New Year, Old Favorites: Movies 2013

By Marisa Lerin Fri, 01/17/2014 - 10:20

I think this will be my last post about my favorites from 2013. Jordan loves to watch movies, I perhaps enjoy watching television a bit to movies, although I still love a good movie. Here are my favorites from 2013.

From The Theater

Watched At Home


Welcome New Designer: Melouise!

By Marisa Lerin Thu, 01/16/2014 - 06:38

I'm super excited to announce that we have a new designer joining us here at Pixel Scrapper. You've probably seen her around as one of our super-duper moderators, Melouise Vrijhof! I'll let her tell you a little about herself:

Hi, my name is Melo. Actually it is Melouise, but nobody uses my full name. I live in a small historic town in the Netherlands. In just a few days I will be celebrating my twenty year anniversary with my husband. Together we (try to) raise our two young children, a girl and a boy. Our cross-eyed cat completes our family. I work (and have worked for the past twenty years) in the graphic design industries, as an allround graphic designer at first and a web designer for the past four years. I came across scrapbooking on ‘just another day at the office’ googling ‘scrap’ pictures (the metal kind) for a design we were working on. My screen filled with colorful designs that instantly made me happy. I opened one of them, emailed the word ‘scrapbooking’ to my home address and spent a few evenings at home reading up on this wonderful thing I had never heard of before. I was hooked instantly! That was three years ago…

I started scrapping, with freebies at first - there were so many beautiful freebies around. But making freebie-only layouts made me feel like a fraud when visiting forums and galleries, since the majority are shop-related and exclusive to paying customers. I never dared to 'join in the fun' however much I wanted to. Then Pixel Scrapper launched their new site a year ago. They offered a scrapbooking community for everyone. I signed up quite reservedly, but soon found myself in the forum so frequently that I decided to take on a moderator-job. I made some great friends here at the Pixel Scrapper community, who have given me the courage to start designing. I joined the February 2013 Retrokitchen Blogtrain and never skipped a blogtrain since. Making my own designs was never planned. And offering my designs as a Pixel Scrapper Designer… oh wow! I am still pinching myself daily, just to make sure this is really happening! I am simply over the moon!

Self Portrait

She has a fun bundle to kick things off. I'm sure you will love it!

Rainy Days Bundle

Here's some inspiration from our great creative team!

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Rain Fountain by Tiffany

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Rainy Days by Nadia

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Rain by Elif

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Vatican View I by Sharon-Dewi

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Vatican View II by Sharon-Dewi


New Year, Old Favorites: Photos 2013

By Marisa Lerin Wed, 01/15/2014 - 10:01

Still working my way through 2013. In this case I was trying to hold off until I got our photos from Mexico edited. I'll have a post just about our trip soon. But here are my 15 favorite photos from the year. It's crazy to think of all the places we went this year. 2013 was a busy year!


Wadi Rum, Jordan


Humus and falafel; Amman, Jordan


Spring; Amman, Jordan


The Citadel; Amman, Jordan


Rydal Water; The Lake District, England


Grasmere, The Lake District, England


Reflection; Lake Superior, Minnesota, USA


Zip-lining; Colorado, USA


Seal Rock, Oregon, USA


Waldport, Oregon, USA


Flowers; Yaquina Lighthouse, Oregon, USA

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Dusk; Corvallis, Oregon, USA


Snow; Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Don Quixote

Don Quixote; Santiago, Mexico


Santiago, Mexico

See my favorite instagram photos here. As well as my favorite books and music.

December 2013: Monthly List

By Marisa Lerin Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:58

Here's the completion to my 2013 monthly layout project. This was a great, simple way to document the year. In some cases this was the only layout I made in the entire month, and it was nice to have this project to help motivate me to get at least that many made. It was also a fun way to use different blog trains that I was collecting at the time, which I often let languish in hidden folders in the depths of my computer. I'm not sure I'm going to do this project exactly the same way this year. I think I may be inspired enough to try and do a bit more than 12 layouts to capture my year.

December 2013

List Reads:
1. Christmas decorations.
2. Big snow storm.
3. Saw "The Lion in Winter" in Newberg.
4. Read "A Christmas Carol" aloud, with snacks.
5. Saw Frozen and Hobbit II at the theater.
6. Viajé a México.
7. Making, baking and eating Christmas cookies.
8. Morning breakfasts at Abuela's.
9. Shopping trips to the Highway Market. Lots of bright souvenirs.
10. A few sunny days, but mostly rain.

November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June Layout May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 Feb 2013 Jan 2013


New Bundle: Winter Plaid

By Marisa Lerin Mon, 01/13/2014 - 10:36

I've got a new wintery bundle for you this week. I know lots of you are in the midst of a cold and snowy time. My sister lives in Minneapolis, so I get cold updates from her. Jordan and I are out on the Oregon Coast right now. It's chilly, but not really if you consider somewhere like Minnesota...So this bundle is for those of you going around all bundled up. Think cozy thoughts!

Winter Plaid Bundle

Here's some inspiration from the creative team:

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Hello Winter by Elif

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Beary Cold by Tiffany

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Snow Fun by Nadia

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Best Ever by Elif

Don't miss the fun template kits too.

Frame Templates

These frames come with both an outlined version, and a simpler template version.

Houndstooth Paper Templates

Sweater and Plaid Paper Templates

Ribbon Templates

Stitching Templates