Sweet Shoppe Designs

Memory Lane Monday – Libby Pritchett

mlm-libby-header

A brand new week is here Sweet Shoppers, and that means it’s time for another trip down memory lane! Each week in 2014, we’re putting some of our designer’s oldest products into the spotlight and sharing some amazing inspiration to show off just what can be done with these awesome goodies!

We’ve made it all the way through the alphabet, which means this week we’re putting another awesome product from Libby Pritchett into the spotlight again! I love Libby’s bold, colorful, playful style as a designer, and her kit for this week’s trip down memory lane is all of the above!  Some Assembly Required was originally created back in 2011, and I think it’s a must have kit inspired by a world famous toy and it’s certainly stood the test of time. We know if you’re a mom, you’ll love having this one in your collection, so don’t miss heading to the shoppe to snag this week’s sweet treat because it’ll be 40% off all week long in our Bargain Bites section! Before you go, take a look at the amazing layouts, new and old, that I was able to dig up for your enjoyment this week…

mlm-libby-preview

fd-babe-nikki

mlm-libby-nikki

fd-babe-lizzy

mlm-libby-lizzy

fd-babe-carrie

mlm-libby-carrie

fd-babe-lydia

mlm-libby-lydia

fd-babe-cindy

mlm-libby-cindy

mlm-libby-breeze80T

mlm-libby-breeze80

mlm-libby-amberkT

mlm-libby-amberk

mlm-libby-nun69T

mlm-libby-nun69

mlm-libby-happynowT

mlm-libby-happynow

mlm-libby-crystalbirdT

mlm-libby-crystalbird

Tune in next week to see who is in the spotlight next and feel free to leave a comment with a link to your layout if you decide to pick up and scrap with Libby’s Some Assembly Required this week sometime!

Spotlight Sunday- Kellie (Community Member Edition)

This week we’re spotlighting Kellie!

ss-header-2014k

selfies (1)

I’m Kellie, aka joelsgirl, and I’ve been around the Sweet Shoppe since it opened it’s doors. I’m an American living in the Philippines, where it’s more fun! {That’s their tourism motto; and it’s often true!} My husband and I have three kids: Jack, Max and Ariana, and they’re all featured in my selfies. : ) You might find yourself thinking that my hair looks way better long and curled, and I would agree! But that tropical heat finally made me chop it all off a couple of weeks ago, and it’s fun to have a new, fresh {cooler} look!

Layouts (1)

1.  August 2014 PG 3- I’ve been doing pocket pages since 2012, and I love getting to use cards & photos as the main part of my page. This was such a fun day for us, and I love how the page captures that feeling.
2. Ariana Year 2- I LOVE big, bold patterned papers and bright colors; pair them with pics of the girl child and I feel like I have arrived.
3.  My Anchor- I did this for the Summer Shadowbox Challenge to use a nautical theme; the kit was a FWP SSD collab that always stumped me because it’s not in “my” colors. Once I decided to journal about my husband, the rest just came together to become one of my favorite layouts this year.
4.  Week 26 PG 2- I used Misty’s Words & Pictures templates for my weekly pages the first half of this year, and I love the way my pictures take center stage but I still get to use pretty papers & embellishments. This spread of our week at the beach is my favorite from the whole year!

Faves

Products
Cindy’s Templates Plus Bundle- I have used each of these templates at least once and most of them twice. There’s just something really fun about them!
Good Day by Erica Zane and Shawna Clingerman- This kit is maybe the most “me” kit I’ve ever used; the colors are just perfect for my life, and I am all about having a good day!
Life Stories: Big Value Bundle- If I could only have one collection to use for the rest of the year, it would be this one. I love the color schemes, the cards, & THE ALPHAS ARE THE BEST.
Words & Pictures by Misty Cato- I bought this set of Misty’s templates over iNSD weekend, and I went back after I used it and bought several more sets. They are perfect for making a page focused on your photos, & you can still use patterned papers and pocket style cards.
beahes

We’ve been blessed to spend the last 12 years living in some beautiful places in Southeast Asia, and these are some of my favorite places.
Tip of Borneo It’s this isolated beach at the northernmost point on the island of Borneo, and the sunsets are just amazing!
Pulau Mantanani It wasn’t easy to get to, but man, it was worth it! Miles of white sand and crystal clear water made this island my most favorite in all of Malaysia.
Pulau Manukan The island chain off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, where we lived for 9 years, was just a 15 minute boat ride away. It was a great spot for a day trip, and some of our best memories are there.
Bali Our family has spent a week there every summer for the last several years, and I love the culture, the friendly people, the delicious food & of course the amazing beach!

Following

Jen Hatmaker {http://jenhatmaker.com/blog.htm} Jen is great! She’s passionate about making a real difference in the world, and she’s real about how hard & how fun everyday
is. Sometimes she makes me laugh, and sometimes she makes me want to take action.
Trey Ratcliff {https://www.facebook.com/treyratcliff?fref=ts} I follow him on Facebook, and his photography is just breathtaking. I wish I could get him to come to my city and photograph it!
BGR {https://www.facebook.com/GoBGR} Almost all of our charitable giving goes to Baptist Global Response because they partner with locals across the world to make sure that the money given is used in a way that most benefits those in need. You can provide a goat for a farmer or clean drinking water for a family, as well as giving towards a crisis.
Humans of New York {https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork} He takes people’s pictures and tells their stories. Right now he’s touring the world with the UN, and I keep realizing how similar we all are, despite all of our differences.

 

 

Sweet Shoppe Saturday 9/13

Hey Hey Sweet Shoppers, your favorite day of the week is here and as usual, I have loads of sweet new treats to share with you tonight, and they are practically perfect in every way! Fall is definitely on our designers’ minds right now because tonight’s new releases are perfect for sweater weather, pumpkin carving, leaves changing colors and so much more! I know you’re going to love all of this week’s sweet new stuff, so here’s your first look…

Normally, I’m not a huge fan of fall kits because I love bright springy colors, but so far, this year’s seasonal line-up is whimsical, warm and totally adorable! I would love to scrap with these kits, and I can’t wait to see pages featuring this week’s newest releases hitting our gallery soon! Even sweeter, earlier this morning we put the one of a kind Lauren Grier into the spotlight as our featured designer and her free with purchase kit is soooo cute!

Owl Always Love You is so very La, and I fell in love with some of the layouts our team created with this darling kit this week, so I thought I’d share just a couple of their pages with you tonight!


Layout by Lydia Tarbox


Layout by Lauren Grier


Layout by Niki Bexfield

If you want to see more, head on over to the Sweet Shoppe Blog to check out her featured designer spotlight and the rest of our weekly posts too! I know you guys aren’t going to want to miss playing with this kit, so grab some sweet treats soon because Owl Always Love You is your gift FREE when you spend $10 in the shoppe between now and September 25th!

On that note, I’m off for the week, but I’ll be back in your inbox next weekend with lots more sweet new stuff! Until then, keep making memories and scrap MORE!

Featured Designer FWP – Lauren Grier

fd-la-fwp-header

Sweet Shoppers, Featured Designer Friday is here, and that means it’s time to put another of our amazing designers into the spotlight! Don’t forget, each member of our design team will be in the spotlight for two weeks before a brand new designer rotates into the mix every other Friday, so check back often to see what’s new…

fd-la-preview

This week, one of our most seasoned and long-standing designers is in the spotlight, and I know you’re going to love what she’s created for our Featured Designer freebie over the next two weeks! Lauren Grier’s hand-doodled, whimsical style is one that I have loved from the moment she joined us here at SSD during our very first designer call! I love that each and every kit she creates is one of a kind thanks to her own adorable art, and Owl Always Love You is the perfect example of that! Best of all, it’s yours free when you spend $10 in the shoppe between now and September 25th, so head to the shoppe now so you don’t miss it and be sure to check out this week’s amazing selection of eye candy from La herself and our talented Babes…

fd-babe-la

fd-la-la

fd-babe-niki

fd-la-niki

fd-babe-holly

fd-la-holly

fd-babe-kim

fd-la-kim

fd-babe-lydia

fd-la-lydia

fd-babe-lizzy

fd-la-lizzy

fd-babe-jacinda

fd-la-jacinda

fd-babe-carrie

fd-la-carrie

fd-babe-zakirah

fd-la-zakirah

 

Check in next Friday to get to know La a little better in her 4 in 2014 post! We absolutely love this year’s image heavy post that will give you some insight into some of her favorite things, so don’t miss it!

One Word Wednesday – Family

family header

Our goal at Sweet Shoppe Designs has always been to bring you the best products in the community and showcase them in a beautiful way. Throughout the coming year, we’ve decided to put the spotlight on our products in a fun new way, one word at a time. It’s a interesting way to break things down and look and themes and concepts tackled by our talented designers in the products they create! We sincerely hope you enjoy looking at these fun idea boards week after week, and should you have any ideas for a word you’d like to see showcased in the future, leave a comment below! If we choose to use your word, we’ll give you a free kit of your choice from the shoppe!

This week’s word is Family, and we love the products we were able to dig up for you today. If you see anything you like click the image to be taken straight to the shoppe for a closer look!!

About Time by Misty Cato and Jady Day Studio About Our Family - Word Bits by Jady Day Studio A Happy Family Playing Together by Traci Reed and Shawna Clingerman
A Happy Family Lovin' Life by Traci Reed and Shawna Clingerman A Happy Family Gone Camping by Traci Reed and Shawna Clingerman A Happy Family Bundled Up Journal Cards by Traci Reed and Shawna Clingerman
A Magical Place - Word Strips by Jady Day Studio A Happy Family Bundled Up by Traci Reed and Shawna Clingerman A Happy Family by Erica Zane
A Grateful Heart by Meghan Mullens and Studio Flergs Me. by Misty Cato Miscellany Road Trip by Penny Springmann Mouse Magic by Melissa Bennett Story Of My Life by Juliana Kneipp & Libby Pritchett My World According to Me by Heather Roselli
New Year's In by Traci Reed Once Upon a Christmas 4. Rejoicing by Kristin Cronin-Barrow Our Family Legacy by Kristin Cronin-Barrow
Resolve To Grow - In Relationship by Traci Reed Road Trip by Studio Basic and Forever Joy T.G.I.F by Kristin Cronin-Barrow
Thankful for Family by Melissa Bennett & Meagan's Creations We Are Making Memories by Studio Basic When I'm Offline by Studio Basic
1ww-footer-2014

Tuck It In Tuesday – September 9

140506-Header
Sweet Shoppers, it’s that time of the week again—time for another weekly round up of the best pocket scrapping layouts around! Once again, we’ve found some incredible pages over the last week to inspire you, so whether you pocket scrap digitally or hybrid style, we hope you enjoy this week’s showcase.
misfitinmn2
MissKim
amymarieschn2
amymarieschn
luckyme1
luckyme
misfitinmn2
misfitinmn
NellahBean1
NellahBean
Jjriward1
Jjriward
julifish1
julifish
mrphotolife1
mrphotolife
marlathrall2
marlathrall
Check in with us next Tuesday as we bring more sweet pocket page inspiration straight from the Sweet Shoppe Designs gallery!

Memory Lane Monday – Meghan Mullens

mlm-meg-header

A brand new week is here Sweet Shoppers, and that means it’s time for another trip down memory lane! Each week in 2014, we’re putting some of our designer’s oldest products into the spotlight and sharing some amazing inspiration to show off just what can be done with these awesome goodies!

We’ve made it all the way through the alphabet, which means this week we’re putting another awesome product from Meghan Mullens into the spotlight again! I love Meg’s products because she has a classic beautiful style that is perfect for so many occasions. Family Rules was originally created back in 2011, and the layouts I was able to dig up to show this kit has stood the test of time.  We know you’ll love having this one in your collection, and best of all, like all of our Memory Lane Monday products, it’s 40% off in our Bargain Bites section all week long, so don’t miss heading to the shoppe to snag this week’s sweet treat…

mlm-meg-preview

fd-babe-steph

mlm-meg-steph

fd-babe-mary

mlm-meg-mary

fd-babe-jacinda

mlm-meg-jacinda

fd-babe-rebecca

mlm-meg-rebecca

fd-babe-juli

mlm-meg-juli

mlm-ru-heathergw1

mlm-meg-heathergw

fd-babe-nikki

mlm-meg-nikki

mlm-erica-zacola3T

mlm-meg-zacola3

mlm-meg-tonyasmithTmlm-meg-tonyasmith

Tune in next week to see who is in the spotlight next and feel free to leave a comment with a link to your layout if you decide to pick up and scrap with Meg’s Family Rules this week sometime!

Spotlight Sunday- Jackie (SugarBabe Edition)

ss-header-20141

 

This week we’re spotlighting SugarBabe Jackie!

This is me

 

This is me
Hi everyone! My name is Jackie and I live in Singapore with my husband and our two girls (age 7 and 3). I don’t have a lot of photos of myself, I love taking pictures of my girls and a lot of times we take pictures together too.
Fave layouts
My Fave layouts
I love scrapbooking pictures of my kids, I just do. I want to tell their stories and preserve memories of their now. I want to have books filled with their childhood stories and someday when I’m old and grey I can look at them and have a grateful heart. I also love to scrapbook our travel adventures, I am hopeful that one day I could have a finished travel album.

Fave products

My Fave Products

Cindy’s templates – I just love how many photos I can scrap with her templates and how much layering I can do. There’s so many beautiful papers in the kits and it’s so great to be able to use a lot of them.

Traci’s pocket life bundle – I am doing pocket scrapbooking this year and Traci’s pocket life bundle is so perfect for it.
Zoe’s Friends Foever kit – I have daughters so any kit with flowers on them and have a girly color pallette works great for me.
Yari’s About our Family – Word bits – I love adding wordy bits on my pages, I think it adds that perfect finishing touch to a page.
Places I've been
Some of the places I’ve been
Tokyo, Japan – We’ve been to Japan a few times and we always have a great time there. I love japanese food so I’m right at home in the land of ramen, sushi and sashimi. We’re also big Hello Kitty fans so seeing the Sanrio gang at Puroland is always fun.
Sydney, Australia – We have family who lives in Australia and we loved going there in the winter. Yes winter, because we live in Singapore where it’s almost always sunny and humid (unless it’s raining but then rain mostly last a few hours then it’s sunny again). We are hoping to go there again school break of next year. I’m quite happy that my daughter’s school break falls on winter season there.
USA (Los Angeles) – Hollywood! I love the outlet stores(haha), and Target…and Disneyland California. We were there for almost a month so we visited a lot of places more than once and it was great.
USA (Seattle) – We have family in Seattle so we went there to see than while we were in the US. Of course we couldn’t go to Seattle without going to the Space Needle.
We have lots of fond memories traveling as a family. So far my kids have seen so great with long flights and I’m very thankful.
My fave things
My favorite things right now
Owls – I’m loving owls right now. I love these cute pen holders I got from a store called Typo (it was on sale too!).
Planners – I am still working out the being organized part but I already have a collection of planners, I currently have over a dozen of them. Mostly are Filofax but I also have a few KikkiK planners(it’s an Australian store but we have an outlet here) and a Kate Spade. I’m also looking into an Erin Condren planner. Basically I like hoarding lol.
Mint and gold combo – It can also be pink and gold or lilac and gold, I love accents of gold on my things lately. These pens are just from Daiso, a good find because it also writes well. I won’t show the rest my pen collection here because then I will certainly seem like a hoarder.
Instaxshare printer – I’ve always wanted to buy one of those polaroid camera but never got around to it (I couldn’t decide which one to get) so when this came out I was thrilled. It can print photos from my phone directly so I don’t need to choose a camera. I’m still working on getting the print quality just right though and I have the film to show for it.

Sweet Shoppe Saturday 9/6

Happy Friday Sweet Shoppers! Your favorite time of the week is here because I have oodles of brand new treats to share with you tonight, and WOW, are they yummy!! I’ve been watching our new releases shape up behind the scenes all week long, and I am seriously so in love with tonight’s new goodies! I could go on and on, but the proof is in the pudding as they say, so let’s get to it with your first look at this week’s newest releases

I am a sucker for whimsy and color, and some of tonight’s new products are shining examples of the kinds of goodies that I just adore! There are more than 60 brand new treats hitting our shelves tonight, so head to the shoppe now to pick up your favorite new releases. While you’re there, you won’t want to miss stopping by our Bargain Bites section too because we’ve been switching things around over the past few days and there are some scrumptious seasonal goodies just waiting for you to devour at a whopping 40% off…



Now that our Summer Shadowbox event has concluded, I want to take a moment to remind you that we have some other inspiring features going on around our sweet site that I know you won’t want to miss! Come get to know our Designers, Babes & Community Members a little better through their 4 in ’14 features on the blog every Friday & Sunday morning! You’ll also want to take a trip back in time for some amazing inspiration and a pretty sweet discount on one of our older products during Memory Lane Monday. And finally, if you’re a pocket scrapper, don’t miss our weekly round-up of the sweetest pocket pages hitting our gallery in our inspiring Tuck It In Tuesday posts!

We’re taking the month off from our normal Think Outside The Box challenges, but keep your eyes on our forums for a fun and casual contest this weekend where we’ll be giving away a sweet goodie from our current Featured Designer, Amber Shaw!

On that note, I’m off for the week, but I’ll be here in your inbox next weekend with lots more sweet new stuff. Until then, keep making memories and scrap more!

4 in ’14 – Amber Shaw

fd-amber-4in14-header

Another Featured Designer Friday is here Sweet Shoppers, and this week we’re bringing you part two of Amber Shaw’s fun 4 in ’14 spotlight which is going to give you some insight into her favorite layouts, gluten free recipes and MORE! I have been loving the chance to get to know our designers a little better words and pictures, and I hope you have been enjoying it too! Don’t forget between now and next Thursday, September 11th, you’ll get Cherish,  Amber’s absolutely beautiful featured designer kit, FREE when you spend $10 in the shoppe!

ashaw-4in14-selfies

It’s not often that I shoot a selfie, I am still not where I am totally comfy with me in pictures.

Me right before heading to a wedding July 2014

Me this past winter on a date night with hubby

Me on our 17th anniversary Feb 2014

Me and my flip flops the other day: I do NOT like to drive, you will find me in the passenger seat whenever possible, even if it requires me throwing a fit, feet propped up and enjoying the ride — in flip flops if I can help it!

ashaw-4in14-gluten

Last October, we found out our daughter had Celiac Disease.  Though I felt we always ate very healthy, it drastically changed the way we eat.  We eat even healthier now making nearly everything from scratch, and these are some of our favorite Gluten Free dishes.

Soups:  We LOVE soups.  We will eat them as soon as the weather cools down.  I either make them in the crockpot or we cook them over an open fire.

Chicken Enchiladas:  by switching from flour to corn tortillas, we love to make the “Suiza” version of enchiladas.  A creamy chicken filling, cream sauce, cheese, and salsa verde.  It’s in our weekly rotation.

Skillet Cookies:  We have these lovely little mini cast iron skillets and it’s not uncommon for these guys to beg me to make skillet cookies.  I was so glad when I found a gluten free recipe that was just as delicious as a “regular” cookie!

Chicken Bruschetta:  BCD aka Before Celiac Disease… we use to love to eat fresh bruschetta with a piping hot loaf of french bread (and a bottle of wine for me!)  Instead we now will grill chicken breasts and drown them in a bruschetta mixture with fresh mozzarella and have a salad with it.

ashaw-4in14-FL

Some people in digiland have probably heard me fuss and groan about how much I miss Florida.  We lived there for 11 years and now we are in Indiana.  There is not a day that goes by that I am not thinking of how or when I can get back there or one of my favorite places that I wish I could just head out to for the day.  These are just a few of my favorites:

Clearwater Beach.  It’s Clearwater, and it’s the beach.  Enough said.  I love just about everything about this beach.  You aren’t far from wonderful eateries and shops, or tiki bars but the beach is large enough that you can wander off and feel alone.  I loved going to Clearwater Beach after dark the best.

Tarpon Springs:  I LOOOOVE Tarpon Springs.  It is so nostalgic and lovely and like stepping into a little village in Greece.  I love to go into all of the shops and stop at Hellas.  I love their Spanakopita and Saganaki.  Seriously, I want to be there now!

The Columbia:  This restaurant is Florida’s oldest restaurant in Ybor City.  They create authentic Cuban food (which I equally love as much as Greek food) It use to be the place where local cigar makers would go to in the early days.  It is adorned with colorful hand-painted tiles and you can purchases hand-painted dishes.  It’s just beautiful and the atrium is my favorite place for lunch.  They also make incredible Sangria.

Caladesi Island:  Also know as Honeymoon Island.  It is a very remote and secluded beach.  No shops, just miles and miles of white sand and beautiful sunsets.  On our first wedding anniversary, my husband drove me to Honeymoon Island and we watched the sunset.

ashaw-4in14-pages

I do not scrap near as often as I want to.  But when I do it’s always my family.

(top left) These are all 4 of my children together, we went to the movies over Christmas. These 4 people are my sole purpose!

(top right) This is our living room, the hub of the house.  This is where we have family movie time, or just all lay around and read.  It’s where we visit with guests and in the winter where the Christmas tree goes.  It’s my favorite room in the house.

(bottom left) This is my 9 year old when he was 8 months old.  I love his cheeks in this photo and it’s always been one of my favorite pages.

(bottom right) This is me and hubby, my partner in crime and the only one who fully understands my random movie and song quotes.  We were at the lake a few years back and we wanted to step away from the big group of family so we went for a walk and he took this pic of us.  He had to crouch down, you can’t see in the picture, but he’s an entire 18″ taller than me.  I’m 5’2″, I will let you do the math :)

___________

Don’t forget to check back in with us next Friday and every friday after that as we put the rest of our incredible designers into the spotlight. Each of them have such quirky personalities that I’m positive each week will bring new surprises and special treats that we can’t wait to share with you!