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I need to do something


” I told myself, “I need to do something other than scrapbook today.” Then I laughed and laughed as I grabbed another embellishment.


When I have time, I'l organize my _________________

Too many Craft Magazines?

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Ready to take on the challenge of organizing your scrapbook magazines?

It doesn’t have to be a chore… In fact, even a little organization can go a long way in de-cluttering your scrapbook space. If you have stacks of magazines all over your house, or Magazine Holdersin growing piles on your scrap room floor, the quickest thing to do is get yourself a set of magazine holders. Using magazine holders, you can easily organize your scrapbook magazines (and idea books) by publisher and date, as I have in this picture.

Over the years, I have collected a TON of magazines (well…maybe not a ton, but close) of scrapbook magazines and felt like they were taking up a little too much space, but I didn’t want to lose some of the valuable information contained within.

If you’re like me and you’ve already taken the first step towards organizing your scrapbook magazines, and want to go one step further, head out to your local Target, Wal-Mart or office supply store and pick up the following items:


  • D-Ring Binder (either one big one or several smaller ones)
  • Page Protectors
  • Tab Section Dividers


Why?… If there is a helpful article, favorite section or great layout that you would like to save, do what some will consider the unthinkable and remove those pages from the magazine. That way, you save the “good stuff,” but get rid of the extra bulk, leaving you with extra space once you replace all the magazine holders with just a few binders.

There is one additional option that you could use to organize your scrapbook magazines and that is an altered journal. If you’re looking to save entire pages of an article this won’t work for you, but if you prefer to keep only small clippings of a page, or summarize an article so you only keep those core ideas, then this could definitely work for you.

To make an altered journal, simply select a traditional journal and then decorate with patterned paper, ribbons, buttons and tabs to separate the different sections. Once you’re ready to throw out your magazine, simply clip away and adhere to your journal pages.

So, as you can see, organizing your scrapbook magazines doesn’t have to be chore. In fact, it may just give you one more reason to be creative.

‘Til next time,






Top 10 reasons to

Paper Adventures – Brads

Dear Fellow Crafters,

The following is a copy of a post about brads. You will find more on  http://theladyathome.wordpress.com/2009/08/19/what-are-brads-and-what-do-i-do-with-them/

My top 10 ways to use brads  follows:

‘Til next time,


What Are Brads? And What Do I Do With Them?



Allow me to introduce my favorite scrapbook embellishment. Everyone, This is Brad.
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Brad, this is Everyone.

Actually, this is my box of scrapbooking brads.  I like to have them sorted by color rather than size or shape because you can easily know what color would look good on your page, and then you can explore which shape/texture/size would be best.

Brads come in LOTS of different shapes, textures, and colors. Have a look.

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Here we have squares, flowers, circles, polka dots, fabric covered, shiny metal, brushed metal, and jeweled.  And that’s just a small sampling of the possibilities.

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It’s occurring to me now that I didn’t take a picture of the basic brad. They are the ones I use most often, just a basic circle of color. Either regular size–like you’d find in office stores, but colors–or tiny, about the size of a, well, I can’t think of anything that’s that size.

Oh, y’know the holes where the spiral binding goes through a spiral notebook. Or the dimple on a AA battery. They’re about that size.

Anyway. You can use brads in lots of different ways. You can attach ribbons and fibers. You can use them to punctuate the corners of photos, or you can use them as dots on the page.

Here’s how you do it.

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Put the point of the brad where you want it on your paper. You can use a hole punch or the tip of your x-acto knife to pierce the paper.

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Press the brad all the way into the paper. Then turn over the page.

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Now separate the little arms of the brad. And bend them down in different directions.

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Like so.

When you turn the page over, the brad is securely fixed where you want it.

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To date, I have found 70 ways to use brad(s) but in the interest of time, I will list my top 10:

1. To “hang” things from

2. Use as centers of flowers

3. Use as corners of a picture mat

4. Nails on a fence

5. Buttons on a snowman

6. To form “bullets” for a list of things

7. Buy or color brads brown and use as chocolate chips on a stamped cookie

8. Attach a handle onto a basket

9. Attach fabric or lace to paper

10. Use as wheels on die cut cars or wheelbarrows.

If you can’t find brads in the color you want, buy white. Then press them into colored ink pads to get the color you want. This will result in a matte finish. For a shiny finish, press them into embossing ink, cover with embossing powder and heat emboss. For an additional sparkle, sprinkle with glitter, just before heating.



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