Thursday, September 20, 2012
Hello there! :o) It’s Kylie here with you today…along with a couple of very dear friends – the SEPTEMBER projectSCRAP templates!! Aren’t they a sweet couple (two separate templates to create a ’spread’)! And I just know you’ll LOVE scrapping with them! As with all projectSCRAP templates, there are bunches of photo spots and lots of options for story-telling…and I’m really loving how easy it is to scrap a month-by-month snapshot of 2012. How are you going? Are you keeping up? C’mon, LET’S HAVE SOME FUN and get those memories scrapped together :o)
You can click on the image above…or, CLICK HERE to download your latest templates!!
Are you new to project SCRAP? …well then, if you are not familiar with our little scrap project (if you ARE familiar with it, skip this paragraph, as always, lol)… THIS POST is a great place to learn more! Also, if you click on the PROJECT SCRAP 2012 category (on the right side of the blog)…you can ALWAYS easily find ALL posts related to the subject! It’s your go-to place if you want to keep up with everything in 2012! But, as a quick little reminder…here is the project in a nutshell:::
Oh, and don’t forget to post YOUR project SCRAP 2012 pages in our special GALLERY :o) We ALL love to browse the pages to get inspiration for our own layouts! Especially during those times when we are not feeling so creative, lol! SP will be doing her September ‘check-in’ in a few weeks time…and will, of course, be sure to include some wonderful gallery inspiration, using the latest templates…and ya just never know, your pages might be featured!
THANKS a bunch for stopping by the blog today! I’ll be back tomorrow with some exciting Shoppe News!!
Free (not desktops), project Scrap 2012, Uncategorized
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Hello blog readers! Kim here today to talk a little bit about photography and sharing a love of taking pictures with kids. Now, I will be the first to admit that I am self-taught and still have lots to learn myself about the technical aspects of photography, so that is not what I’m going to be talking about today :) But as early as I can remember, I have always loved photos. I remember having cameras of my own growing up and how excited I was when we would get my pictures printed at the photo lab (because, yes, there was a time when you had to wait until they were developed to see them!!) I still have photo albums of my pictures from elementary school and beyond. Lots of things have changed with photography now, making it easier to learn by just giving things a try. Digital photography means I can take as many pictures as I want and see how they turned out without having to make the investment in developing and printing them. So I take pictures of everything all the time!! And of course, my kids see me doing this and are interested in trying it too. I admit, sometimes this can be frustrating, like when I want to be taking the picture of them but all they want to do is be behind the camera instead! And after finally being able to invest in a DSLR, I’ve been a little hesitant to put it in the hands of a three-year-old, know what I mean?? But then, of course I want to take advantage of the interest my kids have in what I’m doing. I’m not guaranteed they’ll stay interested forever! So sometimes it’s hard to find the right balance.
Where am I going with all this? I ran across an idea several months back that I knew I’d love to do with my older kids, and I’m going to share our fun with you today. The idea was to have a photo scavenger hunt where you intentionally spent time letting the kids be behind the camera. Love it! Not only would they love that this time was all about them taking photos, but it would give them a fun way to find what the subject of the photos should be.
We had the perfect opportunity this month, as we were doing a big family birthday weekend and were looking for some simple fun things to do with everyone who was coming to visit. (Thus I played our scavenger hunt up bigger than necessary.) I started by creating a list of scavenger hunt items that I thought could be found in most outdoor places (thinking ahead that we could do this again later with the same list). I was mindful to use things appropriate for my kids’ ages (turning 6 and 4). Then I made a 4×6 inch card for each of the photographers that I laminated and put on a string so they could be worn around their neck (keeping little hands free for taking pictures!) Here’s what my card and list looked like:
Credits: Recipe Card template (rotated) from the Muffin Man set, paper from Heartfelt, alpha from Boo, star extracted from Sandbox swirl stamp, and camera by Heather Roselli
We headed to one of our favorite parks, divided up into teams (boys against girls at the kids’ request), and started taking pictures! Here are some of the photos that they took.
So what did I learn on our little adventure? To start with, I could have made the list longer! Although we weren’t making it a race to see who could find all the items first, competitiveness seems to run in our family and they got through these pretty quickly (about 15 minutes). I encouraged them to find more things to photograph when they were done with the list. It was also good that it wasn’t just me with the two of them because having a bit of adult help for each of them was good. But beyond that, it worked really well! They were both excited to see the pictures later on the computer and my daughter especially was excited to have my phone all to herself to take pictures (yes, we let her use the phone camera because it was simpler and what she really wanted to do).
Of course, you would expect that this adventure turned into a scrapbook layout! I thought I’d share that with you too before I go ;)
Hope you’ve enjoyed a peek into our fun with a kids photo scavenger hunt! And I hope you are all encouraged to find ways to share your interests with the kids in your life. Be sure to stop by the blog tomorrow, as Kylie will be here with the September project scrap templates. Bye bye!
Inspiration, Photography, Uncategorized
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Hi everyone! It’s me, Casharina, and today I’m bringing a Product Spotlight! YAY!! This time I get to spotlight the very beautiful GRACIE collection.
To date, this is one of the largest kits you’ll find in the Shabby Shoppe. It is packed with all sorts of goodies, including beautiful, bright colored papers, tons of embellishments that I find myself using on all sorts of pages, and word art to help complete that special layout! The stitching elements included are some of my favorite pieces in this kit, and I seem to consistently add them to my pages.
Gracie will be ON SALE for a limited time! That means you can pick up all this beauty for just $6.75 – right HERE!
To show you just how gorgeous this kit is the team and I have created a few layouts to share!
First up I’ve used the Gracie collection to create a page focusing on my girlies and their interaction with one another during a small photo shoot. I love the word art at the bottom, it was the perfect element to finish this page, and don’t you love the vellum pocket? So cute!
Rosy has outdone herself this time creating a two page layout for us! I absolutely adore her use of the stitching and flowers to help our eyes move along through all of the beautiful images included in the layout. I also love how she has taken advantage of the tapes and hearts to tack down her lovely pieces of paper surrounding the page, super cute!
Kim does an uber great job of showing off different ways to use the gorgeous frames included in Gracie. I have to say I “love” the way she’s tacked the hook and key as well, SO creative!
Once again Kylie has shown her hand at how utterly amazing her pieces can be with her skills of clustering. I love how she has used many of the beautiful papers to cluster in around the focus image on the page, and don’t you just love the little butterfly peeking through the flowers, a perfect touch!
Thank you girls for the beautiful layouts! Check out the gallery to see more information about each of these pages and don’t forget to add your layouts to the gallery too!
Thanks for stopping by the blog! Tomorrow Kim will be sharing some photography fun, so don’t miss that!
Product Spotlight, Uncategorized
Monday, September 17, 2012
Happy Monday everyone! :o) Kylie here…with Layout of the Week! We had an awesome time speed scrappin’ over the weekend. THANKS again Kim for hosting a brilliant event and to all those that played along!!:o) And if you couldn’t join in the FUN this time round - we truly hope to see you for the next Fast & Fabulous!
For LOTW this week, I’ve chosen Charlotte – 2 months by lala777 – soooo sweet!
Such a beautifully scrapped layout! And the photo…oh my! Not only is it all sweetness and baby cuteness, but how about its treatment…love the creativity shown here by the very talented lala777! The clustering (and I do LOVE a flower cluster or two!) is perfection and the choice of background paper is amazing – it not only sets off the bright pops of color but complements the soft black & white photo…an inspired combination!!
Congratulations, lala777! Watch your e-mail (and don’t forget to check your SPAM folders if you don’t see it!) for a $10 gift card to the Shabby Shoppe …and enjoy your shoppe-ing!
THANKS to EVERYONE that posted LO’s in the gallery last week…it was a such JOY to look through them all!
Thanks too for stopping by the blog today…so glad you did! Casharina will be here tomorrow with a beautiful product spotlight! See you then!! :o)
Layout of the Week, Uncategorized
Saturday, September 15, 2012
We hope you all had a wonderful time scrapping along with us in our 4th Fast and Fabulous event! Crazy fun huh?!!! ;o)
We absolutely loved seeing all of your layouts in the gallery….and we are excited to announce the random winners! Each of our THREE lucky winners will receive a $10 Shabby Shoppe gift card via email SOON (be sure to check your spam folders if you don’t see it)!
Tide Pools at Crystal Cove by pqtn
Kermis092012 by RinRent
spring is in the air by alinalove
THANK YOU for joining us – we hope you had as much fun as we did! Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you all back here on Monday for another LOTW!!!
P.S. – If you didn’t join us LIVE for our Fast and Fabulous speed scrap, you can still play along yourself (in your own time)! We’d love to see your layouts in the gallery, too!
Fast and Fabulous, Uncategorized