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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”


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.

You can see all the new Project Life Value Kits HERE. They 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 :)

Project Life: “Lovely” by Shimelle and “Dazzle” by Pebbles



HERE is post 1 of 3 where I talked about all the new Project Life things coming our way. Now onto post 2 of 3 and it’s time for Shimelle . . .

Have I told you how much I want Shimelle’s new scrapbooking line? Oh yeah, I did RIGHT HERE. Well, I’ve ordered some but it’s taking FOR-EH-VURRRR to get here so I haven’t fondled it – ahem – SEEN it in person yet. But I know I’m going to LURVE it.

I got the 12×12 paper pad, the camera washi tape dispenser, and . . . some embellishment – stickers? It’s beens so long, I forgot. {I don’t think I’ll be ordering from this shop again}.

Shimelle said on her blog HERE that there would be matching Project Life cards coming so I purposely didn’t order too much of the line, knowing I’d be getting the PL kit.

So I guess “Lovely” is it? Not sure when or where it will be sold.

Again, I found this on an overseas website:

Shimelle used some of the PL cards in this layout:


**LAYOUT BY SHIMELLE @ Shimelle.com


Another new PL kit I’ve seen is the “Dazzle” mini kit by Pebbles. The only photo I could find was this, from a shop in the Netherlands:

And this pic from a shop in Indonesia:

Not much to go on yet, but looks cute so far. It appears to be based on THIS line from Jen Hadfield called “Home + Made” and it has a lot of gold so maybe that’s where the “Dazzle” comes from?

It’s not really my style but maybe you love it?

I don’t see either of these kits in Becky’s shop or on her blog, but maybe I’m missing them? Just wanted to make sure you had the heads up :) Happy shopping!

Project Life: Heidi Swapp “Dreamy”, “Favorite Things”, and LOTS More!



Okay, guys, I’m trying to keep up with this whirlwind of new PROJECT LIFE product – either out now or coming soon. There has been a lot of chatter about it online. I’ll be doing this post and a couple more to make sure you see it ALL.

A shout out to my bud Heather, who first shared photos she found online of new lines “Lovely” by Shimelle (see THIS entry for more info) and “Favorite Things” by Heidi Swapp.

Heidi has teamed up with Becky for MANY new Project Life items. You can read about them and see photos HERE and HERE on Becky’s blog. And check out this video if you have time. I’m sorry, but they are both just so dang likable!

The Heidi Swapp line is ‘exclusive’ to Michaels and also being carried in Becky’s own shop. My favorite item from the Heidi Swapp line for Project Life is the “Dreamy” Core Kit

It reminds me of “Color Wash” by Pink Paislee . . .

. . . which is one of my all-time favorite scrapbooking lines.

I did hear a rumor that some of the HS cards are not double sided and not horizontal so they’ll be harder to use in the PL pocket pages DESIGN A that I prefer to use. Anyone know if that’s true?

Again, shout out to Heather who took photos at Michaels!

As you can see, there are a lot of OTHER new HS items, too. I’m not sure if they’re technically “Project Life”? I think so because Heidi has them all listed together on her WEBSITE.

I’ll be stalking Michaels to find that Heidi Swapp “Dreamy” core kit and snap it up with my coupon! Usually I just buy partial PL kits from friends online but I need to see this one in person and go through the whole thing before I decide how much of it I want. But I’ll probably sell at least some of it off.

So glad to see the collab between Heidi and Becky. As you saw in the video, they’ve been friends for a long time and bring totally different things to our scrapbooking world, both of which I love. Congrats ladies!

Project Life and WRMK: Some Great Deals on Amazon Right Now . . . and a SCRAPOCOLYPSE?!



PROJECT LIFE SALE

There are some great prices to be had on PROJECT LIFE if you click <- that link to Amazon!

As of this posting, here are just a few examples:

Project Life Core Kit – Baby Edition Reg. $29.99, now $9.99 with FREE shipping over $35 (that’s 66% off!)

Project Life Mini Album – Kiwi Reg. $19.99, now $12.85 with FREE shipping over $35

Several of the Project Life Mini Kits on marked down. The best deal/price I found was this:

Project Life Childhood Mini Kit – Bridgeport Edition Reg. $14.99, now $6.71 with FREE shipping over $35 (that’s 44% off!)


WE R MEMORY KEEPERS (WRMK)

There are also some great products by WRMK on sale. You can use them in regular scrapping but they’re also perfect for Project Life-type scrapbooking.

This corner rounder 3×4 punch is perfect for making quick and easy pocket-page scrapping cards of your own. I’ve heard of people using them to punch all of their scraps. Great idea! You get rid of that paper scraps pile that makes you feel guilty every time you look at it, and you end up with a stack of 3×4 rounded cards out of papers that you obviously love. You can also use this punch on your photos.

WRMK Picture Punch-Round Corners, 3″X4″ Reg. 29.99, now $21.18 with FREE shipping over $35


Darn, we missed the GREAT PRICE on these but they’re still discounted nonetheless:

We R Memory Keepers Ring Page Protectors, 12 by 12-Inch, 50-Pack Reg. $29.99, now $22.10 with FREE shipping over $35

Earlier this week, they were down to $14.99 but even at $22.10 and adding one other product to get that $35, the free shipping is still a good deal. A pack of 50 page protectors is pretty heavy and I doubt you can find free shipping on that at many other places.

Finally, check out this great price on the WRMK Multi-Pack!

We R Memory Keepers 12 x 12 inch (Multi Pack) 3-Ring Album Photo Sleeve Protectors – 10 PK Reg. $13.88 (I know I’ve paid more like $15 for them at times), now $3.59 with FREE shipping over $35 (that’s 75% off!).

They’re an Add-On item which means you have to make another purchase but I hope I’ve provided enough enabling above to make that easy ;) If you’re a pocket-page scrapper like me – or have been wanting to give it a try – check out this great Project Life and WRMK sale on AMAZON!

ETA 07-27-14: Whoo hoo, an even better deal on the Multi-Pack!

The WRMK 12×12 inch 3-Ring Album Photo Sleeve Protectors, Multi Pack – 50 Pk Reg. $25.99, now $15.27 with FREE shipping over $35. Thanks so much for pointing that out, PENNYSCRAPS!

As you know, Amazon prices fluctuate sometimes by the minute so get over there and catch a deal before it’s gone :)


PS: Have you heard how AMERICAN CRAFTS is buying up a lot of other scrapbooking companies? Yep, since 2009 they’ve acquired Pebbles Inc, Imaginesce, Pink Paislee, Heidi Swapp, Bazzill, and WRMK and have licensing deals for Project Life and Studio Calico.

Anyhoo, the concern that always comes up among scrappers chatting online is whether the quality of the existing products we know and love will continue. Will Bazzill cardstock continue to be thick, have lovely colors, and a variety of textures (especially since American Crafts already has their own brand of cardstock)?

As someone who faithfully uses WRMK 12×12 “leather” albums, I worry that the quality of these amazing albums will change now that American Crafts has aquired them. And I’m not alone; there’s been somewhat of a buying frenzy of existing WMRK albums “just in case” the quality starts to go sideways. It’s like we’re preparing for a SCRAPOCOLYPSE!

If that’s a worry of yours too, I wanted to point out that Amazon also has the WRMK 12×12 albums in several colors on sale. They normally run $29.99 and the sale prices range (at this exact minute) from $17.99 for Aqua, $20.99 for Charcoal, etc. {Ooooh, Aqua and Charcoal …. don’t those colors look great together?? I can picture them lined up on my bookshelf. Puuurrrdddyyyy. Oh shoot, sidetracked – sorry!}

K, I’m really leaving now. I just thought of the WRMK album thing and it made this post really long – ha! Hey, at least it’s Sunday. Hopefully, you have a few extra minutes today :)

Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Mother Was a Scrapbooker. Heh.



*Picture from Smithsonian Magazine

Yeah, that was my main takeaway from THIS article from the SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE.

JUST kidding. Sheesh.

My actual takeaway was that scrapbooking continues to serve the same purpose for many that it did hundreds of years ago. From the article:

It let them take this ephemeral media, find the best parts, and give them permanence—and gravitas—by pasting them into a book.

This especially reminds me of today’s fascination with “Project Life”-type scrapbooking – where we’ve gone back to taking receipts, clothing tags, one-off photos, etc. and making them “special” by putting them in albums.


*Layout by SCRAPPYJEDI.com

The Smithsonian article does a great job of contrasting paper scrapbooking of the past and present with the way many now choose to document their lives – via social media (heathens!). It was an enjoyable read about the history of our hobby. Please check it out, then come on back and let me know your thoughts.

That reminds me . . . I saw that MEGAN HOEPPNER is offering a CreativeLive class this week called “FROM APP TO ARCHIVE: SOCIAL MEDIA SCRAPBOOKING” kind of combining these 2 ideas.

Small world, huh? Or something like that. Anyway, just thought you might want to check out the class. I’m signed up to watch it live for free. If you love it, you can purchase the class and have lifetime replays plus the extra resources.

And CreativeLive has a sale going on through July 25 (Megan’s class is $49 vs $79) so you can watch the free preview and if you love it, buy it on sale. It’s a great time to check out all their other classes, especially the ones in the “CRAFT & MAKER” category, including Becky Higgins’ amazing CL class on Project Life. I’ve been a CreativeLive junkie since first seeing Becky on there and this is the first time I’ve seen them run a sale – so jump ON it, chickie!

Happy Learning, Lovie ….

A New Scrapbooking Project . . . and A New BLOG?


As I mentioned in my LAST POST about my scrapbooking haul from Michaels, I’m starting a new project: a combination Gratitude and About Me journal and mini book.

From Michaels, I recently bought this gorgeous pink 6×8 album, along with the Weekly Planner and Journal Pages sets, by Project Life. I got them for either 40 or 50% off using sales and coupons.

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Here’s the album with JUST the Journal Pages set inside and, as you can see, it’s chock full.

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I had to put this page first in the album . . . SO PERFECT!

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Obviously, I’ll have to pull out some of the Journal Pages to make room for some of the Weekly Planner pages, which is fine because they’re pretty generic, basically just lined or grid journal pages with differing amounts of space to write on.

I also want to take out these divider pages and use the monthly ones from the Weekly Planner set. If this works out, I’ll have a similar set ready to go for next year, too.

So, back to the MAMBI Sticks from the other post . . . I’m going to use 1 or 2 of those on the cover of this new album. I’ll be handling this book a lot so I don’t want to make it too fancy.

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I just love the watercolor look of that green one. It’s going to be hard to choose!

Then I’ll use the stickers from the medium-sized MAMBI set on the pages inside. I want them to be mostly journaling and, because the pages are so thick, I need to keep them flat as well. These stickers will be perfect. They make me happy just to look at them :)

I haven’t decided yet whether to include photo pocket pages in this album. I know there’ll be times when I’ll want to use a photo but, to save room, I *think* I’ll print any photos 2×3 or 3×4 and adhere them right to a page, then write the journaling around the photo.

The reason for this project: I have so many positives in my life right now. I feel like I’m at a point where things are becoming more and more clear – about what I want from life, how to be “a positive” in others’ lives, things I want to tell my kids, etc.

I’ve even started another blog with this new vision and I’m SO excited! If I stick with it long-term, I’ll share the link here ;) Hey, I realize my flaws and being The Queen of Unfinished Projects is one of them, including new blogs. Heh.

My new blog will include some scrapbooking and memory keeping but will mostly be writing – about things I think you’ll really identify with – along with photos and lots of other great stuff :) I’ve written drafts of five posts already and I’m having a blast!

I wrote a lot in school and majored in creative writing in college; I miss writing and expressing myself in that way (other than about scrapbooking, of course!). I was driving home the other day and in the space of 20 minutes, I’d written down NINE ideas for posts I wanted to write. Now THAT’S inspired!

I hope I follow through and am able to share it with you – wish me luck!

Lain’s Scrapinar for May: It’s a “Feeding Frenzy”



I know I said the next post would be about my scrapbook haul from Mike’s. But just a quick one before I forget . . .

Wanted to let you know that May’s scrapinar (a no-cost event) is coming up later this month. On May 28th she’ll be joined by “Scrapper on the Street”, Danielle Taylor for “Feeding Frenzy: Taking Eye-Catching Food Photos to Scrap and Share”.

Kind of an interesting topic, eh?

I’m not a real foodie per se but since starting Project Life, I have been taking a lot more food photos than in the past. I don’t use any special techniques though. Guess I have a thing or three to learn.

See you at Lain’s May scrapinar! CLICK HERE for more details and to sign up :)

Scrapbook Deals and Steals: Check Out Michaels Starting Sunday 04-06-14

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From April 6-12, 2014, Michaels is having one of their BIGGEST sales of the year! Check out their ad and coupons HERE.

I for one am happy because they’ll have Iris 12×12 scrapbook cases for only $2.99 (reg. $8.99).

Over time, I’m converting all my scrapbook storage that was in open baskets on my shelves to these closed cases. Love that they’re see-through.

Scrapbook albums and Recollections craft storage are 60% off! Maybe I’ll finally take a chance on a Project Life album at THAT price! {I’ve heard they’re not very sturdy. Do you have a review?}

Scrapbook paper pads will be $9.99 (reg. $19.99).

And Plastic Scrapbook Storage will be 50% off.

If you wanted to implement my PROJECT LIFE CARDS or WASHI storage ideas, now would be a great time to buy up some of those cute plastic shoeboxes or 6×6 Iris containers!

I know you love a good scrappy bargain as much as I do, so I had to share. Hope you find something fabulous. Happy Shopping!

PS: Would love to hear what you pick up at Mike’s. Please come back and let us know!

Scrapbook Store Review: “Scrapbooks Etc.” in Mesa, AZ

I was recently traveling in Arizona and had the opportunity to visit two local scrapbook stores (LSS). This is a real treat since the closest LSS to my home is 2 hours away. So I warn you now, there are LOTS of photos and I have a LOT to say!! I’ll have to do 2 blog posts. What?! I’m wordy! Sheesh.

The first scrapbook store I visited in the Phoenix area was “Scrapbooks Etc.” in Mesa, AZ . . . or as it’s now called, “Etc. Scrapbooks, Fabric & More”. The name change appears to be because they’ve added fabrics to about 1/3 of the store. I’m no sewist but I think that’s a brilliant move! Way to stay viable, AZ scrap store owners!

I’m just gonna’ say from the beginning: I loved this store! It’s one of the biggest and best I’ve ever been to. They had loads of current stuff, I liked the way the store was laid out, and they had lots to offer the customer.

One very cool thing was THIS:

Yep, I managed to show up on their Scrapbook Yard Sale day – woot! It started at 10am so I got there about 9:45. I was greeted by a super long line outside the store. I texted DH at 9:48: “Garage sale starts at 10. There’s about 50 women in line. Hold my earrings. Mama might need to throw down!” He cheered me on: “They got nothin’ on u.”

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Just kidding, just kidding. I got back in my car, drove across the street, and got a Starbucks. I’m not the aggressive type {even with a latte’ under my belt}.

The yard sale was held in the classroom and here is what it looked like {faces have been blurred to protect the guilty . . . er, innocent}:

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Here’s a sample of the goodies to be found at the Scrapbooks Etc. garage sale – a Simple Stories “Summer Fresh” pack for $7. I think that 6×6 pad alone sells for $6, so that’s a nice deal :)

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I grabbed a few packs of things and literally had to escape that room so I could find a clear surface to check out the goods. And where did I end up!?!? At the Scrapbooks Etc. sale/clearance table in the back of the store. Where I found more deals. Sheesh. It’s like too much of a good thing, I tell ya’!

One thing from the garage sale I held onto was a BASIC GREY “BLUSH” collection pack. Here’s the tag sheet from the collection kit – “Blush” is SO yummy!

I think it was $7-8 and only missing a few sheets. Again, a good deal but it didn’t make the final cut in favor of NEW scrappy stuff!! I don’t get to an LSS but a few times a year so I didn’t want to miss the chance to get some newer things when I could actually see them in person. Yes, it’s a luxury these days :(

Okay, so if you’re a BAZZILL Babe like I am, you’ll want to sit down for this. Or at least hold onto a hand rail or something. Ready?? I give you. THE GREAT WALL OF BAZZILLLLLLL!!!!

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Isn’t all that color and texture and paper goodness so PURDY??? I almost swallowed my tongue! GULP!

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I can’t find it now but I swore I read earlier that the husband of the Scrapbooks Etc. owner owns (or works for?) Bazzill Basics. Which would make sense judging by their huge selection of Bazzill cardstock and other Bazzill papers.

Speaking of pretty colors, I just had to take a pic of all those pretty WRMK album colors all in a row. Gorge!

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Scrapbooks Etc. had most products arranged by manufacturer which is how I prefer to shop. Here’s some new Dear Lizzy and Amy Tan, both by American Crafts:

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I *so* wanted this Amy Tan “Mixtapes” pack but that price took up too much of my budget.

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You’re a scrapper, you get it, right? You stand there in the store aisle, fondling the “$11 for 6 bitty rolls of washi tape” and have this internal conversation:

“You should get this. It’s sooper dooper cute!”
“I know, but ELEVEN DOLLARS! And the tapes are so skinny!”
“Yes, yes, but that’s what makes them so preciously KYUTE!”
“Precious smeshious, do you know how much PAPER I could buy with $11?”
“Well. Okay. You do have a good point there. Put them back.”
“But but but! But I want the cute little skinny Amy Tan washi! And if I buy it online, I have to pay $92 shipping on $11 worth of 6 skinny rolls of washi tape!”
“GUUUURRRLLL. Put. The washi tape. Back. NOW.
“(Kicking ground). Fine. It’s back. Jeez.”

Yeah, I put the washi tape back. But it was PAINFUL, I tell ya’!

These Dear Lizzy mini flair badges were very hard to pass up, too. Just darling.

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They had a great selection of this new new Basic Grey:

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One thing I loved was the little product vignettes they have around the store. They make very appealing displays with new products that make you want to buy things. Wicked smart! Here are just 2 but there were several more:

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Colorful Doodlebug Goodness:

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All these little packs of puffy arrows, chevrons, and punctuation were KILLIN’ me, Smalls. I very much coveted that shades of teal blue one in the middle.

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But at $5 a pack, I had to pass :( You don’t want to hear the conversation-with-self I had about THAT! I almost socked myself in the jaw right then and there. But the Good Angel won. Again.

Here’s a shot of the fabric side of the store. They seemed pretty busy and I could hear the counter person answering lots of customer questions. Seems like a great set-up.

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Teresa Collins “Happy” which is so much prettier in person than online.

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Teresa Collins “Save the Date” which, me being married for so long, I didn’t think I’d be interested in. But, man, the colors were so pretty. I was seriously considering re-engaging and re-marrying my man just so I could use it.

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The epoxy/enamel heart down there was callin’ my name. Have I mentioned I LOVE HEARTS?? Yeah, maybe once or thrice.

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An entire wall of SIMPLE STORIES. Um, when can I move in, please? Starbucks across the street, rainbows of Bazzill, WRMK, and Doodlebug, AND a Simple Stories neighborhood – what more do I need to sustain life?

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KAISERCRAFT is one company I’m not very familiar with but their products sure caught my eye! I ended up with a pack of their 3×4 cards; guess which one? {I’ll reveal in a “Scrapbooks Etc. Haul” post later}.

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They also have Project Life Island. See? I never need to go anywhere else :) I’m set.

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There was a big Accucut station; a die-cutter’s dream.

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October Afternoon . . . squee!!

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I think these were garage sale shoppers checking out their loot or deciding what to buy. I totally get it, ladies. Take your time. If I step on you, smack me.

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More October Afternoon:

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Fancy Pants:

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Whole row of Bazzill Basics patterned paper:

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Ahh, My Minds Eye rotating racks, I’ve missed you!

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So that’s my tour and review of Scrapbooks Etc. in Mesa, Arizona. I highly suggest you visit if you’re in the area. Or in an adjacent state. It’s worth it, LOL. Wonderful store and I hope I’m able to visit many more times in the future!

Stay tuned to see what goodies I bought there!

HSN Scrapbooking 03-24-14

Well, unbeknownst to me, it’s National Craft Month on HSN. They failed to include me on the memo :D

And apparently it’s also National Wicked Cool Manicure Month!

Starting at midnight on Monday 03-24-14 (or 9pm Sunday night for those of us in the PST), HSN will be airing crafting and scrapbooking shows by (among others) ANNA GRIFFIN, MARTHA STEWART, and my personal favorite, LISA BEARNSON – check out the (4) new PROJECT LIFE kits for HSN she is debuting!

Project Life “HAPPY”

Project Life “AZURE”

Project Life “DAYDREAMER” by DEAR LIZZY

Project Life “STYLE BOARD” by MAGGIE HOLMES

You MUST click over the Lisa B’s BLOG and see tons more photos. Well, I mean, click over there if you’re ready to buy something because you’ll want to after seeing all her great pics. Word.

Luckily for me, I’m broke. Ha! If I wasn’t, I’d be getting the “Daydreamer” and “Style Board” kits. OMBRE & WATERCOLOR & BOKEH, oh my!

Did you know you don’t have to wait for the shows to air to buy these kits? You can get them on HSN.com now {if they’re not already sold out}. I usually find things that are about to air in the crafting NEW ARRIVALS section.

The only problem is if we buy them all up before the show, Lisa won’t have anything to demo again, LOL. {Yes, that happened in the past}. Then again, things selling out before they even air shows HSN and other companies {I’m lookin’ at you, QVC!} that we scrappers are serious shoppers when you bring us new stuff at a decent price. Am I right?

To see when and what shows are airing, check out the HSN PROGRAM GUIDE and change the drop down menu to your time zone. Then set that DVR and get to recording! Or if you’re lucky and don’t have to be anywhere else, grab a bowl of popcorn, some coffee, and get to watchin’!!

And if you’re stuck at work on Monday – okay, do NOT tell your boss I told you this – but you can watch HSN live online RIGHT HERE. Just sayin’ . . .

Will you be watching HSN Crafting this time around? Do you think you’ll buy anything? What’s your favorite item?

ETA 03-23-14: Someone mentioned on Two Peas that Amazon had some of these kits without the extra stuff, if you don’t want that. I went to check and found that (as of this second) AZURE, DAYDREAMER, and STYLE BOARD are listed for good prices but sold out. I can’t find “Happy” on Amazon; someone mentioned it was maybe an exclusive to Australia?

Project Life: Planner Pages Set from Michaels

As I mentioned HERE back in early January 2014, some Michaels received new Project Life items including 6×8 albums, page protectors, and kits to use in them for Planner, Agenda, and Recipe.

Well, what should I spy at my Mike’s almost 2 months later but this!?!?:

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Yeppers, some of the page protectors and 1 of the 3 kits. I have a zillion 6×8 Sn@p! pages so I don’t need more of those for now but I did snatch up the “Planner” Project Life kit. It was $4.99 minus $2.00 with my 40% off coupon. So only $2.99 for 40 cards – pretty cost effective.

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And it’s really cute! I love the theme, colors, and style. I think I’ll get a lot of use from these cards. Here are some photos in case you’d like a closer look:

4×6 cards

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3×4 cards

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It’s very everyday, happy, and fresh. It looks great with one of my other favorite Project Life kits, HONEY. {I talk about why it’s one of my faves HERE}.

Not to enable or anything – ‘cuz you know I hate to do that – but “Honey” and “Olive” are only $23 and “Turquoise” is only $18 at the moment HERE on Amazon. These kits are usually $30 so that’s a great deal ;)

Anyway, just wanted to let you know not to give up hope on finding the “new” Project Life items at your Michaels. They may still show up!

Project Life: New Line “Kiwi” Exclusive to Joann Stores

About a month ago {01-28-14}, Becky Higgins announced on her blog HERE that a new Project Life line would be coming to Joann craft stores as an exclusive. The line is called “Kiwi” and it’s super cute!

Being a Project Life junkie, I knew I had to have it. Unfortunately, the closest Joann to me is about an hour and it’s a tiny one – hardly any scrapbooking stuff. So I started looking online at JOANN.COM and found the kit HERE.

Note: Click on “Locate in Store”, enter your zip code, and you can find out if the Joann store(s) near you carry the “Kiwi” set.

Joann.com told me that my tiny, not-so-close store didn’t carry it. So I signed up to receive an e-mail when Joann.com had it in stock but have yet to be notified :(

But luckily for me, a sweet online friend (ENABLER HEATHER! ha ha) lives near all these amazing, large, current craft stores and she always finds things I *need*. She found Project Life “Kiwi” at HER Joann and bought it for herself, then kindly sold me 1/2 of it.

And without further ado, here is a quick pic of Kiwi:

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Sorry, I did’t have time to spread the cards out better and get more photos but you get the idea. The colors are fun, bright, and happy. The sayings are everyday and very useable. The “handwriting” font used on some of the cards isn’t my favorite {see the pink one on top of the pile?}; it’s a little sloppy for my taste. But that’s the great thing about PL cards – if you don’t like one side, use the other or even put a sticker or embellishment over things you don’t love. I like the use of black and turquoise with lighter pastels, there are plenty of hearts {you KNOW I love HEARTS!}, and the mix of white/off-white backgrounds is a nice feature.

Because the Kiwi kit is “exclusive” to Joann stores and so hard to find, the message boards are abuzz with people buying, trading, and looking for it. Many have been unsuccessful and the rumor is that each Joann store who DOES have it only got 2 kits per store. Which seems kind of crazy given how popular Project Life items usually are.

A Pea reported today that: “I was at (Joanns) tonight and asked a lady about the Kiwi kits. She said they’d be put out next week since Ms has a coupon on them. It must be the 50% off one she’s referring to.” So that’s good news if it’s true! If you’re looking for the Kiwi kit, I hope you find it sooner than later! It really is beautiful and I think you’ll like it a lot in person.

I’m a Scrapaholic on the Road to . . . the Scrapbook Store! {And What’s Your Confession?}

“Hi, my name is Erika and I have a Scrapbook Obsession. But I’m in a great 12×12 step program . . . ”

You know, admitting you have a problem is the first step toward recovery.

{Although if lovin’ scrap supplies is wrong, I don’t wanna’ be right!}

Thought I’d make a little sign that my fellow scrapbook obsessed peeps would like:

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{Inspired by THIS sign I saw on Facebook; thanks FactoryDirectCraft.com!}

Soooo . . . confession time! Are you a Scrapoholic? Are you in recovery . . . or driving to the store?

Tell us something weird, funny, or crazy your “scrapbook obsession” has made you do. I mean, it’s an ADDICTION so you’re clearly not in control and can’t be blamed for your actions. {That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it}.

– I had to buy a third plastic shoebox because my PROJECT LIFE, MAMBI, and SN@P! card sets have outgrown THIS storage . . .

– I take selfies at the beach {while pretending I’m taking ocean photos} because that’s the only way to get myself in the scrapbook . . .

– I have one of my jobs solely to have a budget for buying scrapbook supplies and printing photos . . .

There are lots more but I’ll leave it at that :)

Okay, don’t leave me hangin’ out here alone. Your turn!