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Exuberant Spring – Scrap Your Favorite Easter Hat

Exuberant Spring – Scrap Your Favorite Easter Hat

It’s April! We know April Showers bring May Flowers but this year the flowers and color are coming a little early.  Rebecca here.  A little while back Diane mentioned that she was going to have some guests on the blog.  She had a few technical difficulties like having to change the hosting company twice.  What a deal!  Looks like we’re good to go though and today is my day.  Coming soon are great stories, tips and tricks from Mary about her genealogy journey and Dana will be sharing how she uses her My Memories software to keep her scrapping going.  The first day of the month always brings new store challenges.  We’ll have those linked up and ready for you in a post tomorrow because we wanted to use today to share Diane’s new release, Exuberant Spring.  Blog Freebie and links to bonus freebies are down below.

My grandmother was a special lady.  She wasn’t fancy on most days but she always dressed her best for church on Sunday and most year’s she got a new hat for Easter.   We went to the same church from the time I was born until I was 11.  For as many of those years as I can remember. we sat in the same row, on the same pew, and so did everyone else.  I know I had some Easter hats but I don’t remember any of them.  What I do remember is not being able to see the preacher on Easter Sunday because all of the “old women” had brand new Easter hats and some were VERY big.  Most women had an Easter corsage whether they wore a hat or not.  As I sit here today I can still smell the flowers.  The fragrance filled my nostrils.  The bright, bold colors filled everyone with a feeling of excitement.  The Exuberant Spring collection brought back those memories.  It made me smile.  It made me want to go out and buy a hat.  One thing always leads to another.  It made me want to hunt down a photo of my grandmother in her Easter hat but I couldn’t find one.  I did find one from when she was much younger.  It seems her love of hats was a lifelong love.


I’m ready to scrap an Easter Hat page now but wouldn’t you know there wasn’t a hat in the kit!  Diane was generous enough to make a sampler for those of us needing a hat to embellish our old photos.  You’ll be able to pick this up as a free sampler tomorrow at the Studio.  It will be absolutely free for a few days so don’t forget to pick up.

Sometimes the best memories are triggered by the most unlikely things.  I hope you’ll pull out some Easter or spring photos and make get them onto a page with the story so future generations will know what it was like when you “were young”.

We would love to hear your Easter stories or see your pages.  If you need a little more inspiration or just a chuckle, Diane has set up a special board on Pinterest for Spring and Easter DIY projects and inspiration.  Even if you’re not a DIY’er, you’ll love the kitten with the fancy hat.

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Share Some Love – Free Social Media Quotes

Diane has been under the weather this week so I tried to come up with something creative to pair with the Daily Deal at the Studio. I whipped up some fun social media quotes to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  There are 4 quotes sized for Pinterest or your Facebook or Instagram feed.  As I was doing my research I ran across some hilarious stories of Valentine’s Day fails covering everything from a woman who gave her husband the same card for almost 30 years (and he didn’t even realize it) to some pretty sweet love stories.  As scrapbookers we always have a story to tell but we don’t always get around to telling it if we don’t feel that it’s significant.  Whether you go all out on February 14th or just hang out at home I hope your day is filled with fun and lots of love.

Daily Deal This Weekend Only

Save 60% on Designer Potpourri Vol 1

FREE CU Advertising Cards at The Studio

FREE Ready To Post Social Media Quote Cards

Share The Memories – Week of February 6-12

Share The Memories – Week of February 6-12

Here are the links for this weeks scrapbooking gifts from My Memories

Our award winning My Memories Suite software is a fun and easy way to create scrapbooks, photobooks, prints, custom gifts, and more!

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Fast fill your photos in pre-designed templates.
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Quick and simple ways to add photos, embellishments, shapes, and more.

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DIY Valentine’s Gift Ideas and A New Collection To Get You Started

DIY Valentine’s Gift Ideas and A New Collection To Get You Started

Look!  Diane is getting a blog makeover just in time for Valentine’s Day.  You’re going to love what’s coming in the next few weeks but there is still a bit of tweaking going on behind the scenes.  She mentioned a few weeks ago that she was going to have some guests posting on the blog and today is day one.  I’ve got some great DIY Valentines ideas for you.  There is a new collection in the stores to celebrate LOVE month and you’ll find some gifts too.  Here are a few of my favorites but there is a brand new Valentine’s Day Board on Pinterest where we’ll be adding fun ideas this week.

Valentine’s Day is 10 days away.  The stores are filled with all things pink and red but if you’re a scrapper or crafter you don’t go shopping for your gifts, you grab your mouse or scissors and glue and you get creative.  Gifts for children are always easy but for the man in my life (who has everything) it’s a little harder to come up with something so I did a bit of searching on Pinterest and came up with some easy projects that will let him know I love him and give me a reason to play with my grand kids too.  These were just too good not to share so Diane made an entire board on Pinterest dedicated to DIY Valentine’s Gift Ideas.  Go  check it out if you need some more inspiration but take a look at a few of my favorites.

Valentine’s Love Jar

Get everyone involved in sharing the love with this Valentine’s Love Jar.  This also works great with a wide mouth flower vase or old fashioned clear cookie jar.  Use red cardstock or make your own by printing on paper from your digital scrapbook stash. Find the specifics to this and several other lovable gifts on

Mason Jar Crafts

I am a Mason Jar Junkie so if it comes in a mason jar I’m most likely going to be interested but even if you’re not a huge fan of these, the ideas are cute and in most cases a pasta jar will work.  Save money and get crafty.  Make spaghetti for dinner and use the jar for his gift.  Find more ideas here.

Letter Blocks

This is one of my favorites!  And if you don’t already have wood blocks these work great with cardboard too.  It’s a great way to recycle and make something awesome in the process.  I’ve made something similar for teachers and friends for all occasions.  You can find the full tutorial at Stories by Mel.

I Love You might be a bit feminine for your significant other but Cupid’s Kiss is totally appropriate for just about any Valentine’s Day gift.   As a bonus we’ve added it to the retiring section at 75% off.

It is getting colder here in Nebraska as winter sets in.  Nothing like a wonderful and fragrant cup of tea to warm you up on a chilly morning. Hence, “Frosty Morn‘” for my mini and the palette of frosty grays, taupe, and slate blue warmed with a cardinal red.

My 50% off Birthday Sale Ends Tomorrow in all of my stores.