Back to Family, Cottage and Paper

Hi Friends!

A lot has happened in these last few months. As many of you know Design House Digital closed it’s doors last summer. I had just started selling my digital kits there so this was very sad for me since I felt like I had found a digital home at last. I was planning on selling at another well know digital company, but after a lot of heart to heart talks with myself, I decided that it was important to focus more on my family. Designing would have to take a back seat. So this summer was strictly about hanging out more with the kids and helping my husband fix up our little lake cottage that we bought a year and half ago.

We bought our little cottage right after my husband came home from a year’s deployment in Afghanistan. We found this small slice of heaven while my husband was home on leave and all four of us fell in love with it! It was structurally sound, but needed some major cleaning and TLC since it had not been lived in for about 4 years. The first summer we cleaned and fixed small things… the kitchen sink needed replacing, the toilet upstairs, and the whole process of cleaning from top to bottom including getting rid of 3 trailer loads of stuff! We also cleared a LOT of brush since you could hardly see the lake through all the trees! This last summer we worked on expanding the parking area (there was only enough room for 2 vehicles), cleared more trees including one HUGE pine that was making it’s home in a portion of our septic field and building a deck and stair system down to the beach (the cottage is situated on a steep hill). The kids were also a big help with smaller things and when they got tired, they loved being able to run down to the beach to build sandcastles and swim! We had a lot of family time too… walks, bike rides, kayaking, boating, fishing and just hanging out on the beach. It was definitely a good summer and a good decision to put designing on the back burner.

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beach-sunsetRibbon Tag from the Shabby Princess Shoppe.

During the summer, I also had some time to hang out and do some traditional scrapbooking after the kids went to bed. I had forgotten how much I loved working with paper after all the years of digi scrapping! I’ve posted a couple of layouts that I have done since I’ve gone back to paper.

luke-campingMainluke-camping2luke-campingMain3The first page is of my son Luke while camping at one of our state parks that we have in the area. We had taken a hike and found this amazing cabin! The last picture of this layout shows some green and orange accent paper behind the photo. I achieved this look by running it through my Tim Holtz VagaBond Machine with a Darice embossing plate. I then took some sandpaper and roughed up the embossed part to distress it. Supplies used: Paper -My Mind’s Eye and Basic Grey, Large Diecut – Crate Paper, Chipboard Letters – Making Memories, Embossing Plate – Darice, Thread – Iris, Chipboard Stickers – Basic Grey, Frame – My Mind’s Eye, Rubon – Cosmo Cricket.

halloween-mainhalloween2The next layout is actually from Halloween a couple of years ago. I’m definitely NOT a chronological scrapbooker!! I tend to scrap whatever catches my eye or the way that I feel at that moment. Scrapbooking is a bit about therapy too, not just preserving the past… don’t make it stressful by worrying about having to scrap those 15 more pics of Cousin Robert’s birthday party instead of the vacation to Disneyworld that you just took just because the party came before your vacation! Supplies used: Paper – Coordinations, Imaginisce, and Bo Bunny, Rubon Letters – Swatch Book Impressions, Tags – Basic Grey, Chalk Tag – My Mind’s Eye, Washi Tape – My Mind’s Eye, Embossing Plate – Darice.

Thanks for visiting!
Jen  :)

June House Party Blog Hop – Inspiration & Tutorial

Hi Everyone! Welcome!

My name is Jen Dipzinski and I’m very excited to be a part of the June House Party Blog Hop! This month’s color theme is titled “Whimsy” and the kits created from this are FA-BOU-LOUS! What an amazing array of colorful, bright, fun kits perfect for summer photos! You can check out out all the Whimsy kits by clicking on the image below:

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Remember these kits are on sale, 30% off, through June 5th.

My contribution to the Blog Hop is a bit of inspiration and a tutorial. This layout is of my precious daughter, Gracie, 2 summers ago when we had a photo shoot done.

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I decided to do something different by “cutting” circles from my selected papers. I then picked a brush out (I picked stars), adjusted my size, angle, spacing, and scatter options in the brush preset menu before drawing the stars around one of the circles. Make sure you do this in a new layer, not the layer that contains your actual circle. I then selected one star with the Magic Wand Tool, clicked Select, Similiar. This will select all of the stars. Keeping these selected, I clicked on the layer with my “paper” circle and hit delete. You should have a cut out of your design from the paper circle. Next click Layer, Layer Style, Drop Shadow and set your desired shadow preset to make your cutouts more prominent. The presets I chose were:

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This will make your circles look like punched pieces of paper. To make the cutouts appear more realistic, don’t put too heavy of a shadow on them.

I hope you’ll enjoy the Whimsy House Party Kits and take advantage of the great sale!

I’m also very excited to announce that I have joined the amazing Designers here at DHD! My store is also on sale, 30% off, through June 5th! I’m slowly but surely loading my products into the store so stop by again to see what else I have added each week!

Thanks so much for stopping by! The next stop in the June House Party Blog Hop is Jessica Jeppson. Click on the arrow below to visit her blog!

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If you get lost along the way, here is a list of all the stops:
Design House Digital
Tasha Lanigan Creates
Inkling and Wit
To Be Remembered Scrapbooks by Melissa Marti
Hoffmann Creations
Ratty Tattys Blog
Chers Flair
Jen Dipzinski Design (you are here)
JJ Designs
Sassy Sanctuary

Or if you want to start at the very beginning, then click on the image below.
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Alpenfest

I’ve been taking time to create a few pages instead of concentrating on just designing digital kits. I wanted to share with you a page about a local festival we have called Alpenfest which we attend every year.

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This layout works well with several photos, but still has plenty of “white space” to keep the page from looking too busy. Journaling could have easily been added using several lines of type at the end of the title.

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Another special little touch that I love is all the sewing! I love to sew on my pages!! It’s my favorite thing to do even though it takes a lot of time. Here I sewed a line along the top and bottom edge and also along the top and bottom of the scallop edges. The chipboard letters in the title looked a bit boring to me so I decided to sew some color on them also. The scallops were freehanded and then cut out without the use of a stencil. It’s very rare that I will use a stencil. I have nothing against them; I simply love the rough, uneven look that is achieved by drawing and cutting freehand.

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Here’s a list of the materials that I used to create this layout:
Paper – Basic Grey
Chipboard Letter – Making Memories
Date Stamp and Ink – Close to my Heart
Embroidery Floss – DMC

Black Friday at Two Peas!

Check out what’s going on over at Two Peas in a Bucket for Black Friday! We have a lot of great sales going on including 25% off all digital scrapbooking products! To continue the Black Friday Celebration, hop over to my Facebook page and Like Me to receive a special Freebie! Collect all the freebies by various Two Peas Digi Designers by Liking each of their pages! Have a happy shopping day!

A Day on the Slopes Mini Album

My husband and I use to be ski instructors. He instructed for 2 years and I ended up instructing for 10 years. In fact, I was still teaching when I was pregnant with my son. I loved ski instructing! So it was natural for us to get our son and daughter out on the slopes at a very young age. They both started right around a year and half and fell as much in love with it as we did! I love that it’s something our whole family can enjoy together (and that it doesn’t take batteries)!

I came across these pictures from a while back of a beautiful, sunny day that we went skiing, just the four of us. I had plans to create several 12 x 12 pages with them, but decided to use this mini wood album by Kaisercraft. I’ve been working on it for several weeks on and off and finally finished it. I really love the way it turned out and thought I would share it with you. I’ll be happy to post my list of materials… just as soon as I remember where I put it!  :)

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Craft Gossip.com

Last week I was so happy to receive an email from Francine Clouden asking me if she could feature my layout for the Friday, November 9th post at Craft Gossip.com! She is the editor for the Scrapbooking Section of Craft Gossip.com, a fabulous website that has all kinds of DIY and handmade crafts ideas from candle-making to scrapbooking! Francine is an extremely talented lady who lives in France and has a blog called Callaloo Soup that I was drooling over! I was so excited that she picked my layout, “Last Ride” after seeing it in the Two Peas Gallery! I was unable to blog about this exciting news due to being gone for work these past few days, however, I wanted to make sure that I posted this today. Thank you again Francine for featuring my layout! I’m so honored that you choose me!

Happy Digital Scrapbooking Day!

The Peas are hopping for Digital Scrapbook Day
and this is my post on the journey!

You should have come from Jackie Doremus and your next stop will be back to the Two Peas Digital Blog where you will get your final letter! If you get lost along the way you can pop along to the Two Peas Digital Blog to get the complete list. At each station there will be part of a code for you to collect. At the end of the line (so to speak) you will have a complete code that will allow you access to the fabulous collaboration FREEBIE (limited time only) in the Two Peas Store.

My own contribution for the DSD Collaboration Kit is this:

Here’s a bit of inspiration that I thought you might enjoy using my kit plus other fun goodies from the collaboration!

I’m also giving away a FREEBIE on my Facebook Page for anyone that wants to hop over there and “Like Me”! Some cute versatile jounaling cards!

As well as this freebie there are a range of challenges to inspire you, each of which gives you the chance to win a $5 gift certificate to the Two Peas store.
The challenges can be found here.

I hope you enjoy your freebie and find time to join in with our challenges.

The part of the code from my stop is:

Digital Scrapbooking Day 2012!

We are in full preparation mode – you know, party planning central! Here’s a peek at what we’re doing for this once a year digital extravaganza!

Our digital designers and creative team members have put together a blog hop where you can score a gorgeous collaboration freebie. In order to make it easy on you, instead of picking up minis to download at each stop, you’ll simply find the pieces to a coupon code. Then you can bring it back to the store to get this whole collaboration for exactly $0 – that’s right FREE. We’ll have the complete list a blog hop stops here and in the digital forum on Saturday morning. Happy DSD to you all of you!

We are having a weekend long store-wide sale of our digital products. Every single thing in the digital store, including new releases,  will be 25% off on Saturday AND Sunday. And as if that isn’t enough we’re having a specialDSD release date. There will be brand spanking new “stuff” in the store, including this month’s Pea Soup. Make sure you stop by and take a look at all the designers have put together for you.

Our digital creative team members will be hosting challenges throughout the day. Check back here, at the blog, or in the forums for links. Challenges are a great way to give yourself a scrapbooking kick start, and can be a fun way to get to know your fellow Peas. There will be all kinds of inspiration to keep you scrapping. Plus every single challenge will have a gift certificate winner – which if you ask me, you may as well use while things are on sale. Justsayin’.

Lots of new goodies!

I’ve been working on some fun new celebration kits these past couple of weeks. The new Celebrate Today series has crinkled Washi Tape, bright colorful Papers and a fun, funky Alpha that all coordinates together! These kits can be used for anything that you might celebrate… birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, holidays, etc! Stop by Two Peas and check them out!