Friday, 14 November 2014

New Southwest Inspired Collection + New Facebook Fan Freebies

This week I have a new southwest inspired collection. It all started with some inspiration from Stampington & Co. Who has my favorite industry magazines like Somerset Digital & Somerset Life.
Calico Collection Biggie
I was going for more prairie, bit once I started looking at horse blanket patterns, it took on a more Native American influence, but hey...perfect for the coming Thanksgiving season in the US.

There are lots of fun patterns, beads, feathers, silver and turquoise accents plus fun stitched leather tags and an alpha.

Here's what's included:

Calico Embellishments

Calico Background Papers
Calico Alpha & Word Art
Calico Paper Mini
 Calico Paper Mini is an add on set of 6 papers that coordinate with the Calico Collection.
Barbed Wire Embellishment Biggie
Barbed Wire Embellishment Biggie includes lots of fun wire accents.

a Value Pack for Calico is also available
Value Pack: Calico
You can get all 3 sets for a special discounted price, PLUS when you purchase the Value Pack, you also get a fun Free Layered Layout Template. The layout templates comes in PNG & PSD file formats. It's a great value, especially when you grab it at the intro price (this weekend only).

 Perfect for layouts about the south western part of the US, Grand Canyon vacations or even parts of Canada & Australia.
Glen Canyon Layout by Brandy Murry
Cover page Idea by Brandy Murry
Recipe page idea by Brandy Murry
Grand Canyon Layout by Brandy Murry
Grand Canyon Layout by Brandy Murry
Everyday Layout by Brandy Murry
Cowboy Layout by Brandy Murry
Cowboy Western Layout by Brandy Murry
I also wanted to mention that I FINALLY figured out how to add a Facebook Fan Freebie section on my FB page. All you have to do is "Like" the page and then you'll see a tab at the top under the cover photo on my timeline that says "Fan Freebies".

Check there from time to time to see new items added. This week I added one for the Calico Collection. (Click the image below to goto my Facebook Page and please like me! ;) (Yes this is a shameless attempt to get my "likes" up. The numbers were kinda pitiful)

Other news: I've added a new Fall Product Section to the website Scrapbooks from the Heart as well as Fall Layout Gallery. If you are looking for some ideas, take a peek over there.

OK, I am sure you have things to do today so I'll say ciao for now. Until next time...

Sunday, 9 November 2014

An Amazing Google Tool

Today I had to answer some questions about the Club Selection Botanical for Scrap Girls Blog. We always need to give the photo credits for any images we use in the article. I always forget to save the source urls because most of the time I see something that is inspiring on the Internet and I add it to my inspiration file not thinking about. UNTIL I need to show the original images and give credit.

So after searching for one particular image on Google for over an hour, I finally typed in "how to find images on the Internet" to see if there was some site that had some insight on how to do a better job of this. Then wham bam.... I saw a page that talked about Reverse Image Searches.. YES! This was what I was looking for...someone has a secret to share with me and make my life easier.

Well... come to find out, it was there all along, I just didn't know it. THANK YOU Google!
So here's how to find the sources for all those images you saved for inspiration, whether it be for a design idea or a layout.

So you see that little camera on the right of where you type in what you are searching for...well CLICK ON IT.

Click on the "Upload an image", then "Browse" & navigate to the image on your computer you want to find. Then a couple of seconds all the places this image is posted pops up and you can find the source.

I was thinking well...what if I changed the name of the image..could Google still find it?? So I did an experiment and changed the name of one of the resource images and tried again.. IT WORKED!

So then I thought..well what if I copied the image into a new document and then renamed it (So it wasn't the original image file) Would it work? IT WORKED!

So then I thought...what if the size was different than the original & I changed the background color. This might happen if you were creating a mood board or something like that and you deleted the original file. OK I was really pushing Google's capabilities here. Ummm well... IT WORKED! WOW!

It was a happy dance at my house. So give it a try and know it's there if you should ever need it.

I never knew about this did you?? Tell me I wasn't the only one in the dark.

Monday, 3 November 2014

The November Club Selection is Out!

Once a year I do the club kit for Scrap Girls. November is my month to put out a set of 6 kits that coordinate for a great savings of $9.99 (or less if you sign up for a 6 or 12 month subscription). PLUS you get extra bonus items each month. Of course you don't have to be a member to get the individual pieces, but if you are... you save lots of money.

Botanical was made to enhance all those beautiful outdoor shots that we all take in the fall. From landscapes to autumn walks and journaling the memories you want to preserve.

Click on the individual images to be taken to the boutique page to purchase separately.

The Club Selection includes:
  • 1 Collection Biggie (16 backgrounds, 3 alphabet and word art sheets, and 3 embellishment sheets)
  • 1 Sheet of Word Art
  • 1 Embellishment Set
  • A JIF Plus Kit
  • 1 Paper Mini
  • A Designer's Choice Item

Don't forget we have a huge party with all kinds of challenges, freebies and big prizes going on at Scrap Girls until November 10th for our 10th Anniversary. Come join us!

You can pick up this Fall Freebie set today over at the Boutique, but be quick... they only last for a couple of days. I did the fork cluster and the other pieces were designed by other members on the design team.
Free Fall Bundle

Have a great week!