Saturday, November 12, 2011

Layouts from DSD and beyond!

Sorry for the cheesy title, I couldn't help myself. Remember I promised to share some more of my recent layouts? Well here you go - my creations from the past week or so! As always, each image is linked to the gallery for full credits.

The first three I created for the Scrap Orchard DSD challenges. Their theme was "Game On!" and each challenge borrowed its theme from a popular game.

For the Boggle challenge - we had to find our title in the Boggle dice. Tried my hand at the art journaling style, which is very new to me. It's pretty amateurish, but I like it anyway! If you can't read it, it says "I am loved because I am a princess," a reminder to myself that I am God's child.

This challenge was based on, you guessed it, Tic-Tac-Toe! I thought it was a pretty creative template idea.

For the Connect Four challenge, we had to choose four layouts to combine in one scraplift. I found this one quite challenging!

Ahh, the colors! I scrapped these layouts with The Lilypad's November BYOC goodies - I just love this month's color palette! And the products... swoon. A few of my favorites: 
Hometown papers and ellies from Lauren Reid
Magical Splatter 3 by Kitty Designs
Scrap Essentials No. 2 by Jenna Desai

Finally finished a layout with the gorgeous Catscrap collab, My Life. It worked perfectly for this "Avyn at 15 months" layout!

This layout is for the Catscrap November Torn Up challenge. I used Creashens' Torn Bits 2 as photo masks for my torn element. I love these photos, taken on our first trip to the park this season to require jackets!

I managed to get two challenges done at Design House Digital this week, this one for their scraplift challenge. I love the bright colors of their DSD Blog Hop collab kit!

Che Yang Designs at Mscraps debuted her cute Night and Day kit last week, and it was just perfect for my snapshot of Riah all cuddled up in my blanket.

OK, last one! I didn't quite realize how prolific I've been this week! This one is with Anita Designs' newest kit, Christmas Joy, at Mscraps, showing off my family's Hallmark ornaments for this year. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

DSD Aftermath

Whew, I am still reeling from all the fun craziness of iDSD! (That's international Digital Scrapbooking Day, or Digital Shopping Day, as some husbands call it LOL!) How about you? Did you participate in any chats, games, or activities? Almost every store in digiland offered amazing sales, fun-filled chats, generous freebies, and creative challenges to get us scrapping. Some stores even crashed from all the shopping frenzy!
So today I'm working on unzipping and organizing all my downloads, and thought it would be the perfect time to share some of my purchases (linked of course for your shopping pleasure :)), and maybe a layout or two. Then once I have time to scrap with the new stuff, I'll come back to share those layouts, too.

First up - The Lilypad! Due to technical difficulties, they extended their sale through today, so don't miss out! Here's a few of my fave kits that I either won or bought this weekend:
I just adore glitter. L.O.V.E. it. Especially this kind of stampy/splattery stuff I can layer on a background. Since I mostly scrap my boys, I can't have TOO much obvious glitter, so I like to use it to add a little pep to my backgrounds!

I actually bought Gina's Simple Journalers Pack #2 as well. I've been taking pictures with my Droid a lot lately, using the Retro Cam app, which creates these nifty Instagram-like square pictures. I can't wait to use these journalers to showcase those phone pics, along with all the cute stuff my kids say and do!

I've had my eye on this one since it came out. I love that it's not too cutesy, so could be used for layouts about conversations between Josh and I, as well as for funny things the kids say.

I actually got quite a bit more at The Lilypad, but since I don't want this post to get too long, I'm going to move on - I'll definitely share more of my purchases with layouts later this week!

Another kit that's been hanging out on my wishlist - I was lucky enough to snag a coupon from the ultra-generous K Studio to get this kit for free! I love the color palette! And how cute is that sheep?!

I was excited to win a coupon from Emeto Designs, because she creates these beautiful fantasy-style kits that I've always admired, but been afraid to actually buy and experiment with! I think this gorgeous Christmas kit will be fun to play with this year, hopefully my kids will cooperate for pictures!

I was recently accepted to the Catscrap creative team (WOOT! More about that exciting news in another post :)), and had the chance to play with this adorable new grab bag by Catscrap guest Jazzmin Designs. It's only $3 too! Grab it fast!!! Also, just FYI, Catscrap is giving away daily freebies on their Facebook page for DSD - don't miss the last few! Here's the page I made with the grab bag:

During my October guest CT spot at The Lilypad, I had the incredible privilege of playing with SO MANY amazing goodies (the BYOC stuff alone warrants its own post!). One of the last things I snagged was Micheline Martin's new kit The It Chick.

And here's a layout with it, featuring my beautiful little sister Chrissy and her adorable daughter:

One final purchase - I'm getting ready for holiday scrapping, and I liked the non-traditional color palette for this Thanksgiving/gratitude-themed kit by Sugary Fancy.

To see more of my DSD purchases, check out my Facebook page! And I'll be back soon to show off some of my favorite freebies from the weekend, talk about the challenges I participated in, and show off some more layouts!
In the meantime, I would LOVE to see your favorite goodies! What did you buy off your wishlist? Or did you snag some of the crazy limited-time deals and steals? Enable us!