Friday, November 19, 2010

Gift Idea

Looking for a fantastic, heart warming gift? Have a family member that has everything and you don't know what to do? Have family members out of state or out of the country? I know just the gift! You heard the saying " A picture's worth a thousand words", well a digital album is super easy to create and will leave them speechless. The new Creative Memories Storybook software is easy to use, affordable, and comes with preloaded page layouts and elements to help even the those that have never done a page in their life, able to create beautiful albums.

Anyone that purchases from me, can contact me any time for assistance on page layout or album ideas.

Grandparents would love a brag book. An easy way to put one together is to create one two page layout for each month of the year. Simply high light one activity for that month and include photos and journaling. Once you have the album put together in the software you simply upload it and Creative Memories prints AND binds the book! TADA - a fantastic gift for generations to come.

How about a family recipe book? Or a family history book? Put together all the information on your family tree and share it with your siblings. Include photos and birthdays.

BABY GIRL quick kit (go to my site, click on SHOP/ Photo Solutions / Quick Kits / Baby Girl 12 x 12 Quick Kit. Specifications12x12 PicFolio™ Photo Album with 32 Side-Loading Sleeves 32 predecorated pages 1 sheet of clear title stickers in brown 3 sheets of die cuts with ready-to-stick foam tabs that add dimension. All of this for just $69.00!! This quick kit allows you to simply slide your photos right into the pockets and you're done!
JOURNAL JAR  This is so amazing. I bought one and just love it! It is a gorgeous, sturdy, beautiful jar comes with a little notebook to journal on. Specifications: A cream-colored ceramic jar with a decorative handle A pad of 40 perforated journaling boxes held together by a sheer ribbon Features: Sheer ribbon holds an enameled charm bearing the words “Life’s Moments”. This amazing jar is JUST $12.50 (was $25!). Be sure to check it out. Wondering how to use it?
  • Give it to a grandparent and ask them to write one thing about themselves every day and put it in the jar.
  • Give it to a teen and tell them to write something good about their day. Hard to be depressed when you keep a jar of happy thoughts near you! 
  • Watch your baby grown - write down their daily accomplishments! They grow so fast. 
  • Tend to think of great ideas and then forget them? Write them down and throw them in the jar. 
  • Place it on the gift table at a wedding, shower, etc and have the guests write prayers/memories etc on them and put them in the jar. Seal it up and give it to the guest of honor at a later time.

Monday, November 1, 2010

60 Day Challenge

Good Morning friends! I belong to a great scrapbooking group called ScrapbookingPizzaz and Esther and I were discussing challenges. She was inspired to start a journaling challenge.

This is the challenge:
Write in your journal area that you have chosen, weather it be online, in a book, in WordPad on your pc (or in your blog).  Remember it's your choice where you journal...

11/01/2010 - Todays Challenge:
Your thoughts and opinions on this topic:  Everything happens for a reason, right?
I absolutely believe everything happens for a reason. I can look around me and see where choices were placed in my life and I acted on them. Some positively and others I regret. Sometimes I regret acting and sometimes I regret not acting on them and not following my gut. 

For example, almost seven years ago I was single and going through a hard time. My then teen aged daughters literally bullied me into joining, totally against my will. I 'met' a few guys on there and they seemed nice enough, but none that I really felt a connection with. Mostly, I felt they were just players. My 30 day free trial was over and I was going to just delete my account when my girls absolutely challenged me into actually purchasing a membership. The next day I had a message from another member. 

There were major changes in my life that led up to that point. I had to move from everything I knew to a state I knew hardly anything about. I had to end a long term, bad for me relationship and take a huge step of faith. I had to find the confidence to actually meet the man behind the text. I look back now and see that because I took a chance at each fork in the road, I am now where I am. I took a chance on a man I met online, a very scary proposition and one I don't actually recommend, I am happily married and and added a young stepson to the family. 

It isn't always easy to see why things happen, sometimes we may never know why. It is always easy to know that God is in control and even when difficult things happen, He is there. I had a difficult childhood. I don't hold any grudges or animosity. It made me the strong, independent, reliable woman I am today.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Photo Ready Album!

Beautiful handmade girls scrapbook album!

This is a 20 page pre-made, hand designed scrapbook complete with photo ready, unique layouts just waiting for your gorgeous memories. 

This album is made to treasure all of your little girls photos. There are a ton of photo mats! All that you need to do is personalize this album with your photos to treasure for a lifetime! 

Filled with stickers, embellishments, ribbons, tags, flowers and more.
Very 3 dimensional.

Album is filled with 20 - 12x12 inch pages all in page protectors. Pages can be removed and reorganized in the order that pleases you. 

All items are photo safe and come from a smoke and pet free environment. This album would make a wonderful gift for:

  • any little girl
    • a princess
    • a teen girl
    • a new mom
    • an amazing birthday gift - no one else will be able to give her this album! LOL 
    • a wonderful niece
    • a girl struggling with self esteem issues - what better way to boost it than to help her PROVE her happy times and wonderful life!

      Imagine the cost of making an album like this:
      $25-35 for the album alone
      $50 in paper
      $50-100 in embellishments and some are hand made and designed by the creator!

Ships in a priority box.
Click on album to go to it.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Family Lost Everything to Fire :(

Hey scrapbooking friends and family, there was a horrible fire here tonight and a family needs your help. Matt and Dana, 3 kids, 5, 4, and 1; lost everything in the fire today. Children left without shoes, no diapers or bottles. Only have clothes they had on. Send gift cards to PHCC 3220... 18th ST S, Fargo, ND 58104 and we will get to Matt and Dana ASAP.
 I look around me and my family, photos, albums and warm home out of the elements and tonights news just devastates me. I feel so helpless sitting here watching this 62 apt complex burn. What wasn't ruined by fire, will be by the water. It's so sad. Every little bit helps. Please send donations and gift cards to Prairie Heights Community Church (see address above) as this family is a member of my church family.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Scrapbooking - Easy Solutions!

Ladies, I'm going to be honest. The new CM products are amazing! I can show some of them on cam tonight if you want to see. There is the new ink - silky and smooth and it actually shows up! Fabulous for edges, and you know me and inking! LOL

Second is the new Grip and Clip Price (US) $8.50 I love it. You can hold four photos by the inside corner and it has a magnet on the back. You can use it to hold your photos over your many colors of pattern paper to determine which one you like best, without using your fingers and rearranging them 10 times! You just pick them up by the clip and voila! No fingerprints, no rearranging. They are evenly spaced and ready to go! You can also use it to hold photos are recipe cards ON the fridge with the handy magnet. The uses are endless.

My favorite new product is the Page Planner Price (US) $28.00
Wow, I am super excited about this one! In all the years of teaching layouts, the most common complaint is that people don't feel creative. They struggle with the layout. Now you have tangible sketches WITH measurements AND ideas/examples! All in one purchase. This purchase comes with four sturdy templates and an idea book. The great thing is, you can use one template on both pages and on the next set, turn them! Using the same template on the third set of layouts turn it again and get a whole new layout! The idea book even comes with directions and the templates have marks on them to show you which way to use them to create the layout given!! I did buy this so if anyone wants to see it, just let me know.

Last, but not least, is the digital scrapbooking. Wow, I know how I'm going to catch up on 30 years of photos! The new software is super easy to use, lets me layer and edit photos, and comes with digital embellishments! I've been so impressed. I drag and drop my photos onto the page either where I want them or using the pre-designed pages available. There are quotes and poems in there too. When I have the layouts like I want them, I simply upload the book to CM and it is printed, bound and sent back to me! How awesome is that? So many **solutions** that I can hardly contain my excitement!

The links probably won't work, it's an annoying quirk of the CM site. Once you get there, if the links aren't working, just search under new products for the Page Planner and under tools for the clip.

Be sure to check them out and come ScrapWithMe!!  :)



Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sorting and Storing Photos - Step 3

Step 3 - Welcome back. You will need a table to spread out on, a multi-year calendar, a notebook, a pencil, your photos, the Power Sort System, and time.

Look at your photos. How many years do you have to go through? Can it be broken down into decades? Months? Years? Centuries? Pick the biggest chunks. For example, if you have just 10 years worth of photos, you should sort them by year. If you have generations worth of photos, you may wish to start with decades.
  • Start by sorting your photos into decades or years. The smaller boxes that come with your Power Sort System allow you to simply place your photos right in the box. I had decades of photos to sort so I  sorted by my parents photos, my childhood, and then 70's, 80's, and 90's. That is five piles/boxes.
  • Sort all of the photos until your mountain of photos is all sorted into the boxes. 
  • Take ONE smaller box at a time. Empty out the photos and begin to sort those. I sorted by year. With my parents' photos, it was much more difficult. I just tried to guess which photos were first and which ones came after. I knew I was older than my sister, so pictures of me as a baby went before pictures of my parents with my sister. The Power Sort System comes with tabbed cards just for this purpose. You can write on those cards and put them back in the small box. Now it is easy to simply look at the photo, determine what year it is (to the best of your ability) and put it behind that tab. Don't worry about order yet. 
  • Once you have the photos all back in the box and behind the correct tab, tackle the next box.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sorting And Storing Photos - Step 2

Step 2 - Now that you have the photo system ordered and on the way, gather ALL of your photos. Search drawers, cabinets, under the bed, in the closet and anywhere else you might have them hiding. If you have rolls of film to be developed (it could happen), then get those done and add them to your pile.  Ok, go do that now.

This is a great time to get with mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, Aunt Jo or anyone else that might have photos you want copies of. A lot of the newer scanners have great photo scanning software built into them. I know the one I have even has a photo fix option that works beautifully.

Your assignment for today is to simply gather up all of the photos you have lying around or that are hanging out in an attic somewhere that you feel responsible for, or want to add to your collection.

Is this helpful? Is anyone following along? Leave me a message and let me know what you think :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

How to sort and store your photos

When I first began to scrapbook, I found the biggest barrier was myself. I would look at the mountains of photos and just freeze. I would never get through all of that. I don't have the time. I just did not know where to begin. After a decade of working with photos, scrapbooking and helping others; I think I've found a good way to get over that barrier. The first step is to tackle that mountain - one step at a time!

This process will not be accomplished in one day. Set aside a place where you can spread out and work for several (or maybe even many) days.

Step 1 - In order to organize the photos, I highly recommend the Power Sort System by Creative Memories. I've used it for years and it really saved me! The one I have holds 2400 photos, the newer ones are half that size but just as amazing. So the first step to successfully tackling sorting your photos is to purchase a Power Sort System. This incredible system allows you to sort AND store your photos in an organized and photo safe environment.

Please note that plastic containers, old shoe boxes and baggies are NOT photo safe environments. It is very important that you store your photos in a photo safe environment so that they are not being exposed to destructive elements. Most scrappers (another name for those that create photo albums) would never consider putting something questionable on a layout next to their photos. Yet, they are okay with storing them in a questionable container. The same chemicals that can leach out of an unsafe embellishment and destroy your photo can also leach out of the container and destroy ALL of the photos stored there. This is so important. It would be devastating to have photos stored for years, finally get the time to scrap them, and then lose them later to chemicals that you weren't even aware of being present.

Step 1  is to purchase a photo organizing system. Simple, right? Click on the link above to see what I'm talking about. This is the best way I know to get this barrier under control. Purchasing a photo safe and reliable system is the BEST way to get started.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I would be glad to help any way I can.

I'll post Step 2 tomorrow.

Thank you!

Owner ScrapbookingClasses Group
Scrapbooker for over a decade now

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Creative Memories To Offer Exclusive Cricut® Cartridges from Provocraft

Creative Memories and Provo Craft today announced a partnership to offer exclusive artwork on two new Cricut® Cartridges - Cheerful Seasons and Reminisce Accents. The partnership is a first in the scrapbooking industry.
Reminisce Accents sample
Reminisce Accents sample
PRLog (Press Release)Aug 02, 2010 – ST. CLOUD, MINN. – Aug.1, 2010 – Creative Memories and Provo Craft today announced a partnership to offer exclusive artwork on two new Cricut® Cartridges - Cheerful Seasons and Reminisce Accents. The partnership is a first in the scrapbooking industry.

Creative Memories pioneered modern scrapbooking nearly 25 years ago and Provo Craft revolutionized the paper crafting industry with the 2006 launch of the Cricut® Personal Electronic Cutter, a portable machine that uses cartridges to cut paper, vinyl, chipboard, and fabric into thousands of shapes and fonts.

“We’ve worked together to create two exclusive new cartridges that marry the Creative Memories style with Cricut convenience”, says Eve Miller, Product Marketing Manager at Creative Memories. “This partnership provides a new source of art and design that will help our customers be even more creative.”

The new cartridges feature the Reminisce Accents and the Cheerful Seasons designs and fonts. Together, the pair of cartridges provide hundreds of unique designs in a variety of sizes. The cartridges are available for purchase from Creative Memories Consultants and on

The new cartridges are compatible with the Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter., Cricut® Create, Cricut Expression®, Gypsy™ Handheld Design Studio, and Cricut Cake™.“Launching new content is always exciting,” says Matt Wilburn, Chief Marketing Officer at Provo Craft. “We get to see what incredibly creative people do with it and it absolutely inspires us.”

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About Creative Memories
Creative Memories is dedicated to preserving the past, enriching the present and inspiring hope for the future. As a leader in the memory celebration industry, Creative Memories specializes in selling premium quality photo albums, scrapbooking supplies, digital photo books, and software. Based in St. Cloud, Minn., Creative Memories markets its products at in-home “Get Togethers” through more than 40,000 independent sales Consultants worldwide.

About Provo Craft
Provo Craft is a creative technology company that enables people to achieve their creative best. For 40 years, Provo Craft has invented new products that bring industrial technology to the masses, including the Cricut® Personal Electronic Cutter, the Cricut DesignStudio™ software, the Cricut Cake Personal Electronic Cutter, Yudu™ Personal Screen-printing System, and the Cuttlebug™ Die Cutter and Embosser. These innovative tools help people bring their creative ideas to life in a personalized, professional-looking way at home, in schools and the workplace. Provo Craft products have won dozens of industry awards and are available through leading mass retail, craft, home d├ęcor, office, and education outlets nationwide. Visit or call (800) 937-7686.

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Visit CreativeMemories for more information and to purchase reliable, quality, photos safe products.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Alice in Wonderland Layout by TammeyBrown

SEE Quick Video on Youtube

two pieces 12 x 12 cardstock for the background
one 12 x 12 pattern paper (I used large circle paper)
one sheet 12 x 12 yellow cardstock
two sheets coordinating pattern paper (I used small circles)
one Alice in Wonderland sticker pack
Yellow ink pad

Using your tear ruler, tear one strip of the large circle paper 4" wide and the length of the paper (4x12)
using your straight trimmer and the remainder of the large circle paper, cut a straight edge 4" behind the torn edge to create a second border piece
Do the same with the yellow, except you want it to be 2.75" - you'll need two of these also
Last, tear a border 1.5" and using your straight trimmer create a second one.

Adhere the large piece down first close to the left edge of your border, but with some of the background paper showing through. Now adhere the middle piece to the middle of that piece. Do the same with the smallest piece. You should have a three tiered border like shown in the video. Do the same for the other side.

Cut your photo matte from the yellow left over. Make them 6.5X4.5"
Cut 4.25 x 6.25 from the small dotted paper
Adhere the small dotted paper to the center of the yellow paper

From the second piece of coordinating paper cut two mattes 4.5x6.5 and using your ink, run the pad gently along the edges.

Apply your stickers and title. Add your photos. Don't forget to journal!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

SBC logo on tote and Tee

Here is a very quick photo of the tote and t-shirt with the scrapbookingclasses group logo and motto!!! They look fabulous!! What do you all think?? (Sorry, it's late and I was hurried and didn't layout the t-shirt)

Cruise Donations Encouraged

Hello everyone! After three years of sharing freely, I'm finally going to ask for something. My ScrapbookingClasses yahoo group of about 1000 members will have their very first group outing next month. It is a cruise at the end of April and I'm accepting donations.

All donations will be listed with links back to the vendors/stores. Everything is welcome.

Please  note that this vendor list will go to my group, which is normally has a zero tolerance for solicitation so no advertising has ever been allowed to this group. This will be a very unique and noticed list. The list will also appear on this blog, the group co-owners blog, my website/facebook/myspace and twitter! Now that's some advertising! Plus, I'll share it with my other groups.

I am not limiting the donations to scrapbooking items as these gals are also women AND shoppers! This is your chance to share your unique items with us. If you would like to donate/advertise with this group please contact me.

Thank you!!

Tammey Brown (Co-Owner of ScrapbookingClasses)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What to do with busy pattern paper

Tonights layout focused on using color and patterns. I've noticed several people posting to the group that patterns and mixing colors intimidates them. Here is the final product, without a title yet. I took the approach of
1. Find a pattern - for this layout I used a busy teal pattern cardstock
2. Find a complimentary solid color - I used a rich, textured brown
3. Contrast or compliment step # 2 - I used a soft, feminine pink (pink looks great with brown and teal!)
4. Add a pattern paper that pulls your colors together - I used a brown pattern paper with blue/teal, pink and beige flowers.
5. Embellish using colors on your layout

2 - 12 x 12 teal pattern cardstock
Border - tear strips from paper and then layer as shown:
1 torn 4" strip from brown
1 torn 3" strip from pink
1 torn 2" strip from brown/blue/pink pattern paper

Photo matte
1 - 5x7 pink pattern paper
1 - 6.75 x 4.75 teal or blue solid
1 - 6.5 x 4.5 solid (I used black but you can use any dark color that works with your layout)

Background goes down, then the border to the side. Add your photo matte and photo, then place a photo at the bottom of your layout. The other page would use the same border pattern and place your photos where you want. Be sure to add a title and jouraling. On my right side page I will add the journaling. I will probably use teal patterned and/or pink ones for the title on the left page.

To view this layout, I place a short video on YouTube, just click here ScrapWithMe

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Quick Kit Sketch

I developed this quick and easy sketch when I was participating in dozens of swaps a month. It makes it super easy to get enough pieces out of the paper to put together a full layout. You will need one piece of cardstock and one piece of pattern paper. For a more professional look, add a second color and add .25 to the cardstock dimensions. Holler if you have any questions.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Blizzard January 2010

Blizzard conditions made getting around Fargo pretty difficult today. That wind is so cold, it just plain knocked the wind right out of me!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

HELP! Please :)

I'm stuck. As most of you know, I demonstrate a paper craft or scrapbooking project every Tuesday evening via my webcam. The new year has begun and I really need some inspiration! I'm thinking maybe some Valentines Day crafts are in order.

Do you know of a good craft I can demonstrate? If you do, please share with me! :) Anything is welcome.
  • Little kids valentines (like for a classroom)
  • Cards you've made
  • Stamping ideas
  • Layouts
  • Candy based projects
I'm open to all suggestions!

Thanks so much,

Start Scrapbooking

Photo journaling, scrapbooking, and saving your memories to any media are really all the same thing. For this post, I'm going to call it...