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:)

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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