Pick of the Month – Instant Pot

Greetings! Jen Flaherty here with this month’s Pick of the Month – The Instant Pot. Have you heard of it? The Instant Pot is a modern day pressure cooker. What makes it modern, you ask? The Instant Pot does it all from cooking perfect rice to soups and stews, meats, bread (yes, bread!), yogurt…the list goes on. And it cooks it all in an instant, thus the name. In addition, the Instant Pot has a slow cooker mode as well, so you can kiss your slow cooker goodbye (or shove it to the back of the cabinet). This purchase has been a game changer for me. Let me tell you why.

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Quick Tips to Speed Up Your Scrapbooking

We’ve covered quite a lot of topics this month as we roll out pieces of the amazing collaboration, Magic of Beginnings. As I sat down to create my layout this month, I realized (as you will too when you see my layout), I really didn’t have a lot of time to spend on elaborate techniques. I really just wanted to quickly document our renovation progress so far. Then I thought to myself, I bet I’m not the only scrapbooker who wants a quick way to scrapbook. Therefore, today, I am going to share with you some quick tips to speed up your scrapbooking workflow.


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Using Lightroom, Photoshop and Day One to Document a Year in Sports

Hello! Jen Flaherty here to share with you a sequential project I wish I had started when my children started playing sports – creating an album to document their year in sports. I knew that in order for me to be successful with this project, it had to be SIMPLE! So I promise you it is. I use Lightroom, Photoshop and Day One to help me bring it all together, but you could use any photo organizing and/or editing program that works for you. Below I have outlined what I did to prepare for this project and the steps I follow to ensure success. Are you ready? Let’s go!

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Pick of the Month – Operator

Hello there! Can you believe tomorrow is October? September just flew by! By now we should all be settled into our back to school routines and preparing for the upcoming holidays. Speaking of holidays, this month’s Pick of the Month is a fantastic little app called Operator and it will help you with all of your holiday shopping needs.

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Favorite Projects: School Yearbook

I have a confession to make — I don’t have any finished projects. I scrap and I scrap and I scrap, but I don’t have any finished projects to speak of. I have a list of albums I would like to create and/or complete — Family Reunion, Trip to Disney, Project Life 2014 and 2015 — but sadly none of them are actually completed and printed. What I do have, however, are a lot of individual printed layouts that are in top-loading albums. I have one album for each of my three kids and one “family” album. However, I probably have more completed layouts on my computer than I do in the actual albums.


The shame.

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Photographing Your Summer

Happy Summer! Well, it’s not official yet, but for many of you, summer has unofficially begun. Perhaps your children’s school year has ended or the weather has started heating up. And that means most of us are heading outdoors to enjoy all the things that this season has to offer. And all that activity begs to be scrapped! So while you are planning your adventures, be sure to bring your camera along and don’t forget to include some of the following ideas on your scrapbook pages:

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Digital Supply Organization Using Finder


As promised, today we will begin sharing some of our own personal systems for organizing our digital scrapbook supplies. We asked each of the Peers to answer the following questions about how they scrap, and how they store and search for their supplies. Hopefully, someone’s organization system will resonate with you and you will find a system that will work for you too. Additionally, we have created a sub-forum just for organizing-related questions, so if you have any, that’s the place to ask them. So let’s get started!


Today we are talking with Jen Flaherty, our Blog Team Peer Director. Jen has been scrapping since 2005 so her organization system has gone through many iterations. Here she talks in depth about her evolution.

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Text and Color

This month we are going to be discussing text as a design tool. And more specifically, how to use text in unique ways in your scrapbooking designs. The fonts you use, the size of the font, the way the text is laid out and the colors you choose all convey a message apart from what the text actually says.


Today, I’d like to share with you a layout I created for my son’s yearbook and how I used color to solve a design dilemma I was faced with. 

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