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


Scavenger Hunt

10/21/2009 at 5:00 am | Posted in Scavenger Hunt, Uncategorized | 13 Comments
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Fall is in full swing and we hope ya’ll are enjoying the cooler days and beautiful colors, not to mention gearing up for all the fun holidays. Since next week is the big candy haul, we’ll warm you up with a different sort of hunt.

Pick up a copy of our November 2009 issue, filled with sweet ideas and technique treats. Find the answers to the questions below, and email them to November 2009 coverckblog@creatingkeepsakes.com. Be sure to put “scavenger hunt” in the subject line so we can find your entry. We’ll choose two winners to receive one of this week’s adhesive grab bags. (One less thing to ask Santa for later!) We’ll announce our winners on Monday, so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won!


1. What fun photo trick did Amanda Probst use to make the accents on her “A Leaf Hunt” layout?

2. What did Rita Shimniok adhere to her stitching in “Leaf Collector”?

3. Last Thanksgiving Megan Hoeppner made this with her ‘table scraps’.

4. According to Pam Callaghan (“New Hairdo”), what fun effect comes from cutting your paper image while the watercolor is drying?

5. What ‘real life element’ did Grace Tolman use to help title her layout “Muddy Maddie”?

6. According to the Cool Things” column, this look is back in style.

7. How did Cindy Tobey create the yard line feeling in her layout “It’s All about the Dance”?

8. What is the go-to look of the season?

9. Heidi Sonboul used these two punches to create the fun shapes in “Colorful Leaves”.

10. List three tips given to create great heritage layouts.

Grab your issue and start hunting! And don’t get lost along your way!

Dorathy Gilchrist
Associate Editor

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