Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Make It Meaningful: Quick and Easy Christmas Memories Tag Album

Christmas is always the most busy time of the year for our family. But I like to record and remember all of our activities for the season, and I'm always looking for ways for the kids to share their memories as well. In today's tutorial, I'll show you how to create a quick and easy tag album that can kids can help create and put together. For this project, I'm using this paper from Carta Bella Paper's "Christmas Time" collection:

I'm also incorporating a few stickers from this collection as well.

Step 1: Cut out all of the tags from the piece of patterned paper. Because this paper is double-sided, it has a beautiful green pattern on the back of each tag. It's also printed on heavy-weight textured paper making the tags a little more durable when the album is complete.

Step 2: Use a hole punch to punch the holes from each of the tags. Depending on the way you want to attach the album, will determine the size of hole you'll want to punch through each tag.

Step 3: Keep a jar handy with all of the tags inside. Place a black pen nearby for journaling. Then each day, allow one member of the family to select a tag from the jar and have them journal about their favorite holiday memory from the day. Include a date on the back or below the journaling to remember the date on which you recorded the memory.

Step 4: Begin stacking tags on top of each other. Tags may be layered in any order.

Step 5: Thread ribbon through the top of the holes and tie into a bow. You can also use a binder ring, twine, clips, etc. to hold the album together. Or string the entire set of tags on a long piece of ribbon to create a holiday memory garland.

Here's another look at the completed memory album. Using tags rather than a full album is a quick and easy way to scrapbook your holiday memories. Allowing the kids and your significant other to add their memories as well, will make the album even more special.

Did you enjoy this project? Looking for this paper collection and the embellishments used to create the album? Consider shopping from my product links below. A small portion of the sales from my blog links help to pay for the projects created for this blog.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Spending the Day with True Scrap!

So excited to be spending the day with True Scrap this morning. The big even starts in just a few minutes, and I'm so honored to be a participant and instructor for this scrapbooking online event.

You can still join us HERE if you're interested.

If you weren't able to join us this time around, be sure to watch this blog as additional ways to participate will be announced later.

Can't wait to share my thoughts on using mood boards as inspiration for scrapbooking layouts!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Big Announcement: My First Scrapbooking Collection with Echo Park Paper!

I'm so excited to introduce my first scrapbooking paper collection with Echo Park Paper, called "Through the Year."

The idea for the collection was a collaboration between Alisha Gordon (my designer), Jody Hunt (the Creative Director), and I; and I'm so happy with how this release turned out. As a scrapbooker myself, I wanted to make sure of a few things. First, was that I wanted the collection to be something you could use throughout the year so we carefully incorporated colors and icons that would work for any seasonal activity you were documenting:

Then we wanted to make sure that you could use the collection to create family calendars (NOTE: these would make great gifts for the holidays), so we created an additional paper collection that includes just the months of the year. Try mixing and matching them with the traditional collection kit for an even more dynamic calendar.

("Red Damask" from the main collection paper - side B)

Then we couldn't leave out all of the pocket-page scrapbookers, so we're releasing two "Pocket Page Cards" packets with months of the year and more generic cards that you can use throughout the year.

And finally, if you want to really dress up your seasonal or calendar pages, be sure to check out the coordinating "Designer Products" including a calendar stamp, months of the year die cut shapes, seasonal dies, and more. These items are meant to work with the calendar paper from the main collection kit and have been scaled to make creating a calendar quick and easy:

Look for this collection to start shipping in November. Be sure to share this link HERE with your favorite retailer so they know how to order it. I can't wait to see what you make with it. It's been a labor of love, and I want to thank Alisha Gordon for making my vision come to life on paper. It's been an incredible journey!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Looking for an Event FULL of Inspiration?

Consider joining me at next month's Pinner's Conference. I attended last year, and loved the shopping, was blown away by the fantastic classes, and just had a good time. I suggest bringing a friend. Last year my sister and I attended together. This conference includes DIYers, crafters, industry professionals, shopping, and more!

Use the code "jengallache" to save $5 off your registration.

Here's a few photos of all the fun I had last year: