Summer is fading fast, but these deals aren’t…

So this week we’ve began our So long, Summer Grab Bags. Each Wednesday we will have these Grab Bags on sale so get them while you can. Here’s this week’s Grab Bag..

And while picking up this week’s grab bag be sure to check out these new releases this week from our designers.







and along with these great new releases we also have our collabs on sale:

 

It’s a GREAT deal!!! Besides getting these collabs for such a low price, your purchases are also eligible for this week’s gifts with purchase…

 

And since we’re talking about collabs… how about a peek of what’s coming on September 1st?

And Shmooangel Designs has you going back to school and saving $$ on everything in her shop…

And don’t miss your chance to SAVE these last few days of August with our Featured Designer’s sale….

Come Join the Fun!!

One of my favorite parts of being part of a digital scrapbooking community like With Love Studio is getting to be inspred by and taking part in the monthly scrapping challenges.  I’m sure you all have your favorties.  Those challenges that you try not to miss each month because you enjoy the way they feed your scrapping soul.

Some of my favorites are template challenges and word/phrase challenges.  At With Love Studio we have many different challenges and I bet one of them will fit your scrapping style and maybe even help you stretch your scrapping wings.  One of the challenges that pushed me is the Inspirational Challenge this month.  I haven’t finished a layout yet but check out this inspiration from Ania.

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Here are a few of the layouts others have shared in this challenge this month.

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Another favorite inspirational challenge each month is the Scraplift Challenge.  The layout that Penny chose to have us lift is a bold and stunning on by Beaute.

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There are a few days left to take part in these challenges and all the others.  I look forward to seeing what you all come up with!

Featured Designer: Kelsey {Inspired} Studio

A few weeks ago I introduced you to Lisa from Kelsey {Inspired} Studios as the August WLS Featured Designer.  Her designs are fun, fresh, and just begging to be used in your next layout or project!  Through the end of the month you can get a great deal on all of her products in her With Love Studio Store while she is our Featured Designer.

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The kit she designed specifically for this month’s featured is called Violet Vendetta and it is gorgeous!  If you love purple then this is a “must have” in your scrapping stash!

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Check out all these stunningly beautiful inspirational layouts created with Violet Vendetta!Edna1Edna2KayteaCrystalLisaRLisaR2Robin3Robin1Magalie2Robin2Robin4Michi - VioletVendettaampFairSquare1Magalie1

So what are you waiting for?  Go check out Lisa’s designs!  You’ll be glad you did.

New Lovely Releases!!!

Hey, everyone!!!

Another delightful weekend is here and that means it’s time to show you the formidable new releases from the WLS Lovely Designers!!!

But before that, I’d like to show you the amazing gifts you’ll get with your purchases this week…

Gifts with PurchaseNow… here’s what’s new in our store this weekend!!!

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Get them while they are on sale!!! Discounts are up to 40% off all weekend long!!!

Check out our gallery for some amazing inspiration from our CT!!!

And have a great weekend!!!

August 2015 Lovely Colors

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You will be stunned with all the beautiful designs in the Lovely Colors Sale this month!  Our designers created so many gorgeous collections that I don’t know how anyone is going to choose!  I want them all and they will all go so well together.  At this great price you can build a wonderful MEGA Collection in a flash! Let me share what you can pick up on sale through August 20th.  Find them all HERE!

 

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Simply amazing!!  Our talented With Love Studio Creative Team enjoyed working with these designs and here are just a few of their layouts.  I’ll share more on Wednesday!

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New Releases at With Love Studio!

Hello! It’s Friday, thank goodness! Time for a new batch of new releases at With Love Studio! We’ve got some good ones that I’m sure you’ll want to add to your own collection!

First, welcome our newest designer – Aurelie Scrap! Look at these gorgeous kits she has – and there’s more! Her entire shop is on sale 40% until August 28th! Stop by and check out all the wonderful new kits!

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Next, we have a spectacular collection of kits from Designs by Romajo – if you’ve been collecting her #SummerFun kits, you’re going to want to add these too! There’s Summer Sunset, Glory of Sweet, and Living with Bugs! Don’t let a minute of this summer pass you by!

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Next, Grace Blossoms 4 U, introduces her lovely kit, Beside Still Waters. This purple kit is so peaceful and beautiful – it’s perfect for so many special memories that you’ll want to scrap – and you’ll want to use this kit over and over!

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Do you have some traveling memories to scrap? Love it Scrap it has this super fun combo, Road Trip – there are 2 minis and they’ve got everything you need to scrap those crazy road trip memories!

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Maybe you’re traveling in a different way?! How about a Hot Air Balloon Ride! Meg Scott Studio is releasing this stunning kit! I love the bright gorgeous colors and check out all the extras!! How much fun is this?!

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Need to relax after all the excitement? Pamela Bachmeyer Designs has this beautiful kit, “Inhale, Exhale, Repeat.” The colors are soft and peaceful and I love the word arts! This kit makes some amazing layouts!

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Speaking of beautiful kits, Pretty Ju has this wonderful new kit, “Blowing Bubbles” The colors are perfect and with this cute kit it’s impossible to not make gorgeous layouts!

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What summer would be complete without some ball games?! Shmooangel Designs has the perfect kit for that, “At the Ball Park” The colors are perfect for boy or girl layouts! Also, check out the great word art! This kit has everything for your ball game layouts – even the hot dogs!!

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I adore this new kit from Touched by a Butterfly, “JJ’s Dragon Story.” It’s absolutely FILLED with dragons of all colors and sizes! There’s just so much fun fantasy packed into one kit – you’re going to love it too!!

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Don’t forget our featured designer, Kelsey {Inspired} Studio, has her whole shop on sale AND this incredible exclusive kit, Violet Vendetta. I cannot believe how drop dead gorgeous this kit is! Every layout I’ve seen with it is just STUNNING! You have to add this kit to your collection! Her Fair and Square #1 Templates are a must have as well!

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Thanks for looking over all the new releases at With Love Studio this week! I know you’ve found several that you just absolutely have to have! I know I have!! I can’t wait to see all your layouts in the gallery!

One last thing before you go . . . a quick sneak peek from Scrapping Lu . . . . I know I’m excited!scrappinglu+sneakpeek

 

 

August 2015 WLS Featured Designer: Kelsey {Inspired} Studios

It is great pleasure that I get to introduce the With Love Studio Featured Designer for August 2015: Kelsey {Inspired} Studios.  Who is the person behind these amazing designs?  Meet Lisa!

Lisa took time to answer a few interview questions about her, her designs, and her beautiful new kit, Violet Vendetta.

What’s your real name if different from your designer name?
Lisa Kelsey

What’s the meaning of your designer’s name and how did you come up with it?
I thought a lot about my designer name as I wanted it to be versatile for more than just digital designs. Kelsey Inspired Studios(KISS) came about as Kelsey is my last name and I’m inspired by EVERYTHING around me and I apply it to my digital scrapping, designing, sewing, crochet/knitting, cooking and photography. This business name would allow me to sell several kinds of items that I create. People often call me Kelsey thinking it is my first name, but I really don’t mind. I got used to being called just “Kelsey” after being a secondary teacher for so long! =)

How long have you been designing?
I started creating a lot of my own digital embellishments for PowerPoints, worksheets and displays while teaching. I got to move into a brand new high school building when it first opened in the fall of 2000 and they had ALL the latest technology so it was fun to have that access. I helped a friend out who owned a paper scrapping store by doing kit of the month clubs and such and introduced some hybrid projects. However, digital clarity was not up to my standard yet so I really didn’t give up paper scrapping until digital met my high expectations which was around 2007. Goodbye paper scrapping!! The first program I bought was SBC by Creative Memories, but it was so limited for designing. I took a huge leap to CS5 a few years ago and haven’t regretted it. With Love Studio opened in October 2011. I was brought on early to be the first CT Lead and the owner at the time also allowed me to open a store. I have come a long way since then, but still have a long way to go to really learn PS and be able to create kits the way I see them in my head!! =) In the past 4 years my family has dealt with many medical emergencies and deaths. My designs have been put on the back burner so many times that I still feel like a newbie at it as I haven’t been able to devote as much time to it as I would like.

Tell us a little bit about you, your family and your daily life.
After teaching Jr. and Sr. High for 12 years and coaching gymnastics I stepped out of my classroom to adopt a baby girl from one of my high school students. The whole story could be a movie made for women on the Liftetime channel, but it was a HUGE answer to prayer! That baby just turned 10 and I seriously cannot believe how fast time has gone by. My husband and I were in the system to adopt again for several years without a call and when my dad had a stroke we changed gears and focused on helping my parents. My mom lost her older brother and her husband just a few months apart and she now lives with us. In the midst of all this chaos, I received a call from Kaitlyn’s birthmom, Shala. Shala surprised me yet again saying she is pregnant but cannot keep this baby and wants to know if we would adopt Kaitlyn’s half-sibling! I’m sure my jaw hit the floor! So, my family is working like crazy this summer before school starts up again to get all our adoption paperwork in order. The ultrasound says this one will be a boy and the due date is January 10th. We are all elated, excited and it total awe! Daily life will certainly change. My husband will continue to teach music at the Jr. High and teach piano lessons, and I will continue to be involved at Kaitlyn’s elementary school by doing their yearbook and driving my mom around to the bank, stores, etc. But…now we will have a new little one to care for, cherish and love and we just can’t wait!

Do you have another job/career other than designing?
I have taught a few online classes from home and did some scoring of state standardized tests online from home, but I really have not pursued looking for a job outside of my house. My heart has wanted to be a mom at home at this time in my life and we have had to wait longer than most to have that opportunity. If there was something that could provide a little extra income and allow me to work from home I would be open to it, I’ve just never found anything that I enjoyed that doesn’t require me to always be somewhere else to do the work. I even tried jewelry sales for a time, but that was when the economy turned and no one was really buying “extras” so that didn’t pan out.

How many hours a day or week do you dedicate to designing, and how long does it usually take to complete a kit?
Oh man, you would have to ask this! LOL! Ok, well, since our life has been crazy-busy I don’t have a set schedule. If I didn’t have constant interruptions I could put together a kit in 4 or 5 days with all the works. It takes me longer than I’d like as I’m always looking up tutorials on how to do this or that in PS! If I just knew what I was doing then maybe I could put something together in a couple days. As it is, I get a few hours when my husband and daughter are at school, but then my mom needs something. I used to get uninterrupted time at night when my family would be in bed, but my mom is a night owl so she is up then too! With a new baby coming I’m going to have to squeeze in designing and scrapping time anywhere I can! =)

What are you favorite design tools and what computer/software/programs do you use?
I use PS CS5 or CC, I have access to both. I like things to look realistic as if they had been paper scrapped so my designing takes on that style. My favorite design tools include alpha cutting actions (I used to cut and name EVERY letter by hand = PAINFUL), and styles that instantly make things look realistic and come to life! I’m slowly learning how to create many of my own styles.

Do you have a method you like to follow when designing? I don’t know why, but I usually start with papers and then as I make the ellies I lay them on the papers to see if they will look good together on a layout. I usually do papers, ellies, alphas and then whatever extras there might be.

Tell us about your featured kit, where did you find inspiration for it?
My featured kit, Violet Vendetta, was inspired by my daughter and her favorite colors at the time. She changes her favorite color constantly and even had a calendar with a new assigned color for every day that month when she was younger! When I started designing this kit she was into purple, green and blue. Now she has moved on to pink! So, maybe something pink will be coming??

What can we expect to see on your store on the next weeks? Are you already working on some new releases?
Changes! I have a few new things coming and have a few new ideas in the works! Now WHEN will this happen…? Well, the truth is I’m not sure! In a nutshell, we lost my dad and my uncle last year. I’m the administrator for my uncle’s estate and we moved my mom in with us. My husband has had some major medical issues and surgery this year AND we are adopting an infant!! Not much happening here, right?! LOL! So, stay tuned….I’ve learned to take life one moment at a time because I NEVER know what is going to happen next!! =)

Tell us about your featured designer’s month, sales, promotions, gifts…
This month my whole store will be on sale for 35% off through August 31st! I have a freebie cluster frame on Facebook that coordinates with my featured kit: Violet Vendetta! Don’t miss out on that! Watch for other coordinating freebies as well!

I think all of us at With Love Studio want to wish Lisa and her family all the best and lots of love while they work through the adoption paper work and await the arrival of the sweet addition to their family.  So exciting!

If you haven’t checked out Kelsey {Inspried} Studios Designs before this is a wonderful time to do just that.  With her store 35% off this month you can stock up on everything that catches your eye.  I have to say her newest kit is a stunning place to start.

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Purple is a rich color associated with royalty, wealth, opulance, and more.  Violet Vendetta makes me think of romance, flowers, and beauty.  It will be released in the store this Friday!  Here is a look at what is coming your way.

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Here are a few layouts that Lisa has to show you using Violet Vendetta.

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Lisa wanted to share something special with all our fantastic blog readers.  Enjoy this lovely stacked paper that coordinates with Violet Vendetta and then go check out Kelsey {Inspired} Studios’ store!

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Susan’s Random Tip #5

I remember when I first started scrapping digitally that I had no idea how to do anything with my program.  It was a lot of trial and error and web searches galore to get even the basic layout done.  Every single one of us has been there.  If that describes you at the moment, welcome to the family!  You are in good company.  So today’s random tip is one of those things that I learned to do early on and I use it on every single layout that I do.  Seriously, every single layout.  What is it?

Automatically Center

This tip works in Photoshop and PSE equally.  Hold down the SHIFT key while dragging something onto your working file.  Papers, elements, alphas, etc. will automatically align to the center of your document.  I start with everything going to the center and then move it to my heart’s content.  Love it!  I made this journal card with this technique.

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A follow up to this tip is to hold the SHIFT key down as you drag a layer.  It will stay in either horizontal or vertical alignment depending on the direction you are dragging.  That comes in handy when you are trying to line up photos and elements like buttons.  Here’s an example I made adding the butterflies from the August XOXO Collab to the jounal card.

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Too bad I can’t just drag and drop things onto my classroom bulletin board and had everything get into alignment!  That would make things so much easier.

Before you go, here’s another look at the August 2015 XOXO Collab, Forever Young.  This adorable kit is for all those young ‘uns and those of us who are young at heart!

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I hope you can use this tip to help your own layout work flow.  Have a wonderful Monday and I’ll see you later this week!

Layout Inspiration

It is so exciting to see the With Love Studio gallery filling up with layouts!  Our community is growing every day and I love seeing all the participation in the forum.  Some of you may know that layouts in the gallery may be nominated for the Lovely Standout Challenge.  What you may not know is anyone (everyone) that is a forum member can nominate any layout in the gallery that catches their eye. 

I remember the first time one of my layouts was chosen to be in the weekly challenge.  I think I smilied for the rest of the week.  I didn’t care if I “won” or not, it was just the fact that someone liked a layout I made enough to post it in the thread.

We would like to see more people nominating layouts and sharing what inspired them as they looked through the gallery.  It only takes a moment and it could very well make someone’s day!

Another little thing that makes being part of a digital scrapbooking community like With Love Studio special is leaving positive comments on layouts in the gallery. When I post a layout I try to leave comments on 5 other layouts.  Why?  Because I like trying to bring a smile to someone else.  Those small connections that make up the “human” side of this digital world can move mountains and keep a community alive and thriving.

Did you know that we have another challenge at With Love Studio each month that gets you into the gallery and looking at all those beautiful layouts?  Check out the August 2015 WLS Scavenger Hunt!

Here are just a few layouts that caught my eye today as I looked through the gallery.  Click on them to go leave some love and while you are there pick one that inspried you and share it with us!

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I look forward to seeing YOUR layouts in the gallery soon!