Sunday, December 12, 2010

New Template Freebie

The Christmas Carol Blog Hop is over but I do have a new freebie for you... a 2-page layout template. Before I show you the template, I do want to mention that my winter and holiday kits are on sale. These are just a few of the special deals you can find in my store right now:

$3.50 for full-size kit!

$3.30 for full-size kit

$2.10 for four 12x12" quick pages

$2.50 for full-size kit

Here is my new template freebie. Please remember that my freebies are only available for a limited time, so grab it while you can. If you don't want to miss any freebies, just sign up for email notifications (see sidebar on the right-hand side). Also, my freebies should not be shared or hot-linked.

Click on the download link right below the preview to get your goodie.

Check out this 2-page layout I made with the template. I used a Studio collab kit called Life at the Lake by Deli Scraps, Let Me Scrapbook, and Scrappy Cocoa. It's a fun kit to play with and you can find it HERE.

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

4th Annual Christmas Carol Blog Hop!

We Studio designers are ready to host our 4th Annual Christmas Carol Blog Hop, but first I want to tell you about more great freebies you can collect. During the month of December, the Studio is giving out a Download-a-Day kit. We called it "Advent Calendar" and the theme is New Year's Celebration. Whichever designer is providing the freebie for the day is also having a Deal-a-Day special. The links are obvious once you get to the freebie - and you can collect some amazing kits at VERY low prices! I'm talking about full-size kits marked up to 70% off - but the specials are only good for one day and each day in December you'll find another great deal! My own Deal-of-the-Day will be on December 10, and I'm letting Toiny chose which kit to mark down. I'll be as surprised as you are! :D

For the Download-a-Day, just head to the DSS Store and click on the Advent Calendar for that particular day. Remember, the freebies are good for ONE day so you need to come back every day in December to collect all the pieces.

Now for the Blog Hop....

DSS is happy to present our Fourth Annual Christmas Carol Blog Hop! We have 17 mini-kits for you, each created around a Christmas carol theme. This is something we look forward to hosting every year, Hope you enjoy it.

Please note that we are a team of international designers, so if you come across a post that isn't "live" yet, just make a note of it and come back. This blog hop freebie will be available from December 5 - 12, so grab it while you can.

I chose "Let It Snow" for my theme this year and here's a preview. Click on the preview or the link right below it to grab your gift. (Please, no sharing or hot-linking - send your friends to my blog to download instead.)


Here's a list of all the participating designers. Just click their names to head to each blog.


Deli Scraps

Angel Hartline Designs

Digilicious Designs

Nibbles Skribbles

Let Me Scrapbook!

Booland Designs

Darlene Designs <<<>

LightningBug Creations

eqrAveziur Designs

Skrapper Digitals

Shelly Marie Scraps

Piggy Scraps Designs

The Studio Blog

Twin Mom Scraps

2 Girlz Designz


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Doorbuster Black Friday Sale at the Studio - and a Freebie!

Big doorbuster deals are to be had at the Studio on Black Friday. Make sure to stop by between 6:00 - 10:00 a.m. EST for HUGE savings!

I can tell you what I'm offering, specifically. My full-size kit, Musical Memories will be available for only $1.00 - but only during the doorbuster hours. Click on the preview to go directly to the store.

My Commercial Use Ribbons Set 2 will be available during the doorbuster sale for only $1.00. Click on the preview to go directly to the CU store.

I'm so excited to tell you about my new kit - it's a collab I worked on with Shelly Marie Designs, Monika Designs, and Nibbles Skribbles. We are proudly announcing Authentic Life. I absolutely love this color palette and I'm sure you will, too. It's being offered at 25 % off for a limited time, so don't miss the savings!

My freebie is a frame cluster that coordinates with Authentic Life. Please do not share this freebie, or hotlink - just send your friends to my blog to download.

Please note that my freebies are available for a limited time, so don't delay - grab them while you can. Happy scrapping!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Designer Spotlight and Some Freebies

This week I am in the Designer Spotlight at Scrapbird and that means a lovely mini-kit freebie for you. You can snag this autumn-themed mini for FREE but you have to get it through my Scrapbird store. CLICK HERE or on the preview to go directly to my store. This offer is good through November 20... after that, it will be available for sale in the store.

The Shabby Holiday Blog Train is over but good news - if you missed it and still want my mini-part of this mega, it's now available in my stores. In fact, ALL of the mini-kits at DSS are on sale right now for a limited time. Mini-kits are terrific because they are very low cost yet you still get plent of items to create several pages. CLICK HERE to go directly to the sale on DSS mini's.

I do have another freebie for you, a template for you to customize. Click on the preview to download. Please don't share the link directly - just send your friends to my blog instead.

Happy scrapping!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Celebrate DSD on the DSS Blog Hop (Freebies for You!)

In honor of International Digital Scrapbooking Day, the Studio designers are hosting a blog hop, which means awesome freebies for YOU! Our theme is "shabby holiday" and we've created a lovely kit that's great for holiday layouts as well as winter and snow-themes. Here's a look at my part:

Edited 11/22/10 - this blog hop is over now but you can still grab my part of the Shabby Holiday kit in my DSS store HERE.

Don't forget to stop by all the participating designers' blogs to get the rest of your goodies. Please note, we are a team of international designers, which means we're all on different time zones. If you come across a link that's not active yet, just make a note and go back to it in a little while.

I hope you enjoy this kit as well as all the bargains, chats, and challenges you'll find all over digi-world this weekend!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Int'l Digital Scrapbooking Day ~ New Products ~ and a Freebie!

Do you know that International Digital Scrapbooking Day is coming up this weekend? To celebrate, Scrapbird is having a weekend-long sale and giving away special freebies, including commercial use! Mark your calendar, stop by, and enjoy the special event. Don't forget to check out Digital Scrapbooking Studio as well, where there will be a big celebration, chats, and lot of fun in store.

I have a new product to announce, and it's on sale right now for only $2.93. Christel's Wedding was created for my "real life" friend, Christel. Congrats to Christel and Jerry who just tied the knot last Friday. Many blessings and love to both of you!

I made this layout using Christel's Wedding. Christel and Jerry are the subjects of this page.

Here's a preview of the kit. Not all elements are shown:

Take a peek at these lovely pages made by JeanAnn:

There's even more... I have made twelve quick pages that coordinate with Christel's Wedding, available in sets of four QPs or to save money, you can grab all twelve pages Christel's Wedding Quick Page Album:

Here's a sample layout I made using one of the Quick Pages:

My freebie for you coordinates with my One Autumn Evening kit, also on sale at DSS. Grab the entire kit for only $3.85!

Here is your freebie. Please, do not share or hotlink - just send your friends to my blog to download.

Click on the preview to download, or click HERE. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Memory Lane Freebie and Some New Commercial Use Products!

I have a couple of new Commercial Use products in my stores. The first is a set of twigs, great for autumn and nature layouts. This was part of September's CU Grab Bag at DSS. You can find this product here.

These ribbons were part of August's CU Grab Bag and is now available for individual purchase here.

If you missed the Me Time Blog Train, my part of the train is on sale in both of my stores. And, I've included a BONUS Quick Page. Grab the whole mini, plus bonus quick page, for only $1.50 right here!

Take a cute look at the layout Nani made using this kit:

This week's freebie coordinates with my Memory Lane kit, currently on sale for only $2.80 for the entire kit!

Check out this layout made by Kimberly, using Memory Lane:

...and this lovely page by JeanAnn:

It's a great kit for family, vintage, and heritage layouts. Don't miss the savings!

Finally, here is the freebie I have for you. Please don't share or hotlink - just send your friends to my blog to download.

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fall Carnival Blog Train!

Welcome aboard the Fall Carnival Blog Train! This month we have a wonderful mega kit for you and I have to say, I really enjoyed working with this palette - vibrant and "autumn-y" at the same time. But before I get to the freebies, I quickly want to mention that I have a number of summer (and back-to-school) kits on sale in my DSS store. Some of them will be retiring soon because, well frankly, I'm tired of looking at them, LOL. They'll only be available for a limited time - some are marked down to only $1.00 so check out the savings!

Okay, back to the blog train. You should have arrived here from Shel Belle Scraps.

Here's my part of this mega kit. My part will be available as a freebie for the month of September. It includes 8 papers and 11 elements. I do hope you enjoy it.

Next stop on the train is the very talented Jill DZines. If you lose your place, head back to The Blogtrain Blog for a list of all 100 participating designers.

Happy scrapping!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Annual DSS Designer Contest and the "Me Time" Blog Train!

I'm so excited about our Next Designer Contest at DSS. Each year we discover many gifted graphic artists, and this time around the top three will not only be awarded design contracts at The Studio, but will also receive Wacom Bamboo tablets. And the top ten will receive a 5-Action Pack by Atomic Cupcake. Those are some amazing prizes! Some great stuff here, people, so if you'd like to try your hand at designing you need to sign up by August 31. Click HERE to go directly to the link in the forum.

Along with our Next Designer Contest, we're hosting another Layout Designer contest. If you sign up, each week through September you'll be given a kit with which to create a layout. The object is to use as much of the kit as you can to promote the kit to the best of your ability. Each week the DSS members will vote on the contestants' layouts. Further details will be given out HERE but you must sign up by August 31 if you're interested. Top three winners will be given positions on the Studio Store Creative Team.

Now... you are all in for a treat! Some of The Studio designers have come together to create a "Me Time" blog train to show our appreciation to our customers, and...well, we just wanted to. :) Now you get to enjoy some lovely freebies.

This kit is called "Me Time" and I just love the different interpretations of what that means. To me, my "me time" is grabbing a good book or magazine with a nice cup of tea. To others, it's shopping or enjoying a day at the spa. Whatever you enjoy, I'm sure you'll find some goodies in the kits below that are just right for you.

Here's a layout I made using my portion of this collab:

And here's the preview for my part. Please note, my freebies are for personal use only and I'd really appreciate if you'd send your friends to my blog to download, rather than send them the link.

Follow the links below to snag the rest of this mega kit. Please note that this is an international team and we are all in different time zones. If you come across a blog that's not ready, just make a note and come back to it. My portion of this blog train will be available as a freebie for one week, so grab it before it goes into my store. :) Enjoy!

Darlene Designs <<<<<> you are here


AnDi Designs

Twin Mom Scraps

Kimberkatt Scraps

Linda Cumberland Designs

Let Me Scrapbook


Digilicious Designs

Angel Hartline Designs

Deli Scraps by Min

Saturday, July 31, 2010

New Month = New Challenges and a Freebie for You!

Tomorrow begins the last full month of summer. My son Jason is returning from Ireland tomorrow, and Joseph has been in Argentina for a week now. David, of course, is still home but he travels in packs, so he's either gone with his friends, or they are all here. It's been an interesting time and kind of feels like we have a revolving front door, but I have to admit I do love it. I enjoy having the kids at the house, and they've informed me I'm not like "normal" adults. I think that was meant as a compliment...

I'm back to hosting the Clutter It Challenge at Digital Scrapbooking Studio. Many thanks to my dear friend Sherah of Skrapper Digitals for filling in for me during my leave of absence. She is such a sweetie-pie and a great designer, too.

Here's the layout I made for this month's Clutter It Challenge. I finally scrapped a few of the photos I took when my cousin Rocco came out for a visit, nearly a year ago.

And here's the starter page (which you can snag for free, even if you don't do the challenge). Get the download link and instructions HERE, which will direct you to the DSS forum.

This page was made using my Summer Vacation mini-kit, great for scrapping those photos of lazy summer days, ice cream and watermelon-eating fun, etc.

Because it's summer and many people are traveling and having some beach fun, I thought I'd make a Quick Page freebie for you using my California Dreamin' kit. Here's a preview:

I made this layout of the gorgeous Monterey Peninsula using California Dreamin':

And finally, here is your Quick Page freebie.

Please, no sharing or hotlinking. Send your friends to my blog to download. Feel free to drop me an email (info inside download) if you use this page. I always enjoy seeing what people come up with.

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Buy My Store Sale and This Week's Freebie!

I goofed! I didn't realize when I marked both of my stores 35% off for the entire month of July that my "Buy My Store" coupon was still active at Digital Scrapbooking Studio. It wasn't until I noticed a few sales that I saw it and also noticed that IT was also marked down 35%. I thought about taking it down, but then thought oh, what the heck... I'll leave it up until the end of July. So if you're seeing this, you can snag my ENTIRE store, including commercial use items, for only $13.00. This is a STEAL so hurry up and take advantage of this while you can! Simply click HERE to be directed to where to add this to your cart. After checkout you'll be given a download with a coupon code and instructions on how to download everything in my DSS store.

A very special thanks to my good friend Kimberly of Kimberkatt Scraps, who created this week's freebie for you using my Ciao Italia kit. It's a great kit for not only your travel photos, but for pizza night, spaghetti feeds, etc. And it's only $3.58 for the entire kit, through the month of July.

Click on the preview to download. Have fun but please do not share this freebie - send your friends to my blog to download. :)

Here's a layout Kimberly made using this Quick Page. Isn't it fun?

Another layout using Ciao Italia by Nani:

Happy scrapping, see you next week!