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E-scapeandscrap ~ Designs for Digital Scrapbooks

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E-scape Artists Team Reveal: Vintage Spring Kits by Tania Ruiz May 1, 2011

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooks — Julie Mead @ 6:59 pm

Cheryl McCain has some beautiful new spring kits in the boutique – Vintage Spring Mini Kit and Vintage Spring Petite Kit.  This week the team used these two kits both separately and together to show off what they look like in action and how well they coordinate with each other.

Aquaholic by Katie

Katie used both kits and a fun play on words in her title to record her son’s love for water.  She placed her journaling on the notepad element.

Vintage Spring by Astrid

Astride used the Mini Kit to make this soft spring-inspired page, creating a beautiful cluster from the elements.

Nature’s Bounty by Carissa

Carissa used both kits to create a page that appears as a window into the fun scene her picture has captured.

Glamour and Glitz by Tania

I chose the Mini Kit to showcase this picture of my teenage niece.  In this case I used the notepad element to showcase my picture, and I erased part of the paperclip so that it would seem the notepad was clipped to the ribbon.

Time with Grandpa by Carissa

Carissa used both kits in this sweet layout showing the bond between a grandpa and his grandchildren.  She used some of the frames to make her larger photos stand out, while complimenting them with smaller unframed photos.

Iridessa by Tania

I used the Petite Kit to showcase one of the many topiary pictures I took at Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival last year.  I cut a strip of the brick patterned paper in the kit to hold my title and shrunk the lace border to “attach” it to my page.

Seek Happiness by Tania

I loved that these kits can be used both with current and vintage pictures.  In this case I took an old family photo and paired it with a Bible passage for a quick heritage page.


Easter Printables Created by Erica Nunez April 18, 2011

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooks — Julie Mead @ 7:46 pm

Enjoy creating these pretty Easter printables for yourself, family, and friends.

(Begin the download by clicking on the image.)

Erica created the Easter Printables using the kit

Balancing Act by Snickerdoodle Designs


Spring Outdoors by Elaine Dennison April 11, 2011

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooks — Julie Mead @ 7:07 pm

Spring brings more temperate weather and everyone just naturally wants to spend more time outdoors.

Roxi used DIY Dude by Sus Designs, Photo Bunches Set2 and Paper Blenders 2 by Coppercurls Designs to showcase their building a tree house at their new home.  Roxi’s journaling reads:  “n 1998 we decided to build a new house, which would mean leaving the tree house at our present place. But Dad promised a new one, complete with air-conditioning so he would be comfortable spending the nights sleeping out there with Kevin. We rented a ‘cherry picker’ and had a blast building it. Even Kevin helped saw and hammer parts together. Our best kitty ever, Boots, kept us company. Of course he couldn’t miss out on the activities.”  I certainly admire their carpentry skills and the new tree house is awesome.

Spring Project by Roxi

Danna used Let It Shine by Sus Designs to journal about “The Birth of a Surprise Landscape.”  As Danna explains “We bought our new house in the middle of winter so when Spring arrived the landscaping was a surprise as the plants and flowers began to bloom.”   What a gorgeous surprise  and a lovely way to welcome spring in bountiful coat of many colors that mother nature paints for us outside beckoning us to enjoy the delights of spring.

Surprise Landscape by Danna

Sara states that “One of my favourite parts of spring is the appearance of certain flowers. In the UK, it was crocuses, but home in Bermuda, it’s the tiny blue Bermudiana that announces the arrival of spring!”  She used Happiness and Happiness Mini Kit by Ruth Davis for her delightfully springy  page called Welcome Spring.  I love the bright colors and  joyful yet playful nature of Sara’s layout.

Welcome Spring by Sara

Elaine used April PU Grab bag by Sus Designs for her page about her granddaughter Piper taking a spring walk near her home.  The return of warm weather is just perfect to be outside and enjoying the weather.

Spring Walk by Elaine

For Erica, spring is a time of celebration and she created some adorable hybrid candy covers using Pocketful of Sunshine May 2010 Guild Encore Kit and Little SomeBunnies to Love by Julie Mead.  What sweet treats they are!

Candy Covers by Erica

Erica lives in southern Florida so her spring is much warmer than most of the United States and she is already thinking about summer in April.  The weather looks fabulous to me and I expect that the warmth of Florida is appealing to a lot of others, too!    Erica’s page called Summer Moment focuses on the Golden Memories spent with family and uses Bluebell Mini Kit and Bluebell Border Clusters by Cheryl McCain Designs.

Next up is a bright and sunny page using Summer So Fine Collab Kit and Keep You In Stitches with Templates by Julie Mead.  Erica, quite appropriately, calls this page Summer Fun.  I know that I’m looking forward to warmer days focused around the pool although it’s just a little chillier here and I won’t be swimming until the pool gets much warmer.

Summer Fun by Erica

Once again, warmer weather and longer days means more time to spend outdoors doing projects, working in the garden, and just relaxing.   Don’t forget to grab your camera as you spring out the door!


Spring is Here by Elaine Dennison April 4, 2011

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooks — Julie Mead @ 7:02 pm

April is the promise of spring — in the northern climates the snow is abating and crocuses and other early bloomers are peeking out from the snow.  In the lower Latitudes, the days are warmer and mother nature has painted everything in bright spring foliage.  For the other side of the world, summer is winding down and fall is in the air.  No matter where you live,  April is a month of change.  This week our team is celebrating spring.

Mary is still experiencing a bit of snow and is showing us the brave efforts her plants are making in turning a bleak landscape into the colors of spring.  For her delightful page, Mary used It’s Fall Y’all Grungy Cardstock by Kay Elfin, Texture Brushes by Coppercurls Designs, and Dash of Snow and Paper Snow Kit by Julie Mead.  Click on the image to see how she blended and brushed to make her creation a one-of-a-kind design.

Spring Snow by Mary

Katie is also thinking of spring and flowers in her page, Spring Blooms, which  revolves around a spring visit featuring lilacs and family.  I love the beautiful way she combines five photos and tucks different elements in front and behind her photos adding additional depth and interest.  Katie used Grunge Swirl Brushes by Coppercurls Designs and Strawberries and Cream Elements and Strawberries and Cream Papers by Ruth Davis.

Spring Blooms by Katie

Mary adroitly used Baker’s Dozen Multiphoto 2 by Kay Elfin, then blended papers from Kay Elfin’s Yellow Roses Paper Pack with Coppercurls Designs’  Paper Blenders 2, and iced it with her cleverly designed title.

Spring has Sprung by Mary

Carissa features lovely flowers and uses a tree to as the letter S to spell out Spring in her creative page.  Her journaling is awesome and I highly recommend your visiting the gallery to read her tribute to Spring. Carissa combined A Gentle Earth Elements and Papers by Kay Elfin and Hillside Morning by Guild Encore Designs.

Spring by Carissa

And for Lynn, spring means the beginning of baseball season.  Opening Day exudes spring and the excitement and enthusiasm as everyone enjoys the beautiful spring weather in the park.  I really like the panoramic shot and fun elements.  Billy’s Baseball by Kay Elfin was the perfect choice for Lynn’s baseball photos.

Opening Day by Lynn

Best Day Ever by Kay Elfin just bubbles over with color and AnikA used is brilliantly for her pages entitled Happiness and Spring is in the Air.  Both fun pages express the happiness and joy that are spring.

Happiness by AnikA

Spring is in the Air by AnikA

As you can see from our lovely layouts, spring is a time of joy, renewal, and the return to color.  Thanks for dropping by and don’t forget to go outside and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you!


E-scape Artists Team Reveal: March Madness by Tania Ruiz March 28, 2011

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooks — Julie Mead @ 6:42 pm

March Madness is not only a basketball tournament to which many sports fans flock – it’s a way of life.  In some areas the weather perks up enough for outdoor activities, in other areas people simply find something new and fun to do indoors, but everywhere people shrug off the sluggish slumber of winter and burst into the energy of spring.  Here we share with your our own versions of March Madness.

March Madness by Tania

In Florida the weather warms up quite suddenly with the beginning of March and everyone who isn’t glued to the TV rushes back outside.    This layout of my nephew was created with papers and elements from The Busy Elf Designs’ kit Being Green and Being Green Add-On.  The mesh element was the perfect mask to decorate the edges of my photo.

March Madness by Tania

March Madness – Birthday Style! By Carissa

March is a busy month for birthdays in Carissa’s family.  Here she used elements from Sus Designs’ Turning Princess kit as well as from Kay Eflin’s Baby Girl Birthday Party to capture the fun of these events.

March Madness - Birthday Style by Carissa

March Madness by Katie

Katie’s kids were very busy on this warm spring day.  She used some fitting quotes as part of her journaling, along with papers and elements from Sus Designs’ Foxy kit and Foxy Add-on.

March Madness by Katie

March Madness by Mary

Mary created a vibrant two-page layout about the madness of moving using Coppercurls Designs’ Summer So Fine Kit.  The various sized photos of items that had to be packed and organized add to her theme.

March Madness by Mary (left)

March Madness by Mary (right)

March Madness – Camera by Carissa

Carissa’s camera is feeling the madness too!  The dimensional picture of her camera takes center stage, with great supporting elements including pictures that she took with it.  This layout showcases products from the It’s Spring line by the J2K team.

March Madness – Camera by Carissa


The End of the Rainbow March 21, 2011

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooks — Julie Mead @ 5:00 pm

We recently celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and that was the inspiration for our reveal theme. Our theme was based on the Irish folklore about a hidden pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. Of course no one has ever been able to locate the gold or the end of the rainbow. Our team has made some lovely layouts using designs from the Nifty Boutique to interpret this legend.

First up is Barb with her pot of gold at the end of her personal rainbow.


Next, we have Carol whose picture-less layout has a more idealogical bent.

Next, we have Karla whose bright and cheerful layout leaves no doubt she has located that elusive pot of gold.


Lori has also found her personal pot of gold and her beautiful layout proves it!

Sandra shows us that grandchildren are the treasures at rainbow’s end for her mother.

Lastly, we have Vicki’s layout.  Her pot of gold is more elusive but just as precious. Vicki says, “I honestly believe that some good scrapping really helps with the blues…this page really lifted me because I could express what I have been feeling.  Sometimes that’s all it takes.”

We hope you enjoyed our journey to the elusive end of the rainbow.