Sunday, February 14, 2010

Using PageMaps to Prepare for the Swarm

If you are having trouble figuring out how to layout your pages or just need inspiration, try PageMaps. They have several for free online at:

Here is an idea: Print out your favorite page maps and put them in your bags as you create your page kits for the swarm. Then you will know how the page is to be laid out and you don't have to create your own sketch (I lack this ability).

What is nice about these is unlike the pretty pages in the scrapbook magazines these give you more flexibility in building your pages because if you are like me I want the exact same stamp, flowers, brads, etc that they use in the magazines. Although everyone says I have A LOT of scrapbooking stuff, I never have what I need to duplicate the layouts in the magazine. I don't know about you, but I can't afford to go out and buy stamps and chipboard and glimmer mists, etc just to create a page. With the page maps you can decide if you use paper, ribbon, or stickers to create a design element they show. Now if I can just get myself to prepare my kits like I'm suggesting you do!!

Preparing for Branson

The Branson swarm will be here before we know it!! Below are some links to help you pack and prepare for the swarm.

Vacation Memory Organizer

Here are some pictures of a "Vacation Memory Organizer" I made for my partner in a swap on the messageboards. I got the idea for this from Gina on Here is the link to the tutorial. It is a 2-part tutorial and really very easy to do. The purpose of this organizer is that she can take photos, document what was happening at the time and then when she gets home she can print out the photos and put them with the note cards until she is ready to make a scrapbook or she can keep them in this organizer as a mini album.

The Front of the Organizer - kept close with a ribbon but a magnetic catch or button and loop would work well too.

The Back


The journal cards