Tuesday, November 29, 2011

December Daily Date Circles

If you are one of the many scrapbookers that documents the joy of the holidays by creating a December Daily Album a la Ali Edwards, then you may find this little freebie useful. I created this set of date circles to use in my own December Daily Albums a couple of years ago and posted them to my blog way back in November 2009. Since then pictures have been deleted, links have changed and files are no longer active, so I thought I would post them for you again!

There are 31 date circles as well as some seasonal words and icon images. I am no designer, but I created them easily in Creative Memories Storybook Creator Plus (which has awesome designer features and makes anything you make look great).


Download and save this PDF files for free, print them onto some cardstock and cut the circles out (a 1.5 inch circle punch will make fast work of it too.)

Besides using them in a December Daily Album, these little circles would be great for an Advent Calendar project, Holiday Countdown scrapbook page, or you could even use the word and icon circles as gift tags. Feel free to use them however you like, and I'd love it if you shared them with friends.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Super Fast Scrapbooking

At our weekend scrapbooking retreat last spring I offered a Make & Take session called "The 15 Minute Layout". I shared my top 5 tips and tricks for super fast scrapping with our scrapping ladies, and then provided a layout, instruction and materials for them to make a layout in literally 15 minutes or less. Here are the tips to help you save time and energy on YOUR layouts:

1. Don’t crop your photos – especially into shapes! Use 4 x 6’s or make one cut to make 4 x 4 photos. These sizes work especially well within the 12 x 12 page as 12 is divisible by both 4 and 6!

2. Use coordinating products. This is where kits and Page Paks come in handy. If you don’t have a kit, choose one piece of cardstock as a base (you can’t go wrong with white), one patterned paper and one smaller piece of a coordinating solid (ie: use a scrap!)

3. Use generic embellishments. Flowers, stars, hearts, circles all work well on most layouts. They can be cut or punched from the coordinating paper quickly and easily. Save perfectly matched embellishments and labor intensive techniques for those super special layouts.

4. Handwrite your journaling. YES! Don’t worry about formatting it perfectly on the computer, printing and trimming it – record the facts or the story in your own handwriting for an authentic touch.

5. Don’t reinvent the wheel! Use a sketch, or copy another layout you like. I have several go-to layouts that I rely on when I want to get many pages done fast. I know they work well from a design standpoint and I don’t have to search through books and magazines when I am in a rush.

So, let’s make a page! Here’s the sketch we will refer to:

And here are the step by step instructions:
  • Use a piece of 12" x 12" white or solid cardstock as your base.
  • Cut your patterned paper into a 7.5" x 12" strip.
  • Place that across the layout as shown and adhere.
  • Line up and adhere three 4"x6" photos edge to edge directly on top of patterned paper strip.
  • Punch three shapes from the scrap of solid coordinating paper. Arrange in Z shape on page.
  • Handwrite your journaling below photos.
  • If you like, add a precut title embellishment, letter stickers or die cuts for a title.
Here is the layout I created on the spot as I demonstrated how quickly a page CAN be made!

KI Patterned Paper, Paperbilities Cardstock, CM Star Punch
I loved all the layouts the ladies at our retreat came up with based on this simple sketch...I WISH I would have taken photos of them to share! I hope these tips help you get lots of layouts done super fast!

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Hi Friends!

It's been almost a year since I've posted on this blog, and I have missed it more than I thought I would! I miss connecting with and hearing from friends near and far. I miss sharing things I think others would find useful and "teaching" in an online-kinda-way. I miss posting pics and having a place to record little tidbits of life. So, I'm going to give it another go! I can't guarantee I'll post regularly, or even that often, but I WILL post!

What prompted this? I recently was part of a wonderful weekend retreat co-hosted by my good friends and colleagues at Calgary Crops - Heather and Carla - and came away re-energized and re-inspired to start sharing again. Even though I haven't posted in almost a year, I HAVE still been creating. And the feedback I get from the ladies that join us at our crops and retreats certainly motivates me to share my artwork, knowledge and experience.

I also am contemplating a bit of a change in my business life, so I wanted to be an active blogger again so that if/when I do finalize my decision, I can share it with you all. More to come on that in the next few weeks!

So, for now I will share a favorite layout from the artwork contest we held at our recent retreat. We gave each lady who wanted to particpate a copy of a sketch (from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazines Sketchy Challenge for October) and invited them to create their own version of the layout. We then had everyone vote for their favorite layout and awarded the prize to the scrapbooker who had the most votes. It's always fun to see so many takes on the same sketch! This was my own version:

The large apple and "Delicious Autumn" title were cut with CM's Cheerful Seasons Cartirdge.
Paper and stickers are from the coordinating collection - Cheerful Autumn. 

In the next few days I'll be going back into previous posts and fixing some photo issues on the blog...I've noticed that many of the pics are not loading correctly or are missing altogether. And I'll be busy getting ready to share more of what I've been up to!

Looking forward to reconnecting with you!