It’s true, I love to travel and enjoy new adventures. It’s also true that I take a lot of photographs along the way. I like to capture the moment, as well as all of the things that give that particular place it’s own special flavor. Are you the same way? If so, that means you probably have a lot of pictures from your summer adventures already, and it’s only mid-July.

So where have you been this summer? I just got home from Southern California, Disneyland to be exact, where I enjoyed the amazing Close To My Heart Annual Convention…and a couple of days at the Disney Parks, too. I’m getting my photos ready to put all of those magical moments into my next album.

 

Disney Collage

 

Before Disneyland, my last travels were to Hawaii where I enjoy some wonderful island adventures and a stay at the Disney Aulani Resort for a trip that I earned with Close To My Heart. Naturally, I took bunches of photos.

The scrapbook I’m working on for Hawaii is turning out to be a combination of classic scrapbook pages and scrapbook pages that I made online using Studio J. I do enjoy paper crafting, so I’ll always do the classic “cut the paper, glue things together, and embellish” sorts of layouts. However, I am really loving how Studio J is helping me complete my stories and preserve the memories a little faster.

Studio J has been perfect for vacations and events where I have a lot of photos, a bigger story to tell, or I want to make copies of my pages to share with family and friends. Not only do I use it to make actual scrapbook layouts, I also use it to print my photos in just the right sizes for my classic scrapbook pages. It’s quick, easy, and I can still creatively personalize the pages as much as I want to.

 

Would you like to see a couple of pages that I’m getting ready to put in my Hawaii album?

 

Let’s start with a couple of layouts designed completely in Studio J. I love how easy it is choose papers, colors, size pictures, add journaling, and embellish the pages. It really is as simple as upload the photos, drag and drop…no complicated computer stuff.

Oh…on a side note, I forgot that these pages have white base, so it’s a little hard to tell from these pictures where each page ends. I think you’ll get the idea, though. Just look for the edges of papers or ribbons to help see the spaces.

 

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These next pages show you how I used the photo Expression Collection in Studio J to print 12″ x 12″ pages full of nothing but photographs. The photos can be any size, including everything from a 1″ x 1″ to a 12″ x 12″ and any combination in between. Not only can I make the pictures the right size, but I can change the direction of the photo, make the subject larger, and even edit or journal right on the print. Gone are the days of cropping a photo with a paper trimmer and not getting it quite the right size. And the color is fantastic, too.

 

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When the pages arrive, I simply cut them apart and attach the photographs to my classic scrapbook pages. Here are what a couple of the classic scrapbook pages look like after I added some of the pictures you see shown above.

 

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Looking at these pages definitely makes me smile. This Hawaii trip was fabulous. My daughter and I had such a wonderful time there and we will enjoy revisiting our fun-filled days through the pages in this album.

By the way…just curious. Did you notice that the Studio J scrapbook layouts and the classic scrapbook layouts use the same Background & Texture Paper patterns? It’s true. I used “Hopscotch” in both. Studio J is designed to coordinate with all of the Close To My Heart paper packets so you can mix and match pages in your albums while still having everything coordinating. Love it!

 

If you haven’t tried Studio J, I highly recommend it. It’s free to use. You can go in and create pages just for fun to see how it all works. You do not have to purchase anything until you finish a layout that you would like to have printed. There is no better time than right now to jump in, whether you want to scrapbook full layouts online or just get some perfectly sized photos printed for pages you already have in the works. It’s great. AND….

Between now and July 31 a two-page layout is only $5.

 

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Try Studio J and catch up on some of your travel adventures, family reunions, and summertime fun. Click here to go to Studio J on my website and see how easy it is to create online. Which also kind of makes it a perfect way to scrapbook as you travel. You don’t need any of your extra crafting supplies…just your pictures from the day and wi-fi. Hmmm…so many possibilities.

 

If you have questions, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

 

I’m off to make some Studio J layouts with my Disneyland pictures. I’ll share them with you as soon as I’m finished. Enjoy your day.

 

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Are your summer adventures taking you seaside? Visit my blog for scrapbook layout inspiration and workshop kits. (link in profile) I love the coast. #SomethingAboutSharing #CTMHseaside

 

 

I love the coast and I have had a lot of fun getting creative with the Close To My Heart Seaside Paper Packet and Assortments. On these pages you’ll find some simple paper crafted shells, sea glass, and driftwood accents made from a variety of accessories. I’ll be posting steps for making quick fish nets from Flaxen Extra Thick Twine, soon. Add your email address to the “Stay Up To Date” box to be sure you don’t miss it. Enjoy your summertime memory making.

 

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July has arrived and so have the over 100 degree temperatures here in Boise. Whew…it has been warm this last week. However, that does make it great weather for a day at the beach, the lake, the river, the pool, or anywhere you can enjoy the sunshine and cool off at the same time. I grew up in Southern Oregon and loved spending the day at the lake.

To help with the photos of all those carefree summertime activities we are enjoying, I have chosen to create scrapbook layouts with the Close To My Heart Seaside Paper Packet for July. I’m super excited to share them with you, as well as a couple new techniques I used to add to the theme on these pages. There are six pages all together.

 

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Now for all the little details…that’s kind of my favorite part.

Do you ever find yourself looking for little treasures when you are at the beach? Things like shells, sea glass, and driftwood? I like to explore and see all of the different kinds of things that make a place unique. I wanted these pages to bring together a variety of pieces that you might find when you are out exploring places that have water, boats, sand, and things. This next picture will help you see more of the different types of embellishments that I used on these pages. What do you think?

 

 

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Some of these accessories are things you may have used before, others are brand new, and still others add a twist to embellishing scrapbook layouts. Here are some examples of how I added new textures to these pages.

Flaxen Extra Thick Twine worked perfect to make a braided accent piece and a fishing net, in addition to using it more traditionally in knots and strands on the pages.

I wanted to have some sea glass or tile type pieces on the pages, so I used Base & Bling Square Glass Covers (designed to be used with making jewelry) with Liquid Glass and sanded Cardstocks to make shiny, raised, colorful texture pieces.

 I always look for little sun-bleached pieces of shells when I’m at the beach, so I made some simple white accents by making swirls with an Embossing Tool on White Daisy Cardstock circles.

And of course, I had to add a wood texture, too. The CTMH Wood Grain Embossing Folder was perfect for creating wood type pieces to use as journal spots, photo spots, and title “signs.” I ink distressed the embossed wood texture with a Bamboo Ink Pad to add more definition to the texture.

 

The other accessories I used are the Oceanside Sequins, Mini Stapler, and the Seaside Assortment, which includes the antique gold metal shapes . The combination of all of these accessories created a fantastic variety of textures. Clearly I had some fun thinking outside the box on this day.

 

Whether you find yourself at the beach, on the pier, dock-side at the lake, building sandcastles, enjoying a crab festival, or just kicking back doing your summertime thing, I think you will have some fun adding these pages to your albums to preserve the memories.

 

There are a couple of Workshop Dates available if you are in the Boise area and would like to come have some creative time. Check your calendar and contact me to reserve your spot at the date that works best for you.

You can also order a Workshop Kit if you live in other places, or the Workshop Dates do not fit your schedule. Just contact me to let me know you would like a Workshop Kit and I’ll put a packet together for you so that you can create your pages at home. All of these products are available through my website. You can shop online by clicking here.

 

Contact Michelle Snyder at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com to reserve a Workshop Date or to order a Workshop Kit.

 

 

July Scrapbook Workshop Kits – $30.00 (plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kits Include:

  • X7192B “Seaside” Paper Packet
  • Z3041 Oceanside Sequins
  • Z3036 Flaxen Extra Thick Twine
  • Z1967 Square Glass Covers – 2 pkg
  • Extra Cardstock and Supplies

 

Other Items Used On These Pages –

  • Z3014 “Seaside” Assortment ($5.95)
  • Z1996 Woodgrain Embossing Folder ($8.95)
  • Z2103 Bamboo Ink Pad ($5.95)
  • Z679 Liquid Glass ($6.95)
  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots ($7.50)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)

 

JULY SCRAPBOOK WORKSHOP DATES:

  • Friday, July 17 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, July 31 at 6:30 PM

 

I hope you are enjoying your summertime days, having fun making memories, taking pictures, and adding them to your albums along the way.

 

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I have been creating little scrapbook treasures lately and am really enjoying the small format of Close To My Heart My Crush Books and mini albums. The albums I’m making are all different themes and kind of whatever I feel inspired by…my favorite things, people, places, etc. Today I want to share an album that I am really enjoying for scrapbooking my family Christmas time memories. It’s the Close To My Heart My Crush Holiday Happenings Book…and I love it.

 

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The Holiday Happenings books are 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ with 30 wire-bound pages in a Kraft hardcover. I am especially fond of the beautiful pages in this book have a variety of printed vellum, printed cardstock pages, a calendar, and page protectors in various styles. These books are kind of this fantastic blend of Crush Book meets Picture My Life style. Not only is this little album super cute, but it is super simple to use. All you need is a My Crush Holiday Happenings Book, a Holiday Happenings Assortment, a Black Journaling Pen, and some adhesive. The Assortment packages include pre-printed themed cards, envelopes, stickers, and alphabet fonts for personalizing the pages of the books.

 

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I am enjoying these Holiday Happenings books so much that I got three of them so I could make a little collection of them to bring out each year at Christmas time. Each album will be filled with the highlights and special moments of a different year. It’s kind of like a holiday time capsule. I have finished my album for 2013 (and yes, it’s okay to still be scrapbooking pictures that are almost two years old), and have printed the photos to put in my 2014 for last Christmas. That leaves one more for Christmas 2015 that I’ll be adding to this year.

I’m choosing to use these books as a holiday book, not just Christmas, so it has highlights of things my family and I do throughout the month of December. It has all of those things like Christmas shopping, going to classic holiday movies, holiday traditions, new holiday adventures…all of those things that become part of the holiday season. Here are a couple of pages from my 2013 book.

 

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It seems I always have lots of photos that I want to include over the holidays. The page protectors in the book make that super easy. One of the page protectors is sized for 2″ x 2″ photos. That’s 24 pictures, right there. I got so much in my 2013 Holiday Happenings book. Even those these albums are small, they are a wonderful size full of delightful details and places to create your own holiday story.

If you have Christmas pictures that could use a special home, these My Crush Holiday Happenings Books could be just the thing to help you get your pictures where you can enjoy them and share them.

 

There are two important things to know about the Holiday Happenings Books.

  1. These books will be retiring soon and are only available while supplies last. But that’s okay. It’s easy to shop on my website and get a couple in the mail to you before they are gone. Just click here to shop online.
  2. These books are on a terrific special during the month of June. When you purchase a My Crush Holiday Happenings Book and Assortment in June, you will receive the “Magical Moment” Stamp Set absolutely free. The stamp set retails for $13.95 normally, however you receive the set as a free gift with your purchase. The stamp set looks like this and is terrific for so many types of projects in addition to making Holiday Happenings Books.

 

Magical Moment

 

The holidays always seem so busy and then we head right into the new year. I’m thinking July could be the perfect time to catch up on some of those Christmas festivities. I am going to be hosting a Christmas in July Workshop in Boise so you can bring your photos and holiday memorabilia to put together your My Crush Holiday Happenings.

 

Email me at Michelle@SomthingAboutSharing.com

if you would like more information about this workshop.

 

Order your My Crush Holiday Happenings Books before they are gone. I really think you will enjoy putting these little albums together and then revisiting the memories each year when you bring them out to share at Christmas time. I may have to get one or two more for myself, too. They are just fantastic. I’m off to my next creative project. Have a fabulous day.

 

 

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I have always enjoy taking pictures, capturing moments, and creating albums. My very first camera used 110 film. Do you remember those thin little pocket cameras? I got my camera for my 16th birthday and I loved being able to take my own pictures. My camera wasn’t anything fancy, but the memories it captured were and still are treasures.

I have several albums filled with pictures that I took with my 110 camera, but last week I found myself bringing out one of my favorites. It’s not a typical scrapbook or photo album, it’s actually a very unique book that I created about my senior year of high school. I got to thinking about it because my niece was graduating from high school last Saturday, June 6th, and I suddenly realized I graduated on June 6th, too, however it was a Wednesday night and back in 1984. Yes, it’s been a while.

I thought I would share a little bit of the memory book I made of my senior year with you because I love how it reminds me that there are many ways that we can tell our stories. Sometimes we get stuck thinking scrapbooking or memory keeping needs to look one particular way, but that’s not true. Take a look at the format I used to record my senior year of high school. It’s not a typical photo album or scrapbook and today it looks like this.

 

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Looking through the pages of this book makes me think of the story about the “Velveteen Rabbit” who was so loved that most of it’s hair had been loved off and he had become a little shabby…he had become real.” This book is full of things that were and are very real to me. Here’s how it all came about.

 

At the beginning of my senior year, the Josten’s company came to the school to show us options for senior class rings. I picked out my ring and as I was placing my order I saw that they had this new type of book that you could get to put all of the memorabilia in from your senior year. I thought it looked super interesting and ordered one to try.

When my order came I wasn’t quite sure how to go about filling all of the blank pages that were in the book. Should I work in chronological order? Where should I start? What kinds of things should be included?

 

Then I opened the book and found this note inside the front cover…

“This is your book. Not just any book, though. This is one that you write. At your own pace. As little or as much as you want. It exists right now in your hands only as a shell – waiting to be filled with words, pictures, things, memories, whatever you choose to put in it relating to the experiences of your senior year.

It can be a scrapbook, a diary, a graffiti book, a photo album, an autograph book, a memorabilia collector – or it can be all of those things. It can be as light as you want, as serious as you want. As superficial as you want, as revealing as you want. You decide.

Make of it exactly what you want. Just let your mind and your pen run wild. And, do it in your own, unique way.

Again, this is your book. At the end of your senior year, it will be unique – as you are. There will be no other book like it anywhere in the world.

Consider it an open invitation to record a chunk of your life – a capsule of this total sum of your experiences during this most important year in your life. Something you can look back on and cherish in the years to come.

So use it. Make it count. You’ll never be sorry you did. And, besides…you’ll have fun doing it.”

 

That was just the encouragement I needed. Suddenly I had freedom to make this book anything I wanted. I could fill the pages any way I wanted with blurbs here, bits there, and combinations of things however I connected with them at the time, and so the journey began. This book of my senior year took shape a little bit at a time over those days until I wrapped it all up with photographs from graduation night and our senior trip at the end. I love this book. The instructions at the beginning were exactly right, this is MY book. There is no other book like it.

So would you like to see some of the pages from my special book? Some have autographs and photos, others newspaper articles and special event programs, and others notes and a variety of memorabilia. Here’s a peek into my 1983/84 school year.

 

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Clearly, I put a lot of things in this book and I have enjoyed looking through it over the years. It is so full that it doesn’t even close and some of the pages have become loose. You see what I mean about the “Velveteen Rabbit?” In the story it says, “Once you become real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.” Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit. This is a book holds a story that lasts for always.

 

This was a unique format for memory keeping in 1984, however today it would be very similar to the Close To My Heart My Crush Books. I have several My Crush Books in process and I would really like to encourage you to see how fun it is to make a book of your own using Close To My Heart My Crush Books. They are fantastic and perfect for telling your own story and making a book that is like none other.

 

There are a several My Crush Books to choose from with a variety of versatile themes, including a Christmas book that I love. And guess what…My Crush Books are on special during the month of June. When you purchase a My Crush Book and one of the accessory assortment packs for embellishing the pages, you get a coordinating stamp set free. You can see all of the different books on my website. Just click here.

 

Summer Crush Special

 

To get started making your own book and treasure, all you need to do is pick a theme, pick a My Crush Book, and run with it. These books work with any kind of topic. You could make a book about summertime, vacations, camping highlights, family fun, a book of possibilities, a collection of your favorite things… anything. There’s no pressure, no limits, no have-to’s, no need to work in any particular order…just whatever you want to do that makes the book your own.

A My Crush Book would also be a fabulous summer project for kids. How fun would that be for them to get to tell their own story…anything goes. Later they can look back and see the things they were interested in at the time, adventures they had, places they went, and even their own handwriting. Definitely a treasure in the making.

There is something special about having a book that as you flip through pages you are reminded of memories, laughter, people, places, and happy thoughts. As Josten’s said in their note inside the front cover of my senior year book, “Consider it an open invitation to record a chunk of your life – a capsule of…your experiences… Something you can look back on and cherish in the years to come.”

Close To My Heart My Crush Books make it easy for us to accept the invitation to make something uniquely ours where each book tells a special story all it’s own. There are My Crush Books and blank pages just waiting for us to fill them up with snapshots, thoughts, dreams, and shared moments. Visit my website and order a book for yourself, for a friend, for your kids, and let the storytelling continue.

Enjoy the moments today, and tomorrow. Michelle

 

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For my 10th birthday my friends and I helped my dad make homemade ice cream. At the time we had a hand crank ice cream maker. Do you remember those? Sometimes when I was little we took turns standing on top of the freezer to hold it down as the ice cream began to freeze and the handle became harder to turn. It took a little time to get that ice cream perfectly frozen, but it was well worth the wait. It was delicious. I’m am an ice cream fan, year-round, however memories like that make ice cream a particularly favorite summertime memory for me.

I’ve been enjoying creating some cards to send to friends today. Since it is June now, and that is my birthday month, the Close To My Heart “Ice Cream Dream” Stamp Set seemed perfect for this week’s happy mail. These are the designs in this new stamp set. Aren’t they fun and perfect for the beginning of summer?

 

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I like the sort of whimsical outline design of these stamp images and the blend of fonts in the messages. There are a lot of different ways you can use the designs. They are perfect for doing a little coloring with ShinHan Markers or Watercolor Pencils. I also like to use outline designs like these with simple paper piecing techniques. I did a little of both in my projects today.

Here’s how my card project turned out. It was quick and easy, yet colorful and cheery. A clean, simple design let me make several cards at once. I added some additional outlining around the cardstock pieces and the card base with a Black Journaling Pen to tie it all together.

 

June SOM Card

 

I know it is early in the season, but I’ve already made some homemade ice cream this year. As I was finishing my cards I thought a scrapbook layout for summer ice cream photos might be fun, too. I liked the colors and simplicity of this card so much, that I used it as inspiration for a couple of pages. What do you think? It’s just quick, simple cardstock pieces with fun colors and a couple of ice cream accents made from the “Ice Cream Dream” Stamp Set.

 

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There really isn’t a lot to this page design, but that’s what I like about it. I think sometimes simplicity can be the secret to a great scrapbook layout. It’s so easy to go crazy with extra stuff on scrapbook pages, however, sometimes by keeping the design a little understated, the photographs on the page will stand out a little bit more.

This is a pretty great summertime stamp set. I’m looking forward to adding pictures to my pages and putting some of these cards in the mail to friends. You can enjoy some creative time with the “Ice Cream Dream” Stamp Set, when you place an order on my website in June.

The stamp set is only available this month and you can get the whole stamp set for only $5 with a $50 order. The regular retail price on the set is $17.95, so it’s terrific to be able to get it at a big discount when you order some other things you may like to create with this month. Click here to  shop online  and take a peek at all of the other fabulous Close To My Heart products to spark your creativity for summertime fun.

All of this talk about ice cream has created a craving. I may have to make some ice cream tonight, along with some hot fudge sauce and strawberries. Yum. It is definitely time for some summertime favorites.

 

 

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Today is the last day of school where I live and people seem very eager to embrace summertime. Everyone seems ready to enjoy those longer days, a change of pace, and summer travels. How about you? Any vacations planned? I love to travel. It truly is one of my very favorite things.

For June I have designed a set of pages that will be ready for your summer adventures and travel photos. Or, you may have travel photos from previous road trips or vacations that have been needing a place in your albums. I hope the June scrapbook layouts can help you get those awesome memories in albums where you can continue to enjoy them.

I have used the Close To My Heart Wanderful Paper Packet, Assortment, and Picture My Life Cards in my scrapbook layouts for this month. As I was designing the pages I really kept coming back to fond memories of road maps from when I was a kid. There was no GPS or MapQuest back in the day. We actually used road maps, planned out the route, and followed along on the map as we traveled from here to there. Those maps often colored with lighter shades of blues, yellows, and pinks with black lines connecting the dots. So, I added some Smoothie, Honey, and Black Cardstock to the Wanderful Paper Packet and this is what I came up with. What do you think?

 

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If you are not familiar with Picture My Life Cards, they are definitely something worth exploring. Picture My Life Cards come in a variety of different themes that coordinate with Close To My Heart Paper Packs. While the are designed as 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ cards that you can slip into Pocket Pages for fast scrapbook pages, they are also really terrific for combining with classic scrapbooking, card making, and lots of other types of projects.

The cards are pre-printed with fantastic designs that can become colorful photo mats, instant journal spots, quick titles, and terrific themed icon embellishments. Here are a few samples on some of the cards that come in the Wanderful Picture My Life set.

 

 

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If you look closely, you can see where I have incorporated the bottom three cards in the scrapbook layouts shown above. Can you find them on my pages?

And here you can see close ups of the Wanderful Assortment  that I added as accents on the pages, along with some more of the Picture My Life Cards. The Assortment has 10 adhesive-backed mix of epoxy shapes, embossed metal shapes, and painted metal shapes. They are really fun and an easy embellishment to the pages.

 

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Wanderful Collage

 

I am super excited to share these scrapbook layouts with you this month. As a special bonus this month, I thought I would help us all out by including half of a Wanderful Picture My Life Card package with the Workshop Kits, along with one Pocket Page Protector that you can used to just slide your extra pictures and cards into for some story extension spaces. I don’t know about you, but I tend to always have an abundance of pictures when I travel. The Pocket Pages area a perfect solution to lots of photos.

You can put the Pocket Page behind your classic scrapbook pages or even sandwich it in between a layout in your album. They are fabulous for adding more of the pictures that make you smile without needing to create additional full layouts for all of your photographs. I think you will really like the simplicity of combining the Picture My Life in with your pages.

That means, by including the front and back of the Pocket Page Protector and Picture My Life Cards you will get 8 pages of scrapbooking fun with the June Scrapbook Workshop.

 

You can sign up to attend a Scrapbook Workshop if you live in the Boise area, or you can order a Scrapbook Workshop Kit and I’ll drop it in the mail to you with instructions on how to put it all together. Either way, with these scrapbook pages you can say, “Ready. Set. Go.” to more travel adventures and fun memory making this summer.

 

Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

to order a Workshop Kit or reserve a Workshop date.

 

June Scrapbook Workshop Kits – $35.00(plus tax and shipping)

 

Workshop Kits Include:

  • X7191B “Wanderful” Paper Packet
  • Z3010 Wanderful Assortment
  • Z3062 Wanderful Picture My Life Cards (1/2 pkg)
  • Extra Cardstock, Cricut Titles, and 1- Pocket Page Protector

 

Other Supplies Used On These Pages:

  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)
  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen ($3.25)

 

JUNE SCRAPBOOK WORKSHOP DATES:

Friday, June 12 at 6:30 PM

Friday, June 26 at 6:30 PM

Here’s to lots of summertime memory making. Whether your travels take you down the road to the park, across the country, or around the world, enjoy the moments and new adventures.

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I really enjoy having photos around my house. You know, pictures of the people in my life, the adventures we have shared, the moments that make me smile. It’s kind of a warm fuzzy sort of moment to hold pictures, turn pages in albums, and look at them together with friends. Do you know what I mean? I know I could just scroll through the photos on my iPhone to look at my pictures, but it’s just not the same. These is just something special about printed photographs.

So, I have this idea. I’m thinking about putting together a bunch of little mini albums of photo highlights. Mini albums can be such a fun place to put a collection of favorite snapshots and moments. Wouldn’t it be kind of fun to have a grouping of different sizes and styles of mini albums with old photos, new photos, instagram moments, the every day, the special occasions, etc? I could put them in a basket on the living room table, on a small shelf, or just have some here and there for everyone to enjoy. I can see where these little albums could become little photo treasures.

Close To My Heart has several styles of mini albums and I am really intrigued by the possibilities of two of their newest mini albums, the My Creations Mini Mix Album and the My Creations Mini Folio. Take a look at this video that shows some special features of these two albums.

 

 

What do you think? Lots of potential, right? I am ordering some of these mini albums today and making a list of different themes I have in mind for them so I’m ready to start creating my collection when they arrive.

I am really excited to share some of my finished projects with you, too. Come visit my blog again and watch for the updates on my mini album adventures. It will be fun to see how they all come together.

If you would like to create some mini albums along with me, you can find them on my website. There’s nothing quite as easy as shopping online and then having a package of happy mail delivered to your door. Click here to shop online and then get ready to have some fun.

Snap a picture or two of something you’re doing today and enjoy the moments.

 

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