12 Days of Gifts: Project Life Album

Howdy! Welcome back for another edition of 12 Days of Christmas Gifts! Have you ever taken on a scrapbooking endeavor where you decided to create an album for someone to use — say, for a baby shower gift or a wedding gift? It’s quite the undertaking, yes? Well today’s homemade gift idea is the perfect way to give people the gift of memories, but without the 6 months of prep work that it can take with a traditional scrapbook album. If you have a new Mom (or soon-to-be), a new bride, or even just someone who love to take photos to remember all of the little things in life, creating a 6×8 Project Life album for them is a great gift. The idea is this… you decorate and set up the cover of the album and then “prep” the inside, too, so that all your “gift-ee” needs to do is slip in some photos and his or her memories are preserved. Easy Peasy. Let’s take a look inside a sample one… the one I’m showing you today is actually my December Daily album for this month, but you can use the same concept for any theme – whether it’s documenting

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Why the story is so important….

It may be hard to know this from visiting my blog of late, but my original paper passion was scrapbooking. I started scrapbooking about 12 years ago after being introduced to Creative Memories at a home party. I had just come back from a vacation in Barbados and that vacation album became my first completed album. I continued to scrapbook for about five years before I was introduced to rubber stamping. I was so excited by the stamps and all the coordinating Stampin’ Up accessories offered me (and I still am!). Of course, with rubber stamping comes the ability to whip up a card or two at a moment’s notice (and for a lot less than running to the local store). Recently, I’ve become largely focused on making cards for classes and events and while I love that and will not stop doing that, I’m really feeling compelled to go back to my scrapbooking roots. Especially after a recent discovery. When going through some of my Mom’s things recently, my sister and I came upon an actual nut and bolt on a chain in my Mom’s jewelry box. We pondered what this nut and bolt might be from. We’re fairly

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Surprise!

Hello. It’s me, Jen. I used to blog here a long, long, long time ago! I can’t believe it has been four months since I’ve showed up here. Honestly, it’s not because I didn’t want to. I thought about it often, but felt too much pressure to keep coming back! 😉 While I’m not promising anything, I do want to have a more regular presence around here again. I miss my little blog… and my two or three readers. 😉 It’s full-on holiday preparation time over here in crafty land. I’ve got two card classes this week, plus a make and take event. Then there’s a holiday gift class and a bags & tags class before I take a break for a little while for the holiday. Don’t worry though, I won’t be stopping with the stamping. Come Dec. 1, I get to pre-order some fun new goodies from the new Occasions Mini Catalog and I plan to make all sorts of fun new things with my new toys — I first have to narrow down my wish list to a more reasonable amount! Not an uncommon problem for me these days… the new products Stampin’ Up is coming out

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Happy Sunny Sunday…

I just got around to unpacking a box of goodies at had shipped to me from my favorite place (Stampin’ Up, of course) and you wouldn’t believe what I found in the box. It is just yet another reason why I love this company! Mixed in with the stamp sets, cardstock and fun embellishments I found the sweetest little hand-stamped gift… see: Isn’t that cute? The front was stamped with the cute little owl from the Aviary stamp set and the back was signed by the woman who must have packed my box. I think I may have to send a thank you card back to Julia, now 😉 Today has been a really great day… between finding thank you notes in my box of stamping goodies and have the sun shining brightly (and it’s not too cold either), life is good. Plus, I’ve been in my pajamas since 2:30 (well, I should say back in my pajamas — as I did shower, get dressed and grab a bite to eat with hubby before returning back to the pjs!). Well, I really must get to work on some taxes now… but I hope to be back soon with some sneak

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Happy Anniversary….

Greetings blog friends… Well, I’m four for four so far! I’m very impressed that I’ve kept up with the little blog for four days in a row now! (I know I still have a long way to go, but I really didn’t have high expectations for myself!) Here’s a quick little card I put together for hubby. We are celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary today. It’s amazing how fast time flies by (especially as you get older… grrr). Nothing big on the agenda — maybe a dinner out? I’m not even sure… I think we’ll probably do something more “official” this weekend when we both have some time off. I realized though during my search for a stamp set that was appropriate for a boy that I don’t really have many! I’m thinking I need to invest in the “Unchartered Territory” stamp set that is currently in the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. That would be very fitting for Matt. I hope you have a great day and thanks as always for stopping in….

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Lazy Sunday…

Hello there! I am having a rather lazy Sunday. Didn’t get up until 9:30! and now I’m just flitting around cleaning up here, stamping this, reading that, watching the tube, etc. I love days when I don’t have anything I “HAVE” to do. I wish it were a little nicer out so I could go for a walk or something, but alas, it’s not! Maybe if I get really ambitious (although it’s not looking good for my ambition) I’ll do my yoga tape later. It’s only 20 minutes, but boy I sure do feel it the next day! I made this scrapbook page last weekend when I was at the Crazy For Croppin event here in Hyannis. I wanted to put together a very simple, coordinated 8.5 X 11 album about my Sturbridge trip earlier this year with my Mom, Sister, SIL and niece. I managed to do a couple of pages last week, but this is the only one that is actually finished. The others don’t have titles or journaling… I kind of lost steam last weekend. Maybe I’ll finish those up today. This album is going to be for me to keep, but I also want to work

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