Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Funk-A-Licious Brag Book Freebie

The Pretty Scrappy designers have done it again - another fantastic monthly collab is now in stores! I had the chance to play with it early and created this lovely layout:

This kit is super fun and funky - and well worth it! To give you an idea of what's inside, the team at Pretty Scrappy have a collection of Brag Book pages for you - and here's mine!

Download Here

Here's The Train (As always with these things, everyone lives in different time zones, so if it's not there, check back later):

Amanda http://mrsmooshka.blogspot.com/ *You Are Here*

Anne http://limescrapped.blogspot.com/

Baby Yaks http://babyyaks.blogspot.com/

Barb http://barbknits.blogspot.com/

Britt Bree http://brittneycreations.blogspot.com/

Brooke http://www.brookedesigns.blogspot.com/

Casey Krause http://prettyscrappy.blogspot.com/

Claudia http://cantinhodacindy.blogspot.com/

Creations By Rachael http://creationsbyrachael.blogspot.com/

Designs By Angel http://scrappingwithangel.blogspot.com/

Designs By Mel http://designsbymel.blogspot.com

Helen http://www.helenparker.blogspot.com/

Inspired Mommie Designs http://inspiredmommiedesigns.blogspot.com/

Jas http://jscrapbug.wordpress.com/

Jewel http://bothmadandgenius.blogspot.com/

Just Passin Thru http://justpassinthru.wordpress.com/

Kathy http://kathy70.blogspot.com

Kay http://grandmaspixels.blogspot.com/

Ladybug Pages http://theladybugpages.wordpress.com/

Late Night Scraps http://latenightscraps.blogspot.com/

Lynn http://themathematiciansassistant.com/

Martha http://www.awayfromthechaos.blogspot.com/

Neissa http://myscrapsofus.blogspot.com/

Scrappy Shannon http://scrappyshannon.blogspot.com

Share Joy http://scrappysolano.blogspot.com/

Share Your Moments Designs http://shareyourmoments.typepad.com/

Teri's Thing-O-My-Jigs http://teristhingomyjigs.blogspot.com

Wendy http://www.inkinandthinkin.typepad.com/

Monday, March 30, 2009

Exciting News

Those of you who hang out at the Digi-Designs by Nicole Forum know that stuff has been changing. Wanna know why? I have the big announcement here!

Lots of fun and exciting things to come!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Relay for Life Charity Kit & Freebie

Ellay has created a great Charity kit for the Relay for Life and I took the opportunity to scrap a LO of my dad and brothers at the Relay right before my dad died.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. It offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are an overnight event, up to 24 hours in length.
Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people to:
• Celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue to fight.
• Remember loved ones lost to the disease. At Relay, people who have walked along side people battling cancer can grieve and find healing.
• Fight Back. We Relay because we have been touched by cancer and desperately want to put an end to it.

Head over to Ellay's Blog to learn more, download a freebie sampler and see how you can get your hands on the full kit! But before you go, here is my layout as a quick page for you!

Introducing my Awesome Template Team

Alright, sit back, grab some coffee and meet my amazing new template team! These girls are going to be showing off some amazing layouts using my templates!

First, I thought I would take a moment and tell you all a little more about me.

I'm Manda, I am 25 years old and I hail from Minnesota (just a few miles from the Mall of America). I have a wonderful husband, we said our vows last August and have been together for nearly 5 years now. We have a 3 1/2 year old son, Adam and a cat named Brie. I am a working mom, spending my days planning fundraisers for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I got into digital scrapbooking last fall and couldn't believe how generous this community was. As I got more and more involved I realized that there are kind, sweet and understanding people behind this generosity and I wanted to be a part of it! So here I am.

The Nibbles Skribbles Template Team
(in alphabetical order)

Aimee's Blog
I am a wife and stay-at-home mom of 2 kids, Tyson who is 5, and Macie who is 16 mos old. I feel so blessed to be able to stay home with my children and have a wonderful husband who supports me in everything I do. I live in American Fork, Utah and absolutely love this area. I love to play with my kids, digital scrapbook, learn new photography techniques, camping, and taking care of my 6 chickens. I started digital scrapbooking in the summer of 2008 and I can't get enough of it! I am currently taking tutorials about Photoshop Elements and I definitely have a lot more to learn.

Christie's Blog
My name is Christie and I live in central Arkansas, United States. I am a stay at home mommy to two beautifully amazing kids, Haylie, who is 2, and Hunter, who is 9 months old! I have been married to my best friend and wonderful husband, Michael, for a little over 3 years now. My family is my life and my passion, and usually the center of my scrapbooking! I tried to start paper scrapbooking after my daughter was born, but soon realized it was too hard to do with an infant in the house. I finally discovered the world of digital scrapbooking shortly after my son was born and has been hooked ever since!

Donni's Blog
My name is Donni. I am a SAHM of 3 and I have been digi-scrapping for almost a year. I love it because I don't have to make a big mess to create beautiful pages and a great book of memories for my children. I also love digi because I can still do it with my 3-year old around.

Ellay's Blog
I’m a 37 year old stay at home wife (for now). I’ve been happily married for a little over two years. I’ve been digi-scrapping since October. When illness and subsequent surgery kept me from my other passion, fitness, digi-scrapping kept me sane! LOL! Now, I’ve struck a happy balance between fitness and digi-scrapping. I love this community and can’t imagine what I would do without it!!! Ellay is also the designer behind Scraps of Ellay.

Eva's Blog
I used to work in large corporate banking, but left my job last year in April to stay home with my two year old son- best decision I've made. We moved to Utah late May of last year for my husband's job and I've been very unhappy as I don't know anyone over here. I think I was getting depressed... it all changed when I discovered the wonderful world of digital scrapbooking! I've made a few digi-friends and feel a lot better now that I have a creative outlet. Luckily, we will be moving back to Wisconsin (my home town) next week as my husband is transferring departments, can't wait!

Kim's Blog
I started digital scrapbooking last fall and fell in love with it immediately. I'm still pretty new at all of it, but I enjoy learning new techniques and often get inspired by templates. On a more personal note, I am a stay-at-home mom of two boys. My husband has been in the military for the past 11 ½ years. Every duty station has been quite an adventure and also, as I'm learning, so many experiences lead to great scrapping layouts!

Kori's Blog
I am a SAHM to 3 boys who keep me busy, but also give me lots of things to scrapbook! We are currently living in Utah, but will be moving to California at the end of the summer. I love to read, spend time with my friends, scrapbook, and talk about scrapbooking online!

Steph's Blog
I am a 24 year old work at home mom. I have a 20 month old little boy named Brock. He is a never ending ball of energy. I have been married to my husband, Tim, for 4 1/2 years. We live in Seattle WA, while my hubby finishes medical school. I have been digi scrapping since this summer and designing since the fall-ish. In my spare time, I love to cook for my family and read. I also love to run and am currently training for a marathon. I hate Seattle and can't wait to move back to the wonderful state of Idaho! I am super excited to be joining Manda's TT ( he he) because her templates are the best! Steph is the designer behind ScrappyCocoa.

Check back tomorrow to see some beautiful LO's done by these girls!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Quick Pages

First I have a Quick Page using Kathy's new Kit Peace, Love & Happiness

Download PLH QP Here

Alright, I wasn't planning on doing my FTW LO's as Quick Pages - but I had requests for three of the five pages - so here they are in all their glory all five of my LO's!

Download FTW QP's Here

If you haven't already, pop around and make sure you didn't miss anything! As always, freebies don't last forever!

Digi-Designs by Nicole
Scrappy Cocoa
Scraps of Ellay
Nibbles Skribbles *You are here*
Flower Scraps
Christie Dawn

Speed Scrap Tonight!

Hey everyone - I am hosting a Speed Scrap at One Single Seed tonight at 8 p.m. CST

I have an awesome new template for you as a participation prize, but you'll have to wait to see it since I am at work and forgot to upload the preview!

Here's the template you can get for playing with us!

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Who Likes Elephants?

I was a lucky girl and got to play with CW Pickets new PU Grab Bag - it is stuffed full of some really fun stuff and you need to go and pick it up!

To entice you I did this LO using some (Not even close to all) of the goodies inside.

I even made it into a QP for you -

You can download it here!

More Fairy Tale Wedding

You still have time to pick up the pieces of this great collab by visiting the train. Here are some of my LO's using this kit for you to see.

Using Scrappy Cocoa's Portion

Using JW Digi-Scraps Portion

Using FlowerScraps Portion

Using Digi-Designs by Nicole's Portion

Using Scraps of Ellay's Portion

Whew! Look at all of those awesome papers and embellishments - here's the list if you want to go pick up the parts!

Digi-Designs by Nicole
Scrappy Cocoa
Scraps of Ellay
Nibbles Skribbles *You are here*
Flower Scraps
Christie Dawn

Monday, March 23, 2009

More Fun Suff!

First - Kathy over at The Latest Scoop, Too has a new kit out called Peace, Love and Happiness This kit is funky and fun and full of bright colors - so fun! Click the preview to be whisked away to Kathy's blog to download!

[this image has been deleted. find Kathy's work at Stuff to Scrap]

and a layout I did using Kathy's kit and one of my new templates heading into my store in early April!

**Scroll down for the Fairy Tale Wedding Blog Train**

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Fairy Tale Wedding Blog Train is here!

It's time for the first ever DDBN Forum Blog Train! This one is called Fairy Tale Wedding and it's extra special to me because it's themed after my wedding colors! It started as a suggestion for a kit and stemmed into a huge collab that evolved into a very unique blog train! There are a number of designers involved in this kit, some have been designing for awhile and others are new. This is going to be a HUGE kit when all is said and done.

One of the coolest things about this blog train is that it is happening MONTHLY and is open to ALL. Whether your a seasoned designer or just looking to dip your toes in, give it a try. You can read all about our next blog train here.

I have a lot of layouts done with different parts of this collab that I will be sharing over the next few days - but today I have some awesome Wedding Word art for you. Only a few things are colored to match the kit, so use them for all your wedding LO's!

Download Expired - Available in my Store Here

Here's the full train: This month is a little funky since we all did different things. All of these designers will be posting pieces to their kit all week - different people have things coming out at different times. I promise, next time we'll be more organized - and hopefully bigger! The first post from each should be up by Monday morning sometime...but you know the drill we aren't neighbors so different time zones play a part in posting times!

Digi-Designs by Nicole
Scrappy Cocoa
Scraps of Ellay
Nibbles Skribbles *You are here*
Flower Scraps
Christie Dawn


This weekend my little blog flew past 10,000 hits! Man oh man! Thanks to everyone who drops by - to read, download or leave a comment it's appreciated!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Speed Scrap Today!

Nicole has been super busy, so she has an awesome PP for everyone today - a $1 coupon to her store at One Single Seed! Alright, I know $1 doesn't seem like much at first BUT she has her spring retirement sale going on and tons of kits are just $1 each and her new kit, Little One, is still on sale for $2.50 - take $1 off and that's a steal! Hope to see you at the SS!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Freebie QP's

Hey everyone. Ugh, I am so sick of sick. First my son, then my husband now me. I'm finally feeling alright enough to get out of bed...but I'm sure I'll be heading back there soon. I have a couple of QP's for you this week.

The first is using DDBN's Little One - Here's a preview of the QP, oh and because I rock I also made my Word Art used on the page into a freebie for you!

The second is with Stolen Moment's My Life kit. There are actually two versions in the download, one with the title "Smile" and one without.

Enjoy these! Click the images to be directed to these great ladies blogs and click the links below to download! Oh, and because I just don't have the energy to redo it all - the images, TOU etc all say Designs by MandaK.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My Name - Dillemas

I've been hearing lots of comments lately about my name - or the changing of my name. I agree with everyone - I loved the name NibblesSkribbles! However, about a month ago I started getting nasty emails from someone who claimed I stole their name. It wasn't anyone in the digital scrapbooking world! This person threatened legal action and at the time I had no idea what kind of trouble I could get into if indeed I did steal her name.

Because of this issue, when I was offered a spot at OSS I decided to go with Designs by MandaK - lame and boring, I know, but safe. It all culminated today when I found out that I could have kept the name Nibbles Skribbles with no problems - there's more to the story....but I don't want to get into it.

I feel like it would be totally silly and weird to switch back to NibblesSkribbles, but then again I just started my store and Designs by MandaK is only about 2 weeks old...so I'm putting it to a vote -

Leave a comment and let me know what you think - Stick with Designs by MandaK or switch it all back to NibblesSkribbles?

Happy Birthday Amber!

Amber is a quarter of a century old and she is having a ...

In addition to the great savings, everyone who makes a purchase during the week - from now through Saturday - will be entered into a drawing to win a Gift Certificate to the Stolen Moments store, as well as a personalized mini kit designed by Stolen Moments. So be sure to stop by!

I've been busy creating some LO's with a couple of Amber's kits - check them out, then go buy them using the coupon above!

**Personal note: Be sure to say thank you to all of the wonderful designers who donate their time to create great freebies for us. Part of what makes digi-scrapping so fun is the community, be sure to keep the community willing to work together :) A little thanks goes a long way!

Monday, March 16, 2009

My Life

Last week I got an email from Amber over at Stolen Moment's Designs that was pretty exciting. Amber is one of my favorite designers (one of many!) and her email asked if I was available to CT for her for a kit she had created in celebration of her birthday. I was honored and excited - not only to get to work with one of Amber's kits but because this kit is gorgeous!

It's called "My Life" and it is simply beautiful! Check it out:

We also got Adam's school pictures back last week, so I used this kit to scrap one of my favorites. This page will be available as a Quick Page later this week too!

So, hurry over to Amber's to pick up this kit while it's free, which isn't for long! While you're there be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday (and check out some of the other fun stuff she has going on this week!).

(and I just want to say thank you to Amber, again, for letting me play! I had a blast!)

Lot's of fun stuff!

Info on new freebie template in post below..

Nicole has teamed up with Britt to give you this fantastic kit called Maurice and it is full of lots of fun colors and excitement!

Check it out - images are linked to go pick up this kit!

And here are my two LO's with this kit!

Nicole also has a new kit going straight to her store, it's absolutley adorable. It's called "Little One" and is perfect for scrappin' all those baby pictures -and other stuff too! Here's my LO - stop back later this week for the Quick page (and the word art i made!)

The kit, along with the mini that she gave away as a Speed Scrap prize a few weeks ago are on sale this week only in her store. The preview above is linked!

Finally, there is another Speed Scrap tomorrow at Nicole's Forum.

Here's the PP

Freebie Template #9

Whew, it's been a crazy few days in my world. On Saturday, I plopped down to work on a few LO's only to find my folder with all of my kits was gone. G. O. N. E. After frantically running a few searches, I realized it was in fact gone and called my husband in. Unfortunately, even though he was able to find all of the files - they have been renamed and thus useless since I can't match anything up to a designer or kit.

So, this weekend I started my digi-scrap collection over. Luckily, all of the stores I had purchased stuff from were able to reset my links and Casey, the owner of Pretty Scrappy, was very generous in giving me a couple of her kits to help fill my hard-drive. Additionally, a number of my digi-friend designers have graciously offered me some of the kits I lost - which is so sweet!

Anyways, on to what you're here for! I am once again hosting the template challenge at Nicole's forum and the new template is up and ready for download!

Here's a preview of the template , but you'll have to head over to the forum to download it! Can't wait to see what you come up with!
Freebie Expired! Check out my store to find all of my templates. Link is on the side of the blog!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Template Team Call

First a little housekeeping:

*The Yard Sale ($1 sale) is still going on over at One Single Seed...so check it out!

*One Single Seed will also be having their first speed scrap today at 3 p.m.CST - I hope to make it! It will be hosted by the fabulous Nicole.

*I have a fun freebie a couple of posts down to help those of you who are on CT's and those who just like challenges keep track of what you have/want to do! So scroll down to check it out.

Now on to some fun news...

I feel a little crazy for doing this so early on in my "career", but I made up a new type of team - and am hoping to get a few applicants for my Template Team. Basically, I would like to have a group of team members who will create LO's using my templates and do some advertising for me on a rotating basis.

*Graphics used are by Steph at Scrappy Cocoa and her kit Camp Idaho - I hadn't looked at this kit much before, so many fun things! I mean, seriously, how cute is Mr. Moose?

A Few more Details:
*All team members must be able to work with a layered PSD or TIFF file or a flattened PNG I do not have individual png files in my downloads.
*I will be requesting full credits for any LO you do using one of my templates. Since I am not a designer, you will be using other's work and I will be posting credits here along with the LO.
*I just realized I forgot a date on my flyer - please have your applications to me by March 20!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Organizing Yourself - {Freebie}

I have found, as I get more involved in the digi-scrap world, that it can be hard to keep track of what kits I need to work with, what challenges I want to do, what galleries I'm supposed to upload stuff to for certain designers...and beyond the "requirements" for the various CT's I'm on - remembering what kits I DL that I want to play with! So, I created a document to help me keep track!

I actually created two spreadsheets - a Layout Planning (for lack of a better name) and a Challenge Tracker - I will attempt to explain my logic behind the columns here.

The Layout Planner one has the following columns: Date Due, Designer, Kit Name, LO (to check when a LO is done) G1, G2, G3 (typically for CT's there are 2-3 galleries that need to be posted to I can note which ones and when they are done here), Blog (if I am posting about it on my blog I can check off here when I am done) and QP (some designers like you to do a QP or sometimes I just decide to do one - this column helps me remember that fact!)

I also created a challenge tracker - there are so many great challenges out there and I don't want to forget one that I want to do. The columns here are: Date Due, Forum, Challenge, LO (to check when the LO is done), Posted? (sometimes I finish a LO for a challenge with a kit that hasn't been released, so I may have to wait to post it) and Kit Used (for credits/reminder what LO I did for the challenge!).

Personally, I print the spreadsheet and write in as things come up - then it's always right in front of me without having to have another program open, but it could be customized further and used digitally and I figured, since I put in the work of creating these I might as well share. In the zip file you will find both spreadsheets in excel and PDF formats. If you don't have excel, you can use google documents to read the file and make any changes you might want.
Hopefully some of you find this useful! Please let me know if you download this - I would love to hear if it works for you and/or any additions or changes you made that you found helpful - they might help me too!

**Freebie Expired**

Coach Cocoa!

Steph over at Scrappy Cocoa has a fun surprise this week - a "mini" kit called Coach Cocoa that is full of fun things for all your little sports fanatics! The kit is super cute and can be used in many ways - my favorite pieces is the smile-o-meter! Pop over to her blog to download this great kit and be sure to check back with her tomorrow with details on how to get a freebie add on! (Preview is linked)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Life's Like a Box of Chocolates

I warned you all a few weeks ago that March was going to be a busy month for me - and here's some more proof! Last week I shared that I was the guest CT for Digi-Designs by Nicole this month - and this week I am also guesting for Stacey Towers. It worked out well because this week these two lovely ladies put together a very fun collab kit called "Life's Like a Box of Choclates" and I was lucky enough to get to use both parts to create my layout!

I'll start by showing you my layout for this kit - then show you their previews, which will be linked to their blogs which you should go to, leave love and download this bright and fun kit!

Here's Nicole's part:

and Stacey's

Thanks again to both of these ladies for letting me play with their awesome kit!