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I just got back from a fun filled week in Disney World and can’t wait to start our family scrapbook.  I shared my oldest son’s album from our trip a few years ago and will share the albums I make with the kids from this trip on a blog in the next couple of weeks.

I pick up random memorabilia when we travel and like to incorporate those pictures & pieces in my remembrances of the trip. I love having memorabilia, but hate having it sit around in piles.  I find it helps tell my story when we get back and like to put it in my albums.  I make copies of all of it on the archival color copier (I wasn’t kidding when I said this was my favorite tool) and then can shrink and enlarge the pieces to fit where I want them to go.  Read the rest of this entry »

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I often think that the stories behind our favorite memories are as important as the photos we take to commemorate them.  Yet, often we make time to organize  photos and don’t  really take any time to write down and organize the stories.  Keeping a journal or other organized diary can seem daunting to some…I would be one of those people.  However, jotting notes about my photos and keeping track of comments and stories has become an important part of my memory keeping.  It doesn’t have to be creative, or terribly organized – but here are a few thoughts about finding a way to keep track of the little everyday stories that make up your memories.

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My pick of the week this week, is the awesome new Star Wars collection from Creative Imaginations.  For those of you looking for guy scrapbooking supplies - it doesn’t get any more “cult guy” than this!  I immediately thought that I finally will have a fitting layout to showcase the Halloween costumes I spent hours making last year.  My kids have had a blast being artistic with the paper, stickers and drawing pictures of  “Dark Thader”, as my youngest calls him.  My oldest son used his hard earned money from helping around the house to buy the small album kit.  He is keeping track of the action figures he has in it.  Who would have thought that this would be my key to getting my kids interested in scrapbooking!

I love to include memorabilia in my scrapbooks.  Ticket stubs, maps, postcards etc…  I think they give an authentic look to the album and can help aid in telling my story.  There are many times that I also buy postcards or even include photos from the guidebooks or pamphlets from my trip.   Be careful with copyright laws on this last tip.   I tend to tell myself it is ok since I bought the book, and  it is just for my personal use.

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The top gift anyone could ever give me would be ‘more time’.  If someone sold time at a store – I would be their best customer.  For Mother’s Day this year, that is what I have decided to give my mom – my time.  I am taking a long weekend to go to my parent’s house to spend time helping her organize our family photos.  Since my children were born she and I don’t spend as much mother-daughter time together as either of us would like.  It isn’t a sexy gift – but talk about practical…and way more fun to do with someone else than by yourself!  She has been trying to organize her photos for months and dealing with digital photos, old photos from when she was young, 35MM photos/negatives from the 80s etc…She is overwhelmed.

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Molly is a genius….so I am passing her creativity along to all of you.  We were looking for fun ways to use our Yours Truly cards & stationery the other day.  She took one of the gatefold cards, cut it in half and turned it into the cutest scalloped note card. Best thing – now you can get double the cards from one pack and they fit nicely into small 4-bar (slightly smaller than a typical card) sized envelopes.  One is even a cute gift card holder.

 

If you are wondering what the flower design on the scallop is – it is a new punch from EK Success.  It punches out the design, without punching out a whole shape.  Super cute on envelopes, cards and tags!

I am in mid-planning for a family trip to Disney World this summer.  My husband and I took our eldest son Will, when he was four.  Will was in awe of the place.  My husband and I smiled just watching him.  We have great memories and photos from that trip.  When we got back – I had every intention of an elaborate scrapbook to commemorate our trip (which is still not done – trip was in 2007!).  I also wanted to make Will a quick little album that he could enjoy.  I did finish that album and it has turned into the most beloved memory book in our house.

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I had a request to post the page I made to go along with my Grandpa’s story – so I am sharing.  My pages are pretty simple (I love Quickutz dies – which are used in the title & golf club) with plenty of room for storytelling.  I also use the hybrid scrapping method, so I can focus on my favorite picture for the page and then use coordinating pocket pages for my other photos.  Special tip – When the colors on your photos are hard to work with consider converting the photo to black and white or sepia tone.  My aunt’s red shirt and my mom’s purple shirt really clashed when I was trying to pick paper colors.  I used our archival color copier to change the picture to sepia, so the colors in the photo didn’t distract from my layout.  As long as the copy is archival – it is safe to use with your albums.

This is one of my favorite pictures.  The quality isn’t that great – you can’t even see the faces of the subjects, but the memory attached to it is priceless to me.  My grandpa was an avid golfer.  He spent literally half of his life on the golf course.  This was taken the last time Grandpa was able to go out to a course.  He was dying of leukemia that summer and got this one last chance to go out while my mom, aunts and uncles (who played in this golf  tournament with him every year) were playing.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Who doesn’t have trouble keeping track of birthdays?  Getting the cards made is one thing – actually getting them out on time is a whole different issue.  Traci Penrod, an employee in our Buford, Georgia store, created the greatest card organizer to help with this and I had to share.  She made it to coordinate with the Basic Grey card workshop kicking off this weekend and it is not only adorable – but will save you time and money by planning ahead.

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