Time to be Festive

December 31, 2009
2 new kits for your parties, celebrations, or just for fun.

Festive Borders and Backgrounds 500

Festive elements and frames 500

Just in time for the Holidays

December 20, 2009
This is a really cute and fun set of holiday tags by Stephanie Brannock available now in our store!  Use them in your holiday layouts or print them out to complete your wrapped gifts.


This Week's Contest - "This Is Me"

September 9, 2009
Now that the children are off to school, It's time to reflect on YOU.
This week's contest has the theme, "This is Me"
U.S. only for this one - Sorry

How do I Enter?
Upload a layout with this theme to our gallery.
Login, go to "My Page", and add a layout
Tag your layout , ThisIsMe

Do I need to use The Red Porch art?

What if I've already done a  layout with this theme?
Then let's see it!  Just make sure you tag it ThisIsMe

How long do I have to enter?
Today September 9 - Tuesday September 15

How will you choose a Winner?
The layout with the most (unique) commenters will win.

What is the Prize?
Bookmark A Wool Felt and Ribbon Double Sided Bookmark made by Two Kazoos on Etsy.
Yes that's a real live tangible, hold-it-in-your-hand, killer felt creation
by our own lovely Stephanie Brannock.
Just what you need for YOU Time!

Oh yes, I almost forgot.  50% OFF SUMMER AND GARDEN KITS 
1 DAY ONLY - Thursday, Sept. 10!

Have fun uploading your "This is Me" layouts, good luck to you, and please tell your friends!

And the Winner of the "Upload a Layout" Contest is. .

September 8, 2009
This is the layout that random.org helped us choose.
Glass in the Garden  

Congratulations Peggy!
We have placed your 7 autumn and school kits in your "My Downloads" page.

We would like to thank everyone for participating and having fun with us!

We will be posting this week's contest tomorrow, so watch for it.  It will be a layout contest called "This is Me".


A hobby, or so much more?

September 4, 2009

Though Scrapbooking seems to be just a hobby to some, I look at it as writing a history for those you love. I would like to highlight an example close to my heart.

Amanda de Lange fosters orphaned babies with medical needs in China.  Currently she has 46 babies under 3 in two foster homes.  Here are some of her cuties here.

What do I love so much about her besides the fact that her heart and hands are full?  She makes sure each baby goes to their adoptive family with a scrapbook, a story of themselves.  Having my own little girl with a vague history of her first 6 months, I understand what a priceless gift this will be to each of these children and their families.

"A lady named Virginia from Southern California, has dedicated her time to building a scrapbook for each Starfish child" - Starfish foster home.

You can follow Amanda's blog if you would like.

A hobby,a gift, a history. . . What is it to you?

This Week's Contest

September 2, 2009

How do I Enter? 
Upload a layout (or more) into the gallery at The Red Porch.
Login, go to "My Page", and add a layout

Do I need to use The Red Porch art?

How long do I have to enter?
Today September 2 - Tuesday September 8

How will you choose a Winner? 
We will randomly choose the winner out of the layouts uploaded in the time frame

What is the Prize?
All of the Fall and School kits in the store, a total of 7 kits.
First Day of School by Nicole Golden
Fall Colors Collection by Cathy Ziegele
Autumn Collection by Jessica McComas
Autumn Orchard Collection by Aubrey Shea Pierce

Have fun uploading your layouts and good luck to you!

And the Winner is. . .

September 1, 2009

# 6

Random winner copy We randomly chose a winner out of the comments made on our contest blog post.

Leslie wrote, "I need "My Day"! :) Thank you for the fun contest!" in her comment.
Leslie, let us know which My Day kit by Stephanie Brannock you would like the most and we will place it in your "My Downloads" page

Congratulations Leslie!

For everyone else, we have priced all of your favorites at $1.99 for 1 day.  The Sale begins and ends Wednesday, September 2nd.  Please tell your friends :-)

We will be posting this week's contest tomorrow so watch for it.  It will have a different twist and a different prize.

Thank you so much for participating and having fun with us!

This Week's Contest - Which Kit is Your Favorite?

August 25, 2009

What's the Prize?
  The kit you choose
We will place your favorite kit on your "My Downloads" page on The Red Porch. 
You can access this page after logging in.
You will have access to your kit whenever you need it. It will be yours for keeps.

How do I Enter?
    Make a comment under this blog post
telling us which kit you like the most on The Red Porch. Start looking here.

How do you choose the Winners?    Randomly
We will randomly choose the winners.

How long does the contest last?    1 Week
Wednesday August 26 - Tuesday September 1

How will I know if I'm the Winner?    We will send you an e-mail
Come back on Wednesday September 2 to see who won!

New "My Day" Kits

May 15, 2009

We are excited to announce our newest kits! 

Stephanie Brannock has come up with a fun and playful theme called “My Day”. 
You will find toys of all kinds, treats, puzzle pieces, whimsical frames, and so much more.  Have fun celebrating the children in your life.


We've been quiet for a good reason...

March 11, 2009 in Books

Hey Red Porch Readers,

I'd thought I'd let you know that we’re busy working on some exciting new developments behind the scenes, so we’ll be a little quiet on the blog for a bit while we divert our energies toward that. We’ll resume regular postings and challenges, along with some fun new directions in the very near future. But please do leave us comments with links to your layouts because the Rockin Red Porch Chicks will still be snooping around the gallery and leaving some love on your layouts. 

Stay tuned!


Brand new weekly challenge

March 3, 2009 in Challenges

It's challenge time. Kelly here with a brand new challenge at The Red Porch. I'm sorry I didn't get to post this on Monday. My poor 2 year old son has been very ill, so it's been difficult to get any computer time these past couple of days.

I really enjoye viewing the galleries and seeing the many beautiful layouts that get posted there on a daily basis. There is one layout in particular that caught my eye. It's a layout done by Cheryl called Takin' a Break


For this week's challenge, I thought it would be tons of fun to lift this layout? Some of you new digi scrappers may not know what lift means. It just means that you'll follow the same layout format as Cheryl did, but add your own creative vision to it. So who's with me on this challenge? As usual, you don't need to use TRP products but they are always welcomed and encouraged. For everyone who participates will get a nifty prize. Trust me on this. I don't have a pic at the moment, but I will post one soon. I will also post my example soon when my brain isn't so foggy from being sleep deprived. This challenge will end on Sunday. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Happy Scrapping! All my best, Kelly

Monday's Color Challenge

February 22, 2009 in Announcements

Hey TRP Readers,

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Are ready to jump into this week's challenge? As I played with Aubrey's super cute "Sweet Shop" kit this past weekend, I truly enjoyed the "pop" of these colors. It inspired me to do fun, light hearted layouts.


The candy colors and sweet treats sparked a color challenge idea. Let's do a color challenge using her spunky candy colors. Here is the color palette to use:


I'd like your layouts to incorporate ALL of these fun colors. It may be tricky, but I have faith you can do it. You have until the end of the week to submit a link to your layout in the comment section. No TRP products are required to enter the challenge, but we always welcome them.

Since we're so close to the end of the month, we decided to be generous and award everyone and anyone who wants to participate in this challenge with this free kit:


Woohoo!!! So hurry and place your entries. I can't wait to see what you've created and to give out FREE KITS!

All my best, Kelly

It's a Sketchy Challenge

February 16, 2009 in Challenges

Happy Monday everyone! It's time for a new challenge!  Hope everyone is ready :-)
There are so many wonderful resources out there for digi scrappers.  One resource that I find very useful are page maps, or sketches.  They can really help when I am struggling with how to layout my page or to simply give me some inspiration.  One great place to find page maps is http://www.pagemaps.com.  That is where I found the page map for this weeks challenge.  It is from the January page maps and looks like this:

Here is the direct link (it is the third one down)

You can use the sketch as a guide for your page, but you don't have to follow it exactly. Just use it as inspiration.  Here is an example of a page I did:


As always, you don't have to use TRP products to play. Just leave us a comment with the link to your page so we can leave you some love.  The rocking red porch chicks will choose their favorite at the end of the week and a great prize will be headed to the winner!  Have fun!! Can't wait to see what you come up with.


Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2009 in Announcements
On Valentine’s Day, we think about
The people who are dear,
How much they add to life’s delight
Whenever they are near.

You’ve always been a total joy
Such pleasant company,
I/We very much appreciate
Our compatibility!
By Joanna Fuchs
This poem says all the wonderful sentiments that we feel for this amazing community that has flourished here at TRP. Thanks for being here and for continuing to upload the beautiful and inspirational layouts.
I'd like to take a minute to highlight some of the wonderful Valentine and Love inspired layouts made by our sweet community members:
To show our appreciation for the sweetest TRP community, the Rockin' Red Porch Chicks have put together a fabulous 4x6 love brag book using Jessica McComas's Love and Hearts kit, now available in the store. Click here to download this free book.
Here is a sneak peek as some of the pages you'll be receiving:
Bragpage3 - Copy 
We hope you enjoy it. Happy Valentine's Day!
All my best, Kelly

A Lovely Challenge

February 8, 2009 in Announcements

 It's that time again! Are you ready for a new challenge from TRP that you're just going to love?

Speaking of love...you know what Saturday is, right? Valentine's Day!

Here's some V-Day trivia for you all:

15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.

73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27% are women.

About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.

More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day.

But most of all, more than the flowers, cards, or candy, Valentine's Day is all about telling the people you love how much they mean to you.

So in the spirit of love, this challenge is all about showcasing someone or something you love. I want you to make a layout based on these words: 10 Things I Love About ______. You can fill in the blank with whatever you want- your sweetheart, your puppy, coffee, scrapbooking, ANYTHING! I can't wait to see what you love!

I did my layout about my super sweet boyfriend. For this layout I used Leah Riordan's Freebie Paper Pack (the black background) and the amazing kit Happy Garden by Sarah Poulton, which can be found in TRP's store.


As always, you don't have to use TRP products to play. Our comment section is not working at the moment, so we'd like you to tag your layout in the gallery with FEBLOVE. If you don't have an account in the gallery, please email Kelly at kelly@theredporch.com with a link to your layout. You'll have a week to upload your layout. The Rocking Red Porch chicks will choose their favorite at the end of the week and a great prize will the winner will receive this fantastic new kit by Jessica:



Time for some Hybrid Fun!

February 1, 2009 in Challenges

What I love most about doing hybrid is that it motivates me to print out my projects so I can hold them in my hands! My regular LOs have to wait quite a while before they make it into print!

Here's my mini-album that I completed in less than a day!




Don't worry, your challenge isn't to complete an entire album, but something fun and easy.

Since some people may be intimidated by hybrid, I'm going to make this week's challenge a small babystep to show you how much fun it is! The challenge is this: Print out an element (any element) and cut it out. I used matte photo paper for mine, but you can use regular photo paper or even card stock.

Cut it out, and glue it on a LO or project. To give it added dimension, I curled the edges of mine upward slightly, and I used a pop-up glue dot so it's not too flat on the page. You can also use foam adhesives for this effect. Of course, if you want to cut out several elements, you are welcome to do so.

Simple enough, right? So get out that scissors and start cutting!


And just for fun, here are some tips to help you complete your mini-album quickly (instead of it languishing with your ever-growing list of unfinished projects):

* Limit the number of kits used. For mine, I used Autumn Time by Jessica McComas, since it fit perfectly with my Thanksgiving theme. I pulled a few extra elements that coordinated with it, but kept it at a minimum.

* Plan out the number of pages you want, then figure out how many basic page templates you will need. I had 15 pages in mine, plus the cover, so I made 4 basic LOs. Then for the rest of the pages, I just mixed up the order of the templates, and switched out a few of the elements for a bit of variety. But not too much! You want the focus to be on the photos, and you want to get the album done!

* Consider using the same photo treatment to keep your photos unified. I used a B&W action on mine, but you can use any action that will give the photos a similar effect.

* And last of all, have fun, and get it done!

I'm looking forward to seeing all your entries for the challenge!


Ready for another challenge?

January 25, 2009 in Challenges

Kung Hee Fat Choy TRP readers! Today is Chinese New Year!

In recognition of the Chinese New Year, let's do a color challenge! In celebrating the Chinese new year, it's custom to wear red or adorn your house in red scrolls/paintings to scare the evil spirits away in the new year. With that in mind, I want to see LOs with lots and lots of red. It can be a layout about your new favorite pair of shoes, your daughter's brand new red bike, the spaghetti faced 14 month old son, or the red corvette you just got for Christmas. 

Post your link in the comments so the Rockin' Red Porch Chicks can check it out and choose the winner. The winner will be announced at the end of the week. No TRP products are required for this challenge. The only other colors you can use in your layout will be either gold, silver, white, creme, or black. But RED needs to be the predominate color. Hope you have fun! Wishing you good fortune and many blessing in the year of the ox. All my best, Kelly


We've picked a winner!

January 24, 2009 in Announcements

It was a tough decision, but we all voted and the winner of this week's challenge is Zonjika's "Filip" layout. Congratulatons girl! This layout is absolutely beautiful.


Hope you had fun playing our first challenge of the year. Check back on Monday for a whole new challenge!

Until then, adios amigas...

xoxo, The Rockin' Red Porch Chicks

Drum roll please....and the answer to the game question is....

January 22, 2009 in Announcements


Who would've thought. He collected items and pictures, pasted them into his notebooks, and journaled about them. How amazing. I bet there are a lot more men out there who scrapbook. They probably don't call it scrapbook. What do you think they call it?  A personal log? A record book?  

Congrats to Aimee, Renee, and Laura B. Make sure to send an email to kelly@theredporch.com to claim your prize. Woohoo!!! As for the other game participants, don't despair. I've got some goodies to give you too. Just hang tight!

Hope you had fun playing our game. Check back tomorrow to view the winner of this week's challenge.

All my best, Kelly

The end is near...

January 21, 2009 in Games

The game ends tomorrow evening, so hurry and post your answers...