How to Use Scrapbook Tags

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Tags are popular items for scrapbook pages and mini albums.  You can learn more about how to use tags from our newest YouTube video!  Enjoy!

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Merry Christmas to all Scrapbookers!

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Here’s a little Christmas cheer!  A fun video parody of the song “The 12 Days of Christmas”!  In this clip, I create a 12×12 Christmas Scrapobook Layout using items in groups of 2, 3, 4, etc!  If you’re interested in purchasing a 12 Days of Christmas Scrapbooking Kit, please visit this link:


Scrapbooking Christmas Kit – Only $5.99!!  CLICK HERE!

 

Choosing Your Scrapbook Album: D-ring, Strap Hinge, or Postbound!

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D-ring, Strap hinge, Postbound….

Did you know that these strange words refer to different types of scrapbook albums?  It’s true!  Scrapbook albums differ depending on the type of binding used to keep the scrapbook pages within the album.  This may sound a bit confusing at first, but in my latest scrapbooking tutorial I explain the basics of finding the perfect scrapbook album.

Check out this video and learn more!  You’ll find out which type of scrapbook album compliments the premade scrapbook pages I sell in my online shop!

Happy scrapbooking!

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Late Night Thoughts – Scrapbooking with Purpose?

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Since I’ve last written, my scrapbooking business has really taken off.  I made my first sale.  (Hooray!)  I released my fifth scrapbooking video tutorial on YouTube.  I published my first guest post on another craft blog and I was given the opportunity to interview for a fellow scrapbooker’s website.

My interview was with a lovely woman named Debi who circulates the “Making Mini Scrapbooks Newsletter”.  The publication reaches over 500 scrapbooking fans.  Knowing this, I more than a little nervous about constructing my answers!  Thus, this interview forced me to sit back from production of videos and pages.  I took a moment to really reflect on what I am trying to achieve with my favorite hobby.  For one of the interview questions, I needed to decide what advice I could give others in the scrapbooking community.  After much thought, I composed this answer:

What’s the best scrapbooking advice you can give our readers?
I truly believe that scrapbooking is the best way to capture memories and make them last a lifetime. Don’t let your pictures sit in a box or on your harddrive, but pass on those experiences to the next generation through the most beautiful way possible. Remember not to keep your talent hidden away, but always share your scrapbooking ability with others.”

I love creating albums that will help me remember my favorite experiences, but an even greater joy is to create an album with purpose.  Let me explain further.  I am talking about the difference between making an album to remember my own vanity or an album to help my parents celebrate their anniversary trip to Maine.  Although I am initially hesitant to do for others, when I do create a scrapbook on behalf of another person, I am more satisfied with my overall product.

The other day I found a perfect example of an album that is “selfless” in the sense that it tells a story that future generations can benefit from.  It is a video of a mom sharing her 9-11 memory album to the world.  I was in awe looking at the numerous newspaper clippings and photos she had scrapped.  She captured so many details of this tragic event — details that we can’t let be forgotten.  I was surprised to read in the comments below, “I never knew u made that book. thats cool mom.”  It surprised me that this beautiful album had not been shared with the woman’s own son.  Now, thankfully, it has been shared with the world.

Scrapbooking can easily be a selfish hobby, but it can also be turned into a selfless hobby.  Our albums can help future generations understand what it was like to live in the 80s, 90s, or early 2000’s.  Our albums can commemorate the lives of others and honor those who we love.

Tutorial Tuesday: From Blog to YouTube

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Today I posted a new scrapbooking tutorial which is based on my blog post from earlier this month, How to Fix Scrapper’s Block.

A ton of “movie magic” was required to put this article into video form.  I quickly discovered that it was more challenging than I had anticipated.  Although writing the blog had been a snap, I could not decide how to give a visual representation of my post.  Finally, I settled on using a voiceover to read the article practically verbatim and then filming myself as a “student” who was “listening” to the text and taking the advice given.  I did not keep this format the entire time; however, because it seemed dull if used for a prolonged period of time.  Thus, later on I change to a “product review” format and then end with my typical “address to the audience” wrap-up speech.

Wow.  What a tricky experience!  This just goes to show that having various means of communication is important and certainly helpful when trying to express one’s thoughts.

Here is a link to the video.  Enjoy and happy scrapbooking!

Scrapbooking Color Palette: Fall 2010

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I stepped out my front door this morning and caught a whiff of fresh autumn air.  I immediately found myself smiling, almost delirious with the thought of pumpkins, hot apple cider, raking leaves, and candycorn.  “It’s finally fall,” I said aloud and then quickly looked around to make sure the neighbors had not seen nor heard me speaking to myself!

Fall is my favorite season for crafting.  I am inspired by the changing of the landscape.  I just love the vibrant, changing colors of the leaves, grasses, and flowers.

Keeping this in mind, I have created a seasonal “scrapbooking color palette”.  That is, I have searched through my collection of cardstock and patterned paper to find the five colors which I think most accurately reflect my the season of fall.  I plan to make this scrapbooking color palette a tradition!  It will be interesting to compare my paper choices for each season.  It will give me the opportunity to observe how my paper choices evolve over years to come.

Without further ado, here is my photograph of this year’s Fall Scrapbooking Color Palette!!!!!!!

Scrapbooking Color Palette Pages

Left to Right: Acorn brown, dull pea green, bright green with dark green polka dots, gold, and bright orange with purple and yellow accents

What color and paper choices will you use for your scrapbook pages this year?  Send us a picture or post your comment below!

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