Five Helpful Tips for Scanning and Preserving Old Photos

Chances are, you’ve got a collection of old photos stashed away somewhere. These photos allow you to look back on precious moments and appreciate your heritage and family history, but as time goes on, they start to age more and more. So, how do you preserve and save them from Father Time? Blog contributor Krista Taylor has plenty of experience scanning old photos and creating digital versions that’ll last a lifetime. Take a look at her tips and tricks to learn how to get the perfect scan every time!

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Leaf Your Worries Behind with this Exclusive Outdoor Scrapbook Layout

During the autumn season, it’s hard to walk anywhere without having to side-step peppy pinecones and scattered branches. And whether you’re raking leaves in the yard or strolling the sidewalks to see their changing hues, the Pinecone Punch and Branch Border Punch are perfect for creating an arboretum of autumn scrapbook layouts. They’re available only through a limited-time promotion, so check out today’s ideas using these two exclusive punches and then head over to your CM site and make qualifying purchases to earn them!

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Weekly Sketch Round-Up August 26-30

When was the last time you felt a spark of TRUE inspiration? Not the type of inspiration that makes you say, “Hmm, that’s interesting.” We’re talking the kind that makes you drop what you’re doing and rush to your creative workspace. It may seem like those moments are few and far between, but when that lightning bolt strikes, you’ve got to seize the moment! Maybe today’s Weekly Sketch Round-Up will provide you with that scrapping spark! There’s only one way to find out — take a look at these four sketches and see if any of them get the creative ball rolling!

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Weekly Sketch Round-Up August 19-23

Let’s be honest with ourselves for a second — how many of us actually get to craft as much as we’d like? Unfortunately, due to day-to-day routines and responsibilities, it can be hard to find time to create. Often, the only way it ever gets done is if you specifically carve out time in your schedule. That’s our challenge for you this week: Set aside distraction-free crafting time so you can work on some of the sketches presented in today’s Weekly Sketch Round-Up. Let’s check them out!

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Add Industrial Ingenuity to Your Desk with these DIY Sticky Note Holders

The best part about having the crafting bug? You can come up with unique ways to tackle all sorts of everyday challenges — some of which you didn’t even realize needed tackling! Someone who enjoys the imaginative art of DIY sees an entirely world of possibilities when it comes to their day-to-day life, and blog contributor Tina is no exception. She recently took the Memoirs & Memories collection and created handy DIY sticky note holders that look great on any desk or workspace. Check it out!

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Weekly Sketch Round-Up August 12-16

Finishing a scrapbook layout comes with a mixed bag of emotions. More than anything, you’re proud of yourself and happy with what you’ve created. But there’s also a small, nagging voice in the back of your head that’s saying, “Now what?!” It can be tough to know where to go once you’ve put together a project to be proud of but we have the answer for you — the Weekly Sketch Round-Up! Take a look at the four sketches below and let them guide you to your next layout, spread, border, card, whatever!

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Send Pops of Personality with these DIY Rainbow Card Ideas

Let’s be honest, there’s a time and place for a plain, simple card. But for those other times and other places, we want the sentiment with the style! There’s nothing like a fun, spunky card that showcases the thought and effort that was put into making it. Taking your creativity to the top is easy with the happy hues of the Rainbow Rush collection! It’s the perfect place to start as you make your DIY rainbow card ideas a reality and send pops of personality and pizzazz to friends and family!

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Get Rough Around the Edges with this Rustic Scrapbook Layout

Have you ever seen paper with such a genuine, authentic-looking pattern, it’s almost as if you can feel the texture of it? If not, then you clearly haven’t seen the Timeworn Texture Paper Pack! Inspired by the foundations we build our lives upon with glimpses of all the materials we need to do so, it’s perfect for adding creative construction to the distressed designs and worn details of any project. Check out the textured scrapbook layout made with this paper below and imagine how you’ll build your ideas from the ground up!

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Focus on the Big Picture with this Scrapbook Layout Stencil

Have you ever found yourself wanting a bit of guidance when you sit down to create a layout? Maybe you want some help designing layouts that look polished and professional? Allow us to offer a helping hand with our collection of Recipe Templates! The latest and greatest one, the Frame It Up Recipe Template, is the perfect way to put together layouts worthy of the spotlight — check out these three examples and see for yourself!

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