Posts in : scrapbooking

  • 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!

    wholeshebang The Stars Have Aligned
    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

    BIG news at Scrapaholics

    I have been working on a secret project with someone special for almost a year now. You may have heard of her…

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    I am thrilled to announce that Stacy Julian‘s new line of digital templates are now available exclusively at Scrapaholics.

    You already know that I am a huge Library of Memories enthusiast. I have blogged about it many, many times now. I have an entire store dedicated to it. I’m a super fan and I am totally OK with that. The more the merrier I say.

    You can imagine my surprise when last spring, out of the blue, Stacy called to tell me that she had seen my LOM layouts in the Big Picture Classes gallery and loved them. (At that point I was shocked/speechless.) When she said that she had heard of Scrapaholics and wondered if I would be interested in creating templates of the navigation pages in HER library I just about dropped the phone. Would I? YES!!!

    Stacy lives not far from where I grew up, and literally minutes from my aunt and uncle, so I visited her this summer and took photos of her navigation pages in order to create digital versions. I’m not going to lie, I’m fairly certain that I heard a choir of angels singing when I saw the original Library of Memories. The Library of Memories that started it all. SO COOL.

    blog stacy1 BIG news at Scrapaholics

    It was so much fun meeting Stacy in person. After reading her magazine and books, taking her classes, and working with her over the phone and via email, it was like catching up with a dear friend.

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    A few people have asked me if Stacy will be making 12×12 versions of her navigation pages. Yes! I can’t give you an exact date, but they are in the works. Once the paper layouts are finished I will get to work on the digital versions.

    If you are a member of the LOM Community at Big Picture Classes make sure and visit “LOM News” section of the message board. *wink*

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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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  • Maegan

    Living with Your Photos… Digitally!

    Yesterday I mentioned that I only print photos that are included in my scrapbook layouts. I am fairly certain that I heard a collective horrified gasp of readers when they finished that sentence. LOL! Let me assure you, my photos are not living a sad, neglected existence on my hard drive… they are one finger swipe away. Actually, a good portion of them are in my back pocket 24/7. Well, 16/7… I don't sleep with my photos. I'm not a complete weirdo.

    Let's rewind a few years, shall we? In fact, let's rewind to 1997, my freshman year of college. My very first class at Gonzaga University was a computer class. Back then I was fairly good on a computer. I had been typing school papers for years. I could whip up an Excel spreadsheet with one hand behind my back. I sat in class in quiet smugness, thinking that the class was going to be a breeze until I heard our first assignment: Email the teacher to confirm that you had attended the class. Seriously? Seriously?! I couldn't just walk up to the man and introduce myself, or send him a fax? I had to send him an email? I didn't have an email address. I didn't want an email address. Who used email anyway? I was perfectly happy with my pager, thank you very much. In my defense, it wasn't pretty email like we have now, it was Pine for Pete's sake! It's a miracle email caught on at all with that interface.

    Fast forward back to 2010… My phone has email and internet access. It even chimes to alert me when I have new email. I can't imagine what life would be like without email. I can find out in a glance what my friends are doing on Facebook or read their blogs. The times have changed.

    The world has gone digital and so has my family. The girls never experienced the pre-digital world. A few years back I forgot my camera (I know!) on a trip to Spokane. I bought a disposable camera to take some pictures of our family playing in the insanely deep snow, and I remember Zoë being so confused (and frustrated) that she could not see the pictures on the back of the camera. LOL!

    How does a person live with their pictures digitally, beyond flipping through them on the computer? There are many different ways! Sharing your photos with family and friends is easier than ever. With a few clicks of the mouse you can attach them to an email, upload them to Facebook, Flickr, or your blog, upload your scrapbook layouts to an online gallery. You can even snap a quick photo with your phone and include it in a text message!

    Sharing online with family and friends is all well and good, but what about at home? Obviously, my two year old is not going to be perusing Facebook looking at pictures. How do you include them in your everyday life… really live with your photos?

    Digital Picture Frames
    Digital picture frames are a wonderful way to view your photos! The hardest part is narrowing down your photos. How do you choose?! I like to keep my photos fresh. Instead of just favorites (which I do sometimes) I like to create themes: seasonal photos, a recent photo shoot, a recent vacation, an upcoming holiday, photos with a house guest that is visiting again. You get the idea.

    iPads, iPods and iPhones
    One of my very favorite features of Apple products is how seamlessly they work together. When I sync up our many devices I am able to select which photo albums I would like on that device. Even at two years old, Eden is able to turn on the iPad, navigate to the photos, select an album and scroll through the pictures. It is one of her favorite things to do. She also does the same thing on my iPhone. Both of my girls love looking at pictures. I don't carry pictures in my wallet anymore. If anyone asks to see pictures of the girls I can quickly and easily show them my favorites from the last year, or photos from our trip to Hawaii. I can show them pictures until they start thinking of excuses to get away from me and slowly backing away. Side note: Did you know that an iPad can be used as a digital picture frame as well? Yep! Click here to see how.

    Tomorrow… wading through the thousands of pictures you take each year. Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Maegan

    - Living with Your Photos – Backing Up

    Pictures are meant to be enjoyed, not sit unloved and neglected on our computers or stuck in our camera. This blog series is all about living with your photos. Living with your memories. Remember the moments you so lovingly captured of your family.

    It is impossible to live with your photos if your photos are gone, which is why I am going to start this series with the most important topic: Backing up your photos.

    When was the last time you backed up your photos? Yesterday? Last week? Last month? Three months ago? I know it is easy to get distracted with everyday life. It is easy to get distracted scrapbooking or editing your photos. It is easy to get distracted checking Facebook (for five minutes. Ha!) I am not even going to mention the last time I backed up my photos before I typed this post.

    Take a moment to stop and think.

    What if you were to sit down at your computer tomorrow and it didn't turn on? How many photos of your family would be lost? A hundred? A thousand? Images of birthdays, toothless smiles, crazy bed head, holidays… gone.

    It is not my intent to send you into a panic, but to encourage you to prioritize backing up your photographs. There are so many options available to you: online storage, external hard drives, burning your images to CD/DVD… 

    Shutterfly is a very popular option. I know quite a few people who upload their photos to Shutterfly for printing and use it as their backup. Persnickity Prints, Winkflash and Costco provide similar services. For non-digital scrappers, when you order prints most stores give you the option of purchasing a CD with the digital images in addition to your prints. It is definitely worth the extra $2 or so.

    Instead of listing website after website, I am going to share how I backup my photos. (If you are interested in online backup services do a Google search and hang on to your hats.) 

    Step One: Time MachineTime Capsule Backup
    My laptop is set to automatically backup every three hours using Time Machine. It backs up to my Time Capsule hard drive. I am very happy with this arrangement, although I must offer a word of warning. I just had to buy a new Time Capsule because mine fried after roughly 20 months, 2 months after the warranty expired. My husband did some research and I am not the only one who this has happened to. 

    Step Two: Online Backup with SmugMug
    I will use SmugMug forever. I have used them for 5+ years now and could not be happier with their service. Why? I'll give you the short list. You can backup unlimited photos and videos, you can customize the privacy of each of your galleries – from wide open to locked down and password protected, family and friends can order prints or download high resolution copies (if you let them). You can even upload huge PSD, RAW, TIFF and PDF files. There are no advertisements, and they believe, as I do, that spam is evil. This really is just the tip of the iceberg. Click the above link to read about them in detail. SmugMug is not free like the other online services I listed above, but what drew me to SmugMug was the fact that they focus on backing up data. Yes, they offer printing services, but their main focus is keeping my data safe.

    Step Three: Burning CD/DVDs 
    On the off chance that there is some freak electrical surge that takes down all of the electronics in the world, I also burn all of our images to CD/DVD and keep them in our safe deposit box. In all honesty, I haven't done that this year. I usually do it at the end of the year and take them to the bank. Another word of warning. Do not assume that putting your backup CD/DVDs in a fire proof safe will keep them safe during a fire. True, they will not actually burn, but the data will be corrupted and unreadable if the discs get too hot.

    You may have noticed that I didn't list printing off your photos as a form of backing them up. Being a primarily digital family we don't print our photos unless they are in a scrapbook layout (more on that tomorrow). If you are a paper scrapper I would encourage you to print your photos in addition to one of the other methods listed above. Paper is by nature such a delicate medium. It can be easily ripped or crumpled by a toddler, ruined by having something spilled on it, not to mention deteriorate over time.

    Tomorrow, living with your photos!

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