Saturday, February 1, 2014

This Week's Layouts and a Freebie

It has been quite a busy few weeks. I just launched a shop for my digital scrapbook business. You can now find my templates at GingerScraps under LissyKay Designs.

While my business work, templates and layouts will be on the LissyKay site, I will still share my personal layouts here because they are an account of my life and serve as a record of my experiences.

I had several kits to work with this week, which also were released in the respective shops. First up is the release from Created by Jill Scraps. Jill designed the Artistically Speaking collection for the February Buffet at GingerScraps. The kits are based on the look and texture of watercolors. The elements are a blend of traditional, mixed media and art journal. It is safe to say, there is something for every style of scrapper and enough for you to dabble in a medium you have been wanting to try. Here are the kits:

Artistically Speaking Kit 1, Kit 2, Alpha, Painted Papers, Solid Papers, Word Art, Scatters, Brush Smatters and Word Bits.

My first layout is a softer version of an art journal page. To create it I used brush strokes and painted on my digital canvas. I then took the paper from Kit 1 and clipped it to the paint images. I did the same thing for the photo, after I did some distressing and color changing. The photo is of Keziah, which is from a little photo shoot she and I did one day after school. She looked so pretty and I wanted to get some cute photos of her. I used images from that session on a few layouts this week. Here it is:

I also did a layout with Kit 2 and combined it with the new brush words and splatters from Penny Springmann. Penny offered the brush kits to the Scrap Packs creative team, and knowing I had Jill's art kit to work with, I could not resist combining the two. For this layout I used the three frames in Jill's kit. After stacking them on top of one another and turning them different directions, I had to place photo masks in each one. I only wanted to use the one photo but have the frames show different parts of the photo. That requires you to get your photo placed exactly where you need it, duplicate it so you have a total of four photos, then clip each one to their own mask. It makes for a neat effect.

My next kit to work with is I Heart Spring by Crossbone Cuts Designs. This kit is in the February 2014 Scrap Packs. This is the monthly collection available at Scrap Stacks for $5. Yes, I did just say 4 kits for $5. And the kits are all by well-known designers.

The photo is also from the Keziah photo shoot. She had a darling pose where she peeked around the tree in the yard. She has such a darling look on her face.

Here are the other kits in the February Scrap Pack:

ForeverJoy Designs released at Scrap Orchard Everyday Joy -- the perfect shabby kit to be used for any photo you want to share depicting happy moments in life. The kit contains plenty of flowers, words and vintage-esque pieces. I fall in love with every kit Renee releases...they are charming and make me feel so girlie. I always feel like I have taken a moment out of my Country Living life when I use her kits. Here is the kit:

My layout coordinates with other layouts I have created using photos from my cousins' photo shoot. Their mom, Kizzy, posted these beautiful photos on Facebook and I snatched them immediately knowing they would be perfect for layouts. Past layouts with these photos were done with the bright color kits from ForeverJoy. Since they matched the new release, I had to pull the next photo in the file out.

SuzyQ released a Valentine-themed kit, Be Mine, at Scrapbookgraphics. The collection is comprised of material to make both traditional scrapbook pages, as well as pocket pages. Without being an overtly Valentine kit, it is subtle and multi theme.

Here is the layout I created, with the same photo shoot images. Rather than crop and mat the photo, I used a large paint brush and create one stroke. With the rough edges, the photo was clipped to it and allowed to expand past the frame borders. It really does fill the page in an eye pleasing way.

One of the reasons I used the photos from the same shoot with different kits is to show the versatility of the kits. The color scheme in the photos is all the same, but they work with vastly different kits.

I do have one more layout with a Jill kit. The kit was released Friday. I did a separate post with my layout, but here is a look at the kit. Read the full post here.

So now to a free download. I used my layout from the Artistically Speaking collection to make a template. It is designed for an art look, but you can change it up to match whichever photos and kits you want to use. Here is the template:

Download Pain Studio Template

Please share your layouts with me. I love seeing what people create and how they make it their own. Stop by my design blog this weekend for more freebies and announcements. And visit my LissyKay Facebook page for even more free goodies.


  1. Thank you for sharing the template!

  2. Thank you this is perfect for a lo I`am doing

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE this, Melissa! Thank you!

  4. I love all of you layouts, especially the one that uses your free template. I love the bright colors of it and the quirkiness. Thank you for sharing your work with us. -Marie

  5. Thank you so much! I really liked your video as well because it looks so professional. I also like how we have a similar style in editing. Thanks for sharing.

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