Closing Down & Retirement Sale at Captivated Visions

Around nine years or so ago I began my journey in digital design and fell in love with the process of making Digital Scrapbooking Kits. It's been my creative outlet ever since and my way of sharing with the world my personal perspective and vision of how I see things.

Fast forward another four years or so and I started to dabble with mixed media art. I took a few classes and I began keeping a visual art journal and continued experimenting with different art supplies and techniques. I fell in love all over again and my love for art and messy play has naturally followed through into my digital design work. My interests in art journaling and mixed media culminated in my designs becoming more intimate and personal and resulted in an interesting series of product lines that crossed the boundaries of scrapbooking a little by combining scrapbooking with art.

Design has been such a huge and beneficial part of my life that I didn't ever imagine that I'd be writing a note to you today announcing my retirement from the Digital Scrapbooking Industry but personal circumstances have led me to here today.

I've found myself at a set of cross roads which are pulling me in too many directions and I've had to make the difficult decision to step away from Captivated Visions. This means that my Sweet Shoppe will soon close and my products will not be available for sale anywhere else once my shop is closed. 

Sale @ Sweet Shoppe Designs

Save a minimum of 50% on my products (with the exception of a few collaborations that are not retiring and can be found in other parts of the shop) between now and 23rd July 2017 when I'll retire and my shop closes.

This is your last chance to purchase Captivated Visions products! Look out for bundled products which were already discounted because discounts will be even steeper on those!

SALE @ Sugarhill Co

You may know that I also have some products at Sugarhill Co that are commercial use friendly for digital scrapbook designers. Save 50% on everything in my Sugarhill Co shop which will also close on July 23rd.

Note that I've brought back my NSD $5 Grab Bag which isn't included in the sale.

Some of you might know that I'm expecting our second baby in September so whilst this retirement is sad news it's bittersweet and a really special time for our family right now. We are busy making changes to our home so that Keaton can move into a 'big boy' bedroom and he'll soon be starting Pre-School so there is lots to keep us busy!

When I'm ready to return to work there are other areas of art and design that I want to pursue and I'll be posting my work over on my instagram account it would be lovely to see you there!

I'd like to extend my thanks to you for being a supporter of my designs, without you I wouldn't be where I am today and I hope that I've inspired you and helped you to document your stories and memories in a special way.

Here is a selection of scrapbooking pages from my own personal gallery that showcase some of my designs :)

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

Wildflowers

Hello everyone, jaye here to bring you Rachel's newest release at Sweet Shoppe Designs, Wildflowers. I am so in love with her new kit, I know I say that a lot but there is just something special about this kit for me. The following Native American proverb goes perfectly with this kit; "May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day."  You will definitely want this one for your stash and it will be available this weekend.

Some lovely pages by the Captivating Sistas, sugarbabes and Rachel hereself.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Salt Air

Close your eyes, breathe in and take in the scent from the sea...that salt air. Rachel has an adorable mixed media kit, Salt Air that will be available in her store at Sweet Shoppe this weekend. It's a lovely painty, doodly textured kit perfect for showing off vacations to the sea, beach days, little ones having a whale of a time or an art journal page. 

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Here are some pages by the Captivating Sistas and one by Rachel herself! 

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A surprise sale :) 

All of June's newest releases are on sale again this weekend so if you missed them you have a second chance to pick them up again at 25% off!

That means that you can save an extra 25% on the My Life Unscripted Bundle which is already discounted, or save 25% on the individual packs again and also save 25% on the So Sketchy Home Sweet Home Kit :)

Find them all here

And finally, a peek of what Rachel has been working on for next weekend!

Have a great weekend!

~jaye

Media Mixer Class & 50% Sale Offer

If you have trouble starting a mixed media digital scrapbooking page or have ever wondered how other scrapbookers seem to build mixed media pages quickly and easily while yours take forever take a look at the new Media Mixer class at Scrapaneers.
 
There’s a secret sauce for getting your mixed media page started and if you know why you need to use the secret sauce AND how to apply it, you’ll find that you too can bust out mixed media pages pretty darn fast that also have that beautiful, collage-style look.

I'm thrilled to have provided a mega digital paper kit to the class participants :)

To find out what techniques are covered in class and what else is included head over to the Media Mixer class page at Scrapaneers.

Here's a peek at some creations made from class and some sneak peeks

Whilst we are talking of Mixed Media and Digital Kits, my Wake up and be awesome collection, an everyday mixed media kit collection which is packed with hand crafted elements, marks and hand painted and collaged papers is on sale for 50% off. 

Grab it through Thursday June 22nd for just $5.98 and you get a lot!!

Here's a peek of what is coming new to my shop this weekend and a few layouts as peeks too!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

So Sketchy: Home Sweet Home

Rachel received a request for a sketchy, doodly moving kit in neutral colours with pops of colour and boy did she deliver!! So Sketchy: Home Sweet Home is a perfect addition to the other kits in her So Sketchy series (So Sketchy: Beep Beep, So Sketchy: Brave & True, So Sketchy: Cattitude in case you missed them).

Moving, renovating, DIY projects, purging this kit is perfect you! Not doing any of those things? No worries, as you will see the Captivating Sistas have created 'unthemed' pages as well. I love the neutral colours and all the little bits and pieces that Rachel has included.

So Sketchy: Home Sweet Home is available and on sale this weekend in her store at Sweet Shoppe Designs. If you are a fan of Rachel's this is a must have to add to your Captivated Visions stash.

Some lovely pages by the Captivating Sistas and Sugarbabe Carrie

Rachel created a page too! 

Have a great weekend :) 

My Life Unscripted 2

Rachel is back with part two of her My Life Unscripted Collection. If you loved part one then you will be equally in love with this next offering. Soft pretty colours, artsy papers, stamps and great wordy bits all ready to help you create pages of memories and events. My Life Unscripted 2 is available and on sale in Rachel's shop this weekend at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

Some delightful pages by the Captivating Sistas and Sugarbabes using My Life Unscripted 2

And Rachel has already scrapped with this collection three times!

Have a wonderful weekend!

~jaye

 

 

Oldies but Goodies

Hi everyone jaye here with Rachel's newest oldie but goodie kit, This Fabulous Life.  Rachel has taken an old favourite and refreshed it so to speak.  Please be aware that it is an older kit with some new additions :). The Oldies but Goodies sale runs from noon eastern on Tues May 17th for 48 hours only and will be 50% off. I have always loved the colours in this kit and it was fun to pull it out and play again.

and some pages by the Captivating Sistas and Sugarbabes

National Scrapbook Day Commercial Use Products & Freebie Blog Hop

I'm back to share with you my Commercial Use products this NSD weekend. I have five brand new packs which i've bundled into a Grab Bag Offer which is just $5 for a limited time!

Included are Textures, doodles, stamps and brushes and transparent overlays!

PLUS save 60% on everything else (Grab Bag not included) in my Sugar Hill Co Commercial Use Shop through May 7th. 

As promised here is a Commercial Use Freebie for you, click here or the image to download. My terms of use can be found here.

If you've got lost along the way visit the blog hop list at SugarHill Co. Your last stop is Wishing Well Creations and your previous stop was Sherry Ferguson.

Happy National Scrapbook Day 2017

It's that time of year again where we are celebrating our love of memory keeping and I had a notification pop up in my news feed on Facebook the other day that reminded me i've been involved in the digital scrapbooking industry for eight years or more now!

This weekend always brings lots of new releases, games and special offers. Pop along to the Sweet Shoppe Forums where you'll find a special board to host our National Scrapbook Day fun! Watch out there tomorrow for a fun game by me, i'll be picking a winner to grab something from my shop!

You'll also want to check out our special #IScrapbookBecause game that's hosted in the special NSD board for a chance to win a $100 Sweet Shoppe Gift card!

Save 40% on everything in my shop including my new releases and collaborations for three days only, May 6th, 7th and 8th 2017!! 

And as if that wasn't enough, check out these special offers available to you whilst shopping!

Okay onto my new goodies!

New this weekend are four layered 12x12" stampalicious templates themed around stamps. If you love messy stamps these are super fun and quick to use to create artsy pages. These digital scrapbooking templates are sold in a pack of four and included in this weekends sale!

Here are the templates and some pages by me

And some gorgeous layouts by the Captivating Sistas and Sugarbabes

Also New this weekend is a new release in my popular 'So Sketchy' series which are hand crafted and sketchy mixed media kits. This collection 'Beep Beep' was inspired by my little boys Keaton's love for cars! Included in this weekends sale too, and buy the bundle and automatically receive free abstract papers! (you'll find the download links added automatically)

Some super cute layouts by the Captivating Sistas and Sugarbabes

I hope you have a fun weekend and get a chance to browse all the fabulous offers on sale this weekend and fit in some time to download and play with your new purchases!

Happy International Scrapbook Day!

Rachel

Here and Now

Are you looking for a kit that has a little bit of everything, one that will suit any type of occasion or style of page, an all around 'go to' great to have in your stash kit? Well I have great news as Rachel and Ru of Studio Basic Designs have teamed up once again and created just that type of kit for you. Here and Now is the kit you will reach for time and time again becoming a staple in your stash and available in the shoppe this weekend at Sweet Shoppe.

Take a peek at this fun kit:

Some lovely pages by the Captivating Sistas:

Inspiration from the Sugarbabes and some of the Sweet Shoppe Designers!

A fun way to earn discounts to the Sweet Shoppe is to participate in our monthly Bingo Challenges, check out the April card, one of the challenges is list related so this weeks new release would be perfect!

Have a great weekend!

Extra Extra . . . My Life Unscripted 1

That's right, I am here to announce that Rachel has created some delicious add ons for her My Life Unscripted 1 collection. If you haven't purchased the bundle yet, then I have great news as Rachel now has the ULTIMATE bundle available. This means you get the original four packs PLUS all the new extras and with extra savings. Already have the original bundle? No worries as Rachel has the new goodies together in the Extras Bundle and as always each item is also available to purchase separately.  Go run to the shop and load up your cart with these new goodies, you won't regret it, trust me. 

~jaye

Check them out here:

Some beautiful pages from the Captivating Sistas

And some lovely pages from the Sugarbabes

A little while back Rachel had a special offer in her shop where her Messy Marks: Dates 2017 were free with a purchase, if you didn't grab them these are now available separately and Rachel and the Captivating Sistas have made some lovely pages with them!

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Never Enough Hours

Hey everyone jaye here again with the scoop on Rachel's latest collection to hit the store.  What a scoop I have for you as it is a new collaboration!! Rachel teamed up with Anja of On a Whimsical Adventure to bring you Never Enough Time. This bundle will easily become a classic that you will use time after time (no pun intended) with it's classic colours, fun elements, word art and rich papers. Your pages be it classic, grungy and/or artsy will be a fabulous documentation of how busy you are or that you are taking time for yourself. 

Save the most by grabbing the bundle, or you can get the Kit, Transfers and Cards individually.

Some lovely pages from the Captivating Sistas:

And lovely pages from the Sugarbabes as well:

My Life Unscripted 1

Hello everyone, jaye here to introduce you to the first of a new series Rachel will be creating.

My life unscripted is designed to help you tell your everyday stories, memories you want to record, funny comments, thoughts etc.. Each collection will be packed with various mixed media, hand crafted papers made in Rachel's studio, unique sketches, hand made and richly textured elements.

This collection has a variety of elements and mediums ideal for those who create traditional pages, pocket pages and art journalers alike.  As always you can purchase the bundle to save the most or grab the elements, collage art papers, transfers and painted papers individually.

Take a look at this fresh new bundle:

And bonus, head to Rachel's shop this weekend to pick up this super cute matching freebie!

The Captivating Sistas created some lovely pages with the My Life Unscripted 1 Bundle.

A couple of pages from the sugarbabes

Have a wonderful weekend!

Note to Self: Live Your Dream

Hard to believe we are already in the second month of the new year. They say this is usually when people start to have a hard time keeping up on their resolutions and give up. I know many others have decided that they would make short term goals instead to keep it attainable and have a feeling of success. I know I have done the short term goal route with them leading up to the long term goal.  What does all this have to do with Rachel's new kit? Read further and you will see.

Note to Self: Live Your Dream is a perfect kit to scrap all about me pages, goals, hopes, dreams, memories, family the list goes on. Note to Self: Live Your Dreams was created with a soft colour palette, florals and lovely stamps adding to the mix is a nice chunky wood like alpha. Rachel has really started the year off with a bang with this kit. She intends to add to the "Note to self" series making it easier for you to tell your personal stories alongside scrapbooking your families memories.

Special Offers

Rachel's new Make Your Mark: date stamps 2017 are free with your purchase of Live your dream through Feb 17th. Purchase the Kit before Feb 13th and you'll also grab it on sale at 25% off. I'm not done yet! Crystal Livesay has also made a set of beautiful coordinating templates to make creating your lovely pages with Note to Self: Live Your Dream even easier.  You will definitely want to add this one to your Captivated Visions stash.

Some gorgeous pages by the Captivating Sistas and Rachel herself!

The sugarbabes and designers (Wendy P and Crystal) added some gorgeous pages as well!

Crystal has a fun journaling project in the works which Rachel will share more about with you really soon!

Have a great weekend :) 

Silent Battles: Negative Thoughts + 25-48% SALE

I don't know about you but when I am asked to choose a positive about myself I am always stumped,  yet I can very easily give a list of all my negatives. Why do most of us think that way? Or if I do come up with something positive it's very generic such as; I have nice calves (all that dog walking, lol) or I am a hard worker. We need to give ourselves a break and focus on the fact that we all have good qualities and a lot of positives about us. 

This latest collection in the Silent Battles series from Rachel and Ru (Studio Basic Designs) is called Negative Thoughts and is filled with genuine word art highlighting our battles within ourselves. Silent Battles: Negative Thoughts is jam pack full of amazing elements, mixed media and rich papers perfect to continue or start your journey of self discovery.

Silent Battles: Negative Thoughts is available this weekend at Sweet Shoppe Designs as a bundle or individual parts. 25% off until 6am Sunday 18th December, PLUS this weekend ALL of Rachel's Collaborations (known as scoops and dips) with in house Sweet Shoppe Designers are on Sale at 25% off. This also includes her already discounted bundles so savings can be had of up to 48%!! Have a look through Rachel's store here.

Here are some fabulous layouts by the Captivating Sistas;

have a wonderful weekend!

~jaye

High Cool by Captivated Visions & Studio Basic Designs

Hi everyone, Rach here!

Rubia of Studio Basic Designs was sharing a peek on Facebook recently of something she was working on and I instantly fell in love with it! She subsequently invited me to collaborate with her on the same project and I didn't hesitate to accept!

High Cool was inspired by a song and for the love of our boys. I love this artsy and edgy boyish collection!!

Save the most by grabbing all parts as a bundle, or pick up each part individually. 

High Cool Bundle

Some inspiration from the Captivating Sistas and Sugarbabes

And when you spend $10 before December 15th you'll receive my recent collaboration with Ru of Studio Basic and Studio Flergs Free!

Black Friday Sales, Commercial Use Products + More!

Joanne here bringing you news of Rachel's offerings this Black Friday weekend.

New at Sweet Shoppe is Fa la la la la.  A stunning Mixed Media Digital Scrapbook Collection by Captivated Visions. Packed with hand sketched papers, elements and stamps and complimented with gorgeous dimensional elements to adorn your holiday or winter pages and projects. PLUS Rachel has designed some fun stamps and journal cards to match.

Fa la la la la Bundle, Kit, Cards and Stamps & Brushes

Here is what the Captivating Sistas have created using Fa la la la la

Save 40% at Sweet Shoppe Designs until 6am on November 29th. Spend $10 before December 1st and receive Rachel's featured designer collaboration Kit FREE! 

Rachel is thrilled to announce that she now has Commercial Use products available for Digital Scrapbook Designers at Sugarhill Co! They have a tempting sale right now, plus a grab bag for a limited time.

Finally, you might have noticed that Rachel has updated her site with information on positions available with the Captivating Sistas Team. To read more and get the link to apply see her page here.

A Happy Thanksgiving to our American Friends and good luck if you are braving the shops!

Featured Designer at Sweet Shoppe Designs + New Goodies

Hi everyone,

Rach here to share this weeks news with you. I had the pleasure of working with Ru again of Studio Basic Designs to bring you a fresh new featured designer Digital Scrapbook Kit which is free with a purchase of $10 or more from now until December 1st 2016.

I had a vision of an artsy black and white kit with greys and pops of colour and Ru helped me bring my vision to life with 'Mistakes don't define you' and I love the result! So much so that i've scrapped with it four times already!

I was also inspired to work on more black and white products and some templates. I'll be adding to this series of black and white 'Captivating Basics' over the coming weeks and months. It's a really fun way to add to your stash and mix and match with other designs you already own!

Here's a closer look at the new products available this weekend, find them all in my shop here.

And my pages using both the new templates, Captivating Basics and the featured designer kit.

Some more inspiration from the Captivating Sistas using the new templates and Captivating Basics.

If you were planning on doing a bit more shopping this week check out this 'mystery bag' offer!

Attitude of Gratitude is an incredible mystery bag jam packed with absolutely gorgeous digital scrapbooking products from the designers at Sweet Shoppe Designs. This scrumptious mega-collection features one digital scrapbook product from each of our 27 designers, and we promise you won't be disappointed in this spectacular collection. From Alphabets to Mini Kits, Pocket Scrapping Cards to Templates and MORE, this fantastic mystery bag is one you won't want to miss!

Attitude of Gratitude is FREE with any $20 Purchase made now through November 24th, 2016 when our Black Friday new releases go live. Simply add $20 worth of sweet treats to your cart and the 2016 Attitude of Gratitude Mystery Bag will be automatically added to your order if it qualifies.

That's all from me this week, I have lots to share with you next week and if you're interested in joining the Captivating Sistas keep your eyes open for a Creative Team Call coming very soon.

Rachel

A Quiet Place

Have you ever had a quiet place? Somewhere you just love to escape to and have some quiet time? Somewhere just for you to get away from everything? 

I am fortunate to live across from an island that I can jump on the ferry with Harlow and spend hours walking, exploring and letting her swim to her hearts content. I always feel at peace there among the canopy of trees or watching the waves gently roll in from a secluded beach area. The only sounds are birds singing, leaves rustling and the occasional whoosh noise as herons fly above our heads. 

Everyone needs a quiet place and time to rest and re-charge, weather it's your favourite place at home or in nature, or a favourite place to holiday and get away from it all. 'A Quiet Place' is a mixed media digital scrapbooking collection by Captivated Visions put together with care and attention to detail. It's packed with richly textured hand crafted collaged papers and more than fifty five elements which comprise of contemporary hand sketched and water-coloured flowers, scribbles, stamps and paint, paperie and dimensional elements.

Made to match are a pack of gesso stamps and soft watercolour washed backgrounds which can be purchased separately or as a collective bundle with the collage papers and elements. See the bundle here or visit here to see all of the parts separately in Rachel's shop

Here are some fabulous pages by the Captivating Sistas using A Quiet Place.

Enjoy your weekend!

~jaye

Going Going Gone Sale 2016

It's that time of year at Sweet Shoppe where the designers are taking a look over their stores and making room for fresh new designs in 2017. It's always sad to see beautiful products retire and I was on the fence for a long time about which designs to keep and which to let go.

I'm excited to see where my designs go in the next year and for now I'm saying goodbye to the following goodies. Click on through to my Pinterest Board to see them all, you can then click on the images to visit them at the Sweet Shoppe and you'll save 50% until Midnight Eastern on November 4th. Grab them now before they are gone for good!

Here is a selection of inspiration using the retiring products.