“I Used to Scrapbook” & 5 Reasons Scrapbooking Will Survive

used-to-scrapbookI have heard people say this dozens of times, probably hundreds of times if you include variations like “My mom made us scrapbooks when I was a kid.”

By my own love of the hobby and by the vast amount of space still dedicated to scrapbooking products in craft stores and online (traditional and digital scrapbooking included), I would say there must be LOTS of people who are still doing it. Here are 5 reasons I think scrapbooking will survive…

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Christmas Blog Hop

Thanks for joining the journey on our Christmas Blog Hop this year!!! You should have arrived here from Diana’s blog, and the next stop on this hop is linked at the bottom of this post.

Do you ever buy some great paper and embellishments with one project in mind, start working on it, and then find that it morphs into something very different? That happened to me when I opened the Christmas Past Variety Mat Pack. I wanted to make a bunch of quick, traditional cards to send for Christmas this year, but as I got going I just couldn’t find a groove!

Instead, I started playing with cardboard “scraps” and eventually made my way to these cute (but not quick) cards instead:

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I’ve always enjoyed the idea of the shaped word albums I’ve seen at craft stores, but I’ve never found a reason to make one of them. (If I go to the effort of putting together an album, I want the best–Creative Memories albums, of course!) I decided it would be fun to make mail-able Christmas cards in the style of those word albums this year.

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Blogging Hiatus

You may have noticed that I’m taking a blogging hiatus . . .

I’ve been so busy with my full-time work, I just haven’t been able to spend a lot of time on the blog lately. This is likely to continue for some time.

I’m still with Creative Memories, and you can still shop with me in person or on my website. You can stay tuned for updates on this site in the future, sign up for my monthly newsletter, or like my Facebook page to see everything that’s going on right now.

Fathers Day Pages

Thanks for hopping with us! I’m pretty happy with the pages I made this time, and I hope you like them too. Read to the end to find your next blog hop stop . . .

For some Fathers Day scrapbooking this year, I decided to combine the efficient “questions” journaling approach with pockets and turn these into hidden journaling pages.

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Easter Blog Hop 2016

How are you enjoying the 2016 Creative Memories Easter Blog Hop so far? Feeling INSPIRED?!? 🙂 I’m LOVING the ideas that everyone is sharing! You should have arrived from D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog if you’re following this hop in order.

Check out these basket ideas I’m sharing today, and then read to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the link to the next stop!

DIY Easter Baskets

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6 Tips for Scrapbooking with Kids

Scrapbooking is a great hobby to share with friends, family, and even kids! Besides the obvious benefits of having scrapbooks (reminiscing, history, etc.), kids can also benefit from participating in scrapbooking activities by exploring new creative avenues, developing fine-motor skills, reflecting on the stories  they’re scrapping, and proudly sharing the alums they’ve made with other people. Continue reading

Watercolor Love CD Album

Valentine’s Day usually isn’t a big deal at our house, but I do like to make heart-shaped cookies and write at least a few little love notes to my husband each year. This year, I thought it would be fun to make these notes into a cute little album with CM’s adorable Watercolor Love Paper and Embellishment Pack!

I included a little sneak peek with my project for CM’s second Virtual Crop . . .

This is pretty much what my hubby will be getting from me this year, along with my undying devotion, of course!

Now, let me show you what this cute little book looks like inside:

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Treat Basket for Your Valentine

This past Saturday was CM’s second Virtual Crop on Facebook, and we had over 1,000 people “attend” from locations all over the world!

The theme “Love Is in the Air” was the perfect way to showcase the new, limited edition Watercolor Love items (paper and embellishments), and we had one new challenge each hour — it’s a really fun way to try out new techniques and projects and also see what everybody else is doing with those challenges! I hosted the last challenge, and it was kinda “out of the box” (or “out of the album,”  if you will): make a Treat Basket!

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A Year to Remember Blog Hop

Welcome to Stop #4 on the CM A Year to Remember Blog Hop! You should have arrived from Diana’s blog, and at the bottom of this page you’ll see the link to your next stop. Note: Many links to products on this page are my personal affiliate links.

Of course, these awesome papers, stickers, and embellishments will look GREAT in your family album this year, but I decided to take them in a little bit of a different direction . . .

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Circles and Ovals Blog Hop

Happy Holidays!

I’ve been having a PACKED holiday season already, and there’s still more fun to come. I hope you’re also having a great season!

In honor of the return of CM’s CCS Circles and Ovals, I’m showing you how to make some cute paper rosettes that can be turned into ornaments or used as embellishments on cards and album pages. Continue reading