October 2015 Featured Designer – Pamela Bachmayer Designs

With Love Studio is proud to spotlight one of our newer designers this month, Pamela Bachmayer!  Her designs are fun, inspiring, and I especially love her take on the art journal/watercolor style.  This month is the perfect month to try out her designs!  She has a storewide sale going on all month long.




Like what you see?  Let’s get to know the designer behind all that gorgeousness!

What’s the meaning of your designer’s name and how did you come up with it?

I’ve been a designer of some type for nearly 30 years and I’ve always used my own name
to design with. Keeps things simple and I can use it whatever I’m designing and it still applies.

How long have you been designing?

I’ve been designing Scrapbook kits for about 2 years now. Before that, I designed one of a kind dolls and needlecraft designs for manufacturers and publications.

Tell us a little bit about you, your family and your daily life.

I was born and raised in Illinois, but moved to Texas in 1982 when my kids were very small. I have three grown children now, though my middle child, my only son, was killed last year by a drunk driver. I have four beautiful grandchildren by my two daughters. I remarried in 1999 to a native Texan who raises cattle, just inherited his father’s cotton gin with his brother, and also works a full time job with the Texas Legislative Council in Austin.

As a townie and a former northerner, it was an adjustment, learning this completely new life but I love getting up in the morning and gazing out my kitchen window to see the cows (okay, the calves) peeking at me through the fence as I drink my first coffee of the day. If they know I’m out there weeding, they line up at the fence and bellow at me to share. I also have a love/hate relationship with the bull as he likes to use our electric pole as a scratching pole and often knocks out our electricity. That’s the hate part…the love part is the beautiful calves he makes that bring me so much pleasure to watch play. They’ve never seen a pile of anything laying around that they didn’t have to roll around in and make a mess.

My husband and I built our house ourselves about 5 years ago and I got to go to town creatively with planning, tiling, painting, etc throughout the house. I also have a studio upstairs that I had used to create my dolls before my hand accident and I also have another room up there full of my vintage and modern day fashion doll collections, doll houses, doll furniture, a dolly nightclub, hotel, cars, everything a doll needs to live the life she deserves as a diva. I’m also currently haunting the discount stores hoping for those 16 in Monster High dolls to start hitting the shelves. I’m every little girls dream of the perfect grandma, as I let them play with everything except the vintage girls, even though I fuss when they leave because I have to put all the furniture back exactly the way it was, re-park the cars, the boats, find all the shoes, etc and tidy up the mess.

Do you have another job/career other than designing?
Designing is always my first job, my passion. However, every fall, when the cotton crops come in, I work at the cotton gin with the family. In the past, it was full time (7 days a week, 12 hours a day until we are completely done, anywhere from 2-4 months). This year I’m only working part time, but it varies from day to day depending on what needs to be done there and how far away they decide to send me to pick up a part.

How many hours a day or week do you dedicate to designing, and how long does it usually take to complete a kit?

When we aren’t ginning, I design full time. It usually takes me a week and a half per kit as I can never seem to stop. I just keep finding more I want to add to it.

What are you favorite design tools and what computer/software/programs do you use?

I use Photoshop CC 2015. I do have a Wacom Graphic Tablet but I’m still getting the hang of it so I do most of my designing with my mouse and the pen tool and am learning Illustrator as well. I love styles and brushes, and the pen tool in PS CC. I’m also fast becoming a font addict.

Do you have a method you like to follow when designing?

I wish I knew what it was if I do. I often just start playing with colors or experimenting with a new style or technique, though I would be a faster designer if I started with a definite theme every time. Those kits do seem to come together faster than kits that come from playing around do. That’s always been my downfall as a designer, I enjoy it too much to remember it’s supposed to be work and that I have deadlines. I keep a running list of things I think of to add, words, etc to come back to as I work. I have no problem switching the theme of a kit in the middle of it if the light bulb goes off, but again, another thing that can slow me down. I do have a check list of sorts, more of a list of things I could add, but I never feel I have to add everything on the list. I also share what I’m doing with the team once or twice as I go along as I value their input, especially if I’m stuck on something. I think they feel more a part of the team knowing that I do. I can’t always incorporate their ideas, but having someone who isn’t as close to a project as I am, they can sometimes see it better than I can.

Tell us about your featured kit, where did you find inspiration for it?

Whenever I feel blue or down, I reach for the brightest colors I can and go from there. I lost my FIL early this month and definitely felt a need to cheer myself up. I tend to be forgetful, clumsy to the max and I have no problem sharing with others whatever stupid thing I did on any day. If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? I call myself “quirky” and “creative”. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I decided to poke a bit of fun at myself with this kit and decided to make it about being okay with and expressing who you are, whoever that may be. I added an add on kit with descriptive words on everything I could think of that expresses who I am at any given time and hope that others can find those same things within themselves and be okay with it. I’m also very creative and wanted something less rigid than a set theme this time, something to give others the okay to just play with the extra fun things I added so they can add their own twist to their layouts and really make it their own. I was REALLY enjoying creating those 3d effect paper flowers digitally and I want to do some more of that if people like them in this kit. They were way too fun to do!

What can we expect to see on your store on the next weeks? Are you already working on some new releases?

Yikes! I don’t know. I have learned from my previous design lives that I rarely can create anything that actually ends up with what it started as. I definitely have a new kit planned that I’ll be starting on next week but I won’t say what in case it ends up as something different. It’s just taking me longer to finish them at the moment as we are in the middle of ginning season.

Tell us about your featured designer’s month, sales, promotions, gifts..

I am having a 35% off sale on everything in my store except bundles as they are already 40-45% off. I am hosting this month’s progressive scrap and hope everyone stops in to participate. I do enjoy hosting the challenges and like getting to know the scrappers who participate. I’ll have some freebies that coordinate with the kit next week on my blog, at my facebook page and in my newsletter. I will be doing a Creative Team call later this month, in hopes of finding a new member or two for my already incredible team. I’ve asked my team to help me keep up with the blog this month so I can find time to do some extra things in the forums every week, like more freebies, coupons, etc. I’m so looking forward to getting to know more of our customers!

Thank you, Pamela for letting us get to know you a little better!  Now let’s take a closer look at Pamela’s featured kit, Express Yourself and the two add-on packs!


You can pick up these three fabulous packs in one conveinent bundle or seperately.  I have a couple of layouts to share with you today and more later on this month using this kit.  If you pick up any of Pamela’s designs this month I would love to feature your layout here on the blog.  Leave a comment with the link and I’ll be sure to add it to a featured blog post this month!


Before you head off to Pamela Bachmayer Designs’ store pick up this lovely cluster frame freebie from her!



New Releases at With Love Studio — October 9

It’s our favorite time of the week, New Releases at With Love Studio — October 9 edition!! There’s a ton of great stuff this week, so let’s jump in and see what we’ve got!

First up, Love It Scrap It has a beautiful new kit, “Art of Parenting” for us. These colors are so lovely and the layouts you’re going to make from this kit will be stunning!LISI_artofparenting

Next, Sugar Moon Designs has a fantastic new kit, perfect for your Halloween layouts! This kit, Adora-Boo is the kit you need when Halloween gets CUTE!


Grace Blossoms 4 U has revised her kit, “Ready Grow,” and is releasing it this week! it’s packed full of beautiful greens, golds and browns – and ready for you to create some gorgeous pages with!

grace4u_readygrowPretty Ju has a sweet kit for you this week, “My First Piggy Bank.” This kit is “stuffed” full of great elements, and beautiful papers – and it’s so versatile! You’ll love this little kit!


Caroline B is releasing an incredible bundle, “A Vintage Card.” This bundle is loaded with goodness, it’s actually TWO kits, flairs AND journal cards for one LOW price!!


Designs by Romajo has created just the softest and most lovely kit, “Autumn Wedding,” for you this week. This kit is part of her #FabFall series, and it’s certainly a stunning kit that you need for your collection!


Don’t miss out on this great deal from Sunshine Inspired Designs – good through October 15!


Well that about wraps up our New Releases at With Love Studio — October 9 edition! Don’t worry – we’ve got some more sweet deals for you to check out before you go!!




Have a great weekend! We can’t wait to see you around the forum and gallery!!

Using White Space in Layout Design

White Space.  No I’m not talking about the stuff you use to cover up writing mistakes nor the weather conditions in a snow storm.  I’m referring to the design principal of using spacing between objects in your layout that contain nothing.  Your eyes are then drawn to the area where you have the opposite (filled space).  The main thing to keep in mind in this type of layout design is that the area you don’t fill in helps bring focus to the areas you do fill in.  White Space Design does not mean you can’t use clustering on your layout.  Quite the opposite.  White Space and clustering aften go hand in hand! 

Here are some lovely layouts from the With Love Studio Gallery that are great examples of White Space. 


Let’s fill up the gallery this week with some awesome white space layouts!  Link us up here so we can swing by and leave you some well deserved love!

Celebrating Oktoberfest at With Love Studio!

Welcome to October! We are celebrating Oktoberfest at With Love Studio and we have the absolutely most perfect collab to save all your Oktoberfest memories! Inside it you’ll find beer, sausages, pretzels, accordions, brass instruments, dirndls, lederhosen… plus many other fall themed stuff and basic elements. In fact this gorgeous collab works for Oktoberfest layouts, but as you can see from the layouts, it’s also perfect for any fall projects!

Oktoberfest contains 50 patterned and 11 solid papers, 106 assorted elements, including many themed stuff, flowers, greenery, frames, strings, ribbons, bows, buttons… everything you’ll need to create awesome pages, plus an alpha set in three different colors, plus glitters sheets and styles.

Get this spectacular Oktoberfest Collab now – it’s on sale through October 8th!


Here are some closeups of what you’ll find in this Oktoberfest collab!








And check out all these AMAZING Oktoberfest layouts!

We hope you enjoy celebrating Oktoberfest at With Love Studio! Here’s a FREE coordinating alpha — Just click to download! For more coordinating freebies, check our Facebook Page and subscribe to our newsletter!


New Releases at With Love Studio!

Welcome to this week’s New Releases at With Love Studio! October is already upon us and we have some great new products to tell you about, so I’m just going to jump right in!

First thing you might need to get your layouts started is some wonderful new templates, brushes and word arts from Christaly. This collection is called “Baby Steps” and these kits are beautiful and so helpful getting your layouts to look “just right!”


We have another really fun set of templates from Grace Blossoms 4 U. “Playful Revelations.” I just love these sporty templates – what a unique look they’re going to give to your favorite athlete or sports team pages!graceblossoms4u

Are you working up an appetite making all these beautiful layouts? How about a “Pizza Party!” This amazing kit from Pretty Ju Scrap is just perfect for caputuring those fun “extra cheesy” moments!!


It’ beginning to look a lot like Halloween around these parts! Here’s a great new kit from Sugar Moon Designs, “A Grimm Tale.” This kit would be great for Halloween, dress-up, plays, or just your favorite fairy tale!


Designs by Romajo has an amazing set of kits releasing today! Check out her #FabFall kits, with the most recent being, “Last Ray of Spring,” and “Leaf Peeping.” The colors of these kits are simply gorgeous! Make sure to check out all the #FabFall line in her shop!


Next, Love It Scrap It is offering a whole bunch of great bundles – buy these and get a wonderful value! She has, “Goodbye Summer,” “Get Back to What You Love Bundle,” “Lazy Day Bundle,” and “BeYoutiful Bundle.” Wow! These are all incredible!




Want something a little dreamy to work with? Aurelie Scrap is releasing this beautiful collection full of soft blues, rich oranges, and topped with a hint of deep green and brown. It’s called, “Inspiration Saves Me,” and this kit is definitely going to inspire some amazing layouts!


Lastly, you’re going to “fall” for Sunshine Inspired Designs new collection “Falling for Love.” I just can’t say enough about how delightful this collection is. From the wonderful colors to the sweet elements and word arts, there’s a ton of stuff to work with and it’s 50% off through October 15! Who could ask for more!?!


Have a wonderful weekend everyone! We can’t wait to see what you create with these wonderful new releases at With Love Studio!!

Oktoberfest is here–SAVE & FREEBIE!!

October is here meaning many of  are celebrating the beginning of the autumn months full of cool crisp mornings. Perfect time for sitting outdoors and enjoying the fall colors while scrapping a page or two. This month we have a brand new collab full of the fun of October celebrating the world’s biggest and most known festival Oktoberfest. But if you don’t celebrate Oktoberfest or think you can use this kit, you would be wrong, this kit is very versatile and can be used for scrapping any fall layout you might have. Just check out the layouts our creative team have made for you as inspiration, and be sure to grab the kit will it’s on sale!!

and here is some inspiration from our CT’s using Oktoberfest

and as an exclusive gift to our blog readers we have this coordinating gift


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A Glimpse Into the Future

October is on the horizon and with it comes several things in my part of the world.  Autumn makes it’s way into our lives so the weather typically cools down a bit and if we’re lucky we’ll see some beautiful changing of the colors all around.  Festivals, carnivals, county fairs/state fairs, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides, bonfires, haunted houses, Halloween, and more give us plenty of memories made to scrap about.  For the rest of today’s post I’m going to give you a glimpse into the future by sharing some lovely layouts using upcoming new releases from our super talented Designer Team.

Last Ray of Summer by Designs by Romajo

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These are just a few to inspire you to come back Friday to see the new releases becuase our designers have even more amazing collections/kits coming your way on Friday.  Be sure to check back here tomorrow to get your first look at the spectacular October XOXO Collab!

See ya later!

Meg Scott Studios – Featured Designer

Did you see the special sale that Meg Scott Studio is having while she is the featured designer here at WLS?  No?  Her whole store is on sale through September 30th! Whether you are already a Meg Scott Studio fan or you are looking for a chance to try out designs of a “new to you” designer, this is the perfect opportunity to pick up some of Meg’s kits and save big!


If you haven’t checked out her Build Me a Fairytale Collection and all the coordinating addon packs you should today!  In the collection you get 4 mini-kits all together into one mega stash.


Here is a close look at the beautiful addon packs that coordinate with
Build Me a Fairy Tale!


Romajo had a chance to work with this collection and after seeing her layouts I know that I need to hurry up and pick up this collection.  It’s fun and beuaitful!  I like how Romajo used the main collection in the 2nd layout in quarters!  Too cute!


Have a wonderful week scrapping your life stories!

New Releases at With Love Studio!

You can tell Autumn has officially arrived! I love the gorgeous colors of fall and they are reflected in this week’s edition of New Releases at With Love Studio! Let’s take a look at all the beautiful new kits!

Designs by Romajo has a fantastic new series for autumn – #FabFall and this week she’s releasing Owly You and Rustic Fall! Both of these kits are gorgeous and I don’t think you’ll be able to choose your favorite, so I suggest just buying BOTH of them!!


Eudora Designs has another wonderful kit, Into the Fall, that is just filled with amazing colors and beautiful foliage that will really enhance and make ANY photos look beautiful!


Wink’s Art Graphics new kit, Scarecrow Harvest, is absolutely adorable! I’m just crazy about scarecrows and this kit is so bright and cheerful – it’s definitely a must have!!


Kandi Pixel Designs has bundled all her “Record Everyday” packs into one great value packed bundle! This is such a great kit for tons of layouts, planners, and other everyday projects!


Needing just the right delicate touch for a photo or layout? Pretty Ju Scrap has created a set of commercial use friendly lace borders and frames! These are simply gorgeous and so versatile!!


Lisa Rosa has also created a great commercial use product! This set of “Dainty Dots,” layered patterned templates that will help any scrapper or designer create fun papers with personality and pizzazz!!


Marker Mania is the awesome new set of templates, word arts and brushes from Christaly. I just love the exuberant joy of these templates, word arts and brushes! They would certainly add just the right touch of energy to your pages!!


Sunshine Inspired Designs has some wonderful deals for you this week!! First, if you buy the “I’m in Love” Kit you’ll receive the 4 quick page pack for FREE! This is just a great deal and too good to pass up!


Lastly, check out the 2 ways you can win a $5.00 coupon to Sunshine Inspired Designs store!!


Thanks for stopping by! I won’t keep you because I know you’re headed over to the shop to grab these amazing new releases from With Love Studio! I can’t wait to see your layouts in the gallery — and make sure to stop by the challenge forum too! Have a wonderful weekend!

So Long Summer Grab Bag #5

Hey, everyone!!! Have you all had a great week???

I want to announce this week’s “So Long, Summer!” grab bag. This is our next to last week for these great bags and if you’ve been buying every week then you have a BIG reward waiting at the end of the this event.

This is our fifth and last “So Long, Summer!” grab bag and this one is full of great goodies fromSunshine Inspired Designs., Grace Blossoms 4 You, Love It Scrap It Designs, Scrapping Lu, and Sugar Moon Designs.. and it’s on sale until next Tuesday for only$6 … for a STEAL!!!

Check out what you’ll find in this spectacular Grab Bag!