Monday, June 23, 2014

Busy ... busy ... busy!

Wow, it's been a hectic few weeks. I've been busy trying to keep a secret - well, didn't do very well with it. Okay, so truth be told, I was pretty excited, so I kept dropping hints here and there. What's the news? Heck no, I'm not pregnant! Sheesh.  When I first started digital scrapbooking, I was at Two Peas in a Bucket, most of the time ... and then I moved to Design House Digital ... and now I'm a Pixels and Company. No, I'm not moving again, but a designer that I love - and have met (she's adorbs!) - is coming out of retirement and opening her store at P&Co and I'm on her creative team ...

That's right! Jen's back!  We're doing a lot of things with Instagram, so that's the place to keep tabs on us - new releases, projects from the team, announcements from Jen, etc. I've even launched myself into the world of Smartphones (a Samsung Galaxy 5, thank you very much), and started my own Instagram account - see, click on this Instagram (not much in there, I'll admit, but it's a start LOL)  - there's a link to my account on the main screen here (on the right), too. You can follow Jen @JenAllyson_Digital, and we'd love for you to tag with #jenallysondigital if you're using one of her kits. So excited! :)  Here's a few things I've already done with a soon-to-be-released kit:

Along with getting ready for Jen's launch tomorrow, I had a great opportunity to meet an online scrapping friend, in person. Kym and her family were visiting the DC area from Hawaii and we had a chance to hang out at the National Zoo for the day. Thankfully, after days of on and off rain, we had a clear day and not too hot (but hot enough). Kym and her family were wonderful. I love meeting my online friends. For many of us, we've "known" each other for, literally, years. Seen our kids grown up, cross-country moves, marriages - and divorces :(, and lived vicariously through others while they're on vacation. A little nerve-wracking to meet someone that's both a stranger ... and yet, they're not. I'll be back with more photos from that day soon.
For now, I've got work to do - no, seriously, like IRL work LOL.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Art Journalers - Pay Attention!

So ... I've been toying back and forth with digital art journaling this year. It's a great way to throw all design principles out the window and just ... well, just create! Nobody has to understand the page, so long as it has meaning to me. Absolute freedom to mix 'n' match, to blend, to just have fun. There's a somewhat therapeutic benefit to art journaling, too, being able to express ones feelings. Tough? Yes, but worth the time invested in oneself. (check out my Facebook header - that's part of my art journal for this year with the theme, "Believe You Can Fly")

One thing I love to add in my journaling pages are images of people - some realistic, some not. There's a new class coming up at Scrapaneers that would be awesome to add those finishing touches to my art journal: Art Dolls by Cilena Curtis - click on the picture below for more information.

I'm in!  How about you?!
Great thing about self-paced classes is you'll get access to the class material and can finish up pages weeks or even months later. Um, yeah, I'm doing that right now with Everyday Me with Crystal Livesay - my latest pages - from the section on the "present".  Past - done. Present - done. Now, on to the future!

Back to scrapping I go ... or maybe I'll just hang out on Facebook and play a few rounds of Candy Crush ...

Saturday, May 3, 2014

It's Here - Enjoy!

It's finally here: International Scrapbooking Day!! The day when all scrappers put aside all other duties - parenting, cooking, cleaning (I mean, family members can fend for themselves for a day, right?) - and just hang out, online, grabbing bargains, and chatting with like-minded individuals.  Okay, so we might - just might - be a little obsessed and some (not saying who), just might spend the next 12+ hours with their butt in the chair, scouring sites and forums ... but hey! It's only once a year, right?  Right.

So, where to begin?

I'll be hanging out at Pixels and Company today for pretty much most of the day. The designers and creative team members have gone all-out to offer a bunch of things for your enjoyment, including:

  • a 35% off site-wide sale, May 1 - 4 (yes, it's started already!);
  • discounts on orders - $25 get 40% off, $40 get 45% off, and $50 get 50%;
  • designer blog hop (awesome!) - don't miss out; the blog hop coupon is only valid for one month;
  • return of the Big Payoff contest (four winners); and
  • return of the Dream Cart contest (one winner).

As is always the case, the designers have gone all-out with a fabulous collab kit for the occasion: Bermuda Triangle

Now, the creative team, what are they doing?  We're hosting a games and challenges in the Pixels forums - you can find everything here. I'm hosting the Ultimate Mix 'n' Match challenge - to create a layout using something from every Pixels and Company designer.  That's right - all 20 designers (including the guests)! A few people have already taken on this challenge, and their pages are amazing. Are you game to try?

The Team is doing their own blog hop, too, kicking off iNSD with some freebies for you that coordinate with Bermuda Triangle. Here's who's participating:

Be sure to stop by everyone's blog or Facebook page to grab everything. Click on the image below or the download link to grab my contribution:
Happy iNSD - see ya around scrappy-land!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Sneak Peek - The Reveal

A few days ago, I gave you a sneak peek at my iNSD challenge page. Remember?  Well, the cat is out of the bag, so to speak - my challenge is live at Pixels and Company. Yeah, I know, iNSD isn't officially until tomorrow, but many of us are keen to get a jump start on the weekends' activities.

So what is the challenge I'm hosting? It's called "Ultimate Mix 'n' Match" - you have to create a layout (single or double-page) using at least one item from every Pixels designer, including guests. Templates allowed. Designer fonts allowed, too.  However, no collabs. Hey, come on! It's meant be a challenge!

Curious to see my page? Here's what 3-4 days of work, 20 designers, 28 kits, actions, fonts, etc., and about 175+ layers looks like (double-page layout, followed by the two pages, so you can see the detail):


It was a blast to put together - and is one of my current favorites for the year.

Well, I'm headed back to Pixels for more games - I've got a "What color are you?" layout to do ... and there's a template challenge ... you can find out about our iNSD plans here.  There's even the regular monthly challenges, too. Good thing I'm not working today and have not too much planned for the weekend! LOL

Oh, before I go ... it's not all about iNSD (well, kinda not all). The designers still have there regular releases and I grabbed a few things - cool templates from Simply Tiffany Studio called Superficial, and Snapshots from Scotty Girl Design.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

And so it begins ...

Let's see.  DH is working, probably, on Saturday ... DS is definitely working ... yippee!  There's a pretty good chance I'll have the house to myself (well, except for the four-legged "shadow" who will follow me everywhere), and that's perfect timing for iNSD!  A day, weekend, or even entire week of shopping, chatting, and games and challenges.  In fact, the fun has already begun at Scrapaneers - they're having a sale on many of their classes, and with some being self-paced, you can grab them for a deal now and take them later - check this out:

Me and the girls over at Pixels and Company have been working feverishly behind the scenes on things for this weekend.  I've got a speed scrap (there will actually be two of them on Saturday - bonus!), and a challenge that I think will take everyone at least a few days to complete ... I pushed the limits on this one.
But ... more later ... still got things to wrap up.  Bye for now!