Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WIN Chelle's Creations Latest Kit!

Chelle of Chelle's Creations is SO excited about her new kit that she's decided to give it away to one lucky winner. There are lots of ways to enter and increase your chances…see them below. But first, here’s a sneaky peek:

Isn't it darling? I LOVE it!

Now…about that contest. There are 4 ways you can enter:
Comment on her blog, post on facebook, tweet on twitter and sign up for Chelle's Newsletter. To get all the details, go to her blog... Go! Go now!

The contest will end on Friday 9.2 at 8am EST. It's too good to pass up!

Blessings, *Ü* Kairyn

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sahlin Studios Giveaway!

A GIVEAWAY?? You heard right!!

I am SO EXCITED about my goodies coming out this Friday...
and YOU could WIN it!

Here's a peek at what's coming:

All you have to do is leave a comment on the Sahlin Studio blog: by tomorrow, Thursday at Midnight(CST) to be put into a random drawing to get it FREE!

Blessings, *Ü* Kairyn

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Justify Your Text - How To...

Hi Friends!
It's Kairyn here with a "How To".

Have you ever seen those cute little journaling blocks where the edges of the text lines up on both sides for every line? Here's an example using Chelle's newest kit Something Fishy (available only at ScrapMatters:


See how it's in a nice neat rectangle, like print in a newspaper? The text is "justified". When I was a Paint Shop Pro and GIMP user, this was a quick option in the text options box. For those who use PhotoShop, it's also a simple thing to do. When I started using PhotoShop Elements, I was so sad to see "Left Justified, Right Justified and Center Justified" and that the plain old "Justified" option wasn't available. Then I read somewhere that is was possible, and easy to do... just "hold Shift and Ctrl and click J". Well, let me tell you - I tried selecting the text and clicking the buttons, I tried just having the text layer selected and clicking... I tried and tried! It was impossible and SO frustrating! I couldn't do it, and yet people were telling me it was possible!

I'm happy to say I've figured it out! Woo-hoo! It does involve "hold Shift and Ctrl and click J", but it's a bit more involved than that! lol

Alright, I didn't make any screen shots, because I'm thinking this is easy enough to explain... but if you don't "get it" just leave a message and I'll help ya out, okay?

Start with your psd file... decide where you want your text to be, click "T" to get to the text tool (or just click the text tool - but I LOVE using keyboard shortcuts whenever possible). Then click and drag with your mouse to create a text box. (This means, click, hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse to make a box the size you desire and let go of the mouse button.) Click inside the newly made text box and type your details. Then hold the Ctrl button and click A to select all of the text. We're nearly done... are you still with me? Here's the last step... NOW hold down the Shift and Ctrl buttons and click J.

Wah-lah! You should now have text that lines up on both sides, cool huh? I'd love to see what you did... leave me a comment with a link to your LO, and I'll come and leave you some well deserved love!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

ScrapMatters Blog Train...

Hello and Happy iNSD!!!

ScrapMatters is celebrating with a BANG! and to get things rolling, their hosting a blog train! Woot! So many freebies, so many goodies! Be sure to check out all the games going on in the ScrapMatters special iNSD forum to play along and earn even more freebies!

The kit used to create all the goodies that you can pick up along the trail is called "Timeless" - and it certainly is! You will love it... check it out:

Did I tell you it was gorgeous!? It's got all kinds of wonderful vintage, shabby, time worn papers and elements in it! It reminds me of times I used to spend going to the antique stores every summer, rummaging through the boxes and bins for that one special item I'd take home!

I created a frame cluster for you...hope you like it!

You can grab my freebie here... (sorry links disabled)

You should have come from Sharon's "Quietangelsb's Scrap Corner"blog... and now you can head on over to Cathy's "Scrap's of Life" blog.

If you get lost along the way, you can start back and the beginning station... the ScrapMatters Blog.

Blessings, *Ü* Kairyn

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Speed Scrap is coming...

On Friday, April 15th! Woot!

I'm super excited to be hosting my very first anything at SM! And even happier that it's an SS! I hope you can join me on Friday night... 8:30 p.m. ET, 7:30 CT, 6:30 MT, 5:30 PT. (Jen will host her weekly chat shortly after we finish, so why not stay and have a bit more fun!)

Liz of Band Geek Designs is providing this totally awesome PP:

Isn't it great? I am in

If you've never done an SS, you have to try it... they really are so much fun! You can read up on the basic info here.
But please join us... we'll have alot of fun!

Blessings, *Ü* Kairyn

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

SMG Call!

Yay! ScrapMatters is having a ScrapMatters Girl Call! Woot! If you love scrapping, and you love ScrapMatters, this is your chance! Check it out:

Head on over to this thread at SM for ALL the details! Remember, the deadline is April 10... that's this coming Sunday, so there's not much time... hurry!

Blessings, *Ü* Kairyn

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Plum Dumping Designs Throwback Thursday!

Hello! Kairyn here with a throwback! I loved this kit when it first came out, and I love it still! Family Fun is one of those timeless classics that you keep going back to!

Family Fun

Need some inspiration? Here ya go:

and one more:


Don't forget, Family Fun is available exclusively at ScrapMatters!
Have a funtastic day!

Blessings, *Ü* Kairyn

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Cleaning

ScrapMatters is having a Spring Cleaning Clearance sale this week!

The sale runs today (3/28) and goes through Saturday (4/2) - 60% off! Wow! Now that's a sale!
Be sure to visit the "clearance" section in the ScrapMatters Shop!

Blessings, *Ü* Kairyn

Friday, March 25, 2011

Take a Look!

Chelle has a great new product out today! (And I helped make it! Woo-hoo!) lol

Actually, her entire team helped... siggies are all the rage right now in the digi-scrapping forums, and you're going to love these Spring Siggies just perfect for this time of year!

Don't forget, they're 20% off all weekend, so now is the time to grab them! (Actually ALL new releases are 20% off at ScrapMatters every Friday through Sunday.)

Blessings, *Ü* Kairyn

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Time for a Freebie!

Hello Friends!

It's Tuesday, and that means time for a freebie from Chelle! Woo-hoo!

I thought since Spring seems to have finally arrived (although as I write this, it is snowing quite hard here in my corner of the world, though the temp was a balmy 68 yesterday!) I'd use Chelle's kit called Bug Catcher to make a cute little frame cluster for you...

Bug Catcher is available only at ScrapMatters:

And your freebie is available here, I hope you like it!

Blessings, *Ü* Kairyn

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Plum Dumping Designs is having a CT Call!

So exciting! Mary made a mini kit for those applying to play with - show her your style! How fun is that?! SO whooooo's ready?!


*1 LO per product downloaded
*Enable 3 times per month
*Post on the blog once per month
6 month commitment

Application must include:

1. Short bio
2. Link to your blog
3. Link to your gallery
4. List of your current commitments
5. LO using the Serendipity CT Call freebie found here! (600x600, 72 dpi)

Send your apps in to: plumdumpling.ctcall at gmail dot com by 3.24.11!

Check out this SUPER cute mini kit Mary made just for her CT Call!! (The preview is linked to Mary's blog, you'll find the download link there.)

I can't wait to see who joins the team! Deadline to submit an application is March 24!

Blessings, *Ü* Kairyn

Friday, March 11, 2011

Lots of New Things to be Thankful For!

While I'm disappointed that I am not moving on to the final round in the ScrapMatters Design Star competition, I've decided it's better to count my blessings...

SO - Today I'm here to talk about all the good things happening!

First, there is a Speed Scrap tonight at 9 pm EST in the ScrapMatters forum and chat room:

Take a look at this awesome participation prize:

I have Day's Spring Kissed kit, and I LOVE it! This is icing on the cake, plus I love, love, love to do Speed Scraps... if you haven't tried one - do it today! lol

Secondly, ScrapMatters has started a new Gallery Standouts Blog and so I meandered over to check it out... guess what? Yup! I had a layout there they were featuring! How cool is that?

This is the one they chose to feature:

I used wm[squared]'s School Days kit available only at ScrapMatters.

And lastly, I'm on three fantastic creative teams, and my team members are as sweet as they come! I'm very blessed to be on those teams!

What are you thankful for today?

Blessings, *Ü* Kairyn

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

May Flowers Part 2

Well, round 2 has come and gone in the Design Star Competition at ScrapMatters. Round 3 had us making elements to match those papers from Round 2. The Element Packs were all uploaded yesterday and there is some wonderful goodness in the gallery today! You really should check it out!

You'll find my May Flowers Element Pack there... but I'm here to give you a peek at it! You do have to go to ScrapMatters to download it however, here's the reveal:

And it's free right now, so go here to snag it!

Are you curious what the entire kit looks like? Well, I've got that peek for you too:

Isn't is lovely? Perfect for baby girl, Spring, Easter, etc.! I just love it! I've already scrapped four layouts with it... I can't wait to see what you do - please leave a comment here and link me to your gallery so I can come and ooh and aah over your work!

Don't forget, this loveliness is free for a short time... you can grab the papers here at the ScrapMatters gallery and the elements are there too!

Blessings, *Ü* Kairyn

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

May Flowers

I know, I's not May yet...but surely Winter will come to an end and Spring will arrive!

Design Star at ScrapMatters is at the end of Round 2, our paper packs are loaded and ready to go!

Here's a peek at mine... but you'll have to go to ScrapMatters to download them!


And, I've already created a layout using the papers...and really, just the papers. Elements are part of Round 3...see you next week for those!



Blessings, *Ü* Kairyn

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Happy Dance Today!

Yessiree! I'm doing the happy dance!
The Design Star 2011 competition at ScrapMatters is well under way. The first round is over, it was a stressful week - designing, uploading and then waiting. Watching and reading the comments, waiting for the judges to make their decisions and to find out who was moving on to round 2.
I think there were over 90 who signed up, 71 who submitted an entry, and only 17 who made the cut.
My happy dance? Oh, yeah...that's because I made the cut! Yeppers, I did and I am totally thrilled!

Here is the preview of my round one mini:


And a couple layouts I did with my own mini and a couple extras - couldn't use just mine, it would have given me away... round one was a "blind" competition... identities were replaced with numbers.



You can grab the mini here at 4shared or here at - enjoy, and please let me know if you create something with it - I'd love to see it! Also...leave me a comment below and tell me what you think...

Blessings, *Ü* Karen

Monday, February 21, 2011

Journal Jumpstart

Hello Friends! Today on Chelle's Creations blog, I shared an idea for journaling! I thought it would be nice to share it here too!

When I have everyday photos that are just too cute NOT to scrap, I struggle with what to write in the journaling... "I really love your smile today", "you were happy to be outside", "wearing your favorite sweater" etc., can sound, well, rather boring.

Here's another option... why not interview your kids and put those questions and answers on a page? Or have them create a list of something, such as - that day's favorite food, color, toy, etc.

I had two really sweet photos of my kiddos doing nothing more than smiling at the camera, and decided to ask them (privately) what they loved about each other! I asked for a list of five things and scrapped three of them! There answers were so cute, and I know these are pages I will treasure... glimpses into 6 and 7 year old hearts! To make it a bit more authentic, I journaled using a font that looks as if the respective child wrote it themselves.



I used Chelle's Tell Me More kit and her Doodles: Border It element pack, both available in her ScrapMatters Shop!

I hope you try my idea, and if you do, please feel free to comment here and let us know, we'd love to see it and leave you some love!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Chelle's Have a Guest CT Call!

It doesn't happen very often, so if you're interested in being on a great team, you'll want to get an application right in!

Just in case for some reason you can't read the ad it says...

March to August spots available!

The Requirements are:
3 Layouts for the month you guest and one "extra" (a quickpage, cluster, etc.)
You'll need to post to four galleries, 3 of which must allow linking.
You must participate in the CT forum and contribute to the blog.

In exchange, you will have full access to Chelle's store during your term! How cool is that?!

To apply, send an email to chelles.creativeteamcall gmail com and include your user name, a link to your most complete gallery, a short bio, which month you'd like to guest and why you think you'd be a good fit for Chelle's team...that's it!

The call starts tomorrow Feb. 21 and runs through Feb. 28. The new guests will be announced on March 5 - Good Luck, everybody!

Blessings, *Ü* Karen

Friday, February 18, 2011

New Stuff from Plum Dumpling!

Hi Friends!
I've been having so much fun playing with Mary's designs, and I've got a couple to show you!

She released Heartbreaker earlier in the month,


and this is what I did with it:


I had alot of fun making this "biker" kit into a thing of beauty! I love how my layout turned out! The template is for a ScrapMatters Tuesday Template challenge... you really should check those out!

Just today, Mary released some fantastic double page templates...right up my alley! The really great thing about these, is that they will showcase 30 (yes thirty!) photos!! Thirty Days Has September Templates are available in her ScrapMatters store - and now through Sunday, Feb. 20, they're 20% off!

30 Days Has September Templates

I scrapped my family reunion. I'm still working on photos from 2005, so these templates helped me to get a BIG event done! Just look how fun this turned out:

(left side:)

(right side:)

To complete these layouts, I used several of Mary's kits... A Photo A Day; Family Fun; and Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. I'd love to see what you can do with one or all of these!

Blessings, *Ü* Karen

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Desktop Freebie for February!

Can you believe January is gone already? Wasn't it just Christmas!? Where did the month go?

This one comes in three sizes: 1280x1024, 1280x800 and 1024x768, and I had such fun making it!
I used one of my very favorite all time kits called Love of a Lifetime (perfect for Valentines Day or any day!)

The kit is available in all of Tracy's stores...there are links at the end of this post to help you grab it!

And finally, what you've been waiting for... well, a preview of it anyway!

And here is the desktop as I have used it with two of my darling granddaughters - gotta love them!

Thanks for reading all my rambling... You can grab the desktop on the Trixie Scraps blog! Happy February everyone!

All Trixie Scraps Designs products can be found in the following online stores:
Trixie Scraps Shop * Scrap Matters * Gotta Pixel * Scrapbook Bytes * Funky Playground

Blessings, *Ü* Karen

Monday, January 24, 2011

A Sweet Flashback!

Hello fans of Chelle! It's merchi aka Karen here...

I don't know about you, but it's always nice to look back and reflect on the old year when facing a new one! I think about what I did or did not accomplish in the old year; ways to change and improve in the new year; and things I did right and would like to do again!

Today I want to take a few minutes and look back on a kit Chelle LAST January... Sweet Thing

It's available in Chelle's ScrapMatters shop here!

It's a darling little kit, and there was actually a portion of it given away to ScrapMatters newsletter subscribers. (If you're not a subscriber, you can sign up here.) You'll want to do that, because there are always lots of great things in there! Speaking of newsletters... be sure you're a subscriber to Chelle's personal newsletter'll find the link at the top of this blog on the right...and a few gift for signing up right above it!

This part of it is available here.

This week, Chelle came out with a fabulous alpha and template set. I used the template set with Sweet Thing to come up with this...

This is my newest granddaughter...isn't she the sweetest thing?

Here is a bit more inspiration for Sweet Thing...

by QuiltyMom/Jan:


by CanadianMommy/Fiona

Happy New Year, friends!