A Simple but Meaningful Page – Blog Lesson Learned

As a brand new blogger I hope you will forgive the fact that I had planned my next post and put it on my first post, but I have not gotten that post ready and I didn’t want to leave the blog dormant waiting to get to putting the photos together for that post so……I switched it up, lesson learned – no pre-planning for me in the blogging world.  Ladies and Gents, you will just have to bare with me and take each day as it comes.  Hey, that sounds like it might be fun anyway.  It will be anyone’s guess.

Here is an absolutely simple, simple, not fancy, very plain Jane page that is all about the story.  The story of my man!  One of the most important parts of Keeping Those Memories is the journalling, and the part I struggle most with.  I think because I really got caught up with the “pretty page” idea right from the beginning.  So I struggle to do both. And by pretty, I still mean simple and easy, just presenting the photo in more than a photo sleeve as I once did way back when.

I had this page made probably 3 ago (I can tell by the photos which were around that time), but I never could sit down and write the jounalling, but I refused to call it done until those words were written.  I attended a Creative Memories Suite Retreat a couple of weekends ago and there while in the Hotel Suite I was able to have the “quite” time I needed to collect by thoughts and get the words down (I actually wrote a poem for this journalling).  The corner paper is DCWV (one of my favorite paper lines), and the My Love with text journalling lines worked just perfect as a title and a place to MAKE ME sit down and journal.


I keep my in progress work in Creative Options organizers labeled with sticky notes so I can change them often.  This system has worked for me for quite some time now.  Because I have a busy schedule, I often have to leave projects unfinished only to return to them later.  This system sure helps me keep everything together for my series (which you will hear a lot about in the future) scrapping projects, as well as by what I need to finish the layout.  Sometimes it may be journalling, or a die cut I need to cut on my Pazzles electronic die cutter.  I might only have a few minutes to work on scrapping and I can just grab one of the organizers and work on what might fit in the available time.


I hope you will make a simple page that focuses on the meaning.  Let’s not get hung up on the design elements all the time.  Lets play with pretty paper, lets let the photos speak for themselves, and lets remember to document the moment, the feeling, or a story and let’s get a scrapbook page done.  Lets share our work with each other put a link to your page in your comment.

Happy scrapping, and remember it is all about THE MEMORIES.





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The Blog Beginning


I have been scrapbooking since about 1997.  I think I began at about the apex of the scapbooking heyday when there were lots of local scrapbooking stores, the shelves where packed at places like Joann’s, Micheal’s and Hobby Lobby.  But just before the products started getting really sophisticated.  As I write today, I believe the products are wonderful and great, sophisticated however beyond what many people can use due to skill level, financial ability, or time constraints and I honestly think this is what has led to the downfall of the industry.  I don’t think it is because people “now-a-days” don’t want to preserve memories, it is because the industry has made it much too difficult for them to begin and maintain this hobby in its current marketed form.

What was once fun, buying stickers for a Halloween page, initiating a “sticker sneeze” and telling a great story of how the photo subject decided on the costume and the things that happened on All Hallow’s Eve, have taken a backseat to trying to create this masterpiece work of art using gesso, paints and ink, layers of itty bitty pieces of paper, creating a visual triangle.  A 15-30 minute page has now turned into a work of art.  That is wonderful for those who have the time and ability to create these masterpieces, but we have to stop making those of us who do not have the time nor the talent ashamed of our work.  I would love to see some of the designers post on their blog a simple sticker sneeze page, or a page with matted photos and a story and nothing more.  If the goal is the memory it just does not matter what the page looks like, it really doesn’t.  Nothing brought this fact home better than Christmas 2014 when my son of 33 sat and looked at some my scrapbooks. Oh he had seen them before, but this was the very first time he actually “SAW” them. He has reached the age that the stories of his grandmother (no longer with us) his Aunt, (who help me raise him), touched him and he was honored to know he would become the future keeper of these memories upon my death. And I even found out through my daughter-in-law that he made a really big deal of them after they arrived home from visiting our house. I am by no means a designer, my pages have lots of sticker sneezes, lots of pages with matted photos and not much else.  I don’t think he gives a crap (scuse’ the language) where the butterfly is placed on the page or if there is a visual triangle (and I can tell you there weren’t any), he focused on the photo, the story (which was not written on the page, something I must now go back and correct – journaling has not been my strong point as I got so caught up in making a pretty page), and the fact that I put my heart and soul into keeping the memories of our family.  This is what it is about people!  THIS!  THE MEMORIES.

Remember where it started, Creative Memories, and how happy those first scrappers where with their blank white pages and their handwritten journaling all over the page, the stickers they started putting out to add a bit to the page. I was not initially introduced to the hobby of scrapbooking through Creative Memories like many people were, I began using other products. I have followed forums where through the years Creative Memories consultants have been the target of anger because Creative Memories consultants required the use of those products exclusively at their crops and function. I am here to tell you, I use ANYBODY’s product, because I use what I want to use, but let me defend Creative Memories consultants for a moment. They are operating a business. Just like any other business, they are not going to allow you to bring other peoples products to their establishment. I use to go to a Local Scrapbook Store, and attend classes. If the instructors project did not include 100% product that was sold in that store she could not teach the project, and would be required to alter it so that every item could be purchased at the store. Frankly I was there to learn the technique, not to learn to reproduce the exact project, but I understood why the store owner made this requirement. She didn’t make money off the class, she made money from the sale of the items used in the class when the attendees learned the project and wanted to make more. My point however is not about marketing, it is to stress that getting back to basics the Creative Memories philosophy of scrapbooking is not a bad idea. With all the stylized layouts, aren’t the current industry leaders saying (or at least implying) the same things Creative Memories consultants are currently ridiculed for by instructing us where to put things, using the color wheel, mixed media products, and all the complex page compositions and process videos published online.  Many of these things are way over some of our heads.  This prevents those of us who want to begin memory keeping from even getting started, it is to overwhelming to begin.  It no longer takes a couple pieces of card stock, a few stickers (or embellishments) and a story, to construct a memory page, IT TAKES AN ART STUDIO!!!!, and it shouldn’t. In this hobby of Memory Keeping/Scrapbooking, there IS room for both. Let’s accept all pages, all products, all people, lets unify this community not divide it.

So this is my new blog, dedicated to helping people create works of art, getting stories recorded, and get the photos displayed in ANY FASHION so everyone will feel good about what they have accomplished.

I hope you will continue to join me, I would love to read your comments, and maybe make some scrapping relationships with you all along the way.

Free Givaway

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For a free Simple Stories So Fancy collection…….

If you are brand new to scrapping go grab a photo a piece of any paper or card stock you have in the house, tell a story, and your first page is complete.   Link it up here by February 28th at 11:55 pm to win a great bunch of goodies.  In the comment section reference your link and tell a little bit about how you felt making the page and how you feel about the page.

If you are a seasoned scrapper, your challenge is to link up your first scrapbook page and in in the comment section tell us what you remember about how you felt while making the page, and how you feel about the page now, and what memories this page brings back to you.  You have the same deadline February 28th at 11:55.

The winner will be chosen by random.

Here is my first page. Sadly no one in my husbands family know who the people in are in this photo, and as you can see the mounted photo has been damaged. Such a good example of why we need to get our photos into albums and document, at the very least names and dates. Don’t let someone in your future go through your photos after you are gone, and wonder “Who are these people? Why are these people in a photo box of my ________?”


I would love to get this MEMORY minded community going, so your participation is greatly appreciated.


Next Post – Documenting a child’s sporting season.  EASY PEASY

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Challenge Entry # 3

Merry Christmas Eve everyone.

Today I am posting my third challenge.  This challenge is from Little Red Wagon their challenge 321 – Sparkle and Shine.  I created this paper decoration using mirror paper (shine) and glitter paper (sparkle).  It is too late to add this into this years decorating, but this has inspired me to create more of these for next year.

Here is my entry


I have one more challenge entry to post and then I will return to the blog “officially” on the first.

Have a very Merry Christmas everyone.  Remember to leave me a comment, and please consider following my blog.  Thank you.


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Challenge Entry #2

The second sketch challenge I stumbled upon was this one, and again the sketch really spoke to me.  During our 2015 camping trips I found myself photographing all of the flags flown at the campgrounds or places of interest that we visited.  These photos have been included on my regular camping pages, but I felt that they needed to have a page all their own to convey just how meaningful the American Flag is to me.  So this sketch seemed to work perfect to display some of my favorite flag photos.

Here is the original sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap

This is my entry


I don’t have a complete list of the supplies used but some of them are Doodlebug Designs Patriotic Picnic, Mosaic Moments grid paper, MME Necessities number stickers.

Remember my first “official” blog post will be on January 1, 2016, but until then, KEEP THOSE MEMORIES.


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Challenge Entry #1

I had not intended to start my blog until January 1 2016 (so don’t forget to check back then for my first “official” post, to find out who I am and what my blog will be about), however one of the goals I have set for myself in 2016 is to participate more with the online scrapbooking community, and one way to do this is to enter challenges.  This type of scrapbooking is way out of the box for me.  I have never entered a challenge (except for event participation either at paid events or online crops or withing forums), nor do I usually use sketches, but when I saw this sketch a page idea immediately popped into my head so I decided to enter.

Here is the sketch from Stuck?! Sketches

Here is my entry


I don’t have a list of all the products I used, but here is a partial list.  Worldwin cardstock, Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas, and flowers from Michael’s dollar bin.

Thank you for visiting, and don’t forget to come back on January 1, 2016 for the official launch of my blog.



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