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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!

Creative Team Application

We are always on the look out for AMAZING talent to help us showcase our designers hard work!  If that is you, please fill out our Creative Team Application!

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Lovely Layouts (July Week#2) & Sneak Peeks

This week we have 2 WINNERS to announce in our Lovely Layout Contest. First, before we do lets take a look at the sneak peeks of the new releases coming Friday!

The first week of July’s Lovely Layout Winner is Fabienne with this beautiful layout:

And the BIG WINNER from the month of June is….. Annet83

Now for our 2nd week of July’s Lovely Layout contest, be sure to vote for your favorite now!

online poll by Opinion Stage

July XOXO Collab: Water Fun

The designers at With Love Studio have put together the perfect kit to scrap all your Summer Fun with this month’s XOXO Collab: Water Fun!  Today is the last day to save 35% off the regular price.


Let’s look at this kit in action.  The following layouts were put together by the With Love Studio Creative Team.


I bet you already have some photos in your scrapping stash that this kit would fit perfectly with.  From car wash fundraiser, swimming, splash pad, and more this kit has you covered!  I look forward to seeing the layouts you create with this collab as well. 

I’m going to leave you with a freebie today using the XOXO Collab kit.  It’s a Brag Book Page!  Just add your photos, a title, and any other embellishments that you would like and you’ll have a precious layout to print and share.



Fourth of July Savings and New Releases!!!

Happy 4th of July to all our U.S. fans!! We hope you are enjoying your day with your friends and family!! With any great holiday we have a GREAT sale for you! Don’t miss these great deals and don’t forget to get your New Releases on sale this weekend as well.

1 more day to grab those Lovely Colors on sale!!

and of course our Friday New Releases!!

New Releases!