Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Gift Tag Idea: Cricut Christmas Tree Gift Tag

Hello Everyone,

I decided to do something a little bit different today and create a Christmas gift tag. I can add this to Christmas gifts for family members and make the packages look even better. Adding a little creative flair always makes something look better.


Isn’t this just super cute and FUN! I love the bordering I did with the different Christmas papers. The trees are cut out using the Joys of the Season, Cricut cartridge. I know I’ve been talking about this cartridge all week, but it really is worth the investment if you like to make Christmas decor, scrapbook pages or cards…..makes things a whole lot easier.

I made the lights on the middle tree with a regular hole punch. I just took scraps of different colored papers and used the holes as lights. It’s hard to tell from this picture, but there is also a little gold star at the top of the middle tree as well. I used a teeny tiny star punch for it and I think it fit the tree perfectly.

Although it isn’t one of the most extravagant gift tags I’ve ever seen, it is cute and I think it will look perfect on a child’s Christmas gift. I’m going to try and enter this into a couple of challenges this week, but haven’t looked all of them up yet, but here are a few….

Craft Your Passion Blog


Stamp With Fun

Maybe I’ll win, who knows. Have fun creating new things and I hope you enjoy this.

Love, Jess

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Homemade Greeting Card: Pink and Blue Merry Christmas Card

Hello everyone!

I am so excited about the card I have to show y’all (yes that’s how we say it here in the south).

This card turned out even more beautiful than I could have imagined. When I was pulling out scrapbook paper for the color scheme I wanted to use for my homemade Christmas greeting card, Mom was a little nervous, but after it was finished she changed her tune and was so jealous! LOL (Mom I know you’re reading this I had to tell the truth). Now for the moment you all are waiting for, here is a picture of the beautiful handmade christmas card I made.


I am so in LOVE with this little card. The more I play the better I seem to get; especially when I don’t have other things going on for the day and I can just focus on my scrapbook pages or cards. This card layout is a sketch I got from the Clean and Simple Stamping Blog this week and I tweaked it a little to add ornaments instead of stars. There are so many different things you can do with this layout. I’m actually working on two more card that look like this, but in stead of ornaments I’m doing candy and gingerbread men and the other is going to have presents strung across it. This layout is so simple you can make it work for anytime of year.

The scrapbook pages used for this project are just stock pages from Michael’s craft store.I used the cricut cutter to make my ornaments with the Joys of the Season cartridge. If you enjoy making holiday greeting cards, scrapbook pages or any other crafts and don’t have this cartridge for your cricut, get it! There are so many cool little cut outs and they have a whole section dedicated to the 12 Days of Christmas. I embossed the top of the ornaments with silver embossing powder, as well as the Merry Christmas sentiment. The silver behind the ornaments and bordering the sentiment is a mirrored, silver cardstock. To decorate the ornaments with a little bling I used rhinestones and OH MY, they look so elegant and pretty.

I have decided to enter this little card into several challenges this week which include:

Cute Cards Thursday – Anything Goes

Clean and Simple Stamping – Sketch Challenge

Delicious Doodle – Lots of bling and glitz

Stamptacular Sunday – Christmas Glitz

Paper Sundaes – Anything Christmas

Basic Grey Challenge – Anything Goes

Crafty Anne’s Challenge Blog - BINGO

Well that is my project for the day. Be sure to let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Love, Jess

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Scrapbook Page Idea: The Joy of Toys

Oh my gosh, I am so excited. For those of you reading my blog if you haven’t looked at my Santa Was Here Christmas Scrapbook Page, check it out. I won the weekly challenge at Crop Stop. I won a $15.00 gift card to the crop stop store, so I guess it really does pay off to enter challenges, no matter what you think of your work because others may enjoy it as much as you do.

Anyways, on to today’s scrapbook page layout. This is a Christmas scrapbook page of my son opening his toys at Christmas.


This Christmas, 2009, was a very special Christmas for me and my husband. We had to relocate due to him losing his job right before the holidays and were still struggling to make ends meet. When we realized we weren’t going to have enough money for our kids at Christmas, we decided to hit the local yard sales in the area to find nice toys. The lord really blessed us. We found brand new v-tech toys, transformers and DVDs people were getting rid of because their children didn’t play with them. Our kids had the biggest Christmas yet and we didn’t spend, but maybe $50.00. The funniest part of this Christmas is the fact we didn’t have any boxes to put the toys in, so we went to the local liquor store and got boxes for the gifts. THANK GOD THEY COULDN’T READ! Haha, everyone laughed and cried, but it was such a great Christmas.

I used several different papers in this challenge, but the real treat was the cricut cuts outs I placed on the scrapbook page. I used the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge and made the holly leaves and the garland wreaths in the top left and bottom right of the page. The garland is just a wreath I cut using the cricut and then I cut it in half.

I am also entering this in several challenges:

Kaboodle Doodle – Christmas Colors

Lexi Creations – Anything for a man/boy

Lollipop Crafts – Color: Red/Cream/Chocolate Brown

Paper Playtime – Cricut Image and Buttons

The Pink Elephant – Snowflakes and Sparkle

I hope you enjoyed the layout and beautiful story as much as I enjoyed making the memories and scrapping them.

Love, Jess

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Scrapbook Page Idea: Santa Was Here

Hello Everyone

I know I took a few weeks off, but I’m back now for the rest of the year. I decided to spend a little time with my family over the Thanksgiving break because there were so many lovely family members and friends visiting. It was a great Thanksgiving and I had a lot to be thankful for and I hope yours was as good as mine.

Now, on with the eye-candy for today’s post. This is a Christmas scrapbook page idea that I made from a sketch that was provided on the Sweet Sunday Sketch blog this week. I tweaked the sketch just a tiny bit. When you see my Christmas scrapbook page you will notice a small ornament to the right of the page, in the sketch it was supposed to be a flower of some sort. Oh, well….I guess I just wanted to be different.


I absolutely love this scrapbook page photo of my son Riley with Santa Clause. The reason why he has such as weird look on his face in because Santa caught him by surprise. Every year in December, around the second or third week of the month, the local fire department here in Richmond Hill, Georgia comes brings Santa around on the fire truck to give out candy canes to the kids in all the neighbor hoods in the area. It is so awesome. Riley was almost asleep when Santa came to visit.

I used several different Christmas scrapbook papers by several different companies to get the layered effect on the page. I cut out the circles using a fiskars circle cutter and made them look like ornaments using a cuttle bug die cut. The die cut I used was actually a decorative square punch that I cut down to look like the top of an ornament ball. The scalloped punch running next to the 2009 is a snowflake punch by Martha Stewart and the photograph of my scrapbook page doesn’t do it justice, it is beautiful.

I will also be entering this challenge into several scrapbook page challenges for the week.

I hope all of you reading this get some Christmas scrapbook page ideas to show off your most memorable photographs of the holiday season. Thanks for viewing and get to scrappin’ those scrapbooks and keepsakes.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Homemade Greeting Card: Non-Traditional Christmas Card

WOW! I am so excited about this card. For those of you that have been following my blog, you know that I’m not big on making greeting cards. I decided to give it a shot this week because I needed to play around for a design for my yearly Christmas invitations to the family Christmas party. This card turned out beautifully.


Isn’t this card just absolutely gorgeous. I’m pretty partial to this card, I think I may use this because of the lovely shade of pink underneath with the hint of gold – the gold makes everything pop! The bottom of the white is a lace looking Christmas punch made by Martha Stewart. The background is made with the a cuttlebug background as well as the flower and sentiment.

This card came together without any difficulty and I am so excited! I will be entering this blog into the following blog challenges for the week.

CCEE Stampers – Challenge using two die cuts or punches

Charisma Cards – Lace and Pearls

Coulor Create – Challenge with the color white, pink and gold

Crop Stop – A mostly white card or scrapbook layout

Lollipop – Challenge using embossed images and no designer paper

Delightful Sketches – This was a bingo like challenge where you have to choose three things from the bingo board. I chose a dimensional aspect, lace and glitter or sparkle.

Stamps R Us – A card or layout with bling bling

Pink Elephant – Embossed challenge

Shabby Tea Room – Pastel colors

My Time to Craft – 2 of something on a layout or card

ABC Challenge – Dazzle

Southern Girls – Another Bingo Challenge

Truly Scrumptuous – Pearls

Let me know what you think about my card and keep an eye out for more greeting cards this week. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know which one you like best.

Get to scrappin’ those scarpbooks and keepsakes!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Scrapbook Page Ideas: Black and White with Polka Dots and Stripes

I really love all of the wonderful people who have been reading my blog and leaving such uplifting comments. Every week I see my homemade cards and scrapbook pages getting better and better and it is because all of the wonderful support from those reading my blog.

For my first scrapbook page this week (sorry it’s late) I combined several challenges that were available on other sites. Even mixing the different challenges turned into a beautiful baby girl scrapbook page of Braelynn. Here is the finished product.


I know there is a lot going on here, but I am entering this page into six different challenges. Here’s what the rules of requirement were for each challenge I entered.

365 Cards Blog – You had to use three different “R” items on your page or card. I used ribbon, rick rack and rhinestones; which are kind of hard to see in the photo, but are located in the left corner of the page next to the rick rack.

All Sorts Challenge Blog – For this challenge you were required to use the colors black and white in combination with one other color. The other color I chose was lime green.

Crazy 4 Challenges Blog – This was any anything goes challenge.

Secret Crafter Blog – In this challenge you had to feature spots and stripes on your page. I didn’t have any striped paper in a color combination that would work well for this page, so I created my own with a plaid maker from Stampin’ Up. My daughter is also wearing a black and white polka dot shirt, which I thought went well with the theme.

Sketch Saturday – This was a challenge that required you to follow a certain sketch or layout for the scrapbook page you were creating. I think the sketch turned out well.

Andrea’s Stampin’ Moments Blog – This is where the lime green came into play and why I chose that color over other colors. The challenge required you to use black, white and lime green in your scrapbook layout or homemade greeting card.

I hope you all enjoyed

looking or viewing this scrapbook page as much as I enjoyed making it and displaying it. Now get to scrappin’ those scrapbooks and keepsakes.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Homemade Greeting Card – Baby It’s Cold Outside

This is a white on white homemade greeting card, that is so cute and simple you are going to want to make this card yourself as a quick holiday greeting card. The picture really does not do this card justice.


This is such as cute card with the bundled up polar bear on the front. This project was relatively simple to make if an individual has the tools and equipment I had available. This card was created using the Cuttle Bug. The polar bear was cut out of the “Joys of the Season” Cricut Cartridge. The embossed background and highlighted seasons greetings on the bottom of the card is a Cuttle Bug product, but I’m not really sure what the name is.

I am entering this card in three different different challenges this week:

Cards For Men Blog

The Cuttle Bug Spot Blog

Paper Cupcakes Blog

I am so excited about this simple little card that I think I may tweak it a little bit and send it as a Holiday party invitation. The cards for men blog is looking for cards that would be best suited for men and dedicated to the approaching holiday season. The cuttle bug blog is looking for holiday themed greeting cards using the cuttle bug and the Paper Cupcake blog is wanting a wintry season white on white card.

Thanks for taking a peak at what I’ve got and keep scrappin’ those scrapbooks and keepsakes.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Scrapbook Page Idea – Baby Girl Easter Egg Hunt

So I know, I know. Everyone has Christmas Scrapbook Pages on the brain, but I was really tired of looking at Christmas this

early in the season, so I decided to make a scrapbook page that involved some of my favorite photographs. This Easter scrapbook page featuring my baby girl is so beautiful and really fun. It doesn’t feature any special papers or scrapbook embellishments, but it still looks great. Here is the finished product.


The colors used in this picture were for a challenge: Colour Create – I was really excited when I saw this set of colors on a challenge for this time of year, so I had to take part – even though I wasn’t going to create a Christmas themed card. The colors required for this challenge were deep pink, turquoise and ivory.

I fulfilled the deep pink requirement with the 12x12 page I used. I highlighted the pictures with turquoise and the printed paper was an ivory base with all three colors mixed in with the printed flowers.

I tried to fill in space with buttons. I didn’t want to over do any of the embellishments because the printed paper was busy enough. I’ll be trying to enter a challenge 2 to 3 times a week because I really need to get on the ball with all of this beautiful card making and scrapbooking stuff we have.

Over time my scrapbook pages and creations are getting better and I’m really excited to see how much better I can get. Mom is still teaching me stuff everyday.

Thank for those who looked. Now get to scrappin’ those scrapbooks and keepsakes


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Scrapbook Page Challenge: Playing in the Mud

This week I decided to enter a scrapbook challenge at The Color Throw down Blog. The challenge was to create a scrapbook page or card using three specific colors: old olive, baja breeze and crumb cake. I decided to use some pictures of me and the kids playing in the mud after a rainstorm. It actually turned out better than I thought.

I struggled with this challenge believe it or not. I don’t usually choose colors like this and because I struggled with the colors I struggled with putting the page together. That is the reason I picked this challenge this week, it got me out of my comfort zone and I am very pleased with the results of my scrapbook page creation.


I think the page turned out really, really well. All of the scrapbook page embellishments are made using the cricut cutter. I made the letter “M” using the “Day at the Zoo” cricut cartridge and the brown background that looks like a mud puddle behind the pictures is a border from the cricut cartridge “Paper Lace”.

The “day at the zoo” cartridge has really cute lettering as well as cut outs for animals. The “paper lace” cartridge is very feminine and elegant, a great choice for girly pages.

The letters that spell “mud” are chipboard letters and give the page a nice three-dimensional or raised effect. I’ve been wanting to use these pictures for awhile and struggled with a color scheme to use, but I think that this turned out really nice. Let me know what you guys think.

Get to scrappin’ those scrapbooks and keepsakes.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Scrapbook Challenge: Anything Goes – Purple Baby Girl Scrapbook Page

I had so much fun with the challenge this week. The challenge is for the Come and Get It blog and since it is the 5th week of the month you can make whatever you want – anything goes. I had some beautiful baby girl photos that I’ve been wanting to scrapbook, so I thought….”Why not kill two birds with one stone.” Here is my challenge scrapbook page entry



Isn’t this such a beautiful page. Sometimes I think that less is really more. I see so many cluttered scrapbook pages and while some look nice, others are so cluttered you forget that you are really supposed to be looking at the picture, not the embellishments. The papers I used are K&Company. I draped purple and black ribbon across the bottom portion of the page and the purple on the tag at the bottom is a plum colored paint chip. So run to your local hardware store ladies, you can use those colored paint strips for scrapbooking.

Let me know what you think and get to scrapping those scrapbooks and keepsakes.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Scrapbook Page Ideas: Baby Boy Scrapbook Page

This is probably one of the best scrapbook pages I’ve ever done, but hey I say that about all the pages I do. This scrapbook page layout shows pictures of my son (Riley) playing in his walker when he was about 8 months old. I used several different tools to complete the look of this page, but each can be easily replicated if you don’t have the tools needed.

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The background of this page is a 12x12 sheet of cardstock in a yellow-y mustard-like color. I don’t know how to describe it. The color is a little brighter than a plain yellow, but not quite as bright as a mustard color. The green background features cute little cars and roadways, zipping and zooming all over the page. This is a We R Memory Keepers 12x12 page that I cut down to about 10x10 and placed on top of the yellow.
The pictures are 4x6 sizes that were cut down slightly to fit best and look right on the page I was creating and outlined with blue cardstock. The journaling in the bottom right-hand side of the page was typed into a circular frame on word and printed out. I then used a circular object, such as a cup or coffee can to trace the circles and then cut one out on the printer paper and then a slightly larger circle from a piece of red cardstock.
Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Designer Deluxe
The cute little car in the top right-hand corner and the words “Play Time” listed in the left-center of the page are where you will need special tools. I created the words “Play Time” using a special font program on my computer by Creating Keepsakes. This program is great for creating really cute fonts, saving you time and energy for other things. You can easily make these fonts yourself if you have the time. Cut out blocks from white cardstock and blocks slightly bigger than the white, in  red cardstock. Glue those together and stamp or if you have good hand writing, write the letters in the white and red blocks for an actual handmade look.

The car was made using the Sizzix car stencil or die cut. The edges were perforated on the car die-cut so I was able to punch out the car in different colors, tear it apart and piece it back together with glue and in the end created a three dimensional car that is absoulutely adorable on this baby boy scrapbook page. If you are somewhat of an artist you could easily create a stencil of a car, trace it on several different colors of cardstock and then cut the pieces out to create your own unique car for this page, but the Sizzix car die cut can be purchased below if you wish to purchase one of you own. I have lots of little boy pictures with racing themes so this die-cut is worth it to me. The banner behind car I made myself just cutting strips of black and white cardstock.
Now get to scrappin’ those scrapbooks and keepsakes!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Christmas Scrapbook: Christmas Cookie Recipe

Oh, this making this Christmas scrapbook was extremely fun. It didn’t take long because you try to get as many people involved as you can. This works best if you happen to be involved in a scrapbook or rubber stamping group, which Mom is. Mom is a member of an online group for paper crafting called Perfect friends. The members of that group decided to participate in a cookie swap, but instead of sharing actual home baked cookies, we made a scrapbook page with the main journaling on the page being the recipe of our favorite cookies.

The scrapbook pages are 6X6” pages, making it a small enough book so that you can place it on a shelf in your kitchen, but large enough that you can still see the recipe on the page. There were 16 women that participated in the swap and each created 16 of the same scrapbook page layouts for their cookie recipe. Most women stayed with a Christmas theme or followed a theme pertaining to their cookie. For example, the third picture is a scrapbook page created by one of the ladies in my group (Barbara Foster) and the page featured a recipe for Royal Coconut Cookies. Her page featured a hula dancer and coconut palm trees because of her cookies featuring coconuts.

The first picture is a view of the front of the recipe book, and each one was decorated based on the owner of the book. This is the front cover of mom’s which features elements needed in cooking and a touch of Christmas with the gingerbread man and holly berries.

There are so many paper and embellishment choices you can use to decorate this recipe scrapbook, so the possibilities to what you could create are almost limitless.

We used a book binding tool to bind the pages together and hold the album’s recipe together, making it even more useful in a kitchen. The only thing this recipe book needs, and I wish I would have thought about it before it was put together, was a table of contents page. A table of contents page would be great for locating a recipe quickly without having to thumb through all of the pages, but we will save that for next time.

Now get to scrappin’ those scrapbooks and keepsakes!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Homemade Card Making: Let It Snow Christmas Card

Mom and I figured since the website was called scrapbooks and keepsakes, that we should showcase other items on our blog besides just scrapbook pages, which can get boring since we tend to work on various paper crafts from time to time. This card is the first homemade greeting card I’ve ever made and I am so proud of it. I love snowflakes, they are so beautiful and that is where I got my inspiration for this card.

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Do the color schemes of these relaxing blues make you think of curling up by the fire with a blanket and a warm cup of cocoa on a snowy day in December? I didn’t struggle with this homemade card like I thought I would, even though it was my first attempt. The only thing that reminded me of the Christmas holidays were the rubber stamps I selected from our Christmas/Winter selection. The rubber stamps actually came from a dollar store called the Mighty Dollar in the North Carolina area and the scrapbook selection in this store is out of this world. The Mighty Dollar features tons of products from K&Company as well as Making Memories, which is who created these stamps. To read about what else you can purchase from dollar stores to use on your scrapbook pages read the article Scrapbooking On A Budget.

The small snowflake stamps dipped in the darker ink were clear-acrylic un-mounted stamps that I randomly placed on a medium sized block, to create a one of a kind image using several stamps from different making memories Christmas and winter stamp collections. The larger snowflake in the center was stamped in embossing adhesive with a light blue embossing powder added to the adhesive. Some of the snowflakes have some glitter glue to add a little more on the card. The let it snow at the bottom of the page is stamped in the same color blue as the snowflakes and is also a stamp I found in one of the Making Memory stamp collections I found at the dollar store Mighty Dollar.

The inside of my card features a blue stamped image that says “Merry Christmas” in cursive on white cardstock and features the same blue polka dot scrapbook paper behind it as the front of my homemade card.

This card is a great choice for beginners that have embossing tools; however, someone that wishes to focus on card making, but doesn’t have the embossing tools can simply stamp the center snowflake in a light blue ink.

I know a lot of paper craft creators are starting to focus on digital scrapbooking and digital paper crafts, but it’s still not the same as creating the gift completely with your hands and makes it more personal.

So go ahead and get a jump start on your Christmas card mailing list and start making those homemade greeting cards now. This card can be done in a matter of a few minutes, making it a perfect homemade card choice for those with a long mailing list for the holidays. Friends and family will be calling you all holiday season, thanking you for this beautiful holiday card that they receive in the mail.

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Scrapbook Ideas: 20 Scrapbooking Blogs to Read

 Here are 20 good scrapbook websites and blogs some of you may be interested in for different paper craft purposes. There are a few websites on here that are specifically dedicated to digital scrapbooking, which I haven't decided to dive into yet. Check out a few of these sites and follow them if you like.

Now get to reading and scrappin' those scrapbooks and keepsakes. Talk to you soon!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Altered Christmas Scrapbook: The 12 Days of Christmas

The year my son was born, the family decided to start a new tradition, on the twelve days before Christmas we were going to do one new thing everyday before Christmas; thus leading to the 12 days of Christmas scrapbook theme. This altered holiday scrapbook is made of mini scrapbook pages on 5X7” sheets of cardstock. Each page features pictures over the course of the twelve days and different Christmas activities we did.
You don’t have to use this theme in particular, but it’s a great way to showcase your photos from a particular time in the year. There are so many family activities we participate in as a family year around the holidays that a nice sized altered book was created from our photos.
If you choose do an altered scrapbook for Christmas choose pictures like:
  • Family Traditions
  • Holiday Baking
  • Gift Giving
  • Shopping
  • Christmas Lights
  • Choosing A Tree
  • Santa
Use smaller embellishments to decorate the inside of this scrapbook that will not take away from the pictures you will display. You can print your photos from a home computer program. The computer program I have offers to print your pictures in a fingerprint size or wallet sized, perfect for an altered book this size. A wide variety of Christmas papers, from several different companies were used. If it was a Christmas embellishment we liked it was used somewhere in this book

Just about any theme you can think of for Christmas is covered in this book. We have pages with gingerbread men, Santa Clause, Christmas Trees, Snow Men, Stockings and much much more. With all the Christmas scrapbooking items available the possibilities for a Christmas scrapbook like this are endless.

Mom and I didn't get to play around with the cricut cutter and the Christmas cartridges, but the next one I create is going to feature many embellishments using the cricut cartridge, so stay tuned. 

I love the fact that this book is small enough to do quickly so you don’t get bored, but big enough to display lots of photographs inside. So get to scrappin’ those scrapbooks and keepsakes and we’ll talk to you soon.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Scrapbook Ideas: Scrapbooking on a Budget

Hey Y’all,

When I had my children, I was a mother two toddlers, going to school and I didn’t have much money to go out and have fun with. I was shopping in the dollar store one day when I saw that they had started to sell scrapbook supplies for only $1.00. While many of the supplies used in scrapbooking are specialty tools used for specific scrapbooking  effects and are rather expensive, but there many different items available at the Dollar Tree that you can use to create multiple, beautiful scrapbook pages saving you a lot of money if you’re just starting out. Here are a couple items I have found and picked up at my local dollar tree that are too cute to pass up and will save you a bunch of money.

I have created many beautiful, yet simple scrapbook pages using items I bought from the Dollar Tree, but look professional and definitely more expensive. Over the next couple of weeks I will be showcasing some of the scrapbook pages I created using several of these products. So keep an eye out for those.

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10 Items I Have Found At The Dollar Tree

  • Page Protectors
  • Stickers (Different Themes Available In Different Stores)
  • Scrapbook Paper (Different Themes Available In Different Stores)
  • Glue Dots (Squared and Circular)
  • Paper Trimmer ( Usually No Bigger Than An 8” )
  • Journaling Tags ( Different Themes Available In Different Stores)
  • Chipboard Embellishments (Plain and Patterned Available)
  • Stamps (Vary By Location)
  • Ink Pads ( Different Colors Available)
  • Die-Cuts (Vary By Location)
  • Albums

There are all sorts of little items that are needed by a person just beginning to scrapbook without investing a lot of money up front. I’ve embellishments that include scrapbook stickers related to little boys, playtime, baby boy and baby girl shower and birth stickers, alphabet stickers and beach themed stickers. I have also purchase decorative tags and chipboard lettering pieces. There are also co-ordinating scrapbook papers that go along with the embellishments sold on the shelves of the dollar tree. My favorite item found at the dollar tree, which sell out really quickly, are the scrapbook album page protectors. Other crafts store try to sell you 10 scrapbook album page protectors for anywhere from 4 to 10 dollars for a 10 pack, but Dollar Tree sells a 10 pack of page protectors for only a DOLLAR!

Other items that are useful when scrapbooking, but sell out very quickly are the adhesive glue dots, mono adhesive tape dispensers for pictures and a paper trimmer. The paper trimmer isn’t a 12 inch paper cutter, but will work for someone just starting out. Their paper cutter also features a decently sharp blade, so it is useful for cutting any scrapbook paper, but the downside is that it dulls rather quickly.

Most of these products available are by a company called Miss Elizabeth’s and the company makes the most adorable scrapbooking items, so cute that even scrapbookers with no limit to how much money they spend will want to purchase these items because they are such a great deal. For those of you trying to keep your hubby happy by not spending too much money and staying in budget with your hobby, you will have him pleased with the beautiful photographic keepsakes you will create without breaking his wallet.

Now go visit your local dollar store and start scrappin’ those scrapbooks and keepsakes on a budget everyone will be happy with.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Altered Scrapbook Using K and Company Scrapbook Paper

This is what Mom and I have been working on for the past week or actually couple of days. This is a chipboard book made by Bo Bunny that we turned into an altered scrapbook using K and Company Berry Sweet papers. It turned out so good I can’t wait to apply some of these little things to the SMASH Book I’m making.
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There are six individual pages in this “Family” book to showcase your favorite memories. When mom and I take pictures now we try to think ahead of using them on certain scrapbook layouts. The pictures showcased in this family book are pictures that were miscellaneous and didn’t particularly apply to any certain layout or scrapbook page theme. Mom used any family pictures she could find: grandparents, cousins and just pictures of the family lounging about. Below is a peek inside of what the rest of Mom’s family book looks like.
So, what do you guys think about this altered scrapbook? I think it turned out great. Be on the lookout for another altered book that features the birth of my son. This altered book features everything from the baby shower to the birth and also showcases ultrasound pictures. This book is too cute and definately something you will want to make for a close friend or loved family member when another precious bundle of joy arrives.
Now get to scrappin’ those scrapbooks and keepsakes. Talk to y’all tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Altered Scrapbook Ideas: Baby Book

This is an altered scrapbook that Mom and I made to celebrate the birth of my son Riley. Anything that led up to the moment of that precious baby being born is what we included in the scrapbook, and considering this is the first altered book we had created to actually serve a purpose it turned out great.

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The baby image on the front of this altered book is from a clip art program from a friends computer. Several images were printed of the baby, then they were cut out and glued on top of each other for a 3-D effect. The clouds are made from foam and chalks were used to add some color and definition. Below are some more pictures of the inside of the altered baby book.

The inside pages, or scrapbook layouts, were created using mainly stickers to hold the pictures in place and a little pop of color underneath each photo using a little bit of colored card-stock to make each photograph pop out. On other pages featured in this album there are page clips and pocket folders for keeping baby announcements or ultrasound pictures in the album and not falling out.

Mom also created another altered book this week using a Bo Bunny chipboard book that spells “Family” and the “Berry Sweet” collection of paper from K and Company.

Now get to scrappin’ those scrapbooks and keepsakes and we will talk to y’all later.

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