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New releases 29/11 + Black Friday

Can you believe it that December is upon us already! and new templates - Jingle all the way - are just perfect to get you in the mood for the holidays :) whether you are working on a December Daily or capturing Christmas memories in the regular format, these templates will fit right in and add that extra something to your pages.

Don't forget to grab it this weekend when they are at a 20% discount.

As a part of our Black Friday/Cyber Monday celebration you’ll save 20% off on all JJD templates. For more details please click on the links below. Moreover, during the whole weekend I will be giving away additional coupons on JJD facebook fan page so be sure to check IT out from time to time.

It’s always been important to me that holiday themed templates will be useful beyond the holiday season and that they can be used in December, January as any other winter part of the year (in your december daily or project life albums).Some of the templates are exclusive for Christmas and some can be used with your winter photos.

My layout

Layouts by the CT team:
 by Diane
 by ChonChon
 by Maribel
 by Raquel
There will be also another post with the new Christmas and Calendars releases this weekend so stay tuned.
Thank you for stopping by !

Focus on Photography: Tech Talk (aperture)


I’ve written before about the exposure triangle. The three ‘points’ of the triangle are apertureshutter speed, and the ISO. This week, I’ll focus on aperture.

Photographers are always talking about Bokeh, the blur in the background; the “aesthetic quality of the blur of the out-of-focus areas of an image”. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light" {Wikipedia}.  To achieve great bokeh, photographers manipulate the depth of field, usually by changing the aperture of their lens.

The aperture refers to the size of the opening in a lens that lets in the light. It is measured in f-stops. The smaller the f-stop number, the larger the opening. 

Aperture is important because it determines your depth-of-field, or the portion of your photo that is in focus. A wide open aperture (smaller f-stop) gives you a very shallow depth of field, so only a small portion of your photo will be in sharp focus, and everything in front or behind will be out of focus - bokeh. A smaller aperture (larger f-stop) will give you a much greater depth-of-field, so more of your photo will be in focus.  When taking portraits, many photographers prefer a more shallow depth of field, yielding more bokeh in the background, while landscape photographers use a wider depth of field to capture the whole scene in focus. 

I love to shoot at f/1.2; however, a disadvantage of shooting wide open (with a shallow depth of field) is that it’s much more difficult to nail the focus.  I do not recommend shooting wide open with fast moving kiddies!   As always, I love to encourage you to play around and have fun!  Try setting up several objects and take shots at various apertures – see how your depth of field changes at the varying apertures and watch as your background becomes more or less in focus.  As the holidays approach, a very large aperture can be used to capture fun holiday bokeh.  I’m already in the holiday spirit!  In my example below, I used the Look Around template setfrom Jimbo Jambo Designs  and Cozy Christmas kit from Pink Reptile Designs and Baby it's Cold Kit from Valorie Wibbens.

New Releases DSB and Mscraps - 23/11

Hello everybody! Pallavi here with a very late post today! I have been having some super busy weeks and I feel the only thing that keeps me sane is some me (read: scrapping) time. Specially frustrating is when I sit down with a bunch of photos that I really want to make a pretty page with, and I look at a blank page and nothing comes to mind. Every fellow scrapper knows what I'm talking about! Exactly to help you out in such instances is JJD's new release - Bitten By The Bug. A super pretty set of full page templates to record your memories. The inspiration for these pages is the Holidays but I feel they can be used to scrap any occasion or our everyday moments. You will wee what I am talking about when you go through the pages the team has put together.

With that, I present to you the brand new templates - Bitten by The Bug. They are 20% off through the weekend so add it to your stash soon! 

And here are the pretties by the ladies - 

By Chonchon

By Cecilia

By Diane

By Farrah

By Maribel

By Marnel

Another one by Marnel :)

By Raquel

below you can also find the new releases at mscraps:

and a new calendar (Mon - Sun version) at DSB:

Hope you have a great rest of the weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Focus on Photography- What to wear Wednesday


No, you're not going crazy- it's NOT Wednesday.  "What to wear Wednesday" has become the phrase used by photographers to showcase recommended outfits for family photos.  The months leading up to the Holidays are the busiest time for family photos and I’m often asked by clients “what should we wear for our photo session?” I thought I'd share a few tips with our fans, not only for planning your own family photos, but there are also some great tips to keep in mind for other photo ops that you might plan ahead for.  Clothing choices make a session that much better, so picking the perfect combination of outfits can be stressful. Here are some ideas to help you determine the best outfits for your session.

1. Avoid anything that will detract the viewer’s eye away from your family’s faces.  Avoid T-shirts with writing on them or characters because the viewer will try to read what is written or will get caught by a familiar character.  Overly busy patterns and frilly collars can also take one’s attention away from the more important parts of the photo - YOU.  I also generally use the rule of thumb that if a hair accessory or jewelry is larger than the face, it should no be worn.

2. Stick to a color palette of three to four complementary colors. Avoid outfits in which everyone is wearing the same thing. Mix it up and have FUN!   Pinterest has a TON of great examples of coordinating outfits.

3. Layers are fun and a way to show personality.  Always stick with what’s comfortable and classy, but represents your family.  Don’t pick suits and dresses if you never otherwise wear them.  Be true to yourselves.

4. Match your clothing colors to your home d├ęcor if you plan to hang them on the wall, or at least be mindful of where your photos will be placed when choosing your colors.

This year, for our family photos, we decided to base our colors on Navy and White with pops of lime green and hot pink.  I love how everything came together.

New Release at Mscraps - 9/11

Happy Weekend fellow scrappers! :)
Today, I come to you with a template pack that is releasing at Mscraps for the very first time. Its called - Break the Ice. Here is what Aga - the artist and brain behin JJD - had to say about this template set when they were first released at DSB
'Why did I chose this name? Some people are a bit afraid of the templates that take up the whole page. They gEt used to small – clean and simple pages. I felt this way some time ago but I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and started experimenting and I’m so glad I did! Big templates still can look clean and elegant, it only depends on you how you use them. You always can delete some parts or change the opacity of the layers. This pack is really versatile. All templates are big but the style of each one is really different so you may try different techniques on each one. Try it and have fun. Experiment with papers and it’s opacity, change the shadows and I’m sure the effect will be stunning.'
I couldn't agree more! Grab these templates at a 20% discount through out the weekend.
Here's the pack:

And here are some pretties by the team:

By Marnel

By Diane

By Mary

By Mary

By Mary

By Maribel

By Diane

By Cecilia

You can see more images in the full pack preview here.

there is also available a new classic calendar in Portuguese - Mon - Sun version at DSB - here

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a rocking weekend!

New Releases at DSB and Mscraps - 1/11

Happy iDSD all you scrapping peeps! Jimbo Jambo Designs has been working really hard behind the scenes to bring you some great templates! What do I like best about these new templates? The cut outs and the shapes! I just love pages with cutouts, the different shadow effects and depth that cut outs add to a page. Add to it some awesome shapes and you have me floored :). This week Jimbo Jambo Designs is bringing you just the perfect such pack in Right Royal templates. Record your precious memories and make these beautiful templates your own.

As it's iNSD weekend they are 30% off as all of Jimbo Jambo Designs products  in both shops mscraps and DSB

Here is the new pack available at DSB:

and here are some inspirations from the team:
by Diane
bu sucali
by Diane
 by Diane
by ChonChon (guest)
by Raquel
 by Diane
by mrphoto

What's more there are also two new releases at mscraps:
Fortune teller and Season review:

thank you for stopping by and happy shopping!


Hi everyone how is your shopping going ? or I'd better should ask how are your wallets? hahah I find really difficult not buying some of great producs from my fav designers. Hope you'r doing better :)

Jimbo Jambo Designs is also having a sale in both shops - MSCRAPS and DSB

What's more there are some more things going on facebook and the both shops. Here is a small list:

- Jimbo Jambo Designs facebook fan page guessing game - guess the names and win the 5$ coupon - more details at facebook
- wishlist at mscraps - post in THIS place what's on your wishlist from JJD and I will have a look on this post to give away some templates
- Jimbo Jambo Designs facebook fan page show me your page game - post some of your pages with JJD templates on JJD timeline and I may give away some coupons
- Mscrap blog / fracebook train - available HERE - there is also a template from JJD :)
- DSB challenges and games - you can see the special agenda for the whole week HERE

There is also 30% off sale at the Creative Lenses Studio at DSB. If you are looking for some 2014 calendars be sure to check it!

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