Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hanukkah Mini Scrapbooking for Rainy Days

This morning I woke up to find my hubby left me a note:

Look up the skylight it's raining so hard
There's ice, it snowed, the roads so wet outside
Don't go out if you don't have to
Whatever it is, maybe it's not worth the ride.

I took the kids to school, let the dog out, wiped him off and I'm scrapping my way to a lovely Chanukah 6" mini album with my cheerful Playlist in the background - what fun!

Stay tuned for the photo filled album...
Happy Holidays,

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Cute site I found

I found this blog and had so much fun visiting I thought I'll share it with you:

Cara's Scrap 'N Stamp Art: Cyber Monday!!

Happy Thursday,

Monday, November 23, 2009

Hanukkah Nights Scrapbooking

Potato latkes, jelly doughnuts, dreidle games, candles, eight nights of celebrating with great food and good friends - just my thing!

For the well prepared scrapbookers, and the ones who'd like to buy a premade Hanukkah scrapbook album, here are some ideas to pre-prepare for the holiday. I'll have some after-Hanukkah scrapbook layouts for you too, with new, fresh photos from Hanukkah 2009!

Visit my blog again next week for some 6x6" premade Hanukkah scrapbook album pages and layouts. In the meantime, happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Family Premade Scrapbooks

It's been roughly 4 months since we moved from sunny California to north New Jersey. We made lots of friends and adopted some family members over in California, some Ron members for life, I know I will forever stay in touch with them. And while I'm honing on the fact that the world globalized a lot since I came into it, I'm sad we're not at that stage where you can just yearn for someone and he or she will show up, like a living hologram. Instead we have a leaving scrapbook album, lots of photos, emails, phone calls and visitors. They pass across the love, but it's not the same as sharing dinner or experiencing them in person.
I'm currently working on this expended family scrapbook album and hope to put in it memories from the past as well as future visits:)

Hug someone you love today,

Monday, October 26, 2009

Prepare your Thanksgiving Scrapbook

I love Thanksgiving. It's a great holiday with a great name, carrying the promise of a family gathering, warmth, fireplace, good food, sharing laughs and love. It's the only American holiday everyone can celebrate, regardless of religious denomination and other differences. The only holiday everyone can add their own thanks to, their own flavours, scents and traditions, without changing it completely.
Here are two ideas from my premade scrapbook albums selection, hope to add more....

Stay warm,

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Your Halloween Mini Scrapbook Photo Album in 2hrs!

Halloween is coming and with it tons of photos. The problem is, once you ate the candy and took the photos, no one feels like putting them in a decent album, and so you miss on a lot of memories as they stay locked in one of your computer files, never to be seen.

So here are some solutions for you:
  1. Choose your photos carefully. Try to choose ones that are telling the story of this Halloween for your family or, if you're a brave scrapbooker who designs a mini album for each one of your kids, choose the photos that tell the story of each kid.
  2. Go through your scrapbook supplies and get all the purple, orange and black papers out. Get all Halloween embellishments on the work table as well.
  3. Save some candy rappers (not the sticky ones), napkins, pieces of decoration to enhance your mini scrapbook album.
  4. Pick a 6" album (I find them to work well for both wallet AND standard size photos) and decide on a one, common, uniting layout to use through your scrapbook mini album.
  5. Glue glue glue.
  6. Embellish, journal and enjoy!

Below are some ideas for Halloween layouts:

Have a spooky-sweet one...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Smart Way to Shop for Supplies

Are you a scrapper? Do you like colors, patterns and have lots of ideas? Can you get lost for 2 hours or more at the craft store? I do too.
Whether it's scrapbooking, knitting, paper, fabric, yarn, stamps or any craft, I get lost in it. A good kind of lost, the kind that makes you happy, full of ideas and wanting to get the whole store 'cause you just have a use for everything and anything in it.
I admit right here right now - I over shop, over stock and than am upset I didn't buy more of that...(fill in the blank) when I could.
Having said that, my 5 golden rules for you are:
  1. Go in with a plan.
  2. If you have supplies that you'd like to use and need just this little tiny thing to complete it, BRING THE SUPPLIES YOU ALREADY HAVE WITH YOU.
  3. Need something to start you off (or: went in without a plan?) - buy only for that one project you want to do. DO NOT buy extra stuff for that paper you may (or may not) have in your scrap bin.
  4. It's called scrapbook because we are dealing with SCRAPS. Don't throw them, don't keep them, USE THEM.
  5. One project at a time. Yo can always come back to shop (they'd love to have you any time) and get re-energized for a new project with new colors, patterns and shapes. Your creative juices are there, they WILL flow next time too.

Stay healthy and happy, be creative and seize the day:)


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Celebrating The Jewish New Year with Hand Made Cards

Every year I make these. These are 'Shanot Tovot' or Jewish New Year cards. At the beginning of the Jewish New Year we greet each other with 'may you have a sweet new year','may you be healthy and happy', 'may this year be successful' and 'may you be inscribed (by G-D) for good, long life'.
Now days, when most of us find things on the net and send them out with a click of a button, from our comfy homey computer stations, there's a special added value to personalizing your message, hand writing it and sending it the old way, through 'snail mail'.
I love Rosh Hasana and love hand made gifts. They enclose in them some of the giving spirit used to make them, the invested giver's good mood.
Have a great new year, use it for good deeds:)

Friday, September 11, 2009

7 Keepers for Your Child's Kindergarden Scrapbook Album

  1. Take a photo of her, back and front, with her little (or little too big) backpack. You can use it as first and last page of your kindergarten scrapbook.
  2. Save the first day's name tag, stickers and whatever he got at school for later use in your scrapbook.
  3. Save the lunch menu, it can be a cute layout, or make a note of your kid's favorite lunch foods.
  4. Take a picture of her at the school's playground - where is her favorite hang out?
  5. Goes without saying - a picture of him with his buddies.
  6. Take a few photos of her preparing to go to school: waking up, brushing, washing, dressing up, breakfast - print them up in a wallet size format or a film-strip, it'll make a perfect story-by photo -page.
  7. Did they get homework yet? - photo them doing H.W., photocopy the first worksheet/assignment sheet, fold it and add it to your scrapbook layout in a
    scrapbook pocket.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

School Scrapbook for each child is as easy as 1-2-3!

School mornings are tough, trying to stay calm while handling all the morning tasks and various moods. When we are finally on our way, all tucked in the car, my kids sing the following song:

"I love my mom
My mom is cool
and now it's time
to go have fun at school"

Here are some school layouts from my premade school scrapbook album - It's as easy as can be with these layouts:
1. Get a premade school scrapbook for each one of your kids here. It's a good investment as you
will be using this scarpbook for grades K-6 (7 years!)
2. Choose the one most precious photo for each year for each child.
3. Adhere your best memories photo to its corresponding layout.
You now created great K through 6th school keepsake photo album individualized for each one of your kids with minimal effort :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Enveloped Scrapbook Calendar

Hi there memory keepers,
Organizing our memories, I found quite a few gift bags with cards, photos, kids' drawings and keepsakes. It seems I'm always behind with my family's scrapbook! So this year I decided to get organized and create a master plan for the yearly scrapbook items. Since it's almost September and a new school year is about to start (Thank G-d), I made my mini scrapbook for the school year.
This mini scrapbook album is made of 12 9x4" brown envelopes, K and Company Scrap kit patterned paper scraps, a student's name tags I had, 2 office jump rings, some ribbon scraps and the Jennie Bowlin Mini Calendar Card Set. The way it works is small keepsakes, anecdotes and photos can be kept inside the envelope while the main photo, the one that best represent that month, will get pasted next to the month card. Smaller 2x3" wallet photos can be adhered to the back of the envelope.

Hope you are enjoying your summer,

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Preparation is Key

Ever worked with kids at your side? Gives you a feeling of what ADD is like, doesn't it? Each given moment someone needs your attention/patience/mediation skills/advise. Not that I would like my kids to seek advise elsewhere, I just would like some time to myself every so often, so I can play in MY sand box or, rather, scrap box.

So I came up with the following system:
  1. I need full attention for the initial scrapbook design. I design when I'm alone (school day mornings) or at night.
  2. When I'm happy with the theme, idea, color, size and everything else that will concoct the final look/design of the scrapbook album, I write it down in details. Writing the scrapbook design plan down is essential because it keeps me on track when I get distracted. I write sizes, keep color swatches, ribbon bits etc. The goal is to eliminate complicated thinking processes from now on as much as possible.
  3. Now it's time to cut scraps to size and place them neatly on the space I cleared on my ever-so-crowded scrapbook table.
  4. When everything is cut and counted, I'm ready to paste and place. I try to do this only when a short interval of uninterrupted focused time is at hand. A few mistakes with the glue have proven this to be a mindful task, commanding its respect.
  5. Scrapbook embellishments come next and if you have the design all laid out before you (or sketched) and the embellishments ready at your side, it's a breeze.
  6. Congrats! - you have just finished a scrapbook layout/mini scrapbook album while watching your family grow! You are now a mighty multi tasker:)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Do-not-disturb Scrapbook Hanger

Hi there,
Now that the dust has settled and the boxes are out of site, we all need some privet time to relax so I made this door knob mini scrapbook album hanger. The fun part is that each one of us can put his/her own photos of 'privet time/space' in it and so create a very personal do-not-disturb mini album/sign.

Hanging on your door knob

Detach to change the message on your door

Which one will you choose?

Chillin'? Hanging with friends?

Setting your choice back on the hanger,

Enjoy some privet time:)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mini scrapbook album (3) - in a bag

Hi there,

Inspired by our recent move, I made this mini scrapbook album in a bag. It's all contained in the bag, easy to re-place. See picts below:

Simple paper box-bag was covered with patterned paper, ribbons decorating the handle.

These tags are the 'pages' of this album.

On one side of these tags I placed our California last visit to Seaworld, on the other side our visit to The Rock in New York City, with room for more adventures to come:)

Hope you're all well and seizing the moment!

Monday, July 20, 2009

New location, thanks for your patience:)

Hi there,
Thanks for waiting so long. We were on the move, and now we are in the East Coast! New Jersey to be precise, and I have just finished organizing my new workroom, so here it is:

My computer an little file cabinet

My two desks (with so much stuff I really need two)
Embellishments on the door inside a shoe organizer (never used for shoes, of course) and my shelving unit.

I hereby promise to write regularly now that we're all set:)
Stay well and happy,

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Father's Day Mini Album

It's hard to find a gift for our father of the house. He is very thorough at what he does, therefor he has only few hobies (about 3) and those race to the top of the list whenever there's a birthday/anniversary/special occasion. They are all very expensive, of course, namely Golf, Photography and food. The food comes with every celebration, so we nailed that one first thing. Than comes Golf, which we all know very little about (after all, it stands for Gentelmen Only Ladies Forbidden). Last but not least is Photography, which we both like but it is SO expensive!
So here comes my answer - I made him a scrapbook, of course. It will contain messages from the kids, cute photos and a gift certificate or kids coupons.

Happy Faher's day!

Books I liked

  • A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
  • Almost any book by David Grossman
  • Charlie and Lola books by Lauren Child
  • Clean and Simple Scrapbooking by Cathy Zeilske
  • Creation Companion by Betty Higins
  • Great Design Using Non Traditional Materials by Wendy Lyonsand Sheree Clarck
  • Handmade Cards by Anne Akers Johunson
  • Life Lines by Carol Wingert and Tena Sprenger
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • People of The Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • Thinking of You by Making Memories


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