Virtual Crops ~ A Great Way to Challenge Your Creative Self!

I spent last Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. involved in a virtual crop. What is a virtual crop? It’s an online crop hosted by someone or a company. Mine was hosted by Creative Memories, and every 2 hours they challenged the participants to create pages using a certain format, a certain embellishment, etc. It was a blast!

Here are some of the pages I created from their challenges. Hopefully it inspires you to think outside of your typical scrapbook layouts. (Even I get stuck in a rut of creating very similar pages).

First challenge: Create a double page layout using more than 12 pictures.

Next challenge: Create a double page layout using this specific design: 3 pictures left, 3 pictures right, title left, journaling box bottom right, embellishment on left side.

Another challenge: Create a layout using only red, white, and black

I didn’t need the full two hours for each challenge, so inbetween I created more pages that I will upload to another post.

Hope this inspires you to create some out-of-your-comfort-zone layouts! Craft on!

Back from a very productive day scrapbook retreat!

I had such a great time at this past weekend’s 4-day scrapbook crop. I’m off of work right now, so I had time to really prepare for this retreat. I’m so proud of how productive I was! I created 48 pages, which is the most pages I’ve done in years. The secret was my preparation.

First, I gathered together the pictures I was going to scrapbook.Stack of instant blank photographs isolated on white background

I separated them into the different events I was scrapbooking, and grabbed my Advantus Cropper Hopper Page Arrangers. They hold the themed paper and embellishments together and are organized by theme. The link to these is below. I HIGHLY recommend them. They have changed my scrapbooking. I have an earlier post about how to organize your themed paper in which I talk about them at length. They’re wonderful!


Then, I took the pictures and coordinated them with paper.  After coordinating the paper to the pictures, I found the embellishments I wanted to use. I put them all together.


Once I was done pulling everything together, I put this set under a sheet of white paper (the kind I have tons of — the paper that comes in page protectors that is too thin to use for scrapbooking). I then put this into a 12 x 12 Iris case and went on to the next group of photos and did the same thing.

When done, I had 75 pages ready to be scrapbooked. I really believe this was how I was able to be so successful at this scrapbook retreat! I had paper already pulled, embellishments already matched, and pictures already chosen. I plan on doing this for every retreat in the future. It worked great for me, and I’m sure it will work great for you.

If you have a system of organizing and prepping for retreats, I’d love to see it! Share below in the comments.

Until next time — happy crafting!

FOOTBALL! 12 x 12 scrapbook layout

How fun is this? Already made for you on the Cricut Family Album cartridge. Truly, my favorite cartridge! Premade layouts, already done. You pick your colors, and load the paper. No muss, no fuss! 2016-07-18 10.13.03

The cartridge is on sale on Amazon right now for $20!


The only cartridge I HIGHLY recommend adding to your collection because the work is done for you, and wow, are they cute layouts!

Have a peaceful week and happy crafting!

I <3 vacation 1 page 12x12 layout

20160702_091205I love Cricut’s Family Album cartridge. It has complete layouts already designed for you. Simply choose your paper colors, and you’re done! I used the Vacation page from this cartridge to create this super quick one-page 12×12 layout. The only things I added were the two stickers and my pictures. If you’re looking for an easy way to create a complete page, try the Cricut Family Album cartridge. The link to the cartridge — currently on sale for $17.99 — is below.