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:)


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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