Sarah Stetler Miller. Fine Art, Mixed Media, Fabric Art, Paper-crafts, Quilting, Child of God.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Some Good Scrapbook Tips


Scrapbooking Made Easy!















Q: I'm interested in learning more about scrapbooking. Do you have any ideas to get me started?





A:

Absolutely! Since May is National

Scrapbooking month, this is the perfect time to

give the popular and rewarding hobby of

scrapbooking a try. Starting anything new can be

intimidating, especially when it involves

something as important as your special memories.

I've got some great suggestions to get you

started. There's no better time than now to pull

those photos out of the boxes or computer files

where they're being ignored. Just imagine the

joy you'll feel when you can open your scrapbook

to enjoy and relive some of your cherished

moments.





Mini Albums


Swatch Rivot Book



Starting small is a great way to test out the

world of scrapbooking. Just like when you first

begin cooking, it makes sense to start learning

with a simple recipe instead of a five course

meal. Begin by selecting a theme for your album.

It could be five photos of your mother that

you'll use for a Mother's Day gift, a dozen

photos of your favorite flowers from your

garden, or a handful of photos from your

favorite vacation. You pick whatever theme

excites you! Mini albums can be created in a

variety of styles and sizes that range from

whimsical to formal. Create a mini album from a

few card stock tags held together with a binder

ring, a 6" x 12" piece of card stock folded like

an accordion, a stack of standard card bodies

punched with the Crop-a-Dile (#108362) and bound

together with ribbon, or from our 5" x 5" Art

Journal (#108495). Add your photos, layers of

Designer Series Paper, stamped images, and

punched accents that coordinate with your theme.

Don't forget to add journaling as that is an

essential element to any scrapbook. Journaling

can be simple date and name information or more

detailed expressions of thoughts and feelings

that your photos represent.



Simply Scrappin' Kits


Playful Polka Dots Simply Scrappin’®*



Designed with coordinating Textured 12" x 12"

card stock, Designer Series Paper, and

self-adhesive die cuts, the Simply Scrappin'

Kits help take the guesswork out of creating

beautiful scrapbooks. They can be used for

traditional 12" x 12" albums, 8-1/2" x 11"

albums, 6" x 6" albums, or any variety of mini

albums. Consider creating a 6" x 6" album that

focuses on one or two special moments from each

month of the year. Begin with the One Great Year

Simply Scrappin' Kit (#118705) that features a

calendar-like theme, including self-adhesive die

cuts for labeling each month. Start by cutting

the 12" x 12" Textured card stock into quarters,

giving you four - 6" x 6" pages from each sheet

of card stock. You could create a single page

for each month (twelve - 6" x 6" pages) or a

two-page layout for each month (twenty-four - 6"

x 6" pages). Cut a 2" x 6" strip of the included

Designer Series Paper for each page. Add a 4" x

6" photo to each page, or one photo for each

month's two-page layout and leave the other page

for journaling. Or crop your photos to fit more

than one on the page. Add the self-adhesive die

cut for each month and any die-cut strips or

other die-cut accents you like. If you want to

step up the design a bit, add some coordinating

stamped images such as the Calendar (#109298)

background stamp for journaling events during

the month. To step up the design even more, add

punched shapes and ribbon. Slide the completed

pages into any of the 6" x 6" albums from page

180 of the Idea Book & Catalog and you have a

"year in review" album that you can treasure and

share anytime! You may discover that the Simply

Scrappin' Kit makes creating the album so simple

that you'll want to make one as a gift for

grandparents, too!

My Digital Studio


Wyatt digital scrapbook page (8x8) My Digital Studio™



Digital crafting is a fast-growing trend in the

world of scrapbooking. With the popularity of

digital cameras, many of us have begun taking

more photos than ever because we don't have the

expense of developing them all. The unfortunate

side effect is that many of those photos never

go beyond their lonely home in some computer

file! Our digital crafting software called My

Digital Studio is a great solution for getting

those forgotten photos into albums. With My

Digital Studio, you can print individual 12" x

12" or 8-1/2" x 11" pages as well as bound photo

books in a variety of sizes and styles. You can

create custom themes with stamp images, Designer

Series Paper, embellishments, and more. Or you

can create an album - literally in moments - by

using the wonderful artist-designed templates

included in My Digital Studio and the auto-fill

option that magically plops your photos right

into the template. Add a bit of journaling to

each page, crop photos and fix red-eye if you

wish, and you can be done. Or take the template

and customize it a bit by adding or removing

elements of the designs, photos, rearranging

pages, or whatever you want. It's all

customizable, even when you start with one of

the pre-designed templates. With over 3000

exclusive stamp images and papers, you'll have

all kinds of ways to customize and create your

scrapbook. Even more stamp sets (called stamp

brush sets in the digital world), Designer

Series Papers, embellishments, punches, and

templates are available for purchase and

immediate download at shockingly low prices!

Digital scrapbooking is perfect for people that

love their computers, don't have a lot of space

for traditional scrapbooking, with lots of

digital photos that aren't printed, and those

that want to be able to share their scrapbooks

by email or on photo-sharing sites or want to

easily print multiple albums to give as gifts. I

have to let you know that, in addition to

scrapbook pages and photo books, you can create

calendars, cards, journals, DVD-videos, movies,

and multimedia projects with My Digital Studio!

So you'll have oodles of options for expressing

your creativity and sharing your special photos.





Spring Banner



No Time Like the Present


During May only, Stampin' Up! is celebrating

National Scrapbooking Month with discounts of

30% off select scrapbooking-related stamp sets

and My Digital Studio downloads. A variety of My

Digital Studio professional print products are

also 30% off. So there's no time like the

present to dive into the world of scrapbooking.

I think you'll love experiencing the joy of

truly being able to view, enjoy, and share your

special memories that defines the art of

scrapbooking. Contact me today for more

information about scrapbooking or the special

National Scrapbooking Month promotion so you can

take advantage of the discounts only available

this May!








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