Friday, 26 June 2015

June ScrapSimple Club

Hello my lovlies. It's time to show you the June ScrapSimple Club that came out a little over a week ago. It's filled with some fun things to help you along your memory keeping ways. This is kinda  long post, so grab a cup of coffee and let me explain everything.....

For those of you that don't know what "The Club" is, it's a monthly membership program where basically being a member gets you a group of products every month at a HUGE savings. Like mega to the max ;) (yes I grew up in the 80's)

The BIG Club is pre-finished kits, like collections with add-ons for those who like to scrap with everything already fixed up for you. The ScrapSimple Club is a special club for those of you who like to get creative and make things for yourself, so it includes templates and tools. This club is also available with a commercial license option for other designers out there. The great deal is basically... for less than the price of 2-3 Starbucks coffees, you can have new fun things every month and also get to try out new designers. Click below to see all the goodies:

This month the June SS Club was mine and I went with a newspaper theme.

It includes newspaper templates, both dimensional and flat, overlays for creases and texture, puzzle templates like find a word, suduko, mazes & crosswords plus some fun brush stamps.

This alphabet brush set is HUGE and probably my favorite product in the group. I love making titles with it and stamping letters on top of others like some of the tiles in this blog post.

Big Stamps comes in PNG & ABR (Photoshop Brush) formats. If you like to get artsy or do some art journaling this set is great for that.

These are the newspaper templates. You get the layouts for basic pages, plus the dimensional templates if you want to mimic a real folded newspaper. Also included in this set are 2 fold overlays and 1 newspaper texture.

This group is called "In Print" it's a set of text typed templates for overlays to collages. These are great to place over photos or use to make backgrounds. 2 Texture overlays are included in this group (a film screen and a newspaper halftone) This helps give your newspaper an authentic look.

Everyone loves the puzzles included in the newspaper. This set has mazes, crossword, find a word & suduko. Make backgrounds or use as overlays to make some fun images.

This layout uses the film screen overlay from In Print, a text block and the XL Stamped Alpha to make the title. This is Wes, my nephew...he's my super kid. What a ham!

This got a little artistic showing off one of my favorite perfumes "Versace". It used that film screen & halftone overlays from In Print, The XL Stamped Alpha for the numbers and the flowers & paint splats from Big Stamps.

These are the fun newspaper templates. The above shows the basic layout templates so you can record big events like births, graduation, holidays & sports. Plus what it looks like when you overlay your news story on one of the folded newspapers.

This layout shows some ideas on how you might use some of the text and puzzles as accents on your layouts. 

I wanted to show you that you could also use just parts of the puzzle templates and texty overlays on your layouts. This sample uses just the letters of the find a word puzzle and just the numbers of the suduko puzzle. They come in PNG & PSD formats so you can mix and match.

More fun with the XL Stamped Alpha, a folded newspaper and text collages.

Did I mention there were 2 video tutorials included in this month's club? Every month you also get 2 tutorials from the designer showing you how to use some of the products in the club. This is the sample layout for one of the tutorials. It shoes you how to create a poster type layout with text overlayed on parts of the image.

 Mix text with photos and patterns for fun photo collages. I added the halftone pattern over the photos to give it an newsprint effect.

One last perk is the free highlighter set included in the club membership. While the other parts of the club eventually become available for purchase at normal prices, the free gift doesn't. It's just a membership thing.

I hope you check it out, it's a great bargain. You can grab it at as little as $5.99 a month when you purchase the annual payment plan or $6.99 for the monthly plan. Cancel anytime.

I know that was a lot of info, so if you made it this far in the post, I am grateful for your attention! Love and hugs........

Have a BEAUTIFUL weekend!

Friday, 19 June 2015

A Bright Summer Kit

Hi everyone, today I have an artsy fun digital scrapbooking & photobook kit I hope will give you some smiles. It's full of pops of bright summer colors paired with a black and white base. 

XOX Digital Scrapbooking & Photobook Collection

It has painted accents and is complimented by black and white to make the colors really stand out in the kit or your photos. Some of my favorite pieces are the frames with the cast shadows, the texty overlay and the painted speech bubbles. Here's more of what is included in this set....

Includes Alpha, Word Art, Embellishments & Papers
XOX Alpha & Word Art
XOX Embellishments
XOX Paper Details
XOX Designer Mixed Backgrounds
XOX Designer Mix Papers
In this set of 6 backgrounds, I took some of the basic patterns pre-mixed them for you to give you a jump start for your pages.

Some ideas to help you get started

Digital Scrapbooking/Photobook Layout by Brandy Murry
All the colors in this photo were desaturated except the red/magenta giving focus to the sweet little girl. The poem is called "As I Watch You Grow" by Kay Theese.

"As I Watch You Grow"
 As I Watch You Grow Do you know how much you mean to me? As you grow into what you will be. You came from within, from just beneath my heart. It's there you'll always be, though your own life will now start.

You're growing so fast it sends me awhirl, With misty eyes I ask, Where's my little girl? I know sometimes to you I seem harsh and so unfair, But one day you will see, I taught you well because I care. The next few years will so quickly fly, With laughter and joy, mixed with a few tears to cry. As you begin your growth to womanhood, this fact you must know, You'll always be my source of pride, no matter where you go.

You must stand up tall and proud, within you feel no fear, For all you dreams and goals sit before you very near. With God's love in your heart and the world by its tail, You'll always be my winner, and victory will prevail. For you this poem was written, with help from above, To tell you in a rhythm of your Mother's heartfelt love!

© Kay Theese
Digital Scrapbooking/Photobook Layout by Brandy Murry
Use angles to your advantage by also adding borders and text in the same direction for an interesting touch to your layouts.
Digital Scrapbooking/Photobook Layout by Brandy Murry
I am so excited to get a chance to scrap about my niece Emily's art. I am really proud of her. In this layout I used the painted blocks as masks for her Manga drawings and used the frames on top to highlight the pieces.

Digital Scrapbooking/Photobook Layout by Brandy Murry
I thought this photo by 15 yr old photgrapher Мария Ткачук was so funny. If you have a brother, you have probably been here before. It makes me smile.

Digital Scrapbooking/Photobook Layout by Brandy Murry
A fun idea is to make a title within a title. The trick is finding one that will work! "Arial" is highlighted within the "A Real California Girl". Start with a name and then find words with those letters.
Digital Scrapbooking/Photobook Layout by Brandy Murry
Gold accents are "hot hot hot right now, I really love it with black and white and just one pop of pink.

Well my friends, that is all for today, I'll be posting about the new ScrapSimple Club that just came out soon. If you want a jump start on what that is all about, you can visit the Scrap Girls Club Page to get a preview of a very fun DYI Club.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, 5 June 2015

Quick Photobooks

There is one thing a lot of us don't have enough of... and that is time! There are some instances that you just want to put together a book quickly. That is why ScrapSimple Photobooks can be very helpful.

This is the 2nd photobook template set I have released and this week I hope you enjoy "Modern Magazine". Let's take a peek and what it offers you.

This set of (10) 12x24 double page layouts is perfect for making a photobook fast and easy.  Just clip your photos to the shapes and add your own colors, patterns, titles and text.

  • 10 12X24 Double page layouts (20 Pages)
  • PSD and PNG formats
  • Font List Included

Rather have 8.5X11??, not a problem, this set comes in 2 sizes:

ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album: 12X12 Photobook - Modern Magazine
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album: 8.5X11 Photobook - Modern Magazine

Layout Inspiration:
You can use half of one of the templates to make your cover, or just add a fun pattern that that coordinates with the theme of your book.

Make a photobook about your beach trip

Make a photobook about your relationship
Make a photobook about your trip to Europe
Make a photobook about your wedding

Make a photobook about a day at a festival
Make a photobook about your kids or grandkids
Here are some other ideas:

  • Recipe Books
  • Graduation Books
  • Quote Books
  • Showcase your child's artwork
  • Calendar Books
  • Use them for your Project 52
If you like this set, you may also like ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: Photobook Classic

ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: Photobook Classic

Well, I hope ya'll have a great weekend, it's supposed to pretty today with rain later. I am hoping to play tennis this evening, so I hope the rain holds off! (yea... I need to move more than back and forth to the coffee maker ;)

Have a good one!