Saturday, August 31, 2013

And the Winner is...

Recently we held a giveaway on our Facebook fan page for one of our Toffee Lace Wraps.  Since we are not allowed to post the winner's name on Facebook we are announcing it here on the BPP blog.  So drumroll please........

Congratulations to Bubbagigi Emery who was the 93rd comment chosen by!

We'll be notifying the winner and the winner has 24 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.  Thanks to all who played!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Every photo should tell a story....

....evoke an emotion.  I giggle with them, I watch them, I let them be, and the story unfolds.  Forever captured in that moment for you to cherish for a lifetime.  - Kim Kropke, owner of Laugh & Grow Press 

I love writing reviews about amazing products and so when Kim Kropke of Laugh & Grow Press contacted me I was delighted!  You see, Kim recently launched a rather large customizable template system called Simply Announcing which is geared toward the newborn photography community.  The design itself is clean, crisp and modern with the philosophy to focus on, and highlight, the photography and of course the clients' beautiful new little one.  And she's offering this amazing set plus anything and everything else on her site at 20% off for our readers!  Simply use code BPP20 on all of your favorites and enjoy the savings!

Simply Announcing was created on the idea that the star of any announcement is the lovely new addition to your client’s family, not the design itself.  What better way to do that than to feature and display your beautiful photography within a tasteful, meticulously thought out, crisp clean design?

Simply Announcing's 14 different template solutions allow for almost every photographer style and pose.  Within each template file you will find several layers of customizations for font treatment and design and border styles.  Mix and match by turning layers on and off creating endless design pairings.  This set includes 5 different brush sets, over 100 brushes in all, to customize the announcement for your client.  Adorable icon brushes to incorporate a possible theme, 3 different sets of alphabet brushes for a monogram look, and a set of banners and seals for decorative layering and so much more!  Carry the designing to the back of the card with a fully layered psd file of back patterns and colors.  Turn layers on and off to pair any of the patterns with one of the provided color layers, or create a color choice of you own.  All design elements are fully customizable from size to color and direction, making the possibilities endless!  Your clients have invested in you to preserve their memories of this beautiful time, there’s no doubt they’ll be Simply Announcing it to friends and family!

I had SO much fun designing some announcements using Simply Announcing (yep, a few of the ones above are mine), it was so incredibly easy to use!  Take a peek at the following video to see Kim explain just how simple this is...even someone just starting out in Photoshop (like me!) will be able to make beautiful announcements!

Kim also designs custom logos and branding, digital papers/backgrounds and brush sets.  You can find her work at the following locations:

Website:  Laugh & Grow Press

Simply Announcing templates, brushes and patterns are compatible with Photoshop CS2 through CS6 and Photoshop Elements 10/11.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Win a JoTotes Camera Bag!

I'm SOOOO excited, our featured sponsor of the month has graciously offered one of their amazing products for us to give away to one lucky reader!  And who is this awesome sponsor you might ask?

That's right, you can enter and win a FREE Jo Totes Camera Bag of your very own right here on the BPP blog!  So who's ready to win The Abby in Mint?

Abby is classic, fresh, and the perfect companion for travel, a photo shoot, or everyday wear. This stylish cross-body bag can accommodate a camera body with attached lens and one to two additional lenses. Six convenient pockets make organization easy.

  • Exterior material: soft, water-resistant, top quality man-made leather in mint
  • Interior fabric: gray silky cotton
  • Protective foam sewn into the lining of all four sides and the bottom of the bag
  • Three sturdy, adjustable interior pads
  • Adjustable and removable cross body strap
  • Removable shoulder pad
  • Shoulder strap
  • Main compartment closes with a zipper
  • Exterior: Front flap zippered pocket; open back pocket that can accomodate an iPad Mini and a hidden zippered pocket; two zippered back pockets
  • Interior: Zippered pocket
  • Size: 8" x 12" x 5.25"

Now for those too excited about JoTotes camera bags and aren't willing to wait for the giveaway to end (those like me who are just too darned impatient and want to shop shop SHOP!) this gorgeous bag also comes in Lilac (so pretty!).

Or you can check out some of the other amazing styles too!  I've got the Rose and the Millie and am in love!  My Millie is the perfect size for my needs and is oh so fashionable.

The quality of the materials and the craftsmanship is extraordinary!  The faux leather is so buttery soft, each bag has foam padding sewn into the lining on all sides and the bottom to protect your camera equipment, there are tons of extra spaces to store your everday purse Jo Tote goes with me everywhere!  And check out some of their other amazing styles, there's something for everyone!

 Okay, I know how excited you all must be so here are the details on how to enter!


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