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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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