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create scrapbook generation’s

ISSUE 1 - JANUARY 2014

four fun & free sketches inspiration: Fancy Pants 174 cool design ideas


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our story this is

a letter from the editor

How we arrived at this point I’m not sure. What I do know? It’s been a wild and crazy ride filled with rollercoaster-worthy ups and downs and screams and laughter...sometimes all in the same day! A little over nine years ago, two sets of sisters opened Scrapbook Generation, a retail store in Springfield, Missouri. It hasn’t always been easy. But it’s always been the four of us working together as a team to do the best we could at whatever we attempted. This time, we’re attempting a monthly magazine. And nothing could be more full circle for us. My first year teaching high school English, my sister Karin was a senior and editor of the yearbook. She asked me to help, and I became the assistant adviser. I loved it so much that I went back to school so I could teach journalism. Fast forward, and my daughters Stacey and Allison

were on my publications staffs. I taught them writing and design, and we worked long hours together on newspapers and yearbooks. Years later, when we started SG, people often commented about how much they liked our style. To me, it’s always been journalistic in nature -- I’ve often described it as making yearbook layouts with different materials! That I’m back designing publications with these three is something I never dreamed of when we opened a scrapbook store. But nothing could be more perfect. Or more us. Working together. Designing layouts. Writing articles. It’s what we do.

Debbie Sanders

DEBBIE SANDERS KARIN RUSH ALLISON DAVIS STACEY ATCHLEY


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contents JANUARY 2014

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Sketch Support

Design expert Allison Davis shows how to get five distinctive looks from her free two-page sketch for January.

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Fancy Pants

Design team members of this popular company share their talent, using four free SG sketches to make 34 gorgeous projects.

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Mighty Mini

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Woof, Woof

Yes. Mini-albums are small. But Lindsey Amschler knows how to pack big style and enjoyment into that tiny package.

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Touch of Color

Technique guru Tammy Tutterow has a step-by-step way (both simple and doable) to color match flowers, and more, to any project.

Pet owner Katrina Hunt shares new ways to scrapbook the special moments with those furry friends who bring so much joy.

21 party time • 23 wonderful washi • 45 it’s about time • 121 anything cards • 127 snowman


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scrapbook generation’s

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Team Challenge

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Local Talent

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Readers Gallery

Scrapbook Generation customer Linda Eckels shares her favorite projects and her feelings about papercrafting.

SG’s talented CREATE team takes on color and design, then shows how to repurpose a simple sketch into just about anything.

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Getting it Write

Former writing teacher and journalist Debbie Sanders offers tips for fun, effective, and heartfelt scrapbook journaling.

Scrapbook Generation fans from all over the globe show their interpretations of recent SG sketches.

n embellishment tutorial • 203 submissions instructions • 220 the great divide • 223 quote this


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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF debbie sanders SKETCH ARTISTS

allison davis & debbie sanders CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

ON THE COVER ALL BUNDLED UP by Allison Davis

Patterned papers and embellishments: Fancy Pants: cardstock: Bazzill.

............................ Scrapbook Generation’s CREATE is published monthly by Scrapbook Generation, Inc. and is available as a free download.

Contact us at: 330 E Battlefield, Suites B & C Springfield, MO 65807 417-886-0440

Feedback and comments can be sent to debbie@scrapbookgeneration.com.

Manufacturers interested in advertising in CREATE should contact karin@scrapbookgeneration.com.

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Any company interested in having its design team featured in CREATE should contact debbie@scrapbookgeneration.com.

All rights reserved. All Scrapbook Generation sketches are for personal use only and are not to be used for kits, clubs, workshops or for resale in any manner. The sketches should not be copied, duplicated, or transmitted by any electronic means.

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allison davis, katrina hunt, tammy tutterow

PRODUCTION & TECHNOLOGY stacey atchley

ADVERTISING karin rush

CREATE TEAM christy arthur lindsey amschler stacey atchley ruth bonser allison davis katrina hunt noey hunt lynette jacobs jennie mcgarvey julie mowen karin rush debbie sanders steffanie seiler nikki sivils


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arty time by Lindsey Amschler

• Gift bag: After covering with patterned papers, adhere double-sided tape and sprinkle with glitter. Add stickers, die-cuts, and enamel dots. Top with a paper bow and matching resin flower. • Card: Create a diagonal design with patterned paper. Adhere double-sided adhesive to a paper rosette shape and sprinkle with glitter before folding. Finish with more stickers and pen detail. • Cupcake toppers: Start with Pixies straw picks, then attach banners and circles. Embellish with chipboard, stickers, and enamel dots.

Patterned paper: BasicGrey; cardstock: American Crafts; stickers and die-cuts: BasicGrey; enamel dots: BasicGrey; resin flower: Fancy Pants Designs; Pixies straw picks: Doodlebug; glitter: Martha Stewart Crafts; ink: Ranger: double-sided tape: Scor-Tape; pen: Uniball; other: gift bag.


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scrapbook

generation Your local scrapbook store. Virtually.

Six monthly kit clubs. • Super Sketch Club

Our most popular club. Materials and sketches to make five double-page layouts each month, with the option to make two additional coordinating layouts and purchase an add-on embellishment.

• Generation Page Kit Club Themed or seasonal double-page layout.

• Generation Card Kit Club Four-six themed or seasonal cards.

• Allison Davis Page Kit Club Double-page layout with general themes.

• Boy Crazy Page Kit Club Boy-themed double-page layout.

• Girl Crazy Page Kit Club Girl-themed double-page layout.

™ www.scrapbookgeneration.com


wonderful

washi with lindsey amschler, katrina hunt, and allison davis

Now that these rolls of goodness come in every color and pattern imaginable, finding new ways to use them makes them even more versatile than ever. Check out the clever tape-worthy techniques our trio of designers has come up with to help make the most of this fun product.

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washi tape

Layering strips of washi tape in coordinating colors can make a unique and stylish background for die-cuts and other embellishments.

Project 1 -- Patterned paper: Echo Park Paper; cardstock: American Crafts; stickers: Echo Park Paper; washi tape: My Mind’s Eye, Doodlebug Designs; flowers: I Am Roses; ink: Prima. Project 2 -- Cardstock: American Crafts; stamp: Webster’s Pages; washi tape: My Mind’s Eye, Doodlebug Designs; ink: Prima; ribbon: Hug Snug. Project 3 - Cardstock: American Crafts; washi tape: My Mind’s Eye; rub-on: Pebbles; glitter: Martha Stewart Crafts.


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Fill the negative spaces in die-cuts with washi tape. Trim a piece of white cardstock to fit the open areas, then layer strips of washi, matching patterns for a seamless look. Adhere to the back of the die-cut.

Project 4 -- Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye, Webster’s Pages; cardstock: WorldWin Papers; washi tape: My Mind’s Eye, Paper Bakery. Project 5 -- Cardstock: WorldWin Papers; washi tape: Paper Bakery, My Mind’s Eye, Bella Blvd: stickers: Simple Stories; doily: Hobby Lobby. Project 6 -- Washi tape: My Mind’s Eye, Paper Bakery; other: clothespins.


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Brighten ordinary clothespins by layering them with washi tape and trimming off the edges. Add a small magnet for a cute fridge note-holder.

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Use washi tape to cover a die-cut shape. For example, use strips of washi tape to cover a cloud die-cut and then cut off the excess. You could also cover small scraps of paper and then use a punch to make a shape.

Project 7 -- Patterned paper: Simple Stories; cardstock: Bazzill; washi tape: My Mind’s Eye; chipboard embellishments: American Crafts; ink: Colorbox fluid chalk ink; embroidery floss: DMC. Project 8 -- Cardstock: Bazzill, American Crafts; washi tape: Doodlebug Design, We R Memory Keepers, My Mind’s Eye; ink: Colorbox fluid chalk ink; embroidery floss: DMC; other: toothpicks. Project 9 -- cardstock: American Crafts; washi tape: American Crafts, We R Memory Keepers; chipboard: Crate Paper; embroidery floss: DMC.


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Use washi tape to make little flags and banners. Cut a small strip of tape and wrap it around a toothpick or small strip of paper. You can also cut a notch at the ends.

Add stitching to the design of washi tape. Stitch on a few of the chevron patterns by piercing holes and then handstitching with a needle and embroidery floss. It's a great way to add dimension to the flat tape.

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• Main background panel: 12 x 12” (with 2” on the left side)

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• Overlay strips, from bottom, all 12” wide and with 2” on the left side: 1/4” (stripe), 3/4”, 1/4”, 3”, 1/2” (stripe), 1” (with overlay of 1/4”) • Journaling strips: 3 x 1/4” • Left page large photo mat: 9-1/2 x 7-1/2” • 2x3 photo mat: 3 x 4-1/2” • Small accent banners: 1-1/4 x 1/2” and 7/8 x 3/8”

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Allison Davis

New download sketch products released every month, all at won’t-break-the-bank prices starting at 49¢.

™ A sampling of items in the Allison Davis winter bundle

Allison Davis sketch products available for immediate download • seasonal and themed “bundles” including single-page sketches, double-page sketches, titles, quotes, and embellishment instructions • individual sketches • groups of two-four sketches • online classes like the hugely popular “Sketch Support”

www.scrapbookgeneration.com


sketch

support by allison davis

Nothing could possibly make scrapbooking any easier than using a sketch. And forget the idea that a sketch stifles creativity. Sketches can actually do the opposite, unleashing new ways to look at photos, paper, embellishments, and all the fun ways they can be combined.

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sketch support from allison davis

At first glance, the five layouts below have nothing in common. But look closer, and you’ll discover they have everything in common. Allison Davis is ready to take you on a tour of her creative process, using the free sketch she designed for this issue. You’ll learn how she switches up backgrounds, changes photo size and orientation, flips the sketch, and even transforms a two-page sketch into a one-page layout.

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peek-a-boo basketball BY ALLISON DAVIS Patterned paper: Simple Stories; cardstock: Bazzill; chipboard hearts: Simple Stories; alphabet stickers: Simple Stories; foam alphabet stickers: American Crafts; brads: Simple Stories; circle punches: Fiskars, EK Success; stickers: Simple Stories; large circle template: Crafter's Workshop; ink: Colorbox fluid chalk ink; embroidery floss: DMC.

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For a different look, I substituted a large circle in place of the background strips. Using a large shape in place of a large background is an easy way to really change up the look of a sketch. You could use a large star or heart or any other large simple shape to not only change up the look, but to also enhance the theme of your layout.

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I focused on just circles going across the page in place of the snowflakes on the sketch. I used a variety of sizes and types of circles: rings, stitched circles, full circles, brads, and chipboard hearts. I still followed the general design of the sketch.


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Using a 6x4 horizontal photo in place of the vertical 4x6 photo was an easy change. Switching the orientation of a photo, in most situations, isn't difficult. In this case, I just had to adjust the placement of the photo to accommodate the extra two inches. For this layout it was a simple as moving the photo to the right a little to allow room for the circles, the title, and the journaling strips.

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boxes full of fun BY ALLISON DAVIS Patterned paper: Echo Park Paper, Pebbles; cardstock: Bazzill; corrugated paper: Fancy Pants Designs: corrugated alphabet: Fancy Pants Designs; alphabet stickers: October Afternoon (full, of); foam alphabet: American Crafts; star stickers: Echo Park; star punch: Fiskars; word stickers: Pebbles, Authentique; ink: Colorbox fluid chalk ink; embroidery floss: DMC.

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I used vertical strips instead of horizontal background strips. This is another really easy way to change up the look of a sketch without a lot of extra work.Try looking at the background on the sketch as just a block, kind of like a puzzle. You have to find the combination to put that block together. It could be made up of squares, horizontal strips, or vertical strips. On my layout I used two-inch vertical strips that I turned into "banner" strips by cutting a "v" at both ends of each strip.

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There are so many fun possibilities available with the snowflakes and circles. On my layout I substituted stars and stitched circles. I didn't use as many items, and I used larger stars, but they still follow the general design and placement.


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I look at a photo block the same way I do the background on a sketch. I see it as a puzzle, a combination that I can adjust and change to fit what I have and what I want to use. On my layout I wanted to include more photos so I used 3x3 photos and extended them to both ends of the left page. There are so many combinations you could come up with to make a photo block on that page. It doesn't have to be exactly as it is on the sketch. There is plenty of room for larger photos or a grouping of smaller photos.

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all bundled up BY ALLISON DAVIS Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs; cardstock; Bazzill; chipboard snowflakes: Fancy Pants Designs; buttons: Fancy Pants Designs; foam alphabet stickers: American Crafts (all, up); alphabet stickers: Fancy Pants Designs (bundled); jewels: Kaisercraft; stickers: Fancy Pants Designs; ink: Colorbox fluid chalk ink; embroidery floss: DMC.

I love the look of handstitching on scrapbook layouts. Even though it takes more time, it’s a touch that signals how important these photos are to you.”

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I shortened the background pieces slightly. There is so much going on with the background papers and the snowflakes that I didn't want to cover the whole page. Shortening those background pieces was a way to leave a little white space on the page and keep that focus on the photo, title, journaling, and snowflake design.


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I flipped the sketch from right to left. Sometimes, if the person in the photo is looking off the page I simply switch, or flip, the page to maintain a more cohesive layout. Flipping the sketch is usually an easy thing to do without major changes. All I had to do was move the photo, title, and journaling. They still follow the same design, just on the opposite side.

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at the circus BY ALLISON DAVIS Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye; cardstock: American Crafts; tickets: My Mind's Eye, Jenni Bowlin; alphabet stickers: October Afternoon (at, the); foam alphabet stickers: American Crafts; star punch: Fiskars; ink: Colorbox fluid chalk ink; embroidery floss: DMC.

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In place of all the photos on the sketch, I used 4x6 and 6x4 photos. Sometimes, 4x6 photos are just easier. The left page of the sketch and the photo block really leaves a lot of open room for adjusting and adapting to fit what you want to use. On my layout I extended that photo block to the top and bottom of the left page and omitted the photo mat for that block of photos.

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I used a cluster of tickets and stars in place of the circles and snowflakes. On the left page I added a small 2x2 photo with the tickets and stars. They may not follow the design on the sketch exactly, but they are somewhat in the same areas, just adjusted to fit what I was working with.

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It was a simple decision to substitute a small journaling block in place of the journaling strips. Changing up the journaling format is always an easy adjustment to a sketch. I used a journaling block with this layout because it just fit better with the overall design.

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together is our favorite place to be BY ALLISON DAVIS Patterned paper: Teresa Collins; cardstock: American Crafts; wooden items: Basic Grey, Studio Calico; die-cuts: Teresa Collins; foam alphabet stickers: American Crafts (together, favorite); alphabet stickers: October Afternoon (is, our), My Little Shoebox (place, to, be); ink: Colorbox fluid chalk ink; embroidery floss: DMC.

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I did things a little backwards this time! I used 4x4 photos in place of the background. I had to move things a little because of the center of the page and the fact that I didn't want a photo to be divided between the two pages. I moved the first column of 4x4 photos on the left page and then had the other two columns on the right.

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I moved the title and the journaling to the left page. Because the pictures had taken the place of the background, that left little room for the title and journaling. There was plenty of space on the left page since I had reduced the size of the photo block.

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I used a row of banner strips, arrows, and word die-cut pieces in place of snowflakes and circles on the sketch. Obviously I couldn't arrange the design across the page and over the pictures, so I moved them to the right of the photo "background.� It may not follow the sketch exactly, but it's about taking an idea and adjusting it to fit what you want to work with!


time

it’s about

by debbie sanders

The way I figure it, there are two types of scrapbookers: those who have all the time in the world, and those who don’t. It’s not typically a life sentence. There will be periods when you can’t keep up with all the demands on your life. But there will also be times when you have leisure hours to fill.

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THE 30-MINUTE LAYOUT One of the easiest ways to save time scrapbooking is to eliminate all those pesky decisions. First, use a sketch with measurements. I used the one-page sketch I designed for this issue, and followed it closely. Second, use supplies from the same collection (like Happy Go Lucky by Fancy Pants Designs, above).

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Once you’ve selected papers and adhered them to the page, it’s just a matter of selecting a few matching embellishments and attaching them. It doesn’t get any easier than this!


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THE 3-HOUR LAYOUT Identical papers, identical photos, but a huge difference in time management! I made this layout more personal by either making or selecting “custom” embellishments. Surprisingly, I spent more time matching colors of twines and inks and flowers, finding the right stamps, and selecting the right size and shade of letters for the title than I did actually making the page! If you have the time, it’s rewarding to “do it yourself.”

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QUICK: Embellish with a diecut bow from an ephemera pack, top.

QUICK: Use a title die-cut from an ephemera pack, top.

QUICK: Choose a envelope and jou top.

CUSTOM: Gather an assortment of twines and tie in a floppy bow, bottom.

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CUSTOM: Choose large letter stickers and mix with smaller word stickers, even layering stickers for extra color, bottom.

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CUSTOM: Embell bags, stamp ticke a journaling bloc

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QUICK: Layer die-cuts and phrase stickers, top.

QUICK: All items are pre-made, from the same collection, top.

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CUSTOM: Choose flowers, jewels, and even make a custom button with coordinating paper, bottom.

CUSTOM: Most items are selected from random embellishments, or specifically made just for this layout, bottom.

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DEBBIE’S TIP #1 For me, paper choice makes or breaks a layout. I chose tone-on-tone and small patterns for the areas where I would be placing photos and embellishments so that they wouldn’t compete for attention.

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DEBBIE’S TIP #3 Not every paper looks best in every spot on a layout. To choose the background design which would only have an inch showing on each side, I cut a 10” square piece of white cardstock and placed it on top of several patterned papers to “audition” them. Several of the papers I would have chosen based simply on how much I liked the pattern didn’t work when only a small amount was visible. It was easy to narrow down my choices this way.

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30-minute layout: Patterned paper, stickers, ephemera pack, envelopes, tickets: Fancy Pants Designs. 3-hour layout: patterned paper, stickers, bags: Fancy Pants Designs; cardstock: Crate Paper; twine: My Mind’s Eye, American Crafts; letter stickers: American Crafts; stamps: My Mind’s Eye, Autumn Leaves; inks: Hero Arts, Colorbox; flowers: Petaloo; jewels: Queen & Company; butterfly: Prima.


Sometimes one is enough. • A cherished vintage photo. • A favorite formal portrait. • A special snapshot that tells a bigger story.

They each speak to your heart and deserve the spotlight.

• 24 one-page sketches, all with one 6x4 or 4x6 photo. • exact measurements of photos, papers, and elements • 24 beautiful full-color layout examples Order a hardcopy book or get instant gratification with the ebook version.

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fancy pants designs

creates When the Fancy Pants design team meets up with four sketches from Scrapbook Generation, glorious things happen. Find out some fun inside details about Fancy Pants Designs, the company, then sit back and prepare to be inspired as the company’s latest products join SG sketches.

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Fancy Pants Designs was named after the owner, Jodi, because she was always into "fancy" things and clothes growing up. Her mom used to call her “little miss fancy pants.” Cute and catchy, that phrase became the company name.

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Company models (photos on layouts) are paid by having a roof over their heads, food to eat, and lots of love. (Jared and Jodi's kiddos).

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Six years ago, during CHA Winter, Jodi's mom was a big winner at Disneyland and With the name, the company Jared, Jodi and their family were has to clarify -- often -- that it the Disneyland Main Street Parade does not make “fancy pants” marshals. They led the parade, met or bloomers or tennis underwear… all the Disney characters and got just great paper products. And, to stay in the Mickey Mouse while they like to wear fancy pants, Penthouse for a night. it's definitely not a requirement! Jared and Jodi met each Fancy Pants recently other in a bowling class in college. relocated its offices and warehouse and is now in what Owner (Jared) "actually works is know as the "dead zone.” While in the warehouse!" Per the they aren't far from great food UPS guy who was very places, no one will deliver lunch to surprised to learn this. the "dead zone.”

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Since moving into new offices, they have coded doors… to which no one in the office knows the code. Best advice: don't lock yourself out.

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Each month, they hold a craft day, where everyone in the office gets to craft with all of the Fancy Pants Designs products they want to. It's a fun way for them to get to know their products and how to use them… plus, they get to eat treats and have fun!


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Fancy Pants Designs founders and owners Jared and Jodi Sanford and their children.

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“Fancy Pants Designs is a small business with big dreams and big ideas...built on a firm foundation of energy and creativity and with all the right employees to keep it going strong.” -- Jodi Sanford, owner

gns how did Fancy Pants Desi come to be? • Jared and Jodi Sanford founded the company in 2005 because Jodi was a scrapbooker who was looking for more options in the industry. She simply loved the idea of preserving memories. With Jared supplying the business knowledge and Jodi supplying creativity, the couple took a chance on a dream.

who creates the distinctive ook? l s t n a P y c Fan • Jodi leads the design of the company. She works with in-house designer Melissa, whom Jodi describes as “amazingly talented in both product and graphic design.” Melissa keeps projects on track from products to catalogs and more. Nancie has been designing with Fancy Pants almost from the beginning. “Fans have come to know and love her work after eight years,” Jodi said.

ts team n a P y c n a F e develop new products? how does th • While Jodi has designed many of the Fancy Pants Designs collections, her true passion is using her creative skills to think outside the box to create unique products for the papercrafting industry. Ideas are passed on to Melissa and Nancie who make them both beautiful and functional. With Jodi at the helm, the company has been able to develop trend-setting products that give scrapbookers plenty of options.

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meet the fancy pants designs office team Jodi: company founder, owner and designer, and all-round idea person Jared: the lone guy -- and owner/founder -- works in the warehouse, manages inventory, and handles international accounts Janeen: office manager who handles all account invoicing and billing Lisa: wears many hats in customer service, sales, kit making, organizing, product sample sending, and account managing Corinne: newest member of the team; helps with sales and account management, plus helps out around the office and warehouse as needed Melissa: in-house designer working with product and graphic design Morgan: an intern learning the business

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up for the challenge... Every month, Scrapbook Generation’s CREATE magazine brings you a winning combination...four sketches and a leading manufacturer’s design team. Get inspired by the 34 gorgeous creations the Fancy Pants Designs team members have made, then download the free SG sketches and try them out yourself.

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Sometimes it takes more than one photo to tell the story. This sketch leaves room for clever, creative additions: detail pics, memorabilia, and multiple journaling spots.

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snow day BY GRETA HAMMOND {for Fancy Pants Designs} Patterned paper, stickers, mini-alpha stickers, tags, ephemera, buttons: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection.

GRETA HAMMOND “I loved the layering of embellishments in this sketch. The large decorative tags make a great base to layer onto with titles as well as embellishment pieces. I used the chipboard snowflakes and buttons to add dimension, but also used the flourishes from the ephemera pack to add a bit of movement. They help to direct the eye around the page.”

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I really loved using this sketch for my layout. I loved the clean lines with lots of details. It was a great place to start laying out my page, but then tweak it a little along the way!”


I loved the idea of having a main photo and then two smaller photos in the corner. This design easily lent itself to showcasing some action shots of my son trying to catch snowflakes on his tongue.”

a taste of winter BY JULIE BONNER {for Fancy Pants Designs} Patterned paper, stickers, alpha stickers, corrugated cardboard, brag pad, tags, flair, buttons: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection.

JULIE BONNER “I'm a huge fan of creative title work. Here I mixed some Fancy Pants Designs alpha stickers in a block font with a large die-cut word in script. In addition, adding a fun embellishment like the chipboard snowflake and button can really aid in making a title ‘pop’.” JULIE’S BLOG www.julie-bonner.blogspot.com

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fun with flakes BY JESS MUTTY {for Fancy Pants Designs} Patterned paper, stickers, brag pad, tags, flair, buttons, tickets, ephemera: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection.

JESS MUTTY “Tucking the bundles of twine under other elements like the tags and chipboard snowflake kept them looking soft without using any adhesive.” JESS’S BLOG www.scrapgoo.blogspot.com

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I flipped the sketch to better suit my photos and used one at the top instead of two. I also changed the orientation of the title and added journaling strips to the tag area. I found this sketch so easy to adapt. Everything just flowed so nicely!”


I have a clean and linear style and found the sketch really easy to use and adapt.”

1st winter snow BY IZZY ANDERSON {for Fancy Pants Designs} Patterned paper, stickers, alpha stickers, bags, tags, ephemera: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection.

IZZY ANDERSON Moving a smaller photo to the bottom of the layout gave Izzy room to showcase the winter words design of the patterned paper at top. Adding an extra mat layer in a darker shade helped define the bold paper designs. IZZY’S BLOG www.izzyanderson.com

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first snow BY ANGIE GUTSHALL {for Fancy Pants Designs} Patterned paper, stickers, alpha stickers, bags, tags, flair, frames, buttons, tickets: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection.

ANGIE GUTSHALL “I actually used a frame behind the 2 small pictures instead of banners.” ANGIE’S BLOG www.mylittleblessings123.blogspot.com

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I really loved the cute little square photos at the top of the layout. It allowed me to do some close-ups and fun shots of the same picture. I also love the overall cluster of embellishments the sketch recommends.”


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My main photo was horizontally-oriented, so I rotated the sketch 90 degrees. I love how the sketch works so well either way.”

BY TESSA BUYS {for Fancy Pants Designs} Patterned paper, stickers, buttons, flair, tags: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection; mist: Tattered Angels; glitter: American Crafts; pen: K & Company.

TESSA BUYS “These photos are from several years ago, and unfortunately, the original digital files have been lost. I only had these two photos printed and used copies for this layout. Even though the sketch called for two small photos in the corner, one larger (4x3) photo filled the space perfectly.” TESSA’S BLOG www.precociouspaper.blogspot.com

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snow day BY ALEXES BROWN {for Fancy Pants Designs} Patterned paper, stickers, tags, ephemera, buttons, tickets: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection; mist: Heidi Swapp Color Shine.

ALEXES BROWN “When I decided to make this layout I wanted the color scheme to have the same feel as my wintery photos, so I decided to use this great earth tone color scheme. I really like the look of the wood grain against the white and teal.” ALEXES’S BLOG www.alexesmariebrown.com

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This fantastic Scrapbook Generation sketch was a breeze to use and took the thinking out of scrapbooking. These sketches are perfect for days when you want to get a quick layout done and not have to spend so much time deciding what to do.”


This was such a fabulous sketch. Very easy to follow and perfect for the Timbergrove collection.”

catching snowflakes BY JENNY EVANS {for Fancy Pants Designs} Patterned paper, stickers, ephemera, tags, buttons, flair, tickets: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection.

JENNY EVANS “Notice in my layout that I matted all of my photos. I do this sometimes so that no matter what patterned paper is behind them, they will always stand out.” JENNY’S BLOG www.jennygevans.blogspot.com

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i love you BY YUKI SHIMADA {for Fancy Pants Designs} Patterned paper, stickers, tags, flair, ephemera, buttons, tickets: Fancy Pants Design Be.Loved collection.

YUKI SHIMADA “I used the wooden phrase for my title work. I painted it three colors using the washi tape as a masking tape. It’s an easy way to make the stripe. I also added glitter on it for the finishing touch.” YUKI’S BLOG www.lovetodaybyluvbear.typepad.jp /love_today/

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I prefer layouts using multiple photos. I love the arrangement of the two cute small square photos on this sketch.”


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This sketch was so versatile to work with. I love the clusters of embellishments and ribbon strip along the top.”

BY MINDY BAXTER {for Fancy Pants Designs} Patterned paper, stickers, tickets, buttons, clothespins, tags: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection; wooden phrase, metal frames: Fancy Pants Designs Artist Edition: other: chalkboard tape.

MINDY BAXTER “I thought the chalkboard strips would look great to pull out some of the black from my black and white photo. I love the way this layout came out.” MINDY’S BLOG www.stampinmindy.blogspot.com

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“It was fun creating a layout of some of my favorite memories from last winter. Because it was a two-page design, I had plenty of room for lots of photos.�

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favorite winter memories BY AMY COOSE {for Fancy Pants Designs} Patterned paper, brag pad, stickers, envelopes, bags, tags, buttons, ephemera, frames, clothespins, tickets: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection; cardstock: Bazzill.


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I often struggle with designing a two-page layout, so having a sketch to work with was super helpful. I loved the lines that crossed over both pages, really helping to connect the two pages.�

AMY COOSE www.amycoose.blogspot.com

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the year of endless snow BYJENNIFER LARSON {for Fancy Pants Designs} Patterned paper, stickers, buttons, frames: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection.

I liked all the photos that could be on this page. The large number of photos on the page inspired me to scrapbook our long winter last year, so I pulled snowy photos from every storm from November to April.”

“I wanted to fit a few more details photos on my layout, so I made the photo block on the left bigger to fit nine photos instead of six.”

JENNIFER LARSON www.midwestscrapgarden.blogspot.com


life is good BY VICTORIA FREZE {for Fancy Pants Designs} Patterned paper, brag pad, bags, tags, flair, buttons, tickets: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection; wooden phrase, kraft bags, stencil: Fancy Pants Designs Artist Edition.

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I changed the total number of photos but saved the proportions and arrangement. Instead of a vertical photo on the right side, I used two smaller horizontal photos. On the left page I used one photo instead of six, but I cut it into six pieces; some of them I popped up with foam tabs.�

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“The design on the ‘Flurries’ paper was the focus, particularly for the embellishments on the layout. Sewing beads on the snowflakes on the product emulated the glistening of snowflakes. ‘Glossy Accents’ was added to the title to enhance the look and mood of the layout and photos.”

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warm hearts BY GLENDA VILIJOEN {for Fancy Pants Designs}

Patterned paper, stickers, bags, tags, flair, frame, ephemera, buttons, tickets: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection.


The sketch was clear and informative. It had enough leeway for one’s own interpretation and creativity with the product. The photo sizes were great

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“I love adding interactive pieces to my projects as well as dimensional looks. To really highlight the one photo, I added one of our photo frames (the perfect size for 2x3 photos) and dimensional dots to make it really pop! On the second page, I added an envelope for my journaling. And, I always like to add a little machine or hand stitching to my pages for some extra texture.�

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wonderland BY JODI SANFORD {Fancy Pants Designs owner} Patterned paper, stickers, brag pad, ephemera, tags, tickets, buttons, envelopes, titles, frames: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection.


The sketch made this project so quick and easy! I love JODI having a guide, but still being able to add my own touches.”

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When reworking the 24x12 page into a 17x11 double page size, I began with the photo collage on the left. It was the grounding point to getting the proportions just right when 'translating' the sketch into the smaller size.� 3 x 3 = 2.5 x 2.5 3 x 4 = 2.5 x 3.5 2 x 3 = 2 x 2.5 4 x 6 = 4 x 5.75

winter this way BY KIM WATSON {for Fancy Pants Designs} Patterned paper, stickers, bags, tags, epherema, tickets, flair: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection; vellum: American Crafts; wood veneer: Studio Calico; mist: Studio Calico, Ranger: pen: EK Success.

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henry the elf BY DIANA BRODEUR {for Fancy Pants Designs} Patterned paper, stickers, brag pad, envelopes, bags, tags, tickets: Fancy Pants Designs Be.Loved. collection.

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A frosty little snowman chills out on this wintery card sketch. He’s cute as a button and ready for a cold snap. But as in life, seasons change. So can sketches. Cool possibilities await.

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Jenny Evans

Yuki Shimada

Patterned paper, ephemera, frames: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection.

Patterned paper, stickers, ephemera, buttons, envelopes: Fancy Pants Designs Be.Loved collection.


Angie Gutshall

Patterned paper, stickers, buttons, ephemera: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection.

Amy Coose

Patterned paper, stickers, frames, bags, buttons, tags, ephemera: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection.

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fancy pants design team + scrapbook generation sketch

Diana Brodeur

Patterned paper, tag, brag pad, tags, buttons: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection.

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Glenda Vilijoen

Patterned paper, stickers, bags, flair, buttons, ephemera, corrugated cardstock: Fancy Pants Timbergrove collection.


Julie Bonner

Patterned paper, stickers, brag pad, ephemera: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection.

Mindy Baxter

Patterned paper, titles, buttons, ephemera: Fancy Pants Designs Be.Loved collection; trim: Artist Edition.

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Izzy Anderson

Jennifer Larson

Patterned paper, tag, buttons, tickets, ephemera: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection; other: twine.

Patterned paper, corrugated cardstock, gabs, tags, buttons, sticker labels: Fancy Pants Timbergrove collection.


Victoria Freze

Patterned paper, tags, buttons: Fancy Pants Timbergrove collection.

Jess Mutty

Patterned paper, stickers, buttons, tags, flair: Fancy Pants Timbergrove collection.

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Jodi Sanford

Patterned paper, flair, tags, buttons, : Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection.

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Alexes Brown

Patterned paper, stickers, tags, buttons, ephemera: Fancy Pants Timbergrove collection; other: vellum.


Greta Hammond

Patterned paper, brag pad, buttons, ephemera: Fancy Pants Timbergrove collection.

Kim Watson

Patterned paper, stickers, tickets, ephemera: Fancy Pants Timbergrove collection; wood veneer: Studio Calico.

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fancy pants design team + scrapbook generation sketch

Tessa Buys

Patterned paper, flair, tags, buttons, stickers, ephemera, clothespin: Fancy Pants Designs Timbergrove collection; tag: The Paper Company; ribbon, American Crafts.

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When I’m crafting, nothing frustrates me more than needing a flower or ribbon in a certain color and not having it on hand. If you are like me, I’m crafting late at night when the stores are closed and my family is in bed. Running to the store for the right color just isn't an option.

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Use an ink blending tool (Ranger) to tap Distress Ink (shown: Picked Raspberry) onto small white paper flowers (Petaloo Mini Pearl Daisies). By varying the amount of ink on the flowers, inking some very lightly and others more heavily, you will get more color variation on your finished flower.

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Coloring your own embellishments takes only minutes. The colored pieces not only guarantee a great match, but also help create a truly unique finished project. If you have already made the investment in a collection of inks, using them beyond stamping to create custom colored embellishments stretches your creative dollar even further!

Tammy Tutterow, technique blogger extraordinaire (think stamping, die-cutting, mixed media, papercrafts, cardmaking, art journals, art tags, fabric crafts, and ribbonwork), is the design team and community manager for Sizzix. She is a former member of the Tim Holtz design team, and serves on the Xyron and Petaloo design teams. Tammy creates classes and teaches for Big Picture Classes. TAMMY’S BLOG: www.tammytutterow.com

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Papercrafting comes as easy as breathing to Lindsey, and one of the projects she enjoys most is creating mini-albums. Her eye for detail and finishing touches produces a feast for the eyes. Take a walk through the pages of her most recent creation and prepare to be inspired.

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lindsey’s simple process • Decorate album cover by layering with patterned papers and embellishments. • Add patterned papers to banner shaped album pages. • Layer photo mats, die cuts, stickers and buttons on each page. • Adhere photos and additional embellishments like flowers; add white pen accents. • Add journaling. • Mist ribbon in coordinating colors and tie to binding ring.

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Album: Jillibean Soup; patterned paper and embellishments: Fancy Pants Designs; cardstock: American Crafts; flowers: I Am Roses; ink and paint: Ranger; ribbon: Hug Snug; pen: Uniball; punch: Martha Stewart Crafts.

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You scrap your kids, your family, your friends. But do you ever scrapbook your pets? You’ll want to remember these special family members down the road also, so include a layout or two (or hundreds in my case!) with all those other memories you are capturing.

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Get inspired to start creating pages about your pets...even those pesky ‘on-the-go’ ones.

• HAVE MULTIPLES? GET A GROUP SHOT. It’s a great idea, in theory. I almost gave up trying! Enlisting the help of another set of hands makes things go much smoother. In this photo, there is a person hiding behind part of the seat and holding the leashes. Confine the pets in a smaller area and start shooting. You are going to get a picture you can use!

BY KATRINA HUNT. Patterned paper, die-cuts, stickers: American Crafts; punch: EK Success; flair: {a flair for buttons} Etsy; pen: Sharpie.

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BY KATRINA HUNT. Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico, BasicGrey, Bazzill Basics, My Mind's Eye; stickers: BasicGrey; twine: May Arts; ink: Maya Road; washi tape: We R Memory Keepers (all from Cocoa Daisy kit); flair: {a flair for buttons} Etsy; letters: American Crafts; Silhouette cutting files: Laina Lamb borderlines set 5; dog bone words (design ID #30949); Echo Park good dog (design ID #26215).

Capture the story from the beginning. ..............

• GETTING READY FOR A NEW PET. I snapped these pictures when we were picking up food for the new puppy that was coming home. It’s a moment that is rarely captured, but makes for a neat memory in the future.

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• CAPTURE PERSONALITY TRAITS. Everyone in your life comes with special little actions and habits that remind you of them, and pets are no different. Capture those moments of uniqueness and scrap them.

BY KATRINA HUNT. Patterned paper, chipboard, enamel dots, stickers: My Mind's Eye; cardstock: American Crafts; letters: American Crafts, October Afternoon; stamp: American Crafts; twine: May Arts; doily: Wilton; Silhouette cut files: 9 Hearts (design ID# 24429), Build a Banner (design ID# 25735).


Katrina took advantage of a design printed on the paper and layered more hearts on top. BY KATRINA HUNT. Patterned paper, die-cuts, stickers: My Mind’s Eye; chipboard and foam letters: American Crafts; font: SNF Party Script; pen: Silhouette sketch pen; Silhouette cut file: mini assorted tabs (design ID #28308).


Have more than one pet? Capture their interactions for one-of-a-kind photographs.

• OLDER PET TEACHING YOUNGER PET. In the dog world, puppies learn by watching others in the household. Grab a camera and snap those learning moments!

BY KATRINA HUNT. Patterned paper and stickers: Lily Bee Design; cardstock: Worldwin Papers; twine: May Arts; pen: Sharpie; Silhouette cut file: Away We Go Title (design ID# 43188).

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BY KATRINA HUNT. Patterned paper:

Jillibean Soup; die- cuts: Jillibean Soup; letters: Jillibean Soup (corrugated), American Crafts; flair: {a flair for buttons} Etsy; twine: May Arts; punch: EK Success.

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• FAVORITE AREAS AROUND THE HOUSE. At our house, the door to the backyard is a favorite spot for some doggie squirrel-watching. Have your camera handy (or run and get it quickly) to catch your pet “in the act” of claiming the couch, doorway or bed.

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Take a large die-cut to another level by adding simple shapes like hearts and tiny banners.

• RANDOM PICTURES CAPTURING DIFFERENT FACES/POSES. Take a series of pictures in a short time span. Use those to capture the funny faces or poses that might happen while you are watching. (I used a quote as my title for the layout below.)

BY KATRINA HUNT. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye, Teresa Collins Designs, Fancy Pants Designs, Carta Bella, Gossamer Blue; cardstock: American Crafts; stickers: Carta Bella; chipboard banners and button: My Mind's Eye; Enamel Dots: Teresa Collins Designs (Gossamer Blue kit); chipboard for tree stump: WorldWin Papers; letters: American Crafts ; twine: May Arts; punch: EK Success; pen: Silhouette Cameo sketch pen: Silhouette cut files or sketch files, Dear Lizzy love tree (design ID #46099), days of week (design ID #25831), dandelions (design ID #28272).

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There’s just something about the versatility of 3x4 and 4x6 title and journaling cards that appeals to most anyone working to preserve memories. These tiny blocks can be transformed into handmade bits of scrapbooking heaven with just a few simple touches.

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heart Make a simple steaming mug of hot chocolate by rounding the corners of a rectangle and adding a ring to the side for the handle. Finish it with some handstitched steam!

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Above: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye; cardstock: American Crafts; heart punch: Martha Stewart; alphabet stickers: My Mind's Eye, Making Memories; corner rounder: Fiskars; ink: Colorbox fluid chalk ink; embroidery floss: DMC. Next page: Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup; cardstock: Bazzill; brads: Doodlebug; alphabet stickers: Lily Bee Design; embroidery floss: DMC.


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allison’s 3x4 ANYTHING sketch

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These cute falling snowflakes are made by punching snowflakes out of patterned paper, adhering them with foam adhesive and finishing them with a stitched line.

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Layer different sizes of patterned paper snowflakes and stickers and complete it with stitching and brads for a snow-covered card.

Cardstock: Bazzill; snowflakes: Little Yellow Bicycle; brads: Doodlebug, Little Yellow Bicycle; word stickers: Little Yellow Bicycle. Next page: Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs; cardstock: Bazzill; foam alphabet stickers: American Crafts; snowman: unknown; snowflakes: Fiskars; ink: Colorbox fluid chalk ink: embroidery floss: DMC.

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yours by allison davis

You can purchase every embellishment known to man, but sometimes it’s fun to make one yourself. Working with a basic shape like a chubby snowman, it’s a breeze to put together your own version of Frosty. All it takes is a little time, a handful of supplies, and a few simple steps.

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• Stickles in "Black Diamond" • triangle of orange cardstock or patterned paper • 1 x 3/4" piece of black cardstock or patterned paper • 1-1/2 x 1/4" strip of black cardstock or patterned paper • embellishments for the hat (I used two snowflake sequins and a silver brad)

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DIRECTIONS Step 1 - Use three strands of embroidery floss and the needle to stitch around the two felt circles. Start by tying a knot at the end of the floss, then backstitch a border about 1/8" from the edge of the circle. To finish, secure both ends of the floss with a fast-drying liquid adhesive. Step 2 - Use liquid adhesive to adhere the felt circles together. The smaller will go on top and slightly overlap the larger. Step 3 - Cut bakers twine into four 6" strands. Tie them around the "neck" of the snowman. Secure with liquid adhesive if needed. (Variation: No twine? Use yarn, narrow ribbon, or floss.) Step 4 - Add three brads to the bottom circle for the "buttons.� (Variation: Use Stickles in Black Diamond or draw the buttons with a black pen.)

Step 5 - Cut the brown Memory Thread into four pieces: two 1-1/2" and two 1". The longer pieces will be the arms. Wrap the shorter pieces in a "v" around the end of the longer pieces to create the three points on the arms. (The longer piece will be one point and the small piece will make two points.) Adhere the whole arm to the back of the snowman with liquid adhesive. (Variation: Use craft wire or brown cardstock for the arms.) Step 6 - Adhere the orange triangle to the center of the top, smaller circle for the nose. Step 7 - Use the Stickles in Black Diamond to make the eyes and mouth. Step 8 - For the hat, adhere the black strip to the bottom of the 1 x 3/4" piece. Add embellishments and then adhere the hat to the snowman's head.

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drew’s all by myself snowman BY ALLISON DAVIS Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs; cardstock: Bazzill; foam alphabet stickers: American Crafts: corrugated alphabets: Fancy Pants Designs; felt snowman border: We R Memory Keepers; snowflake punch: Martha Stewart; felt for snowman: unknown; bakers twine: The Twinery; brads: Doodlebug Designs; Memory Thread: DMC; glitter accent: Stickles; snowflake sequins: Doodlebug Designs; ink: Colorbox fluid chalk ink; embroidery floss: DMC.

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• 40 versatile and timeless card sketches • Dimensions and suggestions for variations • Volume 1, sold separately, also has 40 card sketches Available in both hardcopy book and ebook formats

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c r e a t e team color challenge We gave half of the SG CREATE team members this challenge: use this six-color palette as the focus of a layout. They found the colors work for a variety of topics. Check out their creations, then take the challenge yourself!


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c r e a t e team color challenge christy arthur

“Limiting myself to six colors was at first a bit of a challenge. The challenge for me was picking out supplies that met the colors in the challenge. Once the supplies were chosen, the layout came together quite easily and I really like the end result. It was a fun challenge and gave me some direction for my layout.�

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my fave by Christy Arthur (Battlefield, Missouri) www.thearthurz.blogspot.com Patterned papers: October Afternoon, American Crafts; cardstock: Bazzill; stickers: October Afternoon, Crate Paper; tags: Crate Paper.


sisters together by Lynette Jacobs (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) www.creativemoments-lynette.blogspot.com Patterned paper: Echo Park Paper, Fancy Pants Designs; journal strips: Teresa Collins; brads: My Mind’s Eye; flower: Petaloo; snowflakes: Little Yellow Bicycle; alphas: American Crafts; star template: Prima; other: Shimmerz Texturez.

lynette jacobs

“I loved working with the colors because it will be the color of the Christmas season, no matter whether you have a summer or winter Christmas. The photo of me and three of my sisters was taken on Christmas Day 2009. As you can see the colors are echoed in the dresses we are wearing.”

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c r e a t e team color challenge katrina hunt

"When I first saw the colors, all I could think of was Fourth of July. I knew I didn't want my layout to look like the Fourth of July, so I stayed away from stars. I don't know if I accomplished my goal or not, but I have a layout I love."

our family by Katrina Hunt (Springfield, Missouri) paperscissorsandglue.blogspot.com Patterned paper: Pebbles, BoBunny, Imaginisce, Carta Bella, Echo Park Paper; wood veneer: Fancy Pants Designs; Flair: Paper Bakery; envelope: Pebbles; tag: Chic Tags; vellum hearts: Studio Calico.

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snow beautiful by Julie Mowen (Birmingham, Alabama) www.yesiscrapbook.blogspot.com Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp, My Mind’s Eye, Lily Bee; cardstock: Bazzill, Close to My Heart; letter stickers: Simple Stories; ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink; sketch: Scrapbook Generation.

julie mowen

“I tend to lean towards bright and vibrant colors, so these probably would not have been colors that I would have chosen initially. After I picked the photos, papers and SG sketch, the layout came together really quickly, and I just love how the winter photos look with the fabulous colors.”

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c r e a t e team color challenge noey hunt

“This color combination naturally inspired me to work with some wintery photos though I almost wish I had the right beach photos to try it with instead. I found these colors easy and fun to use. To keep my layout wintery and not too primary colored, I used the red and bright blue as accents on a more neutral base.�

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snowbaby by Noey Hunt (San Hose, California) www.noeyspapers.com Patterned paper: American Crafts, October Afternoon, SEI, Echo Park Paper, Pink Paislee; stickers: American Crafts, Heidi Grace; swirl: Close to My Heart; sketch: Scrapbook Generation.


love this moment by Stacey Atchley (Republic, Missouri) www.scrapbookgeneration.com Patterned paper, stickers: BoBunny; cardstock: Bazzill; die-cuts: October Afternoon; letter stickers: Authentique; puffy stickers: American Crafts; wooden phrase: Fancy Pants Designs; journal card: Fancy Pants Designs; washi tape: Little B.

stacey atchley

“After a recent road trip resulting in hundreds of pictures, this particular photo captured such a special moment that I wanted to showcase it on its own layout. The color pallette was a perfect match for the great outdoors, bandanas and all!�

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c r e a t e team sketch challenge We gave half of the SG CREATE team members this challenge: use a circlebased sketch from Sketches for Scrapbooking, volume 8. They came up with clever variations, showing just how much mileage one sketch can provide.


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c r e a t e team sketch challenge nikki sivils

“I was at a scrapbooking crop when I created this layout and didn’t have a way to make the huge circle. I decided to use a square shape instead, which I like just as well. I didn’t have enough 6x4 pictures so I compensated with 6x4 pattern paper to hold my journaling and Starbucks sleeve, then framed them with the pixie straws. Overall, I think it has a great flow and the red really pops with the lighter color palette.”

puppu-ccino time BY NIKKI SIVILS (Springfield, Missouri) www.nikkisdoghouse.blogspot.com

......................................................... Patterned paper, stickers, flag, and letter stickers: Bella Blvd; cardstock: American Crafts; red alpha letters and button flowers: Jillibean Soup; pen: Sharpie; Pixies straw picks: Doodlebug Designs.

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merry christmas BY KARIN RUSH (Springfield, Missouri) www.scrapbookgeneration.com

....................................................... Patterned paper and chipboard stickers: Carta Bella; cardstock: American Crafts.

karin rush

“My starting point for the layout was the large die-cut circle on the sketch. It caught my eye and I knew it would set off my pictures. I also loved that I could use six photos since I had lots of pictures from our family Christmas. It was easy to make it my own by substituting the two 3x3 photos with two 3x4 photos.�

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c r e a t e team sketch challenge ruth bonser

“I redid this page a few times; the circle was giving me trouble. But when I decided to create the circle with the watercolour pattern in the paper (which is almost all covered by the end) and the use of embellishments, it suddenly came together effortlessly. I wanted the embellishments to create a circle effect, but as they can be expensive and small, I cut my own from a beautifully detailed piece of patterned paper and created six matching die cuts to use around the page. The paper on its own would be overwhelming, but scattered across the layout, it really works.”

birthday morning BY RUTH BONSER (Sydney, Australia) www.scrapmachine.com

....................................................... Patterned paper: Pink Paislee, American Crafts, Crate Paper, Elle’s Studio; alphas: American Crafts, Crate Paper, Studio Calico; buttons: Prima; pen: Micron Black.

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old ironsides BY STEFFANIE SEILER (Portland, Oregon) steffanies.blogspot.com

....................................................... Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye; metal dots: Best Occasions; other: embroidery floss, inks.

steffanie seiler “What I loved most about this sketch is how easily adaptable it was for my 4x6 photos. I eliminated the 3x3 photos and also one of the vertical 4x6 photos from the original sketch. I found that even though I had mostly horizontal photos, the large circle element added a lot of interest and kept my layout from being too linear.”

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c r e a t e team sketch challenge jennie mcgarvey “I was excited to get a chance to work with this sketch. I love the number of photos and that there were square photos included...perfect for Instagram! I was, however, nervous about the large circle on the left side -- circles really intimidate me. In the end, I changed it to a rectangle, but I think it ended up okay.�

fun today BY JENNIE MCGARVEY (Newburgh, Indiana) www.jenniemcgarvey.typepad.com

....................................................... Patterned paper: American Crafts; cardstock: Bazzill; chipboard stickers, rub-ons: American Crafts; chipboard: Crate Paper; epoxy stickers, wood veneer, stamps: Freckled Fawn.

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memories BY LINDSEY AMSCHLER (Springfield, Missouri) www.lindseyspaperscraps.blogspot.com www.twocrazycrafters.blogspot.com

....................................................... Patterned paper: Crate Paper; die-cut paper: Making Memories; cardstock: American Crafts; title: Simple Stories; embellishments, Crate Paper; buttons: Fancy Pants Designs; pen: Uniball; punch: Martha Stewart Crafts.

lindsey amschler “I like combining products from different companies on my projects. For this layout, I used a coordinating floral patterned paper to cut out individual and grouped flowers to add extra embellishments to my page.�

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c r e a t e team sketch challenge debbie sanders

“I’m a big fan of large die-cut circles as the focus of a layout, so this sketch was perfect for the Little Yellow Bicycle papers I wanted to use. I followed the sketch fairly closely, although I greatly reduced the journaling on this layout. Because it is part of a multi-layout event in my scrapbook, I used other layouts to tell larger stories and used this spread for some favorite ‘general’ photos of a special Easter.”

best easter BY DEBBIE SANDERS (Mansfield, Missouri) www.scrapbookgeneration.com

....................................................... Patterned paper, stickers, chipboard: Little Yellow Bicycle; border punch: EK Success.

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the challenge sketch used on previous pages is one of the 30 in this volume!

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Travel scrapbooks can be challenging. So many great photos. So little time & space. the solution? travel sketches! • 30 double-page sketches by Allison Davis and Debbie Sanders • mainly uncropped 4x6 photos, and lots of them • some sketches feature 8x10 photos (with a grid showing how to divide into four smaller photos) • larger than normal journaling areas • travel photography and journaling tips • perfect for any topic needing a large amount of photos on one layout • hardcopy book & ebook formats

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c r e a t e team challenge We challenged the SG CREATE team to use January’s card and tag sketches for as many different projects as they could think of. From home decor to totally practical personal items, the sketches are springboards to creativity.


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julie mowen

“I'm a list-maker and a note-taker, so I'm always looking to transform, inexpensive composition books into something pretty. The tag sketch was perfect for this project. I increased the size of the flags, added a few embellishments and in just a few minutes the notebook was complete.”

Patterned paper: Glitz Designs; alpha letters: American Crafts; enamel dots: My Mind’s Eye; twine: Jillibean Soup; ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink; other: Mod Podge.


wall decor

“I decided to take it way off the the page and make a decorative piece for my daughter's room. The white paint is actually Tim Holtz distress stain, which dries quickly and allowed me to easily stick papers on top of it.”

ruth bonser

“ The sketch was so versatile that it was easy to move it to a 3-D surface. I know I will be using this one again for more projects.”

Patterned papers: Glitz Design; wooden letter: KaiserCraft; other: Tim Holtz Distress Stain.


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christy arthur Patterned paper: October Afternoon, Crate Paper, Project Life; stickers: October Afternoon, Chic Tags; stamps: Hero Arts, Studio Calico.

scrapbook layout

“To adapt the tag to a layout, I flipped the sketch so the paper strips were vertical instead of horizontal. The paper strips on my layout are similar; they are varied in length and width. I decided to only cut a triangle into the end of every other paper strip, and also added the triangles back into the layout.�

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nikki sivils

card

“I loved this tag sketch, but since I don’t make tags, I changed it to a card that I will use. I used scraps from a layout, and curled my little banner edges for some whimsy and dimension. I’ll use this sketch over and over...it’s versatile for any season or event. Did I mention I love this sketch?!” Patterned paper, stickers, cut-out; Bella Blvd; cardstock: American Crafts; pen: American Crafts.

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wooden plaque “The winters down South are spent begging for snow, so I knew that I wanted to follow the sketch pretty closely. The (BoBunny) Elf Magic patterned papers were really fun to work with.�

julie mowen Patterned paper: BoBunny; stickers: Heidi Grace; cardstock: Bazzill; ribbon: American Crafts; stamps: All Night Media; inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow; other: wood plaque, acrylic paint, Mod Podge.

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greeting cards

“I stayed pretty true to the sketch. It was so cute, and I had a Mickey snowman that had wanted to use for a while. It all fit together nicely for a winter card and not a holiday card.� Patterned paper, sticker: Bella Blvd; cardstock: American Crafts; Mickey Mouse snowman and snowballs: EK Success; pen: Sharpie.

Lynette gave her snowman extra pizazz with a tinseltrimmed hat and a jingle bell strung around his neck with twine.

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getting it

by debbie sanders

Over time, I’ve let my journaling slide. A couple of sentences is about all I can muster now. That wasn’t always the case. This issue, I’m sharing writing tips from my scrapbooks, and we’re going to stroll down memory lane. In later issues, I hope you join me in getting serious about making time for journaling, one style at a time.

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use more than one journaling spot

Sometimes journaling can also figure into page design. For this layout, I integrated four pockets and journaling tags into the design. Two of tags are left visible, and two contain ‘hidden’ journaling.”

Journaling from a couple of the tags:

“One day after I picked Ali up from the babysitter’s, she was fascinated by the dandelions in our yard. I had my camera with me from school, so I spent time capturing her concentration.”

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unify a group of ‘random’ photos

At first glance, the photos on this layout aren’t related. I used journaling to tie together the story of important places in the world of my youth.

“Mansfield, Missouri has always been my home. The tiny community built in the rolling Ozarks hills, although rough around the edges in others’ eyes, has always been beautiful in mine. When I was a little girl in Mansfield in the 50s, my world was truly small. That world revolved around home, church, school, and my grandparents’ hardware store. Those places still provide wonderful memories. Although today I live in a bigger house, our church meets in a newer building, the old school on the hill is no longer there, and Rush Hardware is no longer a “Main Street” fixture, I can still picture the Mansfield of days gone by. That small world, a little girl’s town of dreams, will always be with me.”

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THE JOURNALING ABOVE... “In 1993, I was awakened on a Sunday morning in October by a phone call from a nurse in a Jefferson City hospital. Stacey, in her first semester at the University of Missouri-Columbia, had fallen asleep at the wheel, wrecked her car, and was in the emergency room. That was all I was told. Two and a half hours of driving to get to her gave me plenty of time to imagine the worst, but hope for the best. And it was the best. We were lucky. Stitches fixed the gashes on her forehead, shampoo washed the blood out of her hair, and time healed the bruises on her arms and legs. Her first words when I walked in the

emergency room and hugged her were ‘Please don’t yell at me.’ But what was unspoken was ‘I made a mistake. Don’t be mad at me.’ Mistakes in a car can be life-changing, as can other lapses in judgment. But in actuality, our lives, and the lives of our children, are filled with mistakes. Over the years, I’ve become less judgmental, I hope. Really, the only difference in any of us is that our failures come in different sizes and shapes, in different packages, so to speak. I’ve tried to be a good mother, accepting the fact that my children are not perfect. I’ve known that at some point and probably at many points, they are going to disappoint, mess up, fail.


capture deep thoughts

Sometimes there is a big story to tell, and it has nothing to do with the photos on the layout, but everything to do with the person in the photos. For those times, there’s no better therapy than recording a momentous event. One that made you get down to real feelings and some life truths. My daughter’s car wreck was one of those events for me. I’m so glad I recorded those feelings so long ago.

FROM THE LAYOUT VAULT: 2000 How you deal with these failures may determine how your children deal with problems when they are older. You can teach ACCEPTANCE. This doesn’t mean giving up. It just means don’t bang your head against a a brick wall when mistakes are made. Instead, get on with your life. Move forward. You can teach RESILIENCE. Like a tree, bend and sway when life blasts you and batters you, then bounce back for more. By being resilient, you can survive almost anything. You can teach GRATITUDE. You’re alive, aren’t you? You probably have much to be grateful for. You can teach FAITH. Believe that things

will work out for you. Expect to fail and that’s probably what will happen. Expect to achieve, and you’re on the road to success. Speaking of roads, I drive the one to Jefferson City several times a year. I never pass the place where Stacey had her wreck that I do not silently say “Thank you, thank you.” Thank you that her car came to rest upside down in the grassy median instead of hurtling into the other lanes and being crushed by an oncoming semi. Thank you that she’s still around for me to get aggravated at for not always doing things the way I think they should be done. Thank you that she’s still around to make more mistakes.”


break up long journaling with headings There is no bigger turnoff for a reader than a huge block of uninterrupted type! Increase the chances of your special story actually being read by using subtitles in a different type size or font or both.”

One segment about my maternal grandmother: “When a tragic accident left her widowed with three children under the age of three to support, she worked at many jobs, including one as a city tax collector. She raised her daughters alone until she re-married almost 15 years later.”

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let little stories tell the big picture When I wrote about my pet, I never once said “I loved him.” I conveyed that with small stories of our lives together. “Spot always waited for me to come out of church on Sunday mornings. Once, on a hot summer day when the church doors were open, he even came inside during the service, and my mother had to leave her place at the organ and take him outside.

Spot was a gift from Pop when I was just two, and from then on, we were constant companions. Whether it was feeding him from his daily can of Strongheart dog food or pulling him around in my wagon, Spot and I always had fun. When I was outdoors he was never far from my side. He ran beside me when I was riding my bike on the sidewalk, circled the blanket when I played Barbies in the front yard, or just sat beside me on the front porch and let me scratch behind his ears. He is one of the dearest parts of my childhood. From the time I was five, I walked two blocks to town to the grocery store for my mother. Spot always walked with me. When we passed the men working at the auto body shop, they would tease me by asking me what I would take for my dog. I always told them that he wasn’t for sale.”

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capture a slice of family history

We’re all busy. But finding a bit of time to record a family tradition will be one of the most satisfying things you can do for yourself and the ones you love.

During my childhood, Sundays were for church, and Saturdays were for shopping. Charlie always drove the four of us to Springfield to shop, because Mary Lou didn’t drive in the city then. You have to know the setting to appreciate the story. First, this was during the 50s and early 60s, before cars were air-conditioned, and long before the road from Mansfield to Springfield was four lanes. Because our mother was a stickler for un-mussed hair, these shopping outings in the summer required that the long trip be made with no windows rolled

down. Charlie was allowed to have the front vent open slightly, but that was it! Once in Springfield, the three females of the family were dropped off at the square -- THE place to shop. With Karin and I in tow, Mother made the rounds of Heer’s (with its cool escalators and mezzanine), Penneys (where we rode the operator-driven elevator), and other stores that lined the square. I always knew the shopping venture was not going well when we had to leave the square and head outwards for stores like Rubenstiens or Three Sisters. Our last


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FROM THE LAYOUT VAULT: 2004 When my father died unexpectedly in 1999, I felt like I was on a mission to preserve everything I knew and remembered about him. I kicked myself time after time for not asking him more memories about his younger years and then recording them. I began to try to get stories about our time together on paper as often as possible.�

especially the brown crock of baked stop was one of the dime stores on the beans. Charlie often ordered chili, which square, usually Newberrys, where we came with what we thought had a chocolate were the cutest little round milkshake or cold drink at Because our mother crackers. the soda counter. was a stickler for unWe must have repeated At the end of the day, mussed hair, these this Saturday ritual Charlie would be waiting shopping outings hundreds of times as I was for us in one of the in the summer growing up. In later years, parking spots on Battlefield Mall replaced the the square. Our required that square as the shopping favorite place to the long trip mecca of Springfield, and I stop for supper be made with learned not to worry about was at the Steak no windows my hair getting blown. But and Shake on St. rolled down. when I think about the Louis Street. If we things the four of us did as were really tired, we ate in the car, but we usually went inside. It was a family, I always remember those trips, with my dad as chauffeur and my mother always a treat, because we loved their leading the charge around the square. steakburgers and tiny french fries, and

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tell a story bigger than the photos

Sometimes one story is really just a continuation of a series of life events. Look for instances where you can tie current activities and events to moments from the past. It makes for great reading!”

“Whatever big sis Stacey does, little sis Allison wants to do. One day she’s terrified of the Easter Bunny at the mall, then another day she has more courage than many adults and can’t wait to jump in 40feet deep water and start makin’ waves...all because she wants to be just like Stacey. So on a hot and sunny Saturday in the summer of 1987, our sevenyear-old redhead takes to ‘tubing’ behind a pontoon boat at Table Rock Lake like she’s been doing it forever. Only Mom was terrified.”

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make a bucket list

Through journaling, I contrasted my life in the past (“where I’ve been” pocket) with my life in the present (“where I am” pocket). The “where I’m going” pocket was perfect for 25 things I want to do in my lifetime!

Here’s my list: 1. Write a mystery novel; 2. Visit Paris again; 3. Learn to can green beans; 4. Go snow sledding; 5. Trace my family genealogy; 6. See Mount Rushmore; 7. Have a scrapbook layout published; 8. Maintain a healthy lifestyle; 9. Beat my daughters at bowling; 10. Invent a potato with no calories; 11. See all 50 states; 12. Plant forsythias in my yard; 13. Buy a diamond bracelet; 14. Rent a North Carolina beach house; 15. Write a detailed family history; 16. Meet, not just see, a President; 17. See every NYPD Blue episode; 18. Have grandchildren; 19. Write a true crime book; 20. Learn to make pickles; 21. See Washington, DC; 22. Organize all my memorabilia; 23. Take a European cruise; 24. Make my family proud of me; 25. Be happy.

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set the scene with description

For this layout which was a mixture of photo topics, I used specific memories to capture the mood.

Not every layout has to tell the entire story. Sweet scent of hundreds of red Sometimes a few roses • warm glow of candlelight • well-chosen friends and family gathering to memories can celebrate • wedding cake capture the alternating layers of traditional essence of an entire white cake with strawberry filling event.” and not-so-traditional butter pecan • Stacey, Amy and Karin line dancing • everyone dancing to YMCA • Nathan catching the garter and acting silly • the bride and groom looking so much in love

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document a day in history

Can you say “Google?” Pick a topic, any topic, and a world of information awaits. I did a few simple searches to come up with facts about the day my first grandson was born...top movies, rock songs, television shows and books; plus government leaders and a few news story headlines. (And did you see the $1.95 gas price in the photo?) Here’s my intro: “By the very nature of life, the world at the time of Andrew’s arrival was unlike the world at any other time. While Allison and Mike were busy in the delivery room and the rest of us were camped out in the waiting room, life was going on outside.”

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enlist the younger generation

My daughter gave me this layout for Christmas a few years ago. Drew answered the question “Why do you love your grandmother?”

Who doesn’t like to read nice things • you get me Happy Meals about • you are nice to Jackson themselves? • we have fun at your house Let little ones • you let me play games with golf balls answer simple • you are fun questions. You’ll • you get me the best toys • you take me to Chuck E. Cheese’s get priceless • you let me watch cartoons answers!” • you give good hugs • you get me good surprises • you help with everything

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string words and phrases together

Instead of a traditional journaling area, I used strips of paper encircling the photos and let the words do all the work. (And just to be nice to people who would be reading this later, I repeated the words from the top strips on the bottom strips so no book-turning-upside-down would be needed! Here’s what I listed: Chicago • Navy Pier • 2005 • seagulls • skyscrapers • Bubba Gump Shrimp Company • Sears Tower • Ferris Wheel • hot dog stands • sea breeze • sailboats • hundreds of people • waves and water • seaside shops • boat rides

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tell more than what meets the eye

If I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that our memories fade if they aren’t recorded, and there is often more going on than can be seen in the photo. It only takes a few sentences to freeze time.”

There was more to the photos of me hugging my grandson than was visible in the photos. My journaling was a good way to capture a memory that might have been lost otherwise.

“At his 3rd birthday party, Jackson only had eyes for me! He wanted to show me everything and kept running up for hugs. He pretty much ignored the others there, and I guess I could have felt bad, but I loved it.”

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compare and contrast

I could have just written a few lines about Drew chewing on the New Year’s Eve party hats. Instead, I tried a different direction.

“It’s New Year’s Eve, 2005. Some people are in Times Square celebrating. Others are sipping champagne in elegant restaurants. Me, I’m babysitting...and having the time of my life! I wouldn’t have traded places with anyone in the world, because I had the ‘date’ of my dreams, my six-month-old grandson, Andrew. Neither one of us made it to midnight, but we still had quite a party. Andrew wanted to eat the horn instead of blow it, and I had a hard time explaining to his parents why he was covered in glitter when they came to pick him up the next day.”

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let other people help tell the story

The things my mother wrote in my baby photo book were brief and to the point. However, taking her comments, in her own handwriting, and including them on my layout gave it an entirely different dimension!”

Two voices are speaking for this layout. In addition to my thoughts about my grandfather, I scanned what my mother had written 60-plus years ago in my baby book and included it on the layout. Me: “My first photos with one of the most beloved and influential men in my life -- grandfather Wayne Rush - ‘Pop’ to me!”

My mother (about me): “My Grandpa Rush and I at Phelps Grove Park in Springfield, MO. I was six months old.”

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create a checklist When I was creating this layout of myself as a baby, it presented a different problem than journaling about currentday photos. To keep things easy, I created a checklist based on things I knew about my mother. It enabled me to enhance the story behind the photos without actual knowledge of what was taking place!

3 perfect hair 3 perfect clothes 3 perfect day 3 ready for a stroller ride to town 3 Mary Lou Rush and Debbie

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write from the heart The night after my father died in his sleep, I wrote a piece for his funeral program. I remember my mother reading it for the first time and saying “this is worth a million dollars.”

FROM THE LAYOUT VAULT: 2004 “On Sunday, my dad died. He was 71, so it doesn’t seem right to say it isn’t fair, but that’s how I feel. I wanted him to be around forever, or at least a few more years. Maybe by then I would have been able to tell him all the things I never said out loud. Like how it lifted my spirits just to know he was in the same building I was in. At church, all he had to do was cough 15 rows behind me and I’d know he was there without turning an inch. Like how I was so proud that people in the community respected his business skills and his character. Like how much I enjoyed hearing about his basketball

glory days and how I wish I temper, and his good nature. could have seen him play. We won’t have anyone to Like how his approval tease about having ‘bug eyes’ meant everything to me, and the next time we take pictures, how I hope that once in a or anyone to buy jigsaw while, in my puzzles for next crazy life, I Christmas, or Nothing made him anyone to laugh trumps raw proud of me. at when he says Like how ‘hell’s bells.’ We emotion for wonderful it won’t have the producing good is to not guy who loved journaling.” have one playing golf, or bad memory who on Saturday, of him, but to have brought my mother a a mental storehouse wildflower he found growing in of badminton games, hula the yard. hoops, sparklers, cookouts, We didn’t get to tell him and trips to the creek. goodbye. I never told him how My family will miss many I felt. things about Charlie, including Charlie, you were the his wise advice, his even greatest.”


sometimes, keep it simple Not every layout needs an essay reminiscent of your freshman English class! “If anyone in the world was created in the glorious colors of autumn, that person is Stacey. Hair of auburn • eyes of russet • freckles of terra cotta • heart of gold.”

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in the february issue... We’re going to explore using checklists, both ones that are preprinted and ones created and customized by you, for effective scrapbook journaling. Debbie Sanders is a retired teacher, administrator, and school district public information director. She is a past Missouri Journalism Teacher of the Year, and National Journalism Teacher of the Year Distinguished Adviser. The newspapers and yearbooks she advised were consistently named AllAmerican and All-Missouri, and she taught both student editors and faculty advisers at summer workshops at the University of Missouri-Columbia. For her work in the professional journalism field, she was a three-time Missouri Communicator of the Year, winning numerous individual awards from the National Association of Press Women.

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talent The Springfield, Missouri area is filled with people who love papercrafting in every form imaginable. Each month, we’ll share the creations of one of our local customers with CREATE readers. The projects are as different and as special as the people who make them.

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We invited Linda Eckels to share a few of her favorite projects.


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linda eckels | springfield, missouri Age: 64 Occupation: Retired Approximately how much time do you spend papercrafting? I probably spent 25-30 hours a week on papercrafting, mostly cardmaking and 3-D projects, but I have used that time to make posters also.

Describe your style. My style is colorful, sparkly and elaborate. I like bright colors and a little bling. No matter what I do, I like complex things with interesting elements.

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Describe your scrap space. I have a spare bedroom that my husband built cupboards and shelves in for me. I have filled it full of lots of wonderful goodies to use in my projects! I always seem to need more workspace so I set up a large folding table when I am working on a project. I am constantly reorganizing to make it work the most efficiently, after which I can't find anything.

Where do you get your inspiration? I get most of my inspiration from magazines, Pinterest and classes. I save a lot of pictures, patterns, etc., and adapt them for my style and the project that I am working on at the time.

What part of the process do you enjoy most -- design or techniques? I like both the design and the techniques. I am one of those people who have both a analytical and a creative mind so both are interesting.

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star light star bright


let it snow let it snow let it snow

linda eckels | springfield, missouri


How did you get started papercrafting? I got my start with creativity as a child. My mother was very artistic and my four sisters and I were always making things or figuring out how to create something. In college, I was an interior design major with a science minor. I have tried many different arts and crafts and like to constantly learn new techniques. I "need" to be creative!

What does this hobby mean to your life? Papercrafting has given me opportunities to make very special things for the people I love and to encourage others to give it a try. About 20 years ago I was diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome, which is an auto-immune disease that has caused me to have many surgeries in the last 13 years. Papercrafting has given me a way to express myself as well as keeping my mind off of my difficulties. There are many areas of my crafting life that I can no longer take part in but working with paper gives me a multifaceted creative outlet that helps me to stay positive.

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small packages

linda eckels | springfield, missouri


The big picture? There are so many facets to papercrafting from the simplest to the most ornate. It is amazing how the products have changed in the past 10 years and how we have grown as artists with the new techniques and amazing products that have been developed. There are never enough hours in the day, days in the years or years in life to finish all of the ideas I have. Thank you to Scrapbook Generation for providing the avenues to grow in papercrafting!

linda eckels | springfield, missouri

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readers

gallery For this inaugural issue of CREATE, we invited people to send layouts and cards based on three sketches (above) by Allison Davis. We’re happy to share what scrapbookers and cardmakers around the globe are doing with Scrapbook Generation sketches!

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father-daughter dance BY SUZANNA LEE (GLEN ALLEN, VIRGINIA) Patterned paper, stickers, library pocket, chipboard, phrase card: Pebbles; cardstock: Coredinations; letter stickers: American Crafts; dimensional sticker: Jolee's; twine: The Twinery; dies: Papertrey Ink; ink: Tim Holtz distress ink; punch: Martha Stewart, American Crafts; cut files: fancy ornate frame (#46995), dance (#47339).

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THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX SKETCH Don’t have eight photos? No problem. Photo spots can become extra areas for journaling and embellishments.

Suzanna’s filligree mat and extra patterned paper provide richness yet don’t overpower her photos.

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volleyball GALLERY

BY MILENA EGAN (MCKINNEY, TEXAS) Patterned paper: Scrapbook Customs, Bella Blvd.; journaling block, embellishments: Scrapbook Customs.

lovely

BY LAURA BALDWIN (BOISE, IDAHO)

Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye; cardstock: Bazzill; specialty paper: TPC Studio.


outdoor girl

BY KIM BURNETTE (SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI)

Patterned paper, cardstock sticker, embellishments: Simple Stories; cardstock: Bazzill.

brand new blessings

BY AMY ROLLER (SPARTA, MISSOURI)

Patterned paper, stickers: Echo Park Paper; alphas: American Crafts; floss: DMC.

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winter wonderland

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BY ERICA MARSHALL (PETERBOROUGH, NEW HAMPSHIRE) Patterned paper, journaling tag: BoBunny; cardstock: Bazzill.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX SKETCH Instead of paper strips on each side of the 4x6 photos, switch things up with die-cut papers. Glittery snowflakes add sparkle and die-cut papers add interest to Erica’s wintery layout.

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emily joy

BY MICHELLE SALAZAR (WOODINVILLE, WASHINGTON)

Patterned paper: Carta Bella; cardstock: Bazzill; stickers: Carta Bella; alphas: American Crafts; floss: DMC; word collage: My Mind’s Eye; jewels: Creative Imaginations; other: bakers twine.

buddies

BY LORI BROWN (MANHATTAN, ILLINOIS)

Patterned paper, journaling stickers: Bella Blvd.; cardstock: Close to My Heart; markers: Copic, Zig; tools: Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Star and Bubble Caps.

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let’s go fly a kite

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BY TRACI JORGENSEN (SYRACUSE, UTAH) Patterned paper: BasicGrey; cardstock: Colorbok, Coredinations; ink: Craft Smart, Colorbox; tools: Scor-pal.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX SKETCH Want a more themed layout? Turn photo blocks into simple shapes -- like kites -- that convey the topic. Stitched kite strings and embossed clouds help convey the strong spring theme on Traci’s layout.

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waiting for fireworks

BY AMY CUNNIFF (DUANESBURG, NEW YORK)

Patterned paper: Doodlebug Designs; cardstock: Bazzill, Recollections; letter stickers: Doodlebug Designs; chipboard letters: Die Cuts With a View; ink: Clearsnap; floss: Making Memories; rhinestones: Recollections.

rugby flag

BY MICHELLE PASTOOR (CANADA)

Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs, Creative Memories; cardstock: Bazzill, Creative Memories; pens: Creative Memories; inks: Creative Memories.

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snow angels

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BY CHRIS ROBERTSON (CANADA) Patterned paper: We R Memory Keepers; cardstock: Bazzill, We R Memory Keepers, Creative Memories; stickers: We R Memory Keepers; washi tape: My Mind’s Eye; pens: Creative Memories; punches: Creative Memories.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX SKETCH Don’t let vertical photo orientation stop you. Flip the photo block area on its side and use horizontal photos. Grounding the title with the dominant photo and two smaller ones creates unity on Chris’s layout.

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santa’s coming

BY CORRINA COLQUHOUN (CANADA)

Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs; cardstock: Bazzill; brads: American Crafts; downloaded title: Miss Kate’s Cuttables.

vegas in october

BY LAURA BALDWIN (BOISE, IDAHO)

Patterned paper and embellishments: BoBunny; cardstock: Bazzill; bling: K & Company; inks: Colorbox, Stampin’ Up; tools: Cuttlebug.

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welcome little one BY LINDSEY DELAMARE (PENSACOLA, FLORIDA) Patterned paper, embellishments: Close to My Heart; glitter tape: Close to My Heart.

funny faces

BY LISA DONES (HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA)

Patterned paper, chipboard, cardstock stickers: Simple Stories; cardstock: Bazzill: title letters: American Crafts.


we’re looking for

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FOR THE MARCH 2014 ISSUE OF CREATE

Submissions should be sent to submissions@scrapbookgeneration.com. Be sure to have MARCH READERS GALLERY as the subject of the email. Submissions must be based on one of the four free sketches in this issue (two-page layout, one-page layout, card, tag). An individual may submit more than one project, but each project must be sent in a separate email. All files sent should be under 1MB. Include your name and address.

If your submission is chosen for publication, we will contact you with information about sending a second photo meeting more specific requirements, plus a supply list.

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i believe in miracles BY AMY ROLLER (SPARTA, MISSOURI) Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye, Pink Paislee; letter stickers: Cosmo Cricket, Doodlebug, American Crafts; arrow bling: Close to My Heart; washi tape: Stampin’ Up; snowflakes: American Crafts; floss: DMC.

homecoming invitation BY MICHELLE FOY (PLEASANTON, CALIFORNIA) Patterned paper: American Crafts; sentiment cards: American Crafts; flag clips: K & Company; flair: Etsy “A Flair for Buttons”; chipboard alphas: Fancy Pants Designs; ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

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Diane’s use of polka dot background paper makes her Batmanthemed layout a knockout.

batmobile BY DIANE IVERSEN (MT. VERNON, MISSOURI) Patterned paper: October Afternoon; polka dot cardstock: BoBunny; glitter glue: Stickles; other: ribbon.

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destination nola BY LORI BROWN (MANHATTAN, ILLINOIS) Patterned paper: Graphic 45; cardstock: Bazzill; flowers: KaiserCraft; marker: Copic; ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink; pen: Zig; other: adhesive pearls.

happy moments BY CORRINA COLQUHOUN (CANADA) Patterned paper: Carta Bella; cardstock: Bazzill; bling: Zva; Queen & Co.; floss: We R Memory Keepers; cutting file: Miss Kate’s Cuttables.

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There is so much to see on Irit’s layout, yet all elements work together with a clear focus.

beautiful BY IRIT SHALOM (ISRAEL) Patterned paper: Glitz Designs; chipboard: Creative Embellishments; masks: Tando Creative UK, Crafters Workshop; wood items: Creative Embellishments; stickers: Glitz Designs; plastic swirl, pearls: Flourish with a Bling; metal key: Advantus; gesso, alcohol ink, Glossy Accents: Ranger; mists: Lindy’s Stamp Gang; embossing powders: WOW!.

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these are the days BY JULI PASCOE (STRAFFORD, MISSOURI) Patterned papers: unknown; cardstock: Bazzill; embroidery floss: DMC; other: tags, brads.

one big adventure BY NANDA PAUWELS (THE NETHERLANDS) Patterned paper: Studio Calico; diecuts: Sizzix, X-cut, Technique Tuesday; journaling card: Project Life; alphabets: Maya Road, Making Memories; wood embellishments: Studio Calico, Prima; stickers: Studio Calico.

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Amy’s substitution of a graphic card for a photo emphasizes the slice-of-life topic.

rockin’ the skinny jeans BY AMY ROLLER (SPARTA, MISSOURI) Patterned papers: Simple Stories; alphabets: Cosmo Cricket, Crate Paper, American Crafts; ink: Colorbox.

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sack race BY TRACI JORGENSEN (SYRACUSE, UTAH) Patterned paper: Heidi Grace Designs; cardstock: Coredinations; letter stickers: Making Memories; rub-ons: Heidi Grace Designs; ink: Craft Smart, Colorbox.

amazing grace BY JUDITH AITKEN (SCOTLAND) Patterned papers: Karen Foster; Pebbles, American Traditional Designs; border: My & My Big Ideas; accent: Colorbok; other: washi tape, bakers twine.

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Solange made the “lace� border by stamping a portion of a tree stamp and then heat embossing.

de la neige en octobre BY SOLANGE JACQUET (FRANCE) Patterned papers: Imaginisce; cardstock: Bazzill; stamps: Imaginisce; brads: American Crafts; rhinestones: KaiserCraft; ribbon: Rayher; alphabet dies: Quickutz Blossom and Rollerskate; embossing powder: Stampendous; glitter: Ranger Stickles.

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incredible you GALLERY

BY CHARITY HOTRUM (ARVILLA, NORTH DAKOTA) Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View, Recollections; alpha letters: American Crafts: ink spray: Ranger; twine: The Twinery.

thank you BY DELIA SANBOURN (NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA) Patterned papers: Pink Paislee; rub-ons: BasicGrey; butterflies: Petaloo.

good times BY PAM GOOD (CHICAGO, ILLINOIS) Patterned paper: Doodlebug Designs; cardstock: Bazzill; stickers: Doodlebug Designs: twine: Doodlebug Designs.

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thank you BY CHRISTINE RANTZ (SPARTA, MISSOURI) Patterned papers: My Mind’s Eye; cardstock: Bazzill; floss: DMC.

Gently curved handstitching adds a whimsical touch to Christine’s butterfly accents.

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best friends GALLERY

BY CHRISTINE RANTZ (SPARTA, MISSOURI) Patterned papers: K & Company; cardstock: Bazzill: floss: DMC; other: jewels.

oh so happy BY MISTY STAFFORD (ORLANDO, FLORIDA) Patterned papers: My Mind’s Eye; sticker: My Mind’s Eye; crocheted flower: My Mind’s Eye; brad: My Mind’s Eye.

just because BY CHARITY HOTRUM (ARVILLA, NORTH DAKOTA) Patterned paper: KaiserCraft; cardstock: Recollections; grunge board: Ranger; phrase: Teresa Collins Designs; staples: Making Memories; punches: Kreaxions.

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happy birthday BY LORI BROWN (MANHATTAN, ILLINOIS) Patterned papers: Echo Park Paper; stickers: Echo Park Paper; cardstock: Bazzill, Close to My Heart; stamps: Close to My Heart; tools: Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio; bubble caps and settings: Epiphany Crafts; inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Close to My Heart.

Lori’s use of color and pattern is the perfect backdrop for a masculine mustached greeting.

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truly deeply BY CHRISTINE RANTZ (SPARTA, MISSOURI)

Patterned papers: Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker: cardstock: Bazzill; floss: DMC.

the first noel BY ERICA MARSHALL (PETERBOROUGH, NEW HAMPSHIRE) Patterned papers: My Mind’s Eye; cardstock: Bazzill; punch: Martha Stewart; floss: We R Memory Keepers; tag: Echo Park Paper: ink: Colorbox.

thanks so much BY AMY CUNNIFF (DUANESBURG, NEW YORK) Patterned paper: Creative Memories; cardstock: The Paper Studio, Recollections; washi tape: Recollections; stamp: Stamps of Life.


lili’s last christmas BY MICHELLE MCCLURE (TEMPLE CITY, CALIFORNIA) Patterned papers: Doodlebug Designs; cardstock: Bazzill; vellum: Neenah Paper; stickers: 3-D stickers: American Crafts; alpha stickers: Doodlebug Designs; petal roller: Imaginisce: jewels: Doodlebug Designs; glitter pen: Zig.

Michelle shows how to get extra mileage from a card sketch - use it for a single-page layout.

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welcome home BY BELINDA BAKER (LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA) Patterned papers: Pebbles; stickers: Pebbles; glitter button: American Crafts; twine: American Crafts.

happy new year BY IRIT SHALOM (ISRAEL) Cardstock: WorldWin Papers; stamp: Inspired by Stamping; ink: Clearsnap; embossing powders: WOW!; embossing folder: Sizzix; die: Inspired by Stamping; other: washi tapes, snowflake, bling charm, pins.


Use of strips of tickets and other purchased accents make Sara’s card super quick and super cute.

the best BY SARA MILBANK (DALLAS, TEXAS) Patterned papers: My Mind’s Eye; tickets: My Mind’s Eye; stickers: My Mind’s Eye; reel: Simple Stories.

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great the DIVIDE SOLITARY vs. SOCIAL

“I do not have a preference over scrapping at home or at a crop with others. I have a fully-loaded scraproom in our house that I spend hours in each week, creating as much as I can when our young daughters allow it. I also love to have a day out with friends and scrapbook at a local crop once or twice a month. Being a stay-at-home mom to two young girls gives me lots of photos to scrapbook, and having a few hours to myself with friends is not a luxury I want to give up anytime soon.” Sarah Bright (Platte City, MO) “I mostly scrapbook at home in my office with everything at my fingertips. I do this mostly because I have young kids and my freetime is after they go to bed. But I love to grab a few friends and head to the LSS to crop and chat and I love to go to a big crop once a year. When cropping away from home I work on special projects (mini vacations books, school years books, etc.). Whereas at home I usually only do layouts. So they both fit into my scrapbooking.” Jennifer Cowan (Rogersville, MO)

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...which style fits you best?

“I tend to be more of a solitary scrapbooker. Often, when working with a sketch, I like the flexibility of picking photos, papers and embellishments at my own pace, in my own space.” Casandra Bennett (Levering, MI)

“I much prefer to scrapbook at crops and retreats. Getting away from the distractions at home and being able to focus on my projects helps me get lots more done! And the social aspect of crops and retreats is another favorite aspect. I have some friends I rarely see other than at these events, so we get to catch up, laugh together and encourage one another.” Bettyann Shuert (Springfield, MO)

“It is a two-fold reason that I am a solitary scrapper. I like scrapping in my scraproom with all my goodies at my fingertips. I don't want to forget anything I would need...The second reason is that I am a social butterfly and I love being in the center of the action, not the center of attention, but I want to know what is going on. I neglect my pages in order to participate. Because I have a slight hearing loss...It is hard for

me to get the joke or hear what someone at the end of the table is saying so it is just easier to not go to crops...I love crops and the social aspect, but have a hard time justifying the cost when I am going to be there most likely to chat and maybe get something done on a layout.” Susan Kopp (Liberty, MO)

“I am definitely a solitary scrapbooker. I prefer to scrapbook at home because that's where all of my goodies are. When I start a layout, I have a general idea of a certain direction and then I build as I go along. I love to go through my embellies and see what looks good. Plus I can change up colors if I need to. Whenever I have gone to a crop, it drives me crazy. I have to plan out everything ahead of time and that isn't how I scrap. Plus, I don't want to take my entire scrapbook room with me! I also love using my tools on a moment’s notice and a crop doesn't allow me to do that.” Donna Streagle (Ellicott City, MD) “I am a mix of both a solitary and social scrapbooker. Mainly


solitary because I dislike packing up all my stuff! Always enjoy crops and retreats though when I can get to them. So many people to get inspired from.” Andrea Green “I’m a bit of both. I love to attend crops and retreats as I’m a social gal, and I get inspired by the creativity of others. I like to see the broad array of styles within a group and how each create beautiful projects that are unique in their own way. And what’s the expression…‘scraplifting is the greatest form of flattery.’ Then again, there are times that I really enjoy the solitude of scrapbooking alone and just need that quiet time to let the creativity flow.” Vickie Alcorn (Strafford, MO) “I am mostly a solitary scrapbooker. I work in my upstairs Tv room, and sometimes my daughters will join me either just to watch a movie or to help on a page or two. They are great help with remembering the details for journaling. I do try to attend a retreat at least once a year.” Robyn Dunkleberger (Skiatook, OK) “My answer is both. I am a mom who works full-time and scrapbooks at home...I will sit down in my special space even if I only have 30 minutes! I do get a lot done and love how I feel when

I am there creating pages of love to help the good times with my family and friends live on...On the flip side I have a group of amazing friends to scrapbook with. We get together occasionally on a Saturday or Sunday and scrap all day, but the best times are when we go away for a whole weekend together. We do the fabulous organized crops but we also have a hotel that we go to. They set up their conference room for the weekend and let us do our thing. Not only do these weekends include a whole lot of scrapping but we've been known to do a little dancing and well...you know, we let our hair down.” Jennifer Harkema (McLean, VA) “Fortunately, I am retired and am able to enjoy scrapbooking both at home and at crops or retreats. But my first choice would be crops and retreats. The reason, I have a great group of women I have been scrapping with for over 10 years. Not only do we create some wonderful work, we also create a fun time for all. They have become more than fellow scrappers, they have become my friends.” Kathy Young (Herndon, VA) “I used to hold crops and attend crops that others held; however, having to pack all of my stuff up just to then unpack everything within a 24-hour period was

getting tiresome. If I do go to a crop, I now prepare way in advance, bringing things I know that I will use on the pages that I create. All paper and embellishments are picked out in advance.” Laura Toriello (Twinsburg, OH) “I am a social scrapbooker! It started out that way because I didn't have a dedicated place to work on scrapbooks at home, and I didn't have much stuff so it was easily portable. Then, with two small children around, it became impossible to get anything done at home and I had to get away and free of distraction to accomplish anything. Now, my kids are in school and I have a craft room at home. But somehow all my good intentions to get in there and get anything done never come to much. I still only get my scrapbooks done when I pile my stash in my van and head out to a weekend retreat. Twice a year, I go away for a weekend and scrap six months’ worth of photos.” Lynne Fogel (Blacklick, OH) “I prefer solitary scrapbooking because it is ‘me’ time. It lets me focus on the pictures and the memories. But I do like to do a Saturday class once in a while to give me fresh ideas for layouts.” Sheryl McReynolds (Strafford, MO)

Do you create a project with one collection (everything matches) or by choosing items from a variety of manufacturers (mixing it up)?

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“The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.” -- Joseph Wood Krutch

“I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: It brings people together while time stands still. Cozy couples lazily meandered the streets and children trudged sleds and chased snowballs. No one seemed to be in a rush to experience anything other than the glory of the day, with each other, whenever and however it happened.” -- Rachel Cohn

JOYS

“...incomparable of a snow day.”

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“let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!”

ThaT aWful momenT When you don'T See your SChool'S name SCrolling aCroSS The boTTom of The neWS afTer a gianT SnoW STorm.

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy. -- Anton Chekhov

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"Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do - or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so." -- Stanley Crawford

“I had forgotten how thrilling a snow day is until my son started school, and as much as he loves it, he swoons at the idea of a free day arriving unexpectedly, laid out like a gift.” -- Susan Orlean


There iS a privaCy abouT iT WhiCh no oTher SeaSon giveS you...only in The WinTer, in The CounTry, Can you have longer, quieT STreTCheS When you Can Savor belonging To yourSelf. -- ruTh STouT

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“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?” -- J. B. Priestley

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire; it is the time for home.” -- Edith Sitwell

“One of the very best reasons for having children is to be reminded of the incomparable joys of a snow day.” -- Susan Orlean

winter

A snowdrift is a beautiful thing - if it doesn't lie across the path you have to shovel or block the road that leads to your destination.

“SnoW flurrieS began To fall and They SWirled around people’S legS like houSe CaTS. iT WaS magiCal, ThiS SnoW globe World.” -- Sarah addiSon allen

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” -- Anne Bradstreet

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water. -- Carl Reiner

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CREATE: Issue 1, January 2014  

Scrapbook pages, cards, embellishments and more featuring Scrapbook Generation's exclusive sketches.

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