Wednesday, May 2, 2012

iNSD Blog Hop, Give-away and Freebies!

iNSD2012
Happy early [inter] National Scrapbooking Day (iNSD)! I always love the buzz of activity (and sales) associated with this special day dedicated to our great hobby. Although iNSD is officially May 5th, Design House Digital is starting the House Party early with a blog hop, sales, a free collab kit, a layout challenge, and more,  all week long! I’ve got so much share and tell you about, so this will be a long post – but stick with me to the end because it’s worth it!!

If you hopped to my blog from Deena Rutter’s blog, welcome! (Don’t you just love her designs?!) If not, you’ll want to start from the beginning of the hop for all the details.

Collab Kit Freebie

Pick up this fabulous FREE collaboration kit from the Design House Digital designers, called Retrospect:

DHD-RetrospectCollab-Preview

Just grab all the letters along the hop for the coupon code and this packed kit is yours free!

Tip of the Day

I’ve been having a lot of fun this year documenting our everyday happenings through Project Life (by Becky Higgins). [Although I’m a bit behind in posting my completed weeks] This year, I’ve been incorporating digital/hybrid elements into my album. There’s a lot of wonderful digital product available geared toward Project Life, and by using digital supplies I can customize my own title cards and journaling cards.

The other new thing I’ve been including this year is iPhone photos. Their lower resolution images look great printed at 3x4; OR, have a little fun editing with filters through the various apps like Instagram, Hipstamatic, etc. While these apps give you some artistic play time, they can pose a challenge for including in Project Life because of their square shape.

I’ve found two ways to incorporate these square photos: 1. place on the 3x4 journaling cards at a smaller size, and 2. place on a 4x6 card, with plenty of room for the photo (at 3.5 x 3.5 or less) and some notes about the day.

I encourage you to give it a try – it adds some variety to your pages by customizing your inserts with digital products and by incorporating smaller square photos. Even if you don’t process the photos with a smartphone app, you can still incorporate a square photo on your cards.

Freebie

To help you with the above ideas, I made a few 4x6 and 3x4 cards using the Retrospect collab freebie. Download here.

retrospect-cards-carey-bridges preview

The 4x6 cards (.png) have openings for instagram or phone photos – just slip the photo behind the opening & it’s ready for use on your layout or for printing. The 3x4 cards can be used for journaling or adding a photo. All of these cards work great with Project Life, or any scrapbooking project! I’d love to see how you use them – link me up in the comments if you do!

Layout Challenge

Design House Digital is giving away a digital photo frame! To be entered into the drawing, you need to complete a layout meeting all 26 of the challenges, which can only be found along this hop, by Tuesday,  May 8, 2012, at 11:59 pm MST (that’s 12:59 am for my Central peeps).
My challenge for you: Write your journaling in the form of a list.

Giveaway!

I’m excited to be giving away a $10 gift certificate to the store at Design House Digital! For a chance to win, do one or all of the following by midnight (Central time) on Monday, May 7, 2012:
  1. Leave a comment in this post about your favorite part of iNSD.
  2. Create a layout or other project using my freebie, post it in the DHD gallery and link me up in the comments below.
  3. Follow my blog using the widget in the sidebar (and leave a link in the comments telling me you did).
I’ll be back Tuesday with the winner!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Next Stop…

The next stop on the Design House Digital blog hop is Aria Andrus. Remember, if you get lost along the way, you can go back to the beginning post, which has links to all the sites participating in the hop.
Have fun and enjoy iNSD!

This post was brought to you by the letter “F”!

~Carey

*Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins for documenting everyday life, or really anything you choose.

91 comments:

Michelle Huegel said...

My favorite part of iNSD is scoring great deals, I have very limited shopping funds so I love getting deals and even the occasional freebie - like that gorgeous collab! :)

Michelle Huegel said...

Subscribed via Google Reader :)

TNSCRAPPER said...

My fav part is the freebies ;)

Leigh said...

Of course I love the free stuff, but I also love all the inspiration!

Neeka said...

I love the freebies :)

Neeka said...

I follow your blog

Rhadonda said...

Thank you so much. I love seeing all the creativity. Thanks for the PL cards. I am just learning to use instagram.

BeccaMaria said...

Thanks for the letter and the tips :)

So~Inkin~Cute said...

I love the sales! And the challenges!

Thank you so very much!!!!!

xo,
Candice
candice1973 (at)comcast (dot)net

So~Inkin~Cute said...

I am not a blog follower! :)

Thanks again!

Candice
candice1973 (at) comcast (dot) net

Bunnyfreak said...

I love all the sales.

Jennybean said...

I love all the inspiration and challenges for iNSD!

NL said...

Love the deals, ideas and freebies! Thank you!

~Mendie~ said...

I love the blog hop....this is my first insd so who knows what else is in store!

Wren said...

I love all the deals and freebies!

Stacia said...

I *love* these freebies - my fave part of the hop so far! (I'm not kidding! :D) I've been thinking about adding tiny photos to my Project Life, and now I have no excuses not to give it a whirl. :-)

Tiffany said...

My favorite part has always been the sales, but this year I hope to actually do some scrapbooking

Amy said...

My favorite is the DHD blog hops, they are so addictive! Thank you.

Stacey said...

thank you so much for the freebies and the chance to win. I love all the gift and sales!

RJMJ said...

Hey There...

My Favorite Part Used To Always Be The Freebies!...But I Love The Actual
Amazing Sales That Are Abound!...My
Head Is Spinning From Excitement!

Smiles,RJ
Thanks For The Chance!

Missus Wookie said...

I'm hoping to do some scrapbooking - it's my b'day weekend and I've told the family I'm busy... although I'll stop for cake :)

Monique1971 said...
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Monique1971 said...

My favorite part is the great deals and of course the freebies, but I also like to see/feel the passion of other scrappers, to read the comments and getting all those great tips. It is so much fun and I am really enjoying it!

Barbara said...

I have to say this is the first shop I came to, I just LOVE the kit they created for us and I'm learning so much along my way collecting all the letters/numbers.

Jeannie T. said...

The deals are always awesome! I am loving all the tips and inspiration as I hop from blog to blog!

Lindzie said...

i am liking all the ideas I'm getting! :) Great stuff from these blogs!

eveline said...

thank you!!

meagan43 said...

To me NSD was always a day to get together with other friends and scrap the day away, so now with iNSD, I love the speed scraps and LO challenges. (Although, I can't lie - I love to pick up the deals, too ;))

Melanie said...

My favorite part of iNSD is the awesome collab kit!!!

Christina G said...

I love how excited everyone gets!

Christina G said...

I'm subscribed to your RSS feed!

lyricscrapper said...

I love all the tips and seeing everyone's blog!

DoggiNo said...

What is not to like ? The challenges, the sales, the blog hops, ... the whole buzz ! The day after is always a bit of a bummer. hihi.

Amy Groteluschen said...

Thanks for the tips!

Amy Groteluschen said...

Just subscribed to your RSS feed :)

Cara said...

iNSD is all about playing around with new goodies for me!

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

I love the blog hops for iNSD - so fun to see what everyone is doing! Thanks so much for the freebie!

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

I'm already a follower!

inksandthinks said...

Thanks for the freebie - I'm lovin' the whole hop but think it's great to see all the amazing layouts you ladies have come up with!

Carol said...

My favorite part is that my guys let me scrap the entire day away without interruptions! woo hoo on that, ladies!!

inksandthinks said...

Hehe, I'm following you! But in a good way - via google.

Liz said...

My favorite part of iNSD is all the freebies, especially when you have one like the Retrospect collab!!

KittenJen said...

The best thing about iNSD is getting my hands on the Retrospect kit!

KittenJen said...

I follow your blog

Deb said...

My favorite part is the tutorials. (However, I have to admit, I love the freebies too!)

dotcomkari said...

my favorite part is the great deal and being able to try out new things

agravette said...

i follow your blog!!

agravette said...

my favorite part of insd is all the awesome deals and giveaways!!

Julia said...

thanks for the cards and a chance to win!

Sandy said...

Besides the obvious Big kit at the end, I have enjoyed the learning tidbits along the way. Thank you!

LeeAnn said...

I am new to digi scrapping, so all the tips and helps are super. Thanks!

LeeAnn said...

I am following your blog on Google

Sandy said...

Just subscribed via Google Reader, also!

Ambers Artworks said...

My favorite part of iNSD is all of the freebies!

malaika ♥ said...

the free stuff and the tips and ideas.

♥ Audrey ♥ said...

My fav is definitely the kit you get at the end of the blog hop!

Bernadette said...

My favourite part of iNSD is all the great sales!

l said...

LindaHAZ said: my fave part of iNSD is all the fun activities and being able to meet other digi scrappers from around the world!

BJoyful333 said...

My favorite part of this iNSD Blog Hop is getting to see designers that I have never looked at before and finding some really fantastic designers.

Melinda said...

My favorite part of iNSD is the inspiration and fellowship! And of course the freebies and the sales!

Melinda said...

I subscribed to your blog through google reader.

Kim said...

My favorite part is the excitement of so many things going on :)

MamaBug said...

I love the INDS sales and blog hop.

Linh C. said...

I love the sales, blog hop that introduces me to new artists, tips, and of course, the freebies!

Paula said...

I'm a Follower thru Google Reader!

Paula said...

Believe it or not, but my favorite part of these iNSD Blog Hops, are all the great digital scrapbooking tips! That's why I do them!

Although, thanks for the chances to win, too! :)

verabear said...

Thank you for the Project Life freebie!

Jeanne B. said...

The best part I've found of iNSD is this blog hop! I've found so many great new blogs to follow, and as a "Newbie" to Digi Scrapping, it's been like hitting the jackpot!!

Jeanne B. said...

I subscribed to your blog (an no brainer!!) via Google Reader! Yay!!

Barbara Ann said...

I am really enjoying all the great tips I've read so far on this blog hop - and excited about the free kit and loving the facebook freebies from other designers.

lynnquiltsalot said...

My favorite part of iNSD is all of the freebies and inspirational layouts. You guys are so generous.

lynnquiltsalot said...

Subscribed via Google Reader.

Aznewmom said...

Thanks for a chance to win!
My fave is that I'm finding new blogs and designers I had never seen before.........AND am getting freebies. Oh and I'm also happy that I have something to do today, since I'm kinda laid up from a car/truck wreck (last Monday!) So, this hopping is alievating the boredom!

Aznewmom said...

OOPS...
I also subscribed to your blog. :)

jenscre8tivity said...

I just love the CHAOS of it all :)

Suz said...

thanks for the freebie. happy nsd i always loo forward to chances to win on this day

Unknown said...

I love seeing so many of the inspired layouts that my fellow scappers put out. So much imagination, so much talent....and such inspiration when shared!

Unknown said...

I love seeing so many of the inspired layouts that my fellow scappers put out. So much imagination, so much talent....and such inspiration when shared!

Beatricemi said...

Love the challenges and watching the gallery fill with such amazing layouts! TY for the freebie too.

tajicat said...

Best part of iNSD are the wonderful freebies and great sales deals. :)

Tammy said...

I have to say that my favorite things are the freebies! Love the inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win!

idahorhodes said...

the freebies and the sales!

idahorhodes said...

I am following your blog!

inmybox said...

Oh and thank you so much for the freebies (another favorite part of the holiday)! I'm also a PL-er and have been taking more and more pics by phone.

Lime said...

My fave part of iNSD is seeing the other side -- paper scrap sites! I have followed more links than I cae to admit looking at the amazing photos online! Who knew?

Elizabeth Lucy said...

Thanks for the chance.. great deals, free kits and fun !

libbywilko

Kay S. said...

All the great tips and blog hop freebies. Thanks for the cards.

Chalane said...

My favorite part of iNSD is the chats. I'm a social butterfly & I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE getting to know all the great digi-scrappers out there. Of course I have to mention the sales & freebies-they come in a razor-thin close second!!! LOL

Chalane said...

I'm following your great blog on My Yahoo! (btw, I'm the Duchess of Unfinished Projects!!!)

Shay said...

Thank you so much for the tips and awesome freebies!

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