Friday, October 29, 2010

Announcing Shop Til Ya Drop From Kellybell Designs

If you are like many of us … you love to shop! Well … to celebrate this fun hobby Kellybell Designs is releasing …

“SHOP TIL YA DROP”

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This kit is based on and inspired by all the fun shopping experiences at Downtown Disney. But don't worry … even if you've never been there and you just love to shop in general, this kit can be used to scrap any shopping related pages. This kit is packed with 15 papers, 54 elements and also an amazing alpha.  And you can purchase the word art separately to add that little something extra to your layouts.

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I really loved all the bright colors in this kit, as well as the fun shopping elements.  My favorite was the Disney credit card element!!  Here are some fun layouts I created:



 
Please visit the following members of the creative team to see the amazing layouts they've created and to also pick up a few cute freebies along the way.

Here is my freebie today, it's the page border from my World Of Disney layout.  Enjoy!


Please be sure to leave some love for all the Creative Team gals for their free gifts. I hope you enjoy the kit and that it inspires not only your layouts, but to do even more shopping !!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Didn't Make It To Round Three, So Here's a Template Freebie #14

Well, I'll have to say that it's been a fun ride so far with the Disney Moms Panel.  Out of 20,000 applications, I made it to round 2 which was only 100 or so people.  There was lots of joy, stress and support going on!!  I submitted my second round application with a 1 minute video, a planning document, and answers to a few more questions.  Then waited, not so patiently, for another week to go by until we heard the results.  Today, I got the email that said I was not selected to move on to the final round of phone interviews.  Yeah, I was kinda sad.  But I honestly never thought I'd make it this far.  So it's been a wide ride and I'm so blessed to have made it into the second round.  And yes, I'll be applying again next year!!

We're still finding out who made it into the third and final round of the Disney Moms Panel.  If you'd like to follow them, there's a forum thread on DISboards that you can keep track of everyone and give your support HERE.

Worrying about all this has really derailed my clear thinking and I haven't been scrapping many layouts in the last 2 weeks as a result.  So now I can move on and get back to business!!!

I've got another template ready for you.  This one was from the Colorful Kingdom kit from Kellybell Designs, with some blocking strips for you.  Here's my inspiration:


And here's the template.  I'm having fun creating freebie templates and am just tickled when I see a layout made with one of my templates.  That and reading your comments of thanks is very inspiring.  Enjoy!!


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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Kellybell Designs $1 Retirement Sale - Now The Word Art!! Hurry!!

On the heels of a very successful kit
retirement sale .... Kelly has decided to offer the following Word
Arts for $1.00 a piece as well. This frees up even more room for new
an exciting things to come to Kellybell Designs.


Hurry … just like the previous sale …
these word arts are only available until 10-31 …....... after that
they are gone forever !!!!
Disney Word Art 1
Disney Word Art 2
Pirate Mini Word Art
Off To Neverland Word Art
Princess Mini Word Art
Prince Mini Word Art
Briar Rose Word Art
Adventureland /Frontierland Rides Word Art
Fantasyland Rides Word Art
Tomorrowland Rides Word Art
Word Art Sampler
Theme Park Titles Word Art

You DON'T want to miss out on the word
art to go with all those great kits …......... if you don't have
them it will be like a missing piece of the puzzle.

Get them all before they are gone
!!!!!!


(Click the blinkie button below to purchase Kellybell's word art)


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Here's another freebie Kelly is offering as a thanks for all the wonderful customers/fans out there:


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(Image above is linked to 4shared for download)

Template Freebie #13

So excited that Halloween is about a week away!!  The boys have their halloween costumes picked out already.  Luckily they are still thrilled with superheroes and don't mind wearing costumes we already own!  No costume shopping for me this year!!  Andrew will be Spiderman.  Last year he was a Transformer.  Matthew will be Batman, the Dark Knight.  That's Batman in the black suit, not the the grey/blue suit (it's very important to him that you distinguish the 2 costumes).  That one he got for his birthday this summer.  Last year, Matthew was Captain Rex from Star Wars.  So we are more than prepared for Halloween this year.  And the boys can't wait for that huge mountain of candy they are planning on scoring!!

Here's the boys in their costumes from last year.  Stay tuned after Halloween for this years' picture.


I've got another template ready for you.  Hope you are using all the previous templates and creating some wonderful layouts!  This template came from my layout from Kellybell Designs 'Not So Scary' kit.


And here is your template for today.  Enjoy!!


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Friday, October 22, 2010

Kellybell Designs Retirement Sale - $1 Kits!! Hurry!!

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We're celebrating “dollar days” at
Kellybell Designs. There are 12 kits that are being sold for $1.00 a
piece and are being retired … so act fast because after October
31st these kits are gone forever !!!!


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Each one of these kits is unique in
it's own right … and if you ever wanted to own a kit of Kelly's, now
is the time to do it!!! Each kit has it's own set of coordinating
papers and elements, perfect for all of your Disney or even general
scrap booking needs. If you would like to see some of the great ideas
on how versatile these kits are … be sure and visit Kelly's
Creative Team blogs to see what layouts they are showcasing with some of
these super cute kits.

At a dollar a kit … how could you not
pass this up? And if you are a fan of Kellybell Designs … these are
a must for your collection if you don't already own them.

Kelly needs to make some room for tons
of new and exciting things coming soon … so these kits must take
their final bow … don't let the curtain go down on this great offer!!

Own your piece of Kellybell's digital
history today …. and hop on this great deal by October 31st!!!


And as an extra added surprise Kelly is
giving this never released alpha as a thanks to all her loyal
customers, blog followers, and even those new to Kelly's designs.



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I've used several of these kits to create some fabulous layouts for my Disney trips.  Check them out for some inspiration on how versatile these kits are.

Off To Neverland

A World of Memories

Yum-O

Yo Ho Yo Ho

Now rush on over to Kellybell's store and grab those $1 deals!!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Coming Friday To Kellybell Designs

What can you buy for $1?  How about some scrap kits from Kellbell Designs.  Stay tuned.  On Friday, Kelly will be retiring several kits.  You DON'T want to miss out!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Review of Shutterfly Photobook and Template Freebie #12

I got my 12x12 Shutterfly photobook of our June 2009 Disney trip and have spent days and days just looking at.  It was my first photobook that was 100% digital.  I learned a lot about my layouts, about page creation and the photobook process.  So I thought I would share what I learned.  Maybe it might be helpful when you're working on your photobook.

Shutterfly Photobook Quality:
  - Absolutely thrilled with their high quality!  The hard cover is very thick and firm.  The pages were very thick and felt substantial when turning them.  I never felt I had to be delicate when turning the pages so I wouldn't rip them.  The colors were brilliant.
- Some photos seemed just a little bit dark.  Which means I need to learn more about photo editing and how to quickly enhance the brightness of certain photos.  If it looks a tiny bit dark when you're looking at the photo, then yup, it prints dark too!!  Learning to edit your photos is almost more important than learning to create layouts.

About Layouts:
  - Spell check!!  I'm embarrassed to say that I had SO many typos in the journalling of my layouts.  I reviewed all my layouts before I submitted them to Shutterfly and corrected probably 12-15 pages.  After I received my book, I still found 3 typos.  Reviewing 96 pages in my book can be very boring and tiring, so you tend to get lazy and quick in your proofreading.  Spend the time spell checking over and over again!!
- Check your page size.  I've used lots of templates for my layouts.  Oddly enough, some of them had very strange sizing.  Even though I thought they were 12x12.
- Verify the page template from the photo developer for what size they recommend for bleed and for trim.  On Shutterfly, the trim area is 11.75 x 11.75 inches.  Which means lots of stuff gets cut off on the edges.  I love to double and triple mat my papers around the edges, but most of it gets cut off for printing.  So I ended up creating a .25inch border on a template page, and placed my layouts inside that so nothing got cut off.
- Make sure your journal fonts are readable.  I found out a few fonts were better than others in terms of reading them clearly when the page is printed.
- Determine 'who' is the author of your journalling and be consistent when writing.  Some of my layouts I referred to myself as mom.  Other times, I'd say "I did this".  Sometimes I'd say 'the boys' other times I'd refer to them by their names.  Next book, I'd like to be more consistent.  It just flows better from page to page.
- Journal more - While it's great to see all the pictures, it's the stories in the journalling that bring them to life.  And the silly things you write in the journalling are the things you want to remember.

About the Photobook Creation Process:
  - Each page needs to be "prepared" to remove automatic photo enhancements and to use custom cropping.  You need to do these 2 steps in order for your pages to print properly.  Here's the video tutorials I used from Scrapper's Guide HERE as a great overview of how to get started and to prepare your Shutterfly photobook.  Thankfully, I did some lots of research on this, otherwise I'd be frustrated with the photobook process.
- Once you've loaded and prepared your layouts, it's very easy to drag and drop into the book.  Then you can preview the book, which is SO much fun.  Again, here's another chance to proofread your text!!
- The book was shipped out very quickly!!
- Photobook prices are outrageous!  Very affordable if you have a 20-page book, but once you start adding more and more pages at $1 a page, you realize that a 96 page book will bankrupt you!!  Search for discount codes on the internet!  I found several codes that were stackable.  I got free shipping, a $10 off coupon, a 10% off your order coupon and ordered my book when Shutterfly discounted all photobooks by 30%.  Still it was pretty pricey!

Just thought I'd share my review of the photobook, hope you found it useful.  I really do love my book and I'm so proud of my first digital attempt!!

And now some fun stuff!  I have another template for you today.  It was the final page of my photobook.  A single photo with lots of matting strips.  Here was my inspiration:



And here is your template.  Enjoy!


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Friday, October 15, 2010

Flashback Friday To Kellybell's Colorful Kingdom

Its FRIDAY!!! You know what that means????
We're 'Flashing Back' to Kellybell's
Colorful Kingdom Kit
We are also having a blog train! I'm so excited to share Kellybells re-release of Colorful Kingdom today!! This kit has been in her store for quite some time... but Kelly and her Creative Team have been trying to show off some of these OLDER kits on Fridays when there is not a NEW release!


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To celebrate the re-release...
Kelly made a stunning new Alpha to
coordinate with the kit!
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The kit will be 50% for the week of release so you have until 10/22/10 to snatch it up at this price!
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Here is the layout I made using this "colorful" kit:



Here are the stops on the Colorful Kingdom Blog Train!!!
Visit each member to pick up a freebie:

Linda -- http://mjajdesigns.blogspot.com/ (you are here)

Here is the freebie I created for you
as a thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy!!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I Made It To The Second Round of Disney Moms Panel!!!


The Disney Moms Panel has been around for 3 years now.  Every year I've applied and never made it on to the next rounds.  Well this time, I'm made it through to Round Two!!  I got the email yesterday and have to answer more questions, submit a 1-page planning document and a 60 second video of my favorite Disney memory.  I'm SO excited!!!  Honestly, I never thought I'd make it through because there are thousands of applications each year.  It would be amazing and awesome to make it on the Disney Mom's Panel.  Wish me luck!!

This second round is due on Friday 10/15.  Then we'll be contacted for a phone interview the week of Nov 1st for the final round.  I'm so nervous, it's all I can think about.  But I've got so much to do this week, that I can't spend my entire day freaking out like I really want to do!!  I've got my questions answered, my planning document done, and I'm writing some notes for the video so I can practice tonight (mostly to make sure I keep it under the 60 seconds).  I'm planning to submit my application tomorrow.  Then it's back in Disney's hands to decide if they like me.  Wow, how cool is all this!!??!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Announcing Not So Scary From Kellybell Designs

Hey, ghosts and ghouls! It's a boo-tiful day to announce Kellybell's newest kit "Not So Scary"!
This kit is chock full of bright vibrant pages and fabulous elements to compliment any Halloween themed layout. Think pumpkin carving, pumpkin patch, costumed cuties, halloween parties... It comes complete with an alpha! There is also a separate Word Art kit available for purchase!
Make sure you snag it while it's on sale!
And make sure you check out all of the CT member's blogs for more inspiration and freebies that coordinate with the kit!


To celebrate the release of the kit, it will be 25% off thru Sunday 10/10/10!
Here's what I scrapped with it:



Need a good way to add a date to your layouts??  Simple Dates Vol 3 is the 3rd series in Kellybell's Simple Dates collection. Versatile date elements to add dates to your layouts in a fun and creative way!

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Head over to Kellybell's store to pick them up today!  Hurry!!  The sale on "Not So Scary" ends Sunday 10/10/10!

And lastly, for your freebie today, I made a fun halloween frame for you.  Enjoy!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Natalie's Place Designs Launches 3 Halloween Kits!!

Halloween has arrived today!  It's a wonderful and fun holiday, and if you've been to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, then you've got lots of fabulous memories to scrap!  Everything from the decorations at the entrance and along Main Street, the Disney characters in their costumes, the awesome Boo-To-You parade and the bright and beautiful HalloWishes.  So you're going to need LOTS of papers and elements to scrap those events.  Today, Natalie's Place Designs gives you 3 different Halloween kits, each with a unique mood.

'Boo To You - Haunted' has a very eerie feeling to it.  Lots of black and dark colored papers, spiderwebs, tombstones and iron fencing.  I thought it was perfect for the Haunted Mansion.



'Boo To You - Frightful' is a bit more lively with rich purples and oranges, some fun skeletons and pumpkins.  I immediately thought of the headless horseman which starts the Boo To You parade.



'Boo To You - Spooktastic' is more happy and cheery with colorful ghosts, bats and pumpkins.  Adorable for my layouts with Tigger and Piglet in their halloween costumes.



Each kit contains 2 beautiful alphas.  Then Natalie created 6 more amazing alphas, perfect for creating the right title for each layout.


Now the hard part, which kits are you going to buy??  To help you out, Natalie has created some bundles to save you a few dollars.  Rush on over to her blog HERE to purchase her kits and to grab her amazing freebies.



Having 3 kits also means you get 3 sets of freebies from me today!!  I was having too much fun with these kits.




Your download link includes all 3 sets of freebies.  Happy Halloween and happy scrapping.  Enjoy!

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