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September 28th, 2006

Dear Scrapbooking Fan,

Fall is here and that means new beginnings for many of us – especially for those that are entering school again this fall. For me, this is the perfect time to try new products on my layouts. This doesn’t mean that the product has to be something new, but it means that I try something I have never tried before.

My first find was rub-ons. At first I thought this scrapbook supply seemed the same as a stamp or just printing something off my computer. But rub-ons can be used on anything. I love that you can use it to add so much more to a page by rubbing a swirl design over the corner of a page (see below).

My next new idea was using some fresh new colors. Try something funky or if you are already into the funky oranges and pinks out there, try to use black or white in a new way. You don’t have to just go solid – why not try something paisley or a retro-inspired theme. Go wild! You never know what new things you can create and discover about yourself.

Latest & Greatest
Layouts of the Week


Paper: Bazzill Basic – Ocean Blue
Embellishments: Rub-ons, Buttons, Arrows

Layout: Lifetime Moments
Paper: Creamsicle
Embellishments: Metal Tags, Chipboard &, Brads


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September 19th, 2006

Dear New Member,

Welcome to! We are your comparison shopping tool for scrapbooking products and supplies. allows scrapbookers to search for materials from multiple scrapbooking stores. Read our blog and ‘Ask Robin’, our very own scrapbooking expert.

Each week we will be giving you an update on fun new products and great deals. We will also be keeping you in the loop through articles and blogs on the latest and greatest ideas for scrapbooking. We hope you enjoy our site and continue visiting often as we have new products and ideas everyday!

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Scrapbook Supply of the Week

I have just discovered the most fun and versatile scrapbooking supply – market tags! Now some of you may not even know what I am talking about. Market tags are those little plastic things that hold your bread closed or potato bag shut. Now they are made just for scrapbooking. I love how you can just add them to any page to give it a lot more character. Check them out here on our website!
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Action Photography

September 13th, 2006

Of all the kinds and styles of photography being practiced today, sports photography is probably the most exciting—not to mention the most difficult—of all. Since this kind of photography involves so much speed and action, photographing the subjects or players would require more than the usual knack for good angles but also the strength to endure physical limitations during the shoot.

Sports photography usually include shots that are taken during the game or while the subjects are in their respective field. Aiming to “freeze” moments during the actual event, sports photographers should be equipped with the right photography equipment, trained with enduring tenacity, and fueled with an overwhelming desire to capture each moment and emotion at their best.


The best thing about sports photography is that the photographer can freeze a single moment that contains pure and raw emotion and share it with the public in print. If you’re into photography and quite interested in taking adrenaline-pumping shots, you should familiarize yourself with different kinds of sports first. Since each sport varies, the styles and techniques used in capturing and freezing each moment also vary.

If you are already in the field taking photos, it is a must that you have a brief background about the sport you are covering. Knowledge in the fundamentals of coaching style, sport rules, and players will help you identify their most interesting angles. It is also a must to identify your “safety” (a shot that is easy to shoot and can be published if you don’t get good photos all throughout).

Here are some basic sports photography guidelines fit for common sports:

1. Baseball. Most seasoned sports photographers would agree that baseball is one sport that is hardest to shoot because of its unpredictability. Make sure that you get your safety first before getting experimental shots.

2. Basketball. Unlike baseball, this is the easiest sport to shoot because you only have to focus on two subjects: the player who handles the ball and the net. But its simplicity limits you to different angles, so make sure you get plenty of shots to choose from.

3. Football. This is another easy sport to shoot but it is considered as the most equipment intense sports because it would require waiting for the perfect shot. Although it’s easy to get safeties, it’s still up to you to produce action shots that would be a stand up.

4. Soccer and Hockey. Because of the speed and sudden movements involved in these sports, auto focus cameras are recommended.

5. Volleyball. Although it is one of the rarely covered sports events, volleyball is also one of favorites because dramatic shots can be derived all throughout. Since moves in the sports are quite tricky, make sure that you turn your camera’s auto focus on.

6. Golf. It’s hard to shoot photos during the game due to the nature of the game itself. What you can do is to camp at one location and take shots as players pass by or use a cart to follow the individual players.

7. Track and Field. Though access can be limited, this is one sport that is fun to shoot because movements are predictable and easy to shoot. All you need is good timing.

8. Gymnastics and Figure Skating. One basic rule in these sports: NO FLASH. Since they involve individuals performing, the use of flash is restricted because it distracts the players. The major problem you’ll encounter is lighting but this can be solved once the venue is lit up.

9. Motorsports and Racing Events. These are fairly easy to photograph because you can get away with slower lenses. But since you’re far from the track, you need longer lenses for the shoot.

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Create a Scrapbook with Only 4 Supplies

September 13th, 2006

Wonderful scrapbooks can be created with only four supplies; an album, adhesive, paper and a corner rounder.

I remember being invited to a scrapbook party. Inwardly I groaned. I still draw stick figures. I have never possessed artistic ability. I remember almost crying in school when we had to do an art project. I could envision great things, but I could not create them.

I’m a good sport and so I went to the scrapbook party. The gal giving the demonstration had a demo album. Inside were lots of pictures all beautifully arranged. Everyone was oohing and ahhing. Me, I was remembering those stick figures I was so good at drawing.

And then something magical happened. A light bulb went off and I realized that artistic was not necessary. Creativity was not even needed. All that was needed were some basic supplies and I too could create an awesome scrapbook.

Many photos were “framed”. This simply means cutting a square piece of paper a little larger than the photo and attaching the photo to the paper. I could do this. Cutting and pasting was something that did not need an artist. This was actually fun. There are so many papers to choose from. You can mount photos on cardstock or directly on scrapbook paper.

When I discovered a corner rounder, I was worried there would not be enough photos for me to round. A corner rounder literally slices off a sliver of paper making the corner round instead of square. You can use a corner rounder on both the photo and also on the paper you are mounting the photo on.

If you did nothing else but put photos on paper and mounted them, some with the corners rounded, you’d have a scrapbook that looked really nice. If you have a 12×12 album and you put 5 photos on one page, you can arrange them any way you want. You can overlap some of the frames. You can line them up. You can put one photo in each corner and then a rounded corner photo in the middle. Again, we are using nothing but the photo and a frame. You can mix and match colors of the frames to make a really interesting looking page.

I have always used double sided adhesive squares to mount photos to the frames. I find these very easy to use. You put one square on each of the four corners of the photo, pull off the tab to expose the tape and then press the photo on the frame. You then put four more squares on your frame and attach the frame to the paper. If the photo is extra large, I’ll put eight squares on the photo instead of four, and another eight on the frame.

My very first album used only these four supplies, an album, adhesive squares, paper and a corner rounder. It’s an album I still cherish very much. You too can create a great scrapbook album with the same four supplies.

About the author:
Audrey Okaneko has been scrapbooking for several years. She can be reached at or visited at

Creating a Scrapbook for your High Schooler in Theatre

September 13th, 2006
Theater productions can be one of the funnest scrapbooks to plan for and create. There is so much going on in the production of a play. Get ideas of photos you can add to your theater scrapbook.
At the last play my daughter attended she snapped almost 200 photos. While this is a bit excessive, it does show that you can make an entire scrapbook from just one performance. 

Flash photography is almost never allowed during a live performance, however as a parent, if you spoke with the teacher ahead of time, there is a good chance you can take photos during a dress rehearsal. At our school, the kids not on stage are often either back stage or outside, so this too would be an opportunity to snap photos.

There are so many items from the theater program that can be put into a scrapbook. The actual script itself can be copied onto acid free paper and then cut and paste to meet the theme of your scrapbook. For example, my daughter played Rizzo in the musical Grease. We cut out one of the songs she sang to add to the scrapbook.

Photos of the set being built are great. Often sets take several months to build and then paint. It’s fun to look back and see the progress of the set making. Costumes also take time to make or put together. Sometimes costumes are made from scratch and other times costume pieces are pre-made and just need a little alteration. One play my daughter was in, she had so many costume changes, that she was wearing three sets of costumes at any one time. Taking a photo of her in each costume helped us realize just how many costume changes she had that play.

If the play is a musical, there are lyrics to learn. Again, you can make copies of the lyrics onto acid free paper. I believe it’s better to copy everything and then decide later what you’ll use in your scrapbook. If you don’t make the copies prior to the production, it might be very tough to track down the lyrics used. In high school productions very often the lyrics are changed to make them suitable for all ages.

Our local newspaper almost always will run a pre-show review and recommendation of the production. Make sure to save these types of media advertisements. After the play, the newspaper will sometimes put photos and an article about the play into the paper. Newspaper clipping do turn yellow and crack over time, so always copy them onto acid free paper.

The night of the play, our school hands out a program. The program usually includes a brief summary of the play, the cast members names and names of the scenes. We always save a few copies of the program for copying onto acid free paper.

If you want, do a web search on the play and print out some photos of professional casts that can be used to decorate the pages of your theater scrapbook. You can also make a title page with a copy of the history of the play.

Be creative with your theater scrapbook. Make it a treasure your kids can carry into their adult lives!

About the author:
Audrey Okaneko has been scrapbooking for several years. She can be reached at or visited at


By Audrey Okaneko
Published: 9/7/2006

Scrapbooking with Scrap Paper

September 6th, 2006

I never throw away my scrap paper. I buy both 8×8 and 12×12 paper. I buy both patterned paper and cardstock. When I frame a photo, I have at least ¾ of a sheet of paper left. If I cut a border for the page, I have at least ¾ of a sheet of paper left. Even if I cut a 12×12 paper down to 8×8, I still have ¼ of a sheet left.

So what can you do with all of these scraps? One of my favorite things to do is to cut out shapes with hole punches. I then attach the punches on the scrapbook pages. I have hole punches that are circles, squares, diamonds and hearts.

If you make a 6×6 album, you’ll have tons of papers just the right size. Recipe albums make great gifts. Write or type your recipes on an index card or any colored paper and then cut to fit the album. You’ll find you can use many of your scraps when making these small albums.

I like putting borders on my pages. I often put a border on either the left or the right hand side of the page. You only need a strip 12×1 or 8×1 to do this. I’ve also put a strip of paper across the middle of the page horizontally. This requires a scrap only 1/3″ thick. I make the middle page borders very narrow.

Coluzzle makes alphabet templates. It only takes a small amount of paper to cut out letters to attach to your pages.

Now comes the question of storage. I’ve seen folks spend hours sorting scraps. Personally I would rather spend those hours adding new pages to my scrapbook. A few systems that I’ve found that work are accordion style folders. You can use a different slot for various colors. I do not sort my paper by solids and patterns, I just pick the predominant color and that’s where the paper gets sorted.

You can also buy sheet protectors and a 3 ring binder and sort by color this way. Again, some folks I know sort by solids and patterns. I’ve never taken the time to sort my scraps this way.

The final system that I know can work is the small rollaway storage carts. I’ve seen them with 10-16 small drawers. They are very compact and can easily be rolled into a closet or corner. With storage carts you can also store small items like cutting templates, hole punches and scissors.

When your scraps are organized, you’ll find that you’ll use them more, saving you money on buying new supplies.

Audrey Okaneko has been scrapbooking for several years. She can be reached at or visited at



Creating a Pregnancy Scrapbook

September 6th, 2006

\”Mommy, tell me again about when I was born\”. Any one who is a mother has heard this phrase countless times. Our children love to hear the story of how they were born. For those that are not yet mothers, I promise your kids will ask this many many times in the years to come.

Creating a scrapbook of your pregnancy helps you tell your child the story of their birth.

Here are several ideas for creating this very special scrapbook:

1. Take photos the day you find out you’re pregnant. Take a photo of mom and dad. Take photos of any siblings and take photos of any grandparents who might live locally.

2. Kids want to know \”were you excited?\” and \”were you happy?\” They also want to know \”who did you tell first?\” Journal the answers to these questions, for inclusion in the scrapbook. If this is your first pregnancy, it’s hard to guess what your child might ask you in 5 years. Think of yourself as a child. What did you want to know about your mother’s pregnancy? If you have other children, you know the questions you are going to be asked.

3. Take photos of mom and dad as the pregnancy progresses. Both my kids love seeing the photos of me being pregnant. We took side views, back views and front views.

4. Both my kids wanted to know what their names would’ve been had they been boys. (I have two girls). My own mom tells me about the name discussions she and my dad had before I was born. Again, journal these answers for your child to read when they are older.

5. Keep any reports and ultrasound photos that you receive from the doctor. I have ultrasound photos from both of my kids and they love seeing them.

6. Take a picture of the hospital where the child was born. Both of my kids were born at different hospitals and they both want to know about the hospital they were born at. They both have asked about the hospital stay as well. Did I stay overnight? Did I receive any medication? As the kids get older their questions become more detailed. Writing out the experience and putting this into the scrapbook allows the older child to have more information.

7. Take a picture of the delivering doctor if possible.

8. If there is baby naming, bris, or christening, take photos. Children want to see this. This is part of their birth.

9. Keep a list of who visits you in the hospital. Take photos if possible. Again, these are all questions I’ve been asked by my own kids.

10. Take a photo of their bedroom the night they come home. They want to know what it looked like.

Kids love knowing the story of their birth. It’s a book they’ll look at over and over again. It’s truly the story of them!!

About the author
Audrey Okaneko has been scrapbooking for several years. She can be reached at or visited at

No Time to Scrapbook

September 4th, 2006

No time to scrapbook? Here are 9 ways you can make more time for scrapbooking.

1. Record your “why.” Make a list of all the reasons you love to scrapbook. What does it do for you personally; for your family; for generations to come?. Ask your family and friends, “why are you glad that I scrapbook?” The answers may surprise you. Scrapbook these answers and hang the finished piece in your scrap space. Seeing the motivation hanging before you will make scrapbooking seem less self-indulgent.

2. Book it. Write in time for scrapbooking on your calendar or on your weekly to-do list. When you schedule specific scrapbooking time, you may be more committed to keeping that time for yourself.

3. Let go. Remember that each page you scrapbook is a reflection of you at this moment, and sometimes that means the layouts have to be simple and quick. It’s important to be able to let go of a layout without holding yourself to a certain standard each time. Don’t taint the joy of scrapbooking by making it one more thing you have to do.

4. Get inspired. If you feel like you aren’t getting enough accomplished or you’re feeling burned out, find inspiration in fresh design books or a new magazine subscription. Or slam out some quick pages with a page kit.

5. Fresh products. Subscribe to a monthly auto-ship kit. When you invest in your scrapbooking habit at regular intervals, fresh ideas and inspiration — appropriate for the season, come right to your doorstep.

Encourage a few friends to join and- viola - instant club! And you won’t spend so much time wandering the aisles of your local crapbooking store (Unless of course you want to) because all of the supplies already coordinate.

6. Organize. Make your supplies and tools easy to get to and to find. Get the organizational system you need to make the best use of your time. Tidy and organize your area as soon as you are finished with a layout or project so it doesn’t become daunting to go there the next time.

7. Scrapbook with your family. Scrapbooking itself can create some magical family moments. Even young children can get started with their own creations. I love to watch my children record their memories and create cards for friends.

8. Start (or join) a scrapbook club. Get a few friends together to scrapbook at a regular time each week or month. When we have someone that is waiting to meet us there, we are more inclined to hold the commitment.

9. Make it your business. Become a scrapbooking instructor or consultant. When you move from the spending side of our favorite hobby to the earning side, you may be surprised how much family support you’ll get. When scrapbooking is your hobby *and* your job, all of your creations become “demo pages,” too — and that is multi-tasking at its finest.

Copyright 2005 by Susie Cortright About the author: Susie Cortright is the founder of and Momscape’s Scrapbooking Playground - sites devoted to celebrating life with children. Learn more about her scrapbooking club or about starting your own scrapbooking business on Susie’s team:

Four Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards to Make

September 4th, 2006

There is nothing as special or personal as a homemade Valentine’s Day card. Surprise your friends and family with your handmade creations. Here are some ideas to get you started. The link at the end of the article shows photographs of the finished cards.


Four blank greeting cards (available at craft stores), dark red piece of scrapbooking paper, white piece of cardstock, cream colored piece of cardstock, red and white gingham piece of scrapbooking paper, paper cutter, scissors, glue stick, computer, printer, sewing machine.

Card #1

For this card you will need a dark red piece of scrapbooking paper, a red and white gingham piece of scrapbooking paper (or other coordinating piece of paper), and a piece of white cardstock. Cut a piece of the dark red paper to fit the front of the greeting card and glue it in place. The dark red is the background of the card. Cut two strips of the gingham paper, approximately an inch and a half wide. Cut them to the width of the card (this card will open horizontally). Tear a freehand heart from the gingham paper, large enough to fill up approximately three quarters of the entire card. Next glue the strips of gingham paper to the front of the card with space in between them. The idea is that there is a “strip” of gingham, a strip of red, a strip of gingham, and then a strip of red. Use your sewing machine to stitch* along the edges of the strips of gingham paper, and then stitch around the edge of the card. Glue the heart in the middle of the card. Type “Happy Valentine’s Day” on your computer and print out on white cardstock. Cut out the phrase (narrow strip) and glue to the center of the heart.

* Stitching tips: If you have never used your sewing machine to make cards, it is easy! Just sew on the paper like you would on fabric. You might want to reserve a needle just for paper so you don’t dull the needle for your fabric projects. There are two ways you can include stitching in your card making projects. You can either stitch directly on the card, or you can stitch on a separate piece of paper and then glue that piece to the card (then the stitching won’t show through the card).

Card #2:

This Valentine’s Day card is quick and easy. Cut a piece of dark red paper to fit the front of your blank card and glue it in place. Type “Happy Valentine’s Day” on your computer and print it on the cream colored paper. Mat the cut-out phrase first on a dark red piece of paper, and then mat that piece on another piece of cream colored cardstock to create a layered look. This card will open horizontally, so turn it in that direction and glue the Valentine’s sentiment to the top third of the card. For the bottom portion of the card cut three small freehand hearts from the dark red paper. Glue these hearts to three torn scraps (in the shapes of squares) of cream colored paper. Space these pieces across the bottom of the card and glue in place. Stitch around the outside of the card and around the “Happy Valentine’s Day” if you wish, but it isn’t necessary.

Card #3:

This card is made from a dark red piece of paper and a cream colored piece of paper. Cut a piece of the dark red paper to fit the front of your blank card and glue it in place. Cut a large square from the cream colored paper and glue it just above the center of the card. Glue the piece of paper in place. Tear a large heart from the dark red paper and glue it in the center of the cream colored square. Type “Happy Valentine’s Day” on your computer. Print on cream colored paper and glue in the center of the heart. Stitch around the cream colored square and the edge of the card, if you wish.

Card #4:

This card is made from a dark red piece of paper, the gingham paper, and white card stock. This card will open horizontally. Cut a piece of the dark red paper to fit the front of your pre-made card and glue it in place. Cut two strips of gingham paper and glue them to the top and bottom of the card so that there is a red strip in between. Cut three freehand hearts from the gingham paper and space them out in the red portion of the card. Glue them in place. Type “Happy Valentine’s Day” on your computer and print on white paper. Cut out into a narrow strip (narrower than hearts) and glue in the center of the card on top of the hearts.

Notes: - The terms “card stock” and “paper” are used interchangably here, but it is up to you which kind of paper you use, depending on the look you are trying to achieve - A sewing machine isn’t necessary for this project, it is just a nice added touch - You don’t have to use your computer for this project, you can handwrite the words if you wish.

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of four. For scrapbooking, card making, gift-giving ideas, and more family memory-making activities, visit

Why Scrapbooking and How to Start It in Fast and Simple Ways

September 4th, 2006

Are you a stay-at-home mom who is looking for a fun way to spare your time with? Or are you a person who just can’t stop doing anything?

Have you found something to satisfy your need? Ever heard about scrapbooking before? It’s time to reveal it now and you’ve come to the right place. Why? Because you’re going to find the way on how to spend your time with. In methods that are quick and easy.

Discover them below:

1. Make Scrapbooking A Part of Your Life

If you answer YES to the above questions, scrapbooking is actually one of the most exciting solutions you can have in your life. It is absolutely a very nice way to remember the important people and events in their life. Moreover, by doing this, you are allowing them to bear in mind about the love that you took to do this for them. Let out your creative and positive energies and create something that will last a lifetime.

Make scrapbooking as one of the most rewarding things that you do in your life. All you need to do is to come up with a number of ideas to begin with. Then work through the projects, meet the goals and create yourself or your loved ones a book that they will treasure forever.

2. Start with a Wide Range of Ideas

One of the most challenging parts of creating a scrapbook is having ideas to share the memories with. The good thing about scrapbooking is that you need not to be very competently trained or very imaginative to have some concepts or ideas for it. All you should do is to ask a number of questions to gather some information that you need to have. These may include how you or they want it to look like, what things you or they want to be included in the book, etc.

3. Set Up a Place

One essential part of scrapbooking is that you have a safe and comfortable place to work on the projects. It is because you need to ensure that your equipments are safe from dirt as well as safe from little intruders. So, it’s recommended that you find a place in the house where you can carry out the projects persistently and safely. By doing this your can make sure that your equipments are essentially secure and that the projects you are working on get the best result.

4. How to Design the Pages

When it comes to scrapbooking, designing the pages is one of the biggest problems you probably will encounter. Well, you should not be too worried about this since there are things that can help you to come up with certainly remarkable ideas. One of them is the scrapbooking kits, which are provided with a great range of themes and elements such as stickers and colorful cut outs to help you design the pages.

5. Preserve the Memories through Scrapbooking

Now you’ve come to the last point. The aim of scrapbooking is to preserve the memories for a lifetime. It is what a scrapbook can do for you and for those that you love. To achieve the goal, it is important that the book represents all of the things that are characteristic of those within the pages of the scrapbook. So, it will be more than just photos in it. You can add other things related to a certain theme. For example, a baseball-themed scrapbook may include some tickets from a game. This will add dimension and special meaning to the scrapbook. Besides, it is also amazing and it helps you preserve the memories within your mind as well as within theirs.

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