Costco Photo Centers are Closing

Did you hear that Costco is closing the Photo Department at all locations? Here’s the letter that’s on their website….

As the letter indicates, they are keeping their online services for now. The problem is that there is only one way to get your full resolution images from their online site. You have to order a USB with the images, but they *don’t ship those* and they are only available for pick-up at the one hour center. Once those centers are gone, they may not guarantee that you will be able to get your images from their site. If you have any important images there, I recommend you order that USB right away because it can take up to two weeks, depending on location. I also read that if you don’t order a print, they may delete your photos.

One more detail…since they are eliminating the in-house centers, they are eliminating *all* drop off services. This includes VHS conversion and ink refills. At this time, they do not offer mail-in options for conversion services.

Did you know that I offer the same things as Costco in my business? And you receive $20 to spend as a new customer. I’d be happy to help you navigate and work on a plan to get and stay organized.

And this might be a good time for some who are interested in beginning a home-based photo printing, organizing and scanning business like mine. I can teach you everything you need to know. This is a great side hustle or full time biz. It is fun, you would be helping people with something they need and making a nice paycheck too. Message me if you are interested, I would love to share more with you.

I am leading a Business Opportunity session tomorrow night (1/14/2021) at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern. Click the image below to join!

To learn more about Forever’s products and services, and to create your free account, click here!

Holiday Shopping Deals this Weekend

There’s so many deals to be had this weekend so I have a little round up here. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday clog our email boxes but we’re all looking for great prices, right? As I find deals of interest, I’ll add to this post. Happy Shopping!

Forever has tons of deals right now, good through Monday 11/30/2020. Digital Art, Storage Payment Plans, Media Conversion Boxes and get a Bonus Coupon when you purchase a Gift Certificate! https://www.forever.com/ambassador/karenfitting/deals
Spend $150 & get Free Bundle and free shppinghttps://www.creativememories.com/user/photoskeptalive
Save $30 before 12/15/2020
https://sales.scraphappy.org/scrapsmarter-experience-2021-1/?coupon=KAREN
Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S Instant Film Camera, Red, Blister Packing $29.99 https://adorama.evyy.net/c/128267/51926/1036?u=https://www.adorama.com/FJIM7SRDBP.html?emailprice=t
Britt(ish) Designs has 30% off all weekend. Check out her Disney Inspired kits in the Project Mouse Category. https://store.brittishdesigns.com/
Rock Your Notebook has deals TODAY (11/27/2020) only. This is where I get my planner and blank journals. https://rockyournotebook.com/

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Free doesn’t last. FOREVER does.

Are you using Google Photos? Did you see this announcement yesterday?

https://blog.google/products/photos/storage-changes

Free doesn’t last. FOREVER does. FOREVER provides ground-breaking rights and protections for your data, securing your memories through good times and bad. Read more about our guarantee here: https://www.forever.com/guarantee

Let’s chat about a new way to save your memories.

Learn more.

As part of 12 Days of Gifts, either 10GB or 1TB of FOREVER Storage is half off today only (November 12, 2020)! Click here for details.

NEW! Seamless Lay Flat Binding

Last month Forever launched a new photo book featuring seamless lay flat binding. It’s currently only available through our online Autobook or Create & Print options. I made one and compared it to one I did as a more traditional lay flat book. Let’s take a look….

This option is only available as 12×12 right now so the first thing I enjoyed seeing was the size difference between 10×10 and 12×12. I’ve stacked them open on top of one another.

Next, look at the different in the binding. The bottom is the seamless. It’s very different. Notice the pages are much thicker. I really like this. I’ll mention now that this is a more expensive product (but often on sale) and is perfect for those very special pictures – think celebrations, vacations, coffee table books and more!

Finally, here’s a view looking at a photo that spans between pages. On the bottom is the seamless, the top is traditional.

It’s the 12 days of gifts right now and seamless lay flat books will be half off November 8th, 2020 for one day only!

Create your free account here and get a $20 coupon when you confirm your email (through 12/31/2020).

ScrapSmarter Experience

I’m excited to tell you about an awesome event happening in August!

It’s a weekend of scrapbooking inspiration and education you won’t want to miss!. The ScrapSmarter Experience is bringing together some amazing scrapbooking instructors for an online virtual weekend of classes and inspiration.

How does it work?

The entire event will take place online using Zoom August 21-23, 2020.  Stacy Julian, the keynote speaker will help us kick off the party on Friday.

Saturday features 6 classes with each instructor sharing a pre-recorded class session and interacting in a live Q&A session. Sunday will have 4 more classes and a wind up party.

Who’s teaching?

In addition to the classes and kickoff party there are prizes!  I’ve even offered 10GB Forever Storage as a prize!  The grand prize includes a $250 gift basket from Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine.

Registration?

The ScrapSmarter Experience is NOW OPEN for registration. The regular price for the event is $129USD but right now you can use coupon code: SMART30 to save $30! You’ll only pay $99 for EVERYTHING!

Are you ready to sign up or want more information? Click here to sign up! Let’s learn some scrappy skills so we can ScrapSmarter!

 

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Layout a Day for a week next week

Hello!  MiniLOAD starts next week and the theme is Scrap the Rainbow!   You can see a sneak preview in my Scrapbooking Challenge Group.

The purpoase of Mini Layout a Day is to create at least one layout per day for just one week.  It could inspire you to keep going!  The theme and prompts are to help give you ideas or a jumping off point for your layout.  However it’s mostly about getting those layouts done, even if it’s off prompt.  You can pocket-scrapbook, digi-scrapbook or use paper – it’s totally up to you!

This year’s miniLOAD starts on July 13th (in just 5 days)!!

 

* Affiliate links may be used which means I earn a little bit for sharing.  Rest assured, the cost to you is the same!

Going Crazy at Home?

Are you almost ready to go crazy? Get 21 eBooks, eCourses, and printables on how to make the best of staying at home. With resources for kids’ activities, self care for you, parenting, organizing, and more, the Stay at Home Survival Bundle is here! 95% off.

You might be asking yourself, who was the Stay at Home Survival Bundle created for?  Well, I’m answering that one – and a few more questions, too!

Q1: Is this one big course? Or a bunch of different products?

A1: This bundle is a collection of 4 eBooks, 5 eCourses, 11 printables & workbooks, and 1 summit. Inside this bundle, you will find 21 resources to help you teach your children while we’re all elearning, find ways to take care of yourself, and how to complete the organizing projects that we haven’t had a chance to tackle until now, and so much more. It’s a pack of survival guides –  all for $24.99.

 

Q2: Okay, that sounds good. Who was the Stay at Home Survival Bundle created for?

A2: The folks at Ultimate Bundles created this bundle for the woman (especially the mom) who is searching for something to help with social distancing, keeping her kids entertained, and not losing her mind in the process.

 

Q3: What if I buy it and don’t like it?

A3: That’s why they offer a 100% happiness guarantee refund policy for 30 days. If you don’t love it, just email customerservice@ultimatebundles.com to ask for a full refund.

 

Q4: This sounds like a scam. Can you prove it’s not?

A4: I know it seems too good to be true. Pay $24.99 for $430.19 in resources? Doesn’t that mean someone’s losing big time? Or the prices are inflated?

I totally get your concerns. I’ve been an affiliate for Ultimate Bundles for years and I can tell you that I offer these bundles to my readers because they’re a great value. Even though a blogger may be including their product in a bundle that costs less than their product, product creators get exposure to new potential readers, which can pay off in big ways later. And when you buy a bundle through your favorite blogger (hopefully me!), you’ll support them, too!

In short, it’s a great deal for everyone. Ultimate Bundles is a reputable company who have been around for 8 years, so if you try the bundle and don’t like it within 30 days, just ask their friendly, helpful customer happiness team for a refund.

 

I hope that fully answers your questions!!

In my opinion, you really don’t want to pass up a deal this good. But I’ll leave that up to you. Learn more or get your bundle clicking here.

Seriously, don’t wait. Check out all the details here and let me know if you have any other questions that I didn’t answer.

Font Lovers Unite!

Fonts are so fun and a great way to enhance our scrapbooking layouts.  I’m often asked about fonts and where to find them.   Here’s some of my go-to places.

  • What the Font!  Have you ever wondered what a specific font is?  This is a great tool that helps to identify fonts from an image that you upload.
  • Best Fonts!  There are tons a great places to find fonts.  Once you know the name of what you’re looking for, just search for that and see what comes up.  Here are the websites that I trust and use:
    • DaFont
    • The Hungry jpg – lots of freebies here and often with both personal and commercial use licenses.
    • Font Bundles – another site with lots of freebies!
    • Kimberly Geswein makes fonts and has great resourses on her website.  You can also download all her free fonts in a single download from here.
  • I also have made my handwriting into a font using Your Fonts.
  • I recently learned about iFontMaker for making your own fonts.  It’s only available for Apple or Windows systems.

As I learn about more, I’ll continue to add to this post.  Comment with your favorites!

 

(Affiliate links are used, where possible.  That means I’ll get a little $$ for referring you.  The price to you is the same – THANK YOU!)

Why Forever Storage?

Where are you memories now?  Memories are worth preserving.  However there are problems.  If not in the cloud, they’re not preserved.  BUT, other cloud services are temporary, incomplete and not private.  Large competitors offer temporary storage and claim right to use your content.

In addition to the above, Apple iCloud’s Terms of Service (as of 2/26/2020) also state it’s your responsibility to back up your data.  “… Apple does not guarantee or warrant that any content you store or access through the Service will not be subject to inadvertent damage, corruption, loss or removal …. …. Apple shall not be responsible should such damage, corruption, loss or removal occur.  It is your responsibility to maintain appropriate alternative backup of your information and data.”

Google provides temporary storage and data mines everything.   “When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through Google Drive, you give Google a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify… communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.”   “Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails)… This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.”

It’s time to take back your control.  Keep ownership of all your right to your content.  Control how your content is preserved during your life and beyond.  Enjoy data migration to new file formats over time at no extra cost.

Own your own piece of the cloud for your family’s memories and know that they will be safe and secure for generations.

Click here for more information

Special offer – I will provide 40% off for the first five (5) people to purchase a new Storage Account 25GB or larger.  Contact me to request your coupon code.

[Offer good for May, 2020]

 

iNSD Celebrations

Happy interNational Scrapbooking Day!  How are you celebrating?  I was supposed to be hosting a weekend event in the mountains in Northern California but that was canceled so I’m crafting at home.  Here’s a few things that I’m doing today.  Comment with what you’re doing!

Close to My Heart all day crop.  I purchased the Card Kit #1 and will be following along making that.

Creative Memories Virtual Crop. I’m considering using one of these sketches for my Layout of the Day today.

Layout a Day Challenge started yesterday so I’ll make sure to finish at least a layout today!  Join this weekend with promo code BEATLES25 and save 25% (through May 3, 2020).

I’m also going to spend some time outside in the yard and getting some sun!

Join my Forever VIP Group  and my Scrapping Challenge Group for more inspiration!