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Stash Bash + This Month at Simple Scrapper

Three years ago I first had the idea for a fun, multi-day online event where you could get excited and "party with what you've got". I sat my husband down on the couch and I told him we weren't moving until I had a catchy hashtag-able name for such an event.

That night, Stash Bash was born. (This year's hashtag: #simplestashbash)

During this one-of-a-kind event you'll receive encouragement and accountability to use up, declutter, and organize your paper or digital scrapbook stash.

After successfully completing a Stash Bash, you will have a smaller stash, a cleaner workspace, and more motivation to make organization a habit.

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The Stash Bash scrapbook organizing party returns to Simple Scrapper this month - and registration is open!

Say "Yes!" to shrinking your stash and getting more organized.

Also This Month at Simple Scrapper

Here's what else you'll find at Simple Scrapper over the next month:

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

July 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.

July 27 - 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:

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And there's three from me...

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Our team did some amazing pages 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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This Month at Simple Scrapper

After a crazy May, I'm excited to start fresh for a new month and a new season. While June is often a time for scurrying off to new adventures, we'll be here when you get home and need that moment to yourself.

If summer is hectic for you, I find it best not to begin new projects and to simply to keep up with photo management and ongoing activities as well as tend to overdue tasks like supply organization.

If you're craving a summer documentation project, the simplest approach is often to do it all in a weekend or two at the very end. Look on it as a "summer summary".

I've got a big round-up of the best posts on organization coming up and here's what else you'll find at Simple Scrapper over the next month:

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

June 15 - 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.

June 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.

July 1 - Stash Bash registration opens
Our signature event to help you use up, declutter, and organize your scrapbook supplies returns this July. Registration will open July 1st for the popular, week-long stash challenge. Watch the hashtag #simplestashbash for tips and sneak peeks.

I also want to acknowledge this month's contributors to our membership collection of sketches and templates:

Camp by Cathy Callari

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Explore by Michelle Wedertz

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Florida by Katie Ehmann

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And there's two from me...

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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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Tour of the New Members Area

On April 1st the Simple Scrapper members moved into a brand new online home. If I've ever seemed quieter than usual recently, it's because this transition captured the bulk of my attention during the first quarter.

With this big project mostly complete, I wanted to offer a behind-the-scenes tour of the membership.

No matter what I write on the membership sales page, I know (as a customer of other brands myself) that you always wonder "but what do I really get?"

While this post can't re-create the value of community, it can demystify the resources members receive and the environment in which they are delivered.

Shall we begin? (You can click any image to enlarge it.)

A Peek Inside the Membership

The new membership site exactly matches the blog, sharing the same minimal design with lots of white space and crisp typography.

Logging In

The login screen let's you know that you're in the right place and also provides easy access to customer service should you need anything.

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Upon login you're greeted by name and presented with menus tailored to your access level. This site not only serves our members but is the home of our classrooms. Currently the only non-member classroom is for The Finishing Project.

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Navigating the Site

The content on the homepage exactly mirrors the navigation menu you'll find across the site, making it easy to see what is available and difficult to get lost.

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Member Interaction

Community is the heart of the membership program. Members are invited to twice-monthly private chats inside of a full-width chat room. Transcripts are provided for those who are unable to attend.

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The new site also boasts a simple forum that is used for focused (and organized) interaction during workshops, events, and small group sessions. This week our members are kicking off two new Focus Circles, small self-directed groups that last for a short duration. This session's topics are creative challenges and photo organization.

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This area of the site also provides instructions for accessing the closed Facebook group for members, which is the primary hub for day-to-day conversation.

Tracking Your Progress

Members, event participants, and workshop students have access to lessons in our customized classroom area. It was important to me to create a learning environment and not just download pages.

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Each classroom includes a welcome message with instructions, followed by a course outline. Most lessons have comments open, helping to facilitate engagement on the topics.

Every member is encouraged to begin by completing the Membership Orientation class, which introduces the entire member program in 12 lessons. The highlight of this class is a special self-assessment that's exclusive to the orientation.

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Students can easily track and see their progress for each class as well as contact me directly for one-on-one support.

Members get exclusive and immediate access to Focus, my scrapbooking productivity class. In 12 video lessons with companion worksheets, you'll learn fundamentals of simple, focused memory keeping.

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Members also receive access to Start Fresh Anytime, a DIY planning e-course, inside of the classroom area.

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Accessing Resources

The Resource Library is key feature of membership, providing anytime access to a depth and breadth of tools for scrapbooking.

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I love planning and believe that making lists is crucial for making things happen. Members have access to our current workbook and planner as well as a library of other planning worksheets.

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Each month members receive a new issue of Spark, our 60-page member magazine with exclusive articles and layout examples from the creative team. Inside of the member area, you can access the entire back catalog of issues.

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A big feature of membership is the Sketch & Template Library. Each month members receive five new page designs, both sketch and layered template versions, to use as layout starting points. The entire library of nearly 250 sketches is indexed and filterable by various parameters, such as number and size of photos.

Plus, there are annual PDF sketch indexes that are perfect for loading to a tablet and cropping away from your computer!

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Sketches and templates are not only provided for 12x12 page sizes, but also 8.5x11 and double-page versions of each.

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Each month members also receive a new set of storytelling prompts, coupled with a gallery of examples from our creative team. Previous prompts are indexed on the site and there's also PDF compilations to use on-the-go.

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This year we're also building a library of Jumpstart challenges. A new challenge that couples design and story directions is posted every Friday. Though these aren't technically a class, they are built into our learning management system to make tracking your progress easy!

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The Jumpstarts help members utilize the Resource Library in creative ways, using creative team layouts as the inspiration from each set of directions.

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Members also have access to a suite of bonus resources, including eBooks such as Story-First Scrapbooking, Simple Scrapbook Organizing, Everyday Storyteller Volume 1, and Everyday Storyteller Volume 2.

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Plus, I've also included instructions for 27 diverse papercrafting projects!

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Though the membership launched in 2011, this is really just the beginning of the 2.0 era. I'm excited to have a great platform on which to continue delivering high-value content and experiences!

I would be remiss if I didn't also mention mobile devices in this post. There were many great reasons for this re-do, but improving the experience for members visiting from their tablets and phones was one of the biggest.

Both the blog and the member site are fully responsive and will continue to be optimized with various devices in mind!

Do you have any questions? I'd be happy to answer anything at all in the comments on this post.

And if you're now sold on the benefits, I'd also be happy to have you become a member today.

 

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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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Photo Crush: A New Free Event

The logic of the scrapbooking process is simple.

In order to scrapbook, you need photos. But to have photos ready, you need to know where they are and how to find what you want.

Darn.

You are so not alone if your photo library is a mess and you feel overwhelmed just thinking about organization. Even as an educator in this industry I wish my digital photo library was in better shape than it is.

The commonality of this challenge is why I decided to create a brand new FREE event. I want you to gain control over your digital photos, so that you can enjoy your hobby more.

Photo Crush is a 7-day photo organization challenge to help you escape from photo chaos and create a digital photo library you love.

Photo Crush

 

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