Pages Scrapped in 2013

I was curious how many pages I scrapped in 2013, so I went looking through my files, and this is what I came up with. 205 pages. Not too shabby. Before I looked up these numbers I was feeling a little behind....a little overwhelmed at how behind I was...or thought I was. Now that I look at them I see 2 finished albums (Instagram and Lydia), an album that is almost finished (2012) and album that, even though I feel like is WAY behind, at least has 26 pages done (2013) and then Matthew, who isn't even home with us yet, already has 3 pages complete.

I'm going to feel good about completing 205 pages...because how can I feel bad about that?
Look at what you accomplished in 2013....not at what you didn't accomplish.

Arms Wide Open

Adoption: Digital Scrapbook Page
Across the Miles by Tracie Stroud and Amber Shaw

How can I miss a little boy I have never met? How can I long to hold a little boy I have never touched? Your smile melts my heart. My heart aches for aches for our family. We are not complete until you are home.

I had a little time to scrap on Christmas night after the festivities had died down. Everyone was playing with their new toys, and I decided to hop on the computer and scrap. I scrapped what was on my heart. Matthew. How I longed for him to be with us this Christmas, even though I knew it was impossible. I longed for him to open his presents, for him to be playing new games with his sisters, for him to be playing with his cousins at Grandma and Grandpa's sit on Grandpa's lap while Grandpa read him a story. 

Next year he'll be here. Next year he'll know the love of a family. Next year he'll be in my arms. I'm welcoming 2014 with arms wide open!


P.S. His pictures are blurry because I can't quite share them with you yet!

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to pop in and wish you a Merry Christmas! You all have been such a blessing to my family in so many ways. Thank you for supporting my business. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and very Happy New Year!

Info Newsletter Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Snapshots by Tickled Pink Studio


DIY: Chalkboard, Baby Shower, Christmas, Advent

A Savior is Born

This post is kind of a collection of some of the other (non-digi) crafty things I've done this month.  I always have grand plans of doing different posts for each project....but well, it never happens. There are just not enough hours in the day. The photos always just sit in their folder waiting to be blogged about. So today I'm going to share a few photos of some of the projects I've done around the house this month....before I forget about them!

First is my chalkboard. Remember my Christmas chalkboard from last year? Well, it was time to make a new one. I searched different Christmas chalkboard art on Pinterest and mixed and matched a few that I like, and I ended up with this.

Oh my goodness. Look at how much stuff I've added to my bookshelves! #homeschoolhastakenovermylife

Christmas Decor

I decided that this Christmas season we were going to start a new tradition. All the kids are going to make a Christmas ornament each year. When they are grown and have their own tree they'll get to keep all the ornaments they've made through the years. There were plenty of ideas on Pinterest, and we came across these pom pom ornaments, but we made them our own by using different scraps of ribbon I had on hand. I decided the twigs that I found in my back yard (free is awesome) needed some dressing up. We hung them on the twigs instead of the Christmas tree.

I decided to do an advent countdown with journal cards. I found these cards from Amber Shaw (no longer available), and they were perfect. I used Persnickety Prints to print them...they have a nice journal card printing option with rounded corners! Perfect. Each night, after reading different Christmas themed verses from the Bible and reading a Christmas book, we write down (on the back of the card) our favorite memory from the day. My plan is to keep the journal cards and make a little book out of them. It will be fun to look back on them throughout the years....this is another new tradition I've decided to start this year. I'm hoping all these new traditions stick....we'll see!

Pocket Scrapping Countdown Cards

The above photo holder usually holds Instagram photos. Since I had all those photos hangin' out I decided to make this little Instagram tree. It hangs on our magnet board downstairs...all by its lonesome with no other Christmas decorations. It's kind of cute. My 6 year old made the star for the top.

DIY Instagram Christmas Tree

And then there was a baby shower. One of my dear friends is welcoming a new little boy into the world any day now. I decided to utilize my chalkboard and use it as some of the shower decor (this was the day before I made the Christmas chalkboard).
Boy Baby Shower DIY Chalkboard

I made little onesies for her then used them, along with the leftover scraps, to make a little banner. Yes, I'm getting into sewing and applique a little I need another hobby. Actually, my girls are mostly getting into it. I just kind of do it when I need a break from scrapping or working!


Storybook Creator .page File Tutorial

If you use SBC Studio or Artisan, you are probably aware that Scrapping with Liz has *.page files that you can use in your scrapping program. But I understand that some of you need a little help on knowing how to use them.  Great thing is, the *.page file format works in Artisan, SBC 3.0 as well as SBC 4.0! How versatile is that?

SBC 4.0 and Artisan
If you have SBC 4.0 or Artisan, you should simply be able to click on the *.page file and it will open up in the program.  But what if you want to join a project you already have in progress?
Open up SBC4.0 or Artisan and go to the Home ribbon.  Select “Add page” and then select “From My Computer”.  Navigate to where you have saved the template you want to use, select it, and it will be added into your project.

SBC 3.0
If you still are using SBC 3.0, I’d suggest you check out Panstoria’s Artisan program to upgrade if for no other reason than it allows you to see thumbnails of all the page files in Explorer!  Plus it has a few other features that you’ll love. But if you’re sticking with 3.0 no matter what, here’s what you do. Again, go into the Home ribbon.  And then select “Import page”.  Now navigate to where the template is that you want to use and it will be added to your project!  Easy peasy!

Using the templates
Now you have the templates in the program and we’re ready to go.  When I turn Liz’s templates into page files for you, I try to make the photo spots “live”.  Actually, if it’s possible, I try to make all the major regular shapes live for you to use.  This will allow you to drag and drop papers into the spots and zoom in or out and move the paper around within the shape.  I love that!  How do you know what shapes are live?  If you click on it and a set of yellow arrows appears in the middle, the shape is live.  You can just drag your papers or photos into the shape.

What if it’s not “live”?  Some shapes are too difficult to make or are intended to be changed into elements available to you in a kit.  So, hearts, flowers, leaves, etc. aren’t live.  Substitute those with kit elements to your heart’s desire!  Sometimes you want to fill a shape with paper, though.  How do you do that?  

Select the shape you want to fill with paper that isn’t a live photo spot.  Select the paper/photo you want to use either from your Photos group our your Content group.  Right click on the paper and select “Fill selected shape”. The paper will fill that spot!  Yay!  You’re well on your way to making a beautiful page!!


A Few Pages

I've scrapped a few pages over the last month or so....not as many as I would have liked, but I'm plugging along.

Want to see them? Well, I'm going to show them to you right now.

I designed some infographic templates about a month ago, and I just had to use them right away. I went ahead and made our Christmas newsletter. And yes, that picture was not taken specifically for my Christmas newsletter, but I'm afraid it's all I'm going to get this year.

Infographic type scrapbook newsletter page
Info Newsletter Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Snapshots by Tickled Pink Studio
Lately, I've been in the mood to scrap current pictures. The next four pages you see are pictures from this October or November.

HIking Scrapbook Page
Template Revisited 17 by Scrapping with Liz
North Country by mle Card

Birthday scrapbook page
Capture Your December - Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Gathering by Amanda Shaw and AH Designs

Storytime Digital Scrapbook Page
Wavy Templates 1 by Scrapping with Liz
Storytime by Kristin Aagard

Love Scrapbook Page
Double Monthly Challenge Templates 11 by Scrapping with Liz
Thankful by mle Card and Tracie Stroud
 This was an artsy journal page where I felt like journaling out some of my adoption thoughts.
Adoption: Digital Scrapbook Page
Artsy Journal Templates 3 by Scrapping with Liz
Carry On Artisan Bundle by Tracie Stroud
Then I've still been slowly working on finishing my 2012 album....not doing a good job at it though! Only two pages in the last month. But I love them both, so that's good, right?
Nature Digital Scrapbook Page
Capture Your December Templates by Scrapping with Liz
In the Forest by SO Designers

Love: Scrapbook Page
Upcoming Free Template in Scrap 'n Art Magazine
That Girl by Sugary Fancy Designs
Hafta Craft Alpha by Bella Gypsy Designs
Eight pages aren't too bad I suppose. I finished a few current pages, a couple of 2012 pages, and then our Christmas's better than nothing! What did you scrap last month?

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