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Scrapbook Sketches, how they can help your layouts…

Have you ever just sat in front of your computer screen and starred at the photos you want on a layout, but have no clue how to place them on the page to make it all fit or look right? Well that is a something I struggle with every time I go to scrap lately. I seem to take too many photos and want to place a majority of them on the layout to preserve the memory, but I never like how my layouts turn out unless I have something to go by first. If that is something you struggle with I’m going to give you a little tip on how you can help make your layout something spectacular….that tip is Sketches…..I love looking through layouts for ideas, but lets be honest, unless you are scrapping with the same kit or elements many times your layouts look nothing like what you’ve scraplifted. Yes you get the gist of the layout with the shapes, flow, etc, but you still aren’t happy with what you’ve lifted. That is why I like browsing through sketches online and finding something I like and just scraplifting the sketch and tweaking it to make it my own. My favorite place to view sketches is on Pinterest. If you just search for “Scrapbook Sketches” you will be brought up with a ton of pins for them {see here}. What is nice about Pinterest though is you can even search for specific sketches for example: “5 photos Scrapbook Sketch” {see here}.  Most times even these more specific searches turn up what you are looking for or at least quiet a few to choose from. I just love how you can look at a sketch and kinda form your own template on your own and then start plotting on your photos, papers, and elements and quickly you are done. Here is a layout I did today using a sketch I found on Pinterest as inspiration:

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and here is the sketch I used as my inspiration I found on Pinterest pinned from “Page Maps”:

As you can see I took the overall idea of the page and just kinda lifted it,but made it my own by changing my size proportions to fit the pics I was using.

And here is another I did today using a sketch as my inspiration, but changing it:

Carnival Fun at the Rodeo 2014

 

and my sketch I found using Yahoo Image Search

So next time you are stuck and have no mojo to complete a layout, just browse the web for some sketches and let your mind take over and do the rest. And don’t worry if you don’t copy it exactly, you don’t want to do that  because you’ll end up with a really one of a kind layout.

 

 

New Releases

So ready for the weekend and ready to stock up on some new scrap supplies…Just check out our New Releases this week and remember to check back next weekend for our Pirate Day fun!!

Mark your calendars!

New Releases!

Featured Designer: Lisa Rosa Designs

In the With Love Studio spotlight this month is Lisa Rosa Designs!  Her designs are fresh and fun often with bright color schemes that bring a spontaneous joy to layouts.  Let’s get to know Lisa a bit better and find out what she has in store for WLS fans this month.

1. Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from, where do you live, do you have another career? Any other exciting info or dark secrets you’d like to share?

I’m Lisa Rosa, a 36 – almost 37 – year old brazilian girl. I’m married and the proud mother of the two sweetest ladies, ages 19 and 15. I live in Vila Velha, Espírito Santo, Brazil. Besides digital scrapbooking design, I also work with web design, mainly with dynamic pages programming. I’m afraid of caterpillars and clowns… and crazy about cats!!! I’m the crazy cat lady!!!

2. What is your background in designing? How did you start?

About nine years ago, I went to visit a girl friend who was sick at home. She was on her computer creating a very cute tag. I was fascinated by this and she introduced me to a group of tag classes. I learned a lot in these tag class groups and soon after started digital scrapbooking. I always thought of designing my own kits, but could never find the time to learn about it. Then, in November 2012, my husband and I found out he had cancer (he had a surgery in December 2012 and is fine now!) I left my job to take care of him, and started working at home as an independent programmer. Between one code and another, when I felt I was going crazy and my brain was about to fail, I found time to study about the process of creating a scrapbook kit. Once I created my first one, I couldn’t stop…I had found my passion.

3. What is your newest (or featured) kit – tell us about it:

I was about to go on vacation with hubby and I knew I would have thousands of memories to scrap later. I had the feeling that they would be really really happy memories so I would need a really bright and happy kit to scrap them and make them last forever. And that was my inspiration for my latest kit All Packed.

All Packed is the perfect kit to scrap those photos from your road trip, flight, or cruise. It has happy hues of red, orange, yellow, green and blue. The element pack is filled with everything you need, lots of flowers, frames and ribbons as well as many travel themed pieces. To match the kit I’ve also created: an alpha pack including caps, lower case and some symbols, a borders pack including 5 gorgeous and ready to use borders, and a word art pack including 15 fun travel word art.

4. What is your favorite thing to do besides scrapbooking or designing?

When I’m not designing, I like to sew, read, and watch movies and shows.

5. Tell us what your perfect birthday would be like!

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would have all my family and a couple of close friends gathered for lunch – probably a barbecue at home. Then, in the afternoon, after friends and relatives left, I would have hubby cleanning everything while I sit on the couch with my daughters and a cup of coffee to have some cake, cuddle with them and watch a movie.

6. Got any hints for us on what we’ll see from you in the future?

Well, fall is my favorite season and also the one which inspires me most.

7. How much will your store be on sale for during your featured month?

My entire store is 40% off… but you can save a lot more using these coupons:
- Take $3 out of your $10 purchase using code fd_3off10
- Take $5 out of your $15 purchase using code fd_5off15
- Take $7 out of your $20 purchase using code fd_7off20

****You can use these coupons as many times as you need as well as share them with your friends.****

Thanks Lisa!  Crazy Cat Lady – - -  a person after my own heart.  Can any of you guess how many cats Lisa has?  I don’t know that answer but maybe Lisa will let us know later.

Here’s an up close look at Lisa’s featured kit: All Packed along with some beautiful layouts with the kit so you can see it in action.

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I love that cloud paper and I think my favorite use of it is in that bottom left layout.  You see the paper as an accent with cut outs of another fun paper coming through the bottom of the top two paper layers.  I had forgotten that trick in using some of those amazing patterned papers that you don’t want overwhelming your layout.

In case you missed the codes at the end of the interview with Lisa here they are again.  Save this graphic so you can use the cades all month long!  It’s a fabulous way to help you fill your scrapping stash with Lisa’s lovely designs.  I’ve linked the ad up to her full store so you can just click on it here and go shopping!

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Lisa loves her fans and has made a couple of fabulously fun freebies to share with you.  One will be shared here and the other will be in the With Love Studio Newsletter.  I don’t know what day it’ll be in the newsletter but if you are already signed up you’re good to go.  If you aren’t signed up, I would follow the link here on the blog and get signed up.  There are always goodies being shared in the newsletters!

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DOWNLOAD HERE

Have a great week!
~Susan~

Bookworm {September XOXO Collab}

The month coming in on a holiday threw me totally off in my turn to blog!  I couldn’t miss out on showing off this month’s XOXO Collab by the WLS Designers – Bookworm!  It’s an adorable kit for scrapping all about our passion of reading.

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This collab includes 35 beautiful and vibrant papers, 55 awesome elements, a set of glitters, and a full alpha.  Everything you need to preserve some well loved memories of reading, learning, and imagination.

You can also use this kit to participate in this month’s Lovely Collab Challenge!  Post your layout with this kit and earn points toward a $5 gift certificate!  Marilyn and Tammy have already posted their layouts and I can’t wait to see yours there too!

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by Marilyn

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Check back by tomorrow to meet our Featured Designer for September!

~Susan~

New Releases and more…

This week we have a couple of great releases. Check out our Featured Designer’s, Lisa Rosa Designs, new exclusive kit and pick it up on sale this month 40% off. 

New Releases!



and don’t miss our Gifts with Purchase this week:

If you are interested in helping write Blogs here and earn FREE products please apply to our Blog Call:

Sneak Peek for the Week

This Friday our September Featured Designer, Lisa Rosa Designs, will release her new featured kit and WOW is this a great kit. You will love all the travel themed elements in this one perfect for your summer vacation photos.

in addition to her kit FranB. Designs has repackaged up her “Happy” kit and just check out these amazing layouts using it from our CT:

 

Lovely Layout of the Week (August Week #5)

Welcome to the last Lovely Layout of the Week for August. Since our week was mostly from August we are just adding another week to our August Lovely Layouts and will have our monthly vote next week. Don’t forget to vote, but before we do let’s see who the winner from last week was.

Congrats Rumkimom with this fun layout

and now be sure to vote below for your favorite this week!

online poll by Opinion Stage

Back to School SAVINGS!!

Have the kids already started back to school? This week my oldest started 4th grade and is finishing up her first week of school today! It’s been nice having her return and only having one child at home during the day, but I’ve found myself bored and wanting to find my routine. Well to cure my bored-ness I have been finishing up my yearly scrapbooks for the daughter since she just had her birthday. Anyway, enough of my rambling what I’m getting at is now that school started I now have more time for my hobby, Scrapbooking! Like many of you we’ve spent the past 2 months getting those school clothes and school supplies and now it’s time for us to enjoy our free time, but first we need to stock up on our “Back to School Scrapbook Supplies” and With Love Studio has you covered. SAVE this week by taking 40% off everything in our shop! That’s right a 40% off STOREWIDE SALE!!!

and to top it all off we even have some great new releases this week along with our Collab and Lovely Colors coming on Monday, SO… SAVE! SAVE! SAVE!

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Don’t forget you can earn Gifts with Purchase each week with your $5 or $10 purchases!

 

CT Spotlight on Tammy!

Hey, With Love Studio Blog readers! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day or evening. I’m Tammy and am honored to be part of the Creative Team at With Love Studio!! The designers and forum users at With Love Studio are friendly and fun and the designers keep cranking out good stuff! I would love to have you come and participate in the challenges. 

I’m a stay at home lady. I’ve been married 33 years to my best friend ever! We have seven sons. Yep. You read that right 7. And yes, they’re all boys…and guess what? We’re also Grampa and Gramma to three grand… (wait for it) SONS! I love my boys, though. They’re awesome! Three of them are married and living on their own. The other four are still home with my man and I. We’re homeschoolers and we’ve graduated six of them. The last one starts his Junior year in a month or so. I love hiking, reading, photography and Digital Scrapbooking!! 

I got my digi start back in December of 2008, joining in with a class from a lady named Shimelle, called Journal Your Christmas (which is still happening every year). Once I got started, I was hooked. I’d never been interested in the paper form. It seemed like way too much work and way too much mess. Since that time I’ve made too many layouts to count. Some of them have made it in to books printed at home and some in to books printed by companies.

I’m a font-a-holic and a template addict! I LOVE templates. They’re so versatile and can be tailored to fit whatever mood I’m in. I can rotate them, delete whatever I don’t want on them, combine them, etc. I created this layout using a free challenge template from Sugar Moon Designs and a kit from Mags Graphics – Beach Fun. I normally pick my photos first and then go searching for a template with the same number of photo places. I like my photos to be the main point, so tend to keep my elements to a minimum and my photos larger. Although, sometimes it’s fun to add a bunch of elements. 



Thanks for letting me ramble and come on over to the forum at With Love Studio and hang out and get your scrap on! 

Sneak Peeks and Lovely Layouts

Hi there, today we have a few new release sneak peeks to show you and our new week of Lovely Layouts to vote on. But first, lets congratulate last week’s Lovely Layout Winner, liljatr, with this beautiful layout

and here are our Sneak Peeks this week:

and don’t forget to vote on our new Lovely Layout nominees this week:

online poll by Opinion Stage