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Scrapbooking on a Budget

Memories are priceless, but the cost of preserving them can be high. Here are nine tips for making the most of your scrapbooking budget.

1.Be on the lookout for scrapbooking supplies everywhere you go. I once made the cutest shabby chic card with the corrugated cardboard liner in a light bulb box. Another example: you can buy 100 brass brads for less than a dollar at the local discount store and then customize them to match your layout with acrylic paint and/or sandpaper. Or look in the clearance bin for ribbon, fiber, and fabric remnants – or bouquets of silk flowers, which you can take apart and attach to your cards and layouts with brads, eyelets, bottlecaps, or button. You’ll find all kinds of treasures at office supply, hardware, and dollar stores, as well as flea markets and garage sales.

2. Keep your supplies organized. When your papers and embellishments are logically arranged and easy to find, you’ll always know what you have, which means you’ll buy fewer duplicates. And you don’t need expensive racks for storing your paper. The large 14″ Ziploc bags are perfect for storing 12×12 paper. You can even hang the labeled Ziploc bags from skirt hangers to maximize your space. A few inexpensive baskets or plastic containers can hold your adhesives, pens and trimmers. And a common tacklebox is great for small embellishments. Or use resealable Ziploc bags to organize brads, eyelets and other small embellishments by type or color and store in a shoebox.

3. Here’s a little known secret. You can join a scrapbooking direct sales company, simply to get the discount on your own supplies. Of course, you’ll need to make sure the monthly minimums are low enough that you’ll be able to meet them with your purchases alone. Here is one such company with monthly minimums of just $25 wholesale per month. Details are here: http://www.momscape.com/scrapbooking/wholesale-scrapbooking-supplies.htm

4. Use your scanner to create a unique patterned paper, perfect for your layout. Scan items of clothing, for example, that match the clothing in your photographs. Print the paper and use as part of your background or as a tag or other embellishment.

5. Do a google search for “free fonts” and “free scrapbooking.” You’ll find thousands of free templates, fonts, and other free resources for scrapbookers.

6. Check your local paper for 50% off coupons at large discount crafting stores. Save these coupons for your larger purchases. Subscribe to Joann.com’s email newsletter at the store’s website: http//www.joann.com. This store frequently offers special discount codes to newsletter subscribers. But keep in mind, when you are shopping the sale aisle, a good deal is not a good deal if you never use the product. Buy only those things that you love – and know you’ll use.

7. When shopping for tools, keep quality and versatility in mind. Investing in quality tools will ultimately save you money, because you won’t need to replace them very often. You’ll also want to look for trimmers and cutters that allow you to replace only the blade – and not the entire cutting system. The Coluzzle, by Provocraft, is one of the most versatile cutting systems available. It takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, you can cut a huge variety of shapes and alphabets, as well as envelopes and tags – all with very inexpensive templates.

8. Save and organize your scraps. It’s amazing when a small scrap is perfectly suited for a card of scrapbook. And you can always use the backside of white-core cardstock or patterned paper when you need white. Or give your scraps to your children. My kids are constantly making friendship cards out of my scraps. They each have a basket on the family scraptable, and at the end of a project, I divvy up all my scraps in the three little baskets. They love the new art supplies, and I love to share my love of scrapbooking – and my time spent scrapbooking – with them.

9. Network with other scrapbookers for more low-cost ideas. Arrange a supplies swap with your scrapbooking friends. And read through the scrapbooking magazines for more money-saving ideas. In the last few issues of Scrapbooks, Etc. and Memory Makers, for example, I’ve read (and then used) the following ideas: (1) Take photos of interesting signs and cut out the letters for fun, eclectic alphabets. And (2) make your own stamps from your favorite font or images with a computer printout and some foam board. You can subscribe to these magazines at significant discounts online. I’ve compiled the best deals on the industry-leaders here: http://www.momscape.com/scrapbooking/ – magazines or see if you can check out current issues from your local library. Scrapbooking magazines often feature sweepstakes, drawings, and layout contests, in which you can win free supplies, as well.

You can also save on scrapbooking idea books and techniques books by shopping online. Overstock.com often has these books at an even greater discount than amazon.com, and their shipping is usually much less, too. http://www.overstock.com

About the Author: Susie Cortright is the founder of momscape.com – http://www.momscape.com and Momscape’s Scrapbooking Playground -http://www.momscape.com/scrapbooking – devoted to helping visitors record and preserve their cherished memories. Susie also trains and supports new scrapbooking instructors with a new and rapidly- growing direct sales scrapbooking company. Find out how to join her team here: http://www.momscape.com/scrapbooking/business.htm

Easter Scrapbooking Ideas

Rachel Paxton
Creative Homemaking

Easter is a great time to capture family photographs for scrapbooking. Even if you don’t scrapbook, planning your picture taking ahead of time ensures you won’t miss any of these great family memories. No family traditions? Then this is a great time to start!
Here are some Easter photograph ideas for scrapbooking:

  • Photograph spring flowers in bloom. Daffodils and tulips will make a colorful contrast to your other photographs.
  • Have your kids help you make Easter cookies or an Easter cake. Snap a picture of them working in the kitchen and then make sure to take a picture of the finished product. We made a layer cake and arranged it on a thick piece of cardboard covered with aluminum foil. It was lemon cake with lemon filling and pink frosting. We decorated it with store-bought Easter candy. Around the base of the cake we arranged Easter grass and added chocolate eggs and peeps for decoration. It made a great picture!
  • Gingerbread houses aren’t just for Christmas! Make a gingerbread house and decorate it for Easter with pastel colors and lots of Easter candy. The possibilities are limitless.
  • If your family attends Easter church services, make sure to get a picture of your girls in their Easter dresses. Dressing up is a great excuse to take a picture.
  • Coloring Easter eggs never gets old, whatever the age of your kids! They never get tired of showing you how creative they are. Join in on the fun and then take a picture of the finished product.
  • Easter egg hunts are also fun for the whole family. Take some good action pictures and get a picture of your kids with their Easter baskets.
  • Easter dinners are a great time to take family pictures. It’s a good time to take pictures of relatives you don’t often see, and fun to get pictures of the family laughing and enjoying a meal together. Take pictures of any of the good food you want to remember later.

Have fun picture taking, and have a happy Easter!
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What’s for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For recipes, tips to organize your home, home decorating, crafts, and more, visit Creative Homemaking.

Scrapbooking Recipes for the Holidays


Saving your memories of holiday occasions ranks high on the list of scrapbooking activities. This usually is a time when families get together, take many pictures and make memories with traditional and new festivities.

Photos make up only one form of scrapbooking memorabilia. Some people like to save notices and programs of special events they attend. Perhaps you have some Christmas cards you don’t want to throw out. There may be gift wrap and tags that have meaning for you. Sometimes there will be recipes or menus that play a role in your holiday celebrations.

Food Memories
Food memories contribute to the nostalgia we associate with the holiday season. During this time of year, however we celebrate this season, there generally is some type of food or beverage involved. *Oranges and tangerines come to mind from my childhood. They were something we children savored and found in our stockings. We didn’t have them year round so considered them something special for Christmas breakfast.

*Christmas candy in colorful boxes was distributed to us children after we performed in the holiday play or gave recitals at the Sunday School holiday program. These treats were under the Christmas tree, along with gifts from our teachers.
*A box of chocolates comes to mind when I think of the gifts my dad gave my mother. He always had a large box for her under the tree. However, my mom years later told me, although she appreciated the thought, she really didn’t care much for candy. My dad and we children ate most of the chocolates and found them delicious.
*Fruit cake was a favorite of my mom’s, so Father also purchased one of these as a Christmas treat.
*Oyster stew was one of Father’s favorite dishes served on Christmas Eve. If we celebrated the evening at my grandmother’s we enjoyed the stew there. If at home, Mother stirred up a pot from oysters Father bought in the nearby city.
*Candy canes, although taken for granted by children nowadays, were very special in my childhood. We ate them sparingly because Mother could only buy a few.
*Mince pies, whether made by my aunt or my mother, (we had one celebration with my aunt and grandmother and another at our home), were the “old fashioned” type, made with meat in the mixture. Mother and Auntie prepared and canned mincemeat earlier in the year.
Saving Your Memories
Make your list of holiday foods and the memories that accompany them. Do you have pictures of these occasions or other memorabilia such as recipes, invitations, and cards?
Scrapbooking in albums is only one form of saving your memories. You can use journals, ready made books (altered books), collage formats, and shadow boxes. With all of these you’re able to utilize scrapbooking items such as colored pages, borders, die clips, stickers, calligraphy, stamping, etc.

Ways to Save
Realize that some of the items you’re saving (recipes, cards, programs, gift wrap, tags) won’t be acid free even though the scrapbooking materials you use are. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t collect these nostalgic items and preserve them for your own enjoyment and that of future generations.
Go into this holiday season with an eye toward collecting and cataloguing the items that have such meaning to you. At least put them all together into a box so they’re not scattered into oblivion. If you’ve never done scrapbooking, find time to go through past memorabilia and get it together for a project.

HOLIDAY PIE, a favorite my daughter makes, may come in handy for your holiday hospitality.
In a large bowl, combine 15 apples (peeled and sliced), 1/2 cup cranberries, 1/4 – 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, 1 tablespoon grated orange peel and 1 tablespoon orange juice. Add 1/8 cup granulated sugar, 1/8 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour. Mix together and place in 9″ pastry-line pie plate.

For CRUMB TOPPING, mix together 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 3/4 cup flour. Crumble over the top of the apple mixture, covering the entire pie.
With aluminum foil, cover the top of the pie to start baking and remove during last 15 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 40-50 minutes until crust has browned and the juices begin to bubble up through the crumb topping.

(c)2003 Mary Emma Allen
(Mary Emma Allen is a writer, illustrator, family researcher and
scrapbooking enthusiast who teaches workshops in all these areas. You also may contact Mary Emma for information about scrapbooking supplies.

Mother’s Day Traditions: 10 memorable ways to celebrate Mother’s Day

A mother’s love is one of the most powerful forces in this world. Here are 10 ways to celebrate her love this Mother ‘s Day:

1. Create a Memory Jar. Fill a jar with slips of paper, each detailing a special memory you and your mother have shared. The more specific the memories, the better. Present her with the jar, and sit beside her as she reads each memory.

2. Interview the children in your family (both young and old) on what special things they love most about their mother. Record the sentiments on video or transcribe the thoughts in a special album. You could also record special memories, favorite family recipes, her best maternal words of wisdom…anything you want to remember about your mother.

3. Make a Blessing Book. Cover a composition book or hardbound journal with patterned papers and include photos of each of your mother’s children, as well as a special pen for her to record what she is most grateful for in this world. Here are step-by-step instructions for creating such a book here.

4. Help a mother in need by donating money, clothing, or other household items to organizations that help mothers and children.

5. Make a donation to your mom’s favorite charity, in her name.

6. Get together with your family and friends and create handmade cards for your mom. Make sure to include a heartfelt, handwritten letter.

7. Send flowers to a new mom in celebration of her first Mother’s Day.

8. Make a tablecloth memento. Start with an oversized tablecloth and some fabric pens. Ask each member of the family to sign the tablecloth with a special message to mom. Kids can make their handprints, too. This is a keepsake that you can add to each Mother’s Day.

9. Write a letter to your children about how being their parent has enriched you. Save these letters in a special journal or album to give to your children when they become parents themselves.

10. Spend some time looking through your scrapbooks and reflecting on the bounty of love that comes to you via family and maternal love.

About the Author:
Susie Cortright is the founder of momscape.com and Momscape’s Scrapbooking Playground – devoted to helping visitors record and preserve their cherished memories. Susie also trains and supports new scrapbooking instructors with a new and rapidly- growing direct sales scrapbooking company.