Slide-In Simplicity for School Albums

Let’s face it,¬†being a parent means time is a precious commodity. In between finishing off the housework and¬†getting the school lunches ready for tomorrow, you’re lucky if you might get a quiet hour to fit in some¬†scrapbooking once or twice a week. Does¬†this sound familiar? If¬†spare-time is¬†a thing of the past for you, albums with Multi-Pocket Pages and Slide-In Packs could be the time-saver you’re looking for!

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New Valentine products you’ll love!

‘Tis the season for love, and we’re pretty sure you’re going to¬†be head-over-heels for these new goodies just in time for Valentine’s Day! Featuring a¬†beautiful¬†foiled 12×12 Fuchsia Watercolor Love¬†Album Cover¬†(yes, it’s available as just an album cover without pages!), coordinating papers and embellishments with bling, the Watercolor Love collection is one you’ll¬†fall in love with fast. Click to read full post

Celebrate Australia In Your Scrapbooks!

It’s that time of year when we bust out the BBQ’s, head to the beach, go camping, take a dip in the pool or watch some fireworks. However you like to celebrate, there’s bound to be some photo opportunities! Today we’re sharing some bonza ideas from our Aussie Creative Contributors perfect for your Australian scrapbook pages.

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Back to School Photo Tips

The school holidays are almost over ‚Äď the first day back (or first day ever) is looming and with it comes a great photo opportunity for all parents. These little milestones during each year are the things we scrapbookers love to capture in our albums, and I‚Äôve got some handy tips to help you with getting some great back to school photos.

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A Year to Remember Mega Blog!

Make 2016 A Year to Remember! Our new collection of the same name offers the perfect opportunity to scrap your life one day, week, month or year at a time, and in a number of fun, unique ways.

Scroll through our¬†of Mega Blog below of not two, not three – but FOUR ideas today courtesy of our CM Content Contributors who’ve come up with wonderfully clever ways to use these products.
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Project Idea: Marching Band Page Layouts

Got band photos? Or concert photos? Or anything music-related? Bingo. This 2-page spread layout rocks in all sorts of ways. It features beautiful colours, it showcases 7 photos (…seven!) and it’s totally flexible as far as what theme it can become with a simple title change. Enjoy! Click to read full post

Project Idea: The Best Things in Life Page Layout

Fresh, fun and fabulous Рsimply the best way to describe our new Fresh Picks line. Featuring gorgeous watercolour washes in turquoise, purple and yellow hues, this collection is quickly becoming a favourite of many. And, when paired with uniquely lovely treatments of photos and papers on a simple white page Рwell, you can see just how great the results can be. Click to read full post

Scrapbooking more Effectively in 2016

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As the year comes to a close and I think back to what I did and did not accomplish with my photo projects in 2015, I am left with a desire to do even better in 2016! I completed a lot of pages and kept up with my weekly picture uploads, and I was very good about hosting retreats and workshops with fellow scrapbookers. pic2.jpgNevertheless, I fell short of my expectations in terms of journalling. As the days pass by and more and more events take place, the little details are slipping away. I have calendars and journals but the busier my life gets the less time I have to record long entries (and even when I do that I know I will have to re-copy all of those thoughts into a scrapbook with the matching photos.) So I have a plan for a better strategy in 2016!

Slide In Packs!

FreshPicksVTMats_SMI want to have journalling cards with me at all times so I can use my ‚Äúfringe moments‚ÄĚ to record stories all year long. This is a bigger step in pushing my album projects forward than writing in a journal because instead of having to write it once, then transfer those words to a scrapbook when you get to those pictures, the cards are already done and ready to put in your album. Creative Memories Slide-In Packs are perfect for my plans!

pic4.jpgThey come in a variety of colour schemes and themes, and depending on what event you are journalling about, you are sure to find something that will work for your pages. I plan to keep these and a few CM pens in my purse all year long ‚Äď what a big weight off of my mind to know that even if the photos aren’t ready to go in a book yet, the stories will be!

Planners and Pre-Made Pages

I also have lots of other “pre-scrapping” plans for 2016! It is not that difficult to dedicate some time each weekend to working on having some pre-made pages, borders, and cards ready to go so my scrapbook pages can go by faster. This will take some planning and some awareness of what the year has in store.

pic3.jpgEven in this digital world, I am still a big “paper planner” fan. There is something to be said for holding a calendar in your hand and seeing it all mapped out in front of you. I dream a lot and tend to plan vacations a year in advance, so at the beginning of the year I already know where I am going and when all year. For this reason I can completely get a head start on pre-made pages. For example, I know that in 2016 I will celebrate my 10th wedding anniversary with my husband in New England, and for the first time the family will go to Disney World for the Christmas festivities, so I just knocked out a few pages in advance:

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I could go on and on – I know about a baby shower for my cousin in March, my mother’s 70th birthday party, and a family beach trip in June. Nothing can stop me from going ahead and predesigning these pages or making fun borders to match. I am sure this resonates with any of you who know that you are going to a special vacation spot, who knows they have a baby on the way, who knows their daughter is getting married, who knows they are going to do a house remodel, etc… Could you picture “pre-scrapping” any of these events?

To add icing to the cake, CM has just made it really easy for us with a brand new “Year to Remember “collection. It is perfect for those of us who are planners at heart. The Year to Remember collection includes 12×12 Paper Pack (12/pk. Includes designer papers plus six calendar grids) Stickers (3 pk) and Embellishments. The Monthly Stickers (1 pk) will be available mid-January. This is for January to June – later in the year they will have the July through December embellishments – I cannot wait to see what they will look like. I love how CM is continuously refreshing the product line and keeping things fresh and fun for those of us who love our scrapbooks!

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Project Ideas: Music Notes Borders

If you haven’t yet experienced just¬†how quickly and easily a fun page border can dress up a scrapbook page in no time flat, here’s your chance for discovery. Create one at a time, or sit down for a border marathon afternoon. Either way, you’re only minutes away from a totally adorable strip of awesomeness that will turn a blank page into a little masterpiece. Click to read full post