Holiday Card Making

It’s so interesting for me to see trends develop with Holiday Greeting Cards.  It’s true that I’m seeing fewer and fewer cards sent to me in the mail.  Just the other day, I received an email with a very clever holiday poem.  Will I print it and include it with this year’s cards?  Good question.

I love crafting and for some reason, even more so during the holidays.  This year, I used the season to subscribe to Stampin’ Up’s Pumpkin Patch kit and just loved their cards.  Inside I added a sentiment from SU’s Cookie Cutter Christmas stamps and then clear embossed the reindeer from the same set for the envelope.  These cards were sent to my Scrap Happy and Our Happy Scrappin’ Place card swaps.



Oh!  Did you see my Misti in these pictures!  I’m loving this tool for production stamping!


I also made some fun winter tags.  Years ago, I purchased some metal sheets with the vision of embossing snowflakes – I just never made the time to do it until yesterday.  I am really pleased with these and plan on incorporating them in many more projects in the future.  They embossed easily with my Cuttlebug and punched out well with my [old] Creative Memories tag punch.  I’d love to try using paint or markers on this material too.




It’s already 8 days into December and we’ve only received 2 cards in the mail and 1 by email.  Mine are going out next week.

Are you sending greeting cards?  I’d love to hear your stories, let’s connect in the comments.


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Forever Friday: Using ‘other’ digi art in Artisan

One question I’m asked about all the time is “Can you use artwork from non-Forever stores in Artisan”?  The answer is YES!  I do it all the time!

First, remember that it’s easiest to purchase directly from Forever as the artwork is bundled and tagged for that ease of use.  That being said, sometimes you see something in another store that you “just have to have”.

Here are two videos from an Artisan friend who does a great job of describing her process as well as the process that I use the most.  The first video is explaining how she uses her Windows folders as the primary location for her art kits.

This second video describes how to make a .pakit.  This is how I use non-Artisan digi artwork as I like to categorize and tag them within the software itself.


Please add your feedback and/or additional questions in the comments!


A Thankful Heart

I love creating this time of year.  It’s really fun for me to make photo gifts, handmade cards and more!  Last year, I purchased some great leaf stamps from my Close to My Heart rep and decided to make some thankful cards.


I’m so thankful for all of you – who read and follow me.  I really appreciate your support!

Here are some holiday shopping specials I hope you’ll enjoy, click the images to go to my shopping pages.





Forever Friday: Learning Artisan 5

I’m often asked how I learn to use Artisan 5.  Typically it’s just by playing around and trying different features.  However I also subscribe to the best Artisan 5 training out there!  pixels2Pages is a wonderful group of Pixies who work with Artisan and share their tips and tricks daily.

Recently, they have made their Back2Basics class freely available to anyone.  This is a great way to get started learning Artisan!


Click here to learn more about pixels2Pages

I’d love to know…. what do you want to learn most about Artisan 5?  Let’s chat in the comments!


Forever Friday: Jump Start Video

My goal for the Forever Friday series is to offer you information on using your Forever products and services.  This week, I’m sharing a Jump Start video that was recorded by the folks at Forever.  This video is a great overview on using the Forever website.  It will cover the following topics:  Privacy Settings, Workflow, Inbox and more!

Feel free to let me know any (and all) of your questions.  I’m here to help you make the most of your Forever account.

Did you know that as a Forever Ambassador you will earn at least 15% commission on all purchases that you make as well as those made by your family and friends?  Here’s everything that new Ambassadors receive when they sign up this month for only $39:

  • A fully licensed version of Artisan 5 digi scrapbooking software.
  • $25 coupon for the Forever store (includes digi art and Historian software)
  • $50 toward media conversion
  • 20% off Permanent Storage (+ you can use the 10% customer coupon code)
  • 15-25% commission
  • And there’s no sales minimums!

I’d be happy to help you make extra holiday spending money – let’s talk!


Make it Monday: Sketches and LOAD

It’s a Layout a Day month!  I love these months because not only do I get caught up on my scrapping but I also try using more sketches and templates.  Here’s two layouts I created in the first week of LOAD.  My focus this month is to work on 400+ pictures from a recent trip to Disneyland.

First, I used the October 1st Stuck?! Sketches Challenge.  I’ve been dying to use the embellishments from Kate Hadfield’s All Mad Here digi kit.  I have some Alice pictures where you’ll see this kit again.   (The paper is from a kit called 2 Cute 2 Scare)


Next is a Scrapping with Liz’s October challenge Template.  I used Amanda Yi’s Candid digi kit for this one.  I love that Liz makes Artisan friendly templates.


Celebrate digital scrapbooking all month long with Forever.  Save $5 when you spend $25 on digital art using the promo code 50OFF25ART.  Click the image below to start shopping.




Forever Friday: Using the Forever Mobile App

If you’re a frequent reader here, you know that I do quite a bit of traveling.   Like most, I take tons of pictures with my phone.  One of the biggest questions I am asked is how to get my phone pictures off the device and safe?  One of my favorite tools is the Forever Mobile App.


Click here for iTunes.

Click here for Google Play.

Once the app is installed, I suggest you set the sync options as well as the cellular options.  From the opening page, tap the three lines in the upper left corner.




My settings have the Auto Sync On and the Cellular Data Off.

While you’re here, let’s play with a couple of the other features of the app.  We spend so much time with our phones so this app allows us to work with our photos by putting them into albums, tagging pictures and including the story behind the pictures.

To add a picture to an album, simply long press on a photo to select it.  Then tap the three dots in the upper right and select Add to Album and pick the appropriate album.




When you tap on a picture it opens full screen.  Clicking the i in the right corner will give you the photo information..  This is where you can add your description (tell the story) and tags.

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And of course you can share right from the app!



Did you know that you can become a Forever Ambassador for only $39 this month?  Join now and enjoy these benefits!

Receive Artisan digital scrapbooking software and 10 art kits! ($59.95 value)

Enjoy a store coupon for $25

Convert your outdated media for up to $50

Get 20% off your purchase of Permanent Storage

And receive 15% commission on all future purchases (digi art, print shop, conversion and more)

No sales minimums

Click here to learn more.















Would you like to Scrap Happy?

One of my favorite online scrapping groups is having a membership sale – just in time for Layout a Day (starting October 1st).

Join the Scrap Happy Family and enjoy:
* Monthly Sketch
* Monthly “Happy” Hour
* Monthly Movie “Night” (often it’s really during the day)
* Lively Facebook Group
* Annual in-person Family Reunion
* Swaps
* Layout a Day three times a year
* A great family and supportive group
* and so much more!

Click here to learn more.

Join before Friday (9/30) and save 20%.

Leave your questions in the comments.

Forever Friday = Freebies

Have you seen the new freeibies that Forever has offered?

The Sweet Summer Memories Template is really versatile!  I used it to capture some beach memories of a friend of mine, but I could see so many different ways and memories to preserve with this one.  Maybe I’ll do a one template: many ways blog post down the road?  To get this template, just complete the 2 question survey here.  If, for some reason, you don’t the template, just let me know and I’ll take care of it.



And if you like to do calendars, there’s an 8 1/2 by 11 School Year calendar that’s really cute!  For this one, just shop at the Forever Digital Art Store – here’s a direct link.  While you’re shopping, enjoy 20% off any digital art using the code School20.  Please make sure to enter your ambassador’s name at checkout.


As a matter of fact, the School20 promo code is valid for all the following products and software during the month of August:

How are you making or saving memories this weekend?





Forever Friday: Back to School Sale(s) in August

Forever has decided to do some special promotions for Back to School!


Permanent Storage is on sale for 20%!  That means the 10GB account that was $349 is only $279.20.  If you’re currently using the free account, this is a great time to upgrade at a great price.  I’ve been putting my scanned CM albums into my own account and am loving the ease of being able to share layouts to Facebook as well as being able to enjoy viewing them on my phone through the Forever app.


In addition, both Artisan and Historian are on sale for the rest of the month.  If you’ve always wanted to go digital, Artisan is the scrapbooking software I love.  I can use it when I travel, whether or not I’m connected to the internet.  And Historian keeps me organized.  I can tag, star rate and tell the story for all my images.  I can even push them from Historian into my Forever account.  So easy!

Just click the images above to get more information.  And stay tuned… there’s more sales to come starting next week!