Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!! And See You Next Year!!

I'd like to wish you and your families a very mery Christmas today!!  It's a wonderful day to remember all the goodness and blessings that have come to us this year.  As we celebrate Jesus' birth and the arrival of Santa Claus today, I can reflect on all the happiness my family has enjoyed this year.

This year, I discovered digital scrapping and started my blog this summer.  I've been on the Creative Team for 2 amazing and fabulous Disney designers - Kelly and Natalie.  And what a fabulous experience that has been for me!!  I made 25 templates so far and lots of frames, borders, wordart and clusters (hope you've grabbed all of them).  I have learned so much about Photoshop Elements and creating layouts.  And I got my June 2009 Photobook of 98 pages completed and printed.  So I have tons to be thankful for when it comes to scrapping.

We'll be heading up to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX for a few day to enjoy their indoor water park and MagiQuest adventure game.  Then we drive straight up to Estes Park in Colorado to have some snowy fun.  We'll be hiking, sledding and hopefully taking a horse drawn sleigh ride through the snowy mountains. We don't get back until Jan3rd, just in time for school to start up again the next day.

So to all my friends and followers, best wishes to you for a warm and wonderful holiday season!  See you next year!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

HoHoHo!! A Holiday Fun Kit From Natalie's Place Designs

Ho Ho Ho!!!  Can you feel all the Christmas spirit in the air!!  It's Christmas eve and Natalie has a wonderful holiday kit for you today called Ho Ho Ho!!  It's such a fun kit filled with festive red, green and gold papers and full of adorable holiday elements like Christmas trees, presents, popcorn garland, lights and holly berries!  You can find it at Natalie's Place Designs HERE and also grab all her fabulous freebies on her blog.  It really puts you in the holiday mood!


I loved the brilliant reds in this kits and the gold paper gave my layouts a fabulous bling.  And the Christmas trees are stunning!  Here's what I scrapped.



Now, if you want an instant Christmas lift to your layout, I created a fun holiday border for you.  Enjoy!!


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Template #25 - 1 Day Until Christmas!!

Wow, we've made it through the week!  Today is Christmas Eve, a joyous day!!  Much excitement is in the air around here.  We've got our annual phone call from Santa today between 3-4pm.  It's the same company and the same guy.  He does a great job talking to the boys and they really get a kick out of his calling.  It's called Santa Phone if you want to check it out.

Andrew made reindeer food at his class christmas party (oats, sugar, glitter) so we'll be sprinkling that on the lawn tonight.  We'll leave some carrots outside on the the front steps and put out our milk and cookies for Santa.  Matthew wants to get up in the middle of the night to see if he can catch Santa in the act!!  It will probably be a very early morning for us tomorrow!!!

Today is the last day of my template freebies, then I'll be signing off until the new year.  I hope you've grabbed all of the templates this week and can get busy scrapping with them.



I flipped this template to create the second page of my safari layout.  Sometimes templates can take on a whole new look if you remember to rotate them or flip them upside down!!


Here's the last template of the year, Template #25.  Enjoy!


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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Template #24 - 2 Days Until Christmas!!

My boys can hardly sit still.  They know that Christmas is getting soooo close now, it's killing them with anticipation.  I'm trying to keep them busy all day long.  And we've cleaned out the playroom and the toy bins in their rooms to make space for new toys.  I've finally retired all the Blues Clues, Doodlebops, Shrek and castle knight today, they haven't played with them in quite a while.  And I was pretty bold at tossing out anything broken, missing pieces, and little parts and accessories.  It felt good to clean things up a bit!

Now, let's talk scrapping.  This layout is more recent.  I just created it last week for Natalie's Bon Appetit kit.  I like the mix of portait and layout pictures stacked on each other.


Here is your template for today.  One more day to go with freebie templates!  Enjoy!!


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Template #23 - 3 Days Until Christmas!!

I have all my shopping done now.  I survived the trip to Walmart and the sports store.  It really wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.  Now I need to work on the wrapping part!  Today's layout was one I did for a Mousescrappers Speed Scrap.  I liked the 3 photo collage.



Today you get Template #23.  Still got 2 more to go, so come back tomorrow.  Enjoy!!


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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sneak Peek at a Holiday Treat Coming From Natalie's Place Designs

Christmas time is almost here.  Natalie has a fabulous holiday kit coming out this week.  Stay tuned!!

Template #22 - 4 Days Until Christmas!!

I decided to make coconut cream pie for dessert for Christmas dinner.  I wanted to make a chocolate cake too, but we're leaving on Monday morning so there's not much time to be eating lots of desserts before we head out for our trip.  The pie is my husband's favorite and it gets easily gobbled up in 2 days!!

I had lots of fun working on my Star Wars Weekends layouts.  I still love to look at our Photobook with all the pictures.  I like lots of pictures on my layouts, 3-4 at a minimum.  So I'm always trying out new ways to organize the photos on a page.  Here is my layout inspiration for today's template.


And here is template #22.  Enjoy!


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Monday, December 20, 2010

Template #21 - 5 Days Until Christmas!!

We are just 5 days away from Christmas!!  How are you coping??  I've been doing good so far, up until today.  A little bit of panic is settling in .... do I have enough presents for the boys, what am I going to make for dessert for our Christmas meal, when should I start wrapping.  The big day is getting toooooo close!! 

At the last minute, we decided we'd drive up to Estes Park in Colorado and stay for a few days.  The boys can play in the snow (which we don't ever get here in Austin, TX).  Very excited.  However, they have no snow clothes!!  So I'm off to Walmart today to see if I can grab some very inexpensive boots and gloves for them.  Wish me luck -- going to Walmart 5 days before Christmas means I better put on a helmet!!!

So to distract myself, I've been working on a bunch of templates for you.  I've pulled out a few older layouts and some newer ones to model after.  Starting today, I'll be giving you a template a day as we count down the days to Christmas!  So make sure you check back each day and grab your goodies!!  Here's a layout I made a VERY long time ago.  I liked the strip of photos with a circular photo in the middle.


And here is Template #21 for you!  Enjoy!!


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Pixie Dust Trails and Vault Sale From Kellybell Designs

Hello fellow Disney Maniacs! Kellybell Designs is back with another very versatile pack of Pixie Dust Trails! These trails will add that magical touch to any layout. Use them in your title or just sprinkle them over your pics. The possibilities are endless!
Pixie Dust Vol 2

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Here is what I did with the pixie trails!


Not only is there a new release today, but Kellybell Designs is also having another fantastic sale. A few more things are headed into the vault to make room for some very exciting things coming next year, so grab these goodies while you can, because who knows how long they will be locked up!
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My freebie for you today is the festive TomorrowLand border from my layout.  It's made with lots of elements from the Land of Tomorrow kit which is being retired soon.


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And the most fabulous of all Creative Teams has been busy as little Christmas Elves...
so if you follow the links I am sure that you will be well rewarded!

Melissa-http://m2digitaldesign.blogspot.com/
Paula-http://pixiepicsandscraps.blogspot.com/
Linda-http://mjajdesigns.blogspot.com  <====YOU ARE HERE
Julie-http://designsbyjul.blogspot.com/
Lisa-http://lisacampbelldesigns.blogspot.com/
Roxana-http://scrapscardsandmore.blogspot.com/
Jenn-http://scrappingwithjenn.blogspot.com/
and our December CT Guest Donna-http://donnasscrapsoflife.blogspot.com/

Friday, December 17, 2010

Bon Appetit!!! A Delicious Treat From Natalie's Place Designs

Natalie's Place Designs is announcing 2 delicious kits perfect for scrapping all your yummy family dinners, wine tasting parties and any kind of Disney dining!  Bon Appetit - Let's Eat is full of fun utensils and food elements.  Bon Appetit - Drink Up has wine glasses, wine bottles, grapes and lots of fun ribbons.  Both kits include a festive alpha.



You can purchase these kits separately or there's a special bundle if you'd like to grab both of them.  Check out Natalie's blog HERE to get her kits and also her fabulous freebies.


The Epcot Food & Wine Festival is just the perfect setting for these kits.  The paper colors blend wonderfully!!  Here are my layouts showcasing all the cool items in this kit!



I've got a few freebie clusters of wine and food delights for you!  Hope you enjoy them!


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A Well Seasoned Yummy Kit From Kellybell Designs

Whether you want to show off your character meal gatherings at Disney or if you just want to preserve the memories of your favorite family meals and get togethers .... then Kellybell's newest kit

WELL SEASONED ...
is definitely the kit for you!!

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It is packed with 47 adorable food inspired elements ... and 15 delicious papers !!! Also included is a striking black alpha with silver edging ... perfect for any page title. This kit is available at the sale price of
35% off regular price
... BUT only through the weekend. So snag it up and get cookin' ...
uh, I mean scrapping.

Here are some of the amazing things I have created with this fantastic kit. Check out my 2-page layouts from our dinner at Chef Mickey's.  I loved the blue chef hat paper!




And just for stopping by ... here's a freebie for you ... ENJOY !!!!



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Check back at Kellybell Designs on Monday for a little SPARKLE and an end of the year VAULT sale you are NOT going to want to miss out on !!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Coming Soon To Kellybell Designs

Here's a sneak peek at what's coming on Friday to Kellybell Designs!!  Stay tuned because it's a yummy treat!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sneak Peek - Bon Appetit!!

It's another multi-kit surprise coming soon from Natalie's Place Designs....

Friday, December 10, 2010

Joyous Season From Kellybell Designs

Happy Holidays!  Kellybell Design’s
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Joyous Season
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This bright and whimsical collection is full of cheery colors which evokes all of your childhood memories of Santa and Christmas time. This is the kit you will have fun scrapping all your precious Christmas memories. This kit is bursting with 15 papers, and over 50 elements including candy canes, a gingerbread man, snowflakes, as well as a snowman, and of course a sparkle trail which Kelly does so well!

35% off through the weekend !!!
Sale ends Sunday night at Midnight Eastern Time.

Here are the pages I created with this beautiful kit:




Be sure and drop by Kelly's Creative Team and
see what freebies they have in store for you!

Melissa -- http://m2digitaldesign.blogspot.com/
Paula -- http://pixiepicsandscraps.blogspot.com/
Linda -- http://mjajdesigns.blogspot.com/  <== YOU ARE HERE
Julie -- http://designsbyjul.blogspot.com/
Lisa-- http://lisacampbelldesigns.blogspot.com/
Roxana -- http://scrapscardsandmore.blogspot.com/
Jenn -- http://scrappingwithjenn.blogspot.com/
Donna -- http://donnasscrapsoflife.blogspot.com/


I made a fun word art title from Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) for you.  Enjoy!


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But before you leave .... take a look at the amazing sale going on right now at Kellybell Designs !!!


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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Strung Up By Natalie's Place Designs

When I'm scrapping, there's lots of times when I need a clip and I just can't find the right type or the right color.  Today, Natalie's Place Designs has an element pack full of colorful clip -- several clip styles in several colors!  Cool!  Check it out!


Here's my layout. I hung up the photos of the Fab 5 characters we met at Epcot's Character Spot.


Head on over to Natalie's blog to pick up this fun element pack HERE

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Trees and Template Freebie #20

I've been talking about decorating for Christmas so I thought I would show you the Christmas trees we have up in the house.  The first one is our main tree downstairs.  It's 9 feet tall and is full of red/white ornaments I've collected over the years.  Mostly santas and snowmen.  This tree is where all the presents will go.


The second tree we got just for me 2 years ago.  It's a 7 foot white tree we put upstairs.  I've always wanted a white tree with blue ornaments.  Every time I look at, I just love it!


I created another template for you.  I've been doing a lot more circles and paper squares behind the photos. Here was the inspiration:


And here is your template.  20 templates so far -- pretty cool!  Enjoy!!


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Sneak Peek - Some Holiday Fun!

Here comes a fun holiday kit from Kellybell Designs...  stay tuned this week!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Gather Together From Natalie's Place Designs

Thanksgiving is over, now you need to scrap all those family photos.  Here is the perfect kit -- Gather Together by Natalie's Place Designs.  It's filled with warm and cozy browns, tans and oranges.  It's a lovely kit for scrapping Chip & Dale, Garden Grill Dining and of course all the Thanksgiving festivities.  You can grab this kit at Natalie's blog HERE.


The browns in this kit are pretty versative.  I scrapped a traditional Thanksgiving Mickey layout and then used the same browns for our meeting with Chip & Dale.



For my freebie today, I created a playful title for Thanksgiving with Mickey.  Enjoy!


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