Someone had to have seen this one coming, right? Because Sweater Weather has arrived here in Wisconsin. It’s also known as Avoid Raking The Lawn Weather or Eat Pumpkin Flavored Anything Weather. I knew I wanted this to be the October Featured Product way back in May. Love this one!
When I announced this month’s featured kit to The Flock, Alexis reminded me how I must have drawn those hay bales four dozen times before I made a version that didn’t look like fuzzy ice cubes to me. “I know! I’ll draw a stack of hay bales!” I said … but you know what? Hay bales are harder to draw than I ever could have imagined.
You’ll save 30% on Sweater Weather all month long, and if you have any layouts of your own to share using this kit (new or old!), please be sure to post them in my gallery at The Lilypad if you haven’t already, and then post a link to those layouts in the comments by 11/07/13 for a chance to win a $15 coupon to my store.
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A few new pages from the members of my creative team.
▲ By Tali – her use of a yellow background paper really knocked my socks off. I make no apologies for my love of beige, but seriously … she makes me want to be a more colorful person. This kit was made for pumpkin patch photos, by the way. Can’t you tell?
▲ By Stacy – the way to my heart is a good page tilt. Stacy documented one of my favorite things about Autumn: rediscovering all my autumn clothes. And boots! I could have named this kit “Boot Weather” but that doesn’t have the same ring to it at all.
▲ By Katell – one of our October guests, speaking my language. Her clean and simple style is what really caught our eye in the gallery. So happy to have her on the team this month!
▲ By Emilie – one of our September guests, and such a master of this clean, blocked style. I adore how she journaled on the library card and used those multiple small banner shapes. All of her pages are so well balanced.
Remember that if you have any layouts of your own to share (new or old) using Sweater Weather, you’ll need to post a link to them in the comments prior to 11/07/13 for a chance to win the $15 coupon to my store. Hooray for Fall days! ♥
This is a BIG week of new releases! To start us off, it’s BYOC time again and I’ve added the At The Moment Collection of products to my store. These are a bright, cheerful celebration of the here and now. Everyday moments are my absolute favorites and they make up the bulk of my scrapbook pages. A little snapshot of what jumps to the forefront in your mind right now - documented.
The coordinating At The Moment Journal Cards include (6) 3 x 4″ journal cards that can be used on your digital scrapbook pages, as well as in your Project Life®/pocket page albums. The package contains individual PNG files, JPG files with bleed (for professional print shops – like Persnickety Prints) as well as 8.5″ x 11″ printable sheets in both PDF and PSD format. No Photoshop necessary for the PDF – so all your bases are covered.
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I’m not done yet! I said it was a big week of new releases.
The Lilypad has introduced a new line of “mobile ready” fonts for use in smartphone apps that allow you to install your own fonts – such as Over (iOS) and Phonto (Android + iOS). There’s more information available on how to download and install these fonts on the TLP Blog.
This week I’m debuting my addition to the “mobile-ready packs” – Key Notes. Sixteen handwritten word art phrases presented in a classically elegant style and a number of different formats to help you bring your photos to life.
Note that there are multiple purchase options for this product listing, you can choose which format you would like via the drop-down menu above the “add to cart” button.
The TTF (Font Only) package is ready for use in supported mobile apps and allows you to add word art overlays to your photos on your smartphone before uploading to social media sites such as Facebook or Instagram.
The PNG + Cut Files package contains the familiar digital stamps you know and love, PLUS additional SVG + DXF files that allow you to cut the words out on supported cutting machines such as the Silhouette. (Note: DXF files can be imported into Silhouette Studio Standard Edition, the Designer Edition of the software isn’t necessary. SVG files can only be opened in the Designer Edition.)
You can also buy both versions of Key Notes as a bundle (best deal!) all in the same listing.
Save 20% On These New Releases
At The Moment and Key Notes are both on sale through the weekend. Cage Liner subscribers be sure to check your latest newsletter for access to the exclusive bundle offer for the BYOC items. All offers end 10/6/2013.
|| LAYOUTS USING AT THE MOMENT ||
|| KEYNOTES INSPIRATION ||
Photo Collage by Peppermint
Plus Inspiration from The Flock:
So many great pages were submitted using one of my most favorite kits during the feature in August. AmandaG was chosen (by random draw) as the winner of the featured product challenge and she earns $15 worth of One Little Bird products for submitting this page:
I love how she documented a Day in the Life from her children’s perspective. That’s a “steal worthy” idea!
There’s still time left for you to enter to win $15 worth of product for the month of September by entering the September Featured Product Challenge. Just grab a link to any of your pages in my gallery at The Lilypad that used my Narrative kit. Post those links (past or present) in the comments of the September Featured Product post by 10/07/13 for your chance to win. ♥
This week I’ve added a pet themed collection to the shop – it’s one of those things to file under “what took me so long?” I’m a lover of all animals (with a couple exceptions) (mainly birds) and my pets live like kings. They have a pretty kush gig – especially the orange one.
It’s always really important to me that product lines don’t sway towards the heavily themed end of the spectrum so a pet themed kit has sat on my drawing board for a couple of years now. Determined to tackle it once and for all, I enlisted the help of my creative team and they always come through in a clutch.
Heartbeat at My Feet is the result of the combined efforts of a group of animal lovers with moments to document. This digital kit has a little something for both “cat people” and “dog people” alike, but it also has a flexible color scheme and a good mix of themed and versatile elements making it easy to use on any layout really – you’ll find pages below that don’t feature pets at all. Which means I achieved what I set out to do: create a pet kit that’s versatile enough for any subject.
The coordinating Heartbeat at My Feet Journal Cards include (6) 3 x 4″ journal cards that can be used on your digital scrapbook pages, as well as in your Project Life®/pocket page albums. The package contains individual PNG files, JPG files with bleed (for professional printing – like Persnickety Prints) as well as 8.5″ x 11″ printable sheets in both PDF and PSD format. No Photoshop necessary for the PDF – so all your bases are covered.
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Remember the Telephone Game? One person whispers a message into another’s ear then the message gets passed on down the line – person to person, ear to ear – the message changing subtly as it makes its way to the end. Back in my creative team days we adapted the game for scrapbooking, and it was always one of my favorite challenges. It all begins with a single page passed on to the next person, who then “scraplifts” it and passes it down the line so that each person only sees the page immediately preceding their spot in the chain. It’s always interesting to see how the page changes as it’s passed from person to person, style to style.
Earlier this month I asked The Flock for volunteers to participate in a round of the Telephone Game – scrapbooking style – and today I’m sharing the final result here on the blog so you can see how it all played out in the end.
Tali started us off with the page above (using Trailblazer) in classic Tali style – clean and simple, a linear band of photos and elements.
From there the page traveled to Amy Kingsford (using A Day of Possibilities Papers & Elements). Amy scraps in 8.5 x 11″ so she was going to shake things up no matter what. She didn’t disappoint, she flipped the whole thing on its side before passing it on.
But once Allie got ahold of it she flipped it all back, despite never seeing the original page. Her page (using Equinox) managed to draw a little bit from both of them, but it was so eerily close to the first that I wondered if she had special mind reading powers. (She might…)
Onward down the line to Crystal, who shrank it all down a little bit and brought symmetry into the composition – and drama, of course, with that black background (her page uses Equinox, as well).
The next stop on the phone tree was Stacy – who really changed things up a lot, her page (using mostly Retrouvailles) was far more reminiscent of Amy’s earlier page with the photo spots being flipped horizontally. Unfortunately, due to some technical difficulties on my end (my mailbox was not playing nicely with Stacy’s!) this page wasn’t the one that got passed on. Technically two people received Crystal’s page, it also went to…
Sue, who is very clean and simple like Crystal – even more so, because her page (using Identity) eliminated a lot of the visual weight in the center of the page while keeping the symmetry. (PS. I love the addition of the circles..)
Then it passed to Sarah, who tends to be more freestyle and added a little more spontaneity with her element placement (she uses Stay Tuned here). But even so, I couldn’t really believe how similar we still were to the original. I purposefully staggered style a bit as I went down the list, but page after page they kept coming back to me with two photos, separated in the middle by elements or journaling cards.
Until Dana – she wasn’t having any of that two-photo nonsense. Her page (using Crazy For You Papers & Elements) is still so very similar to Sarah’s in overall composition – title in the same place, elements scattered on the diagonal – but the two photo streak was broken at this point.
The single photo composition continued on Emilie’s page (using Forever Young). She also carried Dana’s journaling placement and diagonal element placement through onto her page, but things started to move around on the page again, migrating away from the center line.
And then we ended this round of the Telephone Game with Elisa, whose page (using Equinox) takes a lot of cues from Emilie before her – the use of the banners on each side, especially. Elisa moved back over to the right side of the page – similar to where we started. The linear integrity of the original still comes through all the way at the end, as well – birds of a feather definitely do stick together on The Flock.
I love how the overall message changed subtly in each person’s hands, though – it’s why I love this challenge so much.