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The "A.B." in ABCreations stands for Anmarie Bowden, that's me! My favorite ice cream is Mississippi Mud from Baskin Robbins, altho I'm partial to Oreos crumbled on top of Vanilla Bean ice cream too! I was born on Super Bowl Sunday. I have been digiscraping since 2000. I live in beautiful sunny California. I am married to my soul mate and we have two gorgeous children. My favorite saying is, “If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart!”

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Did you win Shabby Heritage?


NEW Coupon Code for $3 off any purchase of $6 or more:
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April and Christina!
If you didn't win Shabby Heritage, you can buy it on SALE for a short time, the price goes up on September 15, so hurry and grab it HERE while it's still on SALE!
ABC | Shabby Heritage | PU/S4H/S4O    
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Monday, September 1, 2014

FREE Lesson: The Power of Threes

For more free lessons visit ABCreations University, or as I like to call it ABC-U!

If you've ever wondered why some people make amazing looking layouts, but you're not sure what they all have in common, it might be something as simple as using the power of threes. The human mind likes things that comes in threes: three-ring binders; three-ring circuses; Goldilocks and the three Bears; A,B,C; 1,2,3; three blind mice; three musketeers; trinity; three Stooges; Huey, Louie and Dewey. (Quack! Quack! Quack!)

Speech coaches, writers, and comedians all understand the building blocks of visual communication. Ideas presented in threes are more easily understood and remembered.

For example:
  • William Shakespeare’s “Friends, Romans, Countrymen...”
  • Abraham Lincoln’s “...government of the people, by the people, for the people.”
  • “Three guys went into a bar...” (or three anything went somewhere as the set up to a joke).

    These building blocks of visual communication transfer over to scrapbooking layouts quite easily using elements, colors, and fonts. They make your layouts look amazing very quickly! Let's start by working with three photos of the same orientation. It's a simple and one of my favorite ways to start a layout. You can line the photos up all neat and tidy as I have in "Pomegranate Tree," or you can do a bit of staggering as I have in "Waiting for Mama" depending on your preference.

  • "Pomegranate Tree" is part of a two-page spread that also works on its own because of the way the layout is designed based upon threes. Three photos on three mattes, with three butterflies, and three sets of three elements in the bottom right corner (for a total of nine). Even the piece of patterned paper has three rows of hearts on it!
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    "Waiting for Mama" has the staggered photos on three beautiful patterned papers, and uses various groupings of three elements to take your eye around the layout.
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    When you're working with three elements you've got enough to set up a pattern, and, thus repetitions and rhythmic appeal. "Eleven on 11-11-11" uses three rows of photos to tell a story while getting a ton of photos on one page! It also uses word/number repetition with the 11-11-11.
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    Three is a number that’s just enough for creating a progression. It’s used in successful fairy tales, novels, and films as a three-act structure. It's the progression that creates a certain amount of tension that keeps you turning the page, tuning in, or following the visual path on a layout. Creating a visual triangle of three points that stand out (by repeating something three times) is one of my favorite ways to set up flow (or progression) on a layout.
    In “Puddle Jumper” you can see the three photos that tell a story, and you can see the three stars that guide your eye to each photo.
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    In "BANG" there are three photos, three arrows, and three sentences of journaling.
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    The brain finds it pleasing to see groups of threes. That’s why a design like the one in “Avast Me Hartys” works so well. The set of 3 photos, 3 long strips of paper, 3-word title, set of 3 gems, 3 colors (purple, cream, white), and the last set of 3 elements brings our mind's eye to a very happy place!
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    Now it’s time for you to get going with threes on your own scrapbook pages! On your mark, get set, GO!

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

    Challenge Prize & Kit of the Week & COUPON CODE!


    Kit of the Week:
    Sweet Sherbet Salad!

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    Coupon Code for $3 off any purchase of $6 or more:
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    Check out my Slow Scrap HERE for a prize! 

    Celebrate life with this vibrant kit full of happy purples, oranges, and greens! This is my favorite color combination and I find it works for all kinds of layouts plus Hybrid Projects, Home Decor, Invites, Cards, Gifts and so much more!

    Kit Includes:
    30 Papers (see preview below)
    1 Layout Template (not shown)
    1 Quick Page (see preview below)
    1 Overlay (not shown)
    1 Alphabet with symbols (see preview below)
    7 clored brads
    1 silver brad
    2 flowers
    1 epoxy sticker
    9 journaling strips (not all shown)
    1 silver bookplate
    2 silver photo corners
    1 silver staple
    1 silver tab
    11 silver charms
    1 green row of stitching (not shown)
    1 purple string
    4 tags
    1 vellum quote
    5 border strips
    3 ribbons

    ABC | Sweet Sherbet Salad - Complete Kit - Full Size | PU/S4H
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    ABC | Sweet Sherbet Salad - Complete Kit - Full Size | PU/S4H - Click Image to Close

    Be sure to check out my Slow Scrap HERE for a prize!

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

    August Smashbooking SHOCK!!!

    I completed a total of 4 smashbook pages this crop and was shocked to realize I have caught up to real time!!! I have finished Halloween of 2013 and have a 2-month rest before the 2014 Halloween photos can be printed on Nov 1!

    I found some really lovely Anna Griffin papers that have that perfect smashbook feel to them! And got to use some more of my ephemera stash!

    Here's what got done...







    Friday, August 15, 2014

    Double FREEBIES for Back 2 School!

    It's that time of year again! The kids are going back to school and we have a ton of super cute photos of them in their new clothes with their new backpacks and carefully coiffed hair styles! Here's a great little kit to scrap those photos and get into the school spirit, maybe even make a few lunch box notes for your special little ones!
    ABC | Back 2 School Kit | PU/S4O/S4H
    ABC | Back 2 School - Alpha & Word Art | PU
    This alpha comes with a set of 64 word art pieces plus chalkboard paper and it all comes for free in my Back To School kit! Or if you want just the word art, click the image above.

    My kiddos just started school for the year and I can't wait to get scrapping!




    Double freebie time! 
    (you must be registered in my store to download the freebies)

    ABC | Back 2 School - Word Art - FREEBIE | PU ABC | Back 2 School Frame FREEBIE | PU

    The Wilma4Ever "Life's a Beach" Blog Train is Here!


    Welcome to the Wilma4Ever "Life's a Beach" Blog Train! Look at all the free goodies everyone has made...


    This theme and color palette are from Eileen this month -- so pretty! The coordinating Kit and Alpha are both sold separately. Please click the images below...
    ABC | Life's A Beach | PU/S4H/S4O

    ABC | Beachy Alpha | PU/S4H/S4O
    And here is my freebie, you must be registered in my store for free download.
    ABC | Life's A Beach Mini Sampler | PU

    We are all on different time zones, so if someone doesn't have their part up yet, please check back later.

    Wilma4Ever (this is the train station's main hub, there is no download here)
    ABCreations
    Happy Scrap Arts
    Midnight Velvet
    La Galerie de Jackie
    Miggins
    P&A Designs
    charlieonline
    Wilma Forever
    RoseMade Designs
    Dreamn4Ever Designs
    Tina Shaw
    AprilTheScrapaholic
    Becky's Creations


    Win 6 Prizes when you create your Legacy!!

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    This will only happen ONCE in your lifetime!

    Did you know that this August there will be 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays?!? This phenomenon only occurs once every 823 years! Last time it was in 1191 and next time it will be in 2837!

    And speaking of living life to its fullest, I'll bet you have some amazing summer photos to scrap, right? Well here are some amazing summer kits to get your scrap on with! And they are all on sale, click the image for more info and to see layouts created with each kit!

    ABC | The Country Life - Mini | PU/S4H/S4O
    ABC | Cowpokes | PU/S4H/S4O
    ABC | Popsicle Parade - Mini | PU/S4H/S4O
    ABC | One Fine Day | PU/S4H/S4O
    ABC | Word Clouds - 4 Seasons | CU/S4O/S4H
    ABC | Marina's Mini | PU/S4H/S4O
    ABC | Beachy Alpha | PU/S4H/S4O
    ABC | Life's A Beach | PU/S4H/S4O
    ABC | Butterflies, Pack 5 | CU/S4H/PU
    ABC | Summer's End - Complete Kit | PU/S4H/S4O
    ABC | Cache You Later | PU/S4H/S4O
     ABC | Facebook Cover Images for Summer | PU
    ABC | Swimsuits CU | CU/S4H/S4O
    ABC | CU Grab Bag for Summer | CU/S4O/S4H
    ABC | Summer at the Shore - Complete Tagger Kit | PU/S4O/S4H
    ABC | Beach Bums - Elements | CU/S4O/S4H
    ABC | Fun House - Complete Kit | PU/S4H/S4O
    ABC | Happiness Is | PU/S4O/S4H
    ABC | Sweet Sherbet Salad - Complete Kit - Full Size | PU/S4H
    ABC | Circle Mania - Mini Kit - Full Size | PU/S4O/S4H

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Smashing out Halloween in July


    I had to stop and pick up my pictures at WalMart, so I was a bit late to the crop. I usually photoshop my pix and upload them to walmart.com and have them shipped to the house, but I ran out of time this month and had to do the 1-hour photo, lol. I thought my kids were busy during the school year, but summer time seems to be even busier!

    Being late to the crop, I didn't get as much done as I was hoping. After I got home and got everyone to bed, I stayed up and spread my scrapbooking stuff all over the floor and cropped until I thought I was going to fall asleep on my embellishments, lol!

    Happily, I completed 8 pages, a personal best record for 1 day of scrapping!!! I'm really enjoying using all the fun ephemera in this smashbook-type project (and I have quite the stash that needs to be used up, lol). The hands on, tactile experience is most enjoyable for me, although I struggle with the aspect ratio due to the fact I am so used to Photoshop where I can easily make anything smaller or larger. Digital flowers are easily made smaller, real life silk flowers are not, lol! Eventually I got everything to fit on the pages...






    More smashbook entries HERE.