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Black Friday Deals

Yes, I know, it’s totally cliché but here it is… another Black Friday sale!

Ah, Black Friday, the day we all love to hate, but secretly still love.

I have 3 awesome deals for you today.

1.Scrapbook Christmas in January

This class will help you capture your Christmas memories in December so you can scrapbook them in January.

You know, January… when you have more time, when you aren’t running around shopping, decorating, baking and visiting, when you actually can sit down and scrapbook!

If this sounds like a great idea, it really is! The gals who have taken this class have agreed.

Ali said, “It was fun, NO STRESS, and I complete a mini-album my family loves.”

Amy said, ” I’ve scrapped a lot of Christmases already, so I really valued all the ways of celebrating and recording that came with this class!”

I’m so glad there’s a way to take the stress out of capturing the magic of Christmas!

Here’s the really great news…

If you register before December, and use the code “early10” you can save $10 off this class. That’s right ten dollars, not just 10%, that’s a savings of 40%

Let’s capture the magic of Christmas… after Christmas!

Get more info at Scrapbook Christmas in January.

(Don’t forget, if you’ve signed up for this class before you are automatically in!)

Scrapbook Christmas… in January! Make Christmas easier by knowing you'll have the important details ready to scrap in January when Christmas is over!

2. Scrapbook YOU!

Have you ever thought about creating an album about yourself and thought, “Where would I even start?”

I had the same problem.

It was kind of embarrassing, I was a scrapbooker and didn’t have an album about me.

I’m happy to say I figured it out. I’m sharing a brilliant way to create an album that will become a highlight reel of your life! We will cover all of the important events and by the end you’ll have 25 layouts all about you.

Scrapbook YOU! is a class that will help you finally create an album about yourself.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the right photos… there are solutions that will work for you.

If you’ve scrapbooked all of the other important people in your life it’s time to finally share yours story. Besides, who can tell your story better than you?

And here’s the deal…

Save 30% by using the code “black30” at checkout.

This offer is good until the end of Cyber Monday.

Get details at Scrapbook YOU!

This class, Scrapbook YOU helped me finally create a scrapbook about MY life! It broke everything down and made creating a scrapbook about me so simple. #scrapbooking

3. ScrapHappy Membership

For the next 24 hours we are offering 20% off an annual ScrapHappy membership. (see code below)

ScrapHappy is a community of scrapbookers, but really we are more like a family. Scrapbooking is a personal hobby. We get to know each other. We celebrate our joyful moments and beautiful scrapbook pages together.

With scrapbook crops and stores disappearing it’s nice to know there are others that really understand what it’s like to share and preserve my memories.

We have used the magic of the internet to scrapbook together, participate in challenges together, and create real friendships.

There are many perks of membership but one of the most amazing ones is LOAD, the LayOut A Day Challenge. Let me tell you about what happened to my scrapbooks when I participated in my first LOAD.

It was February of 2013, my first LOAD challenge. I signed up on a whim, it sounded like fun. I didn’t think I could actually scrapbook every day for a month, but I knew that no matter what I did, I’d end up with a bunch of completed layouts and that would be a win all by itself. I listened to the daily prompts and I scrapbooked my layouts. Part way through the month I realized, “I was doing it! I was scrapbooking a layout a day!” By the end of the month I’d completed 28 layouts. They were amazing pages. I told stories I’d never thought to. I’d filled an entire album. I knew I needed more, so I signed up for ScrapHappy membership and never looked back!

I’m so grateful I found LOAD and ScrapHappy when I did. My scrapbooks are grateful too. ScrapHappy members have access to 3 LOAD challenges each year, one in February, May and October. I think I do 80% of my scrapbooking for the year in those 3 months!

If you’d like to experience stories flowing onto layouts you might want to come and join our ScrapHappy family. If you’re like me, and we both like scrapbooking so we do have something in common, you’ll be so glad you did.

Save 20% off a ScrapHappy membership by using the code “turkey20”.

This offer is only good for the next 24 hours!

Go to ScrapHappy.org and see what’s included in membership!

ScrapHappy Membership comes with a lot of perks, the best part is how much fun I have while actually getting my scrapbooking done! #scrapbooking


No matter what you are doing this Black Friday, I hope you are having fun. Don’t forget to take pictures so you can scrapbook it too!



Scrapbook Improv November 2016

Last night was a blast!

I loved scrapbooking with gals from around the world. Scrapbook Improv is a great way to connect with other scrappers and catch up on some scrapbooking! In just under two hours I was able to complete 2 layouts, a traditional 12×12 layout and a two-page pocket layout. I used two kits, both from Gossamer Blue, the November main kit and life pages kit.

Here’s the replay of the video. I’d suggest pulling out your scrappy supplies and scrapping along with me as you watch the replay.

Notable chat:

We talked about reasons and excuses for not scrapbooking. I will be creating a series of blog posts that specifically deal with some of these!

Here’s the layout I created using the main kit from Gossamer Blue:

Loved This Adventure by Alice Boll #gossamerblue #jenhadfield #scrapbook

I LOVE this gorgeous barn board paper from Jen Hadfield’s Warm and Cozy line. As I looked through the kit I knew that I’d be using this paper for sure. Then I saw the cut-apart pocket card that said, “Take Me To The Mountains” and I knew I’d found the perfect embellishment for my page. 🙂  Don’t you love it when that happens?


I love to use words as embellishments on my layouts. With a few pieces of wood veneer this page was almost done. Did you notice that I used the cut-away strip on the layout? It has the paper identification on one side and a fun deer head pattern on the other side.


Using the life pages kit from Gossamer Blue:

(left hand page)

Sweater Weather by Alice Boll pocket page scrapbooking #scrapbook #pocketpage

After printing photos I still had a few spots for pocket cards. I try to keep my pocket layouts fairly simple, but still like to embellish a bit.


I love that the Gossamer Blue life pages kit included a stamp set and found the perfect sentiment to stamp on my page.


(right hand pocket page)

Happy November by Alice Boll pocket page scrapbooking #scrapbook #pocketpage

I put all of the journaling for this two-page spread on the right-hand layout. There were two stories I wanted to tell, so I wrote them on separate cards.


I have one more photo I’d like to add to this layout. I might replace the “HAPPY” card, or I might add a flip flap instead so I can keep the cute card. 😉


Want to join me next month? Sign up for the Scrapbook Wonderland email list so you’ll receive info about the next Scrapbook Improv.

Hope to see you next time and happy scrapping!



Scrapbook with me!

Hi! It’s almost time for the November edition of Scrapbook Improv. YAY!!

I’ll be scrapbooking live, online November 20/16 at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern.

Join the Scrapbook Wonderland email list to join in the fun! (fill out one of the pink and blue boxes with your name and email… don’t forget to check your mail and confirm!)

I’ll be using the November Gossamer Blue main kit and the life pages kit. Gossamer Blue was very generous and has donated a Life Page kit for one lucky winner… you have to attend the live session to be eligible!

I hope you’ll join me!




Scrapbook Improv Replay Oct. 23, 2016


Did you make it to the October LIVE session of Scrapbook Improv?


Here’s the video replay. Grab your scrappy supplies and scrap alongside me.


For the first layout I used the October Main Kit from Gossamer Blue.


I really loved the travel-themed words on the glitter foam Thickers.



I backed the clear sticker strip with white cardstock so the words would pop off the background.


Isn’t that little bow adorable? (It’s from the Maggie Holmes “Gather” collection.)


For the second layout I used the October Life Pages Kit from Gossamer Blue.



I only had the one photo of my son holding the pretzel and I really wanted to have photos in at least two pockets. Hmmm… what to do?

I duplicated the photo and printed a cropped version of the photo that focused only on the pretzel.

Smart, eh? (Yes, I’m Canadian!)

Yeah, I’m still quite proud of this idea.


Ever wonder where inspiration for a scrapbook page comes from?


When I was looking at the Gossamer Blue kit I saw this little puffy pretzel sticker. I KNEW I would eventually scrapbook this awesome pic of my hubby and son hamming it up for the camera, but suddenly I had the perfect little embellishment and this page made it to the top of the list.

Inspiration is truly everywhere!




When I was nearly done this page I realized I had a whole stash of Disney scrapbooking supplies. How could I forget that?

I pulled them out and found a perfect little embellishment… a Mickey ears brad.


Thank you Gossamer Blue!

I hope you had fun scrapping with me. If you’d like to join me next month be sure to sign up for the Scrapbook Wonderland email list. (You can do that HERE.)

Happy scrapping!




10 tips for when you're NOT motivated to scrapbook. These actually work! #scrapbookingLet’s be real. Sometimes even though you love scrapbooking you just don’t feel like doing it.

When you go through a dry spell and you are not inspired to scrapbook there are some things you can do to get your scrappy mojo back.

These tips actually work. You probably won’t need all ten tips at once, but something will spark your interest and get you back on the path to telling your stories.

  1. Don’t. Just don’t scrapbook. Sure, this sounds pretty contrary to helping you get back on track, but there’s a good reason for this advice! If you’re not into scrapbooking right now just allow yourself to be like that for a while. Maybe you scrapbook in cycles like MANY other scrapbookers. Maybe it’s just a seasonal thing and you’ll be back at it when the weather changes.
  2. Try something creative. Do something totally unrelated to scrapbooking. Make a card, a tag, a piece of jewelry, doing something creative will spark your excitement for crafting and before you know it you’ll be back into the groove of scrapbooking again.
  3. Play! Practicing related skills will help you get ready for scrapbooking. Practice watercolouring, learn a new photoshop skill, learn how to create the perfect splatter effect.
  4. Try out a new format. Side-step your usual format of scrapbooking to try something new. If you normally scrap 12×12 try:
    • a traveller’s notebook
    • an art journal
    • a pocket page
    • a mini album
    • a digital or hybrid layout
  5. Get inspired. Find someone’s work you absolutely love and scraplift them. Go on Instagram or Pinterest and find an inspiring scrapbooker. Use their style to kick-start your own pages. WARNING: Don’t look too long! Pinterest can become a pacifier, instead of doing something you end up looking at what others are creating.
  6. Take a class. This can help you do new things or learn something you’d love to try. Need ideas? Lettering, art techniques, journaling prompts are a great place to start.
  7. Participate in a challenge. Whether it’s 30 Days of Lists, iCAD (index card a day) or LOAD (layout a day), taking on a specific challenge really helps. It’s also great that by doing a challenge there’s an extra layer of accountability involved.
  8. Immerse yourself in it. Listen to scrapbooking podcasts (like the ScrapGals podcast), watch scrapbooking videos, chat with others about scrappy news, read magazines… there’s still a few out there! (Try Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.)
  9. Join a community of like-minded people. Hanging out with others that also love scrapbooking is a great way to get motivated again. Try the ScrapGals Community on Facebook or join the ScrapHappy family. It’s a membership group for scrapbookers that want to do more scrapbooking and have fun while doing it!
  10. When you’re ready to scrapbook…
    • use products you truly LOVE and
    • start with a story you can’t wait to tell.
    • Make it easy on yourself, use a sketch or design you love.

Remember your why. Why do you WANT to scrapbook?

Just by thinking about why you want to scrapbook you will be more likely to want to sit down and get scrapping!

Bonus Idea:

11. Start doing laundry. You’ll quickly realize scrapbooking is MUCH MORE FUN that laundry and you’ll be motivated to play with your scrapbooks instead!


live-inspired-logo-v2Still need a bit more motivation? I chat about all of these ideas and more with Tracie Claiborne on the Live Inspired podcast. Click HERE.


If you have a tip for what to do when you are not motivated to scrapbook please leave it in the comments! I’m always looking for more ways to be inspired.


Happy scrapping!