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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.

 

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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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Have you been participating in the Round Robin Challenges? Manu Scraps has been working hard, creating beautiful collabs with 4 different designers releasing each week in August. We are on week 3, and this week it’s a collab with WendyP Designs and it’s stunning!

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Tuscan Summer features rich reds, yellows and greens mixed with a pop of blue to create a beautiful and rich summer kit. This entire collection is on sale, and if you use it to create a layout, you can earn discounts on next weeks Round Robin kit! It’s so fun! Be sure to play along in the forum.

The LO rules are simple:

What are the discounts:

The best news? These discounts are stackable. That means if you participate in all four Social Media venues, your final discount code will be anadditional 40% on the next Round Robin Collab. How much you save is up to you!

Get a little taste of Tuscan Summer with this lovely sampler that Manu and Wendy have put together for you! Just click to download and enjoy!

 

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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.  If you like traditional, you’ll love Deck The Halls by ADB Designs or Dusky Christmas Delight by WendyP Designs.

 

If “out of the norm” is more your style then you’ll want to take a look at A-Manda Creations Ugly Christmas Sweater.

Have some BLUE Christmas memories to scrap?  You might want Crystal by Laitha or Winter Delights by Lara’s DigiWorld.

The Christmas Category is filled with kits in colors and themes to scrap just about any memory you have but what if you’re an overachiever and your Christmas photos are all scrapped?  What’s an organized scrapper to do?  Now is the time to get started on your memories for this Christmas.  You’ll want to check out the forum and join one of the Christmas challenges.  Min is doing a 12 Days of Christmas Calendar challenge.  When you’re finished, you’ll have a completed calendar for 2015.  Or join LouCee for her Make A Christmas Card challenge.  LLPooh made this gorgeous calendar.  She’s getting a head start on her Christmas gifts.  If you need a little inspiration keep an eye on the Christmas In July 2014 Gallery or follow the special Christmas In July Board on Pinterest.  Inspiration is everywhere.

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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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Dance In To Spring

by Rebecca 30 April 2014

Have you got some spring photos that need to be scrapped?  LouCee Creations has the perfect solution with Dance In To Spring. She twirls in the garden ‘neath a butterfly’s wings.  Sunshine beaming brightly, it’s a Dance In To Spring!  Bold green and yellow, with a soft touch of peach, a festive gold owl, lets […]

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March Mini Madness Contest

by tammy 27 March 2014
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We are excited to announce that our March (Mini) Madness Layout Contest has started and continues through until April 5th. There are lots of rewards for your participation and just to tempt you even further we are having a  MINI KIT $1.00 SALE!  Check out the fabulous selection of mini kits that we have lined […]

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LOTW Dec. 8 – 14 And the winner is ….

by renee 15 December 2013
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and the winner is Danzinst with her fabulous page A Boy’s Life. I really love this cheerful Christmas page. The photo is beautiful, I absolutely fell in love with that smile. I also love the composition and clustering on this page, so congrats Danzinst on winning this week’s LOTW! This beautiful page was created with […]

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TheStudio Mega Give Thanks and Progressive Scrap

by tammy 11 November 2013
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Thanksgiving, for many of us, is about that special day when families come together to share a special meal. For me, because I’m not the cook, that day starts when I cross the threshold and get my first scent of the roasting turkey with a hint of the spices from the pies that have already […]

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Boo & Linda C. – What a Team!

by Rebecca 17 October 2013

I just love it when two of my very favorite designers get together and totally out do themselves.  This is exactly what happened when Boo and Linda Cumberland paired up for the Featured Designer stint for the last half of October.  Their styles are a tad different, but they are a perfect combination.  Both have […]

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Featured Designer Free Add-on plus…

by Rebecca 14 October 2013

40%–50% Off Halloween is coming. The stores are filled with the traditional black and orange and bags of candy in every shape and size. Years ago this was definitely a child’s game, but it has grown into much more in recent years. Here in the U.S. it seems some folks are always looking for a […]

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