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  • Maegan

    What To Do With Christmas Cards

    I love receiving Christmas cards. Love it! I love hearing from our family and friends and seeing photos of their children. The holiday season is the one time of year  I regularly check our mailbox. I kid you not. I usually head out to the box only after our grumpy mail man knocks on the door to tell me that the he cannot force another piece of junk mail into the box. (All of our bills are mailed directly to our bill payor service. 98% off all mail we receive is literally junk mail.)

    Each year, the cards we receive are lovingly displayed until New Years. For the past ten-ish years I have then placed them all in a ziploc bag for future scrapping. I can never bring myself to throw the cards away (unless there was no photo), but I had no clue what to do with them. Originally, I planned to create Christmas layouts using a 2″ square punch like Ali Edwards, but the majority of my photos wouldn’t fit in a 2″ square, not even all the family members! And, as you may have noticed, I’m not a paper scrapper anymore. So the Christmas cards of years past sat neglected.

    While on Pinterest a fews ago I came across a BRILLIANT solution to my Christmas card dilema!

    christmas card book What To Do With Christmas CardsSource: Close 2 My Art via Maegan on Pinterest.

    As far as I am concerned, this is pure holiday genius. Simply punch two holes in your cards, add some rings, and voila, you have a book of the years’ Christmas cards to display for years to come! Maybe add some ribbon if you are feeling especially crafty.

    For more Christmas inspiration be sure to follow my Simply Jolly {Christmas} board on Pinterest. Or all of them… I am slightly addicted to Pinterest. icon smile What To Do With Christmas Cards

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  • Maegan

    Baby Life

    Baby Life was the first sub-category of Life in Photos I created. The most frequent comment I heard about my School of Life collection was, “I wish you had something like this for my baby!” and I completely agreed. I wished I had something like that for my baby. When Zoë was an only child I had hours of free time to scrap every single adorable thing she did, and every single adorable picture I took of her. She has two volumes of “All About Zoë” albums.

    Then came Eden.

    It is true what they say about your second child getting the short end of the stick. It’s not that I don’t take pictures of Eden, I border on obsessive. However, until Baby Life, she had about ten layouts documenting her existence. Total. She’s three years old. Terrible, I know. All of my scrapbooking time is spent on P365, Life in Photos, Photo-a-Day, Project Life… whatever you call it. I needed something to quickly and simply get her photos scrapped, and her baby stories documented before I forgot them. I have the memory of a goldfish.

    Long gone are the days of me creating pages for every single cute photo or story. I have come to realize (and appreciate) that sharing our stories is not about quantity. It is about quality. I am tickled pink about Eden’s baby pages. No, they do not span two volumes like her big sister’s, but they contains the best of the best photos and stories from her first year of life, and that makes me happy.

    Here is a peek inside Eden’s album. It will give you an idea of how flexible the Baby Life products are. They can be mixed, matched and used in combination with the other products depending on the number of photos you want to include and how many stories you want to share.

    This is the first page of Eden’s 10 Month layouts.

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    When you turn the 6×12 “10” page, you will see the highlights from the month as well as the journalling that was previously hidden with all the details of Eden’s month.

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    Next is the 2-page spread with my favorite photos from the month. They are very much like the School of Life “Life at Home” or “Life at School” pages.

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    Here is another option, for those of you that don’t want/need a title page for each month. Instead of including the 6×12 “Spotlight” page at the beginning, you can include it in the middle of your monthly spread. It really just depends on your preference. Personally, it doesn’t bother me in the least. I have loved mixing and matching different sized page protectors ever since reading Life Artist by Ali Edwards.

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    And when you flip the 10 month divider over…

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    Below is my favorite feature, and what I did on the other months of Eden’s first year. I reduced the 6×12 Spotlight Page to 95% before printing it so that I could easily slip it in behind the brief highlight paragraph. Let’s face it, nobody really wants to read an entire page about her eating habits, number of teeth and sleeping habits, but I like that is tucked away for future reference.

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    Eden’s 11 Month Layouts

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    Eden’s 12 Month Layouts. (Notice how on this 6×12 page I put the “12” in front instead of highlights? I haven’t decided which I like better yet.)

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    I didn’t keep much in the way of memorabilia for Eden. I’m a digital scrapper. When I do include extra items in my layouts they are scanned, but I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed having a pocket in the girls’ School of Life albums. I think I need more pockets. As you may have guessed, I created a pocket for baby items. (There are Baby Life – Pieces of Life stamps for every month, but I didn’t need that much storage.)

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    Now, if you like the idea of documenting the highlights from your baby’s first year but don’t have the desire or time to create layouts for each month, I have something else to show you.

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    Easy peasy. Three of these layouts and you are good to go. Done!

    IMG 0437 web 225x300 Baby LifeThere you have it, the Baby Life pages in my “All About Eden” album. All of the highlights for each month were copied and pasted from my blog. Blogs are a great place to write down stories, milestones and funny things your children say. You may not have time to scrap those stories right away, but they will (thankfully) be waiting for you when you do get some time. You may have noticed that Eden’s 12 month highlights are three sentences. Why? I forgot to blog about it and I have no clue what she was doing when she was a year old. Sad, but true.

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  • Maegan

    {Product Review} Becky Higgins Page Protectors

    I have been a huge Becky Higgins fan since the moment I opened Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking. Fast forward a few years to Project Life. Simplicity + Scrapbooking. Does it really get any better? I used Project Life for my 2009 POTD album, but I had a terrible time keeping up with journalling on the cards. What can I say? I am a digital girl. Still, I love the concept and I *LOVE* her new products. Guess what? Becky just released PAGE PROTECTORS. Every scrapper needs page protectors and I am all about supporting a work-at-home scrapping momma.

    Photos simply don’t do the page protectors justice, so today I am doing my first video post. Should you buy Becky’s new page protectors? Click play and find out.

    I said pictures don’t do the page protectors justice, but here are a few for quick comparison.

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    BeckyHiggins PP2 {Product Review} Becky Higgins Page Protectors

    I have a huge stack of American Craft 6×12 page protectors that are looking for a new home. If you would like them please leave me a comment. UPDATED: The page protectors have found a new home. Thank you for your interest!

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  • Maegan

    The Stars Have Aligned

    What are the odds that National Scrapbooking Day and Mother’s Day would fall on the same weekend? It’s pretty much the best weekend of the year. I would love to spend all of NSD uninterupted at my desk with some coffee while listening to Josh Groban sing to me while I scrap, but I will probably have to settle for nap time and after the girls go to bed. I can dream, right?

    In honor of National Scrapbooking Day everything at Scrapaholics is 25% off now through Sunday. WHOO! But that’s not all, oh no. This is also Mother’s Day weekend afterall, and as an extra bonus for the scrapping mommies of the world, my “Oh Baby!” collection is 50% off as well.

    There’s more.

    I KNOW!

    I am also giving away one complete School of Life collection. The whole shebang. Every template, every stamp. The whole enchilada. That is almost $35 of free scrapbooking goodness!

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    Here’s how to enter!

    1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
    2. “Like” the Scrapaholics Facebook page and comment below that you have.
    3. Post about our sale and giveaway on your Facebook page and comment below with a link.
    4. For an extra entry, tag yourself on “The Whole Shebang” picture on the Scrapaholics Facebook page.
    5. For every one of your friends that “Likes” the Scrapaholics Facebook page you will receive an extra entry. (Please make sure they tell me who sent them!)
    6. “Like” the Simply Styled Home Facebook page (My other company. Who knew?!) and leave a comment below that you have.
    Entries close at 9pm EST on Mother’s Day.
    Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend filled with shopping, scrapping, pampering and relaxing!

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  • Maegan

    Good Things Come In Three’s

    Number One:

    Remember a few months ago when I said that I was *almost* done with my School of Life templates? Well guess what? I am THRILLED to present not only templates but an entire School of Life Collection

     Good Things Come In Threes
    I very rarely, if ever, go back and remake completed layouts. I have hundreds of pictures that need to be scrapped, why remake pages? I made an exception with Zoë's School of Life album because a) I want to use the same format each year for her entire school career; and b) it is the most loved album in our library. It needed to contain the most precious photos and details. The previous design didn't provide enough space for journaling or photos (in my opinion).

    I love, love, love how Zoë's album is coming along. I was as happy as a clam when the layouts I ordered from Persnickety Prints arrived today. I'll post pictures of the actual album tomorrow. I just need to finish assembling/filling the pocket pages. For now, here is a look at the templates in action. Please forgive the oversaturated GIF. I promise, the papers don't look like that IRL. 

    To celebrate the entire School of Life collection is 20% until Valentine's Day. Never say I don't love my blog readers. Heck, I'm just happy there are some of you left! 

    Number Two:

    Scrapaholics got a facelift! Amanda Kay did a fabulous job on my new shopping cart system and put up with me. (I've been told I am a bit of a perfectionist.) I couldn't be happier with the end result. If you ever need a shopping cart or gallery installed or are looking for a graphic designer, Amanda is your girl. I give her five stars!

    Please note: You will need to create a new account in the new shopping cart. I was not able to import the data from our old shopping cart system.

    Number Three:

    Scrapaholics now has a gallery!!! Feel free to upload your layouts (using at least 25% Scrapaholics products) in the new gallery or just browse the layouts to get your creative juices flowing.

    Please note: The gallery and shopping cart have separate systems so you will need to register before you can upload any layouts.

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