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Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Day 2008 10 comments  

...So, what's your sign?

The Digital Creative Team  decided to put its focus to "fit" in with it being Leap Day today.  We were playing off of it being a leap year and brought in the solar system aspect of it.  From there we took it a step further and narrowed our reveal down to focus on the themes of astrology and / or the calendar.  See what these clever ladies came up with for this reveal to show you our takes on this subject matter.


The Lioness by FairyMouseMom (Egle)

Here I used the zodiac symbol for the lion, repeated it, and made it into a border.  I found a description for my sign online and included some of it here on my layout.  I added the calendar to my layout to showcase my birthday.  It's fun to see which of the words truly describe me...and which do not.  I added a few clip art pieces tha tI found online as well.


year of the horse by bamablue (Glenda)

Do you see how Glenda added her daughter's qualities right on the photo itself?  She also added in the Chinese aspect to her layout by including the "year of the horse" information.

March 08 Desktop by bamablue (Glenda)

What a sweet picture Glenda gets to see now for this coming March.  I love how she angled the calendar as well as her photo.

One day more by janello (Janell)

Janell put her focus here on the calendar aspect and having one more day with her son.  Make sure you link to her layout to read her sweet journaling.

Cancer by Mommybruno (Cassandra)

Cassandra listed the traits of her son's astrological sign, which is Cancer.  For the background with the crab, she downloaded a free desktop background from an online site.  Looks cool, don't you think?

 What's Your Sign? by m1218p (Marci)

 Marci took her reveal layout to a different level.  Read her journaling by clicking the link above to see what her sign is.


Zodiac Sign by nun69 (Angie)

Here Angie focus in on her husband and one of her sons using the Chinese Zodiac.  Cute journaling!

Chinese Zociacs - Horse & Rooster by Keling (Sara)


Sara decided to focus on her boys' Chinese zodiacs. Tommy, born in 2002, is a Horse; and Jonathan, born in 2005, is a Rooster!


Written in the Stars by MamaK321 (Kristianne)

Kristianne found an Astro-Match Love Sign Compatibility generator online. She is an Aries and her husband is a Leo.  It appears that they are a perfect fire sign pair.  She used the results as some of the journaling and also found a really cool astrology symbol font to use.

Did you see how Egle and Glenda used calendars on their layouts?

Did you see how Marci is the only one whose reveal had a different take on "sign?"

Did you see how Glenda, Sara, and Angie focused on the Chinese Zodiac for their layouts?

Did you see how Egle, Cassandra, and Kristianne focused on the Western Zodiac for their layouts?

Did you see how Janell focused on the Leap Day theme for her layout?

We hope you enjoyed this week's Digital Creative Team Reveal.  Feel free to click on the layout links above and leave some love in the CT members' galleries.





Posted by FairyMouseMom

Monday, February 25, 2008


Making Memories New Stuff ROCKS!!!

Excitement was buzzing all around as the Creative Team received their assignments for this month! A Cherry on Top sent out some of the latest and the greatest from Making Memories for them to play with!

The Fifth Avenue Line features two color schemes...the red one,  called Elizabeth went to Tristann (n7zuq) and she created some awesome layouts with it!

Her SIMPLY ME layout looks anything but simple, but that's because she took advantage of the easy to use and beautiful diecut borders that Making Memories now has!  The design of this one is very cool with the repeated scallops!

SO HAPPY TOGETHER has such a romantic, elegant feel to it with all of Tristann's great edges! The closeup photo of her and her cute husband makes for a sweet page! When asked how she felt about using this new line, Tristann said, "What do I love about the 5th Avenue Collections from Making Memories?? I love the bold, bright patterns of the papers, and the fun mix of embellishments. I think this is a fabulous, hip collection. The name is perfect since it's definitely fashion inspired and something you'll see in the stores this season."


The second line from Fifth Avenue has a blue color scheme, and it's called Sopia. Laura Fiore had a ton of fun using it on this layout entitled BROTHERS FROM ANOTHER MOTHER...she says, "I definitely enjoyed taking these really pretty papers and making a masculine layout with them. The straight lines, strong borders and big square brads all pulled together to make a super teenage boy page!"


On ONLY IN THE CITY, Laura used the products in a much more casual way, playing with the borders and dimensional diecuts to give the page a playful feel.



Lastly, she used the scraps and a few of the journaling tags to put together a quick card


The third new release from Making Memories is their Spring Line called Garden Party. It has so many cute, pastel elements that is just so hard to resist! Jill (mamasteng) made some super sweet layouts using it! Jill had this to say, "The Garden Party line from Making Memories is so versatile and feels just like a warm spring day! I loved that there are so many elements that I could put together a monochromatic look for one layout and go completely romantic and girly on my other one!"

Her HAPPY EASTER layout is stunning with it's beautiful photos and simple color scheme. The blues in these products are the perfect supplies for these photos!

On CHUBBY BUNNY, Jill has used some of the fabulous shaped paper, glittery background paper  and a cute tag...they really  pull together to make  a soft,  sweet baby girl page!


If you'd like another look at these gorgeous Making Memories products, visit our 5th Avenue Collection and Garden Party Collection

Posted by Laura Fiore

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Wedding Scrapbook Albums  

A wedding scrapbook album can be an elegant and sophisticated tribute to one of the most important events in your life.

Steps to Creating a Wedding Scrapbook

Since weddings are a very popular subject for scrapbook layouts, you can find a variety of supplies devoted to this particular theme. If you’re new to the world of scrapbooking, however, don’t use your wedding photos as the basis for your first project. Make a few scrapbook layouts using candid photos from everyday occasions to help develop your confidence and sense of style. Once you’ve mastered some of the basic scrapbook techniques, you can move on to creating a special wedding album.

The steps to creating a wedding scrapbook are as follows:

  1. Gather your photos. Remember to include a mixture of both formal portraits and candid shots in your album, since candid images often tell a story that’s missed in professional wedding photography. Ask your friends and family to contribute copies of their pictures if necessary.
  2. Collect wedding memorabilia, such as your invitation and program, to include in your scrapbook.
  3. Write your journaling. Journaling is an important component of any wedding scrapbook album, but writing about such a momentous occasion in your life can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task. If you’re having trouble getting started with your scrapbook journaling, begin with the basics. How long did it take you to plan your wedding? What part of the process was the easiest? What decisions were the most difficult to make?
  4. Choose your wedding scrapbook supplies. In most cases, you can use your wedding colors as the basis for your design scheme. When selecting scrapbook embellishments, consider hearts, flowers, and ribbon bows for a romantic look.
  5. Select a page layout. If you’re having trouble arranging your photos, journaling, and scrapbooking embellishments on the page, consider using a sketch as a starting point. Creating Keepsakes has a large assortment of sketches by Becky Higgins that would work well for a wedding scrapbook album.
  6. Assemble your page.

Wedding Album

Making a Wedding Scrapbook as a Gift

A handmade wedding scrapbook album can be a lovely gift for a friend or family member who is new to this fun craft.  When making a scrapbook as a gift for someone else, however, it’s a good idea to keep in mind the following tips:

  • Choose supplies that fit the bride’s personality, even if this means stepping out of your personal scrapbooking comfort zone.
  • Keep your photo blocks in standard print sizes. Trimming photos can be a time consuming task, so a gift scrapbook should be filled with spaces for both horizontal and vertical 4x6, 5x7, and 8x10 photos.
  • Include a few blank pages at the end of your album to allow the recipient to include any details that you may have forgotten.
  • Don’t forget to include plenty of acid-free adhesive with your album as well as a quality journaling pen. Someone who is new to scrapbooking may not know where to purchase these supplies locally.
  • If you live near the bride, include a note offering your assistance when she’s ready to put the album together.



Posted by A Cherry On Top

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Scrapbooking: Preserving Your Family Legacy

As a parent, one of the most important things you can do for your child is to provide him or her with an understanding of your family’s legacy. A family history scrapbook is a creative way to preserve these memories for future generations.


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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Scrapbook Inspiration: Curing Scrapper's Block

Even if you’ve been scrapbooking for several years, you may still find yourself occasionally suffering from a bad case of scrapper’s block.

Finding Scrapbook Inspiration by Evaluating Your Layout


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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Cartoon Critters 5 comments

Scrapping our favourite cartoon characters

It all started when we learned that February 3 is Elmo's birthday.

Like many kids his age, Elmo is one of my 2 year old's favourite characters, so needless to say, there are a few pictures of him cuddling up to his cuddly red buddy.

Not everyone is into El...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

CT Spotlight Vol. 22 7 comments

Welcome to the CT Spotlight, a monthly feature in which the Creative Team will put the spotlight on superior layouts that have caught our eye in the gallery.  We'll show you the layouts, tell you who made them and why we love them.  The first CT member quoted is...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Scrapbook Embellishments

Patterned paper and colored cardstock are the foundations of almost any layout, but there are many scrapbooking embellishments you can use to further enhance your projects.

Types of Scrapbook Embellishments 

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Scrapbooking: Not Just Albums

While scrapbooking is certainly a fun and enjoyable way to preserve your precious memories, there are plenty of other paper crafting projects that you may wish to explore as well. 

Handmade Greeting Cards

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Scrapbooking With 3 Bugs 9 comments

Don't miss these layouts using the newest collections.

It's that time of year...when Winter CHA products start hitting the shop.  Our Creative Team had the extreme pleasure of working with the latest and greatest from 3 Bugs in a Rug. 

Using theSummer line, Claire, ...

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Friday, February 15, 2008

The Perfect Trio 6 comments

Layouts inspired by the "Rule of Three."

Have you ever heard of the "Rule of Three?"  It's a principle in English writing that suggests that when something comes in a group of three they are naturally funnier, more fullfilling, or more effective than other groupings of numbers. From sayings such as &qu...

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Scrapbook Paper

In most stores, scrapbook paper is sold either by the sheet or as part of a coordinating package. Although a large package of paper usually works out to be a more economical option when you calculate the cost per sheet, it’s important to ask yourself if you really p...

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Scrapbook Organization

Scrapbooking can be a fun and enjoyable hobby, but only if you can find your supplies when you’re ready to work. If you find yourself constantly wasting valuable cropping time searching for the right colored cardstock or misplaced embellishments, it may be time to r...

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Journal Writing Prompts

Although many scrapbookers consider pictures to be the focus of a successful layout, it’s important not to forget to include journaling on your page.

How Journal Writing Prompts Can Enhance Your Scrapbook Layouts

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Let the Classes Begin 6 comments

My first CHA class

Wow...I really have to pay more attention to the class times when I sign up for these classes.  7am is rough!  Especially when you're up until 1am talking and laughing with your roommates.  Laura was kind enough to get up and drive me over to the Convention...

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