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County Fairs Can Show Off Your Scrapbooking Ability

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Did you know that you can become a scrapbook all-star when you submit your layouts to your county fair?

During the summer, many scrapbookers look to showcase their finest pages at different cultural events and festivals and one of those events is the county fair. Fairs are a great way for scrapbookers, especially those who offer it as as service, to show off their creativity and skill at making the most of memories.

Take time this week to research different county fairs, festivals, and art shows in your area and see if scrapbook pages and layouts can be submitted for judging. Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up winning first prize! Even if you don’t win a ribbon or take home an award, you can still gain recognition for your beautiful work. Submit to a county fair and show just how great of a scrapbooker you are!

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It’s National Ice Cream Month

July is smack in the middle of the summer, and nothing says summer better than a nice scoop of ice cream!  Why not make an ice cream themed scrapbook to commemorate one of the best features of the season?  Take some ice cream pictures and get rolling!

Have a Sundae Sunday

Create a sundae bar at your house one Sunday afternoon.  Here are a few tips for getting your sundae stuff together:

  • Get a few different flavors of ice cream and line the tubs up on the table.  Have a scoop ready for each.
  • Set out individual bowls for everyone that will be there.  Make sure you have spoons, too!
  • Get a few different toppings for your ice cream.  Nuts, candy, sprinkles, different syrups, and whipped cream.  Have some cherries to put on top.
  • Let everyone make their own sundae.

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Ice Cream Scrapbooking
When you’re ready to scrapbook your ice cream extravaganza, get a nice light-colored scrapbook.  You can even have your kids make paper ice cream cones to use as embellishments.  Have fun with it!

Make sure you take pictures of the sundae bar before everyone starts eating.  Take pictures of what everyone’s sundae looks like, and get a few shots of them eating.  (You might want to have a few napkins on hand, too!)

Scrapbook for National Picnic Month

July is National Picnic Month, and it’s a perfect opportunity to scrapbook!  Picnics are great fun when you can get the whole family together.  But in order to get the best pictures for your scrapbook, you need to have an awesome picnic!  MemoryScrapbooks.com has some picnic tips for you to get started.  Make sure you bring your camera!

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  • A city or state park naturally lends itself to a great picnic.  There are picnic tables, bathrooms, and plenty of room to run around.  But there are other great picnic options, too!  Try the beach, a zoo, botanical gardens, the grounds of a museum, a public pool, or even your own back yard. Just make sure you have permission to picnic at the location you choose.
  • You also need some activities to do at a picnic.  Think about flying kites, playing volleyball, badminton, croquet, or soccer.  You could even do some bird watching!
  • What’s a picnic without food?  Nothing!  Your picnic menu is important.  You could go with simple sandwiches, or you could get a bit more elaborate with grilled burgers and dogs. Remember dessert, too.  Cookies are perfect for a picnic.

Get out there and enjoy National Picnic Month.  Have fun, take some pictures, and make a great scrapbook!

Using Quotes in Scrapbooking

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but words are important, too!  That’s why it’s usually a good idea to use some fun, inspirational, or personal quotes in your scrapbook.  They can add a little bit of meaning to your pages.  Here are some of our favorites here at MemoryScrapbooks.com.

For Kids
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Unknown
“Anyone who thinks the art of conversation is dead ought to tell a child to go to bed.” – Robert Gallagher
“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

About Love
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – from Annie
“A day without you is like a day without honey.” – Winnie the Pooh
“Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.” – Unknown

Pets
“A dog wags its tail with its heart.” – Max Buxbaum
“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull
“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!’” – Dave Barry
“The idea of calm exists in a sitting cat.” – Jules Renard

Hand Stamp Scrapbook

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When babies are born, the hospital staff usually gets prints of their hands and their feet.  It’s done in order to get an idea of the baby’s size.  But it also creates a cute little memento of your child’s first few moments in this world.  There’s no reason to stop the stamping fun, though.  You can create a cute little hand stamp scrapbook in the years to come.  It’s a great way to mark your child’s growth and get them involved in scrapbooking all at the same time!

Get stamping

  • You can use the feet stamps provided by the hospital to get your scrapbook going.  But you can also do a more colorful version when you get your baby home.  Either way, you definitely want those “new baby” prints in your book.
  • As your child grows, let them pick out some fun multi-colored scrapbook paper.  You can get some non-toxic paint and have them stamp their own hand onto the paper.  Try to get some contrast.  Don’t use green paint on green paper— no matter how much your child might want to!
  • You can probably cap this project off when your child turns 12 or so.  By that point, their hands will probably be done growing.  If you want to continue the project, you might have your child create little hand print art projects to include, instead.

Scrapping and Crafting on the Go

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There’s that old saying that idle hands are the devil’s handiwork.  Now, we’re pretty sure that you’re not going to get yourself into trouble if you don’t have any scrapbooking to do— but why take the chance?  We all end up in situations where we have to sit in a waiting room.  Whether we’re at the doctor’s office or somewhere else (and, seriously, who wants to read an ancient Glamour magazine, anyway?), we could all use something to do while we wait.  So here are a few ideas to take your scrapping and other crafts on the road.

  • Choose a craft that requires a minimal amount of supplies.  That means you won’t be taking around your entire 3-Ring Scrapbook with you!  But you can certainly make little scrapbooked bookmarks.
  • If you do other crafts, you can load yourself up with macrame, origami, or crochet projects, too.
  • Think about how much room you have to carry things around with you.  If you have a bigger purse, you have a few more options.  But generally, you want to think about the amount of crafting supplies you can fit into a quart-size zipper bag.
  • Keep several different combinations of bagged craft supplies handy, so you can always grab one before you head out.

There’s no reason to keep your scrapping tied down.  Everyone here at MemoryScrapbooks.com hopes that your traveling scrapbooking might inspire those around you to get crafting themselves!

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.

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.

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.

Scrapbook Your Pets

To a lot of people, pets are members of the family. Animals are little characters that can bring joy into the lives of their owners (or “pet parents,” if you prefer). Making a scrapbook for your furry companion is a great way to document the role that they play in your life. You might have a menagerie of pets, or you might have just one that you call your “baby.” Either way, scrapbooking your pet can help you hold on to those memories for years to come.

MemoryScrapbooks.com has an album that can get you started. If you don’t have enough pictures of your pet to get started right away, it might be a good idea to jot down the kind of things you think might work for your scrapbook. Is your pet a clown? Then you might try catching him when he starts chasing his tail. If your pet is a couch potato, it might be fun to stick a silly hat on him when he’s sleeping. Get creative, and snap some photos! Once you’ve got your pictures, you can add some captions. It might also be a nice idea to leave some room on the page for a bit of journaling, because you can’t always catch everything your pet does in a photograph. So you can include some descriptions around the pictures to really bring the album to life.

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