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CT Spotlight — Marilyn

Marilyn here, and my screen name is jmzumer. I’m a wife and mom to 3 grown kiddos (2 girls and 1 boy), and a G-ma (aka Num-Num) to 5 (3 girls and 2 boys). I scrap for preservation and my sanity! The G-babies love it when I scrap a layout about them, but I also want my future people to know who we were, what we were about, and what we did for fun. I first began paper scrapping before my oldest G-son was born 18 years ago! I gravitated towards digital about 6 years ago. 

With Love Studio feels like my second home! I have been here since the beginning and I hope to be around long into the future. I absolutely love participating in the monthly challenges and earning $$ towards store purchases. Crystal and Missy are wonderful to work with as well as the great designers here at WLS. 

This layout reminds me of my old paper scrapping days and doing color blocking. I used shapes and paper for stacking this layout. I love pink and blue together and this kit had some great choices for me. I enjoy clustering elements, but especially when you have word art pieces to include in your cluster. One of my favorite techniques is blending of papers. I love patterned paper but it can sometimes be overwhelming as your background. My usual method is to have the patterned paper as the background, add a solid paper over that, and then play with the opacity on the solid paper. I do this to add a little texture to the solid paper or if I’m trying to fill in some of the “white space” of the layout. On this layout I put my solid paper as the background and lowered the opacity of the patterned paper so it made it a bit more pinkish but still vibrant. I tilted the paper just a bit to give the layout more interest and not so blockish looking. 

I turned 60 on the day I made this layout! (Wow.) I always take hand and footprints of the G-babies on their birthdays and do a layout with them, but this year I decided it would be fun to do my own. The G-babies thought this was cool so score one for me.  

I used Effervescent by Midnight Owl Designs for my layout. This kit is filled with great word art, lots of alphas, and a nice variety of fun and cute embellishments. 

Check out the bundle here:…oducts_id=3698 

Have a great month and I hope I have inspired you to keep scrapping and preserving your memories! 

Marilyn – jmzumer

Lovely Layout of the Week (July week #5) & Sneak Peeks

Is everyone having a great week? This week is quickly passing by and we have new sneak peeks and Lovely Layouts for you this week. before we get to our sneak peeks and lovely layouts though lets congratulate last week’s winner of our lovely layout contest. Congrats dannie18 with this beautiful layout:

now for a few sneak peeks of what is coming this week.

Now don’t forget to vote for your favorite layout this week:

online poll by Opinion Stage

Don’t Miss Out…July Ending Soon!!

I hope everyone had a good {HOT} July and are ready for August. Before the month ends though I wanted to remind you all of our July deals, challenges, and freebies you may have missed.

First, if you haven’t checked out our Featured Designer, Midnight Owl Designs, this month don’t miss out on her great sale.


and her Featured kit, Effervescent, for the month is just right for anything you want to scrap:mod_eff_newslettertemplate_zps8535802a.jpg


and just check out some of her other great kits on sale this month in her Featured Designer Sale

 Follow Your Heart - Mini Kit  Little Miss Patriotic - Element Pack

Congrats Grad - Full Kit  Away We Go - Full Kit

and many many more found in her shop {HERE}

Also this month we have our quarterly Facebook Freebie is available for you to download for free just for liking our page:

With Love Studio Freebie Download


Along with this freebie did you know you could earn even more FREE products from With Love Studio just by completing our fun monthly challenges on our forum? Each month we have Fun New Challenges for you to complete and if you participate you will earn free “Love” points to save up for gift certificates to use in our shop. Check out our Monthly Challenges {HERE}!! Just look at some of these great layouts from our great members from this month’s challenges:



Thanks for all of those who have participated in our monthly challenges so far, and if you haven’t be sure to complete some before the end of the month to earn your “Love” points!!

As always have a great day With Love,



Friday New Releases & Sales!!

We have a lot of great new releases coming your way this week.

First, we have this beautiful Blue-ish kit from FranB. You will want to use this kit for just about anything not just blue moments.

Lisa Rosa is back with this lovely kit “A Simple and Happy Life”. You will love all the floral and word art in this kit.

And last but not least, MagsGraphics has this new kit in her Faith 365 series. These “Proverbs” in the kit are just great for any faith inspired layout!

Don’t forget to pick up some amazing deals with our Featured Designer sale with Midnight Owl Designs through July 31st.

Midnight Owl Designs is our July Featured Designer

and some CT Layouts using “Effervescent”

Here are other specials going on this week and in our Christmas in July event:


Have a great weekend and scrap those memories With Love!

Lovely Classroom: Scrapping Your Family History Layout #1

How many of you are researching your family history? I know I am and I am having a lot of fun reading old stories, finding old newspaper clippings, and learning about where my lineage comes from. So what legacy do I leave behind for my children so that they have their family history in one spot? Well, just like my Aunt Evelyn did, create a book with copies of everything in it, but we can make it better than just paper and black & white images. A digital scrapbookers we can add color, fun papers and elements to help bring those stories and photos to life. I am starting a series of fun family history layouts. So keep an eye out in the blog for updates as well as the forum under the Lovely Classroom area.

So now, let’s talk about where we start, our immediate family first we are always scrapping about along with our day to day life. So let go back a generation and look at our parents.

Step #1:   Gather photos of your parents along with the stories behind them.

Step #2:  Find a kit to work with, check out these fun kits here at With Love Studio..

‘Victorian Lady’ by Shelley Marie 


 ‘Blessed’ by Sugar Moon 


‘Our Family, Our Home’ by Chunlin Designs


Step #3:  Are you going to be printing these from home or sending them to a printer? For me, I want to these family pages bound and printed by someone else – I have a coupon that I got from my wedding for Shutterfly, perfect now to choose what size book 12 x 12 or 8 x 8.  I think a 12 x 12 book would be perfect for this type of layout.

Step #4:   Let’s work with the photos before we move on to the kits. Are the photos you choose B&W? Color? Sepia? Scan them in and place into a family history folder to work on. Decide whether you want to leave those photos they way they are or change them.

If you decide that you want to keep them, then start looking at what papers and frames you have to work with. Some some that have some vintage feeling for it. Not too vintage since we will go through different time periods to create a fun feel.

If you decide you want to change them, a quick and easy solution is to color them in your program (Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Gimp, Paint Shop Pro or even LightRoom). You can change the levels, the contrast, the hue or even spot color a portion of the photo. Another way you can go about it, is to take one of the papers from the kit you are working with and using the layers filter you can blend the paper and the photo together.

I found these fun images through google using image search for sepia photos. The one on the right, as you can see looks like a photo with a blended page on top of it. The one on the left has some fun color in the photo. So do a google search if you want to come up with some fun ideas for your photos. And join me next time for the next steps! See you soon, Hugs, Meg Scott Studio!

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Before I go, Fran B, has a a very cute free mini kit for the family posted on her blog. Click on the image below to be taken to her page!


Lovely Layout of the Week (July Week #4) and Sneak Peeks

This week we have some beautiful new layouts in our gallery and have 4 nominated in our weekly contest. Before we get to those lets check out this little sneak peek of one of our New Releases coming this Friday:


Congrats to last week’s Lovely Layout Winner, Crystal (aka. Sugarmoon Designs) with this beautiful layout:

And this week’s Gallery Standouts to vote on for our Lovely Layout of the Week:

online poll by Opinion Stage


New Releases & Weekend Sales!

New Releases!

We’ve got so much great stuff for you this week! First, in honor of Christmas in July, FranB has this warm and cozy “Woodland Christmas” kit! It makes me feel like drinking some hot chocolate on this 90 degree Fahrenheit day – that’s how awesome this kit is!  Get now while it’s 50% off!

Sugar Moon has a fun car and driving kit — “In the Driver’s Seat!”   It’s great for vacations, road trips, new drivers, go karts, new cars . . . you name it – this kit is streamlined for quick and smooth handling layouts!!! (It’s on sale this weekend too!)

MagsGraphics brings us a really fun non-traditional Christmas at the beach kit, “Sandy Claus!” I just love how funny and fun this kit is and you’re going to love making some beautiful layouts with this collection!  Maybe if you’ve been good this year Santa will bring it to you . . . oh, who are we kidding – you better just buy it for yourself!

Lastly, we have this incredible kit from FranB, “In Summer” . . . and I’m sure there are plenty Frozen fans who will find lots of uses for this gorgeous kit!! And yep, it’s 50% off too!!!

Sales & Specials!


Lovely Layout of the Week (July Week #3) & Sneak Peeks

Good morning and welcome to another great week of Sneak Peeks and Gallery Standouts!! This week we want to first congratulate our July Week #2 Layout of the Week WINNER — greenfiend with this beautiful layout:

and now lets vote for this week’s Lovely Layout:

online poll by Opinion Stage

Also this week we have some fun new releases coming your way, check out what’s coming on Friday:

Have a great Wednesday everyone!!


July WLS Featured Designer

This month’s spotlight is shining bright on Midnight Owl Designs!  Her kits are full of beautiful elements that lend to layering/cluster work.  This month she has her store set on sale for 30% off all products so if you’ve been keeping an eye on her products or if she’s a new to you designer now’s the perfect time to check out her store!


Her July featured kit is Effervescent!  I love these beautiful bright colors and you can save even more by purchasing the bundle!  Check it out!



I was scrolling through her gallery just a bit ago and I want to share a few more layouts showing off some of her other kets.


Lia put together this sweet frame cluster freebie for her WLS fans.  Enjoy and make sure you check out her store!



New Releases

TGIF!! This week we have some pretty amazing new releases and a re-release just in time to celebrate Christmas in July!

New Releases!