A Scrapbooking Marathon

Sometimes a change in scenery is the best inspiration.

My friend Chantel and I spent nearly our entire Saturday scrapbooking at Archiver’s Scrap Mania this weekend. I brought a plastic storage bin, one paper container, and a box of photos that will someday complete the scrapbook I will be giving to my cousin who is graduating from high school this year.

Once I was settled into my workspace across from Chantel in the back of the store, I charged through approximately 10 pages. Considering it’s mid-March and the book should be finished by the beginning of June, I consider 10 pages to be a pretty solid start.

Scroll down to see some examples of the pages I’ve completed so far:
It’s a Boy; page one

Baby photo collage

Happy Days

Thinking spring

I just barely put a dent in photos from Jason’s second year before I left Archiver’s late last night, so here’s to hoping I can complete the book in time!

However, I’m pleased with the amount of work I was able to finish while I was at Archiver’s, not to mention the fact Chantel and I tried some delicious food at Earth Fare, and of course, made a visit to Menchie’s for some tasty froyo during our last break of the night. Good day!


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Resourcefulness is overrated.

I cranked out a lot of work last weekend to stock up on cards for upcoming birthdays, extra thank you notes, etc. As always, I tailored each design to the recipient I had in mind at the time, but I also dug a little deeper in my “scraps” and found something I could use to create several similar cards:

A printed blank card I had bought in a set years ago.

So, I split the front and back of the card in two to create four pieces I could work with to make four different, but similar, cards:

Below are the finished products:





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Shear Perfection?

Sometimes my paper cutter and I don’t get along.

I’ll admit, it’s probably about that time to replace the blade for a sharper one. The current one has survived a huge batch of Christmas cards and then some.

20130303-214226.jpgHowever, I can’t help but be irritated when the blade snags the edge of the paper, neglects to complete a clean cut or merely perforates the edge.

The good news: With a bit of extra thought and creativity, you can cover up the little rips and tears you suffer from using a crummy blade.

For example, I added a bit extra to this birthday card in the effort to cover up a tear on one edge of the card stock I used for a border:

I didn’t want to show a mistake on the final product, but I didn’t want to put the card to waste and start over, either.

Good as new! I hadn’t planned on going with that particular design when I started creating the card, but I think it works.

Have you ever had to try a new direction with a project because the original design didn’t go as planned? Share your quick scrapping fixes in the comments below!

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When you’re feeling under the weather, as I was for a decent part of last week, sometimes the best cure is a bit of time to yourself. A bit of relaxation. Some productivity, but more unwinding.

For me, that remedy included a lot of scrapping (handmade cards, specifically), quite a bit of cooking and baking (looking forward to trying the oatmeal breakfast muffins, pictured, that are now in the freezer), some yoga, a few hours with the family and even some cleaning, believe it or not.

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March 3, 2013 · 9:21 pm


Confession: It’s hard for me to leave photos behind.

Especially the cute ones, even if several photos I’m including show the same expression or smile.

And I admit I’ll cram the blurry cute ones into a layout, even if it requires a bit of last-minute re-arranging.

Who can relate to this?

Since I have a feeling many fellow scrappers have experienced the same dilemma above – several times – I’ve captured a few examples of layouts I created last year for my brother Matt’s graduation gift. WARNING: Because quite a bit of cuteness appears on each page below, your eyes may need a slight adjustment before moving forward. (Please note it’s not too often I will refer to my brother as “cute.”)

I’m a fan of squares. Photo squares.

Make a full-page collage. This takes a little extra time to plan because not all photos will be cropped to the same measurements, but a full-photo layout is a great technique to use to place more focus on the photos you’re using and to create a break in your book from patterned paper, embellishments, etc.

Make a letter out of photos.

Make numbers out of photos. (“’01”)

And when you have A TON of great photos to use, create a spread. It’s just too hard to pass up so many cute and hilarious vacation photos!

Hope you’ve found these ideas useful! If you’re looking for more ideas let me know!

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Make Haste


Sometimes it’s necessary to create something cute and kind-hearted at 11 p.m. A few nice words can go a long way.

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February 18, 2013 · 11:09 pm



It’s been a long day, but I’m grateful it ended on a high note, thanks to our “Dekasana Posse,” good food, great yoga and fun stories.

All that chopping, roasting, simmering and blending last night paid off! The chowder added some variety to our black bean soup tastings, which were also very good.

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February 13, 2013 · 10:49 pm