Sunday, January 30, 2011

Fresh Layouts!

I've got some eye candy for today...from various kits. These are using Industrial:

These are from Sheng Xiao:

This one is from Australiana:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sheng Xiao! It's a Chinese Zodiac...

Sheng Xiao is the Aisan Zodiac, to go with our other Western Zodiac kits. And just in time for Chinese New Year!!! What could be better. But, it's a kit that will work with other themes, not just zodiacal. Could be a bit of a travel layout, or a memorable trip, or even if you just love Asian elements.

Lynn is new to our CT and we are so very pleased to have her. Here is what Lynn did with our kit:

And Aniko did this:

and Michelle at the DigiChick did this:

and look...I (vivienne) did up a freebie for you! Using one of the papers, I created a Chinese take away box. And a small tutorial follows.

If you ever wanted to try out a hybrid project, here it is. Download the file. Inside the zip are two jpg files. One is for letter sized paper and the other for A4 paper (I live in Europe so my paper size is A4). Print up the one you need and cut it out. Just to let you know, I printed this on slightly glossy photo paper.

Then, using a craftknife on a self-healing mat, score (lightly slice) into the box on the fold lines. It will fold easier when you score it. I made the fold lines at 50% opacity so it shouldn't show up too bad on the front. I usually do my scoring on the back side, though.

Use a gluestick and glue the side flaps to the INSIDE of the box. Now, here you can be creative. You can add in a ribbon handle by punching two holes in the sides and stringing ribbon thru. Be sure to knot it on the inside of the box. Or, you can string beads on a piece of wire and string it thru the holes (make sure the holes are very small). Just loop the ends inside the box to keep it from coming out. Then tie a pretty ribbon around the box (as shown) and place a bow on top. PERFECT for gift giving. I'm sure my mother-in-law will want this one!

As a side note, when I was working out the template for this box, my daughter Isabella (who is 11) is a very creative person and loves to do paper projects with me. Well, there was an error in the first draft I did and she was quite irritated with me and proceeded to show me what was wrong with it and how to "save" it. So, I will give her credit here for doing a final check and some design work!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

TOU information

We have updated our Personal Use TOUs to reflect better our feelings of having fun with our kits! This will replace all PU TOUs in kits you have already purchased:

Copyright ©2011 by ViVa Artistry/Vanessa Gary/Vivienne Oestergaard
All Rights Reserved

This kit is for personal use only.
Do not share or claim any part as your own.
Do not use for any commercial purpose.
Please be sure to credit us when using our work in any publication.

All credits should go to ViVa Artistry.

What you CAN do:

You may use these designs for your small, home-based business of cards, candy wrappers, invitations or similar providing that you are printing the product from your home computer and not to exceed 500 copies.
You may use these designs for Scrap-for-hire or Scrap-for-others; as long as the pages are flattened.
You may use this design for your photography business in  giving your clients finished, flattened memoryboards for your photographs.
You may use these designs in part or in whole in your layouts that will be submitted to scrapbooking and related magazines for publication, giving proper credit to ViVa Artistry and the store from where you purchased it.
You may use these designs for your own scrapbook pages and projects, including hybrid works or paper scrapping.
You may use these designs in layouts that are posted in online galleries and/or submitted to magazines.
You may copy these files to any external hard drives and computers that are owned and used expressly by YOU for digital scrapbooking purposes, this does not include computers that are used by other digital scrappers or people who would use our designs other than your immediate family (spouse or children living in the same household).
You may make DVD or CD backups of these files to store solely for your own use. These backups may not be shared with any other person.
You may use these designs to decorate your blog.

YOU MAY create layouts or other craft items for INDIVIDUAL clients to be delivered to the client in printed or flattened .jpg form without asking permission or purchasing an additional license.
Your custom final product made with these designs can NOT be used/sold by others for any public or private commercials.
For S4H purposes, you will need to purchase one kit for each single project it is used for.

What you CANNOT do:
You may NOT use these designs in any way as part of a freebie or promotion without prior consent.
You may NOT create quickpages to be sold commercially.
You may NOT redistribute these designs in any way other than as part of a finished, commissioned, and flattened image for your S4O/S4H business unless you receive permission.


What about COLLABS:

If these designs are part of a collaboration between our designs and another designer's, please refer to both TOU's. If you have any doubts about the use of these designs, please ask.


The use of the content for any harmful, pornographic, or racial material or material that may
be deemed harmful or offensive to another person is prohibited.

It is illegal to reproduce or distribute copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright owner. Accessing the images and text provided within this purchase does not give you any rights to use them without
the permission of the Copyright owner.

All Materials designed by ViVa Artistry, including but not limited to images and text, are protected by copyright under U.S. copyright law, international conventions, and other copyright laws. You cannot use the Content except as specified herein.

You agree to follow all instructions within these terms and are limited the way you may use the Content.

*** If you have any questions, concerns or would like to share your work with us ;)  please contact us at ***

This is in reference to PERSONAL USE TOU for ViVa Artistry and for Yvonne Banham kits. The change is in that you can use our kits to decorate your blog. S4H is still ok as long as you purchase a kit for each project you are working on, it is not necessary to purchase additional licensing.

In reference to COMMERCIAL USE TOU for ViVa Artistry and for Yvonne Banham kits. The change is that you can use for commercial use as in digital scrapbook kits or small home businesses, with no credits necessary. You can also use for blog designs. Again, no credits necessary.

Credit, of course, is always nice, but not necessary. Besides, we know how busy you are and we don't have time ourselves to be policing it!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask us, at vivaartistry(at)gmail(dot)com.

We just want to make it simple, easy, and MOST IMPORTANT, fun to play with our kits!

If you need a hard copy of our TOUs, please grab it here:

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday Sneak Peek!

Hi everyone, Spring Festival is coming! The Chinese New Year always held a special place in my heart. No I'm not Chinese, or of Chinese descent, but for some reason the Chinese culture always drew my curiosity with all the symbolism behind it, all the intricacies that are so foreign to my own Italian/Brazilian upbringing. I do have some very dear friends however where the husband is Brazilian and wife Chinese; we've always enjoyed spending time with them, sharing cultural bits, food and what not. About the time Maya turned one, they were blessed with adopting a chinese baby who was Maya's age. Since then, they've been holding New Year's celebrations at their house every year and we love taking part on it and celebrating their traditions. The girls look forward to their red envelopes and Josh and I to all the yummy goodies (my friend's mom makes the best spring rolls in the world). But most of all we love spending the time together, chatting, learning new things, playing and laughing to our hearts desire.

So in the spirit of the New Year, Vivie and I will be releasing Sheng Xiao this Thursday. This kit has been so much fun to design and to research. We hope you enjoy it. Here is a little Sneak Peek to what is coming. Big Hugs. Vanessa and Vivienne.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

HUGE Apology to CT Amanda

First, a HUGE HUGE HUGE apology to our CT member Amanda!!! We both failed to realize that Amanda is ALSO AN AUSSIE!!! So that makes 4 Australians on our team, not 3!!!! Shame shame shame on us. And you know what, she even has a "Aussie Amanda" as her siggy on her posts in our forum. And did we ever see that? Not until she pointed it out to us. CAN you believe how dumb we felt/are????? So, Amanda, we are really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really SORRY.

And here is her fabulous layout with Australiana:

Thursday, January 20, 2011


OH BOY...we have a bunch of things this week...2 NEW KITS. First, by request (Sharyn at the DigiChick), and because we have 3 Australians on our team, we thought it would be fun to do! Australiana:

AND, for a limited time, get this paper pack of landscapes. The landscapes were done by our CTM Eryn and they look awesome!!!

Australia Day is January 26 and here it is, perfect for those layouts, perfect for travel layouts or altered stuff! check it out:

So, now, we got our wish and teamed up with Studio Gypsy (the incomparable Lisa!) and here is our awesome collab (sorry, we're biased!):

Yep, very masculine, and if your not into the flowers and ribbons of kits, here is one for your altered or your steampunk layouts. And we have the full kit, a brush/alpha kit, AND if you get the bundle, get 2 extra clusters kits!!!

Here are some fantastic layouts for your pleasure:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday Sneak Peek!

What a weekend! Vivienne and I have been working like crazy on some new projects. For this week got a request for an "inspired by" kit that we simply could not pass out, plus we worked on an incredible collaboration with one of our favorite designers... so coming this Thursday we have two incredible kits for you. Here are sneak peeks for you. This was FUN!!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Collab with Miki Ferkul

This week, we were able to do a collab with the FABULOUS Miki Ferkul (MICROFERK)!!! Do our styles mesh or what? We LOVED the way this kit turned out, it's lush colors, it's unique elements, and stunning papers (there are 20 papers!!!). Check it out:

and here are elements (over 60 pieces) previews:

With a theme of being about yourself, there's a lot that can be done with this kit. You can work on your altered art pages, you can do up pages with photos of yourself, you can use it for other types of photo memories, its really a versatile kit!

And of course, here is what our team did with it:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Altered Anyone?

Love altered books? We did another mini kit with books! including drawers inside the book and a book niche!!!

Here are a few samples of layouts:

There are three versions of books, one with drawers, one open book and including seperate types of pages to insert, and one book with niche (one with tin and one without). So you have a variety to work with. Enjoy!