Friday, November 30, 2012

Designer Contest Final Round - Free for Limited Time

I'm writing this post while my head is all muddled from lack of sleep (haven't slept in over 25 hours and not expecting to catch any for a long while yet either).  Another crazy week but I'll spare you the details.

I made it to the 4th and final round of the designer contest at GDS (GO Digital Scrapbooking) and this morning (9:00 AM EST) is the deadline for the design submissions; I just finished up a half hour ago and uploaded my kit, The Fab Fifties, to the contest gallery.  I'd love to leave more details about it but honestly, I'm not thinking straight here at all.  So, just the basics for you today.

The kit can be downloaded for free until December 3rd, 2012, you can find the links HERE in the GDS Gallery (you must be logged into the site to see it).

Most of the items are hand drawn by me; my favorite pieces are the metalic bow with pearls (to emulate a pin like mother or grandmother use to wear), the cat-eye glasses and the cadilac (it's the only caddie I'll ever own, LOL).

Thanks for stopping by; Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Designer Contest Round 3 - Free for a limited time

I've had another crazy, busy week with doctor appointments, building contractors and some volunteer work all the while working on the design of my kit for round 3 of the 2012 Designer Contest at GDS (GO Digital Scrapbooking).

For this week's challenge we were given a color palette with which to work and we were also given a grab bag of commercial use, digital scrapbooking, items and asked to create a kit of 5 papers, 10 elements and a separate cluster frame using items from our kit; we were not allowed to use any other commercial use items, only those provided and any of our own creation could be used.  The theme was to be our choice.  Looking at the colors in the palette made me think of my mother, not really sure why, maybe because the colors seemed feminine and faded, getting me thinking about vintage things and the need to do more work on scrapping my own collection of old, genealogical photographs and the fact that my Mom is no longer around for me to ask all the questions I have about the photos from her childhood.  Mom died in 2002 and I miss her as much today as I always have; this kit is 'In Her Memory'.
Most of the items included in this kit are of my own design, I used a limited amount of the commercial use items provided to us.  Details on each item are included in the download, which you can get by going HERE the GDS Gallery (you must be logged into the site to see it).

And the download link for the Cluster Frame I created using items within the kit can be found HERE at the GDS Gallery.
Well, that's it for me... need to get up early tomorrow to do some cooking for our Thanksgiving celebrations.
Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Round 2 of the 2012 Designer Contest at GoDigitalScrapbooking

I've just uploaded my kit for Round 2 of the Designer Contest at GDS (GO Digital Scrapbooking.

For this week's challenge we were given a very colorful photograph of some flowers and asked to create a color palette of any 6 colors found in the photo then we were to design a ckit based on something from our 'bucket lists' (that list of things we all hope or dream of doing before our lives are over).

Ever since I was a teenager in high school I've wanted to buy or rent an RV and travel the U.S., stopping in every state (the lower 48 states - Hawaii and Alaska are separately on my list) so that's the theme I chose.  The results of my work, 'On The Road'.  Although I used a number of designer resources for the textures in this kit, most all of the items are of my own design; my favorites are the Eagle, RV and Binoculars, each was drawn by me using the pen tool in Photoshop CS5 and a Wacom Tablet.

If you'd like to download this (currently) FREE kit for yourself, you'll find the link in the GDS Gallery HERE.  However, please note that you won't see the gallery or the link unless you are first logged into the GDS site (please see my post from November 6th for more information).

Thanks for stopping by; Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Digital Scrapbook Designer Challenge and Another FREEBIE

I hope all you digital scrapbookers out there found yourselves some awesome sales during the iDSD (International Digital Scrapbook Day) celebrations this past weekend!  If you have no more money in your budget to buy another digital scrapbook item right now, that's OK, because I have another FREEBIE for you (if you want - wink, wink)... read on.

I've joined another digital scrapbook, designer contest at GDS (GO Digital Scrapbooking)... I'm crazy for these things, not really sure why, LOL.

The contest will have 4 rounds in which the designers will be creating kits, each available for free download for 2 weeks from the challenge round end date.  However, in order for you to both view and gain access to download links for the free kits, you must be a member of the GDS forums and be logged in.

Subscribing to GDS Forums is easy (and free!).
  1. Go here:
  2. Click on the 'Forum' tab.
  3. Underneath the section listing the latest posts, in the section titled 'Welcome to the goDigitalScrapbooking.'; click on the word 'register'.
  4. Follow the prompts to complete your registration. 
  5. Once your registration is complete, and you have logged in, you'll be able to see all kits within the 2012 Designer Contest section of the gallery.
For Round 1 we were given a color palette with which to work and a set number of papers and elements that needed to be included in our designs, aside from that we had free reign over what we created.

Here's my Round 1 kit, 'Worn & Feathered'.  I welcome your comments.

Once you're logged into the GDS site, you can find my kit, and it's download like, HERE.
Thanks for stopping by; Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Design Quest Challenge Freebie and 50% off Sale

iDSD (International Digital Scrapbook Day)

... is coming up in a couple of days (November 3, 2012) and in honor of this day, my store at E-Scape and Scrap's Nifty Boutique will be having a sale; all items normally priced $1.99 and higher will be on sale for 50% off**.  The sale will be in effect on both the 3rd and 4th of November of 2012.

** Get even more off the price of my products during this sale with the use of my 2012 Design Quest Coupons. :-)

The 2012 Design Quest challenges

... hosted by Scrapping Fairytales, is in it's final week.  The 4th challenge was originally due this past Monday on October 29th but because so many people participating in the challenges were affected by Hurricane Sandy, the deadline for this challenge was pushed out another week.

Our Challenge for Week 4

... was to think of Europe and to create a mini kit (with specific requirements) and a Quick Page that somehow reflects our own ideas of Europe; considering the number of countries and the varying lifestyles and tradtions that make up Europe one can see that it is a very broad theme with which to be inspired and the designs could have been done in so many ways.

Having never been to Europe myself, my imagery of there comes only from books, television, magazines and talking with people who are either from there or have traveled there at some time in their lives.  I conjured up so very many images in my mind but in the end I settled with a sort of day dream... I imagined a quaint, country cottage with a beautiful garden filled with, among other things, ivy and roses and then I imagined sitting in in this garden with my feet up, totally immersed in the sweet aroma of the flowers while drinking a warm and tasty, cup of tea, totally relaxed and treasuring the moment.

From these thought I created the mini kit, 'Tea Time'.  You can download the mini kit and corresponding Quick Page for free for a limited time (see details below).

And here is the Quick Page I created from this mini kit:

The Quick Page can be downloaded from MediaFire by clicking HERE.

To download the mini kit, you have the choice of 1 large file (62MBOR 2 smaller files (28MB and 34MB).

That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.