Wednesday, 21 January 2015

2014 Customer Favorites + SG Free Goodies

It's nice to reflect on the past year. I like to go back and see what the favorites were from YOU! This helps me understand a little more about the things you like in digital scrapbooking kits and helps me plan for the next year. It's fun to see because sometimes my favorites don't match yours.

These are the top 5 collections for last year.

#5 Asian Beauty Collection
#4 Rustic Wedding Collection
#3 Madison County Collection
#2 Botanical Collection
And #1 for 2014 Travel Journal Collection

Interesting because there isn't one bright set in the top 5. I guess you are telling me this is what you prefer or at least from me in the past year. ;) Dang... and I just released Bold & Beautiful...LOL

What is my favorite from last year you ask? Well... ahem.. thanks for asking, LOL... I'll tell you.
My fav digi collection from last year was....

A La Mode Collection
What can I say..... I love me some pink! Plus I have a special affection for the lemon/peach tree vintage pattern.

These are the top 5 single item kits for last year.

#5 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Rustic

#4 ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Lighting Effects 3 Biggie

#3 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Gold 8501

#2 ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Torn Paper Masks 2

#1 ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Embroidery

BTW... don't miss the little freebies over at Scrap Girls today....
Free Goodies
The 2 papers are mine and coordinate with the Plumeria Collection, the crocheted flower was designed by Jan Ransley and goes with her darling Bluebell Wood Collection & the family frame is by Jacqui Smith for her Brush Set: Framed Right Now Biggie .
Free Goodies
Melissa Renfro also has a very versatile stripe paper for free that goes with this months Club Kit Just The Beginning Collection.

These little free items won't stay there long, so grab em while they are available!

Well thanks for taking a trip down 2014's memory lane with me. Thank you all soooo very much for supporting me and continuing to buy my products. I hope to give you some new fun things to play with in digital scrapbooking & photo books for 2015.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Bold & Beautiful Collection + Free Color Palette Styles

The Bold & Beautiful digital scrapbooking collection is a bright and fun kit to help you with designing your scrapbook, art journals & photobooks.

This collection started with me playing with digital painting and I somehow ended up with this paper.  It was crazy bold and something I hadn't done in a long time since designing the Zoomba Collection for the Scrap Girls Club. Plus... I was ready for some bright colors.
Bold & Beautiful Collection
It's got tons of artsy things in it, perfect for fun art journals and funky photobooks. Here are some close ups of some of the items included.

Click on any of the images to be taken to the shop, where you can see everything included. It has over 230 items in it (including the mix match alpha set). I hope it will give you some WOW factor in your layouts.

Layout ideas for your digital scrapooking, photobooks and art journals.
Beautiful You layout by Brandy Murry
Creativity layout by Brandy Murry
Snapshot layout by Brandy Murry
Dream in Color layout by Brandy Murry
Lilly at Disney layout by Brandy Murry

It's wild, and sometimes hard to discern the elements, but here are a few of my favorite pieces in the collection:I love how the colors pop off the black & the long thin frame is something different. The mixed up letters are fun to add behind photo clusters and I HAVE to some some sort of scattered thing. In this case, aqua sequins!  Many of the embellishments are flat colors so you can mix and match. It's also easy to change the colors if you wanted.

Some of my favorite pieces in the Bold & Beautiful Collection
Free Coordinating Photoshop Styles
You can download this color Photoshop style set that coordinates with the collection. It's just a simple color change, but when you are making your pages, rather than have to fill with a new color, clip or add color overlays... this makes it easy to just click a button and change to a new color on those objects such as the flat flowers, journaling or your own fonts. You can get it HERE: Bold & Beautiful Color Palette Styles

If you like bold kits like this, you may also like the Zoomba Collection:

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a bold and beautiful weekend!

Friday, 9 January 2015

New Cut Out Styles & Free Alpha Set

This week I have a "Cut Out" Photoshop Style set. I originally created this set last year when I designed the Heart of Gold Collection. It was one of those things that got set aside with good intentions. Over the year, I have found myself using it a lot in my own digital scrapbooking so I thought it might be helpful to you as well.

Get it NOW for the intro price of $2.80 (Valid thru the weekend)

 Here are some ideas on how to use it.....
In this layout the style has been applied to some of the triangles & text to give it some dimension.

This style sets keeps your original patterns and colors intact and can be applied to text/fonts, shapes and embellishments.

Applied to only some of the triangles dives the perception of depth, which makes it a little more interesting. The set comes in 3 sizes S, M & L. You can see above some of the triangles have different depths.
In this layout the styles were applied to the title and the trio of hearts.

The small highlight on the outside mimics a slightly curled outer edge.

I hope this gives you some ideas for use. Heart of Gold was one of my favorites from last year, it's bright and pretty and I really enjoy the touches of gold accents in the collection.

There is also a Commercial Version of the styles if you are a designer and would like to use them in your work.

Pick up this free little alphabet & numbers set made with the Cut Out Styles & coordinates with the Heart of Gold Collection. Just click the image above! Or Click here----> Heart of Gold Free Alpha

Enjoy & have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, 2 January 2015

A Masculine Digital Scrapbooking Kit

We were having a design meeting one day with Debbie Cleek, the owner of Scrap Girls and we were talking about ideas for new things. She was mentioning more masculine kits and how most of our kits that we considered "manly" were defiantly designed by a woman. She's right. I went back to look at a the very few of my collection for guys or themed for men and sure enough, I could see what she was talking about.

Manmade masculine digital scrapbooking Collection
Though 99.9% of digital scrapbooking designers are women, we have a fair amount of memory keepers in the world of the male persuasion. In fact I've been contacted by a few dads asking questions about this and that..therefore I know they are out there. So..... I tasked myself with trying to create a collection for guys with a different perspective.  What's the best thing to do? Look at the man closest to you and for me that would be Jeroen. A modern guy, with traditional roots with an interest in technology & photography. He was my inspiration for "Manmade". I hope you like it.... not one flower or any floral designs... I have to tell you, it was not easy for me...LOL

Manmade digital scrapbooking Collection
Included in the Collection:
 (click any image to be taken to the store to see images larger)

Manmade digital scrapbooking Collection
The Alpha & Word Art set is only available through the collection or the Value Pack. It has (2) Alpha Sets (These sets includes: All letters, numbers and some punctuation.) One in paper and one metal edged. Lots of tags and photography quotes are included along with a few snappy word buttons.

Manmade digital scrapbooking Collection
(3) 8.5X11 pages of coordinating embellishments with items such as camera lenses,  a smart phone, earplugs, a cassette tape, a flash drive, dark coffee and beans, a digital border and many other items.

(16) Background papers in grey, browns, maroon & golden yellows. Patterns include geometric shapes, wood, stacked papers, an old map, wood & textured coordinating solids.

Also Available:
 There are a couple of additions to this set that I coordinated to go along with it.
Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Desktop Manmade
Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Desktop Manmade is a small collection made to help you easily construct a 2 page spread. This set was specifically made to mimic a "desktop" and can be resized to use as your actual computer desktop image. This set coordinates with the Manmade Collection of products & is included in the Value Pack: Manmade.

  • (1) Layered PSD Layout File
  • (1) 12X24 Wood Background
  • (1) Highlight Overlay
  • (12) coordinating elements (Some include separate deep shadows & the tablet comes in separate PNG or PSD formats)
Focus digital scrapbooking reticles
Focus Embellishments is a set of 6 focal reticles in PNG and Photoshop ABR (Brush) formats. Great for overlaying over images and behind clusters for a very smart look to your digital scrapbooking layouts and art journals.

This set coordinates with the Manmade collection of products & is included in the Manmade Value Pack.

Value Pack:
You can get all 3 sets together and save some money in the Manmade Value Pack Selection. You can grab this whole set for the intro price of $9.43 this weekend only!

Plus when you select this option, you'll pick up a free layout template made from the"New York" layout sample shown with the collection.

The idea behind this is to choose 3 photos that coordinate or tell your story. One close up, one at a normal range and one for far away. In this case I chose a photo of the Statue of Liberty, a close up of a viewer from atop a tall building and a landscape of New York. Combining these photos with an overlay effect makes a fun background for your scrapbook. Come to think of it, it's a good idea for a cover for your printed scrapbook.

Thanks Diane von F├╝rstenberg (& design team) for the idea for this layout. If you happened to catch her show "House of DVF" this year, you'll see how I was influenced for this layout. PS I lover her style!

Manmade Photoshop Styles:
There is also a Photoshop Style set for this collection available separately. It's got some really useful everyday styles like vellum, acetate & wood PLUS 2 photo overlay patterns that really go well with the Manmade Collection of products. Note: the overlay styles look best on darker photos and don't show up so well on very light ones.

This set is also available in a Commercial Use version 

Some of you may ask why it isn't included in the Value Pack and that is a very understandable question! The reason we don't do that is because these are for Photoshop & Photoshop Elements ONLY. Since not everyone uses these programs, they wouldn't benefit everyone.

Layout Inspiration:
  (click any image to be taken to the store to see a list of all products used to make the layout)

Focus digital scrapbooking photography layout by Brandy Murry
Desktop digital scrapbooking photography layout by Brandy Murry
Freeze Frame digital scrapbooking layout by Brandy Murry
New York digital scrapbooking photography layout by Brandy Murry
Father & Son digital scrapbooking layout by Brandy Murry
Play List digital scrapbooking layout by Brandy Murry
Adam digital scrapbooking photography layout by Brandy Murry
Blueridge Mountains digital scrapbooking photography layout by Brandy Murry
Traveling Europe digital scrapbooking layout by Brandy Murry
That is all for this week! I hope you all had a safe New Year's Eve and I wish you health and happiness for the coming year.