Cali Designs – Lagoon

A 1 kit call from Cali Designs called Lagoon that I was chosen for. She had only parts of the preview up like a sneak peek, but I instantly knew I would have pictures for this kit. Since we have a waterrat in our household.

Download went through 4 shared, so I have no clue how the shop downloads work.  Here is a preview of the kit:

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There is no description of the kit, only the content is written down, but I do not find it intresting to copy that list. The kit consist of 15 papers and 82 elements.

My own thinking of the kit:  The preview does not do the kit justice, truly I’ve seen better previes for worse kits. The kit contains enough elements to make wonderful water and beach scenes allthough the papers suggest a more nature and outdoor look, theres no beach paper inside. The papers are versatile, some outdoor, pebbles and natural colors that look truly fantastic. The versatile realistic animals in this kit make it perfect for zoo layouts, outdoor layouts and watery scenes. There’s a great balance between flowers, frames, natural elements like leaves and animals but also a great staircase and a wonderful curtain. The line between fantasy and outdoors can easily be set in this kit. I wanted to show of the versatile elements in my layout and tried using some of the outdoor and some of the more whimsy elements. I especially adore the bottle in this kit!

Here’s my layout:

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Cali walked a fine line here between fantasy and realistic and if you want to try a fantasy layout but are to challenged by the real fantasy kits this truly is a treasure to have in yuor stash. You can easily build great outdoor pages and add that little twist, or leave the twist out and just make great outdoor pages!  Yeah Cali, you know I love your goodies and I cant wait to see what comes next…:)

Untill the next review, Carin

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Magical Reality Designs – By The Lily Pond

This review is a request from a reader *cool we actually have some readers*.  This reader pointed me to these kits and asked if I had any of them and give my review on them. We are talking about the work of MagicalReality Designs, her kit previews look whimsy and wonderful and perfect for fantasy layouts and scenery. It fits my taste and I allready had some on my wihslist so with NSD I took 2 kits to try, in hope that it was money well spend. I like a good bargain and to try new things so this was perfect.

For this review I used By The Lily Pond

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Download in the store went fast, even though I downloaded it during NSD, so that went totally smooth.

The Description of the kit in store:

Enter the world of MagicalReality, where every childs imagination becomes a magical creation! This lovely kit has 28 backgrounds -some scenery -some recolored. and 54 unique elements. Kit contians bird cages, bridge, bubbles, butterflies, dragonflies, cluster frames, frames, doodle, overlays, drops, falling rain drops, falling flowers, leafs, flowers, plants, ribbons, fountain, rainbow, rainbow rays, boat paddle, peacock, wings and best of all 3 ready made LILY PONDS! 1 day_pond, 1 night_pond both decorated with water lilies, and 1 plain pond just with rocks and grass. Not all shown in preview.

This is my own thinking of the kit:

The preview is very sweet and subtle, the colors are soft and the preview looks almost magical. The variety of papers is good, different colors, other sceneries and details it sure doesnt look like a standard paper recolored 10 times and that makes me happy! The 3 ready made lily ponds are fun for sure, allthough I havent used them yet. The glitter overlays, dragonflies and tiny butterflies are very pretty and of good quality, as are the leaves, frames and flowers inside this kit. The colorscheme is perfect for girly outdoor layouts, fantasy and non fantasy related actually.  The only downside is that I missed some frogs.

Here’s my layout with this kit:

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it’s my oldest DD Esmee in her mermaid suite grandma took home from Scotland in 2002.

Katherine of MagicalReality Designs truly puts efford in her extractions and the ideas of her kits. This kit is very well color coördinated and theres not a single stray pixel to find. I give at least 2 thumbs up for MagicalReality Designs, a great designer to try if your looking for something new with good quality!

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Joelle Designs – Where Faeries Grow

I’m so honored to write a review another kit from Joelle Designs. I’ve done her wonderland kit and she asked me if I would love to do where faeries grow as well.  Since I love fantasy, and allready noticed in her last kit that Joelle is a fast learning and growing designer I could not pass this offer.

I got the kit Where faeries grow through Megaupload, so I can not tell you how the store downloads go, but I assume that they will be without problems.

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This is the description in the store:

I so loved design this kit.
Everyone knowing me, knows I simply adore that beautyfull, magical  fairy LO’s.
You can create alot of different LO’s with this full scrapkit with:
17 papers
72 Elements
all created 300DPI
Welcome in my fantasy world……..
PU/S4H Ok

This is my own thinking of the kit:

Amazing preview, very catchy and beautiful. I love the first fact that it is not totally pink, green, blue or red. It has a diversity of nature colors in it, maing it easy to mix it up with everything in your stash. The papers are versatile, and the ewlements ‘handy’. There’s some nature elements like mushrooms, treestumps, but also some flowers, some lantarns and that amazing unicorn! I can see myself making fantasy layouts with the little mice, but I can also see some perfeclt outdoor pages, with the treestumps, mushrooms and leaves. It does not limit to 1 page for sure.  It must be easy to make a variety of pages with this kit, without getting it all to look the same.

And here’s my sample layout:

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Joelle is a fast growing designer, her skills are getting better with each kit and I see a bright designer future for her, which is cool cause that way we can all enjoy her wonderful work for a long time!  I raise 2 thumbs for Joelle’s kit Where Faeries Grow and can not wait to see what she comes out with next. And for all those fantasy/ whimsical lovers, this is a kit you can not go without, I know this will be a great treasure to my stash.

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Ashalee Walls and Nicole Perry, Fairytale Collection Willows

Anoter great quick 1 kit call, and I’ve actually not played with Ashalee Wall and Nicole Perry goodies so this was a great oppertunity that I could not pass. Thankfully I was picked and received the kit through a special send box. I can not give any opinion about the downloads but knowing Oscraps they normally go smoothly.

I was so happy that Ashalee send me the gorgeous kit Fairytale Collection Willows

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This is what the description says:

Ashalee Wall and Nicole Perry bring you a beautiful kit that is full of unique elements. A fairytale kit that is awaiting your pictures to join it. This is a mega pack that brings all the elements of a great kit into the making. You will receive a scrapkit with over 60 elements, 6 12×12 quickpages and 7 psd layed frames to add to this already amazing kit. Let’s not forget the alpha with full/uppercase letters and numbers. A  beautifully crafted mega pack by Ashalee Wall and Nicole Perry.

This is my own thinking of the kit:

A fairytale kit, now that is for sure. The possibilities are endless I love the overlay papers, the texture of the tree paper and the leaves with dewdrops paper, they are amazing. I did the jaggy test on the fern clumb and am amazed by the quality of the elements a great extraction job on this for sure! The twig with frames is a great one I’m certain that is going straight into my fav frames folder in ACDsee.

Making a layout with fantasy kits is something I really love, so to me it was easy to make a page, the most time went into finding the photos I wanted to use. A whole variety of possibilities can be made with this kit and it does NOT limit itself to fantasy layouts, great outdoor pages can be made as well. And I’m certain 4 pages is possible without getting the same look on all your pages.

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Yes I love this kit, I’m sure i’m going to use it more, the birds the fawns, the colors it is just my type of kit and the quality is perfect. I certainly raise 2 thumbs for Ashalee and Nicole cause they surely deserve it!! Ashalee & Nicole thank you for letting me play with Fairytale Collection Willows

See you next time, Carin

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Mandi Nickell – Chris Greiser collab, all who wander

I replied to the one kit call from Mandi Nickell and I ended up with this great collab kit all who wander from Mandi Nickell (AE designs) and Chris Greiser. The kit is sold at Divine Digital, Sunshine studios and Faith Sisters. But I got it through Mediafire, so can’t tell anything about paying and uploading through a store.

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The description in the store

This is the first Sunflower collaboration by AE Designs and Chris Greiser. Full kit includes over 25 bohemian inspired elements, some in various colors, a full uppercase glittered alpha, and 15 individually textured papers! All elements created at 300dpi and are provided without drop shadows. Select elements and clusters are provided with additional shadowed versions!

Elements Include:
wooden peace sign
paisley stickers
clay butterflies
2 silk flowers
2 wrapped frames
beaded ring
2 strings in various colors
tag
twill
gem
foiled journaling spot
paper matte
stitches
metal swirl
3 frames
ribbon flowers
4 buttons
2 bows
2 frayed fabris strips
crocheted flowers

My ideas on the kit

I really love the combination of the fuchsia, the purple and the blue colors. The papers are well chosen and combine very well. The element pack is big and there are lots of different elements, enough to use different things on one page. If you like cluster style, but suck at it, you can get help with the different ready made clusters in the kit! Lots of elements come in non shadowed and shadowed version. I prefere to make my own drop shadows, but the shadowing in this kit is well done. I especcially love the paisly’s and the crochet flowers. I was really in love with the alpha, but I didn’t use it, because the letters T and S (which I needed) were not finished as they should have been! So I hope they will fix this pretty soon.snapshotwv ***edit: the alpha was fixed already before going into the store***

 

This is the page I made with the kit! I wanted to take a picture from myself with my baby girl, so I ended up making these foolish but supercute snapshots!!! So I see you could make any page with it, but they would be more girly/female pages, because of the colors.

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Chouk77, Zen Attitude

a 1 kit call, and I was picked this round by Céline aka Chouk77. I received the kit Zen Attitude but 4 shared, so I can not tell you how check out went, but I know from my own experience that scrapmalin is pretty fast with checkout and downloading.

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Here is the description of the store kit: *in french*

Le kit contient 20 papiers et 68 éléments

1 tas de pierres
1 tabouret
1 rocking chair
6 fleurs tissus
5 feuillages
5 fleurs
2 fleurs copeaux de bois
2 boutons
3 cadres avec rubans
1 branche
3 filets
3 tas de perles
3 ficelles
1 pierre
2 cailloux décorés
3 rubans
1 agrafe
2 cadres ficelles
3 rubans enroulés
2 rubans plats
1 triple cadre en carton
1 parasol
1 pont
1 pot avec feuillage
1 échelle en bois
1 feuille
1 pierre décorée
3 brushs blancs
2 cadres ronds
2 doodle
1 papillon
2 oiseaux
1 couture

Tous les papiers sont au format 3600x6300px/300Dpi.
Tous les éléments sont de taille variable en 300Dpi.
Tous les éléments et papiers de ce kit sont en qualité imprimable et peuvent être utilisés pour le scrapbooking traditionnel

My own thinking of the kit:

I love most of the papers, some are a little difficult in texture or color, but the others totally make up for it.  Some elements have a premade shadow on it and are recolored, like the ribbons. But the shadows are good and recoloring doesnt bother me that much.  Besides they are ribbons that I see in a lot of designers kit, so I do not use them. I really would love to see less commercial goodies in kits. 

I  do love the rocks, chair, table and other realistic elements in this kit and the paperbirds are awesom as well!  The stitches look very realistic and are very fitting for any page. It was easy to make a page with this kit, and I really enjoyed it. The elements are pretty, great proportional sized and flawless, which to me is very important.

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Here is my page made with the kit, my darling DD she’s growing up so fast and she’s becoming a very pretty young lady. My favorite element in this kit must be the bridge and sun umbrella. I also love the rocking chair but didnt use it yet.  I bet I will in the future!

Céline, thank you so much for letting me play with the kit, I really enjoyed working with Zen attitude and I’m certain we will see lots of great things from you in the future!

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SuzyQ, Gimme Chocolate!

I think SuzyQ needed to be rewarded, for making the first comment on this site! So I surfed to her shop at Enchanted Studio Scraps and checked it out. I was really attracted to her latest easter kit Gimme Chocolate! At first sight the chocolate alpha and the bright colors appealed to me. So I purchased it, payement went really smooth and no problems with the downloads.

sqscraps_gimmechocolate_pvwthe description of the kit in the store

I am a certified choco-holic! Milk, dark, white, caramel, nuts–whatever variety you’ve got, I want it! While I know that Easter is technically a religious holiday, I have to admit that my favorite commercialized part of this holiday is the CHOCOLATE! Particularly a certain brand of chocolate. You know the one–they wrap (most) of their chocolate in fabulous purple wrappers…sometimes it’s even purple foil! So while you peruse this LOADED kit (22 papers!), I’m going to go unwrap me another piece of yummy, delicious chocolate. And hope my supply lasts until the Easter bunny comes to visit me. 😉 Not all items shown in preview. Please see detailed images.

Contains: 1 chocolate alpha (uppercase only); 1 foil alpha (lowercase, numbers, and some punctuation); 1 chalk alpha in THREE colors (lowercase only); 14 patterned papers; 8 coordinating solids; 1 chocolate bunny; 1 chocolate egg; 1 chocolate heart; 2 chocolate splatters; 4 mini chalk eggs; 3 foil eggs; 2 foil swirls; 8 chalk swirls; 4 chalk frames; 2 chalk journaling boxes; 5 bows; 2 knots; 2 backwards brads; 1 staple; 8 buttons (3 stitched, 5 unstitched); 4 ribbons; 1 ricrac; 4 stitching; 1 stitched heart; 2 string; 2 wraps; 2 chocolate wordart pieces (chocolate, lover of chocolate); 21 foil wordart pieces (2009, british, bunny, caramel, chocolate, cream, creme, dark, delicious, easter, egg, eggs, european, favorite, favourite, gimme, milk, nuts, swiss, white, yummy

My impression of the kit

I loved the mix of colors in this kit. The papers are well-balanced between solids and patterned papers. I was instantly attracted to the chocolate like elements and word art!! I also really loved the purple foil eggs, tags and the alpha, this is a unique idea, that I haven’t seen before. I was surprised to see 3 different alpha’s (with the chalked alpha coming in 3 different colors makes it 5). Of course I should have checked the details in the shop, because SuzyQ really takes time to show with different previews what you can find in her kits. For the elements, I’m not really sure about all those different chalked swirls and frames. I would have loved to see a frame that matches the chocolate like elements and one for the purple foil elements. For the purple foil tags, there were too much words which I’m certain I’m never gonna use, but a blank one would have come in handy. Also, I’m a stitch lover, but here I was a bit dissapointed. The stitches’ holes were all different, and not really convincing. This could be a working point for SuzyQ.

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This is my lay out , I made with this kit, I really loved this chocolate word art (as I said before 😉 ) I used some old pictures, but the kit really helped me to make the most of these not so great pictures. The event is searching chocolate eggs in the garden, so we agree with SuzyQ’s Chocoholic state of mind!! Off cours, I didn’t use lots of elements, (not my style I think) so I’m not really finished with this kit. I really want to make another lay out with these tin foil thingies! And for the chalked alpha, I think this one’s versatile enough to be using in other pages that are not easter related.

And since I was at SuzyQ’ s shop, I also picked up her dinosaur kit dino-Rarw!, which is really lovely and bright as well. But I’ll stick to reviewing one kit!

Some things to be improved for SuzyQ, but she really made a wonderful kit!

If you would love to be reviewed – leave a comment here, you’ll never know that YOU gonna be picked!

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