Friday, 12 December 2014

Custom Gift Ideas + Silver & Gold Tinsel Styles

Can't think of the perfect gift for someone special? How about creating a set of custom wall decor framed art? Just use what you already have in your digital scrapbooking stash to make a beautiful custom set that goes perfect with any decor..because you made it that way!

Use your digital scrapbooking papers alone or add Photos, Initials or words to make something truly special this year! You can pick up some great little frames, print your papers at home and "ta-da" a very special gift!

Papers above come from the following collections:
Value Pack: Madison County
Orange Blossom Collection
Nassau Collection
A La Mode Collection
Summer Cottage Collection &
Calico Collection

Also this week, I went about trying to create a style that looked like the old fashioned icicle tinsel we used to hang on our Christmas trees.... remember that? Remember what a mess it was if it got tangled in the carpet? Well I think I have it!

These styles are designed to mimic old fashioned foil icicle tinsel & work best on thin items, text or as design accents. You can use them as they are or change the blending modes for a sparkle to your dimensional elements. With this set you get 4 Silver and 4 Gold styles.

A Commercial Use version of this product is available
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Tinsel 8501 - Commercial License
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Tinsel

Other News

ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Tinsel is on sale this weekend for $2.80

Don't forget to check my Facebook Fan Freebie section, I've added a new paper that uses last weeks Background Blenders 6 plus Shabby Bakery. It might be nice for those holiday baking pages.

Also on the website are special Christmas sections for products and layout ideas. If you get a moment check it out.

 OK whew... Hope I didn't forget anything. I hope this week finds you warm & happy! Right now it is downright blustery here in The Netherlands.... so off for another cup of my favorite coffee!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Background Blenders 6 + a Free Paper Sample

It was about time for another set of Background Blenders. So this week I have Background Blenders 6, a new washed blender effect for your digital scrapbooking layouts and art journals. These came about when I was working on some papers for a new collection and I thought it would be great for blending photos too.

This set is also available in a commercial use version. See ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders 6 - Commercial License.
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders 6
When I work on a set like this, I first try and make sure it works in real application. Sometimes it can look really cool just looking at the layers, but fails to really "work" when you start adding papers and photos. These were the 9 best of many many tries. After getting all the pieces, I went about testing them & that is where the 6 samples came into play (see them below). I also included 6 layered PSD files which were taken directly from the 6 samples layouts. (It'll give you a head start).
Color Run digital scrapbooking layout by Brandy Murry
This sample uses 1 photo and a couple of thin color bands. The turquoise colors bands give you a great spot for a title or some journaling.
Times Square digital scrapbooking layout by Brandy Murry
There are actually 7 blenders and 2 bands. One of the bands goes across a 12 page like the black one above under the title. The other band doesn't touch the other side allowing you to make it shorter if necessary.
Ballet digital scrapbooking layout by Brandy Murry
To see everything I used to make these layouts, there is a list in the boutique at the bottom in the long description with links if you are seeing something and want to take a closer look.
Super Hero digital scrapbooking layout by Brandy Murry
This layout of Wesley uses the Blenders with the papers, while one is set in the overlay blending mode to give you the lighter streaks of blue. (PS the text is a family inside joke kinda.... Wes was infatuated with the number 78 for a long time. We don't know why, but it was 78 dragons this and I could eat 78 pancakes, etc.... my sister Jess asked me to find a way to get it into the scrapbook & this was the result.)
Cranes digital scrapbooking layout by Brandy Murry
This particular layout is good for when you have a good bit of journaling and the bands make way for the title.
Northern Italy digital scrapbooking layout by Brandy Murry
 I loved the alpine feel the photo mixed with the wood gave. I kept adding embellishments to this layout over and over and then took them off. Hey, generally I'm a clusterer! (ummm I don't think that is a So I decided to give these layouts a more clean graphic look. It was a nice change and they all came together so fast.

Free Paper Sample

Here is a free paper sample I did using ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders 6 and Shabby Bakery. You can also find it on my Facebook Page under Fan Freebies.
Just click on the image above or click HERE. to download it to your computer.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, 28 November 2014

Black & White Christmas

I know your email boxes are getting flooded today. It's a huge shoppers paradise out there and I have seen some beautiful things! I just want to quickly add my little part in all this and help get you ready for the holidays! I want to introduce...

Black & White with touches of color layouts are really on trend right now, so why not a Christmas collection as well? This Collection makes it so easy to add your own pop of color to the mix.
Noella Collection Biggie
Click on the link above to see the Noella Collection in my Scrap Girls Boutique. I've also added a couple more things you might need. A 3 piece 4X8 Holiday Photo Card template & an embellishment add-on with more options for Christmas cards.
Noella 4X8 Holiday Photo Cards
Noella Embellishment Mini

You can get all 3 in the Value Pack at the intro price $8.57 (this price is only available for a couple of days) So get your holiday layouts and cards done all in one pack.
Value Pack: Noella
The inspiration for this kit came from an image I saw on Pinterest from
I loved it so much I tried creating my own digital version for a layout or card idea. It's also a super clever way to add a tree if you are low on space. (You can see my digital version below) Plus, you know I love me some black in my collections. ;)

 Image from

This set also works well playing with other collections.

Great for the cover of your Christmas Album or a Holiday Greeting Card
Sample from the  Noella 4X8 Holiday Photo Cards
Another Black and White Christmas Card Idea (Dogs are family too!)
Sample from the  Noella 4X8 Holiday Photo Cards
Great for Photos of Christmas Past
December Calendar Idea
Black & White digital Christmas scrapbooking layout
Christmas Traditions digital scrapbooking layout
Don't miss out on the Holiday Kick -Off Sale going on at Scrap Girls. Prices cut 35% through November 30th. So enjoy shopping online... no lines to wait in! ;)

OK kids...that's it. I am sure you have lots of things to do and shop for today. Thank you for taking a moment to look through my new Black & White Christmas Kit.


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Ritzy Glitz & Painted Leaves

Back in the summer, Amanda Fraijo-Tobin and I worked on a promotional collection for Scrap Girls called "The Ritz" that was seen on another site. Since that promotion is now over, we were able to add it to the Scrap Girls store. I think it's a fun collection for winter formals, birthdays & anniversaries, proms & holiday parties.

I also have some painted leaf clusters for your fall layouts and art journals. They are kinda messy and fun. These cam about from my friend Martje & I going on a walk around the city. The trees were just starting to turn and we had fun picked up the leaves we liked best. A few scans & some digital paint later... and I had these bright pretty leaf clusters.
Painted Autumn Leaf Cluster Embellishment Mini


Well, it's almost Thanksgiving in the US. I really miss this holiday since we don't celebrate it (obviously) in The Netherlands. Yes, I could try and replicate it. But it's just not the same without the whole family here. Can you believe they all won't fly over here to be with me?? (smile) A couple of years ago, Jeroen & went back to visit for Thanksgiving.... mmm it was the best! I miss Mama's cooking too. I think I am on the verge of a pity party. LOL!

Last year I did a Thanksgiving collection based around dinner parties, called... "Dinner Party" (simple is best ;) . I wanted it to be versatile enough to use for other things besides the holiday. It ended up being my favorite collection of last year. For some reason, layouts seem to come together so fast with it.  If you haven't seen it, you can click on the image below to see the "Dinner Party Collection"


 One more thing before I forget... there is a Calendar Sale going on at Scrap Girls until tomorrow. You can pick up your favorite Calendar Templates for 30% off. 

Save 30% in the Scrap Girls Boutique until Midnight ET on November 26, 2014.

This includes my 2015 Blender Calendar template set. These make great Christmas gifts. Get started on your today!

Well that is all for now. I hope all my American family, friends & customers have a fantastic Thanksgiving! Think of me when you are having your family get together over yummy traditional foods.

Many Thanks!

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...