Month: August 2010

{blooming creativity} Summer Garden

Happy Friday!!  I'm happy to some share beautiful Summer Garden inspiration with you today!  Summer Garden is playful and sunny and fun and completely inspired by the lingering summer days and I just fell in love with these amazing pages.  

I hope you'll find these templates are perfect for your late summer pages or your "catching up on summer scrapping" pages or your everyday and any day pages! 



Summer Garden is available at After Five Designs for 20_% off through Friday 27 August.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!!  


{fresh seeds} 26 August : Summer Garden and {giveaway winner}

Thank you so much for all the warm comments about Summer Garden!!  I loved reading about everyone's favorite summer activities!  From ice cream eating to days at the beach with family, sounds like the makings for beautiful sunny days and sunny memories!  It's those kinds of moments that I love most about summer too!

Thank you so much to all who participated for a chance to win! While Bugga was happily watching The Dinosaur Song on You Tube (which is SOOO cute by the way), I had a date with Mr. Random who helped me determine our winner this morning.  And I am so happy to say "Congratulations!!" to…..


Congrats sweetie!! Please shoot me an email at zinniasandswallowtails
gmail DOT com at your convenience so I can get you set up with Summer Garden

thank you ALL so much!  If you didn't win this time, don't lose
heart..I'll be having new release giveaways pretty regularly. 

You can snag Summer Garden collection for 20% off through Friday 27 August!


And stay
tuned as I'll be back tomorrow with a look at some beautiful Summer

I hope you all have a beautiful day!!!


{blooming soon} and a {giveaway!} : Summer Garden

Summer is winding down for most of us these days and as I begin to look ahead to a fresh season and fresh adventures the warm and the sunny lingers here.  And so this week I’m thrilled to share a fun and playful set of templates inspired by all things sunny and all things summer, but which I think you’ll find can be used for most any page.  Summer Garden grows starting tomorrow Thursday 26 August.  And here’s a quick chance to win it!  Here’s a peek:


Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite summer activity is,
for a chance to win Summer Garden before tomorrow Thursday 26 August
at 10am (CST)
.  You can increase your
chances at winning by posting about the giveaway
on Twitter and Facebook.  Be sure to come back here with a link in the

Good Luck!!

And remember that subscribers to my newsletter receive regular exclusive coupon savings on {fresh seeds} so be sure to subscribe and save!




{grow with love} marriage edition {compiled}

It's hard to believe our very first Grow With Love project has concluded.  We were SO excited and eager to share this adventure in scrapping with you and with every fresh day and every fresh prompt we felt more challenged and more inspired and even happier that we embarked on this project. 

Since this project involved some hopping back and forth from my blog and Crystal's blog and since it's something we hope you will revisit or share with others, I wanted to make a post where everything was compiled in one place –for anyone who wants to scrap the prompts at anytime to have easy access to all the posts and inspiration.

The backstory:  Crystal and I have had it on our hearts for a long time to collaborate on a project that was something more than "just" templates.  But also a project of journaling prompts so that anyone who wanted to delve into a special kind of storytelling could join have place to start.  We were inspired by our own real life musings and reflections into our loves and relationships and so Grow With Love: Marriage Edition was born.  It is a series of 20 templates and 20 journaling prompts that we hope will inspire you to scrap about and improve your own loves and relationships.  You can snag the templates and prompts here or here

To recap:  We spent 4 weeks or 20 days exploring the journaling prompts together.  We wanted to share the process and delve into the prompts on our blogs so that anyone could participate at any time, using the templates we created for the project or not.  Each day (Monday – Friday) we hopped back and forth between my blog and Crystal's blog, exploring a fresh prompt.  Anyone was and is welcome to join us any time.  This is a self-paced project. 

The posts:

Day One :One Word

Day Two: Your Love Story

Day Three: The Courtship

Day Four: Advise Yourself

Day Five: The Best Gift

Day Six: Do Something

Day Seven: Soundtrack of Your Love

Day Eight: Find the Good

Day Nine: Give Thanks

Day Ten: Choose to Love

Day Eleven : He Said She Said

Day Twelve: Look In the Mirror

Day Thirteen: "I'm Sorry"

Day Fourteen: Pay Attention

Day Fifteen: Hello

Day Sixteen: Pet Names

Day Seventeen : Date Night

Day Eighteen: It's Personal

Day Nineteen: Letter From the Heart

Day Twenty: Reflect

Thank you SO very much for the enthusiastic response and feedback about Grow With Love.  I know that the process meant a lot to Crystal and I and we absolutely loved seeing all your pages.  We hope you will continue to share them with us!  We were thrilled to see this idea conveyed in all kinds of pages and not just those using our templates…we even saw Grow With Love "spilling over" into paper scrapbooking as well.  And that was SO thrilling to us because that is just what we hoped for this adventure…that it would inspire you to scrap and challenge yourselves in whatever your medium and in whatever way inspires you the most!

I'm happy to say we always envisioned this idea and Grow With Love as a series because storytelling like this is something that is so very close to both our hearts.  This marriage edition was just the *first* edition and we will be releasing and sharing others in the near future.  We hope you'll join us for those as well!

{grow with love} marriage edition {winners}

Thank you SOOOO much to all of those who have joined us in this scrapping adventure!! I can't tell you how amazed and inspired Crystal and I have been throughout the process!!!

Anyone will be able to reference back to this series of prompts (as we will be keeping them on our bloges) and everyone is welcome to continue sharing pages at any time (please do!), but for those playing along for the prizes, this Grow With Love project has officially come to a close.

And all we can say is WOW.  What I see in these pages is hearts and thoughts poured out and true and honest reflection.  And our hope is that this process not only challenged and inspired you in your scrapping but that you felt its impact in a more tangible way in your lives as well.  Most of all we hope you feel proud and happy with the beautiful art and stories you have created.

Thank you sincerely to all those who scrapped with us.  And to all
those who are still scrapping and who will scrap.  Thank you.

I have to confess that Crystal and I grew attached and affectionate
about those of you who participated along the way and we really loved
seeing your beautiful work.  And since this is SUCH a personal project
and we were so touched by each page we didn't feel it right to pick
winners without the help of Mr. Random (of and sooooo….

Without further ado Crystal and I want to send HUGE Congratulations to the winners of Grow With Love: Marriage Edition. 

Our Grand Prize (a shutterfly album for your GWL project and $10 gift certificates to Designs by Crystal Livesay and zinnias and swallowtails):

Tammy (tammybean)

Runner Up ($15 gift certificates to Designs by Crystal Livesay and zinnias and swallowtails):

Meg (megscraps)

Congratulations Tammy and Meg!!  It truly was a pleasure to follow
your pages.  Crystal and I both so admire your work!!!

We also want to shower some love on some others who have played along throughout the project and inspired us so. And so we are pleased to announce the following scrappers are winners of $8 gift certificates to Designs by Crystal Livesay and zinnias and swallowtails:

Coila and Amy!!

Congratulations everyone!!  Please send me an email at zinniasandswallowtails AT gmail DOT com so we can get you set up with your goodies.

And thank you again so much to everyone for sharing in this journey with us!!!  It's been such a pleasure!!!

{blooming creativity} 19 August

Sharing a little inspiration from the {fresh seeds} now available at CatScrap.  I've been having so much fun celebrating with them for their 4th birthday!  And I hope you'll feel as inspired as I have by these amazing takes on my latest templates.

Plant Your Story: Blocked v.2



Paper Garden v. 1




Taking Shape — a collaboration with Tiny Toes Designs




Plant Your Story: Blocked v.2, Paper Garden v.1, and Taking Shape are available at CatScrap for 30% off through 22 August — with an extra oomph of savings
tomorrow Friday 20 August when all templates are on sale for 40% off
.  Woot!!

p.s. If you haven't already, you can snag a fun QP freebie and join in the CatScrap blog hop over at my personal/scrap blog everything which is yes.

p.p.s.  I will be back later Friday to unveil the winners of the Grow With Love project!  Crystal and I have so enjoyed sharing this journey with you!! 

Hope everyone has a beautiful Friday!!


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