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Wedding Anniversary Scrapbooking Ideas

July 27th, 2006

Are you looking for wedding anniversary scrapbooking ideas to help you create a unique gift for a special couple for their anniversary? This article has many simple ideas that you can use to create a wonderful and lasting wedding anniversary gift.

One of the most important wedding anniversary scrapbooking ideas you can use for an anniversary scrapbook is to have the couple’s wedding picture on either the first or last page of the scrapbook.

A copy of the wedding invitation makes a really great introduction to the scrapbook. A scrapbook makes a creative anniversary gift for any anniversary year, but it is particularly effective for milestones such as; first anniversary, silver, diamond or golden anniversaries. For the 25th, 50th or 60th wedding anniversaries, you can start the scrapbook with the wedding photo.

Other scrapbooking ideas you can use are:

  • Photos of the couple during each year of their marriage
  • Photos of the couple’s family at various stages of growth
  • Photos of memorable occasions, such as weddings of the children
  • Photos of the couple with their grandchildren
  • Photos of trips and vacations

Wedding scrapbooking ideas, for the first year of marriage could include:

  • Photos of the planning done for the wedding
  • Copy of the wedding service
  • Place cards
  • Bridal registry
  • List of gifts received
  • Ribbons to represent colors used in the wedding
  • Wedding favors that was used
  • Notes about planning mishaps

You can also include the following in the Wedding anniversary scrapbook:

  • Pressed flowers
  • Napkins
  • Christmas pictures of the couple together
  • Letters and notes that the couple has written funny scenes from their lives together
  • Invitation to the anniversary party
  • Photos of the party

The colors you choose for embellishing the scrapbook should represent the year of the anniversary. For example, 25th anniversary is silver, 50th is gold and 60th is diamond. The colors used in other wedding anniversary scrapbooking ideas could be the colors the couple chose to have at their wedding or their own favorite colors.

About The Author

Ifiok Ekon is the author of wedding anniversary scrapbooking ideas, visit his site, www.allscrapbookingideas.com to get all the exciting scrapbooking ideas,suggestions,tips and techniques for your Baby,wedding,Military Personnel and Lots More.

Crop-a-dile

July 19th, 2006

I am so excited about this new product from We R Memory Keepers called the Crop-A-Dile.   This all-in-one tool punches and sets eyelets, snaps and so much more! It works through any paper, leather, plastic, metal, chipboard, acrylic, fabric, wood, poly and much more!  I would give this product a 9 on a 1-10 scale.  The only drawback is that it can only set something as far in as an inch or two. 

 My favorite part about the Crop-A-Dile is that it can punch through metal. I love the product idea from We R Memory Keepers - http://www.wermemorykeepers.com/products/newproducts.shtml?projects - try it out!  I am making some metal cans for my kitchen using this scrapbooking tool. 

 Search for the best buy on this product by searching for ‘Crop-a-dile’ on the www.scrapbookfinds.com website.

Shopping for Scrapbooking Supplies on eBay

July 19th, 2006

As popular as eBay has become as an established medium for transacting business, I’ve noticed that there are still many people who are reluctant, for one reason or another, to use eBay to make purchases, even when doing so could save them lots of money.  This is as true for scrapbooking products as any other.  ScrapbookFinds.com will soon begin publishing items for sale on eBay among listings of scrapbooking products from other online marketplaces.  In order to   To help you feel comfortable shopping for scrapbooking products on eBay, here are a few things to consider.

What you need to start buying on eBay
First of all, you will need to set up an account with eBay.  You can do this by going to www.ebay.com.  Follow their instructions for setting up an account.  Essentially this will involve identifying yourself with your address, a phone number, and an email address.

Most sellers on eBay prefer (or at least suggest as an option) payment using PayPal.  If you want to use PayPal to pay for purchases on eBay, you’ll need to set up an account with them at www.paypal.com.  Doing so involves a bit more than setting up an eBay account, because you have to set up payment options through your bank or using your credit card.  If you would rather go the old fashioned route, you can pay using a money order or check.  Many sellers also accept this form of payment, but it does mean that you will receive your order later than if you pay instantly using PayPal.

Shopping for Scrapbooking Products
The easiest way to shop for scrapbooking products is to type in the name of the product you are searching for or a general search.  For instance, I just did a search for “sizzix alphabet” and 367 search results were returned.  If you do a search and find that you don’t see as many options as you’d hoped, you can broaden your search by removing search words, and you’ll likely find more variety.

eBay offers many handy features that can help you with your shopping. For instance, you can add a “watch” to your account, which allows you to track the item (to see how high the auction price is going) so that you don’t have to look for it again the next time you come back.  Also, if you want to see what price a product is selling for generally, you can check the box for “completed items” when doing a search. This will allow you to look at the auctions that have finished.  If the scrapbooking product you want to buy has been bid up to be bit out of your price range, you can check the completed items to see whether that product normally sells that high, or if the auction you are looking at just has an unusual amount of competing bidders.

Other Issues to ConsiderFeedback
The eBay feedback system allows users to rate their experiences with other eBay users.  Good sellers should be able to keep their ratings above 95%.  When you are considering buying from a seller, you should check to see whether her feedback score is high enough.  If you see a low percentage, you can read the feedback comments to see why people are having bad experiences buying products from that seller.  Chances are that if many people are complaining about slow shipping, misrepresented products, and other concerns, you will likely encounter the same problems.

The eBay feedback system allows users to rate their experiences with other eBay users.  Good sellers should be able to keep their ratings above 95%.  When you are considering buying from a seller, you should check to see whether her feedback score is high enough.  If you see a low percentage, you can read the feedback comments to see why people are having bad experiences buying products from that seller.  Chances are that if many people are complaining about slow shipping, misrepresented products, and other concerns, you will likely encounter the same problems.eBay Stores
eBay has continually increased their fees for online auctions, making it so that many sellers on eBay would rather sell their scrapbooking products from their eBay stores rather than in online auctions.  When you do a search on eBay, look at the results that are shown from store owners (usually listed below the auction results).  When you find a good store with lots of scrapbooking products, bookmark it so that you can easily find it again.  Many times store owners run auctions just so that you can find their store.  If you find a particular seller that is selling one of the supplies you need, check to see if he or she has a store.  Chances are you’ll find many more scrapbooking treasures for sale there.

Personal Information / Security
A fear that keeps many potential eBay shoppers from using that site to find scrapbooking supplies is also one of the difficult challenges facing eBay:  fraud.  Even if you don’t have an eBay account or a PayPal account, you may have noticed emails coming from people who are posing as eBay or PayPal.  These fakes ask you to follow a link that appears as if it goes to an eBay or PayPal login page, when it really takes you to their own web site.  If you follow one of these links and login with your username and password, you have given them access to your account.  Hijacked accounts can be a real problem, just like any other form of identity theft.  I recommend never logging in to eBay or PayPal from an email link.  Instead, go to the actual sites (www.ebay.com or www.paypal.com) and login there to see any messages you might have been sent.  Following this rule will go a long way in keeping your account secure.

There are many reasons to use eBay when shopping for scrapbooking supplies.  Knowing what to look for and how to protect yourself from bad sellers and frauds can make your eBay experience enjoyable and can save you some money on the products you normally buy from larger retail stores.

Digital Scrapbooking

July 13th, 2006

So you might be wondering what the craze is when it comes to digital scrapbooking?  Doesn’t the actual word ’scrapbook’ connote something to do with photos, glue, paper and cute little metal embellishments?  The answer is, of course, yes!  But how does that all tie into digital scrapbooking?  Well, digital scrapbooking is another way to put it all together, but using your computer to create layouts.
So why would anyone want to do this?  Now that cameras are all going digital it just makes sense to use those digital photos right on your computer.  So what are some other benefits:
1.) You can branch out from only using 4×6’s.  If you create the layout on your computer you can shrink or enlarge any photo to the size of your choice with just a click.
2.) It’s cheaper!  Yes, you do have to buy some embellishments and papers when you want your layout to look “real”, but they are much cheaper and you can reuse them again and again! The main cost involved is printing the pages.
3.) No bulky embellishments.  Don’t you just hate that you sometimes go a little crazy with the embellishing that you can barely fit a page in the page protector.  With digital scrapbooking you have a flat page that you can make look like you have all those fun embellishments.
4.) They layouts are easy to share.  You can burn them all on CD and give copies to family and friends. You can easily send them in an email without having to scan.  You can print off mini albums of your layouts as presents.
5.) No glue or clean up.  You can save a layout page and come back at anytime without having to pull out or put away your stuff.  Everything is all there on the computer.
6.) You don’t waste your time as stores - unless you want to :) .  There are so many online stores that you can shop for embellishments, papers, designs, fonts, etc. and you get them immediately - no gas money involved!
 Well, I could go on and on.  Now does that mean you can’t scrapbook with friends anymore?  Of course not.  Even an avid scrapbooker like me will probably never go completely digital.  But if I ever did switch completely over, my next big scrapbooking purchase wouldn’t be that cut pink tote or a Sizzix machine – it would be a laptop!