Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Creating Keepsakes Blog - Tutorial and a Freebie

Hello friends!  I am over on the Creating Keepsakes Blog today with a tutorial and a freebie.  My topic is "Spooktacular Fonts".  I have some Halloween goodies for you that can be seen below.  Hop on over and check it out.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Creating Keepsakes - November/December 2013

As many of you know, Creating Keepsakes is about to cease publication of their regular issues.  I have LOVED Creating Keepsakes from the very beginning.  It has inspired me to be a better memory-keeper for a long time. When I was presented with the opportunity to join their team, I jumped at it.   I LOVED being a part of their team and creating for them for so many years.   It would be an understatement to say that I was very sad when I learned that CK would no longer be published.   It has been such a big part of my life. The very last regular issue of Creating Keepsakes is now on sale.    You can find out more information here about the November/December 2013 issue.

There are several aspects of this issue that I would like to bring to your attention...
1.  Look at the beautiful cover.  My dear friend Amy Mallory created this beautiful layout featuring her sweet boys.  I absolutely LOVE it!

2.  There is a digital insert included in this issue packed with inspiration. I was fortunate to play a large role in the content of the digital issue.  I wrote several tutorials, recorded two videos, wrote a couple of columns and you will also find a download of my December Daily Templates.

3.  As much as it pains me to say this, this is the very last regular issue of CK.  I would certainly get a copy if I were you.  I know you will enjoy it.

The layout below is featured in this issue.  I also included a video tutorial related to this page.  I demonstrate how to bury your title in snow (or sand).  It is a fun technique to use and I know I'm going to be using this title technique again.

All products from Designer Digitals.

Creating Keepsakes will still be having some special issues.  There will also be a new digital magazine called "Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking" that will come out in 2014.  I want to take this time to thank all of the wonderful people that I have enjoyed working with at Creating will be missed.  Thank you for the years of inspiration, hard work and dedication.   

If you don't already have it, make sure to hope on over and pick up the November/December 2013 issue of Creating Keepsakes.  

Friday, October 18, 2013

Digital Scrapbooking 102 Wrap Up

Digital Scrapbooking 101 came to a close this week.  Once again, I had such a fun and talented group of people in class.  It is so fun to connect with others in the forum and through the gallery.  I'm thrilled with what I have seen in the gallery and excited that we now have more digital scrapbookers in the digital community.  

Here are the final three pages that were demonstrated for class.

All products are from Designer Digitals.

It is beautiful outside and we are headed to the farm for the weekend.  The kids have been counting the days and I will admit that I have as well.  It is one of my most favorite places to be....surrounded by family members that we adore and beautiful countryside.  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

New Digital Scrapbooking Site -

Hello Friends!  I have mentioned that I was working on a new website.  My vision for the website is for it to be a resource for anybody interested in documenting memories in creative and fun ways.  My passion for digital memory-keeping can be seen in the pages that I create as well as through my classes.  I needed a new "home" to bring this passion and vision to others.  I have been busy unpacking my "digital boxes" at the new site and it is feeling more like home every day.  

My new site will be ready to roll on November 1st.  You can sign up for the mailing list at Those on the mailing list will be the first to hear about the fun activities that we have planned for the launch.

We are looking forward to having all kinds of fun with the new site.  There will be challenges, freebies, inspiration, tutorials and more.  I have been working hard putting all of the pieces together and I'm excited to "show" you around.  

I hope you hop on over and sign up for the mailing list at

I would also like to invite you to offer input into my new site.  Are there specific areas that you would like to see on the site?  What makes a successful blog in your eyes?  I certainly have ideas but I am always looking for ways that will help make this a memory-keeping resource for others.  Thank you in advance for any input you can provide.  Have a GREAT day!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Digital U - Tuesday, October 14th

Hello.  I hope you all enjoyed a great weekend.  We are experiencing fall here which has been wonderful. The colors are changing and there is a crispness in the air.  I love this time of year.  

Tomorrow night we are hosting Digital U and the topic is altering your products.  Amy, Tami and I are going to give a few tips on how we maximize our stash of products.

Digital U is a free webinar that we host once a month at Creative Passion.  It is a lot of fun and very casual. Each month we have a different topic and each of shares tips and ideas that we hope will inspire you.  All you need to do is register for the webinar.  During the webinar, you can type in questions and we discuss lots of different things. 

We will be meeting on Tuesday, October 15th at 9:00 Eastern Time.  We hope to see you there.  

Monday, October 7, 2013

Digital Scrapbooking 101 - Cruising Along

Digital Scrapbooking 101 is cruising right along.  We are already halfway through the class and it has been so fun to see the gallery alive with so many great pages.  I love when class is in session and having the connection once again with everyone.  We have a great group of people in there and I am always so grateful for the Creative Passion community.

Lesson 1:

Lesson 2:

Lesson 3:

All products are from Designer Digitals.

These are the pages for the first three lessons.  It is so exciting for me to help others start their digital scrapbooking journey.  I'm curious how did your digital scrapbooking journey begin?

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Creating Keepsakes Mixed Media Special Issue

Creating Keepsakes Special Issue Mixed Media Scrapbooking Volume 2 is now on sale.  I always enjoy the Mixed Media issue because it is overflowing with creativity and this issue is no exception.  Mixed Media is defined as using at least two different art mediums on a page.

As a digital scrapbooker, it is very easy to get the look of mixed media effects without even having to get your hands dirty.  I love that.  I had so much fun putting various textures and paint together on my page below that is in this issue.

Digital Products: Anna Aspnes, Katie Pertiet, Maplebrook Studios, Mindy Teresawa, Pattie Knox

It is so fun to realize how many artistic effects that you can bring to your digital pages without getting messy. Give it a try.  Think of the various art mediums that you can incorporate into your next scrapbook page.  I know you will have a blast!