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Annual Next Designer Competition 2016

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Competitions, Freebies, Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 10 comments

Every year, theStudio has an Annual Next Designer Competition. In 2012, not knowing any better, I entered it and, while I didn’t win, it was the start of a new career for me. In years since, I’ve tried my best to “play along” … and this year is no exception even though I really didn’t have the time (busy schedule, as in wedding, and I have a cold *whine*).

The first week’s challenge was designing a pack of papers and this week’s challenge was to design some elements to go along with them. You need to go to my gallery pages at theStudio to download them (just click on the previews below) and, while you’re there, take a look at all the wonderful entries that you can download for free through the end of the month. BUT, before you go, be sure to read to the end of my post for the conclusion of this story and a freebie.


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DSD 2016 Sales

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Commercial Use, Personal Use, Sales, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

So much going on this weekend, but I’ll try to keep this short. To start, this grab bag is what happens when 3 good buddies get together and create a Grab Bag. We each did 2 products containing what we thought most represented our CU styles and have put it on sale for $6. Full reveals are on the product pages. You can get this at both theStudio and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes.

There are also some $1 Flash Sales happening this weekend. DSS has broken it into 2 days — Friday and Saturday … but at Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes the whole batch is available and you can get them thru Sunday, October 2nd. Here’s a peek at what you’ll find …

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Crazy Dots Action

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Blog | 4 comments

I’ve just released another paper making action. It’s called Crazy Dots, mainly because these aren’t your ordinary polka dots. I won’t go into a bunch of details because I actually made a video showing how it works and some of the ways you can use it. It’s currently on sale for 30% off at both theStudio and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes. Here’s a look at the preview and, just below the preview, a freebie for you.




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City by the Bay Inspiration

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016 in Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

Yesterday, I showed off my newest collection City by the Bay. However, I’ve often been told that seeing how one would scrap with it is SO much better than just seeing previews. So here’s some inspiration for you from my amazing team.

Julie …


Kay …


Pam …


Susan …


Nancy …


Robyn …


… and one more from me.


Do you have a layout you’d like to share with me? Feel free to post it to my Facebook page or just use the tag #JilbertsBitsOfBytes and hopefully I’ll find it.





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City by the Bay

Posted by on Sep 10, 2016 in Freebies, Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

Have you ever gotten a song in your head that you can’t get rid of? Guess what song was in my head — Lights by Journey. Since I was trying to come up with an idea for a new collection, I decided to take advantage of the situation. Thus, City by the Bay was born.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and I still live here. I spent a ton of time in the city as a teenager and young adult, but for some reason, when the kids came along, it sort of lost its luster. When the kids grew up and moved away, they would come home and insist on playing tourist … guess who the tour guides were.

Where am I going with this? Playing tour guide reminded me the beauty and charm of San Francisco that I had forgotten about … and I wanted to share it with you. Hopefully I’ve hit all the spots you’ve been wanting to visit, but if you’ve never visited, City by the Bay will work for other cities as well. You can get this collection at both theStudio and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes for 30% off thru September 17th. Come, take a look at all the goodies and be sure to read ALL the way to the end so you can download your freebie.


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Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in Blog, Freebies, Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

It’s been a while, but after taking most of July off, I’m finally getting back into the swing of things … as in having a brand new collection called Lakeside.

I’m lucky … I live about 30 minutes from the beach (not that I would swim at that beach). For those that know how much I love Hawaii, you might be surprised to find out that I don’t go there for the beaches. Yes, the beaches are gorgeous, but I love the rain forests and other inland stuff. When I go to the beach, I get sunburned (even when using sunscreen). I prefer to get my beach fix by sitting by the side of a lake, in the shade. I might even get in some hiking (if there’s enough shade along the path). This sort of thing was my inspiration for Lakeside. While it’s perfect for camping kinds of themes, my team found it worked great for just about any vacation kind of layout. But don’t take my word for it, judge for yourself.

Lakeside is available at both theStudio and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes for 30% off through 8/20th but, if you buy the entire collection, it’s 60% off. Here’s a look at it …


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Note About My Gesso Products

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 4 comments

I wanted to let you all know that I’ve decided to confuse you when it comes to my Gesso products. When I first started making the overlays, I had NO idea how popular they would become. I also didn’t know which format (transparent or textured) was the best. I started with 2 overlays and saved them as both PNG and JPG. That became my Vol. 1 bundle. I did the same thing for 2 more overlays. That meant I had Gesso 1, 2, 3, and 4 transparent/texture overlays. Bear with me … I’m getting there.

After the first 2 bundles, I decided to only do the PNG format (it seemed to be the more popular one). Unfortunately, when I went to number the next 2 packs, I called them 3 and 4. Don’t know what I was thinking, but that’s what I did (I claim a senior moment). I did 2 more packs with the numbers 5 and 6 … and that’s when I realized I had duplicated 2 version numbers. Having no idea what to do, because I didn’t want to confuse my wonderful customers, I just ignored the problem … for a while.

Those who know me well, know that I’m overly picky about how I name and version my stuff. Ignoring the problem wasn’t going to work … it kept eating at me. SO … I finally bit the bullet and decided to fix things. Since the last 4 versions (3, 4, 5, 6) were actually pieces of gesso done large enough to fill an entire page, I decided to call them “Gesso Bits” … which mean redoing the previews and renumber stuff. Long story short, this is how things got renamed —

Gesso 3 (the second one) -> Gesso Bits 3
Gesso 4 (the second one) -> Gesso Bits 4
Gesso 5 (the original one) -> Gesso Bits 2
Gesso 6 (the original one) -> Gesso Bits 1
Gesso 7 (the grab bag one) -> Gesso 5

I’m MUCH happier now and I’m really sorry if I’ve confused any of you or muddled up your filing system. I’ll try to behave myself in the future.


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Southwestern Venture

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Freebies, Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 1 comment

I had someone run across a very old post on this blog that was about a mini kit I had done for a designer competition YEARS ago called Southwestern Venture. She wanted to buy it … I wasn’t so sure it was ready for prime time and I was right. However, once I started going through things, I began coming up with tons of ideas that I could use to turn it into a full size collection. You see, I used to spend a lot of time in New Mexico (Albuquerque in particular) because of my previous job, so the ideas were definitely there. Also, having someone on my team who lives in New Mexico made me confident enough to give myself the go-ahead to start working on it.

Well now it’s ready for prime time and is available in my shops at theStudio and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes for 30% off. Here a look at it —


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CU 3-2-1 Sale and CU Facebook Hop

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Blog Trains & Hops, Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments


It’s time once again for the CU 3-2-1 Sale at theStudio and to go along with it, we’re having a CU Facebook Hop. Here’s a look at the 3 products that I have on sale for $2 —

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Just in Time for Memorial Day

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

Releasing today, just in time for Memorial Day in the states, I have a new pack of mixed media papers and some collage bits. They are available at both theStudio and my personal store. I had hoped to make a complete collection along this theme, but my neck wouldn’t let me. However, as my team found out, it coordinates well with my Remember Collection. The Collage Bits 8, Mixed Media Papers 2, and the Remember products are on sale thru May 29th for 30% off (excludes the bundle which is already 60% off). Here’s a look at the previews and some of the layouts the ladies made —

That’s it for today … quick and short. HUGS!!!

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