Monday, December 28, 2009

Find Five

Here's a little project...find 5 photos that you love.  If you have any blank scrapbook pages, paste them on and write a sentence about why you love each photo.

That's it!

I don't want you to decorate or embellish.  Just record what you remember about why you love those photos.  That's all there is to it.  You have one completed scrapbook page...enjoy it!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

It's a hit!

Well, I gave the album to my parents as a belated anniversary gift.  It is filled with pictures of my sister and me from our "home from the hospital" photos to about the time we started school.  I posted a couple of pages from the album last week; if you want to see the whole thing, email me and I'll send you the link.  I must say, it turned out really well.  (except for one punctuation typo that I missed!!  All I can say is PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD!  And then ask someone else to proofread!)

Anyway, it brought back some very nice memories during what has been a very tough few months for my family.  We cried a little, and laughed a lot, which is always the best reaction someone can have to an album, I think.

And it was SIMPLE to complete.  I used only free templates from StoryBook Creator and it took a mere 3-4 hours to complete the whole book.  So when you're ready to start your own digital masterpiece, give me a call and I'll help you get started.  

Make a comment here or contact me from my website

and I'll get back to you.

Happy digital scrapbooking!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Feelin' Groovy!

Oh, to be a child of the sixties...wait a minute, I AM!  As these outfits prove, my mom always made sure we were in fashion, and matching!  That was a big thing when I was growing up, sisters always had matching outfits, and sometimes we had outfits that coordinated with our mom's, too.  I don't see that anymore, and it seems a little crazy, but it was fun.  But maybe it was more fun because I was the older sister, so my sister had to wear the outfit twice as long, after I outgrew it and she had it as a hand-me-down.  

But as the caption on the above scrapbook page shows, our inspiration was Marlo Thomas in "That Girl."  Honestly, nobody has EVER dressed as cool as she did!

Netflix a couple of seasons and you'll see.  

And while you're at it, check out these red and white boots we are wearing!  The little red and blue ruffly caps and dresses were lovingly handmade by my Grandma Josie, who could do anything.  I don't remember if they were for any special occasion, but we thought they were great fun, and apparently they were a big hit, because there are LOTS of pictures of us wearing these outfits!

Okay, I'm going to go listen to "These Boots are Made for Walkin'" on my iPod!

Monday, November 30, 2009

So many photos, so little time...

So I finally did it! I ordered my first softcover StoryBook!  I will post a few pages from it soon, but it will be a gift and I don't want the recipient to see it online before she sees it in person (are you wondering if it's you??).

Anyway, l have more photos than I can count, both prints and digital, and it gets overwhelming, even if you're a Creative Memories Consultant, and you already know what you're supposed to do with them.  

So in the days ahead, I am going to work on some projects to enjoy my pictures and memories, without getting overwhelmed.  I will start with some smaller projects, but also use a theme to make StoryBooks.  I got the idea from our newest idea book, "Ten Questions," by Rhonda Anderson, one of CM's co-founders.  It's my favorite idea book ever, because it includes more than just layouts, but also questions to get you started on a subject for an album.  Having a specific theme makes it easier to choose the photos, and to relax about not having every photo in exactly the "right" order.  

I have some ideas about what I am going to work on, and I'll share some of my pages soon.

In the meantime, check out my website to see a bit of the book...I think you'll enjoy it.

Monday, November 23, 2009

you must remember this...

You must remember this...

If this line is not familiar to you, then RUN, do not walk, to your computer and add "Casablanca" to your Netflix queue. And when Sam sings "As Time Goes By," have a box of Kleenex handy.

I wanted to use that for the title of this blog, but alas, it was already taken. But I thought it was appropriate, because scrapbooking is all about remembering. Remembering good times, important occasions, once-in-a-lifetime events, trips and adventures, and even everyday happenings. Because sometimes it turns out that those were the most special moments of all.

I've learned a lot about celebrating memories in my nearly 10 years of being a Creative Memories Consultant. And I love helping people sort, save, and share their special memories in scrapbooks and digital Storybooks.

So I hope you will take a look at the "view" through the rooms of your life ... because everybody has a story to tell.