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Archive for May, 2010

Our Friend: This Crazy Life

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Today we would like to take the time to introduce you to our friend Michelle Underwood and her blog:  This Crazy Life.

Michelle is a digital scrapbook page designer.  Her work is amazing and would be an incredible addition to any of your scrapbook projects.  She has a wide variety of scrapbook page designs that can fit into any theme that you may be working on.  In case you are working on a project but don’t have a lot of time, Michelle has her own store that you can visit to purchase these beautiful pages so that you can easily spruce up your own scrapbook.

So keep Michelle in mind for your projects and make sure to regularly visit This Crazy Life for more great ideas and tips!

Bring Your Crafts Together: Scrap for Knitting and Crochet

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More often than not, you’re not going to pigeonhole yourself into doing one kind of craft.  And with that said, you should be able to use one craft to enhance the other.  So why not come up with a creative way to store some of your favorite knitting and crochet patterns?  You can put a scrapbook together that’s both beautiful and functional!

  • Get all of your patterns together and make a page for each one.  It doesn’t have to be too fancy. Just get them in there in a way that’s easy for you to organize them.  You could organize them by color, type of project, or alphabetically.  It might be a good idea to use scrapbooking paper in a similar color to the yarn you’d use for the project.
  • Once you’ve completed a project, you can take pictures of it to put next to the pattern.  Have someone model the ponchos from the front and back so you can see the all-around look.  It’s nice to take pictures of all of your crafting projects so you can remember your work— especially if you give it away as a gift.

You can also use your crochet skills to create some cute scrapbooking embellishments.  Here’s a pattern for a small crocheted butterfly that you can use in your crochet scrapbook:

Ch 3, sl st in 1st ch to form a ring.

Notes: 1 round completes the butterfly. All of the stitches on Rnd 1 are worked in the Ch 3 ring, and stitches need to be pushed toward the beg of the rnd as you crochet.

Rnd 1: * ch 3, 2 tr, ch 3, sl st **, [ch 2, dc, ch 2, sl st] twice, rep from * to ** once, [ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 ch, sl st] twice.

Fasten off.

If you don’t already know how to knit or crochet, now is the perfect time to learn!  Let your love for one craft feed another.

We Love Southern Belle Scrapper!

Today we are proud to introduce our new friend, Southern Belle Scrapper.  This website is a blog dedicated to one scrapper’s true passion for the hobby.  She provides many amazing instructions for home made crafts and embellishments that you can add to any of your own scrapbooks.  Her projects are beautiful and deserve to be seen by as many people as possible!

One project that caught our eye, was the “Pushing Up Daisies” cookie container.  This cute craft is a fun project for the whole family and can really come out looking nice!  The flowers and bees found on the cookie container also help showcase the springtime.
pushing up daisies

So join us in giving our new friend a warm welcome and make sure to check out all of the wonderful crafts and information that you can find at Southern Belle Scrapper.

Scrapbooking For Graduates

graduationIt’s graduation season.  Students of all ages are going to be graduating from pre-school, high school, college— you name it!  Graduation is always a memorable occasion;  and it’s a time for looking back on the graduate’s education and life up to this point.  There’s no better way to do that than with a scrapbook!

Some things to hang on to

  • The program from graduation is a great thing to put in the scrapbook.  It has everyone’s name in it, and it’s something that you’ll want to look back on.
  • If you don’t mind things getting a little bumpy, you can go ahead and put one of the graduation tassels in there.  Oftentimes, you can order extra tassels so that you can keep on on the hat and use one for some other keepsake— like a scrapbook!
  • It might be possible to get copies of the speeches given at the ceremony.  At the very least, write down some memorable quotes so that you can look back on the advice given by the keynote speakers.
  • If you got tickets for graduation, hang on to those, too!

Gather pictures from throughout the graduate’s life to create a nice retrospective scrapbook that culminates with his or her graduation!  However you decide to put it together, MemoryScrapbooks.com has some inspirational albums to get you started.

Scrapbook a Father’s Day Card

Mother’s Day has passed, and that means that Father’s Day is just around the corner. You can use up some of your leftover scrapping supplies to make a one-of-a-kind card for that special dad. Grab a sheet of scrapbook paper and get going!

If you want to include a picture on there, try to find something that includes the dad with his kids. That way, he’ll be able to display the card on the mantle or his desk at work. It’ll kind of pull double-duty as a card and picture frame! Just stick it on there with some of your leftover glue dots.

Once you’ve made the card, you’ll need a nice Father’s Day quote.

Here are some of our favorites:

  • “A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” -Anonymous
  • “It is a wise father that knows his own child.” -William Shakespeare
  • “One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” -English proverb
  • “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” -Sigmund Freud
  • “Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!” -Lydia M. Child

Celebrate National Photograph Month!

Did you know that May is the perfect time to start getting your family photos, scrapbooks, and photo albums in order? It turns out that May is actually National Photograph Month and what better way to start enjoying the celebrating than by making a scrapbook or a photo album with all of your favorite memories using the scrapbook and photo supplies from MemoryScrapbooks.com

From scrapbooks and embellishments to photo album refills and adhesives, MemoryScrapbooks.com has everything you need to make the most of your memories this month. Plus, with our selection of photo gear, it can be easy to gift someone you love with items that are perfectly in line with this month’s celebration.

In addition to making your own scrapbooks and photo albums, also take time during the month of May taking pictures of your friends, family, or just things that inspire you! Develop the photographs and use them to commemorate National Photograph Month and your favorite memories.