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New CU Product – ZIA Circles

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Commercial Use, Freebies, Scrapbooking | 4 comments

I have a new CU Product that I’ve just released called ZIA Circles. They’re some doodled circles I call ZIA, which is short for Zentangle Inspired Art, Circles because the patterns were inspired by Zentangles®. These have been saved in PNG format at 300 dpi. I’ve also included the borders (without the center) giving you a total of 8 circles. They’re available in both my CU Store at theStudio and at CU Digitals. Check out the preview.


The funny thing is, I’ve already had two people ask me what one would do with them. So, I’m going to show you one idea (a journal page) and your reward for following along is a Journal Page freebie.

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CU Vintage Grab Bag

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

Have I got something special for you. It’s a CU Vintage Grab Bag that I did with LouCee Creations for theStudio’s Grab Bag Gala and it’s going to knock your socks off. You’re going to get 6 products for $6.00 … do the math … it’s a steal at $1.00 each. But to sweeten things a bit more for you, you’re also going to get a bonus pack that Lou created containing an assortment of items you’d typically find in a trinket box. So, 7 products for $6.00 (calculator please), that’s around 86 pennies for some unbelievable products … but it’s only for a VERY limited time.

Check out the previews below, which also include the previews of the products (I’m terrible at keeping secrets). This Grab Bag is available exclusively at theStudio until July 14th. After that you’ll can also find it in LouCee’s store at SugarHillco and in my CU Digitals store. However, it will only be for a short time and after that, the Bag will be broken.


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The “Artsy” Style

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Art Journaling, Blog, Freebies, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 11 comments

I checked in a few days ago to read Jill’s latest post and I noticed Pam’s comment about not getting that “artsy” style. As a hobbiest I can so relate! Well, I got to thinking that if Pam and I shared those feelings maybe there are other people who didn’t get the “artsy” style either. The only art training I’ve had was a  summer course in Art Appreciation at our local museum; it was part of the Art Literacy Program for our school district.  So I thought I’d share some observations about what I’ve noticed since I started scrapping. What is an artsy style and how do you achieve it. How is it different from say a traditional style. Bear in mind that this is my personal opinion and not meant to be in any way definitive on the subject. I’m such a visual person, I like pictures so perhaps comparing two layouts would be helpful.

Batik6a-Pirate This is a layout I did using Jill’s Batik Overlays and my granddaughter’s photo. What do you see when you look at it? The colors are harmonious, the corners are symmetrical, there is a photo and extracted elements. This is my idea of a traditional style: balance and harmony. It looks “formal” and seems to have more structure-the elements have a definite shape.

June 2014 Just Art Challenge_Preview

This is the layout I did for the June Just Art Challenge at Digital Scrapbooking Studio.  What do you see when you look at it? It’s not symmetrical or balanced, the elements appear looser, more “painterly” and scattered over the page and there aren’t any extracted items. Also it has a more casual appearance, like it was just tossed together even though it still follows the basics of design.

How about looking at another example? Next are the two freebie flowers, a gift for sticking with me!

Blog Flower 1 Preview                                             Circle Flower preview 2

The upper pinkish flower is what I would call a more traditional style of flower. It has more structure, IE a recognizable petal shape; and although it hasn’t been extracted, it’s more flower-like. You could use it in any style of layout but to me it doesn’t have the casual feel of the blue flower on the bottom which is more of an impression of a flower. The round shape implies petals and the colors are more non-traditional-it looks like a hankie that has been gathered into shape. I hope, like Pam and me, if you wonder about the “artsy style” you will find my comparisons helpful. Think of it as sort of as style cliff notes.

I’ll add one last thought. If, when you get dressed in the morning, you look nice then you can also dress a piece of paper that will look nice. Before you know it, you will be creating gorgeous layouts!

Both flowers were made with Jill’s newest templates:Templates-Flowers 2-4 and Flowers Kit-Circles 1-5. I used Papers-Watercolors 10 for the pink purple flower and Papers Journal Pages 2 for the blue. Additionally, I applied a kaleidoscope filter (freeware by Mehdi @ to the journal pages (before clipping to the circle template) to accent the circles. I used the “overlay” mode on most of the papers and added an inner shadow on the layers. The “glass” buttons are made by applying a glass style to a white circle and layering that over another shape so that it looks like the underside of the button has been painted.

Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio Flower Kit-Circles 1-5 -

Papers-Journal 2 -

Templates-Flowers 2-4 – Papers-Watercolors 10 –

Transparent Overlays-Batiks 1 –

“The Pirate” some elements from Jill’s Spring Bling Mini -

Last but not least the freebie flowers are here –

Link has been fixed – I hope!  It still doesn’t want to be a hyperlink but cut and paste is working!

I’ve put a couple of coordinating papers in the file as a “Thank You” so please take them too.



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New CU Products – Week of June 23rd

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

Once again, I’ve fallen behind posting my new CU products. This week I have 2, flowers and bling. These products are available in both of my CU Stores — theStudio and CU Digitals.

First, I have another assortment of flowers (Assortment 7); an assortment of more of my one-offs and leftover flowers that I’ve had sitting around in my cu stash.

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theStudio Just Art Challenge

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in Art Journaling, Freebies, Personal Use | 11 comments

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at Art Journaling? Well now’s your chance. There’s a new challenge over in theStudio forum called Just Art. It’s hosted by the ever creative Robyn. There really aren’t any rules, but she will give you a theme or cue to work with. This month it’s Yellow and you also get a free mini kit created by Robyn and Kate (see below).

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Garden Gate

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Freebies, Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 1 comment

Once again I’ve been remiss in posting here, but I’m back and want to show you my latest collection. It’s called Garden Gate and it’s a collab I did with Diane of ADB Designs. This collection is HUGE and filled with an amazing amount of flowers and other garden goodies. Take a look a all the gorgeous previews below. Click on a preview and you’ll go to that product’s page or just click *HERE* to see the entire collection. And don’t forget to go ALL the way to the end where there’s a freebie quick page for you.


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New CU Products – Week of June 9th

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

Surprise … I’m back to show off some of my new CU products. Actually, some were released a while back, but I’m just now showing them off. These products are available in both of my CU Stores — theStudio and CU Digitals.

This first one is a pack of flower templates and it’s on sale for 30% off thru June 14th. These can be used as regular templates or with my Paper Flower Action. Just be sure to resize the canvas to 3600×3600 if you want to use them with my action.


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Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend or even early for 4th of July or, for that matter, a perfect kit for whenever you’re looking for something Red, White, and Blue. When I showed this kit to a friend, she said it “has a lot of pieces of you in it” and it does. This kit got its start with me finding a cache of letters written by my uncle to my mom while he was in the Navy during World War II. He spent the majority of it in the Pacific, in particular Midway Island. I never knew this playful side of him, his humor and his resourcefulness when it came to medium to write on. And there, amongst the many letters, was a photo of him; his youth and handsome good looks was readily evident.

One thing lead to another and Remember was born. You’ll see my Uncle’s photo in one of my Dangles and be able to read his letters that I included in the Elements. But that not all. In the middle of creating this kit, one of my daughters came for a visit and mentioned she had her grandfather’s dog tags … and, yes, I included those, too. But most important, this kit is dedicated to my son of whom I’m immensely proud; a career Navy man (now retired) that just happened to be born on the 4th of July.

So after all that babbling, here’s a look at the previews. These products will be on sale for 40% off thru Monday and then it’s 30% off thru June 7th. You can see everything here —

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New Release – Hidden in my Book

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Freebies, Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 5 comments

Have you seen my new release Hidden in my Book? It’s the latest collab that I’ve done with Dani (aka The Urban Fairy) and it’s definitely going to set some folks on their ears. We’ve both been dancing around the art journaling style, but we’re dancing no more. This collection is all out art journaling … BUT … I’ve been seeing some AMAZING traditional layouts being done with this kit, too.

This collab is actually week 3 for the newest event happening at theStudio. It’s called a Round Robin and rather than trying to explain it here, why not visit the thread over in theStudio forum. While you’re there, check out some of the great layouts folks have been making.

So, without further ado, the previews of this collection (click on an image to go to that product’s page) … AND … be sure to scroll to the end for your freebie.

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New CU Products – Week of May 19th

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

I’m actually getting this post done the same week that I released these new CU products … life never ceases to amaze me … LOL!!! However, only 2 of the products I’m showing you are new but since one of the products is made from something I forgot to show you, I’m going to the forgotten products now too.These products are available in both my commercial use stores — theStudio and CU Digitals.

First up … Taffeta Blooms 2. I did so well at not burning my house down the first time I made these, I decided to give it another go. What I had forgotten is how light-headed I get when I breath in the fumes.


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