Monday, December 31, 2012

January STS Road Trip - Cocoa and Coffee

Happy New Year! As I write this, its twenty minutes to midnight in my time zone. And I'm hard at work on freebies for you all! :)

I wasn't thrilled about the theme this month, I'll be honest. But then, unbidden, the jazz classic "Java Jive" snuck into my head and wouldn't go away! If you haven't heard the song, check it out here!

That song was my inspiration, and here is what I came up with:

You can find it in two parts:

Part 1

Part 2

I also have a little bonus for you over on Facebook. I've packaged up the overlays I made when creating the papers!

If you want the overlays, go to my Facebook page and click on the STS RT January tab!

I'm the last stop this month, but if you missed anyone, here is a road map!

A-M Digital Designs
MDK Scraps
Desert Digi Scrap
Scrappin Serenity
Cajun Diva Scraps
Adriana's Cafe
Saphira's Scraps
Shuckclod's Stuff
DinkeeDoo Scraps
Created by Christin Thomas
KapiScrap & Art
WinksArt Graphics
Growing Pains Scrapped
Created by Jill Scraps
Callaluna Creations

Thanks for stopping by! Comments and emails are always appreciated!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Fasten Your Seatbelt by Build a Memory

The latest release from Build a Memory is "Fasten Your Seatbelt," part of the December Build a Kit Collection. Its packed with adorable air travel themed elements and beautiful richly textured papers. The color palette is a gorgeous blend of brown, cream, orange, turquoise, and yellow that has an almost retro feel. Check it out!

Have a look at some of the layouts made with Fasten Your Seatbelt:

By Raquel:

By Tracy:

By me:

Are you familiar with the Build a Kit promotion at Stuff to Scrap? All of the designers build collections using the same palette and theme. They're generally well priced to begin with, but if you buy three or more collections during the month of December, you get 50% off! The details and all of the collections from the December Build a Kit promotion can be found here. The Build a Memory portion can be found here!

Be sure to snatch them up at this great sale price!

Friday, December 14, 2012

December 2012 Triune Blog Train - Joy To The World

Welcome to the December 2012 Triune Blog Train! I was a bit of a slacker this month due to a number of personal issues, but I wanted to participate! Here is my portion:

You can snag it HERE!

I also managed to make a small paper pack and a set of layered overlays!

You can grab those from my Facebook page!

Thanks for stopping by! Next stop is Digital Scrapbooking Resource Center!

Sairi Designs
A-M Digital Designs
Touched By A Butterfly
Scrappin' Sisters
One Step Away International
Cajun Diva Scraps
Karen Diamond Designs
Midnight Velvets
Callaluna Creations
Digital Scrapbooking Resource Center

If you lose your way, head back to the Train Station at Sairi's blog!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Speed Scrap Hosted by Build a Memory!

Would you like to earn a $4 coupon to the Build a Memory store? That is enough to get her latest kit, Just Natural, which is half off this month! Join Raquel for a speed scrap tomorrow, and if you finish on time, its yours! I've participated in one of her speed scraps before, and my finished page is still one of my all time favorites. So I am sure she has something fantastic planned! I won't be able to join in, because in my time zone that is the middle of the night. But I'm sure you'll all have a great time. Here are the details:

EDIT: Please note, there is a small error in the flier! The first thing under time says 7AM PST, when it should say 7PM PST.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Exciting Announcements!

I apologize in advance if I sound like a squealing teenager in this post... I am not this excitable in real life! But I have so many exciting things to share!

First up, big BIG news for Callaluna Creations! I was asked to sell in a store! Its a small store, but I was so proud to be asked. I have been working very hard to get better and better at designing, but I thought the days of being able to sell things were still way off. I'm still not 100% sure I'm ready for this step... but the fact that a store owner thought enough of my designs to approach me has given me a huge confidence boost! I'm not going to share details yet because they're still being worked out, but my store should go live sometime towards the end of January. I plan to keep most of the things I've posted here as FREEBIES, because I don't like the idea of snatching something away and making you guys pay for it when it has always been free. There is one exception, a favorite kit of mine that I plan to rework and put in the store, but I'll be sure to let you all know in advance so you have a last chance to snag the freebie version. And going forward, I may be offering some things as limited time freebies and then moving them into the store. But you will still find plenty of FREEBIES here, I promise. Its important to me that I keep offering those. Because those of you who have heard of me and have followed me are here for the freebies first and foremost, and being a hoarder myself, I can respect that! I'll be happy if you take a look at the store, but even if you can't afford to buy anything, please keep coming here for the freebies!

The second thing I am really excited about is that Raquel of Build a Memory, the woman I CT for, has recently become a mentor to me and has taught me a great deal about quality control. Not only has she volunteered to QC for me, but she's taught me SO MUCH already about how to catch things myself and how to fix things I was formerly clueless how to correct. I have a new kit releasing in the next day or two, and I am really proud of the quality of this one! I worked hard to put all of the lessons she has given me to work with this one, and its absolutely my best ever in terms of quality. A great big thank you to Raquel, for two things. First of all, she challenged me by asking me to CT when I had never done it before, and I have grown so much as a scrapbooker in the few short weeks I have been doing it! And secondly, for taking me under her wing and sharing her designing knowledge. I am so grateful!!

Ok, I am finished with the squealing for now. :) Here's a sneak peak at my new kit, which I'll be putting up sometime in the next few days. This is going to be a limited time freebie, so keep an eye out and snatch it up quick if you want it! This may not appeal to everyone, as the holiday Sinterklaas is mainly celebrated in Belgium and Holland and most of you have probably never heard of it. But as an American living in Belgium and raising a Belgian-American daughter, we celebrate! Even if you've never heard of Sinterklaas, you might enjoy the papers and the alpha, as well as a few of the elements.

Here is a layout I did with the kit. I am currently working on another.

I want to thank all of you for your continuing support. All of the comments you guys have left and emails you have sent have been a HUGE part of the reason I have stuck with this hobby over the past few months, and I thank you for that. Its become an integral part of my life and I've rarely felt so passionate about a hobby before! Please keep those comments and emails coming, and also check out my Facebook page!

Just Natural Freebies!

Remember the beautiful "Just Natural" kit by Build a Memory that I gushed about recently? Its on sale for 50% off right now!!

And even better, Raquel is graciously offering a bunch of freebies made with the kit!

I made two alphas to coordinate with the kit using papers and glitters from the kit. This one is my favorite:

You can get this freebie RIGHT HERE! The second alpha I made is being hosted on the Build a Memory Facebook page. Here's a sneak peak:

Next up is this gorgeous cluster frame by CT member Tracy of Growing Pains Scrapped:

You can grab that on Tracy's blog.

And finally, a beautiful cluster frame and border made by Raquel herself:

That one is available on the Build a Memory blog.

After you've gathered up all the fantastic freebies, be sure to rush over to the Stuff to Scrap store to pick up the full kit! And remember, there is an add-on as well and that is absolutely FREE in the store, as its part of the Use It Or Lose It challenge this month. Please join us for the challenge!

Monday, December 3, 2012

$2 Tuesday and FREEBIES!!

Hello, and Happy $2 Tuesday! Raquel has generously added both Cinderelly and My Little Pirate to the $2 bin today! I have worked with both of these kits, and I promise you, they are worth it! You need to snap these up while she's offering such a bargain!

First up is Cinderelly:

I love this, perhaps because I have a little girl and ten thousand pictures of her doing little girl things! This kit really captures the fairy tale magic. Here's a LO I did with it:

And guess what? I made a freebie to share with you!!! I hope you like these cluster frames:

You can grab them HERE! Enjoy!

Next up is My Little Pirate:

As I mentioned, I have a little girl, not a little boy. But who says pirates have to be boys?! I have a fondness for pirates (ok, you got me, Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom may have something to do with that!). And my little girl is quite a swashbuckler! I had no trouble finding pictures to scrap with this!

I made another freebie for My Little Pirate, a great little quick page:

Do you want it? You can get it on my Facebook page under the CT Freebies tab.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to take advantage of these fabulous deals!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

More "Just Natural"

Hi there, are you looking for my Road Trip freebies? Don't worry, they're still here! Scroll down! :)

Still reading? Awesome! I finally got around to playing with the new "Just Natural" kit by Build a Memory, and I wanted to share the layouts I made! I really enjoyed working with this kit, and I am quite happy with my layouts. I've also made a freebie to coordinate with the kit (two cool alphas!), but I'll leave it up to Raquel to decide when and where those will be released. I'll definitely post a heads up here on my blog, though!

You can get "Just Natural" here, and guess what? Its 50% off right now!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Just Natural by Build a Memory

Here's a message for you from Raquel of Build a Memory! I haven't made a CT page for this yet, but mine is coming soon, and you can see some of the pages the other CT's have made at least!

Hello! I have a wonderful kit to share with you today, it is soooo!!!! natural, that's great to scrap all kinds of photos! It is called Just Natural by Build a Memory. You can find it at Stuff to Scrap. This is a preview. 
Go grab it while its 30% off.

Take a look at the beautiful layouts our CT created with these kits this week.  Gorgeous!

Also go get the add on thats free to use in the Use it or lose it challenge at Stuff to Scrap here.