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SEI Boxed Albums – AKA Holiday gifts in a SNAP!

SEI Boxed Albums – AKA Holiday gifts in a SNAP!

Can you believe it’s only a mere 23 days until the biggest gift giving day of the year!  I am certain that life is equally as busy for all of you as it is for me at this time of year so I was THRILLED when I found out that we’d be featuring today’s fantastic steal, SEI Boxed Albums.

I always struggle with what to give my parents as they have been around long enough that they pretty much have it all, or go ahead and get it if they want it.  :)  However, they do *not* have a crafty bone in their bodies, and also don’t ever look at my creations on line, so luckily I am safe with sharing my Christmas gift to them…with you!

I have never created a ‘kit’ album before, but am here to say that I loved the ease with which this album came together.  I love how the kit comes with detailed, color photo instructions, as well as clearly marked elements as to which pieces go to which layout.  (On the backside of the pieces!)

I sat at my kitchen table with my son while he was coloring and pieced together my album in no more than an hour and a half, and that included inking the edges of the papers!

When I was done piecing together the pages this is what I ended up with for extras to use in the other albums that come with the kit.

It then came time to add the photos.  I added a few embellishments and other chipboard letters to more or less finish off the album.  I still have a few photos I want to take, but all in all my parents Christmas present is DONE!  D-O-N-E, DONE!  And it’s not even December 23rd!  This brings me much, much happiness!

Now I have a confession to make….you’ll probably have noticed that this kit comes with some digital software.  Digital scrapbooking SCARES me!  It’s true!  I wasn’t going to explore the software as I’m such a tactile and hands on person and LOVE the physical aspect of creating, but the software just sat there…beckoning….winking at me from across the room….just begging for a little attention.  I couldn’t help myself.  I had to play.

WOW.  Now I’m not saying I’d ever go digi, but I sure had fun poking around the software.  SEI and FotoFusion did an incredible job with creating some software that was easy to navigate.  I was also impressed with the visual aspect of everything.

I LOVE that the digital software comes with the ability to RE-CREATE the physical album kit.

This means that you can easily re-produce the same album to give to a loved one.  Yup!  That’s right…while I will be giving my parents the hard copy of what I made, I get to keep a digi copy for myself.  Here is the first page of the album!

The software is also filled with lots of other fun things that you can explore.  Calendars are always a favorite of mine.  There are quite a few different templates to choose from!

Then of course there is the ability to create from scratch!    I didn’t read any instructions at all and was actually able to figure my way through a simple 8×8 page.  The hardest part for me was trying to decide which of the literally 100′s of free papers and embellishments to use!!!   I can only imagine the potential that the software has for when I actually learn it!

I sent my digi layout to my printer to print….

Cut it to size, and inserted it into one of the albums in the kit!

Amazing…amazing…amazing.  That’s all I have to say about today’s steal, and at the steal of a price it’s being offered at, you should definitely set yourself up with some snappy holiday gift giving.

Have a wonderful weekend!  We’ll see you on Monday!

Welcome Guest Sketcher Chloe Slaerno! Mid Week Mojo #19

Welcome Guest Sketcher Chloe Slaerno!  Mid Week Mojo #19

What an exceptional treat it is to bring to you this months Guest Sketch Designer, Chloe Salerno.  It’s always a blast approaching one of our fans to see what they think about being our guest  Mid Week Mojo sketcher, and Chloe was as excited as ever!

I asked her to share a little bit about herself  and the creative process of designing for us this week and here is what she wrote:

To say I was excited when Kristy asked me to be a guest designer is a major understatement! I was thrilled & honoured! I won’t lie, I was also a little nervous. Okay, a lot nervous! I just started scrap-booking this spring when my daughter was about 6 months old. I wanted her to have a record of her childhood that she would cherish forever (or so I hope!). So far, I’d say 90% of my pages have been about her. So when I found out that the fabulous Melodee was sending me the Sweet Love kit by Little Yellow Bicycle, I was excited to scrap something other then my baby girl. Not that I don’t love to scrap her, but I really wanted to get started on my wedding album, and this kit was the perfect place to start. It’s a Valentine’s kit, but can be used for SO much more then just Valentine’s Day!

Okay, seriously? When I saw how much stuff came with this kit, I couldn’t believe it! I made a single page layout, a double page layout, 6 cards, and *barely* even made a dent in it! When I have more time, I plan on making some more cards, a garland, and a love coupon book for my hubby. Not to mention there is an entire matchbook album AND a decorative edged tablet that I LOVE!


For my first layout, I knew immediately which pictures I needed to use. I had these little photo booth pictures of my husband and I from when we first met 11 years ago. I scanned them, blew them up, and printed them out! Then I asked myself a question. What comes first? The layout, or the sketch? Well in this case it was the layout. I made it able to accommodate a single 5×7 photo or two 3×5 photos. I’m SO happy about how this one came together. I didn’t even really have a plan in my head. I just started cutting paper! This will be the perfect first page for my new album of the story of *us*.


I had a little more trouble coming up with a plan for my two pager.

I had these great photos of my husband and I in our  Bride & Groom hats that I really wanted to use.

They were taken at a bridal shower only a few weeks before our wedding, and they are the only photos of us wearing our hats. Basically, what I did was just lay the photos out across 2 pages, and thought, hey, this looks alright. I really wanted to use my new butterfly & heart punches, so I went to work punching! I thought they’d make a cute border instead of just using a border punch. At first I wasn’t sure if I liked this layout, I am, like many, my biggest critic! I had to step away SO many times and come back and examine it. In the end I’m pretty happy with it :)

Chloe’s amazing cards….


I can’t thank Kristy & Melodee enough for choosing me to be a guest designer, I had so much fun with this project!

Actually Chloe, we can’t thank you enough for going above and beyond as our Guest Sketch Designer.  I’m seriously wowed by your creations and am a little shocked, still….that you have been scrapping for less than a year!  Oh and just a note of clarification, you get to choose which sketch you’d like to do for MWM #19.  You only need to create one to be on your way to the Emerald Club!

Remember to post your Mojo’s to our Facebook Fan Page, and provide us with a link here on the blog to be eligible for next weeks drawing.  Also just a reminder that we have a big drawing planned for those that will have completed sketches 11 – 20 and become a part of our Emerald Club.  There will be instructions coming on how to enter for the big drawing!

For now I will leave you with the random winner of our last Mid Week Mojo.

Congrats to, Kristy MacKeen!

I absolutely adored Kristy’s layout using the Grease Monkey papers.  Such a perfect collection for the photos of her and her boys changing the oil in the car!

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited to see what you girls come up with for this weeks choice of sketches.


Monday Card Madness #9

Monday Card Madness #9

Hello everyone!  How was your weekend?  I had such a lovely weekend celebrating Thanksgiving and my oldest daughters 16th birthday!  I pretty much steered clear of my work room all weekend so when I sat down to create today it was bliss!  I have to tell you!  I kind of love this weeks card sketch!  So much that I couldn’t stop at just one card but made 4 of them!  Honestly I wanted to keep going, but I figured that you all would like to have the sketch so that you can start working on some cards if you’re ready!

This weeks sketch is a simple standard size card that can be worked into any size card that you’d like quite easily.  It is a layered patterned paper card with 3, 1.5 x 1.5″ squares across the front, and a ribbon hanging the center square from the top of the card with a bow.

Because I am in full swing Holiday mode right now, I went for some scraps still sitting on my table from my projects last week, some of my perfectly organized winter papers to create this weeks card.

Of course I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to use some of the Thickers from today’s amazing steal of a steal. The sketch worked perfectly to spell out ‘joy’.

I then closed my eyes and grabbed another kit of papers and came up with some Fancy Pants to create this thank you card.

Next I decided to use some fun papers to create an ‘I <3 U!” card.  Once again….Thickers to the rescue!  :)

I had to force myself to stop at 4 cards and ended up with this fun ‘Thank You’ card with a slightly modified version of the sketch.

I love how perfectly this bird from one of the Thickers sets being offered today finished off my card!

I can’t believe that we have finished up another 4 weeks of Monday Card Madness!  We have loved seeing what you create.  Our Facebook Fan Page is absolutely jam packed with inspiration.  If you haven’t had a chance to take a peek please do!

Usually we would have our drawing for cards today, but being as we have 5 Mondays in November this month, you have one more week to have a crack at winning all of the cards that I have made this month!  :)

Remember to post your cards to Facebook or your own personal blog by next Sunday at midnight, with a comment and link left on the coordinating card blog posting and I will announce the MCM winner on our post next week.

Be sure to check in on Wednesday as we have an amazing guest sketcher lined up for this week!

Happy scrappin’!

Sew, you think you’re ready for this?

Sew, you think you’re ready for this?

Can you believe it?  After all of the hinting and waiting, wondering and wanting, that the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy ‘Special Steal‘ is HERE!!!! Who needs Black Friday when our awesome buyer Melodee was able to deliver the most sought after, new scrapbooking tool on the market!  I’ll be honest!  Quantities are extremely limited so go snatch that baby up before you continue on to read about what I created with the tool.

Ahhhhhhhh….Deep breath!  Now that you can relax and are the proud new owner of the We R Memory Keepers, Sew Easy, (we hope!)  take a peek at my journey with the amazing tool!

First off I decided to watch a couple of videos on how to use the tool.  It’s really quite self explanatory, but I do love seeing how others use the tool.  My favorite video found was one made by Northridge Publications.  Take a minute to watch my cute friend Kristine and the President of We R Memory Keepers demonstrating the tool.

I decided to start out simple with the regular stitch, piercing tool.  I have been dying to use a leaf design on my Silhouette so I thought the basic stitch would make the perfect accompaniment to the leaf for some place cards for Thanksgiving!

I love how easy the Sew Easy makes it to stitch.  No more having to pull out my sewing machine and no more creating uneven stitches when sewing by hand!

After that, I couldn’t  resist using the idea that Andrew gave in the video to add eyelets or brads to the holes.  I made a Christmas Tree card and used the scalloped head to create the decorations on the tree.

(Shhhhh….I know the top row of stitching isn’t quite centered.  LOL!  I just figured it gave a little character to my tree).

Next I had to try the ‘burst’ head to make a frame of ‘snowflakes’ around the photo on my layout about the very disappointing snow storm that we had last night.

Sew there you have it!  Sew fun…sew cute…sew snazzy…SEW EASY!

Monday Card Madness #8!

Monday Card Madness #8!

Hey everyone! Are you ready for this weeks Monday Card Madness? I have to admit, I wasn’t really in the creative groove today, as I spent the entire weekend, kid-free…with my hunny, celebrating our 18th Wedding Anniversary. It’s hard when it comes time to step back into reality. I sat down with Today’s Steal, the KI Memories, Paisley Parade, and I’ll be honest….the creative mojo smacked me up the side of the head!

I love when a product can move me from a creative funk into a creative frenzy! I love how the colors in this kit are not only fun and fresh, girly and boyish, but work for just about any project on the planet! That’s the sign of a great collection that can be used for not only springtime projects…..but Thanksgiving?

I really wanted to issue the challenge during this week of Thanksgiving, to create either a ‘Thanksgiving’ or ‘Thank You’ card. I decided on a different size for this weeks sketch….a card that measures 4×6.

I ended up flipping the sketch for this card in order to fit the sentiment. I love how the browns and greens in the KI Paisley Parade kit worked perfectly for creating a Thank You card that would be perfect for giving to the host of a Thanksgiving celebration.

I love the double sided deliciousness of the KI papers, and couldn’t resist using the scraps to create a couple of more cards that have a completely different feel. I used the sketch in the vertical position and created a couple of girly, girl cards. One to say hello to a friend, and one to brighten the day of a B.F.F.

I love how the embellishments that come with the KI Paisley Parade kit either add the perfect touch to make a card in a snap or will work perfectly for creating a layout.

I know I’ve said it before, but we positively LOVE seeing all of your creations on our Facebook Fan Page.

Don’t forget to share your creation with us either on our Facebook page, or on your own personal blog and leave a comment here with the link so that we can see how you interpreted the sketch.

At the end of this month, I will select a random winner from all of those that have participated in Monday Card Madness this month, to receive all of the cards that I have made during November.

Oh and be sure to check out the blog sometime on Wednesday afternoon. We are taking a breather this week from Mid Week Mojo, but I can promise you I have a little something up my sleeve that you definitely will NOT want to miss!