February at Simple Scrapper | Change

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Change is tough. Even when the change is for a good reason. My older son has decided to become a fire fighter, so I am doing everything I can to help him on his chosen career path. For the past several years, I have homeschooled him. But during this year–his junior year–he has decided to take some fire fighter classes at the local community college.

My child–going off to college! I could not believe it!

Of course I realize that he is not really going off to college (at least not yet), and that he is only taking classes two days a week. But still. It is a change. And it is a challenge letting your child go off into the world.

I knew I would have to document this moment–for him and for me. So I took one of this month’s Sketch/Templates from the Simple Scrapper membership and made this layout.


My second layout also has to do with change–my going back to school. I have always wanted to get a degree in art. Now that my son is in school, I have a little bit of free time to pursue this dream. February’s Story Starters are all about quotations. I chose these words to document my step into a more creative life.


Through these changes I have felt all kinds of emotions–happiness, joy, resistance, worry, and hope. But mostly joy. I am happy that we both have these opportunities. And I am so glad I have documented these events in our lives!

For more inspiration, visit the Simple Scrapper website and sign up for a premium membership. The community is welcoming and supportive and you will learn new ways to make scrapbooking fit your life!

Now go create!

January at Simple Scrapper

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Welcome to 2016! Many people make resolutions this time of year, including me. I like to think of my resolutions as good intentions that I have for the coming year. I never know what new and exciting events may happen that will change my plans!

One of my good intentions is to use my stash. Over the years I have amassed quite a collection of scrapbooking products. Before I purchase anything new, I want to use what I already have.

So when I created these two layouts for Simple Scrapper, I used several supplies that have been sitting in my scrap room for a while.

The first layout is based on one of January’s sketch/templates. I found two bold vertical photos (as in the sketch) and paired them with a subtle patterned paper background. This page tells the story of my youngest son and I having fun together on an unusually warm winter day.


The second layout is inspired by one of the Story Starters on the theme of Love, Me. I documented the special bond that my daughter and I have around our love of horses. One of my greatest joys is being able to ride with my daughter!


I loved being able to document these stories while using older products!

If you would like more inspiration design and storytelling, check out the membership at Simple Scrapper. It is a wonderful community!

Now go create!

October at Simple Scrapper

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Fall is here and with it comes cooler weather, colorful leaves, and pumpkin-spiced everything. Or it it is supposed to. Here the first weeks of autumn have brought dark clouds and buckets of rain.

Luckily I have had new sketches and story starters from the membership at Simple Scrapper to keep me busy inside while the rain is pouring outside. My first layout this month is inspired by a story starter in this month’s theme Inside of You. I wrote about my life as in introvert—how I used to feel insecure about being quiet and reserved.

In college, I took a Myers-Briggs test which finally put a name to how I felt. Over the years I have accepted (and am proud of) my personality traits.

For my second layout, I chose an 8.5×11 sketch from this month’s collection. I tend to shy away from this smaller format because I much prefer a larger square 12×12. However, I really liked the sketch so I decided to make a two-page spread to give myself more room to work.

Even though it was raining outside, I was definitely in a fall state of mind—therefore I used these cute autumn-themed supplies from Bo Bunny.

Now that the days are getting shorter and colder weather will invite us to stay indoors more, be sure to check out the membership at Simple Scrapper. You will get inspiration and challenges to keep you scrapping during the months ahead!


September at Simple Scrapper

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September is here—can you believe it? I cannot. Summers seem to fly by more quickly every year. However this year, I did really enjoy the entire season. I spent a lot of time outdoors, which makes me appreciate all that summer has to offer.

One of the things I enjoyed most was going to the Farmer’s Market. One day in early summer, we visited the big Farmer’s Market in our area. There were rows and rows of plants, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. We shopped in some of the local businesses that had set up storefronts at the market. Our best purchase—homemade ice cream from a local dairy!

Since I had several photos from this event, I decided to use two pocket pages for the layout. I was inspired by a sketch/template from this month’s membership at Simple Scrapper.

The first page is a 6×12 page protector. I designed the front page to hold the title, one photo, and the journaling card. You can see here the 6×12 page closed on top of the second 12×12 page.

When the 6×12 pages is opened, the photos on the back of the title page are visible along side the 12×12-page layout.

I love the journaling card from Gossamer Blue that says, “Wander without purpose or reason.” I felt that this sentiment fully captured the feeling I had that day. I was able to wander around the Farmer’s Market, just admiring everything I saw.


Now that the end of the year is approaching, I am looking back at the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year to see what I have accomplished. One of my goals for 2015 is to read more. I have been keeping a list of the books I have completed this year to make sure I am keeping up with this goal.

The Story Starters at Simple Scrapper this month are all about books and reading. In keeping with this theme, I made a page about the books I have read this year. So far I have read much more this year than in the last few years. I used to read A LOT of books each year and I really miss getting lost in a good novel.

One of the books I am reading right now is Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon. If you have not read any of Gabaldon’s Outlander books, start now! It is an excellent series.

I used a previous membership sketch/template for the design of this page. I kept the design and embellishments on this layout fairly simple, because I knew that the journaling would be the focus of the page.

Go check out the membership at Simple Scrapper if you are looking for a fun, supportive community along with inspiration and solutions to help you reach your scrappy goals. And while you are there, enroll in Jennifer’s class Before Your Story—a workshop that will guide you in telling your own story. Registration is open and class begins September 17!


Before Your Story — A Personal Journey

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A few years ago, my dad gave me a huge box of family photos, some dating back to the 1940s. Many of them were of me and my family while I was growing up. I scrapped a few of these pictures here and there, but I never thought of putting them together in an album. Then along came the Before Your Story class by Jennifer Wilson of Simple Scrapper. I signed up for the class, thinking, “This will be great. I’ll be able to quickly put some of these photos into a cute album.”

Little did I realize how extensive this project would be!

For this workshop, Jennifer has mapped out a comprehensive plan for you to tell the story of YOU—before marriage, or kids, or some other important life event. She shows you how to collect your photos, how to sort them into categories, and how to put together your album.

This six-week journey will show you how easy it is to tell big, complex stories in a single album. As you explore the story of your life “before”, you’ll learn a variety of techniques for simplifying albums using story blueprints and pocket page protectors. This class has been paced over six weeks to give you significant time to plan and work on your album. You will see how the entire project comes together early on, but each week’s content will guide you through the creative process step-by-step. As you work through each phase of the project, I’ll be there to celebrate your victories and address your challenges. –Jennifer Wilson, Instructor

For me, BYS was intense. There were days when I struggled with documenting so much information at one time. But Jennifer breaks down the process into manageable steps to help you complete your album.

When I finished this workshop, I was overjoyed with the result. I now have the story of my childhood and young adulthood documented into a beautiful album! And I was able to use many of those photos I received from my dad. Those precious pictures are now stored safely in an archival-safe format, ready to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Registration for BYS is now open, and class starts on September 17. Sign up now!