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Around Here | September 2014

On the last day of each month I’m sharing a personal recap that will also be included in my Project Life album.

Around Here | September 2014

See more of my September on Instagram.

Around here I’m addicted to the beautiful light during this time of year.

Around here the crisp air has me bringing out the flat iron more often.

Around here she and I have been to our first Illinois football game.

Around here she’s obsessed with all things pink and princess.

Around here she’s growing so fast and in the 98th percentile for height.

Around here we’re filling the spaces in life with the house hunt.

Around here I’m trying not to feel anxious about it. So hard.

Around here he’s being a patient and supportive husband.

Around here we’re grateful to be able to take time away just for us.

Around here I’m thrilled to see and hear this again after eight years.

Around here I’m a little bit obsessed with pineapple mojitos.

Around here I’m preemptively holding strong against new projects.

Around here I’m taking two classes and doing a lot of homework.

Around here I’m eager to spend more time writing during October.

How did September treat you? I’d love it if you shared one highlight, challenge, or realization in the comments.


Simple Instagram Photo Books with Artifact Uprising

I could tell just from the name that Artifact Uprising was going to be a different kind of company. The brand has a boutique, modern feel but the prices say “This is for you, too”.

You wouldn’t know it from the quality though.

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Right before Emily’s third birthday I had that typical panic. Another year had passed and what does my scrapbooking show for it? I’ve taken a lot of photos, but I’m in progress on so much.

Normally I’m totally OK with that, but this rapidly-approaching milestone had me searching for a simple solution. I wanted to feel caught up, even if I wasn’t.

So I decided it was time to finally try that cool new company, creating two 5.5.x5.5 Instagram photo books.

Simple Photo Books with Artifact Uprising

I love how this size is so holdable, perfect for big and small hands alike. Your images are printed on 100% post-consumer page stock with a matte finish. It’s eco-elegant.

Simple Photo Books with Artifact Uprising

In this size of book there are just a few page style options, but a limitation on choice makes it so easy to create. I put together my first book in less than 30 minutes.


I made two books, Emily at Age 1 and Emily at Age 2. I was able to import images directly from my Instagram account and select which ones I wanted to use.

Simple Photo Books with Artifact Uprising

I love the full bleed images the best and want to do a book with just those and lots of words. Swoon.

Simple Photo Books with Artifact Uprising

There are lots of options for photo books today, but Artifact Uprising gets simple right. So love that!

Photo Book Giveaway & Discount

Use the form below to enter for a chance to win a 5.5×5.5 Instagram photo book of your own. Upon entering, you’ll also receive a special discount on your next purchase at Artifact Uprising. Please enter by 11:59pm MDT on Sunday, September 28 to be eligible for the drawing. Note: Only residents of the lower 48 United States and Washington, DC are eligible.

The giveaway has closed. The winner is Carolyn Drumheller.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, but I paid for my books.


10 Myths About Scrapbooking: Busted

Somewhere along the line scrapbooking picked up a reputation. The thing is, the ideas you have in your head about scrapbooking may not jive with reality. Scrapbooking today looks a lot different than it did 5, 10, or 15 years ago. It’s fresh, modern, and can be customized to fit any lifestyle.

10 Myths About Scrapbooking: Busted

1. Scrapbooking is expensive.

You can create beautiful scrapbook projects on a budget and without a lot of supplies on hand. It’s easier than ever to keep it simple and basic.

2. You have to be creative to scrapbook.

With the tutorials and ready-to-go ideas available on the Internet, scrapbookers today can rely on the creativity of others to get inspired and create skillfully.

3. Scrapbooking takes too much time.

Technology is the best friend of today’s busy scrapbooker. From editing photos while waiting at the doctor to ordering a photobook from your iPad, scrapbooking today can be super fast if you want it to be.

4. Scrapbooking requires a lot of space.

You don’t need a lot of fancy tools or unlimited storage space to be a scrapbooker. You can even scrapbook with just your computer – only hard drive space required!

5. Scrapbooking is difficult.

Scrapbooking today can be anything you want it to be. At its core, scrapbooking is about combining your photos with words that tell a story. It’s your story, so your rules apply!

6. Scrapbook supplies are not my style.

There’s far more to scrapbook supplies than the cutesy and feminine items you see at the hobby store. Whether your style is artsy or ultra modern, or anything in between, today’s scrapbooking products can fit any personal aesthetic.

7. Scrapbooking requires a fancy camera.

This is not so! So many scrapbookers today use photos taken with their phone for most of their pages and projects. The best camera is the one you have with you.

8. Scrapbooking is for older people.

Scrapbookers today are not just empty nester moms. From college students to great-grandmothers, you can be a scrapbooker at any age and with any lifestyle.

9. I’m too far behind to start scrapbooking.

Scrapbooking is a way to celebrate your memories, but there’s no right way to be a scrapbooker. You can start any time and with any project. You don’t even have to scrapbook events in order.

10. Scrapbookers are weird.

We’re moms, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, friends who take pictures. We’re just like you. We love our lives and our families and don’t want to forget a single moment!


Workshop Giveaway: Quizapalooza with Angie Lucas

You love telling stories, but sometimes the act of journaling can get in the way. How can you get memories out of your head and on to paper?

Prompts can make journaling so much easier. And really good prompts, they can make it feel like the words just spill out of you.

I believe in using tools to simplify scrapbooking, so I was excited when Angie Lucas asked if I would share her latest workshop at Big Picture Classes with you.

Giveaway: Quizapalooza with Angie Lucas

Quizapalooza is a 5-week interactive workshop that makes it simple to share meaningful stories in your scrapbooks, journals, and Project Life albums—or even via your blog or social media channels.

Angie has carefully curated more than 180 questions to help you capture fascinating tidbits about all areas of your life. Class begins this Thursday, September 18!

Free Sample Quizzes

Would you like a taste of Quizapalooza? Angie has a free set of five printable quizzes for you. Use these ideas to uncover story ideas for your next scrapbook layout.

Click here to download.

Workshop Giveaway

For a chance to win a seat in Quizapalooza with Angie Lucas, leave a comment on this post by 5pm CDT on Wednesday, September 17. One participant will be randomly selected and contacted directly with prize claim instructions. This post will also be updated with the winner’s name.

The giveaway has closed. The winner is #22, Carmelle Landreville.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you register using a link in this post, a portion of your payment supports the free content here at Simple Scrapper. If you are the winner and have already registered for Quizapalooza, your payment will be refunded.


What to Do if You Really Want to Get Things Done

A few weeks ago a friend came over to split a Project Life kit and of course, to scrapbook. We chatted, had lunch, and then set to work. She made two pages and I made just one.

You might be surprised to learn that was the first time I scrapbooked with anyone else in the room. By the time I came to the hobby, there were no local stores left in my town and thus no crops to attend.

I’ve done fine scrapping solo and truthfully it suits my personality. However, I always wondered if the energy of a group would feel different, in a positive way.

It totally did.

What to Do if You Really Want to Get Things Done

Almost immediately I noticed an ease from being able to talk about scrapbooking with someone who gets it. While my dear husband totally supports me, he doesn’t have a lot of interest in discussing which holiday lines are the cutest.

More importantly, being in a scenario where the objective is scrapbooking forced me to focus. I couldn’t escape to the computer and get lost in a sea of business emails and Pinterest inspirations before I even got started.

I had to face the blank page and simply begin.

While I do often use sheer force of will to start, it was actually easier and more pleasurable to set myself up for success in this way. Much to this introverted girl’s surprise, being around other people was (dare I say it) fun and actually made me far more productive!

The thing is, if I really looked deeper I already knew this to be true. It just took seeing it in real life to acknowledge what was already, actively happening online.

I witness the energy and power of groups every time our members come together for a chat or meet in our private Facebook group. I observe the capacity for rapid, dramatic progress and breakthrough moments every time I lead events like Start Fresh and Stash Bash.

People coming together – online or off – can be transformative and empowering. Choosing the group experience over going it alone all the time can make accomplishing your goals even easier.

Today is the last day to register for Stash Bash.