Friday, January 25, 2013

It's LOAD time again! Pikes Peak Scrapper Tip #3 Organize

Welcome to the LOAD 213 Blog Hop!  If you have come from Kelli's blog, you are in the right place.  There are a whole bunch of us so if you want to jump around, here is the whole group!

Julie Shepler:
Betsye Erazo:
Marcia Fortunato:
Kristie Sloan:
Katrina Forman:
Jessica Baldwin:

I participated in my first Layout a Day last February and it really has changed the way I scrapbook.  I'm not just putting pictures on a page with pretty papers and embellishments with a little bit of journaling of the who, what and where.  I have learned to really focus on the stories.  
Those are the pages I love to go back to that give a glimpse into what was really going on behind the pictures, why did I take the pictures, those hidden gems that I can pass on to whoever views my pages and our stories in the future.
What am I doing to prepare for LOAD right now?  
I am doing a major overhaul/sort/clean/organize of my scrap room (former dining room) so I will be up and running by next weekend.  That way I will be able to sit down and scrap the pages quickly because I will know where everything is!  That is my Pikes Peak Scrapper Tip #3, ORGANIZE!  If you haven't yet signed up for LOAD 213, it's not too late!
 Thanks for coming and have fun heading over to see what secrets Leslie may share with you!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Your Story Matters winners and Pikes Peak Scrapper Tip #2 Use 4x6 digital albums for 4-year-olds!

The winners of the Your Story Matters Blog Hop have been announced. You can find the announcement here:  Prizes have to be claimed by January 23rd so we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to get their prize.   

My son and his best friend have a wonderful time together and I wanted to give them something to remember from 2012 that would be 4-year-old friendly.  Up popped a coupon for a free 4x6 album in my email box so I took advantage of it.  It was very easy.  I just selected what photos I wanted included, what type of album, and pressed enter.  The program included all of my pictures on the pages in the order I uploaded them and I just added some quick captions.  The boys love them!

I will scrap those pictures at a later time and add all of the fun papers and embellishments, but in little boys' hands, this was the perfect solution!  This album was purchased from Walgreens and I had to pay the shipping, but the time saved was well worth it!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Your Story Matters!

Welcome to Pikes Peak Country in Colorado Springs!  If you have come over on the blog hop from Danielle, glad you made the trip!  If you have arrived here by happenstance and would like to join in, here is the full list so you can start and stop whenever you want!

Lain Ehmann:
Heather Dubarry:
Monica Bradford:
Paivi Eerola:

Does your story matter??  You bet it does!  As a member of Lain Ehmann's ScrapHappy group, we were invited to submit layouts about our everyday life for a Scraphappy Cookbook.  I had never submitted anything before and thought why not?  Let's move outside the scrapping box and see what happens.  What a great way to have others see something I had put together that previously had only been seen by friends and family. 
My layout is about my connection with my iPhone.  Who knew that this little device would become so important in staying connected to the world!  I got my very first one last May and to be realistic, I hardly use the phone.  Love the camera, the apps, the ability to stay connected through email, texting and the Internet.  
Getting to know Siri, the computer helper, has been so much fun, even my son likes to talk to her, though she rarely understands him.  Sirii calls me "Goddess."  Yes, I programmed it to say that.  So nice to hear that sometimes when my DH isn't available and I'm having a bad day to be able to hear those words!
The ScrapHappy Cookbook has now emerged into "Your Story Matters, 25 Memories to Capture Now," and I am so proud to be a part of this and say that "I am published!"  Our collaborative ScrapHappy group effort is now available for purchase and will be delivered to you via electronic download. 

The introductory price is $7 available at and the group will be
giving away THREE copies of the book from comments made on ALL blogs (in other words, we will select three winners across all blogs). Leave a comment about what story you feel is critical for every scrapbooker to document. Contest will close 1/19 and winners will be announced on the Layoutaday blog on Monday, Jan. 21. Prizes must be claimed by Wednesday, 1/23.

As a special bonus for visiting the bloghop, ScrapHappy will be offering a $2 off coupon good until midnight on 1/21/13.  If you purchase a copy of the book, but then win one in the contest, no worries!  Your money will be refunded so you have nothing to lose!  The coupon code is: HOP. 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.  If you are following the hop, head on over to see what Monica Bradford is up to!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Happy New 2013! Pikes Peak Scrapper Tip #1 Premade kits are great!

One of my New Year's resolutions is to blog more and actually finish projects and move forward knowing there aren't any actual rules to follow, except to follow my heart and my checkbook :)  If you are like me, you always have more things to do than the actual time to do them.

Every year I make photo calendars for members of my family and I made one for our family for the first time last year.  Why should everyone else enjoy the pictures and not us!  While taking apart my 2012 calendar pages that actually had 2011 pictures on it and placing them in my 2011 scrapbook, I realized, wow, that my 2012 annual scrapbook highlights were now done and our family can enjoy them all year without having to pull out a book!

I had big plans to use up stash to make our calendar, but since I seem to have that pesky problem of more project than time, I found a packaged set from My Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby that was on sale after the holidays.  It was marked down to $12 and what a bargain!  I didn't have to spend the time searching for matching papers and stickers, and for $1 a month, there was no way I could make it that cheaply!

The moral of the story -- (Besides not biting off more than you can chew, or starting more than you can finish, I think you get the idea)  -- it's okay to use premade sets and they look great and no one will think you were lazy.  They (and you) will love the pictures!  The goal is to get it done, and now we have something to enjoy for months to come!

Thanks for spending time with me.  Now, it's on to the next project and another PPS tip......