Great Photo Organization blog

I just came across this blog showing a neat photo organization system! It would take me awhile to get that organized! Neat ideas!

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National Crop Out Diabetes fundraiser

I want to share with you that a friend of mine is coordinating a National Crop Out Diabetes fundraiser. The event will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2008. Proceeds at each location will go to the JDRF office in the state the fundraiser is held. For more information, please visit http://www.cropoutdiabetes.org.

If you are interested in helping to coordinate a Cropoutdiabetes scrapbook event or to be a participant, please click on the picture above which will take you to the website for more information.

This is important for everyone who is touched by Type 1 Diabetes in their lives. I have a teenaged son with Type 1, and I have been a scrapbooker for 13 years. I am hoping to help coordinate one in my area. We want a CURE!

Unmounting Rubber Stamps project

I searched the internet for instructions on how to take my stamps off the wood blocks and save them in a smaller area. There are instructions out there, but it can be difficult to find! You can buy sheets of unmounted stamps much cheaper than pre-mounted on wood blocks. I have collected a fair amount of stamps over the last 10 years or so and it was taking up a lot of space. Not only that, but I had to keep them in another room from my scrapbook area because I did not have room for them there. I wasn’t using them much because it was too much trouble to get them out!

Last week I started converting my stamps to unmounted ones. I thought I’d try to take them off the blocks and they came off very easily. I have a few that I bought in stores or non-Stampin Up ones that were a bit harder to get off the blocks and I may have to use the microwave for a few seconds and then get a sheet of EZMount (highly recommended). But the majority of mine came off and stuck very well to the window cling sheets I bought at a local office store (these can be used in an inkjet printer).

Here is a link to the pictures I took of the process. The instructions or descriptions are with each picture. Unmounted Stamps visual. (You can view this as a slideshow or individual pictures. You can adjust the speed of the slideshow by changing the amount of time between pictures. )

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Two other ways to store unmounted stamps with cling on the back would be a 3-ring binder and cardstock in page protectors. They cling well to the page protectors. I also experimented and this worked: put packing tape on an index card and they cling to that as well. You may want to tape several cards together to make them stiffer.If you buy a sheet of unmounted stamps (a lot cheaper than premounted stamps), you will have to purchase EZMount foam/cling sheets to adhere your stamps. A great website for that is Sunday International.

I also watched a video on YouTube with instructions for using EZMount. Here is another video for storage in CD cases. Here is another picture of CD stamp storage. This website shows many different methods of storing unmounted stamps.

Scrapbook Websites

I have found some good websites on scrapbooking, so will give you the links here:

Organized Scrapbooks has a lot of nice information and a message board.

Two Peas in a Bucket has a message board, layout ideas AND a wonderful gallery of scrapbook rooms in people’s homes. There are 145+ pages of rooms that you can browse through for ideas on organizing your scrapbooking space or storing your supplies.

Memory Makers is another nice website and message board.

Scrapbooks.com is another great site!

Creating Keepsakes is another message board.

Creative Xpress – another message board.

Obviously, I could go on and on! The nice thing is, if you are looking for information on a product, if you search many of these message boards, you will find out if people like the product and where to find the best deal on them!

Digital Pictures

I just got a digital camera last Christmas. I love it!! It takes great pictures and I really like being able to download them to my computer right away, have a picture developed right away, etc.

I use Google’s Picasa2 and really like the format! It is so simple to arrange pictures into folders, crop them, take out red eye or email them to someone! Picasa2 is a free program.

I found another good computer scrapbook program that is free, too. You can download Scrapbook Flair here.