OK SMS Peep's....I am in a "It's Gotta Go" kinda mood as we have been cleaning out used dies, stamps, embossing folders, displays and other crafting tools in the shop that have to GO! So, the SMS Staff has been filling up boxes of yummy crafty stuff to take home with them....It was mandatory! If they wanted their paycheck they also had to take some of this left over stuff home for free!!! Boxes and boxes and boxes were filled up and on their way to their new homes to be loved and enjoyed! But....guess what else I found? Hummmmmmmmm...I think you will be thrilled that I was in an "It's Gotta Go" mood! It seems that I have a Sizzix Big Shot Machine and a Spellbinders Platinum 6 Machine that are BRAND NEW and screaming to be given away!!! Can you say, "Wahoooooo Kachoooo!" Funny thing it, we are bringing BOTH machines back to our online store as part of this week's Saturday with Stacey You Tube Yummies Sale, so this is the PERFECT TIME to give one of each away!!! Now, for a chance to be a WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER PEEP here at SMS, what do you have to post for a chance to WIN one of these machines? So easy-peasy...just tell me the machine that YOU want to WIN! Now, these are REALLY BIG PRIZES as both machines retail for $119.00 each, so here is the catch. You must pick only ONE MACHINE to win...ya can't say that you would be happy with either. And...you can only post ONCE. We need to be fair to everyone. Smiles, Stacey #scrapbookingmadesimple

2.5 stars. Generally, the examples are way too busy for my tastes (I think they are trying to sell more products.) Good basic ideas and layouts for beginners. Offers lots of encouragement. Covers everything from fonts to cropping to creating your work space to embellishments to album ideas. As a long time scrapbooker, I found it was NOT made easy, simply because there was so much in it.
Warnings: It can get very crowded, especially when there is a sale--maybe not Costco proportions but crowded nonetheless. They have multiple registers open, and they're pretty efficient about getting people checked out. Cell service can be very spotty in the store. That's not a SMS problem but just be warned that you may not be able to make/receive calls reliably while you're in the store.
One of the key components of modern scrapbooking is the archival quality of the supplies. Designed to preserve photographs and journaling in their original state, materials encouraged by most serious scrapbookers are of a higher quality than those of many typical photo albums commercially available. Scrappers insist on acid-free, lignin-free papers, stamp ink, and embossing powder. They also use pigment-based inks, which are fade resistant, colorfast, and often waterproof. Many scrappers use buffered paper, which will protect photos from acid in memorabilia used in the scrapbook. Older "magnetic" albums are not acid-free and thus cause damage to the photos and memorabilia included in them. Gloves, too, are used to protect photos from the oil on hands.[23]
Following the lead of Keeping Memories Alive (which was originally in the smaller building next door and named The Annex in its early years), many other stores have popped up and cater to the scrapbooking community. These shops provide many of the necessary tools for every scrapbooker's needs. Besides Keeping Memories Alive, these include companies such as Creative Memories, Making Memories, Stampin' Up!, and Close to My Heart.

I actually just got started into rubber stamping and die cutting and stuff. (I have had a Sizzix Big Kick machine for years, and haven't used it much.  Finding out that these die cuts that are available with some stamps work with this machine, got me into using it again!)  You see, I do cross stitch.  But the magazines I get from the bookstore comes from the uk.  And two magazines went out of production, so there aren't many  cross stitch designs for cards, anymore.  So i thought i would try cross stitching designs with rubber stamping (cling/clear, whatever you call it) combined!
Scrapbooking is a method of preserving, presenting, arranging personal and family history in the form of a book, box, card. Typical memorabilia include photographs, printed media, and artwork. Scrapbook albums are often decorated and frequently contain extensive journaling. Scrapbooking started in the United Kingdom in the nineteenth century, but is now primarily a United States phenomenon.
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