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Designing things for Apple Wagon

Recently we met the owner of a local Antique Mall.  She has more things than just antiques.  So she got in some scrapbook/card making supplies.  We kind of volunteered to help her by make some examples.

The things she got are very random and don’t really go together too well, but those of you that know me know that is right up my alley! It will take me several weeks to make examples of it all but here is some of the first batch!


Making Stencils



The owner has been very positive and so supportive! It’s fun to create something from such random pieces! If you live here in Missouri you should check out what she has because her prices are really great! And be sure to check back here for more examples of things you can make with them!


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Scrapbooking Night

We haven’t been scrapbooking since our move to Missouri.  The time was an issue.  Also with a lot of things still packed, we couldn’t find what we needed to add to albums.

This last week we found a box from Lu’s mom, Lucy.  It had some pictures she was planning to scrapbook,  A few of those pictures were from our wedding so many years ago.  We checked them against what we already had in the album and found a bunch we wanted to add.

We scheduled a night to add them to the Wedding Album.  We invited some people in our church to come scrapbook with us.  No one came that night.  Whether it was that we are too far away from them or the new snow that fell that day, we don’t know.  We will schedule another one for February, maybe on a Friday night instead of a Saturday night.  It is always fun to scrapbook with others.

Here is the cover of our wedding album,

In some cases we could just redo the page and add the pictures.  In other cases we had to add new pages to the book.  Here is one of the pages we added.

We love the way that you can add pages to a Creative Memories Album.  Just make the page and rethread the binding.  We put page protectors on the new pages.  It is so nice to get something taken care of.

It was good as well to revisit the past of happy times together.  Some things like cutting the cake we don’t remember very well.  We have pictures in the scrapbook, so it must have happened.


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Scrapbook Night

Do you have pictures lying everywhere? Would you like them to be in albums? Can you just not seem to find the time to get them there? 

Well, we are going to have a Scrapbooking night to help you get started or restarted! 

We are in the same spot you are, we haven’t done any scrapbooking since we moved to Missouri! So we are inviting you to bring your stuff and come scrapbook with us! We are going to try and have a night every month so that we can all get caught up! So it doesn’t matter if you are doing digital or traditional you are welcome to come.  Make this a girls night out! Bring your friends! 

Date and time are:  January 15 6-12p.m.

Place: 2663 State Road A, Auxvasse, MO

Cost is a treat to share with the group!

And space is limited to sign up today!

Here’s the link:

January Scrapbook Night Crop


Can’t wait to see you there!


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How We Got Started

As I thought about what to blog about this week, someone asked me how I got started in all this. I think this is a good time to tell this story! 


Way back when I had 2 small kids at home we went looking for a small business that I could run out of our home and have a break from the kids. We went to a business fair thing they were having and met Polly Billings.  She is the reason we are where we are! She also is one of my dearest friends!  She introduced my to Creative Memories. It was a small business that taught classes on how to scrapbook. Scrapbooking was just coming into the craft world.  I signed up and had 1 person at my first class. But that one person had a class and then 2 of those people had a class and well, it just went n from there!  

I think one of the reasons that it worked so well was my philosophy on scrapbooking. I believed that I could teach people the safest ways to scrapbook and then let them decide for themselves what level of safety they wanted to do. I never thought one company could supply everything for every layout, there were just too many different ones! 

I believe that we scrapbook for 3 reasons. I relate it to our children but it has the same benefits for all of us adults too!

First, scrapbooking gives us the knowledge of our roots.  Knowing where we came from is very empowering.  I told the story of one day between my grandmother and my son. Alex was about 3 or 4 and we had gone to my grandmother’s to work on her scrapbooks. My grandfather had passed away years before and neither of my children got to know him. Anyway, Alex came in the room and asked grandma if he could look at a book with her. She got him in her lap and they started to look at one of the books.  She told him about her parents and the house she grew up in and several other things before she got to the page that had my grandfather on it. As she started to say this is grandpa, Alex interrupted her and said “that’s my grandpa Howell uhn, and he’s the one who drove trains uhn?!” There wasn’t a dry eye in the room! 

The second thing is that scrapbooking gives confidence. “I’m so important or special that mom made a whole page/book about me! It also reminds them of the happy things and the struggles. And when they look back and see that they got through that struggle, this one doesn’t seem so bad.

Third, it gives them wings to fly on their own. When my kids look back at my childhood scrapbooks they think I am really dorky. It allows them to feel out of place at the moment but know that they can become cool in the end!! LOL LOL LOL

As the years went by my great customers and friends (most of my dearest friends I’ve met through scrapbooking) would ask me if I knew how to do this or that craft and could I teach them. If I could figure it out or find a class to teach me then I would teach them! So now we do all kinds of crafting but scrapbooking and paper crafts are still at the top of my list! 


Thank you for letting me share my passion for all these years! Polly it’s all your fault!!!!

By the way Steve is a Creative Memories Advisor so we have put a link below if you would like to check it out. They are Not the cheapest but the safest and longest lasting albums and base supplies. If you would like to see them in person to see some, just let us know, I have about 50 done on the shelves! And a bunch more waiting to be filled!


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