Monday, August 28, 2006

SEPTEMBER UNIT BY UNIT ideas


Here is a pic of the freebie download for the September Unit Challenge --love it!


Here comes our SEPTEMBER unit and this is a truly AWESOME unit! This SHABBY PRINCESS digital art FALL set will be great for such a variety of photo pages!
The colors are so cozy and delish! This art set and sketch will work beautifully for a nice fall walk, pumpkin patches, back to school, Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Here is the sketch. (K. Aho)


And here is the Back to School page sample. Love it!!



Don't feel you have to have all this same stuff. IMPROVISE using papers and accents you have on hand. Just do the page!

Need some accents or artwork?


To get the great artwork featured here, you will need to go to the SHABBY PRINCESS website and download the set SHABBBY FALL Make a mental note of where you saved it to in your computer folders. It will be in ZIPPED format and you will need to unzip it. Use free trial versions of WINZIP or another program to do this. Instructions on unzipping files is found here.

<>Need a title?
Create your own Back to School or September layout pages using the downloaded aplphabet set from SHABBY PRINCESS in this set. Or do your own thing. I am sure you might have sitcker letters or rub ons with a simular look.

Need other titles? Scrapbook.com has a nice list for you here. You can create your title on a 4x6 card too. Just place your own chosen title wording in the format shown on the 4x6 card idea sketch below.

Fall
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/5.html

kindergarten
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/259.html

school
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/36.html

college
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/104.html


Just need a 4x6?
If you just need a 4x6 title card idea, use this format for the 4x6 slip in sleeve. Your choice of wording of course! See the links above for titles. Sketch by K. Aho.



Need a Journaling box?

Want a quick-to-print option? Check out all the FREE recipe cards online (that don't say recipe on them!) They are usually 3x5 which is perfect for matting on a 4x6 cardstock piece, they have the lines fro writing already printed on them, and they usually have wonderful clip art already sized and inserted! Here is one of my favorite spots for freebie 3x5 recipe cards for journaling boxes! Don't overlook the longer printable shopping lists and labels for the same purposes!
Country Clipart by Lisa
http://www.countryclipart.com/recipecards.htm

TIPS
: Use what you have. Don't get bogged down. Try not to use what you see here unless you are stuck for ideas and supplies. Don't get stuck in details. If going digital is too hard, use what else you have! Do a great job but don't procrastinate over tiny decisions. We want to get September and the rest of your fall pics all finished up as soon as we can!

Start sorting!! Start scrapping!!

<>A Special thanks to Kristie of Shabby Princess at
http://www.shabbyprincess.com for agreeing to share her digital freebie artworks with us. They are truly beautiful. Thanks Kristie! We can scrap even more photos into our albums with these beautiful accompaniments. August may be the time for winding down our summer fun, but it also means we are in the homestretch on our UNIT BY UNIT challenges. Only a few more Units left to this year! Coming next: Halloween ideas.

Let's get busy!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Saturday, August 26, 2006

UNIT BY UNIT August and the last days of summer

Here is a pic of the freebie download for the AUGUST Unit...isn't it pretty?


Here comes our AUGUST unit and this is a truly AWESOME unit! Your memories might include anything from picnics, gardening, family events, little cutie pies, water parks, poolside fun, or just a sunshiney day. This Unit and this set are for you. This SHABBY PRINCESS digital art SPLENDID set will be great for such a variety of photo pages!

The colors are so yummy! Whether it is travel, beach scenes or anything from the last days of summer. This art set and sketch will work beautifully! This set is so versatile, it would even work for catching up on your floral gardening or wonderful Mom and Pop parent pages! Everything goes with stripes, dots and paisley! Truly versatile and full of eyepopping colorful cuteness!

Here is the sketch. (K. Aho)


















And here is the page sample I did with this set for a ValleyFair Waterpark page layout for my daughter and her bf on a physics class trip to the waterpark. (Hence the hearts and xxooxx's) :)



Don't feel you have to have all this same stuff. IMPROVISE using papers and accents you have on hand. Just do the page!

Need some accents or artwork?

To get the great artwork featured here, you will need to go to the SHABBY PRINCESS website and download the set SPLENDID Make a mental note of where you saved it to in your computer folders. It will be in ZIPPED format and you will need to unzip it. Use free trial versions of WINZIP or another program to do this. Instructions on unzipping files is found here.


Need a title?

Create your own Days of Summer layout pages using the downloaded aplphabet set from SHABBY PRINCESS in the set. Or do your own thing.

Need other titles? Scrapbook.com has a nice list for you here. You can create your title on a 4x6 card too. Just place your own chosen title wording in the format shown on the 4x6 card idea sketch below.

Water and Beach
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/65.html

Pool
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/100.html

Picnic
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/32.html

Family
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/14.html

Travel
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/224.html

Garden
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/206.html

Just need a 4x6?

If you just need a 4x6 title card idea, use this format for the 4x6 slip in sleeve. Your choice of wording of course! See the links above for titles. Sketch by K. Aho.


Need a Journaling box?
Want a quick-to-print option? Check out all the FREE recipe cards online (that don't say recipe on them!) They are usually 3x5 which is perfect for matting on a 4x6 cardstock piece, they have the lines fro writing already printed on them, and they usually have wonderful clip art already sized and inserted! Here is one of my favorite spots for freebie 3x5 recipe cards for journaling boxes! Don't overlook the longer printable shopping lists and labels for the same purposes!
Country Clipart by Lisa
http://www.countryclipart.com/recipecards.htm

TIPS: Use what you have. Don't get bogged down. Try not to use what you see here unless you are stuck for ideas and supplies. Don't get stuck in details. If going digital is too hard, use what else you have! Do a great job but don't procrastinate over tiny decisions. We want to get AUGUST and the rest of your summertime pics all finished up as soon as we can!
Start sorting!! Start scrapping!!

A Special thanks to Kristie of Shabby Princess at

http://www.shabbyprincess.com

for agreeing to share her digital freebie artworks with us. They are truly beautiful. Thanks Kristie! We can scrap even more photos into our albums with these beautiful accompaniments. August may be the time for winding down our summer fun, but it also means we are in the homestretch on our UNIT BY UNIT challenges. Only a few more Units left to this year! Let's get busy!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

June and July UNIT BY UNIT



JUNE and JULY UNIT BY UNIT -SUMMER

A special thanks to Kristie who designs the new Shabby Princess line for BoBunny and her own websites The Shabby Shoppe and The Shabby Princess. Truly beautiful papers and downloads. I love them. So glad I asked her to help us out here and she said yes!!! You can read Kristie’s blog here http://shabbyprincess.typepad.com/shabby_princess/

Our fourth and fifth unit this month will be for summer units of June and July photos. I am sending them together since they are so related. Use these background images for any summer photo

You can choose completely WHATEVER THEME suits your next group of photos. These soft florals are great for almost any theme. Or use/download another set that goes with your photos.

To get the great artwork featured here, you will need to go to the SHABBY PRINCESS website and download the set CELEBRATING. Make a mental note of where you saved it to in your computer folders. It will be in ZIPPED format and you will need to unzip it. Use free trial versions of WINZIP or another program to do this. Instructions on unzipping files is found here.

Create your whole INTRO page digitally if you prefer! This artwork is awesome. Shop her site for more freebies and for her paid artwork too. Once you learn how to unzip a file and use the art clips, you will be amazed at the quickness of this process. You don’t need a 12x12 printer either. Use the printer you have with acid free cardstock and then cut out your elements. Just mix and match her 4th of July and Celebrating art clips with your own pattern paper stash!

If you don't need this theme, skip the themed artwork and make the same sketch into another theme that you DO plan to use for the pages in your book. Either way, you have 2 to 3 days to make your INTRO pages for APRIL and get the rest of your pics for the march unit into slip in sleeves or pages to follow that INTRO set.

Basic JUNE OR JULY sketch: Use up to 4 photos on this one page! This sketch can be used for ANY theme not just these featured this week. Need more than one page or have more horizontal photos? Rotate it one turn to the right for each different INTRO page and it will still coordinate! (Sketch by K. Aho)

See this Sample! Here is a page using roughly the same scheme! My daughter and I designed this one using the Shabby Princess Celebrate artwork.

We can see how this sketch can look as a Celebrating 4th of July style page.


Don't feel you have to have all this same stuff. IMPROVISE using papers and accents you have on hand. Just do the page! J

Need some accents or artwork?

To get the great artwork featured here, you will need to go to the SHABBY PRINCESS website and download the set CELEBRATING. Make a mental note of where you saved it to in your computer folders. It will be in ZIPPED format and you will need to unzip it. Use free trial versions of WINZIP or another program to do this. Instructions on unzipping files is found here.

Need a title?

Create your own 4th of July title like mine in the upper left hand circle of my page sample by using Kristies artwork in the set. Or do your own thing.

Need other titles? Scrapbook.com has a nice list for you here. You can create your title on a 4x6 card too. Just place your own chosen title wording in the format shown on the 4x6 card idea sketch below.

Independence Day titles
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/4.html

Summer themes
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/40.html

Just need a 4x6?

If you just need a 4x6 title card idea, use this format for the 4x6 slip in sleeve. Your choice of wording of course! See the links above or titles.


TIPS: Use what you have. Don't get bogged down. Try not to use what you see here unless you are stuck for ideas and supplies. Don't get stuck in details. If going digital is too hard, use what else you have! Do a great job but don't procrastinate over tiny decisions. We want to get June and July both all finished up as soon as we can!
Start sorting!! Start scrapping!!

A Special thanks to Kristie of Shabby Princess at

http://www.shabbyprincess.com

for agreeing to share her digital freebie artworks with us. They are truly beautiful. Thanks Kristie! We can scrap even more photos into our albums with these beautiful accompaniments. Not having the perfect accent art or lettering is no longer an excuse for our summer UNIT challenge!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

1940's Vogue patterns

My dd has decided she loves this gown (think Prom 2007). Anyone have this pattern from the 1940's or so era or something identical???? We are watching it on ebay too. If you have this or any patterns from the 1940s gowns let me know.
Rock


CONTEST CONTEST CONTEST

How are you all doing on your Unit by Unit challenges? This is about the time in each challenge when people start getting bored or lagging behind or just plain busy with ohter things in life and their monthly challenges hit a little hurdle.

So we are going to have a 'keep it going' CONTEST!

You could WIN a brand new Pioneer 8.5x11 postbound album FREE just for letting us know how your UNITS are going
--
and how you are going to keep your momentum going. Comment on the NEW BLOG to let me know. I will pick one winner in a week.

This should take you to my NEW blog which I changed to last week. Please bookmark it at the NEW SITE

http://myall2.blogspot.com/

Enjoy and keep going! We are halfway done!
June and July units coming to the blog in the next 24 hours!!
Rockester

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Missouri history books up for grabs

I have a couple of duplicate Missouri history books up for grabs if you leave your comments here. Please only enter this one if you have a genuine link and interest in family history research in Cooper or Cole counties in Missouri. Drop me a comment which towns your people are from! You might just WIN a book that will help you.
Rockester

Saturday, August 19, 2006

UNIT BY UNIT April and May



APRIL and MAY UNIT BY UNIT -SPRING

A special thanks to Kristie who designs the new Shabby Princess line for BoBunny and her own websites The Shabby Shoppe and The Shabby Princess. Truly beautiful papers and downloads. I love them. So glad I asked her to help us out here and she said yes!!! You can read Kristie’s blog here http://shabbyprincess.typepad.com/shabby_princess/

Our fourth and fifth unit this month will be for April and May photos. I am sending them together since they are so related: Great outdoors, Spring, Rain and Flowers.

You can choose completely WHATEVER THEME suits your next group of photos. These soft florals are great for almost any theme. Or use/download another set that goes with your photos.

To get the great floral artwork featured here, you will need to go to the SHABBY PRINCESS website and download the set SPRING BREEZES. Make a mental note of where you saved it to in your computer folders. It will be in ZIPPED format and you will need to unzip it. Use free trial versions of WINZIP or another program to do this. Instructions on unzipping files is found here.

Create your whole INTRO page digitally if you prefer! This artwork is awesome. Shop her site for more freebies and for her paid artwork too. Once you learn how to unzip a file and use the art clips, you will be amazed at the quickness of this process. You don’t need a 12x12 printer either. Use the printer you have with acid free cardstock and then cut out your elements. Just mix and match her SPRING BREEZE art clips with your own pattern paper stash!

If you don't need this theme, skip the themed artwork and make the same sketch into another theme that you DO plan to use for the pages in your book. Either way, you have 2 to 3 days to make your INTRO pages for APRIL and get the rest of your pics for the march unit into slip in sleeves or pages to follow that INTRO set.

Basic APRIL and MAY sketch: Use up to 4 photos on this one page! This sketch can be used for ANY theme not just these featured this week. Need more than one page or have more horizontal photos? Rotate it one turn to the right for each different INTRO page and it will still coordinate! (Sketch by K. Aho)











See this Sample!
Here is a page using roughly the same scheme! My daughter and I designed this one using the Shabby Princess SPRING BREEZE artwork.
We can see how this sketch can look as a “Spring is in the Air” page.


Don't feel you have to have all this same stuff. IMPROVISE using papers and accents you have on hand. Just do the page! J

Need some accents or artwork?

To get the great artwork featured here, you will need to go to the SHABBY PRINCESS website and download the set SPRING BREEZES. Make a mental note of where you saved it to in your computer folders. It will be in ZIPPED format and you will need to unzip it. Use free trial versions of WINZIP or another program to do this. Instructions on unzipping files is found here.


Need a title?

I used the premade digital title Kristie provided in her digital kit. But there is also a whole BEAUTIFUL alphabet Kristie designed for this Spring Breeze set too. Create your own title by printing out the letters you need and cutting them out or you can go completely digital and print your whole title out at once in a mat.

Need titles? Scrapbook.com has a nice list for you here. You can create your title on a 4x6 card too. Just place your own chosen title wording in the format shown on the 4x6 card idea sketch below.

Outdoor titles and hiking

http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/140.html

camping

http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/10.html

springtime

http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/39.html

rain

http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/119.html

Just need a 4x6?

If you just need a 4x6 title card idea, use this format for the 4x6 slip in sleeve. Your choice of wording of course! See the links above or titles.

TIPS: Use what you have. Try not to use what you see here unless you are stuck for ideas and supplies. Don't get bogged down in details. If going digital is too hard, use what else you have! Do a great job but don't procrastinate over tiny decisions. We want to get April and May both all finished up!

A Special thanks to Kristie of Shabby Princess at

http://www.shabbyprincess.com

for agreeing to share her digital freebie artworks with us. They are truly beautiful. Thanks Kristie! We can scrap even more photos into our albums with these beautiful accompaniments. Not having the perfect accent art or lettering is no longer an excuse for our UNIT challenge!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Packing Page Kits for Scrapbooking


How to pack a page kit and get more done.

Got Photos?


I admit it, I am a VERY productive scrapper. I get pages done. And cute ones too. I journal, I embellish, I add handmade doodads as well as store-bought. I honestly can say that after 19 years of scrapping, I make great scrapbooks. And I do them fast. Need a two-page layout design in 45 minutes or an album in a week? No problem. I get asked all the time HOW I do it?
I will share with you my straightforward and simple process. If you can master this, you can get a LOT more done in your limited scrapbooking time. I can get up to 160 kits packed in a weekend and later get up to a hundred pages assembled in a week. And I do it consistently, incorporating the cutest and newest materials and accents. But you don’t want to hear me brag. You want to know HOW to do this for yourself.

Planning is the key.

You probably have heard that many times at many websites and forums. What do I mean when I say plan ahead or make a set of page kits to take to a crop? Check this out. I hope my step by step process helps you become more productive.

Step One: Got Photos?
Organize your photos by chronological date and event.
Don’t leave photos loose around the house waiting to get lost, crushed, or stained with the latest slosh of your Starbucks. Gather the photos up and organize them. This way you can FIND your photos regardless of what kind of page you want to create. Our minds index events (which is what all photos represent) by timeline. Organize and label your photos by year, month and event. This will save you hours of time finding photos for page sets later even if your finished scrapbooks are purely arranged by emotion, sentiment, or person.

One at a Time: Grab one handful.
Just one handful. Grab one handful of photos to create a page kit. Pick out the photos for ONE event. That means just 1 to 10 photos for creating a 1 to 4 page layout set on that same event. For me, this is usually just the pics from one event (1 to 8 photos) for a 2 page layout. If that event has more pics, I pack more similar kits! Do one event at a time. One kit at a time. I keep on placing pics into protectors or 2 gallon zip lock bags until I have about 20-40 kits with photos in them only. Here for my example I have chosen birthday photos.

Step Two: Got Accents?
You may have the perfect accents to go with this photo set. Toss them in before you choose paper. For the sake of ease, I think it is easier to choose accents next and paper last. Why? Because I have MUCH MORE paper than I have accents. I might have a notebook or three of accents but I have many FEET of paper (thousands of sheets) to use up in all color schemes and patterns. And I want to use up my stash of accents because they are so costly. They usually run 6 times the cost of my paper for any kit. I check my accent binder for birthday party ideas in my party category.
Add accents right now into your kit if they will fit. I add coordinating buttons, pre-made frames or titles, journaling squares, tags, flatter lumpy items like acrylics, punch art, silk or paper flowers, sticker strips, and 3-D stickers like Jolee’s. I can add packaged metals in a tiny zip bag if they will NOT cut into or mar the protector or photos. Choosing my accents FIRST insures that my paper (chosen second) will match my accents and thus my photos.
That means if my ‘happy birthday’ photos have lime green and pink then I chose Lime green and pink accents and it will be a cinch to dig out the lime green paper (or something that compliments that green) because I have so MUCH paper. By choosing my papers after my accents, I use up a lot more of my old accents and also my papers in one fell swoop. If I choose an accent that goes, but I end up not having ANY paper, it is much cheaper to buy 2 sheets of paper than to buy a $2.99 sticker sheet or a $4.99 birthday 3-D accent pack! Toss your accents into the page kit! Here is what I pulled as good possibilities for my 4 page birthday layout set.
Of course, you can pull either accents OR paper as step 2 in this process if you prefer and it still will work. In the end, YOU decide what works for your own thought process and stash. Sometimes I do choose my papers first if I bought a certain paper to match exactly with my photos. However, I am doing that less and less Generally, I say choose accents before paper.
NOTE: At this point I don’t add loose brads or metal accent items that would damage my paper with pokey parts or nail heads. These metals might damage your kit packaging or photos if left loose. Use your own judgment here. My lumpy metals are in a divided plastic box which travels with my to scrapbook .


Step Three: Got Paper?
Of course the next step in packing a page kit is to add the paper. I add my 12x12 background paper right into the page protector or zip bag with the doodads and photos. I rarely use all white backgrounds. My pages are about 50/50 pattern and solid in monochromatic schemes So, I decide now between pattern paper or card stock background.
Once I pull two papers for the background, I can choose the 2nd type of coordinating paper. It may be a second layer of background or it may just be for mats. I don’t decide that yet unless I have a firm plan in mind for the page. But I do notice that I usually pull 2 coordinating patterns and a solid or two for each kit. I try to mat with my scraps. Scraps should be stored by color family so they are easy to find and USE UP. Utilize scraps whenever possible when packing your kits. Notice that because my accents match my photos, then I can see that my paper which was matched to my accents does indeed also match my photos!!
Specialty papers should be added at this time too. Do you envision this layout with mulberry paper? Metallic die cut letters? Crumpled leather look paper? Glitter paper on a prom page? Will vellum mats be good on this page? Whatever suits the feel of the page, toss a sheet in the kit. Even if you don’t use it, you will have it handy “just in case.” I try to work my specialty papers in as often as I can just because I spent good money on them and I might as well USE them to make the page it’s best. Specialty papers are often still cheaper than buying more accents, so add them into the mix as often as you can.

Step Four: Got Fiber?
My stash of fiber is extensive. I have about 1000 kinds of fiber in varied colors and lengths. I blame it on my sewing and crafting background. (Any excuse will do when you love fibers!) I ran a successful craft cooperative for over ten years. We knitted, crocheted, sewed, embroidered, made dolls and their clothing, embellished Santas, decorated baskets, and more. From ribbon to jute to cashmere, we had it. And , dang, they keep making more and more pretty ribbons too! My stash is bountiful. And using it up is always a good thing.
Almost every layout kit I make has some kind of fiber on it. Decide now if you want to add a foot or a yard of fiber to this kit. Cut some off. Tuck it in the kit. If you are going to string it through eyelets, sewing, or stapling it on, see step 5.

Step Five: Got Tools? Ink or Paint?
My next step is to decide if I need tools or unusual items like paint, brushes, inks, stamps, photo colorant pens, staplers, eyelet setters, etc. If I work at home on these kits, these items are either set out on my desk or packed into my tote for traveling to scrap elsewhere. Make sure you have ample adhesives, trimmers, blades, or templates out if you are planning to use them on this page kit set. This is also the time to jot down a short shopping list if you see you are lacking something.

Step Six: Got Sketches? (Optional)
Some people work with idea cards, magazine tear-outs, or sketches. I tend to use sketches only when I can’t come up with a design. It only happens about every 30th page for me. One of the few idea books I actually keep in my tote 24/7 is Becky Higgins Creative Companion for just this reason. That is enough for me.
Some people use sketches for every page. If you do, acknowledge it and work with it. Add one now for this kit. Decide how many photos you will be using on the page and find a sketch to copy or a tear-out from a magazine to CASE (That stands for copy and steal everything). Idea websites, sketchbooks, magazines, and even graphic designs in advertisements can lend you GREAT ideas. Use them if you need to to make your pages better AND faster.
Here is a great site for free sketches:
http://pagemaps.com/

Step Seven: Got Journaling?
Journaling is entirely up to you. Do a lot or do a little. I place this step last in the kit-making agenda because it is a different thought process than packing supplies into kits. I often save my writing until I am done pulling all the other elements into each kit. Writing by hand or on computer uses a different area of your brain than organization. So Journal first, or save it to the last. Sometimes I do a full blown journaling column on my computer using awesome fonts and place the final product into my kit. Other times I just jot a few keywords on scratch paper to jog my brain later. With my notes I will write more when I create-- and journal by hand-- the final page. Remember to allow space for your journaling, year and title. It’s not all about the cute accents. J This is the time to add any pre-made poems, vellum quotes, preformed titles, and sticker letters sets. Below if the entire page kit ready to be labeled and put into a page protector in the binder for this birthday 4 page layout set.

Got Albums or Binders?
Keep on going. When the first kit is done, repeat the kit process for the next photo event and it’s corresponding set of pages. I often pack 30 to a hundred kits at a time. This works for me because I really get into the groove of packing kits. I get a great sense of accomplishment when I kit up a dozen pages without having to buy ANYTHING! Sad, huh? But true! I do have a stash that needs dwindling and this is a great way to do it. I love to use up these items. Shopping in my own stash is a lot of fun.
Now you need to store the kits in something portable. I keep the ready-to-use kits in 12x12 sized 3 ring binders. See above. Each kit is in a page protector so that when a page is scrapped and finished, I just slide it back into the protector. Pages are ‘safe’ in the binder while I work on the next page set. Many people also use large zip bags or accordion file folder slots, or clean pizza boxes in the same way. Do what works for you. I like mine portable and organized. Binders work for me in case I don't get them put into finished albums immediately the binders (when pages are done) work as acting albums in the meantime and the family can access and enjoy them.
At the end of a crop I often have a completely finished album to show off because my kits were in chronological order in these binders in protectors. Even if I never switch them over to the intended post bound albums, they are still in the 12x12 binders-- viewable and preserved in a manageable way. I don’t allow my finished pages to remain loose. I always encase my finished pages in a page protector. A loose page is a page waiting to get bent and damaged.

Got Crop Time?
Enjoy the kit-making process. Once you do it a time or two, you will be hooked. Cropping outside the home? Don’t roll in three carts to a crop when you can take three simple things: tools, kits, and snacks! Travel light! It is SO much easier to take a bag of tools and a binder of ready page kits to a crop than taking everything but the kitchen sink! I cringe to see ladies dragging tons of supplies only to sort through them for half the crop time trying to get ‘settled’. They get half a page done in 4 hours. I get 14 done in the same time. Page kits are the difference.
Even if you are working at home kits will save you time. With kids at home, pull out just ONE kit. Lay it out on the clean kitchen counter. Do bits of it in ten minute increments. Trim a photo on the first pass by. Cut a mat on the second. Layout the scheme on the third trip past, etc. It is a joy to know that you can clear up the mess in less than 10 minutes as well. The page kit concept is MADE for distracted moms. Soon you have that page kit done and the kids have never even noticed the difference in mommy-play time!

Page kits do work. Hundreds of my members on Scrappers Challenge Yahoo! group have learned this firsthand. I hope they make your scrapbooking more productive too.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Our third unit this month will be for March. You can choose from Smiles, St Patrick, or Celtic Irish love themes or completely do WHATEVER THEME suits your next group of photos. Again Use what you have to make the INTRO pages and any 4x6 accent or journaling cards that go in your slip in sleeves. Use stickers, premade items and try to use some stash items. Try to use what you have instead of doing everything just like you might see it here. Be creative and innovative and do your pages YOUR way. These freebies and ideas are just in case you get stuck or don’t have access to accents/shopping in time to get your pages underway. We want you to keep rolling along here.


If you don't need this theme, skip the themed artwork and make the same sketch into another theme that you DO plan to use for the pages in your book. Either way, you have 2 to 3 days to make your INTRO pages for March and get the rest of your pics for the march unit into slip in sleeves or pages to follow that INTRO set.

Basic MARCH sketch: Use up to 4 photos on this one page! This sketch can be used for ANY theme not just St Pats or a Smile page. Need more than one page or have more horizontal photos? Rotate it one turn to the right and it will still coordinate! (Sketch by K. Aho)



See this Sample! Here is a page using roughly the same scheme! Thanks to
we can see how this sketch can look as a SMILE page.


Don't feel you have to have all this same stuff. IMPROVISE using papers and accents you have on hand.



Need some accents or artwork?

For the smile page use your choice of fibers, yarns or ribbons as a top border
Clip art shamrocks of various sizes

Clip art Celtic accents

Photo corners or frame parts- right click to save and resize this clip. Add foam tape or pop dots underneath for dimension.



Paper piecing from about.com pattern for a hat and other Irish items

http://scrapbooking.about.com/library/weekly/blluck.htm
http://tinyurl.com/l7dh3

Need titles? Try some of these relavant titles and quotes. Remember, choose, create, and GO!
sample idea
http://www.pignwhistle.com.au/functions/st-patricks-day/i/st-patricks-day.jpg
http://www.christmastraditions.com/Merchand/NCE/StPats/66027.jpg

Scrapbook.com has a nice list for you here. You can create your title on a 4x6 card too. Just place your own chosen title wording in the format shown on the 4x6 card idea sketch below.

SMILE titles

http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/200.html

CELTIC/Irish theme St Patricks titles
http://www.allgreatquotes.com/irish_quotes.shtml

Just need a 4x6?

If you just need a 4x6 title card idea, use this format for the 4x6 slip in sleeve. Your choice of wording of course! See the links above or titles.


St Patrick title or 4x6 card idea for title
http://www.pignwhistle.com.au/functions/st-patricks-day/i/st-patricks-day.jpg

Two more cute page ideas in thisUnit theme set:
irish princess page sample
http://www.pagesoftheheart.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=21073&si=irish

smiles page
http://tinyurl.com/ppsc3

TIPS: Use what you have. Try not to use what you see here unless you are stuck for ideas and supplies. Don't get bogged down in details. Do a great job but don't procrastinate over tiny decisions. We want to get MARCH all finished up!






WInter Sweethearts layout pic that seems to be giving some people trouble seeing on the link below. From
http://scrapbooklifestories.nu/pictures/bom/key.jpg

Thursday, August 03, 2006

UNIT BY UNIT: February WINTER SNOWMAN or LOVE

UNIT BY UNIT February: Snowman and Winter Themes or LOVE

Our second unit this month will be for February. You can choose from WINTER/SNOWMEN if you like or LOVE/Heart themes or completely do WHATEVER THEME suits your next group of photos. Again Use what you have to make the INTRO pages and any 4x6 accent or journaling cards that go in your slip in sleeves. Try to use what you have instead of doing everything just like you might see it here. Be creative and innovative and do your pages YOUR way. These freebies and ideas are just in case you get stuck or don’t have access to accents/shopping in time to get your pages underway. We want you to keep rolling along here.

If you don't need this theme, skip the artwork and make the same sketch into another theme that you DO plan to use for the first pages in your book. Either way, you have 2 to 3 days to make your INTRO pages for February and get the rest of your pics for the unit into slip in sleeves or pages to follow that INTRO set.

Basic FEBRUARY sketch: Use up to 4 photos on this one page! This sketch can be used for ANY theme not just New Years or Baby. Need more than one page or have more horizontal photos? Rotate it one turn to the right and it will still coordinate! (Sketch by K. Aho)



See this Sample! Here is a page using roughly the same scheme! Thanks to Project of the Week by Susan Cobb, http://www.projectoftheweek.com/scrapbooking/012706.php

we can see how this sketch can look as a WINTER page. Don't feel you have to have all this same stuff. IMPROVISE using papers and accents you have on hand.
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Here is an example using a simular format for a love theme. They just used 3 photos instead of accents along the bottom.
http://scrapbooklifestories.nu/pictures/bom/key.jpg

The image “file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/kathy/Desktop/heart%20page.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Need some accents or artwork?


Slidemounts can be made from any kind of paper using this as a template. Right click on pic and save image to print and use. Add foam tape or pop dots underneath for dimension.

Heart Swirl to print for accent for love page.
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Snowman paper piecing Thanks to Daniellesplace.com you can create your own dimensional snowman with patterned paper clothing. http://www.daniellesplace.com/images/snowman.gif

in any size you like. Click here for the link to the printable pattern on her website.



Frames
: For more winter ideas check out and download to print the free printables set from Hewlett Packard printables. http://tinyurl.com/ewcsn

Accents: Make your own tags, titles and COOL winter ideas using this as inspiration. Definitely fast and cute! Take a peek!

http://www.scrapjazz.com/topics/Themes/Winter/791.php


Or try some royalty free clip art snowflakes of all kinds. Simply print out some and use a circle punch on them to make round accents! Be sure to check that the ones you want to right click and save are freebies!

http://www.fotosearch.com/clip-art/snowflake.html

Need titles? Try some of these Winter titles. Remember, choose, create, and GO!
Scrapbook.com has a nice list for you here. You can create your title on a 4x6 card too. Just place your own chosen title wording in the format shown on the 4x6 card idea sketch below.

WINTER

http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/47.html

LOVE
http://www.scrapbook.com/titles/cat/26.html



Just need a 4x6?
If you just need a 4x6 title card idea, use this format for the 4x6 slip in sleeve. I am not great at sketching these in Paint but hey I am trying! LOL Use any color cardstock for the mats that you prefer. Picture drawn on white so you can see and read it better. Rough dark lines indicate torn paper. Use varied sizes of stickers for the wording in the title for a fresh look. Substitute another title and heart stickers for the LOVE theme card.




TIPS: Use what you have. Try not to use what you see here unless you are stuck for ideas and supplies. Don't get bogged down in details. Do a great job but don't procrastinate over tiny decisions. We want to get FEBRUARY DONE!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

WEBWAY 3-up album CONTEST WIN THIS!!


FREEBIE!

You can win this GREEN (not pink) album worth over $25 VALUE from Webway.
http://tinyurl.com/hqwyy

Our album is a strap hinge in marble dark green color (not pink like this photo) and it is BRAND NEW. If you need a UNIT BY UNIT album or just storage for a set group of photos like a vacation or birthday, enter this contest! Comment below and I will choose a random winner from the group of posts.

COMMENT TO WIN!! I love to give stuff away. So drop me a line. Tell me what you hope to accomplish this month!
Rockester

RACHEL WINS the PM 4-up ALBUM

RACHEL WINS!

rpiohia said...

I am so ready for this challenge.
Now I will show dh that I can complete an album.
I think the hardest part was deciding which year to scrap.
I think this is just what I need to get me jump started again.
~ Rachel ~

Rachel was randomly chosen from all the posters who commented during that challenge so she wins the following album! Congrats Rachel.

Monday, July 31, 2006

SWEET BABIES join the SWEET TEEN doll line! CUTE!!



NOW AVAILABLE!

Our newest doll creations are available for ebay and custom order. SWEET BABIES!!

Going on ebay tonight:

Tuck Me In Nighty Night

Darling girl baby in sleeper with complete page set ready to use!

What a cute face! Mulberry paper, stitching on border and mats, 4 terrific pullout tags, organdy bow, etc. Adorable 3-D detail!!

Click here for auction:

http://tinyurl.com/qbw9v

Sunday, July 30, 2006

UNIT BY UNIT January : New Baby or New Year pages

UNIt BY UNIT --Here we go!
Let's start off our month of August Unit byUnit challenge at the beginning of a normal calendar year with some Happy New Year and Baby themes. Make your OWN one or two INTRO pages for this unit with YOUR OWN stash of normal scrapbooking supplies. Try to use what you have instead of doing everything just like yoy see it here.

If you don't need this theme, skip the artwork and make the same sketch into another theme that you DO plan to use for the first pages in your book. Either way, you have 2 to 3 days to make your INTRO pages for january and get the rest into slip in sleeves or pages to follow that INTRO set. Let's get it started in here!

Basic JANUARY sketch: Use up to 4 photos on this one page! This sketch can be used for ANY theme not just New Years or Baby. Need more than one page or have more horizontal photos? Rotate it one turn to the right and it will still coordinate! (Sketch by K. Aho)



See this Sample! Here is a page using the same scheme! Thanks to HOTP and ABOUT.COM you can see this example of what this sketch will look like as an intro NEW YEAR page. Don't feel you have to have all this same stuff. IMPROVISE using papers and accents you have on hand. The three bag tags along the bottom could easily also be 3 more photos!


Need some accents or artwork?

Clock accent to print and cut (right click on this image and SAVE IMAGE. Print as needed. Use ink around the edges and a pop dot to add dimension)

White rectangle tags that you can print out and ink or chalk edges to match any other color schemes

Thanks to Escrappers freebies you can use copy, print and cut out buttons for a baby's "Cute as a Button" title



Need more of a baby theme and not a New Years? Download and print the Baby Steps free printables set from Hewlett Packard printables. ...everything from borders and sticker clip art to journaling boxes that can also be used as tags and mats.

Need titles? Try some of these. Remember, choose, create, and GO!
New Years:
New Year and success titles and sayings here
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Lane/2470/success.htm
our featured title: Resolutions


Baby:
lots of titles and sayings for baby themes here
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Lane/2470/babies.htm
our featured title: (because it goes with anyone!) Cute as A Button

Just need a 4x6?
If you just need a 4x6 title card idea, use this format for the 4x6 slip in sleeve .


TIPS: Use what you have. Try not to use what you see here unless you are stuck for ideas and supplies. Don't get bogged down in details. Do a great job but don't procrastinate over tiny decisions. We want to get this UNIT DONE!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

doing the happy dance!





I don't often buy tools (usually just paper and accents for the pages I am doing) but with the new releases of Coluzzle, I decided to get a few that meet my $1 per use rule. These terrific babies came in the mail today off an ebay with Utesgirl. The above pics ae pretty much in scale except for the file folders are huge--twice the size of the others for the largest ones which is COOL. I can't wait to open and use them on new pages! I can see these being very versatile and I couldn't wait to share my excitement! :) :) :)

UNIT BY UNIT: theme order preview

This should help in planning and pulling accents for your INTRO sets as
well as placing photos in order for the purposes of our challenge.
Remember this roughly seasonal order is just the order I am presenting
these materials to you. You can certainly rearrange your Intro pages
(especially the ones with themes like smiles, dress up, travel and
friends) in any order you like later on if you have a binder style
album that opens and closes easily.

If you are working on an album like a 2-up, 3-up or album, you probably
can't take pages out and rearrange them much, So plan ahead what order
you want all your photos. These kinds of albums may not allow normal
scrapbook INTRO pages at all. (Unless they are post bound and you make
skinny pages with no protectors. ) For these 2-up and 3-up albums, it is
easier to just leave one photo square or the title at the beginning of
the unit section and one photo space or the journaling box shortly after
it.

Here is the order I will be sharing links and titles and art:

January -New Year or baby

February-winter snowmen or sweethearts

March -smiles or st patrick's/celtic

April rain and the great outdoors

May-flowers and motherhood

June- summer sun or water fun

July- Independence Day/July 4th and travel

August -grilling/family times/picnic and music

Sept -back to school and handyman

October -fall or Halloween dress up

November -Thanksgiving or friends

December -Christmas or any holidays

Lets pull those accents and premade titles and items all together and
get ready for this challenge!
Rockester<>

Thursday, July 27, 2006

WIN THIS!


UNIT BY UNIT CONTEST
You could win this! Simply enter a comment here on the blog during the July 28-august 1st time frame. Let us know how this challenge is motivating you!

See what you could win just by commenting here!
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All your moments and memories are precious...so we are giving away a PRECIOUS MOMENTS 4 up style binder album NEW and never used from HALLMARK. It is a cream colored binder style with 3 rings inside. It comes with four pages that each hold 8 of the 4x6 size photos. You then add more refills from HALLMARK or simply add 8.5x11 photo refills for 4x6 pics or even normal 8.5x11 page protectors and cardstock pages will be great for this challenge.

The album looks like the above pic and the title on the front says PRECIOUS MOMENTS TO REMEMBER with a little boy and a little girl on it. Very versatile!

Lets get going! Enter today!