Video Series: Take Better Pictures

As a scrapbooker, taking great pictures is important to me.  Sometimes I find myself stuck on a photographic plateau.  What about you?  The more I practice, the better I get, however even if that’s true, am I ready to get to the next level?

I’ve signed up for a free video series with Courtney Slazinik of Click It Up a Notch and am looking forward to learning how to:

  • Prevent blurry and out-of-focus images
  • Discover how to use natural light indoors for great photos in your home
  • Bring your subjects to life with two easy tips (and say adios to flat, boring photos!)
  • Add a pro touch by editing photos in 4 simple steps

If you want to start taking great photos, head here to register for these videos. (But hurry because they’re only available until February 25th!)


Keeping Busy

Hello!  I know it’s been a while and I’m so very sorry.  All of a sudden, life got super busy!

a) It’s Layout a Day month and I’m happy to say that I’ve been keeping up.  Thankfully I’m working on our vacation pictures from our Walt Disney World trip two weeks ago.   Here’s a couple of my current favorites:

b) We’re buying a second home in Twain Harte, CA!  I didn’t realize all the work involved in doing this.  Even with a super Realtor, there’s tons of emails, decisions and effort.  We’re scheduled to close March 2nd and we’ll be spending most of our next many weekends there getting it all set up.  We now have to completely furnish and supply another home.  Thankfully, we have ALOT of extra stuff in our current home so many that will be helpful.

c) We’ve decided to help manage the family ski condo at Northstar at Tahoe.  This also came with more effort than I expected, together with trying to get family decisions made.

d) It’s the last month to qualify to earn the Forever Incentive Trip to Cabo.  I’m trying with all my might to see how close I can get to earning it.  Interested in helping me?  Contact me for my Crazy February Special that is in addition to what Forever is offering this month (can you say cash back when you purchase?).

Thank you for your continued support in reading my blog.  What’s new with you ?

Layout a Day: LOAD218

It’s almost time for another month of layouts!  I’m truly looking forward to LOAD218-Choose Your Own Scrapbook Adventure.   From what I can tell, we’re going to be able to choose from a variety of prompts each day.  I love having choices so this sounds really right up my alley!

I’m currently getting organized using Historian.  I’m loading my pictures from the past several months as well as tagging them and giving them star ratings.  I find this helps me stay on track during LOAD and allows me to focus more time on scrapbooking.

Did you know that LOAD218 is open to anyone and everyone?  If you’re looking to kick start your scrapbooking for this year, consider this challenge.  There’s no judgement for doing one layout or all 28 or something in between.  It’s still more than nothing.  So what are you waiting for?  Join us!  Make your commitment in the comments and then go sign up.


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Forever Friday: Finish in Four Part 3

Who wants to make a 21-99 page book in January with me using Forever Print!?  Join me each Friday, this month, right here to get a quick assignment for the week.

You don’t have to write an essay, but consider including who, where, when, why, what on each page or two page spread. Will those looking at your book need you there to tell the story? Or will the photo book INCLUDE your story?

The online templates don’t have a lot of space for journaling so it won’t be a difficult task. If you’d like to include more, consider creating a text box in MS Word and then using the snipping tool to save it as a jpg. Fitting into a photo opening can be a little tricky, but it can be done.

Share a screenshot of a page in your book in the comments.


Here’s where you can see Week 1

Here’s where you can see Week 2

Forever Friday: Are your memories safe?

If your photos are backed up with a monthly cloud service provider, on an external hard drive, or not backed up at all, the answer is no. But don’t panic! FOREVER is here to secure your photos with our one-of-a-kind, complete memory-keeping solution.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Convert all your physical memories to digital form by packing them into a FOREVER conversion box and sending them in to us. Our professionals will handle them with the utmost care and your originals will be quickly returned to you. Shipments both ways are fully tracked and insured for your peace of mind. Never worry about the safety of your family treasures again!
  2. Your digitized memories will be uploaded into a free FOREVER storage account. If you wish, you’ll have the chance to secure them for your lifetime plus 100 years by upgrading to a permanent account. Just pay once. No hidden fees, no recurring costs. Learn more here.
  3. Print your memories to share as photo books, mugs, wall art, calendars, and more. Or, invite friends to join you on to share your albums online! It’s as easy as that.

Get started now for a fraction of the price!

Become a member of our memory-keeping community today and ensure the safety of your memories for generations to come! For the month of January, save 15% on any storage single payment of 25GB and up. And if you purchase a conversion box, you’ll save EVEN MORE on storage! Learn more about all our deals here.

SPECIAL OFFER FROM KAREN: Buy a box in January and I’ll send you a $10 gift certificate to be used on your next FOREVER purchase, including any overage fees.

Say NO to renting your storage. Own it for good. Join the movement toward permanence today!

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!

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.

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