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Scrapbook Industry News: Becky Higgins Raises Awareness with Her Own Cancer Diagnosis

I was absolutely floored yesterday when I read the news on Becky’s Facebook post and thought I must be misunderstanding. She’s been diagnosed with malignant melanoma :(

As I re-read her posts this morning, I noticed her references to sharing her story (sharing OUR stories) and spreading awareness so I want to aid in that by sharing here.

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*Photo courtesy of BeckyHiggins.com

Here are portions of 2 posts she’s made about it; you can click on the link to read them in their entirety and hear more of her story.

From Facebook 07-15-16:

“You have Malignant Melanoma.” These are the words I heard earlier this week. Melanoma? Hmmm. Skin cancer? Ew. Cancer? Oh man. Okay. // We all have stories and I have always encouraged you to record your stories. Not all of our stories are meant to be shared, but I’ll be sharing this one.

From Facebook 07-17-16:

In my state of self-awareness I found it interesting that I was documenting (taking pictures + scrapbooking) when I was clearly stressed. Why was I doing that? I believe I was sub-conscientiously [sic] searching for comfort. I find comfort in documenting our stories. In some way, my mind was more at ease. That is until he opened that door and sat in front of me and said, “It’s Malignant Melanoma”.

I admire Becky’s courage and forthrightness in sharing her story. She’s received hundreds of comments on each post, many declaring they’ll head to the dermatologist for a check-up because of her. So her wish to raise awareness is already being fulfilled.

I don’t know much about malignant melanoma but I’m sure Becky, as she continues to share her story, is going to teach me. I’m wishing her love and sending prayers as this strong and true woman faces her challenge.

{{{Big hugs}}} to you, Miss Becky!

HSN Scrapbooking: Becky Higgins Presents New Project Life

becky higgins project life hsnAs Becky talked about HERE, she’s going to be presenting Project Life on HSN for the first time. Lisa Bearnson always presented PL in the past but she’s no longer with HSN.

Per BeckyHiggins.com:

I’ll be showcasing products at 3 different times on May 4. All times are Eastern Time and subject to change. ***We’ll update the schedule via social media if/when we hear of any changes.

12:00 AM – Value Kits and Photo Overlays

11:00 AM – Core Kits

4:00 PM – Value Kits

Set your DVRs so you don’t miss it! And if you’re in the PST like me, note that the first presentation is actually Tuesday night May 3 at 9pm :)

On the website, none of the Project Life sets are doing much for me. But I fully expect Becky to sell me on them in her presentation on HSN :)

There are other HSN Scrapbooking shows too, of course, like Anna Griffin, We R Memory Keepers, etc. You can see all the programs and times on the HSN Program Guide. Enjoy!

ETA 05-03-16: WRMK will be featuring the Craft Armoire!

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CHA 2016, Part 7: Project Life

This is part of a series about the scrapbooking booths I visited at CHA 2016. If you’d like to see all the posts in the series, please click HERE.

Here’s the Project Life booth – yes, that’s Becky hidden back there!

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Becky was busy talking the whole time I was visiting so I didn’t bug her. I was lucky enough to speak with her when I was at CHA 2 years ago. She’s as lovely as you think she is.

I did get to talk with Molly who was amazing. She’s worked with Becky for I think less than a year and absolutely loves it. {I told her she has “our” dream job!}.

We joked about how we buy lots of the Project Life kits, then have been so busy with work it’s hard to find the time to use them up. I’ll bet we aren’t alone, are we girls?

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Here’s a closer look at the “Inspire” Theme Kit with the rows of hearts {above, third from left}. Love the stitching!

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I asked if they had any planner products other than the ones I’d bought way back when. She showed me some planner items that I wasn’t aware of, although they weren’t new for CHA.

 

DSCN6939She was most excited about their new Instax line with albums, page protectors, Instax lenses you can pop on, etc. {Look over her right shoulder!} Molly said that when someone asks her about planner supplies, she directs them toward the Instax line because the items can be used for both – little embellishments, washi tape strips, acrylic embellishments, etc.

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I just realized Molly’s outfit totally matched the green with black and white polka dots planner in the photo above. Hmm, coincidence or savvy dressing?? Love it.

They had mostly Project Life core kits in the booth that had already been released except for this one called “Currently.”

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“Explore” has been out for a bit.

DSCN6945All the products including the Instax page protectors, 6×8 album protectors, planner supplies – everything works in everything except for the tiny Instax album. Everything else is interchangable from album to album. See the tiny little Instax pink and blue albums up top? Stinkin’ cute.

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I told Molly that my Project Life storage Pin is my most popular Pin of over 2,200 of ’em I have and she wanted to see it and to follow my Pinterest. She looked it up while we were talking; made me feel special :). 

I leave you with more pretties from the Project Life booth.

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Here’s the Project Life CHA 2016 catalog if you want to browse away. Lots of goodness in there . . .

 

Scrapbook Challenge: Are You a List Luvah?? Have I Got a Project For You!

Are you a list maker?

As you know, I adore Layle Koncar and all her work for one of my fave brands, SIMPLE STORIES. So I follow her blog and saw THIS POST from her recently. Since April (2015), she’s been doing the “Listers Gotta’ List” challenge – which you can find out more about HERE.

Here’s a video Layle made of her Listers Gotta’ List album so far:

Okay, now you want to do this challenge, don’t you? Seeing her awesome little album sure made me want to jump in! I’ve been too busy with work and life to do much scrapping at home these days, but this seems like a do-able project. I know I can’t do a list per day like Layle does but even if I do 1 per week, I’d be getting something done, right? Maybe I can catch up on weekends.

“Listers Gotta’ List” Challenge

The challenge is totally FREE – although the organizer The Reset Girl does have kits for sale if you like right HERE :) Super cute.

So I just went and downloaded all the challenge files that have been posted so far, April through July 2015. Here’s what the first sheet looks like, to give you an idea:

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I love the font she uses for the list titles. You can either print her titles out on stickers or re-write or re-format/print them yourself. The sky’s the limit, really. There are some lists I won’t do (Favorite Non-Planner Instagrammers, for instance) so I’m thinking about – for continuity sake – just using her master list each month, picking out the ones I want make lists of, and handwriting them myself.

Now for the format . . . hmmmm. What should I do?

Travel Planner?

I like the little travel planners that both The Reset Girl and Layle used. They’re slim, affordable, have a non-intimidating space to fill up, etc.

Project Life Style?

I’m also thinking about doing this using Project Life supplies. Lawdy knows, I have enough cards to use, LOL! . . . and page protectors . . . and albums, both 12×12 and 6×8. That would make it easy to include photos in with my lists. Oooh! Or maybe even use one of these Project Life slim mini albums. Say what? The Cherry album is only $4.43 on Amazon right now!

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Simple Stories Sn@p Album?

Mainly ‘cuz I have this gorgeous “I Am” line to use and this project seems perfect! A little birdie told me that Simple Stories has a new line coming out in the fall that matches “I Am” very nicely. So I can keep going with the look even when I go through my “I Am” supplies.

Decisions, Decisions!

Well, I’ll be thinking about how to approach this but I don’t want to think too long or I won’t start. Which approach would you choose?

Have you done a listing challenge before? I’ve seen others and they seem like so much fun. I’ve attempted them way in the past and never stuck with them, unfortunately. Maybe all the support for this one will keep me going. Are you going to try this one? If you do, let me know!

Scrapbook Deals & Steals: WRMK 12×12 Leather Albums TODAY ONLY

Wow, I can’t believe my scrappy eyes! Today only, Scrapbook Steals has WMRK Leather 12×12 albums for only $12.99 each!! They’re regularly $29.99.

These are the 4 colors they have – Turquoise Blue, Black, Cherry Red, and Brown.

Here’s a close look at the red.

I have a story about red WRMK albums actually :) I bought a “red” WRMK album in person once way back and was using it for my Disney pages. When that was full, I wanted another and couldn’t find red in any local stores so I purchased one online. However, I failed to notice they had more than 1 shade of red. So what showed up in the mail was a bright cherry red, not the muted dark red I was looking for. Oh well, there’s a happy ending . . . I loved the bright red color so much, I kept it. Now I use dark red albums for one of my kids’ school albums and the cherry red for Disney pages.

Moral of the story: Make sure you’re ordering the right version of the color you want. They also have more than 1 version of brown.

I’m a WRMK album junkie and have … erm … SEVERAL? Okay, that’s a big fat lie. I just did an inventory to see if I needed to order any of these colors and I have . . . coughcoughover30coughcough WRMK albums. I’m sorry. I know that’s excessive. Well, for most scrappers it might be but I do pretty much exclusively pocket pages these days and they gotta’ be housed somewhere, people! Plus I’m using pocket pages to “store” ALL my photos in divided page protectors so we can enjoy them before I have time to scrap them all – which ain’t gonna’ happen until I retire years down the road. When there are sales, I stock up. I don’t think I’ve ever paid the full price for a WRMK album. {Gah, Erika, defensive much??}

I love using WRMK albums because . . .

– they are very good quality from cover to spine label to D-rings

– they come with page protectors

– they come in so many colors and I use different colors for different themes (black for weddings, turquoise for Project Life/year in review, kiwi green for family albums, etc.)

– all my albums look so pretty lined up on my shelf and that makes me happy {eat your heart out, Stacy Julian!}

Anyhow, ScrapbookSteals tends to sell out quickly and, especially with this great of a price, I’m shocked that as of 1pm PST today they still have all 4 colors in stock. But if you want any of these albums, I wouldn’t wait any longer.

Do you use WRMK albums & are you planning to take advantage of this amazing deal?

{Inter} National Scrapbook Day 2015

I have something special of my own to announce on (Inter)National Scrapbook Day – Saturday, May 2, 2015 – so please stay tuned for that! I hope you’re gonna’ love it ❤️
{There will be chances to win prizes . . . is that enough to make you come back? Hee heeee}

Here’s a list of things going on around the interwebs this week and especially Saturday 05-02-15 in honor of I-NSD 2015:

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I’m on Becky’s email list and in her email of 04-27-15, she linked to a Youtube video where she tells of all the fun stuff going on at her site on Saturday 5/2. When I tried to share the video here on my blog, I got this message: “This video is unlisted. Be considerate and think twice before sharing.” So apparently I’m not supposed to share the video. Sorry, I’m not a rule breaker. Well, except for on my Junior Prom night but that’s another story*. Heh. Soooo – if you’re on Becky’s mailing list, get the linkee there, Google it up, or perhaps she’s putting it out on Facebook, etc. She did say that THE VIDEO is the ONLY place they’re posting online about WHAT EXACTLY will be happening Saturday. Take my word for it – you want to be there :)

*Oops! Mom? Are you out there? . . . . (crickets) . . . Phew! She doesn’t read my blog normally but I just had to make sure.

Team Lisa Bearnson

This is copied from the Team Lisa Facebook group I’m in (I recently signed on so I can sell her *NEW* “Anthology” scrapbooking products when they come out in late summer 2015!). Lisa is hosting an IRL event in Utah and part of it will be livestreamed if you want to take a peak! There’s a link below if you want to hear first hand from Lisa. Should be fun!

A Message from Lisa Bearnson & Wendy McGee:

We are so excited for our event TOMORROW and can’t wait to see you and meet each of you!!

Come Early and Meet Lisa, create your Make & Take project, meet new friends, have refreshments and mingle!!!

Team Lisa “The Wind Beneath Your Dreams” Event
Saturday, May 2nd
LOCATION: 2929 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT
AMBER ROOM (located inside the Dinosaur Museum at Thanksgiving Point)
1:30 Doors Open- Registration & Refreshments
2:00 Event Begins – Business Training and more!

We are planning for about a 3 hour event!! We have secured a larger room so please bring potentials CEOS, new team members who didn’t get a chance to register, spouses, etc.!! Have them come and get involved with Lisa and this amazing business opportunity!! *Make & Takes will only be guaranteed to those who registered by Monday, April 25th.

For those who can’t attend in person, please have them join us on the USTREAM Channel!! We will start at 2-2:15 and they can watch the entire event on their computer. Here is the link:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mcgee-dream-team

Have an amazing Friday and we can’t wait to see you TOMORROW!!!

Lisa Bearson & Wendy McGee

Basic Grey

 
It’s all very mysterious …

… but Basic Grey seems to have something up their sleeve.

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They’ll be posting challenges on their website – check out the NSD tab at the top for those and their sale items – washi, stickers, and clips.

Also, there’s 50% off extra kit items if you’re a subscriber.

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Simple Stories

 
Make sure to visit Simple Stories this iNSD. They just announced FOUR new collections that are due in April and May 2015! And they’ve got sumpin’ goin’ on for NSD, too :)

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Check out Miss Cathy’s thoughts on this fine {Inter}National Scrapbook Day – and get her super cute free printables.

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They aren’t billed as being for NSD but I thought you might enjoy these pretty printables that Kaisercreaft just posted. Maybe you can use them in your scrapping this weekend?

Need something to listen to while you scrap the weekend away?

Here’s the latest episode of Paperclipping Roundtable.

If you need refreshment …

A Beautiful Mess has you covered! YUM.

There you go! Did you find anything fun or interesting? Hope so! I may add to this list if I hear of other fun stuff before the weekend is over; I’ll put new items at the top – just keep stoppin’ by if you like :)

Hey, am I missing anything?

I’ll be hanging around here on Scrapbook Obsession all weekend so if you want to chat, I’m around :)

Tell me about all the other amazing deals and fun stuff you’ve seen going on for International Scrapbooking Day . . . purdy please?

What are your plans for this, our finest of holiday weekends?

Scrapbook Shopping Report: Michaels March/April 2015

Yes, I’m the annoying shopper taking photos every time I’m in Michaels and I see something new ;) Problem is, I haven’t come home and shared these pics with you in a while – so here’s some catch-up.

I give you … “New” items I’ve seen at Michaels in March and April 2015:

Heidi Swapp and Recollections embellishments

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A little more variety in our Project Life section

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A bright and colorful new 12×12 paper pad by DCWV called “Chick Chat”

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A bunch of blackboard stuff from Recollections

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New 6×6 paper pads by My Minds Eye. These are always on endcaps in my store so you may have to look around to find them.

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A cute little plastic shoebox with an “it’s raining” theme – and on clearance! This is the type of box I use for my Project Life card storage.

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Kinda’ like the coughcoughBORINGcoughcough new crafts section at Target, Mike’s has some DIY stuff, basics in lots of colors

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Cheapie bins of super cute enamel dots . . .

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label stickers . . .

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twine balls (heh) . . .

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and mini doilies

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New tags and things by Craft Smith – made of burlap, cork, metal, canvas, and denim

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Project-Lifey card and embellishment kits. In my store, these are in the back by framing and there are matching 8.5 x 11 photo albums below them.

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Super cute new MAMBI paper pad

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Love this pretty new K&Company postbound album – great colors and design

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Some Spring-y new mini paper pads and die cut packs by Recollections

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Tabbed index cards by Recollections, great for organizing photos or Project Life cards

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Hey, I think someone asked me a long time ago where I got the scrapbook page display thingee in my office. I forgot to answer but when I saw these at Michaels, I remembered that I forgot. So sorry, whoever that was! Yep, I got it at Michaels and they still have ’em.

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Over in the home deco section, there was also some cute new stuff –

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So that’s what’s what at Michaels these days.

Further down in the same mall, there’s a Bev Mo (do you have these where you live? I call them “college students’ heaven” stores). I’m driving along and got a little bit twitterpated – CRAFT EVENT! – before I realized, “Duh. It’s Bev Mo. Must mean craft beer.” Bummer, dude. Really harshed my mellow.

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So I went in, got some Grey Goose, and it was all good.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Scrapbook Deals & Steals: Brand New Simple Stories “Life Documented” 20% Off!

Sorry to be so “Simple Stories-Centric” lately but I wanted to make sure you saw this deal :)

This is a VERY new release and it’s already being sold for 20% off – woot!

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You can find it at SCRAPBOOK STEALS.COM. It looks like they have all if not the majority of the new line and it’s all 20% off retail. There are 12×12 paper kits, card sets, enamel dots, photo overlays, etc.

I love deals like this because the discount basically covers the shipping (or even more). So cost-wise it’s almost like shopping at a local scrapbook store – which I don’t have access to anymore, boo hoo.

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*Image via the Simple Stories blog

If you remember, Simple Stories “Life Documented” is the line that got delayed for so long because of a union dispute at the LA docks. I feel so badly for Simple Stories because the focus of this line is the new year and I’m sure they lost a lot of sales because it wasn’t available at the end of 2014 as intended.

Instead, they couldn’t provide it to vendors until 2015 had already begun and I’m sure lots of scrappers and planner junkies who PLANNED (see what I did there? eh? eh?) to use this line for their 2015 scrapping and planning had to buy another line so they could get started.

Here’s a cool video by Simple Stories showing the planner in action and a quick glimpse at the end of using it for pocket page scrapping.

I wish Simple Stories well and hope they’re able to sell a buncha’ Life Documented via SCRAPBOOK STEALS.COM and other vendors!

PS: Remember that SS just released an e-book for inspiration in using this fun line!

Scrapbook Shopping: Project Life and Scrapbooking Items on Amazon

So I was on Amazon yesterday looking at one of THESE . . . hmmm, why would I need one? Something SBO Membership-related, perhaps? ;) Anyhow, while I was there, I looked around at scrapbook supplies and here are some fun things I found:

Project Life Hashtag Themed Cards $5.99 with free shipping on orders over $35

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They’re a little “creamy” for my style but I do love the sayings and designs otherwise. I wish they had a white background instead of cream.

My Minds Eye Market Street Paper and Accessories Kit, 12 by 12-Inch, Ashbury Heights $11.98 with free shipping over $35

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Wowza! What a pretty line! I hadn’t seen this before so I’m glad I browsed around a little bit. MME puts out so many lines, they can start to look same-same to me – but this one is unique and I love it!

Project Life Desktop Edition Paper Pad, 6 x 6-Inch $6.80 with free shipping on orders over $35

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Love the bright colors and office supply theme that’s done in such a cute way.

me & my BIG ideas Pocket Pages Journaling Cards, Story of Me only $2.20 as an Add-On item over $25 or free ship over $35

There are other sets for the $2.20 price as well – if you ordered some other stuff, you could get all 4 sets for under $9 with free shipping:

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I love the MAMBI cards for pocket page scrapping. They use such fun colors and fonts, all their stuff looks great together, and I can always find a saying that works with my photos.

Simple Stories I Am… Scrapbook Collection Kit $19.99 with free shipping over $35

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If you don’t have this line yet, I recommend it. It has such a unique and pretty look to it, and it kinda’ forces you to do pages about YOU – something scrapbookers need to do more of :)

Happy Scrappy Shopping!

Project Life: New Core Kit “Southern Weddings”

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

From Becky’s blog entry:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alas, my own wedding (over 20 years ago and yet to be scrapped – because I can’t find just the right line) had darker colors and no pastels so I’m thinking my photos won’t look good with this line. However, I’ll reserve judgment until I see it in person or see more of the cards online. If nothing else, I have at least one family member’s wedding to scrap and their colors were perfect for “Southern Weddings” by Project Life. {<- Didja' see how I just enabled myself to buy a kit I can't use for my own wedding?? Huh? Huh? Dang, I'm good!} Okay, now I have some questions for you: 1. If you're married, how long ago was your wedding and have you scrapped the photos yet? 2. If you're not married, can you see yourself designing your future wedding around these colors just so you can use Project Life "Southern Weddings" to scrap it? 3. Are you willing to divorce your current spouse and find someone else to marry just so you can use this kit? Just curious ;) Have a great week! PS: I had to laugh a bit at the message I got when I intially tried to comment on Becky's "Southern Weddings" blog post:

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

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

Please go back and try to say something useful.

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

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

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 :)

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 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: For Sale – Heidi Swapp “Dreamy” 1/3 Core Kit (SOLD!)

ETA 10-15-14: Both kits have sold. Thanks!

One way I’ve gotten such a great selection of Project Life cards is by buying partial sets from other scrappers. The Core Kits come with a total of 616 cards which includes a LOT of duplicates and who can really use that many, kwim?

When the Heidi Swapp “Dreamy” PL core kit came out, I couldn’t wait to find a partial kit to go on sale and had to just buy it for myself, LOL! But I don’t need the whole thing and would love to sell some of it.

It’s absolutely beautiful, as you can see below, especially if you love that watercolor look that’s so popular in scrapbooking right now.

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I snagged these images from a website but these are the same cards I’m selling :) They’re even more delicious in person.

You get approximately 1/3 of the total HS Dreamy kit:
(30) 4×6 cards including some that can fold in half to hide journaling if you want
(150) 3×4 cards

I have (2) sets.

$11 per set including shipping within US
or $8 per set plus actual shipping outside US

Smoke-free, pet-free home
Paypal preferred but we can talk :)

If you’d like a partial set of Heidi Swapp “Dreamy” Project Life cards, please leave a comment below or e-mail me: scrapbookobsession(at)gmail(dot)com !

HSN Scrapbooking Day 10-07-14: Anna Griffin, Cricut, Lisa Bearnson, and NEW Project Life

HSN.com has another scrapbooking and crafting day coming up soon. Here is the schedule – West Coasters, please note that our shows actually start at 9pm on 10-06-14 (Monday night):

Eastern Time Zone:

    Tuesday, 10-07-14

Midnight-1am: Anna Griffin
1-2am: Paper Crafting featuring Cricut Explore
2-3am: Martha Stewart
3-5am: Crafting Under $20
5-6am: Anna Griffin
6-7am: Crafting DIY
7-8am: Craft Room Essentials
8-9am: Paper Crafting featuring Cricut Explore
9-10am: Card-Making Tools & Supplies
10-11am: Crafting DIY
11-Noon: Anna Griffin
Noon-1pm: Paper Crafting featuring Cricut Explore
1-2pm: Crafting DIY
2-3pm: Singer Sewing
3-4pm: Anna Griffin
4-5pm: Paper Crafting featuring Cricut Explore
5-7pm: Craft Room Essentials
7-8pm: Singer Sewing
8-9pm: Card-Making Tools & Supplies
9-10pm: Anna Griffin
10-Midnight: 24-hour Craft Day Finale

Pacific Time Zone:

    Monday, 10-06-14

9-10pm: Anna Griffin
10-11pm: Paper Crafting featuring Cricut Explore
11-midnight: Martha Stewart

    Tuesday, 10-07-14

12-2am: Crafting Under $20
2-3am: Anna Griffin
3-4am: Crafting DIY
4-5am: Craft Room Essentials
5-6am: Paper Crafting featuring Cricut Explore
6-7am: Card-Making Tools & Supplies
7-8am: Crafting DIY
8-9am: Anna Griffin
9-10am: Paper Crafting featuring Cricut Explore
10-11am: Crafting DIY
11-Noon: Singer Sewing
12-1pm: Anna Griffin
1-2pm: Paper Crafting featuring Cricut Explore
2-4pm: Craft Room Essentials
4-5pm: Singer Sewing
5-6pm: Card-Making Tools & Supplies
6-7pm: Anna Griffin
7-9pm: 24-hour Craft Day Finale

I hear that the TSV (Today’s Special Value) will be a limited-edition, Wild Orchid (lavender) Cricut Explore with 3 new sets of digital content. There’s a video HERE on Anna’s blog if you’re interested.

Anna will also be offering her usual Christmas card kit which she talks about HERE. I’ve heard very good things about her past Christmas card kits – that they’re easy to put together but impressive, and you get a lot of completed cards from them.

I also see that LISA BEARNSON will be presenting . . . NEW PROJECT LIFE on the HSN Craft Day!! Okay, now I’ll be there fo’ sho! {Click on that linkee to enter a giveaway and to see a bunch of photos of the new PL kits}.

LOVE NOTES kit by Project Life

LUCKY CHARM kit by Project Life

NOTES & THINGS kit by Project Life

CHRISTMAS WISH kit by Project Life

Oh em gee! You *have* to go to Lisa’s blog and see all the photos of these kits. You’ll fall in love like I have! I’m getting “Love Notes” and “Christmas Wish” for sure. The other two are awesome but I’m more of a silver girl than gold. That’s why I’m so happy to see the Christmas kit – all that silver – swoon! {There’s been SO much gold in scrapbooking lately and I’ve felt left out, LOL!}

Pssst! There’s another must-have Project Life kit teased on Lisa’s blog. Go check it out – and she even tells you the exact time she’ll debut it. AND . . . possibly 2 other new kits, if they arrive at HSN in time. That’s about as “brand new” as it gets. I’ll be watching and the suspense is killing me :)

Speaking of which, here are Lisa’s expected times but they’ve changed last minute before so I suggest you just DVR the whole dang thing, just in case ;)

So, are you excited about any of the scrapbooking items coming up on HSN next week?

Scrapbook Shopping: Project Life on Amazon . . . 2 Great Deals

Remember when I told you HERE that the Project Life 60-Pack of Design A page protectors were only $8.36 (reg. $30)???

Well, I was just placing an Amazon order {no, not for scrappy stuff, smart ayshe – I need some new transcribing headphones – sheesh}, and I noticed the price on the page protectors had gone down yet AGAIN! They are an unbelievable $6.90 right now. You can get them here: Becky Higgins Photo Pocket Pages – Big Pack of Design A (60 Pages)

If you haven’t used pocket pages or Design A in particular yet, I highly recommended them. They are my “go to” page protector for Project Life pages and for all my other pocket page scrapbooking (vacations, sports seasons, and such). I mainly take horizontal photos anyway and, with the occasional vertical photo, I print 2 of them on a 4×6 (so each pic is 3×4). Then I put that in a 4×6 horizontal slot or I cut it in half and put each photo in a vertical 3×4 slot. Hope that makes sense . . .

Anyway, that’s an amazingly good deal and – it was SO weird – but 2 of those just jumped in my Amazon cart with the headphones. Soooo strange, hee hee. Hey, it added like $15 total since shipping with Prime is free. So I got 2 boxes for HALF the price of 1 box. It did my stingy little black scrappy heart so good!

Speaking of Amazon and Project Life, they also have the SEAFOAM CORE KIT for only $11.09 right now (reg. $30) with free Prime shipping.

I’d heard it was down to $9.25 yesterday but I didn’t act fast enough and missed it! A lot of the other Project Life Core Kits are on sale, too, starting at around $9. Amazon’s prices fluctuate day to day, which is sometimes good and sometimes bad – but that’s why I check them pretty often. Don’t want to miss an amazing deal, LOL!

“Lovely” Scrapbooking Line and Project Life Mini Kit by Shimelle

I talked about this line a bit HERE but it was early days and there wasn’t much to go on.  Now I’m happy to say I have a better look at Shimelle’s new line to share with you!

First of all, the items that I ordered from her scrapbooking line FINALLY arrived and – no surprise – I totally love them.

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I got the 12×12 paper pad, the Accent and Phrase Stickers, and the tape dispenser (I added the washi tape; it does NOT come with it). The paper is nice and thick cardstock weight. The stickers are cardstock weight as well and have some gold foiling on them. Be aware they have the white backing or outline to them, so if you don’t like that – don’t get these.

The die cuts I received from a Scrappy Angel who posted them as a Pay It Forward and I LOVE them!  I believe it’s about half of the pack.

I also wanted to share a YouTube video I found that shows the entire Project Life “Lovely” line by Shimelle:

 

Isn’t it awesome!  And that girl loves <3 hearts <3 as much as I do, LOL!

The colors and designs in this line are just what I was hoping for.  I love the mix of pastels with darker colors AND black/white.

First, I need to order the Project Life “Lovely” mini kit.  Then I think I’m going to use the whole shebang on my summer vacation album.  I have a mix of photos – beach, baseball games, winery, and lots of outdoor shots.

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I was wondering how to find a line that would look good with the pastels and turquoise of the beach, the red and blue of the baseball games, and all the bright green of the nature shots.  I think this line will be just, well, LOVELY!

PS:  Re-reading my past “Lovely” entry that I linked to in the beginning . . . reminded me to look on Amazon for the Lovely kit.  {I’m an Amazon-a-holic, just love to get Prime when I can & their customer service is so great}.

Well, I didn’t find the Lovely kit (yet) but Amazon does have the PROJECT LIFE “DAZZLE” MINI KIT I referred to back then.

They also have the NEW PROJECT LIFE VALUE KITS that I talked about HERE.  “Hi, Sunshine” is already in my cart.  Ruh-roh, I think I’m about to get in lots of trouble over there . . . ;)

Scrapbook Obsession Weekly Roundup 09-07-14

– So love to see our scrappy girl ELSIE making waves in the big world!

– Time for Lain’s free September scrapinar. Just click here for more details and sign up, if you like. If you can’t make the scrapinar time, you’ll get a free replay to watch at your leisure – but you have to register beforehand.

– Have you seen these YEARBOOK PRINTABLES by Project Life? What a fun and easy yearbook you could make for thuh kiddo!

– I just ordered THIS scrappy goodness from ScrapbookSteals.com . . . so cute and fun!

– Have you heard what new thing the owners of BASIC GREY are up to? It’s so super cool you have to CHECK IT OUT!

Enjoy your week!
xoxo

HSN Scrapbooking, Project Life Deal, and Shopping Reminder

Just 3 quick things for ya’:

1. HSN.com will have some scrapbooking shows on starting either tonight or tomorrow, depending upon your time zone. I’m in PST and the first show is 09-01-14 at 11pm. HERE is the program guide.

2. If you like to stock up on the Big Pack of Design A (60 Pages) for Project Life or pocket page scrapping, there is a killer deal on them right now. I last paid $30 for these but as of now they’re only $8.36 and free shipping with Prime. Hurry, Amazon changes their prices with no notice!

3. A last reminder to check out the Labor Day Weekend scrapbook shopping deals I posted HERE. There’s still time to shop!

Project Life: New Value Kits including “Hi, Sunshine”, “Odds & Ends”, and “Live Brightly”

ETA 01-22-15: I see that Amazon now has most if not all of the Project Life Value Kits, even some not listed below. You can get them HERE

This is post 3 of 3 about the new Project Life products coming out. If you missed them, see the other 2 posts HERE and HERE.

The new kits are:

Live Brightly
Hi, Sunshine
Boys Rule
Odds & Ends
Peace, Love & Sunshine
DIY Shop

My faves are:

Hi, Sunshine

Odds & Ends

Also, spotted at Hobby Lobby, some recently introduced Project Life Value Kits – “Good Times”, “Enjoy Life”, and “Super Cute:

I like these smalluh kits for smalluh dolluhs.

Thanks again Heather for taking and sharing all your scouting photos with us! I live in a Scrapbook Desert where they must deliver the new stuff on camels. And my only store is Michaels.

Someday, we will live in a world where EVERY scrapper will have a 30-minutes or less driving time to an LSS, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Tuesday Morning. Are ya’ with me!?!?

Until then, I really count on lovely friends like Heather to be my photo supplier :)

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