Personal ponderings from a natural night-owl!

I’m sure you’re all aware that today is National Scrapbooking Day and are celebrating by…what?…what do you MEAN you’ve never heard of National Scrapbooking Day?! Let me enlighten you. In 1994, Creative Memories started a nationwide movement on the first Saturday in May to celebrate the family tradition of making keepsake photo albums. National Scrapbooking Day used to focus solely on physical albums and album pages, but it has grown to accommodate all the various ways we celebrate our memories and share our stories. Creative Memories is now a world-wide company, and so National Scrapbooking Day has really grown into Inter-National Scrapbooking Day!

I celebrated today by hosting a special crop workshop for my customers. They received some nice NSD- themed goodies and were treated to a great homemade lunch of salad, garlic bread, and chicken broccoli alfredo! Over 20 pages were completed in just 5 hours and one customer finished her first family album and started on another!

In between helping customers with page layouts and showing them all the tasty new products coming out in June, I made four 12×12 page prints for my mom for Mother’s Day (see below). My parents don’t have a house; they live in a trailer (a luxury, 44 foot house on wheels complete with a fireplace!) and have been travel all over the country for the last 12 years. They have a custom picture board in their living room for which I used to make & send 12×12 scrapbook pages. I haven’t sent anything in ages, though, because I’ve done mostly digital scrapbooking in the last year.

Now I can use Storybook Creator Plus to create digital 12×12 page PRINTS (essentially 12×12 composite digital photo pages), upload them to the CM Photo Center, and have them sent directly to her for her board. She gets the pics, I can make them up quickly (under two hours for the pages below), and I don’t have to worry about packing and mailing them myself. Yea! When she’s done with them, she can pop them into a Picfolio Max album and leave it on her coffee table as a conversation piece.

So here are my pages. They are almost all of my kids, though I threw in one of my sister Dawn trying on her wedding dress. Take a peek and tell me what you think! If you think this is something you’d like to do, shoot me an email ( and I’d be happy to help you get started!

Comments on: "(Inter) National Scrapbooking Day" (5)

  1. Charlotte said:

    These are beautiful, and what a great process to get them to your Mom! Clever thinking.

    What palettes did you use for the Wedding Dreams and the practice makes better. I don’t recognize some of the pieces.

    My NSD yesterday amounted to 40 completed pages. I joined another group and one customer alone completed 45, thanks to Power Layout.

    Thanks for your information.

    CM Charlotte

  2. Thanks for your kind words, Charlotte! “Wedding Dreams” was a pre-designed template from the Pastel Power Palette. I added heavy shadow to the top layer for a more three dimentional look, but that’s basically all I did.

    The “Practice Makes Better” page started as a blank page with a single, individual sheet background from the Pastel palette added. To get the effect of the curlicues, I simply put the same background onto another blank page and used the wand tool to to cut around the curlicues. Then I laid the curlicues I cut out right over top of the originals. For some reason, I had to do a little size manipulation to make them fit exactly right, but it wasn’t too hard.

    I had all 4 pages basically done in 30 minutes. The rest of the time time was spent on the nit-picky details like lining things up exactly right, making shadows, fiddling with picture size, and adding details to the journaling.

  3. Debbie,
    Nice job on these pages. I’m sure Mom and Dad will appreciate having new ones for their board. Frank and I are excited to see what you do with the wedding program, wedding album, and house album. It seems as if you’re getting very experienced at this as well as your cake decorating. These look very professional!


  4. Thanks for visiting my blog! I have a feeling I will LOVE digital scrapbooking too! I’m a tech girl.

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