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Around Here | June 2015

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

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See more of my June on Instagram.

Around here I'm still on a scrapbook supply spending freeze.

Around here I thoroughly enjoyed National Donut Day.

Around here I've rearranged my schedule to find more balance.

Around here I'm working on living more and worrying less.

Around here she visited "the sea" for the very first time.

Around here I'm thankful that my BFF lives right on the beach.

Around here he loves mowing the lawn in a cross-hatch pattern.

Around here she continues to surprise and amaze us every day.

Around here we're already planning for her 4th birthday party.

Around here I'm thinking deeply about my One Little Word: grow.

Around here I'm wearing a Fitbit and working towards 10,000 steps.

Around here Stash Bash registration opens tomorrow.

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


Comfort Zone Scrapbooking with Michelle Wedertz

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


What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

One way that I simplify scrapbooking  is by sticking to what I know. I do not have to come up with a new and unique layout design every time I sit to down to create. I have a few designs that I am very comfortable with and I will often use them as starting points.

What problem does it solve for you?

This definitely helps me to stop overthinking things and gives me the freedom to just play with the paper and embellishments.

Why do you think it works so well?

I think this strategy is successful because not only do the layouts look different and unique, this drastically reduces my creating time and allows me to get my projects done quicker.

How can others get started with it?

You can be like me and go back to your albums and look for those favorite layouts that you have made before and use one of those as a jumping off point.

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June 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 3-photo, 12x12 layout which allows for an emphasized title and plenty of areas for embellishment. There are more than 225 sketches and templates instantly accessible when you become a Simple Scrapper member.


See it in action...

Here is an interpretation by Jennifer Larson that shifts the title to the left in order to highlight the word bubble on her page and add additional emphasis on her title.


Here is an interpretation from Allie Trumpower that shrinks the photo area of the sketch to allow for more journaling at the bottom of her page.


Here is an interpretation from Shannon Morgan that adds additional space between the photos and uses a variety of elements and paper layering to add texture to the overall layout.


Here's an interpretation from Amy Melniczenko that honors the original sketch but also adds a number of interesting elements that reinforce her theme.


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!


You’ve Never Used An Album This Way Before with Cathy Caines

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


What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

I decided to create what I call an 'In Progress' Album.  This album is where I keep my pages, photos and journaling until I transfer them over to their final spot amongst a chronological line of scrapbook albums. Still confused?  I always make sure the memorabilia is in chronological order. Each month is separated with a calendar.  In 2015, I used the calendars that my daughter’s daycare provided.  I keep her artwork in behind it and that’s my divider for the month.  Any photos I have printed in advance, I will decided whether or not it will belong to a traditional page or a Project Life page.  Each month, I usually have at least one divided pocket page that will be the “month in review”.  If a photo doesn’t need a whole page to itself, it will go there. There are also times that I do journaling in advance.  For example, a good friend recently fell ill and began compiling a bucket list.  This was something that I had never done before. I instantly I created one for myself.  It is now printed on a 12x12 and waiting for inspiration to arrive, along with the right picture. I use Post It notes to help with dates and important event information.

What problem does it solve for you?

The 'In Progress' album concept has allowed me to scrapbook and store my pages in a way that works best for me. I like my finished pages organized chronologically but I don’t like to scrapbook chronologically.   I also like to mix the Project Life style scrapbooking along with the traditional style pages.  In addition, I like to keep art and pages created by my children.  I was feeling overwhelmed and always “behind” – the 'In Progress' album has really helped me enjoy scrapbooking and has given me a sense of freedom like I have never felt before.

Why do you think it works so well?

This concept works because I am able to be inspired by anything.  I can be inspired by the story, the photo, my new supplies or a class and not feel hindered by ‘what month I am working on’.  There were times when I felt like I needed to scrap to “get it done” and that’s not what scrapbooking is about for me.

How can others get started with it?

All you need is an album, some page protectors and some sticky notes.  With some photos in hand, you can slide photos in the pages with notes scribbled on Post-Its to keep you organized.  It helps to do one month at a time.  I always suggest doing the most recent month first.  Go through the pictures of the month and print them in advance.  Once you go through this exercise once or twice, you’ll never look back.

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How to Organize K-12 School Memorabilia

A few days ago I wrote about how to be an organized scrapbooker. I shared a list of the concepts I consider foundational to getting organized and linked to our best posts on organization.

Our archive of blog posts on scrapbook organizing is even larger and includes additional pieces full of insight and inspiration. One of my favorites is a very thoughtful series written by Jean Manis.

Three-Part Series on Curating School Year Memories

In Preserving "K-12" School Work Memorabilia, Jean documents (in detail) the exact process she used to declutter, organize, and scrapbook her son's school memories.

Need extra support to tackle this one? One of the optional challenges in Stash Bash targets the common problem area of school memorabilia. This popular organizing event returns July 14 and registration opens soon. In the meantime, I've got a free class available to teach you the basics of simple scrapbook organization. Sign up for 4 free organizing videos.