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Time for the DigiScrap Parade!

October 30th, 2014 | Posted by Nicole Seitler in Freebies - (7 Comments)

I spent so much time sharing freebies, tutorials, tips and new releases yesterday… I’m just going to keep it short and sweet today!

The DigiScrap Parade is here once again! And this quarter I am pleased to welcome to my blog! I’ve changed venue this time because… well, Facebook can be a pain. Ha! I still have my freebie available on FB, but I know that several people really appreciate not having to go on FB for things like this. So, here we are!

Now—for the freebies! I created a stamped alpha to go along with this November’s theme. Here is my The Scary Stuff : Alpha:

The Scary Stuff :: Free Alpha Pack for Digital Scrapbooking :: by Sugarplum Paperie

If this is your first time visiting my blog, then you may not know that I also have a three FREE coordinating mini kits you can grab! It’s the Lovely Day : Collection (and it will be retiring at the end of the year, so be sure to pick them up soon!).

Here’s where you can get each piece:

A Lovely Day : One on FacebookA Lovely Day : Two at Pixels & Co.A Lovely Day : Three in the Paperie News

Be sure to like me on Facebook, stop by my shop and sign up for my newsletter to pick up all the pieces!

And for more DSD fun, be sure to scroll down and read my little tutorial with my 5 Fabulous Photoshop Shortcuts (“to save you time and your mind!”) from yesterday. The P&Co. girls have another freebie you can grab as well! All the details are posted below, so be sure to check it out!

Wishing you a ton of Happy Scrapping!

Nicole

Happy DSD from P&Co.!

October 29th, 2014 | Posted by Nicole Seitler in New: Digital Kits - (10 Comments)

Digital Scrapbooking Day is on its way, and the festivities have already begun at Pixels & Company! And boy, is there a lot going on this week! I’m here today to break it all down for you. Let’s dive in, shall we?!

It’s Time for a Sale

We have some awesome specials in the shop for DSD! First, the entire store is 35% off now through Sunday:

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But you also have the ability to save as much as 50% off your entire order during the celebration, and here’s how:

>> Save 40% off when you spend over $25

>> Save 45% off when you spend over $40

>> Save 50% off when you spend over $50

This applies to the whole store and there are so many amazing deals to be had! Be sure you roam every corner of the shop and check it out—because you don’t want to miss out on these bargains.

I’m adding some more confetti to the party, too! Be sure to check out my DSD Deal of the Day every day, now through Sunday:

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Every day there will be a different kit offered for the low, low price of just $2.00! Check back here every day during our DSD Sale and see what the Deal of the Day is today!

New This Week

As for me, I have a fantastic new collab to share with you today! Mari and I had both been thinking of making our own kits for Halloween this year, but we both felt like we wouldn’t have enough time before DSD to make something awesome. It left us feeling blue! So, Mari suggested that we get together and make one amazing Halloween collab!

Here is our new beautifully spooky kit, Happy Haunting:

Happy Haunting :: Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Sugarplum Paperie and Mari Koegelenberg at Pixels & Co.

This collection contains 18 papers, 78 elements and an uppercase iron alphabet with numbers and some punctuation. You can also purchase the papers and elements separately as well (but you’ll save when you purchase the entire kit together!).

Here are some amazing pages from the girls on my creative team. First, here is a page that is simply darling from LeeAndra:

Happy Haunting :: Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Sugarplum Paperie and Mari Koegelenberg at Pixels & Co.

I love the centered composition of this pretty page from Pamie:

Happy Haunting :: Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Sugarplum Paperie and Mari Koegelenberg at Pixels & Co.

And I love the way that Judie used the alpha on her beautiful page:

Happy Haunting :: Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Sugarplum Paperie and Mari Koegelenberg at Pixels & Co.

The Company Stash

Also the November Company Stash has arrived a few days early! Here are my contributions to this month’s coordinating collection.

First, I have a pack of patterned papers: Hopeless Romantic : Papers

Hopeless Romantic :: Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Sugarplum Paperie :: Part of the Company Stash at Pixels & Co.

Then there is a set of plain watercolor solids: Hopeless Romantic : Watercolor Papers

Hopeless Romantic :: Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Sugarplum Paperie :: Part of the Company Stash at Pixels & Co.

Next, I created a set of elements that includes 73 pieces of coordinating paint and word art elements. There is also an additional folder that contains 6 stamps and an .abr file so that you can use these pretty elements with other kits, too.

Here is the Hopeless Romantic : Paint pack:

Hopeless Romantic :: Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Sugarplum Paperie :: Part of the Company Stash at Pixels & Co.

And finally, I topped it all off with a wooden alphabet: Hopeless Romantic : Alpha

Hopeless Romantic :: Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Sugarplum Paperie :: Part of the Company Stash at Pixels & Co.

Here’s a gorgeous page from Amy using different pieces of the Stash:

Hopeless Romantic :: Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Sugarplum Paperie :: Part of the Company Stash at Pixels & Co.

And a pretty page from Susanne that uses lots of paint along with the watercolored papers:

Hopeless Romantic :: Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Sugarplum Paperie :: Part of the Company Stash at Pixels & Co.

Now—for even more goodies!

P&Co. Blog Hop

The girls at P&Co. are having a blog hop, as you may know (maybe that’s why you’re here? LOL!). As part of our hop, I thought I would share 5 little time-saving tricks about Photoshop that I’ve discovered over the years—and they are huge time savers for me. I thought they could be helpful to you, too!

5 Fabulous Photoshop Shortcuts to save you time (and your mind) so that you can scrap faster than ever!

>> Move a Layer with a Keyboard Shortcut – Have you ever been busy layering flowers, leaves and labels on a page and thought, “Gee, I think that element needs to be on top of this other one”? Well, you don’t need to move over to your mouse. If you hold down CTRL and use the bracket keys, you can move a layer up (CTRL + ]) or down (CTRL + [) with a quick keystroke! This can be a huge time saver as you decide where you want to place things. You can keep making changes quickly with a tap of the keys instead of spending a lot of time dragging an element up and down in the Layers tab with your mouse.

>> Drag & Drop to Place Elements – Let’s say that you’ve opened up a new kit and picked out a paper you want to use. Now you’re looking over the kit’s elements and you see several things you want to play with. Select each item (hold CTRL and click on each one to select it), then drag them from your folder into Photoshop and release the mouse once you’ve landed on your paper. Photoshop will start to place each file on a separate layer for you. (Bonus: it also saves the file names of each element as the name of the layer. You won’t have to struggle to remember what kits you used when you’re writing up the credits for your page!)

>> Do it all with Styles – If you’ve been scrapping digitally for a while, you’ve probably discovered that you can add your favorite drop shadow settings to your Styles tab for quick and easy shadowing. (And if you didn’t know that, now you do! Just select the shadowed layer and click on the “Create New Style” button in the Style tab). But did you know that you can also save things like Blending Modes as a style, too? I like to use Overlay and Soft Mode a lot, so I’ve created four styles for myself: Overlay at 100% opacity, Overlay at 50%, Soft Light at 100% and Soft Light at 50%. Now when I want to blend something, instead of spending time looking though the drop down menu, I can quickly make changes by clicking through those options in my Styles tab to see which one looks best!

>> Make Yourself an Action – Is there something that you do over and over again in Photoshop? You should consider automating the whole process by recording your own action! For example, when it comes to making the preview for a new kit, I know I will need to save several different sizes for my shop and for my blog. So, I have one action linked to a key (I picked F6), and every time I hit that key, Photoshop takes over and starts resizing, sharpening and saving things for me! It’s something I don’t have to spend any time doing anymore. In seconds I am done and moving one to something that’s a lot more fun. I’ve made actions for myself that will make a brush, save an element, turn a photo black and white… once you start making actions that work with the press of a button, it gets to be very addictive and you find yourself thinking of new ways you can save yourself more time!

>> Use A Brush Without Loading it – Have you ever bought a brush pack but found you didn’t need to use all 27 brushes right away? Well, if you have a .png copy of that brush or stamp, there’s a magic little button in your Layers tab that you can use to lock its transparent pixels. Locking the pixels allows you to recolor any .png without having to worry about adding it to your brush collection! (For more on this technique, check out my tutorial here: How to Change the Colors of .PNG)

I hope you find these little tips to be helpful!

Freebies Just for You

And now… for the freebies!

First of all, the P&Co. girls have made this awesome new collection for DSD, North of Ordinary:

North of Ordinary :: Digital Scrapbooking Kit from Pixels & Co.

And you can pick it up for FREE now through Sunday. Here’s how:

  1. Jump aboard the blog train. (Congrats! If you’re here, you’re already on it!)
  2. Collect the letter or number from each designer’s blog—and make sure you’ve started at the top, because when you put all the letters together, it will spell out a coupon code that you can use to pick up the kit for free! (The phrase should make sense once you’ve picked up all the pieces. If not, you might have missed a blog!)
  3. Once you have the code, just add North of Ordinary to your cart, enter the code and you’ll be able to check out with the kit for free!

Here is my letter:

A

Here is the list of all participating designers:

  1. Scooty’s Designs
  2. Amanda Yi Designs
  3. Mari Koegelenberg
  4. Dawn by Design
  5. Digital Scrapbook Ingredients
  6. creashens
  7. Sabrina’s Creations
  8. Scotty Girl Design
  9. KimB’s Designs
  10. Celeste Knight
  11. Jen Allyson
  12. Mommyish
  13. Sugarplum Paperie <--- You Are Here
  14. Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs
  15. Robyn Meierotto
  16. Wishing Well Creations
  17. Anita Designs
  18. Deena Rutter
  19. Karla Dudley
  20. Gennifer Bursett

If this is your first time visiting my blog, you may not know that I have a three FREE coordinating mini kits available, just for you! It’s the Lovely Day : Collection (and it will be retiring at the end of the year, so be sure to pick them up soon!).

Here’s where you can get each piece:

A Lovely Day : One on FacebookA Lovely Day : Two at Pixels & Co.A Lovely Day : Three in the Paperie News

Be sure to like me on Facebook, stop by my shop and sign up for my newsletter to pick up all the pieces!

And in Closing…

Well, to finish off my longest.blog.post.ever, let me end by telling you how thankful I am for your support over the years…

This DSD marks my 7th year designing and it all started right here on this site when I opened the Sugarplum Shop on November 3, 2007. It doesn’t feel like it could possibly be that long, but when I think back to the early days it just warms my heart! I was so nervous to launch my own shop into a sea full of competition. I had heard rumors that other designers could be mean and ruthless people, so it was scary. LOL!

But then I was invited to be a part of the Sunshine Girls where I learned that actually, other designers could be very supportive and helpful! I also hosted my first creative team calls and made some dear friends through having my own team. It was actually a CT guest of mine that first introduced me to the owner of the Digichick, which became my first big shop! Then one day I moved into the role of store owner at TDC and I really learned how great this community is. The friendships I made there with other designers, admins, creative team girls and customers have lasted through the years (in part, thanks to Facebook! Ha!). I’ve even been lucky to get to meet and hang out with some of these girls in real life, too. Sometimes, with all the miles that separate us, it can feel like we are all alone in our own part of the world. Meeting people who are just as passionate about digital scrapbooking as you are is a treat—you “get” one another and you can talk for hours, too! Watching all your kids play together is pretty amazing, too.

At the end of the day, as I look back at all the places I’ve been lucky a part of, my heart is just so full. I’ve learned so much as a designer. I’ve grown so much, too! Many people have helped me to get here and have invested in my success. I feel so fortunate to have made so many good friends along the way. And I feel so blessed that my customers enjoy using the things I make! Sure, it’s fun to make kits for the sake of making pretty things… but the best feeling comes from seeing how you all use those things. There’s nothing like it! I love getting to be a part of your memory keeping process. It’s such a privilege—it gives me goosebumps to think about it!

For all this and for all your support I am so grateful! Thanks for making it a wonderful seven years.

Sending you a ton of wishes for lots and lots of Happy Scrapping this DSD weekend! :D

Nicole

This week in the Featured Favorites section of the shop, I have lots of goodies on sale for 50% off! First you will find that the beautiful Just Bee collab with Yari of Jady Day Studio is back in my shop:

Just Bee by Jady Day Studio & Sugarplum Paperie

Here is a lovely layout from Sarah using the collab:

Just Bee by Jady Day Studio & Sugarplum Paperie

Also new to P&Co. this week is the Today’s the Day : Collection:

Today's the Day by Sugarplum Paperie

Inside this value bundle, you will find these 8 packs for one low price:

Today’s the Day : Papers
Today’s the Day : Patterns
Today’s the Day : Solids
Today’s the Day : Essentials
Today’s the Day : Stamps
Today’s the Day : Alpha
Today’s the Day : Note Cards
Today’s the Day : Title Cards

Here’s a gorgeous layout by Tronesia using bit and pieces from the whole collection:

Today's the Day by Sugarplum Paperie

All these goodies are on sale now through Thursday! Enjoy the special savings on these wonderful collections and Happy Scrapping!

This week I’ve teamed up with my good friend, Mari Koegelenberg to create a kit that we’ve been talking about making for… oh, maybe three years now? This week, we finally brought our vision to life!

Here is our beautiful collaboration, At the Farmer’s Market:

At the Farmer's Market by Sugarplum Paperie & Mari Koegelenberg

Inside you will find this kit is packed with 26 patterned and plain papers, 94 elements (including things like flowers, labels, stickers, stamps and word art), and an uppercase wooden alphabet. Mari also included a handy .abr file for her beautiful brushes. (You’ll also find this kit is available as a separate paper and element pack.)

Here are some gorgeous pages from the girls on my creative team! First, here’s a fantastic page from Amy:

At the Farmer's Market by Sugarplum Paperie & Mari Koegelenberg

Here’s a beautiful page from Pamie, full of sweetness and sunshine:

At the Farmer's Market by Sugarplum Paperie & Mari Koegelenberg

I love this collage-like page from Alina:

At the Farmer's Market by Sugarplum Paperie & Mari Koegelenberg

And here’s one last beauty in blue from Eva. I love how this one is on an angle:

At the Farmer's Market by Sugarplum Paperie & Mari Koegelenberg

You’ll find At the Farmer’s Market on sale now through Sunday for 30% off! Mari and I hope you enjoy using this beautiful kit as much we enjoyed making it.

Happy Scrapping!

This week in the Featured Favorites section of the shop you’ll find the Here & Now : Collection. Included inside this value bundle are these four coordinating goodies:

Here & Now : Kit:

Here & Now by Sugarplum Paperie

Here & Now : Note Cards:

Here & Now by Sugarplum Paperie

Here & Now : Alpha:

Here & Now by Sugarplum Paperie

Here & There : Alpha:

Here & Now by Sugarplum Paperie

Here is a beautiful page from Jenn using the collection:

Here & Now by Sugarplum Paperie

The Here & Now : Collection is on sale for 50% off now through Thursday! Enjoy the special savings and Happy Scrapping!

Sugar & Spice

October 10th, 2014 | Posted by Nicole Seitler in New: Digital Kits - (0 Comments)

While the calendar says that it’s October, it still feels like summer where I live. Last Sunday was actually our first cool day in a long time—where the high was about 75°, instead of 88° like it is today. We celebrated… by going to the beach in that afternoon. LOL!

But maybe where you live, things are a little cooler and the leaves are starting to change their color. Autumn is a lovely time of year with such beautiful colors and cozy feelings. With all of that in mind, I created a new collection to celebrate “all things fall.” Here is Sugar & Spice:

Sugar & Spice by Sugarplum Paperie

Inside this autumnal beauty you will find 20 patterned and plain papers, 54 elements and an uppercase canvas alpha. You’ll also find this kit for sale in separate paper and element packs.

Here are some lovely pages from the girls on my creative team.

Eva:

Sugar & Spice by Sugarplum Paperie

Sarah:

Sugar & Spice by Sugarplum Paperie

Heidi:

Sugar & Spice by Sugarplum Paperie

Amy:

Sugar & Spice by Sugarplum Paperie

You’ll find Sugar & Spice on sale this weekend for 30% off! I hope you enjoy using this collection to record your favorite fall memories.

Happy Scrapping!

I’ve found that I’ve been saying this a lot recently: “This week, one of my all-time favorite kits is in the Featured Favorites section of the shop!”

But I have to say it just once more and then I’ll give it a rest. Because this week, I really DO have one of my all-time favorites on sale—possibly even my most favorite! Pumpkin Latte is now available at P&Co.:

Pumpkin Latte by Sugarplum Paperie

And the Pumpkin Latte : Note Cards are also on sale today:

Pumpkin Latte by Sugarplum Paperie

(You will also find separate paper and element packs are available, as well as the full kit.)

Here are some amazing pages from the girls on my creative team. Here’s this beauty from Rachel:

Pumpkin Latte by Sugarplum Paperie

Amy:

Pumpkin Latte by Sugarplum Paperie

Melanie:

Pumpkin Latte by Sugarplum Paperie

Laura:

Pumpkin Latte by Sugarplum Paperie

You’ll find Pumpkin Latte on sale now through Thursday for 50% off! Enjoy the special savings and Happy Scrapping!

October Company Stash

October 1st, 2014 | Posted by Nicole Seitler in New: Digital Kits - (0 Comments)

How can it possibly be October?! Every year goes fast, but this year has been simply ridiculous at our house. Right at the start of the year, we discovered that we needed to move. Two months later, we had purchased our first home. Mix in birthdays, holidays, moving my shop, end of the school year evaluations… and WOW! It’s like living inside of a hurricane for 10 months. Time just FLEW. I don’t know that I’m mentally ready for the holiday season yet. Didn’t we JUST do that? LOL!

But I’m trying to get into the spirit of fall. This month’s palette for the October Stash at P&Co. certainly helped! I made two pretty pack for this month’s collection and I’m excited to show them to you today. They are the first official Heart Art packs I’ve made since APRIL. (Told you it’s been like living in a hurricane!) I wanted to be sure to get all the previous Heart Art collections into the shop before I started making anything new. But as of yesterday, that project is complete! So, bring on the NEW! Woo-hoo!

The first Company Stash pack I’ve created for this month are these 10 beautiful wood grain papers: Heart Art : Out of the Woods

Heart Art : Out of the Woods

And then I created a pack of 69 various coordinating paint and elements: Heart Art : Quiet Solitude

Heart Art : Quiet Solitude

This painty set also includes 5 brushes and an .abr file for lots of digital stamping!

Here are some lovely layouts from the girls on my creative team! I love this painterly page from Natascha:

Heart Art : Out of the Woods & Quiet Solitude

Here is a softly colored page from Sarah:

Heart Art : Out of the Woods & Quiet Solitude

A sad but sweet page from Amy:

Heart Art : Out of the Woods & Quiet Solitude

And here’s a beautiful page from Heidi, who mixed up some of the paints and word art with other goodies in this month’s Stash:

Heart Art : Out of the Woods & Quiet Solitude

These goodies are 30% off now through Sunday! Enjoy the savings and have fun playing with all the beautiful pieces in this month’s Stash!

Happy Scrapping!

This week I am excited to share that every last bit of all the previously released Heart Art packs are now in the shop at P&Co.!

Why am I so excited about that?! Well, because now my OCD can allow me to start making NEW Heart Art as I carry on with the numbering system. LOL! You’ll see new Heart Art from me very soon, but today, let me share Heart Art : Value Bundle #11 with you:

Heart Art : Value Bundle #11

Inside you’ll find these 4 packs:

Heart Art : Love You Madly
Heart Art : Love You to Pieces
Heart Art : Painted Love Alpha
Heart Art : Make a Mark

You’ll find this collection is on sale for 50% off it’s already discounted price now through Thursday! Enjoy the special savings and Happy Scrapping!

One of my all-time favorite kits is in the Featured Favorites section of the shop this week! I’ve had more requests for this kit to hurry up and make a come back than any other collection so far—so without further ado, here is Here in this Moment:

Here in this Moment by Sugarplum Paperie

And returning along with the kit are the Here in this Moment : Note Cards:

Here in this Moment by Sugarplum Paperie

You’ll find these goodies on sale for 50% off now through Thursday! Enjoy the special savings.

Happy Scrapping!