A Play on a Theme

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Hello everyone.  It’s Christy here and I’m excited to share with you a layout I made recently.  To start though, let me back track to when I first saw this kit, Sibling Rivalry by Shawna and Libby:

I LOVED it and I couldn’t wait to scrap with it.  Once I downloaded it I started to think through what sibling rivalry layout I should make.  I have three kids, so we are never at a loss for moments of strife around my house.  However, as I was going through pictures I kept finding so many sweet ones of my kids getting along.  This won’t do!  I thought maybe I should wait and take a picture of my kids fighting or something.  And then I had the idea that I could scrap a page about rivalry and use a picture of one of the sweet scenarios I cherish finding my kids in.  It would be a play on the theme so to speak.

I chose a picture of my kids reading together.  I had sent them upstairs once, probably because they were fighting or bothering me while I needed to get something done.  Later when I walked up I found them all quietly huddled around a book with my oldest reading to his brother and sister.  On the page I scrapped, I commented how one minute they can bicker and then next they are the best of friends.

I love how it turned out:



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A Happy Family and Lookin’ Good – PLUS a Freebie!

Posted by in Designs and Promotions, Freebies!, My Product, Sweet Shoppe Saturday

Hi all! Just popping in on this Saturday to show you my new releases for the week! We have been busy this week swimming in our new pool this weekend, and we have big plans to work on some pool area stuff so I am gooing to post and run! (If you are here for a FREEBIE just keep reading to the end of this post and you’ll find it!)

My first new release this week is the next kit in my “A Happy Family” line with Traci Reed! For August we decided to tackle back to school (yay! best time of year ever!) and we had tons of fun illustrating and designing this adorable kit together :) Check out A Happy Family: Catching the Bus

A Happy Family Catching The Bus by Shawna Clingerman and Traci Reed

Of course, as with the rest of our A Happy Family kits we also made coordinating Project Life style cards, A Happy Family: Catching the Bus Cards:

A Happy Family Catching The Bus Cards by Shawna Clingerman and Traci Reed


In addition to this fun collab – I put together a solo kit that I hope you love as much as I do! I was thinking about how many pictures we all have this time of year with our kiddos in new clothes, and posing looking good on the first day of school. Lookin’ Good is meant to be a gender neutral kit that you can use for all sorts of good lookin’ photos of your kids (or your people of any age looking snazzy!)

Lookin Good by Shawna Clingerman


I have a page in my brain for this kit using some handsome pictures of my oldest at his 8th Grade graduation but it is still just halfway between my brain and photoshop! However I do have this adorable page from my team member Jenn:


Because I had so much fun with the word art for this kit, I had a hard time stopping! So when it was finished, I decided to keep going and made a little add on using those fun speech bubbles:

Lookin Good Word Bubbles by Shawna Clingerman


AND – Because I love everyone so much, and I’m in a super good mood, I thought why not just give these puppies away for free!! SO if you would like them, simply click the image or click this DOWNLOAD link to download.

I hope you enjoy this little freebie! If you like them, the best way you can say thanks is to go check out the coordinating kit – and SHARE this link and/or pin my kit: http://www.sweetshoppedesigns.com/sweetshoppe/product.php?productid=28763

That is all, time to go get some work done so we can all jump into that pool again ASAP! ‘Till next time!

<3 Shawna

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Creative Process

Posted by in All About Me, Inspiration and Creativity, Tidbit Tuesday

So my mom and I were talking the other day about the creative process, and I was telling her about this funny graphic I found on pinterest one time – well this week I started searching and found something on Pinterest but the images I found were all teeny tiny and not up to my rigorous blog standards (LOL) So in the spirit of being obsessive, neurotic, and infinitely distractable, I put together my own image:

The Creative Process

This was not my original idea/quote, but I just love it. It is funny in “a funny because it’s true” sort of way.  This isn’t the sort of process that I think is going to be exclusive to digital artists, or graphic designers, or traditional art – my mom was talking about the cycle she always goes through when trying a fun new recipe in the kitchen. It can be true for so many things that involve putting your self out there and “creating” something new.

I think the thing about being creative and setting out to really make something, you have to be ready to feel unsure. Really, creativity = trying something new = insecurity, but also it equals making something original and special. Personally, I’ll always suffer through the low part of the creative cycle if it means coming through to the other side having made something that I really do believe is awesome :)

<3 Shawna

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