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April Showers April 18, 2011

Filed under: Creative Team,E-scape Artists Team Reveals — Julie Mead @ 7:26 pm

Our team’s theme this week is “April Showers”. As you will see everyone had their own interpretation.

Our newest team member, Lorraine, created this gorgeous layout showing how much fun playing in the puddles can be.

Barb showcases an amazing photo of raindrops on leaves and a beautiful poem from the great American poet Langston Hughes.

Karla gives a wonderful and whimsical look at all the fun rain brings when you’re a child.

I love Lori’s take on April Showers with her layout of her sister’s baby shower! What a fun layout.

Vicki did an awesome job with her photo and extraction. Simple but exquisite!

Thanks so my husband’s photo skills and my camera, I have this wonderful photo of one of nature’s scary but beautiful displays.

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Green is the Color…. by Elaine Dennison March 14, 2011

March and green just seem like a natural combination.  I suppose it’s when I start to think of spring and, of course, Saint Patrick’s Day.  Green means different things to different people and different cultures.  I glanced at the dictionary definitions for green and it’s quite obvious of the differing views about green.  For example, there’s spring green, green with envy, greenhorn, green (like environmentally friendly), and green (for the many tints and shades of the color).   Green can either be a warm color or a cool color depending upon which direction on the color wheel you travel.

Spring Green by Carol

Carol (JDsMom) used a multitude of green on her page, Spring Green.  It is a glorious spring cascade of gorgeous white flowers surrounded by green.  Carol also used a multitude of products in creating her masterpiece.  For a complete list of products, please visit her page in the  gallery.  Some of products she used are:  Il Fait Gris Dehors by Gouzinette Design, Fresh Start by Jen Reed, and My Endless Love by Steph Designs.

Hungry for Fun by Danna

Danna (dshepard) used Happy Hippo and  Happy Hippo Card Stock.  She used a wonderful shade of green that I would call avocado.  It’s a slightly warm color that goes well as a neutral or supporting color.   In Danna’s layout, Hungry for Fun, the green doesn’t compete for dominance and lets her photos shine through.

Spring is here by Erica

Erica (erica922) created four green pages which accent the versatility of green which vary from light and fun to dark and formal.  Erica used It’s Spring Elements and Papers by J2K for her first page where she paired a cool blue green with warm yellows for a light hearted page with her daughter’s photo peeking out of a digital envelope.  It brings a smile to my face every time I look at this page.

Growing More by Erica

This time Erica used a warmer green with fresh fruit and butterflies and a blended photo of her daughter.  The page, entitled Growing More,  is warm and relaxing.  To complete her design, Erica used Origins by Guild Encore Designs, A Sweet Surprise by Steph Designs, and Being Green by The Busy Elf Designs.

Bloomin' Good by Erica

Bloomin’ Good uses a bright, springy green for a very upbeat page which nicely compliments the warm photo.  This time Erica combined Origins by Guild Encore Designs with Antiqued Envelope Framers by Julie Mead and Basic Stitches by Coppercurls Designs.

A Ride Around the Park by Erica

The rich dark green that Erica used as a background for A Ride Around the Park lends a formal air which she delightfully dispels with a frog, bows, and a glitter scatter utilizing elements from Being Green by The Busy Elf Designs and Origins from the March 2010 Artisan Notebook.

Blue Eyes by Roxi

Roxi (coppercurls) used some photoshop magic on her photo including a high contrast level with filters and diffused glow then used selective coloring from a layer below to highlight eyes and lips.  She used Kaytie’s Day Mini by Coppercurls Designs to accent her photo.  Roxie used a neutral green and gray with contrasting yellow and blue pops of colors for a high impact layout called Blue Eyes.

Lucky by Elaine

Elaine (lainey) used selective coloring to highlight her granddaughter’s rock climbing adventure.  The rock face itself had many colorful handholds and detracted from the primary focus so removing the color from photo allowed the climber to become center stage.  The circular frame and the triangulation of the three primary elements provided additional supporting roles for the photo.  Elaine used Lucky by The Busy Elf Designs and Galleria font to create the “Lucky” text created from one of the papers from the kit.

Thanks for dropping by.   Have fun and scrap with color.

 

Sweets and Treats by Elaine Dennison February 14, 2011

It’s February and the days are beginning to length and the promise of spring seems near.  The middle of the month brings us to Saint Valentine’s Day and the thoughts of love.  This month, our team worked on their choice of two themes:  Sweets for the Sweet or How do we Treat Ourselves.

Let’s begin with  “How I treat Myself”…

My $2 Treat by JD's Mom (Carol)

Carol,  aka JD’s Mom, did a great job of telling me about her page and with her permission, here’s her explanation:

“I took the “How We Treat Ourselves” theme to heart and looked down at my feet, which even in all this icy, wintry weather, I still had on my flip-flops.  I’m a flip-flop fan through-and-through and the cheaper the better.  They’re like reading glasses, you can never have too many or in too many colors!  Plus, if the dog chews them up or I break them, no sweat!!  I have been known to buy 6 or 8 pair at a time if I find them on sale…and my rule is never pay more than $2…unless they’re really, really cute.  It helps that I wear a size 2 and can buy them in the kids shoe section, lol!!

I used Julie Mead and Ruth Davis’ stunning collaboration Doodlicious which just JUMPED out at me when I was looking through the shop.  It is so bright and so cheerful–kinda the opposite of the weather we’ve had this past week!! ”

Thanks Carol for a stunning page and a wonderful reflection.

My Treat = Shopping by Art Teacher (Laura)

Art Teacher used paper and elements from Kay Elfin’s Lovey Dovey Addon and Paris Flea Market Scene 2 and frame cluster from Julie Mead’s Sweet Love Frames.  Laura’s journaling reads:  “Since I was about 12, I have loved going shopping for clothing and other “girly” things.  It never fails to cheer me up or get me motivated.  Of course, now that I’m the one paying, I have to use more common sense, but the main way I like to treat myself after a hard week is a little shopping trip!”

All I can add is that I can truly relate… retail therapy, YES!

My Valentine Candy Box by Scrapyardkath (Katherine)

And Scrapyardkath, oh my,  what a treat!  She used Things That Go Vroom ABR Brush Set by Julie Mead and Lovey Dovey by Kay Eflin.  Congrats on the gorgeous new car, Katherine!

Now let’s look at some Sweets for the Sweet…

All You Need is Cupcakes by Keling Bermuda (Sara)

I love Keling Bermurda’s  scrumptious  page…. chocolate cupcakes and raspberries – how divine!  She titled her creation, “All you need is … cupcakes” a take off on John Lennon’s song “All You Need is Love”.  Sara (aka Keling Bermuda) used Elements and Papers from True Love by Coppercurls Designs.

Sweets for my Guy by Lainey

Lainey used My Endless Love by Steph Designs to display the delicious chocolate covered strawberries that she fixed for her sweetie.  She explains that “it’s a traditional Valentine’s treat”.

Sweets for my Sweetie by Coppercurls (Roxie)

Coppercurls created a lovely page using Sierra Mini by Cheryl McCain, Sierra Petite by Cheryl McCain, and Paper Blenders by Coppercurls Designs.  The text reads:  ”Dear Blake, I know how much you love peanut butter and chocolate so I made these candies especially for you. I’m sorry you weren’t around to lick the chocolate from my hand. It was very good. Love, Roxi”    Great blending and yummy treats, Roxi!

Erica has been without a computer for the past couple of months and is now back with a passion.   She has provided some wonderful inspiration, both printable projects and layouts.  Welcome back, Erica!

Love Notes and Envelopes by Erica922 (Erica)

First Erica created some Valentine note cards and envelopes using Hearts and Flowers Revisited by Kay Elfin, Vintage Valentine Sweeties Stickers and Rub-Ons by Julie Mead, and Vintage Valentine Sweetie Paper Pack by Julie Mead.

 

Love Bookmark by Erica922 (Erica)

Next Erica made a lovely bookmark and matching envelope using Elements, Paper Pack, and Word Art from Kindred Spirits by Nifty Designers Series.   What a nice gift that would be to tuck into your sweetie’s lunch bag!

My Little Cookie by Erica922 (Erica)

Next up, is an adorable page of Erica’s little niece!  What a sweet photo!  Erica922 used Sweet Love Frames and Vintage Valentine Sweeties Stickers and Rub-Ons, both by Julie Mead.

Moments Together by Erica922 (Erica)

Erica created this beautiful page using Celebrate 08 by Julie Mead, Sierra Frame Cluster by Cheryl McCain, and Kindred Spirits Word Art by Nifty Designer Series.

As a treat for you, visit our previous posting,  Ready to Print Valentine Cards and Notes where Erica shared some of her lovely handiwork with everyone a few days ago.  Thanks, Erica!

That wraps up our team reveal on Sweets and Treats.  Remember to capture those Sweet moments and create tomorrow’s Treats.  Thanks for dropping by.

 

What’s New for Jan. 2011 by Elaine Dennison January 24, 2011

Time seems to be speeding right along, our first month of the new year is down to the final stretch.  This week, we will be highlighting new products for January.  As we are all growing weary of the cold winter months, thoughts turn to warmth and comfort.

And nothing is more warming than a big yellow sun.  Puddle Jumpers by Sus Designs exudes warmth and energy with its vibrant primary palette and fun, mostly weather-related,  elements.  It’s an upbeat and fun kit versatile enough to be used for a variety of layouts.

Becky created a dramatic yet fun two-page layout for the National Junior Theatre Festival.  The photos with their dark backgrounds look stunning on the yellow background and blue accents go so well with her photos.

As always, please feel free to click on the photos to view the larger images displayed in the gallery or to leave a comment for our E-scape Artists.

National Junior Theatre Festival 2011 by Becky

National Junior Theatre Festival 2011 by Becky

Dolphinsoul also used Puddle Jumper for her page titled Bill’s Birthday and Manta — in her own words:  “I found inspiration with all the rain elements to showcase the splashes of water we experienced at Sea World and especially the new Manta Ride!  It was our first time riding it and it was Amazing!!! I love the title block “Whatever the weather, we are in it together.” It was Bill’s birthday and looked like rain all day, but we still chanced going to the park dawning our ponchos, but the sun came out and it was the perfect day. The only way we got wet was sitting in the Splash zones of the Shows, the dolphin petting area, and the wall of water that comes up near us on the Manta ride.   I used the photos the actual ride going past as the top part of my background paper.”  I’m so glad that the weather cooperated with them and they were able to celebrate Bill’s birthday.

Bill’s Birthday and Manta by Dolphinsoul

Bill’s Birthday and Manta by Dolphinsoul

When I think of comfort, comfort food also comes to mind… like strawberries and cream which reminds me of Ruth Davis’ new kit Strawberries and Cream Elements and Papers.  It  is delightful with its soft pinks and beiges with a hint of green;  it is easy on the eye and also a nice back drop for photos with dark backgrounds.

Lainey used some recent photos of her granddaughter to create a very feminine page about dance practice.  The touch of green in the macramé bracelet draws your eyes to the photos.

Dance Practice by Lainey

Dance Practice by Lainey

Chocolate cupcakes are definitely another comfort food and Keling Bermuda did an awesome job of combining a birthday cupcake with Sus Designs’ newest kits, Foxy and Foxy Add-on.  Foxy has some fun and whimsical elements as well as richly textured papers in a lovely earth tone palette including foxy gray and russet.  Foxy Add-on follows up with some wonderful shabby papers and more cute elements.  What a yummy-looking treat!  Thanks Keling!!

Love Me Some Cupcakes by Keling Bermuda

Love Me Some Cupcakes by Keling Bermuda

With February right around the corner, love is another comfort that comes to mind and there’s also a few pages about love.  Keling Bermuda took her mouse in hand and created some extraordinary digital art using  Heart 2 Heart by The Busy Elf Designs.  Heart 2 Heart uses a palette of reds and pinks highlighted with black, white and gray.  There are some fun elements such as the glitter wing fairy and whimsical tree as highlighted in Amour.

Amour by Keling Bermuda

Amour by Keling Bermuda

In a totally different style, Babs created a beautiful layout called Extraordinary Day using Heart 2 Heart by The Busy Elf Designs which commemorates 35 years together for the lovely couple.  I love all the hearts and the elegant dark touches which compliments their photo perfectly!  Congratulations to the happy couple!

Extraodinary Day by Babs

Extraodinary Day by Babs

On a lighter note, Coppercurls used Kay Elfin’s newest kit,  Lovey Dovey, to create her tongue-in-cheek masterpiece, I’m a Sucker.  She used the bright and vibrant color palette and fun elements that define Lovey Dovey as well as her own Text on Path elements to complete her title.

I’m a Sucker by Coppercurls

I’m a Sucker by Coppercurls

Art Teacher created a beautiful layout using Kay’s Lovey Dovey about  Paisley.  As she explains, “This layout is of my sweet, shaggy doodle, of course! I never get tired of scrapping her!”  And, it’s quite understandable with such a dapper young lady!  Lovey Dovey’s bright colors are such a nice backdrop for Paisley.

She Stole Our Hearts by Art Teacher

She Stole Our Hearts by Art Teacher

And to wrap up our layouts on love, AnikA has also used Lovey Dovey to create her page, You are Beautiful, featuring her lovely daughter.  I think Koala1966’s comment sums it up so well — “Gorgeous! Great blending work, I love your cluster work with the elements and photos.”  As you can see Lovey Dovey works well for all sorts of styles and themes from fun through serious.

You are Beautiful by AnikA

You are Beautiful by AnikA

This concludes our E-scape Artist reveals for January 2011.  Thanks for spending  a few minutes reading our news.  Get comfortable, stay warm, and most of all, cherish loved ones.

 

Snow Much Fun by Elaine Dennison January 10, 2011

Winter has once again dusted much of our world in that magical white glittery fluff known as snow.  It seems as the weather has caused many people to change their plans and bend to nature’s plan.  All-in-all winter can be a magical time to relax and enjoy the bounty that winter has to offer.

Coppercurls created a fun page starting with photos of nieces and nephews on their snowmobiles enjoying the blizzard results.  Roxie inverted and recolored a paper from Julie Mead’s Winter Dreams Paper Collection to use as the backdrop, added a title from Julie’s 2010 Date Stamps,  and added some adorable elements from Early Winter by Steph Designs to complete her design.

Snowmobiling by Coppercurls

Snowmobiling by Coppercurls

Dmrdsm created a gorgeous page called Let It Snow using Julie’s Fa La La Complete Kit.  She recolored some of the elements in pink to match the little girl’s coat in the photo and it looks like she also used some of the doodles to create the background paper.  Love that awesome snowman — looks like somebody had a lot fun making that guy!!

Let It Snow by Dmrdsm

Let It Snow by Dmrdsm

Dshepard states, “This is for the “Snow Much Fun” reveal. Unfortunately we haven’t had any snow here yet this year, so these are some old pics that I never got scrapped from 2006. It’s amazing how snow brings out the kid in anyone and how much fun it is to play in the snow…even in our 30s! ”  Dshepard used Early Winter by Steph Designs to create her Freezy Fun page.

Freezy Fun by Dshepard

Freezy Fun by Dshepard

On the otherhand, Scrapyardkath has been having some severe winter weather in her neighborhood as evidenced by Blizzard 2010.  Look at how high the snow is on the deck (at least I’m assuming there’s a deck down below the snow) – it’s almost to the top of  the chairs.  What fun it would be to crunch on all that new fallen snow!

Blizzard 2010 by Scrapyardkath

Blizzard 2010 by Scrapyardkath

In stark contrast to the winter wonderland above, in her City Snow layout  the snow has been “tamed” to accommodate busy city life and provide other kinds of fun, like shopping and visiting museums.  Scrapyardkath used Shiver (how appropriately named!) by The Busy Elf Designs to create her beautiful pages.

City Snow by Scrapyardkath

City Snow by Scrapyardkath

Art Teacher created a delightful page of her dog playing in the snow.  “My dog, Paisley, loves to play with frozen tennis balls. She roots around for them in the snow and has a blast!”  She used Gouzinette Design’s Winter Flower Paper Pack, Kay Eflin’s It’s Cold Outside, and Vintage Snowfall.  Doesn’t Paisley look like she’s having loads of fun playing in the snow?

Snowballs by Art Teacher

Snowballs by Art Teacher

JD’s Mom created a lovely page using Snow Date by Ruth Davis.  As she so aptly explains, “[ I ] experimented a lot with different Photoshop Elements Effects, such as snow, Wow-Plastic Black and Waves, on the multiple layers within the text.”  In addition to outside fun, JD’s Mom has been having fun with PSE, too!

Snow Very Loved by JDsMom

Snow Very Loved by JDsMom

Lainey lives in Florida so she didn’t have any recent snow photos either.  Fortunately, after numerous pleas for snow photos, she received some photos from her daughter up north and was able create some snow pages too.  Granddaughter Piper loves playing outside in the snow.  Last year there wasn’t any snow and so she’s been having fun playing in the snow.  This snow is very dry and powdery so she gathers it up and makes her own little personal blizzards.  The expressions on her face shows how happy she is being outside and having fun playing in the snow.  The kit used was Early Winter by Steph Designs along with White Spaces Templates #4 by Sus Designs.  When you’re in a hurry or your mojo has deserted you, sometimes a template can inspire your creativity or help you discover a fun new style.

Snow Happy by Lainey

Snow Happy by Lainey

Snow Beautiful features granddaughter Lily outside wearing a beautiful smile.  Numerous products were used to design the page, primarily Julie’s Fa La La Complete Kit and Stitches Messy by Coppercurls Designs.  Sometimes it’s just fun mixing everything up to create a totally custom page.  And, for full credits for this page or any of our pages, please click on the page and be magically transported to the ESS Gallery.

Snow Beautiful by Lainey

Snow Beautiful by Lainey

This concludes our Snow Much Fun digital scrapbook layouts.  I hope you enjoyed viewing our pages as much as we enjoyed creating them for you!  And please feel free to post your scrapbook pages in the Escape and Scrap gallery; we’d love to see Snow many more Fun pages!

 

Grungy Falloween by Elaine Dennison October 11, 2010

Filed under: Creative Team — Julie Mead @ 7:11 pm

This month we are showcasing several products from our Escape and Scrap Designers:  Falloween and Falloween Addon by Kay Elfin and Grunge Corners and Grunge Edges by Coppercurls Designs.  We want to show you our tricks in creating fall treats!  Click on any image to view all credits or leave a comment in the Escape and Scrap Gallery.

Chris used Falloween and Falloween Addon and then added a little extra emphasis by adding some Grunge Edges on her adorable page Are you a good witch or a bad witch.   I really love her sunflower cluster and repetitive elements to highlight her adorable baby.  One litte trick that Chris used was to add emphasis by using the same element multiple times — the borders, the edges, the sunflowers, the tags, and the strings.  This provides continuity and reinforces the multiple photos.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch? by Chris

Are you a good witch or a bad witch? by Chris

Coppercurls used a simliar color palette for her page entitled Morning Dew.  I love the way she used the grunge corners blended into the back and again on the photo itself  in complimentary and contrasting colors.   The border cut out from one of the papers adds a beautiful finishing touch.  The trick here is how Coppercurls used the grunge brushes in multiple ways:  blended into the background for a soft subtle look and then again more strongly to delineate and draw your eyes into her stunning photo.

Morning Dew by Coppercurls

Morning Dew by Coppercurls

And in her second layout, Fall Trees, Coppercurls created an entirely different look using a palette of gold and blending her lovely tree photo in the background and then highlighting some fallen leavens within the stamp frame.  I especially love her quote.  Quotes are a good ‘trick’ for layouts where you want to convey a particular mood, or when you want to add a visual placeholder and go back and add journaling later, or when you don’t want to share your personal journaling with the world.

 

Fall Trees by Coppercurls

Fall Trees by Coppercurls

Gold just seems to be a perfect color for all layouts.  In her layout called miaumiau, Erica 922 features a lovely girl dressed up with kitty cat ears and painted whiskers.   The grunge edges reinforce the colors used to highlight the photo as well as adding more depth and interest.   The cat sticker is a cute thematic finishing touch!!  Erica’s tricks include lots of  “white” space, using cats to unite her theme, and adding a touch of blue to draw your eyes to the photo.

miaumiau by Erica922

miaumiau by Erica922

Erica922 has really outdone herself this month with her hybrid projects.  Creating one-of-a-kind gifts is certainly a special trick. I sure would like to  be visiting Erica922 on Halloween!  Just feast your eyes on the hybrid items she has made for popcorn and candy treats.

 

Microwave Popcorn wrap by Erica922

Microwave Popcorn wrap by Erica922

Small Flagtop Bag by Erica922

Small Flagtop Bag by Erica922

 

Next, add a zero calorie treat such as this adorable bookmark and then ’round’ out your treats with a cute tag to let everyone know how special they are.  Great ideas to keep in your bag of tricks!

Bookmark by Erica922
Bookmark by Erica922
Halloween Tag by Erica922
Halloween Tag by Erica922

JDsMom created a super card— I just love the message “Happy Fall, Y’all”.  A digital card is a great trick to keep handy for special occasions.  They are dual-purposed in that you can print them off for folks close by and you can also send by post or email for your friends who don’t live close by.  If you are like me and forget things until the last minute, digital cards are the perfect last minute gift!

Happy Fall Yall by JDsMom

Happy Fall Yall by JDsMom

What a great photo of JD.   The sepia tone of the photo looks great.  Sepia or monotone is a great ‘trick’ when you have a photo that doesn’t match the colors in the kit you want to use or when there are a lot of distractions.  I’d say that JD is pretty lucky to have such a smart mom!

Fall in Love with You by JDsMom

Fall in Love with You by JDsMom

While some people associate grunge with boys, I know some certain little granddaughters who are pretty good at getting grungy and dirty themselves!  This is one of the few photos of our little Lily where the grunge doesn’t shine through.  One good trick that grandmom has up her sleeve is the healing brush, it’s a good way to remove a little dirt or cookie crumbs from a sweet little face.  Our middle granddaughter Lily has always loved to dance.  When Lily was three I saw this cute little outfit which reminded me of a poodle skirt I had in first grade.  Since the girls have a dress up box this seemed to be the perfect addition and Lily just looks adorable.  I used a template by Coppercurls Designs which helped me pull this page together very quickly.  I slightly re-colored the checkerboard paper to coordinate with Lily’s skirt.  In the lower left-hand corner, I added a grunge corner which I clipped to a gradient using the bright orange of the pumpkin and  the bright blue of Lily’s skirt.  The tricks that I used on this page were:  a template for fast action, recoloring a paper to better match a photo, and using a gradient to tie two colors together.

50's style by Lainey

50's style by Lainey

I also decided to make a card for Halloween.  Here’s the same checkerboard paper unaltered.  Since my grandkids live out of state and I have to mail them their treats so I found it easy to make a cute card in record time by placing the checkerboard paper over top a black background paper and cutting out boxes from the checkerboard paper.  Since the checkerboard paper is evenly divided into grids, the cutouts came together with out much effort.   Then I filled the cutouts with my favorite elements.  There wasn’t a moon to go behind the bat so I cut a center out of an orange flower and used it for a moon.  Another little ‘trick’  when you are using a dark background is to emphasize your element by using an outer glow similarly to how you use a drop shadow with a light background.  My last trick is to find a perfect font —  for my card I chose Gothic Flames.

Happy Halloween by Lainey

Happy Halloween by Lainey

So until next time,  every fall brings a little grunge.  And, sometimes ‘tricks’ can be treats!

 

Spotlight on E-scape Artist Tania March 2, 2010

Filed under: Creative Team,Layouts — Julie Mead @ 8:10 pm

My name is Tania, screen name koala1966.  I live in hot and sunny central Florida. I have been paper-scrapping for 10 years and digi-scrapping for 3. I’m addicted to both! I work full time with computers and I need the creative outlet that scrap booking allows in order to unwind. I was blessed to discover my true love in high school and we have been together for 19 years.  We celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary this year. My husband and I love to travel and our vacations are often highlighted in my scrapbook pages, along with my nieces and nephews, friends and family. When Im not working, scrap booking, or traveling, I love to read, research my family history, visit theme parks, and watch movies. I am the official photographer for my family (including my in-laws) and keep everyone up to date with each other via a family website. I’m also a member of Katie the Scrapbook Ladys CT.