Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Winter Frost, Gingham Christmas and Lots of Freebies

In this post I am sharing two fun collections from one of my favorite designers and a dear friend. I met Robin by chance and after a brief visit it was decided I would make layouts for the digital scrapbook kits she sells in her Etsy shop. Most know her by her design name: Digi Scrap Delights. I was blown away by the number of product she had stocked. Any season of the year, holiday, sentiment, mood...it is there.

This month, there are two featured collections. First up, Gingham Christmas. This collection is precious. Being a Southerner, I grew up believing every little girl wore gingham. It was the epitome of country cutsie living. When Robin sent me the previews, I giggled. Yes, I actually giggled. It wasn't just the gingham...it was the owls! Robin knows I have a thing for owls. Take a look at this collection:
Next up is Winter Frost. Now. The wonderful thing that has happened with this kit is that it is part of the December Scrap Stacks Scrap Pack. If you have not heard of this monthly gem, get comfy and read on.

Scrap Stacks is the scrapbook gallery site modeled in a Pinterest fashion. Instead of throwing your layouts haphazardly in a member gallery, you can can actually create stacks and sort your layouts in whathever thematic way suits your creative needs. For me personally, I have most of mine by designer. My brain thinks in terms of "who made it" rather than "what is it." (Follow me on ScrapStacks)

Here is your look at Winter Frost.

Now, onto my little creations. These are my layouts I created with the Digi Scrap Delight kits.

I could not get over the trees in Gingham Christmas. There were a good number in various styles. I just had to have a tree on this page. I used the gingham elements to create my own border. I simply size the gingham circles to what I wanted, duplicated the layer and spaced them across the page. The hearts were added to give it a garland effect. (The cutie in the photo is my niece Gillian with Santa.)

The next layout is also Gingham Christmas. However, you won't find any paper from the collection on this layout. For this page you need the Washi tape kit. I started by just sticking tape pieces all over the page. You have A LOT to play with. Once I had them on, I went back and reordered until I got a good feel. My mother happened to be in town helping me with surgery recovery. She does not care for scrapbooking, unless she is handed finished pages I made. She is a cross stitch designer and has a good eye for color and balance. She hopped onto my bed where I was working and had me start moving pieces around until SHE was happy with the layout. This is a fun technique and good way to fine tune your color placement skills. Give it try. (In the photo is my nephew Grayden and his first trip to see Santa.)

The Winter Frost kit was enjoyable to create with. Perhaps it was the soothing blues and grays that kept me mellow. I used a template I designed but once all the pieces were in place, it felt like something was missing. Then I caught an element I had not noticed initially. The white pine branch. And just  like that I added texture and depth to the page that was not there before. (This is my daughter Keziah shoveling snow. She was not told to do it, she wanted to.)

For you, my wonderful readers, I have two treats for you. I have a 10-piece template collection called Hip 2B Square. I made two additional templates just for Robin's collections. And to celebrate her kit being in this month's Scrap Stacks pack, I am providing the two new templates to Robin's friends and fans. Enjoy them and let me know what you end up designing with them. I will be adding a gallery with all the layouts made with my templates.

Before you scratch your head and say: "Wait, this is not the layout Melissa used for Gingham Christmas." It is. As I played, I customized the template to be able to use the elements I wanted. This template is a base and it celebrates all the fun papers in the collection. You can use as is, or copy mine by dropping the red side panel and putting a tree there instead. Create and make it your own.

Download templates. Colors in the preview are colored just for this post.

This is the base I started with for my Winter Frost layout. As I got playing, I divided one of the blue panels even more. You do not have to do that. You can keep it as is and it will still turn out amazing.

                              Download templates. Colors in the preview are colored just for this post.

There is only one download needed. Both templates are in the folder in PSD, PNG, PAGE and TIFF.

If you landed on this post from somewhere other than Robin's blog or newsletter, be sure to visit her social media sites. She has quite a few freebies that coordinate with Gingham Christmas. Check out the blog, Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter. She is also part of a Christmas Facebook Hop. Take a look at the list so you can make your way through 28 Etsy designers stops and pick up the treats.

Enjoy all the fun kits, freebies and templates. Share your creations and enjoy preserving your memories.

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