Saturday, December 12, 2009

Scrapbook Blogger Scrapbooking Template

Scrapbook is a free Blogger scrapbooking template with a scrapbook style personal header. The Blogger template has a simple design and comes with 2 columns, a right sidebar, top menu, and search box. The color scheme is largely neutral with a white post area, woodgrain background and a dash of red for accent. This free Blogger template is suited to a scrapbooking blog along with an art blog, craft blog, handcraft blog or any other personal blog. Give your blog an individual look with this free Blogger scrapbook template.

Designed by Klodian

Features
2 columns, right sidebar, search box, top menu

Scrapbook - Free Blogger Template for scrapbooking - 2 columns, right sidebar, top menu, search box, scrapbooking header

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Please note: This template is released under Creative Commons License. If you decide to use this template please do not remove the credits in the footer.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Memory Page Title Suggestion List

Today I have decided to post a list of suggested titles for a scrapbook memory page or memory pages. Keep the list handy so that whenever you are creating scrapbooking pages of past events or of family and friends you are never short of a title. You can choose to use these titles as they are or as prompts to create your own unique titles to complement your scrapbooking memory pages.


Remember

  • I Remember ...
  • Do You Remember When?
  • Remember When?
  • A Day to Remember
  • A Lifetime to Remember
  • Remember
  • Remembering Mom (Dad, Grandma, Grandpa etc)

Moments
  • Moments
  • Everyday Moments
  • Golden Moments
  • Magic Moments
  • Special Moments
  • Moments Worth Remembering
  • Moments That Matter
  • Recalling Moments
  • Moments from the Past
  • A Moment in Time
  • Stolen Moments
  • Moments Made of Memories
  • Cherish Every Moment


Memories
  • Making Memories
  • Memories of You & Me
  • Every Memory Matters
  • Moments Made of Memories
  • What Memories Are Made Of
  • The Memory Lives On
  • Memories That Last

Story
  • My Story
  • The Story of Me
  • The Story of Us
  • The Secret Life of Us

Life
  • This is My Life
  • A Life Less Ordinary
  • A Lifetime of Love
  • A Lifetime of Service
  • A Life Lived to the Full
  • An Extraordinary Life
  • A Day in the Life of

Forget
  • Never Forget
  • Lest I Forget
  • Gone But Not Forgotten

Other
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • Forever in My Heart
  • Salad Days



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Saturday, November 28, 2009

EM Free Photo Collage Software Review

I recently tried out the E.M. Free Photo Collage Software which is a freeware program designed with scrapbookers in mind. In this article I review the features of this scrapbooking software program and show you how easy it is to use this software to create an interesting scrapbooking page at zero cost.

EM Free Photo Collage showing interface

E.M. Free Photo Collage is a freeware digital scrapbooking program for making photo collages and digital scrapbooks.

The interface is easy to use and largely intuitive.

The program comes with a variety of backgrounds, frames and ready to use templates. Photos are added by double clicking or the drag and drop method. You can change the frame, the background or the effect with just a few clicks. Photos can be rotated or resized quickly and easily.

Collages can be saved as templates, wallpaper, projects or images. The program supports popular image formats such as .jpg, .bmp, .png, .gif, .tiff.

Likes: Ease of use. Most operations require only a few clicks to complete. Transparency feature to vary the opacity.

Dislikes: The lack of rulers to align images. The software comes with a meagre choice of templates and some of these are too kitsch to be useful. Fortunately you can make your own templates easily enough. The forum for this program is not utilized much so support is likely to be an issue although email support is offered.

Examples of ready made templates

How to Create a Scrapbooking Page Using EM Free Photo Collage
I created the following page in about 5 minutes after downloading this program and installing it on my computer. Here is a walkthrough of the steps to take to recreate this simple digital scrapbook layout:


  1. Choose new project
  2. Create a blank project
  3. Choose canvas and select a solid background color
  4. Select your background photo by double clicking on your image
  5. Resize the image to match the canvas size
  6. Adjust the opacity by sliding the transparency to around 115
  7. Add next photo. A new layer will be created
  8. Select the image and right click to choose select frame
  9. Choose the plant folder and frame number 2
  10. Position your photo in the bottom left corner
  11. Add the next photo resizing it to fit in the bottom right corner
  12. Set the frame by right clicking and choosing number 1 from the plant folder
  13. Repeat for the next photo placing it in the top left corner
  14. Add text if desired by clicking the text icon and choosing font, color and size
  15. Use Preview to check your layout
  16. Save your project
  17. To share save your layout as a .jpg file


Summary
E.M. Free Photo Collage has some powerful features and a user-friendly interface. The program makes it straightforward to create your own template which is likely to be necessary as there are not many useable ready to use templates. All in all though E.M. Free Photo Collage is an easy to use digital scrapbooking program which is ideal for beginners and intermediate digital scrapbookers.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Free Digital Scrapbooking Software Programs

Before you rush out and buy digital scrapbooking software take a moment to read this article which will give you an overview of some of the free scrapbooking software options available to you. This article discusses the main features of some freeware and shareware packages and will help you make an informed choice of digital scrapbooking software. My recommendation is to always try out any scrapbooking software before buying and make sure you are using the latest version.

With so many digital scrapbooking programs out there it is sometimes difficult to know what to buy. If you are a beginner you may be quite happy with a freeware program which has as a rule fewer options but may be perfectly adequate for your needs. For many beginners purchasing Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements is likely to be overkill. Check out the photo editing suite that came with your digital camera. You may be surprised at the range of features included. I know I was when I discovered that Samsung Master came with sophisticated tools like clone, lasso and polygonal.

Some digital scrapbooking software is absolutely free. Freeware has no cost attached to it and can be used indefinitely. Other digital scrapbooking programs are available free for a short trial period only (usually about 30 days) thereafter you are required to purchase the software to continue using the program.

DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING SOFTWARE - FREEWARE
Scrapbook Flair
Price: $0.00 Freeware
System requirements: Windows XP, NT, 2000, ME & 98SE, Vista

At 60MB Scrapbook Flair is a large file to download. If you prefer you can opt to have the free CD shipped to you for $4.95 (USA) or $7.95 (International) instead.

With Scrapbook Flair you can make scrapbook pages from your digital photos in minutes. By downloading this digital scrapbooking software you will have access to backgrounds, embellishments and design templates with new content added regularly. Scrapbook Flair gives you intuitive photo editing capabilities (red eye, color/brightness adjustment, cool effects, etc.) too. The software supports popular scrapbooking sizes including 12" x 12" - 8" x 8" - 6" x 6" - 8.5" x 11".

When you sign up as a member you are awarded 10MB of online space for scrapbook pages (250 scrapbook layouts) and access to a huge scrapbooking community.

E.M. Free Photo Collage 1.30
Price: $0.00 Freeware
System requirements: Windows XP, 2000, 98, Me, NT, Vista, 256MB RAM

E.M. Free Photo Collage is free and easy-to-use software to help you make impressive photo collages and digital scrapbooks with your photos. You can select a favorite photo as background, arrange multiple photos on the paper, then apply operations to them, such as rotating, resizing, adding frames, changing position, changing overlay order, and merging them into an image with mask templates. In addition, you can use image effects to enhance your photos.

E.M. Free Photo Collage you can select a collage template or make your own to create gifts for your friends. E.M. Free Photo Collage lets you save in popular image formats such as .jpg, .bmp, .png, .gif, .tiff or make a wallpaper for your computer. Once saved your photo collages can be shared with others on MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, posted to a blog or emailed.

Easy Made Memories 2.1
Price: $0.00 Freeware
System requirements: Windows Vista and XP

With Easy Made Memories 2.1 you can turn your photos, videos, and audio clips into professional quality DVDs, complete with your own DVD disk and cover graphics. This free digital scrapbooking software includes over 2000 scraps, die cuts, backgrounds, borders, and audio clips. It is easy to import the movies from your digital camera, or narrate your scrapbook with your own voice and music.

This program seemed pretty good until I discovered that there was no way to burn to DVD and that the online ordering service didn't seem to work. My verdict is don't bother unless a new version of this program is released that allows you to burn to DVD from your computer.

DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING SOFTWARE - SHAREWARE
Photo Collage Maker
Price: $24.00 Shareware
Downloadable Free Trial Version available (30 runs)
System requirements: Windows

Photo Collage Maker is digital scrapbooking and photo collage software that you can use to create and print scrapbook layouts. With Photo Collage Maker you can enhance your photos with effects and spice up your creations with borders, frames, backgrounds, and clipart. The software supports most popular digital file formats including jpg, gif, tiff, etc. Both photos and clip art can be rotated, resized. The program offers the option of a variety of artistic photo effects and the facility to manipulate your photos using layers.

PhotoMix
Price: $29.00 Shareware
Downloadable Free Trial Version available
System requirements: Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, 10MB free disk space, 128 RAM

PhotoMix is a digital scrapbooking and photo collage creation software which allows you to create scrapbooking layouts, digital collages, or calendars quickly and easily. PhotoMix comes with a huge range of templates to get you started. The scrapbooking software is easy to use and comes with comprehensive tutorials. In addition there are also graphics kits available for download that will help you create pages in minutes on themes like Thanksgiving, Halloween or Fall. Bear in mind though that most of the graphics kits aren't free and cost around $5.00 to download. In the trial version there is a limitation on the file formats that output can be saved to. For instance .jpg is only available in the full version.

Wondershare Scrapbook Studio 1.2.0
Price: $39.95 Shareware
Downloadable Free Trial Version available (30 days)
System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, 500MB free disk space, 256MB RAM

Wondershare Scrapbook Studio helps you to create a professional looking scrapbook. Wondershare Scrapbook Studio creations can be printed or shared with family and friends directly via E-mail or slideshow. The program includes backgrounds, embellishments, and ready-to-use scrapbook templates to help you create memories in minutes. The robust photo editing tool helps you crop, rotate and flip photos, add a frame, shadow, mask, text as well as special filter effects to photos. With this program you can create customized flash slideshows with soundtracks and eye-catching transitions. Please note that the trial version places an "Evaluation Copy" Watermark on the created collages.

Scrapbook Max 2.0
Price: $47.96 Shareware
Downloadable Free Trial Version available (30 days)
System requirements: Windows 7, Vista or XP, 5GB free disk space, 512 RAM

Scrapbook MAX is a digital scrapbook software program that can be downloaded from the internet for a free 30 day trial. Be aware though that the trial version contains only a fraction of the templates of the full program and also watermarks any pages output. Only when you buy the software will you be able to remove these watermarks.

With Scrapbook MAX you can turn your digital scrapbooking pages into photobooks and albums and make slideshows and movies. It is easy to share your online digital scrapbooking gallery on your blog, and your Facebook or MySpace pages. Scrapbook MAX allows you to edit your photos and add artistic effects to make individual scrapbooking pages. Also available for this program scrapbooking shapes, embellishments and expansion packs.

In this article I have discussed freeware and shareware options for free digital scrapbooking software. There are of course other programs on the market and I will be covering some of these in future articles.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Scrapbook Extra Resources for Blogger Templates

Did you know that scrapbook resources like post dividers, sidebar menu sets, backgrounds and headers are available for your Blogger scrapbooking blog? It is simple and easy to add scrapbook style post dividers, sidebar menu sets, backgrounds and headers to your existing Blogger template to lend style to your blog.

Blogger Minima Template with Shabby Blogs Farm Fresh Background installed
I have been out on the net again and found a great resource for scrapbook bloggers who want to add extras to their Blogger blog. Shabby Blogs have the following scrapbooking Blogger resources to download free:

  • 16 free scrapbook post dividers for Blogger
  • 18 free scrapbook headers for Blogger
  • 6 free scrapbook sidebar menu sets for Blogger
  • 70+ free scrapbook backgrounds for Blogger

Full instructions on how to add a background and how to add a post divider to your Blogger blog (Blogspot blog) are given by Shabby blogs.

Post Divider example 1
Post Divider example 2
Post Divider example 3

Also on offer are sidebar menu title tags like this Everything Collection set:

Shabby Blogs Sidebar Menu Set - Everything Collection Example
If you want to replace your blog's header Shabby blogs give you the option of either photo or text headers:


Hope you have fun with these Blogger resources. Enjoy!



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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Free Blogger Scrapbook Template Memoriqu

Memoriqu was designed as a Wordpress theme but has now been converted to Blogger (Blogspot). This free Blogger scrapbooking template has a simple design and a spacious, uncluttered feel. The Blogger theme comes with a scrapbook style header along with scrapbooking embellishments such as polka dot ribbons and check borders which add accent and flair. This free Blogger template is suited to a scrapbooking blog along with an art or craft blog or any other personal blog.

Memoriqu has a 2 column layout, right sidebar and 3 column footer. The Blogger template also comes with a Twitter button and RSS button. Have your blog stand out from the rest with this free Blogger scrapbook template.

Designed by Simply Wp Themes
Converted to Blogger by: Blogger Themes

Features
2 columns, right sidebar, RSS subscribe, Twitter button, fixed width, scrapbook theme, white, blue header and background, and light pink sidebar

Suitable for blogs with a scrapbooking, art, craft, handcraft, papercraft theme.


Memoriqu - Free Blogger Template for scrapbooking - 2 columns, right sidebar, 3 column footer, RSS subscribe, Twitter button, fixed width, scrapbooking header
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Please note: This template is released under Creative Commons License. If you decide to use this template please do not remove the credits in the footer.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Digital Scrapbooking Online with Scrapblog

Have you discovered Scrapblog yet? Scrapblog is a FREE online digital scrapbooking website where you can create one of a kind scrapbooking layouts to share online with your friends and family. Scrapblog gives you access to templates and resources which you can manipulate at will to produce scrapbooking layouts and multimedia presentations. This scrapbook software program also lets you print out your scrapbook creations on a range of media such as photo books, greeting cards and postcards.

Scrapblog has an intuitive interface that is easy to use. Simply upload photos from your computer or Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa, Webshots, Smugmug or Facebook and choose a template or create your scrapbook creation from scratch. There are lots of template choices categorized under popular headings like travel, pets, holidays etc. While some templates and embellishments come at a premium the vast majority are free to use. Changing backgrounds, images, stickers, and frames is a breeze with Scrapblog. I created this simple scrapbook layout on Scrapblog using a ready made template and adding my own photos, background, stickers and text. The whole process took less than 4 minutes including uploading the photos and I had no knowledge of the program beforehand.

Online digital scrapbooking in less than 4 minutes using Scrapblog

Sharing all your favorite scrapbooking creations with friends and family is easy with Scrapblog. You can email the scrapbooking you create, share it on social networking sites like Facebook or Myspace or embed it into blogs like Wordpress and Blogger. Scrapblog offers lots of choices for sharing.

Although there are some limitations with the Scrapblog software and a cost on some items anyone can produce something of high quality to share with friends and family quickly and easily for FREE. Why not give Scrapblog a try today.



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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Free Wordpress Theme Scrapbook Memoriqu

Memoriqu is a free Wordpress theme for scrapbooking that is a welcome release for Wordpress scrapbooking bloggers who are trying to find a fully featured scrapbook theme. Memoriqu has a 2 column layout, right sidebar, attractive post divider, and a fixed 3 column footer for less frequently used widgets. The 4 125x125 banner ad slots in the sidebar of this Wordpress theme are sure to make this template popular with scrapbookers wanting to make money from their blogs.

The Wordpress theme also comes Twitter ready, gravatar ready, widget ready, and threaded comment ready. Other welcome features of this Wordpress theme are the RSS button, social bookmarking, and built-in page navigation. The theme is compatible with Wordpress 2.8 and earlier versions.

The content area of the Memoriqu theme is white with a teal blue background and beige sidebar nicely highlighted with embellishments like ribbon and borders. If you are hunting for an attractive free Wordpress theme for scrapbooking make sure you try out this one. The free Wordpress theme is suitable for a personal blog, scrapbook blog, papercraft blog, craft blog or any women oriented personal pages.

Designed by Kathie and Andrew at SimplyWP

Features
2 column design, right sidebar, post divider, 3 column footer, page navigation, RSS button, social bookmarking, gravatar ready, widget ready, compatible with Wordpress 2.8 and earlier versions.

Memoriqu - Free Wordpress Scrapbooking Theme - 3 column design, right sidebar, post divider, top navigation menu, 3 column footer

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Please note: This template is released under Creative Commons License. If you decide to use this template please do not remove the credits in the footer.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Free Blogger Template Artwork Blogspot

Art Template from the designer of Craftwork is a free Blogger template (free Blogspot template) which is suitable for a scrapbooking blog. While created for a personal blog with an art theme this free Blogger template can also be used for any personal blog with a craft, papercraft or scrapbooking theme. The Blogger theme is eyecatching with its floral design and scrapbooking embellishments which nicely balances the white content area and pale blue blockquote and comment styling. This Art Template has a 3 column layout with both a left and right sidebar, navigation menu, built-in site search box and a RSS subscribe button. In addition you get recent comments, recent posts and a links widget pre-installed. If you are on the lookout for a craft or scrapbooking Blogger template that will be both functional and stylish why not consider this Art Template?

Designed by EzWp Themes
Converted to Blogger by: FoolBlogger

Features
3 columns, left sidebar, right sidebar, top navigation menu, RSS subscribe, search box, fixed width, stylized floral design, white, recent posts widget, recent comments widget, links widget

Suitable for blogs with a scrapbooking, art, craft, handcraft, papercraft theme.

Art Template - Free Blogger Template - 3 columns, left sidebar, right sidebar, top navigation menu, RSS subscribe, search box, fixed width, stylized floral design, widget ready, white
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Please note: This template is released under Creative Commons License. If you decide to use this template please do not remove the credits in the footer.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Best Sister Quotes for Scrapbooking

Sister quotes are an essential resource for scrapbookers. Here's my list of what I consider to be the best scrapbooking quotes about sisters available. These are my favorite sister scrapbooking quotes. I have only included the best sister quotes on the net and have left out ones that I doubt are useable. Hope you enjoy my list of contempory and classical sister quotes for scrapbooking. By the way this list of sister quotes is not in any particular order even though it is numbered. Also I will adding to this list of best quotes for scrapbooking over time. Enjoy! Where would we be without our sisters right?



  1. A sister is a forever friend. Unknown


  2. Always my sister. Always my friend. Unknown


  3. When sisters stand shoulder to shoulder, who stands a chance against us? Pam Brown


  4. Sisters are different flowers from the same garden. Unknown


  5. There is no better friend than a sister. And there is no better sister than you. Unknown


  6. Sisters by blood, friends by choice. Unknown


  7. Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister?
    Alice Walker


  8. A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves - a special kind of double. Toni Morrison


  9. It was nice growing up with someone like you - someone to lean on, someone to count on... someone to tell on! Unknown


  10. What's the good of news if you haven't a sister to share it? Jenny DeVries


  11. Sisterhood is powerful. Robin Morgan


  12. She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she's the reason you wish you were an only child. Barbara Alpert


  13. An older sister is a friend and defender - a listener, conspirator, a counsellor and a sharer of delights. And sorrows too. Pam Brown


  14. Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life. Charles M. Schulz


  15. Help one another, is part of the religion of sisterhood. Louisa May Alcott


  16. A true sister is a friend who listens with her heart. Unknown


  17. Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet. Vietnamese Proverb


  18. Husbands come and go; children come and eventually they go. Friends grow up and move away. But the one thing that's never lost is your sister. Gail Sheeny


  19. To have a loving relationship with a sister is not simply to have a buddy or a confident -- it is to have a soulmate for life. Victoria Secunda


  20. I smile because you are my sister, I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it! Unknown


  21. There's a special kind of freedom sisters enjoy. Freedom to share innermost thoughts, to ask a favor, to show their true feelings. The freedom to simply be themselves. Unknown


  22. Sisters are for sharing laughter and wiping tears. Unknown


  23. Chance made us sisters, hearts made us friends. Unknown


  24. A sister is both your mirror - and your opposite. Elizabeth Fishel


  25. Never look down on a sister except to pick her up. Unknown


  26. Bless you, my darling, and remember you are always in the heart - oh tucked so close there is no chance of escape - of your sister. Katherine Mansfield


  27. Sweet is the voice of a sister in the season of sorrow. Benjamin Disraeli


  28. A sister is one who reaches for your hand and touches your heart. Unknown


  29. A sister is the one friend who remains when all others walk away. Unknown


  30. A sister is a gift from God, sent from above to make life worthwhile here below. Unknown


  31. No one knows better than a sister how we grew up, and who our friends, teachers and favorite toys were. No one knows better than she ... Dale V. Atkins


  32. For there is no friend like a sister, in calm or stormy weather, to cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands. Christina G. Rossetti


  33. A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost. Marion C Garretty


  34. How wide and sweet and wild motherhood and sisterhood can be. Rebecca Wells


  35. Our roots say we're sisters, our hearts say we're friends. Unknown


  36. The best thing about having a sister is I always have a friend. Unknown


  37. Sisters are blossoms in the garden of life. Unknown


  38. In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips. Unknown


  39. A sister shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams. Unknown


  40. A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life. Isadora James



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Free Wordpress Scrapbook Theme Brown Stitch

For all the free Wordpress themes available on the net the free Wordpress scrapbooking themes are few and far between which is why I think you will be pleased with Brown Stitch. Brown Stitch is a free Wordpress scrapbooking theme that has been crafted especially for Wordpress scrapbooking bloggers but is also suitable for a craft blog or papercraft blog or a sewing blog even. Brown Stitch has a 2 column layout, right sidebar, attractive post divider, top navigation menu and a fixed 3 column footer. The color scheme of this free Wordpress theme is appealing - a white content area and brown and pale blue highlights. If you are looking for a simple and free Wordpress theme for a scrapbooking personal blog you are going to love Brown Stitch.

Designed by Kathie and Andrew at SimplyWP

Features
3 column design, right sidebar, post divider, top navigation menu, 3 column footer

Brown Stitch - Free Wordpress Scrapbooking Theme - 3 column design, right sidebar, post divider, top navigation menu, 3 column footer
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Please note: This template is released under Creative Commons License. If you decide to use this template please do not remove the credits in the footer.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Free Wordpress Theme Scrapbook Floral Day

Scrapbook Floral Day is a free Wordpress scrapbooking theme that I am sure will please anyone looking for a craft, papercraft, sewing or scrapbook theme for their Wordpress blog. Scrapbook Floral Day comes with a 2 column design, right sidebar, post divider, top navigation menu and 3 column footer. This free Wordpress theme has an appealing white, brown and green color scheme which is sure to please. Ideal for a scrapbooking personal blog.

Designed by Kathie and Andrew at SimplyWP

Features
3 column design, right sidebar, post divider, navigation menu, 3 column footer

Scrapbook Floral Day - Free Wordpress Scrapbooking Theme
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Please note: This template is released under Creative Commons License. If you decide to use this template please do not remove the credits in the footer.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Free Blogger Template Scrapbook Mania

Scrapbook Mania, a free scrapbooking template (Blogspot template scrapbooking) is now available for Blogger blogs (Blogspot blogs). Converted from Wordpress this scrapbooking template has 2 columns, a right sidebar, and post divider between posts. Scrapbook Mania comes gravatar and widget ready and is ideal for a personal blog, craft blog, scrapbooking blog, papercraft blog or art blog.

Designed by Kathie and Andrew at SimplyWP
Converted to Blogger by: Cebong Ipiet

Features
2 columns, right sidebar, post divider, browser-tested

Scrapbook Mania - Free Blogger Scrapbooking Template - Free Blogspot Scrapbooking Template
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Please note: This template is released under Creative Commons License. If you decide to use this template please do not remove the credits in the footer.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Free Wordpress Theme Scrapbook Mania

Less than two weeks ago Scrapbook Mania, a Wordpress scrapbooking theme was released. Scrapbook Mania has a 2 column design, right sidebar, and is gravatar and widget ready. This simple design is perfect for a personal blog, craft, scrapbooking, papercraft or art blog.

Designed by Kathie and Andrew at SimplyWP

Features
2 column design, right sidebar, post divider, browser-tested, page navigation, widget ready, gravatar ready, threaded comment ready.

Tested in major browsers (i.e. Firefox, IE7, IE8, Safari, Opera)
Compatible with latest Wordpress and older versions


Scrapbook Mania - Free Wordpress Scrapbooking Theme
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Please note: This template is released under Creative Commons License. If you decide to use this template please do not remove the credits in the footer.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Scrapbook Blogger Template Paper Craft

Scouting for free Blogger templates? I have just stumbled across Paper Craft, a very appealing free Blogger template (Blogspot template) that I am dying to tell you about. It was only released less than a week ago so this really is hot off the press. Converted from Wordpress Paper Craft has all the hallmarks of a premium template such as professional styling, 3 columns, and a navigation menu. Use it for scrapbooking, blogs about arts and crafts and general purpose personal blogs.

Features
3 columns, 2 right sidebars, navigation menu, RSS subscribe, search box, artistic styling

Designed by: Template Lite
Converted to Blogger by: Alvaris Falcon

Paper Craft - Free Blogger Template - Free Blogspot template
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Please note: This template is released under Creative Commons License. If you decide to use this template please do not remove the credits in the footer.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Best Friendship Quotes for Scrapbooking

How often do you go hunting for friendship quotes for scrapbooking only to find a bunch of trite and overstated ones? That's why I have put together this handy list of some of my all time favorite useable friendship quotes for scrapbooking. Most of these are contempory with a few classical friendship quotes thrown in for good measure. While I have numbered this list the friendship quotations themselves are actually in no particular order. I am also including some links to sites with good stocks of friendship quotes. Enjoy!


  1. To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed - That can make life a garden. Goethe


  2. Friends are the sunshine of life. John Hay


  3. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow - Don't walk behind me, I may not lead - Just walk beside me and be my friend. Unknown


  4. Your friends will know you better in the first minute they meet you than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years. Richard Bach


  5. A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. Unknown


  6. A friend is a gift you give yourself. Robert Louis Stevenson


  7. It is the friends that you can call at 4 A.M. that matter. Marlene Dietrich


  8. A friend is someone who allows us the space and freedom to be. Debbie Alicen


  9. My friend. You never expect too much of me. You are glad when I succeed but failure makes no difference to you. You give me all the help you can - but, more important, you are simply there. Wendy Jean Smith


  10. My best friend is the one that brings out the best in me. Henry Ford


  11. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. Dinah Maria Mulock Craik


  12. A friend by a phone call, a popping in, a chance meeting, a small unexpected surprise, puts a little jam on the day's bread and butter. J.R.C.


  13. A friend never says "I told you so" - even when she did. Wendy Jean Smith


  14. Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts. Margaret Lee Runbeck


  15. A friend is someone who arrives when you have the flu with a bag of oranges, the thriller you wanted to read and a bunch of flowers. They put the flowers in a vase, make you a hot drink, do the washing up - and go. Pam Brown


  16. Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. Anais Nin


  17. Can miles truly separate us from friends? If we want to be with someone we love, aren't we already there? Richard Bach


  18. Hold a true friend with both your hands. In a friend you find a second self. Isabelle Norton


  19. "Are we going to be friends forever?" Asked Piglet. "Even longer", Pooh answered. A.A. Milne


  20. Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another "What you too? I thought I was the only one. C.S. Lewis


  21. Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. Helen Keller


  22. Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything. Muhammad Ali


  23. Good friends are like angels, you dont have to see them, to know they are there. Unknown


  24. I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing. Katherine Mansfield


  25. What is a friend? I will tell you...it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself. Frank Crane


  26. Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust


  27. A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. Walter Winchell


  28. The only way to have a friend is to be one. Ralph Waldo Emerson


  29. A friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be somewhere else. Unknown


  30. Love is temporary...but friends are forever. Kelly Wheeler


  31. A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked. Bernard Meltzer


  32. Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends. Cindy Lew


  33. Friends are like melons; shall I tell you why? To find one good you must one hundred try. Claude Mermet


  34. Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
    Aristotle


  35. Wherever you may be it is your friends who make your world. Unknown


  36. Friends are the chocolate chips in the cookie of life. Unknown


  37. A best friend is a sister that destiny forgot to give you. Unknown


  38. The real test of friendship is: can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple? Eugene Kennedy


  39. A circle is round it has no end, that's how long I want to be your friend! Unknown


  40. When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. Henri Nouwen


  41. Some people come into our lives,leave footprints on our hearts,and we are never the same. Unknown


  42. The most beautiful discovery that true friends can make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. Unknown


  43. A friend is someone who reaches out for your hand...and touches your heart. Unknown


  44. The language of friendship is not words but meanings. Henry David Thoreau


  45. Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them. Francesco Guicciardini


  46. Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait to hear the answer. Unknown


  47. A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. Unknown


  48. A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. Arnold H. Glasow


  49. A joy shared is a joy doubled. Goethe


  50. The best mirror is an old friend. Proverb


  51. Hold a true friend with both your hands. Nigerian Proverb


  52. Of all the things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship. Epicurus


  53. Love is blind, but friendship is clairvoyant. Unknown


  54. A friend can tell you things you don't want to tell yourself. Frances Ward Weller


  55. A friend is a person before whom I may think aloud. Ralph Waldo Emerson


  56. Friends are like quilts: Lives pieced together, stitched with memories, and bound by love. Unknown


  57. Friendship begins because even without words we understand how someone feels. Joan Walsh Anglund


  58. A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away. Arabian Proverb


  59. Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts. Margaret Lee Runbeck


  60. She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind. Toni Morrison


  61. I believe in angels, the kind Heaven sends. I am surrounded by angels, but I call them my best friends. Unknown


  62. Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness. Dag Hammarskjold


  63. A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world. Leo Buscaglia


  64. Friendship is the golden thread that ties all hearts together. Unknown


  65. Friend - a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection and loyalty. Collins English Dictionary



Friendship Quotes Links
  1. Friendship Quotes from the Holiday Spot
  2. Famous Friendship Quotes
  3. Friendship Quotes from Brainy Quote

Hope you have enjoyed this list of friendship quotations for scrapbookers. I will be adding to this list of scrapbooking friendship quotes as time goes on so please remember to bookmark this page so you can return easily. If you have a favorite friendship quote that isn't on the list but you reckon it ought to be please let me know.



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Friday, July 24, 2009

Free Wordpress Theme Green Scrapbook Diary

If you are looking for a great free scrapbooking theme for a Wordpress blog then consider the Green Scrapbook Diary template. Made with scrapbooking bloggers in mind, the Green Scrapbook theme has a nicely styled and visually pleasing layout. The 3 columns which includes 2 right sidebars creates plenty of room for all the widgets you might want to add. The Green Scrapbook Diary template has also been converted into a free Blogger Scrapbooking template if you need this theme in the Blogger (Blogspot) format.

Designed by Kathie and Andrew at SimplyWP

Features
3 column design, right sidebar, post divider

Green Scrapbook Diary - Free Wordpress Theme

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Please note: This template is released under Creative Commons License. If you decide to use this template please do not remove the credits in the footer.

Related Links
Free Wordpress Scrapbooking Themes
Free Scrapbooking Blogger Templates



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Monday, July 13, 2009

Free Joomla Scrapbook Template RedEvo

RedEvo is a free scrapbooking template for Joomla 1.5. RedEvo has been kicking around for a while now but may still be of interest to scrapbookers wanting to use the Joomla content management system.

Features
2 column design, default Joomla menu
License: GNU/GPL

RedEvo - Free Joomla 1.5 Scrapbooking Theme

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Related Links
Free Wordpress Scrapbooking Themes
Free Blogger Scrapbooking Templates



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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Free Scrapbooking XML Blogger Template

Mode Parisienne is a free XML Blogger Scrapbooking Template released last year. If you are looking for a very simple 2 column design you may find this Blogger template suits you.

Features
2 column design, white background, right sidebar

Designed by: Yummy Lolly

Free Blogger XML Template - Mode Parisienne


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Please note: This template is released under Creative Commons License. If you decide to use this template please do not remove the credits in the footer.

Related Links
Other Free Scrapbooking Blogger Templates
Green Scrapbook Diary
MyScrapblog



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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Blogger Scrapbooking Template Craftwork

The number of free Blogger scrapbooking templates on the internet is pretty limited. After combing the net I found Craft Work, a free Blogger scrapbooking template (free Blogspot scrapbooking template) designed for personal blogs with an art, craft, sewing or scrapbooking theme. The design of this Blogger theme with its stylized flowers, buttons, hessian and stitching embellishments is absolutely gorgeous and nicely offsets the white content area. Craft Work has a 2 column layout, right sidebar, navigation menu, built-in site search box and a RSS subscribe button. If you are looking for that special template for a craft or scrapbooking Blogger blog you will enjoy this simple yet beautifully crafted free Blogger template.

Designed by EzWp Themes
Converted to Blogger by: Blogger FAQs

Features
2 columns, right sidebar, top navigation menu, RSS subscribe, search box, fixed width, stylized flowers, stitching

Suitable for blogs with a scrapbooking, art, craft, handcraft, papercraft, sewing theme.

2 columns, right sidebar, top navigation menu, RSS subscribe, search box, fixed width, stylized flowers, stitching

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Please note: This template is released under Creative Commons License. If you decide to use this template please do not remove the credits in the footer.

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Green Scrapbook Diary
MyScrapblog
Free Blogger Templates for Scrapbooking
Free Wordpress Scrapbooking Themes



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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Blogger Scrapbooking Template MyScrapblog

Since finding the free Blogger Scrapbooking Template - Green Scrapbook Diary I have found another free Blogger template called MyScrapblog. MyScrapblog is in brownish khaki tones with a tartan accent.

Features
3 column design, brown, fixed width, right sidebar

Designed by: Ipietoon

MyScrapblog - Free Blogger Template theme

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Please note: This template is released under Creative Commons License. If you decide to use this template please do not remove the credits in the footer.

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Green Scrapbook Diary
Free Scrapbooking Blogger Templates



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Monday, May 25, 2009

Blogger Template Green Scrapbook Diary

If you have a scrapbooking Blogger Blogspot blog then you may be surfing the net looking for free Blogger scrapbooking templates.

I recently came across a scrapbook-themed free Blogger template called the Green Scrapbook Diary which was designed by Kathie and Andrew at SimplyWP and bloggerized by Ipietoon

Features
3 column design, adapted from Wordpress, right sidebar

Green Scrapbook Diary - Free Blogger Template theme

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Please note: This template is released under Creative Commons License. If you decide to use this template please do not remove the credits in the footer.

Related Links
Free Blogger Templates - MyScrapBlog
Free Scrapbooking Blogger Templates



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Sunday, May 17, 2009

List of Scrapbooking Clip Art Online

You can never have enough scrapbooking clip art can you? Here is a list of some websites where you will find graphics and clip art on a variety of themes such as travel, nature, kids, babies, holidays, food all suitable for scrapbooking.

Scrapbookscrapbook
Free downloadable graphics for your album pages. Customisable graphics for your particular layout. Themes include: nature, holidays, school, kids, babies, food.

HP Scrapbooking
Free printable layouts, artwork, and projects for scrapbooking. Travel and general use.

Cute Colors
Free scrapbooking clip art with particular emphasis on babies and kids. Cute and lovable images such as pandas and bunnies.



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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Free Digital Scrapbooking Kits Online

Whether you are new to digital scrapbooking or a seasoned scrapbooker you will find some great free digital scrapbooking kits online. Many designers give away digital scrapbooking kits to encourage you to buy which is good news if you want a quality kit to play around with and enjoy.

A word of warning about downloading free digital scrapbooking kits. Only download from scrapbooking websites you trust (those below are reputable). Many scrapbooking websites require that you join their mailing list or get a free gift of digital scrapbooking kits if you become a paid member. Watch out for the free offer that isn't really free at all.

Here is a list of websites to go to online to find free digital scrapbooking kits. There is no catch with these free digital scrapbooking kits. These digital kits are absolutely FREE.

Shabby Princess
Offers free "shabby chic" scrapbooking digital kits to download and enjoy. Please note file sizes are quite large and can take a while to download.

Two Peas in a Bucket
More than 70 free sample digital scrapbooking kits to download

Free Digital Scrapbooking
Lots of free mini digital scrapbooking kits to download



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Friday, May 1, 2009

Scrapbookers List of Fonts Online

There are literally thousands of true type fonts available to spice up your scrapbooking pages. Whether you are scrapbooking digitally or using traditional methods you will surely find the exact font that will do justice to your pages.

I find it useful to download fonts to my computer so I always have some basic choice of fonts on hand if I need them.

Here is a handy list for scrapbookers of good places to find collections of fonts for scrapbooking online.

Two Peas in a Bucket
More than 20 true-type fonts specifically for scrapbooking to download and enjoy.'

dafont.com
A huge collection of fonts for general personal use. Searchable database.

1001 Free Fonts
An assortment of fonts downloadable for personal use.

Simply The Best Fonts
Browse by alphabetical font listing or by font category through a large range of fonts.

Urban Fonts
Preview and download a collection of free fonts in a range of styles



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Friday, April 24, 2009

Simple Photo Matting for Scrapbookers

Most photographs can be enhanced by fixing them to coloured cardstock. This process, known as matting, is one of the most simple and effective ways to display your photographs.

Mounting a photograph on cardstock is easy. Begin by choosing a colour which complements or contrasts with the basic colours in the photo. A mat ought to add interest and definition. If you are unsure what colour to pick most photographs work well with strong plain backgrounds. Black can be particularly effective. Once you feel confident in your choice you might like to experiment more with patterns to produce original and eye-catching effects.

Simple Steps to Mat a Photo

  1. Apply tape, photo stickers or adhesive to the back of your photograph.

  2. Fix photo to your chosen cardstock by placing it on one corner. Line up the edges of the photo with the edges of the cardstock. Ensure that you leave a small border on the bottom and side of the photo.

  3. Once the photo is adhered to the cardstock use scissors to cut around the image. Make sure you leave enough of a border of backing card to work with.

  4. Finally trim remaining sides of cardstock to the same amount of border all the way around. A guillotine, if you have one, is very useful for this purpose.

  5. You are now ready to use your matted photo in your layout.



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Friday, April 17, 2009

Handy Scrapbooking Tools for Beginners

Beyond the basic equipment for the beginner there are other handy items that can be added over time to you scrapbooking kit. Here is a list of some useful tools:

Rubber Stamps
There are a variety of rubber stamps on the market for scrapbooking and cardmaking. Stamps can be used to add decoration to the page and for titles and journalling. Inkpads come in different colours. Make sure you only buy inkpads that are acid free and contain permanent ink.

Craft Knife
Craft knifes can be a godsend for cutting out titles. Make sure you use a cutting mat at all times. If you choose a cutting mat with a grid you will find it makes cutting and measuring much easier.

Paper Trimmer
One of my favourite scrapbooking items is my paper trimmer. It cuts paper and card up to 12x12. I use the Kaiser brand which has a variety of interchangeable blades but there are many others on the market to choose from. The beauty of interchangeable blades is that I can easily get the kind of look I want such as scalloping with a flick of a switch.

Eyelet Tool
If you intend to add a lot of embellishments to your pages you might find an eyelet tool useful. You can buy a kit that includes a hole punch with a variety of different hole sizes.

Embellishments
Embellishments add interest and flair to your pages depending on your theme and the look you are hoping for. Try buttons, paper, fabric such as ribbons and twill tape, tags, wire and metal.



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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Scrapbookers Guide to Cropping Photos

Not every photo that you will want to use in your scrapbooking pages will be perfect. Once processed you might be disappointed to find that your best pictures have distracting backgrounds or other features that detract from the overall quality or effect you are looking for. One very simple way to immediately improve your photos is to crop them.

Cropping is a very easy technique whereby unwanted details of the photo are eliminated leaving only the parts of the image that are desired. Professionals use heavy pieces of black card cut at right angles which are placed on the photograph to help them decide how much of the photograph to crop. Simply by moving the corners closer together different amounts of cropping of the image can be tested. Once the desired result is achieved the corner points are marked and joined on the image with a sharp pencil. Using the pencil lines as guides the image is then cropped with a paper trimmer or guillotine.

You can achieve great effects with cropping too by creating your own "croppers."

How to Make Your Own Pair of Croppers
Using stiff black cardstock and starting in the righthand corner cut out one right angle measuring 10cm x 2.5cm. Then repeat this process using the same dimensions as before but this time starting at the bottom lefthand corner. You will then have two right angles to use with your smaller photographs to help you with your cropping decisions. Croppers can be any size you wish. Another useful size for larger photographs is 15cm x 3cm.



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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Create a Scrapbooking Inspiration Book

Inspiration books can be one of the most useful tools for scrapbooking. I carry a book around with me where ever I go and jot down ideas as they come to me. A few hurriedly scribbled notes is enough for me to make sure that a wonderful idea doesn't disappear into the ether. I know others who keep an inspiration book handy too and they swear by it.

Your inspiration book doesn't have to be anything fancy. I like a book with unlined pages so that I can sketch a page layout easily. I like to tear out ideas from magazines and other places and paste them into my book. It is a great place to keep those inspirational quotes and great one-liners that you come across too.

Next time you are at the store pick up a book and make it your own. You'll be glad you did.



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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Scrapbook Your Childhood and Remember

Scrapbooking your childhood memories can be very powerful. Writing things down and looking at old photos is a trigger for many memories to come flooding back. How easy these memories can get lost in the busyness of our lives. Why not capture these in a childhood memory album and preserve those memories for yourself and future generations to enjoy?

Getting Started

Choose a 12x12 album for this project. Chances are you have lots of pictures you want to include and a smaller album will limit you too much.

Start a timeline and place the most significant events of your life on it. Collect key photos that match various life events and experiences. Very likely you will be presenting your album chronologically but consider other ways to catalogue your memories such as themes. I have seen some wonderful albums created using themes such as my school, my friends, family vacations, our house etc.

Keep a notebook and take time to jot down memories as they come to you. What stories do others tell about you? Did you have favourite ones as a child? You may need to ask other family members for their thoughts and ideas. Once you get started you'll be surprised about how much comes back to you. Give this project some thought after all you are investing in you. If you do I'm sure you'll be pleased with the result.

Journalling starters to get you thinking about your childhood

Your earliest memory, your house(s), your room, holidays and vacations, schools, neighbours, family members, friends, favourite hobbies and pasttimes, achievements, clubs, sports, memorable people, favourite foods, favourite songs, favourite toys and belongings, favourite clothes.

This article has provided some practical advice to get you started on a memory album of your childhood including journalling starters, timelines, album choice.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Create a Free Scrapbooking Blog

A great way to showcase your scrapbooking to friends and family is to create a free scrapbooking blog at Blogger.com (Blogspot.com). You can create a blog and your friends and family will be able to read all about your activities and get to see some of your scrapbooking in the process. Blogging is easy with the powerful software provided absolutely free by Blogger.com. Start building your blog today and you will be pleased you took on this creative project.


What is a Blog?
A blog which is short for weblog is an online diary where you can regularly post commentaries, tell stories, describe events and happenings using text, pictures and video. This site is an example of a blog. My object is to inform and share knowledge about scrapbooking to anyone who visits. Your blog may be specifically for invited guests only or open it to the whole world. It's up to you.

Some of the Main Features of Blogger.com

Simple user-friendly interface
No restrictions on bandwidth
Unlimited video storage using YouTube
Photo storage using Picasa Web Album (1 GB)
Support for Mobile blogging
Powerful blogging platform
User advertising banners and Google Adsense allowed


How Do I Get an Account at Blogger.com?
Anyone can sign up at Blogger.com. If you already have a Google account (eg gmail email address) you will find the process of signing up to Blogger.com very easy since Google owns the Blogger platform. The advantage of using your existing Google account is that you can gain instant access to other Google Services such as Picasa Web Albums and Google Reader. If you don't have a Google Account it is easy to apply for one during the sign up process to Blogger.com.

Once you have a Google account you are ready to sign on at Blogger.com. Simply direct your browser to Blogger.com and click on the "Create an Account" button.

Setting Up an Account at Blogger.com
Setting up your blog is a 3 step process: creating an account, naming your blog and choosing a template. You will be prompted for a name which you will use to sign all of your blog posts. As you will see your email address becomes your account name. Once you have created an account you will be free to create as many blogs as you wish using the one account.

Create an Account
Naming your blog requires some thought. Choose a name that is short, memorable and is associated with your blog theme. Long names are difficult to remember and are therefore best avoided. If possible use a keyword or phrase for your blog in the blog title.

The next choice you will be asked to make is to select a template. This can be changed at a later date so don't worry if you are uncertain about your choice at this stage. Choose the template that most closely resembles the look and feel of the site you wish to create. There are a few scrapbooking templates available free on the internet like the one I am using so don't worry too much about the look at this stage. On this site I blog about scrapbooking templates as they are released so check back here often for updates.

Configuring Blogger.com Settings

Basic Settings
Before launching into your first post you will need to set up a few blog settings. From the "Settings" tab click on the "Basic" link and enter the blog title you wish to use and a short description of your site on the page which appears. Make sure you select no to the questions let search engines find your blog and list your blog in blogger if you want your blog to be private. Save these settings by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page.

Formatting
Under the "Formatting" link you will need to adjust the date format and time for your blog according to your geographical location. Don't forget to save these changes.

Commenting
In the "Comments" section you can control how people can comment on your blog. If you want your blog to be private then set comments to members only otherwise set to Anyone. Set the Moderate Comments option to always if you are allowing your blog to be viewed by everyone otherwise you will receive unwelcome spam.

Comment Moderation

Permissions
You can choose to keep your blog private, invite readers to visit your blog or open your blog up to anyone and everyone.

Once these basic settings are configured you will be in a position to start making posts to your blog. Use the preview button often to help you confirm your changes are successful.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Essential Supplies for Scrapbooking Beginners

Many people think that they need a lot of equipment to scrapbook but a beginner can get by with only a few essential items. Here's a list to get you on your way at very little expense.

Scissors
Ensure that whatever scissors you buy are sharp and easy to use.  I find a small sharp pair for cutting around lettering and small shapes useful.  Also it is handy to have a larger pair for general cutting.

Adhesive
Choose eiither double-sided tape or photo stickers.  Photo stickers are easy use and are suitable for photographs.  They come on a runner which makes them easy to handle. Glue dots can be useful for sticking down heavy card. What ever adhesive you choose make sure it is acid free and archive safe.

Pens
Acid free permanent scrapbooking pens are readily available and relatively cheap. A fine tip and a thicker tip for journalling and decorating pages will be enough to get you started. There a range of colours available but black is probably the most useful colour.

Trimmer or Guillotine
A guillotine is useful for trimming card and cropping photographs.  You will get much straighter edges than what can be achieved with scissors.

Card and Paper
Make sure that any card you buy is acid and lignin free to prevent deterioration of your precious photographs.  If you don't you will find your photographs turning yellow and fading as the chemicals in the card and paper eat away at them.

Albums
Albums are available in different sizes.  For a beginner the standard 12x12 album size is a good choice. Scrapbooking albums are acid free, photo-safe and are usually marked archival quality. They are a bit more expensive than other kinds of photo albums but it is worth paying a little more to get an album which will protect your photographs from premature aging. Don't try to economise on this.  It really is not worth it.



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Monday, February 16, 2009

Guide to Scrapbooking Your First Page

Are you new to scrapbooking and not sure where to begin? Scrapbooking is a fun and engrossing hobby but it can also be a bit overwhelming at first. That's why I've written this simple guide to walk you through the process of creating your first scrapbooking page. Let's get started.

The key to good scrapbooking is ORGANISATION. Remember the more organised you are the better the flow. This is particularly important if you have time constraints. There is nothing more annoying than sitting down to scrap only to find that you have forgotten an essential item. If you are a person who likes lists you might find it helpful to make one to manage your project but this is a matter of individual style and ways of working.

Photos

Gather together the photos you would like to display on the page. You probably have more than you need. That's OK because you can narrow your selection later. Choose the best images and any that simply must be included. Any photos left over can be stored in another album elsewhere or given away to family or friends.

Until you are confident it may be best to start with photos that can easily be replaced in case you make a mistake that you can't readily rectify. Adopting this strategy will give you the confidence to just have a play around without fear of getting it wrong which is an important creative principle.

Journaling

Consider your journaling carefully. What would you like to say about these photos? Do you want to tell a story? Give the basic facts? What feeling do you want to convey? Write down your ideas. Make notes. This will help jog your memory. Are there facts you need to check up on? If so do this before you start your page.

The aim of good journaling is to say enough about what is occurring to inform but not overshadow the photos or bombard anyone looking at the page with too many facts. Telling a story is a very effective journaling technique. Make your page personal to you. Your family and friends will want to know the story behind the photos. Journaling is best when its kept simple but make sure you cover the basics:

Describe what is happening in the photos

Include the dates the photos were taken or the events occurred

Name the people/places in the photos

Tell the story in you own hand. Handwriting makes your journaling more personal. Later on you can try out computer journaling but for now stick with pen and ink

Buying Your Scrapbooking Supplies

Scrapbooking supply stores can be a bit daunting at first but contrary to popular belief you don't need to spend a whole lot to get started. Think about what you need before visiting the store so that you stay within your budget and don't buy items that aren't really necessary. If you have a theme in mind such as a wedding or holiday that this page will form part of you might consider buying extra supplies to ensure consistency.

To get started you are going to need:

An album
12x12. Make sure it is archival safe and acid free

Adhesive
Photo corners on a runner or adhesive tape. Acid and lignin free.

Cardstock
Buy individually or in a small pack so that you only buy what you are going to use.

Stickers (Optional)
Useful for titling and to enhance theme.

Embellishments
Embellishments such as die cuts, brads etc. Make sure they suit your theme.

Many beginners find that a scrapbooking kit is a good way to start off. Kits take the headache out of shopping for your scrapbooking supplies especially if you are struggling to coordinate items. Usually all of the above apart from the adhesive are included in a kit making it cost effective. An added advantage is that kits contain papers both coloured and patterned along with embellishments which all match each other. Read more about basic equipment.

Designing Your Scrapbook Page

If you are new to scrapbooking it can be helpful to take a look at pages created by others. There are a variety of scrapbooking magazines on the market many of which include quite detailed descriptions of the resources used to create the page. Your local library is a good place to start if you are in need of inspiration.

Layout is one of the most important aspects of scrapbooking. Before adhering any pictures to the page try out different positions until you are happy with the arrrangement. Ensure you leave enough room for your journalling and any embellishments you want to include.

If you are struggling with the layout there are some good resources on the net. Try our web resources section for links to sites providing layouts and sketches suitable for most types of project.

Layouts are only a guide to get you underway. Remember you have the freedom to change the design to suit your own particular needs. If you need to add extra journalling or substitute a larger image for smaller photos go right ahead.

After you have decided on a layout that you are happy with assemble the page. You may need to do this in a particular order depending on the desired effect. Take your time putting it all together to ensure accuracy. Measure distances and ensure that all elements on the page are properly aligned before sticking them down. Finally pop your page into a plastic sleeve from your album to protect it from accidental soiling.

This article describes how to go about putting your first scrapbooking page together from shopping for supplies to adhering your photos and embellishments to the page.



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6 Main Elements of Scrapbooking Layouts

There are six main elements in a scrapbooking layout. A scrapbooking page usually includes photos, matting, a title, journalling, embellishments, borders.

Photo or Photos
Photos are the backbone of your layout. A scrapbooking layout has at least one photo depicting an event or feeling. Use only your best photos as poor (eg out of focus, badly framed, distracting backgrounds) detract from the overall effect.

Matting
Matting refers to a piece of cardstock used to accentuate a photo. The cardstock is placed underneath the photo to create an all-around border effect. This helps the photo stand out from other elements in the layout and therefore grab the viewer's attention.

Matting the focal point photo is a very effective technique to add interest to your page. Or you can choose to matt all the photos in the layout and either add a different colour of matt to your focal point photo or double or triple matt it for emphasis. Plain or patterned paper can be used depending on the effect you want.

Title
Choose your title carefully. A good title sums up or highlights the theme of the page. It should be snappy and add punch to your page. Simple words, phrases, place names, names of people and sayings can all be used successfully as titles.

A title can be placed in many different positions on the page not just in the top position. The point of a title is to catch the attention of anyone looking at your page. A title is an important element as it helps to add balance to your page. Our eyes are used to scanning a page for the title so place your title in a position that will draw the viewer's eye to it.

Titles can made out of just about anything. Beginner scrapbookers will find stickers, die cuts, stencils, cut outs and computer generated fonts are all good for titling. Consider using your own handwriting for a more personal touch.

Journalling
Journalling expands or explains the story depicted in your photos. It fills in the details for anyone looking at your pages. For this reason your journalling should cover the bases so that the viewer will be informed about what is occurring in the photos without having to ask the what, why, when, who and how types of questions. Short descriptions, letters, captions, quotes, song lyrics, poems and verses are all possible journalling mediums.

Journalling can be set out in a variety of effective ways. The easiest method for the beginner is to write directly on the background paper. Other choices include writing in journaling boxes using cardstock and on patterned papers, vellum or other textured papers. If you need to keep your journalling more private consider placing it in a pocket on the page.

Embellishments
Scrapbooking pages can be accented with a variety of embellishments. These add interest and highlight the page visually. Types of suitable embellishments include stickers, buttons, ribbons, brads, eyelets, silk flowers, and slide mounts to name a few. Embellishments are most effective when kept to a minimum. Be careful not to overshadow your photos and journalling with too many embellishments which take the viewer's attention from the page.

Photo corners can add another decorative element to your pages. When placed at each corner of the photo they help to draw the viewer's eye to the photo. Ribbons and brads can also be used to create a similar focal point.

Borders
Borders can be added to the sides, top and bottom of the layout to add visual interest. Decorative borders can be created out of many materials including cardstock, patterned paper, fabric, tags, charms, metal and many more.

Now that you have learned the elements that make up a scrapbooking layout you are now ready to have some fun creating your scrapbooking pages.



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