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SugarBabe Sunday – 7/12

SugarBabeSunday-header-VanessaWe’re adding a fun, new weekly post during this summer! We’re having the SugarBabes hang out with Stacia and I on the blog. They’re going to post whatever they want. That could get pretty surprising, right? ;) Vanessa gets to hang out with us this week. She’s going to talk all about organizing your photos and getting your layouts printed. Thanks Vanessa!

Hey everyone!  Vanessa here this this edition of SugarBabe Sundays!  When trying to decide what topic I wanted to do for my post, I tried to think about what I think I’m really good at.   What I came up with is, most people are really impressed by the amount of layouts that I have actually printed and how organized I seem to be when it comes to completing layouts.

I read somewhere that our children will be the most photographed generation and they won’t have any printed photos to show for it.  Isn’t that incredibly sad?   Printing my layouts has always been my biggest goal since I started scrapbooking.   I feel like documenting and preserving our memories is my job!

In 9 years of digital scrapbooking, I have printed 40 albums, as well as loose layouts (the first year of scrapping I printed loose 12×12 pages).   As you can see, I’ve tried different sizes, 12×12, 8×8 and I’ve finally decided that 8.5×8.5 is the perfect size for me.

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 I switched from loose pages to albums for a few reasons; cost (photobooks are so much cheaper), photobooks take up less space and I print chronologically.  I don’t always scrap chronologically, but I always wait until I have a certain time frame completed before I print. I do use loose pages for my All About Me album, because that will never be finished.

Just for a comparison on loose pages versus photobooks, the large scrapbook in the picture below on the left has 143 pages in it, May 16, 2005 thru April 2006.  There is a stack of 4 photobooks next to it that cover January thru December 2009 that all together have 476 layouts, an average of 119 pages per book.  And no, I didn’t count them, I looked it up from the printer I use.  LOL!    Being a space saver is a biggie for me, I don’t know about you, but I don’t have an entire room I can dedicate to scrapbooks!  LOL!

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Now, here’s where the organized part comes in.  I use ACDsee for all my organization, but you can use whatever system works for you.  I try to download my photos as often as possible and get them tagged before I forget what I want to scrap.

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I’m kind of OCD, I like my pages that face each other to match, so I use the same kit for those 2 pages, even if they’re different topics, like this.  I would have tagged these under August 2013 and then haircut/harper.

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Then the two page spread would just be the same kit, for each set of photos, like this.

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When I start organizing, I start by the Month/Year, and then I create subcategories for each event.  Then, subcategories in that event; like May 2015>Keira’s Birthday>Presents, Decorations, Cake, etc.

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I’ve even started tagging the kit that I want to use with each photo group, to save time, if I have one in mind.  If I’m really itching to get a book print, I just go through each two page group.  If not, I will jump around.  I will say, adding the kit I used or plan to use to each category really has helped me save time, sometimes I go back to a layout I did 6 months ago and I have no idea what kit I used to scrap it with, so then I have to search all over for it.

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One thing I realized I having problems with was all the random photos I was starting to have since getting a smartphone in 2013. The quality isn’t always great, I don’t want to have 20 pages with just one photo on them, that’s just not the way I scrap.  I played with a couple different ways to document those photos.  In 2014 I just did one huge, 2 page layout & included all the photos that didn’t really have a place.  I liked it, but I felt like I was missing the story.

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This year, after a lot of debating I decided to add a monthly pocket life spread to catch all those random photos and I can’t tell you how much I love it!  I feel like I’m not missing out on preserving those memories and I can still scrapbook the way I want to.

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I use to stay completely caught up in my scrapbooking, can you believe that?  I’m hoping to be again someday so I can work on other projects on my list, my All About Me album and my favorite recipes cookbook.

I hope that I have encouraged you to print your layouts and maybe given you some helpful tips on getting more organized to make it happen!    I promise, if you have  never printed a layout, there is nothing better.  Every time I get a new book in the mail, I fall in love with digi even more!

Thursday Treats – Video Games 7/09

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Did you know that yesterday was National Video Games Day? Of course, at my house pretty much every day is video games day! Long gone are the days of worrying about whether or not the games he wanted were rated E or then T. Now, the games of choice have names like Halo, Battlefield or Call of Duty. There are still sports games and racing games on the shelf, but new options like Dead Space and Titan Fall are letting a peek of his sci-fi genetic predisposition  shine through. Good to know all those hours of space movie viewing weren’t wasted!

Do you have a video gamer, either large or small at your house, too? If you do, maybe it’s time you scrapped their hobby or even your own if it’s YOU!

I found a few kits in the Shoppe you might use to do that:

 

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Have you scrapped about YOUR video gamer(s)? Link us up so we can give you some love!

In The Works Wednesday – 7/08

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Are you ready for some sneak peeks about what’s going to hit the Shoppe this weekend? I’ll bet you are!

 

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Let’s see a few of the layouts made by the SugarBabes so far…

 

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Now I know you all read in last week’s newsletter that the first of the newest designers will make her debut in the Shoppe this Friday… and I know that you’re all wondering who it might be…

 

you’ll just have to wait until Friday!

But I can show you a couple of layouts, one made with a scoop from her and Studio Basic and one with a scoop with Amber Shaw:

 

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I’ll bet I piqued your curiosity just a little bit, right?? Be sure to check out your newsletter on Friday night to see ALL the goodies hitting the Shoppe this weekend, the latest Free With Purchase Summer of Love collab AND the debut of our newest Sweet Shoppe designer!

 

Tuck It In Tuesday – 7/07

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I do have a wonderful job… spending time in the Sweet Shoppe Gallery and picking out pocket layouts that I love and hope will inspire you! I certainly had a lot of gorgeousness to look through this week!

Let me show you just a sampling of what is in there:

 

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Keep making my job difficult and enjoyable! Keep posting those pocket layouts in the Gallery for me to find. See you next Tuesday!

SugarBabe Sunday – 7/5

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We’re adding a fun, new weekly post during this summer! We’re having the SugarBabes hang out with Stacia and I on the blog. They’re going to post whatever they want. That could get pretty surprising, right? ;) This week we’re turning it over to Rebecca!!

Happy Sunday, my sweet friends! Today I’m sharing with you one of my family’s favorite summer desserts… Strawberry Dessert!

I originally received this recipe from my mom, who is an amazing baker. Our family enjoyed it and usually once a summer, she would make this recipe for our little family. It wasn’t until I made the recipe for my husband’s family, that is has become of the most requested items I make. My husband usually asks for it as his “birthday cake,” and my father-in-law will eat the whole pan, if his wife wasn’t watching him!

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The three layers consist of a cookie bottom (my mom sometimes adds chopped walnuts), cool cream cheese layer, and then a tart strawberry gelatin layer…blending together for a refreshing summer treat! Here is the recipe:

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And as a little sweet treat for you, I made three recipe cards for you to share your favorite recipes with others! Or slip them into your layouts/project life pages, documenting a favorite recipe of summer!

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 I used the following kits by the super talented, Heather Roselli:

Thank you for letting me share with you a family favorite!

Hugs and crafty wishes!

Rebecca aka mamabee

Thursday Treats – Show Me the Fireworks! 7/02

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This weekend is one of the several holidays in the United States where the celebrations often include fireworks (depending on where you live and the drought conditions, of course). These demonstrations can be up to 30 to 45 minutes long, might be set to blaring patriotic music and where I live are usually home to the largest mosquitoes you’ve ever seen. But there is something about the look on a child’s face when they see them for the first time.

Just in case you’re headed out to see your local fireworks display this weekend, I thought I’d pick a few kits you could use to scrap those photos:

 

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I also thought I would share a few tutorials I found about taking better fireworks photos:

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There are no fireworks for me this weekend or any other. My dog is a blubbering, shaking mess on any of the holidays with fireworks. If THIS is relevant to you, do check out Thunder Shirts for dogs. Absolutely amazing and worth every penny!

In the Works Wednesday – 7/02

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Can it really be July already? Doesn’t seem possible! But it’s definitely probable that the Sweet Shoppe designers are hard at work behind the scenes creating fun new goodies for all of us!

Let’s see what’s heading our way on Friday:

 

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The SugarBabes are always excited to get their hands on the new goodies so they can show them off just for you!

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So, have I piqued your curiosity??? Come on back on Friday night to see all of these goodies and MORE!

Tuck It In Tuesday – 6/30

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It was an amazing week for pocket layouts in the Sweet Shoppe gallery! One after another, after another… and they were all just gorgeous! We have some scrappers that outdo themselves each and every week.

Enough descriptions, let me just SHOW you a couple:

 

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See what I mean? Just gorgeousness! Pocket scrapping inspiration is always at your disposal.

Are you posting your layouts in the gallery so I can find them?

Featured Designer Friday – Cindy Schneider 6/26

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It’s time to put another of our Sweet Shoppe designers in the spotlight! Today, that light is shining on Cindy Schneider, resident template and layered card-maker extraordinaire.

Cindy is hosting a giveaway contest this weekend. Here’s how it will work:  If you would like the opportunity to win a $15 gift certificate to Cindy’s store here at The Sweet Shoppe (and who wouldn’t want that!), just comment here on the blog anytime between now and Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In your comment, mention one of your favorite products of Cindy’s, either one that you own or maybe one that you’d like to. Cindy will select a random comment after 9 pm and that person will win a $15 gift certificate. Easy peasy, right??

To get you started, I’ll share a few of Cindy’s more recent products as well as some layouts to show them off:

 

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So many products to choose from… pick one of your favorites and add it to a comment on this blog post. One lucky Sweet Shopper is going to be a winner!

 

Thursday Treats – No Place Like Home Edition 6/25

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We’ve been in DIY mode at my house recently, multiple trips to Lowe’s, gallons of paint, light fixtures, up to our elbows in screwdrivers and paint brushes. Over half-way done with the projects and so excited to see the progress. Time and money well spent!

I know I’m not the only one out there who is considering moving, selling their house, buying a new home or just working on do-it-yourself projects to fix it up.

I thought I might share a few kits that could be used to scrap about your own “Home Sweet Home”:

 

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How about you? Have you been working on any projects at your home recently?