Saturday, August 12, 2017

Scandinavian Adventure

A few years ago I was able to tick something off my bucket list - a trip to Scandinavia!  It was one of those, 'if I don't do it this year, I probably won't ever get to do it', decisions.
At the time I was a children's librarian, and one of the big attractions for me was a visit to the place of Hans Christian Andersen's birth and the museum in Odense, dedicated to this wonderful author. I had booked a tour of Scandinavia, but I decided to arrive a few days earlier than the tour departure date so that I could go to Odense.  I searched online and found out all I could about travel to Odense. It seemed that rail was the best transport to take, so I booked a hotel close to the railway station within walking distance from Copenhagen's central business district.  I arrived at the railway station and asked in English about taking a train to Odense.  The lady in the ticket box didn't speak much English, but after a little to-ing and fro-ing, I managed to purchase a return rail ticket and waited patiently on the platform for my train.  The train whizzed through the countryside and after a little while I was in Odense.
I've always believed that the most important tool when travelling is your tongue.  I asked for directions and finally found the little village that is all 'Hans Christian Andersen'.  I wandered the cobblestone streets and admired the small cottages.  I found a very small one with a plaque that had "Hans Christian Anderson" on it and I was able to wander through the rooms, my imagination running wild with images of what it must have been like to be born in such a place.
In the little village there was a souvenir shop (there's always one, isn't there?) and there was a delightful range of Christmas products that proved light enough to pack in my luggage.  I like to buy Christmas decorations of places I've been to - it makes my Christmas tree decidedly 'international'.
Next I came upon the Museum and what a totally fascinating place it was!  In such a place, children can immerse themselves in the fairytales.  I spent quite a long time reading about each exhibit.  I loved the three dimensional displays and marvelled at the thought and detail that had gone into this magical place.
Having visited Odense, the sculpture of The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen had special significance.
Another highlight pre-tour, was Tivoli Gardens.  I met another traveller in the hotel and we decided to meet up and go to Tivoli Gardens on our last night.  It was another fun place to visit and I was glad of the company.
The day after I transferred to the hotel where the tour group was departing from.  The next stage of my Scandinavian Adventure was about to begin.

Well, there's a little intro to my wonderful, memorable travels through Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia (to St Petersburg), Estonia, back to Sweden, then through Norway and back to Denmark.

Recently a customer made an enquiry through the Studio about Scandinavian digital scrapbooking kits. It sparked my interest and I decided to create such a kit.  I wanted to produce a kit that was totally authentic to the region and I think I have done just that.

My "Scandinavian Adventure" kit is now in my store at the Studio and is currently 30% off as an introductory offer for a limited time.

Here is a look at this huge kit which has 95 individual elements and 24 papers in a variety of styles.

 I decided to scrap some of my memories with my kit.  Here are two of my pages:

 If you have been to Scandinavia, or have plans to travel there...may I suggest that you take a look at this kit as a means to scrapbooking your travel memories.

Have a great weekend.
Happy scrapping!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Summer Splash - new Collection is here!

What a busy week!  The gorgeous "Summer Splash" Collection has just been released at the Studio.  We had a major store upgrade through the week and I wondered if all the inevitable wrinkles would be ironed out in time for the collection release...but they were, and now I am excited to be able to show you this new Summer collection.  

The long hot days of summer arrive and the imagination is filled with thoughts of salty sea breezes, swimming in the ocean, strolling along the shore, building sand castles and collecting shells.
If the beach is not within reach, then cooling off in the pool, stretching out on a sun lounge or deck chair with a good book under a shady tree with a cold drink may be your closer-to-home option.
No matter where you spend those lazy, hazy summer days, you'll be needing plenty of water, fruit juices, ice cubes, ice cream and icy poles to keep you cool.
This pretty collection in cool blues, soft teal, orange and deep pink, brings you plenty of choice for your summer digital scrapbooking pages.

There are 80 unique elements in this Collection so there is great versatility here.  There are patterned and plain textured papers as well as an artsy paper pack.  There are additions that will help add interest to pages as well, such as word art, photo masks, page accents and edge overlays.  This Collection is chock-a-block with good stuff for all those wonderful summer vacation photos!

Here are a couple of pages that I created using photos from a couple of special vacations I had:

The individual packs in the Summer Splash Collection are priced at just $1.00 each and the 8 pack Bundle is $8.00.  These prices are only good through July 27  2017.

Now let me show you the packs!

SUMMER SPLASH ELEMENTS - 80 gorgeous elements!

SUMMER SPLASH PAPERS - 18 stunning papers!

SUMMER SPLASH ART PAPERS - 12 beautifully crafted art papers!

SUMMER SPLASH TEXTURED PLAINS - 12 fabulously textured plains!

SUMMER SPLASH PAGE ACCENTS - 5 wonderful large page accents

SUMMER SPLASH EDGE OVERLAYS - 6 transparent fun page edge overlays

SUMMER SPLASH PHOTOMASKS - 5 fantastic large photomasks

SUMMER SPLASH WORDART - 13 really cool ready-to-use wordarts

THE WHOLE SUMMER SPLASH BUNDLE - includes all 8 packs!

So there you have it!  Run over to The Studio while the price is low and save a heap!! 

Enjoy your vacation time - take lots of awesome photos then have fun creating stunning pages!!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sunday with a difference!

Sunday for me was yesterday.  It was like most other Sundays in so many ways...up early and off to church.  Like most other Sundays, we began with worship - and the worship was beautiful.  It was Spirit filled - the atmosphere was charged with Godly energy.  As I sang, I felt my spirit find a 'oneness' with God's Spirit.  

A little back story here.  Our church has been going through a time of transition.  We had six months without pastors, then we welcomed our new pastors.  The lease on our building was coming to an end.  We believed God was taking us to new premises; that  He wanted to do something completely new with us.  So as the months passed, doors opened and we eventually moved into new premises.  It was so "God" because we could never have thought or imagined that we'd be where we are now situated in the heart of the city.  Our numbers were stripped back.  God had said that we could expect this.  People moved - some out of town, some to other churches.  It was challenging and often a little bewildering, but through it all, we have kept believing for what God has in store for us - the something "New".  We are ready for growth and stability - we feel that the transitioning phase is over and we are now engaged in a rebuilding community phase.  It's fresh, it's exciting...

Yesterday it came time for the Pastor to bring the message.  Instead, he left his notes on the lectern and said that he believed God was taking things in a different direction.  He said God had spoken a word to him - "Intercession".  We have been praying for many of our peeps who are or who have been through some 'deep waters'.  The Pastor asked if people would like to share how they'd seen God working through their circumstances to bring healing, restoration, peace.

There began a wonderful time of sharing.  A number of people told their stories of God's intervention, his provision, his opening doors that had previously seemed firmly closed, his healing power and so much more.  It was a time to celebrate the absolute faithfulness of our awesome God - his power, his goodness, his mercy and grace and his everlasting love.  

Yesterday was a beautiful  'stand out' Sunday in our church!  Thank you, Heavenly Father. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

MY DAD - new collection for Father's Day!

It's been a long time since I did a masculine collection, but I've finally done it...MY DAD has been released in time for Father's Day! 

It is on introductory special (35% off) for a limited time, and 53% off the Bundle.  It is exclusive to TheStudio too.  You'll find the "My Dad Collection" here:

About the collection:  "My Dad" is a digital scrapbooking collection that can be used for a multitude of masculine inspired pages, across the generations.
There are a number of themes included from sports and games, gardening, tools to music and reading. 
It is built on a palette of strong, bold colors with plenty of neutrals that will mix and match beautifully.
This collection is one that will have you wanting to use it over and over and over again!  It is just so versatile. 

Here's a look at the collection:

NEWSLETTER:  In my newsletter tomorrow I will have an exclusive freebie made with the My Dad collection.
Not signed up?  Sign up today so you don't miss it!

JUNE CHALLENGE:  Don't forget the Start Up Challenge in the Forum at theStudio.  The June Start Up Challenge is up now - start with the free mini kit - at the end of the month there will be a bonus gift for participants.
Why would you want to miss all this goodness?

New Commercial Use coming soon...

That's it for now.  Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, May 5, 2017

It's time for iNSD - 2017! Lots of great bargains...

NSD is here again!  This is a huge event for scrapbookers and in digi world it is no exception!
Every store makes it a wonderful event and none more so than theStudio!

I'd like to take a few minutes to show you what I have on offer this weekend at theStudio.  Our 'event' spans five whole days and a whole week of sales.
May 4 - "May the Fourth be with You" sale - one day only sale with $4 bundles and 4 kits bundled for $4 and 4 collections bundled for $16 or $20 - huge savings there!!  And of course, our special iNSD CU Collab Grab Bags!
May 5 - "Revenge of the Fifth" sale - one day only sale with $5 bundles and 5 kits bundled for $5 and 5 collections bundled for $20 or $25 - again great savings!! The Grab Bags are still there to grab too!!
May 6, 7, 8 - FLASH SALES - $1 each - PU and CU, changes each day.  50% off STOREWIDE SALE - Again Grab Bags are waiting for you!
May 9,10,11 - 30% off Storewide - don't forget the Grab Bags because they are there for this limited time only.

Now it's time to 'show' what I have for you during NSD.
Firstly, I have four collections at just $4 each on May 4
For May 5, I have five collections at $5 each:
May 6 I have these products in the FLASH SALE at $1 each

 May 7 these are for my FLASH SALE at $1 each
 May 8 my FLASH SALE features these at $1 each

TWO CU COLLAB GRAB BAGS (limited time only)
1:  6 full size packs for $6 - this is the fabulous bag my long time friend, Manu Scraps, and I put together

2: 5 full size packs for $4 - wonderful LouCee Creations and I created:
(This one is also on sale at

and lastly, I have the CU DAILY DEAL at theStudio this weekend.  Save 60% on this pack of beautiful butterflies.

I'm out of here - time to go shopping and grab some awesome bargains!!
HAPPY iNSD and Happy Shopping.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring is Here...Time for a Garden Party!

There is nothing quite like spending time outdoors in the newness of Spring.  Fresh grass, beautiful flowers, birds chirping, butterflies flitting and bees buzzing...all the sights, sounds and smells of a wonderful Spring day.  What better time to invite friends and family around to enjoy it all with you!
Host your own Garden Party.

The newly released Spring Coordinated Collection celebrates the lusciousness of outdoor garden time.  You'll find it all at The Studio - now at special pricing (two weeks only, ends April 27), so don't miss out on the $1.00 packs or specially priced bundles and build your very own "Garden Party"

Here is my part - THE GARDEN PARTY

The Garden Party - Elements (79 beautifully unique elements)

The Garden Party - Papers (18 carefully crafted 12"x12" papers)

The Garden Party - Photomasks (5 exquisite photomasks)

The Garden Party - Art Papers ( 12 digitally painted 12"x12" papers)

The Garden Party  - Wordart (12 ready to use sayings, quotes and a poem)
The Garden Party - Grungy Textured Solids (12 textural 12"x12" solids)

The Garden Party - Edge Overlays (6 themed transparent edge overlays)

The Garden Party - Borders and Clusters (2 12" page borders, 1 frame cluster, 2 floral sprays)

The Garden Party - Complete Bundle (all packs shown above included)

Reminder:  Have you signed up for my newsletter yet?  Don't miss the beautiful sampler that I'm including in the next one!  (see the sign up on the right hand side bar.)

Now it's time to go enjoy the beautiful outdoors and all the joys of Spring!

Have fun!!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

CU Grab Bag Gala

It's that time of year again - the CU Grab Bag Gala is on again at The Studio!!

This is the absolute ideal time to stock up on Commercial Use products at the smallest possible price.

You will find most Grab Bags contain packs that work out at just $1.00 each when you buy the Bag - and we're talking full-size packs here!!  No skimping.  It's awesomeness and such variety of content!
Remember too, that most Commercial Use can be used for Personal Use as well, so that's double awesomeness!

A Grab Bag event never goes by where my very dear friend, Manu, of Manu Scraps and I don't team up to bring you the very best in Grab Bags.  This one is no exception.  You get six high quality packs for just $6.00 (like I said, that's $1 per pack!)

Take a look at our fantastic Bag:

I recently added another two CU packs to my store - this time Grungy Pattern Overlays
These are currently on 35% introductory discount - another bargain!!

So today it is all about Commercial Use - right down to my newsletter, where you'll pick up an exclusive CU gift.

Enjoy your weekend!