Weekly Warm-Up: Scrapbook Your Story

04/05/2010 at 5:00 am | Posted in General Inspiration, weekly warm up | 4 Comments
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Take a minute and think about how you’d answer the following questions:     

* What do you do each day?     

* What traditions do you embrace?     

* Which relationships do you treasure?     

* What milestones have you celebrated?     

* What fun things can’t you resist?     

The answers to these various questions are the things that make up who you are. They’re part of your story. In other words, they’re your life!     


Sadly, it’s often our lives as scrapbookers that we leave out of our albums, instead dedicating that time to scrapbooking about those around us. Take the kiddos for example. Sure, they’ll love seeing their lives on paper years from now, but it’s your life story that they’ll truly cherish. Trust me on this one.     

So, in the spirit of scrapbooking our own lives, we have a few beautiful pages to share with you, each taken from a section of the mondo Creating Keepsakes “Scrapbook Your Life” idea gallery, which we featured in our March/April 2010 issue.     

The Everyday     

Part of Grace Tolman’s everyday belongs to her position at a local retail store, so she created this cute page. We love how she turned her employee badge into a home for her journaling. Even though so many of us spend a large percentage of life in the workforce, it can be an easy thing to overlook when scrapbooking. Keep your 9-to-5 in mind as you’re scrapbooking your life.     

"My Night Job" by Grace Tolman, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 63.


Traditions don’t have to be holiday or event based. Scrapbooking a tradition can be as easy as telling the story of a repeat event, big or small, that brings you joy. In Brenda Hurd’s case, this event is making lemonade at Grandma Cole’s—a sweet moment indeed!     

“Lemonade @ Grandma’s” by Brenda Hurd, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 69.



You’re reading this blog post, which means you likely spend at least some of your time online. From that time, have you built relationships with others? Celebrate those e-connections with a scrapbook layout, just as Jing-Jing Nickel did with this happy page.     

“Panda” by Jing-Jing Nickle, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 72.



You scrapbook the milestones reached by others in your life, so don’t overlook your own achievements. Whether you scrapbook those smaller, personal milestones (certifying in something, finishing a novel, etc.) or life’s larger moments (weddings, graduation, first home, etc.), milestones are an important piece of any scrapbook. For Ann-Marie Morris, it was her graduation from art school that made its way into a album.     

“Graduation” by Ann-Marie Morris, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 79.

Fun Times     

How do you spend your fun time? Don’t worry, nobody’s going to judge you here. Even if you call housework “fun,” it counts as an interest worthy of a scrapbook layout. As our reigning “Funnest Scrapbooker Ever,” Terri Davenport certainly knows what fun is. So she created this heeelarious scrapbook layout about a game of Scrabble she played with her youngsters.     

“Ifoon” by Terri Davenport, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 83.

Inspired yet? Great, because it’s your turn to scrapbook about . . . yes, you guessed it, you! What will your next “me” page be about? We’d love it if you’d share and inspire us with your ideas.

Megan Hoeppner, CK creative editor


Weekly Warm-Up: Cropping for a Cause and WINNERS!

09/21/2009 at 4:00 am | Posted in weekly warm up | 46 Comments
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meganScrapbooking, like any creative outlet, is therapeutic. There’s just something about expressing oneself creatively that’s good for the soul. The same can be said on a larger scale—getting a group together to create for a cause is empowering and wonderful! I had the pleasure of experiencing just such an event last weekend, when I attended the Scrapping to Breathe crop, hosted by the beautiful Brenda Hurd. The goal of this crop was to raise money for cystic fibrosis, a terminal illness afflicting Brenda’s sweet son. I can’t think of a better way to spend my money. Plus, I had a blast getting together with the girls.


From left to right: Roxanne B.; P. Kelly Smith, Paper Crafts editor; some crazy lookin’ tall girl who needs to brush her hair and iron her shirt (me); Brenda Hurd; and Becky Olsen, the cute gal who invited me to this event in the first place. Thanks, Becky!

While at the event, I had a chance to chat with the always-adorable Wendy Sue Anderson. She put together an awesome layout kit for the event, which everyone in attendance received. Here’s what the page she made looks like.


Cutie-patootie, right? Do you want a kit of your own? Well, you’re in luck. There are still kits for sale here and you can purchase it knowing that your money is going to help Brenda with her goal of raising money for cystic fibrosis—sounds like a win-win to me!

 Also, it just so happens we have a kit to give away to one lucky winner. Simply leave us a comment here between now and Friday, September 25 for a chance to win.  

We’ll leave you with a few more snapshots from our day of play:

P. Kelly spent part of her crop time working on this sizzling birthday card. Who knew Johnny had a Paper Crafts tat? Surely he sports CK across his back. Oh, behave! charity-crop_Kelly

 I spent some of my time working on this card for my niece, made with cheery paper from K&Company. charity-crop_card

To create leaves for the flowers, simply form a loop with thread and then tie a knot.


There you have it, the full crop report. We hope you’ve enjoyed this look inside Scrapping to Breathe.

Thank you, Brenda, for bringing people together for such a special cause. Keep up the amazing work!

Megan Hoeppner, Creative Editor

P.S. We’ve posted winners from the House of 3Papertrey Ink and October Insider’s Look blog giveaways. Check the Giveaways tab at the top of the page to see who is taking home these great prizes! Come back often for even more chances to win.

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