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Fall Frolic–Funtastic Kit and Freebies from Andilynn Designs

Sorry!!! I know I told you I had a new digital scrapbook kit, some coordinating items and a freebie coming out yesterday.  I fully intended to write this post yesterday.  But the Kirby dog got sick and I spent quite a bit of time Thursday night and yesterday taking care of him.  So I am late again!  The story of my life, sometimes I wonder why I bite off so much, but I just can’t seem to help it.

So here are my new goodies for this week, all of the images are linked to their spot in my store at ScrapMatters.  I had such a blast making this kit.  It was kind of funny though the blue started out a lot more gray.  As the weather here in Seattle turned gray the gray started turning into blue.  I miss the blue skies.  The freebie is further down in the post, my not so subtle way of trying to get you to read to the end of  the post.

Fall Frolic by Andilynn Designs

Words Matter: Fall Frolic by Andilynn Designs

Fall Frolic Bonus Alphas by Andilynn Designs

Look at how my CT rocked this kit.  They came up with some fabulous LOs–the images are clickable so you can go give them some love if you want to.  But make sure you read to the end of the post for some good, old-fashioned savings on Fall Frolic–the kit and/or the word art and/or the bonus alphas.

Catch by Krista using Fall Frolic digital kit by Andilynn Designs

Catch by Krista using Fall Frolic digital kit by Andilynn Designs

Fall Days by Fonnetta using Fall Frolic Digital Scrapbook Kit by Andilynn Designs

Fall Days by Fonnetta using Fall Frolic Digital Scrapbook Kit by Andilynn Designs

Fall Fun by Neeny.  Scrapped with Fall Frolic available at ScrapMatters

Fall Fun by Neeny. Scrapped with Fall Frolic available at ScrapMatters

Taking Care of Business by Beth.  Created with Fall Frolic by Andilynn Designs

Taking Care of Business by Beth. Created with Fall Frolic by Andilynn Designs

Judy scrapped these Autumn Fairies using Fall Frolic by Andilynn Designs.

Judy scrapped these Autumn Fairies using Fall Frolic by Andilynn Designs.

Fall on Our Street digitally scrapped layout by Amy, using Fall Frolic by Andilynn Designs.

Fall on Our Street digital scrap layout by Amy, using Fall Frolic by Andilynn Designs.

Chelle created this beautiful LO for her blessings project.

Chelle created this beautiful digital LO for her blessings project.

Pumpkins by Heidi (scrappin5kids), digital scrapbook layout

Pumpkins by Heidi (scrappin5kids), digital scrapbook layout

Gorgeous digital layout by Stefanie using Fall Frolic available at SM.

Gorgeous digital layout by Stefanie using Fall Frolic available at SM.

Piles of Fun digital scrapbook layout by Amanda

Piles of Fun digital scrapbook layout by Amanda

Fall Is... by Yolanda, digiscrap LO created using Fall Frolic by Andilynn Designs

Fall Is... by Yolanda, digiscrap LO created using Fall Frolic by Andilynn Designs

And because my blog readers are so great here is a coupon code for an extra 15% off all my new releases this week (code will expire Oct 22nd.)

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Fall Frolic Add On by Andilynn Designs This freebie is available only in my shop at ScrapMatters:

Shari, made frames, clusters and borders using Fall Frolic for me to give away on my blog.  So for the next few days I intend to do just that.  Here is the first one I am  sharing with you:

Fall Frolic Cluster Frame 1 by Shari

Fall Frolic Cluster Frame 1 by Shari

Click on the image to go to 4shared to get the image.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to read about my new releases  and look at all of the fantastic layouts my CT created.  Remember that the coupon code will expire end of day next Thursday, Oct 22.

Tim Brown on Creativity and Play

Really liked this talk on creativity and play by Tim Brown on creativity and play.  This is applicable to all types of design and team work including digital scrapbooking and designing for digital scrapbooking!  I love how he talks about experimenting and constructing with ordinary objects.  The thirty circles exercise is really a great way to get out of your design ruts.  I also like how he talks about the taking away of creative materials to create prototypes in the school system. Role play as an empathy tool is also very interesting to me as a nurse.

Some brief take aways:

Play is not anarchy.

Play has rules.

Play helps us learn about the world around us.

You can be serious and play.

You need trust to play.

You need trust to create.

If you watch it, let me know what you think.

Design Star Rounds 2 & 3–Freebies

I’m continually amazed at how great the entries are in the SM Design Star Contest.  Here are just some of the fabulous paper packs and matching element packs you can receive for free, just by registering in the SM forum.  These are just from the top ten contestants that are moving on to Round 4.  There are lots more paper packs with coordinating element packs that are simply fabulous.

These are alphabetical by title.

Catch of the Day Elements by alamama

Catch of the Day by alamama

Catch of the Day by alamama

Half-Moon Bay Elements by Chelles Creations

Half-Moon Bay Elements by Chelle's Creations

Half-Moon Bay by markyzmom

Half-Moon Bay by markyzmom

Happy Earth Day to You by Plum Pudding Designs

Happy Earth Day to You by Plum Dumpling Designs

Happy Earth Day to You by littlehiccup

Happy Earth Day to You by littlehiccup

Loverly Elements

Loverly by sahlink

Old-Time Elegance Elements

Old-Time Elegance by kcherrie
Retro Girl Elements by Stefanie

Retro Girl Elements by Stefanie

Retro Girl by Stefanie

Retro Girl by Stefanie

Spring Fling

Spring Fling

Spring Fling by iisuzeii
Sweet Celebration Elements by LSM Melissa

Sweet Celebration Elements by LSM Melissa

Sweet Celebration PP by LSM Melissa

Sweet Celebration PP by LSM Melissa

Whats Cooking Elements from Man in the Moon

What's Cooking Elements from Man in the Moon

Whats Cooking by Man in the Moon

What's Cooking by Man in the Moon

Remember to go snag these you have to registered and logged into the forum, then click on the gallery tab.  They are at the very bottom of the gallery home page.

Check Out All of the Design Star Mini-Kits–Freebies Galore

Wow!! I am so impressed by all of the fabulous mini-kits that we received in our first ever DESIGN STAR contest.  Talk about talent!  There are 90 of them and I can’t share my favorites, but just know that there are some terrific mini-kits for free waiting for you to snag via box.net at ScrapMatters.  You MUST be registered and logged into the forum, to hop over to the gallery to preview these and grab your favorites. If you’re new to ScrapMatters the word you need at registration  is digital. Make sure you leave some love, these gals have worked soooo hard to create these beauties.

This first round is a blind competition being judged by some of our friends in the scrapbook world.  I would really like to thank our judges for being so willing to help out, I know I would have a really hard time.  Here they are (alphabetically by first name)

Aly Dosdall
Ellie Lash
Holley VanDenBerg
Julie Ann Shahin
Kayla Lamoureaux
Michele Elder
Nicole Seitler
Paula Wessels
Shandy Vogt

I really want to show you some of the entries–ok to be fair I’ll just pick some random numbers at random.org and share those kits with you.

Here are your random numbers:

104	13	56	71	116

Timestamp: 2009-03-04 18:09:29 UTC

I’ve just shared with you 5 random entries of the 90, I’ll try to come back and share some more later.  They are only available for a short time, so go grab them while you can.

Design Star Week One

Design Star

Design Star

Here you go…

First email me a letter of intent to participate in the contest–andilynn at scrapmatters dot com.   For the subject line in all communications about this week please use: Design Star Week One.  Please do this as soon as you decide to enter and before you have started your mini-kit. Also please sign up in the SM forum thread for week one.  These rules are a little bit different than Britt originally put in the forum, so please read carefully, these new rules apply to the contest.

Design Star Week 1 Color Palette

Design Star Week 1 Color Palette

Using the above color palette create a mini-kit. No you may not add any colors except small amounts of black. Yes you can use all of the colors or just two or three of them.  We really want you to use your creativity and have fun with this.

Your mini-kit must include exactly three papers and three elements. All of your papers and elements must be created at 300 dpi. The only file types accepted are. jpg and .png.

You may only use 2 (two) commercial use/designer resource products in the creation of your mini-kit.  The brushes/tubes etc that came in your original photo-editing software do not count as commercial use. You  may use more than one photo-editing/vector program to create your kit.  Anything that you purchased in addition to your original photo editing/vector software does count as commercial use.  Commercial use/designer resource products include: [but are not limited to] filters, masks, layer styles, actions, texture plates, tubes, overlays, brushes etc.  If you have any questions please email me at andilynn at scrapmatters dot com.

Any brush/element/texture that you create yourself does not count as commercial use–this is where we want to see your creativity shine through.  You may scan, photograph and extract any item which you are in physical possession of or which you are sure that you have the right to use for this project.  Usually ok–concrete, sand, wood textures etc.  Usually not ok–your toys/your kids toys, images from books & magazines etc. Please do not break any copyright laws in this competition–you will be disqualified if you do.

You must state all of the software programs you used in your terms of use.  You must also state what commercial products you used in your terms of use.

Now for the part I’ve been debating on for the past few days.  Computer viruses on 4shared seem to be a really hot topic around the digi world.  And I’m still not really sure about this.  Upload your finished product along with your terms of use to a free file sharing service–you can use 4shared, box, pando or whatever.  I have a paid 4shared account that is ad free and so I don’t have to worrry about getting viruses that way.  However ScrapMatters won’t be held liable if you upload to 4shared and get a virus.  Email me a 600×600 300 dpi preview and the link…do not post any part of your kit, I will do all posting for you.  The absolute latest that the link to your kit can be emailed to me is Monday night, March 2, 2009 at 11:59 pm [PST or GMT-8].  That means that you have a few hours more than one week to create, upload your kit and send me the link.

Also just in case you aren’t sure–ScrapMatters is spelled all one word with the M capitalized.  I tried really hard to make these rules as clear and easy to understand as possible and to think of everything.  However you may still have questions so please feel free to ask and I will be happy to answer your questions.  Please make sure that I have a valid email address to contact you.

Are you interested in becoming a designer at ScrapMatters?

If you’ve ever wanted to be a designer’s apprentice at ScrapMatters you will definitely want to go check out this post in the SM forum. The official announcement will be on Monday, February 23rd. I am so excited about this new contest and am working hard at creating my portion of the goody bag for the contestants.

Grab Bag Goodies and a RAK

The blog trains (both the Christmas and Thanksgiving are further down the page…

Hi everyone–are you all having a fantastic weekend?  Are you shopping til you drop, both IRL (in real life) and online?  This weekend has been so nice, I haven’t been to a single store.  This is the first Thanksgiving weekened that I haven’t gone shopping and it has been so relaxing.  I had the weekend off from work as well, I work tonight from 7 pm to 11:30 pm, but that is such a short shift, it doesn’t even really count. My neck/shoulder is starting to feel better,  from all of the rest as well, the tingling is decreasing YAY!

I got my grab bag into the shop late last night.  It is full of some really great stuff–five brand new items: an alpha, a template set, a brush set, a word art set and a full-size kit!  You get all of those for the bargain price of $3.00.  Melanie on my CT was kind enough to make the preview for me (using elements from Holly Jolly), she had never made a preview before and I think it turned out swell.

Here are just a couple of LOs my CT made with some of the grab bag items as well as my older designs.

by Heidi--

by Heidi (scrappin5kids)

By Krista (norton94)

By Krista (norton94)

by Emilee (emileem)

by Emilee (emileem)

Thanks for taking the time to read all this, go check out all of the other grab bags in the shop as well, they are all simply fabulous.

I am so happy when people decide to take time to comment on a freebie that I am going to give my grab bag to two people who commented on the ScrapMatters Blog Train (the previous post) and the winners are:

Here are your random numbers:

4
7

Timestamp: 2008-11-29 23:58:17 UTC

The fourth comment on the previous post was:

Betty, on November 28th, 2008 at 8:48 pm Said: Edit Comment

Thank you very much for this beautiful quick page! This is a gorgeous kit.

and the seventh comment on the previous post was:

GrammaJ, on November 29th, 2008 at 5:42 am Said: Edit Comment

Thank you for this wonderful Blog Train idea. Love the QP.

It pays to comment and it also pays to scrap with my products. ;D