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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Happy Earth Day!

It's almost Earth Day and you know what that means! Getting outside into the fresh air and making your community beautiful! You can capture the great outdoors in your next scrapbook layout with this beautiful kit! You will escape to nature with the comforting earth tones of brown, blue and green, with a hint of yellow and red for a punch of color just when you need it. This fun-loving kit is filled with a beautiful assortment of 40 earth-friendly papers and a huge 136 fanciful embellishments all in rich earth-tones to perfectly complement those outdoor shots you’ve been waiting to scrap including Earth Day, MLK Jr Day, Arbor Day, volunteering, picnics, park visits, hikes, adventures, camping, backyard play, and much more! Come meet the little frog, bee, dragonfly, and bird as they explore the flowers, trees, and mud while learning about how to keep our earth clean and beautiful!
Also includes 37 word art.
BONUS ADD-ON INCLUDED!
ABC | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with BONUS ADD ON | PU/S4H/S4O

Coordinating alpha sold separately. Includes upper, lower, numbers, and some symbols. Each tile is 1 inch wide by 1.5 inches tall. No Shadows. 300ppi.
ABC | Wooden Alpha | PU/S4H/S4O

These CT Layouts show how versatile this kit is, you can use it for virtually any subject matter!
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Monday, April 11, 2016

Spring is in full Bloom! πŸ’πŸŒΈπŸŒ·πŸŒΉπŸŒ»πŸŒΊ

Spring is in full Bloom!

It's full-blown springtime where I live, everything is gorgeous and blooming, and my allergies are killing me, lol! I'm inside scrapping and with the lovely beauties I have for you today, you will be too! Enjoy!
 
ABC | Alice Alpha | PU/S4O/S4H $3.00  $1.00
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ABC | Alice Alpha | PU/S4O/S4H

This alphabet was inspired by the movie "Alice in Wonderland." It gives a fun and wacky feel to your fantasy, spring, easter, family, movie...
ABC | April Showers Paper Pack | PU/S4O/S4H $4.00  $2.00
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ABC | April Showers Paper Pack | PU/S4O/S4H

The April Showers Paper Pack includes 22 papers (all 12x12 inch at 300ppi) with 4 different patterns including Clouds, Big Polka Dots, Stripes, and...
ABC | Bloom Girls with Bonus FREEBIE | CU/S4O/S4H $3.00  $2.50
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ABC | Bloom Girls with Bonus FREEBIE | CU/S4O/S4H

These adorable girls love flowers and gardening and you'll love scrapping all your pages with them! They are approximately 5x5.5 inches, in PNG...
ABC | Build Your Own Flower Doodles | CU/S4H/S4O $4.00  $2.00
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ABC | Build Your Own Flower Doodles | CU/S4H/S4O

With these fun flower doodles you can build your own flower garden complete with butterflies, dragonflies, bees and ladybugs! Choose from big and...
ABC | CU Grab Bag for Spring | CU/S4O/S4H $6.00  $3.00
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ABC | CU Grab Bag for Spring | CU/S4O/S4H

This must-have CU Grab Bag contains 14 unique and high-quality items to inspire you and get that next kit created! Create beautifully layered papers,...
ABC | Cute Spring - Buttons | PU $1.00

ABC | Cute Spring - Buttons | PU

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ABC | Delightful | PU/S4H/S4O $3.00  $1.00
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ABC | Delightful | PU/S4H/S4O

This mini kit is just delightful! It's perfect for those moments when we are celebrating life.  ...
ABC | Enamel Dots for the Strawberry edition | PU/S4H/S4O $3.00  $1.00
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ABC | Enamel Dots for the Strawberry edition | PU/S4H/S4O

If you are into pocket scrapbooking but like to take it to a hybrid or even digital level, then these enamel dots are for you! This set of 9 matches...
ABC | Facebook Cover Images for Spring | PU $4.00  $2.00
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ABC | Facebook Cover Images for Spring | PU

Now you can change your facebook cover image 8 times a season with this amazing set of 8 facebook cover images! Also check out the sets for Winter,...
ABC | Journaling Blocks for "the Olive edition" | PU/S4H/S4O $5.00  $2.00
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ABC | Journaling Blocks for "the Olive edition" | PU/S4H/S4O

These journaling blocks and filler cards coordinate with the Olive edition of a certain (traditionally paper) project 365 kit out there. I have added...
ABC | Leaves Set 7 | PU/S4H/S4O $5.00  $2.50
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ABC | Leaves Set 7 | PU/S4H/S4O

Who doesn't need a few extra leaves here and there? This set of 12 will get your stash looking like a garden and add that finishing touch to your...
ABC | My Secret Garden - Full Size | PU/S4H/S4O $3.00  $1.50
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ABC | My Secret Garden - Full Size | PU/S4H/S4O

These glittery gorgeous flowers coordinate with June's blog train, these are the full-sized version with flowers at 5.5 inches, 300ppi, and stems...
ABC | Raindrops Keep Falling - Complete Kit | PU/S4O/S4H $7.00  $4.00
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ABC | Raindrops Keep Falling - Complete Kit | PU/S4O/S4H

If you like singing in the rain, then “Raindrops Keep Falling” is the kit for you!  It’s a vibrant and colorful kit with fun...
ABC | Spa Day | PU/S4H/S4O (BONUS FREEBIE INCLUDED) $7.00  $5.00
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ABC | Spa Day | PU/S4H/S4O (BONUS FREEBIE INCLUDED)

This amazing kit is featured in the July 2013 issue of Papers & Pixels! Scrap the memories of your mani/pedi party, a birthday day at the spa,...
ABC | Splendid | PU/S4H/S4O $3.00  $1.00
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ABC | Splendid | PU/S4H/S4O

This splended mini kit is just perfect for those moments when we are celebrating life.  ...
ABC | Spring Mini | PU/S4H/S4O $3.00  $1.00
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ABC | Spring Mini | PU/S4H/S4O

Are you ready for Spring?!? This kit has gorgeous fresh blooms and ivy, butterflies, charms, frames, ribbons and bows, even an easter basket to stuff...
ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Bows | PU/S4O/S4H $3.00  $1.00
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Bows | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Bread Ties | PU/S4O/S4H $2.00  $1.00
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Bread Ties | PU/S4O/S4H

is Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by choosing...
ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Flowers | PU/S4O/S4H $3.00  $1.00
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Flowers | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Frames | PU/S4O/S4H $3.00  $1.00
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Frames | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Knotted Ribbon | PU/S4O/S4H $2.00  $1.00
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Knotted Ribbon | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Metal Tabs | PU/S4O/S4H $3.00  $1.00
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Metal Tabs | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Paper Pack 1 | PU/S4O/S4H $3.00  $1.00
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Paper Pack 1 | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Paper Pack 2 | PU/S4O/S4H $3.00  $1.00
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Paper Pack 2 | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Paper Pack 3 | PU/S4O/S4H $3.00  $1.00
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Paper Pack 3 | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Paperclips | PU/S4O/S4H $2.00  $1.00
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Paperclips | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Tabs | PU/S4O/S4H $2.00  $1.00
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Tabs | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Tags | PU/S4O/S4H $2.00  $1.00
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Tags | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
ABC | Summer's End - Complete Kit | PU/S4H/S4O $6.00  $4.00
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ABC | Summer's End - Complete Kit | PU/S4H/S4O

This gorgeous kit is an ode to a never-ending Summer vacation, its bright and cheery and great for all kinds of layouts and craft projects about...
ABC | Washing Day - Clothes Lines | CU/S4H/S4O $8.00  $3.50
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ABC | Washing Day - Clothes Lines | CU/S4H/S4O

It's time for a little spring cleaning, or letting that summer breeze dry your clothes the natural way! Enjoy these clothes lines and basket of...
ABC | Wishful Spring Flowers | CU $6.00  $3.00
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ABC | Wishful Spring Flowers | CU

Set of 6 Commercial Use Flowers with 2 leaves and 12 gem centers! All seperate .PNG files for easy recolor! Coordinating CU Paper Pack HERE!...
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ABC | Wishful Spring Paper Pack | CU

Set of 6 Commercial Use papers, 300ppi, JPG format! Coordinating CU Flowers HERE!...

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

First Tuesdays Inspiration #4


It's time for another First Tuesdays Inspiration! This time we are talking about collections. Throughout our lives we all collect something. When I was younger I collected sea shells. My husband collected comic books. My daughter recently started collecting rocks. My son wants to start a collection but hasn't quite figured out what his treasured item will be. It's been really cute watching him test out different things, lol. 

Documenting collections is important, because you can’t always guarantee that you’ll have them. My shell collection was lost in a storage unit moving mishap some 20 years ago, with nothing but my memory to remember them. I don’t know if my kiddos will eventually outgrow their collections, but if they do, I will have photos for them to enjoy in later days. I would love to see what you create with this inspiration, please leave a link in the comments below! :)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Paper Scrapbooking: Essential Supplies


The hobby of scrapbooking is a lot of fun. If you are just starting out, there are a few supplies you will need (don't worry this isn't a huge investment). First you will need an album with sheet protectors, a paper trimmer, adhesive, your photos, scrapbooking paper and embellishments, and an acid-free and lignin-free black pen for journaling.



Most albums come with page protectors but some do not, so if you fall in love with an album that doesn't have them or only has a few, never fear you can buy replacements packs. This gives you control over how many pages your album will have. Albums come in all shapes and sizes and can be found at craft stores, discount stores, and even drug stores. I prefer a 12x12 inch album that matches the theme of my pictures. 12x12 inch albums give me the option to get a lot of photos on one page and still have room for embellishments, journaling, and a big title.


Paper trimmers also come in all shapes and sizes. I started out with a small one and graduated to a 12-inch. If you are going to scrapbook 12x12 albums you might want to start out with the larger paper trimmer because you will want the option to cut the 12x12 inch paper. Even if you aren't going to scrapbook 12x12 inch albums, many scrapbook papers come in 12x12 inch and you will have to cut them down to fit into your album.


If you thought there were a lot of different kinds of albums or paper trimmers, you haven't seen anything yet! Adhesive gets its own aisle where I shop! There is adhesive for paper to paper, paper to plastic, paper to metal, plastic to plastic, plastic to metal, metal to metal, you get the point. Start out with a good paper to paper adhesive so you can get those pictures down onto your paper. A photo safe glue stick works great and is inexpensive. Glue dots are a dry adhesive that come in various sizes and thicknesses and work great on just about everything.  My adhesive of choice is the removable dry dottos. They come in a refillable dispenser that rolls onto photos and papers; and work wonders on papers and embellishments. Plus if I put something down in the wrong place I can just pick it up and move it to the right place. (also keep in mind you can adhere items with staplers, mini binder clips, washi tape, and etc)


Be sure your supplies are all acid-free and lignin-free if they are going to touch your photos. If you want to use rubber cement or something that isn't acid-free and lignin-free to adhere a button to some paper, you are okay, just don't use that stuff on your precious photos. It’s always a good idea to make copies of your photos and keep them in a safe place, that way you aren't using the one and only original photo on your page. It’s also a good idea to start with your most recent photos and work backwards, but sometimes its fun to start with your favorite photos or a set of photos you know will make an entire album.

Paper is the foundation of every scrapbook page. There is patterned paper and solid paper. I find most often I tend to use patterned paper as the background and a solid paper to matte my photos. That helps them to stand out from the patterned background. But there is no right way or wrong way, there is only your way. Sometimes picking out the perfect papers can seem daunting when you see the sea of choices. In this case, try selecting a coordinating paper pack in colors that match your photos. Coordinating paper packs come in color and theme combinations that help take the guess work out of picking the perfect papers and they help give your album an overall cohesive feel.


Sometimes embellishments come in packs with paper. They coordinate with the color and theme. These packs are called Page Kits. Sometimes there are enough supplies for two to four pages, and other times there are enough supplies for an entire album. Think about what you will really use and be sure to read the packaging so you know exactly what you are buying. Embellishments are also sold separately and can be just about anything from stickers or buttons to ribbon or flowers.


A black pen is really all you need to journal. Using your handwriting is something that is an important legacy, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to use spell-check and leave the handwriting to the computer. However, you can turn your handwriting into a font HERE and have the best of both worlds! Here is what mine looks like:






Scrapbooking is a wonderful hobby that is like a gift to you, your family, and future generations. Scrapbooks not only preserves your special memories forever, but they are a fun, creative craft that means you can put your artistic stamp on something that serves as a wonderful keepsake. It doesn't take much to get started, but watch out, once you start you'll never want to stop! Enjoy!