Tuesday, May 31, 2011

His Story - Family Tree Kit

His Story - Family Tree Kit is now available at Heritage Scrap.

Here is a quick page I made as part of the kit.  The watch frame is included in the kit and I thought it would be a fun way to highlight some special photos.

Here are the papers.  I thought it was about time I tried my hand at some masculine kits and with Father's Day coming up, there was no time like the present!  Here is the kit description from the store:

His Story - Family Tree Kit, is a digital scrapbooking kit to help you tell *HIS* story. While there are still some feminine touches of lace and flowers, the rich colors and styles are geared towards masculine pages. The kit is packed with elements to help you tell your guy's story, share Father's Day photos and any heritage photos. It's not too fancy and not too plain and there are two 4 generation pedigree charts as well as labels with family and genealogy terms on them to label your pages. Thank you for looking! The kit includes:

24 12x12 300dpi Background Papers
2 300dpi Worn and Torn Overlay Papers
1 Quick Page

107 Elements, including:
52 Labels (Family and Genealogy Terms)
1 Blank Label
2 File Tabs With Blank Insert
1 Large Envelope/Journal Paper
1 Large Envelope Decorated
1 Journal Book Cluster
1 Decorated Note
1 Journal Mat
1 Journal Label
1 Tag
7 Borders/Stitches/Lace/Trim
2 Strings
1 Tape Piece
2 Wraps
3 Bows (1 Recolored)
1 Button
1 Watch Cluster
2 Vintage Masculine Elements Clusters
2 Vintage Tool Clusters
4 Flowers
4 Flower Clusters
2 Leaves
1 Watch
2 Trees
1 Key


Frames and Pedigree Charts

Journal and Label Elements

Quick Page and Worn/Torn Paper Overlays

I am excited about the possibilities with this kit and I hope you will love it too!  It will be 25% off the first two weeks.  Happy Scrapping!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Sale At Faith Sisters

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  My whole store at Faith Sisters is on sale for 50% Off! 

Thank you for your patronage!  Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Sale

All the designers at Heritage Scrap have a special going on this Memorial Day Weekend.  Place $30 of product from the designer in your cart, then use a coupon code (they are on the front store page and mine is FMN-MemorialWeekendSale) and receive that product for $12.50.  Each designer is doing this but it is not mix and match.  One coupon and sale per designer.  You can find my shop here.

I'll be having a sale in my Faith Sisters shop too.  I will post about that tomorrow.

Thank you to my loyal customers.  I appreciate  you!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Faith Sisters - New Collab & New Kit

Faith Sisters has a new designer collab - Peaceful - in the shop.  If you missed out on our blog train earlier, you can get the whole collab free with purchase or purchase it separately here.  The front page of the store (the first link in this paragraph) has the instructions on how to receive this free.  Wait til you see next month's collab, it's "outta this world"!

Previously I released my kit Regina at Heritage Scrap and today it is now available at Faith Sisters!

From a previous blog post:

Regina is the Latin word for Queen. One of my interests is reading biographies of women in history. I am definitely not a feminist, but I do find it interesting to see how women have lived the gift of life they have been given and how they have used their talents. Over the last several years, I have been reading biographies of many of England's and western Europe's queens. Last night I finished a well researched work on Catherine of Aragon, the first and real Queen of England's King Henry VIII. When I saw the Queen stamps from Idgie's Heartsong ~ Scrap's in the Key of Life, I was inspired to transfer my interest into a kit.

Some people have royal lineage in their family history, some people are history buffs, some love to re-enact and go to Renaissance fairs. This kit would be perfect for you. You will also love it if you enjoy the colors of teal and aqua, and you could use it for many elegant occasions like weddings, anniversaries, feminine photographs, your "Princess" or whenever you feel like being "Queen for the Day"! :-)

Regina contains 30 12x12 300 dpi papers, plus one fancy lace mat and a worn and torn overlay. I have tried to create layered patterns with texture and color reminiscent of fabrics found in the royal castle, along with other bygone touches, such as handwriting and lettering. Some of the papers have Queen's images on them. The preview doesn't do them justice!

Of course every Queen or Princess needs her jewels and is surrounded by elegance, texture and color. I've provided 65 elements so hopefully you can find something you enjoy!

Here are the many frames of the kit including the elegant border cluster featured on the bottom.

Here are the journaling elements provided in the kit, along with the portraits of Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Charlotte, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II makes a showing on the postage stamp.

Hope you enjoyed!  Remember to let me know if you created something with my kit! I love to see your art.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Heritage Challenge - The Feminine Influence

Hello scrappers! The 2nd Thursday of every month I host a heritage challenge at Faith Sisters.  Each month I try to challenge you to think beyond the photo and journal also about the story.  Sometimes we become overwhelmed and think our "heritage project" has to be a big thing and it becomes scary and we never start.  But if we do it one photo/layout at a time it gets done.  If you don't like it, you can re-do it later.  But if we wait until later to start, later may never get here!  So get started! :-)

Join me in the challenge.  There is a freebie word art and I will give you a posting bonus.  You can read more about it on the Faith Sisters Blog.  I look forward to seeing your entry!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Le Jardin Quick Page - Blog Train For Heritage Scrap

Sometimes seeing *IS* believing, so with that in mind, I decided to put a picture and some writing onto the quick page I created using my portion of the Le Jardin May 2011 Heritage Scrap Designer Collaboration Kit.  Each piece of the kit is on sale now for $2.50 for the month of May.  And the quick page above is FREE!  Just scroll down to the next post to see find the link and to see the rest of the stops on the Heritage Scrap Blog Train.

Just for fun tonight I played around with the different portions and created this page using my papers, ribbons and lace, a brush from Annie's Digital Things, a frame and fern from Lynn Griffin and additional elements from Idgie's Heartsong.  The photograph is one I took at the High Sierra Iris Gardens in May 2007.  My friend and I are hoping to visit there again this coming week.

Thank you for looking!  Remember to scroll down for the free Shutterfly Ready Quick Page and the Blog Train!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Heritage Scrap Blog Train

Happy Inter/National Scrapbook Day Weekend!  Are you having fun yet?!  I hope so!  You have arrived safely at the Heritage Scrap Blog Train.  First let me tell you about the kit that inspired our project.

My Portion of Le Jardin

Papers From Le Jardin

Our fearless leader, Kate Mc Clellan is an unabashed Francophile. Her inspiration for the Le Jardin kit came from the vintage rose, Malmaison from the garden of Napoleon Bonaparte's Empress Josephine.  The soft colors are springy, feminine and elegant.  Each designer has created a portion in her own style and yet they all work together.  You can view them all here.  Keep an eye out in the store as there are some free goodies from a few of the designers, some of which also coordinate with the kit.

Now, the moment you've all been waiting for... the blog train freebies!  Each designer has created a quick page from her portion of the kit.  Mine is Shutterfly Ready (thus, slightly smaller than 12x12 but easily increased in size to print as 12x12 elsewhere without reducing quality) and can be downloaded HERE.  Make sure to visit every one's blog to get to know them and to download their portion as well.  Then stop in at the shop for some great sales!

Annie's Digital Things (on the Heritage Scrap Blog)

Rachael Hudnall

Idgie's Heartsong

Cheryl McCain Designs

***YOU ARE HERE*** Forget-Me-Nots by Theresa Lindamood

***NEXT STOP*** Star Song Studio

Cari Lopez

Rebel Without A Pause

Lynn Griffin (at the Heritage Scrap Blog) and other Surprises

Have fun!  Happy Scrapping!  Come back again real soon!

Happy Inter/National Scrapbooking Day Weekend!

Hope you have fun playing and shopping this weekend!  Both my stores at Heritage Scrap and at Faith Sisters will be on sale 40-50% off Friday to Monday!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for the Heritage Scrap Blog Train!  There are some really love pieces to download for free as our appreciate of your support and patronage!  Thank you!

5x7 Shutterfly Ready Album

I really enjoyed creating the Heroine Kit.  While I was working on the My Family Tree Shutterfly Album, it struck me that Heroine would make a nice brag book.  So I set to work creating an album that would work for Shutterfly's 5x7 brag book size which is not too expensive, so it makes a great gift. 

This would make a great Mother's Day gift - too bad I didn't think of it sooner!  If it fits your wedding colors it would make a beautiful wedding brag book, a small heritage overview book, pictures of the ladies in your family or other elegant occasions or a just because book.  I hope you will enjoy this!  Thank you for looking!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

My Family Tree 12x12 Shutterfly Ready Album

My Family Tree 12x12 Shutterfly Ready Album is new in my store tonight, and it will be going on sale 40% off for the iNSD weekend.  This is the first of a series of Shutterfly Ready Albums I will be creating with my My Family Tree series of kits.  This album was made using components of My Family Tree and My Family Tree Add On available here in a combo pack and My Family Tree - Family Files Add On.

This preview shows 2 of the 2 page spreads, to give you an idea of what it looks like.  There are 18 pages (9 2-page spreads) that are meant to be used side by side with a definite left and right, but they could also be used intermixed with pages you create with the My Family Tree kits or intermixed with each other to your taste.   In addition to the 18 pages, there is a title/dedication page and an end page, as well as a cover with an opening for a photo, a back cover and a spine.  One of the first pages is a pedigree chart to record your family genealogy.  Remember to journal.  There are a few pages created just for you to tell your story!

All these pages were created with the templates that Shutterfly provides on their website.  You can load your pictures into/on these pages, flatten the image and upload to Shutterfly.  Once at Shutterfly, follow their directions on creating a 12 x 12 book.  Shutterfly uses a size just shy of 12" square.  If you are going to print elsewhere, you may have to enlarge just slightly, but this should not be a problem.

In this album I focused on the soft teal colors and elegant laces and frames.  It definitely has a "dressy" feel.  Soon I will be adding to the My Family Tree collection by creating a Shutterfly Ready book with some of the more modern elements found in the collection.  So, stay tuned!

Some of you may be wondering why you would buy a collection like this.  If you need a gift project that can be done quickly, you could use this to complete a book in an evening.  Think of gifts for the holidays, anniversaries and other special occasions.

Thank you for looking.  I hope you will enjoy!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Heroine - New Kit

My new kit "Heroine" is available at Heritage Scrap and...

in my store at Faith Sisters too.

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I spent a lot of time hiking, beach combing and camping.  We really know how to "make hay when the sun shines"!  We take advantage of the beautiful weather when we have it. Those are some of my happiest memories, but equally pleasing are my memories of being curled up under the blankets or on the couch with a kitty, reading an intriguing book.  My Grandma Hopkins, a voracious reader and student of life, as well as teacher, fed my love of reading and stories with books like the Little House on the Prairie series and others.  My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Baldwin encouraged my love of reading even more - she read out whole books to our class.  There were silly stories like Stuart Little and The Borrowers and Charlotte's Web.  Then she moved on to more complex stories like A Little Princess, Sounder and Where The Red Fern Grows.  There was not a dry eye in the classroom when she read Where the Red Fern Grows.

My little world was expanding and growing.  The world of literature opened doors in my mind, spirit and emotions and often offered a way to escape.  It was around 3rd grade that I became "the little nerd in the library".  I discovered the books of Marguerite Henry which delighted me and all the other girls who "played horse" on the playground at recess.

Then one day, my reading journey changed forever.  I discovered the biography section!  There were a whole series for girls about young women who had made differences in their world.  As a young girl feeling trapped in a hopeless situation, these books gave my imagination wings.  There were books about first ladies and queens and politicians and doctors and nurses.  I was really fascinated with Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale.  Later I ended up working in pediatrics nursing as a medical assistant for ten years.  I worked with a doctor who would put his head out the door and say, "Come take a look at this!" and he would teach me something new because I loved to learn and was fascinated by medicine.  I'm certain that this interest began by reading about Clara and Florence - women who paved the way for nursing to become a respected profession for women.

I've never outgrown my love of biographies.  Truth truly is stranger than fiction.  And I also find that the story God writes on our hearts and in our lives, is more fascinating than anything Hollywood could accomplish.

When I discovered the beautiful artwork of Idgie's Heartsong, I was reminded all over again, how passionately I devoured those biographies as a young girl.  She inspired me to create my kit, Regina which features many of England's queens.

Idgie's Heartsongs' Women in History brushes inspired me to Heroine, in which I've honored just a few of the women whose stories I've enjoyed.

I've included art featuring Joan of Arc, Clara Barton, Florence Nightingale, Louisa May Alcott, Helen Keller and Marie Curie.

I realize that not everyone will want to scrapbook about these historical women or their love of history or reading biographies, so I have included lots of elements to help you design in other areas as well.  This kit will work well for heritage, feminine and elegant occasions such as weddings, dances, teas and other occasions.

If you create something with Heroine or have a heroine story of your own - I would love to know.  Thank you for looking and happy scrapping!

May 2011 Heritage Scrap Designer Collaboration Kit

First of all, thank you to all the scrapbookers who stopped by for the recent Faith Sisters Blog train.  I would especially like to thank those of you who took the time to comment and say thank you for the downloads! :-)

Spring is here with gardens, teas, Mother's Day and other special events.  And to help you scrap these special times, the design team at Heritage Scrap has created a beautiful collab called Le Jardin, which means "The Garden" in French.  You can find my portion here.  Click on "New Products" at the site to see the other designer's portions.  A few more will be added this week.

As always, during the month, the collaboration kits will be 1/2 off, which makes them $2.50 for each portion.  The portions mix and match and it is a great way to get to know the style of a designer before trying out one of their big kits.

These are the papers for my portions. When I put them together for the preview, I wished that they were quilting fabric because I think they'd make a pretty shabby chic quilt!  The colors actually remind me of my mother, so I am thinking about making a Mother's Day picture with them.

"Stay tuned" as I will be posting some new releases on the blog this week and there will be some surprises for National Scrapbooking Day weekend.

Thank you for looking.  Happy Scrapping!