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Showing posts with label Scrapbook Max Compatible. Show all posts
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Scrapbook Max Sale and Challenge

Let me Introduce Myself - Carena's Designs

Hi everyone. For those who don't already know me, my name is Carena Scott and I have been a digital scrapbooking designers since 2007. I have a daughter - Caitlyn - currently 10 3/4 years old and growing up way too fast. You will see Caitlyn featuring in my layouts in the gallery often. I would love to scrap photos of her more often but currently she is at that aweful age where she doesn't want photos taken. Oh RATS! What am I to do? This drives me crazy and so often I have to bribe her to get a photo at all and then they aren't always the most pleasant of expressions on her face. You know what I'm talking about - pulled faces - strange weird head angles.  Anyway that's enough about Caitlyn. I guess she is pretty much the normal for her age.
Now as for me - I take care of my elderly mother (recently turned 80 years old). Middle of last year sadly she broke her hip while I was out helping the school with a maths class. She has recovered but hasn't returned to what she was before the fall. 
My design style I would class as REALISTIC STYLE - I love to photograph and painfully extract flowers and leaves to place into my kits. I work with a Canon G10 Camera which I just love. Gives such beautiful clear pictures and a pleasure to work with. Besides the usual scrapbooking style of flowers, ribbons, papers, embellishments I also love to explore SCENE BUILDING LAYOUTS. This for those who haven't seen before is where you make a scene and extract people and place into the scene. Read further for a look of some examples of this. It's great fun if you haven't already tried it. I was very pleased when Scrapbook Max Version 2 Software was released with the eraser tool included in it. Totally awesome and ideal for these scene layouts. It takes time to get used of it but well worth the effort.
Besides designing, watching tutorials to expand my knowledge of scrapbooking and photo editing software, taking care of my family - I then try to avoid housework as much as possible, LOL, I am involved with Scouts. Previously I was a Kea/Cub leader (age group 5.5 years to 10 years) but have put this aside for now and am on the committee as Chairperson for our group. Scouts has been lots of fun and I've also been involved with Camps, fundraising etc.
Anyway - that gives you a small insight to me and my activities. Now it's time to show you some of my   scrapbooking kits and layouts. I hope to meet you at SBM Forum - see the article on Let's Explore the Forum and Gallery Together further down the page. See you there.

SALE ANNOUCEMENT - 20% OFF Carena's Designs - See Coupon at Bottom & Terms
from NOW until 3rd May at Scrapbook Max Store

Panda in the Bamboo - Scene Kit by Carena's Designs


 Below are some examples layouts made from the Panda in the Bamboo Collection. They have parts from some or all parts of the collection in them. The first 2 are mine featuring my daughter Caitlyn. This was when she didn't mind photos being taken of her. LOL
The 2nd two layouts are done by Marnie and Elaine. Marnie shows the kit being using in the more tradition style of layout with photos and frames added. Elaine (right) shows her extraction skills and supreme scene building skills. She is such an expert at these. To see the layout better please visit her gallery at SBM HERE. She has another awesome layout using this kit also - see here both feature her grandchildren.
 Now of course - sadly we all might not have the skills and expertise as Elaine does (which comes with many years experience) but that's not to say we can't make awesome layouts. This is why I love to also make CLUSTER Sets. These are so quick and easy to use. Remember not only can you use them on their own but also add other extra embellishments to them from the kits and paper packs.

Whenever you are stuck for an idea, don't know where to start? well a cluster will kick start you off. Also be sure to check out the - pre-made papers or stacked paper packs. Already the layout has been started for you. 
Above is a layout I did using no papers - just a simple white background and I used a shape to give the black border - or you could start wth a black background and add a white paper. Like so often there is more than one way to achieve a look.  
I used the Cluster frame from then Panda in the Bamboo Cluster pack and popped in a photo of Caitlyn which was taken just a couple of days ago. It was a case of push her out the door to get her to stand where I wanted her and quickly snap the photo. I even threaten she wouldn't go to Camp unless she do it for me. LOL I'm such a mean mum. It wasn't exactly the expression I wished to capture. Best thing right now is I have all this free time while she is on school holiday camp for 5 days. I don't think I could have concentrated properly with her around to post this for you all to read. 

and another of my favourite kits is: Days Gone By Collection 

by Carena's Designs

Here we can see the Entire Collection - all available at Scrapbook Max as Individual purchases.
Below are some layout examples - The first 2 are layouts I've done. Yes, The one on the right is indeed ME. The one on the left is my Great grandparents.
The 2 layouts above are done by charliesnana and JeanAnn. Both fabulous layouts and I thank my Creative Team for all their work to help me show my kits to you all. They are truely inspiring.


Lets explore the Forum and Gallery Together

For anyone who doesn't frequent the Scrapbook Max Forum and Gallery - I wanted to show you around. There are many fun and exciting things happening and it's a most fabulous place to not just learn new things but also make lots of new friends. I know sometimes people are concerned about interaction in Forums. You are right to think that there are a lot of suspicious people out in the internet world but if this is what is stopping you from joining us at SBM Forum, then let be assure you we are a friendly group of mostly ladies who are interested in scrapbooking. So, why not come and explore and check us out. Really we don't bite.  Below I've listed some starting places for. Can't wait to see you - click on the links - it's a great place to start.

  1. Introduce yourself. Do long have you been scrapping? Doesn't need to be personal information. Don't lurk no more - We want to meet you.
  2. Check out the Video Tutorial Section HERE or our Tips Area HERE
  3. Challenges - A great place to learn and explore and interact new friends made. Everyone is welcome - in fact the more the merrier. 
  4. Shared Corner - Freebie SBM templates and Embellishments
  5. New Release information from our wonderful designers.
  6. Gallery Area - Great inspiration can be found here. Have you been short of ideas? Come visit the gallery and you won't ever be stuck for an idea every again. We would also love you to share your layouts with us. We would love to be inspired by your layouts also.
Here is really just so so much on offer - this is just a starting point. Come and check it all out - and of course - come and explore my gallery where I showcase all my (Carena's Designs) Digital Scrapbooking Kits HERE and you will find the other designers there also. Totally awesome.


Carena's Recipe Challenge

  1. Make a page with a solid white background.
  2. Choose one color to feature (in my example I choose blue)
  3. You can use only tones of your colour choice with black & white in your layout. (in my example the flower buds had small amounts of green - so long as it's minimal)
  4. Use a shape to frame your entire page and color it either Black or your color choice.
  5. Add a Black and White photo and tint it in the smallest amounts of your chosen color. Must be barely detectable.
  6. Add 8 to 15 embellishments to your page. Remember only in your color tones or black and white. How you arrange them is up to you.
  7. Add some text in various sizes - a quote/verse. 
  8. Remember to add shadows to all of your elements to give depth of field. Don't over do it. Remember the rules of shadows - the greater the distance from the item to the surface - the further away the element - the closer the element the closer the shadow. Image your elements are laying on top of a piece of paper with the light coming from the top and slightly to the side.
  9. Lastly save and share your layout with us in the forum and gallery. Remember to give credits for the designer and kit used in your layouts in the gallery.
Here is my layout example for you to have a look at. I hope it helps inspire you and helps you understand my instructions. 
 Above is my Challenge Layout

Below is the kit I used: Natural Breeze by Carena's Designs
Available at Scrapbook Max Store HERE

Below is some layouts by my Creative Team
charliesnana, emst, Victoria32 and one by myself.
For further inspiration - Check out my Gallery HERE

For everyone who joins me in the forum and participates in the challenge I have a CHALLENGE PARTICIPATION GIFT: Loving Breeze Paper and Clusters by Carena's Designs
Challenge is OPEN from now until end of May so you have plenty of time to participate.
See you in the Challenge Forum HERE where you can get further information
but also get to see what everyone else has come up with - It's great way to learn, make new friends
and get inspired to create, create and create even more beautiful scrapbooking layouts.
FREE MINI ABOVE with Challenge Participaton 
See details above.

Kayes Famous Challenges - All about YOU!

This is what she is asking for this round.

I want this challenge to be all about YOU!

I want a themed page to be about you and something just normal in your everyday life - a
bad hair day, getting your nails done, a day in the garden are just some examples.

I would like to see at least 4 photos, they could be consecutive ones - taken one
after the other.


SO please come and join both Kaye and myself in some fabulous challenges this month. I want
to thank Kaye for providing a number of challenges in the past months. She has so many 
great ideas. If you haven't checked them out - then please do. You can find there HERE.
Although her previous challenges have ended, you will still learn heaps from them.

Lastly that's all I have for you this month but don't forget to check out my SALE.
20% OFF from NOW until 3rd May 2013 (coupon below)
Hurry to enjoy the savings in my store HERE.
Have a great scrapping day. Cheers from Carena's Designs

SEE Below for Sale COUPON

To get 20% off on Carena's kits, please visit Carena's category in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Kits and Templates Store. Add a minimum of $5 worth of Carena's kits to your cart, then type in the code CLUSTERS exactly as shown into the 'Coupon Code' field before checkout. You must type in the code at the time of purchase to get the discount. Hurry - offer is one week only and ends on May 3, 2013!
Note: Offer applies only to digital kits and templates sold in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store, on orders of $5 or more. Coupon code CLUSTERS must be typed in the coupon code field before checking out. Valid on new orders only, expires May 3, 2013. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

FREEBIE - Panda in the Bamboo Gift - Hand Painted Scrap Kit

Hi everyone. I've been so bad at blogging but today I have something extra special to tell you about. It's the official launch of my new and unique Digital Scrapbooking - Hand Painted Kit: Panda in the Bamboo by Carena's Designs.   It's been a massive undertaking to get this kit together and after some time here is the final result. Today I have a freebie for you  - see links lower down. Remember, it's only available for a few days - so hurry to grab it before it's gone.
Many many thanks to all my readers and fans of my kits for your support. I hope to see some of your layouts in the gallery at Digidesignresort, Digitals or Scrapbook Max. It really gives me such a buzz to see my kits scrapped by you. Cheers.

Kit: Panda in the Bamboo by Carena's Designs

 Hand Painted Digital Scrapbooking Scene Kit: Panda in the Bamboo by Carena's Designs

Easily recognizable by it's distinctive black eye patches, ears and body, the giant panda features with his favourite food, bamboo, in this unique digitally hand painted scrapbooking scene kit. Here you will find a fine crafted hand painted elements that haven't been available in the scrapbooking world before.  A combination of previously traditional painting techniques have been combined into a digital art form. It's my pleasure to be able to combine my artwork into the digital world and bring to you:  Panda in the Bamboo by Carena's Designs.
  • Kit: 6 papers and 85 element
  • 9 easy to work with clusters
  • 9 gorgeous light papers
  • 9 stunning scene papers blended and worked for your pleasure
  • 4 quick pages that will work as 2 double pages (jpeg format)
  • Total: over 330 MB's of delious unique digital art to scrap with.
  • BONUS for Bundle only - Canvas Texture to really bring your art alive.
Hand Painted Elements: panda bear, chinese wagon, wagon wheel, japanese privacy screen, boy and girl, wooden stepping stone path, pond, lamp post, barrel, trees, tree stump, branches, numerous flowers and branches, vines, rocks, sign, bamboo leaves, reeds, palm, toad stools, field flowers and weeds, butterflies, bird, fern, umbrella
Please be sure to check the gallery for layouts and inspiration to really get a feel for this kit.Layouts are made using the bundle. Thank you for viewing this uniquely hand painted digital scrapbooking scene kit.


Sold with Bundle Only2 Double Quick Pages or 4 singles



Light Coloured Papers

These Papers Included with the Kit

Sold only with the Bundle

SOLD only with the BUNDLE

Another close up View
My New Signature Name for forums. It was time for a change.

Caitlyn: "So really what's the problem?"

How's this Mum?

Peek a Boo by Carena

Left Side Page

Right Side Page

Full Double page by Carena 
Pictured is my Daughter: Caitlyn

And now something that is just A M A Z I N G 
Layout by emst

Layout by emst
Elaine is such an expert at making scene pages. It has taken me some time to study all the intricate details on these 2 stunning layouts. They are indeed true master pieces. A massive thank you to Elaine for putting together such stunning pages and sharing them with us.

She is running a Scene Building Progressive challenge currently at Digidesignresort forum. Although it's already started and at Step 2 - I'm sure she would love you to join the challenge - SEE HERE

I have a Special Gift to all my Fans : Panda in the Bamboo Gift by Carena's Designs and only available for just a few short days. So be quick to grab this gift. A special thank you to you all. Be sure to LIKE my post and share on your facebook page the links if you wish. Enjoy

It's been my pleasure to bring this gift to you. Enjoy

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Freebie from Carena's Designs

Dear Digidesignresort Friends,
I hope you already saw our newest gorgeous GIGAKIT - created by 21 designers! If not - take your chance, it is now available FREE w/Purchase...

FREE w/Purchase

...of 15$....
... free w/Purchase of 30$


12 amazing challenges with gorgeous prizes are waiting for you!

Today's Freebie is created for you

Carena's Designs

And the best is - Carena's store is on SALE on nearly all products!!!
Check out her gorgeous products here
Sweet in Pink Clusters by Carena

Sweet in Pink Clusters by Carena

Sweet in Pink clusters made from elements in the same kit. Contents 1 paper2 framesfloral scatter2 vines with flowerscluster branch
Quality Checked
$3.00... more info Buy Now
Sweet In Pink (S4H PU) by Carena

Sweet In Pink (S4H PU) by Carena

If sweet in pink describes someone you know, well this might be just the kit for you. Contents 8 papers40 elementsflowersgemswindow...
Quality Checked
$4.50 $3.00 Save: 33% off... more info Buy Now
Autumn Crunch Word Art by Carena

Autumn Crunch Word Art by Carena

The countryside is ablaze with colour in Autumn. A delicious festival of colour and vibrance. Gather your crops and fruits while the leaves are...
Quality Checked
$3.00... more info Buy Now
Autumn Crunch Cluster Set 2 by Carena

Autumn Crunch Cluster Set 2 by Carena

The countryside is ablaze with colour in Autumn. A delicious festival of colour and vibrance. Gather your crops and fruits while the leaves are...
Quality Checked
$4.00... more info Buy Now
Autumn Crunch Cluster Set 1 by Carena

Autumn Crunch Cluster Set 1 by Carena

The countryside is ablaze with colour in Autumn. A delicious festival of colour and vibrance. Gather your crops and fruits while the leaves are...
Quality Checked
$4.00... more info Buy Now
Autumn Crunch Kit by Carena

Autumn Crunch Kit by Carena

The countryside is ablaze with colour in Autumn. A delicious festival of colour and vibrance. Gather your crops and fruits while the leaves are...
Quality Checked
$6.50 Sale: $4.55 Save: 30% off... more info Buy Now
Autumn Crunch Bundle (S4H PU) by Carena

Autumn Crunch Bundle (S4H PU) by Carena

The countryside is ablaze with colour in Autumn. A delicious festival of colour and vibrance. Gather your crops and fruits while the leaves are...
Quality Checked
$17.50 $10.00 Save: 43% off... more info Buy Now

Her beautiful freebie goes with her kit "Sweet in Pink"
Grab it HERE  - Limited Time Only

Monday, June 20, 2011

Photo overlay Tutorial - Beach Digital Scrapbooking Kit, Summer Scraps

Digidesignresort - Free with Purchase Kit. Check it out HERE.
My Beach by Carena's Designs

My Beach Elements - It's a Massive Kit

My Beach Clusters - I used this is the example photo overlay below.

My Beach papers

My Beach BUNDLE by Carena's Designs - On SALE

This is another example of a simple photo overlay done.

Here is the photo showing the edges. All I did was use eraser with a soft fuzzy edge. You can use a lower opacity and erase over and over the photo until you get the edge you are looking for.
Here is the photo now over the paper. It's best to use a paper that is of similar colour tones as the photo you are working with to get the best result of blending. And now here is my final layout - I've added a cluster and word art. It's a quick and simple layout but looks so effective with the photo overlay. I hope you enjoyed looking at this. It's really simply and meant for people who haven't tried overlay/blending photo's before. I hope you enjoyed and give this a go yourself.
The program you use, doesn't matter - so long as it has an eraser with soft fuzzy edges - then you can do this. EG. Works in scrapbook max also. Enjoy.
My Store can be found HERE. Thank you.