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.

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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!

Supplies:

  • 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)

Tips!
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:)

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.)

Supplies:

  • 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:

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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!

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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.

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Supplies:

Directions:
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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

Friday Night Scrappin! {Yeah, I know how to PARTY!}

Hi friends! Tonight I want to share a scrapbook page I just finished:

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I really like how it came out. I like to do a highly decorated page like this and then use the same papers to make other photo heavy pages from the same time or location. Sometimes to fit more photos in I will use the 4″x6″ divided page protectors. The metal embellishments I am using are from ButterBeeScraps. They sent me a large assortment to play with. AND they gave me a 15% off coupon code to share with you: frugal15 It’s good for 1 week, they ship worldwide and ANYONE can use the coupon code on all items except grab bags. 

Here is how I set them out on my workspace, I think it is a good idea to lay out all of the options you have for a page before you begin. It makes scrapping really fast because you don’t have to go looking for things.

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BTW if you like seeing pics of my projects in process you can follow me on Instagram, I post a pic of my desk most days. Yes, it’s thrilling I tell you.

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I had a mix of metal and resin embellishments to work from. I always look at the shape and design rather than color because you can use acrylic paint or alcohol ink to modify that. Also the thin metal filigree pieces and be altered with wire cutters, see how I made the page corners?

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So easy to alter!

Here is a list of supplies I used to make my page:

I was really impressed with the quality of the embellishments from ButterBeeScraps. There prices are low too and even better with the 15% off coupon code frugal15, but don’t wait, the coupon expires 9/5/15! I am really excited to use some of the items I did not get a chance to use on this page in some jewelry and wine glass charms! What would you make?

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Don’t be afraid to alter! Ink checked the cameo frame from silver to bronze and a few rhinestones made the wooden letters pop!

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Altered wooden letters.

The only other thing I wanted to mention today is to create the way you want to. I realize that my scrapbook style might be a little to “fru-fru” for some but I love mixing patterns, color and texture. That’s what is great about this hobby, you can do it anyway you like! I want to thank ButterBeeScraps for sponsoring this post and giving my readers the awesome coupon off their already low prices (seriously, do not wait, use code frugal15 to grab what you want now because the coupon is only good for a week!) Please note, the grab bags are not included in the coupon because they are crazy cheap. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

You asked for it, A DIY Planner Tutorial {on the cheap!}

Hi friends. I am super excited to share today’s project with you, an inexpensive, custom, refillable planner! Did I mention is was cheap to make?

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I even made the jump last night and moved everything over from my month at a glance calendar, I love having more room to write “to-dos” in the week at a glance book as well as having the monthly calendar pages for other projects and events coming up. Best of all I was able to put as many pockets and sections as I liked which was the problem I had with other planners, some things were redundant and it just looked like you were creating more work for yourself if you used it. I think a planner should make you more efficient, not less. But, there is room to get creative! Watch the video to see how I made it, you can whip one of these up in about an hour and I bet you have most of the supplies already!

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Supplies:

  • Mini 3 ring binder (I used an Avery brand one that I picked up for $1 at Mardens but they will be $5-$7 at an office supply store)
  • Small week at a glance planner (Dollar Tree with the back to school stuff)
  • Patterened paper
  • Lamanator or contact paper if desired
  • Washi tape
  • Paper clips
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive
  • Free printable calendar pages from Scattered Squirrel

I made pockets to hold things like pens, my checkbook, receipts and project notes (I communicate with my clients via email mostly so I simply print out emails and put them in the pockets.) I had the habit of making notes and leaving them on my nightstand, in the car and at the computer. This binder is small enough to bring around with me and if all I need is the week-at-a-glace I can take it with me because it is removable. I could never get into using a calendar on my phone or computer, I need to write it down, even if I never look at it again if I write it I usually will remember it and the planner will ensure that I remember it BEFORE t is too late LOL!

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I am not new to using a planner, I have used a month at glance for a couple of years, it was the only way to keep all of my freelance projects mapped out, I have slowly progressed from random notebooks and sticky notes to everything in one place and I like it! Now, if only I could get my house this organized. Baby steps 🙂 Let me know what you think and if you plan to give this planner a try. I only had to spend $2 to make this, the rest of the stuff was in my stash. I have been asked by a lot of people to make a DIY planner since the cute, popular, scrapbook company ones cost $50-$100. I hope you liked it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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