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Friday, August 28, 2015

Paper Scrapbooking: Step by Step for beginners to create a simple scrapbook


So, you've seen those gorgeous scrapbook layouts in the craft store window, a recent magazine, or on tv and you've decided it's time to give it a try, well good for you! You've taken the right first step by reading this article, because this article is all about scrapbooking for beginners! You don't need to be ‘artsy’ to make a scrapbook, all you need is the desire to be the memory keeper and recorder of your family’s favorite activities, special moments, and everyday occurrences. It’s not difficult or expensive to get started either!

Beginning scrapbookers will need:
Paper (8.5x11 or 12x12 inch)
Scissors (or a paper trimmer)
Black pen (for journaling)
Adhesive (tape, glue dots, tape runner)
Embellishments (flowers, ribbon, stickers, charms, etc)
Photos
Album (you can get this now or later on once you have some pages finished)



Be sure your paper, pen, adhesive, and embellishments are acid and lignin free (this should not be a problem, especially in the scrapbooking section of the store). What acid and lignin free mean is that the product won’t cause your photos to yellow/fade, or degrade/disintegrate. If you are going to go through the trouble to make a beautiful scrapbook, it’s worth it to use acid and lignin free products to help preserve your work for generations to enjoy!
The next step for beginning scrapbookers is putting the photos and embellishments onto the paper. There’s really no right or wrong way to do this, but if you need some inspiration you can look for beginning scrapbooker’s layout books and magazines. Also think about using an eye-catching ad in a magazine as a template; or really check out the way your cereal box looks (or any food container) – all the components are there, a photo of a person, some bright colors, a few words, an embellishment or two, all making a great layout! The internet is also a great place to look for layout inspiration! And if you have a lot of photos, considering creating a 2-page spread (two layouts that come together to make a cohesive story about a single event).

Contributing factors to a great layout include:
One or more photos
A title
Some journaling and a date
Color coordination with photos, papers, and embellishments

A great tip for beginning scrapbookers is to think of each layout as having a theme. That helps me think about what really belongs on my page with my photographs. If I have a layout of my daughter’s birthday and I find a super cute embellishment of a mermaid, I’m probably going to wait and use it on another page. Another great tip for beginning scrapbookers is to keep paper and embellishment choices in the same color scheme as the colors in my photo. Most of my daughter’s birthday was pink with princesses, so I kept all the papers in various shades of pink and used embellishments such as flowers, ribbons, and crowns.

Now-a-days we can even scrapbook using our computer! With any photo manipulation software beginning scrapbookers can leave the mess of glue, paper, and photos spread all over the desk, and create layouts digitally. Digital layouts can be printed and placed in an album, put into a digital album and sent to family and friends, or even uploaded to an online scrapbooking website that will print your layouts and bind them into a personalized book! Digital scrapbooking is convenient, easy to personalize, and easy to preserve!

Whatever way you choose to preserve your memories, remember to have fun and enjoy it. Beginning scrapbooking can seem like a big job, but it is also a lot of fun, so don’t feel pressured! Not every photo you take or own has to be put into a layout, and not every moment of everyday has to be journaled about. Enjoy your new hobby and use the inspiration that is all around you!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Back to School is Cool!

My kiddos are back to school now, I officially have a kindergartner and 2nd grader! Where does the time go? They are growing up way too fast!
ABC | Back 2 School Kit | PU/S4O/S4H - Click Image to Close


Thank goodness for digital cameras and digital scrapbooking! And thank goodness I wasn't the only "stalker mom" (as my husband affectionately refers to my incessant picture taking -- I prefer "moma-ratzzi"') with a tear in her eye and a camera in my kids' faces, lol! I have a bunch of fun goodies perfect for scrapping these fundamental moments and they are all on SALE!
ABC | Back 2 School Kit | PU/S4O/S4H
ABC | Back 2 School Kit | PU/S4O/S4H
This kiddo is now the 2nd grader!!!
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Super cute little school beauties!
ABC | Little School Beauties | CU/S4H/PU

It's all about numbers, shapes, and symbols with this kit "Geometrics"
ABC | Geometrics | PU/S4H/S4O
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And if you're doing project 365/52, 180 days of school plus a question of the week, a day in the life album, or any other life-documenting projects this is the perfect kit...
ABC | Project 365 - The Days of Our Lives + BONUS GIFT! | PU/S4H


Saturday, August 15, 2015

August 15 is International Geocaching Day!

August 15 is one of the biggest holidays of the year for geocachers! It’s the perfect day to get outside, find a few (dozen) geocaches and introduce someone new to the game! It also happens to be the same day as the Geocaching Block Party in Seattle! Celebrate in any way you can and post your photos to Instagram with the hashtag #Geocaching15

Need a celebration idea? How about finding the most favorited geocache near you? Search Now

Then you can scrap your celebration adventures with this fun kit, on SALE now!
ABC | Cache You Later | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Cache You Later | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Cache You Later | PU/S4H/S4O

Love the idea of geocaching, but not sure if you will be able to use the kit more than once? Think again, look at this beautiful layout, you'd never know it was from a geocaching kit!
ABC | Cache You Later | PU/S4H/S4O

The W4E "Blooming Desert" Blog Train Is Here!

The W4E "Blooming Desert" Blog Train Is Here!
Check out all the gorgeous freebies the gals have made this month...




Ketty (charlieonline) picked our theme and the color palette is by yours truly. The gals really liked this theme and palette so you have a huge freebie kit coming your way, be sure to download all the pieces in this massive train! And be sure to pick up my kit "Cowpokes" too, its on SALE for just $2!!!

ABC | Cowpokes | PU/S4H/S4O
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also check out these goodies on sale...
ABC | Old Iron Sides Alpha | PU/S4O/S4H
ABC | Little Cowgirl Beauties | CU/S4H/PU
ABC | Little Cowboy Fellas | CU/S4H/PU

And don't forget your freebie! (you must be registered in the store for your free download)
ABC | Cowpokes Blog Train | PU

We are all on different time zones, so if someone doesn't have their part up yet, please check back later.
Wilma4Ever (this is the train station's main hub, there is no download here)
ABCreations
AprilthesSrapaholic
Charlieonline.it
Digicats (& Dogs)
Dream4Ever Designs
Galerie Jackie
Happy Scrap Arts
Miggins
Moody Designz
Ostrea Designs
RoseMade Designs
Tina Shaw
Wilma

Also check out the FREEBIE download that comes with our Contest of the Month, click the image below for more info...
http://www.wilma4ever.com/w4eforum/showthread.php?5074-August-2015-Contest-In-The-Round


http://s937.photobucket.com/user/sleepingbeautie/slideshow/W4E%20BlogTrain/W4E%20Blog%20Train

sleepingbeautie's W4E Blog Train album on Photobucket


Friday, August 7, 2015

Journaling the Easy Way!

I think most people would agree journaling on your scrapbook pages is important. It not only tells what happened in the photos and shares the memories and experiences of those moments in time, but it also leaves a legacy for future family members and friends, especially when you use your own handwriting. (Learn how to turn your handwriting into a font HERE.)

Even though journaling is important, we often leave it off our pages because we feel we don't like our handwriting, what we want to write is kind of private, or we feel we have nothing to say. In order to combat these issues, let's find some solutions so we can keep the journaling flowing and keep those precious memories alive!

If you don't like your handwriting, there are so many handwriting fonts to choose from, you could probably find one very similar to your own that you do like. There are a million choices when you google 'free handwriting fonts,' and most come with easy to follow instructions on how to install the fonts for immediate use. I like my handwriting when I write slowly and have time to make the lettering look nice, but I don't always have a lot of time to do that, so I turned my slow nice looking handwriting into a font HERE so I can use my computer to type my own handwriting, spell check it, center it, and make it any size I need! WOOT!

ABC | Journaling Blocks for "the Olive edition" | PU/S4H/S4O - Click Image to Close

If what you want to write is a bit private such as a wedding proposal or first kiss, you can try hidden journaling. This works great for traditional scrapbooking and hybrid scrapbooking, but is harder with digital scrapbooking. With traditional or hybrid scrapbooking its easy to write your journaling on a tag and flip it over, or on a journaling block and slip it behind a photo. With digital scrapbooking you can write the journaling and change the opacity of the font so that it is barely visible; or if you are posting to a digital scrapbooking gallery, leave the font completely invisible or write 'Private Journaling Hidden,' so that you don't have to rearrange your layout where there is a hole where the journaling is supposed to be. 

ABC | Journaling Blocks for "the Olive edition" | PU/S4H/S4O - Click Image to Close

If you find you have nothing to say about the photos, or if you keep trying to (unconvincingly) tell yourself the photos tell the whole story, try showing the layout (or just the photos) to a friend or family member not pictured in the photos and see if they have any questions, use your answers to their questions as journaling. They might ask you to tell them about the photos. Record what you say and write that as your journaling. If there is no one to ask, try the newspaper reporter trick, ask yourself:  who, what, where, when, and why? Then use that as your journaling. If you are into lists like I am, try a top 10 (or 5 or 3) list. Tell your top 10 (or 5 or 3) favorite memories, meals, songs, places, landmarks/paintings/sculptures, moments, quotes, song lyrics, smells, sounds, feelings, games, activities, or anything else that comes to mind. Another great way to get your journaling done is to have someone else do it, lol! Sometimes with photos of my kids, I will have them do the journaling. I have them write about what is happening, how they felt, what their favorite part was, how it made them feel, and if they have anything else they want to add. If you don't have kids or grandkids, ask the other people in the photo to tell you their favorite part of the event. Sometimes its nice to use a journaling prompt. These are the beginning of a sentence that you finish in your own words, for example:
My favorite part of the trip was...
This event reminds me of my favorite song because...
When this first happened, we...
Doing this made me feel...
My favorite food/landmark during this trip was...
This photo reminds me of...
The sounds I remember include...
My favorite way to spend the day was…
If I could talk to my teenage self, the one thing I would say is…
It made me smile when...
The experience I will remember from this is...
I felt most energized when...
I was inspired when...
I felt happiest when...
if/when we do this again i will...
Three things you could leave without and why...

Some other types of journaling prompts to try:
Write a thank you note to the hotel/plane/restaurant/people you were with/yourself, write a postcard to a friend, tell about something you would have done differently, describe the weather/hotel room/landmark/meal/clothing, imagine you are the landmark/painting/sculpture explain your life and memories, why did you enjoy this memory, what was it like to come back home after a long vacation, the funniest thing that happened, what you learned, what you worried about, describe the drive/flight/travel time, tell something you are glad you packed or had with you during this event.

I hope this helps you add a bit of journaling to your next layout, and don't forget to add the date! Be sure to check out my FREE journaling mad libs type block and my other journaling blocks below!

ABC | Fill in the Blank Journaling Block | PUABC | Tuscan Dream - Journaling Blocks | PU/S4H/S4OABC | Journaling Blocks for "the Olive edition" | PU/S4H/S4OABC | Circle Scallopped Journaling Blocks | PU/S4O/S4HABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Tags | PU/S4O/S4H

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Official Watermelon Day! (FREEBIE)

Did you know August 3rd is official watermelon day! So I have some FREE watermelon for you! It's a facebook timeline cover and you can add your own photos and put it up on your facebook page for a fun fresh look (i did it HERE)! While you are in my store, check out some of my summer kits all on SALE now!

ABC | Beach Bums - Elements | CU/S4O/S4H$3.50  $3.00
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ABC | Beach Bums - Elements | CU/S4O/S4H


ABC | Beach Bums - Paper Pack | PU/S4O$2.00  $1.00
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ABC | Beach Bums - Paper Pack | PU/S4O


ABC | Beachy Alpha | PU/S4H/S4O$2.00  $1.00
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ABC | Beachy Alpha | PU/S4H/S4O


ABC | CU Grab Bag for Summer | CU/S4O/S4H$6.00  $3.00
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ABC | CU Grab Bag for Summer | CU/S4O/S4H




ABC | Facebook Cover Images for Autumn | PU$4.00  $2.00
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ABC | Facebook Cover Images for Autumn | PU


ABC | Facebook Cover Images for Spring | PU$4.00  $2.00
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ABC | Facebook Cover Images for Spring | PU


ABC | Facebook Cover Images for Summer | PU$4.00  $2.00
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ABC | Facebook Cover Images for Summer | PU


ABC | Facebook Cover Images for Winter | PU$4.00  $2.00
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ABC | Facebook Cover Images for Winter | PU


ABC | Fun House - Complete Kit | PU/S4H/S4O$5.00  $3.00
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ABC | Fun House - Word Art | PU


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ABC | Popsicle Parade - Mini | PU/S4H/S4O$4.00  $2.00
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ABC | Popsicle Parade - Mini | PU/S4H/S4O


ABC | Summer at the Shore - Complete Tagger Kit | PU/S4O/S4H$4.00  $3.00
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ABC | Summer at the Shore - Complete Tagger Kit | PU/S4O/S4H


ABC | Summer at the Shore - Full Size Paper Pack | PU/S4O/S4H$1.50  $1.00
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ABC | Summer at the Shore - Full Size Paper Pack | PU/S4O/S4H



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


ABC | Swimsuits CU | CU/S4H/S4O$2.00  $1.00
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ABC | Swimsuits CU | CU/S4H/S4O


ABC | Tropical Luau | PU/S4H/S4O$7.00  $5.00
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ABC | Tropical Luau | PU/S4H/S4O


ABC | Washing Day - Clothes Lines | CU/S4H/S4O$8.00  $3.50
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ABC | Washing Day - Clothes Lines | CU/S4H/S4O


ABC | Word Clouds - 4 Seasons | CU/S4O/S4H$3.00  $2.00
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ABC | Word Clouds - 4 Seasons | CU/S4O/S4H




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ABC | Facebook Cover Image FREEBIE | PU