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Scrapbooking Magazine: “Photo Pocket Scrapbooking, Vol. 2″ Now Available

You can check it out HERE.

And if you missed Vol. 1, it’s right HERE.

I do mostly pocket-page scrapbooking these days a la PROJECT LIFE so I’d love to get both of these magazines. Wish I had $30 lying around, LOL. Remember the “old days” of scrapbooking magazines coming in the mail and curling up on the couch with a cup of coffee or tea, just immersing yourself in the ideas and pretty pictures? Ah, the good times . . .

Although not able to get these magazines myself, I can give a good review for Scrap & Paper Shop. About 6 months ago, I bought THIS older Lisa Bearnson book from them called “50 Moments.” They had the best price by far anywhere online, the shipping was very reasonable, and it arrived quickly.

I hope if you’re a pocket-page scrapper like me, or just curious about it, you’re able to check out these cool mags :)

Scrapbook Products: New Line by October Afternoon “Saturday Mornings”

October Afternoon has announced . . .

October Afternoon has blogged . . .

October Afternoon has . . . made a small mention of a new line? And, whoomp, there it is! Right HERE on their website. For realies. See? Here is one of the papers:

So, first things first, go check out the new line called “Saturday Mornings” – which I think is super cute but not really useable for me (thank GOD! because I have enough OA to choke a horse). Then come back so we can talk about this, mmmm kay?

(Scrapbook Obsession drinks some coffee . . . )

(Scrapbook Obsession Pins some layouts . . . )

(Scrapbook Obsession gets more coffee . . .)

OKAY, you’re back! What did you think? I *do* love the chair paper with a great name (“Coffee”, which I seem to be quite partial to).

In OA’s inimitable style, they didn’t really announce this new line. Apparently, it was mentioned in a customer email – there will be a sampling of the line in the OA Santa Sack #4. But there’s no mention on their blog, Facebook page, etc. Yet there is the entire line on their website. That’s OA, re-writing ALL the rules about product merchandising, sales, and distribution, LOL. Gotta’ love ‘em.

But the important thing is – what to you think? You likee?

ETA 12-15-14: I just found the contents of the email posted online. Here is what OA said:

Here we are at Week Four of October Afternoon’s Santa Sack Sale!

Get over $100 retail value of merchandise for the bargain price of just $39.99 plus shipping.

This week’s Santa Sack is extra special! This week, we are including a fun sampling of products from October Afternoon’s brand-new Saturday Mornings™ collection. This collection is shipping to stores now!

Of course, this Santa Sack also contains many other products from a variety of October Afternoon lines. As usual, there will be no duplicates from any other weeks!

Come and check it out on our BLOG starting at NOON (Central Standard Time) TODAY!

Project Life: New Core Kit “Desktop Edition”

I made sure to specify “core kit” in the title of this post because I didn’t want you to get the wrong kind of twitterpated!

Many scrappers, including myself, saw Becky’s blog post and thought, “Whoo hoo! There’s now a desktop edition of the the Project Life app!” Yeah, well, NO. It’s not a desktop edition of her popular app, it’s a new Project Life core kit called “Desktop Edition.”

I for one am always happy to see a new core kit so I’m not gonna’ complain too loudly but, sure, a “desktop edition” of the app would sure be handy, Miss Becky! In the meantime, I’ll console myself looking at your purdy new kit :)

You can get the kit from Becky’s online store HERE. It’s funny – to me, this image on her website doesn’t look much like the actual kit from the other photos:

Here’s the description from BH.com:

The office meets Project Life in the Desktop Edition! You’ll find classic colors, pencils, pens, and globes along with florals and graphic patterns to round out this collection designed by Tiffani Smith.

And from Becky’s blog:

. . . filled with fun graphics — pens, books, and other office supplies while being sprinkled with florals and bold graphics. The color palette is rich, warm, and sure to be a favorite. This new edition includes a Core Kit, Designer Album, 6×6 Paper Pad, Photo Overlays, Stickers, and Embossing Folders.

Yep, STICKERS! That’s new, right?

Love the hearts and paperclips <3

These are just a few of the kit images. There are more on Becky’s blog entry linked above. On the one hand, I really like this new Project Life Core Kit. It’s a fun theme, very versatile, would be fun to use in a scrapbook-y planner, and has some fresh images. On the other hand, I’m more a silver girl than gold (and kind of burnt out on all the gold in Scrapbook Land anyway). The gold overlays are a NO especially.

If the stickers are sold separately somewhere, I’ll probably buy those. And I’ll hope to find a partial kit to buy some of the cards – or buy the whole core kit myself and sell off 2/3 or 3/4 of the cards. Heads up: If you LOVE the gold cards, hit me up, LOL.

PS: If you haven’t seen this “I Am Project Life” video yet, check it out. I gotta’ admit, it made me a little bit weepy. Sniffle.

There, there, Scrappy Girl. Here’s a tissue . . . ;)

Scrapbook Novel: Maybe Kinda’ Sorta’? Well, It’s Free for Kindle Right Now

I saw on Amazon that this Kindle book is free right now: An Avalon Christmas: A Holiday Novel

It caught my eye because I’ve read other books by Darien Gee before, including “Friendship Bread” and “The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society”. In fact, I blogged about them HERE and HERE.

But here’s the thing: While “The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society” was about – OBVEE! – scrapbooking, the novel “Friendship Bread” which pre-dated and set up the characaters for it, wasn’t. Now there’s another “Avalon” book and I don’t know, therefore, whether it’ll be scrapbook-related or not. I skimmed the Amazon page description, reviews, etc. and still cannot tell.

Either way, for free and because I enjoy this author, I’m giving it a try. We’re expecting a big storm this weekend. Sounds like the perfect time to curl up with some vanilla coffee and a sweet new book. If you’d like to do the same, you can get the book HERE. And, remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read a Kindle book!

ETA 12-15-14: I wrote to ask the author, Darien, if there was any scrapbooking included in her new book. Here is her reply: “An Avalon Christmas doesn’t have scrapbooking in it but there are a few familiar characters you’ll probably recognize! Happy holidays to you and your readers!” I’ve started reading Avalon Christmas anyway and it seems to be a book of short stories. I don’t know if all the stories will tie together at the end or remain separate but they’re nice stories either way. I like to read happy, encouraging stuff this time of year and that’s how this book has been so I recommend it :)

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 :)

Scrapbook Novel: Winner of New Scrapbooking Mystery! And a Scrappy Prize, Too :)

In THIS post, you were offered 2 chances for a prize and now it’s time to see if you won!

The winner of THIS . . .

. . . is Teri!!!!

Teri Pannesi
NOV 21, 2014 @ 11:14:46
I have this book on my wishlist on amazon!!! I love her books!
It’s funny that scrapbooking is our obsession and thankfully since I can’t scrapbook in bed (yes, I’ve tried) I can instead read about scrapbooking!!!

Yes, I put 20 numbers into Random.org and he (or she?) picked number 1.

Congratulations Teri! I hope you enjoy the book.

Thank you to author Laura Childs for providing a free copy of her book for this giveaway. If you’d like to buy the book, you can find it HERE.

As for the scrappy prize – first of all, thank you SO much for all the kind and helpful and constructive comments about Scrapbook Obsession Blog. I really, truly appreciate your input and will take all of your suggestions to heart. I want this to be a place YOU feel at home, and where YOU want to read and comment and hang out. So THANK YOU.

The winner of the scrappy prize is . . . Nadine!!

Nadine Palmer
NOV 23, 2014 @ 21:24:40
I have never read a scrapbooking novel, but I love mysteries, so Laura’s book would address my three addictions – reading, preserving memories while being creative, and enjoying a whodunit!

And now on to your other questions . . .
1. I love the redesign of the blog. As other readers have shared, the type size is superb. I don’t mind the white at all. It reminds me of a just painted white picket fence! Pops of color would be nice at times, but the white color to me is very clean and calming.
2. I just started reading your blog in January of 2014, and off the top of my head, I don’t know where I discovered you! I love all you do, but I especially appreciate your posts about HSN scrapbooking shows. I used to get reminders from HSN but they haven’t been coming through lately. I usually buy a few items but mostly enjoy listening and watching all things scrappy. I tell my husband and daughters it is my time to relax and have fun!
3. As another reader said, it would be neat to see some tutorials or project sheets on the blog. However, there is a ton of that type of scrapbooking stuff on the web and what you bring to the table is your unique sense of humor and information on so many other aspects of the industry. I would be interested in your recommendations on where we can find cool projects, etc. I am a “mini album junkie” and any new takes on them would be fun to read as well.

Thanks for asking for our opinions and ideas!

It was so hard to choose from all the great comments – thank you ALL again.

Teri and Nadine, please send me your mailing address and I’ll get your prizes out soon! Also, Nadine if you could please send me a little idea of your scrapbooking tastes so I can send you a prize you’ll like (e.g., family, boys, travel, blues and greens, Christmas, Project Life, etc.) Thanks! scrapbookobsession(at)gmail(dot)com

Happy Friday and here’s to a scrappy weekend!

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!!!

For Sale: WRMK “Albums Made Easy” 4×6 and 3×4 Card Sets

Hey there! I recently bought 4 sets of WMRK Albums Made Easy card sets. They come with 4 of each card and who needs that many? Not me! So I’d like to sell 1/2 of each set. Images below are from the internet but these are the 4 sets I have (UPDATE: 2 are now sold, 2 still available):

HIP HIP HOORAY! is perfect for ALLLLL those birthday photos you know you have to scrap ;)
ETA 12-01-14: SALE PENDING



JET SET is travel-themed with non-traditional but great colors




CHALKBOARD would be great for wedding photos or just everyday, “gosh, I love you” photos




GAME DAY covers all the major sports and many would be great for school pages, too
ETA 12-03-14: SOLD!




Each half-set includes:
{12} 4×6 cards
{24} 3×4 cards
{12} 3×4 die cut cards
{1} 3×4 craft paper envelopes

Almost all of the cards are double-sided. Some of the die cut cards are reversible where both sides are useable, then some of them, like one that has the word “FAMILY” cut out, wouldn’t look right from the back side :) But I plan to layer those with another 3×4 card or put some matching cardstock or even a photo behind them.

These sets retail for $8.99 so half of a set would be about $4.50. I’m selling them for $4.00 per half-set or $14 for all 4 half-sets. Shipping is $1 per set in the US; outside the US is actual shipping cost.

They’re from a pet-free and smoke-free home. Paypal only, please.

If interested, please e-mail me: scrapbookobsession(at)gmail(dot)com.

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 Shopping: List of Black Friday, Cyber Wednesday, and Holiday Sales

Hiya, Scrappy Shoppers! Around Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to shop. Here is why:

1. Christmas is coming and you know you can’t trust anyone to buy you exactly the scrapbook items you want.

2. SALES!!

You can get crazy-good deals and I’m going to help you. Here’s a list of online and big box scrapbooking, stamping, and craft sales. Please check back often ‘cuz I’ll add and update new deals as I find them.


BIG BOX

AC MOORE
Current Ad and Coupons

AMAZON
Canon SELPHY CP910 Portable Wireless Compact Color Photo Printer, White or Black $80 with free shipping; regular price $100
Cricut Explore Electronic Cutting Machine $195 with free shipping

CRAFT WAREHOUSE
Current Ad

JOANN
Current Ad
Cricut Explore for $220

MICHAELS
Current Ad

WALMART
All of their ads through Christmas Eve!
I heard they’ll have the Cricut Explore for $199


ONLINE / LOCAL SCRAPBOOK STORES

MY SCRAPS and MORE

SCRAPBOOK.COM

SCRAPBOOK GENERATION
4 days of sales listed on the left under Categories


SCRAPBOOK COMPANIES

BASIC GREY
50% off entire order through 12-01-14

ELLE’s STUDIO

MAMBI

QUEEN & CO.


CLASSES, ETC

CREATIVE LIVE
50% off many Craft and Maker classes including scrapbooking

TRUE SCRAP 6
Individual classes on sale now through the end of November, only $9.99 each or buy all 9 classes and get over 50% off
Use code BLACK

PROJECT LIFE APP I picked this one up finally!

There are other sales I heard about but didn’t list because I went to the site and could find NO evidence of a sale. Note to stores: If you’re going to have a sale, for gosh sakes, don’t make me hunt all over your site for it! I even tried the Search box on a few of them and typing in Black Friday brought up nada. Silly, silly rabbits . . .

If you know of other deals, please share them in Comments! And, more importantly, let me know what you (or Santa) bought! And, like I said, stay tuned because I’ll be adding to this list in coming days . . .

PS: Don’t forget to enter to win a new scrapbook novel! Deadline is 11-30-14 at midnight PST.

Scrapbooker Funny: Why Facebook Taggers Should Worry & You Shouldn’t

Check out this hilarious commercial from Canon!

Sure, Facebook and Tag away! But don’t forget to also print, scrapbook, journal, and frame. Your kids’ happiness depends on it :D

PS: On a serious note, I do take this to heart. I kinda’ feel sorry for the kids who’ve been born since social media photo posting came to the forefront. Many of them don’t have photos of themselves on the wall, in scrapbooks, passed around and fawned over by relatives at family gatherings, on their dad’s desk at work, etc. When their parents solely share their photos and accomplishments on social media, the kids kinda’ get shortchanged (in my humble opinion).

Just another reason SCRAPBOOKERS RAWK!!!

Scrapbook Novel: Who Wants to Win a Copy?!?

I’ve been lucky enough to again receive a copy of a new scrapbooking novel to give away! I know how much you love these :)

This time, it’s Gossamer Ghost (A Scrapbooking Mystery) by LAURA CHILDS.

{You can see other posts I’ve done about her books HERE, including a post where YOU got to ask questions of Laura and she answered them for you!}.

The prize is in hardcover because the book just came out in October 2014. All you do to enter is click on Comments under the title to this post and leave a Comment :)

The comment can be about anything but if you’re speechless today, here are some ideas:

– What do you love about scrapbooking novels?
– How many scrapbooking novels have you read? Have a favorite?
– How do you like the way my blog re-design is going (be honest!). Is the “all white” too hard on the eyes? Other suggestions or comments?
– How long have you been a Scrapbook Obsession reader?
– What types of things would you like to read about here that I don’t cover (or cover enough?)

Because I’m so curious about those last 3 questions, I’ll send out a lil’ scrappy prize to someone who thoughtfully answers one (or more) of those – and you’re still eligible for the book, too.

DEADLINE: Sunday, November 30, 2014 at midnight PST
*Open to mailing addresses in the US only

Winners will be announced the following week. Please make sure when leaving a comment that it includes a way to reach you if you win – a link to your blog, your e-mail, etc. Book winner will be selected by random draw. I will hand-pick the scrappy prize winner.

PS: If you’re too anxious to wait for the giveaway (or would prefer a Kindle version instead of a hard copy), the book is available NOW for sale RIGHT HERE. If you’d like to check out other Scrapbooking Mysteries by Laura Childs, you can find them all HERE.

Please tell your scrapbooking and mystery loving friends about the contest! You can use the Share buttons below to easily post to your social media :)

Thanks for entering and sharing!

Scrapbook Organization: How I Store Divided and Plain Page Protectors

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

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

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

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

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

– Leaning them in a large bin under my desk.

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Project Life: “My Story” PL Kit from HSN

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

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

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

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

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

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These are samples of two of the page spreads.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wow, Talk About a Scrapbooker’s DREAM JOB!

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

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

Imagine, if you will, this future conversation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two quickies for ya’ today:

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

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


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

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

Hope I made your Monday a little brighter!

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