have mentioned to me that they find that style of scrapping intimidating, overwhelming, and often not enjoyable.  Since this is something I personally love, I thought I would pass on a few tips for creating layouts with two or more photos and journaling.

Tip #1: Use A Grid.

Using grids isn't a new idea, but it's so effective and pleasing to the eye that it bears repeating.  It creates little homes for each of your pictures, as well as journaling spots or titles.  Remember that grids don't have to be boring and you can still dress them up with elements or clusters.  Keep in mind that grids can have sections that are the same size, like the one pictured above, or you can vary the size or orientation of your sections for more visual interest, like the one below: 

Tip #2:  Build A Set of Photos into a Single Photo Mat. 

If you are used to scrapping one photo, then this should be an easy way to include a few more pictures.   In the ballet page shown here, I could've easily just used the photo of my classmate and I to fill that whole space, but instead, I created two photo masks inside the outer mat and clipped two photos into each one.  I like having another photo to help tell my story.

 I used the same idea in this page about our messy trip to the Dairy Queen.  It was easy to create a strip of photos inside the a space that some might expect to see only one photo, and instead of just showing the moment for one child, I could show how funny all of them were.  This page also gives a better overall feel of what our family life was like at this time.

Tip #3: Create a Large Focal Picture, Then Add a block of Smaller Photos.

This is another easy idea for someone who scraps single photos.  Once you have your photo in place, and before you add anything else, try adding in a set of tiny set of pictures near the top, bottom, or side of a larger photo.  You get more visual interest and more cute little photos to document the moment.
Here's a similar idea on this page about my daughter's trip to the orthodontist.  The two upper photos work together as the focal point.  I wanted to show some pictures when she was in the office getting the brackets on, but I wanted them to be secondary to her cute smile in the upper photos.

Tip #4: Make a Double Page Layout.

I admit that I favor my single page layouts, but if I'm being honest, my two page layouts are heroes when it comes to showcasing a lot of pictures and documenting our life stories.  I especially love them for event photos, which can be daunting at times. 

I usually choose somewhere between 4-10 photos, cull them down to the ones that I think will work best with the page I have in mind, and get going.  I tend to use grids or mirror the design from one page onto the opposite page, or I might flip the page design by 90 degrees, 180 degrees, and so on.  Simplicity in design and a minimum amount of fuss can remove a lot of the stumbling blocks when creating a two page spread.

Those of us in the United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, so take some pictures and create a layout about it with more than one photo.  If you don't celebrate this holiday, then find another set of photos and make a page with them.

If you are interested in the kits I used to create these layouts, you will find them in Celeste's Store at Pixels and Co.

Enjoy your weekend!