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Membership Sale + This Month at Simple Scrapper

You have plenty of ideas and supplies for scrapbooking, so what I offer at Simple Scrapper is different.  I help you enjoy your hobby more, tapping into what you already have and satisfying something you're deeply hungry for: connection.

The membership at Simple Scrapper is not just about content or education (though that's included too); it's about support, community, and forward movement. We're a group of scrapbookers who care about our families, our stories, and each other. We want to make things that matter and have some fun doing it.

In celebration of National Scrapbooking Month, for the first time ever I'm offering a 6-month, non-recurring membership. I'd like to invite you to see what it's like to feel more connected to your hobby and a group of like-minded memory keepers, with no commitment required.

Membership includes:

  • Private Facebook group
  • Twice-monthly chats
  • New motivational tools each month
  • Huge resource library, including classes, eBooks, sketches/templates

Six months of membership is regularly $90. During May you can purchase a 6-month membership for 20% off with a one-time payment and absolutely no obligation to continue.

Become a member today, risk-free. If you find that the membership isn't a good fit, you may request a refund in the first 14 days.

Also this month...

May 7 - Story Starter™ Challenge posted
Create a layout on this month's storytelling theme (sneak peek: Leisure Time) for a chance to win 3 months of membership at Simple Scrapper.

May 11 - Photo Crush begins
Photo Crush is a FREE 7-day challenge to help you create a photo library you love. I know you need this! Register now.

May 21 - Free Sketch & Template posted
Every month in 2015 I'm sharing a free sketch and companion layered template from our membership archives. This is a great way to taste just one of the features of being a member at Simple Scrapper.

May 26 - Simplicity Hour chat at 8:30pm CT
Enjoy your hobby more when you join a group of like-minded memory keepers for an hour of casual conversation fostering connection, inspiration, and forward movement.

I also want to acknowledge this month's contributor to our membership collection of sketches and templates: Shannon Morgan. Shannon is a former creative team member here and creates lovely story-filled pages.

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Our team did some amazing page this month with the collection and with our new set of Story Starters. You'll be able to see a taste of their work on Facebook and Instagram as well as every example in the membership.

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Around Here | April 2015

On the last day of each month I'm sharing a personal recap that will also be included in my 2015 album.

Around Here | April 2015

See more of my April on Instagram.

Around here she's trying to rescue all the worms (thus proving she's mine).

Around here I worked hard, rested well, and didn't take many photos during April.

Around here I'm finally done transitioning the systems behind Simple Scrapper into Ontraport.

Around here she and I enjoyed our trip to Houston.

Around here we are looking forward to a date day in St. Louis.

Around here I enjoyed being a guest on the Paperclipping Roundtable again.

Around here she always wants to help.

Around here I'm working on being more easy-going. (Hint: It's not always easy for me.)

Around here he is excited that it's fishing season again.

Around here I decluttered and reorganized my clear stamps.

Around here I'm using the 15-20 minutes while he gives her a bath to scrapbook.

Around here we are enjoying making our new yard pretty.

Around here I still need to finish unpacking boxes from our November move.

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

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April Free Sketch & Template

Each month our members receive new sketches and companion layered templates, plus a digital magazine featuring these tools in action. This year I'm giving away a sketch and template set from our membership library every month on the blog.

This month's freebie is a 4-photo (or 6-photo), 12x12 layout with a grid of circular photos and lots of space for journaling. There are more than 225 sketches and templates instantly accessible when you become a Simple Scrapper member.

April Free Sketch & Template at Simple Scrapper

See it in action...

Here's an interpretation from Kimberly Kalil that uses a photo as the background:

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Here's an interpretation from Jamie Leija, swapping the long journaling for lists:

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Here's an interpretation from Allie Trumpower that removes two circles and replaces them with a 3x4 photo:

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Here's an interpretation from Jennifer Larson with a twist on the title and embellishment placement:

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If you use this design concept to inspire your own layout, please come back and leave a comment sharing your page. I can't wait to see how you make this your own!

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The No-Excuses Plan to Capture Daily Life with Jessica Upton

As part of our Simple Tip Saturday series, we're inviting fresh voices into the mix. Today we’re hearing from Jessica Upton with her simple tip.

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What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

I simplify scrapbooking by making it a part of my everyday life. By that, I mean I am always looking for new photos to take in order to document the big and small things that happen in our lives. I also write down the things my kids say and do every day. I love that I can look back thru my pages and always be reminded of how sweet their toes were when they were babies, the amazingly funny things they said as toddlers, their first attempts at writing their names as preschoolers, how bittersweet the first days of kindergarten were, the difficult days of finding themselves as tweens, of how middle school has some of the same challenges I faced and some completely new ones, and even the awesome relationships I have with them as they enter the teen years. I do something every day for my scrapbooking which makes it that much easier when I sit down to scrap. I also have a Sunday afternoon date with myself every week. This was my husbands idea (makes it even better, right?). From 3 p.m. on, I sit and scrapbook. We order pizza or Chinese so there is no cooking or clean up. I only stand myself up if a family activity comes along.

What problem does it solve for you?

It solves the problem of remembering the details. By writing something down every day, I always have good material to document with my photos. Scheduling time to scrapbook also solves the problem of making sure I have time in our busy schedule for me to spend on my hobby. Everyone knows that I have this time scheduled on Sunday so if they need help with homework or something else, they should ask before 3pm. If I don't have any other time during the week, I know that I will have a few hours of uninterrupted time on Sunday afternoon.

Why do you think it works so well?

I think that both regular documenting and scheduling time to scrapbook work so well for me because then I have no excuses. I always have material to scrap and time to do so. I make it a priority because it is super important to me and I love doing it. I love routine in all aspects of life though, so I think that helps. I don't want it to be a chore or I won't want to do it, but at the same time, the routine of Sunday afternoons makes my heart so happy.

How can others get started with it?

Write something down every day. Good or bad. Not every day is sunshine and roses and you will likely find that you love reminiscing about both later in life. Use a journal or your phone to keep these little notes in. Make it easy for yourself to find when you sit to scrapbook. Also, find a time that works for you to consistently work on your album. Then it becomes part of your routine. Try not to stand yourself up unless absolutely necessary.

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How to Decide Which Photos to Print for Your Scrapbooking

A version of this post was originally published January 10, 2012.

Printing photos is one of those sticky spots in memory keeping. It is a place where scrapbookers can get stuck if you don't have a game plan.

In this post I want to give you a work-backwards approach that will help you more easily and quickly decide which photos to print.

Selecting Photos to Print for Scrapbooking

1. Don't print everything. In this day and age, there is little need to print all of your photos. Even if you're not a scrapbooker at all, your photo album should include carefully chosen images that represent your life. The rest can be stored digitally. So before you try to make it 'easy' on yourself by just printing all your photos, I beg you to not to do that.

2. Consider the final medium first. Because printing is something we can do again and again, I find it helps to select several use cases for your photos first. Then, work from there. Have specific end-locations for your images in mind when determining which stories will be told and thus, which photos will be printed. Will they go in frames, in divided page protectors, in a mini album, on a multi-photo page or a single photo page?

3. Look for the juicy stories. If you're like me, you have a lot of 'pretty' photos. Those are the ones that should go in frames, rotating in and out, if needed. It is often the images that are less technically correct, less perfect that are more meaningful. Select images for your scrapbooking based on the emotions they invoke and the stories that pop to mind.

4. Decide on a rough design. For each use case, which is essentially a project, determine how many photos you will need. Use this number to narrow down your favorite images. If you get stuck, remember #3 to help you pick between choice A or choice B. Select a few more than you think you need, in case you change your mind later.

4b. If your photos are not already edited to your preferred degree (which could be none at all), now is the time to do that. If your images were already edited, you can skip this step.

5. Outline the sizing. Not every project will need 4x6 images nor will cropping down always work. If your project will need particular sizes, now is the time to do some cropping on the computer. Often, I find it easiest and more cost effective to print a selection of smaller images on one 8x10 print, which is a standard size.

6. Print. Whether you print at home or send them out, working systematically through each needed use of photos will make sure you print the right number and sizes without getting overwhelmed or stuck with too many photos!

Do you have a different system for deciding which photos to print? Share it in the comments.

Before you can print photos, you need to know where they are and what you have. In Photo Crush, a new free event at Simple Scrapper, you'll start to take control of your photo library in just 7 days.

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