March 29, 2011

Spring Renewal - Polka Dot Plum Blog Hop FREEBIE

As of April 1st I will be an exclusive designer at Polka Dot Plum. I am very excited about being able to concentrate all my energy toward one store. With that being said...what better way to start out than a blog hop! The designers at PDP have put together a Spring Renewal Blog Hop just for you! We hope you enjoy our creations. These free downloads are only available until April 15th, then it will all be packaged up & available for sale at Polka Dot Plum!!

Here is my portion! I have also included a coupon in the download that is good thru April 15th so make sure you check it out too!

Download Here

Make sure to stop at every blog so you don't miss anything. Have fun!

Farynar's Wings
Sweet Tomato Designs
Laughing Sun Designs
Designs by Sweet Mesquite
Sugar Pie Scraps <---YOU'RE HERE
Jumbbumble Designs
Rhonda Sunflower Designs
Tree City Studio
Kat's Creations
Pixie Keepsakes
Lilly Lane Market
Polka Dot Plum Designs

March 28, 2011

Quick Spring Guest CT Call! Ends April 1st!

I am having a super quick call for Spring CT Guests. If you would like to apply please do so by April 1st. Good luck! Ad is linked to my store.

Forgot to mention I also need a link to your most complete gallery...oops :)

March 26, 2011

Saturday Singles at PDP!!

I am so glad it's the weekend...and with the weekend comes Saturday Singles at PDP! I have two new relelases in the SS category this week. As you know I just released a kit called "Spring is in the Air". These are two add-ons to that kit, one religious and one not. They will be $1 each today at PDP! Make sure you grab them while you can! Also, if you haven't already picked up "Spring is in the Air" you can do so thru Sunday for 20% off! Hope you have an awesome weekend!

March 25, 2011

Spring Freebie!!

Hi all!  Casey again :)  I have some great news I had to drop back by and share...Crystal has a freebie and a special sale she wanted me to share with you!  Sugar Pie Chef Guest Mira created a great stacked paper freebie using Spring Is In the Air...take a look at the preview below!  You can download here.   And to make a freebie even better Spring Is In the Air is on sale through Sunday for 20% why not shop a little and start the weekend off right?

Repetition...Sometimes Repeating Yourself Is A Good Thing

Hi everyone...Casey back again to pick back up on our design principles blog series.  We are now on R of the ECBARF acronym.  R stands for repetition.  If you are like me you find yourself repeating what you say way too much...whether it is No to the little one or just about anything to the husband I repeat...a lot.  While this is rather aggravating in conversations it is a unifying principle in scrapbook design.  Repetition of shapes, colors, lines and the like in layouts help provide a cohesive appearance.

There are several ways to incorporate repetition into layouts.  You can repeat shapes, colors, elements, and even motif.  Take a look at how scrappers have used Sugar Pie Scraps designs to create layouts that use repetition...

Ok lets look at this layout from lnewhouse.  Notice how the blue color is repeated numerous times but there are lots of other colors mixed in too to break the repetition up a bit.  The blue tone is repeated in the alpha, elements and papers and yet is not overpowering or boring.  Notice also how the green button, red paper punch, and blue paper punch are repeated...creating several visual triangles that lead the eye and also provide unity via repetition!  What a great layout that showcases Sugar Pie and Connie Prince's great collab Build, Destroy, Repeat.

Moving on to this lovely layout from Bobbie76.  Look at how she repeats the purple hues but also adds hints of green so the purples are not overpowering or like we said earlier...boring.  She has also used several rectangles providing shape repetition. Check out the five paper rectangles...some are narrow, some are wider.  Her ribbons give two more and then three rectangular photos and three rectangular frames.  Wow that is a lot of shape repetition but doesn't it look great!!  Also check out how she uses the purple flowers...all this works together to create one beautiful finished product!  

From purple girlie to bright and boyish!  nof007750 also creates awesome layouts that use the design theory of repetition.  Take this this one for example.  Note her repetition of orange and yellow...the striped paper, blocks and ribbon.  There is also shape repetition present...her shape of choice was also the rectangle...her photo, title paper, striped bottom paper, blue background paper, and the green and orange blocks are all examples of shape repetition.  The angles are different for some elements but the shape is the same...pretty crafty...muwhahaha!

OK lets talk about one more type of repetition...thematic or motif.  This can be achieved by using elements and colors that correspond with the subject you are scrapping.  For this lets look at beckyroy's layout Hunter's First Snow.  Her photos of the little one out in the snow are awesome and notice how she continues that cold outside theme with the heavy coat, mitten, hat, and snow flake elements.  This use of theme or motif is also repetition...not overpowering...but way awesome!  She also repeats shapes via her photos and the color scheme repeats the brown and blue tone with splashes of yellow.  A beautiful layout that is another great example of repetition and Sugar Pie Scraps awesome products.  

To read a more in depth discussion of repetition in design be sure to check out the Digi Files blog.  And to see the products used in these layouts and more from Sugar Pie check out her Polka Dot Plum store.  Until next time...happy scrapping!

March 23, 2011

New Release: Spring is in the Air & Quickpage Freebie

I am so happy that spring is finally here! Today I have a brand new spring themed kit for you called "Spring is in the Air". The kit will be 20% off thru Sunday!

And the winner from the Sneak Peak drawing at DST was CardinalsKate Congrats!! Check your PM at DST for your coupon code!

Here is some creative inspiration from the Sugar Pie Chefs!

Don't forget to visit the Polka Dot Plum store on Saturday for "Saturday Singles". The category won't show up until Saturday and every product in that category will be $1 Saturday only! I will have two add-ons to Spring is in the Air available for $1 each in the Saturday Singles section this Saturday!

And here is your freebie! A quickpage created by my CT member Bobbie. Enjoy!

March 21, 2011

Sneak Peak & Chance to Win!

So, it's officially spring and I don't know about you but I couldn't be happier! I love spring...the flowers, birds singing, Easter and warmer weather! So it's no surprise that my new release for this week is a spring theme. I have a sneak peak for you today and the kit will be released on Wednesday. Make sure to visit DST for your chance to win the kit!

Make sure to come back Wednesday for the full reveal and the winner of the kit! Have a great week!

March 18, 2011

Super Font Finds

Hi everyone Casey here!  I have been super busy the past several days and now my daughter has an ear infection.  With that said I am going to take a break from the design series we have been exploring the past several weeks.  I will pick it back up next week.  So instead of ECBARF lets talk!

I love fonts and I love it when I can find them for free!  As I browsed the Sugar Pie Scraps gallery at PDP I was taken by the fun and quirky fonts we choose.  Fonts are sometimes an overlooked design tool.  We think of them simply as a way to title our pages or record our memories as we journal.  But the right font or combination of fonts can be a big boost!  Take a look at the layouts below and notice how fonts add to them.   Under each layout is the name of the font(s) used and links to where you can snag them for free!

Layout by Me

Layout by loridigi

Layout by Bobbie76

Layout by enu0828

Check out more layouts using Sugar Pie Scraps' products here at the PDP Gallery.

And just because I am in a sharing mood here are three more fonts that I love and find myself using a lot!  Underwood Champion is a nice typewriter font that is great for journaling and subtitles.  Shark in the Water is another great journaling font that I use a lot...since I found it recently;)  And last but not least Impact Label and Impact Label Reversed.  I love to use the Reversed when I put captions 'on' photos.  It gives texture and makes the words really pop!

Impact Label

So the next time you are looking through galleries take note of fonts, track them down and snag them...remember more often than not they are free!  If you have a favorite font leave a comment...we would love to snag your free font find too!!

March 15, 2011

DSA Fresh Face Designer for March & Mini-Kit Freebie

I am very thrilled to say that I am the Fresh Face Designer in the March issue of DSA's Enabler which released today! If you would like, you can visit page 22 of the Enabler to download my mini-kit freebie!

March 11, 2011

New Release & Freebie

It's finally here! New release time and this week's new release is special to me because I had the honor of teaming up with my favorite designer, Connie Prince to bring you Build, Destroy, Repeat. This kit is bright, fun and kid-friendly. Perfect for scrapping your little ones stacking their blocks, building, and having fun! I love the theme of this one because my son loves to build with the blocks, but his favorite part is the destroying. The kit will be 25% off for the first week. So, enough of my is our collab!

My CT had so much fun with this kit. Here is some inspiration from the Sugar Pie Chefs!

And here is some more inspiration from some of Connie's CT members.

Thank you so much for all of your comments on my blog. I used to choose a winner and the winner is...........

Ana Carol

Congrats Ana! Please send me an e-mail (sugarpiescraps @ yahoo . com) and I will get your coupon code to you.

And now it's freebie time! I actually have 2 freebies for you! One of my CT members, Lorianne created this awesome cluster frame for you to enjoy! Click image to download.

And Blog Team member Casey also made this quickpage freebie. Click the image to download. Enjoy!

After you download these freebies...head over to Connie's blog for another freebie!!!

More exciting news! I will be the Fresh Face Designer in the March issue of DSA's Enabler Newsletter. I am very excited about this opportunity! If you do not already receive the Enabler, make sure you sign up before the 15th. You will get an exclusive mini kit from me!

March 9, 2011

Sneak Peek...Huge News...and A Chance to Win!!


Hi everyone Casey here with huge, ginormous, monstrous news!  Crystal has been working with *drum roll please* Connie Prince on a brand new collab!  We have to wait until this Friday (3/11) but if the preview is any indication to the awesomeness of this collab it will be well worth the wait!!

Take a look at all those bright colors what a tease this preview is!  Anyway for a chance to win this great new kit just leave a comment here and a winner will be chosen this Friday, "The Grand Reveal Day"!  Be sure to stop back by to get all the gorgeous details!!

More exciting news!! Sugar Pie Scraps was chosen to be the Fresh Face Designer in the March issue of DSA's Enabler Newsletter!!! Sign up to receive the newsletter before the 15th and you will get an exclusive mini-kit!