Simple Tip for Scrapbooking Memory Keeping

Memoriesandmore12200BToday's post and video offers a very simple scrapbooking/memory keeping/journaling tip but first, a few questions for you...

  • Have you been scrapbooking/memory keeping for years? "on and off" since childhood?
  • Do you feel like you are always "behind"?
  • Do you have stacks of photos that you need to, put in an album?
  • Or, do you have pictures in an album with no journaling, names, or dates?
  • Do you have the desire or need to start memory keeping but don't know where to begin?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you will want to keep reading.

This crafter (ME!) has been memory keeping since elementary school.  Not consistently, mind you, but enough to have recorded memories from the "good ole days!"  Once our girls got involved in so many activities in high school, the need to scrapbook presented itself in a big way.  But, I tried to get too elaborate with my pages and burnt out very quickly.   

Then comes the collaboration of Stampin' Up! with Project Life.  Man, was this easier and took much less time! And, it was so much fun!  But, then, that partnership ended BUT Stampin' Up! introduced their own pocket memory keeping system, Memories and More!  Thank you, Stampin' Up!

If you answered "yes" to being "behind" question or you have a stack of photos tucked away in a drawer, don't let it stop you from pressing forward.  Start with ONE occasion, holiday, birthday, vacation, etc. and go from there.  And, if you're just wanting to get started, check out the Memories and More supplies HERE.

Oh, prefer, traditional scrapbooking?  No worries. I combine both traditional and pocket pages in my memory keeping.  Check out this recent page HERE.

Now, let's address the journaling/notes part of memory keeping.  (And, I refer to it as "memory keeping" because scrapbooking scares some folks away.)  The video below will give you a tip that has really helped me....especially when I delay in getting this part done!

Hope this scrapbooking/memory keeping tip is helpful to you so please let me know in the comments below!

Star Spangled Scrapbook Page for the Fourth of July

Stampin-up-baby-birthday-scrapbook-pageLet's celebrate the Fourth of July here on Ink and Inspirations with this Star Spangled Scrapbook page!

Our little "star" is one of our granddaughters, Mia Reese.  We celebrated her first birthday yesterday and plan on a birthday blowout with our extended family and close friends on Saturday!

This page highlights her birthday party invitation.  The products used are from the Twinkle Twinkle Suite from pp. 82-83 in the Stampin' Up! annual catalog. 

Here's a quick recording of the assembly of this scrapbook page...

Click here to see this star-spangled scrapbook page on my YouTube Channel!  While you're there, be sure to subscribe and click the "bell" to receive notice of all my videos.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Layout uses a 12 x 12 piece of Little Twinkle DSP for base.
  • Poppy Parade CS cut to 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 to back invitation.
  • Use your rubber stamps to their full potential!  These sentiments and images from the Little Twinkle set were just right for this patriotic birthday page.  See other projects made with Little Twinkle HERE and HERE.

Here is the Stampin' Up! product listing for today's project.  If you're shopping online, use JULY HOST CODE: H9Y6T9PQ if your order is LESS THAN $150 (before shipping and tax.).


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Thanks for tuning in for today's scrapbook page and video tutorial and have a safe and happy Fourth of July!


Rubber Stamping Technique Tip- Stained Glass

Stained-glass-tipWith all merriment and last minute preparations ( I am sewing!!!) happening now, I wanted to share a quick post with this beautiful technique that can be used in card making any time of year.  If you're a scrapbooker, think about using this to create pretty elements for your layouts.

Our Stampin' Blends by Stampin' Up! are premium alcohol markers that would make a great gift for yourself or someone you know who loves to create.  Although it's too late for Christmas delivery, how fun would it be as a New Year's gift!

Earlier this month, I needed to create some sympathy cards and this stamp set used in the video below is the best!  Watch and see how quickly you can achieve this beautiful look for your works of he{art}!

Click here to see this stained glass technique on You Tube.

Below are some of the products used for these technique as well as the complete Stampin' Blends collection and Memento Tuxedo Black ink that you'll need if you are not embossing an image to color.

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Lisa's Inklings:

  • I recommend that you emboss your image when stamp on vellum.  
  • For stamping and coloring with Stampin' Blends on Whisper White card stock (or, other card stock), use the Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
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Thanks for checking in during this busy and joyful time of year!  I'll have an easy Christmas pouch in the next post that you can use for table favors or gift card holders.

Hope you'll give this stained glass technique a try...see you again soon!

Total Eclipse of the Sun

Today's project is a makeover of a different kind with something to mark the total eclipse of the sun. 

Total-eclipse-of-the-sun-cardThis card measures 4" x 6" and is just the right size for a photo pocket page to add photos and journaling.  Below are a few of the pictures that I will add to this 12" x 12" page.

Crafting-of-the-eclipse-kindHere are our guys crafting an addition to our viewing glasses for added protection.

Almost-total-eclipse-of-the-sun-viewersHere's we are ready to view the eclipse...96% totality here in SW Missouri.


My handcrafted eclipse was created with the help of card stock vellum and a little sponging.

Were you able to view the total eclipse of the sun for your area?

Bundle of Love Scrapbook Page for Baby Girl

Baby-scrapbook-bundle-of-loveToday's project is a simple pocket page for the new baby girl in our family using the Bundle of Love Memories and More card set and Specialty Designer Paper. 

The cards in this Memories and More set will work for pink or blue themed albums.  Just a simple flip of the card and you'll find one or the other color.  This beautiful designer series paper collection coordinates perfectly.  Here I have cut 4" x 6" pieces as place holders until I get my photos printed.  There are cards ready for journaling for memory keeping and accent cards such as the one seen here with the quote from the book by Robert Munsch, I'll Love You Forever.


Here are the supplies used for today's project which are available in my Stampin' Up! Online Store.

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You can also use the Memories and More Card Pack for card making...see this baby card HERE.



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If you have ever wanted to try preserving your photos and precious memories, this photo pocket page system is the way to go!  You can see all the Memories and More products here in the online store.

Hope this scrapbook page for our grandbaby has inspired you to create one for your children or grandchildren!

Memory Keeping/Scrapbooking - Tips for 12 x12 Pages with 8 x10 Photos

Memory-keeping-memories-in-the-making-plxsu138454Today's memory keeping/scrapbooking project is a 12 x 12 page with an 8 x 10 photo used in combination with the Project Life by Stampin' Up! Card Collection, Moments Like These.  As you'll hear in the video, I am determined to preserve these (many) 8 x 10 photos of our girls in albums rather than have so many frames.  I know they'll appreciate having it all in one place as well.

Incorporating stamps and ink in memory keeping is easy to do and doesn't have to be time consuming or elaborate.  For me, the time it took for traditional scrapbooking resulted in getting very little accomplished and a feeling of defeat and being behind. 

No more.  There is no right or wrong.  However you or I choose to preserve "our story" is the right way and will bring joy now and to future generations.

You can read a little more about this method of memory keeping HERE.

Today's video will give you a few tips for preserving these larger photos.  You'll see the process so thanks in advance for sticking with me through video!

Here are some of the supplies mentioned and used in today's video...

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Using Project Life by Stampin' Up! has transformed my memory keeping!  Where it used to take hours and hours to create one 12 x 12 page layout, one can be completed in a few minutes.  Probably the most time consuming is the journaling but it's also very important.  Just record the dates, the who, the what, and/or your memories.  I promise you, it will be a treasure to your loved ones. 

If you enjoyed today's video and post, please let me know in the comment section below. Thanks for tuning in today for these memory keeping/scrapbooking tips and have a great weekend!

Be Ready for Holiday Photos and Scrapbooking and Memory Keeping!


You can start now and be ahead of the game to preserve holiday memories and photos in your scrapbooking or memory keeping albums!  Don't let those photos stack up in a box or on your phone.  With Project Life by Stampin' Up! and the Hello December collection, you'll find that it's a breeze to stay on track with your memory keeping/scrapbooking.

Memory keeping is super simple and super beautiful with Project Life card collections. Just slip these designed cards into Photo Pocket Pages for instant color, design, and journaling space.

With Hello December, you can prepare your album in advance to document each day of December or pre-design your pocket pages to hold photos of special parties, family gatherings, school plays, holiday baking...whatever memory you'd like to preserve.

Here are a couple of videos from the Stampin' Up! Home Office to show you just how spectacular our Hello December collection is!

Holiday-scrapbooking-memory-keeping-142693GDress up your Project Life pages with the accessories in this pack. They’re also great for more than just Project Life; use on cards or traditional scrapbook pages too.

Pack includes
* Exclusive set of 9 photopolymer stamps
* 20 kraft cards, 2" x 2" (5.1 x 5.1 cm)
* 5 acetate specialty cards, 3" x 4" (7.6 x 10.2 cm)
* 2 acetate specialty cards, 4" x 6" (10.2 x 15.2 cm)
* 2 alphabet sticker sheets
* 2 element sticker sheets
* 2 red foil number sticker sheets
* 48 epoxy stickers
* 12 wood shapes
* Silver metallic thread, 10 yards (9.1 m)
* 6 flat paper clips
* Washi tape, 5 yards (4.6 m)

Here's another video with the idea that was mentioned earlier...preserving those memories  and photos of specific special occasions.

This method of memory keeping/scrapbooking is so easy!  Ready to get started?  Here are some suggestions...

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Simply click the links above for more information. 


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You will want to be included in my Anniversary Showcase!  Along with the exclusive video tutorials, we will have some more crafting fun and drawings for fun prizes.  We will be celebrating you as you help me celebrate my 10th Stampin' Up! Anniversary!

 Project Life is a simple and affordable system for organizing your photos into albums.  Get ready to preserve the holiday photos and memories now with the Hello December Collection from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog!

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!


To celebrate National Scrapbooking Day, let's take a look at the system that can transform your method of memory keeping with ease and simplicity. 

This following is a post that was shared about a year ago...

In this Video tutorial, we'll look at some ideas and tips such as used in this remake of our oldest daughter's album using Project Life by Stampin' Up!

This memory keeping system is easy and affordable!  I've organized and recorded memories about more photos in the past year than I have in the past ten years!  I absolutely love it!

The following is one of my First Cut Videos.  Just a chat where I share thoughts and ideas with you...friend to friend.

Let's take a look at a few pages from my daughter's album...still a work in progress...but progressing right along.

Here are the current Project Life by Stampin' Up! baby kits and some other products that I mentioned or are seen in the video...

Many of the current Project Life by Stampin' Up! Card Collections and Accessory Kits are retiring and discounted...while supplies last!  See what's available HERE!
If you're ready to start enjoying memory keeping with little fuss and no rules...this is the ticket for you!  Let me know if you'd like help getting started!
Thanks for tuning in on National Scrapbooking Day for this First Cut video featuring Project Life by Stampin' Up!

Video of LIVE Periscope Broadcast with Stampin' Up! Bear Hugs and Memory Keeping Tip

Stampin-up-bear-hugs-valentine-papaToday's share is a recording of a LIVE Periscope broadcast from this week with a Memory Keeping tip and some cuteness with this Bear Hugs Bundle from Stampin' Up! it was a LIVE broadcast and pretty rough footage, but you want to watch it if you are a card maker and/or memory keeper with Project Life by Stampin' Up!

Can't see it below? Find it HERE on You Tube.


So now you see how you can save and preserve some of your favorite handmade cards in your memory keeping albums.  You can bet that this card maker will keep this in mind for her grandbaby's albums!

Stampin-up-bear-hugs-valentine-honeyNow that you're interested in this easy form of memory keeping, take a look at my introductory videos on Project Life by Stampin' Up! memory keeping system!

Thanks for stopping by to see my latest video from my LIVE Periscope broadcast with Stampin' Up! Bear Hugs and a memory keeping tip.


Stampin' with the Stars - December Memory Keeping with Project Life by Stampin' Up!


Sharing a peek of a memory keeping project that will be shared with the Ink and Inspirations Stars team this week!

The project uses the Project Life by Stampin' Up! Hello December Card Collection, Hello December Accessory Kit, Kraft Album, and 6" x 8" Pocket Pages. It's a perfect way to preserve holiday memories...quick and easy!

Want to know more about becoming part of our team and the Stampin' Up! family?

We would love to have you stampin' with the Stars! I am honored to be the leader of this group;  a community of fun and enthusiastic group of paper crafters who are both hobby and business stampers from across the U.S. 

Become a member of Stampin' Up! and our community, the Ink and Inspirations Stars with the purchase of the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit for only $99! Customize your kit with products you love up to $125 in value with FREE SHIPPING!

As an Ink and Inspirations Stars Team Member, you will receive:

  • Personal support from me via email and/or phone.
  • Access to our private Team Facebook Group exclusively for members of the Ink and Inspirations Stars with news, support, and sharing of ideas!
  • Access to the Stars' private team blog with project ideas and video tutorials posted each month!
  • Team recognition and incentives!
  • Advice and support to help make your Stampin’ Up! experience what YOU want it to be!

If you'd like to learn more about becoming part of our group, you may e-mail me or call me at 409-719-2853.

Are you ready to join Stampin' Up! and stamp with the Stars?  Let me know if you have questions!

Baby Shower and Stampin' Up! Favor Ideas

Today I'm sharing photos from our daughter's baby shower last weekend which include some decor and shower favors created with the help of Stampin' Up! supplies!

InvitationHere's a "rough" photo of the outside of the shower invitations created with the Something for Baby Bundle (wood-136790,clear-136791), the Elegant Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder(138287) along with the nursery theme colors: Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, and Metallic Gold.  The shower information insert was created by a local digital designer.  I printed four to a page from my home computer and secured inside the card with Tombow Liquid Glue.

Sign inHere's the sign in table with favors, photos, and a precious diaper cake made by my sister-in-law, Cathy.  My daughter wanted 12 x 12 pages for the guests to sign so she chose a dotted print from the 12 x 12 Subtles stack in Blushing Bride and a layered a piece of 12 x 12 vellum over top for guests to sign.  I ordered the 12 x 12 vellum from Amazon as well as Vellum pens to eliminate smearing. 
These pages will fit nicely in our 12 x 12 page protectors (135296) and slip into her Project Life by Stampin' Up!  Striped album (138441) among her other pages that will be completed using the Hello Baby Girl Card Collection (138504) and Hello Baby Accessory Pack (138458).

BannerHere's the banner with the baby's name that was accented with two torn fabric strip banners as the backing.

ClotheslineSuper cute clothesline with baby clothes including some with monograms and the baby's name from sis -in-law, Cathy.

TablesA few guest tables backed some rows of chairs for seating.  Niece, Cari, was the shower stylist.  Each table held a simple floral arrangement with hand painted framed scripture verses that she presented as gifts to the mom to be.

Punch-cakeBeautiful tiered cake by Debbie's Delights along with Almond Punch, cookies, fresh fruit, and sandwiches provided refreshment for the guests.

CookiesPrecious cookies baked and decorated by Heather Abshire, friend and former Stamp Club member.  Notice the hand painted gold detail on the carriages!

FavorThese favor boxes contained a Yankee Candle tealight wrapped in one of our  4 x 6 cellophane bags (102757).  Also used were Stampin' Up! Tiny Treat Boxes (135829), Bow Builder Punch (137414), Large Oval Punch (119855), Decorative Label Punch(120907), and the Washi Label Punch (138296). The verse was found on Etsy.

SistersNow for proud momma moments!  Here are our two girls...the mommy to be and the best big sister ever!

K-lSo blessed with these two as daughters!

QuiltHer mother- in-law made all the bedding for the nursery!  Isn't this quilt beautiful!?

Thank you for allowing me to share in our baby shower joy and let me know if you have questions or inquiries about the Stampin' Up! product for shower favors, banners, or the invitations.  See you again soon!

Memory Keeping Project Life by Stampin' Up! Tips First Cut Video

Project-life-by-stampin-up-baby-album-ideaIn today's First Cut Video tutorial, we'll look at some ideas and tips such as used in this remake of our oldest daughter's album using Project Life by Stampin' Up!

This memory keeping system is easy and affordable!  I've organized and journaled about more photos in the past year than I have in the past ten years!  I absolutely love it!

My First Cut Videos are not edited and where I share thoughts and ideas with you...friend to friend.

Let's take a look at a few pages from my daughter's album...still a work in progress...but progressing right along.  Can't see it below?  Try HERE on my You Tube channel.

Here are the current Project Life by Stampin' Up! baby kits  and some other products that I mentioned or are seen in the video...

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

It's National Scrapbooking Day and I am celebrating by working on my Project Life by Stampin' Up! Albums and posting ideas and information on Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown on Facebook.

National-scrapbooking-day-videoBe sure to click on the video above so that you can comment for a chance to win!

Here's the Project Life by Stampin' Up! Card Kit that I am using to re-create our oldest daughter's album.  Here's a video from the Stampin' Up! home office with an up close look at this kit. 

This kit and several others are on the Stampin' Up! 2015 Retiring List and are available while supplies last for 50% off! The Little Moments Accessory Kit is listed first and the Little Moments Card Kit is listed last.

Tell Your Travel Stories with Stampin' Up! Let's Get Away

Stampin-up-project-life-lets-get-awayIt's getting to be that time of year when we venture out in travel and outdoor fun!  You can preserve those memories and photos easily with the Let's Get Way Project Life by Stampin' Up! kits and accessories.

There's not a better way to show you how awesome and fun this collection is than by sharing this video from the Stampin' Up! home office.  Love these colors and can't wait to use my kit!

See the video below or HERE on You Tube.

You can shop for these products by clicking the links below:

Start preserving those precious memories now by discovering the ease in using the Stampin' Up! memory keeping products!   The Stampin' Up! Let's Get Away collection is perfect for telling your travel stories that will be enjoyed for years to come!

Makeover Monday- Stampin' Up! Happiness Is Project Life Card

Makeover-monday-happiness-is-project-life-stampin-up-cardGood Monday morning and welcome to this week's Makeover Monday featuring a Stampin' Up! card idea using the Project Life Happiness Is Card Kit and Accessory Kit.

The colors in this kit are bright and fun. The coordinating background layer is from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack.

To see how easy it is to create handmade cards using the Project Life by Stampin' Up! card kits and accessory kits, watch the video tutorial from the archives below.  You may also see it HERE on You Tube.

Let's take a look at the products used in today's makeover.   Just click the photos to shop!

  • In this makeover card, I only used a portion of the "xoxo" Project Life card and saved the remainder for use on another project.
  • The cork "&" and accent sticker beneath are from the Happiness Is Accessory Kit.
  • The Blackberry Bliss Ribbon beautifully covers the seam between the two cards.
  • This Project Life by Stampin' Up! card kits and accessory kits make great additions to your card making supplies.
Stampin-up-project-life-card-ideaThank you for joining me for this Happiness Is Project Life by Stampin' Up! card idea for this week's Makeover Monday.