Monthly Archives: April, 2013

Word Challenge List for May

Do you like the daily word challenges at  Well here is your list for May.  I hope you’ll share your layouts with us.


This layout was made using a page from the photo book I designed called Beautiful Celestine Photo Book.  In honor of using her kit, CatDesignz has put the photo book on special until the end of May.  You can get it at an unbelievable price here.  Here’s a preview of 4 of the pages.

Beautiful Celeste Photobook

And here is the page used for the daily word challenge with the original photo in place.

CT CatDesignz-013



More Sunshine from the Aloha State

Here’s another layout using the sun ray tutorial Sharon Horswill made.  You can find it here.  I used a mini kit called Hawaii by Albums 2 Remember.

The Aloha State

Sun Ray Template Challenge

I made this for the DigiScrappingDivas challenge using the template freebie from Little Kiss Creations.  The background paper is Pamela Yates/Ready for Spring.  Everything else is J W Designs/Spring Has Sprung.  If you haven’t tried any of the challenges you’re missing out.  I thought this one was particularly fun but there’s something new everyday.  Here’s my layout…

DigiScrappingDivas SunRay Challenge

Fruit of the Spirit freebie

This is my first freebie made exclusively by me.  I know it’s pretty simple but I love it and I hope you will too.  Clicking on the sample will take you to Mediafire for the download.

Fruit of the Spirit sample

Design Principles Rule of Thirds

Some of the best photos, paintings and layouts are composed using a guideline called the rule of thirds.  Basically you divide your “canvas” into equal parts horizontally and vertically.  Then you place your focal point along the lines dividing you composition, as in the illustration below.

Rule of Thirds

If you were taking a picture of a landscape you might place the horizon along the lower horizontal line.  This will result in a more interesting composition than if you placed it smack dab in the middle of the page.  In the layout below you’ll notice this principle is used twice.  In the sunrise photo the horizon is placed on the imagined lower third and the photo as the focal point is centered vertically on the left third and the blue/grey elements & base of the photo are in the lower third.


The next two layouts use the rule of thirds again.  In addition, you may notice I cluster elements in a way to maximize flow.  I want to lead your eyes around the page while drawing attention to the focal point.  More about that in a future article.

Love  Bathing Beauty

Credits: Thirds layout made in Memory Mixer using Kimeric Kreations/Denim & Lace.

The remaining layouts made in MyMemories Suite

Sunrise layout using MMS Designer/Spring It On

Love layout Kimeric Kreations/Take Note

Bathing Beauty layout Kimeric Kreations/Summer Sunset

Photographer Linda Blackwell

Super Spring Sale at CatDesignz

Wow! Catherine CatDesignz Riley has got a deal for you! Her whole store is now on sale til 7th April. Everything is 50% off – YES, THATS EVERYTHING!!!

CatDesignz Sale

Designer Poll About Your CT’s

I’m doing research about how designers put together their creative teams.  If you design digital scrapbooking kits and you use a creative team I’d love to have your input.  It’s a short survey and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.  You can find it here.  I hope to write another article on CT’s from the designer’s perspective so I covet your input and want to thank you in advance.