Thursday, August 25, 2011

Inspiration Organization

Where do you have your inspiration organized? I love to look at the beautiful layouts in galleries and on blogs, but finding those layouts later can be a challenge. I have two ways for you today.

Evernote: I created a notebook titled layout inspiration, every time I find a layout I love, I can highlight the image and add it to my notebook. I can also add nots about what I loved and why the layout is inspirational to me. If you use the web clipper to add the page to Evernote, it will automatically add the URL to the note, making it easy to refer back to the original for credits.

Pinterest: I created a board titled Scrapping Style. When I find a layout I want to add to Pinterest, I use the bookmarklet button to "Pin It". When the pop up window comes up to describe th pin, I like to add what I love about the layout. One note about pinning, make sure you are at the source of the image, the link in Pinterest will take you to whatever page you were on when you clicked "pin it". This is important if you later want to reference the layout, if you ar linked to the gallery, no problem, but if you've linked to the image directly, it might be hard to find the credits. You can follow my boards here.

I love both these methods for different reasons, I like to scrap when I don't have access to the Internet and Evernote let's me have access to my file even when I'm offline. Pinterest is Fun and pretty to look at, and the visual organization is awesome. I also love that I can find more inspiration while I'm on Pinterest and add to my boards.

I have tried to keep a file on my hard drive, but keeping the credits straight was too much of a challenge for me. I also tried marking my favorites in the galleries directly, but I tend to jump around in different galleries and could never find the layouts again.

How do you organize your inspiration? Do you need a Pinterest invite? Email me directly and I'll send you one- pinklimecreations (at) gmail (dot) com.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Free Quickpage!

Hi! It's Olivia! I've made a cute little QP for you today. :)

I used She's All That Kit, She's All That Artistic Smears, and She's All That Worn Papers available at Gotta Pixel:

And here is your quickpage:

Download Here: 4Shared

It is based on my layout, Florida in Bloom:

I hope you enjoy it!
Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Throwback Thursday and a Freebie for you

When I first was introduced to A+ Designs, I absolutely fell in love with Bloom's Symphony. I love the versatility of the kit- the reds, pinks and purple work great for girly pages, while the greens, tans and browns give me papers to use on pages for my boy. The eclectic mix of elements drew me in too, I love the topiaries and the bird houses! 

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Ad here is some inspiration for you!

Last thing, I promised you a freebie-so here is a stacked paper created using Sweet American Pie.
Click Image to download

Until next time- Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Layout of the Week

I'm back again this week to choose a layout in Mel's gallery that really stands out, but they all do so it was really hard. I think Mel did an amazing job with this month's Gotta Grab It kit. I love the colors and it was great to see so many layouts catch my eye with the red and green.
Here's a preview of the kit pieces. Right now is a great time to buy them since they are only $1 each

I chose CindyB's layout because of it's beautiful clustering. I also like how she cropped the picture of her mom and framed it separately, bringing the focus to it. Picture is linked to the gallery so be sure to leave her some love.

Our very own Hybridgal created an amazing page as well with this kit. The clustering is beautiful and I love the stacked papers. The font she chose for the title matches perfectly with the pictures.

Have a great rest of the week!
--Amy Jo

Saturday, August 13, 2011

New Release and Freebie

It's time for Gotta Pixel's GGI again. As usual, Mel did a wonder with the given color palette

"Sweet American Pie"

This is what it looks like as a whole.

Want to see the kit in action? Check out the following CT's creative layouts!









By Me


To celebrate the release of the new kit, I've tweaked one of my layouts a bit and made it into a quickpage freebie. Click on the image preview below to download.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August 10th ~ Layout of the Week

Hi! It's Olivia! :) I'm here on this wonderful Wednesday to show you two gorgeous layouts made with kits by Mel. :)

This first layout I have is "Dandelion Wonder" by lwentkie.
I love the darker colors in the layout. The flower cluster on the top of the frame is so pretty. I also love the paper strips behind the picture. :) Wonderful layout, lwentkie!

lwentkie used Whispers in her layout. You can buy this kit in Mel's Gotta Pixel store.

My second layout I chose is "Seattle" by seniorgal.
This layout popped out in the gallery with the bright orange paper. Then I saw her clustering ... iLove! She's also rockin' the huge photo! :) Beautiful layout, seniorgal!

seniorgal used Got a Feeling, which is available in Mel's Gotta Pixel and Scrapbook-Bytes stores.

Don't forget to leave some love on these ladies' layouts... since they're so AWESOME!

Hugs and Happy Scrapping!
♥ Olivia ♥

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Turn around and they're four, soon they walk out the door...

Welcome to Tuesday's Challenges here on Mel's blog. I'm M'Lee, one of A+ Designs' newest team members and this is my first blog post and challenge. I am especially excited to be doing this today because it is my oldest son's birthday. I won't tell you how old he is because then you would have an inkling of how incredibly ancient I AM - LOL! It does seem as though just yesterday he was born, taking his first steps, that I heard his first laugh and now he is such a wonderful, very grown young man.

I have created a page that includes various photos of my son throughout the years and a piece of word art using Mel's newest kits, Escape. For this week's challenge I ask that you create a page incorporating the word art somehow. If the wording doesn't exactly fit your needs simply take your brush and lightly erase portions of it and use it as a background. As long as I can still tell that you used it. I know the lyrics may not be everyone's cup of tea.

Here is my page for a bit of inspiration:

You can find Mel's fabulous kits this week as part of the Grab A Byte event at Scrapbook Bytes.

HERE is the download for the word art:

You have until next Tuesday a.m. 9:00 EDT to complete the challenge. You can upload to any gallery that you choose but we would REALLY love it if you would upload to one of Mel's at Scrapbook Bytes or Gotta Pixel. Wherever you upload, you must be sure to post a link to your page back here in the comment section to be eligible for the prize. I can't wait to see what you create! ENJOY!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Great Deals in Digi

Today I wanted to highlight some of the great deals in digital supplies from A+ Designs.

As you know, A+ Designs are available at both Scrapbook Bytes and Gotta Pixel. Each store has some great deals for you to snag-

First up is the Summer Digital Kit Bundle:

Here you can receive 12 full kits for 65% off retail price. For $17.50 you will recieve:
  • Princess Rock
  • Busy Bee
  • The Beautiful Life
  • Just Breath
  • Simply the Best
  • Essence (and the add-on)
  • So in Love
  • She's all That 
  • The Last Song
  • Awakening
  • Flamboyant
  • If Only 
For the price this is a great deal- you pay less than $1.50 per kit. Unfortunately this deal doesn't include any templates or smears, but if you'd like to pick some of those up here are some deals for you too.

Templistic: Last Song is on sale at Gotta Pixel for $1.75 (56% off)

Most of the other items in both stores are at least 30% off- head over and check out the great deals. What a great time to add to your stash!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Layout of the Week

Amy Jo here to bring you the Layout of the Week. There are some AMAZING layouts in the galleries this week. It made it hard to choose. 
The layout uses the new collab kit Forever Young.

The clustering in this layout is absolutely beautiful. Be sure to leave some love.
Keep up the great work!