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DSD 2014: Get the Details Here!

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Hello, and welcome to P&Co’s 2014 DSD Designer Blog Hop! We’re super excited to be starting off the DSD Celebration here, and I’d like to give you a quick rundown on what you can expect from us this week:


  • We’ve got a sitewide sale going on, and the more you spend, the more you save! You can earn as much as 50% off!

  • We’ll be refunding one random order daily with our Big Payoff contest!

  • Our popular Dream Cart contest has just kicked off.

  • We have 2 Speed Scraps: Saturday Noon MDT and Sunday 8 PM MDT, so everyone can have a chance to play along!

  • We’ve got games and challenges going on all weekend long in our Digi Talk forum, with loads of prizes!

Template challenge hosted by Rachel and Barbara

Rebus word game hosted by Tori and Laura

Journaling List challenge hosted by Sabrina

Photography challenge hosted by Rae

Name that Tune game hosted by Courtney

Art Journaling challenge hosted by Kat

Card making challenge hosted by Diane

Gallery Tag hosted by Lynnette

Pocket Card Challenge hosted by Jen P.

Find the Ingredients hosted by Willemijne

Scavenger Hunt hosted by Wendy C.

Lift The Person Above You hosted by Pallavi


  • And, of course, we’ve got this fabulous mega collab to give to you:

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It’s yours FREE, and all you have to do is hop through the following blogs. You’ll be collecting a series of numbers and letters along the way, and when you get to the end, you’ll have a coupon code that will bring your price on this fantastic kit down to ZERO.

Scooty’s Designs <- Go here first!
Amanda Yi Designs
Mari Koegelenberg
Dawn by Design
Digital Scrapbook Ingredients
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Sabrina’s Creations
Scotty Girl Design
KimB’s Designs
Celeste Knight
Jen Allyson
Mommyish
Sugarplum Paperie
Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs
Robyn Meierotto
Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage
Anita Designs
Deena Rutter
Karla Dudley
Gennifer Bursett

Have fun!

Cropped! 2014 | Round 5 with Jen Gallacher and Jennifer Wilson

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We’re down to the wire with Cropped! 2014. We had some amazing layouts submitted for Round 4, and the journaling on them was phenomenal! Some made us laugh, some made us cry, and some transported us completely into the moment with their great descriptions. We narrowed the field down (as hard as it was!) and we’re excited to announce the following 10 finalists:

Amy Hoogstad | Brynn Dukes | Em Stafrace | Erin Wright | Grace Lee
Kacy Vance | Kathleen Vallejo | Kathryn Wilson | Smitha Katti | Tiffany Landry

Round Five is Dessert, and we think it’s the perfect way to finish off a great meal, and our contest. This week’s challenge is to go all out… Our contestants should make their “dessert” layout luxe, rich, decadent, sugary sweet, and over the top. Whether that’s through their subject, their journaling, their embellishments, their techniques, or all of the above, now is the time for them to go all-out. They also must include the 4 Mystery Basket Ingredients, which can be re-purposed as needed to fit the theme of the layout. PLEASE NOTE: To choose our Cropped! 2014 Champion, we will be judging both this round’s entry along with their entire body of Cropped! 2014 submissions.

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For our final round, we are joined by two guest judges: Jen Gallacher and Jennifer Wilson. They will team up with Gennifer Bursett, Sarah Hemmert, Karla Dudley, Shannon McNab, Tiffany Tillman, and Sabrina Poole to decide who will be our Cropped! 2014 Champion.

jenJen has worked in the paper crafting industry for over 17 years as a writer, editor, design team member, and teacher for companies including Karen Foster Design, Making Memories, American Crafts, Northridge Publishing, and Two Peas In a Bucket. Currently she serves as the Marketing Coordinator for Echo Park and Carta Bella Paper, which includes teaching, designing, editing, creating marketing strategies, and much, much more.

Jen enjoys all types of creative outlets and writes about it frequently on her blog.  She also shares weekly tips and tricks for crafting and memory keeping on her Youtube channel, as well as, regularly contributes to the Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine channel and EP TV channels.

As the mother of three children, she finds she has a lot to keep her occupied. When she isn’t busy designing, writing, teaching, or editing, she’s hanging out with her family because making memories is even sweeter than documenting them!

You can find Jen at the following links:

Blog | Website | YouTube | Twitter Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

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Scrapbooking educator and coach Jennifer Wilson offers guidance for uncomplicated memory keeping at Simple Scrapper. You’re invited to start simplifying today with her free quick start guide.

You can find Jennifer at the following links:

Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

October Gallery Highlights

Hi all!

Amy Kingsford here and I’m excited to share a few of my favorite layouts posted in the Pixels & Company Gallery this month.  There is never a shortage of inspiration in the galleries here at P & Co and this month was no exception.

I hope you enjoy these beauties as much as I did!

 

Tutu Cute by jessicalynn01

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I had to start with this one because it just screamed October to me! The bright colors, beautiful fall photos and the added bits of Halloween-inspired elements came together nicely!

 

Love & Laugh by Sharon-Dewi

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I really loved the overall sentiment and feel of this page.  The scattered elements, the combination of textures and the warm tones used throughout are the perfect complement to these heart-warming photos and their story.

 

#forever by kym

#forever by kym | Pixels and Company Gallery

I immediately fell in love with the femininity of this page. The pastels paired with gold is such a great combo and I adore this sweet mix of embellishments and the soft dimension they bring to the page.

 

Stronger by christellevandyk

Stronger by christellevandyk | Pixels and Company Gallery

What’s not to love about this page!? The colors, the clusters and these photos are all amazing! However my favorite detail is how the brick pattern from the background has been used as an overlay that blends subtly over the focal photo–genius!

 

Fresh Is Best by Pamie

Fresh Is Best by Pamie | Pixels and Company Gallery

This page jumped out at me immediately! I’m not sure if it was the bright colors, the delightful mix of patterns or that adorable girl with her glistening hair, but either way this page is perfection!

 

Loving It by janedee

Loving It by janedee | Pixels and Company Gallery

I’m such a sucker for triangles! However I really love the mix of the tone-on-tone triangles paired with the triangle crops of the photos in this page.  This plays up the energy and bright colors in her photos, while softening the angles of the other two triangles just a bit.  And you can never go wrong with a few splashes of gold ;)

 

I hope you have enjoyed taking a closer look at some of my favorite pages from this month and I invite you to click on the links and leave each of these artists a little bit of love.

And a big thanks to all of you who share your layouts in the Pixels & Company gallery!  You all do such a great job of making our gallery such an inspiring place to be!

Rainy Day Photography

I don’t see a lot of photographs taken on rainy days. It’s wet, dull, and inconvenient. Soaked clothes tend to leave one running for shelter. However, weather is great at conveying moods. Weather is part of life and I love to the rainy days as much as the sunny ones.

Sometimes I’ll use an extra photo in my layout that doesn’t have to do with the subject but adds to the mood. It helps set the scene.

For this blog post, I waited for a rainy day and went outside to explore. I love capturing rain droplets on leaves. I like the contrast of textures. Slick wet surfaces on brittle ridged leaves. Puddles on asphalt.

Water droplets on leaves by Melanie Ritchie

Or raindrops hanging on to branches or objects. If my kids had been at home I would have loved to have caught a photo of a raindrop on the tip of my child’s nose.

Dandelion after the rain by Melanie Ritchie

Capture the sky right before the rain when it is heavy and dark with rain. Take photos as it begins to fall.

Capture the action. If I were in a city, I’d be trying to capture photos of people rushing around with umbrellas, or feet stepping into puddles.

At home, I’ve often captured my children dancing in the rain, jumping in puddles, or holding umbrellas.

If you’re in your car (safely stopped) take a photo of your windshield with the wipers on.

Take photos when the sun peeks back out and reflects off of droplets. See if there is a rainbow. All these different moments in a rainy day can make us feel such varying emotions. Think about how they might work into a layout.

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Water droplet on leaf by Melanie Ritchie


What does the weather look like from inside your home, office, or cottage? Do you feel cozy or bored?

Rain drops on my window by Melanie Ritchie

 

A rainy day in the fall will look much different from one in the spring or summer.  How does the sky and land look different? Rain in the spring might suggest the promise of flowers and growth. In the summer, kids are more likely to be playing in the rain. I love photographing the rain falling on the turning leaves.

Tomatoes and rain by Melanie Ritchie

 

 

How would the following photo look in black and white? Play around with your photos. I use  Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to edit my photos. Sometimes I’ll also use Radlab.

Maple Leaf on Rainy Day by Melanie Ritchie

Use the weather to frame your subject. I focused on the wet leaves so they would frame my house in the background.

My house on a rainy Day by Melanie Ritchie

 

Play around with your settings, experiment with your lighting, and see what kind of photo magic can happen on a rainy day. I had a lot of fun seeing a kinda dull gray day in a whole new way.

Rain and Greenery by Melanie Ritchie

Have fun clicking!

Cropped! 2014 | Round 4 with Debbie Hodge

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Things are getting serious in Cropped! 2014. We had 29 gorgeous layouts submitted for Round 3, and we’re excited to announce the following 18 contestants, who are moving on to Round 4:

Amie Wheeler | Amy Hoogstad | Bernadette Gerich | Brenda Smith
Brynn Dukes | Elisa Couesnon | Em Stafrace | Erin Wright | Grace Lee
Jeri Jahns | Joan Sides | Jude Toone | Kacy Vance | Kathleen Vallejo
Kathryn Wilson | Lori Fortini | Smitha Katti | Tiffany Landry

Round Four is Entrée, and many would say this is the most important part of the meal… It’s where you get your sustenance, and many times, the rest of the courses are planned out just to complement it. So, in the world of Cropped!, that can only mean one thing: JOURNALING! Whatever the subject, our contestants need to tell us all about it, in all its glory… No skimping! They must also include the 4 Mystery Basket ingredients pictured below:

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Our Round 3 Guest Judge is Debbie Hodge, who will team up with other Round 2 judges Gennifer Bursett, Sarah Hemmert, Dawn Farias, Deena Rutter, Laura Passage, and Leah Riordan of Mommyish.

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Debbie Hodge is a digital scrapbooker and the owner of GetItScrapped.com, where you can find free ideas on the blog and in-depth lessons and conversations on layout design with a membership.

Debbie started as a paper scrapbooker, publishing her layouts, writing for Scrapbook Answers and Memory Makers magazines, and then authoring Get It Scrapped with F + W Media. With an MBA concentration in operations management and 20+ years of creative writing study and practice, starting an educational website was a good match for her skills. Debbie’s interests are narrow: her family, scrapbooking and personal storytelling, developing the eBooks for Get It Scrapped, and hosting almost weekly live events for members. She’s a lucky woman for whom work is play.

You can find Debbie at the following links:

Website | Instagram | Google + | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Hello Card Mini Tutorial and September Hybrid Roundup

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Happy Saturday! Today we have a little tutorial for this gorgeous “Hello” card by CT Erin Taylor! Erin used her Sulhouette and a digital cut file to create this simple, easy card using layers color!

What you’ll need…

Process:

This image (click to enlarge) shows how Erin Set up the “hello” sentiment in the Silhouette software.

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Here you can see how she stacked the layers of the sentiment, adhering each layer together.

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And here is the finished card! She embellished it with cute little enamel hearts, matching the layer colors.

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Hybrid Projects From Our Creative Team

We’re showing off some gorgeous hybrid creations from our Creative Team members today. This is a “roundup” of hybrid projects uploaded by the CT into the hybrid gallery recently. We would LOVE to see your hybrid projects, too – please show us what you’re up to! Each project below is linked to it’s page in the gallery so you can check them out!

Mini Picnic Basket Gift by Arielle Gordon

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Magic Spells Hybrid Card by Arielle Gordon

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Hybrid Cash Envelopes by Amy Kingsford

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Hybrid Leaf Garland by Amy Kingsford

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Halloween Treat Bags by Dianne Howard

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Hybrid Pocket Pages by Maribel Rivas

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Halloween Card and Treat Box by Laura ODonnell

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Fall Clothespin Wreath by Nettie Baerwald

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3-Way Challenge Oct 11-17

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It’s Saturday, so that means we are celebrating another 3-Way Challenge!  This week, we are highlighting KimB’s DesignsMy Heart My Star Kit.

Isn’t it so cute??

Challenge Rules: Create a layout with this kit OR you can scraplift one of the example layouts below using two or more products by KimB’s Designs. Challenge layouts must contain at least 25% P&Co products to be eligible for prizes.

Don’t forget – Each page counts for one challenge and you cannot use the same layout for multiple challenges.

Participants will earn the following rewards for completing challenges:
2 challenges = 10% off
4 challenges = 20% off
6 challenges = 30% off
8 challenges = 40% off and a chance for a guest spot

This challenge must be completed by 11:59pm MST on the 17th of October.

Once you have created your layout, make sure you upload it to the Challenge Gallery. Then post it in the forum challenge thread as well as the October tracking thread in order to receive your points.

Ready to see it in action?

First up, we have a layout from Indah Permata Sari.  She says, “This kit is so cute and it’s great for scrapping either gender. It has various elements and I love reaching for this to even scrap about other themes too.”

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Next, a layout from Erin Taylor.  She shares, “The My Heart My Star collection is the perfect kit for scrapbooking little boys! I was too busy to scrapbook when my youngest was an infant and I’m slowly going back to scrap his baby pictures. I adore this photo of him, at just 10 days old, and the My Heart My Star collection worked perfectly for my layout.”

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Last, a layout from me (Rachel Alles).  “I’m a sucker for a great boy kit and this one is no exception.  I love the softness of the colors, which made me think of serenity and a sweet moment between my husband and little guy as a newborn.  This kit, with it’s many elements and word art, is perfect for so many different styles.”

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We cannot wait to see your take on the challenge this week.  Happy scrapping!

Cropped! 2014 | Round 3 with Guest Judge Amanda Padgett

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Round 2 of Cropped! 2014 is over, and we’re heading into Round 3. We had 49 beautiful layouts submitted for Round 2, and we’re excited to announce the following 30 contestants, who are moving on to Round 3:

Amie Wheeler | Amy Hoogstad | Angie Knirk | Bernadette Gerich | Brenda Smith
Brynn Dukes
| Chanell Rigterink | Elaine Uhl | Elisa Couesnon | Elisa Hubbard
Em Stafrace | Erin Wright | Gloria Angeline | Grace Lee | Hillary Bandley
Jaclyn Clayton | Jeri Jahns | Joan Sides | Jude Toone | Kacy Vance
Kathleen Vallejo | Kathryn Wilson | Krista Jensen | Lori Fortini | Mary Kate Finney
Rae Brown | Sharon-Dewi Stolp | Smitha Katti | Sophie Mazieux | Tiffany Landry

Round Three is Seafood. Similar to last year, this one is open to a little bit of interpretation. For this round, our contestants must get creative in showing us what they “see”. Whether it’s a layout about something they see every day, or where they see themselves in ten years, we can’t wait to see it, and we want them to be creative in the way they show us! This is also the one round where photography will be heavily judged. (*Please note: This does not mean that photos must be technically correct, but it does mean that the photo should really showcase the subject and/or evoke emotion with the theme.) They must also include the 4 Mystery Basket ingredients pictured below:pco_croppedrd3_preview

Our Round 3 Guest Judge is Amanda Padgett, who will team up with other Round 2 judges Gennifer Bursett, Sarah Hemmert, Celeste Knight, Mari Koegelenberg, Willemijne van der Linden of Digital Scrapbook Ingredients, Becca Dickson, and Rachel Alles.

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Amanda Padgett started blogging in July 2008, and picked up photography after the death of her father in 2009. It started as therapy to work through her grief and quickly grew into a passion. In May 2010, she created Everyday Elements, a site dedicated to teaching users to make the most of their cameras and editing programs through blog tutorials and online workshops. Amanda, an “everyday” blogger and mom, is dedicated to helping others take the best possible pictures – “everyday.”
When she is not teaching about photography and editing, she is teaching her four children, whom she homeschools. Her kids, who are in grades 10th through 3rd, keep her busy with academics and extra-curricular activities such as Boy Scouts, gymnastics, archery and more.
You can find Amanda at the following links:

Inside the Studio with KimB’s Designs.

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Today I’m taking you on a little tour of my ‘work space’ and what my design area looks like right at this minute. Seriously boring as far as colour goes with absolutely no decor what so ever yet..lol. Well, we only bought the house a three months ago and are still unpacking boxes although painting has started but is nowhere near the ‘office’ yet.

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I share this room/office with my hubby ( usually only on weekends though ,mmmmm can I say thank goodness? lol) . The desks and other furniture are compliments of his ‘extra office supplies’ that he didn’t need at work.

I also have two very faithful companions at my feet all day while I work ..Sherlock and Pepsi. They will not move until I give up for the day ;-)

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The room itself has a view of the garden with sliding doors leading to the swimming pool decking area…I’m seriously thankful for the wooden blinds as it can get rather hot in summer with the sun shining in all day.

My desk is usually neat ( I’ve got neater as I’ve got older and mess makes me a bit nuts… hey I said I’ve got old didn’t I? lol)

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Something’s a girl can’t live without… and they are usually on or available on my desk permanently.

1: Canon Scanner  2: Dell Laptop 3: Mobile/cell phone 4: Sketch pad with pencils and fine liner pens 5: EHD with photo’s 6: Doggie treats (for bribing)  7: Coffee 8: Calculator (my maths sucks!) 9: Calendar 10: Girly Nail polish and goodies.

Other goodies that aren’t shown are my Printer, camera and wacom tablet and a radio mini hifi system (got to have music!). My easel and all my painting goodies are still in boxes and to be honest I have a cupboard full of them I still need to unpack..but I’m waiting till everything is painted first so I don’t need to repack it all again- (well it’s my excuse for now and I’m sticking to it- BWAHAHAHA)

Thanks for taking the tour with me

Are you a fan of KimB’s Designs? Comment here, tell us your favorite product by KimB , and you could win a $10 Gift Certificate to her shop.
(One winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends at 11:59 PM MT  Thursday, October 16th)

3-Way Challenge Oct 4-10

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Hello! Welcome to another 3-Way Challenge. This week we will be featuring Mari Koegelenberg‘s You Are Loved kit.

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Challenge Rules: Create a layout with this kit OR you can scraplift one of the example layouts using two or more products by Mari Koegelenberg. Challenge layouts must contain at least 25% P&Co products to be eligible for prizes.

Don’t forget – Each page counts for one challenge and you cannot use a layout for multiple challenges.

Participants will earn the following rewards for completing challenges:
2 challenges = 10% off
4 challenges = 20% off
6 challenges = 30% off
8 challenges = 40% off and a chance for a guest spot

This challenge must be completed by 11:59pm MST on the 3rd of October.

Once you have created your layout, make sure you upload it to the Challenge Gallery. Then post it in the forum challenge thread as well as the October tracking thread in order to receive your points.

Now lets look at the awesome layouts from our awesome Creative Team.

First up is Rachel

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She said: When I first saw the colors of the kits, I was immediately drawn in – but it was this journal card that really grabbed me as it is a favorite quote of mine.  Mixed with the papers and elements, it allowed me to scrap two of my favorite pictures.

Next up is Tori:

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She said, This is such a great universal kit. I was first drawn to the elements, particularly the word art and rubons. The papers are also gorgeous. I had a hard time choosing which ones I wanted to use!

Finally, Wendy

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I loved the papers in this kit so I grabbed a template that would let me use as many of them as possible. I decided to turn the journaling card into a popped up sticker and use it as the focal point of an embellishment cluster. Beautiful kits!

Have Fun and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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