Using Calendar Grid Scrapbook Pages to Record Historic Events

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I like to think of my scrapbooks as more than just a collection of photos that highlight our family events but rather as my own personal diary that tells the story of my life.   So I like to include mention of significant local and world events in my albums along with commentary of how the events impacted me and my family at the time.  This expands my role from memory keeper to history keeper.  Essentially my albums have become a snap shot of history in the making.

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Argyle Punch Border Ideas

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Bold and geometric, the Argyle punch is fun to use on all kinds of page layouts. I’ve paired it with the versatile Denim Blues collection in each of the border ideas below; and added a theme with several of my favorite product collections. Try them as is or substitute with products you have on hand. Borders like these match up well on predesigned Fast2Fab as well as blank pages.

To make these borders you will need:

 

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Zig Zag Border Ideas

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The new Zig Zag Border Maker cartridge is sure to liven up your pages! Here, I’ve paired it with a few of my favorite product collections.

To make these borders, you’ll need:

 

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Painted Harvest Leaves Border

  1. Cut a 2-1/2″ x 12″ strip of peacock blue cardstock. Cut a 2-1/4″ x 12″ strip of dark blue leaves paper and mount on top of cardstock border.
  2. Using Zig Zag cartridge, punch 2 borders with burnt orange paper, 1 with turquoise paper and 1 with light yellow paper. Mount to border as shown, nesting 3 zig zags and flipping second orange zig zag for effect. (Save leftover shapes for floral border, below.)
  3. Cut three 1-1/2″ peacock blue squares, two 1-1/4″ yellow squares, one 1-1/4″ orange square and one 1-3/4″ orange square. Mount as shown to border. Punch a variety of leaves from scraps of paper and apply to boxes.

 

Painted Harvest Floral Border

  1. Cut a 2-1/2″ x 12″ strip of turquoise paper. Cut four 2″ squares of tiny-leaves paper and adhere to border, spaced as shown. Using leftover 2″ scraps from above zig zag borders, apply between squares as shown.
  2. Using Zig Zag cartridge, punch 2 borders with burnt orange paper. Apply behind border, with edges peeking out.
  3. Add leaves and flowers embellishments. Top with jewels, if desired.

 

Daily Docket Feathers Border

  1. Cut a 2-1/2″ x 12″ strip of feathers paper. Cut a 1-1/2″ x 12″ strip of both green fern paper and yellow paper. Mount green paper near the top of feather paper. Cut yellow paper in 2″ lengths and add every 2″ down length of green paper.
  2. Using both the Zig Zag and Chevron cartridges, punch a border with royal cardstock, alternating cartridges down the length of the paper. Mount on top of green/yellow strip.
  3. Punch a yellow zig zag border and add behind border, peeking out from the bottom as shown.
  4. Add feathers and arrow with a foam strip.

 

Daily Docket Snowflakes Border

  1. Cut a 2-1/2″ x 12″ strip of royal cardstock. Cut a 2-1/4″ x 12″ strip of striped paper and mount on top of royal border. Cut a 1-1/4″ x 12″strip of cream dot paper and mount on top of striped strip.
  2. Using the Zig Zag cartridge, punch two borders with brown patterned paper. Apply to either side of cream dot paper. Using the Snowflake cartridge, punch a border with royal cardstock and mount down the middle, between zig zags.
  3. Add snowflake and wind stickers using foam squares.

 

Uncharted Life is an Adventure Border

  1. Trim out Life is an Adventure strip.
  2. Using the Zig Zag cartridge, punch a border with each royal and peacock blue cardstock, and punch two borders with burnt orange paper (from Painted Harvest). Adhere orange borders behind Adventure strip with points peeking out. Add royal and peacock blue zig zags beneath lower orange border, overlapping as shown.
  3. Add hot air balloon embellishments and What a View! sticker with foam squares.

 

Uncharted Bicycle Border

  1. Cut a 2-1/2″ x 12″ border with royal cardstock. Cut a 2″ x 12″ border of cream postcard paper.
  2. Using the Zig Zag cartridge, punch a border with each royal and peacock blue cardstock. Apply zig zags cream border, angling them as shown. Add black/white stripe sticker pieces as well. Trim along edges.
  3. Mount cream border on top of cardstock. Add bicycle sticker with foam squares.

 

 

Photo Tips – Top Things to Photograph at Christmas

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Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year and it is most often surrounded by traditions and family.  I try every year to come up with a new photo idea, the topics usually remain the same, I just try to find a new perspective when snapping the photos.  Looking at the same things in a new way and capturing that moment to remember for a lifetime.

Favourite Family Tradition

Every year our family visits the Christmas tree lot where we cut our own tree and I take the same photo of the tree falling.  It is nice to look back and see the difference in the size of the children and who is cutting the tree.  It used to be my husband when the children were small and now that Ben is 16 he is doing lots of the work.  I took that same photo this year, but I think my favourite photo from the day was Lauren and Grant grabbing a selfie while Todd and Ben cut the tree.

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Digital – Christmas Past Tags

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I love my digital scrapbooking content around special occasions because I can personalize, gifts, cards, invites, decorations, tags and more!  Just wanted to share an idea to make your own tags for your Christmas gifts.  The Christmas Past Collection is perfect for making tags!

I started with an 8 x 10 blank page and made 13 – 2 x 3 photo holders.

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Digital Christmas Cards using Christmas Past

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Do you love receiving a personalized card?  I do and I love making them to send to my friends and family at Christmas and all through the year.  We receive so much electronic mail now and opening the mailbox to a personalized card is refreshing!

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New Year’s Resolutions with the assistance of Daily Docket

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I’m not big on the whole New Year’s Resolution thing, but this year I’m going for it anyway! As a mama of two little ones I struggle to find a balance in life. I love my family and spending time with them, I also love a house that isn’t in complete chaos, I love baking, I love my hobbies… the list goes on. There’s a lot of love, but  only so much time. It’s hard!

Balance is key, and I’m still in pursuit of it, but in the meantime I am going to work on priorities. On the top of that list is my family and the time we spend together – so, my New Year’s resolution is going to be to spend meaningful time together and create lasting memories. This means letting the dishes wait until the kids are in bed and choosing to build couch cushion forts instead. This means hiring a babysitter and going on date nights. This means being present in the moment – even if we are just walking home from school or shopping for groceries – memories can be made anywhere!

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Photo Tips – Christmas Tree Lights

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Christmas tree lights are one of my favourite things to photograph at Christmastime!  The tree makes a perfect backdrop for holiday photos.  I thought I would share some fun ideas I have tried with my camera settings to get different looks for my photos.

One of the best tricks up my sleeve is a 50mm prime lens.  It gives that beautiful blurred background and the soft bokehs.  Bokehs are the out-of-focus light spots that you can create with your lens by fixating on your main subject.  You can achieve the look with other lens’ and you can work with what you have.  The 50mm just makes you look like an expert photographer!  They are a small investment and wonderful for portrait photos.

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Digital Layout Ideas for New Creative Memories Digital Artwork

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We’re passionate about providing you with ways to save your memories in an artistic and creative way. You can now find our new Creative Memories artwork in digital papers, elements and mat packs in the following collections:

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Our Gift to You—Creative Memories Phone and Computer Wallpapers

Today, we’re giving you a digital gift!

You can now share your love for scrapbooking with Creative Memories phone and computer wallpapers. We’re excited about the upcoming launch of Creative Memories Digital Artwork and couldn’t help but sneak out a little gift in advance.

If you don’t see your phone listed below, try on a size and see if it fits. We bet that you’ll find one that works. Here’s a few tips on how to change your wallpapers:

Enjoy! And, share the love on Facebook.

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Computer Wallpapers:

Phone Wallpapers:

Download all of the phone and computer wallpapers. (Not recommended on a mobile device)

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