Sunday, July 31, 2016

Scrapbook Process - Completed Scrapbook Storage (July 2016)

Hi Paper Crafters,

Ahh! The sound of relief. We have lived in our two-story house for almost 10 years. In fact, we purchased our house on my 40th birthday, guess what is quickly approaching?! You got it, number 50! In those 10 years, our family scrapbooks have been stored in a great closet that fit them very well. The DOWNSIDE, the closet is right under our upstairs laundry room. Yikes!

I ordered two Better Homes and Garden 8-cube shelving units in an espresso color to go with our dark wood furniture in our formal living room. My husband was so kind. He built them and attached them to the wall for stabilizing. The rest is up to me... Here you can see that I have filled the first one. The second one will be filled tomorrow with the albums I have upstairs that are in the works. I am crossing my fingers I will have some room to grow once I am done. You know that I do not plan to stop taking photos.


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Kim Ferguson
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Scrapbook Stash - Dollar Tree Haul (July 2016)

Hi Paper Crafters,

I am here on behalf of loyal subscriber, Lydia aka my mom. She and I have been partnering in encouraging one another in our endeavor to organize our spaces. Today she made a trip to Dollar Tree for some organization storage solutions. With her permission I am sharing her photo of goodies:


Looking over her finds, I know how I have used some of these items on my current craft table for organizational purposes. The middle clear containers with purple lids are perfect to put your embossing powder in for ease of use. You can stamp your image onto your cardstock with the embossing ink of choice, use a spoon (ice cream sample sized-spoon) to pour the powder over your stamped image. Tap off the powder into the container. No need for scratch paper to pour the powder back in to the small cylinder shaped bottles the powder comes in.

The purple tubs with the #2 are what I use on my craft table to store my scissors, date stamps, handheld hole punches and one for a small garbage.

I am sure you have seen my many cube storage containers in prior posts. I use them in a cube shelving unit to house my sticker collection (which is HUGE by the way).

You will see in the photo below a use for the elastic headbands (6 for $1) at Dollar Tree. I have one around my Close To My Heart planner, Here Lydia is using one to keep her Zentangle art journal closed.


Join our forces, share how you keep organized, and of course where you shop to catch a bargain or two. Together we can be of encouragement to one another to stay motivated.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Scrapbook Stash - Bi-Mart Haul (July 2016)

Hi Paper Crafters,

Popping in this evening with a haul overview from of all places, Bi-Mart. I do not frequent Bi-Mart, but when I do happen to stop in for a quick shopping trip in our local area, I check out the craft clearance. Today was another day of crafting happiness.


One tool I see so many use for their heat embossing on cards is the EK Success powder tool. To date, I have not owned one as they are a bit pricey, and I typically use my 40-50% coupons on other items. I am now a proud owner of such a tool, as I found one at Bi-Mart for $2.39! I Googled prices and here is what I found:

I also purchased an EK Success cutting mat to keep on hand for a replacement come time to dispose of my current mats. The price... $3.69! Here is a small price comparison:
The other items were 6x6 paper pads from BoBunny $2.99, Echo Park $2.79, Simple Stories $2.79 and Die Cuts With a View $2.99. These can typically be found for $5.99 each. Yay!

My other purchases of the day from Bi-Mart were organization storage for my craft table. I purchased another single drawer stackable container (holds my adhesive) and one with three drawers (holds my 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock for card bases).



Be sure to always check out the store clearance areas for some great paper crafting bargains. Another place to rummage through is Target, I have found some great deals there as well. 

Have you found any great bargain lately, please share in the comments below.

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Enjoy!


Kim Ferguson
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Extended 12 x 12 Scrapbook Layout - Old Country Buffet DC (July 2016)

Hi Paper Crafters,

I have worked a bit more with my D.C. layout I posted a couple days ago. There were some additional photos from that first evening in D.C. A couple of the photos were of poor quality due to the lighting in the restaurant. I still wanted to use them, as they were the only photos of my son and friends hot sauce challenge.

With the use of Flip Flaps (or similar products) you can extend the size of a single layout. The Flip Flaps are simply adhered to the outside of a page protector. You have the flexibility of where you place the Flips Flaps and how many you put on a single page protector. This product does come in a variety of sizes. Be sure to search my blog for "Flip Flap" to see other uses within my albums.

I will be using the Flip Flaps on future layouts. Be sure to stay tuned, you will fall in love with this product as much as I have.

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 Enjoy!

Kim Ferguson
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

12 x 12 Scrapbook Layout - Dusk at the Washington Monument (July 2016)

Hi Paper Crafters,

The school where I teach offers a Washington D.C. trip every other year for the high school students. I was given the pleasure of heading two separate trips in 2010 and 2012. Today's post is of one layout I embellished from the 2010 trip. The reason for the detour, I had to take the D.C. trip pages out of the pink album I needed for the second half of my 2013 pages. It was fun to take a detour.

My photos have already been scrapbooked for both of my trips, however no embellishing was done at the time. Do you see my game plan yet? I typically mass produce my scrapbooks by simply mounting my photos and memorabilia, then I try to go back and be creative. This is only due to the fact that I am behind in working on them dated back to 2004. I used to be caught up in my scrapbooks (photos, memorabilia, journaling and embellishing) to the roll of film in my camera. Long gone are those days since I went to college and now work as a teacher.

Supplies used are again from my stash. I know there are Paper Pizzazz papers, and Paper House stickers. The rest are unknown. The silhouette of Washington came from a student art book my boys had in elementary school. I sponge distressed the edges of the paper with Close To My Heart Outdoor Denim ink.

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Enjoy!

Kim Ferguson
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Saturday, July 23, 2016

12 x 12 Scrapbook Layout - Las Vegas Trip re-post (July 2016)

Hi Paper Crafters,

On June 30th I posted a message about my absence from social media. Included within that post were photos of my completed layouts of my son's 21st birthday Las Vegas trip. I wanted to be sure to share them again under their own post for ease of future topic searches.

These pages were a stretch outside of the box in some regards for me. I have been watching many YouTube scrapbookers who use a lot of layering, the use of titles on every layout, and most times one photo. Although I tried my best to mimic some of the new techniques, I still am not able to just use one photo on a page unless a larger print. I may evolve along with the style, time will tell. I really like the way everyone uses a title on every page they create, that is the biggest change, and one I want to continue using on my layouts.

I had created a video covering the concepts/ideas behind each of the pages for my YouTube channel, however there was too much personal information shared by way of car license plate and trip receipts within the photos (layouts are not shown in below photos). Please be aware of what is shown in your photos before you post them on social media for the world to see.

The supplies used on these layouts were collected over a couple of years, so you may still be able to find most of them at Michael's or JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts. I printed off the "21 Blackjack" title from Google images (not my own artwork). A smaller sized set of playing cards was consumed by my craft room for embellishment purposes during the making of these layouts, LOL. I have seen others use vellum over their busier patterned paper to allow for embellishments and titles not being lost in the mix. The Journaling still needs to be placed on all pages.

These were a lot of fun to create.

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Enjoy!


Kim Ferguson
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Friday, July 22, 2016

12 x 12 Scrapbook Layout - New Year, New Start 2013 Title Page (July 2016)

Hi Paper Crafters,

Today's post is of a layout I have finished for the 2013 scrapbook. I am going back through the album and embellishing pages this time around. The first time I pretty much took time to only mount the photos to get them in the album. Now I am going to go through and decorate with titles, embellishments and journaling. 

My layout is the title page to my 2013 album. New Year, New Start does not only represent the beginning of the new year 2013, it also represents the first New Year's without my dad. He passed on December 22, 2012. These are such fun photos of my mom hanging out at the mall with her neighbor friends. I felt these photos give a good start to our year and album.

Supplies used are from my stash, some are very old (farm patterned paper) and I no longer know what brand they came from. The duck patterned paper is from Scrapbook Customs, again, I have it on hand and no longer know if it is even available. If you need any specifics, let me know and we can try to give a shout out to see if anyone knows what companies any of the products belong to.

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Enjoy!

Kim Ferguson
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Compilation of My Paper Crafting Projects - Video 1 (July 2016)

Scrapbook Stash - Stash Organization (July 2016)

Hi Paper Crafters,

Anyone watch Let's Make A Deal? I did off and on growing up, and sometimes when I am home sick and nothing else looks good on TV.  While out shopping today I found some great storage/organization deals for my paper crafting stash to share with you.

Let me back up to about Monday when I placed an order online with Wal-Mart for a couple of shelving units to store my scrapbooks (photo courtesy of Wal-Mart website). We have been in our house for nearly 10 years, in that time our scrapbooks have been stored on the first floor of our home. Above the closet which houses our scrapbooks is the laundry room. Is anyone envisioning along with me the potential catastrophe that could happen?! Breathe, nothing has happened!


Details: Better Homes and Gardens 8-Cube Organizer, Multiple Colors:
  • Dimensions: 15.35"W x 30.91"D x 57.8"H
  • Inner cube dimensions: 13.15" W x 13.35" D x 13.03"

I have no worries about filling these two shelving units since I have 50+ albums already. Just in case I need some storage areas within the units for my archives of extra photos and memorabilia, I bought FabricDrawers from Shopko to go in the units. They are regularly $11.99, they are on sale for $4.99. The dimensions are 12x12x12.


When it comes to my stash, such as paper and embellishments I am always on the lookout for storage containers that will suit my needs. Costco carries bins which house my 12x12 paper wonderfully, I do have to cut off the branding strips for a perfect fit. These containers are currently available for $19.99 (set of 5).


About a year ago I posted an entry about my craft table set up and storage (http://kimfergusonstamps.blogspot.com/2015/07/scrapbookingpaper-crafting-work-space.html). I have used the metal locker shelves to hold my Cricut and Silhouette machines, below are all of my tools. I have used multiple containers to house all of my ink pads, cutting tools and adhesives. There are several storage solutions available on the market, Shopko has their selection for 20% off right now. Here is one of the types they have that fits under my locker shelf system.


Each of us has our own way of feeling organized, what's important is a space you can be creative within. I have worked for years on my craft room and still take the time to reorganize, consolidate and change out storage systems. As with how we have changed our style of cropping our photos over time, storage solutions have evolved in just the same way. The first step is to commit to making the change and purchasing a solution at a time. Then breathe a sigh of relief that your supplies and scrapbooks are safely stored for years of enjoyment. I hope to have shared a few deals for you to make today.

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Enjoy!

Kim Ferguson
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Scrapbook Process - Cropping Photos (July 2016)

Hi Paper Crafters,

Today was a non-scrappy day as I had some family commitments. Thus, I do not have any photos to share, but rather some ideas on how I crop my photos.

I have been an avid scrapbooker now for about 22 years. The 50+ albums in my home were started under the Creative Memories style of cropping. We used circle/oval cutters for most of our photos at that time. The scrapbooking world, as most crafts, etc, has evolved several times in the way photos are cropped and mounted on our pages. My game plan is to NOT go back and re-scrap what I have already completed, as it fits the time of my scrapbooking and various styles. This I believe is very reflective of me and the time, again a memory to keep and treasure.

Where I am now with cropping begins with my photo editing. I did mention in my first scrapbooking process blog that I do tend to become frustrated with the Costco photo editing, as it cuts off things sometimes I would rather not. I currently do not have a backup processing plan. I still consider this point "A" for my cropping.

Once I have received the photos, I print them as 4x6, I then choose whether I want to mat the photo/s or not. If I do decide to mat the photos, I will cut about a 1/4" off two sides (one long and one short side) making the photos smaller than 4x6 for matting. Why, because I have cut a lot of cardstock in a wide variety of colors into 4x6 mats. These mats are stored in my craft area for ease of matting my photos. The point of this is to eliminate a lot of cutting when I am ready to actually scrapbook. When I am in the mood to get a layout done, I do a lot better when the steps are few. I do not only use my photos in the 4x6 format, I do print 5x7 as well.

Yes, I do vary the sizes of my photos. This will typically be photos that I have cut down from a 4x6 to another size that fits to my page. Mats will then be cut accordingly from either my existing 4x6 mats or from a new piece of cardstock.

How do you like to crop? Any tips you would like to share with us?

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Enjoy!

Kim Ferguson
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Collection Connection: Magical

Scrapbook Process - Loading a Post Bound Album (July 2016)

Hi Paper Crafters,

A monumental day for the Ferguson clan's year 2013! The page protectors have been stuffed and loaded on to the posts of my Close To My Heart (CTMH) albums.  Color of choice, pink, for no particular reason other than I had two pink ones to fill. I attempt to make one full year of photos and memorabilia fit in two albums (crossed fingers). I made it for 2013 with a small assortment of memorabilia which I will not be placing in these albums. I do have an archive of photos and memorabilia tucked away for any future use my family may have for them.

Helpful tips from today's endeavor for loading the page protectors in my albums (post bound):

  1. work chronologically - working from front to back by date of events (I do not do themed albums, everything goes in to one/two albums for the entire year)
  2. stay current - (ROFL) enough said
  3. use the tools available for album longevity - a) post extenders (1/2" or 1") give you more room to add to your post bound albums, you are not limited to the post provided by the manufacturer b) spine expanders allow for a large bulk of pages in your album without looking like an alligators mouth wide open (watch my YouTube video on how to use the spine expanders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LisSVi0204)
  4. Using the tools which are available will allow for more pages to be inserted in your albums. Even with the tools above, I still limit my albums to around 40-45 pages. Less if you are a huge dimensional embellisher
I always keep a supply of products on hand, at least an album ahead so I do not run out of what I need and stop production. You can find the page protectors, post extenders and spine expanders on my CTMH consultant website www.kimferguson.ctmh.com. You are also able to shop albums (post bound and D-ring), cardstock, adhesive, etc. on my website.

Here is a photo of my 2013 albums... No alligator mouth, Yay!


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Kim Ferguson
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Scrapbook Process - Christmas Memorabilia (July 2016)

Hi Paper Crafters,

Tonight I do not have any photos of my progress to share. Thus, I am going to begin a friendship with my tablet by posting today's entry from my new Samsung "something,"  LOL. You guessed it, I am not very techie.

My scrapbook task for the day was Christmas memorabilia, such as cards, family letters, photos, and holiday anecdotes. What to do with such a large amount of shared love can be daunting. My method includes reading through all of the notes, writing the family names and date on the back of photos, and then begin the weeding out. Yes, I am sorry to you who send us cards, I do weed through each year and recycle.

Once the sorting and tossing has been done, I then group items by family first into separate piles, friends next. I am pretty quick on these layouts, as I merely glue down the photos and memorabilia. I have made pocket pages in the past.

Please share in the comments below how you work with Christmas memorabilia in your scrapbooks.

Enjoy!


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Scrapbook Process - In The Beginning (July 2016)

Hi Paper Crafters,

Today I am not sharing an actual scrapbook layout, but rather my process for getting to the point of creating one.

My "go to" for photo processing is currently Costco. My only complaint is that photos do not always fit within their cropping edit lines. It tends to make me a bit frustrated when I have to choose what part of the photos I will have to crop out. Any suggestions on a better processing resource?

Once I have my photos home, I break them out into piles according to date, event, person, etc. I am a huge chronological scrapbooker. I do have theme albums, however they are limited to school and sports albums for my boys.

Then we come to the memorabilia which goes with photos, or not, if no photos were taken. Yes, I keep pretty much EVERYTHING.  I have a plaque in my craft room which says "If it's not in the scrapbook, it didn't happen." So very true of myself. My memory does not serve me well, that is where the scrapbooks come in handy for both photos and memorabilia to remind me of all things in our lives.

Where do such things go in chronological order to await their time to be put in a scrapbook for ease of viewing? The "free" copy paper boxes from assorted family and friends (thank you to those of you who lug these home for me). Now true confession... Do you see the MANY copy paper boxes?! Those are dated back to 2005! Yes, 2005. The year I became a college student after getting my kids off to elementary school, and then on to a career as a middle/high school teacher.

I used to brag about being so caught up with my scrapbooks to the roll of film (yes, canister film) in my camera. Long gone are those glorious days. This brings me to my summer challenge... Get To Work On Those Memories!

Who is in, join me for this challenge? You do not have to be creative on each and every page, what matters is getting the photos and memorabilia into a safe housing (acid free scrapbooks). Please join me in working on trying to pick away at your "copy paper boxes" full of photos and memorabilia.

Here's to us being productive together!

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Enjoy!

Kim Ferguson
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Saturday, July 16, 2016

12 x 12 Scrapbook Layout - WVCS Warrior Friends (July 2016)

Hi Paper Crafters,

Digging in my very old stash again today to embellish this friend scrapbook layout. Yesterday's layout will be placed alongside today's in my scrapbook. New tool used today... PhotoShop CS3 Lasso Tool and Pixelation to blur out the faces of my friends (I do not have their permission to post their faces).

This page reflects a few of the great people I work with throughout the school year. I am currently a middle/high school teacher. I love my job, but boy do I appreciate the summer months to get my crafting on a bit more than I am able to during the school year.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

12 x 12 Scrapbook Layout - Lincoln City (July 2016)

Happy Summer Paper Crafters!

Such a perfect layout to begin my summer scrapbooking! A trip to Lincoln City, OR with the high school students for their second semester activity. They had a fun time running around the outlet mall for a scavenger hunt, lunch at Galluccis Pizzeria, and some great time of relaxation on the Oregon beach. Although a bit chilly, we all had a great time of fellowship.

I have created the layout using supplies from my stash. A lot of what I have used has been in my stash for a long time, you will see Creative Memories stickers, Mrs. Grossman's stickers and other assorted brands of which I am unsure of the names.

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Kim Ferguson
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