Friday, December 31, 2010

:GIVEAWAY WINNER: 101+ Creative Ways To Use Your Scrapbook Supplies

I got a lot of great new ideas from all of your comments on creative ways of using scrapbooking supplies for the 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies review and giveaway post.

Perhaps we should all publish our own book! :-)

In fact, there were a couple responders that shared links of their projects and I came across a couple that really stood out and think you should check out as well!

For this layout, Nathalie used a velvet embellishment to stamp her background...who needs stamps!?

Beautiful layout, Nathalie!!

And now, I have a winner to announce! For this round, liked the number....34!

Congrats, Vanessa! Please watch your inbox for further details on how to claim your prize!

If you didn't win this time, don't be can pick up 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies for only $14.99 at

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

:QUOTES: on DREAMS according to Alcott, Hughes & Power

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT (1832-1888; novelist):
“We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.”

JAMES LANGSTON HUGHS (1902-1967; poet, novelist):
“Hold fast to dreams. For if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”

“If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.”

Vote for your favorite quote and I'll create a word art freebie with the 'winning' quote to share with you sometime next week. In the meantime, check out my other word art downloads.
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

:LAYOUT: pocka-dote sheets

On this just have to read the journaling!

I had several photos AND a long story to share on this layout, so I decided to hide my journaling behind the main photo. The letter stickers give a ‘teaser’, but you have to lift the photo to read the rest.

The various polka dot patterned papers tie in nicely with the theme.

I used naked chipboard letters and then used a pencil eraser to dot paint on them to further enhance the polka dot theme.

One of the bigger gifts that Kaitlin received from ‘Santa’ this year was a new polka dot sheet set which features many of her favorite colors and a soft, purple bedspread. I didn’t just want to deliver it under the tree…I wanted to do something a little more creative than that. Part of the reason was because Kaitlin was 7½ years old and she’d been making a few comments here and there that were causing me to think that Kaitlin was starting to question the existence of Santa Claus. Something in me didn’t want the ‘Santa-believing’ era in Kaitlin’s life to be over quite yet.

On this occasion, I was quite happy that Kaitlin tends to be a very deep sleeper like her dad. We were home all night on Christmas Eve and Kaitlin went to bed as usual. After she was thoroughly asleep, I carried her over to our bed and remade her bed with the new sheets and bedspread. Once I was done, I took her back and tucked her into her newly-outfitted bed and went to bed myself shortly thereafter.

The ‘discovery’ was made a little earlier than I had expected though.

At about 3:30 a.m., I heard the pitter-patter of little feet to the bathroom. I thought she might just crawl back into bed and not even notice, but the next thing I knew she was wide-eyed and at my bedside.

“Mommy! Mommy, I have pocka dote sheets on my bed!”

She quickly realized that she hadn’t said that quite right and made a couple more attempts, but couldn’t seem to say ‘polka dot’ for the life of her…maybe she was still a little sleepy after all!

So, both Justin & I had to get up out of bed at 3:30 a.m. to check out Kaitlin’s new ‘pocka dote’ sheets. At that point, she hadn’t even realized her new bedspread yet, so we turned on the light and pointed it out to her.

“Oh, Mom, it’s soooo soft!”

Then, the conversation shifted a bit.

“How did he change the sheets when I was sleeping in my bed!?” she asked.

Several scenarios were considered – Santa has levitating powder (maybe he and Tinkerbell are friends), the elves lifted her up, etc. No matter what the method, we all agreed that Santa is one sneaky fellow.

Kaitlin was pretty excited about her new bed sheets and bedspread, but eventually we got her calmed down and tucked back into bed for the night.

Ever since that night, Kaitlin’s sleepy-excited pronunciation of ‘polka dot’ has been an inside joke within our little family. While she grumbles a little (behind the giggles) when we tease her about it, it’s a great reminder of a special holiday memory that we’ll cherish for a very long time.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Making Memories
Chipboard: Basic Grey, Heidi Swapp, Pebbles
Letter Stickers: My Little Shoebox
Paint: Craft Smart, Apple Barrell
Pen: Zig
Circle Punch: Marvy
Font: Garamond
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

:PHOTOS: Christmas dress...

Now that the Grandmas have opened all their gifts, I can share Kaitlin's Christmas dress pictures with you. :-)

These weren't easy to get this year because the window of opportunity for taking pics in the winter here is pretty limited as its already getting dark once I get off work, so we took these on a Saturday afternoon which was VERY cold and more than a little windy.

I tried to use this big tree to block the wind and it served as a nice backdrop also.

We had the car running with the heat on high nearby and we had to get back in the car a couple of times to warm up...

She wasn't really in the mood for pictures this day, but I knew we had to get them done if I was going to get them edited and ordered in time for Christmas.

Finally, on the third time out of the car, Kaitlin found the strength to grin (naturally) and bear it for a few nice pictures.

The Grandmas received this first picture in a classic black frame for Christmas.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

:REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies [CONTEST CLOSED]

101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies is one of the newest special issue releases from Creating Keepsakes.

The author, Jennifer McGuire, has long been know in the scrapbooking industry as a bit of a technique guru, so if you're at a point in your scrapbooking where you want to find fresh ways to use old products and challenge yourself in the process, this issue is for you!

As the cover implies, you'll find 219 fun techniques using our favorite products paper, stickers and die cuts, chipboard, fabric and ribbon, hardware and one under-appreciated basic - ADHESIVE!

There is a handy index in the back so that you can quickly locate techniques by product type, layout theme, layouts by number of photos, and more.

In all, there are 90 beautiful layout samples included in the special issue to illustrate the techniques. The remaining techniques are sampled on cards, tags, customized embellishments and more.

101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies is available at for $14.99.

Here's a few more great special issues currently available from Creating Keepsakes:
Scrapbooking Tips and Tricks
Scrapbooking Everyday Memories
Scrapbooking Tips and Tricks with Stamps and Ink

I also have one copy of 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies to give away to one lucky reader this week.

Simply answer the following question in the comment section to this post by 5:00 p.m. (CST) on Thursday, ?? and you'll be entered to win:

What is the most creative way you've used a basic scrapbook product?

Want a 2nd chance to win?? 
Leave a SECOND comment with a link to a picture of your layout or project showing the technique you mentioned in your first comment. will choose and I'll announce the winner on Friday...and I might just feature a few of the projects you share as well!

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Saturday, December 25, 2010


Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas day...

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Friday, December 24, 2010

:GIVEAWAY WINNER: AMOM Survey winner...

First of all, I'd like to thank each and every one of you who took the time to complete the survey that I posted earlier this month.

Your comments and feedback are so greatly appreciated!

As promised, I have a little prize package to give away to one lucky responder, so here goes...

This time, chose the lucky number...


The 30th survey entry came from a gal named Kim. So, congrats to Kim!

Watch your inbox for further details on how to claim your prize!

Don't miss out on more great giveaways coming soon! If you haven't already, sign up for updates to the AMOM blog by email subscription or your favorite blog reader through the links in the left sidebar.
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Thursday, December 23, 2010


Here's a journaling helper to help you record your holidays.

Simply print it out and indicate the words or phrases that describe the Christmas tree that decks your halls. You can circle, underline, highlight or use any method you desire to designate your trees descriptors.

You can let the journaling helper speak for itself OR you can include additional journaling to explain your choices.

For example, why do you prefer a real or artificial tree, white or multi-colored lights, etc.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

:LINKS: A few Christmas printable favorites...

Here's a few things from around the web that have caught my eye recently...they are just the tip of the iceburg for all the lovely Christmas printables and more available online.

Snowflake Pillow Boxes & Gift Tags from Daisy Jane
I love the delicate designs of these wintry tags and pillow boxes.

Everyday December Printable
These clean and simple tags would make great scrapbook page or card embellishments.

Subway Art Printable
If you need a little more holiday decor, simply print and frame and you've got a classic addition to your holiday halls.

Printable Gift Lists
Of course, you could use these printables for their obvious use, but how about creating a layout about the gifts you give this holiday season? You've got an instant journal block!

Holidays Postcards
They don't make these cards super easy to acquire (you have to click through to several different blogs), but aren't they darling?

Snowflake Favor Box
Do you need a little tricket box to put candy, etc? Here you go!

Christmas Gift Tags
Here are a few lovely gift tags to adorn your gifts!

If you've seen other Christmas printables you loved, please share a link!
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

:LAYOUT: An Unusual Christmas

We've got some snow in the forcast, but we're praying that we don't have a repeat of last Christmas Eve and Day weather wise (see jounaling below).

Here's the layout I created about our very un-traditional celebration of the holiday last year.

I knew that I would want to include a lot of photos on this layout without leaving it feeling jam-packed, so I printed 12 wallet-sized prints to fit them all in.

They also had a lot of clashing colors, so I decided to convert them all to black and white so that I could stick with a festive Christmas color scheme.

We certainly can’t complain of an un-white Christmas this year! In fact, we had so much of the white stuff (plus some hefty winds as well) that we couldn’t even get to our usual family celebrations on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We actually had to wait until two days AFTER Christmas before it stopped snowing long enough to get dug out of our driveway!

We were able to get almost all of the usual group on the Pechous side together on that Sunday except for Uncle Lee who was scheduled to work that day and couldn’t find anyone to cover. We had a noon meal and opened presents in the afternoon instead of our usual evening meal and gift exchange later at night. We enjoyed the time with family, but it still all felt just a little strange!

We also wanted to see Justin’s parents that day as well, so later in the afternoon, we headed that way…after getting stuck in the driveway! Luckily, my brother Scott had is snow blower in the back of his truck and he and my nephew Nick were able to get us on our way.

Of course, we all missed Uncle Lee and a couple weeks later a group of us went up to Sioux Falls to have dinner out and celebrate a ‘Christmas’ with him as well.

Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned Paper, Stickers: Bo Bunny
Letter Stickers: EK Success
Ric Rac: Wrights
Ink: Colorbox
Scallop Trimmer, Border Punch: Fiskars
Font: American Typewriter
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Monday, December 20, 2010

:FIVE FAVES: Snowflakes, snowflakes everywhere...

While I love to have a little white on the ground for Christmas, we got a little more of the white stuff than I would have liked this past weekend.

However, it is hard to deny the beauty and mystery associated with the snowflake and here's a few products that celebrate this amazing piece of nature.

Echo Park - Wintertime Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - SnowflakesI love the design of this patterned almost looks like a snowflake garland.

Imaginisce - Cottage Christmas Collection - Metal Stickers - Snowflake GlitzWhat a great way to add a little sparkle to a winter page.

Making Memories - Noel Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Snowflake ArgyleThe deep red is a wonderful backdrop for these creamy flakes.

Martha Stewart Crafts - Christmas - Craft Punch - Large - Scandinavian SnowflakeCreate as many flakes as your heart desires with this great punch.

We R Memory Keepers - White Christmas Collection - Self Adhesive Flocked Lace - Snowflakes
How's this for adding a little warmth to a chilly design...a rosy red and fuzzy felt are sure to do the trick!

What is your favorite snowflake-inspired product on the market right now? Share a link!
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

:SURVEY: AMOM Blog Readership Survey


If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to fill my readership survey.

I've gotten some great feedback already and am using this information to formulate ways to improve my blog, but more feedback is certainly welcome and desired.

You can read more about my purpose for this survey in the original post.

Also, each survey entrant is also entered for a chance to win a great prize!

As a thank you for taking the time, one responder will win a free copy of Starting Points: Creating Meaningful Scrapbook Layouts From Whatever Inspires You by Linda Harrison and Easier-than-Ever Scrapbooking 2 from Creating Keepsakes.

All you have to do is submit your survey by 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 23rd, 2010, include your email address at the end of the survey before you click submit and you'll be entered for your chance. will choose and I'll announce the random winner on Friday, December 24th, 2010.

GOOD LUCK...and THANK YOU in advance for your input!
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

:MEMORYWORKS EXPRESS: January 2011 Kit Sneak Peek - "Urban Traveler"

Take a look at the January 2011 "Urbann Traveler" MemoryWorks Express Kit...

Watch for futher details on this kit coming soon! 

In the meantime, enjoy the details of a few past MemoryWorks Express Kits!

A MemoryWorks Express Kit subscription is ONLY $29.95 (plus $6.50 S&H) per month! They are chock full of the latest and greatest in the scrapbooking industry, the items are always timely in terms of the current season or holiday, and the price can't be beat!

If you are interested in subscribing or would simply like more information, please don't hesitate to contact me!
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Friday, December 17, 2010

:GIVEAWAY WINNER: Double-page Design from Ella Publishing

There was certainly no right answer to the giveaway question for a copy of Ella's latest - Double-Page Design:

Do you prefer to create single-page layouts or double-page spreads? Please explain your preference.

The responses sighting a single or double-page preference were fairly well split. There was also a good number of you stating that you loved both and would use whichever better suiting the theme and number of photos on hand.

It all boils down to personal preference.

Personally, I would now consider myself part of the latter group. When I first started scrapbooking, I preferred double page spreads because I had this irrational fear of the facing pages not matching (OMG! The horror!).

After a couple of years, I got over this and discovered the joy of single page layouts and went almost exclusively the other way.

Now, after I have become more settled (is that the right word) in the craft and my own personal style, I find that I love both formats and the variety that going back and forth between the two can add to an album.

Anyway, while there is no right answer, there was one WINNING answer! chose lucky number 36...

Congrats, Cynthia B.! Watch your email inbox on how to claim your prize.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

:LAYOUT: Santa's Helpers

This year, I didn't get to go to The Santa's Workshop with Kaitlin at her school because I had a work commitment, but my sister was nice enough to take her for me.

Luckily, I got some fun pictures at last year's event to create a layout with.

The photo collage is a great way to include several photos on one layout in an organized and pleasing way.

Believe it or not, this layout includes 3 4x6 prints – one standard, one 2-photo collage (trimmed apart), and one 4-photo collage (trimmed apart).

The title and the journaling help to balance the two sides of the layout. I also decided to convert the photos to black and white because there were a lot of clashing colors.

Every Christmas season, the school hosts a Santa’s Workshop. There are food, games and craft projects which are all great fun for the children. Kaitlin met up with Bryce – one of her best 1st grade buddies – and, of course, they had to work on a few projects together!

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny
Chipboard: American Crafts
Ribbon: American Crafts
Gems: Doodlebug
Scallop Trimmer: Fiskars
Photo Corner Punch: EK Success
Font: Advantage
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

:FIFTEEN ON THE FIFTEENTH: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

With the extreme abundance of Christmas-themed scrapbooking products out there, I thought I do something a little different with this month's Fifteen on the Fifteenth.

Basically, each item highlights a different thing associated with Christmas!

Three Bugs In a Rug - Snow Much Fun Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Santa's Elves
Any kid would tell you that Santa's little helpers are a pretty important part of Christmas. Who else is going to make sure that all those toys get done in time for Santa's worldwide ride?

Three Bugs In a Rug - North Pole Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Gifts Galore
Speaking of toys, I think a few of these brightly-wrapped boxes might be sporting a toy or two.

BasicGrey - Jovial Collection - Doilies - 12 x 12 Die Cut Paper - Poinsettia Bouquet
This die-cut paper from Basic Grey is as delicate and beautiful as the real holiday plants!

Bo Bunny Press - Noel Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Noel Ornaments
A Christmas tree wouldn't be complete without some beautiful ornaments to dress it up. This paper from Bo Bunny features my favorite ornament colors.

Echo Park - Wintertime Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Blizzard
As much as I might complain about the white stuff, Christmas just wouldn't be the same without a least a little bit of it.

Echo Park - Everybody Loves Christmas Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Trim the Tree
These retro Christmas trees are colorful and fresh.

EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Large Punch - Gingerbread Man
With this little punch, you can create your own personalized gingerbread man (or woman)!

Inkadinkado - Holiday Collection - Christmas - Wood Mounted Stamps - Candy Cane Stocking've got a two-for-one on this one. Stocking and candy canes are both Christmastime traditions.

K and Company - Tim Coffey - Adhesive Chipboard with Glitter Accents - Nativity
My mom has been giving me the Willow Tree nativity piece by piece over the past few years and I've been meaning to do a layout about this special and beautiful gift. A few of these chipboard elements would be just the right added touch!

Making Memories - Glitter Bling Collection - Self Adhesive Icon - Holly
Glitter and gems...what more can you ask for in your holly?

Martha Stewart Crafts - Christmas - Double Edge Punch - Holiday Lights
Create a string in every color your heart desires!

Maya Road - Trinket Pins Collection - Crystal Star
Here's the perfect topper to your paper Christmas tree.

My Mind's Eye - Holly Jolly Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Old St. Nick
Of course this list wouldn't be complete without a reference to the big, jolly guy himself!

Teresa Collins - Noel Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Countdown
I love papers that have the numbers 1-25. They work wonderfully for creating advent-related projects.

The Girls Paperie - Tinsel and Twig Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Christmas Carol Stripe
Music is a very important part of the holiday season for me. I simply can't put up the Christmas tree without it and love to listen to it all season long.

What are your favorite Christmas-related icons?
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