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July 25, 2008

Designer Spotlight Friday & a Freebie!!!

Designer: Czianya Castro (CznyDesigns)

Check out here store!
CU, S4H, PU, Actions, Kits, Doodles
Blog URL:

1. How long have you been scrapping?
I have been scrapping since my son was born 2 and a half years ago. Digiscrapping, I've only been doing it for about a year and designing for about 6 months.

2. What software do you use?
I currently use Photoshop CS2

3. Describe your scrapping style or work space?
My workspace is very hectic! lol Sometimes when things are slow at work I will design a couple things but when I get home I design some more. So my stuff is everywhere. My scrapping style is very different, I don't think I have a set style I just do whatever I feel that day.

4. What are your scrap goals?
My scrap goals... ummmm... lol. I think it would be to set more time aside to design. Right now at the moment its a little hard because my son needs a lot of attention right now, I am pregnant with my second child, so I really want to give him the attention so when the baby comes he doesn't get jealous. So that is my primary goal, my second would be to scrap more pictures, I have tons and no pages lol.

5. Tell us about yourself....
Well... what can I say? My name is Czianya pronounced Si-AN-ja! I am 21 years old, I have been married to the love of my life for 4 wonderful years. I am a working full time mom to a very Active 2 year old boy and one more on the way. IRL I am a graphic designer and conference planner.

6. If you could meet 1 other digital designer, who would it be?
That's easy, lol. Michelle Herron! Shes an awesome person and a great designer to work with.

7. What's your favorite product that you have designed and why?
My favorite has been The To Infinity... & And Beyond kits. I love the colors and all the stuff that Michelle and I created. I've done sooo many things with those 2 kits already and I still have more project in mind. Its a very versatile product.

And here's a freebie from Cziany!! Make sure you leave her some love!

Download Here

Don't forget to check out all the new Grab Bags and New Products in the store!!


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July 23, 2008

Template Challenge @ SFS

Did you know we have a very fun and exciting Template Challenge at ScrappinFreestyle that runs twice a month?? That's twice the fun!

This is a picture of the 2nd July template.

RoseMcDigital supplies the templates and you make layouts with them! When in need of inspiration or just learning the ropes...templates are fantastic!

Templates aren't meant to be boundaries, but guidelines helping you form ideas of your own! Sometimes a blank canvas can be intimidating, we know!

Did you also know that for every challenge you complete at ScrappinFreestyle, you also earn points towards FREE gift certificates?? Sure do!

We also have EIGHT other challenges in the forum. Don't let the shear number of them overwhelm you! Jump on in there and take a peak!! Got a favorite challenge that you'd like to see at ScrappinFreestyle? Let us know in the forum and we'll see what we can do!!


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July 18, 2008

Fantastic Friday SALE & Team Spotlight

It's FANTASTIC FRIDAY and we're celebrating with a HUGE SALE in the store and also....

TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS!!! We are featuring a designer, Michelle Herron, and a Creative Team Member, Amy!


Designer: Michelle Herron

Check out her store!
CU, S4H, Hybrid, Actions, Kits
Blog URL:

1. How long have you been scrapping?
I have traditional scrapped for several years, but have been digital scrapping for about a year now. I’ve done a lot of tagging and other graphic design over the years as well.

2. What software do you use?
Photoshop CS3, PSP 9, and PSE6

3. Describe your scrapping style or work space?
I’m a very clean scrapper. I love white space and focusing on the photo. I am also extremely drawn to anything that has an element cluster!

4. What are your scrap goals?
I would really love to scrap my sons entire life, lol .. I’m already about 1 ½ years behind though!

5. Tell us about yourself....
I’m 24, from North Carolina – but living in Kentucky (Thanks to the Army!). Married to my high school best friend for the past 3 ½ years. We have a 2 ½ year old son together named Jaxon. He’s my inspiration! I love photography, and everything to do with graphic design and computers. I’m going to school full time at Kaplan University for Business Administration.

6. If you could meet 1 other digital designer, who would it be?
Shabby Princess! When I first started out I completely fell head over heels for the freebies there … I blame her for my addiction! ;)

7. What's your favorite product that you have designed and why?
I think my favorite so far is my Jaxon Exploding Box. I love anything Hybrid and exploding boxes have always been a favorite of mine. They are so simple to make and really make a great gift!

MICHELLE SAYS THANK YOU!! to all you scrappers with a fun coupon!
Spend $10 or more in her store and get 50% Off your total purchase!!
Coupon Code: MHFeaturedDesigner
Dates: 18 - 25 July

SFS Creative Team Member: Amy (familyhistoryscrapper)
Blog URL:

Gallery Link

Amy is a special part of the Creative Team here at ScrappinFreestyle. She works with different SFS Designers each month to create beautiful layouts using their fun products.

1. How long have you been scrapping?
I started digi-scrapping almost a year ago now, back in September 2007. I loved paper scrapbooking before that, but never had the right space for all my materials. So when I found digi-scrapping and the easy "storage" of my supplies, I was thrilled!

2. What software do you use?
I used Paint Shop Pro to make my scrapbook pages. Every single day, I learn something new about the program that I didn't know before, which allows me to try new things on my layouts.

3. Describe your scrapping style or work space?
Well, I actually have two spots. My desktop computer and my laptop. Before I got a new laptop, I had to do all my scrapbooking on my desktop computer because my older laptop didn't like Paint Shop Pro. I still use the desktop for some things, but now with my new laptop, my work space can be anywhere! Typically, it's relaxing on the couch, with my computer on my lap and sometimes my music playing or a DVD in the TV, and other times, I like the peace and quiet of just me and my scrapbooking! It just depends on the day!

4. What are your scrap goals?
My goals are to scrap pages to showcase all my photos (many of which I still need to scan in), as well as to create a beautiful heritage album for both my mom and dad's side of the family tree.

5. Tell us about yourself....
When I'm not working on my computer doing something, you will most likely find me working on things for my school. I am a third-grade school teacher, a job which I adore! Otherwise, you may find me trying to dig up some old family record in my genealogy research!

6. If you could meet 1 digital designer or store owner, who would it be?
Seeing as my favorite designer is RCMama, you'd think I would choose her…the only problem is I already know her!! There are so many designers out there who make such fantastic products, but if I had to choose one, I would have to say Jannidee from Janniscrap designers. I absolutely adore her designing style and her products, and getting to know her through her blog entries.

7. Do you have a favorite designer that you enjoy to work with?
Well, I truly have to say that RCMama is my favorite designer to work with. If it hadn't been for her, I may not have found digi-scrapping in the first place. And it has been a joy to follow her along step-by-step in her own designing career!!

Here is one of my favorite tips to get nice sharp looking layouts online. After your layout is all resized and ready to go, but right before you do your final save for the web, use your sharpen tool. This will really make the layout pop when its up in an online gallery!!


OK! Thank you Ladies for being in the Spotlight this wonderful Friday!

We hope that you will take advantage of Michelle's wonderful coupon and don't forget to check out Amy's layouts in the gallery!

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July 15, 2008

Tutorial Tuesday: Plaid Patterns

We all love plaid patterns. Admit it, you know you do!

Here is a tutorial from on how to make your own Plaid Patterns!



July 14, 2008

Oldies but Goodies this Monday

The last few Monday's we've show you all the New Products. And while we do have SEVEN brand new Grab Bags and our CU Mega Kit is on retirement sale.....

Today we want to show you some Oldies but Goodies. = ) There's something here from each designer!!

Craquele Kit by Vivi'sShine Collection Style by Thaty BorgesGrunge Overlays by Tamar Karc

E(x)presso Yourself Addon by SunfireI Need A Date Journalers by Sir ScrapalotSweet Daisies by RCMama Designs

Square Straw Frames by NiceCraneJaxon kit by Michelle HerronWinter Kisses Bracket Album by Mega-Doodle Inspired

Hope Frames by Jessica DixonOverlays by Imanita DesignsTreasure by Aneczka W

Totally Charmed by CZNY DesignsSea Action by Cintia Z'sDelicate Flower Set by Cida Merola

Cheery Spring by Carla HolfFunky Summer by DawsDigitalDesignsFunky Summer Colla Kit



July 11, 2008

Team Spotlight on FANTASTIC Friday!

HELLO Scrappers!!

It's FANTASTIC Friday!!! The entire store is on SALE!!

Make sure you check out the Mega Kits...A certain CU Mega kit is on sale 65% OFF!!

*~*~*~*~*~*~Team Member Spotlight!!!

Designer: Anna (Designs by Aneczka W)

Check out her store!
Kits, Elements, Overlays, S4H & CU
Blog URL:

1. How long have you been scrapping?
I started digital scrapbooking 2004 just after my daughter Natalia was born.I've been designing since the fall of 2007.Scrappin Freestyle Store was my first shop who believed in me and my designs and gave this wonderful opportunity to be a part of this great digital community.

2. What software do you use?
I use Paint Shop Pro

3. Describe your scrapping style or work space?
I don't know what style my designs are.My scrapping style is changing all the time .I like creating in different styles and colors. I like creating unique elements like a cave ,pond or fountain .Now I create kits with some realistic elements.I love creating trees .

4. What are your scrap goals?
Create ,create and have fun of it

5. Tell us about yourself....
I live in Poland . I'm a married mom of one beautiful girl who inspires my creations.Natalia is four years old. I am a teacher in the kindergarten .I love working with children.My favorite things are: spending time with my wonderful husband and daughter, designing,watching movies, reading, painting and art.I love designing and I feel proud of myself for being part of this community.

6. If you could meet 1 other digital designer, who would it be?
I admire a lot of designers and I think I do not have one favorite , but if I could choose the one I| would like to meet Barbara aka digiMom Designs. She is a very friendly girl and great designer.

7. What's your favorite product that you have designed and why?
My favorite product is "Ann's Window" I dream about my own little house with a window full of colorful flowers . I do not have my own house yet , so I designed a kit with a window from my dreams.

*~*~*~*~ Thanks, Anna! - Anna also has a Freebie for at the bottom of this entry. = )

Creative Team: Sara Butler (mom2paigenjunior)

Sara hosts the ABC/123 Challenge as well as the Sketch Challenge. Both of them run twice a month!
Blog URL:

1. How long have you been scrapping?
I started paper scrapping back in my early teenage yrs but found digital scrapping in 2003 after my daughter was born and my husband left on his 1st deployment to Iraq.

2. What software do you use?
I have used PSP 7,9,and 10. I am looking at upgrading to the newest edition soon.

3. Describe your scrapping style or work space?
I like to try many different techniques. I can look at a layout and know what parts I want to use on my own. I think Sketches leave room for your own imagination and details but offer you a good base to start with. Most the time I just like clean lines. I try to create as much white space as possible, but also like to use multiple photos in one layout. It is hard for me to focus just on one photo, but I am learning and continue to work towards perfecting that.

4. What are your scrap goals?
All I want is for my children to have memories that they can share and keep for many generations. I want them to look back at the things I have made and the words that I have said and remember their whole childhood and be able to tell a story about it all.

5. Tell us about yourself....
I am a Wife and a Mother. My husband serves in the USAF while I am blessed to be able to stay home with our children to raise them. We have two children. Our Daughter will be 5 in August and we have a 1 1/2 yr old son.

6. If you could meet 1 digital designer or store owner, who would it be?
This is tough. I would love to meet so many of them because I love their styles and believe that I would be able to learn a lot from them as well as get an idea of who they are and why they create what they do. It would be nice to somehow bring together the creators as well as those that work with their products digitally to discuss everything about digital. So you see... I am not sure I can answer this one. = )

7. Do you have a favorite designer that you enjoy to work with?
You know... I do not think I have a favorite designer. There are certain kits that I enjoy and sometimes they are from one designer and others are from a different one. I do not pick my kits because of a certain designer because their styles change to bring in more customers. I look for the kind of kit I am able to use more than once and mainly ones that I can use for a girl or boy. I enjoy kits that are created from a collaboration because you can get so many different styles into one kit that somehow all comes together and works great!

8. Tip for other Scrappers!! = )
Tips...Try anything once. If you see something on a layout someone else has created, try to do it. It will only advance you and teach you to do things differently. Keep an open mind. If you see a kit and do not believe you can use it, try.

~*~*~*~*~* Thanks Sara! Now on to the freebie!!

This wonderful mini kit comes from Anna!

Download Here


P.S. Here are some wonderful Sales!

1. Designer's Dream Vol 2 CU Mega Kit - 65% OFF!!! Only $8.75

2. Texture & Overlay from Your Photos - 25% OFF! $7.50

3. Fun in the Sun Mega Kit - 50% OFF! Only $4.00

4. Let Freedom Ring - 25% OFF! $4.50

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July 10, 2008

Freebie: Fun in the Sun Desktop Calendars

Hello Scrappers!

Yesterday's Designer Tip talked about making quick pages to test out Brand New kits! We do the same thing here at SFS with our Mega-Kits. We have our Creative Team and Designers make quick pages!

In fact, one of our Creative Team Members { Janie } has made some lovely Desktop Calendars for you from the July Mega-Kit, Fun in the Sun! There are two of calendars, one for your pictures and one without. They are both sized 1024x768

Download them Here:
With Pictures Slots | Without Picture Slots

Have you already purchased the July Mega Kit? We'd love to see your layouts in the gallery!!


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July 9, 2008

Designer Tip: Is My Kit Complete?

So you have a shiny new kit and are not sure if it is complete? Scrap a few Layouts with your own photos!!

You'll quickly figure out what is missing! = )'ll also have a few quick pages right away!

Don't have time to scrap Layouts with your own kits? Get a Creative Team! = ) Give them your kit before releasing it. They'll let you know if anything is missing for sure!


P.S. Don't miss the chat tonight! 10:00 - 11:00 PM EST


July 8, 2008

Tutorials & PSE Actions @ ScrappinFreestyle

Hello Everyone!

Mega-Doodle Inspired popping in here to talk about Actions for Adobe Photoshop Elements....

A couple months ago I got a request for PSE actions. And I have to admit, I didn't even know where to start! I didn't even know how to install actions in PSE!! I searched the web high and low to find out and sadly, the tutorials out there were not clear enough for me.

SO...I installed both PSE 5 and 6 on my own computer and wrote my own tutorials! I include them with all my PSE actions.

And then during the Wednesday chat last week, one of our Challenge Hostess' mentioned that she just couldn't get any actions installed correctly in PSE. This got me to thinking. I should share my tutorials! = )

Here is a screen shot of several of my actions installed in PSE.

Downlaod Tutorials for Installing Actions in PSE 5 and PSE 6

Here are some of the PSE actions available here at ScrappinFreestyle:

Well, that's all I've got for today! I hope you'll all join us in the chat tomorrow night from 10:00 - 11:00 PM EST!!


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July 7, 2008

BOOM'n Birthday Sale-A-Bration a Success!!

An the last week has certainly been a Happy Birthday for ScrappinFreestyle!! The 50% OFF Sale-A-Bration brought in new and repeat customers! Who wouldn't want to take advantage of such an awesome sale?

Thank You!! For helping to make this 1st Birthday so great!!

Speaking of Sale..... You have just a few more hours left today to take advantage of this sale!
50% OFF Entire Store

Here are some of the newest products in the store! We a lot of commercial use, a couple grab bags, and also a fun S4H Kit.

Texture & Overlays from Your Photos by Mega-Doodle InspiredPlastic Packing 02 by Cida MerolaSir Scrapalot Designs CU Grab Bag

Old Paper Style II by Carla HolfAmber Waves by Michelle HerronWinged Heart by Vivi's

Action Grab Bag by Vivi's

And Last but not least, the July Team Mega Kit - Fun in the Sun!

A Wonderful kit for all your summer pics, or just pictures you have of a sunny day. A lot of great beach photos will love to have this kit used to scrap those memories.


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July 4, 2008

Designer Spotlight & a Quick Page Freebie!

Designer: Sherrie Smith (RCMama Designs)

Check out her products!
Quick Page Albums & Digital Kits (S4H Friendly)
Blog URL:

1. How long have you been scrapping?
I have been scrapping for about 11 years. A year and a half ago I discovered digital scrapbooking and I have not really gone back to paper since. I started designing in October of 2007, when I made a paper pack for a color challenge. I love designing because it gives me an outlet for my creativity without making a big mess in my house.

2. What software do you use?
I use the Gimp and Inkscape.

3. Describe your work space?
My desk is set up in my diningroom, from which I can see my livingroom and part of the back yard. I usually can see my kids while I am at my desk, which is great. My two-year-old is Trouble with a capital T, so if I cannot see him, I had better run and get him! I have a 22 inch flat panel, a wireless keyboard and mouse, and a 750 GB external hard drive. My only wish now (apart from a killer laptop) is for more ram. 2 GB is not enough for me; I want my computer smokin'!

4. What are your scrap goals?
I want to make pretty LOs for my family to enjoy, both now and in 50 years. I love looking through old albums of myself and my family, and having the journaling would just make it so much better. I want my grandchildren to know who I am and who the others are that helped shape them into the people that they will be.

5. Tell us about yourself...
I am a 33-year-old mother of three and wife to a great guy named Ed. Our kids are 6, 4, and 2. I stay at home with the kids and homeschool the older two (during the school year, that is). I live in a town near Pittsburgh, PA. Faith and family are a big part of my life.

6. If you could meet 1 other digital designer, who would it be?
I would love to meet Kim Broedelet in person. Since she lives in South Africa, though, that is not likely to happen. Boo hoo! A more realistic wish would be to meet our very own Brandy a.k.a. MegaDoodle. She and I were on the Element Team here at SFS together and now we have "graduated" to being designers.

7. What's your favorite product that you have designed and why?
I think that my favorite product so far is Let Freedom Ring. My style really evolved during the creation of that kit and I am so proud of it.


And don't forget the freebie! Sherrie has a Quick Page from her newest kit, Let Freedom Ring. It was made my Nani, one of her CT Members.


P.S. Don't forget to shop the BOOM'n July Birthday Sale-A-Bration!!! You can't beat 50% OFF the entire store!!

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