Creative Scrapbooker September Sketch

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21686217_846215615554485_1398414676816005450_nThis month, the Creative Life Scrapbooking team decided to take Creative Scrapbooker magazine’s Sketchy Challenge and make layouts based on this circle layout sketch, but with a twist: stash busting only! All of us have lots of older scrapbooking supplies, and sometimes we need some motivation to use that instead of the brand-newest stuff. 🙂

TBH, when I first saw this sketch I was like, “What am I going to do with this?!?” It was way outside my normal scrappy comfort zone! I tried one layout that I totally hated (maybe I’ll post that as a blooper sometime), and I almost gave up.

But then I was struck with inspiration one day as I gathered a bunch of wedding announcements off my fridge and realized that the three photos from those announcements would be perfect for this layout! Once I had that thought, I LOVED the process of creating this page! (And while I was journaling on the page, I even got teary-eyed because the people on this page are so special to me, so clearly this was an important story for me.)

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Croptoberfest 2017

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You are very, extremely, and cordially invited to attend my Croptoberfest 2017 events!

Um, wait . . . events?!?

YES! This year I’m doing Croptoberfest different. Instead of a single, long day of scrapbooking this year I’m hosting 4 separate days of scrapbooking, reconnecting with cropping friends, sharing ideas, getting gifts and prizes, etc. Each day is broken into two sessions, and everyone is invited to join for as few or as many of the Croptoberfest sessions as they’d like. Each session will have different gifts, ideas, challenges, and prizes. All sessions will be held at my home in Bountiful, Utah, and each session has just 6.

Additionally, each day between the two sessions, I’ll also have a paper buffet open to everyone, not just people attending the sessions!

Check out the Facebook event page or contact me for more details or to register!

Underwater Border Two Ways

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Have you seen the Creative Life Scrapbooking Border Maker Mondays ideas? If not, you should definitely go check them out on the Facebook page! Each week one of the contributors shares ideas for scrappy borders, layouts, cards, or other projects that feature the Creative Memories Border Maker System and other Border Punches.

This week, my contribution to the collection is these two adorable underwater borders that both use similar elements but definitely have a different feel to them!

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June Blog Hop – Final Stop!

P1030370Thanks for joining us for some Summer Scrapbook Ideas You Can Use Now! My blog is the last stop this time, but if you missed anybody’s post you can scroll down to the bottom here and see a list of all the links. Go check them all out–there are some fantastic ideas!

Summer is a great time to make some memories, enjoy the outdoors, and take on new crafty projects! Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration in our blog hop to do all of those things this year. 🙂

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Spring Blog Hop: Treat Bags

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Welcome to the Creative Life Scrapbooking Spring Blog Hop!!! I’m so excited to kick off this hop and start you on your trip to visit a bunch of amazing ladies sharing some fun, crafty ideas this month!

I’ve made some quick and easy treat bags using the Border Maker System and a bit of digital artwork. Supplies:

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Journaling: Tell Your Story

Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words, but when it comes to your pictures
YOU are the best person to decide which are the RIGHT words!

Photos are great—they capture the image of a moment in time that won’t ever be repeated in exactly the same way—but they don’t tell the whole story.

It’s fun to see a photo my sister-in-law took of my niece while they were at the park, or a series of photos chronicling a friend’s family vacation, or a family heritage photo of a great, great grandfather! The photos by themselves only hint at some of the amazing experiences, thoughts, and feelings of the people I love. I want to know more!

The images make me smile and make me wonder . . .

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February Blog Hop: Upcycled Hybrid Valentines

Hi everyone, and thanks for joining the Creative Life Scrapbookers’ blog hop this month! To find out more about what we’re doing and what’s coming up, you should like our Facebook page. 🙂

If you’re hopping through all our blogs, you probably arrived here from D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog. Read through to the bottom of this post to find your next stop!

Even though I don’t usually scrapbook Valentine’s Day stuff (honestly, I’m not a big fan of the holiday…it comes from many years of singlehood…but that’s a story for another time), I do really enjoy the colors that come along with the day! p1030246

Since I knew I wouldn’t be making a layout, I had to find another fun way to use some of my new crafty stuff. I noodled on a few ideas, but nothing seemed quite awesome enough.

One day, while drinking my Diet Coke with lunch, it struck me that these little 12oz bottles would be adorable repurposed and decorated as Valentine gifts for the kids my husband and I teach each week at church. INSPIRATION!

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“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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