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LOAD214: “Scrapbook Mythbusters” Layout a Day Event for Feb. ’14 {Discount Code Included!}

Pssst! Make sure and read all the way to the bottom for a discount that will make this a no-brainer AND a tip-off about a free event coming up. Just sayin’. . .

You’ve heard me talk about LOAD a time or 10 before. {If you’d like to see past entries, take a stroll up to the black banner and do a search on LOAD}. The time has come to “LOAD” again, LOL! For all the details on what LOAD214 is, please CLICK HERE. You’re not forced to sign up by clicking, I promise. It’s just where all the info is and if you choose to sign up, you’ll be in the right place :)

According to the organizer of all LOAD events, Lain Ehman:

What’s Waiting for You in February:

28 days of brand-new video prompts and lessons, guaranteed to bust you out of any scrapbooking rut, bring a smile to your face, and make your hair shine!

Exclusive message board for LOAD members only where you can connect and chat with the coolest scrappers on the Web!

Private gallery for our members where you share your daily creations, win prizes, and strut your stuff!

28 never-before-seen sample layouts!

Random surPRIZES, Hugh sightings, and fun for all!

SPACE IS LIMITED!
To Preserve the Intimate and
Personal Atmosphere of This Event,
Participation Is Capped!

For Only $50**, You Can Have the Time of Your Scrappy Life!

** KEEP READING for a DISCOUNT!

At the LOAD link, there’s also a FAQ page to answer any questions you might have {or I’m happy to answer them; I’ve done 3 LOAD’s now}. You have forever-access to the 28 video prompts, all the materials, Flickr gallery, and message board. So if February is a busy month for you, don’t sweat it. You don’t have to stick to the prompts – just do you own thang, chickie! And, yes, Project Life layouts, 8×8 layouts, any layout counts. Lain says, “I’m easy. If you think it’s a layout, I think it’s a layout.” If you get all 28 projects done and posted in February, you’re eligible for a very cool prize!

From participating in past LOADs, I can tell you this: They’re something special. In those 28 days, you bond with the group of ladies who are on the journey with you. You get to know each other through your layouts and the message board. Do you love getting comments on your layouts? You’ll get them with LOAD. Everyone is treated the same; there are no “stars” getting all the attention. Do you ever see layouts online and think, “They’re so detailed and mine aren’t” or “It’s pretty but SO not my style.” With LOAD, it’s just everyday scrappers like you posting their layouts and you WILL see many who scrapbook like you do.

That was one of my favorite things because my scrapbooking is very simple compared to those on Design Teams and even those who post to the Two Peas gallery. At LOAD, I felt normal. Well, as normal as I can be for a whacked out, crazy, scrapbooking obsessed, sarcastic, rabble-rousing enabler!

You know I love you, right? Just to prove how much, I’m going to share with you a most excellent discount code. If you CLICK HERE or the link above to sign up for LOAD214, the code “28DAYS” will give you almost 40% off the cost of LOAD. So instead of $50, it’s ONLY $31. For you buck-saving fans, that’s $1.10 per day {even at the full price of $50, it’s only $1.78 per day}. I defy you to say that’s not worth the money. Defy you, I say!!

Yes, you could just challenge yourself to complete 28 layouts in February for no cost. But, c’mon, if you’re like me, it wouldn’t get done. You’d be sharing layouts with – yourself. You’d be chatting each day with – yourself. You’d have to inspire – yourself. You’d post your layouts in a gallery where you could see layouts by – you. You’d have to give prizes to – yourself. And – hey now! – then it’s not so free after all, is it?

Now ask yourself, “Self, do I want to join in with a bunch of other scrap-crazies and do LOAD214?” I’m sure your self would say, “Well, DUH! Of course, I . . . you . . . do.”

So get to steppin’, sis!

PS: Whether or not you want to be part of LOAD, you should definitely check out all of Lain’s FREE monthly scrapinars. Information on February’s scrapinar with a very popular teacher is right here. Hope to see you there!

LOAD513: “Layout a Day May 2013″ … What If I’m Too Busy in May?

As I’ve been posting and talking about signing up for LOAD 513 – aka Layout a Day May 2013 – I get this comment/question a lot:

“I want to do LOAD in May but that’s a reeeeaaallllyyyy busy month for me. What if I can’t join in much during the month but still want to be part of the fun?”

Well, the great news is you can still do this!

I took LOAD213 (this past February) and, as always seems to happen with me and online scrapbooking classes, after a week or so real life took over and I wasn’t able to complete all of the daily layouts (I got about half of them done and only because I had a retreat in February).

However, I still have access to a list of the daily prompts – with live links to the daily videos and transcripts. I can still look through the LOAD 213 gallery and be hugely inspired by all the layouts done by other 213 LOADees. And I can still read through the forums to see what challenges, questions, and insights came up for others.

It’s now April and I’m still using the LOAD 213 materials whenever I have time to sit down and scrap. Or even just dream about scrapping, like on the iPad at a sports practice, lol.

I wasn’t 100% sure I’d heard whether or not LOAD attendees have “forever access” to class content so I e-mailed to get a concrete answer, and here it is:

YES! They [attendees] have “forever access”. In fact, we send out a link to a master list with all the prompts, so it’s even one stop shopping when they are ready to tackle the challenges!

So there you go.

If the only thing holding you back from LOAD 513 is the fear that you can’t stay on top of it all month, please don’t let that be a worry. For any LOAD event you join, you have “forever access” to the content.

Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns about LOAD and I’ll address them. Hope to see you in May … even if just for a bit :)

Here is where to sign up for LOAD 513!

Coupon Code / Discount Code for LOAD 513 aka Layout a Day May 2013

In my LAST ENTRY, I talked about a $10 off discount for LOAD 513 – Layout a Day May 2013.

I could’ve sworn I put the code at the bottom but when I checked this morning it wasn’t there – so sorry! It’s now been added to yesterday’s post and here ya’ go:

*** $10 off LOAD513 registration with code “FNF” at checkout. Discount expires 4/10 at midnight ***

Here is where to sign up for LOAD 513!

Hope to see you there!

Last Chance to Sign Up for LOAD 513 … Layout a Day for May 2013

After attending my first LOAD event in February 2013 – see my post HERE – I’m a true believer. It’s the BEST online scrapbooking event I’ve ever attended. Well, okay, it’s tied for 1st place with TRUE SCRAP :P

I wasn’t able to keep up with blogging about LOAD 213 (Feb ’13) but I did get tons of layouts done that month. They are some of my favorite layouts I’ve ever done. I think it’s a combination of the prompts received from Lain and the supportive community who makes you feel like your ideas are valid and appreciated.

The gallery is EXTREMELY active so even if you’re like me and not able to physically do a layout every day, you can at least collapse on the couch at the end of every day and marvel at the layouts posted by other LOADers. Inspiration station, baby! And the message board was LOADs of fun, too (har har).

It’s time for LOAD again in May 2013 – so this one is called LOAD 513.

It runs during the entire month of May and here is what you get if you join:

31 days of brand-new video prompts and lessons, guaranteed to bust you out of any scrapbooking rut, bring a smile to your face, and make your hair shine!

Exclusive message board for LOAD members only where you can connect and chat with the coolest scrappers on the Web!

Private gallery for our members where you share your daily creations, win prizes, and strut your stuff!

31 never-before-seen sample layouts!

Random surPRIZES, Hugh* sightings, and fun for all!

*Lain may or may not have a serious thang for Hugh Jackman … See why?

Here is where to sign up for LOAD 513! Look at the bottom of this blog entry for a code you can enter to get $10 off the registration fee ;)

Participation is capped for all LOADs and there are only 50 spots left for this one – it’s a very popular event. The most awesome thing is that I have a special deal for you: $10 off the $50 price. Do the math: That’s only $1.29 a day for all the goodness listed above.

And after 31 days, how would it feel to have 31 layouts?!?!? I mean, that’s an entire album. A satisfying stack. A titling tower of layouts!

I’m a ScrapHappy.org member so I get all LOADs for free – I will be there! If I were you, I’d just go sign up for LOAD 513 right now. Because if you don’t, the end of April and them May 1st is going to be here, everyone will be talking about LOAD, you’ll get really jazzed about joining in … and it will be full.

Every LOAD has a theme. For the February session, it was ScrapHappy. This time it’s “Get a Clue! Investigating the Mysteries of Your Life.” Sounds like fun. I can’t wait to get started!

Speaking of which, there is no special prep you have to do for LOAD – no specific products to buy or pre-work to do. It would help to start May 1 with a clean desk and join the message board and gallery as soon as you sign up for LOAD. The message board actually gets hopping before the event starts. But that’s it! So if you need to make a big dent in your stash, LOAD is perfect for you. {Or if you need an excuse to scrapbook shop, we’ll encourage you there as well … bwahahahaha!}

Click here to sign up for LOAD 513!

*** $10 off LOAD513 registration with code “FNF” at checkout. Discount expires 04-10-13 at midnight ***

LOAD213: Layout a Day, Day 3

It’s late Saturday night and I wanted to give a little update on my LOAD experience so far. It’s technically still Day 2 (02-02-13) but being on the West Coast, I receive the prompt for the next day at 9pm the night before (does that make sense?). Which is really nice because I can start working on the layout before I go to bed or at least start thinking about it.

Tangent: Okay, is this just me or are there others of you Scrapbook Obsessed who do this too? When I go to bed, my mind is usually still going a mile a minute – “Pay the electric bill tomorrow, buy dog food, don’t forget to call the water softener guy, when is that report due?, blah blah blah.” So oftentimes to calm myself down and relax so I can sleep, I’ll start thinking about scrapbooking – a layout I want to do, a new way to organize my Project Life cards, what I want to buy first from the new CHA stuff, what am I going to pack for the retreat? – that kind of thing. Works every time, baby! A few minutes later . . . ZZZZZZ Please tell me you do that too!

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So back to LOAD . . . I now have 3 prompts . . . 2 layouts almost done . . . and 1 prompt I’m still kind of stumped by (if you’re a LOAD-ster, I’m sure you know which one I’m talking about, lol). I was waiting to see if the prompts would fit the overall concept I had for this class and so far they DO match so I’m going with it: I’ll be doing layouts for a Book of Me. Have you heard of these?

It’s basically where you – the one who always scrapbooks about everyone else in your life – actually scrapbook about yourself. Novel idea, eh? Because your family and your kids want to know about you too, silly! What makes you tick? What is your daily life like? How about that childhood? Hopes and dreams? Favorite things? So that’s what I’ll be scrapping with my LOAD layouts. If I get all 28 layouts done, I could have a full BOM album done at the end of the month – wouldn’t that be Rock Star-ish of me? Cue screaming fans.

And I did – thanks to some very helpful comments here and in the LOAD forum, including an answer straight from Lain herself – decide that it’s fine if I blog about LOAD, the prompts, and the layouts I make from them. And I have to say . . . the Ladies of LOAD are a pleasure to be around. Everyone in the forum is kind, helpful, excited, and passionate about scrapbooking. I couldn’t ask for a better group to be a part of.

So that’s where I’m at with LOAD. I can’t promise when I’ll post prompts and layouts – maybe a weekly round-up? Sometimes fitting in blogging is really hard, and I want to make getting layouts done this month the priority. But I’ll do my best!

LOAD213: Layout a Day Starts Today!

Even though it’s only 10pm my time on 01-31-13, on the East Coast it’s past midnight. So the official start to my month-long adventure with LOAD has begun and I got my first prompt!

{If you’re wondering what LOAD is, please READ THIS}.

I’m not really sure how to blog about LOAD. It’s a paid class and I want the creator Lain to make a living. She puts a LOT of work into this. Today for instance we received an 8-minute video with a 3-page transcript and a very thought-provoking prompt. Not to mention all the other stuff that goes into LOAD.

So I don’t want to share the specific prompt, do I? {I don’t know that I’ll be sharing my layouts online anyway so that’s not a concern}. I’ll have to see how other LOAD’ers are handling blogging about the class content.

But I will say this: The first prompt is amazing! One that really makes you think, makes you take the first step out of that box you may be in. If it keeps up like this, I can tell ya’ I’m going to LOVE me some LOAD!

PS: You can still join LOAD yourself, ya know? RIGHT HERE. At this point, you won’t even have missed anything :)

Layout a Day … LOAD213 … “Scraphappier” … Who’s With Me!?!?

Only 8 more days . . . only 20 spots left . . . time to sign up!

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What is LOAD? Yeah, I’ve been hearing about “load” for years and never really paid attention, honestly. I knew it stood for Layout a Day and that you complete 28 layouts in a month. But that’s about where my knowledge stopped.

Eventually, through other classes I took with the creator Lain Ehmann – most notably TRUE SCRAP 4 – I learned more about what LOAD/Layout a Day really is, how it works, and how amazing it is. And now I’M JACKED, PEOPLE!!! I can’t wait for February to get here!

I thought I’d tell YOU about LOAD213 (the 213 stands for February 2013) and see if you’d like to join me :)

So here we go . . . directly from Lain:

LOAD213: ScrapHAPPIER

Here’s What’s In Store in February:

28 days of brand-new video prompts and lessons, guaranteed to bust you out of any scrapbooking rut, bring a smile to your face, and make your hair shine!

Exclusive message board for LOAD members only where you can connect and chat with the coolest scrappers on the Web!

Private gallery for our members where you share your daily creations, win prizes, and strut your stuff!

Insiders-only interview with Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of The Happiness Project. Listen as she shares her secrets on living a happier life (and why scrapbookers have a jumpstart on the ordinary people)

Random surPRIZES, Hugh sightings, and fun for all!

SPACE IS LIMITED!
To Preserve the Intimate and Personal Atmosphere of This Event,
Participation Is Capped!

PRIZES!?!?! Did she say PRIZES? I’m so there.

If you want to learn even more, check out THIS QUICK VIDEO by Lain. Her enthusiasm is infectious.

I’ve already joined the gallery and message board. The other attendees are posting and prepping. Again, the excitement is infectious.

When you read the reviews and endorsements HERE from past “LOAD’ers” (ha), it really makes you want to take part. {Scroll down a bit to see them}. I mean, in reality . . . I work full-time, have kids, activities, bizzy bizzy life. Am I really going to complete an ACTUAL layout a day? I don’t know. I’m realistic and thinking not.

But like one of the reviews said, the daily prompt is a quick and motivating way to start your day. Go create your layout right then and there. See what you can accomplish, right? I figure even if I get only 10 layouts done (hmm . . . there are 8 weekend days in there and maybe I’ll get lucky on 2 weekdays, lol), that’s 10 more than I probably would’ve done otherwise.

And PROJECT LIFE layouts COUNT! So I’m golden there :) Those of you who can get 28 layouts down, my hat’s off to you. I’m sure you’ll inspire me and maybe I actually CAN do it. Who knows?

Also I’m a sucker for forums and galleries. I totally {heart} talking to other scrappers day-to-day in a community of support. Everyone’s in the same boat and, from what I already know about Lain’s SCRAPHAPPY* community that I also belong to, it is truly “the nicest group of scrapbookers on the internet.”

*By the way, because I’m a member of SCRAPHAPPY.org, I didn’t even have to pay for LOAD – members attend all LOAD’s for freeeeee!!! That was one of the things that sold me to join in the first place.

So check out all the information about LOAD and think about joining us. But don’t think too long. Lain caps enrollment and the last I heard, there were only 20 spots left. Hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about LOAD, please post below in Comments :)

Free Journaling Cards Download from Simple Scrapbooks

Click HERE for the link.


I just printed these out on different colored cardstock, like creme and turquoise, and they look great! Can’t wait to use them.

Thank you to the girls on CKMB and AMR MB for pointing these out…
THANK YOU, SIMPLE SCRAPBOOKS!!! We lurve free stuff!

New Online Crafting Show and Shopping: Create and Craft.com!

Create and Craft.tv has existed in the UK but is launching TODAY in the USA as Create and Craft.com!

I heard about it some time ago and signed up for their mailing list for the launch, but wasn’t really sure what I was looking forward to :) I watched the initial show today at 12pm PST and am very excited now! It’s basically like watching HSN or QVC craft shows, like, 24/7. HOLLAH!

From what I can tell so far, there will be 15-minute demos of scrapbooking and crafting products, both live and recorded. There is a PROGRAM GUIDE so you can see what’s coming up, even sorting by your time zone. Apparently, there’s a way to set alarms for the shows you want to watch but I haven’t figured that out yet (if you do, clue me in please!). There’s also something called 7-DAY CATCH UP which seems to be a carousel of past “shows” you can watch. The HOSTS appear to be mainly Brits and an American you may recognize, Jinger Adams of Just Jinger and Cricut fame. They even have a US DESIGN TEAM.

In addition to the videos, you can SHOP at Create and Craft TV! They have everything organized by type of craft (including Papercraft) and I saw brands like Basic Grey, WRMK, American Crafts, Chickaniddy Crafts, Simple Stories, etc. In my quick skim through the products, there seems to be a pretty good variety already and the prices appear to be in line with MSRP.

I do like how they do their product listings. Check out this listing for Doodlebug “Love Always” washi tape. Along the left side, they show other Doodlebug washi tapes. Wicked smart . . . and very convenient.

If you join Create and Craft TV’s free membership, you can access things like The Hub with their social media postings, access to more videos, the blog, and Exclusives which are coupon codes and sales.

They have regular PROMOTIONS like Pick of the Week, Weekender, 4-Day Deal, etc. In addition, they have Flex Pay and shipping is Flat Rate $6.95 (with some exceptions). All their SHIPPING info sounds pretty standard.

Starting on 12-29-14, Create and Craft TV will be partnering with Joann craft stores and presenting deals from them every day at noon!

So, my first impressions of Create and Craft.com:

1. Light, bright, easy to navigate website
2. Very nicly produced videos with fun, enthusiastic hosts – maybe a little TOO enthusiastic but it is exciting being the first day and all
3. Lots of lovely British accents that I love (even several men!), including “em” instead of our ugly American “um”, LOL
4. Wide variety of craft products – I already have an idea for my first order!

Hint:

I’m so grateful to have another outlet for my Scrapbook Obsession. I work from home and have a new group of crafty peeps to keep me company while I work. I hope you check out and support Create and Craft.com! Let me know what you think :)

Online Scrapbook Classes: “Truth Scrap” is Coming and I Have a Promo Code!

Sorry guys – I just posted about TRUTH SCRAP earlier today HERE. But since posting it, I got some more info and a PROMO CODE! I decided to do a new post so you lovely people who subscribe to my blog won’t miss out :)

There is a double special through Christmas Eve:

1. Sign up before 12/31 and automatically receive $70 off and get all {7} classes for only $79.

2. AND use my code “ADVENT” to receive an additional $20 off through 12/24. That brings the cost down to only $59 for {7} hour-long classes on 1/31!

So if you sign up HERE by 12/24 and use my code ADVENT, you get {7} classes for only $59 = $8.43 each.

I love what Lain has to say about Truth Scrap:

The 1/31 online event is focused on the intersection of art and
faith. The classes will share the “how” to as well as the “why” to.
Our goal is to encourage women to express their faith through their
crafts and their art, without getting stopped by the fear monster
or by the self-critic. Women will leave this event empowered to
express themselves in a whole new way.

Have you seen how people are kinda’ art journaling in their Bibles, like this?

I’m fascinated! One of the classes at “Truth Scrap” is “Illuminated Manuscripts: Illustrating Your Journaling Bible” by Shanna Noel so I’m stoked, not to mention the other great topics being covered.

I’m signing up for sure and hope you do, too! Please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll either find the answer or ask Lain :)

Scrapbook Shopping: Cyber Monday & Other Current Deals

Happy Monday after the 4-day weekend! If you’re in a shopping mood today, many of the deals I posted HERE are still going strong. With today being Cyber Monday (I just love me an internet holiday, don’t you?), I thought I’d do another post since there are so many new deals to be found!

SCRAPBOOK STEALS.COM

For Cyber Monday, they’re having a HUGE archive sale. The archive has been marked down by an additional percentage sitewide. The ScrapbookSteals.com archive is made up of previous steals that haven’t sold out yet and you can get up to 80% off previous steals. WOWZA! I’m headed over there to see if there’s any OCTOBER AFTERNOON or anything else I might’ve missed ;)

Click HERE to check it out. I mean, if your will is weak and your wallet is strong enough, LOL!

This sale ends Tuesday 12-02-14 at 8am PST so get to steppin’!
{I learned that on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, heh}

Okay, I peeked over there and already have a few things on my wish list:

Echo Park “Through the Year” 4×6 cards – Retail $4.99, Steals price $3.75, plus 20% off for Cyber Monday

Simple Stories paper packs – MSRP $20.97, Steals price $8.99 each, plus 20% off for Cyber Monday

WRMK shutter/memo board – MSRP $29.99, Steals price $19.99, plus 20% off for Cyber Monday


BECKY HIGGINS.COM

Get your holiday shopping done and save 30% during our 2-day sale! Everything* in our physical shop AND our digital shop is marked down, so don’t miss this rare chance to save BIG – on EVERYTHING* at BeckyHiggins.com!

*excluding gift cards

JOANN.COM




LAIN EHMANN / LAYOUT A DAY.COM

Lain has a a few exciting things on offer right now.

1. Her FREE December scrapinar happening 12-09-14 which you can sign up for right here. As with all of her free scrapinars, if you’re not available to watch it live, you get a free replay – but you MUST sign up ahead of time. Later, she sells these for cash-money so it really doesn’t make sense to NOT sign up. Know what I mean, Vern? And Layle Koncar from SIMPLE STORIES is always a hoot!

2. Every year, Lain has the “12 Deals of Christmas” which she posts/sends out once per day December 1-12 at noon EST. If you’re impatient like me, you can view the entire list HERE and maybe jot down on your calendar which deal(s) you’re doing to jump on. There are a limited number of each thing so you have to be quick or miss out. I like to support this event of Lain’s specifically because of this:

10 percent of your purchase price goes to the Aasha Foundation. The Aasha Foundation provides comprehensive social, recreational and educational enrichment support for 35 girls residing at a shelter home for girls in Mumbai, India.

3. And finally – TRUTH SCRAP

You can sign up or just get more info HERE.

For years, I’ve wanted to incorporate my faith more into my scrapbooking but have never followed through. I just feel like our faith, whatever form it takes, is SO important to who we are and what we should document about ourselves. I’m very excited about this and will definitely be signing up!


MY SCRAPS AND MORE.COM

1 day left!


Gosh, where should I start? The only scrappy shopping I did for the “Black Friday weekend” was at Michaels and it was mostly for necessities like albums to hold pocket pages and storage items. Now it’s time to have some fun! Let me know how you make out and if you need someone to talk you down from a purchase . . . erm . . . don’t call me! Hee heeeeeeee!!!

Online Scrapbook Classes: Just 6 Hours Left to Save on “True Scrap 6″ Individual Classes

I’ve already posted about these classes HERE and HERE. But just in case you got busy with Thanksgiving and forgot to shop – I wanted to remind you that there are about 6 hours left. You can view and buy the classes HERE.

I loved this e-mail Lain sent out today and thought I’d share it:

53,119 pins.
126,174 Pinterest followers.

Impressed yet?

Obviously, there’s no one better than Kelli Crowe to teach a class
on turning Pinterest inspiration into actual scrapbook pages and
craft projects! That’s why when Kelli taught this class on “Saw
This, Made That: Bringing Inspiration to Life” for True Scrap 6,
the room was packed and the ideas were flying!

Let’s face it. We all pin and pin and pin (or bookmark blog posts,
“favorite” layouts in galleries, or otherwise collect visual
inspiration). But often, our OUTPUT doesn’t come close to equaling
our INPUT. And that’s why you’re gonna love Kelli’s class. And
you’re going to love it even more because it’s on sale through
tomorrow, 11/30!

You can get the 32-minute project-only video, a full replay of the
class including chat and Q&A with Kelli, AND a PDF of the class
chat for only $9.99, through this weekend only.

Kelli’s class is just one of **NINE** hour-long video classes from
True Scrap 6, all of which are on sale through Sunday, Nov. 30.
Shop early before the price increases!

Big <3

Lain

P.S. Kelli is an incredible scrapbooker and one of the most
creative people I know. Check out her class, and if you don't love
it, we'll refund your purchase price! With that kind of guarantee,
you can't lose. Get "Saw This, Made That" right now:

I love how Lain gives a money-back guarantee. I think she’s pretty confident you’ll love whatever classes you get. And, ya’ know, if you don’t – no harm, no foul. Just get your money back and spend it something else scrappy! Whoo hoo!

Here are the True Scrap 6 classes you have to choose from for $9.99 each for 6 more hours (then $14.99) or get all 9 classes for $74:

Hope you have a lovely long weekend and holiday. Now buy your TRUE SCRAP CLASSES and get to bed! You have to get up early tomorrow ;)

Scrapbook Organization: How I Store Divided and Plain Page Protectors

I’m kind of a lapsed 12×12 scrapbooker at the moment (don’t shoot!). I’m just at the stage in life where time is at a premium (family time, work, kids’ activities, etc.) and I very rarely get time to scrapbook these days. So the majority of my scrapbooking right now is “pocket page scrapbooking” aka “Project Life type scrapbooking” aka “divided page protector scrapbooking.”

For me, scrapbooking is about memory keeping – and I have horrible long-term memory. So I really count on my scrapbooks to help me remember all those awesome (and not so awesome) moments in my life. I like the ability with pocket page scrapbooking to get photos in albums and get the memories down. It’s not always the fanciest or more artistic method but it accomplishes MY most important goal at the moment and I love it. I figure “someday” I can go back and do regular layouts and I’ll have the photos in one place and some journaling already done as a starting point.

With all this pocket page scrapping – and some regular 12×12 layouts thrown in – I really go through the regular and divided page protectors. I need a good way to organize them and have them handy; when I get time to scrap, I want to SCRAP! I’ve tried various methods, including:

– Keeping them in the boxes/packages they come in stored vertically on a bookshelf.

– Storing them on horizontal shelf cubes like the ones sold at MICHAELS.

– Leaning them in a large bin under my desk.

Well, they all seemed like good ideas at the time, LOL! But for various reasons, they didn’t work out for me (hard to access, got dusty, hard to find the type of protector I needed, etc.).

I finally found the method that works for me: Storing page protectors in 12×12 albums! If you’d like to give it a try as well, here are my tips:

1. Choose a good sturdy 12×12 D-ring album to use.

For now, I’m using a turquoise Sn@p! album for my divided protectors and a light green Project Life album for my plain protectors; I had to separate them because I have so many to store! Eventually, I’ll need those albums for projects so I’ll get some others to replace them. I’m thinking of getting 2 or 3 of the 12×12 Project Life albums when they’re on sale at Michaels in a cute pattern to set them apart from my solid color WRMK albums that house scrapbook pages.


2. Gather all page protectors, take out of boxes and packages, and place into piles by type.

They’re very slippery and hard to deal with. Find a large space like your bed or an open table if you can.


3. For each type of page protector, straighten the pile so all the binder holes line up, and put a large binder clip along the right edge halfway down.

Don’t worry, this is temporary and won’t damage your page protectors if you remove it quickly.


4. Start filling your album, with your mostly commonly used page protector types at the front.

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I use mostly Becky Higgins Design A and BH/WRMK (6) horizontal 4×6’s so those go first.

Tip: Even though the page protectors are clipped together, they still will slide a bit and not line up perfectly. Try inserting the center binder hole first; once that’s lined up, the other 2 holes will line up and insert more easily.


5. Separate page protector types within the album using your divider of choice.

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I use sheets of 12×12 thin white paper to reduce bulk/weight of the album. You could also use Project Life Designer Dividers; a plain page protector with a sheet of cardstock, patterned paper, and/or a label; etc. Personally, I wouldn’t spend a lot of time or energy on the dividers. Once you start using this binder, you’ll get a great feel for where in the binder your desired page protector is and the dividers become kinda’ unnecessary :)


6. Remove the binder clips and let your page protectors be freeee! And you are DUNZO.

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Now you can enjoy the ease of having all your various page protector configurations in one place and finding the exact type you need while you scrapbook.


The only downsides I’ve found to this method are:

– A 12×12 album full of page protectors is VERY heavy.

– You need a large space to have the binder open while you’re working, unless you don’t mind pulling it out and opening it each time you need a new type of protector.

Even with the downsides, I still think this is the best method for storing 12×12 page protectors. They’re so slippery and hard to deal with, I’ve found that having them secured into a D-ring album is the only way to consistently access them without going cray-cray.


If you found this helpful or have another page protector organization idea to share, please leave a Comment! Just click on the link under the title to this post :)

Project Life: “My Story” PL Kit from HSN

As I posted about HERE, I ordered the Project Life “My Story” kit from HSN on their last scrapbooking day. It finally arrived last week!

Here’s the cover to the album . . . obvi! I really like the shades of green and the clean design. I think it will be timeless and not look dated when I’m old and gray :)

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This is the front and back of the package insert so you can see a bit more of what the pages look like.

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Here’s the opening page and you can see all the tab dividers along the right side.

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This is a closer look at the tabs. Can you see how some of them are already crumpled? The cardstock that the pages and dividers are made from are the same weight (instead of the dividers being of a heavier weight) which is like a heavy cardstock but certainly not a chipboard, not even a thin one. You never know, heavier cardstock could’ve made the book so thick and heavy, it wasn’t useable so I’m fine with this. I’ll probably find a way to reinforce or replace the tab dividers. I do love all the topics it comes with and how the album flows so well.

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These are samples of two of the page spreads.

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And, finally, the closing page about your will and final wishes. In other words, “You can go to sleep. You are dead now, Scrappy.” You can also see the {10} divided page protectors that came with this album kit from HSN.

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Overall, I’m very happy with the Project Life “My Story” kit. The price from HSN was cheaper than buying all the items separately so it was priced well. The colors and theme of the album are very clean, user friendly, and won’t distract from all the handwriting to be included. They are simple and should be fun to embellish a bit. I’m thinking “WASHI!” How about you?

The most impressive thing about this album is the huge array of topics covered and questions asked. When completed, it really will be your life story from start to finish. There may be pages here and there that don’t apply to everyone – for instance, I’m putting aside the page about ‘my grandchildren’ since I don’t have any yet – but for the most part, very useable and universal.

Becky Higgins does it again. I can’t wait to get started.

Online Scrapbook Classes: “True Scrap 6″ a la Carte Classes Coming Soon!

A little birdie told me that “TRUE SCRAP 6″ classes will be available for individual purchase starting Wednesday, 11-26-14! I can’t give you a link yet but stay tuned to this blog because I’ll post it as soon as it’s allowed. I know a lot of you are patiently waiting :)

Tip: If don’t want to miss it – or any of the other scintillating super scrappy news I share – just sign up for my mailing list over there in the right sidebar -> You’ll get an e-mail every time I post.

The “True Scrap 6″ individual classes include both the project-only video (around 30 minutes) and the full, “Like You Were There” video (around 60 minutes). They will be “Black Friday” priced at only $9.99 each (regularly $14.99) or get the whole True Scrap 6 event including make-n-takes for only $74 ($8.22) each.

In December 2014, Lain also has her “12 Deals of Christmas” coming ANNNNNDDD . . . registration starts for Truth Scrap, a 1-day faith-based True Scrap experience on Jan. 31. With instructors like Stephanie Ackerman, Erin Bassett, Shanna Noel and more, it’s going to help crafters infuse their spirituality into their art. More info coming soon!

Wow, Talk About a Scrapbooker’s DREAM JOB!

AMERICAN CRAFTS is hiring a SCRAPBOOKER/CRAFTER. Yep, you read that right. They’re going to pay someone $28-33K per year plus benefits to scrapbook!

Just think of all the pretty paper and rad embellishments you’d get PAID to play with! The American Crafts umbrella covers: AC (incl. Amy Tangerine, Shimelle, and Dear Lizzy), Pebbles, Crate Paper, Studio Calico, Imaginisce, Pink Paislee, Heidi Swapp, Bazzill, We R Memory Keepers and Project Life products.

Imagine, if you will, this future conversation:

Your boss: “Oh, hello there. Could I please pay you to make something scrappy from these gorgeous Solstice Puffy Stickers?

You: “Uh, sure. Well, I mean, how much are they?”
Your boss: “No, silly! We just give them to you – and lots of other products. And you make cool projects with them which we share with the world and you become a famous scrapper. It’s all free. Plus we pay you. Is that okay?”
You: . . . . . . . . “Am I being Punked?! Where are the cameras?? Ashtonnnnn!”

If I got this job, I would never want to leave work! The after-hours paper sniffing alone would cut into my family time. Then hubby would get mad because his dinner was late and the kids would fail school because I’d be too busy sniffing scrapbook paper to help with their homework. They’d get kicked off their sports teams for missing practices because “Mommy got home really late from work. Again.”

Yeah, so. Darn. Guess I won’t be applying for this amazing dream job. I’m not willing to sacrifice my family. Plus it’s in Utah which is not where I live. And they have snow there, right? I’m not sure even THIS job is worth dealing with snow. Said the California beach girl.

But I think YOU should apply. You know you want to! Just go HERE. Deadline is . . . well, I can’t find a deadline so get your bottom over there and apply before you miss out! It was posted 10-28-14 so hurry!

Now if they ever need a work-from-home, scrapbooking fanatic blogger, social media freak, SEO expert who would promote their goodies and talk about their scrapbooking products TWENTY FOUR SEVEN, well, then I’m their girl!

Hit me up, American Crafts. I’m here for you.

Scrapbook Deals and Steals: Free November Scrapinar & October Afternoon “Public Library”

Two quickies for ya’ today:

1. I haven’t pulled the trigger (yet?) but the deal today at CraftySteals.com is surely trying my resolve. Check this out:

Tons of October Afternoon “Public Library” for only $23. Aye yie yie . . . I want it SO bad! But I’m telling myself that I really don’t need the entire line, just several sheets of that gorgeous paper and an embellishment or two. Praying for strength, LOL.


2. Reminder that Lain’s Free Scrapinar for November is today, Monday 11-03-14 @ 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern.

Just click here to see the details and sign up. Maybe we’ll bump into each other in the chat room :)

Hope I made your Monday a little brighter!

PS: If you’re reading this directly from my blog, sorry for the different look. I’m doing some remodeling as I have time between work and family. There will be other changes before I’m done so thank you for your patience.

Tuesday Morning: Basic Grey, Tim Holtz, 7 Gypsies, and More

I just heard from a scrappy friend in Southern Cal that her Tuesday Morning has a BUNCH of BASIC GREY! Lots of embellishments: brads, ephemera, toothpick flags, resins, stamp stickers, die cuts, journal pads, etc. Most are 99 cents. No paper though, boo! I haven’t bought much BG lately (most of my scrappy dough has been going to AMERICAN CRAFTS paper, storage items, and WRMK albums) – so now I have to make ANOTHER trip to Tuesday AM, darn! ;)

Sorry, I don’t have any photos of the Basic Grey to share but it reminded me that I never posted all these Tuesday Morning scrappy pics I took last month.


GLITTER, GLITTER GLUE, and PENS
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TIM HOLTZ and 7 GYPSIES
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SCRAPPY STORAGE BOXES
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EMBELLIES plus that cute little HEART BURLAP BOX caught my eye
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STICKERS and EMBELLISHMENTS
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SO MUCH PAPER that it was overwhelming. I couldn’t even look at it all!
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PAGE PROTECTORS and ALBUMS
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STUDIO CALICO and PEBBLES
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Don’t forget to look on the top shelf – all that PAPER and CARDSTOCK!
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Look in the other craft-y areas too. There are scrapbooking items mixed in.
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Great price on a set of WRMK PUNCHES
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The glare is terrible but those are American Crafts Flutterbys on the top left.
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Great items for SCRAPBOOK STORAGE
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Be careful. Lots of crooked embellishments! I wanted those wine ones but they were horrible! :(
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MORE STUFF
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And, just for my Peep friends, BIRDY BLANKETS!
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I have even MORE photos from Tuesday Morning from a more recent visit to their scrapbook section. I need to get them uploaded, then I’ll blog those too so stay tuned! Remember when I said that Tuesday Morning had a NEW CRAFTS BUYER? Well, I’d say she’s doing a great job, wouldn’t you?

Scrapbook Organization: Great Way to Store Kits and Collections

A couple of months ago, I found a great deal on these Cropper Hopper Sticker Envelopes.

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As you can see, they were normally $6.99 marked down to $1.50 so I did what any bargain-lovin’ scrapper would do: I bought them all! There were 10 packages so I got 30 Sticker Envelopes for $15 (instead of $70 at full price). WAHOO!!

They sat in my scraproom for a while because I wasn’t sure how I wanted to use them. I guess they’re intended to just store stickers, maybe by topic? But that ain’t how I roll, baby.

I thought about making up kits with them. You know, pull all the paper, stickers, alphas, embellishments, and photos for a single project. But in the end, I decided to use them for storing a whole collection.

In this case, I stored all the October Afternoon “Apple Cider” collection that I talked about HERE.

This is what it looks like from one side:

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And here is the other side:

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All of the 12×12 papers are in the large inside pocket. The stickers and embellishments fit so nicely in the outside pockets. I’ll put a label on that top tab. {For everything in my scrap space, I used an older version of this Brother P-touch Labeler – it’s perfect!}

I love that I can see the whole collection at a glance. I also love that these pockets fit inside my Cropper Hopper paper holders, which I sort by manufacturer. So of course this Sticker Envelope goes into the October Afternoon paper holder. I use an older version of these Cropper Hopper Paper Holders.

Like I said, I store most of my scrapbook stuff by manufacturer. For some lines, I just have paper but for others I have paper + embellishments. I’ll be going through my CH paper holders and transferring those full collections into these. It’ll be great to just grab a Sticker Envelope and get to work :)

I don’t belong to a scrapbook kit club anymore but if I did, I’d use these Sticker Envelopes to store new kits when they arrived. It would be helpful in “killing a kit” I would think. You could see each little piece and more likely use it. Then when most of the kit had been used, you could separate the items into your regular storage methods. “Oh no! The Sticker Envelope is empty! Whatever will I do?! Ah, time to buy a new kit!” Heh.

I got these Sticker Envelopes at Beverly’s Crafts. If you’re in California, you can check HERE to see if there’s a store near you. Maybe your store will have them, too. In mine, they weren’t in Scrapbooking but were in the big Clearance section.

They don’t seem to be available on Amazon that I could find, but I did see something similar: Advantus Cropper Hopper Paper Arranger 2-Pack

What do you think? How do you store your collections? Do you keep them together or separate them out into other categories? Would love to hear your method!

Scrapbook Haul: October Afternoon “Apple Cider” from ScrapbookSteals.com

As I mentioned HERE, I recently ordered the “Apple Cider” line from ScrapbookSteals.com. It arrived a bit ago; I’m just getting around to posting pics.

You know how sometimes with online shopping, you really love something on the screen so you order it. But then you receive it and it’s not as great as you thought it would be?

Well, that was NOT the case with October Afternoon’s “Apple Cider” line! Ha ha, I had you fooled there, didn’t I?

I mean, look at the extreme LOVELINESS below!

As packaged:

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That’s a lotta’ loot for only $18:

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Annnnddd . . . the most important part: the papers!

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I have to admit, I spent a good deal of time fondling . . . ahem, petting . . . what I meant was PUTTING my new goodies away. Jeez. What did you think was going on in the hizzy!?! Something borderline illegal? Just because I made sure I was the only one home at the time. There is nothing suspicious about that at all, no sirree Bob! Just a regular ol’ night at Scrapbook Obsession’s place.

So anyway – this is a gorgeous line in person. It’s everything I love about October Afternoon – nice thick double-sided papers with unique designs that are so usable, fun embellishments, great colors, and nice sayings. AND PUFFY STICKERS.

I’m just not sure what more you could ask really.

I really look forward to scrapping my Autumn photos with this amazing scrapbook line. Now if it would just get out of the 100s here . . .

Hope you had a great week & enjoy your weekend!