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May 7th is National Scrapbooking Day!

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Yay! It’s National Scrapbooking Day and to help you celebrate, we have some great ideas on how you can share scrapbooking with others in your family, circle of friends, or even your community!

Start a Scrapbooking Circle: Great for networking and ideal for getting the most out of your scrapbooking experience, a scrapbooking circle can be a great way for you to meet other scrapbookers and swap tips. You can even set up monthly supply sales/trades that can help you keep your scrapbooks fresh and vibrant. Meet weekly, biweekly, monthly, or whenever suits you all best!

Make a Friendship Scrapbook: Have a friend you’ve been wanting to thank? Why not make him or her a scrapbook that celebrates your friendship? Start out by making a few pages on your own, and then, when you give the scrapbook to your friend, ask that you work on it together. You can spend hours upon hours commemorating your history together- and having a whole lot of fun!

Have a Scrapbooking Party: Have family members that love to scrapbook? Get everyone together for food, fun, and of course, photos! Scrapbooking parties can be a great way for you to set aside time to work on your latest scrapbook while encouraging scrapbooking with those you love. Play around with different layouts, embellishments, and techniques as you munch on snacks with those you love. So much fun!

How will you be celebrating National Scrapbook Day?

Celebrate National Get Organized Month

Photo Storage Box

Alright – it’s time to finally do it. It’s the perfect time to actually sit down and do something with those piles of photos and oodles of scrapbooking supplies. It’s time to put things together. It’s time to simplify. It’s time to get organized.

January is National Get Organized Month and to make things easy, MemoryScrapbooks.com has put together a list of must-have scrapbook and photo organization supplies. With a little bit of time – and with these photo organizers – it’ll be easy to get your scrapbooking area neat and tidy.

Let’s get started:

Photo organization boxes: First off, you should start by going through your photos. Toss out the ones that got developed but are away too dark or out of focus to use. Then, catalog your photos by event (or other criteria) in one of our photo organization boxes. They’re archival safe and perfect for getting those piles of photos in order after they’ve sat in a drawer or shoebox.

Scrapbooks and photo albums: Want an even better way to organize those favorite photos? Make scrapbooks or put them into albums! You can easily fill up any of our scrapbooks or photo albums with embellishments and snapshots so that they can be enjoyed and displayed, instead of packed away.

Photo storage boxes: Besides organizing and storing photos, our photo storage boxes are also perfect for packing away leftover scrapbooking supplies, embellishments, adhesives, or other crafting essentials. Choose from different sizes and designs to find the one that’s best for you.

How do you get organized?

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Scrapbooking Made Easy with Scrapbook Kits

Scrapbooking Kit

At MemoryScrapbooks.com, we want to make sure that scrapbooking is made easy. To help you do that, we offer a great line of scrapbooking kits that are perfect for getting you started. All of our scrapbook kits include everything you need to put together a great scrapbook from start to finish, plus, you can choose from several different options to find the one that’s right for you. Want to know our favorite? Try the 8×8 Scrapbook Kit.

Perfect for putting together your first scrapbook, our 8×8 Scrapbook Kit includes everything you need to build a fabulous creation, including:

  • 8×8 E-Z Load Post Bound Scrapbook
  • Top Loading Protector Refill Pages
  • Memory Cut Craft Scissors
  • Photo Glue Stick
  • 250 Self-Adhesive Photo Mounts
  • 250 Self-Adhesive Photo Corners
  • Multiple Design Plastic Template
  • Assorted Colored Paper
  • We also include a Project Sheet and instructions, so that it’s never been easier to create a scrapbook that looks professional and really shows off your photos. All of our scrapbooking supplies are archival safe and are made from acid-free, lignin-free, and PVC-free materials. Finally – a better way to start scrapbooking.

    Get your 8×8 scrapbooking kit today at MemoryScrapbooks.com.

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    Bring Your Crafts Together: Scrap for Knitting and Crochet

    crochet

    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.

    Break Out of Your Scrapbooking Rut

    If you’re stuck on a page and you need a better way to make your pages look fantastic, the best thing to do is to take some time and do something else. Give yourself time to think and imagine the possibilities for the page, rather than to stress over it. Then, go back to your project and experiment. Is there a different way you could use the photos? A different layout? Different colors? Try adding or subtracting different elements to find the layout or design you’ve been looking for.

    Still stuck? Try looking online for inspiration. Browse through scrapbooking guides and magazines. Play around with different color schemes. The key is to allow yourself to experiment so that you can unlock that creativity. Then, once you’ve done that, the rest is easy!

    Get yourself out of your scrapbooking rut by allowing yourself to experiment and be creative. Remember, just be patient – a good idea will come soon!

    Getting Organized for 2010!

    One of the many New Year’s resolutions individuals are looking to achieve with the start of a fresh year is getting organized.  Getting organized, whether it be in our own daily schedule or the home or workspace, can really have a positive impact in terms of accomplishments and being able to achieve many more things.  As all you scrapbookers know, the scrapbooking materials and supplies that you have around your area can get a bit messy and what better way to start off the near year than getting your scrapbooking space organized!  One of our favorite ways to get organized, and this pertains to any work space, are with photo storage boxes. Storage boxes are a great way to organize your work materials and to keep a space clutter free.  Not to mention, the fun styles of our storage boxes can liven up any space and can help bring inspiration to your scrapbooking creations.

    So make organizing your scrapbooking work area the top on your list of things to tackle for this New Year – you’ll be glad you did!

    Faster Scrapbooking Made Easy

    Scrapbooking can consume quite the amount of time. You don’t need to spend hours upon hours to create a beautiful scrapbook; sometimes the quick and easy techniques allow you to build upon your existing creative ideas and inspirations to make a book that’s simply stunning. Below are some fabulous tips for those scrapbookers who are pressed for time but still want a beautiful book to show off.

    Tip #1 – Don’t mat every single photo among your page layout. Only mat the picture that you want to be the focal point on the page.

    Tip #2 – If you need to spread your adhesive glue over a large surface area, use the phony credit cards and old calling cards to spread the glue easy and much faster across the surface.

    Tip #3 – Cut out designs from patterned papers for fast page accents. Adhere the piece right to the page for instant beauty.

    Tip #4 – Rather than adding a single mat to each photo, save time by requesting a mat be added to your picture at the photo lab.

    Tip #5 – Use staples to fasten pictures and other page elements that will give your book a more edger look as well as save time.

    What tips and suggestions have you considered that saved you time while scrapbooking? We’d love to hear about them!

    Dress Up Your Scrapbooks – Just in Time for Halloween!

    With Halloween right around the corner, it’s no surprise that people are starting to look for unique and creative ways to dress up their Halloween scrapbooks. But what about all of the other scrapbooks you’ve made over the years? Don’t they deserve the same attention? This week, as you prepare for the holiday, don’t forget about other things that need to be dressed up. Your scrapbook collection can be made even better with just a little extra attention in the form of embellishments.

    Scrapbooking embellishments really celebrate the beauty of your pages, so it’s important to use them to only make your scrapbooks better. If you have a few pages that could use some sprucing up, feel free to let MemoryScrapbooks.com help. Our selection of scrapbooking embellishments are sure to delight. Not to mention, they’re priced well so that you can feel free to make each and every page shine through.

    Dress up your scrapbooks this October with embellishments from MemoryScrapbooks.com.

    The Scrapbooking Essentials

    Whenever you embark on a scrapbooking adventure, you definitely want to create something unique and exciting for each page. Creating unique and colorful pages each with their own embellishments is what makes scrapbooking so much fun!

    However, there are essential scrapbooking supplies that every scrapbooker must have when putting together a masterpiece. MemoryScrapbooks.com put together a list of essential supplies that every scrapbooker must have:

    1 – Red eye remover pen – There is nothing worse than having pictures with red eye all over your amazingly designed scrapbook.

    2 - Pattern trimming scissors – Trim your photo edges with squiggly scissors to give your scrapbook that funky edge.

    3 – Embellishment glue stick – If you want to add flare to your scrapbook, an embellishment glue stick is your right hand man. Embellishment glue sticks hold an extra strong bond for all your sticking needs especially when decorating with plastics, wood, felt and light metals. It can even hold a penny!

    4 - Stencil templates – So you have gone through all of your stickers and embellishments, and you are looking to add something fresh. Stencil it on for an authentic look!

    5 -Refill pages – Have you ever had a brilliant idea for a scrapbook but didn’t have a page left in your book to add it to? Refill pages are always good to have in case you have a creative blowout. This way you never have to worry about running out – so keep a good stock of refill pages because you never know when your creativity is going to go wild.

    Get all of these supplies and more at MemoryScrapbooks.com.

    Tips and Tricks to Successful Scrapbooking

    Putting together a scrapbook not only captures lifelong memories, but it should also be an enjoyable experience. Gathering photographs from past occasions and creating a scrapbook to display them in makes for a great hobby and a great gift. There are limitless tricks and techniques to use throughout your scrapbooking adventures and below are a few suggestions you may want to consider on your next scrapbooking project!

    -Wrap ribbon or use buttons to add emphasis to photos.
    -Use plastic credit cards to spread glue over large surface areas. No more sticky fingers!
    -Create a page title by cutting out letters from patterned paper.
    -Pair colored photos with black and white photos.
    -Include your favorite quotes on cardstock to adhere to the page.
    -Utilize ink stamps to add an element of uniqueness.
    -Add a white mat to make your photo pop.
    -Experiment with fine and bold-tipped pens for different looks.
    -Crumple your cardstock to create a new texture.
    -Tilt photos to create an energetic “movement” on the page.

    There are multiple tips and tricks to make you more efficient when scrapbooking and these are just a few from our list. What tips and techniques have you learned and picked up along the way over the course of your scrapbooking projects?

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