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OMG! I {Heart} The New Fancy Pants!

I don’t think I even need to say anything. Look, and you shall be amazed…

FP From the Garden 12×12 acrylic stamps
fp from the garden stamps

FP In My Words 12×12 acrylic stamps
fp in my words stamps

FP Natural & Devoted 12×12 True paper
fp natural true paper

fp devoted true paper

FP 8×8 True rub ons
FP true rub ons

FP Bloom 12×12 Overlay
fp bloom overlay

On the one hand, there is not much that strikingly different from their last line. But because that was one of my favorite scrapbooking lines ever, I’m lovin’ this too. Overlays: Nice for us non-digi scrappers to get that pretty look of flowers and vines kind of outlining our photos. Paper: Such rich colors and subtle designs that still draw the eye. Rub ons: Don’t know if I’ll use the frog, but the flowers, hearts and sun will be fun to play with. The picture/journaling frame rub on is unique. And I’ve always loved that Dr. Seuss quote. My favorite items are the 12×12 stamps, especially the In My Words. The $40 price tag continues to be a bit of an investment, but completely worth it considering how much use you could get out of that. I love the date/time swirl in the upper right corner, and journaling on a butterfly wing. What are your thoughts on the new Fancy Pants? Am I the only FP Fan Club member?

While I was checking out ALL the new stuff on their beautiful WEBSITE, I found some more stuff – hey, these are different:

FP Fashion Sense Splash pins
FP splash pins

FP Fashion Sense Splash Felt Shapes
fp splash felt shapes

Yeah, check out their website. You can easily see larger images of all their stuff by just holding your cursor over each item. And on their BLOG, they have a contest going through 8-31-07 where you can win some free product, just for submitting a layout or project. There will be 5 winners. Go for it!

Oops, I’ve Been Tagged Again…

…by Leslie at ORANGINADREAMS…check her out, a very talented scrapper.

What were you doing 10 years ago? I was a “young married”, just got a big promotion, learning a whole new line of work.

What were you doing 1 year ago? Dreaming of quitting a full time job so I could be with my kids more (it became a reality 8 months ago…)

Five snacks you enjoy: French Onion Sun Chips, Pirate’s Booty, string cheese, celery and PB, Ritz Bits

Five songs you know all the lyrics to: Dave Matthews Band “Crash” (I’m stealing Leslie’s), Rascal Flatts “My Wish For You”, Journey “(every single song)”, Aretha Franklin “Respect”, Olivia Newton-John “Have You Never Been Mellow”

5 Things you would do if you were a milionaire: Build a scrapbook studio and all the goodies I want without guilt, pay off our house, spend a summer in Italy, buy my kids something cool they have always wanted, fly to Chicago and watch a taping of the Oprah show

5 Bad Habits: Lying, cheating, swearing, stealing, procrastination (only the last one is real)

5 Things You Like To Do: Scrapbook (duh), read novels, watch reality shows, play Uno with my kids, e-mail friends

5 Things You Will Never Wear Again: Mary Janes, hoop earrings, Dittos, leggings (wait, let me think about that one, they WERE comfy), green eyeliner

5 Favorite Toys: MacBook Pro laptop, Cricut, digital camera, my dog’s frisbee, Starbucks coffee press

Where will you be in 10 years: Right here, same place…why leave? I got it good.

5 people to tag: NICOLE, BAKINBIT, IAMDERBY, TYA, and STACEY.

Scrapbooking Finds at Walmart

Went to WAL*MART to find those cute chipboard letters I talked about in THIS POST. My WM is always behind the times, so I wasn’t too surprised to NOT find them. But I did find some other things to buy, because they were having a big sale in the scrapbook aisle:

Foofala “Hall Pass” pack, which is school papers, stickers, punch outs and 3 twills for $5 (was $7)

Foofala hall pass kit

Colorbok “Neutral” Scrap Pack with papers, punch outs and alphabets in a distressed wood type of theme – very cute – for $3.50 (was $5)

Autumn Leaves/Rhonna Farrer “Designer” pack of 120 sheets, 4 each of 20 patterns and 10 reversible solids for $8 (was $11). This paper is very pretty and, for 8 cents/sheet, totally worth it. It’s the same line that Target sells, but I’ve only seen the mattes stack and 8×8 stack at Target. This pack is 12×12.

Speaking of Autumn Leaves, the Modwink pack (pinks/oranges) was on sale for $5 (from $7).

modwink paper

In fact, I think ALL of their paper packs were on sale including the textured cardstock packs by Colorbok.

If you’re in need of post albums, it appeared that most were on sale including 8×8 and 12×12. On 12×12’s, the ones in the $16-20 range were going for $11-13, including that black Pioneer album with the white embroidered flower design. For back to school, Walmart had a bunch of pencil boxes out for 98 cents.The cool thing was they had the average size that you would put pencils in, then a larger size (paper tearing rulers, longer scrapbook tools?) and a smaller size (embellies, small punches?). They were clear on the bottom with a blue, pink or green lid. Very cute and a cheap idea for storage. Anyway, I hope all these sale items mean they’re getting ready to put out some new items….like cute chipboard letters, perhaps? If you find anything good at Wally World, let us know!

NSBR: Colorgenics – Just For Fun

Just something different, for fun :) I saw this over on Baldwin’s Girl’s BLOG. Btw, check out her post today about muffins. A great recipe and funny story to got with them. She is also a talented photographer (see, that’s kinda SBR)…

You go to the COLORGENICS WEBSITE, do a quick exercise picking out colors, and they give you a diagnosis. Here is mine; I added my commentary in ITALICS.

“You are a very sensitive person and you try hard (perhaps a little too hard) to make favourable impressions and to be recognised by your peers. But you have that inherent need to feel appreciated and admired and you are easily hurt if all of your endeavours go by unappreciated or not acknowledged. Stop trying so hard. Unfortunately, all of this is true. I am too senstive and easily get my feelings hurt, especially when I feel a strong loyalty to someone and they don’t return that. You wouldn’t know it though, because I hold my true emotions very close. I don’t believe in hurting someone’s feelings just because they have hurt me. I DO have a need to feel appreciated and admired; don’t we all? One great thing about this blog is that I get such positive feedback and it really truly makes me feel good. I love the feeling that people I don’t even know IRL are reading my words. Just a frustrated unpublished writer, I guess. (But Thank You from the bottom of my heart). And the converse of that is that it makes me feel good to read other blogs and leave positive comments, hopefully making that person feel good as well.

You are a true extrovert, frivolous and outgoing. You need to feel in control of any situation. If matters are not proceeding according to plan you tend to get extremely irritable and perhaps become difficult to live with. The only statement here I don’t agree with is that I’m a true extrovert, frivolous and outgoing. I’m quite the opposite, very shy until I get to know you well (then you can’t shut me up!). I’m very planned out and a worrier, so “frivolous” couldn’t be more wrong. I could be considered frivolous with the amount of money I spend on scrapbook supplies, but I don’t think that’s what Colorgenics meant, LOL. I will admit to controlling and being irritable when things don’t go to plan. Hey, I’m a work in progress. “God’s not done with me yet.”

Loneliness is soul destroying and at this time you feel lost and lonely, perhaps it is because you feel so frustrated that you are prepared to go out of your way to become emotionally involved with someone who could accept you for what you are. You are egocentric, antagonistic and quick to take offence, although it must be said, you can control your pent-up up emotion and thus avoid open conflict. The lost/lonely/frustrated at lack of connection part does hit a personal note right now. I hope I’m not egocentric and antagonistic (!), but the rest is correct unfortunately. I do detest conflict and avoid it at all cost.

Presently, you are experiencing stress because of restriction on your independence. You need and seek respect from other people and it is essential that they appreciate you for yourself and not for what they would like you to be. You have your own beliefs and convictions and you would like to be respected for them. You are anxious to avail yourself of every opportunity that may come your way but nevertheless, come what may, you have the need to control your own destiny without imposed limitations or restrictions. I’m not identifying with this right now. Not feeling restricted or unappreciated. I AM anxious to avail myself of every part time, work from home business opportunity that comes my way!

You are trying to build up your own position and you resist all external influences. You insist that you are your own person and you will not tolerate any outside interference. Decisive and proud, you are true managerial material. Ouch, managerial material?? Is that a compliment or an insult? Just kidding, I’ve had many great managers in my career, just never wanted to be one. Don’t like telling others what to do, and never wanted to be the one where everyone quits talking when I walk into the break room. I AM decisive and proud – yeah baby!

Well, that was a bit like going to a fortune teller or reading a long and insulting horoscope, wasn’t it? But I recommend you do it. Maybe you will learn something about yourself, or at least have a good chuckle. Comment below if you do a Colorgenics on yourself, k? I’d love to hear if you agreed with your results.

KI Memories Scrapbook Stuff at Big Lots

As you will see from this PREVIOUS POST, I love and adore KI Memories products. Their lines are so cheerful, colorful, and fun. If I could pick one word to describe KI, it would be “happy”. Don’t you agree? I do a lot of kid pages and I often find myself reaching for KI products. I think they have also been innovative in coming out with new things, especially their use of acrylic – before everyone else was doing it – with things like Icicles and the alphabet soup letters. I also love their albums: adorable and well made. Well, I’ve found a kindred spirit named Janine (CKMB shout out!) who calls herself a “serious KI Memories junkie” and when you read her BLOG POST, you will see how devoted she is to the cause. And if you have a Big Lots near you, please know that I am severely jealous…but if you go there and find any KI, feel free to brag about it in Comments or post a link to your blog!

Another Ribbon Storage Idea

I think we’ve all been loving ribbon and collecting it for long enough now, that we’re all in search of innovative ways to store it. So anytime I see a cool idea, I will try to pass it along.

This is from rhiansmom on 2peas message board:

2peas ribbon storage - rhiansmom

Here is the LINK to the topic.

She said it’s a strainer she got on sale & she has each ribbon kind of rolled up close to the hole it’s coming out of. I don’t have quite that much ribbon yet, but I will keep this in mind for the future. I do love to buy ribbon so you never know. There seems to be two kinds of ribbon storage – the super neat, untangled but time-consuming to put away kind and the messy, sometimes tangled but never crimped, easy to put away kind. I’m always in a rush so I vote for the first kind, but I can see how something “messy” like this would drive some of you crazy. And if you have a cat………forget it.

Scrapbook Shopping on QVC

About 5 years ago, I guess, I discovered that you could buy scrapbook stuff from QVC. This was not long after I became Scrapbook Obsessed, so I was new to the sport and didn’t have a bunch of stuff. QVC was a Godsend! Their prices are so good and they often package things in a bundle so you get a very good Value (that puts the V in QVC!). Over the years, I’ve ordered many scrapbook items from QVC: rolls of WackyTac, album kits, paper packs, embellishment kits, you name it. Lisa Bearnson from CK, one of my favorite scrap celebrities, often hosts segments of the show. She is a treat to watch, especially when her cohost is David Venable. They also have other great hosts from the scrapbooking world, like Donna Downey, Heidi Swapp, Melody Ross (Chatterbox), Nancy Hill (DCWV), etc. Well, since I’ve been pretty stocked up with supplies for some time now, I haven’t ordered anything from QVC in quite a while. But I still tivo and watch the shows every time they’re on. I enjoy seeing the products – even if I don’t get to call them my own – and see how products I may already have are used on pages. I also like to watch them demonstrate new tools. I’ve seen everything from the Basic Grey notch tool to the Karen Foster Clickit to the Basic Grey file set demo’d on QVC. In fact, I didn’t think I wanted a Cricut but once I saw Lisa B. demonstrate it on QVC, I bought one! So, earlier this week, QVC had a full 24 hours of craft and scrapbooking shows called a Craft Fair. They said it would be the last one for this year. I gotta’ tell ya, the message boards were hoppin’ over this event. Part of the excitement was that the TSV (Today’s Special Value) was a Silhouette electronic die cutting machine. HERE is where Lisa wrote about it on her blog. The Silhouette sold out, as did many of the other items presented. I couldn’t justify purchasing it, as I have a Cricut already. But it’s been fun to hear the excitement on CKMB from those who purchased one – an awesome new toy to play with! One thing that was cool was Lisa B. used it to cut out some wall art (“Bearnson est. 1989″) from thin vinyl, and it works like a vinyl cling on the wall. I could see myself having some fun with that, when I think about having access to ANY font on my computer with the Silhouette! (Go see THE WALL CLING and some of her other Silhouette creations). Well, I couldn’t resist this time and I did make two smaller purchases. One was a set of Basic Grey papers which is a mixture of various lines, some current, some retired.

QVC basic grey pack
“Includes Blush, Color Me Silly, Dasher, Fusion, Hang 10, Lilykate, Oh Baby Boy, Oh Baby Girl, Perhaps, Phoebe, Aged & Confused, Romani, Gypsy, Scarlet’s Letter, Skate Shoppe, Stella Ruby, and Urban Couture designs.”

The other was a pack of 160 sheets of Bazzill cardstock, which was a screamin’ deal, even when you include shipping.

QVC Bazzill pack
“Includes four seasonal palette collections. Each collection includes four sheets each of 10 colors. Total of 40 colors and 160 sheets.”

Note: For a complete explanation of my QVC purchase, please see this OLD POST.

I can’t wait to get these so I can fondle my new supplies. (Don’t look at me funny, you do it too!). All in all, the QVC craft fair was a fun event this time. It seemed there was a certain excitement in the air, more so than other times, and everyone was watching and talking about it…they still are talking about it. I hope you were able to catch some or all of the shows, either on tv or on QVC ONLINE (click on Watch QVC-TV LIVE). if you did watch QVC, what did you think? Did you buy anything? Confess here…

I’ve Been Tagged (Finally)

Do you ever feel like the unpopular kid in the schoolyard? I read lots of scrapper blogs and people are being tagged all over the place, but no one tags me :( Usually I just hijack other people’s tags, but this time I actually got tagged – by Miss Rachel over at ONE LIFE ONE CHANCE. Thanks Rachel!

Edited 8-22-07 to add: Okay, I mispoke and when I tell a lie, I try to fix it. I HAVE been tagged before, by Miss Karen/Karooch at Scraps of Mind. Sometimes I write these posts at 2am and I’m not always thinking straight. My apologies & please go say hi to Karen – she has an awesome BLOG.

Here are the rules:
1. You have to post these rules before you give the facts.
2. Players, you must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of their middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.
3. When you are tagged you need to write your own blog-post containing your own middle name game facts.
4. At the end of your blog-post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Here is mine: LYNN

L: Lazy. At my core, I’m a lazy person. I truly enjoy just laying around accomplishing nothing – reading a novel, looking through scrap mags or watching reality tv. I have to force myself daily to get out of bed and be a productive citizen.

Y: Young at Heart. With every birthday, I can’t believe I’m that age. I still feel like a teenager or twenty-something inside. My laugh lines betray me, but I will always be young inside.

N: No Smoking. Sorry to any smokers out there, but I will never be among you. I really dislike the smell of cigarettes, especially how it hangs around afterwards in your clothes, etc. Luckily no one in either of my extended families smokes. Sweet…

N: Nervous Nelly. I’m nervous about a lot of the things my kids and DH do. I always worry something bad will happen. I ‘Need’ to work on this ASAP.

Okay, now I get to tag 4 people. I know this Tag has made the rounds for awhile – hope I’m getting some who haven’t done it!

I am tagging:
Marni at A Scrapbooking Journey
Tania at The Scrapbook House
Corina at Scrapper at Work
Hillary at My Scraps

Article About Our Scrapbook Obsession

Please read this INTERESTING ARTICLE. It’s addresses the question: Which comes first, our enjoyment of everyday moments or our scrapbooking? This is something I think about once in a while, something that bothers me, actually. I’ve always been a picture taker, ever since elementary school. But since I’ve started scrapbooking, I’ve noticed a feeling that I ‘must’ capture each designated moment on film. Sometimes I find myself not enjoying a family get together or vacation trip as much as I could because I’m so focused on getting good photos (to scrapbook, of course). And yet I still feel a compulsion to do this; it’s almost like, if I don’t scrap it, it didn’t happen. I remember a few years ago on the 4th of July, after I spent 2/3 of the fireworks show trying to figure out how to photograph them with my new camera, my exasperated husband turned to me and said, “Could you just put the camera down and enjoy the fireworks with your kids?” Ouch. And it hurt because he was right. Anyway, I just thought this was an article many of us could relate to. My favorite quote: “Are my experiences a reflection of scrapbooking instead of the other way around? Has my memory card usurped my memory?” How about you? Is your hobby driving your experiences, or have you found some kind of balance?

Our Little Dooce Gets Published!

Well, technically, this isn’t scrapbook related…except that I originally found this talented writer on CATHY Z’s BLOG…but…

One of my all time favorite blogs is Dooce, which is written by Heather Armstrong. Look, she’s down there in my Blog Roll. Her humor is not for the faint hearted, which means she’s right up my alley. And her photography is amazing. Well, check out this ENTRY ON HER BLOG! She just had something published in a special issue of Real Simple magazine called Family. Coincidentally, I recently subscribed to Real Simple and this issue just arrived yesterday. So I’m off to check it out – CONGRATS HEATHER!

Rock Star by Die Cuts With a View

I took my 40% coupon to Michaels today, intent on picking up the new idea book, Super Fast Pages with 4×6 Photos…

BH 4x6 photos book

I’ve been wanting to get this because I love to use uncropped 4×6 photos on my layouts whenever I can.

But then I saw this:

DCWV Rock Star

Prominently displayed on an end cap, was the new DCWV collection, Rock Star! I had heard mention of it over on the CKMB, but wasn’t that intrigued. But when I saw the gorgeous flocked papers with such cool designs, the light bulb went on above my head: “Duh, you just went to two concerts, Americanmom!” Then there was the chipboard accents – I was sold. The idea book – which I already had in my hot little hands – went back in the rack. I got 3 sheets of the paper, and used my coupon on the chipboard set. All this Rock Star stuff will be perfect for my concert layouts of Aerosmith and Rascal Flatts. Don’t you love it when something just comes together like that?

New Martha Stewart Craft Show on DIY

Starting on Thanksgiving Day, DIY will start running a Martha Stewart show that includes scrapbooking. See the article HERE. According to the article, “The initial 39 episodes will feature segments culled from more than a decade of content from MSLO’s lifestyle TV series ‘Martha Stewart Living.'”

I might watch the first few episodes to try and catch some scrapbooking. I’m still curious as to what her “scrapbooking style” is. But doubt I’ll be tuning in for all 39 episodes. You gonna watch?

Check Out This New Ribbon Storage Product!

Pull-Ez Ribbon Storage

YOWZA!

According to the YOUR PICTURED MEMORIES BLOG, these lovelies will “arrive in mid September and will retail for 19.99.” I found the Pull-Ez through a message board, where they discussed whether the ribbon would tangle inside (it seems like it would, doesn’t it?). But those that had seen the item at CHA tested it and said the ribbons DON’T tangle. But keep in mind, it’s meant for use with 1-3 yard lengths, i.e. don’t throw a huge roll in there. Another poster brought up how you could maybe make your own using a clear makeup case and a long-reach hole punch. I think I’m going to stick with my RIBBON JARS for now.

My Ribbon Jars

But for those of you still looking for a good ribbon storage system, this just might be it.

Scrapbook Supply Shopping

Don’t you love it?  I’m pretty sure it’s my new therapy.  No, I don’t have or spend lots of money.  When I worked full-time, I could drop $100 at a scrapbook store every few months without batting an eyelash.  But now that I only work part-time and make about 1/3 what I used to, I have to be more careful, selective, and planned out.  Along with my shrinking pocket book is the shrinking amount of LSS’s (local scrapbook stores) around me.  I used to have 6 LSS’s within 1 hour, but now only 1 remains.  So not only do I have to better plan my spending, but I have to figure out when I’m going to drive 45 minutes to the “local” scrapbook store.  But shopping for scrap supplies is still a blast!  Within 1 hour’s drive, I also have 2 Michael’s, 1 Beverly’s Crafts, and then of course Target, Walmart and Tuesday Morning.  I’ve even found scrapbook-related stuff at Longs Drugs, Mervyns, and Kohl’s.  My favorite places to shop are the LSS and Beverly’s (aka Bev’s).  The LSS is fairly small – about 1/10th the size of my favorite scrappin superstore, YOUNGPLAY MEMORIES. But they do a good job of keeping new and current things and carry my favorite lines – Basic Grey, Fancy Pants, and Autumn Leaves. The owners are very nice and they even donated a bunch of stuff for my last crop. As for Bev’s, it is a fabric and craft store but they have a generous scrapbook section. When I was there the other day and chatting with the cashier, she said they had a new manager who is a scrapbooker. So that explains why there has been an expansion of scrapbooking supplies at Bev’s recently. The manager happened to walk up then, so I said, “Can I give you a bunch of compliments?”. I told her that I really appreciated the new scrapbook aisles, the vast selection of new products, and how organized everything was. She was happy to hear it, and also pointed out their Wish List, where you can write down any product you would like them to order. (I told her I already had my own version of a Wish List: in my wallet, a list of all the items in their store I want to eventually buy!). Anyhow, that’s great customer service and I appreciate it. I encourage YOU to take the time and speak with your scrapbook store managers, even if they’re a chain like Beverly’s. I always say, “They don’t know if you don’t tell ‘em”. If they’re smart, managers will listen to your compliments and concerns about their store. Heck, if they don’t respond to us, we can just shop online! (Don’t worry, LSS’s, it’s not my first choice, you are).  As for “shopping smart” for scrapbook supplies, my best hint is:  Use Coupons!  Just about every week, there are 40% off coupons for Mike’s, Bev’s, etc. and I’m sure lots of you have access to Hobby Lobby and Joann’s.  Most stores accept competitor’s coupons, so clip away and stick ‘em in your wallet!  It’s nice to get a $20 paper stack for only $12, isn’t it?  You can even split the stack with a friend, and you still get lots of paper for only 6 bucks.  Also, look at the store ads and gear your shopping to the sales.  If all adhesives are 30% off this week, stock up, by God!  Happy scrappy shopping!

Video Tour of a Very Organized Scrapbook Room

Here is a LINK to a VERY beautiful and organized scrapbook room. You should really check it out. It belongs to Mellette Berezoski, who is a frequent contributor to various sites and magazines. You can see how she is able to create such great layouts in a fabulous studio like hers! (I do realize it also takes loads of talent, LOL). Take a tour of her room and let me know your thoughts. My favorites were:

How she mixed modern and vintage, like all the Ikea shelves with the old locker bins.

The groupings of like items – ribbons, stamps, magazine bins, etc – which makes it look even more organized.

The very efficient use of the shorter walls. Also, the labels! I, too, am label crazy.

All of the work space on the L-shaped desk and the computer desk. She has really made the most of that room!

The only elements I didn’t care for were: The horizontal paper storage – I think vertical is clearly the way to go for less dust, less wrinkles, and more space efficient; and the open tops on a lot of things like the locker baskets – in my experience, those are dust collectors.

Those are just tiny negatives. I absolutely adore this room. I think it’s full of great storage, organization, and decorating ideas. I would just love to own this studio, wouldn’t you? Thank you to Kelliannie on CKMB for showing me this room :)

Online Scrapbooking Friends

I’m relatively new to this online thing. We just got internet at home for the first time in January 2007. Yes, I know, horribly shocking! Prior to that, I used the internet at the library or at work if I needed to look up something quickly and that was that. We didn’t need any extra household expenses and I worried about the impact of the internet on my family. With all my years working in law enforcement related jobs, I had heard SO MANY horror stories. And then…I quit a horrible job and needed to find another one. Come to find out, in this day and age you basically cannot look for jobs nor apply for them effectively without the internet. So I had to break down and install it in our home.

Now, I won’t go on about the negative impacts it HAS indeed had in our home. I want to talk about a very positive thing I’ve noticed: What a great online community that scrapbookers have! Although I do now have 2 part-time jobs, I still use the internet daily to look for other part-time jobs and consultant work. But about 90% of the time I now spend online is related to scrapbooking. I read a blogs (famous scrappers and just normal ones like me), visit the shopping sites (I browse but don’t buy, LOL), I belong to several scrapbook-related Yahoo groups, and daily I go to my mainstay, the Creating Keepsakes Message Board (CKMB). I have been so amazed by the friendliness of the scrapbookers I have “met” in all of these places. Everyone is supportive and it really is a pleasure to spend time chatting with them. SB bloggers consistently read each other’s blogs and leave comments. CKMB’ers leave lovely comments about each others work in the Image Gallery. Scrapbookers are very supportive of their Scrap Celebs, leaving hundreds if not thousands of comments on any given blog entry. We are also a competitive group, always entering sweepstakes, challenges, or layout entry contests.

What prompted me to write this entry was seeing a POST ON THE CKMB about two ladies from the board who had just met in person, spending a day together having lunch and scrapbooking. You could tell from the photos they posted that they truly enjoyed each other and their time together. One of the ladies said she was thrilled when she used “slab” in conversation, and the other lady knew exactly what she was talking about. Like those who share other hobbies, we scrapbookers have our own lingo and we feel right at home with those who understand it. I have met a few of the famous scrappers in person, and a “secret sister” at CKU, but I haven’t met any other online scrapbooking friends in person yet. I hope to do that someday. Have you met online scrapbooking friends in person? Tell us about it in Comments…

Becky Higgins’ Snapshot of Me Album

I’ve been to CKU twice (CKU San Jose 2005 and CKU Masters Anaheim 2005) and wish I could go again. CKU is so fun, energizing, and educational. Some friends of mine recently attended CKU Album Anaheim and took the track offered by Becky Higgins called Snapshot of Me. At my last crop, they showed me the album they had made and I fell in love with it! Another friend of mine decided to copy the album with me so that’s the project we’re both working on right now. I’m pretty sure it would be a no-no to post instructions or photos of it, but let me tell you about it…

The album is 20 pages long, and the title page says “Snapshot 2007″ and has a photo of you (or, in my case, ME!). All of the remaining pages have computerized journaling prompts that allow you to capture your life as it is today. For example, My 5 Senses and a Month in My Life. There is room for tons of photos of your life as it is today. My friend had photos of herself getting a mani/pedi, in the Starbucks drive-thru, and at her desk at work. What she did was complete the album at CKU and has since spent her evenings completing one page a night of the journaling. I saw her album at a crop Saturday and she is making great progress. It is a joy to read her journaling and see the photos of everything that’s important to her. I’m sure her daughter will cherish the album, and I hope my kids will cherish mine someday too. One point which kind of relates to THIS post I made the other day: Becky insists that you do all the journaling in your own handwriting.

The only negative to this project is I feel like I’m ‘cheating’ somehow because I didn’t attend this CKU, yet I’m getting to complete such a cool project. Granted, I didn’t get the whole CKU experience, being taught by Becky, or have her take my photo (yes, she herself took a portrait of EACH attendee to put on the title page of the album!). But if you had paid to attend a CKU, then saw someone like me doing ‘your’ project, would you be upset? Just wondering…Also, let me know what you think of this idea, a Snapshot of Me album. Have you done one or something similar? It has been the exact kick in the pants I needed to finally scrap something about myself.