Easy Family Scrapbook Ideas: Print Those Pictures!

Using pocket pages and precut cards you can simplify your family memory keeping with these easy family scrapbook ideas using Jen Hadfield's Home+Made Kit.

I was away scrapbooking this weekend, trying to catch up on my Project Life album. These weekends usually consist of a little blogging, some extra sleep, a few delicious meals and some easy family scrapbook ideas. When I started scrapbooking 18 years ago I labored over the pages (and cut many a kid's head with patterned scissors. Can anyone … [Read more...]

Encourage your Kids with Creative Notes

Short video and tutorial contains easy and inexpensive ways to encourage your kids with creative notes for school and camp. Show your kids they are loved!

This post was sponsored by Expressionery.com but all opinions are my own. When I became a mom 26 years ago I was determined to greet the teenage years with enthusiasm and a wonderful relationship with my children. I was willing to invest daily in their growing up years through homeschooling and nightly conversations around the … [Read more...]

DIY Makeup Storage Using Scrapbook Paper

DIY Makeup Drawers Using Scrapbook Paper

I am a memory keeper at heart but this new season of juggling work and our final years of homeschooling means I don't have as much time for traditional scrapbooking. These days most of our tangible memories are captured via Project Life and since I have amassed quite a large collection of paper (okay, so it rivals Michael's. I can't … [Read more...]

Handmade Card Ideas in Under 10 Minutes

Add the perfect touch for a gift or send encouragement and well wishes with these handmade card ideas created under 10 minutes with a Project Life kit.

This month on Crafty Hangouts we were challenged to come up with a craft that could be completed in under 10 minutes. Just my style. Quick and easy. Lickety split. In a jiffy. (Consumer Crafts sponsored this post but all opinions and ideas are my own!) I ordered some goodies from Consumer Crafts and came up with … [Read more...]

31 Days: 5 Ways Scrapbooking Will Make you a Better Mom

5 Ways Scrapbooking Will Make You a Better Mom - Marty's Musings

Let me start out by saying that I am in no way trying to guilt anyone here today! My goal is to encourage you and build you up as you love on your families and maybe even help you become a better mom. I am on a scrapbooking retreat this weekend so I thought it would be a great time to touch on how this passionate hobby of mine has changed … [Read more...]

Project Life Ideas for the Busy Woman

Project Life Ideas for the Busy Woman - Marty's Musings

Too tired and too busy to record your family memories? Think the best you can do is a bunch of cellphone pictures that never make it into an album? I hear 'ya. I really do. I've been a scrapbooker for 17 years. When I first began I cropped my pictures with patterned scissors and gave people square heads instead of round. Anybody out there … [Read more...]

Handmade Card Ideas for Any Occasion

Handmade Card Ideas for Any Occasion - Marty's Musings

  I love sending and receiving handmade cards. There's just something about knowing the person cared enough about me to put a little extra effort into making my day special. But let's face it. I may be a DIY blogger but I spend so much time working that I rarely have time to just scrap or create at home "just 'cause." Can you … [Read more...]

Craft Room Makeover and Organization Ideas

Craft Room Makeover and Organization Ideas - Marty's Musings

I would love to say that I am a bold, confident woman, but the truth is I'm just a work in progress. Probably a little bit like you if you're honest. I want to be complete. Whole. No blemishes or scars. Dare I even hope, acceptable and perfect? Funny how my decorating seems to mirror my life. Incomplete. Unfinished. Blemishes and … [Read more...]

Altered Mini Clipboard Craft

Altered Mini Clipboard - Marty's Musings

This project post is a part of a paid marketing campaign with Snap. Although this post is sponsored the project idea and all opinions expressed are my own.   I love scrapbooking and paper supplies. The end ~smile~ I know. I know. If you've followed me for very long (or are my poor husband) you know that is the understatement … [Read more...]

Craft Room Inspiration

Craft Room Inspiration from Marty's Musings

  Want to see how close I got to my inspiration? Here's the reveal of my new craft room! At  the beginning of the new year, when I decided my word for 2014 was simplify, I went on a cleaning/organization spree in my craft room.  I wasn't happy with the way the room was functioning. Since I have started blogging full time as … [Read more...]

Easy Handmade Valentine Cards

Easy Handmade Valentine Cards - Marty's Musings

So excited to be joining Crafty Hangouts in celebrating Valentine's Day with American Crafts products! I received a goodie box with all sorts of deliciousness: card stock, glitter paper, self adhesive ribbon, embellishments and more. I am a scrapbooker from way back and I knew I wanted to make some easy handmade Valentine … [Read more...]

Mini Christmas Photo Album

Christmas Ornaments Mini Album from Marty's Musings

  In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season we often miss the little moments and forget to pass down the stories to the generations that come behind us. While your tree is still up, I have a great project that I don't want you to miss! I want to show you how to create an 8x8 mini Christmas photo album to tell the stories … [Read more...]

Michaels Recollection Calendar: The Perfect Gift for Christmas

Michael's Recollection Calendar Kit

I have been a scrapbooker and family memory keeper for many years. My blog started out as a way to journal many of our family struggles and triumphs as we walked the path through adoption. Even though I share mostly DIY and craft projects now, along with favorite recipes, I am still a story teller at heart. Imagine my excitement when I received … [Read more...]

5 Minute Christmas Cards

5 Minute Christmas Cards

  My life has always seemed busy. Giving birth to two children and adopting a sibling group of three more. Homeschooling for 19 years with four more to go. Church ministry and activities, sports and music lessons. Caregiving for elderly parents. After years of 24/7 commitment to my family, I am now spending my time … [Read more...]

Ways to Use Social Media in Project Life

Project Life 2012

Are you as hooked into social media as I am? (Hint. Hint. You can follow me on facebook, pinterest and instagram.) If you have teenagers or adult children like I do (two of each kind!), communicating by text or facebook is probably common. I wanted to share some ways to use social media in Project Life memory keeping. On the layout … [Read more...]

Catching up on Project Life

Catching up on Project Life from Marty's Musings

You might be asking, what happened to Project Life?  Well, you're probably not but I'll tell you anyway! I have been failing miserably at keeping current with my pages. In the past I have gotten behind a week or two because I normally print my pictures every 3-4 weeks. With all the blogging I'm doing I am not staying current. My plan is to … [Read more...]

Music is in Me: Scrapbooking Layout

5 Ways Scrapbooking Will Make You a Better Mom - Marty's Musings

Since I went scrapbooking last weekend I thought I'd share the Music is in Me layout I created about my oldest son. As you can tell, there is nothing very complicated in my scapbooking style. I like a nice clean (usually symmetrical) combination of journaling and pictures. This layout just makes me happy. I love tracing my son's musical … [Read more...]

Bedtime Scrapbooking Layout

Joshua's Bed by Marty's Musings-1

I'm going scrapbooking this weekend so I wanted to leave you with one of my favorites: a bedtime layout. Nothing fancy, just sweet pictures and fun journaling. My son Joshua, who is now 20, used to love to make a bed in every corner of the house. When he went from crib to a big boy bed I would awake in the middle of the night to find him … [Read more...]

Girls Scrapbooking Layout

Girls Scrapbooking Layout

My oldest daughter is turning 24 today (happy birthday, Rachel!) and I thought I'd help her celebrate by sharing this girls scrapbooking layout I put together. These are some of my favorite girls: my niece, my great niece and my two daughters. These pictures were taken on Easter, 2006. My niece Jennifer now has two more children and my daughter … [Read more...]

Christmas Cards with Cricut

Christmas Cards with Cricut - Marty's Musings

This year I decided to make Christmas cards with the Cricut diecutting machine. I love to make homemade cards but don't have as much time as I used to. I got a little smarter and  used one of my scrapbooking retreats to make a bunch of Christmas cards. Do you think I've gotten the cards mailed? Ummm, no. Christmas picture printed and … [Read more...]

Project Life Layout for October 2012

Project Life October 2012

  Today's Project Life layout was fun to put together with less photos and more memorabilia and journaling. Both pages share some "out of my comfort zone" moments. The left side layout has a couple of pics from my adventure singing from West Side Story again. What fun to sing with "my" Tony from 28 years earlier. I also included some … [Read more...]

Project Life September 2012 Week 3

Project Life September Week 2-2

Went on a scrapbooking retreat this weekend and got caught up with my Project Life pages! I was about six weeks behind and it took me a while. Note to self: don't get so far behind! The good thing about it was I had all my memorabilia and pics ready to go. I just had to decide on type of page protectors and themes for the week. Here's a layout … [Read more...]

Simple Gift Sunday: November 11, 2012

Simple as That November 11, 2012-5

Since I've spent the last three "Simple as That" posts focusing on my great nieces and nephew, I thought I'd feature my own family today! Here's my husband enjoying sitting around our fire pit (before it got cold.) My youngest son posing for the camera. My youngest daughter enjoying her cousins. Give a boy a … [Read more...]

Scrapbooking with Project Life

I Love Project Life from Marty's Musings

I am terribly behind in my Project Life memory keeping this year. Although I'm fairly up to date with getting my pictures edited and developed, I have not gotten them in the album. I also have much of the memorabilia together so it's a matter of choosing the page sizes and orientation, printing off some blog journaling, and I'll be on my way to … [Read more...]