July Challenges

It’s been a while since I posted on the 1st day of the month.  I was wandering around digiland trying to decide what random bit I was going to focus on and realized that this is the perfect time to pull your attention to our forum challenges.  We have a lot of fun challenges to get your creative juices flowing each month and by participating you earn “Love Points” toward a discount coupon from the WLS store.  (To check out the details on the reward system at With Love Studio click HERE.)

Right now we have 14 individual challenges posted for July.

  • Posting Challenge
  • Use It or Lose It Challenge (Not part of the Love Points)
  • Word Challenge
  • Recipe Challenge
  • Collab Challenge
  • Inspiration Challenge
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Hybrid Challenge
  • Siggy Challenge
  • Progressive Scrap Challenge
  • Technique Challenge
  • Scraplift Challenge
  • Template Challenge (Not part of the Love Points)
  • Facebook Timeline Template Challenge (Not part of the Love Points)

This month the Recipe challenge has a “twist” to it!  I checked out the directions from Marieke just now and this sounds like a lot of fun.  If you like to leave “love” on layouts then you should sign up on the posting challenge today.  Not only will you earn a love point by the end of the month but you are making other scrappers happy too! 

You may have noticed that the Use It or Lose It Challenge, Facebook Timeline Template Challenge, and the Template Challenge don’t contribute towards the Love points.  That’s becasue you receive a full product from the host just for participating in these challenges!  Kiana is hosting the Use It of Lose It Challenge and her full kit prize is full of Summer fun.  Ania is hosting the Template Challenge and has a full pack of templates for the participation prize.  Pamela B. is hosting the Timeline Template Challenge and has a full pack of Timeline Cover Templates for you once you complete the challenge.  These three are some of our newest designers and their work is amazing! 

I hope to see you join in our fun this month.  Beat the heat and show us your skills!

Here are three inpsirational layouts from Kiana, Ania, and Pamela to get you going on their challenges!

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Pamela – Facebook Timeline Templatefacebooktimeline5

See you later!
~Susan~

Featured Designer Sale

So sorry about the delay in today’s post.  I totally lost track of what day of the week it was until I got home just a bit ago and realized that I hadn’t made the post about our Featured Designer, Midnight Owl {Designs}.  All month her store has been on sale for 35% off and as the month is drawing quickly to an end it’s time to close out your wish list and pick up those kits you’ve had your eye on.

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Midnight Owl {Designs} featured kit/collection is “The Love List” and if you are looking for a great journaling kit then this is definitely one you should pick up!  It has a lot of great word bits for prompts, amazing journal cards, and I love the doodles and ink splashes.  You will have the best time working with this kit!

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I haven’t finished up my layout from earlier this month.  I had hoped to have it finished to share with you but in between a two week graduate class and helping write curriculum documents my husband and I haven’t had a lot of time together to take our photo! 

I looked through the gallery and found this fun layout by Crystal using “The Love List.”  Those flairs having me giggling!!! 

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I’ll leave you with that today and I look forward to seeing your layouts join this one in the gallery!

Hot New Releases on SALE!

I’m excited to show you all the new items our designers have this week! You’re going to LOVE it ALL!

First, from Caroline B we have a sweet little, “Bundle of Joy!” Aren’t these little babies just the most adorable things you’ve seen!? This kit is going to make some wonderful baby layouts!

Next, Designs by Romajo has two AMAZING kits for you! “I Love” and “A Mother’s Heart.” These kits are just full of beautiful colors and gorgeous elements. If you’ve missed these freebies in the past, now is your chance to grab them and work with them!

Pamela Bachmayer is releasing such a great and unique kit – “My Little Doll” Isn’t this FUN?!  After you get the My Little Doll kit, don’t forget to grab the “Create a Doll” and “Toy Dollhouse” Add-on kits!

Eudora Designs has outdone herself with this stunning kit, “Happy Summer Day!” The colors are perfect for summery layouts and the elements are just absolutely breathtaking! This is not a kit to miss!

Stop by Sunshine Inspired Designs Grand Opening sale and take advantage of her 50% off sale!  You’ll be able to get her kit, “Funny Bunny” on sale as well!!
Check out these deals from Sunshine Inspired Designs too!!!

Looking for some fun new templates to give your layout mojo a jump-start!? Look no further than Joey Designs and her fantastic “Photobook C&S 15 and 16″ These template are so unique and make any photo and kit look beautiful!

Pretty Ju Scrap has the perfect kit for your “Moving Day” memories! This pretty kit with blues, golds, and grey will capture all the excitement, work, happiness and bittersweet memories of your own moving day!

After all that how about something sweet to end with? Sugar Moon Designs presents, “Summer Sundae” and cool and sugary kit for scrapping all those fun summer treat memories!

Time…..

I don’t know about all of you but time has not been my friend over the past 2 weeks.  I’m taking a two week intensive teacher training course for elementary music teachers and I haven’t had time to barely turn on my computer let alone scrap anything.  As I sat down to write today’s post I got to thinking aobut how many of us have times in our lives that we probably feel like that.  So do you just go on a scrapping hiatus or are there ways you can still scrap a bit?

I have to say that I’ve gone on a hiatus this time around.  Understandable when every waking moment is spent on homework and I’m battling sleep depravation at the moment as well.  However, there have been times where my family life has gotten really busy and I crave that creative release (or I’m really wanting to scrap about something before the memory fades!).  So here are three things I do to keep my scrapping going when I’m short on time.

1. Use templates.Templates are a great jumpstart to any layout.  Don’t be afraid to add, remove, move placeholders.  You can also flip or rotate a template for a totally different perspective!

2. Just do one thing.  That’s it.  Open up your layout in progress and do one thing.  Save it and go on.  You made progress!  That one thing could be a title, adding a cluster, getting your journaling into writing, picking the background paper, adding a photo or two.  Got time for more when finish that one thing?  Go ahead and do a second. 

3. Use premade clusters or predeco pages.  There’s nothing wrong with using something that’s already put together.  You can add to it!  What’s more important?  Saying you did every little thing on the layout or saving the memories?  Memories will win hands down every single time.

I hope you can use something from today’s post when you are short on time.  If you have another tip on managing your scrapping time (or making the most out of the time you have) let us know!

I want to leave you with this very special inspirational layout by joey44.  When I saw it in Midnight Owl Design’s gallery it just spoke to me about the why we scrapbook.  I hope it inspires you to take a step in your own scrapping today.

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Have a great week!

New Releases You Have to See!!

We are so proud to show you all the new kits that are released this week! Let’s just get right to it and see all the goodies!!

First, Pamela Bachmayer has a great deal! Buy her Magic Garden Collection (look at those beautiful butterflies and sweet mushrooms!) and you get her Color Me Sweetly Bundle for FREE – WOW that is too good to pass up!

Next, is the HUGE artsy collection from Sunshine Inspired Designs called, “Hello.” This kit comes with SO MUCH wonderful items to work with – PLUS you can get 2 FREE sets of quckpages if you buy the complete collection, or get 1 set of quickpages FREE if you buy the kit!

Looking for something special to scrap some Dad’s layouts? Look no further than this wonderful new kit from Love It Scrap It, “For All Dad’s.”  I just love these colors! This kit is full of so many great items you can’t help but make some beautiful pages!!

Speaking of beautiful colors, check out this kit, “Something Vintage,” from Caroline B. This kit is so stunning! It’s filled with rich plums, lavenders and greys. This kit would be wonderful to scrap old photos or give new photos or art pages an vintage feel!

Christaly is bringing us a spectacular set of templates and word arts and brush designs this week! “Honeymoon 2″ is just an amazing collection that you can’t afford to pass up!

Sugar Moon Designs has this bright and colorful new kit, “Super Soaked!”  It’s a fun kit filled with water-guns, water-balloons and lots of FUN!! Make some cool layouts with it today!

Glory of Faith was Designs by Romajo’s April Lovely Colors, but they’re now packaged and available as one glorious kit! As you can see, the layouts done with this kit are just lovely!!

Meg Scott Studio has been BUSY – don’t miss out on any of her fantastic new items!!  First, just in time for summer sweetness is, “Time for the Fairies,” and “June Wedding.” Both of these delightful kits will make you some wonderful layouts!!

This wonderful, “Party all the Time,” is perfect for  any celebration – it’s filled with happy colors and some really amazing word arts!

Don’t miss out on her Meg Scott’s new CU products that are just right for making some FUN summer products or personalized items – there’s Summer Beach Bliss and Beach Fun, there’s also some spectacular Butterfly and Bug layered templates and after all the outdoor fun, clean up with Bath Time layered templates!

Have a WONDERFUL weekend everyone! We can’t wait to see your layouts in the gallery and talk to you in the forums!!!

A Pinch of This and a Dash of That

Where have you seen the words “a pinch of” or “a dash of” before?  It’s the way my grandmother wrote out her recipies.  I have to admit I am one of those people who need precise measurements and as much as I loved my grandmother I just couldn’t follow her recipies.  Thank goodness the With Love Studio Recipe Challenge is much easier to follow!!!

Just what is the recipe challenge?  Well, each month one of our lovely designers or creative team members hosts this challenge in our forum where you are given a set of “ingredients” (instructions) that you have to use on your layout.  Once you have your layout completed you then post it in the gallery and then link it up in the challenge forum for all of us to leave you love!  Simple right?  I look at this challenge as a speed scrap in extremely SLOW motion!  If you have been looking for a way to stretch your wings a bit check out this month’s Recipe Challenge being hosted by Love It Scrap It Designs.  You’ll find the June Recipe Challenge HERE

Here are a few layouts that have been shared already this month!

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I hope to see your layout joining the fun soon!  If not this challenge then one of the other fantastic June Challenges that you can find in our forum.  Come join the fun!

June Lovely Colors $1.00 Each

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This month’s Lovely Colors are AMAZING! You are going to need to get ALL of these awesome packs and you’re so lucky because you can – at only $1.00 each!!

First there’s “Mini Masterpiece” from Sugar Moon Designs – it’s great for summer art program layouts, or just your average everyday mini masterpiece!

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Next we have “Lazy Days” from Love It Scrap It. These packs are loaded with gorgeous papers, and incredible alphas, and great elements – you’ll have lots to scrap on those lazy days!

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When Live is a Dream comes from Joey Designs, and these packs are just that – dreamy! You’ll love working with these adorable packs!

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If you’re looking to get started on some layouts, look no further than Christaly’s newest template, word art, and brushes, “Sweet Innocence.” Word Arts are available in both English and French!

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You’re going to love Pretty Ju’s delicious new “Sweet Treat” packs! This is a seriously FUN set of packs filled with goodies!

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Winks Art Graphics is bringing Summertime with her delightful packs filled with summer awesomeness! Check out those gorgeous papers and fun elements!

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Don’t forget Designs by Romajo’s packs of the Glory of Sweet – and sweet they are! There is so much sweetness in these packs they just might give you a toothache! Grab them all and get to scrapping!

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Plus, if you need an extra reason to go load your carts right now, here’s a gift you’ll get from Lisa Rosa Designs with your purchases of 5 of these packs or more:

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That’s right!!! Spend only $5 on the June Lovely Colors category and get these sweet templates for free!!!

We can’t wait to see what you create with these fantastic Lovely Colors! Don’t forget to stop by and join in the “Lovely Colors Challenge” in the forum!!

New Releases — June 12

How is your June going so far? It’s starting to get HOT where I live! Hot and humid and TONS of mosquitos! Got any tried and true mosquito repellant advice? We just bought some all natural garlic spray to spray on our lawn. It’s supposed to keep the mosquitos away without hurting the bees or butterflies . .  I’m skeptical, but I’ll give it a try. If you smell pizza, don’t worry, it’s probably just our lawn!!!

Well on to the NEW RELEASES for this week! There’s a lot of good stuff, so get ready!

First, we have a really delicious new kit from Pretty Ju called “Choco-Vanille,” which totally makes me want to eat ice cream . . . and scrap at the same time which I can do because I’m so talented! I bet you can do it too!

prettyju_chocovanilleNext, we have an amazing soft and haunting kit from Joey Designs called, “My Vintage Memories.” This kit has wonderful faded colors and some gorgeous stamps and elements – don’t miss out on this wonderful kit!

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Up next, we have some fantastic new kits from Caroline B! First, is Abbey – a series of lovely kits filled with peaceful blues and greens!

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Last from Caroline B this week is a collection of Everything Vellum elements that will be just the right touch for any type of layout!

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Welcome a new designer to With Love Studio! Sunshine Inspired Designs! Check out her new products and take advantage of her Grand Opening Sale – 50% off through June 30!  I’ll just give you a little glimpse of what you’ll find in her shop – but make sure to go and see all the amazing new stuff for yourself!

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The newest kit from Designs by Romajo is this fantastic kit called, “Caw, Caw, Roar!” – the colors are so wonderful and it’s just packed with lots of great nature and wildlife!

romajo_cawroarLast, but not least our Featured Designer this month, Midnight Owl Designs, is celebrating a Summer of Color and she has this latest addition to the series! I’m just in love with this series and I know you’ll love working with too! Don’t forget her shop is on sale on month long!

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Have a great weekend everyone – and we can’t wait to see your layouts in the gallery and talk to you in the forums!

Stuck

Memories are important.  After all that’s probably what brought many of you on this journey of scrapbooking, preserving your memories or the memories of others.  Telling the stories of our hearts has become an important part of who we are and hopefully will hold a special place in the hearts of those that follow us.  When I sit down and look through the boxes of photos that my mom has collected over the years of my family on both sides, I get glimpses of what has made me who I am today.  There are so many stories and memories tucked away in boxes asking for a place to be told!  Do you feel that pull to tell the story when you sit down to scrap?

I love looking at layouts that are full of journaling where the words take you on a journey of what the creator was feeling, but I have to admit that I’ve never created one of those myself.  No matter how full my heart is with the emotions and the memories my words halt and I feel like I HAVE to add a photo to finish out my layout.  So today I started a layout with the intention of doing something a bit out of my normal and do an art journal type layout without photos.  As I looked through the gallery and I was letting my thoughts wander trying to settle on what memory/which memories I wanted to scrap about I settled on trying to capture what was in my heart about my upcoming 20th wedding anniversary. Easy, right?

Ha!  While my heart is overflowing and I’m usually not at a loss for words, my layout came to a halt, a standstill, a standoff with my brain.  So, here I am, a couple of hours into the process and I’m stuck.  Now, is that a bad thing?  Not necessarily.  Who says that I can’t deviate from the original plan and add a photo? No one. Problem solved right?  Not in the least!  I ran into a whole new reason to be stuck.  There isn’t one single photo of my husband and I together, alone, just the two of us, in the last 3 years of photos that I’ve taken or had taken with our camera.  What’s one to do? Well, first of all, I’m on a new mission.  Today is a new day (at the time I was putting the blog together that thought was “tomorrow is a new day”).  Photos will be taken of the two of us.  Random ones, silly ones, happy ones, maybe even a romantic one (if I can figure out how to pull that off as we are celebrating with dinner alone without the kids). 

So what’s the lesson today?  I’m not sure but I’m sure some of you can relate to this post in some way.  Maybe it will inspire you to get out from behind the camera and get into the picture yourself, maybe it will inspire you to try to do a photoless layout. Share with me your “take away” from today’s post!

I’m going to leave you with a look at my yet to be finished layout.  Know that it’s subject to change at any point!  The kit I’m using is The Love List and it’s Midnight Owl Design’s featured kit this month.  The area in the center is where I’m planning on adding a photo or two though it’ll probably move and be adjusted some along with adding some embelishments to go along with the photos.

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Have a great day!
~Susan~