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I am looking for a “punch” just for the letter ‘E’ in different sizes. Do you know where I can find those?

January 31st, 2007

Question: I am looking for a “punch” just for the letter ‘E’ in different sizes. Do you know where I can find those?

Answer: I have found some places that sell single alphabet letters (usually you have to buy a whole set): (these are very small punches) (My local Michaels/Roberts carries this brand, Paper Shapers.  And they sell letters separately. This company didn’t have an upper case ‘E’.) (Upper case ‘E’)



Can I take photos damaged from a magnetic album and put them in an acid-free one? Will they still deteriorate?

January 31st, 2007

Question: Hi, I have a question about photos dated from 1990 - 1998 that were once stored in an adhesive/magnetic album. At this point, I have removed all of the photos successfully, but they have yellowed around the edges on the backside. Can I take these photos and put them in acid-free albums? Will they stop deteriorating or will the acid continue to harm them? I am trying to figure out if I can use these pics of if I need to get them all reprinted which would be very stressful (my negatives are very UNorganized) and expensive (there are literally hundreds!)? Thank you.

Answer: First of all, they will probably continue to deteriorate since the acid is already on them. But if all you do is put them in an acid-free album, you are preventing further damage and they will last substantially longer. If you can’t afford or don’t have the time to find the negatives, reprint them, and then store them in an acid-free environment, I have two other suggestions:

1.) Spray all of the photos with acid neutralizer. You can order some online or find some at your local craft/photo supply store (It can be just a couple dollars or more if you get a larger can). This should neutralize the acid, but it won’t take away the damage already caused by it.

2.) Scan all the photos and print them again. I know that this may seem like a long process, but it would take a lot less time than finding all those negatives! If you don’t have your own scanner, many photo processing places (even places like Costco or Wal-mart) have self-serve scanners that would allow you to scan all your photos and print them. The best part about this is that you could then burn them all to a CD (either at home yourself or let the photo processing place) do it. I love having a back-up of all my photos.

Good luck - I hope your photos can last for years to come.

Where can I find chipboard letters 5″ or taller?

January 26th, 2007

Question: Hi I’m looking for monogram chipboard 5″ or taller.  I want to buy the letters individually not the whole alphabet.  Do you know where I can find some?

Answer: I have found several on our website under chipboard. They do come alone and the cost ranges from .30 - $1.50 each, depending on the size and brand.  I like the 8 inch ones from Making Memories.  If you are only going to be ordering a few letters or can’t find the font you like, I have a cost-saving tip: cut them out of chipboard squares.  All you have to do is buy a pack or sheet of chipboard.  Print the letter from your computer making sure it is the size you want.  Then tape it to the chipboard and trace around the outside of the letter pressing very hard to make an impression in the chipboard.  Cut it out and you have your monogram!

Do you have any page ideas for triathlons, marathons, or other races?

January 23rd, 2007

Question: Robin,
My husband and I are both 53 years old.  We do not have any children (or grandchildren, either, of course).  I started scrapbooking 3 years ago when he and I took my Daddy to Madeira, Portugal for the ITU World Long Course Championships (Olympic Distance Triathlon).

We both do triathlons (he does IM and I do sprints and olympic distances), marathons, and ultra-distance trail runs.  I find it very difficult to find examples or ideas of layouts for these types of sporting events.  I’ve designed several of my own, but would like other ideas.  It seems there are thousands of ideas for babies and weddings, etc. but not many for triathlons.  I noticed you participate in such events.  Do you have any pages you would be willing to share?  Thanks, Rocket

Answer: Rocket, thanks for your question!  We are remodeling at the moment and I won’t be able to get to my race layouts for a few more weeks (But I promise to send them soon!).  I did pull together several example layouts online for you.  Good luck with the racing!  I just did the St. George marathon in October (injured - but I made it) and hope to do a sprint triathlon in June.  I am so glad to meet some more athletes!

Here’s some good examples I found:




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  • Title: Ironstar Triathlon
  • Designer: Heidi Knight
  • Source: Two Peas in a Bucket
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  • Title: 1/2 Marathon
  • Designer: Sincerelyours
  • Source: Two Peas in a Bucket
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  • Title: Hall of Fame Book - Marathon
  • Designer: Sandek
  • Source: Two Peas in a Bucket
  • Newsletter: 6 Ways to Scrapbook Memorabilia or Keepsake Items on Your Pages

    January 23rd, 2007

    Dear Scrapbookers,

    If you are like me, you have more than just photos to scrapbook on your pages.  I love to keep ticket stubs, money/coins from other countries, hair locks, hospital bracelets, cards, newspaper clippings, old jewelry, and many other small remembrance items.  The question has been posed to me many times lately on how to store these - either keeping them with your photos or just keeping them alone in a memory book.  Several people have asked me if there is something they can do besides gluing them to page and possibly ruining these items.  I wanted to give all my favorite scrapbookers out there some great innovative ideas for storing these keepsakes or memorabilia. 

    1.  Make or buy an envelope or pocket for your pages.  I love to use see-through envelopes so that people can see what the item is inside (Scrapbook Adhesives sells keepsake envelopes with adhesive already on the back).  You can get transparent ones or vellum ones.  Making a little pocket is so easy too and perfect for paper items like greeting cards or tickets.  Make pockets out of paper and sew or glue the three sides down and slip your item inside it.  Or better yet - take an “real” old pocket from jeans or a shirt and sew it onto your page to hold your keepsake item.  You can also buy library pockets for your items. 

    2. Tying them to your page is another option.  This is a great way to keep jewelry, tags, tickets, etc.  If it is a paper item, you can punch a hole in it and tie it on your page with a ribbon or string.  If you are unsure if the paper item is acid-free, spray it with an acid neutralizer.

    3. If you are not too attached to the item and just want the memory of it, take a photo of it or scan it.  This is especially effective if the item is too large to keep in a scrapbook.  I had a bunch of old t-shirts that I had problems parting with.  I just photographed the t-shirt logos (most were race t-shirts) and included them in my scrapbook.  If you hate the bulk of some memorabilia, this can solve your problem.

    4. Page protectors now come with memorabilia pockets.  Check out some of these great ones from Keep FilingMemory Book also has some 12″ x 12″ page protectors that can hold 4 x 6 photos and memorabilia.

    5. Want to show off your pictures and/or memorabilia as a decoration?  Why not use a shadow box.  I found this super cute one from EK Success.  It even had a drawer at the bottom to store other memorabilia.  They also sell 12 x 12 (and 8.5″ x 11″) shadow boxes so that you can display a whole page. 

    6. Flat keepsake display boxes are also another choice for your scrapbooking pages.  You can make your own (I found some good instructions online for shaker boxes that would work perfectly.)  You can also buy your own. If you haven’t seen these before, here are some examples:


    Ideal for three-dimensional objects, the Keepsake Display Box is the perfect way to attach, showcase and protect cherished keepsakes and memorabilia. Also great for glitter, confetti or beads. The hinged snap-tight lid allows access to items. Self-adhesive back attached instantly and securely. It is acid free, photo safe and PVC free. 

    Keep in mind that if you are not using an acid free keepsake, PLEASE make sure it is enclosed in its own pocket, sleeve, box or envelope so you can protect the rest of your page. 


    Latest and Greatest: Layout of the Week


    If you look closely, you can tell that the folders on the right page of this layout are actually pockets for memorabilia and extra photos.  It’s a smart way to “keep” those keepsakes! I hope you can begin to incorporate your memorabilia items into your scrapbook pages so that you can enjoy them for years to come.


    Your Scrapbooking Expert,


    P.S. Don’t forget - if you have questions about products or scrapbooking ideas, email me or check us out at


    How do you apply vellum quote stacks?

    January 22nd, 2007

    Question: Robin - I just got started getting into scrapbooking and I received some vellum quote stacks for Christmas and I am unclear as to how they work and how to apply them.  Thanks for you help.

    Answer:  There are several ways to use vellum quote stacks.  You can use the whole piece of vellum and apply it directly to your page.   Some of the quote stacks out there have titles too - like one word or a short phrase.  These would be used alone.  You just cut them out carefully and apply them to the page.  **Note that these vellum quote stacks are probably not rub-ons or self-adhesive unless they say there are.  That means you have to use some kind of adhesive other way to attach it.

    There are several ways to adhere it to your page.  The simplest way is with glue dots. The clear ones can hide well behind certain letters like ‘e’ or ‘o’ and you can’t even tell they are there.  You could try to use a glue stick or liquid glue, but sometimes these show through.  Double sided tape works well if you just put it under one of the words that you want to stand out in the quote. Eyelets and brads are another simple way to apply your quote (make sure to punch holes first for both of these because the vellum can easily tear).  You can also sew it on (My favorite way is to sew the top like a flap and even put a picture under it). 

    Does have a magazine or book with products I can buy from your website ?

    January 13th, 2007

    Question: I am wanting to know if you have a book that  you can send me by mail ? I would like to buy some of your products …

    Answer: We would love for you to buy products from our site, unfortunately our website doens’t actually supply products.  We are a search engine for scrapbooking websites that sell products.  That means that we take all the popular scrapbooking websites and we search them all for you so that you can find the best deals and the most wide array of products. 

    Newsletter - Getting Back to the Basics with Scrapbooking Embellishments

    January 11th, 2007

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    Dear Scrapbooking Gang,

    Sometimes when I am scrapbooking I wonder if I am going a little too far.  Are my embellishments taking over my photos or are they just enhancing them?  With the new year starting I decided to take inventory of what I use and what I have found to be the most important when it comes to scrapbooking embellishments.  We all want to make our photos the most important part of our page.  Whether you are a seasoned scrapbooker or just starting out, I have found that these basic embellishments help make a page just right.

    1. Eyelets - These embellishments now come in many different materials, sizes, and colors.  And they are a super cheap way to add a little punch to a page without taking away from the other important parts of the page.  With just a paper punch and an eyelet tool, you can apply these cute little additions to your page (I actually have a kit from Making Memories.)

    2. Brads - I am so glad that brads have become even more popular than eyelets!  They require no special tools (unless you want to get a special hole punch), and are so easy to apply.  I use them to attach other embellishments, like book plates or flowers.  They are also the perfect solution for attaching transparency or vellum.  Don’t forget that they also help hold down ribbon and can become a perfect accent on their own.

    3. Ribbon, fibers, string, embroidery floss - I find that I use ribbon on so many pages now.  I use it for bows or knots.  I use it to mat photos or hold on tags or other embellishments.  I sew it on, staple it on, tie it on, and glue it on.  I use embroidery floss to sew a word or sew an edge on photos.  These embellishments are so versatile and cheap!

    4. Flowers - These non-fragrant embellishments are not just for the frilly page anymore!  These flowers can be as large as a page or as small as a dime (or even smaller).  These look great in clusters or perfect all alone.  Since they come in any color nowadays and can be attached easily with brads, these flowers are perfect little decorations for any scrapbooker’s page. I like to buy them in bulk in either a tin or bottle.  As a note, you can save money buying these in a strand or bouquet from the craft area of any store and then take the flowers off of the stem.  I usually remove any middle part of the flower because they tend to be too bulky.  I have been able to get 50-100 flowers by only spending $2-3.

    5. Buttons -  I used to think these were kind of corny to use.  But now buttons come in any shape, size or color.  They have some that look like antiques and others that are hip and stylish.

    6. Letters - I am talking about the alphabet in any shape or form. Just keep to your budget.  These ABC’s come in anything from chipboard to metal to rhinestones.  Just be careful not to go too far on a layout.  I like to use one letter that has dimension and then finish it off with writing or leave it as a monogram.  If you can’t afford to buy a whole alphabet set, which can cost you $7-10 or more, consider going to a scrapbooking store that sells a letter alone.  This is especially cost effective idea if you don’t plan on using the other letters in the set anytime soon.

    7. Stamps - For a while there stamps were being replaced with stickers and diecuts.  But now stamps are going full strong with the new acrylic stamps.  These are great because they take up way less space and are cheaper than their counterparts.  I am not saying the wood ones are not useful - I actually bought one last month - but they aren’t as versatile.  I would invest in at least one good set of letter stamps so that you can spell out anything you want.

    8. Chipboard - Ok, I know what you are thinking — is chipboard really an embellishment?  Well, of course it is! It comes in many shapes and sizes that are ready to apply to a page.  It is also great to add your own paint or stamp effects.  I love to use chipboard letters (you can buy already cut ones or just get chipboard squares to cut your own). I also make a lot of tags out of chipboard.  You can use this material to bring out your very imaginative self.

    9. Metal - Once again, this is more of a material than an embellishment, but I am obsessed with it!  I love the little phrases spelled out in metal. The hinges and paper clips can make a page go from blah to WOW!  It is such a great material to use as a finishing touch to your pages.

    10.  Paper - I bet some of you were wondering if I would mention paper here.  I left this one for last because if you used nothing else on your pages but paper, your page could still be perfect.  You can mat pictures, make tags, cut out letters, make designs, etc.  And that is just with solid or patterned paper.  You can buy paper now that already has the whole page layout done for you - you just stick on your pictures and you are done.  So if you are just starting out or want to cut back on the spending, I would suggest getting back to this basic embellishment.  You would be surprised with what you could come up with!

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    I hope you all enjoy getting back to the basics this year.  I know that using basic embellishments will help you become more creative and imaginative.  Happy Scrapping!


    Your Scrapbooking Expert,


    P.S. Don’t forget - if you have questions about products or scrapbooking ideas, email me or check us out at



    Where can you buy the old fashioned “paper” scrapbooks - not the plastic sleeve kind?

    January 10th, 2007

    Question:  Hello Robin: I am trying to find a place to buy old fashioned “paper” scrapbooks. Not plastic sleeve scrapbooks as I find these everywhere. I want the paper old fashioned kind!! Can you help me?

    Answer:  I understand your dilemma. Most people don’t use the paper albums anymore because it is hard to protect photos from people handling them and such. That is why the page protectors have become such a popular alternative to the original paper kind.  Consequently, there are few place that carry them anymore — especially scrapbooking stores.  I have found several stores that do carry them, but they call them “paper photo albums” or “paper memory books”.  Below you can find a list of online stores (including our own) that I have found to carry them in a variety of sizes: memory books


    How do you apply rub-ons?

    January 9th, 2007

    Question:  I was given a scrapbook for Christmas and have never done one so decided to try one today. Anyway I have stickers here from Fraces Meyer. It says 2.5″x4 1/2″ SECTIONS (1SHEET). BUT DOES NOT GIVE ME ANY INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY. THEY ARE NOT STICKERS - YOU JUST PEEL OFF AND STICK ON. It looks like some sort of rub on sticker but I don’t know what I’m suppose to use.  If you can help that would be great!

    Answer: If it is a rub-on, there probably is some sort of backing that is like tissue paper or something that is non-sticking.  You just need to peel that off and place the rub-on face down.  You then need to use an object to rub the opposite side of the paper.  You can use your fingernail if you want, but I use popsicle sticks or a rub-on tool.  You should be able to tell if the rub-on is working because the spots that you rub usually look lighter in color because they are no longer attached to the plastic sheet they were attached to.  Just peel the sheet back slightly, while still holding it in place, to make sure that the rub-on is sticking.  Rub-on are very versatile.  You can use them on scrapbooks, but they stick to any surfaces - wood, glass, metal, etc. Have fun!