Hello September!





Introducing our free September desktop calendar! Isn’t it just so fun and bright? This beauty was designed by Mary Rogers using our newest digital collection Highline.




Download your super cute desktop calendar HERE on Monday 8/1.


GIVEAWAY: Chipboard Letters & Numbers



Have you noticed in our last several collections that we’ve changed up our chipboard letters and numbers? Each one is a bit different, but all of them are loaded packages! Here’s a look at the new designs for Evergreen and Second City:




Just look at those piles of letters and numbers!


Wouldn’t you just love to win a package of both? Well, this is your chance! Just leave a comment on this post and tell us which one you like best! Double your chances of winning by leaving the same comment on the corresponding post on our Facebook page! We’ll draw a random winner next Monday. Good luck!


Second City Cards + Freebie





AudreyPettit BG SecondCity WishYouWereHereCardAudrey Pettit: One of the great things about the Photo Frames pack is the variety of frames that you get in lots of different shapes and sizes, from small slide-mount frames, to tags, to larger Insta-frames. Some of the frames have clear transparencies, while others have fun printed images that are great for layering, and give you lots of design options. On my first card, I created a 3D city scape scene by adding one of the printed photo frames over a cardstock sticker, with a bit of foam adhesive between the layers.


AudreyPettit BG SecondCity WishYouWereHereCard2I love the illusion of depth created by using pop dots between the frame and the background. And by layering a city scape on top of another city scape, you really emphasize that feeling of space.


AudreyPettit BG SecondCity GoodStuffCardMy second card shows one of the unique shaped photo frames, the speech bubble. I think this would be a lot of fun framing some journaling on a scrapbook page, or in my case, the speech bubble is a great way to highlight the sentiment on a card.


AudreyPettit BG SecondCity GoodStuffCard2

The addition of the frame really helps to call extra attention to the greeting, turning a simple sentiment into the real star of the design.


AudreyPettit BG SecondCity LittleMomentsCardThis cute Insta-frame does double-duty on my last card, acting as both the sentiment of the card design, and also a fun way to frame some additional embellishments, like these die cut leaves.


AudreyPettit BG SecondCity LittleMomentsCard3And don’t forget that you can design right on top of the photo frames, as well as underneath them. Here I added a cardstock sticker label behind the Insta-frame for an interesting background, and then added die cuts on top of the frame, too, popped up with foam dots for lots of depth and dimension.


If you want to make all three of these cards click HERE for your free instruction sheet!


Welcome Guest Designer Marla Kress!





We are so happy to share the talented work of Marla Kress with all of you today! We asked her to combine Second City with Mon Ami and the results are fantastic!




Marla is a very busy stay-at-home mom to three adorable kids, but manages to find creative time for herself. “Like most moms, my creative time comes late at night, so I really try to make it count. For me, scrapbooking is about preserving my family’s history, so the photos and journaling are at the heart of all of my pages.”




Marla Kress: My name is Marla and I am chief meal cooker, laundry folder, dishwasher, boo boo kisser, book reader, bear hugger, taxi driver and laugh getter to one crazy husband and three amazing kiddos.  When I’m not on duty I like to spend time in my studio creating pages and albums that my family can enjoy.  My life as a stay-at-home mom is nothing short of interesting and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.




Before we let Marla go, we gave her a Baker’s Dozen questions to answer.



Favorite color: Green

Buttons or brads: Brads

Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz: Dr. Google!

Dots or stripes: Dots

Mac or PC: Mac

Ribbon or twine: Twine

Ninjas or pirates: Pirates

Google or Yahoo: Google

Sweet or salty: Sweet

Chipboard or wood veneer: Wood veneer

Mountains or beach: Beach

Dog or cat: Dog and cat :)

Cake or pie: Cake


Marla, thank you for sharing your beautiful, inspiring layouts and card with us!