Friday, July 25, 2014

July Mixology: Read All About the Ways YOU Win! (Sneak Peek Winners Included)

In this post: 
3July Mixology Template Kits 
3Creative Team Inspiration 
3Mix. Play. Win. Contest 
3Mixology Sneak Peek Winners 

Happy Mixology! Welcome to the GoDigitalScrapbooking Mixology kick off and all the info you need about this monthly special. In addition to brand new template packs at shockingly low prices, I am announcing a feature you will find every month from here on out. Before I get into all the bits-n-pieces and explain how to play, lets look at the Mixology goodies now in the LissyKay GDS shop.

For 2 weeks, the Mixology kits are on sale for only $1.20 each. The sale runs from July 24-August 8, 2014. After that, the kits return to the original price of $1.99. During the sale, the kits are only available at LissyKay GoDigitalScrapbooking.


July Mixology Template Kits

All the designers are given the same color palette and theme. This month's "Follow Your Heart" is slightly different than what many would expect for the summer months. We usually associate squishy lovie-dovie for the month of February, so it took me a bit to decide how to approach this theme and still make it relevant for July. It finally dawned on me that with this palette I am not confined to reds and pinks, smoochy love and romance, and/or commercial holidays designed to empty my wallet. This theme is a chance to showcase where and to whom my heart belongs and that is not bound to a specific day on a calendar. 

Follow Your Heart 1 is a play on photo splits. Not sure what those are? Photo splits are when you take one photo and cut it up into strips. It is a technique which adds some depth to a page, not to mention an artsy way to display a photo and really draw the eye to different features in a photo. For this kit I went with wavy splits to keep with the whimsy I tend to associate with the heart. And to make it even easier to use, the photo splits are all one layer. That means you only have to clip your photo one time to the mask to instantly get the cut up look. There is also a frame which covers all four sides of each split for very clean lines. The frame allows the photo to look like it is lifted off the page without having to add a distracting photo mat.



Follow Your Heart 2 dips into my favorite type of layouts: Big Picture Pages! I also saw this as a great opportunity to juxtapose the big photo with a smaller one in a heart frame. This allows you to have a main photo capturing the event and a smaller photo honing in on the main subject. Don't stop at just photos. You could use one of the photo spots for quotes, phrases, special embellishments...really, it can be anything your mind can come up with. This template pack also shows ways to add words and embellishments on top of photos. If nothing else, I want scrappers to be comfortable with adding content to your photo, creating a complete artistic masterpiece.



Creative Inspiration

What would a release be without some beautiful examples from the world's best creative team?! The gals only had 2 days with the kit, but they didn't fail me. I was so happy to find a variety of ideas in their work. The Follow Your Heart 1 examples provide a myriad of ways to use the photo split masks. Take note how they made sure the photos lined up in such a way that all the important parts of the photo are visible. You don't want to clip a photo only to have the eyes of your subject be cut off in one of the spaces. These splits work with photos of people, pets, nature, landscapes and even making fun backgrounds.

          

I am over the moon with the Follow Your Heart 2 Creative Team examples! They turned out just like I had hoped they would. The variety of kits used in conjunction with the template pack shows off the diversity of the templates. Whether you like traditional kits or lean more toward a fusion look, you will end up with stellar pages. There is something magical about big-photo templates. No detail is skipped over and the viewer is just sucked into the moment that photo was snapped.                                                                                                                                      
       


Mix. Play. Win. Contest

Now, the big news! Last month, I hosted a "Mix. Play. Win." event with the Mixology kits. Everyone who entered won a gift card to my GDS shop. I have made some modifications to the program so I could make this an every-month event. Now we are kicking off the official "Mix. Play. Win. Event!"


The event runs from the first day of Mixology to the last day of Mixology.Everyone who completes the steps will receive a $4 gift card to use in my GoDigital shop. The cards are awarded the day after the event ends. On that same day, all the layouts entered will be posted on the LissyKay website for scrappers to vote. The layout with the most votes by 11:59 pm on the 7th day wins. The artist of that layout will receive a 1-month guest spot on the LissyKay Creative Team. (The CT position is not mandatory, scrappers have the option to accept or decline the invite.)

For the current Mixology, we started the event on July 24th and it will run through August 8, 2014. Purchase one of the Follow Your Heart kits and create a layout with a template from that pack. Post your layout to the LissyKay GoDigital gallery, as well as 2 other galleries of your choice. Return to this blog post and paste the 3 gallery links to your layout in the comment section. On August 9th, you will receive a message from me with your $4 coupon code. That same day, all the layouts will appear in a post and anyone may vote for their favorite layout. The layout with the most votes by the end of day, August 15th, will win the guest CT spot. The guest position begins on September 1, 2014.

Please note: Pinterest does count as one gallery. If you need another suggestion, my personal favorite is Scrap Stacks.


Mixology Sneak Peek Winners

Thank you to all who entered this month's giveaway. I really enjoyed reading your comments and all you have done the last few months. You also have my brain going 1,000 miles an hour for new template kits. Without a doubt, y'all need some vacation templates.

This month's Mixology peek winners are: Suzan a.k.a. Smurfie and Ruthe. Ladies, please email me so I can get your codes to you. Suzan won Follow Your Heart 1 and Ruthe won Follow Your Heart 2.


Have a fantastic weekend. Stay tuned as more information about the Friday new releases will be popping up soon. I am so excited to see what everyone creates with the new Mixology kits. Good luck with the "Mix. Play. Win." contest!!

Sparkle & Shine!
Melissa

11 comments:

  1. So excited to be a winner of Follow Your Heart 2....can't wait to enter the Mix Play Win. Thanks for all the great templates and contests.

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  2. LOVE this template!
    Here are my three links:
    http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=142821&nocache=1
    http://scrapstacks.com/scrap/155126
    http://scraporchard.com/scrappin/digital-scrapbooking/botanical-gardens/

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    1. Great work. I am getting the codes made up and will send soon.

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  3. love these templates! Here is my layout:

    http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=142561&title=follow-your-heart&cat=1404
    http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=1946473&title=follow-your-heart&cat=500
    http://www.myscrapbookart.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=731779&ppuser=9823

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  4. Thanks for a great challenge!

    http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=142879&title=tummy-time&cat=1404
    http://gallery.gingerscraps.net/showphoto.php?photo=153973&title=tummy-time&cat=820
    http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=1947888&cat=500

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    1. Beautiful layout. Coupon will be sent soon.

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  5. Thanks for the great template and the chance to win......have a wonderful day!

    http://gallery.gingerscraps.net/showphoto.php?photo=154036&title=love-lasts-a-lifetime&cat=820
    http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=142918&title=love-lasts-a-lifetime&cat=1404
    http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=1948096&title=love-lasts-a-lifetime&cat=500

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    1. Great work, as always! Coupon will be sent soon.

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  6. http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=142947&title=flowers-for-mother-27s-day&cat=1412
    http://gallery.gingerscraps.net/showphoto.php?photo=154175&title=flowers-for-mothers-day&cat=500
    http://www.scraps-n-pieces.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=108263&title=flowers-for-mother-27s-day&cat=500

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    1. Your layout is fabulous! Coupon will be sent shortly.

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