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Ready to Scrap!

Anyone notice that many brands are now offering pre-made layouts?
I found this pre-made page from K & Company at the scrapbook store the other day and HAD to pick it up!  It made for one of the easiest layouts I’ve ever done!
I love all the paper piecing and stitching on the page.  I added two felt embellishments from American Crafts and a quote sticker at the bottom (just because I always feel that I have to add something myself). 
This layout came in handy when I planted my garden last month, too (here’s a picture of my dog, hubby, son and sister-in-law).
We R Memory Keepers also offers lots of adorable pre-made double layouts for around $7.00!
It’s so exciting to see the new developments in the paper crafting world.  These ready-made pages really make it easy to get a lot of work done quickly, without having to sacrifice style. 
LOVE IT!
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The Joy of Upcycling

As a scrapper, I like to find paper and trinkets that I can use on other crafts.  My eyes dart around hawk-like when my family is opening Christmas gifts ~ careful not to miss a fabulous, re-usable bow or tag.  I also scour the catalogs and advertisements that I get in the mail.  Maybe I can cut this or punch that…

I do love shopping for the newest scrapbook goodies, but nothing quite beats the feeling of being able to incorporate a “find” into one of my crafts.  It’s taking “scrap”-booking back to the roots of the art itself!

I was so excited with this card!  The background paper and the main collage image were upcycled from the new My Mind’s Eye catalog!  I had just received it in the mail last week and noticed how nice the cover pages of the magazine were!  Why throw it away?!  I also saw that the collage of die-cuts advertised made a perfect embellishment!  Together, with a little ribbon, glitter, buttons and other embellishments, I made a very cute and inexpensive card!