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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 

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 ‘Blessed’ by Sugar Moon 

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‘Our Family, Our Home’ by Chunlin Designs

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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!

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Sneak Peeks

This week we have a number of new releases coming to our shop. Here are some of the peeks at those and also some of the CT layouts created with those new products this week.

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iNSD Blog Hop Starts HERE!!

To celebrate {inter}National Scrapbooking Day here at With Love Studio we are hosting a Facebook/Blog HOP. Below you will find a list of designers participating in our HOP and will have the links you need to go collect all your goodies. This year’s HOP is inspired by WOMEN! Our designers have come up with individual unique mini kits and freebies in tribute to all the awesome women in our world. You will LOVE this mega collection that all coordinate together so you can mix and match the parts you love to create numerous layouts! Before we give you the first part of this amazing HOP let me give you the exciting news of what all will be on sale this weekend for iNSD!! Are you ready for it??? It’s absolutely our best sale of the year so far and I know you are sure to love it!

Store-Wide we have a 50% off sale!!! {Told you it was BIG}
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In addition to this sale a few of our designers have even more for you!! So be sure to check their personal Blogs and Facebook pages for even more savings and freebies throughout the weekend!




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and we have also extended the amount of time to get our May XOXO Collab for 50% off as well
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NOW to get this HOP started off right we are giving you the Glitter Pack created by Starry Eyed Designs {click image to download}
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To continue your HOP please stop next at:
Sugar Moon Designs Blog
Have fun and if you get lost just remember this list is here for you anytime!!

With Love Studio Blog
Sugar Moon Designs Blog
Callaluna Creations Blog
Chunlin Designs Blog
FranB Designs Blog
Lisa Rosa Blog
MagsGraphics Blog
Starry Eyed Designs Blog
AliSarah Facebook
DigiDeborah Facebook
Kelsey {Inspired} Studios Facebook
Midnight Owl Designs Facebook
Callaluna Creations Facebook
Chunlin Designs Facebook
Lisa Rosa Facebook
MagsGraphics Facebook
KapiScrap Blog
AliSarah Blog
Anita W. Designs Blog

New Releases and a Blog Hop!!!

Happy Friday!  We have a TON of stuff to share this week, so lets just dive on in!!

First up: Our new goodies for the week!  Our designers have been super busy creating absolutely lovely collections to help you scrap your memories!

Anita W Bundled Up Fran B That's Amore
Lisa Rosa Winter Fun  MagsGraphics Choose Joy
Made By Me Inspirations Watercolor Adventures   Polka Dot Chicks My Favorite Pet

And now…{Drum roll, please!} It’s time for our blog hop!!!

Be Kind and Be Brave was inspired by January.

Huh?

What does January have to do with being kind or brave?  Well, in January the brave make their New Years Resolutions…and the REALLY brave share them publicly with others!  Some of the brave, resolve to be kind.  And there are lots of January holidays that have to do with being either kind or brave:

Jan 1 1892 – Ellis Island Opened (Immigrants coming to U.S.)
Jan. 11 – Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Pacific Ocean 1935
Jan 18 – Beginning of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial (explorers)
Jan 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan 21 – First flight of the Supersonic Concorde 1976
Jan 25 – First Winter Olympics Held 1924
Jan 26 – Australia Day
Jan 27 – National Geographic Society Founded 1888
Jan 31 – Jackie Robinson’s B-Day – first African-American Professional Baseball Player

So, with that a theme was born!

Here is the first download:

Missy's Bits Designs Be Kind and Be Brave

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Here is the list of participants: 

Missy Bits (With Love Studio)

Sugar Moon Designs

AliSarah

Anita Wells Designs

Chunlin Designs

FranB Designs

Hat of Bunny Designs

KapiScrap & Art

Lisa Rosa Designs

Made By Me Inspirations

MagsGraphics

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Polka Dot Chicks

Shelly Marie

Starry Eyed Designs

We hope you enjoy our blog hop and that you do something kind or brave (or both) today!

January 10th Sneak Peeks!

Hello! Happy Wednesday! My kids are finally back in school from Holiday vacation! They got two extra days and a 2 hour delay due to the freezing temps we have had! Luckily the temperature is supposed to steadily increase over the next few days and Mom is ready for a little bit of quiet!

Fran B. has this kit being released Friday and it reminds me of warmer days!

 

Sugar Moon Designs is releasing this kit on Friday

 

And Lisa Rosa has this kit coming out

 

Romajo made this great kit with Fran B. Designs kit

Kelin made this layout with a kit being Released by Anita Wells Designs

Shanna made this layout with Lisa Rosa’s Kit!

 

Countdown To Christmas Deal – and last minute Santa Wreath

Today I’ve got a fun, last minute craft for you – brought to you by my crafting cat, Cooper. He’s a helper cat, he really is – there is no chore that I do that he isn’t underfoot or trying to hop into the dishwasher or dryer. He’s a “helper,” so I let him help me make some wreaths – and we wanted to share our fun project with you. I do apologize for the poor photos. I had to use our sad back up camera, my husband had the good one, and as you’ll see, this poor little camera leaves a lot to be desired!

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All you’ll need for this craft is a Santa Hat, a  10″ foam ring,  string or twine, a roll of white tule, and a hot glue gun (of course!)  If you have a better space to work than a crowded dining room table, still covered in autumn decorations, you’re lucky – Cooper and I just work with what we have! :)

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First thing you do is survey your supplies and make sure you’ve got everything available.

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Cooper is confident that we are ready to begin making something awesome!

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Take your roll of tulle and wrap a layer of tulle around the foam ring – just to cover the foam – it doesn’t have to be a lot of tulle. Then hot glue the end down.

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Next cut all the rest of the tulle into strips – I just eyed mine, but they were about 10″ – 12″ long.  Pull the Santa Hat onto your foam ring until it covers the top, make a mental note or use a pencil to mark where the hat sets on the ring. Now take the hat off the ring for now.  Next, take your tulle strips and just start tying them in simple double knots all around the bottom half of the foam ring like a beard.

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You can use as much or as little tulle to create the beard as you like. Cooper likes to use a lot so the beard is nice and puffy!

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Next tie a string to the top of the foam wreath so you have something to hang the wreath from.  I just eyed this too, but my string was probably 12″ or so long. I then cut a small hole in the back of the hat, just a little slit only big enough to slide the string loop through. Then I pulled the hat on the foam ring and tacked it down with hot glue.

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(This is Cooper telling me I’m doing it all wrong.)

After you’ve attached the Santa hat you’re finished! All you need to do is arrange and fluff the tulle beard until it looks puffy and full!  Again, I apologize for the poor quality photos, but I hope you get the general idea – it’s super simple to make and fun project for cats and kids too!

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And hey – before you go – here’s today’s Christmas Countdown Code!

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Today’s Christmas Countdown Deal is USE CODE: CandyCaneLane 35% off $6 or more — anything in the Shop!

My Dirty Little Secret…and the Countdown Coupon

You may not know that I started a diet this year…on Valentines day.  I’m not a masochist, promise!  It was my gift to myself.

At 184lbs I weighed almost as much as I did when I gave birth to my daughter.  I had initially lost the baby weight, but when Sugar Moon and I bought With Love Studio, I spend a lot of hours planted in front of the computer and let myself gain a lot of weight.  So, it was time to take control and focus on getting my act together.

With our schedule,  I didn’t work out. I though there was no way I’d have time for that.  What I did was cut all processed foods, white carbs and sweets.  For fast food, I limited myself to Wendy’s chili and salads.  Over the course of several months by just changing my eating habits, I dropped 30 lbs.

The problem with this is I LOVE to bake.  My husband does the majority of the cooking in our house, but when it comes to baking its all me.  I make the deserts for most family functions- in fact on top of the Christmas baking today, I will be making cupcakes for my sister’s birthday dinner this evening. So, I had to change how I bake if I wanted to keep enjoying the fruits of my labor.

So, what’s my secret?

Bob's Red Mill Flax Meal Bob’s Red Mill Flax Meal is a great substitute for eggs in baking!  You add 1 tablespoon of flax meal to 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit for a few minutes.  It becomes almost the consistency of egg whites. I do it before I start combining the rest of my ingredients and they are usually ready by the time I get to the eggs.

Why on earth would I do something like that to my chocolate chip cookies?!  It’s almost sacrilegious to mess with the cookies!  

There are a few reasons:

1 tablespoon of flax meal adds 4 grams of fiber to my recipe.  4 grams spread over a couple dozen cookies isnt a lot, but it’s more than that 1 egg gives you. Fiber helps you feel full and helps your body process what you eat.  I find that I am less tempted to binge on sweets when I add flax to the recipe.

Flax meal contains 3 grams of protein compared to the 6 grams in one egg.  Yes, you are trading protein for fiber.  Add some nuts to your cookies or brownies if there are no allergies and you get the protein back, plus even more fiber!

Flax meal contains no cholesterol or sodium. I love eggs! But if someone in your home needs to watch those things, like I did when I started this journey, it’s a no brainer to try to limit it in ways that are easy and don’t affect flavor.

My family can’t taste the difference!

I do have some rules for when I use it:

  • only when the recipe calls for more than one egg
  • only when it won’t detract from the look of what I am making (sugar cookies or white bread are a no go, but oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies are probably going to have at least 1 tbs of flax).

Easy Peasy, right?  And healthy.  So, don’t tell my kids that my cookies might be a little bit better for them than the typical cookie and try it yourself!

And now, what you are really here for:  The coupon!
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Todays code is: Egg_Nog13 50% off any collab!  

So, what collabs do you not have in your collection yet?

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Summer Preserves   Harvest Festival

Grandma's Cookbook   Mostly Sweet

December Not Daily- the Countdown Continues

Happy Tuesday! Are you documenting your Christmas adventures any special way?

My attempt at December Daily (a picture each day in December) was over on about December 2nd! But, I have been creating journal cards and printing as I get a chance. I did this cute card and pic of my sister on Black Friday.  Isn’t Steph a cute appliances manager?

(I only ventured out to Home Depot for the $1 poinsettias to put out at the office- otherwise I stayed far away from the mayhem!)

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If you like the card and would like a text-free version, be sure to play along with the Santa’s Stocking Journal Card Challenge. You’ll get this card, plus all the other cards that have been created and emailed to me!  And you really can’t beat getting 9 kits for $6 (or even less if you use today’s coupon code!).

Today’s countdown to Christmas continues with another great deal!

Countdown to Christmas

 

Use coupon code: HappyChristmas 30% off $5 or more!  

Here are a couple of other holiday sets you can use to document your adventures:

Country Christmas Journal Cards by MagsGraphics   Once Upon a Christmas Brag Book pages by KapiScrap & Art

Ho Ho Holiday Cards by FranB Designs    That Christmas Story Journal Cards by MagsGraphics

 

We’d love to see YOUR December documenting!  Post your images in the gallery or link us up in the comments!

 

Counting Down Day 3

Happy Monday!  Not only do we have just 8 more days until Christmas Eve, today is also National Chocolate Covered Anything Day!  

That’s my kind of holiday!  I’ll celebrate by sticking to my diet and having just one buckeye.  Or maybe two.

Today’s countdown to Christmas continues with another great deal!

Countdown to Christmas

 

Use coupon code: Joy2Save to save $5 off $20 or more!  

I hunted around the shop and found a couple of chocolaty kits for you:

Winter Nights by FranB Designs   Chocolate Valentine by Missy's Bits Designs

And of course some Christmas goodness:

Old Christmas Day by MarieH Designs  Eclectic Vintage Christmas Add On by Made By Me Inspirations

Christmas Countdown Day 2

EEEEK!  9 days until Christmas Eve!  Are you doing anything fun today?

Today, we are setting Christmas aside and celebrating our baby girl’s 3rd birthday.  Miss B wanted a Minnie Mouse party and she must have a party hat and a balloon she says.  That, I can handle!

As promised, we have a new deal for you today!  Whatever today’s adventures may bring we’re sure to have a kit to scrap it!

Countdown to Christmas

 

Today’s countdown deal is 25% off any purchase with coupon code: HoHoHo25.

Here are a few fun Christmas goodies to inspire you:

Once Upon a Christmas by KapiScrap & Art   Holidays at Home by Midnight Owl Designs

Holy Night by Missy's Bits Designs   Joyful Christmas by Lisa Rosa Designs

 

And, in for Miss B’s Minnie themed birthday party today- here are a couple of kits honoring the most Magical Place on Earth!

My Favorite Mermaid   Fairytale Bundle by FranB Designs