Creative Memories Crop: Locally Grown

I am so excited to share that there is a Virtual Summer Crop happening today with Creative Memories. It is exciting because usually crops only happen in the Spring and Fall, but this year they are having one in the Summer! Yay!

The crop starts TODAY, July. 10th at 1:00 pm, so if you didn’t know about it but want to join in, its not too late!

How to Join

Go to Creative Memories Facebook Group to join, this is where they will post all of the challenges and where you can post your completed layouts. To see the schedule for this weekend you can go to the announcements at the top of the group.

The best thing about these virtual crops is that you can do it from the comfort of your home, AND you don’t have to complete the challenges immediately as they are posted, you have until Sunday, July.12th by 11:59pm Central Time to complete the challenges. If you only manage to complete a couple THAT’S OK! Whatever you complete will give you an entry into the draw for a prize for that challenge.

How to Participate

  1. Join the #CM Facebook Group
  2. Review the Virtual Crop 411 instructions
  3. Gather all of the Creative Memories Supplies (stickers/paper) that you have to complete the layouts (see below)
  4. Start working on the challenges as they are posted in the FB group
  5. Complete the challenges by Sunday July. 12th, 11:59 pm CST
  6. Wait for prizes to be rewarded to see if you won!

*If you are having a hard time finding the group or joining, Contact Me and I can send you an invite!

Creative Memories Supplies

In order to participate you must use Creative Memories products for each layout. In the group it says to use predominantly #CM supplies. If you don’t have any you can still complete the challenges using the layouts as inspiration, however you will not be eligible to submit for a prize.

If your interested in purchasing some supplies for the next crop (in August) or for personal use, you can visit Janet Laybolt’s Website to order! You can also contact her directly, she is our local consultant here in the North. She also conducts local crops as well and is hoping to do one this fall as long as the restrictions allow it. Stay tuned for that information coming in September. If you’d like to join the local Scrapbook Group on Facebook, that is where you can find inspiration, deals and more from two local consultants.

To read more on my personal experience with local crops, and for more information on what crops are and how they work, check out this post:

Virtual Crop 2020

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My Submission for a challenge in the April 2020 Virtual Crop

For the Virtual Crop happening today, I plan to work on some garden pages using the Locally Grown Paper Pack, and Locally Grown Stickers. This set features Veggies and Fruit in beautiful patterns which will work perfectly for all of my veggie garden pictures! An added bonus, if you like this set its ON SALE right now, and there are other garden paper packs too!

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Creative Memories Locally Grown Paper Pack

In my garden, I have experimented with raised beds, square foot gardening and green house gardening. I am so excited to scrapbook these photos and display how my kids have gotten involved in my passion for gardening! One of their favourite things to do in the garden is to water the plants.

I hope to share more on my garden experiences in the future. Northern gardening is a whole new way of gardening but I am happy to say I have found success with it! Stay tuned for that story!

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Best of luck with the crop this weekend! I hope you can get your creative juices flowing and have found some inspiration here to get started! If you have any questions please Contact Me, I’d love to chat!

We are Created to Create.

-Whit

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Scrapbook For Less

Being a Stay At Home Mom I am motivated to make my Scrapbook hobby time effective and affordable. Let’s be honest, there is so much to do everyday as a mom and around the home so unless its simple and fits the budget, its not happening! When starting a new hobby, it’s so easy to want to jump in and buy everything. Plus, there are so many gorgeous products out there so its very tempting to buy it all, however most people do not have the budget to do so. Although it may seem overwhelming at first, it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to get you started and help save you money.

Documenting life is preserving a legacy, if we don’t record it, it is forgotten.

The key to starting is figuring out why you are doing this and if scrapbooking is for you. For me, scrapbooking is about preserving memories and documenting life with my family. My kids are still so young, and I want to have something to look back on when they are all grown up. Documenting life is preserving a legacy, if we don’t record it, it is forgotten. That is why I have made it a priority, I never want to forget those precious moments and milestones with my loved ones.

Since we are a one income family, I knew I had to gradually build my supplies to keep it affordable for my family. Finding time is also key, however, for me, it has become my form of “self-care” so eventually I made sure to set the time aside to do it. Seeing the results and how my craft improved, book by book, gave me a huge sense of accomplishment. If you enjoy journaling, crafting and preserving memories through photos then scrapbooking will suit you. Before you get started remember this, it’s about Progress not Perfection!

It’s about Progress not Perfection

Let’s Get Started

To begin, I want to discuss how to get started on a memory book or scrapbook and maintain cost efficiency and time efficiency. This will take the guess work out of the process for you so you can get started right away.

First, you need a scrapbook to document and record memories. The way I have done this is to make my own Travelers Notebook inserts. #travelersnotebooks I discovered these about a year ago and am loving every minute of using them.

Check out the instructions to create these beauties here.
I made these for about $1.50 each.

The size of these books are 4.25” x 8.5”. They are a compact size so you don’t need a lot of patterned paper and embellishments to complete the pages. I used white printer paper for the inside pages, and patterned card stock paper or brown kraft paper for the covers. You can also add your patterned paper on the inside. If you have double sided paper then each side would provide a different look for each layout.

Second, you need some tools to get to work! There are lots of fancy tools out there, but these are the main ones you need to get started. I use these the most and couldn’t scrapbook without them. One thing to remember when purchasing supplies is to make sure they are acid-free or over time your photos will discolor and your books will be ruined.

Key Tools

  1. Paper Cutter
  2. Glue Runner
  3. Corner Punch
  4. Fine Tip Pens

Photos

Photo printing can be pricey, so I have opted to print my photos at home. I use an HP Envy Printer and subscribe to the HP instant ink service. This system is a dream! Whenever my ink is low, HP sends me a new ink cartridge in the mail. I always receive it before the ink runs out. I use 4×6 HP Photo Paper to print and it comes in 100 pages per box. When I calculated it, it worked out to be $0.15 CAD per 4×6 photo. The other nice thing with printing at home, and using the #TN size is that I can print multiple 2×2 pictures on one 4×6 sheet. The size of picture I use most in the #TN is 3×4, and I print two per sheet. This also saves a lot on printing, and I can print photos as I need them. So as I view the photos and see what I have, I plan out my layout then print what I need for that layout. It cuts down on waste big time!

To print 2×2 and 3×4 pictures, I use the Becky Higgins Project Life App. It was a game changer for me. It’s so easy to use, you can import your pictures from your phone and print them as a 4×6 photo with whatever size pictures on the page. It gives you options for various sizes and layouts to print.

The box below shows my favorite sizes to print. All three of these layouts print as 4×6 photos.

Documenting

Life gets busy and on any given day you’ll end up having so many photos to choose from, then wonder what the story was from those photos. My solution to this is to use the Collect – Photo, Journal Diary. It allows you to upload a photo and document the story for that photo on the specific day. When I got behind on my scrapbooks and just couldn’t find the time to sit down and work on them, I opted to document photos this way and it allowed me to easily go back and finish those albums. It’s a free app however it is only available on the iphone.

If you do get behind, and are finding it hard to document photos regularly in your albums, this is a very efficient way to stay on track. Another bonus with this app, is that you can print the photos with journaling and date in a 3×4 format. This was another game changer for me. You can export the photos into iphoto and they will print as two 3×4 images on a 4×6 paper. So I print them all out for that month, cut them into 3×4 and organize them by date to start catching up on scrapbooking that particular month.

Note: for my #TN I made one for each month.

Layouts

To complete the layouts in the TN I use stamps. Stamps are great because you can use them over and over, and create different designs and layouts by changing the ink color and position of the stamps. My favorite stamps to use are from Studio Calico and Scrapbook.com.

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My first Studio Calico shipment of stamps in 2018. My stamp passion begins!

Here are two examples of how I used stamps in my #TN and different color patterns to create layouts without using any card stock.

I have even been able to transform some of the Creative Memories layouts designed for 12×12 pages, into #TN pages. It’s so fun to get ideas and inspiration from their layouts. I absolutely love their paper as well! It’s double sided and thinner so it works well in these books. It’s not cheap, but you don’t need as much of it when using a TN size page. I’ve done multiple layouts using just one paper pack.

I’ve also found some nice thin paper from Walmart for $6.97 CAD a pad. It’s not double sided, but it works great on the printer paper because it doesn’t bulk up the book too much.

From front to back, that is how you make and design your own #TN albums for a super low cost. So far it is my favorite style of scrapbooking and has been the most budget friendly. I have even made them as notebooks for my kids to draw in or make an album of their own. My son made his own March album, we made picture stickers on photo sticker paper and he designed his own album. He also loves using stamps! It is so fun to be able to share the joy of scrapbooking with my kids and to document our life together without breaking the bank!

I hope this inspires you to try it! Now more than ever is a time to document our lives! There is no perfect way to do it, you just have to start!

I’d love to hear about what you are creating and if you’ve ever tried this #TN style before. Contact me or Comment below!

We are Created to Create!

-Whit

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