Friday, February 26, 2010

WIN a Simple Stories scrapbook kit!!!

Want to play? The rules are simple...

Leave a comment (with your Twitter name, email, website, etc.) and that's it!

OR Tweet this:
WIN a Simple Stories scrapbook kit---> Leave comment and retweet! (via @ohiodh)

AND the more you retweet, the more chances you get to win. Make sure to add @ohiodh so I can see your tweet to enter. If you don't want to win, but feel like sharing the giveaway details, leave @ohiodh out of the tweet.

The winner will receive a Simple Stories Life Documented Kit by MemoryWorks: 30 double-sided element cut-apart cardstock pieces (monthly title & journaling cards, quote cards, mats, page elements, title & border strips), 4 12x12 double-sided designer cardstock patterned paper, 6 4x6 printed transparency photo overlays, 1 12x12 alphas & elements cardstock sticker sheet. (Retail price $16.99)

Take a look at my latest Simple Stories layout:

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Simple Stories Creation: 3 years of Life Documented 2007-2009

Welcome to Scrappin' Memories 4U and the MemoryWorks Simple Stories Blog Hop! Hope you are enjoying the creations by MemoryWorks Consultants and if this is your first stop on the hop, prepare to be inspired by the Simple Stories Life Documented Collection.

Simple Stories is exclusive to MemoryWorks and gives scrapbookers the opportunity to document a year of life (or more) easily and guilt-free. Many of us are busy with family, jobs, housework and tend to put scrapbooking on the back-burner. I am guilty of this, but have been nourishing my hobby as I've been using Simple Stories (now housework has been on the back-burner and I haven't seen the bottom of my kitchen sink in about a week).

The scrapbook I have been working on includes three hectic years of my life: 2007-2009. My oldest daughter started school, my youngest daughter was born and I've been trying to keep up with life ever since. My above scrapbook layout is the first page of my Simple Stories scrapbook and here is how I did it:

I selected a sheet of cardstock from Simple Stories.

Then I cut out "Life Documented" from the cover of the Simple Stories kit.

Using a piece of paper, I drew a large 3, cut it out and chose my photos.

I created a stencil by taping the 3 with photos and
tissue paper to my window (you can also use a light box).

After attaching the tissue paper to cardstock, I used a craft knife and straight-edged ruler to make a frame for the photos.

I matted the 3 with Prism cardstock, tore the edges of another
sheet of Simple Stories cardstock to border the layout,
added text and embellishments with Simple Stories stickers.

My page is complete. Take another look before hopping over to the next blog:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Scrapbooking in Ohio and Michigan: 2010 crops, retreats, conventions and more

March 11-14, 2010
Scrapbooking Retreat Weekend
Trout Creek in Harbor Springs, Michigan
$186-237 weekend

March 20-21, 2010
Scrapbook Show & Garage Sale
Macomb College Expo Center in Warren, Michigan
$3 ticket, $40 crop party fundraiser

March 26-27, 2010
Memories Scrapbooking Expo
Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio
Online registration available until March 19
$10 ticket, $8 pre-registered, $15 two-day pass
$20-30 classes, $25 crop

April 23-25, 2010
Shop & Crop Weekend
Garland Lodge & Resort in Lewiston, Michigan
$89 Saturday (no lodging)
$189 Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday
$255 weekend

April 24-25, 2010
Adventures In Stamping
Northern Ohio's Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Convention

John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio
$7 ticket, $6 pre-registered, $10 two-day pass
$28-48 classes

May 6-8, 2010
Great Lakes Mega Meet
Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Michigan
Registration begins in March
$10 ticket (cash only), $8 pre-registered
$31-51 Passport packages (three-day pass)
$12-40 classes, $15 crop

June 24-27, 2010
Scrapbook Mega Retreat
Kettunen Center in Cadillac, Michigan
$275-325 per person

August 6-8, 2010
Summer Sugarcreek Getaway
Carlisle Village Inn in Sugarcreek, Ohio
Registration begins April 11
$159 weekend

September 24-25, 2010
Scrapbooking & Stamping Show
Kalamazoo Expo Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan
$5 daily admission

October 1-3, 2010
Fall Sugarcreek Getaway
Carlisle Village Inn in Sugarcreek, Ohio
Registration begins in June
$159 weekend

October 23-25, 2010
Shop & Crop Weekend
Alpine Lodge in Gaylord, Michigan
No tickets needed

November 12-14, 2010
Scrapbooking & Stamping Show
Birch Run Expo Center in Birch Run, Michigan
$5 ticket, $85 three-day pass
$35 Friday crop, $50 Saturday crop, $5 Sunday crop

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*Please leave a comment if you have attended any of these events or if you are thinking about attending an upcoming show or retreat.*

Thursday, February 11, 2010

How-to scrapbook with MemoryWorks Simple Stories scrapbooking kit

After waiting many months for MemoryWorks to launch Simple Stories, the day came (1-15-10) and I ordered the Life Documented Collection, along with a We R Memory Keepers hybrid album, cardstock and additional page protectors. The package arrived a couple weeks later, giving me a chance to finally play around with the kit.

I read over the kit directions, cut apart the double-sided elements and then let my creative ideas simmer for a bit.

Three years of family photographs have been hiding in albums, with many screaming to get out. I still needed to decide which year to use in my Simple Stories scrapbook. In the past, I documented each year in a scrapbook, but stopped after finishing 2006. A severe catch-up was in order. Flipping through the photo albums, I noticed that some months didn't have pictures in certain years, while other years did. Ding! Ding! I can see the light! Combine all three years into one scrapbook. Yay! Weight lifted off my shoulders. 2010 may be the year where I am completely caught up with my scrapbooking. Yes, that is my goal and it is within reach all because of Simple Stories. Thank you MemoryWorks!

Now that I decided to use photos from 2007-2009, I chose an average of 10-12 photos per month. As of right now, January only has seven, but April has 25!! Playing with the photos and elements, sticking them in the various sizes of pockets, I realized that I must think outside the box. Vertical photos + horizontal page pockets = photos cut in half.

No problem. Good solution. Moving on to adding embellishments.

And now I'm a flower.

Scrapbooking with Simple Stories is a success so far. Please check back as I will continue posting as I scrap. I encourage you to learn more about the Life Documented Collection when you visit Order your kit today at

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My list of scrapbooking tweeters Part 2: Things I've learned on Twitter

twitter Made with My Cool Signs.Net

1. Blogs are not personal diaries. A year ago I would have told you that blogging is not for me. My life can be full of drama at times and my reaction to it can be a bit comical, but I'd rather keep that information to myself and not share everything with the world. I joined Twitter on March 27, 2009 as a way to chat with friends and family and once my Crackberry, I mean Blackberry, replaced my regular cell phone, my Twitter usage changed tremendously. I started following other scrapbookers and began checking their blogs. I soon realized that blogs can be anything you want them to be so I started my own scrapbooking blog. Below are a few that I check regularly and more can be found on my blog list (scroll down to bottom of page).

@lainehmann's blog is a favorite of mine and incorporates life with scrapbooking.

@ScrapTiffany's blog is jam packed with great information and inspirational layouts.

@BoBunnyPress's blog is full of whimsy, craft ideas, regular contests and a free monthly download.

2. Scrapbookers are super nice, funny people that love to tweet.
Most of the scrapbookers that I follow are creative moms who share stories, layouts and other helpful information via Twitter. I have been inspired by many scrapbook tweeters to create, write, design and blog. Here are some recommendations: @ktscrapbooklady, @NancyNally, @UnKit, @GetItScrapped. Go to @ohiodanielle/scrapbooking for more scrapbookers who use Twitter. And I must make a note here to say that not all scrapbookers are women. I found Eric Erickson on Twitter who is the man behind When I first came across @loadofscrap, I knew this person had a sense of humour to come up with such a clever name that makes me think of something other than scrapbooking, but hey, if you drop the S, I'm "Crappin' Memories 4u." Sorry, if I offended anyone, but that has been on my mind for so long, I had to share it here.

3. There are many places on the web to have fun with photos. Thanks to @10craftyfingers, I found a list of "Free Software for the digital darkroom." I downloaded Picasa and organized all my computer photos and edited many of them with ease. More photo fun came from @aliedwards when she requested a link to "create words out of random photographed letters" which lead me to Flickr Signs and Letter Photography. As a traditional scrapbooker with all these new tools, I can't help but think that I will eventually turn into a digital scrapper. I love playing with paper and have the patience to sit for hours doing precision cutting, but I also freak out if the anything goes wrong with the computer and would totally lose it if I lost my digital pages. I know I need to get over that and I will, eventually. Until then, I continue to cut and paste with real scissors and glue.

4. Scrapbookers must protect their work when posting online. The internet SHOULD be for sharing, NOT stealing. This brings me to copyright infringement, a topic brought to my attention by @ScrapbookLatino. (Note: @ScrapbookLatino is now @HacerScrapbooks). There will always be bad, rude, annoying people in the world and one of them blatantly stole from another crafter. @ScrapbookLatino's tweet "A crafter's cautionary tale about copyright infringement" directed me to Cindy McVey's blog. You can read her story here. Cindy's story is a reminder that what you create, write, design, or whatever is yours and yours alone. Your stuff belongs to you, protected by law and no piece of paper needs to say that. With that being said, Cindy recommends that you need to protect your work with watermarks and refer to CopyGator and MyFreeCopyright for added security- something I plan to do very soon and before I post any more of my photos or designs.

5. I need more time. The more people I follow, the more links I want to click, the more blogs I want to read, and then I learn about all the scrapbookers on Facebook. Ugh! I just don't have the time and Twitter is a constant reminder of that. I really should be spending more time scrapbooking and not just talking about it. After all, scrapbooking is my passion and it makes me happy when I take the time to do it...And I will, tomorrow.