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The "A.B." in ABCreations stands for Anmarie Bowden, that's me! My favorite ice cream is Mississippi Mud from Baskin Robbins, altho I'm partial to Oreos crumbled on top of Vanilla Bean ice cream too! I was born on Super Bowl Sunday. I have been digiscraping since 2000. I live in beautiful sunny California. I am married to my soul mate and we have two gorgeous children. My favorite saying is, “If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart!”


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

First Tuesdays Inspiration #9

It's time for First Tuesdays Inspiration! This month I want you to be inspired by an introduction. My son was just introduced to the guitar and he has taken to it like fish to water!  He was very excited to be able to strum and be taught how to play a few chords. With the help of his instructor, he was able to go through a verse of a song strumming along. It was so much fun to watch him trying something new. Of course I had to snap a picture (or 2 or 3) and mark this day of him opening up this artistic interest. Be inspired by something new for you, or something new to a family member, I think you'll be pleased with the results! I can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, August 26, 2016

How To Make Your Card Kit Box - FREEBIE!

We've all been there:  in a rush to get to a last minute party, gathering, or event when we realize we could really use a card!

Well today, I'm here to help you create your very own Card Kit box! In this box is everything you need to make quick and gorgeous cards!

First, get a box. It can be anything from an old shoe box that you cover with wrapping paper, to a photo box, or one of those cute boxes you see at the craft store and love but have no clue what to do with, lol! (I covered an old shoe box with contact paper)

Once you have your box, let's talk about what goes inside it!
From now on, this is the place you are going to put your larger paper scraps each time you finish a layout.
This is also the place you are going to put all that plain white paper that comes inside your scrapbook albums. Fold the paper and cut it into card sizes. (If you have an envelope maker, great, make a few envelopes; if not, buy a pack of envelopes from any store, they are cheap and easy to find.)

Next we are going to toss in a few must-haves:  markers, adhesive (maybe some foam pop dots), a few stamps (heart, sunshine, swirls), generic stamp/sticker sayings (greetings, happy, hello, happy birthday, congratulations), a stamp pad, decorative scissors, flowers, brads, and some random nick nacks left over from layouts or other projects like chipboards, alpha stickers, borders, ribbon, diecuts, etc.

While I was putting my card box together, I discovered it's a great craft project for the kids!

Next time you are in a rush, or going to a crop and need a project to work on, or want to get crafty but only have a few minutes, pull out your custom card kit box and create something awesome!

The kids had a blast and made 6 cards in less than an hour! Imagine how quickly you will be able to make cards!

And now for the FREEBIE! Some fun card sentiments you can print out and add to your cards! Click to see the largest image, then hold ctrl (or command on a mac), and tap 'P' to print, then Enter. Once they are printed, cut them out (maybe stick them onto some colorful cardstock, like I did above) and they are ready to put on a card!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

School is Starting!

My kiddos started school last week, my baby is a first grader this year and is in school all day. My eldest is a third grader, I don't know where the time goes, the summer was much too short! Thankfully there are so many fun photos to scrap of our family time together, I've put a bunch of summer and back to school kits on sale so you can get some scrapping done too!

ABC | Beachy Alpha | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Fun House - Complete Kit | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Summer at the Shore - Complete Tagger Kit | PU/S4O/S4H
ABC | Summer's End - Complete Kit | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Tropical Luau | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Popsicle Parade - Mini | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Back 2 School Kit | PU/S4O/S4H
ABC | Chalkboard Blanks with Borders | CU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Back 2 School - Alpha & Word Art | PU
ABC | Geometrics | PU/S4H/S4O

Sunday, August 7, 2016

August 7th is Sister's Day!

ABC | Best Family Friends Mini Kit | PU/S4H/S4O

The bond one shares with one's sister is very special. Whether elder or younger, a sister is someone who cares, quarrels, teases but most of all, loves. Make a sister moment last forever in a layout, create a card and send it to your sister, or grab your sister and your supplies and create a home-dec project with some of my sale items below...

ABC | Capture This | PU/S4O/S4H
ABC | Portrait Of Us - Complete Kit - Full Size | PU/S4O/S4H
ABC | The Sewing Room - MEGA Kit | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Baby Shower - Girl Kit | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Best Family Friends Mini Kit | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Serendipity | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Summer at the Shore - Complete Tagger Kit | PU/S4O/S4H
ABC | Vintage Rose Garden Tea Party | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Digi Scrappin | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Diva Fit Mini | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Harley Quinn - Complete Kit - Full Size | PU/S4O/S4H
ABC | Mystical Journey Kit with BONUS FREEBIE | PU/S4O/S4H

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

First Tuesdays Inspiration #8

It's time for your First Tuesdays Inspiration! My hubby's birthday is on Thursday, so he is taking the morning off from work and we are going to go out to breakfast together. This is not something we get to do very often, so it's a special treat. It's fun to eat out, have no dishes to do, and enjoy some conversation that doesn't involve being interrupted by little voices.

What is something you do, or the family does that is fun? It could be playing a game or playing with toys, playing with pets, a hobby, reading a book, or anything that brings fun to your day. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Paper Scrapbooking: Layouts

We all want each of our scrapbooking layouts to look ‘just right.’ Yet, sometimes when we look back, we realize what was a current trend, now looks outdated. There’s something alluring about creating a scrapbooking layout that will still look ‘just right’ years from now. But how does one go about making a timeless look on our scrapbooking layouts? The answer is classic design elements. Using classic color palettes, typography, design, patterns and structure, you will give your scrapbooking layouts that timeless appeal.

When choosing a timeless color palette for your next scrapbooking layout, use two primary colors (red, yellow, or blue) and one secondary color (green, orange, or purple). Going with core colors helps keep away the trendy color combinations. Use patterned papers with those basic core colors and a small, subtle pattern. If you need another color, considering including a neutral such as white, cream, gray, black, or kraft.

When it’s time for journaling or making a title, look for a time-honored typeface. Alphabets come in all colors and sizes, as stickers, rub-ons, stamps, and more. Purchase the classics, they will match almost any theme and the scrapbooking layout will always be easy to read. If you want a little extra something, try an alphabet that mimics handwriting. This can add a decorative element, but still keep things looking traditional.

Clean and linear design keeps things looking beautiful. Use strips of patterned paper to guide a viewer’s eye through the scrapbooking layout design. Keep margins all the same size to keep the scrapbooking layout balanced. Use solid colored paper to matte photos and draw attention to the photos while keeping the scrapbooking layout looking harmonious.

Dots, stripes, plaid, floral, argyle, and basic geometric patterns are some examples of ageless patterns. A timeless pattern is one that reappears year after year in many design areas from home d├ęcor to clothing lines. Choose patterns that aren't connected to a specific era to keep scrapbooking layouts from becoming outdated.

Using basic rules of design is another way to keep scrapbooking layouts looking fresh. Keep size and proportion in mind when arranging elements on the scrapbooking layouts. Structure elements and photos in an equally weighted fashion, this will help the scrapbooking layout feel balanced.

Scrapbooking is an ageless and time-honored hobby. So why not make your scrapbooking layouts ageless and time-honored too by trying a traditional, classic, clean look? Once you do you’ll be ready to enjoy how ‘just right’ it looks today, tomorrow, and in 20 years!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

July 17th is Ice Cream Day!

Hey, it's Ice Cream Day... The perfect time to enjoy large scoops of the yummy ice cream! If you've read the About Me part of my blog, you already know my favorite ice creams! And now a treat for you...

ABC | Ice Cream Dream Mini | PU
ABC | Popsicle Parade - Mini | PU/S4H/S4O

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

First Tuesdays Inspiration #7

It's First Tuesdays Inspiration time and today is a tough one. We all have those times when something doesn’t go right. These are the times my daughter used to say (when she was much younger) "das no good!" It was super cute and the best way to get a smile out of something you wish hadn't happened. Today for me, it was taking the laundry out of the dryer to find my hubby had left a pack of gum in his pants pocket. I stood there so long in shock trying to figure out what to do that taking a photo was the only thing that came to mind, lol! Usually my "das no good" moments come from having two small children, but today it was hubby's turn. No one's life is perfect, it's okay to document some of the bad stuff, and crafting is such good therapy, its bound to help you feel better! Let me see what you create, leave me a comment below.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

July 2 is UFO Day!

Hey, it's UFO Day! So stay glued to your telescope because you might catch sight of a flying saucer! If you don't, you can add one to your scrapbook layouts with this super fun kit! The kit is Outta This World! It comes with 45 papers and 100 elements, including a complete solar system with real photos from NASA! There are fun aliens and lots of great rockets, spaceships, UFOs, stars, and even a vortex! There are lots of great typical scrapbooking items too such as staples, journaling blocks, photo prongs, bakers twine, buttons, tabs, glitter splats, brackets, and much more! You will use this kit again and again because of the universal color palette and all the great papers and embellishments!
ABC | Outta This World | PU/S4H/S4O
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