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The "A.B." in ABCreations stands for Anmarie Bowden, that's me! My favorite ice cream is Mississippi Mud from Baskin Robbins, altho I'm partial to Oreos crumbled on top of Vanilla Bean ice cream too! I was born on Super Bowl Sunday. I have been digiscraping since 2000. I live in beautiful sunny California. I am married to my soul mate and we have two gorgeous children. My favorite saying is, “If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart!”

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Seven Creative Ways To Use Your Scrapping Supplies

We all have a stash of unused scrapping supplies, right?
Maybe yours is a hard drive full of files, somewhat forgotten. Or maybe you have shelves of physical product, just begging for some attention!
No sense in wasting perfectly good products you spent your hard earned money on when you could turn them into gorgeous creative works of art, right? Right! Let's try these 7 creative ways to tackle your backlog of scrapping supplies...



1. Take The Challenge

Find a scrapping challenge that inspires you. The whole point of a challenge is to challenge yourself, so take it just one step further and use it as a way to use some older product! Check out these inspiring challenges to get your creative juices flowing! Be sure to check out how other people are fulfilling the challenge, sometimes their ideas and layouts are just as inspiring as the challenge itself! Below you will see a desktop challenge I participated in...



























2. The Old & The New

Try combining older element packs, alphas, or paper packs with new products or vice versa. Take a gorgeous new kit you've just purchased and add in some older brushes or clipping masks you have yet to use. This is especially helpful when using really old products that are no longer the latest trend.

Here’s a recent layout I did with an older product...

And here is one where I combined new elements with an older kit:



3. Hit The Shops and Forums

Look for inspiration in others’ layouts that have already used the products you have just sitting around. Seeing the product in action could give you the added boost of inspiration you have been needing. Oftentimes, a product page in a shop will show several CT layouts. If there aren't any there, check out the gallery to see how other people are using the same kit you have but haven't used yet. 


Sometimes you will see a layout you love that doesn't use the same kit, but you can use it as inspiration, like sort of a template, to get yourself a very similar look (be sure to give credit to the person whose ideas you are using.)




























4. Broaden Your Horizons

Create something besides a layout. Make yourself a new signature for the forums, a new timeline cover for Facebook, or a new background for your computer. For paper scrapping try a new quote for your desk, a frame make-over for a favorite photo, or a card for a friend/relative.

I made this forum siggy with a kit I've had for ages but have never scrapped with. I made myself a signature that I knew would inspire me, and it has become my most favorite siggy!



5. Go Hybrid

Use your backlog of products to create a hybrid item. Find an inspiring quote in a kit and make a poster for your wall. Print out a card to tell someone you are thinking about them. Print out your favorite paper and make a banner, pinwheel, or tag. Who doesn't love seeing gorgeous digital products printed out and in use?
For paper scrapping, try printing out your favorite quote onto your scrapbooking paper, or type up your journaling and print it out for use on a layout, or print out a few sentiments you can use later for card making! 

6. Cover It Up

Whenever I am ready to print a new scrapbook album, I find an unused kit to make the cover. I find that it’s a great way to use up those fabulous products for which I haven't found the right layout yet. The kits that I have just sitting around are usually products I loved, but had no layouts in mind yet, so, using it on a cover is a great way to feature a kit you really loved.
Sometimes, if I love the paper too much to cut it up, I will frame it and hang it up so I can smile each time I walk by it. :)


                             photo courtesy of endlesscrafting


7. Make A List & Check It Twice
Keep a list of what you haven't used yet! I am a natural list maker, and I just love checking an item off my list. There’s something satisfying about crossing off an item knowing the product is no longer sitting there, unused. Hopefully, I've inspired you with a few ideas on how to use that backlog of product! If you use any of these ideas, I’d love to see what you create. Feel free to post a link in the comments.Article idea by M.F. with edits and revisions and photos by ABCreations.

Friday, December 2, 2016

First Tuesdays Inspiration #12


It's First Tuesdays Inspiration day! You gotta love Pinterest, am I right? All the great ideas I was going to have are already there with photos and comments, lol! I found some cute little lunch box notes for my kids and also discovered you can write on banana peels! I've been writing little notes to my daughter on her banana every day now and when we ran out of bananas, the first thing she said to me when I picked her up from school was, mommy, where was my banana with the note on it?!?

I like to make these kinds of treats for my kids; they aren't the treats full of sugary sweetness and they seem to mean a lot more. This month, my inspiration for you is 'treats.' And yes, you can use the sugary sweet ones too, lol! But I was thinking something more like when hubby makes a fire in the fireplace just because, or my daughter writes "i ♥ mommy" on a piece of paper and leaves it on my office chair, or my son stops playing with his buddies just to come over and give me a hug. Let's get inspired by something that we do as a special treat just because. Let me know what you create, I'm looking forward to your links in the comments!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

How to Get MOTIVATED!!!

Are you in a designing rut or slump? Are you having trouble motivating yourself? Do you feel like all your ideas just got up and ran away? Well, get ready to get excited again!!! Here are four great ways to bring back your mojo!

1. Check Out The Gallery

First, look at some inspiring layouts! Chances are, perusing others’ creative layouts will help boost your creativity and inspire you. Leave a comment for the really awesome layouts you see, they creator will be tickled pink when they open their email and see they have a nice comment. Doing nice things for others helps us feel good, and that's always good for our creativity!

A quick look at the W4E gallery has me amazed at some of layouts that totally jump out at me and make me want to scrap my own RIGHT NOW!

This first layout is by ChinaDoll. Reading her childhood memory really tugged at my heart strings. She is so specific with such basic everyday moments that I can see her as a little girl peeking thru the cracks. What a great idea to share a memory that so many generations to come will appreciate!



And I love this page by WtaDolly. The clustering is gorgeous, and the red with subtle hints of blue, yellow, and green really make the photo pop! There is something intriguing about the off-centered papers too and how they are stacked together, it really catches my eye. The shadowing on this layout is exquisite.



Beautiful layouts like these always motivate me into action. So hit the gallery!


2. Take Baby Steps

Secondly, give yourself just a little push. I usually motivate myself by merely choosing the photo(s) I want to scrap, and then picking a kit with a similar theme or palette. Nothing crazy, just a baby step.

This small step lets you see what you have to work with, and you’re not obligated to do any more than that for now. But often it’s just enough progress to get you wanting to do just a little more. And then a little more...

Here is an example by ChinaDoll of how to take it one baby step at a time. You've got the photos and the kit you chose earlier, now pick out some of the papers you like from the kit...


Then add those photos...


Tell a little bit about what is going on, even if its just the date or a location...


Lastly, take a step back and see what else you might like to add. Think about what elements are your favorites in the kit you chose. Or look at the photos and see if anything in the background has a related item in the kit...


After a few baby steps, you might be jazzed enough to keep going immediately, maybe not. Either way, eventually you will move on to the next stage.


3. Get Inspired By Your Journaling Potential

Another great motivational tip is to read through some journal prompts! There are a ton of them in the challenge area HERE. Maybe you just need a little push on what to journal about? Think about easy, new, and fun ways to get journaling done: make a top 10 list, or a grocery list, or a TO DO list, or a What We Did Today list; ask someone a few questions and write down what they say (try asking Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How); have a child in your life tell a story and write it down, or write down some of the goofy and hilarious things kids say and use that; email or text your friend a photo and when they ask you to tell them about it, use whatever you said in your reply as your journaling, use some of that twitter feed; or one of your facebook status updates; use a fill-in-the-blank message; or maybe just use a quote! Get creative and try using some journaling cards, postcard backs, tags, or cards.


I asked my kiddos what their favorite part of our recent family camping trip was and wrote down what they said...

  


4. Try a Challenge, Bingo, or a Speed/Slow Scrap


Sometimes to get out of that rut, we need to branch out of our comfort zones and try something new. Have you ever participated in a challenge? There are so many of them, you are bound to find one that you like, plus you get a prize for participating, so go for it! Have you ever tried digital Bingo? Even if you lose you win because everyone wins a prize just for participating! And if you've never done a Speed/Slow Scrap then you are in for a real treat! It's a ton of fun, and you guessed it, prizes for all participants!



Hopefully these ideas will help get you out of that rut! Take advantage or one or all of these tips and get started on your layouts right now! You can do it!! Happy scrapping!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

First Tuesdays Inspiration #11


It's November first and time for our First Tuesdays Inspiration! Let's get thankful! This month find something in your life that you are thankful for, is it something as simple as indoor plumbing, or should we go big and say our loved ones? Maybe there is more than one thing you are thankful for. Let's take a photo (or 2 or 3), make a scrapbook page or other crafty item and feel the blessing of thankfulness! I'd love for you to share your blessings, leave me a comment below!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! This year, my daughter is Jeannie from I dream of Jeannie and my son is Deadpool with this amazing morph suit that covers every inch of him, lol! I can't wait to scrap their trick-or-treat antics with some of the sale goodies below...

Quoth The Raven Digital Scrapbooking Page Kit, Halloween,  trick-or-treat, pumpkin carving, candy corn, costumes,  pumpkin patch
Quoth The Raven, Candy Corn Epoxy Stickers, Halloween, Digital Scrapbooking
The Good Witch, digital scrapbooking kit, page kit, Halloween, pagan, magick, Wicca, Wiccan, Goddess, black cat
Crime Scene Digital Scrapbooking Kit, Halloween, Scrapbook, Smash Book, Project Life, Cards, Home Decor, Crafts, Craft Projects, Projects
Giant Skulls, skeleton, skull, emo, pirate, cute skull, monster high, halloween, funny skull
Spell Study, Halloween, Wicca, Magic, Spell Books, Ouija Board, Witch, Pagan, Jack-o-lantern, Broomstick, Coffin, Digital Scrapbooking
Potion Study, Halloween, Wicca, Magic, SpellBook, Bookcase, Crystal Ball, Witch, Pagan, Plant, Telescope, Candle, Vase, Digital Scrapbooking
Zodiac Signs and Overlays, Halloween, Wicca, Wiccan, Solstice, Star Signs, Witch, Pagan, Digital Scrapbooking, Scrapbooking
Runes Charms, Halloween, Wicca, Wiccan, Pagan, Ancient Runes, Magic, Divination, Norse, Digital Scrapbooking
Bones, dog bones, pirate crossbones, crime scene bones, Halloween, Skeleton
Lady Bug Girls, Digital Scrapbooking, Halloween
Bumble Bee Girls, Digital Scrapbooking, Halloween, costumes
Bloody Alphabet, Bloody Font, Bloody Text, Halloween, Blood, Smear
Ransom Alphabet, Font, Text, Halloween, Creepy, Cut Out Letters, Magazine Letters, Newspaper Letters
Spooky Alphabet, Font, Text, Halloween, Scary, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands
Bones Alphabet, Bones Font, Bones Text, Halloween, Skeleton
Vampire Alphabet, Font, Text, Halloween, Scary, Blood, Bloody, Dripping, Drips, Dracula
And don't forget to make some goodies using these adorable mini pumpkin pans!
Petite Mini Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Halloween Cake Pan by Wilton, mini pumpkin cupcakes, muffins, shortbread, brownies, jello, candy & more!

Friday, October 14, 2016

FREE Lesson: How to make a multi-link sig tag

How to make a multi-link sig tag

1. First thing you do is make your siggy, I'm going to make mine in Photoshop. Make it like you usually would and be sure to include something showing people where to click (like the words on each flower.) You also want to have a background other than transparent so it lines up correctly later, I made mine white. Here is mine, I want to link my store, instagram, facebook, my blog, and pinterest!


2. Next you need to cut the siggy into pieces! Each image will lead to a different link. Make sure your siggy is layer 0 NOT background. If the layer says background, double click on it in the layer panel in the bottom right corner and a screen will pop up asking if you want it to be layer 0, click ok. I took the rectangular marquee tool and selected the first part of my siggy (i put blue lines so you can see where i am going to make the cuts) Once selected I right clicked (apple click for mac users) and selected "layer via cut" so that I could then hide that layer and cut the next one without worrying about whether or not I made my cut in the right place.


I will keep doing this until all the words I want linked, are on a separate layer.


now each piece is cut and on a separate layer. the background paper is gray.

3. After you have all your layers made, open a new document. Drag one layer onto it, trim the layer and save as a jpg. Repeat for each layer. There is probably a better way to do this but this is the way I did it.  You can trim your image by going to Image->Trim. If you are using a different program and do not have a trim feature, be sure to crop your image exact, if you don't, it won't line up properly.


4. Upload your layers to an image hosting site, i use tinypic, google cloud, picasa, photo bucket, or etc.


5. Load the images where ever you are using the siggy, here is mine in my forum


if you have code showing instead of pics, click the A/A button in the top left corner.

6. Next I select the image I want to link first, then click the link button and paste the link. Now that part of the image is linked!



Link the rest of the images the same way and save! viola! You now have a multi linked siggy! Try it out below!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Virtual Autumn

A beautiful scrapbooking kit collection to capture all your autumnal memories. Each kit includes 5 papers and 6 embellishments. Collect them all!

Vibrant Autumn 6 - a digital scrapbooking kit with 5 papers and 6 embellishments
Vibrant Autumn 2 - a digital scrapbooking kit with 5 papers and 6 embellishments
Vibrant Autumn 3 - a digital scrapbooking kit with 5 papers and 6 embellishments
Vibrant Autumn 4 - a digital scrapbooking kit with 5 papers and 6 embellishments
Vibrant Autumn 5 - a digital scrapbooking kit with 5 papers and 6 embellishments
Vibrant Autumn 6 - a digital scrapbooking kit with 5 papers and 6 embellishments