Friday, February 1, 2013
Hey guys…SP here today :o) As you probably already know (from THIS blog post) – we are slowing the blog down a bit here at the Shabby Shoppe :o) So, this isn’t really a ‘good-bye’ post…just one to say that we’ll still be here (busy designing, hopefully!) – just not as often! Our hope is to continue to inspire…with occasional fun and interesting posts and content! We won’t post unless we have something worth-while to say (well, at least in our minds, lol)! Of course, we’ll always share news of NEW PRODUCTS and FREEBIES here…and anything else that might be of interest! As much as I love to cook and bake – no doubt that I’ll be back with foodie posts in the future – as well as crafting and hybrid when I can!
Also – as I mentioned in the last project SCRAP 2012 post…we are bringing a brand new (and really awesome) project SCRAP bundle to the Shoppe soon…so stay tuned to the blog (and our newsletter) for more information on that! I plan to check-in every now and then with everyone…for my own motivation as much as anyone else’s, lolol! Seriously – I have enjoyed the project so much for the past two years and am excited to keep going with it…and hope you are as well! And again, while there will not be monthly posts for it anymore…that doesn’t mean we can’t all keep on track :o) So, good luck with it and I’ll be excited to share my pages with you in the coming months (and certainly hope to continue to see yours in the gallery as well) :o)
I promised myself I wouldn’t ramble on too long…so, I’ll wrap it up :o) More than anything else…I wanted to say THANK YOU with all my heart to all of our wonderfully sweet, caring, creative and beautiful blog friends! Also – a huge thank you and lots of love to the crazy talented Shabby Artist team…the blog wouldn’t have been much fun without them, lol! You all have brought us so much joy – and inspired us to create and craft! We have ALL grown so much during the past couple of years – and you will all be missed! YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST! XOXO…and sincere wishes for a blessed, happy, healthy and creative 2013 :o) See ya soon-ish! Shabby Princess :o)
Hi everyone!! Kylie here as well! I wanted to drop by and add to SP’s message with my own short, sweet and very heartfelt “bye-for-now!”…how could I not?! ;o) It’s been my absolute privilege to work with Shabby Princess and the entire Shabby Artist team. It really has been a true joy managing the blog over the last little while…I’ve loved every single second of it! The whole Shabby Shoppe community, well it’s just like one big family…the encouragement, the inspiration, the SMILES…so many smiles!!! And that special (and often rare) feeling of community, well it’s all thanks to SP and her beautiful and generous spirit…all the amazingly-talented past & present team members that have shared so much with us all – Beckie, Nicole, Kathy, Lu, Anna, Trish, Karen, Denise, Rachel, Jenelle, Kim, Casharina, Rosy, Amber, Elisabeth, Emily, Aubrey and Lindsay…and all our loyal blog followers and forever-fabulous gallery members. It’s been a FUN and memorable journey – all learning and growing together in digi-scrap-happiness!! So I guess it’s time for me to sign off (before I get too carried away, and to be honest, a little teary!). I’m looking forward to seeing you all in the gallery from time to time and commenting on your gorgeous creations…and ya never know, I may just pop by with a blog post or two throughout the year…and I can’t wait to help SP with lots of awesome NEW goodies for the Shoppe!! Yay!! …and on that note - HAPPY SCRAPPING, my dear Shabby Shoppe friends and bye for now!! K :o)
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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Hello everyone :o) Shabby Princess here with you today for the final project SCRAP 2012 post! YAY – we did it – ANOTHER YEAR scrapped :o) If you have been following along – you are FINISHED with all of your monthly 2012 layouts/spreads (isn’t that wonderful?)! Now, it’s just time to get the album covers completed…and the albums/books printed! SO FUN :o)
So, before we get started…if you are new to project SCRAP…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! And, as this is our final post for project SCRAP 2012 – I wanted to remind you to be sure and download all of our free templates soon as they will be removed in the coming weeks (they will be available for purchase in the Shoppe after that). Anyhoo, as a quick little reminder… here is the project in a nutshell:::
So – back to the COVERS – you have THREE options! I sooooo love all of these! Kylie and I put these together and I truly cannot choose a favorite! I love the first option because of the envelope style – it adds a lot of interest…and the opportunity to have fun with papers! Then, I love option two because you get a glimpse into the year with all of the photos on the front! And, with option three…I just love the simplicity of it! So, I give up – good luck choosing, lol! Here’s the good news though – you can download ALL THREE and then see what works for YOU :o)
::::If you wish to download ALL THREE COVER OPTIONS – CLICK HERE (or you can download them individually below)::::
Now…let’s get a little more up-close with the three cover options :o) AND, share some inspiration! Here is COVER OPTION ONE:
::::CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD (or simply click on the preview image below)::::
And a couple of examples that Kylie and I put together! Again, I love the envelope style here…the side ‘flaps’ really draw your eyes to the title block…and then all of the embellishments add dimension and interest…and soften the whole look! Of course, Kylie and I both chose to embellish with flowers…but you could easily use any elements here!
Now, for COVER OPTION TWO…
::::CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD (or simply click on the preview image below)::::
Again, on this one – I love the addition of the photos – as they offer a little sneak peek into the year :o) But, you also have the opportunity to have fun with embellishments – love that :o) It’s a great mix! I chose to add a photo from each month on my cover…and Kylie opted to add interest with papers! Really like both looks here :o) As I say (all too often, lol) – that’s the beauty of templates…you are in control of the final look – it’s all about a starting point – then you get to be creative and have fun :o)
And, last (but far from least) – we have COVER OPTION THREE…
::::CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD (or simply click the preview image below)::::
Now, if I choose to go with another one of the cover options for MY 2012 album – I can assure you that THIS ONE will still be worked with at some point…as I absolutely ADORE it! It’s super simple – but has LOTS of room for creativity and extras! As you can see…Kylie and I added a few extra elements…but the covers still have that open and simple look – thanks to all of the ‘white space’!
So, there you have it…all of our NEW and FUN cover options :o) And, while time got away from me and I didn’t get to finalize and print my album before this post – I want to direct you to last year’s ALBUM COVER POST as it offers TONS of information (and photos/inspiration/tips) about printing and more :o) So, BE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT HERE as I’m sure you will find it helpful as you wrap up your project SCRAP 2012 albums/books!
Of course – we would LOOOOOVE for you guys to share your final covers AND printed albums with us in the project SCRAP 2012 INSPIRATION GALLERY! I know I personally benefit sooooo much from seeing all of the inspiration! So, join us and let us see YOURS :o)
Kylie and I…and the rest of the team would like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU for joining us for another year of project SCRAP :o) We all love and enjoy it just as much as you guys…and we depend on it to get our year scrapped, too (believe me, lol)! Even though we will not be featuring regular blog posts on any upcoming project SCRAP years…Kylie and I still wanted to continue it on our own – and offer you the tools to do so as well :o) Sooooo, we have been working on a new project SCRAP bundle (it will be bundle 3) for the Shoppe (hope to have it in the Shoppe within the next week or two…so stay tuned)! It is definitely my fave so far…we really worked hard to make it unique and fun and practical…and we hope you love it as much as we do! Be sure you are signed up for our Shoppe newsletter…as I plan to offer the new bundle at a HUGE discount for a very limited time when I release it! You’ll want to be sure you get that newsletter so you don’t miss out :o) We are doing that as a THANK YOU to all of you ladies who have scrapped along with us over the past two years! I’ll tell you that I HOPE to check-in every now and then throughout the year to share some of my pages and to help motivate you guys (here at the blog)…just no promises on how often or when, etc. :o)
With that…I guess we are officially ‘wrapped-up’ for project SCRAP 2012 :o) It’s definitely bittersweet to end another project – but mostly…just a wonderful feeling of completion – I hope you all agree! HAVE FUN SCRAPPING…and many thanks for joining us :o) Have a WONDERFUL weekend…XOXO — SP :o)
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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Hey guys :o) SP here with you today…with a much happier post than the last one I shared :o) So…how AWESOME does it feel to be at the end (well, almost) of 2012′s project SCRAP?! IF you have kept up with us…then you basically have your entire twenty twelve album FINISHED :o) All that is left are the covers (and then printing, of course)! No worries…we’ll be sharing those covers with you next week (and they are gorgeous…I think you’ll love them)! And, if you haven’t been keeping up…then this is your chance to download ALL of the templates before they are gone (don’t worry…they’ll still be up for a bit)…and to get CAUGHT UP before we are too deep into 2013 :o) There really is still time! Even if you are several months behind…YOU CAN DO IT :o) Trust me when I say that it feels so good to have another year scrapped, well…mostly (yeah, I still have a few extra pages to work on)…and to NOT have that feeling like, oh dear…I am going to forget all of these memories and details before I ever get the photos scrapped (I’m sure you know just what I’m talking about, lol)! There will ALWAYS be more photos and layouts to scrap (oh how I know this to be true, lol)…but to get all of the ‘big’ stuff and memories scrapped ‘in the moment’ (or close to the moment)…and before all is forgotten…that is huge! And…again, KNOWING that there will always be the next huge event or birthday or holiday (or whatever) to scrap…it’s best to stay as current as possible…or at some point – it will all just be too overwhelming to ‘go back’ and ‘catch-up’ :o) Right? :o) Anyhoo – that’s my pep talk for today…but I truly believe in what I say…because I’ve lived it (both ways, lol) – and just love feeling like I am ‘on top’ of my scrapping (for the most part)! You will, too!
So…with all of that said…let’s get to the December pages :o) If you missed them – be sure to download them HERE! They are gorgeous and so perfect for all of your holiday photos! I’m sure that many of you are like me…and ended up with LOTS of EXTRA photos to scrap in December…it’s just that kind of month, eh?! So, I still have to work on some ‘extra pages’ – and just tried to get an assortment of photos on the template layouts! With these pages…I really like the idea of using the ‘multi-photo’ page to duplicate for more December/holiday photos. Did that make sense? So…if you have lots of extra photos like me…just take that multi-photo page and use it again twice to make another two page spread. It gives you LOTS of spots for photos…and you could even rotate to give them a ‘new’ look! Just an idea if you would like to fit in more photos (that rings true for just about any of our templates/months) :o)
Alrighty…so let’s move on to some inspiration :o) I’ve included quite a bit here as there was no way to choose favorites! I did leave some in the gallery for you to find on your own, lol – and you’ll definitely want to as they are GORGEOUS! It’s always so fun for me to see the different ways in which we all interpret the templates :o)
As I said…my pages are just a mish-mash of the month…we had Christmas and a big family vacation to the mountains and LOTS of other stuff going on…
Amber’s layouts are just beyond gorgeous…I love the snowy trees and all the kid-happy-fun pics :o) And the silhouetted nativity…wow! STUNNING :o) Thanks, Amber!
Kylie’s month looks pretty wonderful, too :o) Lots of food and family and entertainment (and spectacular layouts, too)! LOVE IT – thanks, Kylie!
Are Kim’s kids just the cutest or what?! Look at all those precious smiles! Love all the silly faces and fun pics…and especially the color combo on her layouts :o) THANKS, Kim!
Finally, pqtn’s layouts just jumped out at me…loved the color palette and paper blocking…all of her gorgeous layering…and the wonderful photos, too! Fabulous job – THANK YOU :o)
So there you have it…our almost-last project SCRAP 2012 check-in, lol :o) I’ll be back here with you next week for the FINAL check-in where I share the album cover templates with you guys! They are like the ‘icing on the cake’ :o) The perfect way to ‘top-off’ another year of scrapping together!
That’s it for me today…thanks for following along! Be sure to check back next week for more wonderful and inspirational posts (and LOTW on Monday)! Have a beautiful and blessed weekend everyone :o) XOXO — SP!
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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Hello everyone :o) Shabby Princess here with you to share some big AND bittersweet news about our beloved BLOG here! I have gone back and forth so many times on just ‘how’ to share this news, as it truly is bittersweet for me – and I think in the end…it’s best to just be honest and open…so here goes :o)
It really is with a great sadness…AND, oddly…at the same time – a wonderful feeling of knowing I am making the right decision…that I tell you that the blog will be undergoing a huge change beginning February 1st. I have decided (after much thought and consideration and sleepless nights and even a few tears) that it’s time for the BLOG to slow down and go back to a place just for Shoppe/SP announcements and the occasional wordy, rambling SP post :o) I want to first make it clear that the Shoppe itself (as well as the ShabbyPrincess.com site) is not changing or going away in any way :o) This only affects the Blog and daily-ish posts. There are LOTS and LOTS of reasons for this…but foremost is simply scheduling and time…and the ‘wish’ for freedom from the constant need to plan for the next post, challenge, templates, etc. With the new year, there is always a lot of thought put into how to IMPROVE over the previous year…and one thing that has really JUMPED OUT at me…is the need and want to SIMPLIFY and slow down a bit! I am sure this is something that we can all understand and embrace :o) When I think back to my HAPPIEST and most PRODUCTIVE times as Shabby Princess – it’s always when I was just spending all of my available work time DESIGNING and CREATING…and I miss that – a lot :o) Knowing that I do not have a LOT of design time these days…the best decision was to cut back on all of the ‘extra’ stuff that takes away from design time…and the BLOG was the only real choice for me.
As I said…I KNOW that for me and my family and my schedule and my work…that this is the right decision and I feel a great peace with that (and to be quite honest – am excited at the prospect of getting back to the joy of just designing and being creative)! However…in making this decision – there were two very difficult components…ONE – the team…and TWO – all of our amazingly wonderful followers, readers and scrappers :o) Without a blog…there really is no need to have a ‘blog team’ in place…so saying ‘goodbye’ to the girls was not easy or fun (that’s an understatement)! However, they are an AMAZING group of women (in SO many ways)…talented beyond belief…and most just as busy (and busier) than I am…so thankfully – they understood (though, of course…there was a sadness for ALL of us). While I’ll miss seeing and reading the daily/weekly team emails and seeing all of their amazing inspiration…I have a feeling you’ll still be seeing some of their gorgeous layouts from time to time in upcoming newsletters and my own ‘shabby’ (lol) blog posts :o) I have to just say it again here…the SHABBY TEAM is truly the best in this industry and I feel blessed beyond belief to have had the opportunity to work with each and every one! I have really gotten to know some of these girls very well…and they are true friends in my life! On that note…I can’t move on without letting you guys know that our amazing and fearless blog/team leader KYLIE…will still be around (thank GOODNESS) :o) She has been the most amazing addition to the Shoppe…well…ever, lol – and I am so pleased to say that she will continue working with me, but in the capacity of product development (can you say CALENDARS and TEMPLATES and HYBRID and so on – YAY!!!) :o) Couldn’t be happier about that! YES…we are planning to bring calendars back this year…but that means getting started NOW :o) Anyway, no doubt you will still be inspired by Kylie throughout the year…and thankfully (and selfishly, lol) for ME – I get to be inspired by her almost daily! She is a true friend and a bright light for me (and everyone that has the opportunity to get to know her)!
Now…the second part of that decision – YOU GUYS…that’s even a bit more difficult – as I know without doubt that you will be sad about this decision…not only for the loss of inspiration – but for the loss of our challenges and desktops and so on (and I like to spread HAPPY…not SAD, lol – seriously)! :o( Trust me when I say that we went over and over and over it all, trying to decide the best way to ‘slow down’ the blog…and in the end – the unanimous decision was that if we are going to DO THIS…we need to just DO IT (or what is the point of it all? lol)! So, as a result – there will no longer be any scheduled template challenges, project SCRAP (YES, we are absolutely finishing out 2012…Kylie and I have been working on the covers – you will love them…I’ll share them towards the end of January), free desktops and so on :o( So, I know that that will feel like a ‘loss’ – and I am genuinely and truly sorry for that…and completely understand the feeling! However, at the same time, I sooooo hope that you guys will understand what we are trying to accomplish. And THAT, is to have more time to add fun stuff to the Shoppe and the SP sites…and get back into that creative, designing groove :o) With time spread so thin – it’s just impossible for me to do both all the time, know what I mean?! But, I feel a renewed spirit and creativity with this decision…and I think that will show in the Shoppe over the coming months and year!
With that said – we do still PLAN to share fun stuff with you guys both at the BLOG and the SP sites…but what we will not be doing anymore…is the SCHEDULED ‘stuff’ :o) It will be much more casual…without the prospect of ‘deadlines’ always in the back of the mind! I hope that made sense…but in essence – I would love to continue things like the occasional Fast & Fabulous speed scrap…an inspiration post here and there…some fun food stuff (always my favorite subject, lol)…and even free templates and so on. It will just be more sporadic and when we have time to enjoy the process and have fun with it :o)
I know this is a lot to read and take in…and probably even feels a bit sudden :o( Please know that this has been a much-considered and planned decision, that was never ever taken lightly. I really hope you will stick around for the next couple of weeks and show the girls some LOVE! We plan to share and inspire through the end of the month…and there are some GREAT posts coming your way! Of course, Kylie and I will be helping you guys wrap up project SCRAP 2012 and so on…so please enjoy these last wonderful weeks! I know you will miss these amazing girls (as will I)…and we’ll all miss YOU, TOO! For me and Kylie though…we’ll still be right here, working away and checking in from time-to-time! More than anything – we hope to continue seeing YOUR gorgeous pages in the gallery…because as always – we are inspired by YOU, just as much as you are by us :o)
THANK YOU ALL FOR UNDERSTANDING…and for all of the time you have spent with us! We’re not ‘going’ anywhere, lol – so this really isn’t GOODBYE…more of a casual…see ya soon, he he! In the meantime – HAPPY SCRAPPING :o)
XOXO — SP
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
HELLO :o) SP here today…for the OCTOBER project SCRAP 2012 check-in! Did i really just type OCTOBER?! lol! That means that we are halfway through November now, right?! How, oh how, can that be?! As my mom would say…“I dunno, it just is what it is” lol! I guess so :o) But ‘what it is’ is nuts! Thanksgiving will be here in no time…and while I am completely UNprepared for it (don’t even get me started on Christmas, lol)…I am at least up-to-date on my project SCRAP layouts, LOLOL! There’s a little consolation for me, right?! Hey, it actually is a really good thing – because NORMALLY, i would be behind on both scrapping AND holidays – so I’m actually ahead of the game here, lolol! And while I can’t help you guys with your Thanksgiving and holiday plans (trust me, you wouldn’t want my help anyway)…I can TRY to help keep you on track with your 2012 scrapping!
Sooooo, how are we all doing?! I know that I am up-to-date with my monthly pages…but still need to add some two-page spreads here and there to cover other events and memories :o) I told myself i would do those monthly…and for some, i have – but not all! There, I admitted it…I feel better now :o) I mean, they WILL get done in time – it will just be a race-to-the-finish, as per usual, lol! Hopefully you guys have kept up with the ‘extras’ better than me :o) And, if you have no extra pages to add…then hopefully you are current with your layouts!
Let’s check out our October layouts :o) If you missed them – NO WORRIES…you can download them HERE! They are wonderful, and so easy to scrap with! Our October was all over the place, lol! We enjoyed a lot of family time together…lots of sports and outdoor fun…games, school and plenty more! I also had to say goodbye to my wonderful old PC, which completely died on me…and have been trying to get used to my new mac since then (which I’m loving…but hey – the transition hasn’t been pleasant, lol)! So, my pages just loosely reflect all of these things, along with the journaling :o)
Now, Amber’s adorable pages really illustrate October for me :o) These layouts have it all – and I LOOOOVE them! Perfect photos and papers and elements – and just the right mix of everything! Really, totally adore these (no doubt you will, too)!
Awwww, Kim’s pages are just scrapping perfection, too! So many moments and memories captured – both in photos and journaling! And the big photo of mommy with her little sweeties – LOVE it :o) Of course, the ‘blank’ boxes at the bottom are PERFECT here…to balance out the design…such a great touch :o)
Like the rest of our layouts here (well, except mine, lol) – Rosy’s gorgeous pages totally embrace Fall and October as well! Such rich colors and photos…all perfectly embellished! And, I always enjoy seeing how Rosy customizes and personalizes the templates to work with her photos and style! Awesome :o)
Please remember that there are always MORE beautiful layouts to enjoy in the project SCRAP 2012 gallery - take a peek and get inspired!
Before I go, here is a quick little glance at November’s templates! Kylie will be sharing them with you guys next Thursday :o)
That does it for me today :o) As always, I LOVE our project SCRAP group and hope to hear how you guys are all doing! Do not miss the blog tomorrow…as new Shabby Artist Lindsay is scheduled to inspire us with a hybrid project…can’t wait :o)
Until next time…have a LOVELY day/night :o) XOXO — SP
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