Scrapbooking Layouts | Memorial Day

Hello! Happy Monday! I wanted to share a few new scrapbooking layouts today. These layouts are all centered around the Memorial Day holiday from last week. It was a great day filled with family, sun, shopping, and of course, remembrance.

I love this red star acetate sheet (by Bella Blvd.) and thought these photos would look adorable on it. The bird & large floral chipboard are from Basic Grey and have been in my stash for yearsssss.Summer Scrapbooking Layouts | JM Creates BlogI altered the cute floral crowns mom & I are wearing.Β  πŸ™‚ I feel like we could have been coming from a summer wedding in this photo. Summer Scrapbooking Layouts | JM Creates BlogMemorial Day is not complete without a visit to the cemetery. My grandpa was a veteran.Summer Scrapbooking Layouts | JM Creates BlogIMG_5204Thanks for stopping by!heart_jen

New Scrapbooking Layouts!

Hello!! Happy Monday. I’m so happy to stop in today and share some brand new scrapbooking layouts!

I took a long break from traditional 12×12 scrapbooking, and I recently got the itch to just pick up some blank paper and start again. I kind of lost my interest in it, and tried different formats (like traveler’s noteboooks), but I’m so happy to be back in my comfort zone with the 12×12 format.

Here are several new layouts!

First up, I wanted to use these huge tropical flower die-cuts (from Michael’s last year). So, I created a cluster of florals. I needed a photo, so I looked through my camera roll, and found this cute one from Snapchat. It worked perfectly together!Scrapbook page | JM Creates BlogNext up, I found these banners from Melissa Frances in my stash, and I wanted to create a layout around them. The colors fit perfectly with one of my new cherry blossom photos from this spring. I love using doilies too, so you’ll often see that element on my layouts.Scrapbook page | JM Creates BlogSpeaking of doilies… I wanted to use the rest of my Maggie Holmes butterflies from her sticker book, so I spread them out on the top half of my layout. I used a cute photo collage of spring pictures of the birds. Scrapbook page | JM Creates BlogNext, I have been inspired by butterflies lately, so I found these stitched butterflies from Dear Lizzy. I cut the butterflies into several pieces and spread them all around the page.Scrapbook page | JM Creates BlogFinally, I just wanted to make a simple page all about pink, so I used a rose stencil from Dear Lizzy and misted the roses all over the page. The papers are from Felicity Jane and the stickers from Maggie Holmes. I used a cute recent photo of this cute flower arrangement my mom bought me.Scrapbook page | JM Creates BlogThat’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this look at my recent work. I hope there’s more to come soon! πŸ™‚heart_jen

Workspace Wednesday Storage Solutions | Part 6 | Scrapbooking Paper

Hello! I’m back today with some more storage ideas for your crafty supplies.

Today is all about paper. Scrapbook paper is the base for so many projects. It’s an easy supply to find and is affordable, so it’s easy to find yourself with a lot of it and it can get unorganized easily.

I have a few ways I organize my paper collection. First, I have paper racks that came from a local store that was not using them any more. I was very lucky to get them at the time, and there are places you can find these racks, or something similar. Another great option are these stackable paper trays and magazine holders.

Workspace Wednesday Storage Solutions | Scrapbook Paper | JM Creates Blog

I organize most of my paper by designer or collection. This is a close-up of my Dear Lizzy collection.

Workspace Wednesday Storage Solutions | Scrapbook Paper | JM Creates Blog

This paper rack below stores my holiday specialty paper and my cardstock. It’s located in the corner of my room, as I use these papers the least, but I can’t part with them yet. On top is a Felicity Jane box, which houses more papers. I just love the black & white design of the box, so it stays!

Workspace Wednesday Storage Solutions | Scrapbook Paper | JM Creates Blog

Now onto another storage issue- what to do once you’ve created with those scrapbook papers?

I used to store all my scrapbook layouts in 12×12 three-ring albums. Those things are big & heavy! If you only have a few, not a problem… but once you get into double digits like me, it’s too much.

So after a lot of thought, I started buying Iris boxes to store my layouts in. These boxes are awesome! They hold tons of stuff! I left my pages in page protectors, took them out of my albums and organized the pages by subject, just as they were in my albums. Workspace Wednesday Storage Solutions | Scrapbook Paper | JM Creates BlogThe Iris boxes, even when full, are light and easy to handle. They stack easily too. Workspace Wednesday Storage Solutions | Scrapbook Paper | JM Creates BlogWorkspace Wednesday Storage Solutions | Scrapbook Paper | JM Creates BlogHere are links to the other posts in this series:

Week 1: The Planner Society Kits

Week 2: Washi

Week 3: Raskog Cart

Week 4: Bookcases

Week 5: How to make your own Happy Planner sticker book

Thanks for stopping by today!heart_jen


Scrapbooking in a Traveler’s Notebook Update

Hi there! So, I decided to switch up my scrapbooking routine a few months ago. I switched from making classic 12×12 layouts to a Traveler’s Notebook format. I still love it! It’s a quick and creative way for me to just get my photos and words down. I really wish that I would take a little time each week to print out my favorite photos and make a quick layout, but right now I seem to binge and make several layouts in one sitting, like once a month. I am ok with that, I guess. πŸ™‚

My layouts are simple: photo(s), paper, letter stickers, date stamp, and the occasional embellishment. That’s it!

Here are a few layouts:

IMG_7756IMG_7737IMG_7759IMG_7757Here’s a part of my current TN family:IMG_7749I have more to share on this topic. I’ll discuss this format more in a future post.Β  πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!


Using a Traveler’s Notebook for Scrapbooking


Today I want to share my new scrapbooking system. So, I’ve been scrapbooking for over 10 years now. I have hundreds of layouts stored very nicely in Iris boxes. I am running out of room. 😯 Plus, after so many years, I am a little bored with filling up 12X12 pages. And, it takes a lot of supplies to create those layouts. So, after being inspired by several people on YouTube and Instagram, I decided to make a change.

I bought a gorgeous Webster’s Pages Platinum Traveler’s Notebook last spring, and I didn’t know what to do with it. I wanted to plan with it, but that didn’t work for me. I tried making random lists in the books, but that felt like a waste. So, upon seeing others using the books as mini scrapbooks, with the smaller size for spreads, I wanted to try it out! It has been working great for me so far. I use one book as a yearly diary for myself, one book is for the year, and one is for random layouts or to record memories from past years. I don’t know how quickly I will fill a book up, so I don’t know how many books it will take to complete a year. I am hoping maybe to fill one up in four months, so I would need four books a year.

This system is much more manageable than the huge layouts! They are tucked away in a lovely book that I can pull out anytime. I think I’ll like this change! I can still make some regular layouts throughout the year, but the TN system is less burdensome and intimidating. If you’re just getting started with scrapbooking, I suggest trying this system out!

Would you/do you use this kind of system for memory keeping? Let me know in the comments!