Saturday, June 30, 2007

Did you miss the coupon?

The don't miss the sale at Digital Freebies! Perfect time to grab my Fun in the Sun kit and the Brag About It Templates (or anything else for that matter!)

Here's a peek at what is new-ish in my store:

Everything except the Buggy Girl Add-On is available at both Digital Freebies and DigiScrapDivas. Find the Buggy Girl Add-On at Digital Freebies!

I have a new kit debuting on Tuesday... well at least 1 new kit... I am trying hard and working feverishly to finish a second, because I really really love it!

OK, off to bed. Have a fab 4th!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Fun in the Sun Brag Book Swap!

Morning Everyone! It's time to announce the first Maria LaFrance Designs Summer Fun Activity! Yayy!

We're going to have a Brag Book Swap! Since we're deep in the heat of the summer here in the US, my CT and I decided to do the first brag book swap using my Fun in the Sun Collection. There is a lot of fun stuff in this kit, some great flowers, some cool chipboard coasters, and fun gelly elements. It's a lot of ...well... Fun! Not enough in there for you? Then check out the cute add-on, and the rubons!

Here's the scoop on the swap! First purchase Fun in the Sun and/or the add-on. Scrap a 6x4" 300ppi layout using the kit. Get everything exactly the way you want it. Merge all the layers and save your layout (for yourself as a jpg). Delete out the photo layer, and save the finished product as a png. Name it yourname_FITS_bragbook. Email your png file(s) to If your file is over 10mb you may have to use a file sharing website, like sendspace. Once I have everyones quickpages collected, I will zip them up and send all of the participants links to download the whole collection of pages! You scrap 1 page, you get a whole brag book full of pages back! What fun! The more participants we have, the more pages you will get, so tell your friends! Deadline for submission of pages is Tuesday July 10th.

Looking for an even faster way to scrap your brag book swap layout? Check out my Brag About It templates at Digital Freebies and DigiScrapDivas! There are 9 different 6x4" templates in psd, tif, and png+ formats for use in almost any program! Best of all, they're on sale this week, through Monday 7/2.

And just for you, my faithful blog readers, I have a coupon code for you to purchase Fun in the Sun at DigiScrapDivas for 30% off! Use the code MNL_funinthesun at checkout to get 30% off my Fun in the Sun kit at DigiScrapDivas. (code will only work at DigiScrapDivas, and only for the full size Fun in the Sun kit). Code expires June 30th, so grab it now!

If you have questions about the swap, please email me at

I can't wait to see your finished pages!

The brag book swap is just the tip of the iceberg for summer fun activities with Maria LaFrance Designs! Keep your eyes peeled for more announcements soon!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Melon Sorbet, my latest collection

Howdy all! Just wanted to show you my latest collection Melon Sorbet

The kit is available exclusively through the Digital Freebies Club. For $5 you kit my fab kit, and Michelle Swadling's equally fab matching kit! In addition to the kit, I have an add-on and a set of quickpages too! Michelle also has an add-on and quickpages, so check those out as well! And if that weren't enough, there's a freebie at Digital Freebies as well!

Check out what my CT has done with this kit. They just rock my world on a daily basis. I love these girls!

Be sure to check out the blog on monday/tuesday for an announcement of our first Maria LaFrance Designs Summer Fun activity! You won't want to miss it! We've got some great stuff planned this summer!!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Scrapping Binge

Well I know it's been a while since I posted... and a lot is going on.... but that's for another time and day. Because I just went on a scrapping binge!

I usually ossicilate between being able to design and being able to scrap. And the kits are flowing... so the layouts haven't been LOL. But over the past 2 days I scrapped like 5 layouts WHOOO HOOO!

Here are some fun ones:

Gardening. Usually when I scrap I try to stay with one kit, or at least within the same designer. But I went all out with this one. First, it's a scraplift of Trish Jones' Feet Time at DST, which is absolutely adorable. Kit credits: He'll Break Your Heart, Vibrant, Graphically Grunged, Faded Tee, Mini Alpha, and Love Sprung by Traci Reed at Scrapbook Graphics; Chicken Scratch Alpha, Daddy's Little Girl, and Ode to Cardboard: I've Been Framed by Amy Bleser at Scrapbook-Bytes; and In My Backpack Snippits, (S)tempting Flowers, and Posh Baby Cakes - Lil Miss Addition by Laura Deacetis at Sweet Shoppe. Phew!

Lately I have been on a retrodiva kit. I had been stockpiling and it was time to get scrapping! Here they are!

Just me, using retrodiva's Bohemian Love Affair at Digital Freebies. Showing off my FAB new haircut (as a result of a donation of about 12 inches to Locks of Love)

Very Blessed, featuring retrodiva and Eva Kipler's Celebrate Harmony available at Also using Jen Caputo's paper tear at SBG and Karah Fredricks' folded corner at Blue Flombingo. Showing my lovely Pipster on the day she got bit in the face by another kid at Gymboree (she's fine, no permanent damage, and the bruise is already gone).

soul mates using retrodiva's gooooooooorgeous kit All I Need (again, another Tracy kit that I need clothing made out of... yumm-o). Also using another fabulous fold by Karah Fredricks' at Blue Flombingo. (seriously I am not on Karah's CT or anything, but I have been wicked pimping these folds, they ROCK! I usually do my own, but her's are so super fast, that I am a total convert. Karah, if you ever need another CT member..... :D). Um, yeah, if you know me, you've seen that photo before... like a thousand times...

Last but not least in my retrodiva binge:

Maria 1977 & Piper 2005. Using retrodiva's Mommie and Me at Digital Freebies, Jen Caputo's paper tear at SBG, and lo and behold Karah Fredricks' folded corner at Blue Flombingo. Let me just say that I pulled my baby photo to scrap a layout with Laura Deacetis' Posh Baby Cakes - Lil Miss Addition, and then I rememberd this photo of Pip , and then I remembered the kit from Tracy, and it all came together in like 5 seconds LOL.

OK so that was my 2 day scrapping binge. I did some other fun stuff too recently. Here are some of my faves.

Almost 2. Scraplift of ChristineS. I can't believe my baby is almost 2... whaaaaa! Using Traci Reed's Vibrant and mini alpha from SBG and Atomic Cupcake's sanded action.

Easter Beauty using Laura Deacetis' Posh Baby Cakes - Lil Mister Addition, and All Laced Up Alpha at Sweet Shoppe

And one with my latest kit:

First Ponytail using Melon Sorbet Quickpages by Me! Available at Digital Freebies.

OK I'm done bragging on my layouts

So hidden in all those layouts are the fruits of our last month. I'm scrapping and creating, so that means that school is out WHOO HOO. I chopped off all my hair for a good cause and now have a fab new 'do. Piper got bit on the face in Gymboree by a boy who wanted to go through the tunnel that she was in. Very traumatic for all involved, but said boy is no longer in class with us, so it won't be an issue. Pip is fine and still loves Gymboree. And no new good photos of me and Dan, so I keep using the old standby.

On to business. My CT and I have been brainstorming some FAB new ideas, and one is ready to launch in a few days. So keep an eye out on the blog if you like contests, fun swaps, chances to win coupons, free kits, or even a guest CT spot!