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Friday, January 27, 2012

I dreamed of this layout!

Yes, I am that kinda scrapbooker! The other morning I woke up and jumped out of bed with the vision of this layout in my head! This was about 6 a.m. on a school morning so I had to be quite and hurry so I wouldn't wake the boys...they need to sleep till 7 at least or we are in for a GRUMPY morning!
Anyways I tip toed to the scrap room and put this together. I love it! Actually this picture inspired me to stalk and gobble up the entire CHAP line by American Crafts!

This adorable little boy is a little brother of a preschool classmate of my youngest!?! I see his beautiful mom and her 3 pretty little girls and 1 super sweet boy all the time. I honestly fell in love with him. As you can see he really is a happy kid! This particular picture was taken at the Halloween Parade at school, it made my day to see his smile running towards me! I got a this great picture of him and an amazing hug!
I had fun with this layout! The title was a mis-match of letter stickers and it really made the layout playful! As you may notice I am loving the look of ink'd edges. " Oh, I'm happy inker" can't you just hear the sing song voice repeating this in my head??

 I gave the mom this layout this morning and she loved it! I was so nervous to give her this layout I mean we are just casual-say-Hi-in-the-hall acquaintances. I was nervous she would think it weird I have had this picture of her son for over a year now. Lucky me she didn't think any of that. She even came to tell me later how special that photo was to her and that the vest her son was wearing was actually his Dad's when he was a little guy! She said her husband would be so excited they will have a photo to capture that memory! I had chills when she told me that! You just never know when a photo is going to have a special memory to go with it! This is the reason I scrapbook...well that and so I will have proof I gave my kids a good childhood! (J/K)
I want to say a BIG HUGE thank you to her for letting me post this layout and share her story of this photo on here for all of you to see! Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sneak Peak New Layouts

We are so excited for the kick off crop on Saturday... we can't wait!!  It's going to be a scrap-tacular day with lots of trimmers buzzing.

To get you a little bit more excited... here are a few sneak peaks of some new layouts that will inspire you to stay scrappy all day... be sure to find Randi's red scrapbook at the creative resource center to see the complete layouts. 

Only 3 seats remain.  Don't get cropped out... Register Now

Monday, January 23, 2012

Smash Book - Update (Amy)

There is definitely a trend among the scrapbook community to do interesting projects like project life, scrapbook 365, gratitude books, mini books, December dailies... and the such.  I've chosen to just do Smash Book this year, and I have to say I'm really excited about it. 

It took me a while to decide if I was even going to do one... because I already felt like I'm so far behind in my traditional scrapbook... who needed another project to make me further behind, RIGHT?  And then, after a little nudge from Randi and her explanation about the concept of the book, and watching the video...  it all made sense to me!  I had figured out how I was going to use it!!

There are so many things my kids say that I wish I had written down, but never had a place to.  There are smaller events like going to the movies that don't make it into the scrapbook, that need not be forgotten.  There are facts of life, (like the laundry, that I wish would go away but never does), that make our home our home, or our family our family.  That is what this Smash Book is going to be for me!

I have snippets of time to scrapbook during the week, 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there, but usually never enough to finish an entire layout.  So the concept of  Smash Book fits perfect into my daily life.  It also occurred to me that since I will be able to simply smash some of the smaller events happening around me in the book, I wouldn't feel the need to have to scrapbook so many of them too.  So maybe, just maybe, I can get caught up one day... I girl can dream right!?

So... here's to the start of my Smash Book project, getting life captured more simply, and getting to share it with you!

My Smash Book: Amy Perkins


Problem Solved! I've decided to make my own journaling cards to write on and use in my Smash Book.  So any journaling worries I had (i.e. misspelling, crooked writing, not fitting it all in) are now gone!

Stay tuned until next time!

3 spots remain for Saturday, Jan 28 - Register Now


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Were Pinning.... on Pinterest!

We are pinning away!!!~ Come follow us on Pinterest... We are sharing the creativity and pinning scrappy inspirations on our Scrap Again boards!  You'll find layouts from the the Scrap Again Design Team, pictures of our projects as we work on them, ideas that work for organizing our scrap-stash, inspirational ideas for craft rooms, product that we NEED, layouts to scrap-lift, and so much more!

What is Pinterest?  Pinterest is a virtual pinboard of pictures. Pinterest allows you to organize pictures you see of all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards (groups of pictures) created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.  People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and share their favorite recipes... and get inspired to scrapbook and Scrap Again! (we added that last tag line).

Think of Pinterest like this... you are looking at an online catalog of pictures and some of the pictures really (REALLY) inspire you, and you like them so much that you want to remember them.. and so you group them onto your own personal boards (you get to decide how to organize them).  Now you have a group of pictures that are of the same topic (layouts to scrap-lift, recipes to try, home decorating ideas, planning a kids party, etc.) you can reference back to your boards to get inspirational ideas!  Pinterest is great... we even made teacher gifts this year inspired from ideas we found on Pinterest. 

Check it out... and browse the pictures to get an idea of what Pinterest is all about.
If you are not already pinning and would like to join... you can request an invitation. 

Visit our boards or to follow us on Pinterest - click here!

Happy Pinning!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Project Life 2012

Hi, there!  Mandie here blogging for the gals at Scrap Again.  This year, I am going to be doing a series of posts about Project Life for the Scrap Again blog.  So..  Project Life... Are you in? Are you out?  Are you wondering what in the heck it is?!

For those who don't know, Project Life is a concept developed by Becky Higgins a few years ago.  It is memory keeping at it's most basic.  There is not a right or a wrong way to go about it.  Some people use it to document a photo a day.  Some use it to document a month or a week at a time.  I did Project Life last year and loved it so much.  I didn't even have to think about whether I would be doing it again in 2012.  Last year, I used Becky Higgins' page protectors and journaling cards and my stash.  I will be doing the same this year.  For those looking for an even simpler approach can purchase the Project Life core kits.  They are fantastic.  If I didn't have so much stuff already, I would use one.  :) I take a weekly approach.  I think this will be such a wonderful thing to have years from now when the kids are all grown.

  Today, I am going to share my title page for this year's project life  This is much more detailed than I normally go in my Project Life book.  But, it's the title page... I wanted to make a statement.  HA!  

A Project Lifer (is that a word... I dunno???) I love is Lisa Truesdell (aka Gluestick Girl).  I pretty much love everything she does.  But she has done a great series on Project Life.  You can check them out HERE.  

Here is my question for you?  Are there any particular questions you would like answered?  A Project Life post you would like to see me write?  Leave a comment and let me know! I will be at the January crop and will be bringing one of my albums from last year, as well as what I have started for this year.  I hope to see you all there.  Until next post!  

Friday, January 13, 2012

Vendor Call

Calling all Vendors!!!.... we are now booking vendor booths for the Jan 28 Kick Off Crop.  Please e-mail us at if you are interested in being a vendor.  Crop registrations are coming in daily and we can't wait to ... Scrap Again!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Make it a "Smashing" New Year!

We are ringing in the New Year in "smashing" style.  We are excited to announce a new year long project for the Scrap Again Design Team... The Smash Book project.

Smash book and embellishments from K&Company is one of the hottest trends to hit the scrapbook scene.  It's a pre-made book with fun pattern paper inside and comes with a complete line of embellishments.  There are endless ways to use this book and no pressure to make it look perfect... since you are just smashing in the items.  Not only can it be used as a journal, but it can capture all those quotes, pictures, receipts, tickets, inspirational ideas, and other fun stuff that don't make it in our traditional scrapbook albums.

We couldn't wait to get our hands on the book and all it's fun embellishments.  Here are some of the items we selected.

Be sure to follow us as we begin this "smashing" journey and see how each of us will use it over the year.   Will it find it's way to the bottom of our scrapbook bags or in our to-do "project bin"?... or will it be our go to book to capture all those smaller but just as important moments?  We will be sure to keep you posted as we write updates throughout the year on our progress. 

The book and accessories will be featured at the Kick Off Crop on January 28th.   Register Now 

Watch this fun video to see the smash book in action!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

"Out with the old and in with the new"

    "Bigger, Better, More"
    Resolutions, Reflections and Changes, or as the Lowes ad said this morning, "Never Stop Improving" 

Well I say bring on the Happy Scrappy New Year!!! And as I thought about the tag line of the ad in the Sunday paper I couldn't help but think they were talking about Scrap Again! Each year Amy and I strive to make our crops and consignment sales better than the one before. In the past few years we have tried new things, added new tools and embellishments to our resource centers, streamlined our registration processes and last year we started this blog adventure all in the hopes to improve your scrapping experience.
Have no fear we have more improvement plans coming your way!  I think Lowes' had it right when the said Never Stop Improving! We absolutely believe in the possibility and hope you continue to enjoy our crops, our consignment sales, our Design Team inspirations and us! We certainly enjoy doing this for our Scrappy Community!

Remember to visit our website and register for our crop!

Our 2012 Kick-off Crop is January 28th!!! Don't miss out!

Until we Scrap Again