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It is time for the wish lists to start showing up.  Christmas is already in the stores.  I don’t want to look….yet.  The older we get, the harder it is to buy for our grandchildren.  So much of what they have in their life is disposable.  Temporary.  I like gifts that keep on giving and I’m not talking about reloadable gift cards here.  I like gifts made with love, even if you don’t have to break out a saw or drill or hammer.

One of my very first major scrapbooking endeavors was to make a scrapbook for my mom.  Looking at that scrapbook now, there were lots of flaws but at the time she was like a little girl with HER book.  She love to do road trips and visit her friends.  She carried that scrapbook in her car and she pulled it out every chance she got.  Some of her friends kindly and patiently allowed her to show it to them 3 or 4 times.  As I was making her scrapbook I knew that I wanted to give her something she would cherish forever.

I knew she was showing it off but it wasn’t until her funeral when people were telling me how many times they has seen her book.  It couldn’t have been more valuable if she had made it on the cover of Time.  That would have been being in the right place at the right time, and getting very lucky.  HER book was made with my own hands, my own memories, and as many photos as I could scavenge away from her under false pretenses.

If you DREAM of giving a gift that will never grow old, be disposed of, or traded for the next hot item that hits the market, then today is the day for you to start on this project.

Our own Manda (nibblesSKribbles) is on fire in the forum with a bunch of women who are on a mission.  Their mission is to create such a book for someone in their family.  One woman wants to have her book printed for each of her siblings and her mother too.  Imagine 4 or 5 people hauling their gift around to show all of their friends.  Imagine the stories and the laughter, the emotion connected to their books.  Imagine you could complete an entire book in the next two weeks.  Imagine you could win a prize to have it printed.  If you can believe it, you can achieve it.  Now is the time to join Manda and a room full of women who are getting it done right this minute.  Now,  Imagine handing over a gift that is totally, completely, 100% unique and original to you and the person the book is about.

Now stop daydreaming and get over to the forum!  What are you waiting for?  They’ve already started day 1 and day 2.  But there is still plenty of time to join in and walk away with a completed project that will make the perfect gift for this holiday season.

Look at some of these layouts already completed.






I’ve got my serious face on here.  Serious, because I don’t want you to miss this opportunity, but smiling because I know exactly how valuable such a gift can be.  Digital scrapbooking is a hobby dominated by women who want to leave a legacy.  This is the best place for you to start.  Manda has free helper products to keep you going for two whole weeks.  Combine them with products from your favorite designers and you’ll be thrilled at the end of September.  Oh, and if you happen to want to make a book about yourself, you might want to combine this challenge with Diane’s (ADBDesigns) Everyone Has A Story Challenge.   You’ll get a new prompt each week to help you tell YOUR story.  Forget about Rock Stars and celebrities.  This is about family.  Go ahead.  Take it to the limit!  I mean really…how log has this been on your bucket list?  Run get your freebies and some inspiration and just go for it.  Be sure to red the rules too. so you don’t miss out on fulfilling your dream.

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Recently a friend mentioned that she wanted a fairy garden.  She’s been pinning her special finds like crazy and I have no doubt she will indeed have a full blown fairy garden attached to the huge tree in her back yard before summer is over.  These are so super cute!  I found this Fabulous Fairy Gardens board on Pinterest just in case you haven’t been introduced to fairy gardens yet.  Some folks are just so creative.  Sadly,  I don’t have a tree located close enough to my house to be able to enjoy most of these.  I did find an alternative though.

Vero has a darling Fairy Garden kit in her store.  This is much more my style.  Let me think.  Work outside in the horrible humidity and blazing sun or stay inside and make a page or a card?  It’s a no brainer for me.  I’m choosing air conditioning!  After looking at the beautiful pages made with this kit, I can see where some of these elements would work beautifully in one of the wagon or wash basin gardens though.

If you’re a Fairy Garden fanatic you’ll want to shop fast.  Vero has the kit on sale for 50% off and she has even made you a super cute freebie to go with it.  If you’re not into fairy gardens, this kit is still packed with bubbles, flowers, ribbons and some gorgeous papers.  I see summer wedding pages coming from this kit.


 Some Fairy Garden Inspiration





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Some big sales are ending promptly at midnight July 31st. If you are a bargain shopper, you’ll want to take a look today.

Retiring Products

There are 514 products in the Retiring Products Category by some of my favorite designers and they are all 75% off.

Love the worn look of Snickerdoodle Designs?

sd-spring-photo-ops-kit-prev-600Love the whimsical look of BooLand Designs?


Christmas In July

All Christmas Kits in the Christmas In July Category are on sale for 50% off.

You may like the traditional look of Season’s Greetings by Manu Scraps or


Or the beautiful colors in It is Cold Outside by eqrAveziur.


Almost every designer has something in this category.


We are pleased to welcome Amber of Southern Serenity Designs as a Guest Designer and she is joining us with some new brand new items at retiring prices!  Oh Yea!  I love templates.  I LOVE 75% off.


Commercial Use Retiring

Not just for designers.  Commercial Use Products allow you to add a touch of “unique” to your pages or projects.  You’ll find patterns, overlays, templates, and plenty of element packs at…yes…75% off.

Passionate about Paisley?  Look at this beauty by SweetMade.  Oh yes!



Don’t tarry on this.  It is a budget shoppers dream to find all of these super bargains in the middle of summer.

Be sure to download any purchases from the retiring category right away.  These will be removed from our server in 35 days so they won’t reset.

While you’re downloading, you might want to check out the Get Organized Series by Nibbles Skribbles.  Manda offers some wonderful tips on sorting your files so you can get organized and stay organized.




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Need A Little Cooling Off?

by Rebecca 22 July 2014

  Just a photo of a penguin (even if he is snorkeling) makes it seem a little cooler, don’t you think?  It’s crazy hot in many parts of the globe right now but you can find some super cool deals on Christmas Kits during the Studio Christmas in July Sale. There is something for everyone.  […]

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Mel Designs Lost Her Star

by Rebecca 16 July 2014

As a child we always want to be the recipient of the coveted gold star.  It’s a sign of doing well or going beyond the norm.  To have your star removed or taken away implies that you didn’t make the cut or dropped down a notch, but that isn’t the case with Mel Designs.  Here […]

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CU Grab Bag Gala – Black Tie Optional – Freebie Included

by Rebecca 11 July 2014

  I love Grab Bags.  I love the element of surprise.  I love fantastic bargains.  If you’re like me, you’re going to LOVE the CU Grab Bag Gala going on now in the Commercial Use Store.  Don’t let CU scare you.  Commercial Use items are always “scrapper approved” and perfect for adding a variety of […]

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Everyone Has A Story – A New Series by ADB Designs

by Rebecca 9 July 2014

Diane of ADB Designs has started a new series of questions to help you document your life.  It started as just a few questions.  It started as journaling prompts.  It has grown to full scrapbook pages and some wonderful stories to pass down to the next generation.  It has also grown to become the newest monthly […]

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Summer Fun – The Backyard, Beachy, Lazy By The Pool Issue

by Rebecca 2 July 2014

It is officially summer in many parts of the world.  Even if it isn’t summer where you are, there are probably pictures to scrap, some fun to be had, and hopefully at least a few great stories to be told.  As I browsed through the brand new Summer Fun Coordinated Collection I found plenty of […]

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Summerlicious! Fruity and Fun

by Rebecca 25 June 2014

The kiddos are out of school but they aren’t the only ones having fun in the sun.  I knew where my money was going as soon as I saw the amazing bright colors in Summerlicious Page Kits.  Yes, kits.  Plural.  More than one.  More than one kit and more than one designer.  Manu wanted to […]

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Ooh La La by Just So Scrappy Perfect for your Father’s Day Photos

by Rebecca 18 June 2014

There’s a new look in town.  It has a vintage flair and each kit has a bit of a tattered style that is perfect for pages of children and grandparents too.  Just So Scrappy has been on a roll.  I saw the new tag on some previews and thought we had a new designer.  If […]

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