CT Inspiration | May Edition

My creative team (and special guest CTs) have been making some pretty spectacular layouts with my products this month and I'd love to share a few of them with you.

LO by Sabrina using Stitched Grids Vol. 3 and Community of Tomorrow Kit by Scotty Girl

I wonder if I'm too old to play with legos because I really want to make this candy dispenser that Sabrina's husband and son made. Is that weird?!? She really made her photos stand out in this layout by only using tone-on-tone papers in the template grid, a very smart approach. Materials used: Stitched Grids Vol. 3, Community of Tomorrow Kit.

LO by Guest CT Steph using Tropical Serenade Collection by Scotty Girl

The strong vertical axis of this layout makes it immediately striking, but I love how Steph softened the look by including various sized circles. Another special touch is the distressed stripes behind the photo – I'm not exactly sure how she achieved such a perfect rub-on look, but the effect is perfect for her beach photo. Materials used: Tropical Serenade Collection.

LO by Amie using Not a Zoo Collection by Scotty Girl

It can be difficult to include lots of photos on a single page, but Amie makes it look easy with her photo grid. And I think my favorite part is that she scanned in coins and ephemera she collected on her family's day at the zoo and included them on the layout (see the token on the right side of the layout?). Materials used: Not a Zoo Collection

LO by Guest CT Lauren using Stitched Grids Vol. 3 and Tropical Serenade Collection by Scotty Girl

The first thing I noticed on this fun and colorful layout was Lauren's perfect photo of a Dole Whip – it looks so yummy I just want to reach through my screen and grab it! But the story of this layout is the real treat and something I'm sure a lot of you can relate to. Materials used: Stitched Grids Vol. 3, Tropical Serenade Collection.

LO by Nadia using Tropical Serenade Collection by Scotty Girl Design

I have a hard time incorporating journal cards into my traditional scrapbook layouts, so I'm in awe of how Nadia worked in so many into this layout, and so seamlessly too. Materials used: Tropical Serenade Collection

LO by Rachel using Stitched Grids Vol. 2 & 3 by Scotty Girl and A Fair to Remember Kit by Scotty Girl and Laura Passage of Wishing Well Creations

Rachel created this double spread by combining and rotating different templates from different sets of my Stitched Grids templates. What a brilliant idea? And the smiles she captured in her photos are priceless. Materials used: Stitched Grids Vol. 1, Stitched Grids Vol. 3, A Fair to Remember Kit.

LO by Alice using Stitched Grids Vol. 3 and 2014 Summer Collection by Scotty Girl

It may still be a month til we've officially hit summer, but Alice's layout is making me yearn for warmer days. And she did a great job in choosing papers that matched perfectly with the dominant colors in her photos. Materials used: Stitched Grids Vol. 3, 2014 Summer Collection.

Want more scrapbook inspiration? Check out my Creative Team and Digital Scrapbooking Pinterest boards.

Posted on May 24, 2015 and filed under Scrapbooking.

Whoa, You Have a New Logo!

Things might look a tad different to you here on my blog as I decided once again to refresh the look of my branding. It's not a change I considered lightly – in fact, I've been mulling it over for several months and finally felt ready to take the leap.

Perhaps the biggest change, dropping "DESIGN" from my logo, seemed like a natural progression for me. It's pretty easy to discern from a few glances at my blog or my digital scrapbook products that I'm a designer, so I didn't feel the need to include that in my logo anymore. I also feel like it gives me a bit more freedom to choose what to write about on my blog here, allowing for more inspiring possibilities.

The other change which will likely be the most controversial is the change in my principal branding color from red to aqua. I've been using red in my logo and branding since 2010, but what most people don't realize is that I actually started out in 2009 with aqua. So I am, in fact, reverting back to my original color.

I also put together a timeline of my logo so you can see it's full evolution. While not as exciting perhaps as looking through the progression of Apple or Coca-Cola's logos, it's quite fun to see the visual changes I've made over the years.

Evolution of the Scotty Girl Design logo 2009 to the present

Pretty interesting right?!? Of course, all I can think is that my 2009 font choice was really boring. But that's ok. At least I wasn't using Comic Sans.

Posted on May 19, 2015 and filed under Daily Life.

The Evolution of my Project Life Scrapbook Style

I'm now into my 3rd year of creating Project Life albums and I'm amazed at how big an impact these albums have had on my scrapbooking process as a whole. When I started my first album in 2013, I had doubts on whether I would actually be able to keep up, even if I was only scrapbooking monthly and not weekly like many PL scrappers. Major props if you do weekly layouts!

Now that we're nearly half-way through 2015 – how did that happen??? – I thought it would be fun to show the evolution in my scrap style from the past three years of Project Life. It's also the first time I've had the chance to share layouts from this year's album :)

2013: Where It All Started

Although I first thought about attempting a PL album in 2012, I didn't actually take the plunge until 2013. I knew I wanted to print all my albums as a hardbound Blurb book (affiliate link), but the only square sizes they offered was either 7x7 (too small) or 12x12 (too big). So I opted for their 8x10 size which I had already used for my wedding album.

January 2013 Project Life Page | scottygirldesign.com

Then I started scrapbooking – month by month. I kept my layout very literal: using a square format with roughly the same ratio as the actual Project Life albums (sized down to fit my 8x10 book). However, because I used a square format, I had about an inch of white space on the top and bottom of every page.

February 2013 Project Life Page | scottygirldesign.com

Now, that's not necessarily a bad thing (I usually love a good use of blank space), but since my layouts were incredibly simple by the very nature of the grid design, I wondered if I could still achieve the same feeling but go full bleed on my pages. Which brings me to my 2014 album...

2014: The Year of Experimenting

Not only did I decide to ditch the extra white space of my 2013 album, but I also decided to play a bit more with the standard Project Life grid. Last year was the year that Becky Higgins added square grid designs to the Project Life pages. So when I saw the beautiful square layouts fill my Pinterest feed, I knew I wanted to include squares into my layouts as well.

June 2014 Project Life Page | scottygirldesign.com

The result was a very structured grid design where I could do squares, 3x4 and 4x6 rectangles and everything in-between. I enjoyed the freedom of getting to play with different shapes, but over the course of the year I found myself feeling like I might have overcomplicated things a little bit.

November 2014 Project Life Page | scottygirldesign.com

My approach to journaling also changed. Instead of my Month in Review cards in 2013 which feature short phrases for each photo or memory, I opted for a full column on the right that I could devote to journaling. Giving myself more room to explain the highlights of the month allowed me to share what we'd been up to, but with a bit more detail.

2015: Finding my Style Groove

That brings us to the current year and I think I've finally found the format I like and want to carry through for years to come (at least that's what I think for now). The interesting part is that I landed sort of in-between my styles for 2013 and 2014.

I kept the full-bleed design since it gave me the most room to work with, but I reverted back to a much simpler grid design. I've also decided to continue using my Month Highlights strip for journaling each month since it worked so well in 2014. The result is the perfect formula for my personal scrapbook style.

So what about you? Are you happy with your own scrapbook style or are you still working to find that style sweet spot? If you are, don't get discouraged – honing your own personal scrap style takes time. To be honest, half the fun is the process of discovering it because you get to create scrapbook pages all along the way.

And if you're looking for more inspiration, I'll be sharing more of my 2015 Project Life album soon and discussing how my Project Life scrap style has now spilled over into my everyday layouts. Stay tuned!

Posted on May 11, 2015 and filed under Project Life.

SHCo 2015 iNSD Blog Hop

Hooray! Today is officially International Scrapbook Day and that means one more blog train, this time from the girls and I at SHCo.

My freebie below is a cute new illustration set (formats included: .AI, .EPS, .PNG, layered .PSD & .TIF), perfect for your spring and summer kits. To download it, simply click on the image and the download should start automatically.

Special iNSD Commercial Use Grab Bag

With the popularity of the grab bags at my personal use store, I thought why not offer something similar for those of you looking to score some great deals on CU products. So I've got a new $5.00 CU Grab Bag for any 5 single products in my store!

The grab bag is for single products ONLY, multi-product bundles are excluded. Also, please note that due to the extremely low price, you may not use coupons or points to purchase the grab bag. Thank you for understanding!

SHCo Storewide Sale

If you're looking for to stock up on CU products, but aren't quite sure you want to commit to purchasing 5 items in the grab bag, I totally understand. Luckily, the entire SHCo shop is 60% off so you can try a single product of mine out without breaking the bank. 

And I've got two brand new patterns sets (and bundle) for you to try out:

I hope everyone has a fun and relaxing (as much as it can be) iNSD weekend! And in case you're looking for my DigiScrap parade freebie or any of the specials for my personal use store, you can find ALL the information in my previous blog post.

Posted on May 1, 2015 and filed under Commerical Use.

Happy International Scrapbook Day 2015

I know many of you are probably busy reading through countless blogposts this weekend, so in an effort to keep things as easy as possible, I've got some quick links for you. Just click on the numbers below to immediately jump to what you want to see:

DigiScrap Parade Mini Kit Freebie

I loved the theme this time around and it finally gave me a chance to make a multicolored veggie paper that goes with my Recipe Maven Collection patterns. I'm a happy girl!

Here's my contribution (click the image below to start the download):

If you're following the Parade route from start to finish, you should have arrived here from Paula Kesselring Designs and your next stop will be Alexis Design Studio (Blog OR Facebook). If you get lost along the way, just head back to the DigiScrap Parade site to view the master list and get back on track.

Create Your Own Grab Bags

It only happens twice a year, but both of my popular grab bags are back! Get 4 Kits for $12 OR 6 Journal Card Sets for $10.

Click here to see the full list of kits that are eligible for the Kits Grab Bag.

Click here to see the full list of kits that are eligible for the Journal Card Grab Bag.

Offer is good from Friday, May 1st through Sunday, May 3. And due to the extremely low price, these products are not eligible for any further iNSD discounts.

New Release: Tropical Serenade

When I saw this month's Special Edition colors, I knew I just had to make a tropical kit. And since my mind has been on the tiki party inspired by Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room I'll be having later this summer, I guess you could say I just had to make it a tiki kit.

The Digital Press iNSD Sales & Events

Besides my iNSD grab bags & new Special Edition products, the entire store is 40% off this weekend. Also, we have over 15 challenges over at the TDP forum with participation prizes by nearly all of the TDP designers (myself included), plus a few extra special sponsors. So if you want to earn some extra swag for scrapbooking this weekend (who wouldn't?!?), it's totally worth checking out!

Scrapaneers iNSD Sale + Class Sneak Peek

I often get inquiries about basic digital scrapbooking tips and the best advice I have for learning the digital scrapbooking basics quickly is to take a class from someone who knows what they're talking about.

Tiffany Tillman, owner of Scrapaneers, KNOWS what she's talking about when it comes to digital scrapbooking and in honor of iNSD, she's kicking off a brand new Digital Scrapbooking for Beginners Class and guess what, class enrollment is 100% FREE! Scrapaneers is also having a 30% off sale on all self paced classes, so if you've been thinking about taking one of them, now's a great time to secure your virtual classroom seat :)

Disney Class Sneak Peek

Mad for the Mouse: 5 Days to  Completed Disney Vacation Album

In case you were wondering when I was going to be teaching my next class at Scrapaneers, you won't have to wait much longer! My newest class, Mad for the Mouse: 5 Days to a Completed Disney Vacation Album, will be debuting in July (registration opens June 1st). If you'd like to be reminded when the class is open for registration, make sure to subscribe to my newsletter so you don't miss out on it!

Also, I've gotten several inquiries on if and when I'll be teaching my Pro-Patterns: Learn to Build Scrapbook Patterns Like a Boss class again. The answer is YES! I'll be teaching the class again in the Fall. Stay tuned later this summer for the open enrollment date :)

Ok, I think that's it for today! But make sure to come back to the blog tomorrow for the SHCo Blog Train and some great deals on my CU store!

Posted on April 30, 2015 and filed under Scrapbooking.