Friday, January 23, 2009

Digital Point of View with Valerigail 1/23/09

Hey ladies, Christy here to announce the winner of the $10 gift card to Miss Mint's store. YEAH!!!

And the winner is. . .

jlady11 (Jessica) -- please e-mail me, Christy, at AquaRubyMom [at] gmail [dot] com.

Hi everyone!

Today, instead of taking you all over the net to different digital places and happenings, I'm going to Challenge you to just one challenge.

Today, at Peppermint Creative's Forum, I came across a thread titled "Unofficial Challenge: Do it different", and was quite intrigued by it. So much that I wanted to spread the challenge, bring it here to all of you!

(I tried to get this clearer, but well... I'm apparently not all that good at screen shots! LOL)

It seems that we all have some "preferences" to our scrapping. For example, I really like scrapping to the right. When I start a layout, I always bring in my pictures and layer them out on the right side of the page, and usually up in the right corner. I also tend to start out with at least three different pictures. Then either add or subtract as I scrap the page, and strangely I also tend to move the pictures to the center. I don't think I've ever scrapped a picture on the left hand side of my page. Seriously. But I LOVE the ones I see that are scrapped with the pictures to the left. I also love to use the same colors over and over. Reds, pinks, blues, bright bright colors.... and hardly use neutrals or monotone. When I do use neutrals, It tends to be a very simple layout. Which just makes me wonder what I'm thinking when I do this? LOL I've only done one white space layout, and that was a HUGE step out of my comfort zone to do. And interestingly enough, it is one of my favorite layouts of all time. Makes me stop and think... Maybe I should step out of my comfort zones more often.

So this Challenge is to step out of your scrapping preference, and scrap your page differently. If you tend to place your pictures to the right, go to the left. If you tend to stick to corners, try the center of the page! Try out new color schemes you would never have chosen before. Add more pictures if you tend to scrap singles, or do a single picture layout if that is something you tend to shy away from. Do it ALL differently! Try something new! Mix it up, have fun, and then Share it with us!!

I'd also LOVE to hear what everyone's preferences are! What have you noticed about your scrapping style? Share it with us in the comments section or at Peppermint Creative! There are several threads over there about this... stop in and share your preference with the group. They'd love to have you there!

I'm excited about this, and can't wait to get started on my "Do it Different" layout! This could be a lot of fun, seeing what we can accomplish that's a bit out of our comfort zones. I'm pretty sure we are all going to surprise ourselves with this one!!

So, Go for it!! Challenge yourself to Do it Different!!! Then come back and link us up! I can't wait to see all the "Different" layouts!


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thursday with Valerigail 1/22/09

Happy Thursday everyone!!

I've got a new strategy today. ;) I've done the begging, now I'm going to seriously tempt you!

There are only 2 more days to link up layouts for the Gift Card drawing to Miss Mint's store!! Come on everyone!!! You don't want to miss out on the chance to win this!! Her stuff is like Super Awesome!! The more you link up, the better your chance of being the winner!!! I could so go for a $10 shopping spree at PepperMint Creative. that would completely make my day!! What would I get? Oh, let me see... Probably Mr Fix it element pack and paper pack. But then there is Patchwork Princess, I've wanted that for some time now! hmmm... I've also been drooling over Skater Boy, which is like totally cool! It would make perfect layouts for my teenage son! She also has alot of great EZ elements that I would totally enjoy, because I love clipping and masking. Just to have these shapes would be awesome! She also has 6 whole pages of different alphas to chose from!!! Who can't have enough alphas???? Not me!! Come on, take a look around her store and decide if you want to give up this great chance!!! All it takes is a link. Just one, or two or ten.. LOL. LINK US UP!!! The more you link, the better your chance!

:) Enjoy your time at Peppermint Creative looking around. I'll wait for ya here!

You had fun, didn't you? Told you she has amazing stuff!!

So, on to the layouts of the day!

First up is a Gorgeous layout found at DST...

I think this is absolutely stunning! It should be framed and hanging on a wall where everyone can see it. Her blending is Gorgeous, as is her photo! Framing the picture with more flowers was the perfect touch, and I love those little clouds up in the right corner too. Everything about this layout just totally grabs my attention. Its Beautiful! Please, stop by her page and leave her some very well deserved love for this wonderful layout!


Next up is another pic from Layout Lovin', that I thought was just adorable!!

I really like the clean lines of her paper strips and how she's placed her photos. The title tags are adorable, and I totally love the initial tag held on by the ribbon string. Her color choices are perfect, as is her shadowing and layering. I really like that her layout isn't all cluttered up, but holds just the right amount of balance. I have a hard time achieving that myself, so I totally admire it in others works. Oh, and Her little boys are super cute, too!! Please everyone, stop by her page and leave her some love for this great layout!


While I was at Peppermint Creative drooling over all the great products I would buy if I could win the Gift card, I hopped into the Gallery. I saw this layout and just had to feature it today. It is so cute!!

by Jlady11

I told you it was cute!! I got to giggling when I saw it, because every single one of my kids tried to eat their daddy's nose! :) I love the simplicity to her layout, and how she has each picture just a little tilted. The colors are perfect, drawing your eyes straight to the pictures, where they should be. I just totally love everything about this layout! Please, stop by her page, at Peppermint Creative's Gallery, and leave her some Genuine love!


And that is it for me today... I'm gonna hop back over to Peppermint Creative and continue my dream shopping... you all should too, AFTER you link us up a layout or two... or five! ;) I can dream, right? Might as well dream big!

Live, Love, Laugh.... And Scrap often!!


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wacky Wednesday With ValeriGail 1/21/09

Hi, everyone!! So, I warned you.... here it comes..... the begging....


Link us up to some great layouts??!!!!

Pretty Please.. With a 10 gift card to Miss Mint's store on top???

I'll beg again tomorrow too!

Now, on to the layouts!

First up is a layout dedicated to the changes that took place in America today. We now have a new president. I'm not gonna get all political on ya, LOL, Just wanted to commemorate this great day with this GREAT Layout by Melmos75

I love the Patriotic colors and elements she's used. Her layering is amazing... and don't you just love those stitched bracket frames???? Perfect Layout for this very Historical day. Please stop by her page and leave her some very well deserved love!


Next up... I found this layout in the Gallery at DST. Its absolutely adorable, and hit home, for me, with the journaling. Oh, and she's used Miss Mint's Rebel One kit in the layout too!! I love that kit!

Her pictures are absolutely adorable! There is something about children while lost in play, that makes me stop and really look. They always seem at peace, lost in their imaginations. I wish we could keep that as we age. Her journaling is really wonderful. I too want to pack up my kids favorite things after they've lost interest. Please, stop by and leave her some love for this great layout!


And that is it for me, for today. I'll be back tomorrow to pester you all again to link up some layouts. I feel like I'm spamming the new forum with all my layouts, you all need to help me balance it out!!! (did that work?? Was going for the guilt trip.. LOL)

Live, Love, Laugh...... And Scrap often!


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

1*20 Tuesdays with Christy

Good afternoon praisers!! I hope your week is going well. It's been a little quiet around here.

Today I am going to spotlight a few pages that have been posted in our Layout Lovin' section.

This first one is by Lori:

I love her design and love how she did her journaling in the center.

This next one is by Flora:

I love the rain cloud and the picture in the corner.

This last one is very sweet by Livia:

I hope you have a wonderful day and we look forwarding to see some links posted by you guys as well -- don't make Valeri have to beg again!! LOL!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

1*19 Marvelous Monday!!

Hello Praisers!! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. By now you should have noticed that Mr. Linky is gone and that in it's place is Layout Lovin'. I have set up a spot at my forum where you can post links. All you need to do is register and you will be all set, it's that easy. In fact Valeri hooked us up with some awesome LOs this weekend.

So my first pick is this one by bunnynose:

Isn't this just fantastic?? I love the blending and that super cool action with the pictures. Stop by and leave her some love.

This is also our second week to spotlight Miss Mint from Peppermint Creative. I was doing a quick search for pages done with Miss Mint's stuff and came across these awesome pages by Trisha. She used the same template, but just used different papers and elements to make pages for her two children. I love how they turned out.

Remember to post links in order for a chance to win $10 to Miss Mint's store. Have a great day!!