Converting a Stamp into an Embossed Element

This month, when I stepped back and looked at my completed page, the left side was pretty flat and uninspiring. Sure, my style is pretty simple when it comes to my Pocket Pages, but still sometimes I like to add a little depth to them. That’s when I decided to play around with the embossing effect and wound up converting a .png stamp into an embossed element on my page. Today, I share how I did it.

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Pocket Scrapping – Choosing a Color Scheme

Today I finished up my Pocket Scrapping layouts from August 2015 and again kept it pretty simple. The biggest design decision I faced this week was choosing a color scheme as there was not a common color that stood out in the bulk of my photos. In the end, I decided on a bright green and bright pink color scheme and am pretty happy with the way it turned out.

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Pocket Scrapping – Keeping it Simple

Hello again! Jen here to share one of my pocket scrapping layouts with you. As I stated last month, I fell off the pocket scrapping wagon a while ago and decided to publicly commit to hop back on by writing a monthly column for Scrapaneers about my journey. Since my last post, I did a little housekeeping and created my first layout in a long time and have learned a few more things along the way. The biggest lesson I learned? Keeping it simple.

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Back in the Swing: Pocket Scrapping

Good morning! I hope you are enjoying your lazy days of summer. I know I certainly am, but unfortunately they are definitely not lazy days. Much too much running around these past few months, which makes me realize just how quickly the time goes by and how important it is to document those moments no matter how small. I mean, that’s why we are memory keepers, right? That is why I got into pocket scrapping, so I could preserve our memories.

 

Over the past few years, I have gravitated toward pocket scrapping to document our day to day lives and had developed a pretty good system for getting it done. But somewhere along the line, I fell off the wagon and stopped scrapping altogether and not a day goes by that I don’t think about it. I still take lots of photos because I have faith that one day I will. Well, today is that day. With the site overhaul, I’ve decided to jump back into pocket scrapping and will be sharing my layouts and process each month in an attempt to inspire others to do the same. So this month I am going to share some of my best and worst layouts from my most complete year (2015), talk about what it is I like and don’t like about them and devise a system for completing it. So, let’s get started!

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Pick of the Month: Beddy’s

Today I am here to share yet another game changing find of mine: Beddy’s Zipper Bedding. Huh?! What in the word is zipper bedding, you ask? Zipper bedding by Beddy’s goes on your bed like a fitted sheet. It consists of two pieces that are attached by sturdy zippers with strong pull tabs on two sides so it can unzip from either side of the bed. It has a sheet and a minky blanket sewn into the comforter set for complete coverage. The top panel completely detaches to satisfy all sleeping preferences and to make washing it a breeze. In addition, they offer a large array of patterns for almost any style preference as well.

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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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