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Project Life: Finally! See All of the Cards Within Each Kit on Becky Higgins’ Digital Site

This has been a long time coming. As a frequent buyer of PROJECT LIFE KITS, I have always been frustrated by the inability to see ALL of the cards within a kit before purchase. You just never know, based on a small sampling of the cards, if you’re going to like the entire kit. Sure, you could get a bit more of a sample by looking at the digital kit . . . or watch YouTube videos of scrappers showing the cards one-by-one. But for me, those weren’t good enough.

Well, Becky has solved that problem! You can now go HERE on her DigitalProjectLife.com site to view and download Card Design Reference PDF’s of Project Life Core Kits, Mini Kits, and Themed cards. As of now, there are 47 kits available and more are being added. For more info, read Becky’s blog post HERE.

Can I get a WHOO HOO!?!?

It’s the little things in life that make me happy and this makes me VERY happy!

For instance, I’ve been debating whether to purchase the PL Merry & Bright Mini Kit for some Christmas scrapbooking. I just haven’t pulled the trigger yet because, from the small sampling I’ve been able to see on the digital site, I wasn’t sure if it was right for me.

Now I’ll just go HERE to peruse the .pdf showing ALL the Merry & Bright cards and be able to make an informed decision.

This not only makes shopping easier but it will also help us Project Lifers – or anyone who uses PL kits – to use the .pdf’s for reference. You can either print them out or just refer to them onscreen any time you’re looking for a certain type of card, particular color scheme, etc.

It’s genius, I tell ya’!

What do you think? Is this a useful resource for you?

Scrapbook Deals and Steals: Lots of Project Life on Sale Plus a Bag in Bag You Need!

Do you like my new category? I *love* me some scrapbook deals and steals, saving money, and sharing them with you. So now we’re official :)

You can find the Project Life deals on Amazon RIGHT HERE!!

Don’t know what’s going on, didn’t hear it announced anywhere, etc. But I was on Amazon last night to get THIS amazing bag that you’ll *need* as well after you watch this:

. . . when I noticed that the Project Life Childhood Mini Kit – Bridgeport Edition that I had in my cart for months . . . was HALF PRICE with free shipping!

So I snatched that baby up, sista’! You can’t beat that with a stick. Here’s just a few examples of other great deals:

Photo Pocket Pages – Big Variety Pack 1 (60 Pages). Wowsers! Regularly $29.99, on sale for only $17.33 with free shipping.

Project Life Core Kit – Seafoam Edition. Regular price $29.99, on sale for $16.48 with free shipping.

Project Life Grid Cards 4 x 6 – Box of 100 Regular price $7.99, now only $3.92 with free shipping.

Many scrappers are lucky to have Project Life in local big box stores like Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Archivers, etc. where you can use a 40% off coupon to take a bit of sting out of the prices. But I only have a Mike’s – with a small PL selection at that – and other than refill pages, I’ve already used coupons to get the few sets I like that they carry.

Now you understand my HAPPY-NESS at finding Project Life on such a great sale at Amazon, yeah!?!?!

I also got this pretty blue BAG IN BAG like the one shown in the video above!!

It comes in other colors, including these:

OMG! My mind is going crazy with uses for these amazing little bags. First, so many ideas involving scrapbooking:

Portable Tool Kit: Scissors, journaling pens, adhesive/refill, eraser, Cats Eye inks, etc. On your desk and easy to take to crops

Stamping Kit: Most used stamps and inks, again portable for crops or even just to sit in front of the TV while you stamp card sentiments or page titles

Project Life Kit: Journaling cards, washi tape, wood veneers in those outside mesh pockets, corner rounder, date stamps, etc. I currently have all this stuff in a tray on my desk. How cool to be portable instead :)

Crop Misc. Kit: Finally! One place to put your charger cables, iPhone, Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers (oh, wait – that’s probably just me), hand lotion, photo paper, sticky note pads, and all the random things you want handy on the crop table but don’t fit in another category.

Then there are all the other things you could use it for: make-up, office or bill supplies, purse contents (to make purse-switching easy or just to organize all that stuff), travel toiletries, on and on . . .

I got to thinking what great Christmas gifts they would make for all the chickies in my life. Who couldn’t find a use for a bag like this? I had to restrain myself to only one for now but I’m definitely going back for more when the budget allows.

Speaking of money, there are other vendors selling the Bag in Bag like THIS ONE. They are much cheaper – in some cases costing just a couple dollars – but make sure you check where they’re shipping from in case it’s Asia. That will take a lot longer to get here. Just a tip :) But if you’re in no hurry, it’s all good. I mistakenly ordered earbuds from Hong Kong once and it was TORTURE waiting for them to get here. After 4 weeks, I tried to cancel the order and of course couldn’t because they were already in customs or some such. Anyway, that’s why I won’t order things anymore that ship from outside the U.S. Oh, and they wouldn’t provide tracking information either. And they were (supposed to be) part of a birthday gift :(

With my Amazon Prime, I got the Bridgeport PL kit and the cute blue bag for about $20 bucks out the door. Not bad. Made my ever-lovin’, bargain-huntin’ heart so happy!

How about you? You gonna’ take advantage of the great Project Life sale or snag a Bag in Bag? Or five . . . :)

Scrapbook Obsession Blog + Pinterest = Another Addiction

I did it. I gave in to the Power of the P.

Aren’t you proud of me? I finally started a Pinterest account for this blog. Now, before you lecture me, let me just say this:

– I know I’m late to the party. But I brought pretzels!

– I know it’s addictive; I’ve heard the warnings.

– No, I will not forget to blog because my eyes are glazed over from all the beautifulness over there.

– I will still love you if you don’t Follow me on Pinterest . . . just not as much. Hey, deal with it.

So, please go check out my Pinterest boards! I even made it easy for you by putting that handy-dandy little “Follow Me On Pinterest” button in the right sidebar. There. You have no excuse.

I have scrapbooking boards of course – products, organization, studios, etc. – and some Project Life boards. Also other fun things that interest me like books, Italy, quotes, free printables, coffee, and more.

I was THISCLOSE to adding a martini board but I didn’t know if that was bad form for a NEWB. Maybe once I’ve been around Pinterest for a while, you think?

Are you on Pinterest? If not, why not?

If you are a Pinner, will you pretty please put your Pinterest link/name in Comments below? I will Follow you!

Especially if you’re going for martinis ;)

Project Life: 4×6 Photo Overlays Are Here!

As I mentioned HERE, I was very excited to order these new photo overlays made by Becky Higgins for PROJECT LIFE from HSN.com.

Well, apparently I was not alone. They were an HSN exclusive item, posted to their site on Wednesday, I bought them immediately when I saw them that day, and they were sold out by Friday before the HSN Scrapbooking shows even aired on Monday night/Tuesday morning (depending on your time zone).

Mine arrived on Tuesday – fast shipping! You go, HSN. Word to ya’ mutha’.

According to Becky herself on Facebook:

For those of you who were lucky enough to score the Project Life Overlays from HSN, here’s a TIP that you’ll want to know: Be sure to peel off the protective film before using the overlays! Once you do, the clarity will blow your mind. I know a lot of you are bummed they sold out so fast (I agree that more should have been ordered). I will be able to give you an update soon about our plans to hopefully bring these back!

From the image on HSN.com, it was hard to tell exactly what you get with this kit . . .

. . . so I wanted to post some quick photos of all 60 overlays. Sorry, not the best quality pics with my iPhone first thing in the morning but here ya’ go. You can at least get an idea what the sayings are and such.

Well first, here’s the packaging. I took this in the car right when I picked them up from the post office, hee hee. The Scrapbook Obsessed will understand that I couldn’t even wait until I got home to open them up, right?

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Here are the first 2 sets on some kraft cardstock:

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Here are the next 2 sets on a blue/green color. I wanted to show them on different colors/shades so you can see how they look:

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Here’s the last set on charcoal grey Bazzill bling. Ooooh, my arms look so skinny! These overlays are good for my self-esteem.

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Here are 2 overlays on photos.

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{We got to see a Dodgers/Red Sox game a few weeks ago. DODGERS: They clinch the NL West title WHEN they beat Arizona tonight, hee-yah! Oh wait, this is a scrapbooking blog . . . erm . . . so I’m pocket page scrapping the game using my Project Life “Honey” kit – 22 pages, LOL. Might be a wee bit baseball obsessed, too}.

These photos are true 4×6, printed on my Epson Picturemate. As you can see, the overlays cover to all the edges. Look at the top right corner of the top photo. They do have rounded corners – not sure how I’m going to handle that.

Here’s the whole healthy stack – 60 is a lot! But there are only a few duplicates that I noticed, of plain frames.

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I figure if I used approximately 1 per week in my Project Life, I’ll go through them nicely and won’t get tired of seeing them either :)

I hope Becky is able to restock these awesome overlays and that you’re able to get a hold of them!

Project Life: “Flea Market” by Maggie Holmes PL Mini Kit Now Available

Are you tired yet of hearing me yap about MAGGIE HOLMES line for Crate Paper called “Flea Market”? ‘Cuz if you are sista’, just keep on truckin’. I talked about it already HERE, HERE, and HERE and now I’m going to talk about it again. {Jeez, obsess on things much? Nahhh…}

As you know, I was excited so see this line was being made into a PROJECT LIFE kit . . . and now it’s here!!

And you can get it here: Project Life Mini Kit: Maggie Holmes – Flea Market

Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of that pink and green flowery pattern. Not a fan of flowery in general so no offense to Maggie or anything, LOL. And I usually prefer white backgrounds for my Project Life pages for some unknown reason. But I’m going to get this kit anyway. Maybe the flowery cards will have something I like better on the other side. Or maybe I can use them on Mother’s Day cards. Yes! Brilliant idea, if I do say so myself.

And the rest of it, I adore! Banners, chevrons, the gorgeous sea blue/green color, navy and yellow polka dots – those are all right up my alley. And those bokeh hearts kill me every time. I hear there are only two 3×4 and one 4×6 of the heart bokeh cards but that’s okay.

Thanks to my friend Renee sharing some photos of this kit that she bought, I also see there is some wood, ombre, and little hearts, too!

This is only about half of the cards but it’s enough for a great visual of this kit. Thanks so much, Renee! You rawk, ma sista’.

ETA: But wait! Even more pictures from Renee! She pointed out those BLUE bokeh hearts. Oh, be still!

I truly was going to try resisting this kit because of, well, THIS. {The first step to overcoming addiction is to admit you have a problem}. But after seeing Renee’s photos, I was done. D-U-N, dun!

If you still haven’t made up your mind, let me share a recent blog entry by Maggie Holmes herself HERE where she did some Project Life pages using her PL Mini Kit and items from the Flea Market scrapbooking line. Here is just one of her layouts:

Love this! She shows that it’s not only a “girly” kit but can clearly be used on more masculine pages, too. Go to Maggie’s blog to see more awesome ways to use this kit and her entire “Flea Market” line.

So if I’ve enabled you {wink} and you’d like to purchase this kit, it’s RIGHT HERE for the taking.

And if you get a kit and want more of those flower cards, I’ll swap ’em with ya’ – ha!

Project Life: My New Storage System for PL, Snap, MAMBI, and Other Scrapbooking Cards

Raise your hand if you’ve been collecting Project Life cards like they’re going out of style! MEEEEEE!!! ME ME ME!!!

I just jumped on the Project Life bandwagon this year. And the Sn@p! card bandwagon. And the MAMBI card bandwagon. And the free printables bandwagon.

Wow. That’s a lotta’ bandwagons! Must be why I have so many dang cards.

Here are the Project Life kits I have (so far, wink):

Blush
Honey {See why it’s my favorite Project Life kit HERE!}
Jade
Midnight
Slate
Wedding
Baby
Wellington
5th and Frolic

What I’ve been doing is buying partial kits, trading cards, and selling cards. I think the only kit I still have all the cards for is Baby and that’s because I’m going to use it for multiple baby books. Oh, and I have all of Wellington and Wedding but those are mini kits.

The large and small boxes that Project Life come in are very nice but they’re not a very efficient use of space, especially when you only own 1/4 or 1/3 of the larger kits. So I decided to throw away all the PL boxes and come up with a new storage system.

Requirements:

1. Easily accessible
Opening one lid is fine but I don’t wanna’ be opening cases inside of cases and I need to be able to flip through the cards.

2. Something I can label
I need to SEE the names not just SEE the cards. I’m weird like that.

3. Something I can keep on my desk
Another thing I didn’t like about keeping the cards in the original PL box was that they were too big to keep on my desk, so I had to go over to the bookshelf to get them every time I worked on my Project Life or a PL-type album.

One idea I’d thought about replicating was from LAYLE KONCAR at SIMPLE STORIES. She used one of those old cassette holders (in case you are disgustingly young, cassettes were music-playing things before iPods came along). She tilted it up and it’s genius how you can see all your cards so well with this system.

Alas, it didn’t meet requirements 2. and 3. above :(

I got this wild hair late Friday night so no time to go shopping for a storage system. I perused my stash and decided to use some plastic shoe boxes I got from Target awhile back. They were holding handmade cards I’ve received over the years and various mini albums, mostly made at CKU and such. So those things were dumped out and I need to find a new home for them now. Which is a pain.

But totally worth it because look how great my new Project Life card storage came out! All my PL cards are in there except Wellington which is on my desk as I’m currently working with it.

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As you can see, the box on the left is for Project Life cards and on the right is for Sn@p!, MAMBI, free printables, and misc. cards like those calendar cards from ELLE’S STUDIO. I used lined Project Life 4×6 blank cards to create the dividers, along with washi tapes and my Brother label maker. No, I’m not super creative but it got the job done.

I’m so happy that all my Project Life, Sn@p!, MAMBI (can you say “Addicted!”???), and free printable cards are all in one place! Well, two places but you know what I mean. They sit to the right of my chair at my L-shaped desk. A divided tray with all my other Project Life-y type stuff sits to the left – washi, 6×6 pads, WRMK small pads, corner rounder, arrow punch, date stamps, ink, stickers, etc.

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It gets very dusty in my scraproom so I love that this is covered storage. When I’m actively using them, I can slip the shoebox lids right underneath the boxes so they don’t take up extra room or flop backward covering other things like the PL boxes do. And when I’m not using them, they seal on the boxes tightly and keep the dust out.

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Plus I {heart} hearts SO much! They just make me happy and I’m glad they’re now sitting so close to me at my desk instead of way across the room on that ol’ bookshelf like before. Now we can get to know each other better, maybe go out for a drink, play Scrabble, you know, that kind of thing.

So there’s my latest version of scrapbook storage for all those Project Life-type cards. What do you think? How are yours stored? I would love to hear!

Scrapbook Organization: Current Year Memorabilia for Project Life

When I sat down last weekend to scrapbook, I *thought* it was just to work on Project Life. Finally. Other than a week I skipped ahead to in June, my Project Life layouts are only done through mid-February.

By the way, it’s July. In case you were wondering.

Please don’t report me to the Project Life Police! If they ask, you have the right to remain silent and if you talk to the po-po, I’ll crop you. For reals.

I’ve been taking photos almost every day, keeping notes, and collecting memorabilia. I’m not worried about being “behind” with my Project Life. It’ll all get into an album eventually. I’m busy. What’s new? Not gonna’ beat myself up about it.

Needless to say, I was excited to finally have a few hours to devote to scrapping. But I got sidetracked. Of course.

I put the photos I was going to use into their slots. For the days I didn’t have photos, I figured I’d see if I had any memorabilia – ticket stubs, business cards, receipts, invitations, etc. Maybe a flyer to jog my memory or a Post-It with a cute quote from the kids.

And that’s where the train went off the rails.

My version of “organizing memorabilia” this year has consisted of tossing everything into a basket on my desk. It’s a very bad thing, Martha.

It was all in one place {an improvement over years past, I must say} but certainly not in order. I could’ve just plucked out the things from February but what fun would that be!?!?

I felt the call to ORGANIZE. Right then and there.

Hmmm . . . what to use? My first thought was file folders by month so I grabbed 12 from my office supply stash and started to label them. Then I remembered that I had 8.5 x 11 clear page protectors with a monthly calendar in each one that I printed for free from MISS TIINA. {Super cute, right?}

Originally I had planned to put them in my PL album as kind of dividers between the months. But when I tried it, I didn’t like it. So they were sitting in a basket on my desk just hangin’ out, loitering, cutting class, smoking, generally just being future felons. I decided to put them to work.

I filled each of the page protector/calendars up with all the loose bits of memorabilia from each month. It worked out really nicely and I feel so much better now. Phew. I can find stuff.

I was able to get that week of PL from February done, including a coffee cozy from my favorite latte’, a sticker from a dental appointment reminder card, and a funny quote from one of the kids.

I’ve tried many different methods of sorting memorabilia over the years – accordion files, manila envelopes, and stacking trays to name but a few – and never been happy. They were hard to access and see what’s inside, little bits fall to the bottom, things get dusty, etc.

But this one may be a winner. I’m thinking once I’m done pulling stuff out for the current month’s Project Life spreads, I’ll store the page protectors in 8.5 x 11 albums by year. I can access them again later for everyday, sports, school, or special events layouts. For all the bits that never get scrapped, just having those little memories of daily life could be fun to flip through in the future.

And now when I get another chance to work on my Project Life, say in May of 2014-ha, it’ll be a piece of cake. Mmmm, c-a-a-a-k-e.

Oh, um … yeah, I’m back!

How do you tame the memorabilia monster? I would love to hear about it!

Project Life: New Items by Becky Higgins for Summer 2013

You can see all the new stuff RIGHT HERE* in a .pdf catalog.
ETA 07-09-13: Well, sugar!! The link I had no longer works so I removed it. I’m hearing that the new PL stuff wasn’t supposed to be released yet. When it actually IS released, someone please remind me to come back and post it again. Becky says sneaks will be release on her blog “soon.”
ETA again 07-09-13: Thanks to the Peas, I found THIS LINK to a Google doc of the catalog. I think you need to be signed in to a Google account to see it (?). I will paste the images in below and hope they don’t disappear as well ;)

My thoughts:

Elsie and Emma “Sunshine” Core Kit: Waaaayyyy too bright and crazy for my tastes but with Elsie involved, I’m sure it will find its following.

Celeste Knight “Heritage” Core Kit: Great colors and patterns for older photos and what better way to finally get all those heritage photos scrapped!

Dear Lizzy “Polka Dot Party” Mini Kit: Usually love her stuff but not sure about this one . . . need to see more.

Amy Tangerine “Cut and Paste” Mini Kit: Great colors and looks good from what little is shown.

Maggie Holmes “Flea Market” Mini Kit: I might have to buy the kit just for that card with the layered hearts. I {heart} hearts!

The albums are all cute but I don’t “do” cloth albums.

Great variety of page protectors and pockets … more the merrier, bring ’em on!

Date stamp and corner rounder are nice additions but not sure I can justify them given I have some date stamps and a corner rounder already.

Love the lined and ledger cards as an alternative to the existing graph cards.

Want the gray arrows, alphas, and label stickers; not a fan of the beige.

They aren’t currently listed as of this writing (07-08-13) but when released, you should be able to see the entire kits in a digital version HERE on the AC Digitals site. I don’t usually buy the digital PL kits but it’s nice to be able to see all the cards to decide if you like it or not.

What are your thoughts on the new Summer 2013 Project Life items by Becky Higgins?

My Scrapbook Haul from Michaels

A sports season recently came to an end and, for being team mom, I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful card, a bottle of wine, and a Michaels $25 gift card. However did they know that I would enjoy a Mike’s spending spree!?!?

{Uh, maybe because I was the only obsessive picture taker all season who would drift away in the middle of conversations saying, “‘Scuse me I gotta’ get this shot …”}

So I drank the bottle of wine and went to Michaels.

JUST kidding! Sheesh. Give me a little credit. My Gawd.

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I shopped first THEN drank the bottle of wine. Duh.

It was nice to go to Michaels for once when I wasn’t trying to pinch my pennies so hard they screamed for mercy. I felt kind of like the Real Housewife of Scrapbook County, leisurely strolling the aisles in my Jimmy Choos (okay, Reef flip-flops), carrying my Birkin bag (okay, Target $20 purse), with my long blonde straw-like hair extensions flowing behind me (okay, that part is true).

But I really did feel kinda’ reckless, like I could have a little bit of fun – instead of my usual M/O of finding one item to use my 40% coupon for and leaving within 5 minutes.

So here is my Michaels scrapbook haul – and despite being Real-Housewife-Rich, I did get some great deals anyway:

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GCD and Sticko alphas, both really cute for kid pages. Both styles were on sale for $1.49/pack.

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I feel compelled to buy 2 of every alpha now because I’m so tired of running out of S, T, and vowels before I’m done with a pack.

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Okay, I admit I’m obsessed with these MAMBI pocket page cards. It’s only gotten worse since I wrote THIS POST. Many of my aforementioned “one item with a coupon” Mike’s trips have been to get these packs. But I’m done now. I officially have every single pack that I want. I think. Yeah. I’m pretty sure. Maybe.

NO REALLY. I’M DONE. FER SHURE. LIKE.

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So they retail for $4.99 a pack. The sign said 50% off so I grabbed the remaining 3 packs I wanted to complete my ‘set’ for $7.50 instead of $15 … SCORE! However, when I got to the register and asked to make sure they rang up for $2.50 each, I was informed that what the sign ACTUALLY said was “Buy 1, get 1 50% off.” Uh der. Make that $12.50 total, oops. Oh well, I’m a Real Housewife, what do I care?

I thought about returning one and using a coupon on it later. But then I figured I’ll just keep it and not have to worry about remembering what pack I still need, etc. Done. See? I really mean it. {I think}.

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Thickers chipboard alpha in a cute map print

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I was able to ring these up separately with a 40% off coupon so they were $3.23. Here’s what’s funny. I noticed when I was taking the photo that they are in the totally wrong package! Did you catch that? Weird. Whatevs. That doesn’t make me love them any less.

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To round up the scrappy portion of my haul …

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Bazzill kraft cardstock – On sale for 47 cents a sheet x 10 sheets = $4.70. In retrospect, since I was Real Housewives rich, I should’ve gotten more. I lurve kraft cardstock. I used it a lot for my base pages. It’s like a good pair of jeans – it goes with everything.

MAMBI “I Heart Dad” 3-D sticker for $1.99

Recollections vintage looking black/white washi tape $2.99

Recollections star bling $1.49

Bling charm letter $.99

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Then from the home dec section, I got a yummy candle and cute vase with fake flowers for my home office/scrap room.

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These blue-y greens are my absolute favorite colors and the bottle/vase is so “me”. Not in a Real Housewife sort of way but in my poor country girl kind of way. The flowers have bling in the center of each one but I may need to thin them out a bit, do you think? The candle is Ocean scented.

Vase $3.99 on sale
Candle $3.99 on sale
Flowers $6.99 minus 40% coupon = $4.19

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Grand total $48.10
Minus gift card $25.00
Total paid $30.10

I was on a shopping high for quite a while from this trip! And I’ve already volunteered to be Team Mom again next season ;)

What are your latest Michaels finds? Or if you’re brave enough to share, what did you spend on your last scrapbook haul? Really you can tell us! Real Housewives never tell …

Free Printables: “I {Heart} Summer” by Simple Stories

So you heard the EXCITING NEWS that Simple Stories new “I {Heart} Summer” line is coming out 05-20-13, right?

Well, if you can’t wait until then to see this SS goodness in person, check THIS out! Free printables from the “I {Heart} Summer” line! Yep, just click on the link, open up the .pdf file, and print ’em out on white cardstock for use in your layouts and Project Life albums.

Here are some of them – sorry they’re HUGE:

It don’t get much better than that.

Word.

PS: You can find a bunch of other Simple Stories free printables HERE.

Thank you Simple Stories!

HSN Scrapbooking including “Papercrafting with Lisa Bearnson”

Sorry for the late notice – it’s on NOW!! My DVR didn’t pick it up for some reason but I just happened to turn on the TV and there was Lisa :)

Click HERE for the HSN program guide to see the airings for your time zone.

Click HERE for Lisa Bearnson’s blog and scroll through recent entries to see all the cool items she’s going to feature.

Please come back and let me know if you bought anything! I’m thinking about getting THIS item.

Awww, C’mon Freckled Fawn … You’re Killin’ Me!

Wood veneer Polaroid frames?!?!?

New washi designs???

Adorable puffy stickers that will look super dooper cute in my PL?!?!?

Just when I thought I was being good and my CHA shopping tear was over and done. Then you show me this stuff?!?!? Tell you what: Why don’t I just send you my paycheck every month? Send me all you got, and then whatever $$ is leftover. Deal?

{You can see it all the new stuff for May here: Freckled Fawn May Update}

PS: If you let The Power of Washi overtake you – at Freckled Fawn or anywhere else – make sure to check out a FREE ONLINE CLASS coming up that’s all about washi! I mean, assuming you want to do something more with it than admire all the pretty colors in a glass bowl :)

Scrapbook Product Typos: The MAMBI Project Life Cards Edition {with a happy ending …}

I keep a running list of typos on scrapbooking products HERE. Sadly, it’s quite an extensive list :(

Today I have another addition … well, additions. Multiple. There are several typos on the MAMBI Project Life-type cards I blogged about HERE.

But the cool thing is: MAMBI has publicly acknowledged the mistakes and gone above and beyond to try and do right by us. To see what I’m talking about, read their blog post HERE.

In case you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to click over … {I know, exhausting, right?} … here is the important part:

To remedy this problem, we have corrected all the errors and they are all available here as free downloads. We have also included 4 exclusive cards available for free download. These cards are our way of saying, “OOPS”, please forgive us.

I can’t think of another instance where a scrapbook company has come out and acknowledged that they messed up. Much less issue printable corrections. Much less provide other free items.

Much less with such a sense of humor about the whole thing:

So all I have to say is … Good on ya’, MAMBI. Good on ya’.

New MAMBI Products at Michaels – Perfect for Project Life or Everyday Pages

Here’s peek from the MAMBI site that gives a preview of what I’m talking about . . .

Yes, they are joining the ever popular trend of having a divided page protector, Project Life-type line and it’s called “Pocket Pages”. As a divided page protector scrapper and Project Lifer, I am very happy about this new development. I’ve always loved MAMBI’s happy, colorful, simple designs and have a bit of MAMBI (that’s short for Me and My Big Ideas) in my stash.

To make this development even better, the MAMBI “Pocket Pages” line will be carried @ Michaels! And as someone who has no Hobby Lobby, Archivers, Joann’s, or LSS, I mainly shop at Michaels. With COUPONS . . . hollah!

You can see the entire line of 3×4 and 4×6 cards HERE!!

I took the liberty of going to Michaels and taking some photos for you ;)

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And on your behalf, I also bought {2} packs of the cards to start us off. There was a 50% off coupon that I used for us, too. All in the name of shopping research … hee! Here are the sets we got – they don’t have names that I could find so I made up my own:

SUMMER

We have a pool and live near the ocean so I have scads of photos to use these with. Happy!

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SPORTS

Every kid I know plays sports and I love to take sports photos. Not to mention my love of MLB games and Spring Training. There are cards for soccer, baseball, and football. Another perfect match.

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I love how on the back of the package they show each of the cards so you can see what you’re getting before you buy them :)

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So the card packs retail for $4.99. You get {12} 4×6 cards with no repeats and {60} 3×4 cards with some repeats but not a lot. Some of the 3×4 cards are pattern-only like polka dots, grass, etc. No solids that I can remember. All of the cards have a reverse side of white with a light grey grid or swiss dots – so if you don’t have a use for the design, you can use the reverse side for journaling. The cardstock is of lighter weight – which I personally like because it makes for more pages within an album.

I’m pretty much in love with these cards and plan to buy just about every set over time with coupons. There are also the pocket pages (I already use WRMK and Becky Higgins Design A; not sure I want to introduce yet another style) and matching greeting card blanks. You just fold them in 1/2 and pop a 3×4 card on the front for a cute and quick card.

There are more at the link above – these are just 2 samples.

So there is my MAMBI @ Mike’s news and a review of their new product! Have you seen them at your Michaels yet? What sets have you bought or do you plan to buy?

HSN Scrapbooking: Lisa Bearnson Returns to TV with Project Life and More

Back in the day, LISA BEARNSON used to host scrapbooking shows on QVC. They were THE THING to watch. Scrappers would call in sick to work or gather and crop during these shows. They were such an event, lol. Well, Lisa left QVC some time ago as did scrapbooking as a whole.

Then HSN picked up the crafts/scrapbooking baton with a variety of hosts. While I’m grateful that at least someone has kept on with the scrapbooking shows, HSN has never held a candle to QVC’s old shows. That’s why I was so very excited to hear that Lisa Bearnson is coming to HSN! Not only that, she’ll be debuting Project Life there. As a Project Lifer myself, that was icing on the scrapbooky cake.

If you don’t want to know ahead of time many of the items she’ll be showing on HSN, don’t look below … SPOILERS!!

But first I’ll share the schedule so you can set your DVR – it’s basically Monday, 03-25-13 from midnight to midnight EST. HERE is the program guide at HSN.com. You can adjust it to show your time zone if you like.

These are the times Lisa says she will appear (all EST):

12:01 AM – Papercrafting with Lisa Bearnson premiere along with Today’s Special (Project Life) presentation

1:00 AM – Today’s Special (Project Life) presentation

8:00 AM – Today’s Special (Project Life) presentation

12:00 PM – Papercrafting with Lisa Bearnson premiere along with Today’s Special (Project Life) presentation

2:00 PM – Today’s Special (Project Life) presentation

5:00 PM – Papercrafting with Lisa Bearnson premiere along with Today’s Special (Project Life) presentation

6:00 PM – Today’s Special (Project Life) presentation

9:00 PM – Papercrafting with Lisa Bearnson premiere along with Today’s Special (Project Life) presentation

10:00 PM – Today’s Special (Project Life) presentation

She’s been posting on her blog about items she’ll be presenting on HSN for the big scrapbooking day. This is just a snapshot; click on her blog link above to see a lot more details. But here are all the products in one place:

[quote]On March 25th, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. I will present the Today’s Special–an exclusive Project Life kit that is not offered like this anywhere else. Oh–and wait until you see the price![/quote]

There will also be a washi tape item:

A Silhouette Cameo bundle:

And a card kit:

Sticker Bliss Mega Kit:

Project Life Blush and Jade kits:

Favorite File of Rub-Ons:

Across the Board border kit:

Life’s Little Moments chipboard kit:

American Crafts twine and paper trimmer:

I don’t know about you but I’m excited! DVR is set baby! First of all, I love Lisa. I was blessed to spend some time with her on a scrapbook cruise and she was amazing. Loved her and David Venable on QVC all those years (and thought the dust-up about ‘the slap’ was kind of silly, imho). Anyway, just happy to see something new and exciting coming to HSN for once. If I have to see the WRMK punches demo’d one more time I’m going to scream.

Reminder: If you’re PST like me, we actually get the first show at 9pm Sunday night :) I need to catch up on my Project Life. I think I’m going to set it up on the coffee table and have a little Scrap Party for One from 9pm to midnight, LOL.

Will you be watching? Got your eye on any of the items above?

Memory Works: Already from Winter CHA . . . My Minds Eye 6 New Lines!

Memory Works puts out 2 official catalogs per year – in the fall and spring. The next one is due in late March/early April and will feature a TON of items from the recent WINTER CHA show! But we don’t have to wait until a new catalog comes out to see and purchase the new goodies.

Nope. No sirreee Bob! Memory Works is awesome in that they add the new products to our websites as soon as they arrive in the warehouse. As of now, there is 1 vendor who is PROMPT sistah! I’m talking about My Minds Eye.

These first lines from CHA-Winter 2013 are now available on my MEMORY WORKS WEBSITE.

There are 6 new lines by MY MINDS EYE – Noteable, Memorable, Remarkable, Unforgettable, Boy Crazy, and My Girl. Here’s just a little taste of each one:

You can see all the new My Minds Eye items HERE. I’m so happy to see we have the ever-popular MME Enamel Dots, like these from “My Girl” and “Boy Crazy.” One of each, please!

Wanna’ see these babies in action? BLADOW!

*LAYOUT IMAGE COURTESY OF JANA EUBANKS ON THE MY MINDS EYE BLOG

These little dots are just perfect for adding accents to layouts. And I’m thinking their both going to look great in my PROJECT LIFE album using the SN@P! line. For Project Life, I’m always on the lookout for embellishments that will add a little texture without too much bulk, and visual interest without being too distracting. These are perfect!

Project Life: How I Use My Epson Picturemate to Print Photos

So I decided to take on Project Life again in 2013 (I tried it once in 2009 … epic FAIL). So far, it’s really cutting into my blogging time, LOL! But, no, that’s good right? I’m scrapbooking again – woot! At home, not just at a retreat or crop . . . which is a miracle for me these days.

I’ll be posting this year about my adventures with Project Life so I hope you like hearing about it :)

One thing that’s crucial to making Project Life work for me in the long-term is it has to be SIMPLE. S-I-M-P-L-E. And fast. I’m plate-spinning here, people! (You know, like a circus act). Trying to keep everything going at once and not letting anything drop – family, work, blogging, scrapbooking, friends, volunteering, et al.

If Project Life is going to work for me, I need a fast and easy way to print photos. Sending them out to be developed or waiting in line for the photo machine at Target ain’t gonna’ work for me. I need to print at home. Yeah, it’s a tad more expensive but totally worth it.

I also didn’t want to bring software into the mix. I know there are programs such as iPhoto, Photosheet (not compatible with us Mac’ers unfortunately), and Photoshop. But does it sound like I have time to learn a new photo program much less do editing and all that crap?!?! Hell to thuh no. I barely have time to tear my washi before I pull it off the roll, sista!

So I keep it simple (see above). I print the photos straight from my camera card, no editing. I mean, this is Project REAL Life for me. It’s Day 14 and I’m actually caught up through Day 12. I owe most of that to my Epson Picturemate printer.


*photo from dphotojournal.com

I have an older model; it’s a Picturemate Dash (PM 260). I finally figured out again how to print multiple smaller photos onto one 4×6 sheet. Thank you Project Life for motivating me, LOL!

You may already know how to do this but in case anyone doesn’t, I thought I’d share the instructions I typed out to keep by the printer (for the next time I forget how to do this or my mind is spinning so fast I can’t access any available brain cells):

Epson Picturemate Dash PM 260
How to print multiple photos on 1 sheet

1. Insert memory card into printer
2. When all photos have loaded, use arrows to find 1st photo you want
3. When it’s highlighted, make sure it says Total 1, then press OK
4. Highlight 2nd photo and press OK
5. Menu
6. Print Settings
7. Layout
8. Jumbo Wallet (or see other choices below)
9. Print – which will give you a preview to make sure it’s how you want
10. Print again – photo will print

Layout choices:
Jumbo Wallet = (2) 3×4 with no border; can do 2 different photos (great for Project Life!)
50×70 = (2) 2 x 2 ¾; can do 2 different photos
Wallet = (2) 2×3; can do 2 different photos
Mini Wallet = (4) 1 ¼ x 1 ¾; can do up to 4 different photos
US Passport = (2) 2×2; same photo only
Layout-3×3 = (1) 3×3 photo
*Portait Packages and US Passport = only prints multiple copies of same photo

There are MANY more layout choices. I just noted the ones I’m likely to use. I love having all these layouts to choose from because Simple Stories “Sna@p!” is coming out with some new page protector configurations . . . including tons of new 3×4 options!! I’m using the “Sn@p!” line as the basis of my Project Life 2013 so this is very anticipated :)

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I like that I don’t have to use a computer program to print multiple photos onto one 4×6. I just pop my SD card out of my camera and into the Picturemate and print away! I don’t know if these instructions work for other models or newer models of the Epson Picturemate. But even if they don’t work specifically, at least you can see that this CAN be done! In 10 easy steps :)

Just find the manual for your printer online and look for the section about photo layout. Then you will be happyyyyy like meeee!!!

True Scrap 4 Class Review: “Hybrid Techniques” by Jennifer Wilson

I’m continuing to review “TRUE SCRAP 4″ individual classes, which were originally part of the huge 2-day “True Scrap 4″ event in October 2012. I purchased the whole event and, although I was unable to attend “live” because I was out of town that weekend, I have really enjoyed watching the classes since then.

On the True Scrap 4 replays, you can either choose to watch just the instructional video itself or a recording of the live event = class video + ongoing chat of participants, intro by True Scrap hostess Lain Ehmann, and a Q&A with the class instructor afterward.

The next class up for review is one of my favorites: “Hybrid Techniques” by Jennifer Wilson.

It’s kind of funny that this ended up being a favorite because (if I’m being totally honest … and you know I always am, sista’) it was one of the classes I was least looking forward to. I’m such a staunch paper-only scapper who swears that I will never go digital. So even the word “hybrid” kind of turns off my interested button.

BUT.

I was wrrr . . . I was wrr-rrr . . . I was not exactly right. {10 points if you know what I’m quoting!}. Well, here. Let me just show you.

I was WRONG. Okay?!?!? I was wrong. This was a great class and I think it should be one of your FIRST choices of True Scrap 4 classes to take. If you’re a VERY beginning computer-digital-hybrid scrapper like me, that is. I would not recommend it for experienced hybrid or digi-scrappers because I suspect that you already know how to do these techniques.

– How to print on a journaling card (in Word)
– How to add text to photos (in Photoshop)
– How to use Word Art (in Photoshop)
– How to print photos in any size you want (in Photoshop)
– How to print digital scrapbook supplies (two ways: DIY stickers in Word or photo-quality embellishments in Photoshop)

But these things were new to me! So if you don’t know how to do these things either, I would highly recommend this class. Jennifer has a nice, soothing, patient way of walking you through things. She shows you click by click these basic things and also how to play around with them a bit.

How to print photos in any size is great for you Instagrammers – she shows how to easily print those photos at home or send to a photo printer and a way to make sure the edges don’t get cut off. The DIY stickers ideas was a big hit among the class participants.

I think *my* most-used techniques will be the first two – printing on a journaling card and adding text to photos. I’ve been wanting to learn these things for so long, but my pledge to do Project Life in 2013 really had me wanting to learn how.

The whole Photoshop thing . . . well, I’m skerred of it. Didn’t wanna’ own it. Didn’t wanna’ learn it. Didn’t wanna’ pay a lot for it. Didn’t wanna’ go anywhere near that Devil of Digital Scrapbooking. But, well, to do most of the techniques in Jennifer’s “Hybrid Techniques” class, I’ll have to. The good news is that she provides a link where you can do the free trial of Photoshop Elements 11 (that’s the cheaper version anyway, and all a scrapbooker would need).

I’m waiting until I have some time to sit down and play with these techniques but I do plan to try the free trial. When I do, I’ve got a GREAT cheat sheet provided as part of the class – saved and bookmarked! Also – as with all True Scrap classes – I have lifetime access so I can go back and watch the video again as many times as I need to. And knowing me, it will take lots of times :)

While I’m raving about Jennifer Wilson, I thought I’d mention something else she’s doing that I’m very excited about for the new year. It’s a program she’s running on her own site, Simple Scrapper (which I’m a member of), and it’s called “Focus.”

And to introduce you to the class and see what it’s about before you pay for it, she’s offering 2 free sessions: Monday 01-07-12 @ 8:30 pm CST and Wednesday 01-09-13 at 1pm CST (2 different times to accommodate different schedules and time zones). Just pick which one works best for you. You get an e-mail confirmation and will get a reminder when it gets closer.

The purpose of this training is to share some of my best tips for simple scrapbooking and introduce the new Focus program. I hear so many talk about not enough time and getting behind etc. This year-long program will help scrapbookers hone in on what is most important and learn new skills to be more effective and efficient.

Do you want to:

Feel more relaxed every day?
Learn ways to scrapbook faster?
Finish the projects you start?
Find more time for scrapbooking?

I’d love to teach you some of my time-tested approaches for simplicity in a free training event. I want to show you exactly how to focus on what matters most in 2013 and have the best year ever! There are two dates and times, to best fit your busy schedule.

This is a perfect match-up for my other pledge for 2013: to get more scrapping done. But I need help. Obviously. I need someone to hold my hand. So I’m signed up to attend the session on 01-09-13 . . . if you sign up as well, please say “hi!”. If you click on the graphic, it will take you to the right place :)

And here’s where you go to take Jennifer’s (or any of the other great) “TRUE SCRAP 4″ individual classes.

Hope you had a scrapalicious Christmas!!

Memory Works: Simple Stories “Sn@p!” . . . I Have Something to Show Yoooooo!!!

SIMPLE STORIES “SN@P!’ IS IN DA HAY-OWSE!!!!

Here’s what I saw when I opened up my lovely box from MEMORY WORKS:

And here is everything spread out on my desk:

I know the photo is so big it’s probably hanging over into the right sidebar. But I don’t care, LOL! I wanted to share a big photo of all this Snap goodness.

If you’d like to see a closer look at anything, please let me know :)

I’m going to use all of this for my Project Life in 2013. Seeing the colors in person has convinced me that it’s perfect and I made the right choice. It’s vibrant but not overly bright, a great mix of everyday colors that I know will look great with all my random photos, receipts, memorabilia, and journaling.

I’ve got a busy day working and full weekend. I can’t wait until I have some “me” time to just sit down and go through every stinkin’ sheet of this. Yummmmmmm!

Memory Works: Update on Simple Stories “Sn@p!” 6×8 Albums

OH SN@P!

Yesterday I inquired with Memory Works home office about when we could expect to get the Sn@p 6×8 albums in stock. Since Friday, I’ve had everything from the Sn@p! line EXCEPT the albums available on MY SITE. Here is the response I got, which they passed on from Simple Stories:

{SN@P! BINDER UPDATE}
From Simple Stories –

We wanted to inform our valued customers and retailers that unfortunately, upon our initial shipments we have found some quality issues in a batch of our albums and we are currently working on resolving the issue as soon as possible.

Please know that quality products are our highest priority, as we want only the best product represented for our stores, customers and Simple Stories. We are conducting quality checks on all our albums and once this is done we will resume shipping albums to our retailers.

We know you’re anticipating these new beautiful, colorful binders and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. We appreciate your support for our Simple Stories and SN@P! products – it gives us great pride to help play a role in documenting your important memories. A role we take very seriously – we thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter.

Thank you,
The Simple Stories Team

So it’s disappointing to have to wait longer but I’d rather wait and have a good quality product. It seems like these quality issues are happening in our industry lately – I wonder why?

Well, bummer!

Last Friday when all the other Sn@p! items appeared on my MW site, I went ahead and ordered most of it . . . except the albums and protectors. I have a big box of Sn@p goodness due to arrive today or tomorrow. I’ll post photos when it gets here!!

As for the Sn@p! albums, I don’t mind waiting a bit but I really hope I have at least 1 red one in time to start my first attempt at a DECEMBER DAILY. {{{Fingers crossed!}}} I’m using the Simple Stories “Sn@p!” line (with a WRMK 12×12 album and protectors) for my first recent attempt at Project Life/Project 365. At least I’ll have that stuff well in advance so I can get organized.

To my customers, I’m very sorry for the delay. I hope you’ll come back and order the albums through me when they become available :) Make sure you’re subscribed to my blog for updates. As soon as I have any news on the arrival of the Sn@p albums, I’ll post about it and you’ll get the news right away in your e-mail!

In the meantime . . . get some other Sn@p goodies to tide you over ;)


*Image courtesy of Simple Stories Blog

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