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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!

Scrapbook Obsession Weekly Roundup 01-25-15

Here’s a round-up of some cool scrappy things I saw this week and want to share with you!

– If you’re thinking about downsizing your scrapbooking in 2015 – like, literally, to 6×8 or 8×8 – check out Blackbird Darlin’s POST. She does a great job of explaining how she’ll be doing it this year and what she learned from last year.

– I got to meet Nancy Nalley last year at CHA. She’s super nice and wicked smart, just like you’d expect. Anyhow, she goes to every CHA then writes great recaps. You can check them out on SCRAPBOOK UPDATE, including her Top 10 Picks from CHA.

– If you’ve been one of the many waiting for the Simple Stories “Life Documented” line to finally clear customs, you’re in luck!


From Simple Stories:

After 7 weeks sitting on the dock in Southern California due to union/labor issues, we are SO EXCITED to announce that the container carrying our Life Documented Planner & Scrapbook collections has arrived in our warehouse! We are working as quickly as possible to ship product to our distributors and retailers. Watch for the Life Documented Planner & Scrapbook collections to hit your favorite retailer soon!

Phew!

– Remember when I talked about Create and Craft USA? I was watching Bravo this weekend and on comes a Create and Craft commercial! It was so cool. It was a cute, crafty bit and at the end it advertised how they’re live online 24/7 and on DISH Channel 221 11-5 ET. (We have DISH so that’s what it mentioned, but they’re also on DirecTV at the same time, Channel 85/222). I think I have yet to catch any presentations that are specifically scrapbooking but I keep holding out hope :)

I think C and C were very smart to advertise on Bravo network, don’t you? There’s a lot of overlap between “Scrapbookers” and “Real Housewives Fans”, LOL. Count me in! Every city, every season . . .

– Yeah, I’m mostly into pocket page scrapbooking these days but when time allows, I still bust out some 2-pagers. I’m always on the hunt for inspiration, especially layouts that use a lot of photos. Check out this BEAUTIFUL layout from the EVALICIOUS BLOG:


Layout by RONA THOMPSON

Isn’t it lovely? I’m on a scrapbooking forum with the lovely Rona who created this layout. She recently became the Design Team Coordinator for Evalicious and just prior to that, she’d organized an Evalicous puffy sticker group buy for us. Which reminds me . . . I still need to post my pics from that. You can see lots more pics and some close-ups of Rona’s layout at the link above.

And how was your week???

Online Scrapbook Classes: True Scrap 6 Individual Classes On Sale Again

In case you missed THE FIRST ROUND, Lain Ehmann has put her popular “True Scrap 6″ classes on sale again.

In short, the classes are $9.99 each on sale versus their regular price of $14.99, saving you 5 bucks per class. You can see all the classes available HERE.

From Lain:

Now through the end of January, you can save BIG on a huge
assortment of visual delights and inspiration from all NINE classes
from True Scrap 6.

If you aren’t sure what to start with, may I suggest these classes, for
only $9.99 each:

“Layering: Punch It, Roll It, Make It Yours” from Tracy Banks. The
inimitable Mercy Tiara, as she’s known to her legions of fans,
breaks down the layering process using die-cut and punched shapes.
Not only will she teach you the basics of creating lovely layers,
she’ll also have you breaking out those scores of punches and dies
you’ve been squirreling away!

“Saw This, Made That” from Kelli Crowe. Need someone to help
justify your Pinterest addiction? Kelli’s your gal! In this class,
she shares how she turns her tens of thousands (yeah, you read that
right) of pins into usable inspiration for her crafting.

“Capture Your Celebrations: Photographing Food, Family, and Fun”
from Katrina Kennedy. True Scrap mainstay KK is back with the
perfect photography class to aid your holiday photo-taking. In
easy-to-understand language, she’ll teach you the skills you need
to capture your holiday festivities.

Don’t forget to check out the other classes from instructors like
Noell Hyman, Donna Salazar, Nichol Magouirk, Layle Koncar, and more!

The sale goes through 01-31-15 but go shop right now before you forget :)

I haven’t been able to take any of the True Scrap classes this time around but I would always recommend anything by Layle Koncar. She’s with SIMPLE STORIES and her POCKET SCRAPPING 101 was my favorite class from another True Scrap I attended. I got to meet her at CHA last year and she’s SUPER nice and funny (in class, too!). You know me, I like a little humor mixed in with my scrapbooking, hollah!

You can check out the $9.99 classes HERE!

PS: I just got back from a 4-day scrapbooking retreat and will tell you about it in an upcoming post!

Project Life: New Core Kit “Southern Weddings”

Becky Higgins revealed on her blog today that she has a new kit coming out called “Southern Weddings”. It’s made in partnership with a company called – and I think it’s no coincidence! – Southern Weddings. The new line has an expected arrival of February 2015, just in time for wedding season.

From Becky’s blog entry:

Not only will there be a Core Kit, but we’ve also created an Album, 6×6 Paper Pad, Chipboard Stickers, Photo Overlays, Embossing Folders, 4×4 Cards, and 2 sets of Specialty Cards … one that is specific to Southern brides!

I wasn’t nor will I ever be (ha ha) a Southern Bride but it’s pretty cool that there’ll be a card set just for them.

There are photos on her blog but they weren’t big enough on my screen to get a very good look – and I have a huge iMac. So I enlarged the photos and posted them here, just in case anyone was having the same problem. Just an aside: That’s why I don’t prefer blogs that are set up like Becky’s with such a narrow body. I find that it’s often hard to see photos on her new set-up :( Scrapbookers are, by nature, VISUAL! LOL On the flip side, the photos here may load slowly for you so that’s the trade-off, I guess.

Okay, y’all, here ya’ go! {<- Did you catch the Southern reference, hardy har har}.

Wow, so dreamy and lovely! The soft colors are gorgeous and I love their choice of fonts, card topics, etc.

At the last wedding I went to, I took my usual photos {in between dancing and drinking shots; OOPS! Did I say that in my ‘out loud’ voice?}. That night, I printed them in our hotel room (yes, I got a ride home from a non-drinker, Nosy Nancy!), put them in a pre-assembled 8×8 scrapbook, and presented it to the bride and groom the following morning at brunch. They said it was one of their favorite gifts and loved having photos and a rememberance they could take on their honeymoon, as the professional photos wouldn’t arrive for some time. My point – and I do have one – is that THIS KIT would be SO SO SO perfect for projects like that, don’t you think? ‘Cuz I think. Surely I do.

Alas, my own wedding (over 20 years ago and yet to be scrapped – because I can’t find just the right line) had darker colors and no pastels so I’m thinking my photos won’t look good with this line. However, I’ll reserve judgment until I see it in person or see more of the cards online. If nothing else, I have at least one family member’s wedding to scrap and their colors were perfect for “Southern Weddings” by Project Life. {<- Didja' see how I just enabled myself to buy a kit I can't use for my own wedding?? Huh? Huh? Dang, I'm good!}

Okay, now I have some questions for you:

1. If you're married, how long ago was your wedding and have you scrapped the photos yet?
2. If you're not married, can you see yourself designing your future wedding around these colors just so you can use Project Life "Southern Weddings" to scrap it?
3. Are you willing to divorce your current spouse and find someone else to marry just so you can use this kit?

Just curious ;)

Have a great week!

PS: I had to laugh a bit at the message I got when I intially tried to comment on Becky's "Southern Weddings" blog post:

ERROR: Your comment appears to be spam. We don’t really appreciate spam here.

“Erika @ Scrapbook Obsession Blog” appears to be spam. Please enter a different value in the Name field.

Please go back and try to say something useful.

Granted, I did put an @ symbol in the “name” field so it must’ve set off their spam detectors – even though I’ve commented on her old blog and lots of other blogs as “Erika @ Scrabook Obsession Blog” with no problems ever. And I *have* several blogs so I can appreciate not wanting spam but 1. there are spam detector plug-ins that are amazing and what they don’t catch, you can moderate with little effort, and 2. I thought the wording was a little hurtful (sniff). In practice, I bet more “silly, oops, that was a mistake” scrappers like me see the message than spam bots (who, by the way, can’t read). Still love ya’, Becky! Like I said, it just made me chuckle.

Now, go on, leave already! Go plan a wedding or something.

Scrapbook Hauls: Freckled Fawn, Your Scrapbook Supply, Beverly’s, Michaels, and Scrapbook Steals

I haven’t done a “scrapbook haul” post for a while so here we go . . . and it’s a doozy!

FRECKLED FAWN

Back in the fall, they had a big sale and I got all of this for $10 including shipping.

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Puffy stickers and washi! The stars are glitter even though you probably can’t tell that from the photo. The labels tape I didn’t like as much in person as I did on the website. Oh well.


YOUR SCRAPBOOK SUPPLY

This online store is pretty much always having sales and coupon codes so they’re one of the first places I look for a new “must have” line. Sometimes they only have bits and pieces but then other times, I luck out and they have the exact pieces I want. This is Amy Tangerine’s recent line, “Stitched.” I got all this for $24 including shipping.

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Here are all the gorgeous papers from the paper pack, including my favorite paper – the map with hearts. You may know that I have deep love for ombre & watercolor and hearts. I hit the jackpot with this line!

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Bad news: One corner on all of the 12×12 papers was badly bent.

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Good news: I contacted Your Scrapbook Supply and they didn’t have the paper pack in stock anymore and couldn’t order it, so they sent me this as a replacement – the entire paper pad. Granted, the papers are single- not double-sided but I got more of them so it’s all good.

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If you decide to order from Your Scrapbook Supply, please tell them I sent you :)


BEVERLY’S CRAFTS

This is the closest thing I have to an LSS within 2 hours of me so I shop there whenever I can. Gotta’ support them, right?!?! I got “Celebrate” Thickers, My Minds Eye “Sleigh Bells” tiny type letter stickers, and some cute Bella Blvd, Pebbles, and Bo Bunny papers – everything for $24. I used a 40% off coupon for the MME alphas, bringing them from $5 down to $3 . . .

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. . . and what a great deal. Look how many sheets of letters you get!

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Here are the other sides of the papers from above:

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I’m going to use that teal paper from Pebbles to make a perpetual birthday calendar.


MICHAELS

Here’s my haul from Michaels right before Christmas when they had a huge sale. Yep, I took a photo of my whole cart because I cracked myself up! I don’t EVER buy this many things at once and actually felt guilty even though I got great deals.

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I’m in scrapbook space organization mode again and I NEED these things, right? All albums were Buy One, Get One Free. I’ve already put the Project Life chevron albums to good use {holding divided and plain page protectors, as I talked about HERE}. The jar candle, 8.5 x 11 kraft paper, wrapping paper, ombre paper pad, and 12×12 Iris cases were all on sale, too. I wasn’t able to use my coupon because it was all on sale already, LOL. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

SCRAPBOOK STEALS

Man, they are just plain EVIL with the OCTOBER AFTERNOON kits they keep offering up! {This one is called “Girl Talk Collection Kit” and is still available in the Archives; just click the link above}. All of this for only $15, retailing for twice that. How is an OA addict to resist? Well, don’t ask me! I wouldn’t know. APPARENTLY.

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The washi is absolutely beautiful in person and I love the Tin Pins, especially the one that looks like an old rotary phone dial. {For you youngsters: Back in the day before push buttons then touch pads, we had to actually D-I-A-L a phone and it took so stinkin’ long, you just prayed you didn’t have to call anyone with lots of 8s, 9s, or 0s in their phone number}.


Okay, I suppose by now you’re either a). totally disgusted that anyone could spend so much money on scrapbook supplies, b). drowning in drool, or c). feeling kinship because you’ve done a similar amount of shopping this fall and winter. That’s okay, you don’t have to tell me which one. Or two. We’re Scrap Sisters and I understand. Totes.

I have an order from Evalicious and also some Pebbles that Santa left in my stocking but I haven’t taken pics yet so those will have to wait. What have been your favorite purchases lately?

Scrapbook Shopping: Cheap Enamel Dots at Michaels AND Dollar Tree!

I can’t reveal my sources ;) But I’m hearing reports of cheap enamel dots to be had at both Michaels and Dollar Tree!

Here are some pics of the Dollar Tree ones:

The brand is “Do It Yourself” and they’re apparently flatter than average enamel dots {which I find to be a plus}. They can reportedly be found in the stationary section of Dollar Tree.


I also hear there are enamel dots to be found in the Michaels “dollar bins” though they’re $1.50. I can’t find any photos online – have you seen any? Please share a link! I was JUST at Mike’s 2 days ago but didn’t think to check the dollar bins by the checkout as I was on another mission, LOL.

Happy shopping! Please let me know if you find these at your Michaels or Dollar Tree!

ETA 01-04-15: A sweet reader named Kelly found the dots at her Michaels and was kind enough to share a photo!

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She says there were 4 sets total, these 3 plus 1 with purples that she didn’t get. Thanks so much, Kelly!

Blogging: Scrapbook Obsession Blog 2014 Year in Review

I’ve been blogging now for 8 full years! WOW. I’ve done a total of 1,173 posts, with 383,000 total views* and 1,298 comments. It’s cray-cray.

*This is the amount currently showing but several years ago, when I changed this site from wordpress.com to just .com, I lost over 1 million views. I was heartbroken but apparently there’s no way to restore that number. But I’m very proud of the fact that this site has almost 1.4 million views :)

At the end of each December, WordPress (my blog platform) sends a report of my stats for the year and they’re fun to look at. I thought I’d start the new year by sharing some fun facts:

– Scrapbook Obsession Blog had 100,000 visitors in 2014.

– The busiest day of the year was June 25th with 1,184 views. The most popular post that day was Wow. Just Wow. Trouble at Two Peas in a Bucket!.

– In 2014, I wrote 115 new posts. My best day for posting is Monday with 31 posts or 27%.

Here are the posts that got the most views in 2014, with links to the posts in case you missed them ;)

#1: Project Life: My New Storage System for PL, Snap, MAMBI, and Other Scrapbooking Cards
45 COMMENTS
from August 2013

#2: Wow. Just Wow. Trouble at Two Peas in a Bucket!
14 COMMENTS
from March 2013

#3: Project Life: Review of NEW 6×8 Project Life Albums, Kits, and Pages at Michaels
5 COMMENTS
from January 2014

#4: Scrapbook Store Review: “Scrapbooks Etc.” in Mesa, AZ
15 COMMENTS
from March 2014

#5: “Two Peas in a Bucket” Online Scrapbook Store Closes After 15 Years Amid Much Contro
5 COMMENTS
from June 2014

I owe that #1 post to Pinterest because photos of my Project Life card storage were Pinned a lot.

And I wasn’t surprised to see 2 of the top 5 posts had to do with the closure of long-time scrapbooking institution, Two Peas in a Bucket.

I *was* surprised that a review of a scrapbook store in Arizona was #4! It has me thinking I should post more LSS reviews; what do you think? I don’t have any scrapbook stores locally anymore but do visit them when I travel and always take photos.

Speaking of Pinterest, I also got this in an email from them: “More than 46,773 people saw Pins from Scrapbook Obsession on Pinterest in 2014.” Pretty kewl, huh? Especially considering I just started using Pinterest fairly recently in the scheme of things, in October 2013. I absolutely love playing around on Pinterest and the fact that it brings some more people to my blog {it was the #2 referrer of traffic} is just icing on the cake.

Is this post boring the heck out of you or do you enjoy hearing about blogging, the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff about having a blog, How To’s for blogging, etc.? It’s a topic I’m thinking of incorporating into Scrapbook Obsession Blog in 2015 so let me know what you think.

I need to close with a very important part of my WordPress report / year in review: The Top Commenters!

#1: Debra 20 comments

#2: slyn11 14 comments

#3: Maribeth 9 comments

#4/#5: Teri Pannesi and Nadine 8 comments

Thank you, ladies, from the bottom of my ever-lovin’ scrapbooking heart <3 I really, truly appreciate ALL who comment which is why I installed CommentLuv (which gives a link to a commenters' most recent blog post, if they like) and Top Commenters in the right sidebar, to recognize the top 5 commenters each month. I wish there was more that I could do to show my appreciation. When you spend so many hours writing a blog, you sometimes wonder: "Does anybody really care?" And by taking the time to comment, you make me feel better, like I'm not just talking to myself, hee hee! It's like getting Christmas presents all throughout the year. So thank you :)

Okay, kids! That's a wrap on 2014. I know 2015 is going to be awesome with lots of scrappy fun to be had. I'll keep enabling, you'll keep shopping. I'll keep saying stoopid things, you'll try not to nose-spit Diet Coke on your screen. I'll share some new things I've got up my sleeve, and you'll hopefully join in and love it all!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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.