A Pretty Way to Plan

Hi friends! Do you use a fancy planner to schedule your life? I don’t use a paper planner anymore after switching to an online planner but I love looking at the pretty planners other people make. Those planner gave me an idea as they are kinda like keeping a diary and scrapbook all in one. I thought we could use a planner layout for certain months with a lot going on in our scrapbooks! I’m probably not the first person to think of this (I am sure I’m not) but that would be a very practical way to use our stamps, marker and pens and keep track of the events we have coming up and things we want to do over the holidays. Watch the video to get some tips on making a planner page you can use in your scrapbooks and scrool on for some other ideas!

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  1. Divide up your cardstock or planner page so you have space for titles and lines for days of the month and bucket list items. Use a ruler and pencil for this
  2. Write the Title with pencil ad then carefully and neatly go over it with a brush marker.
  3. Draw lines and numbers with a fineliner, you can use black or any color you like.
  4. Stamp decorations on your page!
  5. Enjoy using your planner page to list the holiday happenings of the month and jot down the things you want to do in the events section. Be sure to save it in your memory album

Enjoy the busy holiday season and capture the memories of what you celebrate! Happy crafting!

A Fun Favor Box and FREE Cutting File!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun favor box that you can set out on your guest’s plate this Holiday! I did it in Christmas colors but you can whip these up in fall colors for Thanksgiving too!


I was going to snap a photo of my hand-drawn template but it was pretty messy so I made a free downloadable SVG file so you can die cut it in your electronic die cutter. Alternately you can print the picture below any size you like but it is designed to fit a 8.5″x11″ sheet of cardstock. I included the mats on the templates too.


Of course you can just watch the video below and follow along with your scoring board and scissors and do it that way too. I love to give you options!


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Supplies (From Rubber Stamp Tapestry)


  1. Start with a piece of cardstock cut to 8″x7″. On the 8″ side score the cardstock at 2″ and 6″, this will give you a 2″, 4″ and 2″ section. Then on the 7″ side score at 2″ and 4″ to give you a 2″, 2″ and 3″ section. Cut out the corners leaving tabs attached to the two side pieces for assembly.
  2. From the scraps of cardstock cut two 1.5″ squares, a 1.5″x3.5″ rectangle and a 2.5″x3.5″ rectangle. Round all of these corners with a 1/4 corner rounder. Round the top back of the box with a 1/2″ corner rounder. I used a Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers
  3. Ink the box with a blending brush and red ink. Stamp holly and berries on the rounded panels and ink edges in green. Adhere side panels to the box and then assemble the box with strong double-sided tape. Lastly adhere the back panel.

I hope you found this tutorial useful and you enjoy the free template and SVG file. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!



How I scrapped our Atlantis Vacation!

Hi friends! Last February we took a family vacation to the Bahamas. I took quite a few photos and I wanted a way to showcase them as well as keep all of the souvenirs we picked up while we were there.


I have not made a mini book in ages! I always liked them but they would become so tattered with the kids pulling them on and off the bookshelf to look at them and the reason I scrapbook is so the kids can see pictures of their memories so I did not want to spend time making books they couldn’t enjoy. Since the album fits in a keepsake box it will protect it as it is pulled on and off the shelf as well as hold other odds and ends that don’t fit in the album. Win win! Watch the video to see how I made this and learn my scrapbooking mini album tips!

The beautiful Keepsake Box and Album template I used to make my project is from JenofEve Designs.  Use coupon code LINDSAY20 to take 20% off your entire purchase through July 31, 2017  JenofEve Designs has a detailed instructional video on assembling the book and box and while you’re at it consider subscribing to her YouTube channel for tons of free tutorials!


  • Large Keepsake Box and Album Template Bundle
  • Craft knife with a sharp blade
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal Edge Ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Scoring board (optional but recommended)
  • Strong double-sided tape (like scor-tape/Sookwang)
  • Mat board, chipboard or doubled up cereal boxes (for box and album cover)
  • Decorative scrapbook papers (or use the paper provided)
  • Computer and printer (for printing templates and instructions)
  • Embellishments to match the theme of you album
  • Photos and ephemera
  • Thick wet glue or hot glue for lumpy embellishments
  • Scissors
  • Paint, ink, stamps etc. (optional)

1. Store the templates for the box and album in their own page protectors so you don’t get them mixed up and you can use them again later without having to reprint. I was able to slip each page protector with the templates and the printed instructions in a job ticket holder but you could easily store them in a binder too!

2. To save tracing time you can print the templates directly on your decorative paper as well!

3. Keep a shallow basket of box handy to store all of the supplies for this project, that way it will be a snap to clean up between sessions and your project supplies will be on hand the next time you go to create!

4. Use strong adhesive for the construction of the box and album.

5. Add flaps and pockets as you go to accommodate the photos and ephemera you want to use.

6. Store extra keepsakes relating to your album in the keepsake box.

7. If you want to save time and photo paper (and you print at home) select the photos you want to use in multiples of 4 and choose 4 photos on a page. It will give you 3.5″x5″ prints which I think works great on an album of this size. You can print in this fashion right from the Windows picture viewer saving time and effort too.

8. Mix it up! The K & Co paper and flip-flop buttons were new but the graphic 45 paper, stamps and other embellishments were moldy oldies! You can make older supplies look fresh when you mix it with something new. Make scrapbook kits from supplies you already own!

I hope this project inspires you to preserve your vacation memories! I want to thank JenofEve Designs for sponsoring this video and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Scrapbook Calendars & Christmas Design Bundle Giveaway!

Winner Update! Congrats to Linda who won the Christmas Bundle from DesignBundles.net & FontBundles.net! You can still grab the Christmas bundle on sale for $34 and still have time to make something awesome with it!

If you are my mother do not read any further OR watch today’s video:)


Hi friends! Today I am going to share my most requested gift, a DIY Scrapbook calendar! I started making these 15 years ago when my son was born. I saw a “scrapbook calendar” for sale when I went to pick up my photos at Wal-Mart one day and decided to make one for my mom, it was a simple project, you basically just glued your photos in the rectangles on the calendar pages. My mom LOVED it and requested another one. The next year the blank calendars were nowhere to be found! I had to come up with one from scratch or ruin Christmas! OK, Maybe I am being a bit dramatic, anyway, over the past 14 years I have got this process down to a science.


Break the project into manageable chunks starting with printing the calendar, photos and any other digital supplies I want to use. I usually make a couple of digital scrapbook pages too (at one time I was making 4 calendars at Christmas and for those years I made 12 digital layout and printed 4 copies, easy peasy!) Then I bind the book and adhere the photos and finally I embellish the pages. You can work a page at a time if you prefer but if you are one of those 4-hour-page people you might want to relax your standards a bit. When it’s done you will feel so proud!


Not sure what is going on in this photo, I thought hot rollers were a good idea today. You may question my hairstyle choices but I assure you my taste in gift giving is “on fleek” today! Watch the video to see exactly how to make this!


The Digital supplies I used came from the Christmas Design Bundle from DesignBundles.net and Fontbundles.net You can get this package of over 900 design elements (individually priced at $557) for $34 ! I am also giving away one bundle to a lucky reader! This contest is open worldwide, leave a comment for a chance to win!

Here are the techniques you will learn today!

*How to format and print a calendar for free
*How to print digital scrapbook paper to use in craft projects
*How to create a digital scrapbook page you can print
*Ways yo use digital products in traditional scrapbooks
*How to bind the calendar
* How I create quick traditional pages (using up old stash)
*Tips for mass production scrapbooking
*Tips for using lots of photos

Feel free to pop ahead, pause or re-watch different parts of the video until you understand a technique. Have fun and enjoy the look on your recipients face when they open up their custom photo calendar. Also make sure you allow plenty of time to complete this project (ie don’t start this on Christmas eve after a couple of egg-nogs.)


  • Cardstock
  • Photo paper (for printing photos and digital scrapbook pages)
  • Printer
  • Image editing software (I use Paint Shop Pro but Photoshop or GIMP will work the same)
  • If you want a free easy online software to print and collage your photos try ipiccy, image editing software and be tricky if you are not used to it. You can also use any scrapbooking software you may have.
  • Calendar to print, I use the free calendar generator PDF Calendar.
  • Digital papers & artwork, I used the Christmas Design Bundle.
  • Paper trimmer
  • Tan inkpad (optional)
  • Stickers and other light weight embellishments
  • Adhesive (wet and dry)
  • Binder clip & ribbon scraps
  • Binding machine and comb *if you do not have a binding machine I have a tutorial here for doing this with a crop-a-dial or a copy center will bind it for you inexpensively.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments! I would also love to know if you have ever made a scrapbook gift for anyone. I think the thing I love most about this is that it is a gift for someone who has everything and it will be used everyday and not clutter up a house or collect dust. It is the perfect gift I think, and my mom agrees and she is the smartest woman I know so there you go:) Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win The Christmas Design Bundle, I will pick a winner on Friday December 16th 2016. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting.

What’s a Pocket Letter?

Hi friends! Viewers have been asking me about pocket letters for a while now. The Pocket Letter trend was founded by Janette Lane as a way to send goodies and notes to current or new pen pals. The notes and goodies are housed in baseball card page protectors. There are swap groups you can join too and the movement is worldwide. I started out having no idea what I was doing but finished with a project I was happy with:


It feels like a cross between cardmaking and project life and artist trading cards. Best of all it is a social craft, you make, swap and collect them. It is easy to store the letters you receive too because they will fit in a standard binder!


I tried out the new Pocket Pen Pal dies from Scor-Pal and they made the process of creating the pocket letter quick and easy. You can save 10% on these dies with coupon code: frugal10 Watch the video to see the entire process.



1. Die Cut all dies in the Pocket Pen Pal series from cardstock.
2. Trim out tags and decorations for pattern paper.
3. Gather supplies and goodies to share.
4. Assemble the crafty goodness and slide them into the page protectors

I hope you give this craft a try! I want to thank Scor-Pal for sponsoring this post, use the code frugal10 to save 10% on the Pocket Pen Pal dies and accessories! They are wonderful for artist trading cards, gift card presentation and cardmaking too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

No Scraps Left Behind!

Hi friends, you might call this tip frugal or you might call me a hoarder but after yesterday’s video tutorial on the torn frame a few people said they could not bear to waste the paper from the inside of the frame, well, neither can I. Here is what I do with the small bits of good quality paper I can’t stand to through out!


As I mentioned in the video I have used other punches on my scraps but find that I really only use the photo corners and buttons. I punch tags out of leftover holiday papers though because I always need more of those. Paper scraps that are larger than 2″x2″ get filed by color in my scrap paper hanging file folders. How do you deal with your scraps? Let me know in the comments! Til next time happy crafting!


Let’s Crop! A Halloween Page Scrapped LIVE!

Hi friends! Today, with help from my niece Sarah, I did my first live tutorial on YouTube! Here is the 2 page layout we made!

DCF 1.0

DCF 1.0

DCF 1.0

DCF 1.0

I had a great time. I love how people could ask me questions as we cropped, in fact it was a lot like a real crop, sharing, chatting and laughing as we crafted! If you missed it live you can catch the replay here! It seems like a few minutes were cut off from the beginning of the show, not sure why, but the folk who were there live got to see, basically it was me matting the photos, no biggie.  Don’t worry, this will not replace the short edited videos, this is just something new I have added to the mix! I hope you enjoy AND you make something right along with me. Let’s make this like a real crop!


We are planning on doing a live watercolor class next Friday at 12:30-1:30pm Eastern Time if you want to pencil it in. I think that day and time will work well and if you can’t make it live you can always catch the replay:) Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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