Another Template for You

Ok, SBC+ ladies… I have a mid-week goodie for you.

I thought I would share another template I have made.

Here’s the template:

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And a page I created with it:

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The papers and embellishments are CM’s Vintage Digital Power Palette
(except for the button – can’t remember where I got it from)

You can download the template from here.

I hope you enjoy and I would really like to see some of your pages! Post a link to your blog in my comments section!

A goodie for you

I had a little time this weekend to create a couple of templates. I thought I would share with you.

Here is the template:

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The embellishment is from Creative Memoires’ Digital Freebies page. Have you downloaded any of theirs? Some of them are really nice. I especially like the flourishes that you can find there.

And here is the page I created with the template:

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The paper and snowflakes are from Jen Allyson’s blog.

If you haven’t checked out her new digital scrapbooking store, you should. Design House Digital, it’s called. There is some beautiful stuff out there. I go browsing and I just want it all!

So, here is the template, if you’d like to download it to play with. (it’s for StoryBook Creator 3.0)

I’d love to see what you do with the page!  Post a picture of your layout!

A Revelation

The other day, I had a revelation.

I am a digital scrapbooker.

Ha! Are you laughing?

I’m serious!

It dawned on me the other day as I was unpacking my recent shipment from Scrapping Simply. (which are beautiful page prints, by the way. Their printing services are awesome.) 

It dawned on me as I was unpacking the forty-six pages I had scrapped (digitally) since September. FORTY-SIX pages! As I counted the pages, I realized that I have never scrapped that many pages traditionally in a four month period of time (except maybe before the kids were born) other than at a retreat.  FORTY-SIX pages!!

I thought, WOW!  So, in addition to being mess-free, apparently, for me, digital is also inspiring me to scrap more.

I am going to a crop tomorrow night with a friend and I don’t have that much that is waiting to be done.  And, I’m thinking I may just take it easy on my back and take the ole laptop and scrap digitally at the crop. How cool is that?

So, while I have been operating under the idea that I was still a paper scrapbooker who was dabbling in some digital, I think I must change my perception of myself.

I am a digital scrapbooker. (she pauses to let the concept sink in to her brain)

Who knew?

2010 Scrapbook Resolutions

I have said before, I don’t make new year’s resolutions.2010

And I don’t intend to this year, either.  I have some general goals, but they are not things that are related to the new year, or that have begun at the start of the new year.  They are ongoing. I prefer longer-range goals and usually set mine at 5 year increments… like where do I want to be in 5 years? Stuff like that.

Anyway.

I read a very interesting blog post today on the Scrapbook Update blog.  May Flaum was posting the things she resolves to use in her scrapbooks in 2010.  That got me to thinking and I decided to document the things I intend to do in 2010 that are scrapbook related.  They are not resolutions, but rather intentions… 🙂 Semantics, I know, but it makes me happy.

So here goes:

  1. Use up my existing stash of papers, stickers, and embellishments. 
    I want to try to whittle my stash down – and at the same time resist as much as I can the nifty new stuff that comes out on the market. Normally, this is a very difficult thing for me to do.  I am a “gotta have it all” kind of gal. But, what I have realized, is that I kinda do have it all.  And, I need to quit purchasing and start using.  Along those lines is my next intention:
  2. Remember to use my embossing tools more often – and my glitter – and my stamps – and all those other cool tools I have.
    More stuff I bought that I thought was cool. And I love using it, but I never remember to.  So, I’m going to try to remember to incorporate some more of the fluffy stuff on my pages in the future.
  3. Scrapbook every single week.
    Whether it is a digital, hybrid, or traditional page (or, hopefully, more than one page) I am planning to set aside time each week to do a little of what makes me happy. It’s not about “catching up” but more about doing what I love and remembering to focus a little time on my hobby each week.
  4. Challenge myself to try new things and learn new techniques.inc-binder-big
    If you have looked at our
    Scrap Weekly in 2010 blog, you know that this one is already in progress.  I am participating in the weekly challenges and will be contributing challenges there several times during the year. I have never really gotten into challenges before but I want to step outside my usual scrapbooking habits and style and learn some new things this year.
    I am also taking Cathy Z’s Design Your Life class on
    Big Picture Scrapbooking. I am hoping this will help spread my horizons a bit – once I actually get around to starting the class (cough, cough).  I am also hoping to re-start or start anew a 365 project using Becky Higgins’ Project Life kit.  I got mine in the mail today – it is sooo pretty. I can’t wait to use it.  I am thinking it will become my “chronological” album which will allow me to:
  5. Scrap more moments and memories and less events.51SRkWNdUZL._SL500_AA240_
    I am really going to push myself this year to get away from the traditional yearly albums I have done for the past, oh, fifteen years.  I am going to have a family album, the Project Life album, and then, well, I don’t know. I am re-reading Stacy Julian’s book Photo Freedom.
    I am thinking I may try to tackle her Library of Memories concept. Up till now it has seemed rather daunting. But, with my move away from chronological albums, it seems like something that will really free up my scrapping mojo. There is a class over at Big Picture that is being offered in the spring, but I’ll have to see if I am ready for another class after the Design Your Life one.
  6. Try some hybrid pages.
    So far, I have either done digital or traditional, but I haven’t mixed the two. I have to ask myself “why?” and I don’t really know. Other than the fact that the PC is downstairs and the scrap spot is upstairs. Not a good enough reason. So, it is time to start mixing things up a bit.

So there you have it. My 2010 not-so-resolution-y intentions.

What are you going to try to do in 2010?

Weekly Scrapbook Challenge #1

Our first challenge is up over on our new blog. Have you checked it out yet?

Dawn’s got a great idea for us –

  • Think about your goals or things your looking forward to in 2010.
  • Use up that stash you have had saved for a special occasion
  • Use a picture of yourself

Are you game?

Here’s the page I created:

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Share yours!

I can’t wait to see it!

Our First Weekly Scrapbook Challenge!

Be sure you check out our first challenge post over at the Scrap Weekly blog.  It's our first in a series.

Next week is my turn, this week, the challenge is offered by Dawn.

I can't wait to see what you do with it! (Renay!)

A special treat

Just for you StoryBook Creator Plus users…

Here are some templates you might like to try out! (Merry (late) Christmas!)

Here is a sample of the first one:

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And here is the template: (click on the image to download)

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You can read the blog post where I talked about the layout above here.  BUT – use the link above (in the photo of the template) to download the .page file template. I posted the other template before I knew the easy way to share templates and if you use the new link you will download a bunch of junk you don’t need.

Here is the second one:

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And the template:

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You can read the blog post where I talked about the layout above here.  Remember, use the link above to download the template here so you only get the .page file and not a bunch of junk you don’t need.

And, a special bonus template for you:

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I don’t have a sample layout yet – but you can use your imagination. :-)  Click on the image to download the .page file.

If you have never downloaded templates before, here are some tips on how to bring them into your SBC+ program. You can’t just open the .page file.

  1. When you download the template, save it somewhere easy to find. I suggest creating a folder in your My Documents/Creative Memories/ folder called “Templates.”
  2. In SBC+, create a blank StoryBook just for storing templates. I have one I so creatively called ”templates.”
  3. In the new StoryBook, click on “Import Page” (on the Home ribbon)
  4. Find your .page file you saved in your Templates folder. (or whatever you called it)
  5. You can now edit the page as you like.

Here is a link to the CM website where they tell you all about importing template pages.

I’m working on some more templates. Hope to have them posted next week sometime!

Sleep, Glorious Sleep

One of my favorite things about the holidays is not having to get up early – well, except for Christmas morning when the kids come bounding into the room at some ungodly hour, bouncing off the walls and onto the bed, insisting that we get up! get up! Santa’s come! get up!

Other than that exception, it is SO NICE to be able to sleep late.  This year, especially, since I have not been feeling that well.  Generally speaking, though, I am part bear and love to hibernate in the winter (heck, I love to sleep year round!).   

There is nothing nicer than nestling down in the warm, soft covers knowing that you don’t have to go anywhere or do anything until you want to.  The days leading up to Christmas are certainly not that way, but those precious days after Christmas are my favorites. Lazing around with only the things you want to being the things you have to do.  Chores can wait, cooking? who is cooking? leftovers, baby.  But the bestest part is the napping and sleeping in.

When the girls were smaller, they didn’t sleep past 6 AM or so.  Actually, until last year, that was the case. However, now they are sleeping (gasp!) until 7:30 or 8:00 (isn’t it sad that I am excited and consider that sleeping “late?”). And the best part is that their dad usually gets up with them (part of why he is my SuperMan) and lets me sleep even later.  (sigh)

I’m not looking forward to getting up at 5AM next week, but I’m sure enjoying my lazy days this week.

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Coming out of the Haze

There is nothing quite like being sick during the holidays. After all the cooking, cleaning, baking, preparations and anticipation, my body simply decided it was done.  Quit. Finis. Full Stop. 

Thank goodness I have a very understanding, loving, and compassionate family.  SuperMan did most of the cooking (including our delicious Christmas Day dinner) and general taking care of things.  The girls were so well behaved (for the most part) and just played with their new toys and patted me on the arm as they went by.  Me? I spent most of Friday and Saturday either on the sofa or in my recliner in a snot-induced haze. Gross imagery, I know, but true.

I am finally starting to feel a little more like myself, although I think a trip to the doctor is still not out of the running. 

However, yesterday, SuperMan took the girls for an afternoon outing with friends. They went to see the new Alvin & the Chipmunks movie – The Squeaquel (I love that play on words!).  They had a great time and then MB went to spend the night at a friend’s house. They were supposed to be staying here, but we decided there were too many germs in our house so they moved the party.

While they were gone, I thought I would do a little reading or scrapbooking. Turned out, I got to do both.  I am reading Dan Brown’s new book: The Lost Symbol.  It is very engaging and from about page 50, I was hooked.  I have been carrying the book around under my arm everywhere I go in the house this weekend (from the couch to the recliner… from the recliner to the couch :-)  and reading every second I can.  Basically, it’s similar to the other Dan Brown books although this time it’s not focused on the Catholic Church – it’s about the Masons.  Pretty interesting.

Anyway, I also sat down to do some digital scrapbooking (my scrap table is covered in Christmas paper right now and I didn’t feel up to cleaning it off) only to find out that the new “patch” of the StoryBook Creator software I’d installed had completely erased all the links to my content.  Argh! So, I spent close to two hours re-linking all the files.  While this probably was a good thing in the long run (it cleaned up my mis-mashed linking I had before) it was SO not how I wanted to spend my afternoon of silence and solitude! 

Once I finished that chore, I was determined to get some scrapbooking done.  I managed to finish the album I’m making for my brother (shh, it’s a secret!) and did a little work on the one for my mom.  Then, I started on some pages on my family album.  Here are a few I did:

CoverPage2009 This will be the cover page of our 2009 album.  Do you get the reference?
I love the simplicity of the design –
and the fact that I managed to fit 12 pictures from the year on one page!

 

Halloween I think this one speaks for itself concerning the topic.
All of the elements are freebies (including the paper) that I found online in October.

Here are larger pictures of the pages:

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FieldDay I have been wanting to do something special with MB’s field day pictures. I think this turned out pretty well.
I used one of the free CM templates (Great Escapes) and doctored it a bit to make it less ‘travel’ oriented and more sports oriented.

Here are larger pictures of the pages:

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I don’t know if I will have time today to do more scrapbooking, but I am hoping to. Next on my list of things I want to scrap are Ang’s graduation pictures, our trip to the pumpkin patch, and the Girl Scout hike the girls took in November.  I am really enjoying not constraining myself to crop chronologically… although I am a wee bit concerned I may miss a few pictures here and there. But heck, when you take close to 200 a month some months, you are bound to miss one or two, right?

What have you been up to?

Digital Scrapbooking Goodies for the Holidays

Merry Christmas to all of you! This may be my last post this week – I have company on the way (arriving any minute) and then a week full of festivities planned. I am sure you are not going to have any more time to sit still and surf the web than I am, so we will just plan to see each other again after the 25th, okay?

Before I leave you, here are some links to some of the digital goodness I have stumbled across this holiday season. Even if you are not a digital scrapbooker, you can download and print these out to use in your traditional scrapbooking.

Enjoy!

  • Digital Doodles from Scrappy Fairy (I love these)
  • Be Merry mini kit from Digital Freebies
  • This beautiful Winter Wonderland from Jenallyson.  She is opening a new shop Design House Digital and has a freebie on that webite, too, if you sign up for her mailing list.
  • Kolette Hall always has beautiful downloads. There are several on her site that are holiday-themed. I printed a few out last week and added them to my last-minute decorating. I just printed them at 5×7 and stuck them in some black frames. Very classy, very nice.
  • Here is a beautiful 2010 Calendar you can print out and gussy up to give as a last minute gift (or keep for yourself!)
  • The Shabby Princess has some gorgeous downloads. She has a shop, too, with a sale going on right now. I love her designs.

Oh, and if you are a Creative Memories digital user, you can still use these. Just import them into your program as your own digital content.

Ok, hope that gets you started.

I have to go make final preparations…

Merry Christmas to all, and to all Good Night! 🙂