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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

First Tuesdays Inspiration #2


Welcome back to First Tuesdays Inspiration. This month I am inspiring you with your surroundings! Explore your neighborhood, a museum, a restaurant, or even just where you are right this minute. Things change daily all around us. Sometimes if you look with different eyes, you will see something you've never seen quite that way before. I would love to see what you create, please leave a link in the comments below! :)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Paper Scrapbooking: Albums

Scrapbooking albums come in a wide assortment of styles as well as a multitude of sizes and designs. There are 3-ring binder scrapbooking albums, post-bound scrapbooking albums, spiral-bound scrapbooking albums, journal/book style scrapbooking albums, handmade scrapbooking albums, and bind-your-own scrapbooking albums.



3-ring binders haven’t changed much over the years; they often have a top and bottom lip that helps you to open the rings 
(the album at the bottom of the pile). But now they have been retro-fitted for scrapbooking! So if you love the nostalgic feel and like to be able to move the pages of your album around easily, this is the way to go. The only drawback is, I seem to have troubles when I fill the binders up too full and the rings don’t want to connect properly anymore. Many 3-ring binder scrapbooking albums have compartmental inserts that can hold several photos, cards, scrapbook pages or a combination of each.

Post-bound scrapbooking albums come with a flap on the inside of the spine on both the back and front covers 
(the album second from the top with the red squares). When you lift the flap in the front of the album, you can see a set of three screws that couple with a set of 3 posts found under the back flap of the album. These work together to hold each page of the album in place. The album’s front cover and back cover are two separate pieces and the binding is covered by a third piece. These three pieces are also held in place with the screws and posts. The posts are extendable, meaning you can buy extensions and screw them onto the pre-existing posts to make your album hold more scrapbook pages. Post-bound scrapbooking albums are my favorite and probably the most widely available. I like them because I like to be able to customize the size of my album’s width as well as be able to easily find plastic insert refills.
Spiral-bound scrapbooking albums don’t have the flexibility of moving pages around or adding additional pages, but you can always tear out pages if you have too many (the album second from the bottom). Spiral-bound means never having to worry about rings that don’t fit together or screws that have to be tightened, however it does mean being careful if the spiral biding is wire because if the wire spirals become flattened in any way it prevents your scrapbooking album from being opened. Many spiral-bound scrapbooking albums come with pages that hold individual photos instead of scrapbook pages.

Journal, or book style, scrapbooking albums can be compared to spiral-bound scrapbooking albums in that they don’t have the flexibility to move pages or add additional pages, however because the binding isn’t a spiral wire, they are a bit sturdier
 (the album on the top of the pile). The book’s pages are highly customizable because they can be glued together, cut windows into, painted on, or any other sort of altering technique. However, this isn’t generally considered a traditional scrapbooking album.

Handmade scrapbooking albums can have bindings made from ribbon, string, jute, thread, yarn, or just about anything else you can think of. There are many different binding techniques to try. Binding your own scrapbooking album gives you the flexibility to have different sized pages, ephemera, souvenirs and etc included as pages in your album.

There are also book binders you can purchase that look like laminators but can bind an album’s pages. The company that sells the binder also sells the albums. The albums are a front and back cover with glue up the inside of the spine. You add your pages to the album and set the album into the binding machine which heats up the glue so your pages become bound to the spine of the album. This type of binding also gives you the flexibility to have different sized pages, ephemera, and souvenirs included as pages in your album.

Many of the aforementioned albums come in several different sizes and designs. The way I choose is by deciding which album will work best with the way I want to tell the story of my pictures, then after I have picked a style of album I look for color, design, or theme. For my son’s relatives album I chose a hand-binding, for our trip to Hawaii I chose a book style, and for my daughter’s baby book I chose a post-bound. No matter the size or theme, there is always a huge sense of accomplishment when you can step back and look at your completed album. What is your favorite binding and why?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

It's Super Bowl FREEBIE Time!

February 7th is Super Bowl 50!!! Are you ready?!? Are you rooting for Denver or Carolina? Hubby is a major Colorado fan, so that's who we'll be rooting for, since my Chargers didn't make it, lol.

Here is the perfect kit for all your Super Bowl fun, and it's on SALE! From word art to party banners, a marching band, a trophy, and even delicious Super Bowl snacks, this kit has it all and a lot more!!! Just check out the customizable score board, jerseys, flags, and helmets! Just add numbers to the scoreboard or helmet, or your favorite player's name to a jersey or flag!

This full kit includes 25 total papers, 121 elements, 35 word arts, and 2 full alphas (lowercase, uppercase, numbers and punctuation/symbols) in both individual characters and alpha sheet format. There's also a bonus pack of 14 textured cardstock papers that are 12x12 inch, 300 dpi, JPG format.

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ABC | Football Party | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Football Party | PU/S4H/S4O - Click Image to Close

Download your Super Bowl 50 team's flair and I will keep track to see if the downloads match the winner of the game! I put them in alphabetical order as to not show favoritism. You must be registered in my store for the free download.
Disclaimer: I didn't use team logos or fonts because they are copywritten.

ABC | Super Bowl 50 Flair - Go Carolina! | PUABC | Super Bowl 50 Flair - Go Denver! | PU

Download Tally:
Carolina: 104
Denver: 101

Friday, January 15, 2016

I'm Designer of the Month at W4E!

I am so excited and honored to be DOM! My store is on sale up to 80% off, plus I have a bunch of freebies in my store, a freebie with purchase, and a participation prize for anyone who joins my forum contest!

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My Chinese New Year kit is coming soon! Check out all my Chinese New Year items HERE!

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ABC | New Year Flair | PU/S4H/S4O

Friday, January 8, 2016

New Year Kit SALE plus retiring items and DOM!

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Capture those midnight memories with my big SALE!

Retiring New Year's Eve kits...
ABC | Happy New Year 2013 Full Size, BONUS Poser Pack | PU/S4H
ABC | Happy New Year 2014 Full Size, BONUS Poser Pack | PU/S4H

Brand NEW New Year's Eve kit...
ABC | Midnight Shimmer | PU/S4H/S4O

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ABC | Chinese New Year - Flair Freebie | PU
    
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

First Tuesdays Inspiration #1

I had a lot of fans of my Creating Keepsakes Free Font Friday; this year I am doing First Tuesdays Inspiration and I hope you all will love it as well! On the first Tuesday of each month I will be posting some crafty/scrapbooking/photography inspiration you can use for whatever project your heart desires...

With this new year, and new month, and our very first First Tuesdays Inspiration of 2016, let's focus on YOU!

I know some of us are not fond of having our photo taken, but we all know that we need to allow these photos to be taken every once in awhile because we (you and me too) deserve to be documented too. So go ahead, flip that camera around, or hand it off to a trusted bystander. And yes, it's ok to 'freshen up' first, lol!

I would love to see what you create, please leave a link in the comments below! :)

ABC | The Elegant Peacock | PU/S4H/S4O - Click Image to Close

ABC | Sweet Sherbet Salad - Complete Kit - Full Size | PU/S4H - Click Image to Close

Friday, January 1, 2016

Make Your New Year's Midnight Shimmer!

Are you ready for the new year?! Here it comes in all its promised glory and with it a full alphabet set including uppers, lowers, numbers, and symbols, lol! "Midnight Shimmer" is a glistening mix of fact and fantasy! Capture your memories with homemade looking paper, shimmery ribbons & bows, pretty silver mesh, and a gorgeous blue sparkle leaf! This kit is highly versatile, check out my layout below...
ABC | Midnight Shimmer | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Midnight Shimmer | PU/S4H/S4O - Click Image to Close
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Friday, December 25, 2015

Top 5 Best Sellers of 2015!

If you didn't pick up these best sellers, now is the time, with my new coupon code
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Enjoy!

ABC | The Forever Calendar & BONUS Thank You Gift | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Project 365 - The Days of Our Lives + BONUS GIFT! | PU/S4H
ABC | The Sewing Room - MEGA Kit | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Olde Country Kitchen - Complete Kit | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Digi Scrappin | PU/S4H/S4O



Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas Stocking Contest Winner!

This darling kit was inspired by a 'make your own stocking' contest I joined. We were each given a red mini stocking and told to decorate it. You can see my stocking in the layout below. This color scheme just sings -- it's a light and airy, sweet little Christmas full of glittery bling that will make your holidays shimmer with happy memories of hanging up the stockings, decorating the tree and house while eating yummy treats, and staying warm by the fire with your mittens!

ABC | Christmas Stocking | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Christmas Stocking | PU/S4H/S4O - Click Image to Close
ABC | Christmas Stocking | PU/S4H/S4O - Click Image to Close