Remember that Eddie Money song from the 80’s? C’mon, sing it with me!! “I think I’m in love!” (I know CHEEKY will sing with me…)

I just found THIS on the Pebbles Inc blog while looking for their new Easter kit. It’s called the Share & Tell Binder System. Here is a pic and quote from their blog:

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“We’re excited to introduce to you our Share & Tell Binder Program! Let’s face it…we are all busy. Whatever stage in life we find ourselves in, time seems to limit us from all that we want or need to do. The Share & Tell Binder Program offers simple ways to organize your photos and display them beautifully!

The Share & Tell Binder Program includes Albums, Sheet Protectors, Creative Pads and Journaling Cards that all work together to make scrapbooking your memories easier! This is the only system on the market that is flexible enough to work with hard-core crafters and non-scrapbooking consumers alike!

Start looking for the Share & Tell Binder Program this spring!”

Then I clicked over to their recently launched (March 2008) WEBSITE and found this:

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And this:

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“The Share & Tell Album Program offers simple ways to organize your photos and display them beautifully! Let’s face it…we are all busy… This program was created by Brenda Birrell, mother of five daughters and founder of Pebbles in my Pocket and Pebbles Inc. as an answer to today’s busy life! A simple system that is easy to maintain and will provide us with more time to spend with loved ones creating memories! Isn’t this what life is all about? This is the story of your life together and as you share it, relationships will be strengthened and memories will be preserved. In this age of digital photography it is so important to print out your favorite photos for safe keeping and enjoyment. CDs get scratched and hard drives crash. Your memories deserve to be placed in organized books that can be enjoyed by your loved ones. Isn’t it time to share your story?”

On the Pebbles website ~~ which you can now order directly from! ~ all the items currently show “Temporarily out of stock, available April 2008.” The albums posted come in black and brown (retail $29.99), page protectors in 12×12 (for full pages) and divided 4×6 (retail $9.99). Can anyone read the fine print? How many page protectors do you get in the package? I have a laptop & my screen is too small. Here are pics:

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The website shows the following (14) Creative Pad theme sets ($4.99 each): Baby Boy, Baby Girl, My Guy, My Girl, Nellie’s Garden, Theodore, Season’s Greetings, Sweetheart, Party Time Boy, Party Time Girl, Easter Time, School Days, Summer Day, and Zoo Fun. They contain 30 sheets of paper and 4 sticker sheets. Then (10) sets of coordinating Journaling Cards ($3.99 for a pack of 25). Sorry, I was unable to paste them over here for some reason…

Here is what I like about this system:

~ I’m tired of always feeling “behind” in my scrapping. For instance, Christmas was 3 months ago and I haven’t scrapped any of it yet. Honestly, it’s intimidating to me because I have photos from about 10 events (Christmas tree lighting, making cookies, cutting the tree, decorating the tree, Christmas Eve service, Christmas party, opening presents, and on and on…). If I had a system like this, I could put them in an album right away, jot some journaling down, and we could’ve been enjoying them for the last 3 months. If I decide to “really” scrap any of the photos later, awesome! If not, at least they’re in a cute presentation that everyone can access.

~ Many people are getting tired of dealing with strap hinge and postbound albums, e.g. the lack of flexibility to move pages around, etc. On the message boards, I gather that many of you scrappers have switched over to D-ring albums like this, or are at least contemplating it. I’m still on the fence because the “break” in the middle bothers me, as I do about 95% 2-page layouts. However, for the purposes of just getting my photos in books in this simple style, that wouldn’t be an issue.

~ Although Pebbles Inc’s style is what many would call “simple,” I think it’s also a very cute and clean presentation with lots of personality. Besides, there’s nothing to say you can’t take their basics and distress, cut, tear, scallop, ink, punch, sew or whatever it!! Make it your own. For me, as you read in THIS POST, I sometimes gravitate towards this simple, clean style. It’s the one style that, when I look back at my old albums, does NOT ever look dated or trendy or “so yesterday.” So I embrace this style as ONE PART of my scrapbooking. Besides, you can just use the albums and maybe the journaling cards, then use all your own stuff to fill the 12×12 or 4×6 slots. I think I would do a combination of the two if I use this system.

~ Compared to a similar system by Creative Memories called PICFOLIO, I like this one much better. I’ve always been tempted by the CM system but have never bought it because I can’t deal with the fact that you can’t customize the number of pages, i.e. you can’t add or take away pages, because they are bound into the album. With the Pebbles system, you can certainly have as many pages as you like.

The only things that concern me about using this system:

~ The price. Although I do occasionally pay $30 for an album, it’s rare. I use 2 per year minimum on our family album, then special theme albums in addition to that. I hope that Michaels or another store with a 40% discount coupon carries these albums so I can slowly buy them.

~ The D-ring…is it sturdy? The main complaint I hear about D-ring albums is that the rings start to separate and gap over time, which makes it a major PITA to turn your pages. From the photo, I have to say those rings don’t look overly sturdy, do they? BUT…I have a lot of Pebbles Inc items like their RIBBON IRON, chalks, etc. and the quality is always very good, so I’m optimistic about their album quality.

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Heck, if Super Scrap Idol ALI EDWARDS is using DIVIDED PAGES, I figure I can give it a go…

What do you think of the new Share & Tell Binder System by Pebbles, Inc.? Will you be purchasing it?

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    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! OMG! LOVE it! I too have contemplated the CM picfolio system for quick albums, but well….I just don’t LOVE their paper (that’s another topic).
    Did I say that I LOVE this? You know what it would be sooooo perfect for? Events that you have just a huge amount of photos for. I have over 1000 photos from our vacation last summer and I have been putting off scrapping them because it seems like such an overwelming task and I certainly do not want to exclude any of the photos. Each one has a special memory.
    OMG, I love this. I would be so perfect for our vacation photos!
    Thanks for sharing.

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    I can’t read this post I can only see half of it because your links are taking up the page – YIKES……..But I am still singing with ya!!

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    OK now viewing with firefox and its all gooooooood!!!!!!!

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    Elizabeth says:

    wow…that’s a pretty cool product!!!

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    Lindsay says:

    Hi! I was able to see this product in person at CHA in Anaheim last month and it’s AMAZING!!! It really focuses on getting back to basics…something that the scrapbook industry has gone away from in recent years! I *LOVE, LOVE, LOVE* that you can combine 12×12 with 4×6 pages and have them line up perfectly! I will TOTALLY be purchasing this as soon as it’s available!

    Also, Nicole commented on their paper…have you SEEN some of their NEW stuff?? These last two releases have been ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, to say the least. The Sweetheart line couldn’t have been cuter and sooo, sooo, sooo refreshing compared to other Valentines offerings. PLUS you can use it for other things besides Valentine’s Day. Their new ZOO and EASTER line are to die for, too…soo cute!! Like the Sweetheart, the Easter can be used for other things besides Easter. I’m excited to see what they’ll come up with next!!!

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    Christie (cme37) says:

    I have been using Scrapworks and this seems the same to me.I don’t see how they can say this is the only system like this on the market. I have been using Scrapworks for a couple of years now. You should check them out too. I love their system and their albums are very sturdy.

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    Miya says:

    I believe CTMH has the same type photo pages.

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    Heather says:

    I looked forward to the Share and Tell for months, and when I got around to buying it I was so glad! I don’t like paying $30 for an album either, but so far the quality of it has been great. I think I’ll be able to fit a lot in one album and that’s always a plus. I have a habit of wanting to include a TON of pics in my scrap booking, which used to cost me a lot of money and time. Now, I can include all of the pics that I want and still get the creative and personal touch without having to make a full 12″x12″ page for every two or three pics. I love it!

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    Rachel says:

    Just curious, but how did the D-ring binding hold up over the years? Any updates?? =) I’m switching from all these cute little 200 photo albums to this and want to make sure it does well over the years! Also I found a great bargain on Joann’s!

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