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The Simple Way to Get Organized

Last year I put together as series of video lessons for the first Stash Bash event. These were a favorite of participants because they a.) were helpful and b.) featured cats as demonstration aids. Yes, cat videos!

I decided to update the best of that content, creating a free video series called The Simple Way to Get Organized. This is foundational stuff you can refer to again and again – and it will make you smile.

Free Video Series: The Simple Way to Get Organized

To get access to the first video, click here to sign up. You’ll also receive an email from me when subsequent videos are released. There are four videos in the series!

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Community Show & Tell

Each month our team works with the new membership materials to create inspiring layout examples. You can see their favorite layouts in the monthly team gallery.

Community Show & Tell at Simple Scrapper

To celebrate each month’s gallery reveal, we’re hosting a Community Show & Tell. The team will be linking up additional layouts posted to their blogs and galleries. Their entries will be noted with (CT) after their names.

You’re invited to join this monthly event by sharing something of yours. It can be any scrapbooking or card project you’ve recently finished and want to share.

Welcome to the Show & Tell

P.S. Don’t forget to leave some love in the form of a comment when you visit other blogs and to pin your favorites!

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August Membership Reveal + Free Calendar Printable

Our Simple Scrapper members are already enjoying brand new content for simple scrapbooking, but you can join today to get immediate access to the following:

  • The new issue of Spark, our membership magazine.
  • Membership in our active members-only Facebook group.
  • A suite of must-have planning tools for scrapbookers.
  • Five new sketches and layered templates, plus a huge library.
  • Access to our Focus scrapbooking productivity program.

August Membership Features at Simple Scrapper

Membership is the best way to receive support in your journey to simplify and focus on what matters most, in scrapbooking and in life. Our community is supportive and welcoming! Click to learn more.

This Month’s Inspiration

Thank you to Jamie Leija, whose layouts inspired two of our sketches in this month’s collection.
Adventure by Jamie Leija | Inspiring August's Membership at Simple Scrapper

NSD by Jamie Leija | Inspiring August's Membership at Simple Scrapper

This Month’s Free Calendar Printable

Each month at Simple Scrapper we’re sharing a new free calendar for you to download and print. Use it to jot down memorable moments and make creative time a priority. We’ve even included Simple Scrapper events, so you never forget!

New! The planner now has fill-in fields so you can type and print.

August Scrapbooker's Planner: Free Printable from Simple Scrapper

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How to Tell Your Story Visually

As scrapbookers we use photos, words, and products to tell our stories visually. But do all the parts of your page communicate the real meaning? It’s not always easy.

Developing visual storytelling skills takes practice, but can become an easier (even automatic) part of your process over time. Here are three simple ways to tell your story visually:

1. Create a logical photo flow – When you create a layout or a pocket page with multiple photos, place the images in a visual order that helps tell the story. It doesn’t even have to be chronological. The proximity of images to each other can also add a layer of meaning.

2. Make symbolic product choices – While I tend to shy away from thematic scrapbooking supplies, you can make intentional and symbolic choices among your timeless products. Look for patterns and embellishments that mirror your feelings for the photo(s).

3. Style your journaling blocks - The size and placement of the written story on your layout helps to convey meaning. A hidden story may indicate sensitivity or heartfelt feelings. A large block of journaling conveys importance and weight.

Would you love to master the skill of telling your stories visually? Beginning July 28, my friend Debbie Hodge is teaching a 5-day class with actionable PDF lessons and daily live events. In Visual Storytelling, you will “elevate your scrapbook page storytelling by applying visual design elements to traditional story structures.”

Visual Storytelling at Get it Scrapped

While you can pay for this class by itself, you can get Visual Storytelling for FREE when you become a member at Get it Scrapped before July 30.

Click here for details.

Disclosure: As a Get it Scrapped affiliate a portion of your purchase supports Simple Scrapper.

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Download a Free Issue of Spark Magazine | Limited Time Offer

Download a Free Issue of Spark Magazine | Limited Time Offer

Spark is the Simple Scrapper membership magazine, a monthly periodical that offers exclusive content to help you simplify scrapbooking. To celebrate this holiday weekend as well as reaching the second half of 2014, I’m giving away a sample issue for a limited time.

This downloadable PDF issue includes 5 exclusive sketches, 12 storytelling prompts, and 35 sample layouts from our talented creative team. Plus, the magazine features my personal introductions to creating space for scrapbooking and how to start feeling more focused.

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This link will expire at 11:59pm CDT on Tuesday, July 8.

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