Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Katie's January Roundup

So there are about 8 hours left in January but I'm going to round it up. I can always add something later if anything exciting happens tonight, but I'm hoping for a quiet and uneventful evening.

This is my roundup to share – see entry below. There are some things that I didn’t include here because they are more personal than what I would share on a blog, but I tried to fill out as much as possible so you can get a good idea of what a roundup can do! The cool thing about posting my roundup on my blog is that I can include some fun links for you to explore also so I hope you enjoy them!

Books I read this month:

When Fish Fly: Lessons for Creating a Vital and Energized Workplace by John Yokoyama and Joseph Michelli, Ph.D
Even though this is technically a business book, it is something that I believe everyone should read. This is such a wonderful philosophy to live by and the story of this “world famous” Pike Place Fish Market is amazing! My husband read this first and then suggested that I might enjoy it also. We are now working on implementing some of the ideas into our own family life. Seriously, you gotta read this!

Big Picture Scrapbooking by Stacy Julian
– ok, another must read. What are the chances that I would read 2 very powerful and awesome books in the same month? I love Stacy’s view of scrapbooking and hopefully you will notice that the advice she gave in the book had a real impact on me. I had a very good scrap month - see more on that below. The book sold out everywhere and is now in it’s 2nd printing, which is a good sign for a book. The bad news is…I just got you all excited about a book that isn’t available right now! Visit the Simple Scrapbooks site to pre-order it. In the meantime, visit Stacy Julian's site on Big Picture Scrapbooking.

Started re-reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, thought I would look for some of the clues alluded to in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I’m listening to this on cd in my car to help pass the time while running errands and stuff like that. I love the books, enjoy the movies, but my favorite is listening to them on cd. Jim Dale has got to be one of the most talented voice actors around. He has created voices for more than 400 characters while reading J.K. Rowling’s masterpieces – yes, I think they should be qualified as masterpieces!

The first 18 chapters of Genesis in the Bible. I’m going to try and read the Old Testament this year. I don’t know if I have really ever read the entire Old Testament before so this will be a challenge for me.

Magazines I read this month:

A lot! I cleared through some back issues of scrapbooking magazines. I read and heavily marked the January issue of Scrapbooks Etc. and Creating Keepsakes Top Ten. I also really enjoyed the January issue of Creating Keepsakes,which I thought was one of their best in a long time. I also received a bunch of magazines from my brother and his girlfriend as a Christmas gift so I have probably read about 12 magazines this month!

Movies I watched this month:

Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (see my quote blog entry also)

Barbie Fairytopia during a girl’s night party with my daughter. Not my favorite Barbie movie (I actually love Barbie's Princess and the Pauper - really!) but it was about being with my favorite little lady.

National Treasure with my husband and kids. We love to watch this one and it just makes me want to take a big old history trip back to Philly and D.C.!

TV shows I watched this month:

I watched very little TV. I did watch the last 2 DVDs of Friends Season 7 (I had watched the other 2 in December.) I fully intended to get started on season 8,9,& 10 now that I finally own them all, but I never got around to it! I’ve seen them all anyway, but it is my way of relaxing. I could watch them over and over and still laugh.

I watched a couple of episodes of Two and a half men which is pretty racy, but funny. I also watched a couple of re-runs of Everybody Loves Raymond which is one of my very favorite shows. Especially loved the one where Ray goes to an awards night without Debra because she wasn’t ready on time.

Special Days celebrated:

New Year’s Day –went to church and took a nap – boring!

Birth of twin nieces. – Sorry no pics or layouts yet, I better check with their momma first. Trust me though, they are cute!

My mom’s birthday. Mailed her a local cookbook for a gift and phoned her a Happy Birthday wish since she doesn’t live close by.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – taught my kids about Dr. King and gave away a freebie on my blog.

National Compliment Day – this was an amazing day, I felt great all day because I started it off in such a positive manner.

Illnesses or Health Concerns this month:

This has got to be the first January since I’ve had children (or maybe ever) that we haven’t been sick! No one got a cold, the flu or anything! I felt something coming on a couple of times but I took an airborne (I swear this stuff is magic!)and took care of myself and fought it off. This is
Probably the accomplishment I am most proud of this month!

My head is finally healing after my surgery in November and post-op complications in December. I had 2 golf ball sized cysts removed from the top of my head in early November. I had no idea it was going to be that major as no one realized they were even that big! Thankfully they were just benign cysts and nothing more. Turns out I was allergic to the stitches they used and the whole thing got pretty painful and yucky for the past few months. I’m finally on the road to recovery now, even if I have a large bald spot on the back of my head! Haven’t felt like doing a layout about any of this – LOL!

Fun things I did with my friends/family –

Nephew slept over
Visited my new nieces in the NICU
Visited my new nieces when they came home from the hospital
Reading party at school with my daughter
Girl’s night sleep over with my daughter
Helped with Disability week at my daughter’s school
Volunteered twice at my son’s school
Out to lunch 2 times with my husband
Baked and decorated cupcakes with my daughter
Parent teacher conference at my son’s school
Kids took piano lessons
Family dinner at in-laws
Called my roommate from college
Had a board game marathon with my son when he was out of school one day
Played lots of games with the kids. We got some great ones for Christmas that are really fun: In a Pickle, Wig Out, and Rat a Tat Cat are new favorites around here.

Special Purchases:

New bookshelves & table for office
New globes for office
Frames for family pictures of my family
Bought more digi stuff than I will EVER admit to, but hey, it was my Christmas money!

Went to Target at least a dozen times! – I know, it’s a sickness really.


Didn’t get any layouts published in Simple Scrapbooks Digital 5  What can I say? I submitted what I thought was my best work, but alas, didn’t get picked. At least I tried.

Didn’t get anything done on my autism book!  - Going to change that in February.

Didn’t lose any weight!  Didn’t really try, but doesn’t it seem like it should just come off after the holidays are over and you’re not eating as much? – LOL! :D


Started to make a dent on organization of downstairs (unfinished and very cold basement!)
Organized 3 new bookshelves in office
Completed 20 scrapbook layouts –all digital
Completed 6 quote cards – all digital
Learned how to make blinkies
Joined Ashley Olson’s creative team
Sent out scrapbook newsletter
Quote blog received scrapability blog of the week award
Craft site directory featured my website
Participated in scraplift blog, Holly’s Dare to Muse me challenge and did several scraplifts from magazines.
Made a mini album for my daughter to keep pictures of her twin cousins in.
Started monthly roundup feature
Between my 3 blogs (scrapbooking, quotes, & autism) I posted 74 blog entries!

I am now backing up all my pictures from January to cd and all my digi kit purchases and layouts to DVD. I have uploaded my pictures to Sony Image Station and to Costco Photo center. I printed out all the layouts I have created this month and put them into albums. I'm still working on clearing off my scrap space downstairs, but remember that it is a cold and unfinished basement! LOL!

It feels great to have all of this done and I'm so happy to have all the above information to use for journaling and layout inspiration.

I wanted to thank everyone who left me comments or emailed me about this roundup idea. I'm so glad that it has inspired others!

Happy Roundup Time!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Roundup your memories!

There will be 2 posts today. I am going to post my own roundup later today. Read below to find out what I’m talking about!

I’m starting something new this year. If you want to, you can play along. Each month on the last day, I will post my little “Roundup your Memories” banner and remind you to do your own “roundup.” There will also be a link on my sidebar to the roundups that you can visit anytime and look through the past posts relating to this.

What is the “roundup?” Well, it’s my idea for closing out the month. When I worked in customer service at a food brokerage firm, we had to close out the month’s invoices and such so we could finalize the sales numbers for the month and the boss (who happened to be my wonderful Dad) could get the results for how the business did that month.

As I reflected on 2005, I realized that I was having a hard time remembering everything that had happened in the year. I’ve had a hard time keeping a regular journal or even remembering to make notes on a calendar. That is one of the reasons I really wanted to be faithful about blogging. I have decided that I need to sit down at least once a month and do a recap so I can keep track of everything.

This year, I will take time at the end of each month to review my calendar, my pictures, my layouts, and anything else that will help me “roundup” my memories. Then I will make sure I have the details recorded. This will be an enormous help when it comes time to create layouts and add journaling. It is also a wonderful reflection tool and a great way to stay on track with goals and ideas.

As I put together the events of the month, I learned a great deal about myself. I had far more successes than I ever realized. There were some disappointments also, and I included those as well because they are a part of my experience and hopefully I can learn from them.

I’m really excited about this new idea and I hope you will participate along with me and enjoy the ride. So “Giddy Up” and get ready for the January Roundup!

Here are the questions I thought and actions I thought of to include for the January Roundup. This list will probably evolve through the coming months. Feel free to copy and paste it for your own use. (I will post my own January roundup later on today if you want to see how I respond.)

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?

What movies and/or tv shows did I watch this month?

What special days did I celebrate and how?

What illnesses or health concerns did I have in January?

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

What were this month’s disappointments?

What were my accomplishments this month?

Then I am going to be sure that at the end of each month I have done the following tasks:


Backed up all digital pictures to a cd

Back up all digital layouts to a cd

Print out any digital layouts created during the month and put them in albums.
Uploaded all digital pictures to 2 different sites. ( I use Sony Image Station & Costco photo center)

Send email links to online albums to your family or friends who might enjoy them

Get your pictures printed out and put into simple photo sleeve albums. Did you know that only 13 percent of digital photos taken are ever printed out?! What if something happened to your digital files? An article by Brittany Beattie in the January 2006 Creating Keepsakes issue says that 61% of digital camera owners have lost digital images. I accidentally deleted pictures from my son’s 9th birthday!

If you use film, be sure you get all your pictures developed and file your negatives in a safe place. If possible, I would suggest you get a picture cd along with your developing. Digital camera users aren’t the only ones that lose pictures. Somewhere along the line I lost the pictures to my son’s 1st birthday – what a tragedy! He might someday have a complex that 2 of his birthdays have no pictures!

Scrapbooking Supplies:

For digital scrappers:
download, unzip, and file all kits & fonts purchased.
Save a preview image of each kit and keep it in a separate file for easy browsing
Back up all new purchases to cd or dvd in case of computer crash or to maximize
your hard drive space.

For paper scrappers: put away any new purchases. Do you still have stuff in sacks sitting around? I know some of you do! Put it away in an organized system.

For all scrappers:

Look through what you have purchased recently and decide what you want to use. At the first of the month set some goals for scrapping (hint – see my post tomorrow!)

Sort through old supplies that no longer appeal to you. Donate them to a friend who can use them or a charity. My older supplies go to my daughter who happily uses them to create many fun projects. I have also donated some to charity.

Look through what supplies you did use during the month and think about what it is about them that appealed to you. This will help you make smarter purchases in the future.

Clean up your area! Whether that is getting your computer in tip top shape, or clearing off the piles on a table where you can sit and work (guilty as charged here!)

So consider this a little nudge with the old spurs from Katie the Scrapbook Lady. Don’t let this sit unfinished for too long, take a few minutes and write out your answers while the month is still fresh in your mind. You will be so glad that you did!

If you want to get really ambitious, have other family members fill this out (or help them with it) for an even richer memory resource.

Now Giddy Up and Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

visit my quote blog and my autism blog also.


Monday, January 30, 2006

Blogging and Scrapbooking

This comic just cracked me up. There have been times when I my husband has asked me what I've been up to and I will refer him to my blog so he got a good chuckle out of this when I showed him!

Another thing that made me laugh is this shirt:

It is from Think Geek and I'm wondering if I should be required to wear this! Sometimes when my husband says or does something goofy, he will say, "oh great, now hundreds of bloggers will be reading about this tomorrow!" It keeps everyone in line to know that I may be "reporting" them on the blog!

Truthfully, you know I don't do a lot of that kind of blogging here, but it has been an excellent journaling tool. I have to say that since I have become a regular blogger, my scrapbooking has reached a new level because of the ideas I have been able to incorporate. It forces me to write about scrapbooking and also my life, so I always have plenty of creative material to work with.

Whether you keep a blog for the world to read, or just a private journal, I strongly encourage you to be REGULAR about posting in it. Even random details will jog your memory later. Some people hang on to their past calendars. I wish I would have done that - it would be a treasure trove of journaling information! I do keep an electronic calendar now so I can go back over the past year and refer to dates and appointments. Very helpful!

So keep notes on your calendar and write or blog in some sort of journal, I promise you'll thank me for it later!

Happy Journaling!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

visit my quote blog and my autism blog also.


Saturday, January 28, 2006

20 layouts in 28 days

I decided to set up a file of all the layouts I create in 2006. So far I have created 20 layouts! Not bad considering it is only the 28th of January.

If I keep up this pace, I may shatter some records! :D

Most of my layouts are in my 2Peas gallery if you want to take a look. There are a few that I have not posted publicly so if you want to get technical and count how many were added in 2006, you may come up a few short. :)

I made this little blinkie for my blog and my signature lines to help me keep track of my progress. I won't update it every time I complete a layout, but probably every 10 layouts or so. So you can watch my scrapping progress if you like.

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Some people are motivated by numbers or some sort of measurable goal system. I find it satisfying to see the numbers add up so it is a good system for me. Find one that works for you and get busy scrapping! Have fun and don't worry about doing it perfectly, just be creative!

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

visit my quote blog and my autism blog also.


Friday, January 27, 2006

Art Journals

Art Journals are all the rage right now in the scrapbooking world. Paper and Digi scrappers alike are embracing the idea of searching for and releasing their inner creativity.

I'm curious, but a little hesitant to take on another project. I enjoy seeing the ideas out there though and find that I'm inspired after reading about some of the scrappers currently working on Art Journals.

Here are some that are worth checking out:

Ali Edwards keeps an art journal spot on her blog.

I read about this book on Ali Edwards Blog the other day and added it to my amazon wishlist. It sounds really neat!

Crafty Girl has amazing art journal prompts.

Altered Diva Art Journal

Karen Michel's art journal site

Kristi Ann has been keeping a section of her blog devoted to art journals.

A variation that I love is the Creativity Trip Journal.

Teesha Moore's Art Journals

Narylane Studio
has a neat section on art journals

And don't forget to include your kids...
Art Journal for kids

Happy Journaling!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

visit my quote blog and my autism blog also.


Thursday, January 26, 2006

The enabler

Definition of an enabler: To supply with the means, knowledge, or opportunity; make able.

In shopping terms, it means that one obsessed shopper tells another obsessed shopper about their great find so that the second obesessor can't rest until they too have collected the item!

My mom is my biggest enabler (and I'm sure she would say that I'm hers!)

So let me share my latest obsessions with all of you. This is what is currently on my wish list and I'm sure there will be a lot more to covet after the CHA show next week!


I don't do a lot of paper scrapping these days so it might be hard to justify these purchases, but these are some new "toys" that look like a lot of fun! I'm pretty picky about adding any new tools to my collection because they aren't really necessities, but I can see myself actually using these.

Memory Makers Tag Tool
- add your own metal rim to any paper, now your tags will always match. Matching makes me so happy!

Basic Grey Notch tool - where was this little guy back when I belonged to a card exchange group? I could have some fun with this one!

Idea Books:

Autumn Leaves newest book Designing with Greetings looks amazing! I know I would get a lot of ideas from this one.

Quote Unquote Volume 3 - I have the first 2 and I love them. I kind of have a thing for quotes! ;)

Simple Scrapbooks Designing Scrapbooks 2 - not available until February, but I'm really excited for this one!

Digi Stuff:

Gina Miller's Polka Ribbons & matching Polka Papers and her gorgeous new flowers!

Ok, so I just found out Gina's stuff is on sale for SBB's 3rd birthday. Everything is 35% off! So these just moved off the wish list and into my hard drive! :)

Jen Wilson and Lauren Bird's Summer Travels CD

I've been doing a lot of layouts lately using Ashley Olson's great designs at Scrapbook Bytes, and her designs are 50% off right now so go check them out. She really has some gorgeous kits!

Consider yourself fully enabled!

Happy Shopping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

visit my quote blog and my autism blog also.


Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Digi Scrap Lift #9

I had so much fun doing this layout. It was a blast to try out so many different fonts, and I tried to use some that I haven't used before. This is a lift of Digi Scraplift #9 and you can see why someone would want to lift this design! The original by Michelle is just amazing!

So here's my version:

posted at 2Peas, The Digi Chick, & Scrapbook bytes

The gorgeous papers are from Ashley Olson's Candy Bits Kit at Scrapbook Bytes. The flourish accents are also from Ashley at SBB. The fonts are:
Attic, 2Peas Wild Child, 2 Peas Funky doodles, 2 Peas Goofball, 2 Peas DW Girlie Girl,AL Updated Classic, Artistamp Med., Batik Regular, Chocolate Box, & Dymo Font Invers - whew!

I've been lifting so much lately, you might wonder if I have any of my own unique layout ideas! I assure you that all is still well with the Scrapbook Lady, I've just been enjoying a different kind of creativity and letting others inspire me!

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

visit my quote blog and my autism blog also.


Tuesday, January 24, 2006

You are Paper!

You are PAPER!

You are an all natural basic person who likes to
act as a foundation to others. You are willing
to take a backseat in most of your
relationships and let others take the
spotlight, while you show your support and help
them shine! Underneath it all, you are the one
who makes it all happen. You are the focus and
stability in any group, even if you are not the
leader. Others look to you to set the pace and
provide ideas for ways to get things done. But
Paper Beware - sometimes you get a little edgy
with the people who look to you for support and
can give them some papercut remarks that can
hurt their feelings. Remember to watch what you
say, because you are best when leading by

What scrapbooking item are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

another funny quiz at Quizzilla - I liked my result this time because Paper is my passion! Even when I was very young, I always enjoyed stationary stores. I have a massive paper collection - but not as big as my mom's stash! - LOL!

Alot of the other stuff seems pretty true also, but I do really try hard not to give to many paper cuts! :)

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

visit my quote blog and my autism blog also.


Monday, January 23, 2006

Dare to Muse Me Layout

So Holly has this weekly Dare to Muse Me Challenge on her blog this year. I've been thinking about jumping in and I finally took the plunge this week. I knew the subject matter would be difficult but worthwhile.

The challenge? Make a page about yourself that celebratest the things you have accomplished, the things you are most proud of.

I don't know why it has to be so hard for us to find good things to say about ourselves? I spent a long time on this layout, mostly on the journaling. I'm pleased with the end results though and glad that I stepped up to the challenge. There's another accomplishment I can be proud of!

Layout posted on 2Peas and The Digi Chick

I used Holly's own Birthday kit from the Digi Chick. The little heart doodle was a freebie from Kathy Moore. The font is 2Peas Lighthouse. I scraplifted the layout idea from pg 34 of the January 2006 issue of Scrapbooks Etc.

I challenge you to participate in Holly's challenge this week and Dare to Muse yourself!

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

visit my quote blog and my autism blog also.


Sunday, January 22, 2006

Video Game Passion

My son just loves video games so I wanted to make a page for his album that captured his favorite activity.

The journaling reads:

Video games are your #1 passion in life. You have a Nintendo Game Cube, a Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP, and thanks to a recent Christmas gift, you also have a Sony Playstation 2 system. You read the manuals and visit the official websites for clues and cheats. The game guides are some of your most valued possessions and at times you even own the guide for months (or years) before you actually get the game. The systems have been gifts given to you for birthdays or Chrismas.The games are the rewards you earn from your token system. Some- times it takes you a long time to earn a game, but I think that makes them even more enjoyable to play. Recently, you have been excited about games that come with a fun accessory like the Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Game Cube game that included these bongo drums. Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix is another one that you were thrilled to add to your collection and it came with a dance mat that you can plug right into your Game Cube. I’m so glad that you live in a time when the technology to have fun is so readily available!

I got the idea for the layout design from a "simple scheme" blueprint in the Simple Scrapbooks Nov/Dec 2005 issue. All papers and elements are from Ashley Olson's Boy Board Shorts kit at Scrapbook Bytes. The font is Aquaduct.

Posted at 2Peas, The Digi Chick, & SBB

Are you scrapping the everyday events in life? What games you play? What shows you watch? Sometimes these can be some of the most meaningful pages. They are also a great way to capture what our life is really like right now and are fun to look back on later.

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

visit my quote blog and my autism blog also.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Which scrapbook magazine are you?

A silly quiz from Quizilla...

I took it and the result was this:

You are Creating Keepsakes! You are on the cutting
edge of scrapbooking. You keep yourself
up-to-date on all the latest techniques and
products because scrapbooking is an artistic
expression and you want to be aware of all your
options. Heritage is important to you, and you
want future generations to fully understand
their heritage through your scrapbooks.
Because heritage and heirlooms are priceless,
you are willing to spend whatever it takes to
get the perfect page, although a lot of times
you end up making the finishing touches by hand
and saving yourself a lot of money. While you
hope that future generations will appreciate
your scrapbooks, you are content just knowing
that you have done all to preserve memory that
you can.

Which Scrapbook Magazine Are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

It said that 62% got this same result. Maybe scrappers who take this quiz are most like CK? Anyway, I like a lot of different scrapbook magazine each for their own reasons. And although I do love (and subscribe to) Creating Keepsakes, I would label myself much more of a Simple Scrapbooks kind of gal! That is the one that I can most relate to.

So take the quiz and see what kind of scrapbook magazine you are! :)

Happy quizzing!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

visit my quote blog also!


Friday, January 20, 2006

freebies again

Seems like there are a lot of freebies lately so I thought I better update everyone.

Cute Candy on Deb's blog

Pretty Paper & Ribbon on Tracy Ann's blog

Yummy Love is better than chocolate freebie

Designer Digitals Weekly Challenge freebies

Cute Free alpha set from Ashley Olson

New Accent Freebie on Mrs. Davis' blog.

Another fabulous Friday Freebie!

Happy Downloading!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady


quote blog


Thursday, January 19, 2006

Scrap Attack!!!

With paper scrapping I almost always did a 2 page spread when I sat down to scrap. With digi I've been much more random. I think that has been good for my creativity, but I do still love the look of a 2 page spread.

This layout is a lift of the great Ali Edwards in the CK book "Scrapbooking Kids" page 107. I even used similar colors and fonts. The kit is Jan Crowley's Weekender at the Digi Chick. Fonts are CK Eclectic and Arial.

I scanned in baby pictures of my son because this was way before digi cameras. I hope all the new mommies with digital cameras realize how lucky they are! :)

Posted at 2Peas and The Digi Chick

This one was a bit more challenging. It is easy to scrapbook about people but sometimes more difficult to do a layout using scenic shots. I'm happy with how it turned out though. The font is Baskerville Old Face. The kit is Wonderland by Jan Crowley. Don't you just love the snowflake charms?

Posted at 2 Peas and The Digi Chick

So my challenge to you today is to think in twos... Do a 2 page spread layout. They are fun and you get 2 pages done at once!

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Wednesday, January 18, 2006

A scrapbook related tag

If you are reading this, I challenge you to copy and paste this quiz into your word processing program or you own blog and fill it out. Consider yourself "tagged," and don't worry because this one is easy to fill out. It is also a good way to get in touch with what you like and don't like about scrapbooking.

Here's mine:

What Scrapbooking products do you DISLIKE?

eylets! I never can get them right no matter what tool I have tried. I just prefer brads instead – much easier.

What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to scrap?
My son’s 3rd grade school year. Still haven’t done it because I just get upset thinking about it. We had some bad experiences with the school. But I will do it.

What technique do you use more than any other?
For paper scrapping it would have to be color blocking or paper tearing.
For digital scrapping it would be re-tinting my photos with a sepia transparency.

Ever been published?
Yes for paper scrapping (3 times in Memory Makers Mag & 1 Memory Makers Idea Book.) Not yet for digital.

What’s the smallest scrap of paper you save?
I used to save everything but now I’m more selective. Probably a 2 inch square.

Ever have any scrapbooking-related injuries?
paper cuts LOL! Since I’ve gone digital I have hurt my wrist and back by sitting at the computer and using the mouse too long!

Finish the sentence… “If I wasn’t a scrapbooker, I would spend my money….”

Why wouldn’t I be a scrapbooker?!

Give us your best storage or organizational idea.
My papers are sorted by colors in Cropper Hopper upright paper holders.
For digital I always save a preview of the kit and keep it in folder on my hard drive.

You just won a week-long scrapbooking cruise for 4. Who’s going with you?
My mom of course!!!!! She is the only one who would understand how cool the whole thing would be!

And my husband and 2 kids because it wouldn’t be fun without them! I know that is 5 people but I would pay extra so both my kids could go! 

Actually it would be fun to have the rest of my family go too - but they would have to pay their own way. :) Sorry, guys!

You can tag your friends to do this too if you want.

Happy Tagging!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Tuesday, January 17, 2006

matching makes me happy!

Can you believe how well this kit matches my daughter's outfit? Anyone who knows me would know that this is the kind of stuff that makes me happy because I just love matching! LOL!

I had these cute papers from Andie Smith's (digi chick) key west kit and I went hunting for the perfect picture. This was taken in the summer of 2004 when we went to a local garden. Sorry, my yard doesn't look like this!

I edged the picture in white. Font is 2Peas squish. The ribbon and flower are from Dani Mogstad's Shore thing kit.

Posted at 2Peas and The Digi Chick

Happy Matching!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



You've all been tagged!

Looking for my freebie? Keep scrolling down to the next entry!

There are lots of "tags" that go around on blogs. These are basically little questionnaire type entries where you fill in some info about yourself because someone asked you to do it by tagging you. They are a fun little tool to get you to journal about yourself and they can give lots of inspiration for future scrapbook pages.

So consider yourself all tagged. Have your family each fill this out also and then you will have some good material for scrapping!

Here's mine (based on the current tag going around)

• Four jobs you've had in your life:

"Maintenance Supervisor" - my fancy term for emptying garbages, cleaning toilets, and filing at my Dad's business while I was growing up!

Resident Assistant - College job where I lived in the dorm for free and even got paid a little to be in charge of all the girls on my floor. Sort of like a mom with pay. I even had to make them clean their rooms before they could leave for the summer!

Food Brokerage Sales Rep - I called on hospitals and schools and sold them food.

Bookkeeper for food brokerage company. I was able to do this one mostly from home shortly after my first child was born.

• Four movies you could watch over and over:

Sixteen Candles
Finding Nemo - seriously!
Pirates of the Carribean

• Four places you have lived:

In my parent's house
In a dorm room with my best friend
In a dorm room by myself
In England for 2 months on a study abroad

• Four tv shows you love to watch:

Friends reruns
Everybody Loves Raymond reruns
The Apprentice (with my hubby)
that's about it, I hardly ever watch TV!

• Four places you've been on vacation:

California lots of times (Anaheim, San Francisco, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Beach,)

New York City

Austin Texas

Albuquerque New Mexico

• Four websites you visit daily:

2peas digital scrapbooking
USA Today - especially the Life section
Bloglines to read all my blogs. Right now I subscribe to 84 feeds! Most people don't post nearly as often as I do so I don't actually read that many blogs a day.
Sitemeter to see who has been visiting me online. I just love to see new little dots on the world map. I literally get visitors on my blogs and website from all over the world!

• Four of your favorite foods:

My mom's lasagna - no substitutes!
California Pizza Kitchen Tostada Pizza
Really good bread and real butter - man, I love bread!
homemade cookies

• Four places you'd rather be right now:

I like being home so no complaints here, but if I could choose 4 other places to go I would have to say I would love to travel somewhere with my husband and kids. We always have so much fun. Here are 4 places I would like to go with them:

Washington DC
Alaska (on a cruise)
Hawaii - probably Kauai since that is where we went on our honeymoon.
Shakespeare Festival

• Four tags:

I'm going to skip this part since I'm really tagging all of you. I do hope that I can get my family members to do this though so I will strongly encourage them to fill out their own and send it to me!

Happy Tagging!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Sunday, January 15, 2006

Martin Luther King Jr. Quote & Digital Paper Freebie

I decided to put together some quotes for my quote blog in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day tomorrow and it got me thinking... I really want to take some time and teach my kids more about what this amazing man did. So very inspiring. I think I will start an album of inspiration for my kids - things I want them to know and appreciate. Just an idea that popped into my head today.

So here is a little freebie for you. 2 background papers and 6 different quotes to download. You can just make a quote layout or use them as scrapbook or journaling backgrounds to record your own feelings or experiences about Martin Luther King Jr. or issues of equality, freedom, and dreams.

I would love to know if you download them - not a requirement, just fun to see who has come to visit and enjoy this freebie. So leave me a comment if you get a chance.

You can download this freebie on my site.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



When Katie can't sleep!

For some reason I couldn't get to sleep last night. I tried everything but I finally just gave up and scrapbooked! LOL!

Posted at 2Peas, Scrapbook Bytes & The Digi Chick.

This is a scraplift so I must thank Sheri R. for the inspiration and Susan for posting it on her Scraplift Blog.

All papers and elements are from Ashley Olson's Trendsetter Kit at Scrapbook Bytes.
Font is 2Peas Well Behaved.

Have a happy Sunday!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Saturday, January 14, 2006

Ashley Olson's Creative Team!

I'm thrilled to announce that I have been picked to be part of Ashley Olson's Creative Team! She is a very talented designer who sells at Scrapbook Bytes and ModScraps.

You can "meet" all the creative team members by visiting Ashley's blog. I feel honored to be part of such an amazing group of talented ladies!

I'll be sharing some layouts soon using her amazing designs!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Friday, January 13, 2006

Can't keep up with all the freebies!

It seems that everyone has been feeling generous lately... lots of good stuff to download!

Check these out:

Holly has cute trims, bling, & flowers on her blog lately.

Chef cooked up some darling flowers for us to munch on.

Download some DDE team darling doodles.

Gotta get this gorgeous Spring Bouqet Pack from Dani.

Seeing Red? How about pink? Great Valentine Freebie on Cyber Scrapper's blog.

Jasbeanie also has some love for us - a cute little ticket.

Amy Teets has a cute freebie up on her blog right now also.

And of course, don't forget the Friday freebie!

Happy Downloading!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



a super quick mini album

Can you believe I made a scrapbook album at 6:30 this morning? My daughter wanted to take some pictures of her new twin cousins for show and tell. I decided to put them in a small plastic album (bought at Target for $1.99) and I made covers and a journaling insert to make it cute. I also added labels to all of the pictures so she could tell the babies apart. Took me about 20 minutes start to finish but she thought it was wonderful!

I used ki memories papers & bazzill cardstock. The fonts are 2 Peas Red Velvet Cake and 2 Peas Flower Garden.

Such a simple project, but now we have a home for baby cousin photos to be enjoyed right away. Stop stashing your photos away to be scrapbooked at a later date. Even if you intend to scrap them later on, at least put them in a small photo safe album to enjoy right now.

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Thursday, January 12, 2006

a few more things to add

continuing on from my Tuesday entry...

I have found a few more wonderful scrapbook related happenings to share with you!

Angie Pedersen
has a Free class at Barnes & Noble University.

Scrap Artist has a year long Simply YOU challenge to participate in.

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Wednesday, January 11, 2006

What happens when Jen Wilson has a sale?

This was posted on Scrapbook Bytes once I finally got through tonight!

Store Update!

Currently the store experienced VERY high server load resulting from both browsing/shopping and download queries all at the same time.

An order for additional RAM is scheduled and will be installed sometime tomorrow.

Jen Wilson IS EXTENDING her sale from the time the store reopens (sometime tomorrow) through Friday, January 13, 2006 - MIDNIGHT!

All customer service emails will be addressed when the server returns to it's functioning state to ensure they are answered and downloads are availalbe with as little confusion and frustration as possible!

THANK YOU EVERYONE for your patience!

Glad she is extending her sale because I got my cart filled with some great stuff at 47% off right before it crashed!

So check back before Friday - but wait until I've placed my order, ok?! :)

Happy Shopping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Tuesday, January 10, 2006

What happens when you read blogs?

Well, besides spending even more time in front of the computer, great things happen when you find a group of really cool blogs to read!

I've started using bloglines (thanks Angie Pedersen for the suggestion!)and it has really helped me keep track of everything.

Now my only problem is that I'm getting overwhelmed with all the good stuff out there! I will have to narrow done some of these choices and decide what I want to involve myself in.

Here are some great scrapbook related things to know about:

Free typography class (thanks again Angie for posting about this)

A Poem a day from Thena

Studio Friday - Ali Edwards usually does this.

Self Portrait Tuesday - Just realized today is TUESDAY! I found out about this from Rhonna Farrer's Blog a few months back and I have done it a few times. Need to get doing this one again.

A week in your life album by Ali Edwards. This CKU class has a downloadable PDF document that you can use to complete this album on your own.

Art Journal Challenge by Shimelle - this one does have a charge of $30 for 20 weeks and you can join late.

Big Picture Scrapbooking Classes - including one for free. I've been reading Stacy Julian's book THE BIG PICTURE and it is amazing! I also regularly visit her blog.

Holly McCaig's Dare to Muse Me Challenge - posted every Sunday.

Cathy Zielske's Encyclopedia of Your Ordinary Life class. This one also has a downloadable PDF document that you can use to try and follow along at home. The class is inspired by this book: Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, which has now just joined the long lineup in my amazon wish list. Stacy Julian also praises the book so I'm very intrigued!
Thanks to Michelle for posting about this and the next few that I'm going to list.

My Personal Treasury A-Z by Danielle Johnson also has PDF instructions and worksheets to download.

Becky Higgins Snapshot of Me - another class PDF file to download.

Life Lessons and A Year of Memories also have downloadable files - which is great for us homebodies!

Finally, The Digi Chick has a year long challenge called "It's a chick's life, scrap it!"

Overwhelmed yet? I know I am and I know there is a lot more going on that I don't even know about!

Help me out by posting if I have missed something. I want to make sure to get the word out on resources like these so feel free to include it in a comment here or email me at kt@scrapbooklady.org

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Monday, January 09, 2006

Paperkuts magazine going under

This is sad news from Angie Randall, Paperkuts magazine is closing it's doors.

I have read the magazine on and off over the years and it is ironic that just last month I decided to finally subscribe. Oh well, my small check for a subscription is not nearly as big of a deal as what Angie and the Paperkuts staff are going through. I feel sad for the PK power team and the many talented scrapbookers who were currently working with Paperkuts. Angie has stated in this post that she will do her best to return pages and make things right.

There were a few bitter comments posted in response on this thread and I'm sure that won't be the worst that the Paperkuts staff hears. I wasn't able to post a comment - maybe there is a limit? I started a new thread on the digi board to let the digi scrappers know and also to give Angie my thanks and let her know how sorry I am to hear of the magazine ending.

In a time where scrapbooking is at a high in popularity and gaining more recognition every day, it is sad to see such a high quality publication fail because of poor management.

It is too bad it got to such a dire point before anything was done. A lesson for all of us to make sure we are keeping tabs on the important things in our life.

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Sunday, January 08, 2006

another lift - Wide Eyed Wonder!

I had so much fun doing a "lift" recently (see my entry on scraplifting) that I decided to do another one.

This one is Scraplift #5 on Susan's wonderful blog.

Here is my lift:

I used Andie Smith's OH BOY kit from The Digi Chick - don't you love the colors of these papers? The fonts are CK Print and CK Flourish

Layout posted at 2Peas
and The Digi Chick.

When I started this lift, I had no idea what picture I was going to use. After I picked my papers, I went searching for a picture and found this one. It is not a picture I usually would have thought of making a page out of, but the title just hit me and I knew it was the one. Be open to inspiration - try starting a layout with no end in mind and see where the creative process takes you!

Happy Creating!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Fab Freebies

Found some great freebies that I will share.

Laura's September Sun Freebie

Designer Digitals Quote Challenge - see my quote blog entry about this

Designer Digitals Web Challenge

Designer Digitals Ad Challenge

New Year's Freebie from CG essentials

Free January kit on 2Peas

Simply Clean Digi Scraps Valentine Freebie -scroll down the page.

A few new freebies up at ScrapArtist

As always, be sure to credit the designer and site when you use the freebie. If you get a chance send the designer an email or blog comment thanking them for the freebie and let them know where you posted it.

Happy Downloading!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady




Posted at 2Peas. Just wanted to do a girly page today - lots of pink and flowers! This is my daughter last summer posing with one of her many stuffed animals.

Papers are from Shabby Princess Granny's Parlor. Stitching is from Gina Miller's Stitch set. Flowers and brads are from Holly McCaig's blog freebies. Font is 2Peas Magic Forest.

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Friday, January 06, 2006

Doing layouts for fun!

Until the past few months I have been a strictly chronological scrapbooker. I only went in order and I felt like I had to scrapbook every event that way. Part of it was the style of album I was using because it was hard to rearrange pages once they were done. Some of it was just not being able to see it differently. I'm a pretty orderly type of gal and I like to keep things organized.

Lately, I have been doing pages in any order I please and sometimes (gasp!) I only do 1 page of what I know will someday be a 2 page spread. I have also become much more willing to experiment with different styles and ideas. The result? FUN! Yep, I'm having fun and I couldn't be happier about that. Instead of feeling dread that I'm not "caught up," I'm enjoying the layouts that I am working on.

Today I found a quote I liked and went and found some old pictures to scrap. Very different for me to do it this way. Nothing fancy but I still love the way it turned out. The memory makes me smile and now I have a page about it. Isn't that what really counts?

Here's the layout:

To find out more about it you need to visit my quote blog!

Have fun with scrapbooking!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Thursday, January 05, 2006


Paper and Digital Scrappers alike love to scraplift (use another layout as inspiration or even copy it almost exactly) and it is a prevalent occurence. It is considered an honor to have someone admire your work enough to want to replicate it in some way. This is much different than stealing ideas and passing them off as your own. Credit is given when the lift is a direct one. There is no need to give credit if you simply think of using buttons on a layout because you saw someone else do it. However, you will find friendships blossom when you let others know how they inspired you.

Here's a lift of mine:

I set a new year's resolution to do more lifting (layouts, not weights LOL!) so I was thrilled to find Susan's Digi Scraplift blog. She picked Auntie Pea's layout and I couldn't resist copying this amazing design! I even used the same quote and font.

I snapped this pic of my dd while we were at the zoo last September and it is one of my favorites of her.

Jen Wilson Signature 3 Papers, Holly McCaigs flowers (freebies on her blog!) Nancie Rowe Janitz shmootzy frames from scrapartist. Stitches are from Gina Miller. Shabby Princess Staple from Signature Collection. Font is Susie's Hand.

Posted at 2Peas.

So set a New Year's Resolution to do more lifting!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Craft Site Directory

My website was chosen as a featured website on the Craft Site Directory.

I am pretty excited about this because they found me and added the listing - this isn't something I submitted.

Nice to be noticed. :)

Happy Crafting!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Sibling Love

Posted at 2Peas

I know I am just a little partial but I love this picture of my kids! My daughter is such a caregiver and she loves and protects her brother. This photo really captured a lot about their relationship. I will do another page to put next to it with more journaling but for now I just wanted to scrap this picture.

Also gave me a chance to use some of my newest purchases - Jen Wilson! Paper is from Feeling Blue pack. Ribbon is from Early Autumn Bouqet and Rivets are from Winter's Grace. Font is Andreas Typewriter.

Relationship pages are very satisfying to complete. It is important to celebrate the love in families and a scrapbook page is a great way to do just that.

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Quotes & Quips is the Scrap Blog of the Week!

My Quotes & Quips blog is the first featured Scrap Blog of the Week on the Scrapability Blog.

Here is the entry:

This is a new feature for the Scrap Rants blog for 2006. As I appear to have a large list of scrapbloggers, and truly appreciate all the information and sharing out there, I thought I’d like to feature my pick of the blogs each week.

Scrapability’s Scrap Blog of the Week -Week 1 2006 :
Quotes and Quips Blog by Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Katie Nelson has long had an interesting blog and website with lots of scrapbooking content, but lately has opened up her Quotes and Quips blog also. For 2006, she intends to provide a quote or quip a day, with a related story, scrapbooking links or similar to go with the daily quote.

From this blog you also have links to Katie’s affiliated websites - she has a Quotes and Quips website with categorised links also. All the blogs and websites are fantastic resources, and I would recommend subscribing up to the RSS feed on Katie’s blogs.

Thanks Michelle for featuring my blog!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



free desktop calendar and more

Holly McCaig (former owner of The Digi Chick) has a new blog and she is working on a new website where she will sell her own designs. She offered this desktop calendar template as a freebie on her website. All you do is add your own picture and save it as a desktop image on your computer.

I know the picture I added doesn't really shout out "January" but it is a picture I like and I thought the colors went nicely with the calendar. Besides, who is going to coplain if I don't use a winter picture?...The scrapbooking police?
Feel free to do your own thing and just enjoy it!

By the way if you read further into Holly's blog, you will find these gorgeous little flowers as a freebie - but hurry, because they won't last!

Happy Downloading!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Monday, January 02, 2006

Freebie Roundup

Haven't posted about freebies for awhile so I thought it would be good to let you all know about some great downloads I have found in the last few days.

Midnight Memories from Tabatha Reed. You must be registered at DigiScrappinBiz to get this one.

The Digi Chick Tis the Season freebie. Must be registered at The Digi Chick to download.

Retrodiva's Be Merry 2006 Freebie

Gorgeous freebie from TK Whimsy!

And About.com has a new page up listing Digital Scrapbooking Freebies so be sure to check it out!

Happy Downloading!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Simple layouts

Whether you are a paper scrapper or a digi diva be sure to enjoy doing some very simple layouts. They go together quickly and it is easier to keep the focus on the photo and journaling where it truly belongs. A few classy papers are all you need for the finishing touch.

Funny how sometimes the most simple layouts can become your favorites. I am really happy with how this one turned out.

All I could think about when I looked at this picture of my son was how much I love him. Just wanted to convey that somehow.

Papers are from Andie Smith's Explore Kit at the Digi Chick. Font is Dream Orphans.

Posted at 2Peas and The Digi Chick

Happy Simple Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Back to Scrap!

Felt good to scrap again today. I had fun with the bright colors in this layout!

A picture from November of 2004 that I snapped in the Nordstrom dressing room - you can see me in the picture! We ended up coming home with this crazy vest and hat because DD looked so darn cute in it. Quite the practical purchase! LOL!

Kit is Sunset by Andie Smith at The Digi Chick. Title is 2Peas Frappachino font and the flowers are from the 2Peas Flower Garden Font.

Posted at 2Peas and The Digi Chick

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Sunday, January 01, 2006

learning to doodle

My very nice hubby gave me a wacom tablet for Christmas.

Gotta love a guy who supports you in the things you enjoy!

Thought you might enjoy seeing my VERY primitive first attempts at doodling on the tablet. I'm hoping that in a few weeks you will be impressed when I post some much better doodles after I get the hang of it!

I'm pretty sure that if these doodles were analyzed it would be easy to assume that a preschooler did them...or maybe that is being too kind?! LOL!

I can tell that this will be a wonderful tool and I can't wait to explore the possibilities.

Don't be afraid to share your first attempts at something and document them for a scrapbook page. After all, life is just a laboratory for learning and we are all participants. How can you appreciate progress if you don't remember to celebrate the starting point?

So my challenge for the day is to take a picture, write a story, or include a beginner's masterpiece (in any form) on a scrapbook layout and celebrate the beginning of a wonderful journey!

Happy Scrapping!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady



Top 5 "discoveries" of 2005

Do you remember the NBC promotion from a few years ago... if you haven't seen it, it's new to you!/ Well, this post sort of falls in that category. All my discoveries were in existence before the year 2005 but that is when I embraced them.

1. Blogging! - hello! you wouldn't be reading this if I hadn't "discovered" the joy of blogging. Funny thing is now it just blows my mind when someone asks "what's a blog?"...that is like so 2004! LOL!

Besides this blog I also have a quote blog and an autism blog.

2. Digital Scrapbooking I have been scrapbooking in some form or another for about 20 years and I have been known as Katie the Scrapbook Lady online for at least 5 years. This year I found a new way to scrapbook and I'm completely hooked! What sealed the deal for me? Being able to print off my layouts in duplicate. The same layouts that went in my children's albums made for great gift book albums for grandparents. No more making 4 sets of pages anymore!

My first digital scrapbook page in April of 2005 was made with a free kit at 2Peas

A recent page I created using my own designs in November 2005

3. 2Peas, especially the digital board. Now you think a scrapbook lady like myself would have gotten into the 2Peas action a lot sooner and I have even been registered there for a few years. But my new found addiction of digital scrapbooking is what really led me to become an involved pea in April of 2005. About 2 weeks ago I posted my 1000th post so I guess you could say I'm a junkie!

4. My kids love Shakespeare! I had a feeling that they would enjoy going to the Utah Shakespeare Festival but I wasn't sure if they would really "get" the Bard. To put it in their words..."Shakespeare Rocks!" - it was a raging success!

5. Wonders never cease.

Flowers bloom...

Nature amazes...

Love grows...

Memories are made...

Can't wait to see what discoveries are in store for me in 2006! Don't forget to journal about what has changed in your life this past year. Reflect on the good things and make a scrapbook page about them.

Happy New Year!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady