Monday, June 1, 2009

www.kelleighratzlaff.com

Well, more than half of you told me that I should show you my new website and start posting over there. And, since that is what I wanted to hear, I'm just going to do it! I'm excited about this!

I just posted the May nutshell, so go check it out at my new website!!

www.kelleighratzlaff.com

I won't be posting here anymore, so update your readers!!

Goodbye Blogger, hello Wordpress!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Hybrid Layout!

I wrote another article reviewing Jessica Sprague's Scrapbook Alchemy Episode 2 class for Bella Scraps Magazine. That class was SO much fun!! I totally recommend it.

PLEASE go read my article, and leave a comment, too! I'd love to see what you think! People don't comment enough over there, and it makes me wonder how many people are reading it. So, stroke my ego a bit, okay?

And, for my mom, who probably won't click over, here is my finished layout!




For the rest of you, I show close-ups and a mini tutorial on covering chipboard elements. I think it is pretty darn cool, if I do say so myself.

4 hybrid templates!

If you are looking for the Cupcake Box tutorial, click here!

I opened up my May grab bag today, and all 4 templates are now in the shop!










20% off today!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Should I show you, or should I wait?

So, I've been working with Webseitler (Travis and Nicole Seitler) to set up a new website. It's not perfected in the least, but that is because I have not taken the time to personalize it yet. However, it is so cool and I'm terribly excited! Should I show you what I (they) have been working on, and start posting over there, or should I stay over here with Blogger until I am ready for a big unveiling?

Poll in sidebar.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

It's $2 Tuesday again!

Yep! It's $2 Tuesday again! Go see what I've put on sale!!

AND, just a reminder that my May Grab Bag will be taken out of the store and split up on Wednesday night. You can grab 4 new template sets for just $5.99, or wait until Thursday morning and buy them individually for $3.99 each! Which is the better deal, eh? Grab the Grab Bag while you still can!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Cupcake Box Template Tutorial

If you have arrived at my blog as a result of Stampin' Out Alzheimer's, then WELCOME! I hope you enjoy playing with your exclusive free template; my Thank You gift for donating to a wonderful cause and participating in this fun event.

You'll notice that your freebie contains a lot of different files for a lot of different programs. Most of you are traditional scrappers/papercrafters, so you'll probably be the most familiar with the PDF "lines only" version of the template. You can ignore the rest for now, but keep them, just in case you ever decide to venture on over to the hybrid scrapbooking world! (I will address hybrid scrapbooking at the bottom of this post!)

Let's get started on that tutorial, shall we?

Step 1: Choose your paper and print the templates. I chose two-sided Key To My Heart B&T paper by Close To My Heart. If your printer prints borderless, then make sure you choose your borderless option. For more information about finding the borderless option, click here. If your printer doesn't print borderless, you might need to print at 95% or so. It's a good idea to print a test run, just to make sure!


Step 2: Cut on the solid lines and score on the dashed lines.

Step 3: Fold on all scored lines. Fold one hexagon to the inside, and fold one to the outside.

Step 4: Apply adhesive to the tab and attach to the inside of the template. Your cupcake is taking shape!




Step 5: Apply adhesive to the bottom hexagon. Remember, one of the hexagons is on the inside of the cupcake. When you close the bottom, you will sandwich the tabs between the two hexagons, creating a stronger cupcake bottom.




Step 6: Assemble the top by folding the plain frosting tabs to the inside first.

Then, fold the "cherry" tops in, hooking the cherry pieces together as shown.



Step 7: Assemble the "wrapper" the same way you assembled the "cake". If you are using the digital files, you can skip this step, or go ahead and try it for some added dimension!


Now, decorate your adorable little cupcake!

I'll show you what I did:

(Everything by CTMH except for the lace and the flower, by Prima!)


(Digital papers and elements by Libby Weifenbach (SOA Freebie!), rhinestone by CTMH)


If you would like to try your hand at hybrid scrapbooking (the mix of digital and traditional), and you have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, then check out this blog post at The Hybrid Chick to see how to add digital papers to your template! (I wrote that tutorial with newbies in mind!!) While you are there, take a look around. There are a lot of wonderful, informative articles and inspirational projects. Many of them are step-by-step tutorials with new-to-hybrid scrappers in mind!

If you get super-excited about digital scrapbooking, I'd like to suggest JessicaSprague.com to you. Jessica is an amazing teacher, and you will learn more in one class with her than you will in a whole year trying it on your own! She has some great free classes available right now, so go check them out!

And, if you liked my template, there are plenty more where that came from! Go check out my store at The Digichick, and be sure to use the coupon that was included in your SOA download! I release new products on Thursdays, and I usually put at least one product on sale for $2 Tuesdays! Subscribe to my brand new newsletter for updates on new releases, sales and special offers just for subscribers!

Don't forget to participate in the Cupcake Challenge going on this week at Stampin' Out Alheimer's! I can't wait to see what you create!

(Digital papers by Dianne Rigdon, flower by Prima, ribbon and sassy strands by Close To My Heart)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Stampin' Out Alzheimers'

You may have noticed that cute little widget over there ---> that allows you to donate to the Stampin' Out Alzheimer's fundraiser. (If you've got me in your reader, click over!) I'm so excited to see that as of this morning, we have almost reached our goal! And, the event hasn't even started yet! Wahoo!

Anyway, Stampin' Out Alzheimer's is a "pay-to-play" fundraising event to benefit Alzheimer's research. All of the proceeds will go directly to The Alzheimer's Association. In exchange for you donation (which can be as little as $5 and as much as you can dream!), you will get access to the Stampin' Out Alzheimer's event (click on that title to be taken there), where you can participate in challenges, grab freebies, win TONS (we are talking hundreds - maybe thousands - of dollars worth) of prizes. It should be a fun and exciting event! People have been signing up all week long, so you won't want to miss out!

So, how did I get involved? Well, my very first Creative Team member (she was my ENTIRE creative team for a few months!), Jen Tapler has been organizing the event in honor of her father. He is a young man, only 58 years old, and he is moving into the later stages of the disease that has taken his memory and his personality away. You can read all about Jen's dad on the site's main page (and there is a link to the rest of his story - very touching - from there).

Jen hosted her first Stampin' Out Alzheimer's event on her blog last fall. It was a great success, but it was small-scale compared to this! I'm so proud of all of the work that she has put into this event, and I hope that it brings a lot more awareness, and funds, to this terrible disease.

When Jen mentioned this event and asked me to donate an exclusive freebie template to all participants, I immediately said yes and got really excited! I wanted the template to be special. Not just another 6-sided box.

You'll have to check back later to see what I came up with, but for now, here is a little sneak peak! I'm so excited about this!
So, go get registered for the event (donate, then register in the forum), or simply donate if you are not the scrapping/stamping type. The event runs from May 25th (Monday) through May 31st (Sunday). On Monday night, I'll post my project here for all to see, along with instructions for assembly!

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Friday Haul

He may just kill me. I mean, YES, we do have a 3-car garage, but that 3rd spot is supposed to be for man stuff. Not for my garage sale steals. But, don't tell him that, PLEASE! So far, I have him fooled. He thinks that I'm some sort of garage sale genius (or at least in my mind he thinks that of me!).

Wait until Mitch sees this:


How much do you think I spent this morning, hmm? Just guess. Take a gander.



I'll wait.







Have you guessed?


Ready to hear how much I spent on 2 chairs, one side table, one vanity seat/ottoman thingy, a huge tray and a candle stick?



Really?






Ready?







$4.50. Four dollars and fifty cents. Less than five bucks. For this haul!


Yes. It will be painted. Can you even IMAGINE?!?! I promise that one of those chairs is going to be some fun, funky color (or at least not black). The other one will probably be black, just 'cause. The nightstand might end up in one of the boys' rooms. Red, maybe? The candlestick could be the same funky color as the chair (oh, and it was free because the guy didn't want to do the math to give me change!! Ha!). The vanity bench will be painted black and get a new fabric cover. (I've always wanted to do that! Weeeeee!) And I'll use it in my bathroom ('cause I have a vanity), so that I don't have to use that wooden folding chair that I've been using for 4 years.

I'm so excited!! Now, I just need to PAINT!

And, I haven't forgotten to post "after" pics of my last garage sale haul. I just can't seem to get good ones. Plus, I sorta want to show you what I am doing with the items. You know, everything in it's place.

I'll get around to it at some point! Don't worry!


Look at me!

Sometimes I am completely floored while checking out my favorite blogs. This is one of those times.

See, when most of your friends live in the computer (but I'm working on that, mom!), you have NO idea how well-known you are. Does that make sense? I have no idea if people in the digital world even know my little shop at The Digichick even exists. I have no way of comparing my sales to anyone else's. Is there any "word-on-the-street" about me? I don't know!

My parents gave me a unique spelling for my first name (have you noticed?), and I married a guy with a strange last name (I can say that because I am one of THEM now!). All put together, the name Kelleigh Ratzlaff sort of freaks people out when they see it and realize they have to actually say it out loud to me without stumbling. (Kelly Rats-laugh, by the way.) However, of course, my computer doesn't speak. I have no idea if people even know who I am!

So, this morning, while checking my Google Reader, I clicked on over to The Daily Digi (because some sites just deserve the click-over, huh?), and there I am. Look:

(click on the pic to see the full article)

Whaaaat? Can you see my name in there, nestled between Tiffany Tillman and Jen Wilson? WHAT? That's little 'ol me, listed on the same line as half of Ali Edwards' name!! Oh, and half of Jen Caputo's!! Good grief! (Can't forget mentioning Kaye Winiecki in this post, because she totally rocks!)

If you know scrapbooking AT ALL, then you know these names. I mean, even if you have never digitally scrapped, you KNOW Ali Edwards and Tiffany Tillman, at the very least. If you are a paper scrapper and don't know them, pull your head out of the ground! (And I say that in a sweet tone-of-voice with your best interests at heart.)

I am shocked and honored to be mentioned beside these ladies! The Daily Digi has mentioned me before (which tickled me at the time), but never alongside such amazing talent. I totally look up to these ladies, and I certainly talk about them (in my head, anyway), so to think that they might in some way be aware of me (although I did give decorating advice to Jen Caputo once, and my own sweet Jen Wilson knows me!) rocks my world.

Thank you Janet!! You made my morning!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sassy Purse #2

Check out my new release!!




I'm so excited about this one. Look at those adorable handles!!

I was inspired by a purse that my sister-in-law gave me (thanks B!), and I think it turned out so cute!

20% off today! Go pick it up!