About Scrapbook Obsession

I am obsessed with scrapbooking and I know you are too! I think about it, talk about it, and do it any chance I get. I love to shop as much as I love to crop. My blog will have: product reviews, show reviews, scrapbook organization, my shopping finds, and just general scrapbook topics. There are so many scrap blogs out there where the author journals about their life and shares their pages. I wanted my blog to be a little different. Hope you enjoy!

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Beyond Excited! I’m Offering My First Online Scrapbook Class: “Simplify Your Scrapbook Space”

The full course title is: “Simplify Your Scrapbook Space: Declutter and Organize So You Can Scrapbook Stress-Free.” Catchy, eh?

The Short Version

If you don’t have time to read this long post, let me cut to the chase for you: The class is on sale NOW. You should sign up NOW because there’s a group of us starting on Monday together (but it can be self-paced too). It’s only $39 for 8 weeks of content, encouragement and accountability in a Facebook secret group and the classroom message board, not to mention a shared Pinterest board, and lots of free bonuses! You can learn more HERE and sign up HERE.

The Long Version

Here’s My History. What’s Yours?

I’ve been scrapbooking since 2001. Since that time, my scrapbook space has become so overrun with supplies and clutter that I often dread spending time in there and I sadly don’t scrapbook at home very much. {I mostly scrapbook at crops and retreats}. Periodically, I spend a day or two putting away purchases, sorting through my piles (yeah, I’m a piler), and rejoicing over seeing my desktop again.

Yet 2 months later, I’m back in the exact same boat. My scrap desk is piled high, I can’t put my hands on that favorite supply I wanted to use, and I end up just walking out of my scrap space without doing much because I don’t want to deal with it yet AGAIN. Can you relate to this at all?

Proof of the Crazy That Was My Scrapbook Space

BEFORE photos of my desk and file cabinet … yuck :(



The Epiphany

After reading Marie Kondo’s ultra-popular book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, I had an epiphany: I’m ready for a change. I’m going to apply this home decluttering and organizing philosophy, which the author calls the KonMari Method, to my scrapbooking space. Would you like to join me?

A Different Concept

This class will be different from other scrapbook space organization classes. Instead of focusing on the smartest or coolest ways to organize and store your supplies, we’re going to focus on paring down what you have, mentally and physically clearing away all the scrapbook clutter that is blocking your creativity and causing stress, and only keeping those scrapbooking items that bring you joy. THEN we’ll talk about how to store everything.

A Scary Concept

Now I realize these thoughts are very scary for some. They sure are for me. Pare down? Clear away? Simplify? Does that mean I have to get rid of most of the supplies I love? NOPE. It just means that we’re going to be brutally honest with ourselves about what amount of scrapbook supplies we truly need, which ones “bring us joy” vs. which ones feel kind of heavy or obligatory, and what level of simplifying will allow us maximum creativity.

For example, I’ve been stubbornly holding on to MANY 12×12 postbound albums which take up most of my storage cubes. It’s crazy. I switched over to D-ring albums years ago and the likelihood that any of these albums will ever be used is very small. Why am I holding onto them? I’m letting them take up valuable closed storage space that could be better used for other supplies that are cluttering up my desktop – and making me feel too crowded to scrapbook there? I mean, come ON!

Deep Breaths!

Don’t worry. If you take my class, I’m not going to “make you” do anything you don’t want to do, PROMISE. I’m just going to give you ideas on how to simplify your stash, encouragement if you need it, and let you know that it’s okay to let go of things in your scrapbook space that aren’t bringing you joy and aren’t enhancing your creativity.

In the past, I’ve purged good amounts of stuff (for example, HERE and HERE) but I’ve come to the realization after all these years and all these attempts at organization that I’ve held on too tightly to too much. Not to mention that I keep buying cute new stuff while not purging or using equal amounts of it.

Months or years after a purge and organization attempt (which never seem to be completely finished because I get distracted before I’m truly done), there are items I’m still holding onto that, honestly, will probably never be used.

What if Someday Never Comes?

And you know what? That’s okay. What the Konmari method made me see is that I don’t have to feel guilty about letting go of things “because I spent good money on that” or because “I have a project I want to do with it” SOMEDAY. Yeah, always someday, right?

Another thing I’m okay with is just packing some things away for a while and revisiting them later. If there are supplies I’m not sure I’m ready to let go of, there’s no harm in putting them in a box in the attic or a closet and revisiting them in a year or so. Because in the meantime, I cleared some space! I made room for creativity! And that’s an awesome feeling.

I want you to have that feeling too. I want you to feel refreshed, unburdened, and free in your scrapbook space not dreading the chaos that currently exists. Maybe you’re already awesomely simplified and organized; if so, good for you! But if you feel like it’s time to make some changes in your level of supplies or just in how they’re organized, I hope you’ll join me for this class.

More About “Simplify Your Scrapbook Space”

The sales page is HERE and the purchase page is HERE. It’s only $39 for this beta class which will unfold over 8 weeks, no matter when you purchase it. (Only $5 a week?? Whaaaaat?) But if you want to roll along with a group of us doing the class together, please sign up by tonight – we’re starting THIS Monday 11/16/15! {Signing up any time after Monday is totally fine! You’ll receive the initial module right way and the following 7 modules week by week. You’ll have full access to the Facebook group, message board, Pinterest board, etc.}.

I plan to offer an expanded version of the class in January 2016. I know that the current time of year is tough for taking on a project. But if you can swing it, do the class with us now so you’re able to enjoy any holiday down-time or vacation days in your newly organized space :) Also, the price for the January class will be higher so now is the time to get in for less.

Whether you sign up for my class or not, I urge you to take a look around at your scrapbook space and REALLY examine if it’s serving you well. Does it contain only things that bring you joy? Does it allow space for making layouts, sorting photos, and using your die-cutting machine? Do you feel invited to enter your space or do you dread approaching it? If the answers to these questions aren’t positive ones, consider making a change, either now or in the new year so 2016 can be an amazing year of creativity for you!

Scrapbook Obsession Update: Facebook Page and Group, Team Lisa, and My First Class?!?!

Heyo scrappy! Remember in THIS post when I alluded that there may be another announcement coming? Well, it’s time. And now there’s a spoiler in the post title but I’m not ready to talk about that yet so you have to keep waiting :P

Facebook Page and Group

First, I wanted to update you on the new Scrapbook Obsession Page and Group that I talked about HERE. They both got off to a somewhat slow start – as things associated with me are wont to do – bwahahaha! I’m thinking me in the morning before cawfee, any form of exercise, that kind of thing.

The Facebook Page was pretty depressing at first, I tell ya’. I’d post something and it would say “1 person reached” or “3 people reached” even though the Page Likes were growing steadily (thanks to you guys, since the only place I mentioned the new page was here on the blog).

But that’s Facebook’s new algorithm; you can Like a page all you want but if you don’t regularly interact with it, the posts won’t show up in your feed. They want people like me who are desperate for approval from strangers to pay for boosting, ads, etc. ;)

Well, the joke’s on Mr. Zuckerberg because a. I’m cheap, and 2. I prefer to beg my online scrappy friends to “LIKE” me (please Like me!) before I’ll stoop to the level of paying for affection.

So I hung in there, begged my friends to give me some love, and the reach of the SBO Facebook Page has improved already! Take that, Marky Mark!! I even have one post that says “145 people reached.” Of course, it’s a post about one of my scrapbooking hauls. Now I know how to get your attention, you little minxes!

As for the Secret Facebook Group – well, it’s a SECRET so I can’t tell you. DUH.

J/K … J/K

Not only has the Scrapbook Obsession Facebook Group grown to 58 lovely members in just a few weeks, it has also caused my Scrapbook Obsession Free Newsletter list to grow from 140 to 164 in that same timeframe. ‘Cuz you have to sign up for the newsletter to get an invitation to the Secret Group. Hmmm, who’s crafty little idea was that??

See, there’s usually a method to my madness. Not always but usually. Sometimes I’m just a hot mess and have no farklin’ idea what I’m doing. Yeah, wow, I’d have to say that’s mostly when I’m cooking. So you’re safe – unless you come over for brunch. { That’s so silly! Why would you come over to my house for brunch??!! Because MIMOSAS! }.

Team Lisa aka “Anthology” by Lisa Bearnson

Since I joined on as a consultant for this line in the Spring, it’s been a good experience. The umbrella company – Youngevity – is wonderful to work with. They gave me my own pretty website to sell Anthology products and they provide great support and training. I’m still trying to figure out how that all fits in with Scrapbook Obsession.

SBO my anth site blog

I don’t want to over-post about it but in keeping it pretty “low pro”, I haven’t sold very much. Honestly, I thought people would be more excited to buy the products and find me when seeking information. While I do get blog hits from those searches, they aren’t translating to orders. No one asks questions. No one is begging to be a consultant even though you can get started for only $25. I bought 10 catalog/idea books and have sold 1 :( [ETA 11/15/15: Make that 2! Thanks Shari and Laura].

And that’s okay. I’ve never been a pushy salesperson type and apparently that hasn’t changed. If I choose to be more aggressive about it down the road, I have ways to promote Anthology that won’t negatively impact this blog – because I don’t want to dilute what Scrapbook Obsession is. And what is that, exactly?? LOL

My First Class?!?!

Yes, I totally just copied that heading from the post title because it’s midnight and I’m plumb tired. Brain no workee. Too long since above-mentioned coffee consumption.

So anyhoooo … if you’re in the Secret Facebook Group (ahem!), you know that I’ve been contemplating when to do my first online class – about organizing and simplifying your scrapbook space. Here’s where that stands: At this point, I’m thinking of doing an 8-week beta class starting next Monday. Yes, NEXT Monday 11-16-15. Even if it’s just a few of us, I think we can have a blast getting our space all tidied up for some winter-break, staying-warm-inside scrapbooking this winter!

Then I’d start a longer and more thorough version of the same class on or around 01-18-16. I know the holidays are too busy for many people to contemplate attacking their scrapbook space. The new year is a great time for that. With both classes, I’ll be running them live starting on those dates but you can purchase them at any time and jump in. The content will be released weekly and you’ll have access to our chats, photos, forum, Facebook group, etc.

What your scrapbook space will look like after you take my class:

(It actually belongs to Papermint Crafting Studio. I’m being “aspirational” like Martha Stewart. Heh.)

So I’m getting input on all this from the group members and from some scrappy friends. I need to decide, like, PRONTO. Are you in the mood to get started organizing on Monday? If not, how does January sound? I hope you’ll join me . . . more information to follow!

As for Scrapbook Obsession Overall . . .

If you read THIS post, you know that I went to online business school this year and, after blogging since 2007, I’m ready to take Scrapbook Obsession to the next level. Having the newsletter is a big part of that because of how it makes others in the scrapbooking industry view my relationship to YOU (in other words, it’s a great thing, so thank you for signing up!). My blog feed, Bloglovin’ followers, and social media followers are steadily growing.

I’m being contacted by more product sponsors and affiliates which is a nice vote of confidence. It’s challenging to find ones that are a good fit for a scrapbooking blog which is a pretty defined niche. But that’s okay; it’s not really a big part of my plans for Scrapbook Obsession anyway. I still have more awesome ideas than I have time. And I’m still waiting to make enough moolah from this venture to cut back on my day job. Someday, someday . . .

The best part has been the support from my online scrapbook friends like you and I couldn’t be more appreciative. Let’s keep this thing rolling strong and see what 2016 brings. I think it’s gonna’ be an awesome new year!

Silhouette + The Reset Girl = Planner Girl Magic

I came across this video in my online business circles, not my scrapbooking circles, and it was a nice surprise! I love hearing behind-the-scenes of creative businesses since that’s my niche as a virtual assistant. Also because CRAFTING!

I thought you’d also enjoy the video below with Cori, The Reset Girl, and her husband “Mr. Crafty” talking about how Silhouette products have enabled them to have such a wicked awesome thriving business. {Okay, they didn’t say ‘wicked awesome’ … I did. I’m a scrapbooker. I EMBELLISH}.

If you’re not familiar with The Reset Girl, it’s a site with very active social media focused on Planner Girls, i.e. all those cute planners I said I’m not able to use HERE, lol. {Though Cori is going to win me over eventually}. And she also runs the #ListersGottaList challenge that I wrote about HERE and sells the most cutest planner supplies HERE, also great for scrappers like us.

Anyway, enjoy the video now that I’m done blabbering about it :)

Small businesses and Silhouette from Silhouette America on Vimeo.

*On preview, it’s not embedding like it’s supposed to. Just click on the “Small Businesses and Silhouette” link to see the video if needed.

If you want to check out any of the Silhouette and Cameo machines they mention, they’re on Amazon HERE. You can see the Mint HERE.

Congratulations Reset Girl and Mr. Crafty!!

Scrapbook Shopping: Tuesday Morning and Michaels Hauls – October 2015

Here’s a look at some things Michaels is carrying these days along with photos of my recent hauls from Michaels and Tuesday Morning :)


My Michaels had some new album and planner kits. The only one that caught my eye was the kit on the left. I opened it up and, to be honest, wasn’t impressed with the quality. Oh well, made it easy not to spend money.


I noticed some new washi styles – in the top 2 rows of this pic.


I got MORE Heidi Swapp stickers. These clear ones are so useable and so cute. I also got the cork “washi” which is rad. I think it’ll be fun to layer with.  All HS was 50% off and I used a 50% off coupon for the cork tape. Score!



I had a better trip this time to Tuesday Morning than I’ve had in a while. While shopping, I was texting with my scrap bestie, asking if she wanted this or that.

And then laying out everything I was going to buy and pretty much bragging about all my finds via texted photo :P I’m not all bad; I bought the Maggie Holmes bows and triangle tack thingees for her <3


Yes, you’re reading that right: a $50 OttLite for only $20. ‘Nother score!


Couldn’t resist taking more photos of my haul when I got home. I’m quite proud apparently.



Not bad, eh?

You MUST See This: Endless Scrapbook Album!

A video is worth a thousand words (right?) so I’ll just start with this:

Okay, is that amazing or what? This cool project is brought to us by Anna Kossakovskaya {she goes by umichka on Instagram} and you can see all the photos and a how-to video on her blog HERE.

This reminds me of way back in the day when I discovered explosion boxes for the first time. So unique yet so do-able.

In looking for more examples of endless scrapbook albums, all I could find was this video from 2012 with an endless card.

What do you think? Is this a project you can see taking on?

Online Scrapbooking Class: Creative Paper Crafts with My Mind’s Eye

Starting this morning {11-03-15}, check out the free broadcast of a new Creative Live class called “Creative Paper Crafts with My Mind’s Eye” taught by Candice Stringham. Candice is the marketing director at MME.

CreativeLive class description:

make your parties pretty.
Add panache to to your next paper craft project with unique ideas and expert tips from My Mind’s Eye!

CreativeLive partnered with the incredible designers over at My Mind’s Eye to bring you, a collection of paper craft how-tos that are guaranteed to inspire. You’ll learn about supplies and techniques for making:

Pretty Paper Garlands and Banners
Creative Gift Wrap and Charming Toppers
A Stylish Soiree
Simple Instagram Albums
Perfect Little Paper Mache Villages
Delightful Dioramas
Franklin #PlannerLove

My Mind’s Eye has been developing stylish paper products for over 15 years. In Creative Paper Crafts, you’ll learn how to create a variety of customizable party decorations that will lend all of your events a lovely, handmade touch.

If you want to create beautiful decorations and decor and throw lavish, Pinterest-ready events, join My Mind’s Eye and CreativeLive for Creative Paper Crafts!

So here’s what you do: On Tuesday and Wednesday this week at 9am PST, go HERE. At the top, click On Air, find the class, and click play.

For the best experience with ANY CreativeLive class {yes, I’m quite the expert, lol}, also log in, RSVP for the class so you can download any free handouts, and then join the Chat – which is loads of fun!

If you can’t catch the class live, you can watch it afterward – still for free – as it runs on a loop through the evening and overnight. Or you purchase the class and watch it any ol’ time you want :)

I’m not much of a party supply maker but the preview did show a mini album, too. Okay, who am I kidding? I’m mainly tuning in to drool over all the pretty paper. {See all of My Mind’s Eye’s luscious current collections HERE}.

Hope to see you there!

Scrapbook Mini Haul: Joann.com October 2015

Just a belated update to THIS POST – my Joann.com sale order:


I don’t remember what date I received this but it arrived quickly and was packaged nicely. As always, everything is much nicer looking in person that it was online.

All of the turquoise in the border stickers is foiled and it’s SO pretty! The other MAMBI set has a lot of inlaid glitter (is that what you would call it?) where it’s like part of the sticker itself so it won’t flake off and make a mess of your projects. Love the font too. The colors in the Jillibean Soup papers are darker than I thought they’d be but still very nice.

Not bad for $11 :)

Hope you had a great Halloween & Happy November!

Scrapbook Randoms: New Project Life, Glitter on Grey’s, and a Scrapbook Obsession Milestone

Just a few random things to share:

– I wanted to make sure you saw all the new Project Life products HERE.


Love that pattern on the lower left with the triangles. It looks like a very cool line but I’m resisting until I use some more of the travel stuff I already have.


doodle core kit project life

I’m not much for doodled scrapbook supplies for some reason. Pretty colors though.


card organizer project life

It looks similar to the one by WRMK – wonder which one is better?

– Did you hear scrapbooking mentioned on Grey’s Anatomy recently?

I can’t find the quote online but Maggie was talking about how, when she was a girl, she and her mom use to scrapbook together. And they had glitter pens!! It was cute.
It’s happened at least once before. Hmm, I wonder if they have a scrapbooker in their band of writers?

– There are reports of Christmas scrapbooking supplies at TJ MAXX!! Just like with the Halloween stuff, check all around the store to find them – craft/cards, holiday goodies, checkout lane, etc. I’d love to hear what you find!

– Shout out to Pamela for being the 150th subscriber to the Scrapbook Obsession Free Newsletter! Thanks to all of you who have signed up and to Pamela for helping us hit a milestone. ONE-FIFTY, WHOO HOO!!

Why don’t you sign up too? There’s a box in the top right sidebar. I don’t bombard you with emails, I promise, and you get to be in our private Facebook group. Would love to have you :)

Have a wonderful rest of your week, friends!

Team Lisa Bearnson: Who Wants an “Anthology” Catalog?

It’s pretty fun working for Youngevity. They do giveaways almost daily on their Facebook page and lots of times all you have to do is Like or Share something.

I Love Free Stuff!

Last week, Michelle Wallach (the founder’s wife) offered up the brand new “Memory Keeping Idea Book Fall/Winter 2015” just for leaving a comment. Luckily, I got in under the wire and this is how I received it!


Not only was it in the pretty gossamer bag but it smelled delicious! I don’t know how she did that, LOL. And there was a cute card that said, “Thanks for your love & support for Youngevity!”


I wish I could post photos of this entire yummy catalog and idea book for you! It has all the fall and winter lines not only for Lisa Bearnson’s new “Anthology” line, but also for Youngevity’s existing scrapbooking lines called “Our Memories for Life” (paper) and “Heritage Makers” (digital).

Youngevity Memory Keeping Idea Book – Fall/Winter 2015

I couldn’t resist showing you all the sneaks into the November “Anthology” kits. I’m just a SQUEEEEE bit excited to see them!




*Note: This was a misprint. It’s actually the NOVEMBER Nifty Gifty kit :)




Aren’t all those layouts cute! I especially love the “HOME” one 2nd from the bottom. In fact, I like what I see so much that I canceled the October kits I had in my auto-ship (going out 10/25) and decided to replenish my Tangy Tangerine multi-vitamins and ASAP weight loss drops THIS month, so I could spend all my auto-ship budget on these November kits NEXT month. October = health, November = SCRAP!!

Other features of this idea book:

– Glossy color photos throughout. It’ll remind you of the good ol’ days of flipping through a scrapbook magazine

– Great ideas for layouts, home decor projects, gift ideas (Christmas is getting close!),etc.

– Clear explanations of how to create Heritage Makers projects, how to place orders, and how to be a consultant*, if that interests you :)

*Make sure to sign up under me (Erika Friday / 101433514) so I receive credit for referring you and you get to be on Team Lisa Bearnson!


You can see it online right HERE!

If you’d like a paper copy of the idea book, I’m selling them.

They cost me $40 for 10 – or $4 each. Postage within the US will be $2-3, so $6-7 per copy. I wish I could afford to send you one for free but I just can’t, at least until my “Anthology” business is selling more.

Would you like one? Just $5 including postage (within continental US). If you then place an order through me (Erika Friday / 101433514) and let me know, I’ll refund your $5 via Paypal. (you have 60 days after your idea book purchase). Sound like a plan?

My Paypal is: erika(at)scrapbookobsession.com

Whether digital or paper, I hope you enjoy the “Youngevity Memory Keeping Idea Book”!

Scrapbook Obsession: Announcement #1 – We Now Have a Facebook Page & Group!

There’s that saying, “She’ll be late to her own funeral!”. Well, that would be me, LOL. I’m notoriously like 1 minute late to almost everywhere I go. I guess I just don’t see the point of getting somewhere early and having to sit around waiting when I could be DOING something. Hey, I’m a flawed human, what can I say? {All you punctual people hate me right now}.

I’m wayyyy more than a minute late to incorporating Facebook into the Scrapbook Obsession world. But now that we’re there, I hope you’ll join us!

Scrapbook Obsession Facebook Page

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The new Facebook Page is HERE (https://www.facebook.com/ScrapbookObsession)

The Scrapbook Obsession FB page will be a fun place to share updates, blog posts, industry news and links, sales, and all kinds of fun!

Did you know that, even if you “Like” a Page, you’ll only see in your feed about 1-5% of what is posted on the page? Yeah, it’s kind of frustrating but there is a solution. The more YOU engage with the page – Like, Comment, and Share – the more you’ll see it in your feed.

Are you pickin’ up what I’m laying down?

Please come on by and not only Like the Scrapbook Obsession Facebook Page but also join in, please! The more you do, the more you’ll see in your feed, the more you’ll engage – it’s like a wonderful ol’ ball of scrapbooks and sunshine :)

Scrapbook Obsession Facebook Group

Shhhh, the new Facebook Group is a secret!! No, really, I’m not kidding. It’s a Secret group. That means it’s not visible to the zillions of people on Facebook. After surveying newsletter subscribers, it was agreed that a private group would encourage sharing and keep it a manageable size, so we can really get to know each other.

To join the Secret group, all you have to do is get on my free newsletter list here:

First name


If you’re reading this via e-mail and can’t see the sign-up form, just click on through to my blog. There’s a place to join in the top right sidebar.

Hope to see you over there. We’re going to have so much fun!

PS: Did you notice that I said “Announcement #1” ??? Hmmm, I wonder what else I could be brewing up?

Scrapbook Book: “Live Life in All Caps” by Teresa Collins

Yep, one of our own has published an autobiography!

The book is Live Life in All Caps: The Teresa Collins Story by Teresa Collins.

teresa collins live life in all caps

You can get the Kindle version for $6.99 HERE and the paperback for $14.39 right HERE with free Prime shipping.

Teresa is known for home decor . . .

DIY items . . .

organizational products . . .

and – my favorite, of course – scrapbooking supplies!

Even if you don’t know anything about Teresa other than her products, you’ll be interested by her life story. She’s certainly been through a lot including a stroke and the loss of her husband. It seems she’s found a way to keep a great attitude and keep smiling.

If you happen to be in Utah, you should check out her book signing tonight:

Book Launch – “Live Life in All Caps – The Teresa Collins Story”
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
American Fork City Public Library – 64 S. 100 E., American Fork, UT 84003

If not, you can get her book on Amazon HERE. If you read her book, I’d love to hear your review :)

Congratulations Teresa!!

Scrapbook Deals & Steals: All We R Memory Keepers on Sale!

In case you aren’t on their list, I wanted to make sure you know about a huge WMRK sale going on at Scrapbook.com.

scrapbook.com wrmk sale

Their site says:

All We R Memory Keepers products on sale, ALL THE TIME!. Sale includes Crop-A-Diles, The Cinch, Punch Boards, Sew Easy products, page protectors, punches, albums and all other We R Memory Keepers products. We R has a reputation for making high-quality albums, innovative tools, and beautiful papers. Shop Scrapbook.com and get the lowest prices and largest selection of We R products available.

You can get things at a huge discount, like this:

WRMK Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Tool $95.99 reg. $120

I’m kind of confused about when and what the sale is because on the Evolution page, it says it’s part of a 4-day sale. I clicked the link that said this:

Save 15% to 55% on all We R Memory Keepers products! We R Memory Keepers, a leader in the paper crafting industry, makes high quality tools, beautiful paper collections and much more. All sale prices are visible on the individual product pages. No coupon code is required. Act fast, this 4-day sale ends on Sunday, October 11th at midnight PST.

So everything WMRK is always on sale and certain WRMK items are on special sale through 10-11-15? That’s how I’m taking it.

All I know is, the prices are great! Here’s some more fun stuff I saw (the headings and photos are links to the products):

WRMK Instagram Album Kits $6.89 reg. $23

I don’t Instagram (yet) but know many of you do and what an amazing deal + quick way to get some of those photos off your phone and into an album to share :)

I already have a good organizational system for my Project Life and WRMK page protectors. But that doesn’t stop me from wanting this guy:

WRMK Sleeve Shelves $33.99 reg. $40

I love how those tab thingees stick out and show you which type of page protector it is. I might need 2 of these units. Gulp. But, hey, it’s not that I’d be SPENDING $68. It’s that I’d be SAVING $12. Heh.

So that’s just a few things I saw but go check it out. Tons more stuff.

I’ve heard that WMRK is re-branding or re-packaging their 12×12 albums – which is probably why I can’t find the colors I need anywhere. And that’s fine because I’ll probably start buying my albums from my Anthology site anyway – I like the bookplate better.

But we don’t have the Kiwi color – hope that’s coming soon. Otherwise, I’ll be looking to WRMK’s new model to fulfill that need. I use it for all my yearly family albums.

Okay, happy shopping!

Scrapbook Shopping: HSN 24-Hour Craft Event NOW

Just a quick post to let you know about the HSN crafting event going on right now: October 6-7, 2015.

HSN scrapbooking

HERE is a link with more info. The Today’s Special Value is an Anna Griffin holiday card kit.

HERE is a link to the program guide; adjust it to match your time zone.

I’m in the PST. I think it started here on Tuesday night at 11pm and goes through Wednesday at 9pm.

Sorry I didn’t post this sooner. My DVR is permanently set to record anything HSN crafty/scrappy – hope yours is too so you didn’t miss it!

Let me know if you see anything interesting ;)

Confessions of a Scrapbooker #1: I Don’t Use a Pretty Planner #sorrynotsorry


My email inbox and Instagram feed is filled with photos like THIS and THIS and this:

mambi day planner
*From the MAMBI blog

Pretty, pretty, PRETTY!!

I see all the gorgeous planner products that the scrapbooking companies come out with and am oh-so-tempted to buy things like this:

Color Crush Personal Planner Kit by Webster’s Pages

websters pages planner
Oh my gosh, so delicious!

And yet here is the exciting day planner I just got for 2016:

AT-A-GLANCE Weekly / Monthly Executive Planner

at a glance planner
at a glance planner

You’re so jellie, right? Yeah, not so much.

Believe it or not, this planner is actually stepping out on the wild side for me. I’ve used the smaller version of this At-a-Glance planner (about 7 x 9″ vs 8 1/2 x 11″) for literally 10 years. I save them every year and use them to look up stuff – medical info, dates and journaling for scrapbooking, etc. – or to win an argument with my husband (oops, did I say that in my “out loud” voice?).

I just pull the old refill out and put in the new one; they’re slim and file away very nicely. Changing to a different size?!? Gasp! It’s like those of you who MUST have a row of matching albums on your shelf. It causes a bit of anxiety to change it up, am I right?

I have reasons for going practical over pretty. As much as I’d love to dress up a cute day planner with stickers and washi and pretty handwriting, it’s just not happening. I keep track of too much stuff in my planner:

– Travel and holiday plans
– Hub’s work schedule
– Dates for school stuff, sports, and community events
– Medical, dental, and other appointments for all of us
– All of my clients’ events and due dates (yes, I calendar 5-6 other people, LOL)
– Bloggy stuff
– Free business and scrappy webinars (I’m a junkie)

Not only do I need all that space I have in my current 7 x 9″ boring planner, for 2016 I’ve decided to “go bigger” because I need even more room! See the longer horizontal space for each day? I draw 2 vertical lines to make 3 boxes so I can visually separate personal, business, and webinars/e-learning. It’s getting pretty cluttered and I run out of room on some days. On the month-at-a-glance pages, I track our bills and budget. On the blank lines on the top right, I usually journal about something from that week (to scrapbook later).

You can see why those pretty scrapbook planners with all the fun extras wouldn’t work for me, huh? I did look at a lot of options before choosing this (boring) planner. Even if you don’t go scrapbook-y, there are some pretty awesome, cute, helpful planners out there now. I looked at many, including Elise Blaha Cripe’s Get to Work Book, the Passion Planner (tried out their free printables), the popular Erin Condren planner {did you know they carry these now at Staples?!}, and a bunch of other nice options on Amazon. I even bought and tried the Uncalendar. None of them had enough writing space :(

Lest you think I’m TOO super boring, I am going to bust out in a big way with my day planning in 2016.

Wait for it . . .

I’m ditching my pencil and going for color!!

Pilot Frixion Retractable Gel Ink Pens

frixion retractable erable gell pen

Yeah, they’re erasable. So what? You got a problem with that? I’m a bit picky and just can’t do scratch-outs. Gotta’ be able to fully erase mistakes or changes and I hear these pens totally rock.

I don’t know if I’ll actually try to color code everything or just use, say, pink one week and blue the next. We shall see. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.

Tonight I had a 50% off 1 item coupon at Michaels; only thing I could find to buy were some clickable highlighters – pink, yellow, and orange. Hope to use those in my planner as well.

Thanks to Mr. Amazon Prime, my planner and pens got here in 3 days. I’m inordinately excited to play with them. Hmm, what shall I do first? Go through and add birthdays in lime OR bill due dates in turquoise?! Eeeee! (Goober).


I thought I was ordering a black planner but they sent me SILVER which I actually love! I may not use a cute scrappy planner but I’m proud of myself for stepping out of my box a teensy bit.

How about you? Do you use a fancy planner? A white board on the fridge? What’s up with you? I’d love to hear about it.

Happy Planning!

Scrapbook Obsession Weekly Round-Up 10-04-15

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

– As a scrapbooker AND a huge fan of Major League Baseball AND Red Sox fan, I absolutely loved THIS article about sports scrapbooking. This was my favorite line:

Among the hidden truths of a scrapbook . . . is what it reveals about its maker. It not only tells the story at hand but also one about the hand who crafts it.

Pretty profound for a non-scrapper :) Isn’t that exactly how you feel? The things you leave out can be almost as important as the things you include.

– Are you looking to sell or donate craft supplies? Check out CreativeResale.com. I didn’t see much in the way of scrapbooking supplies so you’d corner that market if you have anything to list :)

– I find October Afternoon’s blog so inspiring. Their latest is a post by Mou Saha – look at this gorgeous page:

october afternoon fall layout mou saha

As much as I love OA products, I have to say it’s the amazing, colorful, diverse photos that make this layout for me. I love how she anchors them with the patterned paper and the tree but then gives the layout movement with the falling leaves and splatters. Great job, Mou!

– I have a partial Project Life kit available. It’s a bunch of 3×4 cards from Heidi Swapp’s “Picturesque” line. You can see more info HERE. Much cheaper than buying the whole kit and you don’t need 10,000 cards anyway :)

Team Lisa Bearnson: October “Anthology” Scrapbook Products Now Available!

Lisa’s goal was to release new kits on the first of every month and she did it! The October kits are all plugged into my online store and available to you immediately.

The type of kits available each month will vary. There will always be a stamp kit and then the other 2 slots will rotate between a layout kit, a pocket page kit, and paper collection kit. In October 2015, it’s the latter two. Ready to see?

October 2015 Kits – Anthology by Lisa Bearnson


Anthology October 2015 “Better Together” Pocket Kit $49.00













Oh my gosh, “I love you more than bacon, Sundays, and green lights.” ROFL  Honestly, when I saw the preview and first photo of this kit, I wasn’t sold. But now with the close-ups and layouts, it’s a must-have! Seeing how photos bring out the colors so well is the clincher for me. Yep, I’ll be getting this one.

As always, I love the little “book” that keeps all the elements together. I often spread out on my bed to do my pocket page scrapping while I watch TV and I also get a lot of pocket page scrapbooking done at my yearly retreat. It’ll be so easy to just grab these little books with everything self-contained. Love it lots.

To see the full listing for the “Better Together” pocket page kit including exact components, please click HERE.

Anthology October 2015 “Christmas Wishes” Paper Collection Kit $42














Did you see the twine bows on the 3-D “J-O-Y” stickers – oh fer cute! This is such a pretty and playful Christmas scrapbook kit. I like when Christmas lines have more than just red and green; the teal/turquoise and pink make it special. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to order it. I truly have enough Christmas scrapbooking stuff for layouts. I’m thinking about getting it to make Christmas cards and/or December Daily though. Hmm . . .

To see the full listing for the “Christmas Wishes” paper collection kit including components, please click HERE.

Anthology “October 2015 Stamp Sets” Kit $24


One sheet of stamps is fall / Halloween / Thanksgiving and the other is winter / Christmas. Love the images, especially the chipmunk and that mint candy looks like it’d fun to color in, huh? I just realized you can make a jack-o-lantern with these, LOL! There are 2 pumpkins along with 2 sets of triangle eyes and 2 mouths.

To see the full listing for the “October 2015 Stamp Sets” kit including components, please click HERE.

How to Order “Anthology” Products

You can order these kits (or tons of other scrappy things) from my My Anthology site right HERE.

Did you know that you can put any of Lisa’s “Anthology” items on Auto-Ship? For instance, if you love what you’ve seen so far and know that you’ll want all 3 kits each month, you can save yourself the trouble of ordering them every time and just put them on Auto Ship. Or maybe you run through cardstock, ink, albums, and page protectors like crazy. Put ’em on Auto-Ship and you’ll get them automatically every month.

You can change your Auto Ship items at any time. That’s what I do. Last month, the 3 August kits were in my Auto Ship, then for September I got one of Lisa’s kits, the Anthology cutting mat, and some Tangy Tangerine supplements. In October, I know I’ll need some more weight loss drops and at least 2, maybe 3 of these kits. So I’ll just update my Auto-Ship now and I know what day I’ll be charged and when to expect the items (my date is the 25th).

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask. I can be reached here: erika@scrapbookobsession.com or 805-400-3261.

I’m so excited to share these new products with you and hope you love them!

Online Scrapbook Classes: Free Bonus October Scrapinar with Layle Koncar AND True Scrap 7 Discount Expires 9/30

Dang, I keep forgetting to tell you about Lain’s events lately! Already missed True Scrap Planner Love on 09-19-15. If interested, you can buy the replay HERE.

Now it’s time for a free bonus scrapinar in October 2015 called “Pick a Card, Any Card” by Layle Koncar.

true scrap 7 layle koncar free class

The Pick a Card project is a replay from True Scrap 5, which normally sells for $13, but you’ll get it for free on September 30! Plus you’ll get to hear some details and get a feel for what True Scrap 7 is all about.

Yes, you CAN use those 3×4 and 4×6 pocket cards in your 12×12 layouts! Pocket Pages are all the rage but that doesn’t mean you have to pass up all those cute cards and Pocket Page accessories if you prefer the larger, more traditional layouts. Layle will showcase how to use these items in your larger layouts and has nine different ideas and project examples to help you bridge the gap between 12×12 layouts and Pocket Page scrapbooking.

Wanna’ join in? You can sign up HERE.

And we’re almost to the deadline to get an early bird discount on “True Scrap 7” – yikes! Yep, it expires tomorrow {Wed. 09-30-15}.

“True Scrap 7 is the universe’s premier live, virtual paper crafting event, bringing together the most talented instructors with the smartest and most incredible students! Now in its 5th year, True Scrap events have produced hundreds of hours of content and educated thousands of students. True Scrap 7, on October 23 and 24, promises to continue the tradition with instructors including:

Becki Adams – Scrapbooking “On the Go”
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer – Patterned Papers by YOU
Lisa Bearnson – Embellish Your Story: Tips for Stepping Up Your Work and Your Words
Kelli Crowe – For the Love of (Scrap)Books
Noell Hyman – Scrapbookers, Unite! Using Harmony and Contrast to Create Unity
Layle Koncar – More IS Better: Tips, Tricks & Techniques for Adding More Photos to Your Layouts
Maggie Massey – Organize, Document, Display: A Celebration Album
Kathy Cano-Murillo – From Paper to Petals: Mixed Media Paper Flowers

If you’d like more info or to register, just click HERE.

Early bird price is $99 until Wednesday 09-30-15; then it goes to full price of $199. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya’!

If you register by 9/30, that breaks down to $12 per class. Given the caliber of these instructors, I think that’s more than worth it.

If you’re able to make the events live – like the Friday night PJ party and the classes – they’re even more awesome. People from all over the world are online together, chatting about the classes, joking around, and sharing ideas. You can ask questions directly to the instructors, get their supply lists, and see them complete the project firsthand.

I’ve had a great experience any time I’ve attended one of the True Scrap events. I’m super excited about seeing Lisa Bearnson there for the first time. Kelli Crowe and Layle Koncar are always a hoot (you’ll see what I mean about Layle if you listen to the FREE SCRAPINAR with her on 09-30-15). I’m not familiar with Maggie Massey; will have to go look her up.

Remember, with all of Lain’s events, you get a replay when it’s over. But you have to sign-up first, even for the free scrapinars. Over 100 people have already signed up for “True Scrap 7”; it’s gonna’ be fun!

Last chance to sign up:

“Pick a Card, Any Card” with Layle Koncar – free bonus scrapinar 09-30-15

“True Scrap 7” event 10/23-24, 2015, saving $100 with the early bird price

Have a great rest of your week!

Scrapbook Shopping: Urgent! Joann.com Flash Sale Today Only!

Use code SAVENOW271 and get 30% off everything plus free shipping!

You know how I hate to enable (eye roll) but I had to make sure you knew about this :)

I only had $18 in my scrappy Paypal account but I got a few things:

Jillibean Soup Summer Red Raspberry Soup 6×6 Paper Pad

jillibean soup paper pad red rasberry soup

Me & My Big Ideas Geometric Friends Glitter Stickers

mambi geometric friends stickers

mambi geometric friends stickers

Me & My Big Ideas Believe Borders Specialty Stickers

mambi believe border stickers

Two of these items were on my Pinterest wish list :) BLOOP! Crossed off.

All 3 items with tax (and free shipping) were only $11.26 total.

I did notice that Joann.com had a 50-cent markup on the retail price for both of the MAMBI items . . . interesting. But I got them on sale so nanner nanner!

I wanted the whole collection kit of the Jillibean – super cute mini alpha included . . .

jillibean soup red rasberry soup

jillibean soup mini alpha

. . . but that put me over my limit so I just got the paper pack.

I need WRMK albums and would’ve splurged on those but they only have like 5 colors and none of the ones I need. I hear they’re doing a re-packaging or something so everyone has very low stock on them right now :( But they may have the color(s) you need so check it out!

If you get anything, please share 📦

Scrapbook Shopping: If You’re Looking for the New Lines at TJ Maxx . . .

To update my recent post about finding virtually brand new scrapbooking lines at the big box discount stores, I wanted to share what I found at my TJ Maxx on Wednesday.

Luckily, I’d heard from online scrappy friends to check EV-UH-REE-WHERE in the store because things were being found in various places.

Here’s one of the holiday displays and, yeah, it’s a bit like Where’s Waldo? Can you find the scrapbook items in here?


Second shelf, far right :)

Here are all the items I pulled out from there:


The twine was on the bottom shelf. It’s not in the first photo because I didn’t notice it at first, LOL. That’s it. I’m not a big Halloween person so I passed on everything. The enamel dots would’ve been tempting but for that ever-present GOLD.

The next 3 photos were taken in the checkout line.




A few more of the newer Halloween items along with some other scrappy things.

I left empty-handed. I might check back again to see if they get any more of the new lines but the more Thanksgiving/fall focused ones, which are more up my alley. I’m not holding my breath :)

I’ve heard a lot of people say their stores don’t have these items. I just wanted to show you some places to look in case they’re there and you’re not finding them. Also, keep trying – I’ve also heard that some people have gone back multiple times and found more and more each time.

Good luck!

Team Lisa Bearnson: It’s Goin’ Down For Real

SBO my anth site blog

Yep, I’m like a little girl I don’t know about to open her birthday presents! Hee heeee . . .

One of the many great ways that Lisa Bearnson is supporting her team (#TeamLisaBearnson) is by providing us with our own “My Anthology” websites. She knows that the experience for YOU, the customer, will be so much better this way. Instead of going to the huge Youngevity website or the Heritage Makers scrapbooking website, you can now go straight to the source to look at Lisa’s “Anthology” scrapbooking products.

Like most direct sales companies, there is a monthly charge to have our own consultant website. But the cool thing is – because I’m at CEO level and I meet the required amount of monthly auto-ship – I get my site for free. Double woot!

So . . . may I take you on a tour?

HERE is MY “My Anthology” website! (www.myanthology.com/shop/efriday)

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In the sage green bar near the top, you can see the KITS, BASIC SUPPLIES, and TOOLS.

You can also see ANTHOLOGY DIGITAL. Yes, people, we have cut files to use with your Silhouette and other digital cutters!

anthology digital cut files lisa bearnson

If you’re curious about the other cool products I sell via Youngevity, there’s a link for that, too! In my Youngevity shop (http://erikafriday.youngevity.com/), I have awesome things you might need like mineral make-up, ground coffee and K-cups, weight loss drops (which I’m using daily now; will report back!), pet supplies, all kinds of stuff.

youngevity coffee k cups

essential oils youngevity

youngevity chocolate

Youngevity is known as “the Amazon of direct sales.” It’s a lot of stuff we all buy anyway so why not become a distributor (only $25), buy your “normals”, and make a little dough on the side?

From my new site, you can also see the cool stuff Heritage Makers has going on because it links to THEIR BLOG. HM is the digital scrapbooking, photo books, and photo gifts arm of Youngevity. You’ve heard me say a million times that I’ll never be a digital scrapper. But making a tote bag with all my kids’ sports photos on it doesn’t count, does it? I’m also thinking: Christmas gifts . . . from the heart . . . from someone (me) who doesn’t have time to make 10 mini albums ;) (Cheater, cheater, LOL).

heritage makers ocean photo book summer

There’s a link on my new “My Anthology” website to learn more about Lisa Bearnson and why she started Anthology.

Lastly but not leastly, if you’re thinking about becoming a distributor for Anthology, Heritage Makers, and/or Our Memories for Life, there’s a link for that too. I’d LOVE to have you on my team :)

CEO kit lisa bearnson anthology

So there’s my “My Anthology” site! I’m so stoked! Now I can easily show off our products, take orders, and sign up customers and consultants.

I’m tellin’ you, now it’s goin’ down for real.

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