Pin It to Win It Holiday Giveaway!

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In the spirit of giving this Holiday season, I thought it would be fun to have a little giveaway! If you’re as Pin-happy as I am, this one will be a piece of cake! Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow PrintableCuttableCreatables on Pinterest.
  2. Head over to our Creatables section and click the “Pin it” button on the product pages of your favorite SVG Cut files, Digital Paper, and other designs to pin them. Pin as many as you like to enter for a chance to win ALL of the designs you pin! (New designs are always added, so check back often!)
  3. Leave a Comment below with your Pinterest name – I can keep track of which designs you pin via my Pinterest account.
  4. Two (2) winners will be randomly chosen on December 17th 2015.
  5. The Winners will be announced on our Facebook page and on Instagram (so you might want to follow us there too!). We will also contact you via Pinterest direct message.

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Happy Pinning & Happy Holidays!

Much Love,K-Blog-Signature

Pack ‘N’ Go Kitchen DIY Toy Stove Tutorial + Free SVG Cut Files

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Paying It Forward

About a month ago, a fellow crafter in one of my favorite Silhouette Facebook groups posted a picture of a toy stovetop she made with her Sil and some vinyl on the lid of a storage container. The container was filled with toy pots and pans, and play food. She said that she found the original idea on Pinterest, and made these containers last year to donate to a shelter for Christmas, and would be making them again this year.

Not only did I love this project idea (a toy with built-in storage is always a plus), I love that she donates them to families in need who cannot afford or don’t have space for a larger, fancy kitchen set. I was so inspired by this project and the spirit behind it that I got to work designing my own cut files with more realistic looking stove burners (Her stove was adorable, but the burners were simple circles). Here’s what I came up with:

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If you’ve browsed my shop, you probably know that I’m a big fan of freebies and share free SVG cutting files on the site every week. Given the charitable nature of this project, I had to add these files as free cut files and also shared them with the Facebook group so all the crafty gals (and guys) who wanted to make their own Pack ‘N’ Go Kitchen could have some awesome burners to use! It took me a little while to shop around and get all the materials needed to actually make this project but I finally finished it!

UPDATE: Since this project has become so popular, I have added a Printable PDF version of the stove top design, so if you don’t have a cutting machine you can still join in the fun! Just print the design on sticker paper and cut by hand or with an X-Acto!

Read on to see what I used and how I made it!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Silhouette Cameo (this design includes free .studio cut files and SVG files. You’ll need Designer Edition to open the SVG files) or other craft cutting machine that accepts SVG files.
  • Pack ‘n’ Go Kitchen Toy Stove Free SVG Cutting Files
  • Paper trimmer, scissors / X-Acto knife
  • Scraper (or credit card/old gift card, popsicle stick) for burnishing
  • Ruler and pencil (for marking placements)
  • Transfer paper – I prefer clear when layering multiple colors of vinyl
  • Adhesive vinyl – I used Oracal 651 from Expressions Vinyl in the following colors:
    • Black
    • Grey
    • Ice Blue
    • Brilliant Blue

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  • Storage Container – I used this Sterilite 16qt container with a flat lid, which at the time of this writing is $2.99 at Target, or $2.94 at Mills Fleet Farm (fleetfarm.com)

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    • Toy food – a bigger set like this could be split in half if you’re making multiple sets on a budget!

      • Toy Cookware set – This Step 2 Lifestyle Dining Room Pots & Pans set is $13.38 on Amazon at the time of this writing, but I have also seen it on sale for $7.99 at Target, so shop around! I like it because it includes a pot and pan plus dishes, cups, and flatware – so cute!

File Prep & Cutting Vinyl

For the 16qt storage container that I used, I kept all the shapes the same size they are in the file (finished burner size is about 4 ½”). I arranged the shapes like this to make the most use of my vinyl and to cut multiple colors simultaneously. If you are using a different size container and need to resize your shapes, make sure you have them all selected and resize them together so they are scaled proportionately. 

1-silhouette-studio-burner-layoutI used a paper cutter to cut the vinyl just big enough for my shapes and then placed each color on the cutting mat corresponding with the shape placement on the grid in Studio. Using the scraper tool, I rubbed the vinyl to make sure it was smooth on the mat.

I loaded the mat (press Load Cutting Mat on the machine) in my Cameo and did a test cut using the following cut settings (you can also see my cut settings in the above screenshot):

  • Standard Silhouette Ratchet blade set at: 2
    • Speed: 8
    • Thickness: 9

My test cut gave me a perfect kiss cut (only the vinyl is cut, not the paper backing), so I reloaded the mat and hit the “Send to Silhouette” button.

Then I arranged the stove burners and knob accents like this and sent them to cut.

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I removed the vinyl strips from the cutting mat and used my paper cutter and scissors to cut off the unused ends – save those small vinyl scraps for nail decals or other smaller designs!

Starting at a corner, I weeded the design (carefully pulling up the excess vinyl / negative space that isn’t part of the design). There aren’t many small cavities in this design, so I didn’t need a hook or the usual weeding tools.

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I used scissors and my X-Acto knife to cut each shape to separate them from one another.

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Since there were so many pieces, I cut a larger piece of transfer tape and laid it sticky side up on my table. Then I placed each stove shape with vinyl side down on the transfer paper and pressed them flat with my fingers and then rubbed with the scraper tool (you can also use a credit card, popsicle stick etc.).

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Then I cut the transfer tape to separate the shapes from each other so now I had individual vinyl decals ready for application. (Since there were so many shapes, I left the vinyl paper backing on until I was ready to apply each shape.)

Applying Vinyl

 Prep your surface by cleaning with warm water and soap and then wipe down with rubbing alcohol – this removes any dirt, dust, or oils from the surface, which helps the vinyl stick better. Since I was trying to conserve vinyl, I had to freehand align and place each shape onto my surface. I used a ruler and pencil to measure and mark the center points for the placement of each stove burner. 15-measure-and-mark-placement

If you aren’t too concerned with using up more vinyl and want to make things easier on yourself, you could use the registration mark method when prepping and cutting your files to more easily and accurately align the shapes when transferring and applying the vinyl.

Starting with the large black circles, I removed the vinyl paper backing and placed them over the center points I had marked. I folded the circle in half and aligned the middle of the circle with the center pencil mark to place it correctly.

Using the scraper, I rubbed the entire shape firmly to smooth and adhere the circle to the surface (this is called burnishing).

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Starting at a corner of the transfer tape, I carefully started peeling it back flat onto itself. If the vinyl starts coming up with the tape, you can carefully lay it back down and burnish some more. You can also use the scraper to press the vinyl to the surface while peeling off the transfer tape.

Once the transfer tape is removed, use the scraper to burnish again and smooth out any air bubbles. Tip: To work out any air bubbles in the vinyl, gently rub with your scraper and push the bubble to the edge of the shape. If the bubble is stubborn, you can also use a pin to poke a small hole in the center and then use the scraper to smooth it out! Repeat these steps to apply all the black circles. 21-Apply-vinyl-circles

If your shapes lay over the bumpy “Sterilite” logo like mine did, just burnish it extra, it should stay down just fine!

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Now you can apply the dark blue flame shapes by layering them over the black circles. If you kept the scale of the shapes in proportion, the blue flame shape should align pretty easily within the black circle. Repeat the steps above to burnish and remove transfer tape.

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Next, apply the light blue flame shapes over the blue flames. They should also align pretty easily.

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Now you’re ready to apply the grey burner grate shapes. Carefully align the center circle over the light blue flame, burnish, and remove transfer tape.

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Finally, you can apply the knobs. I used the ruler and pencil again to mark placement. First apply the small black circles, and then place the grey knob accents – these were also easy to align.

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All done! Fill up your Pack ‘N’ Go Kitchen Stove with toy cookware and play food, and you’re ready to pay it forward to a child in need!

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Did you catch my 3-year-old daughter testing it out? I may need to make another to donate if I can’t get this one away from her! Someone in the Facebook group mentioned that a version with a racetrack would be fun for toy cars, so I went ahead and made a cut file for that too – and a little town SVG set to boot!

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I hope this project helps and inspires you! If you like it, go ahead and hit one of the Share buttons below! And if you make one of these, please post them on our Facebook page, or email them to me – I would love to see what everyone creates with these!

Much Love,

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Affiliate Disclosure: I may be an affiliate for some products recommended in this post. This means that if you purchase items through my links I will earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I have personally used and enjoy and when you order through my link, it helps me continue to offer you lots of free SVG files, digital papers, scrapbook sketches, tutorials, and other freebies. Thank you in advance for your support!

 

DIY Butterfly Invitation Tutorial + SVG Cutting Files

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I always make my own invitations for birthday parties and special occasions (along with some for family and friends), and even though the timeline is short, my baby girl’s Christening would be no exception! I decided to go with a sweet butterfly theme, so I turned to Pinterest for butterfly-related inspiration, and came across this butterfly invitation by Studioidea on Etsy, which was the perfect starting point for my own butterfly Christening invites.

Design & Prep:

I set to work in Illustrator (my personal design software of choice) to sketch out the elements of the design the way I envisioned them for my Christening invite. I sketched the top butterfly layer with antennae, and the bottom butterfly layer without.

Being a Christening, I thought a cross “charm” dangling from the ribbon (instead of a butterfly) would be a nice touch, so I sketched a simple cross and added a little “eye” at the top for the ribbon.

I also wanted the scroll part to be a little more fancy, so I created a lacey butterfly border along the top and bottom edges. Then, I added the information and details to the scroll.

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Finally, I formatted everything as cut files ready for my cutting machine (Silhouette Cameo). You can get all the cut files needed for this invite along with a printable PDF version of this tutorial over in our “Doables” section.

I decided to go with 2 different colors for the top and bottom butterflies. I just love the way that turquoise looks with my little lady’s flame-red hair, so of course that had to be one of the colors. I paired it with a soft baby pink just because I think they look so sweet together. I like the Swiss dot look of the original invites, and I was able to find the turquoise 12 x 12 in a Swiss dot texture – of course, you can choose whatever colors and textures you want!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

After hitting up my local Michaels for supplies, I was ready to get cutting! (Of course you can use whatever materials, tools, colors, etc you like – this is just what I used)

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Scrolls – Print and Cut

The scroll is 8.5” wide by approx. 4.8” tall – placed 1 to a page as a Print and Cut file. I used plain white copy paper for the scrolls. I also used a brand new Silhouette light hold mat.

Here are the Cameo cut settings that worked best for me (you may need to play around with your settings to get the best cut for your machine, blade, paper etc.):

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Butterflies – Cut File

Each finished butterfly shape is 5 ½” wide by 6” tall – butterflies & crosses placed 4 to a 12 x 12 page as a regular SVG cut file. Here are the cut settings I used for the butterflies on the cardstock:

  • Textured Cardstock / Heavyweight cardstock blade set to approx. 4
    • Speed: 3
    • Thickness: 25
    • Double Cut

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With all my pieces cut, I was ready to start assembling. If you’re making a lot like I did, you might find it easier to do each step in bulk. If you’ve got happy helpers on hand, you could even get an assembly line going!

Assembly Instructions:

1. Using the scoring blade of the paper trimmer, score the top layer butterfly on both sides of the body.

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2. Fold the wings upward along the score lines.

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3. Apply double-sided adhesive along center of bottom butterfly.

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4. Position top butterfly over bottom butterfly with wings lined up, and press down to secure them together.

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5. Cut ribbon approx 20″ – 22” long. (Don’t forget to cut your ribbon ends at an angle to prevent fraying!).

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6. Fold ribbon in half and apply a single glue dot to the center of the ribbon. Attach ribbon horizontally to the center of the top butterfly.

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7. Roll the paper invite into a scroll. (I rolled from right to left, so the text would be revealed left to right as the reader unrolls it.)

I also placed a glue dot to keep the paper rolled tight. (I dabbed the glue dot with my finger a few times to reduce the stickiness so the paper wouldn’t rip when being unrolled).

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8. Place the scroll vertically over the center of the top butterfly and wrap the ribbon around the scroll, tying a pretty bow to secure it in place.

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9. Feed one end of the ribbon through the top hole in the cross charm. Double or triple knot the end of the ribbon to prevent the cross from sliding off.

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All done! Admire your work and snap a few pics. Then carefully insert invite into pre-addressed/labeled envelopes and send to your guests!

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and find it helpful to make your own beautiful butterfly invitations! I used these invites for my baby girl’s Christening, but they would also make invitations for a butterfly themed Wedding, Birthday, Communion, or any other butterfly-filled celebration! If you have any questions, just shoot me an email!

Happy Crafting,

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How to Organize Your Digital Photos for Scrapbooking

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Choosing the right photos to use in your scrapbook layouts can be a daunting task. If you’re anything like me, you probably snap hundreds of pictures a month without even realizing it: pictures of the kiddos, fur babies, family events, vacations, a night out with friends, etc.

Whether using a digital camera or your smartphone, it’s so easy to capture moments as they happen, and then forget about them (as they pile up on your phone or memory card until you start getting warning messages about low storage!). Then you’re faced with the challenge of getting the photos off your phone and into some kind of tangible form that you can use for scrapbooking, photo albums, framing, etc.

Here’s how I save, organize, and print photos for scrapbooking and photo projects.

Edit as You Go

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I can get quite snap happy – I take multiple shots for each moment, (let’s not get started on burst mode), so I don’t miss a thing! If you let those pile up, they will get quite overwhelming (not to mention take up all your storage space!). After capturing a moment or at home after the event, I review my shots right away and delete the blurry ones, pics where not everyone’s looking, or someone is making an unflattering face (although sometimes those come in handy for blackmail purposes 😉

Have a System

Once you’ve unloaded those photos to your computer, you’ll want to organize them in a way that is easy to sort through, both now and in the future. I know some people that save pictures according to who’s in them, or by location, event etc. But here’s a system that has worked well for me for several years:

  • I save a folder for each year, and within that have folders for each month.
  • I also add the corresponding number in front of each month so the folders appear in calendar order.
  • If a holiday or special event takes place, I’ll save another folder within the month that the event occurs.

So my photo hierarchy looks something like this:

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So even if you don’t get to unload your photos until months after they were taken, it’s still easy to drop the images in the correct folders in large groups.

Getting Your Prints

If you’re a digital scrapbooker, you may not need to get individual prints, and just print your entire scrapbook page layout or book via your chosen online software or service. But if you’re a traditional scrapper, you need to turn those digital files into physical prints.

Of course, if you have a photo or high-quality color printer, you may be interested in printing your photos at home. If I’m working on a project (like a greeting card) that only requires 1 or 2 shots, this option makes sense for me. But for scrapbooking, I need a larger batch, so I turn to my favorite online photo printing service: Shutterfly.

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With Shutterfly, I can either upload the images to my account from my computer using their Express Uploader, or I can upload them directly from my phone using their mobile app. I maintain the same photo hierarchy in my Shutterfly account that I use on my computer, so it’s easy to keep things organized. Shutterfly is always offering great promo pricing and sales, including my favorite “101 Free Prints”, which comes around a few times a year.

Note: I am in no way sponsored by Shutterfly, but I’ve been using them for years and love how easy it is to upload, organize and affordably print my photos! Of course, you could use a different online photo service like Snapfish, or conveniently get your prints where you shop like Target, Walgreens, and Walmart.

Once you’ve got your photos organized, you’re ready for the hardest part – choosing which ones to use in your scrapbook! (Sorry there’s no easy way out of that one!) Of course you can use whatever method(s) work best for you, this is just what has worked well for me! What’s your method for editing, organizing, and printing photos? Feel free to share in the Comments below!

Happy Scrapping!

 

5 Scrapbooking Tips for Busy Moms

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Like a lot of hopeful moms, when you learned a bundle of joy was on the way, you may have planned on creating a baby scrapbook to document all those precious firsts. You took dozens of photos (a day), collected mementos (baby’s hospital bracelet, birth certificate, ultrasound pics, etc), and maybe you even went on a spree at the craft store, stocking up on cute papers, stickers, and embellishments galore!

But just as those first few weeks (ahem, months) of nighttime feedings, colic, and newborn sleep noises, seem to let up, (you finally started feeling less like a zombie and more of a human-ish version of your old self), it’s time to go back to work, or acknowledge that you have a house and other kids to take care of (oh yeah, that’s a toddler clinging to your leg while you’re trying to use the bathroom!) and as the work/house/baby balancing act consumes any hope of free time, all those photos, mementos, and scrapbooking materials sit in a bin collecting dust. And if you do manage to snag an hour of quiet time, it probably goes to taking a nap, or cleaning the bathroom. Am I hitting any nerves here?

Now, if you’re already an avid scrapper, you might already make a point to carve some time out of your busy schedule for scrapbooking. Maybe you wait until the kids are sleeping or at school, or otherwise distract them with an activity (or TV show) to keep them from sticking a whole $10 sheet of scrapbook stickers on the wall.

But if you’ve never touched a scrapbook before, or you haven’t quite found the time to work a hobby into your schedule, you might wince every time you catch sight of the basket of scrapbooking stuff collecting dust on the shelf, feeling completely overwhelmed at the task that grows just as fast as your little ones!

From either side of the scrapbooking mom spectrum, scrapbooking takes up a ton of time in planning and prep, even before you get around to finally assembling a page. By the time you sort through photos, choose all the papers, supplies and embellishments you want to use, and arrange everything into a pleasing scrapbook page layout, you’ve already used up all of the free time you had!

Here are some tips that may help make scrapbooking during mommy-hood a little less intimidating, and more rewarding – for you and your little one!

Make Time

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Just like with any other goal, you need to dedicate time for action! It doesn’t have to be a lot of time, just 1 hour a week can add up and allow you make progress. If your schedule fluctuates too much to commit weekly, set aside a few hours one day each month. The idea is to carve out a consistent time for scrapbooking, so you’re always making some kind of progress.

Break it Down

Don’t try to tackle the whole project in one sitting. Break each task into small pieces that are manageable within your timeframe. If you have 1 hour a week to scrap, then dedicate one session to gluing photo mattes, the next session you can add photos, and another session can be used to attach ribbons and embellishments – by the end of the month, you’ll have a finished scrapbook page. If you have a larger block of time, you might be able to finish a single page in one session. Start a new page the next month, and before you know it, you’ll have a complete spread, and then a full book!

Either way, working in small sections that are easy to complete in one session will give you a feeling of accomplishment that will leave you motivated and excited for the next session.

Get (and Stay) Organized

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This should go without saying, but keeping all your scrapbooking supplies (photos, papers, embellishments, tools, and other materials) in one place and organized will save you time and frustration so you can make the most of your scrapping time.

Involve the Kids

Now that headline alone may make you question my sanity, but if your kids are about 2 years old or older, they are capable of contributing to your scrapbooks (aside from just being featured in the photos!). On the younger end of the age spectrum, they are very eager to be mama’s helper, and even the older ones will love seeing their masterpieces end up somewhere besides the fridge. You don’t have to choose between your favorite hobby and spending quality time with your kids – it is possible to preserve your cherished family memories, while making new ones!

The younger toddlers can help place stickers, washi tape, and other embellishments like titles and paper piecings (great for those fine motor skills!). As they get older, they can help glue down photos to mattes with glue sticks and glue dots, cut out simple shapes, and measure and cut papers, ribbons, and trim.

And at any age, your kiddos can contribute to the actual content of your scrapbooks! Try using your child’s next watercolor masterpiece as scrapbook paper or photo mattes. You can pick out paint colors to match your layout theme together, or let your little one’s creativity inspire your color choices. Cut out those cute little animal doodles and add them to that layout from your trip to the zoo.

Cut Down on Prep Time

If you’re new to scrapbooking, (and even if you’re a seasoned pro) one of the most time consuming parts of scrapping is planning out your scrapbook layout, choosing which photos to use, and finding the right scrapbooking papers and embellishments to tie everything together. Before you know it, your session is over and you haven’t gotten anything done! Luckily, the Internet is a fabulous place to find helpful timesavers, (for traditional and digital scrapbookers alike!).

Scrapbook Layouts:

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There’s tons of places to find scrapbook layout templates (known as “scrapbook sketches” or “page maps”). Here at Printable Cuttable Creatables, we have a growing gallery of free Scrapbook Layout Sketches that you can browse for inspiration. All of our scrapbook sketches can be downloaded for free in PDF format (which you can use to view on your tablet or print for easy viewing while scrapbooking).

Scrapbooking Kits:

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If the idea of creating a theme from scratch, or finding embellishments and papers that work well together makes you want to run for the hills, there’s a shortcut there too! You’ll find tons of pre-packaged scrapbook kits in craft stores that include papers, stickers, and embellishments that are already coordinated for you (be advised, the cost adds up quickly!).

Or you can turn to the good ol’ Internet again for digital scrapbooking kits, which also have everything coordinated for you (digital papers, page titles, embellishments, borders, etc). They typically cost under $5 for a complete pack, and since they are digital files that you save to your computer, they can be used multiple times in multiple projects (digital and/or printed), giving you more bang for your buck! And of course, you’ll find a growing collection of Scrap Kits and Theme Sets in our Creatables section to beautify your scrapbook pages and make your life a bit easier!

With your scrapbook page layouts and themes taken care of, you’re free to use your scrapbooking sessions to actually assemble your scrapbook!

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Now it’s time to take action – put those scrapbooking sessions in your calendar and stick to them. Before you know it, you’ll have a finished scrapbook page, then a spread, and after a few months you should have a few spreads, or even a full scrapbook, depending how long of a story you’re telling!

If you have tips to share about how you make scrapbooking work with your busy schedule, we’d love to hear them in the Comments below!

Happy Crafting!

 

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