Organizing… Scrapbooking… and a Give Away!

Seems like I am pretty good about organizing my scrapbook room every few months but for some reason I am not good at keeping my layouts organized and in albums…..

I just keep adding to the stacks…. stacks of layouts in the bookcase, stacks of layouts on top of the cabinets, stacks of layouts in the closet…. there are stacks of layouts everywhere in here! 

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A few months back I even ordered a bunch of these albums from American Crafts. A different color for each child and then brown for all the layouts that have more than one kid or are more family oriented. But I put the albums up and never got around to putting layouts in them!

Then, for some reason this morning I decided that these layouts deserve a better home and that today is the day! Now my kitchen table looks like this and soon they will all be where they belong.

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I have to say that it has been fun looking through all of these pages as I have sorted them…. lots of favorites among these stacks – favorite photos, favorite stories, and then some favorites as far as design/technique/etc. Looking back through all of these also solidified that I LOVE what I do! I really truly love this art of scrapbooking and it is amazing how satisfying and fulfilling it is to look back at all of the memories, thoughts and feelings I have recorded. It not only makes me grateful that I have all of these meaningful stories and photos recorded but it also makes the creative side of me happy and inspires me to keep creating and playing and doing this

My husband sometimes tries to convince me that the digital age will take over paper scrapbooking and that all of this may one day be obsolete and I steadfastly insist that he is wrong! I do embrace and welcome the digital side of scrapbooking and often use those types of elements in a more hybrid sort of way but I will ALWAYS love paper scrapbooking! And I believe that there will also always be others that find joy in the shuffling of papers, the pleating of ribbons, the actual handiwork that goes into it and the tangible art of creating with physical textures and mediums….. 

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So, yes, in case you were wondering I still love scrapbooking! Even after all these years! Now, I need to get back to the task of putting all these layouts into their albums! πŸ™‚

P.S. In my recent attempts at organizing in here I have some stacks of really great products (some new and some older) to GIVE AWAY! Interested? Just leave a comment here telling me what you love about scrapbooking (whether you are paper or digital… anything goes) and I will draw a winner at random later this week! Fun!!

 

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  • Maggie M.
    August 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    First off…will you please please please come decorate my house?!?!?!?! Your style is AMAZING!!! Anyway, I love being able to create art with my scrapbooking. Most of the time, I don’t even include much journaling…I just sort of like to highlight the photo with fun papers & embellies…love love love!

  • Christina
    August 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I paper scrapbook. I love looking back on pictures of events from years past. And I love the thrill of finishing a page that turned out exactly how I wanted them to. πŸ™‚

  • Doreen OBrien
    August 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    What I love about Scrapbooking: that my children can look through their scrapbooks and “see” everything they have done all throughout their school years. I love that and I love that I scrapbooked it all! I have one photo of me at 3 months then I’m 13, no photos of me.

  • Helen M
    August 18, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I love the way all your pages look all over the table!!lol! I love the stories it tells. And I love watching family go through them watching them taking it all in.

  • Vanessa
    August 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    how fun!! I love the whole creating process of scrapbooking and how it brings people together. Friends and family and meeting new people through the art

  • Alethea
    August 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I love looking at the finished layouts with my kids and recalling the event. I love the look on their faces as they look through their albums! Such joy that it makes it all worth it!

  • lesley
    August 18, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Scrapbooking is my therapy! It relaxes, rejuvenates, and meets my creative needs. On a longer term scale, I love that it preserves not just photos, but memories, for my sons to see when they are older. Hopefully all these albums will answer those “What was it like then?” questions.

  • Nicole T
    August 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    This post has motivated me to organize my scrapbook area! I love the tangible element to paper scrapbooking. Going shopping for new products, shuffling things around as you put together a page and the feeling after you finish a layout with your own 2 hands!

  • Megan A
    August 18, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I have the same problem. I really need to get in there and sort my layouts. you might have just inspired me to do it this weekend. We’ll see… What do I love? everything! the stories, the photos, the creating, the feel and smell of the paper

  • Amy
    August 18, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Hey Maggie! I am so glad I am not the only one with stacks! lol!! I totally hope the paper scrapbooking sticks around because I am so not ready to go digital! hahaa I love playing with the paper and products and sewing pages, and yes, shuffling everything around!! πŸ™‚
    My children are still so young, but everytime that we look through the scrapbooks, I am so grateful that I took the time to create the pages because so many memories would have already faded with time and now we will have them to pass on forever!! Love that!!
    Amy G.

  • Michelle (from KY)
    August 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Love the organizing, sometimes that gets me in the mood to create. The thing I love most about the art side of scrapbooking is putting together an emotion or memory and givign it a visual, tangible place to land. A fund, colorful representation of my life. Love it!

  • amy coose
    August 18, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win. Can’t wait to see all your albums filled up!

  • jen
    August 18, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I struggle with the same thing – and have a big ol’ pile of layouts waiting to go in albums. πŸ™‚ Scrapbooking is such a release for me … I work in finace, so it’s nice to have an artsy hobby to balance out working in Excel all day. πŸ™‚

  • Lindsay @ Just Me & Z
    August 18, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Wow, that is a LOT of layouts!!! I wish I had THAT much time to create. When I do, I just slip my pages into albums. They aren’t in any order (I don’t scrap according to date–just what I am in the mood for!) and my albums don’t match. But I keep telling myself “at least I am preserving my daughter’s memories so she can look back and know what happened in her life and will never forget…”
    I love preserving memories. From just a family dinner to a road trip or a special event or just playing outside. I love it all. I want my 4 year old to know that I love her enough to document her life and put all of my extra time, energy, money and LOVE into her books. And at 4, she already has 5 scrapbooks… and I haven’t even scrapped everything. I’m sure plenty of you all can relate!!
    I just love the personal touch you can give to pages. And it is my outlet of creativity. Even though I don’t get to share my pages with very many people, and they sit on a shelf in books, I am still proud of what I have done. I love looking back and seeing my different levels of creativity. Some I’m not as proud of… but still. Scrapbooking is my love. <3

  • conniemelancon
    August 18, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I am a paper scrapbooker and love looking through the scrapbooks with the kids and grandkids and bringing back all those special memories!

  • kelsey p
    August 18, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I second having you come decorate my house :)… Anyhow, besides the obvious having memories to look back on, I love the *stuff* that comes with scrapbooking. All the fun and colorful, creative stuff you can buy and make and whatnot. It’s like a form of decorating, only on a small scale. You can try out tons of different color combos, patterns etc and even switch up your style. And if you don’t like something, it’s not a big deal or commitment.

  • LG Belarmino
    August 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Oh I had the same problem as you do in terms of my layouts but with scrapbooking supplies, I really have little since i just started scrapbooking less than 2yrs ago. I would love if I could get more supplies from this giveaway

  • Holly Harris
    August 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Scrapbooking, I love it because it lets me be creative, relive the moment, and it allows me to pull out that moment anytime I need a refresher that life is good.

  • erica
    August 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Fun, look at all those beautiful pages!!! Love what u do. Im a paper scrapper havn’t really gotten into the digi stuff yet! Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  • Kristyn G
    August 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    look at all that beauty! I love this hobby of mine, and too treasure the feel of the paper in my hand. I’d say I’m about at an 80/20 split between traditional and digital scrapbooking, and that’s plenty enough computer for me. I love the social aspect of traditional scrapbooking that comes from crops at my LSS.

  • Rochelle
    August 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I love scrapbooking because it gives me a creative outlet, some me time and I’ve found a wonderful world of new friends and insprition that I can take into my everyday life πŸ™‚ I think that paper scrapbooking will never be taken over by computers, technology has a place but nothing better than finding those beautiful papers, ribbon and cute embellishments to play with!

  • Sara*P
    August 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Oh wow, the peek at all of those amazing layouts together on your table has totally put me in the mood to create! I love that through scrapbooking I will remember all of the sweet and funny things that my kids say that I may have otherwise forgotten. I also love that it gives me a creative outlet besides crayons and finger paints. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the chance!!

  • Julie
    August 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I love creating with paper…just having all the different supplies in hand and seeing what I can make with them. Digital will never replace that for me, either!!

  • Jen S.
    August 18, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I love scrapbooking because it gives me a different way to be creative. I also love how it gives me a great place to do journaling, which helps me make the memories more “alive” than just looking at a photograph.

  • Amber Scurlock
    August 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I love the products…the me time, you know, mostly selfish reasons…haha! That could possibly be due to the fact I don’t have kids yet…I’m not sure! Love seeing all your pages together! A table full of prettiness!!! =)

  • Diana
    August 18, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    good to find out I’m not the only one who has trouble putting those pages in an album!

  • Amy
    August 18, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Well, I still paper scrapbook, too. As much as I’d like to at least do the hybrid thing, I’m a bit scared to try to figure out how to do everything on the computer. I need to get over that!!!
    Anyway, I love your sense of style and always enjoy seeing your pages. I also love your photography and have sent several people your way for your photography classes. I would LOVE to win your supplies giveaway! (fingers crossed…)

  • jamie long
    August 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I’ll tell what I don’t love about scrapbooking… nothing! I am paper all the way, sitting in front of a computer feels too much like work.

  • caroline hancock
    August 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    There arent many pics of me from when i was a child, so i love that i can help create all these memories for my daughter for when she has a family. Oh and i store my LO’slike yours, so many piles around the craft room lol.

  • Glenda Hart
    August 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I love being able to tell my story about the pictures so when the kids look at the pictures they know where they were and what they were doing and saying at the time. I also love perserving the meomories of people who are gone but who’s story lives on in the pages of our scrapbooks.

  • Haidee
    August 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Got to say i only do paper. i like hands on. I stare @ a computer ALL i don’t want to come home & do this. I like coming up w/ great hings! New here & WOW to your stacks of LO’S…. I always put my LO in a album. I feel like it’s a prize I just won & want to frame it. I feel good when it’s protected. Thanks for the chance to win. πŸ™‚
    created2bunique at ymail dot com
    Thanks again for the chance to win.

  • Jenn Richardson
    August 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Oh gosh, LOVE looking at all your layouts πŸ™‚ Those American Craft albums rock! Scrapbooking is therapy for me, I love seeing the look on my daughters face when she looks thru her books or shows them off to her friends with such pride. Thanks for the great blog and so much inspiration πŸ™‚

  • Christy a
    August 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I scrapbook to tell the story of our family, in a pretty way! I love the creative part- picking out the paper that bring out the best in the photos, mixing products, adding details, etc. I just love it all. Amazing “stacks” of layouts by the way.

  • Jessica Woodford
    August 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I love the paper, glue, embellishments and of course the SHOPPING for scrapbook products! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for a giveaway!!

  • Janette Childs
    August 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Scrapbooking is my creative outlet, but mostly I am just obsessed with patterned paper =). I can’t get enough of it!

  • nichole
    August 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I completely agree…scrapbooking isnt the same unless you are playing in the paper, ribbon and random different textures you can find around. I however am like you and my pages seem to spend alot of time in random stages and then when finished spend alot of time in a stack before they are organized in albums.
    happy organizing

  • Carol
    August 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    it’s like a table full of deserts! so delicious to see all those layouts!!!! I love love love scrapbooking. Like you, I need to feel the textures, pleat the ribbons, distress my edges…create in a hands on way. Make those little love notes to my family that each page is for me πŸ˜‰

  • Brenda Johnston
    August 18, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I love scrapbooking because it fulfills my need for a creative outlet and I am being productive by preserving memories at the same time. Multi-tasking at its best! Cute layouts by the way!

  • Rebecca S.
    August 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    WOW…I did the same thing last summer…each of my children has a color album..It is an awesome system..I love American Craft Albums…They are my favs.I also have stacks of finish layouts that need to go in albums..
    I feel the same way…I love paper scrapbooking..I love creating with my hands and seeing my kids look thru their albums..and hearing them say that is all about me..It is the best feeling..

  • Danielle
    August 18, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I honestly love the hoarding and purging of it all…lol. I hoard and hoard and then one weekend or one day I will just sit and go through all of my pretty goodies and make pages I have been dreaming in my head. I’m so jealous of those stacks. I prbly have enough pictures to make that many pages just don’t sit down and purge enough!!!

  • SueinMtVernon
    August 18, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I will never be a digital scrapbooker. I love playing with product and organizing supplies too much. I have always loved crafts since I was a little girl and I pray that scrapbooking is a hobby that is here to stay. Your work has always inspired me and I’m so happy to now be a part of the Studio Calico group — such a friendly bunch!

  • Andrea MacDonald
    August 18, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I am loving seeing your stacks of LO’s!!!! What I love most about scrapbooking is the fantastic community we share. It doesn’t matter if we blog, go to crops, join up on a forum but everyone is so nice and supportive of each other. Does it get much better?
    I also love making a lo come together and turn it into art : )

  • Sabrina L
    August 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I love that it forces me to record our memories on paper…if I didn’t scrapbook there would be so many little moments from my children’s lives that I would have already forgotten.

  • Karen
    August 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    What a beautiful stack of LOs!
    I love that I’m preserving stories for my daughters. And I just love the feel of the paper!

  • Jen Clark
    August 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I love the creative part of it; I do both, digital and paper … I just don’t have the time (apparently) ‘cuz you’re stacks make me think I need to get on it!!

  • Abby
    August 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I always said I’d never be a layout stacker, but i have to admit I do it now.
    For me, scrapbooking has been a blessing. My sister and I used to never get along or have anything in common until we realized the other scrapbooked. Now we talk every day. My dd also scraps with me and I love every minute of it.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Holly H.
    August 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I love scrapbooking because it allows me to keep close the memories of those snapshots in time. My 2 year old loves to look through my scrapbooks and point out everyone she recognizes. I love that she already enjoys my creations!

  • Sara A.
    August 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I tried digital scrapbooking…there is so much cute stuff out there. But I really love paper scrapbooking. I just love the paper and the embellishments…I think really I just like collecting them! I haven’t had time to scrap lately, so I’ve been flipping through my albums coming up with new page ideas for someday…when life will slow down and I can have some me time again!

  • Stephanie Baxter
    August 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Your stacks of layouts just looks so pretty! How fun to look back at all your pages as you load them into albums…especially when they’re so amazing and colourful!!

  • Kathy Gallagher
    August 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I am fairly new at scrapbooking. I don’t really have a designated scrapbook room right now & I am not sure when that will happen,however, I do know that I really enjoy the company and creativity that it creates. I really love using the many beautiful paper products that are so readily available. The digital designs are very tempting, but my favorite is paper.
    Thanks for sharing some very wonderful ideas and for a chance to win.

  • Hannah
    August 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I do both!
    I’ve been doing a lot of digital lately…but, have been itching to work with some paper!
    One of my favorite parts about scrapbooking is organizing my stuff!
    Silly huh! But, I do…I love looking at it! But, then I love looking at my finished albums too!
    So MUCH FUN!

  • Marygail
    August 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    What I love about scrapbooking is telling my stories to my children, stories I would otherwise forget or stories they would forget. I want them to remember themselves at a certain age the way that I remember them. I want them to record things at their age so that their future self can look at it and laugh and remember.
    I do it for my kids, and for the people that I love the most.
    Thank you for the chance to win! I love looking at your LOs piled up like that. I have a scrapbook just for recent LOs that I put in. Then once that gets full I put them in their own albums.

  • Wendy Merrill
    August 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Right now I’m just trying to enjoy the creative escape aspect of it. I love the fact that I’m documenting my kids’ lives but I’m soooo far behind, I try not to think about it. But escaping to my little hideaway and playing with MY toys is what I love most. πŸ™‚

  • Colleen Sheehy
    August 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    So glad you are still enjoying. And I totally agree, paper “traditional” or paper scrapbooking will be here forever!!! I love it too! My favorite part about scrapbooking is capturing the memory. I am constantly forgetting what I did yesterday and have a horrible time remembering what my little girl did when she was say 6mths old, so for me I capture these moments or smiles and love that I can revisit them anytime.

  • Nicolette
    August 18, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I have a 10 month old baby boy and recently started scrapbooking to show off his pictures in a cute way (better than just filing them in a shoebox). I have really been loving it!
    P.S. can I ask where you got your cake platters!? The white ones and the silver one in the background are so adorable!

  • Tiffani
    August 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I have been considering switching to more digital for multiple reasons, but my children all said they like the traditional better.
    I enjoy the creative process of scrapbooking and the feeling of accomplishement and satisfaction when pages are finished and tucked in the albums!

  • Allison
    August 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I love scrapbooking with my mom. It’s a great way to preserve memories while making new ones.

  • Keshet
    August 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I love the creative process and I will always love paper scrapping, even though I don’t have anything against digital. Even if we’re the only two left, I will always want to be playing with paper and ribbon and all of the fun things that come with it!

  • Deanna M
    August 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Okay I feel much better about MY piles now that I know you have them too. And that you have them everywhere same as me! And what good motivation to get them in to albums! When asked why I scrapbook I always say (same as you) to record our family memories, but also for the “me” time to be creative. I’m grouchy when I haven’t created in a while.

  • Terry
    August 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I just started paper scrapbooking and love it because it lets me be creative while making memories more meaningful. I wished I would’ve started years ago. It’s so relaxing to figure out what embellishment would work best – I just love it! I’m also loving your layouts…

  • Katrina of Southern California
    August 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    This is so funny I was just telling my mom this morning once the kids are back in school I need to get my layouts into albums! I can not tell you the last time I did this so I have plenty of stacks.
    The love of scrapbooking came when I realized I wanted to scrap and remember our everyday lives. I don’t remember those days when I was young and wanted that for my own children.

  • Tenaya
    August 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I love scrapbooking mainly for the products. My husband may or may not worry I’ll become a hoarder one day πŸ˜€ Really, tho, I love being able to create on a medium that will be saved and cherished forever. Well, at least for my forever!

  • Marsha Vance
    August 18, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I am a paper (with some hybrid elements thrown in) scrapper. Love scrapbooking-it is relaxing to me!

  • lisa
    August 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    i think the best part about scrapbooking is knowing that i’m able to tell the stories of our family… when our children are too little to remember those special moments, when it’s so easy to forget the small things that we want to always remember, so that i can preserve who we are/were as a family. i am naturally sentimental person, and i think creating scrapbook pages is by far the coolest way to express how much you love your family.
    -lisa

  • Jennifer Alfonso
    August 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I love scrapbooking! I’ve always thought of it as a sort of diary for me & my family memories but with pretty paper and embellishments!

  • Meghann
    August 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Like you, I love paper & the feeling of having it in my hands. Digital could never replace the real thing for me. I also love the memories that I capture to share with future generations! Thanks for the giveaway, Maggie!

  • ShellyJ
    August 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    what a lovely sight!
    what i love most about scrapbooking … well there is a tie. i love love love the creative time. nothing better than sitting down and chopping up paper! so relaxing to me. i also just love love love watching my kiddies’ faces when they look through their books πŸ˜‰ good memories recorded for time! awesome.

  • Lynn
    August 18, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Maggie, I am so with you…I do digital here and there…but love creating with paper…making all the fun embellishments and my changing style over the years. I’ve been scrapbooking, cardmaking for over 13 years now and I can’t stop…I love all the wonderful new products year over year…and get as excited today as I did then about finding my newest must have product!

  • brianne sheppard
    August 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I think what I love most are the memories.. so much happens that I would have forgtten is it werent for the layout… from the way my son says “I love you too” even when he says it first, to the little memories that pop up from my childhood. It’s all being remembered now πŸ™‚

  • Tanya K
    August 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    My favourite thing about scrapbooking is knowing that the stories and memories I record will never be lost because of my spotty memory. My children are young, but still I look through early albums and realize I had forgotten a memory that thankfully I had scrapped and now remember all over again!

  • Sandra @ The Memory Workshop Scrapbook Kits
    August 18, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I do the stacks too! I store finished layouts by theme, and when a theme box fills up, I move the whole stack to an album, and start an new stack (and a new album!)
    I don’t even think about where a layout is going to go while I’m creating it. However the finished layout ends up, that’s what stack it goes in πŸ™‚

  • rebecca keppel
    August 18, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    There are definitely a group of people who reminisce about the days of playing with glue and scissors and paint and remember that as the happiest times in our lives. Those people will never be completely brought over to the digital side, because the act of playing with paper and crafting is what makes us smile πŸ™‚

  • Emily
    August 18, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I love trying new products, new colors, and new things. Trying to stretch and change things!

  • Birute P
    August 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I love the tactile part of scrapbooking…touching all the lovely papers and embellishments. But I also enjoy being whisked away to another time and place as I look and sort through my pictures…it’s my escape all over again!

  • JennyB
    August 18, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I love the feeling of losing track of time while I’m scrapbooking; I am so engrossed in what I am doing and before I know it, an hour has passed without me even knowing it. I love my job as a special education teacher but I don’t experience this same sense of creative flow most of the time while teaching. I also love the sense of gratitude scrapbooking gives me for all of the ways my life is blessed with family and friends.

  • Kirsten J
    August 18, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I have to tell you…I bet I could spend hours and hours looking at those layouts of yours! For me, it’s all paper all the time and what I love most about scrapbooking? it’s just a huge creative outlet for me πŸ™‚

  • Melissa C.
    August 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I love paper scrapbooking. I love to get the glue on my fingers and to make a mess. It just doesn’t seem the same to sit in front of the computer, I enjoy the little bit of ‘love’ that i put in every page!

  • Nicole G.
    August 18, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    4 the Luv of Crafts–whether its scrapbooking, card making, birthday banners I love to use paper and make SPECIAL UNIQUE CREATIONS that are personalized and 1 of a KIND!! It can reflect a story, their personality, and hobbies or sports. I love the opportunity to tell their story of a phase or trend they were into so that they can look back and remember those moments. It’s like being a family Historian and being able to leave it for our kids and grandkids to look at and appreciate it make it that much more rewarding.
    Many Blessings to you and your family

  • renoa
    August 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I love to scrapbook as it is my creative outlet!! πŸ˜€

  • lacey
    August 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I love it all! but mostly the collecting! Hehe! Guess thats why I am posting to win more stuff!!!

  • Sarah Swann
    August 18, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I love scrapbooking for so many reasons. The best thing about it, is when my two-year old looks through the albums and points out people and things. Her face lights up at all the pictures and embellishments. That’s who I’m scrapping for. Thanks for your generous giveaway, and a chance to win!

  • Stephanie Frisby
    August 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I am passionate about scrapbooking! It’s so therapeutic to me and benefits my family as well by preserving our memories. Love your stacks of layouts! That in and of itself is inspiring!

  • Helen K
    August 18, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Maggie – I ADORE your work and follow all that you do. I have a small request and hope it’s okay to ask – could you please, with sugar on top, post the layouts you created for CHA with SC’s Elementary collection? It would be so greatly appreciated – I would love to see them… many thanks Helen.

  • Jen
    August 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I love recording out memories. I love the little, every day events that I can put into our scrapbooks. I also love to play with all the beautiful paper. πŸ™‚

  • Rhonda
    August 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I love all things scrapbooking! I scrapbook for my nephews and niece, as well as for neighbors and charity events, and nothing gets me excited more than a sheet of paper – any paper! – to stimulate my creativity and get me going! Currently, I’m stepping out of my box and buying papers that I previously would not have looked at, let alone purchased. It’s been a challenge to figure out what to do with them, but the results have been really amazing! BTW, love your work!

  • Loretta Artful yogi
    August 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I love creating and telling stories–the way I’d like them to be remembered.
    Your pages are beautiful, Maggie.

  • Barb
    August 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I’m with you, Maggie. I love being able to look back at what I’ve made and see the stories and pictures I have forgotten about.

  • Rachel A.
    August 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Having all the supplies scattered on the table and piecing things together makes me love paper scrapping. Then playing around with paints, stamps, mists– experimenting with color and seeing what will happen. πŸ™‚ It’s exciting!!

  • Teresa
    August 18, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Wow! I wish I had that many stacks of finished layouts. Instead I have stacks of product. I love scrapbooking in either paper or digital. I love looking at my photos with all the pretty papers and embellishments. I am terrible about journaling.

  • Shauna Miller
    August 18, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    First of all I am so glad to find your blog, I am big fan of your layouts in creating keepsake mag and now I get to be even more inspired. thanks. I love scrapbooking for some me time or some fun times with some cool ladies and on top of that I create something that I can always look back on and remember these crazy years of motherhood πŸ™‚

  • Heather V
    August 18, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I have not dabbled in digital scrapbooking yet, beyond typing my journaling sometimes. Paper all the way! The thing I love most about scrapbooking is how therapeutic it is for me… it de-stresses me and keeps me sane. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Shannon C
    August 18, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I love sitting down and taking what seems to be an ordinary moment in our lives and recording it. Then when I look back on it later on I realize that I would have probably forgotten that one ordinary moment if I had not taken the time to scrap it. That makes me very happy!

  • Christine
    August 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I love telling the stories–scrapbooking is illustrated journaling. And I will never go digital! I love getting messy fingers, feeling the papers and trims, inking…Seeing new product makes me swoon! Thank you for the chance to win.
    Christine

  • Jessi W
    August 18, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I love the relaxation and knowing that I am making something my family will treasure in the future! And I NEED something creative to do with my hands:)

  • SandyB
    August 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I just love to document the moments of my life.

  • T Marie Wever
    August 18, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I love that memories are captured in scrapbooking AND the paper and all the prettiness AND the time I spend with friends while scrapping.

  • jessica jo
    August 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I love looking at the books years later and just giggling over all the funny moments in our lives, shedding tears over the sad moments and just enjoying the moment. Love all your pages πŸ™‚

  • Sandy
    August 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I totally love your creative ideas!!! Would you please post a gallery of all those beautiful layouts you have to organize? I’m trying to get a good look at all that you have on your dining table – (“Pretty soon” is my fav)but it’s a bit hard. Here’s a better idea – how about putting them together in a book entitled “Joy of Scrapbooking!!” I’d definitely buy a few copies =) Thank you for all of your inspiration. For me, the best part about scrapbooking is sitting with loved ones reminiscing over memories in an album. My daughter is now enjoying this hobby and we love taking photos together.

  • Karen Malloy
    August 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    yes, i love documenting our lives but my real love is the friendships i have made. loved seeing all your layouts stacked up…..they are lovely. wish i had that many!

  • Claudia McDaniel
    August 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I love going through my stacks of layouts before I put them away, too. It makes me happy to see that I have captured our memories in a fun way and that I enjoy the process of scrapbooking.
    I love everything about scrapbooking! I don’t think I could pick any one aspect. The taking photos and the memories, the supplies, the sharing online! There’s room to enjoy it all as individual pieces and as a whole.

  • Tiffany Heilman
    August 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I love physically playing with the paper and making mini pieces of art that document my memories.

  • Geralyn Sy
    August 18, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    What I love about scrapbooking is the whole creative process and mixing the papers and embellies to make something I’m happy with πŸ™‚

  • andrea
    August 18, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Wow, seeing all those layouts is very inspiring!! Makes me want to head over to my scrap space right now and get working! Love your scrapbooking style πŸ™‚ What I love about scrapbooking is the memories it helps tell. It’s so fun to look back on old scrapbooks and remember those times. And, I am with you on the whole paper scrapin’ thing πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie Eaken
    August 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I am with you 100%- I LOVE paper scrapping!! I love the feel of paper & scissors in my hands! I lvoe putting my layouts into albums & later pulling them out to look at w/ my kids!
    Thanks for sharing & the giveaway!

  • Nadine
    August 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I like how the arrangement of the elements just seem to
    fit so seamlessly into the final layout (:

  • Shaynekeckley13
    August 18, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I just want to say to you, my adorable new friend, if you quit scrapbooking, a small part on my inspired-by-you heart would shrivel up and die! You know I adore your style, your keen eye for artistry and the fact that you are just a fantastic girl! Though I am now a digital scrapbooker, I truly miss (and, yes, YEARN for) the feel of the STUFF in my hands at times!! You are the best–I mean it!! πŸ˜‰
    Leslee

  • Christi Parker
    August 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    i love everything about scrapbooking especially the part where creativity just takes over and get so excited to see the finished product.

  • Sarah W
    August 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I love scrapbooking for so many reasons. I love that I truly enjoy the process, I love the supplies, and I love that it documents my life! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  • Michela
    August 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Ahhh!! I feel soo much better about my “not in any albums” layouts stacking up! My favourite thing about scrapbooking is how its my “downtime” and knowing that in 50 years i’ll be able to look back at all my memories and smile!

  • Patty
    August 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Man I wish I had that many stacks of layouts done:) I think my favorite part of scrap booking is the whole creative process of saving a memory, a story! Sewing pictures on pretty paper, paints, embellishments, buttons, stamping, so many things to play with. And I have to add another, the friends I have met through this great hobby, its beyond words:)

  • Dawn Nikol
    August 18, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I’m the type of person that has to clean up after I scrapbook and put the page into an album. I might move it later, but I *Must* put it in an album. I used to not let the albums leave my room, but have since let go of that because my 9.5 month old daughter LOVES pictures of herself! With that said, I love the way the stacks look!!! I just wish I had a dining room table to do that… even if just for a few minutes while I sort them all out again.
    One of my best friends swapped to digital and has tried to convince me, but I just can’t do it. I love the feel of the paper in my hands, the scissors, the ribbon, the {messy} glitter… I just don’t feel that I’m being as creative with digital. There are lovely digital layouts and I enjoy some hybrid stuff, but I will always always choose getting messy!!
    Thanks for the chance to win some loot!

  • Clouds
    August 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I just started scrap booking, mainly a stamper but scrapping makes it easier to work products … bigger canvas πŸ™‚ I feel as if though I can use lots of goodies and my page will not look overdone … taking pics for scrapping is a new found joy as well πŸ™‚ thanks!
    C

  • Cat Spicer
    August 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I LOVE paper crafting and scrapbooking is SO important. The best part for me is sharing my albums with children (I have lots of nieces and nephews). I think it gives them such a strong feeling of self to know they are important enough to me that I want to capture my favorite memories with them.

  • Bekah
    August 18, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I am a hands-on girl all the way. After a day of being on the computer at work, I relish handling the softer, more malleable supplies of paper crafting and scrapbooking. I hope that someday when my daughters hold these albums in their hands, that they feel MINE.

  • Karen Firstbrook
    August 18, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I love how much my scrapbook pages show and tell my children that I love, love, love them!
    -Karen F.

  • Shannon H.
    August 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I have the same problem- stacks of layouts, boxes of layouts, and plenty of empty albums. I need to get them all out in one place and put them in albums. I don’t know why its so hard to get them into albums. Crazy! Good luck getting all those beautiful layouts put away. I love paper scrapbooking so much more than digital. While I think digital layouts are beautiful, I really like to touch and feel, and move everything around.

  • Kelly
    August 18, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I love the feel of all the products in my hands. The pp, cs, embellis, bling! All of it:) I love going into my scraproom and just looking through all my product. I love that I can make pretty & memorable things with it!

  • Julie, momto7
    August 18, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I love matching beautiful product with meaningful photos to create a page that makes my eyes AND my heart happy. I love your layouts – they are so bright and lovely! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Alena H
    August 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I love shopping for the products!! The packaging gets me every time. I do love using what I buy too though. πŸ™‚ I would SO love to win! Thanks for the chance.

  • reneefarley@bigpond.com
    August 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I love that I will have recorded it all, the good, the bad, the big and the small. That there will forever be a special place that tells it how it was so that our story, my story is not lost. My main source of inspiration comes from grandmother who suffered Alzheimer’s. She was a crafter, an incredibly talented creator and while I have the tangible evidence of this in her beauitful embroidery, knit’s and crochet I am missing the wonderful tales that I wish accompanied them. Miss you grandma.
    Renee x

  • Alyse
    August 18, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I love your pages– gorgeous! And one of my favorite things about scrapbooking is embellishments!

  • Amy Muffoletto
    August 18, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    So this is my first visit to your blog and I agree with you on a true love affair with paper scrap booking… Love digi layouts but I will always love getting paint and glue on my fingers, cutting a cool pattern out of the paper, sewing on a page, folding, distressing and doodling. Scrap booking is my passion… Thanks for sharing. I am so inspired to go organize!!! Hugs,Amy

  • Jessica L
    August 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I love scrapbooking because it is my creative outlet and at the same time connects me more to my family and the people around me. I can’t imagine not scrapping.

  • Erin
    August 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I can’t get enough of all of the fun supplies! I think I have just as much fun buying and organizing the supplies as I do scrapbooking with them. πŸ™‚ Plus I LOVE seeing my little ones look through their books and smile and laugh as they remember. I don’t ever want them to forget how much they are loved and what a great childhood they had. I will always love scrapbooking!
    And Maggie – I have to say that your style has inspired me SO MUCH. I have so many of your beautiful layouts from CK magazine plastered all over my scrapbook room wall for inspiration. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us all!

  • Heather Ippolito
    August 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I too love the feel of pages and product. I do see a place for digi scrapping, but I’m not into it yet! I too have been putting years worth of pages into albums, it must be the season!

  • abbeyviolet
    August 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I love the creative outlet that lets me unwind from my much more straight-laced logical world while also making something and capturing memories for the future. Love it!

  • abbeyviolet
    August 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I think I didn’t get mine posted before due to some random error- In any case, I love that it is my creative outlet while also making something tangible to preserve our memories for the future.

  • Kim N.
    August 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    I love being able to have a creative way to get my memories down. It is fun and relaxing to me. And thanks for your photos of your stacks of layouts–it makes me feel better about mine that I have not in albums!!

  • Donna Little
    August 18, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    What I love about scrapbooking is how my kids light up when remembering stories or details from looking through the albums. Also, I could not agree more… paper scrapbooks will ALWAYS remain.

  • April Styles
    August 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Now that I have kids, I love scrapbooking thier life moments so they can have those memories forever…BUT I do have to say that before kids, I used to scrapbook all my ‘single life’ adventures too…which means my kids can one day look back and see how ‘cool’ Mom was!!! If that’s not a reason to love scrapbooking, I dont know what to tell ya! πŸ™‚

  • Kimberly
    August 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I too love touching the products and playing with the papers and elements! The feeling of accomplishment when a page is done and the memory is forever recorded is pure joy! And I love when I look through pages previously done and read details I have already forgotten! Thanks for sharing!

  • Maggie VV
    August 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I love making scrapbooked memories for my kids .. I am sure one day they will be so delighted to have all their special moments growing up made into special one of a kind pages instead of just an album of photos

  • Hope
    August 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    My stacks aren’t as big (yet!) but I still do have them. πŸ™‚ I tried digi a year ago and after a while missed my papers and pens and just stuff. I am now back to paper all the way. Thinking to go more hybrid soon but will always be a paper girl. Thanks for reminding me how much I love scrapbooking!

  • Laci Mattingley
    August 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Oh my goodness, you are so talented. I will GRATEFULLY help you put all your LO’s away, if that means I get to look at them and learn as well. As far as what I love about SBing, I LOVE the textures too. Cant stand the flatness of the digital, but hey photos are digital, right? I’m with you on the 3dness of it all.

  • Linda
    August 18, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I love watching my children’s faces as they look through our family scrapbooks,they love getting to see pages of themselves.

  • Emily Hamson
    August 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I love the feel of the papers and embellishments, and the satisfaction of seeing something beautiful and meaningful that I’ve put my heart and soul into!

  • Dawn
    August 18, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I too love paper scrapbooking… And I love re-living the captured moments & memories each time I look through our scrapbooks.

  • Valerie
    August 18, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    There are so many things I love about it (1) telling stories (2) the photos and (3) the creative process of playing with all the fun supplies!

  • Naomi
    August 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Love that you can make things as simple or as detailed as you like … and whatever you have time for. I love that you can get lost in it for 15 minutes or 3 hours ….

  • Paige
    August 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I love scrapbooking for a lot of the same reasons you do. Even when I go months without creating a single page all I have to do is open my scrapbooks and I’m instantly happy & inspired to create and record once again. Oh & all the fun goodies like paper, ribbon & embellishments make it pretty cool too. πŸ˜‰

  • jen shears
    August 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Yum. Those stacks of beauty say YUM to me!! I too feel that there’s something special about paper scrapping. Something about TOUCHING all the pieces brings me joy. πŸ™‚ I only wish I could stay more current…. but I love it & think it’s a great outlet- and my daughter loves looking at all of the pretties too!

  • Mellisa
    August 18, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    what i love best about scrapbooking is 1 – that I am chronicalling the life of my many nieces and nephews so they have things to remember when they are older and 2 – because of how it challanges be creatively. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be creating the things I create. Before creating, I was never crafty .. or so I thought.

  • Alicia King
    August 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    that is what i did last week! now i need more albums! do you just scrapbook 12×12? i’ve also been going through my stuff too, way too much, it gets overwhelming!
    i had a hard time putting my 9×9 pages into albums only because i need to scrapbook more photos and i like them in order by date, but i only have so many albums…so i guess i will just rearrange them as i scrapbook!

  • Carrie K
    August 18, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    that table looks delicious! i love when its time to “organize my layouts” and i get to spend a couple hours surrounded by all my happy art!
    my favorite thing about scrapbooking is that i can make an idea in my head come out exactly how i want it on the page, colors, photos, design, texture…it just flows and theres that moment of pride at the end where youre like…yes i did this i really did!! im addicted to that feeling πŸ™‚

  • nitasha
    August 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    So nice to see that I am not the only “stacker”!!! I have a huge stack that needs to be filed ‘yesterday’!
    What I love about scrapbooking primarily is that it allows me to creatively tell my family’s story. It provides an outlet in more ways than I can mention (therapeutic, retail therapy, journaling, etc.) in this post. And my secondary reasons for loving scrapbooking so much is that it allows me to be surrounded by pretty little treasures and it is a gateway to meet so many interesting people and learn their stories too! I know you didn’t ask for a novel, but I really do love this thing called scrapbooking!

  • Marina
    August 18, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I love seeing those piles. It means you’ve been productive! I love that I can document my story & my feelings, while being creative at the same time.

  • Wendy
    August 18, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I use to have the same problem with my pages. Then I listened to Tracey White speak about why you scrapbook and my whole motive changed. I no longer wanted to scrapbook chronologically and I no longer felt the need to scrapbook everything. Now my books are full of all stages of my childrens’ lives and full of stories and heartfelt journaling. I can’t tell you how much I wish I had a scrapbook full of my grandma’s thoughts and stories or my mom’s for that matter. I want to leave a piece of me behind when my kids and grandkids look at and read my scrapbooks. I want them to feel like I’m speaking to them and I want them to know the emotion that each photo or event brought out in me. I want them to know just what I was thinking as they were growing. I want them to know that I went through what they’ll surely go through. Mostly I want them to hear my voice when they look at my pages. I want to leave them with a history and a story.

  • Cherie
    August 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Oh my that is some serious inspiration on that table! You amaze me πŸ™‚ I agree I could never give up paper scrapbooking. I love painting, getting messy, and making ‘happy mistakes’. It’s the best!

  • Lori
    August 18, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    How cool to see all your layouts spread out! Just those pictures got my mind going. We left our home for the summer for my husband’s out of town internship and I left all my scrpabooking supplies behind- BIG MISTAKE!!! I should’ve brought fewer clothes for me and my kids and packed that stuff instead! πŸ™‚ I love the creative flow I get when I scrapbook. Can’t wait to get back to it all… 5 days and counting!

  • marie-nicolas
    August 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    All this page : it’s so wonderful !!!
    I love scrapbooking and i love all embellishments πŸ™‚
    thanks for this chance ^^

  • Tricia
    August 18, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    What I love best about scrapping is how grateful for my life that it makes me feel! I also love just playing with photos and paper and scissors and glue! I’m with you- while I love using some digital supplies in a hybrid way, it could never take the place of actually touching the paper!

  • Hannie from Malaysia
    August 19, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Well.. first off, I don’t have Adobe Photoshop, so I can’t discover if I really do not like digital, I love the touch and feel of a real page, I love them together and be able to use my punchers and scissors. I think I’ll prefer a traditional scrapbook page.

  • Nina
    August 19, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Lovely post πŸ™‚ For me scrapbooking and cardmaking are a great way to balance my life. I study interpreting and sometimes it’s hard – but at the end of the day my “product” is the spoken word, I cannot touch it or see what I have accomplished. Many interpreters have some kind of handiwork outlet, and for me it’s paper and all those beautiful things that make me happy and keep me sane πŸ™‚

  • Amy
    August 19, 2010 at 1:02 am

    I LOVE being able to look back on past layouts and feeling my emotions all over again whether good or bad. The creative aspect of it allows me to release my stress too! Your layouts look great!!

  • michal b.
    August 19, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Wow, your scrapbook pages look amazing! So colorful and pretty!
    I do both paper and digital scrapbooking, and I love all the colors and possibilities, and how you can start making something, and then take it to a whole different direction.

  • Savitri
    August 19, 2010 at 2:20 am

    Great photos!!
    I love to scrapbook because I enjoy the process, get to use more of the stuff I buy, I get to remember about the memories of the photos and my daughter loves going through them.

  • jillconyers
    August 19, 2010 at 3:23 am

    After almost 15 years there are so many things I love about scrapbooking. RIght now it’s the photography aspect. The photos. What I have learned. How I have improved. The captured memories of little things I think I will never forget but often do.

  • Samantha
    August 19, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Look at all those gorgeous layouts! I love playing with stuff in my hands, the feel, the colors, the cool ideas. Can’t say that I see it going full out digi…much like “fine art”, scrapbooking will be augmented by digi but the hands on thing is too much of the human connection to lose altogether.

  • Frauke
    August 19, 2010 at 4:33 am

    I love scrapbooking because it helps me remember all the stories of my life.

  • queenbee
    August 19, 2010 at 5:08 am

    I agree that there’s just something magical about playing with paper and glue. I’ve been scrapbooking since before there was a scrapbooking industry and will keep on pushing paper and embellies around a page until I can’t anymore. For me it’s therapy: both the creative aspect and the organizational side of it plus there’s the social connection and the family history. What’s not to love?

  • TLHarwick
    August 19, 2010 at 5:21 am

    What don’t I love about scrapbooking? From the smell of new paper to the texture of my embossing plates, there isn’t a thing I don’t love about it! Shopping, creating, meeting new friends; my favorite things wrapped into one!

  • ioanna
    August 19, 2010 at 5:27 am

    i love scrabooking because it is creative and it relaxes me and takes my mind off of things! thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lonely Scrapbooker
    August 19, 2010 at 5:44 am

    This is very inspiring. I need to do the same thing myself.
    What is it about this time of year that makes us all feel this need to organize and purge and tidy up? I’ve been in “purification mode” for the past week and it’s great. Haven’t reached the scrapbook pages yet though. lol
    What do I love about SBing…? Gosh, so many things. These days though the most important thing about SBing for me is that it KEEPS ME SANE. Yeah, scrapbooking as therapy. And digital does NOT do it for me.

  • Adrienne
    August 19, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Wow! All of those amazing layouts in stacks on your table. Beautiful!! I love scrapbooking because it combines three of my favorite things – photography, writing, and art – and I get to record memories about my favorite people – my family! It’s the perfect hobby, stress-reliever, and outlet for my creative side. When I am putting together a layout, that is my “me time”, -time for me to do something for myself that I love doing. Plus, seeing all of my pictures and reading my stories helps me appreciate what I have. Oh! And I love the paper too! I might do hybrid pages sometimes, but I will never give up my paper!

  • ioanna
    August 19, 2010 at 5:51 am

    i am new in this! i love scrabooking because it is creative, it relaxes me and it takes my mind off of things! thanks for the giveaway!

  • Brenna
    August 19, 2010 at 5:57 am

    I love scrap booking because I love the act of creating something. I also like reliving the memories and preserving them for my daughter.

  • Mindy Miller
    August 19, 2010 at 5:59 am

    I love the creative aspect of scrapbooking. It’s just such a fun way for me to document life.

  • Amy
    August 19, 2010 at 6:01 am

    the creativity and story telling all in one! I love scrapbooking and I love that I am not the only one who stacks her layouts!!
    Love your work!!!

  • Kimber-Leigh
    August 19, 2010 at 6:32 am

    i love recording the precious moments and stories that might otherwise be forgotten…

  • Cara S
    August 19, 2010 at 7:04 am

    I love being able to go back to a few years ago and get caught up in the moment of what our lives were like then.

  • Kassie K.
    August 19, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Love your style—I paper scrapbook & enjoy the process of creating. I like looking back and seeing how my girls have grown and changed-but it’s also fun to see how my scrapping syle has changed and the “trends” at the time the layout was made. It’s a great way to unwind and have some time for myself!!

  • Eva
    August 19, 2010 at 7:05 am

    I love collecting beautiful papers and still do.. even though I haven’t updated my scrapbooks in a while. Our girls.. 11 and 7 have really gotten into scrap-booking the last year or so. Passing the torch :-).

  • Michelle P
    August 19, 2010 at 7:06 am

    I love the paper and products too much to go digital. As a kid I used to love getting new school supplies and I guess scrappin is just a natural progression of that!

  • Natalie E
    August 19, 2010 at 7:06 am

    What I love most about scrapbooking is that it’s more than just a photo album. It captures the stories and the memories in a creative and beautiful way – and that’s going to make everyone more motivated to look through the albums and remember them as time goes by. For me it’s about recording the everyday events as well as the big celebrations, and journalling about my thoughts and feelings the entire time. And of course, the pretty products inspire and motivate me too!!! πŸ™‚

  • Lillian Child
    August 19, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Scrapbooking is a legacy to my children. Years from now, when my great grandchildren look at the pages I’ve created, I hope they will feel the love that I poured into each and every page. Because scrapbooking truly is a work of heart.

  • Tina
    August 19, 2010 at 7:31 am

    I am a paper scrapper all the way. I love the ribbon, the glitter, flocked paper all of the different dimensions that come with paper scrapping.

  • Jennybean
    August 19, 2010 at 7:37 am

    I love the creativity scrapbooking gives me, mixing colors and patterns and making it all look pretty!

  • ifa
    August 19, 2010 at 7:45 am

    The feeling of satisfaction at having made something with my hands.

  • Amy C
    August 19, 2010 at 7:50 am

    I love to go into a scrapbook store and see all they have, and then be able to put it all together on a page! Scrapbooking keeps me sane! I love it!

  • Roshni Patel
    August 19, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I love being able to look back on the pages and remember the exact moment something happened!

  • cindy
    August 19, 2010 at 8:16 am

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one that is lagging behind in putting LO’s in albums. Thanks for sharing yourself with us:)

  • Melissa Mann
    August 19, 2010 at 8:28 am

    i love the creativity of it! Love seeing all the bits of those layouts! I’m a stacker too and REALLY need to get about 10 albums to get everything put away properly πŸ˜‰

  • MicheleC.
    August 19, 2010 at 8:30 am

    i too am guilty of this offense! what to do.
    i love the smell and feel of paper….ever since i was a kid. just like seeing it all stacked up nicely sometimes. ;o)

  • Elizabeth A.
    August 19, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I love that I can spend 5 minutes or 5 hours creating one page, depending on my mood and supplies. Most of all, I love that I am documenting memories for my family in a unique way, and I LOVE that they love to look through our scrapbooks and appreciate them just as much as I do!

  • Olivia
    August 19, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I absolutely have to agree that I love shuffling through all the paper! The sounds made as its cut and torn, the smell fresh from the store, the pure glory of its colours… I just love it! And, I think there is something so satisfying about seeing something your hands created πŸ™‚

  • janna
    August 19, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I love paper scrapbooking, love all the little extras that can be added and the dimension you get.

  • shelby
    August 19, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I too love the feeling of paper, I also really just love that I am creating something that my girls will be able to keep and someday read exactly how I felt πŸ™‚

  • Wendy F
    August 19, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I am a paper scrapbooker also. I just love the product: papers, stickers, flowers, everything!! I love putting it all together with the perfect photo and creating a wonderful page to pass on to my children.

  • lee i.
    August 19, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I lover paper scrapbooking. I love the smell of glue and paper, the textures, the act of creating. I love that I am putting my memories onto something concrete and tangible.

  • Caroline
    August 19, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I love how theraputic it is. How when I’m making a page I’m so focused on what goes where and the story that’s getting told and playing with all the stuff that all the other worries melt away. I also love how scrapbooking makes me appreciate my kids more. Now that my kids are in their late teens there’s a little more sass and attitude and looking at the pictures reminds me that they are still sweet and good. Especially when they’re quiet (like in the photo!)
    LOVE the picture of all the layouts on your table. You so very prolific!

  • www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1668443056
    August 19, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Love patterned paper and embelies,heck i love it all!!
    cgummerson@hotmail.com

  • cards4ever
    August 19, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I lave paper scrapbooking. I love the whole creative process from hunting down the perfect paper to the adding the finishing touch. I love how scrapbooking tells a story.

  • Jen
    August 19, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Your post is making me want to scrapbook right now, seeing all those layouts together is so beautiful! I just love the combinations of feelings I get from scrapbooking, I feel good about the documentation of my children’s lives, and yet the artistic side of me is happy too.

  • Alison C.
    August 19, 2010 at 9:23 am

    What I love about scrapbooking…this hobby of mine, is that I can have tangible evidence of wonderful moments in time that I will never get back.

  • Sabbyscrap
    August 19, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Hi Maggie,
    Whouah, I wished I had scrapbooked that much! I discovered scrapbooking last year and I love it. I love the fact of leaving memories behind to cherish. They are not just in my head, they are materialized through designs, embellishments and journaling. I also love the therapeutic effect and the “me-me” time involved. When creating, I’m in my little bubble.
    Anyway, it was great to see your table full! So much time and creativity involved. You can also appreciate more of the progress you’ve made over the years. Life is a long journey.
    Cheers,

  • Ally White
    August 19, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Great layouts and wow, so many! Your gonna need a few albums!! Ha ha. Well i’m a paper girl all the way. I love the creative side of scrapping. Using all those textures, colors, papers, paints etc. But what really makes me smile is that even though my boys are now 17 and 15 i still find them flipping through a scrapbook every once in a while and they always have a smile on their face. That’s why i scrapbook πŸ™‚

  • Shari Barnes
    August 19, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I want to see more of your house! It looks BEAUTIFUL in the snippets I can see here.
    I am SLOWLY trying to get back into scrapping after taking a couple of years off. I miss it!

  • Sandi Ragusa
    August 19, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I love paper scrapbooking too! The thing I love most about scrapbooking, is that I actually made it. And it’s funny to look back and see how my styles have changed throughout the years. Thanks!

  • Vanessa B
    August 19, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I so luv hybrid scrapping…just paper and its too much to take everything out and put away when Im done, just digi and it just seems too FLAT and untouchable! For me, its all about the art πŸ™‚ Thanks for a chance to win!

  • Sav O'G
    August 19, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I LOVE all these pics of your stuff–so many pages and they are so beautiful:) I LOVE IT! I love to scrapbook because of the large page (I work on an 8×8 page–much bigger than a card!). I love the papers and other products too…I just love it all:) I love matching pics and sketches and embellies to make the prettiest pages ever!!
    I also am new to scrapbooking–I started at the end of March this year–I’m hooked:) Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Ale β™₯
    August 19, 2010 at 10:02 am

    First off: I love your house!!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!
    What I love about scrapbooking?? EVERYTHING!!! All the embellishments, the papers, buttons, ribbons, getting to know people, see the final product done…
    I don’t think this industry will ever be taken over by computers or at least I hope not!! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the chance and have a great day!!

  • rebecca L
    August 19, 2010 at 10:04 am

    i am a paper scrapbooker! my mom got me started in highschool and cant seem to stop! i seem to scrapbook more since hurricane katrina. my mom lost all of her scrapbooks from when we were kids. so ive definately overcompensated with my own kids, since i dont have any photos as a child, giving my 3 yr old about 12 scrapbooks so far! i really love the pride i feel to show off the scrapbook when its done, its such a sense of accomplishment and a joy to look back on all those memories!

  • Amy P.
    August 19, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I am all paper, I love to play and try new things and my recent new thing is spray ink, love it!!! I leave my completed layouts out to inspire me to do more and try new things, so far it works for me. I love the fact that one day my boys will look back and love what I did for them and also to see my point of view.
    I must say that I love your layouts and designs and your blog! You are inspiring! Thanks soo much!

  • nikki7
    August 19, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I am totally a hands on paper girl! Love to touch and feel!

  • Korina Heuvel
    August 19, 2010 at 10:31 am

    My absolute favorite thing about scrapbooking is looking back over the years and all of our fun memories and just enjoying them.

  • Melissa
    August 19, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I’m with you – I think digi scrapping is super cool but it’s not for me. I will always love the feeling of holding pieces of paper in my hand and deciding which is the right one. I absolutely love how I feel after creating something with just my hands and some paper.

  • Charline
    August 19, 2010 at 10:34 am

    what i love about scrapbooking.. it easy, spending time with friends (to scrap) remembering good moments of life…

  • Trine
    August 19, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I’m totally addicted to documenting my life in pictures, especially with a 4-year old in the house. I treasure every moment of my daily life and scrapbooking helps me ‘hold on to’ those tiny precious everyday memories as well as the major milestones. I basically love scrapbooking because I can combine photography with being creative with paper, glue and words!

  • ArlaMo
    August 19, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I have those stacks!! I can’t seem to get mine put away either.
    I love scrapbooking for all the stories that are preserved on my pages and for the chance to be creative.

  • Brit Swiderski
    August 19, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I love the creative expression that scrapbooking gives me. Plus, the pretty patterns of supplies get me every time. πŸ™‚ Love this hobby.

  • Heather Miller
    August 19, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I agree with you a 100 percent. The best part of scrapping is playing with actual paper, misting, and all embellishments. πŸ™‚ Yum ! Love it ! (No digital for me .) I wish I could go thru your albums . You are by far my favorite designer love your work and am happy to hear you are sticking with it. You are so inspiring !

  • Angie Smith
    August 19, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Hi Maggie, I’m a paper scrapbooker fan only!!! I love dimension so I stick just about anything memorable on a layout. I guess you read my mind because it was just a few days that I was thinking how I would categorize all my pages so that I could start putting them into scrapbooks. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!
    Angie
    overtherainbeaux@yahoo.com

  • rhonda nickol
    August 19, 2010 at 11:15 am

    A table full of beautiful creations! I love the feeling of products in my hands, giving each page it’s own personal touch!

  • Heather Beasley
    August 19, 2010 at 11:26 am

    My reason for scrapbooking? Well, I can’t name just one. I love it because I can be creative; my thoughts, feelings, etc. can be forever put down for me and my family to remember; JUST to remember (I re-live it by scrapbooking it).
    There are many other reasons, BUT I don’t want to take up half a page!

  • graviela
    August 19, 2010 at 11:27 am

    i love how excitied everyone gets when i complete a layout…i love that my kids well have something to remember all the fun times we had together.

  • Heidi Myers
    August 19, 2010 at 11:38 am

    whew! glad to see i’m not the only one who has stacks of layouts hanging around. i love paper scrapbooking because of the tangible creativity of it. i want – no, need – to touch and feel and stroke and push around the elements of the page. i get too frustrated with digital.

  • Sabr
    August 19, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I oftened wondered what professional scrapbookers did with all their leftover products. This idea is good for me! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • EVELYN
    August 19, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I LOVE THE PAPER ALSO TO SEE THE PICTURES OF MY KIDS IN LAY OUTS WITH BEAUTIFUL PAPERS AND EMBELLISHMENTS….

  • Anna Sigga
    August 19, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Love your layouts and they do look yummy all stacked upon your table!
    I love the creative process when it comes to scrapbooking adn the shopping too!! πŸ˜€

  • Lori Ceballos
    August 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    First off, I LOVE your style. Those layouts are such eye candy! I love the “handheld” products, but mostly, I love that my kids can look through the books and relive moments!

  • Joyce
    August 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    How pretty to see all of bright colors of your pages out on the table! My favorite part of scrapbooking is having a record of the details of life somewhere…the things that make our lives so rich and yet are so easily forgotten.

  • grandma shelley
    August 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I love everything about scrapbooking…the stories, the memories, the photos, all the products…it’s a wonderful hobby! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  • keri
    August 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    we forget a lot about the little things in our daily lives because we’re so busy living the day. i love how a layout can instantly bring you back to that moment. how it just freezes time and makes a (possibly) forgotten moment special all over again.

  • Yasmin
    August 19, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I love all of the supplies! papers, embellishments, stamps, ink, all of it! Thanks for the chance to win πŸ™‚

  • Karen F
    August 19, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Maggie – love your blog! I love everything about scrapbooking… the creative process…the storytelling. But what I love the most is knowing that I’m leaving a legacy for my daughter, so that she will always know how much I loved her, even when I’m gone. This seems even more important since she is an only child, and I really want her to know what a blessing she is to us. If you ever need an extra hand organizing let me know (LOL)…I’m in Gilbert, AZ too :).

  • Christy Sheffield
    August 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I love your dining table. Where did you get it?
    There are so many things I love about scrapbooking. But, there are two main reasons why I scrapbook. One, I absolutely love the creative expression. I appreciate digital scrapbooking, and I dabble in it some (also doing more and more hybrid), but it will never replace paper for me. I love seeing how my style and skill has evolved over time. The second reason I love scrapbooking is to share my story. Both little stories and big stories…those are the precious memories I have with my grandmother and I hope one day to share them with my own grandchildren.

  • lauren
    August 19, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    your layouts are so inspiring! ahh! must get to my scrap table ASAP! πŸ™‚
    i scrap using 100% paper [no digi for this girl right now] and my favorite part of the process is recording the little memories that i know i would otherwise forget. what we did on that saturday last september, what i ate on my 22nd birthday, how i felt when my brother left for iraq, etc.
    the thoughts & memories could be big or small, but they are all still important! πŸ™‚
    *

  • Heather Allen
    August 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I love everything about scrapbooking, but most of all I love shopping for supplies. It is exciting to fine something awesome to scrapbook with and it be on sale. I am not a big fan of digital scrapbooking. I would love a chance to win some scrappy goodies. Btw, your kitchen or dinining room in the picture is awesome looking. I love all the cake stands. So creative!

  • Tanya H.
    August 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    My favorite part of scrapbooking is capturing a moment in time, a moment about my children that I want to remember, a moment of joy in my family and more. I love scrapbooking.

  • Lindsay
    August 19, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I also love looking through the layouts that I have lying in a pile waiting to be put away. It brings me back to those moments and the pleasure I took from scrapping them.

  • ToneF
    August 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Oh, I totally fell in love with the pictures of all your gorgeous layouts stacked there on the table :o) So fun and colourful and inspiring!
    What I love th most about scrapbooking is to play with pictures and yummy products when at the same time I tell a story. The story is very important to me, who is there, where is is, what happened and when was it πŸ˜‰ That is what makes it fun to look at for the whole family afterwards :o)

  • Donna C
    August 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Looking at all your pages as a group was amazing! Thanks for sharing. I love scrapbooking because it gives me a chance to do something creative, play and record special memories at the same time. Digi can’t replace experience of the tactile playing with actual product in your hands.

  • Maria
    August 19, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I love how colorful your kitchen is. I usually stick my layouts in an album when I’m done. Any album that is available and then organize it later. Your layouts are gorgeous!

  • cherry
    August 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I still absolutely love to scrap with pretty much all non digital still… I would love to do both, but I find I crave the creative outlet that i get with hands on!!! We recently moved into a house with 3 bedrooms, and no room for my scrap room!! augh! but…I have all my extra furniture set up downstairs in the unfinished basement, and It is set up beautifully, with all my stash! I love it!! I will never tire of it!! Its more than a hobby….Thanx for the chance to win!!

  • Rebecca Ednie
    August 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    There are so many things I love about scrapbooking! The manipulation of paper and ribbon, the application of inks and mists and adding so many fun bellies! I love seeing my style change and grow and trying new styles. It is so nice to see my kids grow and show their pictures in a format that is do much more fun than a photo album. Most of all, I love honoring the pictures of my kids by using them and not just leaving them on my computer.

  • Erin B
    August 19, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I love scrapbooking because it lets me be creative. I get to preserve memories and have fun with friends doing it. I really love the products!! I am a paper scrapper for sure – but digital intrigues me.

  • jenney
    August 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    What’s not to love about it? I love that I get to use pictures of my babies. I get to record stories that I might otherwise forget. I get to be crafty and creative. I get to spend time with my friends chatting and eating while I scrap. I get to shop for fun new stuff every 6 months. It’s the perfect hobby!

  • Jenny
    August 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, I love that I’ve recorded moments for my boys to remember but scrapping is definitely therapy for me! Plus, I get to play with paper…and I’ve had this CRAZY love of paper ever since I can remember! I’ve dappled in some hybrid stuff, but I’ll never go full digi! Love getting to work with my hands too much!

  • Jen
    August 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Wow! Thats quite a stack you have there πŸ™‚ I love to scrap with paper. There’s something about holding it in your hands & knowing you put it together…

  • Raylene Brown
    August 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I don’t get to do it as much as I would like to, but every time I do I am reminded how much I enjoy it…the process and the final product. I love when my children pull out their books and look at them and want to show them off to anyone who will look!
    I still do paper, but am dabbling in the digital too.

  • Jess Amazing
    August 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I love the touch and feel of scrapbooking something tangible… I like being able to flip through books, change themes, and actually hold something in my hand. I love the layering of items, and it’s just not the same if it’s a flat printed out sheet. I also love trying new things and there’s just something really satisfying about using my hands to make pages. I love it!

  • Kathy M.
    August 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Freedom of expression without barriers. Smiling and happiness I get from creating. Seeing how far I have come on my journey through life and loving what may lay ahead.
    Kathy

  • Patty C
    August 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I love having all those stories in the albums along with great photos of my kids growing older. My memory is fading by the day so now I don’t have to worry about all the details – they are in my scrapbooks!

  • kristen
    August 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I love the actual act of sitting down and putting memories together on the page. That and playing with all the fun things out there… πŸ™‚

  • Kathleen Drey
    August 19, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I love scrapbooking because it’s therapy on paper. My pages are a constant reminder what is important in life – family, friends and making memories. I have no problem putting pages together, but I can’t find books I like to put them into. Honestly I like my pages lose so you can touch and feel every little moment that makes me smile.

  • Ana
    August 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    What I love about scrapbooking is the hands on anything artsy. I love ribbon, love flowers and love love love any embellishments.I hope my girls appreciate all that I have done, even though I will say I do it because I love it.
    anallanes@bellsouth.net

  • Laurie Lariviere
    August 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I just love everything about scrapbooking!! Taking the pictures of my adorable kids, and then creating the layouts, and of course the products. I am a patterned paper fanatic!! I agree with you that playing with paper will never go out of style, although digital is cool, I know I will always love to do it all my hand. I love that I have stories to go with the photos, so years from now I can remember what actually happened in the photos. Love your layouts, always so artsy and cute, your kids are adorable!

  • Dusti Lewis
    August 19, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I love LOVE love the cute products! and, how personal it is!

  • Erin M
    August 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I love to get pretty stuff in the mail–and use it to create memories for my family. One of my favorite things to do is to sit down and look through scrapbooks with my kids and remember all the fun that we’ve had together.

  • Star Rork
    August 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I totally agree, Paper will never die out! I think digital is cool, but not for me, It wouldnt give me nearly as much pleasure. Love your kitchen, it looks like your style!

  • Nelly
    August 19, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I love the look on my kids face when they look at them. They remember all over again the fun we had on the different occassions.

  • Marita
    August 19, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I love paper! No ifs or ands about it, It is about the texture, ink, layering for me. The moving bits and pieces here and there. I love the process and love everything about it all. Just wish I had more time. Hope your give away includes a bit of Maggie super savvy scrapbooking creative genius too. Thanks for a chance at a great giveaway.

  • Crystal
    August 19, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I love the fact that I never thought I was the least bit artistic but scrapbooking has brought out that creative side of me! And I love the moments and memories recorded with the stories to be preserved forever. Thanks for asking :))

  • Heather Byrne
    August 19, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I love the feeling of accomplishment that your have preserved a memory!

  • Shannon
    August 19, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I’m with you Maggie! I will always love scrapbooking with paper! I love the feel of the paper and embellishments and the texture and dimension just can’t be duplicated by digital! I think that “real” pages will only become more valuable to future generations! I love the whole creative process!
    πŸ™‚

  • Wendy Orme
    August 19, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I love working with the photos, the paper, glue, embellies and the whole shabang…and looking back through the albums at the finished layouts.

  • tracy
    August 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I love pushing paper around and just staring at the embellishments πŸ™‚ your layouts look so yummy-thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  • Sarah
    August 19, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I love scrapbooking because it allows me to be creative and it’s preserving memories for my family. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored with it!!!

  • Terri Emmons
    August 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Hello,
    I love paper scrapbooking. I LOVE PAPER period. I love peoples blogs like yours and Noras being able to come and see what others go and get great ideas…
    Have fun putting all your pages into the new books.
    Terri

  • alex
    August 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Wow, your layouts look great all out like that!!
    I can’t narrow down one thing that I love but here are my top couple I love scrapbooking cause its ME time, I LOVE that I get to record memories for my family and look back on precious moments AND I love all the cool bits and pieces and papers etc. I just LOVE it all
    and even though i am not getting to scrap atm with two littlies as much as I would like I love it even more when I do get the time!
    Alex

  • Lisa
    August 20, 2010 at 12:54 am

    I love touching the products, the paper, the ribbon, the buttons. And putting a story, whether in words, or pictures, to that paper.
    So fun!

  • Alyssa Byron
    August 20, 2010 at 3:19 am

    I love this wonderful world of Blogging! love reading all the wonderful stories and funny lines and the love between family members, its all very entertaining and inspiring πŸ™‚

  • elisa
    August 20, 2010 at 4:45 am

    love all of your layouts…love your style πŸ™‚
    IΒ΄m with about scrapbooking in paper is the best, I would never change it for digi scrap.
    thanks for the chance to win

  • nicoleb
    August 20, 2010 at 5:58 am

    I love the creative process and giving my creations to others.

  • Theresa Douma
    August 20, 2010 at 6:22 am

    I’m a mixture. Usually paper for all the regular stuff and digital for a special occasion or a gift.
    Thanks for the chance!

  • Jen K
    August 20, 2010 at 6:39 am

    The best part of scrapbooking is looking back at your layouts and remembering things about my kids I probably would’ve forgotten. So glad for the documentation! πŸ™‚

  • Maria L
    August 20, 2010 at 6:56 am

    I’m a paper scrapbooker and I love the things i love best are:
    1. picking out the photo. It may (and usually is time-consuming), but i love it because I end up going through a bunch and re-living all the memories. i think that part is what makes this step take so long, vs the editing etc. lol
    2. watching my kids go through the pages and remember the moments when they see the pages. i love the smiles and having the page promtp them talk about it all over again πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing your pages – they look so colorful all stacked up in piles like that!

  • Brianna T.
    August 20, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Oh how fun! Look at all those beautiful layouts! My favorite part about scrapbooking is when the kids pull down the albums and I hear them talking about each page/memory that they have! Love it!

  • Jeremy
    August 20, 2010 at 7:36 am

    i love looking through my old pages. they are always a little embarrassing and a lot hilarious.
    i also love the process of creating. i love getting down to it and getting my hands all dirty with inks, paints and glue.
    also, i love the people who i have met through scrapbooking. i’ve made so many amazing friends just because of our mutual love for scrapbooking and being crafty.
    so basically, in a nutshell, i love scrapbooking. ha.

  • Marisa G
    August 20, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I love paper scrapbooking for the same reasons you do. I like working with all of the materials and with my hands. I do use my computer to adjust pictures, and sometimes to print out titles. But, I will always be paper crafting and paper scrapbooking because it relaxes me. I work on computers for a living, so I don’t want to spend all of my spare time on them as well!

  • Tamara
    August 20, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I love recording the memories that I may not always remember. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jen D
    August 20, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Wow- I can’t believe how many layouts you have gathered. They look just beautiful all lined up!
    I love so many things, but mostly it’s the creative process, and making sure I don’t forget the memories of myself & the kids growing up πŸ™‚

  • Lynn M
    August 20, 2010 at 11:25 am

    You’ve inspired me to get some pages done. Thanks for the peek into your family scrapbook pages. I love taking family photos but can’t seem to find the time to scrap them. I’m making it a priority now.

  • Minnie Broas
    August 20, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I will ALWAYS love paper scrapbooking! There’s something about it that gets me soooooooo excited and it’s pretty cool to think that my kids will one day cherish my “work” and know that I had my hands on them…. BTW, your work is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜‰

  • Keshet
    August 20, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I love everything–the products, the creative process, looking at the albums, etc. I just love doing it!

  • Summer Braxton
    August 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I really love just spending time with my girlfriends creating and oohing and ahhing over each other’s products. I love scrapbook shopping, but most of all, I love that my daughter’s life is precisely recorded and that she’ll be able to read my thoughts about her.

  • summer j
    August 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I LOVE how scrapbooking has given me so much more appreciation for life and the *ordinary* details. It

  • Amy Ulen
    August 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I love the creativity of scrapbooking. It makes me feel like a kid again…I always loved coloring! I also love capturing a moment through photos and journaling. I fear losing my memory when I get old; my scrapbooks are going to let me hold on to these precious moments forever!

  • Suzi
    August 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I love scrapbooking and still do as much “traditional” scrapbooking as I can. I have not done a “digital” page though I do create digital elements on occasion to put on my regular pages. Mostly, I love all of the paper and elements that go on a page. I love the pictures and stories of course! Love seeing all of the happy colors on your table today!

  • danni p
    August 20, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    omg, what is not to love about sbing? the stories told, the emotions, the power.oh and the embellishments and paper aren’t bad either.ha!
    ~danni

  • MK
    August 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    What I love most about scrapbooking is that I am able to be creative and I have a lasting memories to share with my girls. I love buying the stuff too!

  • Mary Horen
    August 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I love the joy I see in what I scrapbook and the love in my life. I also love the feeling of creating something lovely and timely.

  • Erin Gilliss
    August 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Thank you for showing us that side of you Maggie. I honestly thought I was the only one with stacks and piles of my scrapbook pages sitting there high and low amongst my stuff waiting for a protective sleeve and a book to call “home”.

  • Catherine Reum
    August 20, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    For me, I think the best part of scrapbooking is the marrying of images and memories and knowing that they will be accessible long after I am gone. {hopefully} I find myself creating not only for my soul, but for those I love the most.
    PS- LOVE your decorating peeks in the background!!!!

  • Michelle Magana
    August 20, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I love the whole process of creating pages. It is my getaway and it relaxes! I also love the fact that my kids, hubby, family and friends are my biggest fan. I get a kick out of seeing their reactions when they look at my albums. LOVE IT! Also playing with scrappy supplies is on top of that *why I love scrapping* list too.

  • rhiannon
    August 20, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I love all the paper and stickers. Also, I love looking back at all the memories!!!

  • LeAnn
    August 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I’ve just started digital scrapbooking…not sure if I will love it as well as the paper..it does have some good qualities, perhaps hybrid is it! =)

  • mariela
    August 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I love the papers and embelishments, they are so colorful and beautiful. I also love the lifestyle, everything just seems more beautiful and colorful

  • tanna
    August 20, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I am so glad you love scrapbooking! That means that you will hopefully continue to INSPIRE me regularly!!! Thanks for the pics and the chance.

  • meganklauer
    August 21, 2010 at 6:34 am

    I love the story that is told with scrapbooking. It’s so much fun to look back at all the pages. And I so need to do this same thing. Most of all my recent pages are in stacks waiting for albums. Someday….someday. :0)

  • Marty
    August 21, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Impressive number of pages all stacked up — must feel gratifying to see all of the memories you have preserved in an artful way. I’m curious what time span the pages were created — do they represent 6 months of your scrapbooking? a year? more? Thanks for sharing with us (your blog readers).

  • Marty
    August 21, 2010 at 8:24 am

    p.s. — I am paper with a little digital thrown in.

  • Sharon Andrews
    August 21, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Apart from recording my familys stories & memorys I also love purchasing all the beautiful products out there & finding bits & pieces in little out of the way shops. But also its mainly a great way to be a bit artistic & by scrapping it gets me out of my head & away from all of lifes problems, even if only for a little while, which is a major benefit and a hobby I truly love
    sharon

  • HeatherOz
    August 21, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I love that I am preserving our family’s memories. And I think my kids are pretty cute so I enjoy embellishing thier adorable photos! LOL

  • Lia
    August 21, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I love that I can feel creative…even though Im really not πŸ™‚

  • Kristi D
    August 21, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I digi scrap and design! I really, really need to get going and catch up though, it seems like I can never find the time. I like spending time taking pictures and scraping with them – great memories!

  • felicia
    August 21, 2010 at 10:39 am

    i used to love to paper scrapbook…but, have become very behind in the last 6-7 years, as we’ve added kids,etc…i still love being able to be creative with paper and supplies! love all your ideas, photography, & decorating!

  • Ashley
    August 21, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I’m a paper scrapbooker, I love that I can record our feelings, our routines, our growth as a family for each of us to look back on one day.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Anne Thommpson
    August 21, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I LOVE it that my 7 year old daughter pulls out her scrapbook any chance she gets and feels so loved and special! Plus I just love playing with paper and glue!! Anne

  • Lindsey
    August 21, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Maggie! Thanks for a chance at some awesome product! πŸ™‚
    What I love about scrapbooking is telling stories. It’s such a wonderful way to combine the photos I love with the emotions, feelings, and thoughts attached to them. It feels so much more meaningful to me than just a photo album!

  • Michelle
    August 21, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I thought I needed to file a lot of layouts in their albums, maybe when you finish you’ll come do mine. πŸ™‚
    I love scrapbooking to be able to have a creative outlet and it’s such a beautiful fun way to document and tell my families stories.

  • Efrat K
    August 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I love seeing all these photos of your layouts! They are such an eye canday! πŸ™‚ And I’m happy to hear you love scrapbooking so much… πŸ™‚
    I love the beautiful fun products of scrapbooking, the feeling of being inspired by seeing pretty layouts in magazines or in the internet and having moments of my life recorded that way. I also love thinking of my future children and me looking at those albums in fifteen-twenty-thirty years… πŸ™‚
    Thank you for making me think about that, and thanks for the chance! I really hope I’ll win those yummy products :). Have a wonderful week!

  • Erin Pieronek
    August 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    I like the creative aspect as I need to be creative to live but the really best part is watching my kids faces as they relive the moments in our family scrapbooks. Priceless

  • Mandi
    August 21, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I love the photographs, but journaling on my pages is almost therapeutic for me.

  • Dao
    August 21, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    What is there not to love?? It is a beautiful thing that allows me to be as creative as I desire to be. It literally colors my world. I can’t resist all those bright and colorful patterned papers. It makes my knees go so SO weak! Heee! I la la LOVE EVERYTHING about scrapbooking! Seriously, what is there not to love?? πŸ˜€

  • Susy
    August 22, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Your layouts look gorgeous all lined up, so bright and colourful. I don’t think I could ever not love paper scrapbooking and i can’t ever see the age were people don’t want to make things with their hands as opposed to a machine(computer)there is that odd satisfaction that only comes from cutting and pasting and creating something brand new.

  • anisa scholes
    August 22, 2010 at 6:13 am

    I love scrapbooking and will never turn to digital either. I love being able to touch everything with my hands… I love sewing on the pages, the texture and depth of real buttons, etc.

  • Connie Boyd
    August 22, 2010 at 8:03 am

    I really like to scrapbook to capture what my life is all about right now. Someday I hope my kids enjoy them as much as I do!

  • Alli
    August 22, 2010 at 8:51 am

    For me, I love that odd feeling of accomplishment. The thought that someday when I’m long gone my family will know exactly what I thought and felt about each one of them is just one of the many reasons to keep going!

  • amyjk
    August 22, 2010 at 9:24 am

    LOVED the bday table set-up– so fun and pretty! i am always inspired by your creations. happy to help take some extra product off your hands, too! πŸ™‚ thanks for the chance.

  • Domenico
    August 22, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I don’t get along very well with kids my age. Scrapbooking has brought friends into my life. Friends that ordinarily wouldn’t be friends with me because of logistics and station, but have definitely saved me from a life alone. Real, definalble friends.

  • andie librandi...
    August 22, 2010 at 9:31 am

    hello! these stacks of gorgeous layouts make me swoon!
    the thing i love most about scrapbooking is that it is hands-on. i love to be able to cut up my papers, stitch things together, add felt and buttons and whatever else. i am a graphic designer full-time so i spend so much time on the computer that i dont want to have digital layouts…although i know i could totally rock them, i just love to have the supplies at my fingertips!
    xoxo andie librandi…

  • Andrea Dabney
    August 22, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I love everything about scrapbooking, 12×12 pages, mini albums, cards, decorations, etc… I love how you scrapbook and you inspire me to scrapbook everyday. Thanks for the chance!!

  • Shannon Taylor
    August 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Hope I’m not too late for the giveaway. You’re pages are ALWAYS amazing! Great inspiration! And boy, am I in dire need of inspiration!

  • jung a
    August 22, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    i love scrapbooking…it’s a way of preserving memories for me.

  • natalie
    August 22, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I love to paper scrapbook and I have been inspired by your style! Thanks for all the great inspiration and ideas.

  • Meegan
    August 22, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I love to scrapbook for many reasons, but one is to reminisce. I love going back through my photos and remembering exactly what was going on when I took the picture. And then adding fun paper and embellies to further tell the story of the photo makes it really come back to life.

  • Jessica
    August 22, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I LOVE scrapbooking because I forget things very easily!! So, I love to look back at my recorded feelings, stories, pictures and just how far we have come! Such a treasure to have scrapbooks to look back on!

  • Kota Venter
    August 23, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Dear Maggie, thanks for sharing! I love scrapbooking because it helps me keep memories alive. And it is a great way to relax and be creative, and just enjoy simple things like paper and glue.

  • Amanda V.
    August 23, 2010 at 7:44 am

    What I love about scrapbooking is that it combines my two favorite things, pictures and colors! Creatively assembling the two into a piece of memorable artwork!

  • Jenny
    August 23, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I cant get enough pattern paper. Sometimes I just look though my scrap supplies just to smell and feel them. I will never do the digital thing. I couldn’t give up my addiction. even though I am a graphic designer. I just need to feel the project.
    Just seeing your stack of layouts gets me excited to scrap. Love it.

  • Sylvie
    August 23, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I love the creative process that goes on when creating a layout. It takes me forever to finish a layout, but love every minute of it. And scrapbooking shopping…. well that’s also a favorite part of scrapbooking for me…lol – but the main thing I focus on when doing a layout is that the picture(s) always get first attention when looking at my layout.

  • Michelle M
    August 23, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Wow Maggie – you have been a busy girl! I know how much my kids love looking at their scrapbooks – what a fulfilling hobby! I love the texture, the feel, the 3D quality of real paper and all the embellishments. I don’t think i’ll ever go digital completely. It’s my artistic outlet, and family history all rolled together.

  • Michele Mc
    August 23, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I love seeing all of those LOs organized. You must be so proud to have so much output! The ratio of the purchasing of supplies to actual output for me is not good! πŸ™‚ But I love the whole scrapbooking process so it’s worth it.
    I mainly do paper SBing, but I have done some digital calendars or books. I also use a digital photo template once in awhile so I guess that would qualify as hybrid.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Chantel Mernickle
    August 23, 2010 at 9:48 am

    First off I don’t think I could ever be that organized with my scrapbooking supplies and projects. Wow! Anyways one of the things I love most about scrapbooking is that you can give a whole room of people the same supplies to work with and no two projects will come out looking the same

  • connie tacazon
    August 23, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I love the creative aspect of seeing what I make come out pretty and pleasing to me and my kids. Of course, they love reading the journaling about themselves.

  • lan
    August 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I love the art process of creating the page and the memory perserving aspect when I and my family look through the album.

  • Kristi @ Creative Kristi
    August 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    What I love about scrap booking is the thought that I might have my ‘hiSTORY’ live on longer than me. I love reading old tombstones and then I always get wondering what they were like and I don’t ever want someone to wonder about me or my family. I want the story out there, out of my head and off my camera. I am really bad at creating layouts but when one does get completed I am THRILLED!!

  • Penny Smith
    August 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I can’t help myself… I may never win, but ya’ll have me at “scrapbook giveaway”! LOL!
    Thanks for the chance!

  • DawneC
    August 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I love the creativity in scrapbooking … and that this outlet for “me” also gives my family something tangible that can be handed down to future generations. It’s a “win” for everyone! I also am terrible about putting mine in albums… it’s on my “to do list”! Now you’ve inspired me!

  • Julie
    August 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I love the whole creative process… the struggle is just finding time! I also love, love, love going back through the layouts and looking at my favorite pictures in all of their lovely new surroundings! :o)

  • Emily T.
    August 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I love the creative release…and the fact that there is no right or wrong way to do it! It all works.

  • Rebecca
    August 24, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Loving those stacks of layouts! So colorful!

  • Ashley S.
    August 25, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    These look so pretty all laid out. I love that scrapbooking is a creative way to preserve my family’s history.

  • Monika Wright
    August 27, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Telling stories that WILL be forgotten is the best possible part of scrapbooking. But playing with paper is a close second!

  • Britiney @ Consider the Lilies
    August 27, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I love reliving the memories when I scrapbook. Thanks for a chance to win!

  • chel
    August 28, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I love how scrapbooking takes me out of my head for a little way. I can indulge in happy memories and relive them.

  • Emilia
    September 7, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Hi. Nice stack of redy pages.
    I love in scrapbooking the freedom and mfny textures. I touchy person LOL

  • Jennifer
    September 23, 2010 at 6:54 am

    I think you may have to update your scrapbook projects page with some of these layouts – they look beautiful – I would love to see them individually.

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