Martial Arts Digital Additions

If you haven’t been checking out the Creative Memories site regularly, you may have missed the new Digital Additions packages.  The one I’m currently enamored with is the Martial Arts package, which just happens to be my middle son’s sport of choice.

I’m also working on a family album using calendar pages, and these have been great for that.  In fact, I’m probably going to include the pages from the Martial Arts scrapbook I’m working on in the family album, as well.  I am hoping to keep working on the Martial Arts album until he’s a black belt, and then give it to him as gift at that time.  He’s already seen what I’m doing (all of my kids have an insatiable curiosity that requires them to know AT ALL TIMES what I am doing).  But I figure by the time he completes all the belt tests, he will have forgotten the book.  At least, I hope he does.  That way, it will be a great surprise!

The best part for me is that I can do a couple of pages each time he moves to the next belt, so it’s not so overwhelming a project!  And if Martial Arts in not your thing, chances are good CM has a package that is!

The New Enchanted Power Palette

I have to be honest.  I get so much email from so many sources, I have gotten pretty good at hitting delete without even reading many of them.  But lately, I have gotten some good ideas from the Digital 411 Blog.  So when I got their weekly newsletter, I took time to read it and even clicked through to the site.  What I found there has renewed my passion for digital scrapbooking.

‘Cause if you haven’t noticed, it’s been a while since I was really “inspired” enough to post on this here blog.

So anyway, what I found on the Digital 411 Blog was a Blog Hop – and the first picture of a new page design I found has inspired me to create multiple pages from our cruise to Hawaii last November.

First, I discovered the new Enchanted Power Palette, and learned it is 30% off for the entire month of March!  That prompted me to download it immediately, and attempt to copy the page layout I first saw.

Then, I was so happy with the results, I created another page, and another!  And now I’m on a roll and think I might just get this cruise scrapbook done after all!

Last night, as I was working on a page and thinking about why I liked it so much, I realized the reason was the glitter.  When I think about our cruise, I always remember our glittery lanyards.  So using the technique I learned from the other blog, I have now mastered the art of making any paper look like glitter.  It’s simple, really.  The instructions are found just below the picture on the Digital 411 Blog.  And it just so happens that the new Enchanted Power Palette has a lot of glittery stones and images to embellish the page!  It’s so fun to work with!

So what are you waiting for?  Go get the Enchanted Power Palette while it’s still 30% off!!!

3 Reasons Why I Love To Scrapbook

In case I have not stated this yet, the reason I started this blog was to simply share my love for scrapbooking, and also share some tips I’ve picked up along the way.  So I’ve decided to list here just a few of the reasons why I love to scrapbook:

1. It’s my creative outlet.

I’m not a very creative person in general – I can’t paint or draw or take spectacular photographs.  I don’t have a flair for decorating or arranging flowers or anything like that.  But I love pretty things, and I can follow directions!  So whenever it’s possible, I purchase the pre-designed pages then add my own pictures.  Then if it’s digital, I customize the font, add content (the digital equivalent to die cuts & stickers), then add the text to that tells the story.   What I end up with is a really beautiful page or book that I can put together fast – and I still feel like it’s like nothing anyone else has ever made.

 2. I feel like it adds value to our family.

I suppose this is different for every family, but in our case, having these books to commemorate important events helps us to remember God’s faithfulness through the years.

 

One page in particular comes to mind.  I created it using traditional scrapbooking so I don’t have a digital image but it’s a page dedicated to our first car – a Honda Prelude that my husband bought used when he was still in High School.  That car saved us when my car overheated and the engine seized up.  It became our lifeboat during a time when we couldn’t have afforded another car.  We drove it way past 200,000 miles – the odometer even stopped working eventually – and through a hot Texas summer with no A/C.  I love to look back and remember those days when it was just me and him, living on love!  And now I love sharing those memories with our 3 boys, telling our story one page at a time.

3.  It gives me a place to work through my emotions.

I still tear up when I look at my boys’ baby albums – and not necessarily because of the sentimentality of seeing them as newborns.  I cry as I remember where I was emotionally when each of them was born – and how far I’ve come since then.

 

Let’s face it – life can be hard, even when it’s supposed to euphoric.  Having babies was a time of very conflicting emotions for me – I was excited and high one minute and sad and depressed the next.  Creating a baby album for each of them was a way for me to put down on paper all those feelings.  It helped me sort through them.  Now, years later, I have a record of that period in my life.  And who knows?  When I’m gone, maybe later generations will benefit from it.  If I don’t write it down, though, one thing’s for certain: the memories will eventually fade until no one is left who can tell the stories of this amazing life God has given us.  I don’t want that to happen.

 

So how about you?  Why do you love to scrapbook?

 

Free Online Scrapbooking

Right now, Creative Memories is offering Storybook Creator 4.0 (just released in September) for 30 days FREE!!!  If you are looking for free online scrapbooking, look no further – you can download Creative Memories Storybook Creator 4.0 here!

 

I’ve used Storybook since the first version came out years ago. The current release is the best yet, with more options than ever before!  I think my favorite update in the new version is the ability to easily create and save individual pages.  You can even create it, then save it as a .jpg (or other picture format) so you can easily print, upload, or do whatever else you want with it!

 

Above, you can see the gift tags I created last Christmas.  I found the template free at the Creative Memories Project Center site, then added all the rest.  They printed beautifully on both cardstock and photo paper (but this year I will be using my new favorite, which is called “Photo Project Paper”).

 

This page is one I exported from my middle son’s Kindergarten album.  I scanned the artwork I really wanted to keep, then put it into his album so I don’t have to store tons and tons of paperwork!  I’m really pleased with the result!

 

And just in case you’re wondering – no, I don’t plan to make every post on this blog a promo for CM!  I just wanted to write about it first because it’s my favorite!!!