In the Pocket – Pocket Scrapping Sampler Blog Train Freebie

Did you know I was originally brought on to Pixel Scrapper to be the pocket scrapping designer? True story. It was pretty much the only type of scrapping I did, and my first-ever design offering, for the Pixel Scrapper February 2013 “Retro Kitchen” blog train, was a huge batch of  journal cards and papers. Marisa, the site owner and main designer at Pixel Scrapper, wanted to expand into offering pocket scrapping/project life designs and after we’d known each other a while from my participation in a bunch of blog trains and as a student in her Designer Basics course, she asked me to come on board.

My first kit for Pixel Scrapper, Bright Days, was completely designed for people doing pocket scrapping. It was the pocket scrapping kit I would have wanted to scrap with. Bright Days had title cards, journal cards, and filler cards. It had papers (for pocket page backgrounds and coordinated DIY pocket cards), alphas, flair, stamps, washi tape, and a ton of labels. When I sent it to my creative team to work with, I asked them if there was anything else they’d like to see in the kit. They said it would be helpful to have a little more dimension added to the kit, stuff like wood veneer items (stars, hearts, arrows, numbers), sequins, glitter spills, buttons, staples, etc. So I added a small element pack to the kit (and went right up to the limits of my ability, at the time, to design dimensional items). 

Bright Days pocket scrapping collection by Scrumptiously on Pixel Scrapper

My next kit was Pocket Basics, Vol. 1. This was a big bundle of stuff for pocket scrappers; again, it was the sort of stuff I myself wanted to have on hand for my pocket pages. Tons of templates (with the then-in-vogue rounded corners on the pocket spots), photo overlays with days of the week and frames for captioning, date stamps, and a set of alphas, papers, and journal cards in neutral colors to coordinate with any page.

Pocket Basics pocket scrapping supply bundle from Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

Around this time, I started to notice there were very few people doing pocket scrapping in the Pixel Scrapper gallery. My original creative team even stopped pocket scrapping! So then things got a little weird in my brain. Part of me was still designing for myself, the pocket scrapper. And part of me wanted to design for the Pixel Scrapper community, to make designs people would want to scrap with.  Even though I knew that one of the points of bringing in a pocket scrapping designer was to attract new pocket scrappers to the site with more offerings to interest them, I couldn’t seem to keep myself from visualizing my audience as the current PS members. (Interestingly, around this time Marisa actually started her pocket scrapping project that she has now done successfully for the past several years, and created many wonderful pocket scrapping resources along the way.)

Trends were also changing in the pocket scrapping world. Back in the early days of Project Life, most pocket scrappers would get one kit and scrap their whole year with it. Back when I started there only was one Project Life kit to choose from! Then PL started publishing more and more kits, and people started to mix it up more, maybe using one kit for a few months, then switching to another. Now there are more Project Life and pocket scrapping kits than I can count. Rather than a single kit with enough cards in that palette and theme to scrap a whole year, most people mix and match from a variety of kits, or use a kit to do just one pocket-page spread. Pocket layouts have gotten more elaborate and layered over time as well.

My next kit, Already There, reflected my having a foot in both worlds. While making the kit, I taught myself tons of new techniques and grew my skill in the dimensional-elements department. Already There has four packs of journal/filler/title cards, but I think it’s also much more flexible in terms of being suitable for both pocket pages and traditional layouts. It even has stuff like word art that, given its size and proportions, is clearly intended to go on a 12×12 page rather than in a pocket.

Already There kit for digital scrapbooking, pocket scrapping by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

Hmm… you know, I started this post feeling like I’ve drifted away from designing for pocket scrappers, but as I review my contributions to Pixel Scrapper perhaps that is not as true as I think. My favorite Project Life-brand kit of all time is Rain by Nisa Fiin, and when I hold my work against this example I am clearly spending a lot of time designing non-pocket-specific items. Rain consists of papers and title cards, filler cards, and journal cards with lots of room for actual journaling, in 3×4 and 4×6 sizes. That’s it, nothing else. It was created back when PL kits contained enough variety to use throughout the whole year.

However, when I look at what I’ve created since I started designing for Pixel Scrapper, I see I haven’t actually strayed that far from my roots. My most recent kit, The Best Is Yet to Come, contains loads of papers and elements for traditional scrapping, but it also has 80 pocket cards. My contribution to the recent Cozy Day designer collaboration was three sets of pocket cards, with every card design offered in three sizes. In fact, all my collaboration contributions have included pocket cards and other items intended for pocket scrapping, like these date tags from the Good Day collaboration.

Good Day date tags for digital scrapbooking, pocket scrapping by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

So here we are now at In the Pocket, our first pocket scrapping-specific blog train! One of my New Years resolutions this year was “no more design projects with deadlines.” Every time I have a design project with a deadline, I run myself ragged right at the end doing all the preview-making, uploading, etc. I don’t know how other designers aren’t burdened by this, I know it means I must be doing something the hard way, but it takes me HOURS and I usually end up staying up very very late. So for 2017 I decided to take a break from blog trains, not require myself to contribute to each designer collaboration, and not create any other themed works like The Best Is Yet to Come that really did need to be released on time at New Years. A bunch of 2017 title page cards would not make sense in April, you know?

So I didn’t even know until last night that we were doing a pocket scrapping neutrals-focused blog train this month! When I realized it I was super excited and knew I had to participate. What would have been AWESOME was if my next bundle, Pocket Basics, Vol. 2, which is sooooo close to being finished, had been ready to release in time for the blog train. I could have showered you guys with pocket scrapping supplies! But as I mentioned before it takes me ten million hours to actually get my designs from the “finished being designed” stage to the “ready to release on the site stage.” Plus, nothing has been QC’d yet, and that would have been a little sketchy. 😉 So…. instead I stayed up until 3 AM making you something new! I decided that since the whole Pocket Basics, Vol. 2 bundle isn’t ready to release, I’d make you a sampler of the kinds of things that will be in it. Download is linked below preview (you only need to choose one) and you can read on for more detailed information about what’s inside.

Freebie

Direct download link (may not be available due to bandwidth overage):
DOWNLOAD IN THE POCKET SAMPLER
Mediafire link:
DOWNLOAD IN THE POCKET SAMPLER

Like Volume 1, Pocket Basics Vol. 2 will be a big bundle of supplies created to support pocket scrappers. The trends have changed in pocket scrapping, and rounded corners have given way to square corners, so Vol. 2 will contain a ton of crisp square-corner pocket page templates like the one in the top left of the sampler preview. There will be lots more photo overlays, some like the phrases and glitter swirls shown in the sampler which make cute stamps when put over a photo, and some the type you can use to put a frame or caption over your photo.

Freebie

One of the most often-requested items on the site is more card templates (I guess people are pocket scrapping after all? Or they use them for traditional or hybrid scrapping?). The journal card templates in Pocket Basics Vol. 2 will allow you to take any kit and make coordinating journal cards to match the kit colors, which will means you can adapt traditional scrapbooking kits for pocket layouts. I’ve included a card template in this sampler, a fun “Current Faves” card. The card template is a fully editable layered file, which means you can change the colors, clip different papers to it, even download the free font I used (link included) and edit the text, if you have different favorites you want to document. (The text is also included as image layers, so there’s no need to download the font if you just want to use the wording as-is.)

Freebie

Remember earlier I was mentioning the Project Life Rain kit, and how it has everything I would want in a pocket scrapping kit? Well, that’s not quite true… the main thing I always want, with any pocket scrapping kit, are color-coordinated labels. I just can’t get enough of them! Labels are my favorite way to add captions and dates to photos, and to make a bit of journaling stand out on a card. Pocket Basics Vol. 2 will have all kinds of labels, in all different shapes and sizes, and they’re in easy to use layered template form, so you can customize the color of the label border and even the label itself. I’ve given you two here in this sampler to play with. Try them out and perhaps you’ll agree with me about how satisfying it is to have labels perfectly matched to every kit. (By the way, just FYI, these labels and all the sampler designs are newly created for this blog train, there won’t be any repeats in Pocket Basics Vol. 2.)

Freebie pocket scrapping template in three different styles for Project Life, pocket pages by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

I get the impression from reading the in-progress thread for this blog train that many people participating have not yet tried pocket scrapping. I hope this blog train will inspire you to give it a try and see how it feels! I decided for this sampler to provide the same layout template in three different pocket scrapping styles. Like all Documentarian templates, these three layout templates are deliberately arranged with more intuitive layer ordering than most similar templates – I find them much more usable than typical pocket scrapping templates which often have the pockets in no particular order in the layers palette. This template pack includes each pocket scrapping template in both layered TIF and PSD formats. I suggest using the layered TIFs if your program supports them because the file size is smaller; either way you can delete whichever version you won’t be using. Save that hard drive space!

The round-cornered one in tans and browns is in the style of the templates in Pocket Basics Vol. 1. The square-cornered one is an example of the style used in the layout templates Pocket Basics Vol. 2. (In other fun template news for Pocket Basics Vol. 2, I think it will be my first template kit with the option of .PAGE format! If you’d like any of the sampler templates in .PAGE format, please let me know in the comments below.)

The grey and white one with the colored borders is in the style of one of my favorite project life scrappers, Kimberly Kalil. I love how colorful and fun her pages are, and for me they strike the perfect balance of layering, ornamentation, and font variety, which makes her pages look “interestingly busy” rather than “overwhelmingly chaotic.” I think the colored borders add great definition and interest to the the page. I have a couple of Kimberly-style templates already on Pixel Scrapper as well. Here’s a Kimberly-style layout of mine using my beloved Rain kit.

PS_5_20b

Well fifty trillion words later, that’s it from me. Maybe I could get my kits done faster if I spent less time writing blog posts! But you know I love it 🙂 I hope you enjoy this sampler and please let me know what you think!

Question for you: Given that my task is to focus towards making pocket scrapping kits, what would you like to see from me? Are you a traditional or hybrid scrapper who might find some particular types of pocket scrapping designs useful? If you’re a pocket scrapper, what are you looking for? Anything you want to share with me (in the comments here or you can email me directly) would be super appreciated. I really would like my designs to be useful for you. Otherwise I suppose I’ll just keep on making stuff I like and hope you like it, too!

The Best Is Yet To Come 2017 Layouts

I recently released a sparkly celebratory new digital scrapbooking bundle, called The Best Is Yet To Come. You can read more about the kit’s meaning and creation at this post here. My lovely creative team as well as other Pixel Scrapper scrapbookers have already made some fantastic layouts using the kit, which I wanted to share with you here.

Creative Team member Paddy asks “Is it possible to fall in love with yourself?” with her layout Bday.

Birthday layout made with Best Is Yet To Come 2017 digital scrapbook, project life, pocket scrapping kit by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

Pixel Scrapper member Melanie makes great use of the bokeh overlay in the Best Is Yet To Come 2017 Elements Kit in her layout Resolutions 2017.

Resolutions 2017 layout made with Best Is Yet To Come 2017 digital scrapbook, project life, pocket scrapping kit by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

Creative Team member Emily has used the kit to document weeks 3 and 4 of January pocket-page style.

Pocket 2017 Week 3 layout made with Best Is Yet To Come 2017 digital scrapbook, project life, pocket scrapping kit by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

Pocket 2017 Week 4 layout made with Best Is Yet To Come 2017 digital scrapbook, project life, pocket scrapping kit by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

Pixel Scrapper member Marti created a title page for her 2017 album and lays out some very beautiful goals, wishes, hopes and dreams for the new year in her layout 2017 – Start Again.

2017 - Start Again title page, cover page layout made with Best Is Yet To Come 2017 digital scrapbook, project life, pocket scrapping kit by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

I created a title page layout for my 2017 Project Life album with the frame cards and monograms in the kit, which I used to create a page featuring the whole family.

Paddy created an energetic layout about her best girlfriends in her layout My Girls.

Emily created a playful page using all kinds of shapes with her The Best Is Yet To Come Recipe layout.

There were so many fun options for 2017 album title/cover pages to make with this kit that I ended up making four! I haven’t decided yet if these will all be title pages for different albums or if I’ll put them all into the same album. Why not, right? Who says you only get one title page per album!

 

2017 – The Best Is Yet To Come

“The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here we are at the start of a new year. A new opportunity to reflect upon and dedicate ourselves to what we hold most dear. My wish for myself, for my family and friends, for you my dear digital scrapbooking community, for my country, and for the world is that in this year to come we bend ourselves towards kindness, towards empathy, and towards compassion. I hope that by the end of 2017 we’ll have found a way to leave the world a better place than we found it.

2017 Album Title Page, Cover page: Life *Is* the Project layout made with Best Is Yet To Come 2017 digital scrapbook, project life, pocket scrapping kit by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

2016 was a year filled with blessings for me, and there has also been a lot of really hard stuff. More even than it being a hard year for me, it’s been hard for individuals and communities that I care about. It feels disingenuous to release this “Best Is Yet To Come” kit (which takes its colors and theme from on an older blog train kit I made several years ago, and which I started working on way back in September) without acknowledging that this past year has been hard and that I’m not actually sure what is coming next. I believe the best is indeed yet to come but, like the MLK quote above implies so beautifully, that highest manifestation of goodness may not come in this next year, or even in my lifetime.

2017 Album Title Page, Cover Page: Take a Deep Breath and Start Again layout made with Best Is Yet To Come 2017 digital scrapbook, project life, pocket scrapping kit by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

For now I hope you will use The Best Is Yet To Come 2017 scrapbooking bundle to create layouts about your own hopes, dreams, wishes, and celebrations of the new year, as well as for your 2017 album title pages that will set the tone for how you document the year to come. I hope that if things become harder and murkier in the months to come that we can all be shining beacons in the darkness, keepers of hope, and share generously with our communities of our strength and wisdom.

ps_scrumptiously_biytc_bundle

The Best Is Yet To Come 2017 bundle was created to include everything you need to start documenting your 2017. This bright and shimmering bundle of kits offers plenty of flexibility and variety. If you’re taking on a Project Life, P365, P52, or other pocket scrapping project, you’ll find plenty to fill your pockets with 80 journal, title, and filler cards and a wide variety of page decorations specially sized to fit into pockets. If you lean towards more traditional layouts, The Best Is Yet To Come 2017 bundle contains nearly 100 papers, 170 elements, and four eye-catching alphas to bring your 2017 pages to life.

ps_scrumptiously_biytc_bundle2

The Best Is Yet To Come 2017 is part of my Documentarian series, the cornerstone of my mission to support people however I can in creatively and easefully documenting their lives. Documentarian is a collection of digital designs created with both pocket scrapping and traditional scrapbooking in mind. With an abundance of coordinated journal cards and other digital pocket scrapping essentials like stickers, labels, stamps, and tape, Documentarian has everything you need to record your life in style. Traditional scrapbooking elements like flairs, veneer, scatters, and alphas mix and match with a multitude of papers for beautiful layouts that let your creativity shine.

ps_scrumptiously_biytc_jc2

Bundle Includes: (97) papers * (80) title, filler & journal cards * (26) washi tapes * (14) flairs * (11) frame cards * (19) ribbons, borders, and trims * (2) 12×12 overlays * (24) labels * (18) word art * (2) frames * (6) stitches * (8) glitter geotags * (7) glitter dots * (43) additional elements * (4) alphas in upper case, numbers, and additional characters * ~~ Not all items are shown in previews ~~

ps_scrumptiously_biytc_alphas

Happy Digital Scrapbooking Day!

The first Saturday in November became a glorious day once I discovered the magical world of digital scrapbooking. I would spend all weekend hopping from blog to facebook to scrabooking store, downloading a cornucopia of freebies one to two files at a time over my painfully slow internet connection. One year I had a major paper to write over DSD weekend and I remember writing to my study buddy about what a huge conflict it was. (DSD won, of course, for the most part. Those freebies ain’t gonna stay free forever.)

I’m excited to have the chance to give back this year with a freebie of my own. I don’t know how many people will find their way to my blog during the DSD freebie-fest, since Pixel Scrapper doesn’t do any extra DSD promotions or festivities, but I’ll leave this up for a while and it can be the icing on your gigantic full-hard-drive freebie cake.

Free Printable Inspirational Poster from https://eversoscrumptiously.wordpress.com

What I have for you is a free printable poster that coordinates with my Already There digital scrapbooking and pocket scrapping bundle. I’m still completely loving both the mint & copper color palette and the theme of the kit, which is about slowing down, enjoying what you have right now, and resting in the knowledge that you are exactly where you need to be. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need a little reminder of this particular piece of wisdom, and what better way to do that than with sparkles!
Free Printable Inspirational Poster from https://eversoscrumptiously.wordpress.com
I was fairly dubious when printables first started popping up all over the web. My printer is good but not great so I wasn’t sure if the result would truly be of framable quality, and color printer ink is a precious commodity. I was especially suspicious of  posters with dark backgrounds, like this one I’ve made for you here. What a lot of ink to risk!

Then I came across a fantastic post by Kristi of the blog I Should Be Mopping the Floor. She tells us exactly what to look for in a high-quality printable, and shares that she gets her printables printed at a print shop, like Staples or Kinko’s. I ended up using Office Max and was super pleased with the quality and the price. Printing a poster like this one, which will fit on a regular 8 1/2 x 11″ piece of cardstock (or whatever paper you choose – another benefit of print shops is they have tons of paper choices), costs less than $1! When your frame costs more than your art, you know you’ve gotten a good deal.

Just click on the image above to download a ready-to-print, 300 dpi, 8×10 PDF of this poster, with no URL running across the bottom, of course. I hope this image, whether you use it digitally or in print, helps you remember that you are “Already There.”

Pixel Scrapper May Blog Train ~ Renewal

As soon as I saw the soft, vintage-feeling color palette for this month’s blog train combined with the theme, “Renewal,” I immediately thought of libraries! I love libraries – nearly every book I read I get through my city library. Libraries led me to think of books (I love books!) and things just kind of took off from there.

PS_May15_BTpalette

First I went a little wild at the library’s semi-annual book fair, which is held in a huge hangar-like pavilion. Table upon table of books, as far as the eye can see. I really wanted authentic library pockets and checkout cards to scan, and I found some great ones. The mini-kit I was planning to make ended up mushrooming into a full-size kit packed with art journal style and vintage ephemera. I’m still working on the kit, but for the blog train I wanted to share a fun template and quick page with you, to help you make pages about your favorite books, your books-I’ve-read list, or your books-to-read list!

As I often do when I’m making a kit, I was simultaneously making a layout so I could get a feel for how some of my designs worked together. This page documents my favorites from the books I read last year (I read a lot of fantasy and romance in 2014 – no judging! It was a stressful year, that’s my literary “comfort food.”). I had so much fun hunting online for book cover images and the page brings a smile to my face every time I see the familiar images of the books I enjoyed so very much.

layout_bestbooks

As my contribution to this month’s blog train, I am giving away both a quick page and a template. The quick page has empty spots so you can include your own book covers to document your reading – or I’m thinking it would be super fun to make a page documenting a kid’s favorite books over the years, or any number of other book-related layouts. The pocket template I created for this layout is perfect for folks who like to get a lot of photos on the page – 24 little square spots to stick your pics in! Download link is beneath the image.

preview_QP_template copy

You only need to choose ONE of these links:
Direct download from Dropbox
Mediafire Download (in case Dropbox is unavailable)

Happy reading, and happy book-documenting! If you’d like to check out the rest of the Pixel Scrapper May blog train – theme: Renewal – take a look at this thread.

Creative Team Call for Scrumptiously Designs

CT_AD

Violet Irisovna of Scrumptiously Designs (that’s me) is looking for some fantastic scrappers (that’s you) to join her Creative Team! You don’t need to have years of experience, or prior work on other CTs – just a passion for digital scrapbooking and a love for Scrumptiously designs.

Perks of being on the team:

  • Free Commercial Use access to all of Violet’s designs, past and present.
  • A chance to have input (feedback, requests, new ideas) into the work of a designer you love.
  • See your layouts shown off to the world, featured in Scrumptiously and Pixel Scrapper blog posts, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.
  • “Behind the scenes” access to the digital design world, including access to the private Pixel Scrapper Creative Team forum.
  • Relatively low time commitment – current rate of release is about one kit or bundle per month.

I’m currently looking for scrap enthusiasts to fill two different positions on my Creative Team. Each position has different responsibilities. You are welcome to apply for more than one position – just indicate your preference on the application form at the end of this post.


Hybrid Scrapper:
I’d like my designs to be accessible and useful for hybrid scrappers, and my Hybrid Scrapper CT member will be a bridge between Scrumptiously Designs and the world of hybrid scrapbooking.

Hybrid Scrapper CT Responsibilities:

  • Review designs and advise Violet on how to make them accessible to hybrid scrappers (e.g., additional formatting options for journal cards, low or no texture versions of papers, etc.).
  • Keep your “finger on the pulse” of the hybrid world by keeping current on the latest trends (e.g. designers including full-bleed versions of pocket cards for professional printing).
  • Make 1-2 projects per kit or bundle release. One of these should be hybrid – something physical made from printing out Scrumptiously designs, either a pocket page, traditional paper layout or another creation of your choice (a card, a box, a planner page, etc). The other creation can be either hybrid or digital.
  • Upload any digital layouts to the Pixel Scrapper gallery, pin all layouts and projects to Pinterest, and upload to other open galleries as requested (this will be in coordination with the Media Maven).
  • Participate in Pixel Scrapper layout challenges.
  • Some of your projects made using my designs may be turned into hybrid project templates, page templates, quick pages, or stacked cards.

Hybrid Scrapper CT Requirements:

  • Experience with hybrid scrapbooking (printing out digital designs to make paper layouts and other physical creations).
  • Access to high-quality printing so the Scrumptiously designs you print out look fabulous on paper.
  • Good photography skills so your photos of the hybrid Scrumptiously creations you make are well-lit and crisp with true colors and appealing composition.
  • Excellent “save for web” skills – uploaded images of your work are never blurry or pixelated

Apply for the Hybrid Scrapper CT position using the application form below.

Media Maven:
Scrumptiously Designs currently has a Pinterest and blog presence and is looking for a social-media savvy person to help me expand my media/marketing presence.

Media Maven CT Responsibilities:

  • Set up and maintain a Scrumptiously Facebook page and Instagram account.
  • Scout open galleries beyond Pixel Scrapper where it might be beneficial to post layouts made with Scrumptiously designs.
  • Assist other CT members with posting their work to open galleries and Pinterest.
  • Potentially help create and maintain a Scrumptiously newsletter.
  • *There is no layout requirement for this position*

Media Maven CT Requirements:

  • Social-media savviness; familiarity and comfort with Facebook, Instagram, etc.
  • Familiarity with and excitement about digital scrapbooking in general and Scrumptiously designs in particular.

Apply for the Media Maven CT position using the application form below.

I appreciate each and every submission and read them all with gratitude – I know it’s not easy to put yourself out there this way!

Pocket Scrapper: [The Pocket Scrapper positions have been filled.]
Although all Scrumptiously designs are intended to be flexible enough to use for any kind of scrapbooking, the Documentarian collection is created specifically with Project Life and pocket scrapping in mind. I’m looking for a Pocket Scrapper CT member to make gorgeous pocket pages that showcase how my work can be used for pocket scrapping and Project Life-style documenting.

Pocket Scrapper CT Responsibilities:

  • Make 2 or more pocket-style digital layouts per kit or bundle release. Ideally at least one of these would be Project Life-style documenting (different events and stories chronicled in different pockets on the same page, rather than a pocket-style layout that tells only a single story).
  • Quality check designs as you use them.
  • Upload your layouts to the Pixel Scrapper gallery, pin them to Pinterest, and upload to other open galleries as requested (this will be in coordination with the Media Maven).
  • Participate in Pixel Scrapper layout challenges.
  • Some of your layouts made using my designs may be turned into page templates, quick pages, or stacked cards.

Pocket Scrapper CT Requirements:

  • Quick turnaround time – be able, under most circumstances, to complete your two layouts in a week or less.
  • Excellent “save for web” skills – uploaded images of your work are never blurry or pixelated

Apply for the Pocket Scrapper CT position using the application form below.

The applications for the Pocket Scrapper and Hybrid Scrapper positions require at least one layout or project made using my designs. If you like my style and think we’d be a good fit, but you don’t own any of my products yet, you’re welcome to make a layout for your application using any of the freebies available here on the blog.

The application form will ask you to link to your layouts or photos of hybrid projects. If you have images you want to include in your application that aren’t posted online anywhere, I am open to receiving emailed photos. Just fill out the application form below and instead of links, write “photos not online” in the appropriate spots – I’ll contact you via email and you can send me your photos.

Already There ~ A new kit & a freebie for you

My life is really, really good right now. I have two dream jobs, a secure and comfortable home, and incredible friends and family who love, support, and delight me. My health is better than it has been in years and I’m able to do so much more than I could five years ago that it’s hard to remember the years when I could barely get out of bed.

How does this relate to my new scrapbooking bundle, Already There? Well, there’s a bit of a story there.

One thing I’ve always seen as a gift of my long illness is that it taught me about boundaries and how to say no. Whether I said it with regret because I was too sick to do a yearned-for activity or with relief at skipping some perceived obligation, I became a pro at “No.” The people in my life were initially taken aback, but eventually the folks who stuck around came to realize that my developing forays into limit-setting opened up greater permission within them to set their own boundaries. I am definitely the friend to flake on in order to stay home and do some self-care. Far from taking it personally, I’ll be cheering you on.

But an interesting realization has been emerging over the past few months. By developing my ability to set boundaries in conjunction with learning to listen and care for my body, I never actually learned about other kinds of limitations. Like, you know, time. When you can only do about one significant activity a day, you don’t have to worry too much about schedule-juggling. And even people who are well still have physical limitations – there’s only so much you can ask even a healthy body to do without sleep and food and all that good stuff. (And as much as I’d like to be, I’m still a good distance  from “well.”)

Protect layout made with Already There digital scrapbooking kit by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

So recently I came to see that I don’t know how to say no to “good things.” If an opportunity for something good comes along, I figure, hey, I’m not stuck in bed so why not add it to the mix? And lately that’s been catching up with me and biting me pretty hard. But I couldn’t seem to stop – it felt like I had no mechanism for moderating my “yes.” I spent so many years feeling deprived, watching as so much of the richness of life passed me by. Some part of me feels like I’ve suffered enough, and like a loving and indulgent parent, I don’t want to deny myself any opportunity for enjoyment and growth.  I was telling a wise friend about this dilemma, and what he said to me was, “If you keep adding to your life – even good things – you will eventually lose the ability to protect and maintain what you already have.”

My friend’s words had a huge impact on me. He got right to the heart of the matter, and I realized I was risking compromising the many parts of my life that I already love in order to pile on more and more good things. It was a wake-up call for me to look around and realize I’m already where I want to be. And if I don’t take time to rest, practice self-care, and actually integrate my experiences, I won’t be able to protect this life I love from my own go-go-go mentality.

And from deep personal insight – a scrapbook kit was born! Ha! Well, kind of, yeah. I’d been excited for a while to make a kit built around the color theme mint + copper. What a gorgeous, clean, modern combo those are. (And from the number of great images I was able to find for my mood board, I’m gonna say the internet agrees with me.) But I thought maybe this time I wanted a more specific theme than I had for Bright Days, which was mostly built around color. As I started assembling my ideas, I knew my recent insight and my yummy dreamy color palette would be perfect for each other.

Already There journal cards for digital scrapbooking, pocket scrapping by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

I think the kit has a good mix of themed and non-themed items. I know not everyone is at the same place in their lives that I am, but as I started working with the idea of “Already There” the significance of the idea expanded for me. Spiritually, we can get so caught up in self-improvement, striving to be a better meditator, a more evolved being, that we lose sight of the fact that, as Eckhart Tolle said, “You get there by realizing you’re already there.” Emotionally we’re all under so much pressure, influenced by a society that places way too high a value on what people produce and accomplish. As someone who was forced by illness to step off that hamster wheel I know all too well how much our identities can get wrapped up in achievement and success. I love this quote from Brené Brown, who is so awesome at telling it like it is: “Worthy now. Not if. Not when. We are worthy of love and belonging now. Right this minute.” Yes!

Already There mint + copper elements for digital scrapbooking, pocket scrapping by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

I had so much fun making this kit. The colors are so delicious to me, and getting to play with so many different copper textures was a delight. That confetti made of little triangular bits of copper is probably one of my favorite things I’ve made, ever. Speaking of elements… I think I made a scrapbooking kit! I mean, yeah, of course I did, but I think I made a traditional scrapbooking kit, rather than one focused mainly on pocket scrapping, which is something I thought I’d never end up doing (since I almost never scrap outside pockets). But I just followed where inspiration took me, and this is where I ended up. There are still plenty of journal cards, stickers, cool stacked frames, pocket-sized elements and a whole bunch of new pocket page templates, though, so our pockets will not go empty!

Already There journal cards for digital scrapbooking, pocket scrapping by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

You may notice there’s more illustration in this kit than in previous things I’ve made, like that amazing Vespa and those gorgeous flowers above. I am extremely lucky to have Paddy Wolf, one of the world’s most creative digital scrappers (in my humble opinion) on my Creative Team, and she’s a talented artist on paper as well. I commissioned several pieces from her for this kit, which was an incredible opportunity to go beyond my own technical limitations (as I’ve mentioned here before, I’m a designer/assembler/magpie rather than an illustrator). We even spent the final part of my kit creation process in an almost constant collaboration, passing ideas and designs back and forth. It was one of my favorite design experiences ever – I’m such a relational person, and being out of the “design vacuum” and able to get a real-time opinion from someone whose eye I trust was invaluable.

Already There mint + copper bundle for digital scrapbooking, pocket scrapping by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

Messy Stitched Pocket Page Overlays for digital scrapbooking, pocket scrapping, by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

I think that about wraps up the long tale of how I got from here to “Already There.” (See what I did there? :)) I have a couple of freebies to accompany this kit, one today and one that I’ll be putting up in a little bit. It needs some finishing touches and right now I am wiped from finishing this bundle! That image below is not your freebie (sorry to tease!) but I wanted to show you how the actual freebie, which is a style set, looks when applied. You can see the ombre grey enamel style on the chevrons on the left-hand stacked journal card.

Already There stacked journal cards and frames for digital scrapbooking, pocket scrapping by Scrumptiously at Pixel Scrapper

Today’s freebie will only work for Photoshop users, unfortunately. It’s two sets of styles in the dreamy palette colors from the kit – a glossy enamel set and an ombre enamel set. It’s my first style set that I’m offering to the public, rather than just making for my own use, and in addition to my complete ignorance on how to make them work in Elements, I will admit I have no idea how to test them to make sure they work in all circumstances. Or even really what to do to them in the first place to make sure they work in all circumstances. So I’m giving them away for you to play with, and if they work well for you as they did for me, hurray! And if not, it didn’t cost you anything 🙂

Free Photoshop Enamel Styles freebie for digital scrapbooking, pocket scrapbooking

You only need to choose ONE of these links:
Direct download from Dropbox
Mediafire Download (in case Dropbox is unavailable)

Finally, I want to give special acknowledgement to some very special resource-creators. This kit could never have come into existence without the incredible copper textures provided by some very generous artists. I credit and link to them on the Credits page for the bundle (as I do with all resource creators who express a preference for being credited), but this time around these particular resources were vital to creating the core of this kit so I wanted to acknowledge them here as well. If you’re looking for high quality stock resources, check out:
Manoluv on deviantart
Scratzilla on deviantart
InsipidStock on deviantart
Alleca on deviantart
Texturex

Sneak Preview – “Already There” Mood Board

Marisa Lerin, owner of Pixel Scrapper and scrapbooking designer extraordinaire, has been posting sneak previews of her upcoming kits recently. The twist – instead of showing us a few snippets of the kit itself, she’s been posting her mood board. It’s a great way to whet our appetites for what’s to come, and it lets us peek behind the curtain to see some of what inspired her designs.

I made a mood board for the first time while working on my newest, soon to be released bundle, Already There. In the past I’ve usually made Pinterest boards to collect my colors, shapes, images, words, and other inspiration. I was amazed at how different the experience was with a personally created mood board, in this case a collage I made in Photoshop.

Being able to see everything at once (I pack a lot into my Pinterest boards, so they require a lot of scrolling), choosing the relative size and placement of images, and covering up distracting bits were some of the benefits. I even went to some quote-generator sites to make my own custom pretty quote posters like you see on Pinterest all the time, which let me add the words I was inspired by right onto my visual inspiration board. Making my own board also allowed me to easily add a few of my main initial ideas to see how they worked with the overall feel I was going for.

I won’t say any more for now – I’ll let the images speak for themselves. Enjoy a little peek into my inspiration!

moodboard_mint

Pixel Scrapper May Blog Train ~ Hello!

Another blog train, hurray! I haven’t felt inspired by the colors for Pixel Scrapper blog trains lately (which is for the best since I’m in a perpetual state of “swamped & in over my head” these days), but this month’s palette felt fun and bold and bright, just the thing to inspire some springtime designing.

I was heavily influenced this time around by my enduring love of my new(ish) Silhouette, which I continue to adore although I’ve had only a handful of chances to play with it since school started up again in January. Something about this palette and my beginning forays into print-and-cut just called out to me for flat, textureless hybrid-ready designs. Me! The Texture Queen! Who once wrote the sentence, “If papers look ‘flat’ in the preview, just like squares of digital pixels, I probably won’t download.” Just goes to show how things change!

That’s actually one of the fun things for me about scrapbooking. I’m not a trend-follower in general, or even exposed enough to popular culture that I know what most of the trends are. But scrapbooking (and digital designing) has been for me a novel experience of seeing other people’s designs, both commercial and personal, and having those influence my own tastes and ideas. Once I got the Silhouette and decided to do Project Life in paper form this year (SIGH, the update on that process is a post for another day) I started delving into the world of hybrid scrapping, and now bright colors with no texture look awesome to me!

Scrumptiously May 2014 Pixel Scrapper Blog Train Print & Cut Journal Card Freebies

Both the colors and the theme – Hello! – felt playful and cheerful, so I thought some lighthearted stickers and rubber elements (hello trend!) would be just the thing. I also have been wanting to do some interview-type pages in my Project Life album, where I ask the kids in my life to fill out cards about their interests and favorite things right now. I looked around and didn’t see what I wanted, which was fun journal-card sized cards on a variety of “All About Me” topics, so I decided to make my own. When I realized I was going to be using several designs from my new Miss Tiina Everyday card templates, which are okay for commercial use, I figured why not make my interview cards in blog train colors so I can share them with all of you!

Filling out the Arts & Crafts card

These cards were my first time doing print and cut with Project Life cards, and it was very satisfying to see my designs come to life in three dimensions! I used special fancy paper (Epson Premium Presentation Matte paper) and the print quality is beautiful, much nicer than I expected (the color is truer than it looks in the photo up above). The kids had been involved some with choosing the topics and weighing in on the designs, and so it was fun once the cards were printed to see how they interpreted the cards and filled them out.

FIlling out the Current Faves and Reading Lately cards

Without further ado, here’s what I have for you this month…

First up are those interview cards. I made these because I couldn’t find quite what I was looking for anywhere else. They’ll be great for “All About Me” pages about you, your kids, or anyone you want to commemorate in your pages. Some are open to interpretation (A “Celebrate” card for documenting favorite holidays; the kids decided to title the what-I’m-good-at card, “Talent Show!”). There are two cards with a spot for a QR code linked to a video, one for “My Signature Move” and one for “My Signature Phrase.” I made little videos of the kids doing their moves/saying their phrases and will paste the QR codes for the videos onto those cards. **For all you Silhouette owners out there, this card set comes with Silhouette studio files ready to print and cut!** There is also a printable PDF of all the cards, with both squared and rounded corners (digital folks get to round their own corners – I figure they’re likely getting clipped to a template). The versions that are for printing (PDF & Studio files) are sized to actually fit into Project Life page protectors, so they are slightly smaller than 3×4. And as a secret bonus, this pack of 25 cards also comes with 4 hybrid-ready papers, just for fun! Download is linked below preview (you only need to pick one of the two options).

Free Journal Cards (with Silhouette cut files!) from Scrumptiously for the PixelScrapper May 2014 Blog Train

Direct download link (may not be available due to bandwidth overage):
DOWNLOAD INTERVIEW CARDS
Mediafire link:
DOWNLOAD INTERVIEW CARDS

Next up is an adorable set of rubber elements. They’re very thin rubber (I mean, they’re not any kind of rubber, they’re pixels, but you know what I mean) so that you can shadow them however you like, having them be more like puffy stickers or more like thicker pieces of rubber. I’ve really been enjoying this particular look lately, and used a fantastic style set by Mommyish to make these for you. Little rubber name tag just kills me for some reason! Download is linked below preview (you only need to pick one of the two options).

Free digital rubber elements from Scrumptiously for the PixelScrapper May 2014 Blog Train

Direct download link (may not be available due to bandwidth overage):
DOWNLOAD RUBBERY BITS
Mediafire link:
DOWNLOAD RUBBERY BITS

Finally I have a sticker set for you, inspired by these cool digital/printable sticker sets by Amy Jaz, who is one of my favorite designers. I had so much fun with these – as I said above, for me the color palette just cries out for stickers! The stickers come as individual PNGs and also on a PDF or JPG printable sheet (just print it out on a sheet of label paper and you can cut out your own stickers), and I’ve included Silhouette studio print and cut files. Can you tell I’m a little obsessed right now? 🙂 Download is linked below preview (you only need to pick one of the two options).

Free Digital and Printable Stickers (with Silhouette studio print and cut files!) from Scrumptiously for the PixelScrapper January 2014 Blog Train

Direct download link (may not be available due to bandwidth overage):
DOWNLOAD STICKERS
Mediafire link:
DOWNLOAD STICKERS

Don’t forget to keep hopping along on the rest of the blog train – there are over 40 contributors this time! You can find previews and links at this Pixel Scrapper thread.