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Jack o' Lantern

Happy Halloween!

It’s Halloweekend, and although celebrating holidays early is one of my biggest pet peeves, I’m thinking ahead to Christmas time.

I made another trip to Ravenna’s Scrap n Stamp Haven on Friday to use a gift card I received for my birthday. Although I passed by countless adorable embellishments, I impressed myself and resisted the urge to spend even more money on more random supplies I don’t necessarily need. So instead, I invested in some stamps for my Christmas cards.

After reading a few posts from other card makers in a scrapbooking LinkedIn group, I’ve decided to keep it simple this year. Some women make more than 100 Christmas cards each year–and I thought 50 or 60 was a lot! But those women generally use one design. I’m used to somewhat customizing my cards to the people who will be receiving them, but that is a lot of work. And the semester isn’t getting any easier!

So I plan to decide on one, maybe two, Christmas card designs and create an assembly line to put together each portion of the card. I’ll incorporate the stamps and green ink I bought in Ravenna the other day, but I’ll have to decide on papers, embellishments and layout some other day.

I’m excited to begin my cards, one of these days! It’s a little early, but I look forward to the Christmas season. Have you started your Christmas cards yet?

In the mean time, have a Happy Halloween!


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Simple treasures

Birthday card with sunflower stamp, yellow card stockThe other day I found yet even more card stock I didn’t remember bringing to Kent. This was the perfect discovery since I had just decided to make the time to actually scrapbook a page.

I almost forgot how rewarding it is to finish a layout. I love cropping the photos, mounting them on patterned paper and colored card stock and then adding embellishments.

I particularly enjoy looking through my supplies, coordinating items for my page and sifting through buried ribbons and stickers I’ve forgotten. It’s great to find a new, old treasure.

What’s your favorite scrapbooking find? Which treasures have you found at the store or within your own supplies?

Of course I allotted some time to make some cards this week as well; also rewarding, but more in the sense I’ve finished them a few weeks before Father’s Day rather than a few days before.

Check out the “My Work” page to see photos of cards I’ve created recently.

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