Make in Monday: Holiday Gift Tags & Coffee

Since most of my family lives on the East Coast (while I’m West) I wrapped, packaged and shipped holiday gifts this past weekend.  Last year I bought the Stampin’ Up Cookie Cutter Christmas stamps and punch – it’s so versitle!  This year I made gift tags with the set.

I also used some leftover die cuts from a Creative Memories holiday kit.  I pulled out my ancient Xyron to make my life easier – and I’ve fallen in love again with this tool!


How are you using your scrappy supplies with your gift wrapping this season?

On another note, Creative Memories is now offering coffee.  This is the family business of the current owner of CM and I know that lots of coffee is consumed during my crops.  Check it out – there’s still time to place an order for holiday delivery!


Forever Friday: Gift Ideas

I recently was featured on Digi Scrapbooking HQ’s blog for a couple of my gifts that I’m giving this year.

Check it out here.

What are you crafting for the holidays?

Are you a sewer, knitter, crafter?  Check out this HUGE bundle of patterns, projects and ideas!  I’m wanting to learn to crochet and maybe weave next year so I’m excited!  But click quickly as it’s only available thru December 4, 2017!!

Click here to see more about the Homemade with Love Super Bundle.

Make it Monday: It’s another Layout a Day (LOAD) Month

Yes, October is a Layout a Day month, specifically for Scrap Happy Family members.  I had intended on keeping up but there’s so much going on that I’ve slipped behind.  It’s currently Day 9 and I’ve completed 6 layouts, to date.  I hope to get another one done tonight so it’s not too far behind.

I’m all scattered this time around too.  As much as I’m trying to stay with the prompts, I want to keep up momentum on my current pictures.  In these six layouts, I’ve done some of my sister in law’s wedding, my last Disneyland trip and Forever Live.

I’m going to do my best to get caught up this week because I want to start creating holiday gifts too!  It’s really never ending isn’t it?  (ha ha)

What are you creating this month?  Link up in the comments.

Forever Friday: Getting Photos from Your Forever Account

Did you know that you can grab photos from your Forever account when digital scrapbooking with Artisan?  Like most, I’m taking more and more pictures with my mobile phone and they auto-sync to Forever.  I could download them to my local computer and then bring them into Artisan but using Get Photos > Browse Forever is a big timesaver! One thing to know is that your photos have to be in an Album before being able to use them in Artisan.


I haven’t tried the other Browse features just yet so if you do, please comment with your experience.

Using Overlays in your Digi Layouts

I wanted to share a video I created to help showcase using overlays in digital layout with Artisan.

I’d love to see how you are using overlays, link up your layouts so we can be inspired.

Have you seen this great Mega Kit with Overlays, Masks and More?  I love the collaboration with Little Feet Digital Designs and Dagi’s Temp-tations.

Click the image above to shop.

Rooted In The Past Mega Digi Kit

I’ve been asked to help out as a Creative Team member for Partners in Crime.  This is a digi collaboration between Little Feet Digital Designs and Dagi’s Temp-Tations.   The first kit that I worked with is this HUGE MEGA bundle Rooted In The Past.  Did I say HUGE?  Oh my… so many digi-goodies here!

This kit is available for Artisan users only and TODAY ONLY is half price!  That’s $30 for all of this goodness!!!  Hurry though, that price is only good right now (through 8/29 at 6:59am Eastern Time) using the Promo Code DEALOFTHEDAY at Forever.

Although this looks like it’s mainly for Heritage pictures, I used it for a fun girls weekend I went on last month.    How are you going to use this MEGA kit?

Forever Friday: Top Five Reasons Forever is Different

I know many use some kind of ‘cloud’ storage for their photos. I’m often asked “Why Forever”? Here’s my top 5 reasons:

1) Permanence. Forever offers a guarantee that you will always own your full resolution images for your lifetime + 100 years. And this is in easy to read format. Click here.

2) Shareable. You have complete control of your privacy. You can keep everything private, share some (or all) and even make some (or all) public. They’re your memories so you decide how private or public you want to make it.

3) Pay once. You own your account and only pay if you need more space. If the up front payment is too much, you can spread that payment over 12 months. Once paid – you’re done. No more payments.

4) Easy to use. Works with all computers, devices, platforms. The free mobile app allows automatic sync-ing.

5) Ambassadors. I want you to be happy! I will coach you, teach you and cheer you on while using your account.

And it’s 25% off right now, before prices go up in September!!! Contact me with all your questions.

Learn more click here

Tech Tuesday: Camera Card Tips

Earlier this month, I took a photography class and was surprised with one of the other students criticized someone for deleting pictures right from the camera.  She said a lot of techno stuff that I really didn’t understand, nor was I interested (at the time) to really care.  I’ve done this frequently and have [luckily] never had an issue with any of the memory cards in my cameras.

Last week, this article popped up on my Facebook feed and it piqued my interest.

Memory Cards and Image Deleting

Now I feel bad for not really understanding that other person’s comments.  I found many of these tips very interesting and will have to do my best to incorporate more of them into the care of my camera.

What do you think?

Forever Friday: Chatting about Forever


I recently spent some time chatting with Melissa from Digital Scrapbooking HQ about Forever and why we love using their products/services.


Prices are going up as of September 1st but you can get storage and software now at 25% off current pricing!  That’s the lowest price EVER!  I’d be happy to discuss the best plan for you – just let me know.

Click here for Karen’s Forever Website

Make it Monday: Watercolor Tag

Even though I’m a digi scrapbooker, I’m finding myself doing more tactile paper crafts like cards and art journaling.  As I work more and more with paint, I’ve been learning to brush my excess onto a scrap piece of paper.  That, together with the new (to me) punch from Creative Memories is making me very happy.


Now I’m finding myself wanting to use more paint to have more excess!  This punch is becoming one that stays on my desk all the time.

If you’re interested in some Creative Memories products, there’s a super Mystery Bag deal happening right now!  Click either of the images to go to my Creative Memories website.