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    Newbie List of Things To Get:
    journaling pens
    patterned paper (pp)
    stickers (alpha or other?)
    adhesive (tape runner, photo splits, glue stick etc)
    paper cutter
    an album
    ruler or t-square

    eyelets and setting kit
    circle cutter
    die cuts
    ink pads
    acrylic paint

    Basic Scrapbooking at Barnes & Nobles University
    Scrapbooking 101
    Learn 2 Scrapbook

    Digi Tutorials:
    Digital Scrapbook Place Tutorials
    Grunged Edge Overlay (pdf file)

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    Favorite on-line stores

    Free stuff & free fonts!

    Quotes, Poems & Phrases

    SKETCH Sites
    Scrap Maps
    Sketch and Ad Inspiration @ Kindred Creations
    Time to Scrap Sketches
    Creating Keepsakes Sketches Create a Page
    Stickers n' Fun Sketches
    Scraptivity Sketches
    Simple Scrapbooks Schemes
    Sketches at
    Rachel's album full of sketches

    Card Sketches -- that link will take you to a post that has 2 links you can download in a Word document with card sketches and then a picture of a card done with that sketch.

    Links for ABC albums:

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    Techniques and templates:
    Here is a link to a library card holder template: Library card holder
    Envie template

    Scrapbooking Motivational Ideas
    These ideas were compiled by Ginger Morgan, Kristi Martin, and other scrapbookers on the web. Use them to help you get over your scrappers block anytime!

    Use the name of a TV Show for a title
    Use the name of a song for a title
    Use the name of a book for a title
    Use the word “Love” in the title
    Use a computer-generated title
    Use stickers for a title
    Use a hand written title
    Cut out the letters for a title
    Use die-cut letters for a title
    Use the title only to explain your pictures—no journaling
    Use a pre-made title
    Dangle something from a letter in the title using a wire, raffia, string, or something
    Use Plaid paper for the title or for the background of the title
    Mix template letters for the title
    Weave a fiber behind title
    Cut a title from a cursive font
    Sew a title
    put your title down the side of the page
    Put title letters on individual tags
    Dot the "I"s in your title with an embellishment
    Use buttons for the “O”s or the center of your “O”s in your title.

    Use all pastel colored paper
    Use a Black Background—can be black printed paper
    Use crumpled paper on a layout
    Use all scraps except for the background paper
    Use bright colors for a layout
    Use metallic paper somewhere in the layout
    Use suede paper
    Use “wood” paper or regular paper that looks like wood
    Use 3 different patterned paper in the same layout
    Use red, white, and blue on the layout
    Use only cardstock on a layout
    Use only patterned paper on a layout
    Use vellum on a layout
    Use at least 3 shades of the SAME color on a layout
    Convert an 8 ½ x 11-inch page to a 12x12 layout!
    Do a BLACK AND WHITE layout
    Use embossed paper
    Use diamond dust paper
    Use mulberry paper
    Emboss your own background paper (wet or dry)
    Use any other “specialty paper” and tell us about it!

    Take a layout you have done that you love, and recreate it with different colors and a different theme. (In other words, CASE a layout of your own!)
    Scrap a Holiday in “non-traditional” colors—(Pastel Christmas, Pastel New Years???)
    Scrap any celebration
    Scrap a family tradition
    Scrap an event that includes some sort of food (Picnic, Thanksgiving, restaurant)
    Scrap a sports event or a game
    Do a layout that includes toys in some way
    Do an Animal layout (zoo, pets, could be Halloween, ???)
    Do a SPRING layout
    Do a SUMMER layout
    Do a FALL layout
    Do a WINTER layout
    Do a Heritage layout
    C.A.S.E. a layout-- (other than your own) (copy and steal everything J)—use the same colors and techniques.
    Do a WATER layout (beach, pool, pond, bathtub, rainstorm—squirt-gun--anything water—could also be a snow layout!)
    Use a quote on a layout
    Use a prayer on a layout
    Use a Bible verse on a layout
    Do a mosaic layout
    Do a “Totally Me” layout using your pictures of you doing your “stuff.”
    (Share this online for an extra point!)
    Scrap a Patriotic Page
    Scrap a current event (within the past year)
    Do a vacation layout
    Use “Something from the Kitchen” in a layout (?)
    Scrap an accomplishment—yours or family member
    Do an “ITS BROKEN” layout—(Toy, leg, car ???)
    Use a poem on a layout (extra point if you write the poem!)
    Do a Holiday layout
    Do a paper-tearing layout
    Do a “Like father like son” or “Like Mother Like Daughter” layout (like grandpa-like granddaughter?) mother-son, father-daughter,
    (doesn’t have to have that title, just that content)
    Do a “STEP INTO THE PAST” layout--
    Do a HOUSE AND HOME layout
    Do a CAREER layout (if you are a SAHM or Grandma—that is a career!)
    Do a SCHOOL layout
    Do a CHURCH activity layout
    Do a BEFORE and AFTER layout (diet, pregnancy, dirty to clean)
    Do a Color-Blocking layout
    Do a “Nautical” layout
    Do a SAND layout—(either in color, texture, content—use your own judgment)
    Make a “page that moves” Pop-up or pull
    Do a peek-a-boo page
    Make a layout without pictures—must have journaling
    Put memorabilia on a page (like coins, baby bracelet, tassel from graduation)
    Make a quilt page
    Make a pocket page
    Do a panoramic layout (with those page protectors that make it a 4-page layout)
    Do a garden layout
    Do a paper folding on a layout
    Decorate the four corners of layout
    Use a photo for template letters
    use at least three photos on a page
    Do calligraphy

    Make a scene with stickers
    Use stickers for the border
    Use MAMBI stickers on a layout
    Use Paper Moon Stickers on a layout
    Use Debbie Mumm Stickers or punchouts on a page
    Use stickers in another way and tell us about it.

    Use buttons on a layout
    Use something from nature
    Make and use a shaker box
    Sew or cross-stitch on a layout
    Use photo corners
    Use glitter or a glitter pen on a layout
    Use raffia on a layout
    Use Twine on a layout
    Use wire on a layout
    Use watercolor pencils on a layout
    Use colored pens on a layout
    Use SQUARES on a layout
    Use Circles on a layout
    Use beads on a layout
    Use a paper doll
    Tear a paper piecing and use it on a layout
    Make and use a paperpiecing
    Use an embellished die cut
    Use punch art on a layout
    Use Daisies on a layout (die cuts or ???)
    Use pressed flowers or leaves on a layout
    Use Ladybug theme
    Use Dragonflies on a layout
    Use a NSBR (non-scrapbook related) embellishment
    Use “stars” on a layout (stamped, punched, stickers—on the paper??)
    Make MOSIAC FRAMES for the pictures
    Use ready-made frame
    Use some “BUMPER CROPS” on a layout
    Use TAG art on a layout
    Use ribbon on a page
    Use eyelets
    Do “quilling” on a page
    Do paper weaving
    Use Magic mesh
    Do paper PIERCING on a page (with a needle or tool)
    Use pop dots
    Use fabric on a page
    Use BRADS on a layout
    Pen-stitch on a layout
    Use Holly leaves and berries as an embellishment
    Use a “sound” button (some play music, or record your own)
    Use an embellishment not listed—and tell us what the embellishment is so we can use it too!
    Cut graphics from a patterned paper to use as embellishment.
    Use Fibers
    Use Charms
    Use lace

    Make and use a journaling “square.”
    Use a ready-made Journaling square
    Journal in your own handwriting
    Use computer-generated journaling
    Use a journaling genie or a coluzzle (shape) to make a Journaling square
    Journal on a photo mat
    Journal using a list
    Journal two points of view for each picture
    Journal under a "lift up" photo
    Use one word adjectives to describe the person in a picture
    Write a letter to the person in the layout
    Pick key words in your journaling to highlight with borders or larger font

    Use Coluzzles to make a layout
    Use a Xyron
    Use something from a sizzix
    Dry emboss on a layout
    Wet emboss on a layout
    Use rubber stamps on a page
    Use a “page planner’ or other placement template
    Use a template of any kind
    Use a doodle cutter or Blade runner
    Use chalk on a layout
    Use a Magic Matter
    Use a corner punch
    Use a decorative punch
    Use decorative scissors
    Use straight scissors
    Use paper cutter
    Use a paper crimper
    Use a “NEW TO YOU” tool
    Use a tool not listed

    Use black and white pictures on a layout
    Use Color tinted pictures on a layout
    Use a 5x7 or larger picture on a layout
    Silhouette a picture
    Crop a picture into a circle
    Use a panoramic picture on a layout
    Frame a picture with the same picture-(cut out part of it)

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    50 Ways to Use Stamps
    1. Use alphabet stamps to make your title on a strip of cardstock
    2. Cut out the individual letters and pop dot them for an even jazzier title
    3. Stamp directly on your photos
    4. Get a personalized stamp with your return address for all your correspondence
    5. Get a personalized stamp with “handmade by ____” to mark all your creations
    6. Stamp a small image over and over again to make your own patterned paper
    7. Try the above with Versamark ink for an even subtler background pattern
    8. Stamp with acrylic paint
    9. Use a phrase stamp on the inside of a card to make it even more professional-looking
    10. Stamp lines in Versamark as a guide for straight handwritten journaling
    11. Use an inkpad, without a stamp, directly on your paper to jazz up the edges
    12. Stamp a flower and add a brad or eyelet for the center
    13. Use small alphabet stamps to make captions for photos
    14. Stamp a word on a tag to highlight the theme of your page
    15. Stamp an image multiple times, color in and cut out the pieces to overlap and form your own paper piecing
    16. Stamp an image and cut out, then pop dot or use on your page just like a sticker
    17. Emboss your stamping for extra shine or the 3D effect
    18. Use one set of stamps throughout an entire mini album to tie it all together
    19. Use stamps to decorate the cover of a cloth album so that it coordinates with the theme of the pages inside
    20. Practice stamping on scrap paper and use the result as a pretty bookmark
    21. Use wheel stamps for handmade gift wrap
    22. Use a wheel stamp to make patterned paper
    23. Use a wheel stamp for a quick and easy border
    24. Stamp on paperclay and punch a hole in the top to make your own charms
    25. Stamp on a magnetic sheet and cut out for cute handmade magnets to give as a gift
    26. Stamp an image in black ink and color it in
    27. Stamp an image in clear ink and emboss in clear, then rub colored ink over the paper so that you get a reverse image
    28. Stamp an image in black and use a sponge dipped in ink/pressed on the inkpad to color in the image – looks even better if you "don’t" stay inside the lines
    29. Stamp in Versamark and dab chalk over the top for a softer image
    30. You can also try stamping with chalk
    31. Stamp a whole scene and mat it just like a photo
    32. Overlap stamped images for a collage look
    33. Use an alphabet stamp to make monogram patterned paper
    34. Use word stamps to make interesting patterned paper
    35. Try stamping your title with mismatched or different sizes of alphabet stamps for a funky/ransom note look
    36. Customize your home décor by stamping on your walls
    37. Stamp on fabric – aprons, dishtowels, tote bags, swatches for scrapbook pages, etc
    38. Stamp the sides of a post-it note cube for a cute gift
    39. Use stamps on your holiday cards – makes it easier to mass produce the same design over and over
    40. Print business cards or address labels from your computer and stamp an image in the corner to jazz them up
    41. Stamp off on scrap paper once before stamping so that the image is softer and you can read text through it
    42. When making background paper, stamp two or three times before re-inking – you get even more ‘shades’ out of just one color this way
    43. Use Staz-On ink to stamp on vellum or metal
    44. Stamp on polyshrink and bake it to make your own plastic charms
    45. Stamp on bottle caps for an even jazzier embellishment
    46. Use a stamped image as the outline for creating a wire shape
    47. Use a word stamp to stamp on ribbon or twill
    48. Leave space in printed journaling to stamp a few words so that they stand out
    49. Use stamps to fill in the smaller squares in a colorblocking page
    50. Get non-toxic ink and stamp on yourself – makes a cool temporary tattoo! (kids love this one too).

    Here is a link with how to's on various altered projects.
    Altered Art

    Altering Items:
    **Altered frames.
    Altered Frame 1
    Altered Frame 2
    Altered Frame 3
    **Cutting Board. These are super cute!
    Cutting Board 1
    Cutting Board 2
    **Door hanger
    **Altered notebook
    **Small can
    **Wooden Letters
    **CD 1
    CD 2
    **Metal bin
    **Paint Can
    **Wooden box
    **Accordian album
    **Paper Bag Album

    25 Ways to Use Ribbon:
    1. Tie through buttons
    2. Make a border using a variety of or single color & patterns
    3. Run along a pattern paper edge
    4. Wrap around a photo
    5. Use alphabet stickers on it
    6. Hang a photo from a ribbon hanger
    7. Stamp words on it
    8. Use with pre-made products to give it your “personal touch”
    9. Tie through eyelets or punched holes along an edge
    10. Attach to metal embellishments like paper clips, spirals, photo anchors, jump rings or safety pins
    11. Make a tie or bow and glue anywhere
    12. Hang tags from it
    13. Use for photo corners
    14. Wrap around or tie to slide mounts or large monogram letters
    15. Use to tie something closed like a mini-album, tag book, journal or card
    16. Make loops or tabs for opening or pulling out hidden journaling
    17. Attach a label holder with it
    18. Wrap around a pre-made photo frame
    19. Apply rub-on letters on it
    20. Tuck photos under a ribbon border
    21. Frame a picture or accent with ribbon
    22. Tie around journaling blocks
    23. Hang charms from it
    24. Tie around strips of cardstock or paper
    25. Use up your ribbon “scraps” to make a loop or tab border

    Ways to Attach Ribbon:
    * Glue Dots Clear Lines
    * Glue
    * Xyron
    * Brads
    * Eyelets
    * Staples
    * Sewing
    * Safety Pins

    Here is a tutorial on HANDCUTTING TITLES...

    Here is how I do it...
    In Microsoft Word...Insert Word Art - select your font and your size - if it isn't big enough that's okay we can fix that later. Click OK.

    Right click on the Word Art and select properties. On the Size tab, click on the Lock Aspect Ratio check box, then adjust the width to how wide you want it on your LO.

    On the bottom left of the Word screen, you will see the draw button, click on it and then select Rotate or Flip then Horizontal. This will get your text backwards on the page for cutting purposes.
    (If for some reason this option is greyed out you will have to use Powerpoint to do this - the steps are the same!)

    Now print your text on regular old paper - before I print I put an X on the top of the paper that is feeding through so I know which way to put it back in the printer. Then adhere your cardstock or pp - with temporary adhesive to the page with the side you don't want showing face up - in other words the non-textured side of Bazzill or the white side of the PP. Feed it through the printer again - remember your X is at the top of the feeder and will go through the machine last! Print it again. Peel the printed part off and rub off the temporary adhesive.

    Now you are ready to cut, with a glass mat or a piece of glass (I use one from an old photo frame) and you'll need a craft knife (like this - you will need to snap off the blade every so often - a sharp blade is really important.

    this is how I do it - some people cut out the whole letter with the craft knife I don't. I cut out the centers of the letters with the craft knife - i.e. o's, a's, d's, etc. Then I use my Cutterbees and handcut the outsides of the letters. Always cut out the centers first as it is harder to cut them out if you do them last! When cutting with the craft knife you want to turn the paper as you go and feed it through the knife kind of like you do when you are sewing. Hope that makes sense. I do the same with my Cutterbees when cutting turn the paper not my hand or the scissors.

    Then I adhere my letters with my Xyron or with a glue stick depending on size.

    I hope that made sense - if not I can take some photos next time I do it. We should probably add this to the free stuff post!

    DIY Tips
    Creating Keepsakes Tips

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    List of items to bring to a crop:
    Page Kits - include pictures, paper, embellishments, sketch, and journaling
    Extra Photos (in case you get through all your kits)
    Fine Point Scissors
    Deco Scissors
    Paper Trimmer
    Black Journaling Pen
    Idea Book(s)/Sketch Book
    Bottled Water
    Letter Stickers
    Photo Corners (various colors)
    Extra Cardstock
    Money to spend!
    Date Stamp Kit & Ink
    Tags (all kinds)
    Coupons (for all stores)
    Xyron X
    Wish List of items to buy
    Page protectors or a box to put finished pages for protection till you get them in an album

    Tips for preparing for a crop:
    Create kits for each layout. Include a basic sketch, pattern papers and embellishments. 2 Gallon Plastic baggies are a cheap alternative to pricier plastic folders. I usually plan one layout an hour and then divide number of hours by two and throw in that many extra kits. For a 5 hour crop I'd bring 8 kits. (FYI - I've been doing this casually for all my pics. Just taking out photos and creating kits with just paper and photos. Spend one evening doing this. It takes a lot of the time out of planning when you have time to scrap and now I'm finding int he time it used to take to do one LO I'm doing 2 or 3!)

    If you are going to use the computer to journal you can either figure out where to print the information ahead of time or print onto transparency so that you can adjust placement more asily.

    Hidden journaling can be another option. Bring some tags and some hinges if you don’t like your handwriting.

    Keep list of items to bring in a file on your computer. Print it out as needed for each crop.

    When in doubt, LIFT - makes the creative juices get going and allows you to get more done.

    Organization – Scrapbook Kits
    Organizing and Packing for a Crop
    Organizing for a Crop
    123's of Organizing for a Crop
    Getting Organized for a Crop

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    Prima that Meg made Prima zip file

    Links for photoshop downloads: brushes, etc
    Those and more listed at:
    Another site for free brushes

    Found this site that has many beautiful kits, and they are all FREE!! You must sign up, but it is so worth it.
    If you're looking for some AWESOME freebies be sure to check out

    They have a daily download every day, as well as a mega monthly kit each month. You have to be a registered member and there is a requirement of at least 30 posts to get the freebies..but so worth it!!!! They also have a members freebie section where the members can upload kits to share as well.

    Look under the Wed April 12th post, check it out soon, not sure how long it will last.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- easter kit several free kits

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    Free graphic design program (similar in some ways to Photoshop):

    Tutorial site:

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    I post free downloads for digi scrapping on my blog each day, heres the link

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    wow, that's a lot of awesome stuff!!
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