What is Scrapbooking?

What is a scrapbook to you?

I got a comment on a post recently that prompted me to think about the art of scrapbooking. 

scrap·book
noun
1. : a book with blank pages to which you attach photographs, letters, newspaper stories, etc., that help you remember a person or time.
verb
1. create scrapbooks as a hobby.

It's a book for photos, drawings or clippings. How, why or what you put in it is totally up to you. It's such a personal preference. It can be a mini album, a big traditional album, a Project Life album, a notebook from Target. It can have lots of words or no words, painting, stickers, paper...

For some it's a strict preservation of memories and for others it's simply an artistic outlet with no other purpose than to let off a little steam with paint + ink. 

It can be trendy or traditional, colorful or monochromatic, thick or thin, digital or heaped with paper. A toddler can make one or a great great great grandmother can make one. There are no rules. 

Some of us choose to share our personal scrapbooks online for artistic inspiration. What we share is OUR take on scrapbooking. You might love it, you might hate it and that's ok because a scrapbook as a definition is a book of blank pages. What you put in it is up to you. You may not even like scrapbooks and that's ok too!

Here are some of the things I've been working on lately - Studio Calico sneaks

Studio Calico Sneak
Studio Calico Sneak
Start to finish layout video
Lunch Box Notes

What is a scrapbook to YOU? I'd love to know! Share your thoughts or link to your work in the comments so I can appreciate how different this art form is to all of us!

Gift Wrapping with Craft Supplies

Gift wrapping with craft supplies

I LOVE wrapping presents, but I rarely have time to devote to doing it the way I want during the holidays. I've been throwing anything I thought would make good wrapping supplies in a drawer after I use up my Studio Calico kits and things I find in the dollar sections at Target and Michaels.

If you like having a cohesive look try sticking to a specific set of colors. I stay with neutrals and use them all year for birthdays and other gifts!

Gift wrapping with craft supplies

If you don't use them up things like labels, string, doilies, veneer, clothespins and tags are great to keep on hand to spruce up a package without the traditional bow.

Gift wrapping with craft supplies

Anything with an initial on it is perfect for this! This tag can double as an ornament later too.

Gift wrapping with craft supplies

If you're giving a gift card at the last minute, throw it in a bag and dress it up a bit! Quick and easy.

Gift wrapping with craft supplies

I keep seeing little packages you can buy this year (in the gift wrapping section) with little clothespins that have veneer shapes on them. I have all of that on hand so I made up a set with just a bit of glue!

Gift wrapping with craft supplies

Cigar boxes are a perfect way to present a man's gift and you don't even have to wrap it!

Geometric Advent Calendar

We went black + white + geometric with this year's advent calendar.

Geometric Advent Calendar

I love our advent calendar tradition and this one fits right in with our other home decor so I don't mind having it up earlier. The boys have been changing the configuration up each day.

Geometric advent calendar

I stamped numbers on the back so we knew which day we were opening. 

Geometric advent calendar

I wrote about how I put it together on All for the Boys. I love how it looks on our bookshelf in the front room!

Personalized Fall Gift Basket

I LOVE giving gifts. Especially small, random, no special occasion gifts. Although Fall is a special occasion all on it's own. I saw these awesome to-go cups at Target and had to grab them. All the to-go cups I've seen are really boring or flat out ugly. These are super cute and at $3 something for 12 not bad at all! They inspired a little random gift giving so I thought I'd share!

Personalized Fall gift basket from All for the Memories

I used this awesome scarf stamp set (still available) from Studio Calico. I'm not a huge stamp person (I almost always use black and grey) but I love having them around for reasons exactly like this. How CUTE did they make these cup sleeves?!

Personalized Fall gift basket from All for the Memories
Personalized Fall gift basket from All for the Memories
Personalized Fall gift basket from All for the Memories

I LOVE simple projects like this because they allow me a little bit of creative time without the huge mess. I'll definitely be using these stamps some more. I hope Target puts out Winter cups that are just as cute!

Everything else in the basket (including the little plastic cauldron) is from Target as well (where else?!) The tape wrapped around the cauldron is from The Underground Studio Calico Project Life kit - I'm giving one away HERE!

Personalized cup sleeves

Linking up with Salt & Pepper Moms

Fall Dinner Party Prep & Easy Cleanup

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I LOVE a good dinner party. Many of you know (because I brag about it often) that my husband is an amazing cook. A few years into our marriage we decided we were all happier when he did the cooking and I did the cleaning. As much as I don't like to clean, I know when to admit defeat. We've had this arrangement for about 10 years now and it's worked great! Especially when we have dinner parties. Since I do all the cleaning, I've had my eye on the Electrolux Stainless Steel Dishwasher with IQ-Touch™ Controls (EI24ID50QS). Gorgeous right?!

Electrolux Stainless Steel Dishwasher with IQ-Touch™ Controls (EI24ID50QS)

Having friends over for dinner is one of my favorite things to do. Fall is the perfect time to do it, especially in Phoenix because we can eat inside, outside, have a fire, or not. It's gorgeous and the perfect time to spend with friends. Here are some tips for making dinner parties a bit easier on the setup and cleanup:

  • Choose your wine/drinks ahead of time. I hate trying to choose the best drinks at the last minute. It always stresses me out. Clean wine glasses early too so you're not doing the last minute wipe down!
  • Find out about any food allergies/issues ahead of time and see if you can accommodate. If your guests want to bring their own food - let them! Since I have to eat gluten free I know that it can be intimidating for people who aren't used to it to prepare food that way so sometimes it's easier for them and me to bring my own!
  • Make sure the dishes are all clean before cooking so that after dinner (or first couple courses) are done, you have room in the dishwasher. I love that the Electrolux Stainless Steel Dishwasher with IQ-Touch™ Controls (EI24ID50QS) has a 30-minute fast wash so when I leave my (not so fun) job until the last minute I can have professionally clean dishes quickly! Yes. Please. 
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  • Having simple white dishes makes planning a place setting easy since they can be formal or casual and work for any season. They also work with any new or old white dishes or serving pieces so you can build up over time.
  • I love creating fun, simple tablescapes or place settings even at the last minute. If I'm planning ahead I'll have the dinner table set up before. Here are some of my favorite ways to make some place cards that you can work and set up a day or two before!
 Write names on a leaf (real or fake) with a metallic marker.

Write names on a leaf (real or fake) with a metallic marker.

 Use fun initial ornaments or tags.

Use fun initial ornaments or tags.

 A small succulent with chalkboard label makes a fun take home gift, but is great for you if the guests can't take them home!

A small succulent with chalkboard label makes a fun take home gift, but is great for you if the guests can't take them home!

 Using small Fall symbols like pumpkins or pinecones make a great spot for simple name cards or just to decorate the setting.

Using small Fall symbols like pumpkins or pinecones make a great spot for simple name cards or just to decorate the setting.

 An initial coffee mug makes a great looking place setting and a fun gift!

An initial coffee mug makes a great looking place setting and a fun gift!

  • Make sure you have plenty of ice! I'm always running last minute to get more ice.
  • If you can, sneak away between courses or after dinner for a minute to run a load of dishes. If your party runs later and you need to have another course you'll have clean dishes ready to go! Since we have an open floor plan, I don't do this often now because the dishwasher can be pretty loud (ok, VERY loud). The Electrolux Stainless Steel Dishwasher with IQ-Touch™ Controls (EI24ID50QS) has Luxury-Quiet™ sound packages as low as 47 dBA and the dishwasher features Clean Light that alerts you when the dishes are clean! Another reason it's on my list!

What are your favorite dinner party prep or clean up tips?

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