Sunday, September 28, 2014

Meet today's Daily Designer....Everything Erica!

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Hi I’m Erica Belton of Everything Erica.

I live and play in Auckland, New Zealand but I am British born. I have a wonderful blended family, living around the world in France, Britain, Australia and of course New Zealand. 

Ian and I have been together for over 10 years now and with our blended family we have a total of three children and seven grandchildren. I have a son Robert and grandson Lee, Ian has two daughters, Sandy and Wendy. Wendy lives in Sydney and has four daughters, Emma, Laura, Sarah and Kate. Sandy has two children, Samantha and David, the ages of the grandchildren range from the youngest, Lee age 10 (a Christmas baby) to Samantha at 26. I have a sister and brother; my sister lives in France and my brother in England.

Our holidays are generally spent in New Zealand, Australia or Fiji, visiting, shopping or just sightseeing – no relaxing by the pool for me, I like to be on the go. 2013 saw us in Hawaii briefly, too briefly and I would love to visit there again, what a wonderful country it is, I got my biggest buzz visiting Pearl Harbour. I toured a lot of Europe during my younger years. 

My Passion
Scrapbook designing is my passion. I first discovered a Scrapbooking site called Digital Scrapbook Place whilst browsing for inspiration; I was very involved with altered paint cans at the time which I made for family, friends and just about anyone who wanted one of my creations. Well from then on I became a sponge; never having done scrapbooking of any kind I enrolled for just about all the DSU classes available for PS, and I never looked back.  I was very honoured and privileged to be part of the DSP Team. Whilst the closing of DSP after my 6 years tenure was very sad for me I feel excited at the new direction my designing is taking at MyMemories. I find it a wonderfully heart-warming experience to interact with people from all over the world in the forums and to see the awe-inspiring layouts that are created in the galleries.

I have been designing for over 6 years now and with my eclectic design style, you’ll always find something to suit your scrapbooking preference, be it heritage, male or female, shabby, romance, children or just everyday life. I get a real buzz out of seeing my designs come to life on other’s creative pages. 

My second Passion
Genealogy. I’m a huge fan of researching my family history and spend as much time as I can to do this when not designing.  Family scrapping is my love, both today’s generation and my ancestor’s.

An achievement I will always remember.
Throughout my life I’ve been addicted to creating in one form or another. My most loved creative hobby that eventually turned into a worthwhile career for six years was Antique Reproduction Dolls. This is such a wonderful creative hobby that combines a number of disciplines and media. It all starts with the art of bisque painting to reproduce the features of Victorian dolls, next comes a knowledge of historical costuming, fabric, styles, colour combinations for that era and finally the construction of clothes, hats, wigs and shoes.  My time was well spent with this fascinating endeavour, I owned and operated my own studio and taught students this art to competition level, where many of them received high recognition. My Greatest achievement was when I won best in show as a professional with a darling little 15 inch Long Face Jumeau. She graces my home along with many of her sisters.

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Sunday Designer Challenge.....featuring Design by Marcie & Syrena's Scrap Art!

Each Sunday we feature a layout challenge taken on by our Designers! 

Design by Marcie: 

I’m super excited to be today’s Feature.  When I first heard about doing this, I was jumping up and down.  I was so excited that I was going to be able to share with all of you.  I do love to share!  When I am making a kit, I always have my children and husband in mind.  I enjoying using my own kits and I love that they are so kid friendly yet I can still create something stunning with them.   Today I have 2 layouts that I did of my kids catching tadpoles. We have a pond that we were in the process of making.  It of course had to rain and fill it in before we had a liner there and some frogs found it.  Well then we had tadpoles.  Of course the kids loved seeing the eggs, then finding the tadpoles, and then seeing them change to frogs.  I loved watching them see what the frogs were up too.  This particular day, they and a friend wanted to catch a couple and put them in the deeper end of water since the water was drying up.  They were chasing them around and doing a mini rescue!  It was so adorable. 

Now of course I had to scrap all the fun and so I first started by picking the pictures I wanted to scrap with.  I wanted one of each the children trying to rescue or hunting for them.  I had one photo that had the 3 of them in there since the kids were moving a lot.  I wanted my page to reflect the hunting so I put in some paper layering.  However I did not want the papers in the middle to be just layered on top so I opted to put in portions of the papers here and there with the right side having 2 papers layer right to the edge of the bottom paper.  I then took my elements and “hid” (layered) them around too.  I placed my photos around and just moved them to where I liked them best continuing the layering.   Now to add my drop shadows to showcase that layering more.  I wanted some elements to pop off my page and others to feel more like they were just lying there hiding.  When I was doing my leaves, I opted to warp the shadow after I put it on my page.  I always have my shadows on a separate layer so  I can play with them.  I have Photoshop, but you should be able to do this in any program.  I created a new layer, then selected the element I wanted to put a shadow on (marching ants), then on the new layer I filled it with a dark brown.  I use dark brown over black because I feel it gives more depth and warmth to my pages.  Then I selected blur – Gaussian blur and blurred it till it looked good.  I think my radius was around a 9 but depending on the item it can be higher.  I then got the move tool and once I could see the bounding box on the shadow, I held down the control key and with the mouse moved a corner till it was where it looked good.  Then I just dropped the opacity down so it was not so dark.  The lighter it is the higher off the page it will look.  So now everything is looking great!  I added a title to my page and then decided to “frame” the photo with the 3 children in it.  But I was not happy with it just being framed so I titled it.  It made it a focus point but not overly done. 

I also had these 3 photos of my daughter trying to get one of the tadpoles.  She was sneaking up on it!  I opted to put those pictures on a page by themselves.  I kept everything very simple, but kept the layering from the other page.  The edging looked too plain so I opted to put a frame around the whole thing again mimicking the other page.  I also opted to make one photo very large and mask it onto my page.  I also dropped the opacity on that so that it would not be distracting to the rest of the page.  I made some word art for this page too.  I just had to giggle at the tadpole trying to be a frog when it’s my daughter trying to be a grownup and mommy hoping she stays a little girl for a while longer.  My masking was very simply too.  I copied the photo and hid the original.  Then I selected the photo I could still see (marching ants).  I reversed my selection so that what I was going to do would happen from the outside in.  Then I feathered the edges around 200, reversed my selection again, and controlled J to put it on a new layer.  I hid my photo so I could see my masking and it was just perfect and simple!

And now I have a beautiful 2 page spread of my kids being kids! You can find Catch of the Day in the MyMemories Design Shop! 

Thanks for sharing with my today,

Syrena's Scrap Art: 

My scrapbooking represents a lifetime of caring for and being around kids.  From being the oldest sibling to being a grandmother.  I was a stay at home mom, the one who's house was always full of kids.  At church I was the Director of Children's ministries and the children's choir director.  When my kids both started school I went back to school and became an elementary school teacher.  My students were always asking me to draw something or show them how to draw something, my classrooms were always filled with color and art.  Then I became a grandma, it is awesome being a grandma!  Later I went away to learn to be an animator, and guess what at school I seemed to collect big kids.  Even now we always seem to have those big kids hanging out.

So you could say my designs are highly influenced by life with kids.

Now on to this layout.  I started with the picture of my oldest son and two adorable grandsons taken a few years back.  They were at a pumpkin farm in the fall which brings memories of that farm and all the brilliant colors. I choose my Digital Kit, "Fabulous Fall Owls" to create the layout.  I wanted to use all the wonderful colors in the papers so I made strips for the background, added the photo, frame, and embellishments.  The hardest thing for me with this layout was the title.  I had it all done then the title did not seem to fit anywhere.  I made several versions of the title and finally settled on this one.  In the end I love the layout!

When I design my kits I usually start with a color palette.  Then I use that palette to make papers/backgrounds.  As I am making the backgrounds the rest of the kit comes to life, my mind thinks of things like, "oh, a bear in a cute little dress would go with this" or "this will make an awesome little boy kit".  Other times I have a theme in mind for the kit, but the first thing I do is define my color palette.

You can find the "Fabulous Fall Owls" kit here.  I loved this layout so much I made a quick page of this layout that will be in my store very soon!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Meet today's Daily Designer.....Love It Scrap It!

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I've been digi-scrapping for over 5 years. I love being creative so transitioning into designing was a natural fit. I started about a year ago with blog train freebies, while I was on a few creative teams. I was fortunate to have some great designers that were willing to help me learn and grow. I was designing just under my name, but I knew that I wanted a name with more meaning and pizzazz. Lol
And then Love it Scrap it was born. I'm a big believer that whatever you love in life should be scrapped. Whether family and friends, vacations or hobbies, even nature, keepsakes, bad days, whatever. If it means something to you, you should document it! 

I've been known to scrap all the above and I often make layouts of my poetry as well. I say why not. I love that I'm passing down every moment I love to my kids and grand kids. They will know how I felt when I married my husband down to the day I was feeling pretty and took selfies of myself in the mirror. Lol

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Meet Today's Daily Designer....Art for Scrapbooking!

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My real name is Sharon
I have 2 grown children - an accountant, a volunteer co-ordinator [daughters who live in Brisbane Australia] and a computer game technical director [my son who lives in Montreal Canada.].
My first grandchild is due on the 22nd November.
I have been married for 36 years to a very very patient man.
I have been designing for over 10 years [yes I am crazy]
One of my secret pleasures is watching The Bold and the Beautiful and really bad  Disaster movies.
I have chosen to share my favourite layout with you as it says a lot about me. The photo is me and my dad who passed away last year.I play around taking photos and I made this with flowers I had photographed blended in layers with the photo. I then selectively colored the Tshirt and dress to enhance them. As the birth of my first Grandchild draws closer and I grow older I am more aware of how precious every moment is. Mum would have not thought that 54 years after this photo was taken I would be sitting here writing this and remembering what was a simple but special moment. Take time to enjoy your life and take time to keep and pass on the memories.
Thanks for reading a little from me.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Today's Daily Designer....Syrena's Scrap Art

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Hi, I am Syrena of "Syrena's Scrap Art".  Today I decided to share with you one of my favorite things to do, hang out with my hubby and the Mouse.  With our kids all grown up and left the nest we moved to sunny Florida and are loving the us time and living a Dream!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Today's Daily Designer..... B2N2 Scraps!

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My name is Becky, aka B2N2 Scraps.  I’ve been married to my husband, Brian, for 12 years.  We are both teachers.  I am a bilingual resource teacher and I work with mainly 5th and 6th graders.  We have 2 children-boy/girl twins who are 5.  They just started kindergarten and that has been a transition for us!  I was lucky enough to stay home with my kids for 3 years of their first 5 years!  I loved being a stay at home mom but with my husband returning to school to get his PhD, I returned to the classroom.  Before we had kids, my husband and I loved to travel and visited many wonderful locations-Hawaii, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece and quite a few locations in the United States.  It’s much harder to travel with children but we have managed to go on some fun vacations with them, our most recent to Washington D.C.  We love going places as a family whether it be to a baseball game, corn maze, apple picking or more but we also love snuggling up at home watching a fun movie. 
I started digital scrapbooking in 2010 to make a memory book for a family member.  I fell in love with it as well as with the communities of the digital scrapbook forums.  I decided to start dabbling in designing in the spring of 2011 doing blog trains and joined my first store that summer.  I was quite nervous to begin selling at a store!  I love to create kits for all occasions and all needs (if you ever have a great idea for a kit, feel free to email me).  I do get inspired a lot by my children and their activities.  My children’s and husband’s initials are the basis for my design name.  I’m very glad that I get to share all my designs with you!  Thank you for reading more about me!

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Today's Daily Designer....Bekah E Designs!

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Hello my name is Bekah. I have been happily married to my teenage sweetheart for nearly 21 years. We live in the Great Northwest with our three beautiful children and four furry little four legged creatures.
I was originally introduced to digital scrap-booking through a Christian mom’s forum in 2007.  I was completely inspired by the beautiful pages they shared and so I did some research on the internet which led me to purchase my very first digital scrap-booking software.
I then joined a few digital scrap-book forums and immediately joined in on as many of the forum challenges as I could. I later started designing my own digital word art and at the end of 2008 was asked to join the design team of a new digital scrap-booking store that would soon be opening.
I have been a digital scrapbook designer for 6 years now and have enjoyed selling my designs at My Memories for nearly 2 years.
Color is my inspiration. Designing is my passion and I am so excited to be able to share my designs with all of you!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Meet Today's Daily Designer.....Word Art World!

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With so many digital scrapbook designers out there, I thought I'd take a few minutes and let you know a little bit about myself.  I am a SAHM of three beautiful children and the happy wife of a wonderful man, who serves in the military.  I am from Utah, originally, but have lived in Ohio, Japan, Arizona and Texas.  We now call Maryland home and are looking forward to the next couple of years in this part of the country. 

 Before my husband and I decided to start our family, I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Japanese and English education, and then taught Japanese at The Waterford School in Utah.  I treasure that time I had as a teacher, getting to work with the youth and helping them gain a desire to learn the Japanese language.  After three years of teaching, our oldest child was born, and I made the decision to stay home all day, change diapers, pick up Cheerios off the floor, wipe snotty noses, and wear sweats until dinner time because I was too tired from waking up every hour the night before---and I loved every single minute of it!  OK---that's a lie, I admit.  Some days seemed to never end.  But, if I had to do it all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat.  Being home with my kids everyday has been such a huge blessing.  Now that they are all a little bit older, are in school all day, and can pick up their own Cheerios, I have decided that I need to fill my time with something almost as important as being with them.  So, I have decided to further my education and pursue another degree!

I started up school again in the hopes of earning a degree that did not even exist when I first went to college over twenty years ago!  My kids think it is so funny that "back then" the Internet wasn't around like we have it today, I didn't own a computer or a cell phone, and CDs were just starting to become popular.  Times have changed and so have my interests.  I am now studying Web Design and Development and hope to graduate in a few years, and begin a professional career as a freelance Web designer.  But for now, I will continue designing scrapbooking products (when I am not studying or taking care of a family) because I really enjoy creating digital kits and word art---and I hope my designs will be used to help others create lasting memories for many years to come!

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Today's Daily Designer....Marie H Designs!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Meet Today's Daily Designer....Boop Designs!

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As you have already guessed, I am a huge Betty Boop fan!  Most people call me Boop!
As a mother of 4 children I have scrapped most of my life. I found digital scrapbooking a little more than eight years ago and decided to start designing and selling my own graphic designs on the Internet. So that is how Boop Designs was born.

Three short years ago I started another line called Boop Printables. I got tired of buying or downloading free crafting printable’s only to find out after designing and/or printing them out they did not fit my projects.  UGH! So started making my own.  I painstakingly measure and test each and every craft printables that I sell BEFORE I put them on the market. This is why so many come to me for their crafting templates.  You can rest assured they will fit!!!

I am always inspired by my customer requests and my best designs come from my customers desires. So please feel free to send me an email at any time to request your special designed product.  With the holidays coming up, I have loads of new products coming out. Be sure to watch for them.

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