Want a chance to win it before it releases? This bundled sports kit could be yours -- just leave a comment below, telling me your favorite sport to watch during the Olympic Games. All comments must be entered by midnight EST on Tuesday night (7.10.12). I'll use random.org to select a winner and post the announcement on Wednesday. For 3 additional chances to enter, spread the word about the giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, and/or your blog; leave a link to each post in the comments section.
Just a reminder that this weekend is your last chance to apply for my creative team! Applications are due 6/24 -- don't be shy! Take a chance and send me your information. If you love working with my designs, I'd love to have you! I've got room for all kinds of scrappers and lots of options for how you meet the monthly requirements.
Thanks to all of you who left a comment on last week's product release for my ABC Journal & Photo Cards! I'm excited to see how you put them to use -- please share your projects with us here when you get a chance! In the meantime, I consulted random.org and selected a winner for the $10 gift certificate:
Libby, email me at audneal at gmail dot com and I'll send your gift certificate code to you! If you commented but didn't win, please email me as well -- I've got a little something to share with you all.
In other news, I've decided to hold a CT CALL! It's been a while since I've had a personal CT, but I've got a lot of ideas brewing, and I need a team of fantastic scrappers to help bring them to life. Here are the details:
Here's the newest addition to my shop: I DO features simple patterns with a whimsical floral accent and a summery, yet understated color palette. It's the perfect kit for scrapping a summer wedding, recording a special anniversary, or remembering a beautiful relationship. It's available separately as papers and elements, or as a combined kit, and there's a matching alphabet too, all 30% off for today only.
Don't forget that you can still enter to win a $10.00 gift certificate to my store. You've got until 12:00 EST TONIGHT to leave a comment on this post, telling me how you'd use the ABC Journal & Photo Cards (and don't worry -- you can repeat one of the suggestions I make or that someone else has made. Oh, and you don't have to have purchased the cards to enter either!)
This week's Dollar Deal is a new product in my shop that has so many great uses: ABC Journal & Photo Cards (original price $2.99).
1. PROJECT LIFE: Obviously the journal and photo cards are sized to work perfectly with the Project Life system, both digitally and traditionally. Use the initials to indicate the day of the week, or use them to indicate the subject of your photos, like I've done in the example above.
2. SCRAP YOUR SUMMER: This is a great way to get your kids involved in documenting their summer vacations. Each time you visit a place or complete an activity (covering the entire alphabet is optional), print one of the photo cards with a photo attached and have them journal about the event.
3. MY LIFE, MY LOVES MINI ALBUM: Cathy Zielske created a great album project based on Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, and this concept is basically the same format. These photo cards make it simple to make a mini album documenting, in alphabetical order, all the things you love about your life. Slip the finished pages into a 4x6 photo album, bind them, or have them printed into a hardcover book.
4. WEDDING WISHES: This is a simple wedding idea. Print out the 3x4 cards and place them at the reception table. Have guests write WISHES for the wedding couple on the cards (they can choose a card using their initial, or as I've done, the first letter of the wish they are making). This can also be done for birthdays, Thanksgiving (in place of gratitude cards), or anniversary parties. These cards can be bound into a small album, or they can be slipped into baseball-card page protectors (these normally will hold at least 12 cards per page).
5. TEACHING AIDES: Laminate the cards and slip them onto a binder ring. Give your young child a dry-erase marker and have him/her practice writing all the words that begin with a particular letter. For older children, print the journal cards on sturdy cardstock and use as a place to record often misspelled words.
6. SCAVENGER HUNT: Add images of common objects you might find on vacation, for example, to the photo cards and print them out. Have your kids keep track of all the times they see this object, or have them record when and where they see it -- this would work well for a zoo or aquarium trip.
7. A-Z READING CHALLENGE: Goodreads has a number of great reading challenges, and the photo cards would make a great way to complete and record the A-Z reading challenge. The goal is to read one book for every letter of the alphabet. Use the journal cards to record your thoughts, or add the book cover to the photo cards. The best part? These cards are color-coordinated with my Reading Freebie.
8. GUESTBOOK: If you have lots of houseguests, printing out the journal cards and keeping them tucked in a little box where guests can pull one out and sign it, with a short note, before they leave is a great way to keep a memory of their visit. To make the memory even more visual, add a photo on the back side of the card.
9. FAMILY INFORMATION: Use the cards to record birthdays, anniversaries, or other important dates. Record phone numbers, addresses, and other information. Print out the photo cards with a picture of each family member at the start of a school year, and record basic school information (schedule, extracurriculars, teachers, etc.)
10. BE CREATIVE! I want to hear how YOU would use these cards! Leave a comment below and let me know your fun ideas. I'll choose a response using random.org, and the winner will get a $10.00 gift certificate to my shop. All comments must be posted by midnight on Thursday night (EST).
Thanks so much to all of you who participated in our DHD blog hop and entered comments on my post to win my May releases!
In the meantime, things are going to be fairly quiet here on the blog for about a week. I'm in the midst of administering final exams and grading last-minute projects for my classes, plus I have a couple of big curriculum projects in the works that need some immediate attention. I'll be back here on a regular basis once all of those projects are taken care of.
We're kicking off the (i)NSD festivities at Design House Digital with a blog hop, a free kit, and a layout challenge! So let's get started with a look at the most recent collaboration from the DHD Designers, Retrospect.
This kit is FREE for you if you play along with our DHD Blog Hop, which starts on the DHD Blog. From there, just hop from blog to blog, picking up letters along the way, which you'll plug in at the end to grab a coupon code which will allow you to download the full kit from the shop. My letter for you is:
I was lucky enough to participate in the April 2012 class at Masterful Scrapbook Design recently called Artful Embellishing. As I was preparing my layouts for the course, I spent a lot of time thinking about scrapbook embellishments and digital kits. I'm a one-kit scrapper, for the most part, and I've talked before about the pros and cons of scrapping with just one kit. I keep an ongoing list of stories that I need to tell, with photo notes alongside, so that when I get a creative team assignment or just some time to scrap on my own, I have stories ready to be scrapped.
But what do you do when you're faced with a themed kit (perhaps by assignment, or perhaps simply because you just LOVE the kit too much not to purchase it) and no photos that fit it? Here are some tips for using themed-kits for non-themed layout pages.
FOCUS ON THE COLORS:
I pretty much buy any kit that uses the colors red, white, gray, and light blue because those are my kids' school colors. Both of my girls are involved in multiple sports and other extracurricular activities, so layouts with papers and elements in these colors can come in quite handy. The layout above was made with a Christmas kit, but you'd never know that by looking at it. (Here are a couple more that use Christmas kits for sports pages: Run Like You Mean It and Run Like Girls.)
FOCUS ON THE SHAPES AND PATTERNS:
Just about every kit comes with a set of common patterns (stripes, dots, chevrons), along with patterns that are more thematically-focused. If you focus creating a certain mood with your paper choices, themed kits can still be extremely useful. In the case above, the patterned paper and elements are from a 4th of July kit, but the circles and stars help capture the movement and energy of the photos. The hand-drawn, comic-book touches also tie in nicely with the track photos.
FOCUS ON THE WORDS AND STORIES:
For this layout, I was assigned to work with a spring/Easter-themed collab. Sadly, we've almost outgrown the Easter bunny at my house, so I didn't really have anything that fit. When I was flipping through the elements, I found a word art that said "Faith" and was inspired to tell the story of my oldest daughter's youth group, her family in faith. Word art, titles, quotes, and other textual elements from themed kits can be a great starting point for a layout about a variety of topics. Here's a link to a page I did where I was inspired by the "Start the Journey" elements to use a travel/vacation kit for a graduation layout.
Leave a comment on this post and share with me a link to a layout you've created (or one you've been inspired by) that uses themed products for non-themed layouts. I'll choose a winner via random.org and that person will recieve all of my May product releases for FREE! That's right! Each week when the new releases go live at DHD, you'll get a coupon code allowing you to purchase them for FREE!
Want additional chances to win? Here's how:
1. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter and post a link to your tweet in the comments.
2. Update your Facebook status with a link to this giveaway and then post a link in the comments here.
3. Blog about the giveaway and then link me to your blog post in the comments.
THAT'S 4 WAYS TO WIN! All comments must be posted by midnight EST on May 6th, 2012. I'll post the winner on Monday.
If you are playing along with the Design House Digital LAYOUT CHALLENGE, to be entered into the drawing for a digital photo frame, you will need to complete a layout meeting all 26 of the challenges by Tuesday, May 8 at 11:59 MST. These challenges should be gathered as you visit each blog for the iNSD blog hop. Here's my challenge for you:
Now you're ready to head over to the lovely Gen Bursett's blog for a great post on what to do with your layouts once you've finished them, plus another letter and layout challenge. HAPPY iNSD!!!
Congrats to Melt003 -- she's the winner of the seat in Elizabeth Dillow's new Design Challenges class. Email me at audneal at gmail dot com and I'll get your registration information to you.
Just a short post today -- I'm recovering from a rough bout with the stomach bug that Chris and Cass had earlier this week, plus a case of bronchitis. I've got two new products in the shop today, at 30% off.
I am SO EXCITED about this giveaway. My friend Elizabeth Dillow is teaching a new class at Big Picture Classes beginning April 29th. Okay, actually this is a repeat of a class that she previously taught, BUT it's been updated with a new series of videos from Stacy Julian, offering her own "take" on Elizabeth's twelve challenges.
At the end of Design Challenges, students will have twelve completed pages in hand, each based on a different element of design. It’s not just about completed pages, though! A challenge is meant to push you a little, and each challenge issued by Elizabeth will help you do just that—you might find the area outside your normal design comfort zone is a whole lot of fun.
I've got one spot to give away; to enter, just post a comment in the comment section. For two additional chances to enter, tweet about the giveaway with a link to this post or post a Facebook status update with a link to this post. Just make sure you come back and leave a comment with a link to your tweet or status update! You've got until midnight EST on Tuesday, April 17th to enter. I'll select a winner and post the results on Wednesday.
Don't miss this either! Big Picture Classes and Creating Keepsakes Magazine are teaming up to bring you our 2nd annual, fun-filledCreative Crop for National Scrapbook Day! The online event will kick-off Saturday, May 5th at 9am PST. You can look forward to 12 jam-packed hours offering creative challenges every hour, live chats with industry professionals, amazing giveaways, and constant inspiration and interaction! The best part? It's all FREE! Simply click the "purchase" button here to reserve your seat, and wait in anticipation for the fun to begin!