Resistance is Futile by Tracy Kosofsky

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Choooo chooooooo

It's time for another Stuff to Scrap blog train! This month's kit is called Those Summer Nights and it's gigantic and awesome!!! You can pick up my contribution here: CLICKY and your destination map to the rest of the train is below the preview. Enjoy!

A Whittle Whimsy
Always Be Neighbors Designs
Becky Young Designs
Desertgirl designs
Digi-designs by Nicole
Dream Big Designs
Dreams Inspired
Flower Scraps
Funky Time Designs by Amber
JW Digi-Scraps
Let Me Scrapbook!
Lovin My Scrappy Life
Mad Genius Designs
Nibbles Skribbles
Resistance is Futile <---- YOU ARE HERE Samantha Scraps
Scrap in a Can
Scrap Raptor
Scrappin' Serenity
Scrapping Rainbow
Scraps of Ellay
Seal Scraps
Shel Belle Scraps
Strawbeary Designs
Stuff to Scrap
Tanya's Crossbone Cuts
The Mathematician's Assistant
The Scrappy Kat


It's $2 Tuesday at The DigiChick and I cannot believe the awesome things on super sale!

First, one of my very favorite kits by Elise, Always Eden - so perfect for both girl and boy layouts, and just so super sweet.
And Mari -wow - this adorable Luvbug kit and matching Badge Book album are almost brand new! They were just released! And I love the vintage, worn look of this kit.
And last but certainly not least - these very versatile Playing Cards 1 and Playing Cards 2 templates by Kelleigh - they're the perfect size to hold a mini mini album or some coupons for someone you love!
Happy shopping!!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Moscow bound - trip 2

We have our court date! We'll be leaving for Moscow on Saturday - unfortunately, we will be coming home without the little guy while we wait out the 10 day appeal period. Then it's back for trip 3 and then we'll all be home!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Finally finished

Yesterday I posted about Kelleigh's awesome Star Spangled Template Set. I had so many ideas for things to do with them - create a baby mobile - use them as starfish - put them with some planets in some fun kids' hanging craft kind of thing - that I was overwhelmed! But I finally settled on something I really NEED - an addition to my seasonal dining room table bowl (I add Easter eggs, Christmas ornaments, gourds in fall, etc. but don't really have anything for summer). I should tell you that the bowl is pretty gigantic, so the stars (both small and large) end up pretty good sized! In addition to the template set, I used digi papers from the June daily download at ScrapMatters.

Remember that Kelleigh also has a tutorial with these templates up on her blog!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Are you ready for the 4th??

Do you need decorating ideas for the Fourth of July?? Check out these awesome star templates that Kelleigh released today (they're on sale, too - 20% off!). I started a project that is super cute but I need to find some time to finish it. Ack!

She also posted a great tutorial on her blog - go check it out!


Here's a fun little summer quiz for today's SSD FOBTY:

You Are a Bikini

You love warm days, and you don't shy away from the beach.

You're confident enough to not worry about how you look... but you're not a brazen show off either!

You feel sexy and young at heart - especially during the summer.

You are classic and chic. You rather own one designer swimsuit than a dozen cheap knock offs.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Happy Birthday, Kelleigh!

To celebrate her birthday, Kelleigh Ratzlaff is offering this fantastic coupon!! This is the perfect opportunity to try hybrid at a ridiculously low price - or if you're already a Kelleigh fan (like me!), to stock up! You can visit her store by clicking here.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

I want to be a....

Very nearby, we have this amazing place called Wannado City. It's a little town that is just for kids, and gives them a chance to experience all kinds of careers through play activities led by an awesome staff. Kids can be firefighters, pilots, policemen, fashion models, doctors, veterinarians, bakers, candy makers, archaeologists, lawyers....and that's just a partial list! Alexa LOVES to go there - she actually went three days last week! I decided to do a series of layouts of her play are the first three in the series!

Credits: Our Story by Kelley Mickus ; miscellaneous ribbons and buttons from my stash

Credits: Boutique by Misty Cato and LilyAnne Taylor; inspired by

Credits: blocking template by Arisu; papers and elements from a number of kits by Mari Koegelenberg: Denim Gal (an older kit but one of my go-tos), Remarks journaling spot set, and Gel Blue Alpha from her May 2009 Grab Bag

Friday, June 19, 2009

Amy's New Release (and Happy Birthday Elise!!)

Today is Elise's 30th Birthday!!! Sign up for her newsletter before 6/25 and you'll get a wonderful freebie and a great discount coupon to her store to celebrate her big day!

And....check out this AWESOME set of crayon brushes Amy released yesterday!! If you don't use PS/PSE, the png files are also included.

Here's a quick and easy layout I created with the set - but I am going to go back to it again and again for extra little touches on my kiddo layouts (I used some of her past freebies on the layout, too).

Thursday, June 18, 2009

SSD FOBTY - 6/18

Another fun quiz!!

Your Gift Is Energy

You are easily excitable, and you love to be on the go. You crave intensity.

You need to live a dynamic, interesting, and challenging life. Otherwise, you get bored.

It's hard for you to relax. You're constantly being inspired to do something.

You're the type of person who finds success, innovation, and creativity easy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

How awesome are these??

Elise, Kelleigh and Amy are ALL releasing fantastic new products at The Digi Chick tomorrow (20% off new releases on Thursdays!!!). I am still working on my creation with Amy's release, but I wanted to show you what I've created with Elise and Kelleigh's products!

First, here's a preview of the releases:
What a Catch by Elise - this kit is SO PERFECT for Father's Day, and even if you don't know a fisherman, many of the papers and elements are versatile and perfect for any manly layout!

I so love this Daddy's Toolbox template by Kelleigh. I turned it into a tackle box (see below), and it's also the perfect shape for a pirate or treasure chest!!!!

And here are my creations!

This last creation is from the 6/15 sketch challenge at The Digi Chick - sketch by Dana!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Beach weekend

I bet you're expecting to see some beach layouts. WRONG! We spent the day at the beach yesterday (I love living so nearby), so I don't have too much to show you from the weekend!!! Here are a couple layouts I did finish:

Credits: papers and most elements from Children at Play by MandaBean and Julie Billingsley, Wavy Paper Clips by Libby Weifenbach, circle journal strip template by Dani Mogstad

Credits: inspired by, using Little Sugar by Elise Hansen

Credits: papers and elements from the PJ Kids kit by Lliella Designs, Paper Clips by Libby Weifenbach, frame by Dani Mogstad, word cloud created with

Friday, June 12, 2009

SSD FOBTY (from yesterday)

You Are Salty

There's something about you that makes the world a better place.

You make life more colorful, more flavorful, and more vibrant.

You get along well with others. You always have something to add.

Without realizing it, people can become very addicted to you.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Feeling sappy today

I really love my designers. Well, they're not MINE exactly, but I am on their Creative Teams, and I just love the wide range of styles they represent. Elise's work is always so soft and pretty, and Amy's is fun and bright. Eva does a little bit of everything, and Kelleigh rocked my creative world when I discovered her hybrid templates! Plus, all four of them are amazing women, and I love promoting their work not only because I love it, but because I just like them all so darn much.

So without further ado and mushiness, here are a few projects from new releases today! Remember new releases are 20% off at The DigiChick on Thursdays.

This first layout uses Elise's Game On kit:
This layout uses Elise's Little Sugar Mini kit - she also released coordinating girl and boy mini minis today (the butterfly is from the girl mini mini):
And finally, Kelleigh released adorable baby rattle and diaper Baby Card Templates today - I resized the rattle and put it on her Perfectly Square Box Template. Papers by Sugarplum Paperie!
Thanks as always for looking (and commenting!).

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Projects Galore

Sometimes I'm ridiculous. I have been cranking out the layouts and projects like there is no tomorrow (Really, though - that makes no sense. If there was no tomorrow, why would I need to finish projects? No one would see them.). Anyhow, here are just a few! Credits under each photo.
Credits: created for the June hybrid challenge at Sweet Shoppe Designs using the PJ Kids kit by LLIELLA Designs, CTMH stamps and edge distressor, and some random buttons from my stash.

Credits: Created for the June song lyric challenge at Stuff to Scrap; loosely based on Pencil lines sketch 137; uses the Summer Cottage kit by Shabby Princess and a Layered Up in You template by Lauren Grier

Credits: Created for the 6/5 Scraplift Challenge at The DigiChick - using Summer Delight and Mixed Media by Sugarplum Paperie.

Credits: For the June 7th Spin-a-Lift Challenge at Sweet Shoppe Designs -;amp;ppuser=41 using both Blossom and Flourish by Kristin Cronin-Barrow.

Credits: Another teaser of the little guy!!!! Created for the 6/6 Cookie Decorating Challenge at Sweet Shoppe Designs using the Children at Play by MandaBean and Julie Billingsley

Friday, June 5, 2009

Sweet Treats

Do you know about Kelleigh Ratzlaff yet?? If you are at all interested in the hybrid scrapping world, you should!! She designs amazing templates - complete with cutting lines, scoring lines, and instructions - that make it SO EASY to put together adorable little gifts bags, boxes, and tons of other projects. She is running a little challenge on her blog (linked to her name above) with the cupcake template shown below - and you could win a gift certificate to her store! How cool is that??? If you scroll down below the template image you'll see some items I've created using her templates (they're not fully credited because I've posted them on my blog in earlier posts!).

Some of my projects using Kelleigh's templates:

Thursday, June 4, 2009


No, it's not So You Think You Can Dance (although I will be watching tonight!), it's So You Think You Can Design at DSA. The field has been narrowed, the kits for the 8 finalists have been submitted (2 designers had to drop out this week) - and THE VOTING STARTS TONIGHT!!!

The theme for week 5 was "My Favorite Thing" and my girl Amy Sumrall totally rocked it with one of the most unique kits I have seen in a LONG time. As a child of the 80s, I'm in love:

If you aren't registered at DSA, register! You can browse all the kits from the competition and download over 150 AWESOME designer kits for free. There are some big name designers participating! And once you're registered, VOTE (I would prefer of course that you vote for Amy, but all the finalists are fantastic!). And have fun playing with the kits!! :)

Here's a little hybrid card I did with the kit - In the early 80's, I was in Junior High and my friends and I would always sign our notes "LYLAS" for "Love You Like A Sis." My sister also grew up in the 80s and I thought this would be a fun birthday card for her to remind her of all the fun we shared during those years:

I love this card set, and SSD FOBTY 6/4

I am so happy with the way this little card box set turned out! I used Kelleigh Ratzlaff's Squared Off Correspondence Box Set and papers and elements from Apricot Spice by Elise Hansen, both available at The Digichick. Cards are based on Becky Fleck maps.

Today's FOBTY is to blog about your favorite zoo animal. Mine is easy! When I visited the San Diego zoo, I watched the hippos forever. They were playing around in the water together and were so cute - and so surprisingly graceful!!! Before then, I had no idea that hippos played!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sick Girl = Creativity

I've been sick the last week or so - what better way to feel better than to scrapbook while propped up on pillows in bed?? I also recently bought a little photo mini-scanner and I have been busily scanning all the prints I have from the pre-digital camera era. It's been so much fun to look back on all those photos - and even though I already have scrapbooked those "events" I've found some hidden photo gems in there - a couple are featured below!

Here are a few of the layouts I've done...
Credits: Inspired by; background paper by Tracie Stroud; everything else from All Summer Long by Julie Billingsley.

Credits: I used several kits by Tracie Stroud (papers and most elements); Sunshine & Lemonade by Sugarplum Paperie (string, love stamp and some flowers); staple by Amy Sumrall; ribbon by Pineapple Plantation Designs; buttons by Julie Billingsley

Credits: inspired by; all papers and elements from Traci Reed's Angel with Attitude kit

Credits: sketch by Suzanne Baird; papers and elements from the Earth kit by Kristen Rice

Credits: all papers and elements from the Sunshine & Lemonade kit by Sugarplum Paperie (this month's gold member kit at DST).

Credits: inspiration from Digi-Dare #122; butterfly text path by Penny Springmann; everything else from the Oh Happy Day kit by Danielle Engebretson

Credits: inspired by; papers and elements from the Art in Me kit by Tracie Stroud.